This card was created with a few items that I have not played with in a while. Sometimes I like to dig into my supplies and revisit some of my old favorites to get my creative inspiration flowing again! I also try to play around with different looks and styles than my usual feminine, clean and simple style.
This card is still quite simple, as it doesn't have a ton of embellishments, but the background makes it stand out.
I began with a Long and Skinny card base from Canvas Corp Brands. Then, I stenciled some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over my TCW Gears Stencil. After removing the stencil, I added some Weathered Wood over the Hickory Smoke. It gave a grey-blue color that reminded me of metal gears.
Next, using my fingers and a paintbrush, I flicked on some water droplets to get the ink moving. After that was dry, Shabby Shutters Ink was blended over the top, highlighting where those droplets had been.
Then, to add just a little more interest, I also stamped some faded text using Black Soot Distress Ink.
Next, using some Lawn Fawn Circle Frame Dies, I cut out several different sizes of circles from vellum. The big circle was stamped with a polka dot stamp and embossed with some Brutus Monroe Penny Embossing Powder. I love this copper powder- it shines just like the metal!
I also embossed one of the frames to adhere around the circle so that it would make the big one stand out. The other circles where adhered in the background. They are very subtle, but the add some interest without taking away from the background.
The sentiment was also stamped and embossed in Penny, as well as a strip of black cardstock that was stamped with a striped pattern. To embellish, just a few bronze gears were added, and then a few gold sequins.
Like I had mentioned, its a different style than my normal girly cards, but I like it! It would be a great card to give to guys to celebrate and achievement.
Thanks for stopping by today! If you are interested in any of these items, please check out the links below!
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This stamp set from Brutus Monroe is just fabulous! It has this great floral image and a number of sentiments along with it that can be used for different occasions. I decided to go ahead and make two cards with this stamp, just to show that it can be used in a variety of creative ways.
For this first card, the florals were stamped out using my Misti and Raven Detail Ink. Then the image was colored in using Prismacolor pencils. After fussy cutting the image, I popped it up on some foam adhesive and layered it over some coordinating pieces of paper cut into banner shapes.
I also used some Hickory Smoke and Spun Sugar Distress Inks to add some ink splatters to the background, and then tied some white raffia in a bow at the top.
Stunning, yet simple!
Next, I wanted to make another clean and simple card but with a little different spin on the florals. This time, the stamp was stamped using some Versamark ink and then embossed in white embossing powder.
After the vellum was cooled, I fussy cut it out and set it aside while I prepared the background.
Using some light Distress Inks, Squeezed Lemon and Tumbled Glass, I blended on some soft spotlight colors and then glued the vellum flowers over it.
Lastly, I used one of the sentiment stamps from the set and added a simple black strip of cardstock with the sentiment on it over the florals.
That's it for now! Hope you enjoyed this look at this gorgeous stamp set from Brutus Monroe! Im sure you will see this stamp on more projects in the future!
Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!
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While at Creativation this year, I was blessed to be able to meet Sandra Evertson, the talent behind Relics and Artifacts. She creates these amazingly gorgeous matte craft blanks from treasures she has collected around the world. I would definitely encourage you to check out her store. There are so many unique pieces there!
Sandra was so kind to offer to a few of us Canvas Corp designers the opportunity to work with some of her pieces. This is a new area of crafting for me, I have not worked with these blanks in the past.
Keeping it simple seemed like the best option for me. Since I have a memory planner that I like to decorate and journal in, making a charm for it was just the natural use for this gorgeous little flower that I received.
The flower was painted with a little Tattered Angels Verdigris Glimmer Mist. The greenish-blue along with the gold shimmer took to the blank just beautifully. It almost has a watercolor look to it when dry. The key piece was painted with some Vintage Brass Glimmer Mist, which also has gold shimmer in it. Since Glimmer Mist is somewhat transparent, I did add several layers of the color between drying it with my heat tool until I had the look I wanted.
After the pieces were dry, they were attached to a large lobster clasp and chain using some small gold jump rings. Then, to add some more interest to the charm, I used some little brass charm pieces that were picked up at a thrift store.
The little pink tassel at the top of the charm was created by wrapping some thin yarn around a piece of cardstock, then tying it and cutting the loops. Very simple, but it adds a little soft texture in contrast with all the metal brass charms.
The fact that this charm is handmade and totally unique to me makes it all the more special. The vintage feel of the colors and brass charms also adds to its personality!
There are still a number of flower blanks left, as well as some butterfly pieces that I have ideas for. Hopefully I can share them with you in the near future!
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ATCs can be a fun way to create a lot of projects for your crafty friends at once. A typical ATC is 2.5x3.5 inches. They are little cards that you can decorate, either all the same or each one unique, and then send or give to friends.
