Don’t be Crabby

Crabby Tag Bag

This is the video of my Facebook Live. I do these every Wednesday at 3:00 pm Arizona time.


Darrin made me these SVG ocean plants for me to use on my Cricut, and we’d like to share them with you. Enjoy.

Ocean Plants

Also here’s a list of the Brutus Monroe products used:

Stamp Club Membership

Sand Paste

Creamy Aqua Pigment – Teal

Aqua Pigment – Green

Perfect Blend™ Alcohol Marker Cardstock – 4.25″x5.5″

Pink & Main – Ergonomic Blending Brush

Squeaky Cleaning Dry Cloth

Squeaky Clean – No Mess Dispenser

Squeaky Clean™ Stamp Cleaner Collection- Summer Series

Acrylic Bubbles

Detail Ink – Raven – 2×2

Sakura® Gelly Roll® Pen – White – Medium Point – 0.4mm

Coloring with Aqua Pigments

Shannon Smith 04-26-20

Hi there, Shannon Smith here with a spring greeting!

I am such a sucker for beautiful flowers. I am blessed to live in Arizona where I can enjoy seeing them all year long. My obsession of florals is definitely reflected in my stamp stash. Brutus Monroe has so many gorgeous floral stamp sets! Today’s project features the Enchanted Rose Background stamp.


1. I used  embossing ink on my Enchanted Rose Background stamp. I chose to stamp this using my Misti to ensure I had evenly inked and added even pressure. I added my Gilded Embossing Powder and heat embossed my image.


I colored the biggest bloom using creamy aqua pigment orange and a paintbrush. I then used creamy light pink and creamy yellow to the other blooms. Creamy aqua pigments work great alone. No need to add water to these. I moved on to leaves next using creamy light green.


To add more depth I used regular Aqua Pigments on top of the Creamy ones. I added Coral Aqua Pigment to my orange bloom first and then added a bit of Red Aqua Pigment to deepen the contrast a bit. I added the contrast to the yellow and pink blooms and the leaves using regular Aqua Pigments in Yellow , Pink and Green.


After the panel dried, I trimmed it to 3 3/4 x 5 inches and added my sentiment (from the Super Sentimental stamp set). I added my panel to a yellow 4 × 5 1/4 inch mat. Finally I adhered them to my pink card base.

It was so much fun to play with these beautiful, vibrant colors! They kept their color fabulously even as they dried. If you want to see this card created, here is a link to my YouTube channel.


Paper: Aqua Paper, Yellow and Pink Cardstock

Inks: Raven ultra fine embossing powder, Embossing ink

Creamy Aqua Pigments: orange, light pink, yellow, light green

Aqua Pigments: Coral, Red, Yellow, Pink and Green

Stamp sets: Enchanted Rose Background and Super Sentimental

Fun, Bold Card with Brutus Monroe Stained Glass die and Arteza Mica Powders

Hello my friends! Shannon Smith here ready to play!

I have been thoroughly loving my time thus far on the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team. I am excited to share a closer look at one of my projects.


This card is super easy but delivers a striking effect! I will list the supplies as we go and again at the bottom of the post in a list.

I recently purchased these mica powders after watching Christopher Alan play with them on one of his lives. I purchased Arteza’s package of 60. These are versatile and lots of fun to experiment with.


1. I cut out the Stained Glass die cut using lightweight black cardstock. I ran it through a couple of times to be sure all the details cut through.

2. I cut a white panel of Not Your Mama’s Cardstock to 3 7/8 × 5 3/16. I used the Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink all over the top side of the white panel to give the mica powder something to stick to.

3. Using a small blending brush and working from the center out, I started applying the color. I laid the die on top every so often to gauge where to put my color down.

4. Once I had all my color down, I adhered the die to the panel using Easy Squeeze Crystal Clear Glue. I added some interest by flicking some black sparkle pen across the card. I used Raven ink to stamp the sentiment from the Botanical Banners set. I added the sentiment and some little embellishments to the card and simply attached it to a white card base.

I love the results! To see how this card came together watch my YouTube tutorial


Brutus Monroe


Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink 2×2

Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink


Stained Glass


Botanical Banners


Mica Powders:

R-24, O-15, G-45, G-43, B-50, P-40

Exciting News

I have recently signed up to be a Close to my Heart consultant. I am going to be starting classes soon so if you live in the Phoenix area stay tuned, they’ll be starting in Sept.

The special for August is $35.00 to join. The new catalogs come out in Sept, but there are some great product to take advantage of before they are gone. Here’s a link to my consultant website where you see what’s available.


Check out my YouTube channel for the fun kit reveal, with my sister Sue.

Looking forward to this new venture.