This is my answer to her problem:
“NAME(scream our loud)…what makes you think that brushes are not making nice even shapes? You have a patience of an angel… nice work on your copy and paste job. I attached a file with the ai brush and a file with step by step pictures on how I did it.”
Click here for the ai. (cs5) download of the feathered brush and you can view/ read the tutorial by clicking on the first picture and then looking at the description of each picture.