Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Blog Hop Celebration: New Rita Barakat Designs!


I am so pleased to have a new illustrator for Technique Junkies: Rita Barakat. In celebration of the 10 new stamps being released today that Rita designed, we have a HUGE blog hop! Not only are the TJ Designers hopping, but Rita has 10 of her friends playing along, too.

If this is your first stop, please take a moment and start at the beginning of the hop on the TJ Design Team Blog. The artwork all along is great, and you are sure to be inspired!

Rita has a wonderful design style and I am proud to be offering her stamps. They are so upbeat and happy!  If you have gone through the hop, I think you agree with me.

So here are my contributions to this wonderful hop...
 First, the card above uses the Rita Barakat Sweetie Stamp as the focal image.  I popped the image on a panel that uses the RB Floral Border stamp, along with one of the sentiments from the Sweet Fairy Tale Set.  This is layered over a Love Script panel that was colored with using the Glitter Marker Resist Technique.

My second piece uses the Zoe Stamp as the focal image. I popped Zoe over the Floral Border. Both were colored with Nuvo Glitter Markers.  The sentiment is one from the Typewriter Set.

I hope you enjoyed the hop today and are inspired by all the artwork. Make sure to grab a 10% discount code from one of the TJ or RB designers to get 10% off your purchase today, too!

Hope your day is as happy as these stamps are!
Pat Huntoon

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 2018 New Release Stamps!

It is May 1st and I am proud to present our brand new stamps! Today the Technique Junkies Design Team is having a blog hop, and I am the last stop on the hop. If you started at the TJ Design team blog, you are at the end of the hop. If this is your first stop, I recommend jumping on over to the team blog so that you don't miss any of the artwork.

To celebrate the new stamps, all of the stamps in the May New Release Category are 15% off through May 8th. Just add the stamps to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically.

Ready for some more inspiration?


First up is this easy-peasy card. I stamped the Sketched Flowers stamp with Silver Delicata ink and matted it on a blue background.  The focal image of this card uses the new Bad Influence stamp, also with Silver Delicata. The dresses were colored with Nuvo Glitter Markers to make them really stand out. It is a little hard to see in the picture, but I also added a touch of flesh tone colored pencil to the skin areas, just for fun.


Next up is my BEER card!  The Life and Beer image was stamped in black StazOn and colored with distress markers, then I ran the Nuvo Glitter Gloss Marker over the beer glass and suds to make them sparkle.  I layered this on an existing TJ stamp, which i think looks remarkably like beer suds: Tiger Marble.  I simply stamped that and then sprayed the background with mustard and orange sprays to get beer-like image.


I hope today's hop inspired you! Make sure to shop for the new release stamps before May 8th to receive 15% off the new stamps, and keep in mind that you can also get 10% off everything else in the TJ store by using one of the Design Team member's codes -- they each have one posted on their blogs.  Happy May Day!
Pat Huntoon

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Life is a Fairy Tale...

I am not a "cute" stamper, but even I love the sweetness from the Fairy Tale Flowers background combined with the Sweet Fairy Tale sentiments from my Technique Junkies line of stamps. The background just SCREAMS for glitter marker coloring, and since I am a little addicted to my Nuvo Glitter Markers, this satisfies that itch a bit. You can buy them separate, or as a bundle (saves you $$), too.

Second, the entire Fairy Tale sentiment set came right from my heart. The sentiment "Every once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a Fairy Tale" is especially close to my heart- it is how I feel about my husband (yes, even after 30 years of marriage! I am a sap!).

In any case, I hope today's little Fairy Tale makes YOU happy.
Have a great day -
Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Distress Oxide Poppy Bouquet


Oh, the Poppy Bouquet. I have to say, this is one of my favorites from the www.techniquejunkies.com April 2018 release. It is pretty with all of the coloring mediums I have tried on it, and very versatile. Last week several of the Technique Junkies Designers colored it as a background, so I decided to show you today what it looked like fussy-cut.

To color the Poppy, I used Derwent Inktense pencils, then I cut it out with scissors. The background was created by embossing the Love Script background in white, on white paper, then colored with Distress Oxide Inks using a blending tool. I have to say, the Emboss Resist Technique works particularly well with Distress Oxide Inks; not only do they blend well, but they wipe right off the embossed areas, leaving a crisp image behind.  

