Happy Sunday stampers and scrappers. Are you having a good weekend?
Yesterday Al and I went bowling with 15 co-workers and then we all went out for supper. It was so much fun with lots of laughing involved. Being indoors is where we’ve been stuck. Just like the rest of you, Sarnia is having record-breaking cold temperatures, and it’s always snowing. Go away already! I can’t believe we have three more months of this.
Being stuck indoors means more time in my stamp room, hence regular blog posts from me again. I needed a quick card for a good friend who had a baby. I had months to make one but when did I realize I would need a card? The day she had her baby. Right after work, I pulled out the Shape It CD from the Technique Junkie Newsletter and went right to work making Denim Overalls. It may seem like an odd card to make for a newborn, but you have to know this couple–it is perfect for these country living folks. I did debate buying a Hallmark card when I was in the mall buying a baby gift. In fact, I stood outside Hallmark wrestling with the fact that one would expect a homemade card from me.
The denim was distressed by me, and the DP is Cosmo Cricket.
Thanks for stopping by!
Today I am going to show you how to use a brayer. I love my brayer because it creates such an even colour and really makes an image pop. To make this effect it is important to use glossy cardstock and dye ink as pigment ink will not dry. For your enjoyment I added many links pertaining to the brayer so keep on reading through.
Supplies: Glossy Cardstock, Kaleidacolor ink pad, brayer, stamp, (ignore the Post-it notes)
Push the Kaleidacolor ink pad together so there are no spaces.
Roll your brayer in one direction. Continue rolling until you get good coverage on your brayer which is approximately10 rolls.
Begin to roll your brayer by starting the roll off of the glossy cardstock. This will ensure a nice even coat. Roll across the glossy cardstock without stopping . Do not roll backwards once you have run your brayer along.
Start at the beginning again and reink as necessary. Keep rolling until you create full coverage with no lines showing.
To decorate your brayered background, use StazOn your stamp.
Stamp out your image as desired. I wanted to leave some green so I could add my sentiment.
To determine what colour of matting would look the nicest I used my colour wheel. As you can see, the colours from the Kaleidacolor pad appears in the range of colours. I decided to use the far right mustard to add interest to my colour scheme.
I love background stamps and finished off the background by using one.
I hope I inspired you to pull out that long-forgotten brayer you have tucked away.
Main Image: Stampington & Co
Background Stamp: Impression Obsession
Brayer on You Tube
- Brayer Basics by Jen Tinline
- Brayer Techniques by Nathalie Kalbach
- Using Your Brayer Gradation Technique with Dany
- Basic Brayer Technique with Sara Sandberg
- All about the brayer by Donna Henley
- About the brayer from Cloth, Paper, Scissors
- Brayer on About.com
My designer paper is BasicGrey. The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch. The paper flower is handmade by using a punch, running it through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then bending each petal with a special tool.
Thank you Holly for suggesting I take part in challenges. Indeed it is getting me in the studio more and making me experiment.
Today’s card is for Two Peas In a Bucket Stamp n Dash Sketch #1 challenge. Two Peas is a great scrapbooking and stamping community and I’m revisiting the time I’m spending there as it has been long forgotten. I want to get involved with Two Peas and Splitcoaststampers again.
I used glossy cardstock and with my brayer I inked Caribbean Sea by Kaleidacolor and Pixie Pink by Stampn’ Up! Next, I used black StazOn to stamp out my images by Stampn’ Up!, Hero Arts and Inkdinkado.
Stamps: Stampn’ Up!, Hero Arts, Inkadinkado
New Year’s Resolutions
- Spend more time in the studio
- Do tutorials for my blog again
- Do at least one video tutorial
- Buy less stamps
- Use the stamps that I have, especially the ones who haven’t seen ink
- Take part in challenges
- Practice using my Copics
- Take on-line classes and more classes at my LSS
- Continue to stay physically fit and keep my weight off (I lost 85 lbs)
What are your New Year’s resolutions?
This year I am going to join in on more challenges. I know a lot of you already do, and some of you have really inspired me to spread my wings out a little bit. So today, I’m joining in the “Blue” challenge at the Impression Obsession blog where I have a chance to win a $25 gift card to their store.
