Owl on a Branch

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Vintage Daisy Collage, Owl on Branch

Hi folks.  Ever have a favourite card that you hate to part with? This is just the one for me.  I love the pink and orange colour combination, and my cute owl and banners which I coloured to match with the designer paper (retired SU).

My stamps are by Technique Junkies and are called Owl on Branch and Pennants Set 5 SDP005.  There are 7 pennant sets to pick from so you might just want to “search” pennants to see them all.  I am crazy for pennants.

I just got back from spending a week in Toronto and had a blast.  I love big cities and had the opportunity to house sit while my daughter was away visiting the east coast, so Al and I had their place all to ourselves.  I think our biggest thrill was that we could barbecue which we did almost every night.  Living in an apartment we are not allowed to have a barbecue.

Our time in Toronto was quite an adventure and one that we will remember for quite a while.

What are your summer plans?


Posted on : Jul 26 2016
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How to Create Wax Paper Resist

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Wax Paper Resist 1 A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.  Hello folks, today I’m here with one of the very first techniques that Pat filmed and put into her October 2002 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I decided to use the finished product in an usual way–rather than stamp out an image on the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 finished product, I cut mine up to create water for this lovely mermaid that comes from Technique Junkies By the Sea, set of 6.  My sentiment comes from this set as well.  I find this set so versatile.  So let’s visit my tutorial shall we…

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Supplies:  iron, two white sheets of copier paper, two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 glossy paper, wax paper, brayer, Kaleidocolor ink pad or a single ink pad

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Scrunch up your wax paper well.

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Lay your first piece of copier paper on your ironing board.  Next, place your glossy paper face up and then open up your wax paper and lay on top of your glossy paper.

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Take your second piece of glossy paper and lay the glossy side face down.  You will now have your glossy paper sandwiched between the wax paper.

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Lay your second sheet of copier paper over top of your glossy and wax papers.

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Using your dry, and not steam setting, iron on top of the copier paper.

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You will now have two pieces of glossy paper to brayer ink onto.

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Your finished piece is now ready to be decorated.

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Posted on : Jul 19 2016
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Near the Sea

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Near the Sea

Hi folks.  Surprise, two cards in one week!  My mojo has come back and it’s stuck around so you may not see many cards, believe me I’m making them.  Lately, I’ve been making ten of one design as gifts to some of the special people in my life.  This card isn’t made in multiples but is simply for that someone special to me.

I used Fishing Boat from Technique Junkies.  Also from TJ is my sentiment that comes from a lovely mermaid set called By the Sea, Set of 6.

My image was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I thought a blue fishing boat would be fun to do as I saw many colours of boats when I lived out east on Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia (Canada).  My heart is still out there and I don’t know that I’ll ever feel at peace in Ontario.  Those 14 years out there stole my heart.  Every week I have a dream of trying to get moved back out there, so Pat’s nautical releases really resonate with me.

On that note, I’ll say “until next time” for those who follow me.  I appreciate your comments and support.


Posted on : Jul 14 2016
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Falling Flowers Finding Their Way

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Vintage Daisy Collage, Falling Flowers

Today I used the very versatile background stamp, from Technique Junkies, called Falling Flowers, which I’ve used as falling rain in a previous card, and today, simply as falling flowers.  I thought this sentiment, called Find Our Way, was very fitting for the falling leaves.

I coloured the flowers with orange and yellow Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  Oh, how I love to colour.

I hope you’re having a great summer so far.  I know I am.

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Posted on : Jul 12 2016
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How to create Morphed Watercolor Crinkle

Good morning folks.  It’s Beth Norman here with a variation of Pat’s Crinkled Watercolors technique which she filmed in the June 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

When I saw this stamp I immediately envisioned an ombre or multi-coloured background, and I think Crinkled Watercolors did the trick.

The stamp I used is from the July 1st release called Dream Big.  As per usual the new release stamps are on sale for 15% percent off until July 8th.

Let’s now visit my tutorial…

Supplies:  Non stick craft sheet (to protect your surface), paint pallette, white tissue paper, watercolor paper, brush, water and three tubes of watercolor.

Put three colors of watercolor into your pallete and liberally spritz, or pour, water into the wells to create a soupy mixture.  Stir your watercolors.

Spritz your watercolor paper with water.

Saturate your watercolor paper with your watercolors.  Wash your brush before you move onto the next color.

Your watercolor paper will be nice and wet.

Scrunch up your white tissue paper which will be placed over top of your watercolor paper.

Open up tissue paper and lay down onto watercolor paper.  Firmly press down and leave on for 2 to 3 minutes.  Peel off tissue paper.

Let your watercolor paper dry completely.  To speed up drying time you may use a heat gun, or you can leave to air dry.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try this technique.  Watercolors don’t have to be expensive.  I bought an inexpensive package of 12 watercolours for $6.


