Thursday, September 30, 2021


 Hello friends!

I'm up on the Technique Junkies blog to share three pretty cards, using beautiful stamps and a new stencil from Technique Junkies

I have to say that this sentiment set stole the show today!!!  Let me show you what I created!

This first card is 'pretty in pink'.  It features a brand new stencil, 'Rain', and the fun new stamp set, #SS141 Rain Sentiments. I also used an older stamp that I love, #SD642 Rain Dance. First, the image & sentiment were stamped with Black Versafine, for a vivid silhouette image. I stamped the image again onto pink dotted patterned paper, and fussy cut the umbrella and shoes, adhering them over top of the original image.  I used just the 'rain' on the stencil, some gray ink & an Ink Blending Brush.

Next up, is a card using the entire stencil, umbrella and all. The stencil was laid down on white cardstock, and spritzed with Dolphin Cove Shimmering Bliss (wish you could see the shimmer!). The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Black Ink. I distressed the edges a bit, then dry embossed the panel, matted it onto black cardstock, then a white base. Very easy card, and super quick!

For this last card, I used Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Ink, and an Ink Blending Brush, using the stencil as the focal point. 

I have loved this release, and cannot WAIT for you to see next month's beauties!

So glad you stopped by today!

Be sure to head over to the Technique Junkies store and do a little crafty shopping!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Autumn Colors Outside the Lines

 Happy Hump Day!
This is my first time posting on the designer blog! 
I am bringing you a card using the Leaf Collage (#S912) and my sentiment is from 
Things I Want To Do (#S546). 
I started with a piece of watercolor paper in my Misti. I added the color to the stamp with Daffodil delight, soft suede, poppy parade and pumpkin pie. Before stamping, I spritzed it with water. I tend to gravitate towards a distressed look. Next, I ripped the corners and distressed all the edges...on the mat, too. Then I added some daffodil delight to the edges. The sentiment was stamped on watercolor paper, too. I added 3 tan shimmery pearls to finish it off.
Please use my discount code TJ10Pam to get 10% off of your order

Fall is my favorite season!
Enjoy the day!


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Card Inspiration | Encouragement Card Ideas

Looking for encouragement card ideas? Today I am sharing with you two card variations using the “Rain Sentiments Set of 6” stamp set and the new “Rain Stencil” both from Technique Junkies. 

Both the stencil and the sentiments set are part of the September 2021 New Release, which features lots of seasonal items, including autumn and Halloween-themed stamps. But, for as much rain as we have been getting lately, I was inspired to play with the rain-themed stamps and stencil first.

I started with some watercolor cardstock and the rain stencil. I used a bit of Liquitex modeling paste (a really nice texture paste) with a palette knife and created a basic stenciled image.

The texture paste is porous, so I knew that I was really just creating an “embossed” looking background for my card. In other words, if I added sprays or other color, it would color the paper AND the stenciled image as well. Once the paste was dry, I sprayed ONE SPRITZ of Shimmering Bliss (Dolphin Cove) aimed from one corner of the card panel. 

On my craft mat, I mixed some Aladine Izink Ice with some glitter and used a palette knife to push it through the stencil. Once it was dry, I used a circle punch to punch out “raindrop” circles for my card. I used a scrap from an inked background to stamp my sentiment and emboss in white embossing powder. With a black Micron pen, I doodle-outlined the umbrella and my punched circles. As a finishing touch, I drew little circles here and there on the card to complete the “doodling” look. 

For the second card, I really just played around with some of my Shimmering Bliss Sprays… a few colors here and there… red, yellow, brown, just created a nice inky background. When it was dry, I used some Pixie Spray to hold down the rain stencil and then I pushed some brown Izink Ice Glaze through the umbrella. 

I had some leftover glitter glaze from my previous card, so I used that for the raindrops. I added a few pieces of random washi tape, and stamped and die cut the sentiment. Finally, I had some leftover raindrop-punched circles, so I adhered them every here and there and then I inked the edges of the card.

I like the combination of glittery rain against the neutral tones of the rest of the card because it provides a nice contrast.

You can check out a bonus card using the "Rain Stencil" and the Aladine Izink Ice mixed with glitter - watch my latest process video HERE!

Hope these projects inspire you to get creating! Thank you for looking!

Monday, September 27, 2021

Let Things Go!


I used Leaf Set 1 stencil and Leaf Set 2 Stencil to create the background.   I added several colors of ink for blending colors on the leaves -- you know just like real fall leaves.  Then I added a die cut leaf stamped with Pile of Leaves.  The verse is heat embossed from Leaf Corner Sentiments.  I brushed on a light blue ink in the while spaces using blending brushes.

There is a "Gotta Have It All" price and as usual it is offered to you at a significant savings.   

The September Release stamps are on sale for 15% off the regular price through September 8.   The discounted price will show up when you check put.  And you can use TJ10Judy as a coupon for anything NOT on sale when you check out.  

Have a wonderful day, and get inky!!

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Crumpled Pile of Leaves


Good morning, Junkies!  It's Holly posting today and I'm sharing this crumpled, wrinkled, torn pile of leaves card with you.  It's really fun to make distressed backgrounds like this.  First, I stamped the Pile of Leaves from Technique Junkies with a permanent brown ink and let it dry.  Then I smooshed some distress inks onto a craft mat, spritzed them with water, and pressed my stamped paper into the inks.  The distress ink colors I used are Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, and Broken China.  

