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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Happy Holidays

We want to wish all of our crafty friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you make lots of memories and take plenty of wonderful photos that you can scrap and share with us in the coming year!

Best wishes and we'll see you in 2015!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Glitter in Silver and Gold

Another goal for this years cards was to use up old stashes. Despite really wanting to delve into new paper stacks, I resisted the urge and used up ghosts of Christmas paper past. That lead to me to digging up some of my other supplies I hadn't used in a while, including my glitter ritz!

These are two cards I made in the same style. Adding a little glitter and sparkle to a relatively simple card turned out really well, and they were both super simple to make.

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Cardstock - Bazzil
Peel Off Stickers
Sentiment Stickers - Kodak
Stamps - Stampin' Up
Ink - Colorbox
Glitter Ritz
Punch - Stampin' Up

Red Glitter Tree

Here is another simple Christmas Card that met my goal of making mail-able Christmas cards. It doesn't hurt that it's red, and red IS my favourite colour.

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Cardstock - Bazzil and DCWV Immortal Love Cardstock
Stamps - Stampin' Up
Punch - Fiskars
Embossing Powder - Stampendous

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Joy Card

I had a goal this year of making Christmas cards that could travel through the mail easily, without needing padded envelopes or extra postage. To that end, I saw some cards on Pinterest that had this unique two piece cover joined by either large letters or images, so I decided to give it a try.

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This card didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. It looks ok, but getting the letters to stick well was difficult. I tried a variety of adhesives and some worked better than others, but in the end I was somewhat disappointed. For me, it's a little plain - but the paper is so pretty. It actually has a little shimmer to it which is hard to capture on camera.


Paper - TPC Studios
Silhouette Cameo
Cardstock - Bazzil and DCWV Immortal Love Cardstock

Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy Holiday Tag Card

So apparently the post-Halloween wrap up and pre-Christmas ramp up have kept me insanely busy - which is why I was terribly behind this year on cards, decorating, shopping, wrapping and baking!

However, I did finally get the cards out in the mail and hopefully they will make it to everyone on time. Here is my first Christmas Card of the season.

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This is a fun card because it's so bright and cheery and doesn't use the typical Holiday colours. I hope you all like it.


Paper - Creative Imaginations Glitter Ritz Sookwang Double Sided Tape Punch - Stampin' Up Ribbon - Unknown Stamp - Stampin' Up

Friday, 31 October 2014

Nevermore Quoth the Raven

This is another of my favourite Halloween Stamps - this one by Inkadinkadoo. I used the same border technique as the Danse Macabre card (another failed attempt to get the border to cut in my Silhouette Cameo with a dull blade).

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Bazzil Cardstock
Stamp - Inkadinkadoo
Dylusions Ink Spray
Ink - Versafine Black
Chipboard Elements/Stickers - My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found - Halloween" and Echo Park "Apothecary Emporium"
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Witches Hat Centerpiece - Home Decor

I picked up this cute little chipboard witches hat and thought it would make a great Halloween centerpiece for my dining room table. It was also really fun to make because essentially you just gather miscellaneous fall and Halloween embellishments and glue gun them together into an attractive arrangement.

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Witches Hat
Black Acrylic Paint
Silhouette Cameo
DCWV Immortal Love Cardstock Pack
Jolees Boutique Halloween Stickers
Other floral pieces and acrylic embellishments - dollar store

Friday, 24 October 2014

Peek-A-Boo Card

I got the idea for this card from a series of cards by Jackie Perkins on her "Just Stamp It" blog.

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Paper -Stampin Up
Bazzil Cardstock
Dylusions Ink Spray
Stamps - Inkadinkadoo and My Minds Eye
Ink - Stampin Up
Die - Poppy Stamps
Ghost Ribbon - May Arts

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

October 31st is Halloween - Tag

Another cute Halloween tag to add to your gift packages as we wrap up Halloween Week here on the Cafe Blog. Thank you everyone for checking out our Halloween projects this week. Fear not, there will be more Halloween projects to come before we wrap up October! Happy Haunting.

