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Technique Junkies August Blog Hop!

Hello Junkies!  It’s time for the Technique Junkies  blog hop showcasing the new August release stamps.

Pat is offering 15% off all August Release Stamps for one week!  You also have access to my discount code TJKathy10 that provides 10% off your other purchases!

Don’t forgot to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new August Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

Now how about some inspiration!

Stamps: Amazing Grace #SD776  and Planks #S757

Stamps: Vine Beauty #SD789, Coral #SD693, and Positive Mind #SD809

Stamps: Never Stop Flying #SD717 and Coral #SD693

Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from  Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous cards Cheri!

The next stop is at Jeanne Streiff’s Blog.

We sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies August Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off August Stamps for the next week only!  We’d love to see you over at the Facebook group too.

Cards in Envy Challenge – Baby Blue or Pretty Pink?

For this Cards in Envy Challenge we are providing entrants a choice of making a card that is either baby blue or pretty pink.  By no means do you have to make a baby card, just choose either blue or pink on your card. Our challenges runs through Sunday, July 30th.  As a quick reminder, Cards in Envy asks that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card, which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

My card today features a Skipping Stone Designs stamp called “Bra’s #1”. I watercolored the bra using Picked Raspberry and Pumice Stone Distress Ink. The white background is a dotted embossing folder and the pink is stamped with a MFT script stamp in white ink and clear heat embossed.  I finished off with a big ribbon to add more pink flare.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your choice of either Baby Blue or Pretty Pink cards!

Technique Junkies July Blog Hop!

Happy July 1st fellow Junkies!  With summer here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is celebrating with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for July.  Pat is offering 15% off all July Release Stamps for one week!  In addition, you can use my discount code TJ10Kathy for your other shopping needs.  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs listed below for great ideas on how to use those new July Release stamps and post your creations over in the Technique Junkies Facebook group.

Let’s get on to some inspiration!

Stamps:

Supplies: Alcohol Ink, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”

Technique: Alcohol Stencil Tutorial from “Sensational Stencils CD”

Stamps:

Supplies: Tombow Markers, Distress Inks, Art Anthology “Sterling Fairy Dust“, A colorful Life “Square Fade”, MFT Die.

Technique: Grunge Stencil “Sensational Stencil CD”

Stamps:

Supplies: Distress Ink, Gesso, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”

Technique: Stained Resist (focal image) from Artistic Effects CD and Gesso Stencil (background) from Sensational Stencil CD

Stamps:

Supplies: Art Anthology “Cracked” Stencil, Stickles, Kaleidacolor Ink “Desert Heat”.

Technique: Layered Rainbow Stencil Tutorial on Sensational Stencil CD.

Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.  

If you are arriving from Cheri’s Blog, your in the right place!  Cheri, you rock!

The next stop on this artsy tour is Jeanne Streiff!

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me

Jeanne Streiff

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Vicky Garrett

Giovana Smith

Chris Dayton

Pat Huntoon

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies July Hop!  Don’t forget – 15% off July Stamps for the next week only!  Also use the code TJ10Kathy for 10% off your other shopping.

Technique Junkies June 2017 Blog Hop!

Happy June 1st fellow Junkies!  It’s almost summer and June’s Technique Junkies release is here!!  The Technique Junkie Design Team has put together some fabulous samples of this months release showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for June. Pat is once again offering 15% off all June Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for samples of the new June Release stamps you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.  Don’t forget to use discount code: TJ10Kathy for savings.

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Stamps: Beach Fixes Everything #SDX097

Stencil: Tim Holtz Bubbles

Medium:

  • Distress Paints in Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Picket Fence
  • Embossing Powder: White
  • Distress Crackle Paint
  • Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye

Stamps:

Medium:

  • Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Wet Cement & Dusty Blue

Stamps:

Medium:  Hero Arts Shadow Ink – Butter Bar, Navy, Cardinal

Stamps:

Medium: Distress Paint in Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon, Wild Honey; Stickles, Tonic Nuvo Drops – Ivory Seashell

Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from Cheri’s Blog you in the right place!  Gorgeous cards Cheri!

