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!
…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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.