Karen Ellis


Hello everyone – Karen Ellis here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. I’ve been getting ready to attend ScrapFest / CreativFestival this weekend in Toronto with the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and thought I’d share a sneak peek of something that I will be doing with the event participants on the show floor – making our own washi tape with Ranger Paints and Gel Press Plates. We’ll be creating the washi tape for this layout project that I’ll be teaching in the Interactive Studio at the show.  It’s simple and easy to do and uses plain ol’ masking tape that I’m sure you have somewhere in your stash at home. Here’s what we’re doing: Products Used Masking Tape  – placed on transparencies/non-stick surface Gel press Printing Plate – Gel Press 4” Soft Brayer – Gel Press Acrylic Paint – Ranger Ink Small Paint Brush / or blunt end for mark…

Hello everyone – Karen Ellis here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with some pretty cool foil products from Therm O Web lately and I wanted to show you one of the cards birthday cards I’ve created using it. I wish photos did these foiled products more justice.  They are awesome!  The whole Gina K Designs line works so nicely together and each package comes with many sheets making it really easy for those who also like to mass produce or even coordinate invitations!  But, before I get too ahead of myself, let me show you how I created this particular card. SUPPLIES Turquoise Sea Premium Cardstock – Gina K Designs/Therm O Web Turquoise Sea Fancy Foils – Gina K Designs/Therm O Web Where’s the Party Foil Mates – Gina K Designs/Therm O Web Time to Celebrate Foil Mates – Gina…

Hello everyone!  Karen Ellis here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog.  I have had the distinct honour to have met so many of you in person at scrapbooking shows and conventions in cities all over Canada and the USA.   I love representing the magazine, meeting you and creating make n takes in the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine booth. A few weekends ago we were at ScrapFest in Kitchener, Ontario.  I wanted to show you what we created with the attendees and what I’ll be creating at other shows this year. This embellished pillowbox gift box from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Supplies Used Pillowbox and Happy Flowers  Dies – Elizabeth Craft Designs Gel Plate Petites – Gel Press Printing PlatesClearsnap ColorBox Pigment Ink Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock 3 in 1 Glue – Beacon String – unknown Felt Star – (cut from) Camelot Fabrics Button – unknown Wood Cut Leaf – unknown Here’s how we…

Hello everyone Karen Ellis on the blog today with a wood canvas I created featuring products by Dina Wakley for Ranger. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I love to decorate the front of my house for the season.  I haven’t created anything for Valentine’s Day in a while and thought it was high time that changed! This wood canvas is mounted on my front door and is made with some strips of old pattern papers I found in my scrapbooking stash, some Dina Wakley for Ranger Media paints, scribble sticks and stencil. Supplies Used Ranger Products Used – Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint (Buff, Peacock, Turquoise) – Dina Wakley Media Scribble Sticks (Black, Red) – Collage Medium 12 x 12 Patterned Papers – Misc Manufacturers Dina Wakley Stencil (Spilled Hearts) – Crafter’s Workshop 16×20 Wood Canvas – Art Alternatives Chipboard sentiment (Love) – Reflections Paper Trimmer…

Hello everyone!  Karen Ellis here on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog today.  For my turn on Tuesday’s with the Team, I am happy to share with you a project close to my heart – cards of thanks and remembrance. Some of you may know that I am a reservist member of the Canadian Forces- CIC Branch.  I work with our youth Cadet Program.  This time of year is very special to me.  I am honoured to wear the uniform and support our country’s youth. Last month I attended ScrapFest at the CreativFestival in Toronto with the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  It was a fabulous event that had not only some wonderful paper crafting vendors, but sewing and needlework vendors as well.   One of the booths there represented Quilts of Valour – Canada Society.  This is a great organization that provides quilts to Canada’s injured forces members.  I have provided this organization…

Hi everyone.  Karen Ellis here.   Today is my day on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog to share with you something that I’ve been working on.This weekend my mind, like so many of us, was on Hurricane Irma and the disaster she left  in her wake in the Caribbean and the state of Florida.  As a survivor of a natural disaster myself (lost my home in a F4 tornado), I know what it is like to lose everything (including friends and neighbours) and what it means to rebuild.  I know you all will join me in wishing the survivors the very best, a fast recovery and a quick rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. While watching the news coverage, I took to my studio and opened to an unfinished page in my art journal and created this layout I’m sharing with you today.  I enjoy going to my journal when…

Hello everyone, Karen Ellis here. Happy 150th Canada and…   Happy 4th to all our American Friends! On May 21 I had the privilege of hosting a CSMLIVE on Facebook.  During that live Broadcast I demonstrated how to create a Canadian flag monoprint using Gel Press Printing Plates and ArtFoamies Stamps.  It was so much fun to do and I’m so happy that so many of you watched!If you missed the broadcast, click here to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61i1BmIp6Pk&t=1s During the broadcast I mentioned I would be posting another project inspired by the same technique.   Yes!  You can use the printing plates on all kinds of surfaces – not just paper!Here is a fun Cloth Tote I made by monoprinting with the plates and stamps.   I prepared the Gel Press 5×7 Plate the same way as in the video BUT… instead of pressing the cloth into the plate, I mounted the plate onto…

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,…

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!

It’s that time of year again — time for my annual trip to IKEA to get dorm appropriate stuff for “the kid”….  And, if I’m perfectly honest, it becomes more in an inspiration station for me! Wondering around the store I came across a little bin with some paper frames shaped as buildings in them.   The GLON set was meant to be coloured with markers…  but I had other plans for them!!  …and I dug out “the kid’s” grade 12 picture to show you! Supplies Used GLON Picture Frame – IKEA Pattern Paper – Gel Printed Papers Collage Medium – Ranger Industries Fude Ball Pen – Ranger Industries Dina Wakley Media Paint (Umber, Ruby) – Ranger Industries Distress Ink (Walnut) – Ranger Industries Heart Chipboard Pieces – Unknown Vintage Trinkets (Roman Numerals) – Prima Marketing Canvas Remnant – Unknown 3 in 1 Glue – Beacon Instructions Attached the Gel Printed…

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