Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dream Without Fear

Happy Tuesday!

Sometimes it's fun to make a card with a big pop of color. I thought the Burst background stamp would be perfect for this technique. 

Did you know that the brand new July Release is 15% until July 8th? No coupon needed.  Want an additional 10% off? Yes …that’s 25% off the new release!

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Hope you enjoyed my project!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Better in the Country


stamped Floral Card Frame on white card stock.   I used Copic markers to color the image.  I used a stamping platform to stamp Better in the Country.  I stamped it over and over until I got the depth of black I wanted before heat embossing with clear embossing powder.   I used A Colorful Life Designs Dragon Skin stencil for the grass.  I used the Ink Blending Brushes to add the ink color through the stencil.

Two special you need to know about are the 15% off each of the July Release stamps through July 8.  BUT if you GOTTA HAVE IT ALL - all of the Technique Junkies July Release stamps there is a special for that too! Save 25% off ALL the July stamps with the July "Gotta Have it All" Bundle! Get all 14 stamps with a retail value of $121.30  for only  $89.99! That is a savings of $31.31!

And you can stack the coupon and get 10% off  as well.

Have a marvelous day - and enjoy the weekend celebrating the Birthday of our wonderful country!  And I hope you find a little getting inky time.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Gingham and Sunflowers

Good morning!  It's Holly posting today, and I'm sharing this sweet gingham and sunflower card with you.  This beautiful Summer Barn stamp is from the new July release, and it is automatically 15% off until July 8.  If you use my code, TJ10Holly, you get an extra 10% off, which means you can get this stamp and any of the July release stamps for 25% off.

I stamped this Summer Barn with a brown distress ink onto kraft paper, and then I colored just the sunflower with Copic markers.  The sentiment is from the In Full Bloom Sentiments set.  The yellow gingham ribbon on the side adds an extra pop of yellow to this rustic card.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

MORE TJ New Releases! And the 4th-A Time for Celebration, Smuggling Contraband and the ER

Technique Junkies July New Release "Burst"

BEFORE I even START on the 4th of July, I want to stress you have FOUR DAYS LEFT to take advantage of Technique Junkies July New Release 15% off. AND, if you make it to the end of this post, you'll find you can take another 10% off if you type the winning phrase, which consists of my name and some mystical letters and numbers.


So get your hiney in gear and get to shopping.

NOW...let's talk the 4th of July.

(I reprint this story every year. The original can be found here on my blog. The original post contains quite a bit more of my unmedicated rambling  childhood reminiscences, so if you can make it, great. If not, I completely understand. I tend to wear people out.)

The 4th of July. As a holiday, it's incredibly important to me. But it's also my least favorite. That's right....I said it. Out loud. Sort of. On this blog. Where I can always claim it was hacked, if necessary, by anti-4th of July progressives, who are Communists. Or al quida. Wait...it is al queda? HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW HOW TO SPELL THE NAME OF A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION?

 Look, I am properly reverent, appreciative and proud of this day. I honestly am. I'm an ardent supporter of our troops throughout the year and am a consistent donor to various troop-related charities, such as Wounded Warrior Project  and Fisher House-both of which are very dear to me. (links provided in case you want to throw a little money love their way!!)

My attitude has to do with my actual dislike of the month, itself. July. It's miserably hot and I can't see the proverbial summer "light at the end of the tunnel". 

"Light" meaning "School", mind you. There's also too much humidity and too many kids for me to properly appreciate what this day should represent. Besides, as far as commercialized holidays go, I find this one the most expensive. Not merely in terms of money, but also in terms of my mental health.
The insanity begins the instant July 1st comes around. That's when the Marital Unit, along with the three y-chromosomes, break out a map and begin planning their smuggling route for all the illegal fireworks they plan to buy, just across the state line. 

You see, North Carolina has pretty strident laws regarding the regulation of fireworks. This results in very limited choices of "toys" containing gunpowder. Meaning, the 4th is great here if your expectations don't exceed 40 boxes of Snap and Pops, or those infinitesimal sparklers that cause 3rd degree burns if the stick touches you after the sparks stop. Never mind what heinous injuries they can cause if you forget where, in the dark, you've stuck the things in the ground and step on those &%^$ suckers.

