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Hi everyone! It’s Kelly Klapstein here today to share some calligraphy tips with you. Many people who learn lettering with brush pens struggle with connecting strokes to write words. Today I will help you with that issue. I’m using my Dream Pens, my Deluxe lettering kit and my Kelly Creates Grid practice pad. Remember to always use smooth paper with your brush pens, not regular paper, which will damage your brush tips because it’s too rough. Before you start writing words with your brush pens, make sure you have a solid foundation of practicing the basic strokes and individual letters. Then move on to writing short, simple words. The biggest hurdle for many beginners is drawing long exit strokes. If your exit strokes are too short, then you can’t connect the next letter properly, and when you do, it will look crowded. Do you see how my exit strokes stop…

Download your FREE Easter Coloring Card TODAY! Today on our blog, we welcome our regular contributor coloring artist Betty Hung. Betty has designed this FREE Easter coloring card just for you! – CLICK HERE to download your card. Here is Betty’s version of the card. Betty drew the illustration and colored it  using a variety of products by American Crafts Kelly Creates including Kelly Creates Fineliner Black Pens These Fineliners are perfect for journaling and fine details! Each pen features a fine mono-weight tip in different sizes: 005, 01, 03, 05, 08, 1.0. Kelly Creates Metallic Colored Pencils Starlight Pencils are a must-have for hand lettering. They work well on light and dark surfaces and come in a variety of colors to choose from. This package includes 10 wooden Starlight Pencils with metallic pigmented color cores, all in a storage tin. Kelly Creates Aqua Brushes Get that beautiful watercolor effect…

Creativation is one of the biggest crafting trade shows in the world. At this show, many crafting companies release and display their latest and greatest products. The Taste of Creativation Giveaway winner will receive a little sample of the latest products from over 50 different crafting companies!!! YAHOOOO!!! THIS IS A HUGE PRIZE!!!!!! Someone is going to win over 1000$ in paper crafting supplies!!!!!! Why not you? It is DAY#3 – Thank you to today’s sponsors-Kelly Creates, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Totally-Tiffany, Art Impressions, and Therm O Web How the contest works 1. This contest is all about giving our sponsors some LOVE! 2. During the next  10 days (Feb 01 – Feb 10) we will ask you to visit over 50 of the HOTTEST scrapbooking manufacturers on facebook LIKE their pages or FOLLOW their blogs. Joining their communities will keep you informed of all things good in the scrapbooking industry! What…

12 DAYS OF GIVING! WIN WIN WIN!!!! Let the party begin! Each day for 12 days in a row we will be sharing four or five prize packages with you.  Leave a message under the blog post for each post in order to be entered for all 51 Prize Packages. Visit the prize sponsor on Facebook (LIKE THEIR PAGE) and say hello from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine or CSM. 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 than once if you enter your name under more than one blog post! Winners will be announced on Dec 24th. Just in time for Christmas! Day#4 of 12 Starts NOW! Our first prize is from Kelly CreatesThe prize pack includes Kelly’s new travel size practice pads, 1 blending kit, and a set of the new Dream…

There is ALWAYS time to join our monthly sketchy challenge. Each and every month Kerry Engel designs a sketch for your creative inspiration.  Create a layout, card, canvas, art journal – whatever your creative heart desires – and upload it to our Sketchy Gallery. You can do the sketches each month or you can do whatever sketch in whatever order you would like! There are no rules. Browse through our gallery to find past sketches, check out what other fellow scrapbookers have done with the sketches and leave your comments on projects that you love. Our sketchy gallery is a fabulous place to meet and be inspired by creative souls just like you. w now have a facebook group where you can add your takes right to! CLICK HERE Nov Sketch Here is a look at the Nov 2018 sketch! And here is my take on the Sketch SUPPLIES I used…

The beginning of a new month MEANS there is a NEW FREE coloring card for you to download designed by our illustration and coloring commander in chief – Betty Hung! This month Betty has designed a beautiful Remembrance Day illustration PERFECT for that very special someone. The Template Here is the card template Betty created – CLICK HERE to download your copy. Betty Hung’s Take on the Card Each and every month Betty also colors her project – jump-starting your creative juices. Here is Betty’s take on her Poppy illustration. Supplies Used To color the illustration Betty used a variety of Kelly Creates products Kelly Creates Dream Pens Including the NEW Meadow CollectionKelly Creates Blending KitKelly Creates Bouncy Celebration Stamp Set. Not only can you use the Kelly Creates Bouncy Celebration stamp set for direct stamping, but you can also stamp the words and trace to learn and practice calligraphy…

Hi everyone, Kelly Klapstein here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog.  One of the reasons I love calligraphy and hand lettering is because it comes in very handy during special occasions and entertaining. For Thanksgiving, I made these pumpkin place cards, which are quite simple and fast. In fact, I made them a couple of hours before my guests arrived for dinner! They are perfect for any Fall theme event aside from Thanksgiving, like Halloween, a Country theme dinner, or even a rustic wedding. If you’re not confident about your writing on these place cards, then just stamp the names or print the names on the computer and glue them on. Here is a video tutorial to help you make these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2p9Iw-_gUk I hope you are able to enjoy this creative art form as much as I do. Breathe. Write. Relax. Subscribe today to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine …

Totally loving this elegant mixed media layout Kerry Engel designed. Watch as Kerry uses Therm O Web Transfer Gel to add foils to her layout! You will enjoy this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgnE8jF5cZ0&t=47s SUPPLIES Paper House Productions Patterned Paper Therm O Web Transfer Gel and Adhesives Therm O Web FoilsClearsnap ColorBox Embossing Powder and Top Boss Ink Clearsnap Art Daubers Clearsnap Pigment Ink Kelly Creates Dream Pens Elizabeth Craft Designs Stamp Be sure to follow Creative Scrapbooker Magazine on YouTube! Do not miss a single video! CLICK HERE Happy Scrapbooking Everyone!Subscribe today to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

I recently filmed a Technique Taster and am excited to share it with you all. I actually forgot about creating masks with my stamps.  LOL! How does that happen? I think I am getting old. I was thinking that if it happened to me, it might just happen to you. Or if you have just started to stamp…this simple, basic masking technique is going to BLOW YOUR MIND! Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a7P_XKn2MQ SUPPLIES Paper House Productions Patterned Paper Impression Obsession Stamps Ranger Distress Ink and Oxide Inks Ranger Archival and Emboss It Ink Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Tags American Crafts Kelly Creates Black Brush Pens Stampin’ Up! Mat Pack Tombow Extreme Adhesive Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock Be sure to follow Creative Scrapbooker Magazine on YouTube! Do not miss a single video! CLICK HERE Happy Scrapbooking Everyone!Subscribe today to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

WINNER – Congratulations to Bethany Dittbrender – this week’s lucky winner. YAHOOOO!!!! It is Wednesday and the official LAST week of summer. We know this is a BUMMER …. BUT…. we have partnered up with the wonderful people over at American Crafts Kelly Creates to give one lucky winner this FABULOSA Kelly Creates Giveaway prize package. Hand lettering is the perfect hobby all winter long!!!! Someone is going to win this prize package! WHY NOT YOU?! Start your hand lettering journey with Kelly Creates! This awesome prize pack will get you started on your way to becoming an expert! To enter to win 1. Visit Kelly Creates on Facebook – CLICK HERE –  Like and follow their page. Tell them CSM sent you! 2. Leave a comment on this blog post! You have until Friday, August 31st at midnight to enter to win! Good luck! Subscribe today to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine