Love is in the Air

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Good day folks.  Today I have a card I’m entering into the Impression Obession Love is in the Air contest.  It’s been a while since I inked up one of their stamps and boy did it feel good.  I love their stamps.

For my heart, I used Heart of Hearts die. I used my Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry Ombre stamp pad, with a brayer, to add colour to my background.

Next, I stamped out Cover-a-Card Reverse Damask in VersaMark and used clear embossing powder.  I then sponged on Stampn’ Ups’ Rich Razzelberry Melon Mambo and Pixie Pink over top.

My Matts used Pink Pirourette and Rich Razzelberry.

Happy Valentines Day, a little early.


Posted on : Jan 26 2017
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Polished Stone Embossing

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Hello folks.  Last week I showed you my Polished Stone Embossing technique, and today I’m back with another example of the results of this technique.  You can view my tutorial here.

I used gold embossing powder over my Polished Stone background and you can really see the pretty colours popping through the open spaces.

Stamps:  Technique Junkies Heart to Heart and Love Complete.

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Posted on : Jan 24 2017
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How to Create a Waterfall Card

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Today’s tutorial is dedicated to Hayden who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and since it’s her birthday the public is encouraged to send her a birthday card.  Her birthday is on February 23rd, so I immediately made this card up to get there on time.  If you would like to send a card (even if it’s late that’s okay), you can send it to:

Cards For Hayden
c/o 99.1 CKXS
520 James Street
Wallaceburg, ON
N8A 2N9 Canada

For more information, and a photo, of Hayden please read this article.

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1- Standard card 5 ½” x 4 ¼” (from a 5 ½” x 8 ½” piece of white cardstock)
1- 1” x 4 ¼ “ Brad Strip (pink)
1- 5 ½” x 4 ¼” Layering Piece (purple)
1- 5 ¼” x 4” Layering Piece (Patterned Paper)
1- 1 ¾” x 8 ½” Waterfall Strip (pink)
3- 2¼” x 2 ¼” Squares (pink)
3- 2″ x 2″ Squares (White)
1- Tab (pink)

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Layer your designer paper onto your 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch cardstock

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Adhere your card front to your A2 card, and mat your images onto the 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ cardstock

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Score the waterfall strip at 1 ¾, 2 ¾, and 3 ¾. There will be an area of 4 ¾ remaining

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On your unscored portion of your tab, decorate and or stamp as desired.

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Turn your tab strip over and adhere your first image just a little to the right of the score line.  If you put it right on the score line, the waterfall will not be as effective.

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Add your second image just to the right of the score line

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Add your third image just to the right of the score line

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Add your tab at the end of your strip as shown.

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Slip the strip under the cardstock piece held by brads as shown above.  Add red line tape, or a very bondable tape/glue to the edge of your strip.

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Place your tape at the right hand side of the vertical strip of cardstock and press firmly.

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TIPS FOR SUCCESS
1. Use high quality cardstock to maintain the shape of your card.
2. Mount your images onto waterfall strip with sticky tabs, and once you are certain that your card placement is correct, take the images off and adhere more securely with a tough bondable adhesive such as glue dots or double sided tape.
3. If you don’t have a tab punch, add an eyelit to the end of your waterfall strip, and place ribbon or fibre through the eyelit which will allow you to pull out the waterfall strip.

Your waterfall card is now complete.

Supplies:

Stampn’ Up! Zoofari images

Technique Junkies Groovy Love Upper (alphabet)

Designer Paper:  doodlebug design inc.

Brads:  Prima

Cardstock:  Paper-Garden.ca

OVER 100 FREE TUTORIALS.  PLEASE SEE THE TOP OF MY PAGE FOR THE TWO INDEXES


Posted on : Jan 19 2017
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How to Create Polished Stone Embossing

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Hi fellow stampers and friends.  When I developed this technique, I had two questions:  1)  Can you do Polished Stone without blending solution (I can’t find it in my stamproom, ugh!), 2) Will embossing powder stick to glossy cardstock.  Much to my surprise, the answer to both questions was a definite, “YES!”

The stamps I used are from Technique Junkies and are called Heart to Heart and Like Stars.  Don’t you love the look of the Polished Stone through the open spaces?

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Supplies for Polished Stone:  Alcohol Ink, blending handle with felt, glossy cardstock

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Drip your alcohol ink onto felt

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Pounce your alcohol ink all over your glossy cardstock.

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When your felt dries out, add more colour onto your felt

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Examples of two different colour schemes used

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Embossing supplies:  stamp with open areas, VersaMark, embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, Polished Stone background

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Using the embossing buddy, rub all over your Polished Stone background.  Ink up your stamp with VersaMark and stamp onto Polished Stone.

**Tip: When using a background stamp, it helps to lay your cardstock flat on top of your stamp so your placement of the image fits nicely onto your cardstock.**

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Next, cover your Versamarked surface with embossing powder.  Shake off excess powder.

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Heat emboss.  Note the variety of colours showing through the open spaces.

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Your piece is now ready to be embellished as desired.

 


Posted on : Jan 17 2017
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Bookmarks

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It’s no secret that I love to colour, and one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to do projects for Christmas 2017 ahead of time instead of scrambling at the end.

I’m able to attend a luncheon and craft session bi-weekly before I go into my 3-11 shift.  My girlfriend, Vera, puts on a beautiful lunch for the five of us, and then we each work on our own projects.  Last year I worked on my felt owls and knitting for my soon to be first grandbaby, and currently I’m working on a gingerbread house with Christmas trees made of felt.  With luck, it will be finished by next Christmas–LOL.

At Christmas we have potluck and exchange our homemade wares, and this year I am giving out these 2 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ bookmarks which I am going to have laminated professionally.

