Thursday, June 25, 2009
That is what this technique is like. Bargello. The sweetest little secret anywhere. It is sinfully easy, and can be made from scraps. And it is in the June 2009 Technique Junkie Newsletter. Let me let you in on a secret -- this is one of the easiest -- yet most impactful -- techniques of the issue. You HAVE to try it!
All stamps used are from the Always stamp set ©Stampin' Up.
So come on, Junkies! What are you waiting for? Let's see your BARGELLO!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I love the 4th of July -- it always fills me with pride to be part of this great nation. Not only that, but I am a sucker for fireworks and barbeque's! Burgers, Beer and Big Booms. Yes!
As we approach the American day of pride in our Independence, it is fitting that we give away stamps to commemorate the occasion! Today's giveaway sponsor is Clear Artistic Stamps.
I combined 3 of the stamps from the sheet of 12 that we are giving away with some Faux Iris Folding stars (June 2009 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). I also used the Drywall Stitching Technique from the April issue of the Newsletter on the card. Here are the stamps for the giveaway:Remember that there is a 15% discount offered to Technique Junkie Subscribers by Clear Artistic Stamps (just email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her that you are a TJ member) Also this week Clear Artistic Stamps is having a pre-4th of July Sale and the Holiday Celebration is included at a great price. Just $7.49 for 12 stamps, making them only 63 cents each! How’s that for a Hot Summer Deal? In addition, the Midsummer Mist Paper Collection has wonderful colors for the July 4th Celebration.
When you leave your comment to win this sheet, let me know which of the holidays on the sheet is YOUR favorite and why (I love reading your comments, can you tell?) if you are so inclined.
Whether or not you leave me a holiday message, you can win these stamps and the card by leaving a comment on this post by Sunday, June 28th by midnight EST. Make sure that you leave enough information so that I can contact you to let you know you won. Just a reminder that Blogger does NOT leave me your email address. A great way to do this is to leave your email address in a spelled-out way, such as "p huntoon at optonline dot net." I will use my handy random number generator to pick the winning entry. You do NOT need to be a TJ subscriber to win. Good Luck!
Congratulations to Mary Strauser, the winner of these stamps!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Ah. Much better. Pretty in pink. Same layout. This time I used the Vanilla Double Technique on the background from the October 2005 TJ Newsletter, which is on CD4 (Did you know that This CD, which has over 75 techniques on it, is only $11.56 including shipping, for US subscribers?). The same Torn Frames sentiment. I added another layer of cardstock behind the roses, but that was about the only other change. Much better in pink, don't you think?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I actually did! I was just afraid of being too predictable, so I decided to wait with the post until today. It was also such a simple card to put together -- a 10 minute card. I felt the giveaway deserved something stronger : )
This giraffe is colored lightly with Copic markers then layered over a piece of Faux Felt (February 2009 issue of the TJ Newsletter). Who doesn't love a laughing giraffe!
Happy Father's Day!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Here is the whole stamp sheet:
The Stamp sheet above is a whopping 8-1/2' x 11" sheet, chock full of fun images for one lucky winner. I Brake for Stamps has just added a bunch of new images on their site today, too! New images include darling kids called "Little Rascals" from a new artist, a new sports sheet, a new southwest and horses sheet, and some frogs. And don't forget, Technique Junkies -- you get an extra 10% off your order by using the code TJ10.
Now here is the thing...I keep looking at my card and wishing that I had a stamp that said "What a fine specimen you are!" When you leave your comment to win this sheet, let me know what funky phrase you would put inside this card (okay, you don't have to...but wouldn't it be more fun if you did?).
Whether or not you leave me a cheeky phrase, you can win these stamps and the card by leaving a comment on this post by Sunday, June 22th by midnight EST. Make sure that you leave enough information so that I can contact you to let you know you won. Just a reminder that Blogger does NOT leave me your email address. A great way to do this is to leave your email address in a spelled-out way, such as "p huntoon at optonline dot net." I will use my handy random number generator to pick the winning entry. You do NOT need to be a TJ subscriber to win. Good Luck!
Congratulations to Jeri Dentel -- the winner of this giveaway!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Congratulations to Tera Fujan and Deb Corder, who were the lucky winners of the Starving Artistamps and Technique Junkie Newsletter Van Gogh contest. BOTH ladies will receive one year of the Newsletter PLUS the super-sized stamp sheet from Starving Artistamps. Congratulations!
