Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

This post is all about Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. The current weekly challenge is to go back and choose a previous challenge. Looking back through the challenges was fun. It was a hard decision but I finally found one that I wanted to use, from the May 2016 challenge.

Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Digging around in my stash of dies I found the label or note die from Stampin Up and an old Star die from Sizzix. I knew that these would be perfect for this project.

Thankful that I have a stash of chipboard in my studio, I die cut one of each. Using acrylic paint I covered the star until it was coated to my liking. Once the paint was dry I then sprayed with Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays – Zest – Brutus|Monroe and a gold/copper Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels.

When the spray dried I used the MISTY to help with positioning the poinsettia from the Sketched Holiday Set – Brutus|Monroe. Stamped with the Brutus|Monroe embossing ink, then gold embossing powder.

A technique I like to use, take a Zig two way glue pen and go around the edge of the star, then dip into gold embossing powder. Heat the powder until it shines gold.

Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Time to tackle the label or note die from Sizzix. Because this is for the Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and I have decided to use more than one die. Taking the Mini Chalk Ink pad Suede from Brutus|Monroe I went around the edge.

I just love the Tissue paper from Canvas Corp Brands, found in a mixed media pack. Tearing a strip and using white glue I glued a strip at a diagonal on the label die. Then filled the corners with additional strips. Sprayed with Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays – Zest and a gold/copper Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels, I love the shimmer it adds.

Reapply the Mini Chalk Ink pad Suede around the edges and between the strips. While the ink is still moist on the paper dip into gold embossing powder and heat. This really makes such a beautiful background, makes me think of a gilded box that has aged.

Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Tied a bow out of a cream and gold ribbon. Don’t forget to shop in the Christmas ornament isle the next time you go out. That is where I found the little gold and glitter stars. Using three of the stars and a glue dot I placed these at the top point of the star with the ribbon glued with white glue. The star was layered on top of a small strip of burlap, then the label. Last I used a gold embossed napkin.

This is a very elegant Christmas card and I feel that it was perfect for this Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

Here is a video of the process.


Make sure you check out the other participants in the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

Stash Challenge Dies 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

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Brutus Monroe Guest Post Merry Selfie

Check out Brutus Monroe Guest Post Merry Selfie. The post this week is about the November Stamp Club – Merry Selfie

When you become a member of the stamp club for only $5.00 you get the stamp of the month shipped and you also get 10% off all orders. Oct 31st is the last day to sign up for the November Stamp Club. You will want to sign up for stamp club as Black Friday will have some awesome deals and those that are members will get the first pick, plus they will get additional discounts!

Make sure that you use my link when you place your first order with Brutus Monroe, you will get 10% and I will get credit for your order. We both win this way.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Brutus Monroe Guest Post Merry Selfie

Today on the Brutus Monroe Blog Brutus & Friends

Today on the Brutus Monroe Blog Brutus & Friends, there is a card I made.

How To Make A Happy Birthday Brutus & Friends Greeting Card.

This stamp set is super cute and a great one to add to your collection. Especially if you are a dog lover like I am.

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Non Traditional Merry Christmas Card

Today I shared a Non Traditional  Merry Christmas Card over at Brutus|Monroe.

Most everyone thinks of normal traditional colors for Christmas, the red and green. This project needed to be something different! Love using the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays to color the images. It is a great way to think outside the box when creating. Using non traditional colors like teal and light green really makes this card pop!

In this project I used the new Christmas flowers Sketched Holiday and Holiday Sentiments from Brutus Monroe. Use my link to place your first order and get a discount. Help me earn brownie points with Brutus Monroe, by using the link provided.

Head over to Brutus|Monroe and see the full post, with instructions and link to a video. Find lots of inspiration and other wonderful projects that the Inspiration Team has made. The Inspiration Team creates a variety of projects, it is awesome to see how we each find our own designs from the same products.

Do you have plans to make Christmas Cards this year? Have you thought about what color scheme you will use with your cards? Think outside the box this year. You too can create a Non Traditional Merry Christmas Card that is beautiful and elegant.

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Non Traditional Merry Christmas Card

Non Traditional Merry Christmas Card

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Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Today’s post is Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Because I’m making cards in the hope that I get selected for next years 2017 52 Christmas Card Throwdown design team.

 

The goal of this project was to use a select color palette. Grey, soft blue and soft green.

 

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I decided for this challenge: Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, I would use the Brutus Monroe Sketched Holiday set and the Brutus Monroe Holiday Sentiments. Other items I used, Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling as well as the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays Tattered Angels grey Shimmer Spray as well as some bling, to make this card.

What I found ironic was I had just completed my project for my next blog post for Brutus Monroe the night before and when I went to the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown website and saw that the colors were the same as I had already been using, I knew this would be a piece of cake! lol

For this project I wanted to make the card stand out from the rest. Using layers and embellishments I think I took this card up a notch. The card isn’t complicated, but it does take a little bit of time to put it together.

Started with stamping the image and embossing. My go to paper is Accent Opaque digital 100 pound in white. This cardstock is heavy and makes great card foundations as well for elements.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Colored the image with the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays. Used a paint palette, just spray a couple of times. A simple small paint brush helps get into those small details. The embossed lines help keep the color inside the lines. What is nice about using the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays in this way, is they dry fast.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Cut out the poinsettias and then went around the edges with a grey marvey marker so that the edge would have a finished look. Many times I forget this step. It’s a great way to make your cards look more polished.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Knowing that I wanted more grey I substituted the Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling and applied a nice coat to a piece of paper. Make sure you put the lid back on your embossing powder before you heat set. The powder will fly everywhere and leave a big mess. Trust me I know from experience!

Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling

 

To make an element to add to the card I used a Punch Bunch fern shape. Here is a tip for you. If your punch isn’t working correctly try punching aluminum foil. Punching through the aluminium foil helps sharpen the cutter.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

Here is a close up of one of the finished flowers. Love how the little rhinestones shine and sparkle.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

The finished card with all the supplies. Doesn’t this look beautiful on the silver tray?

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I did create a video of the whole process so you can watch how the card was made.

 

Even if I don’t make it on the design team I think I’ll keep the site book marked so that I can use the design prompts to help me in designing cards in the future. It is fun making cards for the Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Have you used a website for inspiration? Do you have a favorite site that you like to visit? Please feel free to share it with me.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
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One Focal Stamp One Layer Greeting Card

Last night I did a live Facebook video. While on the video I made One Focal Stamp One Layer Greeting Card LIVE!

It is a little exciting and nerve wracking to do a live video. Things can go wrong or things can be great. I had a good live session. Really need to do some testing to figure out how to change the image on the video from portrait to landscape. But I feel that overall the video went well and I feel everyone got to see the new stamps and how to make the card.

For this project I used the new Christmas flowers Sketched Holiday and Holiday Sentiments from Brutus Monroe. The sets will be for sale on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 in the shop. Doing videos makes me feel special as I get to play with the new stamps before anyone can buy them in the store. It’s exciting to get a package in the mail and opening it up to see what the newest items are for the month.

I also used the Brutus Monroe Metallic Embossing Powder – Sterling as well as the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays to make this card.

Christmas Colors 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

This card design was decided because of the thread I found on the Splitcoaststampers site. Seeing this post inspired me to scale back my card to a simple design. Finding inspiration from others helps me decide on a card design when my mind is overwhelmed. I like the idea of having a focus when I make a project, how about you.? This card would be perfect for anyone wanting to create a lot of cards for Christmas.

Here is the video posted on the Brutus Monroe Facebook page.  Check it out to see how I made the card and to see the newest stamps that will be in the shop Wed.

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Guest post for Brutus Monroe Mummy Happiest Halloween

Guest post for Brutus Monroe Mummy Happiest Halloween over on the Brutus Monroe blog with a new post: Mummy Happiest Halloween. Using the Chuck Carson Collection for this project was so much fun.

This project helped me use things I had on hand and that I need to use up in my stash. If you have a paper that you like the pattern but, it isn’t quite the right color for your project take a look at my video for an idea.

 

What are your Halloween decoration ideas for this year? Will you fill your home with lots of creepy things or will you keep it low key and simply elegant? What ever you do, I’m sure that everyone at Brutus Monroe wishes you a  Mummy Happiest Halloween.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Make sure you hop over to Brutus Monroe’s site and take advantage of the coupon code and pick up the Brutus Monroe Discount stamps.

~Linda

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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

Cup of Thanks – Greeting Card

I’m over on the Brutus Monroe site with a blog post: Cup of Thanks – Greeting Card using the Cup Of Thanks stamp set. It’s a fun set that I’m sure lots of people will have fun using.  I know that I have plans for other cards with this set.

Cup of Thanks - Greeting Card

For this project Cup of Thanks – Greeting Card, I pulled a few things I had on hand and then got out supplies from Brutus Monroe:

Detail Ink Mini Raven
Mini Chalk Ink Pad Collection: Winter
Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays
Liquid Element Bundle

Check out the video that shows the whole process of how I made the card here:


What are you thankful for today? Do you have someone special that this card would be a great reminder of how thankful you are for them? Head on over to Brutus Monroe and pick up this set for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Time to go get a Cup Of Thanks myself. 😉

You are Special Dragonfly – Guest Post at Brutus Monroe

My post You are Special Dragonfly – Guest Post at Brutus Monroe really has made me a better artist. I have recently become a member of the Inspiration Team at Brutus Monroe. It still amazes me that I was chosen to be on the team. Have you ever felt that way? When I look at my post on their website I think, wow I am creating art that people all around the world are seeing. Not just people who stop by my website or youtube, but an actual Mixed Media Company website. One that creates all kinds of cool products.

Check out my post here using the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays:

You are Special Dragonfly

I really enjoyed working with the Summer Chalk Shimmer Sprays (made by Tattered Angels for Brutus Monroe) as the sprays are beautiful and give sparkle to my artwork. It may be time to order a few more of these sprays as I can see them being additive! Use this link to Brutus Monroe and get a discount on your first purchase.

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