Saturday, October 1, 2016

Welcome to the last stop of the Christmas Hop!

Welcome! Today we are celebrating the October release stamps, and my blog is the last stop on the hop. If you have arrived from Tonya's blog, you are in the right place. If this is your first stop, I suggest you go back and start at the Design Team Blog so that you don't miss a thing!

Remember, all of the October Release Stamps are 15% through October 10th. Make sure to order your favorites!

To wrap up the hop, here are a few more pieces of eye-candy:

First, this colorful piece using the Stars are Brightly Shining stamp was colored using Art Anthology Colorations Sprays over the stamped image:

I also love this simple card. The Merry Christmas Wishes image was stamped in black, and outlined with glitter pens. The background is the Folk Art stamp (also highlighted with glitter pens):

Finally...sing along with me as I sing this famous song:
"Oh Christmas Tree
Oh Christmas Tress
Your Ornaments are History!"

Featuring the Christmas Carol Kitty stamp (over the Jingle Bells stamp):
I hope today has inspired you! Happy shopping and enjoy the new stamps!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Welcome to the HOP! New September Stamps

Welcome! Today is September 1st, and that means a new release at Technique Junkies! If you came 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 beginning of the hop to the Design Team blog -- you won't want to miss a thing! Here is the full hop line-up:

Ready for some art? Here a a few new pieces.
The first piece uses the fabulous stamp called  Don't Lose Faith:

Next, I have this fun card that uses the Ghost stamp combined with the Be Scary stamp:

And finally, probably my favorite of all these cards, this one uses the Flying Bats Background with the Happy Halloween saying. The background was made using Art Anthology Colorations over the black-embossed bats:
I hope you continue to be inspired by our artwork in the hop - make sure you take advantage of the 15% discount from the September new release stamps before you finish!

You next, and final stop, is Robin Redd - enjoy her art!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Welcome to the hop! Our new August Release

Welcome to the hop! Today is August 1st and we have 15 new stamps to share with you today. As part of the celebration, the Technique Junkies Design Team has prepared a Blog Hop to inspire your imagination using the new August stamps. If you came here from Tonya's blog, you are in the right place. If this is your first stop, I suggest you start at the beginning on the Design Team Blog.

Of course the August stamps are 15% off until August 8th. Simply place them in your shopping cart and your discount will be applied at checkout.

Ready for more inspiration?
Our first piece uses a stamp called Row:

Next, we have one of my favorites. This is Hipster Cats (paired with previously released Whatcha Doin;): 

And finally for today, this card with a decidedly southwestern theme - Three Amigas as the focal point, Howdy Partner as the sentiment, and Snakeskin as one of the layers: 

Okay, let' move on to the last step of the hop. Mosey on over to Robin Redd's blog - then go shop!
I hope you love these releases as much as I do.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Welcome to the hop!

Today is July 1st - release day! We are in the midst of the monthly hop celebrating the new stamps. If you came here from Tonya's blog, you are in the right place. If not, I urge you to head over to the Design Team blog to check out the hop from the beginning!

In any case, we have 15 new stamps this month, and you can purchase any of them with a 15% discount through July 8th! Simply add any of the stamps from the July 2016 Release stamps to your cart, and your discount will be added automatically.

Ready for some eye candy? The first piece uses colored pencils to color the Chick Car stamp, combined with one of the stamps from the Road Trip Stamp Set:

This card uses the Swaths of Texture background with one of the stamps from the Better at the Lake Stamp set. That background is just great - really gives the feeling of movement,:

 This piece uses Pan Pastels to color the Oceanside stamp, combined with Listen to the Sea sentiment (previously released).Don't you just feel that you are in Maine?:

 And finally, one that is dear to me, since both my dogs are rescues.. This Rescue Love stamp was colored with markers and layered over the Falling Flowers Background (previously released):
Okay, the is all from me today! Now it's time to move onto the last two hoppers, starting with Robin Redd.  In case you need it again, here is the entire hop list:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 2016 Release Blog Hop!

Welcome! If you arrived here from Tonya's blog, you are in the right place. If not, we are in the middle of a blog hop to celebrate the release of 14 new beach-themed stamps from Technique Junkies! I urge you to start at the beginning on the TJ Design Team blog:

To celebrate the release, in addition to the blog hop, we are offering 15% off the June release stamps from today through June 8, 2016. The discount will show up automatically at checkout on all stamps from the June Release category.

Now for some eye candy! The first piece, below, uses the Keep Sailing stamp layered over designer paper:

For this next piece, I used the Batik Shell Swirls background stamp with two of the By the Sea (set of 6) stamps that were layered together.

