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Sketch Saturday Challenge #403

Happy Saturday Friends!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is offering a very generous $25.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.  You have until Friday, March 18th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I chose the new Art Impressions Watercolor image called “Wooden Gate”  to create the arch element in the sketch I designed.

I began with 140lb watercolor paper by Canson and stamped the gate with Tombow Markers using the Art Impressions Watercolor Technique that you can find here.   The sentiment is from the Hero Arts “Your So Lovely.”  For the background I embossed the We R Memory Keepers “woven” folder to mimic a basket.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

Technique Junkies 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 perusal.

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 great dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

My first card uses the “Distressed Stain Dip” from the Simple & Easy Inking CD for the background.  The stains used were Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, and Mustard Seed. The focal image is “Happy Valentines Day #SD651” which I embossed in white and fussy cut.  I created a small shaker and used a Simon Says Stamp stitched die for the background panel.

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My second card uses the ““Stained Embossing Technique from the Simple & Easy Inking Techniques CD” using Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled Glass and put through the We R Memory Keepers embossing folder. For my focal image I used “Marilyn SD #655” which I colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers and added “Vegas Gold Sorbet” for her hair.  My sentiment is “Better Things SDX063” white heat embossed.

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My next card features the hip new stamp called, “Blue Jeans #S643.”  I created the texture using “Frosted Distress Stencil from the Sensational Stencil CD” with the “Cracked Stencil by Art Anthology” and Hero Arts Stone Wash and Wet Cement inks.  The “frosted” element was silver perfect pearls mixed with water and stamped through the stencil.  I used the “Better Things SDX063” sentiment which was white heat embossed.

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My final project uses the “Bookworms #SS054” stamp to create a corner bookmark perfect for a handmade gift.  I also used “Faint Scratches #S518” and “Here We Go In Circles #SS030.”

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

The next stop is the wildly creative Jane Bosi.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Judy Jackson

Karen McAlpine 

Pam DeChellis

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jane Bosi

Tonya Davidson

Beth Norman 

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!

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the Holidays for the September Technique Junkies Blog Hop.  This release features Halloween and Christmas for your upcoming holiday crafting.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will be hosing a blog hop to showcase the new holiday stamps and spark creative ideas for your festive inking.

Pat is again offering 15% off all September Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has added more new products to the store including stencils, art anthology colorations, Prills, and a variety of fun dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

My first card uses the Color Sandwich Technique from the Simple & Easy Inking CD for the background.  The inks used were Twisted Citron, Black Soot, and Ripe Persimmon.  Once all my colors were laid down I inked Versamark through the Spider Web Tim Holtz Stencil and applied clear powder.  This added some texture without taking away from the technique.  The focal image is “Black Cat SD615,” which I embossed then watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  The sentiment “Fright Night SDX054” was again stamped over a Spider Web stenciled background of Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

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My second card uses the “Depth of Field Technique also from the Simple & Easy Inking Techniques CD”.  This worked so well with the Set of 6 stamps in “Christmas Trees #SS045.”  I love the variety of trees in this set and can’t wait to make more cards using it.  After creating the depth of field background, I did some inlayed die cutting using the Papertrey Ink “Peace” die.  To make it pop-up I cut out four “peace” words and stacked them up.  The colors used are from Hero Arts Shadow inks in Vanilla, Royal Red, Charcoal and Field Green.

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My next two cards feature the stunning sentiment called, “Merry Christmas #SD654.” This sentiment is so beautiful on it’s own I wanted to keep my cards very clean and simple.  I heat embossed the image on both cards and added sequins for some embellishment. The first cards background die is from Our Daily Bread and the second is Memory Box.

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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 http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com

Sally Lynn MacDonald  http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com

Beth Norman http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Jane Bosi http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com

Gini Cagle http://ginicagle.blogspot.com

Judy Jackson  http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Marilyn Hughes http://DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Robin Redd  http://robinredd.typepad.com/reddrobinstudios/

Kathy Stacy https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com

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

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Is it August 1st already?  Well you all know what that means – Time for the Technique Junkie Design Team’s  blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for August.

I really loved this new release as the stamps beg for the application of color and vibrancy.  In addition to a bunch of cool new stamps, there are 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 August 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 August Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card uses the Grunged Stencil Tutorial on the Sensational Stencils CD for the background.   This is a super easy technique and fun with all types of stencils.  My stencil is from Dina Wakely and my ink is Distress.  I then “grunged” it using my own concoction of Perfect Pearls Spray made with water and powdered perfect pearls.

