Monthly Archives: July 2010

August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to my spot on the blog hop!!

This month we are featuring Something Splendid- a really lovely stamp set (and fast becoming one of my favourites!)

Read on to see my creation and find out about a great technique- rub-on resist!!

The first step for this technique is to place your rub-ons on your card front. I used all colonial white rub-ons but you can use any colour you like and you can mix it up. If you are not sure why then read on and all will become clear!

After you place your rub-ons in the desired location sponge ink around your images. Next (and do not allow for much time between these steps) take some scotch tape and quickly remove your rub-ons. The tape will easily peel the rub-ons off and leave the paper showing from below!!

Here is my final card- I LOVED how this turned out and truly have to thank Nona Davenport for teaching me this technique at convention!!

Now hop on over to Dawn’s blog and see the fabulous project that she has created!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

$2, $4, $6, $8… It’s You we Appreciate

Close to my Heart wants to show how much they appreciate you! And to do so, they are bringing SUPER deals to you for 8 days only. From August 4 at 12 noon through August 11, while supplies last, you can purchase selected My Stickease® assortments for only $2, My Reflections® Level 1 kits for only $4, and My Reflections® Level 2 paper packets for only $6 on my website. The deals are amazing!! With a sale like this you will want to be sure to get online on time in order to get all the great product at such a great price!!

All sale items are available while supplies last for up to 8 days. With our large variety of Level 1, Level 2, and My Stickease® products to choose from, everyone can get something they love!
Happy shopping!

See below for the complete list- print, highlight and shop early!!

