Technique of the Week

Alcohol Ink Splatter, technique junkie newsletter

Technique of the Week is back at the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  We will be showcasing new techniques from the latest Newsletter.  From April’s issue comes Alcohol Ink Splatter as seen in my photo.  I liked my card so much that I created three, all in different colours.  There are lots of birthday’s in April.

You can visit the Design Junkie Blog to see what Jane came up with.  There will be more cards using this technique all week.

Thank you for stopping by.

Stamp:  Stampington & Co; Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Crushed Currie–all Stampin Up!

Posted on : Apr 01 2013
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How to make Art Squares

Have you wondered how you can use up your scraps of paper?  Well, this is just the tutorial for you.  It’s quick, easy, and pretty cute.



Corner Punch

Square Nestabilities (or a square punch or cut your own squares on your paper cutter)

Cut your paper into 1″ pieces

Cut out 12 pieces of cardstock or designer paper. See my tips for suggestions.

Use a corner rounder punch and cut one side and then the side directly across from the first cut side

Start to adhere your squares to the card front.

Continue adding all of your squares and finish your card as desired.


  • Use up your scraps instead of cutting into new paper
  • Designer paper or cardstock can be used.
  • Run designer paper and cardstock through the Cuttlebug
  • Distress paper before it is cut with the corner rounder
  • Try using just squares without using the corner rounder
  • Use coloured cardstock for card front instead of white
  • Cut four of each colour
  • Arrange cut pieces on card front before gluing down to ensure two colours are not touching each other
  • Add an image to the card front

Tutorials every Tuesday

Posted on : Apr 26 2011
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Try That Technique: Scored Diamonds

Are you keeping out of the wind today?  This lovely Fashion Lady diva, from I Brake for Stamps, is trying to cope with the spring wind.  I live in a city, right off the lake, so we get what is called “lake effect.”  This is when I miss the Annapolis Valley, in Nova Scotia (Canada) with very little wind.  I pine away for the city of Halifax, and all their crazy coloured houses.  I miss those steep roads that I fearlessly drove  with my stick shift car.  I miss Mahone Bay, a quaint village.  Oh heck, I just miss the Maritimes.  Now that I am done crying my eyes out getting side-tracked, let’s talk about my card.


This Scored Diamonds technique was developed by Pat Huntoon herself.  Thanks Pat, for another wonderful technique.


Each week Diana Enns and I challenge each other to using a technique from one of our previous issues. of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Scored Diamonds can be found in our April 2010 issue, and can also be found on our new Emboss or Die CD.  Know what I love about the crazy coloured houses in the Maritimes this CD?  All 79 embossing and cutting machine tutorials are in one place, which is perfect when I’m travelling or visiting a girlfriend.


To order your CD, click on the upper right of my side bar.  Costs include shipping, so that’s a great deal.  Another reason to purchase this CD.

Have a terrific Thursday.

Visit my tutorials on the above pages.  What’s your favourite?

Posted on : Apr 07 2011
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Try That Technique & TJ March Madness Sale

Hello friends.  As I sit here typing this out, southern Ontario is in a deep freeze once again.  The icy rain took satellite out and I have no TV to watch.  One can only watch so many episodes of X-Files on DVD.  I have all 11 seasons (thanks to Donnie) and I’m almost finished season 2.  When I did spell check, can you believe “X-files” was a real word.  Pretty spooky I’d say.

Today’s card is for my weekly challenge with Diana Enns.  In turn, we invite the rest of the Technique Junkie Newsletter group join in on the fun.  We have regular participants, and it would be so nice to see new faces.  So, come on ladies, I know you are there and listening–LOL.

This week’s challenge is called Faux Shaving Cream and is one of the bonus techniques from the 2007 CD.

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Technique Junkie Newsletter March Madness

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Thank you for stopping by.

Stamps:  Stampin’ Up!

Posted on : Mar 24 2011
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Try That Technique: Twinkling Watercolors

Hello and welcome to Try That Technique Thursday, where Diana Enns and I challenge each other to use a technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  This week we are using the Twinkling Watercolors technique that can be found in the June 2008 issue.

Did you know that there is a brand new Emboss or Die CD You can purchase the Emboss or Die CD by clicking my upper right hand side of my bar.

Thank you for stopping by.

Card Details:

Designer Paper:  Prima

Other Paper:  Vellum

Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral

Stamp:  Floral Silhouette 2 by Stampabilities; sentiment is SU

The angles on the DP were created by using an old set of corner scrapbooking scissors.  Reuse.  Recycle 🙂

Tutorials every Tuesday.  Subscribe today.

