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Hi everyone,Kim here ? Thanks for checking into the CSM blog today. I just wanted to share this month’s sketch, designed by Kelly Klapstein. This month’s sketch was designed with card making in mind, ‘tis the season of making, giving and receiving cards! It’s a great sketch! I however used it as a starting point for a layout. That’s is the cool thing about sketches…they are simply a starting point for creativity. I used Close to My Heart’s “City Sidewalk” collection. I ADORE everything about this collection, it’s full of fun, whimsical papers, die cuts and glittery accents and also has a corresponding Cricut cartridge to keep the fun going strong! I decided to make a gift card holder while I had all this fun product out, I’ll need a few more before December 25th! As you can see, I did not follow the sketch for the card…but plan to…

It’s that time of year. You’ve got to do your Christmas Cards. I am here to tell you: Don’t be ambitious.  Be realistic. You need a card that is a) beautiful b) quick and c) has a wow factor. That’s this card. Say hello to… Well. Simply – one glittery bulb using Stampin’ Up! products. You can make these in bulk quickly. Step one: Stamp using versamark your image onto watercolour paper.  I chose this delightful Stampin’ Up! Happy Ornament stamp set. Heat emboss using black embossing powder. I usually do this in batches of 10. Step two: Watercolour using your Stampin’ Write markers and an aqua painter.  See last months Creative Scrapbooker Magazine post on how to do this.  Let air dry or use a heat gun. Step Three: It’s concoction time.  To achieve this “glittery bulb” look, I took a piece of transparency and poured some Crystal…

If you are looking for fun, fresh and modern designs for your paper crafting, look no farther than Avery Elle. Their clear, photopolymer stamps will give you crisp, clean images right out of the package! Avery Elle is a one stop shop with coordinating papers, inks, stamps, dies and crafting supplies. Co-coordinating products take the guess work out of what will look good together so you can have fun designing your layouts and cards! I spent some time browsing through their blog and it is FULL of Christmas and winter inspiration. If you are thinking about an early start on your Christmas cards…grab a coffee and check it out. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Flicr Subscribe today to have our quarterly publication delivered right to your mailbox!

Hi everyone and welcome to September! You might be a little confused because of the Santas in the pictures above. But it’s definitely September and not December. September 1st was the kick off for the latest Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and I couldn’t wait to show you some products from the book. These cards stay true to my lean and clean style. The vintage style stamps are incredibly gorgeous. This one, called Father Christmas, is stunning and a must have item. As far as I am concerned, it’s never too early to start preparing for the holiday season. This month I made a quick video to show you how to watercolour easily with the Stampin’ Write markers and an aquapainters. Click on the link below to watch the demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g2aWqHl-sg Enjoy the video, which includes some of my process while creating a card. Until next month creative friends!…

Stamping Wood Slices Hello. Good morning Jack Frost. Hello world! It wasn’t until December that it arrived, but the snow has fallen in Newfoundland and will undoubtedly remain until long into Spring. If you are like me, you are enjoying the Season already as you trim the tree, attend parades, dance at the office holiday parties and, of course, send out a gazillion Christmas and holiday cards. But I quite like it. The cold invites me to stay inside next to my fireplace and craft the night away. I created this card with a new fancy die called Sleigh Rides created by Stampin’ Up! as well as the Softly Falling Textured embossing folder (a must get). It was easy, not to mention gorgeous. The iridescent ice glimmer paper looks exactly like snow. Every year I make each of my children a personalized ornament. This year I gathered the clear bulbs…

Bring on the Christmas Cards! Today’s Christmas card is brought to you by Design Team member Connie Nichol – featuring Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock, Elizabeth Craft Design, Creative Memories and Tombow! SUPPLIES Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock, Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz, embossing folder and poinsettia die, Clearsnap ink, Quietfire Design stamps, Creative Memories corner rounder and circle cutter, Tombow Xtreme Adhesives! Here is a closer look at the supplies Connie used…. Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock Neutrals Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz, embossing folder and poinsettia die Creative Memories corner rounder and Custom Cutting System Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Connie based her card on our monthly sketchy challenge! We would like to see your take on this sketch – CLICK HERE Merry Card Making!