Hello, Sugar! Die Cutting Sentiments

Welcome back! I know I have been away from writing for a while, but I hope to jump back into creating and blogging! We recently moved, and although things are still a bit of a mess, we are slowly getting settled into our new home and familiar with our surroundings.

I was excited to be able to create something in time for this week’s Inspiration Team Hop over at Brutus Monroe. The theme this week is “Die Cutting”. If you follow my cards at all, you know I love me some dies!

I decided to use some of the new sentiment dies that Brutus Monroe will be releasing soon to add a custom sentiment to today’s card. I also used supplies from the ice cream themed INSPIRATION BOX.

Hello, Sugar! Ice cream themed card using the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Kit along with their new sentiment dies. Marie Nicole Designs

I started by stamping out the cute little ice cream using my MISTI and my RAVEN BLACK INK. Then, I colored in the image with my STYLEFILE ALCOHOL MARKERS. I kept the coloring simple, as I wanted to only use blues and greens on this card.

The background was fun to create, as well! I ink blended on just a bit of SPECKLED EGG and ROCK CANDY, and then applied some embossing paste over the MERMAID LAGOON stencil using my PALETTE KNIFE.

Hello, Sugar! Ice cream themed card using the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Kit along with their new sentiment dies. Marie Nicole Designs

As the background was drying, I grabbed my SIZZIX and cut out my sentiment from white cardstock. I used the HELLO die, as well as the LOWERCASE ALPHABET dies from Brutus Monroe. These dies will be available in store in about 3 weeks!

Hello, Sugar! Ice cream themed card using the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Kit along with their new sentiment dies. Marie Nicole Designs

I wanted to keep the colors light and have them all coordinate, so I colored my sentiment pieces with a little more ROCK CANDY. I simply blended on a little more ink. I completely colored the letters that spelled, “sugar”, and then only blended a little on the bottom of the word, “hello”, giving it an ombre look.

I then started to assemble all my pieces on the background to build my card. I used my Brutus Monroe CRAFT GLUE and adhered down my ice cream. I added some extra mint leaves to the right side, as well. Then, I glued my sentiment pieces on over the ice cream. For this, I used my ZIG GLUE PEN. I find this pen is so nice for adhering thin die cuts, since it has a pen-tip that lets you only apply a small amount of glue at a time.

Hello, Sugar! Ice cream themed card using the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Kit along with their new sentiment dies. Marie Nicole Designs

To finish my card, I added a few sequins that I had in my stash, and a cute mint colored flatback pearl from the INSPIRATION BOX. Them, I added just a touch of sparkle to the mint leaves with some WINK OF STELLA!

That’s it for the card today! I hope you enjoyed it!

Please hop along to the rest of the teams’ blogs! I know you will love what they have created as well!

BERINA

WALESKA

SHARON

MARIE <—— YOU ARE HERE!

ALETHA

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Gamer stamp set from Brutus Monroe. Background embossing with Mermaid Tail embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

One for the Gamers

I am just loving this new stamp set from Brutus Monroe, GAMER. This set has some great game-themed images, like this controller! I definitely see myself reaching for this set to create some fun cards for the guys in my life!

Gamer stamp set from Brutus Monroe. Background embossing with Mermaid Tail embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

I started by stamping the controller icons on the left side of the card using EMBOSSING INK, and then I sprinkled on some MERMAID TAILS EMBOSSING POWDER to heat emboss with. LOVE the shimmery blue of this powder!

The next step was to stamp out the controller using my RAVEN DETAIL INK and then color it in using my STYLEFILE MARKERS. This ink is perfect for using with alcohol markers- once it is dry it will not run or smear.

Gamer stamp set from Brutus Monroe. Background embossing with Mermaid Tail embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

I fussy cut the controller and then added it to my card using foam adhesive. For the sentiment, I stamped and embossed they saying using more Embossing Ink and then some ALABASTER EMBOSSING POWDER. I cut the sentiment out onto a thin strip and then added that with foam adhesive, as well.

