Distressed Removal

Distressed Removal 8

Hello friends.   Did you have a nice week?  I had to work, and now that I’m on 3-11, I have all day to play in my studio, trying to work on 35 Christmas cards.  Have you started yours yet?

This card was made for the Sensational Stencils CD  It is one of the tutorials I shot for the CD and is called Distressed Removal.  Don’t you love how the pattern resembles the giraffes neck?  And you know me, the brighter the better so I used a bright colours.

The CD pictorial index can be seen here.  It is such a fun CD and stencils are all the rage right now so you’ll be seeing more of my stencil work in the coming days.

Have a great day!

Stamps:  Sentiment, Technique Junkies Stamps and Giraffe, I Brake for Stamps


Posted on : Nov 06 2014
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Fall Pansies

Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps, Pansy

Hello friends.  It’s that time of year when we plant our pansies.  Oh how I miss being able to plant them, now that I’m in an apartment.  They are just such happy flowers, aren’t they?!

About a year ago I bought Inktense watercolour pencils and decided to finally pull them out and blow off the dust and actually use them.  Wow, talk about vibrant!

I used two techniques from the Technique Junkie Newsletter:  Seam Binding Ribbon Dying from the October 2014 issue, and Resist Strips from the August 2014 issue.  It’s a very simple card, but clean and simple seems to be the “thing” right now.

My pansy stamp is from the Technique Junkies Stamps.


Posted on : Nov 03 2014
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Acetate Resist

Acetate Resist, TJ Stamps, resized

The Serenity prayer is one of my favourite passages, and I am so thrilled that Pat Huntoon sent me this stamp from the Technique Junkies Stamps’ line.  You can see this stamp here.  The technique used here is called Acetate Resist and is from the October 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

This card was given to a very important person in my life.  When I explained how I made it,  her response was, “you made this?”  LOL.

Well, the cooler temperatures are upon us and we are supposed to see some white flakes of snow tomorrow.  I don’t expect it to accumulate, but nevertheless, it’s still snow.  Just something else to put me in the mood for Christmas.  I’m already working on my Christmas cards.  Are you?


Posted on : Oct 31 2014
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Faux Embroidered Quilt

Technique Junkies Stamps, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Faux Embroidered Quilt

Hello folks.  How is your week going?  I’m excited because tomorrow is my last day to work and then I get Friday off because I work this weekend.  Time to get out that honey-do list for Al, eh?  We have a popcorn ceiling that he’s fixing and he’s doing a good job so far.  It isn’t an easy thing to tackle, but he always pulls through.

I played with a new technique from the August issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter and it is called Faux Embroidered Quilt.  I just realized I forgot a step–to run it through the cuttlebug.  Nevertheless, Al said it looked like a quilt when I showed him the card, and he didn’t even know that was the look I was trying to achieve.

My pansy stamp is from Technique Junkies Stamps.  Both my mom and I were discussing our love for pansies over Skype today (she lives in Atlanta, Georgia and I live in Canada).

I made my quilt using BasicGrey 6″ x 6″ pad of paper.  I love how the smaller paper is more to scale for stampers, and how their papers all coordinate so well in one pad.

Have a looksie at the Technique Junkies Stamps, as they have a lot of cute things.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Oct 29 2014
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I can’t be good all the time and News

K Flip, TJ Stamps, resized

As it says, I can’t be good all the time, especially when it comes to sweets.  Don’t these chocolates look delectable?  I used the K-Flip technique from the October 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  It goes so well with so many designs, don’t you think?

My chocolates and saying come from Pat Huntoon’s new line of stamps from the Technique Junkies Stamps.  The chocolates were coloured with Copic markers.

Have you heard the news?  Technique Junkies Stamps will now carry a line from Sally Lynn MacDonald called Palettini.

There are new birthday and Christmas stamps available from the Technique Junkies Stamp line, with lots more in store in the near future.


Posted on : Oct 27 2014
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Sensational Stencils CD Blog Hop

The Technique Junkies Newsletter design team has another fabulous hop for you!  Pat and the talented design team have so many inspirational projects to share with you from the BRAND NEW CD – Sensational Stencils. This newest edition to the Technique Junkies Specialty CD family includes 40 tutorials–so break out your stencils and play along!

You can see a pictorial index by clicking here.  Order yours now by clicking here.

You should have arrived here from Ann Clack’s blog.   Wasn’t her work yummy?

I am showcasing two techniques.  The first one is Distressed Removal and uses delicious chocolates from Technique Junkies stamps.  The chocolates were coloured with Copic markers.  They blend so well with my background.

Distressed Removal, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

My next card uses the Stencil and Doodle technique.  Zentangling is so popular and a unique way to use your stencils.  I had fun sitting in front of the TV and just doodling.  The stencil I used was from Memory Box.  To create my background I sponged on Distress inks.

