ATC Swap-Bee Theme

Hello friends!  How are you enjoying your weekend so far?  I worked today and had a great day.  I was off yesterday, and worked on another ATC swap I’m in.  You see, Design Team work for Technique Junkies, shooting videos, looking after custom card orders, preparing Christmas calendars, and working full time doesn’t keep me busy enough, so I just had to sign up not for just one ATC swap, but four.  Poor Al always asks the same question: “why do you do that to yourself?”  All I do is laugh and say, “but you know, I get so excited with doing new things.”  How many are the same way?

This Artist Trading Card (ATC) is 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  I used Stampin’ Ups! Honey Bee stamp set for the theme “Bee.”  Each host describes what we are to add to our ATC.  This one was easy because it only had to be bee related.

In another trade (card below) we were to design a summer card and use the word “summer.”  I made five of these:  one for myself, three to trade, and one for the hostess of the Summer ATC swap.  In this swap I watercoloured the sky and water.  I chose to keep my masked sun white because my boat was white and I wanted a good balance of colour.  I love to add charms to my ATCs as well, so I added a Stampin’ Up! sailing wheel.

More about ATC’s:

  1. Must be 2 1/2 x 3 1/2′
  2. Must fit into a sleeve for protection (sport trading card holders are perfect)
  3. Use any medium you like (stamps, hand drawing, paintings, etc.)
  4. ATC’s are for TRADE only.  Original pieces that are sold are called Art Card Additions
  5. Can be an original piece for trade or mass produced by hand
  6. Each card should have their ATC numbered ie 2/5 two out of five; as well as the name of the artist, date, and trade name theme or a title

Where I trade my ATC’s:

ATC’s for All

Swap Bot

I’ve been known to host a trade with blogging friends, or have been asked by a member of my trading groups for a personal trade.

If you sign up to trade, you can find me under the name of sunflowersanddragonflies.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 


Posted on : Jun 12 2021
Posted under ATC's |

Happy Father’s Day

Hello friends!  Have you been enjoying the previews of Technique Junkies new release for June?

Let me now take you back to two older stamps, available at 10% off with my code TJ10Beth.  Golf Club Patent was stamped on top of Kraft paper.  White pencil crayon was used to add highlights to the clubs.  Happy Father’s Day was stamped onto Kraft paper and mounted on top of the background.

Here is June’s Gotta Have it All bundle

Thanks for stopping by!

 


Posted on : Jun 08 2021
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Every day should be a Sundae

Yum!  These are my kind of yummy Sundaes these days because I’m a member of Weight Watchers, so watercoloured Sundae’s are the best!

I used Momento Black to stamp out my sundaes on the smooth side of my watercolour paper, and placed the sentiment on top.  Using a variety of browns, I tried to make the sugar cups realistic.

There is still time to purchase new release stamps for 15% off.  15% off runs to June 8th. Use my code below for 10% off the remainder of your cart.

Here’s the gotta have it all bundle

Thank you for stopping by.  I would love for you to link me up to your work using one of the June’s stamps.


Posted on : Jun 03 2021
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps, Watercolours |

Technique Junkies June Release and Discounts

Hello there!  I’m so excited to share my project with you today.  It’s a project that I worked on for a while.  Deciding to work on my oversized waterfall card in chunks, I was so happy when it all came together.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “I love ocean-themed cards” (and so does Pat).  My colour inspiration came from my designer paper made in pretty pinks, blues and purples.  My awesome Team members have created beautiful things for you, so please scroll down to be linked to their blogs so you can leave them some love. To start from the beginning please visit the Technique Junkies blog.

In case you’re new to my blog, Technique Junkies has a June release and from June 1st to 8th the new stamp release is automatically 15% off of your shopping cart.  Use my code TJ10Beth and you will get the remainder of your shopping cart at 10% off.

The small tutorial version of the waterfall card can be found here, and the large one that I made can be found here.   My waterfall card uses two newly released stamps which you will find below (and two older stamps, which qualify for the 10% discount).

Beach is my Therapist

Fish or Mermaid

Swirl Turtle (older release)

Mermaid Kisses and Seashell Borders (both older releases)

The large waterfall card has lots of room to write out your note.

For the kid in you, you can buy the Gotta Have it All Bundle

More Inspiration from the TJ Design Team

Video(s)

Erin: “TUTORIAL | Techniques for Coloring Sea/Ocean Stamped Images | PART I” https://youtu.be/uWYSCl82ALg

Tracy Shultz – YouTube Live – Unboxing the June 2021 Technique Junkies New Release | June 1 at 7 p.m.: https://youtu.be/FWFwTkvQQco


Posted on : Jun 01 2021
Posted under cards, Projects |

Better Friend

Hi friends!  As I write this post, I’m preparing my post for the upcoming June new release and am so excited to share a big project I made combining new release with older release stamps.  But, for now I am eager to share this month’s new release using Floral Frame Square.

After stamping out my image, I coloured it with Copic markers and added sequins.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!


Posted on : May 25 2021
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

Hello there!  I’m really in love with Grunge Flag.  Did you see my Grunge Flag tutorial on how to create faux burnt edges?

I stamped out my image onto my card front, and then stamped Wildflower Silhouettes. My inspiration was drawn from a drive I took years ago with my sister, while I was visiting her in the United States (I’m Canadian).  We saw an old barn sitting in a field with the American flag painted on the entire side of the barn and wild flowers were growing all around.  It was so beautiful, we got out of the car to take a photo of it, and along the way my sister painted the scene with oil paints.

