Brushos for backgrounds, the S.B.T.D. February Blog Hop

Brushos ®   are making a debut in our Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and make creating backgrounds so much fun! I knew I had to share a fun background with you for our S.B.T.D. Blog Hop theme this month.

First of all, what are Brushos® ?

They are concentrated watercolor ink crystals that burst with color when you add water. They come in a package that includes 5 containers, 1 each of 5 colors: Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow . Each container contains  0.5 oz. (14 g) of colored crystals.

Now that you know what Brushos® are, let’s see what I have created for you!

I love the look that was achieved by using the Yellow, Gambroge, Brilliant Red Brushos® with Glossy White Cardstock and shelf paper to achieve the look. I sprinkled the Brushos® onto the glossy cardstock and then spritzed them with water using our Stampin’ Spritzers. I let the colors meld a little and then laid the shelf liner on top and let it set on there for about a minute. I loved the texture that was achieved. Here’s a closer look at the background:

Next I embossed the images using Black Embossing Powder. The bird was embossed onto Whisper White Cardstock and then colored with an Aqua Painter and Berry Burst ink. I used Stampin’ Dimansionals to adhere the bird to the card and then layered the Glossy White onto Basic Black and then onto a Berry Burst card base.

We played with backgrounds using this same technique in my Brushos® class tonight. You will want to be sure to come back on Monday when I will share what my students achieved with their take on this background using Brushos®!

See what Susan has in store for you here: 

I invite you to check out the projects from this month’s hoppers by clicking their links below.

Karie Beglau     

Judi Anderson  YOU ARE HERE!

Susan Simpson

Tricia Butts 

Lyndsay LaRae Carara  

Courtenay Heuston

Tashana Lundy 

Carly Middleton    

Sharleen Luciano     

Vicky Thompson 

Anastasia Radloff 

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Fast Fuse Sale is coming!!

The Fast Fuse 5-Day Sale Is Coming!

The response to our Fast Fuse promotion last fall was phenomenal. In fact, it was so overwhelming we simply didn’t have the inventory to keep the deal running! So, as promised, we’re bringing back the Fast Fuse Adhesive deal for five days only—while supplies last! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this promotion, here’s how it works: When you buy ONE Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive refills for FREE!

This deal will start on February 8 and end on February 12. Remember, that’s five days only—while supplies last! Be sure to mark your calendars and prepare to stock up and save!

For every 1 of: Fast Fuse Adhesive  #129026  you purchase. . .  

This new super-strength adhesive bonds instantly and neatly. Safe for memory preservation projects! It goes on quickly and easily which makes it great for 3-D items.


You receive 2 Fast Fuse Refills


                     Feb 8-12

                   ONLY WHILE QUANTITIES LAST!


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Yep, you read that correctly. Sale-A-Bration is the perfect time to try out our Paper Pumpkin prepaid subscriptions. Why now? Because they you automatically earn FREE Sale-A-Bration item(s) when you purchase a 3-, 6-, or 12-month prepaid subscription. What better time to embark on your Paper Pumpkin experience than now? Sign up before February 10th so you don’t miss out on this month’s kit!

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Did you know that people have been enjoying our monthly Paper Pumpkin Kits for 5 years? As part of our anniversary celebration, we have a fun surprise for our subscribers: a March kit that includes a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box. The Fifth Anniversary celebration begins February 11 and runs until March 10.

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Did you hear? New Sale-A-Bration items coming on February 15th!

You read that right~ we have NEW Sale-A-Bration items for you to choose from coming  on February 15th! I am loving the new Designer Series Paper and can’t wait to get the bundle that includes a wonderful NEW embossing folder! Would you like to get a Sneak Peek? Just click this photo of the brochure to see what’s coming.

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Heart Happiness for any occasion, SBTD January Blog Hop

You will find yourself reaching for the Heart Happiness stamp set (145769) for just about any occasion, that is why I chose it for this month’s Stampers By The Dozen Blog Hop. I always love it when the design of a stamp set lends itself to a variety of occasions without much effort on my part. How about you?

The Heart Happiness was on the top of my list when I looked through the newly released Occasions Catalog. I envisioned wedding, just for you, birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, butterflies, and, of coarse, Valentine cards when I first saw the images.  When I can see using a set more than one idea it’s a winner!  I will be sharing a few cards with this set today, none are Valentine cards!

This first card is one I taught at my Coffee and A Card Class I hold locally monthly. Attendees couldn’t believe the built-in texture to the striped image. When stamping it in one color, it automatically gives you different depth of color. We added a Stampin’ Spritzer and used 2 colors in creating our card.


