Keep Believing

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Keep Believing

Hello friends and fellow stampers, today I have a bright and colourful card for you, using an August release stamp from Technique Junkies called Keep Believing.  I just love this stamp.

I hope you’re staying cool.  Here in Ontario, Canada we haven’t had rain in ages and is causing concern.  The humidity has been awful this summer.  I’m a sun worshiper and it’s even too hot and humid for the beach.

Have a great week.

Stamps:  Technique Junkies

Designer Paper:  doodlebug design ink “take note”

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Posted on : Aug 16 2016
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My Studio Space Clean Up

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Gasp!  I moved into my new apartment a year ago and it never got organized properly.  So, for my birthday I said to my son, Adam, “I know what you can give me for my birthday that won’t cost you a penny–help me with my studio organization.”  He quickly agreed so I thought that was that.  Well, he came over yesterday and came with a card and a Michael’s gift card–the little stinker.

As luck would have it, there was a one day sale at Michael’s yesterday where all storage units and containers were 50% off, so first thing in the morning I roped Al into joining me on my excursion because I knew I’d need a second set of hands to carry everything I needed wanted to buy.  I bought $200 worth of containers and a 12 x 12 paper holder and spent only $45 (I had a $50 gift card from my girlfriend for my birthday).  What a score!  I love a bargain, don’t you?!

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Ugh!  Where is my desk?  See that fat binder in the middle of my desk?  That hold every issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter ever published.  It’s my bible.  I cut apart my issues and inserted each page in a page protector.

Now do you want to see the new space?……..

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Sure I have a lot of crap must have items, but I use it all.  Doesn’t it look so good?  My office feels so big now.

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Adam warned me he’s coming over to make sure I have kept things clean, and I promised him that I would.  Adam even got out the furniture polish and scolded me as I was just trying to blow off the dust on my office desk.  He even used an air can on my keyboard to get it all cleaned, and I took a baby wipe to it.

Thanks for hanging in there for my long post.  Have yourself a fabulous day!

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Posted on : Aug 12 2016
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Courage

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Courage

Good Monday morning.  Did you have a nice weekend?  Al and I started off our holidays with a bang by visiting my best friend and cousin who lives two hours away.  On Saturday we went to the Kitchener Blues Festival and saw Cowboy Junkies and Big Sugar.  Then yesterday we went on a good hike to see three falls.  Unfortunately because of the lack of rain this summer the falls were mostly a trickle of water.  The views were magnificent on the Bruce Trail.

Today I have a card using Technique Junkies stamps called Courage and Horse.  I used the Faux Barn Wood technique from the February 2011 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  You can see the tutorial here.

Basically, I painted the paper with brown paint.  After it dried I painted on white glue, and then painted white paint over top of the tacky glue.  As it dried, the white paint crackled.

I used brown embossing powder on my horse and white embossing powder for my sentiment.

I hope you have a terrific week.


Posted on : Aug 08 2016
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How to Make a Faux Embroidered Quilt

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Hello fellow stampers and card makers.  Today I’m here with the Faux Embroidered Quilt technique which can be found in the August 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  For this version I knew I had to use this Strange Cats stamp on a quilt.  Where else would you find them but snuggled up on a nice comfy quilt?

When I set out to make a card, I pay close attention to the stamp I want to use and go through my binder that holds all of the issues of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Poor Al has to contend with me having that big honking binder on the coffee table for days at a time, until I find just the right technique.  I probably over analyze, but I want things to be perfect.

Strange Cats comes from the July release. Now onto my tutorial…

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Supplies:  1″ punch or paper trimmer; scissors (not in photo); Adhesive such as ATG tape runner, Xyron or glue stick; designer paper or colored card stock; white card stock; embossing folder (not in photo) and embossing machine (not in photo)

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Punch, or cut, an assortment of 1″ squares.

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If you are using ATG tape runner, or hand held tape runner, you “draw” a series of lines that fills the entire surface.  You can see the lines in this photo.

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Starting on the bottom left, lay your first triangle in place, followed by three more pieces across to the other end of your card stock.  Fill in your triangles as seen in this photo.

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Next, with a pair of scissors, turn over your “quilt” to the backside and trim along the edges of the white card stock.  I do not recommend using a paper trimmer for this step as it may tear the smaller pieces of designer paper.

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Using an embossing folder, run your “quilt” through your embossing machine.

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Whalaa.  You’re beautiful quilt is now ready to decorate.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try your hand at this lovely technique.

DON’T FORGET TO LOOK THROUGH MY TWO PAGES OF TUTORIALS AT THE TOP OF MY BLOG.


Posted on : Aug 02 2016
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New Release for Technique Junkies

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Welcome to the August release for Technique Junkies.  Oh boy, do I love this release, and I just had to use my favourite stamp set which works so well with my Batik tutorial.  Before we get to the tutorial, let’s get down to business, shall we?  Please start at the Design Junkies blog so you don’t miss a thing.  The Pat and her design team have a lot of inspiration for you.  If you came from the talented Lanette Erickson’s blog, then you’re on the right track.

Stamps used:  Fancy Fruits and Grand Greetings

There are two versions to doing this technique, and I will show you the bone file method, and will explain how you can crinkle it up a little more to look like the photo below.

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Stamps that have solid areas; VersaMark; clear embossing powder; heat gun; card stock, white, vanilla or kraft; bone folder; assorted die inks (I used fired brick, mowed lawn, mustard seed); embossing buddy; sponges; iron (not in photo)

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Rub your embossing buddy over the entire surface of your card front

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Ink stamp with VersaMark

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Stamp your images onto your card front and cover with clear embossing powder

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Using your heat gun, heat your clear embossing powder completely

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Using your bone folder, fold your card stock in all directions.  Ensure you press your creases hard with your bone folder.

