Life’s Little Blessings

Be grateful every day for life’s little blessings.  I’m grateful for a wonderful month of August where I have been surrounded by family and friends to celebrate birthdays, have barbecues, celebrating Al’s and my 3rd wedding anniversary, meeting my new granddaughter, boating with family, meeting my elementary school friend (um, I’m I turned 49 on the 9th) where we picked up right where we left off.  The list goes on and on.

If you look very close, you will see Dancing Sprigs stencil on my Gelliplate background.   This stencil is available at Technique Junkies for 10% off, as well as your other items (aside from items already on sale) simply by using my code TJ10Beth.

Over my Gelliplate background I heat embossed in gold, using Love Harlequin stamp.

I stamped out newly released Life’s Little Blessings before I tore my paper.  I did this because I didn’t want to over tear, or under tear, my handmade decorative paper.  Whalaa.  Finished.

Thanks for stopping by.  You just made my day.  Just another of life’s little blessings.

Posted on : Aug 31 2021
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Wonderful Life

Hi there fellow stampers!  Today I am using a new release from Technique Junkies new release.  My background was handmade using Distress Inks.  I thought it would be a fun idea to use Floral Frame Square, with gold embossing powder.  Look how rich a feel it has to it.  Around the image, I added gold stars.  They look silver on the top right, but you can’t tell because of the camera flash.  Some day I’d like to get a nice camera box.

Feel free to use my code TJ10Beth for 10% off of this stamp and your shopping cart.

Did you have a nice Mother’s Day weekend?  Al treated me to a special take out dinner.  Here in Ontario, our restaurants are closed and it is only pick up or curbside delivery due to COVID.

Of course I had a face plant on my walk this past weekend.  Last year it was my ankle and ended up being in a boot cast for the summer, and this year it was a face plant.  In analyzing what had happened to me and in listening to my girlfriend say her mom had issues with her knee just giving out, I believe that’s what happened to me.  My knee has just given out several times before; I just never put much thought into it.  I was with my cousin and she said one minute I was up and the next I fell flat onto my face (it was even pavement).  Not having time to put out my hands, I’m not as beat up on the outside as I am on the inside.  My muscles are in excruciating pain.  My tooth that sticks out a little hit the pavement, and by the grace of God, it didn’t become loose.  There is no explanation for my tooth not being knocked out.   Because the weather is nice all week, I will be walking before my afternoon shift, but at a leisure walk and not in a fast pace any more.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to take a peak at one of my videos.

Posted on : May 11 2021
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Happy Easter

It has been a long time since I did a technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  This background technique is called 180 degree.  It makes for such a pretty background for Happy Easter Bunny.

Here’s a code for you to receive 10% off your entire order at Technique Junkies.

Posted on : Mar 18 2021
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Technique Junkies Mega Challenge

Hello fellow stampers.  Technique Junkies is having one heck of a challenge going on right now.  The grand prize is ALL THE JULY 2020 STAMP RELEASE A $120 value.  Full details are on the Design Junkies blog.

This weeks challenge runs from June 17 to 23, and the theme is summer people, food, floral and Fauna.

Naturally, I was drawn to Watermelon Summer because I love watermelon and inking this stamp up makes the watermelon look so yummy!

This card is in the mail to a dear friend of mine.  We are BFF’s and COVID has kept us apart.  When we had to stop getting together, I started to send her one card a week.  I love writing letters, and it is fun to surprise someone with my homemade cards.  Well my BFF started to write to me each week, and I must admit that I truly enjoy receiving a written letter.

I hope that you will participate in this mega challenge.  You could be the big winner!

Happy stamping.  Stay safe.

To see my YouTube videos, click on the link at the very top.  Step-by-step tutorials are at the very top as well


Posted on : Jun 21 2020
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Butterfly Collage

Hello fellow stampers!

I’m loving this stamp called Butterfly Collage with Text.  When I saw this stamp I wanted a distressed look and wouldn’t you know that Jennifer McGuire came out with a video that fit the bill.

My sentiment is called Always be There.


  • Using Yupo paper spread some rubbing alcohol over your background
  • Drip Alcohol Inks on top of the Yupo paper, as well as Blending Solution, and blow with a straw.  Repeat until your Yupo paper is covered.
  • Let dry completely, or dry with you heat gun
  • Once dry, generously rub your embossing buddy all over your Yupo paper
  • With your VersaMark pad stamp out your image and press firmly onto Yupo paper.  If you are using a Misti, then repeat by inking up your stamp with VersaMark and stamping out your image for a second time
  • Heat emboss with clear embossing powder
  • Lay your Yupo paper onto the die cut machine.
  • With a spray mist bottle filled with rubbing alcohol, generously spray your embossed image.
  • Lay a piece of cardstock over the Yupo paper and run through your die cut/embossing machine.
  • Pull the cardstock off the Yupo paper and once dry, cut down to size.
  • Surround your Yupo paper with one or two pieces of cardstock.
  • Embellish as you would like.  Here I used Anything is Possible, a new April release


