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Merry Selfie — Wrapped and Ready to Gift!

Merry Selfie — Wrapped and Ready to Gift!

Such a cute idea — little Merry Selfie stamp for the Brutus Monroe November Stamp of the Month. Perfect size for a pocket card or two. Such easy little gifts when paired with a set of planner stickers or on their own. I started by printing a few of the patterns from some of my planner stickers. I then cut 3” x 4” cards from the prints and rounded the corners with a single punch that is older than old — I think it dates back pre-Martha Stewart. Yes, I am that old; but happy to tell the story! So there was the foundation…now what? I printed a few different patterns from the holiday planner sticker sets and more of the black and white check. Then using my Silhouette, which is also older than old, I cut scalloped strips in a few different widths so I had options. 

Now for the stamping — using Brutus Monroe Detail Ink in Raven (Is there any other detail ink in the world like it? I think not!) I stamped the pix and the sentiment on heavy white cardstock and then the coloring fun began. I am still stuck on the colored pencil playing field; but happy there for now. I made it really simple and didn't do any shading — just bold blocks of color. Using one of the main colors, I “scribbled” over the sentiment to tie it all together. I highlighted the Christmas tree with that white Walmart special Painter’s pen (giving the effect of snow or at least trying) and then little pops of the silver and gold pens. Dots on the gloves — I’m gaga for sparkly dots these days. Fussy cutting came next and these were a breeze.

To put it all together, I positioned a scalloped strip on each card with double sided sticky tape. You know the unforgiving kind that won’t let you peel it up once it’s down! Yeah, that kind. We have a bit of a love-hate relationship going on at the moment! I figured out the placement of the stamped images and taped those down. I left the back of the cards white since that is where I will write my words of good cheer. 

These pocket cards dress up my Erin Condren and Happy Planner. I use those little coil tab deals for the Erin Condren and just hole punch and slice for the Happy Planner. I am thinking about getting one of those spiffy hole punch deals for the Happy Planner soon. (Maybe when I get around to buying some coloring pens and a heat tool! Ha!) I am such a fan of the disc system on the Happy Planner so much more than the coil on the Erin Condren planner. The disc system just seems to fare better as time goes on. But, I’m off on a squirrel sighting, so reeling it back to the stamps and the cute little gifts.

In case you wondered, I teamed the black and white card with ECV-0152 Vintage Christmas! The purple stripe card matches ECV-0136 Tropical Posh Paradise Resort! The vintage red stripe came from the ECV-0144 Vintage Floral Meets Alice! series. These little cards are really quick and easy and you don’t need a lot of tools or a formal studio to make them happen. Yes, I’ll admit, I add new crafty things regularly; but I think it is exciting to figure out ways to use what you already have in your “tool” kit. The fun for me is adding one new thing, like this cute stamp, and then being creative and see how it all unfolds. If you do join the Stamp Club, which is just $5.00 a month, shipping included, I know you’ll have fun. I must say, I am already fiddling with a few goodies aka pocket cards using the December Stamp Club stamp. But, I can’t give you any hints — yet! I’m not so good at keeping a secret! So stay tuned! Meanwhile — happy stamping!

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