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
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Congratulations Sarah

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, African Stamp 1

Every now and again I find myself CASE’ng a card (Copy and Share Everything).  I had this card on my Pinterest Board for quite some time and finally put the layout to good use.  Believe it or not this is a congratulation on your promotion card for my daughter, Sarah.  This stamp is so appropriate because she works for Free the Children’s head office in Toronto (Canada).  She has travelled to Africa, China, and Brazil to work.  I’m very proud of the work she does.   I’ve had this stamp for numerous years knowing that one day I would make a card for Sarah–just didn’t know it would take me four or more years to do so–LOL.  (she let me know she received my card and was thrilled with it.  I’m not sure if she reads my blog so I didn’t post this earlier).

My image was coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils.  As you can imagine, this image took my reading glasses to colour and my colouring took about one hour.

The Melon Mambo background was stamped with Rich Razzleberry, one of my favourite colours.  The cardstock colours I used is Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, African Stamp 2

Here is a close up of the colouring.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, African Stamp 3

Inside of the card.

This card measures 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

Stamps:  African Image, Embossing Arts Co.’ Background, Impression Obsession; Small Squares on the front of the card, Technique Junkies Stamps; Flourish, Fancy Pants; Sentiment, Stampendous


Posted on : Sep 12 2014
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View from my Balcony

Cruise Ship

I have never seen a cruise ship cruise down the St. Clair River towards Lake St. Clair before.   I rushed in from my walk to pull out my camera with the telephoto lens on so I could get a good photo.

Bluewater Bridge

The cruise ship is about to go under the Bluewater Bridge (it separates Canada and the US) to Lake St. Clair.   I feel so blessed to live in the apartment I do.  It’s full of surprises.


Posted on : Sep 08 2014
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Sending Thoughts of Love

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamping Bella Cancer Girl Stamp 2

Hello fellow Stampers.  This is the second of two cards I was commissioned to create for someone who has cancer.  I can’t believe I had this stamp for over four years and this is the first time I inked it up.  How many of you do the same thing?

This image was coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils.  My background uses Melon Mambo and was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I layered with Pretty in Pink and Wisteria Wonder.  The Pretty in Pink cardstock was run through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.  I just love adding texture to my cards.  It adds so much interest.  (Al loves when I heat emboss for the same reason and when he notices it puts a smile in my heart).

The edges around the image was distressed with ink and is called Whisped Frames from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Each flower has three petals that were run through the Cuttlebug and embossed with the dot embossing folder (still my favourite and well-used folder).  Petals were shaped using a flower-making tool and then brads were inserted into the center.

The inside of the card uses a Stamping Up sentiment that says, “Sending throughts of love and praying for the Lord to sustain you with bright and restful days.”

Out of the goodness of her heart, my coworker who commissioned me to make these cancer cards for her graciously gave me a shawl she crocheted just because I said I liked it when I saw her wearing it, so I am paying it forward and will not be charging her for these two cards I made for her.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps:  Impression Obsession, Stamping Bella


Posted on : Sep 05 2014
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Get Well Wishes

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamping Bella Cancer Girl Stamp 1

Hello folks!  This is one of two get well cards I was commissioned to make.

I started by heat embossing an Impression Obsession background stamp onto the light blue background.  Next I added Melon Mambo and Island Indigo horizontal strips.  My flowers were created by punching out three flowers for each flower, then running each flower through my Cuttlebug with the dot embossing folder.  Next, each petal was bent with a flower-making tool, and finally a brad was pushed through three petals.  My image was coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils, and the image was distressed with ink and is called Whisped Frames from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.   This card measures 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

Hope you’re having a great week.


Posted on : Sep 02 2014
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Glittery Goodness

Glittery Goodness, resized

Good morning folks.  Well, it’s already the Labour Day weekend–can you believe it?  I don’t know about you, but we didn’t have much of a summer here in Canada.  We had fall temperatures for most of the summer, so it’s going to be another long winter, I’m sure.

Here is another card I created for the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I shot this tutorial for the June 2014 issue.  Don’t you just love all that glitter?  I believe it is only the second time I opened up my glitter jars.  On a whim, I bought the large package of Martha Stewart glitter because I felt I was going to use it all the time.  Not.  This technique was very fun to create.

This little girl is from Sweet & Sassy Stamps and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado.

What are your plans for the long weekend?  I’m lucky to have it off and if the weather cooperates, it will be a beach weekend.  I love my sun.


Posted on : Aug 31 2014
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Background Stained Glass

Background Stained Glass Finished Card, resized

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

Here is a card that I created called Background Stained Glass.  I shot the tutorial for the August 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Isn’t this background stamp pretty?  It is from Impression Obsession.   The sentiment is from Hampton Arts.  The background was coloured with Copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Aug 28 2014
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Leaded Stained Glass and Technique Junkie Newsletter News

Leaded Stained Glass resized

Good morning folks!  Today is the last day of my holidays and oh what fun I had.  We went to Niagara Falls for the night, visited Niagara on the Lake, the butterfly conservatory, went to the beach, and spent the night at my aunt and uncle’s trailor with my dear cousin, and had a nice seafood birthday supper made by my daughter.  And that was all in one week.  Whew, I’m glad I’m off work today just to catch my breath and play in my stamp room.

This Leaded Stained Glass card is from a tutorial I shot for the June issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  The only tricky thing was trying to mark out the dimensions for cutting so this technique could be reproduced.  Don’t you just love the sheen?  All of the paper started out as white card stock, believe it or not.

On another note, I’m sad to say that Pat Huntoon announced that at the end of 2014, the Technique Junkie Newsletter will no longer be produced.   Pat will still be around, but in a different capacity as she is now owner of the Stamp Camp line and the name is now Technique Junkies Stamps.  I will be staying on with Pat as a filmer of tutorials for CD’s that she will continue to produce and will be making card samples for her trade shows.  I’m thrilled to be working with Pat and look forward to the new path she is taking on.

Stamp:  Judikins


Posted on : Aug 25 2014
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Broken Border Thanks

Broken Borders, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Thank You

Hello friends.  Recently it was my birthday and I wanted to make a special thank you card for a special friend, Vera.  I received a beautiful large decorative bowl from PartyLite that houses small clear stones and a circular rack that holds tealight. I also received a large round granny smith apple green candle that coordinates with all my granny smith apple green furniture.

My daughter is coming down to Sarnia to help me celebrate my birthday in a couple of weeks.  She wants to make me a Maritime supper complete with seafood and East coast music. We spent 14 years out East  and both children were born on Prince Edward Island, so the Maritimes holds a special place our hearts.

Sarah said to invite anyone I wanted so I invited Vera and her husband, and because my apartment is too small to hold everyone at one table, she generously offered her house.  Talk about a good friend, eh? If the weather is nice we can swim in her pool too.

So, I think this card is fitting for one of my best friends, don’t you?


Posted on : Aug 14 2014
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Birthday Wishes

Broken Borders, Technique Junkie Newsletter, SU

Hello folks!  While on my day off I created four of these birthday cards using Broken Borders technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  It’s one of my favourite techniques.  I love this colour combination because it uses my signature bright colours.  My sentiment is from Stampin’ Up!  For the cards going into the mail I left off the pretty little flower and brad so my cards would be mailable.  Postage is very expensive in Canada so one has to be particularly careful with embellishments.

Have a great week!


Posted on : Aug 11 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter |

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