Yes, it is December 1st and the book that I have been working on all year with Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine is in the stores now. Canadian Scrapbooker Basics #6 is here and I have shared with you some of very favourite stamping techniques, “tried & true” and “very new”. This volume continue’s from where Vol#2 # Vol#3 left off. Those 2 books in this great series sold out in record time. Canadian Scrapbooker received so many requests for these two volumes that we created this, the 6th book in this truly amazing series that will become your “go to” encyclopaedia of stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting techniques. For those of you who did not get Vol #1 or Vol #2 (which I wrote with the help of the amazing Canadian Scrapbooker Team) fear not as we included many of my key techniques so you could jump right in.
We started with techniques that I use daily … I guess we’d have to call them “favourites”. “Stamp Smoosh” and “Smack Down” two techniques that build backgrounds, easily and beautifully. They simply “work”, each and every time. Of course when we stepped out “my key techniques” I created new layouts and cards so that even those of you who have my first two books will enjoy the process (again) and then “WE ADDED NEW”. YES! New ideas that have arrived “via my stamps” since we put those first two books out. “Magic Pigment Transfer”, a faux “Cloisonne’ Techinique” achieved with foils, fun altered, glitter techniques and more. PLUS a whole chapter on using my “Cathie Allan Position-it” to do things with your stamps that you could not do before or at least not this easily. Be prepared to get very inky as you play along with all the great step outs. It is fun and like I have heard so many times from so many of you that take my classes, once they try it … they realize just how easy and fun it is to create your own “custom everything” with your rubber stamps.
I truly hope you enjoy this publication and while you are at the news stand you will also want to pick up the winter issue of “Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine”. This magazine may fool you cause it really does have the look and the feel of a book. Created with superior paper and a binding that looks great on any bookshelf, this quarterly magazine (book) builds you a resource library that you will treasure. In the winter issue you will find more “new” from me in my “It’s All About Rubber” article as I revive a “tried and true”, technique called “Joseph Coat”. Of course, I gave it a “Cathie twist” but that seems to always, just happen. This magazine (book) is always chock full of great stamping, scrapbooking and paper crafting ideas that are shared by not only the “Canadian Scrapbooking Team” but from readers from all over the country. Everyone share’s from the heart and we all share our best ideas … no holding back. That is evident from the cover (created by Christy Riopel) to the final page. You NEED this magazine too, so SUBSCRIBE … it will be the “best mail day ever” all year long.
As I have been promising on “Facebook” I am going to put up some photos of the tags that will go on my loved ones presents this year. I love adding photos to their “tags” for my children love hanging these “special tags” on their tree the following year. I love going to see their trees as they are like looking at a virtual, “Christmas memory” tree. Here is the tag for my Leah. If you follow the instructions in the “Winter issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine” you will be able to create one of these over the top tags/card/ Christmas ornaments, only you may want to include a photo of “your” daughter (lol). The ink is all from Clearsnap. Gorgeous metallic pigment over the beautiful Fluid Chalk line and of course their fabulous “Smooch” ink is all over this too. The ribbon was simply white ribbon and using the technique stepped out on page 51 of the book (Vol #6) you can happily make glitter ribbon for your tags to. I used “Glitter Ritz’s”, micro fine, regal red glitter this time and I altered the color of the exposed edges with my alcohol pens. The snowflake & the jumbo poinsettia stamps are from Stampendous and the text is from Frog’s Whisker’s Ink. The journalling lines are from Impression Obsession. The snowflake die is also Impression Obsession and the diamond shape is from Spellbinders. On Monday I will put up a couple more tags that jumped off from this projects. It’s the technique that keeps on giving. Till then, have fun getting inky and sparkly … there is more to come!