Baptism Day

Hi folks!

Today is a very special day.  My granddaughter is being baptized along side her cousin.  This worked out so convenient as my daughter lives three hours away and came to town to have Charlotte baptized so the family wouldn’t have to travel to Toronto.  It’s going to be a very large crowd.

Because Charlotte’s cousin is a boy, I used a blue matt on his card, and a pink matt for Charlotte.  Using Noah’s Ark from Our Daily Bread Designs, I stamped it out with black VersaFine and coloured it with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I created clouds by sponging the top of a cloud I drew and cut out with watercolour paper because of it’s durability. Next, I cut scalloped circles in the centre of the cardstock and ran the paper through the Cuttlebug with the swirls embossing folder.  In my final step, I sprinkled Sparkle embossing powder over the entire surface.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Posted on : May 28 2017
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How to Make Faux Designer Paper

Hi there.  Thanks for stopping by friends and fellow stampers.  Today I have a Faux Designer Paper tutorial which originally came from the December 2008 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  This is just one of many favourite techniques of mine.  I hope you like it too.  I made a point by going outside my comfort zone and used a colour combination that I normally do not use which is why I think I’m so happy with the end result.

Supplies:  Bold stamps, embossing buddy (not in photo), 3 to 4 pads of ink, VersaMark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, cardstock, scrap paper and iron (both not in photo)

Using your first bold stamp, stamp out your image using VersMark in one or two of the corners.   Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat emboss.

Using your darkest colour, smear ink over top of your embossed image.  You do not have to be neat.

Take your lighter colour and swipe in a horizontal fashion as seen above.

Using 1 to 3 stamps, stamp out your image with dark ink.

Using your iron with your steam off, iron the embossed portion of your card with a scrap piece of paper.  Here you will see how the embossing powder seeped through the scrap photocopy paper.

Using a dark colour (here I used black), swipe around your edges to add a distressed, shabby chic, look.  Finish as desired.

For 10% off these, or any other,  stamps and products (excludes new releases and clearance items), you may use the code above.

Technique Junkies Stamps Used:

Big Flourish

Birdie Tree

Sentimental Sayings

If you belong to the Technique Junkies FB page, I’d love to see your take on this technique.  Don’t forget, we have a challenge which you’ll find at the top of the page.  Hope to see you there!

Posted on : May 23 2017
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Revisiting Inspiration from the Colour Wheel

Learning about the colour wheel can be scary for some of you, but let me reassure you that it really isn’t hard to learn and understand.  In my introduction about Learning About the Colour Wheel you learned about the colour categories: monochromatic, analogous, complimentary, split complimentary and triadic.  Today we will take a more relaxed look at the colour wheel.

Did you know that you see your favourite colour combinations every day?  Here are some examples:

  • Clothing Take a look in your closet.  Think about the outfits that you put together.  This is a good example of colour coordinating.  Imagine what you like to wear and pick out the colours on the colour wheel.  Chances are they fit within the colour categories mentioned in my introduction.
  • Paint on the Walls Chances are your walls fit within one of the colour categories.  If you are a little afraid of colour, your walls will be monochromatic.  If you love colour like me, my walls are split complimentary and triadic.    Thinking about painting?  Choose your curtains and bedding before you paint.  Pick your wall colour next, by picking one of the colours in your curtains or bedding.
  • Magazines What pages attract you?  Look at the advertising pages.  Are the ones that you are attracted to have your favourite colours?  Compare that page to the colour wheel and see what colour category it fits into.  This is a great exercise for you to think about in your leisure.
  • Gardens City parks and gardens such as Niagara Falls, is another great example of colour wheel use.  Have you ever noticed how you are atracted to these gardens?  Great colour knowledge and use really work well together.
  • Designer Paper Rubberstampers love designer paper.  Pick out a paper and you are sure to find it fits within one of the colour wheel categories.  Pick a colour and use it as your main colour in your matt and in your coloured image.  If you can create the main colour in your technique, even better. (ie,  Technique Junkie Newsletter offers a wide number of techniques in their subscriber newsletter).

Wasn’t that fun?  Colour wheel combinations are right under your nose every day, and you didn’t know it.


  • Look in your closet and pick out your favourite cloths and look at the colour wheel.  What colour combination does it fit into?
  • Pick an ad in a magazine and see what colour combination it fits into

In the next post about the colour wheel, we will look at colouring using the colour wheel as a guide.

For more tips and tricks, and tutorials, please visit my pages above

Posted on : May 22 2017
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Pretty Lady

Hello folks!  Hope you’re having a great week.  Today as I post this (earlier in the week), the sun is shining and the windows are open.  By the time you read this it will be cloudy once again.  Southern Ontario doesn’t get a lot of sun throughout the winter and spring.

