How to Create Scrappy Spots

Hello, fellow stampers.  Today I am here with a tutorial that was originally printed in the June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I love this technique because it’s so unique.  It may look like a lot of work, but trust me, it goes together quickly.  For 10% off your order please use TJ10Beth.

I used Technique Junkies Birthdays and Donuts.  Ah, donuts, my weakness in life.

Supplies: 5″ x 5″ cardstock, black ink, three colours of coordinating ink, scissors, round stamp (or punch), brayer, fine black pen (not in photo), copier paper (not in photo)

Stamp out circles all over your cardstock

Stamp out a circle in the center of your full-sized copier paper. Cut out the circle with your scissors to leave a hole.

Place your hole over top of your coloured circle and stamp out the words on your circle. Repeat until every hole is covered

Stamp out your circular stamp on a sticky note, ensuring you have the sticky part on the edge of your stamp is placed in the same direction

Cover all of your circles with the circles you just cut out.  TIP:  Make sure the sticky part of the circles are all in the same direction so that when you brayer, your circle does not lift

With your third colour, brayer over top of your cardstock. It will need several coats to ensure a nice crisp even colour. TIP: Brayer in one direction. If you rol back and forth you risk the lifting of your circle.

Using your fine pen, draw around your circles once, or twice, to cover up white space, or simply to add interest.

To receive a 10% discount on this stamp, or other products, simply use my code below.

I hope I have inspired you to try this technique out. It’s a fun one!

Technique Junkies November New Release

Welcome to the November release hop for Technique Junkies.  You won’t want to miss a thing so head on over to the Design Junkies blog,  If you came from Ro Donner’s blog then you’re on the right track.  Ro is a very talented lady, wouldn’t you agree?   From now until November 8th, new release stamps are 15% off.

Coffee, coffee, coffee.  Can’t live without it and this darling stamp set says it all.  I used the background stamp Cups’n Mugs and the sentiment is Buy Coffee.  To achieve this colourful look I coloured on my stamp with a Tombow marker and huffed on the stamp and stamped it out with my Misti.  I repeated this action three times for every image to get nice crisp lines.

Here I used the Shaving Cream technique for my background.  Using my Misti I stamped out my image several times.  Bigger Bow is the stamp that was used.  Next, I added my own paper bow using a bow die.

Christmas is a time for celebration and along with that are dinner parties, Christmas parties, and just a whole lot of fun.  This would make a lovely thank you for the host/hostess.  Here I used Flatware and Grand Greetings.

I hope you liked these super awesome new images.  Your next stop is at Judy Jackson’s blog.  You will be in for a real treat from this talented lady.

Hold on there.  Don’t leave before reading this important news.  It is also 30 Days of Christmas and there is 20% off all Christmas stamps, plus if you use my code TJ10Beth you get an extra 10% off.  If you are purchasing a non-Christmas stamp 10% will be applied with my code.  Happy shopping.

Posted on : Nov 01 2017
Posted under Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Always Hope

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Always Hope 2

Hi folks.  I had so much fun making this card.

I started out by sponging Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry.  After I let it air dry for an hour, I used Bubbles Stencil and rubbed white SU Craft ink through the circles.

Using Big Flourish and French Text, I stamped my card front using SU’s Blackberry Bliss.

My flowers were created by using the Tie-Dye Chick Embellishments technique found on the Stampbooking CDFrench Text was stamped onto the flowers.

Finally, I used Always Hope as my sentiment.  I picked out this sentiment because of the flourished script coordinates with Big Flourish.

Thank you for stopping by.

Posted on : Sep 13 2016
Posted under cards, Sunflowers and Dragonflies |

Get Well Wishes

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamping Bella Cancer

Hello fellow stampers.  How is your week going?

I just made this card, on behalf of my department, for a co-worker who is off work for five weeks due to cancer.  We wish her all the best.

My background was stamped with a large background stamp from Impression Obsession.  It was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then, I used my heart embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.  My flowers were made by punching them with a punch, run through the Cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots embossing folder, and then with my flower-making kit I used the tweezers to shape the flowers.

My image is from Stamping Bella, and was coloured with Copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Posted on : Jun 04 2015
Posted under cards, Sunflowers and Dragonflies |

A Note of Thanks

Block Fill, IBFS, SU resized

A Note of Thanks.  One can never have enough thank you cards.  My sister uses my thank you cards all the time and it makes my heart smile.

This black eyed susan is from I Brake for Stamps and is perfect for the Block Fill technique.  I love how the black fill makes the flowers pop.  Adding the dots is just plain fun.

Have a nice day.

Posted on : Feb 21 2013
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How to Create Shadow with Coloured Pencil aka Prismacolor


Did you read my Prismacolor Pencil Crayon post?  It’s a great refresher course on colouring shadow areas. Let me know what you think.

