Anything High Hopes Goes Challenge

Anything High Hopes Goes challenge

Good Day friends.  I’ve been a very busy girl lately and worked up a storm over the course of my five days off.  One thing that I worked on was this card for the High Hopes “Anything High Hopes Goes” challenge.  I had a lot of fun making this card and embellished up a storm.  You know me, I usually keep my cards quite simple.  I used Laurie’s teapot.  It was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and OMS.  Designer paper are Stampn’ Up retired sheets that I bought at a yard sale for a steal (yes, Myoriah you’d be pleased to hear that I was frugal).

I also want to show off a beautiful tea towel my girlfriend made for me.  She is a professional seamstress which is her hobby and passion.  Much to my surprise she mailed me three tea towels and remembered I liked owls so she made this tea towel for me.

Owl Towel

Thank you for stopping by.

Posted on : Feb 12 2015
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Nestie Masks

Technique Junkies Stamps, Nestie Masks

Hello friends.  I hope this winter isn’t getting to you too much.  I’m staying huddled in my stamp room with a large sliding door that lets the sun shine in, when we have sun, so it really inspires me to work in my stamp room.

I’m not sure if I should have added a sentiment to my card.  What do you think?

My card uses #SD295 Pansy from Technique Junkies Stamps.  If you look closely, you will notice I edged my background with a gold Krylon pen.

Wanting my dragonfly to coordinate with my sponging, I used the Shaving Cream technique and created a background for my dragonfly.

The technique that I used is called Nestie Masks and can be found in the February 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Stay warm my friends.

Posted on : Feb 10 2015
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As Cute as Can Bee

Technique Junkies Stamps, Paper Peek Through

Good morning friends.  Today I’m using the cutest technique called Paper Peek Through which can be found on the Bodacious Backgrounds Stamps CD (you can order it on my blog.  It’s on the upper right hand bar).  This CD was produced by the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

I had insomnia on the weekend and woke up at 3:00 a.m., and worked on backgrounds from then until bedtime, so now I have lots of backgrounds to turn into cards.  Yesterday, I had the day off and made six cards and spent countless hours colouring with my Prismacolor pencil crayons.

When I chose my stamps I went looking for this particular paper in my stash, and as luck would have it, it was my last piece of paper, which is so appropriate for my card.

All stamps are from Technique Junkies Stamps.

Have a good day.

Posted on : Feb 10 2015
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Happiness is a cup of coffee shared with a friend

Coffee, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Happiness is a cup of coffee shared with a friend.  What a delightful way to spend a day.

I made 16 of these cards to give out as birthday presents for some dear friends.

I stamped out my coffee image from Stampendous and coloured it with Prismacolor coloured pencil.  Next, I matted it in a chocolate brown.  My background stamp, from Hampton Arts, was stamped out with brown Momento ink and distressed.  The Kraft cardstock was distressed as well.  Finally, I added brads to the four corners.

I worked from 10:00 until 4:00 straight to get the 16 cards completed.  Boy does it feel good to have gotten them done.

Have a good day.

Posted on : Feb 06 2015
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There’s rubbah in da house from overseas

Chocolate Baroque 1

Wowza, lots of rubbah!  Yipee for me.  It’s been ages since I bought stamps and what prompted me to order from UK’s Chocolate Baroque is that I was a winner of a gift certificate which covered postage.  Then, a week later, I won blog candy just by leaving a comment on their blog and being randomly selected.  These sheets are 8 1/2 x 11.

Chocolate Baroque 2

I couldn’t resist purchasing two new releases.  You can see the coloured version of the stamp on the left on their blog by clicking here.

Chocolate Baroque 3

This is the generous blog candy I won.

Posted on : Feb 05 2015
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Background Burst Just for You

Technique Junkies Stamps, Background Burst

Hello folks, I’m here with a Background Burst card.  You can find this wonderful technique on the Bodacious Background Stamps CD from the Technique Junkie Newsletter (you can purchase it on my upper right side bar).  Doesn’t the background look like velvet?

My background stamp is from the Technique Junkies Stamps and is #S516 Flower Tapestry and my lovely lady is #SD212 Electa.  The sentiment is from #SS2a Simple Sentiments.

