Saturday, April 29, 2017


The winner from my last blog post leaving a comment was Beth Norman from Sunflowers and Dragon Flies Blog.  
thank you to all those who left comments.
Today I am sharing a  Happy Birthday Card done with those fabulous stamps from the Tim Holtz collections Crazy Birds.  The background is my creation  using Dyan Reavely Paints..  These paints will leave you magnetized to your media and transmit a wonderful glazed veneer finish on your cardstock.
The stamped bird is colored using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

Die Cuts  used are from:   
 Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlets - Celebration Words 
 Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix  die called "Lattice".

All of these products can be purchased at the wonderful online store that I design for:

Thank you for Stopping by Shadesofstamping

Connie Fossenier

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Leave a comment on my blog site  and your name will be entered to win a $30 voucher (Canadian Currency) from Scrapbooking Fanatics online store. Your prize will be shipped for free to any location. 
I will be having monthly giveaway prizes on this blog site, so sign up as a subscriber if you do not want to miss your chances. 

Hello Connie Fossenier here from Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan. The snow is melting and this morning I could hear the wonderful sounds of the rapids running on Lake Athabasca.  I am truly blessed to be able to live here.

View the "what's new" in the Scrapbooking Fanatics store and take a tour of the wonderful product lines.
 Today, I am sharing a card I made using Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Cling Mounted Stamps.
The cute little bird is from Tim Holtz Cling Mounted stamp set called Crazy Birds CMS22 was water colored with Ranger Distress Markers and Tim Holtz Water color brush.  
The Background stamp was from Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Cling mounted stamps called "Natures's Moments  
The stamped background was wet embossed on water color paper. The background was created using a technique with Tim Holtz Alcohol inks called Alcohol Ink Float on water.
 Here is a link of a wonderful tutorial  by Andy Skinner showing this style of background.   I use  medium weight water color paper and simply float on top rather than dip into the basin of water.  Be warned !!  this techie is a very addicting and fun.  
 The  backgrounds were spawned from another favorite medium composition of mine called Faux Metalic and Distress Water Color using Tim Holtz Metallic Stress Paints: Click on the link below to view all the wonderful lines of  Distress Stains & Distress Paints 

thank you for stopping by

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Hello to Shades of Stamping readers
I am trailing behind in  sharing my Christmas cards, but here are some ideas for next year.
Take a tour of  Scrapbooking Fanatics online store
Sandy Hobbs, the owner, carries this line of products. 

I am a fan of Tim Holtz products, dies, mediums and papers. Tim demonstrates the difference between Steel Rule Dies, Thinlets and new Mixed Media Dies on Scrap Time Video.  
and an interesting video I would like to mention using Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and Distress Collage Mediums on Scrap Time Videos.

I designed the background and the Poinsetta flower with Tim Holtz Distress Stains.
I love the die cuts from the  Tim Holtz Alterations line, 
Holiday Knit 
Happy Holidays
Distress Stains and Paints
Poinsetta Dies

Thank you for stopping by Shades of Stamping
Connie Fossenier

Friday, December 9, 2016


Connie Fossenier here with Shades of Stamping from Stony Rapids Saskatchewan.  I am designing for a wonderful store called  Scrapbooking Fanatics online store located in St. Paul, Alberta. 
 Sandy Hobbs has created a new look and easy- to- shop online store.  You can also shop in person at her storefront at this location in St. Paul Alberta.
(780 221-5765)

I created a layout with the July 2015 Kit of my darling granddaughter.
 The Hearts are cut from chipboard from Sizzix Bigz Die  and painted with Ranger Dylusions Paints .
I have people ask me how I plan my layouts, what rules do I follow?
  Here are some of the inspired  antidotes I find helpful:
Select a color scheme, journaling and embellishments that convey the theme or mood of your photo(s). 
 Do not be modest in your creative endeavors to combine layers that appear to not mingle with each other or hint at  being a glaring combination. Step our of your comfort zone and be courageous. 
 Choose diametrical  colors and  impression patterns that will  add a spontaneous impact. 
You can converge  a hodgepodge  of creative impressions that are in sync with your photos. 
The finally of layering embellishments and journaling will complete and unify your scrapbook page.
My theme chosen  "Pretty and Pink" and being a school photo, I wanted a simple and streamlined layout, the patterned paper combo added that extra punch. 
thank you for stopping by Shades of Stamping
Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions.
I do enjoy and appreciate your comments.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Tim Holtz Alterations...You are Loved

Hello Shades of Stamping  readers.  Here is  another page I designed  of my cutie grandson " You are Loved ".
The supplies are from an awesome store Scrapbooking Fanatics
I have to say that  the July 2015 kit was my favorite  to work with.  I combined some Basic Grey Chipboard Fonts. 
Fonts and Hearts Diecuts:
Tim Holtz Alterations Die Cut " Block Talk -Lowercase.  the hearts are diecuts from the  a Sizzix Bigz- Tim Holz Aleterations Die called "Heartfelt".  
The corners and border trim are die-cuts form Sizzix Thinlets - Mixed Media.  Fonts and hearts are painted with Tim Holtz Distress Paints.

thank you for stopping by 

Connie Fossenier

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Prima Marketing Water Color Pencils

Connie Fossenier her to post for Shades of Stamping and first posting for the new online store Scrapbooking Fanatics.    Sandy Hobbs has knocked it out of the ball park with her new location and easy to use online store.  Please take a tour, shop and enjoy.
The online store  has a  shopping button exclusively for page kits that store owner Sandy Hobbs has engineered to help you freely create pages.  
I am excited to show case now and more future posts Scrapbook Pages  of awesome kits in stock in the store. 
My pages are of my two beautiful grand daughters are from the kit September 2015 by Prima " Just Add Color"   
Prima Water Color Pencil and Bella paper line were perfect compliments. You do not need any level of expertise.  Just scratch paper, water brush and Prima Water Color pencils are the artistic mechanics you require to create your own color hues that will applaud your photos..
The Black and White Poetic word art pages and designer pages are true compliment to any pattern paper.
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