Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 2015 Release Blog Hop!

Welcome, friends! We have got a treat for you today! It's July 1st and today we are celebrating the release of 13 new stamps.  Our baker's dozen is really special -- and to show you just how much, the TJ Design Team has prepared some gorgeous eye candy for you today.In addition, all of the July release stamps are 15% off until July 8th (your discount will appear at checkout).

Here is one card to get you started:
This card uses two stamps from the new release, The background is the new Stargazers Stamp -- isn't it gorgeous? I just did some simple coloring with Copic Markers. I actually Googled Stargazers first so that the colors were more true to life...and I am thrilled with how they turned out.

The sentiment is from the new With Sympathy Set. There are 5 stamps in the set. No-one likes to send sympathy cards, but it is always nice to have some on hand just in case.

On with the hop!  Here is our line-up today:
Next: ---> Pam DeChellis
Sally Lynn MacDonald
Enjoy the hop, and all the great eye candy - I hope you love this month's release!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Good morning Junkies!  I've got a Fat Book Page today for your viewing pleasure.

The card was created using the Distressed Removal Technique from the Sensational Stencils CD.  I stamped Pretty in Flowers #SD258 onto a piece of paper, fussy cut her out, and then painted her with Art Anthology Sorbet in Red Velvet, Evergreen, Just Peachy, Sunshine, Buttercream, Tink, Baby Blue Eyes, and Kenyan Copper & Art Anthology Velvet in Desire and Portobello.  The stencil I used was Meridian.  I then used one of the Batik Elements (Set of 6), #SS032 and red ink to stamp the corners.

Don't forget, our monthly blog hop begins tomorrow!  We have a lot of new stamps you are going to love.

Until later..................


Monday, June 29, 2015

Winds of Change

I created this card using an older stamp that I love -- Same Question - SD561.  I omitted the side verse and used a June Release stamp instead -- it is called Winds of Change - SD621.

I created the background using Peerless Watercolors. They are SUCH FUN! I used a background paper that had a wide variety of colors and didn't really need  much in the way of modifications.  Isn't that nice!

Have a "loverly" inky day!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Friends & Wine.....Get better with Age

Good morning Junkies! I have been playing a ton in the studio with all my new TJ stamps that I picked up at the Springfield Heirloom show and have I got a treat for you today!  I just love the June release Wine with Friends- it's a huge set of 10 stamps with so many great sentiments and a fantastic background block.
I definitely got carried away creating with this set and I am sharing two different projects I created. 
The first features an alcohol ink background on glossy paper over which I repeated the background block to create a fantastic note card.  I made a bunch of these using different combos of colors of alcohol inks- here are two:

I love how the background looks like patterned paper!

For my second project with this set I created a watercolor (stencil mono print) background and featured the sentiment "Friends & Wine Get Better with Age."

I complimented the sentiment with the small wine glass from the set, stamped with Dusty Concord distress ink and covered with clear embossing powder.

This is my favorite set from the June release-check them all out here!
Thanks for stopping by this week and keep checking back for all the great inspiration from our talented TJ design team!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stars and Stripes-An Americana Card using Star Stream

Happy Thursday Junkies!
Jerri here to share a patriotic card with you!  I really wanted to do something for the upcoming holiday so here it is.

I'll apologize right up front because I wanted to do a step-by-step tutorial on this but I've had a crazy week and I just couldn't get it pulled off in time.  So without pictures I"ll do my best to give you the step-by-step instructions.  It looks long but that is because I'm a little windy and not because the process is complicated ha ha. (no really I'm a talker hee hee).  This is a super easy card that can easily be modified to fit whatever supplies you have on hand.

