Eat Cake with Therm O Web & Brutus Monroe

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Happy Friday, friends! I’m back today with day two of my projects for the fun match-up with our friends at Brutus Monroe on the Therm O Web blog this week.


For my first Brutus project, I shared a card straight from the flower garden. And this time, I’m going with a more whimsical approach with Brutus’ fun Topsy Cakes stamps on a set of gift tags. I think these tags would work great for birthdays, or retirements, or weddings, or any celebratory occasion….. or even just the end of the work week, like today. I mean, I hardly ever need an excuse to eat cake!


I pulled out some GinaK Designs dies from the Decorative Tag Set for both the small and large tag shapes here. The Topsy Cakes were stamped directly onto the tags, and then masked to add the stenciled pattern in the background. The images were then colored with Copic markers.


Stamped a sentiment from the Topsy Cakes set onto the smaller tags, and tied them to the top with a bit of twine. The GinaK gingham ribbon was inked to match. As always, I’ve got the full tutorial for this project up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Happy weekend to you! Thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackBrutus Monroe Clear Stamps TOPSY CAKES bru4639Therm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Decorative TagBrutus Monroe - Mixed Media Stencil - TileTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Brutus Monroe RAVEN DETAIL Ink Pad BRU2543Gina K Designs PASSIONATE PINK Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE11Gina K Designs TURQUOISE SEA Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE16Therm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Copic Markers: E55, E57, E59, BG10, BG13, BG18, R11, R27, C1, C3

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Be Happy with Therm O Web & Brutus Monroe

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We’re having some fun on the Therm O Web blog this week, partnering up with our friends at Brutus Monroe. All week long, both blogs are filled with project inspiration featuring Brutus’ stamps and stencils along with Therm O Web’s awesome line-up of products.


I am sharing several mix-it-up projects on the Therm O Web blog, and wanted to share the first of them here with all of you. This card features lots of layers of Therm O Web premium cardstock from the GinaK Designs line. I am just a bit obsessed with this lime Jelly Bean Green color. I used it in the cardstock, and the ink, and even a smidge in the Fancy Foils, too.


The flowers are from Brutus Monroe’s adorable Rose Garden stamp. They were stamped and embossed in white, and watercolored with Zig markers. The sentiment is Brutus, too, as is the pretty tile stencil pattern in the background. Makes me think of a garden lattice filled with climbing flowers. And I don’t know about you… but I’m ready for flowers!


I always love a good side view of deco foil to really show off it’s beautiful shine. I used the foil here with the new acetate toner sheets to create that cool striped pattern on the strip behind the sentiment. And I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

In honor of our match-up week, we’ve got a fabulous prize for you. Be sure to stop by the Therm O Web blog and get entered in our prize drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate to shop our online store!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
(Affiliate links used where possible at no extra cost to you)

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Luxury White - 10 PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Jelly Bean Green - 10 PackBrutus Monroe Clear Stamps ROSE GARDEN BRU4364Brutus Monroe - Mixed Media Stencil - TileTherm O Web - iCraft - Deco Foil - 8.5 x 11 - Clear Designer Toner Sheets - Pinstripes - 4 PackTherm O Web Gina K Designs JELLY BEAN GREEN Fancy Foils Deco Foil 1803628 Lilac Lane - Premium Sequins - Black TieTherm O Web Gina K Designs BLACK AND WHITE GINGHAM Fancy Ribbon 18048Brutus Monroe RAVEN DETAIL Ink Pad BRU2543Gina K Designs JELLY BEAN GREEN Color Companions Mini Ink Pad CUBE38Tsukineko - VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad - Large - ClearRanger Ink - Basics Embossing Powder - WhiteKuretake - ZIG - Clean Color - Brush Marker - 48 Piece SetBrutus Monroe - Waterbrush - Medium TipTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 InchesTherm O Web - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Foam Adhesive - WhiteTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Brutus Monroe Floral Frame Clear Stamp Set

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A Friendly Hello with Ranger Ink


Happy Monday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have the great pleasure of guesting on the Ranger Ink blog. The focus of my project this time around is Distress Oxides… and I put these fun ink pads through a variety of techniques to make a bright and happy friendship card inspired by the pretty colors of spring.


