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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!
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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.

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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!

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Jurassic Party

The life of this party is the Sparkle Blends “It’s A Party”, a great blend for any celebration. Take a close look and you will see all the fun this sequin mix provides. The shimmery base of the blend is black and white sequins. What really brings this blend to life though, is the colorful mix of party hats, cakes and streamers. The various colors make this a versatile blend that will liven up any party. Head over the shop and get the party started today!

I definitely had an epic time creating this card. It was such a fun, simple design to create thanks to Brutus Monroe card panels and Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blends. This background came in the April Inspiration box. I foiled it with Green Deco Foil. To make the shaker window, I used an exacto knife to cut around the leaves. The cute dinosaur and cake are from the “Prehistoric Party,” stamp set also in the April box. I colored those with Copics. The final touch is from the Prehistoric Conversation Clippings, an easy way to finish off a card with a great sentiment.

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Unfrogettable

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!

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Sending all my love

Who doesn’t love to send love? I certainly do! How perfect is Doodle Paper Playgrounds “Love Letters” Sparkle Blend. This is an adorable accent to any love you send! It’s loaded with love letters, hearts, beads, sparkles and sequins. In a shaker or even just glued around a card as accents, it makes sending love easy and fun.

I used the new “Dotted Heart” die set from Brutus Monroe to create this little heart shaped note. The red glitter paper is also from Brutus Monroe. The sentiment and puffins were perfectly paired with this love-filled blend. This stamp set called “Stud Puffin” along with the Heart Shaker Tag Die are both from Lawn Fawn. I used Prisma Color pencils to color the puffins. The sentiment was stamped in Real Red ink from Stampin’ Up.

Head over to the Sparkle Blends shop to order “Love Letters” Sparkle Blends in time to send some love this Valentine’s Day!

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For your dies only

I never thought this day would come. I guess I never had a reason to. Yet this card has absolutely no ink on it! I made a complete card with no stamping. I am pretty sure this is a first for me.

This card came together so easily. Aside from the intricate pieces, this was a simple fun card. I used an A-2 card sized dies from Brutus Monroe called “Ornaments Die.” I ran it through with 3 different specialty papers (silver foil from Stampin’ Up and Pink & blue glitter cardstock from Brutus Monroe. I created my window with the silver piece then played around mixing and matching the other pieces til I found something I liked. I created a quick and easy shaker window and filled it with “Blue Blizzard” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. I added the “Celebrate” sentiment using a Stampin’ Up die and I had a complete card to die for.

And a great thing – I was left with enough pieces to make a few more cards. Although the process was a bit tedious, it was very simple and fun to make this timeless design. Give it a try with one of your dies. I also encourage you to make a holiday card without green & red. There are so many fun possibilities. If you check out all the amazing Holiday & year round Sparkle Blends at the Doodles Paper Playground online store, you will definitely find some inspiration. So go make stuff and be happy.

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Happy Feet, Happy Holidays!

Don’t these penguins remind you of the movie Happy Feet? Adorable. I could not wait to get Preppy Penguins from Maymay Made It. They were so adorable, I couldn’t wait to color them. Then I laid my eyes on the new Pastel Penguins Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground and I knew it was a match made in heaven. As always when I work with Sparkle Blends, they take lead of my design process and I am totally okay with that. The reason being, they completely push me out of my comfort zone. This is a color pallet I would have never even rested a thought upon. Now I adore it and cannot wait to use it again. So like I always say, if you are stumped or need inspiration or even just want to challenge yourself, pick a Sparkle Blend that appeals to you or just pick a random one and see where it takes you.

