Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Brutus Monroe Blog Hop | Fabulous Fibers

Hey everyone!!

It's Wednesday and the Brutus Monroe Inspiration team has some fun projects to share with you using a newer product to the Brutus Monroe website, Fabulous Fibers.

Find more inspiration using the Fabulous Fibers here
or other cards I have created using the Birds of a Feather stamp set. 


Ok so I was pretty excited to try out these Fab Fibers in a laminator. I recently got a new one and I hadn't tried it out yet. Spoiler alert... it works great. I used a piece of parchment paper folded in half to create a folder for my Fab Fibers. These are so thin and get EVERYWHERE if you are not careful. Don't sneeze when handling an open package! lol. I took out a bunch and gathered them into the middle of the makeshift folder while the laminator was warming up. Once it was ready I sent my fibers through. The parchment paper folder will help to hold everything together and protect the machine from loose fibers getting inside. Just make sure you tuck all the stray strands in! 



So this melts all those tiny loose strands of fibers into a paper like sheet. It is really cool to see. I've had to play around with these a bit to figure out what works for me. Sometimes it just ends up looking like a hair ball. A shiny pretty hair ball though!
But once you get the hang of them the possibilities are quite fun. I love adding texture to my creations!

I wasn't really sure what to do with my sheet of fibers but I the colors shift reminded me of peacock which led me to the Birds of a Feather stamp set. After I figured out I would pair the two together it was really quick!


I'll be using two of the feathers from the Birds of a Feather stamp set, the two that looked most like a peacock's feather, and also the sentiment "Be a Peacock in a flock of pigeons". I stamped the two feathers on to a piece of Alabaster card stock with Raven Detail ink then outline with a W3 Copic Marker. This just gives the feathers a slight shadow. I decided to leave them black and white. 

I used a die and teal card stock from my stash to cut a rounded corner and added some Brutus Monroe Craft Glue to the top. This is where I adhered my Fab Fibers melted sheet. I trimmed off the overhang, on the square sides, and let that dry.

The sentiment is heat embossed on to another piece of cardstock from my stash. I was looking for peacock colors to coordinate together. I used Alabaster embossing powder for a bright white bold sentiment! Then I carefully fussy cut the sentiment out and adhered everything together. 

This is all attached to a Lunch Bag A2 card base with a Phone Book bottom layer. I love the colors on this card!


To continue on the blog hop just click the next name in the line up. Make sure to gives these ladies some love they do amazing work! 

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Thank you so much for joining me today!
Jessica Shier ❤


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Cacti Background Copic Coloring | Square Card



Hey everyone!
Today I have another Copic colored card but I'm using the Cacti Background stamp! How fun is this image, I love it and think it is so fun. I have a love for cacti, probably because they are so different then the evergreen trees here in the Pacific Northwest.



I really wanted to showcase the green and coral of the Cacti, so I kept the pots very neutral. I'll have the Copic Markers I used listed below. I cut down the panel to 5.25in x 5.25in, this card ends up being a 5.5 inch square card.
To add to the lovely coral color though, I took a scrap piece of Aqua Pigment paper and spritzed it with clean water then distributed a few drops of Red Aqua Pigment. I love how these watercolors feather out. So pretty! I added some more clean water to get the pigment moving on the paper then heat set with a heat gun. I took a heart die from my stash and die cut the watercolor. 



This is where I also stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the CactI Background stamp. My first step with embossing is to use the Embossing Powder Magic bag then stamped the sentiment with Clear embossing ink and added Alabaster embossing powder. Nothing better then a clean bright white embossed sentiment! 



Copic Markers Used:
W6, W4, W1
G46, G94
G17, G14
YG03, YG01
R14, R12

For a final touch I added a few of the Galaxy Black Prism Sequins. I just can't stop adding these sequins where ever possible. 
Thank you so much for joining me today!
Jessica Shier ❤


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Alcohol Ink Maze Die Card | i - crafter First Blog post!

Hey everyone!

I'm pretty excited to be sharing with you my first official blog post for the new stamp and die company i - crafter! It's been fun getting to know Lynda and everyone on the Design Team (some I already have worked with!) For my project today, I thought I would share with you this fabulous die that cuts out a heart shape maze! Also included is a little heart padlock and a key die.


If you missed the blog hop for the January Release you can find it here.

Also I have a Youtube video showing the new release and a project using another die set here.

This card is pretty clean and simple for me! I loved the shapes in the hear maze die and knew that I wanted that to be a focal point. But that die needed something to equally show it off. I haven't used alcohol inks in quite some time so I pulled those out and created a teal/ blue background on acetate card stock. 
I like using acetate or vellum with alcohol inks because it is still transparent so whatever color you put behind it shows up slightly. I was pretty boring with this one and just added a white rectangle die cut behind the alcohol ink heart but with the added detailed maze die cut it works well. 



So while the alcohol ink dried fully I die cut the heart maze from a light pink card stock. The keys I decided should be metallic so I used a gold foil paper for the heart padlock and silver foil paper for the keys. I've been intrigued by mixing metal colors lately. The key is one die, I just cut it three times to create a cluster. 

Also when you die cut the keys, the handle portion has a cute little heart cut out. I love it when dies have added details like this. It just makes them even more versatile. I saved those three silver hearts and adhered them to the top left side of this card, for an extra detail. 

I used a black cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment from the You Amaze me stamp set, with a white embossing powder. Trimmed it out then added dimensional foam adhesive to pop it off the card. Everything is mounted on top of a piece of Fog cardstock which is adhered to a Neenah Solar White 110lb A2 card base. 

Thank you so much for joining me today!
Let's Make Something Together!
Jessica Shier ❤

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Introducing i-crafter | January Release and Review | Design Team Blog Hop

Hey everyone! I have some exciting news to share with you, i- crafter has launched at Creativation 2020, a brand new stamp and die company. I'm very excited to be on this design team! Make sure to check out all the fabulous designers. Lynda (the person behind i- crafter) has been amazing to work with and so kind, plus she is offering a giveaway. Check below for more information on that. 
One thing that makes this company stand out is the lovely blue/ teal color of all the dies! They are so pretty, but wait until you see the interactive dies... swoon!

Here is a video of the products released for January and a card using the Making Faces die set and Amaze Me stamp

Watch the video here or on Youtube


i-crafter is a company backed by years of experience in our crafting industry. New products/ releases will be launched at the beginning of the month (excluding January 2020 of course). We will be celebrating all the new goodies to inspire you with an inspirational blog hop on the day of release! Check the i - craft blog often for more tutorials, ideas and inspiration every day. Something is bound to spark a new creative idea! 

I also made this congrats home tag.


As we get settled in please note there might be some hiccups as there are with many new adventures. 





More information about the giveaway for the i - crafter January Release Blog Hop!

Please visit all of the blogs including the i-crafter blog post and leave a comment, plus leave a comment on the i-crafter post as well. Then on February 1st a random winner will selected to receive a prize of new i-crafter dies and stamps. -Contest is open to U.S. residents only with the winner being announced on February 1, 2020."

Alright you guys thank you for stopping by today and don't forget to keep hopping along on our first i - crafter blog hop!

Jenn 
Jessica S <--- you are here

Let's Make Something Together!

Jessica Shier ❤

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Art Impressions Mansion with Valentine Theme!

Hey everyone!

Today I have a super cute little Valentine's Day house to share with you using two stamp sets. The first one is the main image with the Holiday Mansion and the second is an accessories set, HM Valentine.


For the coloring of the house and details, I used Copic markers. I wanted a mint green mixed with a light pink, coral, light brown with gold and dark brown accents. I have the colors I used listed below. I decided to mix up the background with some watercolors. For that I used a few Tombow Dual brush pen markers. I wanted something bright, flowy and happy and these bright blue colors made it super easy. I used a piece of Ranger Watercolor paper that is trimmed to an A2 panel (4 1/4in x 5 1/2in). I scribbled each blue color on the paper. Using the lighter on top and the darker towards the bottom. Then spritzed with a sprayer filled with clean water. Then simply dried the mixed ink with a heat gun. I was quick and didn't let the markers sit on the paper. Though I've had great luck using these pens straight to the paper without issue, I also don't want to let the ink sit on the paper while I go do walk the dog or something.   