I used the Bird Collage E13046 stamp and the sentiment was typed out on the computer. My co-worker is getting married and I thought it would be nice to give her a card to say Congratulations.
My background is called Triple Embossing and is from the June 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.
I hope I inspired you to join in on this challenge. I’ve got one that I want to do this weekend, so let’s see if I can get creative on my weekend off.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Happy New Year. I hope you had a nice holiday season. Are you in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions? I’m not, but this year I want to focus on my studio like I did in the good ‘ol days. I even hope to make video tutorials for you.
Did you do anything to ring in the New Year? Al and I went downtown and took advantage of the free bus service. Sarnia is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary so there was an outdoor party complete with fireworks and a ball dropping. On our way home we stood at the wrong bus stop, so we back tracked and found the buses, and it took us two hours to get home because of the hour wait at the wrong bus stop. By 2 a.m. we were back home in the warmth of the house and heating blanket.
Please excuse the glue that you can see on my door of my card. I used a new thin glue pen and I don’t like it. Waste of money that was.
I work with a girl who just moved into a new apartment so I made this card for her. To add the glow to the windows I coloured in the windows with Prismacolour pencil crayons and OMS. I used Martha Stewart punches to create icicles from the chimney and picket fence, and then added a styrofoam tree. The house template is from Sissix and the windows and doors are dies from Impression Obsession. Sentiment stamp is from Stampn’ Up!
Happy New Year to you and your family. May you have a fabulous 2014 year!
Hello friends. Today I want to share how I created my embossed inchies with you. It’s been a while since I made inchies and was inspired by seeing inchies on Pinterest. Enjoy!
Supplies: Two colours of ink, two colours of embossing powder, sponges, VersaMark, large stamp, heat embosser, embossing buddy (not in photo)
Sponge ink on top of two pieces of cardstock
Rub embossing buddy over top of inked cardstock
Ink stamp with Versamark and stamp out onto inked cardstock and cover with embossing powder. Use a heat gun to set embossing powder.
Cut cardstock into 1″ x 1″ pieces
Place your inchies into a row of three pieces across and three pieces down.
Trim your cardstock so there is space left at the bottom to add a sentiment. Embellish as desired.
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Pixie Pink and Regal Rose
Embossing Powder: gold and purple
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzelberry and white cardstock
Stamp: Sentiment: Stampin’ Up! and Large Stamp: Inkadinkado
Merry Christmas to you and your family. May you have a wonderful time with your loved ones.
Here we are folks, just days away from Christmas. Are you ready? This morning I iced my sugar cookies so all my baking is done, presents are bought and wrapped, and now I just have to wait for the big days ahead of me. Even tackled the grocery store this afternoon and managed to keep my cool–LOL.
Christmas dinner will be on Christmas Eve, and family will be joining us. I work on Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year, but it won’t stop me from visiting with my children on those days. This year I am blessed with spending lots of time with them.
As I type this, Al surprised me with my first Christmas present of the year–he ordered me a battery for my laptop moments ago. What a sweetie!
I, just this minute, finished a job that I
hate with a passion dislike. Approximately 20 card fronts are now turned into cards with a front and back to them. I’d love to hear from you regarding this chore aspect to card-making. How many of you create a whole card immediately, or are you like me and just make card fronts? The next step that I have to do is stamp my “made by Beth” on the backs but that will be another day. One can only take so much stress in one day. LOL.
In case you wondering about my card, this darling image is from Twisted Papers. The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! and the writing on my flower is Hero Arts.
Have a Merry Christmas and happy Holiday Season!
Look what my co-worker tucked on top of my purse yesterday. When I picked it up to ooohh and aaahh, Pam said that “someone” once complimented her on her shawl and she wanted “her” to have it. I told her I was being nosy because the colours really attracted me and it was something handmade. Pam surprised me when she said it was mine. She is so generous to give me such a beautiful handmade (her first crochet project) gift.
It will be well used as I keep the heat way up at work and hear, “Beth is working again.” LOL. Now I have something beautiful to wear to keep me warm. And Pam is so right–they are just my colours. Thank you Pam!