Wow – Brusho Background

I created this card a while back – you can see that the stamp set I used to finish it was one of the Sale-A-Bration sets.  But I wanted to share this background technique with you because I used the Sweet Soiree Decorative masks that are about to retire.  I should have shared this a long time ago but life is life and that didn’t happen so I’m sharing it with you now.  The good thing is the Brusho Crystals will be in the new catalog and you could create your own masks or try this with a different mask if you don’t have the one I used.  Or hurry up an order it before May 31st. 

I’m not sure what you would call this technique exactly – a masked and reversed masked Brusho background perhaps.  I just made that up.  This is a bit messy so you will want to cover your work surface well and have plenty of paper towels nearby.  I actually lay down some paper towels to work on top of.  Here is a look at my finished cards.  What I’m going to explain is how I created the background.

Steps to create the background

  1. cover your surface with paper towel (I also had a piece of cardboard underneath)
  2. go ahead and get two pieces of Shimmery White card stock – I made two backgrounds at a time
  3. cover one piece of card stock with the mask – I used the vine mask from the Sweet Soiree Decorative Mask set
  4. sprinkle Brusho crystals over the mask – I used blue, yellow and a little bit of the mossy green
  5. use a Spritzer to spritz water over the crystals (if needed add more crystals)
  6. give it just a few seconds to let the water and the crystals interact and spread into the spaces of the mask
  7. have your second piece of card stock ready
  8. lift the mask straight up from the first piece of card stock and then I flipped it over and laid it on the second one
  9. wait  a few seconds then lift it off the second piece
  10. let both pieces dry
  11. And don’t forget to clean your mask

Each background piece will be unique and different – you won’t ever get two exactly alike.  The first one you make will have the open spaces of the mask filled with color, while the second piece is the opposite because you are using the color that is still sitting on top of the mask.  You could also lay the mask down without flipping and then place the second piece of card stock on top of it and press down to transfer the color. 

Here are a few photos for reference:

Once your background is dry then you can use it to create a card.  I used it here with one of the Sale-A-Bration sets that were available earlier this year.  You could try creating your own mask using a window sheet and some of our dies or use the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  If you want to use the same mask I did be sure to order it now – it’s retiring on May 31st.

Supplies list

  • Brusho Crystal Colour
  • Shimmery White card stock
  • Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks (retiring)
  • Stampin’ Spritzers
  • Crumb Cake card stock
  • Aqua Painter
  • Basic Black Archival ink (retiring)
  • Linen Thread
  • Blossoming Basket Stamp set (Sale-a-bration retired)
  • Paper Snips
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Classic Ink – Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Old Olive


There are only a few more days left to order from the 2018 Occasions Catalog and the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Both will be gone on May 31st.  Click on my signature to go straight to my store. 

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Have a Dapper Day!

We have a really nice masculine stamp set that is about to retire – the Truly Tailored stamp set.  It will be retiring on May 31st (unless it sells out sooner) so hurry and order it today if you don’t have it already.  Or order the bundle which includes the Tailored Tag Punch.  The punch will be in the new catalog.  This stamp set pairs up with the True Gentleman Designer Series paper for some sharp looking masculine cards. 

Back in April I hosted a demonstrator training event after the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event that was held here in the Atlanta area.  The theme for the After Party event was masculine and all the projects were based on the True Gentleman suite of products.  I wanted to share one of our make&take cards with you today.

The cards were designed so that any of the patterns in the paper pack could be used.  The Tailored Tag Punch was used to create the background element.  Punch from various colors of card stock – I used Tranquil Tide, Chocolate Chip and Night of Navy to coordinate with the paper.  I also cut a piece of card stock to the size I wanted my rectangle to be.  Then glued the tag punched pieces on in a pattern covering the whole piece of card stock.

Once the entire piece is covered trim off any excess that is hanging over the edge so that you end up with the rectangle piece.

You will use that piece on your card front.  Then add Linen Thread around it and one of the True Gentleman buttons.  Stamp and punch the greeting and add it along with the square to the front of the card.  With Father’s Day coming up in June this set and suite of products are perfect for making projects for the men in your life.

Supply List

  • Truly Tailored stamp set (retiring)
  • True Gentleman Designer Series paper (retiring)
  • True Gentleman card stock pack (retiring) – includes Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy
  • Tailored Tag punch
  • Chocolate Chip card stock (retiring)
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Chocolate Chip ink (retiring)
  • Linen Thread
  • True Gentleman buttons
  • Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • 2-1/4″ Circle Punch

Time is running out to order the retiring products – the last day is May 31, 2018 – but all items are on a while supplies last status at this point.  Check my online store to see what is still available. 

