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Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

For Keep It Simple Sunday today, I’d love for you to try out this Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up card.  Plus I’ve shared my top tips for working with Brusho below so be sure to take a read through those.  After all, why not learn from my mistakes😬?

This design has TONS going for it:

  • Quick (like 10 minutes including your Brusho drying time)
  • Easy (only a few tools and one super fast technique)
  • Pretty (don’t you just love yellow, white and black together?)
  • Versatile (this card could work for just about anybody at any time)

Let's play with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

You already know I LUV me some watercoloured cards.  What about if I told you Brusho Crystal Colours are neck and neck with my inks for creating cool backgrounds?  Well, NOW they are.

I must say I was a bit hesitant at first with my Brusho crystals.  After all, this was my very first try at using them (prepare yourself for some real UN-awesomeness!😯)

brusho crystal colours stampin up card

Yeah, probably not my best day in the craft room.

But rather than throw in the towel right then I dug in my heels, gritted my teeth and gave them another try.  

And just like everything else, once I got some practice under my belt, now I think I can turn out some pretty respectable results.  Especially with this particular technique (one of MANY) to create watercoloured backgrounds.

Grab your Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

So what are my top tips?

  1. Use good quality paper.  My first tries you see above were on the regular Very Vanilla cardstock.  Just too lightweight to handle the water and didn’t allow for any spreading of the watercolour.  Watercolour and Shimmery White have yielded the best results for me.
  2. “Tap” on your crystals.  Give the bottom of your jar a firm tap with your fingertip to shake out the crystals rather than shaking the jar.
  3. Start with just a small sprinkle.  You can always add more once you’ve added your water.
  4. Use lots of water.  Either spritz on some water or drop it on with an AquaPainter to dissolve the crystals for the best results.
  5. Cut down your paper for your projects.  Just like my suggestions for using ink refills with this background technique (LINK) and this totally different one (LINK), if you start with a larger sheet of paper to play with the crystals, then you can get a variety of different sizes and designs simply by cutting it down to size.
  6. Experiment.  The colour combinations you can achieve are absolutely gorgeous once you start mixing our 5 different shades.  Your backgrounds can range from intense and vivid to soft and subtle.

Spoiler Alert!!  With all the experimenting I’ve been doing, I’ve designed a class so you can get creative too.  My attendees so far have loved the projects so I’m working on getting it online for you.  So keep your eyes and ears perked up for that!

Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

Here are all the deets for my watercoloured card.


  • Watercolour paper – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Pineapple Punch cardstock – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”


  1. Create the background by tapping yellow Brusho onto dry watercolour paper.  TIP1: Two or three taps should be sufficient to start.
  2. Squeeze 4-5 drops of water from your Aqua Painter onto crystals then move it around with the brush tip to blend.  TIP2: Leaving some white space on the paper makes a more interesting background.)
  3. Let dry about 5-8 minutes.  This will depend on the amount of water you applied.  TIP3:  You can always heat set with your heat tool if you’re in a hurry.  But I prefer to air dry for a nicer effect.
  4. Stamp greeting with StazOn ink.  TIP4: press firmly and hold for a few seconds as the watercolour paper is bumpier to stamp evenly on.
  5. Mount onto a piece of Pineapple Punch with foam adhesive sheets then onto folded Basic Black card.
  6. Attach metallic sequins with liquid glue.

Let's play with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

So if you’ve got the Brushos already, go get ‘em and start playing.  If you haven’t added them to your stash yet, you can get them now simply by clicking on the image below.  And in about a week, the little brown UPS truck will be dropping off a box of goodies for you to play!

Simple wash with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

One of the other super bonuses with the Brusho Crystal Colours?  You get a TON of bang for your buck.  So much so I think I’ll be gifting my half-full bottles in my will 😋.  And that’s AFTER making loads of projects with them.

If you’re still on the fence, take a look at this Love What You Do card where I painted with the crystals.  It might just help you decide.

So did you try out this technique?  If not, don’t wait!  Once you start to play you’re also going to fall in love with this awesome art supply like I have.  Then I predict you won’t be able to stop at just one Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up card.

Matching Designer Series Paper and Coordinating Cardstock for Cute Cards

Matching Designer Series Paper and Coordinating Cardstock for Cute Cards

Matching designer series paper and coordinating cardstock for cute cards just got a whole lot less expensive!  For the month of July, a large selection of Stampin’ Up! designer series paper is “Buy 3 Get 1 Free’!

