Techniques using Brusho and Pattern Party Masks

Brusho watercolor crystals are fun to play with — simply sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  Check out this Stampin’ Up! video for several tips and tricks for using Brusho.  Trust me, you’re going to want to add Brusho to your watercoloring supplies.

When combined with Pattern Party Decorative Masks — you will embark on a new way to step up your watercolor technique — plus this technique will give you two background pieces for card making.

First, use washi tape to secure a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to your work surface.  Add a light spritzing of water using your Stampin’ Spritzers to the entire piece and then cover with your decorative mask.  Next very little sprinkle with two different colors of Brusho — remember a little goes a long way!  Here I sprinkled yellow Brusho in the top left, and Prussian Blue in the bottom right.  Add another light spritz with water and allow the color to burst and mix.  If necessary, use your Aqua Painter to add drop of water and spread the Brusho watercolor inside the negative openings of the mask.

Prepare a second piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock and add a light water wash with your aqua painter.  Next, carefully lift up the mask from the first piece.  Since the mask is still wet with Brusho — place the mask upside down on a second piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to transfer the watercolor ink.  Spritz the second piece again and press down on the mask to help transfer the ink.  Allow both pieces to air dry.   You can speed up the process by using your heat gun, remembering to applying heat both sides of the piece to minimize the paper curling.

Now decorate your background pieces to create a card.  Here, I combined my background pieces with diecuts from Butterflies Thinlits (an old favorite product found on page 215 in Annual Catalog) and from Celebrate You Thinlits dies from Sale-a-Bration brochure.

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From now until March 31st,  you can receive free exclusive products for every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Plus, you can earn bigger rewards, like Celebrate You Thinlits dies, when you spend $100.  Check out the amazing Sale-a-Bration products here.

Until next time, sending  you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Waterfront – Watercolor like a Pro

Create tranquil scene, whether it’s lakes lined with trees, tropical islands, or snow-covered forests with the new Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.  This set lets you get realistic water colored images with the ease of stamping!  

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Here’s the trick:  ink up the stamp, brush with your aqua painter pen and stamp on watercolor paper – Yes, it is that simple.

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For the card above, I stamped this tranquil water color scene on Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper using Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo.  First, I sprayed the water color paper using my Stampin’ Spritzer to make the paper slightly damp and to accentuate the watercolor effect  Then, I inked each stamp and brushed it with my aqua painter pen before stamping.  Next, is used my aqua painter to pick up ink from inside the lid of my ink pad to add subtle details.  The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point ink using Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set.

To add a little of the sunset reflection in the water, I used my aqua painter to pick up some Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach and to add a touch of color to the blue water.

While the paper was still damp, I used the fine tip of Stampin’ Write Markers to add definition to the horizon, water and clouds.

Once dry, I die cut the water color piece using Lots of Love Framelits Dies, which created interest and drew my eye to the water’s edge.  After trying several colors, I choose to mount the die cut image to Pacifc Point cardstock.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Thank You, My Friends!

I want to thank you for all of your support during the past year — attending stamp camps and workshops, following my blog, sending lovely comments, and sharing your creations with me.  The past year has been an amazing journey!  When I took a leap of faith of becoming your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I had no idea how much fun I would have nor did I realize just how important your friendship is to me.  I love having the opportunity to connecting with each of you on so many levels — by getting to know you better, sharing the extraordinary and ordinary moments of your life and enjoying our time crafting together.  Each of you is so very special to me! 

The month of January marks the anniversary of my first stamp camp and it is my birthday!  To help everyone to celebrate with me, you may choose any package of cardstock or designer paper for FREE with your order of $75 or more — plus you still earn the free Sale-a-Bration items.  Everyone loves getting FREE STUFF!  Just contact me with your order before the end of the month!

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To make this card, I stamped Postscript Background stamp in Sahara Sand ink and sponged the edges in Calypso Coral ink.  I stamped flower image from Beautiful Day stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and colored it using my Stampin’ Blends.  For the flower, I worked a few petals at a time.  I started with the dark Calypso Coral and blended out with light Calypso Coral, dark Pink Pirouette and light Pink Pirouette.  The leaf was colored with dark Old Olive and blended out with light Old Olive and light Daffodil Delight.  I used the sentiment from Hello Friend stamp set, a few punches and some Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon.  Because I fell in love with this card, I made extras to send as Thank You cards to those who place an order with me in January.   

