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.

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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)

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Rub cardstock with embossing buddy

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Stamp small stamp with VersaMark

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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.

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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 |

Distressed Removal

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Hello friends.   Did you have a nice week?  I had to work, and now that I’m on 3-11, I have all day to play in my studio, trying to work on 35 Christmas cards.  Have you started yours yet?

This card was made for the Sensational Stencils CD  It is one of the tutorials I shot for the CD and is called Distressed Removal.  Don’t you love how the pattern resembles the giraffes neck?  And you know me, the brighter the better so I used a bright colours.

The CD pictorial index can be seen here.  It is such a fun CD and stencils are all the rage right now so you’ll be seeing more of my stencil work in the coming days.

Have a great day!

Stamps:  Sentiment, Technique Junkies Stamps and Giraffe, I Brake for Stamps


Posted on : Nov 06 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Fall Pansies

Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps, Pansy

Hello friends.  It’s that time of year when we plant our pansies.  Oh how I miss being able to plant them, now that I’m in an apartment.  They are just such happy flowers, aren’t they?!

About a year ago I bought Inktense watercolour pencils and decided to finally pull them out and blow off the dust and actually use them.  Wow, talk about vibrant!

I used two techniques from the Technique Junkie Newsletter:  Seam Binding Ribbon Dying from the October 2014 issue, and Resist Strips from the August 2014 issue.  It’s a very simple card, but clean and simple seems to be the “thing” right now.

My pansy stamp is from the Technique Junkies Stamps.


Posted on : Nov 03 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps, Watercolours |

Acetate Resist

Acetate Resist, TJ Stamps, resized

The Serenity prayer is one of my favourite passages, and I am so thrilled that Pat Huntoon sent me this stamp from the Technique Junkies Stamps’ line.  You can see this stamp here.  The technique used here is called Acetate Resist and is from the October 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

This card was given to a very important person in my life.  When I explained how I made it,  her response was, “you made this?”  LOL.

Well, the cooler temperatures are upon us and we are supposed to see some white flakes of snow tomorrow.  I don’t expect it to accumulate, but nevertheless, it’s still snow.  Just something else to put me in the mood for Christmas.  I’m already working on my Christmas cards.  Are you?


Posted on : Oct 31 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Faux Embroidered Quilt

Technique Junkies Stamps, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Faux Embroidered Quilt

Hello folks.  How is your week going?  I’m excited because tomorrow is my last day to work and then I get Friday off because I work this weekend.  Time to get out that honey-do list for Al, eh?  We have a popcorn ceiling that he’s fixing and he’s doing a good job so far.  It isn’t an easy thing to tackle, but he always pulls through.

I played with a new technique from the August issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter and it is called Faux Embroidered Quilt.  I just realized I forgot a step–to run it through the cuttlebug.  Nevertheless, Al said it looked like a quilt when I showed him the card, and he didn’t even know that was the look I was trying to achieve.

My pansy stamp is from Technique Junkies Stamps.  Both my mom and I were discussing our love for pansies over Skype today (she lives in Atlanta, Georgia and I live in Canada).

I made my quilt using BasicGrey 6″ x 6″ pad of paper.  I love how the smaller paper is more to scale for stampers, and how their papers all coordinate so well in one pad.

Have a looksie at the Technique Junkies Stamps, as they have a lot of cute things.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Oct 29 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps |

I can’t be good all the time and News

K Flip, TJ Stamps, resized

As it says, I can’t be good all the time, especially when it comes to sweets.  Don’t these chocolates look delectable?  I used the K-Flip technique from the October 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  It goes so well with so many designs, don’t you think?

My chocolates and saying come from Pat Huntoon’s new line of stamps from the Technique Junkies Stamps.  The chocolates were coloured with Copic markers.

Have you heard the news?  Technique Junkies Stamps will now carry a line from Sally Lynn MacDonald called Palettini.

There are new birthday and Christmas stamps available from the Technique Junkies Stamp line, with lots more in store in the near future.


Posted on : Oct 27 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter |

Sensational Stencils CD Blog Hop

The Technique Junkies Newsletter design team has another fabulous hop for you!  Pat and the talented design team have so many inspirational projects to share with you from the BRAND NEW CD – Sensational Stencils. This newest edition to the Technique Junkies Specialty CD family includes 40 tutorials–so break out your stencils and play along!

You can see a pictorial index by clicking here.  Order yours now by clicking here.

You should have arrived here from Ann Clack’s blog.   Wasn’t her work yummy?

I am showcasing two techniques.  The first one is Distressed Removal and uses delicious chocolates from Technique Junkies stamps.  The chocolates were coloured with Copic markers.  They blend so well with my background.

Distressed Removal, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

My next card uses the Stencil and Doodle technique.  Zentangling is so popular and a unique way to use your stencils.  I had fun sitting in front of the TV and just doodling.  The stencil I used was from Memory Box.  To create my background I sponged on Distress inks.

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Your next stop is Hetty Sander’s blog.  You won’t want to miss Hetty’s work because it is always so unique.

Here is a list of all of our designers in case you get lost.

Judy Jackson – http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Tricia O’Bin – http://thepassionatestamper.blogspot.com

Ann Clack – http://createdbyann.blogspot.com

Beth Norman – http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Hetty Sanders – http://craftchaos.blogspot.com

Holly Brown – http://www.glitterstampsandink.blogspot.com

Jane Bosi – http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jackie Kalchert –http:// jackiekalchert.blogspot.com

Shelly Schmidt – http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Pat Huntoon – http://www.patstamps.blogspot.com


Posted on : Sep 30 2014
Posted under Technique Junkie Newsletter |

Border Text

Border Text, Impression Obsession, resized

Yah, it’s almost the end of the work week.  I’m off today as I work Saturday.  I’m having a girlfriend in for a knitting afternoon and lunch.  I found a fabulous looking Weight Watcher’s chocolate chip cheesecake.  I’ll be lucky if I have a chocolate chip in my piece; it only took 2 tablespo0ns of chips–LOL.  I’m knitting a baby afghan and once I’m done a third one, I’m going to graduate to making socks.  Don’t you just love those funky and wild coloured socks?  My daughter knit me a pair a couple of Christmases ago and I love them!  Do any of you knit or crochet?

Now onto my card.  I shot this Border Text tutorial for the August issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  One of my favourite images is this cupcake image from Impression Obsession.  I coloured it with my Prismacolor coloured pencils and OMS.

Only one more issue for the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  But on the positive side, Pat will continue to produce specialty CD’s which I continue to film for.

I hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend ahead.  Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Sep 18 2014
Posted under Uncategorized |

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