There is Always Hope

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Diagonal Images Background

Good morning folks!  Are you enjoying this spring weather?  Finally we have warmer temperatures in southern Ontario so I can now go outside and walk on my breaks at work.

I have always been intimidated by this technique called Diagonal Images Background from the February 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  When I was going through my binder of my issues this technique popped out at me, and wanting to use a new release stamp for today’s post, I decided to tackle this technique which turned out to be fun and easy.

I used Stylized Roses and Always Hope from Technique Junkies.

Well, I’m off today and playing all day in my studio in preparation for our June 1st blog hop.  Dare I say you will be delighted? Aren’t I a tease?

Posted on : May 10 2016
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Mixed Media Canvas Art

Sunflowers and Dragonflies canvas 2

Hi folks.  One thing you don’t know about me is that I am a hermit.  My anxiety keeps me from socializing and getting out, but that’s a changing.  I’m trying to push myself to new levels by reading self help books and getting out there.

I signed up for a mixed media class where I only knew the instructor, and nearly backed out, but I’m so glad I didn’t.  I reconnected with a lady who I knew through a scrapbook store by taking card making classes and hope we can get together to make cards.  It turned out I had the time of my life.

My top canvas was inspired by something I saw in Cloth, Paper, Scissors.  It’s a work in progress as I want to paint my hot glue, etc.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies canvas 1

Here, I used wall spackle to give me texture and painted it with paint once it was dry.  I then took sponge stamps and bubble wrap and stamped onto my canvas.

Do you do mixed media?

Posted on : May 07 2016
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How to Color on Kraft Paper

 Hello folks,  looks like I left this in Draft so it didn’t post.  Opps.

Today I’m here with a long tutorial on how to color a flower onto Kraft paper.  I used one of my favourite stamps, by Technique Junkies called Flourished Floral.  In this tutorial you will see that I use Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits (OMS).  If you don’t have Prismacolor pencil crayons OMS will not work, but don’t worry, just color away.

Supplies:  Prismacolor pencil crayons, white Prismacolor pencil crayon, odorless mineral spirits, paper stumps, Kraft paper, stamp, black ink (not in photo)

Stamp out your image onto Kraft card stock and let dry for about 15 minutes

Color your entire image with white pencil crayon

Color your flower with your first color

Using your blending stump with OMS (dip your paper stump into the OMS) spread around your color until a smooth finish is achieved.


Take your darkest, of three colors and add color on the top edge of every petal


As previously done, take your paper stump and OMS and blend out the darkest color, drawing it downwards towards the tip of your petal

With your third color (I chose a bright pink) do the same as in previous steps but this time color close to the petals so you have just a fine line when you pull out your color.  Next, color the rest of your stamped image

Take a darker green to color along the flower petals and using your blending stump and OMS, pull out your color

I like to leave white space in all of my colored work because it adds a feel of dimension.  On Flourished Floral, I chose to do this on the smallest pieces of flower.  When an area is as tiny as this simply draw a line along the bottom of the area you are coloring, or else you will not have any white space

Take your blending stump dipped in OMS and simply draw along the colored pencil line without drawing it upwards

Finish your card as desired

Posted on : May 05 2016
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Sweet and Fragrant

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Sweet and Fragrant

Hello folks.  As you can see I’m on a colouring roll and couldn’t wait to sit down and take the time to colour up Elegant Mums from Technique Junkies.  Also from their line is the sentiment Sentimental Sayings.

Did you catch the blog hop for the newly released stamp sets?  You can start at the Design Junkie blog.  Newly released stamps are 15% off until May 8th.

Take care and happy stamping!

Posted on : May 03 2016
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Technique Junkies New Stamp Release

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Face the Sunshine 1

Welcome to the May 1st new release blog hop for Technique Junkies.  It’s no secret I’m a fan of sunflowers and this Face the Sunshine fits the bill.  I see so many possibilities with it.  The sunflower on the right is a Spellbinders die and I added the following inks to achieve the look of a sunflower:  SU Marigold, Adirondak Sunset Orange, SU Dusty Durango, Adirondak Cranberry and Adirondak Ginger.  Flower soft was added to the flower’s center.

You won’t to miss a single thing as our talented team has so much to share with you so please, hop over to the Design Junkie Blog to start the hop.  If you arrived from Jane Bosi’s blog you’re on the right track.  I just love Jane’s work and know you will too.  She knows how to push the envelope.

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My second project uses Falling Flowers.  As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to do and that was to add I Love Rainbows because the flowers look like cascading rain.  I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencil crayons.  I hand drew the clouds and rainbow.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, I Love Rainbows

The next blog to visit is Judy Jackson.  As always her work blows me away.  If you follow Judy’s work you will see she likes to create many styles of cards using one stamp, and I love that.

I hope I inspired you to get creative.

All of May’s newly released stamps are on sale at 15% off until May 8th.

