Sending you a Hug

Hi Crafty Friends and welcome back! I hope you had a great weekend! It was a great weekend here! Lots of time in my garden, family time, and of course some crafty time! Today I am sharing a card using the Brutus Monroe Stencil of the Month. It is such a fun stencil design and will pair well with many other stamps in your collection! So let’s get started!

I started by preparing my stencil with adhesive spray. I have found the spray to work well with temporarily adhering the stencil to the paper. This is especially helpful when working with pastes! Once everything was set, I was ready to play with Velveteen glazes on my Stencil of the Month. Today I am using 2 Velveteen Glazes: Midnight Indigo and Fresh Kale. I enjoyed using these 2 colors together. I did lighten the Midnight Indigo a bit, with white Gesso, as I wanted a lighter blue. To do this I just mixed a little of each together on my glass mat (Gesso and Midnight Indigo) and it was ready to go. When I applied this glaze I wanted to create a mix of the 2 colors on the stencil. So I randomly applied the color. Once it was all set, I placed this panel aside to dry over night. I then prepped the teal color card stock panel by dry embossing the stencil using my die cutting machine. I also prepared 2 sentiments for my card. I chose a Hugs die cut from Simon Says Stamp and another from Super Sentimental Brutus Monroe. I die cut the Hugs sentiment 2x and adhered these together. I embossed the other sentiment on black card stock using white embossing powder.

The next day I was ready to complete my card. I wanted to add a little “extra” sparkle to my stencil and glaze, so I added Glitter Glaze Fallen Snow – Brutus Monroe. I applied this in various sections on the panel for added interest! I then adhered my card together. I added a few sequins for added shine and sparkle! I hope this card will brighten someone’s day!

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

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Have a great day! Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Bold and Bright Ink Smooshing Florals

Happy Friday everyone! It has been a beautiful week here, lots of sunshine, gardening time, family boating, as well as crafting time! Today I am guest designing at Crafty Meraki. I was so excited to use the beautiful collaboration set from Hero Arts and Altenew – Bloom and Grow! This stamp is beautiful! Today I wanted to create a bold and colorful card using ink smooshing and markers! Let’s get started!

I started with a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper. To create the background I used an ink smooshing technique using a piece of acetate. I brought out my Stampin Up ink pads in the following colors: Pink Passion, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Blue Bayou, Brilliant Blue, and Summer Sun. One at a time I smooshed the ink pad on my glass mat, added water, and picked up the color using acetate. Then I placed the piece of acetate in different sections of the panel and layered the colors. I completed this several times and dried the panel between layers with my heat tool. The last layer I let that air dry.

Once my panel was dry I used the large bloom in the stamp set. I prepped the area using my embossing buddy and then stamped the bloom using versa mark ink in black and then I heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I created a mask for the bloom so that I could stamp the leaves behind the flower. Once I was done stamping I went back in with Karin markers to add deeper color. The colors I used are: Lipstick Red, Gold, Curry, Olive Green, Sapphire Blue, and Indigo Blue.

I then chose a sentiment from the set and heat embossed it on black card stock using white embossing power. I die cut the panel and adhered it to an A2 sized card base. To complete the card I added a few gemstones for added embellishment. I hope you enjoyed learning about this bright and bold technique today.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Bloom and Grow
  • Paper: Stathmore Watercolor Cardstock
  • Coloring Medium: Karin Markers – Lipstick Red, Gold, Curry, Olive Green, Sapphire Blue, and Indigo Blue
  • Stampin Up Ink Pads: Pink Passion, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Blue Bayou, Brilliant Blue, and Summer Sun

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Back to School Supplies

Hi everyone I hope you’re having a great weekend. I am super excited to be back today to share a card with you using 2 of Unity Stamp Company‘s newest releases. The release has many beautiful stamps including back to school, a new sentiment kit, as well as some holiday stamps! Truly something for everyone you can see all of the new releases here.

Let’s get started today I am using School Days and Heart of Autumn Sentiment Kit. I started by stamping the backpack and all the adorable patches on Canson Mixed media paper. I started by coloring in all of the images using peerless watercolors. I did simple water coloring for today’s card. Once my coloring was done I set the images aside to dry. Once they were dry, I fussy cut the images.