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Unfold your paper.  At this point you can scrunch up your paper into a ball and carefully open it up and lay it flat.

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Using your sponges, ink up your image

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Lay a piece of copier paper on the bottom.  Next place your batik card stock on top of the copier paper, and then add a sheet of copier paper on top of the batik card stock.  With an iron set at the lowest temperature and no steam, quickly iron your batik paper so that it will lay flat on your card, or matting.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique.

Now it’s time to visit Pam DeChellis’ blog.  You’re sure in for a treat.

August release stamps are on sale for 15% off until August 8th–the day before my birthday.

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Posted on : Aug 01 2016
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Owl on a Branch

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Vintage Daisy Collage, Owl on Branch

Hi folks.  Ever have a favourite card that you hate to part with? This is just the one for me.  I love the pink and orange colour combination, and my cute owl and banners which I coloured to match with the designer paper (retired SU).

My stamps are by Technique Junkies and are called Owl on Branch and Pennants Set 5 SDP005.  There are 7 pennant sets to pick from so you might just want to “search” pennants to see them all.  I am crazy for pennants.

I just got back from spending a week in Toronto and had a blast.  I love big cities and had the opportunity to house sit while my daughter was away visiting the east coast, so Al and I had their place all to ourselves.  I think our biggest thrill was that we could barbecue which we did almost every night.  Living in an apartment we are not allowed to have a barbecue.

Our time in Toronto was quite an adventure and one that we will remember for quite a while.

What are your summer plans?


Posted on : Jul 26 2016
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How to Create Wax Paper Resist

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Wax Paper Resist 1 A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.  Hello folks, today I’m here with one of the very first techniques that Pat filmed and put into her October 2002 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I decided to use the finished product in an usual way–rather than stamp out an image on the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 finished product, I cut mine up to create water for this lovely mermaid that comes from Technique Junkies By the Sea, set of 6.  My sentiment comes from this set as well.  I find this set so versatile.  So let’s visit my tutorial shall we…

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Supplies:  iron, two white sheets of copier paper, two 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 glossy paper, wax paper, brayer, Kaleidocolor ink pad or a single ink pad

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Scrunch up your wax paper well.

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Lay your first piece of copier paper on your ironing board.  Next, place your glossy paper face up and then open up your wax paper and lay on top of your glossy paper.

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Take your second piece of glossy paper and lay the glossy side face down.  You will now have your glossy paper sandwiched between the wax paper.

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Lay your second sheet of copier paper over top of your glossy and wax papers.

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Using your dry, and not steam setting, iron on top of the copier paper.

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You will now have two pieces of glossy paper to brayer ink onto.

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Your finished piece is now ready to be decorated.

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Posted on : Jul 19 2016
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Near the Sea

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Near the Sea

Hi folks.  Surprise, two cards in one week!  My mojo has come back and it’s stuck around so you may not see many cards, believe me I’m making them.  Lately, I’ve been making ten of one design as gifts to some of the special people in my life.  This card isn’t made in multiples but is simply for that someone special to me.

I used Fishing Boat from Technique Junkies.  Also from TJ is my sentiment that comes from a lovely mermaid set called By the Sea, Set of 6.

My image was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  I thought a blue fishing boat would be fun to do as I saw many colours of boats when I lived out east on Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia (Canada).  My heart is still out there and I don’t know that I’ll ever feel at peace in Ontario.  Those 14 years out there stole my heart.  Every week I have a dream of trying to get moved back out there, so Pat’s nautical releases really resonate with me.

On that note, I’ll say “until next time” for those who follow me.  I appreciate your comments and support.


Posted on : Jul 14 2016
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Falling Flowers Finding Their Way

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Vintage Daisy Collage, Falling Flowers

Today I used the very versatile background stamp, from Technique Junkies, called Falling Flowers, which I’ve used as falling rain in a previous card, and today, simply as falling flowers.  I thought this sentiment, called Find Our Way, was very fitting for the falling leaves.

I coloured the flowers with orange and yellow Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.  Oh, how I love to colour.

I hope you’re having a great summer so far.  I know I am.

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Posted on : Jul 12 2016
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How to create Morphed Watercolor Crinkle

Good morning folks.  It’s Beth Norman here with a variation of Pat’s Crinkled Watercolors technique which she filmed in the June 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

When I saw this stamp I immediately envisioned an ombre or multi-coloured background, and I think Crinkled Watercolors did the trick.

The stamp I used is from the July 1st release called Dream Big.  As per usual the new release stamps are on sale for 15% percent off until July 8th.

Let’s now visit my tutorial…

Supplies:  Non stick craft sheet (to protect your surface), paint pallette, white tissue paper, watercolor paper, brush, water and three tubes of watercolor.

Put three colors of watercolor into your pallete and liberally spritz, or pour, water into the wells to create a soupy mixture.  Stir your watercolors.

Spritz your watercolor paper with water.

Saturate your watercolor paper with your watercolors.  Wash your brush before you move onto the next color.

Your watercolor paper will be nice and wet.

Scrunch up your white tissue paper which will be placed over top of your watercolor paper.

Open up tissue paper and lay down onto watercolor paper.  Firmly press down and leave on for 2 to 3 minutes.  Peel off tissue paper.

Let your watercolor paper dry completely.  To speed up drying time you may use a heat gun, or you can leave to air dry.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try this technique.  Watercolors don’t have to be expensive.  I bought an inexpensive package of 12 watercolours for $6.


Posted on : Jul 05 2016
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