Posted on : Apr 14 2020
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Day 27 of Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas


Today is Day 27 of our annual 30 Days of Christmas event!
All of the stamps in the Christmas Category on the Technique Junkies website are 20% off from October 24, 2019, through Friday November 22. To celebrate, the Technique Junkies Design Team will be posting Christmas and Holiday cards every day to inspire your creativity. No code needed – discount will apply automatically
Add the code TJ10Beth for an additional 10% off at Technique Junkies!
You can start shopping now, HERE.
I love making Pop Up Boxes just as much as the recipient of these cards.  Recipients are always surprised to see things pop out of their folded card.  Yes, this card does close flat.
This card was made for a girlfriend who asked that Happy in my Holidays be used on a card for her boyfriend.
My sides were decorated with Poinsettias.  I coloured them with coloured pencils.
Happy Stamping!

Posted on : Nov 19 2019
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Technique Junkies July New Release


Hello fellow stampers!  Another fun release is upon us, here at Technique Junkies.  Until July 8th, newly released stamps are 15% off, and if you use TJ10Beth discount code, you will receive an additional 10% off.  Can’t beat 25% off newly-released stamps!  When you use my code, the rest of your items in your shopping cart (minus clearance items) will be discounted at 10% off.


Here, I used Shells and Starfish,a new release; and the sentiment comes from an older set called Seahorse Set of 4.  I coloured my seashells with copic markers and added shading with my Prismacolor coloured pencils.

For my Summer Bouquet card I used the following papers:  So Saffron, Regal Rose and Cherry Cobbler.  This is a fun image to colour because there are so many possibilities with the colours.  My spring-like colours will be seen at a later date.

New Release Participants

Posted on : Jul 01 2019
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Technique Junkies March New Release Celebration is here!

Hello, and welcome to the Technique Junkies March Release Celebration.  Boy, do we have some awesome stamps for you!  All newly released March stamps are 15% off until March 8th, and on top of that, by using my discount code TJ10Beth, you will get an additional 10% off your shopping cart.  It doesn’t get better than this!

One of my favourite things to work with is stencils and sponging ink over top of the stencil.  TJ has a lot of wonderful A Colorful Life Stencils, and you can receive my 10% discount on those as well.  I coloured Easter Basket with Prismacolor coloured pencils and odorless mineral spirits (OMS) and added blue around the edge of my scallop die.  My sentiment is called Happy Easter and is not a new release.

Ahhh, spring!  With all this snow and ice we are having this winter, isn’t it nice to think spring?!  This beautiful tulip stamp is called Tulips Background and is paired with In Full Bloom Sentiments, Set of 6.  The sentiments can stand on their own, or be paired with another stamp quite nicely.  Once again, I used Prismacolor coloured pencils and OMS.

For my third card I used the Cute Cuts technique that I developed for the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  You can see the tutorial here.  If you take a peak at my tutorial, you will see the most adorable 12 x 12 scrapbook layout I did with my dog, Layla.  Back then I had two white chihuahuas and they were just 3 pounds each.  Boy, do I miss them–even after all these years.

For this card I did not use coloured cardstock, rather I used TJ’s Shimmering Bliss on several different sheets of paper, and placed it on a Shaving Cream background.

My stamp is called Wildly Capable and is free with a $30 (before taxes) purchase for the month of March. 

Participants for the new release:


Posted on : Mar 01 2019
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Technique Junkies November New Release




Hello and welcome to the Technique Junkies November New Release, where all new release stamps are 15% off until November 8th.  The discount will automatically be adjusted in your shopping card.  And to receive 10% more in discount on new releases this month and all other products, simply use my discount code TJ10Beth., thats 25% off new releases.

Please visit Design Junkies blog.  You will find the links to everyone’s cards on the Design Junkies blog.

Card Details:

I first stamped out Oh Holy Night in a soft brown.  This is an old release so it is not available at 15% off, but you can get it for 10% off by using my discount code.

I then heat embossed the snowflakes, using Snowflakes set of 9 in three different colours.  For my sentiment I stamped out one of the snowflakes and stamped the sentiment from Snowflakes set of 9 directly over top.  The sentiment was heat embossed as well.

Here I used Champagne Toast and Raise Your Glass.

Card Details:

I stamped out Champagne Toast and heat embossed in gold then I cut them into 2 1/2 x 3 1/2″.  The background measures 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.

Next, I stamped out Raise Your Glass and punched out a decorative topper then added rhinestones.

Posted on : Nov 01 2018
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Technique Junkies Mail Art

Hello folks!  I thought I would do some mail art, as it’s always a joy to receive a fancy envelope.  Here, I used one background stamp called Fairy Tale Flowers Background.  You can receive this stamp, or any other product at 10% off simply by using my code TJ10Beth.

My envelope measures 12 1/2″ x 10″.  There was a lot of colouring, which I love to do in front of the tv.  This stamp works so well for mail art and cards.  It’s just one of those adorable stamps.


Posted on : Aug 21 2018
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