Saturday, October 31, 2015

30 Days of Christmas Day 17- BUT it's HALLOWEEN!

Happy Halloween Junkies! Pam here today...now I know we have been sharing our 30 days of Christmas projects but today you get a special trick... lol no I mean treat- a Halloween project. 
My card today features the TJ stamp sentiment Fright Night.  I just love stamping on black card stock- my favorite ink to use is Hero Arts Unicorn White!


I just could't resist adding the little googly eyes to the "g" in Fright.  Makes a super simple yet fun Halloween greeting!  A few sprays of Unicorn White spray ink and some Hero Arts Neon Orange complete the background!



I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween! Be sure to stay tuned here for the start of our November release blog hop tomorrow and of course the return to the 30 Days of Christmas on Monday!  So much great inspiration coming your way.
Embrace Imperfection!
Happy Haunting!
Pam


Friday, October 30, 2015

30 Days of Christmas, Day 16 Reindeer

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Dear Patricia, 
Have you been joining us for the 30 Days of Christmas? Today is Day 16.

 Every day between October 15th and November 13th, the Technique Junkie Design Team and I will be celebrating all things Christmas!  We have a slew of cards, scrapbook pages and projects to inspire your creativity this holiday season.
The fun happens on the Design Team blog. The artwork for each day will be posted there, or there will be a link to a designer's blog with that day's post. If you don't follow that blog, now is a great time:

if you have missed the fun so far, just look below today's tutorial for the links to the other days. And because it has been so successful, 
All Christmas Stamps will continue to be 20% off through November 13th!* 
Use the word Christmas at checkout to receive your discount.  
*Discount not applicable to wholesale orders.
Day 16 of the 30 Days of Christmas
   

Oh Deer! Reindeer, that is.  Today is Day 16 of the 30 Days of Christmas, and I am here to show you two cards using theChristmas Reindeer Stamp. I especially like the card above, because it combines the deer image with the new Winter Foliage Background stamp.

 To make this card:
Color the Reindeer with markers, pencils, chalks, etc. Cut out the deer.

To color the background, use 3 monochromatic colors directly on the Winter Foliage background, outline the outer edge with the darkest color. Stamp onto card stock.
  
To create layering pieces for the deer, die cut two frame dies from two complementary paper pieces. On the larger piece, stamp the Winter Foliage stamp in the darkest ink color (from the base piece). Use a marker to highlight just the Peace on Earth Sentiment from the Peace on Earth Stamp.

 Pop the first die cut using pop dots, then layer the other frame die and reindeer over them.
Deer #2
   

Our second look features the Faux Canvas Technique. 

 To make this card:
Color the Reindeer with markers, pencils, chalks, etc. 
 
    
Emboss the colored piece with a Crosshatch Embossing Folder. Use a tan or gray ink to lightly highlight the crosshatches. 
For the sentiment, I wanted to use JOY from the Christmas Words Set: 
  

I wanted to use the letters in a horizontal orientation, instead of vertical, so I simply cut the three letters apart. I stamped them., colored them and cut them out for the card front piece.

To finish the piece, I colored the entire deer with Gold Art Anthology paint. The shimmer is stunning!

Links to the 30 Days of Christmas
All of the links for the 30 Days of Christmas may be found here:

Day 1: Jerri Jones- Wood Background Trees
Day 2: Pat Huntoon - Angel of Ascension
Day 3: Pat Huntoon - Winter Foliage
Day 4: Pat Huntoon - Peppermint Swirl Merry Christmas
Day 5: Judy Jackson: Merry Christmas
Day 6: Marilyn Hughes: Whimsical Winter Journal Page
Day 7: Sally Lynn MacDonald: Winter Bricks
Day 8: Pat Huntoon: Winter Wonderland
Day 9: Pat Huntoon: Christmas Swag
Since last week's email:Day 10: Robin Redd:  Embossed Trees 
Day 11: Pam DeChellis: Ornament Background
Day 12: Gini Williams Cagle: Golden Angel
Day 13  Beth Norman: Beautiful Berries
Day 14: Kathy Stacey: Dove Shaker
Day 15:Jerri Jones: Christmas Trees Tag
Day 16: Pat Huntoon: Reindeer Duo (you are here!)

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 
 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas-Day 15

Happy Thursday Junkies!

Jerri here from a bushel and a hug to share a Christmas Tag I made for Day 15!




Christmas Trees Set of 6 is one of my favorite stamp sets.  This set is so versatile.  To make this tag, I began by using some of the Tim Holtz metallic stain. I smeared the stain all over the tag and then spritzed it with some water.  Once the tag was dry I stamped my trees.  I stamped the trees in the background on a piece of scrap paper first and then stamped again on the tag without re-inking. This gives a lighter stamp and for this purpose makes it seem as though there are trees in the background.  I used a stiff paint brush and some thinned down, white paint to spritz white spots all over the top.  I used a gray stamp pad to rub along the edges and a bow to finish it off.