Gamer stamp set from Brutus Monroe. Background embossing with Mermaid Tail embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

Such a quick and easy card to create, but I think the recipient will really enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please keep hopping along with the team today to see what they created with this fun stamp set.

AMY

MARIE <—–YOU ARE HERE!

VERITY

CHITRA

WALESKA

BERINA

Pretty "Hello" card using Brutus Monroe's Pink Champagne Embossing Powder and Sentiment Die

A Few of My Favorite Things

This week’s blog hop with the Brutus Monroe team is one I very much enjoyed! The theme is Team Favorites- everyone is creating something using their favorite Brutus Monroe items.

My favorite items on this card are some of my NEW favorites. I used some recently released items from Brutus Monroe to create a very soft, pretty card. I think it would be great as a baby girl card, or just to give to someone who enjoys a very feminine look.

Pretty "Hello" card using Brutus Monroe's Pink Champagne Embossing Powder and Sentiment Die

I started this card by taking one of the CIRCLE DIES from Brutus Monroe and cutting it out of white cardstock. These circle dies are such a great set! You get a number of sizes of circles, and they all have the stitched edges. You can never go wrong with basic shape dies!

I covered the circle with some Brutus Monroe EMBOSSING INK, and then I sprinkled on one of my new favorite embossing powders, PINK CHAMPAGNE. This powder is such a lovely soft pink, with a metallic shine to it. It’s perfect!

Pretty "Hello" card using Brutus Monroe's Pink Champagne Embossing Powder and Sentiment Die

The “hello” sentiment is a die that I cut out using my Sizzix machine, and then I adhered it to the front using my Zig glue pen.

I also used a bit of the Brutus Monroe WAXED TISSUE PAPER.  This paper is a thin, tissue like paper. You can stamp on it and color it with your inks, but in this case I preferred to cut it into strips and ruffle it on my card. A great way to add some feminine texture! For the ruffle underneath the sentiment, I ran it through my sewing machine. Who doesn’t love the look of stitched paper?

Pretty "Hello" card using Brutus Monroe's Pink Champagne Embossing Powder and Sentiment Die

Before I adhered everything down, I added some tiny splatters to the background of my card. I used my black ZIG BRUSH MARKER for this. I just colored my Zig onto my Brutus Monroe CRAFT MAT, mixed it with water, and then picked up the color with a paintbrush and added the splatters. Such a small amount of color dried almost immediately, but I did dry it with my heat tool just to be sure.

I finished the card by adding a bow that I stamped from the SKETCHED BOW stamp set, and then brushed the sentiment with a little Wink of Stella (it’s hard to see the shimmer in the photos, but it’s there!).

All these elements come together to create my favorite type of card- clean, simple, and pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please hop along to the rest of the team’s blog posts to see their favorite things!

AMY

MARIE

WALESKA

VERITY

BERINA

CHITRA

Karen Burniston Tag Pop Up Die mini album. Marie Nicole Designs.

Karen Burniston Pop Up Tag Album

This week, the Brutus Monroe team had the pleasure of teaming up with KAREN BURNISTON to show off some of these amazing pop-up dies they have available! I was so excited to play around with this TAG BOOK POP-UP, because as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to turn it into a mini album! I originally had in mind to create an album of photos to send off to grandparents, but this one turned out so cute I decided to keep it for myself!

Karen Burniston Tag Pop Up Die mini album. Marie Nicole Designs.