The next stop is the talented Jeanne Streiff

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me

Jeanne Streiff

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Vicky Garrett

Giovana Smith

Chris Dayton

Pat Huntoon

We hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies June Release Hop!  Don’t forget – 15% off June Stamps for the next week only and use discount code TJ10Kathy!

We’d love for you to join us on the Facebook Page and show us your projects.  We also have our monthly challenge where there is a chance to win free stamps.

Entered in: MIUCB#2

Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Mixed Media Monthly – Challenge #37 – Put a Stencil On It

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Technique Junkies April Blog Hop!!

In the Spring we begin to see growth and blooming. That is exactly what we are doing over at Technique Junkies! Growing and Blooming.  We are excited to welcome Jeanne Streiff of the InkyPaws blog as our new Design Team and Social Media Manager here at Technique Junkies.  Welcome Jeanne!!

We’ve also opened up a new Facebook group, which you can immediately join for inspiration and community around our love of technique and stamping.

Now onto the Technique Junkies  April Blog Hop!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing selection of inspiration for your crafty pleasure.

Pat is again offering 15% off all April Release Stamps for one week!  In addition, you can use a a special design team discount code of TJ10Kathy, to get 10% off anything else (with the exception of the April Release Stamps, the Oxide Inks, or the Clearance Items).

In the spirit of spring, I went to the Subscriber Pages for Technique Junkies and chose techniques from the April/May 2013 section. My first card features “Life is Tough #SD711”.  Isn’t she gorgeous?  I began by making the background which uses the “Snippets Technique” combined with the new Jane Davenport Washi Tape.  A match made in heaven. I stamped her on white card stock using my MISTI tool and versafine black onyx ink, then embossed and fussy cut her out then placing her on a die cut panel.  I finished off with bling and called it fabulous DAHHHHling.

My second card features the April release stamp, “Butterfly Dreams #SD775”.  This card began with the “Design Paper Starburst” tutorial using Basic Grey’s Fresh Cut paper.  I stamped Butterfly Dreams with versamark and clear heat embossed.  Once that set, I distressed over the image to create a soft spring card.

My final card features “Honor and Love #SD797”, which I stamped over “Faux Paint Swatch” technique using Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Soft Granite and Mint Julip and Hero Arts Hybrid in Apple Green. My background is embossed with We R’ Memory Keepers geometric folder.

Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Great Cards Cheri!

The next stop is the talented Jeanne Steriff.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jeanne Streiff

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies April Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off the April Release stamps for the next week only and Discount Code: TJ10Kathy for 10% off the rest (not combined with April Release, Oxide Inks, or Clearance!

Technique Junkies March Blog Hop!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for a Technique Junkies Blog Hop showcasing the new March release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

Pat is again offering 15% off all March Release Stamps for one week! If you haven’t been over to the Technique Junkies store recently, there are a lot of great new stencils as well as other great art supplies for your creative journey.

My first card today showcases my favorite stamp of the bunch simply called,  “Queen SD787”.  Using my Misti, I stamped her several times with Versafine Black Onyx ink and clear heat embossed her.  I then brought out some watercolors, specifically, the new Daniel Smith color called ” Purpurite Genuite – STUNNING.  I also used some Hematite for shading.  The background started with the new Jane Davenport papers that you can purchase from Michael’s put together using the “Tie it Together” technique from TJ December 2014 subscriber pages.

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My next card features the new stamp, “We Pour #SD755” using a version of “Distressed Stained Dip Technique in the Artistic Effects CD.”   Instead of Distress Stains, I used traditional Distress Inks from the standard size pads and applied them to my craft mat.  This was actually the second generation, hence the lighter application.  The colors are Faded Jeans and Gathered Twigs.  

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My next card uses the “Sweet Baby Set of 4 #SS072” stamped with the background called, Gessstencil Crayons, also from the December 2014 TJ Subscriber pages.  My watercolor crayons are Neocolor II’s in a Yellow Green and Turquoise and stencil is a Tim Holtz design.  For the focal image, I did a some stitching around the sweet baby shoes because something about stitching and baby goes together for me.  I chose one of the three sentiments in this new set and added rub-on stitching to the edge of the card as well.  Perhaps this will bring my boys some inspiration to make me a grandmother!!

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My final card showcases “Big Bunny #S685”  using “Antique Glimmers” technique from December 2009 Subscriber Pages.  It’s hard to pick up but he’s so shimmery.  My sentiment “Kindness Matters #SDx026” is perfect for this sweet bunny and so important to remember as we go through our day.

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Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous cards my friend!

The next stop is the wildly creative Ro Donner.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman 

Pam DeChellis

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off March Stamps for the next week only!

Technique Junkies February Blog Hop!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for a Technique Junkies  Blog Hop showcasing the new February release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

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Pat is again offering 15% off all February Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has some great new stencils you absolutely need to check out.  The other new product is the Nuvo Mouse, which is a 3D effect product like modeling paste in gorgeous colors.

For my first card on the hop, I’ve taken Palm Tree’s Set of 3 #SS069 and used the Misti tool to create a multilayered effect using Distress Markers.  The Misti allows you to keep your stamp in the same place and repeatedly use different colors. I saw this technique by the wonderful Jill Foster and thought it would be perfect for this new TJ Stamp.  I used Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs and Espresso for the branches and Shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint for the branches. Once the tree is completely stamped, seal it with a clear layer of embossing powder.  This protective layer allows you to work on the background without dulling the focal image colors.  It also gives you little highlights that peek up, which I love.

Next I took distress inks in Broken China and Faded Jeans and began creating the clouds.  The “sand” is created with Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and Gathered Twigs.

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Here is another card with the very same technique only using more muted distress inks.  For this card I added another new February stamp called Fly Me Away #S716 which frames this scene perfectly.  The sentiments in both cards are included in the Palm Trees Set of 3 set.

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My next card features Fly Me Away #S716 in a full card.  I used the same technique with the repeated stamping using the Misti Tool.  For more texture, I added a Tim Holtz Stencil over the top with Antique Linen Distress Ink. You can use any of the new Colorful Life stencils too!  The sentiment is a Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker.

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My final card for you today features “Kitty in Curlers #SD743”.  I stamped her using Versafine ink in smokey grey and colored her in Art Anthology paints in Cotton Candy for her curlers, Buttercream for the body and Baby Blue Eyes  for the background.  The patterned paper is created using the technique called, Whitewash Chic from Artistic Effects CD. I wanted her to look like an old time picture frame so I hung a string over a brad so she can hang in her glory.

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Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous Projects Cheri !

The next stop is the wildly creative Ro Donner!

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy  That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChills

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies February Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off the February Release Stamps for the next week only!

One Cat Short of Crazy

Hey Junkies,

The Crafty Nurse here today with one cat crazy card!

I used the Misti stamping tool to create my card today.  The great thing about this tool is when you have a solid stamp, you can still get a really crisp image.  It also helps when you are doing more complex masking like I did here with the January release stamp “Cat Crazy SD701.”

I started by stamping each of the “Crazy Cat’s” onto my card front.  They were done in Archival Inks in Sepia, Black Soot, & Hickory Smoke.  I then masked all three of the cats and placed the Art Anthology Stencil called “Cracked” over top and stenciled in using Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I stamped off 3 more of the black cats and then cut out the word “crazy” which I used as my sentiment.

To finish off I created a ground for my kitties to sit on with watercolored distress inks and finished off with more distressing on the edges.