Any self-respecting North Carolinian knows that if you want decent fireworks, you have no choice but to make the trek to the state that gives us everything from the historic Charleston Battery to the flying roaches they have the audacity to call "Palmetto Bugs". That's right; I'm talking about South Carolina.

(Author's Note: I'm not entirely sure that the flying roaches are a byproduct of South Carolina. But at 2-4 inches and solid enough that you can hear them scurrying across hard surfaces, well, all I know is that someone has to take the blame.)

So, the Marital Unit et al spend hours pouring over every highway route to the border and speculating at which major road arteries the North Carolina Highway Patrol will be stationed; presumably to search any and all vehicles for this highly illegal exploding contraband. The discussion then turns to whether they should modify one of our cars to hide the ill-gotten gains. Naturally, it's MY car they want to modify. Even though, they agree, they are sure to be on the watch list of the ATF, FBI (and any other lettered agency unlucky enough to be dragged into this post) so it will be difficult for them to hide. As if a beat-up Volvo station wagon would be lucky enough to generate an APB for suspected smuggling of Black Cats and Bottle Rockets. 

Not to mention what my house full of y-chromosomes MEAN when they start talking "modifications". Dummy gas tanks and tire wheel wells always lead the discussion. About the time they get to convertible conversions and nitrous oxide injectors, is when I step in and have to redirect the conversation. And by "redirect", I mean "threaten to Facebook every nudie baby pic I've kept secreted away for moments such as this, along with the Marital Unit's portrait at the tender age of 19, in which his then-girlfriend snapped him staring stoically off into the distance. Shirtless. With poufy hair. 

At this point, having been forcefully reined in, they move to the next phase of the smuggling operation, in which they begin taking practice dry-runs using my car. This is fine by me because this normally entails a half-hour of taking corners hard enough to see if the the tires will make squealing noises. It also means leaving black tire marks in the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart in order to perfect spin-outs, doughnuts and the rest of the driving techniques the Unit acquired from watching The Dukes of Hazzard. 

Thus, having assured themselves of their vehicular mastery, they move to the final-and most crucial-part of the whole project. This is where they each rehearse what they'll say to police if they're caught and taken into custody.

It's agreed that they will probably be interrogated separately, so they must have similar stories. They swear to never betray one another and make a pact that they'll never fall for the old 'Law & Order' trick of being told that one ratted out the others. This part is pretty harmless, although I DO have to stress they will NOT follow through with selling out the 8-year-old due to the fact he can't be prosecuted due to his age.

With everything in order, they get up early on July third and dress in solid black. This year will be the first that face masks are optional. The Unit confided the decision was heat-related, but I'm pretty sure it was due to the fact he hates messing up his pouf of hair.

Then, they'll pile in the car and swear to abstain from all food and drink (ostensibly negating the need to stop) and off they go, each sitting stiffly and staring straight ahead. They only talking in which they will indulge is out of the sides of their mouth and is merely to congratulate the other on how natural they look. 

The drive is grueling; an hour and forty-five minutes on...well...the interstate. At 70 mph. Until they cross the state line into South Carolina, where there are fireworks stands every seven and a half feet until you hit the Georgia state line.

They'll drive past 7 or 8 of these tented retail establishments before stopping. They all agree this is smart because they're sure NC State Troopers will be watching for the smuggling novices who are idiot enough to stop at the first stand or two they encounter. At the 17th or 18th stand (or, about a mile into South Carolina) they'll load up the car with several hundred dollars worth of fireworks and begin their return home. It's slow-going for a bit because they're usually behind a bevy of NC State Patrol cars, who have ALSO loaded up with the same fireworks and are trying to get home to drop them off. 

When mine arrive, they celebrate their successful mission by lighting all of the Black Snakes on the driveway, which serves as a yearly reminder for me to schedule a power wash. I do this immediately, all the while pondering why they're called Black Snakes when they actually look more like poop when all is said and done. I'm asking asking the question of how both snakes and poop would appeal to a bunch of boys. Then, having solved this conundrum, I feel stupid and go to bed.

The next day, July 4th, as the y-chromosomes are counting down to sunset, I shower and go ahead and get dressed. Past experience dictates that after sunset, when it's almost fully dark, I usually have about an hour or so before the single firecracker explosions become the sound of entire packs at once. Here, I make sure the keys and my purse are in reach and I have my iPad, phone and power cord in my tote bag. Then I sit down at the kitchen table, as I do every year, and ponder why I

A: Never think to buy M&M's for a portable snack 
B: Why did I eat the M&M's I purchased to take as a portable snack.

Right around this time, the menfolk are so deaf from blowing up entire packs of  M-80's that when they decide it's more fun to hold Roman Candles and fire them at selected targets (mostly each other) no one can hear the yells of "Fore!" or whatever the safe word is these clowns have instituted. And since those things are little more than firecracker handguns, I'm off to the emergency room, once again. 

Fortunately, our local hospital has instituted call-ahead reservations, so I only have to wait an hour or two to get my idiot seen instead of pulling the obligatory all-nighter's in the waiting room, as is the norm. When we get home, everyone else is watching TV, having put the rest of the fireworks away for fear my rage would be such I would shove bottle rockets in orifices that would make even South Carolina consider banning them. There, in the garage, the fireworks will join other fireworks from years past, waiting for either dry rot or a lightning strike to occur.

I hope this sheds a little light on why the 4th simply doesn't hold a dear place in the line-up of overly- commercialized holidays for me. At some point, we all have to take a step back and really think on the importance of this holiday. This should be a celebratory time, of course, but one that has more of an emphasis on giving thanks to the men and women who have fought for U, to include their families, who ALSO make their own sacrifices for this great nation. It's also a time to pay our respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifices for our freedom.

I'll also insist the boys-including the one I stay married to (if only to punish him), stop the madness of this month. Granted, I swear to do this every year, but it's hard to get them to quiet down and focus, so that they can listen to these ideas. There's a sweet spot in which I can deliver this speech (usually between returning from the ER and when the painkillers kick in) where it'll have the most impact. Every year, I seem to miss it.

But at some point during all this, we will come together as a family and voice our appreciation. We will realize fireworks aren't needed (especially when we can go have a beer at a local Highway Patrolman's house and play around with their SC fireworks) and we can give this holiday the respectability it deserves. Only at that point, will we finally be able to celebrate the 4th in the way I feel it should be celebrated.

In the air conditioning.

Friday, July 3, 2020

TJ Inkspirations: July 2020 New Artwork Video - Don't forget the Discount!

We just released the July 2020 stamps at Technique Junkies, and I am proud to share this beautiful video displaying all of the new artwork from the Technique Junkies Design Team. I hope the artwork in this video inspires you!

All of the  July 2020 New Stamps are 15% of July 8th, 2020. Simply add them to your shopping cart and the discount will be applied automatically.

Ready for inspiration? The video below is a compilation of the Technique Junkies Design Team's artwork using the new July stamps. 

Here is  the video:

Technique Junkies July 2020 Stamp Release Artwork
Technique Junkies July 2020 Stamp Release Artwork

Watch your email next week for a new tutorial!
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, July 2, 2020


Happy Thursday! 

Did you know that the brand new July Release is 15% until July 8th? 
No coupon needed. 
Want an additional 10% off? Yes ...that's 25% off the new release! 
Use code TJ10Jeanne for 10% off at Technique Junkies

  Mermaid Shimmering Bliss background.

Hope you enjoyed my project!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Technique Junkies July Release and DISCOUNT!

Today is release day
and we are unveiling 
14  NEW Stamps on
The Technique Junkies Design Team and a few friends have joined together to participate in the celebration of the new stamps. You can find the full list of the participating designers below, or on the TJ Design Team Blog.

 All stamps in the  July 2020 Release Category are discounted through July 8th.
*The discount will be taken off the stamps at checkout. Online-only retail sales only. Not valid on Wholesale Orders.

Save 25% off ALL the July stamps with the July "Gotta Have it All" Bundle! Get all 14 stamps with a retail value of $121.30  for only  $89.99! That is a savings of $31.31!

