Friday, July 3, 2015

Canadian Pacific Rail Holiday Train 2005

This is a layout to celebrate what has become a tradition for our family, to go see the CP Holiday Train as it makes its way across Canada every year, raising money for the local food bank etc.  The money raised in each town stays in that town so it is great to go donate!

I used the Treasure Box Designs file Polar Bear Express (on page 3 of the $1 category) which you can purchase for just $1!  You will receive the .svg format so it can be used in both Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and with the new Cricut Design Space for Cricut Explore!  The file comes with 4 train cars but I wanted more so that the train would span both my pages so I simply cut a few extra and changed how the bear sits atop so that each car/bear looks different.  It was very easy to do!


The papers used were from an older Close To My Heart Workshop On The Go called Believe, however the current 'Christmas' themed kit, Yuletide Carol, has very similar coloring.  You can purchase just the paper pack or the Workshop On The Go (which includes some great 'bling' and a very nice stamp set), the Compliments sticker images & journaling card set and the bling Assortment set as well.

I also covered the snow using my Wink Of Stella Clear brush pen to give the snow that glittered look without all the glitter and glue mess and the bears eyes and noses were covered with CTMH Liquid Glass to make them shiny!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Friday, June 26, 2015

Visiting Santa

Jumping back in time with this layout...this is my awesome brother Dean Archibald, visiting santa in 1977.  Wasn't he a cutie!?!?


The papers are from an older Close To My Heart WOTG called Believe however the papers in CTMH Yuletide Carol are very similar in color and the Yuletide Carol Workshop On The Go has some awesome bling to go with it!

The cut files are from Dina, the fantastic designer from Treasure Box Designs  The files I used are:

Visiting Santa which you can find half way down page 1 of the 'Christmas' category.  The file comes with the title, the children and Santa in his overstuffed arm chair.  The file comes with the girl sitting on Santa's knee and the boy as the 'list' bearer however I just switched hair and outfits to reverse the children as this layout is about my little brother.

I used a snowman tag that was actually a freebie but you can simply cut the top hat from the Christmas Dangles snowman on page 2 of the 'Christmas' category, then from white cardstock, cut a rectangle for you journaling, round the corners and placed the top hat on top.

The remaining chipboard, stamps, ribbon and sticker elements were all from CTMH as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Using the MISTI on our scrapbook pages!

I was asked if it was possible to use the MISTI on 12x12 paper for scrapbooking and YES you can!  I thought I would do an informational video on how to stamp on 12x12 paper.  If you can't see the video below Clicky Here. To see this post at my blog canadianpapershaper.blogspot.com


You can buy your MISTI tool by clicking here

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Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Monday, May 4, 2015

If you love to stamp you must get a MISTI and please let me tell you why

First just let me say that I'm in no way affiliated with the MISTI nor compensated in any way, I just have to spread the love about the tool that gave me, a Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferer, back my ability to create with stamping again!

Buy the MISTI here and read below why you should!

I must write a letter of praise for Illiana and her MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) as they have changed my crafting life forever! I have been scrapbooking/stamping for 11 years now but for the last 3 my Rheumatoid Arthritis took away my ability to get a good stamped image. My hands shake, I can't press hard enough because it creates unimaginable pain or when I press it is with uneven pressure so I basically gave up on stamping! :( I purchased the Friskers Foam Feet stamp press, ergonomic rocker blocks etc, hundreds of dollars worth of stuff I can't use...until now! Even with my Rheumatoid Arthritis raging, I can get a perfect stamped project every time! The MISTI is not affected by my shaking hand, it causes me no pain because it is just like closing a book and if I don't get a perfect image because I inked up the stamp with too little ink I can stamp it a second, third or fourth time and it is perfect! I must also say that your prices are the most fair I have ever seen and the products are worth every cent! I purchased the MISTI, the special cleaner, a couple of magnets and the graphing pad and including shipping was less then $100 dollars and I can now throw out the $$$'s of blocks & contraptions that did me no good!

I highly recommend getting yourself a couple of magnets, they cost very little, they are very powerful and while I could just use tape or simply pull the paper away from the stamp when done, they are a great convenience for such a little price!

 I clean my stamp by simply wiping it with a finger wrapped by a baby wipe, then I pull the stamp off and put it away. When I'm finished stamping for the day I give my MISTI a good wipe down with the special cleaner to help keep it in tip top shape. This clean should actually be used on any of your acrylic blocks or stamp presses to keep them clear and shiny for life. The bottle is huge and will last you a year or two before you have to buy another one.

The graph paper is awesome for lining up your stamps in the perfect spot for your card and the word images are actually straight EVERY TIME! NO more card bases thrown in the garbage for miss aligned words or using more card stock to cover the miss aligned stamping! I need more of these as I know the one pad I purchased just won't be enough even though you can use it multiple times before you need to turf it. I suggest at least 2 pads for the person who stamps weekly. In addition to the graph paper, Illiana has a free PDF of a graph to be taken to your local print shop to be printed on a transparency (by the way, make sure you tell the guy in the print shop to print it in 'actual' size not stretched or cropped to fit) and this transparency is used to help you find the center of your card front, envelope etc, so you can position stamps perfectly. There are two to an 8.5x11 transparency so I had them print me 3 sheets which only cost me a couple of dollars! I use these a lot so thanks for doing that work for us Illiana!
 
This is the absolute must have tool if you are following the industry trend of multiple layered images i.e. a solid background rose with an additional one or two layers, to be stamped in darker shades or colors, that must be lined up perfectly on top of the previous one. I could NEVER get those perfect even before my RA but now they are perfect every time with my MISTI!
 
I can't say enough about this product but I just have to tell people when I find a great product as I appreciate others who do the same for me!

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Many Blessings! 

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Friday, May 1, 2015

Just Say No To A CutterPillar Pro!


I have had to make apologies to many friends & family because I recommended the CutterPillar Pro paper trimmer!  If you would like to know why just watch this video for the who story...


It's a sad story of regret

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Blessings,
Melitta

Triple Gate-fold Baby Card Tutorial

As promised you can find the tutorial, Cricut Cutting Guide and instruction for making the triple gate-fold card base by clicking Here to Download each file


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Blessings,
Melitta



Thursday, April 30, 2015

Simple triple gate fold card base used for my Look Whoos Here Baby Card





These entire card is made from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cartridge and my simple card base shown above.  I will post the instructions for you tomorrow!


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Blessings,
Melitta