Thursday, January 30, 2014

Antique Glimmers and Smooched Metal by Judy Jackson

Isn't this little girl adorable?  She is a wonderful stamp from Pat Huntoon's new stamp line - Technique Junkie stamps -- formally Stamp Camp. This stamp line has some beautiful images you would really enjoy using.  Check them out at .

I used Memento ink to stamp the image and then colored her with Copic markers.  She is layered on a piece of background paper created with the TJ Antique Glimmers technique from December 2009.   The metal flower was painted with Smooch Paint using the  Smooched Metal technique from the October 2010 issue of TJ.  She makes a wonderful Spring card - and oh that it were truly Spring!  I can hardly wait.  I layered the flowers on a piece of punched out Mulberry paper. 

Hope you have a crafty day!

Judy Jackson

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tri Cut Die and Cuttlebug Enbossing

Jackie K here with a card I made for my grandson Jordan's 22nd birthday.
I used the Tri Cut Die technique and added Cuttlebug embossing to the side.
I've had great fun with this technique and you will too!
See you back here soon!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

A little "Off"

Today's card uses the technique called Dye Whitewash from the August 2013 issue.  I had a couple of friends over for a Friday stamp day and we decided to give this technique a try.  I really love the subtle color that it gives to the image.  While playing with the technique, we used my friend's white detail embossing powder.

Tonight as I finished the card up with a sentiment, I grabbed my white detail embossing powder.  Who knew that White Detail embossing powder would have different whites.  Sheesh!  Mine is more "Off" white than real white.  So.....what was I to sentiment was Off White and the image was White.....       So, I decided to make the card base and the butterflies in off white as well so that it didn't look like a mistake.  It worked out fairly well, making the image popping more from the card.

I hope that you like!   The image is from Stampendous and the words are from Stampin Up...I think!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Washi Shapes for Chinese New Year

I am in Hong Kong today, so thought it fitting that I make a card for Chinese New Year (which is 1/31).

 I used a Michael Strong Kimono die and mounted it on dimensionals with a piece of Mulberry like cardstock I bought in China last year as the backdrop. I used a Copic Marker to color a piece of Silk Ribbon for the sash. The Kanji says Happy New Year. I cut toothpicks for the top and the bottom of the banner. 2014 is the Year of the Horse.

 This is such a fun way to use Washi and a fun new way to look at your dies. We'd love to see what you create!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

TTT - Washi Shapes

Tricia Here!  Here is a CAS Valentine Card I made using this Week's Try That Technique - Washi Shapes.

I pulled out my trustee Quickutz...haven't used them in a long time...Love this font and heart shape.

I embossed the background with the Stampin Up! Rose.  Hope you will join us! 

Have a crafty night !

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TOTW Washi Shapes

Hi Everyone, Jackie K back again with the Technique of the Week;  Washi Shapes. I had such fun with this card. I knew I wanted to use the mannequins but didn't have a die cut so I just used a stamp from Inkadinkado and cut out the torso part. The Paris stamp is from PSX and the Fashion word stamp is from Hearts In Touch. There is no limit as to what can be done with this technique, as there is no shortage of washi tape designs. Also if you use a stamp like I did, well the possibilities are endless!
Give it a try. It's fun!
Keep on creating!

Emboss around the image

Hello, Hetty here with  two cards for you 
today with a technique 
I haven't seen much around,but is so easy 
to do and gives a wonderful result.

You find the tutorial for this technique
in the newsletter of Oct/Nov 2012
and is called: 
Emboss around the image.

The first card is made with the 
Technique Junkies stamps and a 
Club Scrap sentiment.

This card is made with a  Create with TLC sentiment
and some fun time embossingfolders.

Dogive this technique a try,
it is easier than you think!

Have a creative day!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Washi Shapes

Hello friends.  It's Beth Norman, here with this week's technique, "Washi Shapes."  I wanted to experiment to see how this technique would work with a large background die, and was pleased with the results.  I used my signature bright colours for my Washi Shapes.

Although this technique was zippy quick, my card took me two hours because I spent time on You Tube watching videos learning how to colour skin and clothes with my underused Copics.  Tricia, one of our Design Team members, works with them beautifully and encouraged me to follow You Tube.

My bow tied up pretty.  Some time ago I won blog candy from Shelly, another DT member, and included in that was a big bag of ribbon and a bow maker.  So back to You Tube I went to learn how to use it.

So, my card was inspired by others, along with this week's technique.  Lot's of experimenting for me.

I hope I inspired you to try something new.

Stamp:  Mo Manning from Stampavie

Tri Cut Dies

Jackie K here with a Tri Cut Dies . Please excuse the black behind the card but the card dissolved into the background without it. I used Papertrey Ink and See D's Stamps for this card. I really like this technique and have another card using it in the "works."

I hope everyone is well.
See you back here soon!
Jackie K

Monday, January 20, 2014

Die Overstamping with Technique Junkies Stamps

Hello TJ Friends! Kathie McGuire here to share a card which features the Technique of the Week, Die Overstamping. The stamp is from the Technique Junkies stamp line. If you've looked at the Technique Junkies Stamps catalog, you know that this stamp has taken on a whole new look just by using the fast and easy Die Overstamping technique. And who doesn't want to get more mileage out of their stamps? Thanks for stopping by today! ~Kathie

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Try That Technique - Washi Shapes

Hey Junkies, Tricia here with this weeks' Try That Technique - Washi Shapes.

This is an quick, easy and AWESOME technique...I LOVE IT. 

I did one of my Christmas Cards using this technique.  I used my poinsettia dies from Magnolia and my spellbinders.  The stamp is from Stampin Up!

Won't you play along with us this week?

Hope you have a crafty day!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Die Overstamping by Judy Jackson

This technique -- from the current newsletter -- is a creative way to use your cutting dies in a slightly different way.    It seems some  dies are a little easier to use than others for this technique.  The die I chose is this snowman -- and because it has those two solid areas in the arms, those cut out pieces need to saved. 

The stamps are from Stampin' Up (long, long retired snowflakes but I love them!) and TPC Studios.

But now I wonder do you Readers ever wonder if the Technique Junkie Design Team members ever make mistakes in rendering the techniques? I can assure you that we indeed do and most of the time our mistakes are (at least mine!) are because we do not read the directions carefully enough.  I can assure you that is exactly what I did in this next card. I did not read the directly carefully at all -- at first.  About half way through the process, I realized my mistake and tossed my "mistake" aside and then carefully read the directions -- and voila the technique worked just fine.  I was quite pleased with the result.

However, after finishing the above card correctly, I wondered can I fix the first card attempt enough to be able to use it? I pulled it out of the paper trash can in my stamp room. Now this card will not show the correct technique for sure -- and my intent in this part of my post is not to show you a correctly finished "Die Overstamping" technique card but to show you can use your mistakes and this card had a couple of major mistakes.

Can  you see the shadow?  That is because I adhered the "negative" of the cutout card stock die instead of using it correctly.  After adhering it, I realized it was not working right.  OOPS, I better read the directions more carefully!  Then I had the "aha" moment and knew what I did wrong. So I started over creating the correct card posted first above.  So then I stamped this adorable little snowman in the middle and stamped the "Let it Snow" sentiment below.  Both stamps are long retired Stampin' Up stamps from two different sets.

Well, if that wasn't another oops and a big one. I stamped it upside down. That was frustrating.  Now I was determined to salvage this  card and I wasn't giving up!  So I went to my vellum file and used some card stock vellum, restamped and embossed the sentiment one more time. I used my small Xyron machine and adhered it to cover my mistake.  And it worked OK. You can't tell the words below the vellum are stamped upside down. You can see the shadow of the words but not that they are upside down.

So when you make mistakes, don't get discouraged. Remember we all make mistakes but mistakes can often be salvaged. (I won't tell you about all of the pieces of card stock that have mistakes and get trashed immediately because there is no way to salvage them!) Look at mistakes as creative opportunities to do something totally different.

Be creative today, even with your trashed mistakes!

