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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!

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #161

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  The sketch challenges are back on here at From The Heart Stamps.  Today, we have Sketch 161, which has two twists.  The first is the color option and the second is to use a birthday cake.

The only rule is to use a From The Heart image and the sketch and the rest is up to you.  Here’s our sketch:

For my card I am still in a “Valentine” mood.  To show case this I used February’s Free “Stamp of the Month” called, “Hogs & Kisses Pigwit”.   If you participated in our last SOTM challenge in June, you’ll have gotten this image for free in your e-mail.  If not, there’s still a way to get the image.  Check it out here.

I colored up Pigwit with Copic Markers in my favorite piggy color combination of R01, YR61, & Ro2.  I also used the warm grey’s in W5, W3, W1, W0 & W00.  The candies are colored using RV29, RV25, RV23, & RV21 and finally, the ground is E43, E41 and E40.


Sure hope you’ll join us this week for Sketch #161 at From The Heart Stamps.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

Send a Smile 4 Kids: Easter & Spring 4 Kids

Happy Saturday!  That means it’s time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge and we are celebrating Easter and Spring 4 Kids!  Here in Virginia we actually had snow yesterday, so this is a welcome look at spring.

The challenge will run through Friday, March 18th.  We’d also like to remind you that Send a Smile 4 Kids would love to have your donated cards to give to hospitalized children.  We hope you’ll consider sending in some of your treasures for kids in need.  Check out how.

Now, let’s get on to those sponsors:

1) Crackerbox Palace – offering 3 digital images of winners choice

3) Di-versions – offering a $15.00 Gift Certificate to their store.

My first card uses Crackerbox Palace “Pixie with Pixie Dust.”  I colored her with Copic’s and the paper is Basic Grey’s “Fresh Cut” collection.  The circle and banner dies are My Favorite Things.


I can’t wait to see what you come up with using Spring and Easter images to enter at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Lindy’s Stamp Gang November Color Challenge w/Technique Junkies

Hello Crafty Friends!  I love the monthly Lindy’s Color Challenges and today I finished my card for the November entry.  For this month I’ve combined the Lindy’s Challenge with some Art Anthology Products I’ve purchased at Technique Junkies.  Right now, all Christmas stamps are on sale as are all November releases stamps through November the 8th.  Just a few more days so don’t miss out!

Here are the gorgeous colors this month:


I’m also entering the card in the Mixed Medial Challenge #18 – Add Texture.


For the Lindy’s challenge, I used a combination of Sprays and Magical Mica’s. I began by creating the background on a piece of old cardboard which I painted with heavy body gesso.  I then applied sprays in Golden Sleigh Bells and Bucket of Blood Red and mixed up magicals to create sprays in Canna Lily Orange and Poincianna Red Flame.

Once my background was dried, I mixed up some Golden Sleigh Bells with Translucent Texture Paste and stenciled through the “Retro Tiles” stencil by Art Anthology.  I used up the remaining paste to create texture around the edges.

Now it’s on the creating the flowers.  I sprayed the flowers with Canna Lily Orange, Poincianna Red Flame, and Golden Sleigh Bells. I finished the middles with “Black Leather Jacket” Dimensional Sorbet.   I also mixed some glass bead gel by Liquitex with Poincianna Red Flame to create that vibrant red texture on the My Favorite Things Feather and edged it with more of the Black Leather Jacket Art Anthology paint.  I created the buttons by spraying Canna Lily Orange and applying Golden Sleigh Bells Magicals.  Then in the middle of the buttons, I applied hero arts gems and sealed it with Art Anthology “Splashed” which is a fabulous clear coat finish with shine.

To get some of the green in my project, I mixed Greased Lightening Green Magical with water and applied it to a Basic Grey wood stick and Maya Road tickets.

I’d say we’ve achieved some texture!


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Lindy’s Stamp Gang November Color Challenge

Mixed Media Challenge – Add Texture

Virginia View Challenge: Texture

Brown Sugar Challenge #163 Make an Easel Card!