First, I laid the Pastel Penguins blends out on a piece of white cardstock and pulled Copics to match by sprinkling some blends on my Copic color chart to get the perfect match of mint green and pale pink. I chose very light shades of the nuetral greys for the penguins. My initial instincts were to use cool greys but they ended up being too cool. I don’t usually have that problem. 😉

For the background, I used Worn Lipstick and Twisted Citron Oxide Sprays but then realized the green was too bright and I toned it down with Mowed Lawn. After I embossed the snowflakes, I inked the edges of the tag with Twisted Citron, then toned it down with Brutus Monroe White Alabaster pigment ink. I used clear Wink of Stella on the snowflakes to make them shimmer and added some Nuvo Dream drops for some added shine. The edges of the pink shaker frame are inked with Worn Lipstick Oxide ink. I also used it to stamp the “To/From” on the tag. “Holiday Happiness” is embossed in silver. Lastly, I used Stickles on the penguins pompom and Wink of Stella on the pink bow and sweater. I went old school with a snowflake thumb punch on some silver glitter cardstock. I loved the background of the tag so much, I chose to make a transparent shaker so it would show through. Lastly I tied it all up with a mess of shabby chic ribbons and trims.

I had so much fun creating this and every time I get inspired by Sparkle Blends I cannot wait to make something else. Shaker tags don’t have to be as elaborate as this. It can be a simple addition that will make a package glow for someone special. It you’re not sure where to start, check out the Sparkle Blends etsy shop. Grab a few of the new holiday blends and let them lead you to creativity. Make stuff and be happy.

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So thankful

For friends, family and crafts! Truly. Crafting became crucial the past 7 months, more-so than ever. It was always therapy, but it became necessary. And I felt so blessed to have it as a fallback, mainly because of the community it meant I was a part of.

So today I honor all my amazing people in the crafty community with this adorable turkey from Brutus Monroe. He was so fun to color with Copics and highlight with a white pen. I even added some Glossy Accents to his eyes. The paper and ribbon are from Brutus Monroe also.

Take a look at the window and notice the beautiful colors in this shaker blend from Doodles Paper Playground called “Give Thanks.” They make a perfect backdrop for the turkey. I know most people don’t send Thanksgiving cards, but I can’t think of a better time to let someone know how grateful you are to have them in your life. So take the time to make stuff and be happy.

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Oh the weather outside…

…is not quite frightful, but that’s not stopping me from thinking about fuzzy hats and warm cups of cocoa! This card makes me want to curl up in front of the fireplace after a day in the snow.

This rustic design was inspired by this month’s Mood Board Challenge from Doodles Paper Playground. The October release is out now and has me starting to feel that Christmas vibe. I also had just gotten the “S’more Coffee” Inspo box from Brutus Monroe and it included the deliciously adorable stamp set by the same name. The two were a perfect blend.

My friend Donna gave me the clever idea to stamp the hat on plaid paper. So I used paper from “A Lumberjack Christmas” (and also just learned that ‘lumberjack’ is one word) from Echo Park. Then I paper pieced it on white and used a white pen to fill in the fur on the pocket. The coloring was done with Copics.

To get a rustic feel on the diecut, I used the “Simple Holly Vine Frame” from Poppy with kraft core cardstock from Coordinations. I pieced and layered brown and green, then sanded them to look distressed. I used the same technique and paper on the background, after embossing it with a wood textured embossing folder from Stampin’ Up. The black and red cardstock is from Brutus Monroe. This was my first time using his paper and I am in love. With the paper, that is. And maybe a few other items. (Did someone say Squeaky Clean?)

However, let’s talk about the real star of this rustic motif. Take a closer look at the Rustic Rudolph Sparkle Blends. This color palette inspired the whole theme of this card. I would not usually mix brown and black, but I think it worked perfect in this instance. And, there’s nothing more satisfying than stepping out of your comfort zone and loving the outcome, am I right? It made the 4 hours I spent on this card totally worth it. zzzzZZZZZzzzzz

I did have to construct a deep box in order for the “berries” to be able to move freely, but I think that added to the charm. It almost feels like a window box with a little wintery scene. What do you think? I would love to hear from you and see some of your rustic wintery creations. Don’t forget to play along with the Rustic Holiday Mood Board Challenge this month in the Sparkle Blends Fan Club. You could win a prize and then you will definitely be able to say to your friends, “Make stuff. Be happy.”