Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lovely Lovely Lilacs

One of my favorite flowers in the world are Lilacs. When we first moved to our house in Connecticut 24 years ago there was a lilac tree (way too big to be a bush) outside my bedroom window, and in the early spring the lovely fragrance of fresh lilacs would fill my heart with happiness. I will forever love the smell of fresh lilacs because of that. Not to mention  their glorious purple color ...purple just makes me happy.

In light of this, no other floral design in the Technique Junkies stamp line this year has made me happier than this Lilac Background Stamp designed by JanTink from #mittenstatestamps (offered exclusively for Technique Junkies). Every time I color it, I think of my Lilacs...you can almost smell them, can't you?

I colored these stamped lilacs with Copic markers, then added the Best Wishes Sentiment from the Wreath Wishes Set. The white piece was edged with an Urban Graphite Glitter Marker, just to add a shimmering edge to the focal image piece.

Now all we have to do is wait for those Lilacs to bloom...just a few more weeks.

Monday, April 1, 2019

April New Release Celebration

I am thrilled to present our new April 2019 stamp release! We have 15 new stamps with some fun themes, and as usual, you will receive 15% off the new April 2019 Releases until April 8th. We have a celebration of inspiration for you, too - many of the Technique Junkies Designers are sharing the beautiful artwork they have created from the new stamps.

Don't forget, everyone who orders $30.00 and over during the month of April 2019 will receive the exclusive I Like to Party stamp for FREE!

Here are some ideas to get you started!

First, we have the Lily of the Valley Background stamp, part of the Mitten State Stamp line, colored with Copic Markers, and topped with one of the sentiments from the  Anniversary Set:

Next up is this little love that uses the Wreath Wishes Set, colored with Copics. This little set is great -- the two sentiments fit perfectly in the center of the wreath and it is so versatile for so many occasions:

I also adore the Hot Peppers background - It looks great with the Fiesta stamp, too.  This card will be in a tutorial later this month:

 And finally, for today, I have the Be a Pineapple stamp colored with Glitter Markers -- this will also be a tutorial this month!

Ready for  more inspiration?  Here is a full list of the bloggers participating in the celebration:

Make sure you take time to shop while the 15% discount is active. I hope you were inspired by all the artwork today, and that you love the new stamps as much as I do!

Pat Huntoon

Friday, March 1, 2019

A Celebration of Spring: New Stamps from Technique Junkies!

As we finally approach Spring, I am thrilled to roll out the New March Release Technique Junkies stamps for the month of March. We have a plethora of images that are great additions to the whole Technique Junkies line.  The TJ Design Team has created a celebration of the new stamps on their blogs. The full list of all the ladies playing along today is below.

Remember that all the stamps in the March New Release Category are 15% off through March 15th. And EVERY order over $30.00 in March will receive the Wildly Capable stamp automatically. This stamp will not be available for sale until April:

 These are some of the things I made from the new stamps:

My first creation uses the new Rose Border stamp with sentiments from the In Full Bloom set. I love this Rose Border - I think it is feminine and lovely. I simply stamped it in black and colored it with colored pencils. The In Full Bloom sentiment set is great, too since it is so versatile for floral and friend cards alike.

The card above uses the Love in the City stamp as a focal image. I lightly colored it with pastel pencils then I layered it onto a Textured Newsprint (previously released) background that had been sprayed with Silver Shimmering Bliss.  I added accents in yellow ink and stamped the Je t'aime sentiment from the French Sentiments Set (previously released) to finish the card.

Finally, I am very pleased with this card. I used the Crabapple stamp from Janine Tinklenberg/Mitten State Stamps and stamped it in black. I used colored pencils and finished it with one of the In Full Bloom Sentiments.

Here are the other girls celebrating the new stamps with us this month:

Okay - don't forget your 15% through March 8th. Enjoy the new stamps!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Celebrate the New February Stamp Release!

Welcome to our release celebration! Today we have 15 new stamps just for you! In addition to the 15% discount you will receive on the new stamps, anyone who spends $30.00 between today (February 1st) and February 8th, we will add this fun stamp:

I hope you take a few minutes today to take a look at the artwork from the other designers, I thin you will be very inspired! In the meantime, here is a little preview of some of the things I have made with the new stamps.

First, this one is a stamp called Confident Girl. I used brown ink and colored her hair and skin with pastel pencils, then darkened her glasses with a black marker.  The background uses Harvest Sunset Shimmering Bliss through the Floral Bouquet Stencil.

 The next sample uses the new Just a Hug stamp.  This is the simplest card ever -- with such a great sentiment!

In the next example, I use Thulian Pink and Mardi Gras Shimmering Bliss in the background. I stamped Silver Delicata Ink over it with the new Retro Blooms Background.  The focal image is the new Sparkle all Day stamp.  It is the sparkliest card ever!

 Finally in the last sample, I stamped the Paw Prints background on a piece of Kraft Cardstock, then sprayed over it with Harvest Sunset Shimmering Bliss. The focal image is the new Advice from a Cat stamp.  You can't help but to love this!

I hope you enjoy our new stamps this month! Make sure to take advantage of the 15% discount on the new stamps by February 8!

See you soon,
Pat Huntoon

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Stamps for the New Year!

Happy New Year! Many warm wishes to you and your families for a healthy and prosperous 2019.

