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

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

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

NEW Release and Birthday SALE – Unity Stamp Company

Hi friends! Hope you are doing well! It has been very hot here the last 3 days! Which means I did have a bit of extra crafty time! I am super excited to be able to share 3 cards with you using some of the NEW RELEASE at Unity Stamp Company! This new release is beautiful and so much fun! Here is a link to all the new arrivals. Unity is also celebrating their birthday with a site wide SALE.

Let’s get started with 3 of the new stamps released. My first card is using the set Aging Gorgeously – July 2020 Sentiment Kit

For this card I chose to watercolor using my Peerless Watercolors. I love the bold colors in this set. I used the following colors: Jackqueminot Red, Mauve, and Chrome Green Deep. I used 2 layers of color on this floral image. Once my watercoloring was complete I set this aside to dry. A few weeks back I had a fun afternoon and made several backgrounds using alcohol inks and glitter. I tried something different, I placed the alcohol ink on my glass mat, added glitter, placed photo paper on top, then used my brayer. I was excited to see it work. It was a fun way to use the inks, along with photo paper.

I wanted to add a little more dimension to the card. I used a Gina Marie Designs Die – Slanted Brick Background die. I adhered the alcohol background to this die cut and then adhered it to my card base. I fussy cut the floral image and adhered this with foam tape. I then chose this beautiful sentiment from the kit and adhered this with foam tape. I love the added dimension! This set has so many beautiful birthday sentiments – I hope you will check it out!

For my second card I am using the set Words in Bloom. This set was illustrated by my dear friend Sandhya Iyer. When I first saw this set I wanted to create a set of notecards! I think this set would also make a beautiful slimline card, or even added to the outside of an envelope! So many beautiful possibilities with this set!

I started by stamping each of the floral words in this set – you will see each flower has a different sentiment on the stem: Hello, Blessed, Believe, Hope, and Kindness. I did simple coloring on each of the floral images for these cards using my Tombow markers. I then added some Glitter on each floral using Brea Reese liquid glitter. I die cut each floral using a Hero Arts rectangle die and then matted these on black cardstock. To create the background I used the Faithful Letter Background Stamp – Unity Stamp Company. I stamped these on a kraft card base. I wanted to soften the background a bit, I used distress oxide in: Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain, and of course some gold splatter. I added die cut leaves in coordinating colors to each card. Foam mounted the floral panels and my card was complete.

For my last card I am using the beautiful new Succulent Border Background, also illustrated by Sandhya Iyer. I love background stamps! I truly love to color, but wanted to showcase another way to use a background stamp today! Background stamps are so versatile and can be used in so many ways!

Once my image was stamped, I taped the watercolor card stock down to a wood board. I then took out my Nuvo shimmer powders! These are so fun to work with, I love all the different colors within one bottle! I used the colors: Golden Sparkle, Catherine Wheel, and Green Parade. I added a bit of each color to the stamped image and then sprayed water. It’s so fun to see the colors come alive! I have learned it is best to let the colors dry. Initially it looks a bit messy, but it does come together!

Once my panel was dry I did add a bit of color using my zig clean color brush markers. I added colors in different areas to add more interest! I then die cut my panel 2x using a rectangle die cut. I used a foam background under the center panel to add more dimension. I adhered these to my card base. I then die cut a Congrats sentiment 3 times (2x in black and 1x in gold) and stacked these together. I then chose the Celebrating You sentiment from the Aging Gorgeously – July 202 Sentiment Kit , foam mounted this and added a few gold sequins! I hope you like this one too and give this idea a try!

Unity is also celebrating their birthday with an AMAZING site wide sale, as well as a few new crafty products on their store! I hope you will check it out! Here are just a few links:

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.

Have a great afternoon! Crafty Higs,

Natasha

So Very Grateful – Unity Stamp Company

Hi everyone – I hope you have had a good weekend and are doing well! I am so grateful for my family, my health, friends, and my hobby. I have found my hobby to be so relaxing and a way to unwind after a busy, stressful day! Coloring for me is a way to relax. What do you enjoy doing to relax? Today I am using a gorgeous floral cluster from the April Kit of the Month – Unity Stamp Company. I recently became a subscriber to their monthly kit! I can’t believe the amount of stamps in the kit – it is AMAZING! You can see the subscriptions here – Unity Stamp Company Subscriptions.

I started by stamping the large floral cluster in each corner on Bristol Smooth card stock. I am using Vera Fine Ink – black, as I will be using my Zig markers today. The image has a pot below the floral cluster, but I chose to use the flowers only for today’s card. I was inspired by a color pallet I found, it was pinks, blues, and a peach color. I loved the colors. You can see a list of the colors I used below.

