Inspiration Team — stamp

Build a Scene with Jess

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Hey friends!

Jess here! Today I'm sharing how I made this themed scene using Brutus Monroe products. I'm not sure if any of you are Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit fans, but I definitely am! Ever since I saw the Barn Wall background stamp from Brutus Monroe and Unity, I knew I had to make this card. The green wooden circle is meant to be Bilbo Baggins' door in the Shire. Have I lost you yet? Let's get to making the card!

To start off, I used the circle Simple Blend to mask off my card front except for the circle are near the top. I did some ink blending with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to fill in the circle. Then, I grabbed the Barn Wall background stamp and some Alabaster PIgment Ink. I stamped over top of the green with the Alabaster and let it dry. Then, I used a gold gel pen to draw on the doorknob right in the center, just like in the books!

Next, I drew a bunch of lopsided rectangles around the outer edge of my circle. Imperfection was the goal! Then, I colored the bricks with Copic markers and also shaded the area around the bricks. Bilbo (and Frodo!) had the help of awesome gardeners, so I thought it would be perfect to put some beautiful flowers up front. For this, I used the Botanical Banners stamp set. I stamped the image twice using Raven Detail Ink and my Mini MISTI and fussy cut around the edges I knew would be on the card. I left the edges hanging off of my card front and used my paper trimmer to get perfect edges on each side. Then, I colored up the flowers with my Copcs.

I used black cardstock and embossing ink along with Alabaster Embossing Powder to heat set my sentiment from the True Love - Sailing set. To finish things off, I added a few clear bubbles - I love how they look like they could be dew drops on the flowers in the morning. So cool!

That finishes off this card, and now I'm in the mood to curl up with a copy of Lord of the Rings and spend the whole day lost in Middle Earth. Are you a fan? Do you have any books you just keep going back to again and again?

Hugs and love to you all,

Dragon Kisses

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Hello everyone! Aletha Jane here with a little more Brutus/Monroe inspiration to add to the amazing creations by our talented Inspirations team. 

For my project I decided to use the new “Dragon Kisses” clear stamp set. I love all this in the mythical and magical realm. Dragons are included!

I stamped one of the dragons with our Raven Ink for alcohol markers. Love this amazing ink! It loves water and alcohol! You will love this ink so much that we suggest getting the Raven re-inker.

My next step was the coloring. I did use markers in my stash, but I cannot wait to work with Brutus/Monroe’s alcohol markers.

I used our Foundation Oval dies for my cute dragon. And I also cut another die, the next one up, in our Raven 100# cardstock

To finish my birthday card I trimmed some designer paper, from my stash, down to the right size, and edged those with more Raven cardstock. All pieces were then attached to my card base with our craft glue. The last three things were stamping the sentiment, trimming that with Raven cardstock, added black flat-back pearls and glitter pens from my stash. 

Thanks so much for stopping by our Brutus/Monroe’s Inspiration blog. Check back every day for more inspiration from our team. On Wednesday, July 18, we will have an inspirational blog hop. You'll not want to miss that! 

Have a great week and "create your own ending"!
Aletha Jane
Rose Border with Paula McClane

