Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards

It’s Crafty Staycation Weekend!

Hi Angels!

I signed up for 2 virtual retreats this year as part of my 60th birthday celebration. This weekend is Brutus Monroe’s Crafty Staycation featuring 7 classes over 3 days.

Tonight’s first class featured the yet to be released Birdhouse Scene Builder die set from Brutus Monroe. It has 39 different dies that cut out 82 different pieces.

While setting up for class in the studio I came across a small zip bag full of small scraps from some of my handmade & stamped backgrounds so I decided to place them on the table in a small bin to dig through. I used several on my birdhouse card along with some of the papers supplied in the kit.

The 2nd class of the night was with Therm-o-web and no heat foiling. For this class I created 2 cards. If you know me well enough you know I rarely make identical to the sample cards. So I have switched up a few things in all my classes.

This card features the Pinkfresh Hanging Garden layering stencil that we will have an additional class with tomorrow. The original card had diagonal foil stripes but Julia from Therm-o-web showed a criss cross version that I decided to try in foiling. The center of the flowers are foiled too. I used Pinkfresh Classic Word dies for the sentiment.

The final card from tonight is a beautiful rainbow featuring the Brutus Monroe Rainglow foil. I also added foil dots to the clouds. The sun is a Therm-o-web flocked paper.

Tomorrow and Sunday I have 3 classes each day. The mini-album is split into 2 sessions.

Hope your weekend is fabulous & includes some creating too.

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, Elizabeth Craft Designs

Elegant Abstract

Hi Angels!

I was going to create this card yesterday but I got some much needed tidying & organizing done and decided to call the day good.

You guessed it, it’s the Abstract Flower Stencil from Brutus Monroe’s February stencil of the month. I think for now I’m done designing with it, we’ll see.

This came out fabulously elegant! I embossed the stencil in white. I actually just got in some Brutus Monroe Alabaster (white) embossing powder. I decided it needed a border so I found the thinnest washi I had that would work with the black & white design.

The sentiment is Quietfire Design by Suzanne Cannon through Elizabeth Craft Design. If you are not familiar with Suzanne’s work, she is a master calligrapher, who many years ago started turning her calligraphy into stamps. Her designs are now available through Elizabeth Craft Designs & the Silhouette Store. I have many of her original red rubber unmounted stamps in the studio. I need to gather them together while I am organizing & put them to use again. Her calligraphy is just lovely.

I hope you are recovering well from last week’s frigid blast.

Have a Great Week!

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, Taylored Expressions

Birthday Abstract

Hi Angels!

I’ve been playing with the Brutus Monroe Abstract Flower Stencil of the Month again.

I wanted to try a couple of black & white cards with this stencil so this is my first design. Fairly easy even with embossing. The sentiments are from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Birthday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Art Inspiration, Brutus Monroe, Cards, Simon Says Stamp

Sending Smiles

Hi Angels!

I spent a good part of the day working on another project however since I made a few backgrounds Monday, I took a break to make this colorful card.

Isn’t this background fabulous! It’s the new Stencil of the Month from Brutus Monroe Abstract Flower. I paired it with Simon Says Stamp Sending Smiles Words die for a fast card.

Here is the background before I turned it into a card. I just love the swirls in this stencil. I’m going to have to see what else I can design with it soon.

I’m going to see if I can get some shoveling done in the morning. It got a bit warmer today but we still can’t get out of our driveway.

Hope you have a good weekend and are warm & safe.

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Crafters Companion, My Favorite Things

Sweet Birthday

Hi Angels!

I have been very busy with the Troop cards & some organizing. I was feeling quite squished in my study where I do some of my artwork. Then the studio has a lot of card sorting spread out in it to organize for the Troops and our other charities.

I did find some fun time to create my youngest daughter’s birthday card for her special day yesterday.

I used Brutus Monroe’s Turbine Stencil, My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Happy Birthday die and Crafter’s Companion Scenic France dies.

I will have a big update tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brutus Monroe, Classes

Stencil Watercolor

Hi Angels!

Are you ready for a crafty weekend? I think I got off to a great start when I took the watercolor stencil class from MansiMakes today. I stumbled across the class when it showed up in the friends who responded to events on Facebook notifications. The title caught my eye & I said “why not?” and it was lots of fun.

What do you think? I think for a first try they came out pretty good. I may go back in and detail out the butterflies a bit more but for now I’m content with where they’re at and can turn them into cards if I want. I used Brutus Monroe Flower Burst & Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District Beautiful Butterflies stencils. I think Simple Stories needs to shorten the name a bit, that’s a mouth full. 😊

I have more creating in store for the weekend as I am having a class on Monday afternoon. It fit well into everyone’s schedule.

Have a Fabulous Weekend & find some time to be crafty.

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Kindness matters, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Slimline Cards

Look for the Miracles Slimline

Hi Angels!

I hope you had a wonderful Saturday.

We had a fairly quiet but warm day here.

Tonight’s card uses the negative print of last night’s Brutus Monroe Victorian Swirl stencil. If I think I have enough ink on a stencil after coloring through it, I will often spritz it with water & try to take a negative print with the color on the stencil. I have found it’s actually quite effective if I spritz the paper with water first & then only lightly mist the stencil before trying to take an impression.

This gave such a beautiful soft watercolor look to the print that I knew I just had to create something. I’ve been wanting to play with silhouette images so I pulled out My Favorite Things Flower Silhouettes and opted to do them in the card base color. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles set. The butterfly is one of my oldest stamps when All Night Media used to make them on foam blocks.

Kindness today came when our oldest son & his wife came to assist us when our van wouldn’t start. Seems like it was just a bit of corrosion on the battery & the cable was a bit loose. The battery tested great for a charge thankfully.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Pink & Main, Slimline Cards

Hello Beautiful Slimline

Hi Angels!

It has been a busy week as I had some errands to run & was prepping the Cards for the Troops shipment. You can see the details of the shipment on my Facebook page.

After 2 days of dealing with migraines & still taking care of things, I finally made it out to the studio for a few minutes to create. I just love how this card came out.

Isn’t it just gorgeous! I used the new Brutus Monroe Slimline Stencil Victorian Swirl with Catherine Pooler inks. Then I used the new Pink & Main slimline die sets Stitched (layers of stitched rectangles), Beautiful & Sympathy. Another great set of dies that coordinate together.

The Troop cards are always a kindness project plus I gave some encouragement this week too. Sometimes it’s the little bits of kindness that can mean the most.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.