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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

Technique Junkies October New Release and Discount

 

Hello folks!  It’s the first of the month and Technique Junkies love to celebrate with a new release and big savingsToday, until October 8th you can receive newly released stamps at 15% off that automatically comes off your shopping cart, AND if you use the code TJ10Beth, an additional 10% is taken off which equals 25% off newly released stamps and 10% off any other product in your shopping card, excluding clearance items.  The full October Release can be see here.

My Merry Christmas card uses Poinsettia, set of 4; and Victorian Greetings, set of 6.  I die cut the background, adhered designer paper and added my sentiment and poinsettia which I coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils.  I coloured two poinsettias and layered them with pop dots.  Pearls were added to the sentiment and the flower.

I love plaid, and was so excited to pair up this darling moose with it.  Chris Moose was stamped out and coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencil.  Next, I added Crystal Stickles to the white part of the hat, and the Christmas bulbs handing on the antlers.  Using Poinsettia, set of 4, I added the small poinsettia to the bottom, using pop dots to give it a 3-D feel.  As well, I punched out green leaves and die cut a heart shape using gold cardstock and used pop dots on the star.  Brads were added to each corner of the wood grain designer paper.

You can see the full release of stamps for the October New Release here.

Have I inspired you to start thinking about making your Christmas cards?  Dare I tell you all my Christmas shopping is done, except for one present?  I love the Christmas holiday season.

 

Participants:

Janine Tinklenberg https://www.jantink.com/2019/10/mitten-state-stamps-tj-october-2019.html

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

Pumpkins, Pumpkins everywhere

Hello stampers!  Fall is in the air and why not make a tribute to the season with an autumn card.  I love pumpkins and in a pie is even better.

Today I have used Pumpkin and Life is Beautiful.  Unfortunately the sentiment does not show up well in this photo, but in real life it looks terrific.

You can purchase these stamps, or any other product that is not on the clearance rack, at 10% off simply by using the code TJ10Beth.  Who doesn’t like to save money?

What is your favourite part of autumn?  For me it is the cozy sweaters and walking in the park surrounded by trees in full colour.

Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Sep 24 2019
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Winter Wonderland

Hello fellow stampers!  I’m in the Christmas spirit (yes, it is early and yes, my Christmas shopping is done) so I thought I’d make an elegant Christmas card for you today.  I will be teaching my co-workers how to make this Christmas card.  I have yet to cone up with a second idea, but I think I might know what is up my sleeve.

My images are by Technique Junkies and are called Flourished Christmas Tree and Joyeux Noel.

I heat embossed white over my Flourished Christmas Tree.  Next, I stamped out Joyeux Noel with bronze Brilliance ink.  My snowflakes were punched out and the base was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  Gold edging was added to my card.

All Technique Junkies stamps and products are 10% off with my code TJ10Beth.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Paper:  White and Pool Party (SU); gold paper comes from Paper-Garden.ca (link is on the bottom of my right hand bar.

Inks:  Bronze Brilliance

Snowflakes:  Punch

 


Posted on : Sep 19 2019
Posted under cards, Sunflowers and Dragonflies |

Love and Laughter Floral

Hello stampers!  Today’s cards use one stamp called Love and Laughter Floral from Technique Junkies.  As you may know, I do like to make several cards using one stamp, using a different technique, or different colours.  Because I like bright colours I used Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  For the card on my left I heat embossed with dark chocolate and my stencil stamp came from A Colourful Life Designs stencil called Garden Gate.

Our new release will be upon us in less than a week, and I’m so excited about this release, so please remember to come back on September 1st for a peak at the new release and big discount on new releases.

As always, if you are so inclined, please use code TJ10Beth to get 10% off you entire purchase (excludes clearance items).

Cheers!


Posted on : Aug 27 2019
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

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