Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Greetings from Michigan

Hello, Junkies!! I'm happy to be back with you today from sunny Michigan. At least it's sunny as of the writing of this post. The leaves are starting to change into some beautiful colors and the air is starting to smell like Autumn. For those of you in the south, I hope you were spared from the hurricanes.

I have a few cards to share today. I really had fun making this first one. It features the Weed or Wish set.

To start, I used some gelatos (red, orange and yellow) and "smooshed" them around my cardstock using my finger. I then embossed the panel and cut out a rectangle. After lining up where I wanted the image, I stamped it on a piece of golden CS and attached it to my card base.  Using foam tape, I added the panel to the front of the card. I stamped the sentiment on some white CS, trimmed it down, and attached it to the card. I then added some Flowersoft to the image. To finish off the card, I simply added a piece of orange ribbon.

This next card was a very simple one featuring French Text and a sentiment from the With Sympathy set.

I added a teal piece of CS to my card base. On a piece of kraft CS, I stamped the French Text background with Versamark. I then added some teal and brown chalk pastels to bring out the text. That was adhered to my card, then I added some silk flowers I had in my stash. The sentiment was stamped on the same CS I used for my matting panel, trimmed and adhered to the card. I added a few light blue embellishments to the sentiment panel and centers of the flowers.

My final card is a Christmas one (it's never to early to start those, right?). This card features two of this month's new releases, Pinecone and Good Night.

Using the Pinecone stamp, I created a background by stamping with Versamark ink and heat embossing with some chunky clear embossing powder. While still warm, I added a sprinkling of white embossing powder and heat set again. The sentiment was then stamped and heat embossed in white. I trimmed down the panel and adhered it to a white mat, which was then adhered to the card base. On a separate piece of CS, I stamped and embossed the pinecone. I then trimmed it out and gently shredded the edges to give it a softer texture. That was foam mounted to the card. I finished it off with a few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I hope you are feeling a little inspired to do some stamping. If you want to order any of these great stamps, simply add the code below and you will save 10%!

And don't forget to play along with our monthly challenge: Transitional Ombre!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Hi Junkies!  

I've been blessed by so much in my life, and one more blessing is to learn that my family members in the states of Florida and Texas survived the recent hurricanes there.  Those in Texas lost much in the way of home structure and first floor furniture.  They are happily digging in, cleaning out and grateful for the many blessings of neighbors and friends who are helping them in ways they never imagined.  The human spirit shines in tragic events such as this.  

I understand there is another hurricane churnning out in the Atlantic (Maria) and I continue to pray it by-passes our already devestated friends and family in the southeast USA.  I created this card as a message of hope and celebration for the lives saved and the passing of the horrific recent hurricanes.  

I heat embossed the background "Sea Waves" with white ep and then sponged Distress Inks in blues (dark to light) then added some deeper color in the areas where the "waves" would have shadows.  The sentiment is from "Pslams of the Sea", which was part of the June 2017 release.  

I hope you found some inspiration here today....and grab yourself some stamping time this week. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Vintage Mantle

These two Technique Junkies just say Christmas!  And they pair so well with this festive background paper.  The Vintage Mantle stamp (
, and the greeting from Gifts of Christmas (  go well together.

The image is colored with my Copic Markers.  I used a festive background paper that a vintage look to me.  Lots of layers finish the card.  I felt the background paper was embellishment enough.

I enjoy making Christmas cards, and I enjoy thinking of ways to make each card be festive but simple enough to mass produce.  This sure fits that bill!

There are lots of stamps to fit every mood, to fit lots of varieties of occasions, greetings, and images in the Technique Junkies store -  -  plus there are stencils, and Art Nuvo products, and all kinds of other items.  Have you checked it out?  And do you want a discount (I always want one!), please use this code TJ10Judy to get a 10% discount.  

Have a wonderful day ---and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Two ways in the Moonlight

Good Morning!!!!

I wanted to feature the Santa in Moonlight set and show you a couple of ideas with it!

The first is a glittery confection..I actually Stamped in a Blue tone and then used some pretty turquoise glitter on the image. I added some copic marker shading to the moon and outlined her in Silver.

I created this background using Distress Oxide Inks, White Signo Pen and Stickles

I stamped the image on yellow cardstock and die cut a circle in the background for the moon show through. Using my Misti, I stamped the image on the background paper and embossed in Silver. That way I got the bright yellow Moon!!!!

I used the two stamps:

Have a wonderful weekend,


Friday, September 15, 2017

TJ Inkspirations: Vintage Stamping with Distress Oxide Inks

No other ink in the world blends as well as Distress Oxide ink. I know that is a pretty bold statement, but I truly love the way the inks move and blend. That makes them ideal to use to create the vintage style, sepia-toned background highlighted in the video.

Here are the stamps I am using today:
Greatest Oak

Holly Bird

Sepia-toned Vintage Stamping
Here are the finished cards for the techniques:
The Greatest Oak

Holly Bird

and here is the video tutorial:

Vintage Stamping with Distress Oxide Inks
Vintage Stamping with Distress Oxide Inks
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Autumn is...

Hello friends! Giovana here today, sharing a fun Autumn card, for this project I used the new Autumn set.
Let me show you how I did it:
  • Start stamping the leaves on White cardstock in Memento Rich Cocoa, then color them with markers, here I used Spectrum Noir LG1, LG2, LG3, TN1, TN2, TN3.
  • Cut out all the leaves and distress ink all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Stamp the leaves on the card front using your MISTI, used fall color inks.
  • Stamp sentiment on a piece of gold cardstock in Black Ink, add strips of gold cardstock to each side.
  • Adhere sentiment on card front, then add leaves to each side.

Here is the card, as a final touch I added baker's twine and clear dew drops.