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Paper - Stampin Up and Echo Park Dots & Stripes
Sizzix Pumpkins Die
Martha Stewart Spider Edge Punch
Stamps - My Mind's Eye
Inky Antics Gamsol Odourless Mineral Spirits
Ribbon - unknown

Monday, 20 October 2014

Trick or Treat

When someone is just getting started in scrapbooking and looking to make Holiday cards I always advise them to get a good paper pack with some great patterns but also some pages that have cut outs for tags, text, etc. It keeps costs for new scrapbookers down and can create some beautiful projects just with paper. Here is an example of one of those "one paper pack" cards:

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Paper - Halloween Multi-pack
Silhouette Cameo
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Punch
Bazzil Cardstock

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Danse Macabre - Card

I love this background stamp from Stampendous, and a project over on the Stampendous project page inspired me to dig it out again and try it with something new - Dylusions Ink Spray.

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The really funny thing about this project was the border - it's a negative I turned into a positive. I tried printing a spiderweb border using my Silhouette Cameo, but it wouldn't cut all the way through the cardstock - I suspect because I need a new blade (my machine is well used). But because it didn't cut all the way through, it created a really neat etched type of border. Rather than waste the cardstock and the effort, I decided to keep it. I accented it with a mix of some black, orange and green glitter and then some My Mind's Eye chipboard elements and voila.


Bazzil Cardstock
Stamp - Stampendous
Ink - Versafine Black
Dylusions Ink Spray
Chipboard Elements - My Mind's Eye "Lost and Found - Halloween"
Glitter - Martha Stewart
Silhouette Cameo

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Scary Wall Hanging

This is a great project that you could do for any Holiday, and a fun one to share with the kids. Plus, it's a great use of scrap paper, or if you're a paper hoarder like me it helps get rid of some of those pieces you've been hanging onto. So make room for some new paper and give this project a try.

For more info - check out the full project tutorial on YouTube »

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Cereal Boxes
Black Acrylic Paint
Halloween Paper - Multi-Halloween Pack
Martha Stewart Spider Punch
Jolees Boutique Embellishments
Michaels Dollar Bin Ribbon
Silhouette Cameo

Friday, 17 October 2014

Halloween Gift Tag

Giving out treats at Halloween isn't just isolated to the kids in costumes. Sometimes you might want to make batches of goodies for friends, family, neighbours or co-workers. What a better way to finish off your present than with a Halloween gift tag using my new favourite obsession - Prima Mixed Media Doll stamps by Julie Nutting.

This project is out for publication.


Paper - Stamping Up and Me and My Big Ideas
Stamps - Prima Mixed Media Doll (Valentina) by Julie Nutting and My Minds Eye "Lost and Found - Halloween"
Silhouette Cameo
Inky Antics Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits
Ribbon - unknown

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Wicked Witch of the Web

This card was so quick and easy to thanks to my Silhouette Cameo! I can't say enough good things about this fabulous machine that I got from Kristy at the Scrapbooking Cafe.

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Paper - Echo Park "Apothecary Emporium" and Misc. Halloween Stack
Silhouette Cameo
Ink - Stampin' Up
Bazzil Cardstock
Ribbon - Unknown

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Boo To You!

This is another great project to help you get through your paper stash. And it's quick and easy - a fast way to add a very nice home made project to your Holiday home decor.

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Letters - Michaels Black Wooden Letters
Paper - Stampin Up and The Paper Loft
My Minds Eye - Chipboard Elements
Echo Park Stickers
Sizzix - Pumpkins Die
Jolee's Boutique Stickers and Chipboard Embellishments
Ink - ColorBox
Mod Podge
Silhouette Cameo

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

It's Halloween Week

Thanksgiving is over, so push aside the turkey and bring on the candy...Welcome to Halloween aWeek at the Scrapbooking Cafe. Every day for the next week (and perhaps even a few extra days if I can get them done) I will be posting Halloween projects.

I love Halloween! It's just such a fun Holiday and the kids are so cute in their costumes. I love the fall colours and the Halloween decorations - the cute kind, not so much the gory kind. And because I love Halloween so much, I like to send out Halloween cards to a few of my friends and family that I know also enjoy the spooky holiday.

So to start Halloween week, I am sharing one of my Halloween cards.

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Paper and chipboard accent -My Minds Eye "Haunted"
Martha Stewart Spider Web Punch
Silhouette Cameo

Monday, 6 October 2014

Thanksgiving Card

This card took me a few tries to get just right. I struggled a bit with the background until I found the right supply combination. Hope you like it!

