Each and every week, we look back in time and remember the beautiful art of our late friend and colleague Christy Riopel.
Christy’s designs are timeless. So many of her creations from way back when continue to inspire us today.In loving memory of Christy Riopel
It has been exactly two years this week since Christy passed away. Feels like yesterday. I still miss her dearly.

I saw this poem on facebook the other day and thought I would share it here with all of you.  So many of you have continued to celebrate Christy with me each and every week. I am so grateful for all the comments and messages and memories that you share with us – THANK YOU!

The Day God Took You Home
A million times
I’ve needed you
A Million times I’ve cried,
If love alone
Could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart, you hold a place,
No one else can ever fill.

It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone
Part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.

So here I am today Christy,  looking back, as I do each and every Saturday, remembering, celebrating and keeping your beautiful creations alive.

This week we are looking back to the Summer 2015 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. In this issue, in Christy’s regular Tool Junkie article, she demonstrated the many different ways to use your embossing folders. Christy shared with us 4 different techniques to get the most out of your folders. Here is one of the examples of the many cool things you can do.

Embossing and Frosting Acrylic

Using embossing folders on a scrapbook layout designed by Christy Riopel | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine
SUPPLIES: Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock, FabScraps patterned paper and chipboard, Graphix acrylic sheet, Stephanie Barnard for Clearsnap sprays, Clearsnap ink, Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine and embossing folders and dies, Ranger Industries pen, Beacon Adhesives and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Picture by Brittany Caldwell.
  1. Start by using a die such as this Sizzix one to cut out your acrylic shapes from the Grafix Acylic sheet. Leave the protective film on at this time.Using embossing folders on a scrapbook layout designed by Christy Riopel | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine
  2. Place the acrylic shapes into the inside of the folder, and run through the Big Shot machine (or a similar type).Using embossing folders on a scrapbook layout designed by Christy Riopel | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine
  3. Remove your shape from the folder. Peel off the blue protective covering from both sides of the shape.Using embossing folders on a scrapbook layout designed by Christy Riopel | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine
  4. Use sandpaper to sand one side of the acrylic shape, making the pattern look frosted. Use as is, or heat with a heat tool to remove the actual texture, leaving only the frosted look.Using embossing folders on a scrapbook layout designed by Christy Riopel | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

 

In love and light,

In loving memory of Christy Riopel – we continue to raise money for the Christy Riopel Art Scholarship. To date – one scholarship has been given through The Boys & Girls Club of Calgary. This warms my heart knowing that Christy continues to spread gentle, caring and inspiring love through art in our world. Thank you so much to everyone who donates. We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.

The Christy Riopel Art Scholarship | #RememberingChristy | Donate Today | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine
Donate Today – Thank you SOOO Much!

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