How to Make a Paper Flower Bouquet

Good day fellow stampers and paper crafters.  Today I’m sharing with you a 30th birthday bouquet that I made for my daughter.  If you look closely you will see a Serenity Butterfly from Technique Junkies amongst the flowers and Happy Birthday also from Technique Junkies nestled in the front of the basket.  I thought you might like to see the process I went through so you can recreate a flower bouquet too.

Supplies:  Co-ordinations cardstock, regular cardstock, designer paper, paper flowers, basket, styrofoam to fit your basket, ribbon, liquid glue (I used Tombow), quick dry bondable glue (I used Speed-Sew), wooden stir sticks, green paint, paint brush, paper straw, flower dies, sanding block, embossing machine, embossing folders

Cut out your largest flowers using the Co-ordinations cardstock and designer paper.  Run your flowers through the embossing machine with the embossing folder then gently sand away the raised portion of the embossing to expose the lighter undercoat.

Cut the second layer with plain cardstock.  Make sure the pieces are smaller than the first layer.

Using a mixture of Co-ordinations and regular cardstock cute the smallest flowers. Run flowers through embossing machine.

Layer your flowers are desired.  In the center add store-bought little flowers, or buttons.

Paint stir sticks green for the stems.

Using good bondable glue to adhere your flowers to the stir sticks and Serenity Butterfly.

Glue styrofoam with good bondable glue.  Lay different products around the styrofoam to keep it in place while the styrofoam dries.

Add paper straw and ribbon and complete as desired.

Posted on : Nov 24 2015
Posted under Projects, Tutorials |

Sour Cream Pierogi Dough Recipe

Our Daily Bread Designs, Texture It, sunflowers and dragonflies blog Hello folks.  This is one of my favourite older cards I shared a couple of years ago.  I love the Serenity Prayer and thought I had to share it again.  I like to post cards when I’m posting odds and sods like I am today.

One of my readers asked me to share my Pierogi recipe.  After years of using just a basic dough recipe, my mom suggested I find a recipe that uses sour cream.  It’s all the difference in the world and it makes my dough bounce back when I touch it.

  • 3 cups all purpose flour, plus flour to dust the work surface
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup water
  1.  Combine flour, salt, sour cream, egg and water in  a large bowl.  Mix until dough comes together.  If dough is dry, add more water 1 tablespoon at a time until it’s moist and springy.  If the dough is sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it’s smooth.
  2. On a floured work surface, knead dough for 3 or 4 minutes until elastic.  Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

I have a Pierogi making contraption so all I have to do is set the dough in it and add the filling.  If you don’t have one of those, use a circular glass and cut out your dough with the glass and fold over your edges after dampening the edges with water.  Press edges lightly with fingers or fork.



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Posted on : Nov 12 2015
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Merry Christmas Dishcloths

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Merry Christmas 2

Oh how I love the Christmas season and am so in the mood.  Throughout the year I knit dishcloths for my 16 co-workers, dentist, pharmacist, friends and family.  At last count I have 100 dishcloths made.  I wrap them individually and in groups of four, and add tags for each dishcloth I give away.  This darling stamp is called #SD654 Merry Christmas from Technique Junkies. I love this stamp because it allows me to colour–one of my favourite ways to relax while watching my TV shows.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Merry Christmas 1

Here is a close up of my multi-coloured tag.  I used Prismacolour pencil crayons and OMS.  This year I did something a little different, I added a Christmas bell to each ribbon used on my extra large sized dishcloths.

Are you making any Christmas presents?  What are you making?

Posted on : Nov 10 2015
Posted under cards, Christmas |

Cozy Winter Cottage

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Gingerbread house

Hello folks.  Do you ever start out with one idea and end up totally at the opposite end of the spectrum?  That’s what happened when I made this card.  I stamped SD649 Flourished Christmas Tree, by Technique Junkies, and had totally different plans with the open area that now houses my cute Winter Cottage by Die-Versions.

I wanted to fill the open space, above the cottage, with a sentiment so I went with SD428 Magic of Christmas.

I think this is my favourite Christmas card I made yet.

The die was cut out in green and then a brown layer was added on top.  I glued yellow cardstock on the back of the windows and red on the doors to give the cottage a 3-D look.

