Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Shiny Pearls

The Crafty Nurse here for a midweek post to spark your creative flow.  Please join us over at the new Technique Junkies Facebook Group to share your work.  

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Happy Arting

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to Make Faux Designer Paper

Hello, Beth Norman here with a a Faux Designer Paper tutorial which originally came from the December 2008 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  This is just one of many favourite techniques of mine.  I hope you like it too.  I made a point by going outside my comfort zone and used a colour combination that I normally do not use which is why I think I'm so happy with the end result.
Supplies:  Bold stamps, embossing buddy (not in photo), 3 to 4 pads of ink, VersaMark, clear embossing powder, heat gun, cardstock, scrap paper and iron (both not in photo)
Using your first bold stamp, stamp out your image using VersMark in one or two of the corners.   Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat emboss.
Using your darkest colour, smear ink over top of your embossed image.  You do not have to be neat.
Take your lighter colour and swipe in a horizontal fashion as seen above.
Using 1 to 3 stamps, stamp out your image with dark ink.
Using your iron with your steam off, iron the embossed portion of your card with a scrap piece of paper.  Here you will see how the embossing powder seeped through the scrap photocopy paper.
Using a dark colour (here I used black), swipe around your edges to add a distressed, shabby chic, look.  Finish as desired.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

A tribute card for Memorial Day

Just a quick reminder on what Memorial Day is all about. A salute to our men and women in the service with a sincere Thank You for what you give/have given to keep our Nation free. 
God Bless America.

Stamp: Last Breath
Pat Huntoon

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Same Stamps 2 Ways

Hello All Lanette Here!

I just love our new Crazy Cat Border Stamp! So I thought it would be fun to create two very different cards using this fun stamp... Heck I even used the same verse stamp and the same papers...

First I kept it clean and simple....

Next I mixed it up a bit with a bit of Distress Oxide Ink....

Here is a better look at the stamps I used today...

Cats and More Cats

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Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

I hope that I have inspired you in some way!

Friday, May 19, 2017

TJ Inkspirations

If you haven't seen, Jeanne Streiff just announced the newest Technique Challenge on the TJ Facebook Group and blog. The challenge is to use the Shaped Stencils Technique (directions here) with Technique Junkies stamps for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate to anything in the TJ store.

Here is my take on the Shaped Stencils Technique:
I stamped and cut apart the Left Unsupervised sentiment, and used the Peeking Image over the shaped stencil. The shape is a circle die that I sponged ink through, using the Grammies's Lace stencil from A Colorful Life Designs. I colored my girl very lightly with Chameleon Colored Pencils.

I created the shaped stencil portion using the Stonework Stencil from A Colorful Life Designs through an Apothecary Die. To "grunge" my piece a bit, I sprayed the background with Timeless, Rustic and Warm Art Anthology Colorations Sprays.

Once dry,  The Downtown Boy and Sarcasm stamps were stamped directly on the stenciled portion, using brown StazOn ink. The cat was colored with Chameleon Colored Pencils.

The Rules

You will have a whole month to complete the challenge. Enter as many times as you wish using the link list at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a  $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate! 

You have until June 11th to enter. Winner will be announced June 12th.

A few simple rules.

You must use Technique Junkies stamps to be chosen to win a prize.

If you don't have any Technique Junkies stamps feel free to play along and link your project but you will not be in the drawing for a prize.

You must use the challenge technique in your project (that's the challenge!)

No linking old projects. Projects must be new.

Please list Technique Junkies stamps with links in your project posts.

Please link directly to your project (not a general blog).

If you have a problem linking to the challenge contact Jeanne

Hope you were inkspired today!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Good Morning!

Chris here with a bit of Father's Day inspiration for you today.

Today I am highlighting both the Happy Father's Day stamp and a portion of the Call the Girls stamp.  I created this card first by misting spray stain onto watercolor paper then using my Misti stamping tool to repeatedly stamp the sentiment on the right side with distress inks to give the loose watercolor look.  

The drink is from of the Call the Girls stamp.  It was stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics.  I then cut a mask for the lemon, so I could cover the whole glass with Versamark and dip it in clear embossing powder and emboss to give the shine of real glass.

I was playing with my gelli plate and some acrylic paints the other day, and loved these warm gray  backgrounds that I had made using some crinkled plastic wrap to create a subtle texture.  I loved the contrast of two of the backgrounds pieces and decided to make a simple Father's Day card for a husband who's out of this world.

And while creating some backgrounds I was using this A Colorful Life Texture stencil with my gelli plate.  When I peeled up my Bristol paper I had to do a double take.  This is one of a series of pieces I'd started when I could help but see something totally unexpected.  Do you see it?

I couldn't help it.  It was in my head.  
The gelli plate got pushed aside and the paint brush came out.

I had to get my Monet on.

Speaking of stencils...  There's a new stencil challenge that just started on Technique Junkies!  If you haven't seen it, you can check it out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It's Murphy!!!

Have you ever come across a stamp and just HAD to have it? OMG! Puppy With Bow is one of those stamps!

This is the stamp:

This is my dog, Murphy:

Can you see why I HAD to have this stamp? There was no question. He even has one short ear, the same one as the stamp. You would have thought he modeled for this (he didn't). In case you're interested, he is a Shichon/Maltipoo. Shitzu, Bichon, Maltese and Poodle. The sweetest little guy you'll ever meet.

So between Murphy and Puppy With Bow, I was totally inspired to create this card:

I started with an A2 card base in white with a black panel and some gray patterned paper as a mat. I stamped Puppy on Neenah white cardstock using Ranger Archival Ink (Watering Can). I added some colored pencil highlights and matted the panel with black cardstock. The sentiment is from Typewriter Set. It was stamped and die cut, then mounted on black cardstock and attached with foam tape.

But I'm not done yet...I have another card to share with you today!

Again using Archival Ink (Watering Can) for all the images on this card, I stamped Butterfly2 onto a Neenah cardstock panel three times. I then masked off all three butterflies and stamped Medium Porcelain Crackle, and removed the masks. I used several red/orange/yellow colors of the Zig Clean Color Markers and added clear lacquer to the top. I stamped the sentiment from the Things I Want To Do set, cut them out and mounted them to black cardstock. Using foam tape, I attached the sentiment to the panel and the panel to the A2 card base.

I hope I've inspired you to do some stamping of your own today! If you'd like any of these stamps, just click the links above. And to save 10% on your order at Technique Junkies, you can use my code:

And don't forget this month's technique challenge (info in the side bar)! You can enter to win a $25 TJ gift certificate!

Til next time,
Keepin' It Inky!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Hello Junkies!  

Pat has sooooo many incredibly awesome rubber stamps in the Technique Junkies store.  If you haven't browsed around, you are in for a real treat.  If you have you already know what I'm talking about.  Choosing TJ stamps from my supply to showcase and play with is one of my guilty pleasures. 

This week I couldn't resist this little guy!  He has such an adorable face and can be used with a variety of sentiments.  I used the incredible Chameleon Colortone Pencils to color him.  The trick and technique to coloring this stamp with these pencils is layering colors. What fun they are to play with! 

I used a background cover die I had to use up some card stock scraps and wasn't sure how I would use it until I stamped and colored this puppy.  It all came together quite quickly.  

I first stamped the puppy with my MISTI in "Potter's Clay" Memento ink and then began (I took my time) with light colors to enhance the scruffy hairs then built up in darker colors.  The technique is called "no-line coloring" and it can be achieved with many mediums.  This was the first time I tried it with the Chameleon Colortone Pencils and I really like the way it turned out.  

Technique Junkies has a new monthly challenge posted on our blog.  It was posted yesterday.  You have a month to enter - all the details can be found on the blog post HERE

Also, come on over and join us on our FaceBook Page.  Lots of fun, Junkies news and chatter there and a great place to post your creations.  

ENABLER ALERT:  If you find some stamps in the TJ Store you'd like and need a little savings on them, please use my code for a 10% off your entire stamp order.  (It excludes the new release and sale items) 

Grab yourself some craft time this week and get your fun on!  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Technique Junkies Challenge - Shaped Stencils!

    Welcome to our new challenge!

You will have a whole month to complete the challenge. Enter as many times as you wish using the link list at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate!
You have until June 11th to enter. Winner will be announced June 12th.

A few simple rules.

You must use Technique Junkies stamps to be chosen to win a prize.

If you don't have any Technique Junkies stamps feel free to play along and link your project but you will not be in the drawing for a prize.

You must use the challenge technique in your project (that's the challenge!)

No linking old projects. Projects must be new.

Please list Technique Junkies stamps with links in your project posts.

Please link directly to your project (not a general blog).

If you have a problem linking to the challenge contact Jeanne

The challenge is Shaped Stencils
For this technique you will need a shaped die cut, low tack tape (or washy tape), a sponge and your regular card making supplies (cardstock, adhesive, ect).

Die cut any open shaped die cut you'd like to use on a spare piece of cardstock. I cut mine the same shape as my card so I could line it up easily.

Make a sandwich with your die cut mask on top, your stencil (A Colorful Life - Circle Mosaic) and your cardstock below. Once you have your cardstock bottom layer lined up use low tack tape to secure all the layers before sponging.

