Monday, August 31, 2015

There is Always Hope

Hi, it's Gini. I really like the bold graphic of this Contemporary Floral stamp from Technique Junkies, and wanted to design a card that stayed true to the modern feel.  I stamped the image once with black Staz-on ink, then I spread colors of distress inks on my mat and spritzed with water, then used that to stamp over the base image.  The card was finished with the Always Hope stamp.  Both of these stamps were new releases for August.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Be Inspired

Good morning Junkies!  I have another journal page for you today.  I saw Let's Face It 4 and knew I had to do something special with it.

I started with a page out of my excess paint journal (what I call my journal where all the excess stuff that's on my craft mat ends up).  It was created with Art Anthology Tango, and Mardi Gras Velvet (added at different times), the Art Anthology Inspired Grunge stencil and Mud texture paste, and was then sprayed with Art Anthology Glorious and swiped with Orchid Velvet to fill in the white spaces.

I stamped Let's Face It 4 onto a piece of mixed media paper and then painted her with Art Anthology Sorbets in Knyan Copper, Viridian, Red Velvet, and Evergreen. Her face was painted with a mixed of Art Anthology Cotton and Portobello Velvet.  

I outlined "Inspired" with a white pen, stenciled "Create" using the Art Anthology Soliloquy stencil with some Mud texture paste, then painted the words with Art Anthology Viridian Sorbet.  Finally, I outlined "Create" with a white pen and added "BE" above the "Inspired" using the Almano Alphabet stamp set.  For the finishing touch, I laid down a line of clear-drying glue on the top and bottom of the page and then sprinkled on Express-O Yourself Prills.

I hope you enjoyed this journal page.

Until later.......................


Monday, August 24, 2015

Life is A Song! by JUdy Jackson

One thing I have learned -- is that life is full of changes. Some changes are good, and some are not so good.  My husband passing away was not a good change. My daughter and  family moving in with me is basically a good change.  Moving from a larger stamp room to a smaller is both good and not so good. The not so good  aspect of that was having to sort through and and get rid of stuff.  The "good" aspect of all this is sorting through all of this stuff and deciding what will I really keep and really use.  So really getting rid of some stuff is also a "good" thing.

One thing I knew I would keep is all of my "card starts."  Although now it is in a basket and not a plastic drawer.   The parts of the background on this card were from this basket. Then I added the focal images. 

The Technique Junkie stamps I used are Life is a Song and Treble Clef  I stamped both of these on card stock vellum, used my Xyron machine to adhere it to a pale yellow card stock.  I then mounted that panel onto black card stock and trimmed off the excess.  I added part of a black pearl and rhinestone embellishment. It is just lovely.

The saying is so true. Sing your life song - and make a cheery tune! 

Have an inky day!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Zebra Quotes

Happy Saturday Junkies! Pam here today to share a fun project featuring a pair of Technique Junkies August releases:  SD 622 Zebra ATC and SS047 Zebra Quotes.

I love the monochromatic look of this piece. The background is a stencil mono print using The Crafter's Workshop Chevron stencil and Ranger Distress Ink Black Soot.

The Zebra was also inked  with Black Soot Distress and misted with water before stamping to givie it a softer  tone. The white space was filled in by using the Tim Holtz marker mister with the Black Soot Distress Marker. 
The Zebra quotes set comes with several sentiments- for this card I chose "A Zebra Does Not Change It's Spots" and stamped it with Versafine Black Onyx ink.
Thanks for joining me again this week for another great TJ Inspiration.  Stay tuned here and on my blog for more fantastic projects featuring the awesome TJ stamps!
Embrace Imperfection!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy Thursday Junkies!!

Jerri here  to share a card made with some of the awesome August Release Stamps.  I hope everyone is enjoying their week.  Things have been busy busy around here so a quick and easy card seemed to be just what the doctor ordered.

Here's a card using two of the August release stamps.