I think the most notable difference between the Distress Oxides and the regular Distress inks is their opaqueness and chalky finish. To me, they feel almost like a cross between Distress Ink and Distress Paint, and I love that unique look. Best thing is, all the techniques we’ve learned for the regular inks can be used on the Oxides, as well.


To put the Oxides through their paces, I experimented with all my favorite techniques here. There’s ink smooshing and ink blending. I stenciled and stamped, and watercolored with the Oxides, too. I even played around to create some Oxide stripes and polka dots… a little funky touch to go along with these Tim Holtz Funky Florals dies.


I’ve got the full step-by-step tutorial up on the Ranger Ink blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We hit 80 here, and yucky green pollen is coating everything. The carpenter bees are in full swing, too. But today we’re back down to a low in the 40’s. What a crazy spring.


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
(Affiliate links used where possible at no extra charge to you)

Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Funky Floral 1Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stitched RectanglesTim Holtz Layering Stencil DIAMONDS THS081Stamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set - Simple SayingsTim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps REFLECTIONS CMS111Photo Play Paper - Luke 2 Collection - Christmas - Enamel DotsRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Tattered RoseRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wilted VioletRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Bundled SageRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Walnut StainRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceRanger Ink - Artist Brushes - 7 PackRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

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Whale of a Good Time


Happy Fri-YAY, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I have to say, this past week has really gotten by me. We are down a person at work, and I have been filling in with lots of extra shifts and days. And unfortunately, that has left me little time to visit, and no time at all for crafty play. So today, I’m reaching way back into my archives to share a project from last year, this whale of a cute birthday card.


Every once in awhile, I like to challenge myself to pull out an old collection kit and see what I can do with it, and that’s just what I’ve done here with this super-retro RSVP line from Basic Grey. I started with papers from the 6×6 pad mixed with some vintage PL cards (American Crafts, I think?) for the background. The whale is from the old snippets booklet. Do you all remember those? Finished off with vellum tape and twine, die cut photo corners and enamel dots. My goodness but Basic Grey used to pack their collections with tons of embellies.


We’re supposed to hit 80 degrees here today! Maybe spring has finally arrived.
Hope it’s a beautiful weekend in your neck of the woods, too!

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See the World with Tim Holtz and Sizzix


Happy Tuesday, friends! Thanks so much for stopping by! Today I have another card to share that I made for the Creativations show in January. This time, a beach-inspired card for the Tim Holtz Alterations booth featuring his fun Seashells, Planks, and Stacked Postage dies from the new April Sizzix release.


Aren’t the Seashell dies amazing? Love that they come with matching embossing folders for adding that bit of lifelike dimension. I did some Distress ink smooshing to add color to the shells, and then blended more ink over the embossing with an ink blending tool. Clear embossing powder was added to the raised areas for a bit of shine. And finally, a touch of crackle paste on the shells and card corners adds that shabby aged appearance that I adore.


The Planks were embossed with the wood plank embossing folder. The coral are actually from the holiday greens die set from a previous release. I added cheesecloth for extra texture, and layered all the pieces onto one of the Stacked Postage dies. A chipboard sentiment completes the scene.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! And thanks so much for all the well wishes for my birthday girl. I read her each and every one, and had her grinning ear to ear! I’m still trying to process the fact that she’s now two decades old, though! 😀


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Watercolor Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - 10 PackAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - 8 x 8 Kraft Stock - ClassicSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die with Texture Fades - SeashellsSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Bigz Die - PlanksSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Stacked PostageSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Thinlits Die - Holiday GreensSizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Halloween - Texture Fades - Embossing Folder - Wood PlanksAdvantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Quote ChipsRanger Ink - Texture Paste - Opaque CrackleRanger Ink - Embossing Powder - ClearRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pad - Abandoned CoralRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Festive BerriesRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Shaded LilacRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Tumbled GlassRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Salty OceanRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Peacock FeathersRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Ink Pads - Cracked PistachioTim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Brushed CorduroyRanger Ink - Tim Holtz - Mini Ink Blending Tool - Round

