Brusho Birthday

The Brusho Crystals create fun, unique backgrounds.  I used a combination of Prussian Blue, Gamboge, and Yellow crystals for the background of this birthday card.  The bright colors just seem to say “Celebrate!”

A couple of tips when using the Brusho Crystals:

  1. Use a light touch when shaking the crystals onto the paper.  The pigment in the crystals is intense.  You can always add more color.
  2. Another very important tip is to NOT remove the lid of the containers. You can use a push pin to pierce a small hole in the lid which will allow you to sprinkle lightly.  This will also prevent a disaster if the container is accidentally dropped.

To make this card:

  • Card base – Lemon Lime Twist cardstock cut 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″
  • Island Indigo cardstock cut 3.75″ x 5″
  • Watercolor Paper cut 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″
  • Spritz the Watercolor Paper & sprinkle with the Brusho Crystals. Sprintz again to blend the colors.
  • Using the Happy Celebrations stamp set, stamp the outline letters with Versamark ink onto a 1.75″ x 4″ strip of Island Indigo yardstick.  Heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.  Fussy cut the individual letters and adhere to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the rest of the sentiment with Island Indigo ink onto an 1/2″ wide strip of Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  • Layer this onto a 3/8″ strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

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Easter Cross of Hope

Easter often brings to mind springtime, bunnies, and Easter eggs.  The cross is a symbol of the true meaning of Easter – Christ’s crucifixation & resurrection for our salvation.  Here is an Easter card I made using the Hold on to Hope Bundle in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.

To make this card:

  • Cut a card base in Berry Burst – 5.5″ x 8.5″ and scored at 4.25″
  • Cut Pool Party – 5″ x 3.75″
  • Cut Whisper White – 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • Stamp floral stem in Pool Party
  • Use the Layering Oval Framelits to cut a scalloped oval from Silver Foil paper and a smaller oval from Whisper White
  • Use the Crosses of Hope Framelits to cut a solid cross from Berry Burst and the detailed cross from Silver Foil
  • Use Basic Gray Stampin’ Write marker to color the border of the banner.  The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set is stamped in Berry Burst.  Use the banner framelit to cut out the banner and adhere with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Add the small butterfly stamped in Berry Burst and a Glitter Enamel Dot in the middle of the cross.

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WWYS #157 – Floral Statements

This week, the What Will You Stamp? challenge features the Floral Statements stamp set.

I’m so excited to have been invited to be their guest designer this week!   This is such a beautiful set.  If you have it, please consider joining in this challenge.

Now, here is my creation:

WWYS #157 - Floral Statements

First, I embossed the Hello image in black onto Shimmery White cardstock.  Then I needed to choose my coloring medium and decided it was time to experiment with the Brusho Crystal Colours.  Now I’m hooked on these vibrant colors!  It was so fun to mix the colors until I had the shades I wanted to use for this card.  I mixed Brilliant Red & Gamboge for the flowers and Prussian Blue and Yellow for the leaves.  After coloring the flowers and leaves, I added a light wash of Soft Sky in the background.

The Wood Textures DSP provides a nice neutral background for this beautiful image.  I wanted to add just a touch of embellishment, so I tied Linen Thread below the image and added a few scallops cut from another piece of Wood Textures DSP.  The scallops were cut using the basket Thinlet from the Window Box Thinlets set.  Last, I added the small label also embossed in black.

Thanks for stopping by and please see what the talented WWYS design team has created over at the What Will You Stamp? challenge blog.


Stampin’ Up! Product List:

Stamp Sets: Floral Statements, You’re So Sweet

Paper:  Shimmery White, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake cardstock; Wood Textures Designer Series Paper

Ink: VersaMark, Brusho Crystal Colours, Soft Sky

Tools: Big Shot, Window Box Thinlits, Classic Label Punch, Heat Tool, Aqua Painters

Etc: Black Embossing Powder, Linen Thread





Party Pandas Valentine

The Party Pandas stamp set is absolutely adorable!  And this week’s challenge over at What Will You Stamp? features this stamp set.  The Party Pandas stamp set is one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration products available with a qualifying purchase.

