Saturday, February 27, 2010

Way back When

As a team we have been showing you a lot of different techniques....some from the newer newsletters.  BUT these techniques are from two of the older newsletters.  Shape Spotlighting from the Dec 05 and Faux layers from the Dec 07 newsletters.  Both techniques are quite easy and require no special supplies other than stamps and ink (and maybe a punch or two!).  They are easy on the budget with great results.  Especially the faux layers technique since I used only one layer of paper for the everything but the sentiment.  This also shows you that even in the older newsletters there are some fabulous techniques.  If you don't have the CD's from the past years, make sure you get them on your 'must have' list.  They would be a great item to put on your wish list for your birthday!!  Enjoy!            

Ann Clack, Design Team Member

Friday, February 26, 2010

Antiqued Glimmers Dec/Jan '10

Hi TJers! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I don't know about you, but I have been waiting with bated breath for the new Tim Holtz Distress ink colors to come out. This past weekend a friend of mine and I stopped by Archivers after our stamp club meeting and were excited to see that they had all the new colors in stock! Showing extreme self-control, I only picked up two of them - Rusty Hinge and Forest Moss.

I had a feeling they would pair wonderfully with the Antiqued Glimmers technique from the Dec/Jan '10 newsletter and I was right! Unfortunately, scans never show anything shimmery very well, but it is absolutely glowing in real life.

All of the stamps I used were from one of Tim Holtz's acrylic sets. The flower/weed was stamped with gesso prior to doing the technique - I thought it gave the tag a nice bit of contrast. Antiqued Glimmers is one of those techniques that I will never get tired of. If you haven't tried it yet, take some time this weekend and make a quick tag like this!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Can you stand another giraffe?

I can't help it! I just love the creatures. I will try to make this my last giraffe for a while. (uh-oh -- there is a technique in the JUNE issue too for giraffe images...I hope you like them, too!)  Good thing that I found another giraffe in my stash (beyond what I have already made - yikes!), so I might have to ink it, too...

This giraffe is from I Brake for Stamps. (Don't forget that you get 10% off when you use the TJ10 code on the IB4S website!) I love this big guy. The actual stamp has a sun and tree on it; I omitted them for my own purposes here. He is colored with Copic Markers, and the popped sentiment is from The Angel Company. The background is the Animal Spots Technique from the February 2010 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Metal Embellishment

This card today is made with the Metal Embellishment technique from the latest TJ newsletter February/March 2010, which is the online bonus with a background called Metallic Pop from the newsletter from December 2009/January 2010. A wonderful combination, but very hard to scan or to photograph, because of the shiny metal. For this card no stamps where used, just a brass stencil.
I show you both the scan and the picture I took, so you can have a good idea how the card looks.
The background on the metal piece, I did with a ruler. made these lines and used my paper stump to make the checked pattern.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chocolate and Friends!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!! Today, I'm show casing the Airbrush Marker technique from your most recent newsletter!! I was inspired by fellow designer, Chris Dickenson, to combine omitting with the technique. I think it works great to showcase the vibrant colors against the black/white accents of the card--the omitting helps to pull everything together.

I hope you're having a spectacular day and that each of you has a friend with chocolate!

TTFN, Jane

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Wisped Frames Sympathy

Hello TJ'ers!

Thank you for stopping by the TJ blog for another great technique and project. Today's card features one of the newest TJ techniques "Wisped Frames" (02/10 newsletter). Now I admit, I think I "over-wisped", but I'm happy with the result...and that's the great thing about TJ techniques. I like the think of the old saying "There are no mistakes in papercrafting. Only Happy Accidents". (or "morphed technique" opportunities LOL).

This card measures a full 6" X 6". I cut the circle shapes with Spellbinders Nestabilities and the flourish is a Sizzix die cut. The flowers are all from a local mill-ends fabric store.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to give "Wisped Frames" a try. It's so fast and easy and adds so much character to any project!


