Anniversary, Big Word Happy, Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Happy Stamp and Cut, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Manhattan Flower, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Stampin Up, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

My Favorite Things Roses All Over!

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I was poking around just now in my CopyCatCard photo files and stumbled upon these fabulous backgrounds!!!  How did I not share them with you??!!  😀  Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love floral stamps, and floral cards and FLOWERS!  I’ve had this gorgeous background stamp called Roses All Over (made by My Favorite Things) for a couple years and earlier this summer I got it out to play with.  The image on the left was made by heat-embossing in white onto a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock and watercolored with my Zig markers.  Basically, I scribbled randomly over the roses then used a sloppy wet paintbrush to move the color.  Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL?!  The one on the right was embossed in gold and I smooshed distress oxide inks onto my craft mat and then just tapped my card stock in it, moving it around to distribute and layer the color.  Equally gorgeous!
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Here’s what I made with the distress oxide background!  I used Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Border dies to cut out the center and mounted it onto a white base card and embossed my sentiment in the opening.  Notice the lovely roses on the left; they’re from Stampendous’ Rose Garden, gold-embossed as well and painted with more oxide ink then die-cut.  Oh!  I used Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies for the outside edge.  How do you like my photo setting?  I stuck my card in a pot of begonias to photograph it!
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This little lovely is made with my Zig-watercolored background which I die-cut using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Ovals set.  My base card was embossed with one of my favorite folders, Manhattan Flower by Stampin Up.  I mounted the oval onto another oval cut from fun foam and die-cut Hero Arts Happy out of white fun foam!  I adhered that to a strip of bright pink card stock and used a little tape to attach it.  I then embossed “Anniversary” (from Stampendous Big Word Happy) onto another strip but lifted it with a little foam tape.  I just love how bright and cheery this card is and so happy that I found these images to share with you!  I love hearing from you so keep commenting!  🙂  XO


BM Vintage Tapestry, Brutus Monroe, Conservatory of Quotes, Embossing Folders, Florals, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Surface Inks, Vintage Tapestry Embossing Folder

A Rose is a Rose…

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I’ve been a part of the Brutus Monroe team for almost two weeks now and having so much fun creating cards with their great stamps and products!  But I wanted to branch out a little and make something different!  I walked around AC Moore yesterday, looking at the bare wood items meant for crafting with but just wasn’t inspired.  Thankfully, when I got home I came across this old frame which I’d tucked away to DIY back to life and had my AHA! moment!  Beginning with the frame, I tapped the Sidewalk ink pad all over the front of it and noticed it stayed wet on the smooth surface so immediately sprinkled on some clear embossing powder then heat-set it!  The color is fairly light, so I rubbed on more Sidewalk over the embossing and then set the color with my heat tool.  Voila!  I love the textured surface it made!
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Notice that beautiful embossed background!   First I spritzed Brutus Monroe’s  Vintage Tapestry embossing folder with Wagon Surface Spray and then Sidewalk Surface Spray and ran a piece of watercolor cardstock through my Cuttlebug.  The colors are divine and I can’t wait to get more of them!  The photos don’t show it, but I also brushed Wink of Stella glitter all over the surface after!


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At this point I’d decided to use the rosebud and leaves from Stampendous’ Rose Garden set which I stamped out, colored with Copics and die-cut, then added Wink of Stella clear glitter to the buds.  Now what to do with the mat??  I used my favorite script stamp and Raven Detail ink  to stamp it onto the mat; bummed that my script overlapped a little in some places, but that’s ok!
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Next I used the I Love You stamp from Conservatory of Quotes and heat-embossed it in white onto a strip of black paper, then adhered it to the embossed panel.  The final step was to place my blossoms and leaves then put it all together!  Just look at all the different textures going on!  This came together fairly quickly and I’m really pleased with it!  Be sure to take a peek at the Brutus Monroe website to see the many fabulous products they have!  I’ll be adding to my stash, for sure!
Brusho Watercolor Powders, Florals, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Brusho, Stampendous & Embossing Folders!

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After watching several youtube videos today on how to use Brusho watercolor crystals with embossing folders, I decided to give it a try!  I began by sprinkling blue and purple crystals onto the recessed side of my Sizzix Textured Impressions-Floral Tapestry folder, then spritzed them with water which made the color bloom and spread into the grooves.  I placed the Canvasette Paper Canvas card stock  onto the wet paint then closed the folder and pressed for a few seconds.  Look how beautifully it came out!  To make my card, I clear-embossed the roses and leaves from Stampendous’ Rose Garden stamp set, then painted them with more crystals which I dampened with water.  I let them air dry, added more paint and dried again.
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I trimmed down the embossed panel, adhered it to a layer of white card stock, then onto a card base of blue which I’d run through my Cuttlebug with another Elizabeth Craft Designs Spring Leaves folder for texture.  I mounted the roses and leaves using pieces of foam tape.  I really enjoyed trying out a new technique!
Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Laurel Burch Tribal Cats, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Double Whammy!

I mentioned in another post that Stampendous had sent several stamp sets to me so that I could create projects for them!  I used two of the sets to make this card; Rose Garden and Laurel Burch Tribal Cats.  I spent some time mulling over ideas for a card and thought the cat would be cute peering out from a cluster of roses; hence this design!  It involved quite a bit of detailed work but was really fun and the result was quite satisfying!  Here’s how I did it: I began by embossing a number of roses and leaves in white onto Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and painted them with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.  After cutting them out with the coordinating dies, I set them aside and worked on the base panel.  Another piece of the Bristol Smooth was cut with my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die, and I stamped & embossed the cat in the center, masked that image, stamped and embossed roses and leaves around it, making it appear to be peering out!
I watercolored that panel with my Gansai Tambi’s, then attached it to a panel of black and white patterned paper.  That was adhered to the base card of gray Bazzill card stock (my favorite!).  The final step was to assemble the die-cut blossoms and leaves into a satisfying arrangement, adhering them in layers with double-stick foam tape.  It was a little tedious but I love the end result!  I hope you do too!




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

Stampendous Rose Garden/Rosebuds

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.


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!




Congratulations, Florals, Occasions, Rose Garden, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Rose Garden

I LOVE this set called Rose Garden from Stampendous!  It not only has a large and small full-blown rose, but these fabulous rosebuds too!  I created the lattice-work background using the stencil which came in the set, by sponging on Ranger Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink, then I shifted the stencil slightly and added a layer of Fossilized Amber.  I then inked up the smaller rose stamp with Wilted Violet distress oxide and used a water brush to “paint” them a little.  I sponged more Wilted Violet along the edges.

The base card is embossed with Stampin Up’s Manhattan Flower embossing folder.  To create the central image, I first die-cut the oval using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, and heat-embossed the rosebud stamp using white embossing powder.  Zig Clean Color Brush markers were perfect for coloring in the image, adding water to create a water-colored look.  When it was dry, I painted the background with more Wilted Violet oxide ink, then stamped the text stamp (from the Rose Garden set) in the same color around the roses.

Hero Arts makes this pretty curvy banner called Ribbon Messages which comes with several sentiments and two banner dies.  I used the smaller die to cut the banner and the fun foam to mount it on.  A little jewel colored with a yellow Sharpie completes my card!  I’m proud to display my brand new Stampendous watermark!!

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