Monday, October 28, 2013

One Hundred Tutorials

Yup. One Hundred Tutorials. That is how many are found on the Technique Junkies CD 11 (2013 edition). It contains all the tutorials from October 2012 through August 2013, plus 10 bonus techniques. And this year I included a PICTURE Table of Contents so that you can visually see what is on the CD. A link to that is HERE:

The CD is $14.95, less if you order it when you renew your subscription. You can order it and/or renew here:

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Rounded Dimensional Petals

There is something very Zen about this card. I don't know what it is, it just feels like things are balanced. I live the touch of dimension that on the petals. It really is a pretty card to behold. 

It is called Dimensional Rounded Petals and it is one of the 45 tutorials on the Designer Paper Perfection CD from Technique Junkies that was released this week. The CD is $14.95, and can be ordered on this blog (in the corner), or through this page:

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Designer Paper Perfection Blog Hop

Welcome to the hop! If you arrived here from Tricia's Blog, you are in the right place. If this is your first stop, please take a moment to go back to the Design Team blog to start - you will not want to miss the celebration we are having today! We are thrilled to kick off the brand new Technique Junkies CD: Designer Paper Perfection

I chose to show a Tri-Panel Accordion Card. This easy card shows off your Designer Paper beautifully -- and is sinfully easy to make with the dimensions in the tutorial. It is one of the 45 techniques the CD contains. At only $14.95, it's a bargain!

Details on the CD can be found here:

You can order the CD from that page, or from this blog (in the upper right column). CDs are shipping today!

Thank you for joining us for this hop -- I hope you enjoyed the artwork!
Sentiment: Mark's Finest Papers

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Blocked Backgrounds

I love the graphic look of the background stamp in the October Club kit. It was perfect for the Blocked Background technique from the August 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I used a little marker to add color to the background.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Take Wing - Club Scrap Blog Hop

I am pleased to be part of the Club Scrap Blog Hop for the September Take Wing Kit. This kit is colorful and lively and it was a joy to work with. If you started here, you might want to take a minute to go back to the Club Scrap Blog to start the hop over, so that you have an up-to-the-moment list of all the bloggers in the hop.

I decided to create a box filled with note cards as a gift for one of my fox top, friends. To create the box top, I used one of the printed strips from the embellishment kit to create a Grouted Tile Mosaic lid. The cards themselves were a snap to make, too, and I have plenty of paper left over to create many gorgeous scrapbook pages!

Tune in tomorrow for a card made from the stamps in the kit, too.

In the mean time, on with the hop. Your next step is Julie, the Cape Cod Scrapper. Enjoy the hop!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

CD11 Blog Hop!

Today we are celebrating the release of the newest Technique Junkie Annual CD: The Eleventh Edition CD. The CD contains all the tutorials from the October 2012 through August 2013 issues, plus 10 bonus techniques - a total of 100 tutorials. All that for only $14.95!

You should have arrived here from Hetty‘s blog. If this is your first stop, you can start again be going to the Design Team blog HERE. (

I decided to make a card from one of the Bonus Techniques: Paint Chip Bricks. I love this funky stamp (Inky Antics), and she looks great with the Wild Sentiment (Mark's Finest Papers) and the Animal print ribbon. I think the paint chips set her off beautifully!

The CD is available for order TODAY by clicking here ( The CD will be shipped next week.   This CD contains a pictorial index that you can print out -- each of the 100 tutorials on the CD are represented with pictures in the index. The index is here. It was been designed to make it easier than ever to find a tutorial on the CD.

Thanks for stopping by today -- I hope you enjoyed the hop!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tribal CS Blog Hop - Fantasy Box

 Welcome! Today we are celebrating Club Scrap's Tribal Kit. If you started at the Club Scrap Blog ( , you are in the right place. You may want to start there, since all of the hoppers are listed, in case you lose your way as you hop along.

