Thursday, July 29, 2010


Hi, it's Beth here with this week's TRY THAT TECHNIQUE challenge. This week Diana Enns and I challenged each other to use the Ink Wash technique from the April 2007 issue. So pull out your issue and join us this week.

After I stamped out my main image, I stamped out the flowers three more times, and layered them up. It's all about the layers for me.

If you have the April 2007 issue then why not play along this week for your chance to be on the Yahoo group home page for the week.

Congratulations Cheryl Miller, your card is on the home page for the week. Thank you for playing in last week's challenge once again.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sanded Core' dinations with Judy Jackson

There I was in AC Moore -- shopping for other things -- and I spotted some new Core'dinations background paper in single sheets. This sheet was already embossed with butterflies -- and it called out to me, "Buy me, buy me!" So like any good stamper/shopper, of course I did! How could I resist it?
After I got it home, it sat on a shelf for a while -- and I pondered how I would use it. I knew of course, I would use the Sanded Core' dinations technique from the April 2010 Technique Junkie newsletter. The question really was what else will I do with this technique on a card!
So of course I sanded it, then carefully sponged some dark red ink over the embossed images to make them pop a bit more. I used a butterfly stamp from Heather's Stamping Haven in Nepean, Ontario and butterfly verse I really like. They are stamped on vellum. I embossed both in white embossing powder -- and against the white of the Core'dinations paper the verse didn't show up very well so I sponged some red on the back side of the vellum until the verse was readable. I used a red marker on the back side of the vellum to add color to the butterflies. I attached the vellum using my Xyron machine. I really like how you can see the embossed butterflies through the vellum on the top layer. There is a layer of shimmery metallic red paper behind the Core' dination paper. You can purchase this paper from Paper Temptress. It is called Stardreams Ruby and it is text weight. The ribbon and pearl accent ties it all together.
I hope you have some creative time this summer.
Judy Jackson

Hetty has Worn Wallpaper

With all the Christmas in July challenges going on, I contribute with my design and hope to give you some inspiration with my number calendar card. This is one I design every year as you can see HERE (some older designs and ideas). I have had already some requests for the new template and when it would be  ready, well here it is (you save it to your computer with the right mouse click and you can print it any size you like).
This card is made with a new technique from the August Newsletter called "Worn Wallpaper". This is a great technique for backgrounds and you do not need anythig special. I am sure you all have some scrap paper and white embossing powder to do this technique. I used some digital stamps from FireCracker Designs by Pamela an colored them with my ciao copic markers.
Here a close-up of one of the scene's. I have printed out the digital stamp several times, to make the picture more lively. The bunny is printed in two sizes and given a more xmas color.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An Oldie But A Goodie

Greetings, Friends! Jane Bosi here with a project share. It features an older technique, Paper Toile (June 2003). Isn't this just the perfect image? It's from I Brake For Stamps; the sentiment is from Amuse. I also used a new embossing folder from the Tim Hotlz line on the background.
I just love the final results. If you haven't given this technique a go, I highly recommend it. It's soothing to cut and piece and the results are amazing!
TTFN, Jane

Monday, July 26, 2010

Background Whimsy by Judy Jackson

This retired floral background stamp from Stampin' Up! lends itself beautifully to this technique. As soon as I saw and read the directions, I immediately thought of this stamp. Does that ever happen to you?
This technique is an easy way to add color, interest, and design to many background stamps. A high quality white gel pen is a must for this technique.
The fancy label is made using a Spellbinders die cut and the stamp is from SU. The flower accent is created by using several layers of punched out card stock spritzed with glimmer spray and attached with a brad in the middle of the flower. The leaves were cut out with a leaf die cut from Quickutz. That is a quick and easy way to create an embellishment custom made for your card.
Have a terrific week!
Judy Jackson

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Polished Vellum Flower by Ann

Ann Clack here with a polished vellum flower!  An oldie but goodie technique from the April 05 newsletter.This card is for a friend's 50th birthday.  I asked her Sister-in-law if they were using any particular colors for the and black!  So....this was my creation.  I backed the vellum flower with some flower punch outs so that it would pop away from the card.  The butterfly is also popped out to look more 3-D.  I've always loved Markie's mom (Faith) and her dots on black so I had to use on this card!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Try That Technique

Hi, it's Beth here, with TRY THAT TECHNIQUE and this week Diana Enns and I challenge you to try the METALIC EXPLOSION from August 2006.

