Brusho Crystal Colours

Brusho Crystal Colours are watercolor ink crystals.  Mix them with water to create watercolor washes and designs.  These were in my studio for some time before I got around to playing with them, and I am sorry I waited so long!

When you purchase Brusho Crystal Colours, you get a set of 5 including Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow.  They are vibrant colors that are fun to work with and look great on your projects.  You can sprinkle these directly on the paper, then spritz with water and watch the colors burst!  It really is amazing.  Reminds me of a magic trick! 🙂

A framelit from the Window Box framelits dies made the perfect template for these projects.  Here is how my cards turned out…

Brusho Crystal Colours Brusho Crystal Colours

You can use a punch, like I did on the birthday card, to cut a shape from the design created with Brusho Crystal Colours, or simply cut it as a card layer like on the I Love You card.  Aren’t the results beautiful?!

I created this project using the Brusho Crystal Colours and Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  This one is a birthday present for one of my best friends. 🙂

If you haven’t played with the Brusho Crystal Colours, give them a try.  They are a wonderful addition to your craft room supplies.   When they arrive, don’t open the pots to apply on your projects, simply use a pin to poke holes in the lids of the containers and sprinkle them sparingly.  A little bit of Brusho goes a long way, so they will last you for a long time.  You can also try mixing the colors on your projects to get different effects.  Experiment and have fun with these beautiful colors.

Eclipse Technique for Decor

I’ve become addicted to using the Eclipse Technique for decor. I recently ordered the Large Letters Framelits (141712) just so I could play with this technique, and now I am in love! Prior to this I only had the Large Numbers Framelits, so I made a New Year’s card using the Eclipse Technique. It turned out super cute and I was hooked, but the number dies certainly limited my creativity. So, I invested in the alphabet dies too. Yes, this is a high dollar item, but oh so worth it!  I have loved everything I have used this die set for, and have only scratched the surface of the possibilities!

My first attempt at the Eclipse Technique for decor was a gift for a baby shower. Sometimes I have an idea for a project in my head and once I begin working on it, it changes to something different. But THIS project turned out exactly as I had pictured it in my head. It was all I had hoped it would be, and was relatively easy to do. This is a before and after picture of this makeover.

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Then I got this other Idea in my head. I had been “saving” this designer series paper for just the right project. (Sometimes it is so hard to make the first cut of that beautiful paper, but I am getting better at this!) . This project also turned out exactly as I had pictured it…and I LOVE it!  Plus, it only took me about 30 minutes to create. Yay!

Eclipse Technique for Decor

I cannot wait to use this technique for more projects…including Christmas cards! And, of course, I will definitely be using the Eclipse Technique for decor again soon. (I have this dinosaur idea rolling around in my head, so it will probably be next.)

I hope these projects have inspired you.  Now go create something fun!  And if you have considered investing in the Large Letter Framelits, I would definitely recommend them!

Party Pandas Birthday Box

This Party Pandas birthday box is such a fun project.  Don’t you know the recipient of this sweet bear is going to smile?  I love how it looks like he is barely able to stay grounded while holding on to those balloons!  Here’s our project for today…

Party Pandas Birthday Box!

Party Pandas Birthday Box

The additional balloons that I added to this image are from the Birthday Delivery stamp set.  To stamp them “behind” the original balloon I simply created a mask of that balloon by stamping it on a post-it note and cutting it out.  Then I was able to stick that mask on the balloon image before I stamped the extra balloons.  I sometimes shy away from masking because of the time involved, however, sticky notes are great for making quick and easy masks for smaller images.  Plus, I always have sticky notes ready to use.  And don’t forget to save the masks that you create.  They can be used for other projects too.  I simply store them in the box with the stamp set so they are easy to access next time.

The box is just a simple gable box.  I think with all the tools we have available to us for box making (box dies, gift box punch, etc) we sometimes overlook the tried and true box making method of cutting and scoring paper by hand.  Try not to overlook it though, because it opens up so many box styles to us!

This ends our week of sharing these cute Party Pandas with you.  I hope our samples have given you an idea of whether or not this stamp set is one you would like to add to your collection.  Remember, it is a Sale-A-Bration set, so you can earn it free with a $50 purchase through March 31.

Next week we will be sharing another Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  Be sure to check back to see which one it is!


Saying Thank You

Saying thank you is important.  It isn’t always required or expected, but it is good manners and would make your momma proud.  When people go out of their way to make your life a little easier, you really need to take the time to appreciate it…AND to let them know that you appreciate it.  Recently someone did that for me.  She went above and beyond what she was asked to do and it was awesome.  I felt like she needed an awesome “thank you” in return.  So, I made this…

Saying Thank You

I have shared a card in a box with you before, but I don’t do it very often because it is time consuming.  I reserve these projects for really special occasions.  However, I don’t want to make it sound so daunting a task that you would never even try it!  You definitely SHOULD try it and I will tell you why.

