Why fit in, when you were born to stand out

Said the late, great Dr. Seuss. That’s what this card is all about. Being bold. Being different. In this case, it was all about the Aqua Pigments. This was a different medium for me and I loved it right away. After heat embossing the bubbles from the Narwahl in Alabaster embossing powder, I created the the shimmery water color background using Aqua Pigments from Brutus Monroe. They worked perfectly on the Aqua Pigment Paper. There are so many colors and finishes to choose from, the possibilities are endless.

The sentiment was heat embossed with Mermaid Tale embossing powder. I used glitter paper with the Shell Background Die. The narwhal was also embossed with Alabaster Embossing powder.

Aqua Pigments are an easy and fun way to create colorful backgrounds or paint your stamped images. You can even use them on a gel press. They are on sale so grab yours before they’re gone! The colors I used for this background are Cactus, Delphine, Purple and Dahlia.


Have a Kindred Summer

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I was really excited to play with some bright bold colors to bring out the fun in the new “Soak Up the Sun” stamp set. My first card has a lot of dimension. I created a shaker element as the sun. The pier was created with Sentiment Strip Dies. I used Comic Dots stencil and Mermaid Scales stencil with the new Simon Hurley Lunar Paste. The shimmering paste was perfect for this bright sunny scene.

Nothing screams Summer like 4th of July. I had to create a red, white and blue themed card to celebrate. I had fun making this lady shine. I used the Card Basics Die for the stars and the ticket.

Another thing I love about summer is tie dye. I watched a few you tube videos and learned how to create this tie dye look for the background of the card. I used it on the shirt also. I used the Card Basics Die for the tie dye panel and the big circle.


Over the Subtle Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow you will find the gorgeous new blend “Subtle Rainbow” from Doodles Paper Playground. But don’t be fooled by the name. The colors, sparkles and shine are gorgeous rainbow shades in lighter tones.

As always, this mix does not disappoint with its fun mix of shapes, patterns, colors and clay slices. There’s an array of colors and elements that make this easy to use with just about any color palette.

If you take a close look, you will see all the colors represented in patterns, shapes, and even bubbles. There are different flowers, spirals, several sizes of discs and sequins, rings, mylar stars and even rainbow clay slices. I chose to make a full front panel shaker side so all these fun pieces could easily be displayed.

This is a great mix to have on hand for any occasion. With all the colors and shapes, it can be used for almost anything. Grab yours in the shop today!


To gnome them is to love them

What’s up gnomies? I am so excited about this card that I am going to spare you the puns and get right to it. This project is part of a Brutus Monroe and Bearly Art collaboration. Having so many fabulous products to work with, made this a very fun, exciting project to work on.

I started with the “Gnome Pun Intended” stamp set from Brutus Monroe. The coordinating dies are available for this set, which makes it so much easier to cut several layers. I was able to easily build up each of these bearded cuties so they had some dimension. I colored them with Copics. I tried something a little different with their beards. Instead of the usual grey, I wanted a blue/purple tone to compliment the iridescence of the Fabulous Fibers I used to give them actual beards. For the gnome on top I used V22, V20 and BV31 for his beard. On the bottom gnome, I used BV23, BV01 and BV31.

I stamped an additional of each gnome and colored their noses so that I could cut them out and cover the spot where I glued the Fabulous Fibers, also giving these some dimension. Working with Fabulous Fibers is so much fun. There are so many cool things you can do with them. Check out this post for another project I used them on. They are very easy to manipulate and react well to a tiny bit of heat. I used the heat gun for barely a few seconds to hold the strands together and to secure the ends of the braids. I made the pink bands by tapping a Copic onto the melted section of the fibers. Then they were secured behind the noses with the Bearly Art Glue, which worked perfectly.

The Slim Line Sentiment dies made it easy to cut the background layers. They come with various sizes for layers as well as perfectly sized sentiments. For the background papers, I used a few patterns from “Crafting With My Gnomies” by Photoplay. The turquoise dots are “Scrappers” and the hearts are “Sew Sweet.”