I’ve also entered this card in the Mixed Media Stencil challenge using the Art Anthology Cracked Stencil.

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For those crazy cat lovers and stampers alike, I hope you’ve found a little inspiration today and look forward to seeing what you do with your new Technique Junkies stamps.

Happy Inking,

The Crafty Nurse

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Mixed Media Monthly – Stencil

Technique Junkies – Hearts, Hearts & More Hearts

Happy New Year Junkies!!

I don’t know about you, but I plan on making 2017 a year of creativity.  Creativity is so restorative for me and a great way to fit in some intentional creativity is to make cards.  They are small, completed quickly and so very much appreciated by your recipient.

As a jumpstart to more creativity in your life, I sure hope you will take the time to join us for the January 2017 Blog Hop.  Pat is offering 15% off all January release stamps over in the Technique Junkies store until January 9th so you only have a few days left to pick up some stamps to make a card for your sweetie this Valentines Day.

For my card today I’m sharing a little love and hopefully a little inspiration for your love-filled creativity.  I began by heat embossing the new release stamp “Messy Love #S744″ in Ranger’s Red Pepper embossing powder on black card stock.  With my background done I then prepared a piece of card stock with a few shades of Art Anthology Dimensional Paint’s in Red Velvet, Mi Bella, and Cotton Candy, which I applied in an ombre fashion.  Once that was dry, I stamped last years release called “Happy Valentine’s Day” #SD661″ using Black Stazon Ink.  I finished off with some “faux” stitching and called her done!

The Design Team and I would like to thank you for your comments both on the Design Team Blog and on our personal blogs.  It really means so much to us throughout the year.  We’d love to hear from you about what you’d all like to see from our posts here on the TJ Design Team Blog for this 2017 year.

Happy New Year!!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies January Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the New Year with a Blog Hop for the January Technique Junkies  new release.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

Pat is again offering 15% off all January Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets – which are fabulous dimensional mediums that can be used in such fun ways.

My first card uses some of those Art Anthology mediums in Red Velvet, Mi Bella and Cotton Candy for the background.  The featured stamp called “Love You #SD725” is perfect for ATC backgrounds, but I’ve used it as a focal image.  After white heat embossing “Love You, I applied the three mediums blending each to create a gradient. Behind the focal image is another new release called “Love Script #S697”, which I stamped in a pale shade of blue.  The frame is a My Favorite Things Die that I covered with “Art Anthology Black Leather” paint, which has a glorious shimmer adding that extra pizazz to your card.  I finished off the card with the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ivory Seashell.  These are super quick drying and self-leveling creating perfect pearl shapes.

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My second card uses the “Kraft Resist Technique from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD” with Vintage Photo Distress Inks to make the “Messy Love #S744” stamp stand out.  I cut the Messy Love  panel using a heart die to expose another January stamp called, “Love Script S697”.  In the process of making this card I was really inspired by the theme of love and community so using the people die from My Favorite Things I created two stacks of people holding hands in solidarity. I don’t think this die is being sold anymore, but I really loved how it paired with the TJ January release stamps.

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My next card features the gorgeously delicate new stamp called, “Being Yours #SD727.”  For the background I began with a Stencil Girl stencil using “Gessoed Stencil Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD” .  The color is Picked Raspberry Distress Ink applied in an ombre fashion.  The focal image “Being Yours” was embossed using silver sparkle powder.  I cut think strips of silver glitter paper to frame the vellum and finished with sequins and stickles.

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Being Yours Close Up

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My final project uses the “By Us #SD700” with the technique “Whitewash Chic from the Artistic Effects CD“. I colored the image with distress markers and a fine tipped water brush.  The frame was created by another My Favorite Things half circle die that was popped up for extra dimension. I cut away the sentiment so I could use it as a sentiment.

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Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous Projects Cheri !

The next stop is the wildly creative Ro Donner!

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy  That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChills

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies January Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off January Stamps for the next week only!

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