Life is Better in the Country

Many people I know live by this mantra of “Life is Better in the Country.”  Me, I’m a city gal.

This stamp, Better in the Country, can be purchased at 10% off by using the code TJ10Beth. In addition, your cart will be 10% off (excludes clearance items).

Although I have hoards of designer paper, I love to create my own backgrounds.  I did so using Plaid and Little Checkerboard.  For the plaid, I inked up my stamp with dark green and stamped it onto white cardstock.  For my little checkerboard, I inked up my stamp in black and stamped onto red cardstock.  Twine and little banners were added.

TOMORROW is a NEW RELEASE and you won’t want to miss it!  So don’t forget that I will have a post up tomorrow showcasing the new release!

Get Creative!

Posted on : Mar 31 2020
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In one of my stamp groups, we were challenged to tear some cardboard, and leave some of the cardboard on the top.  The untorn portion of my cardboard was painted in red and then distressed with SU Chocolate Chip.

Over the red, Technique Junkies’ Chicken Wire 2, was stamped out in VersaInk then heat embossed in gold.

My Floral Rooster, by Impression Obsession, was stamped out on Copic friendly paper then coloured with Copic markers.

Inspired to try this technique?  Get creative!

Posted on : Mar 28 2020
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Shaking things up with Fairies

Ewww, I love, love, love this new release called Fairy Garden, set of 10.  It’s the bomb!  I see myself using this set a lot.  Fairy Garden comes with 10 stamps.

I created a shaker card with a sentiment from Fairy Garden, set of 10 on the inside.  It’s surrounded by little die cut flowers that were sponged with ink using blending brushes, adding pink to the yellow flowers.  This cute little fairy, from Fairy Garden, set of 10 was coloured with Copic markers.  Stickles have been added to add a glow of magic fairy dust.

I can’t say enough how I love these blending brushes and regret not buying them sooner.  Sponge work has always been a favourite thing of mine, but looking back, the work is not flawless with sponges.

Did you know that we sell blending brushes?  They are the best price that I have seen so far, and to further cut down on your cost, you can use TJ10Beth to receive 10% off on your brushes, or any other product.

I find myself drawn, more and more, to “cutesy” stamps.

Get creative!

Posted on : Mar 24 2020
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Poppy Teapot

We are in mid March.  Spring will soon be here!  With spring, comes all the pretty flowers.

This Poppy Teapot is from the Technique Junkies February Release.  It has been coloured with Prismacolor pencils and the teapot was painted with gold metallic watercolour.

Image, Life is Beautiful

Remember, you can get 10% off your purchase with Technique Junkies, just by using the code above, TJ10Beth.

Have a terrific weekend!


Posted on : Mar 21 2020
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Live Magically

How to “live magically.”  In a garden, build a house, and watch the fairies fly about.

This magical set from Technique Junkies is full of fun and creativity.  “Fairy Garden” has ten magical stamps that can be used in a variety of ways.

Here I stenciled my background with pastel colours using A Colorful Life Designs stencils.  Next, I stamped my image over top of the stencil background and coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils.  The small fairy was stamped and cut out with a small circular punch and glittered with Stickles.  My image was too wide so I had it go on a sideways direction.  Tiny little stars were stamped around the image and a paper daisy was placed on top.

Posted on : Mar 17 2020
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Dueling Darlings – What Makes you Happy – Coffee

What makes you happy?  This is the inspiration for the Dueling Darlings Duel this month.  The two hosts:  Terry L for the Dazzlers and Tami for the Divas, took the inspiration from the fact that March 10th is the International Day of Happiness.  They brainstormed about what makes people happy.  The answer was COFFEE.

Each “team” receives the same kit from their host and the duel is to see what everyone from the two teams come up with, using their kit.

Because I love coffee, I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge.

What makes me happy:  Uninterrupted time in my studio


Here are links to the Dazzlers:

Terry S
Terry L
Debby B

Here are the links to the Divas:


What makes you happy?


  • Designer paper was hand stamped by Terry, using Condord & 9th “Coffee Blend Turnabout” stamp set using the following colours:  Dark Chocolate, Warm Cocoa, Warm Glow Amalgam, Chocolate Trulle Amalgam, Tomato Soup and Turquoise Sea
  • Cardstock: Gina K, Tomatoe Soup and Turquoise Sea
  • Embossed Carstock:  Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa using Sizzix Alterations Embossing Folder
  • Coffee Cup die cuts:  Concord & 9th Coffee Blend dies
  • Enamel Dots:  The Paper Studio and Eyelet Outlet
  • Ribbons:  Michaels



Posted on : Mar 15 2020
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Baby Wipe Technique

Have you heard of an older technique called the “Baby Wipe Technique?”  Recently, my friend Tina Zinck, filmed The Baby Wipe Technique, which prompted me to try it out once again.  I had better results this time because Tina mentioned using five baby wipes instead of just one.  You can see her You Tube video here.

While digging around to see which stamps I wanted to use, I found my long-and forgotten-Gerber Daisy stamps by Inkadinkado.  My background stamp was one of my first stamps and has been used numerous times for a variety of projects.

Using Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, I spread the mousse over my background.  As luck would have it, my mousse coordinated nice with the background.

I created four cards for later use.

Get creative!



Posted on : Mar 14 2020
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Advice from a Giraffe

Hi folks!  I’m here with a scene that touches my heart because this stamp reminds me of Africa.  My daughter often travels to Africa for work and it touches my heart that she is so compassionate.

To create my background, I first cut the shape then sponged the entire piece with a yellow Distress Oxide.  Next, I masked the large sun and sponged orange on the top half of the sky, then added a green along the bottom.  I left the sunset to dry overnight then I stamped out Advice from a Giraffe with my Misti.

I am often asked how I get such a smooth finish when I sponge.  The secret is by using Ink Blending Brushes.  Yup, they rock my world and they can rock yours too by purchasing them at a 10% discount by using code TJ10Beth.  All products, excluding clearance items, can be purchased at 10% with the code.

Thank you for stopping by.

Posted on : Feb 25 2020
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Best Things in Life

Hello fellow stampers!

Today I’m showcasing Best Things in Life large stamp from Technique Junkies.   Save on products by using my code TJ10Beth.

This is a stamp that works when you something in a hurry because it covers your entire A2 card front and you need minimal embellishing.  Here, I used sequins and added Distress Inks with my Ink Blending Brushes.  These brushes are 10% off with the above code.

Thank you for stopping by.

Posted on : Feb 18 2020
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Dueling Darlings – Let Me Call you Sweetheart

Hello folks!  I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day.   My sweet husband received this card that I made from the Dueling Darlings kit that I received from Shelly, who hosted this month’s kit for the Dazzlers.  Carol hosted for the Divas.  Shelly and Carol called this month’s challenge “Let Me Call you Sweetheart.”

The Dazzlers and the Divas are each given a kit from the host of the month, and we are to post our cards to our blogs on the 15th of the month and travel to each other’s blogs to see what each other has done with their kit.  Make sense?

Can you tell I had fun with my kit?  There was so much goodness all over my desk,  I decided to create a card that would use most of what I received.

The only thing I used, that wasn’t in the kit, was Bazzil’s red cardstock used on my layered background.

Thank you, Shelly, for hosting an awesome challenge.

Supplies Used:

Images: The Project Bin

Cardstock- Neenah Solar White- this is the one Jennifer McGuire recommends

Ink- Memento Black Tuxedo

SU cardstock for hearts and X & O’s  – one retired not marked (101991), Rose Red, Purely Pomegranate

Rose Gold cording- Target $1.00 spot

DP- American Crafts

Silver Metallic- Paper Studios

Sizzix 3-D heart EF


Project bin hearts and xo’s.


larger adhesive hearts- Paper Studio

Park Lane- pink rhinestones

Memory Makers-heart brads

Stash- tags




Posted on : Feb 15 2020
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