Here's how I made my card:

I stamped the background using Contemporary Floral Stamp #638.  I used a gray ink pad and randomly stamped around the edges of my card. I used only the top portion of the stamp since the bottom of the stamp is mostly stems.  For the Sentiment, I chose the new stamp called Always Hope #SD651. I stamped it on a piece of white cardstock. I cut the sentiment out with my Cuttlebug and a Spellbinders die.  I also cut a piece of purple cardstock with my same Spellbinders die just one size larger to layer behind the sentiment.  I rounded the corners of the card to finish it off.  This was super easy and quick.  

I hope you have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Right Shoes...

Hello Fellow Junkies!!

It's The Crafty Nurse here with a clean and simple card share for you using the gorgeous Technique Junkies stamp called "The Right Shoes #SD610."  I colored them with Copic Markers in R05, R27, R46, which is one of my favorite red combinations.  The bottom of the shoes are C3, C5, and C7 and the skin colors are E50, E51, and E21.

The background was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder using "Faint Scratches #SD518." This background stamp is perfect for so many design types and I find myself reaching for it often to add great texture.

The Right Shoes stamp is so striking on it's own I wanted to showcase it with a clean design.  The angle piece was cut using My Favorite Things Blueprint #15 die and I finished off the card with waxed linen bow.

Thanks for stopping by the Design Junkies Blog today and I hope you are finding some time to get inky.

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Finding Our Way

Good morning fellow stampers.  Beth Norman here with a Watercolor Distress card for you.  You can find the Watercolor Distress technique in the February 2007 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

My Dragonfly, set of 2, was heat embossed using a purple/pink embossing powder and is overlapping a leaf.  I love those leaves and am sorry we can't buy them any more.

After distressing my background I stamped Curved Bamboo over top in black VersaFine and added Find Our Way sentiment.

Edging was distressed with Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to come back to see what the rest of the design team has in store for you. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Just Buzzing By

Hi, it's Gini and I have to admit, I have a thing for bees, so when I saw this Botanical Bee stamp, I had to have it.  To complete the scene, I added a honeycomb die cut background.It's a great image stamp with really fun sentiments.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

La La La!!!

I love the crispness of a black and white design.
Robin here with you today.

I used a couple of 'musical' stamps released in July, 2015
What are YOU going to do with these stamps?  #TechniqueJunkies

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Lots of Buzz....

{jane bosi}  Hello, Junkies!!!  That's right!  Lots of buzz is being generated at Technique Junkie stamps!  Today, my project features the Botanical Bee set and tutorial from the Sensational Stencils CD!

The tutorial is called Pasted Dylusions.  I chose a stencil of  hexagonal shapes to add to the bee theme of the card--I think it is very hivey looking :)  After allowing the paste to set, I used three different shades of yellow and orange to create the colorful background.  Once that was finished, I added some Vintage Photo distress ink to highlight the stencil shapes.  I love this technique for the extra dimension and color it adds to any project.

I'm sure you can tell that the bee in this set is HUGE!!!  I surely would not want to meet him in real life, but he is perfect for this card along with the witty saying!  And, just in case you do not yet have a bunch of stencils (like some people I know.....) to use with this fabulous CD, Technique Junkies has some super cool ones for you to grab!  They ARE generating lots of buzz.................

TTFN, Jane

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Prills and Bricks - Living on the Edge

I'm taking my teenage niece to NYC for the first time this week. I made a fun card to give her along with an itinerary for the trip.

P013 Vintage Music stamped in Stazon Midi, Ganache ink
P002 Bricks, Dark stamped in Stazon Midi, Claret ink
P003 Bricks, Light stamped in Essential Glue Pad, used to adhere...
Prills, in Taken for Granite color assortment
SD351 Living on the Edge for the sentiment in Stazon Midi, Ganache

Here is a closeup of the texture of the card with the Prills. I love it!

Other embellishments:
Mica Tiles
Rusted Vine metal embellishment
Bead cap
Flat-backed crystal embellishment
Sage spray ink

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Weird ATC and a Dog of a Tag

Good morning Junkies!  Today, I've got a couple of items for your viewing pleasure.

Up first, is an ATC I created using the  new Double Weird and Double Weird Sayings August releases.

