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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Stampn’ Up! Saturday – Under the Sea birthday wishes

Happy Saturday everyone!  I’ve got a jammed packed weekend, and tomorrow I’m going to the beach.  The water will be too cold, but I do love sitting in the sun.  Poor Al hates the sun so he will be sitting under the umbrella.  What are your plans for the weekend?

Recently, I attended a paper craft session that took up the whole day, and it was loads of fun.  This is one of the cards we made at one of our tables.  Looking at it now that it’s posted I think I stamped things upside down because the water is on the top–LOL.  Silly me.  We had to work fast in order to complete every project so that’s my story and I’m sticking with it–LOL.

Have a great weekend!

Posted on : Jun 10 2017
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Charlotte’s Baptism

My granddaughter was baptized on May 28th.  Here she is with mom and dad, Jon and my daughter, Sarah

Me and Al

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Jun 09 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.

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Posted on : Jun 06 2017
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Stampn’ Up! Saturday – Lift me Up

Hi folks!

It’s my goal to use new, and old, Stampn’ Up stamps so I’m going to try and keep Stampn’ Up! Saturday going.  I’m sure I’ll miss the odd Saturday, but I’m going to try my best to post.

One of the best feelings in life, for us stampers, is to buy new stamps.  This recently purchased stamp set (Lift me Up) came with matching dies. I had so much fun diving into the new packaging and found myself in awe of these lovely new dies.  This is my first stamp set that I purchased coordinating dies.

On the front of my card I stamped out the clouds then paper pieced the large balloon together and added a sentiment.  It didn’t stop there; I decorated the inside of my card and used my new Chameleon pencil crayons from Technique Junkies.  These pencil crayons are pretty cool because they have a dark colour on one side of the pencil crayon and a lighter version on the other side to make blending easy peasy.  These pencil crayons are great for the beginner to the more professional colourer.

To receive 10% off the Chameleon pencil crayons, or other products, simply use the code TJ10Beth. How cool is that?

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Jun 03 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.

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Posted on : May 30 2017
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This is the Day the Lord Has Made

Happy Birthday to my two sisters, Cathie and Deborah, who have birthdays one day apart.

I used this image from Our Daily Bread Designs and inside it says, “Birthday Blessings to You.”  I used Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.

Unfortunately, I live in Canada and they live in Mississippi and Georgia, so I rarely see them–usually every five years or so.  Thank heavens for BBM because we keep in touch that way.

Here’s a closer view of one of my cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : May 29 2017
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Baptism Day

Hi folks!

Today is a very special day.  My granddaughter is being baptized along side her cousin.  This worked out so convenient as my daughter lives three hours away and came to town to have Charlotte baptized so the family wouldn’t have to travel to Toronto.  It’s going to be a very large crowd.

Because Charlotte’s cousin is a boy, I used a blue matt on his card, and a pink matt for Charlotte.  Using Noah’s Ark from Our Daily Bread Designs, I stamped it out with black VersaFine and coloured it with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I created clouds by sponging the top of a cloud I drew and cut out with watercolour paper because of it’s durability. Next, I cut scalloped circles in the centre of the cardstock and ran the paper through the Cuttlebug with the swirls embossing folder.  In my final step, I sprinkled Sparkle embossing powder over the entire surface.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Posted on : May 28 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.

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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
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

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