Brusho Crystals — my new love!

Spring is right around the corner and the Texas weather is showing it!  I’ve failed miserably at updating my blog, and my website, and I feel like I apologize more than ever.  But one of these days, I hope to get back to consistent posting.  Things are calming down (dare I say that?) in our house, and I’m making creative time more of a priority.  It is my “therapy” and definitely cheaper than anything else!  I’m also working hard to get exercise back into my schedule.  The stress of the last 12 months has put on some pounds, and some habits that I’m not thrilled with, to say the least!  So, here’s to SPRING and a time of new beginnings.

Spring has brought MANY new Stampin’ Up! products, and the one that has received my attention the most is a set of BRUSHO CRYSTALS.  Oh, my!  They are so much fun, and the sky is the limit!  We currently sell a set of 5 colors, and all supply information is at the bottom of this post.   I have watched several YouTube videos and looked at Pinterest samples a lot!  A whole lot!  I have been so inspired by others, so please don’t think I did it all on my own.  But they are SO EASY……and there is no right or wrong way.  Brusho allows for the ultimate amount of fun and creativity.   I want to show you several samples, and I’ll show even more after my classes this weekend.  I have two sessions, and my ladies are super excited to learn about Brusho!

This first sample is “Basic Brusho 101”.  I used watercolor paper, sprinkled on the Brusho Crystals, and spritzed with water.  Voila! Fun background.  I embossed the butterfly from “Beautiful Day” but I can’t remember if I embossed it first or last.  Either way, it will turn out VERY similar.   I’m using the same stamp set on all of these cards to keep it quick and easy for my class.

Once you experiment with the crystals and the spritzing, you can take it from there for many other techniques. On this card, I used the Aqua Painter (water) mixed with a tiny bit of crystals, and colored in the butterfly.  You can use one of your Acrylic Blocks to sprinkle a few crystals on, gently grab some color onto your Aqua Painter, and start coloring.  This card was done on Shimmery White Cardstock, which doesn’t photograph well, but it adds to the beauty of the butterfly in real life.  You’ll want to stamp with Momento Ink and allow it to dry VERY WELL or heat set it when you’re in a hurry.  Black butterflies are not pretty 🙂

Next up……I tried an Embossing Folder on Watercolor Paper.  Once everything was dry, I sponged the raised part of the image with Whisper White Craft Ink for the added “pop” and dimension on this card.

I saw an awesome Australian Demonstrator post several videos using Brusho.  I highly recommend watching them, and her voice is adorable……the accent, love!  She used Bubble Wrap of all things……..and look at how cute this is!!!  Oh my goodness!  Talk about fun!  And you can make at least two backgrounds each time — one is just a little lighter than the other.  I sprinkled a bit of red Brusho at the bottom of the bubble wrap, and yellow Brusho at the top.  Slightly let the crystals overlap in the middle, but not too much.  They will naturally bleed together when you spritz it with water.  

And last one for today……same basic thing as the Bubble Wrap, but using a Stencil instead.   I’m listing the basic supplies used for my cards below.  If you have any questions about these, please email me.  I’m eager to help everyone love Brusho as much as I do!


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My first card of the new year!

Hello friends!  I’m alive and well………and survived the Derrick-Krone wedding!  It was gorgeous, but left us exhausted and broke, ha!  Don’t all weddings?  This is my second wedding in 18 months, so we have 2 down and 2 to go!  Life with girls is always fun and exciting (but exhausting) — did I mention that I am exhausted?  I titled this post “my first card of the new year” but I actually make about 30 “thank you cards” right before the wedding.  I used them to thank all of the people who made our day possible, and included their payment inside.  I will have to show a few snapshots of those in another post.  I used two of our Stampin’ Up! kits and boy was that a LIFE SAVER…….beautiful cards and I didn’t have to think about anything.  Because remember, my brain is exhausted!  Always keep some kits on hand……always!

So now that I am ready to start the new year, I am ready to start some new Stampin’ adventures and get some classes planned.  Stay tuned as I get my mojo going and come out of this fog.  Sale-A-Bration has begun and I’m running a few weeks behind, but this was my first card to make with new stamps and new products!  I used the Lots of Lavender stamp set and created a very simple card inspired by a sample I saw on Pinterest.

There are so many samples out there showing this bunch of lavender in the “traditional” way — right side up, I guess you’d say.  But I was inspired to created THIS card because of the “hanging lavender” and how simple and striking it looks.  This stamp set is great because you can use Stampin’ Blends or markers to color, but you don’t HAVE to color.  There are 2-step stamping images that fill in the flowers and leaves so that you get a gorgeous water-color look.  It is SO simple and easy.  You can create this card in 5 minutes or less!  Isn’t it wonderful to be successful in creating a gorgeous card that is quick and easy?

