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Kim here again with another CSM Spotlight! This week we want to introduce you to a wonderful business based in Evergreen, Colorado…Elizabeth Craft Designs. This family owned business designs and manufactures products that are ideal for all your scrapbooking, card making, mixed media and paper crafting needs! Elizabeth Craft Designs is passionate about their products and are committed to providing high quality, crafting tools for the trade. Their design team is fabulous, they aim to teach and inspire their crafters and social media followers! I encourage you to check out this creative team, their finished projects are beautiful! You can often find Els out in the “front lines” teaching and sharing these wonderful supplies…we just LOVE a “hands-on” owner. She is the heart and soul of this company! I had the pleasure of meeting her at one of our Technique Taster recordings in Calgary. She joined us and shared some…

Hi, Kim here with a CSM Spotlight on Paper House Productions! Have you used any of their products lately? You should check them out! They have so many fabulous collections, many theme related that come with coordinating products like stickers, die cuts and journal cards! Paper House Productions has 30 years of design expertise behind their fun, innovative products for the stationary industry. You’ll find their quality products will appeal to crafters of all ages! I recently got my hands on their gorgeous paper pad collection: BE HAPPY! I can’t even tell you how gorgeous this collection is, the soft pinks with pops of gold and the patterns & design of the papers made me smile! I first sat down to make some cards! They were quick and easy to put together by layering the beautiful papers and embellishments…of course, it’s always nice to add a liner and/or stickers to…

Hi everyone! Kim here with a quick layout share that was inspired by our June Sketchy Challenge, designed by Kerry Engel. I have to say, this was originally a tough sketch for me, I didn’t have a clue how I would use it until I took the perfect picture of my crazy dog Bella and then I knew my leading lines would be splashes of water! I used Simple Stories ‘Cabin Fever’ collection for all papers and embellishments with the exception of the  Bazzil cardstock. I used a few different types of Tombow adhesives to adhere all elements. The awesome water splashes were designed and downloaded from Freepik Designs. I cut them using my electronic die cutting machine. As always, be sure to upload your layouts inspired by our sketches to the Sketchy Gallery, it’s a wonderful place to be inspired! …need even more inspiration? Be sure to get your hands…

Kim here with a cute card share before I drop it in the mail! It’s no secret among our team that I love Heartfelt Creations Under the Sea collection! The colours, the stamps and dies speak to my love of all things ocean. Here’s a quick card I put together for my Aunt’s upcoming birthday using patterned paper and dies from the collection and some Core’dinations cardstock. So many different products were used to pull the card together, let me share them in a few detail shots. I have used Clearsnap’s Smooch and Top Boss to add colour and a bit more depth  to the flower. Jackie showed you this technique recently in a CSM Live on Facebook (Oct. 12/2016). I couldn’t’ resist adding some Ranger Stickles to the Seahorse and fish fins for some added sparkle and iridescence. And one of my favourite things to add to my projects lately…irRESISTable…

Happy Tuesday! Kim here with this week’s Tuesday with the Team! Are you getting used to dark nights yet? Not me! I apologize in advance with the light in my pictures, my house was so dark and gloomy on Sunday, plus it was rainy so I couldn’t even go outside! So with shorter days, comes the knowledge that Christmas is not far away. I am the world’s worst procrastinator when it comes to Christmas cards…so I thought I’d get a head start with this project…or at least get on track! I had so much fun with Stampin’ Up’s Birthday Fiesta and Fa-la-la-la Friends stamp sets and their matching dies! Cards and gift bags were simply made with basic stamping, die cutting and layering. I coloured the images with my Stampin’ Up markers…I have had them for a long time and they continue to be “juicy” and work so well. Definitely…

Hello Creative Scrapbookers! Kim here today; with a layout created with all thing Close To My Heart! I used our September Sketchy Challenge as a starting point for my layout, Kelly continues to come up with brilliant designs for our monthly challenge. I used the cardstock from the CTMH Adventure Combo Pack, patterned paper from the CTMH Adventure Fundamentals as well stickers, stamps, ink and the newest CTMH Cricut cartridge ‘Flower Market’. These flower embellishments were cut and layered using a design from CTMH Flower Market Cricut cartridge. There are so many fun images on this cartridge, I know it will become a well-loved addition to my stash. If you didn’t already know, Creative Scrapbooker Magazine is hosting a give-away for anyone posting a layout, inspired by one of our sketches, to the NEW Sketchy Gallery. Upload your layout before midnight on November 31, 2016 for your chance to win.…

Hello! Kim here with a cute, quick all-occasion card. I like making all-occasion cards because it’s simple to pull out and use for whatever event requires a card. I can always stamp a sentiment on the inside at a later date, as needed. For this card I used one stamp! This adorable flower cluster from Impression Obsession. I love it! I also used Susan Weckesser “color POP mini” inks from Clearsnap. One stamp, three inks! The base of my card is done by stamping a diagonal floral line. I stamped the ink off twice before using the third impression. This gave me a very nice gray, recessed background. On a scrap piece of CSM Super Stock I stamped three images in black ink. I pressed my coloured ink pads down on a non-stick surface and used the ink plus water brush to colour the images. I “fussy cut” my flowers and…

Hey everyone…Kim here, sharing my take on our April Sketch.  This month’s sketch is a very basic, graphic design that could be used over and over…and look different every time! I love that! My four square grid is a bit “lost” in the background, but if you look you’ll see it! I used products from Heartfelt Creation’s collection, “Italiana Riviera”. These papers, stamps and dies are stunning! They were so fun to play with. Check out this detail shot to see the layers. Some of the layers were made with the stamp, dies and Clearsnap Chalk inks. The other layers were created by “fussy” cutting from a second sheet of paper and layering on top of the same image using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares.  Heartfelt Creation’s Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit was used to add dimension to my cuts. I was so pleased with how the details looked on…

Hello Everyone; Kim here! Just wanted to share some fun cards and a tag I recently made using Art Impressions rubber stamps. It’s no secret among my creative friends that I have adored these whimsical stamps for some time. I LOVE them ALL! I used the same colour palette for all my projects, as well as Gesso and Crackle Paint on the tag. I applied the ink directly as well as over top of stencils. I literally just sat and played. My colouring was done with Distress Crayons. For my first card I simply used a stencil and ink for the background design; on white CSM Superstock. I used an Elizabeth Craft Design’s circle die for my image and mat, added some ink to the edges and a bit of sewing. I adhered my background on some Core’dinations cardstock after sanding it a bit to create more texture. A little bow…

Hello! It’s Kim here on the blog today! Just wanted to share a Halloween themed layout with you using some of my “new” favourite products! I was recently introduced to Magenta’s Nuance powders and I think I just may be developing a crush on them! I used them on this layout to create the background. I first applied a thin layer of Gesso to my Canadian Scrapbooker Superstock. This “primes” the page making it less porous, which in turn allows for longer working time with some products! I spritzed the paper with water in the areas I want to apply colour, then tap some Nuance powders on the area and spritz with more water. Sometimes I would jiggle the page to move the colour, sometimes move it with a heat gun and sometimes dap it with paper towel to soften the colour. In other words…JUST PLAY! I layered the FabScraps’…