Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ghostly Halloween Party Invitation

Hello Everyone!
Another rainy day here in Michigan, USA.  Great excuse to hang out, make a few cards, and do a bit of blogging.  I would like to share with you Halloween themed party invitations in two colors.  I stamped a spooky ghost on chalk board paper with chalk inks.  I used two of the new release September collection from Technique Junkies.  Take a look.

Materials List:
Stamps: Ghost and Be Scary (Sentiment) both from Technique Junkies
Ink: Cloud White and Persimmon Versa Magic Chalk ink; black dye
CS: black chalk board, gray, orange
DP: Halloween prints
Gray Mesh trim
Tissue Paper
black ribbon
Label Punch

Make both:

  • Make card bases from gray and orange CS
  • Add a layer of DP to each card
  • Glue the mesh on the gray card, the tissue and black ribbon (with a knot in one end) to the orange card

  • Stamp the Ghost on the chalk board CS with chalk ink and add to each card
  • Stamp the sentiment with black dye ink and punch out label shape
  • Add label to card
  • Tie a bow in black ribbon and to gray card

Super fun scary invitation.  This card would work equally well as a Halloween card.  Check out all the New Releases.  Also, the October new Releases are up on the site a bit early! Enjoy looking at those too!!  See you next time!!
Karen McAlpine

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dimensional Birch

Hey there fellow Junkies!!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today with, yes another project featuring September Release, "Birches #S686" for my inspiration today.  What can I say.  I just LOVED this stamp!

As we prepare for the October Blog Hop on the 1st, I wanted to share how I used some Art Anthology dimensional paints to create texture and vibrant color using this awesome stamp.

I began by stamping "Birches #S686" with Archival Jet Black Ink using my Misti tool so that I could get a nice dark background.  Don't forget to take out the padding in your Misti when using these cushioned stamps.  I then laid down some Hero Arts Die inks in Butter Bar, Pumpkin Spice and Rust using the Faux Paint Swatch technique (but only using 1/2 of the tape) on the right of each tree.  I then broke out my Art Anthology Dimensional Paints in Kenyan Copper, Pumpkin Spice, Vegas Gold,  and Terracotta swiping them over the branches.  The dimension of these paints is fabulous and really looks like tree bark.

Hope you'll join us in October 1st for the Design Teams showcase of the October Technique Junkies Release.  Until then, keep inking!

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fright Night

Hello folks.  Beth Norman here with a card that was super fun to make, and although it was a little intimidating for me, I took on the challenge and am happy with the results.

I started by brayering SU's Crushed Curry onto the cardstock.  Next, I stamped out Technique Junkies Witchy Moon, and then fussy cut it, masking it with a Post-it Note.  I brayered the top third of the card front with Pumpkin Pie and then added just a hint of Rich Razzelberry.

Using SU's birch tree embossing folder I embossed my image.  I then used Early Espresso and brayered the raised birch trees with a very light hand.

Lastly, I added Fright Night to the card.  The sentiment was sponged with Rich Razzelberry.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Have Courage

Greeting Inky Friends!

I decided to pull out an OLD TECHNIQUE from the archives of
TJ Newsletters! This one is called "Chalk Dragging" and is from April 2003, Volume 1, Issue 4! However I used 'updated' materials that I didn't know about (if they were even available then?) like Pan Pastels! I tried it first using just one color and then decided to use
2 on the second piece and liked that result better.

I inked the It Takes Courage stamp in a Clear Pigment Ink Pad (Versamark would work too!) and pounced/sponged the same Pan Pastel colors over the image to set it. The beauty with Pan Pastels is that you can erase it! So i erased around the image and words but not too heavy so I can leave that ghosty look to go along with the dragged look. I then folder over a couple piece of Washi Tape to create little flags and popped up the whole image.

I encourage you to take a look at past techniques and try your hand at 'updating' the technique or using your updated supplies and seeing what you end up with! Who knows? You may end up with a totally new technique in the process!

Until next time,
Happy Creating!
~Tonya oxoxo

Friday, September 23, 2016

A spooky Trick or Treat

Hello All Lanette Here!

We are well into fall and October is right around the corner.. So with the count down on for Halloween I thought I would share a fun little Halloween card with you.

Featuring a couple of this months new releases....

Products Used: Technique Junkies Trick or Treat Banner & Graveyard Backgound, Art Anthology Sorbet, Ranger and Ink, Archival Ink Misc- Embossing powder, Dylusions Mist, Foam Dots.

Here is a better look at the stamps I used today...

S678 Graveyard Background

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

Pretty Pinecones

Check out how we make this pretty Pinecones card HERE!