I sprayed the background with Art Anthology Colorations in Plush and Ink Spot.  Then I used the Distressed Removal Stencil Technique found on the Sensational Stencils CD to add some interest to the background.  Next I added some white distressed rubons on the sections of the ATC I knew would show.  I stamped Double Weird onto a piece of card, cut out, and painted with Art Anthology Velvet in Lemon Tart and Fiji (left side) and Fiesta and Fiji (right side).  Their faces were painted with Portobello to give them a flesh tone.  Next, I stamped one of the sentiments from Double Weird Sayings in Versamark ink, embossed with burgundy embossing powder, then cut out and put in place.

Next, I created a tag with with the new Fun and Games release.

I sprayed a tag with Art Anthology Colorations in Glorious and Heart, then mixed some Fiesta Velvet into Mud texture paste and added some interest with the Art Anthology Such a Drip Stencil.

I thin stamped Fun and Games onto a piece of card, cut out, and painted.  The dog is painted with Art Anthology Kona Velvet, the cone with Cotton Velvet, and the sentiment with Art Anthology Timeless Colorations.  I added a few pieces of washi tape for interest and two pieces of matching fiber to drape from the hole in the tag.

These were fun to create and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Until later........


Monday, August 10, 2015

Doggie Fun by Judy Jackson

Any one who has been reading my blog knows by now that  I am  in the process of  moving my stamp room from  a larger room to a smaller room. Today is my assigned day to post for the Technique Junkie Design Team.  And since I have "enough of my supplies" moved and settled into my new stamp room, I was able to make one card.

I have no ribbons moved, no fibers moved, very little in background paper, two paper cutting tools but only one place to cut with it. The new counter top is still loaded with stuff to sort and put away.

Our neighborhood is sponsoring a multi family garage sale this next weekend.  So I am also trying to get ready for that with all of the things i no longer have room for in my new stamp room. Going from a 10x12 room to an 8x9 room means I cannot keep some things no matter what.  So I have to decide all of that  too. 

So this cute doggie stamp is called "Fun and Games" and you can find it here --

What have you done lately to get inky? 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dance in the Rain

Happy Saturday Junkies! Pam here today and I am featuring one of my favorite sentiment stamps from Technique Junkies- Dance in the Rain.  I just love the motivation associated with this sentiment! It pairs so well with the beautiful background stamp Sea Waves.

For this project I added some layering with a stencil from the Crafter's Workshop - Mini Raindrops.

I used a watercolor stamping technique for the Sea Waves.  I inked the stamp with various shades of blue/blue green Distress ink, spritzed with water and stamped onto watercolor paper. Over top I placed the rain drops stencil and inked with VersaMark ink and applied Ranger Perfect Pearls for the shimmer. 

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black and covered with clear embossing powder.

Be sure to check out these fantastic images as well as the 13 NEW August releases  at the Technique Junkies store.

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to check out the TJ Design team blog and my blog frequently for more great TJ inspiration.
Embrace Imperfection!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Pont Alexandre III card by A Bushel and A Hug

 Happy Thursday Junkies!  Jerri here today to share a card I made using one of the new August stamps just released. This is a really cool stamp called Pont Alexandre III.  If you love this stamp as much as I do, you may want to jump on over and purchase it while it is still on SALE-15% off until August 8th!
I wanted the watercolor look for this card. Here's how I made the card.
  1. I stamped the Pont Alexandre III on watercolor paper.  I chose the smoother side, although you can still see some of the texture from the paper in the stamp, which I like. I used the Ranger Archival Ink Pad in black.  You'll want to use an ink that is waterproof. 
  2. To make the cloud like shapes in the top right corner, I used gesso.  I just simply used my craft knife to make a couple of swipes on the top right of my card.  I kept it pretty thin so it would dry quickly.
  3. I used some of my blue and purple stains to color the majority of the card front.  I put some of the color on my craft sheet and then sprayed my card pretty well with water.  Using a paint brush, I dabbed the blue and purple color on my card. 
  4. Next, I did the same with yellow. I tried to keep the yellow around the lights and then I dabbed some along the street. I tried to make it appear as a reflection.
  5. To give the yellow a bit more PUNCH, I sprayed some yellow glimmer mist in the area next to the lights.  I wanted it to be considerably brighter in that area.
  6. For the sentiment, I chose a Technique Junkies stamp called Needed to Be. I stamped it on a piece of scrap watercolor paper that I had applied gesso to. I also had hints of watercolor on it. 
The card front and the sentiment were both matted with coordinating paper.

