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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…

Hello Everyone!   Karen Ellis here, back from a fabulous weekend at ScrapFest in Kitchener, Ontario. Cathie Allan and I taught some “Technique Tasters” in the Creative Scrapbooker booth and I wanted to show you what I taught here.     Cause it was Groovin! I, with the help of Art-C, wanted to get the Groove Tool in the hands of our Scrapbookers – have as many people try it out and see for themselves if it’s a tool for them.  It’s a fun, hand-held battery operated painting, inking and distressing tool that applies ink and paint to projects with ease! There are 4 different attachments:  a brush tool for painting, a foam attachment for inking and two sand paper heads – fine and course for distressing.  Pretty Cool!  This tool is handy to have everyone’s tool box but those of you who have carpel tunnel or other hand and wrist aches will…

The Spring 2016 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine has been arriving on our subscribers door steps!!!!  YAHOOOOOOO When you subscribe – you receive your copy BEFORE it appears on newsstands AND you never have to worry about missing a SINGLE COPY! SUBSCRIBE TODAY! We SHIP WORLD WIDE Here are a few sneak peeks of what you will see in the Spring issue! Kelly Klapstein has put together an entire article on CREATIVE LETTERING Connie Nichol dabbles in ADULT COLOURING Karen Ellis – creates a FAB-ULICIOUS tote bag Christy Riopel gives her Magenta Nuance powders a WORKOUT AND SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much MORE! SUBSCRIBE TODAY – we ship worldwide!

Love You More – with Karen Ellis Happy Tuesday everyone! I thought that I would share what I’ve been playing with at the studio lately FOILS!  Yes, Foils!  I’m loving this trend right now.   A little bit of shine and a whole lot of fun!   Although, I will admit I’ve had to play around with it’s application but, now I’m in a groove, I can’t be stopped!! Here’s a festive card perfect for Valentine’s Day that I made with  the help of my Brother ScanNCut electronic cutting machine. Materials Used 5×7 White Card Blank – Canvas Corp 4.75”x6.75” Printed Paper (mine is a Gelli Print I made but you can also use your favourite double sided cardstock). Gold DecoFoil – Interweave DecoFoil Peel N Stick Toner Sheets – Interweave Brother ScanNCut electronic cutting machine – Brother (any model will do, I used the new CM650W) Iron/Ironing Surface and Parchment Paper…

Hostess gifts, thank yous, wine…. it’s all good! Hello everyone – Karen Ellis Here! I’ve been busy wrapping up a big fundraiser for our local sea cadet corp – a wine taste & buy!   Yummy, right?    All the wine is ready to be delivered and I am just getting my bottle tags ready to identify their new owners.  wink I love how these turned out and wanted to share them with you!   I thought they’d be FABULOUS for those of you who take a bottle of wine as hostess gifts during the holiday season.   I made my Bottle Tags a wine theme but they could just as easily be created with a Christmas or Hanukkah theme as well! The bottle tags were made using my Brother ScanNCut machine. I found a template online and created a cut file for them in Brother ScanNCut Canvas (scanncutcanvas.brother.com – feel free to email…