Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bought With Love

Hi Everybody,

I was planning a visit to see my Mother In Law in the hospital and wanted to take something to her so I bought this cute snowman in which you can track the days until Christmas.  I told her she could use it in the meantime to track the number of days until she could come home.  :)

The only bag I could find was plain white with handles. Well that wasn't going to work, so I decorated it simply to look like a snowman to match what I was giving her.  You can add hair, earmuffs, etc.  

I used this stamp set from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called Christmas Tag Sentiments.  These sentiments are all so great!  They are a nice size and fun to use.  She always brags about how I make her everything so I love this stamp that says made and scratched out, bought with love. 

Here's what the stamp set looks like

I made two tags.... first  I made this red and green one.  I love how these inks look on this tag.  I used Colorbox Cherry and Jalapeno.  The tag is cute but kind of blended in too much with the white bag so I made another one that looks like chalkboard.  

For the black tag, I used Gina K Designs Black Onyx Cardstock and her white pigment ink.  This ink provides excellent coverage and dries pretty fast. I went around the edge with the white ink and added a few enamel dots from the Eyelet Outlet. The black and white gingham ribbon is also from Gina K Designs. The red and white twine is from We R Memory Keepers. I glued a snowflake from my stash on top of the ribbon and twine to add some sparkle and interest and added some white dots with a Sigmo Uniball White Gel Pen. 

I used Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight White Cardstock for the other one, the Colorbox Inks mentioned above, went around edge with the red ink and added a few enamel dots from Eyelet Outlet.  I needed some sparkle so I cut out a few stars from red and green glitter paper using the Star Dies. The beautiful red and white ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  They have a monthly ribbon club and put together a beautiful assortment of ribbons that coordinate together.  I used the Christmas Assortment.  I am really impressed with the quality of the ribbon from this company.  

Go ahead and buy the solid color bags with the handles from a dollar store and decorate it yourself.  Another idea I had was to stamp the sentiments all over the bag. Tags make your gift more interesting and they're quick and fun to make.

I hope I inspired you to make some tags for your gifts this year. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Merry Christmas

Hi Everybody,

I made this Christmas card for today's post using Brutus Monroe products and I'm also up on the Brutus Monroe blog today. 

I don't make a lot of square cards but sometimes when I'm using a 6"x6" stencil and I want to keep most of the background, I'll make it square.  This card base is 5-1/2"x5-1/2".  

I started by using a sheet of this pretty gray cardstock from the Kaleidoscope Wings Inspiration Kit.  An alternative would be to use the Lunchbag cardstock that is the Kraft color.  I wanted to use the Snowflake Stencil and make it glittery and dimensional.  I decided to use some Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Embossing Paste in Frosted Dawn Sparkle.  It has the exact look that I was going for!  You just spread the paste over the taped down stencil with a palette knife, get the excess off to put back in the jar and then pull off the stencil carefully.  It needs to dry for a few hours so keep that in mind when using this, but it's worth it.

Next I grabbed a cup of Gevalia Mocha Latte (because it is expresso coffee) and sat down to color some of the stamps in the new Comfort and Joy Holiday Kit. I stamped the images with Memento Black Tuxedo Ink and colored with Copic Markers, just using 2 reds and 2 greens.  I use Xpress It Blending Card when coloring with Copics. I decided to fussy cut them out which was a little bit of a challenge with the holly leaves but I took my time and was able to do it.  I popped these up with Scrapbook Adhesives Black 3D Foam Squares.  

I embossed the Merry Christmas sentiment on Wagon Cardstock with Brutus Monroe Ultra Fine Alabaster Embossing Powder and cut out with a banner die. 

To finish it off I added some gold glitter Stickles to the center of the poinsettia and glossy accents on the berries. 

This was a fun card to make!  Grab the coloring media of choice and a stencil and make a beautiful Christmas card. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

So Happy

Hi Everybody,

I have only been on the Sweet 'N Sassy Design Team a few months and I'm so excited to be a part of their 10th Anniversary Celebration.  There are lots of giveaways and surprises in store.  HERE'S A LINK outlining everything.

I used the stamp set below from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called So Happy.  

I made a couple of Quick and Easy birthday cards using this stamp set.  There are SO many possibilities.....

Through the entire month of November EVERY $50 order* will also include the “So Happy” stamp set, a $15.95 value, at no additional charge!! No coupon required.
*Order must total $50 after discounts and before tax and shipping.

