Technique Junkies October Blog Hop

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Oak Relief with Sunflower

Hello and welcome to Technique Junkies October blog hop.  Today I’m highlighting two stamps:  Oak Relief and Hawk,Small.  You won’t want to miss a thing so start at the Design Junkies blog where the inspiration begins.  If you came from the talented Sally Lynn MacDonald’s blog, you’re on the right track.  Doesn’t Sally have cool work?  I love her sense of style.

My first card uses Oak Relief.  Steps to make my background:

  • Cut black glossy cardstock at 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Dabble dots of Mica Gloss on top of the black glossy cardstock
  • With your brayer, move the colour around the cardstock
  • Let dry (it dries quickly)
  • Using an embossing buddy rub all over the surface of the cardstock
  • Stamp out Oak Relief stamp with VersaMark
  • Sprinkle with gold embossing powder
  • Heat set
  • Cut a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ mat and adhere your Mica Gloss card to the mat
  • Decorate as desired
  • For my sunflower I cut out a Spellbinders sunflower and layered with orange, rust, and burgundy inks
  • Using a flower making tool (it has a ball on the end), I rolled the inside of the flowers to bend the petals upwards
  • I cut out a leaf from the Sunflower Spellbinders set and then sponged a darker green on the petal and adheared using Speed-Sew glue
  • Last, Flower Soft was added to the centre of the flower

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Oak Relief with Hawk, small My second card uses two stamps.  My background uses Pressed Stains technique from the April 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I think this technique is perfect for the Oak Relief background stamp.  Next, I used my Prismacolor pencil crayons to colour the Hawk, small and used the Whisped Frames technique, also from the Technique Junkie Newsletter,  to surround my image.  Last, I cut out an orange leaf using a Spellbinders leaf.  With it being autumn, I thought orange would be a great colour to use.

Your next stop is at the talented Jane Bosi.  I admire her work which you can see on her blog or and on the Design Junkies blog.

Please note that October release stamps are 15% off through October 9th.  The discount will show up in your shopping cart at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you find this hop inspirational.

Posted on : Oct 01 2015
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Spooky Black Cat

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Technique Junkies, Black Cat

Boo to my fellow stampers!  Black Cat is such a versatile stamp–there is so many ways to use this stamp.  I love the way it looks in front of my clouds.   I added Cuttlebug dies with it.

I live in an apartment and when I see all the things that one can use to decorate up their yard in their house I pine for living in a house.  Halloween decorating seems to be becoming a big thing.  Do you decorate?

Posted on : Sep 29 2015
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Butterfly Kisses

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Butterfly

My aunt is in love with butterflies so I created a birthday card for her by stamping white ink over top of black card stock and colouring with Prismacolor pencil crayons.  Blending was done by colouring the lighter colour over top of the darker colour.

Stamp:  Inkadinkado

Paper:  Paper

Posted on : Sep 25 2015
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Birthday Wishes

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Birthday Wishes 2

I had two birthdays to make cards for, so I made two of these.  I stamped out with white ink and coloured with Prismacolor Pencil Crayons over top.  No odorless mineral spirits were used.  I simply blended by colouring the lighter colour over top of the darker colour.

Stamp:  Inkadinkado flourish and SU sentiment.

Happy Birthday Mom and Terry Ann!

As you read this, I will be on a train for five hours.  I’m going to spend time with my daughter and her husband.  Sarah, my daughter, asked to have “mom time.”  There’s no better feeling than someone asking to spend time with you.  She promised me a game or two of scrabble which is what we play when we can.  Tonight I am going to enjoy my birthday present from Sarah.  We are taking a painting class.  I chose to take the class that paints the Toronto skyline at night with a reflection in the water.  We get to have a drink or two while we are painting, so the evening will be extremely fun!

On Friday I’m spending the day with Sarah’s father-in-law who promised to show me around China town.  What a fun day that will be!  Sarah has to work (for Free the Children) so she won’t be joining us.  If you happened to catch We Day on TV, Free the Children is the business that puts it on.

Then, on Saturday, Sarah bought us tickets to attend the Food and Wine show with all kinds of famous Canadians in attendance.  She bought us bracelets so we can sample the food and drinks.

Poor Al will be home alone.  He’ll probably be relieved I’m gone so he can have a relaxing weekend as I often have a honey-do list.  LOL.