Make sure you check out the Design Team Blog to get tons of Christmas inspiration.

Have a fantastic day
Jerri

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

30 Days of Christmas - Day 14

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here celebrating the 30 Days Of Christmas here on the Design Team Blog.  I am absolutely in love with the "Christmas Dove" stamp and couldn't resist using it again for my Day 14 post.  If you didn't see my first dove, check out my personal blog.

To create the card I used the Rubbed Gelato's Technique from the Artistic Effects CD.  This begins by stamping "Christmas Dove" on watercolor paper and heat embossing with white powder.  I then applied the Rubbed Gelato Technique and created a shaker card for some fun.  The silver frame is a My Favorite Things die.  To create some additional visual interest, I stamped one of the many fabulous Snowflakes stamps on the card edges then finished with the "Merry Christmas 2" sentiment.


We would love for you to keep following the Design Team Blog for more Christmas ideas using the Technique Junkies stamps.  There is only a few days left to grab the Christmas stamps at 20% off through October 31st.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

30 Days of Christmas, Day 13





Hi folks.  It's Beth Norman here with another Christmas card for you.  Welcome to day 13 of the 30 days of Christmas! Are you enjoying all the Christmas cards we're posting?  Aren't they awesome?

I love to colour and couldn't resist Berries Panel and Magic of Christmas.  These two stamps make for a quick card and one that lends itself nicely for mass production.

All Christmas stamps are 20% off until October 31st.  Use the word Christmas to receive your discount at the checkout.

With the Christmas season almost upon us I'm busy making my Christmas cards, knitting and wrapping dishcloths in ribbon with handmade gift tags, and am making thank you cards to give to my sister and daughter.  What are you working on?

Monday, October 26, 2015

30 Days of Christmas - Day 12


Hi, it's Gini and I am here today to share with you my first take on the 30 Days of Christmas Cards! I love kraft and gold together, and thought that the Folk Art Angel would be great to use with this color scheme. I dry embossed the background and heat embossed the angel. The sentiment, Merry Christmas 2, was stamped on the kraft paper.  And what is Christmas without a big festive bow? 

We will have more ways to inspire you for your Christmas season, so check back everyday between now and the 15th of November!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The 30 Days of Christmas, Day 11

Hello Junkies , Pam here today to welcome you  to the 30 Days of Christmas with Technique Junkies - Day 11.  The holiday season is fast approaching so we are sharing some fantastic inspiration for your holiday cards from Oct 15-Nov 13! So be sure to stay tuned here and on the Design Team members blogs for new projects EVERY DAY!

For my holiday inspiration card I used the Ornament 1 stamp (SD640) to create a background for this simple yet elegant Christmas card.  It also features the Merry Christmas 2 stamp as the sentiment!


The ornament stamp has such great detail to it and it just looks gorgeous stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed using Ranger Queen's Gold embossing powder. They just come to life!  I decided to go with a monochromatic piece and use ink sprays for the background and highlight the ornaments themselves with a little bit of darker red water color. 


I hope you are enjoying our fab 30 days of Christmas inspiration! 
Embrace imperfection!
Pam

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The 30 Days of Christmas, Day 10

Hello!  It's Robin Redd here with you today.  
Welcome to day 10 of The 30 Days of Christmas.
I made a simple Christmas card, for you, that has a ton of Christmas PUNCH!



With this stamped I used the tone on tone method to stamp the background.  
This simply means I stamped it with a stamp pad that is close to the color of the paper 
you are stamping it on.

To make the trees, simply cut triangles from your choice of cardstock or paper.
You can use ANY (well, just about) embossing folder you have on hand to 'decorate' your trees.

Until next time...



Friday, October 23, 2015

Day 9 of the 30 Days of Christmas


Have you been joining us for the 30 Days of Christmas?
 Every day between October 15th and November 13th, the Technique Junkie Design Team and I will be celebrating all things Christmas!  We have a slew of cards, scrapbook pages and projects to inspire your creativity this holiday season.
The fun happens on the Design Team blog. The artwork for each day will be posted there, or there will be a link to a designer's blog with that day's post. If you don't follow that blog, now is a great time:

if you have missed the fun so far, just look below today's tutorial for the links to the other days. And don't forget: All Christmas Stamps are 20% off through October 31st!* Use the word Christmas at checkout to receive your discount.  
*Discount not applicable to wholesale orders.
Day 9 of the 30 Days of Christmas
   

Let's swag! Today is Day 9 of the 30 days of Christmas, and to continue our celebration we are using a versatile background stamp that was released in October. The technique being Used, Resist Strips, that can be used for any occasion simply by changing the color theme. A printable pdf of this tutorial may be found on CD12, or HERE.


 
Start by heat embossing the Pom Pom Swag stamp with white ink and embossing powder.

Using a large Post It Note or thin piece of copy paper, cover all but 1" on the top of the cardstock. Use a sponge and dye ink (Mowed Lawn Distress Ink used here) to sponge color over the exposed area. The embossed areas will resist the ink.
  