You can get these stamps for 10% off by using code TJ10Beth.  The remainder of your shopping cart will also be applied to the rest of your shopping cart.  Happy shopping!


Posted on : May 18 2021
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Wonderful Life

Hi there fellow stampers!  Today I am using a new release from Technique Junkies new release.  My background was handmade using Distress Inks.  I thought it would be a fun idea to use Floral Frame Square, with gold embossing powder.  Look how rich a feel it has to it.  Around the image, I added gold stars.  They look silver on the top right, but you can’t tell because of the camera flash.  Some day I’d like to get a nice camera box.

Feel free to use my code TJ10Beth for 10% off of this stamp and your shopping cart.

Did you have a nice Mother’s Day weekend?  Al treated me to a special take out dinner.  Here in Ontario, our restaurants are closed and it is only pick up or curbside delivery due to COVID.

Of course I had a face plant on my walk this past weekend.  Last year it was my ankle and ended up being in a boot cast for the summer, and this year it was a face plant.  In analyzing what had happened to me and in listening to my girlfriend say her mom had issues with her knee just giving out, I believe that’s what happened to me.  My knee has just given out several times before; I just never put much thought into it.  I was with my cousin and she said one minute I was up and the next I fell flat onto my face (it was even pavement).  Not having time to put out my hands, I’m not as beat up on the outside as I am on the inside.  My muscles are in excruciating pain.  My tooth that sticks out a little hit the pavement, and by the grace of God, it didn’t become loose.  There is no explanation for my tooth not being knocked out.   Because the weather is nice all week, I will be walking before my afternoon shift, but at a leisure walk and not in a fast pace any more.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to take a peak at one of my videos.


Posted on : May 11 2021
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter |

Plant Smiles

Hello there.  I hope you enjoyed our new release that went live on Saturday.  I like to get a head start, so as I wait for June’s stamps to arrive (to make samples for you), I am already creating folds and such so I am prepared for stamping.

May release stamps are 15% off until May 8th.  Use my code TJ10Beth for a 10% discount on the rest of your shopping cart items.

I’ve been walking regularly at a local park, to hold diabetes at bay and for the exercise.  I lost 30 pounds since January 1st, using the Weight Watcher app, which I love.  It’s so easy to figure out points by scanning a bar code with my phone.  Another bonus to using the App, I can juggle my meals around to fit my points in.

 

Pinterest is a good source for finding card folds.  This particular card fold has intrigued me for years, but I never did it because it intimidated me.  Once I followed along with the tutorial, I found it quick easy.  I tried to find a link for you for the instructions, but I can’t locate the site where I saw it–LOL.

This new Technique Junkies stamp is called Plant Smiles.  I can never get enough of this style of stamp because I always find it interesting in how the sentiment looks after adding multiple colours.  To do this, simply place your stamp/cardstock into your Misti, or other tool, and colour each word and image in a different colour with watercolour markers.  Do this in small sections and repeat your colouring until the image is nice and crisp.  Once again, I used my handmade flowers to decorate the front of the card.

 

A close up of my handmade flowers.  Have you noticed that I’ve been including these into my cards lately?  I’m so in love with sitting in front of Netflix (currently watching Longmire) and working away creating them.

 

 


Posted on : May 04 2021
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Technique Junkies May Release & Video

How can it be May already?  One of the exciting things about the start to another month is the new releases from Technique Junkies.  Today’s card uses Grunge Flag and Home of the Brave. New Releases are automatically discounted 15%, and if you use code TJ10Beth, you receive 10% off the remainder of your cart.  For more inspiration please scroll down to links to Design Team members.

 

Today’s video shows you how to create burnt edges. It is a very early technique from the Technique Junkies Newsletter.  How many of you still have all your copies of the Newsletter?  I have all of the issues in one super wide 3-ring binder.  I spend a lot of time looking over those issues.


Stamps used in today’s video are Grunge Flag and Home of the Brave

Blending Brushes

Design Team’s Artwork

TJ blog
Holly
Patti
Tracy:
Beth (me)
Judy
Pat

Design Team Videos

Tracy

Beth (me)

Gotta Have it all Bundle

Save $29.86 when you purchase the Gotta have it all Bundle.

 


Posted on : May 01 2021
Posted under cards, Tutorials |

Chicken Anyone?

Hello you!  Thanks for stopping by.  Here in Ontario we are still under a province-wide STAY AT HOME order.   In case you’re interested here is a link of what we can and cannot do.  That said, I have much more time for stamping, blogging and design team work, all while going to work every day (I work full time at the local hospital).   The weather is nice so I’m able to sit outside to read and to go walk at a local park either by myself or with my husband.

Farm Fresh is a new Technique Junkies release this month, and is easily used for so many cards.  Here I used Keep Chickens which I coloured in rich and bold colours.  My examples include a full sized slimline card and an A2 card.  I kept it simple, which I find very hard to do.

I hope you have a great week ahead of you.  This upcoming Saturday is another new release for Technique Junkies.  Don’t forget to visit my blog, and my fellow DT members for lots of inspiration. I will have a video ready to go live on May 1st.


Posted on : Apr 27 2021
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

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