I was thrilled with how this technique turned out; it reminds me of copper.

Chinese New Year is coming upon us (February), so I continue working on cards for the celebration. Frankly, I'm quite tired of working on my cards as Donnie is walking out the door for our supper at Tang's with 16 of our friends. Can anyone relate with me?

My image is from I Brake for Stamps. I found coordinating embellishments at Walmart. Holy smokes, Canada is finally getting in some decent scrapbook products and at a very low cost. I had no idea.

As with every week, this challenge offers the prize of having your card on the Yahoo Group home page for one week. What an exciting prize. There is even a little write up with your name so everyone knows who made that gorgeous card.

Please link your card up to this post for your chance to win.

Congratulations Tricia O'Bin you are the winner for this week. Your card is now on our home page.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Stained Glass Window Hanging

Hello TJ friends from Kathie McGuire on your stamping Saturday!

Remember Milk Paint? It's an oldie from 12/05 that I use on anything that I want to look like wood. On this project, I made a stain glass window hanging from a DRS Designs stamp and Art Institute Glitter products. I stamped the image onto acetate with Jet Black Staz On and glittered it from the backside.

I wanted my stained glass piece to hang in a window (see the sky and clouds behind it?) and a wood frame around the window made my piece complete!

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Try That Technique: Top Latch Card

Hey, it's Beth here and it's Try That Technique Thursday already. This week Diana and I challenged each other to do the Top Latch Card from the June 2008 issue.

Just like back in 2008 when I created two cards for the newsletter, I pulled out my brayer. I don't know why, but my brayer whispers to me when I make this style of card.

I hope my card inspires you to try this fun technique which is June 2008 on-line bonus technique.

Don't forget to post your card to the Yahoo group and to link up to this post for your chance to have your card posted on the front page of the Yahoo group home page for the week.

Our winner for this week is Cheryl Miller. Congratulatins Cheryl, your card is on the home page.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hetty goes cute

Hello everyone!

Today I have some real cute cards for you with stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy. This company has digital and clear stamps. Cute ones and lot's of flowers, texts and others.
Recently I have been showing some iris folding cards and got a lot of comments and questions, so here I have another one for you with a pattern (click on it and save it to your computer).
Have you never tried irisfolding? Please have a look at the tutorial.
When you don't like the tiny pattern, or when you are not so good with little things: enlarge the pattern and use bigger strips for folding. It is also a great way to try and figure it out for the first time.
But when you did a try run, you will notice that  it is quite easy and you do not need anything special for it. If you have any questions feel free to mail me for help.
Both cards are made with the set: Feeling Fruity Cocoa Clear Stamp set.
 On the first card I replaced the strawberry of the stamp with the irisfolded strawberry. In the card below I did the strawberry separate and also used the shape that came out of the frame and used the cutllebug highlight technique (Oct 08) on it as well as on the leave..

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pulled Glimmers meets Scene Silhouettes by Judy Jackson

I love making ATCs. They are just fun to make. I also enjoy being able to just quickly take an ATC that I have made and add it to the front of a card.
I created the Pulled Glimmers background and this ATC just went perfectly with the colors I used. I added the lovely green ad gold trimmed ribbons giving the card a soft touch -- yet not distracting from the masculine image and theme. The gold edging certainly brings out the glimmer shine in the background. I do realize it is past Father's Day but i made this card before Father's Day and am only getting it uploaded the TJ blog. You could certainly add a birthday greeting.
Stamp credits: Stampin' Up, Stampscapes, and At Impressions.
I hope you have a wonderful week filled with creative time for you!
Judy Jackson

