…and to all a Good Night

Hello folks!

Since November 1st, I have been posting Christmas cards for Technique Junkies, every Tuesday, because it’s the 30 Days of Christmas.

All of the stamps in the Christmas Category on the Technique Junkies website are 20%  until Friday November 22. To celebrate, the Technique Junkies Design Team will be posting Christmas and Holiday cards every day to inspire your creativity. No code needed – discount will apply automatically.  You can start your shopping here.
Use code TJ10Beth for an additional 10% off your purchase.
I had a lot of fun making this card.  It was an experiment that turned out, much to my relief.
To make my card I did the following:
  • Smooshed a pink and yellow Distress Ink on a non stick surface, sprayed with water and placed my 5 x 5 cardstock into the wet ink.  I moved it around to cover the entire surface
  • Once completely dry, I stamped Santa in Moonlight with black Versafine.  Using my Misti, I stamped it several times to get the image nice and black
  • Next, I used Ink Blending Brushes to blend Night of Navy around the edges
  • I cut out a round circular stencil with my circle dies and used the round piece to place over the moon and then I blended Night of Navy around the moon
  • Next, I added the sentiment Good Night
  • Lastly, I used Snowflakes, Set of 9 (not a Christmas stamp, and not 20% off, but you can use discount TJ10Beth to get 10% off).  The smallest snowflake was heat embossed using white embossing powder
  • The finished piece was matted on a 6 x 6 card front

Posted on : Nov 12 2019
Posted under Christmas, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Night in Bethlehem

Hello fellow stampers!  The Christmas season will soon be upon us, and I have started making my cards.  This year I am making 10 of each design.  Normally I make 50 of one design, but I have gorgeous Christmas dies and stamps that I want to use.  I’ve had this SU set for a couple of years and this is the first time I used it.  There are so many pretty cards out there using Stampin’ Ups! Night in Bethlehem stamps and dies.

All I can say is, oh my goodness, it’s already November.  That’s when I get in panic mode and put the push to make pretty paper purses to hold small gifts, but this year I’m going to try a new card/gift box holder.  If I’m successful, I will post it.  Now a dear friend, Patti Gilliam is the queen of all thinks folded.  You can visit Patti’s blog Cherish Each Precious Day.

Have a great weekend!


Posted on : Nov 09 2019
Posted under cards, Christmas, Stampin Up |

Day 13 of the Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas

All of the stamps in the Christmas Category on the Technique Junkies website are 20% off from October 24, 2019, through Friday November 22. To celebrate, the Technique Junkies Design Team will be posting Christmas and Holiday cards every day to inspire your creativity. No code needed – discount will apply automatically.  You can start your shopping here.
Use code TJ10Beth for an additional 10% off your purchase.
Aren’t these holiday dogs just the cutest?  I had fun colouring them and turning them into tags.  It seems like I’m always scrounging for tags, and being that I wrap before Christmas comes out of the closet, I need have tags on hand.  Yes, I shop all year round and wrap early too.  That way I’m not overwhelmed with things to do during the busy Christmas season.
I thought it would be cute to add a small bell to the bows.
I hope I gave you some inspiration today.

Posted on : Nov 05 2019
Posted under Christmas, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Technique Junkies November Release and Discount

Good morning fellow stampers.  Wow, are you in for a treat with our November release.  There are so many wonderful designs that it was hard to narrow it down to two for my post.  As usual, all November release stamps are 15% off, plus you can use my discount code TJ10Beth to receive an addition 10% off.  Now that’s a steal!

You will find the list of the Design Team participants below.  Click on all of them because there is a beautiful selection of work from such a talented group.  Now is the time to start making those Christmas cards!

I fell off my chair when I saw Knitting with Friends because I am a knitter and get together regular with a small group of friends to have lunch and knitting.  It’s a good time to catch up on everything new and boy do we enable each other.

I just had to turn them into a Christmas card.  I think it’s an adorable card for my knitting group, don’t you think?

