Thursday, December 31, 2015

Things I Want To Do

{jane bosi} On the last day of 2015, I cannot think of any better advice that that found in the Technique Junkie stamp set, Things I Want To Do!

I've combined these words of wisdom with one of my most favorite floral images, also from Technique Junkie stamps, Flourished Floral.  I love the eclectic feel of the image and its versatility.  Above, I've watered colored the image with distress inks.  Here, I embossed the image onto a stone tile and then colored with Copic markers:

So many great ways to use it all!!  Have a great, and safe New Years---be sure to visit the Technique Junkie blog tomorrow--New Year, New Stamps and we are hoppin' with inspiration to share with you all!!

Until tomorrow--be awesome!  Jane

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Making the New Year Weird

It's nearly time to say cheers to the old year and welcome in the new!

I created this card in true celebratory spirit, just letting the ink drop and drip where it may.  But first, I stamped the sentiment, from SS048 Double Weird Sayings, with Stazon Jet Black ink and scribbled over the top of it with a wax crayon to create a resist.

I stamped the cocktail glass from Palettini PS006 Spirited Bunch with Stazon in Metallic Gold on a separate piece of cardstock, and painted it with the gold shimmer ink to fill my glass.  I adhered this to the cardfront and outlined it with a graphite pencil, smudging the lines to make it stand out more against the background.

So cheers to you! I hope you have some creative time set aside over the New Year weekend.

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Winter Wonderland Tag

Good morning Junkies!  Since Winter has officially arrived, I thought I'd create a tag that was appropriately wintery looking.

1)  Stamp Whimsical Winter on a large tag using Azure Sky and Sooty Blue ink.  
2)  Mask of your stamped image then stamp Star Power with Versamark ink.  Sprinkle with silver embossing powder and heat emboss.
3)  With the Whimsical Winter image still masked off, spray the entire tag with Art Anthology Ink Spot.  Dry and then wipe with a baby wipe.  The silver embossing will resist the ink.
4)  I wanted my trees greener and sparkly so I painted them with Art Anthology Parakeet Sorbet.  When dry, add snow using Cotton Velvet.
5)  Stamp Winter Wonderland from Winter Wonderland Sayings Set of 3 with black ink then clear emboss.  Add to the top of your tag.
6)  Run blue sparkly fiber around the edge of your tag.
7)  Paint wood stars with Splashed Sorbet and then scatter them across your tag.
8)  Finish with some variegated blue fiber and white eyelash fiber.

This tag does take a bit to do, but I think the end result was worth the effort. 

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

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Bringing in the New Year...

Good morning Junkies! Pam here today. I hope everyone had a wonderful and Merry Christmas.  The weather here was just delightful-almost 70 degrees. I hate to admit it but we could have used just a small, albeit very small dusting of snow for just the day, lol.

Now that the Christmas rush is over, it time to focus on the New Year this card does just that.

This card features the Happy New Year sentiment stamp and the Star Power back ground stamp. Star power makes such a festive back ground for a New Year's card! It was stamped with Versamark Ink and covered with Ranger Silver embossing powder to make it sparkle.  Some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray and various Distress Marker colors were added with the mister!

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all a safe, happy and healthy 2016!
Embrace Imperfection!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sweetheart Card from A Bushel and A Hug

Hello Junkies! Jerri here to share a quick card today.

I know, I know. We don't even have Christmas out of the way and I'm already thinking ahead to Valentines Day.  Hey, it pays to think ahead sometimes.  

This Card was made using Sweetheart Pillow Ticking and I Love You stamp SDX033.
This card is pretty straight forward but thinking ahead, though it could be a real cute card for Valentines Day.  I stamped the background stamp on white card stock and embossed in gold.  I matted it with a coral pink paper.  Next I stamped the sentiment in black matted it on the same coral paper as well.  

The card turned out very pretty.  The color didn't quite come through in the photo but of course you could do this in any color you like.  

