Monday, July 30, 2012

Brown Bag Gift Pouch

Kathie McGuire here today, and I'm sharing a little brown bag project that I made recently. I used a lunch-size bag I purchased at the grocery store and folded it up to make a pocket. Then, I sewed the sides to keep it shut. I used the Aged Parchment techique from the 6/08 newsletter on the white doily. It was rather fragile, so I carefully brushed on the liquid color rather than soaking the doily directly in the liquid. All of the other items used were odds-n-ends from my stash. The brown paper package tied up with string (like the song--LOL) is a chocolate bar from Trader Joe's grocery store. It measures 4" X 4" so it fit perfectly inside the pouch. The little pick is a dollar store find--I think they're olive picks, but they worked perfectly for my "sign." I hope you've enjoyed the project and thanks for stopping by. Kind wishes, Kathie

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A little sneaky peak....

Okay.....first off this is just a little sneaky peak of one of the upcoming techniques in the August newsletter.  Second.....I really didn't have Pat H permission but thought that since we are only a couple of days away that you would have fun getting this peak!! 

This is a technique called Colorwash Alcohol and it is a lot of fun.  When I have a cool looking background I sure hate to cover it up.  My solution was to trim close to this tall thin flower!   This is one of the techniques that I submitted to the newsletter too! 

I hope you enjoy!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Holly Brown: Sunflower Pocket Card

Hi Junkies!  It's Holly posting today, and I'm sharing this Sunflower Pocket Card with y'all.  Have you tried the fun techniques from the specialty CD's yet?  I used the Folded Pocket Card tutorial from the Fancy Folds and Motion Paper Crafts CD to create this card.  I added some die cut flowers to the pocket and I stamped the sentiment on the tag that goes inside the pocket.  The die cuts (Cheery Lynn Designs) and stamps (Impression Obsession) are from Classy Cards 'n Such - a TJ vendor.  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Try That Technique

Good Morning! Nancy Dawson here to bring you this week's Try That Technique! It is such a great project from our 3D and Fun Folds CD - 3D Gift Card Box. Show someone you really care and make is super holder for their gift card.  It's all in the presentation!

This project is featured on the 3D and Fun Folds CD which contains 70 .pdf tutorials in step-by-step pictorial format, easily printable. The tutorials are for gifts, boxes, ornaments, decorative items and plenty of fun card ideas too. It is a must have for any paper crafter!

Come play along and get a jump start on your Christmas giving (or Birthday, any occasion)!

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dotted Edges

It is Monsoon Season here in the Arizona desert which must have me feeling tropical. This is one of my oldest and most beloved stamps. It is from Commotion...remember them? The cut out frame die is from Impression Obsession and very versatile. This is another fun and fast technique that adds a bit of whimsy to this card, which I find appealing.
I was thinking today about the Technique Junkie newsletter and wondered where my stamping would be if I hadn't found and subscribed to it. It's something to think about and one thing is certain....I wouldn't be having near as much fun!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
Jackie K

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ombre Watercolor Resist by Judy Jackson

This is such a fun technique to try - and I have learned from a couple of efforts that you cannot use highly detailed background stamps for this technique.  The background needs to have some detail but not highly detailed.  This background from Cornish Heritage Farms is almost too detailed.    The tree stamp is also from CHF.  This card is an example of using an existing ATC I created for a swap months ago.  When I make ATCs for swaps I always make a few extra for this very purchase. 

I am looking forward to the next newsletter - only a short time now until Pat mails it!  It will be filled with wonderful techniques as usual. 

Hope your summer has some craft time included!

Judy Jackson

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Copic Marker Fairy by Judy Jackson

We recently returned from a 12 day vacation and had a great time in three different venues!  We attended a destination wedding in Killington, Vermont, spent a couple of days in Schenectady, NY visiting with many friends as we used to live there for over 20+ years, and finally we visited some cousins as we attended a Jackson Family Reunion in Canada.  My cousin, Doris, and I shopped at Heather's Stamp Haven in Nepean, Ontario.  She had a beautiful card on display using this stamp from Whimsy Stamps but the stamp itself was not there.  One of my granddaughters turns seven today.  She cannot decide if she likes "fairies" or "princesses" the best.  When I saw this fairy stamp I knew she would love it.  However, no fairy stamp in stock!  Other fairy stamps but not this one. 

So what does a good stamper do?  I got back to Doris's house and promptly ordered this stamp.  It arrived on Wednesday!  Yahoo!  Plenty of time to create a special birthday card for my little granddaughter -- who is not so little any more!  The stamps I ordered arrived at my house on Wednesday and I was able to create this card for my precious granddaughter. 

I used a butterfly stencil with swirls on the background and used three different colors of ink and sponged the inks over the stencil.  I used another stencil with two different shades of green to create the grass.  I colored the Fairy and her wings with Copic markers. The wings were created with card stock vellum.  I spritzed glimmer spray over all and added some clear shimmery Smooch paint over the wings and parts of her dress. I used my heat tool to dry it all. 

Happy birthday Charity!

Have a wonderful day --

Judy Jackson

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ann for Chris

Chris Dickinson was to be here for today's post.  I'm filling in for me while she attends to family matters.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she deals with the unexpected death of her sister. 

Today's card uses the uber simple Technique Junkie technique called curled corners (Feb 2011).  It really gave this card the added umph that it needed.  The flower is a Gina K stamp.  The sentiment is a really cool set from Stamp Camp (who.....BTW......will be a new vendor for the TJ newsletter!!!!).    Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Hey, Junkies!  Ann Clack here!  Today is the birthday party for my grandson who is turning 4.  His favorite TV program is Octonauts, a darling cartoon about 8 animal friends who live in the Octopod in the ocean.  They go on adventures and discover all kinds of different sea creatures.  They end up helping them along the way.  The only problem is that all Octonaut things are sold in the UK or Australia.  So......I found this darling image from a free coloring sheet from one of the UK sites.  Since they live in the ocean, I used a piece of Simple Sumi (a Technique Junkie technique) for the background since it looked like water.  It is hard to tell but I layered the head and shoes and double layered the hat, eyepatch and nose area.  I hope my grandson loves his Kwazii (the cat) card!  Kwazii's favorite saying is Yeow!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Holly Brown: Antique Glimmers Birthday Wishes

Hi folks!  It's Holly posting today, and I hope you're doing well this week!  I'm sharing this lacy and romantic birthday card with you today.  The cards that I make the most are birthday cards and Christmas cards, and I love having birthday cards on hand when those special days pop up.

I started with an Antique Glimmers technique from Technique Junkies for my background.  The patterned paper on the left side matches my background piece beautifully, so I used that as inspiration for coloring the fancy image from the Shabby Chic Labels 4 stamp set with Copic markers.  I used a Stardust Clear Glitter Pen on the fancy vines for a sweet shimmery touch.  You can see the glitter in the close-up picture.  This fancy image was cut out with a Labels 4 Spellbinders die.  I stamped the "Birthday Wishes" from the Birthday Sentiment Set and cut it out with a circle die, and then I matted it with its matching scallop circle.  I used foam dots to adhere the sentiment to the center of the fancy label image.  Most of the supplies on this card are from Classy Cards 'n Such - a TJ vendor.  

I used two strips of ecru lace on the left side of my card and then adhered a small piece of brown cardstock in the center of the two pieces of lace.  A row of pearls really sets off the beauty of the lace.  You can see the gorgeous shimmer of the Antique Glimmers background in this picture below:

I hope you've enjoyed this card that I've shared with you today.  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thursday Try That Technique--Bohemian Layers!

{Jane Bosi}  Helllllloooooo Junkies!!!  Today, I'm bringing you a brand new Try That Challenge!  Thank you to all who played along in the 3D Shadows Try That in the last two weeks!

This time around, we are pulling out an older technique--Bohemian Layers--from the Feb/March 2011 edition.  I SO needed to get inky for fun and this really did the trick!!  This is a great technique--creates such an interesting background!

My sample uses an image and sentiment from Stamp Camp--GOSH!  I love this company!  The background, Cover-A-Card Medallion is from Impression Obsession.  Please don't forget to support these wonderful TJ Vendors!

I'm anxious to see everyones' interpretations of this great technique!

TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This is a sympathy card I recently made.  It uses the Dotted Edges technique from the June-July newsletter.  I colored the focal  images with Copic markers. The Dotted Edge technique is a wonderful and easy technique to use and add interest to your card.  Have you tried it yet?

This year I had a goal -- a sad goal it seems. My goal was to make 15 sympathy cards and hope that number would last through the year.  I figured I wouldn't get them made all at once.  My hubby and I have sent out about 10-12 sympathy cards this year, yes in 2012.  Right now we are on vacation.  I brought one card with us, just in case we might need it.  Well, it wasn't enough.  We need two cards.  My husband's aunt died -- in her 90's!  And our daughter's best friend's father died.  I will need to buy some for sure!

Have a wonderful week!

Judy Jackson

Technique Strips

Have you tried this technique yet? It is so much fun and fast! I know you all have saved your scrap pieces of techniques that you have done in the past. Let's face it...we all save our scraps. I save my technique background scraps in a place all their own. I keep them in a nice photo box that has a label on it. The label simply says "Backgrounds" I was so glad that I saved them this way when I wanted to try this technique. They were right at my fingertips. I'm sure many of you do this too.

This technique is from the June/July issue. Look it up and give it a try. It is a very effective technique, and I would love to see what you come up with.

Thanks for looking!
Jackie K

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Distress Ink Watercolor Sunflower

Hi TJ Friends! Kathie McGuire here today to share the fabulous Distress Ink Watercolor technique from the 12/11 Technique Junkies Newsletter. I'm a day or two early in my post(I usually see you on the first and third Saturday of each month), but I thought this may spark a little bit of inspiration before the weekend gets here. Who knows? You may have time to try this technique if you haven't yet!! The images are from Stampendous, stamped with VersaMark and embossed with gold embossing powder. Then, I painted according to the technique tutorial. Easy! The image was so bold I kept the rest of the card understated. The little addition of fibers helped to round out the project! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! Kathie

Monday, July 2, 2012


Hi Junkies - Chrissy D here! Today I am sharing a card today using the Scallop Circle Fan tutorial from the June/ July 2012 issue!I love the simple beauty these fans add to your projects. The stamps come from the Technique Junkie Newsletter vendor, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

I hope you enjoyed my project today! Have a wonderful day!