Sweet and Fragrant

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Sweet and Fragrant

Hello folks.  As you can see I’m on a colouring roll and couldn’t wait to sit down and take the time to colour up Elegant Mums from Technique Junkies.  Also from their line is the sentiment Sentimental Sayings.

Did you catch the blog hop for the newly released stamp sets?  You can start at the Design Junkie blog.  Newly released stamps are 15% off until May 8th.

Take care and happy stamping!

Posted on : May 03 2016
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Technique Junkies New Stamp Release

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Face the Sunshine 1

Welcome to the May 1st new release blog hop for Technique Junkies.  It’s no secret I’m a fan of sunflowers and this Face the Sunshine fits the bill.  I see so many possibilities with it.  The sunflower on the right is a Spellbinders die and I added the following inks to achieve the look of a sunflower:  SU Marigold, Adirondak Sunset Orange, SU Dusty Durango, Adirondak Cranberry and Adirondak Ginger.  Flower soft was added to the flower’s center.

You won’t to miss a single thing as our talented team has so much to share with you so please, hop over to the Design Junkie Blog to start the hop.  If you arrived from Jane Bosi’s blog you’re on the right track.  I just love Jane’s work and know you will too.  She knows how to push the envelope.

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My second project uses Falling Flowers.  As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do and that was to add I Love Rainbows because the flowers look like cascading rain.  I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencil crayons.  I hand drew the clouds and rainbow.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, I Love Rainbows

The next blog to visit is Judy Jackson.  As always her work blows me away.  If you follow Judy’s work you will see she likes to create many styles of cards using one stamp, and I love that.

I hope I inspired you to get creative.

All of May’s newly released stamps are on sale at 15% off until May 8th.

Posted on : May 01 2016
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Dragonfly Collage

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and dragonflies, Dragonfly Collage

Hello folks!  Oh the weather in southern Ontario was beautiful this weekend.  Spring jacket weather.  Sun was shining and there was no wind (for a change).  I don’t know about you, but having sunshine gets my creative juices flowing.

I created this card using Technique Junkies Dragonfly Collage.  I stamped it onto a Dylusions sprayed background and coloured my butterfly and dragonflies with white pencil crayon and then coloured over top.

The stark white sentiment was too over powering so I sponged ink onto the background so it blends with the image.

Stamps Used:  Dragonfly Collage

With Sympathy

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Posted on : Apr 19 2016
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How to do Joseph’s Coat Technique

Hi there folks.  Today I’m here with an old technique.  So old, Pat filmed this technique in her very first issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter way back in December 2002.  How proud she must have been publishing her first issue, and now she owns her very own stamp company.  Congratulations Pat!

So, you probably guessed by the title that this is called Joseph’s Coat.  I used a background stamp, but a combination of smaller stamps will work with this technique as well.  In the directions, below, you will find a link to my “How to Use a Brayer” tutorial.

For this tutorial I used two stamps that go so well together:  Swans, from the April release, and Find Our Way from Technique Junkies.

Supplies: Rainbow ink pad (ie. Kaleidacolor), black stamp pad (not in photo), VersaMark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, antistatic bag, white glossy paper, brayer, stamp(s)

Using your brayer (you can find my “How to Use a Brayer” on my blog here) add color to your glossy card stock using your Kaleidacolor, or similar, ink pad.  Let your ink dry completely before next step.

Using your antistatic bag, rub over the entire surface of your inked card stock

Ink up your stamp with VersaMark and stamp out image onto glossy card stock

Cover entire card stock with clear embossing powder

Heat set the embossing powder

Using your brayer, cover the entire surface with your black ink.

Take a tissue and lightly rub over the embossed surface to take off any black residue

Finish your piece as desired

I hope I enticed you to break out your brayer and try this technique.  Have fun!

Posted on : Apr 12 2016
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Flourished Floral and New Stamp Release

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Flourished Floral

Hello folks.  Are you having a good week so far?

Today I decided to try something I’ve always wanted to do, and that is to stamp out an image onto Kraft card stock, colour it all white and then add the colour over top.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

I used Technique Junkies Flourished Floral and edged my card with Cuttlebug die cuts.

In case you missed the news, Technique Junkies has a new release and I’m thrilled with what there is.  I so want the dragonflies.  I wasn’t in the hop as my stamps got lost in the mail (insert sad face).  You can see the April release here.  April release stamps are 15% off until April 8th.

Posted on : Apr 05 2016
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How to mix Dylusions Spray with Wax Paper

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Dylusions spray 1

When I was playing around with my Dylusions sprays I developed this technique that is quick and easy.

I used Technique Junkies Park Walk and Simple Sentiments 2a.  My tree die cut is from Impression Obsession.