When my coloring was complete I used 2 different rectangle dies. I used a pierced rectangle die to create a pattern around the outside of the card. This die does not cut a rectangle, it adds interest. I then used a Hero Arts rectangle die to cut a center rectangle. I then adhered this rectangle on foam to raise up the center panel a bit. I then glued the outer rectangle frame on a card base, then glued down the center. I added splatter to my card using my zig markers. I wanted the splatters to pick up on the colors from my florals. I used a sentiment So very Grateful -Unity Stamp Company. This was a recent freebie from a recent order- isn’t it beautiful!

Thank you for stopping by! I am listing all the products I have used below. 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.

Supplies Used:

Be sure to visit the Unity Stamp Company – Weekend Flash Sale!

Have a good afternoon. Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Spread Joy Blog Hop… Brutus Monroe

Hi everyone! I am super excited to be participating with Brutus Monroe in the Spread Joy Not Germs Blog hop! We have over 31 sponsors and 153 bloggers in this hop! This is AMAZING! I am honored to be a part of this event! Our theme is cards that spread HAPPINESS! So sit back and enjoy this AMAZING HOP! A few details about the hop…. If this is your first stop thank you for being here! If you get lost along the way, you can start at Catherine Pooler Design. Have a great time, enjoy seeing many bloggers, cards that spread happiness, as well as many opportunities to win AMAZING prizes. I encourage you to leave as many comments along the hop as you can, you will have until April 24 to enter comments to win prizes, the winners will be announced on April 27 on Catherine Poolers blog and Alexandra’s blog from the Hedgehog Hollow. For a full list of prizes please visit their blogs to see all the amazing goodies you have a chance at winning.

If you follow me or are new to my blog, thank you for stopping by! I am a huge fan of floral stamps and I LOVE to color! Today I am sharing the Love you Floral stamp – Brutus Monroe. This stamp is gorgeous! Flowers and color to me just say HAPPINESS! Don’t you agree….. Do you love to color flowers? What is your favorite type of card to make? I would love to know (comment below).

I started by stamping my floral image using Versa Fine Clair ink in Pinecone. I then used my Zig Clean Color brush markers to color in my image. I used a variety of shades of colors. I love coloring with my zigs. When my coloring was complete I used some colored pencils (Arteza) in the nooks and crannies for added dimension. In the center of each flower I added a gold Perfect pearls, and used my gel pen for added interest. I also added splatters to the floral sections of my card in gold, a light green, and a red. To complete my card I die cut the floral panel and adhered it to a purple panel, then adhered this to my card base. I used the sentiment Thankful for You – Super Sentimental Brutus Monroe. Foam mounted the sentiment and my card was complete!

I would love for you to comment below and sign up to follow my blog! I truly appreciate you stopping by and have fun on the hop!!!!!! Keep reading below …. to see where you will be going!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed stopping by and have fun on this AMAZING hop! Please visit Jane Tyrell, she is our next crafter! Click her name for a direct link! Have fun! Good luck to everyone!

Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Dahlia Slim Card – Alex Syberia

Happy Monday crafty friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend and had a very nice Easter. I spent the day with my family and kids. It was fun to see my kids (18 and soon to be 15) go on an Easter egg hunt in the house! We had a lot of fun! Today I am sharing a beautiful new stamp set from Alex Syberia – Dahlia Slim card panel.

I started by printing the card panel on Bristol Smooth card stock. I used my zig clean color brush markers to color all the beautiful Dahilas. This panel was truly fun to color! I used several layers to add the color and depth to my florals. Once my coloring was complete I added splatters in several colors that are within my card.

To complete my card I added a sentiment from Hero Arts (Sending you Sunshine and Laughter) and the Hugs die is from (Simon Says Stamp). I layered this using a pink and black card stock). To compelte the card I adhered this to a black card panel.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to visit the Alex Syberia Design shop.

You can also visit Alex’s blog -it is truly AMAZING!!!!!

Have a wonderful day! Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Thankful for You – Brutus Monroe

Hi everyone – How are you doing? I hope this post finds you doing well and healthy. I wanted to share a new card with you – I am thankful for you, your friendship, and your crafty support! It truly means so much to me! Coloring is truly an outlet for me and it relaxes me! My card today is using the stencil of the month from Brutus Monroe – Wood Slice. I love this stencil, it is full of many possibilities! If you love stencils, you may want to consider joining the stencil of the month club! How fun!

For today’s card I am using the stencil of the month, as well as the beautiful Love you Floral stamp set from Brutus Monroe. I love this stamp set! Check it out…. I used one corner of the stamp for this piece. I inked up one corner using Brutus Monroe Detail Raven ink. I love the crisp stamped image I get using this ink! I colored in my florals using my zig clean color brush markers. I then added details to the nooks and crannies using my Arteza colored pencils.

I then created a mask for the one corner floral image and placed the stencil on top of my panel. I used a combination of antique linen and Vintage photo distress oxide inks to add color to my stencil. I used my blending brushes. I concentrated the darker color on the bottom corner and went in with the lighter color as I got closer to the flowers. I then added metallic gold splatters to the panel and set it aside to dry.

