Why I love blending brushes and reminder of new release

Blending brushes are da bomb!

  • No more sponges that leave distinct lines between colours
  • No more “spotting” of colour
  • Comes with 10 sizes, all of which I have used
  • Ergonomic handles
  • Soft bristles allow beautiful blending between colours
  • Washes nice with just running your brush under the flow of water
  • Price.  Price. Price.    Use my code TJ10Beth for 10% off the cost of these brushes
  • If you are thinking of purchasing brushes, act fast because this product is marked “Available for a limited time only.”
  • Get creative!

Did you miss the big new release for March?  The link to the reveal can be found here.

Don’t forget, you can use my code to receive an extra 10% off the new releases.  That, along with the 15% off, will give you 25% off the new releases.  My code will also allow you to receive 10% off other products as well.

Get creative!


Posted on : Mar 03 2020
Posted under Technique Junkies Stamps |

Technique Junkies March New Release

Whoop Whoop, it’s new release time!  I hope to inspire you.

New release stamps are 15% off until March 8th, and if you use my code you get an additional 10% off.  Thats 25% off.  Everyone loves a deal, right?!  Anything that is in your cart is 10% off if you use my code TJ10Beth (clearance items are not included in this discount).  In this post, you will find links to the Design Teams blogs for more inspiration. If you want to start at the first blog, please visit Technique Junkies blog.

This month, I have created ATC’s using this month’s new release called Bandana Background.  It is a large background stamp which I placed in my Misti, and used a brayer to add colour from Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor ink pad.  Next, I used my Blending Brushes to get a flawless blended background in pink and purple.  For the life of me, I cannot recall what ink pads I used.  Using a die, I cut out a variety of shapes so my blended background would shine through, and then added a wild flower die in gold cardstock for added dimension.

Typically, I go to Things I want to do for quotes on my ATC’s and inspirational cards.  It’s a well-used stamp set that has 16 sentiments and I used “Do something wild” to coordinate with the wild flowers.

This is the Bandana background stamp I used.


Beth Norman-Roberts (me)?

Posted on : Mar 01 2020
Posted under ATC's, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Advice from a Giraffe

Hi folks!  I’m here with a scene that touches my heart because this stamp reminds me of Africa.  My daughter often travels to Africa for work and it touches my heart that she is so compassionate.

To create my background, I first cut the shape then sponged the entire piece with a yellow Distress Oxide.  Next, I masked the large sun and sponged orange on the top half of the sky, then added a green along the bottom.  I left the sunset to dry overnight then I stamped out Advice from a Giraffe with my Misti.

I am often asked how I get such a smooth finish when I sponge.  The secret is by using Ink Blending Brushes.  Yup, they rock my world and they can rock yours too by purchasing them at a 10% discount by using code TJ10Beth.  All products, excluding clearance items, can be purchased at 10% with the code.

Thank you for stopping by.

Posted on : Feb 25 2020
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Lavinia Birthday Wishes

Hello Saturday! I hope you are having a great weekend so far.

This was made for a girlfriend who believes in the magic of fairies.


Stamps:  Technique Junkies, Lavinia Stamps

Posted on : Feb 22 2020
Posted under Lavinia Stamps |

Best Things in Life

Hello fellow stampers!

Today I’m showcasing Best Things in Life large stamp from Technique Junkies.   Save on products by using my code TJ10Beth.

This is a stamp that works when you something in a hurry because it covers your entire A2 card front and you need minimal embellishing.  Here, I used sequins and added Distress Inks with my Ink Blending Brushes.  These brushes are 10% off with the above code.

Thank you for stopping by.

Posted on : Feb 18 2020
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Dueling Darlings – Let Me Call you Sweetheart

Hello folks!  I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day.   My sweet husband received this card that I made from the Dueling Darlings kit that I received from Shelly, who hosted this month’s kit for the Dazzlers.  Carol hosted for the Divas.  Shelly and Carol called this month’s challenge “Let Me Call you Sweetheart.”

The Dazzlers and the Divas are each given a kit from the host of the month, and we are to post our cards to our blogs on the 15th of the month and travel to each other’s blogs to see what each other has done with their kit.  Make sense?

Can you tell I had fun with my kit?  There was so much goodness all over my desk,  I decided to create a card that would use most of what I received.

The only thing I used, that wasn’t in the kit, was Bazzil’s red cardstock used on my layered background.

Thank you, Shelly, for hosting an awesome challenge.

Supplies Used:

Images: The Project Bin

Cardstock- Neenah Solar White- this is the one Jennifer McGuire recommends

Ink- Memento Black Tuxedo

SU cardstock for hearts and X & O’s  – one retired not marked (101991), Rose Red, Purely Pomegranate

Rose Gold cording- Target $1.00 spot

DP- American Crafts

Silver Metallic- Paper Studios

Sizzix 3-D heart EF


Project bin hearts and xo’s.


larger adhesive hearts- Paper Studio

Park Lane- pink rhinestones

Memory Makers-heart brads

Stash- tags




Posted on : Feb 15 2020
Posted under cards, DDD |

You’ve Got This

Hello folks. It’s Beth here with a newly released image called You’ve Got This. This jazzy gal is wearing earrings (sequins) and looks like a free spirit.

You can purchase this stamp, or anything else for 10% off (excluding clearance items).  How awesome is that?!

I love to add handmade embellishments.  It just gives it a more “handmade with love” feel.  Choosing purple cardstock, to coordinate with her dress, I layered the top two flowers and added two smaller flowers on each side of the sentiment.  If you look closely you will also see leaves that are tucked under the flowers.

