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Hi there, Connie Nichol here today with a layout I created for the Quietfire Design blog using one of their new Christmas stamps and a number of Elizabeth Craft Designs dies. Elizabeth Craft Designs has a number of dies in their ‘Way with Words” collection that were designed by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design.  They make the most beautiful scrapbook page titles and they cut cardstock like butter. I cut a number of branches with the berry branch die to tuck under the stamped quote and then I dressed up the ‘berries’ with White Opal Liquid Pearls by Ranger.  Such an easy way to add some dimension.  A dot here, a dot there.  And a huge selection of colours to choose from.   Supplies Used:  Heartfelt Creations patterned paper, Quietfire Design stamps, Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Ink, Elizabeth Craft Designs flourish, berry branch and believe dies, Ranger Ink Liquid Pearls, Sizzix label dies…

Featuring Aladine Izink Pigment inks distributed by Clearsnap and Quietfire Design stamps Hello, Connie here impatiently waiting for the snow to melt, the mud to dry and the garden to grow. This layout was totally inspired by my stash of fake flowers.  I was trying to declutter my basement and gathered up all the artificial flowers that I have collected over the years.  Most of these were purchased from Dollarama or from the clearance aisle at Michaels and Walmart stores, but have largely turned into dust collectors since I rarely use flowers on layouts these days. Before I passed these posies on to their next home, I thought I would do one more layout with them for old time’s sake.  I started with a piece of Canadian Scrapbooker Superstock and made my own really simple customized paper by adding a rainbow of colour with Izink inks.   The Izinks are manufactured by Aladine…

Hi, Connie here today.  I love this time of year at Stampin’ Up!  Not only is there fun new products available from the 2015 Occasions catalogue, it is also Sale-a-bration  time.  This means  that when you buy $60 worth of product, you earn something free as a bonus  – and there is a lot of free items to pick from.   You can see the Sale-A-Bration catalogue brochure and all the other Stampin’ Up! catalogues here. Today I am featuring a few cards I made with the From the Garden stamp and die bundle available in the new Occasions catalogue and the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series patterned paper I received as my Sale-A-Bration bonus.    This paper is magic!  It is white paper with a glossy white pattern that you can colour with markers or ink to become whatever colour you choose. The paper is so versatile, you can make it look…

LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!!!! WIN WIN WIN How it Works Each day for 12 days in a row we will be sharing two prize packages with you.  Leave a message under the blog post for each post in order to be entered for all 24 prizes. Visit the prize sponsor on facebook and say hello from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine or CS. NOTE do not use the same comment everytime you post on facebook – Facebook thinks you are spam and may block you. Names will be drawn randomly and you can win more then once if you enter  your name for more than one prize package! Winners will be announced on Dec 24th. Just in time for Christmas! Day#1 of 12 Starts NOW! The Arianna Blooms collection of  patterned paper, coordinating stamps and die set from Heartfelt Creations could be yours!!!!! This is one of their HOTTEST lines! Our second prize package today is this selection of…

Hi everybody, Connie Nichol here. Halloween is fast approaching, bringing to mind ghouls, goblins, ghosts and all things spooky. My kids love this time of year, especially the dressing up in costumes part, although the abundance of treats collected door to door doesn’t hurt either. Stampin’ Up! has so many cute Halloween themed products in their holiday catalogue. I especially adore the Motley Monsters designer series patterned paper.  The patterns and colours are fun and bright, so the resulting projects are cheery and upbeat. Here’s the layout I created using some of these papers. I cut a few cardstock leaves with the Fun Fall Framelit dies but most of the interesting stuff on the page is from fussy cut elements from the patterned papers themselves.  I cut out extra tree trunks and layered them onto the base sheet of patterned paper using dimensional adhesive (doubling up the adhesive to add…

Eeek!!! I have always wanted to join the world of DIY electronic cutters but have been a little intimidated by what I feared was a steep learning curve. Although reasonably computer savvy, I am a busy working mom who lacks any skill at putting machines together and doesn’t have a lot of time for fiddling with details or learning complicated software. Well, I have jumped into the electronic die cutting water with a Sizzix Eclips 2 and I will write a series of blog posts describing my adventures right from getting it out of the box to cutting simple shapes, importing cut files and maybe even create and modify my own designs. We’ll see how it goes. It looks sleek and powerful and sounds like an awesome machine. The Eclips 2 has an enhanced motor with industrial strength gears for speed, precision cutting and reduced noise. It will cut all…

Happy July 1st everyone!  Connie Nichol here with a patriotic red and white Canada Day layout.  I was briefly tempted to use non-traditional colours, but just couldn’t do it.  LOL I used the July Canadian Scrapbooker sketchy challenge sketch as a starting point.  It looks like this: I decided to start with a base of Core’Dinations Spotted cardstock.  It looks so lovely and textured, especially when you sand a tiny bit off of the top. The other day I saw that Rhonda Steed had some free Canada day printables up on her blog (hot link www.rhondasteed.com) and I was totally inspired to use a couple of these project life typecards as part of my layout. Then, instead of reaching for patterned paper strips to follow the July sketch, I decided to use a variety of May Arts ribbon.  Sometimes ribbon is a pain to adhere to a layout, especially skinny…

Hello everyone!  Connie Nichol here with more great Frugal ideas! Today I wanted to share a great idea from a scrapbooker in Sweden, Lisa Fitzmaurice Prokupa.  Scrapbooking supplies are very very expensive in Sweden, so Lisa is always keeping an eye out for frugal options.  While scrapbooking some photos from Hong Kong, she wanted to find an embellishment to capture the effect of bamboo and came up with the idea to use kebab bamboo sticks. Inexpensive and found right in her kitchen drawer! Thanks for sharing! Supplies: Art of Life Collection-Memories paper, Pandora Blue Colorado paper, ComboStickers stickers, Lori Whitlock Life Notes tag. Looking for more Frugal tips? Be sure to subscribe to Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!  CLICK HERE! Each issue you will find my Frugal Scrapbooker and Connie’s Choice articles!  Don’t miss out! Thanks so much for sharing this with us Lisa!