Well, I had a lot to say.  I promise to post some pictures of my weekend and my painting.

Posted on : Sep 17 2015
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Shaving Cream Technique

Boo to all you readers.  Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to scare your friends then to send them a scary card using Black Cat.  I paired Halloween Cuttlebug dies with this stamp.  Trees are Spellbinders leaves.

The shaving cream technique has been around for a long time, but what hasn’t been around is using black as part of this technique.  The one nice thing about this technique is that you can add three or four pieces of paper on top of the shaving cream technique before you have to add new ink.

I used a second generation background, as I discovered that by using Memento black ink didn’t cover the stamp well enough to end up with a dark image, so here I used black StazOn which gave beautiful coverage.

Now on to the tutorial…

Supplies:  dish/plate/tray, foam shaving cream, alcohol ink/ink refills/food colouring, stick/straw, spatula, black StazOn

Spray a thick layer of foam shaving cream into a container/plate or tray

Drop colours of ink into shaving cream

Using a stick/straw, move colour around

Lay your paper on top of shaving cream and move paper around a little so all areas are covered

Using your spatula, scrape off all of the shaving cream

Your piece will show the ink placement

Once fully dried, stamp out your image and embellish and finish your card as desired

I hope I inspired you to try this fun technique out.  Boo!

Posted on : Sep 15 2015
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Received RAK’s

Sunflowers and Dragnflies, RAK, Nancy Gibson

I’m so blessed to have “penpals” via the internet.  I am in talks with so many different stampers.  My dear friend Nancy Gibson, from Texas, just mailed me some goodies.  I can’t wait to play with them.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Beth Wheeler

My dear pen friend Myoriah, aka Beth, from Idaho sent me this beautiful card.  You can visit her blog Crafting the Frugal Way.  She works with mixed media a lot.

Do you have friends you talk with over the internet?  Stamping is such a good way to meet good friends.

Posted on : Sep 11 2015
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Mail Art

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Mail Art

Hello folks!  Today I’m mixing things up a bit and am showing you some mail art I created with stencils and Technique Junkies stamps.

I mail all of my Technique Junkies artwork to Pat so she can showcase my work at her trade shows and wanted to surprise her with a pretty envelope.  If one has pretty cards on the inside, one should introduce the artwork with something special. Don’t you think?

Stamps:  Birdie Tree and Sentimental Sayings

Posted on : Sep 08 2015
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Technique Junkies September Blog Hop

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Christmas Joy

Welcome to the September Technique Junkies Blog Hop.   This is the time of year that we start to make our Christmas autumn cards and Halloween cards.  I can’t believe September is already upon us.  Please note that September release stamps are 15% off through September 8th.  The discount will show up in your shopping cart at checkout.

You won’t want to miss a thing because the design team really went out of their way to create some beautiful work.  To start at the beginning please visit Design Junkies blog.  If you came from the talented Sally Lynn MacDonald’s blog, you’re on the right track.  Doesn’t Sally know how to work mixed media?

For my first card I heat embossed the Flourished Christmas Tree and Joy in gold and used sparkling gold paper to embellish the card.  The snowflakes are a punch I’ve had for 15 years.  Wow, where does the time go?

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Ornament

For my second card I stamped out my Ornament 1 image in white embossing powder and sponged ink onto my image and background.  I stamped Joy in a coordinating colour.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Oak Leaves

September’s release isn’t all about Christmas, it’s about autumn too.  Isn’t this Oak Leaves stamp gorgeous?  I used the Alcohol Ink Splatters technique from the April issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Next, I added a Spellbinders leaf and distressed the open holes with ink, and added twine.

Your next stop is with the talented Jane Bosi who has a style all of her own.  Everything she touches turns to gold.

Please come back to visit my blog tomorrow where I will have a new release of a Halloween stamp with a tutorial included.

Posted on : Sep 01 2015
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Winner of my blog candy: Speed-Sew glue

Congratulations Myoriah, you have won my blog candy.  Please contact me via the link on my side bar with your mailing address and we’ll get some glue sent off to you.  I used to choose the winner.


You said: I’m thinking the Speed-Sew would be good for adhering ribbon and things like lace. Also I would like to start using more fabric on my creations.

Posted on : Aug 31 2015
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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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