Let’s Celebrate You

Hello Saturday!  One of my newest favs is making cards with coordinating gift bags.  This one was made up for a special cousin.

I’m not one that has all the latest and greatest products, but I do have some.  Tim Holtz’s Colorize dies are all the rage right now, and boy do I feel I get my monies worth.  At first I hesitated to purchase colorize dies so I started with a simple one and moved up from there.  This die is easy to use because the die imprints where the added colour should go, while cutting the main image at the same time.  Why do I feel I get my monies worth?  Because I use them over and over again, and the pairing of a coordinating card with gift bag is just too cute for words.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Nov 27 2021
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Hello there folks!  Today’s little project is just a little something I made in a workshop pre-Covid.  The colours coordinate so well with the colours in my home and sits on the wall just as you enter my art room.  I do miss live, in-life workshops, but I must admit I’m enjoying on-line workshops.

Currently, I am signed up for Crushing on Cardstock, hosted by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner.  This dynamic duo is going to teach us many different ways to use up our cardstock scraps and so much more.  I’m so excited because my scrap bin is overflowing.  As I sign up for classes, I will let you know about them.

Posted on : Aug 21 2021
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Technique Junkies June Release and Discounts

Hello there!  I’m so excited to share my project with you today.  It’s a project that I worked on for a while.  Deciding to work on my oversized waterfall card in chunks, I was so happy when it all came together.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “I love ocean-themed cards” (and so does Pat).  My colour inspiration came from my designer paper made in pretty pinks, blues and purples.  My awesome Team members have created beautiful things for you, so please scroll down to be linked to their blogs so you can leave them some love. To start from the beginning please visit the Technique Junkies blog.

In case you’re new to my blog, Technique Junkies has a June release and from June 1st to 8th the new stamp release is automatically 15% off of your shopping cart.  Use my code TJ10Beth and you will get the remainder of your shopping cart at 10% off.

The small tutorial version of the waterfall card can be found here, and the large one that I made can be found here.   My waterfall card uses two newly released stamps which you will find below (and two older stamps, which qualify for the 10% discount).

Beach is my Therapist

Fish or Mermaid

Swirl Turtle (older release)

Mermaid Kisses and Seashell Borders (both older releases)

The large waterfall card has lots of room to write out your note.

For the kid in you, you can buy the Gotta Have it All Bundle

More Inspiration from the TJ Design Team


Erin: “TUTORIAL | Techniques for Coloring Sea/Ocean Stamped Images | PART I” https://youtu.be/uWYSCl82ALg

Tracy Shultz – YouTube Live – Unboxing the June 2021 Technique Junkies New Release | June 1 at 7 p.m.: https://youtu.be/FWFwTkvQQco

Posted on : Jun 01 2021
Posted under cards, Projects |

Double Easel Calendar

Hi fellow stampers. Here we are in December and in the final countdown for getting those Christmas cards and Christmas projects done. It’s not too late to make cute projects for tucking into Christmas stockings, or other holiday presents.

This is the first year I have made calendars and had a lot of fun.  I purchased my calendars in August and spent three months picking away on 16 of these beauties using a variety of stamps.  My favourite, of course, was this one, and have it standing up beside my computer.  My co-workers loved my calendars and I sold a few.  Everyone said that this one was too Christmasy for them, but I don’t see just Christmas when I painted PearlEx in the Draped Ornaments.

Thank you for stopping by!

Posted on : Dec 03 2020
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Gnome for Christmas

Help, I’ve been invaded by these October gnomes in my studio. To be honest, these darling pinch-my-cheeks little fellas and gal are having a lot of fun with me.  Today I am showcasing a trio of tags to add that darling touch to my gifts, and even to wine bottles, handmade hot chocolate packages, etc.  Everyone loves a darling touch that says, “I love you.”  Gnome for Christmas, and gnome all year long as far as I’m concerned.

To bring these cute little fellas, and gal, home to you, use the above code for a 10% discount.  This discount applies to your entire shopping cart by-the-way.  Enjoy the close up photos below.

Happy Holidays!

Don’t forget to check out over 150 tutorials I made.  Links to photo and videos are at the top of my blog

Posted on : Oct 20 2020
Posted under cards, Christmas, Projects, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Wine Tag Tutorial

35% off a huge assortment of stamps at Technique Junkies.

These stamps are on sale for 35% off.  Use my code TJ10Beth to receive an additional 10% off.  45% off sounds great, doesn’t it?!

