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A huge hello to everyone out there in the paper crafting world! I was absolutely delighted to be invited as a guest blogger, featuring Magenta Style products. A little about me: I live in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, a mom of 20 yr old twins (girl & boy), married for nearly 23 years, a Registered Nurse going on 29 years and yes, I am addicted to anything and everything in the paper crafting world! I’ve been crafty throughout my entire life in one way or another but was not introduced to scrapbooking until 2006. It took one home party to get me craving for more. Scrapbooking turned into card making which turned into mix media, home décor, etc, etc. I am not a routine person, and I tend to get bored easily so paper crafting for me is the PERFECT right brain activity. The moment I find myself “bored” I switch…

It’s always exciting to see the Clearsnap booth at the Craft & Hobby show to find out about new ink colours being released and other new products. There are 6 new Ann Butler Colorbox Crafter’s Ink Pads…Blueberry, Deep Woods, Canyon, Ocean Breeze, Evergreen and Desert Sand I know that Cathie Allan will be very interested in the two new pigment ink Petal Points:  Serenity is a gorgeous mix of greens, teals and purples.  Doodlebug has a bright, fun palette, true to their paper collections. There are 6 new Spritzers (Pumpkin Pie, Lemon Drop, Frosted Plum, Mermaid, Grasshopper, Putty)  and 4 new Colorbox Archival Dye Ink pads… Lilac, Mist, Toasted Apricot and Saddle. Eileen Hull’s Colorbox Blends have added 6 more new colours too:  Stop, Wildberry, Uniform, Beach, Frog, and Golden. Clearsnap continues to carry Aladine’s fantastic Izinks, adding 3 new colours:  Rose, Gentian and Lotus There are so many different applications for Izinks….lots of fun…

Welcome to the Bo Bunny booth, one of our favourite stops at the Craft & Hobby Tradeshow! BoBunny was showing off their 5 new fantastic paper collections. First up… Safari! Perfect for your Zoo, Animal and Wild themed layouts. We all went “Ooooooo” over the feminine and romantic “Garden Journal” with its soft pastel colours. Another pretty set of papers is the Sweet Life collection, with some butterfly patterns that will make you think that Spring is on the way. For a fresh, fun and funky look, you will love the #ForeverYoung collection with its bright, happy colour palette. BoBunny has produced lots of variety with its releases, and its Heritage collection is reminiscent of geneaology and family trees, with lovely dark rich jewel tones and a vintage style. And now for something completely different….it’s Carnival! Bring on the popcorn, candy and elephant rides! Lots of wonderful projects designed with these…

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…

Today we welcome Darlene Madden, an amazingly talented mixed media artist who creates mosaic works of art. “We are mosaics–pieces of light, love,history,stars–glued together with magic and music and words.”  unknown I do not know if mosaic art found me, or I found mosaic art….regardless  while on this journey called Life, I found myself at an unexpected detour and change became my reality.  It was during this time that I attempted my first mosaic, and the parallels of putting the pieces of my life back together and mosaic art became apparent.  I make art to express, to relax, to play and to feed my soul. My work has a unique flavor due to my choice of materials and the fact that I invite viewers to touch the ever growing textures that I incorporate into each piece. Found objects are always finding a way into my pieces, whether it be a…

Today we are welcoming guest Shona Keehn to our blog, who is a talented member of the FabScraps Design Team! My name is Shona Keehn.  I have been on the FabScraps DT for the past 2 years, and I just adore their collections! I love that each collection has little extras that make completing your projects so easy. One of Fabscraps newest collections is called Industrial Chic, and today I have a layout to share that I have created using it. The papers are amazing. I have fussy cut some of the birds and flowers from the papers and tucked them in here and there. Look at all those gorgeous chipboard pieces….also part of the collection! It is an honour to be part of the FabScraps family, and I am thrilled that Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine asked me to share with you! Thank you, Shona, for sharing your inspirational project.  We…

Hello everyone – Desiree Saskiw here on the blog today! This was my first crack at a mixed media project! As I dug through my supplies looking for products to use I came across the Spellbinders shapeabilites “Sweet Treats” diecut template as well as the Heartfelt Creations “Sun Kissed Fleur” custom design template. I then grabbed the matching Heartfelt Creations “Sun Kissed Collection” paper pack and set to work! I was very pleased with the flowers that I got from the die cut template and how they added great dimension to my piece. I also loved the Spellbinders lemonade cup, which gives subtle tribute to my friends innate ability to turn “lemons in to lemonade!” My friend in the photograph is soon turning 40 so I figured that instead of giving her a bunch of flowers that will wither and die, why not create a scrapbooked, lasting bouquet! Thanks for looking…

Hello everyone – Christy Riopel here! I love Core’dinations ColorCore pre-embossed cardstock. It makes a great base for a mixed media technique page. I started by dry brushing gesso over the entire surface of the teal paper. Don’t add water as that may lessen the embossing a bit. I then added Clearsnap ColorBox dye ink to the raised surfaces by directly rubbing the ink pad on them. I love the how antique the finished look is. I used Core’dinations ColorCore die cuts on the page as some of the many layers I have under my photo. Supply list: Core’dinations ColorCore paper and die cuts, May Arts Ribbon, paper doily, gesso, Clearsnap ColorBox dye ink, Marvy pen, Beacon Adhesive, Photo by Allison Orthner. Have a wonderful Monday everyone! To see more of Christy’s work – visit her blog – Creating a Life I Love to Share

When you step inside the Spellbinders™ booth at CHA, it’s as if you’ve travelled back in time into a glamorous, Victorian mansion….filled with lace and jewelled treasures. These displays were showcases for Spellbinders “A Gilded Life Studio” , a mixed media product line for jewellery making, home decor, embellishments, paper crafts and so forth.     A vintage dress form made from dress patterns! Fabulous! Spellbinders also introduced a new collection of Shapeabilities™ dies that are trendy and smaller in size, called “In’Spire”…..the anchor, birds on wire, feathers, typewriter etc. The other new Shapeabilities collection is called “Create-A-Flower”, die sets of petals and flower pieces that you build to create beautiful realistic 3D flowers, which I didn’t photograph, but you’ll see on the Spellbinders website and blog in the upcoming weeks. One of the most exciting products newly released by Spellbinders is their new “Tool n’ One”, a portable tool that…

Hello everyone! It’s Kelly here and I’m so excited to share the wonderful experience the Canadian Scrapbooker team had at last weekend’s Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) tradeshow in Anaheim, California.  Let me tell you, so many companies have new products and collections that will make you a very happy crafter!  I will be blogging here daily for the next week to give you an inside look at the booths and projects that impressed our team. Today, we will peek inside the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L booth.  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L has re-designed their packaging and also updated their website.  Click HERE to visit their website where you will also find a link to their fantastic blog that has tons of inspiring projects and tutorials.  Not only do they have awesome adhesive, they now offer crafters 3D Foam Designer Shapes.  Five new shapes were debuted at the tradeshow: …