I then started to work on the background. I loved these stamps they truly reminded me of back to school supplies so I wanted to create a fun rainbow card. To create the background I used a Gina K designs stencil. I used Distress Oxide’s in the following colors to create a rainbow pattern: Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, and Dusty Concorde. To create the rainbow pattern I used a small blender brush from Picket Fence Studios and Washi tape between the layers to ensure the color wouldn’t transfer between each other. I used a Gina Marie Designs stitched rectangle die to trim the A2 panel. Once this was done, I adhered everything together. I used foam tape on the back of the backpack. I then chose a sentiment from the set Heart of Autumn Sentiment Kit. I decided to just use the Happy sentiment and will later add to this depending on what I use the card for.

I think this set is so cute and can be used to send happy notes to your kids, your child’s teacher, and notes of encouragement. What is your favorite back to school supply?

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support. There is also a great SALE happening over at Unity – I hope you’ll check it out! The SALE will end Tuesday at midnight.

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Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Thank you for being you – MFT Peony Perfection

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great day! Today I am guest designing on the Crafty Meraki blog. I am sharing a CAS design card using the MFT – Peony Perfection stamp set. I love this beautiful set and felt it was a beautiful set to create a CAS design. I hope you will stop by the blog to see how I created this card! I had a lot of fun with this set! Below I will share a list of crafty supplies used.

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: MFT Peony Perfection, Altenew Sweet Nothings
  • Paper: Bristol Smooth Card stock
  • Coloring Medium: Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Gansai Tambi water color (Gold)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you will visit me on the Crafty Meraki blog!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Simon Says Stamp – Let’s Connect NEW RELEASE!!!

Hi everyone I am super excited to share with you the newest release from Simon Says Stamp. Simon’s newest release is called Let’s Connect. This release is full of amazing new stamp sets, dies, stencils, and sequins! I am super excited to share one of them with you today. You can see all of Simon’s latest release here. It’s an AWESOME release!!!!! For my first card I will be using the new background stamp called Reverse Crackle background. Let’s get started.

For my first card using the Reverse Crackle Background I wanted to focus mainly on using the background stamp only with some additional sentiments/die cuts added. I started by creating an ink smooshed background using Distress Oxide Inks. The colors I used are Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Squeezed Lemonade. I placed small amounts of color on my gel press plate then spritzed the color with water. I then laid a piece of Bristol smooth card stock on top and used my brayer to move the color around. I completed this two times then set the panel aside to dry.

Once my card panel was dry, I used my embossing buddy and covered the panel. I then used clear embossing ink from WOW on my background stamp. Then I stamped the image on top of my inked panel. I did not cover all of the background, as I wanted to create a mixed media effect. I used my Misti tool and stamped the background twice. I then used a paint brush to remove some of the unwanted areas of the stamped image. I then used gold embossing powder and heat set the stamped image.

I was then ready to work on the sentiments. I chose to use the Simon Says Stamp Big Thanks Words stamp set & coordinating die set. I die cut the large outer thanks using vellum and then die cut two words of thanks using black card stock. I then adhered these together. I used a sentiment from the big thanks words set and heat embossed it on black card stock using white embossing powder. Then I adhered everything together using foam tape for added dimension.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my first card using one of Simon’s latest releases. I have two more cards that I will be sharing where I am using the background stamp along with several of my favorite Simon says stamp sets. I will be back soon!

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Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Happy Halloween – Brutus Monroe Stamp of the Month

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! I wanted to stop in quickly to share a project I made using Brutus Monroe – Stamp of the Month. This month the stamp is an adorable Jack-o-Lantern! Isn’t it cute! The stamp of the month is one of the monthly subscriptions Brutus Monroe offers. Each month you will receive a 2×3 stamp set for $5 which includes shipping – check it out here!

I started by stamping my pumpkin image on Bristol Smooth card stock. Today I am using my zig clean color brush markers to do the coloring. On the coloring today I started with a darker shade and then blended out with a lighter shade of color. I din’t use any water today. This was a fun and quick image to color! Wouldn’t this little stamp be adorable as a background for your card? I may need to try that! Once the image was colored, I fussy cut the stamped image and set it aside.