Posted on : Mar 17 2011
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Try That Technique Thursday

Can you believe it’s Thursday already?  It’s my beer and wing night, so that makes me happy 🙂  I started Weight Watchers and really need to stay away from the unhealthy choices.  Wish me good luck.  I dread am scared about  my family and friends reading this because I’m worried that I’ll give up on WW and worry that I’ll hear “how are you doing.”  This is a secret so don’t tell my friends and family anyone.  By the way I’m down 10 pounds.  100 more to go. 🙁

So, on that note, let me tell you about Try That Technique Thursday.  It is something that the Technique Junkie Newsletter does.  This week the technique is called Pencilled Twinks.  Doesn’t that sound fun?

This card jump started me with making cute little watercolours.  I have an upcoming tutorial that uses one of my watercolours, so don’t forget about me stay tuned 😉

Stamp:  Stamps Happen

Posted on : Feb 24 2011
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We all Laugh in the Same Language

It’s time again for Try That Technique with the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Can you guess what this week’s challenge is all about?  Yup, painted puzzle.  The best place to buy a puzzle, is a thrift store; it cost me 99 cents.  Thank you Diana for another wonderful challenge.

If you look closely, you will notice the figures in my puzzle are holding hands.  Thus the sentiment.  I always love seeing figures in a circle with similar sentiments,  This carries to Uncef Christmas cards where they add all kinds of languages saying Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas, on the inside.

I know you are curious about what others do with pieces of puzzle so I added some links for you

More great stuff

Stamps:  smARTworks

Ink:  Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight

Paper:  Glossy cardstock

Nestabilities:  Square and Fluer de Lis

Posted on : Jan 27 2011
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Try That Technique: Cling Pearls

Have you ever wondered if a watercoloured image would coordinate with a technique background?  Today I have just the card for you.

When Diana challenged me to use Cling Pearls for the Technique Junkie Newsletter challenge, I was stumped about using it with any other medium.  Yes, I was stumped.  So, I turned to Julie’s Mojo Monday sketch and that got me moving.

I decided to pull out a circular stamp and my Tombow Markers and to work I went.  I was pleased with how the watercolour worked with this image.

Next, the challenge was to choose colours to coordinate with my Cling Pearls.  I started with the main colour, and turned the colour wheel so that the blue/purple was at the top.  Looking along the bottom, there were three choices to use as accents.  As you can see, I used two colours:  red/orange, burnt orange and went back up to the purple/blue colours and used a blue.

The open space bothered me (you know how I like to fill up my space) so I used a new-to-me flourish.  Oh, how I love flourishes.  Do you?

You will more watercolours to come.  Have a great day, and happy stamping!

Tutorial Tuesday–index at the top of my blog

Posted on : Jan 20 2011
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Technique Junkie Newsletter Faux Marble

Whew, isn’t that some weather we are getting.  Florida is cold, and parts of Canada are getting slammed with snow.  I can still see the grass where I live (albeit we do have a sprinkling of snow), London, a city one hour away, is considering a state of emergency.  The snow they have is unbelievable.

My Santa Claus tags are appropriate for this time of year–both because it’s the Christmas season, and because the temperatures are cold and the snow is falling.  Over my stamp, I heat embossed white snowflakes.

My tags are using the Faux Marble technique from the October 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  As you know, Diana Enns and I challenge each other to create a card or project each week.  This will be our last challenge until January 6th.

If you aren’t a subscriber, you might be interested in giving yourself an early Christmas present.  Click here to find out details on Pat’s blog.  Also, you will notice a Paypal button along Pat’s side bar where you can order your Fancy Folds and Motion CD.  It’s a hot seller right now with over 60 tutorials.  If you do subscribe, please let Pat know Beth sent you.

Thank you for stopping by.  Keep warm

Stamps:  Tim Holtz, PSX

Posted on : Dec 09 2010
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Try That Technique: Jenny’s Coat

Whoop, whoop, it’s Thursday–my favourite day of the week, as you know.  This week’s Technique Junkie Newsletter Try That Technique is Jenny’s Coat from the December 2009 issue.  Thank you Diana for playing along with me.  Diana and I invite you to join in too.

As you can see, using two style of stamps really offers a unique look.  My paper is from a 6″ x 6″ pad of BasicGrey paper.  I love 6″ x 6″ paper because the images are scaled down which is perfect for us card makers.

If you are a Technique Junkie, submit your card to the Yahoo group for your chance at having your card on the Yahoo group home page for a week.

I will be away for two weeks, but the challenge will go on.

Weekly tutorials every Tuesday–what’s your favourite one?

Posted on : Nov 18 2010
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