Judy Jackson

Friday, January 17, 2014

Holly Brown: Die Overstamping Poinsettia

Hi Junkies!  It's Holly posting today, and I've created a card with the Technique of the Week.  I used the Die Overstamping technique to give me a pretty frame to stamp my poinsettia in, and I added a Christmas sentiment to the bottom.  I'm working on trying to make at least one Christmas card every month so I don't freak out when December rolls around again.  The stamps I used on this card are from Rogue Redhead Designs and I colored the poinsettia with Copic markers.  I also used a pink glitter pen around the edges of the petals for that little touch of shimmer.  This is a one layer card and there are no bulky embellishments.  Perfect for popping into the mail with just one first-class stamp!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Die Overstamping

Here I am again, Jackie K with the correct TOTW Die Overstamping!
This first card is for Valentine's Day. A simple yet effective cards made with all G Studio stamps.
This second card is done with my favorite theme; Asian. I just love the oriental stamps! These stamps are all from Posh Impressions. Man I have had this set for a very long time.
You must give this technique a try. It is really fun and can be used for all occasions. Don't forget to post your cards to the yahoo group so we can all be inspired.
See you back here soon!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I am so embarrassed to have posted the wrong TOTW. I posted Overstamped Bands (2 cards) I will be backed on the 14th with the correct TOTW Die Overstamping. Please accept my apologies.
                                                                         Jackie K

Try That Technique - Die Overstamping

Hi Junkies, Tricia here with this week's try that technique is "Die Overstamping". 

I used this technique on one of my Christmas Cards using Stampin Up! and Gina K Designs stamps.  I love how quick and easy this technique is with stunning results. 

We look forward to seeing what you come up with too! 

Technique of the Week Die Overstamping

Hello again, Jackie K here with this weeks TOTW; Die Overstamping. I made this first card to wish all of you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. This is a fast and fun technique that I'm sure I will keep coming back to time and again.
Both stamps are from G Studio.

This card was made to cheer me up thinking about Spring. I love flowers and have a lovely garden which you might see as unusual as I live in the desert.
The flower stamps are made by Delta and the verse is from Verses.
I hope you enjoyed my examples. Give this technique a try,> You won't be disappointed>
See you back here soon,
Jackie K

Friday, January 10, 2014

Shadowed Tiles

Hi Everyone! Above is my card for the TOTW Shadowed Tiles. I made this card for my sister's 77th birthday. She is so amazing,! If you saw her you would think she was in her 50's and she has a boundless amount of energy. She loves mice, so of course I had to use them on her card. The stamp is from Bildmalarna and the Happy Birthday is from Wordsworth.
This is another fun technique that I would recommend you try. When you do, don't forget to post it to the yahoo group for all of us to enjoy!
See you back here soon!
Jackie K

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Shadow Tiles

Hello everyone,

Hetty here with the first post of 2014.
Hope you all have a wonderful year and may
all your (craft)dreams come true!

With try this technique we point out
wonderful techniques from the Newsletter.
This week it is a technique called Shadow Tiles
that you can find in the Dec/Jan Newsletter of 2013/14.
It looks like a complicated technique,but infact
is is real easy!

For this card I have used a few of the new
Technique Junkies stamps. Yes TJ has their own
stamps now.Maybe you want to take a look
at the catalogue. You find it HERE.

Happy Crafting!

Try That Technique - Shadow Tiles

Good Morning, Tricia here.
This week's try that technique is Shadow Tiles.

I am showing another one of my Christmas cards using the try that technique. 
I love this technique it is quick and easy with very dramatic results.

Stamps:  Stampin Up!, Gina K Designs
I hope you will join us, we look forward to seeing your creations!
Have a crafty day!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Circle Square Quilt

Hello stampers.  It's Beth Norman here with a Circle Square Quilt card from our recently produced Designer Paper Perfection CD.  This is one of my favourite techniques.  As a quilter I enjoyed quilting with paper.

To order your CD you can click here.  For a pictorial index click here

There are so many awesome projects on this CD.  If you love designer paper, like I do, this will be one of your favourite CD's.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Try that Technique

Good Morning! Nancy Dawson here with the Technique of the Week - Shadow Tiles shown in our Dec 13/Jan 14 TJ Newsletter. I have featured a stamp set from Technique Junkies Stamps which is a new addition to Technique Junkies! Check it out (CLICK HERE)!

Wish I had a pair of those glittery red shoes! Hope you try this creative and fun background. Love the soft look and it makes your images pop.

To order your CD and subscribe - CLICK HERE

Happy Stampin'