Thursday, May 5, 2016

Play Ball!

{jane bosi}   Good Morning, Junkies!  There is little more that I like to do, at this time of the year, than watch my kiddo play ball!  The new Swing For The Fences set is right up my alley!! 
Here in Wisconsin, the sentiment that reads "there are only two and winter!" really rings true.  A sleeping bag, sunglasses and umbrella are about all you need to get through a game around here these days!  I love this sentiment so much, I paired it with the Baseballs background image for a quick, but impactful card.  I added some baseball stitching with red floss to pull it all together.
All of these great images are available in the store---BUT, don't forget, the May releases are also STILL on sale! It's a great time for a shopping spree! Go be awesome! TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

I have another card, today, using a stamp from Technique Junkies May stamp release,  

(You still have time to get 15% off all the new May Stamp releases until May 8!)



I started by stamping S434 Sweet Flower Vines with
 VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.


Then, I sprayed that piece with Art Anthology's Marlin Coloration Spray.


And, finally, put it all together and wha-la!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Good morning Junkies!  I've got a couple of ATCs to share with you today.  They feature two of the new May releases and were perfect for creating ATCs.

For my London ATC, I used the new London ATC stamp.  I stamped it on black card with Versamark ink and then embossed it with white EP.  I added some Maya Road rub-ons around the edges and a couple of Tim Holtz stars.

For my second ATC, I used the Fairest of Them All stamp.  I started by spraying my card (I used Bristol ATCs) with Art Anthology Waimea Bay and drying with my heat tool.  I then stenciled with the Art Anthology Rosette stencil using Just Peachy Sorbet and leaving an unstenciled area in the middle.  I stamped Fairest of Them All with Verafine Black Ink and embossed it with LSG Razzleberry Plum EP.  I cut out an image that just fit inside the mirror and glued it on.  I painted the mirror with Art Anthology Ferrari Sorbet and Metallique Silver Spoon by Prima.  Finally, I outlined my stenciling with a white gel pen.

I hope you enjoyed today's projects.  Don't forget, all new releases are 15% off through May 8th. 

Happy Stamping!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Dogwood Blossoms that Match My Own Tree!

For those who know me well -- they know I love flowers - flowering bushes, flowering trees, bulb flowers, annual, perennials, and especially "winter over pansies!"  I have silk flowers in my house so I can have flowers all of the time.   My regret regarding flowering trees is that they last such a short time.   So I try to space them out. I have this lovely dogwood tree and in August I have a Crepe Myrtle!  But then if  those trees and bushes bloomed all of the time we wouldn't appreciate their blooms as much.And if they apple, cherry, pear, peach, and veggie blossoms didn't change we would miss out on all those yummy things to eat.  So I will be grateful for the blossoms when they come.  

And my Dogwood tree is in bloom as I write this in late late April.  We had had a hard winter with lots of snow --and that is hard on a dogwood tree. So my whole tree is not in usual full bloom.  And these trees tend to be on the smaller side anyway.   So this is the top part of my tree. 

And here is my card. Do you see how the blossoms match?  This is a beautiful Technique Junkies May Release called __________________ - _________________________. 
And the Birthday Wishes stamp just goes with this card --   Quite fun and whimsical. 
I used my Copic markers to color the image and sponged in the sky.

And don't forget the Dogwood Branch  stamp  is a Technique Junkie May 'release and is on sale for 15% off until May 8! So go shopping -- it's a sale already!

And if you did not read my blog post from yesterday's Blog Hop - I have a contest on my blog. So please read it at  and please a comment before May 5.

Have a great week and get inky!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Blog Hop -- New stamps, new inspiration!

Welcome to the hop! Today is May 1st and that means that it is release day! We have a baker's dozen of new stamps for you that you will just adore! To celebrate, the Technique Junkies Design Team is featuring a BLOG HOP! Not only that, but the May Release Stamps are 15% off through May 8th. Simply make your selections, and all the May releases will automatically be discounted at checkout. Now for a little inspiration:
First up is a creation using two of the new releases. The bottom layer uses the 9 stamps in the London Calling Set to create a collage background. Layered over it is the London ATC. I think they work smashingly together.

But it IS May, so how about a few flowers?
On this 4" x 4" card, I used the Dogwood Branch Stamp with one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Faces Stamp Set. The flowers were colored with Copic Markers and the background is the Cracked Stencil (from Art Anthology) that has been stenciled with ink.