These cute little pandas were so much fun to use for my granddaughters’ Valentine cards and today I’m sharing one of those cards.

Being a Valentine card, I used images from both the Heart Happiness and Sure Do Love You stamp sets to create a heart shaped balloon.  I couldn’t resist adding an enamel heart in the panda’s other paw.

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Product List:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas, Heart Happiness, and Sure Do Love You

Paper: Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper; Whisper White, and Rich Razzleberry CS

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Melon Mambo

Tools: Big Shot, Sweet & Sassy Framelits, Lots to Love Box Framelits

Etc: Whisper White Baker’s Twine and Brights Enamel Shapes


Hold On To Hope

The Stampin’ Up! catalogs are always full of beautiful samples and we are encouraged to CASE  them.  For this card, I started with the tag on p. 27 of the 2018 Occasions catalog which features the Hold on to Hope stamp set.   I’ve seen two definitions of CASE’ing.  One is Copy And Selectively Edit.  The other is Copy And Share Everything.  For this card, I would say I went more with the second definition, but put the “tag” on a card rather than a gift.

The Paper Players sketch challenge PP378 gave me the layout for the card.

Notice the dimension on the cross – isn’t that awesome?  Just use a shim under the cutting plate as you cut out the cross with the corresponding Cross of Hope framelit die.  The background paper is from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper, which is one of the Free Sale-A-Bration products with a $50 purchase.

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Stampin’ Up! Products:

Stamp Set: Hold On to Hope

Paper: Whisper White and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock; Bubbles & Fizz DSP; Silver Foil Sheet

Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral, Archival Basic Black

Tools: Big Shot, Cross of Hope framelit dies, Stitched Shapes framelits

Belated Birthday with Bird Banter

One of life’s aggravations is to miss sending a birthday card to a friend.  Well, here is a cute little belated birthday card for that occasion.

In my case, the little birdie was Facebook :)  I still prefer to send a birthday card to close friends, so I hope the birthday girl will forgive me for these late wishes.

For this card, I started with a Bermuda Bay card base and added a strip of Pick A Pattern DSP.  The stamped images are all from the new Bird Banter stamp set in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  To get the hat setting on the parrot’s head and the branch behind the parrot’s tail, I used the masking technique.  To create my masks, I first stamped the party hat and the parrot onto a couple of sticky notes and fussy cut them out.  I stamped the party hat first on the Whisper White panel.  Next, I adhered the party hat mask over the stamped image and then stamped the parrot.  Then the parrot was covered with it’s masked image and the branch was stamped.  After removing both masks, I used my Watercolor Pencils to color the images and blended the colors using an Aqua Painter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set: Bird Banter

Paper: Pick A Pattern DSP; Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, and Bermuda Bay cardstock

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

Other: Watercolor Pencils (Real Red, Daffodil Yellow, and Bermuda Bay), Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Celebrating You – Sunday Stamps 170

Happy Sunday!

Today, I’m sharing a card inspired by the sketch from the Sunday Stamps challenge blog.

This is a quick and easy card with the focus on Stampin’ Up!’s Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Since the patterns within each package of DSP all coordinate, it was just a matter of choosing the two I wanted to use for this card!   Using the Layering Square Framelits made it easy to cut the squares from the pretty flower print. The sentiment is from the new Perennial Birthday stamp set which is available in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  After stamping it in Basic Black ink and adding a few little flowers in Flirty Flamingo, I used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut it out.  That is layered onto a Flirty Flamingo circle cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The final layer is a black scalloped circle cut out again using the Layering Circles Framelits.  This layered circle is attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets: Perennial Birthday, Bird Banter

Paper:  Pick a Pattern DSP; Whisper White, Basic Black, and Flirty Flamingo cardstock

Ink: Archival Basic Black and Flirty Flamingo

Tools:  Big Shot, Layering Squares Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, and Stitched Shapes Framelits

Other: Black Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals