Saturday, January 19, 2019

Not My Circus

Happy Saturday, Technique Junkies! It's Janelle here today with a burst of Shimmering Bliss for a circus and monkey card!

Have some fun shopping today with
10% at the Technique Junkies store!
Use code TJ10Janelle at checkout!

When I saw the Not My Circus stamp I thought shimmering sunburst of color, so that was my inspiration for this card. Grab your Shimmering Bliss Sprays and let's have some fun making a sunburst of color for Not My Circus stamp!

For the colors on the sunburst, I used Shimmering Bliss Sprays in Thulian Pink, Imperial Yellow, and Miami Vice.

My method for creating the sunburst was to quickly spray three 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch white cardstock with each Shimmering Bliss Sprays and then stack them before cutting them. Color side down mark around the edges halfway on each side, top, and bottom, then the sides once more so there are four bursts. The top and bottom get the same done, but you'll notice that I was in another universe when I measured mine and made six sunbursts! On a white cardstock score across the center horizontally and vertically at 2-1/8 inch and 2-3/4 inch. This will help you glue from the exact center for your card. Start gluing each piece from one of the scored lines and go around until they are all glued on. You will have extras to make another card, too!

I colored Not My Circus with colored pencils that were close in hue to the sprays and then used an oval die cut for a fun focal shape. Pop it up with adhesive foam, That's it!

Remember, all of the stamps in the LOVE Category are on sale for 20% off now through January 31st! No code needed!

And shop with code TJ10Janelle at checkout for 10% off! Happy shopping!

Check out my other Technique Junkies projects on my blog at Rain Puddles Design.

Friday, January 18, 2019

TJ Inkspirations: Love on Sale!

I don't have a video for you today, since I am off to Creativation (formerly CHA) this week. I hope to come home with some new products, new ideas, and lots of inspiration to share in the coming year.

I DO have a sale for you, though. All of the stamps in the LOVE Category are on sale for 20% off now through January 31st, so that you can stock up on Valentine stamps in plenty of time. Just add them to your shopping cart and they will be discounted automatically.
Make sure to check out the Technique Junkies Facebook group for fun photos from the show floor!

You Stole My Heart
Hugs ad Kisses by Jeanne Streiff
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

My Sister, My Friend

Hello friends! 

Hope you all are having a great day!
Today I want to share with you this beautiful Caladiums image!!

Here are the details:
* Stamp the Caladiums on white cardstock in Black ink, color image with markers and pencils.
* Die-cut panel, then spray Dazzle Shimmering Bliss Topper, set aside to dry.
* Stamp sentiment "My Sister, My Friend" on gray cardstock in purple ink, adhere to panel, tie ribbon around.
* Die-cut a panel in bright pink and adhere it behind stamped panel.
* Adhere panel to a white card base, size A2 card.
Embellish with white rhubarb nuvo drops.

Here you can see the how shimmery the panel is.

You can get these products with a 10% discount using my TJ10Giovana code.

Hope you like it.
Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Glitter Tape Fun

I won't lie ... I'm a bit of a glitter-phobe (okay more than *a bit*).  I can't stand finding little bits of sparkle all over my clothes & my home ... which is why I'm a fan of the new Glitter Tape at Technique Junkies.

No stray glitter ... just a stripe of super-glittery goodness that all stays on your card (where it belongs).

Remember, you can use my code TJ10Stephanie for 10% off the entire store (including this fun Glitter Tape).

I like using my MISTI to apply glitter tape.  It's easy to remove the overlap from the mouse pad or the glass surface ... and the grid lines help me line things up.  The Glitter Tape is forgiving like washi tape ... so if you need to re-position, it's super-easy.

This is the beautiful Olive Green.  I attached four equally-spaced horizontal strips to frame my image Faith Family Farming image ... the perfect touch of sparkle that even works for a masculine design.

I also like attaching the Glitter Tape diagonally ... this is the gorgeous Copper Tape.

I trimmed down my panel to frame some fun Why Fit In Giraffes (the 2nd guy is photo-bombing).

I couldn't resist adding some googly eyes to the Why Fit In Giraffes.

