"Brusho-ed" Blessings!

At our March Inspiration Night we were blessed to have a very special guest, my very sweet friend Lynsay Mahon.  As you may know from my previous post, Lynsay and her daughter were here during Spring Break.  The timing of Lynsay's visit was perfect because I had my monthly downline Inspiration Night scheduled during the time she was here.  That meant that all my downline and stamping sisters could have an opportunity to be inspired and learn from the best.

Lynsay Mahon at Inspiration Night

Lynsay Mahon at Inspiration Night

Lynsay opened by sharing her Stampin' Up! story.   It was fun to hear about the first workshop she hosted for her Mom.  Lynsay did it as a favor to her Mom but really had no interest in stamping! After having the opportunity to see the products and spend time looking through the catalog, she decided to join!  Her Mom was surprised and delighted to have her daughter as a new recruit.

Lynsay set goals early and created a plan to really work the business.  With much hard work on her part she rose to be the number one demonstrator in Canada on more than one occasion.  Lynsay has also earned many other top honors, awards and incentive trips throughout the 15 years she has been with Stampin' Up!

Lynsay shares at Inspiration Night

Lynsay shares at Inspiration Night

Lynsay is such an excellent speaker.  We were all inspired by what she shared about the Stampin' Up! experience.

After she shared Lynsay began to lead us in a technique class that featured Brusho.  Brusho is one of our newest products, it is watercolor crystals.  Lynsay showed us how to use it in many different ways.

Here are the projects Lynsay shared with us.

Brusho Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Brusho Projects - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When you use the Brusho Watercolor Crystals on your projects, it is fun to watch the color burst and come alive when you activate them with water,

Let me share with you a closer look at the Brusho techniques Lynsay taught us.  

For card number one we took a Thank You stamp from the "Thankful Thoughts" stamp set and stamped it on a piece of Shimmery White Card Stock using a Black Archival stamp pad.  We then took the Blue Brusho and sprinkled it around the stamped words.  To make the Brush spread we spritzed water on top and then watched the magic happen.  The colors spread in a random pattern.  If you don't like the color, you can add more.  If it didn't spread enough, just add more water.  

Thankful Thoughts Brusho Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Thankful Thoughts Brusho Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

If you don't like the pattern, you can even use an aqua painter to move the color around.  

Each card will come out looking unique and different.  Since Perfect White accents were the featured embellishment of the night we added a few on each project.  

It's important to let the card stock dry before adhering it  You can either let it dry naturally or use a heat tool to speed up the process.  If the card stock curls because it was saturated with a lot of water then after it dries use Tear N Tape to the back to stick it down.

For the next project we stamped a heart from the "Sure Do Love You" stamp set.  We then sprinkled a line of red Brusho crystals across the top of the Shimmery White Card Stock.  We carefully placed a wet baby wipe over the crystals and then dragged the color across the card to create the look below.

Sure Do Love You Brusho Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Sure Do Love You Brusho Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Project number three was made with our Shimmery Embossing Paste.  We took one of our decorative masks and laid it over the corner of the shimmery card stock.  Then we took a pallet knife and spread a thin layer of embossing paste over the mask.  We removed and cleaned the mask right away so that the quick drying paste would not be permanently stuck to the mask. Then we sprinkled some Brusho over the embossed area and sprayed it with water the same way we did on the first card.  

I think it came out beautiful, don't you?

Lovely Wishes Brush Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lovely Wishes Brush Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The final project was this cute lemonade holder.

Lemon Zest Project - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Lemon Zest Project - www.stampedwithaloha.com

For this project Lynsay showed how you can use brusho to create colorful sheets of paper by combining colors and spritzing them with water.  You can also use an aqua painter to make a unique design with the crystals as you brush them around the card stock.  After the paper dries you have uniquely colored card stock that you can use with your punches.  I just love the little speckles that are on the leaves that give them character.  

We used the Lemon Builder Punch to create this cute lemon that is the focal point of this fun project.

Jodi and Berd - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Jodi and Berd - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Everyone really seemed to enjoy creating Lynsay's fun projects.

Inspiration Night with Lynsay

Inspiration Night with Lynsay

Everyone was really appreciative that she would take time out of her vacation to bless us with her talents.

Inspiration Night with Lynsay - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Inspiration Night with Lynsay - www.stampedwithaloha.com

There was so much positive feedback this month I definitely want to find a way to have Lynsay come back and share with us again in the future.

As I drove Lynsay to the airport later that evening she told me how blessed I was to have such lovely ladies on my team.  I am glad she witnessed first hand all of the aloha we share when we are together.

Penny and Annette at Inspiration Night

Penny and Annette at Inspiration Night

I am certainly blessed not only to have such a fabulous stampin' Ohana but also to have such a special Stampin' Sister as Lynsay.  

Cindy and Lynsay at Inspiration Night.

Cindy and Lynsay at Inspiration Night.

Mahalo Lynsay for sharing your Inspiration, Creativity, and Love.  We were all tremendously blessed to have you at our Inspiration Night!

Stamped and "Brusho-ed" Blessings,

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counting My Blessings

Greetings from the beautiful state of Utah.  Today I am writing from Salt Lake City where I am awaiting the start of Stampin' Up's On Stage Convention which begins this week.

I love attending Stampin' Up! events.  One of my favorite things to do is to "Swap" cards with other demonstrators.  This year I brought 100 cards to swap, that is a lot less than the 300 I have brought to events in the past.  The reason why I love to swap is that I only had to come up with one idea and when I trade my idea with other demonstrators, I come home with a variety of different styles of cards that I can share with my customers.

Today I want to share with you a card I made for a private swap I joined with my advisory board sisters.  This card is one that I made a few months ago at the end of my treatment for breast cancer.  It was inspired by two unexpected gifts I received in one week.  The first gift was from Jill.

Glass Pineapple Gift

Glass Pineapple Gift

Jill knew I loved pineapples and was in the middle of decorating my new Stamp Studio.  I hadn't owned a completely clear pineapple like this one, so I was so honored she would think of packaging this one up and mailing such a special gift all the way from Florida.  I was truly blessed.  

The second gift came from Leanna.  Leanna gave me this beautiful blanket that she had crocheted in a pineapple pattern.  

Special Gift from Leanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Special Gift from Leanna - www.stampedwithaloha.com

I was brought to tears by this special gift because Leanna had an injury awhile back and crocheting (something that is her passion) has been more difficult for her to do because it can be painful.  So to think she took the time to make me this beautiful vanilla colored blanket meant so much to me.  It was truly a labor of love and one that I will treasure.

The week I received these gifts, I created a "punch art" pineapple thank you card that was inspired by these two thoughtful gifts.

Punch Art Elegant Pineapple Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Punch Art Elegant Pineapple Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card was created with Very Vanilla Card Stock.  I textured the base with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I then aded another vanilla layer that had a  Gold Foil Base.  The pineapple was created with the largest oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  When I cut the Oval I made sure a small portion of the bottom was off the edge so it would produce a flat bottom.  If you just cut out the entire oval you could also use scissors to cut a tiny piece of the bottom off to make it flat, either way works!!!.

Let me tell you about the paper I used to cut the oval.  It is a piece from the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper which is item number #144143 and a part of the Bundle of Love Suite pictured on pages 102 and 103 of Stampin' Up! Catalog.  If you aren't planning a baby shower or wedding, you might just skip over this paper, but DON'T.  It is GORGEOUS!!!! It is a heavyweight paper that has gold foil design on one side and 6 vanilla/soft sky and 6 vanilla/blushing bride on the other.  The gold foil designs are so beautiful and shiny and really stand out on your projects!  

To top off the pineapple I used our new Lemon Builder Punch and cut out 5 leaves from Gold Foil paper to create a pineapple crown.  The finishing touch was a double flower created with the Blooming Heart Thinlits and a Thank You sentiment stamped from the One Big Meaning stamp set on a piece of Vanilla Card Stock that had been trimmed using the Triple Banner Punch.  A jewel Rhinestone was added to the center of the flower to add the final bling to this elegant pineapple card.

I am really thankful for these two beautiful friends who blessed me with unexpected gifts and support during a difficult season in my life.  

November is the time of year that we remember to be thankful and count our blessings.  Today, at the start of this new month I am doing just that.  Feeling thankful to be here in Utah as a result of doing a job that I love.  Thankful for the friends who have become like family both in my downline, customers and other demonstrators from around the world.  Grateful to God that I am healthy and feeling better than ever!  Blessed to have just celebrated 29 years of marriage to my wonderful husband and elated to be in a season where both of my children will be getting married soon!  God is so good and I am truly counting my blessings today.  

Jill and Leanna took the time out of their busy schedule to do something special for me.  They not only inspired this card but also they reminded me of how important it is to be a blessing to others.  Today I am inspired by their kindness and hope you will feel that way too.

Counting my blessings!

Cindy

 

 

 

 

Magical Mermaid

Recently I've been inspired to do more punch art.  It's probably because of all the cute cards my downline Jodi of The Stampin' Owl has been sharing with me.  As I was designing swap cards for my recent trip to Thailand, I decided to see if I could come up with a punch art mermaid card.  

I'm usually a "three strikes and your out" kind of stamper.  This means that if I try working on something but after the third try if it doesn't come out, I give up and move on to something else.  For this particular card, I tried a couple of different combinations of punches and it just wasn't coming together.  I was just about to give up but I tried one final time and I'm so glad I persisted because this is what I came up with.

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Isn't she sweet?  She reminds me of this little mermaid who comes to swim in our pool often.

Raymee the Mermaid

Raymee the Mermaid

Would you like to know what punches to use so you can make one of these cute punch art mermaids?

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

The tail was made with our new Pretty Label punch.  I took scissors and cut off the sides as shown in the chart above.  I used glue dots to attach the fins which were leaves from the lemon builder punch and then I placed the constructed tail into the Garden Trellis Embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot to add texture.  

Since I was making this for a swap I punched several of the pieces I needed so that it made assembling a bunch of mermaids quick, simple and fun.

Building Mermaids

Building Mermaids

I drew faces on each mermaid using a journaling pen.  I gave them rosey cheeks by dipping a pencil eraser in pink pirouette ink.  It was really fun making these, every time I'd finish one of their faces I would smile!

Punch Art Mermaids

Punch Art Mermaids

To add the sequins to the shells I used a piercing tool and some liquid glue.  I just love how the little sequins sparkle and shine.

In our new catalog we have a stamp set that is called Magical Mermaid so that is where I got the sentiment for this card.  

I had a blast creating these cute and colorful swaps!  I hope that they brightened the day of each person who received one.  I hope that they loved them as much as I loved creating them.

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes,

Cindy