Monday, July 31, 2017

A Positive Mind

This is a July Release Technique Junkies Stamp called Positive Mind -  I tried to think of what would picture this emotion of a positive mind.  I decided that nature would do that. So I used the Technique Junkies Creaking Trees stamp ( without the words at the top.

I used markers to color the trees directly on the stamp being careful to not add color to the words.  Then I tore a long post-it note for the grass and the sky line. I sponged in color for both.

Layers and card stock and a ribbon finish the card.

Tomorrow is the big reveal for the August stamps!  Be ready to Blog Hop!

Remember that if you use the code below for any thing (except during the first 8 days after a release) you can get 10% off your order.

Have a great day and get inky!  

Judy Jackson

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Beautiful Humming Bird Tag

Hello All Lanette Here!

I just wanted to share a fun mixed media tag that I created using  a few of my favorite art supplies.

Products Used: Technique Junkies Life is Beautiful  & Watercolor HummingbirdPrima -Oil Pastels, Patter Paper & Flowers. Ranger/Tim Holtz Dirstress Oxide Ink & Alcohol Ink, Creative Embellishments Chipboard. Misc.-Ribbon, Twine & Embossing Powder.

A closer look just for fun....

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

SD802 Watercolor Hummingbird

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

I hope that I have inspired you in some way!

Friday, July 28, 2017

TJ Inkspiration: Two Bodacious Cards!

TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
August's New Stamps are will release on Tuesday!
WE have 15 new stamps for you in August - and, of course, we are celebrating with a Blog Hop.  Join us on Tuesday as the Technique Junkies Design Team gets creative with the new stamps.

You will not want to miss these cuties. Giraffes, and Tutus and Emus - oh my!
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July 29, 30 - Pittsburgh PA
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August 11, 12 - Cincinnati OH
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August 26, 27 - Hamburg NY
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September 9, 10 - Westminster MD
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September 23, 24 - Duluth GA
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As many of you know, for the first 12 years of Technique Junkie's history, it was all about, um, techniques. I published the Technique Junkie Newsletter and produced 22  CDs of tutorials over that course of time. Literally over a thousand techniques.

Today I use one of those CDs -- the Bodacious Background Stamps CD. Today's video uses the Everything Dandelion stamp to create two different cards with two different techniques from the CD.

The techniques are fun and easy to recreate. And to celebrate using the
CD, I am putting it on sale - It is $4.95 (a whopping 50% off) while supplies last.There are 30 tutorials on the CD - click HERE for an pictorial index of what is on the CD.

Click HERE to order the CD at the sale price.

Also on sale are my beloved MINI MOUNTS. I didn't realize I still had these in stock, and I use it (and show YOU how to use it) in the video. They normally are $15.00 -- but they will be on sale for $9.95 until they are out of stock.  
Bodacious Background Stamps x 2
Here are the finished cards for the two techniques:

And here is the video - Enjoy!

Two Bodacious Background Stamp Cards
Two Bodacious Background Stamp Cards

And here are the stamps, CDs and Mount used in the video:

Everything Dandelion
Dream Big

Bodacious Background Stamps CD

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Colorless Calendula!


It's Chris, sharing a card today featuring the new July stamp, Calendula!  Calendula is such an amazing background stamp!  I had colored it with Copic Markers for the Release hop, (if you missed it, you can see if fully colored here).

But today, I chose to use a variation of the chalkboard technique along with a pop of color.

I stamped the Calendula stamp with white pigment ink and heat embossed using a glittery white embossing powder.  I added some faint coloring to the highlight areas with a white Chameleon Colortone pencil.

Calendula, Things I Want to Do

The card was assembled on a bright yellow card base.  I added a greeting on a matching piece of deckled trimmed cardstock.  The sentiment is from the set Things I Want To Do.  I added a doodled border with a Copic Multiliner pen.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cat Collection

Hello, fellow Junkies! Toodle Noodle Ro here today with some crazy cats! Lots of 'em!
So let's take a look right meow!

I love cats (...and dogs...and bunnies...and giraffes...and llamas...and...well, you get the picture). And I thought using several of the TJ stamps from the cat family would be fun. I have used five stamps here, starting upper left and going clockwise:

  1. Crazy Cat Border
  2. Cats and More Cats
  3. Coffee Kitty
  4. Kitty Watching
  5. Downton Boy Kitty
To make the card, I die cut the blue frame and placed it on the yellow cardstock to lightly draw pencil lines where the openings would be. Then, using post-it notes to mask off the various areas, I stamped the images in black ink.

The frame was then adhered to the yellow cardstock, which was adhered to the orange cardstock. I wrapped some twine and attached the layers to a white card base.

