Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cats and More Cats




Just a simple card to make you smile.  This cutie uses the Crazy Cat Border with Cats and More Cats. Randomly colored with Chameleon Colored Pencils.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Can't get enough of these birds!


Oh...these Watercolor Birds.  I just can't stop coloring them!  Today I used Chameleon Color Tone Colored Pencils. I made these for a Clean and Simple Challenge -- I just can't seem to make a much simpler card than this, I'm afraid!

The sentiment it Trust your Journey. I added it at the end. Thank goodness for the precision of my MISTI!

Have a happy day!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Last Chance to Save on May Stamps!


Today's card uses the Make Lemonade background with the Call the Girls stamp as a focal image. The background was colored with Distress Inks, and the glass was colored with Distress Markers, To add some pizzazz to my piece, I used Glossy Accenst to the glass and some of the lemons. It added a glossy finish in selected areas - the lemons almost look good enough to eat!

Today is the last day to save on the May 2017 New Release stamps! You don't want to miss out on the discount : ) Simply add any May Release stamp to your cart (including the two above) to receive 15% off.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Last stop on the TJ Blog Hop!

Welcome! Today is May 1st and that means New Stamps! Today the Technique Junkies Design Team is celebrating the release with a team blog hop to showcase the new stamps and provide some inspiration. This is the last stop on the hop; if you came here from Chris Dayton's blog, you are in the right place. If not, start at the TJ Design Team Blog, where Design Team Manager Jeanne Streiff kicks off the hop with a few beautiful pieces of art.  We have three great new designers joining us this month -- along with our wonderful existing crew of designers -- the artwork is  fresh and fabulous!

Remember that all the May 2017 Release stamps are 15% off through May 8th. Simply place any of the May stamps in your basket and the 15% discount will be deducted at checkout.

Here are a couple of pieces from me to help close out the hop:
 This first pieces uses the Last Breath stamp. I simply colored it using markers, then layered it over a piece of red cardstock that had been decorated using the Art Anthology Twilight Stencil with Silver  Gem Glimmer Paste to make the stars. 

The second piece uses Watercolor Birds. To create this, I spray Art Anthology Colorations in Patience, Plush and Ink Spot to make a colorful background. Then I  just used markers to color in the stamped areas. It is darker than it would be if I had not sprayed the background, but really pretty in person. The sentiment is from the Better at the Lake set (precious release).

I have more to show you later this month, but now it's time to shop! If you missed it, here are the links once again for the entire hop:

Design Team Blog: http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com
Lanette Erickson: http://stacksofscraps.blogspot.com
Cheri Weston: http://stampnboomer.blogspot.com
Kathy Stacy: https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com
Jeanne Streiff: http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Ro Donner: http://rodonner.blogspot.com/
Beth Norman: http://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca
Judy Jackson: http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Vicki Garrett: http://summerthymestudio.blogspot.com/
Giovana Smith: https://giovana-believe.blogspot.com/
Chris Dayton: http://www.cattalesandpapertrails.com/
Pat Huntoon: http://patstamps.blogspot.com

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you were inspired, and I hope you love the new stamps...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Veiled Woman - Oldies but Goodies


Hi All! Today kicks of the first ever "Oldies by Goodies" Wednesdays here, and on the Technique Junkies Facebook Group. Each Wednesday, we will celebrate stamps that have been released at least a year ago, reminding of our hidden gems!

Today my "Oldie" is a trio of stamps that were released last March (2016). I can't believe how much I use these stamps, and how many times I have combined each of them with other stamps.

The main image is Veiled Woman. To color her, I used Copic Markers, just adding touches of Caucasian skin tone to her features and lips. She really doesn't need much coloring! I layered her over the Classy and Fabulous sentiment, using a piece of Rick-Rack as a transition.

For the background, I used Copic Markers to color the Mosaic Scallops background stamp. I wanted to create layers with this stamp, so I colored the smaller portions of each scallop with darker hues and lightened up each scallop with lighter hues as they "fanned" out. One of the things I REALLY like about this stamp is that it can be used with the scallops facing up or down -- it is pretty either way!

