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!


Farewell to summer but not to mermaids

If you’ve been to my blog or you know me IRL, then that headline needs no explanation. If this is your first visit to my blog, Welcome! I love mermaids.

This lovely lady is from an amazing company called Sassy & Crafty. If you’ve never heard of them, leave now! Nothing on this blog is as awesome as what they have! Trust me.

This is my second card using her. You can check out the first here. This is one of those sets that instantly inspired me with so many ideas. So you know that means there are more coming! For this one, the stars on her head made me think of Wonder Woman, and since Sassy & Crafty has these amazing comic book stencils, I just had to.

I had so much fun playing and creating this action packed fin flapper. Each segment of the background was created separately using different pieces from the Comic Book Stencil #1 and Comic Book Stencil #2 sets. All of them used one color of Distress Inks. I blended the background and then used the same color on top with the stencil. On the red, I added Brutus Monroe Scarlet Glitter Glaze on some of the stars. On the yellow I used Picket Fence Studio’s Paper Glaze in Daffodil Yellow. And, on the blue I used the stencil twice, moving it slightly to create the dots. Then I went over some of the dots with Nuvo Glitter Marker in Imperial Blue.

For my friend Shelly, I colored her with Copics. I added Wink of Stella in Clear to her hair. I used glitter gel pens on her star crown and fins and lastly added some highlights with a white pen. For the sentiment bubble, I used the stencil with yellow ink, then outlined it with a fine tip black marker and cut around it. The final touch was stars and sequins from Doodles Paper Playground’s Stars & Stripes Sparkle Blend. These days, it’s hard for a card to feel complete to me without a touch of a blend.

I hope you enjoy Wonder Merwoman in all her sparkly glory. Stay tuned to see how she disguises herself next and give me a shout if you have any suggestions! In the meantime, don’t forget to Make stuff and be happy!