An aside about me, I work in a very laid back office and we have an office cat. My boss is an ER doctor (who is also an animal fanatic) and when I found this little stray kitty he said she could stay. So we named her Ativan (in case you don't know, Ativan is an anti-anxiety medication) and we call her our "therapy cat."  And she is my constant assistant...she has even been known to send text messages all by herself!

Hope you enjoyed my post today. Don't be afraid to mix and match your stamps. You just may come up with a fun result!

If you'd like to save 10% on these or any other stamps at Technique Junkies, feel free to use my very special code for you:
Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Hello Junkies!  

There were so many fabulous stamps in the July Release and playing with them has been one of my guilty pleasures.  

For today's post I wanted to show you a technique called "Watered Dylusions Tutorial" from the Bodacious Background Stamps CD .  This technique plays with Dylusion sprays and I chose "Everything Dandelion" for the background stamp.  I did a little switch and added another over stamping of the bg stamp with white pigment ink and heat embossed it with white ep.  I also added some clear Nuvo Crystal Drops for additional texture and dimension.  The sentiment is from the "Sentimental Sayings" set.

I hope you found some inspiration here today and you don't want to miss the August Release one week from today, August 1.  I promise you will love each and every stamp.  

If you'd like to purchase some Technique Junkies Stamps and would like a little discount in your order, please use my discount code TJ10CHERI...just add it in the coupon area before checking out.  (July Release Stamps are excluded)

Okay, that's it for me this time.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week and get some crafting time.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

One in a Melon

Happy Monday!

Nothing says summer like watermelon! I used the Watermelon Summer (set of 3) stamp set for today's card. I created a washy background with watercolors (I used the same colors for the watermelon slice. I used my MISTI to stamp the watermelon. I watercolored the image and then restamped in black ink for a nice crisp image before cutting the slice with scissors. 

How about a discount?

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful Calendula

Happy Saturday!!!

Vicki here with a share of the beautiful Calendula Stamp that was recently released.

I just LOVE the pretty flowers and exquisite leaves!!!!

I coloured the image and background with my Zig Clean Color brush markers and a waterbrush.

I wanted to add a sentiment, but I didn't want to take away from the pretty colouring, so I embossed my condolence sentiment onto vellum and mounted it with a touch of clear glue.

Lastly, I added some Irresistable pico embellish dots in black to the centre of the flowers

Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Life is beautiful

Hello friends!! Hope you all are having a fantastic day! Today is a great day to celebrate, it's my Anniversary! Yep, a day like today my husband and I got married in a very breezy and chilly winter night in Lima, Peru, it has been 15 years and I am more than happy I am spending my time with him, many more years to come (with crafting too {wink, wink} )

Anyway, today I have a very simple card with one of the new stamps from the July release, this is Sunflowers stamp, beautiful background!

OK, let me show how I did it.
  • First, cut a piece of watercolor paper, sprinkle little bits of Color Burst, here I used Tangerine, Sepia, Yellow Ochre and Alizarin Crimson, then mist the powders and voila! Let the magic begin! You can let it air dry or use a heat tool to speed the process.
  • Then use a couple of the new Nuvo Glitter Markers and color the stamp with it, using your MISTI, stamp the image, here I covered the image twice with the reddish marker and once with the gold marker for the center of the flowers. Set aside to dry (it dries super fast)
  • To finish the card, I die-cut the edge with a border die, added foam under the big piece and tape on the thin side to create a little contrast. Then, embellish it with pearls and twine. Stamp the super cute "Life is beautiful" sentiment.

And to wrap this up, this is a sunflower from my garden from a couple of years ago! I love sunflowers!!
Now, if you would like to get these products with a 10% discount, use my super duper amazing code TJ10Giovana

Hope you like my project!
Have an amazing day!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Inky Mermaid

The Crafty Nurse here!

Have you seen the new stencils in the Technique Junkies store by A Colorful Life? So fun.  I played around with the Circle Mosaic Stencil using the Alcohol Stencil and Grunged Stencil Tutorials on the Sensation Stencil CD.

Stamps: Be A Mermaid "SD803"

Join us over at the FaceBook Group to share your creative play.  If you need more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page.

The Crafty Nurse

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to make Stenciled Stamping

Hello there.  It's Beth Norman here with a tutorial for you using a background stamp and stencil.  I used the background stamp from Technique Junkies called Fancy Floral and my stencil is also from Technique Junkies from A Colorful Life series.  I used A Garden Gate stencil.
Supplies:  background stamp, stencil, 2 colours of ink, sponge, tape, white cardstock.
Using my Misti I stamped out my image using Stampn’ Up’s River Rock.
Sponge your colour over the entire surface of the cardstock.  Here I used Stampn’ Up’s Sweet Sugar Plum.
Next, trim cardstock and finish your card as desired.

To receive your 10% discount use the code TJ10Beth