Sunday, February 25, 2018

NC Blog Hop - Brusho

Welcome to the NC Blog Hop.  We are happy to share our projects with you.  We are all SICK of winter so we thought we'd make a few projects that will have us thinking of warmer days to come.  Although I really can't complain.  The past few days we have had record warm days here in the Charlotte / Lake Norman area and it is supposed to continue into next week.

I dusted off a stamp set that I haven't used in a while, Pocket Full of Sunshine.  This is a great stamp set for making masculine cards as well as card for the teenagers in your family.

I also used a new product (Brusho) that you can find in the Occasions catalog.  I actually got my Brusho several weeks ago but have not had the chance to play with it.  Today was the day!

Brusho is made up of watercolor ink crystals.  The perfect "canvas" for using them is either Watercolor Paper (which is what I used) or SU's Shimmery White card stock.  When you get your Brusho, do NOT take the lid off!  The powder is super fine and will go everywhere.  Simply grab a push pin, pierce the top and use the push pins for the seal on the bottles.  Each Brusho package includes 5 pots - Brillant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, and Yellow.

You can use Brusho in a variety of different strengths to achieve different washes.  Standard strength can be used a straight forward painting to add washes of color over a design.  More diluted Brusho is excellent for producing pale washes of color.  For extremely intense vibrant colors, only add a very small amount of water to the Brusho.

You can mix Brusho into infinite shades by varying the amount of water.  The colors are fully inter-mixable, making them easy to experiment with.  Try using a sponge or a soft brush to paint with.  Another method is Ink & Wash where you apply Brusho as a wash of paint to inked images to bring an element of color.  First though, make sure that your image has been stamped with waterproof ink!  You can also use Brusho with a mask and apply it either with a brush or with a spritzer.

Also try using Brusho as a Resist Technique!  Stamp your image in Versamark and emboss with any of SU's embossing powders.  Heat set the image; then use one of the following ways to add the Brusho:
  • Mix water with a bit of Brusho sprinkled on an acrylic block.  Paint over the image to form a background using an Aqua Painter.
  • Spritz watercolor paper with water and then sprinkle Brusho on and watch it spread (that is what I did with my card.)
  • Use an Aqua Painter to distribute color where you want it.
  • Allow to dry naturally or use the heat tool to speed it along.
Here is the first piece I made using Brusho.  I will use it later in making a card.

Have you been watching the Olympics?  I have so much respect for all the athletes participating!  We have watched them every night for the last two weeks.   After tonight's closing ceremony, I think we will go into Olympic withdrawal!!  My favorites this past week were the shoot-out for the girls hockey team to win Gold and the Curling event which netted the guys a Gold medal!  Here's a card I made for the Olympics also using Brusho.  This time I used my Aqua Painter to move the ink where I wanted it.

Brusho is a fun technique that is pretty easy to do!  Give it a try!

I hope you have enjoyed my Brusho card.  Now make sure you "hop" along to the next blog on the list.  I know Laurie has something special to share with you.


Friday, February 23, 2018

February Stamp Club Projects - Lots to Love & Waterfront!!

These are the projects we made in Stamp Club this month.

We first made a little box using the Lots to Love Framelits Dies from the Occasions catalog.  It is really easy to miss this set of dies - I did the first 2-3 times I went through the catalog.  But I really love this little box and it is super easy to make.  I used it at Valentine's and made a bunch of little boxes that I filled with Dove chocolates. 

Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes (page 19 of Occasions) were decorated using the 6"x6" Picture Perfect Party DSP.  This DSP makes it super easy to create simple birthday cards!   I gave them their choice of using the Bird Banter stamp set or the We Must Celebrate critters (below).  Blender pens were used to color with.

These are a couple of the Valentine boxes that I made to give to friends.  The hearts framelits are included in the Lots to Love dies.  I just used some old DSP that I had on hand to decorate the boxes.

We also made two cards using the wonderful Waterfront set.  I think this is one of my all time favorite stamp sets!  I wanted the gals to see how versatile AND how easy it is to use this set and make a masterpiece!  Think I sold four sets last week!

The beach scene:

The mountain scene:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Best Laid Plans!

I decided to make this a priority today!  I think I am just getting lazy and not scheduling any posts.  I am going to try to do better .... but no promises!!  I am the same way with logging in my meals for Weight Watchers.  Now that I am in the "maintaining" position, I have slipped a LOT in counting points and not eating the smart way I should.  Need to get these Dove chocolates (my fav!) out of the house!!  Going out for lunch is not great for my plan either!  Today it was with friends to Outback which recently opened in Mooresville.  OMG - just looked at points for the 6 Coconut Shrimp that I had and they were 20 pts!!  Then add in the French Onion Soup for 8 points and I have exceeded my point count for the day!  Luckily, I didn't eat breakfast (saving up for lunch!) and am making a Chicken Taco Soup that is zero points!  Yesterday, I played bridge and our hostess was really good about planning our entree to make it gluten free and fat free.  It was a delicious taco soup.  BUT .... then the dessert was served and this gal can't say no to dessert!  She had devils food cake with something on top, served with fresh whipped cream AND Bailey's liquor drizzled on the cream - quite decadent!  But we couldn't stop there!  Oh no, then we all had to try a shot of the Bailey's Chocolate Cherry liquor!  I didn't bother to add up those points!  I'm still at my goal weight (at least I was when I weighed in last night) but if I continue to eat like that, I won't be!

(NOTE - I think I was jinxed!  I wrote the above paragraph yesterday mid-day.  I downloaded pictures from my phone to include in this blog posting and would you believe - my computer would not connect to internet after that.  I have been working on getting it fixed since about 4:00 on Tuesday until 6:30 Wednesday night!  I did all I could do before calling for help this afternoon.  Luckily one of our friends that lives in the next subdivision is a computer "guru" and was able to help me.  Although he did admit to me when I told him everything I have tried to do to fix the problem that I probably knew as much about it as he did.  We finally got it running and he installed a malware program and a cleaner program on my computer.  So now I can share some cards with you!)


I think this stamp set is so cute.  It is on page 39 of Occasions Catalog - We Must Celebrate.  I used my Blends to color the little guys.

I decided I might get more use out of the stamp set if I cut all the little critters apart.  Some of them are pretty close together but if you are real careful, you can cut between them.  Then you can make a card like this one easily!  Again I used my Blends to color them.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


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