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Topsy Cakes Blog Hop

Topsy Cakes Blog Hop 0

Thanks for joining us once again for our weekly Wednesday Blog Hop! This week our designers are happy to be sharing their Topsy Cake creations with some added sparkle from our gorgeous sequins! This new stamp set will have you dying to make a cake card because it features whimsical Topsy cakes by our amazing illustrator Chuck Carson! This stamp set features 4 delicious cake stamps, and an amazing 9 sentiments!

We thought the perfect companion to feature this set was our bottle cap sequins! The Brutus|Monroe bottle cap sequins are very unique in their design. These amazing sequins give the look of bottle caps on their edges but also hold a dynamic shimmer. Depending on how they are held in the light they change to multiple colors. Did you know they come in a rainbow of colors? They really help make your projects POP! 

 Here's a sample card made by Amy Hurley Purdie using the Topsy Cake set, and just one of the many sample cards you'll see from our design teams Blog Hop today!

Start hopping to see all of our design teams wonderful designs, and be sure to join us each week for a new hop featuring the latest and greatest from Brutus|Monroe!


Lori Uren

Verity Biddlecombe

Marie Heiderscheit



  • Amy Hurley-Purdie
How to Create a Shaker Window with Topsy Cakes

How to Create a Shaker Window with Topsy Cakes 0

Welcome back! I'm excited to share this fun card with you today- a shaker card with the TOPSY CAKES stamp set! I love this set because not only are the cake images so much fun, but you can also use them for a number of different occasions. Today's card is a birthday card, but you could also use this for weddings and other cake-worthy occasions! 

I started by coloring in my images using my STYLEFILE MARKERS. These markers are so fun and easy to use, even for a beginner like myself. I have a quick video on my simple blending process using these markers. To see that video, CLICK HERE

After my images were colored, I went to work on my shaker window. It's a very simple process! Just make a frame and a back piece, cut a window with a piece of acetate or other clear plastic, and then create a "container" for your shaker bits using some foam adhesive. After your shaker container is built, go ahead and fill it with some BOTTLE CAP SEQUINS. Here's the process video to help you see just how it's done!

Once my shaker window was built, the rest of the card was simple! I just layered some scraps of paper behind the window, layered the sentiment, and then adhered the cake images. I also added a bit of ribbon to the side to finish it off! 
So thanks for stopping by today! If you are interested in the TOPSY CAKE stamp set, go ahead and check it out in the store. It's such a fun set! 
Until next time, 
Marie Nicole



Happy Birthday Card | Baroque Background Stamp

Happy Birthday Card | Baroque Background Stamp 0

Happy Tuesday Everyone I hope you're having a great day!


Today I have a clean and simple birthday card using the Baroque background stamp and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers.

For this card today I have a pic tutorial showing how I created this card.

To begin I used Strathmore Bristol smooth cardstock, this is the best cardstock in my opinion to use when using the Zig Markers to get them to blend and move easily on your cardstock/watercolor paper. 

I used the Brutus Monroe embossing ink and Raven embossing powder on the Bristol cardstock. By heat embossing the stamp this creates a well to help keep the water from going outside of lines, plus I love the overall look of embossing. I did this twice.

Next I planned on using a couple of shades of purple in the Zig markers and quickly realized one was enough with my water brush.You can create gradients using the water brush. I used NO.82 Purple in the places where I thought the shadows would be, but mostly where the illustrator had already provided which made it quite simple. Then with my water brush, I pulled the color down and using a paper towel, I would tap or dab it on my watercolored piece to soak up any excess water. This process went really fast and was really fun. For the center of the flower I used NO.50 Yellow. 
I thought about leaving the piece like this and placing a sentiment on it, which would be pretty, but I went a little crazy and cut it apart! I had a different idea in mind and hoped it would work after all of the fussy cutting.
After I cut all the pieces out I outlined them with a black maker to hide any imperfections from fussy cutting. Notice here one isn't colored, this is why I made two. I knew I wanted one to be uncolored for my card, even as large as the stamp is, I needed that certain flower.
Now to assemble the card. I wanted to have a frame on my card base, right now that seems to be one of my favorite things to create. Using a rectangle die and placing a smaller one inside of a larger one and running it through your manual die cutting machine will create a frame. Make sure to use washi tape or low tack tape to hold your dies in place before running through your machine to avoid shifting. 
And this is what it looked like when mine were cut. I used the second/frame piece and will save the rest for future projects.
Then I popped the frame up with foam adhesive, and placed it on my card base.
I cut this foam adhesive in half to have a narrow strip. Brutus Monroe carries the Darice double sided foam sticky strips which would have been perfect for this, and for shaker cards. I'll have a link posted below. I need purchase some, everyone says it's just the best for this!
Now to arrange my flowers and as my photo showed I ended up only using two.
I adhered my black and white flower flat to my card base and tucked it under the frame a little bit using the Brutus Monroe craft glue. I used foam adhesive for the watercolored flower to pop it up over the other flower and the frame. I did add some craft glue to the flower where it was over the frame. For my sentiment I chose one from the Botanical Banners stamp set, Happy Birthday. I thought a banner was perfect for this card. I stamped it with Raven Detail ink and fussy cut it out. I popped it up with foam adhesive as well and used craft glue over the frame and tucked it under the watercolored flower.

