Metallic Cardstock + Embossing Folders = AMAZING!

Easter is just around the corner, bringing spring weather and bright colors. The Curious Metallic Cardstocks are a great way to add that extra shimmer and elegance for all of your Easter and Spring projects!

I started with the background first, and used a 3D brick embossing folder to add texture to a piece of the Curious Metallic Virtual Pearl cardstock. Prior to using the embossing folder, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut the cardstock to the size panel I wanted. I would recommend cutting the cardstock before you use the embossing folder. If you die cut after you use the embossing folder, it can flatten the embossed imaged a bit, especially with the 3D folders. I also misted the cardstock lightly with water before putting it through my die cut machine with the embossing folder. This helps make the cardstock a little more pliable so there is less cracking when using the 3D embossing folders.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the effect that this embossing folder has on the metallic cardstock! Look at that yummy, shimmery, amazing texture!

I wanted to mat this onto a piece of the Curious Metallic Violette cardstock. This is a GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING purple metallic – I LOVE PURPLE. So, obviously, we don’t want to waste any of that purply goodness.

Here is a trick I use sometimes when making mat layers, especially with specialty cardstock. I use a smaller rectangle die inside the die that I am using for my panel – so it looks like we’re cutting out a frame, but once we mat our pearl piece onto that, noone will ever know that the middle has been cut out!

But you are still left with a piece of that purple metallic cardstock to use on another project, or another piece of this project!

BONUS piece of purple cardstock left from our mat layer!

I used a die set from Waffle Flower to cut out the basket, bunny, bow and several eggs from the Curious Metallic Cardstocks – Virtual Pearl, Pink Quartz Blush, Cryogen White, Violette and Nude.

I wanted to have eggs of all different pastel colors for my Easter basket so I did some ink blending on the eggs and then added some ink splatters in darker shades of the same color.

Please excuse my dirty Stick & Stamp mat – it is well loved!!

I love how these eggs turned out – you can still the shimmer!!

To add a little bit of texture to the basket, I just used some light brown ink to blend some ink around the edges and the handle.

I wanted to nestle my bunny and eggs in some grass to make it look like a real Easter basket – I had some of that shredded paper in green that is used for gift baskets and that was the perfect addition! I started by just adding some liquid glue to the back of my basket and gluing down the grass. I did add some more at the end after I glued the bunny and eggs down – at that point, I just put some pieces here and there to make the basket look full.

Once I had all my pieces die cut and ink blended, it was time to assemble! I used some foam adhesive to attach the matted brick panel to a light purple card base (A2 size).

I used a combination of liquid glue and foam adhesive to add the basket and all the elements to the card. Reverse tweezers are a great tool for this to help hold things in place for a few seconds while the glue dries. For the sentiment, I embossed Happy Easter onto the Pink Quartz Blush cardstock, cut it out with a die and used foam adhesive to pop it up on the card.

And voila – the card is complete! Anyone would be thrilled to receive this cheery, shimmery, Easter card. I think I will probably send this one to my niece, she loves purple! (Wonder where she gets that! lol)

I’d love to see all of your shimmery, metallic (and especially PURPLE) creations! Tag me on instagram @purple_puppy_papercrafting.

Happy Crafting!

Rainbow Pet Sympathy

Curious Metallics with die-cut inlay

Our pets are such a beautiful part of our lives, what better way to honor them than with a handmade sympathy card. I’d love to share with you today how I made this Pet Sympathy card for friends who recently lost their furbaby.

The Curious Metallic cardstocks from are a perfect base to use for this card, the metallic shimmer this cardstocks gives is so pretty and elegant. This cardstock takes ink beautifully and still retains the gorgeous, metallic, shimmer!

My finished card is 5″ x 7″, so I cut my card panel to be 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ from the Curious Metallic Virtual Pearl cardstock, with a black 1/16″ mat behind it. This Virtual Pearl color is gorgeous! I also used this color to cut out the rainbow using a die from Whimsy Stamps.

Next, I cut out some clouds using the same die set with the Curious Metallic Cryogen White cardstock – this cardstock has a gorgoeous, subtle sparkly shimmer to it. It is perfect for clouds!

