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!


Saturday Night’s Alright for Stamping

The entire Kindred Stamps May release will be available Friday, May 28 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

Because any night (or day) is alright for stamping. And there’s stamping fun to be had with the new “Rockin” stamp set from Kindred Stamps. This tiny stamper is sure to make you feel the music.

I started off with a basic design, repeating the character in rainbow colors and mounting it against patterned paper from the new Pride Paper Pack. The sentiment is heat embossed in white on black cardstock. And I added some rhinestones.

Next I created these glittery piano keys for our fine feathered friend to dance on. He is colored with Copics. The sentiment is heat embossed in gold. I decorated it with adhesive rhinestones and glued down some stars to make this guy shine.
Lastly, is this I wanted to find a way to rocket to the moon so I created this background to look like outer space. I used a colors burst powders and a cosmic embossing folder. This rocket man is colored with Copics. The sentiment is heat embossed with white glitter. I added some stars to the background and Stickles on his glasses.


That’s what this Sparkle Blend is! Wouldn’t you kiss a frog to get a cute card like this? “Kiss A Lot Of Frogs” has everything you need for a perfect fairytale.

From the frog to the crown, and even the kiss—this story will definitely have a happy ending. Throw in all the different shaped sparkles and your frog will get his kiss.

The sweet guy on this card is colored with Copics and mounted on my favorite glitter cardstock from Brutus Monroe. The sentiment is from the Fern and Willard set from Photoplay.
You don’t want to miss this blend so hop on over to the Sparkle Blends Shop and grab your fairytale ending!


Order up

Ready for a slice of something good? Check out “Pizza Party” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. This supreme blend is a perfect addition to any food themed card. It’s loaded with pizza slices, garlic, pepperoni, tomatoes, olives and so much more. The sequin colors include sparkly browns, shimmery whites and splashes of red.

I had to pair these blends with some of my favorite chefs. This pair is from Close To My Heart’s Kitchen Gnomes. To set the scene I used mushrooms from Hero Art’s “You’re a Fungi.” And the sentiment is from MFT’s “Recipe for Happiness.” I colored everything with Copics. One of my favorite things (aside from the gorgeous Sparkle Blends) is the old piece of Rusty Pickle paper I found in my stash to use for the background. I paired it with layers of solids and created a simple circle shaker, reminiscent of a pizza. I also placed a few sequins around the mushrooms for some added interest.
If you love this delicious Sparkle Blend, head over to the shop and scoop yours up!


That’s a match

The entire Kindred Stamps April release will be available Friday, April 30 at 8am PST/11am EST. Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday! Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

This month, I worked with “Perfect Match,” a fun set featuring our Kindred folk as tennis players. I used various different techniques to create a collection of cards.

For the first card I created a rainbow strip using color burst powders and stamped it with the tennis ball from the set. The tennis player was colored with Copics. The sentiment is from “Slam Dunk” which is a basketball set.

Next I tried a design with no coloring. I saw this blend of colors for the background by Debbie Hughes and had to try it. I tried to let the round tennis ball be a theme. This was an experimental card and I was really happy with how it turned out. I stamped the tennis balls on the background with white ink but they didn’t show up as bright as I’d hoped so I went over them with a white gel pen and added the stitches with the white also. The tennis players were heat embossed and then die cut. I added the clay tennis balls for a pop of color.

I decided to switch it up a bit and make a slim line card. This card uses Comic Dots stencil from Kindred. I used the bottom half of the stencil and matched it up to get repeat the pattern across the card. I used Contour Ink to no-line color these cuties. The shaker is filled with clay tennis balls now available at Kindred.

Lastly, I made a birthday card. I used the “Love word die” and “Hugs and Kisses” Shaker Pack.

If you’r ready to serve up some fun, grab “Perfect Match” today!


Freshly Squeezed

Who doesn’t love an ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day? Well, we aren’t quite to summer yet, but you can start early with the new “Lemonade” Sparkle Blends from Doodle Paper Playground’s April 2021 release. Want a cold glass of citrus bliss? This blend has it all – from lemons to ice cubes and a lot of shimmer.

To capture this summer sensation, I created a lemony background by spraying different shades of yellow Distress Oxide Inks and some pearl shimmer spray from Brutus Monroe. Then I embossed it with a lemon embossing folder. I added some more shimmer with a Midas Touch Aqua Pen from Nuvo.

The stamp set is “Freshly Squeezed” from Kindred stamps. I used my favorite new Copic hair and skin tones on the lemony little lady. Her hair is W7, W5 and W4 and her skin is E25, E13 and E11.

Pour yourself some of these citrusy sweet blends by heading over to the shop and grabbing yours!


Making waves

Hey Sparkle Blends fans! Today I am introducing you to “Ocean Beauties Sparkle Blends” from Doodles Paper Playground. This gorgeous blend is part of the April 2021 Release. This is another instance where the blend inspired the creation of the card. The color palette is one of my favorites.

I started by coloring the mermaid from Whimsy Stamps. I laid the Sparkle Blends on my Copic chart so I could match colors as best as possible. This is where I really started to notice all the different shapes and colors in this blend. There are varying sizes of narwals, seashells, square and circle sequins in a variety of colors, sparkles and transparencies. But again, I was led by the gorgeous color palette.

Next I went to work on the background. I found inspiration from Sara Sherlock. She created a stunning underwater background that looked like light shining through the surface of the ocean. I tried to mimic this using similar colors.

I added a layer of purple swirls using the Flowing Swirl stencil from Sassy & Crafty. I splashed Pearl Aqua Pigment from Brutus Monroe after the entire panel was inked. And then built up layers of coral using the Ocean Scene die cut from Kindred Stamps. I stamped a sentiment from Lovely Legs – Be A Mermaid from Colorado Craft Company using Aquatini ink from Catherine Pooler.

After all these elements were finished I constructed the card. I cut several frames out of the blue paper to build up the double pane shaker window. I glued some of the sequins onto the acetate so they would look like they were floating when the card is standing and everything falls to the bottom. I adhered it to a 6″ X 12′ card base. The background was adhered onto another 6″ X 12″ card base that opened from the left. I placed it on top of the inside panel of the shaker card base to create a trifold. I wanted the shaker to lay on top of the mermaid to make it look like she was under water.

This was a really fun card to make. It was a process but I enjoyed creating each of the elements over a few days. It’s been a while since I had an ongoing project that I didn’t create in just one sitting. It definitely gave me a chance to enjoy the process and find different ways to make the Ocean Beauties Sparkle Blends shine. Don’t forget to head over to the shop to grab yours.


The sun will come out tomorrow

But in the meantime, let “April Showers” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground brighten your day. With all the different adorable elements, there are many reasons to make you smile.

This cheery blend from the April 2021 release includes clouds, umbrellas, rain drops and lots of sunshine! It gave this dreary card the bright balance it needed.

I created my cloudy background by layering different techniques. First I blended various Distress Inks in different blues, then I splattered water. Next I stamped the clouds with Alabaster ink from Brutus Monroe. I stamped the blue raindrops and puddles at the bottom in Chipped Sapphire Oxide Ink. Lastly, I pulled some elements from the “April Showers” Blend to add more shimmering rain. For this shaker, I used and exacto knife and hand cut out the cloud. The boots, colored with Prismacolors, are from Brutus Monroe. The sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up set.

The cheery colors and elements really brightened up this card. You can get “April Shower” and many other awesome Sparkle Blends at the shop. Then you know the sun will come out because when your package arrives, it will shine!


Sparkle Blends are never Sus

On the contrary, Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground can liven up any project, no matter theme, colors or age there is something for every one and every project. On this card, I used the brand new “Oh, Hollo” from the April 2021 Sparkle Blends Release. This mesmerizing blend is full of shiny, sparkly, holographic elements.

I created the galaxy background with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Black Soot. I started by randomly blending blotches of color onto the paper then filling it all in with Black Soot. Next I splattered water and blotted with a cloth. After that I splattered Pearl Aqua Pigments from Brutus Monroe.

I used two different size square dies to cut the windows. The images from the stamp set (which is from Kindred Stamps) were colored with Copics.

If you take a close look at the Sparkle Blends, you can see the how when the light hits these holographic pieces, you get many different colors and the sparkle and shine is awesome.

“Oh, Hollo” is a perfect blend to add shimmer and shine and give that ethereal feel. It really brings your project to life. You can purchase yours with all the other amazing Sparkle Blends at the Doodles Paper Playground Etsy shop.