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It’s Halloween and time for trick or treating.  Therefore, I decided to  “treat” myself by creating this fun Halloween card and then using the same basic techniques, supplies and stamps  (okay, so I changed one, lol), I then treated myself a second time to this wonderful scrapbook page that bears the photo of my “grandhandsomeson” Liam.

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I kept it basic, all the inking techniques are simple and truly easy to learn and I know everyone can do them. If you have Volume #6 of Canadian Scrapbooker Basics and/or you follow my articles in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine, you probably recognize the techniques I used.

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Basically I smeared  my way to a great background using colors from the Provence, petal point from Clearsnap and this great brick background from the fine folks at Magenta. I used the same background for both the card and the page.

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I did add color with some markers which I did not photograph to the “oh, so scary/cute, skeleton stamp from Stampendous and I did that while the panel was in my “Cathie Allan, Position-it” so I could add my detail back in after I did the coloring. This tool makes my images so easy and FAST to color … I like coloring fast, lol!

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My Magenta branch stamps took care of the foreground images and all I did was stamp, emboss, smear color on and then cut the images out with my “titanium, Westcott craft knife”. This is my “ go to craft knife as the titanium blade simply outlasts any of my stainless steel blades by about 5 to 1.

I had some “leftover” window panels from when I had cut out some “Spellbinders Dies” for another project of mine that you will see in the winter issue of Canadian Scrapbooker and these became my frames for my card and my page. You “frugal stampers” out there will love that!

The page is not done yet as I plan to add more embellishments and a fun caption but I thought I would show you the page in its “beginnings” so you could see just how fast, easy and wonderful sticking to the basics can be. Does the page need more embellishment … no. Will it be embellished more …. Oh, yes. Why …. cause I can and it is fun. For we all know it is all about the “fun of creating” and besides …. stuff just happens when you have stamps and great ink.


To see more of Cathie’s work visit her blog – Creative Whispers


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