To finish, I used pop-dots to raise the image off the background and to give it dimension.

I hope today fills you with inspiration!
Pat Huntoon

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April New Release and Blog Hop


Happy Passover and Easter!

Today is April 1st and, no foolin', we have a new release! 

We are celebrating the release of 15 new stamps today with our monthly blog hop.  If you arrived here from Lynda's blog, you are in the right place. If not, I urge you to start at the TJ Design Team blog - we have a great line up of bloggers with TONS of inspiration!

All of the April 2018 Release Stamps are 15% off through April 8th, too! Just add your selection to your shopping cart, and they will be automatically discounted at checkout.

Ready for some inspiration?

The first two cards today using the Changing Things stamp. I like to create stamps that encourage woman strength and empowerment.  I love the versatility of this stamp - it is great with so many ethnicities. Here are two:


The next card is more fun - I used the Frenchified Clouds stamp with the Soul to Dance sentiment, and added some Party Chicks to lighten things up. To create this, I stamped and silver-embossed the background used Art Anthology's Frost Dimensional Paint on the clouds After the paint dried, I sprayed Art Anthology Coloration Sprays over the top.


And I just couldn't help myself - I had to use those birds again, with this creation that uses Party Chicks and  the Time to Celebrate stamp (this one was colored with Copic Markers:

 Finally, I used Niji Pearlescent Watercolors to color the Fairy Tale Flowers Background, and added a sentiment from the Sweet Fairy Tale set to top it off. The two match perfectly -- and I you can get them as A Bundle with considerable savings, too!

I hope you have enjoyed today's hop. Make sure to go take a look at all the new stamps and take advantage of the 15% discount, too!

Have a Happy and Blessed Holiday.
Pat Huntoon

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March Release and Blog Hop

Today is March 1st - and that means that we have added new stamps to the Technique Junkies line-up! Today we are celebrating the release with a blog hop, and you have reached the last stop.  If this is your FIRST stop, I suggest you start at the beginning so that you can see all of the gorgeous artwork from the Technique Junkies Design Team.  Start HERE. If you came from the amazing Lynda's blog, you are in the right place!

All of the new March 2018 release stamps are 15% off through March 8th, too! Just add them to your cart and they will be automatically discounted at checkout. Hopefully you picked up a TJ designer code from the hop, too, so that you can take 10% off of everything else in the store.
Ready for a bit more inspiration?


First I used the Birthday Cat stamp. For the background, I used a piece of Color Burst-colored piece that I cut into strips, and used Gilding flakes as grout. 

Next, I combined the Fly stamp as a focal image, with the Clouds Stamp in the background. This is probably the easiest card I made all year!. The clouds stamp is beautiful with an application of light blue ink. 

I used the Free Spirit set to create my dreamy frame. THis is layered over a swatch of Color Burst coloring. I used the Fresh Florals set, specifically the Prussian Blue and the Wisteria dyes.

Finally, I used the Faith Family, Farming set on Kraft.  I used Distress Oxides to blend the layers of the top image, and lightly colored the barn with pastel pencils.

I hope you were inspired today by the hop and all of the beautiful artwork from the design team. I also hope you found a few things to love in the new release, too!

Make sure to make your selections by March 8th to receive the 15% discount on the new release stamps.

Until next time, 
Pat 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Confessions of a Van Gogh Geek


Yup. I love me some Van Gogh. I am a Geek, and have been ever since I was in 6th grade.  It all started with a music teacher who assigned the song "Vincent" (Also known as "Starry Starry Night") by Don McLean for me to analyze . I was hooked! My little geeky obsession has reared it's artsy-self many times in my life. (You should have seen me in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh museum. Geek-fest!)

 I have a lifelong love and connection to Van Gogh's work that will be with me until my dying day.

That being said, Can you resist this kitty? I just had to turn this into gallery-style "painting", complete with a high-value "gilded frame," a "hook" to hang it on, and an old-world "wall" for display. The Van Gogh Kitty, and the Stone Wall stamp were just introduced to the Technique Junkies Stamp Line in February, and are on 15% off through February 8th. Just add it to your shopping cart and it will be discounted automatically at checkout.

Won't you Van-Geek out with me?
Until next time,
Pat Huntoon