Monthly Archives: August 2016

Summer Camp Layout

It is a right of passage for many children- the time spent at overnight summer camp. My son left yesterday for a week at Camp Oki. He was nervous (and so was I) but I know that he will have an awesome time and come home with LOTS of stories to share. To commemorate the event and remind him of the fun he had last year I created this layout just before he left. Last year was his first experience at Summer camp and he was NOT happy that I was sending him. I went when I was a kid and really wanted him to experience all the fun I remember having. He did, of course, and came back telling us all about it.

His camp is also a special camp. Camp Oki runs for only one week of summer and is free to families who qualify- they call it a camp for kids with special hearts. Kids who attend Camp Oki are patients at Sick Kids hospital in Toronto and have a variety of cardiac issues. Austin was born with an aortic stenosis that required open heart surgery a few years ago. He was given a new aorta with ‘donor’ tissue (he tells his friends he is part zombie and will live forever LOL). This camp is his opportunity to just be a kid- he can be crazy, push the limits and try the activities that cause his heart to beat! It is safe at Camp Oki- they have nurses and a Cardiologist on site for the week. I am so grateful for every person that makes this week possible for Austin and hope he continues to attend.

For now, I miss him… I missed him within minutes of leaving him at camp. Only 5 more sleeps until I pick him up!

For now we can enjoy this layout! Created with Rustic fundamentals, peacock cardstock, 7-12 School compliments and the Flower Market cricut cartridge.
Austin camp layout

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Flower Market Cricut Cartridge is HERE!

You may have already heard the news… that we have released another cricut cartridge! Crazy right?! I mean, how do we continue to find 700 different images and stay on trend and make it useful to card makers and scrapbookers AND offer all kinds of fun stuff with it! Well, despite all that we did it- the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge has arrived and it is awesome!

This layout uses the cartridge for our flower circlet and the title. I added some shimmer to the flower’s with our new shimmer brush (this thing is uber-awesome and is literally flying off the warehouse shelf!). Nice, clean and simple layout.

Happy Place flower market

Flower market can be used for more than just flat flowers. The 3D flowers on it are also amazing  (if you have seen the cover of our new Annual book – the bouquet was made with this cartridge). Here are some flowers that I cut and assembled. They were quick and easy. I added some sponging to the edges for effect and on the one flower you can see more Shimmer pen… I told ya- amazing!


Shimmer Pen magic up close… I just had too… it is likely the best thing in the new book and I cannot wait to show off some techniques with it!


Now here is a sneak peek for you card ladies. How cute is this bicycle and basic! This image is on the flower market cartridge AND the stamped sentiment is from the one (of three) stamp sets that come with the cartridge (as well you will receive a full pack of cardstock to use in making all your pretty projects). Other items used on the bike are Whimsy fundamentals and Sea Glass Glitter paper.

bike flower market

So- have you fallen in love yet??

I sure have! You can get all this great stuff on your own Flower Market cartridge by visiting my SHOP. 

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Create Kindness Card Workshop

UnknownCreate Kindness Card Workshop

This card workshop should not be missed! Join my at the Creative Bean Cafe in Barrie, ON from 1-3pm on September 17th for this fun mini card workshop! 
Create 24 cards with a Kindness theme- learn how to colour with markers, watercolour pencils and watercolour paints! Have a fun time out with friends! There will also be prizes as September 17th is National Stamping day! 

To RSVP to this workshop please send payment to
Full kit is 60.95 ($75.75 with tax and shipping- card bases and envelopes, 6 mini stamps, Mini stamp organizer, 2×2 block and a black mini ink)
Mini kit is $42.75 ($53.13 with tax and shipping- this one includes card bases and envelopes and all the mini stamps)
Petite kit is $12.75 ($15.84 with tax and shipping – only includes card bases and envelopes)

There are ONLY 7 spots so please RSVP early!
You can also order the kit through me during the month of September! We all need a reason to get out and have a good time with friends.Get a group of ladies together and run a small kindness event of your own!

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Holiday Expressions

If you have seen our amazing Annual Book then you likely were wondering where our holiday product is?? Surely, we have not produced a book with no gorgeous christmas stamps, thin cuts or other fun bits and pieces??
Come September 1st you will NOT be disappointed! Join me on Facebook for a LIVE release party on September 8th at 7:00 pm EST. I will be sharing new products, techniques and answering any questions you might have! This will be fun and I hope to see you there!
Find the event here >>
Feel free to share the event. 

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

The most Magical paper for layouts!

What is the most magical paper for layouts you ask?

Well, any paper that can help compliment your photos and tie together the story you are telling with your journaling. For the photos I had to work with, that paper was ‘Magical’.  During the summer you likely end up with a variety of events featuring photos with bright, primary colours in them- amusement parks, festivals, family trips and picnics… all of these events could fit.  The best paper we have to showcase those events is our Magical line (and if you have ever been lucky enough to vacation to Disney – parks, cruise or resorts- then this paper is a perfect match for those photos!).

My layout may seem familiar. I took a page that was showcased in our current Seasonal Expression and made it into a two page layout. I LOVED the circle (and it was very easy to create- cut circles on your cricut machine and then slice them like a pie. For mine I used both sides so that I could conserve paper). The colours in this line worked perfectly with the colours throughout the carnival we had for Canada Day last year. I was able to show my daughter having fun on all her favourite rides (and somehow even managed to get a photo with me in it!!!).

magical layout

Product used in this layout:

Magical Paper Pack

Magical Sequins

Magical Complements

All of these items are only available for another TWO WEEKS!!! You heard me right- two weeks. I am excited for the new stuff that will come BUT will be sad to see such great stuff leaving. Here is the worse part… some of the items in the current seasonal book have already sold out! So, be sure to visit my SHOP and get what you need before you are left without the most magical paper for your summer layouts.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Learn to Watercolour Smoosh

Well it has been ages since I posted frequently in my blog and for that I apologize. Life just got in the way (and more to the point- country internet became a real issue…but I still love my home!)

So! Here we are back again and I want to give you something good today. How about a video tutorial on watercolour smooth?! Yes, that is a thing! Here is a picture of a completed card I made using this technique.

Watercolour smoosh image

It is super simple and I think very cute (I know, I am biased LOL). To create this card I used the following items that can be found in my SHOP.

Picture My Life Overlay cards

Gold and white ribbon

Card base (from Value pack of Cards and envelopes)

Watercolour paint and paint brush

(and although not in the card, the all purpose mat you will see in the video is a MUST for messy things!)

Here is the video:

I would LOVE to see some of your creations with this technique! I really would!

Either post in the comments or visit my Facebook fan page and post there!

Now go get smoothing!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

New Idea Book Launch on Facebook!

The new Idea book is here and it is beautiful! Want to check it out? Want to see some product in action and some completed projects? There is so much good stuff- new scrapbooking papers, cardmaking supplies and so much more!

Come check out my online facebook event! The actual event happens on August 11th at 6:30pm EST but there is something happening every day up until then and you won’t want to miss out!

Link to event >>


You can also view the new idea book online at my website here >>

Until we craft again, The Brae-er