Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Emossed Stickles Friendship

Tricia here with my technique of the week card. This is such an easy technique with fabulous results. Won't you play along?

Stamp credit: Gina K Designs

Thanks for stopping by and let see what you can do!


Embossed Stickles at Sunset

Hello, Beth Norman, here with an Embossed Stickles card.  What a fun way to use Stickles.   I have about 20 different colours--they are so addictive.   You will find this technique on the the Shimmer Glimmer Sparkle and Shine CD.

My Small Couple stamp is from Impression Obsession, one of our sponsors.  They have a new challenge every two weeks and I am submitting this card for their "I'm Thankful For" challenge this week.  Can you tell I'm thankful for my cuddle time?

I stamped out the Small Couple stamp and then masked the couple and created a sun.  Next, I masked the sun and the couple and brayered  Spectrum Kaleidacolor ink over to create the sky.  Finally, I coloured in grass with my Prismacolor pencil crayons and OMS.  I think the Embossed Stickles technique accented this image beautifully. 

I encourage you to join in on our weekly challenges.  If you don't have the CD, you can click the link above.  It is one of my favourite CD's, and I'm sure it will be yours too.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Technique of the Week: Embossed Stickles

Happy Monday - it's time for the Technique of the Week! Today we are celebrating a technique from the Shimmer Glimmer Sparkle and Shine CD: Embossed Stickles. Folks, this is such a cool, textural, sparkly technique - you will fall in love with it when you try it!

I wish I could have gotten a better picture of this -- between the texture in the background, the sparkle, and the mirrored sunglasses, a good shot was almost impossible. Hopefully you get the idea between the two pictures. Cool Texture...cool Sparkle. Great Technique!

Try this technique this week, and post it to the egroup or send it to me to post. I would love to see what you do! If you do not have the CD, it is still available. It has 45 tutorials on it, and is $14.95. It may be purchased on the sidebar, or HERE,

Go get Sparkly!
Stamps: Glasses: VIP; Sentiment: VAP Scrap

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Painted Rhodie

Ann Clack here with a technique of the week card for you!  This week's technique is the Paint Swatch Technique.  My card uses a stamp from one of our current vendors called Sweet Stamps.  She doesn't call it a Rhododendron but I think that it looks enough like one.....I do love them!

I stamped the image directly over the the technique and colored it in with copics.  Then since it looked too light, I swapped to a darker color and colored in the flowers and leaves darker.  Then it was too dark and looked like a blob so I went back and lightened it with my blender pen.  Added a little dots (stamps from itty bitty SU set) and voila!  Ready to go. 

For the shadow layer on the sentiment I just traced around the die that I used for the sentiment and hand cut it. 

I hope that you enjoy!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Holly Brown: Triangle Shaker Kitty Card

Hi folks!  It's Holly posting today, and I'm sharing this sweet Triangle Shaker Card that I made last week.  If you go to any of the trade shows where Technique Junkies will be a vendor, you can see this card in person along with TONS of other samples. When you pick it up, the tiny little beads inside the triangle roll around.  (You can see a list of upcoming shows on this page here.)

The Triangle Shaker Card technique is on the Fancy Folds and Motion CD (available here).  These adorable stamps are from My Cute Stamps - my mom gave these to me for Christmas and I just had to ink them up.  The dotted background stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Don't forget, this week's Technique of the Week is the Faux Paint Swatch technique from the current newsletter (April/May 2013).  Play along and share your artwork with us!  :-)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chocolate Bar Card

From the Shape It CD.
I had to add the bite to the card. Chocolate doesn't stand a chance around me, LOL! The verse is from Club Stamp.  Remember you can purchase both the Shape It CD and the Move It CD together for only $17.95, or either CD may be purchased for $9.95. They can be purchased here.
 There are literally hours and hours of fun on these 2 CD's.
Jackie K

Faux Paint Swatch - Technique of the Week by Judy Jackson

Some techniques are complicated and some are easier.  Then there are some that are very easy and you want to do something to kick them up a notch!  The later describes Faux Paint Swatch from the current TJ newsletter.   I decided to also use the Center Stair Step card technique. 

Stamp credits are for Sweet and Sassy Stamps. This the stamp set Wildflowers.  When I first  saw it listed, it was sold out almost immediately so when Korin announced it was back in stock, I ordered it immediately.  And that set is just perfect for this technique! I added a few buttons after tying some DMC embroidery floss through the button holes.

Have a great day! I hope you do something creative today!

Judy Jackson 

Technique of the Week

Good Mornin' Stampers!
I hope everyone is enjoying lovely Spring weather but staying in long enough to stamp! Nancy Dawson here with our week's technique!

This week's technique is Faux Paint Swatching. It is such a fun technique and makes a super background.

I used the By the Tide Stamp Set from Stampin' Up with Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy & Garden Green Classic Ink adding Garden Green Ribbon as an accent! Great masculine card. You must give it a try.

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More Faux Paint Swatch technique

Hi all!
Hetty here with some more samples
of the Faux Paint Swatch technique from the

The top card I made for the Crowning Day of
our new King on April 30 with
a digital stamp by Create with TLC.

I made the background with ink and then
put the paper in my prin ter to print the
image on top.
It is colored with pencil and dots of
a gold and red pearl pen.
Even a ruby (sticky gemstone)
in the crown.

This card is made with a sentiment
from Club Scraps April kit called
Spring Chorus.
And part of Michael Strong's cloisonné
pot stamp.
You won't believe it, but the flower is
made with the spider die that is from
 Michael Strong's Halloween
collection. You need one green one
and 8 white spiders to make
the flower. On top a little
punched out flower, or sun  and
a white pearl pen drop on top.

Have a creative day!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Floating Pop Up Card

 From the Move It CD!

What fun these cards are to make!!!! I pulled out quite a few of my old stamps to make this card, as I needed different balloons and while looking I found the adorable presents. Please excuse the acrylic blocks in the lower photo, I needed help to keep the card open while I was photographing the inside.

Getting back to the stamps, do you remember Suzy's Zoo? The stamp with all the critters on the front of the card is from Rubber Stampede. I also used stamps from; Posh Impressions, Copper Leaf Creations, Inkadinkado and the vertical Happy Birthday on the inside of the card is from Wordsworth.

I can see so many uses for this Floating Pop Up Card, from the silly to the sublime. Imagine a vintage sewing theme. The pop ups could be a sewing machine, thread spools, thimbles and sewing needles. That would be awesome. I can also envision a floral themed card with the pop ups being many different types of flowers, a watering can, garden gloves and garden tools. The possibilities are endless!!!

Give it a try won't you? I hope I have inspired you with my card example and all the things running around in my brain.
See you back here again real soon!
Jackie K

Monday, April 22, 2013

Technique of the Week: Faux paint Swatch

Welcome to the Technique of the Week! This week we are celebrating the Faux Paint Swatch Technique from the April 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I adore this technique! It is so versatile and easy. I actually demo this at trade shows, and the ease of it never ceases to amaze people. I hope you will try it and play along!

For my example, I used Art Neko stamps on yellow cardstock. Although the original directions tell you to use white or neutral cardstock, there is nothing wrong with spicing things up a bit!  I used shades of green chalk inks for the paint swatches, and Copic Markers to color the bird.

These gorgeous Art Neko stamps have been on the edge of my desk for a week and I have been dying to ink them up. The bamboo stamp in the background has two birds on it, under the sentiment, but I wanted to change things up a bit with the bamboo stamp (and I was dying to color that bird!). Just a reminder that TJ folks get free shipping for orders over $50.00 with the code TJ'sFREE50. There area ton of gorgeous stamps on sale at Art Neko, too.

I would love to see what you do with this technique! Whether you stamp on it directly or use it as a background, it is a wonderful way to add color. Play along and share on the egroup.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Technique of the Week

Hello, Beth Norman here with this week's Technique of the Week--Watered Crayons.  I couldn't resist creating a banner with this technique because banners are all the rage.  Watered Crayons is in our new April issue, so come on and shake the dust off those watercolor crayons--you won't be disappointed.  

My stamp is from Stampin' Up!  I inked up the stamp with Tempting Turquoise and then pounced on some black with a sponge.   The dots on the scallops were created by using Liquid Pearls.

Stay tuned for some more samples of Watered Crayons from the Design Team coming up.  Don't forget to send your sample to us through our Yahoo group.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Technique of the Week! Watered Crayons....

Happy Monday!!   A great big thank you to everyone who has been playing along with the Technique of the Week feature!!  Your artwork has truly been inspiring!  This week, we announce another great technique from the April 2013 newsletter!

