Sunday, December 31, 2017

Celebrate in Style!

Hello, Hello!

Amazing how fast December goes, isn't it?!?  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas as we are now counting down to the new year.  And where did 2017 go??  2017 brought lots of new experiences for me and I hope that 2018 is the same.  Do you celebrate the New Year?  I used to like to stay up 'til the proverbial ball drop, but now I prefer my ZZZs!  You can usually find me 'celebrating' the new year at my craft desk!
Today's card uses the super fun Technique Junkies Darling Blooms stamp~

These flowers give me a bit of a 'flower child 60's' feel, and that is how I decided to color them- kind of wild!  I colored selected blooms with colored pencils on kraft cardstock.  The black background makes the colors pop.  The floral panel was fussy cut along the top edge and then popped up with dimensional tape.  The sentiment strip was stamped with the Celebrate in Style sentiment.
I hope you celebrate in style tonight as we ring in 2018!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy New Year!

Lee Ann

Saturday, December 30, 2017

One Last Christmas Card

Hello Junkies!
It's Ceal, here to share with you today. I just had to make one last Christmas card before the year ended, after all we only have 360 days to make our cards right? I need to have started yesterday in order to get done it seems. I am still working on holiday cards to send out, I think I am down to 15 so that is a plus.
To make this card I started with a white top folding card base and a white panel cut down with a stitched die. I used the Christmas Trees set of 6 and did some 2nd generation stamping for the trees at the bottom of the panel. To create the cloudy sky I just sponged a little Broken China Distress ink across the top of the panel. Next I stamped the Santa in Moonlight in Black and colored in the moon with Copic markers. To finish the card I added the greeting Merry Christmas 2 and attached the panel to the card base.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy New Year!

Greetings, Lynda Joy here.  I hope you had a healthy and happy holiday!  Now it's time to get ready for the new year.  I'm ringing in 2018 with lots of stars.....
I used the star ornament from the Christmas Ornaments stamp set .  The verse is from the Gifts of Christmas set.

I stamped several onto silver and gold card stock, and embossed with Judi-Kins Black Opal embossing powder.  This powder really is quite spectacular in real life, with intense fiery sparkles of color.
Close up to try to capture the sparkly powder when I zoom in on an angle.
I layered some gold card stock onto a silver A2 card.  For the black stripe down the left side, I inked a piece of scrap card stock with VersaMark, and added some of the black opal embossing powder, then trimmed it to the size I wanted and added it to the card.  I embossed the verse, and created the backdrop for that the same way I did the strip. 

I added all my pieces-parts to the card, some raised up and some directly.  A few rhinestones finish off my sparkly salute to the new year!

Use my code to get 10% off your order TJ10Lynda.
Thanks for dropping by!  Have a safe and very Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A little more Christmas Cheer

Even though Christmas has passed, I still feel a little Christmas-y. And that's not a bad thing. I wish more folks could feel that Christmas wonder throughout the year.  My last card share for 2017 is a simple but stunning one.  It features Pinecone and a sentiment from the set, Gifts of Christmas which is a set of five different Christmas sentiments, great for either the outside or the inside of your holiday cards.

This card started out with a piece of kraft cardstock on which I stamped the pine cone using Versamark creating a very subtle background. I added a white embossed sentiment and a ribbon, then attached the panel to my card base. I added a few drops of Nuvo Drops for interest.

This is a very simple background to create. I hope you give it a try! And don't forget, you can save 10% off your order using the code below:

It's never too late to get yourself a little present!!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky! 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Hello Junkies,

I hope your holidays have been full of joy and wonderful moments.  

I'm here today with a card I created using stamps I scored through the inventory reduction sale still going on at Technique Junkies store.  There are so many incredible stamps included in the inventory reduction and it's a great opportunity to grab some of our stamps so you can play along and possibly win more stamps in our monthly challenges.  

With the new year fast approaching, I wanted to make a celebration card. 

I love that diva look on this 1950ish "Bathing Suit Betty" so I paired it with the sentiment "Instant Diva".  Both stamps were purchased from the inventory reduction sale.  After stamping, coloring and masking the bathing suit Betty, I inked up "Waves and Dots Panel" with Carnation Red Archival Ink on a white card stock panel.  I left a portion of the bottom for the sentiment and used a scrap piece of gold cs to edge it.  The sentiment was separately stamped and die cut and edged with gold and black inks.  For the final festive touch, I added gold glitter to the waves and dots with Viva glitter pen.  

I hope you found some inspiration here today and don't forget to take a look at the inventory reduction sale and grab yourself some of these great stamps.  

