Spring Sampler

Hello stampers. This Spring Sampler is a little late, but it is officially still spring! Last year I made samplers for each season and my customers were requesting more of them. They are such fun to make! While making cards is very gratifying, they get sent away. A sampler is your creative work framed for all to see. Do you want to see what I made?


This spring sampler showcases our pretty new stamp called Butterfly Wishes as well as Beautiful You and Enjoy LIfe.


I didn’t have time to take pictures of each individual rectangle but I can tell you which stamps I used and the colours. The colours are whisper white, petal pink, calypso coral and pear pizzazz. I used a new stamp set called Butterfly Wishes as well as Enjoy Life, Beautiful You and the Large Letter framelits. The letters are popped up with mini dimensionals over vellum which was layered on the Petal Promenade designer series paper. With the new catalog going live today both the letter framelits and this pretty paper is now discontinued.



frame: 8″ by 10″

bottom panels:  calypso coral 3 5/8″ by 2 7/8″  white: 3 3/8″ by 2 5/8″

centre panel- petal promenade paper:  2 7/8″ by 7 1/2″  vellum: 2 1/2″ by 7″

top panels: 2 3/8″ by 3 1/4 (one was calypso coral, two were grapefruit grove) white or patterned paper 2 1/4″ by 3 1/8″


The panel with the lady from Beautiful You was a happy accident. I used the wavy framelet from Lilypad Lake to make an intricate design on the one end but instead it cut it right off leaving a nice wavy edge, so I just added some pretty paper from the Petal Promenade collection to add interest. It is 2 5/8″ wide and is tucked behind the white panel.


I added a scrap of ribbon to the top right panel that has the saying from Enjoy Life. Tomorrow I hope to share my Summer Sampler. We will be making this sampler on Saturday June 15 at 1pm. the cost is $25. I can make a kit that you can order  but I cannot include stamped images. Thanks for dropping by and remember the new catalog goes live today!! What is at the top of your wish list?


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Brusho Paint Crystals

Hello stampers. Today we are going to do a little exploring of a very fun but easily overlooked product in our Stampin’Up! catalog: Brusho paint crystals. Brusho is the name brand of  these gorgeous intensely coloured paint crystals that are activated with water. It is really quite a fine powder. You poke a hole in the lid with a push pin or thumbtack and then tap the powder out where you want it. You then keep the hole sealed with the push pin or thumbtack when you are not using it. Rather than talk about it, I will show you the cards that I made and then explain what I did on each one.


Brusho paint crystals used in four different ways.


Here is the first card, it was a complete case (copy and share everything) from the catalog. I love the bold colours here. I stamped some images from Beautiful Promenade in versamark on shimmery white cardstock and white embossed with the heat gun. Then I sprinkled on mostly red and gamboge Brusho paint crystals and a little bit of yellow. I then spritzed lightly with water to activate the crystals. You might see a few blue spots, they can appear magically because of some fine powder left on my hands, on the work surface or even in the air!!


Red, yellow and gamboge Brusho paint crystals.


The card base is poppy parade, the edge is from Delicate Lace edgelits and the saying was stamped in Poppy Parade on Powder Pink. It comes from Birthday Cheer in the Occasions catalog on page 17. This card is a bit of an odd shape (I think because I messed up!) It is 1/4 inch shorter than normal- 5 1/4″ by 4 1/4″.


Rainbow effect with Brusho paint crystals


This card uses all the Brusho paint crystals. I cased it from the talented Connie Collins.  I took a piece of shimmery white cardstock that was 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″ and I misted it with water. I sprinkled on an angle starting at the top in this order: red, gamboge, yellow, moss green and prussian blue. I then gently misted again just to get the colours to run and blend a little bit. I let it dry naturally (if you use a heat gun that tends to mute the colours a bit) I then cut out the butterflies with the dies from the Beauty Abounds bundle on page 13 of the Occasions catalog. The sentiment is from Well Said and it was embossed in white on basic black cardstock. The butterfly was adhered using glue dots only on the bodies of the biggest butterflies to allow for the feeling of movement.