For the glitter hearts, I used a heart stencil with Raven Glitter Glaze, then cut out the hearts. The sentiment is from the “Gnome Pun Intended” stamp set embossed in Alabaster Embossing Powder.

To add some finishing touches, I used Bearly Art Washi tape on black cardstock and punch out hearts with a thumb punch. I really enjoyed creating this card and using so many different products. To check out all these goodies and so many more awesome products, make sure to head over to Brutus Monroe.


Tastes like summer

What tastes more like summer than a Rocket Pop? This new tasty Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground makes me want throw on my sandals and chase the ice cream man down the street. It will bring you right back to your childhood on a warm Summer day.

Whether it’s fireworks, ice pops or a bright starry sky you’re reminiscing about–this blend has it all. From bright, bold stars to tiny twinkles this blend is perfect for a 4th of July or Summer themed project. There are plenty of glitter and holographic discs in red, blue and silver.
And of course, the star of this blend, there are Rocket Pops! These clay discs are so cute and make the blend sparkly and fun. Grab yours today and get in the mood for Summer.

Cut it out

Gnome pun intended, this new Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground makes the cut. “You Make the Cut” is full of so many gorgeous elements, it will never be cut. The metallic scissors alone are enough to make this a truly unique blend. I instantly thought scrapbooking and paper crafting, but this blend could be used for a hair dresser, seamstress, or anyone you want to let know they made the cut.

When you take a close look, you find so many surprises not noticed at first glance. This blend has an iridescent glow that makes it shine from within. The various sequins, pastel pearls and discs and even the pale green shards make this mix shine. The color palette is not to be missed. I used Photoplay’s “Crafting with my Gnomies” stamp set to create this crafty themed card. The background was made with a Photoplay stencil from the same line. I inked it in Alabaster ink from Brutus Monroe.

If you want to make the cut, head over to the shop and grab yours today!

Everything is Awesome

Everything is awesome when I get to play with Brutus Monroe products. And I pulled out a lot of them for this project.

Creating the background was so much fun using various glazes and a stencil. First I sprayed the Abstract Flower stencil with Pixie Spray then set it down on a piece of white cardstock. Next I worked from the center applying glazes with a palette knife, blending them into each other. I used Brutus Monroe Chroma Glazes in Sapphire, Teal, Orchid and Punch. Once it was completely dry, I covered the entire panel with Fallen Snow Glitter Glaze. I used a palette knife to apply a thin layer right over the stenciled glazes.

The rest of the card came together pretty simply. I stamped the “You Are Awesome” stamp in embossing ink and heat embossed it with Mermaid Tail embossing powder. I fussy cut and popped it with adhesive dots. Once I put the card together, the final touch was some rhinestones to balance out the plain side of the card with the stenciled background. If you’d like to check out more amazing stencils from Brutus Monroe go here. And here you can find all the different colors and finishes of Brutus Monroe Glazes.


Birds of a Feather

You know how it goes. Birds of a feather and all that. Well this stunning new Sparkle Blend called Twilight Meadow from Doodles Paper Playground definitely gives new meaning to that saying. All the different elements in this blend definitely flock together.

Take a close look and you will see some amazing, unexpected pieces in this blend. The deep color palette is so rich that you would never expect to see bright pink gemstones or pale green owls. Yet all those different pieces come together to make this an exquisite blend of feathery delight. My favorite part of this blend is definitely the feathers. So naturally I chose to use a bird stamp. However, I wanted to keep it fun since there are pops of bright colors in this blend. That is reflected in the Copics I chose to color the birds. I tried to match all the bright bolds.

Twilight Meadow is definitely a blend you do not want to miss out on. This blend will enhance any paper craft project and bring it to the next level. Grab yours today and check out some amazing new products in the shop including Sparkle Sticks, Sequin Trays and Bling Butterflies.