For the rainbow, I wanted it shimmery but also bright and colorful, so I ink blended onto each piece of the rainbow using different inks. This cardstock takes ink beautifully and you can still see the gorgeous metallic shimmer through the colors.

Once all my rainbows pieces were colored, I adhered the Virtual Pearl card panel to the black mat, and then used foam adhesive to attach that onto the front of the 5×7 white card base. To make it easier to adhere the rainbow pieces to the base, I put some liquid glue down first, and then inlaid the die cut rainbow pieces. I love using this die cut inlay technique, the pieces fit perfectly into place and it looks so finished and perfect.

The next step was to die cut a dog silhouette to put on the rainbow. I used the Curious Metallic Night to die cut this dog silhouette from the Newton’s Nook Furr-ever Friends Die Set.

Before adhering my clouds and dog silhouette, I stamped “with Sympathy” from the Whimsy Stamps A Girl’s Best Friend stamp set using embossing ink and embossed with black embossing powder. Once my sentiment was embossed, I could proceed with adhering my clouds and dog silhoutte – I used foam adhesive to adhere these to my card, and then the card is done!

Check out that gorgeous shimmer and shine!

Thank you so much for joining me today! I would love to see your creations using the loveley Curious Metallic cardstock! Tag me on Instagram @purple_puppy_papercrafting.

Happy Crafting!

Brutus Monroe & Stamptember!!

It is finally time for the Brutus Monroe and Simon Says Stamp Stamptember collaboration! Be sure to shop early as this one is sure to sell out and it is only available while supplies last!

The Brutus Monroe Stamptember Collab is here!!

Make sure to head over to Simon Says Stamp and pick up this set before it sells out – only available while supplies last!!

Stamp Set

Stamps with dies

To start off with this tag, I covered one of the Tim Holtz Etcetera tags (I used a #8) with white gesso. I made sure to coat the front, back and all sides and let it dry. 

I used an embossing folder of snowflakes to create some dimension on a white piece of paper and then used some shimmery blue aqua pigment to add color and let that dry. When that was dry, I used my finger to rub some light blue glitter glaze on the snowflake background. When you use your fingers to do this, you can make sure some of the glaze builds up around the embossed edges and makes it pop more. 

I then used some Fallen Snow glitterstock to die cut out a couple hills and used foam tape to adhere those to the tag over top of the snowflake background.

And now it is time to stamp and color our snowman! This stamp set is sooooo cute and so versatile! It is great for Halloween, Christmas, Winter, and any other occasion! The stick image is easy to line up with the apple images and no masking necessary!

I used copic markers to color in the snowman and the stick and then stamped the sentiment onto dark blue cardstock with the alabaster embossing powder. 

If you would like to check out my video on how I made this tag, head over to my YouTube channel!

Thanks for stopping by! And keep an eye over on my social media for more inspiration for this Stamptember Set! I bet it is going to sell out quickly!



If you would like to pick up any of the other products I used in this project, head over to Brutus Monroe here.

Out of this World! …with Brutus Monroe

Hello there! I am so happy to be sharing my first blog post as a member of the Brutus Monroe 2021 Inspiration Team! Today’s card was made using the Space Flight dies. I had so much fun with this card and used all kinds of goodies from Brutus Monroe – glitter glaze, chroma mists, embossing powder and more! 

The first thing I did was decide how I wanted to make the rocket ship – I used the sterling embossing powder to add some texture to the Sterling Silver Elegant Essentials Cardstock. It was super easy and I loved how it turned out! All I did was gently tap the ink pad directly to the silver Cardstock and then add sterling embossing powder and heat set. This added a cool and random texture to the Cardstock while really helped set off the rocket. I cut out the rest of the small pieces from patterned paper and foiled the flame pieces!

Next, onto the background! I used the Rainbow Spiral stencil to create the focal point of the background. This stencil was so cool to use! The first step was to use Distress Oxide inks to blend through the stencil to make the spiral – blue, blue, purple and repeat until the entire spiral is complete. It looked cool just like that, but I thought it would be neat to spritz some Chroma Mists over the coordinating colors. For this, I just put the stencil back over with the area I wanted to spray showing through the opening and give it a few sprays! I did this in a splat box and made sure to wipe the stencil down in between so I didn’t transfer colors where I didn’t want it. The Chroma Mists reacted beautifully with the Distress Oxides! 