What a perfect time to stock up for all your paper crafting.  Big and small projects go together in a jiffy when you have colour matching assistance from Stampin’ Up!  I’ll tell you all about it but first let’s take a peek at today’s project.

matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock for gorgeous cards

I just love this sweet Animal Expedition patterned paper.  This one features little birdies, the same cuties you see perched on our watercoloured rhino’s nose.

I’ve been talking lately about working on smaller designs.  When you can put something together in a fraction of the time it takes to make a larger card, what a sense of accomplishment!  And today, I also called on some big guns for help to quickly put together my cute 3x3 notecard and envelope.

Matching Designer Series Paper and Coordinating Cardstock for Cute Cards

matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock is easy!

Whose help did I call on? 

The artists at Stampin’ Up! Did you know the back of every designer series paper lists all the Stampin’ Up! colours used in that paper?  Yup, it does.  So here’s what I did.

  1. I picked the paper I wanted to work with (it was hard with so many cute designs, but I finally settled on these bitty birds).
  2. Once I figured out which colours were included in this design (based on the listing SU! provided – Berry Burst, Pool Party and Shaded Spruce plus Crushed Curry and Lemon Lime Twist), I decided on a base of Pool Party with matching inks and cardstock.
  3. I stamped my thank you in Pool Party and punched it out with the 1 1/4” circle punch.
  4. Shaded Spruce was a good bet for the matting so I punched that with the 1 3/8” scalloped circle.
  5. I thought my greeting needed a tad more grounding, so I chose a Pool Party circle in 1 1/2” circle.  I’m happy with how it framed the saying.
  6. Then I cut my Animal Expedition paper to 2 3/4” square and matted it on Whisper White then on my 3”x3” folded card.

Next was the hardest part…picking my ribbon.

Now most of you know I am a bit of a ribbon fanatic!  But I don’t have ALL the colours.  But after three tries I decided on the Metallic Edge Berry Burst.  Why?  

matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock for gorgeous cards

  • Our Whisper White Classic Weave just didn’t have enuf pizzazz. 
  • So then I tried the white with the silver metallic edge.  But it just didn’t have enough OOOMPH! against the mainly white background.
  • Then I pulled out my Shimmery Pool Party but it was a bit too BLAH! and didn’t scream “FUN!”

So I next gave the Metallic Edge Berry Burst a shot…  

  • Oomph against the white?…✅
  • Not too blah?…nope…✅
  • Fun?, double ✅✅!!

Once I settled on my ribbon colour, it made sense to match my envelope cardstock to the ribbon, so my mini envelope was born.  A strip 2 7/8”x 4” strip of the same designer paper which I trimmed to fit into my envelope flap made a perfectly coordinated finish.

matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock for cute 3x3 cards

Would I have picked these colours to combine without getting a nudge from Stampin’ Up!? 

Probably not.  But I think they do really work.   Let’s see them together

matching designer series paper and coordinating cardstock for cute cards

So what’s the deal with the designer series paper?

From now until the end of July when you buy three packages, you get a fourth one free!  

Want to pick some up right now?  There are ten great designs to choose from.

To create this exact project, here are all the supplies I used.  You can just click on any image to order it from my online store.  I really appreciate when you shop with me.  

It's ALL about matching Designer Series Paper and coordinating cardstock for gorgeous cards

Let’s face it!  Sometimes, we need just a teeny bit of help picking colours.  So the next time you’re searching for just the right tone or shade, pull out your catalogue and take a peek at the designer series paper.  There are some cool colour combinations you may never have even thought of!  And they do absolutely work!

Pick one and get designing.  You’ll find matching designer series paper and coordinating cardstock for cute cards like this one will instantly become a breeze! 


Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

Today it’s all about ultra fast DIY notecards for special occasions!  And notice I didn’t say “fast” but “ULTRA fast”!  If you’ve got about 5 minutes, that’s all you’ll need, start to finish!  Add in another minute or two for the envelope flap and that’s one quintessentially quick card!

It’d be great if we could spend all hours of the day getting creative, but that’s just not possible.  So when the mood strikes, but you’ve only got a few minutes, this card is the one to make.