I chose the Thankful for You sentiment from the amazing set – Super Sentimental, Brutus Monroe. I inked the sentiment on a piece of vellum in Detail Raven Ink and heat embossed it using a clear embossing powder. I then adhered the vellum sentiment strip to the card panel. I used clear tape on the back and did add small amounts of clear glue behind the black sentiment words. I added stickles in gold to the top right floral image for added sparkles!

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I hope you enjoyed this card! I am thankful for you and your support! It means so much to me! I wish you a good and healthy week! Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Time to be Grateful – Unity Stamp Company

Good morning everyone! I hope this post finds you doing well. Today I am sharing another limited time digital stamp release from Unity Stamp Company – Time to be Grateful. This set is beautiful, the file you purchase has pre-made A2 panels with the beautiful girl, sentiments, and foliage. I love that they have pre-made panels, as well as individual images! It allows you to jump right in and color, as well as create your own panels! LOVE IT! If you have been following me for a little while you know I like to set crafty goals for myself. Another goal I have is to color people. I was inspired by a recent live post on the Unity Stamp Company – facebook page by Bobbie Sue McConathy. You can catch the replay of her live (click on the link)! I just adore her work, her energy, and her cards! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement Bobbie Sue!

I started by printing my images and sentiment on Bristol Smooth card stock. I love this paper when I use my zig markers. I love this image… from her jeans, to her adorable sweatshirt, and her purse! I have to admit I want this purse in real life! I colored the image in using my zig clean color brush markers. I like to start with my lightest layer and then add more color in deeper tones to add the dimension. I was most nervous about coloring the skin, I used Bobbie Sue’s video (see above link) to help me through this part. One tip she had was to start with the skin first. This way if you use darker colors next to the skin you don’t have to worry so much about them bleeding over. Once I was happy with my coloring I added pencils in the shadow areas for more dimension.

I then fussy cut the girl out and set her aside. I chose a stencil to use for my background (Flower pattern stencil – Simon Says Stamp). I used a combination of distress oxides – Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass. I started with deeper tones in the bottom left and worked my way to lighter tones across the panel. I then glued my girl down onto the panel and set it aside to dry.

To complete my card I adhered the panel onto a gray card base and added some enamel dots from Gina Marie designs. I hope you like this card and you check out the limited time digital stamps from Unity Stamp Company. I have linked their latest releases here! Be sure to check them out! I appreciate if you would use my affiliate link as well! Thank you for stopping by today and wishing you a nice Sunday!

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Time to be Grateful – Unity Stamp Company
  • Paper: Bristol Smooth Card Stock
  • Coloring Medium – Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Arteza 120 colored pencils
  • Other: Simon Says Stamp – Flower Pattern stencil, distress oxides: Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Gina Marie Designs (enamel dots)

Sending you Crafty Hugs,

Natasha

Change is Coming x3 – Graciellie Design

Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well and finding ways to relax and create as well! Today I am stopping in to share 3 cards with you! A good crafty friend of mine Deborah @rightbrainart (check her out on Instagram) recently posted a challenge… you choose a stamp set from your stash and create 3 cards with that set. How fun is this…. and she has prizes for the top 3 entries! You have until April 18th to post! Just be sure to tag #3xcardchallenge over on Instagram! Can’t wait to see what you make! I am also joining in on the fun… today I am sharing 3 cards using the new release from Graciellie Design – Change is Coming. Be sure to check this set out – it is BEAUTIFUL! I will share a brief description of each card, reach out to me if you have more questions!

For my first card I used the single butterfly from this stamp set. I was inspired by an image I found on the internet after searching bright colorful butterflies. I colored the image using my zig clean color brush markers. I added pearl gold sparkle embossing powder from WOW to sections of the wings. To create the polka dots on the black section of the wings I used a white gel pen. I used foam adhesive to adhere the sentiment and die cut the panel using a Gina Marie designs die. I used Nuvo Crystal Drops – in Ebony. I used a black piece of card stock on my A2 sized card for the background and adhered it all together.

For my second card I used the half butterfly again. I colored the stamped image using my zig clean color brush markers. I also added sparkles to the butterfly using a sparkle pen. I used a background I had previously created from my stash. I then die cut a circle and used an embossing folder (Jo Ann Fabrics) to add more dimension to my die cut circle. I used glitter paper to create the 3 strips across the bottom section of my card. I chose the sentiment Change is Coming. I added some drops in pink (older Stampin Up Kit), adhered it all together, and my card was complete.

In the above image you will see my 3rd card I created using the Change is Coming set. You can find more details on my previous post from March 20. I hope you enjoyed seeing 3 different ways to use this beautiful stamp set from Graciellie Designs. I encourage you to join in on the fun and create 3 cards using a stamp set of your choice! If you would like to join my design team friend Sandhya and I from Sanjus Creations , we also host a collab each month using a Graciellie Designs stamp set and we are using the Change is Coming set this month! Come join the fun! On Instagram be sure to tag us #gracielliedesigncollab

Wishing you a Happy Sunday and a healthy week! Hugs,

Natasha