Witchy Moon in the Graveyard

Hello folks!  It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about mailing Halloween cards.  I had fun creating this card for just the occasion.

Using Technique Junkies Witchy Moon and Graveyard Background, I created a spooky card.

To create this card I stamped out the Graveyard Background and inside the background I stamped Witchy Moon.  Next, I masked the Witchy Moon and added a variety of coloured inks by sponge.  After taking off the mask, I painted the moon with yellow acrylic paint to try and cover the glue marks from the masking job.

Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Sep 19 2017
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Splitcoaststampers Featured Stamper of the Week

This week I was pleasantly surprised to find out I am the Featured Stamper of the week at Splitcoaststampers.  You can read about it here.

The gallery in which stampers created their own cards, using one of mine to inspire them can be found here.

Posted on : Sep 18 2017
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Technique Junkies Monthly Challenge – Transitional Ombre

Hello fellow stampers and fellow Technique Junkies.

This month’s new challenge is called Transitional Ombre and is such an easy technique that I hope to see a lot of participants for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

The stamp I used is called Besties and reminds me of the fun I had in the water this summer.  Recently, I dipped my toes in the Atlantic ocean.  I noticed the cold didn’t bother the children who were having fun in the waves, while us adults were less brave and sat and watched the world go by.

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Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by.



Posted on : Sep 12 2017
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Vacation, Part 3

We visited, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where the Bluenose II and Bluenose I was built.  The Bluenose II was built in 1963 and just underwent a controversal overhaul.  The Bluenose I is on our Canadian Dime.

Lunenburg is known for it’s colourful houses.

We visited the Keltic Lodge in Cape Breton, just off the Cabot Trail.  A tree-rooted walk up and down hills for 5 km was so exhausting.  I’m glad we made it to the end to see the Atlantic Ocean.

The beauty of the Cabot Trail.

More of the Cabot Trail overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Our last big tourist attraction we visited was Hopewell Rocks, in New Brunswick. Here you can see the tide is out and the flower pot rocks are bare.

The world’s highest tides can be seen from Hopewell Rocks (and Halls Harbour, NS).  When the tide is in half of the largest rock to the right will be covered with ocean water.

Our vacation was a whirlwind.  We managed to see and do so much in 2 1/2 weeks.  I have over 200 photos to be developed and placed into photo albums.

Posted on : Sep 11 2017
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Stampn’ Up! Saturday, High Tide

Hi folks!

I’m sure many of you have seen the video tutorial using this Stampn’ Up! set called High Tide.  I fell in love with the card after I saw Tina Zink’s video and ordered the stamp set immediately.  It just took me a while to find the time to make a card.  Well, actually four cards.  I have several friends I wanted to send this card to, so I created four at one time.  I plan to make some more because they are so much fun to do.

Thank you for stopping by!

Posted on : Sep 09 2017
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Vacation, Part 2

We toured the original beer brewery of Alexander Keith’s, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was one of the highlights of the trip.  I forgot how homesick I was for Halifax, and Nova Scotia in general.  I wish it were possible to move back.

The biggest highlight of our trip was visiting Oak Island, Nova Scotia, where The Curse of Oak Island is filmed for A&E.  This realistic show is seen in 58 countries and is the #1 show on Tuesday nights, beating out sports.  For those who don’t know the story, it is said major treasure is buried on Oak Island and since the mid 1900’s, men have long excavated the area in the hope that they can recover what is buried.  It’s a show that Al and I have been watching since it started four years ago with the cast seen in this poster.  We saw many of the cast members on the day of our tour.

Our guide was Charles Barkhouse, one of the cast members of the TV show.

This is the swamp that was emptied out in search of the gold.

This is the 10X borehole where divers were sent down to find the treasure, but the silt was so thick, the divers could not see their hand in front of their face.

I’m curious, do you watch the show?


Posted on : Sep 08 2017
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Vacation, Part 1

On the way to Canada’s East Coast, our first stop was in Kingston.  Four years ago the very ancient penetentary was closed, so we toured the Pen.