Hello, Brutus Monroe

The time has finally come! My crafty dreams have come true. Today is my debut as a designer for Brutus Monroe’s Inspiration Team. For our first project, we were asked to create something that represents our style. Brutus Monroe is definitely my style which just adds to the excitement of being part of their team. However, I had nothing. No thoughts or ideas. So how did I get inspired. This is how.

I made a mess. I grabbed my basket of Brutus Monroe goodies and laid it all out in front of me. All the good stuff. Glazes. Powders. Aqua Pigments. Sprays. Oh my. Then I started playing. Spraying. Dripping. Splattering. Getting my hands dirty. That’s how the creativity comes. Once I start seeing the colors and feeling the textures and smelling the smells. Yes, I said smelling. All of it. I get lost in a world of mixed media.

I chose my color palette based on some of my favorite colors. I wanted to combine inky and grungy with a contrast of class and elegance. Just like me. LOL! I started blending my background on my favorite blending paper. I used pinks and turquoise then finished off with a shade of my favorite color, purple. This grungy panel needed some shimmer so I splattered it with Shimmer Mist. Next I had to add the elegance to it. So I chose the Butterfly Heart stencil. To contrast the elegant and delicate butterflies, I used Purple Galaxy Glaze.

This glaze on top of the inked background created the exact contrast of grunge and beauty I was looking for. The amazing thing about Galaxy Glaze is how it shines and changes color in the light. You would never think that murky, grey paste would dry to something so stunning.

Next I wanted to add some fine, intricate details but still have that deep contrast. I used Judy’s Wreath Die set for the “hello” and the branches. I cut them out on toner paper and foiled them with Silver Holographic Speckle from Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil Metallic & Holographic Variety Pack. I used Raven Embossing powder to heat emboss the “beautiful” sentiment from “Extra Sentimental” stamp set onto heat resistant vellum. Lastly, I needed to add a few finishing touches. To make the leaves stand out a little more, I added some Halo Fabulous Fibers. Do make a sprig of these, I took some of the fibers and folded then in half. Then I quickly heated the folded segment with my heat gun. They melted just enough to give me a base to adhere the glue to. To add a little more sparkle, I adhered sequins from the “Reach For The Stars” sequin assortment that came in May’s Inspiration Box.

So you can see why Brutus Monroe products fit my style. There is a huge variety of mediums, papers, embellishments, powders, etc. to fit any style crafter. I hope you’ll follow me in the upcoming months as I showcase more of these wonderful products in my upcoming projects. Don’t forget to check out my IG for more sweet inkspiration!


You’re the sunflower

I think I love these Sparkle Blends too much. And if anyone actually gets that song reference, leave a comment and I will send you a free gift.

I created this card for someone very special to me, who’s friendship is a bright ray in my life. She’s that friend that feels it with me. She loves fiercely just like I do. She rages with me when I’m angry. And we love and protect each other’s hearts – and children – as if they were our own. Maureen is a force in my life and I am so very blessed to have her as my friend. Happy Birthday Mo!

I wanted to convey something radiant. And since I am in love with this Layering Sunflower stencil from Photoplay, I thought it was the perfect match for the “Sunflower” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. This blend is filled with warm golden tones but has brown shimmer pieces that really make it glow. The clay slices give it a very organic feel and the small discs really balance out the colors. I loved that I was able to use the different elements on the outside of the card to accentuate different parts of my stamped image. This adorable girl and flower pot are part of “Bloom Stamp” from Sassy and Crafty. They have a very diverse, amazing selection of stamps. I used an Echo Park stencil to lightly make a background pattern with the new Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink. The girl and flower were colored with Copics. The sentiment strips are Brutus Monroe’s Conversation Clippings.

I really enjoyed creating this card for a very special person. The card needed a little something extra and Sparkle Blends always do the trick!