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.

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Under the Sea

Hello folks!  I had fun getting under the sea with Technique Junkies stamps.  I was inspired by watching Pat Huntoon’s video on direct to rubber with Nuvo Glitter Markers.  Nuvo Glitter Markers sparkle so pretty in real life.  I had a lot of fun colouring my stamps because the markers are so juicy.  I’ve had these markers for a while and this is the first time I used them.  I’ll definitely be using these more.

I took two days off last week, and was off on Friday since I worked on the weekend, and started in on my Christmas baking.  I’m anxious to ice my sugar cookies iced.  Yesterday I was off again (since I worked the weekend) so I made my gingerbread cookies.  I’m in a Christmas cookie exchange so my chow mein cookies that I’m exchanging are the last of my baking.  The last thing to make is peanut brittle.

How are you doing with your Christmas and holiday plans?

Stamps:  Swirl Turtle, Shadow Weeds and Together.

Posted on : Dec 05 2017
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Head Up. Crown On.

Hello folks!  I couldn’t resist doing another card using my Metal and Brad technique. I just love how my Technique Junkies Head Up stamp coordinates with my crown that I embossed onto red shiny paper.

Well, the Christmas season is upon us.  I’m enjoying all the colours I have in my home between the Christmas tree lights, lighted decorations on the kitchen window and blinking lights around the kitchen window.  My cards are all addressed and ready to be mailed.  Santa has to finish filling a stocking for the good boy in the house.  Aside from that, Santa is finished with this home.  How are your decorating and card making coming along?

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Nov 28 2017
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Metal and Brad Tutorial

Hi folks.  I was inspired by a UK Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine where I saw a similar card, so I decided to put a tutorial together for you.  It’s just the perfect masculine card.  I gave my card to my son-on-law as a congratulations on your promotion card.  The stamp I used is Stay Humble by Technique Junkies.  As luck would have it I found a package of five coloured shiny bristol board at the dollar store.  Once I found out it did emboss to my expectations, I went back to buy more, but it was all gone.  Bummer.  My card measures 5″ x 5″, but you can do any size, including an A2 size.

Cut your cardstock into a variety of sizes.

Emboss your cardstock.

It is hard to tell where my card ends are because I neglected to shoot my tutorial on a darker background.  My edge is on the left hand side of my cardstock.  Keep all edges aligned along the edges of your cardstock, overlaping where necessary.  Just add a small amount of adhesive to the back of your cardstock as you will want to move your cardstock around.

This is what my card looks like before the placement of brads and stamped image.

Using your poking tool, put holes into each corner of your cardstock then add a brad.  Brads do not need to be added to the underside of your stamped image.  You will want to add a brad to each corner of your stamped image.  I used a variety of coloured metallic brads.

I hope I inspired you to try a new way to add pizzaz to your card.


Posted on : Nov 21 2017
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Christmas Cocktail-Four Ways

Hello fellow stampers and friends.  Today I’m using Technie Junkie’s Christmas Cocktail and made four styles for you.  I just love this stamp. It is perfect for those friends who enjoy a drink for the holidays.  I also like it for the humour on it.

I created a colourful stamped out image by placing my image in my Misti and colouring small areas at a time with a Tombow and SU markers right onto the stamp.  Then I huff to rewet the marker and repeat approximately three times per area so I get a nice crisp colour.  I found it relaxing while I watched Christmas movies on TV.  Yes indeed, I’m in the Christmas spirit.

The bow die came from a UK papercrafts magazine.

Here I used gold paper from Paper  It is nice and heavy and comes in many colours.  I embossed my background with a poinsettia-like embossing folder.

I don’t often use ribbon, so I wanted to see how ribbon would look with this image.

Now for my favourite version.  Sadly, I ruined the right hand side as the black was not even.  Again, I used the gold from

Which one is your favourite?



Posted on : Nov 14 2017
Posted under Christmas, Technique Junkies Stamps |

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