This kit is rich with blacks, golds and reds, and complimented with beige tones. It is so amazing! I was inspired to use some of the gorgeous black and gold paper on my project - a Fantasy Box. The step-by-step directions for this box are on the 3D and Fun Folds CD (70 tutorials, $17.95, and can be ordered HERE).

I just love the way this box turned out. The paper on the drawers is just so beautiful - it looks like fabric!  It just could not be prettier. I also lined the drawers with the same paper, and wrapped them with the red and gold ribbon that came with the kit.

The photo on the left is the back of the closed project. Each of the 4 sides were adorned with some of the stamped words from the kit.

I hope you enjoyed my project. Please follow take a few minutes to follow the rest of the hop - so many great artists are along with us this month. Your next stop is at Julie's blog: Enjoy the hop!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Come Take a Class!

Do you live near Novi/Detroit MI? If so, come take a class with me at the Novi Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival on August 2, 3 and 4th! I am teaching two classes: Dynamic Dimensions, above, and Distress Stain Express, below. Come join me for some great fun! Click on the links to sign up today!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hope - Club Scrap Blog Hop

Welcome to the monthly Club Scrap Blog Hop! If you arrived here from the Club Scrap Creates Blog, you are in the right place! If not, I suggest you go there so that you can follow along - a full listing of all the hoppers are on that site.

Today we are celebrating the June Club Scrap Kit - Hope. this is such a beautiful kit! I decided to create a mini album - A Page in a Box - with the kit's contents. The Page in a Box tutorial is one of the mini albums on the Stampbooking CD. (The CD is on sale right now, too, for only $12.95 plus shipping -- that is $5.00 off (a 35% discount). There are 75 tutorials for stamping in your scrapbooks on the CD.* The full list of what is on the CD is here, but make sure to order from the link below for the discount.

In any case, This is was the easiest Page/Box ever! I decided to add the center pop-up picture to add to the dimension. One of my favorite combinations is beach pictures combined with orange paper. The contrast is always stunning! One the box was made, the kit's contents made finishing the page a breeze.

The kids in the pictures are my friend's kids. They are stunning kids - great models! I happen to scrapbook with her frequently, and her pages are always wonderful - after all, her kids are gorgeous! I can't wait to give her this box. I think she will be thrilled.

Now, move onward with the hop: Julie Heyer, the Cape Cod Scrapper, is your next stop. Enjoy the inspiration!
*Sale price while supplies last only. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Herringbone One of a Kind

Almost every time I am at a trade show or  teaching a class, someone will ask me what my favorite technique is. Usually, one of the techniques from an upcoming issue holds that spot in my heart temporarily, but I do have to say that the Herringbone Technique (December 2009 Technique Junkie Newsletter) is certainly in my top 10 all time favs. I would even say that it is in my top 5!

This example uses the new in-colors designer paper from Stampin' Up with the Background Basics Stamps and matching die cuts. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up also. The flower was colored using marker blending.

What is YOUR favorite technique?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Washi Tape or Stamps? You decide!

OHHHH I just LOVE playing with my supplies! I had so much fun with my Washi tape and a few new stamp sets I recently acquired. One of these examples of the Snippets Technique from the April/May 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter uses stamps for the Washi tape, and the other is real tape.

The coffee cup stamps, and the tape stamps, are from Stampin' Up. The actual Washi tape is from Recollections.

Of course, the bright-colored sample is Washi Tape - but the other one looks pretty darn close!

Hope you find time to play with YOUR toys supplies.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Triple Embossing - Technique of the Week

The Triple Embossing Technique, from the June/July 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter, is the current Technique of the Week! I intended on posting this on Monday, but life got in the way!

I love this easy technique. The combination of textures is wonderful! I chose to change mine up a bit -- using cardstock instead of Designer Paper. I colored the individual areas with a combination of ink and chalks to highlight the embossed areas. The stamp is from Stampin' Up!