X7045A My Reflections Vintage Travel Level 1 $4.00
X7045C VintageTravel My Stickease $2.00
X7056A My Reflections Discovery Level 1 $4.00
X7060A My Reflections Heirloom Level 1 $4.00
X7060B My Reflections Heirloom Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7061A My Reflections Floral Impressions Level 1 $4.00
X7061B My Reflections Floral Impressions Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7061C Floral Impressions My Stickease $2.00
X7062A My Reflections Laid Back Level 1 $4.00
X7069A My Reflections Just Chillin Level 1 $4.00
X7069C Just Chillin My Stickease $2.00
X7070A My Reflections Simple Pleasure Level 1 $4.00
X7070B My Reflections Simple Pleasure Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7070C Simple Pleasure My Stickease $2.00
X7071A My Reflections Best Friends Forever Level 1 $4.00
X7072A My Reflections School Zone Level 1 $4.00
X7072C School Zone My Stickease $2.00
X7073A My Reflections Abundance Level 1 $4.00
X7073B My Reflections Abundance Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7073C Abundance My Stickease $2.00
X7075A My Reflections More To Adore Level 1 $4.00
X7075B My Reflections More To Adore Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7075C More To Adore My Stickease $2.00
X7076A My Reflections Sonata Level 1 $4.00
X7076C Sonata My Stickease $2.00
X7077C Sweet Harmony My Stickease $2.00
X7078A My Reflections Cutie Pie Level 1 $4.00
X7078C Cutie Pie My Stickease $2.00
X7079B My Reflections Rough n Tumble Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7079C Rough n Tumble My Stickease $2.00
X7080A My Reflections Route 66 Level 1 $4.00
X7080C Route 66 My Stickease $2.00
X7081A My Reflections Majestic Blue Level 1 $4.00
X7081B My Reflections Majestic Blue Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7081C Majestic Blue My Stickease $2.00
X7082A My Reflections Expedition Level 1 $4.00
X7082C Expedition My Stickease $2.00
X7083A My Reflections Let’s Get Together Level 1 $4.00
X7084A My Reflections Floral Tapestry Level 1 $4.00
X7085A My Reflections Everlasting Level 1 $4.00
X7085B My Reflections Everlasting Paper Packet $6.00
X7085C Everlasting My Stickease $2.00
X7086A My Reflections Caprice Level 1 $4.00
X7086B My Reflections Caprice Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7086C Caprice My Stickease $2.00
X7087A My Reflections Enchanted Level 1 $4.00
X7087B My Reflections Enchanted Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7087C Enchanted My Stickease $2.00
X7088A My Reflections Free Spirit Level 1 $4.00
X7088B My Reflections Free Spirit Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7088C Free Spirit My Stickease $2.00
X7089A My Reflections Lifes Delights Level 1 $4.00
X7089C Life Delights My Stickease $2.00
X7090A My Reflections Silhouette Level 1 $4.00
X7090B My Reflections Silhouette Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7090C Silhouette My Stickease $2.00
X7091A My Reflections it’s a Guy Thing Level 1 $4.00
X7091B My Reflections it’s a Guy Thing Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7091C it’s a Guy Thing My Stickease $2.00
X7092A My Reflections Good Times Level 1 $4.00
X7092B My Reflections Good Times Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7092C Good Times My Stickease $2.00
X7093A My Reflections Sweet Pea Level 1 $4.00
X7093C Sweet Pea My Stickease $2.00
X7094A My Reflections Paper Garden Level 1 $4.00
X7094C Paper Garden My Stickease $2.00
X7095A My Reflections Boom-Di-Ada Level 1 $4.00
X7095B My Reflections Boom-Di-Ada Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7095C Boom-Di-Ada My Stickease $2.00
X7096A My Reflections Blue Ribbon Level 1 $4.00
X7096B My Reflections Blue Ribbon Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7096C Blue Ribbon My Stickease $2.00
X7097A My Reflections Game On Level 1 Kit $4.00
X7097B My Reflections Game On Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7097C Game On My Stickease $2.00
X7098A My Reflections Sarsaparilla Level 1 Kit $4.00
X7098B My Reflections Sarsaparilla Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7098C Sarsaparilla My Stickease $2.00
X7100A My Reflections Perfect Day Level 1 $4.00
X7100B My Reflections Perfect Day Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7100C Perfect Day My Stickease $2.00
X7101A My Reflections Magic Moments Level 1 $4.00
X7101B My Reflections Magic Moments Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7101C Magic Moments My Stickease $2.00
X7102A My Reflections Notebook Level 1 $4.00
X7102B My Reflections Notebook Paper Packet $6.00
X7102C Notebook My Stickease $2.00
X7103A My Reflections Aspen Level 1 $4.00
X7103B My Reflections Aspen Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7103C Aspen My Stickease $2.00
X7104A My Reflections Evensong Level 1 $4.00
X7104B My Reflections Evensong Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7104C Evensong My Stickease $2.00
X7105A My Reflection sEmporium Level 1 $4.00
X7105B My Reflections Emporium Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7105C Emporium My Stickease $2.00
X7106A My Reflections Unforgettable Level 1 $4.00
X7106B My Reflections Unforgettable Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7106C Unforgettable My Stickease $2.00
X7107A My Reflections That’s Amore Level 1 $4.00
X7107B My Reflections That’s Amore Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7107C That’s Amore My Stickease $2.00
X7108A My Reflections Daydream Level 1 $4.00
X7108B My Reflections Daydream Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7108C Daydream My Stickease $2.00
X7109A My Reflections Stardust Level 1 $4.00
X7109B My Reflections Stardust Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7109C Stardust My Stickease $2.00
X7110A My Reflections Back Country Level 1 $4.00
X7110B My Reflections Back Country Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7110C Back Country My Stickease $2.00
X7111A My Reflections Moon Doggie Level 1 $4.00
X7111B My Reflections Moon Doggie Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7111C Moon Doggie My Stickease $2.00
X7112A My Reflections Animal Cookies Level 1 $4.00
X7112B My Reflections Animal Cookies Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7112C Animal Cookies My Stickease $2.00
X7113A My Reflections Tinkerin Level 1 $4.00
X7113B My Reflections Tinkerin Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7113C Tinkerin My Stickease $2.00
X7114A My Reflections Bella Level 1 $4.00
X7114B My Reflections Bella Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7114C Bella My Stickease $2.00
X7115A My Reflections Jingle Level 1 $4.00
X7115B My Reflections Jingle Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7115C Jingle My Stickease $2.00
X7116A My Reflections Sweet Home Level 1 $4.00
X7116B My Reflections Sweet Home Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7116C Sweet Home My Stickease $2.00
X7117A My Reflections Grace Level 1 $4.00
X7117B My Reflections Grace Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7117C Grace My Stickease $2.00
X7118A My Reflections Twitterpated Level 1 $4.00
X7118B My Reflections Twitterpated Level 2 Paper Packet $6.00
X7118C Twitterpated My Stickease $2.00

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Our Fall Scrapbooking Retreat!!

I know what you are thinking? Again with the FALL stuff when it is only July!! But this is great stuff!

Our Fall Scrapbooking Retreat is now open for registration- this is a 3 day retreat just north of Orillia at the OELC facilities. We always have a wonderful time and for $225 you get so much!!

8 foot table space


goodie bag to die for!

sweet little gifties




and time to scrapbook!!

PLUS you can add on a massage and a mani or pedi to your weekend treats!!

Contact me if you are interested in attending this one (or our spring/fall retreat for 2011)!

