Christmas in July — Use a Stencil

Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the options in the craft industry. Options of the same type product are everywhere! Trying to figure out what is best or right for you can be a challenge. A product that has a lot of options and every company claims their’s is the best is ink! I must confess, I have fallen into the “I must have it all” marketing game. A few years ago I vowed to stop buying ink pads unless something really wonderful came along.

Catherine Pooler

In 2018 at Creativation I met Catherine Pooler and was introduced to her ink. I am not going to lie — I rolled me eyes in my head and thought “here we go again!” After I politely tuned the demo out I walked away — happy to escape the pitch. Over that year I slowly started to see what people were creating with her ink and I was impressed.

In 2019 I went back to the booth (willingly) and filmed a demo. There was a table in her booth in which people could play with the ink — which I did. I was impressed and saw the value of it in the craft room. The next five months I spent trying to talk myself out of purchasing it. In the spring Catherine Pooler released mini pads. That was it — I was sold. I went out and bought the Life of the Party collection and have been hooked ever sense.

Happy Holidays Stencil Card

Using a Brutus Monroe Stencil, Catherine Pooler ink pads, blending tool and a black fine tip pen I created this card for Christmas in July!

Using washi tape that I fuzzed on my shirt, I adhered the stencil to cardstock.

I selected three colors of ink and carefully shaded in the stencil. I would be trimming this down and did not care if I went over the edge of the stencil.

Once I removed the stencil I noticed the images did not pop as much as I wanted them too. I placed the stencil back on the cardstock and traced a fine line around each image. I then added threads to the top of each decoration.

To assemble the card, I layered the stenciled cardstock on a glittered black sheet and adhered it to the card base. For the sentiment, I placed it on a piece of tissue paper I had from packaging and placed it on top.

Though the card is relatively clean and simple it is striking! The important thing is it was fun to make and I am one step closer to completing my Christmas cards!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Thankful for You!

Have you ever started creating something and you were not sure how it would turn out? You just kinda went for it and hoped for the best? That is exactly what I did on this card. Pretty much everything I used is from Brutus Monroe with the exception of the Autumn Red Nuvo Drops 

I first used a gorgeous background stamps with clear embossing ink to stamp the image (I did this on the leaves as well) and embossed with Penny Embossing poweder (Gilded Gold on the leaves). I wanted the Colorburst to pool and separate in the leaves so I made sure to sprinkle in the leaves and misted water in those spots.

I did the same for the larger leaves. Once they dried I cut them out. They bent slightly which I liked because it made them more realistic. I used pop dots to adhere to the card base.

This card has been my favorite card I have made for Fall. It is so ironic how something so unpredictable and experimental can turn out so beautiful! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Hi!

As you may know, I am committed to creating Fall cards from things I already own. I am embarressed to admit this, but I have had this gorgeous embossing folder in my stash for a few years and have not ever used it — until now! I knew it would be lovely with Rinea Foiled Paper .

 It embossed perfectly! I love how crisp and shiny the leaves embossed.

 I die cut this sweet little owl and ran a permanent ink pad over him and backed him to a green piece of pattern paper.

I really enjoy using Rinea because it is sturdy, lightweight and adds something unique to cards. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Deepest Sympathies

Probably the least favorite thing for me to make is a Sympathy card, but they are the most meaningful to the recipient. During times of loss a hand made card can warm the heart like nothing else. Since death is often no predictable it is best to make a few to have on hand. I used the Hedgehog Hollow September 2018 to create a Deepest Sympathy card.

 I stamped the flowers with Catherine Pooler’s Coral Cabana ink pad. I stamped the stems and sentiment with a black detailed ink. Using the Marvy Uchida brush tip pens I colored in the flowers and stems.

 I sprinkled Color Burst on a piece of white cardstock and misted with gold glimmer mist. Once it dried I used an oval die cut to trim it out and inked the edges.

I pop dotted the flowers and sentiment over the stems I adhered with a liquid adhesive. To finish if off I added a few pearls.

I find it easier to create these cards with no specific person in mind. If I am creating a sympathy card for a loved one I tend to break down and unable to complete it. By working on several sympathy cards at a time it makes it easier.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Get Batty with some Crazy Brids

One of the best stamps sets I have ever purchased is the Crazy birds by Tim Holtz! It comes with a slew of accessory stamps to customize with any season or holiday. Naturally I had to create a Halloween card with it! 

I used Distress Markers to color in the bird and pumpkin and I think it works great with the background paper. The card came together rather quickly, but it looks like it took a lot of time. I love the web paper as a backdrop to the focal point. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Boorific!

I found this pumpkin die in my stash and knew it needed to be on a card. Once again I pulled out my Brutus Monroe Stamps because I think I got this die with the stamp set. I wanted to make it pop so I thought it would be fun to cut it out using Rinea Foiled Paper! 

 To create the pumpkin I die cut it on orange starstruck paper and traced the die on ebony foiled paper as a backing. I ran it through my sticker machine and attached it to my card base. So easy!

 I stamped the little crow and pumpkin that I water colored in and trimmed with my Scan n Cut.

I like to use Rinea Paper on projects like this. It cuts beautifully and is striking. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Witch Please….

When I saw this stamp set last year I knew I had to have it! Witch Please…. is a Brutus Monroe Stamp Set that is probably one of the Halloween favorite with that company. It is perfect for those that have a sarcastic and/or sassy personality. 

 To create this card I took a piece of mixed media cardstock and covered it with Colorburst. As that dried I die cut two circles and stamped my image along with the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock.

 This card is going to go through the mail, so I made it flat. I added some little dew drops for a touch of dimension.

Sometimes you just have to get a little messy 🙂
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!