The next step was to add some sparkle! I used the Galaxy Glitter Glaze over the alternating blue inked sections. This part did take a little while, because I had to let the Glitter Glaze dry before moving onto the next section. But it was totally worth it!

I used a big circle die to cut the spiral out so there was no white left around the edges. This was then mounted onto an A2 sized piece of Blue Ribbon Cardstock that I sprayed with the Lilac Purple and Cobalt Blue Chroma Mists. I trimmed off the edges of the spiral that were hanging off of the card base to finish it off. 

A sentiment from the Reach for the Stars stamp set was embossed using Alabaster embossing powder on the Blue Ribbon Cardstock and fussy cut out. I then used the Easy Tab Black Foam Dots to pop up the rocket ship and sentiment, and finished the card off with some coordinating sequins.

I am over the moon for all of the awesome outer space goodies that Brutus Monroe has in the store right now! Thanks for stopping in to check out my galaxy card, here are links to some of the products I used:

Space Flight Dies

Chroma Mists

Galaxy Glitter Glaze

Reach for the Stars – Sequins

You can get the stamp set and lots of other awesome goodies in the Reach for the Stars Inspiration Box

Elegant Essentials Cardstock – Sterling

Sterling Embossing Powder

Alabaster Embossing Powder

Embossing Ink

Blue Ribbon Cardstock

Brutus Monroe 2021 Inspiration Team!

This is a dream come true – I am so excited and honored to announce that I am on the new Brutus Monroe Inspiration Team! I am so looking forward to working with all these talented and amazing crafters!

If you haven’t checked out the Brutus Monroe site yet, please head over there and see all the goodies they have!

I haven’t been active on my blog for over a year, but stay tuned for more some posts and inspiration! My husband and I moved last year, and it took quite a while to get my Craft Room set up and just how I wanted it. It is finally done, and I am ready to share and get inky!

Check out the Brutus Monroe website here!

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Thank You cards – with FOIL!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I know it has been a while since I posted, so I am super excited so get another card up to share with you!

I used the Solid Toner sheets (from Creative Vision Stamps) and snowflake dies to cut out the snowflakes and then the DecoFoil Amethyst Watercolor foil to foil this beautiful purple snowflake. The Amethyst Watercolor DecoFoil is so gorgeous, and looks great with the Distress Oxide blended background (I used Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord for this background).

Please check out my video below for more details!

Visions of Color – Brutus Monroe blog

Hey all! Thank you for stopping by! I have a card featured over on the Brutus Monroe blog today! Don’t you just love these flowers and all those pops of color! Head over to the blog and check out the details – also a video up on YouTube.

Here is the link to the Brutus Monroe Blog Post – while you are over there, be sure to check out their great weekend Sales and Free Gifts!

Thank you so much for stopping by – have a great day! 🙂

My Husband Made a Card! Kindred Stamps & Brutus Monroe

Pretty darn good isn’t it?!

I brought it up to my husband a few weeks ago that I thought it would be fun if he made a card and we posted it on my blog and YouTube channel. He agreed! I don’t think either of us realized how much fun we were going to have! And I think he did a really great job.

We are both huge horror movie fans and when I bought the Kindred Stamps The Horror stamp set, he loved it! We also used a few stamps from the Brutus Monroe Halloween Card Kit.

The idea for the card was all his – I just helped out with some of the technical guidance. I was impressed! I think he’s been paying more attention when I talk about my card making than I thought! Lol 😀

Please check out the video below!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed! I bet we could convince him to make some more cards in the future if you all were interested in seeing what he could come up with next!

Fall Card with Gilding Flakes and Aqua Pigments

Welcome back! Two videos in one day! I had the time today so I wanted to share this fall card I made using some items from the Brutus Monroe September 2019 Inspiration Box, along with some Aqua Pigments and Nuvo Gilding Flakes.

I think gilding flakes are BEAUTIFUL, but they are so messy! If you check out my video below, you’ll even see how they can be used as part of your manicure lol 🙂 ….I found that out by accident.

One of the things that I will recommend is that when using gilding flakes, use small amounts at a time for a nice thin layer. I used a handful and it was way messier than it needed to be. But, it still worked out in the end.

Here’s the video for more information!

Thank you for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoyed! ❤