For these ATCs, the Brutus Monroe stamp set, From Paris with Love, was used to give more of a vintage Paris feel. The base for these is some Canvas Corp Ivory Cardstock cut down to size. Then, some Damask Tissuestock was adhered down using Tattered Angels Clear Glimmer Glam.
Over the tissuestock, I used a French Script background stamp that was inked up with some Raven Detail Ink.
The sentiment and the Eiffel tower image are both from the Brutus Monroe stamp set. I stamped the Eiffel tower using my new, all-time favorite tool the Misti, then fussy cut it out and then colored it with some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.
To add some glitz and glam, some glitter washi tape and a gold embossed vellum butterfly added just the right finishing touch.
These were so fun to create and send away to the rest of the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team. There are so many more fun images on this stamp set and I can't wait to get my hands on them and create some more!
I'll also be linking this up with:
Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge!
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If you follow me on social media you have probably already know that I am on the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team.
The team is so fun to be a part of because Brutus Monroe makes some amazing stamps, inks, paper, and more. Stamping is my favorite thing to do and it is what sucked me into the world of papercrafting in the first place, so it feels right at home playing with these goodies!
When I saw these adorable little owl stamps, I immediately wanted to watercolor them. I stamped them on this piece of watercolor paper and then used different shades of Distress Inks to color them in.
I had originally intended to just practice on these owls and had no intention making them into anything. After the coloring was done, I stamped the sentiment next to the owls and inked around the edges of the paper. It turned out to be a nice little tag!
I finished this little tag off by adding a die cut heart in between the owls that I colored with Distress Ink and added some Stickles to. Then, for the string on the tag I added some Canvas Corp Jute Twine. I love the soft natural look that this tag has going on!
If you want to see more Brutus Monroe goodies head over to their store! They have a lot of unique stamps and goodies. The best part is they have a library of digital papers and SVG files. Many of them coordinate with the stamp sets and are totally FREE!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I did manage to get a process video of these cute little owls so please watch and enjoy!
Creativation 2017 was such an exciting and amazing experience! So many new memories were made from helping Canvas Corp Brands set up their booth, to walking the show floor and seeing the major craft companies showcase their new products.
One of the new products that is definitely a show stopper is 7Gypsies' new Architextures. These are a variety of vintage-inspired pieces that can be used for mixed media, cardmaking, papercrafting, and anything you can think of! There are rub-ons as well as self adhesive pieces that include vintage Mason jars, dressforms, lanters, trucks, chicken wire, and SO MUCH more! These pieces are meant to look and feel like the real thing. You can see through the glass of the mason jars, and the dress form feels soft just like a real fabric dressform would.
CCB had a "Create and Take" table where some of us designers could sit with customers and just create with the new pieces. This little tag here is one that I created with some of the new 7Gypsies Architextures.
What's so cool about this piece is that the background is actually made from the Architextures packaging. 7Gypsies cleverly created the packaging to be these amazing designs so that you can cut and create with them, as well. It definitely adds more value to the product!
Since the dressform is self-adhesive, it was just adhered down onto the background. Then, with some tissue paper bits and a little bling, I was able to dress her up a bit. The details along the lefthand side is just some torn paper and then bits of another design of Architextures that I cut and pieced together.
To finish the tag, I added a few sticker letters to spell the word, "Chic" and then added a lace loop at the top.
These Architextures are so much fun to play with! If you are interested in getting your hands on some, they should be available in the Canvas Corp Brands' shop on February 2, 2017. Keep your eyes peeled for them! Im sure we will see some amazing creations coming up using these 7Gypsies Architextures!
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I've been on a little bit of a galaxy background obsession. Most of the time, I apply this technique to paper. I love taking a plain white piece of cardstock and applying all the colors to watch the background come to life. Below is an example of a card I recently did for Brutus Monroe featuring the galaxy background.
This card was created using a combination of Distress Inks, Brutus Monroe inks, and some Liquid Elements from Brutus Monroe, as well. If you want more details on it, hop over the the Brutus Monroe Blog where I have a description of the process as well as a video.
Since I was having so much fun with these backgrounds, I decided to take it a step farther and discover what other surfaces I could apply these galaxies to. I have a black mug in my craft room that I store my heat tool in. I thought it was the perfect blank canvas to do a little galaxy-ing to (yes, I did just turn the word "galaxy" into a verb).
I started by applying some Crystal Tattered Angels paint to the black mug. Then, since I am impatient, I sped up the drying process with my heat tool. The next step was to add some color which I did with Brutus Monroe's Chalk Ink. I decided to use this ink because it does become permanent when dry. Distress Inks would wipe off much too easily.
After I had some color down, the last step was to add paint splatters to give the impression of stars. I did this using more of the Tattered Angels paint and flicking it on with a paintbrush. Then, I dried the whole surface again with my heat tool.
I plan on using this mug in my craft room to house my heat tool, paintbrushes, and any other little craft tools that might need a home. If you plan on using your mug for drinking or eating out of, you might want to go ahead and find a food-safe and dishwasher-safe sealant to apply over the galaxy background. Without the sealant the paint and ink may rub off and would definitely not be something you would want to ingest.
Thanks for stopping by today and happy crafting!
Christmas is coming soon, and as much as we crafters and DIY-ers love to make our own home decor, lets not forget about our kids!
My toddler is getting to where he is curious about my craft room and the things in there. Doesn't bother me a bit! I think its fun when we can do a craft together, especially on a day that we are stuck inside.
This project is super simple and you probably have most of these inexpensive items on hand already. All you need is:
A paper plate
Glue (I used Aleene's)
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
A box, towel, or some other kind of table covering
Ribbon and embellishments
String or cord
Start by cutting a hole out of the center of the paper plate. Dont worry about making a perfect circle, you wont see it anyway after the cotton balls are glued on.
After your plate center is cut out, glue on the cotton balls to completely cover the surface of the plate.
Now comes the fun part! Spraying! I took a cardboard box to place our wreath in to contain the spray, but you could use an old towel, some kraft paper to cover your table, or even take it outside to spray. Go ahead and spray all over your cotton balls in any color you wish. I used Moss Glimmer Mist. I also sprayed a few single cotton balls using Lobster Glimmer Mist because I wanted to glue them on to look like berries.
Now, I will warn you, the cotton balls take a little time to dry. They are meant to suck up moisture so go ahead and spray them, let them dry, and come back later to finish!
I glued on the red cotton balls around the wreath and then took some red crepe paper to create a bow for the bottom. Then, all you need to do is punch a hole in the top of the paper plate and add a string to hang it by!
Super easy and its something the kids will enjoy! You can get creative with the different embellishments you put on the wreath. Try glittery ribbon, little Christmas bells, leaves, and anything else you have on hand! The kids will love using their creativity!
I think it would also be fun to add a photo in the middle and give it to the grandparents. Grandparents love this kind of thing, right??
I did take a video of the process while I was doing this craft with my son. My toddler is almost two, and this is totally appropriate for his age but you can also use it for older kids as well! With a little help with the glue and the spraying my son had no problems doing this (other than just being distracted by all the other cool toys in Mommy's craft room).
Hope you enjoy the video!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this gives you some fun ideas you can do with your kids or in your classroom.
If you are interested in theBrutus Monroe Chalk Ink that I used in the video, I've included a link below:
This is a card that I recently created for the Brutus Monroe blog. These reindeer stamps are in their store and when I saw them, I just knew I needed to stack them up and color them in!
I started by stamping the bottom reindeer, and then I also stamped it again on a piece of thin printer paper to create a mask. When creating masks, its a good idea to use thin paper, so you can still get a good impression when stamping over it.
After I had the mask cut out, I used some Tombow Removable Adhesive to adhere it over the image on my card base. With the bottom reindeer covered, I stamped the next one on top. I then repeated the process of creating masks and stamping each reindeer.
Once I had all my reindeer stamped on top of each other, I grabbed my Distress Inks and started coloring them in. I also added some embossed snowflakes and inked the edges of the card with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to give it a snowy background.
I adhered the whole scene onto a4x9 card base from Canvas Corp. I love these long and skinny cards for creating scenes, and the unusual size makes it that much more interesting!
Im also linking this card up with :
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by! If you are interested in this cute stamp set, head over to the Brutus Monroe store to place on order!
Recently, Shannon Green shared a video on How to Make a File Folder. It's pretty simple! You just need two sheets of 12x12 paper, some adhesive, and a paper trimmer. You can also use whatever embellishments you would like, but thats totally optional.
Anyway, after she posted her video, she challenged a few of us from the Creative Crew to go ahead and make our own file folders in our own styles. Well, ok then! I think I can handle this one!
I started by grabbing a few papers that I've had for a while now. I like to hoard those pretty papers but then I realize I end up never actually using them and that does no body no good, right?
I followed Shannon's instructions from her video and came up with a bright and modern file folder. Here's my video of the process:
I've always got more and more papers coming into my house and I really need to keep them organized, so hopefully having the knowledge to make my own folder with help in that area!
Best thing about making your own is that you can customize them to fit whatever office decor you may have!
Hope this gives you some ideas on what to do with that paper you have been hoarding (don't deny it, we all do it)!
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!
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