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Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in Berry Burst, Brusho, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, watercolor | 12 comments

I Think I Love You!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes will be inspired by popular songs – the first is “I Think I Love You.” Our Blog Hop today is jam-packed with projects that are perfect for Valentine’s Day or that showcase love. How sweet is that?! We are excited to share our love-themed creations with you today.After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I was thrilled when Stampin’ Up! added Brusho in the Occasions Catalog!  I love making backgrounds for cards with this crystalized form of watercolor.  Brusho makes this process super fun and easy!  Stampin’ Up! offers 5 colors Moss Green, Brilliant Red, Gamboge, Perssian Blue, and Yellow. I tried out all the colors and they are amazing. I can’t wait to do more with these watercolors. In my process, I did add two ink refill colors to the mix Berry Burst and Wisteria Wonder .   I ended up not using the Perssian Blue and Moss Green backgrounds that I made. I did save them for cards later on, so you will be seeing them soon.

To make all the backgrounds I used what I call smooch & slide.  It is basically, using a block for the smooching technique. The twist is that I slide the block around after smooching it to the paper.  Most of the background has layers of watercolor. Created by using a heat tool to dry the paper between layers of smooching. The heat drying creates the hard edges you see.

After the backgrounds dried, I started making the cards.  I originally was going to use the Lots of Lavender set from Sale-A-Bration.  But, quickly decided that the backgrounds were two bold for such a delicate stamp set.  So, I decided to pull out the Sweet and Sassy framelits.  And then I thought a little more about the song for today’s hop …. I Think I Love You.  And that’s when I knew I had to use the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies from Sale-A-Bration. You get them FREE with $100 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. And,  I Think I Love You is exactly how I feel about these dies! They are a must have!!!

The two cards above use the same heart. The top one is outline after die cutting. I had a hard time trying to figure out how to make the heart pop.  I finally landed on the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper. If I was doing this again I might would make it into a shaker card.  The one right above is the actual heart.  This card came together quite quickly! The heart and the you popped up,  to say Love you. And a splash of thread added a little interest. I love making fun backgrounds. Cause it lends itself quite well to clean and beautiful cards. I wish I had added a few sequins to it for a little extra bling…work was calling so I kept things super simple.

This card is the only card I did no Smooch & Slide with. I simply sprinkled on Brusho and spritz water. And repeated. Then let it dry.  The heart is Berry Burst ink refill that was watered down a bit and I used my wink of Stella pen to add shimmer to it.

It is hard to tell but, the shimmer add a lot of shine to these simple cards.

This is my version of an Eclipse Card. I make them a little different from a lot of people.  Most eclipse cards, for the popped up part they use demintionals.  What I like to do instead is use the die shape stacked on its self. So here I stacked 4 Berry Burst hearts and then the one watercolor heart in top of that.  This give a cool look even from the side! And you can decide how much you want to pop something up!

I hope you can tell how the Berry Burst shows from the side!

The you are simply is from the coordinating stamp set Amazing You. It is FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration. The amazing is die cut from a piece of watercolor background that I did not like as well as the ones I used!  It was perfect for this word die!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hopalong to the next stop on the blog hop,Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Louise Sharp at
  6. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  7. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  12. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  13. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  14. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

I have completely enjoyed sharing with you guys today! Please hope along with the rest of the Royals! I’m sure they all have amazing projects for you today! This group is full of such talent! A special thank you to Mary, Lisa, and Louise for joining us!  You guys are an inspiration to me every day ???


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Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in A nice cuppa, Brusho | 0 comments

A Nice Cuppa and my first Brusho….

I am excitedly getting ready for an Open House this weekend.  We will be making cards, showing items from the  Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog, and Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  There will be door prizes.  And the Spring card class seclude will be available.  (discounts will be available for spring classes)


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Today’s card is all about my favorite stamp set from the Occasions Catalog.  A Nice Cuppa just makes me smile.  I love to have my morning coffee and my afternoon tea.  Not to mention that I have spent many a years working at a “coffee shop”  So, anything that has to do with coffee and tea I am all about.  A nice cuppa

This stamp set is also available in a bundle.  It is bundled with the Cups and Kettle Framelits.  Anytime that Stampin’ Up! bundles items it is an instant 15% savings!!!!  a nice cuppa bundle


Over the weekend I was working with Brusho.  Brusho is this wonderful type of  crystal watercolor.  Because it is granulated you can sprinkle it out to make lots of cool effect.  I am new to Brusho , so I was practicing what I have seen others do with Brusho.  And I will have to say.  It is pretty cool stuff!!!  IMAG2755


A few tips:

  1. The background is watercolor paper with Turquoise Brusho and Lemon Brusho.  Just sprinkle two colors on paper.  Then Sprites.  Watch the magic happen.  Don’t mess with it too much.
  2. The tea cups are stamped in Basic Gray…I had just reinked the stamp pad so it came out really dark.
  3. the Watermelon Wonder panel really makes the card stand out.  The reddish pink is opposite  green on the color wheel.  So they make each other shine!
  4. Don’t forget the inside.  I used a small strip of the watercolor background for the bottom of the card inside.  Then at the top I stamped the sentiment.  This gives me plenty of room to write a little note.


Here is the supply list:  (Brusho is available at Dick Blick)

Supply List

Built for Free Using:My Stampin Blog

Stampin’ Up! makes a great little spritzer that is perfect for this type of project. spritzer
Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations.  Hope each of you have a great Tuesday :>
Much Love,


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