Background Stained Glass

Background Stained Glass Finished Card, resized

Hello friends.  I hope you’re having a great week.

Here is a card that I created called Background Stained Glass.  I shot the tutorial for the August 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Isn’t this background stamp pretty?  It is from Impression Obsession.   The sentiment is from Hampton Arts.  The background was coloured with Copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Aug 28 2014
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Leaded Stained Glass and Technique Junkie Newsletter News

Leaded Stained Glass resized

Good morning folks!  Today is the last day of my holidays and oh what fun I had.  We went to Niagara Falls for the night, visited Niagara on the Lake, the butterfly conservatory, went to the beach, and spent the night at my aunt and uncle’s trailor with my dear cousin, and had a nice seafood birthday supper made by my daughter.  And that was all in one week.  Whew, I’m glad I’m off work today just to catch my breath and play in my stamp room.

This Leaded Stained Glass card is from a tutorial I shot for the June issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  The only tricky thing was trying to mark out the dimensions for cutting so this technique could be reproduced.  Don’t you just love the sheen?  All of the paper started out as white card stock, believe it or not.

On another note, I’m sad to say that Pat Huntoon announced that at the end of 2014, the Technique Junkie Newsletter will no longer be produced.   Pat will still be around, but in a different capacity as she is now owner of the Stamp Camp line and the name is now Technique Junkies Stamps.  I will be staying on with Pat as a filmer of tutorials for CD’s that she will continue to produce and will be making card samples for her trade shows.  I’m thrilled to be working with Pat and look forward to the new path she is taking on.

Stamp:  Judikins

Posted on : Aug 25 2014
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Broken Border Thanks

Broken Borders, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Thank You

Hello friends.  Recently it was my birthday and I wanted to make a special thank you card for a special friend, Vera.  I received a beautiful large decorative bowl from PartyLite that houses small clear stones and a circular rack that holds tealight. I also received a large round granny smith apple green candle that coordinates with all my granny smith apple green furniture.

My daughter is coming down to Sarnia to help me celebrate my birthday in a couple of weeks.  She wants to make me a Maritime supper complete with seafood and East coast music. We spent 14 years out East  and both children were born on Prince Edward Island, so the Maritimes holds a special place our hearts.

Sarah said to invite anyone I wanted so I invited Vera and her husband, and because my apartment is too small to hold everyone at one table, she generously offered her house.  Talk about a good friend, eh? If the weather is nice we can swim in her pool too.

So, I think this card is fitting for one of my best friends, don’t you?

Posted on : Aug 14 2014
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Birthday Wishes

Broken Borders, Technique Junkie Newsletter, SU

Hello folks!  While on my day off I created four of these birthday cards using Broken Borders technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  It’s one of my favourite techniques.  I love this colour combination because it uses my signature bright colours.  My sentiment is from Stampin’ Up!  For the cards going into the mail I left off the pretty little flower and brad so my cards would be mailable.  Postage is very expensive in Canada so one has to be particularly careful with embellishments.

Have a great week!

Posted on : Aug 11 2014
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Best Wishes


Howdy friends, it’s summertime and I thought I’d make a summer feeling card.  I love to wear dresses and so does this flapper from I Brake for Stamps.  My background flowers are from Stampin’ Up!

This card uses Rubber Rubbing technique from the April 2010 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

It’s my day off because I work this weekend, and I managed to make four birthday cards and one thank you card.   To make things easy on myself I mass produced my cards by using one style, which you will see soon.

Have an awesome day!

Posted on : Aug 08 2014
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Creative Blog Hop

Hello friends.  I’d like to introduce Bibiana, of Stamping with Bibiana, who graciously chose me as one of her three people to participate in the Creative Blog Hop.  This hop is a good opportunity to share more about myself with you and to connect with bloggers as well.

Bibiana and I have visited each other’s blogs for some time now.  I love her work and I know you will too.  When you see her talent you will want to subscribe to her blog, so please go and visit Bibiana on her blog.  I love her stencil work and you can find her stencil tutorials here.  She has several blogs:  one in English, one in French and one in Spanish.  Talk about talented.  I learn a lot from this blogger–things I’ve never seen before.  Her cards are always so intricate and detailed and really makes a statement.  She is on three design teams:  Memory Box, Lost Coast and Lavinia Stamps.  High quality work for high quality companies!

Bibiana featured me on her July 28th post and you can go and read it if you like.  Thank you Bibiana for inviting me to join in on the fun!

Flourishes stamps, sunflowers and dragonflies

One of my cards with my signature  Sunflower theme

What am I working on?

Currently, I am working on 30 rooster cards that my sister, Cathie, who commissioned me to make them  for her.  Let me tell you, these roosters fill an A2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) so they won’t be decorated. The fancy colouring lends it to a Clean and Simple card, wouldn’t you agree?   I do have a title to stamp out onto the card, which is currently being custom made.  If you are looking for custom-made stamps you can contact Village Impressions.  Her work is top-notch.

Rooster card, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I work for the Technique Junkie Newsletter so my work varies a lot because I love using new techniques as they are published.  I develop my own techniques which Pat Huntoon, of the Technique Junkie Newsletter, uses.  I have been with the Newsletter, writing tutorials and making cards for approximately six years now.