To finished my card I carefully added Wink of Stella to the watercolor flower not wanting to reactivate it. And I added three acrylic bubbles to embellish. 

And that's my card for today, I hope you enjoyed,


Below is a list of supplies used in today's card from Brutus Monoe
Love YOU card with Create a Cameo Set

Love YOU card with Create a Cameo Set 0

Hello Friends Waleska here to share my Monday Blog!!! Valentine's day is this week... are you ready? Do you have all your Love cards done? I have to admit I still have to work on a couple of cards for some special friends... Today's card is all about love with the Create a Cameo stamp set, I used one of my favorite color combos: Black, Red, Aqua and Gold to create this card.  Let me share how I create it..


You will need a bunch of the Amazing Brutus Monroe products to create this lovely card... I started with a white card base and the Brutus Monroe Stencil Pugsley , I added Embossing Ink and the beautiful Raven Embossing Powder It is so glossy and shiny (you have to try it) to create this fun background.  I then added red ink and gold watercolor splashes for a very funky look.

I stamped the Cameo Silhouettes from the Create a Cameo stamp set  and again added Raven Embossing Ink to them.

To finish my card I added a heart and some gold and black elements to create a nice blend on the design.

I hope you like my card today, and be inspired to incorporate the Create a Cameo stamp set to your Love cards.

Have a great starting week!


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  • Waleska Galindo
Let’s Eat Cake Card using Simple Blend

Let’s Eat Cake Card using Simple Blend 0

Hello Friends,

I am so happy to share with you the new Simple Blends Stencil Mask combo. I love the ease at which I can mask and then blend Surface Inks onto a card layer. No more need for masking paper and hoping that you have lined up the mask so the blended area is where you truly want it! The Simple Blend Stencil Mask comes in three different designs. (circle, square, oval) 

I started with the oval Simple Blend and blended Brutus Monroe Oz and Rock Candy to create my background. Surface Inks blend beautifully and create a crisp edge when using the Simple Blend Stencil. 

I stamped the Topsy Cake with Raven Detail Ink and colored it with Style File markers. (a wonderful deal at $3.50 each for alcohol markers) Cut out the cake and placed it on the blended oval using foam tape.

Stamped the sentiment using embossing powder in Alabaster. Added a boarder and a few sequins to finish the card.

We really enjoy seeing all of your creations so please share with us on the Brutus Monroe Facebook fan page.


Hey Foxy Gift Tag

Hey Foxy Gift Tag 0

Hi everyone! It is Verity here again from Pretty Little Buttonso good to be back up on the blog again. I have created a fun gift tag which is perfect to put on your Valentine's Day Gift this Wednesday. This stamp set is from the February Monthly Stamp Club Subscription set, where you can get a stamp and shipping for $5 a month, plus 10% discount code to use as well. They also do an international subscription too for $8 including shipping! 

Hey Foxy Gift Tag details:

To start off, repeatedly stamp the XOXO stamp over a white tag in a light grey dye ink. Make sure this has dried before moving onto the next step. Using a blending tool, blend a soft red colour onto the tag fading this out to create an ombre effect.

 If you ink is reactive to water, you can spritz it with clean water over the top, and soak this up with a paper towel to give a blotchy look to the background. Next, repeatedly stamp a heart with Raven detailed ink and colour this in with a red marker. To add some sparkle, you could colour over the top with a Wink of Stella pen and cover with glossy accents for some dimension. Adhere these to the tag with Craft Glue.

You will want to stamp the 'Hey foxy' sentiment in Raven detail ink on white cardstock, and mount onto the tag with a strip of Lunch Bag Cardstock. To embellish the card, add some black bakers twine, silver sequins and pearl enamel dots. Lastly, staple a piece of ribbon on the top to finish the tag off. 


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Till next week,