You can find the tutorial for this center step card at Splitcoaststampers

For a list of my tutorials please look along the top of my blog for “Tutorials” and “More Tutorials”

Posted on : Feb 11 2020
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Technique Junkies February New Release

Hi folks!

Whoo hoo, it’s February 1st, and time for another razzle dazzle new release for Technique Junkies!  All stamps in the new release are automatically discounted at 15% off, and if you use my code TJ10Beth, you will receive an additional 10% off.  Wow, what a bargain at 25% off, eh?!  Use TJ10Beth and receive 10% off everything else (except for clearance items).  You can see all the stamps in February’s new release here.

This funky peacock is called Your Own Magic and was coloured with Prismacolor coloured pencils and odorless mineral spirits.

Another fun image to colour!   Wild flowers are so pretty to colour and in real life.  Birthday Mason Jar was stamped out with VersaFine in my Misti.  The sentiment “to you” was stamped out on pink cardstock and pop dotted to give added dimension to my card.

The design team for Technique Junkies are pretty awesome.  I encourage you to see what delightful things they have to share with you.  Simply click on the names below.

Beth Norman-Robert (me)

Posted on : Feb 01 2020
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps |

How to Make a Criss Cross Card

Today’s tutorial uses two stamps from Technique Junkies:  Birthday Queen and You are Extraordinary at Technique Junkies.  You can get these, or any other regularly-priced stamp at 10% off by using the code TJ10Beth.

Hello fellow stampers.  Today, I have for you, an oldie but goodie Criss Cross tutorial.  I wanted to do something unique with my Birthday Queen stamp, so I decided to make a bookmark.  I have five of these images, stamped out on Kraft, and coloured, to turn into bookmarks.  Isn’t that a fun idea?!


  • Two 4 1/4″ x 11″ cardstock for base
  • One 1 1/2″ x 12″ for band
  • One 4″ x 5″ double-sided designer paper or Two one-sided paper
  • One 3 1/2″ x 4 4 3/4″ white/ivory cardstock
  • One 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock for inside mat

Using 4 1/4″ x 11″ base cardstock, score two pieces at 5 1/2″. Using card base #1, from score line, cut on an angle from top of the score line to bottom left. Using card base #2, cut from score line to bottom right.

Using 4 1/4″ x 11″ base cardstock, score two pieces at 5 1/2″. Using card base #1, from score line, cut on an angle from top of the score line to bottom left. Using card base #2, cut from score line to bottom right. Place adhesive side to the top of the other piece of cardstock.  The bottom should level.

Place Designer Paper in paper cutter and cut paper on an angle. Ensure the cut goes from tip-to-tip. Repeat again if you have single-side paper.

You should have two pieces cut as above.

Adhere Designer Paper to the top of the triangular shaped sides of cardstock. Your piece should look like this.

Using heavy duty tape, such as Red Line tape, place tape along the bottom, and up the side for approx 1 1/2″. On the right side repeat with tape going along the bottom and up approximately 1 1/2″.

Fold in the right panel and press firmly to adhere the adhesive to the cardstock.  Place left panel over the right panel and press hard.  Adhere neutral carstock to coloured matt.  Stamp a sentiment inside on your inside panel.  Here I used You are Extraordinary.

Score the elongated Designer Paper at 5 5./8″ x 11 1/4″. Add heavy duty tape to the end of the elongated Designer Paper. Place it between the outside and the score line. Slide band over your card.

Embellish your band as desired.

Posted on : Jan 28 2020
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

How to Create a Wood Paneling Background

Hello there!  It’s been a busy month for me, creating three tutorials, and making cards.  I just hope I can keep up the pace throughout the rest of the year.  I am so excited about how my “wood paneling” turned out.  Written step-by-step below.

Stamps that I used in today’s tutorial can be purchased at Technique Junkies for 10% off by using my code TJ10Beth.  This also applies to regularly-priced items.  Links to the stamps I used are below.


By using Weathered Wall, and Wood stamps, you get an awesome lumber look.  An alternate method is seen on my creating a picket fence post.  This post also shows you how I created my streaks.


  • Using Weathered Wall, stamp out two pieces of cardstock on 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • On one of the wall and wood images, take Distress Inks that coordinate together and drag the ink pad, from top to bottom without stopping.  If you do stop, it will create a vertical line, but because this  is going to be cut into 1″ pieces, it won’t matter. This will give a weathered look.
  • On the second stamped image mist the cardstock lightly with water, then proceed to drag your ink pads from top to bottom, without stopping.  This will give a painted look.
  • Stamp out Wood onto dark cardstock.

Putting together:

  • Once dry, cut your finished wood-like pieces into 1″ x 1″ pieces.
  • Add 1″ pieces onto a double-sided sticky sheet, or you can lightly glue your pieces into place.
  • From left to right, place your first 1″ square along the bottom, in a triangular shape.  Place your second piece beside the first and continue to fill in the entire card front.  Randomly place 1″ pieces as seen above.


  • Turn your finished card front over. With your paper cutter (preferable) or scissors, cut the pieces that are hanging over the edges.
  • Taking the sticky backing off your sheet, and place the finished piece onto the front of a 4 /14″ x 5 1/4″ card.
  • Add a sentiment, or image to the front of your card.

Stamps used:  Click on the name of the stamp and it will take you directly to that stamp

Weathered Wall


I Hate Losing

Diet Wagon



Posted on : Jan 21 2020
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

Powered by Wordpress | Design by Laycock Designs