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So will you receive this card?  Will you earn free products with the amazing Sale-a-Bration promotion?  Would you like a free paper pack?  Please contact me with your order, or shop on my on-line store using the links provided.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Beautiful Day stamped in Silver

I just love the large flower image from the new Beautiful Day stamp set.  Here, I stamped the flower in VersaMark ink on Basic Black cardstock and a scrap of Shimmer White cardstock.  I then heat embossed these pieces with Silver Stampin’ Embossing Powder to create a glossy raised image

beautiful day with silver embossing

I fussy cut the Shimmer White flower, created a banner in Powder Pink cardstock using a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and matted the card front on Silver Foil Sheets.  The Teeny Tine Wishes stamp set is one of those stamp sets that you’re going to use a lot.  It contains with 24  greetings — one for almost every occasion. 

 Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Amazing You and Celebrate You Thinlits

We all have some amazing people in our lives and the Amazing You stamp set is perfect for letting them know just what they mean to us.  This Sale-a-Bration stamp set has several sentiments to mix and match in order to create a special message.  And pairing this stamp set with Celebrate You Thinlits Dies, you will create some extra special cards. 

During the Sale-a-Bration promotion, which runs January 3rd through March 31st, you can earn both of these exclusive products for FREE with a qualifying purchase. 

Here,  I used the brush tip of my Stampin’ Blends markers to create a rainbow on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.   

First, I drew two straight lines of Night of Navy then drew two straight lines of Bermuda Bay while overlapping some of the Night of Navy.  I continued drawing two lines and overlapping using the remaining colors in rainbow order — Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler.   The Color Lifter was applied to help blend the colors.   Next, I die cut the word “celebrate” taking care to save all the  “insides” of the script letters “e”, “l”, “b”, “r” and “a”.  

I was able to use both the positive and negative of the “celebrate” die cut to make two very different cards.  The Fine-tip Glue Pen made it easy to attach the word “celebrate”.  Although I had to cut a second “celebrate” to help piece together and align the insides of the script letters “e”, “l”, “b”, “r” and “a”. 

A piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets was applied to the backside of Basic Black cardstock before die cutting the word “amazing”.  This double-sided adhesive made it very easy to attach this delicate die cut.  And, the Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to place the word “Let’s” and “YOU”.   The Rhinestone Basic Jewels were colored with Stampin’ Blend markers. 

You can purchase the Stampin Blends marker collection, the Stamp-a-ma-jig, the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets and earn both the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlits dies.  Just click on the links provided or visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!






Beautiful Day and Brusho Crystal Colours

The Beautiful Day stamp set is one of new offerings in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  It contains two large stained glass images of a lovely flower and artistic butterfly plus two wonderful sentiments.  These large images are perfect experimenting with various coloring techniques!  

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And, Stampin’ Up! is happy to introduce Brusho Crystal Colour to its watercoloring arsenal!  Brusho Crystal Colours offer brilliant and transparent color for water coloring in a myriad of different ways such as wet-on-wet, sprinking, spritzing, spraying and other techniques.  Place a few granules on a painter’s palette, add a drop of water from your aqua painter and paint with them.  Mix a few crystals with a lot of water to make soft watercolor washes.  Mix more crystals with a little water for a more intense color.  Sprinkle crystals directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  The possibilities are endless, you just need a little imagination and some playtime to experiment. 

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Check out this video to see just how easy it is to work with Brusho Crystal Colours.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!






How to: Adult Party Panda Card

The Party Panda stamp set is a FREE Sale-a-Bration set with a $50 purchase.  This is a super fun stamp set to play with and the trio of pandas can be used individually or grouped together in so many delightful ways!  Yesterday, I shared this Party Panda card that I created using the jolly Half Full stamp set from the Holiday catalog and as promised, here are the details on how to make this card.

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To create this card, you really need the Stamp-a-ma-jig which is an inexpensive, must have stamp alignment tool for perfect placement EVERY TIME!  It is only $12 and you’ll wonder how you stamped without it!

  • Put one panda stamp on its own individual clear block  
  • Place the Stamp-a-ma-jig imagining sheet securely in the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle, and stamp one panda in Memento Black Ink.
  • Rotate the imaging sheet, and stamp another panda.  Repeat with the third panda.
  • To create your card front, use the imaging sheet to stamp the panda with a balloon in the center of your card so that it will be easier to align the other two pandas
  • Position the imaging sheet on your card front to determine the placement of the panda on the left, and carefully slide the handle along side the imaging sheet.
  • Holding the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle securely in place, remove the imaging sheet, align the inked stamp and stamp your image in place!  Repeat the process with the panda on the right.
  • Wipe your imaging sheet clean with a wet paper towel or baby wipe
  • Using your Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, color a single wine glass
  • Place the Stampa-a-ma-jig imagining sheet securely in the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle, huff on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamp the wine glass on the imaging sheet
  • Position the imaging sheet over your card front to determine the placement of the wine glass.
  • Holding the Stamp-a-ma-jig handle securely in place, remove the imaging sheet, align the inked stamp and stamp your image in place!  Repeat the process with each wine glass.  For interest, I used the tallest and the smallest wine glass images.

