Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #757

 Hello friends!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fabulous sketch by Debbie. 

My card features products from Brutus Monroe and I am so pleased with how this turned out.


The card base is Glacier card stock from Spellbinders.  The card panel I used the circles stencil from Brutus Monroe masking off the section for my focal point.  I used blue, purple and pink inks.  Then I used the Fabulous Florals die set cutting them from white card stock.  I colored the flowers using the same blue, purple and pink inks.  The center piece and the leaves I colored with green inks.  The flower pieces I then covered with embossing ink and used Pearl embossing powder.  The sentiment is from a Tonic Studios craft kit.  It's a die that I cut using lavender mirror card stock also from Tonic Studios.


Isn't that pearl shine gorgeous!  I just love it.

I do hope you'll join us at TMS.  Leave some love for the team!

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #756

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by!  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and we're collaborating with our friends at Double Trouble Paper Crafting. Please visit either blogs for details!

My card features Retro Rainbow papers from Brutus Monroe and Floral stamp from Tonic Studios.  I'm not sure how this using anything old from my stash, but in my stash nonetheless and needed some attention!


The patterns of the papers remind me of crazy fun socks so why not use them!!

I hope you'll join us, you have plenty of time as this challenge runs 2 weeks.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Birthstone Challenge May-June

Hello!  It's time for another challenge at Birthstone Challenge.  This challenge will run until June 15th.  The birthstones are Pearl and Emerald and the twist is Engagement/Wedding/Anniversary.

My card for this challenge is made from a paper pad I have had forever!  I don't know how long this has been in stash but it's perfect for this challenge.  If you can't tell, I am showcasing pearl.  I did pair it with with a neutral Kraft and it's absolutely beautiful!


All the dies are from Tonic Studios - some from different memory books sets and the big daisy is from the Blooming Bouquet set.  This turned out so pretty... took most of the day to put it together, but the outcome was worth the time.

I hope to see you over at Birthstone Challenge.

Brutus Monroe - Snowglobe Keepsake

 Hello.  Thanks for stopping by.  I have a card I am so proud of for my Brutus Monroe card share.

Have you ever received a trinket or box or something that you absolutely cherished and it was displayed on a bookshelf?  That's what my card is all about....



I used the Brutus Monroe Die of the Month (April) Snowglobe.  First off, I washed some Pearl Aqua Pigment over some watercolor paper.  Once it was dry I die cut all the pieces from the die set.  The base of the snowglobe was die cut from a piece of cardstock that I covered in embossing ink and then embossed with Bubbly embossing powder.  This, if you can't tell by the name, is a champagne gold embossing powder that is absolutely beautiful!

Putting the snowglobe together to create this beautiful winter scene was accomplished with lots of dimensional foam tape. 


I created the base using woodgrain card stock from Lawn Fawn.  It was white until I recolored it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I cut some strips and adhered with dimensional foam tape to create the shelves and then added some books onto those shelves using the Spectacular Spines washi tape.  Before adding the snowglobe to the shelf, I had to make it extra special....


I ADDED LIGHTS!  I have always wanted to put lights in a card.  I was on a design a couple of years ago for iCrafter.  On this team was a super talented lady, Amanda Stevens, who also owns Pear Blossom Press which offers EZ-Light.  These really are easy, you don't have to figure out anything except placement! 

I hope you like my card and find inspiration from it.

Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #755

 Hey friends!  Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a fun one.  I enjoyed the creative outlet this card gave me while making it.

My card features Tonic Studios Craft Kit called Boots and Bouquets.  This is a lovely 2D set with stamps and matching dies.  Although it looks gray in the photo, the card I used is Blue Frost Pearlescent Card.  I enjoyed watercoloring with watercolor pencils and Zig Real Brush markers.  


The background die I used is also in the kit.  I stamped the image on Tim Holtz watercolor paper with embossing ink and used Raven detail embossing powder from Brutus Monroe.  When I finished coloring the images I "washed" the background with watery Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink.  I added some die cut leaves behind the oval cut image.  I embossed the sentiment on the same Blue Frost paper.  

I hope you can draw some inspiration from my card and that you'll play along.  Please leave some love for the team!

Friday, April 26, 2024

Color My Heart Color Dare #598

  Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  Color My Heart Color Dare #598 is up and ready for your fun and creativity!

This challenge is....

