Inspiration Team — Embossing

Fishy Kisses

Fishy Kisses 0

 Hi friends!

Just loving the Stencil of the Month subscription and am having loads of fun creating with them. Today's card is based on another stencil and a soon to be retired stamp set from Brutus Monroe. For those of you that know me, you know how much I love the summer/beach/Caribbean feel so, how could I not see this stencil of a beautiful egg design as a water background? Where there is water there just has to be a mermaid. 

Of course you may see this stencil as something else and please create with it in anyway you wish.  I for one will love seeing how you interpret and create with it. 

I started with a piece of blue cardstock and the February stencil of the month. Since I only used a strip of the "egg" it now appears as a potential water background. To this I stamped, cut out and colored the Underwater background stamp and the mermaid from the Mermaid Lagoon stamp set.  I only used pieces of the background and added a grounding effect by adding sand and starfish across the bottom. Embossed the sentiment to a coordinating banner and assembled the card. The mermaid and sentiment were attached with foam tape to add dimension.

 Please share your take on these stamps and stencil.  All stamps and stencils are available currently on the Brutus Monroe website. 


Space Tacos with Guest Designer, Beth!

Space Tacos with Guest Designer, Beth! 0

Welcome back to the blog, crafty friends! We are so excited to share one of our January Guest Designers, BETH DUFF! We are in love with Beth's style and we know you will love her, too!


New Year, More Tacos…

With the new year comes resolutions, many of them being food related. They go something like this…

I will eat healthier...

I will give up….

I will go to the gym…

Now I’m not here to make fun of anyone’s resolution making, but for me, I know that these are some resolutions that are likely to go by the wayside, or never be made at all.

I have to be honest here, I love food. I love steak, ice cream, chocolate, wine, the list goes on. Now I don’t have anything against chicken and vegetables, but I definitely wouldn’t be picking that for my last meal. But one thing I reach for again and again, is tacos. I love tacos so much that this Christmas a special friend of mine gifted me a unicorn taco holder. It’s amazing, but we can talk about that later.

The reason I am here is of course, my love of tacos and the fact that there is no better stamp to share my love than I Love You More Than Tacos.

When I was invited to guest design for the team at Brutus Monroe, I knew this was a set I had to use, and trust me, you need it too. It’s a 2x3 stamp with a fully loaded taco and has the perfect sentiment for any good friend. You know that if I send you a card that says, I love you more than tacos, well... it’s true love.

For my first card I went really simple, I used Brutus Monroe Detail Ink in Raven to stamp in my sentiment and taco. I wanted the taco to be the start of this card so I avoided extra embellishments or the fancy backgrounds that I tend to do. I used my Misti to line up my stamps and after coloring I embossed it to give it a little shine and to hold everything in place. You can use Brutus Monroe Embossing Powder in Icicle and Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink to make this happen.

I colored my taco with Prismacolor colored pencils and on the inside I stamped another taco that I left black and white and ta-da! Here’s the final project:

This wasn’t my only taco card though. I was feeling a bit silly so I also made a space taco card. I used a sparkly black embossing powder to emboss four different tacos onto a background I had made previously. I left it a little messy, and didn’t wipe away any extra powder, because I liked the way that it looked. Then I did another taco in silver embossing powder, to pop in the middle. I used foam tape to give it some dimension and then I layered the entire thing on a space background paper I had. I also used the sentiment on the background with silver embossing powder so that it is easy to see in my space background.

To do this project yourself you’ll need Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink, Ultra Fine Embossing Powder in Raven mixed with a little Embossing Powder - Fairy Dust and Metallic Embossing Powder in Sterling.

That’s it for me today and I hope you loved my projects more than you love tacos!

I wish you luck with your resolutions but if you do decide to give them up, there’s always tacos.



Thanks for stopping by to see Beth's fun taco card! Make sure you leave her some love in the comments, and stay tuned for more from Beth this month! Happy crafting, everyone! 

Miss Your Face | Cards with Ashley

Miss Your Face | Cards with Ashley 0

Hello my friends! It's Ashley here today with a simple and elegant card design. I started with card with a piece of Heather cardstock. I prepped it with my powder tool for embossing and then pulled out the Botanical Banners stamp set. I stamped the floral image repeatedly across with panel with embossing ink and then embossed with Icicle embossing powder.

For the sentiment I chose the "Miss Your Face" stamp from the Super Sentimental stamp set. I stamped it on Alabaster white cardstock with a purple pigment ink and then embossed over it with the Icicle embossing powder.

