How to Heat Emboss

How to heat emboss

Heat embossing can be such a great way to create some pretty beautiful cards and layouts! On this card I used clear embossing to help contain the watercolour effect I wanted to use for on the flowers. I didn’t use watercolours at all! To ‘cheat’ this look, I used our watercolour pen and picked up ink from the inside of my ink pad (just give them a gentle squeeze to get ink inside the lid). Then I just pick up the ink and paint it into the image. The clear embossing lines protect my colours from bleeding and help to define the image.

Clear emboss card from recipe

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Best Papercrafting Adhesive

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If you are a devout Close to my Heart fan you may have noticed that we carry MANY different types of adhesives. Have you ever wondered why? or what they might be all used for? Well today I would like to share with you what our best adhesive’s are and what you can use them for!

  1. CTMH Glue Pen

This pen comes in a fine tip and a broad tip. It is a great glue that holds really well and is rather inexpensive. You can use it for a light hold or strong hold depending on the amount of time you allow the glue to dry before attaching a project together. This glue is really good for paper crafting and does not buckle the paper! I really like it for cards as you can coat the paper (because it is inexpensive) and it will hold all the edges down.

2. Glue dots (not pictured)

When I created my image I realized I forgot to take a picture of this great addition to our adhesive family. Glue dots are a necessary for the crafter’s tool bag. They are the perfect item to glue down ribbon and other small accessories. I prefer the mini ones myself- they are NEVER the wrong size!

3. Duck Brand Adhesive

This little tape adhesive has a strong hold and is my go-to glue- especially for paper crafting! I tend to prefer tape adhesive in any situation that allows for it. The duck brand is non-refillable but the hold is worth it to me. The only drawback is that the adhesive does come out in a tape format- so if your paper is less than 1/2inch thick then the adhesive may run over the paper which can make for a messy look (or you spend some time folding the adhesive down).

4. EZ Dots Adhesive

This blue dot tape adhesive is also one that I like to have on hand (hence why the cartridge is empty in my picture – I ran out! ). This tape adhesive is refillable which does save you a little money when buying refills. Because it is a dot adhesive I can use this wherever my duck adhesive doesn’t work (those thin pieces of paper, intricate cuts from the circut, etc). The glue comes out very smoothly- another plus!

5. Liquid Glass

Please tell me you have tried this!? Our liquid glass has so many uses!!! It is a great highlight to projects (can be used over a stamped image to create the look of embossing, use it over water in a photo to create the look of waves, use it on a flower image to create dew, etc). It is also a very strong adhesive – think super glue! Working on 3D items- this is the glue that will give hold long term. (I have even used this to glue the sole of my shoe back on one- it worked perfectly!)

So, which is the BEST adhesive for paper crafters?


Seriously- I have all of them because they all have a different purpose and use.

Which of these adhesives do you find yourself grabbing when you craft?

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Brae-er Team Blog Hop: Sugar Rush

Welcome to 2017 and a new year of fun new products and new blog hops to feature them! My team has prepared some projects using Sugar Rush, one of our new seasonal paper packs. I hope you enjoy seeing all the projects we have designed for you. Be sure to follow the link on my blog (below) to visit the next blog and project. If you get lost along the way then you will find the full list of participants at the bottom of this post.

For my Sugar Rush project I created a Z Fold Card. I have been seeing this ALL over pinterest and I had it on my list to tackle one. It was super easy and so much fun! I paired the paper with Seaglass cardstock and used the coordinating Sugar Rush stamp set with Thin Cuts to create my donut (so cute!). I also added some Sugar dots and white shimmer trim.

Here is my card fully open.


Here is the card closed.


Now hop on over to Sheena’s Blog HERE

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

New Year and New Products!

Welcome to 2017! 

With a new year comes new products and I am just in love with everything in our new seasonal book! Even the cover is gorgeous- just look!

Now that our new product is out I want to share it all with you- I am doing this a few different ways.

  1. You can view the online version of the new seasonal book here . This is not the most fun and will not involve prizes or a fun time with me on facebook (just in case you were wondering).
  2. You can join me on my VIP page- I will be posting artwork and workshops there (and on my Facebook business page). The VIP group is much more fun though- you get access to early sneak peeks, exclusive giveaways and so much more! You can request to join at this link. 
  3. The BEST way to join in and see all the new product is my joining into my online party!! This will include having a fun time with me on Facebook and prizes!!! It all happens on my VIP page (link above) and will be Jan 7th at 7pm EST. I sure hope you can make it- we will be having lots of fun!!!


Stay tuned though- more to come from our new book and new tips, techniques and videos. This year is going to be AWESOME!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Do you YouTube?

Do you YouTube?

YouTube is a great place for inspiration, tutorials and just plain fun! If you don’t subscribe to my channel yet then be sure to get over there and check it out! I am working hard at loading new videos every month-card tutorials, product how-to’s, the latest in crafting, workshops, customer special information and more!

Feel free to send some love or even suggest a video!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Single Layout Saturday!

For some the prospect of a single page layout can be scary. A bit of the unknown. Tonight (saturday) I want to help you embrace the single page layout and show it some love!

My first single page layout features my Grandma Kay and part of her family (she has not had all of her children at this point). I love the happy looks and comparing the kids in the picture to my Aunts now. To compliment the heritage photo I used the Memo fundamentals and pieces of the Rustic fundamentals. I then added some complements and ribbon with just a hint of colour. I have a bunch of family photos to finish scrapbooking and will continue this look for all of them.

Here is my other single page layout. My owl-dorable daughter in an owl hat my sister gave her. She was being so silly this day. Our Swan Lake paper paired perfectly with out Rustic Fundamentals (the barn board chevron) to create this layout. I added some Swan Lake complements and some of the Blue gems to finish this off.


Now I know when I place these in my album they will not likely match the layout they sit beside BUT sometimes the little moments or the older moments are just not something that can be shared in a two-page spread. Often in these smaller moments though you will find the most precious smile and the most precious memories. Be sure to capture and include those in your albums!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Some creations… finally!

You know how sometimes life just wants to get in the way of all the good stuff?

I am glad to share that not only did I finally get some time for some new creations but life is starting to calm down a tad (being a Mom and full time Special Education teacher can really lead to some crazy times LOL). I had my weekend retreat a few weekends ago and got some of my scrapbooking done AND some workshop planning done! GO ME!

Here are two of those creations:

Christmas Cards 2010.

I love all the great photos I receive with my Christmas cards every year. I hold onto them so that I can work them into my albums and see how my friends and family grow and change year to year. As you can see from the year- I was a wee bit behind on this task! I love how this turned out though! My tree is made from zip strips and paper scraps from the City Sidewalks Paper pack. I added in some Kraft paper and Gold Shimmer trim with some circuit cuts and thin cuts (the Christmas word is from our seasonal thin cuts). I LOVE how it all came together!


Silly Faces.

This one page layout is simple but mixes up some of our Fundamental paper patterns to highlight my silly kid (this should have been her first day of school photo but she would not give me a proper smile). I added some gold embellishments and another thin cut word- ‘hello’. This layout came together very quickly!


I have more to share so be sure to come back soon!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Key 10 on the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge

Our Flower Market Cricut Cartridge is the new kid on the block and it is full of so many amazing things! Watch this fun video all about what you can create with only one KEY- one key people!!!

In this video you examine Key 10 and see how to create an adorable baby layout and card!

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Babies First Year Album

There is nothing more precious and magical then your babies first year. They are so cute and squishy at the beginning and by the end of that year they are walking and say a few words and have developed into little… humans! It is crazy AND it all goes by in a blink of an eye! Seriously- a blink! That is why you need to document those memories- preserve them or you will regret it – and those cute, squishy babies will make you regret it! I promise you. Don’t believe me. Then ask my youngest sister who STILL TO THIS DAY brings up her lack of a baby album to my poor mother.

So, to prevent this future calamity you have to sign up for my ‘Babies First Year’ album workshop. This is the only thing that will save you. No joke!

In this workshop you will create 12 single layouts. Each page will document a month in your sweet babies first year. Add a few photos, write a cute story about that time they peed in Daddy’s mouth…. you know the drill.

(And if you are wondering, yes, my son did that.)

Here are some photos that show the BLUE Version of this workshop. There is also a PINK version and I encourage you to pick the one that best works for you.

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My nephew will luck out and get this for Christmas. He is the youngest and I never did a full album for his older brother’s SO I am actually setting him up to have the BETTER book – ha!

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This workshop will be available online and in my home.

In home workshop is October 23 from 1-4 in the afternoon. Bring you adhesive, order your product (at least two weeks ahead of time) and feel free to bring your baby too!

Online workshop is FREE to those who purchase the materials though my SHOP .

Workshop includes:

Whimsy Fundamental Paper Pack

Whimsy Fundamental Complements (either Baby Boy or Baby Girl)

Seaglass glitter paper

White Daisy Cardstock

Capture This Stamp Set

Canary and Whisper Cardstock

PS. If you are a GREAT friend or grandparent or anyone who has a baby in their life- this makes a WONDERFUL gift for a new parent.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er

Key 6: Flower Market Cricut Cartridge

Have you seen our newest circut cartridge? Flower Market is so much more than flowers (but the flowers are pretty amazing!). I will be sharing few videos a month that show just what you can do with this cartridge. Hang on to your hats ladies as this is going to be a very fun ride!

This video features Key 6 (I cannot believe how much you can create with just one key!)- watch how you can pull together a very feminine look for a layout. Perfect for a little girl page.

Until we craft again, The Brae-er