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Here is a cute little card Sue Sykes posted on her blog a while back! I love the background technique she created and of course I love that she used products from one of our Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival sponsors Sue used  Spectrum Noir Markers and stamps that are distributed by Canuck Crafts. Thank you so much to Canuck Crafts for all their support through out the years and for once again being one of our We couldn’t do it without you! MUCH LOVE!

Happy Spring, everyone!  Even if Mother Nature is not co-operating in some areas of our country… 🙂 Today I wanted to share a quick Easter treat box that we made up in just a few minutes.  And yes, I said WE… Every time my 10-year old daughter hears my Silhouette singing, her Pavlovian instinct kicks in and she comes running to help!  Which is awesome, because you know, a family that crafts together… usually ends up with twice as much stuff!! 🙂 We used this adorable Lori Whitlock cut file from the Silhouette Store to create the box, stuffed it full of Easter grass and some marshmallow eggs (my favourite!) and voilà!  Easy Peasy Cute and Squeezy! 🙂 Supplies used:  Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Lori Whitlock cut file; Bazzill Basic Paper cardstock; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares. Thanks for visiting! Cheers! To view this and more of Sue’s designs,…

Hello everyone!  Can you believe that it’s already Feb 3rd?  2015 is flying by! A few days ago, I posted the February sketch in our Sketchy gallery.  In case you aren’t familiar with our monthly sketch challenge, let me be the first to enlighten you!  Each month, I create a sketch and post it in a new section in our challenge gallery.  Each month has its’ own gallery which contains the monthly sketches, along with lots of inspiration from our talented team members and readers! Quick tip:  If you want to see all of the sketches at once, you can find them HERE in my gallery. This month, the sketch features a single photo but you can easily adjust this sketch to suit multiple photos by simply enlarging the circle elements and adding more photos.  In honour of Valentine’s Day and its’ theme of love, I created this layout using…

Hello all!  It’s the start of another month and the countdown is on to the holidays! Today, I’m sharing the December sketch for our Sketchy Challenge!  Have you checked out our gallery yet?  Lots of inspiration to be found, both in sketches AND our readers’ designs!  You can view it HERE without signing up, but to upload your designs and to comment, you will need to register and log in.  It’s easy – most of the information can be found in our Before You Begin and FAQs links on the left side of the page. Here’s the December sketch: So,… (*looks around, furtively*)… do you want to know a little secret?? 🙂  Usually, the monthly sketch comes from a sketchbook of ideas that I’ve created at random, but sometimes, just sometimes, the sketch is inspired by a layout that I’ve created on a whim! That was the case in this month’s…

Hello everyone! I wanted to share a quick idea with you today to pretty up your gift giving ideas, especially since there are 85 days left till Christmas! Supplies used:  Paper Mâché mini hat box (Michael’s); Die Cuts With a View burlap paper; Tim Holtz vintage button; Maya Road trinket pins;  Sookwang double sided tape; scraps of felt and ribbon, hot glue gun. To create the burlap flower, I traced around a small cup and cut 4 circles out of the DCWV burlap paper.  I then folded each circle in half and then quarters and attached them to a circle cut from the double sided tape, with their points meeting in the middle.  Using a strong wet adhesive, I attached a vintage button to the centre and ruffled the edges of the petals to distress them a bit. The felt flowers are very simple as well:  Cut a strip of…

Have you had a chance to peek at the  August 2014 sketch in the CS Sketchy Challenge gallery yet? Here’s the layout that inspired the sketch: Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Crate Paper patterned paper, title and stickers; Me and My Big Ideas puffy sticker (feather); Close to My Heart ink; Silhouette Cameo and sketch pen; Fineliner Script font; Heidi Swapp distressing tool; Stampin’ Up! stitching template and doily; My Mind’s Eye journaling card (Remember This); Lawn Fawn, Doodlebug Designs and miscellaneous sequins; Freckled Fawn wood shapes; KaiserCraft pearls; Recollections washi tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares. There was a lot of everything going on here!  I find that I tend to do more fussy cutting when I’m at a crop (this was completed in February at Younique!) because I can concentrate on the socializing more! 🙂 I used the Silhouette Cameo sketch tools for the journaling – perfect for when…

Hello everyone!  I hope you are enjoying our beautiful spring weather! On Sunday, we revealed the new sketch for our monthly Sketchy Challenge.  Not familiar with our Sketchy Challenge?  It’s a monthly sketch, designed by yours truly and posted in our online gallery (and on Facebook too – like us HERE!!).  It is an open challenge to all, and while we’d love to see you showcase Canadian products, there is no requirement.  PLUS, if you use our sketch for your project and share it in our gallery, you have a chance to be published in an upcoming issue!  For more details, click on the Helpful Links on the left in our gallery (see here). Here’s the June 2014 sketch: For this sketch, I used a few older photos, taken on Christmas Eve 2000.  I love scrapping older photos – not only do you get to enjoy a favourite hobby, but…

Happy April Fool’s Day!  Hopefully you haven’t been pranked today! The good news about today is that it’s the first of the month – and you know what that means!!  Time to reveal the new Sketchy Challenge sketch! Here’s my sketch for April 2014: In packing for a scrappy weekend in February, I came across these adorable photos of my son, try to help his daddy hang new shelves in his closet.  Hard to believe that that wee peanut is now 5’8″! Here’s my layout which inspired the sketch: Supplies used:  Bazzill cardstock; Authentique patterned paper; Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; cut files (Loni Leah Designs tag, Studio Calico heart border); American Crafts Thickers and twine; Prima wash tape; Evalicious badge button; My Mind’s Eye tab sticker; Stockade wooden stars; Craft Smart metallic paint; PaperMate Flair pen; miscellaneous buttons from my stash. Here’s a few detail shots: I hope you’ll play along and…

Hi everyone! Last weekend, I had a girls’ scrappy weekend at my place and I managed to complete the impossible – I finished FIVE of my UFO’s (UnFinished Objects)!!! I’m sure some, if not all, of you can relate … They are projects that for one reason or another have been set aside – missing journaling, lack of inspiration, lack of TIME!  I completed journaling for two layouts that will be used in upcoming monthly sketches, a Christmas project and set of Christmas cards and this vacation journal that I started a few years ago!  It wasn’t coming together, but last weekend the stars aligned, the angels sang and it all came together! I made the journal using a variety of items:  9×12 manilla envelopes, white card stock, baseball card protectors, transparencies and even a film negative sleeve! Rather than monopolize the blog with photos of each page (there are…

The March Sketch is up and running! Here it is created by the wonderful Sue Sykes! Here is Sue’s take on the Sketch! Supplies list:  Bazzill and DCWV cardstock; Robin’s Nest patterned paper; Martha Stewart Crafts, EK Success and Kreaxions punches; Cricut die cutting machine and Songbird font; Prima and miscellaneous flowers; unknown pearl halves; May Arts ribbon; Maya Road trinket pins; Canson photo corners; Cosmo Cricket letter stickers; Heidi Swapp chipboard heart. Visit our sketchy gallery for more inspiration and to upload your version of the sketch!  Can’t wait to see! – CLICK HERE to get started!