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EEK… Halloween is coming and all things spooky!  Hello my pretties Nicole Wright here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog sharing this rich Halloween inspired card with this bold punch of colour. I have fallen in love with the Clearsnap carrot dye mini ink pad!There’s a fun team up this week with Xyron and Clearsnap.  I got a little yummy box of Premium Dye Mini Ink Pads and to my delight there was Carrot and Coal in there. I used the Carrot Premium Dye Mini Ink Pads ink and blended, blended and more blending.  BAM… Now that’s a rich orange.  I hauled out my Stamp Platform for precision!  I wasn’t about to the ruin this inky masterpiece! In July I was in LasVegas so of course I had to go to Viva Las Vegas Stamps where I found lots and lots… and lots of yummy stamps including the Tree Writing Collage.  I cut my “Wicked Halloween”, perfect for the Sticker…

Welcome to another WHERE YOU CREATE post. If you are a fan of Tim Holtz, Ranger or Sizzix I know you will love the craft space we are about to share. Even if your creative style differs, we are confident you too will swoon over Nicole Wright’s scrapbooking room. Her craft room is not big…but WOWSERS, it packs a punch! In Nicole’s Words I have a very small but mighty craft space. This 8×12 room is designed to maximize space and functionality with storage on walls.  I create on an 80+ year old oak desk belonging to my husband’s grandfather. Everything is designed around this vintage centrepiece. Wire baskets hold my stamps and apple crate boxes house my extensive Sizzix library.  IKEA wire shelves are perfect for all my Ranger inky things. Glass jars are full of seasonal embellishments, twine and paper dolls. Floating shelves show off my favorite pieces I…

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?  I am… Nicole here and I am excited to be on Creative Scrapbooker Magazine today with this easy Thanksgiving card. Using Ranger distress oxide inks are easy and fun to create with. I have found that I truly need the entire collection 🙂 Step by Steps Here are the easy to follow step by steps for you to create this super easy card just in time for our Canadian Thanksgiving. Assemble the cardstock and fall colours of the Ranger distress oxide inks.  Layour your stencil on a non stick crafting mat and direclty stamp the distress ink onto the stencil. Spray the stencil slightly with water. Flip the inked stencil directly onto the heavey weight Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Super Stock and lift.  While that is drying it’s a good time to die cut out the word Thanksgiving using a Sizzix die out of  Paper Leather. Next…

Hey crafty peeps… Nicole here and I get to share this fun tutorial on  Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. Hey crafty peeps… Nicole here and I get to share this fun tutorial on  Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  I am thrilled to be a Guest Designer for Ranger with all these vibrant Mini Archival Inks and stretch beyond Jet Black. This tutorial is an experiment for me and I love the results the Mini Archival Inks create.  These crisp colors provide a detailed stamped image allowing versatility even when watercoloring.The Mini Archival Inks are just the right size for adding ink in select areas of the rubber stamps.  Allowing me to ink and build each stamped image.  Each ink is easily cleaned off the Archival Cleaner. Dry your stamp with some paper towel then add more color to the leaves and petals cleaning between. The new Tonic Stamp Platform was the perfect tool to…

Nicole here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog sharing my jumpstart on fall – this gorgeous fall card. OK, I know, I know we are only half way through summer and already I’m blogging fall leaves!  I really couldn’t help myself.  I mean… you know me!  This week I am blogging for Xyron where Newton’s Nook are teaming up for some… AWESOMENESS!  I thought I would share my simple card here too. Xyron Xyron just happens to be a sponsor of the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnivals in Edmonton and Calgary this fall! A huge thank you to this awesome company for sponsoring. This event would not be possible without our amazing sponsors! Registration is open – CLICK HERE – you won’t want to miss out! Today’s Project I love fall leaves so of course I had to go for these gorgeous leafy stamps.  Can you imagine these embossed or in an art journal!…

Hello, Nicole here and I am so excited to share my new journal pages using Stabilo.  I was sent a set of  Woody 3 in 1 pencils to create with.  These are new to me so I was very curious how they would handle my love of watercoloring.  They far surpassed my expectations!  They are smooth to put on these old pages, creamy enough to blend and don’t washout when watercoloring.  Check out my quick and easy tutorial for stamping and watercoloring with Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 pencils.I prepared my old book pages with Ranger’s Clear Gesso.  Once dry I stamped the Garden Flower stamps randomly then started adding colour with the Stabilo Woody pencils.  You can easily move the colour around by smearing with your fingers.This is my first time so I wanted to try the pencils in different ways.  I tried blending and they blend beautifully.  Watercoloring…

Hi crafters, Nicole here from Nicole Wright Designs and I have a fun DIY Tutorial on Journaling with your Sizzix dies.  Follow me through the process and try some of these fun techniques on your next project! Night Dreamer is my newest pages in my first art journal.  I know I keep saying how much I am enjoying journaling because it’s true! It all started with my pages I gessoed black.  At first this was a great idea, then I felt it was a bad idea… then I went with it and I was beyond happy with it. After the pages were painted all black I went back over with white gesso to create a hill effect and road Colouring with various Ranger green distress crayons for shading and lighting.  The sky has shades of blue and violet.The cityscape is inked with Ranger Distress Oxide ink and run through my Creative…

How you Bean… Nicole here and I am sharing my Art Journal pages in my 115 year old book!  ACK… I know it’s old but it is so much fun.  Not everything I get in the mail is something I would normally create with.   That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the challenge of making this my own style.  It creatively opens my mind up and pushes my limits. I picked this pretty spring paper Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petite Paper pack.  I do love plaid.  I stamped on the pattern paper and wait for it… fussy cut. All those jelly’s stamped and yes, more fussy cutting.  I wanted to layer and stack the jars.  Trimming the beans so they spill the way the jars tilt. ACK… trying the new Ranger Distress Oxide Ink by watercoloring the jelly’s.  Love them!!!  Time to make this easy and my Xyron Create a Sticker to adhere all these jelly…

Hello Everyone! Corina Finley here with you today to share my ‘Simple Pleasures’ Coffee themed layout featuring Heartfelt Creations and Southern Ridge Trading Co. chipboard. I created this page to capture my Sunday morning ritual. On Sundays, my oldest son brings me my first cup of coffee of the day in bed! I get to start my day by laying back and relaxing with my dog Kuma. He thinks that the king size bed really belongs to him and sleeps whichever direction he wants! I like to start my projects by collecting the supplies that I think I will need from around my studio and having them on my work surface.  I do still have to grab other items as my design idea changes but I find by doing this it cut back on getting distracted. I chose to use Bazzill Java cardstock and the Coffee Bean Pattern Paper from…

Creating a Background with Ranger Hey Creative Scrapbookers, Nicole here with you for Tuesday with the Team.  Have you got your copy of the Spring Issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine?  This card was featured in the Technique Tasters column pages 66-67.  Here, I have a more detailed look at how to create a dynamic background using Ranger Distress Crayons.  Check out the steps below and get your Ranger Distress products ready. Brush a thin layer of Ranger’s White Gesso onto a 2 ¾” x 5 ¾” piece of cream cardstock and set aside to dry.  For the background layer prep a 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” piece of watercolor paper.  Spray with water to help the Distress Spray Stain to blend. Spray water over the distress spray stain again and heat dry.  Add distress ink and blend.  This gives the background a rich look.  Flick water over the inked paper…