I then used a Brutus Monroe slim line stencil to create the background. I used the Star Wreath from collection A. I used a spray adhesive for my stencil and then placed it on my card panel. I ink blended using Distress Oxide in Twisted Citron. I love the bright green of this color combined with the purple and orange. I then did the same in the top corner of my card panel. I added a few splatters using metallic black watercolor paint. I heat embossed the sentiment on on the black card stock. I then adhered my card together and foam mounted the pumpkin. I added a few purple drops to complete this card.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the stamp of the month! It sure is cute!

Last week Brutus Monroe released new slime line stencils – you can see the bundle below.

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

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Have a great night! Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

One Layer Florals – Crafty Meraki

Hi Friends and hope this post finds you doing well! I am excited to be up on the Crafty Meraki blog today sharing a one layer card using MFT – Fresh Cut Flowers. Come join me on Crafty Meraki – click here I will be sharing card details on the blog, as well as all the materials I used. Here is a quick peek of my card!

I hope to see you over at Crafty Meraki!

Did you know at Crafty Meraki they have free shipping for orders over $50 – come check it out!

Have a great day crafty friends!

Natasha

Stand Tall – Unity Stamp Company

Hi Friends – Hope you had a great weekend! It was a very sunny, hot, and humid weekend here! I love the sunshine… so it felt good! I did have a little more crafty time with the added heat this weekend! Today I am sharing one of the new releases from Unity Stamp Company – Be a Flamingo! I love this set – this set makes me dream of a beach vacation! Be sure to check out the Unity website – for the awesome releases this weekend! There is a set for everyone… Fall, Winter, and a beautiful holiday background stamp too! I have linked them all below!

Let’s get started! I started by stamping the flamingo. I used my Tombow brush pens. I did very simple coloring for the flamingo. I only used 2 colors. I also colored in the palm leaves using a green shade, leaving this coloring very simple. I did add some glitter drops on top of the leaves too. Once my coloring was complete I set the flamingo aside and started to work on my background! I was excited to use my new stencil, a recent purchase from Unity Stamp Company. It is a cloud and wave stencil all in one! I was so excited to use this stencil. I used the following Distress Oxide ink colors for the clouds: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, and Squeezed Lemonade! I had fun making clouds – this was new for me! Once my clouds were complete I masked a section on the bottom to add leaves. I created a rectangle shape using washi tape. I used a Simon Says Stamp stencil – Leafy Frames with Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron I wanted to add these leaves to add a tropical feel.

Next up was creating the water and how fun to use this 2 in 1 stencil. I moved my washi rectangle to create the waves. I used Distress Oxide in Salty ocean. I then added Glitter Glaze on top for added shine! Once everything was dry I die cut the card base using the largest of the Gina Marie designs double stitched rectangle. I then used a smaller one for the middle of the card. I then adhered the outer frame to my card base and used foam tape to adhere the middle portion of my card. I glued down the sentiments (this is one large sentiment and I split it into 2 sentiments). I used foam tape for the flamingo too!

I had a lot of fun using this new set! I love the beach, so this set just makes me smile!!!!!!

Be sure to stop by Unity Stamp Company – I have linked each of the new releases below!

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

A few other AWESOME sale categories in the shop include:

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps:Be a Flamingo
  • Paper: Canson Water Color Cardstock, Bristol Smooth Card stock
  • Coloring Medium: Tombow Brush Pens, Distress Oxides (colors shared above)
  • Other: Cloud and Wave stencil

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great start to your week!

Crafty Hugs,
Natasha

Happy Release Day – Alex Syberia Design

Hi Friends – I am so excited to share 2 cards I created with Alex Syberia’s July release! The release is so beautiful, you can see the July release and all of her digital stamps in her ETSY shop – be sure to check them out! To celebrate Alex’s new release she is hosting an Instagram hop! I hope you will come join us! You will be able to see all of the beautiful new stamp sets, be inspired by the designers, as well as have a chance to win a gift certificate to her shop! I hope to see you there!