Hello fellow stampers.  I am in the need for a wine bottle tag for a large open house I’m attending this weekend, and I always like to give the hostess a bottle of wine, and wanted to make it extra special this year.  I thought a handmade wine bottle tag would fit the bill.

Using my most-used Christmas stamp, called Merry Christmas, I coloured it up with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

To receive a 10% discount on this stamp, and any other regularly-priced product at Technique Junkies, simply use my code below.

Cut your cardstock (here I used Kraft cardstock) paper to 9.5″ x 3″. Score at 3″. This will be the top of your tag.

Using a ruler, draw a line from each corner, at an angle, and where the line intersects, cut up to that point to create two points for the bottom of your tag.

Emboss your tag up to the 3″ line, or you can carry the embossing right up to the top of your tag.

Emboss your tag up to the 3″ line, or you can carry the embossing right up to the top of your tag.

Cut out your image and layer it as much or as little as you like. Here, my red edges are a little rough because I hand cut my red matt. I think it gives my tag a rustic feel, so if you do the same, look at it as a little rustic.

Close up of my tag.

Merry Christmas Everyone


Posted on : Dec 17 2019
Posted under Projects, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Magical Unicorn

Isn’t this unicorn just the cutest?  Since joining the Dueling Darlings team, my love for cutsey has struck me again.  I made this card for my step-granddaughter who is turning 9.  I wanted a lasting memory for her, so I created a canvas for her wall.

Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Apr 27 2019
Posted under cards, Projects, Sunflowers and Dragonflies |

Merry Christmas to my Coworkers

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Every year it is tradition that I knit each of my 15 coworkers and supervisors dishcloths.  For the past three years I added a hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works now that Sarnia (Canada) has a store.  It is also tradition that I wrap them up differently every year.  Some years I do fancy tags, other years Christmas bells on ribbon.  This year I chose to wrap them in cellophane bags with ribbon.

Do you make things for your coworkers or friends?


Posted on : Dec 20 2018
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Girls Luncheon Gifts

Every Wednesday mid morning through the afternoon my dear friend Vera has a luncheon for four of us ladies where we are treated to a delicious lunch and after that we bring out our knitting, crochet work, felt work, or whatever we are working on at the time.  I can only attend every other week while I am working 3-11.  We just had our Christmas luncheon and exchanged gifts.

This year I was on the scrounge for something unique to wrap their presents in.  After lots of research I decided to use Inking Idaho’s paper purse tutorial.  The pattern was very easy to follow.  I added embellishments including a ribbon with a charm on each handle.  So I wouldn’t mix up the presents I used my very old Cricut alphabet die cuts and added their initials on the front.

I made one with a thinner paper which I learned wasn’t the best idea.  For three of my papers I used a thicker card stock from a 12 x 12 matt stack and it worked better.  I used velcro circles to keep the tabs closed.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.



Posted on : Dec 15 2018
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Handmade Wedding Cards and Gift

Hello fellow stampers.  Today I’m sharing three handmade wedding cards I received and a mixed media box I received at my shower.

My first card is from from Tina Zinck, a Canadian Stampn’ Up! rep, and good on-line friend.  She sent me this delightful card with an embossed sentiment.  Tina makes high quality videos and you can visit her blog here at The Serene Stamper.

My next colourful card comes from a good on-line friend from the Netherlands.  If you know Hetty, then you will most definitely recognize her style.  I love how the three hearts fit into each other.  You can find Hetty at Craft Chaos.

Lynn Cole, my dear penpal and good friend from England made this easel card.  Lynn and I started writing at 13 years old, and here we are in our mid fifties.  She’s made four visits to visit me, here in Canada, and I finally made it to England a few years ago.  Lynn is coming this coming summer, and I’m so excited.  Thinking of taking her white water rafting in the Ottawa area.  We have so much in common.

Katie surprised me with a memory box using my wedding invitation.  This good friend even added the bracelet she wore on her wedding day to the top of the box.  This was given to me at my shower and a couple of friends went together and picked a topic something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.  This box held “something borrowed.”  She loaned me her wedding pearls that was handed down to her.  I wore these at my wedding reception, which was held a week after our small wedding with just the children and grandchildren present.

The inside of the cover has the two owls that I made and placed on my wedding invitation.

The bottom of the box holds the maritime stamping I did on the inside of my wedding invitation. Stamp is from Technique Junkies.  I think this was one creative mixed media project.

Thanks for hanging in on this long post,  Have a nice weekend!



Posted on : Sep 29 2018
Posted under cards, Projects |

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