Congratulations on your new house

Hello there fellow stampers and paper craft artists.  Today I have a card all made by dies.  A girl at work just bought her first home and I’m so excited for her so I made her a card.  To add dimension I coloured in some orange in the windows to replicate light.  Maybe it should be snow because we’re not out of the woods just yet.

House Die:  Sissix

Accessories:  Top Dog Dies

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Apr 14 2017
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How to Make Stained Glass

Hello fellow stampers.  Today I’m here with a Stained Glass tutorial.  Unfortunately you cannot see the sheen left on the card from the Sparkle embossing powder I used (you can buy it at Michael’s.  It is a Recollections brand).  Trust me, it’s beautiful in real life.

You can purchase this stamp using the following code.  You can also use it for other items with some exceptions listed within the code.

Supplies:  Large stamp (here I used Darling Blooms), black ink, VersaMark, Sparkle Embossing Powder, heat gun, pencil and ruler (not in photo), paper cutter (not in photo)

With your ruler and pencil, draw lines on the back of your image.  This creates the stained glass effect.

Lay your pieces out, making sure they are placed in the correct position

Place your cut pieces onto black cardstock and press VersaMark over your entire image

Cover image with Sparkle embossing powder and heat emboss

You’re now left with stained glass.  I do hope you are inspired to try this technique out.
Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Apr 11 2017
Posted under cards, Tutorials |

I’m Engaged

I’m engaged and am so thrilled.  Al and I went shopping to “browse” but within 15 minutes I fell in love with this diamond ring (all Canadian diamonds too) with light blue stones on each side of the large diamond, that Al bought it on the spot.  I kept this engagement a secret until my ring came back sized four weeks after it was bought.

I bought Al’s wedding ring and he thought he could wear his, but I said he had to wait–LOL.

As I said, I’m so thrilled. No big wedding for us, instead an intimate elopement is in the works.

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Apr 06 2017
Posted under Personal Photos |

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
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

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
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

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
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

(Not So) Moody Blues!

Happy Saturday fellow stampers!

I recently bought some new stamps when I won a challenge over at Impression Obsession (I received a $25 gift card to their site), and this is one of the stamps I purchased with my winnings.

I’m entering the Impression Obsession (not so) Moody Blues! challenge.  My card was coloured using a wide variety of blue Prismacolor pencil crayons, with a dash of pink.

Stamp:  Road Map

Posted on : Mar 25 2017
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Meet my granddaughter

This is my first grandchild:  Charlotte Elizabeth.  I first met her when she was two weeks old as seen in this photo.  Needless to say, I’m thrilled at being a grandmother.  I think she will be spoiled by me.

Here are my two darlings:  my Al holding Charlotte.

I don’t have any photos downloaded with me yet, but I will show them to you when I have some to share.

Posted on : Mar 24 2017
Posted under Personal Photos |

Do Something Wild

Hello folks.  Are you having a good week so far?

Using Technique Junkies Flourished Floral and Things I Want to do, I used my lonely Inktense watercolour pencil crayons.  I had fun colouring them up and then painting them with a wet brush.  The colours really are intense.

My background uses The Altered Design Paper technique from the April 2009 issue which you can find here.

I’m sure you’ve picked up on the fact that I love this stamp, if you are a regular viewer of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Mar 21 2017
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Hi folks.  How is your week going so far?  I’m getting pretty pumped because Al and I are driving up to Toronto, 3 hours away, to see my granddaughter for the first time.  I had no idea what a wonderful feeling being a grandma was until now.  She’s a precious doll (aren’t they all–LOL) and I’ll have pictures to share with you soon.

I stamped my background with VersaMark and white embossing powder using the Impression Obsession Cover a Card Swirls and Stars CC054   stamp. The paper is from Stampn’ Up and is called Regal Rose. My main flowered I.O.  Love image E16270 was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  After I die cut my image out, I sponged Pixie Pink from Stampn’ Up! around the edges.

Some people ask me if I’m a Stampn’ Up rep.  The answer is “no.”  I just love, and use, a lot of their product.

Have a great rest of your week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Mar 16 2017
Posted under cards |

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