Masculine Hummingbird

Hello stampers. It is already May 2! Time flies when you’re having fun. I was asked this morning if there was a way to make a masculine hummingbird card. I think there is and I actually have just the thing for you. I made this watercolour wash background card for my Sweet Suite Saturday class but with the leftovers from showing the technique I made a different card. I kept it clean and simple with no bling and added a large, bold sentiment to the bottom. This framelit was a freebie from saleabration 2018. It is in the annual catalog now but it is retiring. I love its bold simplicity. Let’s check it out.


Masculine hummingbird


The textured pattern that you see behind the hummingbird is a framelit from the Humming Along bundle. This is done on watercolour paper, so I ran it through the Big Shot twice, the second time upside down. This ensures that all those little intricate bits get cut perfectly. Then you need to use the die brush when the framelit is still on the cardstock. Brush vigorously and then you will have to hardly any poking to remove it from the watercolour paper. I then took an aqua painter and made a wash on the paper. Then I picked up some balmy blue ink with the aqua painter and went over the wet spot. Make sure your ink is nicely watered down so you get the best watercolour effect. Let’s take a closer look at the “masculine” butterfly.


Masculine butterfly done in Brusho on watercolour paper


I embossed the hummingbird in black on watercolour paper. I then spritzed him with water and then carefully sprinkled on some Brusho powders starting with red on his breast, yellow on his head, prussian blue and mossy green on his wings and some gamboge on his tail feathers. If you get your colours too dark you can blot off with a baby wipe to reveal the colours underneath. Make a few at once so that you can play around with colour. My second hummingbird was much prettier than my first one.


Before I sign off today I want to share with you a gorgeous new product medley called Everything is Rosy. It is only available for the month of May while supplies last. It is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the avid paper crafter. I will share a link so that you can see lots of samples made with this medley of products. Demonstrators at each OnStage in April showed this line of products to us. We could not order it ahead of time so I don’t have it yet so I will share the treasures found online. Here is the link to my Google search. Here is the link to Mikaela Titheridge’s blog, she is an Artisan award winner who presented at OnStage. Lastly, here is the link to Tracie St Louis’ blog, she is a fellow Canadian demonstrator who shared with us at OnStage in Quebec City.


Everything is Rosy available only while supplies last in May.


Thanks for stopping by, I hope the masculine hummingbird inspired you to make one of these beauties for yourself. Remember, Humming Along is retiring so get it while you can. Have a super day!


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Humming Along with Brusho

Hello stampers. Once a month I do this fun class called Sweet Suite Saturday. I do it on a Saturday afternoon at 1pm, usually the last Saturday of the month. The whole idea is to have a super chill, relaxed class that revolves around a beautiful suite of products. Of course there is good food to share as well, hence “Sweet Suite Saturday”. This month it will be featuring Humming Along. If you purchase the bundle the class is free, otherwise it is $25 for four great cards. This blog post is about the last two cards using Humming Along and Brusho. Brusho is a fantastic product that will soon be retiring from our annual catalog. I can’t believe it! I have had so much fun playing and feeling artistic with these vibrant paint crystals. Take a look at what I have made and you might want to get your hands on some Brusho too!


Beautiful background made using the leaf stamp from Humming Along, call me clover embossing powder and Brusho.


For this card I wanted to use just the leaf stamp to make a background. I inked up the leaf in versamark and then sprinkled with call me clover embossing powder and then embossed with the heat tool. After the embossing was done I spritzed the shimmery white cardstock with water and then sprinkled on yellow Brusho. Then I sprinkled on just a little Prussian Blue Brusho on the outside edges and spritzed the whole thing with water again. Here is the close-up.


Closeup of the brusho background made with the embossed leaf image from Humming Along


The sentiment is also from Humming Along, and I stamped it on whisper white cardstock and cut it out using the stitched shape framelits. The scallop circle is a punch. I added some of our call me clover leaf trim in behind the sentiment (it looks nicer in person).


Hummingbird and Flower from Humming along stamped on watercolour paper and treated with Brusho


I have had that flower and hummingbird sitting on my desk for a good long while. They were in the running for my Brusho class and never made it onto a card. I embossed the images in black on watercolour paper and then treated them with Brusho ink crystals. They look great on the background of the Floral Romance specialty designer series paper. This is another great #loveitchopit card. I chopped the leaves paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″ so you get 6 out of one 12″ by 12″ sheet of paper. The wood look paper is a 4″ by 1″ strip. Se keep those scraps and turn them into cards! The sentiment is from Well Said in the Occasions catalog and they are both in blueberry bushel. Here is a closeup:


Humming Along with Brusho paint crystals.


I just love how the Brusho makes me feel like a “real” artist. So much fun using these paint crystals on either watercolour paper or shimmery white cardstock. With the coordinating framelits it is so very easy to make stunning cards. I made this card into a Mother’s Day card because my mom loves hummingbirds but you could easily turn it into a birthday card or an anniversary or get well card. All these sentiments are available in the Well Said bundle. If you are intrigued by the Brusho, be sure to get them before they are gone. They will not be in the new annual catalog!!


Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired or at the very least slightly entertained by my ramblings. If you want to purchase any of the products used in my projects just click on the images below and you will be taken directly to my online store. That’s a good thing right? If your list is long you might want to consider the starter kit and save yourself the shipping and the tax and get a bonus $30 in product as well.


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Humming Along With Watercolour and Blends

Hello stampers. Am I the only one who thinks of their mother when they see hummingbirds? My 87 year old mom loves hummingbirds and she always keeps a nectar feeder stocked for them. A customer tonight who is coming to this class said that my cards reminded her of her mom who died a few years ago. I love Humming Along not only because of the hummingbird but also because it is absolutely fantastic for colouring with Blends or watercolouring. It also comes with some pretty amazing framelits and dies. For my first two cards I was inspired by the catalog and by Artisan Award winner Stesha Bloodhart.


Humming Along with Watercolour paper


This card was inspired by a card in the Occasions catalog. I changed up the way the sentiment was done. The background is watercolour paper and that interesting design is made using one of the framelits in the bundle. I used an aqua painter to spread some water on the watercolour paper and then I loaded it with balmy blue ink and add colour to the wet area. This helps it spread more naturally to give that amazing artistic watercolour look. I cleaned my aqua painter and then picked up a few drops of smoky slate ink and spattered it on the background by tapping it firmly above the paper. The hummingbird was cut out with a framelit and the Big Shot and was coloured with Blends: balmy blue, mossy meadow and smoky slate. The sentiment was stamped in balmy blue and cut with a framelit from the bundle.


Humming Along coloured with Blends, cased from Stesha Bloodhart


This great card was cased from Stesha Bloodhart. The only thing I did differently was colour with Blends. Stesha watercoloured hers which is also very beautiful. The flower was stamped on shimmer white cardstock and  coloured with granny apple green and lovely lipstick blends. The sentiment was embossed in white on black cardstock. For the background I  stampedthe sentiment repeatedly in smoky slate. I stamped off for the hummingbird so that it would nice and light.


I still have to make two more cards for this Sweet Suite Saturday class, but I have run out of time so they will be featured in another post. This class will be next week Saturday April 27 at 1pm. You can buy the bundle and make the four cards for FREE or you can pay $25 for the class.  Sadly this bundle is retiring, so be sure to get it before the end of May. I wouldn’t wait that long because the possibility of it selling out is high. If you live in Canada, just click on the images below and you will go straight to my online store. If you use the host code in the sidebar I will be most appreciative!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a super day.



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