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Brayer Tips

Brayer with Sweet Sorbet ink over DSP



I am glad to see the brayer back in our stamping tools. This is a great tool and has many uses.  You can find it on page 18 in the January Mini Catalog.  

I compared the new Stampin' Up brayer with the old one we had several years ago. The roller on the old one is softer than the new one. The new one is silicone in a bright red orangish color.  The roller on the new one is longer than the old one. The new one does not seem to stain as easily and can be cleaned easier if cleaned directly after use.  The new one has 'feet' to prevent the ink on the roller from getting on the wrong place on our projects ~ ever have that happen???


1. Make certain that your brayer is clean of dust or lint.

2. Since the new brayer is wider, when inking, hold the ink pad side to side instead of bottom to top.

3. Swipe the ink on to the brayer in one direction. Do not roll it back and forward. Test on a scrap paper to check if the ink is on the brayer evenly.

4. Always use a well inked pad.

5. Before applying ink to your paper make certain that the surface is clean as well as the cardstock.

6. Clean your brayer after each use with a damp cloth.

Play with your brayer and try using it with different techniques. Practice makes perfect.  I have a BRAYER CLASS scheduled in the CAT/ART STUDIO on Saturday morning, February 17, at ten.  Let me know if you are interested in joining me for some stampin' fun!


Tuesday Project Sheet

You can find this suite on pages 40 - 43 in the January Mini Catalog.  Nature's Sweetness Suite includes two bundles and this card uses both of them ~ Lovely & Sweet and Notes of Nature.  It is one of my favorite suites in the Mini and I have used it over and over.  It is a unique suite and the DSP is fabulous!  This card is created by my friend, Pat Mayer.

January 30 Project Sheet

Download 1-30-24 Lovely & Sweet Card

Saturday's Valentine Class

So nice to see Katy, Diane, Rusty, Dixie, Cyndi and Lynne this morning for my Valentine FUNdraiser Class for CHKD!  Thank you all for joining me and supporting the East Beach Circle of CHKD!  Here are the cards that we made.  I have project sheets for each of the cards ~ let me know if you would like me to email one or more of the pdf's to you.

Split Bee Card 2


Lavender Valentine CLASS CARD

Poetic Expressions Suite



The January – April Mini Catalog has eight suites of products to enhance your creativity. The suite I fell in love with is the Poetic Expressions Suite (162826) found on pages 60 - 62. I can see a variety of ways this suite can be used. Let’s look at the components of this suite and then I will give you a tutorial for using this suite to make a card.

My attention was drawn right away to the Thoughtful Expressions bundle (162822), especially the Thoughtful Expressions dies (162821). The dies have beautiful ruffled circle dies in a great number of sizes. These circles have stitching both on the inside edge of the die and on the outside. There is also a die to cut out the hummingbird that is in the stamp set and some of the flowers.

Thoughtful Expressions Bundle photo 1

The name of the suite comes from the designer paper name, Poetic Expressions Designer Series Papers (162814). The colors used in these papers are Wild Wheat, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Boho Blue, Moody Mauve, Bubble Bath and Basic White. The patterns have a vintage look to me with florals, stripes, and textures.

Poetic Expressions DSP photo 2 Poetic Expressions DSP reverse side photo 3

All suites have to have some bling, right? This Poetic Expressions suite has Champaign Iridescent Dots (162824). These are non-adhesive flat-backed dots of varying sizes. They coordinate well with the colors in this suite.

Champagne Iridescent Dots photo 4

Now let’s make a card with these products.

Thoughtful Expressions Card photo 5


Bundle – Thoughtful Expressions (162822)

Ink – Pecan Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad (161665), Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad (147116)

Stampin’ Blends – Lemon Lime Twist Combo (161682) Dark, Daffodil Delight Combo (154883) Dark, Flirty Flamingo Combo (154884) Light & Dark

Paper including cutting dimensions –

Basic White Cardstock [CS] (159276) 8 ½” x 5 ½” scored at 4 ¼” and folded for card base, 4 ½” x 2”

Pecan Pie Cardstock [CS] (161717) 5 ¼” x 4”

Boho Blue Cardstock [CS] (161724) 6” x 3”

Poetic Expressions Designer Series Paper [DSP] (162824) Boho Blue Flower design 5 ¼” x 2”

Accessories –

Thoughtful Expression Dies (162821) next to smallest to cut Basic White CS and third in from outside to cut Boho Blue CS, Champagne Iridescent Dots (162824), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653) or Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (150673)


· Add the Pecan Pie CS to the front of the card with Stampin’ Seal.