Here is a peek at all of the submissions. Scroll over the slideshow to see the artist names:
Thank you to everyone who entered, and to Tracey for co-sponsoring the contest!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
You see, I love giraffes. Just love them. I pulled my African stamps from I Brake For Stamps out of my stash to use one of the very cool giraffe stamps to make a Scrappy Spots card (Technique Junkie Newsletter technique from the current June 2009 Issue) for another giraffe lover I know (and you know who you are, and I know you read my blog every day, too!). I then went searching for the giraffe background stamp that I *knew* I had. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I do not own a giraffe background stamp! What? Could this be true?
So in it's place, I made this Scrappy Spots card using the Zebra stamps the African plate from I Brake for Stamps. The Zebra background is from Stamp Camp, and I love how I used a black spot with the white embossed inside -- it turned out very zebra-esque, don't you think? The word Escape" is from Close To My Heart. And the ribbon was in the Dollar bin at Michaels.
Enjoy my "giraffe":
Does anyone know where I can find a large giraffe-print background? Oh and don't forget that TJ members get 10% off IB4S using the code TJ10.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Anyone can win these stamps; you do not need to be a TJ member to enter giveaways.Let me know what YOU have in mind for this little guy, when you leave your entry comment.
You can win these stamps and the card by leaving a comment on this post by Saturday, June 13th by noon EST. Make sure that you leave me enough information so that I can contact you to let you know you won. Just a reminder that Blogger does NOT leave me your email address. A great way to do this is to leave your email address in a spelled-out way, such as "p huntoon at optonline dot net." I will use my handy random number generator to pick the winning entry. Good Luck!
Congratulations to Cindi Hoppes, the winner of this giveaway!
Monday, June 8, 2009
The card above was made with some new stamps I picked up over the weekend.Since I am in a phase right now where I can't decide if a fireball has hit the earth or if it is just me, I thought this was pretty appropriate. My "hot lady" was colored with Copics, cut out, and popped over a Splatter background that was decorated with the Heavenly Holes Technique. Both techniques are from the June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.
Here's where things get long!
On Saturday I spent the day at the Heirloom rubber stamp convention in West Springfield MA. I had so much fun on Saturday...I came home inspired and invigorated, truly more than I ever have from any stamp show ever. I took tons of pictures and have alot of new ideas to share over the next few months. It was a good thing! I talked so much on the way home that I swear my friends Valerie and Jinny were ready to stuff a stamp into my mouth.
- I stamp alot. I play alot. I stumble on interesting ways of doing things. ALOT.
- Not everything is "brand-new". Stampers have been around for a long time...and there have been art techniques for a long time. I use old and new techniques. I spin off old techniques.
- My design team develops and films new techniques all the time. Thirteen brains are better than one!
- You, my readers, send me techniques constantly. Usually the best ones, too. And I try to be generous in compensation -- with at least a free year subscription and sometimes other things, too.
- I am a big scrapbooker. I use scrapbooking techniques and modify them for stamping.
- Things around me inspire me. I was in the hardware store with DH last month and was hit with a sharp pang of inspiration. After he watered me, my DH deposited me in my stamp room so that I could ease the pang by turning it into a technique!
- I subscribe to blogs. If someone posts something cool, I ask their permission to use their technique and I compensate them. I would never knowingly take someones technique, re-film it, and NOT credit them. I think that is unethical! Although this is not a big source of stuff for me -- if I have seen it, you probably have, too!
- I cruise art galleries of mixed media artists on the Internet for inspiration. Non-stamping, mixed media artists have some great ideas that I can modify -- or sometimes just ideas that set my mind going.
- Finally, I go to stamp conventions, watch the demos, look at as many samples as I can, find new products, see what they are doing with old products -- I always come away inspired. Really, I can look at a sample and my mind starts to turn the background into a technique. It is a fun challenge for me!
Well, thanks for reading this if you made it all the way down : ) I hope that you find some inspiration today, too!
Friday, June 5, 2009
We teaming up with Copic to giveaway one seat at the Copic Certification Class on Sunday, June 14th, hosted by Stamping Memories in Belmont, NH. Yes, that says "Give Away". As in FREE. The class -- the "LAST CHANCE New England Class" is an all-day event that will teach you the ins-and outs of working with these fabulous color tools. In order to enter the giveaway, email Sally Lynn MacDonald, instructor extraordinaire (click on her name to open an email). Let her know that you would like to enter this drawing from my blog.This class has a $120.00 value!!! *Note that this giveaway is for the class only -- transportation and lodging are not included*
I LOVE my Copics! Taking this class and becoming certified was a HUGE confidence booster -- plus I learned more than I could have imagined about Copics, what they can do and how to work with them effectively. Whether or not you win the giveaway, YOU should become certified, too!