Tombow Dual Brush Markers:
452
493

Here are the Copic Markers I used:
R14, R02
R83, RV11
643, 640, YG41, YG61
W3, W1
E31, E81
E35, E13
Y35, Y15


There are several other accessory sets for the Holiday Mansion with different holidays and themes. Here are a few more examples the Design Team has done in the past.  I like the fact that they come with the coordinating dies to easily make the doors open and cut out all of the accessory items. I did however fussy cut the house out. There is no die for it but it is really easy to trim out using your favorite fussy cutting scissors. 

I adhered the background and house to a Neenah Solar White 110lb card base and started placing my decorative items. The house looks great with our with out shutters. I like to add a bit of vellum and colored card stock behind the windows. You could also add one of the accessory items like the potted hearts or a waving critter behind those windows too. I decided to just add a warm light yellow and tuck the bears behind the to doors that are scored and cut to open. 


For the inside I colored and die cut a second heart banner (I stamped and cut it along with everything else, so it was pre planned) and stamped the sentiment that comes with the Holiday Mansion set. I made a frame by layering a dark brown cardstock underneath and added my second banner of hearts. I like the sentiment used with the Valentine's theme. It is something simple and easy to send to a friend, especially those crafty friends but still has a cute holiday theme. 


Alright that is it for me today everyone! Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy stamping.



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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Brutus Monroe Blog Hop | Using the Gnomes stamp set

Hey everyone!

How about a little gnome inspiration for today!? The Brutus Monroe inspiration team is creating using some really cute gnomes. You can find the blog hop list to continue on the hop below and also the Copic Marker's I used.

Here is some more inspiration on using Aqua Pigments with pastes 
Neon Aqua Pigments blog post
Making textured Backgrounds Youtube Video


I stamped the gnomes from the Gnome Place Like Home using Raven Detail ink. I heat set the ink with a heat gun really quick so that I could color in the gnomes with Copic Markers. I decided to use the colors of the candy hearts. It seemed appropriate. Though my backwards rainbow was totally intentional I actually was going to mix it up the colors... haha!
Once I colored up the gnomes I quickly did a ground layer with a bright green marker. 


I love mixing stuff! I think it is so fun. I used the Set the Scene stencils to create my little scene for the gnomes. First using the Blue and Yellow Aqua Pigments mixed in with some Media Paste to create a light green color. I cleaned off my tools then mixed more Media Paste with a few drops of Blue Aqua Pigment and Pearl. The Pearl doesn't show a whole lot but it was interesting to try. You do not need a whole lot of the Aqua Pigments, a little goes a long way. It's like mixing food coloring and frosting. I used the blue mixture for the clouds then set that aside to dry. This does take a while, at least several hours. 


I used a banner die from my stash to cut a piece of Lunch Box card stock and heat embossed the sentiment on to that. Once my gnome panel was dry I trimmed it down a bit to layer on top of a Lunch Box A2 card base and attached the sentiment. 

Copic Markers Used:
Pink - RV55, RV52, RV000
Orange - Y38, Y21, YR20
Yellow - Y15, Y02, Y00
Green - YG63, G43, YG61
Blue - B16, B02, B00
Skin - E04, E11, E00
Beards - W3, W1, W0
Ground/ grass - G14


Continue on the hop and give these ladies some love! Their projects are always amazing. 
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          Jessica <--- You are here.

Thank you so much for joining me to day!
Jessica Shier ❤




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Friday, January 10, 2020

Happy Mailbox Valentine Card | Tombow Dual Brush pen watercoloring

Hey everyone! I'm up on the Art Impressions blog today with this card using the Happy Mailbox Cubbies stamp set. 


There is quite a few stamp sets in the Cubbies line and I really wanted to use the mailbox one for a more Valentine's day themed card. I hope you will join me over on the Art Impressions blog to learn more about how I made this card.


Thank you for joining me today!

Jessica Shier ❤

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