Monthly Archives: September 2009

The October Blog Hop is Coming!!

The October Blog Hop is just around the corner- so to get you started here is a little teaser!!
Now we have changed how the blog hop was set up as our group just kept getting bigger- I will now be one stop in a smaller group hop (about 25 consultants) and on the 1st I will supply the link to the other groups so that if you want you can hop some more!!
The card below uses the October Stamp of the Month: Holiday Warmth. I second generation stamped the background with a snowflake image from the set. I used paper and stickease from our Jingel Paper Pack and Jingle Stickease Pack- and topped it all off with some sparkles and fun flock! All product is CTMH.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

A Pampered Bride!

This is another layout I created this weekend at my scrapbook retreat. It is of my sister-in-law’s Pampered Bride Shower that I had for her. We all had a lovely time and I thought it would be nice to create some layouts for her- so this should be the beginning of a few- the rest will focus on the wedding!

To create this layout I used a pattern out of Imagine, Bella Paper Pack, Clear Buttons, Creme Brulee Ribbon and Flower Chipboard Die-Cuts- all product is Close to my Heart. This also qualifies for some challenges on the challenge blog hop- see the Practical Scrappers link on my sidebar for more information!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

ScrapFIT Happy Fall Card

Here is my Happy Fall card for the ScrapFIT challenge!

To create this fall card I used Jingle background and texture paper, Twilight cardstock and Colonial White Cardstock. For my leaves I used our new Wonder Heartfelt Die-cuts (and if you have been following you know how much I love these). I handstiched the veins in the felt with some embroidery floss.
My twilight cardstock has some leaves embossed into it (and sanded to make them pop). I created these my stamping a leave image on the back side and them using my stylus to go over the outline and the veins- then I flipped it back over and sanded!! To finish it all off I ink distressed and used our edge distressor on the edges of all the papers and then added a piece of chocolate ribbon!!
All supplies are Close to my Heart.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

A Wedding and a Scrapbook Retreat!

Needless to say I had a very busy weekend but it was wonderful!! My little brother Aaron tied the knot on Saturday with Leann- they are pictured above with the wedding party. The wedding took place at a park in Bala, ON- and with the lake and the leaves turning the setting was beautiful!!

On top of all that- this was also the weekend for my fall retreat that I run with my friend Audrey. (Yep- I left to attend the wedding and returned after the reception)- despite being a few hours short I still got lots of stuff done including this layout of my son, Austin, on Canada Day this year. He was relaxing on the blanket watching the fireworks and looked so grown up and casual!

To get in all the pictures of Austin for this layout I used my flip flap memory protectors and made this little book for part of the layout- I added tabs on each photo using the ‘Just for Boys’ stamp set. I also used some chipboard die-cuts which qualifies this layout for the Practical Scrappers challenge this week!!

Watch for more posts this week on some of my weekend work!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Challenge Blog Hop

If you are looking for some fun and exciting prizes- and a great event- be sure to check out Practical Scrappers tomorrow for the Challenge Blog Hop!!
Click here for more information!
I know my blog has been quiet and I am away at a retreat this weekend but be sure to check back next week for some fantastic new art work that I create this weekend!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Blog Candy Give Away- Quest for 100!

This is my first blog candy give away and my first quest- I am determined to reach 100 followers and in order to do that I am going to give away some fabulous Close to my Heart goodies!!! In order to get the goodies you must sign up as a follower (and current followers can get in on the action) and then post in my comments – please leave your blog here so I can visit!! You then must post about my blog candy on your blog with a link back to me!! That is it- as soon as I reach 100 followers I will draw for the above items:
Christmas Memory Keeper box
Christmas Fabric Tags
Dimensional Elements Ribbon Accents
Tin (great to decorate!!)
It’s Your Day Stamp Set
Good luck !!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

My love affair with Felt!!

Yes- it probably comes as no surprise if you follow my blog how much I love felt. This week the challenge at Practical Scrappers was to use felt- I was in heaven!!! Sadly though time was short for me this week- with two siblings getting married and most of the feastivities around that happening in September it has been a little crazy. So, in the interest of time I took a layout I had begun to work on (and posted the partially finished piece a while back) and finished it with a focus on felt.

All of the felt used is from CTMH’s Hearfelt Die Cuts Wonder pack- the colour for the ones I used is chocolate. The paper is our new Grace paper and I used twilight brads to accent the scalloped circle and my mushrooms.

If you search my blog for felt you will find all the other lovely things that I have done with this versatile product!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Practical Scrappers Weekend Challenge Layout

This weekend the challenge at Practical Scrappers was around the sketch above- what a great way to play!! I took on the challenge and worked in this weeks featured product- felt!!

My layout uses Backcountry Paper, Heartfelt Wonder Die Cuts, liquid glass and a diecut chipboard scallop- all supplies by CTMH. Just before summer ended my family and I traveled North to visit family in Timmins- we stopped in Sudbury for a quick overnight and do see some of the local attractions. On the way up to Timmins from Sudbury is Onaping Falls- made famous through the paintings of A.Y. Jackson- a member of the Group of Seven. I can certainly see why he enjoyed this lovely spot!

This is a close up of my title where I used liquid glass on the scallop and on my title. The title part echos the froth that is always found at the base of a waterfall.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

A Vest is Best!!

Practical Scrappers Challenge this week was Stickers- use them up in an unusual way. Well, I have had this vision in my head for a long time so I decided to play along. Now this turned out completely different then I had expected- BUT I am very pleased!! This layout used up a lot of the alphabet stickers I have collected (and I have a lot) and captured my son’s first day of school outfit perfectly!!
My journaling describes how he wanted a puffy vest while we were in the mall looking at school clothes. I had no idea what he meant and kept showing him sweater vests and insisting that he must mean one of them. Finally we walked into one store that had what he wanted- he marched up to the rack and said in such a grown up voice- “Now this is what I came to the mall for!”
Here are the details on how I created the background- I collected some stickers (I ended up using almost four sheets of CTMH alpha stickease) that were different fonts and colours. I then stuck them on the background paper working from the bottom corner up and out. I made sure to mix up sizes, styles and direction for a fun look.

Once I completed that I picked my ink colour (Grey Wool) and got out my rubber brayer- then I inked up and got braying!!

This is a close up of the main focal area- and my title “Vest is Best”- I worked it into the sticker background and highlighted it with liquid glass so that it sticks out but does not compete too much with my busy page!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Twitterpatted All Sorts Album – Part Two

If you saw my post from earlier in the week then you saw the first few pages of my All Sorts Album using Twitterpatted paper, the Grown with Love stamp set and some of our new accessories.

These are some of the other pages- not all of them but the ones that I thought were worth a look. I cannot wait for fall so that I can get some pictures in this cute album!!


Until we craft again, The Brae-er