Remember When Blog Hop WINNER!

I hope you enjoyed the Remember When Blog Hop! If you missed it, there is still plenty of fun to be had going back and reading the posts.

I was able to select a winner of my blog post’s prize, which is this fabulous embellishment kit from BUTTONS, GALORE & MORE! Ready to find out who won? Drum roll, please………

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DONNA GOGGIN! 

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Donna, CONGRATS! Please contact me so I can get your prize in the mail! Also, a big huge THANKS to all who participated!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

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Brutus Monroe and Decofoil in your planners! Marie Nicole Designs.

Decorating Your Planner with Decofoil + Brutus Monroe

Welcome back! This week the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team is joining up with Therm O Web to bring you some fun ways to use Deco Foil on your projects! For today’s post I wanted to focus on using some Deco Foil in your planners.

I have several different planners. I use the Happy Planner for most of my memory keeping right now, but I’ve also begun using a traveler’s notebook. I also have several finished Heidi Swapp planners that I’ve used in the past. I think any of these tips would work on any planner set up you may use!

Canvas zipper pouch decorated with Brutus Monroe Surface Spray and Deco foil. Marie Nicole Designs.

First, I grabbed one of my canvas zipper totes from CANVAS CORP BRANDS and added some OZ SURFACE SPRAY to the bottom. I taped off the portion that I wanted to color and then carefully sprayed it until it was evenly covered. I also slipped some scratch paper into the inside of the tote so that the spray wouldn’t bleed through to the backside. I then removed the tape and let it dry.

Canvas zipper pouch decorated with Brutus Monroe Surface Spray and Deco foil. Marie Nicole Designs.

Next, I took some of my MIXED MEDIA GLUE and applied it over the area I sprayed. I let it dry just a bit until it was sticky, and then applied the Shattered Gold Deco Foil over it. I made sure to press and rub the foil into the glue so it would stick. Then, I carefully peeled back the foil to get a gold leafed effect.

Canvas zipper pouch decorated with Brutus Monroe Surface Spray and Deco foil. Marie Nicole Designs.

To finish the tote, I added a little FLAIR PIN with Brutus Monroe’s motto, “Create Your Own Ending”, on it. I thought this would be a fun little tote to store pens, washi, stickers, and other planner embellishments in so I could plan on the go!

DIY Traveler's Notebook Inserts with Brutus Monroe and Thermoweb. Marie Nicole Designs.

Next, I grabbed my traveler’s notebook and decided to make some fun mini inserts! You could make inserts any size you’d like, but the one here with the little coffee cup and donut is 3.5×5″. I made a quick video on how I make my own inserts:

 

I used the stamp sets, COZY COFFEE and DONUT WORRY from Brutus Monroe to stamp, color, and cut out the images. I then decorated the front of my insert using these images along with some of Thermoweb’s Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets. I also added some color behind the toner sheet by blending on some SPECKLED EGG SURFACE INK to the front of the insert.

DIY Traveler's Notebook Inserts with Brutus Monroe and Thermoweb. Marie Nicole Designs.

DIY Traveler's Notebook Inserts with Brutus Monroe and Thermoweb. Marie Nicole Designs.

I love that it’s so easy to make your own inserts and decorate them for any specific purpose!

Planner Pocket Pages with Brutus Monroe and Thermoweb's Deco Foil. Marie Nicole Designs

Last, but not least, I used a bit of the Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets in a pocket page. At the present, I am using a Happy Planner to journal and keep memories in. I like to make pocket page layouts now and then to display some favorite photos. The striped toner sheet was perfect for cutting down to size and slipping into one of the pockets to showcase this photo of my kiddos.

Planner Pocket Pages with Brutus Monroe and Thermoweb's Deco Foil. Marie Nicole Designs

I also added a little stamped and embossed bow from Brutus Monroe’s SKETCHED BOW STAMP SET. The color of embossing powder I used is Emerald from the SUMMER EMBOSSING POWDER COLLECTION.

Planner Pocket Pages with Brutus Monroe and Thermoweb's Deco Foil. Marie Nicole Designs

I also used my We R Memory Keepers – Photo Sleeve Fuse Tool to create a shaker pocket on the bottom left corner, and layered some fussy cut florals over it from CANVAS CORP’S COMPOSE YOUR LIFE COLLECTION of papers.

I finished off the page with a few other embellishments and die cuts.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Don’t forget to check out all the amazing inspiration from the rest of the Brutus Monroe Team!

MARIE HEIDERSCHEIT  <——YOU ARE HERE

Also, stop by the Therm O Web blog to see what they are creating!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

Remember when blog hop + GIVEAWAY!

Remember When Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the REMEMBER WHEN BLOG HOP! This hop was so much fun to be a part of! Im sure we all have some older craft items and tools in our stash, so why not bust them out to see what we can create? I found some sticker frames and things from an old scrapbook kit I had, and I also tried embossing with my toaster. I had never tried the toaster technique before, but others have told me that’s how they did it “back in the day”, so I just HAD to give it a shot! I have a video of the whole process for you to watch. Stay tuned for a peek into my HIGH SCHOOL scrapbook and some extra footage at the end!

