Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Stained Glass Technique

Hi Friends! I’m back in Nova Scotia. I flew back to British Columbia so that I could get my car and items I had left there earlier this summer.  Now that I'll be on the East Coast for the time being, I wanted to make the most of my visit back home on Vancouver Island.  I spent a week seeing friends and family and I made the most of every moment there.  I even took time to stamp at my friend Barb's, who showed me how to make a really neat card (stand by - future video coming!).

It was so much fun to learn a new card design! THANKS for the inspiration, Barb!
Once I hit the Trans Canada Highway East, it took me about 5 ½ days to drive across the country.  This was the 3rd time I’ve driven across Canada, but my first time solo. It was a good trip, albeit pretty much non-stop, yet once again, I marveled at what a beautiful country this is.  Since I've been back, I’ve been busy settling into my home sweet home, with my fur-kids, and getting into the routine of things again (which feels soooo good!). Aside from catching up on my business work, I've also been canning my crabapples as well as working for a friend who is short staffed at the local cafe she manages. It's been years since I worked in the restaurant business, and it's only a few days a week, but it's a great way to get out there and meet people too (which I love). 

Now that I’ve unpacked all my stamping supplies and set up my studio again, I’m in the process of putting together some online classes; I’m super excited about it. I’ll post all the details this weekend.  I’m also going to start sending out my monthly newsletters again, beginning October. If you’re not already a subscriber, just add your email address in the box on the sidebar.

Today’s card was really fun to make. I used a technique called “Stained Glass” for the background:
Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Basic Black: 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White: 5" x 3 3/4"

I want to play around with this background a bit more because I think it would be gorgeous with Christmas stamps, as well as covered with Dazzling Diamonds as well as heat embossed. I’ll post these creations once I give them a try. For now though, here’s the basic technique – I hope you’ll give it a try!

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Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Black and White

Hi Friends.  I'm enjoying my time on Vancouver Island, visiting with my friends and family. Hard to believe it's been two months since I was last here. I left my some of my stamp supplies behind so I decided today to stamp a quick card.  Believe it or not, my inspiration today came from the shower curtain:

Sometimes black and white can be simple and clean for a nice quick card. It's also good for the soul to stamp, if even for a few minutes. Creativity is so soothing and calming.

Weekly Specials:

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I'm heading out to go fishing today with my Dad and my brother - it's been way to long since I last did that and I'm really looking forward to it. Hope to catch a salmon or two for the smoker to take back with me to Nova Scotia.

Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Friday, 4 September 2015

Five Minute Quick Card

Hi Friends! How can it possibly be September already? The only thing that consoles me at the close of summer is the fact that Autumn is upon us and I absolutely LOVE the fall. It's still hard to believe how fast the days go though. I'm getting ready to fly back to British Columbia tomorrow, so that I can get my car and things that are there, and then drive back across Canada. I've decided to stay put in Nova Scotia for the time being (at least until the house sells) and then I'll decide from there what my next move will be. There have been a LOT of changes going on in my world this past year - one I feel I should let you know about, which is the fact that my husband and I have gone our separate ways. The reason I'm telling you this is because I'm in the process of returning to my maiden name, which is "Zinck". So my videos, my blog and my website will soon be switching over from Tina Weller to Tina Zinck. Just wanted to let you know it's ME! LOL

I'll try to blog when I can, but I suspect I'm going to be super busy as I'll only be on Vancouver Island a week before I hit the Trans Canada Hwy #1!  Once I'm back in NS I'll be able to settle into my routine again, which will include online classes, coffee and a card classes and holiday workshops. I can't wait!

Speaking of holidays, have you had a chance to see our new Holiday Catalogue? If not, click HERE and be prepared to drool all over your keyboard because you're going to LOVE IT ALL!

Today's card is one I made for my neighbor as a thank you for watching my dogs and cat the other day.  I think thank you cards are so important and really mean a lot to those who receive them. I put a little note inside that I'll have my neighbor up for dinner later this month to show my appreciation for him too.  The spirit of gratitude can be shown in so many ways, don't you think?

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Take care my friends and I'll catch ya on the flip-slide!  

Enjoy the day & HAPPY STAMPING!

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Flower Patch Thank You Cards

I wanted to make some thank you cards today but was a bit pressed for time.  These are the cards I came up with, featuring the 'Ghosting Technique', and I had all my cards (and envelopes) completed in minutes!

The technique is easy - simply stamp a solid image using Craft White ink and set aside to dry. Once dry, stamp on top of the white image using a different colour.  The final effect is really pretty.

Thank goodness for the Envelope Punch Board; I needed envelopes too and this fabulous tool saved the day. I used regular computer paper to make the envelopes and stamped them to coordinate with the cards. Quick and easy!
 Supplies Used:

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I've been busy picking blueberries (it's prime season right now).  I love spending time out in my fields, enjoying the quiet nature, warm breeze and sounds of the birds.  It makes raking the berries quite relaxing actually.  
Raking blueberries.

Because chemicals aren't used in our fields, raking the berries is a bit more work, due to the grasses and weeds.  It's worth it though - the blueberries are DELICIOUS!

Ready to be cleaned and then they're going right in my freezer!

Later this week I'll be picking the crabapples off my tree to store away.  I truly love this time of year - I feel like a little squirrel gathering food to store for the winter months! LOL

On that note, I'd best get on with my day.


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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Bokeh Technique

Here's a technique that has been super popular lately, and for good reason: the Bokeh technique is super easy and quick and the results are always stunning. The possibilities of what you can do with this technique are also endless.  Here are some samples:

Colours used: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo. Stamp Set used: Bravo #135380
I will show you how to make the flowers embellishments in the video, below.
Colours used: Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist.  Instead of sponging colour, I used the 'ink direct to paper' technique by swiping ink pad across card stock.  Stamp set: Petite Pairs #128706
Colours used: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Hello Honey. Stamp Set: Ray of Sunshine #134339
Colours used: Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry. Stamp Set: Choose Happiness
I truly {heart} these little flowers. Amazing how something so simple can be so pretty at same time.
The video tutorial is a bit rough, compared to my usual, as I don't have access to my regular equipment or editing program at the moment. Hopefully you'll still enjoy it though.  Please leave me a comment if you try this technique - I always love hearing from you!

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I have some fabulous deals for you this week, which you can purchase through my online store on my website
These specials will end this coming Monday.

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Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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