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Hello everyone, Kelly Klapstein here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. In this time of isolation, it is challenging to get together with loved ones. Sending a handmade card to your mother or mother figure is the perfect way to show your love and gratitude. Here is a simple watercolor tulip card you can make in minutes. SUPPLIES: watercolor paper, Kelly Creates Aqua Brush pens or similar water-based brush pens, Black Fineliner or sentiment stamp, water, paintbrush or water brush, ribbon, cardstock. Brush the watercolor ink onto your card to form the tulip in 3 parts: centre, left, and right. Add as many tulips as you like. I did three. With a green Aqua Brush, lightly brush 3 stems in a downward motion. Add leaves with a similar motion and stroke except make them pointy at the tip and wider in the middle. Add a second color to the…

Do you LOVE all the water-coloured paintings you see across the internet? If you shy away because you think it’s too hard, think again! As paper crafters we have so many tools already in our stash to quickly and easily achieve gorgeous, water-coloured art! For this adorable card I stamped my Impression Obsession pig stamp onto some water colour paper using Ranger Archival Ink. I like to use a light soft colour, this allows me to see all the lines but it’s not so stark to add too much contrast to my end project. Next, I used my Simon Hurley dye inks to colour the image. Tap your ink pad on a non-stick surface, spray with water and now you have have everything you need to paint. Spritz your stamped image with some water. This allows the colours picked up by your brush to flow onto the paper, creating that dreamy,…

Hey everyone, Kim here! I’m sharing a simple layout today celebrating some of the yummy foods we enjoyed during a recent trip to Kauai. The layout itself is very basic, starting with a grid of four photos, offset to the right. I adhered my photo grid on top of two cardstock papers from some older Momenta stacks that I had from last year. The fun starts when I look for embellishments to add interest! Momenta has some wonderful dies. I was lucky enough to have three sets that played really well together and YES, one was the Christmas wreath! I easily cut the words out of the center and it was the perfect size to layer with my pineapple and flower die cuts! The “KAUAI” title was cut using the alpha dies, I love the font and size! All of the dies were cut from Brea Reese Mixed Media paper.…

We are so lucky to once again have the very talented and world famous hand lettering guru – Kelly Klapstein – teaching watercolour lettering at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnvial in Edmonton in just a few short days. Kelly is an instagram sensation, with just over 539K followers she is one of the most followed celebrities in the hand lettering world!!! WOWZERS!!!!! The reason for Kelly’s success is undoubtedly her classically stunning hand lettering, her easy to follow tips and techniques, her beautiful yet simple videos AND her persistency that anyone can hand letter. Not to sure about that Kelly – giggle giggle.  I am currently enrolled in one of Kelly’s beginner hand lettering courses on facebook so I will keep you all posted 🙂 Be sure to check out Kelly on her website – Kelly Creates – there are a ton of resources on there to get you started,…

Hi everyone! It’s Kelly here, feeling a bit panicked now that Christmas is quickly approaching. I always make a handful of cards at this time of year for those special people in my life (and when you receive one, I guess you will now know you’re ‘special’) Since I am totally obsessed with lettering and watercolors, I thought I would combine the two for my card. This is an easy no-fail design that anyone can replicate. The new Spectrum Noir Sparkle brush pens distributed by Canuck Crafts should be on your wish list. They come in gorgeous colour sets and are water-based AND have glitter! How perfect for a Christmas card! I actually used a set called “Winter Warmers” with the red, blue and green colours, plus a black Sparkle pen for the hanging strings and writing “Be Merry.” The paper that works beautifully for this technique is the Spectrum Aqua…

  You’re amazing. And do you know why? Because you made 20 cards in one night. Not only that – they are stunning.  You just earned yourself a gold star. All you have to do, is get your hands on the Watercolour Wishes card kit from Stampin’ Up!  #watercolourwishesforthewin This kit comes with everything you need – the stamps, the ink, the washi, sequins, wood veneers – even the adhesive and envelopes are included in this swell looking kraft coloured box. The instructions are included in the box as well. Of course, I didn’t do exactly as the instructions noted – I changed the sentiment and added a sequin or two.  I made some slight variations but I certainly didn’t sway from the delightful style. Five cards. I swooned over each one after I made them. Another five cards. The skinny navy and white striped washi.  I couldn’t get enough.…

Kelly Klapstein is on our web show today working with Close To My Heart Watercolours to create these cards designed by Connie Nichol SUPPLIES:  Close To My Heart cardstock, watercolour paper, watercolour paints, embossing folder, diffuser, stamps, ink and twine,  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine. Connie used products from these three companies Want to see how to use the Close to My Heart circle diffuser and watercolours? Watch this web show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoidqvpSpGc Happy Scrapbooking Everyone! WIN A ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine CLICK HERE to find a Barnes & Noble nearest you!

Hello Everyone!  I have been having a lot of fun lately with the new Tim Holtz Distress Crayons from Ranger. You might know that I’ve been slightly obsessed with watercolour and creating watercolour effects with different products.  So I used the Distress Crayons to design this Mother’s Day card. Here are the Tim Holtz (Ranger) supplies I started with to create the stamped flowers: Distress Watercolor Cardstock, Waterbrush, Collage Brush, Distress Collage Medium, the Distress Crayon (Seedless Preserves). I brushed the Distress Collage Medium on the Distress Watercolor paper using the Collage Brush.  Just remember to clean your brush well right after and don’t let the medium dry on it. Let the medium on the paper dry completely and then scribble some distress crayon colour onto it. Why did I add the medium first? I find the Distress Crayons move better and dissolve into a watercolour more easily, but…

Kelly Klapstein was on our Technique Tasters – Web Show #88 – teaching how to create these beautiful watercolour cards! SUPPLIES: Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock, ART-C Groove Tool, Momenta patterned paper and stickers, Heartfelt Creations stamps, Tombow Dual Brush pens, Fudenosuke pen, Xtreme adhesive and foam tape, Clearsnap Smooch ink and ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink, May Arts twine, unknown watercolour paper, Westcott scissors and trimmer. Featuring products by:   To see how Kelly created these cards WATCH Web Show #88: Scrapbooking with Watercolours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NUcQo9Hkwk Happy Scrapbooking everyone! SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

#imbringingbirthdaysback It’s a movement. A movement supported by Shannon West and Stampin’ Up! A movement to make sure that people feel the love on their birthdays with handmade cards. It seems to be a perfect match for me. And certainly I don’t need another excuse to create a card. When Stampin’ Up! released the 2016 Occasions catalogue, I knew that I needed the Balloon Bouquet punch but I didn’t take it out of the package until now… and now I can’t stop playing with them. There are two balloon sizes in this punch. In addition, there’s an even smaller balloon punch with the Party Punch pack. I mean, really… these balloons will never get old. To create this card, I heat embossed several gold balloons from the Balloon Celebration stamp set on watercolour paper. Using my Stampin’ Up! markers and an Aquapainter, I coloured the balloons. After punching them out,…