Marry Christmas to you and yours!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Silver & Gold

Christmas is almost here Junkies and today it's The Crafty Nurse here with some holiday inspiration for you.  I hope you get a chance to get inky this holiday week, I know I will.

For my card I began by stamping "Christmas Tree, Set of 6" with Flitterglu and applied Indigo Blu Mega Flake in Chariots of Faire and Winter Dawn.  I did the same process with the fabulous "Snowflakes" stamp then sprayed it all with "Gilded Gold" Fairy Dust by Art Anthology.

For my card base I created an interlocking die background by cutting a flag die out of Silver and Gold pattern paper then lined them up to create a fun background.  This is a take on the Herringbone background.  For my sentiment I used the Tim Holtz Holiday words "noel" die.

We here at Technique Junkies wish each and every one of you and your families the most wonderful holidays and look forward to showing you the great new release coming on January 1st!

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Contemporary Floral

Hello folks, it's Beth Norman here with a bright card for you.  I fell in love with this Contemporary Floral stamp and scooped it up.  My sentiment is from Simple Sentiments 2a.

I sprayed my background with Dylusions ink and sponged SU Marina Mist over top a stencil. Next, I heat embossed Contemporary Floral with white embossing powder, and stamped out my sentiment in Marina Mist. Last, I matted my image in Marina Mist.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.  I'm working 3-11 on Christmas Day, but I had Christmas with my daughter on the weekend, and our family Christmas will be at my place on December 26th.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Love My Shoes!

Nearly every woman knows that the right shoes can "make" the outfit!  I don't know many women who (even as we grow older and older) do not want their shoes to meet 2 basic qualifications: comfort and style.  These two characteristics bounce back and forth in importance depending on how and when we will wear a particular pair of shoes. But no matter what the occasion or purpose for our shoes, women still want comfort and style in our shoes. Even the women I know who would be classified as "senior citizen" want their shoes to be stylish and/or cute.  So we love our shoes.  

I always had more shoes than my husband did. And he had more shoes than most men.  But retirement has brought about different needs for different styles of shoes than when I was working. But style and comfort are still important.  

So I just love this Technique Junkie November Release stamp Love My Shoes!   I also used the November Release Technique Junkie stamp Celebrate in Style  Don't they go together perfectly?

I used the Antique Glimmers technique for the background and then stamp the shoe randomly over the background.  I inked up the shoe in a pigment ink (and the sentiment) and covered both with clear embossing powder and heat embossed them both. I used dye based markers to water color the shoe and added a few rhinestones for bling.  I layered the shoe on a vellum overlay to add a little more depth. I ran the shoe through my Xyron machine so I knew it would stick down very well.  I punched out the sentiment and layered it on another punched out piece of bright pink card stock.  

For the second card, I used the same Technique Junkie shoe stamp,heat embossed it with clear embossing powder, and color it in with Copic markers. For the background panel I stamped the Technique  stamp Love Fulfilled  I stamped it on a white piece of card stock and then spayed it with Art Anthology Colorations Sprays.  I stamped the sentiment Live in the Present on a piece of vellum and then tore the vellum to add interst. I placed it on the background panel placing the adhesive under the shoes. The shoe is popped up with foam tape that I could easily cut to fit correctly. 

Both of these shoe cards are very different and very unique in how I used the stamp.Do you have a favoite.

I hope your fingers are getting inky!

A Zebra Does Not Change It's Spots

Hi, it's Gini and today I have a witty card for you.  I used the Zebra ATC but first stamped the spotted background using the Palettini Wasted stamp.  The sentiment is from the Zebra Quotes set.

I hope you have had a wild time today - lol!


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Merry Christmas!

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?  I'm just about to wrap up all of mine.

I've had these little chalkboard plaques for quite some time, now.  
Finally, I thought of a way to use one!

I, randomly, stamped the background with S203 Music Stanza Panel using a white ink pad.