We stamped the heart, using Peek A Boo Peach and Flirty Flamingo, spritzed it, & stamped one heart directly onto the card front and one on a scrap. This is a fun technique as each one comes out different! We fussy cut the heart on the scrap and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. And those coordinating pearls, they were done using the Dark Calypso Coral Blend.  The verse is found in the Picture Perfect Birthday set (145519). Here is another variation of this card. This one the heart directly on the card front was stamped twice, first and second generation. By slightly offsetting the layers it gave motion to those hearts!


I love polka dots and strawberries, can you see where I’m going with this? TO get more bang for my buck I paired the polka dot heart with the Tutti-frutti 6×6 Designers Series Paper (DSP) (#145606). These paper stacks are perfect for card making and memory keeping! I turned to my  dark Night of Navy Blend (144039) to color the Pearl Perfect Jewels to mimmick the blueberries in the DSP.

Here is another take on this same card:

 Be sure to click the link below to go to see the idea Susan has for you this month.

I hope I have made your creative juices begun to flow with ideas for this Heart Happiness set that is found on page 20 of the newly released Occasions Catalog (click to view). If you’d like your own copy to browse just contact me today!

Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is also going on right now. Choose a SAB item FREE with a qualifying purchase. View the catalog here.

You can earn your favorite SAB item just by adding a few items to your Heart Happiness stamp set today!


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Karie Beglau     

Judi Anderson   YOU ARE HERE!

Susan Simpson 

Tricia Butts  

Lyndsay LaRae Carara  

Courtenay Heuston 

Tashana Lundy   

Carly Middleton     

Sharleen Luciano              

Vicky Thompson 

Anastasia Radloff 

Smitten Mittens all warm and cozy

Who doesn’t love feeling all warm and cozy in this cold season weather? Mittens keep your fingers so warm during the season’s cold so what better stamp set to reach for than Smitten Mittens? I learned long ago that hues of pink help warm your complexion so I chose Powder Pink to hoping it would help give that warm and fuzzy feeling to this card.

Using Sahara Sand and the Cable Knit embossing folder was a good decision ( I am loving this color combination!!) and the Shimmery Satin Blush Blossom ribbon gives it a soft feeling. The tiny mittens and snowflakes are the perfect embellishments for this card. Now as I look at this card while writing this post it reminds me of my daughter when she was little and had a cable knit blankie with satin ribbon binding.

The Smitten Mittens Bundle will not be available after January 2nd. Be sure to check out the newly added items to the Clearance Rack too! Be sure to check out other projects using the Smitten Mittens Bundle HERE.

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I don’t know about you, but when I finished assembling this card I feel that is is just like a nice warm,soft blanket you could get all snuggly warm and all cozy with.

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Smitten Mittens for this month’s “From the Heart” SBTD Blog Hop

I’ve chosen to use the Smitten Mittens Bundle for this month’s SBTD Blog Hop theme, “From the Heart. I love creating, sharing, and teaching how to make cards, projects and gift from the heart so I am loving the theme!

As we go into the holidays I am reminded of my younger days when we would make gifts for friends and family. The fun we had creating and the excitement of giving and receiving those gifts will always hold a place in my heart. I have taught my children, and now my grandchildren, that the most treasured gifts are those you hand make and put your heart into. I chose the Smitten Mittens Bundle because the warmth mittens give you is like the warmth you get when hand made gifts are given and received.


This first project is a simple gift tag cut from the Christmas Around the World Design

er Series Paper (DSP)(144629) This Basic Gray, Soft Sky, & Whisper White design has a “fuzzy” look to it. I wanted to keep the warmth feeling so I used Very Vanilla cardstock for the cuff and snowflake and sponged around the mitten using Basic Gray ink. I folded a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in 1/2 and then cut a mitten from it by making sure the top of the mitten was above the fold. I adhered the DSP to this which created a nice note tag.


A gift tag needs packaging so I created this coordinating gift box. The base is Soft Sky cardstock and the top is Basic Gray with the images stamped in Whisper White. I tied some 3/8″ Classic Weave Soft Sky Ribbon around the box.

I then decided that the mitten would make an adorable treat box. I cut 2 mittens from the same snowflake DSP. I then cut a piece of Basic Gray cardstock 2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored 1/2″ along each long side. Making “v” cuts up to the score lines allow the strip to bend around the curves of the mitten. This is what it looked like

I used Fast Fuse to adhere the strip to the front and back mittens to create the treat box.

The next wasn’t planned, I just lucked out! The strip was longer than what I needed, gee, this extra makes a great lid! 

