Sunday, 22 June 2014


Morning crafters !

Ladies specifically requested a 'reflection' technique card, at my recent Brayer class.  Stampin' Up! Lovely As A Tree #128655 (W), #127793 (C) is the perfect stamp set for this technique. 

Having seen another crafter using a pop of colour in this way, I used our Real Red card here to break up the Pacific Point on this project. 

Ink up image of your choice neatly and stamp where you require on the card. You can choose to stamp a bit lower if you prefer more sky but remember the depth will be required again for the reflection, so it will depend on stamp being used.  

For the reflection here, I stamped onto a piece of acetate.  A flat piece recycled from packaging will work fine. My reflection I thought was a bit too dark as the ink pad was very juicy, so got my class to stamp off onto a scrap of paper first before stamping onto acetate. As the acetate is very shining, you need to have a steady hand to make sure you don't slip.

Turn the acetate over so ink side is down and line up the image exactly opposite your stamped image. Leave a small gap for the horizon and place down, holding firmly in place, taking care not to move. Take your clean Brayer #102395 and roll over surface. This will transfer your image onto card.  Allow to dry completely before continuing with Brayer as the dark ink could pick up onto te roller and transfer parts of the image where you don't want !!!  Remember to clean your acetate and save to re-use.  

Punch a small circle from sticky end of Post-It Note. I used 3/4" Circle punch #119873 but it will depend on the size of your card. To make sure you get a cleanly punched edge and Post-It doesn't get screwed up in your punch, stick two together or fold a larger one in half. Separate and position these in the sky and water opposite each other. 

Continue with basic Brayering technique at each end of the card for sky and water. 

Finish off by drawing little 'waves' with White Gel Pen #105021 as in photo. 

If you are local to me and would like to attend a class at my house, learning in small groups of maximum five crafters, I would be happy to repeat another Brayering class for you to learn at your own pace. Please contact me and I will be happy to arrange. 

Happy craftin'

Friday, 20 June 2014

ILWS Full Card Swap - Sympathy

Morning crafters !

Here are the cards I made for this months challenge with fellow demonstrators over at 'In Love With Stamping'. 

Our theme this month was 'Sympathy cards'. These are always difficult cards to make but I had been making some similar cards for two birthdays earlier this month, using Serene Silhouettes #132073 (W) #127324 (C).  

The colour scheme was changed to incorporate some 'sneak peaks' from the new Annual 2014/15 catalogue which will be available from 1st July.  I am loving the New In-Colour Blackberry Bliss. I'm sure you will love it too :-)

Happy craftin'


Morning crafters !

Here I am, back again as promised with another card from recent Brayer class at Judy's. 

Although I have run previous Brayer classes, I must admit I hadn't used mine recently so made a refreshing change. 

With all attendees having my 10 handy Brayer hints & tips on the front page of their instructions, They all left feeling confident to have a go again themselves at home, some of them having bought and never used as didn't know how to. 

With at least one customer having done a previous class with me, I was keen to create all new projects for the day. 

I had seen this technique online and, as we were using Serene Silhouettes stamp set, this was an ideal project. Apologies I cant remember where I saw to post link. 

Brayering is a great way to create texture onto cardstock. I have used many times with lots of different househod items. 

This technique is a wax resist technique.  Firstly, cut a piece of wax paper (not greaseproof, but one with wax coating on one side) to size of your embossing folder. If you struggle to find wax paper, try your local kitchen speciality shop. 

Place piece of wax paper inside embossing folder of your choice and process through Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439.  Here I have used Beautifully Baroque #130917. Whilst we tried with Stampin' Up! Northern Flurry after the class just out of curiosity, it is better to have an all over, even pattern.  

Place wax side down onto piece of glossy card. Process through Big Shot and this will transfer the raised textured wax onto the glossy card. 

Ink up Brayer #102395 with your choice of ink and Brayer evenly over entire piece of card. The ink will resist where the wax pattern.  Gently wipe with kitchen roll to remove any excess ink, only if necessary, to avoid smearing any residue wax. 

Here we finished off inking up another stamp from Serene Silhouettes #132073 (W), #127324 (C)

You can order your Brayer and all Stampin' Up! supplies directly from me. Look out for, or ask me, for details of my Celebration promotion.

I look forward to sharing another Brayer project from our class with you tomorrow. 

Happy craftin'

Tuesday, 17 June 2014


Morning crafters !

Just before my holiday, I held an all-day class with one of my lovely crafting ladies Judy, and a few of her crafting friends.   I was aware I had a few Brayering 'virgins' and some not really knowing how to use properly. 

I started off getting everyone using any colour ink pad and practising on a piece of copy paper, progressing onto a piece of Whisper White card, learning how to use Brayer and also how different card stock will absorb in different ways.  By the end of the morning, they had all progressed on to making this lovely card. 

Here we used a basic Brayering technique, starting with Wisteria Wonder ink pad and adding Elegant Eggplant. Brayering requires a little bit of practice to fade down ink through the card without streaky lines but ladies mastered successfully and went home with beautifully made cards. 

The mountains were made from torn scrap paper. Varying the depth of colour here, gives an impression of some of the mountains being further away.  

Stamp set used was Serene Silhouettes, drawing birds in freehand with Basic Black marker. 

Pop back tomorrow for another of our Brayering projects. 

Happy craftin'