Sponge ink (or paint) through the masked area.
I splattered some thinned white acrylic paint onto mine after sponging.

Using my MISTI I stamped the Watercolor Giraffe in brown ink and the sentiment from Things I Want To Do in black ink. I finished my card by adding a few shadows to the giraffe with markers, rounding the corners and adding a border with a fine black pen.

Supplies used:
Inks: Ranger Distress (Dried Marigold, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Archival Black)
MISTI stamp tool
low tack tape
white acrylic paint

Have a great day! Jeanne

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Crazy Cat Border Bookmark

This is a birthday card for one of my daughters.  It encompasses two of her loves (besides her family of course!).  She loves cats, and loves to read.

I used three Technique Junkie Stamps - Crazy Cat Border -, one of the sayings in the Bookworms set - , and Random ABC background -

I created the background paper for both the first layer and the the book mark with Distress Oxide inks -  -  in the same manner as the Antique Glimmers technique.  I used Twinkling H2Os and randomly colored in some of the cats on the bookmark and the pocket frame.

Since adhesives show through under vellum, I created a frame from card stock stamped with the Crazy Cat border stamp.  I adhered the vellum with my ATG adhesive, and attached it to the base card with the same adhesive.

I tied ribbons through the tag hole to pull the book mark out.  My daughter will love all of this!

Have a wonderful day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Tie Die Circles Challenge Winner!

Thank you to everyone that entered our challenge. Look for a new challenge tomorrow!

The winner of our  Tie Die Circles Challenge is:

Please contact Jeanne for prize information within 7 days.

You can see Alicia's pretty card here:

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Today is our day, fellow mothers. Our day for breakfast in bed, a little pampering, and lots of love. Today I am honoring my Mother-in-Law, Linda Huntoon, who is both my mother, and my friend too. I am fortunate to have this lovely woman in my life. 

Linda's card was made using the Long Stemmed Rose and the You are the World Set on a white card front. The rose was stamped and masked, then colored with Chameleon Color Tone Colored Pencils.

I added some black paper along the top and bottom edges, then border punched the pink cardstock layer before placing it over the card base. Silver brads were added to the punched flower centers to finish the card. 

It wouldn't be complete without a stamped inside, too:
Whatever you are doing on this Mother's Day, whether you are the pamper-er ot the pamper-ee, I hope it is great for you!

Warmest Regards,
Pat Huntoon

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mainly Masculine

Oh my word!!!! I apologize for the lack of text on my post yesterday~ I'm not sure quite what happened!

I have two cards to share with you, using fun images from the May Release!!!

The first used the Hats off to Dad image!

Do you like the look of Ombre Ink? You don't need a special pad to get that effect; I used my Misti to get the gradient blues in my Sentiment. It's relatively easy.

First I stamped the entire "Dad" word in Tempting Turquoise, then I went over the bottom half with Brilliant Blue. Easy Peasy!!! To get the smaller areas in different colours, I used a Stamp n Write Marker!

This card is a little busier, but also fun to make!!!

I stamped the Pocket Watch Background onto soft sky paper. I then cut it into various sized strips and layered it over corrugated cardboard Paper! I cut the silver watch die and added some world map paper. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso onto some designer paper and added it with some foam dimensionals!!

Two great ideas for Father's Day!!!

Happy Mother's Day weekend to all you Momma's out there!!!!

XX's and Oh's


Friday, May 12, 2017

TJ Inkspirations: Embossed Colored Pencils

Dear Patricia, Since we brought the Chameleon Color Tone Color Pencils into the store last week, I think it's appropriate to show you another technique you can use with them or any other set of colored pencils.

I love the look of embossing - it is such a nice textural sheen to add to a finished project. Today we will be adding heat embossing to our colored pencils to achieve that pretty, shiny texture.

Here are the stamps and pencils we are using today:
Chameleon Color Tones Colored Pencils
Rose Doodles

Different Flowers
Row of Birds

Faint Scratches
Beautiful Birds
You can use any colored pencils for this technique. Of course I recommend the Chameleon Color Tone Pencils for their superior blending, though. 
To start, I stamped the Rose Doodles  and Different Garden stamps on white cardstock. Then I selected the first two colors -- the perfect match for each is on one pencil. 
 I The roses were colored with the first colors and blended using their perfect match and different pressures.
Continue with other pencils to finish coloring the whole piece.
For the embossing portion, you will need either a VersaMarker or an Embossing pen. Either will work well.

Color over the entire image with the embossing marker. Note that the marker may blend the colors somewhat. Cover the entire image with Detail Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss. 

Embossed Birds
Just another example for you. I love how pretty these are in person!

I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon