Monthly Archives: March 2011

April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop- Blessed

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! This month you will be viewing many projects featuring the stamp set Blessed. If you have arrived from Tamytha’s blog then you are on the right path.

Blessed is a very nice set that lets you play with base and shade stamping (a simple technique that is best done with acrylix stamps!!) Base and shade means that you have two seperate stamp images- one that is the outline of the image and one that is the ‘filler’- you can see that below in my stamped image of the flower.

This card is based on the ‘Matchbook’ pattern from Wishes. I used the spray pen to create my background and then base and shade stamping for my flower. The sentiment is from an older stamp set called For Every Occassion (still available in our current Idea Book).

Now Hop on over to Mary’s blog to see what she has created!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Studio J: Fast, Simple and Easy!!

I LOVE IT!! I really do- I am very behind in my scrapbooking and recently decided that I had to do something to get caught up. That is when I turned to Studio J. Here are four of the layouts I created recently and a few reasons Studio J might be the right choice for you in helping to preserve your memories.

* Fast- yep, takes no time at all. I can usually get a layout done in 15-30 minutes depending on how detailed I want to get.

*Simple- it is really easy to use. You don’t need a computer degree to figure it out as the website is set up similar to other computer programs that people are used to. That being said- you can also do so much!! Edit your photos, change the colours, crop, get rid of red eye and blemishes- and these are just the things you can do to your photos!

You can do so much with the paper elements- change out papers, sand them, ink distress them, add accessories or stickers- even stich on your layouts!

*Easy- it really is!! The easiest part is trying Studio J: it is RISK FREE!! Go online now to and click on the Studio J link. Studio J is FREE to use and play around in. Feel free to create a layout or a tonne of layouts!! You only pay if you choose to purchase your layouts. Share the layouts you complete with friends and family and even me- if you complete one take a screen capture and email it to me at– I would love to share it on my blog!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Chase the Rainbow- my take!

If you have the current CTMH catalogue then you have probably noticed the AMAZING layout on page 115 (right below the buttons). I know most of my customers have noticed and just love this layout! I have wanted to recreate it for a while and today finally got around to it.

My take did require to change a few things due to what I had on hand- I did use the Wings paper (but switched out one piece). I had to use a different Alphabet and flourish stamp to add those images but they kept the feel intact and I have to say- I love the finished product!!

I will say though- it was a labour of love! This was not a layout that took me only a half hour to finish (and since I was chatting with friends and watching our children it is hard to know exactly how long it took me but I know it was at least an hour if not more) BUT that being said- IT WAS WORTH IT!!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Hope for Japan Stamp Set Fundraiser

This is just example of one of the many reasons why I love working for this company- Jeanette our founder and CEO has such a giving heart!! We all know of the tragedy that hit Japan- an earthquake followed by a tsunami- such a terrible thing. I have sadly noticed over the last few days the news of this disaster slipping from the news and being replaced with stories of war and other tragic things BUT I am SADDENED to see this happen since I know to many people it will mean forgetting what is going on over there.
I plan to support the cause in the small ways that I can from home- one way will be to purchase this lovely stamp set pictured above. This stamp set is being offered from now until the end of April for the price of only $5.00- the greatest part is that 100% of the proceeds will go to Japan to help with their recovery!!
Please support this effort by purchasing this set- contact me by email or order online at
Thanks for your help!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Birth Announcement featuring News Print Rub ons and Kraft Paper

This is a very simple card I made a few weeks ago. I used our new Newsprint Rub-ons and our Kraft paper- also some of the Blue ribbon assortment and one of the Lucky level 2 embellishments.
I started my background with the intend of covering the whole front of the card but soon realized that would take FOREVER! So I ended like this and really liked the effect. I think it will make a cute birth announcement for a little boy!
Now I have to admit something- I had baby on the brain the day I made this because we are expecting (after 7 longs years of waiting for things to work out correctly!!). Currently I am 15 weeks pregnant and things are going pretty well (better since the 1st trimester is over with all of its fun). Now I have one son and would love a baby girl- but something tells me it is a boy- hence this card! We do plan to find out what we are having on April 25th so stay tuned to see a special project to announce that!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

My NEW favourite card design!

Yesterday we had our first team crop in a long time and it was wonderful! I got some stuff done and got to chat with great friends- a perfect rainy day!! While there I saw the top card – designed by my sideline Alyson Mayo (this women is an amazing artist!). I have to say I loved it!! and of course that means I also had to scrap-lift it!! Below are three of the cards I created using the template of Alyson’s card AND directions in case you would like to create one too!
This one I created using Mayberry paper and stickease- the sentiment is from the stamp set Trees and Things.

Here I used the Miracle paper and stickease and the stamp set that comes with the Miracle workshop on the go.

And my last one of the day using the Wings Creative Basics and Wings stickease with creme brulee ribbon and licorice opaques.
First, I love using stickease with these cards- it only takes a few minutes and most of our stickease packs have a nice large image that can ‘pop’ into the sky of the card. The think to remember is to back the part that sticks up with paper so that it does not stick to the card base.
Second, how to make it! Take a regular 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 invitation card. Cut one inch of the backside of the card. Score the front side of the card in half (at 2 1/8). The one ince piece that was cut off the back can be cut in half so that it is 5 1/2 by 1/2. Use that piece to create the ledge for the bottom of the card. To do this mount the piece on foam squares and place at the bottom of the back side of the card (which is now the short side).
I hope you can understand it- it really is a super simple card to make!! If you have trouble with my directions let me know and I can post a photo tutorial!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er