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Masculine cards with Architextures

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Many card makers struggle with masculine cards, fortunately, I am not one of them. So me and a few friends decided to get together and create a video hop on some ideas and techniques for creating Masculine cards. 


I created this garage out of a few junque packs from the 7gypsy line called Architextures. These paques come in different themes and have great texture.

To see how I created this card, you can check out my video above. We are having a video hop and I will be giving away one of these Junque packs to one lucky viewer.  



I fussy cut the car out of the 8x8 Architextures vintage paper pad. It has some great images and fun designs to work with. 

Don't forget to check out my video which will link you to the hop list as well as information to be entered into my drawing for your chance to win one of these great junque packs.



Thanks for stopping by!


The beauty of NATURE

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Hi everyone! Last Monday I shared with you a card I created using a Large Sunflower. As I said in that post, I LOVE Sunflowers, but sometimes Daisies remind me of smaller sunflowers, perhaps a little sister to the Sunflower? 
So I am back this week to share with you another card using the Daisy Background stamp from I Brake for Stamps.

This is such a beautiful background stamp which makes it diffiecult to create a bad card. I didn't even have to color these beautiful flowers. I simply stamped the image with distress ink, spritzed the stamp and stamped it onto some canary cardstock. 





I created the background for the sentiment using the Wood background half sheet and stamped the sentiment Nature with black Archival ink.
Don't forget you can get 10% off your purchase over at I Brake for Stamps using my coupon codeSAVE10MONICA.


Sunflowers bring Sunshine

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Hello everyone and happy Monday! I Love Sunflowers! I was extremely excited to get my hands on this beautiful stamp called Large Sunflower from I Brake for stamps.
This was such an easy card to create. I used some acrylic paint and randomly added it to some thick card stock. Once it was dry I stamped the Sunflower using my MISTI. I used distress crayons and Faber Castell big brush pens to color the leaves and stems.  
If you would like to see how I created this card and a few other examples, you can check out my video below.




I then stamped the numbers using the numbers background stamp and some black archival ink. As a final embellishment I added some black and white butterfly washi tape and outlined it with Black soot distress crayn.
Don't forget you can save 10% over at I Brake for Stamps when using coupon codeSAVE10MONICA.
Thanks for stopping by.




Learn...Live...Hope...

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Hello everyone and happy Monday! I tried something new on this card...it didn't do exactly what I had hoped it would do, but still kind of interesting. I added some embossing powder to my texture paste to see what would happen.  The results were a gritty texture paste which is still kind of a cool look!

More recently I have become a bit more experimental with my products. Not every experiment will be a success, but it definitely is a learning process.  The sentiment I used for this card is from I brake for stamps and is called "Learn Live Hope".
I really love how this card turned out. It is grungy with a feminine twist. Hope you like it too.
I have listed all the products I used to create this card below.  Don't forget you can save 10% over at I Brake for Stamps when using coupon code SAVE10MONICA.
Thanks for stopping by.



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Vintage Layered Cards - Video Hop!

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Welcome to save the Crafty Youtuber video hop. Due to some changes over on You Tube, many crafty friends (including myself) no longer qualify to monetize our videos. While this is not the main reason we create content for you, it does help us to purchase a lot of the supplies that you see in our videos.


So to help promote each other's channels, 50 Crafty Youtubers have gotten together, along with some sponsors to share with you some great channels. Our hope is you will love what you see and subscribe.
You can find my video below where I am sharing with you my process for creating a vintage inspired layered card. 


To create my layers, I am using some paper from the Tim Holtz Correspondence paper stack. I am also using some great ephemera as well as two stamp sets. 


On a layered card, I usually do have a focal point and for this card that is one of the Film strips from the idea-ology collection from Tim Holtz. I framed the middle picture using a wooden frame and added a great sentiment.…

You Are Loved...Reverse masking techinique

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you a technique that I used on this card that I call reverse masking.  Typically when I mask an image, I am covering the image, but for this card I used the negative portion of my mask to stamp in the hearts you see on my background.
If you would like to see how I created this card, I have created a video which is linked below. 



After I stamped the hearts, I did add a few more background images to create this grungy background. The sentiment I used is from STAMPlorations and is called "It's all about you".

For your convenience, I have listed all the products that I have used to create this card.  I hope you like it. 




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Celebrating 21 years!

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It is hard for me to believe that 21 years ago I became a mother. I only have one child and like most parents, our children become our lives.
My son turned 21 years old today. While I will always think of him as my baby, I am so proud of the young man he has grown into.

While not everything he has done in these 21 years have been "proud moments" and there are memories that I look back on and just shake my head, my life has been full with him in it.

I always love creating his birthday cards. I usually take a little longer and put a little more care into these.  


I used some of my favorite elements and techniques to create this special card...after all, it was for a very special boy!

Happy Birthday Chris!



Love is Forever

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With Valentine's Day around the corner, I wanted to share with you a mixed media Valentine Card I created using a sentiment from I Brake for Stamps.  What is great about this stamp is that it can work not only for Valentine's Day, but for many other occasions as well!

If you would like to see how I created this card, you can click on my Video link below. 





I created the texture using a stencil and some texture paste. I also added some washi tape as well as some rub ons to create the post marks. 


I wanted to stamp directly on the card so I made sure that I left room at the bottom of the panel without the texture paste.  This was accomplished easily by placing a post it note under the stencil before adding the paste.
Don't forget you can get 10% off your purchase over at I Brake for Stamps using my coupon codeSAVE10MONICA.




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We Heart You! CCB February Challenge

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Hi everyone! With a new month, means a new challenge over at Canvas Corp Brands Creative. This month it is all about love!

I created a process video and a demonstration using my new sidekick from Tim Holtz. Be sure to check it out below. 


I created these cute little ATC's using a new stamp and die set I picked up at Michaels.  The paper is from Canvas Corp Brands and is great quality to give my ATC's a very sturdy base to work on.


The sidekick came with this small tag die cut along with some numbers. I used the numbers to cut out the number 14 for Valentine's Day. 


I frayed the edges of the craft cardstock using the distressing tool from tonic studios. This is one of the Tim Holtz product lines. 


Finally, I punched out some cute saying from the Canvas Corp Brands cardstock to add to my ATCs. They were a great final addition. 

Don't forget to check out the challenge and play along. We would love to see your project!

Thanks for stopping by!



Art Journal - February

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Hi Crafty friends and happy February! I am here today to share with you my February page layout for my 2018 Art Journal series.

If you would like to see my process video, you can check it out below.


While mixed media is not new to my, art journaling is. I have committed to creating at least one layout a month in my art journal.

For this layout, I didn't want' to do a Valentine's Day theme, but I wanted to do something that related to love. I decided that a mail or post card theme would be fun since so many valentines will be sent out this month.


I also decided to incorporate a number theme into my layout. I started out with some numbers tissue paper from Canvas Corp Brands.  From there I added layers of distress crayons, washi tape and remnant rubs.



The images are from the Photo booth idea-ology pack. I used some sand paper to grunge them up a bit and I also stamped some post marks using my Correspondence stamp set from Stampers anonymous.

Thanks for stopping by!