Hope you are playing along with us this week!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Stencil collage - Technique of the week

This is the post that was supposed to happen on Monday, when I announced the Technique of the week. Well, now it is Thursday, and although I wasn't able to post Jackie Kalchert announced the technique for me on the Design Team blog.  After two  consecutive weeks of busy trade shows, I haven't had much of a chance to create! I did set some time away today, though, since I was pining for stamp therapy. The Stencil Collage card (June/July 2013) above is the result of my endeavors. 

I used a background collage stamp from Stamp Out Cute and a sentiment from Stampin' Up!, along with the mesh stencil from Club Scrap. (Sorry that there are not any links, I am posting from my iPad and haven't yet figured that out!) I stamped, inked  and cut out extra butterflies from the main image, too, but they are hard to see from the picture. Their wings were pinched up for dimension.

I hope you have had fun with the Technique this week, and love to see all the posts on the ergo up. If you haven't tried it yet - DO! Simple and easy and lovely. It doesn't get better than that!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Welcome to the Hop!

Today is the monthly Club Scrap Blog Hop, and I am glad you are here! Today we are celebrating the June Cape Cod kit, and I have two projects to share with you! If you started on the Club Scrap Creates Blog, you are in the right place. If not, keep in mind that you can access the whole list of hoppers from there at any time.

My first card uses is a Curved Fold card from the Move It CD (which was released in March). I decided to cut into the 12"x 12" paper to use the 10" lighthouse for the focal image. I loved cutting out and stamping the lighthouse images - it took me back to the many, many times that I vacationed on the Cape. If you are familiar with the geography, my in-laws had a house in Chatham (if you are not familiar, it is on the elbow of the Cape). The lighthouse images have particular meaning for me, because the most well-known area on the Cape is the Chatham light.

The second card I made for the hop is also from the Move It CD -- it is an Inside Out Card. The images were colored with Pastel Chalk Pencils. I used the Cape Cod Stencil to add a textural feel to the inside, and I used the netting and charm embellishments on the outside of the card.

I hope you have enjoyed the artwork today! Time to visit Julie Heyer -- The Cape Cod Scrapper. You just know she has something wonderful in store for you.

One last thing. If you would like to enter the drawing for a Move It CD, you can still leave a comment on the Club Scrap Blog on the link HERE (comments on today's post will not be counted; only those on the Club Scrap Blog will be eligible to win). The winner will be announced tomorrow.
Enjoy the hop!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Want a free Move It CD?

Greetings! Just a quick note to let you know that I was the guest blogger on the Club Scrap Blog today -- and we are giving away a Move It Cd from that post. Here is a little teaser:

Head on over and see the post with the full card -- and enter to win the CD from the Club Scrap Blog!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

National Scrapook Day Blog Hop

Happy National Scrapbook Day! Today I am happy to be part of the Club Scrap Blog Hop celebrating the day. If you started at the Club Scrap Blog, you are in the right place. If at any time you "get stuck" in the hop, go back to the Club Scrap blog for the next link, since they are all listed there.

Today I decided to create this large tag book from the 3D and Fun Folds CD. I decided to use the Up, Up and Away kit from Club Scrap to make this, um, uplifting tag book.

This is not just a cool little book, but it also makes a great mini album. Hope you enjoyed it!
Your next stop on the hop is Julie Heyer. Enjoy her beautiful work!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

I always have my pens...

Pens Pens Pens. You set one down, you lose it. It was like that in our Stamp Show booth UNTIL we added the Paper Rose Pen Set from the Great Gifts CD. Now we never lose a pen!

This makes a great teacher's gift, a gift for an officemate, or even just one for your own desk.

Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Baby Step Ladder

I have been trying to refresh the artwork in the Technique Junkie stamp show booth -- we encourage people to pick up and touch the art, and after a while it gets a little grimy. So between Holly Brown, Beth Norman and myself, we have been adding to the artwork in the booth.

The card above is an example of the 5" x 7" Step Ladder card from the 3D and Fun Folds CD. The adorable duck on this is from Sweet Stamps. It's so cute!

Of course, the CD is still available -- it is $17.95 for 70 tutorials. Information can be found here.
Have a great day!