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We'll be starting HALLOWEEN WEEK next Tuesday on the Cafe Blog, so be sure to check daily for some awesome Halloween project fun!


Bazzil Cardstock
Stamps and Ink - Stampin' Up
Embossing Folder - Darice
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Raffia and Hemp String

Monday, 29 September 2014

Prima Paper Doll Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Scrapbooking Cafe Prima Paper Doll by Julie Nutting Blog Hop, and thanks to all the hoppers who are joining us to share their projects. You are at stop #1.

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For this tag I mixed a great paper line with some glitter and a die to make a beautiful butterfly doll. If you like it, please leave us a comment and don't forget to subscribe to our blog by clicking the "Join this site" button.

Now let's keep the fun going and head over to visit Amy at Stop #2 »

Blog Hop Participants

Scrapbooking Cafe <----------- You are HERE


Prima Paper Doll Stamp by Julie Nutting
Sentiment Stamp by Hot off the Press
Paper - DCWV Black Currant Stack
Martha Stewart Glitter
Spellbinders Tag Die
Cheery Lynn Butterfly Die and Angel Wing

Monday, 22 September 2014

Feather Thank You Card

Today's project features this beautiful feather die from Die-namics and Dylusions Ink Spray from Ranger.

Feathers and chevrons are really popular in scrapbooking right now, and I decided to combine the two to create this lovely thank you card featuring the colours of the season.

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I love how the orange and black worked out here to create a nice autumn colour palette but doesn't lean toward Halloween. Funny enough, two of the papers I used for this card are from Halloween paper packs, but I think they were generic enough to work on this project! Let me know what you think in the comments below!


Paper - K&Company and miscellaneous Halloween paper stack
Cardstock - Bazzil
Dies - Die-namics (feather) and Tim Holtz/Sizzix - (Plaque & Poster edge die)
Dylusions Ink Spray - Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange and Tangerine Dream
Stamps - Just Rite and Hot off the Press
Ink - Colorbox, Versafine and Stampin' Up
Hemp Twine

Friday, 19 September 2014

Prima Paper Dolls by Julie Nutting BLOG HOP Reminder

Hey all,

Just a reminder that the Scrapbooking Cafe Online Blog will be holding a BLOG HOP from September 29th to October 6th featuring Prima Paper Dolls by Julie Nutting. Let's have some fun and share all of our creative projects featuring these great Paper Doll stamps, increase traffic to your blog and maybe make some new online scrapbooking friends.

For all the Blog Hop details, and to sign up, reply to this blog post: http://scrapbookingcafeonline.blogspot.ca/2014/09/beautiful-fall-prima-paper-dolls-and.html

We hope you'll join us for our first BLOG HOP! We can't wait to see your creations.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Beautiful Fall - Prima Paper Dolls and Paper Doll Blog Hop Sign Up

More new supplies to play with brings more new projects! I have been resisting the Prima Paper Dolls by Julie Nutting trend for a long time thinking I had no idea how I would use them. But seeing other great projects online inspired me to pick one up - and once I started the ideas began to flow and now I can't wait to get more.

Here's my first Prima Paper Doll project - a great fall tag I plan to use on a nice little thank you gift!

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Prima Paper Dolls by Julie Nutting Blog Hop Details

The Scrapbooking Cafe Online Blog will be holding a BLOG HOP from September 29th to October 6th featuring Prima Paper Dolls by Julie Nutting. Let's have some fun and share all of our creative projects featuring these great Paper Doll stamps, increase traffic to your blog and maybe make some new online scrapbooking friends.

What you create is up to you - tag, layout, card, art journal page, mixed media canvas, wherever your imagination takes you. The only criteria is that your project must feature one of the Prima Paper Doll products by Julie Nutting.

If you'd like to sign up for our blog hop, please leave a comment here and we'll add you to the list (limit 12 participants). Prima Paper Doll projects will need to be completed no later than 5pm on Friday, September 26th so all of our participants can be provided the participant list and links for posting.

We hope you'll join us for our first BLOG HOP!


