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Technique Junkies – Grace in Her Heart

Hello Junkies!  I’m here today with a Technique Junkies October release stamp called “Grace in Her Heart #SD819”.  I began my background using Distress Paints adapting the Distress Stain Dip Technique from Artistic Effects CD.  I then ran it through an embossing folder for texture.  My stamp is on kraft cardstock using Versfine Black Onyx ink.

I hope you find some time to get crafty today.  We are all over at the Technique Junkies Facebook Page so if you haven’t stopped by, we’d love to see you!  We also look forward to your entries in our monthly challenge over at the Design Team Blog.

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Technique Junkies; Vintage Christmas

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with some holiday spirit.  I love to get my Christmas cards done early so I don’t have to rush around in December when I need them.  I’ve used some new and old Technique Junkies stamps to create this vintage style card.

Stamps: Arabesque #S767Gifts of Christmas #SS081, and Snowflakes #S235

Supplies: MISTI, A Colorful Life’s “Square Fade Stencil,” Distress Paint in Frayed Burlap, Distress ink in Antique Linen, Gold Foiling, Holographic EP, Versamark, WPlus9 Die, Neenah Cardstock, gold cardstock, flitter-glu, and gold flakes.

Directions:  Stamp Arabesque using Distress paint on cardstock using MISTI, ink with Distress, DRY completely with heat tool, apply versmark through stencil,  apply holographic EP and heat, stamp sentiment using MISTI (a must because of texture), cut card panel using circle die, pop-up center die, stamp snowflake with flitter-glu, foil, buff, and back with gold cardstock.

We’d love to see your cards and projects over at the Facebook Group and in our Design Team challenge where you can win prizes for your entries!

Happy Inking!

Technique Junkies – Scientific Computations

Hey there Junkies!  The Crafty Nurse here today using “Scientific Computations #S705” from the October Technique Junkies release in honor of my youngest son’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, Matt!!

You still have a few days to pick up a 15% discount on the new releases.  In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying the Design Team Hop. It’s a treat!

I love this stamp.  Matt is a math wizard and it’s perfect to encourage him while he’s busy at college.

The background was actually a happy accident while I was playing with Distress Paint. I had applied color randomly to my craft mat and got a very painterly background. I stamped “Scientific Computation” with silver Hero Arts ink, then clear heat embossed. My sentiment is from “Simple Sentiments #SS03A”

We hope to see you in the Facebook group.  Please also use the TJ10Kathy discount code over at the Technique Junkies store!  As part of the October Blog Hop, Pat is offering a 15% discount on all the new October Release Stamps.

Technique Junkies October Blog Hop!

Is it October already?  For me, that means another year older as I celebrate the big 55 this year!  It also means it’s time for the Technique Junkie Design Team’s  blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies new releases for October.

Pat is offering 15% off all October Release Stamps for one-week beginning today!  WooHoo! Use my discount code: TJKathy10 for a 10% discount on your other purchases.

Now let’s get on to the goodness!

Stamp: Arabesque #S767

Supplies: A Colorful Life Square Fade Stencil, Art Anthology Stone Effects in Bone, Simon Says Stamp leaf die, Distress Paint in Frayed Burlap

Stamp: Scientific Computations #S705

Supplies: Art Anthology Fairy Dust in Sterling Distress Ink, My Favorite Things Die

Stamps: Textured Stars #SS773, Simple Sentiments 3A

Supplies: Distress Paint, Embossing Powder, Hero Arts Silver Ink

Stamps: Turn on the Light; #SD754

Supplies: Art Anthology Crackle Stencil, Distress Paint, Cork

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’s Blog.

We hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies October Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off October Stamps for the next week only!  You can also use my discount code: TJKathy10 for an additional discount on your other purchases.

 

Dreams of A Watercolor Mermaid

The Crafty Nurse “swimming” by to share some mid-week inspiration using stamps from the Technique Junkies June release. You still have a few days to receive 15% percent off this great release over at the Technique Junkies store.

The background for my card is from Sensational Stencils CD called Distress Stain Dip.  I changed it up to use Distress Paint instead of stains in the colors Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Wild Honey.  I added a wave texture using a Tim Holtz Stencil then added additional distress ink around the edges.

For the focal image, I stamped “Mermaid on Rock” onto 140lb. watercolor paper with Archival Ink.  I colored my mermaid using Windsor Newton Watercolor markers and added highlights with prismacolor pencils.  Adding pencils over watercolor is a great way to add depth to your coloring.

Stamps:

We would love for you to join our monthly challenges for a chance to win prizes.  Don’t forget to share your work over at the Facebook group.  We love to see your cards and projects.

Enjoy your day!!

The Crafty Nurse

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.

Close Up

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

Chall #37 graphic

Technique Junkies August Blog Hop!

It’s August 1st and that means it’s time for the Technique Junkie Design Team’s  blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for August 2016.

Pat is offering 15% off all August Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!  So 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.

My first card uses the Metallic Magic Technique from December 2002 for the background.   I then ran it through a We R Memory Keepers Geometric folder and used the new “Grand Greetings Set of 5 for my sentiment on gold My Favorite Things card stock.  These new release sentiments are perfect for card fronts.

