Monthly Archives: January 2014

Valentine’s Day Ideas for the whole family!

I love holidays- especially the ones that really allow me to be creative and have fun with my family! Valentine’s Day is 100% one of those holidays!

I have created lots of fun stuff in preparation for the big day (and have a bag of hidden ‘goods’ to surprise my loved ones with that morning).

Here are just a few of the things I have created that I hope will inspire you!

kids valentine

This is the Valentine ‘treat’ for my kids to take to their class (at school for one and daycare for the other).  I used the February Stamp of the Month to create the ‘Wild Thing’ image and on the back used a nice black pen and a stamp image to add the phrase “… you are WRITE on”- cute, right?!

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This in the card I intend to give to my sweet hubby! He tends to (really) dislike holidays and usually does not do a whole lot but I LOVE them (and if reads this then I suggest you do a little something for all of us that day… I know you can do it!).  This card looks simple (and truly it was) but it took a while. I used our new flamingo dots (you are getting some serious sneak peeks here!)  and a heart I cut out on the cricut.  The heart was cut out on Kraft paper so that it would blend in and not look like I had a base at all.  I then added my flamingo dots one by one.  To make sure they stay put I coated the whole heart with a layout of liquid glass- voila!

love you frame

And last- my ‘I Love You’ decor frame.  At Christmas I had my advent calendar set up on this- now I am switching it to Valentines and I plan to list all the reasons I love my family and all the things they do to keep the love going! They can add to this as well.  I have a video showing the frame in detail below- enjoy!!

love you frame close up

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Envelope Valentine with the CTMH Cricut Artiste

Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day card for your sweetie??  Then watch on for my newest video featuring a Valentine card made with the Cricut Artiste cartridge- you will even get a sneak peek at some of the new items coming later this week when our Spring/Summer Idea book officially goes live!  Enjoy and if you make one I would LOVE to see it!

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Until we craft again, The Brae-er

February SOTM: Wild Thing

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To start the fun I want to share a project I initially created for an upcoming blog hop- I wasn’t sure if my new site would be up and running in time so I am not participating this month but still want to share my project with you!  February’s stamp of the month is a set called Wild Thing- the moment I saw it I fell in LOVE! My kid’s did too! They have been singing ‘What does the Fox say?’ for months and this was just perfect!

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With this cute stamp in hand (and a small sampling of NEW Spring/Summer Idea book papers) I set out to create a Flip Stand Album.

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I used washi tape (who doesn’t love washi) to add some pizzazz to my pages and of course cricut cuts- this cartridge coordinates with our Art Philosophy cartridge.  The theme of love also allowed me to use up some of the red accessories I had leftover from all my Christmas crafting!

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If you enjoyed this be sure to leave some love- I want to know how you are enjoying my posts, the new look for my blog and what you might like to see in future!


Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Spring/Summer Teaser: Picture my Life from CTMH

Who doesn’t want a sneak peek into the new line of Spring/Summer product with Close to my Heart?!!  Well this is all you are going to get before February 1st (I have to spend some time getting all the NEW and exciting projects done for those posts) BUT I will make this a good one complete with a video! 
Picture my Life is a new scrapbooking line from CTMH.  It is a collection of themed cards meant to coordinate with some of our specially designed memory protectors to allow you to create albums quickly and easily! All you need to add is your photos and a journaling pen (and an album if you don’t already have an extra one poking around). 
Each PML kit contains the following for only $24.95:
  • 44- 4×6 cards (they are 2-sided)
  • 78- 3×4 cards (also 2-sided)
  • 1 designed cover
  • 10 memory protectors 
SUCH a FANTASTIC DEAL!  I received some for my Christmas present as a Director and after taking some photos used them to put a video together – the video is below!  In total we have 8 different kits to chose from ( I have 6 here for you to preview).  After February 1st you can order these (In CANADA) on my website at
Remember- to order !

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Sketch Challenge- Scrapbook and Cards Today

We have been having some CRAZY winter weather around here- the last three days buses have been cancelled which means my kids have not gone back to school from Christmas holidays- of course they are delighted! Me, not so much! Usually for our house these days are business as usual but since one of those snow days lead to schools being closed I received a much welcomed day off too!   I managed to finish up this layout I had started the night before for the sketch that Scrapbook and Cards Magazine has released.  I LOVE the finished look.

Would you believe I used NO PATTERN paper for this layout at all!  Everything is card stock based and the inspiration for my colour selection came from the pink polka dot Washi tape I wanted to use and the teal shimmer trip I just HAD to use- it is too yummy to resist!  I looked on my pinterest colour inspiration board and found some colours that coordinated and pulled together cardstock- lagoon, Kraft, buttercup and cotton candy.  Wait I was wrong- there is one small piece of pattern paper- anyone care to guess what CTMH paper pack it is from??

The pattern paper I created was made using cotton candy card stock and the pink washi tape- I just overlapped the tape so that the polka dot’s matched up to create the look of pattern paper. I love how it turned out! I also used my cricut Art Philosophy cartridge to cut out the shapes on my page- the large circle, medium scallops and small circles and scallops that make up my pennant.  I finished it off with a variety of accessories that I had built up over the last two idea books- all from Close to my Heart.

I can’t tell you the stamp set yet- you will have to wait for the Idea book reveal of my blog which begins February 1st! I will be sharing 15 days of new products and artwork to launch the new book! 

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Another Pajama Party with Big Picture Classes and the fantastic Stacy Julian!

Close to my Heart is doing it again! They are sponsoring a fantastic pajama party with Stacy Julian and Big Picture classes.

What is this you ask? Why this is the most fun you will even have at home in your pajamas! It is a FREE webcast that you can sign into and craft along with Stacy and her gang – all the while creating this super cute layout! There are also PRIZES to be won and who doesn’t love prizes!!

In order to participate you will need to purchase the list of supplies below- some you may have and some you may still need to purchase.  I have created a link on my website for you to shop from- purchase your supplies for the party under ‘pajama party’ and you could also win the hostess rewards!!! 

Can this get any better! YES!! If you are the winning hostess selected I will let you select your hostess rewards out of the NEW SPRING/SUMMER IDEA BOOK!!  

Make sure you place your order ASAP so that you have all your goodies in time for all the fun! Winner of the hostess rewards will be announced on January 30th at 8 pm.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er