Monthly Archives: October 2009

Happy Halloween Party!!

As we get ready to embark on our annual trick-or-treat trek I thought it would be nice to send out wishes to all of you!! Hope you have a fabulous evening that leads to lasting memories!!

Here are a few of ours from this season- my son, Ausin, will be scaring his friends as Raphael from the TMNT’s. He loves that he has already had a chance to wear this costume- to school and to TWO parties!!

One of the parties we attended was last night- below was our host for the evening- the Vampire Royce!!

This I just had to share- Royce’s mother, Sarah, made the most amazing cupcakes for the kids- this was just one of them!! There were mummies, pumpkins and owls- spooktacular fun!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Snowman Can

At this time of year I spend most of my crafting time getting ready for Holiday craft shows- I LOVE this time of year!! I get to have fun creating- share my art with others and visit other vendors!! One of the projects that I am working on is a Snowman Can!!

Take one empty paint can- I got mine at Home Depot- and decorate to suit your needs- fill with snowman makings!

To create my snowmen to decorate my paint can I used the All Decked Out Stamp set, Watercolour pencils and a blending pen. I coloured and shaded my snowman pieces. Then I cut them pieces out.

After I cut them out I glued the pieces together to get the desired look- are they not super- cute!! Below is a view of the top of my paint can. I just stamped on the cardstock and added some ribbon to the handle to add some extra fun.

And here is a side view of my can- each can has three snowmen. Inside the can there is a hat, mits, scarf, large buttons for the eyes and some coal for the mouth!! Just add a carrot and you are ready to go!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

It’s What’s Inside that Counts

and yet we spend tons of time on the outside of our projects rarely adding anything beyond a sentiment to the inside. Today I challenge you- when making your next project (especially a card) create an extra embellishment for the inside!! In my above card I stamped an extra present and adhered it to the inside of my card to carry the theme through!

Products used: Jingle Paper, Holiday Wishes stamp set, Adhesive backed Pearls, Watercolour pencils and Blending Pen- all product is CTMH.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Back from the land of the Undead!

Now that I have finished all the Sookie Stackhouse novels that are currently available (next one is not out until May) I am free to return to my life!! Of course there are always other great books to get drawn into but since our town library is about to close for a month before building begins on a new building – I think I am safe for a while!
As a celebration of my return I made two cards- one to post today and one tomorrow! Today’s card is a lovely fall card using the Grown with Love stamp set. The pattern is from Originals and the paper is from the Grace paper pack. This was one of the card that I attendees to my home gatherings made in October.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Where oh where is the Brae-er???

I have been MIA for about two weeks now- not because I have been super-busy BUT because I feel into a great book series and could not dig myself out until I was done!!
If you are a fan of vampire stories OR HBO’s True Blood (which I love and it kills me that we do not have HBO to watch the current season) then you HAVE to read the Sookie Stackhouse series of books that the show is based on!!
The show and the books are fun and quirky and are NOT teenage dramas- they are just a great read with a fun, vampire twist!!
Post a comment if you are a fan- I just love knowing that I am not alone!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Thanksgiving in Canada!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!!
It has busy-busy getting ready for the holiday weekend so I have not had much time to create! Here is a card a made a few weeks ago with the current Stamp of the Month: Holiday Wishes!!

Hope you enjoy and to all my fellow Canadians- try not to eat too much turkey!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

I won a Blog Hop Challenge!!

I am so excited!! While I was doing my blog stalking … I mean hopping… I came across an updated entry at ScrapFIT (see the link on the right under Blogs I Follow) and I was super-shocked to see that I won!! It seems I will be receiving a collection of SEI Moravia donated by ScrapGal- so fabulous!! My first contest win!!
Thansk ScrapFIT!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Fair Fun Layout

Like most towns we have our fair share of events in the summer that bring in a fair. Austin loves them and attended about three this year!! I did not want to scrap them all so I decided to just make a layout that incorporated the theme of our summer fairs.