If you'd like a little more incentive, use my discount code TJ10Cheri and apply it at check out for any of the other stamps you'd like in the store.  

Set your calendars because the Technique Junkie design team is going to be showing off a brand new release on January 1 - New Year's Day!  You'll love these new stamps....I promise.  

Happy New Year! 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Technique Junkies!

Time to celebrate today with a watercolored card using Safari Santa.

Save 10% at Technique Junkies Stamps! 
Use the code TJ10Jeanne

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Take the Step

Hello friends! How are you doing today? Hope you all are getting ready to celebrate with family and friends! I am getting ready to close the craft room door for a few days and enjoy movies and relax while I can.
Today, I have a non-holiday card. Probably by now you are done with your cards and want something different, well, you are in the right place :)

For today's project I used this beautiful stamp "Take the Step", distress inks and my MISTI! Super easy project, love how it turned out, I think I will frame it.
  • Start stamping the top part of the image in black ink.
  •  Clean up your stamps, then stamp the whole image in Versamark Watermark ink , then add clear embossing powder.
  •  Use Distress Inks to add more dimension to the project. I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Inks.

Die-cut the image and adhere to a couple of coordinated cardstock panels. Card size is 6" square.

You can use my TJ10Giovana code to get a 10% off .

Hope you like it.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wintery Christmas

My little snowman is smiling because he feels right at home with this card's snowy trees! Christmas Trees (Set of 6) is a very versatile stamp set. With six different styles of trees, there's sure to be one to fit the style you want.

Here are the images included:
This card features two of the trees: top left and bottom middle.  The trees were stamped a few times each on green cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder. I then used decorative scissors to trim them out.  A couple of die cut "hills" and some white gel pen snowflakes on the kraft background set the scene for these cheery trees. After I placed all the elements on the card, I added some Nuvo Drops to a couple of the trees for some bling.

The sentiment is called "All Is Calm" and is currently on inventory reduction for only $1.48! What a bargain!!!! I stamped the sentiment on some red cardstock and die cut the shape. I attached a snip of ribbon and placed it on the card using foam tape.

I then added a little shimmer in the trees with a clear Wink of Stella pen.

I hope you enjoyed the card. Don't forget that you can save 10%* by using the code below:

Merry Christmas!!!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Head Up

Hello fellow technique junkies.  Today I have another card using my Metal and Brad tutorial. I love how this stamp coordinates with the crown I embossed from one of my folders.

I used Head Up stamp.

This technique doesn't have to be done with shiny paper.  Regular cardstock would work beautifully too.

Have a great week.  I'm off now for three days to do some Christmas baking.  Tis the season!

Monday, December 18, 2017

A Pine Cone Christmas

This card uses Technique Junkies stamps called Pinecones -  and Gifts of Christmas -  

The stamp was inked up with Versamark ink and then Pan Pastels were applied to the Versamarkink.  This technique utilizes a dirty Versamark pad so you can actually see where you stamped.  Then I used the red Art Nuvo Glitter markers to  randomly apply red berry dots all over the card.  

And remember you can get an addition 10% discount with this code - TJ10Judy.

Have a terrific day -- and get inky!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Deck the Halls

Hello Everyone!

Lee Ann here, with an elegant Christmas card to share with you.  When I saw this Draped Ornament stamp, I knew I had to have it.

Such a simple stamp and yet so elegant!

I started by creating a simple template of the image.  I stamped the image on scrap paper and then loosely fussy cut it out.  This helped me to determine final placement of my images.
I stamped the image a total of 3 times.  The first time I stamped the image off center to the left on the card base.  The second time I did a bit of masking of a few ornaments.  I also used the template to determine exact placement of the second stamped image.  This one was stamped off center to the right.
The third image was stamped and the ornaments colored with Copics.  Then the image was fussy cut out.  I adhered it to the card using dimensional tape.  I added light shadows to the background ornaments with grey Copics.
The sentiment is from the Gifts of Christmas stamp set.  I added some shimmer to the ornaments with Wink of Stella.

I hope I have inspired you!  When I am not here, you can find me on my blog at

Doing some last minute shopping?  Get 10% off of your purchase with code TJ10LeeAnn~

A Very Merry Christmas to all of you!  

Lee Ann 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Ornaments

Hello Junkies!
 It's Ceal, here to share another Christmas card with you. Can you believe it's only 9 days until Christmas? Where did this month go, If you are like me then you are still making cards and your friends and family will receive them after Christmas.

