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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 November Blog Hop! GIVE AWAY

Is it November already? Unbelievable!  It’s almost time for the Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas beginning on November 15th over at the Technique Junkie Design Team’s site.  That means every day from November 15th through December 15th prepare to be inspired with wonderful cards for the holidays.

For today though, the Technique Junkies Design Team is showing off the new releases for November.

I had the opportunity to once again meet with Pat at the Hampton Roads stamp show this past month and was able to pick up some fun new products including Art Anthology Products and Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I have to admit I am IN LOVE with these products and was happy to add more to my collection.

As usual, Pat has come up with some great new stamps for this release and I know you are going to love them. Pat is offering 15% off all November Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d also like to welcome two new DT members to the TJ Team.  Ro Donner and Cheri Weston.   Welcome ladies!! I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new November Release stamps.

Whew!  If you’ve made it this far I’m offering a give away for a random commenter of the Coffee with Friends SD734  stamp.  Leave me a comment and I will pick a winner on Sunday, November 6th.

Now, for some inspiration.

My first project features two of the new release stamps. The first is Glowing Branches #S717 and the focal image is Survive Together #SD752.  I used Distress & Archival inks along with Art Anthology “Lava Stone Effects” which gives fabulous texture!

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My second card again uses the “Survive Together” stamp this time using trapped resist technique.  I created a base layer with alcohol inks then stamped my image with Versamark and embossed with clear.  I then distressed over the top and coated it with Art Anthology “Dazzle Medium” .  The background is more distress inks which reminds me a little of a cloudy day.

 

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My next project uses the background stamp called “Layered Swirls S719”.  I wanted to remind everyone that you don’t have to use the entire stamp to make a beautiful project.  I began by creating a alcohol inked background on Yupo paper stamped and gold heat embossed the Layered Swirl stamp, then cut out with a leaf die.  The sentiment is another new release called “Trust Your Journey SDX081”

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I’ll leave you with one final card and the inspiration for the GIVEAWAY.  This stamp is so sweet and perfect for a friend.  Please leave me a comment below for a chance to win this stamp.  The base of the card is stenciled using “Kona” Art Anthology Paint then sprayed with Distress Inks.  The focal image, “Coffee With Friends SD734″ is stamped on another alcohol ink background. I sprayed the whole think with Distress Mica Spray and it’s really sparkly in real life.

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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  Karen McAlpine’s  Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Karen!

The next stop is over at Ro Donner’s Blog.  Ro is one of our newest DT members along with Cheri Weston. Welcome to your 1st TJ Blog hop ladies – please leave them lots of love.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Karen McAlpine

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis 

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies November Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off November Stamps for the next week only!  Also – please comment for a chance at the GIVEAWAY.

Technique Junkies – Dimensional Birch

Hey there fellow Junkies!!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today with, yes another project featuring September Release, “Birches #S686” for my inspiration today.  What can I say.  I just LOVED this stamp! Today I wanted to share how I used some Art Anthology dimensional paints to create texture and vibrant color using this awesome stamp.

I began by stamping “Birches #S686” with Archival Jet Black Ink using my Misti tool so that I could get a nice dark background.  Don’t forget to take out the padding in your Misti when using these cushioned stamps.  I then laid down some Hero Arts Die inks in Butter Bar, Pumpkin Spice and Rust using the Faux Paint Swatch technique (but only using 1/2 of the tape) on the right of each tree.  I then broke out my Art Anthology Dimensional Paints in Kenyan Copper, Pumpkin Spice, Vegas Gold,  and Terracotta swiping them over the branches.  The dimension of these paints is fabulous and really looks like tree bark.

I’m really excited for you to see the October Technique Junkies Release in a few days, but until then, keep inking!

The Crafty Nurse

Coffee Anyone?

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration using the February Technique Junkies release.  I am a coffee JUNKIE!  Starbucks to be specific. I’ve also found a really cool treat called “Topperfino.” They are little chocolate discs that you put in your coffee that are actually pieces of art.  They are only 25 calories and so beautiful to look at.  The best thing is it combines both my loves, art and coffee.

Now on to my card.  I used “Drinking and Thinking SD656 with the  Acrylic Gesso Tutorial from the Artistic Effects CD.  To add a little pizazz, I added book paper under the gesso, then stamped my image.  In addition, I took “Kona” Velvet  by Art Anthology and framed my stamped image.

I liked the versatility of this stamp so didn’t even give her a sentiment.  Pick up a cup of coffee, add a Topperfino and stop by Technique Junkies to pick up some great supplies!

I hope you’ve been enjoying some of the inspiration using the February release.

Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies: Walk In The Park

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with my last post for the month using the November release stamps.  My card features the “Brick Wall Background S646” and “Park Walk SD665.”  I began by stamping the brick wall with Black Onyx Versafine Ink then heat embossed with clear powder.  I created the brick pattern using art anthology in Teracotta-Velvet, Pumpkin Spice-Sorbet, and Kenyan Copper-Sorbet. I then edged the entire stamp using  “Black Leather Jacket Sorbet,” which created great texture.  For my focal point, I stamped “Park Walk SD665” which I sprayed with Art Anthology Colorations in Avocado and Timeless.

I hope everyone is enjoying some family time for the Thanksgiving Holiday this week and hope you’ll find some time between eating and family to get inky.

Gobble, Gobble!

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Is it November already? Unbelievable!  We are well on our way to the holidays!  I sure hope you are enjoying the 30 Days of Christmas on the Technique Junkie Design Team’s site.

For today, the Technique Junkies Design Team is showing off the Technique Junkies new releases for November.

I had the opportunity to meet with Pat at the Hampton Roads show this past month and was able to pick up some great Art Anthology Products.  I have to admit I am IN LOVE with these products and am anxious to add more to my collection.

As usual, Pat has come up with some great new stamps for this release and I know you are going to love them.  Pat is offering 15% off all November Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new November Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card features the “Brick Wall #S646,” which was heat embossed and filled in with “Black Leather Jacket Sorbet” giving the wall fabulous texture!  I then added additional color to the wall in Teracotta-Velvet, Pumpkin Spice-Sorbet, and Kenyan Copper-Sorbet. I then stamped “Love My Shoes #SD653” over a brayered background in matching colors using Marvy Metallitcs .  I finished off with the sentiment “Celebrate in Style #SDX062” and again edged with more Black Leather Sorbet.

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My second card uses the Stained Resist Technique from the “Artistic Effects CD.”  I began by stamping “Celestial Dangles #S656” in Versamark then embossing with Stampendous in Aged Gold Enamel.  To add color to the dangling stars, I used Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter. My sentiment “To The Moon #SD611” was embossed with gold on Bazzill heavy vellum and wrapped around the card.

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My final card  uses the same “Stained Resist Technique” from the Artistic Effects CD. I white heat embossed the “Celestial Dangles SD 656” then applied Dusty Concord and Stormy Sky Distress Inks to the stars and dangles.  My sentiment is a very versatile stamp called, “Merry Christmas 2 #SDX065” which is stamped on vellum with eggplant powder (hard to see it’s purple), applied on silver glitter paper and wrapped around to avoid seeing the adhesive.  I finished with some silver and gold and sequins.

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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  Robin Redd’s  Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Robin!

The next stop is at Pat Huntoon’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Pam DeChellis 

Gini Cagle

Beth Norman 

Jane Bosi

Jerri Jones

Judy Jackson

Marilyn Hughes

Robin Redd  

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon 

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

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