Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Blog Hop



Hi! Today is May 1st - Release Day at Technique Junkies, and we are celebrating the release today with a Design Team Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Tonya's Blog, you are in the right place. If this is your first stop, I urge you to go back to the Design Team Blog to start the hop (the artwork on that page was all done by me,also). 

Of course, as always, the newly released May stamps are 15% off through May 8th! I hope you have been inspired by the art you have seen from our talented team so far.

Here is a little more eye candy for you!

This first piece uses the Measure Herself stamp. I love the saying on this stamp: "She began to Measure Herself in Contentment and Laughter rather than inches and pounds."  I just think it is such an appropriate saying for all of us!

One more piece for you before I send you off to Robin's Blog:

This piece uses the Falling Flowers Stamp with the Life Full of Love Sentiment. The background flowers were colored with Art Anthology Baby Blue Eyes Sorbet and Honolulu Blue Sorbet, and then the background was colored with Grass ad Waimea Bay Colorations. 
I think the Life full of Love sentiment is perfect for weddings, engagements and every celebration of love!

Okay, now, on to the rest of the hop. You are off to Robin's Blog:

In case you missed it, here is the entire line-up:
Karen McAlpine: http://dreamingncreating.blogspot.com/2016/04/may-new-release-blog-hop-with-technique.htmlKathy Stacy: https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/technique-junkies-may-blog-hop/


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

More Mums

I love the new Elegant Mums Background. I think it has so much potential for coloring. I hope you saw the post this week for the Blog Hop, where I showed one way to use this stamp, along with so many other of the April Releases.

There is a little story about the image above. Every time I make a new stamp, I ink the first image that comes out of the rubber stamp "oven" vulcanizer). When I made the April stamps, I used a Denim Blue Distress Ink pad, because it was close at hand and convenient. I stamped all the images, set aside the paper (VERY satisfied with the results), and kept "ccoking."

Just a day or so ago, I came across that sheet and decided to use some of those initial images. The image above was one of them - the first image from the first stamp off the line.

All I did to finish this image was to color it with Distress Markers.   Its very easy to color -- and I can't wait to use it with other color schemes!

The sentiment is an older image called Afraid to Do.

Remember that the April Release Stamps are on sale through Friday, April8th. Get yours today!


Friday, April 1, 2016

Last Stop on the Technique Junkies April Blog Hop!

Welcome! If you arrived here from Robin's Blog for the Technique Junkies Release Day Blog Hop, you are in the right place! If you started here, I urge you to stop and go back to the beginning of the hop, to the Design Team Blog so that you don't miss anything!

Again, today is release day at Technique Junkies and we are celebrating the new stamps with new artwork from the design team! Also, the April Release Stamps are 15% off now through April 8th, too.  Before you go shop, here are a few more pieces of artwork to inspire you.


First up is the new Jazz Singer stamp layered over the new Mosaic Scallops background. I colored each of the images with Copic Markers. The sentiment is from the TJ line, and is called All Stars.

The second piece here uses the new Bulls Eye Blooms Background under the new Bear with Flowers image. I used the existing Sentimental Sayings set to add a final touch to this card.
The floral above uses the Elegant Mums background, with the existing Live in the Present stamp as a sentiment, The background for the mums was simply sprayed with Art Anthology Colorations.
Finally, the Saxophonist stamp was the perfect image to use with the Palettini Vintage Music background.

I hope you have been inspired today by today's hop. Make sure to stop by the store to get your 15% off the new April Releases!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Last stop on the HOP!

Welcome to the March Release Day Blog Hop! I am the last stop on the hop today, so if you are starting here, I suggest you go back to the beginning, to the Design Team Blog, and catch up with all of the artwork celebrating the release of the new stamps! If you arrived here from Beth's blog, you are in the right place.

Remember that all March release stamps are 15% off through March 8th! Make sure to order your favorites and get your discount today!

Before you go -- here is a little more eye candy!

This is the new Vintage Floral stamp from the Palettini line. I simply painted the stamped image with Art Anthology Sorbet Paints, then sprayed over it with Art Anthology Colorations.   I love the intense colors!

One more time, here is the line-up for the hop:

I hope you were inspired today and that you love these stamps as much as I do!

Monday, February 1, 2016

The final stop of the TJ Hop!


Welcome! Today is release day and the Technique Junkies Design Team is celebrating with a hop. If you arrived here from Beth's Blog, you are in the right place.  If this is your first stop, I encourage you to start at the beginning, on the Design Team Blog. If you started at the beginning, I hope you have been inspired by what you have seen.

Don't forget, we have 15 new releases today, and a 15% discount on all the February Release Stamps!

Today I am featuring two of the new stamps. The bright pink/red/orange card, above, was made using Art Anthology Minx in the background. The Minx were dropped onto wet watercolor paper, sprayed with Gilded Gold Colorations, and then moved around until the background was covered with color. Once dried, the Le Tour Eiffel image was stamped over the watercolor paper with black StazOn ink. The Fancy Paris Sentiment (not a February release) was stamped and then colored with Juicy Colorations.

My second card today uses the Paris Dreams stamp, colored with colored pencils. I layered this over a second Minx background stamped with the Le Tour Eiffel stamp, which was made in the same way as the one above.

I hope you enjoyed the hop today, and that you found some things you loved. Remember to order your February stamps before February 8th!



Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year -- Let's HOP!

Happy New Year! Hopefully you have arrived here from Beth's blog, and have had the chance to go through our hop with us. If not, stop right now and head on over to the Design Team Blog. We have new stamps for the New Year! You won't want to miss what the Team has in store for you this hop, and it is a great way to see this month's new stamps in action.

Don't forget - all of the January Release Stamps are 15% off until January 8th. Who doesn't want to save a little this time of year?

Today I have a few new cards to show you using some of the new designs. First, this one uses a great stamp called Happy Birthday Advice:

 I paired it up with the Pom Pom Swag Stamp (released this fall) 'cause I continue to be in love with that stamp. Its so festive! The background was made using a new product called MINX -- I am rolling it out to you later this month. TO DIE FOR shimmer!

Next, another couple of stamps that are dear to me, since I am a voracious reader (well, truthfully, I mainly listen to books on tape since I travel so much!). The background uses a large stamp called Books, and the sentiment is one from the new Bookworms Set.  If you love to read, you should check it out!
 Finally -- this sweet dog from the Let's Roll set.  I cropped this one a little funk, but you get the idea!  It is a set of two, with the dog/truck stamp and Lets Roll stamp separate.  I chose to put my sentiment inside the card.  Ever have a dog that loved car rides? I have two of them that do!
The background stamp used here is the Medium Porcelain Crackle Background. It is a stamp that has been in the line for years and years -- and it is still current!

As for me...I am one happy 2016-er. Technique Junkies is moving along full-speed ahead, and I am so excited to continue to share new things with you! New Ideas, New Stamps, New Techniques -- everything coming this year has an aura of excitement. Strap in and enjoy the ride!


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Coming to a city near you!!


Just a quick announcement -- I finally finished and published the Technique Junkies trade show schedule for 2016! Go take a look HERE.

This is one of the classes I am teaching this year. Aren't these cards cute? 8 cards, with envelopes, in a decorative acetate box.  If I am coming to your city and you would like me to teach this class in YOUR town, email me!

I hope you are close enough to one of our venues to come by and say hi!  See you in 2016...