Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hello Everyone.
Karen McAlpine with you today on this last day of March....... already!  Wow. The months are just flying by!  Getting ready to work on my huge landscaping project.  Just waiting for the ground to completely thaw and I can start digging.  But, in the meantime......
I have another fun project with Technique Junkies' stamps from the March Release group and a Chalk technique.

Materials List:
Stamps: Flamingo and Growing Wild both from Technique Junkies
Ink: Coffee Archival, Saddle Brown Stazon
CS:Cream, textured cream, yellow, brown, blue
Glimmer Mist Spray
Brown and Cream Sheer Ribbon

Make It:

  • Make a card from blue CS
  • On cream textured CS stamp the Growing Wild stamp with Saddle brown ink
  • Using the Fantasy Chalk Technique color the background behind the stamp
  • Note: You may have this newsletter in your stash, if not here is how to do the background: Stamp with Stazon ink.  Rub three or four different colors of chalk across the textured stamped CS. Blend the chalk with a tissue or rag.
  • I also added a few spritzes of Glimmer mist to give it sparkle
  • Layer the stamped background with brown CS and add to card

  • Tie the two ribbons around the card
  • Stamp Flamingo on cream CS with Coffee ink and add some of the glimmer spray
  • Layer with brown and yellow CS and add to card

Love this cute Flamingo Stamp!!  Just a nice touch of humor for an all occasion card.  Stay tuned........tomorrow is the Technique Junkies April New Release blog hop!! 
See you then!!
Karen McAlpine

Teaser! Hop on by......

{jane bosi}  Do you know what day it is???  That's right, my Junkie friends, we are on the verge of yet another brand new month!!  That means, it will soon be time to HOP again!!  Right here, tomorrow!  You don't want to miss it!

Today, I'm sharing a sneak peek of the goodies to come!  April showers, my friends!  Don't forget that a HOP also means a SALE so you are going to want to come on back and check things out tomorrow!!

Be Awesome!  Jane

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Do you have a song?

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with the 3rd post for March and I'm thrilled, because I can't get enough of this March release by Technique Junkies.

Today, I brought out my colored pencils using a super fun technique called, "Krafty Color Guilding from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD."  I admit the coloring craze has bitten me and I had a great time with this technique because this "Whimsical World #S634" image couldn't be more perfect for using pencils.

I also love the sentiment "Always Find a Song #SD414" because to me it is about your own choice to either put a song in your heart or remain silent.

I hope you will choose to sing!

In a few short days we will be sharing our April release and I for one can't wait.  We hope you will come back and hop with the Design Team.  Until then, keep inking!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wax Paper Dylusions Spray Tutorial

Hello, Beth Norman here with a quick and easy tutorial for you that I call Wax Paper Dylusions Spray.  I developed this technique while trying to figure out what else I can do with sprays.  Any spray should work for you.

I used Park Walk and Simple Sentiments 2a.

Supplies:  Dylusions spray (or any spray), wax paper, white cardstock

Scrunch up your wax paper into a tight ball

 Open up your wax paper and spray with Dylusions spray (or any spray)


Press your cardstock over the spray.  Rub over the entire surface of your cardstock

Results of doing this technique.  Let dry completely and use as desired.

I hope I inspired you to try this technique out.  Have a great week!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Flamingo Fun

Greetings Inky Friends!

It's Tonya again with another Stamp from the March Release!  I'm using this fun Flamingo that comes with an awesome saying and the Plaster Swirls background stamp.  I can see myself using this background a lot!

For the back ground, I used the MINX inks and dropped some onto an acrylic block. I then used a sponge to pick up the ink and dab it onto my background stamp.  I misted a piece of watercolor paper and laid it onto my Minxed stamp.  I pulled a second impression by misting the actual stamp this time and pressing the paper onto it. That second impression is what the Flamingo in stamped on. I then lined up the pieces of the backgrounds and popped the Flamingo up.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time....
Happy Creating!

Tonya :)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mixed Media Sass!

Hello All, Lanette Here!

I'm just stopping by to share a sassy little tag using on of this months New Release Stamps!

