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Honestly now. How cute is this herd? Although these are simple cards, colouring can sometimes take time. Truthfully, I don’t feel like colouring in detail most of the time. Anything that takes time is not my style. (Patience, much?) Instead, I’ll stamp several images on some white cardstock and colour while watching one of my favourite shows. And let’s get serious… January is unofficially “camp out and watch TV” month. So, how did I do it? These are Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities markers. They are alcohol based and come in sets of three, which includes a light, medium and dark shade. They have them in packs of three because it takes all the guesswork out of how to blend and shade. There is a knack to colouring and blending but my rule of thumb is always – colour what looks “right” to you. You can think about the light source and…

All of you stamping fans are going to LOVE visiting the Impression Obsession booth! Stamps and dies….as far as the eye can see! I especially loved how this booth was organized…. all the stamps and projects in groups with the designers’ names. There were so many beautiful card samples and projects as well to showcase all the stamps! Many displays featured a Valentine theme. Even Easter stamps were on display! There are so many background stamps to choose from, aptly titled “Cover A Card.” Don’t you love the square shape? Samples of these background stamps were mounted on boards with inks of many colours. Samples of die cuts were also on boards for display. Not only do you have an amazing choice of countless stamps, you also have an incredible bunch of dies to add to your shopping list!  To see the full line of Impression Obsession products, click HERE to visit…

LET THE PARTY BEGIN!!!!! WIN WIN WIN How it Works Each day for 12 days in a row we will be sharing two prize packages with you.  Leave a message under the blog post for each post in order to be entered for all 24 prizes. Visit the prize sponsor on facebook and say hello from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine or CS. NOTE do not use the same comment everytime you post on facebook – Facebook thinks you are spam and may block you. Names will be drawn randomly and you can win more then once if you enter  your name for more than one prize package! Winners will be announced on Dec 24th. Just in time for Christmas! Day#1 of 12 Starts NOW! The Arianna Blooms collection of  patterned paper, coordinating stamps and die set from Heartfelt Creations could be yours!!!!! This is one of their HOTTEST lines! Our second prize package today is this selection of…

Get your inky on with this fun technique – CREATIVE TEXTURE! Kelly Klapstein put this card together using FabScraps French Heritage Collection – Lilac Delight Spellbinders M-Bossabilities – Flora embossing folder Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink Those cute little gold photo corners are from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L And finally that gorgeous ribbon is from May Arts Ribbon Watch these products in action in our latest websiode! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GlmSZzcI58 Enjoy!!

Hi everybody, Connie Nichol here. Halloween is fast approaching, bringing to mind ghouls, goblins, ghosts and all things spooky. My kids love this time of year, especially the dressing up in costumes part, although the abundance of treats collected door to door doesn’t hurt either. Stampin’ Up! has so many cute Halloween themed products in their holiday catalogue. I especially adore the Motley Monsters designer series patterned paper.  The patterns and colours are fun and bright, so the resulting projects are cheery and upbeat. Here’s the layout I created using some of these papers. I cut a few cardstock leaves with the Fun Fall Framelit dies but most of the interesting stuff on the page is from fussy cut elements from the patterned papers themselves.  I cut out extra tree trunks and layered them onto the base sheet of patterned paper using dimensional adhesive (doubling up the adhesive to add…

JUST KEEPING IT “SCARILY” SIMPLE AND HANDSOME TOO! It’s Halloween and time for trick or treating.  Therefore, I decided to  “treat” myself by creating this fun Halloween card and then using the same basic techniques, supplies and stamps  (okay, so I changed one, lol), I then treated myself a second time to this wonderful scrapbook page that bears the photo of my “grandhandsomeson” Liam.   I kept it basic, all the inking techniques are simple and truly easy to learn and I know everyone can do them. If you have Volume #6 of Canadian Scrapbooker Basics and/or you follow my articles in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine, you probably recognize the techniques I used. Basically I smeared  my way to a great background using colors from the Provence, petal point from Clearsnap and this great brick background from the fine folks at Magenta. I used the same background for both the card…

Happy Monday! Kim here with a quick card to share! I have been wanting to work with this paper collection from Heartfelt Creations for sometime now, but there always seems to be something else that needs to get done! Friday morning I put it on the top of my to-do list and am so happy I did. Creative time is so good for my soul! Celebrate the Journey collection also has some wonderful dies and stamps that play fabulously together! These are just a few! I chose to make my own background paper using Canadian Scrapbooker’s Superstock, Clearsnap Colorbox chalk & pigment inks and of course the wonderful stamp shown below! I matted the background with paper from the collection and began to build my card. I used the hot air balloon stamp to create my dimensional elements and layered May Arts ribbon &  pieces of patterned papers to get the look I wanted.…

Kim here for a quick post featuring a really FUN die set from Sizzix. It’s their triple, square,  flip-it cards die! This is such a great way to make quick, EASY cards that look like you have spent lots of time on! Perfect for any occasion, I think the look can be endless! The set comes with lots of pieces to mix up the look and mat the cards. It is brilliantly simple! All you have to do is think up what papers and embellishments to use! I chose to use 6×6 paper pads from Forever In Time. They were easy to mix and match! Here is the first of three cards I’m sharing, a good any occasion card. I used these fun paper butterflies from Forever In Time! I have come to love them! The next card is a simple birthday card. Look…more of those butterflies! The inside…

Good Monday morning everyone! Connie Nichol here with a blog post featuring Sizzix Elegant Flourishes Bigz die, DCWV Coral Couture Paper Stack, Clearsnap Ink and Embossing Powder I am slowly scanning my dad’s 35 mm slides from my childhood, wanting to scrapbook them while I can still remember some of the details, or at least verify them with my parents.  The colours and patterns seem to go perfectly with my pictures from the 1970’s and I love that there is a matching cardstock stack. I find the DCWV paper to be so gorgeous that it pretty much stands alone without much embellishment.  So, I left the layout very simple, just adding a bit of fussy cutting and some metallic chipboard flourishes. The flourishes were just the perfect touch for this patterned paper.  I used the Elegant Flourishes die to die cut some Grafix Chipboard.  Since it is a Sizzix Bigz…

YES – Impression Obsession has dies for you to play with!  Check out Connie Nichol’s creation! SUPPLIES: DCWV patterned paper and burlap, Impression Obsession stamps and dies, Clearsnap ink, Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine, Beacon Adhesives,  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Watch how easy Connie’s projects came together httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USggwAeyMfo&list=UUmuMGQnmXpsQs2hVMbe0E_A Enjoy!