Once my paper was covered with ink, I set it aside to let it dry completely.  Then I crumpled it up into a ball and carefully opened it up again, making sure to leave some of the texture in the paper.  I dragged a brown ink pad across the paper so it would catch some of the raised areas.  I also tore the edges off and dragged the brown ink pad around the edges.  After it was completely dry, I adhered it to a brown card base.  I did not flatten it down - you can see where some areas are sticking up.  I wanted to keep that awesome texture, so I used a lot of glue and pressed it down in just a few areas to make sure it stays stuck to the card.  Then I added the ribbon and the beautiful sentiment from the Leaf Corner Sentiments set.

Please feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly, when you shop at Technique Junkies.  You will save 10% off your order so have fun shopping!


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Welcome Sweet Baby


I make cards. For a living, pretty much. So why is it that I never have a card for the event I need it for? I guess it's the adage: The shoemakers children never have shoes. 

So my husband needed a baby card. I had none on hand, of course. So this card resulted - just a sweet little card to welcome the sweet child of one of the ladies in his office. 

I used the Welcome Sweet Baby Set for this card - in fact, I used all 4 pieces of the set; three on the front and one inside. And as simple as this card may be, I think it is adorable! It was also really nice to make a card with a person in mind...
Pat Huntoon

Friday, September 24, 2021

TJ Inkspirations: Blended Layered Leaves


Blended Layered Leaves
You have to try this!
A Colorful Life Designs recently released a wonderful group of leaf stencils that are just awesome! Each of the sets has 3 stencils in it, giving you a veined portion, a mask, and a negative mask. Having all three of these pieces in each pack gives you great options for using multiple inks and mediums.

Today I have a very short video (just 4 quick minutes!) using the stencils. Even with these fast and easy ideas, you will see that the stencils are pretty darn wonderful!

As of right now, the stencils are only available in packages. I have a limited quantity of each of these, and I will order more, but for now, we are only offering the limited quantities in the packages. You can find the packages HERE.

On another note, I do have a dozen order or so for people waiting for either the Shards Stencil or the Pastel Diamonds. Both of those products are in process getting here, so as for your patience. The Pastels are in a warehouse in Newark, awaiting clearance from customs, and the Shards Stencils are on a slight backorder. Both will be on their way shortly!


We are discontinuing the Distress Oxide Inks from our product line-up, so all in-stock inks are 30% off! Hurry though, quantities are limited, and when they are gone, they are gone! Simply add them to your cart and the discount will automatically be applied.

Ready for the Blended Leaf Stencils? Here's How:
Blended Layered Leaf Stencils - Technique Junkies
On the Road Again!

Meet us on the Road at our next show:

Hampton VAOctober 23 - 24

Allentown PA: October 30 - 31

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Gold embossed leaves

 Golden leaves are so luxurious! The Pile of Leaves background embossed in gold seems a perfect backdrop for the Leaf Corner Sentiments stamps as a focal image. The leaves on the front were just lightly colored with Distress Markers to add a bold hint of color. All stamps from Technique Junkies. Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Two Halloween Witch Cards

Hello! Tracy Shultz, The Hopeful Crafter, here to share two fun Halloween Cards featuring Technique Junkies Stamps: Hang Your Broom (#SD1123) and Witch in all of Us (#SD1136) and Drippy Moons Stencil from A Colorful Life Designs. 

You can find these stamps at
Don't forget to use my code: TJ10Tracy to save 10% off your order
Hang Your Broom (#SD1123)

I created a video and posted it on my YouTube Channel demonstrating how to make these cards:  

To create these cards, I used Pixie Spray to spray the back of the stencil. This is a low tack adhesive, available at Technique Junkies, gently holds stencils in place but won't tear paper. I used Mustard Seed Distress Oxide Ink to ink blend the Drippy Moon Stencil. Then, I stamped the Sentiments on white cardstock and trimmed them with my deckle trimmer. I had some dies in my stash that I used to accent the stamped panels. I used some ink to ink blend the edges of the stamped panels. I used foam tape to adhere the panels to the stenciled card base, then adhered the finished card panel to a black A2 card base.  Thank you for visiting today! 


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Fright Night


Hello folks!  These cuties are laughing it up because they are so excited, just like I am, that it is soon Halloween season.  It's so fun to decorate, make cards, and just have some fun!

This cute card is a new release for September, and if you use my code TJ10Beth, you will get 10% off of your shopping cart, as long as it is not a sale item.

Stamps used:  Ghosties Night, Fright Night

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 17, 2021

TJ Inkspirations: Halloween Cards with Stenciled Shards


Halloween Shards Cards
You have to try this!
The Shards stencil from A Colorful Life Designs is simply AWESOME for Halloween cards. Today we have a video for you showing how to use this fun stencil two ways with two of the new Halloween cards from Technique Junkies.

I don't have a kit for you this week, but I gathered all of the items used in the tutorial into a category and put a 10% discount on them. If you want any of the pieces or parts used, simply add them to your shopping cart and the 10% will be applied automatically. You may find them HERE:

Here's how!
Halloween Cards with Stenciled Shards TJ
On the Road Again!

Meet us on the Road at our next show:

Hampton VAOctober 23 - 24

Allentown PA: October 30 - 31