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Hello everyone, Cathie Allan here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. I am so excited to share with you my blog post for February. It involves a gorgeous Hydrangea stamp along with a few other stamps and dies from the amazing Heartfelt Creations. This amazing company constantly creates stamps and dies to inspire.  Of course, I broke out my pigment inks and I now have a totally awesome collection of Tsukineko’s, StazOn, Pigment ink. If you are like me … and love to incorporate window plastic or transparencies to your projects, this ink will blow your ‘”stamping on window plastic” mind :). I will also share with you a delightful little cleaner that will clean this “relatively, new ink” off of your rubber stamps and your clear stamps and “nourish your stamps” at the same time. Let’s check it out! Using the “StazOn ink” of your dreams, stamp the…

Good “almost” Valentine’s Day to you all. Creating a message of love for someone that is dear to you takes that message to an entirely new level. Your message becomes a keepsake that your loved one will treasure for many years to come and possibly if your loved ones are like my husband …. it’ll be cherished forever! You can spend hours on a handmade card or you can use extraordinary products to make it look like you spent hours.  “Painting with glitter” is a simple, fun technique that always takes a card to the next level. You can do the whole card as a “glitter painting” OR you can simply add a glitter, painted embellishment. In the spring issue of “Canadian Scrapbooker” 2011 I shared this technique in my “It’s All About Rubber” article. Since then our publication has gone international and therefore the name of this wonderful magazine…

Struggling adhering intricate embellishments or titles with 3D adhesive?  Kim Gowdy has the answer!!!!! Kim adhered the word HAPPY down using Be Creative Sookwang double sided tape tape and a technique she teaches in our webshow to give it a 3D effect in seconds!  No more fussing cutting foam tape or squares!!!! The layout features patterned paper from Simple Stories The Sizzix HAPPY die and  Big Shot die cutting machine. Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L E-Z Runner adhesive to adhere all the element onto her page. Along with Be Creative Sookwang double sided tape to create the intricate 3D adhesive. Learn how to create your own 3D adhesive along with these products in action  in our latest web show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhBIEmCfK4A Here is another look at this fun technique  on Kim’s Happy card! Happy Scrapping

Check out Desiree’s take on the March sketchy challenge SUPPLIES: Stampin’ Up! patterned paper, ink, journaling pen, crystal embossing powder and framelit dies for Sizzix, May Arts ribbon, Recollections sticker alphabet, Be Creative Sookwang tape, Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue. Desiree used May Arts Ribbon twine to mimic fishing line on her layout. She adhered the twine down using Tombow Mono Aqua Liguid Glue Desiree also used some Stampin’ Up! framelit dies for Sizzix- On Film and Word Bubbles We would love to see your take on our monthly sketchy challenge!  CLICK HERE to join the fun! Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!

Check out Desiree’s take on the Dec sketch featuring FabScraps, Magenta and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. SUPPLIES: FabScraps patterned paper, American Crafts Thickers, Magenta lazer cut chipboard, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Be Creative Sookwang tape, staples transparency, unknown shoe lace. Desiree used laser cut chipboard gears from Magenta And some patterned paper from this wonderful collection of products from FabScraps The elements were adhered down using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares Desiree based her layout on this sketch. We would love to see your take on our monthly sketchy challenge!  CLICK HERE to join the fun! Have a wonderful Monday!

Check out Desiree Saskiw’s take on our Nov sketch featuring May Arts Ribbon and Sizzix! SUPPLIES: DCWV patterned paper, Sizzix die, Me & My Big Ideas hockey embellishment, Faber-Castell Gelatoes, Sharpie marker, May Arts ribbon, Be Creative Sookwang tape, Tombow liquid glue, Google hockey board image. Okay – if you need the perfect Maple Leaf die – look no further than Sizzix! CLICK HERE We adore the 1 inch adhesive flag banner ribbon from May Arts Ribbon Desiree used on her page! – CLICK HERE Desiree based her layout on this sketch. Our December sketch is ready!  Check this one out! Join our sketchy community to share your take on our Dec sketch – we want to see your work.  CLICK HERE! Happy Scrappin!

Check out Desiree’s take on the May sketch featuring Bazzill Basics Paper.   SUPPLIES: Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock, patterned paper and pleated cardstock, Dollar Store vellum rub-ons and metal embellishment, Tim Holtz Idea-ology trinket pin, Be Creative Sookwang tape,  May Arts Ribbon and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Desiree based her layout on this sketch. We would love to see your take on our monthly sketchy challenge!  CLICK HERE to join the fun! Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Everyday Memories I NEED For My Lifetime! by Cathie Allan I LOVE INK …..  I LOVE INK .. .I “simply” LOVE INK! And, YES pigment ink is one of my favorite types of ink. “Why?” you ask. Beyond the fact that it is the most lightfast, most archival ink on the market … it is just so darn versatile. I can use it in so many applications that the variety of techniques that I am able to accomplish using pigment ink seems virtually endless. Do I use it for “simple” stamping … yes. Do I use if for embossing …. Yes. Do I use it when I want colors to blend seamlessly … oh, yes! Do I use it for stenciling … uh, huh. Do I use it for resist … abso stamping lutely. Can I turn it’s ability for staying wet longer into a “smear your art…

 Making a Ribbon Mat for Your Page I love the texture of ribbons and I am always looking for a new way to use it on my page. In this layout I created a mat with pieces of May Arts ribbons. I started with Be Creative Sookwang double sided tape, a big pile of awesome May Arts ribbon and a piece of scrap chipboard. I then put two strips of tape down each side of the chipboard. I cut several strips of ribbon just a bit longer then the chipboard. I attached the strips to the tape on one side. Wrapped it around the front and then attached it to the other side. I added some sheer ribbons and smaller ribbons over top of the first layer to make it even more textured. My finished mat was then beautiful and ready to attach to my page. Beautiful,…

Check out Christy Riopel’s  take on our Jan sketchy featuring DCWV! This layout totally makes me giggle! Supplies Used:  DCWV patterned paper, Be Creative tape, American Crafts Thickers, Marvy Gel pen, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Christy based her layout on this sketch created by Sue Sykes We want to see your take on this month’s sketch! Visit our gallery – CLICK HERE Get your sketchy on!