I have been wanting to make a card for so long just using a blob of watercolor as the background so that's what I did with this one.  I used Bristol Smooth paper and wet it first in the middle and then just added some Gambai Tambi Watercolor Paint in a purple color, I think it's #135.  I let it go wherever it wanted to.  I heat set it, added a little more color and swirled it around a little with a paint brush.  Next I embossed the word Happy with Brutus Monroe Ultrafine Alabaster Embossing Powder. I also embossed the word Birthday with the Alabaster on black cardstock and cut it down into a strip.  The silver glitter strip is a strip of glitter paper just cut into a strip.  I layered it on black cardstock and added a few clear sequins. 

For this card, I used Blue Lagoon cardstock by Gina K Designs, Turquoise Sea would also work.  I used the MISTI to stamp and space out the word, Happy, and embossed with Brutus Monroe Ultrafine Alabaster Embossing Powder.  Also embossed the word Birthday same powder.  I had used Thermoweb Transfer Gel with a stencil and foiled with Rainbow Decofoil so I cut a couple of thin strips and adhered to the sides.  This foil just screams birthday, celebration, etc., to me.  I added some clear sequins to finish it off. 

I think you will have a lot of fun with this stamp set and it would also make a great gift for a crafty friend. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cozy Coffee

Hi Everybody,

Coffee stamps are very popular right now so I am using this cute stamp set from Brutus Monroe called Cozy Coffee. I love the sweaters the coffee cups have on, as well as the sentiments and the font used.  I made this card for my Mother in Law who is in the hospital right now and she LOVES coffee, which is really probably an understatement. :)

For the background I used the stencil called Jagged Heart.  I used a palette knife and spread Nuvo Mousse in Burnished Bronze over the openings in the stencil.  I love the shine and dimension from this mousse and it dries pretty quick as well, which is a huge plus for me because I do not like to wait to finish the card because of drying time.

I stamped the coffee cups with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copic Markers.  I used Fall colors because that is what my MIL likes, especially green, her favorite color. 

I cut a strip of clear vellum to go across the middle of the card adhering it with Stick It and placing coffee cups on the vellum staggered popped up with pop dots.

HERE'S A TIP:  Stick It will not show under vellum as long as you don't mess the sticky part up, like with your finger.  

The sentiment was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and cut out with a stitched oval die.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo to go around the edges of the die and card stock the stencil was used on.  It bothers me to see light edges for some reason.

To finish it off I used some brown, glitter enamel dots and clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen on parts of the cup.

For the inside, I used another scalloped edge die and kraft card stock.  I stamped the sentiment using Memento Rich Cocoa and the hearts with Memento Bamboo Leaves.  I stamped the hearts in green because that is my MIL's favorite color. 

Here's another version using patterned paper from Authentique. 

This stamp set is so much fun to color!  I hope you'll give it a 'shot' LOL, get it, shot?  :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Warm Cocoa Wishes

Hi Everybody,

It has been in the high 70's the last few weeks and now it's in the low 60's and 50's.  That's COLD for Mississippi weather lol.  I know, if you live up North you're chuckling right now. :)

I love to drink flavored coffees and hot chocolate when it starts getting cooler outside so I thought it was time to pull out this stamp set by Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called Winnie's Warm Wishes

I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the background called Holiday Knit.  I love this stencil for holiday and winter cards.  For the very first time, I used my new Clarity Stencil Brushes.  I like the soft look but you do have to apply many layers.  I tend to press harder with a jumbo sponge dauber and always seem to make it darker than I would've liked so these definitely will solve that problem.  I used Gina K Designs Ocean Mist and Jellybean Green Inks and card stocks. 

I colored the cups with Copic Markers and added Nuvo drops in Gloss White on the marshmallows for some dimension and shine.  For some subtle shine on the hearts, I used the Sakura Glitter Pen in Clear Star.  

You'll notice there is one cup in this set.... I mirrored it to make the other one. I used a piece of acetate and stamped the cup in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and pressed it gently on the card stock.  It's not going to stamp as crisp as the original one but I went over it with a black Faber Castel PITT Artist Pen with super fine tip and cut them out. 

Next I embossed the words I wanted for the card on Gina K Designs Black Onyx card stock with Brutus Monroe Alabaster Ultra Fine Embossing Powder and cut into strips. 