This layout was created using a pattern out of Imagine (this is the first time I used it and I LOVE how it turned out), Animal Cookies paper, Foam Die-Cut numbers, Felt flowers and Twinkle Brads- all product is Close to my Heart.
I have also included a close up of the flower’s created for this layout- something fun and rough- kind of like my son!! I cut three circles and edge distressed the edges- after attaching them together I also curled the edges in with my finger.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

October Newsletter

Sweet Home Playgroup

Due to the semi-boring title to my kit of the month workshops I have changed the name with the new format- now you are welcome to attend my PLAYGROUP!! The kids have them so why not us!!
What is a Playgroup?? A once a month workshop- you chose to attend on the months that you are interested. You also have two dates to choose from each month. All playgroup attendees must let me know at least two weeks prior to the event that they will be attending so that I can get the product in that we will be playing with.
What do I get at Playgroup? Every month we will have a NEW Level 2 Paper Pack, an EXCLUSIVE stamp set from Close to my Heart, a full sized complimentary accessory and an instruction booklet to complete 4 pages and 12 cards!! Not to mention all the techniques you will use that are priceless!!
How much is Playgroup? The total cost (including taxes and shipping) is $46.61- this can be paid by cash, check, visa or MasterCard.
What if I like the kit but I am unable to attend the dates?? You then have two choices- you could attend my monthly ‘Use it or lose it’ free crop night and complete it there OR get the kit delivered to your home (after all you have everything you need).
This month’s Playgroup features Sweet Home!!

Falling all over myself for All Sorts of Cute Things!!
This October start your fall of right with a super-cute mini album!! This workshop will contain everything you need to create this mini album pictured below- we will be using Twitterpatted Paper, our new All Sorts Mini Albums, Sorbet ribbon, the new Organic Buttons and Chocolate Waxy Flax!! Click here to see the post for the entire album!!

Bonus Booking Night- October 19th- book your party on this day and receive a FREE stamp set!!

Why YOU want to join CTMH in October??
The simple answer is because of all the great rewards!! Not only do you get a fantastic kit and tons of support to get you started (and keep you going) in the business- those who sign up during the month of October and reach their Straight to the Top will earn 10 free Studio J layouts (not sure what Studio J is- well watch the information clip at This is a $150.00 value and is on top of other things you will receive when reaching your Straight to the Top!! Contact me for more details or sign up on my website!

Important Dates for October- click here to go to my fall calendar online
Fall All Sorts Mini Album Workshop
October 17th 1:00
Sweet Home Playgroup
October 28th at 6:30 or October 31st at 9:00 am
$46.61 price includes all supplies and tax and shipping
Use it or Lose it Free Crop
**now on a Thursday**
October 15th
7:00 and on
FREE space is limited so sign up early

Kids Club
October 25 at 2:00
Pictures of the items in the above list are available on my blog OR on the artwork page of my website.

Christmas is HOW Many Days Away??

I know – scary thought- but as the days and nights get colder I am sure it is on the minds of a few people!! With that in mind I would like to announce the Christmas Card workshops and locations for this fall!!
Please remember that if you have enough people you are always welcome to host one of these in your home and earn hostess rewards!!

Glitzy Cards in Seconds Workshop: Orillia, December 6th at 1:00
You will create 12 glitzy cards and learn how to use prisma glitter, liquid appliqué, and fun flock! Price is $25.00 Click here to see some of these cards.

Christmas Card Workshop and Crop: Barrie, November 8th 9:30-5:00 at the Holly Recreation Center- this is a full day workshop that will have your creating at least 16 cards from scratch!! Participants will be able to make more for a small fee at the event. Better yet- we have the space for the whole day so bring your supplies and use the rest of the day for FREE to crop!! Price is $35.00
Orillia location: 15th 12:30-4:30

Click here to see some of these cards.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

October Blog Hop: Holiday Warmth

Welcome to the October Blog Hop for Holiday Warmth- with the temperatures falling and the leaves changing colour here in Ontario I can begin to imagine the lovely Christmas photos that I will be including on my layout!!
For my one page layout below I used Reflections for the pattern. I also incorporated Jingle Paper, Jingle Stickease, Twinkle Brads, Fancy Cut Botanicals (for the flowers) and a generous amount of edge distressing!!
Hope you enjoy!! All this product is available on my website – click here to purchase

Now hop on over to Kathleen’s blog to see her lovely work!!

Jena DeVries –
Helen Onulak –
Linda Shewchuk –
Kristie Herdener –
Sheila Bennett –
Cibele Glazer –
Barbra Otten –
Melissa Laverty –
Carla Ironside –
Nona Davenport –
Deb Young –
Terrie Dodd –
Alanna Moses –
Antoinette Herrin –
Jamia Bankhead –
Karen Norman –
Beth Naumann –
Brae Montgomery –
Kathleen Androlewicz –
Tanya David –
Tammy Lea Pinchard –
Chris Shouse –

Until we craft again, The Brae-er