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Hello everyone, Karen Ellis here. The Spring 2017 issue of the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine will be showcasing projects featuring different Wax Crayon Resist techniques.   I completed a layout for this feature and wanted to show you how I created a crayon resist here on the blog. The first thing I did was create a flower doodle on a piece of white Super Stock (any watercolour weight paper would work) using plain ol’ wax crayons I picked up at the dollar store. Using a set of watercolours I had on hand, I washed the image with the paints and a wet water brush.  You’ll see right away that the wax will resist the colour.   If you’d like to see a cleaner resist, feel free to remove some of the moisture from the doodled image with a small piece of paper towel or lightly remove with a baby wipe. Once dry,…

Way up on the Mountain – Featuring BoBunny – Take a Hike By Kerry Engel Creative blocks? Do you every get them? Sometimes I move the photos around for days. They sit on the counter and everyday I come in and move them around until something jumps out for me. With this set of pictures my first impulse was my go-to “grid layout”. This layout sat on my counter for a few days, it felt sort of boring, it didn’t get my mojo going. That goofy selfie photo made me laugh and I felt like it should be the dominant photo on the page. I also wanted more white space. Something that is hard to do with a set of photos that filled their frames. I also wanted to create some movement, this is when I decided on this layout. After I figured out how I wanted to position my…

Hi, Tracy here and I just want to wish all of my crafty peeps out there a Happy Valentine’s Day! The world could use a little more LOVE these days I think. So with it being Valentine’s Day, winter in some parts of our world, and a sometimes dreary world in the news…I wanted to share a little bit of crafty LOVE. Project Recipe: Simple Stories- Love & Adore Collection patterned paper, chipboard stickers, cardstock stickers, bits & pieces, sticker sheets Elizabeth Craft Designs- Medallion Stencil, Entwined Circles Dies     Close To My Heart- Ink: Blush, Black Cardstock- white, black, pink Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L- EZ Runner Grand, White Photo Corners, Crafty Foam Tape, Foam Squares I had a little fun with Elizabeth Craft Designs using their medallion stencil and pink ink from Close To My Heart. I stencilled 2 images around the matted photo.  Then I used…

Good day Creative Scrapbookers!  Jayme Loge here with a quick post of my layout based on the Creative Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge November 2016 sketch. I love using sketches to get me started, and my process generally goes like this: Choose my photo Search my stash for papers and embellishments that compliment the picture(s). Grab the sketch and go! Depending on the day, the resulting layout can be quite a bit like the sketch or nothing at all like it! The latter happened here: Supplies: Bo Bunny patterned paper, stickers and embellishments, Prima alphabet stickers. The majority of my layout was put together using the Bo Bunny Soiree collection. The tiered rectangles ended up overlapping and becoming a shabby layered background, and the sketch took a 180 degree turn! I never worry about how close my result looks compared to the sketch though. My mantra is that the sketch is…

Bo Bunny: Kiss the Cook Collection and Kerry Engel The Kiss the cook collection from Bo Bunny was perfect for a family perogy-making day we had last summer. I created my title on my cutting system and filled the letters with the Kiss the Cook paper collection. I combined my handmade title with letters from the collection to create my own original title grouping. I like using the small paper pads because I like layering different papers underneath my feature photo.  The smaller pads give me access to all the papers in the collection. The large chipboard elements in the collection add yummy layers and textures. To create my background I scraped Ranger gesso onto the kraft colored cardstock with an old hotel room key. I created some  green/grey shading on the Ranger gesso with a Tombow Dual brush marker. I drew around my photos and elements with a marker…

Hi everyone, Karen Ellis here. I recently enjoyed a fantastic weekend away scrapping with my bestie.  I took the opportunity to create an effortless layout based on the November Sketch with some papers I received in a goodie bag from Fancy Pants Designs. Here is the layout I created. Here is the Nov sketch I based it on. When was the last time you used our Sketchy Challenge? It’s such a great place to start the creative process. Of course we’d LOVE for you to also share to our Sketchy Gallery, to inspire others! I hope you take a minute and check out the layouts there and on Instagram (csmscrapbooker – #csmsketchygallery). Happy scrapping everyone! To See more of Karen’s work visit her blog The Art House Studio SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

Hey everyone, Nicole over at Nicole Wright Designs and I am sharing a creative challenge I face… a simple clean card.  I always want to throw all my inks, stamps, die cuts, stencils and embellishments at them.  This card is so clean and basic there’s barely even a tutorial.  That is great if you want to make some quick holiday cards or gift tags.  Take the stress out of the holidays and keep it simple. The key to making these quick with a little bling are the Ranger Metal Foil Tape Sheets. I cut the Woodlands, Holiday Words Block and Holiday Words Script Thinlits with the Foil Sheets. Using the Magnetic Platorm for the Thinlits makes cutting easy as the dies won’t shift. 2. Simply position and stick the Woodlands Metal Foil Tree onto your cardstock. No glue required. Mount your treed layer  with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam…

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…

“Faux Watercolor Stamping Bliss” ideas for Christmas. Hello everyone – Cathie Allan here! One of my classes this year is a wonderful, flexible class called “Faux Watercolor Stamping Bliss”.  To achieve the watercolor look for this project we did not even use water.  The result was a page and a tag/card that did not warp or heave and we did not have to use a bucket of mediums to create it.  I love using my mediums in unique ways, allowing them to multitask for me and mimic other products. The projects that we complete in the class looked like this …. A wonderful masculine page and great “guy” card. Well for this blog post I took those same techniques, changed the colors, changed the stamps and stencils, changed the cut of my Super Stock and came up with some very “timely” Christmas ideas.  So for those of you who took…

Hey Crafters, Nicole Wright here and I’m back to share my love for industrial crafting.  With the new Sizzix  Gears available I decided to haul out my Sizzix Gadget Gears die (I believe the first Sizzix die I ever bought) and have a little fun experimenting with my embossing powders and distress crayons. I cut a set of Gadget Gears with Sizzix Little Sizzles White Mat Board.  I heat embossed a coat of Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Era Hammered Metal Embossing Powder.  This thick powder leaves open spots to add color.  I wanted to see if the distress crayons would work to create a weathered patina on the gears. On the set of gears I used Ranger distress crayons vintage photo, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and peeled paint.  The distress crayons fill in the areas the thick embossing powders don’t.  Once the colors are filled in I used a baby wipe to remove…

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