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We are so excited to have our friend, Paula McClane, guest designing for us this month! She is sharing today's project, as well as another in the month of July, so stay tuned! Take a look at what she created with the Rose Border stamp set, and be sure to comment and leave her a big Brutus Monroe welcome! 
Hello! I am so very excited to be Brutus Monroe's July Guest Designer, what an honor! A little about me, I've been crafting my entire life starting as a child helping my mom make quilts then once I had my first child I began scrapbooking with my best friend, a short time after that came card making because it just made sense with all those beautiful art supplies out there. I'm doing less scrapbooking these days as my children are older and just not as cute as they use to be (I joke, they are gorgeous but I can only scrap so many Tuba/TaeKwonDo/Guitar pages) now I still make loads of card, doing multi-media projects, and splatter acrylic paint around. To pay the bills I work as a Civil Engineering Technician. The hubster & I just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary, our oldest boy is in college and younger one is entering his senior year of high school plus one kitty and one very spoiled pup. I craft every chance I get! Sadly my blog goes un-updated much of the time but I do post to my Facebook page and Instagram
I'm using Rose Border Stamp set along with Detail Ink in Raven
After stamping the image, I heat set the ink to make sure it was completely dry. 
Then I watercolored using a bit of water mixed in with the Surface Sprays I had sprayed on my Large Media Mat
and a small paintbrush to watercolor.
After stamping my chosen Sentiment on white cardstock, I trimmed it down to
1/2" wide then 'v' clipped both ends.
I knew I wanted a black cardbase so I created a liner and
chose a sentiment from the Super Sentimental Stamp Set
With all the pieces gathered together, I'm ready to assemble. Using Brutus Monroe Craft Glue I work from the top layer down, Rose Border onto stripped paper onto green cardsock, next the black ribbon is added and the sentiment strip, while that is dry I attach the liner inside the cardbase, and attach the assembled front of the black cardbase. Last I add a few Clear Bubbles and some miscellaneous sequins.
Gorgeous, right? We LOVE how she used our Surface Sprays to watercolor! The sprays really are so versatile and able to be used in many different ways. 
For more amazing work from Paula, please visit her social media! Thanks for stopping by, and remember to always, "Create Your Own Ending"!
Celebrate Today With a Birthday Bear

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Hi all! Aletha Jane here. This will be my first post on Brutus/Monroe’s blog as a new designer. I am excited and honored to be working with Brutus/Monroe and their talented designers I love everything about our products. They range from card making, tags, ATCs, to mixed media (and much more), whatever is your delight.

On to my project…I have a very cute and fun birthday card to share. I first stamped this little chubby bear from the “Birthday Bears” set in B/M’s Raven ink. This ink has the most important attributes that I would look for in a hybrid ink, waterproof and alcohol marker safe. With that said, after the ink was set I colored with Copic markers. Most of the bear was colored with the warm greys.

My next step is to stamp the “Watercolor” background stamp with Sidewalk Surface Ink. The surface inks are going to be another favorite. My next step is to cut all my layers with B/M’s 8 piece stitched square die. The top dark brown layer was embossed with our embossing ink and our ultra-fine alabaster embossing powder. The sentiment "Celebrate Today" is included with the "Birthday Bear" stamp set. Finally assemble your card. I did fussy cut the bear and pop it up with foam squares.

Thanks so much for stopping by. More inspiration will be coming your way tomorrow. We hope you will check out our Brutus/Monroe's blog every day.

Aletha Jane Williams








Re-Boot Stamp Set Blog Hop

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Re-boot stamp set is here! Finally a stamp set to create those technologically themed cards for the computer lover or die hard phone fan in your life! It's so hard to find images when you've got friends or family in your life who's hobby is technology, and that's why we are so excited about this set!
Just check out this adorable sample from Adam K. 
It's got all the things you need from happy keys, computer virus sentiments and even some texting fun.  Re-Boot has 9 graphics, and 9 sentiments!
Come join the hop and see if we can Re-Boot your creativity!

Grumpy Dragon

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Hello Brutus Monroe Fans, Waleska here to share a very fun card using Brutus Monroe stamps and Karen Burniston pop up dies, this two make a great mix... Welcome to this week´s Collaboration week!!!
I started with an A2 card base from Sea Cardstoc, for the front panel I used the Karen Burniston pop up dies to create a castle on gray cardstock, for the ground I used Suede Surface Spray and blue ink for the water.  I used one of the sentiments from the Dragon Kisses soon to be released set on a flag banner die.  That front panel looks very normal, but the big surprise comes when you open the card.....
When you open the card the big surprise is the cutest Grumpy Dragon on an amazing Pop Up Castle....
All the pieces you need to create this Castle comes on the 1033 Castle Pop Up Karen Burniston die set, there are 14 dies on this set and all the instructions to create this amazing castle you can find them on this Karen Burniston VIDEO.
The Suede Surface Spray looks amazing as sand or dirt for the ground, I colored the grumpy dragon with markers and add the inside sentiment on the down corner of the card...
This card was a total success when I show it to my friends and family, everyone was asking me questions about it and saying how amazing it was!!! I loove getting those kind of reactions.... Don´t you?   I have to say that this dies are very easy to assembly, and so amazing looking!!! 
Have an Amazing new week!!
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