Friday, February 19, 2010

Design Challenge

I have enjoyed this challenge. I am away for a while so I created some cards to share while I am away and uploaded them to my computer -- it came along on vacation too. This card uses four different techniques. The flowers in the vase are colored with Smooch Inks with the Watercolor Smoosh technique. The six squares were created with Textured Spectrum, Burnished Background, and Pigment Scrunch. I sprayed Glimmer Spray over the base card. Stamp credits - Stampin' Up.
Judy Jackson

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Animal Spots - Giraffe

Anyone who knows me know that I love a good giraffe image. Being 5'10" I have always identified with them. And with the Animal Spots Technique from the February 2010 issue of the TJ Newsletter, I can't stop making giraffe cards!

Today's card uses a Lost Coast Stamps Image over giraffe spots. Easy Peezy! The words are from Stampin' Up! (I bought a set of sayings in French and I am a little addicted to them!).

Have a great day...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Marker Wash and Hero Arts

This is one of my very favorite TJ techniques:  Marker Wash from the Oct/Nov 2007 newsletter.  I was able to use one of my new Hero Arts floral cling images, too. That's a Hero Arts background script stamped over the flower.  Sentiment is also from Hero Arts. Gold Stickles accent the flower's center. (Click for close-up details.)

Evelyn Spikes
Design Team

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sparkle Paper

Hello, TJ fans! I have a sample for you today using the Sparkle Paper Technique from the June 2008 issue of Technique Junkies Newsletter. I used a Cuttlebug folder that came with some matching sentiment dies. I cut the words once from black card stock and again from yellow card stock and layered them, slightly offset. This is a terrific technique, but you can't look at it in bright light - it's blinding! When viewed in subdued light, the results are spectacular.

This was a fun technique that I had not tried before. Now it's your turn. Dig out those issus of Technique Junkies Newsletter that you've been waiting to try. . . and try them!
Cathy Yamashita

Monday, February 15, 2010

Pierced Patterns : Kind Thoughts

Hello! Happy Monday! This is Chris from Wisconsin! I am just loving the newsletter and have been having lots of fun playing! Many of the techniques do not take a long time - but really add a touch of WOW to your projects! I hope you will take some time to play today!

Have you played along with the Technique by Design Challenge yet? If you haven't you can find all the details HERE. BY playing along you have a chance to win the wonderful prize of becoming a Junkie for Life! I know just reading that doesn't sound good to someone who doesn't know what that means - but we all know it is a GRAND THING! ;)

Today I am sharing a project using the technique from the February/ March Newsletter called Pierced Patterns.

Here are some more details:
Stamp Sets: Kind Thoughts from SU
Cardstock: Basic Grey Indian Summer, Pink, Razzleberry, White, Vellum
Ink: Copics
Accessories: Cuddlebug swirl folder, Big Shot, Pearl Gems, Paper Piercing tool

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Glassy Embossing Valentine

This Valentine uses a couple of TJ techniques. The Cuttlebug layer with the candy hearts uses the Glassy Embossing technique from the current February newsletter. The heart was cut from a scrap of card stock that was created with the Antique Glimmers technique. I then sponged some ink over the top of the tiny embossed hearts. I used two other heart punches to add layers and dimensions. I used punches, die cuts, and eyelets to add the other embellishments.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
Judy Jackson

Friday, February 12, 2010

French Shadowbox Card

The Shadowbox Card technique was featured as an online Bonus technique in the October/November '09 newsletter. I think that many of you may have been intimidated by the construction aspect of this card. Let me tell you - it is so easy! Once you figure it out, you will become addicted to making them.

All the stamps I used for my card are from Oxford Impressions' Marie Antoinette and Le Beau Monde stamp collections. The images were all stamped on smooth white cardstock from Paper Temptress using Archival black ink, and colored with Distress inks and a water pen (I am not big on coloring, so this was a fun challenge for me!). I felt like it needed a little more sparkle, so I edged the window and the outside of the card with glitter.

I hope that this will encourage you all to try this fun and versatile card!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stringing you Along with Altered Designer Paper

I'm in love with my new Tim Holtz Urban Tatoo stamp from Croppinsville. When I clicked on "purchase" it said this stamp was out of stock. I e-mailed Croppinsville to ask if they had any "behind the scenes" and I got a response from Allie immediately, telling me that she did. Allie even asked me if I wanted any of the Tim Holtz stamps in particular because she was off to CHA. How sweet of her! This was my first purchase with Croppinsville, and it certainly won't be my last.