To finish it off, I used clear sequins which I think add such a lovely touch without interrupting the other items on the card. 

I like this stamp set also to make cards to send out after the New Year as well. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Comfort and Joy Stamp Set with Colorburst

Hi Everybody,

Have you started playing around with your new Brutus Monroe Colorbursts?  I am just in awe watching those little specks turn into beautiful, colorful backgrounds like in the card I made for today's post.

I'm using the stamp set from the Comfort and Joy Holiday Card Kit.  I LOVE THESE STAMPS! They are all large sized and so much fun to stamp and also color.  I colored and fussy cut several of these with Copics because I couldn't decide what I wanted to do so I'll use the Copic colored one for another card. 

I love the contrast between the white embossing powder and the background.  I used every single image stamp in this set! 

I used the MISTI and stamped where I wanted the stamps to go, embossed using the Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink and with Brutus Monroe Alabaster Embossing Powder (white).  I know we all have Versamark Ink from back in the day but I challenge you to try this ink.  As a matter of fact, there is a cube size in the Comfort and Joy Holiday Card Kit so if you are interested in this stamp set, it is a chance to try several other products.  There is also a full size embossing powder in the kit. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This Comfort and Joy Holiday Card Kit is not the same thing as the monthly Inspiration Box. There will be a November Inspiration Box as well. 

I used the Brutus Monroe Colorbursts in Cornflower, Marsala and Rouge.  The paper I'm using here is Bristol Smooth.  I sprinkled the powder randomly on the paper and then spritzed with water until all the little beads of Colorburst were gone and then I used the heat gun on it.  I added a little more powder in the places that I felt needed more, spritzed and used the heat gun on it again.

Finally I added some Brutus Monroe Bottlecap Sequins in Crystal, Cotton Candy and Rose.  These sequins are so pretty.  They are flat and have grooves in them which give them even more shine.  This is my first time using them and I'm very pleased.  Now I want all the colors! I used Brutus Monroe Glue to adhere the sequins.

Did I inspire you to use Colorburst on your Christmas cards?  I do sometimes like to use non-traditional colors on my cards, just for a change. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Winter Is For The Birds

Hi Everybody,

I think the stamp set I'm using on today's card is so cute!!!  It is by Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps called For The Birds.  I don't usually make a lot of cards with birds on them, no particular reason why, but I can't seem to resist the birds on Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps stamp sets.  I used a bird set last week as a matter of fact called Season's Greetings.  If you would like to check out my blog post using that stamp set, HERE IS A LINK.  I made a cute shaker card with it. :)

It looks like this stamp set is currently 20% off so grab it while it's on sale!

It's Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps 10th Birthday Celebration.  You will get this Happy Stamp Set FREE with a $50 purchase.  You can use this alone or with another stamp set.  HERE'S A LINK to this set.

I used a Tim Holtz stencil called Holly Boughs.  I finally used my new Clarity Stencil Brushes that I bought a few months ago.  I had actually forgotten about them until today, when I was searching for something else and found them.  Shows you how organized I am right??  They give a softer look than the jumbo sponge dauber I usually use.  I tend to press too hard and go to fast with the sponge daubers but you can't really do that using these brushes.  You need to apply several layers of color because of the light touch it provides. I'm happy with them!  I used Memento New Sprout on the leaves and then went over it a little with Gina K Designs Jellybean Green. For the berries, I used Gina K Designs Dusty Rose ink. The paper that I used is Bristol Smooth Paper and for the bottom layer, I used Gina K Designs Kraft Cardstock.

I colored the tree branch and bird with Copic Markers and of course, I made the bird a Cardinal.  I lived in St. Louis 20 years so all birds will be Cardinals unless I do not have choice. Fussy cutting is not my favorite thing to do but I felt like it would look better to do it on this one. I added a little Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen to the green in the scarf.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.

To finish it off I used some Brutus Monroe Bottlecap Sequins in Crystal. These sequins are magnificent I have to say.  I love how they are flat and have grooves.  The grooves create so much more shine. They were glued down securely with Brutus Monroe Glue.

I'll be using this stamp set in the future because I used a stencil to make a background that looks like a sweater so that one would be cute with this stamp set and I also made some simple watercolor backgrounds that would work as well.  I also like to use sets like this for after the first of the year as a New Year's type card. I think you'll have a lot of fun with it.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!