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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Technique Junkies February New Release

Inline image 1Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Like a Camera

Welcome to the February blog hop release.  I had fun inking up some new stamps for this release, and I”m hoping you are just as delighted to see the newly released stamps.  To start at the beginning please go to the Design Junkies blog.  If you came from Ro Donner’s blog, you’re on the right track.  Wasn’t Ro’s work awesome? She never disappoints.

Newly release stamps are 15% off until February 8th.

My first, of three, cards uses the Stencil Spray Fun technique from the April 2014 Technique Junkie Newsletter which you can see here.  I coloured my Like a Camera image with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I used the Universe stencil on my background.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Throw Kindness

For my next card, I made a shaker card. I found instructions on You Tube to make my shaker card.  My shaker card uses the Throw Kindness stamp.  So cute.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Mouse Birthday Party

My third card uses Mouse Birthday Party which I coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and OMS.  I added stickles to each layer of the cake.  Yum!

Pssst…want a sneak peak of the February release?  Here it is.

Your next stop is Pam DeChellis who has done up something awesome for you. Go Pam!

Thanks for stopping by!










Posted on : Feb 01 2017
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With Heartfelt Sympathy

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Flourished Floral, Sympathy, 2

Hello fellow stampers and card makers.  I had to make several sympathy cards and decided to make them all the same.  I plopped myself in front of the tv and watercoloured all three images.

This card made it as a favourite CAS (clean and simple) card on Splitcoaststampers for the week.  Whoop whoop!

I used one of my very favourite Technique Junkie’s Stamps called Flourished Floral and paired it with With Sympathy, Set of 5.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Flourished Floral, Sympathy

I stamped out my image with VersaMark and heat embossed the image with white embossing powder.  Next, I scribbled Distress markers onto an acrylic block and used a wet paint brush to paint in the open areas of the stamp.

I used my Misti to add the sentiment and stamped it out three times to make the sentiment nice and black.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow where I will have February’s newly released stamps to show you.  I made three cards for you and I love them all.  Of course, there is a blog hop which is always fun to see what other stampers do with their stamps.




Posted on : Jan 31 2017
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Polished Stone Embossing


Hello folks.  Last week I showed you my Polished Stone Embossing technique, and today I’m back with another example of the results of this technique.  You can view my tutorial here.

I used gold embossing powder over my Polished Stone background and you can really see the pretty colours popping through the open spaces.

Stamps:  Technique Junkies Heart to Heart and Love Complete.



Posted on : Jan 24 2017
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Folded Pocket Card


Found on the Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts Technique Junkies CD, is the Folded Pocket Card.  I used January’s newly released Valentine Day stamps to complete my project.  The script is entitled S697 Love Script and the heart is called SD769 Love Heart.


Card Details:

  • Using SU’s Pink Pirouette, I embossed Love Script on the front of the card with red embossing powder
  • Using SU’s Pink Pirouette, I embossed Love Heart with red embossing powder on the card insert
  • Prima flowers and punched leaves were added to the card front
  • Using a Cuttlebug corner die, I added black corners to one card, and white corners to the other
  • On the front portion that is scored and positioned in a downward position the edges were scalloped with a punch
  • The white band that goes horizontal on the card was run through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then set with brads
  • Small pearls were added to the back of the card, in the centre of the Cuttlebug corner

Thank you for stopping by!

Posted on : Jan 10 2017
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How to Create Watercoloured Forest Background


Hello folks.  Did you have a nice Christmas and holiday season?  Al and I hosted two Christmas dinners and a party with our friends, as we had the week off.  Now it’s back to the grindstone and into the routine of going to work once again.  I managed to get some stamping done while I was off, including shooting this tutorial.  My inspiration came from this card that I found on Pinterest.

The stamps I used are from Technique Junkies.  The sentiment is called Winds of Change and the dots are from the clearance rack and is called Age Spots.  The stamp is on clearance for only $2.25, so if you’re shopping why not get in on this good deal.

Now onto the tutorial shall we?

technique-junkie-newsletter-sunflowers-and-dragonflies-watercoloured-forest-1 Woodland Textured embossing folder, three to four inks in a variety of colours, water-based brown marker, dotted stamp, water spritzer


Ink up your stamp and stamp out your ink in a random pattern, leaving white space for your next colours


Add your second colour


Add your third (and fourth if you are using four) colours.


Using your brown marker colour in the lines on the birch trees


Lightly spritz your ink with water


Run your cardstock two or three times through your embossing machine


Your piece is now ready for embellishing

Try using different embossing folders to see what you can come up with.

Thanks for stopping by.




Posted on : Jan 03 2017
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