Prima Paper Doll "Eleven" by Julie Nutting
BoBunny Forever Fall paperline and label embellishment
Bo Bunny Stitches Stamp
Liquid Pearls in Bisque
E6000 Spray Adhesive
Memory Box Die
Just Rite Stamps (Sentiment)
Tonic Studios butterfly punch

Monday, 8 September 2014

Fall is in the air

I love the fall season! I love the temperature. I love the colours. I love Thanksgiving and Halloween. And I love pulling out all my favourite fall paper lines and playing with projects.

Today I got to play with some new supplies - A sunflower stamp from Stampendous and some new markers.

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Tags are such a great way to play with your new supplies on a small canvas - and when they're done, you can use them on all sorts of things - birthday gifts, thank you gifts, a nice bottle of wine hostess gift, you can put them on layouts or add them to a card! I just use some cardstock and a hole punch to make the tag base - fast, easy, and I can make it any size or colour I need.


Bo Bunny - Forever Fall Paper
Bazzil Cardstock
Stampendous Sunflower Stamp
Ranger Embossing Powder - Copper
Crafters Workshop templates
Heartfelt Creations Text/Script Stamp
Spellbinders Hexagon Dies
Stampin' Up Blendabilities Markers (although you could also use Copics)
Brads - unknown
Basic Grey Ribbon

And now "TAG....You're It!". We want to see some of your great tag creations, so dig out your supplies - new and old - make some tags and share them here! 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Wings to Fly

Hey everyone - I'm very happy to have just completed my first walk-through video for a new art journal page, and I would like to share the project and video with you. I'm hoping to do these "Mixed Media Moments" a bit more often, so if you like it, please comment here or on YouTube, and don't forget to subscribe to the blog and my YouTube channel for more videos to come!

The finished project:

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Dylusions Art Journal
White Gesso
White and Gold acrylic paint
Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Light Modeling Paste
Memory Box and Crafters Workshop Stencils
Tsukineko Squeegee
Hot of the Press feather stamps
Glitter Ritz
Versamark watermark stamp pad
Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer
Inka Gold by Viva
Lace and Ribbon - unknown
Key embellishment - K&Company
Flowers - Prima
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Summer Sisters
Dylusions White Ink Spray

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Life is a Beautiful Journey

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It might have been better if I had named this layout "Life is a Beautiful Accident", because that's totally what this layout started out as.

I had a vision, I wanted to use the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Union Square paper line to create a cut-out background as my base. So I pulled out the paper and ran it through my Silhouette Cameo (how I ever lived without this machine I will never know!). But....the background I ended up with was too delicate. It didn't fit "the vision", and now I had used an entire piece of paper and created something I might never use. So.....I downloaded an individual shape pattern and created my own, more spacious background instead using the Silhouette Studio software and my trusty Cameo. Voila! Vision achieved.

Then I wanted to stencil over the top layer using a lovely Memory Box damask stencil. So I pulled out my grey and black paint, but fortunately, before I could apply paint to paper I decided that would be too dark. So I grabbed a nice crimson red instead. I sponged my paint with different pressures through the stencil and I was a bit skeptical about the result at first, but I pressed on.

I added my other paper layers, also from the Union Square paper line, distressed the edges and added my photo and I was really liking the direction, but something was still missing. And then I pulled out the original background paper I had cut......what a great little extra layer of dimension it added, by snipping out pieces of it and applying them. And then, I got extra points by using the negative bits left over from the original background cuts. I sponged the edges of them, popped them up on pop dots, and adhered them in little groupings around the photo. Below is a photo of the tile pop ups:

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In the end I love how the whole layout turned out, and I hope you like it too! Comments are always welcome, and don't forget to follow us here on the blog by clicking "Join this site" over on the left!


Paper: My Mind's Eye - Lost & Found Union Square, Echo Park Dots & Stripes
Silhouette Cameo
Colorbox Ink - Black
Tim Holtz Distressing Tool
E6000 Spray Adhesive
K&Company word stickers
Memory Box damask stencil
Acrylic paint

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Pretty in Pink

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Hey folks - I'm back with another 12x12 layout for you. Clearly the weekends are turning out pretty productive for me lately.

This picture is just so pretty, with the pastel tones and country cottage feel, that I knew I just wanted to put it in a layout. I know my style can sometimes be a bit busy, so I tried to dial back a bit on the embellishments this time round and I think the result is pretty successful. Hope you like it too - comments are welcome :D

I also used the E6000 Spray Adhesive glue for the first time. Although it took me a bit to get the pump on it working properly, once I did I have to say this stuff is soooooo easy to use, and makes gluing on those pesky intricate dies so much easier. I will definitely be pulling this out more often.


