Late Easter Wishes

Happy Easter, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Hello friends.  I found this card in my archive drafts and it never got posted.  In fact, I made this card for my aunt, who loves butterflies, and misplaced it in my move to my apartment.     The stamps are from the dollar store and the butterfly is a sticker.  Yes, an actual sticker.

Do you have plans for the weekend?  Al and I are looking forward to driving three hours to Toronto, Ontario, to visit my daughter and her husband for the weekend.  Al and I booked a bed a breakfast just a block away from their one-bedroom apartment and are so looking forward to the weekend get-away.  What a nice change of pace.  It is a kick off to Al’s two week’s of vacation he takes to help with Sarnia’s Ribfest.  He helps to set up everything, spends 14 hour days at the actual Ribfest and then helps to take everything down.  Whew, I’m tired just thinking about all that work.   I won’t be taking vacation until the summer, so I’ll go to Ribfest as a spectator and hang out with Al and the gang, after I’m done work.

I hope you all have a nice weekend.  Thank you for stopping by!


Posted on : Jun 06 2014
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Artistic Effects CD Blog Hop

Hi Bloggers!


Thanks for joining the TJ Design Team BLOG HOP celebration for our brand new TJ Newsletter technique CD ‘Artistic Effects’.  We are so excited to be able to showcase the new techniques on this CD for you.

The CD contains 24 brand new tutorials plus 16 techniques from the TJ archives.  The CD contains 40 tutorials using Gelatos, Goosebumps, irresistible Sprays, Distress Stains and Gesso – so many fun mediums to give your projects the artistic touch.  All 40 tutorials are in step-by-step pdf format – compatible for Macs and PCs alike.  All the tutorials are printable to 8-1/2” x 11” paper.

Now here is how you get your own!!! 

The cost of the CD is 14.95.  Get your copy by following this link.  http://www.techniquejunkies.com/artistic-effects-cd.html

You should have arrived here from Tricia O’Bin’s blog.

180 Degrees Stains

Here are the details on my project. I used the 180 Degrees Stains on my background.  Next, I coloured my image with Copic markers.  Washi tape was adhered across the centre of my background and then twine was added.  Last, a flower was added for added dimension.  My background stamp is Technique Junkies Stamps and my cute little girl is Mo Manning.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me and participating in our HOP.  Don’t forget to stop by and see the amazing projects that Hetty Sander’s has created for your enjoyment.  

In case you get lost, here is a list of all our wonderful designers.

Judy Jackson

http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com/

Jackie Kalchert

jackiekalchert.blogspot.com

Tricia OBin

www.thepassionatestamper.blogspot.com

Beth Norman

http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Hetty Sanders

http://craftchaos.blogspot.com

Holly Brown

http://www.glitterstampsandink.blogspot.com

Shelly Schmidt

http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Pat Huntoon

www.patstampsblogspot.com


Posted on : Jun 03 2014
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Shaped Stencils

Shaped Stencils, IBFS resized

Hi folks!  The weather is still cool, wet and rainy, so it’s a good time to stay indoors and get creative.  Or at least I’m trying to convince myself to find my creativity again.  I finally broke down and bought a gelli plate and had two of my girlfriends in and we all played with our gelli plates.  I discovered working with glaze paints gives the best results so I’m on the hunt for some.

This card was published in the April issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter and is called Shaped Stencils.  As you know, stencils are all the rage so I was thrilled when I could put my stencils to use.  My stamps are from I Brake for Stamps, and the paper ribbon is a die from My Favorite Things.

Have a great day, and thank you for taking the time to stop by!


Posted on : May 23 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter |

Distress Stain Watercoloring ATC

Technique Junkie Newsletter, Distress Stain Watercoloring

Hello friends.  It’s been a while since I posted.  Since my move I lost my mojo.  No creativity or motivation.  So sorry.

This week’s Technique Junkie Newsletter Technique of the Week is Distress Stain Watercoloring, and I thought I’d mix things up a bit and post an ATC.

I fell in love with these dies (source unknown) when I went to a stamp show in Novi, MI two years ago.  The flower dies come with cutters that you place on the enlarged flower and you can choose what size to cut them down to.  By doing this, it gives the petals a different look.  I used only two flowers on my ATC.  The different sizes were cut down with the special cutters.

I hope you’re having a good week.


Posted on : May 20 2014
Posted under ATC's |

Zentangle

Technique Junkie Newsletter, Zen Stamping

Hello there.  Have you tried to Zentangle yet?  It is so fun.  My girlfriend “tangled” my inchies while I “tangled” my puppy using the Zen Stamping technique from the February 2012 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

I’m all settled into my new apartment and have a couple of photos to share with you.

