Happy Anniversary Sarah and Jon

Happy anniversary to my daughter and son-in-law.  Sarah said she really likes the ice cream truck, which surprises me because I have given them an ice-cream truck anniversary card for all, but one, year of marriage.

Why an ice cream truck for an anniversary card?  Well, it was exceptionally hot on their August wedding day, and the guests were treated to a big surprise.  An ice cream truck was waiting outside of the church for the guests, and giving out ice cream cones.  The whole wedding, including the reception was full of surprises.

My ice cream truck is Stampin Up’s! Tasty Truck.

I’ve already got ideas for next year’s Tasty Truck.

Thanks for stopping by.

Video and step-by-step tutorials are located at the top of my blog.  Enjoy!



Posted on : Aug 08 2020
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Peace brings us all a little nearer


Good day to my fellow friends, stampers and visitors.  Aside from my broken ankle,  summer has been great! I hope you have been enjoying the nice weather.

My card uses two new releases, World Compass and Love, Faith and Peace, set of 10.

I cut my white cardstock to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and using my Misti I stamped out World Compass. Using vellum cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ I stamped two stamps from the Love, Faith and Peace, Set of 10.  I added 8 brads to hold down the vellum because adhesive shows through the vellum, and I did not use any embellishments to hide the adhesive.  I love the look.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Aug 04 2020
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Technique Junkies August New Release and Sale


Hello fellow stampers.  It’s new release day at Technique Junkies.  Whoop Whoop!  From now until August 8th new release stamps are 15% off.  Use my code, and you can get an additional 10% off, plus you get 10% off your other purchases.

I had a lot of fun making these two cards.  It’s been a while since I used alcohol inks, so I pulled them out and using glossy cardstock, I added colour to my background.  Next, I used my embossing buddy and rubbed it all over my background to prevent static cling from messing up my backgrounds with the white embossing powder.


Mad Mod Lace





These two cards are so rich in colour and show up best using bright colours.  I hope I inspired you today.  Enjoy your weekend!


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Posted on : Aug 01 2020
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Congratulations on becoming a grandma

A friend of mine just became a grandma, and a very proud one at that!

I used Stampin’ Up’s Grandma’s House.

Have a great day!

Posted on : Jul 30 2020
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Come Sit on the Porch with Me

Come sit on the porch.  The weather may be hot but the drinks are cold.

This is such a wonderful stamp.  I just love these background sentiment stamps that Technique Junkies sell.  This one is called Sit on the Porch.  I’m giving this to a girlfriend to tell her my cozy balcony, complete with cozy seating and many cushions, will soon be open for a visit.

I think we are all trying to get used to COVID and social distancing, especially on our porch’s and balconies.

Have a great week!

Posted on : Jul 28 2020
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My Little Mishap

Good morning fellow stampers.

My son is crazy for hedgehogs and just purchased one from the Niagara Falls area.  The breeders were meeting Adam last Wednesday, in London, so he didn’t have to travel too far.  As the breeders got stuck in traffic, I decided to take advantage of shopping in the store where we were sitting in their parking lot.  Adam and his girlfriend stayed in their truck and I merrily went on my way, then kerthunk!  I twisted my ankle and fell forward landing on my rib.  The kids never heard a thing, but the lady five rows away saw me fall (the parking lot was pretty empty as we were early in the day), and she yelled, “are you okay” all the way up to me.  When the kids saw this lady checking on me, and me still on the ground, they came out of the truck in a panic.  I was dazzed and a little confused when Adam reached out his hand to help me up.  My ankle was extremely painful but I thought nothing of it, thinking it was just a very bad sprain.  Off to MacDonald’s we went as the breeders were still delayed.  I walked on my ankle and into MacDonalds as nothing was going to get in the way of me and my Big Mac.

The next morning, I walked from the parking lot into my department, at work.  A walk that normally took less than 10 minutes, turned into a 20 minute walk as my ankle was very sore.  I go into work extra early to relax before I work.  I rarely look at my phone unless it is break or lunch time, but I did on this day at the very early start to my shift.  Because my ankle was quite swollen and because Adam kept at me, over the phone, to go to ER, I finally gave in.  I was going to go in on the weekend, but Adam said if it was a break, that it would be too late to be seen.

Jumping forward, after x-rays, my ribs were not broken, only bruised from the fall, and I was told my ankle was broken and I was casted up and provided with crutches. Adam drove me home and his girlfriend met up with us at my apartment where they stayed to make me supper, get me comfortable, and watched over me until I was able to convince them I would be okay until Al got home from his afternoon shift.  The look on Adam’s face said it all.  He was extremely worried about leaving me.

I called in to work using the first sick day in six years, and it crushed me.  Not only was I proud of that milestone, I was proud of being 57 and not ever having a broken bone or surgery.  My record was squashed.