Currently we are full but we are adding names to a cancellation list and will be contacting the successful ladies after August 10th (when the initial deposit is due for those on the list). I know- full already!! But that is just how good this is!!


Until we craft again, The Brae-er

From Drab to Fab!!

I know that this is a problem that all scrapbookers face- what do you do when you lose all hope and inspiratino for a layout that you have begun?!!
Most times we put the layout aside waiting for inspiration to strike- even though it may never again for that particular page!
Well I am no different- below is the monkey on my back- it was literally clogging up my creative juices for months. Every time I saw it I felt guilt for not having finished it AND the pile of other unfinished layouts it was sitting on (although in my defense most of them were just missing journaling and titles).
Well, when I returned from convention- all pumped up and ready to play with my new product I made myself punish myself! NO PLAYING WITH THE NEW STUFF until I got that layout finished and put the other layouts to bed! They needed to be in scrapbooks! It was painful but I am glad to say I accomplished it and I REVEAL in the fresh feeling that now flows through me!

I am only showing you one side of the drab before picture- it is too depressing to see more!

I am very pleased with my much improved layout! I created a lovely title, used the ‘Around the Block’ stamp set to accent my page and create my house accent and added some accessories.

Close up of the house- now you can see the details: a bitty brad for the doorknob, liquid glass for windows and I used foam tape to pop up the door and windows. I also used colours that matched our house (even though this is a two story and we live in a bungalow!)
Have you ever experienced a similar ‘monkey on your back’ in your craft room?? Tell me about it in my comments !

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Ist Birthday Thank You!!

I had one of my non-scrapbooking friends contact me last night and ask if I could design a thank you card for her son’s first birthday- the theme on his party is construction and trucks and she wanted it to reflect that.
Since I had to make do also with what I owned I came up with this and I LOVE it!! I think it is simple and cute and my son thought the brads instead of tires was genius!
Because it was for a young child’s party I had fun using bright colours- sunflower, holiday red and dutch blue. I used my cuttlebug to dry emboss the white paper with happy birthdays (it fits since that is what the thank you is for) and rounded the corners. The grey strip of paper is the little road for the truck to drive on.
I hope she likes it!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Resist Technique Using DE Throw Away and a CHALLENGE!!

When I really get in a creative flow I find that I have all sorts of garbage that collects in my bin. It seems sad that these little odds and ends have no place or purpose in my crafting room- well, now they do!!
This week I looked at my garbage with a new lens and decided that I could do a resist technique with the throw away from my DE (dimensional elements) stars (you know the piece that just holds it all together). I cut out one star and used it on the front of my 3×3 card. Using a sponge I worked crystal blue ink into the corners to create small stars as my background! I love how it turned out!!
Here is the completed card- I continued to use hues of blue to finish this card- I was playing with some of the colour combination tips from convention. This is considered a monochromatic card since I used shades of the same hue.

To finish it off I used one of the star dimensional elements and covered it with the same blue and some glitz glitter!!

Now a CHALLENGE for you!!

I want to know how you use up your bits that might otherwise be garbage in your bin- share you tip on my comments and you could win a pack of 5 handmade cards (including the one shown above)!!
Share this challenge with your friends on your blog (and let me know that you did that) and I will put a second ticket in the draw for the cards!
Have a project that shows your tip- send me the picture at and get a third ticket in the draw!
This challenge runs until Monday July 26th!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Colour Wow! The 2nd Artboard from Convention!

When I grow up I truly wish to be as talented as the people that must work in the Art Studio at CTMH! This board was one of my favourites at convention and I was so happy when I won it in one of our business classes.
This board gave more great ideas and tips for the use of colour and I share them below- read on!

The little mini book is so cute on this layout!!
4 Tips on Colour:
1. Choose colours that enhance your photos.
2. Use the “gallon-quart-pint” rule to determine your main colour and those you want to go with it.
3. Try a split complimentary colour scheme by picking your favourite colour on the colour wheel and then use the colour directly opposite it and it’s neighbor.
4. Jazz up a page with black and white photos by creating a rainbow B&T using all of the colours in the summer palette.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

4 more projects from the Artboard!

Here are some more fabulous ideas and lots of inspiration from the artboard I won at convention. The project pictured above was my favourite!! Made from our board book and dimensional elements I thought this would make a great gift idea! The picture below shows the layering of the letters that helped achieve a solid look AND it shows how they arranged the book to make a stand up frame!
A very cute bookmark- a great gift for any child who loves a good book!

Backpack tag- great idea for when they start school- especially since so many kids have the same backpacks every year!

A very sweet and simple 3×3 card!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er