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mono Die Baby by Ann Clack

Ann Clack here!  This week has been very crazy but my daughter-in-law's sister's baby shower was a welcome relief.  I made this card for her.  The colors that she has chosen to be her most favorite for the little girl (due in about three weeks) is mostly brown with pink highlights.  The animal she likes is butterflies.  So, I quickly threw this together and she really loved it.  It uses the mono die technique from the February 2010 issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter.  I hope you enjoy it as well.  In retrospect, I could have used a few more dies but I was just out of time!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Try That Technique: Polished Mulberry

Try That Technique! Stampers who have the June 2003 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter will find Polished Mulberry, which you can see on my card.

Diana and I challenged each other, once again, to Try That Technique. We hope you join in on the fun too.

If you are a TJ member, submit your card on our Yahoo Group or if you are not a current member, link up your card here for your chance to have your card on the TJ Yahoo Group home page for the week, and with your name in highlights too!

Congratulations Barbara Washington. You are this week's winner and will find your card on the homepage. Thank you for playing.

The background was fun to make, as I do love to get my hands inky, which is why I have a special shirt to use when I work with any liquid product. This shirt came about totally unexpectedly as Donnie pointed out the large ink spot while we were out for supper. Imagine my red face! That will teach me to work unprotected.

Stamp Credit:

Stamp is I Brake for Stamps and is called Large Christmas Femme.

Happy Stamping friends,

Vintage Wallpaper by Judy Jackson

I chose this shell collage Cuttlebug embossing folder to use with this technique. I wondered how it would work for this super technique! Terrific. I layered some clear vellum over the top at an angle -- then I tied the bow. I attached the clear vellum with two colored brads. I added sentiment stamped on colored vellum and clear embossed. I laid that over the clear vellum. The different layers add texture and interest to the card. The card would be fine without the layers but I think it just brings it up a notch in added detail.
I love the Technique Junkie newsletter -- it enables me to learn new techniques that can spark my own creativity. I love it when someone say to me, "How did you do this?"
Stamp credits: Impression Obsession and Stampington and Company.
I hope you are having a wonderful week and are able to get in some stamping time!
Judy Jackson

Scrunchie.....another old favorite

It's Evelyn here....with a funky favorite technique:  Scrunchie.  It appeared in the November 2007 newsletter.     This past week, I recycled magazines and catalogs and saved several great glossy covers and pages from the Coldwater Creek catalog. There were also some beautiful red and black butterflies on a New Yorker cover, which I used  for this card.    The stamped image is from Diva Impressions, an unmounted I "found" in my mess of unmounteds.    (No one else has that problem, surely!!) 

Evelyn Spikes

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Antique Wallpaper with Beth

Happy 4th of July to our American Readers. This is Beth here with my first attempt at Antique Wallpaper from the most recent issue. It is so much fun and I can tell it will be one I use a lot.

My image comes from Stamp Barn in Canada.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Beaded Box

Happy Saturday and Happy July 4th weekend!! It's Kathie McGuire here with a 3-D project to share with you.

I made this box for my best friend because she was out of town on vacation for 8 days and my papercrafting room just wasn't the same without her. I decided to make her a "Welcome Home" present and chose this project because she loves boxes.

I made the panels on the lower portion of this box using the Metallic Echo technique from 2/06. I morphed it quite a bit so the technique is pretty faint in the background, but I still like it. I ended up adding some metallic acrylic paints to the cardstock panels because I thought it needed a little more "flash".

The lid is covered with a beaded applique which I'm sure was inteneded for a jacket or blouse, but when my friend and I saw it in a fabric store we thought it would make a great addition to a box top. I added some silver round bead and small coordinating seed type beads on the sides of the box by putting a drop of Crystal Effects where I wanted it and then pushing the beads into it.

I'm so thankful for the opportunity to learn new techniques through the TJ group. The techniques are such an asset to me when I'm making one-of-a-kind gifts.

Thanks for stopping by today!!