Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year - First Blog Hop of 2018!

Welcome and Happy New Year! To kick off 2018, we have 15 new stamps to celebrate the year's beginning, along with a hop to inspire you. If you came here from Lynda's blog, you are in the right place. If this is your first stop, I encourage you to start over on the Design Team Blog to see all of the new stamps, and the inspiration from our fabulous design team.

As usual, all of the stamps in the January New Release Category are 15% off through January 8th. Simply add things to your shopping cart from that category and those stamps will automatically be 15% off at checkout. If you want things that are not in the new stamps, you can get 10% off those - simply grab a 10% discount code from one of the designers if you are interested in buying anything else and you can take 10% off that, too! 

Here are more artwork pieces to inspire you with this new release:
This first card uses the Valentine Love background stamp. I stamped the image in Dark Brown Chalk Ink, then I stamped it again on a separate piece of paper with Lipstick Red Chalk Ink. Then I cut out the lips and the "Valentine", and adhered them directly over the brown areas.  To make them really shine, I went over each of the red areas with Judikins Dimensional Glaze (some companies call this Crystal Effects, Glossy Effects, or Glass Glaze). Everything was layered onto white and I just added three glittering red brads at the bottom.

My second piece uses The Kiss, along with the You are Loved sentiment. Both were stamped in Dark Brown Chalk Ink and colored with Chameleon Duotone Colored Pencils. The background is designer paper.

This piece uses the Make a Wish stamp as a focal image. I stamped it in blue ink, then went back over some of the stamped image with markers.  The background is the Donuts Happy Birthday stamp that was stamped repeatedly in pink, turquoise and orange. If you went through the hop, you might notice that this Happy Birthday stamp coordinates perfectly with the Birthdays and Donuts stamp. I meant for it to go on the inside of the card. I think it works pretty well here, too.

Finally, this piece uses the Valentine Love stamp as a background, with the Love You words from the Love You More set. To make the background, I used the Nuvo Glitter Markers to color the words and Lips in different colors. For the Love You sentiment, I stamped it n blue on a piece of light blue paper then cut around the words before I layered them onto the pink hearts (from a punch). It really wasn't as much work as you would think to cut out the words, and I love the effect!

Okay, so this is the end of the hop. Now is a great time to shop - I hope you were inspired by everything you saw today!

Happy New Year!
Warmest Wishes, 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Too Dark to read - but not too late

Today is November 8th - the final day for the Technique Junkies New Release sale. Today is the last day that you can take 15% off the new release stamps, so I thought I would show you one more piece using the stamps...

The Too Dark to Read focal image stamp is funny, and remarkable easy to use. I simply inked it with Dark Brown Chalk ink and stamped on Neenah Solar white paper. Chalk ink is really the best ink for stamping bold or silhouette stamps -- see how perfect the image is? That is due to the ink, in my opinion.

The area in the middle of this card is a piece of designer paper - I loved the look of the book pages under the stamp. The background is the ABCs background from the Technique Junkies line (previously released).

Make sure to get your discount today, and remember that all of the Christmas stamps are 20% off through November 13th, too! 
Have a great day!
Pat Huntoon

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Get a Bigger Bow

Yesterday we released 15 new stamps at Technique Junkies, and had a blog hop to celebrate. I just love this month's release, and I can't help making more and more artwork from the new stamps! Today am using the  Bigger Bow stamp over the Linen Dots background. The Bigger Bow image was colored using my Studio 71 markers. The background is simply 3 colors of distress inks that I swiped directly onto the background, then stamped onto light blue paper.

Remember that the November New Release Stamps are 15% off through November 8th, including these two stamps. 

Have a great day!
Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Blog Hop - Last Stop, last hop!

Welcome! Today is November 1st, and that means we have a blog hop to celebrate the release of 15 NEW stamps in the Technique Junkies line.If this is your first stop, I encourage you to take a moment to go the the Design Team Blog to start the hop fresh - you will be directed to all of the amazing creations from the Technique Junkies design team from there. If you have come here from Chris' blog, you are in the right place. Hopefully, you have seen all of the gorgeous artwork an are feeling inspired!

As usual, the November Release Stamps are 15% off through November 8th. So take a look at what I made, and then go on off the shop! Keep in mind that all of the Christmas category stamps are 20% off through November 13th, too -- you can take advantage of BOTH sales!

First up: I'm Fluffy. This simple stamp says it all. As a fluffy girl, I can identify with this stamp. Like the background? It is Nuvo Glimmer Paste through A Colorful Life Stencil, and it will covered in this Friday's email/You Tube video. It's pretty special, no?

Next up is my Kitty Comfort Card, with a Paint Rings Background. I got a little carried away with the gold glimmer, but I LOVE the background, and the sweet love between the kitties. 

To make this background, I simply sprayed watercolor paper with two Dylusions sprays, then sprayed Art Anthology Gold Fairy Dust Spray directly onto the Paint Rings stamp. I stamped the image and let the spray dry. Look at it close up - gorgeous, isn't it?

And finally for today, I have this happy message for you:
I thought the Grey Days stamp just SCREAMED for a rainbow behind it! I simply swiped Distress Inks in rows in the background, and hightlighted the Raindrops on the (previously released) Big Drops stamp with Glassy Glaze. Makes me happy just to look at it!

I made more from this month's release, so stay tuned to my blog later this week.  Hopefully you have been inspired -- time to shop and save some money!

Thanks for coming by today...
Pat Huntoon

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Blog Hop - Last Stop!

Welcome! Today is October 1st and we have a new release for you at Technique Junkies!  This is the last stop on the TJ New Release Blog hop, so if you started here, I encourage you to go back to the TJ Design Team blog - the beginning - to start again. You won't want to miss any of the inspiration the girls have for you!

Before we get to my art, I just wanted to remind you that the October release stamps are 15% off through October 8th.  Simply add what you like to your shopping cart and they will be discounted automatically until then.

Here are a few pieces I made from the new stamps:
The first uses the new Cocktail Joy set. This was so easy to color; I just used Grey Memento ink and colored here and there with Copics. I just pulled the perfect piece of background paper from my (extensive) stash, and viola! Instant Christmas Card. I may make some of these some of my Card recipients this Christmas, but I think I might only use the top part of the stamp on the outside (Joy is just a cocktail away) and the bottom part (Merry Christmas) on the inside.

This card uses the Grace in her Heart stamp. I simply stamped her in Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, then cut her out so I could get that polka-dotted background behind her.  Again, just a simple stamp, a little cutting, and some background paper.  This is my personal favorite stamp from the release! I love inspirational and uplifting stamps and I just had to use this saying on a stamp. It was fun to design, and even more fun to use!

And for the last one today:
This uses the Give Thanks stamp with Nuvo Glitter Markers. The background is just white paper put through and embossing folder, then highlighted with ink.  This makes a great Thanksgiving card and is perfect for table place cards for Thanksgiving!

Well, that's all I have for you today. It's time to go shop! Make sure to take advantage of the 15% discount on the new October release stamps.  Thanks for coming by today!
Pat Huntoon

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Hop, Giveaways and a Discount!

Welcome! Today is September 1st and we are celebrating the release of 22 new Technique Junkies Stamps with a blog hop and a $200 Giveaway! As usual, you will receive 15% off all of the Technique Junkies September New Release Stamps from now through September 8th. Additionally, we have a guest designer this month -- the fabulous Lydia Fiedler.  

How do two (2) $100 Technique Junkies Gift Certificates sound? Two people will be randomly chosen to each receive a $100 gift certificate to spend in the Technique Junkies store. You will be entered to win by commenting on any of the blog posts for this month's hop - in fact, you will have one entry for EACH blog you comment on.  If you comment on all 13 blogs, you will have 13 entries to win!

Since this is the LAST stop on the hop, you may have already left comments and viewed the artwork on all the designer blogs, but if this is your first stop, I urge you to go the the Design Team blog to start from the beginning and leave your comments so you will be entered to win!

Whew! That is a lot of stuff!  How about a few final pieces of art to inspire you? I have to warn you, I was in a mono-chromatic kind of mood when I was making these. Kraft card stock  works so well with Autumn cards, and I love the look of Kraft on Christmas cards, too. I might have gotten a little carried away with the Kraft card stock! 

First is a quick card that uses The Greatest Oak stamp layered over a background that was stamped with one of the leaves from the Autumn Set:

 Next, I stamped the single Pinecone stamp repeatedly on a piece of Kraft cardstock with light brown ink, then stamped one of the phrases from the Gifts of Christmas Set over them using evergreen ink. This panel was layered over the (previously released) Pinecones Background, which was stamped in evergreen and lightly colored with colored pencils.

This next piece also uses Kraft cardstock and the same inks as above. Rustic Pine was stamped on Kraft and cut out, then layered over the Faint Scratches (previously released) background. Another phrase from the Gifts of Christmas Set was stamped over the background before it was layered on evergreen and kraft card stock.

For my last piece today, I used the Santa in Moonlight and Too Grown-up stamps on a white card stock panel. The Moon was colored with Copic Markers. This was layered over a black card stock piece that was stamped with the Star Collage in Gold.

I hope you have enjoyed the hop today! Make sure to leave those comments on all the blogs, and to take advantage of the 15% discount on the new September stamps, too.

Warm regards,
Pat Huntoon

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August New Release Blog Hop - last stop!

Welcome! Today is August 1st and you have gotten to the last stop on our monthly Technique Junkies Design Team Hop. We are celebrating the release of 15 brand new stamps this month!

If this is your first stop, I urge you to go to the Design Team Blog and start there -- the artwork from the team this month is out of this world, and you won't want to miss it.

As always, all of the new stamps are 15% off from today through the end of Tuesday, August 8th only. Make sure to shop after you browse all of the artwork! You don't want to miss out on the savings.

Ready to see the last few pieces?

First, this...the Be Cool Llamas. I am obsessed with these happy dudes! The only reason the other designers have not shown them is that this stamp was not added to the release until the last minute - honestly, I couldn't help myself, I just had to release it!

Aren't they just too cute?

Next, I have this gorgeous beauty - called Vine Beauty -- that I have layered over the Rainforest stamp.  The thing about the Rainforest stamp is that it could easily be used with just one color as a background, but I love how it looks with the leaves colored individually:
The sentiment is from the typewriter set (previously released).

And finally for me today, I have this...the Amazing Grace stamp layered over the Planks Background. These two stamps are gorgeous alone, but together? Heaven.
Thank you for joining us today -- I hope you like the new stamps!  Make sure to take advantage of the discount today, too.
Happy August!

Pat Huntoon