You can choose any sentiment you like, but I need lots more birthday cards, so I used the birthday greetings from another new set in the 2018 Occasions catalog – Picture Perfect Birthday.  I have my monthly Stamp Club this week, so I’m eager for them to use the new goodies!  And once the class is over, I have more birthday cards ready to go!  I’m working VERY hard to send lots of birthday cards in 2018.  I’ve been inspired by my friend Maria to MAIL MORE CARDS………what good are they doing in a box?  Mail them out, and bless people!  So that’s one of my goals this year — to be more INTENTIONAL about mailing out my cards.

The supplies are listed below, but here are the layers: 

Whisper White Thick Cardstock:  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

Wisteria Wonder layer:  4″ x 5 1/4″

Whisper White layer:  3 3/4″ x 5″


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Painted Harvest Thankful Card

This is the third and final project we completed at my club class in September.  I just realized that I hadn’t posted it.  The original idea came from Jenny Hall (found on Pinterest).  I have thoroughly enjoyed the items that I’ve stamped using the Painted Harvest bundle.  This stamp set has received lots of love and attention from demonstrators around the world.  Every time you stamp it, it looks a little different, thanks to the 2-step stamping and the multitude of color combinations that you can use to create a STUNNING flower!  Take a look on Pinterest, as there are so many kind souls that have posted all of their color combos for us!  

There has been a love/hate relationship with this flower image, and I’ve heard of some folks really struggling with it.  I didn’t have trouble, but I did learn a few things online from others that I read.  Here are a few tips:

  • To get a full, layered flower, you’ll want to stamp EACH part of the flower at least 2-3 times.
  • Use a LIGHTER color with the large flower, and a DARKER color with the small flower image.
  • Ink up your stamp one time, but stamp 3-4 times.  Lift up your stamp off the paper and ROTATE the flower ever-so-slightly each time.  So, move your wrist, rotate the flower, but keep the center of the flower in the same spot.  I stamped mine until there really wasn’t any more ink on the rubber.
  • Drier, less juicy ink pads will probably work better.  If your pads are super juicy, try stamping off the image on scrap paper first, then on your cardstock.
  • Don’t aim for perfection!  This is not a “perfect” stamp image.  There are variations and inconsistencies.  Have you EVER seen two flowers that look alike in a bouquet?  No!  Each one is unique.  Allow your flowers to be unique!
  • Relax and don’t overthink this.  Like I said, there is no perfection here.  There’s no right or wrong way to stamp this flower image.
  • This flower below was created with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Chip (all supplies shown below).
    Please use the October Hostess Code to order from me during the month of October.  Thanks!

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Masculine Friend Card

Good masculine cards are hard to come by!  And when I saw this one that Connie made, I knew I wanted to CASE it.  Special thanks to Connie for always posting the greatest projects!  At first glance, you may just think this card is created with one piece of Stampin’ Up!’s awesome wood-grain paper…….but look again.  It is actually made with 1″ strips that are cut, sponged for shading, and then attached to cardstock on the diagonal for a true “wood plank” look.  Isn’t this cool???  Yes, it takes up a little more paper, and yes, it takes a little more time to create, but the amazing end-product is totally worth it, don’t you think? 

I also wanted to provide my customers with an “easier” version of this same card.  I knew that a couple of ladies would prefer to make a quicker card, so I was realistic and prepared another sample, shown below.   To make this card even quicker, make sure you use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets that Stampin’ Up! offers.  I attached it to Old Olive and to the wood grain paper that I used for the word “friend”.  No more messing with glue all over the place!  This is a wonderful product that many don’t even realize we sell!  Details on all supplies used are shown below.   Click on any image below and you’ll get to my online store where you can order anything you want, even Clearance Items!

October’s special is all about Designer Series Papers.  MY PERSONAL FAVORITE……..I use LOTS of DSP.  Buy three, and get one free!  Why not do a little shopping this month? Please use the October Hostess Code below.

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October Promotion: Designer Series Paper Sale!

I’m a bit late on sharing my favorite sale of the year. Well, second in line after Sale-A-Bration!  I love it when Stampin’ Up! offers me FREE paper!   I use our DSP on almost every card I create!  I am always in a hurry and it really makes my projects POP!  Make sure you take a look at the paper packs being offered on this promotion (some are excluded) and get your order in before the end of the month. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO ORDER.  There is no limit to how many free package you can earn during the sale, so now is a great time to save on some of our most popular designs. Stock up and save — and use the October Hostess Code shown below, please.


  • Sale period: October 1–31, 2017
  • Offer valid to both demonstrators and customers.
  • There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this sale.
  • Participants can choose which three packages of Designer Series Paper they will order from the sale items and which package to receive for free.
  • Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this sale.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered with free Stampin’ Rewards does not qualify for this sale.


Annual (P. 189) 144180 Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper $13.00 USD/$17.00 CAD
Annual (P. 189) 144137 Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 189) 144118 Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144111 Be Merry Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144163 Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144155 Coffee Break Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144185 Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144110 Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187) 144168 Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187) 144193 Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187) 144177 Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Holiday (P. 29) 144629 Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Holiday (P. 49) 144613 Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD

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Halloween Matchbook Treats

It’s time to start thinking about some Halloween treats!  We made these simple matchbook treats at my Club Class last week, and I made a bunch more this weekend at a retreat.  My daughter is going to give them for class treats, and to all of the teachers/aides that help with her class.  I like to send a little something to the music, PE, computer teachers, etc. so that they feel a little love, too!

These are super simple!  I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 3″ x 8″.  If your candy is a little larger, you might have to do 3 1/2″ wide.  Score at 3″, 3 1/2″ and 7″.  Fold as shown below and staple your candy at the bottom, centered up on the 1″ flap.  I like to “hide” the staple with a small piece of DSP, but you certainly don’t have to do that.  The DSP I used is retired, so I apoligize that you can’t purchase it, but we have amazing Halloween papers each and every year.  I had a ton, so I’ve been using up my stash!  To make the “Spooky-Licious” version, I stamped the image TWO times in Basic Black on Whisper White cardstock.  First, punch out one of your stamped images with the 2″ circle punch.  On the second one, just cut out the banner and throw the rest away.  Attach the banner with Dimensionals for added effect – and color the letters in Pumpkin Pie.  

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Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker

Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper

Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper

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Fancy Fold Card with Lovely Labels

This lovely Tri-fold Card was inspired by another Demonstrator, BJ Peters.  Details can be found HERE.  As always, I’m thankful for friends who share, and I always want to give credit where credit is due!   I love how wonderfully this displays our gorgeous DSP and the many different combinations!  And it goes together so quickly!  

Here’s a look at the card when you stretch it all out!  The combinations are endless, but I loved the Crushed Curry and Pool Party mixed together!  Who would have thought?  Enjoy checking out the tutorial and additional samples on BJ’s site!

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With Heartfelt Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are tough.  You gotta have them, but you never really want to make them.  We made this card a couple of weeks ago at my August Club Class.  I had someone at class who needed a sympathy card for an infant that had passed away.  She wondered if we thought this might be appropriate.  She was glad that we made this floral card because she thought it might work out for her friend.  I think it helped her to know that she didn’t have to go home and try to figure something out to make for this sad situation.  May God always bless us with just the right cards for each occasion!

I know how much it has meant to me in the past to receive Sympathy cards when my brother died, as well as my father-in-law a couple of years ago.  I encourage you to always do your best to mail Sympathy cards…….you never know the impact you can have when you take the time to send the card!  Do it!  It might be just what the loved one needs at that very moment, that very day.  I’m thankful that I always have cards sitting around the house and ready to send!

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Retired Stamps and Framelits for Sale

I’ve been working hard to clean off the shelves and sell some of the Retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and Framelits.  It is hard to part ways with some of them…….but if they can bring someone joy and not collect dust in my stamp room, then I will be happy!  Click on the link below and shop away!  I am still adding items, so check back often and see if something new appears.


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Thanks A Latte Card

My Stamp Club started back up for the school year last week and we enjoyed stamping with new products!  The Coffee Cafe Suite is one of my all-time favorites, and I can’t wait to use it over and over again!  The coordinating Designer Series Paper makes creating even more fun…….and the color scheme automatically makes you think of “Starbucks”.  I don’t think it’s pure coincidence!  Doesn’t this make you just want to get in the car and head that way???    Use your Big Shot with the matching Framelits, and you have your work cut out for you!  Like I said, love this suite of products!  No doubt you will see me creating with this one ALL YEAR LONG.

We had alot of fun cutting the lid of the cup from Window Sheets.  Some of my class members had never used Window Sheets, so it gave me a great opportunity to show them how much “wow” they can add to a card.  At only $5 per package, you will want to add this to your next order!  September’s Hostess Code is shown below.  Place an order before the end of the month using this code and it will ship straight to your door!

Check back in for more fun cards!  I’m still working on getting back into the groove after a long and challenging summer.  I’m excited for fall — cool temperatures and fun holidays coming up!  I love creating new stamp projects, baking, and gift-giving!  Bring on the cool temperatures….I’m ready!   Place your order in September using the Hostess Code shown below and I’ll treat you to 3 yards of ribbon from the newest ribbon collections in the SU Catalog!  Orders must be submitted by September 28th.

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