My next card uses Snowman.  Speaking of snowman, I just love the family movie called Jack Frost.  Apparently there is a spooky movie with the same name, which I haven’t seen.  I have watched Jack Frost every Christmas season for at least 10 years, or more.  There were so many ideas going through my head with this adorable Snowman and I finally settled with this design.

Tutorial:

  1.  Using Blending Brushes, blend Tempting Turquoise onto the background.  Oh my goodness, this was my first time using these brushes and being a die-hard sponge user, I instantly became a Blending Brush lover.  Look how smooth my background is.  White cardstock is 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.
  2.  Stamp Real Red Snowflakes, Set of 9.  In open areas, stamp small snowflakes with Tempting Turquoise and place sequins on the inside
  3.   Colour Snowman with Prismacolour pencil crayons.  Here I used a grey blue and a pink.  For the nose a reddish-orange.  Fussy Cut the Snowman and adhere snowman to a white oval background.  Before lifting it out of the paper, once cut, take the smallest of Blending Brushes and lightly blend Tempting Turquoise around the edge of the die and onto the edge of the white cardstock.
  4.  Cut out a scallop oval in Real Red and using pop dots, add it to the back of the white oval.
  5.  Taking a pink paper that coordinates with the pink on the snowman, cut a 1 1/2″x 4 3/4″ and using the Real Red, cut out a piece that that looks pleasing and add it to your pink.  I used a thin line, but you can do a thicker red.
  6.  Add a bow to your cardstock around the pink and red band.
  7.  Add a sentiment.  This sentiment came from Snowflakes, Set of 9.
  8.  Finally, add stickles to your buttons and ball of hat.
  9.  Edge in Real Red.

Participants:

TJ Design Team blog

Ceal Pritchett
Giovana Smith
Holly Brown
Janine Tinklenberg
Jeanne Streiff 
Judy Jackson
Kia Gibson-Clapper
Pat Huntoon
Ro Donner 
Stephanie Severin
Lynda Pleckan

Posted on : Nov 01 2019
Posted under cards, Christmas, Technique Junkies Stamps |

East Coast Lobster

Hello fellow stampers!

Today I coloured up an East Coast lobster.  This darling stamp was eyed by a dear friend of mine and she knew right off that I would love this Inkadinkado stamp and bought it for me  (this is just one stamp).

My love for everything nautical and lobster comes from living on Canada’s east coast for 14 years.  I spent 9 years on Prince Edward Island and 5 years in the Annapolis Valley (Coldbrook next to Kentville and Wolfville). I am now in southern Ontario and am loving the city of Sarnia, but part of my heart remains on the east coast.

I had fun colouring up this lobster and am saving it for an appropriate occasion.

Have a terrific weekend!


Posted on : Oct 26 2019
Posted under cards |

Joyeux Noel

Hello fellow stampers.  This photo does not do justice to the beautiful shine and to the watercolour

Ornament 1.  The sentiment came from Victorian Greetings.  There are six beautiful greetings that you’re sure to love too.

Don’t forget to use DT10Beth to get 10% off these, and any other stamp/product, that isn’t in the clearance rack.

So many times I read that a stamper isn’t pleased with their photography, and this is one of those.  Believe me when I say it’s beautiful in real life.  I think the photo didn’t caputure the beauty is because I used Koi metallic watercolours.

I’ve been working away on making my Christmas cards.  How about you?


Posted on : Oct 22 2019
Posted under cards, Christmas, Splitcoast Stampers, Watercolours |

Happy Holidays

Hello folks!  In need of a quick card?  Today I have just the one, using Technique Junkies Reindeer Names.  I stamped out my background in SU Real Red.

Next, I placed Happy in my Holidays into my Misti and created a coloured sentiment.  Using my Tombow markers, I coloured the sentiment and huffed on the stamp and stamped it out.  This was repeated until the right amount of colour was achieved.  Using a darker shade of green I coloured the bottom of the sentiment.

Whalaa.  Done.

Use TJ10Beth to get 10% off these stamps and any other product excluding the clearance rack.

 

Have a super day!


Posted on : Oct 17 2019
Posted under Christmas, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Dueling Darlings

Hello folks!  It’s the 15th of the month, and you know what that means.  It’s time to post our Dueling Darlings card kit.  This month Tracie sent cards kits to the Dazzlers (me), and Barb sent card kits to the Divas.

Once again, I am using the Bendi Fold fold, one of my favourites.  You can find the tutorial on Splitcoaststampers here.

I took liberty and added green trees from my own stash.

This darling deer image and sentiment came from Newton’s Nook Designs, which I have not heard of before.  Because this group revived my love for cutsey stamps, I definitely will be purchasing from Newton’s Nook Designs.

I coloured my image with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Enjoy your day!

Image and Sentiment:  Newton’s Nook Designs called Harvest Tails

Designer Paper:  Autumn Splendor by Simple Stories

Embellishments:  Twine unknown source

Tall evergreen trees:  Sissix; Small green tree Impression Obsession


Posted on : Oct 15 2019
Posted under cards, Dueling Darlings |

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!  My birthday was in August, but I’m just posting this now.  Thanks to my mom, and other birthday money, I took a deep plunge and ordered Lavinia stamps.  I have been wanting these for ages as I lost my Stampscapes stamps between two moves.  Lavinia stamps come from overseas, and when I googled for a Canadian distributer, I found Ectasy Crafts.

Let me tell you, Ectasy Crafts totally blew me away with their customer service.  I ordered my stamps at 10 p.m., on a Tuesday, and the order was filled and shipped by Wednesday.  On Friday the box of stamps was received.

These stamps were larger than I thought they would be (I didn’t read the sizing details).  When I used my Lavinia stamps my cards will be 6 x 6.  Envelopes will be purchased at Crystal Clear Bags Canada.  Their prices cannot be beat.  And lucky for me, their head office is in the same city where my husband works so he can pick them up for me.

Do you have any Lavinia stamps?


Posted on : Oct 12 2019
Posted under Lavinia Stamps |

Stencil Shading

Hello fellow stampers!

Have you ever wondered how to add more depth to your stenciled project?  Today, I am going to show you how to add shadows to help with that 3-D effect.  The stencil I used today is from A Colorful Life Designs.  The one I am using in this tutorial is called Adored Frame and can be purchased at A Colorful Life Designs.

Did you know that Technique Junkies sells A Colorful Life Stencils too?  You can use my discount code of TJ10Beth to receive 10% off your stencils, or any other product that is in the store.  This discount does not apply to clearance items.  For a full line of A Colorful Life Stencils at Technique Junkies please view here.

Tape your stencil down onto a firm background.  Be sure to use painter’s tape and tape along the inside edges of your cardstock.  Pixie spray works wonderfully too and can be purchased at Technique Junkies.  Yes, my code TJ10Beth is good for a 10% discount too.  By using Pixie spray, you do not have to use tape.

Using a finger dauber, or sponge, rub your ink-stained sponge over the area of your stencil.  Any stencil can be used.

Surprise!  You will be using a Q-tip for this step.  Using your Q-tip, rub it into a darker shade of ink than what was placed onto your cardstock.  Place the darker ink on the lower portion of the stem, swirl, star, etc.  Be sure to add the darker shade of colour in a “flicking” motion so your colour blends nicely.  If the area is elongated, such as the swirls in my stencil, add some darker colour in the top third of your design.

If there are small areas in your stencil, too small for sponging, feel free to use a pointed marker to fill in those areas as see above.

And, lastly, stamp a sentiment on your stenciled background.  Here I used Technique Junkies Love You More, set of 5.

I hope I inspired you to try adding some depth to your stencils.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Oct 08 2019
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

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