Friday, April 30, 2010

Try That Technique Challenge Warhol 2 by Judy Jackson

Another fun challenge to do! This was such a fun technique to go back and revisit and to complete with this vintage type stamp from Stampin' Up. All of the Warhol techniques are from the February 2005 Technique Junkie newsletter. I layered each piece with an opposite color and then again with black. I had these cute little black button brads that I thought worked quite well with this image.
What don't you take some time today and revisit this technique -- or another technique from an older newsletter and then share your creation with all of us through the Technique Junkie yahoo group? The newer techniques are great -- but sometimes it is just plain fun to revisit a technique you haven't used in a while or one you have never used!
Have a wonderfully creative day!
Judy Jackson

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Try That Technique GO RETRO

Good afternoon stampers, Beth here with this week's Try That Technique challenge.
I love retro, which is why my recent main floor renovation went retro. I love it so much, that Diana Enns and I challenged each other to Go Retro this week. Do you dig my brayer work? Isn't it boss? I'm one cool cat today--LOL.
Go Retro! Can you dig it? So get with it and be a cool cat--split and read your June 2003 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter and make your card today!
Don't forget to take a peak at Diana's hip card. Check out Pat's card in the post below to see her card, and to read about this week's sale.

The winner of the Grafitti challenge is Jane Bosi, one of our regular participants. Congratulations Jane! Your card is on our Yahoo TJ home page for the week.

For your chance to win a chance to be on the Yahoo TJ home page, simply create a card or project using the Go Retro technique and link up to Mr. Linky.

Show off your talent to 4000 subscribers.

Try that Technique: Go Retro (and 2003 is on sale for 1/2 price, too)

Ah...2003. Such a good year. And this technique -- it was so popular when I first published it! I remember when I first thought of doing this one (yes, I do, even 7 years later). I was in the shower.. and had a "what-if" moment. Now I know you see this around and have seen it around for a long time -- that is because it was published 7 years ago! It was new for it's time. It was originally published in the June/July 2003 Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Let me take YOU back. If you would like to receive the six issues published in 2003, you have from now until May 5 to purchase them for half-price: $9.00 plus postage ($1.56 to US addresses, $1.81 to Canada, $2.76 to Europe, and $4.30 to Australia). Email me for an invoice. You do not need to be a subscriber to take advantage of this offer.

My card uses the technique with a plethora of pinks. The flower images are from Pink Paisley and the words are from Inkadinkado. It is just a fun card.

Now it's your turn! Try this technique and leave a link to your online post on Beth's Mr. Linky post, or if you prefer, simply upload your creations to the TJ Yahoo Group. Can't wait to see your take on my Retro Golden Oldie!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Try That Technique Challenge -- Go Retro by Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon has challenged the Design Team to use techniques from past issues of the Technique Junkie newsletters. This technique comes from the June 2003 newsletter. I wasn't even a member of the Technique Junkie Newsletter back then. However, I discovered the Technique Junkie newsletter in August of 2003 -- and I have never been sorry! What a wonderful resource this newsletter is for stampers and scrapbookers!
So it was really fun to look back and see how this technique challenged me. I was really pleased to with the ease of the technique and I love how the technique forced me to use stamps that haven't seen the light of day for some time. I am sure I will use this technique again.
If you are an Ultimate Junkie then you can look back to the June 2003 newsletter and see how to use this fun technique too! If you are not an Ultimate Junkie email Pat Huntoon and ask her how you can become one! Stamp credits are Stampin' Up! and for all the circle stamps and Morning Star stamps for the verse.
Have a great stamping day!
Judy Jackson

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Birthday Bingo Burst

Jane Bosi, here, sharing a fun card using the Bingo Burst technique! You can find the tech in the April 2009 edition of the TJNL. I love this technique for a few reasons. First, I LOVE color. In some ways, it's like music--it reaches a piece of your soul where there are no words. Secondly, not only is it easy---it's fun. My kids love this technique too! And, finally, it's so versatile. It can add whimsy to fun images--like the ones I've used from Stamps By Judith--or, it can add subtle splashes of color to an elegant piece. Try it! You'll like it!
TTFN, Jane

Monday, April 26, 2010

Using Three Techniques by Judy Jackson

Have you ever looked at a stamp and immediately thought of a technique from a past Technique Junkie newsletter? That happens to me more often these days, but never in the same way it happened on Thursday of this past week. I had some things to return to a craft store -- you know you buy something and only get home to discover you already own it? I am sure that never happens to anyone else, right? :)
While I was there I saw all these stamps that were reduced below 50% off the regular price and of course like any bargain hunter, I had to look. I saw this stamp from Inkadinkadoo and thought -- the Pyramid technique from June 2009 would be perfect for this stamp! Then I saw the saying and thought -- this will go with this stamp and other bird stamps I own. I ending buying several discounted stamps.
However, I wanted to "morph" the Pyramid technique with the Burnished Background from October 2009 because I wanted to emboss the stamped image in black. So the image was stamped with Black Versafine ink and then clear embossed. Then I burnished the ink colors to create the colored background for the Pyramid technique. I used Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, and Crushed Curry inks to do the burnishing.
Then I had to decide on how to place the central on the card front -- and the Z-fold technique (from August 2007) popped into my mind. So this card came together as I was working. That often happens to me. I rarely have the "vision" of the finished card in my mind when i sit down to create. Sometimes I do , but not often. Then i needed soemthing to balance the empty space at the bottom and used this saying stamp -- also from Inkadinkadoo. To finish it off, I spritzed a little gold Smooch spray over the top. I think it is a fun card and pretty easy to create!
I hope you all have a fun and creative week!
Judy Jackson

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spritzed Stone by Ann

Hi, Ladies.....Ann Clack here!  This card features the Spritzed Stone technique from the December 09 issue.  There are several ways you can do this technique......I chose the lighter spritzing method so that mine looked more mottled.  This was a super quick background and I made a number of them to have for later.  The image is from Dustin Pike and is colored with copics.  Hope you enjoy!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Faux Felt + Sanded Core'dinations by Shelly

Happy Friday everyone! Today's card combines two different techniques - Sanded Core'dinations from the current issue, and Faux Felt from the Feb/Mar '09 issue. I've used a fantastic image from Twisted Papers that I think is perfect for a sweet Mother's Day card. It's all tied up with a piece of vintage bias tape that I stamped with a sentiment by EK Success. I accented the card with a strip of text that I'd punched some flowers out of - I thought it made a really different and interesting embellishment!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Try that Technique: Graffiti and 2004 half price!

Holy Smoly! It is hard to believe that I did this technique 6 years ago! Creating a card using the technique again felt as fresh as the first time, too. This week we are featuring the Graffiti Technique from the December 2004 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. You really need to Try this Technique! It is easy, and makes a great custom background. It is fabulous for making custom scrapbook paper, too.

My card is for my neighbor who just found out she is pregnant again (or rather, I just found out). Most of the background stamps are from Stampin' Up!, with the Ice Cream and Pickles image stamp from Lockhart Stamp Company. I used a little bit of Liquid Applique on the ice cream, and some Diamond Glaze on the pickle jar. They were just screaming for it!

Now it is your turn to Try that Technique! Don't have these issues? From now through Wednesday, April 28th, the six 2004 issues will be on sale for half-price. That is $9.00 (plus shipping - $1.56 to US addresses, $1.81 to Canada, $2.76 to Europe, and $4.30 to Australia). It's a bargain! When you do try it,  use the Mr. Linky on Beth's post, or post to the TJ egroup -- we would love to see what you do with this.


Try That Technique: Graffitti

Hi, it's Beth here with another technique that Diana Enns and I put to a challenge. It is Graffitti from the December 2004 issue.

This is a fabulous technique if you're looking for something unique and quick. Gotta love that!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Double Embossed Metal

It's Evelyn here....trying out the Double Embossed Metal from the Feb/March newsletter.  I ordered four colors of metal after I saw the newsletter; this card uses Plum.  The first embossing was with the Swiss Dots folder, and the second was with SU's Rose folder.   Although I did color some with a purple Sharpie, it doesn't show up very well.  I backed the metal piece with specialty dark purple cardstock from Club Scrap and accented it with some soft purple pearls. (Click on the photo to see details.)      .....Evelyn Spikes

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Vellum Floral and Greens

Happy Saturday from Kathie McGuire!! My project today features one of my favorite watercolor techniques, "Watercolor Resist". Although the technique is just a small element on this card, I believe it's the element that give my card just the right touch of color and flair!

So let's see if you can find the technique (where's Waldo?)! I'm sure it's easy to spot on the center leaf in the upper left corner of the card!

This project was fun because a friend and I challenged each other to create a card strictly from our scrap boxes. You know the box that holds all those little parts and pieces of images, technique backgrounds, and other card making items? Mine is overflowing!! The main "rule" was that the card had to be made up of ONLY things in the scrap box. The base cardstock was the only exception! Green is one of my least favorite colors so I thought this card was going to be a tough one for me. Ironically, it came together in an instant and when I came across the Watercolor Resist leaf, I knew I could pull it all together.

So now I challenge YOU to dig through all of your boxes and showcase some of those TJ techniques that are hiding there like buried treasure.

Thanks for looking at my card and I hope you've enjoyed the project!!

Kathie McGuire

Friday, April 16, 2010

Alcohol Smoosh from Judy Jackson

Have you ever felt that life was speeding by faster than you could keep up? That is how I have felt the past couple of weeks! Every time I thought I was caught up and could say, "Whew! I can relax a bit now." something else for me to do was just around the corner. I was "supposed" to post this on Monday and now it is Friday.
This technique is called Alcohol Smoosh from CD7. The stamps used for the background are from Artistic Outpost. The stamp on the tag is also Artistic Outpost -- and all of these stamps are from the set Birds of a Feather. I bought it this winter at a stamp convention in Florida -- it was unmounted and no identifying info on the back. I forgot which booth I bought it from. Sorry! I dusted the bird and the thistle with Perfect Pearls but the delightful shimmer doesn't show up. I also used a swirl stamp from Stampers Anonymous.
Enjoy the weekend!!
Judy Jackson

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Try that Technique and 2007 on sale!

As Beth announced today, the Try that Technique challenge for this week is the Cling and Scrunch Technique from the June 2007 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. This is such as easy technique and it makes some of the most sensational backgrounds...and there are so many variations you can try with different mediums.

My card uses two colors of color wash spray to achieve my blue "water" background. This piece is SO pretty in person -- I did it on a sheet of iridescent white from the Paper Temptress and it is just stunning in person, with its subtle shimmer. The boat image is from I Brake for stamps, and the verse is from Impression Obsession. I colored the boat with Copics Markers.

Now it is your turn to Try that Technique!

Don't have this issue? No problem! You may purchase the six 2007 issues for HALF-PRICE. From now through Wednesday, April 19th, the 2007 issues are $9.00 plus postage. Email me for an invoice TODAY -- you do NOT need to be a current TJ subscriber to order these!

Can't wait to see your art!

Try That Technique

Hi, it's Beth here, with a new technique. Diana Enns and I challenged each other to use the Cling and Scrunch technique from the June 07 issue. Normally I would have a link to Diane's awesome card, but her blog wasn't available. Could be a blogger glitch this morning. Yikes!

As you can see, I used one colour on my technique because I wanted the look of water for my ark.

Each week we challenge you to trying the technique for the week, and we are doing it again. Link yourself up to Mr. Linky for your chance to win a week on the TJ Yahoo group home page.

This week's winner is Beth Ullman. Congratulations, Beth. Your awesome card is on our home page. Yahoo!

Ark Stamp: Our Daily Bread; Cloud Stamp Odd Bird Planet; Ribbon, Stampin' Up

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Hetty's inspiration with Michael Strong stamps

I have had a very wonderful, but tyring weekend. In The Netherlands there was a big Stamp Convention and for this convention Michael Strong was here and stayed at my house. We had so much fun together and we even made a video tutorial.
I hope you hop over to my blog and will take a look: Octagon Slot video tutorial.
Here I made a sample and used the antiqued glimmers technique for the background, but also to stamp on with the octagon stamp. The little dots you see are very shiny little stickers called class a'peel stickers by Stampendous that Mike brought along with him.
Here is also an other sample with the Octagon stamp (3 sizes in a packet) by Michael Strong. For this card I used the modern art technique that is used for try that technique in Thursday. Also you see the metallic pop technique. Here I stamped and embossed the three sizes with silver and added a tassle on the smallest stamp. Both are very simple techniques, but with great result.
If you would like to see an impression of the stamp convention in The Netherlands, please take a look HERE.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Butterfly Kisses

.....and a Kiss With A Twist!!! Jane Bosi, here, sharing a quick little card I whipped up to share with some friends!!

What a fun technique.....I know, I say it about every single one! I mean it each and every time, too!