Stencil and Doodle, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Your next stop is Hetty Sander’s blog.  You won’t want to miss Hetty’s work because it is always so unique.

Here is a list of all of our designers in case you get lost.

Judy Jackson – http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Tricia O’Bin – http://thepassionatestamper.blogspot.com

Ann Clack – http://createdbyann.blogspot.com

Beth Norman – http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Hetty Sanders – http://craftchaos.blogspot.com

Holly Brown – http://www.glitterstampsandink.blogspot.com

Jane Bosi – http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jackie Kalchert –http:// jackiekalchert.blogspot.com

Shelly Schmidt – http://shellymc2.blogspot.com/

Pat Huntoon – http://www.patstamps.blogspot.com


Posted on : Sep 30 2014
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Border Text

Border Text, Impression Obsession, resized

Yah, it’s almost the end of the work week.  I’m off today as I work Saturday.  I’m having a girlfriend in for a knitting afternoon and lunch.  I found a fabulous looking Weight Watcher’s chocolate chip cheesecake.  I’ll be lucky if I have a chocolate chip in my piece; it only took 2 tablespo0ns of chips–LOL.  I’m knitting a baby afghan and once I’m done a third one, I’m going to graduate to making socks.  Don’t you just love those funky and wild coloured socks?  My daughter knit me a pair a couple of Christmases ago and I love them!  Do any of you knit or crochet?

Now onto my card.  I shot this Border Text tutorial for the August issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  One of my favourite images is this cupcake image from Impression Obsession.  I coloured it with my Prismacolor coloured pencils and OMS.

Only one more issue for the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  But on the positive side, Pat will continue to produce specialty CD’s which I continue to film for.

I hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend ahead.  Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Sep 18 2014
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Congratulations Sarah

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, African Stamp 1

Every now and again I find myself CASE’ng a card (Copy and Share Everything).  I had this card on my Pinterest Board for quite some time and finally put the layout to good use.  Believe it or not this is a congratulation on your promotion card for my daughter, Sarah.  This stamp is so appropriate because she works for Free the Children’s head office in Toronto (Canada).  She has travelled to Africa, China, and Brazil to work.  I’m very proud of the work she does.   I’ve had this stamp for numerous years knowing that one day I would make a card for Sarah–just didn’t know it would take me four or more years to do so–LOL.  (she let me know she received my card and was thrilled with it.  I’m not sure if she reads my blog so I didn’t post this earlier).

My image was coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils.  As you can imagine, this image took my reading glasses to colour and my colouring took about one hour.

The Melon Mambo background was stamped with Rich Razzleberry, one of my favourite colours.  The cardstock colours I used is Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, African Stamp 2

Here is a close up of the colouring.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, African Stamp 3

Inside of the card.

This card measures 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

Stamps:  African Image, Embossing Arts Co.’ Background, Impression Obsession; Small Squares on the front of the card, Technique Junkies Stamps; Flourish, Fancy Pants; Sentiment, Stampendous


Posted on : Sep 12 2014
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View from my Balcony

Cruise Ship

I have never seen a cruise ship cruise down the St. Clair River towards Lake St. Clair before.   I rushed in from my walk to pull out my camera with the telephoto lens on so I could get a good photo.

Bluewater Bridge

The cruise ship is about to go under the Bluewater Bridge (it separates Canada and the US) to Lake St. Clair.   I feel so blessed to live in the apartment I do.  It’s full of surprises.


Posted on : Sep 08 2014
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Sending Thoughts of Love

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamping Bella Cancer Girl Stamp 2

Hello fellow Stampers.  This is the second of two cards I was commissioned to create for someone who has cancer.  I can’t believe I had this stamp for over four years and this is the first time I inked it up.  How many of you do the same thing?

This image was coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils.  My background uses Melon Mambo and was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I layered with Pretty in Pink and Wisteria Wonder.  The Pretty in Pink cardstock was run through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.  I just love adding texture to my cards.  It adds so much interest.  (Al loves when I heat emboss for the same reason and when he notices it puts a smile in my heart).

The edges around the image was distressed with ink and is called Whisped Frames from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Each flower has three petals that were run through the Cuttlebug and embossed with the dot embossing folder (still my favourite and well-used folder).  Petals were shaped using a flower-making tool and then brads were inserted into the center.

The inside of the card uses a Stamping Up sentiment that says, “Sending throughts of love and praying for the Lord to sustain you with bright and restful days.”

Out of the goodness of her heart, my coworker who commissioned me to make these cancer cards for her graciously gave me a shawl she crocheted just because I said I liked it when I saw her wearing it, so I am paying it forward and will not be charging her for these two cards I made for her.

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps:  Impression Obsession, Stamping Bella


Posted on : Sep 05 2014
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