Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Release Day - Welcome to the HOP!

Happy September, Stampers!  Today is September 1st, and there are 15 new stamps being released at www.techniquejunkies.com! To celebrate, we are having a blog hop that showcases art made with the newly released stamps. Not only that, but the 15 September release stamps are 15% off through September 8th, too!

This month we are showcasing Christmas and Halloween stamps.  Get ready to "get your holiday on!"

To kick off the hop, I am showcasing two of the new stamps, the Peppermint Swirl Background, and the Merry Christmas Sentiment stamp.This was a very easy card to make -- just Red Lipstick chalk ink over the background, with the sentiment being marker-colored. It doesn't get any easier than that!

Now it's time to HOP!  Here is the line-up for today:
Design Team Blog http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com <---you are-here="" you--="">
Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com  <---next nbsp="" next--="">
Sally Lynn MacDonald  http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com
Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com 

Take a tour through the artwork -- we hope you are inspired by our new stamps! Start with Pam's Blog, HERE -- and Have FUN!

Monday, August 31, 2015

There is Always Hope

Hi, it's Gini. I really like the bold graphic of this Contemporary Floral stamp from Technique Junkies, and wanted to design a card that stayed true to the modern feel.  I stamped the image once with black Staz-on ink, then I spread colors of distress inks on my mat and spritzed with water, then used that to stamp over the base image.  The card was finished with the Always Hope stamp.  Both of these stamps were new releases for August.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Be Inspired

Good morning Junkies!  I have another journal page for you today.  I saw Let's Face It 4 and knew I had to do something special with it.

I started with a page out of my excess paint journal (what I call my journal where all the excess stuff that's on my craft mat ends up).  It was created with Art Anthology Tango, and Mardi Gras Velvet (added at different times), the Art Anthology Inspired Grunge stencil and Mud texture paste, and was then sprayed with Art Anthology Glorious and swiped with Orchid Velvet to fill in the white spaces.

I stamped Let's Face It 4 onto a piece of mixed media paper and then painted her with Art Anthology Sorbets in Knyan Copper, Viridian, Red Velvet, and Evergreen. Her face was painted with a mixed of Art Anthology Cotton and Portobello Velvet.  

I outlined "Inspired" with a white pen, stenciled "Create" using the Art Anthology Soliloquy stencil with some Mud texture paste, then painted the words with Art Anthology Viridian Sorbet.  Finally, I outlined "Create" with a white pen and added "BE" above the "Inspired" using the Almano Alphabet stamp set.  For the finishing touch, I laid down a line of clear-drying glue on the top and bottom of the page and then sprinkled on Express-O Yourself Prills.

I hope you enjoyed this journal page.

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


Monday, August 24, 2015

Life is A Song! by JUdy Jackson

One thing I have learned -- is that life is full of changes. Some changes are good, and some are not so good.  My husband passing away was not a good change. My daughter and  family moving in with me is basically a good change.  Moving from a larger stamp room to a smaller is both good and not so good. The not so good  aspect of that was having to sort through and and get rid of stuff.  The "good" aspect of all this is sorting through all of this stuff and deciding what will I really keep and really use.  So really getting rid of some stuff is also a "good" thing.

One thing I knew I would keep is all of my "card starts."  Although now it is in a basket and not a plastic drawer.   The parts of the background on this card were from this basket. Then I added the focal images. 
The Technique Junkie stamps I used are Life is a Song http://techniquejunkies.com/life-is-a-song/ and Treble Clef http://techniquejunkies.com/treble-clef-small/.  I stamped both of these on card stock vellum, used my Xyron machine to adhere it to a pale yellow card stock.  I then mounted that panel onto black card stock and trimmed off the excess.  I added part of a black pearl and rhinestone embellishment. It is just lovely.
The saying is so true. Sing your life song - and make a cheery tune! 
Have an inky day!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Zebra Quotes

Happy Saturday Junkies! Pam here today to share a fun project featuring a pair of Technique Junkies August releases:  SD 622 Zebra ATC and SS047 Zebra Quotes.

I love the monochromatic look of this piece. The background is a stencil mono print using The Crafter's Workshop Chevron stencil and Ranger Distress Ink Black Soot.

The Zebra was also inked  with Black Soot Distress and misted with water before stamping to givie it a softer  tone. The white space was filled in by using the Tim Holtz marker mister with the Black Soot Distress Marker. 
The Zebra quotes set comes with several sentiments- for this card I chose "A Zebra Does Not Change It's Spots" and stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx ink.
Thanks for joining me again this week for another great TJ Inspiration.  Stay tuned here and on my blog for more fantastic projects featuring the awesome TJ stamps!
Embrace Imperfection!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy Thursday Junkies!!

Jerri here  to share a card made with some of the awesome August Release Stamps.  I hope everyone is enjoying their week.  Things have been busy busy around here so a quick and easy card seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.

Here's a card using two of the August release stamps.

Here's how I made my card:

I stamped the background using Contemporary Floral Stamp #638.  I used a gray ink pad and randomly stamped around the edges of my card. I used only the top portion of the stamp since the bottom of the stamp is mostly stems.  For the Sentiment, I chose the new stamp called Always Hope #SD651. I stamped it on a piece of white cardstock. I cut the sentiment out with my Cuttlebug and a Spellbinders die.  I also cut a piece of purple cardstock with my same Spellbinders die just one size larger to layer behind the sentiment.  I rounded the corners of the card to finish it off.  This was super easy and quick.  

I hope you have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Right Shoes...

Hello Fellow Junkies!!

It's The Crafty Nurse here with a clean and simple card share for you using the gorgeous Technique Junkies stamp called "The Right Shoes #SD610."  I colored them with Copic Markers in R05, R27, R46, which is one of my favorite red combinations.  The bottom of the shoes are C3, C5, and C7 and the skin colors are E50, E51, and E21.

The background was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder using "Faint Scratches #SD518." This background stamp is perfect for so many design types and I find myself reaching for it often to add great texture.

The Right Shoes stamp is so striking on it's own I wanted to showcase it with a clean design.  The angle piece was cut using My Favorite Things Blueprint #15 die and I finished off the card with waxed linen bow.

Thanks for stopping by the Design Junkies Blog today and I hope you are finding some time to get inky.

The Crafty Nurse