My card uses two techniques: Altered Designer Paper from April 2009 (one of my favourites) and Stringing You Along from February 2009.

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Metallic Pop

This time you see the Metallic Pop technique from the Dec/Jan 2009 newsletter. This technique is wonderfully easy and is great for using dark papers as a background. To chicken stamp is from Penny Black and the word stamp is from Michael Strong. I used a paisley cuttlebug embossing folder.

Here another one with the Metallic Pop technique. Nowhere is used one of the new Valentine embossingfolders for the cuttlebug: the candy haerts. The sentiment is from Club Scrap and the bear stamp is from Penny Black. This is a pocket slide card and if you want to make one too, hop over to my Chraftchaos Blog for the tutorial.
Are you inspired to try this technique? Have a creative day!
Hetty Sanders from The Netherlands

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Happy Day and Wisped Frames....

Considering the winter's cold temperatures and recent snow falls.......doesn't this look like a happy place to be??? I'm sharing a sample using the Wisped Frames technique today---I love techniques that are simple and yet add enough interesting for a WOW! reaction--don't you?

This cute little fishin' mouse is from Great Impressions and makes me want to sing "Cheeseburger in Paradise!" The "happy day" sentiment is from Amuse. All papers are from Stampin' Up! To add a bit more dimension, I stamped the palm tree twice and popped up a second layer of palms--cute, in real life!

Go ahead...give this one a whirl...
TTFN, Jane

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pierced Patterns

Hello Everyone-
This card uses the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamp Set (retired) His Eye On the Sparrow and the technique from the Technique Junkies February/ March Newsletter called Pierced Patterns.

Here are a few more details:
Stamp Set: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamp Set (retired) His Eye On the Sparrow
Cardstock: Indian Summer Basic Grey, Pink , Razzleberry, White
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Pearls, Dimensionals, Pomegranite ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Kokopelli With 3 Techniques

I loved the Sketch that Pat came up with so much, that I decided to do a few more cards using the layout. What a wonderful way to used up scraps!! I keep a file box full of pieces of TJ techniques that I've done over the years and when this sketch was released, I was so happy to be able to use so many of those scraps!

My card uses 3 techniques! Watercolor Resist, Starch Smoosh and Wrinkled Vellum. The Wrinkled Vellum technique is on the main image, the Kokopelli from Taylored Artwork stamp company.

The silver studs are adhesive gems that I purchase at JoAnn's on their dollar rack.

I hope you enjoy my card and thanks for stopping by!

Kathie McGuire

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Blog Hop Sketch Fun

Did you participate in the Technique by Design Blog Hop yet?  If you haven't make sure you look at the post from Monday this week.  If you make a card for the hop, you could be a Technique Junkie for life.  Isn't that THE best blog candy in the world?!!!  Make sure you follow the directions for entering on Monday's Post.

Here is a card I did using the Technique by Design sketch.  I used animal spots technique from the most recent Newsletter.  I also used Polished Stone on Vellum as well as Torn Frames AND Antique Glimmers from the Dec 09 newsletter.  Four techniques on one card!  I think that is a record for me!!  This card will be for my Son-in-law who will be celebrating his birthday at my house this coming Sunday.  The inspiration for this card came from my DH's shirt he wore to work yesterday.  It is a Hawaiian shirt that has this color scheme! 

Ann Clack - TJ Design Team Member

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Modified Mono Die Valentine

I was so happy when I saw this new little Embosslit in the new Stampin' Up occasions mini catalog. I had already seen this technique and knew this would sweet little scalloped dotted heart would be lovely used in this way. I layered the hearts on a pale pink vellum. The greeting (from Inkadinkadoo) is also stamped on the same pink vellum. The base card is white, the hearts were white and then sponged with pink. The ribbon is pink. I think the overall look is just soft and delicate. I have certainly enjoyed making several different Valentines this year with several of the techniques in the February 2010 issue of the TJ newsletter. I have a few more Valentines to share before Valentine's Day. I hope you are finding the current issue inspiring as you make your own Valentine's Day cards.
Happy creating!
Judy Jackson

Be My Valentine Darling

Who doesn't like nice downloadable images? Twisted Papers has a very large selection of high quality images, ready to be downloaded immediately.