In case you missed it, here is the full hop line-up:
Design Team Blog: 
Lanette Erickson:

Karen McAlpine:

Kathy Stacy:
Jane Bosi:
Beth Norman:
Pam DeChellis:
Judy Jackson:
Tonya Davidson:
Pat Huntoon: <YOU ARE HERE>
Robin Redd:
Marilyn Hughes:

I hope my artwork inspired you today! Time to go see more...onward to your next stop, to Robin Redd's fabulous art:

Have fun on the rest of the hop!

TJ Inkspirations -- Mini Mother's Day Canvases

TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
In This Issue

Quick Links

Friday Chat with Pat

March or May
What month is it?

We all make mistakes, right? I made a whopper last weekend when I sent an incorrect wmail announcing the May release.  Since the orignal email stated that the March release stamps were 15% off, and I INTENDED for the May stamps to be 15% off, I threw caution to the wind and discounted both months.  My error is your gain!

Make sure you keep checking the Design Team Blog this week to see how the May stamps are used by our designers, too.

Pre-order before a show

If you are coming to a show that is on my schedule, and you would like me to bring products for you (so you save shipping!) email me at

and I will bring and hold it for you. 
No need to pay me before the show (this will allow you to shop in the booth, too). Just let me know which show and which day you are attending. I will hold your items until 2:30 pm the day you are scheduled to come in.  

are now in stock...
The Mini MISTIs are in stock...
The Original MISTIs are back in stock again!
Have you ordered yours yet?

 Come see us in
Syracuse NY
West Springfield MA!

Our next stop:

Syracure NY

Saturday, May 21
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 22nd
11 am to 4 pm

I am teaching One class in Syracuse:
The Flourish and Floral Gift Box:

Click HERE for details on joining this class!

After that:

West Springfield MA

Saturday, June 4
10am to 5pm
Sunday, June 5
11am to 4m

Come shop, play and make some art - we would love to meet you!

Dear Pat, 
Did you ever sit down to create something that evolved into something else altogether? That's what happened to me this week. I started with a flat piece of paper and ended up with 3 mini canvases.

I love these little canvases.I think they are wonderful on window sills,and in all kinds of little spaces.  I plan on giving one of each of these to 3 specials moms I know. I hope they like them!

One more's time for Spring Cleaning. As I add new images each week, I am running out of space!  I have added hundreds of stamps to the Spring Cleaning Clearance section. They are all unmounted, unpackaged stamps, and most of them have never been on the Technique Junkies site. They range from $.50 to $6.50.
Keep in mind that the May AND March release stamps are both 15% off also  (at least through 5-8-16)
so this is a good time to check out all three areas on the site and save on shipping costs when things are purchased together.


MIni Mother's Day Canvases

Mini Mother's Day Canvases

Each of the canvases uses a different main image, but each also uses a few common tools. Each uses StazOn, Gel Medium (for adhering the paper to the canvases), markers, and each one features Art Anthology's Velvet Dimensional Medium in Persimmon and Mayan Gold.

For the first canvas, the Fairest of them All stamp (May release) was stamped twice in StazOn; first on a shimmering white cardstock, then on a brushed silver piece. The center of the mirror was cut out of the brushed silver, and pasted over the oval in the white cardstock mirror. The image was colored with permanent markers. Then the canvas was painted with the Persimmon Velvet Dimensional medium.


To finish the canvas, the cardstock was cut down to size and adhered to the canvas using plain Gel Medium (painted on the back of the paper, then over the top and around the edges. When the paper was drried onto the piece, I brushed the Mayan Gold Dimensional Medium over edges of the paper piece.

For the second canvas, I stamped one of the Whimsical Crowns onto pink cardstock, and painted it with the persimmon and Mayan Gold paints. Note that I painted outside of the stamped lines so that when the piece was cut out, every area was painted (trust me, cutting out those little stars on the crown  was NOT for the faint of heart!).
To add some interest to the canvas, I inked the Vintage Music stamp with StazOn and pressed the canvas into the stamp.

One the image was stamped, the edges were painted with Persimmon and the top painted with Mayan Gold. Note that I started to paint persimmon on the canvas, then decided to add stars with the Twilight Stencil using Persimmon and a stencil brush.

After removing the stencil and allowing the paint to dry, I outlined some of the stars with a black marker. To attach the cut-out crown, I used pop-dots to add height.

I popped the image to set it off from the base; before it was popped, the crown was lost on the canvas.

 For the final canvas, the Dogwood Branch  was stamped onto whte cardstock and painted with the Persimmon and Mayan Gold paint. The canvas edges were painted with Persimmon and the center with Mayan Gold.

The Dogwood was then cut out, then covered on the back with Gel Medium, then adhered to the prepared canvas.


Once adhered, the word Beautiful (from the Beautiful Faces Set) was adhered with Gel Medium to finish the canvas.

I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!


Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 

Technique Junkies LLC, PO Box 16547, Stamford, CT 06905

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