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Happy Tuesday everyone! I am wrapping my head around the fact that fall is upon us and summer 2015 is in the books. As always, we hit the ground running at the beginning of September with the start up of all our activities. With summer fading fast, I really enjoyed pulling out a few favourite summer memories and getting them onto scrapbook paper! I hope you enjoy them too. The first is a layout I created using a photo from summer 2014. I love the look of uncertain amazement on my daughter’s face as she realized that the dragonfly actually came to rest on her outstretched finger! It was a perfect symbol of hope and light for her as she wrestled with feelings of unsettledness about our impending move. Supplies Used: Patterned Paper, stickers: Kaisercraft; Punches: Creative Memories, Stampin’ Up!; Letters: American Crafts; Die Cuts: Heidi Swapp; Acrylic Shape: Harmonie…

Ever complete a project that when you look at as a completed item, you wonder what took you so long to create it? That’s exactly what I thought when I was finished this tag! I didn’t realize that it would be such a complicated tag when I started, so I didn’t take photos along the way. But I would like to give a little explanation for some of the things I did to create this tag. Supplies Used- Dies and Embossing folder: Sizzix; Inks and Embossing Powder: Clearsnap ColorBox; Patterned Paper: Prima Marketing; Ribbon: May Arts; Metal Leaf; L’adore   The background: I embossed some white cardstock with a Sizzix embossing folder, then sprayed it with some Clearsnap ColorBox Spritz Spray (spun sugar). Then I used my brayer to apply some pigment ink over top (Clearsnap ColorBox Old Rose) and heat embossed it. Then I adhered it to a piece…

Chameleon Pens and Colouring Books! By Karen Ellis Okay, it’s official.   I am stating for the record that I, Karen Ellis, love to colour! I have jumped on the adult colouring book band wagon and have come to appreciate the zen time it offers.   Combine those books and Chameleon Pens…  Oh yes!!   I’m in heaven. If you haven’t tried Chameleon Pens yet, I invite you to do so.   They are alcohol based pens (like Copic and Spectrum Noir) which allows great blend ability, but what makes these pens special is the built in charger that allows you to change the saturation of the pen ink while colouring.  Brilliant!  Instant highlights, gradation, and shadowing! I love “hopping” the colour, and creating colour gradations with my Chameleon Pens to create depth and highlights but I wanted to show you here how I used the pens to change the colour’s tone to expand…

Hey everyone, Connie Nichol here today playing with Close To My Heart! I have to admit, although I’m not very good at the pocket page style of scrapbooking like Picture My Life or Project Life, I totally LOVE the 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 cards that are part of this scrapbooking concept.    The cards make wonderful embellishments for regular styles of scrapbook pages and one can use them to make all sorts of greeting cards in a snap.  Today I want to feature some simple cards and a layout that I created using the Hopscotch Collection from Close to My Heart.  All of the projects feature the Picture My Life cards.  I think that this collection was recently retired, but you could use these ideas to make cards and layouts from any one of the Picture My Life card packs.  Simply layer them on top of each other,…

Kim Gowdy here with a simple page anyone can create. I don’t know about you but sometimes I head to my craft room in hopes of being creative, turn on the T.V. for “company” and get pulled into whatever show happens to be on…making for some very unproductive creative time. If this sounds familiar…this page is for YOU! Adornit has come out with these fun Art Play Printables. 12 x 22 pages with fun images for you to colour, I am certain you find a few you can’t live without! The pages are made from sturdy, quality watercolour paper, so they will stand up easily to paint and markers. So here’s the  trick…turn on the T.V. and colour! Relax, enjoy the program and be productive…your brain can design a layout [which takes more focus] later! For this layout I pulled out my Chameleon pens and just had fun. They make it so easy…

Hi everyone – Karen Ellis here! I had the pleasure of popping into USArtQuest on the weekend and the wonderfully talented Susan Pickering Rothamel showed me a little technique that I thought I’d share here with you today! Aren’t these cards sweet?   The technique Susan showed me lets you add some dimensional POP to your photos.   The POP is provided by tiny hole-less beads called Prills that are adhered to a photocopy of a tree picture with my favourite soft gel, PPA – Perfect Paper Adhesive. Here’s how you get the look. You’ll need:   (left to right) USArtQuest PPA – Perfect Paper Adhesive and Prills, round paint brush and a photocopy of your favourite picture. Dip your paintbrush into the PPA – place some on your picture and then…. Dip the PPA’d brush directly into the Prills.  The beads will stick to the PPA, “Roll’ the…

I don’t know what it is, but Graphic 45 papers make me pull out my sharpest scissors and start fussy cutting! The images on some of these papers from Botanical Tea collection made fantastic embellishments for my layout. One of my favourite things I LOVE about Graphic 45 collections is that they layer so easily. I think as scrapbookers, especially if new to the craft; layering can be the hardest thing. Graphic 45 has nailed it! Fantastic combinations of large and small prints in color harmony make it simple for everyone to work with. Add to the mix [my title] some Core’dinations Signature Series cardstock; colours designed to work with the Graphic 45 palette and you have a match made in scrapbooker’s heaven! My layout below is an example of how easily these products all play together. I have also distressed the edges of some of my papers with Stampin’…

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,…

Hi, Connie here today. This layout was inspired by the February sketch in the Canadian Scrapbooker It’s a Sketchy Challenge and the new Kaisercraft Shine Bright collection. The latter turned up in my mailbox as part of the latest Scrap Shotz monthly kit and the colours were so striking – bright yellow and black and gray – perfect for some older soccer photos in my collection. I knew I wanted to create a soccer ball to use as the circular element suggested by the February sketch and quickly realized that my Sizzix Eclips2 electronic die cutting machine could make that soccer ball an easy thing. I simply googled ‘soccer svg’ and found a lovely free soccer ball cut file on the internet.   I imported the file into Ecal (the software used with the Eclips2) sized it appropriately and then cut it out on a couple of different colours…

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…