August - HB

My second card uses the “180 Degree Technique from Bodacious Backgrounds CD” with the “Hipster Cats #S718” stamp. The inks were Hero Arts Cup of Joe and Sand.  The sentiment isn’t a new release, but a great Technique Junkies stamp called, “Better Things SDX063” which I heat embossed with Liquid Platinum powder.
August-Cats

My next card uses two techniques.  The background is “Marbling Rainbow from April/May 2004” and the focal image featuring the gorgeous “Horse #SD706” stamp uses “Polished Mulberry from June 2003 Newsletter”.  The marbling was done with reinkers and alcohol.  My sentiment is another new August release called, “Move Your Soul SDX082”.

August-Horse

My final card  uses the “Marbled Smooch Technique from October/November 2010 Newsletter featuring “Just Look Up SD722”. He’s simply stamped on the background and colored with metallic gel pens.  I added stars from My Favorite Things Dies and finished off with Wink of Stella.

August - Puppy

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.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Kathy Stacy – That’s me!

Lanette Erickson

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon

Robin Redd  

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

 

Technique Junkies Vintage Travel Page

Hello Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a mixed media journal page using some of the new February Technique Junkie Stamps.  I hope you’ve had a chance to check out this fabulous release on the Technique Junkie Design Team page, if not, I encourage you to do so.  Pat is also offering all February Release stamps at 15% off until February 8th.

I began my page with Tim Holtz tissue paper then applied distress paint in Vintage Photo, Broken China, and Walnut Stain.  I then added a watery layer of gesso and wiped that around with a baby wipe.  I then took “Houndstooth Check S665” and stamped over the page in Versamark mark ink.  So that you don’t get hard edges, just curl your stamp and roll instead of stamping the entire thing.  I then added gold perfect pearls for some shimmer.  Over that, I stenciled gold ferro paste over a Tim Holtz’s “traveler” stencil.

The numbers, Paris Tower, and tag are all My Favorite Things dies cut from travel themed paper.  On the tag, I stamped the couple from “Vintage Travel Cases PS012″ in Sepia archival ink and the sentiment in black archival ink.  I like the way the fade off on the bottom.

The suitcases are also from “Vintage Travel Cases PS012.”  I began by stamping different suitcases with a variety of inks.  I stenciled over them with Art Anthology “Cracked” stencil and then layered that with rock candy distress stickles and let them dry.  I then adhered all the elements with matte gel medium and created shading with a Faber Castell Pit pen in brown. To finish I colored up some wooden planes also with the pitt pen  and called it a Technique Junkies Vintage Travel Page.

Well, that’s my page for today, I hope you’ve enjoyed a a little inspiration.  I’ll see you in a couple weeks for more fun with the February release at Technique Junkies.

As always, Happy Inking

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Is it October already?  For me, that means another year older!  It also means it’s time for the Technique Junkie Design Team’s  blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies new releases for October.

As usual, Pat has come up with some great new stamps for you and I know you are going to love them.  In addition to the stamps, the store is carrying stencils, art anthology colorations, and a variety of new dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.  As a special treat, Pat is offering 15% off all October 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 October Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card uses the technique called, Sprayed Joseph’s Coat recently published in the TJ Inkspirations Newsletter for September 2015.  It’s a super technique that produces vibrant contrast when a background stamp such as this new October Release called, “Pom Pom Swag” is used.  For my focal image I used, “Incrediball Canning Jar #PS015.”

 

October Hop 3

My second card uses the  same “Sprayed Joseph’s Technique” only this time instead of black spray I used Distress Spray in “Tarnished Brass.”  I then cut out my image using a My Favorite Things frame die and stamped the card base with “Pom Pom Swag” in Hero Arts Soft Purple ink. My sentiment is from the “Simple Sentiments Set 2, Style b.” This is a great all around sentiment set.

October Hop 1

My final card  uses the “Bandana Tutorial” from the Simple & Easy Inking CD. I used Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Wild Honey to create my background.  I then lifted up ink through a circle stencil and stamped the sweet “Afternoon Tea #SD644” with Hero Arts black ink.  I added the white gel pen highlights with the best white pen in the world by Signo Uniball.  I finished off the card with the new sentiment that goes perfectly with this stamp called, “Where there’s tea.” 

October Hop 2

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 

Sally Lynn MacDonald  

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 October Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off October Stamps for the next week only!

 

Cards in Envy “Inspired By A Song” Challenge

It’s Monday and time for another Cards In Envy Challenge.  This challenge is super fun and the theme is “Inspired By A Song.”  I went a little silly on this despite my card not being whimsical.  As we are heading into fall, I wanted to highlight an image featuring fall colors, thus, found “The Acorn Song.”  If that doesn’t sound familiar, you will at once know the chorus that goes, “I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut.”  Okay – I’m laughing hysterically now thinking about that fun song and the clicking noise you make at the end of it.  I hope others know what I’m talking about so I’m not laughing alone!

Before we get to the card, just a reminder that the Cards in Envy rules are simple and require only that your card fit into a A2 standard envelope.

My card today features a Tim Holtz’s Autumn Blueprint stamp.  I began with a manilla tag and inked it with distress inks and stenciled over that to create a little mixed media feel.  I colored the ribbon with distress stains and stamped another Tim Holtz stamp for the sentiment.  The background is canvas paper from DCWV.

Acorn-wm

Well, that’s it for me today.  I’m off to make more cards singing, I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut…..

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