Add more color by re-positioning the original Post It Note over the the embossed background, masking off the paper, leaving a strip of white between the original colored area and the top of the Post It. Place a second Post It below the first, leaving a strip between the two notes. Ink the strip using a second color of ink and a sponge (Festive Berries Distress Ink used here). Make sure to keep the lines horizontally aligned, using a ruler if necessary to measure the line distance. 
    

 
Continue adding ink and moving the Post It Notes. The strips may be evenly spaced or different sizes. Use a soft cloth to buff any excess ink off the embossed areas.

To finish the card, layer the Greatest Story stamp over the background.

 


Links to the 30 Days of Christmas
All of the links for the 30 Days of Christmas may be found here:

Day 1: Jerri Jones- Wood Background Trees
Day 2: Pat Huntoon - Angel of Ascension
Since last week's email:
Day 3: Pat Huntoon - Winter Foliage
Day 4: Pat Huntoon - Peppermint Swirl Merry Christmas
Day 5: Judy Jackson: Merry Christmas
Day 6: Marilyn Hughes: Whimsical Winter Journal Page
Day 7: Sally Lynn MacDonald: Winter Bricks
Day 8: Pat Huntoon: Winter Wonderland
Day 9: Pat Huntoon: Christmas Swap (You are HERE!)

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

30 Days of Christmas, Day 8


Welcome back to the 30 Days of Christmas! Today is Day 8 and I am pleased to use two of the new stamps from this year's Technique Junkies holiday release. The base of this stamp is the Winter Wonderland Stamp. I colored the top of this stamp with Stormy Sky Distress Ink, and the bottom of the stamp with Iced Spruce Distress Ink using the Direct-to-Stamp method. For texture,there is a dot of Stickles on each of the top snowflakes, and painted Bone Stone Effects Dimensional Medium (Art Anthology) over the snowy areas.

To add more dimension, I re-inked the bottom of the stamp with Iced Spruce ink again and stamped on a second piece of paper. I cut out a few trees and popped them on the base piece:


To finish the card, I used the Winter Wonderland Sayings (Set of 3) along the top, creating banners for each of the words.  I love that I can make these non-denominational, like the card above, or straight-out Christmas Cards by using the Merry Christmas Greeting from the same set. 

Until tomorrow--

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

30 Days of Christmas, Day 7

Good morning, Junkies and welcome to Day 7 of the 30 Days of Christmas inspiration. We will be bringing you creative holiday inspiration during October and into November. Today, for your viewing pleasure, I've created a Christmas card with an unexpected background.
Using the P002 Bricks, Dark and P003 Bricks, Light background stamps with Stazon Midi ink in reds (St. Valentine and Claret, respectively), I created this background. I then sprayed the card with Sandcastle Colorations from Art Anthology to fill in the 'mortar' with the cream color. I wrote a bit of the poem from 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" in the mortar lines with a red pen. It says, "And laying his finger aside of his nose and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose."

The sentiment is from the newly released SS046 Winter Wonderland Sayings sentiments stamp set, which I layered with cardstock to fit right inside a 'brick'.

A nice card for the men in your life, for a new home owner or the brick masons!

Remember that all of the Christmas stamps, including the one used here, are 20% off on www.techniquejunkies.com by using the work Christmas at checkout. I don't think it applies to the Bricks, but you can always contact Pat if you'd like to recreate this card for your Christmas cards!

Until then, be merry!
SL

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

30 Days of Christmas, Day 6

Good morning Junkies and welcome to Day 6 of the 30 Days of Christmas.  We will be bringing you 30 Days of Christmas joy and inspiration during October and into November.  Today, for your viewing pleasure, I've created a 2-page journal spread.


I used several of Technique Junkies Christmas stamps to create this two-page spread.  


For the left side, I stamped Star Power with metallic silver ink until the entire page was covered.  I then embossed the stars using silver embossing powder.  Once the embossing powder cooled, I sprayed Art Anthology Timeless and Silk Tie Colorations, blotting between applications until I had the color I was going for.  Since the embossing resists the sprays, all I had to do was wipe over them with a baby wipe.  I then stamped Hope and Peace from the Christmas Word Set of 4 with Deep Rose ink, cut them out, and applied them to my page.  I then sprinkled snowflake confetti all over.


For the right side, I stamped Star Power over half the page with metallic silver ink and then embossed with silver embossing powder.  I again sprayed with Art Anthology Timeless and Silk Tie Colorations, this time concentrating Timeless near the bottom of the page to simulate sunset.  I stamped Whimsical Winter twice: once using Sooty Blue ink for the bottom and the second time using Dusty Lime for the trees.  I cut them out and added them to my page.  To simulate snow, I ran a line of Frosted Lace Stickles along the bottoms of each of the trees' sections and then I scattered more snow confetti across the page.  Finally, I edged both pages using a red Sharpie.

I hope you enjoy this spread and that it gets you in the mood for Christmas.  

Until later...............
  




Marilyn