As you know, I work with many mediums and Tombow markers are one of my favourite mediums to use.  Below is an example of one of my cards that uses Tombow markers.  The stamp came from my old on-line business I had for two years.

Technique Junkie Newsletter_Bargello_June 09

Why do I create the way I do?

I’m inspired to create by looking at a stamp and then cross referencing the Technique Junkie Newsletter to see what technique would work well with a stamp, so I can safely say my inspiration comes from being inspired by the stamp first.

How does my creative process work?

It all starts with a cup of coffee.  I have to have a cup of coffee on my work space.  I then browse the internet, reading blogs and Splitcoaststampers for inspiration.  I then look at my large variety of cardstock and decide what colours I want to use first.  Next, I think about the medium I want to use such as Tombow watercolour markers, Copic markers, or Distress Inks.  From there, my card gets made.


I would like to invite the following three people to join me in the Creative Blog Hop.  Click on the name of their blog to be taken to it.

Maryann Larsen

My Craft Barn

I´m 55 y.o. and I´ve pretty much been crafting my whole life and tried almost everything possible until I began to do parchment craft about 20 years ago, and some years later, I unfortunately got a cataract so I couldn´t see the tiny details and began to do all other kinds of paper crafting, which I just totally love. I love to make 3D projects and all kinds of boxes and fun pape rprojects, and I love to recycle anything I can think of, and have got many fun and pretty cool projects out of that. (Mayann has some pretty cool tutorials on her blog and you might want to check them out).


Kim Hutchinson

Jumbled Hutch


I am a Christian gal from Wisconsin! I’ve been working with Mixed Media for the past 10 years. Watercolors is on the top of my list. This love started about 20 some years ago. While in high school, my art class taught a group of kindergarteners how to watercolor. The pure joy in their faces has never left my soul. I am a quirky person. I am married to a kind, caring, supportive, cute man for 15 years. We have two unique boys, Sam and Ben. To round out my family we have 3 cats (Jinkers, Chagall, and Lucy) and a Jack Russell Terrier named Toby. Some of my other passions are photography, bead embroidery and punch needle. I am a HUGE Milwaukee Brewers fan, GO BREWER CREW! I have a love affair with bats, yes the animal. I like to start my day with some coffee and end it with a cup a tea.

Myoriah Wheeler

Crafting the Frugal Way

I think I was probably creating in the womb as I don’t remember a time when I was not doing some kind of crafting, writing, or even making up my own music.

I used to do a lot of writing. I did a lot of researching the different forms of poetry and trying to write poems in those forms. Now I research techniques for paper crafting and mixed media. As well as experiment to see what works.

Although I still dabble in doing other crafts I pretty much have settled on doing paper crafts and mixed media. As well as I have just started learning how to loom knit.

I was blessed that my son was interested in crafting growing up with me. Stamping was just becoming popular in the small town we lived in. Like the fashion trends the town was always behind a couple of years and no internet at that time. Now my granddaughters craft with me using some of the same stamps that I bought for their dad. And I have the luxury of ordering things off the internet that I can’t find where I live like my new obsession with a gelli plate.

When I’m not crafting you can find me either hiking with my two dogs taking pictures or reading a book. Both photography and books have been my lifelong friends. As well as my curious nature which keeps me researching and learning new things.

Posted on : Aug 04 2014
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Serenity Prayer

Sereneity Prayers, Technique Junkie Stamps, Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Hello folks.  Growing up I remember seeing the Serenity prayer in my mom’s bedroom, and I think that really instilled in me the love for this prayer.  I was thrilled when I saw that the Technique Junkies Stamps carried this prayer so I was quick to get my hot little hands on it.

Do you have a favourite saying or prayer?

Thanks for popping in.

Posted on : Jul 28 2014
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Wedding Shower Congrats

Jessie's wedding shower card

Hi friends  It’s not a secret to my friends and coworkers that I’m crazy for owls.  I had my eye on this Stampn’ Up! punch since it came out and finally broke down and bought it.  There are so many ideas on Pinterest using this punch.  When I saw this card, I knew I wanted to CASE it for a wedding shower I’m attending this Sunday.

One of my coworkers generously bought me an owl bracelet and owl stickums for my stamp room wall.

Are you crazy for owls or are you tired of this long-standing trend?

Posted on : Jul 18 2014
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Get Well Dear Friend

Whisped Frames

Hi folks!  Did you know Pat Huntoon, owner of the Technique Junkie Newsletter bought Stamp Camp and is now called Technique Junkies Stamps.  I fell in love with this cute little bird on a flourish branch.  I coloured the stamp with Tombow markers and spritzed the stamp with water to wet the markers and then stamped out my image.  The background stamp is also from Technique Junkies Stamps.

I used the Whisped Frames technique which is what surrounds the outline of the die.  I find that this technique really enhances an image, don’t you?

I have a dear friend who is sick so I wanted to create a Get Well card for her.  I made an second card so Pat can put it on display in her trade shows.

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted on : Jul 16 2014
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Make a Wish

Stamping Bella image was watercoloured with Tombow markers and a teeny tiny brush.

Thank you for stopping by!

Stamp:  Stamping Bella

Designer Paper:  Basic Grey

Cardstock:  SU So Saffron

Paper Flower cut from patterned paper

Accessories:  Nestabilities scallop circle, Stickles

Posted on : Jul 10 2014
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