I fell in love with a risque collage sheets and downloaded a sheet to create scrappy valentine cards.

I must say, I was very impressed when I printed out my image onto white cardstock. I will definately be visiting Twisted Papers regularly.

When I think of scrappy cards, I think big pink or ivory bows, music sheets and downloadable photos, so I gathered those items together and this card is the result of my interpretation of scrappy cards.

Edges of paper were distressed with Tim Holtz's Old Paper distress ink. The buttons came from my collection, and the heart was purchased at the dollar store. Gotta love the dollar stores, eh?!

A big thank you goes out to Twisted Papers for being one of this month's sponsors.

Beth Norman

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Faux Sanding

A rainbow inkpad, brayer, glossy cardstock and a brush of gesso.....from the September 2009 newsletter comes "Faux Sanding" as illustrated on my card.

   ----Evelyn Spikes

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pencil Flowers

Hi, fellow TJers! The fun item I've chosen for you today is an online bonus technique from the April/May 2009 issue of Technique Junkies Newsletter. If you don't have this issue, you can always order back issues or CDs.

The first picture shows the flower from the top. I used a "bling pencil" that I received for Christmas, and it already had the pretty jewel on top. It was perfect for this project.

In this picture, you can just barely see the pencil below the flower. Of course, you can also see that my center is a bit high. Keep that in mind when you make these!

I did these pencils as a make & take for the monthly card group that I belong to. A couple of the ladies are teachers and thought these would make great teacher or parent gifts. Any other ideas?

Cathy Yamashita

Monday, February 1, 2010


Hello and welcome to the Technique Junkies Technique By Design Challenge Blog Hop.

Technique Junkies is offering you a Sketch Challenge with a twist and we would LOVE for you to participate! All of the details and the sketch are on the Technique Junkies February/March Newsletter!

You can have an opportunity to BECOME A JUNKIE FOR LIFE!
Here is how:

1. Follow the sketch...The sketch uses Six 1-1/2" pieces; three sets of two different technique or cardstock pieces. This is a great way to incorporate technique backgrounds into your cards. Just make sure the colors coordinate and you can mix and match different techniques on your card with a stunning effect! If you make extra backgrounds when trying out the techniques, you will love being able to use them here. Note: in order to qualify for the drawing, at least two different TJ techniques must be used on the card, and one of those two techniques must be used on the squares.
2. Post a link to Pat's Blog
3. The deadline to the challenge is March 15th.

Vada and Judy made several FABULOUS projects using the sketch... here are the details:

To start the Blog Hop Judy created three beautiful cards...

This card uses three techniques: Marker Tapping, Antique Glimmer, and Double Metal Embossing. Judy used a scallop square punch to highlight the three different techniques. All stamps are from Stampin’ Up! Copic markers were used to highlight areas on the hearts and around the edges of the hearts.

Judy created this delightful snowman card for the challenge. The embossed snowman is cut out from card stock embossed with a snowy Cuttlebug embossing folder. She used the Metallic Pop technique over the embossed areas. The other squares – one of which is set off at an angle – was created with the Antique Glimmer technique. Punches were used to create the snowman layers. The snowman was colored with Copic markers. Stamps are from Stampin” up!

Judy did Valentine’s for the Design Team Sketch Challenge. This card uses stamps from Inkadinkadoo and Club Scrap. Judy used dies to create the six squares instead of just using squares. The techniques used to create this cheery card are Antique Glimmer and Metallic Pop. The phone stamp was first inked with Versamark and then in Fired Brick distress ink and then clear embossed.

This gorgeous creation is made by Vada she used the technique called Brayered Brilliance.

Stamp Credits are: Hero Arts, TAC, Inkadinkado and Stampin' Up.

Vada used Spellbinderes dies, Label Eight and Fancy Tags along w/ Martha Stewart Branch punch. Card is 6 x 4 1/2.

For More Inspiration using the Technique By Design Challenge you will not want to miss what the Design Team has for you. If you have any problems with broken links - come back here and see some more fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team!

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Have fun with the Technique By Design Contest! We can not wait to see your entries!
Chrissy D