Thank you my friend

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Thank you

Hello fellow stampers.  Today I have a very different card to share with you today. I was inspired by a challenge on Artsy Inkers to try my hand at this technique. I cannot enter the challenge because I did not leave white edges shown.  Instead, I coloured completely over the white Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink, which has a shimmer to it; hence, the shine you are seeing.

Taking me back, this is one of my first stamps I bought in 1999 when I started stamping and it is from Stampington & Co.  It’s one of my favourite go-to stamps.

I made this thank you card for my girlfriend who was more than generous for my birthday.  She knows how much I love Southern Living and bought me a thick Christmas edition as well as owl napkins (I’m an owl collector) and a hoard of kitchen supplies “just because.”

Recipe:  Stamp out image with white pigment ink and colour over top with Prismacolor pencil crayons, matt and adhere to black background.

The green matt came from and has a beautiful shimmer to it.  I love the quality of the paper from this company because it is so thick and sturdy, and of course I’m a lover of shine.

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  I’m now headed into the kitchen to watch TV and colour another white embossed image.  Oh, and in case you missed my blog candy, please see the post below.

Posted on : Aug 29 2015
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Giving a Hoot for Speed-Sew glue Blog Candy

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Banner

Hello fellow stampers.  I’ve long belonged to Artsy Inkers and am a silent visitor, never joining in any challenges because I just can’t find the time, plus I’m lazy.  So many times I find myself lost in my supplies with no mojo.  Do you find you do the same thing?

Well, I was inspired to try “Stampwilly’s” Oldies Challenge and you can find her tutorial here.  I paired it with the Banner technique from the February 2013 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

I have the perfect stamp for this challenge,, Owl on Branch from Technique Junkies.  Behind the owl I used TJ.’s Big Flourish.

I’m so crazy for owls and have a nice little collection.  For my birthday a co-worker gave me a cute owl purse and owl necklace.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Speed Sew

There was a lot of gluing on this card, and I used Speed-Sew.  It dries quick and you only need a tiny amount.  To learn more about this great glue, you can see the video here.  Speed-Sew is offering one of my readers a tube of glue to one of my lucky readers.  Just tell me how you would use your glue and your name will be entered into the draw.  On a side-note, my Canadian readers will be pleased to know they are located in Canada, so there is no customs to worry about and with the Canadian dollar at an all time low, shopping Canadian makes sense.  Contest is open until August 31st at midnight, because on September 1st there is a new release for the Technique Junkies and there will be a blog hop.

Posted on : Aug 25 2015
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Finding Our Way

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Finding Our Way

Hello folks and fellow stampers.  Are you enjoying the summer weather?  I read on some blogs that they have 100 degree weather, and I can’t even imagine that.  Typically, I suffer with 85 degrees F or 30 degrees C.  Here in Southern, Ontario, Canada, we don’t get a lot of hot, humid weather.  We are in for a scorcher this week which I enjoy a lot.  I haven’t been to the beach much this summer which is a little disappointing.

For my card I used Watercolor Distress found in the February 2007 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  After it dried I stamped Curved Bamboo from Technique Junkies.  Also from Technique Junkies is the sentiment Find Our Way and Dragonfly, set of 2, in which I heat embossed in a purple/pink.  Edges were distressed with Distress Ink.

I hope you have a good week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Aug 18 2015
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Blog Candy Winner

The winner, selected by is Mitzi.  Mitzi, please contact me through the “Contact Me” button with your mailing address and I will get your Emboss or Die CD to you.  Congratulations.

I will have more blog candy in the future so stay tuned.

Posted on : Aug 10 2015
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Happy Birthday to Me

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, sewn birthday card

Normally I don’t point out that it is my birthday, but how could I resist this year?  I received a mixed media card from my girlfriend who has a fabulous sense of style and sewing skills.  This card is certainly going into my “treasure box.”

This year I get to spend my birthday with my daughter which is a special treat as she lives three hours away in York, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  I live in Sarnia, a city that borders the U.S.

So, when I get home I will make a draw for my blog candy.  If you haven’t seen my blog candy up for grabs, you can find it here.  Good luck!

Posted on : Aug 09 2015
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Believe in Yourself

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Believe in Yourself

Howdy folks!  Here I am again with my Technique Junkies Flourished Floral stamp.  Can you believe I actually coloured 20 more of these?  Half in red Copics and half in yellow.  I’m working on these as a Christmas present and I’m filling a custom order.

In the corner, I stamped out Believe in Yourself.

Once again, I used cardstock from  I used Neenah 110 lb Copic paper and pink cardstock.  This was the first time I used Neenah and I really liked working with it.

Enjoy your weekend.

Posted on : Aug 07 2015
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Distressed Watercolour Tutorial

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Distressed Watercolor 1

Hi folks!  Today I have a Distressed Watercolour tutorial for you.  I would like to point out that I used Poppies, Large from Technique Junkies as well as Always Hope.  Always Hope is an August release and can be purchased at 15% off until August 8th, along with the full August release line.