My focal image is a new Pallettini Stamp made exclusively for Technique Junkies called, Let’s Face it 5 #P030.  If you haven’t seen this series, there are some great faces in this collection so please check them out.

I stamped her on Copic X-Press It paper and colored her using E42, E33, and E25 Copic Markers.  I then stamped her headpiece using Versamark and clear embossing ink over Basic Grey’s “kneehigh” collection.  After fussy cutting her headpiece, I then applied it back on the image using Collage Pauge and once that dried, applied highlights using a Pitt Artist Pen in Brown.  This is a great way to add depth into your paper piecing. My final step was to add some Club Scrap fiber.

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My second card uses the “Stencil Collage and Stencil Turn Techniques also from the Sensation Stencil CD”.  After stamping the “Contemporary Floral #S638” with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossing with clear, I applied Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, and Squeezed Lemonade through a Crafters Workshop stencil.  The background was then created using the same colors of distress paint as I did distress ink then applied black paint through a Heidi Swapp Herringbone Stencil. The sentiment is “Kindness Matters DX026.”

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My final card  uses the “Saturated Stencil Technique,” from the Sensational Stencils CD.  Don’t these CD’s have tons of great techniques?  I used Distress Stains in Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, and Squeezed Lemonade to create my background.  I then lifted up ink through the Tim Holtz Star Stencil using water and heat embossed “Circus Stars #S614” with white powder.  For the focal image I stamped and heat embossed “Lovers Silhouette #SD636” then colored it using the same colors from the background.  For my sentiment I created a banner from “Forever and a Day #SD599”

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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 http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com

Sally Lynn MacDonald  http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com

Beth Norman http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Jane Bosi http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com

Gini Cagle http://ginicagle.blogspot.com

Judy Jackson  http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Marilyn Hughes http://DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Robin Redd  http://robinredd.typepad.com/reddrobinstudios/

Kathy Stacy https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com

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

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The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes

It’s the fifth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built Anything Goes challenge.  This doesn’t come around too often, but it’s your time to do anything you wish.  You have until Tuesday, August 4th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

For my card today I broke out my Kuretake Gamsi Watercolors.  I started by stamping the Repeat Impressions “Love Birds 1707-M with Archival Black Ink so it wouldn’t bleed. I did the same for the sentiment, “Love, Hugs 2509-H”.

The die is from Our Daily Bread Designs and so beautiful.  As a hint, when you have dies that are so detailed, use wax paper between the paper and die and it will come out easier.  You also want to make sure you have good pressure by adding some shims.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! If you use a Repeat Impressions Stamp in your design, you’ll get an extra entry!

Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Sketch Saturday Challenge #369

Happy Saturday Friends!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is offering a very generous $25.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.  You have until Friday, July 17th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I chose a gorgeous new stamp set I purchased at Simon Says Stamp by Wplus9 called, “Doodle Buds.”  I was inspired by Kathy over at “The Daily Marker”, when she shared her Day 9 project during her most recent Color Challenge.  Kathy’s work amazes me so if you haven’t checked her out, please do.

I must admit I had to purchase the new Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I held back a little and didn’t get all the colors.  To help me decide, I used Jennifer McQuire’s color chart.  What I like best about these is they blend so well without even using water.  I found that you really do need to use watercolor paper for the best results.

After I colored my flowers I broke out my June “Simon Says Stamp Card Kit” for the paper elements.  I cut out a border using Lawn Fawn’s scalloped die and a My Favorite Things rectangle die.  The colorful rainbow band is from Washi Tape in the kit that I placed on a piece of white card stock for stability.  I finished by stamping the heart element from Wplus9 “Buble Talk.”

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Happy June 1st fellow Junkies!  With summer almost here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is kicking off those anticipated warm sunny days with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for June.  In addition to a bunch of cool new stamps, there are 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 June 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 June Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card uses the Alcohol Stencil Tutorial on the Sensational Stencils CD.   This is a super cool technique and really easy.  I started by making a bunch of card bases using different inks and moving my Crafters Workshop Cell Therapy stencil around.   To create the card, I stamped Tide Pool Starfish #S632 image on the alcohol stencil background in Archival Sepia ink.   I pulled a few other starfish from the other sheets to pop up and cut out a Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Seahorse inking all those edges.   I also used those other sheets to stamp my sentiment “Winds of Change #SD621” using black archival ink.  I created a scalloped frame by hand and cut it out to highlight the sentiment.

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My second card uses the “Gel Medium Resist” technique also from the Sensational Stencil CD.  After stamping the “Tide Pool Starfish #S632” on Bristol Smooth paper I added a heavy body gel medium through the Crafters Workshop “Cell Theory Stencil.”   I then applied several colors of distress ink over the dried gel and added the twine and bubble die.

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Here’s a close up of the technique using “Gel Medium Resist”

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My final card  uses the “Gelato Wipe Tutorial,” from the Sensational Stencils CD.  Don’t these CD’s have tons of great techniques?  I used three different colors of Gelatos on each card and finished using this beautiful stamp from the June Release called “Different Flowers.”   Both are heat embossed on a heavier Bazzil Vellum and wrapped around the card base. I finished off with a few sequins and gems and called her done!

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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 Marilyn Hughes’ Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Marilyn!

The next stop is at Pat Huntoon’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com

Beth Norman http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Jane Bosi http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com

Gini Cagle http://ginicagle.blogspot.com

Judy Jackson  http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Marilyn Hughes http://DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Kathy Stacy https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com

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

Cards in Envy Challenge: When Nature Calls

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is “When Nature Calls.”  This can be anything you find in nature.

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card I wanted to create an outdoor scene using my Kuretake Gamsi Watercolors.  I was inspired by a Jill Foster for Penny Black video tutorial. The birds are Penny Black “Nature ‘s Friend,” and the sentiment is Club Scrap.

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Hope you like it and enter a card with us at Cards in Envy!

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Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Happy May 1st!  It’s time for another Technique Junkies Blog Hop. For this hop, we are celebrating the new May Release at the Technique Junkies Store.  In addition to cool new stamps, there are new 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 May Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

Stop by all the design team’s blogs for great samples of the other new May Release stamps. Being from Southern California, I was excited to see that some of the release is beached themed and focused my cards on that theme.

My first card uses the Background Popup Technique from the Simple & Easy Inking CD.  I started by stamping the Sand Dollars #S617 image on two sheets of Bristol Smooth card stock with Simon Says Stamp Ink in Khaki.  I cut out the sand dollars from one of the sheets and popped them up on the uncut image.  I stamped “Listen to the Sea #SDX053” using Versafine Black Onyx Ink and clear heat embossed. To give that extra touch, I took a black sharpie pen and ran it around all the popped up images to give them a frame.

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My second card features another beach themed May Release stamp called, Starfish #S629.  I used the Aged Tiles Technique, also from the Simple & Easy Easy CD.  After inking the stamp with multiple brown distress inks, I cut the panel apart in staggering sizes, inked the edges, and placed them back together on my card base. The sentiment is from, “Things I want to do #S546” and resting on a Our Daily Bread Label Die.  I tied down the image with some twine to add even more of a beach feel.

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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 Marilyn Hughes’ Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Marilyn!

The next stop is at Robin Redd’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Judy Jackson

Pam DeChellis

Marilyn Hughes 

Kathy Stacy – Me!

Robin Redd

Beth Norman 

Jane Bosi 

Gini Cagle 

Jerri Jones 

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies May Release Hop!

Technique Junkies Inspiration!

Hello Friends!  Today I’m showing off another April release stamp from Technique Junkies.  In addition I’d encourage you to come on over to the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog and subscribe so you too can enjoy all the designers inspiration.

Today I’ve made a card using the Technique Junkies April/May 2011 Newsletter called, Blended Blotches.  I began by stamping the April Release flower called, “Flourished Floral – #S627” in Archival Black Ink.  I then scribbled a few similar colors of Inktense pencils on the background and applied water to move ink.  To color the flower, I reversed the process and pulled ink directly from the Inktense Pencils. That way you get really vibrant colors.  I finished off my card by adding the Technique Junkies sentiment from, “Things I want to do – #S546″ and splattered some black ink across the card.

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I hope you’ve had a chance to check out the new Technique Junkies website. It’s really easy to find what you need now by using the search bar at the top.

Happy Thursday!

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