The secret is in the paper!  A beautifully detailed designer series paper does ALL the work (with just a couple other touches ☺️).

Let’s take a look. 


Make some Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

I had a hard time deciding which category this post fit the best…

  1. Keep It Simple Sunday, since there’s only a few easy supplies – and only 5 quick steps.  
  2. Or Pick It-Cut It-Use It Up! with its show-stoppingly stunning designer series paper as the star of the card!

Which one do you think is number one?

I went with the Pick It-Cut It-Use It Up! with the Petal Promenade designer series paper.  I predict you’ll cut into it im-ME-diately for ultra fast DIY notecards for special occasions once you see all of it! 

Page after page (12 total, 2 of each double-sided designs) of lovely roses, carnations and hydrangeas with opposite sides in pretty rose-tinged marble, crinkled pink foil and peachy bokeh, you won’t be able to resist.  And there’s plenty to craft up every single one of your 20 blank notecards…with leftovers!

See them all for yourself.

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

As Stampin’ Up! says, it’s “an abundance of festive flowers to properly celebrate everything that needs celebrating in life.”  

What special occasions could you use it for?  How about…

  • Baby and bridal showers
  • Congratulations
  • Weddings
  • Retirement wishes
  • Sympathy
  • Birthdays
  • Thinking of You
  • Friend

Wow!  That’s a lot of versatility!  And there’s enough variety with the 6 designs, you won’t get bored either!  Think how fun it will be to craft with!

(Probably the only place I might not use it?  For “manly” men!  I’m sure they’d think it was pretty, but they would probably prefer this other Pick It-Cut It-Use It Up! card I shared last week.  Much more macho!)


Make Ultra Fast Notecards for Special Occasions

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

The greeting comes from the new set, Another Wonderful Year.  In case you missed it on page 11 of the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue, there’s a sentiment phrase here for just about every occasion.  This made it a strong contender on my long list of must-haves.

I wanted a greeting both long enough and large enough to be easily seen, yet not so long it covered up the pretty paper peeking from each side.  This one was perfect since I could two-tone the greeting using my markers. (See below for a pic of the how-to).

With matching banner ends, it was a quick and easy finishing touch and pulled the entire card together.


  • Whisper White notecard and envelope (1)
  • Petal Promenade DSP – 1 piece cut to 3 1/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – 1 piece 1” x 5”


  1. Cut your Petal Promenade designer series paper into three equal pieces along long (4 1/2”) edge at 3” and 1 1/2”
  2. Glue to front of the folded notecard.  TIP1: glue middle piece first, then either side for exact centred placement.
  3. Ink word stamp with two colours of ink using Stampin’ Write markers (Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow) and stamp into middle of Whisper White strip.  TIP2: use edge of brush tip marker for coverage.  TIP3: “Huff” onto stamp to re-moisten the ink before stamping onto the strip.Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions
  4. Punch each end of the strip with the Banner Triple punch.  TIP4: use punch upside down so you can see the paper is centred before punching.
  5. Attach with dimensionals to middle front of the card.

Five Minute Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions


Totally optional (but oh-so-pretty):

  1. Decorate the envelope flap with these steps:

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

  • Apply SNAIL to the outside of the envelope flap near the edges and adhere matching piece of Petal Promenade DSP to flap.  TIP5: No need to pre-cut your paper, just use an off-cut that is bigger than the flap. TIP6: a=Align the long edge of the paper with the folded edge of the flap and the end of the flap with one end of your paper.

Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

  • Open the envelope flap and trim around the edge with your Paper Snips.  TIP7: Align the flat edge of the top blade of the Paper Snips with the edge of the envelope for a precise cut.

So did you run down to your craft space and whip out some notecards and designer series paper?  Was I right? Did it take ONLY 5 minutes, start to finish?  I thought so! 

To pick up your own package of this gorgeous paper to make some of these super quick cards, simply click on the images below.

Who DOESN"T Love Ultra FAST DIY Notecards for Special Occasions

I know we’d all love to spend hours in our delicious paper crafting rooms, oblivious to the world around us.  If only we didn’t need to work, or houseclean, or feed the family. 

So when you need a quick crafting “fix” or ultra fast DIY notecards for special occasions, make sure to turn to this lovely Petal Promenade designer series paper.

