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In loving memory of Christy Riopel – here is a page from our Spring 2013 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  Here Christy showed us how to create tie-dye embellishments from coffee filters.  LOVE IT! Christy’s project features – BasicGrey, Spectrum Noir pens distributed by Canuck Crafts, Clearsnap ink, Stampin’ Up! dies and Big Shot die cutting machine and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. We miss you Christy – everyday. Creative Scrapbooker Magazine is honoured to announce that we have started an ART Scholarship in Christy’s name. For those of you interested in honouring Christy Riopel and helping her legacy of ART continue, we are collecting donations for art scholarships for youth through the Boys & Girls Club of Calgary. CLICK HERE to donate. Thank you so much for helping us share Christy’s love of art and keeping her legacy alive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejDCoC0WVos

T’is the season of reflection – being grateful, being thankful and simply saying THANK YOU! For the next few weeks we will be posting THANK YOU cards featuring products from all our sponsors of the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnivals this past Sept in Calgary and Edmonton!  We are so grateful and thankful for all they do for everyone in the scrapbooking industry! Today’s card is designed by Kim Gowdy and features FabScraps, Sizzix and Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock SUPPLIES: FabScraps patterned paper, Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock, Sizzix Thinlits die and Big Shot die cutting machine, Clearsnap ink and Smooch Glitz, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. THANK YOU once again – we truly appreciate all you have done for us!

Sizzix Frameworks Lattice Die Also featuring Garden Tool Sizzlits, Lil Monsters  by Bo Bunny and Xyron Have you seen the new Frameworks dies from Sizzix?   Designed by Tim Holtz, they were just released last month in five fabulous patterns.  I am especially excited that they are the thick steel rule dies, meaning that in addition to cutting through paper,  they can also easily cut through all fabric, foam, felt, wood veneer and other non-paper items, giving the frugal or mixed media scrapbooker lots of flexibility!   And you can use the framework die cut itself, or the pieces cut out of the framework die (like the diamonds or hexagons) to mix and match. The Lattice Frameworks reminded  of gardening, so I thought I would combine it with the Garden Tools Sizzlits that I had in my stash. I cut the tools out of a scrap piece of cardstock and then used…

Have you seen these beautiful intricate dies from Spellbinders?    They are just gorgeous, and with a few little tricks, easy to use. I absolutely love this little die called ‘Cattails’.  Although I have to say, I’m a prairie girl, and while I’m sure the die could look like cattails, to me, it looks like wheat.  So that’s what I used it for.  Stalks of ripe wheat, blowing in the breeze. The first time I tried using this die, I discovered it was not quite as simple as all of the other Spellbinders dies I have used over the years.  Because it is so intricate and highly detailed, I had a few issues with it cutting all the way through, and then had trouble actually  getting the paper out of the die.   I had a quick look on the internet for some suggestions on how to make it easier.   I found…