Shades of Pink, Green and Yellow

My card for you today is so girly and so pretty.  I am featuring flower dies and rectangle dies from Pink & Main and the watering can is from a Tonic Studios Craft Kit called Summer Garden.


I made the flowers using 3 different sizes of dies in 2 shades of yellow.  Added light green leaves.   The pink frame I made by cutting out one size rectangle and then cutting out the center 2 sizes smaller.  

The sentiment is cut from Pearlescent Card from Tonic Studios in Coral Pink.  The die cut is also from Tonic that also embosses but now I can't remember which die set it came from!   I placed this on a watering can image that I die cut from silver metallic card stock.


Here you can see that shine of the metallic card I used. And to see those beautiful flowers and the stitched detail from the rectangle die I used.

I do hope you'll join us for this color challenge!

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #754

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate your visit.  Please leave a comment so I know you were here.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's such an easy sketch with simple elements that you'll use it again and again.

My card features some new products from Tonic Studios...


Okay, well maybe only one new product from Tonic Studios.  This features the most gorgeous 3D embossing folder from Tonic that was released this past week - it's called Pretty Petal Trellis.  I embossed it on some white card then I colored with pink and gold embellishment mousse.  I also used Bubblegum Pink Classic Card and Glazed Chestnut Pearlescent card.  The sentiment is also a Tonic Studios die that was gifted to me.  I did add some gems that are from Brutus Monroe.

I do hope you'll join us for the challenge.  We'll see you over at TMS.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #753

 Hello hello hello!  Thank you for stopping by!  I do appreciate you came by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches - pretty easy elements.

My card features products from Brutus Monroe March 1 release. 


This is the Sentiments of Wings stamp set and the Build a Butterfly stencil.  I created the butterfly using Pumpkin Velveteen glaze and Black Pearl Chroma Glaze.  After I colored I tried applying Opal Chroma Glaze to give it some sheen  - it worked, but it picked up all the other colors and smeared a little.  I'm not mad about it at all - it gave shadow and depth and interest.

I do hope you'll join us at TMS for the challenge.  I think you'll enjoy it.  Leave some leave for the team!

Friday, April 12, 2024

Color My Heart Color Dare #596

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  Color My Heart Color Dare #596 is up and ready for your fun and creativity!

This challenge is....

BLACK, BROWN plus 1 OTHER COLOR

Interesting color palette and it was a challenge for me for sure!  I have to admit I took to Pinterest for guidance.  There wasn't much that inspired me, which was unusual, but it did remind me of a paper pack I have had for age.


I pulled out this paper pad which is black and kraft.  I thought it was perfect for this pocket watch I made from the Clocks and Cogs Tonic Craft Kit - which was the first ever craft kit I got when I became a subscriber.  The watch is actually made from cream card stock and Majestic Gold specialty card but this picture just doesn't do the card justice.  It's been so ugly here, it's difficult to get a good picture.

I hope you'll join us for this color challenge.  See you there!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Brutus Monroe

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.

For today's card share - this honestly was a labor of love.  You see, I am not so great with a craft knife, but patience, perseverance and a sore finger, I created what my mind saw!


This is actually a stencil!  I traced the image onto some white card stock and then proceeded to take the next couple of hours to cut it out using a craft knife.  We all admire people with knife skills - kitchen or craft room.  I remember going to a crop years ago and watching a guy cut out a page for his wife's scrapbook.  I'm telling you - this guy was a human laser cutter with that knife.  I was so envious!

Anyway, after I cut out the image and put in LOTS of dimensional foam tape to section off the dragon from the book and filled it with sequins that I have had in stash for a lot of years!  As I am organizing my craft room I am discovering a ton of supplies that I need to use.

I absolutely love the sentiment I chose for this card.  It says "Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional."  Is that not the most perfect for a storybook theme?

Well, what do you think?

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #752

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

My card features Brutus Monroe products, Inspirational Wreath and Vines A2 Pierce die.  


I colored the image with various Copic markers.  I love the A2 pierce plates from Brutus Monroe, they only have a couple and they are wonderful!

I do hope you'll join us at TMS for the challenge.  Leave some love for the team!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Brutus Monroe Butterfly Folio

 Hello! Thanks for stopping by.  I am so proud of my project that I am sharing with you today.  I have recently discovered the art of folios.  I am enamored by making these!!  I recently made one for my cousin who just had a baby.  That was the start.  I'm currently working on one for my sister as sort of a yearbook but just for her 2nd grade class.  The school's theme was Disney and my sister chose Mary Poppins.  I am having so much fun with it!

Okay but back to this one... I actually started creating this folio about a week or so before the Mar 1 release.  Christopher Alan had sneak peeked the paper pad and that got my wheels churning.  I found this folio on MayMay Made It that Shannon designed.  I really loved it but I needed a 6x6 size so I went about to figuring out those measurements.  I had to do math!  Eeek.  LOL

Here's one photo but it's easier to see all the details on the video.


Here are some other photos, but please go to my Instagram page @stampedbym to see the video.  Blogger won't let me post it here.










I love how this turned out and I am looking so forward to making more!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #751

 Hello friends  - thank you so much for stopping by.  I do hope you'll leave me a comment so I know you were here.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's really easy.  We're playing with layers.

My card features gorgeous papers from Tonic Studios, a sentiment by Tonic Studios that was gifted to me and the beautiful Vintage Doily die set from Brutus Monroe.  This is such an easy card - it went together in minutes.


How sweet is this card in shades of pink?  Unfortunately it's really difficult to photograph mirror card stock.

I do hope you'll join us at TMS - this is a great challenge.  Be sure to leave some love for the team, they did an amazing job on their cards!

Friday, March 29, 2024

Color My Heart Color Dare #594

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  Color My Heart Color Dare #594 is up and ready for your fun and creativity!

This challenge is....


It's time for a six pack challenge - I chose Sapphire, Pine and Jade.

My card features a beautiful new stamp/die set from Brutus Monroe - Inspirational Wreath.


I don't make shaker cards very often but this one was really fun to do.  It took 2 tries, the first one I failed miserably.  

I do hope you'll join us for the challenge.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Brutus Monroe Flying by Butterfly

 Hello!  Today's card share is just to fun!!  I haven't made a card in FOR-EV-ER that moves.  Check this out....


I made this interactive card featuring a butterfly from Wings of Lace.  I used a die set from my stash that cuts in the sliding track.  Before putting the card together I ran that panel through the die cut machine with the pierce cover plate.  This cover plate happens to be a favorite of Melissa's! This card was super simple to put together and just has the cutest movement.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #750

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's a really easy sketch.  I think you'll like using it.

My card this week features some beautiful flowers and mixed media products from Tonic Studios.


For this card I first colored some white card stock with this beautiful Embellishment Mousse in Lilac Lavender. Once it was dry, which doesn't take very long, I die cut the flowers that is in the Ornate Circular die set.  I also cut out an egg shape (no brand die) and using a stencil in my stash I decorated the egg with the mousse on the top portion of the egg.  The bottom portion I brushed on more mousse and then when it dried, using Lilac Whisper Glitter drops I added lots of dots! 

I also die cut a larger egg in heavy vellum from Papertrey Ink and embossed then using an embossing folder gave it some texture.  The flowers were made from 2 of the same color (mousse), then aubergine craft perfect card stock and then eggplant card stock.  The centers are white pearl Nuvo Drops.

The 'Happy Easter' sentiment is from the Bunny & Egg Tonic Craft Kit.


This picture gives you a better look at the GORGEOUS mousse on the back panel and you can see the brush strokes from the blending brush that I used.

I hope you like this card as much as I do and it inspires you to join us.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Brutus Monroe - Thank You for Being There

 There is something about butterflies that elicits the feeling of new beginnings, ethereal feelings and Spring!  The card I created for my Wednesday share is all this and so much more.  It's soft, it's pretty, it's just lovely....


BRU1055 Butterfly Lace Stamp and Die Bundle
BRU1820 Wings of Lace
BRU7241 Gems - Rose Quartz
BRU1290 Aqua Pigment - Creamy Violet
BRU9952 Aqua Pigment - Creamy Blue
BRU2470 Embossing Powder - Alabaster
BRU2517 Embossing Powder - Icicle
BRU9917 Aqua Splash - Violet
BRU3951 Aqua Splash - Raven

I made a watercolor background that is so dreamy.  Before applying color, I heat embossed the image with icicle embossing powder for a resist technique.  Then applying the Creamy Violet Aqua Pigment to the stamp using a baby wipe, I stamped and then die cut the largest butterfly in the background stamp.  I used Raven Aqua Splash to "paint" in the butterfly body and then added 3 gems in Rose Quartz on the body.  I finished the card with the sentiment heat embossed on black card stock with Alabaster embossing powder.


I absolutely love how this card turned out.  I love Aqua Pigments.  I have always wanted to try these and now I'm hooked.  The Creamy colors that were released this month are Distress Oxide adjacent and so perfect.  I hope Christopher Alan releases more colors!


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #749

 Hello friends!  Thank you for stopping by, I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and it's an easy one.

My card features the Strawberry Patch Aug 2022 Die Kit of the Month from Spellbinders and a sentiment from Close to My Heart that my friend and team mate Patti sent me.


I enjoyed putting this together, the die is so easy to work with and with a few shades of cardstock, the die does all the work.  

I do hope you'll join us at TMS - it's a lot of fun and leave some love for the team.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Brutus Monroe - Envelope Box Card

 Hello friends - thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  My card share for this week for Brutus Monroe features many products from the March release.  Can I just say, I am totally enamored by this release.


I made this card using the WRMK 1-2-3 Punchboard.  This was a challenge to figure out and I'm not sure my directions are still quite right.  I went through several proto-types.  But here my basic instructions - please ensure you follow every carpenters golden rule "measure twice - cut once" - I say measure more.

Start with a 7 5/8” square piece of cardstock.  Using the 1-2-3 Envelope Punchboard and following the score mark for a 4” x 5” card size, make the envelope box but do not score on top and bottom.  Then round the corners.  Line up the rounded edge of the top in your paper trimmer at 6 ½” – this will be a little tricky, but I used a ruler lined up at 6 ½ vertically and then bumped the rounded corner up against the metal ruler.  Cut the bottom off and set aside.  Fold on your score lines and burnish.  Cut a strip of card stock at 1 ¾” x 5 1/8 and score at 3/8” on both ends.  Then trim off a hair from each end.  I ultimately cut off 1/8” of each end.  Then adhere this strip to the inside of your envelope box, butting the edge to the back.  Do one side and then the other – this I found the easiest and ensured that the overall card will lay flat.  Then take the bottom piece you cut off earlier and cut off sides and trim to your liking.  Mine measures about 2 ¼ cutting off the rounded corner ¼” inch.  You don’t have to do this, I personally don’t like the corner or rounded corner sticking up in the middle of the envelope.  But, you do you, create your own ending.  I also followed a really old video of Christopher Alan’s for how to use the 1-2-3 Punchboard to create a lining for envelope.  But basically I made the same size as the base and then just trimmed off the sides and the bottom used that for my decorative panel.  I added this before I adhered the inside cross bar and bottom part of the envelope on.  Then decorate as you wish!  I used strips of heavy acetate on the butterflies.  If you want your sentiment to be directly on the card and not a separate element, stamp this first before adhering the bottom to the base.


Ultimately, I think once you get through one, making more will be super easy to do!  I hope my card inspires you to try something new or different or maybe even old.  I know I've had this punchboard for than 10 years and every time I use it I think to myself, why don't I use this more often?!

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #748

 Hello!  I'm back from sunny California.  I was there visiting my kids for a week and it was wonderful.  We enjoyed our time together doing this and that.  Did a birthday celebration for my oldest son.  And I finally had a good Mexican meal!

But now it's back home, catching up at work and my dog is irritated with me but happy to be in his own home and away from the "little girls" which are the ex-husband's chihuahuas.

Anyway, the latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and this one is a great one because it's way open.  Great for building a scene.  My card features dies and a stencil from Tonic Studios.  The little stamps decorating the bowl are really old, from a company called Raisin Boat - I sure do miss them!  And the frame die is from Pink & Main.


I bought the Creative Pastimes die set months ago and used it a few weeks ago on a card that had a yarn ball and knitting needles.  Well the bowl is actually supposed to be a basket, but I stamped on it and then covered it in clear embossing powder so that it looks like a vintage glass bowl.  When I got this set I put the whisk together right away because when I saw the set my mind right to that whisk having a dollop of cream on it.  So this piece has been sitting on my table ever since.  It was time to put it good use!

I do hope you'll join us at TMS.  Be sure to leave the team some love!