A rarity for me, all the supplies for this card are from Stampin' Up! The Bold Butterfly shadow stamp coordinates perfectly with the Butterfly Sizzix die! I'm always short on time so, I love it when I can cut a few corners--or die shapes as the case may be! LOL!

I hope you're having a positively stamping kind of day!
TTFN, Jane

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ann's Glimmer Bird

It's Saturday!!  Ann Clack here, hoping that your weekend is wonderful!  Here is a sweet little card for you today.  I wish that you could see this card with real eyes instead of a camera eye.  The naked eye sees a lot more brown on the background than the camera.  The background is a technique called Dabbed Shimmers from the February 2010 issue of the Technique Junkie newsletter.  I just got the sweet little sparrow frame stamp from the Portland Rubber Stamp Convention.  The bird is from RubberStampAve. 

I thought I would try something different by putting some of Ranger's Crackle glue over the image.  I attached the paper (just a little) to the desk so it wouldn't 'walk' away while drying.  When I came back.......HORRORS!........both pieces were all curled up.  I was able to dampen the back and flatten them a little.  Maybe next time I need to use a little less of that stuff!!  I should have used the TJ technique for crackle instead!!  The bird and it's surrounding background were colored with copic markers before covering with the Crackle glue. 

The Dabbed Shimmers background has sooooo much glitz and glam!  I really love it.  I also used some paper that had a shimmer to it from the Paper Temptress.  It was just perfect for this card, don't you think?  You can really see the shimmer of the background and the paper on the closeup picture. I had the metal letter brads in my stash for a long time but they were pewter and I really needed a different color.  So, I colored them with my copic markers and am pleased with the result.  I hope you are inspired to try this is really quick! 

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sanded Core'dinations by Shelly H.

I had such a fun time making cards for the current issue - I was trying to use a lot of Spring-y, happy colors, which is not typical for me. This card was one of my favorites. I will probably never use orange, yellow, and blue in a card again, but it seemed like a perfect color combination with this technique and the Lovely Day stamps from Artistic Outpost!

Shelly Hickox

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Try That Technique

Hi, it's Beth here with a new challenge for you. Diana Enns and I challenged each other to use the Modern Art technique from the April 2005 issue. Pat played along and her card is below this post. Ladies, you rocked this week's challenge!

Playing along with us is a lot of fun, as Hetty learned today, because her card was selected from last week's participants, and now her cards will be on the Technique Junkie Yahoo Group home page for the week. Congratulations, Hetty!

The fun doesn't stop there. Pat has generously offered a tremendous sale on the 2005 issues, where you will find this technique. Please read her post below for the deets.

My card uses a wide variety of stamps, but the one I would like to bring to your attention is the Tim Holtz Tatoo stamp with the heart, which came from one of our sponsors, Croppinsville. If you love Tim Holtz, like I do, Croppinsville is the place for you!

For your chance to get on our home page, create a card using the Modern Art technique and link yourself up with Mr. Linky.

Try that Technique -- Modern Art

Today's Try that Technique is Modern Art from the April 2005 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I forgot all about this technique -- but I LOVE the color intensity it produces on your cards! One word of caution, though, you may want to clear emboss your whole card -- sometimes the ink can take forever to dry on this one.

My card uses a sentiment and girl stamp from Repeat Impressions. I am trying to dig deep into my stamp stash these days to find my most underused stamps...and this is one of them. Not an indictment of the stamp itself, of course. I still love these stamps as much today as the day I bought them!

Now it is your turn to Try that Technique!

Don't have this issue? No problem! You may purchase the six 2005 issues for HALF-PRICE. From now through Wednesday, April 14th, the 2005 issues are $9.00 plus postage. Email me for an invoice TODAY -- you do NOT need to be a current TJ subscriber!

Can't wait to see your art!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bandanna Technique

It's Evelyn here.....sharing one of my favorite  techniques:  Bandanna from Aug/Sept 2008.   I have all the new Distress Inks and have wanted to use them for something.   This particular card was created with Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, and Pumice Stone.   ( I also tried a piece of glossy cardstock to see how the colors looked, but the Pumice Stone shows up better on the regular cardstock, as is used on this card.)   The blue layers are Bazzill's Bling line, and the flourish stamp is from Stampington.  The sentiment is from Verve stamps.

One note:   I've tried every kind of white pen, often with frustrating results.   However, I've discovered that the best pen for dots is a Galaxy White Marker, which is what I used for this card.   It has a bullet tip, so doesn't do fine lines.  But it does dots very well! 