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I coloured my Chocolate Baroque image, called Garden Lace Scene, with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I’m quite pleased with the results.

What New Year’s Resolutions do you have?


Posted on : Jan 13 2017
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Folded Pocket Card

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Found on the Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts Technique Junkies CD, is the Folded Pocket Card.  I used January’s newly released Valentine Day stamps to complete my project.  The script is entitled S697 Love Script and the heart is called SD769 Love Heart.

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Card Details:

  • Using SU’s Pink Pirouette, I embossed Love Script on the front of the card with red embossing powder
  • Using SU’s Pink Pirouette, I embossed Love Heart with red embossing powder on the card insert
  • Prima flowers and punched leaves were added to the card front
  • Using a Cuttlebug corner die, I added black corners to one card, and white corners to the other
  • On the front portion that is scored and positioned in a downward position the edges were scalloped with a punch
  • The white band that goes horizontal on the card was run through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then set with brads
  • Small pearls were added to the back of the card, in the centre of the Cuttlebug corner

Thank you for stopping by!


Posted on : Jan 10 2017
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How to Create Watercoloured Forest Background

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Hello folks.  Did you have a nice Christmas and holiday season?  Al and I hosted two Christmas dinners and a party with our friends, as we had the week off.  Now it’s back to the grindstone and into the routine of going to work once again.  I managed to get some stamping done while I was off, including shooting this tutorial.  My inspiration came from this card that I found on Pinterest.

The stamps I used are from Technique Junkies.  The sentiment is called Winds of Change and the dots are from the clearance rack and is called Age Spots.  The stamp is on clearance for only $2.25, so if you’re shopping why not get in on this good deal.

Now onto the tutorial shall we?

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Ink up your stamp and stamp out your ink in a random pattern, leaving white space for your next colours

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Add your second colour

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Add your third (and fourth if you are using four) colours.

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Using your brown marker colour in the lines on the birch trees

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Lightly spritz your ink with water

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Run your cardstock two or three times through your embossing machine

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Your piece is now ready for embellishing

Try using different embossing folders to see what you can come up with.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Posted on : Jan 03 2017
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New Year Blog Hop for Technique Junkies

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Hello friends and visiting stampers.  Today we start the New Year off with a blog hop which starts at the Design Junkies Blog.  You may want to start there so you won’t miss a thing.

Today I made a pop up box card using many stamps from the new January collection and a couple of older images.

CARD DETAILS:

  1.  Sides of box used the Watercolor Resist technique from the December 2008 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter, and was heat embossed in black using SD725 Love You.
  2. Sides of box had black corners cut from an original Cuttlebug corner die.  The front and sides have SS063 Love and Poison, Set of 3, stamped out in red.  The front sentiment is matted in pink and black.
  3. The top of the box uses the Background Smoosh Resist from the Bocacious Background Stamps CD.  The stamp used was S744 Messy Love background stamp.  Each flap was embellished with pink ribbon.
  4. The front heart used SD769 Love Heart.  This heart used the Brayered Resist technique from Bodacious Background Stamps CD.
  5. The heart in the back used SD769 Love Heart and was stamped using SU’s Melon Mambo.
  6. The SD555 Owl on Branch was stamped out using SU’s Real Red.
  7. The adorable angel was stamped out using SU’s Pixie Pink.  The stamp is SD265 Angel with Bouquet.
  8. The front flap used SDX090 Unicorns and Sparkly sentiment which was stamped out in SU’s Melon Mambo and distressed with SU’s Pixie Pink.

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A close up view of the closed Pop Up Box Card.

If you came from Ro Donner’s blog you’re on the right track.  Ro is one of our new DT members and never disappoints.  I thoroughly enjoy her work.

Here is the hop order:

Design Team Blog: http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com
Lanette Erickson: http://stacksofscraps.blogspot.com 

Cheri Weston: http://stampnboomer.blogspot.com
Kathy Stacy: https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com

Ro Donner: http://rodonner.blogspot.com/
Beth Norman: http://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca  (that’s me)
Pam DeChellis: http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com/
Judy Jackson: http://judysstampart.blogspot.com
Pat Huntoon: http://patstamps.blogspot.com

Please go to Pam DeChellis’ blog next.  She has some nice work to showcase.

SALE ALERT:  All of January’s stamps will be on sale at 15% off until January 9th. 

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Posted on : Jan 02 2017
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How to colour mix patterned stencils

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Happy New Year to all my readers, followers and friends.  This will be my last post until January 2nd, when the Technique Junkies has their blog hop, which I’m so excited about.

My card I created uses a stencil in the background and I thought I would show you how I created my colourful background.

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Tape your stencil in place  If it is an oversized stencil like mine is here (stencil by Joggles) you will have to hold your cardstock in place to prevent shifting of the cardstock.

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Using two colours of ink, you can sponge inside the holes without it coming out muddy.

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Your piece is now ready to be used as desired.  I used my Misti to stamp my Chocolate Baroque image on top of my stencilled piece.

Happy New Year!


Posted on : Dec 29 2016
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Hang in There

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Howdy folks.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  I got to spend it with my children for the first time in ten years, on the day of the 25th of December.   Al’s daughter and her boyfriend were with us as well.

Today I have cats, cats, cats.  Although I don’t own a cat I love anything cats–stamps, t-shirts, and even my day planner has gorgeous cats on them.

I stamped out Hipster Cats and Hang in There to decorate the Double Gatefold card found on the Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts CD.

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I stamped the inside with Hang in There Sentiment.

Have a Happy New Year.  Let’s talk New Years Resolutions in my next post, shall we?


Posted on : Dec 27 2016
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