My beautiful green cardstock came from and is based in Canada.  For us Canadians it is a delight when we can find a good source of Canadian products.  With the American dollar being as high as it is, Canadian shopping is almost a must, and for you Americans, it makes sense to shop Canadian too because of the cost savings.  I have a wide variety of bright-coloured heavy cardstock as well as Copic paper.  I’ll be sure to highlight the papers that I use from this newly-found paper company.

As a reminder, I have blog candy that you can find in the post below.  Closing date is August 8th.

So, now on with my tutorial……..

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Distressed Watercolor 2

Supplies:  Rubberstamp with large open areas, Distress Ink, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, heat gun, VersaMark, small paint brush and watercolour paper, non stick mat

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Using your embossing buddy, rub over the entire surface of your watercolour paper

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Generously apply VersMark over your stamp

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Stamp out image onto watercolour paper

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Sprinkle white embossing powder over watercolour paper and shake embossing powder off

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Use your heat gun to emboss your image

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Stamp out your Distress Ink onto your non-stick surface and gently spritz with water

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Dip your finger into the wet Distress Ink and in a pouncing motion, add colour to your image

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Continue to add colour to your image. In my case, I used a slightly deeper image of red/pink to the center of my poppies

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With your paint brush, add your darkest colour to the areas you wish to deepen in colour

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Continue to add colour as your desire.  Your image may take on greens, yellows, etc.  I used strictly pinks and reds because my background stamp were poppies.

  I love the softness of the background and I hope I inspired you to try this fun and easy technique.

Posted on : Aug 04 2015
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Technique Junkies August Blog Hop and Blog Candy

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Zebra Welcome to the Technique Junkies August blog hop.  Can you believe it’s already August?  Here in southern Ontario, Canada, we are just beginning to feel like it’s summer; it was a long time coming.

The August release is full of goodness and fun designs.  You will want to start at the beginning of the hop at the Design Junkies blog.  If you came from Sally Lynn MacDonald’s blog, you’re on the right track.  Wasn’t Sally Lynn’s work fabulous?  She is such a true artist who works with products and I always fall in love with the textures she creates.

NOTE:  All August release stamps are on sale for 15% off until August 8th.

My first card uses #SD622 Zebra ATC and #SS047 Zebra Quotes Set of 7.  I think zebras are so majestic and I love these stamps.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Pont Alexandre III

For my second card I used the Waxy Cuttlebug technique found on the Emboss or Die CD.  There are many techniques that use your embossing and die cutting machines.  This wonderful stamp is called #S620 Pont Alexandre III.

Finally, my last card uses#PP030 Let’s Face It 5 and from the July release#SD645 Believe in Yourself.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Let's Face It 5

This Let’s Face It 5 stamp is from the Palettini line made exclusively for Technique Junkies by Sally Lynn MacDonald.  After colouring my image, I stamped it out again on designer paper and cut out the head wrap.

Your next stop is at Jane Bosi’s blog where you’ll find goodness.  Jane’s artwork is always unique and she has really developed a signature style all into her own.  Her mixed media is to die for.  Jane thinks outside the box, wouldn’t you agree?

For your chance to win an Emboss or Die CD simply leave me a comment.  Closing date for the draw will be August 9th–my birthday.  The winner will be announced that week as I’m on vacation visiting my daughter until August 10th–so stay tuned.

Posted on : Aug 01 2015
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Old Rusted Truck

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Old Rusted Truck

Hello friends.  Today I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and made a masculine card.  Believe it or not, this is a birthday card, for a friend that attends our regular Thursday night beer and wing night.  I have been going for eight years now.  Where does the time go?  It’s tradition to give cards to the birthday celebrant and either Vera, or I, bake a cake for the occasion.  Well, I’ll fess up, I buy a cake–LOL.  It’s “Chuck’s” birthday so I thought he’d like this old antique car from Impression Obsession.  I didn’t thnk he cared about my handmade cards but after Christmas he was excited to tell me he showed off my Christmas card to friends and family.  He even asked me to make him his Christmas cards this year.

I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencil crayons and used odorless mineral spirits to blend the colour.  If you look closely you’ll see the background is full of cogs and wheels from my Cuttlebug folder and used Tim Holtz’s cogs and wheels die cuts.  I also added shiny brads to help masculine the card up.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Posted on : Jul 30 2015
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Kiss with a Twist

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Kiss with a Twist

Good evening folks.  The humidity is awful outside so I decided to sit beside my air conditioner and stamp.  I kept it clean and simple.

I used the Kiss With a Twist technique found on the Simple and Easy Inking Techniques CD. You can see the index here.

Stamps Used from Technique Junkies:

S500 Birdie Tree

S448 Big Flourish

PS005 Sentimental Sayings

Have a good evening.  Enjoy that sunshine!

Posted on : Jul 28 2015
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