Mom Anchor

Hello folks.  Today I am sharing a different kind of Mother’s Day card with you, using Technique Junkies Mom Anchor which I stamped out with my Misti using SU’s Marina Mist.  This card is called Triple Play and can be found in the February 2009 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

SD794 Mom Anchor

As you may know, I’m an owl lover and couldn’t resist pairing up this stamp with my nautical owls, graciously given to my dear friend Nancy Gibson. I added clouds by cutting a cloud shape using watercolour paper for it’s durability, and randomly sponged the top of the cloud.

I created clouds in the sky and placed a white picket fence along the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Apr 25 2017
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Coffee with Friends

Hello folks.  I hope you had a nice Easter weekend.

I love anything coffee and am sharing the card I made this Easter weekend using Technique Junkies stamps.  I couldn’t be any happier with how my background for my #S606 Coffee Beans turned out.  Normally I do not work with “messy” backgrounds, but now I’ve changed my mind on that matter.  I think Pat Huntoon, owner of Technique Junkies knew that because I was rarely assigned “messy” backgrounds for my assignments. LOL.

For my background I used Crinkled Watercolors from the June 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter which you can find here.

Added were three brads on the right hand side of my Coffee with Friends sentiment.

Paired with Coffee Beans is #SD734 Coffee with Friends.

Thank you for stopping by.


Posted on : Apr 18 2017
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Happy Mother’s Day

Hello folks!  I hope your week is off to a fabulous start.  Mine is for several reasons, one in which I’ll share with you today.  Al surprised me with a new camera lens.  My last lens bit the dust about six months ago so I only had a macro lens to shoot my tutorials which was very difficult to do.  Quite often I had to stand on a chair to take photos to fit everything into the screen.  Thank you Al!

I pulled out my watercolours and watercoloured this Long Stemmed Rose and am quite pleased with how it turned out.  Next, I used my Misti to stamp out Happy Mother’s Day.

You may not know of the Misti.  It has become my favourite tool.  There was a topic on the subject of what your favourite stamping product was in the forum at Splitcoaststampers and hands down it was the Misti.  Frankly, I don’t know what I ever did without mine.  It’s great if you have shaky hands, like I do, when I try to add my sentiment.

Both stamps are from the April 1st release from Technique Junkies.  From April 1st to 8th you can get 15% off all April release stamps, and then if you use the code below you can received 10% of your other purchases.  There are some restrictions (excludes clearance and Distress Oxide Inks/Reinkers)

I have some very exciting news to share with you this week.  Can you guess what it might be?  I will say, it is not stamp related.


Posted on : Apr 04 2017
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Technique Junkies April Blog Hop

Hello friends.  Welcome to the April 2017 blog hop by Technique Junkies.  If you’ve arrived from the talented Ro Donner’s blog you’re on the right track.  Didn’t her work look wonderful?  You might want to start at the beginning of the hop at Design Junkies blog so you don’t miss a thing.  You’re in for a treat.

Pssst…did you know Technique Junkies is now on Facebook? You can join up and be inspired here.

“Great news! From now through April 8th, you will receive 15% off the NEW April Release stamps — PLUS you can receive 10% off anything else you order using this code:TJ10Beth (excludes clearance and Distress Oxide Inks/Reinkers). The April stamp discount will automatically be added at checkout. We can all use a bit of savings, right?”

As many of you know by now, I have a love for colouring which is my number one choice in mediums.  I coloured this #S740 Flowers and Feathers Collage stamp with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.

Here I used #SD751 Long-Stemmed Rose and #SDX094 A Single Rose sentiment.  My choice of medium were true watercolours.  I had fun painting again.

For this card I used #SD766 Heart in Hands.  I used blue Liquid Pearls to add dots to my die, and I added Glossy Accents to the heart.  Can you see the shine?  I tried to go with a vintage feel and don’t know how successful I was, but here it is.

Links to the April 1st release stamps can be found here.

Your next stop will be at the delightful Judy Jackson’s blog where she has something special for you. Judy has been around with Technique Junkies for years working with the Technique Junkie Newsletter and does a variety of techniques.  She won’t disappoint so hop on over.


Posted on : Apr 01 2017
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How to do Reverse Embossing

Hello fellow stampers.  It’s Beth Norman with a Reverse Embossing tutorial for you today.  I used the elegant Peeking stamp and Believe in Yourself.

There is now a great deal when you buy your stamps.  Simply put TJ10Beth code to receive 10% off your stamp order.

Supplies: Oversized cardstock, 4 x 5 1/4 cardstock, two colours of ink, sponges, die

With your die, cut out your shape on your oversized cardstock, leaving a lot of room to sponge without getting colour on the edges of the template.

Lay your smaller sized cardstock under your cardstock that has been cut out with your embossing machine.

Sponge in your lightest colour and cover the entire open area.  Here I used SU Flirty Flamingo.

Next, sponge in a darker colour, keeping it close to the outside of your circle, or whatever shape you use.  Here I used SU Sweet Sugarplum.

Finished sponged work.

I love my Misti.  It allows for fabulous placement.  Finish your image as desired.


Posted on : Mar 28 2017
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Hello Cupcake

Hello cupcake.  So glad you could join me today for a delicious treat.  I was so thrilled when Pat sent me this stamp set in the March new release.  I think I jumped for joy and danced in circles.  I never, never tire of cupcakes, and is there anything that has stayed in vogue for so long?  I have more plans in my head for using this Hello Cupcake, Set of 7.

When I added my sentiment, using SU’s Tempting Turquoise, I used my Misti to get a bright finish.  I used Doodlebug’s 6 x 6 pad of paper for my designer paper and added brads to each corner.  My stamp was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and OMS.  I found the mat too wide by using the next larger size of die, so I carefully cut the Tempting Turquoise mat by hand.

That’s it in a nutshell.  Thanks for stopping by today!


Posted on : Mar 14 2017
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Baby Makes Three–two ways

Hello folks, and welcome once again to my blog where I am showcasing one stamp two ways.  I’m particularly fond of this stamp because my daughter had a baby girl and now I’m a grandma for the first time.  I managed to do lots of layering in this card.  My background is stencilled and I added glitter all over the place.

This stamp is called Baby Makes Three.

My next card is a little more simple.  I used my Misti and stamped out my image onto light pink cardstock.  Next, I added embossing to my edges and added flower.

Which one is your favourite?


Posted on : Mar 07 2017
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Wowza, a new stamp release for Technique Junkies

It’s that time of month again where Technique Junkies has a new release, and it’s a favourite of mine.  If you came from Ro Donner’s blog you found some awesome work, but you might want to go to the beginning so you don’t miss a thing.  Please visit the Design Junkies blog.

All newly release stamps for the month of March will be 15% off until March 8th.

My first card uses the tri-shutter card technique.  The new gorgeous Baby Makes Three is perfect for new parents and can be used in so many ways. Isn’t this silhouette just darling?  I blinged up my card with premade stickers from Paper House and Jolee’s Boutique.

Pat knows how much I love giraffes and sent this adorable Watercolor Giraffe for me to showcase for you.  I did lots of layering, distressing and embossing on this card.  My “Explore” sentiment came from the Road Trip Set of 6 set.

What a hoot this card is.  I love the snobbery of the dog keeping cats out of his life.  This stamp is called Can’t Afford the Cat. The background uses the Resist Strips background technique from the August 2014 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

When life gives you a rainy day…play in the puddles.  Love that sentiment which is from the stamp called Play in the Puddles. Here I used the Layered Watercolor technique from December 2014 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter on my ATC.  If you look hard you will see blue mixed in with the green and yellow. I added Butterfly 2 to the card.

Now onto Pam DeChellis’ blog where there is some goodness being showcased.


Posted on : Mar 01 2017
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With Deepest Sympathy

Hi folks.  Are you having a good week so far?  I’ve been a busy beaver stamping because tomorrow is the new release blog hop for Technique Junkies.  So please don’t forget to come back and check out this awesome release.  I think it’s my favourite release so far.

For today’s card I used my newly bought shimmer cardstock.  Can you see the sheen?  The only downside to this cardstock is that it takes a while for the ink to dry.  I started out with eight backgrounds and ended up with five because of smudging.  Grrrr.

To create my background I used the following Distress ink pads:  Mustard Seed, Tattered Rose, Dusty Concord and Faded Jeans.  I sponged the colours on and then let it dry and stamped out Bare Tree Duo.  After it sat to dry (I rarely use a heat gun to dry my work) I put my background into my Misti and stamped out the With Sympathy, Set of 5 sentiment.  My card front was then matted with Black and SU’s Marina Mist.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you tomorrow!


Posted on : Feb 28 2017
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Contemporary Floral

Hello friends.  Wasn’t this past weekend a beauty?  Here in Sarnia, Ontario, it’s been a green winter (only one snow storm), and boy am I loving it.  I leave for work so early that I’m afraid the parking lot won’t be plowed out soon enough.  No worries this winter.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t take advantage of the nice weather by being outdoors as I had stamping commitments.

I made this card this past weekend and had fun pulling out my Color Bursts.  I spritzed down my watercolour paper and sprinkled Merlot, and Indigo onto the wet background and then spritzed with water again to get the powders blended.  To make my Images Pop, I used white embossing powder.

My Technique Junkies stamps I used are:  Contemporary Floral and Things I want to do.

Have a great week.  It’s supposed to be a beautiful one here.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Feb 21 2017
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