Christmas in the Woods

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a nice New Years Eve.  Here in Ontario, gatherings are limited to 5 people due to the rapid spread of the new Covid virus.  I hope you all stay safe and healthy this year.

2022 is going to be a year to excel in my creativity with the Gelliplate, art journals, and more.  This card was created for Carol, one of my besties, who is an artist herself.  She has been published in the July 2004 edition of Stampers Sampler where she completed six tags–five with a unique pair of flip flops using ribbon, beads, etc.

From her I am learning to use the GelliPlate and this is one of my backgrounds.  I cut my Gelli paper to a slimline size and added some Lavinia Stamps trees and embossed script writing. Because I did not have the stamp to elongate a tree, I elongated the trunk myself using a Micron 05 black pen.  Black ink was added to the edges of the Gelli paper and tiny little holes were burned which you can see on the top third of my card.  To complete the design I added red twine with a silver-plated silver charm from Michaels.  I love the texture mixed media gives.

Carol and I get together throughout each month to work on “art” whether it be teaching each other things or experimenting with things.  We’ve had fun making hot glue stencils, learning to burn holes into paper, making art journals, and following along with Somerset Studio and Art Journal magazines to learn more and just have some good laughs and fooling around.  Who says women our age can’t be kids again.  LOL.

Have a great 2022!


Posted on : Jan 08 2022
Posted under cards, Christmas, Gelli Plate, Lavinia Stamps |

New January 2022 Release at Technique Junkies


Hi stampers.  Did you have a nice Christmas season?  Happy New year to all my followers, subscribers, and visitors.  Please scroll down to see my collection of cards using Lavender Friendship Sentiments, Set of 4.

If you are new to Technique Junkies, each month a new release is highlighted with a sale of 15% off (it will automatically be taken off the price in your shopping cart).  If you use my code TJ10Beth, you can get 10% off other items in your cart.  You can see the new release here.



Lavender Friendship Sentiments, Set of 4

For a larger photo of our popular Gotta Have it All! bundle please click here.




Posted on : Jan 01 2022
Posted under cards |

Bah Humbug

Hi folks!  I hope you all had a nice Christmas, contrary to what you may think looking at this card.  Al always jokes he is a scrooge at Christmas and often uses “Bah Humbug” so what would be more fitting for 8 of his co-workers at Christmas time than Bah Humbug. LOL.  That’s ok though, because I sweetened things up by baking individual mini rum cakes which were handed out with these cards.  Last year he passed out store bought cards and his co-workers were asking where the handmade ones were.

I made over 60 Christmas cards this year, and I’ll aim for 60 again this year.  Yes, I’m already working on Christmas cards for December.  Crazy?  Not when one is a “planner.”  I’m someone who needs to plan everything out.  Springing surprises makes me become discombobulated.  Just ask Al.

As always, you can get 10% off your order by using my code TJ10Beth.  Thank you for your support.

Card Deets

  1.  Cut green cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″
  2.  Using a dark green ink, ink up the edges over the green cardstock.  Soften the corners by inking colour more in a round shape as you can see in this photo.
  3.  Let dry completely to prevent embossing powder from sticking.  I air dried overnight, but you can use a heat gun.
  4.  Cover entire surface with an embossing buddy.
  5.  Using VersaMark, stamp over your Delicate Snowflake stamp.  Sprinkle with white embossing powder.  Heat set.
  6.  Stamp out Bah Humbug out and colour.
  7.  Die cut Bah Humbug image with a circular die.
  8.  Adhere image to background, using pop dots for added dimension.
  9.  Adhere green cardstock to a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white card.


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Posted on : Dec 28 2021
Posted under cards |


Hello fellow stampers!  Technique Junkies came out with an awesome November release. I think there’s a little bit of this verse in all of us these days, whether it be mentally exhausted or letting COVID restrictions get to us.  We all could use a bit of courage.  This Courage stamp comes with the verse and lion as one stamp.  The background I felt would best go with Courage is called Seagrass Mat.  Seagrass Mat is not a new release but can be purchased at 10% off just by using my code TJ10Beth.

My background that has Courage stamped onto it, is one of my many Color Burst backgrounds.  For links please scroll down.


Color Burst Background

Highlighting Christmas Colours


Highlighting Twilight Skies

Posted on : Nov 30 2021
Posted under cards |

Appreciate the Journey

Hello there fellow stampers!   For Christmas I am giving a dear friend 40+ cards for Christmas, and these are part of the present.  Pair designer paper with Appreciate the Journey = quick cards.

I apologize for such a poor photo.  This photo convinced me that I do indeed need a photo box.  I’ve been researching them and decided to go to the local camera store to see what they offer.

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Posted on : Nov 23 2021
Posted under cards |

Happy Anniversary

My sister recently celebrated her anniversary, and instead of sending a traditional anniversary card I sent her Happiness is a Journey and not a Destination.   The stamp I used is a retired Stampn’ Up! set.

Enjoy your weekend!

Posted on : Nov 13 2021
Posted under cards, Stampin Up |

A Warm and Merry Christmas

Hello folks!  Did you catch Technique Junkies November release yesterday?  Another great month of red rubber!  Today’s cards uses new releases, which can be purchased at 15% discount.  If you use my code TJ10Beth, that will take 10% off the rest of your cart.  The 15% is automatically reduced for you.  Take advantage of this sale until the 8th of November.

Card Instructions

  • Using an embossing buddy, generously rub it over your coloured cardstock, both for background and your cut-out banner.
  • Heat emboss using gold embossing powder and heat set Leaves and Berries, Retro Merry Christmas and Warmest Wishes
  • Trim your gold embossed cardstock to 3 14/16 inches wide and 5 2/16 inches tall.
  • Trim your mat (I used black) to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  • Adhere your Leaves and Berries background to your mat.
  • Glue mat onto an A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) white card.
  • Using pop dots, place your sentiment as desired.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Posted on : Nov 02 2021
Posted under cards, Christmas |

It’s Almost Halloween

Hi folks!  A little known fact about me.  I once had a small on-line scrapbooking/stamping store called Sunflowers and Dragonflies Creative Designs.  After a year, I closed shop because selling just wasn’t for me.  I’d much rather be behind the scenes making cards and creating art.  While I had my store, I had two ladies design my rubber stamps, and this cute little witch was one of the stamps.  She’s so cute, eh?

Have a good Halloween and enjoy any trick or treaters that dare venture out!


Posted on : Oct 30 2021
Posted under cards |

Vintage Ornaments

Hello there friends!  Are you almost finished your Christmas card-making or just getting started?  I love the versatility of the Technique Junkies Vintage Ornaments stamp because there are many ways to use this stamp, whether it be quick and simple or a little more intricate.

I’m getting so excited about Christmas.  I feel like a young kid all over again when I see all the festive lights, Christmas trees, and decorations.  How about you? I love watching all the Hallmark movies I can, and even looked closely to see how their houses are decorated.  Last year Al put greenery along the top of both kitchen cupboards, and I gently laid 60 round coloured Christmas tree ornaments, all different sizes, in orange, purple, lime green, pink, bright blue.

This year I want to concentrate on the outside, and already bought outdoor lights.  Al got into the spirit and put them up around the patio door and window of our apartment already.  The rest of the decorations will go up on Nov 13, when the Christmas tree goes up.

Enjoy your week, and happy stamping!

Posted on : Oct 26 2021
Posted under cards, Christmas |

Have a Groovy Christmas and Blog Candy

What a fun card for you today!  I combined the newly released Mid-Century Sparkle Background with the sentiment from Groovy Christmas.  Instructions for making this card are below.  I recently made a YouTube video on creating a background (as seen with the sentiment above).  To view my video please visit my Color Bursts video.

We’re only two months away from Christmas Eve, and my envelopes for all of my 50+ Christmas cards are decorated and addressed.  I get too stressed with this part of Christmas cards, that this year I decided to do it sooner, at a leisurely pace.  Usually I’m frantic, keeping my envelopes undecorated and the address just gets slapped on.  What camp are you in?  Is addressing envelopes a stresser for you or not.  Let me know.  I will pick out a random winner to win this card and five pre-made Color Burst backgrounds as seen behind the Have a Groovy Christmas.

Use my code TJ10Beth for a 10% discount on your purchase to Technique Junkies.

Directions for making my Groovy Christmas card

  • Cut cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″ and mat as desired
  • Place your Mid-Century Sparkle Background into your Misti
  • Using retro-feeling colours of watercolour markers, colour your background–one image at a time.  Once you colour an image stamp it out onto your cardstock.  Repeat if you want a darker image
  • Continue the above step until your background is completely covered
  • Using a Color Burst background (or other groovy background paper) rub embossing buddy over the background where you will heat emboss
  • Stamp out your sentiment with VersaMark
  • Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set
  • Mat sentiment
  • Using pop dots, adhere to your sentiment and centre it onto your Mid-Centruy Sparkle Background

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Posted on : Oct 23 2021
Posted under cards, Christmas |

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