Spring into Christmas Linky Party 2022 with BYSHC

Hi Crafters! I am so excited to be apart of the Linky Party for Build Your Stash Holiday Cardmakers!

This year there is a great list of sponsors with lots of fun prizes. Just link up to the blog. You can find it here. https://byshcardmakers.blogspot.com/

To start us off here is my holiday card.

For my card, I used the Pink and Main stamp set Holiday Mugs. I colored the coffee cup with alcohol markers. I used a stencil in the background from one of the Crafty Courtyard card kits from Pink and Main. I did a little light ink blending over the stencil. I added a glitter frame with the Cloudy Frame Dies and used another color of glitter paper for the Merry Christmas die cut sentiment. This card was quick and easy!

Make sure you make a Christmas card and link up to the blog to be entered to win!

Brutus Monroe and Waffle Flower Collaboration Blog Hop

I am so excited to be apart of the collaboration for Brutus Monroe and Waffle Flower! For the hop I received several Waffle Flower stencils, the new Blending Brushes and the full size Stencil Mat! Let me show you!

The blending brushes are so pretty! I love the colors and it makes it easy to dedicate 1 brush per color family. The stencil mat is my new favorite tool! It helps hold the stencil in place while you are using it and it holds your ink pad in place too! It makes it so easy!

For the collaboration I made 4 cards using the blending brushes with Distress Oxide inks and stencils from Waffle Flower. From Brutus Monroe I used a medium with the stencil and a stamp set. So let me show you what I created!

To create this Halloween card, I ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin. Then I used the Waffle Flower Bog Dots Stencil with the Brutus Monroe Night Sky Velveteen Glaze. I stamped and colored images from the Brutus Monroe Seasonal Wreath Stamp Set.

My next card features the Waffle Flower Sunburst Stencil with the Brutus Monroe Metallic Chroma Glaze in Brass. I layered it on top of an ink blended background of Mustard Seed, Candied Apple and Aged Mahogany. I used the You are Awesome sentiment stamp set heat embossed in Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder. I added a few Brutus Monroe Acrylic Bubbles for some bling.

My next 2 cards are Christmas cards. I used the Waffle Flower Holiday Stripes Stencil with the Brutus Monroe Glitter Glaze in Scarlet. I applied it to an ink blended panel of Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry. I then added a plaid ribbon from my stash. I die cut a tree from glitter paper using the new Brutus Monroe Stand Alone Tree Die set. I added the sentiment from the Brutus Monroe Seasonal Sentiments in Alabaster White embossing powder. i added Brutus Monroe Acrylic Bubbles for bling.

My last card today features an ink blended background using Speckled Egg, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire. I used the Waffle Flower Snowfall Background Stencil with the Brutus Monroe Metallic Chroma Glaze in Opal. I stamped images from the Brutus Monroe Fall Prairie Stamp set in Brutus Monroe Sterling embossing powder. The sentiment is from the Brutus Monroe Seasonal Sentiments stamp set.

Thank you for visiting me today and I hope you check out all the new products from both Brutus Monroe and Waffle Flower.

Here’s the blog hop list. Check out the inspiration on each blog just click on each name!



Brutus Monroe

Michelle– you are here.



Make Your Own Patterned Paper and Turn it into 8 Cards

I recently took a sheet of 8.5×11 cardstock and stamped all over it to create my own patterned paper. Then I thought it would be fun to see how many cards I could make using my new patterned paper. Here’s the paper I made.

To make my patterned paper, I used Distress Oxide inks in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, and Gathered Twigs on a light butter yellow colored cardstock. I used the Delightful Daisies Stamp set from Sweet n Sassy Stamps.

I used the Everyday Greetings from Sweet N Sassy Stamps for the sentiments.

Here are the cards I made.

To make the cards I cut the sheet of patterned paper up. I will show you what cuts I made below. I die cut 8 ovals for sentiments and I heat embossed the sentiments in white. I also cut 8 card panels out of kraft paper measuring 4×5.25 inches. I embossed all the kraft card panels with an embossing folder of large dots. I sponged a little white pigment ink on top of the embossed panels to bring out the definition. Once I cut up the patterned paper I cut a border panel for each piece of white cardstock. Each piece was a quarter of an inch bigger than the patterned piece. To help embellish the cards I heat embossed in white 8 of the daisies with the stem out of orange cardstock and fussy cut them out. Lastly I added ribbon and sequins.

Here is how I cut my patterned paper.

These cards were lots of fun to make! And now I have a set of 8 cards to give as a gift to someone!

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November Sweet n Sassy Stamps Blog Hop

Hey There!

I’m super excited to be apart of the Sweet n Sassy November Release Blog Hop.

Welcome to the Sweet n Sassy Stamps November Release Hop! We’re celebrating 13 years of Sweet n Sassy Stamps this month! Hop along with us as we celebrate and share our projects with the fabulous November release with you! Don’t forget to leave a little comment love for the designers linked below for a chance to be entered into our giveaway drawing for a $25 gift voucher to the Sweet n Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, November 25th.

Before I give you the list of designers to hop to let me show you my latest card.

I used the new Make a Wish Stamp Set for those adorable cupcakes and the sentiment. I used the Texture Tiles 4 to create the plaid inside each cupcake’s frosting.

Here’s your chance to hop along with us and be entered to win! And don’t forget to leave a comment at each stop! Thank you for stopping by!

Sweet ‘n Sassy Blog

Julee Tilman

Ceal Pritchett

Diane Zechman
Esther Asbury

Jane Bosi
Karen Decknick

Lee Ann Barrett
Lyn Tomli
Michelle Hale (you are here)

Sheri Gilson

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Ice Cream Bouquet Digi Stamp from Graciellie Designs

I love how digi stamps are instant gratification! No waiting for shipping or even leaving your house. Graciellie Designs has some beautiful images and recently I sat down and played with Ice Cream Bouquet.

I made 3 cards using the same image. The card in the front is a traditional A2 size, 4.25×5.5 inches. The 2 in the back are business envelop size, known as slim line cards.

For this card, I sized the image to fit an A2 size card. That’s one of the great things about digi stamps, is they can be any size you need! I colored the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers. I fussy cut the image out and then used foam squares to pop it up on the card panel. The card panel is actually a gel press print that I had in my stash. I added a sentiment from the Ice Cream Bouquet digi stamp set and used foam squares to pop it up.

Here are the slim line cards. I enlarged the image to almost fill an 8.5×11 inch piece of cardstock. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers and then cut it in half. It was a little scary to cut the paper in half after I spent all that time coloring! But it worked out ok. I mounted each on a piece of printed cardstock and then a black piece of cardstock and then mounted them to a card base. I did fussy cut the image and mounted them on foam squares. These cards will fit in a standard business envelop. The sentiments are from the Ice Cream Bouquet stamp set also.

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Valentine’s Day Cards with Sweet n Sassy Stamps

HI Crafty Friends! I made 2 cards with a couple of what I call people builder stamp sets from Sweet n Sassy Stamps. I will show you the guy card 1st since I think making cards for guys is the hardest!

For this card I used some red paper from my stash then layered a piece of kraft cardstock that I had stamped sentiments from the Love Wordfetti Stamp Set. Instead of using each sentiment on its own, I leave them all together and stamp them all at once. I can then use it as a background like I did here or cut them into sentiment strips to use on lots of cards. The “guy” is from the Brotherly Love Stamp Set. It has lots of choices to you can “build your person”. I choose the glasses and longer goatee so it would resemble my husband. I added in the main sentiment and hearts from the Forever and Always Stamp Set. I used a few different reds and a deep brown inks to stamp the hearts in. I also inked the edges of all the kraft cardstock. I think it’s so fun that you can combine lot of different features to make your person!

Now for the girl card. Have you ever heard of “Galentine’s”? I hadn’t till last year. But I think it’s a great idea to make cards for all the great girl friends in your life. So here is my Galentine’s Day card.

I used the Girl Power Stamp Set to build my girl. She actually kinda looks like me instead of one of my friends. There is also a Girl Power 2 Stamp Set, so there are tons of options for hair, accessories and clothes! This card has lots of pink and is soft and feminine. I love it! I used the flowers from the Happy Day Stamp set and stamped them in a soft pink and sage green inks from my stash. I also splattered some pinks and black inks in the background. The Happy and Day sentiment words are from the Happy Day Stamp Set also. To make the Galentines, I used the Mini Grunge Type Alpha, so I could spell out Galentine’s. The heart is from the Forever and Always Stamp Set. The ribbon and sequins are from my stash. Below are the stamp images.

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The ArtsyStamper Blog Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends!

Twice a month The ArtsyStamper Shop from Etsy has a blog challenge. The winner receives a digi stamp from the Etsy store!

Here is my challenge inspiration.

I used paper and ribbon from my stash and the Rose Heart Layered Digital Stamp set from the Artsystamper Shop.

I just love that heart shaped rose, and because it’s a digital download, you can make it any size you want! I colored the rose with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. Then I used a Quickie Glue Pen to trace the outline of the petals. I added glitter from my stash. The sentiment is from the digi stamp as well. Quick and easy!

Here is another card I made with the same digi stamp from last year.

You can check out the ArtsyStamper Etsy shop Here

And check out the ArtsyStamper challenge blog Here make sure you enter to win. Each challenge has a theme and if you don’t have Artsystamper digis, that’s ok! You can still enter and win.

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Genuine Love Faithdex Card

Hello Crafty Friends

Recently I participated in a Faithdex card swap. These swaps are so fun because I sent in 10 cards and I will get back 10 cards from all across the United States. I’m excited to get the cards and see what everyone else has created! Here is the card I created for the swap.

I think the cards turned out super cute! To make the cards I use a Heidi Swapp memory dex die that I purchased from Amazon. I die cut out 2 cards, one from kraft cardstock for the back and one in printed paper. The paper I chose for the front has the subtle word script across it. I then inked the edges with a sponge and Hazelnut Ink from Fun Stampers Journey and glued the 2 sides together. I used stamps from Sweet n Sassy Stamps for the front. I stamped the front of the card with stamps from 4 different sets. The wood slice is from The Wood Backgrounds stamp set. The peonies are from the Peony Cluster stamp set. The peonies are embossed with Flashy Flamingo embossing powder from Glitters Galore (use to be called Sparkle n Sprinkle). This embossing powder has lots of sparkle because of all the glitter mixed with the powder. The sentiment is from the Genuine Love stamp stet and the heart from the Forever and Always stamp set. Lastly, I added some twine and a sequin to finish the card.

What makes this a Faithdex card instead of a Memory-dex card is the scripture on the back. Since everyone will be receiving their cards in February, I thought a love/ Valentines theme would be nice. So I picked a scripture that shows what true, genuine love is. That’s how God loves us. Human love can’t compare to how He loves us. I am constantly amazed at how He loves us. the God of the whole universe cares about all of us. That is a mind blowing thought!

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