First, I have to tell you how exhausted we were.  The hotel we booked only housed enough spots for 30 cars, and because we got there early enought (around 1:00), we checked in and parked our car.  Fearing that we wouldn’t have a spot to come back to, we decided to hike, in a fast pace, 30 minutes to the Pen.  The two hour tour lasted close to three hours so we were pooped.  Al was smart and recommended we take a bus back downtown to our hotel when the tour was completed.

Me behind bars.

In the large gym, murals were painted to help with moral of the inmates.  Surprisingly, this mural was not defaced as it brought peace to the inmates.  I think this mural is gorgeous.

One of our stops was in New Minas, Nova Scotia, close to where I used to live.  We booked our rooms through airbnb and found a room for only $52.  We had no problems staying at our airbnb rooms.  The hosts were very friendly and opened up their homes to us.  Here, Al is standing in front of a restaurant we really enjoyed.

Not far from Halls Harbour, NS, were painted houses.  I felt like a kid in a land of enchantment.  The houses were so much fun.

We enjoyed having lobster at Fisherman’s Wharf, on Prince Edward Island.  I used to eat there when I lived on the Island.  It was as good as I remembered.

Here we were at Brackley Beach National Park, on Prince Edward Island.  I ate the best fish I ever had just off the docks.

More pictures to follow tomorrow.

Posted on : Sep 07 2017
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Hello folks.  I’m back from a 2 1/2 week visit to Canada’s east coast.  We put 6,000 KM on the SUV. As you can imagine, we were a very busy couple.  I’ll have some photos to share with you shortly.

My mojo was left behind on the east coast, but I found it when I was going through some stamps that I haven’t used yet.  I love this Typewriter Set from Technique Junkies.  It comes with 9 phrases.

The flowers I created are called Tye-Dye Chic Embellishments and can be found on the Stampbooking CD.  I really love this technique and thought it would compliment the typewriter sentiment and page from a book.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Sep 05 2017
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Technique Junkies September New Release


Welcome to the September release of Technique Junkies stamps.  We have a tremendous amount of stamps being released this month, and I’m sure you’ll find something that will inspire you.  There are both autumn and Christmas stamps.

If you arrived from Ro Donner’s blog, you’re on the right track, but if you didn’t, you might want to start from the beginning at the Design Team Blog.  Didn’t Ro do a great job?

This month we have Lydia Fielder as guest designer.

There will be two $100 Technique Junkie gift certificates up for grabs this month.  The more blogs you leave comments on, the better your chances are to win one of those grand prizes.  Gift Certificate winners will be picked on September 5th.

You have until September 8th to purchase any new release for 15% off. 

For my first card I created cracked glass on my Beautiful Autumn stamp.  To keep with the crackle theme, I stamped Medium Porcelain Crackle stamp (note:  this stamp is not a new release) onto my background, and finished off the card with a ribbon.

My next card uses the Christmas Cocktail stamp and was a labour of love.  Using my Misti, I coloured one section at a time with a watercolour marker and huffed on that area and stamped. I repeated this step three times for each colour used.  I have a girlfriend that will go bonkers over this card when I give it to her at Christmas.

I think Draped Ornaments is my favourite Christmas stamp released this year, and am so excited to own it.  As you know, I love to colour and have 9 more to colour and turn into Christmas cards.  My sentiment comes from the lovely Gifts of Christmas set where there are five wonderful sentiments. It’s like these two stamps were made for each other.

Finally, my last card uses a Halloween themed stamp. The new release is the sentiment with the broom called We’re Flexible, paired with an older release called Birdie Tree.

I hope you enjoyed my cards. Your next stop is the ubber talented Judy Jackson.

Posted on : Sep 01 2017
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Scrappy Spots

Howdy folks.  Ever find yourself wanting to try a technique but there never seems to be the time to try it out?  That is the case with this Technique Junkies Scrappy Spots, from the June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter which you can find here.  I fell in love with this technique the moment it came out.  The effect is so cool.

I used Technique Junkies Partners in Crime set of 6  and Owls.

I had so much fun with this technique and hope to get back to it again.

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Aug 29 2017
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