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.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

Coral Seaturtle

Hello everyone!
It's Ceal, here to share with you today. It's officially summer so I thought I would share a summer card with you using one of the June release stamps, Coral Seaturtle.  You can save 10% on this stamp and your entire order by using my code TJ10

To create my card I started with a top folding white card base I stamped the turtle image, colored it using Copic markers and masked it off to create a background that looks like water ripples, I did that by using a stencil and the blending brushes. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

TJ Inkspirations: Challenge Winner and TBT Video Tutorial

I am pleased to announce this week's Summer Challenge winner! This Week, April Kunzelman has won a $30 gift certificate to the Technique Junkies Store!

Don't forget that we are also giving one lucky winner the ENTIRE July release ($120.00 value!). You can read the details of the challenge HERE.

Don't forget that ALL stamps in the Summer and Beach categories are 20% off with the discount code Summer2020 through June 30th.

This week I am re-sharing a video I made a few years ago. It is pretty, and simple, and it deserves to be seen again! 

This video uses the Nuvo Glitter Markers direct-to-stamp. It uses our ever-popular Swirl TurtleSudsy Stuff, and Sky Touches the Sea stamps: 

Here is the video showing how to use these markers and stamps together:

Nuvo Glitter Markers - Direct to Stamp
Nuvo Glitter Markers - Direct to Stamp

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

Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Going to be Fine

Hi there!

Today, I'm sharing a beautiful card using three of the June release stamps, 'Coral Sea Turtle', 'Inside Out: Silence is Golden', and 'Bubble Flow'.  It was fun using a sentiment from a humorous set on a serious card!

The image was stamped onto the focal panel, and colored with copic markers. A 'mask' was stamped and fussy cut out of masking paper. The focal image was masked off, and 'Bubble Flow' was stamped over the panel. A white gel pen, some designer papers, and a couple of burlap scraps finished this beautiful card off nicely!

I am SO enjoying this June release. Can't imagine what July will hold!!!

Don't forget!!! You can always save 10% on any order by entering TJ10Patti at checkout.

This was so easy to create! Hope you will give it a try!

Now, be sure to head over to the Technique Junkies store and check out the incredible new stamps this month!  You will use them over and over!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Patti J.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Thanks for Your Service

I have a different kind of thank you card to share today. This one has a very patriotic flare which would work great for military, but would also work well for first responders and healthcare workers.

I used a few fun products to create this sparkly gem. You can see from the close-up how this card shines!

Here is what I used to make the card, along with the links:


I also used Thermoweb Transfer Gel Duo, Diamond Chips Transfer Foil, and Nuvo Glitter Markers.

For the background, I used a black piece of cardstock. I applied Pixie Spray to the back side of the stencil and placed it on top of the cardstock. Using a spatula, I applied the Transfer Gel through the stencil. I removed the stencil and washed it quickly so the gel didn't dry on it. I let it dry while I worked on the other parts of the card.

I stamped the image from Brave Hearts (It is one stamp, but I did a little surgery and cut the words apart from the image for more versatility) using Versamark. I added red and blue embossing powder and heat set the image. I then added a little twinkle by coloring over parts of the image with Nuvo Glitter Markers.

I stamped the sentiment, heat embossed it in black, and trimmed out a banner shape.

After the gel had dried on the black cardstock, I added a piece of foil to it and ran it through my laminating machine. The beauty about this gel is that it works with a die cutting machine just as well. So you can use either a laminator or die cutting machine to adhere the foil to the gel. I removed the foil (save that piece because it can be used again with the unused spaces...I'll tell you how). I trimmed down the piece, attached it to the A2 card base, and added the stamped/embossed images with foam tape. Done!!!

Now that little piece of foil left over can be used a couple of ways. You can laser print a black square, place the foil over it and laminate it, which will give you the reverse image. You can use the transfer gel and add foil to spots. Or you could gel a square area and apply the foil to get the reverse image. Waste not, want not!

I hope you were a little inspired by my project today. I also hope you have been playing along with the card challenge here at Technique Junkies. Grand prize is a set of the whole July release of stamps!

Also, don't forget you can save 10% on all these products by entering the code below (the code NEVER expires so keep it handy!)
Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Love & Laughter

Happy Tuesday!

Have you seen our new Summer Artwork Challenge? 

Today is the last day to enter the Summer themed Floral, Fauna, People, and Food (basically everything summer that is not water-related!) challenge.

Tomorrow a new theme starts - that theme will be Anything and Everything Summer

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.

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

My card uses Love & Laughter Floral on a summery colors washy watercolor background. 

SD767 Love and Laughter Floral

Hope you enjoyed my project!

Monday, June 22, 2020

#Summer Challenge - Little Treasures

I used Pretty Pots and Little Treasures to create this card.  They were colored with Copic markers.   I used Dragon Skin stencil from the  A Colorful Life Stencils.   Ink Blending Brushes were used to color the background and the envelope. 

ALL of the items in the Summer & Beach categories are 20% off through June 30, 2020 by using the coupon code Summer2020 at checkout.  A good  way to save some moolah!  