This week, our technique is:  Watered Crayons.  This fun technique produces interesting and versatile art pieces.  My piece, used as a background to highlight an awesom image from Rubbernecker Stamps, is the perfect splash of color to pull my card together.  Additional stamps used are from Impression Obsession and Amuse.

C'mon!!!  Join in the fun!
TTFN, Jane

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Birdy Bands

This week's Technique of the Week (until Sunday!) is called Inky Bands.  Here is my take on it.  I just got the bird stamps (fiskars) in the mail the other day and had to get some ink on them.  Hope you enjoy (pun...hahahahah).

Friday, April 12, 2013

Holly Brown: Bands of Color Butterfly

Hi Junkies!  It's Holly posting today, and the Technique of the Week is Bands of Color from the April/May 2013 issue.  This is a great technique for backgrounds and I've gone with a spring-y pastel color combo today.  I used the Bands of Color technique on the white background and then I used my square Spellbinders dies to cut out a piece in the middle so my focal piece would match up with the bands in the background.  The butterfly and sentiment are from Stampin Up and I added a couple of small pearls to the center of the butterfly.

I hope you try this fun and easy technique and share your artwork with us over on the Technique Junkies Yahoo group.  If you are not a member of the Yahoo group, please contact Pat Huntoon for details on joining.  :-)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bands of Color - Technique of the Week

Isn't this fun to have the Technique of the Week back again to challenge us to do something new? This week it is Bands of Color from the current newsletter. 

And now for a confession -- I should have done my card before today. But we have been very busy and are now away on vacation for a short time.  So I brought products and card stock with me -- no Internet where we are but general and shared wifi in a community center.  So here I am.

I love this image of these little girls walking in the sea grasses and the gentle sea breezes blowing their hair. It is a retired image from Stampin' Up.  I water colored the image.

I hope you enjoy this technique.  Have you tried it yet?

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Technique of the Week- Bands of Color

Aren't you so glad that the Technique of the Week is back? I know I am!!!
This weeks featured technique is Bands of Color from the April 3013
You have seen some wonderful examples so far and I am happy to add my two cards
amongst those that have already been posted.

Some times there is a b/g technique that you like so much you don't want to cover it up.
I feel this way about this technique and so I kept it simple on both of my examples.
The above card uses a stamp from I Brake for Stamps as the focal image.
The sentiment is from Smartworks Stamps

The stamp on this card is from Hearts in Touch.
Won't you give this technique a try and post it to the TJ yahoo group for us all to enjoy?
I look forward to seeing your creations!
Have fun and Enjoy!
Jackie K

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Technique of the Week - Bands of Color

Good Morning! It is Monday  Tuesday, and it is time for the Technique of the Week! This week we are featuring the Bands of Color Technique from the April 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie  Newsletter. 

My sample uses  gorgeous sea-themed stamps from Art Neko. The whole sheet of stamps is just stunning! I wanted to capture the feel of the sea with the green and blue tones. (Did you know that TJ members get free shipping right now on orders from Art Neko over $50.00? Just use the code: TJ'sFREE50).

Okay, let's see what you can do! Post your bands of color card to the TJ egroup for everyone to see. You may end up on the group homepage! You will have fun with this technique -- it is pretty, easy and makes a great background for almost every stamp. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Technique Of the Week: Alcohol Ink Splatters

Hello from Kathie McGuire. We're bringing you a project from the current newsletter and hope that you'll join in the fun by trying the technique and sharing it with all of the other TJ fans on the Yahoo group. This is the Alcohol Ink Splatters from the latest newsletter. If you want a fast, colorful, knock-your-socks-off background for an image or just for an embellisment (like the flower I used here), then drag out your alcohol inks and spend the next five or ten minutes creating a fabulous one-of-a-kind stunning piece of art. I didn't have canned air, so I took apart an old blow pen, removed the dried out pen, and then used the blow bulb by squeezing it closely to the alcohol inks. The process worked great! This is one of the best techniques I've ever played with on TJ; it's extremely fast, fun, and the results are quite impressive. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day! Kathie

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Technique of the Week

Good Morning Ladies!
Nancy Dawson here with this week's featured technique from our new April newsletter. It is called Alcohol Ink Spatters and what fun to create! I hope you will give it a try; stepping out of your comfort zone is so rewarding when the results are fantastic!

What a beautiful background to feature Stampin Up's By the Tide stamp set. You can't really tell it on the scan but the fish has Smooch Spritz sprayed on and highlighted with Spica Copic markers.

Until next time,
Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Move It - Shape It Blog Hop

Welcome to each and every person who will join the members of the Technique Junkie Design Team  on this blog hop.  We all hope you will be excited as we are about these two new CDs! 

Some folks think that a stamped card is just a card, right?  There are those folks who think a "hand stamped card" isn't exciting or worth our time to make.  But we KNOW BETTER don't we?  Well, these two CDs should change those folks minds.  :) 

Personally, I am so excited about these CDs and I think these will be some "go to" CDs for me. So many wonderful ideas for different cards to make for family and friends! 

The CDs are $9.95 for each or $17.95 if ordered together. You can click on this link and it will take you to the Move It Shape It ordering and information page:

There is an index for each CD, with pictures of each project,  available on these pages.

I have made four cards for you.  Two cards are from the Move It CD and two cards are from the Shape It CD.
My first card is from the Shape it CD --  and is called the Piano Card.  Stamp credits are from Hero Arts and Uptown Rubber Stamps.  My son-in-law is the music and youth pastor at his church.  I just thought this was appropriate for him!

 My next card is from the Move It CD and is called the Floating Pop-Up Card.  I think Pop-up cards are so fun but seldom do I make them.  The directions for this card are both easy and fun!  I think it is a WOW card.  I used both dies and punches for the birds and the bird cage. Stamps are from Impression Obsession.
So this lovely bird is singing inside the cage -- but he is singing to his friends who are outside the cage ---- so fun!

My third card for you is from the Shape It CD and is the Bathing Trunks card.  I can see all kinds of uses for this card shape.  And it is just a fun one to make -- not to difficult and just plain fun. I can think of all kinds of background paper to use for the trunks -- can't you?

My last card for you is the Upright Diamond Fold Card. I love this card and the way it turned out!

I just love this little bunny from Stacy Stamps - he is so cute!  Such an adorable face and big shiny black eye!   But then you untie the ribbon and you see all of the pop-up - so nice!

The stamp credits belong to Stacy Stamps, Stampin' Up, and Art Neko.  Art Neko makes the verse on the inside.  I embossed it in black to make it stand out from the bamboo. The verse goes like this -- "Drip...Drip...Drip...The garden's bamboo fountain Whispers its secrets.  Listen."  Can't you just see the little bunny being very quiet as he listens for the secret of the bamboo fountain? 

I sure do think you will enjoy this blog hop today!  By the time you hop along with us today - Pat will be able to begin mailing out the orders for the CDs. Make sure you get yours ordered today! 

Now enjoy the rest of the Move It - Shape It Blog Hop! 

Hop along now to Ann Clack -- a gifted stamp artist is she!  Enjoy the day at the hop.
Judy Jackson

Try That Technique - AI Splatters

Don't you just love the new TJ Newsletter?  I love it and can't wait to create lots of new cards with it.

This sweet little image from I Brake For Stamps is colored with copics.  

The background is done with the TJ Newsletter technique AI Splatters.  This is this weeks Try That Technique.

I also used another technique around her (the black hearts) called Faux Punched Borders.  I cut her out with spellbinders (making sure to use my handy out of the nestie box technique --so not to cut off her sweet little rabbit ear). 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a crafty day!

Monday, April 1, 2013

It's No Joke!! Technique of the Week......

That's right, Friends!!  It's not a joke!  The Technique Junkie Newsletter would never kid about something as wonderful as Technique of the Week!  We are back and bringing you the first of many wonderful Technique of the Week Challenges!! You are going to want to play along.....for fun, for games and maybe even a prize from time to time!!!

Each and every Monday, a new Technique of the Week will be announced right here!!  All week long, you are encouraged to give it a whirl and share your artwork with all of us over on the yahoo group.  Please remember that your post, on the yahoo group, must contain a photo of your art rather than just a link :)

From the newsletter, hitting your mailboxes soon, if not already......Alcohol Ink Splatter!!  This fun technique requires few extra supplies, but always produces an uniquely different piece!  I've chosen to adorn my piece very little, so as not to obscure my marvelous background.  Nothing says "clown" like splattered ink so, naturally, I chose a favorite image from I Brake For Stamps to finish things off.  This clown is one of several from the Rick St. Dennis line and just never goes out of style!!

Happy April, Happy Stamping!!!  Please join us for some crafty fun and sharing on the yahoo group! 
TTFN, Jane