Five days after my fall, I saw a surgeon who told me I have an avulsion fracture of my left ankle and provided me with a walking cast boot and said I could be in it for two months.  I was so elated when he said I could go back to work, and that I’d have a life getting around on my feet again.

My ribs are still tender and my ankle is slowly healing, and lucky for me, I don’t have to have surgery.

So back to my card.  I gave this card to Adam at his house before we left to pick up “Sonic” his newborn hedgehog. Adam was told that his hedgehog was the friendliest in the litter and boy were they right.  He was happy to be in our hands and loved to have his belly rubbed.

So, for the last week of my vacation, I will rest my leg.

Have a nice week, and sorry that my post was so long-winded.


Posted on : Jul 25 2020
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Sweet Hello


Hello folks!  I apologize for the quality of this photo.  We were in a stretch of cloudy days when I took this photo.

I had a lot of fun making these two cards using Pat Huntoon’s recent video called Easy Stamp Layering Background.  It is such a pretty layering technique, and fun, so I created two cards.  Below I listed the stamps that I used in the making of my cards.


Dancing Dandelions

Bird and Letter Collage

Five Fab Phrases, set of 10

Distress Inks:  Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon and Abandoned Coral



Dragonfly Collage

Watercolor Flowers

Distress Ink:  Spun Surgar

Distress Oxides:  Broken China, Twisted Citron


Have a great week!


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Posted on : Jul 22 2020
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Modern Dandelions at Sunset

Hello stampers!  Surviving this heat?

Today’s card depicts hot weather as the sun sets, watching dandelions dancing in the wind..  Mermaids are swimming under the sea, and a walk along the shore one will find starfish and shells.


Our Facebook group had many beautiful examples of cards using the new release.  Join our Facebook group for a heads up on challenges with a chance to win a prize, meet the design team, and show off your TJ artwork.  We love to see what you do with our stamps.


Modern Dandelions

In Full Bloom

Posted on : Jul 14 2020
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Technique Junkies July New Release and Sale

Ah, July–sand and sea, mermaids and starfish, beach and love.  Yes, that’s a sum up of this month’s new release from Technique Junkies.  As someone who lived 14 years on Canada’s East Coast, this month’s collection of stamps are close-to-my-heart.


As always, new release stamps are 15% off until July 8th, and if you use code TJ10Beth, you will receive an additional 10% off–that’s a whopping 25% off.  The remainder of your cart will be 10% off.  We are more than just stamps, so take a look around Technique Junkie’s website.

Stamps used: Drink Like a Fish and Wish Upon a Starfish

To create my background, I used Distress Inks in a blue and a green.  First, I placed the green on my non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and placed my 110lb cardstock over top of the ink.  I dried the layer and repeated with blue.  The results are just as I hoped for.

Next, I stamped and heat embossed my mermaid with white embossing powder, over top of my dried background. The sea floor was floor was created with Stampendous chunky metallic aseasonings embossing enamel.

Using watercolour paper, the mermaid, shells and starfish were stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder, then painted with watercolour paints.

The embossed images were then cut into shape then glued onto the card.  Even the liquid drink was carefully cut and glued down.

Stamps used:  Stays at the beach and Burst

Using  turquoise-green cardstock, Burst was stamped out with VersaMark and embossed with gold embossing powder and heat set. Over top of the background, one of my handmade backgrounds (see above for directions as to how the background was created) was cut into a circle.  Stays at the Beach was stamped out in black, and then stamped out onto watercolour paper.  The kissing fish on watercolour paper was watercoloured, fussy cut and then pop dotted over top of the fish stamped out onto the handmade background.

To see what the rest of the team has done for you, please click on the links below:

Carmen Garciahttps://www.papercraftgoddess.com/2020/07/technique-junkies-july-new-releases-and.html

Posted on : Jul 01 2020
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Summer Bouquet, Sale and Challenge

I hope this post finds you all well.  How’s your weekend going, so far?

On June 9th, Pat Huntoon of Technique Junkies, announced a super-sized prize for the winner who has participated in this three week challenge.  No need to worry if you haven’t entered, there is still time.  The challenge runs through June 29th, and the winner will be announced on June 30th.  The grand prize is the ENTIRE JULY 2020 RELEASE OF STAMPS.  A value of $120. 

With this challenge comes a sale.  ALL of the items in the Summer & Beach categories are 20% off through June 30, 2020 by using the coupon code Summer2020 at checkout.

Full details can be read on the Design Junkies blog.

Come on folks!  Let’s join in on a super sale and prize!

Stamps:  Summer Bouquet and Sentimental Sayings

Stencil:  A Colorful Life Designs

Posted on : Jun 28 2020
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