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Supplies:  Dylusions spray (or any spray), wax paper and white card stock

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Scrunch up your wax paper into a tight ball

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Open up your wax paper and spray over the surface of your wax paper

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Lay your card stock on top of the wax paper and press down over the entire surface of your card stock

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Here are some examples of my work.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique.  Cheers!

For those of you in the Sarnia, Ontario area, you can purchase Dylusions Sprays from Crafty Kat Creations in the old Taylor Furniture building at 140 Christmas Street North.  You have to walk through a costume store where you will find the craft store.

Posted on : Mar 29 2016
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Crafty Kat Creations (in Sarnia Ontario)

Come Celebrate
National Scrapbooking Day
at Crafty Kat Creations
140 N Christina Street Sarnia
Friday May 6th and 7th

Crafty Kat Creations will be hosting a National Scrapbooking Day Event
to celebrate our love of Papercrafting.

Festivities will begin on the Friday night Which just happens to be the First Friday Event as well so lots of stuff going on! A free make-n-take with
Brigit Hampel, our Ontario Sizzix Sales Representative.
Time: Friday 6-8:30PM
Then on Saturday there will be 2 classes.
Cards 10-12pm, Mini Album 1-4pm (registration required)

Prizes! Prizes! and More Prizes!
Participants will have the opportunity to win one of two BigShot machines.
Plus there will be many other Sizzix items to win.

Please let Crafty Kat Creations know if you plan on attending Friday Nights
free Make-n-take so that we have an idea of how many will be attending.
Register ASAP for the class(es) you wish to attend. Class Sizes are limited.

6 All Occasion Cards
using some of the latest dies and embossing folders from Sizzix
masculine and feminine cards including one for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
Cost: $45, includes all materials*

Spiral Bound Mini Album
a 5” x 8” album bound together using the Bind-It-All
and lots of Sizzix dies!
Cost: $55, includes all materials*
*Students will be required to bring their basic tools including a trimmer and a variety of adhesives.
More details on these classes will be made available soon.
Each class participant will receive a Sizzix gift.

Posted on : Mar 25 2016
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Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique

Hi folks!  I’ve been experimenting with Dylusions and wanted to use them in a way I haven’t seen before. Not to say there isn’t another tutorial around, but this time this idea came from my head.  I like using Dylusions for this technique because of the vibrant results, and you know me, I love bright and vibrant.  So let’s get to it shall we.

Before I introduce this technique I would like to point out the stamps I used.  They are Vintage Butterfly Collection and With Sympathy from Technique Junkies.  The white flower is from the Martha Stewart collection.

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 2

Supplies:  Dylusions spray, foam shaving cream, plastic container, stir stick

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Spray foam shaving cream into container and spread evenly with stir stick

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Spray a variety of Dylusions around the shaving cream, keeping colours close

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Using your stir stick draw lines in a “U” shape both horizontally and vertically over the entire surface

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Place your card stock over the top of the shaving cream and lightly press down on the entire surface of the card stock so you get good coverage with the Dylusions

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Using your stir stick, scrape off the excess shaving cream

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Your piece is now done.  Leave to dry completely, or you can use your heat gun to speed up the drying process.

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No two pieces are alike.  They are all so pretty and unique.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique with your Dylusions or any other spray you may have on hand.

Check out my tutorial pages for more inspiration

Posted on : Mar 22 2016
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Color Burst Stencil Tutorial

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Color Burst Tutorial, Finished card

I couldn’t resist using Too Many Options sentiment with Oh La La Kitty.  Somehow this little stinker looks full of trouble, don’t you agree?

Today I have a tutorial on one way to use your Color Bursts.  Hope you enjoy this quick and easy technique.  

Supplies:  Stencil, white card stock, Color Bursts, water spritzer.

Place your stencil over top of your white card stock.  Blow puffs of air-filled Colour Burst on your desired spot over top of your stencil.

Add as many colours as desired.  For my card I just used yellow and orange.

Spritz with water and see the magic happen.

Lift your stencil and see the beautiful results.  Finish your card as desired.

Please note:  For those of you who live in Sarnia and area, you can purchase Color Bursts from Crafty Kat Creations, 140 Christina Street North, Sarnia, Ontario.  They are in the old Taylor’s building.  You can’t miss it, it’s painted red.  You have to walk through the costume store to get to their store.

Posted on : Mar 15 2016
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Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Artsy Inkers Design Challenge, Repetition

Hello folks!  A quick card for you using the Warhol2 technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I actually pulled this card out of the garbage thinking I might find a home for it.  It turned out so large–a whopping 8 1/2″ x 5″, because the stamp I used was too big for this technique.  I wasn’t going to post it, but thought I’d share it because the Warhol technique is pretty cool.  Hope you’re having a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.

Stamp:  Stampn’ Up! True Friend

Posted on : Mar 10 2016
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