Brushos!

Colors really can make the card and we now have a new to us medium that is so much fun to play with – Brusho Crystal Colour!  Similar to watercolor but way more versatile.  There are multiple techniques you can use to apply Brusho and some great YouTube videos out there that explain how.

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I started with Shimmery White cardstock.  It stands up to water much better than regular Whisper White.  I then used our Stampin’ Spritzer and liberally applied water to the surface.  I then tapped on a little of each of the Brusho colors (Brilliant Red, Gamboge, Yellow, Moss Green and Prussian Blue).  It was like mini fireworks when the crystals hit the water!  Areas where I wanted the colors to “run” a bit, I simply spritzed on more water holding the spritzer about 4-6″ away from the paper for a finer mist and better control.  I then heat set it but if you have the patience you could just let it air dry.

Now, let’s talk about how I got two cards made from this one background.

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I die cut the butterfly out using one of the Lots of Labels dies.  I then cut the same size die from our Basic Black cardstock, cut it in half vertically and then glued each piece to the end of the butterfly focal.  This was then mounted onto one of the premade cards in the Tutti Frutti Cards and Envelopes pack (which happens to be a free item in the Sale-A-Bration catalog) using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I then glued a 1/2″ strip of Basic Black cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the bottom leaving a small border.  I stamped the sentiment from Dragonfly Dream with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I cut this down to fit and adhered it with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Easy, breezy!

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I then took the leftover Brusho background and used it for the card below.  I stamped the floral image from the Petal Palette stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then using my Blender Pens and several inks (Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral and So Saffron) colored in the leaves and petals.  I then used a blender pen and Soft Sky ink to do a light wash around the image to ground it.  Once my focal image was complete, I used one of the Lots of Labels dies to cut it out.  I also cut out the same die in Basic Black cardstock, cut it in half and glued each piece to the top and bottom of the focal piece.  The Brusho background was adhered to another of the Tutti Frutti Cards and Envelopes card base using multipurpose glue.  The focal piece was then glued in the center of that leaving a nice border of the card base showing through.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut it down and flagged the end, and adhered it to the lower left using multipurpose glue.  Another pretty card!

If you have been thinking about getting the Brusho Crystal Colour set, I hope this gives you some inspiration.  You can find all of the products used in my store – just click the Shop Now button in the upper right corner or click here.  Drop me a comment if you have any questions.

Ta for now!

Falling in Love

I love Valentine’s Day because of all the wonderful ways of expressing how we feel towards friends, family and loved ones.  It’s also a time when I made lots of cards, treat holders and other love-themed projects.

Today’s card is pretty clean and simple.  The large amount of white space really helps show off the pretty paper used for the heart die cuts.  Let’s talk about how it is made.

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The card base is A2 size, 4.25″ x 11″ scored and folded at 5-1/2″  I cut it from a sheet of Powder Pink card stock (144244) as I wanted something subtle so as not to take away from the focal image.  The focal panel is a piece of 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White card stock (100730).  I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (143666) using Versamark ink (102283), covered it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder (109129) and set it with the Heat Tool (129053).

The hearts were made using Painted with Love DSP (145580) and Color Theory Memories and More (144210) paper cut out using the Lots to Love Framelits Dies(145653).  Before adhering them to the card front panel, I laid them out to see where to stamp the flourish from the Beautiful Peacock stamp set (147239).  Once I had the placement correct, I inked up the flourish stamp in Calypso Coral ink (126983).  For a bit of variety I then reinked just the top half of the flourish stamp with Melon Mambo (126948) and stamped over the top of the original one.  Love the depth it gives this “tail.”  I then stamped the little flowers from the Beautiful Peacock stamp set (147239) using Versamark ink (102283), Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder 109129) and heat set it with the Heat Tool (129053).  The centers of the flowers are Pearl Basic Jewels (144219) colored with Stampin Blends in Calypso Coral Dark (144044) and Rich Razzleberry Dark (144583).

Now I was ready to adhere the hearts.  The purple one is glued down with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) and the pink/gold one is propped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).

For the inside of the card, I stamped the coordinating sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set (143666) using Melon Mambo ink (126948) onto a 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel of Whisper White card stock (100730).  I then adhered it to the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).

And there you have it!  This card also works for weddings and anniversaries.  I hope you will give it a try.  As always, if you have any questions at all bout how it is made just drop me a comment below.  If you need to order any supplies, you can click on the Shop Now button in the upper right corner or click here; that will take you right into my store.  Ta for now!

Love – for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

Hot ‘lanta has frozen over!  While we have been spared the snow that the rest of the East Coast seems to be getting, I haven’t seen temps this cold since I left Colorado – even Ms. Wynnie is spending nights indoors.  The upside is that I get to spend time in my warm, cozy craft room just in time for this month’s Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop!  Yay!