Posted on : Nov 10 2015
Posted under cards, Christmas |

Day of the Dead

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Day of the Dead

Hello folks!  I’m having so much fun making this style of card, called Triple the Fun.  It is just one of the many tutorials I shot for the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

I know I’m posting this late but I didn’t want my family to have a sneak peak before they received their cards in the mail.

The inside of my card was decorated too

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Halloween Owl

Stamps:  Skull Roses, Stampendous

Owl, Hampton Art

Posted on : Nov 08 2015
Posted under cards |

Happy Autumn

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Beth and Al

I don’t share personal photos very often but I wanted to share this photo with you.  This is my darling Al who supports my stamping addiction.  Whenever I talk to him about giving up stamping, he puts that talk to a halt–LOL.  So, this is the man that keep me accountable to stamping, working out at the gym, walking outside in the park, making homemade perogies (which we are becoming known for by family and friends), and keeps me grounded but most of all helps me with my depression.

We are having an abnormally warm autumn this year.  No winter jackets just yet.

Have a great weekend!

Posted on : Nov 06 2015
Posted under Personal Photos |

Oh Christmas Tree

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Oh Christmas Tree

Hello fellow stampers and friends.  Today I have a CAS card for you using Technique Junkies Flourished Christmas Tree.  It is so simple that I plan on making an abundance of these.  I was inspired to make this card by a card I found on Pinterest.

I know it’s early, but I’m so excited about the Christmas holiday season.  I pulled out my day planner and got Al to agree on a November date to put up our white Christmas tree.  My Christmas cards are made, and I have my presents for mailing wrapped.  I do like to have things done early so I can spend time enjoying the holiday season instead of being stressed out.  Can’t wait to start my Christmas baking.  Maybe if I sweet talk Al, he will help me out.

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

Technique Junkies Christmas stamps are 20% off until November 12th.  Simply use Christmas as your code.

Posted on : Nov 03 2015
Posted under cards, Christmas, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Technique Junkies November Blog Hop

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Z Foldover open

Welcome friends, to the Techique Junkies November Blog Hop.   Did you start at the beginning at the Design Junkies blog?  You might want to go there so you don’t miss a thing.  If you came from Gini Williams Cagle blog then you’re on the right track.  Didn’t you fall in love with her beautiful project?

Whenever a blog hop is upon us, I struggle with what to make because there are so many ideas running through my head with the variety of techique CD’s we have.  My first card uses the Z Foldover technique found on the Move It CD.  For my Park Walk stamp I used the Grunged Stencil technique from the Sensational Stencils CD.  My papers are new from Stampn’ Up!  I was so pleased that they coordinated with my Grunged Stencil technique.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Z Foldover closed

Here is a view with the Z Foldover closed.  Aren’t these wonderful techniques?

For my second card I used the Soft Sponged Photo Stamps technique from the Bodacious Background CD.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, A good friend

I used November’s Release Friends Indeed background stamp and paired it with a previously release A Good Friend sentiment.

Now it’s time to send you off to Jane Bosi’s blog, a truly talented lady.

All November release stamps are 15% off through November 8th

Posted on : Nov 01 2015
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Believe in the Magic of Christmas

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Believe in the Magic of Christmas

Yes, dear friends, the Christmas season is soon coming upon us.  There is so much to be done such as wrapping my handmade dishcloths in ribbons with handmade tags, making my own Christmas cards, and making all occasion cards for family.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in my day.  Do you feel the same?

Note that all Christmas stamps are 20% off until October 31st.  Just use the word Christmas at the checkout.

Stamps:  Technique Junkies

Berries Panel

Magic of Christmas

Posted on : Oct 27 2015
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Giving Thanks

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Thanksgiving Cards

Here in Canada, we already had our Thanksgiving, and in November Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and that is what inspired me to create Thanksgiving cards using the new Stampn’ Up! set called Lighthearted Leaves.  I love this set so much and have a sheet of 12 leaves I coloured just waiting to be used on cards.

I had so much fun using Triple the Fun technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Yes indeed, there was a lot of colouring done, but that how I find my relaxation.  I swore I wasn’t going to buy any adult colouring books but I saw an owl colouring book that’s calling my name so I might just break down and buy it.

My images were coloured with Copic markers.

Winter is just around the corner.  We already received snow flurries but thankfully it didn’t last and it got warm again.  I’m not ready for the snow, but am I ever?

Posted on : Oct 23 2015
Posted under cards |

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