Brutus Monroe, Cards, Classes, home & holiday projects

Fall Sampler

Hi Angels!

I had a lot of fun designing for class this week although having hubby home for an extra week after vacation threw me off my timeline. I was scrambling to finish up the design & teach at the same time.

This class was requested by one of the AngelS and it came out beautifully. We opted to do the four seasons instead of holidays. The winter class is scheduled for just a couple of weeks from now.

The card was a bonus since the Lawn Fawn Stitched Pumpkin Frame cuts out extras that can be swapped between patterns & colors.

I also used the Tim Holtz Impresslits Leaf cut & emboss folder, a variety of dies in my stash and stamps from Brutus Monroe, FSJ & Stampin’ Up!

Okay it’s confession time… for all the designing I do, I have a bit of a problem with 3-D visualization. I did not think the frame was sized right to fit the 12 x 12 layout. Why? Because I was thinking the layout went on the glass like a regular picture not to the back of the shadow box. I really struggle with figuring out anything with depth. So I trimmed the layout to fit to the glass & ended up having to mat it on another 12 x 12 so it did show properly. Bonus, the layout is much sturdier now. You would never know if I hadn’t fessed up. But it’s important to share what we learn & struggle with because it might just help someone else along the creative path.

I hope to get back to my watercolor class soon but I have some Troop business to take care of & birthday & sympathy cards to make.

I hope you are finding time to be creative.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, Watercolor

Watercolor Stacked

Hi Angels!

I completed day one of Simply Watercolor Christmas. I wasn’t sure since I’ve been dealing with a migraine all day.

Card 1 was supposed to be a trio of stacked presents but I kept seeing the middle present as a lid to the bottom box so I made two stacked gifts. The base colors are regular watercolor with metallic watercolor accents. Sentiment strips from Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Christmas.

Card 2 is the bonus video by Jennifer McGuire featuring a divided Christmas tree. I used metallic watercolor for the whole tree & had fun with the star & sequins.

Here is the picture of all of day one cards together.

I will try and get at least one card done tomorrow. I have a bigger paint project to start working on and a class to design for.

Toodles!

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things

Unexpected Joys

Hi Angels!

It’s been a busy week. I have done a little creating & organizing but the change in weather also brought a couple of migraine days.

Tonight I took Sandy Allnock’s coloring class in partnership with My Favorite Things Stamps. MFT provided a digital image from their new Joyous Holidays stamp & die set. The tutorial featured coloring with Copic markers. I have a very limited selection but I made what I have work.

Nothing like a groovy rainbow santa to bring holiday cheer. Until I got my blending a bit better he looked more like a tie-dye santa. I don’t work in alcohol markers very often. The tree is done freehand with the markers and was really easy. I was able to color along in the hour class online & finished up my card right after class. Sandy is a great teacher.

I hope you have a wonderfully creative weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, Sassy and Crafty Stamps

Love Mew

Hi Angels!

It’s turning out to be a busy week after the holiday weekend. That’s okay because next week is retreat.

Tonight I am sharing the final design from the Young at Heart class. I used Sassy and Crafty’s Thank Mew stamp set for this one.

This kitty is the cutest and was so much fun to color. She’d look great with a teeny tiny butterfly on the end of her nose too, maybe the next card. The whole class was a blast to design for. I hope the creations brought a smile.

Thanks for popping by.

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, Sweet n' Sassy Stamps

Happy Trails

Hi Angels!

Everyone is going to have fun creating in tomorrow’s Young at Heart class because I had so much fun designing for it. I just picked out a handful of stamps & started playing with no real plan in mind.

Tonight’s card did take a bit of work with die cutting but it came out so cute. It features the new My Favorite Things Car Pool & On The Road Die-namics & Better Together Stamp set.

The card kit comes with an idea sheet & I really like the polka dot car so I picked out a couple of happy colors & started designing. It looked a bit blah against a plain cardstock background so I pulled out Sweet n’ Sassy Texture Tiles 5 set as it had the perfect size polka dots for the background to tie it all together. The word “trails” came from CZ Design Happy Days from Simon Says Stamp.

The really fun thing about the Better Together stamp set is there are so many cute critters to choose from to drive the car.

I hope you are enjoying a great holiday weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Classes, My Favorite Things

Dream Magic

Hi Angels!

I am having a great time designing for Monday’s class Young at Heart. Well, except for the crazy wasp that got into the studio today. He was doing that fall drunken bee thing, ugh!

Today’s card features some monochromatic fun. I used My Favorite Things Magical Friends to create this card and a wood sentiment stamp by Great Impressions.

I raided my background stash for this marbled background. Since I rarely make one background, I have enough to share for class. A little accent stamping with a touch of colored pencil & a Gelly Roll Stardust Clear pen makes an easy card.

Stay tuned for more Young at Heart fun.

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.