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Sunshine and Warm Breezes Blog Hop

I am sure not all my readers have had a winter similar to mine but also know that many of you have- the cold was VERY cold and the snow just piled up and piled up and …. well, you get the idea! Now here I sit half way through March and spring should be in sight! I am hopeful that April will dawn with green grass and flowers pushing their way up through warm soil- ahhh!  For now seek some solitude in the ‘Sunshine and Warm Breezes’  Team Blog Hop where members of my team (the Brae-er’s) will each share  project on this theme that uses Close to my Heart products!

How does a hop work? Just read my blog, leave some love in the comments and click on the link at the bottom directing you to the next person in the hop!  Have fun!

miss you boat card

I love how this cute card turned out! I used a mix of papers from Lollydoodle and Balloon Ride- with some Kraft paper mixed in.  The card itself was very simple- I cut some triangles with my paper trimmer, the base of the boat is a circle cut in half and the waves are from the CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge.

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Now hop on over to Lucy’s Blog to see what she has prepared (she has even been somewhere warm recently- how lucky is she!)

If you get lost the full list of hoppers is posted here:

1. Brae Montgomery- Here is my link:

3. Lucy Imrie-

4. Alyson Mayo – (permalink)

5. Michelle Stewart –

6. Arlene Bonsma –

7. Chris Robertson-

8. Kimberly Clark –

9. Michelle Hughes –

10. Tamara Lisowski –

11.  Sheri Ballantyne —

12. Heather Steeves –

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Embossing- Sandpaper technique

Yesterday I showed a project using just plain embossing – of course there was nothing plain about the project itself!   Today I want to introduce you to the sanding technique.  Although this technique can be used even if you have not embossed it looks gorgeous when you have!  Emboss your paper as usual and then take some sandpaper or our sanding block and lightly sand over the raised areas- because our card stock has a white core this will reveal that.  It creates such a nice finish and can take plain cardstock and really bring it to life!

little lala layout


Here is a close up of the blue piece of paper that I used with the sanding technique.

Other items used on this page- Balloon Ride paper, grey glitter paper, clear epoxy bubbles.

little lala layout close up

See you tomorrow!



Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Spring/Summer CTMH Idea Book Reveal: Day 6

Welcome back to the 6th day of the CTMH Idea Book reveal- I hope you have been enjoying yourself and if there is anything you would like to see featured or shown in an upcoming post be sure to let me know! In FACT- although you can view the full Idea Book online at this link– if you are in Canada and place an order through me I will also send you a real version FREE! Just email me once you place your order and I will send it the next day.

 honeycomb layout

Today I am featuring a layout I created using a variety of products.  One of the things I love most about our current spring/summer line of products is the VERSATILITY it offers! So many of the products can mix with other items and will match beautifully! In this layout I have mixed two different lines- Ivy Lane and Balloon Ride.

honeycomb layout close

Products featured:

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Until we craft again, The Brae-er