Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Distress Inks, Fourth of July, Summer, Super Sentimental, Tim Holtz

Happy Birthday, America!

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My first Inspiration Team Challenge is Envelope Art and I knew I wanted to make something patriotic!  I’ve had this retired Stampin’ Up set for a very long time and it was perfect for this project!  The first thing I did was to clear-emboss the stars onto a piece of watercolor cardstock, then  silver-embossed Happy Birthday and You’re The Best from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set.  Using Fired Brick and Faded Jeans Distress inks, I sponged the background then sponged a little Pumice Stone around the edges.  A scrunched up baby wipe, lightly tapped over the sponging made a subtle texture!
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Setting that aside, I heat-embossed my central image with silver embossing powder and tore around the edges, then sponged on more distress ink.  I found a piece of mulberry paper which I’ve had for YEARS, and placed it beneath the image, then adhered it to my card front with a bit of foam tape.  A few sequins and a white card base completed my card!
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Now for my envelope!!  I have a great stamp of the Pledge of Allegiance and stamped it twice in Pumice Stone onto the front and back of my envelope.  Lady Liberty  graces the lower right hand corner and Sent with Love (from Super Sentimental!) in black on the left corner.  I randomly stamped stars in red and blue then sponged red and blue around the edges.
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I love how this duo turned out for the Envelope Art challenge and look forward to creating more projects using Brutus Monroe’s fabulous products!

 

Bootiful Tulips, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Friendship, Spring, Super Sentimental, Technique Tuesday, Tim Holtz

Boots N’ Tulips!

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One of the really fun things about being on social media sites in the stamping world is the card challenges!  This sweet little pair of boots is from  Bootiful Tulips by Technique Tuesday and I colored them up for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge!   I used my Copic markers in reds, aqua, yellow and greens then cut them out to put into a card.  
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I decided to keep it simple by brushing on Distress Oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade onto a white card base, using a very soft makeup brush to create a background for the boots.  I then attached the boots with some foam tape and added the cute little sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s set called Super Sentimental.
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I really enjoyed making this simple, but colorful card!  
Basic Labels, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Simon Says Stamp, Stenciled Cards, Summer, Summer Flowers, The Ton, Thinking of You, Tim Holtz

Stenciled Summer Flowers

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to use a stencil in a card so I got on the bandwagon and created this!  The stencil I chose is one I drew and cut a couple years ago and I think it makes a nice backdrop for these blossoms from Summer Flowers!  On a white card base, I began by taping down my stencil, then with sponge daubers and distress oxide inks in Walnut, Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber, I filled in the spaces.  The Broken China blue (distress oxide ink) speckles were made with a very old Stampin Up texture stamp!  
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I set that aside and pulled out a piece of special marker paper and stamped the images from Summer Flowers with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then began to color with my new Copic markers.  My colors are still limited but I have enough for flowers!  
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After coloring, I added more texture by dotting on some black Nuvo Drops.  Next, I fussy-cut the blossoms and leaves, cutting out some of the petals and curling the leaves a tad so I could stand them up a little for a more realistic appearance.  I then arranged them on top of the stenciled design, gluing the pieces down with Tacky Glue.  I stamped Thinking of You (The Ton’s Basic Labels) with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of white, cut it out and mounted it with a bit of foam tape.  I wasn’t sure how this would come together but I’m quite happy with it!  
Florals, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Paris Bonjour, Spring, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Paris Bonjour Bunny!

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Oo La La!!  Somebunny went to Paris for the French cuisine!!  (Note his little napkin!)  I had SO much fun today creating this whimsical card, using the bunny from a set I won in an Instagram giveaway last week, and the fabulous new set by Stampendous called Paris Bonjour!!  On a panel of Strathmore Bristol Smooth, I stamped the field of flowers first, then masked the top layer and stamped the bunny.  I then masked the bunny in order to stamp the tree line!  After that I masked the tree line to stamp the Eiffel Tower!!  PHEW!  Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for coloring and I added a bit of the script stamp from Stampin’ Up’s French Foliage set.  Surprisingly, this card didn’t take very long at all!
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Paris Bonjour has coordinating dies (Woo Hoo!) so I die-cut an extra section of flowers, colored and then added Ranger Glossy Accents for shine and a smattering of Stampin Up’s Dazzling Diamonds glitter!  Mounted onto a piece of foam tape, they add a little dimension.  I trimmed down the Paris panel and adhered it to a slightly smaller panel of fun foam, layered it onto pink, then onto a white card base.
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I don’t do “cute” very often, but I LOVE this bunny and this card!  I hope you do too!
Florals, Kuretake, Simon Says Stamp, Spring, Uncategorized, Winter Flowers

Simon Says Stamp Winter Flowers

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Can you believe this is a pointsettia?! It’s from Simon Says Stamp’s Winter Flowers set and I challenged another stamper on Instagram to use it in a non-holiday way and this is my take!  Unfortunately, I embossed the image in gold onto Neenah Index white cardstock instead of heavier watercolor paper, so as you can see, my coloring pilled the paper a bit.  I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers in shades of pink and peach.  Thankfully I had the coordinating dies to cut out the images, and just layered them to the faux wood panel using double-stick foam tape.  That was adhered to a base card of green Bazzill card stock.  A few sequins and a twist of gold cording, then the sentiment embossed in gold completed this fun card!

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Florals, Hero Arts, Kuretake, Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut, Rose Garden, Spring, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Rose Garden/Rosebuds

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I was incredibly thrilled and honored recently to receive several stamp sets from Stampendous in order to create cards for them!  This image is from Rose Garden and I just loved working with the rosebuds.  To begin with, I stamped the image onto Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I used many layers of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color in the image, then used the coordinating die to cut it out.  Setting that aside, I found this hardwood embossed die-cut oval in my stash of papers, and thought it would enhance the rose stem beautifully!  It was cut using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, and I had sponged brown ink onto it to bring out the texture.

 

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I also found this piece of patterned paper in my supplies and think it’s PERFECT for the look I was going for!  Don’t you think the white outlined flowers on the corner of it look just like rosebuds?!  Ooooo, it’s the little things, right?!  🙂  Anyway, I cut that to size, adhered it to my card base, then attached the oval in the center.  In order to lift up the rosebuds and leaves, I had to cut tiny pieces of double-stick foam tape to fit under all the teensy sections!  But it was worth the time and effort because…well…you know!  It’s GORGEOUS!!  The final detail was to cut the banner using Hero Arts Ribbon Messages stamps and banner die, attach a little jewel and add it to the card front.  I’m so in love with this card and am so happy that Stampendous has entrusted me with promoting their images!