Fall-ing in love again

I don’t know about you, but I had a very hard time letting go of summer. It was a busy summer and I did not get enough time to do the things I wanted to or spend enough time with my family. So I fought it as long as I could. But then enter the September release from Brutus Monroe. Impossible not to love it all and want to dive into a pile of leaves. Now I’m ready for the crisp air, beautiful colors and all my favorite things about this time of year…finally!

This card features several new products from the September release. Starting with the background, I used Chroma Mist sprays on glossy paper for a different effect. This is one of my favorite things about Chroma Mists – depending on what type of paper you use them on and how much or how little water you add – the outcome is always different. It’s easy to create all different looks.

Once dry, I used Copper Chroma Glaze with the wood stencil. I love these colors so much. The copper works so nicely with the browns. The flowers are from the “Fall Florals” stamp set. I colored them with Copics, cut them out and inked the edges lightly with brown ink. The “Thanks” sentiment is from the “Fall Favorites” die set. I colored some pink enamel dots with the same copic marker I used on the berries so they would coordinate. So many fun products used to create this fall themed card. I hope it makes you appreciated Autumn’s beauty as much as it did for me!


Shiny, happy…

…cardmaking! You do not want to miss this amazing collaboration from Brutus Monroe & Thermoweb! Introducing “Magical Monarchs.” This collection has something for everyone…if you love foiling—and even if you don’t! There’s something for every crafter. It includes stamps, dies, toner sheets and a stencil that all coordinate. And the coolest new product ever…Magical Shattered Glass Foil Transfer Sheets! They are a transparent foil sheet that looks like iridescent broken glass and allows whatever is underneath to show through. But it gets even better…it works with Brutus Monroe Chroma Glaze! That means whatever color Chroma Glaze you use will show through the foil but will have a new, unique look to it. Just like on this orange and yellow butterfly I created.

On this card, I stamped the solid butterflies in Raven Black Detail ink. Next I used the detail stencil with yellow and orange Chroma Glaze. Once dry, I die cut it with the solid butterfly die. I ran it through the laminator with Magical Shattered Glass Foil. The flowers around the the edges of the background are also from the stamp set. I used Green and Yellow Green Aqua Pigments to color it.

As you can see from this card, Magical Shattered Glass Foil works great with all the different color Chroma Glazes that Brutus Monroe offers. Here I used it on the background over swirls of Chroma Glaze used with the Deco Flower stencil. For the butterfly on the left, I repeated the process from the card above using purple and pink Chroma Glazes. For the butterfly on the right I used Chroma Glaze with the solid butterfly part of the stencil and then used Magical Shattered Glass Foil.

There are so many different ways to use this bundle. The card below shows two different ways I used Magical Shattered Glass Foil. I smeared various colors of Chroma Glaze on white cardstock. Once it dried, I ran it through the laminator with Magical Shattered Glass Foil and then die cut out the solid butterflies. Then I used black toner paper and ran that through with Magical Shattered Glass Foil and die cut the detail butterfly dies to layer on top. The flower images stamped on the bottom in Raven Black Detail ink are also from the “Magical Monarchs” stamp set.

This bundle has so many possibilities! Be sure to check out Brutus Monroe for all the new products and to see more ideas from the 2022 Inspiration Team.


How Sweet it is…

…to be in love with Brutus Monroe products. I am loving all the fun Valentine’s images and sayings in the love-ly new release. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can see all the sweet stuff here.

For this card, I used the Sweeter Than Candy stamp & coordinating die set. This is from the Monthly Stamp Club Plus Membership which now gives you the option of including the dies. I fussy cut my images and used the dies on foiled toner paper to give everything a shimmery outline. I colored the images with ZIG Real Brush markers. I also foiled a Card Panel to use for the background. I created dyed papers using Chroma Mists on Aqua Pigment paper. Aqua Pigment paper is perfect for wet mediums. Using Chroma Mists on it is one of my favorite techniques. It’s easy to make beautiful, bright backgrounds. I used the dyed paper to create the shaker strip across the middle of the card and for the sentiment strip. I also used some leftover pieces to die cut the tiny hearts.

I added some finishing touches with sequins and twine. I also used glossy accents to give the jar of candy shine. Creating Valentines for loved ones with products you love is easy at Brutus Monroe.

What’s Cooking, Birthday boy?

Today I am celebrating the birthday of someone very special to me, someone who makes it possible for me to do what I love, everyday. My husband, and very own personal chef – Fred. His cooking is unmatched because he does it with his feelings. Good or bad, they go into what he cooks and sometimes the unexpected happens. Which is exactly how I feel when creating projects. So, this was a very special card that I feel honored to have created. I wanted to capture Fred’s personality in this card and with all the amazing products from Brutus Monroe, I was able to do just that.

I used several of the products from the December Inspiration box called “Sugar and Spice.” The images are from “Sugar & Spice” 6X8 stamp set which also has coordinating dies. I stamped the images with Penny Embossing Powder on Perfect Blend Paper and added some light tones with Copics. The background is from the Sugar & Spice Card Panels. I used Tea Dye and Antique Linen Distress Inks.The sentiment is from the Sugar & Spice Conversation Clippings. I added just a few bits of bling to give it some sparkle like the one in Fred’s eye when he’s serving up some love.

