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Hello everyone Christy Riopel here on the blog today! I am all about creating layers these days. Stamps are a great way to add layers without adding bulk to your page. This Magenta Crafty Secrets Swirl is one of the most used stamps I own. It so versatile that I have yet to run out of uses for it. I love how it peaks out from under my stickers. Supplies: Magenta stamps, Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper and stickers, May Arts Ribbon, gesso, Clearsnap ColorBox Chalk Ink, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L,  Photo by Allison Orthner Have a wonderful week everyone! To see more of Christy’s work visit her blog – Creating a Life I Love To Share

Quick Note Cards Brought to you by Magenta Rubber Stamps, White Embossing Powder & Ink … lovely, lovely Clearsnap pigment Ink. by Cathie Allan Yes, I know … the word “quick” and “Cathie inspired ideas” are not two things you usually see together BUT what you don’t know is I do a lot of “quick stamping techniques”, what I don’t usually do is put them in a blog post or put them in my magazine articles. Why … simply cause I love to give you “more” for your stamping buck when you take a class from me or when you execute one of my projects that I publish.  I actually love making cards and here I have made “notecards” that literally take me less than 10 minutes from start to finish.  One of my fav’s is to simply stamp an image in “frost white” pigment ink and emboss with white…

WINNER UPDATE – congratulations to Robin Siddall-Fulbrook!  This weeks lucky winner!!!!! YAHOOOOO – its WEDNESDAY and we love giving stuff away EVERY SINGLE Wednesday of the YEAR!  That’s right! This week we are giving away some ULTRA cute stamps from the wonderful people over at Avery Elle! This prize package could be yours!!!! Why not eh??? To enter to win this contest 1. Visit Avery Elle on facebook – CLICK HERE – Tell them CS sent you! 2. Leave a comment right here under this blog post. Its that simple! TIP TO ENTER – You just need to check the box that says “I’d rather post as guest” and then you don’t have to do anything but put in your name and email address. You have until Friday Feb 28th at midnight to enter to win. Good Luck Everyone

I know there are many of us in love with the gorgeous styles of stamps, dies and papers designed by Heartfelt Creations.  Their booth at CHA was sooo beautiful! I think this paper crafted dress form captures the essence of this wonderful company! Their floral dies are…well…to “die” for.  This is evident on all their projects on display. Their newly released “Majestic Morning” collection includes a paper pack, dies and stamps.  It’s gorgeous! All collections on display are stunning, actually. You can use Heartfelt Creations products to design scrapbook layouts and paper crafts too! Isn’t this birdhouse fabulous? Seeing this wall of layouts in their booth was inspirational. This layout is one of my favourites!  How elegant! Valentines and Easter projects were also on display. Honestly, my head was spinning…I’d never seen so many amazing projects on display all in one place! Walking…

Nothing is more exciting than new markers!!! I feel like a little kid. Canuck Crafts Spectrum Noir Markers has improved and revamped their alcohol markers. I love the little rubber grips and the bigger ink reservoir…. Yet they are still very reasonably priced. I used these markers to create this great background for my art journal page. I have to confess that I have never taken any formal training in colouring with alcohol markers… I will share my hack way of colouring. 1. I started by stamping this poppy from Stampendous in black Memento ink. 2. I choose 3-5 colours that are in a similar family…from a very light to very dark. I don’t really pay attention too closely to the numbers (though they are great for a beginner). I start by colouring the lightest part of the image with a light colour. 3. I…

A New Year’s layout designed by Kim Gowdy featuring Stampin’ Up! SUPPLIES: Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock, Stampin’ Up! cardstock, inks, stamps, glitter and Crystal Effects, American Crafts Thickers and sticker alphabet, Prima Marketing alphabet stickers, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Make sure you take some time to scrapbook what your plans are for 2014!  And share it with us on our facebook page!  We want to see your work!!!! Happy New Year!

We Were Framed, Honest! Last summer we picked up a big frame from the local thrift shop and drug it around to various places to use in photographs. This is one of our favourites of our daughter and nephew at the lake. SUPPLIES: Pink Paislee patterned paper, stickers and chipboard, Magenta Stamp, Clearsnap ink, The Crafter’s Workshop stencils, Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock, May Arts ribbon, white gel pen, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. I used the Pink Paislee – Hey Kid collection For the background I used one of our my favourite stamps from Magenta To create the background, I sprayed Clearsnap’s smooch spritz through a couple of The Crafter’s Workshop templates, and then smeared the inky side of the template onto the paper. You can’t see the patterns, but it gave the mottled and messy effect I was looking for. I then used some Chalk ink on Magenta’s dotty…