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Technique Junkies – Dahhhhling

Happy Thursday Friends!  Today I’m bringing another project from Technique Junkies April Release stamps.

My card started by white heat embossing “Life is Tough”. I then colored the background using Mermaid Markers in Coral, Pirates Gold, and Lobster. I colored this beauties skin using Koi black watercolor.  I also added the same black to the sentiment to make it pop.

To create the frame, I used the same concept Pat taught in February/March 2013 Subscriber Pages using “Block Fill” technique.  Instead of filling the block, I made lines using my T-ruler.

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!

Cards in Envy Challenge: Pretty Pastels

Happy Monday!  We here at Cards in Envy hope you are enjoying Spring.  Today we begin a new challenge highlighting “Pretty Pastels”.  What a great way to give some creative license.

As a quick reminder, please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, April 30th.  The design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

Today, my card features a Technique Junkies Stamp called “Large Poppies” which I stamped in Versamark Ink and white heat embossed over My Favorite Things watercolor design paper.  The “because die” and sentiment are also My Favorite Things.  To create the dimension in the “because”, I die cut it four times and stacked it up, then applied with Matte Medium Gel.  I finished off with Hero Arts hearts.

We can’t wait to see your Pretty Pastel entries over at Cards in Envy this challenge.  If you are interested in purchasing the above stamp, you can use my discount TJ10Kathy at the Technique Junkies Store.

Technique Junkies – Large Poppies

Hey Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here today with another card from Technique Junkies.  Flowers represent the best of spring and these Large Poppies are so beautiful.

My card today is simply stamped using versamark ink which I then white heat embossed. I then brought in watercolors in a wet on wet fashion.  My sentiment is a perfect set for sympathy cards called, “With Sympathy Set of 5”, which I’ve heat embossed on heavy vellum.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and as always we wish you lots of creative play today.  Stop by the Facebook Group to show us your work.

Discount Code for any Technique Junkie Stamp is: TJ10Kathy

Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

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 – Talking to You

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with inspiration using the February Technique Junkies stamp release called, “Talking to You #S707” which I stamped several times using the Misti tool  for a really crisp impression. I love using this tool because with large surface stamps like this one you often don’t get a good first impression.

For a really quick card, stamp over some patterned paper.  It’s perfect for a homemade care that takes no time at all and a great way to send some encouragement.

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As always, we hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I’ll see you later on this month for more junkie goodness.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

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!

Technique Junkies – Love Script

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with some inspiration using the January Technique Junkies stamp release called, “Love You #SD725”.  This stamp is a perfect ATC background stamp, but can also be used as a focal image such as I’ve done here when you frame it.

I painted a piece of card stock with Art Anthology Dimensional Paint and embossed Silver Sparkle Powder over the top.  The background is another new January stamp called “Love Script #S697” which I stamped using Hero Arts silver ink.  Inking your edges will always nicely frame you card bringing the eye in toward the center.

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Here’s a close up of the silver sparkle embossing over the Art Anthology Dimensional Paints.

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Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I can’t wait to share the new February Technique Junkies stamps with you on 1st.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies Masculine Love Card

Hey Junkies!

It’s The Crafty Nurse here with a bit of inspiration featuring one of the January Release stamps from Technique Junkies called “Messy Love #S744”. I wanted to use this stamp in a masculine way by using muted colors and a simple design.

I began by stamping “Messy Love”  with versamark ink over some MyMinds Eye design paper then clear heat embossed the heart pattern over the design paper.  Once heat set, I then took Distress Ink in Ground Espresso and went over the entire piece buffing with a baby wipe to remove any lingering ink over the clear embossing. There is a similar technique in the Artistic Effects CD using Distress Stains.  I finished off with the “Forever and A Day” stamp set from last years release.

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We all need some masculine love cards this time of year so try out this cool technique with some of your favorite Technique Junkie Love stamps.

Happy Inking!!

The Crafty Nurse

 

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

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Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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