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...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Blog Hop and Day 18 of the 30 Days of Christmas!

Today we are celebrating two-fold! It is November 1st, and we are celebrating the final release of the year for Technique Junkies stamps with a blog hop. In addition, it is Day 18 of the 30 Days of Christmas -- and I am using some of the new releases to celebrate!

If you arrived here from Kathy Stacey's blog, you are in the right place! If not, I encourage you to start at the beginning of the hop. Here is the entire lineup:
Gini Williams Cagle: http://ginicagle.blogspot.com




The card above uses the Fresh Chevron background. I created an Ombre' effect by applying three colors of stains directly to the stamp:










The first color was applied to the top 1/3 of the stamp, directly to the rubber.
The next color was applied to the center portion, direct to stamp.
The final color was added to the bottom 1/3 of the stamp.



Spray the stamp lightly with water and stamp onto watercolor paper. Use a heat tool to dry piece fully.

The focal point of the stamp is a new November stamp called Doxie's Guilt Trip.  I just think it is the cutest stamp! I added a ribbon around Doxie's neck and added the Merry Christmas 2 stamp so the Doxie can help us celebrate the season!

Don't forget that the Christmas sale has been extended to November 12th -- 20% off all Christmas stamps! Use the word Christmas at checkout for your discount.

I hope you have enjoyed the hop today. Don't forget to go to the Technique Junkies website to get your 15% off of the November stamps!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Release Blog Hop -- Final Stop!

Welcome! Today is Release Day at Technique Junkies, and the Design Team and I are celebrating with a Blog Hop. Hopefully, you arrived here from Kathy's Blog, and enjoyed her beautiful work. If not, please start back at the beginning of the hop, at the Design Team Blog. The artwork is worth every click!

Even though I posted a few things for you on the Design Team Blog, I have a few more pieces to show you before you can go shop (the October 2015 New Release Stamps are 15% off through October 9th). First we'll start with this:
This card was made using the Afternoon Tea Stamp along with the Where There's Tea Sentiment. I used Peerless Watercolors to give a subtle hint of color. If you started at the Design Team Blog, you know that I showed stamps there that were on the masculine side -- this one is decidedly feminine! 

One more for today, using the new Pom Pom Swag Background, with the Live in the Present Stamp used as a focal point.  To achieve the color gradation, I simply swiped the background direct to stamp, using 4 colors of  Distress Inks.

I hope you enjoyed our hop today. Remember to go to the techniquejunkies.com website for the 15% discount!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Blog Hop! Final Stop...

Hi Stampers! Today is September 1st -- Release Day on www.techniquejunkies.com -- which means it is also HOP day.  Today the entire Technique Junkies Design Team has put together a wonderful Holiday Hop to showcase the 15 new September stamps.  I hope you have had a chance to go through the hop. If you arrived here from Kathy Stacy's Blog, you are in the right place. If THIS is your first stop, take a moment to go back to the beginning - you will NOT want to miss this artwork!!

After the hop, make sure to go shop -- all 15 of the Sepember release stamps are 15% off until September 8th!

Here is the full hop list!
Design Team Blog http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com <---start here!
Sally Lynn MacDonald  http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com

Now for the final piece in the hop:

For my piece, I used the Draped Christmas background stamp.  In order to get the multiple layers of draping, I simply stamped the stamp in VersaMark, then embossed it,  then moved the stamp over slightly and stamped/embossed again in another color.  I love how it turned out!  The Happy New Year stamp is also new -- a great way to ring in the new year. (Seems like a way off in 90degree weather -- but it will be here before you know it!)

I hope you were inspired by the hop. Remember that the 15 newly released stamps are all 15% off until September 8th.  Thanks for visiting with us today!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Release Blog Hop



Welcome! Today is August 1st, and here at Technique Junkies Stamps, we have a baker's dozen of new stamps ready for you! To celebrate, we are hosting a blog hop so that you can see some of the great new stamps in action. After the hop, go shop -- all AUGUST release stamps are 15% off! You can find them HERE.

If you arrived here from Kathy Stacy's blog ( http://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com), congratulations, you have seen all of the blogs - I hope you are feeling inspired! If  THIS is your first stop, then I urge you  to head over to the Design Team blog at techniquejunkies.blogspot.com to start from the beginning.

Here are my offerings for today:
 This piece uses the new Lanterns and the Always Hope stamps as the main stamps. For the background, I used the Marble Paper stamp to add more color.

The second card uses the Paw Prints stamp over a Herringbone background (Designer Paper Perfection CD). I love how the multicolored background sets off the simple stamp so well!

I hope that you have been inspired by the hop today. I love our new stamps, and I hope you do too!