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Fun With the Brayer!

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Some time ago, I bought a Brayer.  I tore it out of its package and thought to myself….”hmmmmm, where do I start?”.  It sat on my desk for a while…it moved around…..and then eventually it moved into a drawer.  Not until a few weeks ago did I stop before closing my drawer, and pick it up.  I set it on my desk and decided it was time to work with it.  I’m not sure why I was so hesitant.  I think it was mostly because I’d never worked with one.  So I pulled out some paper and decided to give it a go.  Here’s one of the projects I did using the Brayer.


The thing that I love the most about the Brayer is the Gradient effects you can create.  They can look so pretty as a backdrop or you can turn it into a feature point.  Above, I used two of the new “In-Colours” – Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.  (Full list of supplies at bottom).

Once I had the gradient thing figured out (I won’t say Mastered ’cause I sure haven’t mastered it yet!), I thought, why not try something with Blues – which then became, “let’s do a night scene”!!! 

Above is the In progress shot.  You can see where the Brayer rolled over some uneven areas on my mat but it actually made me think of Northern lights.  I masked out the moon using the 1 3/8″ circle punch and then stamped a set of trees from the set “Lovely As A Tree” in Black.



Once the trees were stamped on, I dabbed the moon with some Crumb Cake colouring and added the “stars” using the Dazzling Details.  Lastly, I embossed the sentiment “Thinking of You” from the Sassy Salutations Stamp set in Silver.  This card face was then mounted on a piece of Lost Lagoon Card stock as the mat border and then on to Island Indigo card stock.

There’s so much more you could do with this scene but I opted to keep it simple.  Thinking I might very well try a sunset version of this!!  😉

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to drop a comment and let me know what you think!

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For the above Cards, here’s the list of supplies used:


**The Directional Stamp at the bottom is from the “Glittered Greetings” Paper Pumpkin Kit and the Arrow Paper clip at the top is now retired.  😦

***The Sentiment and Splatter Stamps came from the “Hey There” Paper Pumpkin Kit – Item #132599

**I used “Not Quite Navy” Ink however that one is now retired.  I’ve included “Night Of Navy” below as I feel this would work just as well.

Birthday x2

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Tonight I tackled Birthday Card #2.  Again, keeping with the Fall theme, I once again used my “Lovely As a Tree” set and did this simple little diddy:

Because this is going to one of my husband’s buddies, I didn’t want to “jazz” it up too much.  Not sure how much he’d appreciate rhinestone accents!  I did play with my new “wax paper” trick again when stamping.  It’s pretty neat as no two images will stamp the same!

To make the card above, I used the following:

*Basic Blue Card Stock
*Basic Navy Card Stock
*Shimmery Cream Paper (I will be working hard to get through this!)
*Basic Lime Green Grosgrain Ribbon
*Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set
*Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
*Old Olive Ink Pad
*Pumpkin Pie Ink Pad
*Real Red Ink Pad
*Daffodil Delight Ink Pad
*Pacific Point Ink Pad

*As always, anything else you think you’d like to add to it!

I have one more small little Birthday card to make which I’ll take on tomorrow.  That said, this post is a short and sweet one.

Until next time……

Birthday Birthday

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My mission this week is to make a couple of Birthday Cards.  Usually when I come down to my desk, I tend to sit and stare at everything in front of me.  I’ll often have some sort of idea in mind but I find I get different inspiration based on what materials are in front of me.

Tonight, I was presented with a real challenge……and unfortunately, not quite the inspiration I was looking for right then……..

As cute as he is, he chose to plant himself right on top of my work space.  You think he’s demanding?  Nah………  I will say, he is good company when I’m down here!

At any rate, once I relocated the cat, I began the creation of Birthday Card #1.   I had a bunch of old card stock that I’ve been wanting to get through so I chose some fall colours.  Since these Birthdays are still technically “Fall Birthdays”, I wanted to play with the season somewhat.  I also used a technique on the stamping that I learned at a previous workshop and I had a lot of fun with that.  It involves wax paper!  Ask me sometime!

I otherwise kept the card pretty simple.  I do enjoy a lovely ornate card but there’s something to be said about the simple and sweet ones.  What do you think?

Here’s what I used to complete the card above:

*Basic Red Card Stock
*Basic Textured Green Card Stock
*Shimmery Cream Paper (I have a bunch of this to get through – leftover from our wedding invites almost 5 years ago!!)
*Basic Green Rhinestones
*Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set
*Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
*Old Olive Ink Pad
*Pumpkin Pie Ink Pad
*Real Red Ink Pad
*Daffodil Delight Ink Pad

*Anything else you think you’d like to add to it!

Don’t forget that Stampin’ Up! is having a major Online sale until the 28th.  If you are thinking of placing an order, check out the full list of deals HERE.  There are 24 hour blitz deals as well within this period so have a look and see if that item you had your eye on is up for discounted grabs!  😉

Peace, love and Arts & Crafts,