I did end up taking my Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker and colored the back of the mitten thumbs because the back side had a print on a white background.

My mind was spinning with ideas as I was creating the projects for the SBTD Blog Hop. I have a card idea that I will be sharing on Monday so you will want to be sure to come back!

I am sure you will want to see everyone’s projects, click below to see what Susan has for you this month. 

I hope you enjoyed my projects using the Smitten Mitten Bundle and hope that you too, give some hand-made gifts from your heart this holiday season.

  1. Rachel Pine               
  2. Karie Beglau               
  3. Judi Anderson         (you are here)     
  4. Susan Simpson             
  5. Tricia Butts  
  6. Lyndsay LaRae Carara                 
  7. Courtenay Heuston
  8. Tashana Lundy
  9. Carly Middleton     
  10. Sharleen Luciano            
  11. Anastasia Radloff  

Don’t forget to reserve your Stamparatus here!    ( be sure to sign in to your online account!) Reservation period ends December 30th.

Thank you for taking a look at my blog today, I hope you are enjoying our SBTD Blog Hop. If you are in the US and are looking for a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be yours! Our 2018 Occassions and Sale A Bration Catalogs will soon be released, if you are not currently working with a demonstrator and would like a copy please let me know and I will send them to you.


 Until we meet again. . .

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Reserve your Stamparatus beginning today!

So much has been happening & I didn’t want you to miss reserving your Stamparatus beginning today and going through December 30th.

Reserve now for the December 5–30, 2017 reservation window. The reservation window opens at 2:00 PM (MT) on December 5. While supplies last.

  • The first reservation window was while supplies last. For the second reservation window, we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations we will accept. The reservation window will stay open from December 5-30.
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Are you on my list ~New 2018 Occasions and SaleABration Catalogs are coming!

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Want to receive your own FREE copy of the NEW 2018 Occasions and SaleABration?

If you have placed an order through me in the past 6 months I will be sending yours in the mail. If not, and you are not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to mail you one. Just send me an email ( and I will be happy to put you on my mailing list. If you email me before November 29th you will be one of the first to receive your copies.


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Holiday All Day Stamp Camp Fun

All seats were filled at my All Day Holiday Stamp Camp last weekend! Attendees enjoyed learning new special folds, quick & cute holiday cards, gift packaging & tags.

I wanted to share more gifting ideas so each person had an assortment of 3 gift bags filled with goodies (I showed one of them on Friday) setting at their seat when they arrived. Some of the treat bags were filled with products we would be using throughout the day with extras to take home to use to recreate the projects they learned plus more. ( I forgot to take pictures of the seating with the gifts). One held goodies to snack on throughout the day.  I shared that cute & quick treat bag Yesterday.

If you have ever attended one of my All Day Stamp Camps you know that I ask if there is anything you are wanting to learn to do. I try to bring you at least one requested project if possible. Eileen requested to learn how to make a tunnel card while at my last stamp camp so it was our second project of the day. She saw a video that Liz Yuille (an U.K. demonstrator) shared but she was having trouble recreating it.  I taught them some of my tips and tricks on putting this type of card together and gave them ideas on how to use stamps they already owned to make more of these on their own. Eileen said my tips were very helpful and she felt she could now make it on her own.

Here are a few photos of the day.

Here’s Lynndee showing her support for Stampin’ Up! by turning her Dutch Letter into SU!

Have you ever had a Dutch letter pastry? They are WONDERFUL!! They are a light pastry with an almond filling.

These tables are hard at work!

Gift Card holders are always welcome this time of year! I overheard several say they will be making this one again!

Gail is making sure her gift box goes together smoothly.

It was fun to see how adorable all the boxes were with the different Designer Series Papers. They were able to choose their own patterns from the goodie bag they received.

Lynndee is making her tag using the Felt Stitched Shapes that were in another goodie bag. Add some more Designer Series Paper, a silver foil doily and some punched trim and you have an adorable gift tag to add to the gift box they just made.

Lots of laughing and chatting as they decided what they were going to purchase over dessert. Everyone who purchased got to choose a wrapped gift under the ornament tree.

I’d like to give a big Thank You to Peanuts Bar & Grill for letting us spend the day stamping, learning & laughing the day away.

Watch for my next big event, My Weekend Getaway, coming February 2,3 &4!  We’d love to have you join us for some stamping & crafting fun. We even have tables for those who love to scrapbook to join us.

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Let me help you ease the stress of the upcoming holidays~ classes coming in December. Check My Calendar of Events, RSVP & lets create together !


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