Fine Frames Three Ways

Hello fellow stampers and paper crafters and friends.  While looking through all my issues of the Technique Junkie Newsletter I came across a technique that intrigued me and one in which I’ve never tried before.  It is called Fine Frames and is from the August 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter which you can find here.  I liked the technique so much that I created three cards using this technique.  Each card was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.

My first card uses Darling Blooms.  The cardstock is SU’s Tempting Turquoise.

My next card uses a favourite of mine called Flowers and Feathers Collage.  My matt is SU’s Crushed Curry.

Finally I used Dragonfly Collage.  My matt comes from and my designer paper is from Stampn’ Up!

Notice I didn’t use any sentiments on my cards?  I thought the eye should focus on the highlighted image and not be distracted by a sentiment.

My favourite is Darling Blooms.  Which is your favourite?

Posted on : Jun 20 2017
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Two Stamps Two Ways

Hello folks.  Today I want to share two techniques using Technique Junkies Make Lemonade and Call the Girls.  Judy, a design team member for Technique Junkies, occasionally does this and I love to see the two versions she created.

My first card uses the Pressed Stains technique from June 2013.  I did change it up a bit and instead of using Distress Stains I used SU’s ink in Daffodil Delight, Green Galore and Pumpkin and stamped my main image using Flirty Flamingo.  I added brads to create interest.

For my second card I used the Stenciled Collage technique from the June 2013 issue. After stamping my image with Black VersaFine I used SU’s Daffodil Delight, Green Galore and Pumpkin pie.  The stencil I used was Bubbles Stencil.  Next, I added added a Spellbinders corner die to help fill some space.

The cardstock I used comes from  This company is Canadian and carries a beautiful supply of papers and envelopes.  At the moment they have free shipping on orders over $50.

Which is your favourite?

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Jun 13 2017
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Review of Chameleon Color Tones Pencils

Recently I purchased Chameleon Color Tone pencils, not knowing what to expect.  I’m a die-hard colourer with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I’ve spent upwards of 4+ hours colouring one detailed stamped image.  I was amazed at how well these pencils blend and cut down the time of blending with odorless mineral spirits.

I love these pencil crayons and here’s why:

  • They are compact.  50 colours in one box (the pencil crayon has a light and a dark tone on one pencil)
  • The ease of blending is awesome.  What used to take me 30 minutes can be achieved in half that time. Here is an example of what I blended in 15 minutes

  • I love the way the pencil crayons are displayed as I used them seen below
  • Carrying around a case without the paraphernalia of blending solutions, stumps, and a large leather case that holds 150 pencil crayons can be cumbersome.  Grab the thin packaging of these pencils is an awesome feeling.  I don’t need an extra bag to carry with me.
  • Leads come pre-sharpened and are hard
  • Blending solution is not required to blend two, or more, colours together

Here are a few samples of what I did with my Chameleon Color Tones:

This wonderful stamp is called Whimsical World from Technique Junkies.

I coloured on Kraft paper too.  Colour was directly applied.  I did not colour white over my image before colouring.  The stamps I used are by Technique Junkies and is called Flourished Floral and the sentiment is Life is Beautiful.

For 10% off your order, at Technique Junkies, feel free to use my 10% discount code.  Have fun playing!  Scroll down to the bottom for links to videos on the Chameleon Color Tones pencils.

Some more links on Chameleon Color Tone pencils:

For more tips and tricks, and over 100 tutorials, see the top of my blog for these pages.

Posted on : Jun 06 2017
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Technique Junkies New Release

Hello fellow Junkies, stampers and friends.  Welcome to the June release of the Technique Junkies stamps.  If you like nautical you’ll love what has been released this month.  If you started from the creative Ro Donner’s blog, then you are on the right track.  To catch everything our team is showcasing, I suggest you start at Technique Junkies blog.

Note that all newly released stamps will be on sale for 15% off until June 8th.

For my first card (that I am absolutely in love with) I used Let your Light Shine and distressed the sky with a variety of inks.  I was going to colour in my image, but Al thought the image popped out beautifully in black and white.

My second card uses the stamp Under the Sea.  I used the Puzzle Layers technique from November 2010 which you can see here.  This is a cool technique, don’t you think?

My third card uses Buoy Shells in the background and Wild Sea Air sentiment.  To create my background I used Color Bursts.

My next card uses nautical designer paper which I was so pleased to find.  The ships wheel is a die from Recollections.  My sentiment comes from Psalms of the Sea Set of 6.

My final card uses Triple the Fun technique using Nautical Background.  It is such a darling stamp and perfect for this technique which you can find here. The technique comes from February 2013 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Next, it’s time for you to see what Judy made for us this month.  As always you will be delighted by her work.

You can see the entire new release here.

Posted on : Jun 01 2017
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Growing Wild


Using Wilted Violet and Fired Brick Distress Oxides, I distressed my background then stamped out “Wasted” stamp which is a distressed bubble wrap in different sizes. You can see it best on the upper left. It was stamped out with Fired Brick. Next, I spritzed water on A Colorful Life stencil and placed it over top of inked background to lift some colour. Once dried, I used my Misti to stamp out my “Growing Wild” background to get a good black image.

Lastly, I distressed my pink paper and stamped out Get Well Soon from Grand Greetings.

To receive 10% off your order from Technique Junkies, use the following code:

Posted on : May 30 2017
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How to Make Faux Designer Paper

Hi there.  Thanks for stopping by friends and fellow stampers.  Today I have a Faux Designer Paper tutorial which originally came from the December 2008 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  This is just one of many favourite techniques of mine.  I hope you like it too.  I made a point by going outside my comfort zone and used a colour combination that I normally do not use which is why I think I’m so happy with the end result.

Supplies:  Bold stamps, embossing buddy (not in photo), 3 to 4 pads of ink, VersaMark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, cardstock, scrap paper and iron (both not in photo)

Using your first bold stamp, stamp out your image using VersMark in one or two of the corners.   Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat emboss.

Using your darkest colour, smear ink over top of your embossed image.  You do not have to be neat.

Take your lighter colour and swipe in a horizontal fashion as seen above.

Using 1 to 3 stamps, stamp out your image with dark ink.

Using your iron with your steam off, iron the embossed portion of your card with a scrap piece of paper.  Here you will see how the embossing powder seeped through the scrap photocopy paper.

Using a dark colour (here I used black), swipe around your edges to add a distressed, shabby chic, look.  Finish as desired.

For 10% off these, or any other,  stamps and products (excludes new releases and clearance items), you may use the code above.

Technique Junkies Stamps Used:

Big Flourish

Birdie Tree

Sentimental Sayings

If you belong to the Technique Junkies FB page, I’d love to see your take on this technique.  Don’t forget, we have a challenge which you’ll find at the top of the page.  Hope to see you there!

Posted on : May 23 2017
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Shaped Stencils Challenge

Hi folks.  It’s challenge time at Technique Junkies and this month the challenge is to use the Shaped Stencils technique which you can find here.

I used a crackle stencil that used to be available at Technique Junkies.  I stamped my cute Owl on a Branch over top of my stencil.

In each corner I stamped Flower Corner and coloured it with my Prismacolor pencil crayons.  Next, I added yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops to each flower centres.

To enter our challenges, you must use Technique Junkies stamps, to be in the running for a $25 gift certificate.

You now can use my discount code on the Distress Oxides and Chameleon Colortone Pencils.  I just ordered my set and as a major colourer with pencil crayons I look forward to using them.  You can purchase Reinkers and Distress Oxides separately here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you play in the challenge.


Posted on : May 16 2017
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Technique Junkies Challenge


Hello there.  I hope you’re having a great week.

Technique Junkies are now doing challenges and a random winner will be picked to win a $25 gift certificate for the store.  Loaded with stamps, Misti, stencils, pencil crayons, etc., this is quite the prize.  You have until May 13th and the winner will be announced on the 14th.

The link to the challenge is here.  The technique you must use is Tie Die Circles, which coincidentally was originally filmed by me.

I used Whimsical World and stamped out my image with my Misti to give it a crisp dark image.  My yellow dots are Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you at the challenge.

Posted on : May 09 2017
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Technique Junkies New Release Blog Hop


Hello friends and fellow stampers!  Thank you for joining me for the new release blog hop which starts at the Design Junkies blog, so you might want to go back and start from the beginning.  If you came from the ever so talented Ro Donner’s blog you’re one the right track.

From now until May 1st you can receive 15% off the new release.  Then, on anything else (minus the items mentioned on the bottom of the code I have added below) you can take 10% off by using the code supplied below.  You can see the new releases here.

HOT NEWS:  Chemeleon Color Tone Coloured Pencils are part of May’s release and are $15% off until May 8th.  Get yours before they sell out.

For my first card I used #S736 Watercolor Birds.  I stamped out my image with my Misti onto watercolour paper and watercoloured my image with Distress markers.  I started out watercoloured light blue around the whole image before I coloured the rest of the image.

Next I used these adorable bicycles from the #SS068 Bicycles Set of 4 set and paired it with the #SDX091 Beautiful Ride sentiment.  My four cards are all coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.

I cut my main image smaller and matted the card front onto a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch white matt.


Using Rose Doodles I morphed the Spotlight 2 Tutorial from the August 2013 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter which you can see here.  I love these flowers a lot.

Now it’s time to go peak and see what the talented Judy Jackson has to offer.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Posted on : May 01 2017
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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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