I hope you enjoyed my card project today. Don't forget to take advantage of the sale before it's over. 

Have an AWESOME day.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Let's Face It!

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse back with you for a little inspiration from Pat's August release. Today, I'm featuring another card I made using the Let's Face It Palletini Collection.  This stamp called to me and I had a blast coloring her.

The background started with Distress Paint in Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade.  Once that dried I applied black paint through a Heidi Swapp Stencil using the "Stencil Turn" Technique on the Sensational Stencil CD.

For my image I stamped "Let's Face It 5 #P030" on book paper using Adirondack Espresso Ink. Her face is colored with Liquitex Fluid Ink in Burnt Sienna diluted with water, the lips are Twinkling H20's in Hopeful Honeysuckle, and the Eyes are FW Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic in Genesis Green. Okay, Okay - yes, I have a lot of inks.....

For her headpiece, I stamped it on Amy Tangerine's Rise & Shine paper and clear embossed.  I fussy cut the head piece and applied it back onto the image.  Once everything was dry, I applied Tim Holtzs' "Distress Glaze" because all my mediums were water based and I didn't want it to run when I applied the Gel Medium.  I then created some depth using a Pitt Artist Pen in Brown around her head piece.  This is a great way to complete your paper piecing so it doesn't look disconnected or out of place.  To finish, I colored the flowers with more FW Pearlescent Paint in Waterfall Green and called her done!

I'm thrilled you stopped by the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog today and sure hope you've had a chance to check out the new August Stamps at the Technique Junkies store because there is only a few more days left for our August sale!

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Distressed Watercolor Tutorial

Hello fellow stampers!  It's Beth Norman here with a Distressed Watercolor tutorial for you.  I love the soft look of this technique, and it goes so well with the Poppies, Large that I used for my background.  The sentiment was embossed in white over top of paper that was sponged in the Distress Inks that I used for the background.   Always Hope is an August release, and you can purchase it at 15% off, along with all August release stamps until August 8th.

Supplies:  Rubberstamp with large open areas, Distress Inks, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, heat gun, VersaMark, paint brush, watercolor paper, small paint brush, non stick mat

On the smooth side of the watercolor paper, rub your embossing buddy over the entire surface
Generously apply VersaMark over the entire surface area of your stamp

Stamp out your image onto the watercolor paper
Sprinkle embossing powder over top of the watercolor paper.  Shake off embossing powder

Use your heat gun to emboss the image

Press your Distress Inks onto your non stick mat and gently sprtiz with water

Dip your finger into the lightest colour of distress ink and, in a pouncing motion, apply color to your watercolor paper

Continue to add your desired colours to the images as desired
Using a small paint brush, deepen colours in the areas you wish to make darker

My stamp only required a variety of reds and pinks.  You can use a wide variety of colours on your image.


Monday, August 3, 2015

Sparkling Roses

Hi, it's Gini again. I had so much fun coloring this Rose Urn Collage image.  I stamped and heat embossed the image and then painted in colors using Twinkling H2O's.  I left the urn itself unpainted to keep the sketch qualities of the stamp in the forefront.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Technique Junkie Blog Hop!

 Happy Saturday, Junkies!!  While it's hard to believe that summer is nearly over, it's an exciting time at Technique Junkie Stamps!!!  New month, new stamps and a new inspiration are all things to celebrate, in our book!  Today, we host a hop for you to show off the new August designs!!   Thanks for joining us!  The blog hop line up is listed below, just in case!  So, grab your favorite beverage and a snack and relax, enjoying the wonderful creations put together, just for you!

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Also, just for you....a SALE!!  From now until August 8th, all newly released images will be on sale 15% off!  Get them while they are hot!!  

Time to start the party.........Pam starts things off with her usual flair!!!  Enjoy!