To help ring in the new year, we are celebrating with a new stamp release. As usual, all new stamps are automatically discounted 15% through January 8, 2019. I am so excited about these new stamps! You can see the full new release here. Simply add any of the new stamps to your shopping cart and the 15% will be automatically applied at checkout.

As part of the celebration, the TJ Design Team has prepared artwork to inspire you. The full list of  participants are below, in case you want to check out their beautiful work. 

Here is some of the art I have made from the new stamps:

First, I used the One in a Lifetime stamp. I colored her with colored pencils, then I found this wild washi tape for the background. I love the positive message from this stamp!
Next, I colored the Cat Frame stamp with colored pencils and added one of the sentiments from the Cat Greetings Set. The set is great because it includes stamps for the inside and outside of your card. The background is a piece of handmade paper with texture that has been sprayed with Technique Junkies Shimmering Bliss.

 This next piece uses the Paris Postmarks background (also colored with Shimmering Bliss spray) with Merci from the French Sentiments Set .  I also added a little Eiffel Tower (previously released) as an accent.
 Finally, I made this cute little Valentine card! I used the You Stole My Heart stamp (colored with Copic Markers)  as the focal point. The background uses the Whimsey Love Stencil (from the collection of A Colorful Life Designs Stencils) lightly sprayed with Thulian Pink Shimmering Bliss. I love the tumbling hearts effect!
 Well, that is the end of the collection for January's stamps from me (so far). Watch our YouTube video on Friday for a quick tutorial for how to use the Better with Coffee Set. Not a subscriber to our YouTube channel? You can subscribe HERE.

Ready for more inspiration? Here is a list of the other participants celebrating the new release:

I hope you have enjoyed our celebration, and the new stamps. Happy New Year!
Pat Huntoon

Thursday, November 1, 2018

New Release Celebration!

Today is November 1st, and it is the last stamp release of the year for Technique Junkies. Today I am proud to show you the new stamps we are releasing. and happy to offer you a 20% discount off the new stamps through November 8th. Simply add any of them to your shopping cart and the 20% discount will be applied automatically.

Instead of a traditional blog hop, the TJ Design Team and a few of our friends have joined together to participate in the celebration.  You can find the full list below, or on the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.  I encourage you to visit the blogs -- there are many gorgeous pieces of artwork within!

Before I post the list, here are a few things I made from the new stamps.

First, nothing is more appropriate for a celebration than Champagne! I am very pleased with this new stamp called Champagne Toast. I filled in the glasses with Nuvo Jewel Drops and Nuvo Glaze (both  will be added to my store soon).  The background is the Showy Blooms Stencil that was sprayed with Thulian Pink, Golden Olivine, and Just Squeezed Shimmering Bliss Sprays.  This card just makes me happy!

This next piece uses the Neptune's Mond stamp. This stamp is probably my favorite stamp of the release. I think it is so elegant and so visually appealing:
 Again, the background uses two stencils topped with Shimmering Bliss.

Next I have this fun card that uses the Puddle Jump Stamp:
I paired the stamp with the Flowing Drops Stencil  sprayed with the Lapis Lazuli Shimmering Bliss.  It is so shimmery in person! The rain boots and the puddle were goth glossed with Nuvo Jewel Drops. 

Next, I have this pretty card that uses the new Life is a Balance stamp with the new Scribble Circles stamp:

Finally, my last piece uses the Music Opens the Soul stamp as a focal image:

To create the colorful background, I applied Distress Oxide Inks to the Palette Knife stamp and stamped it, then reinked the stamps and turn the paper 180 degrees and stamped again. I then stamped the (previously released) Vintage Music Palettini Stamp with black to highlight the music theme.

Are you ready for more? Here is a list of all of the Designers who are participating with the celebration:

I hope you enjoy all of the artwork today.  Make sure you get back to the Technique Junkies store to order the new stamps with the 20% discount, too!

Pat Huntoon

Monday, October 1, 2018

October New Release and Blog Hop!

Today is October 1st and I am thrilled to announce our annual holiday stamp release! Today we have 17 new stamps and 2 new Spray and Stamp Bundles for you.  I am so thrilled with the images we are showing today, and I hope you will love them as much as I do.

If you came here from Lynda's Blog, you are in the right place. If my blog is your first stop, I encourage you to go back to the beginning to the Design Team Blog - I think you will love all the inspiration our fabulous team has in store for you! 

The new release includes 6 new stamps from Jan Tinklenberg from #MittenStateStamps that you will absolutely adore!

Ready to get right to it?

I am here to show you the new stamp bundles.  First, Bundle 6, which includes two stamps and three sprays:
 Here is some of the artwork I made for this bundle:

The two stamps in the bundle use a couple of the new #MittenStateStamps from Jan Tinklenberg that are being released this month.  I just love these stamps and Jan's style!  The Christmas Cactus is so pretty and easy to stamp, and the Christmas Tree Holidays Stamp is a joy to stamp, also.  Here is a Video showing how they are done:

The second bundle, Bundle 7, is here:
The Christmas Whimsy stamp and the Snowman Whimsy stamp just make me happy! Not only that, but they are great with the shimmering touches the Spray Bundle adds. Here is a quick card using them:

And here is the video to show you how:

I hope you have enjoyed the hop today. Make sure to get the 15% discount on the rest of the stamps, too, from now through October 8th. Have fun shopping!