Monday, December 3

"B" is for Blast Off!



Hello Monday, my friends! The week has flown by once again, and here we are in December! Our challenge for you this week is B is for? (anything beginning with the letter B), because we are highlighting some awesome products by Brutus Monroe this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. 

We have a great guest designer for you this month - Ann Barnes at aksbarchitect CREATES! You are in for a treat this month, so please join me in welcoming Ann for December with us!

B is for Blastoff!
B is for Books!
hmm, why not combine these together into a little book with a blast off theme?


I have been so inspired by these wrapped journals friends are making using the Eileen Hull die, that I had to try it myself! 
I wanted to try to get a variety of colors for my background, like the beautiful colors Nebulas in the galaxy, so I started with some oranges. I wiped the distressed oxides onto my craft sheet, spritzed it with water and "smooshed" the die cut into it. I used the leftover ink for the inside. 


Next, I "smooshed" the pigment inks onto the cover in a similar way.


I also used the splatter brush to add more of the aqua pigments. 


Next, I sponged blue and purple waves into my universe. I like to use the Tangled Waves stencil to created sky designs. 


Same step, inside 


I decided I wanted to tone it down, so wiped on Antarctic and Inky Pool with a brush and then wiped it back with a baby wipe. 


I like how some of the design comes through, as well as a variety of colors. 



Then, I used the Blast Off stencil and Amethyst paint on the covers. Once that dried, I added in some detail with the silver pen.  I also added in some abstract triangles with the amethyst and Blue Aqua Pigment.  I also used an older stamp from Brutus Monroe, that looked like a scribble, and went around the edges with just a bit of it. 

front


back


details




I attached the signatures with some elastic cord I had on hand.  I made two signatures with white card stock, and two with water color paper.


Back of the book


Blast Off for Books!!
I think this would make a fun little book to keep notes and sketches on books I've read, maybe ideas for inspiration.


Are you thinking of something with a B now? I hope so, and you will join us this week in our fun challenge. Show us your Brutus Monroe if you have any, we'd love to see what you do with it. Our generous friends at Simon Says Stamp offer a $50 voucher each week to one lucky participant drawn at random. 


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Curious about the B's the design team has chosen for this week? Head on over and check it out. Thanks for stopping by!




Sunday, December 2

Ice Skating and Hot Coffee


Welcome back to Card #2 for the Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

It's a rainy and foggy day here, but the snow is still covering the ground, so a good day to whip up a couple of cards!

I used the new die Ice Skating Girl from Simon Says Stamp, a cup I cut out of an old Starbucks card, Tim Holtz snowflake, and tag from Prima's Coffee Break paper pad.  I tied on a bit of sari ribbon for a scarf. If you are interested to learn how I created the mixed media background for the card, click HERE.


Thanks for stopping by! 
Maura

Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


It's that time of year again - the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! Amy Tsuruta and her team always put together an amazing hop, and I love to participate when I can. 

I made this fun, snarky card for the hot chocolate lovers out there. I mean, who does not like some hot cocoa on a wintry day! Yes, I am truly a coffee lover, but I do like my chocolate too.

These fun stamped images are from Sunny Carvalho at Rubbermoon. I colored them with Tombow markers. 


The coffee cup paper is from Prima Flowers, called Coffee Break. 

Enjoy your hot beverage as you hop! Thanks for stopping by!
Maura

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