Masking and Beautiful Brusho crystals


This Let it Ride card was cased from the internet. I think the original creator was Lynn Dunn but I was not able to find a corresponding blog post. This card is a work in progress. I made this one with shimmery white cardstock but am going to do it again using watercolour paper. I masked the horse using only a mask made with a sticky note which got rather soggy. The blue bled through on his nose making it look like he is wearing a bridle!! The top of the card around the horse was sprinkled with Prussian Blue brusho crystals and then spritzed with water. I used a aqua painter to spread it around close to the horse. The bottom part was simply coloured with Granny Apple Green blends. The sentiment was embossed in white before I applied the Brusho.


Painters Tape Brusho card


This last card is one of my favourite techniques with Brusho. You put a piece of painters tape across your piece of watercolour paper near the top leaving room for your sentiment. You then drop little dabs of Brusho powder along the bottom of the tape. I alternated between Prussian Blue and Yellow. They mingle nicely to add some green in between. You then hold the card at an angle and spritz down, just a little bit so that you still get colour droplets and not a messy trail running all the way down your card. This piece measures 3 3/4″ by 5″.  The words are from the Well Said bundle. This is a high ticket item on page 27 of the Occasions catalog- $103.50 for the bundle. I highly recommend that you put it in a starter kit. You save the shipping and taxes which for this bundle alone would be $23.69. You would still have $121.50 that you could choose products with and then pay only $135 for all that amazing stuff!!!


I have done several other posts on Brusho. If you type Brusho into the search box at the top right of the page you will see them all. Here is one to make it easy for you.


Saleabration is winding down, so be sure to get what you want on your wish list so that you can get some freebies as well. A LOT of our beautiful products are selling out, so don’t be disappointed and get what you want in the Occasions catalog today. If your wish list is long, I am telling you once again that the starter kit is THE way to go. No need to feel badly if you think you are only going to be a “kitnapper”. Stampin’Up! is willing to take that chance and I just want you to get the most value for your money. Diva Day is this Saturday from 10am till 4pm and you get to spend a day with me being pampered with food, fun stamping and free products in a goodie bag, but only if you have joined my team during saleabration.


I hope you have a super day! Be sure to pop a card in the mail today and make someone happy, or keep one in your purse to give to someone while you are out and about in your community. It’s little things like that that make the world a better place.



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That’s The Tag Bundle

Hello stampers! The last time I used  That’s The Tag bundle was at OnStage in November in Ottawa. I fell in love with the Occasions catalog there and ordered a LOT of stuff with the intention of using it all at least once in a class. I have fulfilled that resolution. Finally I am using this set and I am especially loving the versatility of the framelits. While they are all nice, my favourite is the one with the flower that you can paper piece. Check it out (thanks to Jan Brown for the inspiration for this striking card)


This framelit from That's the Tag make paper piecing easy for a stunning effect.


One of the other framelits is also suited to paper piecing and I used copper foil sheets, basic black and crumb cake with a bit of very vanilla.


An elegant combination of copper, black and crumb cake. Paper is from the Affectionately Yours specialty designer series paper. Framelit and stamp from That's the Tag bundle.


I like the way the ovals repeat with the framelit and the embossing folder. It is called Pretty Paisleys but unfortunately it is no longer available. The last card I made uses framelits that focus on the cut-out pieces. You can either paper-piece them or put the solid oval behind so that the colour pops through.


The framelit from That's the tag has a pretty row of butterflies that coordinate beautifully with the Fluttering embossing folder.


The pretty copper embossed paper is from the Affectionately Yours specialty designer series paper. You can find it on page 45. Check it out here. The embossing folder is one of those bigger square ones, great for adding scrapbook accents as well. It is called Fluttering.


If you want to order any of these products, be sure to use the host code on the side, I try very hard to keep it updated, but you know me, not always the most organized person on the planet!! The interesting thing about this bundle is that it is all about tags, and I haven’t made one tag with it, just cards! Oh the possibilities. I am sure you will agree with me that this is a very versatile set, good for many occasions and for both men and women.


Tomorrow morning I will be on the 6:18 train to Toronto where I will be attending OnStage, a local Stampin’Up! “Convention”. Our first grandchild is also due tomorrow, so lots of excitement in store. My next post will feature the suite I am going to be presenting at OnStage. I can’t wait, I know you will love it as much as I do and I am planning a big event to showcase it. That’s all for now, have a super day.

Card Making Taken to a New Level

Hello stampers. It has been too long since I have posted on this blog but there is a good reason for it. I was in Tennessee for two weeks, definitely at “new levels” in the mountains. The first week was a true family vacation and the second one was my first ever retreat in the US of A!! I had so much fun hanging out with my American friends and their awesome accents. My favourite quote from “Dixie Sue” after a delicious meal was:  “I’m gonna be fussin’ when I get on the scale next week”! How funny is that? I must confess, I have not yet dared get on the scale, but it was worth it.

This is where we comfortably trained to radically change our business!!


Can you picture yourself all cozy on the couch discussing how to change your business in simple, manageable ways that will bring you more joy, peace and success? Well, that is what we did, surrounded by breath-taking views and enjoying great food. If you are interested in joining the next retreat, message me and we can make it happen.


Enjoying supper on the first night of the retreat.


We made sure to take time to relax and enjoy the views as well as each other’s company. This lodge was so amazing that we kept having to pinch ourselves to be sure it was reality and not a dream.


Retreats are about relationships as well as learning and recharging


One of the highlights of the retreat for me was having Billie Moan come and share a fun technique with us. I posted a video on my Facebook business page and rather than posting it again, just click here and you should be able to view it. Whenever a group of demonstrators get together and really spend time together, amazing things happen. It brings me such joy to facilitate such gatherings, so do stay tuned for the exciting things that are going to happen!

The food is just as important as the training and the creativity...it's all one great package!


Here is the card we made with Billie. Who knew you could use a butterfly framelit and fun foam to make a great stamp? We hope to use this technique at our club meetings this week.

Perfect card to make in the mountains.


Here is a close up of the card. We first made a background on watercolour paper with pigment powder and water spritzing. Then we stamped the butterfly (it was made using the framelit and fun foam to make a homemade stamp!!) with black archival ink and cut out with the open butterfly framelit. I added some Wink of Stella to the black lines of the butterfly.


Don’t forget that it is the last week of sale-a-bration and that seven new items have been added to the “freebie” selection. It is also the last week to get the amazing deal on the starter kit. This is what I wrote in my newsletter and I am just going to copy and paste it here to save some time and effort.  I really don’t want anyone to miss out:

” It is also the last week to get the best deal ever, yes, the starter kit. I feel like a broken record, but honestly, this is such a great deal, you really should take a good look at it. Some people think it is morally wrong to take advantage of this deal if they do not intend to become a “bona fide” SU demonstrator. Not so. Believe me when I say that MOST demonstrators, including our top award winners bought the kit only because they wanted a good deal.They had no intention of ever doing this for a business.  Stampin’Up! knows this, and they want to entice you with a wonderful deal just in case you do fall in love with the opportunity. So here you go:

-pick out your two favourite, most expensive stamp sets in either the annual catalog or the Occasions catalog
-make a wish list of $165
-go here
-make sure you have your credit card and your social insurance number
-then know that for all this (and yes, you also get a Paper Pumpkin kit surprise, from a previous month) and 8 catalogs and 8 mini catalogs and 50 order forms- you will only pay $135
-you pay no shipping and no tax in Ontario- some provinces you do have to pay tax.
-then you will be on my team and you get to come to a free card party once a month, the second Thursday of each month at 7pm. What fun!! You also get the opportunity to attend Stampin’Up! events and you get their Stampin’ Success magazine as well as access to a ton of great videos and card samples. WOW!!!! What are you waiting for? Message me if you have any questions. [email protected]”.

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