Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

It’s Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe. Just a little bit early for Christmas I know, but the new stamps have been released! Too exited to wait, I had to use them and share my creation with everyone.

Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

This project is also part of a challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Here is the Sketch that we are to use as the inspiration.

Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

The challenge was an easy one for me, I had fun pulling supplies to make the card. It took less than 30 minutes to make the card. I can see myself making more of these as Christmas cards to give out to friends and family. Now that I have a design laid out I know that it won’t take that long if I do an assembly line. Sometimes that is the key to making cards in mass quantities. You must first make one to see how you like the layout and then you can decide what to change for the rest of the cards.

This card began with me stamping the deer on white cardstock and then coloring with watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils give such a wonderful effect to projects, I love how they look and how easy these are to use. Once I had the deer colored I then cut it out and set it aside. Next I pulled out a tree that I cut with my Sizzix out of chipboard. Acrylic paint was used to give my tree a beautiful green color and then to give it a nice green glow I used the Sage color from the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays and a green from Tattered Angels. This was set aside to dry.

Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

Embossing folders are so much fun! The Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder was used to give my background texture. Sidewalk from Brutus Monroe’s Mini Chalk Ink Pad Collection: Winter was used to give more depth to the background. I also used my own recipe of glimmer mist: PearlEx, water and floor polish to give a pretty sparkle.

Once the tree had dried I went back and embossed a few snowflakes with Embossing Ink Mini in the Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling, both from Brutus Monroe.

Last, I stamped the saying: Happy Holidays with Stazon ink and cut it into a pennant. All of the components were ready, so it was time to put the card together!

Here is a video of the whole process.

Are you ready for a 52 Christmas Card Throwdown? Or even a Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe? Well to help me get into the mood I put on some Christmas music, that helped a lot! I hope that you enjoy my card and that you go check out the others that have been featured over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and of course check out Brutus Monroe’s website for all the wonderful samples.

Happy Early Holidays!


Happy Holidays Oh Deer Brutus Monroe

How to Decorate a Box

Today I want to share How to Decorate a Box using a few products from Brutus Monroe and Canvas Corp. Recently I became a member of the Inspiration Team with Brutus Monroe and I have acquired a few new products. Storage of these new products is important to me. I want to be able to find them and to keep the items neat. I had a nice sturdy box that I would use when I had a small project I was working on and wanted to keep everything together. This was the perfect opportunity for me to alter this box and transform it into something beautiful and functional.

The process was pretty easy if a little messy. It took a little over an hour to complete, and I think it could have taken less time, but I wasn’t sure what direction I was going. This was more of a play session, an opportunity to play with the products and get something pretty and useful at the same time.

I loved how the Canvas Corp paper took the sprays and transformed into a whole new paper. It may be time to order more of that paper! My local JoAnn’s had a paper pack, and I’m thankful that I found it there so I could play with all these yummy textures and prints.  Time to save some money so I can order a package or two.

How to Decorate a Box

Here is a list of some of the items I used:

Raven Detail Ink
Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays
Liquid Element Bundle
Monroe Painted Feather
Angel Wings Stamp Set
Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Pack

The key to a project like this, is to use what you have and you like. The box turned out pretty and I know that I will enjoy using the box as well as looking at it on a regular bases.

Here is a video of the whole process.

Do you have a box you want to alter? This would be a perfect opportunity to pull out those supplies and make it look the way you want it to look. Create your own ending!

How to Decorate a Box

Chuck Carson Scarecrow – Happiest Halloween

Happiest Halloween it is sure to be using the Scarecrow from the Chuck Carson Collection for Brutus Monroe. I’m over on the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team blog with a new project today.

It was fun using these stamps. The main reason is because I’m on the Inspiration Team. That means they are looking to me for Inspiration on using their products. This can put a lot of pressure on a person!!! But this is also something that I wanted to try. I wanted to push myself to try something new, to step outside of my comfort zone and think outside of the box. So far I’m loving this experience.  I’m meeting new people and learning new things.

Come along and see what I created. I know you will enjoy the Chuck Carson Collection for Brutus Monroe, make sure you get yours fast as these are a limited edition.

Happiest Halloween it is sure to be using the Scarecrow from the Chuck Carson Collection for Brutus Monroe

Some of the Brutus Monroe products:

Chuck Carson Collection – Scarecrow, Happiest Halloween
Detail Ink Raven
Mini Chalk Ink Pad
Summer Chalk Shimmer Spray
Liquid Element Copper

Watch a video of how this card was created here:

Did you enjoy the video? Got ideas you want to share? Then hit me up on any of the social media. I love answering questions and seeing what others are creating. Just tag me. 🙂 @lindaisrael or #lindaisrael

Thanks for stopping by the blog. Have a Happiest of Halloweens!
Chuck Carson Scarecrow - Happiest Halloween

Chuck Carson Collection for Brutus Monroe Shaker Card

My guest post for the Chuck Carson Collection for Brutus Monroe Shaker Card Featuring the Spooky Selfie stamps as a member of the Inspiration Team.

I’m excited to get to use a new line of stamps for the first time. It’s like when you hear about someone getting an advanced copy of a book or a product before everyone else does. I got stamps before the public so that I could create art! I was stoked!

The other thing I’m exited about? Getting to post my artwork on a mixed media website. These are things I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but kept putting things off. I didn’t seek the opportunity. You can talk about doing something for a long time, but if you don’t take action then you will never reach your goal. Well I took action and I’m working on a long term goal. Follow along my journey and I hope you enjoy while I share art and learn about new products and meet new people.

Go check out this Shaker Card with a video and let me know what you thought.




Painted Cards Fun, Using Ugly Papers

Want to have some Painted Cards Fun? Have you ever had a piece of paper that really didn’t do “it” for you? Well I have a stack of paper that has been given to me or I got at a discount over the years. I keep thinking I’ll use it someday. Usually though I don’t use the paper because it isn’t the “right” paper. The paper isn’t the right color to match other papers in my stash and it gets put to the back. Well that stack is getting to large I have to start using it up!

I’ve found that making painted cards are fun! Here is what I did. Using regular craft paint the ugly paper is transformed. The kind you pick up at a local hobby store for less than a dollar for a two ounce bottle. Choosing a few colors that I think will go well together, well sometimes that takes me a while to decide. lol. Protect the work surface by laying out some drop paper, like old news paper, then lay down the offensive paper or ugly paper. When spreading my paint I use things like an old credit card / gift card, sponges, paint brushes or a brayer. Just have fun, think of it like finger painting. The idea is just to change the color of the paper.

Painted Cards Fun, Using Ugly Papers

Once the paint has dried on the paper pull out rubber stamps and stamp all over in no particular order or design. I use stamps that are pleasing to me, like butterflies, swirls, fancy text and unusual texture designs. Choose stamps that you love.

The stamping and painting have been competed, then cut up the new paper and start making cards. Some of these new papers can be used alone and some get cut up smaller and pieced back together. Much like a quilter would cut up fabric and reassemble to make a quilt. It’s your paper, do what you want with it, create your own ending.

Painted Cards Fun, Using Ugly Papers

I hope you enjoyed my tips today on painted cards. It is easy to use up those papers and give them a new life just have some fun with them. Before you know it you will have your own painted cards series.

Painted Cards Fun, Using Ugly Papers

Feel free to contact me if you have questions and tell me how you change the paper when it doesn’t meet your needs.

Painted Cards Fun

How to make a No Sew Prayer Flag

Today is about How to make a No Sew Prayer Flag. I was inspired by prayer flags that I saw in a magazine a while back and I wanted to make my own. I did some research and found that there really isn’t a right or wrong way to make prayer flags. Prayer flags can be sewn. The flags can be made out of paper or fabric, it doesn’t really matter. But I knew that I wanted to use fabric and that it had to be easy. And that this is a project that needed to be made in the studio without a lot of special equipment, like a sewing machine.

Pulling some Adirondack color wash sprays from my stash along with some fabric, there was a plan forming. While this is the very first one I have ever made I had some basic knowledge of how different mediums would work together. It helps having all kinds of mixed media supplies on hand. And my husband says I’m a hoarder, if I didn’t have all of this wonderful stuff I couldn’t create wonderful art! lol

This is a great way to use  rubber stamps, fabric and acrylic paint to make something unique for a gift. Each prayer flag will be unique and custom. One thing that I like about making gifts for others is each one comes from the heart, don’t you agree?

What would you like to put on a prayer flag?  Making this flag has given me ideas of others I want to make. Need to find more hours in the day to create!  My dream job would be to have the ability to create art all day long. To have a no pressure job where I can design art of all kinds to share with the world. Do you have a dream job? What would your dream job be, share it with me.

How to make a No Sew Prayer Flag

Watch this video of How to make a No Sew Prayer Flag and share what you made.

Snowman in a Winter Scene

I’ve joined a creative prompting group and that is what inspired the following project, Snowman in a Winter Scene. Recently I was gifted a set of stamps that is a build your own snowman. It is really a cute set and I knew that I wanted to use this set. I didn’t have a large tree to put in my winter scene, but watch the below video and you will see how I make do with what I have.

Just because you don’t have the perfect item in your stash doesn’t mean you can’t make your project. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box to create your own ending. 😉

Enjoy the video.