For my first card I am using the Plumeria Card Panel digital stamp. I started by printing my image on Canson Mixed Media paper. I love this card panel image, it is all ready to go to create an A2 sized card. I did want to also share when I work with digital stamps I often print several stamps on one sheet of paper, this is a great way to create multiple cards and to make sure you use a full size piece of paper.

I taped down my panel to my work surface/board and was ready to watercolor. I used a combination of Zig clean color brush markers and Peerless Water colors for this stamped image. I used the following colors:

  • Leaves: Light green 041, yellow green 053, Olive Green 043, Persian Green 033, Peacock 038
  • Flower: Yellow 050, Scarlet Red 023, Dark Pink 027
  • Stem: Mid Brown 065

I worked in layers and allowed my coloring to dry between. Once my coloring was complete I set this aside to dry. To create the background I used an A2 size piece of Bristol Smooth Card stock. I used Distress Oxide in Black Soot to create the background. I added Perfect Pearls as well for added shine. For my sentiments I used the Hugs die from Simon Says stamp and The Gray Muse – You Grow, Girl sentiment strip. I layered the hugs die cut 3x for added dimension. I then fussy cut the stamped image on the top and glued this to my oxide ink blended background. I had fun with this one – it reminds me of the beach!

For my second card I am using the Beautiful Flowers digital stamp set – slimline panel. As soon as I saw this stamp, I thought of Alex’s dot coloring! Which I truly love and can only hope to learn this technique more over time. You can see card examples by Alex using this technique – I am blown away by her creativity! So here is my attempt….

I printed the slim line panel on Canson Mixed Media paper. To color the 3 floral images I used my Tombow markers. I used: Pink 723, Blue 553, as well as added some Peerless watercolors to deepen the blue color. I completed just a couple layers of color on this card. I set the floral image aside to dry prior to adding the dots.

To create the background I used a piece of watercolor cardstock a little larger than a slimline base. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors: Rose Madder 34, Rose Madder Deep 36, and some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Fuschia) to create the background. I added a few gold splatters to the pink base as well. In person you can see the added shine. I then chose 3 colors of alcohol markers and attempted some dot coloring! I have a log way to go, but it was fun! On Alex’s You Yube channel she does show how she uses this technique! I watched it before trying it! I wanted to add a little extra shine, so I used Stickles in gold and placed this in the center of each flower and added gold glitter on top! It’s super sparkly in person! I then chose the Birthday sentiment from – Gingko Greetings – Unity Stamp Company. I heat embossed this in gold on black cardstock. I adhered my card together and foam mounted my sentiment! I hope this card will brighten someone’s birthday!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day and weekend!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Happy Birthday – Slimline Style!

Hi everyone! I am excited to be back! I hope you had a good weekend! I took a few days off from crafting. I got stung by a bee in my hand and with the swelling I was unable to color! I am happy to be back! I hope this post finds you doing well! Today I am sharing a slimline card using one of the stencils in Collection A.

I started by spraying a temporary “glue” spray to the back of my stencil and then placed the stencil on Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock. To create the background I used Distress Oxide inks to create a rainbow background. I used the following oxide colors:

  • Picked Raspberry
  • Spiced Marmalade
  • Squeezed Lemonade
  • Cracked Pistachio
  • Peacock Feathers

I used my blending brushes to complete the process and continued until I had a smooth blend. I then added some splatters to the background and once dry I felt I needed a bit more visual interest on the background. I then used washi tape to create 3 diagonal stripes. I used Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze in Gold to create the stripes. I then removed the stencil.

I then trimmed my panel using a slimline die – Gina Marie Designs/Scrapbook Outlet. I glued this to my slimline card panel. I then chose 3 sentiments from Super Sentimental and heat embossed these on black cardstock using Alabaster White Embossing Powder. I adhered the sentiments using foam tape. I added a few sequins and my card base was complete.

I then used the stencil to add a little design to the corner of my Envelope – Brutus Monroe. I used Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio. I love the added color on the outside of my envelope!

Thank you for stopping by! I have listed all the products I used within my post. You can click on any of the links I have shared if you are interested in purchasing the products. The products listed are a compensated affiliate link, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support.

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I hope you have a great week! Crafty Hugs,

Natasha