Monthly Archives: December 2014

Happy Holidays! using Artfully Sent

artfully sent phone booth- tardis

Just want to wish you a Happy Holiday Season with a cute card from Artfully Sent! If you are a fan of Dr. Who you will REALLY like this one!

I used the phone booth card (see below) and cut outdoor denim paper instead of the red. I had to look up a picture of the Tardis (to make sure I had the colours correct). I went through all my current Christmas stamps and found a sentiment that sounded very ‘British’ to me. I was very happy with the result!

I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful holiday season- make LOTS of magical memories and spend quality time with your loved ones!

artfully sent phone booth card

Until we craft again, The Brae-er


Technique Card Trio

The only thing better than crafting is learning new techniques while you do it! For this ‘Technique Tuesday’ I am going to share a trio of cards using a variety of techniques!

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Card #1: Be Happy

This card using embossing as well as the use of alcohol markers. To emboss you will need an embossing machine (any of them that will take a 5×7 folder will do) and one of our amazing embossing folders! If you have not seen all our designs yet then check out this link!

You place your paper in the folder, put it through your embossing machine and voila! For the above card I used the woodgrain embossing folder.

The flowers are coloured in with our alcohol markers- I stamped the outline image in black ink and then coloured.  I love how our makers blend and look so bright and beautiful!

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Card #2: Have a Beautiful Day

For this card I did a mix of dry embossing (with the embossing folder like card #1 but this time I used the honeycomb one) AND heat embossing. The feathers in the background and the arrow under the sentiment are both heat embossed.  For this technique I used Versamark ink to stamp my image and then sprinkled embossing powder over the image. (click on embossing powder to see the colours we offer).  I then heat set the powder and it becomes dry and glossy (and so pretty!).  After I just coloured in the areas of the feathers left exposed with alcohol markers.

marker technique trio

 

Card #3: Lovely

This card uses more dry embossing (this time the whole front of the card was embossed in the floral folder) and more marker work. If you look at the ‘Lovely’ sentiment you will see I blended my markers to create an ombre look.  You can achieve this by using a darker version of the colour on the top and slowly colouring to meet the lighter colour on bottom OR you can use any one marker and just add multiple layers of that colour where you want a darker shade. It will blend beautifully because you are using alcohol markers!

Here is a list of things used in the technique trio:

Embossing folders (woodgrain, honeycomb and floral)

Embossing powders (silver)

Heat gun

Versamark ink pad

Shin Han Touch Markers

Happy Birds stamp set

Seaside paper packet

Black journaling Pen (for the lines around the images)

and YES  all of these things are available on my SHOP!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er


Hopscotch Layouts

If you are at all like me then you find yourself quickly craving the bright colours of spring- pretty pinks and blues.. not bright enough to be summer colours but just enough to add some needed ‘pretty’ to a very white and black winter.

Well our winter really is only arriving but I already crave these colours so I am very happy that our Seasonal Inspirations Mini book has JUST what I need! Have you seen the beautiful Hopscotch papers??? Or the assortment or complements? YUMMY!

These two layouts were created using the above three items and with some added pink extra thick twine – all available now on my SHOP!
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Want the directions for these two layouts? Purchase the pieces needed (through me of course) and I will email them to you free of charge!

Items:

Hopscotch Paper Packet

Hopscotch Complements

Hopscotch Assortment

Pink Extra Thick Twine

Until we craft again, The Brae-er


Have a Blast Card- Artfully Sent

artfully sent blast card

Had some time recently to play around with my new CTMH Artfully Sent cartridge for the cricut and I am so happy I did! I also set myself a challenge to NOT use it for the cards I am immediately drawn to- to look beyond them at the other options. Again- so glad I did! I know that I do not make enough boy-themed cards…so this was my intentional attempt at one.

This is a layered pop-up card. I wanted a green glitter spaceship (and one alien) so I had to make some cuts twice with different papers (and I saved the other bits for later projects).  Even with all the layers and different pieces that needed to be cut I was still able to complete this card in only a few minutes! I LOVE this cartridge!
artfully sent blast card inside

Remember!

You can order your Artfully Sent on my SHOP!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er


Cross Canada Blog Hop: Christmas Decor

Welcome to our December Blog Hop featuring Christmas Decor.

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers….whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do….by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!

If you have just come from Sheri’s post then you are on the path of Christmas fun!

 I LOVE christmas and my favourite part is all the activities- crafting, memory-making and baking! I just LOVE it!  Every year I add to my Christmas home decor so here are two pieces that I created just for you (and now for me to enjoy!)

The first project features one of our new magnetic chalkboards. The red frame is just PERFECT for Christmas decor!  You may notice that I covered the chalkboard- well I wanted to use it again later and had one piece of our 12×12 chalkboard paper left so I saw the opportunity to reuse this frame for at least two things.

I covered the back with Kraft paper, framed my chalkboard piece with green glitter paper… now how did I do my awesome chalkboard image??  READ below for my tutorial!

Christmas chalkboard

 So it started with a pinterest search- free chalkboard printable. I found one I liked and printed it out (note: I used the draft feature on my printer settings so that I did not waste a lot of ink).  I then used white transfer paper (bought at the craft store) and layered it between my image and my chalkboard.

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Next I took my Piercing and Embossing tool (embossing end) and went over the image outline so that the white off the transfer paper would do its job… and voila! It worked.

Next I took our Chalk Marker (this baby is permanent so be sure you are placing it where you want it!) and went over the outline and filled in the bits I wanted to fill in. To finish it off I also added green glitter leaves where they had chalk ones- I wanted to make this part easier AND add some colour!  This worked great and I have plans to do it again!

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My second project is a Display Tray decorated with Yuletide papers, complements and accessories. These frames have been very popular as gifts over the last few years and our new family photos are going to have a special place in this one.  It is a very simple and quick project that looks great no matter what the theme!

christmas display frame

 

Now if you would like to purchase any of these items please visit my SHOP.  You won’t have it in time for the holidays but you will have it in plenty of time to craft for next year!

To continue on in our Cross Canada Hop, visit Christine’s blog!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er


Where or where or where did I go??

IMG_3944As it turns out, moving takes a little bit more work than I anticipated and although I managed to keep up with LOTS of things, the one area I had to let slide was my blog and my creativity!  I am glad to say that both of those are about to get back on track!

My craft room is painted and partly unpacked (I plan to share a big reveal when it is all done!).

My house and family are unpacked and I have to say we are fairly settled.  This week I plan to take pictures of some of the stuff I have created and you will start to see regular posts again!

Now if you are not following my Facebook page be sure to LIKE it and follow over the next 12 days- my 12 Days of Christmas have begun and the first steal is already up!

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Until we craft again, The Brae-er