Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Yay!  It's Wednesday!  I'm glad to see you here so I can share the card I made with you.

First, I stamped SD655 Marilyn onto a neutral piece of patterned paper using black ink.
Then, I mounted it onto another with a 1/8" border.

Next, I stamped SDX063 Better Things onto the same piece of paper, again with black ink.
Then, I mounted it on another with a 1/8" border.

I layered a couple of strips of patterned paper onto the right side of the card with an accent of patterned paper and a red heart 'crystal' on the upper left corner.

 All of this on a piece of ledger designed pattern paper for the base of this card.

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine Mixed Media Card and a Tag

Good morning Junkies!  I've got a couple of items to share with you today.  So without further ado, here they are:

I started with a 4x6 watercolor mixed media card (the kind you use with Project Life).  I inked up Le Tour Eiffel with Memories Delicate Rose ink and stamped it in the center of the card.  Next, I punched out some hearts and embossed them with red and white embossing powder.  I added a die cut cupid I had laying around in my stash.  Finally, I stamped a fitting sentiment from Mae West Sentiments at the top and bottom of the card.

For this large #12 tag, I started off by stamping Batik Flourish on a smaller, scalloped tag and embossed the flowers with Lindsay's Stamp Gang Angel Wings Mauve.  Next I painted my embossed image with Art Anthology Vegas Gold & Chocolate Sorbets and Silks Emerald Green.  I then added the circles from Batik Elements Set of 6 and painted them the same colors as my flourish.  Once the paint was dry, I sprayed the tag with Art Anthology Wild Orchard Colorations.  I then set the tag to one side.

I sprayed a #12 tag with Art Anthology Plush Colorations and let it dry.  I then stenciled with one of the Art Anthology Off The Grid Stencils (they come in a set of three) and Gold Texture Luxe.  Using my scalloped tag to figure out placement, I used some floral die cuts from a Tattered Lace die and adhered everything down.  I stenciled DREAM using the Art Anthology Soliloquy stencil and Black Leather Jacket Sorbet.  Finally, I flicked some watered down Tuxedo Velvet across the tag.  Yes, it was a very involved tag.

Hope you enjoyed today's projects.  Until later..........................


Monday, February 8, 2016

Vintage Hats

I created a panel strip with the Technique Junkie Hats Off background stamp  I chose the section of the stamp that had the larger hats. I used the Houndstooth Check Technique Junkie background stamp with a dark brown ink on a light tan card stock.

Then I wondered what colors to use for layering and just couldn't decide.  I knew I wanted to tie a ribbon around the panel -- but what ribbon? So I chose this ribbon with dark brown, pink and green stripes.  Then I used  oink and light green papers to match for the layer.  Have you ever done that -- used ribbon as the basis for choosing your layering?  Usually i do just the opposite I choose the ribbon to go with the colors I chose to use.  So this was a different way to decide on my ribbon for this card.

Have a great day and get inky!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Paris Dreaming

Hello All,
Karen McAlpine with you today ....Let's talk about dreaming.....
My dreamy project today is made with one of the February New Releases, Paris Dreams.  This romantic image is so versatile and works perfectly with a Kaleidacolor pad. Use Blue Breeze, to ink up the stamp.

To add texture, I dry embossed the white layer and die cut the image.  To keep the color palette simple, only blue and white were used.

This image is so elegant, it really doesn't need a lot of embellishing.  So, a lovely card can be made quickly and easily with this pretty stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today to dream with me.  Note:  This stamp and all the other February New Releases are 15% off until Feb. 8!!   See you next time.  I hope you are having a lovely day--with plenty of time for stamping.
Karen McAlpine
Dreaming and Creating

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vintage Travel Page

Hello Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a mixed media journal page using some of the new February Technique Junkie Stamps.  I hope you've had a chance to check out this fabulous release on the Technique Junkie Design Team page, if not, I encourage you to do so.  Pat is also offering all February Release stamps at 15% off until February 8th.

I began my page with Tim Holtz tissue paper then applied distress paint in Vintage Photo, Broken China, and Walnut Stain.  I then added a watery layer of gesso and wiped that around with a baby wipe.  I then took "Houndstooth Check S665" and stamped over the page in Versamark mark ink.  So that you don't get hard edges, just curl your stamp and roll instead of stamping the entire thing.  I then added gold perfect pearls for some shimmer.  Over that, I stenciled gold ferro paste over a Tim Holtz's "traveler" stencil.

The numbers, Paris Tower, and tag are all My Favorite Things dies cut from travel themed paper.  On the tag, I stamped the couple from "Vintage Travel Cases PS012" in Sepia archival ink and the sentiment in black archival ink.  I like the way the fade off on the bottom.

The suitcases are also from "Vintage Travel Cases PS012."  I began by stamping different suitcases with a variety of inks.  I stenciled over them with Art Anthology "Cracked" stencil and then layered that with rock candy distress stickles and let them dry.  I then adhered all the elements with matte gel medium and created shading with a Faber Castell Pit pen in brown. To finish I colored up some wooden planes also with the pitt pen  and called it a Technique Junkies Vintage Travel Page.

Well, that's my page for today, I hope you've enjoyed a a little inspiration.  I'll see you in a couple weeks for more fun with the February release at Technique Junkies.

As always, Happy Inking!

Hey Junkies!!

The Crafty Nurse here with some inspiration from the February Technique Junkies release.  I love all the releases, but this one for me was super fun with the quirky crime theme and of course the travel theme.

For my card today I've used new release stamp "Mug Shot SD638" to create the "Gesso Frame Technique from the Artistic Effects CD."  You might say, where's the gesso???  Its there, it's black gesso!  This is a super fun technique and made for a perfect "cell" for my bad little girl.

I hope you've already checked out the new release, if not, please stop by the Technique Junkies store and the Design Teams Blog for some more great inspiration.  Pat is offering 15% off the release until the 8th, so that is even more motivation!

Bye, Bye for now

The Crafty Nurse!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

You Go, Girl!

Hi, it's Beth Norman here with a puuurfect new stamp from February's release called Hang in There, which was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and OMS.

My background was stamped out using Random Circles background stamp, and the technique I used is called Distressed Rainbow Strips from the August 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.   The sentiment I used came from the Simple Sentiments 2a set.  These two stamps are not part of the February release.

Don't forget, February released stamps are on sale until February 8th.