You can get this set and more from the September release HERE, and if you find any other stamp you like (except September release), you can use this code and get 10% off!!

Hope you like it!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Distressed Collage

Hello, Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here some mid-week inspiration using a few of the September release stamps.  

Supplies: Distress Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Star Stencil, Lawn Fawn Die, MISTI

We hope to see you in the Facebook group and participating in our monthly challenge over at the Design Team Blog. 

Happy Inking!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monthly Challenge - Transitional Ombre

Hi there fellow Junkies and stamping friends.  Beth Norman here with this month's challenge called Transitional Ombre. You can find the challenge on the Technique Junkies Facebook page.  Playing in the challenge gives you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. 

The stamp I used is called Besties.  Just like the two besties I love the water and try to swim in my friend's pool and go to the beach as much as possible. 

This is an easy technique, so I hope I find lots of entries for your chance to win.

Technique Junkies Challenge - Transitional Ombre

Welcome to our newest challenge!

You will have a whole month to complete the challenge. Enter as many times as you wish using the link list at the bottom of the post for a chance to win a $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate!
You have until October 15th to enter. Winner will be announced October 16th.

A few simple rules.

You must use Technique Junkies stamps to be chosen to win a prize.

If you don't have any Technique Junkies stamps feel free to play along and link your project but you will not be in the drawing for a prize.

You must use the challenge technique in your project (that's the challenge!)

No linking old projects. Projects must be new.

Please list Technique Junkies stamps with links in your project posts.

Please link directly to your project (not a general blog).

If you have a problem linking to the challenge contact Jeanne

The challenge is... Transitional Ombre
You can see the original tutorial HERE

For my version of this technique you will need:

white cardstock
dye inks (I used Ranger Distress inks)
ink blending tool (or sponge)
background stamp
googlie eyes (hehe...)
black pen

for the original version you would use cardstock and dies

Here's my project:

I started by swiping 3 colors of ink (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon) on the 
S178 Marble Swirl Background stamp. I used a sponge to soften between the colors.
Reink and stamp (using the sponge each time) until you have a nice blend. 

Cut the background into random width strips.

Sponge edges with the same inks. Attach your strips to a
cardstock base and then trim to the size of the strips.
Attach panel to card base.

Next I stamped my sentiment from SS408 Double Weird Sayings
and trimmed it and put it on my card.

Here's a close up of the finished card.
I doodle some smiles on and added googlie eyes.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Bleach Blocking Technique Challenge WINNER!!!

Thank you to everyone that entered our challenge!
Look for a new challenge later today!!!

The winner of our Bleach Blocking Technique Challenge:

Please contact Jeanne for prize information within 7 days.

Check out Mary's fun card!!!

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Crazy cool birds!

Hello All Lanette Here!

I just wanted to share a quick crazy card featuring a couple of crazy birds!

Here is a better look at these crazy sweet birds!

SD790 Your kind of Crazy

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

I hope that I have inspired you in some way!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Art Journaling for the holidays!

Hi everyone!
It's Chris here today, and I'm sharing my art journal page that I used one of my new September release stamps on.

I love this new Too Grown Up sentiment stamp.  It's such a great size and font!

I thought this sentiment would be perfect in my art journal.  So I had to try it.

First I coated my pages with a thin layer of gesso.
Then I painted a night sky and trees using acrylic paints.  I added a bit of water to thin the white paint, then spattered my snowflakes from a wide flat brush by holding it several inches away from my pages, and tapping that brush with the handle of another to "shake" out droplets.  I let my pages dry overnight.

I used my Memory MISTI, the really large one, to stamp the sentiment twice with Versamark ink and coated with white embossing powder.  I was quite nervous about heat embossing the Too Grown Up sentiment to my painted page.  I was afraid the acrylic paint would bubble.  But I let my heat gun get really hot, then embossed quickly and I had no problems!

And I loved my finish pages!  So much so, that I decided to make another similar project as a gift!

I used basically the same process, only on a 11" x 14" piece of 300# Arches watercolor paper.  The gesso coated the paper well, so I could paint on the surface with no absorption of the acrylic into the paper.

Hooray for me!  One gift done!

That's it for me!

Just a reminder though!  The new September Technique Junkies stamps are still 15% off through tomorrow, September 8th!  

Have a great day!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Technique Junkies September Blog Hop Winners!

Winner's were randomly chosen from Lydia and Vicki's blogs

And the winners are..

Beautiful work as always but oh my I LOVE your Christmas kitty card! That image looks just like one of my fur babies.....only he is not wearing a Santa hat. ;) Techinique Junkies is a new stamp company I have just "discovered." Glad I did!

love these cards....very inspiring!!!
tfs, Karen

Please contact Jeanne within 7 days for your gift certificate information! 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Hello Junkies!  

Did you get to join in our our new release hop for September?  It was fabulous and two people won a $100.00 gift certificate.  Congratulations to those winners!

Don't forget you have until Friday, September 8th to get 15% off any and/or all of the new  Technique Junkies September stamps so, if you haven't already done your shopping, don't miss this great discount opportunity.  

I painted this fabulous "Holly Bird" stamp with Distress Markers after being inspired by this video by Jill Foster.  It took some time, but I really love the results. 

After the stamping and painting, I fussy cut along the edge of the leaves and then backed it with some gold cs.  Then the whole layer was mounted with dimentional tape and adhered to a base layer of teal colored cs.   

The sentiment is from another new set called "Gifts of Christmas, Set of 5" which I stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white ep.  

I hope you found some inspiration here and if you'd like a little more enabling, and would like to purchase any other Technique Junkies stamps (excluding those from the September release), please use my coupon code at check out and save yourself 10%.  

Thanks for stopping by...have a crafty week.