PRETTY IN ANY COLOUR, INSIDE & OUT. It is an exciting time in and around my house & life. So many things are changing and growing and one of those “things” is not a “thing” it is my wonderful, grandlovely girl, Rianne. She has decided she should become 18 years of age and although I have strived to try to get her to “grow up slower” she simply, did not. I cannot believe that this “very special birthday” of hers got here as quickly as it did. I thought I would share with you “part of her card” that I am preparing for this very special day. It is an 8X8 card, format because I know that the card will be able to be separated into individual 8X8 panels and then stored in an 8X8 album for her to enjoy until she is 98. I am using pigment ink to…

Honestly now. How cute is this herd? Although these are simple cards, colouring can sometimes take time. Truthfully, I don’t feel like colouring in detail most of the time. Anything that takes time is not my style. (Patience, much?) Instead, I’ll stamp several images on some white cardstock and colour while watching one of my favourite shows. And let’s get serious… January is unofficially “camp out and watch TV” month. So, how did I do it? These are Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities markers. They are alcohol based and come in sets of three, which includes a light, medium and dark shade. They have them in packs of three because it takes all the guesswork out of how to blend and shade. There is a knack to colouring and blending but my rule of thumb is always – colour what looks “right” to you. You can think about the light source and…

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…

All of you stamping fans are going to LOVE visiting the Impression Obsession booth! Stamps and dies….as far as the eye can see! I especially loved how this booth was organized…. all the stamps and projects in groups with the designers’ names. There were so many beautiful card samples and projects as well to showcase all the stamps! Many displays featured a Valentine theme. Even Easter stamps were on display! There are so many background stamps to choose from, aptly titled “Cover A Card.” Don’t you love the square shape? Samples of these background stamps were mounted on boards with inks of many colours. Samples of die cuts were also on boards for display. Not only do you have an amazing choice of countless stamps, you also have an incredible bunch of dies to add to your shopping list!  To see the full line of Impression Obsession products, click HERE to visit…

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…

WINNER UPDATE – Congrats to Alma Dirpaul – this weeks lucky winner! It is Wednesday and we love giving stuff away EVERY SINGLE WEDNESDAY!!!!! This week we are giving away 4 sets of  cling floam stamps and two fabulosa punches  from the wonderful people over at Stampin’ Up! This prize could be yours! Why not eh???? To enter to win 1. Visit Stampin’ Up!  on facebook  – CLICK HERE – Tell them CS sent you! 2.  Leave a comment right here under this blog post. You have until Friday Oct 31  at midnight to enter! Good luck everyone!!!

JUST KEEPING IT “SCARILY” SIMPLE AND HANDSOME TOO! It’s Halloween and time for trick or treating.  Therefore, I decided to  “treat” myself by creating this fun Halloween card and then using the same basic techniques, supplies and stamps  (okay, so I changed one, lol), I then treated myself a second time to this wonderful scrapbook page that bears the photo of my “grandhandsomeson” Liam.   I kept it basic, all the inking techniques are simple and truly easy to learn and I know everyone can do them. If you have Volume #6 of Canadian Scrapbooker Basics and/or you follow my articles in Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine, you probably recognize the techniques I used. Basically I smeared  my way to a great background using colors from the Provence, petal point from Clearsnap and this great brick background from the fine folks at Magenta. I used the same background for both the card…

Happy Monday! Kim here with a quick card to share! I have been wanting to work with this paper collection from Heartfelt Creations for sometime now, but there always seems to be something else that needs to get done! Friday morning I put it on the top of my to-do list and am so happy I did. Creative time is so good for my soul! Celebrate the Journey collection also has some wonderful dies and stamps that play fabulously together! These are just a few! I chose to make my own background paper using Canadian Scrapbooker’s Superstock, Clearsnap Colorbox chalk & pigment inks and of course the wonderful stamp shown below! I matted the background with paper from the collection and began to build my card. I used the hot air balloon stamp to create my dimensional elements and layered May Arts ribbon &  pieces of patterned papers to get the look I wanted.…

WINNER UPDATE – Congratulations to Shelley Schubert – this weeks lucky winner YAHOOOOO! It’s Wednesday!  and we love giving stuff away every single Wednesday!  Today we are giving away THIS FABULOSA collection of Archival Dye inks from Clearsnap along with the refills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  INKY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To enter to win this contest leave a comment right here under this blog post. Visit Clearsnap on facebook – CLICK HERE – Say hello from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine! Leave a comment right here under this blog post. You have until Friday Oct 17 at midnight to enter! Good luck everyone!

Watercolouring is everywhere right now, and I am just drinking up all its wonder and glory. I want to show you how amazingly quick and easy these cards are!! To create this card you have three simple steps: On watercolour paper, stamp an image with Versamark and heat emboss it with white embossing powder. Apply heat with your heat gun. Stamp your block with your ink pad. Fill your aqua painter brush with water. Dip brush in ink and colour on your paper using brush strokes (see supply picture below) Use a heat gun to dry if you want but it’s not necessary. Gently wipe off any ink on your stamped image.Voila!! To up the stakes a little bit, this next card was created by inking the stamp and then misting the inked stamp with water. You can ink the stamp using markers or refill ink – whatever you prefer.…

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