Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Team Tuesday with Chris

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, friends, food and fun!

It's Chris here with you today, and I am sharing some watercolor cards that I made using my original MISTI, some fabulous new stamps from Brutus Monroe and some new watercolor pencils that I received as an early Christmas gift from my husband.  I received the full set of Caran d'Ache Museum watercolor pencils in early December, and am still experimenting with them, but I think I love them.  The pigment dissolves easily and they blend beautifully.  Today I'm sharing some of my results, and giving you a sneak peek of some of the new Brutus Monroe "When I Grow Up" stamp sets that will be releasing on December 30th.

I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Pittsburgh this month to visit good friends, and attend the 3rd Anniversary celebration of my friend Christopher Alan's company, Brutus Monroe.  I took my new pencils with me on my flight in my Studio Bag and spent my flight time coloring and painting, and got to do a bit of crafting with Christopher and friends in his studio as well.   After his anniversary party, Christopher gave me these new not-yet-released stamps to play with for this MISTI post, so with his permission, I thought I'd give you an early look at the new additions to the When I Grow Up series illustrated by Chuck Carson for Brutus Monroe.  

The adorable little girls in this series are imagining their futures, and they know that there's no dream too big, or too gender exclusive.  I love this line for it's positive messages for young girls.  Everyone deserves the opportunity to be exactly who and what they'd like to be when they grow up!

When I Grow Up - Fireman (available 12/30/17)

For this Firefighter card, I used my original MISTI to stamp my images using Brutus Monroe Raven Detail ink onto Canson Montval watercolor paper.  I used 3M Post-it tape to create a mask for the water stream, applying the mask before stamping the dog to my panel.

I used the "L" shaped ruler from my Creative Corners as a straight edge to sketch in the sidewalk with pencil before coloring with the Caran d'Ache Museum pencils and using a Faber Castell waterbrush to blend out the watercolor.

The YouTube video showing my whole process for this card is here:

These next two cards were created similarly with my original MISTI and Museum pencils and use the previously released stamps, When I Grow Up - Scientist and When I Grow Up - Astronaut.  I used the Scientist stamps rather as-is, but sketched in the picnic table and background on the Astronaut card.  Each card began with a 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" panel of Canson Montval watercolor paper which, after coloring and adding my greetings, were trimmed and adhered to a side-fold A2 card base with Brutus Monroe Craft Glue.  I love that glue for it's quick dry time and strength.

The remaining three cards were created with more soon to be released stamps sets.  These sets will be available December 30th at Brutus Monroe.

When I Grow Up - Pilot  (greeting is from the Scientist set)
Her tree stump perch is hand drawn.

When I Grow Up - Policeman
I used pattterned paper for my background on this card.  My little policewoman was carefully hand trimmed from my watercolor panel and added with craft glue.

When I Grow Up - Military, (greeting is from the Astronaut set)

Thanks for joining me and my watercolor pencil samples today!  Thanks Christopher for the great  new stamps, and as always, thanks to My Sweet Petunia for making stamping successful and fun!

Have a wonderful day and happy stamping!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hi everyone!  Today I am happy to be a part to Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza.  Be sure to read all the way to the end for the giveaway. 

I can't believe that Christmas is tomorrow.  The card I prepared for you is an easy card to make if you need a last minute card.  We always have that one person that we overlooked and need a quick card to give with that generic gift card.  

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by My Sweet Petunia so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs until 25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!  Enjoy the video!  Merry Christmas!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Team Tuesday with Giovana

Hello friends! Giovana here today! I hope all your shopping is done and all your card were mailed, right? Yeah, me either, hehehehe and just in case you are in need of a quick idea to make 3 cards + 2 tags with 1 background stamp, today is your lucky day!!
Yes!! I used this super cute from Concord & 9th "Christmas Cheer Turnabout" , so let's get started!
  • Starting with stamping the Christmas Cheer Turnabout, using your MISTI,  on a piece of cream cardstock in Versamark Watermark ink. (click on the picture for a bigger one)
  •  After stamping the 4 sides, add gold embossing powder and heat set.
  •  Using stitched dies or any rectangle and a square die, die-cut the background piece. At first, I just wanted the 3 big pieces, but then I have a "great moment" and decided to die-cut the little pieces as well for little tags {win, win}
  •  Adhere the stamped panel on a piece of red metallic cardstock. Here I use Scallop Rectangle  dies.
  •  Stamp sentiment on bottom part of cards in green and red ink.

Here are the cards!! Love how they turned out! I added gold snowflakes and bough to embellish the cards, both from "Take a Bough Die"
 And here you have the 2 little tags, I kept them super simple, just added snowflakes and bough to the corner, I used a brad I found on my stash (do you still use brads?)

I hope you like these projects! It took me 40 minutes to create this set, not too bad, right?

Have a fantastic day!!

Friday, December 15, 2017


We have all meet a person that makes everything shine.   Let's call these people Shiny.  What makes a person Shiny?  When Shiny people walk into the room, people smile.  Laughing begins and everyone want to bask in the rays of Shiny.  Shiny people make me want to be a better person.  Shiny people literally make the darkness disappear.   

So when I saw this stamp set from Concord & 9th, I knew I need to use gold for my shiny card.  I stamped with my embossing ink and then added my gold embossing powder.  After heat setting it, I added the sentiment and embellished it with sequins. 

Please leave a comment below telling me who your Shiny person is.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!  I love how this card turned out.  I even got all fancy photographing it.  This year I actually got a head start.  All my church cards are complete and I am half way done with my cards.

I love the Concord & 9th Plaid background.  It is so versatile.  Change the color ink or change the  color cardstock and you get a totally new feel and appearance.   I started with some red cardstock and stamped it with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink.  Then I added the thin lines with Delicata Gold Glitz and used Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder.  Once I heat set it, I wiped off the residue from my embossing bag.

I die cut some black cardstock  with the Merry die  from Concord & 9th.  After stacking them I added one more layer with gold glitter paper.  Slapped on some gold sequence and I was done.

I hope you love this card as much as I do.  Be sure to watch the video to see what it would look like with gold foiled cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Team Tuesday with Ceal

Hi there! 
Welcome to Team Tuesday, it's Ceal here to share a shaker card with you today featuring some Concord & 9th products. 
If you are like me the Misti is a must have when using layering and background stamps.  Layering stamps for the life of me even though they are clear I cannot get them to line up without the Misti, background well I have small hands so it's pretty much impossible for me to hold that gianormous block. So the Misti is my best friend! 
To make my card I used the Original Misti and several Concord & 9th stamps. I started with the Blooms Fill In set, Versamark Ink and Gilded embossing powder by Brutus Monroe. I inked up the Fill In blooms background with Versamark ink and embossed it in gold. I love using the Misti when embossing because it allows me to get great coverage with the Versamark. 

Next I used some Catherine Pooler inks and again using the Misti to help me line up the layers I filled in all the flowers. Using the Creative Corners helped me be able to stamp the ones along the sides. 

I love the new Bar Magnets, you now how new stamps tend to lift your paper? well if you use two of them your paper doesn't move an inch!

After I got all the stamping done on the blooms, I cut out theChristmas tree using the Trim The Tree dies. 

To finish the card, I stamped a background using the Plaid Background stamp and the greeting from the Trim the Tree set also using Catherine Pooler inks.
 I placed some acetate over the negative of the Christmas Tree and then added foam tape around the edges. I added some sequins on the plaid background and then placed the front on top.

Wanna know how I used the tree itself?  I am doing a series of 25 days of Christmas Inspiration on my blog, so Check my blog tomorrow and you'll see.