---Evelyn Spikes


Hello Everyone-
This is Chris Dickinson using a project that showcases the stamp set from I Brake For Stamps and the technique Glassy Accents from the Technique Junkie Newsletter May/ June 2010 Edition.

These beautiful pictures are from a trip my husband and I took to South Carolina a few years ago. The FRAME is from
Basic Grey Origins and the quote is from a pack of Rub Ons I had lying around from DCWV. The white flourishes... are Rub Ons too, but I do not recall where I bought them and who makes them!

Here are some more details:
Stamps: Birds from I Brake For Stamps
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Garden Green. Celery, White
Accessories: Dew Drops, Rub Ons, Crystal Effects

D I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day! Thank you for stopping by!
Chrissy D

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Glitzy Lace by Cathy Yamashita

Wow, can you believe Easter is already behind us and Spring is officially here?

Today's card uses one of my favorite techniques called Glitzy Lace from the April/May 2010 Technique Junkie Newsletter. Not a subscriber yet? Go here for all the information, plus free Watercolor Crayon Tutorials!

One of my dear friends has me make all her cards, and this one is for her in-laws' 50th Wedding Anniversary inMay. The lace I used in making this card was a leftover piece from a wedding gown I made for a sister-in-law in 1984. The numbers are Cuttlebug die cuts and the frame die is by Nestabilities. The Glitzy Lace piece is edged with a gold Krylon Leafing Pen, then mounted on Brushed Gold card stock and Paper Trey Stampers' Select White card stock.

I hope you are enjoying Spring!

Cathy Yamashita

Friday, April 2, 2010

Faux Designer Paper and Grungy Flowers

Hello TJ friends! Kathie McGuire here with a Saturday project for you! For this card, I’ve used the Faux Designer Paper Technique from Dec 2008/Jan 2009 TJ newsletter. My background got a little “busy”, but that’s the great thing about TJ techniques. There just isn’t a wrong way to do them!

I stamped various images (borrowed stamps, so I apologize for being unable to list stamp credits) with dye based inks on glossy cardstock to create my Faux Designer Paper. The large fringed flower is a Sizzix die cut. Now I know Martha Stewart has some multi blade scissors for making lots of cuts in one snip, but I confess. I bought mine BEFORE MS came out with hers……..from my Avon lady! The scissors were intended for shredding but come on, what Technique Junkie would actually use them for their intended purpose??

The grunge rose is the ever-popular Tim Holtz technique that I seem to be using a lot these days. They are fast and easy to make and (I think) are the perfect thing to plop on top of a fabulous Technique Junkie background. The punches are various punches in my stash; the swirls are from Sizzix. The bling is from the Dollar Store! And lastly, I added some decorative stitching with my little Janome Sewing Machine. Cardmaking has never been more fun!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project and thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Try that Technique and 2006 1/2 Price Issues!

Today's Try that Technique is Mosaic Magic from the August 2006 Technique Junkie Newsletter. My card uses the technique with some designer paper, and Stamps from Stampin' Up!. I hope you had a minute to take a look at Beth's Card using the technique -- or Diana's card -- and that you will try the technqiue yourself!

Don't have this issue? No problem! You may purchase the 2006 issues for HALF-PRICE. From now through Wednesday, April 7th, the 2006 issues are $9.00 plus postage. Email me for an invoice TODAY -- you do NOT need to be a current TJ subscriber!

Try that Technique! If you do, use the "Mr. Linky" link on the bottom of  Beth's post a link to your card -- or post to the TJ e-group -- Beth may put YOUR card on the front page of the TJ group!

Try That Technique Thursday

Hi, it's Beth here with this week's Try That Technique challenge. This week Diana Enns and I challenged each other to use Mosaic Magic from August 2006. Isn't this a great technique?!

Diana made a terrific card, so why don't you take a peak to see her wonderful example of Mosaic Magic.

This stamp works so well with this technique, don't you think? To create the sky I masked the lighthouse and sponged on the colour. Stamp is from Our Daily Bread Designs.

To have your chance of having your card on the Technique Junkie home page, create a card or project using the Mosaic Magic technique and link your card up to Mr. Linky by filling in your URL and name. If you need help with your URL, please e-mail me at

Last week's winner is Jane Bosi. Congratulations, Jane, your card is now on the home page for one week.