Monthly Archives: November 2010

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!

This month we are featuring the stamp set “Amore”- this is the perfect set for Valentine’s, layouts about Love or for those about weddings!
Using this stamp set I created a page featuring good friends of our family- the father and his daughter (are they not just picture perfect!).

To achieve the background to my paper I used an embossing resist technique.

First: I clear embossed swirls all over my paper (for this one I used the stamp set Blooming Flourishes)
Second: I inked around the flourish with Baby Pink ink and the stipple brush.
Third: I picked up more Baby Pink ink on a sponge and smoothed the ink between flourishes.
This is a great way to create your own patterned paper when what you have just does not seem to work!
Other papers and accessories used: Topstitch paper, Chocolate ribbon, Suede flowers, Mocha Opaques, Pretty Pin and Lots of Dots Alphabet.

Now hop on over to Melissa’s Blog!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Level 1 Still Means Gorgeous!!

This level one is designed to show you just how gorgeous the layouts are that they can create.
First, I have to thank FancyMelissa for the idea!! She actually did a similar layout for a CTMH contest and I loved it so much I just had to create it!!
Second, these people are not models for pictures from a frame I found at a store (ha, ha!). They are good family friends and a gorgeous family- I just had to use some of their family photos in my book!
If you are new to Level 1 scrapbooking with CTMH let me explain what you get: each kit comes with 4 pre-printed layouts, some extra patterned paper, and 2 sheets of stickease. What is means is that with just a little bit of time you can easily create 4 layouts that are FAST, SIMPLE AND EASY!! not to mention BEAUTIFUL!

In the new year I will be starting up a montly level 1 night and these are just a taste of what will be in store for my customers!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Favourite Layout EVER!!

This is it- I created it about two months ago and only now have I got around to taking a picture and posting. I just LOVE this layout- the colour simplicity, the stamps and the cute little monkeys!
This layout is created using a pattern out of Magic- the papers are Grace and Twitterpatted. I also used a mixture of stamps and some simple embellishments.
Here is a close up image on the right hand side page- my little stamped tree and monkey are nestled on top a CTMH Dimensional Element Border that I inked with an olive stamp pad.

This close up is of the title and shows one of my favourite tricks. What do you do when you don’t have the right letters for your layout- be creative!! Here instead of an ‘e’ I used a monkey image instead.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

C’est Magnifique!!

My french skills are limited but I believe I got my title right because this really is a MAGNIFICENT workshop using the Magnifique paper!
The featured layout is the first one pictured below- I love how it worked really well with the blue in Austin’s helmet and the blue water.

The second layout I created using one of my favourite patterns from Cherish. I wanted something that was pretty simple to put together but had some WOW to it- to get the Wow I used liquid glass to highlight the water Austin is splashing in and used it to highlight my title.

One of my favourite features of this title is my little boot- if you use the stamp you will find that your “L” is backwards- BUT using my rubber brayer I was able to reverse my image (stay tuned as my next post will be a tutorial on how to do this!)

And here is the third layout (also from Cherish)- the wow in this layout came from the ribbon scrunching. I also really like this one because I got to use PINK!! It is not very often with just one boy that I get to play with this colour but thanks to our good friends being with us- I had an excuse to work it in! Below are some close up pics of the details.

If you are interested in creating these THREE layouts with me then RSVP to to order your kit- my workshop is on November 24th from 6:30-9:30.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er