Embossing with a toaster actually surprised me at how well it worked! I melted the powder fairly quickly and didn’t warp my paper all that much. I used this technique on a simpler LAWN FAWN STAMP SET, as well as a more detailed background stamp from BRUTUS MONROE. I also used my RAVEN EMBOSSING POWDER and my PENNY EMBOSSING POWDER.
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Once my embossing was done, I turned my background stamp into a card. I sifted through all the self-adhesive frames from my scrapbooking kit and found one I liked. I added a bit more adhesive to the backside of the frame, and then adhered it down to my background and then trimmed the sides.
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Since the frame wasn’t a traditional card size, I just trimmed down my card base to fit my card. It ended up being a bit narrower than a A2 card, but its still a decent size to write a quick note in.
I also took the inside square from the frame, trimmed it down, added some string, and then adhered it to my card base as well. I think this just tied the look together. To finish it off, I added the sentiment “thanks” from one of my LAWN FAWN SCRIPTY WORD DIES.
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I also added just a bit of WINK OF STELLA on top of the die cut sentiment for some extra shimmer!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Please follow the links below to continue hopping along on this hop!
***GIVEAWAY!***
I am giving away one embellishment kit from BUTTONS, GALORE & MORE to one lucky USA follower! All you have to do is leave a comment below to be entered! I will randomly select a winner and announce it here on my blog April 18th. If you choose to enter, PLEASE check back to see if you have won (I’ve had winners in the past that I have no way of contacting that have lost out on prizes). Good luck!
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HOP ALONG!

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club- Jack in the Box

Welcome back! Im showcasing the next stamp for the BRUTUS MONROE STAMP CLUB today! It’s this cute little Jack-in-the-box character! Such a fun image to color and dress up for a variety of cards. I chose to add a sentiment from another Brutus Monroe stamp set to make this a general card that you could send for any occasion.

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club! Marie Nicole Designs

I went ahead and colored in this image using my PRISMACOLOR PENCILS. Then, I fussy cut it out, and added a few details on the image with some WHITE NUVO DROPS.

I kept the background simple, as well, by grabbing my POLKA STENCIL and adding the colors, ROCK CANDY and ZEST. The blue and the yellow inks blended beautifully in the middle where they met to create a green color that matched the coloring on my image.

Brutus Monroe Stamp Club! Marie Nicole Designs

I then stamped the sentiment, “smile”, from the Brutus Monroe stamp set, DREAMCATCHING. After I stamped the sentiment, I added some RAVEN EMBOSSING POWDER over it to emboss.

Finally, I adhered my front panel to my card base and that finished the card! Super quick and simple, yet a fun card that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

Mini mixed media photo canvas. Marie Nicole Designs.

4×4 Mini Canvas

Today I’m sharing this cute little mini canvas with you! This 4×4 natural canvas is from CANVAS CORP BRANDS. They have a variety of sizes of blank canvases, but these little 4x4s are perfect for photos, paints, kids crafts, or home decor! I chose to use this little canvas as a way to showcase one of my daughter’s 9mo photos.

Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.          Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.

First, I took the little canvas and added some Mod Podge in order to hold some patterned paper I have. After I added the glue and my paper, I added a little more Mod Podge over the paper just to make sure it was securely adhered down.

Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.          Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.

I used some of this fun woodgrain paper that I grabbed on sale at Hobby Lobby. I tore it to make the edges look worn and tattered. I added some to the bottom of the canvas, a little on the top, and I also made sure to wrap it around the sides.

Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.          Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.

Next, I made some flowers to embellish with by using my TIM HOLTZ TATTERED FLOWERS DIES. I cut them out of some plain cardstock, and then used my BRUTUS MONROE APRICOT SURFACE INK to color them.

I also spritzed them with a little IRIDESCENT GOLD GLIMMER MIST for some more added shimmer!

Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.          Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.

Next, I grabbed my JUTE CORD from CCB, and looped it around several times and then tied it off to create a circle “frame”. I then used some BRUTUS MONROE CRAFT GLUE to glue it down onto my canvas. In order to hold it in place while drying, I set my acrylic stamping block on top.

Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.          Mini mixed media canvas. Canvas Corp Brands + Brutus Monroe. Marie Nicole Designs.

Next was the fun part- embellishing! I layered my flowers on around my jute frame, and also added a little butterfly that I stamped and embossed on vellum. I used the BRUTUS MONROE BUTTERFLY SENTIMENTS stamp set along with one of their new colored embossing powders- EMERALD. Such a gorgeous color!

I then added my little 2×2 photo, and a clear sticker that reads, “love”.

Mixed media mini canvas with baby girl photo. Marie nicole designs

Mini mixed media photo canvas. Marie Nicole Designs.

I really love the soft look of this canvas and how it turned out! I love finding creative ways to display photos. This little canvas is on one of my shelves in my dining room hall!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

Donut Shaker Tags + Fuse Tool

This week the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team is showing off some creative ways to stretch those 2×3 stamp sets! I always think of the 2×3 stamp sets as small but mighty. They can be used in a variety of ways!

I’ve used these small sets on cards, in my planner, on ATCs, and today, as a fun filler for a shaker tag! The stamp set Im using here is the DONUT WORRY set which also has a COORDINATING DIE!

Shaker tags made with the Fuse Tool and Brutus Monroe donut stamp. Marie Nicole Designs

I started by stamping out the donuts and then coloring them in with my PRISMACOLOR PENCILS. I added some detail into the sprinkles using my white gel pen. On a few of the donuts, I added some glossy frosting by covering it with NUVO DROPS. After the donuts were colored in, I cut them out and set them aside while I worked on the tags.

The background colors for my tags were made by simply dragging a variety of SURFACE INK colors across the paper and then drying them with my heat tool. Here are the colors I used for each tag:

Feminine tag (bottom to top):

Masculine tag (bottom to top):

Shaker tags made with the Fuse Tool and Brutus Monroe donut stamp. Marie Nicole Designs

Then, I moved on to making the shaker tags with my FUSE TOOL. I had my Fuse plugged in before I started this project, so by the time I got to this step it had been warming up for about 20 minutes. I have a number of plastic sheet protectors that I use for shaker pockets. I cut the plastic down to size and then used the Fuse ruler with the tool and sealed up three sides.

I then added some shaker bits to the pockets and also dropped in the stamped and colored donut. With my pockets filled, I sealed up the last side to completely contain all the sequins in my pocket.

I then adhered the pockets to the tag with my ATG, and added some washi tape over the adhesive to hide it.

 

Such a fun way to use these small stamp sets! These tags would be so cute on a gift, as part of a card, or in an ATC swap!

BTW, do you remember those other donuts in the video that I used NUVO DROPS on? I created a cute card with them! What goes better together than donuts and coffee?

Brutus Monroe's Donut Worry and Cozy Coffee stamp sets together on this handmade card! Marie Nicole Designs

Brutus Monroe's Donut Worry and Cozy Coffee stamp sets together on this handmade card! Marie Nicole Designs

Dont you just love how perfectly the DONUT WORRY stamp set blends with the COZY COFFEE set? I just couldn’t resist pairing them! The background is made from doing some second generation stamping with the colors MACCHIATO and WAGON. This just gave a softer stamped look but matched the coloring on the donut and coffee cup!

So next time you stop by the BRUTUS MONROE SHOP, don’t overlook the 2×3 stamps! They are able to be used in a variety of ways!

Dont forget to stop by the other Brutus Monroe Team Member’s blogs to see what they created! 

Amy Hurley Purdie

Verity Biddlecombe

Lori U’ren

Berina Febin

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

Mixed Media Photo Tag

It’s always good to do a little something now and then that stretches your creative muscles! For me, that’s mixed media. I am not much of a mixed media artist, I generally stick to clean and simple cards. I love the look, love the challenge of it, but never feel like I can totally pull it off.

Technically, mixed media is just what it sounds like- mixing several mediums on a project. In the craft world, however, it has become an art form that makes us think of gorgeous embellishments, texture pastes, sprays, inks, photos, and so many other techniques that come together to create stunning pieces of art and decor.

 

While my piece today isn’t complicated and overly stunning, it is a special piece because of the photos of my baby girl.

Mixed media photo tag with Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays. Marie Nicole Designs

I began by taking a LARGE MEDIA TAG from Brutus Monroe and spreading some gesso on it. Now, you dont really need gesso, these tags are very thick and sturdy and hold up to a variety of mediums on their own, but I wanted to add some over a stencil to create the circle background you see here.

I grabbed by POLKA stencil and added gesso over the top with my BRUTUS MONROE PALETTE KNIVES. Then, as the gesso was still wet, I sprinkled a little bit of GILDED EMBOSSING POWDER over it, and melted it with my heat tool. I love that shine from the powder!

Mixed media photo tag with Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays. Marie Nicole Designs

I then took some IRIDESCENT GOLD GLIMMER MIST and sprayed some onto the tag. This mist is a clear color with a bit of gold shimmer. I just wanted to wet the surface of the tag so that I could then add some OZ SURFACE SPRAY with a paintbrush and let it spread through the Glimmer Mist to get a softer application of the Surface Spray. Worked like a charm! I let the SURFACE SPRAY spread through the Glimmer Mist all the way to the bottom of the tag, and then dried it with my heat tool.

After the spray was dry, I added my photos and then embellished around them. I have a video of HOW I SIZE MY PHOTOS if you are interested.

Mixed media photo tag with Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays. Marie Nicole Designs

My embellishments consist of some flowers I had in my stash, a wax seal, some bits of lace, and a butterfly that is stamped and embossed on vellum. I used the BUTTERFLY SENTIMENTS STAMP SET along with EMBOSSING INK and some more GILDED POWDER.

I also added one of the PAPER BOWS from Brutus Monroe. These are amazing! They are totally flat but they look like they have dimension. Perfect for if you have a hard time tying the perfect bow!

I had fun on this piece and it has definitely inspired me to try to create more mixed media pieces.

 

Dont forget to check out all the beautiful mixed media pieces from the rest of the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team!

Amy Hurley Purdie

Verity Bittlecomb

Waleska Galindo

Lori U’ren

Berina Febin