It’s Friday! Woohoo!  That means it’s time for a new challenge at Brown Sugar Challenges and today, we are making Easel Cards!  I have to say I love the look of easel cards, but honestly, never made one before.  So, I did what all good crafters do and searched YouTube.  I found a great tutorial at Split Coast Stampers that I pinned on my Pinterest Page so if you need help, check that out.

This weeks challenge is sponsored by Morgan’s Artworld who is offering 3 digital images for our random winners choice.  You have until Thursday September 17th to enter.

For my card today, I’ve used “Fairy Wishes” to showcase my “Easel” card.  I colored this sweet fairy with Copic Markers and used a My Favorite Things circle die and Lifestyle Crafts Scalloped die to frame her.  The paper pad is Basic Grey’s KneeHigh collection and the card is held open with cloud dies also from My Favorite Things.


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I can’t wait to see your “Easel” this week at Brown Sugar Challenges!

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Anything Goes Challenge!

Happy Saturday!  Today Send a Smile 4 Kids begins a new Anything Goes Challenge!  We have some great prizes from our generous sponsors for our randomly chosen winner.  The design team will also be choosing their favorites and those cards will be featured on the Send a Smile 4 Kids blog.

Our sponsors are:

1)  Flat Friends Boutique:  Prize of 6 digital images of winners choice

2)  Crafty Sentiments:  Prize of 3 digital images of winners choice

3)  Stitchy Bear:  $6.00 Gift Certificate to Store

Now, how about a little inspiration to get you going?

My first card uses Flat Friends Boutique, “Music Time,” which I colored in Copics. The paper pack is Basic Grey’s Hipster collection cut out using a My Favorite Things square die and backed with a My Favorite Things rectangle die.  The sentiment is in the paper pack.

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My next card uses a digital image from “Crafty Sentiments called, “Summer Breeze”.   I colored her with Copic Markers and cut her out using a bracket die from my stash.  The “You” sentiment and background paper is cut with Simon Says Stamp dies.

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I sure hope you will join us at Send a Smile 4 Kids this challenge for a chance to win some great prizes in our Anything Goes Challenge!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #362

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo who is offering the randomly chosen winner 7 images from their site!  How generous!  You have until Friday, May 29th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I chose Bugaboo’s “Sunflower Stainglass”, which I colored with Copic Markers and used the Basic Grey’s “Fresh Cut” paper pack.  The Thanks die is Papertrey Ink “Wet Paint Sentiments” cut out 4 times then stacked to give depth.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!

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Sketch Saturday Challenge #361 – Bunny Zoe Crafts

Happy Saturday friends.  It’s time for a Sketch Saturday  challenge and this week we are sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts who is offering a 10 pound gift certificate to their online store for our random winner!

The sketch this week is:


Today I’ve used a Tiddly Inks image who sells their products at Bunny Zoe Crafts.  I colored her with Copic markers and used Basic Grey’s “Fresh Cut” 6 x 6 paper pad.  The rectangle die is Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is from The Craft Spot.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tiddly Inks: May Flowers

Sketch Saturday Challenge #357

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Little Claire, who is offering 9 digital images as a prize to our random winner.  WOW, thanks Little Claire.  You have until Friday, April 25th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I chose the Little Claire digital image, “Camelia”, which I colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment, square, and label dies are from My Favorite Things.  I finished off the embellishments with some lemon bakers twine.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!

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Sketch Saturday Challenge #356

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!  That means a $25.00 gift certificate to our random winner.  Yippee.  You have until Friday, April 17th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I chose a previous kit stamp from Simon Says Stamp called, “Favorite Flowers”. The design paper is from Basic Grey’s, “KneeHighs” collection.  The “Good Times” die is from My Favorite Things cut out from DCWV foil paper.   I then took a panel and stamped several of the flowers in Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  The star is a die from Simon Says Stamp and part of a great set called, “Bundle of Stitched Shapes.”

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!

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