Apartment 4

The view from my North facing balcony.  I have an East facing balcony as well.  I live in Canada, and across the water you will see Port Huron, Michigan in the United States.  As you can see, there is a walking path along the river.  It is quite large so I can get a lot of exercise in.

Apartment 5

My cute little livingroom.  Don’t you just love my funky green chairs?  I painted the poppy painting.

Apartment 6

My dining area with my pub height table and chairs, again in a funky green

Apartment 8

My stamp room.  It’s quite large, you just can’t tell from the photo.  I’m lucky and have a balcony off my room.

Apartment 9

Balcony off my stamp room.

Apartment 2

Al, my cook, barbecuing us some supper.

I live right downtown and work only 2 KM away (about 1 mile).  It’s great living downtown.  I can walk to the post office, library and all the cute little shops.  I’m an avid reader and am so happy that I can walk to the main library.

I hope you are having a good weekend.  I’m working but get next weekend off.


Posted on : May 17 2014
Posted under cards, Personal Photos |

We Moved

We Moved, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Hi folks.  You may have wondered where I’ve been.  Well, I made a move into an apartment.  To let my friends and family know my new phone number and address, I made a lot of these cards.  Al was tickled pink that I included him by asking him to type out the wording for the inside.  He felt proud and said he now knows what it feels like when I finish making one of my cards.

I already had the die  for the house from Sissix and ordered the house accessories and Wildflower die from Top Dog Dies.  I cut the wildflower die twice; once in green and once in pink and cut the flowers off and glued them onto the greenery.  To add highlight to my windows I used a yellow Copic marker to the inside of each window pane.  The shutters were raised with pop dots.  The black hinges and door handle were coloured in with a tiny black marker.

Believe it or not, we had the house unpacked in only four days.  Now we just need to organize a little.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week ahead.


Posted on : May 04 2014
Posted under cards |

Outside of the Box

Shaped Stencils, SU, IO die, resized

Hello.  I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend.  I love Easter.  It’s probably one of my favourite holidays.  Easter is like a new beginning.

Today’s card is for Impression Obsession’s Outside of the Box challenge.  Using stencils is so popular and new to me, so my “outside the box” is adding stencils to my card.  I love how this turned out.  The technique I used is from the Technique Junkie Newsletter and is called “Shaped Stencils” and is from the April 2014 issue.

I used the Love Birds Die DIE058-N.  I cut the die out twice, once in green and once in red and cut the birds off and added the red birds.

Enjoy your Easter weekend.

Die:  Impression Obsession; Stencil:  Dreamweaver; Sentiment:  Stampn’ Up!


Posted on : Apr 19 2014
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Happy Easter

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Technique Junkie Newsletter, flap fold card, La La Land 2

Happy Easter.  I hope you enjoy your long weekend with friends and family.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Z Fold, Technique Junkie Newsletter, La La Land 1

This style of card is called the Z Fold and is from the Fancy Folds & Motion Paper Crafts CD from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  You can order the CD from my blog.  Simply click the drop-down menu on the upper right side of my blog.

My bunny stamp is from La La Land Crafts.  My fence and wild flowers are dies Top Dog Dies.

Thank you for stopping by!


Posted on : Apr 18 2014
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Happy Easter

Technique Junkie Newsletter, Sunflowers and Dragonflies,  easter card

Hello folks!  Have you made your Easter cards yet?  I’m all caught up.  Whew.

My technique uses the Scored Diamonds technique from the Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts CD from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  You can order your CD by clicking on the upper right bar on my blog.  There is a drop down window for you to choose which CD you would like to purchase.

Rather than stamp a background I took the liberty of using designer paper from Doodlebug “Take Note.”

Stamps:  La La Land Crafts


Posted on : Apr 16 2014
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter |

For the Birthday Girl

Splitcoaststampers TLC477, Stamping Bella Poppies

Hi folks! Are you having a good day?  I hope you are.

I had a birthday card to make and couldn’t decide what to do that was unique, so when I saw this card from my blogging friend, Viv, I knew that was the style of card I wanted to make.  As you can see, I was inspired by the way Viv added some ribbon, so I did the same.

I found the directions for the Center Step card on Splitcoaststampers.   There is a step-by-step tutorial as well as a video tutorial.

This card is also for this week’s technique challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  The challenge is to add dots and the technique is called Pointilism.

My Stamping Bella image was coloured with Copics.  My designer paper is an old 6 x 6 pad from BasicGrey.  I’m a designer paper junkie, are you?


Posted on : Apr 14 2014
Posted under cards, Splitcoast Stampers |

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