And remember to take advantage of the 15% Discount off the October Release stamps by October 10th, too! Just add any of the stamps from the October Releases to your cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

All is calm...All is bright

Happy Thursday Junkies! Pam here today to share a holiday project featuring one of the new "sneak peek" October releases: All is Calm.
 The sentiment was stamped first in the middle of the card with Versamark ink and heat embossed using silver embossing powder.

The background was created by repeat pattern stamping of one of the snowflakes from the Snowflakes set  onto watercolor paper with Versamark ink using the Misti Stamping tool and then heat embossing with white powder. 

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to check out our upcoming Blog Hop on Oct 1 to see more of these great new stamps!
Embrace Imperfection!

Monday, September 19, 2016

TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
In This Issue
riday Chat with Pat
How to get the Discount...
Dear Patricia, 
I just couldn't stand it! I had to release the Christmas stamps early.  I am pleased to announce the early release of the Technique Junkies 2016 Christmas stamps
There are 17 new stamps that you will love. I have some artwork below for you to enjoy - and a select few of the TJ Design Team have posted a little art on their blogs, too. 

And, or course...we have a 15% discount on those new stamps through October 8th, too.  If you love Christmas stamps, please take a look at have we have to offer...the stamps run the gamut -- serious to silly. You will love them!

All of the stamps may be found HERE:
Artful Inspiration
First, let me show you some of the artwork I have made with the new stamps:

The first piece features the Ornament Trio Set:
And this fun card featuring Red or White Christmas:
The Peace on Earth Dove doesn't need a super-fancy treatment to have it look fabulous:
This card  features two stamps: The Baubles
background, and the fun Mrs. Santa's List:
and one more today from me (but look below for more links to artwork from Judy, Karen and Beth). If you know me, you know that I adore Giraffes. So why not have a Christmas Giraffe? This stamp is called Safari Santa:
More Inspiration!
The three designers below have prepared some arm candy for you - you will love what they did with the stamps!
Make sure you take advantage of the 15% discount after you check out the artwork too! Oo back to the Technique Junkies Website to get your 15% discount on the
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 
Technique Junkies LLC, PO Box 16547, Stamford, CT 06905

Friday, September 16, 2016

Haunted Halloween House

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

Quick Links

Friday Chat with Pat

Christmas comes
on Monday!

Christmas is coming early this year! We are releasing the October stamps -- all with a Christmas theme -- on Monday, September 19.

I just couldn't wait until October 1st!  The discount on the ew stamps will start on Monday, too.

Wait till you see! I am just popping with excitement!

Pre-order before a show

If you are coming to a show that is on my schedule, and you would like me to bring products for you (so you save shipping!) email me at

and I will bring and hold it for you. 
No need to pay me before the show (this will allow you to shop in the booth, too). Just let me know which show and which day you are attending. I will hold your items until 2:30 pm the day you are scheduled to come in.  

 Come see us Westminster MD and Hartford CT!

This Weekend!
Westminster MD
 Stamp Scrap Art Tour
Saturday Sept. 17
10:00 am to 5 pm
Sunday Sept. 18
10 am to 3:00 pm

Hartford CT

Friday Sept. 23
9 (10) am to 5 pm
Saturday Sept. 24
9 am to 5 pm

Come shop, play and make some art - we would love to meet you!

Dear Pat, 
I have two separate ideas going on with today's email, both revolving around one stamp - the Halloween House background.

First, I show you have to make a quick fold-over flap which highlights the sentiment over the Haunted House. Second I show you the same stamp, colored with other mediums, showing the differences between them. Let's get Haunted!

These are the stamps we are using today: 

Halloween Hause

Happy Halloween


Be Scary

Flapped Halloween House

First and Foremost, the Halloween House image was stamped onto white card stock with StazOn ink.
Color the image with Distress Markers. Use a Glitter Pen the trace the spider web.  
 Cut two pieces of cardstock for the base; one 5-12" x 8-1/2" amd one piece at 1-1/4" x 8-1/2". Crease the base piece in half to 4-1/4". Stamp the end of the 1-1/4" piece with the Happy Halloween image.

Place the flap piece over the image where desired, with the long end hanging off the edge of the stamped image. Use a pencil to mark the area where the piece should be folded. Fold where marked, then adher the remaining portion to the inside of the base card. Trim if necessary, to fit inside the card.

To cover the flap area, cut a 4" x 5-1/2" piece and decorate it before adhering it over the inside flap area.  

More of the Halloween House

The piece above was colored with colored pencils. While the pencils allow to color in quite a bit of the detail, I think it is difficult to get color intensity with colored pencils on such a dark image, but overall, I still think it's pretty cute!
  Finally, the piece above uses Copic Markers . This stamp has so many tiny areas to color that I found it hard to use them on this piece.

Overall, my favorite medium is definitely the Distress Markers - and, it was also the fastest! Which is your favorite?

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


Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Technique Junkies LLC, PO Box 16547, Stamford, CT 06905