  1. Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock to the dimensions of your card. I cut a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half to make a card that has dimensions of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 when folded.
  2. I placed a star stencil by Heidi Swapp over the right edge of the card, then I sprayed over the stencil and card front using Glimmer Mist in the color Denim.  You could use any spray you have in red or blue, and you could use any stencil that would work with the theme.  There are several cool stencils available at the TJ Website.
  3. I found this cute red, white and blue ribbon at Wal-Mart.  I really wanted to hang a charm from the ribbon but since resources are pretty slim in my neck of the woods, I was unable to find what I wanted.  I dug through my paper stash and found some patriotic paper. I cut out the USA and then I used my Martha Stewart Ribbon Threader Punch to punch two holes so I could thread the ribbon through. If you don't have a punch like this, you can cut slits with a craft knife where you want to thread the ribbon.  I've done that many times and it works really well.  
  4. Once the ribbon was threaded through the tag, I wrapped it around my card.  The section where the ribbon comes together should meet in the front so it can be hidden by the flag. 
  5. Cut a piece of white cardstock to the size you want your flag to be. This will be the base for your flag.
  6. Tear a strip of blue cardstock in a length that will run along the left side of the flag.  Only tear one side of the blue paper. You will need a straight edge to run along the outside of your flag.  Also, make sure your strip is wide enough to accommodate the star stamp you are using.  \
  7. Using a Technique Junkies stamp called Star Stream, I stamped along the blue strip with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it using an off white embossing powder. I wanted the flag to have an Americana feel so I didn't want the starts to be stark white. (I used Seafoam White)
  8. Tear strips of red and white paper to fit horizontally on the cardstock. Make sure the edges that will show along the top and right side of the flag are left with a straight edge..
  9. Once all of the red and white cardstock pieces are torn to size, make sure they fit on the piece of cardstock that you cut in in step 4, as your flag base.
  10. Glue your red and white stripes along the right edge of the flag base and layer them if desired.  I layered by starting at the bottom and working my way up the flag (like shingles).
  11. I used some Tim Holtz ink in Tea Dye along the edges of the red and white strips to give it an aged or an Americana look.
  12. Glue the blue paper with the stars along the left edge of the flag.  
  13. Now that the flag is assembled, cut a foam sheet just smaller than the size of your flag and glue it to the flag base before adhering it to the card. This will raise the flag slightly above the card to give it dimension.  You could use pop dots here but I really like using the thin foam sheets for larger areas like this.   You can refer to a post on my blog on June 1st regarding these sheets and how I use them- Technique Junkies Blog Hop- Happy June. I learned about using the foam sheets from the talented Jennifer McGuire Blog.

I hope you enjoyed today's card post. If you have any questions or comments please let me know. I would love to hear from you.

Have an AMAZING day.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer's Here!

Hey Junkies!  It's the Crafty Nurse back with a little inspiration post for you today featuring more of the June release stamps from Technique Junkies. 

Today I've got a great summer card for you using the Gel Medium Resist Technique found on the Sensational Stencil CD.

I began by watercoloring the "Seahorse" stamp using distress inks.  To create the background, I applied gel medium through my stencil and allowed to dry.  My color was added using Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays in gold, brown and blues.  The gel medium picks up some of the spray colors which I think looks great.  You'll find more details and other options in the Sensational Stencils CD for this technique.  The starfish is cut out from the "Tide Pool Starfish" stamp and the tag is an Avery Elle die.

Here's a close-up of the gel medium.

I hope you'll find some time this week to play with your Technique Junkie stamps.  Don't forget to stop by the TJ store and see all the fun new product Pat is carrying in addition to stamps.

See you again soon,
The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Serenity Prayer

Hello everyone.  Beth Norman here with a card that is one of my favourites.  My cousin liked it so much she ordered 16 of them, so you know what I'm busy doing this month. 

I love the Serenity Prayer and was thrilled to see that Pat had the verse inside a butterfly.  The stamp is SD100 Serenity Butterfly.  This stamp was paired with S627 Flourished Floral which is a very large stamp that filled my 4" x 5 1/4" cardstock.

I sponged ink onto regular white cardstock and stamped my butterfly over top and fussy cut it out.  My flowers were coloured with Copic markers.  Truly, the camera didn't capture the three different reds I used in my flower.  It's so much prettier in real life.  Next, I pop dotted the butterfly onto the flower and cut out Cuttlebug corner decorations. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look.  Have a good week.