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The best of part of Retreat is the Pillow Gifts

For many of us the best part of a Retreat are the Pillow Gifts.  Wait – what is a pillow gift?  Well it is something that I learned from attending Stampin’ Up! events.  If you have the opportunity to go to a Stampin’ Up! incentive trip or other special event they leave gifts for you each night on your bed – so everyone calls them pillow gifts. 

That idea spilled over to regular events where roommates bring each other gifts when they room together at a Stampin’ Up! event.  And then it’s been carried over by many into retreats – where you get little gifts left on your table throughout the weekend.  I still tend to call them pillow gifts even though I don’t actually leave them on everyone’s pillow.  At my retreats I leave them on everyone’s table through out the weekend.  Just little fun surprises to delight everyone!  I love to create them and I think everyone loves to receive them!

I thought I’d share with you the pillow gifts from my Spring Retreat –

Pillow Gifts from the Spring 2018 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.

  • Magnetic personalized wooden letter
  • Tiny treat box with a chocolate truffle inside
  • Silver Gable box with Silver Baker’s Twine inside
  • Multi Purpose glue and holder
  • Cupcake box filled with a cupcake
  • Notepad and pencil

Plus this time everyone received the pink bag filled with supplies that they used on their Make&Takes with plenty of stuff left over to do what they wanted.  My next retreat will be this fall – be sure you are signed up for my email list so you will get the details when they are released.  It filled up fast this last time!

I had cupcakes made to coordinate with the Sweet Soiree Suite which is what I used for the theme the whole weekend.  They were supposed to look like the cupcakes on pages 10-11 of the Occasions Catalog.  The full suite of products is shown on pages 12-13 and quite a few things are retiring – so make sure you order them now before they are gone at the end of May! 

Supply list for the cupcake boxes:

  • Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (retiring)
  • Mini Pizza boxes
  • Window Sheets
  • Cake Soiree Bundle (the bundle is retiring but the stamp set and dies will be in the new catalog)
  • Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon
  • White card stock
  • Calypso Coral & Berry Burst ink
  • Circle Framelits
  • Big Shot

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Thursday 3D – Paper Bags and Flowers

How about a 3D project share for Thursday?  I’m not sure if everyone gets what I mean when I say 3D project.  It’s not a card or a scrapbook page and it’s not flat.  There can be candy involved or another treat.  Gift packaging, little treats and such are all 3D projects.  Today I have a fun and easy to adapt idea that came from a fellow demonstrator.  I’ve seen various versions of decorating paper bags over the years.  In fact I had a stack of these white paper bags in my stash so I didn’t even have to go find any for this project. You may have paper bags on hand too – you could do brown bags or white bags or whatever you have on hand. 

This is just a basic paper lunch sack.  I typically see them at the store in brown but there also come in white and sometimes you can find other colors too.  I measured the width of the bag to figure out how wide to cut my Designer Paper and then cut a 12″ piece to that width.  Another decision you need to make is how tall you want the bag to be.  I cut the top of my lunch bag off so it wasn’t so tall.  The taller your bag the smaller your overlaying flap is going to be.  You will cut a second piece of Designer Paper (it should be the other half of your 12×12 piece) to be the same width as the bag and the same height as the bag.  Attach this piece (the shorter one) to the front of the bag.  And attach the longer 12″ piece to the back of the bag and fold the rest over to the front to create a flap.  I added a piece of colored card stock on mine to give it some contrast.  That’s all you need to dress up a plain paper bag. 

But who wants to stop with just the bag.  Next there is the flower and tag to decorate it with.  I attached this flower to a clothes pin so you can put it on the bag to hold it shut and then take it off.  The flower is made from the Lemon Builder punch!  Who knew you could turn lemons into flower petals.  To give each petal a little shape snip the smaller end of the lemon and glue dot one side over the other.  Attach the petals to a punched circle.  I did two layers offset and then added another circle punch to the back to hold it all together and one to the front to clean it up a bit.  Finish with a circle punched from the designer paper and a metal rimmed pearl in the center.  Instead of punching leaves I used the Lemon Lime Twist ribbon – tied in a bow and glue dotted to the clothes pin under my flower – to represent the leaves.  It’s finished with a tag.

This Petal Passion Designer Series Paper in Basic Black & Whisper White is fun to use on this type of project – you can dress it up with any color you want.  I wish this one wasn’t retiring – it’s so easy to use.  But it is retiring so if you want some you better order it now before it’s all gone!  The stamp set Petal Palette that it coordinates with is going to be in the new catalog – I used it to stamp the tag on this project. 

Supply List

  • Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (retiring)
  • Sweet Sugarplum card stock (retiring)
  • Petal Palette stamp set
  • Lemon Builder punch
  • 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
  • 2″ Circle Punch
  • 1-1/4″ Circle Punch
  • 1″ Circle Punch
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Basic Black Archival ink (retiring)
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Lemon Lime Twist 3/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon (retiring)
  • Metal Rimmed Pearls (retiring)
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • 1/16″ handheld punch (retiring)
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • white paper bag
  • clothes pin


I liked how this project turned out so much that I made another bag for a gift I needed to give.  This time I used different paper, different colors, and a different flower for this one. I used some retired framelits to create the flower because I wanted to mimic the ones in the paper.  This bag taller so you can see the overlap of the flap is smaller. If you know what you want to put in the bag then use that to help you determine how tall you want it to be. 

Supply List

  • Pick a Pattern Designer Series paper (retiring)
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Emerald Envy card stock (retiring)
  • Emerald Envy ink (retiring)
  • Flirty Flaming ink

The rest is the various circle punches and then some retired dies to make the flower.  These would be fun bags to make for all different occasions using various papers.  You should try it and share your paper bag creations. 

Remember to shop now for retiring items before they are gone.  Use my May Hostess Code – EJB9FJAP when you check out in my Online Store and receive a little surprise for orders over $25. 


Spend some time be creative today!

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Fun with the Embellishment Kit

Did you get a chance to have fun with the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit?  It’s part of the Sweet Soiree Suite of products in the Occasions Catalog and it’s on the Last-Chance list.  The little embellishments are perfectly coordinated to go with the Cake Soiree Stamp set, the coordinating Sweet Cake Framelits dies and the Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.

My Spring 2018 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat was themed with this whole bundle of products.  Everyone that attended received their own embellishment kit and one of our Make&Take projects was all about this little kit.

Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit cards

I created a set of six cards for everyone to make with the supplies they received at the retreat.  All six featured parts of the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit.  The kit include die cuts with silver embellishments, vellum die cuts, washi tape, velvet ribbon and more. Here is a closer look at all six of the cards. Click on each image to see it close up. 

The Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat is held twice a year – Spring and Fall.  It is a fun weekend event in the North Georgia Mountains.  It’s one of my favorite events to host each year.  We enjoy time together, everyone works on their own individual projects and on the provided make&take projects.  We have games and prizes and fun all weekend long. 

Supply List

  • Sweet Soiree Cardstock Pack (retiring)
  • Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit (retiring)
  • Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (retiring)
  • Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Cake Soiree Bundle (stamp set and dies) (bundle is retiring)
  • Silver Baker’s Twine
  • Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Silver Foil
  • Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
  • Classic Ink – Marina Mist (retiring), Berry Burst, Old Olive
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits
  • Powder Pink card stock
  • Doilies (retiring)
  • Silver Thread
  • Classic Label Punch
  • Big Shot Die-cutting machine

Many of the items in this Suite are retiring.  Be sure to get them before they are gone.  Order today in my online store –

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Mail a Card Monday: Cake Soiree

Every Monday so far this year I have mailed out cards.  I challenged myself to send out at least one card every Monday for the entire year.  So far so good.  And I think it’s been more than one card every time – many times I have 7 or 8 going out.  I thought I’d share with you one of the cards that I’m mailing out today. 

I used the Cake Soiree Suite of products for this card.  The stamp set and the dies will carry over into the new catalog but not as a bundle.  So if you order them before the end of May you can still get the bundle price.  The Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper is going to retire.  It’s been a popular paper with all the pretty silver foil accents. 

Supply List

  • Cake Soiree Bundle – stamp set and Sweet Cake Framelits Dies (bundle is retiring)
  • Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series paper (retiring)
  • Whisper White Thick card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Daffodil Delight card stock
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Versa Mark ink
  • Silver Foil
  • Silver Thread
  • Vellum card stock
  • Classic Label punch
  • 2″ Circle punch
  • Stampin’ Write Markers – So Saffron, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Berry Burst
  • Big Shot die cutting machine

You can shop online for Retired items in my store.  Use the May Hostess Code – EJB9FJAP.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you had the chance to get some cards in the mail.  Be sure to share a photo of your cards or you mailing your cards and use #mailacardmonday when you post on social media.  Share what you love!

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