Friday, March 9, 2012

SU Companion CD Blog Hop

This is Judy Jackson bringing you greetings from the Technique Junkie Design Team!

Good day to you and Happy SU Companion Blog Hop! This is the first stop on the Blog Hop. I am sure you will really enjoy all of the creations from the Stampin' Companion CD which features techniques using only Stampin' Up! products.

However, like any good Technique Junkie, members of the TJ Design Team want to show you just how versatile the techniques can be! So this blog hop will feature the techniques but the creations shared will not focus on Stampin' Up! products.

I chose the Reinker Spread technique which I love. It is a technique that is easy to do but gives a WOW look to the finished project. It makes your project look like it was very difficult to do but it wasn't! And it is adaptable and can be used for stamps from a variety of stamp companies. I did use the Shimmery White card stock from Stampin' Up! as I love using that card stock! I will be showing you a total of five cards. My first card to show you today uses a pansy image from PSX. I just love pansies. I love the fact that certain pansy varieties can bloom all winter long bringing the reminder that Spring will come!

I had my 3 and 4 year old granddaughters make a Mother's Day card for our daughter using this technique. It is a WOW card that any seasoned stamper would be been proud of. Of course, I helped with the cutting and finished card but all of the coloring was really done by them! So if they can do it, you can do it too! However, I am not going to show you that card as it used all SU products. I am going to show you some cards that demonstrate just how versatile this technique can be!

The directions for this technique says to use it with flower images but I wanted to show you how this technique can be used with other types of images as well. For these next two cards, I chose stamps from Enchanted Ink, Stampers Anonymous, and the background stamp is from Stampin' Up! Both cards used the same stamps, the very same reinkers, the very same embellishments for layering, and the only difference is the ink that I used for stamping the image. For the first card you can see that the embossed image is white and the second image was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx and embossed with clear embossing powder. For some images I prefer the image stamped and embossed white and for some some images I prefer the image stamped and embossed in black. Which do you prefer for the fairy image? I like both cards and so it is a matter of personal preference.

I also used the TJ Antique Glimmers (December 2009 newsletter) technique on various backgrounds on some of the cards.

My next card for this Blog Hop is a St. Patrick's Day card and the shamrock stamp is from Stamp Oasis. You can see the image looks great stamped and embossed in white. The smaller stamped shamrocks are from Hero Arts. The greeting is from Rubber Cottage.

And now for the last card.

The last card I want to show you uses a stamp from Sweet and Sassy Stamps and it is a newly released stamp this spring. While the other stamps have had a relatively defined image and I was able to cut it our cleanly, that is not the case for this image. There are no clearly defined lines so I chose to cut it out along the edges of the flourishes and then on to the next flourish. The vellum paper was stamped years ago with SU stamps and I laid it over some shimmery yellow paper to create the background. The greeting is also from SU.

I really like all five cards and I hope you do as well. Now please continue on through the rest of the Blog Hop Participants and on toward the wonderful prize Pat Huntoon will have for the winner at the end.The winner will be randomly chosen from commenting hoppers and will be posted on Pat’s blog the following week (not sure what day….). All of the instructions will be on Pat Huntoon's blog post! The prize will be the winner’s choice of any TWO TJ CD’s J What a great prize. Perhaps you will be a lucky winner!

I hope you add a comment to this blog and other blogs as well. I know I read every blog comment posted to my blog contributions! We all would like to know what is your favorite TJ technique or your favorite specialty TJ CD.

If you do not have the Stamping companion CD you can to go to this link: to purchase it. I am sure you will find it to be wonderful!

Here are the links to the Hop -- Your very next one will be to Jackie's blog. She will have something wonderful for you to see.

Good Luck!

Judy Jackson