Posted on : May 01 2016
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Dragonfly Collage

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and dragonflies, Dragonfly Collage

Hello folks!  Oh the weather in southern Ontario was beautiful this weekend.  Spring jacket weather.  Sun was shining and there was no wind (for a change).  I don’t know about you, but having sunshine gets my creative juices flowing.

I created this card using Technique Junkies Dragonfly Collage.  I stamped it onto a Dylusions sprayed background and coloured my butterfly and dragonflies with white pencil crayon and then coloured over top.

The stark white sentiment was too over powering so I sponged ink onto the background so it blends with the image.

Stamps Used:  Dragonfly Collage

With Sympathy

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Posted on : Apr 19 2016
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How to do Joseph’s Coat Technique

Hi there folks.  Today I’m here with an old technique.  So old, Pat filmed this technique in her very first issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter way back in December 2002.  How proud she must have been publishing her first issue, and now she owns her very own stamp company.  Congratulations Pat!

So, you probably guessed by the title that this is called Joseph’s Coat.  I used a background stamp, but a combination of smaller stamps will work with this technique as well.  In the directions, below, you will find a link to my “How to Use a Brayer” tutorial.

For this tutorial I used two stamps that go so well together:  Swans, from the April release, and Find Our Way from Technique Junkies.

Supplies: Rainbow ink pad (ie. Kaleidacolor), black stamp pad (not in photo), VersaMark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, antistatic bag, white glossy paper, brayer, stamp(s)

Using your brayer (you can find my “How to Use a Brayer” on my blog here) add color to your glossy card stock using your Kaleidacolor, or similar, ink pad.  Let your ink dry completely before next step.

Using your antistatic bag, rub over the entire surface of your inked card stock

Ink up your stamp with VersaMark and stamp out image onto glossy card stock

Cover entire card stock with clear embossing powder

Heat set the embossing powder

Using your brayer, cover the entire surface with your black ink.

Take a tissue and lightly rub over the embossed surface to take off any black residue

Finish your piece as desired

I hope I enticed you to break out your brayer and try this technique.  Have fun!

Posted on : Apr 12 2016
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Flourished Floral and New Stamp Release

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Flourished Floral

Hello folks.  Are you having a good week so far?

Today I decided to try something I’ve always wanted to do, and that is to stamp out an image onto Kraft card stock, colour it all white and then add the colour over top.  I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

I used Technique Junkies Flourished Floral and edged my card with Cuttlebug die cuts.

In case you missed the news, Technique Junkies has a new release and I’m thrilled with what there is.  I so want the dragonflies.  I wasn’t in the hop as my stamps got lost in the mail (insert sad face).  You can see the April release here.  April release stamps are 15% off until April 8th.

Posted on : Apr 05 2016
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How to mix Dylusions Spray with Wax Paper

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Dylusions spray 1

When I was playing around with my Dylusions sprays I developed this technique that is quick and easy.

I used Technique Junkies Park Walk and Simple Sentiments 2a.  My tree die cut is from Impression Obsession.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Dylusions spray 2

Supplies:  Dylusions spray (or any spray), wax paper and white card stock

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Scrunch up your wax paper into a tight ball

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Open up your wax paper and spray over the surface of your wax paper

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Lay your card stock on top of the wax paper and press down over the entire surface of your card stock

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Here are some examples of my work.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique.  Cheers!

For those of you in the Sarnia, Ontario area, you can purchase Dylusions Sprays from Crafty Kat Creations in the old Taylor Furniture building at 140 Christmas Street North.  You have to walk through a costume store where you will find the craft store.

Posted on : Mar 29 2016
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Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique

Hi folks!  I’ve been experimenting with Dylusions and wanted to use them in a way I haven’t seen before. Not to say there isn’t another tutorial around, but this time this idea came from my head.  I like using Dylusions for this technique because of the vibrant results, and you know me, I love bright and vibrant.  So let’s get to it shall we.

Before I introduce this technique I would like to point out the stamps I used.  They are Vintage Butterfly Collection and With Sympathy from Technique Junkies.  The white flower is from the Martha Stewart collection.

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 2

Supplies:  Dylusions spray, foam shaving cream, plastic container, stir stick

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 3

Spray foam shaving cream into container and spread evenly with stir stick

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 4

Spray a variety of Dylusions around the shaving cream, keeping colours close

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 5

Using your stir stick draw lines in a “U” shape both horizontally and vertically over the entire surface

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 6

Place your card stock over the top of the shaving cream and lightly press down on the entire surface of the card stock so you get good coverage with the Dylusions

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 7

Using your stir stick, scrape off the excess shaving cream

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 8

Your piece is now done.  Leave to dry completely, or you can use your heat gun to speed up the drying process.

Dylusions Shaving Cream Technique 9

No two pieces are alike.  They are all so pretty and unique.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique with your Dylusions or any other spray you may have on hand.

Check out my tutorial pages for more inspiration

Posted on : Mar 22 2016
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