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Each and every week, we look back in time and remember the beautiful art of our late friend and colleague Christy Riopel. Christy’s designs are timeless. So many of her creations from way back when continue to inspire us today. This week we are looking back to the Summer 2016 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. In this issue, Kelly Klapstein wrote a feature article on different watercolor techniques. This was Christy’s contribution to Kelly’s article featuring Sakura Koi Water Colors. So beautiful. There is nothing better than Elephant Hugs! Not that I would know…I have never been lucky enough to receive one! Giggle Giggle! SUPPLIES: Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock, Simple Stories stickers, Sakura Koi Water Colors and Pigma Sensei pens, Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. Photo by Laurel Pryde. Have a wonderful Saturday everyone! In loving memory of Christy Riopel – we continue to raise money for the Christy Riopel Art Scholarship. To date…

Hello everyone, Kerry Engel here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. I’ve been playing a lot with Brea Reese watercolor inks. They are very bright and beautifully transparent. The glitter inks are just yummy. They are perfect for making the galaxy paintings that you see all over Instagram and Pinterest. Brea Reese watercolor inks are dye-based ink and they dry quickly. They are very concentrated…a little goes a long way. If you put them in a paint pallet they will dry in the pallet and when you come back later with a wet brush you can re-activate them. To make this card download a mermaid tail and turned it into a stencil. You could use any large silhouette type shape with this technique. Large flowers work well too. To begin, trace the tail onto watercolor paper. Use the rough side of 140 Lb, cold pressed watercolor paper. Paint the inside of…

Kelly Klapstein is on our webshow today with a hot technique – creating watercolor galaxies for cards, backgrounds, scrapbooking or paper crafting. This is a fun technique with different results everytime you do it. No two projects will ever look the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft1dUZJG5Lg&t=12s SUPPLIES USED Sakura Koi Watercolor Brush Pens Sakura Micron Pens Sakura Pen-Touch Silver Pen Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Dots Unknown Watercolor Paper Like what you see? Be sure to follow Creative Scrapbooker Magazine on YouTube – CLICK HERE Happy Scrappin’ Everyone!Subscribe today to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine – HOLD IT! READ IT! LOVE IT!

12 DAYS OF GIVING! WIN WIN WIN!!!!Let the party begin! Each day for 12 days in a row we will be sharing three or four prize packages with you.  Leave a message under the blog post for each post in order to be entered for all 45 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#9 of 12 Starts NOW! Our first prize is a beautiful collection of patterned paper from Pion Design sponsored by  Treasured Memories Scrapbook Stamping and MoreThe Long Ago in Bethlehem collection of…

WINNER – Congratulations to Carol WaIking – this weeks lucky winner. is WHY NOT WIN WEDNESDAY time!  We are back at it with the wonderful people at Sakura – you have another chance to win this FABULOSA prize package!!!!! This prize package could be yours!!!!! To enter to win Visit Sakura on facebook – tell them Creative Scrapbooker Magazine sent you – CLICK HERE Leave a comment right under this post You have until Friday Oct 27 at midnight  to enter to win! Good luck! SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

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 cheif – Betty Hung! This month Betty  has designed a playful pumpkin illustration, with falling leaves and plenty of design graphics for you to color until your heart is content. Although Betty has designed this illustration with creating a card in mind to give to that someone special – I think this creation would look super cute colored, framed and hung on the wall as a fall decorative piece of home decor! Experiment on different types of paper when you print your copy out. Printing it on canvas paper and then painting would be a super cool project as well. The Template Here is the the card template Betty created – CLICK HERE to download your copy.Betty Hung’s Take on the Card Each and…

Hello, Connie Nichol here with an autumn themed card featuring Impression Obsession stamps along with a Tombow adhesives and Clearsnap ink.  The DCWV burlap is a MUST HAVE! It is super easy to work with and adds a home spun feel to any project. The Project The Products This rake and leaf die set is the cutest from Impression Obsession.   I love that there are multiple leaf dies in this set.  It makes it very fast to cut out a bunch of leaves in assorted fall colours. I used a Tombow glue pen to adhere the leaves and the rake to my card.  It’s very precise and easy to use and works perfectly for tiny or intricate die cuts. The Impression Obsession stamp set is called ‘Watch the Leaves’.   This is also a great quote to use on fall themed scrapbook layouts.I backed the stamped sentiment with burlap…

WINNER – Congratulations to Jennifer Kain – this weeks luck y winner! It is WHY NOT WIN WEDNESDAY time!  This week we are once again giving away this fabulous collection of pens from  Sakura! This prize package could be yours!!!!! To enter to win Visit Sakura on facebook -LIKE THEIR PAGE – CLICK HERE Leave a comment right under this post You have until Friday Sept 01 at midnight  to enter to win! Good luck! SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

I LOVE this layout Christy Riopel designed for the Fall 2016 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. That beautiful background was created with Ranger Dylusions spray ink and paper towels! HOW COOL! Frugal Scrapbooker In every issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine our Frugal Scrapbooker Connie Nichol shares tips and tricks for keepping your scrapbooking budget from exploding. (this can happen :))  In the Fall 2016 issue, Connie shared tips for using scrapbook supplies from your kitchen. Everything from saran wrap, to cheesecloth, to pop can tabs. LOVE IT! This layout was Christy’s contribution to Connie’s article. She used paper towel to create that fun textured background. The Products The base of Christy’s layout is Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock. This is heavy  130lb white smooth finish cardstock. It is meant to take a lot of scrapbooking LOVE – giggle giggle. Perfect for stamping, card making and mixed media! Ranger Dylusions ink spray…

Technique Tasters Web Show #96 – Distress Crayons Stencilling Technique  – is probably one of my favourite videos we videoed with Christy Riopel. Ranger Distress Crayons had just entered the scrapbooking scene at the time and although I had purchased all that were available, I really had no idea how to use them. This short little video opened up a whole world of possibilities and in true Christy style – she made the technique look so very simple that even I can’t seem to screw it up! The Project The Supplies Ranger Distress Crayons. You can purchase these crayons individually or in sets of 6. Today there is a total of 10 sets of 6 colours. YUMMY! Art-C self adhesive stencils come in a large variety of sizes and shapes and sentiments. They are truly easy to use and THEY STICK! I love that – no worrying about your medium…