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  • Repeat the process adding the hearts from Heart Happiness stamp set in Melon Mambo ink and the splatters from Timeless Textures stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink.
  • Color the images using Color Lifter and the lighter shades of Stampin’ Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Bermuda Bay.

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  • For the sentiment from Half Full stamp set, I actually used a three-color, three-step technique with my Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure perfect alignment — first coloring the word “wine” with my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write marker and stamping it.  Then, coloring the word “friends” my Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write marker and stamping it.  And, coloring the rest of the sentiment using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker and stamping it.  Note:  Please wipe clean the stamp and the Stamp-a-ma-jig during each step.
  • Mat the card front with Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry cardstock.

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Hope you enjoyed partying with these pandas!  As you can see, the Stamp-a-ma-jig made this card come to life!  I will have more card inspiration ideas with these party pandas in the days ahead.  Remember this delightful Party Panda stamp set is a FREE Sale-a-Bration item with a $50 purchase through March 31st.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




Tips: How to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig

The Stamp-a-ma-jig is one of those must have tools for every stamper who wants professional looking results.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig helps me position a stamped image or sentiment exactly where I want it every time!  There is no guessing, no trial and error, and no mistakes! stamp a ma jig

This 2-piece tool includes the positioning handle and reusable imaging sheet.  The positioning handle features a non-slip base and is made to accommodate both right- and left-handed stampers.  The imaging sheet is 5″x5″ piece of clear plastic, which provides a large work surface when you’re busy crafting and it wipes clean usually with just a damp cloth or baby wipe.      

This tool is so useful, that I keep my Stamp-a-ma-jig front and center on my workstation.  It works great to align borders, to repeat patterns, to center images and to ensure sentiments are straight.  Below, I used the large sentiment from Lots of Love stamp set to create an interesting background for my card design.

And, I often use Stamp-a-ma-jig as part of my design decision process.  I can stamp the image or sentiment on the plastic image sheet and “try” different locations in order to perfect my card design.  And, sometimes, you just need to place a stamped image or a sentiment in a VERY specific spot with little margin for error.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig will help you perfectly positioned the stamped image or sentiment, thus avoiding the risk of starting all over again.  Below, the placement of each berry or leaf from the Lots of Love stamp set was determined using this tool.  

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Cleaning tip:  promptly wipe with a damp cloth or baby wipe promptly.  Sometimes, our Black Archival ink can leave a ghost image or oily residue on the plastic.  If this happens, simply clean using Staz-On cleaner solution, then wash with mild dish liquid and wipe dry with some paper towel. 

For a small $12 investment, you will wonder how you ever stamped without this tool!  I love my Stamp-a-ma-jig and I know that you’ll love it, too!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Tip: Die Cutting Foil Sheets

Stampin’ Up! offers several different kinds of specialty papers, including Foil Sheets.  Foil Sheets come in four different colors – champagne, copper, gold and silver.  These foil sheets are great for creating metallic accents for embellishing your projects.

If you are like me, your Big Shot Machine is used often for die cutting and embossing and thus leaving cuts and scratches on your cutting plates.  This is normal wear and it demonstrates that your Big Shot Machine and cutting plates are well-loved! 

Unfortunately, those cuts and scratches may emboss your foil sheets when die cutting.  

To prevent embossing those marks on your foil sheets, simply add a sheet of printer paper to your Big Shot sandwich — start with your bottom cutting plate, add foil paper, die, add a sheet of printer paper and then add your top cutting plate — before running it through the Big Shot machine.  Yes, it is just that simple!  The foil will die cut perfectly without leaving any embossed marks.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Why I love Washi Tape

Why I love washi tape — the designs, the colors, the versatility and the simplicity!  Just tear, tape and transform.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!  Try using a single strip of washi for accent color or to decorate inside of your card.  Or, step up your card designs by combining strips for custom backgrounds, die cut decorations, and more.  It’s an effortless way to add color to your projects.

For a super quick card, try the following … stamp the images and sentiments, and use washi tape to add some stripes of color.

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Or try attaching several rows of washi tape across a card front or treat bag.  Add a stamped sentiment and a large die cut popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Washi tape makes is easy to make a wonderful card, treat bag or tag. 

And, there are lots of other uses for washi tape — like wrapping it around toothpick or baker’s twine for a flag or banner, or labeling electrical cords or decorating binder clips, magnets, notebook covers and your old paper pumpkin boxes.  What other uses can you dream up?

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!