Did I mention that this is a $120.00 value? Email Sally Lynn today!! One lucky winner will be drawn on Wednesday, June 10th. NOTE: Unlike other giveaways I conduct, comments left on MY blog will not be valid entries into the Copic drawing -- you MUST email Sally Lynn. Of course, you are welcome to leave a comment, just know that it does not qualify you for entry.
Now for a little eye candy:Since today happens to be Friday -- Blogger's Challenge day -- and today's BC is to post a summer-themed item, I thought this pretty sunflower from Two Nancy's Art Stamps would do just right! My sunflower, which uses the Out of the Box technique (October 2004 TJNL) was colored with Copics, of course. I layered my sunflower on a Double Bugged Background (technique from the June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). I love that you can Double Bug bold, or Double Bug subtle. I think the subtly works here, don't you?
In any case, make sure to email Sally Lynn MacDonald to enter the giveaway for the free Copic Certification above. Good Luck!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
From now until June 30th, any of the published Technique Junkie Newsletter CDs are on sale for only $10.00 per CD, plus shipping for Technique Junkie Newsletter subscribers. Not a subscriber? I will offer you the sale price with your NEW subscription, too!
That’s right. $10.00 plus shipping. To anywhere in the world. Choose one or choose them all – CDs 1 through 6 are all there for you! You can buy one for $10.00*. Two for $20.00… reach for the stars and get all 6 for $60.00*! *Email me for an invoice: Let me know what you would like, and I will send you an invoice or price quote that includes actual shipping to your location.
What is a TJ CD, you ask? Well, only the best way to get your junkie fix since Mr. Goodyear created rubber! Each CD has a year’s worth of tutorials on it, plus has a bonus of 10 extra bonus tutorials available only on that CD. The tutorials are in step-by-step, pictorial format, and were created to print perfectly on an 8-1/2” x 11” piece of paper. AND all the artwork from the design team is there, too! No more fumbling for passwords…no need for an internet connection. Just print and run!
Want to see an example of how the tutorials are formatted? Click HERE
Here is what is on each CD:
CD1: Techniques from the 10-02 to 8-03 issues plus 10 bonus techniques
CD2: Techniques from the 10-03 to 8-04 issues plus 10 bonus techniques
CD3: Techniques from the 10-04 to 8-05 issues plus 10 bonus techniques
CD4: Techniques from the 10-05 to 8-06 issues plus 10 bonus techniques
CD5: Techniques from the 10-06 to 8-07 issues plus 10 bonus techniques
CD6: Techniques from the 10-07 to 8-08 issues plus 10 bonus techniques
New to Technique Junkies? This is the best way to catch up on the back issues – because if you buy it all, I will send the universal password, too!
Not sure what to get? Email me with questions and I will give you a hand with your order and quote you the price with shipping.
Don’t delay, though – this deal will not be repeated!
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Innovative Stamp Creations is one of our featured vendors this issue, too -- here is the discount code for Technique Junkies, in case you would like to go shopping and order your own: One lucky winner will receive the card above and the gorgeous tree set. To enter the To enter the giveaway for the stamps and card above, enter a comment on this post. Tell me what YOU will do with this set if you are the lucky winner! I will accept entries until Monday, June 8th at 9am. Make sure to leave me your first initial and last name or some variation of your email address so that I may contact you. Good Luck!
Congratulations to April Puzzuoli -- the winner of the stamps and card!
My friend Dee Ruger had been patiently waiting for her newsletter (is waiting patiently for the newletter an oxymoron?) yesterday, and happened to go outside. This is what she saw:
She saw farmer Cal, fresh in from a day at work, relaxing with HER issue of the newsletter. I really have to send him his own copy!
One more step toward the true TJ mission: Converting one farmer at a time.
Monday, June 1, 2009
What will you win, you ask? Not one, but TWO lucky winners will EACH receive the Ultra-Deluxe stamp sheet below from Starving Artistamps, plus a FREE year of the TJ Newsletter! The stamp set below is an exclusive from the Doodle Factory Collection at Starving Artistamps. It includes ALL the stamps from the DoodleFactory Oh Baby Collection, The DoodleFactory Baby Sentiments Collection, the DoodleFactory Super Parents Collection and the DoodleFactory Neighborhood! There are a whopping 35 stamps on this special collection stamp sheet (click on the image below to see it in more detail):