Happy Chanukah

Menorah

Hello folks.  Are you having a nice weekend?  Are they full of holiday festivities and card-making?

I have a friend who celebrates Chanukah and because I don’t have any appropriate stamps I went to Splitcoast Stampers and found this tutorial. It is an easy tutorial to follow, so if you are looking for a Menorah, this one is a must-do.

Have a great week ahead.

Edited:  A reader kindly pointed out that this isn’t a true Menorah as it should have two more candles. 


Posted on : Dec 14 2014
Posted under cards, Christmas |

Ink Stains Give Away

5x7” Gelli Arts® Printing Plate

Ink Stains is giving away a Gelli Plate.  Roni has an awesome blog with lots of tutorials and comparison shopping.  You can have a chance to win her blog candy if you read her post today.  Check it out here.


Posted on : Dec 14 2014
Posted under Freebies and Links |

Spotlight 2

Spotlight 2

Hi friends.  This is one of my favourite cards and uses the Spotlight 2 technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I coloured the image with Prismacolor pencil crayons and OMS.

Hope you have a nice weekend.

Stamps:  Impression Obsession, Magenta


Posted on : Dec 12 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter |

Tye Dye Chic

Technique Junkie Newsletter, Tye Die Chic

Hello friends.  Did you have a nice weekend?  Are you finished your Christmas cards?  I have mine all done, and whew it’s such a relief when they are done, eh?

I thought I’d show you a card I made some time ago using a series of bright Distress Inks.  My handmade flower uses the Tye Dye Chic technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I didn’t mat my card front which is different for me.

Have a great week!


Posted on : Dec 08 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter |

A Very Merry Christmas to You

Depressed Stains, TJ, IBFS, SU, resized

Hello friends.  Are you ready for Christmas?  I made 35 of these cards using the Depressed Stains technique from the December issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Whew, I didn’t realize how much work it is to make 35 cards. Part of the “extra” touch was adding silver sparkles to the snowflakes. I actually ran out of red ink in my Copic marker by colouring so many images.  Luckily Mary Maxim, in the US, refills markers so the next time I’m in the U.S. I will get it refilled.

Have a nice weekend!

Stamps:  SU sentiment and I Brake for Stamps Santa


Posted on : Dec 06 2014
Posted under cards, Christmas, Technique Junkie Newsletter |

Reverse Washi Window

Technique Junkie Newletter, Reverse Washi Window

Who doesn’t love Washi tape?  I can never get enough.  It’s so versatile and I used it on this Reverse Washi Window technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

My butterfly was heat embossed. ( I’m on a kick with heat embossing lately).  My stamps are from the Technique Junkies Stamps and right now Pat is offering a 15% discount on all of her stamps if you use the code XMAS15.  There are a wide variety of stamps to choose from so I encourage you to take a minute and visit her on-line store.

Thanks for stopping by, and to my American family and friends, Happy Thanksgiving.


Posted on : Nov 26 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps |

How to Make Cracked Glass

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Cracked Glass Tutorial 9

Hello friends.  Cracked glass is an old technique that I wanted to share with you.  After colouring these images out, cracked glass seemed to be appropriate to bring out the bright colours.  Four images were coloured and made into cards and I got them mailed out for my American family and friends, who celebrate Thanksgiving in a couple of days.  You will notice there are no embellishments because I wanted to make them mailable.  Image was coloured with Copic markers.

You will notice white embossing powder that didn’t quite melt in some of the photos.  For some reason, the first image turned out that way, but the other three worked out beautifully as seen in this final photo.

I hope you are inspired to try out this oldie, but goodie, technique.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Cracked Glass Tutorial 1

Supplies:  coloured image, VersaMark, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, heat gun

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Cracked Glass Tutorial 2

Cover your image with VersaMark

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Cover your VersaMarked image with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.

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With your heat gun, melt your embossing powder.  Repeat again by covering with VersaMark and add embossing powder and use heat gun so that there are three layers completed.  The first layer will be bumpy–that’s normal.

