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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How to Start a Blog: 7 Easy Steps

I recently came across a comprehensive article on How to Start a Blog:  7 Easy Steps.  It gives information such as platforms (Blogger versus WordPress), how much it costs, how much time it takes up, etc.

It is very well written and inviting article, in all its’ graphics, headers, subtitles and colours. Clearly, Robert knows how to blog.

If you would like to take a peak at his post you can visit it here.

Let me know what you think.


Posted on : Feb 24 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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Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Priceless

I recently participated in a challenge to use yellow, black and white.  What a pretty combination, eh?  I used Stampn’ Ups! Priceless set which hasn’t seen ink in a very long time.  As you can see from the shine, I heat embossed the flower and flourish with black embossing powder.  Want in on a secret?  I placed my flower where I made a mess of stamping out a sentiment.  As luck would have it, the flower had the right colour scheme.

Have a good day!


Posted on : Feb 16 2017
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Happy Valentine’s Day

Hello folks.  I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day.  Today I’m sending my love out to all my readers.  Please excuse me for having a shadow beside my card; it was late at night when I took it and now I know never to do that again.

My card uses Technique Junkie’s Happy Valentine’s Day and Big Flourish.  Oh how I love flourishes and the nice thing about Big Flourish is that it is large enough to be seen behind your main image.

My embellishment came premade from Michael’s. I think it’s pretty cute.

Have a super Valentine’s Day, and thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Feb 14 2017
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Butterfly Scene

Good Day friends.  I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.  I am working this weekend so I preposted my card for today.

I love this stamp from Impression Obsession, and because I like it so much I bought another butterfly with a farm image in it.

I am entering this card into their Think Pink challenge so I coloured my flowers and smaller butterflies pink and used pink paper.

My stamp is called Butterfly Scene. I coloured this with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Feb 11 2017
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Blue Jeans for his Birthday

Good morning friends and fellow stampers.  Today I am sharing two cards I made for a man’s birthday.  Doesn’t this Blue Jeans stamp look like real jeans?

I added Cheers which came from Simple Sentiments 2a from Technique Junkies.  Using Real Red paper from SU, I heat embossed white embossing powder on the top so the red shows through.

If you look closely you will see I added brads to the patch and on the pocket.

Using Kraft paper I edged the patch and the kraft mat to the card on the right with brown ink to give it a distressed look.

For my dear friend who is celebrating his birthday this month I thought I’d use A Good Friend on his patch.  I’m not sure who will be getting the other birthday card so I used Happy Birthday 3 which makes it a versatile card.

All stamps are Technique Junkies.  Remember, all newly released stamps for February are on sale until tomorrow.

Posted on : Feb 07 2017
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Cupcakes Galore

Hi folks!  Hope you’re having a nice weekend.  I had a girlfriend over yesterday and I taught her how to make bookmarks.  It was a lot of fun.  Me, I just stamped out about 10 bookmarks to colour up when I’m in the mood.

One of my very first stamps I bought from Impression Obsession is this Cupcakes stamp.

I am entering this card into their Think Pink challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Feb 05 2017
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Fluttering Butterfly

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Artsy Inkers

Hi folks.  I hope you’re having a great week.

I coloured my Chocolate Baroque image with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I love to colour.  So relaxing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Feb 04 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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