To make my card I started with a top folding white card base and a panel of watercolor paper cut down with a stitched die. When I use watercolor paper I always use my Misti so I can get a crisp image but today I
 used it to help me stamp the cord and top to the ornament. Using the Christmas Ornaments set and the Mini Misti I used Tombow markers to color right on the stamp itself and then spritzed it with a fine mist of water and shut the lid to get the watercolored ornaments. Next I inked the stamps up with Versamark ink and closed the lid to stamp the cord and top of the ornament and then embossed them with Brutus Monroe Gilded embossing powder. To fins the card I used a greeting from the Gifts of Christmas set and also embossed it with Gilded embossing powder.

You can purchase these stamps I used and lots more at Technique Junkies and I have a code for you to save 10% 

Friday, December 15, 2017

TJ Inkspiration: Pearlescent Watercolors, Part One

I know I have been MIA on Fridays for the last few weeks, and I hope you can forgive me. I am embroiled in an inventory project that will eventually make my life easier, which is one of the reasons I have been MIA. The other reason is that we had to replace a window in my studio, and I was forced to move quite a bit of my stuff around in order to accommodate the installers. There were two results of that improvement - first, I have more natural light in my studio - and secondly, I rediscovered my Niji Pearlescent Watercolors.  I remembered how much I loved them, and it inspired me to create today's video!

Today's video is #1 of a 2-part series. I cover two quick techniques for using these gorgeous watercolors. One of the reasons I love them so much is their ease-of-use, and at $7.95, for 21 little pots of color, the price can't be beat, either.

The products I used on the finished cards are here:
Pearlescent Watercolors_ _7.95

Christmas Cocktail
Pearlescent Watercolors, Part One

Here is the artwork from the video:
Here is another view:

And the second card from the video:

and the video:
Pearlescent Watercolors
Pearlescent Watercolors

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friends and Family At Christmas

Greetings from the cold northeast USA from Lynda Joy.  It is winter here, and Christmas is but a little over a week away!  I decided to use this amazing Pinecones stamp on my card today.  I love, love, love this background stamp from Technique Junkies.  It has so many possibilities!
For my card today, I stamped 'pinecones' onto a green piece of linen card stock.  I used a circle die to cut out a large circle for the focal point of my card.  

I used an embossing pen to add embossing ink to different areas of the pine cones, then embossed with copper embossing powder.

I layered this onto an A2 green card, onto which I have a panel of copper paper, and a strip of dark green, along with a sheer copper ribbon.  

For the sentiment, I used a verse from the Gifts of Christmas set.  I embossed the verse with copper embossing powder, then die cut the shape, and layered it onto another die cut piece. 

I used foam tape to attach both the focal image and the verse panel to the card.  For accents, I used my Cropodile to punch some small circle shapes from glittered fun foam.  
A pretty copper bow finishes off my card.

News flash - There is still time to enter the Technique Junkies Gradient Sponging Challenge.  It has been extended through January 14th!  Enter your project now to be eligible to win some TJ stamps!
If you still need some stamps, or want to pick some up to get an early start on next year's cards, use my 10% discount code on your order! - TJ10Lynda
Thank you for stopping in today.  Don't forget to check out all the fabulous stamps and techniques over on the Technique Junkies site.  

Have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Wonderland Christmas

It's hard to believe that Christmas will be here in just a couple short weeks! Hope you are all ready!

I've taken a break from Christmas decorating, cooking baking, present wrapping, and the Hallmark Channel (lol) to whip up a fun little shaker card using Let It Snow and Magic of Christmas stamps.

Although I added a little more glitter to the shaker part than I had anticipated, I still love the card.

To make this card, I started by cutting a circle out of the top panel. I then lightly traced the circle on my card base and stamped the image in the center. I added some color with markers and some "snow" with Nuvo Drops.

I flipped over the front panel and attached a clear piece of acetate over the opening. I then added dimensional tape to coral the "shaker guts" (that's a technical term, right?). I attached a snowglobe frame to the front, added some snowflakes from the Let It Snow set and stamped the sentiment in red. I also added a couple of snowflake stickers to the acetate.

Then I flipped the card back over and added some glitter to the center of the acetate. I removed the protective paper from the dimensional tape and carefully placed the card base on the panel, making sure there was a good seal so no glitter would leak out. 

To me, shaker cards are just so fun. I'm not sure why I don't make more of them!

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and are getting your craft on!  Remember that you can always save 10%* on your order by using the code below:

Technique Junkies is also having an Inventory Reduction Sale. Save 35% on select images! And shipping is only $3.50 up to $75.00 (then it's FREE!).  

Happy Holidays!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!