I mounted the sentiment panel onto a piece of vellum cut to be slightly larger. I then popped up that panel onto the rose background. I adhered the whole thing to an A2 size card base.

To finish the card I added a few sequins using some liquid adhesive.

Thank you for stopping by with me today!

Affiliate links have been used at no cost to you! This simply means that when you purchase something through one of my links, I make a small profit. This money helps me to be able to keep creating things to share with you.

Happy New Year Card | Cards With Ashley

Happy New Year Card | Cards With Ashley 0

Hello everyone! It's Ashley here today with a fun card to celebrate the new year! I started out this card by taking a piece of Raven cardstock and prepping it for embossing with a powder tool. I placed the Folkwave stencil over the paper and smooshed embossing ink onto it the transfer the design to the paper. I then embossed the design with Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder. You gotta have sparkle for the new year!!

Next I took the Number Die Set and cut out the numbers out of white glitterstock paper. I glued those numbers to the middle of my black background with liquid glue.

I stamped a sentiment from the Super Sentimental stamp set on black cardstock and embossed it with Alabaster embossing powder. I fussy cut the sentiment out with the fussy cutting scissors.

I popped up the panel onto a card base with foam tape. Next I popped up the word hello over the numbers. I added some silver and white twine around the space underneath the numbers.

To finish up the card I added Wink of Stella glitter the the hello sentiment. I also added a dashed line around the edge of the black panel with a white gel pen. Finally I added a mixture of sequins with liquid glue.

Thank you for stopping by with me today! I hope you all have an amazing 2019!

Affiliate links have been used at no cost to you! This simply means that when you purchase something through one of my links, I make a small profit. This money helps me to be able to keep creating things to share with you.

Easy Pop-Up Gift Card Holder | A Christmas Card with Ashley Tucker

Easy Pop-Up Gift Card Holder | A Christmas Card with Ashley Tucker 0

Hey everyone, Ashley here and today I created a really special card! When you open it up it has a pop-up area where you can place a giftcard! And do you want to know the best part? It is so easy to make!

So when you are making this pop-up giftcard holding card you want to start with a piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock. I used a piece of Speckled Egg cardstock for mine. First you cut your cardstock in half so that you have two pieces of 5.5 x 8.5 cardstock. Next you take one of those two pieces and cut it down so that it is 5.5 x 5.25. Now you want to score the two pieces. For the longer piece of cardstock you want to make a score line at 1.25 and at 5.5. For the shorter piece you only need one score line at 1.25. The last thing you want to do to create your card is adhere the two pieces of cardstock together. Add some adhesive to one of the 1.25in flaps and glue it to the other 1.25in flap. I was sure to only add the tape along three of the edges forming a U. I highly recommend watching the video to see more clearly how this is done!

Once you have the card created you can decorate it however you want! I added a piece of Alabaster white cardstock to the inside of my card so that I have a nice area to write a message. Using a ruler and a red pen I added a border around the white piece of cardstock.

Next I started decorating the outside of the card. I went over the top flap with my powder tool. I placed a mask over the back of the card to protect it. Then I took the Snowflake stencil and taped it over the flap. Using my embossing ink I added the design to the flap by pressing the ink pad into the stencil. I carefully removed the stencil. I embossed with design with Icicle embossing powder, which is a nice clear embossing powder.

For the sentiment I pulled out the Jingle all the Way stamp set and picked out a stamp. I prepped a piece of Alabaster white cardstock with my powder tool and then stamped the sentiment with a red emboss-able ink. I embossed with sentiment with Rainbow Sparkle embossing powder, which is a clear embossing powder with colorful sparkles. Next I cut the sentiment out with a circle die. I used a slightly bigger circle die to cut a piece of red glitter paper. I glued the sentiment circle to the glitter circle using a liquid glue.

To finish the card I took two pieces of red and white bakers twine and taped them to the front of the card. Next I added some foam tape over the top of that tape and placed my sentiment circle. The twine can then be used to tie the card closed.

Thank you for stopping by with me today! I hope you enjoyed this idea for a pop-up gift card holder! Have you finished making all of your Christmas cards yet? Let me know in the comments!

If you are interested in creating a project similar to this I have included some affiliate links to the products I used throughout the post.

I hope you have an amazing day!

- Ashley Tucker

Yuletide Greetings Christmas Wreath

Yuletide Greetings Christmas Wreath 0

Stunning stamped and embossed Christmas card designed and created by Marie Heiderscheit using the Yuletide Greetings stamp set.