Love those fun little guys. 

If you're a glitter-phobe like me (or even if you're not) can't wait to see what you create with the fun selection of Glitter Tape in the store.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Hello Junkies!!! 

This new stamp "You Stole My Heart" from the January 2019 new release is cuteness overload and what an adorable Valentine greeting it makes for any age!  

I swear each month's new release of stamps is so loaded with creative possibilities that it makes me want them all.  You too?  I get giddy thinking of all the happy cards I could make with them.  But, it's not just the new ones....there are so many fabulous older stamps in the TJ Store too, as well as TJ's own Shimmering Bliss sprays (I used "Festive Flamingo" sprayed through a stencil for the background on my card below) and lots of other products and stamping accessories we all love have and play with.   

If you'd like to shop a little and would like a discount to the stamps and some of the products, here's my personal discount code for you, TJ10CHERI.  Go shopping and have some fun creating with these wonderful stamps.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you found some inspiration.  

Monday, January 14, 2019

Eiffel Tower in the Spring

I found this information about the Eiffel Tower on the internet and thought I would share it with you.  These are not my own words.
The Eiffel Tower, as the name might suggest, was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel's engineering company, Compagnie des √Čtablissements Eiffel

Contrary to popular belief, however, Eiffel himself has very little to do with the tower's design and actual construction.  The tower was designed by two of Eiffel's senior engineers, Maurice Koechlin and √Čmile Nouguier. The tower's design came about after a discussion about a suitable centerpiece for the 1889 Paris Exposition.

The Eiffel Tower was originally constructed for the 1889 Paris Exposition.
It was specifically intended as the grand entrance to the Exposition and was not meant to be a permanent feature of the Parisian skyline. After its official inauguration in March of 1889, the tower was supposed to stand for 20 years and be dismantled in 1909.

This was the total time limit awarded to Eiffel for his permit to build it. Once ownership reverted to the City of Paris the original plan was to dismantle it. In fact, part of the original competition rules was for the winning structure to be easily dismantled. But as it provided a great radio antenna it was allowed to remain standing after the permit's expiration.

So  groups of  tourists travel to see the Eiffel Tower many years after it was built. 

I used Technique Junkies Shimmering Bliss sprays to color the scene.   The Technique Junkies Collage Eiffel stamp is so lovely.  The truck comes from the Technique Junkies Stamps Enjoy the Ride.  I used a small portion of  Technique Junkies Key Script to stamp the die cut circle at the top left. 

Please remember using the discount code TJ10Judy will discount your entire order amount by 10%.  

Have a wonderful day, and get inky!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

My Friend In Paris

My card today features the January release stamps Paris Postmark and French Sentiments
I went neutral with my background, stamping the Paris Postmarks onto kraft card stock, and adhering it to a kraft A2 card.  Before I adhered it, I dyed the edges of the card front with Blueprint Sketches distress ink, and added a satin ribbon and double looped bow.

I stamped the Mon Ami (My Friend) from the French Sentiments set, onto a kraft card stock scrap, mounted it onto a piece of some dyed blue to match the card front, and adhered with foam tape for dimension.  I also distressed the edges of the main panel and this piece with vintage photo distress ink.

My middle school granddaughter takes French, so she was able to tell me what the sentiments in the French Sentiments set say.

Did you know that you can get a 10% discount on these or any stamps in the Technique Junkies line by using my code, TJ10 Lynda, at checkout?  Bon shopping!  

Hope you were inspired by my card.  


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Shiplap & Sunflowers

Hello Junkies! 
It's Ceal here to share a card using one of our January releases, Weathered Wall which remind me of shiplap.  I love all things farmhouse so you can imagine how much I love this background stamp, especially paired up with the Single Sunflower. You can save 10% off these two stamps plus you entire order (excluding clarence) by using my code TJ10Ceal

To create this card I started with a white top folding card base, a gray panel and a white panel to stamp the image on. I stamped the Single sunflower and then masked it off and stamped the Weathered wood background in Gina K Moonlit Fog. 
I removed the mask and then colored the sunflower using Copic markers. To finish the card I added the Just For You greeting. 