All stamps are from the Technique Junkies Stamps.  I didn’t link up to the stamp site because a new web site is being developed, but if you google Stamp Camp or Technique Junkies Stamps, you will find the site.

My flowers are from Prima flowers.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Posted on : Feb 03 2015
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High Hopes Stripes Challenge

Stripes Challenge, High Hopes Stamps, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Hello folks.  Today’s card is being entered into the High Hopes Stripes Challenge.

I coloured Annie Block with Prismacolor Pencil Crayons and painted shadows with Twinkling H2O’s.

The sketch I followed was from Splitcoast Stampers.


Everything coordinated so well with my striped paper.  I used the following Stampin’ Up! cardstock colours:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie.

I found tie dye thread at the dollar store and used it to stitch along the red cardstock.  Next, I added a flower brad.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend.

Posted on : Jan 31 2015
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Bargello Style

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Bargello, 1a

Good morning friends.  Today I have a spin on the Bargello technique.  It is such an easy and fun technique and I hope you try it out.


Kaleidacolor ink pad


Glossy Card Stock

White Card Stock and Coloured Card Stock


Paper Cutter or Exacto Knife and Ruler

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Roll your brayer into a Kaleidoacolor ink pad ensuring adequate coverage.  I roll about ten time to make sure my brayer is good and wet.

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Starting on one side, roll brayer until the side is covered nicely, and then move the brayer over to the other side and brayer again in the same manner.

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Ink up your background.

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Cut your background into strips.

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Have your background ready.  Use good adhesive to glue your bargello strips down.  This piece of cardstock needs to be cut small enough so that the bargello hides all of the white cardstock.

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Stagger your bargello strips ensuring you butt them closer together as shown.  Notice how the white is completely covered.

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Once you are done with your paper piecing, adhere your bargello to a coloured background.  Trim any necessary edges.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Bargello, 1

Completed cards.

Posted on : Jan 30 2015
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Interesting Links

Hi folks.  I’ve been surfing the net and came across some things I’d like to share with you.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Posted on : Jan 28 2015
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How to Make a Tea Bag Holder

Tea Bag Holder Tutorial, Sunflowers and Dragonflies 1

Hi Friends!  I hope you’re having a nice weekend.  I’m working but I had Friday off and played in my stamp room all day long.  Whew, did I ever get a lot accomplished!

This week’s tutorial was inspired by the For A Girl challenge at High Hopes Stamps.  I am giving this tea bag holder (which I turned into a birthday card) for one of my best friends for her birthday.  I used Inktense watercolour pencil crayons to colour my image and painted shading with Twinkling H2O’s.

My teapot is called Laurie’s teapot.  I used to have a huge collection of teapots that grew over the years, and sadly I had to donate them to Good Will when I was downsizing.  I did keep one teapot.

So, I guess you are saying, get on with the tutorial already.  Okay, here we go.  I’m warning you it’s a long tutorial but it is a very easy project to throw together.

Supplies:  One 3 1/2″ x 7 3/4″ cardstock

One 6 1/2″ x 7″ designer paper

Score tool

Scor Tape or other heavy bondable adhesive


Small circle punch

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Place your cardstock horizontally and score at 3 1/2″ and 4 1/4″

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Place your designer paper so the short end is along the top.  Score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″

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Press down and burnish the 1/2″ strip

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Add Scor tape along the top of the 1/2″ scored line as shown

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Grab the bottom of your designer paper and fold it along the score line and stick the top to the Scor tape and burnish as shown.

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With the long side placed horizontally score at 3 5/8″

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Turn the designer paper over and score, once again, at 3 5/8″

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Fold your two score lines as shown

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Take your circle punch and punch our a U-shape.  Repeat for the other side

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This is what your designer paper should look like.

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Place Scor tape in between the two score lines

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Adhere designer paper onto cardstock in between the two score lines.

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If desired, stamp a sentiment inside your tea bag holder.

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Close teabag holder and tie a ribbon to keep the teabag holder closed.

Posted on : Jan 24 2015
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