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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…

Hi everyone – Karen Ellis here! My friend Sheri inspired me to play around with Tombow Markers and white embossing powder this week and I wanted to show you the results …. cause I LOVE it! HAHA Here’s what I used: Tombow Markers – Assorted Colours One of my favourite rubber stamp sets (Catherine Scanlon Designs, Art Gone Wild) Perfect Medium Ink (Ranger Industries) or your favourite embossing ink. White embossing powder Watercolour postcard (Strathmore) or other watercolour paper a waterbrush (not pictured) Heat Gun (not pictured) The first thing to do is emboss a stamped image onto the back of the watercolour postcard with your embossing ink and stamp.   Heat to set and get ready to colour!! The embossing acts as a resist to the ink and water.   Go ahead and colour a portion of your stamp with the markers and then, with a wet brush, drag the ink…

Chameleon Pens and Colouring Books! By Karen Ellis Okay, it’s official.   I am stating for the record that I, Karen Ellis, love to colour! I have jumped on the adult colouring book band wagon and have come to appreciate the zen time it offers.   Combine those books and Chameleon Pens…  Oh yes!!   I’m in heaven. If you haven’t tried Chameleon Pens yet, I invite you to do so.   They are alcohol based pens (like Copic and Spectrum Noir) which allows great blend ability, but what makes these pens special is the built in charger that allows you to change the saturation of the pen ink while colouring.  Brilliant!  Instant highlights, gradation, and shadowing! I love “hopping” the colour, and creating colour gradations with my Chameleon Pens to create depth and highlights but I wanted to show you here how I used the pens to change the colour’s tone to expand…

Hi everyone – Karen Ellis here! I had the pleasure of popping into USArtQuest on the weekend and the wonderfully talented Susan Pickering Rothamel showed me a little technique that I thought I’d share here with you today! Aren’t these cards sweet?   The technique Susan showed me lets you add some dimensional POP to your photos.   The POP is provided by tiny hole-less beads called Prills that are adhered to a photocopy of a tree picture with my favourite soft gel, PPA – Perfect Paper Adhesive. Here’s how you get the look. You’ll need:   (left to right) USArtQuest PPA – Perfect Paper Adhesive and Prills, round paint brush and a photocopy of your favourite picture. Dip your paintbrush into the PPA – place some on your picture and then…. Dip the PPA’d brush directly into the Prills.  The beads will stick to the PPA, “Roll’ the…

Hi everyone, Karen Ellis here… I thought I’d show you a little something that I’ve been playing with in the studio recently. Stamping on cardboard!  I absolutely LOVE doing this. I use flat corrugated cardboard sheets for this so that it’s a hard, flat, not creased surface but you can use recycled cardboard too – just be sure to use a smooth piece. First, you’ll need to GESSO the front of your cardboard.  This does two things: makes a white surface to stamp on so, however you colour it later, the colour will be bright and vivid.  It will also make the cardboard less porous so you’ll use less paint/ink and you’ll have a little more playtime with it! Then go ahead and stamp your favourite images using a permanent stamping ink (I use Ranger’s Archival Inks).  Be sure heat set the ink or let it completely dry to avoid…

Hi everyone! Karen Ellis here. If you know me, or my articles in the magazine, you’ll know that I love my Gelli Plate. I love creating one of a kind papers for my cards, collages and projects. It’s an incredible amount of fun to make your own designs and I love discovering new ways to make marks and uniquely designed prints. Recently I spent the weekend in the studio channeling my inner kindergarten student… creating texture tools out of some items I had laying around the shop.  Here are some examples of what I created and samples of the prints they made. 1. Buttons – glue buttons to some foam and stamp away!! 2. Elastic Bands (and a little Saran Wrap) – Wrap the elastics around a play rolling pin (I got mine at the dollar store). Tear off a bit of Saran Wrap and wrap that around the…

Hello everyone, Karen Ellis here! I am so excited to be able to attend ScrapFest in Richmond Hill, Ontario on behalf of the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. Jodi Wilton, my daughter Emily and I will be in the booth promoting the magazine, selling subscriptions and sharing the love of this uniquely Canadian paper crafting magazine! One of my favourite parts of attending shows (in addition to getting to meet all of you) is being able to teach some fun techniques IN PERSON much like we do in each issue of the magazine.  We call the showfloor classes Technique Tasters and at ScrapFest on September 27 I will be offering TWO FREE Tasters to attendees on a first come, first serve basis.  I hope you all take advantage of this and join us at the show! One of the techniques I will be showcasing is Packing Tape Transfers using the Gelli Plates…