· Apply the DSP to card front.

· Stamp the single flower on one end of the smaller piece of Basic White and color it with the Stampin’ Blends.

· Stamp the greeting on the other end of the Basic White piece and cut both out with the next to smallest ruffled circle die.

· Cut two circles from Boho Blue CS with the third in from outside circle die.

· Apply the greeting near the top of one of the Boho Blue circles and apply it to the card front as shown.

· Add the flower circle to the middle of the other Boho Blue circle and add it to the card front as shown.

· Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere one of each size of the Champagne Iridescent Dots to the upper righthand corner of the card.

Contact me (Text 757-641-9354) or visit my online store to order the supplies to make this project.




Tool Tips/Sue Erickson



Helpful Tool Tips

Q & A – Scratched Cutting Plates

Question: My cutting plates are so scratched up and the scratches are showing up on the surface of my die-cuts. I seem to be going through new cutting plates like crazy. Is there anyway I can use the old ones and not have the scratches appear on my paper?

Answer: I know exactly what you mean. I was cutting out labels for a card swap and noticed those scratches were being embossed into the cardstock while die-cutting. I didn’t have new plates to use to finish the swap in time so I did a Google search for a solution. Here’s a great solution I found. Place a piece of copy paper or wax paper between the cardstock and the cutting plate. This provides a buffer between your cardstock and the scratches. In the future have one new plate dedicated to only being a top plate and avoid it getting scratches.

Tool Tip – Stamping Multiple Images  

When making multiple copies of the same card, die-cut one label/shape from a square of cardstock at least 1” larger than the shape. Then use the square as a placement template when using a Stamparatus or another placement tool. Place each die-cut in the template to stamp it. I usually recommend stamping first and then die-cutting but when you have many to do, this is a very efficient way to get the job done.


bee suite


You can find the 'bee mine' suite collection on page 9 in the Mini Catalog.  It includes SQUARE PILLOW BOXES (10 stampable boxes, $8).  The boxes are scored and have adhesive included (on the box) so there is no need for glue.  They go together so easily ~ I was amazed!  I used a Blending Brush to color the outside of the box and then added the tag & ribbon.

My friend, Cyndi Fisher, made square pillow boxes over the weekend ~ so cute!


The JOY of Creativity...



Don’t Sabotage your Creativity!

Don’t demand your stamping to be perfect. Handmade is not meant to always to be perfect. If you demand yourself to be perfect you will not enjoy the wonderful creative process. Don’t be afraid. Try new ways to use the products you have. After all, a piece of cardstock the size of a card does not cost over five cents; so, if you ruin it, you are not out that much and you will have the fun of trying something new. Cards do not have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Do not compare your work with others. You have your own style. Creativity is not about competing and comparing. It is enjoying the process of creating. It is alright to use other’s projects for inspiration, but do not compare your project with others.

Do not rush. Avoid leaving things until the last minute. Rushing ruins the fun and enjoyment of being creative. It often leads to big mistakes such as ink smudges where they should not be. Make time for yourself to stamp. You are entitled to the joy of creativity.

Fear. Do not be afraid to give away a hand-made card. It may not be perfect in your eyes, but it is a gift from the heart. Also, don’t be afraid to try new techniques and products. Frankly, it does not matter what others think as long as you enjoyed yourself. You have nothing to fear, but fear itself. Play and enjoy your crafting experience.

Don’t be afraid to CASE. CASE does mean Copy and Share Everything. When you copy a project, it is a compliment to the person that made the card. Casing helps you come up with ideas of your own. Please give credit to the artist that created the card you cased. Share your own ideas with others.

These five simple things can destroy your love of creating, so learn to relax and love your time to be creative. Always take time to play with new products, ideas, and techniques. Enjoy your creative time.