Happy Birthday to my Fisherman

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Happy Birthday to my partner, Al.  He loves to fish and he fell in love with this style of card when we were in a scrapbook store, so I gathered all the confidence I could find and tackled this Pop-Up Box Card, which turned out to be easier than I thought.  You can find directions with a video on Splitcoaststampers.

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Top view

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I thought that seagulls would be a perfect touch so I used Jolee’s by You seagulls.

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The green envelope underneath my card is 6 x 9 because the Seagull stuck out so much.  The quality and quick service of my envelopes from Paper-Garden.ca were terrific.  They have such a large selection of colours and sizes.  Paper-Garden.ca also carries a tremendous variety of cardstock as well.  And, if you buy right now, they have free shipping if you spend $50 or more.

My stamps are from Rubbernecker. I hate to say it, but my designer paper is over six years old so I don’t have a supply list for you.


Posted on : Dec 22 2016
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Hi Folks! I was inspired to make six snowmen from something I saw on Pinterest.  The snowmen on Pinterest used a die, where I hand drew my snowmen, scarf and arms.  I used an SU button die and a star die on the scarf and one on the body that is nice and glittery.  I stamped my snowman with Vintage Music from Technique Junkies.  I distressed the edges with brown ink and painted the eyes and nose with acrylic paint.

Christmas will soon be upon us.  May your house be filled with Christmas spirit and lots of joy with family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by.


Posted on : Dec 20 2016
Posted under Christmas, Projects, Technique Junkies Stamps |

How to Make a Teabag Holder

Hello fellow stampers and friends.  Beth Norman here with a cute tea bag holder which pairs perfectly with this month’s stamp release called Like a TeacupThe best part of today’s post, is a gentle reminder that today is the last day to receive your 15% off discount from Technique Junkies November Release.

Supplies:  Score board or blade, ribbon, small circle punch red line tape, One 3 1/2? x 7 3/4? cardstock, One 6 1/2? x 7? designer paper

Place your cardstock horizontally and score at 3 1/2? and 4 1/4?

Place your designer paper so the short end is along the top.  Score at 1/2? and 3 1/2?

Add Red Line tape to the top of your cardstock where it was scored as shown above

Fold your second score line and tuck it under the first score line.  Fold over the small score line with the Red Line tape and burnish well.

With the long side placed horizontally score at 3 5/8?

Turn the designer paper over and score, once again, at 3 5/8?

Fold your two score lines as shown

Take your circle punch and punch our a U-shape.  Repeat for the other side

Place Red Line tape in between the two score lines

Adhere designer paper onto cardstock in between the two score lines

Add teabags into slots and close with ribbon (approximately 25″ then trimmed accordingly).  Finally, add Like a Teacup onto the front of your tea bag holder.

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Posted on : Nov 08 2016
Posted under Projects, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Tutorials |

Felt Owls

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Hello folks!  Today I am showing you an old hobby I picked up again.  In my early 20’s I loved to work with felt and embroidery.  Well, I rediscovered felt when I stumbled upon these cute owls at Gingermelon Dolls.  I’m wild over owls and have quite a collection, and now I have enough for my Christmas tree.  I said to myself, “Why stop at making one.  Why not make 20.”  So, that’s what I did.

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As you can see, they are all stitched by hand with one strand of embroidery thread.  They are stuffed with Lavender and stuffing, and have loops sewed onto them so they can hang on my Christmas tree.

For your free pattern you can visit Gingermelon Dolls here.  Please note that Gingermelon Dolls has an Etsy shop which sells the eyes and high quality felt.

I like her service (it was delivered to me in a very quick manner), and love her patterns.  Currently, I’m working on her gingerbread houses and Christmas trees.

Let me know if you make owls of your own.  I’d love to see them.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Posted on : Sep 22 2016
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Van Gogh’s Starry Night

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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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Mixed Media Canvas Art

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Hi folks.  One thing you don’t know about me is that I am a hermit.  My anxiety keeps me from socializing and getting out, but that’s a changing.  I’m trying to push myself to new levels by reading self help books and getting out there.

I signed up for a mixed media class where I only knew the instructor, and nearly backed out, but I’m so glad I didn’t.  I reconnected with a lady who I knew through a scrapbook store by taking card making classes and hope we can get together to make cards.  It turned out I had the time of my life.

My top canvas was inspired by something I saw in Cloth, Paper, Scissors.  It’s a work in progress as I want to paint my hot glue, etc.

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Here, I used wall spackle to give me texture and painted it with paint once it was dry.  I then took sponge stamps and bubble wrap and stamped onto my canvas.

Do you do mixed media?


Posted on : May 07 2016
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Owl Colouring Book

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Finished my first page in my owl colouring book.  This page took approximately 10 to 11 hours to do with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.


Posted on : Feb 12 2016
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How to Decorate a Christmas Candle

Hello fellow stampers.  Today I am here with a fun Christmas project for you.  Decorating candles with Technique Junkie stamps and embellishments are a fun way to give out as gifts.  I used Ornament 1 and a variety of embellishments.  I hope my tutorial will inspire you to decorating a candle too.

Supplies:  variety of coloured ink pads, white tissue paper, wax paper, stamp(s), ribbon, flowers, heat gun, candle and embellishments

Measure your tissue paper by rolling tissue paper around candle and cut where the two ends meet.  Stamp your image(s) in your desired pattern.

Wrap your tissue paper around your candle.

Measure your wax paper in the same manner as you measured your tissue paper and tightly wrap the wax paper in place, holding the edges closed.

Using your heat gun, melt the wax paper in place.  Do not hold the gun in one place too long or the candle will melt.

Add ribbon on the top and bottom of the candle to hide the edges of the wax paper.  Continue to embellish your candle as desired.


Posted on : Dec 08 2015
Posted under Christmas, Projects, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Tea Bag Holder for Christmas

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I taught my girlfriend to make a teabag holder (my tutorial can be seen here).  Since Vera isn’t a stamper, she decided to add Christmas broaches to the front of the tea bag holder.  Isn’t it cute?


Posted on : Dec 06 2015
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How to Make a Paper Flower Bouquet

Good day fellow stampers and paper crafters.  Today I’m sharing with you a 30th birthday bouquet that I made for my daughter.  If you look closely you will see a Serenity Butterfly from Technique Junkies amongst the flowers and Happy Birthday also from Technique Junkies nestled in the front of the basket.  I thought you might like to see the process I went through so you can recreate a flower bouquet too.

Supplies:  Co-ordinations cardstock, regular cardstock, designer paper, paper flowers, basket, styrofoam to fit your basket, ribbon, liquid glue (I used Tombow), quick dry bondable glue (I used Speed-Sew), wooden stir sticks, green paint, paint brush, paper straw, flower dies, sanding block, embossing machine, embossing folders

Cut out your largest flowers using the Co-ordinations cardstock and designer paper.  Run your flowers through the embossing machine with the embossing folder then gently sand away the raised portion of the embossing to expose the lighter undercoat.

Cut the second layer with plain cardstock.  Make sure the pieces are smaller than the first layer.

Using a mixture of Co-ordinations and regular cardstock cute the smallest flowers. Run flowers through embossing machine.

Layer your flowers are desired.  In the center add store-bought little flowers, or buttons.

Paint stir sticks green for the stems.

Using good bondable glue to adhere your flowers to the stir sticks and Serenity Butterfly.

Glue styrofoam with good bondable glue.  Lay different products around the styrofoam to keep it in place while the styrofoam dries.

Add paper straw and ribbon and complete as desired.


Posted on : Nov 24 2015
Posted under Projects, Tutorials |

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