So let's take a look.....

Products Used:  Too Many Options StampArt Anthology- Colorations Spray, Minx Ink & Sorbet, Versa Mark Ink Pad, Embossing Powder, Melissa France Wood Embellishment, Beads, Wire & Rhinestones.

I started by stamping & embossing my "Too Many Options Stamp

Next I colored my tags background with a bit of Art Anthology Colorations Spray, I used Granny Smith and Glorious. 

 Next I added a bit of doodling using my White Uniball and a few splatters of Art Anthology Minx Inks. 

And just for a bit of dimension and sparkle I added a bit of Art Anthology Sorbet though a stencil. 

Finally I added my embellishments, a piece of wood from Melissa Frances, a bit of wire and beads and just a few rhinestones for a bit of extra bling. (I colored my wood embellishment with Plush & Gilead Gold from Art Anthology)

And there you have it easy peasy, a fun sassy tag!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
I hope that I have inspired you!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fluttering By

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

Friday Chat with Pat

Next Week is 
Release Day!

Next Friday is April 1st - Technique Junkies Release Day (no foolin'!). Watch for our monthly design team blog hop along with a baker's dozen of new stamps...I can't wait to show you!

Oopsie Daisy

If you read this column last week, you realize that I promised the daisy tag tutorial. Unfortunately, I had some technical difficulties this week so the Daisy Tag tutorial has been postpone.  Just a couple more weeks...
Pre-order before a show

and I will bring and hold it for you. It's a good way to make sure that you get your MISTIs and Holsters before I run out!

MISTIs and Holsters
are now in stock
Have you ordered yours yet?

 Come see us in
Allentown PA
and Akron OH
Our next stop:

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Saturday April 2nd
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, April 3rd
11am to 4pm

After that...
Akron OH
Adventures in Stamping

Saturday, April 23
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, April 24rd
10 am to 3 pm
I am teaching two classes in Akron:
The Flourish and Floral Gift Box:
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and the 
The Floral Minx:

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Come shop, play and make some art - we would love to meet you!
Dear Patricia, 
Today we have some pretty butterflies to fill your inbox! I am here to show you two easy ways to use the Vintage Butterfly Collection, new to the Palettini Line in March. 

One of the reasons I love this stamps so much is because you can color it simply, just by coloring the background alone, or you color each of the individual butterflies. I am here to show you both ways!

Vintage Butterflies

Fluttering By

First we will explore how easy it is to color the Vintage Butterfly Collection without fuss, just by spraying the background:  

I started by stamping the image twice with StazOn ink.

With the first image, I sprayed four colors of Art Anthology Colorations Sprays over the background: Avocado, Waimea Bay, Granny Smith, and Peacock Feathers. I set that aside to dry. The background was done, just like that!

I wanted to use some butterfly embellishments on my finished piece, though, so I pulled out my Art Anthology Shimmering Minx.

I simply used an acrylic block for a palette, and dropped three colors of MINX on it. MINX come in a dropper bottle, making it easy to dispense just a little bit (or a lot) as needed. I used Allure, Panache and Stargazer for my colors.
To create my butterfly embellishments, I used the second sheet of stamped butterflies to paint several of the individual butterflies with MINX. The ink is creamy and moves beautifully -- allowing for instantly blended images. Note that I went well outside the lines of the images - making sure each butterfly was fully saturated with color.

Once the images were painted, they were dried with a heat tool and cut out individually (have I ever mentioned that I adore cutting?).
To finish, I adhered each of the butterflies to a little square of color so that the individual images popped a little off the page. I wish you could see the shimmer -- they are really very sparkly, in a soft, subtle way.

The sentiment used on this piece is Flutter By.

The Colorful Collection

Let_s Face It 3

The second way to use the Vintage Butterfly Collection is to color each of the individual butterflies. Not hard, really - the hardest part is picking the colors!

The piece above was stamped in Memento Black Ink, on Neenah Solor White card stock, and colored with Copic Markers. The background was colored with a grey marker, just to offset the pretty butterflies in the foreground.
Time Enough
The sentiment on this piece is Time Enough . Have you noticed that the Technique Junkies line has MANY butterflies and sentiments?  They are sold individually, but you can get all 7 of the butterfly sentiments  in the Butterflies Quotes Set, too, for $17.95. I'm just sayin'...

Butterflies Quotes_ Set of 7_ $17.95
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Happy 50th!

I'll say Happy.  You say Birthday!
(me) Happy!
(you) Birthday!

(me) Happy!
(you) Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my cousin, Pat!


I made this card for her using


I love the look of the two different fonts on one card, don't you?  
Kind of unexpected but oh, so nice.

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Take a Trip

Good morning Junkies!  Today I have a couple of journal pages to share with you which I created using the Vintage Travel Cases stamp set.  Here they are:

For the first journal page, I used an old map I found in an early 1900's dictionary.  I stamped the couple from the Vintage Travel Cases stamp set and colored it with Art Anthology Indulgence Minx, Allure Minx, Salted Caramel Colorations, Warm Colorations, and French Toast Colorations.  I carried those colors over to the embellishments and then embossed the word Journey.

For the second page, I sprayed Art Anthology Ink Spot, Sandcastle, and Silk Tie Colorations on the paper, blotting in-between applications.  I then stenciled Mini Citiscape from TCW using Fresco Finish Paint.  I stamped the trunk and suitcase images from the Vintage Travel Cases stamp set, cut them out, and then colored them with Art Anthology Warm, Sandcastle, and Silk Tie Colorations.  I stamped the sentiment from Vintage Travel Cases in black ink in the top left corner and finished off by adding a few airplane embellishments.

 Well, that's it for today.  These pages have been sent to my swap partner (she requested a travel theme) and I'm off to create some more!

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

Monday, March 21, 2016

Other Options

The beautiful veiled lady is a newly released March Technique Junkie Stamp. SD658 Veiled Woman The first time I saw her she reminded me of Katherine Hepburn.  I used Copic markers to color her face and eye shadow.  

I also used Technique Junkie Stamps SD669 Too Many Options  .  That saying stamp was heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.  The verse was layered on a piece of torn vellum.

The background panel was created with my gelli art plate.  I used a variety of Art Anthology Products including Minx.

I wrapped an organdy ribbon around the the panel before adding the focal image and saying.  Then I tied it in a bow and used my heat gun to "crinkle" the ribbon a bit.

Get inky today!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lovely Tulips in Two Designs

Hello Junkies!
Karen McAlpine with you today.  And hopefully I will bring a little Spring into your day.  I have been stamping and stamping with this March new release large stamp, Tulips.  The stamp is so pretty on its own, I wanted it to be the focal point of the projects.

Stamp: Tulips from Technique Junkies
Ink: Sea Breeze Versa Magic; pink and taupe pigment inks
CS: White; pink, aqua, taupe
Clear Embossing Powder
Extra Wide Ribbons

Make It:
  • Make a card from pink, aqua, and/or taupe CS
  • Stamp Tulips on white CS with pigment ink
  • Heat emboss with clear powder

  • Add the Tulip embossed piece to the card base 
  • Add a extra wide luscious bow
  •  I am using the cards for Easter and have added an Easter Sentiment on the inside.  Some good choices from Technique Junkies are: Simple Sentiments 1a and 1b
********In the second design, I punched squares from the Tulips.

Materials List:
Stamp: Tulips from Technique Junkies
Ink: Summer Sky Memento
CS:White; Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, and Pacific Point from Stampin' Up
Edge Punch

 Make It:

  • Make a card from Marina Mist CS
  • Stamp the Tulip with Summer Sky ink on white CS
  • Use a punch to punch out squares

  • Layer each Tulip square on a rectangle of Pacific Point CS
  • Punch a strip of Bashful Blue CS along one edge and add to card base
  • Add the large rectangle with the Tulip squares to the card
  • Add ribbon and pearls

So, two very fun ways to use this lovely new Tulip stamp.  Hope you enjoyed the Spring projects!  Check out all the March New Releases here.  See you next time.

Karen McAlpine
Dreaming and Creating