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #747

 Hello!  I hope everyone is doing well.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and although this may look a little challenging it's really an easy sketch.  Remember, a shape is just a shape and it takes many forms.  I kept my card true to the sketch but you are the creator of your art.  You make this sketch work for you.

My card features A Walk on the Wildside from Tonic Studios.  Originally this was released earlier this year in a Tonic Craft Kit that you could only get by subscription but Tonic Studios brought it back about a month or so ago for individual purchase.


The die set does have other critters such as a koala bear, sloth and alligator along with plants and flowers.  It's a super cute set.  There is a coordinating stamp set which is where I got the sentiment from.  I just love it!  I embossed it using gold embossing powder.  The leaves are also from Tonic Studios that I picked up on sale.  And I did use Shimmer Splash from Brutus Monroe in Gilded (gold).  Oh the hexagons are from the Christmas Bauble kit and I used a Glitter Marker in Lemon Drizzle to just give the edges a bit of shine.

I do hope you'll join us at TMS and be sure to leave some love for the team!

Friday, March 1, 2024

Color My Heart Color Dare #590

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  Color My Heart Color Dare #590 is up and ready for your fun and creativity!

This challenge is....


My card features a super sweet die set from Brutus Monroe called Tea for Two.  I hope the grayish white of his beard counts as neutral - in my book it does.


My colors are a little deeper but that's how I colored them. I needed depth and boldness in color.  And yellow clouds!  Those clouds look like cotton candy!

Give this color palette a go!  I think you'll like it!!

Birthstone Challenge March-April

 Hello!  It's time for another challenge at Birthstone Challenge.  This challenge will run until April 15th.  The birthstones are Aquamarine and Diamond and the twist is Birthday.  This couldn't be more perfect for me than had I suggested this myself.  My boys were born in March and my daughter in April so this is totally them.  LOL

I love this card, too!  Check it out....


I started with a heart stencil and some Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste to create my background.  I then die cut some flowers from the Blooming Bouquet Box from Tonic Studios.  The vines are from Layered Circle die.


The sentiment I foiled onto some Holographic card stock from Simon Says Stamp using Teal hot foil from Spellbinders and the hot foil plate that I think is from Pink Fresh Studio but I'm not positive.  I am so pleased with how well this foiled onto this card stock.

I do hope to see you join our challenge!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Brutus Monroe - Spring Birdhouse

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I have such a great card to share with you today.  At least, I think it's pretty great.

BRU2054 Smells Like Spring Stamp Set
BRU2238 Smells Like Spring Coordinating Die Set
BRU2115 Birdhouses
STENCILSUB Gears Galore
BRU6175 Chroma Mist - Merlot
BRU2828 Foil Reactive Embossing Powder
BRU19027 Foil Transfer Sheet - Silver Sketch




I was inspired by Christopher Allen and Candi who recently shared projects made with foil and foil reactive embossing powder.  Smells Like Spring is fixing to retire so I needed to jump on using this set right away while it's still available for purchase and at an amazing price!



First, I put the Gears Galore stencil on some white card and spritzed and spritzed and then spritzed a little more with Merlot Chroma Mist.  What an amazing color!  Then when that dried I stamped the flowers and added the foil reactive embossing powder and used the Silver Sketch foil in a few places on the background - it didn't work great but that was my fault.  It was a little hard to see!  

I then stamped the birdhouse and colored it using Distress Oxide Inks in Hickory Smoke, Weathered Wood and Black Soot.  I also stamped the flowers and colored using various shades of alcohol markers.  I then used a foil transfer pen and more of the Silver Sketch foil  for a bit more of added shine.  Overall, I am really happy with this card.  I think it turned out lovely.


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #746

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches and I would really like you to think brushstrokes.  You don't have to, but it could be a lot of fun.

My card features Embellishment Mousse from Tonic Studios lovely flowers and sentiment from Brutus Monroe.  The card stock is Dove from Concord & 9th.


I started off with painting Embellishment mousse in gray and pink with a very stiff stencil brush.  You know the kind, the one that looks like my Grandpa's shaving cream brush?  Using this is what allowed for the brushstrokes and in person, this is so amazing and the pink looks pink instead of white.

I heat embossed the flowers with Raven embossing powder from Brutus Monroe and then colored then with the embellishment mousse by thinning it with water and painting.  The leaves I colored with alcohol markers.  The sentiment is from Super Sentimental also from Brutus Monroe.  

The flowers are part of set called Smells Like Spring which is on the Retirement List.  You can get the set and coordinating die set for $26.99!  

I hope you'll join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches and be sure to leave the team some love!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Brutus Monroe - Let Your Light Shine

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I have a card to share with you that I am so proud of!  This turned out better than I expected.  Please visit the Brutus Monroe online shop - unfortunately, at this time, the Wild Lines set is out of stock but crossing fingers it'll be back soon.

BRU3785-2 Wild Lines
BRU1613 Safari
BRU3853 Safari Stripes 4x4 Stencil
BRU1651 Safari Conversation Clippings
BRU4034 Chroma Glaze - Black Pearl
BRU4616 Masking Paper - 4.25"x5.5"




I created this encouragement card featuring the Wild Lines and Safari stamp sets.  Firstly, I created the base layer by slathering on the Chroma glaze through the stencil.  This took some time as the stencil is 4x4 and I'm using a 4x5.25 layer of card stock.  After the first side dried I did the second side and set that aside dry.  Then using various Distress Oxide inks I went about to create this beautifully ink blended background.  Stamped the images onto the background and colored in using black marker to create the silhouettes.  The birds are random dies.  Then I finished off the card by foiling a sentiment from the Conversation Clippings with gold foil.



Did you know that the Brutus Monroe has a great selection of Conversation Clippings and Card Panels that you can foil using Deco Foil and a heat source such as a laminator?  If not, now you do!  The price point is great and they are a great element for your cards!

Thank you again for your visit!


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tuesday Morning Sketches #745

 Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.  The latest sketch is up at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

My card features dies and paper from Tonic Studios.


This was a really easy card to put together by cutting out the panels and layering it all up.  There is no special technique, just layers.

I hope my easy card inspires you to keep it simple this week!  I hope to see you over at the TMS blog and be sure to leave the team some love!

Friday, February 16, 2024

Color My Heart Color Dare #588

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by.  Color My Heart Color Dare #588 is up and ready for your fun and creativity!

This week we've got another Fancy Five challenge...


Use at least 3 - my card is actually featuring 4 of the 5; Sundance, Lagoon, Scarlet and Paprika.  These colors screamed Moroccan to me.  My card also features dies from another Tonic Studios Craft Kit.  The kit actually makes an apothecary box.


The base started with smearing some Nuvo embellishment paste on a panel, then I added some Vintage Drops and the spritzed some sparkle spray in this warm gold shade.  I let that dry and then ran it through an embossing folder.

I then die cut a couple of the patterned dies using Scarlet and Black mirror card.  I stamped the Lagoon square with the stamp that comes in the kit.  The sentiment is from another kit called Time Spent with Friends.  Then I added a lot of Drops - Glitter Drops, Dream Drops and Crystal Drops to decorate.  This card looks like Moroccan tiles, don't you think?

What will you do with these colors?

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Brutus Monroe - Birthday Bears Shaker

 Hello! Thank you for stopping by.  I have a really cute Brutus Monroe birthday shaker card to share with you.  I love this!!

My card features:

BRU4579 Birthday Bears
BRU8869 Aqua Pigment - Yellow
BRU8883 Aqua Pigment - Blue
BRU8845 Aqua Pigment - Red
BRU6333 Ultra Fine Embossing Powder - Raven
BRU3690 Clear Acetate 4.25"x5.5" Heat Resistant
BRU9033  Aqua Pigment Watercolor Paper


I made a fun shaker birthday card featuring the Birthday Bears stamp set.  But first I started with creating a background by painting stripes onto a piece of watercolor paper using Aqua Pigment in blue and then added some red to make purple.  While that piece dried I went to work on creating the pocket.  I made the shaker pocket by first heat embossing the sentiment onto the acetate, then scoring 1/4" along each edge.  Folding on those score lines and really burnishing those edges.  Once my background piece was dry, I cut it down and sealed it inside the pocket and added some sequins before sealing up the final edge.  I also heat embossed the stamped images onto watercolor paper and did some super easy water coloring.  Aqua Pigments mix beautifully for other color shades.  Blue + Red = Purple and Yellow + Red = Orange.  The bear I watercolored using Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap.


The picture below gets the sequins out of the way so you can see the sentiment.  I just LOVE heat resistant acetate!  It's so fun to use.


I hope you enjoy this card and it inspires you.  Have a wonderful day!!