One more on this blog before I release you to the hop:
This simple card uses the Mama and Baby Background stamp with two of the stamps from the Beautiful Faces stamp set. Isn't that just perfect -- and unexpected -- for Mother's Day?

Now that you have seen a few things that I have created, let's move on to the hop (more from me later in the hop line-up). Simply follow this list to the end, then go shop -- make sure you get your 15% off the new stamps!

Here is the line-up:

I hope you are inspired by our Blog Hop Today...Have fun and Happy May!
Pat Huntoon

Friday, April 29, 2016

TJ Inkspirations - Daisy Tag Make and Take

TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
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May 1st - Already?

Sunday is Release Day!

We are celebrating the May stamp release with a blog hop on Sunday May 1st. On Sunday, start on the Design Team blog and follow the hop for inspiration using the new stamps:
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Dear Pat, 
I have been offering the Daisy Tag Make and Take for the last 15 Rubber Stamp Conventions that I have exhibited at, and it is VERY popular. I am repeatedly asked for the directions for the tutorial, too. I am pleased to have finally finished them for this email. I have gone into considerable detail; I hope this is helpful to those of you who have done the make and take, and to those who have not had the chance, but like the look.

The Tag features the Palettini Vintage Daisy Collage  Stamp colored with Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional Gel Mediums and Art Anthology Colorations Sprays in the background. The word is the AA Soliloquy Stencil, used with Lava Stone Effects Paint.

Vintage Daisy Collage


The Daisy Tag Make and Take 

Daisy Make and Take

The MISTI was used to add the image to the tag to ensure perfect placement. The Daisy Collage stamp was placed in the center of the MISTI and inked; I stamped the image on the grid paper to create a guide for when the image will be on the final piece.

The tag is then placed over the image stamped on the grid paper, with the two magnets holding the tag down above the stamped area. Note that there are three sides of the image showing beyond the edges of the tag; this is to ensure that the tag is covered with image. Ink the stamp and close the MISTI hinge to stamp the image.

Since the tags being used are 6" in height, and the stamp is only 5.25" high, there is an unstamped area at the top of the tag. To stamp this area, turn the tag around and place the tag at the top of the image, aligning the top edge of the image on the grid paper with the line on the tag where the image starts. Ink the top of the stamp and close the hinge to stamp the image.  Note that there may be a line (or a gap) where the stamp images overlap; it is fine - there is so much color on the finished piece, it will not be noticeable when completed.

Start painting the tag by using a small paintbrush. Paint Vegas Gold Sorbet Paint onto the Daisy Petals and the body of the bee. There are plenty of petals at the top, bottom and sides of this piece that need to be painted with the Gold Color.

Use Pumpkin Spice Sorbet to add shading ro the center of each petal. Kenyon Copper Sorbet should be painted rather thickly in the center of the three main flowers -- the idea is to create a plush flower center. The paint dried with dimension and gloss, so everywhere the paint is added thickly will result in a dimensional effect.
Use a clear coat on the bee wings. Clear Coats will "seal" in whatever color is under them; here we are using it to make the bee wings look translucent. I am using Dazzle in this example; the finished piece will have bee wings that are manila colored, with a hit of gold glitter.

The paint dries very fast, but a heat tool may be used to dry the paints if they still feel tacky to the touch.
To add color to the background, I used several colors of Colorations sprays. When you spray, use the cans VERY close to the paper, and use a sweeping motion to avoid droplets. For bet results, try spraying as if you are sweeping PAM into a pan, rather than spritz-spritz-spriting. I started with Timeless Colorations, spraying it across the middle of the tag.

I continued spraying, adding Grass Colorations below the Timeless, Waimea Bay above it, and finally, Ink Spot at the very top and bottom of the tag.

When all the color was added, a paper towel was placed over the sprayed images to remove the excess color from the painted areas. 

The entire tag was then colored with Gilded Gold Fairy Dust Spray. The Fairy Dust Sprays have a fine mist of subtle shimmer that allows the colors underneath to keep their vibrancy.

Finally, the Lava Stone Effects Paint was stippled through the Soliloquy Stencil to add a sentiment; this paint may also be dried with a heat tool.

Additional Examples:
All of these use the same colors on the flowers, with different Coloration Sprays in the background:

These were created using Coral/Just Peachy and Mi Bella Paints for the flowers:

And Finally, Baby Blue Eyes and Honolulu Blue were used on the flowers in these examples:

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


Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

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