Brutus Monroe and Waffle Flower Collaboration

I am so excited to share this Brutus Monroe/Waffle Flower collaboration with you!

Imagine my delight when I received these beautiful brushes, stencils and stencil mat in the mail. You have to love tools that are both pretty and functional. Right?

I had a great play trying out my different Brutus Monroe mediums with these new tools. The stencil mat is easy to clean and I definitely gave it a workout. The brushes blend like a dream and the stencils definitely get my creative juices flowing.

I created the frosty background panel in this photo using Cobalt Blue Chroma Mist, Shimmer Mist, Holiday Blue Glitter Glaze and the Waffle Flower Big Dots stencil. I have this one set aside for a future project.

I created the tree card using the Pine Trees stencil/masks, Snowfall Background stencil, Blue and Green Aqua Pigments, Fallen Snow Glitter Glaze, Shimmer Mist, and Christopher’s Sentiments.

The next card was created using the Stencil Mat, Holiday Stripes stencil, Chroma Glazes, Seasonal Greetings stamps and Snowflakes dies.

I didn’t want all of that colorful goodness on my stencil to go to waste. So I scraped across the stencil a second time on a new card panel. This created a more distressed look. After it dried, I used Simon Hurley inks and the Duo-tone Christmas Tree stencil on top of the striped pattern. 

I adhered this to one of the Jumbo Media Tags and finished it off using the Evergreen Builder dies and the Seasonal Sentiments stamps.

This last card was created using the Spread Your Wings stencil/masks, the fabulous blending brushes, Butterfly Wishes stamps and Conversation Clippings, Simon Hurley inks, Fallen Snow and Galaxy Glitter Glaze (I used the Fallen Snow first but decided it needed more contrast so I added a layer of Galaxy) and Raven ink. 

These projects were so much fun to create! These awesome products were definitely inspiring to work with.

Thanks for visiting! Be sure to check out all of the participating bloggers in this hop:)


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Betsy –

Aya –

Kate –

Michelle –

Renae –

Waffle Flower:

Gina K Designs:

Brutus Monroe:

Simple Pocket Tag Card

Hello there! I am happy to share the card I created on my live last week. I had created cards like this in the past with 12 x 12 paper. I wanted to create a smaller version using 8 ½ x 11 paper. This project was inspired by all the little leftover bits I have from collection packs, kits or that image that got colored and cut out but then didn’t get used on the intended project. This card style is perfect for using up scraps of paper too!

Score a piece of 8 ½ x 11 cardstock at 5 inches lengthwise. Score going the opposite way at 2 ¾  from either end and also down the center.

Fold and crease along the score lines several times to create flexibility as this will fold up.

Crease the lengthwise fold over to create the pocket and staple.

Cut 4 tags for the pockets at 4 ¾ x 2 ½ .

Using various patterned paper, cut 4 panels for back portions of the card to 4 ¾ x 2 ½ . Adhere each panel centered within each section of the backside of the card.

Cut 4 patterned paper panel for the tops of the inside pocket sections at 2 ½ x 3 ¼ . Adhere each panel centered on top of the pocket sections.

Embellish as desired.

To keep it together, tie a piece of twine around the folded card.

You can get all kinds of looks just by changing the paper.

If you want to see how I made this card, it’s up on my YouTube channel. I hope you enjoy making this card as much as I did! 

Happy crafting!



Camping Card

Echo Park Let’s Go Camping Paper Pad 6 x 6

Smore Coffee Stamps

Raven Ink

Sea Cardstock

Alcohol Marker paper


Spectrum Noir markers

Snail Mail Card

PhotoPlay Snail Mail sticker sheet

PhotoPlay Snail Mail collection pack

Jack -o- Lantern cardstock

Alcohol Marker paper

Black Twine

Mica Powder card

Supply List:

Glossy white cardstock or photo paper (4 x 6)

Glaze or Paste (Nuvo Crystal Drops-Ivory Seashell)

Spatula or Scraping Tool (Thermoweb/Deco-Foil Stencil Pal)

Mica Powders (Arteza-Flamingo Pink and Rose Pink)

Stencil (Pink & Main Deco Stencil)

Stencil spray adhesive (Pixie Spray)

Large Brush (Royal &Langnickel-LG. Menta) 

Shadow Brush (cheap dollar store eyeshadow brush)

Embossing powder tray (FSJ)

Small spray bottle of water

Other supplies as needed:

2 White cardstock panels

Stamp set (Pink & Main Fantastic Florals)

Gray Distress Oxide Ink – Hickory Smoke

Mint Green Ink (Simon Hurley-Minty Fresh)

Embossing Ink (Versamark)

Tracing Paper or lightweight vellum

silver embellishments (Pink & Main)


Gray cardstock base (4 ¼” x5 ½”)

Card Base (4 ¼:x 11”)

Stamping platform (Misti)

Step 1:

Spray card panel with stencil spray adhesive (this will give mica powder something to stick to later). Place stencil over the panel.

Step 2:

Add glaze or paste medium and scrape off the excess. Allow to dry.

Step 3:

Sprinkle lightest mica powder onto the card panel. Use the large brush to cover the surface and dust excess into an embossing powder tray. Use the brush to burnish the mica in a bit.

Step 4:

Stamp solid floral stamp 2 times with embossing ink on white cardstock. 

Step 5.

Use a shadow brush to apply mica from the tray onto the stamped image.

Step 6.

Dip brush into darker mica and tap in to create darker shading for depth on flowers.

Step 7.

Return excess mica powder to it’s bottle leaving a small amount behind in the tray. Add a little bit of water and mix using a shadow brush.

Step 8.

Use shadow brush and mica mixture to flick onto stenciled card panel as well as across stamped flowers.

Step 9:

Tear along one of the short ends of the stenciled panel. Trim the card panel down to about 3 ¼”x4” and set the cut piece aside.

Curve torn edge over to give it an aged look. Use mica mixture along the top and bottom edges of both panels.

Step 10 

Adhere the smaller card panel to the top of the card base.Leave approximately ¼” of border along the top and sides. Attach the torn panel also leaving about a ¼” border along the bottom and sides. This should slightly overlap the top panel.

Step 11.

Stamp full flower outline image over the mica colored blooms in grey ink lining the stamp up to match up. Use green ink and solid leaf stamps to fill in the leaves. Fussy cut.

Step 12.

Stamp Sentiment on tracing paper using the same grey ink.

Step 13.

Finish assembling the card.

Coloring with Karin Markers

Hello friends! Shannon here to give you my first impressions and a few tips on using Karin markers. 

First off, I want to let you know that a lot of the info this post includes I got from the brochure that conveniently came with the markers. 

Karin markers are either dye based or as in the case of the neon colours, are pigment based. These react beautifully with water and also work amazingly well with the blender pens (which contain a blending solution). 

I tried using the four suggested ways from the brochure:

1. Touch tips. I touched the tips of two markers to create a blend. This is a fun way to create a transition from one color to another.

2. Touch a blender and a marker tip together, Same concept as the first way except you stay within the color of the marker and just gradually get lighter until it fades out.

3. Paint on a non-absorbent surface (glass mat or acrylic block works great for this). Then use the blender to mix your color and apply to your project.

4. Paint on a non-absorbent surface (see above). Use a blender to create a transition from full color and fade out. 

I found these markers very user friendly and I love that I can get a watercolor look with a bit more control. 

For this card I used the Floral Sentiments stamp set. I stamped it with Raven ink onto watercolor paper. Aqua Pigment paper is amazing and would definitely be my first choice. Because I stamped on watercolor paper, I used my stamping platform so that I could get a solid image. I heat set that with my heat tool.

I started by coloring the largest and smallest flowers with Soft Peach 1. This will create a highlight color.

 I then went in with Soft Peach 2 not going all the way to the edges of the petals. This is the main color of our petals. 

Next I used Rose Pink in the crevices and shadows to create depth.

I used the blender to soften the edges and blend out the colors a bit. (check out the video tutorial to see how I accomplished this)

For the other two blooms I used the same colors in the same order but added burgundy at the darkest points. I blended from the lighter end of the petals inward.

I used lime and olive greens for the leaves and cool aqua for the background. To see how I colored these and finished out the card, check out my YouTube video.

Supplies for this card:

Karin markers- Soft Peach 1, Soft Peach 2, Rose Pink, Burgundy, Lime Green, Olive Green, Cool Aqua, Blender

Water Brush

Aqua Pigment Paper

Not Your Mamas cardstock

Sea cardstock

Black twine

Enamel dots


Circle dies

Embossed Marble Background


-Heavyweight cardstock (I used Brutus Monroe Not Your Mama’s cardstock 130lb.)

-Adhesive Spray (I used Pixie Spray from Thermoweb)

-Embossing Powders (I used Brutus Monroe embossing powers in the following colors: Gilded Sparkle, Sterling and Mic Drop)

-Heat Tool (I used Ranger Heat It Craft Tool)

-Spray Box (I use a cheap dollar store wash pan I lovingly refer to as my “ugly bucket”

Other supplies as needed. (used here: Brutus Monroe Raven cardstock and Elegant Essentials cardstock in Gilded, Brutus Monroe dies – Christopher’s Sentiments, and FSJ Fashion Gold and Fashion Silver Embellishments.

Step 1

For a matted A2 card, cut this panel to 3 ¾” x 5”

Step 2

Line your spray tub with a paper towel.

Step 3

Spray adhesive from bottom edge of panel. You want to go heavier to lighter towards the center about a third of the way up the card.

Step 4

Apply your first layer of embossing powder. You will want to apply it heavier along the bottom getting lighter towards the center like you sprayed your adhesive. Tilt your panel back and forth sifting the excess powder off the edges as you work your card. Go up about a third of the way like your spray allowing for little jags and uneven lines to give it a more blended marble look.

DO NOT HEAT YET. You will not heat the powder until all three layers are applied to your panel.

Tip: Be careful how you hold the panel as you do not want to remove your embossing powder once applied.

Step 5

Spray adhesive across your card where your last layer ended to about ⅔ of the way up your card.

Step 6

Pour embossing powder in a line across your card just above where your last layer ended. Sift it down a little lightly to overlap the edge of your last layer and then sift it up ⅔ of the way up your card leaving the last third for your last color.

Step 7

pray from the clean end of your card inwards. Heavier on the end lighter towards the edge of the last layer of embossing powder.

Step 8

Working from the edge inward, apply your last embossing powder. Allow the edges to be uneven again to create your marble effect.

Step 9

Because of the 130lb weight of this cardstock, I was able to lay my panel down to emboss it. (also had a heat resistant mat underneath) You can also lay it in your spray box to keep it contained while heating. This method avoids rubbing embossing powder off inadvertently and saves your fingers from the heat.

Step 10

Assemble and embellish cards as desired. (For the sample I matted my panel onto gold cardstock and adhered those to a black card base. I used the same 2 cardstock colors with the sentiment die and adhered the die cut with foam tape. I finished with gold and silver embellishments. If you want to see my do this in real life check out my video tutorial on YouTube