A Magical Convention

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It’s been far too long since I last posted but it shows that life has been busy and, to be honest, I’ve enjoyed the things that have taken me away from my blog.

Today’s layout is all about convention.  If you follow my Facebook page, you know I went to Disney World in Florida and had an amazing time, as I always do.  But this year, things were a bit different and this layout shows why.

I used only the items found in the Magical suite: paper, Complements and sequins.  I used #16 pattern from Make It From Your Heart Volume 2.

Magical Convention layout by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I’ve attended convention for 7 years and this was the first time I won an award.  I’m not sure which was more special, being recognized as third for Operation Smile donations, or winning the Canadian Team Sales award.  I had guessed the Operation Smile recognition, but I had NO idea about the sales award.  I’m so proud of my team for achieving this honour!

Here are a few close ups of the details of this layout.

Magical Convention layout close up title by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating Magical Convention layout close up Believe by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating Magical Convention layout close up castle by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

The other fun part of the awards banquet is the chance to get dressed up!  I really don’t have any other opportunities throughout the year.  Our group looks pretty good!  🙂

Attending convention is just one small perk of being a consultant and I’m so grateful that my business (and my hubby, who encourages me) allows me to attend this super fun event.  I can’t wait to go to Salt Lake City next year!


Happy Times Thank You Card

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This is it.  The last few hours to take advantage of the opportunity to get the gorgeous Happy Times paper and stamp set.  I have one more card to share with you.

Happy Time Thank You Card by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I used the May Recycle It Challenge at scrapbookchallenges.com to complete this card.  I loved the big circle in the middle.

I did some second generation stamping with the “forget” sentiment and instead of rolling the flowers, I sponged the ink on.  It gives them a nice soft look.  I also drew around the edges with the Gold Metallic Marker and added Gold Sequins and some Pink Enamel Gems.  The Thanks sentiment is from the A Thousand Thanks stamp set.  And, again, I am loving the gold foil.  See the little banner at the top left?  That’s part of the zip strip from one of the papers!

If you’ve already got a paper pack and stamp set in your hands, I know you’re going to love playing with it!  If not, pop over to my website and nab your own.

Happy Creating!

Happy Times Card: Oh, Yes You Can!

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I have said it before, but the paper for this year’s National Scrapbooking Month, Happy Times, is the best so far!  I LOVE this paper packet and stamp set.  They’re so fun to work with and full of creative possibility.  And, to top it off, you can get the paper for free with a qualifying order.

I had the chance on Sunday afternoon to do some crafting.  I was just enjoying the chance to play with this paper and stamp set.  Since creating is a big part of my business, it was nice to be able to just create for the sake of creating.  Here is the first card I made:

Happy Times Encouragement by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I did some fun inking of the flowers on this card.  I inked them in Pomegranate, stamped off on a scrap piece of paper, then rolled them in Pomegranate again before stamping them.  It gives a lovely two-toned flower, without needing to get out more colours of ink.  The stems were stamped with Fern ink.  I also stamped the dots in third generation, meaning I stamped off twice on scrap paper before stamping them on my project, also using Pomegranate ink.  All the paper, except the White Daisy circle, came from the Happy Times paper pack.  I sponged all the edges with Slate ink to give it a soft look.  The sentiment is stamped in Slate, and comes from a brand new stamp set called Sunshine on a Cloudy Day.

I think my favourite part of this paper is gold foil touches on two of the patterns.  Here’s a close up of that yummy paper:Happy Times Encouragement close up by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

I also added some Gold Sequins and Pink Enamel Gems.  And you can see here, that I popped the circle using Thin 3-D Foam Tape.

I used the sketch found at Sketch-N-Scrap for my inspiration.


Don’t forget that this paper and stamp set are only available until the end of May.  Contact me to get your hands on a set!  Better, yet, place an order on my website and join the “Mystery Hostess” party and you might win free products!

CTMH: National Scrapbooking Month: Happy Times!

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Welcome to the Happy Times National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop!  I’m so excited to share this paper and stamp set with you because it’s just beautiful!  If you arrived here from Donna’s blog, you’re on the right track. Just keep clicking the links and you’ll see all the gorgeous artwork created with this special, exclusive paper pack and stamp set.

I created a one-page layout of a family photo from a photo shoot we did to celebrate my parents’ 40th Wedding Anniversary.Happy Times Layout by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

Here are a few close ups:

Happy Times Layout close up 1 by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating Happy Times Layout title by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating Happy Times Layoutclose up 1 by Krista Ritskes #simplycreating

Do you see the gold foil on the pink flower paper and the zip strips?  I also used Pomegranate and Fern ink, Pink Enamel Gems and Gold Sequins.

This paper is so fun to work with!  Don’t miss out.  It and the matching stamp set are only available until the end of the month.

Now, it’s time to hop on over to Vickie’s blog.  Happy Creating!

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