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After covering your image with three layers of embossing powder your coverage will be nice and smooth.

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Put image into your freezer for ten minutes.

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When you take out your image from the freezer, bend your image and allow it to crack all over.

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If you look closely you will see that the image is cracked.


Posted on : Nov 22 2014
Posted under Tutorials |

Christmas Angel

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Penny Black Christmas

Hello friends.  Working on 35 Christmas cards, I took a break to colour four of these darling angels from Penny Black.  I tried to link up the stamp for you, but it appears that it is no longer available.  You might recognize the artist as being Mo Manning who is ubber talented.  The angel was coloured with Copic markers and then the image was fussy cut with an exacto knife.

It’s that time of year when I’m preparing for the Christmas season.  I started by making saurkraut perogies last weekend, and got them frozen to take with me to my cousin’s on Christmas Day.  Of course, I’m keeping some for myself.  Yum!  Perogie-making went so much quicker with the help of Al and our Kitchenaid.  Al bought a new roller attachment for the Kitchenaid, so as he rolled, I stuffed my perogie-maker full of saurkraut.  Long gone are the days of spending six hours rolling out the dough by hand and stuffing them on my own.  How did I ever do it?

I’ve organized a Christmas cookie exchange at work and will soon be baking those cookies.  Haven’t made the recipe before, but I’m confident they will turn out.

In less than a month I’m hosting a Christmas party and would like to give a little gift to each one who comes.  My mom suggested making homemade peanut brittle which I would wrap in pretty cellophane.  I’m hoping that you’ll leave me a comment with other ideas as to what I could present them with because I’m not sure about the peanut brittle.


Posted on : Nov 13 2014
Posted under cards, Christmas |

How to Make Embedded Butterflies

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Embedded Butterflies, finished card

Hello friends.  It’s been ages since I posted a tutorial and I hope to start doing them regularly again.  I called this embedded butterflies because the butterflies look embedded in the background.  All of my stamps come from the Technique Junkies Stamps.  Although I use butterflies you can use any design at all.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Embedded Butterflies 2

Supplies:  Small Stamp, Background Stamp, VersaMark, Distress Ink, Cardstock, Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Paint Brush, Scissors, Embossing Powder Catcher, Sticky Notes, Black Ink (not in photo)

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Embedded Butterflies 3

Rub cardstock with embossing buddy

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Embedded Butterflies 4

Stamp small stamp with VersaMark

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Embedded Butterflies 5

Sprinkle VersaMark image with white embossing powder

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Heat emboss images

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With a small paint brush or aqua painter, rub Distress ink onto brush and paint your image

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Stamp out your small stamp image close to the top so that when you cut out the image, it will stick to the cardstock.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Embedded Butterflies 9

Cover your embossed and coloured images with the sticky notes.

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Ink up your background stamp

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Stamp out the background image over top of the sticky notes

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Card front is now complete.  Complete with matting and decorations as desired.


Posted on : Nov 10 2014
Posted under Tutorials |

Merry Christmas

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!  I know it’s a bit early to wish you all a Merry Christmas, but I am soooo in the mood for the holidays to begin.  As I sit here typing, I am drinking a coffee with gingerbread coffee creamer.  Ah, the pleasures of living on the US border–grocery shopping in the States.  There is such a big variety of foods and other store-bought goods that you just can’t buy in Canada, and a good coffee creamer is one of them!

I recently attended a card making class at Lasting Impressions,  my local scrapbook store, and this is what I made.  Because I get up at 5 a.m. for work, I left before finishing the three other cards which I promise to work on and show you soon.  Lucky for me, I got to bring the kit home.  Isn’t this Santa just the cutest?

I’ve been busy working on 35 other Christmas cards but can’t show you yet because it uses a technique from the December issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Oh, am I a tease or what?!

Are you working on your Christmas cards yet?


Posted on : Nov 08 2014
Posted under cards, Christmas |

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