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There were two suites in the new catalogs that I immediately fell in love with – Sure Do Love You and Petal Palette.  Can you say gorgeous?  And with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I decided to find a way to use both suites together.  I had viewed a great YouTube video on how to make a concertina wallet filled with love bombs and decided to give it a go.  This little wallet really packs a lot of love as you can see from the pic below.

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Sweet, right?  The wallet is so easy to put together and the 4 little “bombs” took no time at all.  It is also very frugal on DSP which made it easier to cut into that wowza paper rather than hoarding it (c’mon, you know y’all do that too).  So how is it made?  Rather than totally reinvent the wheel, I am going to point you to the very same YouTube video I watched:  Love Bomb Concertina Wallet.  Sam (Pootles Papercraft) is one of my favorite YouTubers and I know you will enjoy her video.

To stay with my Valentine’s theme, I used two 6 x 6″ pieces of Powder Pink card stock (144244).  I then scored, trimmed and folded just like in the video.  I used Tear and Tape adhesive (138995) to connect the sides.  This paper is thick so wanted to make sure of a good hold.  I then took two pieces of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP (145580) cut 2-3/4″ square and adhered one to the front and one to the back using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755).  I used a paper punch for a small hole on both the front and back, then threaded Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon (144134) through the front hole, wrapping around to the back and out through that hole.  This makes for a neat way to close your wallet when full.  I then stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette stamp set (145785) in Melon Mambo ink (126948) on Whisper White card stock (100730).  I also stamped one of the little florets from that stamp set in Calypso Coral ink (126983).  I then cut this out using one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372).  This was adhered to the front using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  Isn’t it adorable?

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Now that the wallet was done, I needed some love bombs for the inside.  This will hold four of them nicely.   Two were cut from Whisper White Cardstock (10073) and two from the Painted with Love Specialty DSP (145580).  I stamped the bouquet from Petal Palette stamp set (145785) in Calypso Coral ink (126983) on a 2-3/4″ square of Whisper White.  For the next one, I stamped the sentiment from Sure Do Love You stamp set (1415763) again in Calypso Coral ink.  This was cut out with the die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies (145653).  I attached this to a 2-3/4″ square piece of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  For the third one, I stamped the sentiment from Petal Palette stamp set (145785) using Melon Mambo ink onto a scrap piece of Whisper White.  I then used the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (119850) to punch this out and attached it to another piece of the Painted with Love Specialty DSP.   The last love bomb has a sentiment from Eastern Beauty stamp set (143675) stamped in Melon Mambo on a 2-3/4″ square of Whisper White.  I then used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch (143721) on the last little scrap of DSP and adhered it to the bottom using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  And that was that!  Below is a close-up pic of how they turned out.

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And there you have it!  Little love bombs in a pretty wallet to give to that someone special.  Let me know if you have any questions on how this went together and if you need supplies to make your own, I would sure love to have you order them from me.  Just click the Shop button in the upper right corner and it will take you right to my store.  As always, feel free to “bomb” me with any questions you might have.  This really is a simple project to do and so much fun!

Now on to the rest of the Hop!  You can click the Previous or Next buttons or click on the links in the list below to get to each artist.

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Celebrate Wedding – For the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

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Time for this month’s blog hop – yay!!!  This month it’s all about celebrating and since I am knee deep in Christmas cards, I thought I would make a card to celebrate weddings.   We should all have some of these in our stash.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?  It took way less than time than I was expecting since the card focuses on the beautiful foiled holiday paper that came out this year.  But enough gushing, let’s get down to how it was made.

The card base is top-folding 4-14″ x 5-1/2″ using Basic Black cardstock.  Next is a mat of the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper cut 4″ x 5-1/4″ to leave a thin border of black to balance all the glitz.  Next I cut a length of Gold 5/8″ Satin Ribbon and wrapped it around the center of the mat, securing to the back using Fast Fuse.  On top of this came a layer of Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon wrapped around the mat and secured with Fast Fuse.  This was adhered to the card base using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Love how it helped break up the busy patterned paper.

Then I cut a piece of Champagne Foil measuring 2-3/4″ x 4″ using a stitched rectangle die and embossed it with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.  Love how embossing the foil gave it added dimension and interest.  This was popped up on the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set using Versamark, covered it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set it with the Heat Tool.  The oval was die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Big Shot.  It looked great, but needed a little extra to help it “marry” with the foil layer so I rolled the edges of the oval across my Versamark pad, dipped it into the Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and again heat set it.  I did this twice for a thicker layer and it was well worth the effort.  Gorgeous!  This was popped up on the foil panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The finishing touch was the addition of the gold hearts from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.

And there you have it!  It probably took me less than 30 minutes to make the card so is great if you need a last minute wedding card.

I hope you enjoyed this card and will give it a try.  If you need any help with it just pop a comment below.  You can order the materials by clicking on the Shop Now button in the upper right corner.

Now to continue the fabulous hop, click on the Next blog button below or the Previous blog button if you started with me.  You can also click on any of the links in the list to go to a specific person’s blog post.  Ta for now!

          

 

  1. Karen Finkle
  2. Jaimie Babarczy
  3. Julie Johnston
  4. Mary Deatherage
  5. Sue Prather
  6. Linda Richenberg
  7. Jari Francis 
  8. Jackie Trimble
  9. Amy Koenders

Creativity overload!

We have done so much traveling that I haven’t had much time to craft (no wonder I have been grumpy LOL).  So this past weekend I locked myself in my craft room and had lots of fun as well as learned something new!

My first project was a scrapbook layout.  This was a totally new method of crafting for me but I have wanted to do something with the pics of my DIY wedding for years.  Pink and white and floral all over, just like our decor on the big day!

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Then I moved on to a couple of 3D projects – the more I do these, the more I really enjoy them!  The penguin box was inspired by a crafter who made lovely treat boxes using the Windows Thinlits dies.  And since I was up to my elbows in Hershey’s and Reese’s this seemed like the way to go.  The second project – a lovely post-it note holder with slot for short pen – is one I make frequently.  They are perfect as little gifts and Christmas is a great time for them.

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And you know I couldn’t leave my craft room without making at least a few cards, especially since I just received the Remarkable You stamp set.  This first one uses the calla lilies against a die cut background (yup, not even winter and I am ready for spring).

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Of course, Ms. Bella had to make an appearance.  This is such a fun birthday card and gave me another opportunity to use my much loved Stampin’ Blends!

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This last card is just for me – again using an image from the Remarkable You stamp set.  I love magnolias, especially the pink ones you see in spring on the tulip magnolia trees.  I also used a different card size than usual – tall and skinny.  I love it!

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Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing how I spent my weekend.  Hope you found a little time amidst all the hustle and bustle of the season to sit down and decompress through crafting.  If you would like instructions on any of the above, leave a comment and I will be happy to do that one in an individual post.

Ta for now!

Make Their Holiday Shopping Easier!

Do the people in your life complain that you are a hard person to buy for?  I know, mine do but now that I am a crafting fanatic, shopping has become so much easier for them.   And, I’m about to make it easier for your shoppers too!

You know I love the new Blends!  The more I use them, the more I realize what a great coloring tool they are.  Everyone who likes to color needs a set and Christmas is the perfect time to ask for them.  And, here’s an easy way to drop a large hint about what you really want for Christmas.

Save the below pic and print off a dozen or twenty copies to give to anyone who might be scratching their head wondering what to get you.  I have been known to put suggestions for my Christmas gifts under hubby’s coffee, in his sock drawer, under the sun visor in the car and the always popular taped to his bathroom mirror.  Subtle, no?

 

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Just tell them all the info they need to get you this fabulous Christmas gift (website address and stock #) is on the pic.  When they get to my blog tell them to click on the Shop Online with Me button in the upper right and it will take them directly to my store.  There they can enter the stock # and complete their purchase.

And if you’ve been really good (and of course you have) remind them that along with the Blends you will need something to color – perhaps the Remarkable You stamp set (#139894) or Just Add Color Designer Series Paper (#144180)?

Easy peasy and no running around on their lunch hour fighting traffic and throngs of frenzied shoppers. Now you are armed with the info to help make your holiday shopper’s life stress free when they are searching for just that right gift for you.

I hope Santa fills your stocking with the Blends and other coloring goodies which you will enjoy throughout the year.  Ta for now!

Cyber Monday = FREE SHIPPING!

Woo hoo!  As if we didn’t have enough fun shopping all the Extravaganza specials these past few days, Stampin’ Up! is closing Extravaganza with…..FREE SHIPPING!   Yup, on Monday, November 27, 2017 it won’t cost you a dime for shipping!  Yippee!!!

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Now, this isn’t free shipping on just the holiday deals or a select group of products, it’s free on anything and everything you order all day long (12:00 am to 11:59 pm Mountain Time).  Yay!  So that means with the money you save on shipping you can add an extra goody or two to your cart – and who doesn’t like that?

So grab your coffee and catalogs and have fun.  If you have any questions, I’ll be here all day doing the same thing so drop me a line and I will get right back to you.  If you click the Shop Online with Me icon in the upper right corner it will take you right to my shop for convenience.

Ready….set…..GO!!!!!