Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Burnished Embossing

Hello folks, it's Beth Norman here with Burnished Embossing which can be found on the Stampin Companion CD.  I love how the burnishing highlights my favourite branch stamp.  I used this particular sentiment because I thought it paired well with the branches, where one would expect to find a bird or two.  It's spring and it just felt springy to pair these two stamps together.

I'm leaving late winter behind today (I live in Canada) and am flying to Atlanta, Georgia, to visit with my mom and sisters for the week.  It's been four years since my last visit and I thought I should use up some of my accumulated vacation to go and visit.

Have a great week!

Stamps:  Technique Junkies Stamps

Monday, March 30, 2015

For Coffee Lovers by Judy Jackson

On Wednesday, April 1, the Technique Junkie Design Team is  hosting a Blog Hop, except for me. I have been pretty ill and am unable to participate.  But --- I do have some cards with some relatively new stamps to share with you today.  I created these a few months ago and saved the scans to my computer for such as this.  Pat has these cards on display at her booth for stamps shows -- I think. 

Not only is there a Blog Hop on Wednesday, but Pat is unveiling the new and improved website for the Technique Junkie stamps.  Therefore, I am not going to give the web links for these stamps -- because it may be different than it is now. I will give you the names of the stamp and the product ID number so you can more easily find these stamps on the website --tomorrow.  It seems like a long time to wait for me because I have known about the upcoming website change for a few weeks.  I knew from when she acquired this stamp line she would eventually change the website just because the original website was not hers.  Any time a business changes hands, their website will also often change to reflect the new owner's passion and change.    So I am very excited about these changes.  And I will be anxiously looking at the new website on Wednesday and the blog hop as well.  This is the first time I have ever not participated in a Blog Hop for Technique Junkies so I am really feeling like I am missing something. 

Here are my 3 cards -- different takes using the same stamps.  I think it is both fun and challenging to see how many different ways you can take one main stamp and create totally different looks.  Have you ever challenged yourself in that way?

Technique Junkie stamps:  S224 Coffee Quotes, S606 Coffee Beans, and SD402 Java Jive

Aren't these just fun stamps?  How many different ways will you think of to use these stamps?

Please join me on Wednesday and hop along the Blog Hop trail beginning right here on the Design Team blog.  There is also a whole Design Team for the Technique Junkie stamp line.   Some names will be familiar and some will be new.  I am very excited to see what the new Design Team members will show us. I hope you will hop along with me!  Please leave some loving comments on the blogs of the Design Team -- they will surely appreciate it!

Judy Jackson

Friday, March 27, 2015

Two Cards with the Same Trees by Judy Jackson

One of my favorites all time technique from the Technique Junkie newsletter is Antiqued Glimmers from the December 2009 edition.  It just creates a most wonderful background and is so versatile. And you never knows exactly how it is going to turn out.  And that is part of the fun!

Don't these trees look just like a tree in full bloom? The trees and the verse are stamped in pigment ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

All of the stamps for this card are from the Technique Junkie stamp line. 

This card uses the  Water Color Reinkers technique from the February 2012 edition of the Technique Junkie newsletter.  This card uses the exact same stamps, including the verse, as the first card.  But you get a very different result.  It is one of the things I love about stamping and using a variety of techniques!

Have a very inky day!

Judy Jackson

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Washi, Washi

{jane bosi}
Happy Thursday, Junkies!!  I've got a little gift set--box and card--to share this morning!  I'm hoping to inspire some craftiness!  This great project from the Washi  Tape + Ribbons CD is perfect for garnishing your Easter table and a ton of other special occasions!

I've chosen the Rolling Washi Box tutorial for part of my project.  Although birthday themed, here, it would be the perfect WOW! filled with candy at each place setting for your Easter table.
Above you see the box open.  Just enough space for some jelly beans, chocolate eggs and a few more sweet treats!
My card is a quick and simple one using the Washi Words tutorial.  I've also used one of my favorite go to sets from Technique Junkie stamps, Simple Sentiments, Set 1a (#SS01a).

What's on your crafty agenda today?  Don't forget to be awesome!
TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gelatos Direct

Hello, it's Beth Norman here with Gelatos Direct which can be found on the Bodacious Background CD

I love the softness of the background because it gives my stamps a large impact.  These are two of my favourite stamps from the Technique Junkies Stamps.  Here, I stamped out my bird image with black ink, but I find myself colouring it with Tombow markers and huffing on it to give it colour.

Have a good week, and enjoy this warming up of weather we are finally having. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Collage 4 Ways

TJ Inkspirations
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Make your images do double duty!

Sometimes it is just a matter of looking at things a little differently.
I used the stamp above (SD551, Learning to Fly), on both the watercolor  and Gelato cards on the right. I simply stamped the sentiment and cut the words into individual pieces to create two new phrases. 

One more way to get more from your collage stamps is to use the individual images from the collage as single stamps.  For instance, the large balloon used in the collage stamp on the right could easily be used as a single stamp. Just stamp the collage and cut the individual image out to use on your artwork.

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Dear Pat, 
Collage stamps are beautiful - but did you with using them sometimes?  In this issue of Inkspirations, I show you 4 ways to color them creatively. I am using the same stamp so you can see just how different the various methods make the image look.

One Collage Stamp - 4 Ways
The first way to use collage stamps is called Deconstructed Collage.
To deconstruct them, we are using the different images in the stamp, colored separately, as "popped" elements on the final piece.

In the picture above, I have stamped the image several times. One of the images was kept intact and colored. The other stamped pieces were colored and cut apart. Pop dots were added to the back of the individual elements, and they were placed over the base image. 

The full tutorial for this technique is on the  Simple and Easy Inking CD.

The second way that we are using the stamp is called Frosted Dylusions. 

To start, stamp and heat emboss the image on Watercolor paper using white (or clear) embossing powder.
Working on a craft mat, spray several colors of Dylusions Spray in different puddles adjacent to one another. Spray the ink puddles with Pearl Ex or Glimmer Mist to add shimmer.
Dip the embossed watercolor paper into the color and move around gently.

Lift the paper and let set for a moment of two, then dab off the excess color with a paper towel.

The full tutorial for Frosted Dylusions may be found on The Shimmer Glimmer Sparkle and Shine CD.

The third idea for using collage stamps is the simplest. It just involves coloring the image with your  favorite  medium.

For the image on the left,  I used Peerless Watercolors. Note that the sale price on Peerless Watercolors with the 10% discount will be maintained on my site until the end of the month.
Finally, our last way to use collage stamps is to use Gelatos.  Simply stamp the collage image with StazOn, and color the image roughly with a generous amount of Gelato color. Use a dabber to move the colors around, back and forth over the image, pushing the colors out to the sides.
To finish the card, a Gel pen was used to highlight different areas on the collage stamp. Note that Gelatos are still on sale on my site also.

Try a collage stamp!

The stamp featured in the techniques above use the Vintage Balloon Collage stamp from the Technique Junkies Palettini Line.  You can find the stamp HERE., along with several other Vintage Collage Stamps.

All of the Vintage Collage stamps are 10% off this week so you can try these techniques, too.


The Learning to Fly Stamp was just added to my site. It is $4.95 and can be found HERE.

I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!


Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015


{jane bosi}

Altered.  Think on it.  Read the verse.  Dwell.

I loved this verse and image from first sight so, it was natural for me to combine them into my project for today!

She is Let's Face It 2 found in the Palettini Backgrounds currently on the website.  I'm linking, but you do need to scroll down....a little bird has told me that in just a little bit, the TJ store will be getting a facelift!  I'm so excited!!  Be sure to watch closely for more information--you don't want to miss anything!

The verse is called Everything She Touches (#SD352) and reads:

"She alters everything she touches....and everything she touches alters her."

Isn't that just the truth??  We change things for others and are also changed!  This sentiment resonates with me so strongly!

All this stampy goodness is anchored to my background technique piece.  Working from the Artistic Effects CD and the Goosed Stains tutorial, I created a colorful, sparkly background.  The background stamp, also used, is called Leaf Repeat (#S608).  The sparkle comes from my use of a metallic stain, in addition to the several colors.  This is a great technique!  I encourage each of you to get out your goodies and give it a whirl!

Don't forget to be awesome!  TTFN,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rolled Backgrounds

Hi friends.  It's Beth Norman here with the Rolled Backgrounds technique from February 2013.  I love how the rolled backgrounds showcases this lovely stamp from Technique Junkies Stamps.

I thought it was time to bring back some long-forgotten techniques which is why I decided to use this technique.  The trick is to have a good tacky glue.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Emboss Resist by Judy Jackson

About this time every year I am thinking about what flowers I will plant in my flower garden.  Of course it is way to early to even think about planting any flowers, but it makes look forward to spring and flowers even more than I was already. To me the ideal temperature is between 80 and 100 degrees. I love the warmth -- but not the humidity of Florida and other southern states.
All of the stamps are Technique Junkie stamps.  The background is ##s576 - Fat Smudged Lines. It makes for an interesting background. The butterflies and the verse are found on these web pages - http://www.stampcamp.com/thingswithwings1.html , http://www.stampcamp.com/Butterflies.html ,  and http://www.stampcamp.com/nature2.html
Is it warm where you are?  Are you crafting somehow today?  I hope so.
Judy Jackson


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Be Kind.....

{jane bosi}

Happy Thursday Junkies!!  Today, I have a springy card to share with you!  It actually fits the weather we have been having for a change!  It's all fluttery and bright!

I adore this Palettini background image, called Vintage Botanicals Collage!  It's so delicate and frilly!
It was the perfect image to combine with the Stained Resist technique from the Artistic Effects CD.  You can learn more about this CD and all that it contains, HERE .

To finish off my project, I didn't want to cover up any of the technique piece so, I went with a simple sentiment from Technique Junkies and a sheer ribbon.

I hope you are inspired to get a little inky today!
TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Collaged Circles

Hello dear friends, it's Beth Norman here with Collaged Circles from the Designer Paper Perfection CD.  I stamped out my Technique Junkie Stamp and coloured it to coordinate with my designer paper.

The Designer Paper Perfection CD is fabulous and you should buy it if you haven't done so already.

Have a great day!

One Card, One Stamp and Four Bodacious Backgrounds!

Hi Everyone, Jackie K here with a really fun card. I won't beat around the bush or make you guess, LOL! Here is the card:

From left to right the techniques are:
Background Whimsey
Distress Stains Direct
Background Burst 
and finally
 Kraft Resist.

The stamp I used is : #S148 Mums the Word. I love this stamp for so many reasons but mostly it's versatility.
I did use 2 other stamps Just a Note is  #SS2A Simple Sentiments Set 2, Style a
For the Kraft Resist card I used Black Diamonds #S209
All of these techniques can be found on the
You can purchase the CD along with so many others HERE Bodacious Background CD along with so many other great techniques.
See you soon.