Monday, February 28, 2011

Neutral Shadows by Judy Jackson

This card will fit into a business sized envelope.
The main focal image is a flourish from Stampers Anonymous. The sentiment near the center is from Rubber Stampede and I have not had it a long time. I got it in a box of stamps that were once owned by the grnadmother of a friend. He and his wife gave me a box of her stamps.
I used two different Nestabilities to cut out and frame the sentiment. I used copic markers to color in the flowers on the sentiment -- which also demonstrates the Neutral Shadows technique.
The main card is tan and the focal image is layered on bronze metallic text weight paper available from Paper Temptress. Two colors of ribbon tied in knots and some dried baby's breath is ued as an embellishment.
Once upon a time it was winter -- and I hope spring is just around the corner! Have a great day.
Judy Jackson

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cottoned Color

Hello, Junkies!  Donna here, and it's my turn to post again already.  Normally I'd be upset about how quickly time flies, but if it makes spring get here sooner I'm all for it!

For today's post I decided to go back a few years into the TJ archives and use a technique from April 2007 called Cottoned Color.  It's a very simple technique that yielded me some really pretty and shimmery backgrounds.  The instructions call for reinkers, but really, you can use any waterbased medium that you can get into a liquid form.  I don't have any reinkers in pretty colors, so I actually used Derwent Inktense pencils for my backgrounds.  I just shaved some lead into a palette cup and let it dissolve in some water.  Worked pretty well!

The image I used on this card is a Digi from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Try That Technique: Penciled Twinks

This week's Try That Technique Challenge is to use the from the Penciled Twinks techniqueFebruary 2008 issue.

Submit your Penciled Twinks card to our Yahoo group to enter our contest. What is the prize? A week on the Technique Junkie Newsletter home page. Your card will be in the spotlight and so will your name.

This week's winner is Beth Ullman who submitted her Mini Kissing card from last week's challenge. Congratulations Beth Ullman, your card is now on the home page.

The Technique Junkie Newsletter is this week's sponsor at Stampotique. You can read the deets on their blog. The challenge is to use the Faux Barnwood Technique from the upcoming issue. My stamp is from Stampotique.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Under the sea by Hetty

Hello Technique Junkies,

I have dived down the ocean to find you this card.
You see here the Texture Duet technique from the
October 2010 Newsletter in combination with the
Cuttlebug Highlight technique from the
October 2008 Newsletter.
You might find that you cannot see the image very well
on the front of the card, that is true. I have created a window
in this card with some gell in it, to give it a "sea"-look.

The backgroundpaper on front and inside was made with
watercolor paint (just the cheap children's one).
After painting the paper and it was drie, I stamped and
embossed with clear and white embossing powder.
Than again I colored on top with watercolor paint.
When everything was dry I ran it trough the cuttlebug.

And Ollie the Octopae is colored with copic markers
and glued on top of a background like the front.
used stamps:
bubble stamps: smARTworks
sentiments: Create with TLC

Have a creative day!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Hellloooooo, Junkies!!!
{Jane Bosi} here sharing a Neutral Shadows (Feb 2011) card I put together today! I thought these stamps from I Brake For Stamps would be perfect for this technique! My colors are a bit hard to see--the card base is a dark purple as is the Names of Jesus background (sorry for the crummy pic!) It's pretty in real life--some ribbons and charms engraved with "celebrate" and "love" to finish things off.

Have a great day! Jane

Monday, February 21, 2011

Totally Texture Butterflies by Judy Jackson

Three different embossing folders were used to create this card. The background is created with the Plum Blossom embossing folder. The frame was embossed with brick embossing folder and then cut out with a Cuttlebug frame. The butterflies were embossed in a long strip embossing folder and then I cut them out by hand.
The card stock is a pale pink and the embossed parts with lightly burnished with a brown ink. I also sponged brown ink on white lace which is layered under the frame and butterflies. Brown ribbon is tied around the frame.
Pearl halves and stick on "bling" add the embellishments on this card.
I just love the vintage look to this card and i hope you do as well.
Have a wonderful day and do something creative!
Judy Jackson

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Another Side Step Christmas Card

Hello TJer's!! Kathie McGuire here on your stamping Saturday with ANOTHER Side Step card. Why so many posts from me using this same technique??? It's one of my favorite techniques of all times...and so I used it for Christmas cards this year. Hence, the seemingly never-ending collection (I'm nearing the end, though).

I want to mention in this post that my Christmas cards were made almost entirely from scraps and bits and pieces and odds and ends from my craft room "stash". The Side Step card is just perfect for helping you use what you've got among your stamping supplies. Remember that you can still purchase the fabulous Fancy Folds and Motion CD from Technique Junkies. Not only does it have a great tutorial for this card, but dozens and dozens and dozens (and probably more than that!) of other great projects!!

The Christmas tree is from Stampin' Up! and I'm unsure of the sentiment. I added some stickles to the pre-printed base and a decorative snowflake button to the ribbon. Fun and easy!

Hope you've enjoyed the project and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Good morning stampers. This is Beth Norman posting for the Try That Technique challenge. This week's challenge is Mini Kissing from the 2008 CD and is a bonus technique. This technique is a lot of fun and so easy to do.

Each week a winning card is selected to be on the Technique Junkie homepage for a week. How can you win? Simply submit a card, using the Mini Kissing technique, and post it to our Yahoo group. It's that simple.

Congratulations to Juliet Arrighi. She is the winner for the Level Up technique from the August 2010 issue. Juliet, your card is now on our Yahoo Group home page.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A little millefiori in the morning...

Millefiori is so easy! My "million flowers" card uses all smARTworks stamps. The technique is from the February 2011 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  Isn't it cheerful? 

Have a great day!

Glimmered Texture Valentine by Judy Jackson

A lovely Valentine given to my hubby - thus I waited to post this until after he had opened it.. The musical score was embossed and highlighted to create a subtle background for my Valentine. the heart is embossed and then painted with Twinkling H2Os. An antique button, some gilded red ribbon, gold cording, some lace, and pearls add the perfect accents for a Valentine card.
Red card stock layered with gold card stock provide the base for the card.
Celebrating Valentine's Day with those we love is so important! Hoping your day was great!
Judy Jackson

Monday, February 14, 2011

Distressed Color Block Kids by Judy Jackson

Two shades of blue Distress Ink were used to create this focal image. The girls stamp is from Smartworks. I distress a scrap of background paper to place under the focal image. Metallic bronze text weight paper (available from Paper Temptress) provides a border around the focal image and the flourish. I also used the Neutral Shadows technique on the swirl peaking out from the focal image. A tiny bit of lace and some "bling" finish off the card.
I sure hope you are staying warm on this Valentine's Day.
Be creative today!
Judy Jackson

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hammered Hardware

Hello, Junkies...Donna here.  I'm sorry to be a little late posting today, but sometimes the plan just doesn't come together.  I'm sure you know what I mean.  I sat down yesterday to make a card for today's post and nothing seemed to work out.  Colors didn't work together, techniques came out less than perfect (gasp!), and my designs fell flat.  So what did I do?  I set everything down and stepped away from my table.  Today, I went back in there and finished up the very same card I had been working on yesterday with no problems.  Go figure!

So here's my card, better late than never.  The technique I chose to highlight this time is Hammered Hardware from the Dec 2006 newsletter.  Instead of hardware, though, I made a hammered frame.  It doesn't show up as well in my photo, but in real life, the gold frame is nicely dented and distressed.  The technique called for Ranger Perfect Ink Refresher, which I didn't have so I used a two-way glue pen instead.  It worked out well but I think my Perfect Pearls stuck more than they would have with the Ink Refresher.  No matter--I still love the way this looks and will do it again for sure.

The stamps I used on this are brand new from Starving Artistamps.

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hetty's Valentine Goodie Box

How about this Goodie Box for your Valentine?
It is a new tutorial from the latest TJ newsletter and
 it is the one that is not in your newletter
 but a special one that you can find online
 if you are a member of the Technique Junkies.
You can find the tutorial here:

You can think of different goodies inside the box.
If your love lights up your live,
you can add candles, maybe scented ones.
and there is a pocket for your message too!
Stamps and sentiments are all by Club Scrap.
As you see here the candles in the box
can be replaced by chocolate (see below),
which is more what my DH loves.
If you add a accetate window to the opening
of the box, you can add anything you want.

Of course this is not only a gift idea for Valentine,
how about Easter eggs in the box,
a birthday present,
candles for Christmas
wedding candies
little baby socks fit perfectly
well......this is a nice gift box for all
kinds of occasions.

Have a creative day!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Springtime Girl....

Jane Bosi, here, sharing a hopeful card! I cannot wait for the thaw and the glorious spring time weather that will come with it!!

This card features the Distressed Color Block technique featured in the most recent TJ Newsletter. I sure hope you are enjoying your copy! This is definitely one of my favorites, but the newsletter is full of so many goodies--it's hard to pick just one!

Stamps are from Stampin' Up!

Go try it! TTFN, Jane

Try That Technique: Level Up

Hi, it's Beth Norman with this week's Try That Technique challenge. It is so kind of you to take the time to visit. This week Diana Enns challenged me to use the Level Up technique from the August 2010 issue.

If you would like to have a chance at have your Level Up card on the TJ Yahoo home page for a week, simply submit your Level Up card to the TJ Yahoo group. It's that simple.

To see the full Mr. Owl, please visit my blog.

Last week April Puzzuoli created a card using the Designer Tiles technique. Her card was submitted to the Yahoo group and is this week's winner. Congratulations April Puzzuoli, your card is now on the TJ Yahoo group home page.

Stamps: Hero Arts, Odd Bird Planet Sentiment: Computer generated Background: Old dictionary Designer Paper BasicGrey

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Step Into Christmas

Hi everyone~Kathie McGuire here today to share another Side Step card. How do you like the blog post title? I don't know about anyone else, but Step Into Christmas by Elton John is one of my favorite Christmas songs! What could be better than creating cards with a TJ technique while listening to it???

I'm still sharing Christmas cads because I used the Side Step technique from the Fancy Folds and Motion CD for my 2010 Christmas card design. I made so many great cards and received so many compliments and thank you's from those who received them.

This card base is pre-printed, so I simply added a stamped ornament (Rubbernecker image from 10 or 12 years ago), a stamped greeting, and a lot of stickers and stickles.

Thanks for stopping by on your stamping Saturday!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Try That Technique: Designer Tiles

Hello, it's Beth Norman here, on a very snow day, welcoming you to this week's Try That Technique challenge. Each week Diana Enns and I challenge each other to use a technique from older issues, and this week we picked the Designer Tiles technique from the August 2008 issue.

Would you like to have your Designer Tiles card on our Yahoo group home page for the week? All you have to do is create a card and post it to the Yahoo group. Couldn't be any easier.

Last week, Barb Benson, created a Painted Puzzle card, and is the lucky winner this week. Congratulations Barb--your card is now on our home page.

Stamps: Fancy Pants, Our Daily Bread Designs, Stampin' Up!