Monday Montage 108

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!  Today, I’m sharing a simple card made with Brusho Crystal Colours.  This is a fun, new product from the Occasions catalog that you’ll definitely want to own.  It creates beautiful, rich watercolor effects.

Brusho Beautiful Day

My number one tip for using Brusho is:  LESS IS MORE.  Remember you can always add more if you want a deeper color, but a tiny bit goes a long way.

For the background, I sprinkled a few of the Prussian Blue crystals onto an acrylic block and used an aqua painter to pick up the color.  Then, I just did a simple wash onto Shimmery White card stock.  Once the paper was dry, I stamped the greeting in Basic Black archival ink over the wash.  Because there is often some slight warping of the paper from the water, I layered the Shimmery White card stock onto Basic Black card stock and a Whisper White card base.

Brusho Beautiful Day Close Up

For the focal point, I stamped the flower image onto Shimmery White card stock with Versamark ink and heat embossed with White Emboss powder.  I used an aquapainter to add water to the sections of the flower, then sprinkled the Brusho Crystals over it and allowed them to work their magic.  It creates a messy-ish look, but I’m learning to embrace the imperfections.  When using the Brusho Crystals, you’ll definitely be creating one-of-a-kind cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by! You’ll find a complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

There are 9 stops on this blog hop, so be sure to check out all of the amazing projects.

You can click the Back button to visit Kaitlyn or the Next button to visit Wendy. Thanks again for celebrating with us!

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Control Freaks Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is Occasions & Sale-a-Bration.

I am so excited to be joining the Control Freaks for another blog hop.  We’ve got some great projects to share with you that feature products from the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  You may have just visited the blog of the very talented other Melissa, Melissa Davies. She’s always got such wonderful ideas and I love her work.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to follow along to your next stop.

So far, my favorite products in the Occasions catalog are from the Sweet Soiree Suite of products.  I’ve already shared a few of the cards that I’ve created with this suite and today’s card features some leftover bits & pieces from other projects.  I had die-cut a bunch of extra leaves and flowers, so I decided to make a shaker card with them.  A few sequins were added to the shaker mix to make this card sparkle.

The “celebrate” die cut is from the Celebrate You Thinlits dies in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  You can get this set of dies FREE with a $100 purchase during Sale-a-Bration.  How cool is that?   I die-cut the greeting from Whisper White card stock, then sponged Powder Pink and Berry Burst inks onto it to create an ombre effect.

The final touch is the Berry Burst metallic edge ribbon.  I just love the bit of sparkle it adds to the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Your next stop on this blog tour is my good buddy, Wendy Weixler.  I’m sure she’ll be blowing us away with another amazing project this month.


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Truly Tailored Simple Masculine Card

Truly Tailored

Masculine cards always seem to pose a challenge to most card makers, but the new True Gentleman Suite of products makes them so easy!    I absolutely love the masculine patterns in the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper and the color scheme of Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide.  For today’s card, I used a mix of patterned papers and paired it with a sentiment from the Truly Tailored stamp set.  This week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches provided the perfect layout!


Here are the card stock/paper measurements I used:

Very Vanilla ~ 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 4-1/4″

Very Vanilla ~ 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

Houndstooth Paper ~ 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″

Pipe & Moustache Paper ~ 3″ x 5-1/2″

Scraps of Very Vanilla & Chocolate Chip for die-cutting and stamping

Start by layering the Houndstooth designer series paper over the Very Vanilla card base.  Next layer the Pipe & Moustache designer series paper onto the smaller piece of Very Vanilla card stock, then adhere it to the card front.  You could easily change the patterns to fit a different color scheme by using these same cutting instructions.

Truly Tailored Close Up

For the focal point, I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock in Chocolate Chip ink and in Crumb Cake ink.  The Chocolate Chip sentiment was die cut with the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I cut the “Dapper” from the Crumb Cake-stamped sentiment and banner-cut the ends before adhering it over the main sentiment.  A Chocolate Chip square was also die cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, layered behind the sentiment square, and popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Don’t forget!  You will get a FREE Sale-a-Bration item with every $50 purchase.

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In and Out Card Featuring Cake Soiree

This weekend has been perfect for crafting!  I’ve loved being snowed in with brand new stamps and dies.  The Cake Soiree stamp set is becoming a fast favorite and I was inspired to try this fun fold card by this video.  This card also fits 2 challenges:  CAS(E) this Sketch! and SIP Challenge.


I began by stamping the cake image in Powder Pink & Berry Burst ink onto the front of a Whisper White card base.  Next, I used the Sweet Cake Framelits Dies to cut out the cake.  The cake was set aside and I ran the front of the card base through the Big Shot with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Additional die cuts (flower, leaves, and cake stand) from the Sweet Cake dies were cut from Berry Burst card stock, Old Olive card stock, and Silver Foil sheets.  The “celebrate” die cut is from the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  This set of dies is not available for purchase, but you can get it FREE during Sale-a-Bration with a $100 order.


              Cake Soiree Birthday

There is much more to this card than meets the eye.  To see the way this card works and the additional stamped images, please watch this video.

Let me know by commenting below what you think of this quick video format.

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TGIFC#142 Sketch Challenge ~ Sweet Soiree

Snow Day!  Well, actually it’s an ICE day.  Either way, it’s a great day to stay indoors and craft.  We have a fantastic sketch this week on the TGIF Challenges blog.

To play along, simply use the sketch below to inspire your card creation and upload it to our blog.  We select a winner each week and it could be you!


I finally decided to break out the Sweet Soiree Suite of products.  The designer series paper is absolutely gorgeous with handpainted florals and silver metallic accents.  I used a few of the papers to build the background of the card, but the real show-stopper is the cake image from the Cake Soiree stamp set.  Multiple die cuts and stamped images were used to create a beautiful cake topper that looks good enough to eat!


In this close-up image, you can see the glittery dots and “icing” created with the Shimmery White embossing paste and the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks.  The raised texture of the dried embossing paste adds an interesting aspect to the card, don’t you think?

Sweet Soiree Close Up

You can check out the designers’ inspiration cards HERE.

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