Meet Eugene

Hi folks!  How is the weather where you are?  My friends all over the US is saying how cold it is.  Here in Southern Ontario, it is very chilly too.  So I think this will be a good weekend to stay in, eat popcorn and catch up on the new season of Ozark, and Wentworth.  Fantastic shows on Netflix.

Do you love Tim Holtz and his products as much as I do?  He has such fun names for his die characters.  This cute penguin is called Eugene.  Being a lover of non traditional Christmas colours I made my trees pink.  I made this card for a challenge in one of the groups I belong to.  This past week we did a Zoom call and learned a new technique from April.

Have a great weekend and stay warm.

 

 


Posted on : Jan 29 2022
Posted under Christmas |

Rustic Christmas

Hi again.  Hope you are doing well and staying safe.

Here is the card I made this past Christmas for Sharon, one of my other art friends, who was published in the September/October edition of Somerset Studio, pages 40 to 44.  The download has been attached to the bottom of this blog post.

My background is one of my Gelliprints made with acrylic paints and stamped snowflakes.  You can make out the white snowflake along the bottom of the card.  Sharon loves Tim Holtz so she got this new Tim Holtz colorized Santa card.  After my reluctant purchase of a Colorize die set, I was immediately sold on the product.  They are so easy to use and I definitely will be adding to my collection.  I felt the rusticness of my Gelliprint coordinated with my Santa.

I’ve started my 2022 Christmas cards.  Have you?

Click this PDF link to view Sharon’s article.

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Thanks for stopping by.

 


Posted on : Jan 15 2022
Posted under cards, Christmas |

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 |

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 |

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

Want to see what YouTube videos I made?  Click on My YouTube Videos along the top of my blog

 


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

Poinsettia Wreath Wishes

Hello fellow stampers.  Have you started making your Christmas cards? I’m about done, but there’s always room for making more. I’m sure you are busy in the U.S. thinking about Thanksgiving preparations. Here, in Canada, we celebrated our Thanksgiving. It is a special time of year for me because my daughter was born on Thanksgiving Day. Her birthday doesn’t always fall on Thanksgiving Day because our Thanksgiving Day fluctuates.

Put aside your Thanksgiving plans for now, let’s focus on Christmas for a moment.  Using Poinsettia Wreath Wishes, set of 7, I created numerous cards and am showing three of my cards here.

Steps to Making the Wreath

  • Using brown ink stamp your wreath onto a lightly coloured wood paper or a light coloured cardstock of your choice
  • Choose your sentiment and line it up on your stamped out wreath.
  • Using an embossing buddy run over the area made for a sentiment
  • Emboss using gold embossing powder
  • Stamp out a second image on white cardstock if you are only making one or two cards.  If you make more, take the stamp off your block or Misti and ink up just the area of the poinsettia and hand press onto white cardstock.  Repeat as necessary
  • Using a circular die, cut out your wreath
  • Colour your hand-stamped poinsettia and cut along the edges so you are left with just a poinsettia
  • Adhere coloured and cut poinsettia over top of the originally stamped image.  I adhered my coloured poinsettia with a pop dot
  • Add pearls to the centre of the flower, and greenery around the flower too
  • Embellish your card as desired

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Posted on : Oct 19 2021
Posted under cards, Christmas |

Retro Reindeer

Hi folks!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  Mine is.  I’m still pumped from my recent visit to my daughter in Ottawa.  I love the city of Ottawa and envy Sarah and her family.  As the Nation’s capital, it is full of awesome museums.  It also has beautiful parks and what a sight to see at this time of year with the changing tree colours.  Plus it has two of my beautiful granddaughters.

Use the above code for 10% off your Technique Junkies purchase

In my card above I used Out of the Box technique (the first time I used this technique).  I used Technique Junkies Retro Reindeer stamp and coloured it with Stamping Blend markers.  The antlers were filled in with a silver sparkle pen.

Have you seen the Gotta Have it All Bundle?  Who can resist this month’s release.  You can purchase it at a special savings listed below.

 

 


Posted on : Oct 12 2021
Posted under cards, Christmas |

Merry & Bright

Hi there folks!  There is still time to get the newly released Technique Junkies October stamps at 25% off.  Use my code TJ10Beth and get 10% off everything else!

I was born in the 60’s.  Is that why I love retro so much?  This fun ornament stamp is called Retro Ornaments Background.  Merry & Bright came from Victorian Greetings, set of 6.

Steps to Making Card

  • Cut turquoise card to size 4″ x 5 1/4″ and copper mat at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Take a dark colour of ink, such as a deeper turquoise and blend edges, leaving the centre light (original colour of cardstock).  Let dry completely before the next step.
  • Rub embossing buddy generously over the entire cardstock.
  • Heat emboss using gold embossing powder
  • Add a banner with sentiment using the same colour as the mat.  Here it is a copper.
  • Whalaa.  You’re done!

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Posted on : Oct 05 2021
Posted under cards, Christmas |

Technique Junkies New Release and a Video from Me

Whoop Whoop, it’s my favourite time of the year–Christmas!!!  I had so much fun making my cards for the month of October.  I’m sure you’re going to be as excited as me when you see this release!  I was inspired by these stamps, and I wanted to use many different techniques.  Today I am sharing my video–Christmas with Color Bursts, highlighting two ways of using your backgrounds.  For more details from the Design Team, and stamps, please scroll down.  If you want to start at the beginning, please visit the TJ Blog.

15% off all new release stamps until October 8th.  This month I’m happy to announce that my code TJ10Beth is good for all other products until the 8th.  After that my code is good for everything which includes October releases.

 

Stamps used:  Vintage Ornaments, Jingle On

Design Team Inspiration

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Posted on : Oct 01 2021
Posted under cards, Christmas |

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