Friday, May 15, 2015

Celebrating spring in flowers...

Hopefully you arrived here after viewing the weekly TJ Inkspirations that mentioned the tutorial in this post.  If not, you should subscribe! simply email me at to get on the list.

All Technique Junkies Flowers stamps are on sale this week. Use the coupon code flowers15 at checkout to get your discount!
The Cottage Rose stamp above was one of the examples in the email.  Here how I made it:

1.  Select a few colors to use on the stamp, I am using StazOn here, simply because I love the colors of the MIDI pads, and they fit nicely in my hands.  You can use whatever ink pad you choose.

2. Apply color directly to the stamp by rubbing the ink pad directly on the rubber. Repeat with all stamps.

3. Stamp the image on cardstock.

4. Stamp the image again onto a Post It note, then cut the Post It image out to create a mask. NOTE: When cutting masks, it is always better to make them too small rather than too large. When they are cut too large, blank space may show when the image is overstamped.

5. Cover the image with the Post It Note. Ink the Vintage Music Collage with Grey ink and stamp over the  Post It Note and cardstock.

6. Remove the mask and finish as desired.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fishing Guy

I made this with the first Palettini Stamp that came off the press back in September last year to see how the Wasted Stamp looked -- and I promptly forgot about this card! I am happy to share it with you today, since we are getting closer to Father's Day.

This card uses the Fishing Guy stamp, colored with Pastel Pencils, layered over Wasted (Palettini). On the bottom, I stamped "Go Fish" with the Small Realistic Letter Tiles, Upper Case. I love these little tiles - so useful for creating my own phrases!

All stamps are Technique Junkies Stamps, of course.

Have a great day today!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Beautiful and Brilliant Peacock

If you receive my weekly email, you know that the last one explored different ways to use the same stamp. Of course, there is only so much room in that I have some extras to share with you!

Today I am sharing one that uses the Gelatos Smoosh technique from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD. It is such an easy technique, and you can get such pretty colors from it.  If you have the CD, take a look! If not, the CD is only $9.95, and all CDs are 20% off this week, too! Click here to see all the CDs.

The stamps used are Peacock Feathers and Beautiful and Brilliant (both from Technique Junkies, of course!).
Have a great day!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the hop! If you have come from Jeri's blog, you are in the right place.  I hope you have enjoyed all of the gorgeous artwork!  If this is your first stop, I urge you to start at the beginning on the Design Team Blog ( The designers have outdone themselves.

Today we are celebrating the May Stamp releases on!  We have 35 new stamps, including 11 new stamps from the Palettini line. We are so excited about these new stamps, and we want to share the excitement with a GREAT discount. From now through next Friday, take 15% off all May Release stamps! To find them, click on New Stamps, then May Releases on the sidebar. I hope you love them as much as I do!

The card above uses the Rose Urn (P028) Stamp from the Palettini Line. I colored it with pastel pencils, and added a little shading with distress inks to age the piece a bit. I toyed with adding a sentiment, then decided that this makes a great note card for almost any occasion,

The second card here, which was featured in the TJ Inspirations email (if you are not receiving the email, contact me on and I will add you). I used the new Winning Hand Stamp from the Palettini line, along with the Old Card Players stamp (SDX060). The Wasted Background (P020) seemed perfect for this card, along with the Diamonds (S278) cards as an accent.

I hope you have enjoyed the hop -- and I hope you love the new stamps as much as I do!!
  Go save 15% on the new stamps!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I so rarely have time to create these days, so when I do, I kind of go hog-wild.  While preparing for my weekly email (TJ Inkspirations, email me at if you are not receiving it), I played around quite a bit to make some new things and explore the Art Anthology line of paints, stencils and sprays even more. All of these can be found on the Technique Junkies website, here:

I posted two quick tutorials on the Design Team blog Friday, and one yesterday, so it is time that I post here with more ideas!
Today I am painting the AA Velvets directly onto my stamp, then using a painted stencil for the background.

 If you try this, I STRONGLY suggest that you have water and cleaning tools right next to your elbow. These paints dry fast. It is an advantage of the paint, of course, but you also want to protect your other supplies.  I washed my stamp, stencil and paintbrush immediately with no ill effects to any of them.

First, I painted the flower portion of the  Whimsical Garden stamp with Desire Velvet Dimensional Medium. I painted the stems with Limeaid Velvet.  I immediately stamped them on paper. I wanted to see if I could get two printings of them -- and the second turned out pretty well - a little lighter, of course, but still usable.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Here Kitty, Kitty...15% is disappearing at midnight Wednesday!

If you get my Friday email, chances are you have seen these cards - in a small format. I am posting them again so that you can see detail, and to remind you that all of the stamps on the newly designed Technique Junkies website are on sale for 15% off, only through Midnight tonight!!  Hurry and place your order -- we can all use an extra little bit off, right?

The card above uses two of the most-ordered stamps this week: Whatcha Doin'? (SDX052) and Kitty Watching (SD635). In addition to those two brand new stamps, I also used a couple of classics -- Gingham (S416) on the bottom, and Veined Marble(S201) on the top.  I love having a plethora of texture stamps -- who needs designer paper when you can create your own?

I posted the other two cards to the Design Team blog for today, too -- go take a look!
Make sure

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hop and Shop!

Today is the kick-off blog hop for the new Design Team, New Website, and New Stamps!

If you arrived here from Sally Lynn MacDonald's blog, you are in the right place. If you started here, I urge you to start at the beginning (the Design Team Blog, HERE) so you can follow along. With so many new designers, the Hop is one of the best we have ever done!

We have dozens of new stamps for you to see on the BRAND NEW Technique Junkies site. The site is better organized, easier to navigate, and contains tons of inspiration! The design team has given you a taste of what you will see - now go look at the rest.


The focal point stamp I used above is brand new - called: The Right Shoes. You can find it HERE.

Thank you for coming today -- I hope you enjoyed the hop and I hope you will love the new site!