This stamp comes from Chocolate Baroque and is a very large image, measuring 3 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.  It was a lot of fun colouring up this pretty lady.

Have a good rest of your week, and thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : May 19 2017
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Shaped Stencils Challenge

Hi folks.  It’s challenge time at Technique Junkies and this month the challenge is to use the Shaped Stencils technique which you can find here.

I used a crackle stencil that used to be available at Technique Junkies.  I stamped my cute Owl on a Branch over top of my stencil.

In each corner I stamped Flower Corner and coloured it with my Prismacolor pencil crayons.  Next, I added yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops to each flower centres.

To enter our challenges, you must use Technique Junkies stamps, to be in the running for a $25 gift certificate.

You now can use my discount code on the Distress Oxides and Chameleon Colortone Pencils.  I just ordered my set and as a major colourer with pencil crayons I look forward to using them.  You can purchase Reinkers and Distress Oxides separately here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you play in the challenge.


Posted on : May 16 2017
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Technique Junkies Challenge


Hello there.  I hope you’re having a great week.

Technique Junkies are now doing challenges and a random winner will be picked to win a $25 gift certificate for the store.  Loaded with stamps, Misti, stencils, pencil crayons, etc., this is quite the prize.  You have until May 13th and the winner will be announced on the 14th.

The link to the challenge is here.  The technique you must use is Tie Die Circles, which coincidentally was originally filmed by me.

I used Whimsical World and stamped out my image with my Misti to give it a crisp dark image.  My yellow dots are Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you at the challenge.

Posted on : May 09 2017
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Smack Down Technique

Happy Friday!  Whoop Whoop, I’m off this weekend and will be spending time with my fiance.  We are on opposite shifts for two weeks at a time and I miss him very much.  I’ve kept myself occupied all week, while I’m alone, in my studio making cards for when I’m away in August.  You still need your posts, right?!

This card uses the Smackdown Technique which you can see here on You Tube.

I have two men with upcoming birthdays and thought this would make a cool card for them. I love the background and think I’ll use this technique often.

Stamps:  Stampn’ Up!  True Friend and Sense of Time

Ink:  Stampn’ Up! Crushed Curry, Marigold Morning, Really Rust, Dusty Durango and Distress Ink Walnut Stain

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : May 05 2017
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Technique Junkies New Release Blog Hop


Hello friends and fellow stampers!  Thank you for joining me for the new release blog hop which starts at the Design Junkies blog, so you might want to go back and start from the beginning.  If you came from the ever so talented Ro Donner’s blog you’re one the right track.

From now until May 1st you can receive 15% off the new release.  Then, on anything else (minus the items mentioned on the bottom of the code I have added below) you can take 10% off by using the code supplied below.  You can see the new releases here.

HOT NEWS:  Chemeleon Color Tone Coloured Pencils are part of May’s release and are $15% off until May 8th.  Get yours before they sell out.

For my first card I used #S736 Watercolor Birds.  I stamped out my image with my Misti onto watercolour paper and watercoloured my image with Distress markers.  I started out watercoloured light blue around the whole image before I coloured the rest of the image.

Next I used these adorable bicycles from the #SS068 Bicycles Set of 4 set and paired it with the #SDX091 Beautiful Ride sentiment.  My four cards are all coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.

I cut my main image smaller and matted the card front onto a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch white matt.


Using Rose Doodles I morphed the Spotlight 2 Tutorial from the August 2013 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter which you can see here.  I love these flowers a lot.

Now it’s time to go peak and see what the talented Judy Jackson has to offer.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Posted on : May 01 2017
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For you American’s, why not take advantage of the difference in the dollar for extra savings.

My photo shows the gorgeous envelopes they carry in a wide variety of sizes and colours.  Other items they carry are cardstock, ATG guns and adhesive, Washi tape, vellum, glitter cardstock, just to name a few.

Their cardstock is high quality and great for your paper projects and cards.

At this moment there is free shipping on all orders over $50.  That’s a tremendous savings.

Happy shopping!

Posted on : Apr 28 2017
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Mom Anchor

Hello folks.  Today I am sharing a different kind of Mother’s Day card with you, using Technique Junkies Mom Anchor which I stamped out with my Misti using SU’s Marina Mist.  This card is called Triple Play and can be found in the February 2009 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

SD794 Mom Anchor

As you may know, I’m an owl lover and couldn’t resist pairing up this stamp with my nautical owls, graciously given to my dear friend Nancy Gibson. I added clouds by cutting a cloud shape using watercolour paper for it’s durability, and randomly sponged the top of the cloud.

I created clouds in the sky and placed a white picket fence along the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Apr 25 2017
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

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