I’m still in hospital so posts will be sparse until June 1st.

Have a nice week!

Posted on : May 23 2010
Posted under Sunflowers and Dragonflies |

New Blog Theme by Laycock Designs


Thanks Michelle for your awesome talent in designing me a new blog.

Readers of my blog will be delighted to see my fresh, clean blog.  Please click on my blog to see what Michelle did for me.

Blog is now open for comments.  Whew, that was a long time coming.

Enjoy your evening.

Posted on : May 18 2010
Posted under Sunflowers and Dragonflies |

Sketch Challenge

It’s another week, and another new challenge, and a week  closer to getting a new blog.

Did you know that we have lots of new JustRite stamps in our store?  We have stamp sets for the Diva, the coffee lover, the early bird who is starting their Christmas cards, and a whole lot more.

Our team put together some awesome cards with Jennifer’s sketch.  Just look at the yummy cards….


Cathy used JustRite’s Favourite Occasions and Borders


Karen used Chocolate Dipped Strawberry


Jennifer used Chocolate Dipped Strawberry


Beth used Amber


Kim used Chocolate Covered Strawberry


Jerusha used Chocolate Covered Strawberry


My blog is broken and does not accept message (insert very sad face), so I can’t give away any prizes.  Rest assure I am working on getting a new blog up and running very soon.

In the meantime, enjoy our sketch.  We hope you love it as much as we do.

Posted on : Apr 10 2010
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Meet Beth Ullman


I am happy to announce the addition of Beth Ullman to my Design Team.  Beth is a very talented card and project designer who loves to experiment with all kinds of techniques.  A member of the Technique Junkie Newsletter, Beth is never without a new idea to share with her readers at Nana’s Memories and More blog.

Beth is an active participant with the Technique Junkie Yahoo Group and recently held the position of guest designer for the newsletter.  As a subscriber to the Technique Junkie newsletter everyone one has the opportunity to contribute to the Yahoo Group.

Beth is an active participant over at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot, and is the one who inspired me to join in too.

Whether it is a special technique, a challenge, or project, Beth is ready to dive in and try her hand at it.  She inspires those around her to get active too.

Welcome aboard, Beth. I’m so happy you are on my Sunflowers and Dragonflies Creative Designs team!

Posted on : May 17 2009
Posted under Sunflowers and Dragonflies |

My Store Is Open For Business


Sunflowers and Dragonflies Creative Designs rubberstamp and scrapbook store

I am thrilled to announce the opening of my rubberstamp and scrapbook store.  With the support of my family, and 12 months of preparations, we are now open for business.   My mom and sisters have hounded me for years to start a business.  I didn’t listen.  A store front just wasn’t for me.  Then Donnie came along and suggested I start up blogging and a home based business.   For two years I told him no way, but with unexpected changes in my career outside the home, I decided that I needed a business to fall back on.  So, I would like to thank my mom, sisters (Cathie and Debbie) and Donnie as I start down a new path.  How Did Donnie finally convince me?  It all started when he came home from work last January and said, “Matt will be here this evening to get you started.”  I had no idea, which was the point–I couldn’t find an excuse to cancel out because Matt would arrive in one short hour.

I design my own rubberstamps, specializing in Canadian images.   As well, our store carries Stampavie images, all the way from France.  To compliment our rubberstamps, you will find a variety of products such as  Basic Grey, Prima Flowers, Pop Dots, Big Shot, etc.   All our products coordinate with each other, and will continue to grow over time.

Earlier I said “we” are open for business.  I am thankful to have the support of my family as each of them offers me assistance in one form or another.  My baby sister, Debbie, helped to design some of my rubber stamps, and now she is doing some administrative duties for me.  My mom and sister, Cathie, keep me on track and kick my butt,and offer advice, when I need it.  Donnie, well he is the keeper of the gate.  He buys me every computer program I could possible need or want, pushes me to learn these programs, and keeps me on track.  When I wanted to computer surf, he made me design stamps.  When I wanted to be lazy in the house, he packed a picnic lunch and took me on day trips to the park so I would be forced to sit down and design stamps.  With his computer know-how, he looks after all my needs and will eventually be filling my orders.

My design team is also a part of my business.  Some of you might not know what a design team does.  They are a group who I depend on for their creativity and advice.   Each of these ladies will showcase cards and projects that use my products.   Each are very talented, and all have a unique look of their own.   Please meet my four dear friends:


Kim Hutchinson


Kim Prince


Kimmy Kowalik


Jennifer Emmi

When one door closes, another one opens.

Posted on : Feb 09 2009
Posted under Sunflowers and Dragonflies |

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