Friday, December 31, 2010


This Artist Trading Card uses a Tim Holtz background technique.  One of my friends demonstrated this at our stamp club; it uses canned air to move alcohol inks around glossy cardstock.


This beautiful stamp is from Stampendous.

Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


This started out as a set of three Artist Trading Cards, but my sister Dianne liked the third one and "traded" for it.  They are simple collages created with stamps.  Finally a strip of scrapbook paper and a Dymo label were added.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Go Fish

Here are another couple of Zentangles I completed while in Montreal recently:

Go Fish

Go Fish2

Friday, December 24, 2010

Zentangle With Stamps

At stamp club in November I also demonstrated Zentangles.  One of the options we discussed was using stamps.  Here is an ATC I  made to use as a sample:

Autumn Leaves2

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Seasonal Joys

This Magenta stamp depicts some of the lovely things we enjoy at this time of the year.  I love it!
2010Seasonal Joys

Monday, December 20, 2010

Make Your Season Bright

These two cards use patterned seasonal paper, using one of my favorite layouts for using patterned paper from the New England Stamper.  Click here for details.

2010Make Your Season Bright2

2010Make Your Season Bright

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holly Days!

Thanks to my sister for lending me this stamp while I was in Montreal.  I got a start on my Christmas cards while I was there.

2010Happy Holly Days!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Peace on Earth

The Christmas cards are in the mail, so I feel that I can show them to you now.  This one represents my big Christmas wish:


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Seabirds Read

Here is a bookmark I made with one of my sister's lovely stamps:

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Greeting for My Friends

I also completed my stamp club swap while in Montreal, using a very Tim Holtz simple technique:

November 2010 POMA swap

Ink a bold, solid stamp with distress inks, spritz with water, and stamp onto watercolour paper.  When dry, stamp the greeting using a permanent ink.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fall Vintage

With all my gallivanting about, I forgot to post my October vintage collage Artist Trading Card.

October 2010

Ten Two Studios Holiday Image Countdown

If you like to use vintage clip art in your artwork, hop on over to Ten Two Studios and download some free images.  Each day between now and December 25 a new image will be revealed.

Please remember to share the link on Facebook, your blog, Twitter, etc.  This is one of the download terms, to share the link.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

To Peak or Not to Peak?

Another thing I did in Montreal was to work on my Christmas cards.   I'm never sure whether to post Christmas cards on my blog because the recipient may see theirs here ahead of time.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Greetings from Montreal

Well, not really, but I've been there and back and that is the reason for my long break from blogging.  I was visiting my sister Dianne, and we spent two weeks stamping and shopping.  What fun!

While I was there, I prepared for my demonstration day at my Stamp Club here in Vancouver.  My sister found a cool Tim Holtz technique in a 2003 Rubber Stamper magazine and together we created this sample:

Faux Bleach

This is a resist technique using manilla file folders.  You simply stamp in Versamark, heat emboss using clear powder, and paint using dye re-inkers and a water pen, allowing the colours to pool together.  Then you iron off the embossing leaving a faux bleach look.  (The file folders have a special coating on them that makes the ink pool together.)