July 2020 Gotta Have it All Bundle

Crane and Tropical Palm Fronds
by Pat Huntoon

Sit on the Porch by Jeanne Streiff

Floral Frame and Stays at the Beach by Patti Gilliam

Modern Dandelions by Holly Brown

Wish upon a Starfish by Carmen Garcia

Wish Upon a Starfish by Carmen Garcia

Make sure to check out the celebration -- the artwork is amazing! 

Visit the participating designers, then shop for your favorites.  

Here are a few more pieces of artwork:
Dandelions in the Wind with Wind Guide your Wishes by Holly Brown

Shop today for a 15% Discount off the new stamps!*
All stamps in the 
 July 2020 Release Category  
are discounted through July 8th
*The discount will be taken off the stamps at checkout. Online-only retail sales only. Not valid on Wholesale Orders.

Summer Barn by Jeanne Streiff

The First to Apologize and Floral Frame

Burst and Stays at the Beach by Beth Norman-Roberts

Paradise Found by Pat Huntoon

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June 2020 Summer Challenge Results and Artwork

The June Challenge is over, and all of the artwork was amazing! 

I am pleased to announce the week 3 Summer Challenge winner! This Week, Shirley Hotop has won a $30 gift certificate to the Technique Junkies Store!

I am also excited to announce the Grand Prize winner...the winner of ALL of the July 2020 new stamp release. The winner is...
Tami Carlson French!
All 14 of the July stamps will be sent to Tami as her prize. 

All of the artwork submitted for the challenge has been compiled in the video below...so many beautiful pieces!

Please note, as I was making this video my program crashed, and while I think I recovered all of the artwork, if yours is missing it is only because of the video crash, which did NOT affect contest results. If yours is missing, please accept my apologies!

Also, before I share the video, tomorrow is release day and we will be sharing and celebrating the release of the 14 new stamps being released in July.  Bear with me and the multiple emails this week!

June Summer Contest Technique Junkies
June Summer Contest Technique Junkies
I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Hanging with my Gnomies

Hey there!  Today I'm hanging with my Gnomies.  What are you up too?

I love love love gnomes, but so does half of the world.  This Hanging with my Gnomies stamp set comes with three gnomes, which I masked to make a crowd, or is it a flock, or hurd of gnomes? 

For my sentiment, I coloured each letter of "gnomies" with a Tombow marker, huffed, and stamped out. 

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for our New Release.  Once again, there's something for everyone.

Monday, June 29, 2020


Happy Monday! 

My card uses stamps from Oceans of Love (set of 9)  on a glittered cardstock background.

ALL of the items in the Summer & Beach categories are 20% off through June 30, 2020 by using the coupon code Summer2020 at checkout at Technique Junkies. Today is the last day to enter the Summer Artwork Challenge . The theme is anything Summer. The prize is a $30 gift certificate to the TJ store!!! There is also a grand prize of the entire June release stamps! 

Would you like a discount on everything else?
Use code TJ10Jeanne for 10% off at Technique Junkies!

Hope you enjoyed my project!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Real Brush Markers Watercolor With Lilac Stamp

Hello, Lynda Joy here, with some watercolor inspiration with real brush markers and the Technique Junkies Lilacs stamp.
Lilacs JT017
Difficult Time SDX156
With Sympathy Set of 5  SS049

I used my Misti to stamp the Lilacs  onto watercolor paper with distress inks.  I used Arteza real brush markers to watercolor the image, and a water brush to create the loose watercolor background.

I white embossed the Thinking of You verse onto card stock, added some fiber, and added it to the panel, then layered it onto a card front.

On the inside, I stamped portions of the lilac with distress ink, and added the sympathy verse from the With Sympathy Set of 5 set.

Don't forget to use my code, TJ10Lynda, for 10% off your order, if you are doing any shopping at the Technique
Junkies store.  

AND, all summer and beach related stamps are 20% OFF with the code Summer2020.  You have until tomorrow, June 29, to enter a card in the Summer Artwork Challenge.  The theme is anything summer!  The prize is a generous $30 gift certificate to the TJ store!!!  And a grand prize of the entire June release stamps!  Hope to see you at the challenge!

Thanks for visiting, and for you wonderful comments.