Monthly Archives: July 2009

August Blog Hop- It’s Your Day!

I know that today is not August 1st so PLEASE do not follow the links below until after that date. I am leaving for Long Beach in the morning and do not want any errors with my blog posts so to be safe I am posting this early!!
We are featuring August’s SOTM, which is It’s Your Day. If you have come here from Lori’s Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you may want to go back to Jena’s and start from the beginning!
This month we have 64 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month’s SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is simple to do – just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Here we go!

I have created a two-page layout using our 9×9 simply snapshots paper in Moon Doggie. I used 3D foam tape to pop up the cake and birthday presents on the layout and I cut apart (yes, you read that right- I said CUT) the stamp on the date line so that I could just use the dotted line. I used this line as a stamped frame around my photos. You can cut your stamps- just be very careful in doing it so that you only separate an image- not destroy it. My arrows were created using Moon Doggie paper and chipboard and to finish the layout I added a tag from the Journey Journaling Spots.
If you would like to purchase this stamp of the month please visit my website at OR email me at
Now hop on over to Dawn’s Blog at

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

On a little bit of a happy high!!

You know those days when a few things go well and you get really happy and excited- well I am feeling it today!!

With all the good news the past two day and going away tomorrow I would not have thought things could get better- but then my fellow Ontario-an Krista Ritskes gave me a blog award and said such lovely things about my artwork!! Thanks again Krista! Check out her blog at

Now I am to pass this on to 15 bloggers I have newly discovered!! What a task- I will try to get to this later today but it may have to wait until I return from Leadership in California on Sunday evening!!

For now here are three ladies off the top!!

Helen- I love her blog- lots of artwork, techniques and great inspiration!!

Nichole- a new blogger who is doing an AWESOME job

Kim- a sideline of mine who is just the sweetest lady ever!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Big Boy School Layout

I created this layout last fall after Austin’s first day of school- despite his face in the picture he was really excited to go (he just wanted me to stop taking photos!!). This is still one of my all time favourite layouts. I used the Notebook paper (which is still my favourite of all time) and the Treasure Life stamp set. The page is actually a Level 1 pre-printed page that I added to. I used staples as one of my main accessories as they really give the page a rough and masculine feel. What a great memory!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

12×12 Layout using Heartfelt Die Cuts

I created this one page layout MONTHS ago when we first came out with the Heartfelt Die Cuts (which I absolutely LOVE!!!). I was very pleased with the finished product and put it on display for my summer catalogue launch. Sadly, the ‘l’ disappeared from my layout that night and no amount of looking had it turn up.
The other day when my son was playing with his toys he was very surprised to find my ‘l’ and really pleased when he saw how happy I was to have it back! I ran down to my scrapbook room and pulled out the layout and have now secured it and photographed it so that I may share it with you.
The paper used is from Moon Doggie and I used our clear buttons backed with Moon Doggie paper as an accessory.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Photo Submissions for Magazine Publications

Have you ever considered submitting your artwork to a national publication?? Wouldn’t it be great to see your stuff on the pages of one of your magazines?? Many times we forget that this option is open to us OR we think that our work is not good enough– well I say take the chance! get it out there- you may surprise yourself!!

These are some pieces that I submitted for two different magazines yesterday. The two scrapbook pages were submitted to Canadian Scrapbooker magazine at – they were looking for a wide variety of things but these were to fit the theme of calendar layout and rink or dreams layout.
The above card and the card that I posted yesterday were submitted to Paper Crafts Magazine at – they are looking for papercrafts featuring trees and BLING!!
Look through what you have made- maybe you already have one that fits one of these categories- take a picture and send it in!! If you get published I would love to know!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Not sure what I think about this card- your advice??

Okay- so I continue to work on contest entries for Leadership- I am determined to make it into the top five in one area at least (although I would also love to win! who would not!!). This is one of the cards for the Three Takes on One Card Contest. CTMH gave us a pattern and we are to make three different cards with it…

I love one of the cards I made and I am satisfied with the other but I am just not sure about this one! If you visit and see this can you please give me your advice!!!

I used re-inker and our pearl paint to colour the background of the card and the flowers (which are fancy cut botanical die-cuts). I also hand stitched the stem with chenille sassy strands.
Thanks for your help!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Great Gifts for Under $1

This is one of the contest areas for Leadership in Long Beach, California next week. Yesterday I was NOT entering in this area of the contest – that was until I set foot in my dollar store and came up with a few ideas!!!

This is one of the things that I came up with (but not my contest entry- that you will have to wait until next week to see). Let me know what you think- the entire thing cost around .45 cents. The key chain part was the most expensive at about .20 cents. The idea behind this is that you could give one to your team members as they reach yearly milestones and they can add it to their key chain– it could be a great conversation starter!!

Although this is not my contest entry I do ask that if you are viewing this that you DO NOT use this idea for your own entry- if I changed my mind I would be very sad to see my idea in someone else’s entry!! But, feel free to recreate for you team OR add an initial and make for hostesses!!

The beads are strips of our paper about 6 inches long and cut to a tapered end. You then wind the piece of paper around the end of your piercing tool and cover in liquid glass as you go- a bit messy but a neat look at the end. I covered my number with matching paper and added the phrase ‘years’ with rub-ons and then covered it with clear embossing powder for durability.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

My Brother’s Wedding Invitation

Today my brother’s fiancee, Lianne, came over with some of her bridesmaids and her mother in order to make her wedding invitations. They just got engaged two weeks ago and have decided to have their wedding this September- it did not leave a lot of time to order stuff.
Since it is a fall wedding they wanted to keep that look throughout the wedding- from dresses to the invites. Lianne looked through my card books and fell in love with the above card (it is in Originals on page 75 “Background Bar”). We made 56 of them today!! They turned out very nice!
To get the colour in the leaves I inked the stamp in the lightest colour and then ‘rock n rolled’ the edges of that stamp in a darker colour before stamping. This made the leaves more fall-like!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er