  1. They have the WOW factor…like over the top WOW
  2.  It’s good to flex your creative muscles at times
  3.  You can still fit them in a regular envelope and mail them like an ordinary card
  4.  You can make them for any occasion and use any theme you want
  5.  It is FUN.  Remember, that’s why we do what we do…for enjoyment.

I admit that I did not squeeze mine into a regular envelope, I used too many pearls on it for that.  I made a special box envelope for it and dolled that up too.  That just added to the fun of saying thank you to her.

Saying Thank You Saying Thank You

If you need a tutorial for a card in a box, simply leave me a comment letting me know and I will get instructions to you.  And after you create one, please share a picture with me so I can be amazed at your cleverness!

Tiny Box

I love this Tiny Box.  When I first saw this package I knew I wanted to recreate it.  It all started with my latest Mary Kay order.   This is one of the packages I received.  I put a Hershey kiss with it so you can see how small it is.

Tiny Box

I took the little box apart and created a template that looked like this.

Tiny Box

Then I copied my template on the back of some of this wonderful scrapbook paper from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Tiny Box

I used Stampin’ Up’s new Water Color Pencils to color the flowers, leaves and bugs on my paper and assembled the tiny box.  I even made a tiny bee to embellish the lid.

Tiny Box

Can you believe I actually fit 4 Hershey Kisses inside this box?  It was a tight fit, but it worked.  I’m going to use it as a “small” token of appreciation for someone who did something nice for us.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, inspiration is everywhere!  You can be inspired by the size of a package, like I was with this tiny box, or by the color scheme, the theme, or even just a specific design element that is used.  Be sure that Pinterest isn’t your only source of inspiration for your projects.  Look around your kitchen or even in your make up case.  Take a walk in your yard or at a local park, because God’s creativity in nature is limitless and will give us lots of ideas to work with.  I am so glad the Lord shares his creativity with us so we can make pretty things to share with others!

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National Coloring Book Day

Happy National Coloring Book Day!

National Coloring Book Day

Today is not only National Coloring Book Day, it  is also my niece’s birthday.  What a great opportunity to create a fun card/gift and share it with you!  I don’t know if you have gotten into the adult coloring craze or not.  Personally, I am a coloring fan from way back when.  I didn’t need adult coloring books to appreciate the stress relieving benefits of coloring.  In fact, I got this sweet gift from one of my besties about a year before the more mature books made the scene—and I LOVED it!

National Coloring Book Day

I decided I would stamp a coloring book/birthday card to celebrate today.  The cover was created using the Marquee Messages stamp set.  It’s perfect because there’s lots of opportunity to color it, just what I was looking for.  I used a metal key ring to attach all the cards together and fancied it up with a bit of ribbon.

National Coloring Book Day

The images on the inside are created from a retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set, but you can use whatever you have in your stamp stash.  Just look for stamp images that are begging to be colored.  They can be simple, like these, or more detailed if you’re celebrating with a more mature colorer. 🙂  If you end up using stamps with finer details, you might want to trade the crayons for colored pencils or even some nice fine tipped markers.

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I hope you know a coloring book fan that has a birthday coming up so you can make one of your own!   Of course, you don’t have to wait for a birthday.  You can always make this for a thank you card or to simply say hello.  School is about to start and kids are going to have new boxes of crayons and colored pencils to use.  Maybe you have kids or grandkids that you could surprise by making some coloring book lunch box notes.  There are so many possibilities!

Speaking of back to school…this weekend is tax free shopping weekend in Arkansas.  Did you know that you can use this tax break on your Stampin’ Up! supplies?  Check out this list of supplies that are available tax free this weekend and let me know what you want to order!  us-2016-sales-tax-holiday

Berry Basket Without The Die

When I heard you could make a berry basket without the die I knew I had to give it a try.  I love these cute little baskets, but the Big Shot Die to create them is still on my wishlist.  Creating this basket from scratch is really pretty simple and I love how it turned out.   All you need is some 8 1/2 X 11″ cardstock, a paper trimmer with a scoring blade, a stapler and some strong adhesive—I used Stampin’ Up’s Fast Fuse.  I also embellished mine with stamps and ink.  Here’s how it turned out…

Berry Basket without the Die

Isn’t that adorable?  I used flowers from the Botanicals For You stamp set to embellish it before I assembled the basket.  This little basket is perfect for some Easter treats, but I have lots of ideas running through my head for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts and lots of other holiday fun.  I am excited to make another one with a handle on it.


I was in a department store the other day and saw the cutest Easter grass in a package.  It was made of paper….not the plastic stuff, but they wanted $9.99 for a small bag!  I decided to create my own and save the money.  I used Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the “grass” in my Easter basket.  Here’s another look…

Berry Basket Without The Die

If you like this project and think others would too, please share this page.  I am working on a video for this project that should be published soon so watch for it!

Hershey Bar Valentine

A Hershey Bar Valentine is a great way to spread some love this Valentine’s day! These Valentine treats are easy to make, so if you need to do several it won’t take long. They are great to share with co-workers, classmates, teachers, friends, etc.

Hershey Bar Valentine!

One little note about working with chocolate – It is not recommended to attach anything directly to the wrapper using tape.  Some claim that this can affect the taste of the chocolate.  I have never had a problem with that, but thought I would pass the info on to you.  Using the technique shown in the video, it is easy to secure the paper wrapper without actually taping it to the chocolate bar.

Bonus Idea!

You can make mini versions of this using Hershey miniatures.  They look so cute wrapped in colorful Designer Series Paper!  Sit a bowl on your desk to share with clients or coworkers, or put them in little cellophane bags and pass them out to your kids’ teachers.  Chocolate is always a good gift, no matter the size!  The ONLY Hershey miniature I could find to illustrate this, happens to be a Kit Kat bar.  And since my Denver Broncos WON Super Bowl 50 last night, I decided to decorate it for Valentine’s day in Blue and Orange.

Hershey Bar Valentine

I love making little treats like this to share with others.  I’ll be sharing different Valentine ideas all week, so come back tomorrow and see what’s new.  I will tell you in advance that no animals were harmed in the making of tomorrow’s project! 🙂  If you liked this video please leave a comment and feel free to share the Hershey Bar Valentine video with your friends!

Care Packages for My Kiddos…A Minion Invasion!

What college student doesn’t love to receive care packages from home?  I know my kids love it.  My husband and I enjoy thinking creatively about the items we’ll include in each package.  When I saw the cute little Twinkie minions on Pinterest, I knew that I had to make some for Valentine’s Day.  Here is how my version of this cute treat turned out…

Care Packages & Twinkie Minions

We included some of these in care packages to both our children.  My daughter hated to eat her’s because they were so cute!  Of course, in the end the Twinkie yumminess overrides the minion cuteness.

I used some scrap paper to make a pattern for the minion overalls, then traced this and cut them out of Pacific Point cardstock (111350).  Their pockets were drawn on using the Uniball Signo White Gel Pen (105021). The other details were drawn with a black marker.  The little heart is from the Owl Builder Punch (118074).  I used thin strips of Basic Black cardstock (121045) and some googly eyes to make the minion’s goggles.

The care packages included some other little goodies, but by far these little guys were the biggest hit.  Hope you will try making some of these to brighten someone’s day!

Share Your Ideas for Care Packages!

The month is more than half over, but there is still plenty of time to intentionally be a blessing to those around us.  If you have some creative ideas for this, please share them in a comment!   Also, please share ideas you have for care packages for college students…and if it will fit in a small flat rate box, that would be awesome!

Quick and Easy Valentine Ideas

Quick and easy Valentine ideas are just what we need with only a couple of days left to prepare.  The 2 ideas I have chosen for today are simple to put together and don’t require a lot of supplies.  These would be great to take to your coworkers, send to teachers or even give to your hubby (which is where the peanut butter cups are going).

Let’s take a look at the first project….

Sour Cream Container

quick and easy valentine ideas

These are easy to make and you can whip out a lot in a short time.  To create this container you simply take a square of Designer Series Paper and glue it in a tube shape.  Then glue the ends of the tube closed, pinching one end closed from front to back and the other end closed from side to side.  Be sure to add your treat inside before sealing it!  My example was made with a 4 X 4 square.  I put a couple of miniature chocolate bars inside.  You can use larger or smaller squares and make this in whatever size you need to hold your goodie.  I embellished my quick and easy Valentine with a stamped greeting and some rhinestones.  It is headed to Indiana to my daughter. 🙂

Another quick and easy Valentine idea is to grab some cellophane bags, fill them with a treat and make a simple topper for the bag.  Here’s my sample…

Cello Bag with Topper

Quick and easy valentine ideas

To add a greeting I simply punched a heart and hand lettered a sentiment.  This topper is stapled closed, but I used the punched heart to hide my staple.  My husband loves this candy and so this will go to him on Friday.

These are just a couple of quick and easy Valentine ideas.  If you have some other suggestions please share them in a comment.  Please share this information on Facebook or Twitter if you think your friends might also want some tips for fast treats.

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