Friday, January 11, 2019

TJ Inkspirations: Sprayed Stencil Layers (and a discount!)

One of the things I love about January is the wintry weather - mainly because it gives me an excuse to stay inside and craft!  Sometimes, though, it can be hard to get started, so I turn to an easy technique to jump start my creativity.  The tutorial today is GREAT to provide that jumping off point, since it is easy to do and has such a pretty result.
The video today shows you how to layer stencil designs using Shimmering Bliss.  The video is relatively short - meaning that you can achieve pretty results quickly too!
To help you get started, You can take 10% off the individual Shimmering Bliss  
sprays using the code sprays10 at checkout. If you haven't tried the sprays before (or if you are collecting them), a little money off can't hurt!

Here is the artwork from the video:
Layered Stencils

And the video:
Sprayed Stencil Layers
Sprayed Stencil Layers
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


And speaking of love, I am IN LOVE with these two new stamp sets released this month. Collage Eiffel (S786) and French Sentiments (SS103) are just so merveilleux (wonderful) and go so well together. And who doesn't love shaker cards (one of my favorites!)?

Shaker cards are not difficult...just a little time-consuming. But oh so worth it! Basically, I stamped the image on white CS using Memento Ink (London Fog). Using Angel Pink and New Sprout Memento Ink and a sponge dauber, I added some subtle color to the panel. I sprayed another piece of CS using Shimmering Bliss in Festive Flamingo and Thulian Pink. I then used two rectangle dies to create frame from the sprayed piece.  After attaching a piece of acetate to the back of the panel, I set it aside and worked on the "well" for the shaker elements.

Using foam adhesive, I trimmed pieces to snuggly fit the perimeter of the stamped piece of CS. You always want to make sure your corners are flush so no "sparkle" falls out. I added the hearts, then attached the framed acetate to the top. That panel was then attached to an A2 card base that had also been sprayed with Festive Flamingo and Thulian Pink.

I then stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, trimmed the piece down, and sprayed with the Shimmering Bliss. That piece was then attached to the card front with foam adhesive.

I love the combination of the glistening bright colors of the card and subtle colors of the background, and all those fun shaker bits!

Here are the images of the stamp sets used:

In case you missed them, check out Technique Junkies for all the new releases...I'll bet you'll find something magnifique! There are also some great Shimmering Bliss and Stamp Bundles. And don't forget to enter my special code (below) to save 10% on many of your items!

Hope you enjoyed my project today and felt a little "Ooh La La!"  

Til next time,
Keepin' It Inky!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Not my Circus

Hello, Beth Norman here with a new release stamp called Not my Circus.  You can purchase this stamp at 10% off simply by using my code below.

I used the Waxy Window technique from the August 2014 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  You can find the tutorial here.

Do you have any New Years resolutions?  I have three:  1.  Clean up my stamp room, 2.  Post more cards and 3.  Make Christmas cards early on.

I would love to hear what your Resolutions are.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Life is Always Better With Coffee!

Happy Monday!!!

Don't forget that today is the last day to get a discount on all the January release stamps!
15% off and if you use the code TJ10Jeanne you can get an additional 10% off! 

Today's project uses Better with Coffee Set of 6
Look at all the fun phrases for the coffee!

Here is another look

Hope you enjoyed my project!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Birthday Beignet

Good Morning!!

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday!
It's back to the normal routine for me now, I'm just taking down the decorations and trying to bring some semblance of order to my house!!!

I've had this sweet stamp around for a bit and i've been just itching to use it!!!

The Stamp is called:

See that little bit of texture in the background?
I created that using the Scribble Circles Background Stamp

Such a fun fun card to make!!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday and Enjoy some Donuts

En Francais? = Beignet~


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Shimmering Collage Eiffel

Hello! Bonjour all of our Paris fans! Today I have an eye-catching card that is SO easy to throw together! The card uses NEW released stamps, Shimmering Bliss Sprays, and a  few stamping staples you already have on hand. Let's take a look, but FIRST...

Make a custom bundle with stencil, sprays, and mousse when shopping! Here are the details. 

Shopping regular items, too? Use code TJ10Janelle at checkout.

Now for the supplies and instructions to make this card in under 10 minutes!

  1. Stamp Collage Eiffel stamp with waterproof ink onto white cardstock and let dry.
  2. Using Shimmering Bliss, spray Lapis Lazuli for the sky in the top right, Vivid Vold for the trees on the left and Festive Flamingo in the bottom right for a sunset-sky look. Let dry.
  3. Prep the bottom right of the image with a static remover, then stamp watermark ink with Bonjour stamp from French Sentiments.
  4. Sprinkle White embossing powder over ink and tap off excess then heat set powder.
  5. Your choice! Sprinkle embossing powder around edges and heat set OR use water diluted white paint and spatter around the edges. Let dry if using paint.
  6. Frame on white cardstock and glue down on a card base.
That's it! Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend getting crafty!

Check out my other Technique Junkies projects on my blog at Rain Puddles Design.

Friday, January 4, 2019

TJ Inkspirations: Image within Image Stamp Positioning

Tuesday was January 1st and we released 16 new stamps to celebrate! If you missed it, you will receive 15% off those new stamps from now through Tuesday January 4th. Just add any of the new stamps to your shopping cart, and the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

One of those new releases is a stamp set called Better with Coffee that was designed by Janine Tinklenberg from Mitten State Stamps exclusively for Technique Junkies.  The set includes a main image of a woman holding a coffee cup, plus 5 sentiments that were meant to be inserted into the image.  Today's video tutorial shows you how easy it is to use either a MISTI stamp positioner or an "old-style" stamp positioner to place the image within the image.

This may be basic for some - but it never hurts to watch other people do things, since you never know what you might pick up along the way. In any case, there are several pretty examples of the stamp set in the video - well worth watching just for those!

Here is a little sampling of the artwork from the set and video:
Better with Coffee_ Set of 6

Better with Coffee_ Set of 6

And the video:
Image within image stamp positioning
Image within Image Stamp Positioning

Don't forget to take advantage of the new stamp discount! Check out the new stamps here. Later this weekend I will put together a quick video of the new stamps as used by the TJ Design Team so you have a little weekend eye-candy!
I'll be heading to Phoenix soon...

Jeanne Streiff and I will be joining thousands of other industry professionals at the Creativation Tradeshow (formerly called CHA). We will be scoping out fun new products for the new year. 

I hope to stream live from the show floor on FaceBook, so be sure to be part of the TJ Facebook Group to watch what is new!  Join the group HERE.

2019 Tradeshows
January 26,27
 Mesquite TX

Stamp Scrap Art TourFebruary 9
 New Port Richey
(check out our classes!)
Stampfest Winter
February 16,17 - Columbia SCStamp Scrap Art Tour
March 2,3
 Rockford IL
Stamp Scrap Art Tour
March 9, 10
Oaks PA
Stamp Scrap Art Tour
March 29, 30
 Allentown PA
(check out our classes!)
Heirloom Productions
 April 27, 28
 Akron OH
(check out our classes!)Adventures in Stamping
 May 18, 19
Syracuse NY
(check out our classes!)
Too Much Fun Promotions
May 31 - June 1
West Springfield MA
(check out our classes!)
Heirloom Productions
June 21, 22
Chantilly VA
Scrapbook Expo
June 29, 30Kissimmee FL
(check out our classes!)
Stampfest Summer
July 13, 14
Raleigh NC
Stamp Scrap Art Tour
July 27, 28
Pittsburgh PA
Stamp Scrap Art Tour
August 9, 10
Cincinnati OH
(check out our classes!)
Stampaway USA
August 24, 25Hamburg NYStamp Scrap Art Tour 
September 7, 8 Westminster MDStamp Scrap Art Tour
September 21, 22 Greenville SCStamp Scrap Art Tour
October  11,12
York PA
(check out our classes!)
Heirloom Productions
October 19, 20 - Sevierville TN(check out our classes!)Too Much Fun Promotions
 October 26, 27
Southfield MI
Stamp Scrap Art Tour

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC