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Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring some bright sunny colours and a couple of easy techniques featuring reinkers, gesso and cling wrap. Supplies Used:  CTMH stamps, ink, reinkers, heart dies, cardstock and patterned paper, Ranger Industries gesso, stencil and glossy paper. I started by tinting some white gesso from Ranger with a few drops of Lemon reinker from Close to My Heart and smooshing it through a Dina Wakley large block stencil onto a piece of cardstock.  I just wanted to take the edge off of the white, but if you wanted a more intense colour, just add more reinker to customize the gesso colour to whatever you want.   While that was drying, I made some marbleized looking paper by spraying some ink onto a piece of crumpled cling wrap and pressing onto a piece of glossy paper.  I let that dry too, then cut out…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout inspired by the March sketch from the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine sketchy gallery and products from the beautiful Simple Stories Reset Girl line. Here’s the sketch.  I know I’m a month late, but hey, sketches never expire.  The Sketchy Gallery has the perfect sketch for any occasion. The layout was very easy to put together.  I just took pieces of patterned paper from the Reset Girl collection, rearranged them and rotated to look sort of like the March sketch and added a few stickers to finish up.  I also like applying washi tape to the top and bottom of the page, it just adds a little bit of ‘extra’.  Simple and done – another memory and beautiful photograph of friends is ready for the scrapbook album.    Supplies Used:  Simple Stories patterned paper and stickers, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesive, Sakura pen. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to…

Hello! I’m happy to be here to share a special layout created with products from the gorgeous new “Forever Yours” Collection by Creative Memories! The collection is designed to help you preserve your wedding memories, but it worked just as beautifully to preserve the memory of a very special woman. My mom passed away recently and she’s been on my mind a lot. I wanted to create a layout to remember her by that featured one of the last photos taken of us before her Alzheimer’s disease became very advanced. I knew that the colors in the photo would work beautifully with the colors in the Forever Yours papers (rich cream, silvery gray, gold, navy and pink) and the coordinating Stickers and Pearl Adhesive Gems from the Embellishment Pack. I also used CM’s lustrous Gold Shimmer Cardstock as a backdrop, and Navy ABC/123 Stickers for my title. I wanted to…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a very simple layout that uses minimal supplies – basically just cardstock!  If you have an electronic die cutting machine like the Sizzix Eclips2, you really don’t need much else. This layout is totally about the Sunflower cut file from Quietfire Design.  I fell in love with it when I saw it, and what better page embellishment for sunflower photos?  I was so excited last year when a friend told me about a nearby sunflower field.  You can of course customize the colours and size of the flowers as you see fit so it is a very versatile file. I cut the flowers and the title out with a Sizzix Eclips 2.  I opened the svg file, ungrouped the shapes and cut them out of different colours of cardstock.  They were so pretty I didn’t want to add a lot of other ‘stuff’…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring ‘Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! This paper is a free item in the Sale-A-Bration campaign that ends March 31, 2017, so hurry if you want some!!!  If you’re not familiar with Sale-A-Bration, you get free items from a special catalogue with every $60 you spend ($50 for my American friends), so it’s a great time of year to stock up on Stampin’ Up!  products. The pack of free paper comes with 12 sheets, 3 each of 4 designs that you can colour with whatever you want!  Pencil crayons, markers, watercolours….. colour a little, or colour a lot! I decided to colour my paper with Chameleon pens.  These are SO cool.  They are alcohol ink markers that allow you to create a variety of shades from just one pen.  So all the shades of pink and green that you…

Hi there! I’m excited to be back today to share a layout featuring a couple of new products that were released by Creative Memories this month – the Sorbet Collection and the Rectangle Templates for the Custom Cutting System! The Sorbet Collection is full of delicious colors and patterns, and it also has a bit of a retro feel to it. I dug out a variety of old photos of myself that echoed the colors and had a bit of a vintage look. I knew I would have to tone down the bright, busy pattern of the paper with a solid color to make the photos stand out. But instead of just using the Rectangle CCS Templates to simply matt my photos, I thought I would try my hand at creating a cut-work style overlay with them! First, I traced out the various sizes of rectangles and squares onto a…

Hello!  Today I am sharing a single page layout I created using the new Sugar Rush Paper Packet from Close to My Heart!  The main theme of Sugar Rush is donuts and ice cream, so it is full of super sweet patterned papers.    Yummy! I added the title and embellishments to my layout using the Sugar Rush Complements, and Sugar Rush Dots. I also used a black journal pen to draw lines around the perimeter of the photo mats and on anything I wanted to have my eye drawn to on the page. If you don’t have a copy of the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog or the new Seasonal Expressions (mini catalog), be sure to contact your local CTMH Independent Consultant.  Or if you don’t have a Consultant and you live in Canada, let me know and I will get one to you!  I would love to…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring a selection of dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I used the Butterfly 1 die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and the Believe patterned paper collection from BoBunny to cut a swarm of winged insects from bits of patterned paper (a great way to use up scraps)! This was about the fourth layout I’ve created with the Believe collection.  I just adore the colours – they are so bright and happy and versatile! As an aside, here’s a layout I did for the Quietfire Design Digital blog using the same papers.  Totally different look. Anyway, for the Baby Love layout, I started with a plain piece of white cardstock and just spritzed a little Dylusions spray ink from Ranger on kind of a diagonal line to add a bit of interest to the background.  Then I added the title cut using a brand new…

Walking into the Impression Obsession booth at the Creativation Show is always such a treat.   There are so many beautiful new stamps and dies, and a huge variety of cards and other projects showcasing these.   Loads of colour and inspiration! Here is the lovely Mitra Friant, owner of Impression Obsession in the booth. The pic below shows just a smidgen of the amazing art that is on display showcasing the new products. IO has a huge selection of stamps and dies with designs from a variety of artists.  I love that there are so many different art styles.  There’s lost of funny stamps and quotes. The art of Lindsay Ostrom is so pretty!  Here’s just a few new stamps designed by her. There’s also new stamps designed by Seth Apter.  Very grungy and fun. Here’s a stunning canvas created with some of the Seth Apter stamps:…

We always love visiting our friends at the Clearsnap booth.  Clearsnap makes the most amazing ink – whether it be dye, pigment, chalk, archival, Smooch or something else – and it all comes in luscious colours to create all kinds of inky masterpieces.  Here’s a quick highlight of a couple of new Clearsnap products that debuted at the Creativation show. There was a lot of buzz about Clearsnap’s new product called Colorique by Lisa Marie Jiminez.  This is a quick drying ink for metal, glass, clay, wood and ceramics that is perfect for jewelry designers and altered art.  Colorique comes in 14 colours and comes with a clear coat to seal your work.    It’s going to be a lot of fun to play with. There’s also a pet safe paw print ink pad if you want to stamp with the feet of your doggies and kitties.  Cool idea. Clearsnap…