Make a Monochromatic Colour Scheme Card

Make a Monochromatic Colour Scheme Card

I’m excited to share how quick and easy it is to make a monochromatic colour scheme card!  So easy in fact, I’ve included it on a Keep It Simple Sunday feature which just so happens to also be Father’s Day this year. 

So if YOU woke up this morning and just realized that, THIS is the card to make right now and he’ll think you’re a star!

not your ordinary monochromatic colour scheme card

Monochromatic colour really just means using only one colour.  Now, I might be bending the rules just a teensy bit since I’m not 100% sure grey is a colour 😬. But today I’m calling it a colour and hoping you’ll go with me on it! 

Plus, it’s super perfect for a man card.  This other monochromatic card I featured a bit ago made by my friend Paula uses much the same colour palette but has a totally different vibe.

Creating a monochromatic colour scheme card is a simple as

  1. picking out a colour then
  2. matching it with a neutral

…and here I’ve got a neutral (Basic Grey) matched with a (you guessed it) neutral (Whisper White)!  

I really think grey is the new black, don’t you?  I love its stateliness without it being too stuffy.  Not as stark as black but still conservative and posh, with just a hint of devil-may-care!  

how about a monochromatic colour scheme card

I am super pumped Stampin’ Up! brought back the coloured designer series paper for…every – single – colour in every – single – colour – family!   At only 38 cents a sheet, these pack-a-punch papers are a must in your craft room!

And it fits wonderfully with my Pick It- Cut It – Use It Up! theme!  Do you have STACKS of patterned paper lying around, just waiting for the perfect, best, over-the-top idea to come along?  After all, you can’t really use it until it’s aged some right 😉?  Well I, as well as many other paper crafting folks, are on a quest to get you to pull it out and craft with it!  Use it up!  Get enjoyment from it!  That’s why you bought it in the first place.

(Don’t worry…I can certainly count myself among the hoarders (eek!😩)).  I’ll be sharing loads of upcoming ideas that are easy, fun and a great way to showcase the beautiful papers you have!

And you know what?  When you do Pick It – Cut It – Use It Up!, there’s more fabulous paper out there just like these super patterned selections in all the colour families!


Aren’t they so pretty together?  (And you don’t even see ALL the colours in the pack!) 

So why do I love them so much and think they deserve a spot in your supplies? 

  • Perfect colour coordination with every cardstock, ink and marker (to save you time in your card making)
  • Four ultra versatile patterns, two with bright white backgrounds and two tone-on-tone (for different effects based on your design)
  • Two each of 2 double-sided designs (so you don’t need to hoard it!)
  • Easy-to-use 6”x6” size (non-intimidating and SO much easier to cut into for some strange reason)
  • Instant design elements without fuss and muss (just cut, punch or crop and you’re good to go!)

Another must-have item in this catalogue?  The A Big Thank You stamp set.  It does come as a bundle, with an awesome die cut “thank you”, but it was really the sentiments and all the little extra “bits” that called my name.

monochromatic colour scheme card

Think of everything you could DO with all those flowers and decorative elements!

Here are just a few designs from the catalogue to show you what I mean.

monochromatic colour scheme card

So how about now I show you exactly how to make a monochromatic colour scheme card?


…you know in case you need to get busy working on your Father’s Day card!


  • Basic Grey cardstock – 1 piece 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 piece 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”, 1 piece 1 5/8” x 3 1/8”
  • Whisper White – 1 piece 1 1/2” x 3”
  • Basic Grey designer series paper – 3 3/8” x 4 5/8”


  1. Adhere striped designer series paper to the medium-sized piece of Basic Grey cardstock with SNAIL, then use dimensionals to centre on the card.  (TIP1: for a piece this large, I put dimensionals on the middle of the card and middle of the sides as well.)
  2. Stamp greeting in Basic Grey ink onto the upper portion of small Whisper White rectangle.  Stamp heart centred below it in Merry Merlot.
  3. Glue to the small piece of Basic Grey cardstock then adhere to bottom right of designer paper with dimensionals. (TIP2: Placing this off-centre adds more interest to your card.)

…and if you want to get fancy, decorate your envelope flap too.

  1. Run SNAIL around outside edge of envelope.  Lay piece of DSP on top and trim around flap edges with scissors. (TIP3: I used the leftover piece from my cut for the card front)

Now isn’t that FAST?


pack a punch with a monochromatic colour scheme card


Now it’s your turn to make a monochromatic colour scheme card.  Feel free to pick any ONE colour (make it your favourite!) and a neutral then share your ideas!

Here are the supplies I used which are absolute staples in my craft area.  I can promise you won’t go wrong with any of these in your own paper crafting toolkit.  Thanks for shopping with me!

dad will love a monochromatic colour scheme card


Did you get a one-colour-card made – in time for dad?  Which colour did you go with?  

I know I’ll be playing with my 6”x6” designer series papers in all the colour families a TON over the coming months!  With simple, elegant patterns to more fun and frisky, I’m sure I’ll have something to tickle your creative bone!

So make sure you check back to see what other designs, besides how to make a monochromatic colour scheme card, I come up with!


Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers

Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers

It’s that time of year when almost everyone seems to need simple handmade thank you cards for teachers! So I thought…”that’s-a-down-right-close-to-perfect” idea for a Keep It Simple Sunday project.  So I got down to business with the fabulous set from my next Stampin’ Bingo, Animal Outing.

If you’ve never attended a bingo before, you’re in for a treat!  Not only do you get THIS darling stamp set…

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

…you ALSO get 9 games of BINGO with your besties, a welcome gift, a yummy dessert, make’n take projects and a chance at a grand prize! Sign up today for a fun night out!

There’s absolutely NUTHIN’ I don’t LOVE about this set (and yes, Mrs Fawcett my Grade Ten high school English teacher, wouldn’t be very happy about that double negative sentence! 😬) 

The cute animals, the funky and fun greeting font, the wonderful mix of sentiments…I had a hard time deciding what to stamp first!

But decide I did… and here it is.

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

You have to admit, our wrinkly rhino is gosh-darn super sweet!  And what’s even sweeter?  How easy it was to colour him (not sure why he’s a “him”, but he just IS!)

Take a closer peek at the watercolouring then I’ll give you my sneaky little tip so you can make a batch of these simple handmade thank you cards for teachers in a snap!  

who needs simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

Did you figure out what ink I used?  Tuxedo Black Memento.  

Wait, what?  For watercolouring?  

Well. not normally it’s true.  But here it’s HANDS DOWN the BEST choice. 

Why?  Because rhinoceros-sus are grey!

Here’s the scoop.  Since your Tuxedo Black Memento pad is dye-based and not permanent, as soon as you add water, the colour runs.  And here it ran right into a fully coloured rhino!  Perfection!

Make Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers


  • Watercolour paper – 3 3/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Basic Black cardstock – 4” x 4 3/4”
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Black cord – a piece about 7” long


  1. Stamp rhino and sentiment onto watercolour paper in Memento ink.
  2. Use aqua painter with clear water to colour INSIDE the rhino.  (TIP1: just touch the tip of the aqua painter to the inside edge of the image to get the colour to flow then work into the middle of the image.  TIP2: Make sure you don’t add too much water. Less is more and you can always drop in a couple more drops anytime.  TIP3:  Leave some areas darker for realistic shading.)
  3. While ink is wet, scribble a little bit of Flirty Flamingo marker onto an acrylic block and just tap into his cheek area.
  4. Let dry naturally.  (TIP4:  Use your heat tool to dry more quickly – and set the rest of the Memento ink.)
  5. Scribble marker colours onto an acrylic block and pick up with aqua painter for the grass and bird (Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Mango Melody)
  6. Glue all pieces to the front of the card.
  7. Tie bow in cord using my easy video and adhere with a glue dot.

This brand new cord is great.  It’s quite stiff so you can tie it like we did just now, wrap it around your cardstock (TIP5: use a strong adhesive to hold it in place) or look how cool it is when it unravels!

What’s Next?

So now you’ve got the deets, you just need this fab new set!  You can get it one of two ways!  

  1. Sign up for my Stampin’ BINGO in Central Alberta on June 21st or
  2. Order it today (with all the other supplies too) for quick delivery directly to your home!

Here’s one final gander at this ultra adorable rhino.

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

Did you sign up for the Bingo?  You’ve only got until Tuesday!  Get in on the fun now!

Whatever you decide to make with the cute Animal Outing stamp set, it’s going to get rave reviews from kids and adults alike.  And, I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure your simple handmade thank you cards for teachers will get you an ‘A+’ and move you to the top of any class, even Mrs Fawcett’s!


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