I started out by die cutting all the pieces from the die set. At first, I was a little intimidated by the dies, but I actually found it very simple to put together! Even if you seem to have a little trouble with the dies, Karen Burniston has a video on how to assemble the pop-up tag booklet:

Not very complicated at all! I cut all the pieces out of white cardstock, and then I chose a few patterned papers from my stash to cover certain areas with.
Karen Burniston Tag Pop Up Die mini album. Marie Nicole Designs.
Karen Burniston Tag Pop Up Die mini album. Marie Nicole Designs.
I also used some of the die cut embellishments from the die set as well, including the banner pieces and the cute little paperclips and hearts. To make these match my patterned papers, I chose a few colors of SURFACE INKS that coordinated perfectly!
For my photos, I chose a group of pictures I took of our baby girl at bath time. To keep them all coordinating and not getting too busy or competing with the patterned paper, I printed them out in black and white. Trimmed down, they fit perfectly onto each pop-up panel.
Karen Burniston Tag Pop Up Die mini album. Marie Nicole Designs.
Karen Burniston Tag Pop Up Die mini album. Marie Nicole Designs.
I also added some white threads and ribbons to the tops of the tags. I love that the die set even includes the tag reinforcements! Adding them with a bit of glitter cardstock gave such a fun and pretty look to the album!
For the outside cover of the album, I chose some more coordinating papers to cover it with. I also added some more embellishments and a photo of my baby girl.
Karen Burniston Tag Pop Up Die mini album. Marie Nicole Designs.
Karen Burniston Tag Pop Up Die mini album. Marie Nicole Designs.
This was such a fun project to work on and I was happy to get the chance to work with this Karen Burniston die set! It would be so easy to change up the themes and styles for this tag booklet for any occasion, and adding photos to the album really gives it a fun twist!
Thanks so much for popping by the blog today! Please make sure to check out each of the Brutus Monroe team members’ blogs, too. They have more projects to show off using Karen Burniston dies!

VERITY BIDDLECOMBE

BERINA FEBIN

LORI U’REN

AMY

MARIE HEIDERSCHEIT <—YOU ARE HERE

WALESKA GALINDO

CHITRA MENON

I’ve Taken a Viking to You!

Seriously, though… how cute is this sentiment with this stamp? This new stamp set from Brutus Monroe has this fun viking gal with several dragon images. I have seen other viking images, but never a female one. How cool is that?

I colored her in using my STYLEFILE ALCOHOL MARKERS, and then fussy cut her out. I also colored the dragon eggs with my markers, and added some WINK OF STELLA for some shimmer. Dragon eggs shimmer, don’t they?

Brutus Monroe Viking card with ink blended woodgrain background

After the images were colored, I had to decide on a background. I thought something woodgrain would really go along with the viking theme and feel, so I used one of my woodgrain background stamps and stamped it onto some IVORY CARDSTOCK BY CANVAS CORP BRANDS. Then, I did some ink blending over the stamped woodgrain using Brutus Monroe’s MACCHIATO and MAPLE SURFACE INKS. Before I blended, however, I cut the background into strips, so the end result was a number of paper strips that looked like wooden planks.

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I arranged the planks to the background at an angle. I think this just gives it a little more interest. I also started adding some planks to the right hand side coming in from the other direction. This helps pull more focus towards our viking lady.

To go along with the sentiment, I wanted to add a big red heart to the background, so I cut one out using my CRICUT EXPLORE AIR and then blended on some WAGON SURFACE INK and a little MAPLE SURFACE INK. I did a gradual fading of color on the heart to give it that ombre look.

With all my pieces ready, I assembled them on the card! This is such a fun and unique stamp set so I hope you will check it out in store.

Also, don’t forget to hop along and check out the rest of the team’s blogs today! They all created amazing projects with this set!

VERITY BIDDLECOMBE

MARIE HEIDERSCHEIT <— YOU ARE HERE

CHITRA

AMY

WALESKA GALINDO

 

Shaker card created with Therm O Web clear toner sheets

Foiled Shaker Card

Shaker cards are so much fun! I love creating cards that are interactive and a little bit unique.  I will admit, though, that I had a difficult time making shaker cards when I first tried my hand at them. The amount of engineering that goes into them with figuring out how to contain the shaker bits with foam adhesive or other means can be sometimes tedious!

I decided to try to make this shaker card easy by simply sewing my shaker pocket onto my cardstock base with my sewing machine. No foam adhesive needed!