Posted on : Jul 05 2016
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New Release for Technique Junkies blog hop

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Thelma and Louise

Whoop, Whoop, it’s a new release day for Technique Junkies and why not start it out with two wild girls who seem to be enjoying their summer ride.  I used Chick Car with the sentiment coming from Road Trip which has six awesome sentiments, but this one resonated with me.  I can picture my cousin and I being Thelma and Louise.

The technique I used came from the Technique Junkie Newsletter and is called Distressed Finger Painting from August 2014.

If you didn’t start at the beginning of the hop you will want to go to the Design Junkies Blog and start from there. If you came from the talented Lanette Erickson’s blog, then you’re on the right track.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Near the Sea, Mermaid card

TJ has mermaids galore. You may remember the mermaid release from last month.  This month Pat created a background stamp called Mermaid Tapestry.  For this card I used the Dylusions Resist Technique from April 2014 issue.  I used June’s release for my sentiment and it came from the mermaid set called By the Sea, set of 6.

For my last card I used the sentiment Hang in There which works perfect with Kitty Watching.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Hang in There

Recently I did a tutorial on how to mask and create the clouds as well as how to make the distressed fence.  You can see my tutorial here.

Thanks for hanging in there for my long post.  You now can visit the talented Pam DeChellis who will sure to please you.

Newly released stamps for July will be on sale until July 8th.  You can get them here.

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Posted on : Jul 01 2016
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Vintage Daisy Collage Bokeh style

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Vintage Daisy Collage, Bokeh techniquel

Hello folks and fellow stampers, here is my third, and final the last one for a while.  I can’t resist using my Technique Junkies background stamps with the Bokeh technique.  My tutorial can be seen here.

In my tutorial you will notice that I sponged ink all over the card stock before adding the white Craft spots.  Well, this time I sprayed Dylusions on my background and let it air dry before adding my white Craft spots.

This darling stamp is called Vintage Daisy Collage and is very popular with the design team.  If you click here you can see all kinds of examples of how this stamp was used.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Jun 27 2016
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How to create the Bokeh technique

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Bokeh technique 11 Hello folks!  Today I’m sharing the Bokeh technique with you.  After receiving attention and questions when I posted this card, I decided to post this tutorial for you.

The stamp that I used is from Technique Junkies and is called Vintage Floral Collage.  Isn’t it a pretty stamp?

This technique requires drying times.  Personally, I let mine air dry but you can use a heat gun to dry your layers.  Drying is important to prevent a big mess in your Craft White ink, and allows for a crisp black stamped image.  On that note, let’s start, shall we…

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Supplies:  Sticky notes, hole punches, White Craft ink pad, Distress inks (or any ink pads), black ink, sponges, (optional — heat gun), white card stock plus a scrap piece of white card stock to use to punch your holes.

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This is an optional step.  When I do the Bokeh technique, I like to have crisp white edges on my card.  To do this, place sticky notes around the edges of your cardstock, as seen in the photo.

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Sponge ink onto your card stock.

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Continue to sponge colour onto your card stock until it is completely covered.  Let dry naturally, or use a heat gun, to prevent your white Craft pad from becoming muddled with ink.

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Punch two to three circles on your scrap card stock.

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Lay your hole over your inked card stock and with a sponge, rub white Craft ink onto your card stock.

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Continue adding white circles until you are satisfied.  Be sure to overhang some of your circles so that you are sponging on the sticky note, so they show a partial image once you take your sticky notes off.  You can see examples of this in the upper left corner, and if you look closely, you will see more of this done on my card stock.

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Air dry or use a heat gun to set your Craft ink.

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Once your background is dry, stamp out your image.

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Take off the sticky notes to reveal nice white edging.  Now you can complete your card as desired, or just leave it as is.

I hope I inspired you to try this wonderful technique.  I’ll be watching out for your cards on the TJ Yahoo group.

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Posted on : Jun 21 2016
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Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Van Gogh's Starry Night

I recently attended a painting class with Bev Fish, of Fishtale Studio, and we created our own rendition of Starry Night, with Bev’s help.  After the class, I went right out and bought paints and four canvases so I can paint four more.  You know me, I like to mass produce my cards, and now I’m mass producing my paintings.  LOL.

Have a very nice weekend.


Posted on : Jun 17 2016
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Do Something Wild

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Growing Wild

Hello folks.  Well, I finally did it.  I did the Bokeh technique–something I’ve been wanting to do for months.  I love how Growing Wild from Technique Junkies looks on this technique.  And, coincidentally from the Things I want to do stamp set, I found the perfect phrase.

I used sticky notes around the edges of my cardstock to create a white border.

I hope you have a great week!


Posted on : Jun 14 2016
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