Then, I added a little Merry Christmas banner using the SDX065 Merry Christmas 2 stamp.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Partridge, A Pear Tree

{jane bosi}  This lovely image is so much fun to work with!  I'm not wholly convinced it's a just for Christmas time image!  Despite being Partridge in a Pear Tree, and all the Christmasy connotations, this is an image for year round use!  It's easy to omit the sentiment when stamping, as I've done, and is seasonably versatile.....because I said so!  LOL!!

I wanted an end project that was soft and shabby.  I started by coloring right on to the stamp face with distress markers and then stamping on Fabriano water color paper.  Next, I ran my aqua brush over the tree trunk and branches to enhance the water colored look.

I added accent stamping with both the Fresh Chevron and French Text backgrounds.  I lightened the edges of the focal image with gesso rubbings, allowing just portions of the french script to be seen.  I love how this softened the look and feel of the card.

In all the hustle and bustle, I hope you are still finding time to feed your soul with a little paper and ink....Be Awesome!  TTFN, Jane

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Merry Christmas Santa

Good morning Junkies!  Since Christmas is right around the corner, I wanted to create a Christmas tag.  In fact, this tag is being turned into an ornament and will hang on the Christmas tree where I work.

1)  Stamp Winter Foliage onto tag with a mixture of Tomato Sauce and Snowy Evergreen ink.  You can use a deep red and and a deep forest green if you don't have the exact colors.  Emboss with clear embossing powder.
2)  Stamp Father Christmas with Tomato Sauce and Snowy Evergreen.  Paint all white parts like the cuffs of his robe and the fur on his hat by dabbing Art Anthology Frost Sorbet. You want it to look fluffy.
3)  Paint the berries on the Winter Foliage with Art Anthology Ferrari Sorbet.  Dry well.
4)  Spray tag with Art Anthology Granny Smith and Avocado Colorations.  Dry slightly then wipe off excess.  The embossed areas and the areas painted with Ferrari will resist the spray.
5)  Stamp Merry Christmas 2 with black Versafine ink and emboss with green embossing powder.
6)  Adhere Santa and Merry Christmas to the tag.  Outline Santa with sparkly green ribbon.
7)  Top off with a wooden star that has been covered in silver glitter.

I hope you enjoyed today's tag.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Let it Snow!

Happy Saturday Junkies!! While the weather outside isn't frightful (it's 57 degrees here in MA today), the fire is still delightful...and well you know the rest.  My project today features a background created with the fabulous Snowflake stamps.  This is such a simple background to make yet it looks like patterned paper!  

I also used the Date-o-Matic stamp and made it into a Christmas ornament!

I love the look of these snowflakes on this sparkling background. They were stamped with Hero Arts Unicorn white and Ranger Blue Dye ink.

I have to say I am enjoying the mild weather, but of course I would love to see a little snow for the Christmas holiday!

Thanks for joining me today and Happy Holidays to all!
Embrace Imperfection.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Bee My Honey

Happy Thursday! Jerri here from a bushel and a hug.  I had a wonderful, busy, crazy weekend.  I have most of my Christmas shopping done, which is a bit of a holiday miracle for me.  Just a few small gifts left to  get and I will be done.  I do have a lot of baking to do however. I'm hoping I can get that done in time.

Today I'm sharing a quick and easy card for your special person.  I think it would even be adorable as a Valentine card.

Today I used the stamp set called Bee Quotes.  I used the bee from the stamp and stamped it randomly all over the white piece and then embossed in black.  I chose the sentiment from the set Bee My Honey and embossed it in black as well. Although the photography is poor and it doesn't show, the sentiment was pop dotted.  I also set the card off with a small black ribbon.
Have a Beautiful day!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Vintage Botanical Holly

Hey there Junkies!!

The Crafty Nurse here busy making my holiday cards.  Today I broke out the Artistic Effects CD to find a great technique called "Acrylic Stains." This is a super easy technique and perfect for replication of multiple cards.

For the image I used a Technique Junkies stamp called "Vintage Botanical Holly,"  Such a beautifully classic stamp.  After creating the background with the acrylic stain technique, I stamped the holly in Hero Arts Forever Green Shadow Ink.  I then painted over the leaves using Art Anthology Sorbet in "leaf" which adds fabulous texture and sparkle.  I then sprayed the whole background using Art Anthology Colorations in "Timeless," hit the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and finished with a bit of ribbon.

My second card was made using the same stamp, but this time I stamped it using acrylic paint by Ranger in "Pearl."  Once that was dried, I distressed with Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, and Evergreen Bough.  I lifted off some color using water and added some glitter paper for sparkle.

I think I like the second one better, what do you think? 

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of the year and taking some time to get your fingers inky.  

Take care for now,

Monday, December 7, 2015

Wine With Friends

Hi, it's Gini. Today, I have the perfect card for the wine lover in your life! I created this card using the Wine With Friends stamp set.  I created my own background paper with the names of wines, and then added the focal embossed wine glasses.  This would be a wonderful set to use to make a gift tag for a bottle of wine this season.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Permission to Play Cover

Hello, Stampers!  How is your December coming along?
Today, I'm sharing how I completed the cover of an art journal I'm working on.

I think this lady is so beautiful.

I love these alphabet stamps!  
I stamped them in black, then painted yellow around them so they would pop, 
making it more easy to read.

Until next time...

Friday, December 4, 2015

TJ Inspirations - Snow Scene

TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
In This Issue

Quick Links

Friday Chat with Pat

More added to the Clearance Section!

I just added a few more things to the clearance section. Make sure you go through all the pages, you just may be surprised by what you find there.

All of the items in clearance are first-quality -- they are just things that I have decided not to carry any longer in my store. There are some GREAT bargains in that section!

Quantities are very limited, though, so act now to get your bargain!.

We are done with shows for 2015!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth this year. We had a blast meeting all of you, doing make and takes and demos, and sharing our love of stamping with you.
Next year brings all new opportunities -- we will be exhibiting  at 22 different venues in 2016.  Check out the TJ website within the next month for our full tradeshow schedule for next year!

Dear Pat, 
I've had this card rolling around in my head for weeks now. The only problem was finding studio time so I could create it!

The two cards below feature the Christmas Trees Set. There are 6 trees in this set:

Snow Scene

The goal here was to create a card with dimension that mimics the texture of a snowy landscape. I started with light blue cardstock, a paintbrush and Art Anthology Bone Stone Effects. The Stone Effects products are really cool - they have a sandy texture that is amazing.

To create the sky in the snow scene, use a paintbrush to apply  a generous layer of Stone Effects. The paint is not totally opaque, so several coats may be needed. Use a heat tool to dry the paint between layers and before using the background. The paint dries very fast, so only 30 seconds are needed to dry each layer.
Stamp trees on white cardstock and cut out. Notice that the a small amount of white was left around the edges of the trees.

For the snowy hills, tear 3  strips of paper in wave segments. Tear pieces slightly larger than the base blue cardstock. The pieces will be layered.


Paint the Bone Stone Effects onto the three white pieces, swirling the paint and applying thickly. Use the heat tool to dry the paint. Keep in mind that the paint will retain it's shape when applied, enhancing the dimension of the piece.

Layer the Stone Effects "hills" over the blue background. Tuck the trees into the hills, adding Pop-Dots on the last layer and a few of the trees, again for dimension. Finish with the Peace on Earth saying and an embellishment if desired.

Easy Christmas Tree
This is so simply - the only advice I have is to use a stamp positioner or MISTI to make sure that the sentiment is lined up perfectly with the tree.

The stamps used here:
Sentiment: Magic of Christmas
Background: Marble Swirl

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


Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC