How to Create Scrappy Spots

Hello, fellow stampers.  Today I am here with a tutorial that was originally printed in the June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I love this technique because it’s so unique.  It may look like a lot of work, but trust me, it goes together quickly.  For 10% off your order please use TJ10Beth.

I used Technique Junkies Birthdays and Donuts.  Ah, donuts, my weakness in life.

Supplies: 5″ x 5″ cardstock, black ink, three colours of coordinating ink, scissors, round stamp (or punch), brayer, fine black pen (not in photo), copier paper (not in photo)

Stamp out circles all over your cardstock

Stamp out a circle in the center of your full-sized copier paper. Cut out the circle with your scissors to leave a hole.

Place your hole over top of your coloured circle and stamp out the words on your circle. Repeat until every hole is covered

Stamp out your circular stamp on a sticky note, ensuring you have the sticky part on the edge of your stamp is placed in the same direction

Cover all of your circles with the circles you just cut out.  TIP:  Make sure the sticky part of the circles are all in the same direction so that when you brayer, your circle does not lift

With your third colour, brayer over top of your cardstock. It will need several coats to ensure a nice crisp even colour. TIP: Brayer in one direction. If you rol back and forth you risk the lifting of your circle.

Using your fine pen, draw around your circles once, or twice, to cover up white space, or simply to add interest.

To receive a 10% discount on this stamp, or other products, simply use my code below.

I hope I have inspired you to try this technique out. It’s a fun one!

Merry Owl Christmas to Me

I guess the secret is out.  I love owls and was spoiled at Christmas from two very dear friends that I met through my blogging,  On my funky green chairs is a lunch bag and slippers from Nancy Gibson.  Thank you Nancy.

My friend Patti from Cherish Each Precious Day sent me this die set.  Thank you Patti.

Today I continued to work on my wedding invitations.  Guess what’s one them?  Marine Owls.  Plans fell through for getting married in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada this summer, so I’m bringing the Maritimes to Sarnia, Ontario, this August.  I have two girlfriends that are helping me glue 40 owls together, and will post the invitation once I have them finished.

Stay warm.  Be safe.


Posted on : Jan 13 2018
Posted under Personal Photos |

Stenciled Collage

Hello fellow stampers.  Did you know you can make a purchase at Technique Junkies and receive 10% off simply by using my code TJ10Beth?  That’s right.  You can use them on the stamps and stencils used here, and even the Sensational Stencils CD where I got this technique from.  It is called Stenciled Collage and is very quick and easy, just what I need as I’m beginning to work on my wedding invitations for my wedding in August.

Stencils are all the rage right now and I just love to refer to my Sensational Stencils CD.  There are many more wonderful CD’s to chose from.

The background stamp I used is called Vintage Daisy Collage and I stenciled over top of my collage using A Colorful Life stencil.  For my sentiment I used Always Hope.

I hope you kept warm during our freeze of last week.  Did anyone have frozen pipes or a story to share about the cold?  I hunkered down and worked on cards.  I finally bought a photo box and am going to sort out my cards and organize them by category so I know what I have on hand.  One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to organize my stamp room (again).  Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Jan 09 2018
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Hey, Chick

Happy Stampn’ Up! Saturday.  Brrr, baby it’s cold outside.  This is a good weekend to create cards for your stash for the New Year.  I just love Stampn’ Up’s Hey, Chick stamp set.  If you look closely you will see that I created a door by using Technique Junkie’s Wood stamp, which you can purchase at 10% off, along with any other item that isn’t a new release.  All you have to do is use my code TJ10Beth and your discount will be applied to any product your purchase.

To create my door, I placed my stamp in my Misti and stamped out the Wood until it was nice and crisp.  I used black ink on my stamp and stamped onto Kraft paper.  If you look closely, you will see brads on each of the four corners to represent nails.  And looking closely, once again, you will notice a criss cross shape in the centre of the door.

Stay warm and happy stamping!


Posted on : Jan 06 2018
Posted under cards, Stampin Up |

How to create a Remix of Inky Borders


Happy New Year!  Today I’m starting off the New Year with a quick and easy tutorial which is a spin-off of Inky Bands from the October 2012 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Here I am using Kitty Duo and Love Harlequin which is a new release for January 2018.  New release stamps are on sale for 15% off until January 8th.  You don’t need a code.  My sentiment, A Good Friend, is not a new release, but if you use my code TJ10Beth, you can get it for 10% off.  Not only can you receive this stamp at 10% off but you can receive 10% off any other product minus clearance items.  Now that’s a deal.

Using Post-it Notes, cover the top third of your card, leaving approximately 2 inches of white space.

Start by sponging on your first colour of ink.

Sponge colour onto cardstock until all the white space is covered.

Stamp your decorative stamp over top of your sponged area.

Stamp out your silhouette stamp.  If you have a Misti now is the time to use it.  Ink and stamp out your image until you are happy with the results.  You want a nice dark image to cover your sponged area.  The Misti tool is a favourite of mine and I don’t know how I did without it.

Stamp out your (optional) sentiment.  A Misti gives the perfect placement.  I inked and stamped out my sentiment twice to achieve a crisp black image.

You are now ready to finish your card with matting and embellishments if you wish.

Posted on : Jan 02 2018
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

New Year Release for January 2018

Welcome to the first blog hop for 2018, which has a whole bunch of fun new stamps.  If you like cats and dogs, this release is for you.  Of course there are lots of other wonderful stamps to play with and you will see how I played with mine further down.

If you didn’t start at the Design Junkies blog, you might want to visit it so you don’t miss a thing.  If you came from Judy Jackson’s amazing blog then you’re on the right track.  Judy and I quite often work with the same stamps so our tastes are the same, yet we work so differently.  I always love Judy’s work.

As usual stamps will be on sale until January 8th and are 15% off.  You don’t need a code. 

My first card uses Happy Winter Wishes.  I’m seeing this as a nice Christmas thank you card for presents that were received.  If not, then a general card it is.

My second card uses The Kiss I added bells to the card as cats often wear a little bell.  Maybe dogs do too.  You tell me.  For this card I used the Inked Resist Technique from the December 2012 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  The cute swirls I used is not a new release so is not on sale this month.  The stamp is called Swirls and Curls.

My third, and last, card uses a favourite technique of mine called Broken Borders. This technique is from the August 2012 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.   Isn’t it fun?  The stamp I used is Truly-Madly-Deeply.

If you want a 10% discount on any other product, aside from the 15% off of January’s stamps and reduced inventory you can use my code below.

Your next stop is at Lynda Pleckan’s blog.

Lynda has some awesome work for you.  I don’t know about you, but I just love to see what others do with their stamps.


Posted on : Jan 01 2018
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Looking Back at 2017

My friend Heidi challenged us to show some of of our favourite cards from 2017.  I’m happy to show you some of them here.

My hedgehogs I made using Stampn Ups! Painted Harvest

Using Stampn Up’s High Tide set

Marine owls from Cottage Cutz with a Technique Junkies anchor for Mom

Dragonfly and sentiment from Technique Junkies

Spotlight technique using Technique Junkies background stamp


I hope you enjoyed revisiting some of my favourite cards.  Now I challenge you to post your favourites for 2017.  Happy New Year!

Posted on : Dec 28 2017
Posted under Uncategorized |

Merry Christmas

Hello friends and fellow stampers.  I hope you had a nice Christmas.  Here in Canada it is a statutory holiday we call Boxing Day.  Unfortunately I have to work, but am off for the next two days and will be doing some entertaining for dinner.  I made a large enough Turkey that there would be left overs for Turkey Pot Pie.

Jane Bosi inspired me with a card that was recently posted on the Design Junkie Facebook page.  I used Whimsy Branch on my background, a well-loved stamp by myself.  Currently, it is in inventory reduction at an unbelieveable price of $4.52.

Paired with Whimsy Branch is Merry Christmas, which is at regular pricing.

To get 10% off your order on non clearance items please use my code below:


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a nice holiday season.


Posted on : Dec 26 2017
Posted under cards, Christmas, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Life is a Song

Hi folks!  Here’s a card that had me working outside the box for me.  I used A Colouful Life stencil on my background before stamping out Technique Junkies Paint Rings.  I then sponged on blue and green on another piece of cardstock and stamp out Vintage Music, then I cut out a variety of circles and glued them over top of the original stamped image.  Next I used a banner die to stamp out my sentiment, Life is a Song.  Finally, I stamped out Treble Clef, small, and heat embossed it in black.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Dec 12 2017
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Merry Christmas Angel

Hello friends.  Today I have a Penny Black stamp to share with you.  I coloured it with Copic markers.

I have a new version of Photoshop and resizing is killing me.  Can you please let me know if this image is too small?  I’m going through a learning curve with Photoshop and I’m not winning.

This card is going to my granddaughter for her first Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Dec 09 2017
Posted under cards, Christmas |

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