Foiled shaker card with Brutus Monroe surface ink and Therm O Web clear toner sheets

The first thing I did was I cut down a piece of THERM O WEB’S CLEAR TONER SHEET to fit the front of an A2 sized card- so 4.25″x5.5″. Then, using my laminator, I foiled it with some JADE DECO FOIL SHEETS. The green shade of this foil is gorgeous! You can see as I photograph the card at different angles how it shines!

Foiled shaker card with Brutus Monroe surface ink and Therm O Web clear toner sheets

After my CLEAR TONER SHEET was foiled, I used my sewing machine to sew it down to a piece of white cardstock, leaving just one side open. I then filled the sewn pocket with sequins and glitter to create my shaker pocket. Then, I took it back to my sewing machine and sewed up the last side to completely seal in all the shaker bits!

Next, I adhered a heart to the front of my card that I cut out of white cardstock. I colored this heart a little bit using some HONEYSUCKLE SURFACE INK.  After I had some color blended on, I added a die cut sentiment using my LAWN FAWN SCRIPTY LOVE DIE, and then stamped the rest of the sentiment underneath using my RAVEN DETAIL INK.

Foiled shaker card with Brutus Monroe surface ink and Therm O Web clear toner sheets

There you have it! A super simple way to make a shaker card without using a ton of foam adhesive!

If you’d like to see more shaker inspiration, please hop along to the other Brutus Monroe team members’ blogs to see what they’ve created!

VERITY BIDDLECOMBE

WALESKA GALINDO

CHITRA NAIR

MARIE HEIDERSCHEIT <—-YOU ARE HERE

BERINA FEBIN

Heat embossing over a stencil. Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

Heat Embossing over a Stencil

Hey there, crafty friends! Thanks for joining me again! It’s no secret that I love heat embossing! When I first joined the crafting world, I remember seeing heat embossing for the first time. I thought it was magic (it kind of is)!

 

There are so many fun techniques you can do with heat embossing. One very simple technique I want to show you today is embossing over a stencil. Fun to see what your background looks like after using this technique!

Heat embossing over a stencil. Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

I started this card by grabbing a stencil by TCW and then laying it over my cardstock. Then, I took my cube of BRUTUS MONROE EMBOSSING INK and smooshed it down over the stencil.

After I felt I had enough ink applied, I removed the stencil carefully and then added some RAVEN EMBOSSING POWDER over the ink. Its fun to see how well the embossing powder is going to stick and what the background is going to look like. Doing this technique definitely will not always produce a crisp, perfect embossed image, but it works well if you want a loose background.

Heat embossing over a stencil. Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

After my background was embossed, I grabbed one of my favorite Surface Ink colors, SPECKLED EGG. I blended this color over the top of my embossed background for some light color.

Then, I started to build a cluster of embellishments. I took some washi tapes, paper scraps, a glassine envelope that I filled with sequins, and a stamped and foiled flower that I fussy cut. I have a POST ON HOW I CREATED THIS LAYERED AND FOILED FLOWER HERE, if you are interested.

Heat embossing over a stencil. Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

After I decided where I wanted all my bits and embellishments, I glued them down with some liquid adhesive, as well as my ATG. I also added some sewn details in a few spots just for some more interest. One place I added some sewing was to the little shaker bag. I just sewed the top closed to keep the sequins in.

Heat embossing over a stencil. Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. Marie Nicole Designs

Like I said, this embossing technique is fun and easy! I love how the RAVEN EMBOSSING POWDER contrasts nicely with some of the colors in the embellishments.

If you’d like to see more heat embossing inspiration, please hop on over to the rest of the INSPIRATION TEAM’s BLOGS! They are so talented!

VERITY BIDDLECOMBE

MARIE HEIDERSCHEIT (<—– YOU ARE HERE)

BERINA FEBIN

CHITRA NAIR

WALESKA GALINDO

Until next time,
Marie Nicole