Below are some more examples of projects using products from the Sugar & Spice line:


A Sweet New Year

It’s 2022 and I have a long list of crafty goals. Hopefully many of them will be sweet enough to stick. To kick off this sweet new year, I am sharing my first project for Brutus Monroe’s 2022 Inspiration Team. We are starting the year off on a sweet note with some new Valentine’s products. You can view all those here.

For this card, I used the new “Sweet Candy” stamp set. I started by embossing some of the smaller images on the background with Alabaster Sparkle Embossing Powder. Then I blended Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar, and added a bit of Seedless Preserves on the edges. I finished it off by splattering water.

All the images were stamped in Raven Ink and colored with copics. There is also a coordinating die set to go with “Sweet Candy” .

I used Salvaged Patina Distress ink on white cardstock to create a coordinating layer and die cut for the sentiment. The sentiment is also done with Alabaster Sparkle Embossing Powder. I finished it off with some glitter glue and rhinestones for a little extra sparkle.

Don’t forget to checkout all the fun new products at Brutus Monroe and check back next week for more Sweet Inkspiration!


Something spooky this way comes…

Hey gals and ghouls, have you checked out the terrifyingly awesome new fall release at Brutus Monroe? Along with all the gorgeous autumn stamp sets and new fall Chroma Mists, fun and festive papers and creepy Halloween monsters, you will find this adorable set of “Spooky Kids.” They are sure to delight this Halloween. Take a trick-or-treating adventure with them.

This spooky Halloween treat box was made using Brutus Monroe’s Lime Pillow Boxes. Keeping it flat, I used Purple Galaxy Glaze with a star stencil. I layered a black felt doily and a circle die cut of one of the designs from the new “Happy Haunting” paper pad. I colored the witch from the Spooky Kids set with Copics and die cut a few layers to make her stand out. I added some Fabulous Fibers behind her for an accent.

To check out an interactive card I made using some of the other characters from “Spooky Kids,” check out this post. You can see the video here.


How Sweet It Is

So sweet it makes my tooth hurt! How adorable are these two cuties sitting at the ice cream parlor? Looks like they are waiting for some sweet treats, maybe some Neopolitan Ice Cream. If you take a close look in the window, that’s exactly what you’ll see. Neopolitan Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground make this card a giant scoop of fabulous.

Look close and you will see all the deliciousness this blend has to offer. From sprinkles, clay pieces, shimmers and sparkles to gold outlined ice cream cones and sundaes, this blend hits all the sweet spots. The color pallet of pinks, browns and white are reminiscent of the strawberry, chocolate and vanilla of Neapolitan ice cream. So many shapes and sizes make this blend delicious!

This cute couple is from the “Sweet Valentine” stamp set from Brutus Monroe. I stamped it in Raven Detail ink and colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Brutus Monroe’s Conversation Clippings. This set was the perfect match for Neapolitan Sparkle Blends. This blend is a previous release so supplies are limited. Head to the shop to grab yours before the sweetness runs out!

A Flamazing Pig

I’m tickled pink over this new Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground. “You’re Flamazing” is a bright pink blend that can be used in many ways.

For this project, I wanted to a pink pig so I removed the flamingos from the blend. But, as you can see I was still able to use one as a lawn ornament. I also created a flower cluster with different elements from the blend.

To create this scene, I used the Penny the Pig Roundimal stamp and die set from Brutus Monroe. I used the die to cut the pig shape out of a piece of cardstock. Then I stamped the pig on a piece of acetate using Staz-On. The shaker is backed with pink paper. I created the scene repeating a fence stamp from “Hog Heaven” by MFT. That’s also where the stencil came from. I colored the fence and grass with Copics. For the sky I used the cloud stencil from MFT with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink and blending brush.

So the moral of this story – don’t shy away from a blend just becuase it may have an element that you don’t think you will use. You can always pick apart blends and tailor them to your needs. Head over to the shop to see all the amazing possibilities.


To Dive For

This blue haired mermaid is swimming along in a sea of beautiful shells, pearls, sequins and so much more.

The underwater scene came to life with the “Mermaid Kisses” stamp and die set from Brutus Monroe. Everything was colored with Copics and mounted atop a background from Catherine Pooler’s 6X6 Seaside patterned paper pack. The sentiment was stamped in the coordinating Sea Glass ink.

But the real stars under this sea are all the thingamabobs in the the “Just Keep Swimming” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. This underwater mix is just to dive for. It’s got gadgets and gizmos aplenty.

Look close and you will find all sorts of under water creatures including various types of fish, seashells, sparkle discs, bubbles…the list goes on. And the color palette leaves so many options for coordinating patterned papers. I used pieces from Just Keep Swimming to decorate the outside of the card as well.

The pink starfish in the mermaid’s hair are one of the many different clay pieces that include 3 different types of fish. I used various discs and sequins to create bubbles. And of course, the clear colored bubbles to complete this scene. If you love this blend as much as I do, swim on over to the shop and grab yours!

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.