Paper:Echo Park- Victorian Garden, My Minds Eye - Lost & Found Madison Avenue, Bazzil Cardstock
Dies: Tim Holtz Plaque & Postage, Cheery LynnVine/Leaf Die
Silhouette Cameo
Echo Park stickers from "Be Mine" collection
Liquid Pearls in White Opal and Petal Pink
Martha Stewart Swirly Lace Punch around the Page
Lost & Found Madison Avenue flower embellishment
E6000 Spray Adhesive
Lace trim
Dollar store flowers

If you cannot find any of the products listed in our online store, please email Kristy directly at scrapbookingcafe@aol.com. She can usually track down and order anything you might be in search of.

Monday, 11 August 2014

In The Garden

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I have a confession - I love to scrapbook, but I'm not a great photographer and sometimes you have a paper pack that just cries out to be used but you have no photos to use with it. In those instances I will sometimes print a nice picture I have found online, just for the sake of being creative and adding a pretty layout to my personal album. Such is the case here.

I was inspired to do this layout by Gabrielle Pollacco (see her layout and video tutorial here). You will probably see a lot of similarities between the two because I absolutely loved her layout - but I also tried to make it a bit my own.

Hope you like it. Comments are welcome.


Paper: BoBunny "Enchanted Garden"
Stamps: BoBunny "Stitches", Stampendous, script text stamp (I can't remember the company)
Martha Stewart Swirly Lace punch around the page
Jolee's Boutique Lilac stickers
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die
Sizzix Flower Layers #7 Die
Cheery Lynn Large Lace Fairy Queen Butterfly Die
Cottage Cutz Garden Fend & Gate Die
Provocraft Embossing Folder "Texture"
Crafters Workshop Template/Mask
American Crafts Ribbon
Prima Mini Roses
Gelato Squid Ink
K&Company Dragonfly embellishments
Studio18 Chipboard Elements
Stazon in Dove Grey and Stone Grey
Silhouette Cameo for the title

If you cannot find any of the products listed in our online store, please email Kristy directly at scrapbookingcafe@aol.com. She can usually track down and order anything you might be in search of.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

The Red Viper

This is for all the Game of Thrones fans out there...

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 I am loving the distressed style right now so you might see it on a lot of my layouts in the future. This combines a bunch of different paper brands, some inking with stamp pads and acrylic paint, and then lots of fun embellishments. I hope you like it.

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Here is a close up of one of the embellishment areas. I tend to always buy my flowers in white so that I can dye them any color I want using Glimmer Mists, Dylusions, or any other spray I might have.

Reminisce - "World Map"
Creative Imaginations
S.E.I - "delicacy"
DCWV - "Tradewinds"
Cardstock - Bazzil

Ranger Distress Ink
Stampin Up

Prima flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Studio18 - Chipboard accents
Spellbinders shapeabilities - Heraldry
Acrylic paints - black, dark chocolate, bronze and pure gold
EK Success gems
Mosaic Tiles
Jewelry bits
Fabric Trim - unknown

If you cannot find any of the products listed in our online store, please email Kristy directly at scrapbookingcafe@aol.com. She can usually track down and order anything you might be in search of.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


Hey everyone and welcome to the new look for the Scrapbooking Cafe Online blog! My name is Susan and I will be working to help Kristy at the Cafe maintain and update the blog.

So who am I? 

Well, I am a mom of one, a web developer by trade, and most importantly a scrapbooker and mixed media dabbler. I LOVE to try new things and experiment with new products and I love sharing this hobby and art with others. I do not work for, or at, the Cafe but Kristy is my "go to girl" for all my scrapbook and mixed media supplies, so I offered up my web skills to contribute new projects to the blog.

I hope to post at least twice a month - new projects, techniques, new products, challenges, whatever I can think of to share. If you have questions or suggestions please feel free to comment...I don't proclaim to be an expert, but if I can help find an answer for you I certainly will.

Lastly, I hope you will share your projects and inspirations with us as well from time to time. Be sure to follow us (see the link at the top of the left column) as we work on getting creative, probably messy, and hopefully have a lot of fun!

New projects coming soon.....