See Pat Huntoon's  blog post on June 9 for the full details about the Summer Challenge.  There is a HUGE PRIZE at the end of the  three weeks of the challenge! 

Have a wonderful day and get inky!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

You are My Sunshine

Hi Junkies!  It's Holly posting today, and I've created this sunflower card for the second week of our summer challenge on the Technique Junkies Facebook page.  I watercolored this Framed Sunflower and then added the sentiment from the Sunflower Sentiments set.  Sunflowers are blooming all over our field and you can definitely tell summer is here by the heat and humidity.  LOL

If you haven't heard about the challenges for June, here is what Pat posted on the Technique Junkies Facebook page:

Announcing our Summer Artwork Challenge!
With this new challenge, post your artwork to our group to enter to become the lucky winner of All the July 2020 New Release Stamps! $120 Value!
In addition, a $30.00 credit to the Technique Junkies store will be awarded each of the three challenge weeks!
Our challenge will run from June 10th through June 30th, with 3 weeks of challenges. Each of the weeks have a different theme. You can make one or more cards using Technique Junkies stamps within the theme during each week. Simply post them to the Technique Junkies Facebook group OR email them directly to me.
Each week, one of the challenge cards will be selected RANDOMLY and will win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Technique Junkies online store!
Additionally, EVERY entry in the 3 week period will be combined and one randomly selected lucky person will receive ALL of July 2020 new release stamps - a $120.00 value!
That is $30.00 PER WEEK that we will be giving away with this challenge, plus another $120 for the Grand Prize Winner!
Before we get to the rules and the themes, I want to make this even easier for you. ALL of the items in the Summer & Beach categories are 20% off through June 30, 2020 by using the coupon code Summer2020 at checkout.
Here are the "rules" and the themes:
1. Create a card using Technique Junkies Stamps or Foils. Please, no other companies' stamps on your creations. Dies, stencils and other embellishments are welcomed, but kindly remember that it is a company-sponsored challenge.
2. Email your card to phuntoon@optonline.net OR post to the Technique Junkies Facebook Group with the hastag #summer challenge.
3. One submitted entry (card) will be selected randomly at the end of the weekly period, and a $30.00 gift certificate winner will be announced on this email and to the Facebook group on the following Friday.
Here are the themes:
Week One: 6/10 - 6/16 Beach, Sea, Ocean, Water and Lakes
Week Two: 6/17 - 6/23 Summer themed Floral, Fauna, People, and Food (basically everything summer that is not water-related!)
Week Three: 6/24 to 6/29 Anything and Everything Summer
Pretty broad spectrum here -- just play along!
The final week is only 6 days -- the winner of the July full stamp release will be announced on June 30th!
I can't wait to see what you make!

Pull out your Technique Junkies stamps and see what you can create!  Have fun!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

A Summer of Sharks and "Not's"

And somehow, once again, another month begins to come to a close. 

Another month in which I've managed to NOT do so many things. 

There's the furniture I haven not pulled from the wall to clean behind. Choosing, once again, to let nature's critters clean up the crumbs left behind all of it until the day I thank them by inviting Mr. Exterminator to the party.

There's the matter of the y-chromosomes, who are still residing in the utmost regions of my house, whom I have not evicted due to their lame excuses of being "underage". 

And let's not forget the Marital Unit, who I have not sued for abandonment and subsequently divorced, only because I can't find him on the golf course.

Lastly, as we're coming to an end of another summer month, I have not touched even one toe to the ocean.

It's this last one I actually consider a win.

I know, I know...I hear it every year. My little sun bunny friends are the first to poo-poo my fears.

"Do you know how rare it is to be attacked by a shark while swimming at the beach?" my slim, tanned and very buxom friend Eva said, while trying on a tiny bikini she was considering as we shopped for summer wear.

"Not rare enough that you couldn't say it doesn't happen." I retorted, silently repeating to myself that I did not hate her for having two children and still being able to pull off "twenty-something" while in her 40's.

"Oh, come on." she said. "It's incredibly rare! Name the last time someone was attacked by a shark. Especially here in North Carolina."

"Which of the 36 attacks since 2010 do you want to know about?" I said. "Or is it enough to know that our state ranks 5th in the nation in shark attacks?" 

She paled. "Oh, God. Are you serious?"

"I would never make something like that up." I said.

She looked sadly at the bikini she'd just tried on and handed to the saleswoman. "Well, I guess I'll just lay out on the beach and tan this year. By the way, do you have this in a size 4?"

Gritting my teeth, I told myself I did not want my sweet friend to test any "swimming in the ocean shark" statistics.

As bad as friends could be, it was nothing compared to my mother's reaction. We were settling in for a week's vacation at Myrtle Beach and had nested on the sand to read and sunbathe. 

As the boys tore past, running to the water, I stopped them at the edge with a shrill whistle.
"Remember," I called to them. "Ankle deep ONLY! What is it we always say about the beach?"

The y-chromosomes chanted in unison. "In to your knees, the sharks you will tease. Up to your bum and you become chum."

Rolling her eyes, my mother said, "What in the world has gotten into you? I thought you loved the ocean! I remember you swimming in it all the time when you were a kid. What changed?"

"You took me to see Jaws at the theater when I was seven." I said.

"Couldn't have been." she scoffed. "That must've been your father. He was always doing silly things like that when he'd had a few drinks. Remember the time he he took you and your brother to the Drive In, then promptly fell asleep in the front seat? Not knowing the movies were scary ones?" 

"Yes, mother. I remember it distinctly. It was a double feature. The movies were Coma and The Omen"."

"That's right!" she clapped her hands enthusiastically. "You have such a good memory! Why on earth did he take the two of you to something like that, I wonder?"

"Because he'd knocked back a case of beer with friends and misread "Coma" as "Comma" and thought it was an educational film. And "The Omen" was, he said, a film about the Bible." I said, drily.

"Only your Dad!" she laughed.

At any rate, as yet another summer comes to a close, I've successfully navigated another summer of "not's". 

I have not allowed any surgery to take place unless the Marital Unit has conducted an investigation into the character of the Anesthetist and checked to see the statistics of patients who've had surgery and somehow mysteriously vanished.

I have not ever neglected to shave each y-chromosomes head at one point to check for any numbers or signs that might be hidden there. It certainly didn't help that the last one was born on 6/6/06, but that was my fault for insisting on induction at the earliest possible moment.

But don't worry...I still have my eye on that one.

Last but not least, I have not and will not ever, in any lifetime, be eaten by a shark.

And in the history of my "not's", I'll consider this one a win.

My first is Coral Seaturtle.

I stamped and embossed the image in white, Using masking fluid, I made "spots" on the back of the turtle. After watercoloring him a dark brown, I removed the masking and did a quick wash of the dark color I'd already painted. I really LOVE how this effect came out. And it was totally accidental. Wait...I mean, I just knew that would happen. Because I'm experienced, like that.


My second card was one of those that assembled itself much better in my head than I was able to pull off for you. Using the Inside/Out set, my intention was to make a wall with the mirror showing the outside sentiment "Mirror Mirror". I stamped it with Staz-On, then tried to use little frames with pictures of stern looking people to look like a wall. 

Then, I used the Inside sentiment (which we won't point out to anyone, specifically my parental unit...will we?) and the TJ stamp set Crabby I finished it off with the crab and sentiment. 

ALL of these sets-and everything else you might want-is 10% off if you use my discount code TJ10CARMEN

Thanks for stopping by...and keep on stamping!

It's MUCH safer than swimming in the ocean

Friday, June 19, 2020

TJ Inkspiration: Layered Background Stamps and a winner!

 2020 Trade Shows
Please note that our participation in these shows is conditional based on changing COVID-19 issues.
July 18-19
Allentown PA
Heirloom Productions
August 1-2
Orlando FL

August 5-8
(Including classes)
StampAway USA
Cincinnati OH

August 15-16
Syracuse NY
August  21-22
Schaumburg IL
August 29-30
Hamburg NY
Stamp Scrap Art Tour

September 12, 13 - Westminster MD
Stamp Scrap Art Tour
September 19, 20 -- Southfield MI
Stamp Scrap Art Tour
 October 10, 11 - Greenville SC
Stamp Scrap Art Tour 
October 24, 25
Hampton VA
 Stamp Scrap Art Tour

Dear Patricia,
We announced a new artwork challenge last week with some great prizes. Not only do we have 3 gift certificates to the Technique Junkies Store, we are also giving one lucky winner the ENTIRE July release ($120.00 value!). You can read the details of the challenge HERE.

This week, the winner of the Summer Challenge is:
Kathy Rossiter! Congratulations, Kathy - you will receive an email today with instructions for using your gift certificate. 

Don't forget - EVERY time you post a card for the challenge (or email me your entry), you will be entered into the Giveaway for the full set of July Stamps! Keep entering to win. Make sure to enter often! 

I will create a slideshow of all the cards at the end of the 3 challenges, when I announce the winner of the July Stamps grand prize.

Today I have a summer card technique using the concept of colorful stamp layering. While this will be a technique many of you know, sometimes a what's old is new again.

Here is the card I made from the technique:
Layered Background Stamps

Here is the video showing how to layer and color background stamps:
Easy Background Stamp Layering with Technique Junkies
Easy Background Stamp Layering with Technique Junkies

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Sweet Mermaid

Hello friends!
Giovana here with a super sweet Mermaid Birthday card!

For this card I used the new Oceans of Love set.
I stamped the images in Brown ink on white cardstock, colored them with Copic Markers, then fussy cut them
The Swirly waves Background was stamped in Versamark Watermark Ink, then added white embossing powder and heat set,
Blended light blue ink.
Added panels to a white card base, added few clear dew drops.

You can get his stamps with a 10% off using my TJ10GIOVANA code.

Hope you like it.
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Make a Splash

Happy Wednesday! 

My card uses Make a Splash on a pieced Color Burst 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.

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

Hope you enjoyed my project!