cards, Catalogues, Techniques, Tutorials


What did you think of yesterday’s project??  I have a another project for you today.  

We saw yesterday creating a background with the background.  They are really fun to use them that way.  This is another type of background.  I don’t have a video for this one but I will walk you through it.


On this card I have used Shimmery White card and I have added the Brusho to dry card.

On your card sprinkle over your Brusho Crystals.  I added the Brilliant Red in the right hand corner, a small amount of the Gamboge in the centre section and the Yellow on the left.  Use the Spritzer and lightly spritz the card with water. It’s always magical watching the crystals dissolve and the colour emerge.  It’s one of those moments like heat embossing.  Do you feel that?? 🙂

Take your time and just play and watch what happens.  You may want to spritz more or you may want to add more crystals.  The “speckly” effect is created by sprinkling with the Crystals and only spritzing lightly so they are more spots than actually blended if that makes sense??

Leave your card to dry.

Once dry you can assemble the card.  For this one I stamped the flowers from Birthday Blossoms in the corner and the sentiment at the top.  I was going to stamp the sentiment and raise it up and I think I should have done that but never mind it’s more to see the Brusho effect.  I love the thin White Organza ribbon.  So soft and pretty to tie.  The base card is Flirty Flamingo.  It worked out a good match for it even with using the Red on the card.  The bird from Birds and Blooms Thinlits were cut in Silver Foil.


Thanks for stopping by for this one.  Come on by tomorrow.  I think I have left my favourite until last.

cards, Challenges, Techniques


I didn’t think I was going to get time for this week’s colour challenge at Colour Inkspirations.   Then yesterday I had a  little amount of creating time.  I should have been getting some samples ready for my launch or get class cards done but ….

These colours have eluded me this week and I really couldn’t get anything together.

The colours were Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim and Pool Party.  Well, I sat down and created and for some reason in my head it was Bermuda Bay instead of the Dapper Denim.  I just posted it to the challenge page and and have just realised that I have used the wrong colours!! So I guess this is not going to cut it for the challenge.

But I will show you the card because you might like it even in those colours right??? 🙂

I wasn’t sure where this card was going at the beginning but I thought that the Best Birds set might be good with these colours.  I thought about stamping the birds and watercolouring them but then decided to do a background.  I have wanted to try this technique for a while so this might work well.  I will tell you about that below.


The background is created by inking the block, spritzing it with water lightly and then stamping.  I don’t know what this technique is called.  Direct to block stamping with a mist.  LOL! Here is exactly how.

First press the lighter colour inkpad over your block.  Take the next colour ink and press it over parts of the block.  You might like to take a sponge and dab the ink in places in the centre of the block where the inkpad won’t reach.

Then with your next colour, sponge the colour in different parts over the block by dabbing the sponge in the inkpad and patting on the block.

This is roughly what it will look like after you have inked the block.

Then using a spritzer or small water spray bottle lightly mist over the block with water.  Place the inked block upside down on to your card.  I used the Shimmery white or you could use watercolour paper.  Allow the card to dry.  You will find that each time you do this the results will be different so have fun and play with it.


Mat the piece on to black card.  Then adhere the piece to the Bermuda Bay card base which I stamped the “hashed” background on to it with Bermuda Bay ink.

Die cut 2 birds from Birds and Blooms Thinlits in black cardstock.  For the stem I first cut the branch from this Thinlits set but I thought it was too thick.  This stem is from the Stylish Stems Framelits.

Stamp the sentiment in versamark on to a piece of  black cardstock, tip over the White embossing powder and heat to set it.  Then cut the piece with the small oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Twirl some Silver Thread behind the piece and then raise it off the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, stamp a flower from the Birds and Blooms set and colour it with Bermuda Bay ink.


So while it is not right for this colour challenge I liked the end result – and I got to play with the Birds and Blooms set which I hadn’t for so long. So all is not lost. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.  Back again soon,



3D projects, Catalogues, Stampin' Up!


I can’t wait to share the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration TOMORROW!! How exciting! But before I do I thought I would share this project that I made some months ago but realised I hadn’t shared it with you yet.

I had in my head for a while to create a cute birdhouse with the Home Sweet Home Thinlits.  It is just another way to use these cute Thinlits.



To Create the Birdhouse: The house  was cut from Thick Whisper White cardstock to make it sturdier.  It was stamped in Smoky Slate with the Hardwood Background stamp after cutting it out.  Before the house was assembled I cut a circle from the front piece to create a door.  I also cut a thin circle frame from Cherry Cobbler cardstock using 2 different sized Layering Circle Framelits.

To Assemble the Birdhouse: The roof is made from a strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  You can make the piece any size you like but this piece measures 5.5cm x 8cm (scored at 4cm).  Or 2 1/8″x 3 1/4″ (scored at 1 5/8″).  It was embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  Of course a Birdhouse has to have a cute bird.  This little bluebird is cut from the Birds and Blooms Thinlits and I added some greenery with the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  The sentiment is from the Sweet Home stamp set and stamped on Crushed Curry card.

Hope you like this cute house?  The Home Sweet Home Thinlits, the Sweet Home stamp set and the Pretty Pines Thinlits are being carried over so you will be able to still get hold of these to make your own after today.

Get ready for the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration to start tomorrow!!! 🙂


cards, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


After I made the card with the Best Birds set the other day (you can see that card in a post or 2 back), I thought I would make a couple more cards with these stamps and dies.  I had some bits of the Playful Palette DSP stack lying around and I am really trying to use my paper more. I have so much paper left over when it comes to the end of a catalogue.

These “bits” were just the right size for the front of a card.  Here they are for you.

The first card is using the Sweet Sugarplum card base.  Flowers were stamped on the base. I have used the new Oval Layering Framelits to cut some white card and stamped the hatch pattern in Peekaboo Peach and the sentiment in black.  I really like the sentiments in this set. It has beautiful font and lovely words. I sponged the edges of the Peekaboo Peach birds before adhering them to the card.

Best Birds 2

The next card I had 3 pieces of the Playful Palette Paper stack that just fitted nicely.  I matted them on to black card and added it to a Blushing Bride card base.  The bird was cut in the Sweet Sugarplum.  The tag is cut from the ‘Tags and Labels’ Framelits.

Best Birds and Playful Palette strips

So some cute cards using  “bits” on my table.  That’s always a good thing isn’t it. 🙂

Have a great weekend,


cards, Stampin' Up!, Techniques


Yesterday was my Mother-in-Law’s birthday.  As she makes cards herself the pressure is always on when I make a card for her.  I thought for the card I would ink up the ‘Best Birds’ set that I have had for a few weeks and have not been able to use yet. I played around with watercolouring it.  I will show you the card and then share a few tips in making this.

Rose Red Birds

I chose Rose Red as the base card as that is my Mother-in-Law’s favourite Stampin’ Up! colour.  Well any of the reds!  (TIP#1) I used a piece of Watercolor paper and firstly washed over the card in the centre area with the aquapainter to lightly dampen the card  I have discovered recently by wetting the card it allows the ink to spread much easier creating a more washed look.  I used Blushing Bride on the left, then Rose Red in the middle section and Cherry Cobbler towards the right end.

(TIP#2) For regular watercolouring you can use the Thick Whisper White card or Shimmery White but if you are creating a washed look you MUST use the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor paper. (TIP #3) You need to be patient and let it dry.  Either you can use a Heat Tool or leave it for a few hours.

I stamped the bird, the branch and the flowers on watercolour paper too Black StazOn and watercoloured them.  (TIP #4) When colouring the bird I gave a light watercolour with the Rose Red and added highlights of Cherry Cobbler.  On the wing I washed over it with Crumb Cake and then highlighted it with Soft Suede.  The branch was coloured with Soft Suede for the branch and Old Olive for the leaves. The flowers were coloured with Rose Red and then darker highlights added in the centre with more concentrated Rose Red.

These were all then cut with the matching ‘Birds and Blooms’ Thinlits.  Too easy with that. No hand cutting necessary!! 🙂

I was going to cut the washed piece with the ‘Lots of Labels’ Framelits. I left the framelit on the card ready to cut in the morning but when I looked at it then I thought it might look OK to have a frame over it.  I cut the frame from Crumb Cake with the 2 largest ‘Lots of Labels Framelits’.  I am really pleased I went that way with it. I stamped the hatch pattern from the stamp set in Rose Red in the middle of the piece and stamped the sentiment in Memento Black.  Then it was all put together and a couple of flowers stamped around the edge to finish.  I was pleased with the finished result – and I think it received approval when I gave it to her today. 🙂

I hope you found these tips helpful when you create your next watercoloured card.  Let me know how you go.

Have a great day,