Just My Type with Photoplay Paper


Hello, hello friends, thanks for stopping by! It’s a happy day here at my house… a BIG day! My little missy Nik turns 20 years old today! Time for some happy celebrations! And a perfect time to share this card I made for Creativation (CHA) with Photoplay Paper’s adorable Mad4Plaid Happy collection.


I just can’t help but smile over this bright and fun line, and those silly plaid pups get me every time. This sweet guy is perched at his typewriter, writing a little love note. I added stickers to one of the 3×4 journaling cards to create my scene, and pieced a snippet of another at the bottom of it to create a tag design for the front of the card, and go along with my writer’s theme.


A pair of plaid prints were layered with one of the larger 4×6 journaling cards for the background. I popped up some elements with foam tape for dimension, and finished off the tag with a bit of twine.

Hope this lovely Friday finds you all very Happy! And hope you have a wonderful weekend, too! We are actually predicted to get a wee bit of snow again on Saturday. Crazy!


The supplies I’ve used are linked below:

Photo Play Paper - Mad 4 Plaid Happy Collection - 12 x 12 Collection PackLawn Fawn TANGERINE Single Cord Lawn Trimmings LF786Fiskars - Border Punch - Scallop Sentiment

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Good Friends with Therm O Web


Happy Wednesday, Good Friends! Hope your week is going well. I thought perhaps that we had finally hit spring here in my neck of the woods, but she seems to be hiding again. It’s grey and gloomy once again, and I am so ready for real spring to arrive. So I thought I’d pretend a bit today with a bright and cheery spring flower card that I made this week for the Therm O Web blog.


For something a bit different than my norm, I went with an interactive card design made of a pocket and an insert. Love that extra little surprise the recipient will find when they pull on the cloud tab. And the belly band slips off, and is re-usable, too.


There’s something about this Waffle Flower Bear & Bird stamp set that always makes me smile. This time, I gave the bear a snow cone to hold that was fussy cut from my patterned papers, and created a little outdoor picnic scene for these good friends to enjoy.


I put together a matching insert using coordinating papers from the Simple Stories Summer Days kit. A fussy cut cloud added to the top of the card acts as the pull tab. Therm O Web GinaK Designs dies were used to frame the sentiment and the belly band scene. And of course I used some deco foil to accent that cool GinaK Foil-Mates greeting.


I always love a good side view of deco foil to really show off it’s beautiful shine. I used three colors of foil here that were a great match to my papers, and it’s really easy to do. I’ve got a tutorial for that, as well as complete instructions for creating this pocket design, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

P.S.- * All die cutting (including the GinaK Designs Wafer Thin die sets I used today) are currently 15%- 50% off at Scrapbook.com!
Woo Hoo!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Therm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - White - 12 SheetsSimple Stories - Summer Days Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitWaffle Flower Crafts - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Bear and BirdTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Rectangle - LargeTherm O Web - Nested Die Sets - Single Stitch - Circle - LargeTherm O Web - Foil-Mates - 5.5 x 8.5 - Sentiments - True FriendTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Turquoise SeaTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Red VelvetTherm O Web - Fancy Foils - 6 x 8 - Wild DandelionCopic Sketch Marker E55 LIGHT CAMEL TanCopic Sketch Marker E57 LIGHT WALNUT Light BrownCopic Sketch Marker E59 WALNUT Dark BrownTherm O Web - Deco Foil - 6 x 12 Foam Adhesive - WhiteTherm O Web - iCraft - Purple Tape - Removable - 1.5 Inches x 15 YardsTherm O Web - Foil Laminator - 12 Inches

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