I hope you like our new "Oldies but Goodies" feature! If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to join the Technique Junkies Facebook group - so much is happening there these days! Here is the link:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1217840814981827/

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April New Release Blog Hop


Today is April 1st and this is the last stop on the TJ Design Team Blog Hop. Today we introduced 15 new stamps for you with some ideas to inspire your creative muse. If you are STARTING here, you might want to restart the hop from the beginning, on the TJ Design Team Blog. Here is the order, in case you missed it:
Design Team Blog: http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com
Lanette Erickson: http://stacksofscraps.blogspot.com 
Cheri Weston: http://stampnboomer.blogspot.com
Kathy Stacy: https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com
Jeanne Streiff: http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Ro Donner: http://rodonner.blogspot.com/
Beth Norman: http://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca
Judy Jackson: http://judysstampart.blogspot.com
Pat Huntoon: http://patstamps.blogspot.com

Today was also the first Blog Hop that our new Design Team Co-ordinator, Jeanne Streiff, managed. I feel so lucky to have her on our team! Wasn't her work just spectacular?
As usual, you will receive 15% off any April 2017 New Release Stamps through April 8, 2017. Just place any of the new stamps in your shopping cart and they will be discounted at checkout.

Ready for a couple more pieces?
 I love this little gem of a stamp, called Flower Square. I stamped it with London Gray Memento Ink, then did some simple coloring with Pastel Pencils (I LOVE those things -- they blend like a dream!). Out of all of the April stamps, this one was my lovely surprise - it turned out exactly as I would want!

Next, I used the Row of Birds stamp. I stamped them with Timber Brown StazOn ink and colored the birds with Pastel Pencils. The birds are layered over a maroon panel stamped lightly with the Vintage Music Stamp (previously released) and paired with the Always Find a Song (also previously released) sentiment. I love the way my birds turned out, but did you see Jeanne's? Divine!

Finally, I used the Mom Anchor stamp. This stamp tends toward the masculine, so to feminize it, I stamped it with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Ink. I sponged both Warm Lipstick and Wilted Violet around the edges (my lord these things blend like a dream!). The background is Fresh Chevron (previously released) that has been swiped with the same two colors of the Oxide Inks and sprayed with Art Anthology Gilded Gold Fairy Dust. This has AMAZING gold sparkle!
I hope you have enjoyed our hop this month. Go shop! Remember, the 15% off the new stamps ends April 8th, and if you picked up a discount code from one of the Designer's Blogs, you can use that for 10% off the other stamps, too.

Thanks for joining us today!
Pat Huntoon



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Last stop on the March Hop!



Welcome! Today is March 1st and we are celebrating the release of 15 new stamps with a TJ Design Team Blog Hop. If this is your first stop on the hop, please a take a moment to go back to the Design Team blog  and start the hop there. If you arrived here from Judy's blog, you are in the right spot.

If you have followed along, I am sure that you are aware that the March New Release stamps are 15% off through March 8th. Once you are done here, it is YOUR turn to hop over to the TJ site and pick your favorites!Ready for just a little more inspiration?

My first card uses the Big Bunny stamp. I love this bunny! So cute and so easy to color.  I paired it with the Happy Easter sentiment from the previously-releases Holiday Flourishes Set. I colored the Bunny with Colored Pencils.


Hello Cupcake!  This is a set of 7 sweet stamps that you will just love.  So pretty and so easy to color.  The sentiments will have you licking the frosting off your lips!



And finally --- Yes, it's a giraffe.  I love giraffes, and the Watercolor Giraffe stamp that is the focal image here is no exception.  This pretty lady was colored with markers, and layered over a background that I sprayed with Art Anthology Colorations Sprays (in Patience, Granny Smith, and Plush). The sentiment is from the previously-released Typewriter Set.

I hope you were inspired by today's hop!  Make sure you stop by www.techniquejunkies.com to get your discount on the new stamps!




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Last stop on the hop!

Today is February 1st and we are celebrating the release of 15 new stamps with a TJ Design Team Blog Hop. If this is your first stop on the hop, please a take a moment to go back to the Design Team blog and start the hop there. If you arrived here from Judy's blog, you are in the right spot.

If you have followed along, I am sure that you are aware that the February New Release stamps are 15% off through February 8th. Once you are done here, it is YOUR turn to hop over to the TJ site and pick your favorites!

Ready for just a little more inspiration?

This card uses the End of your Rope stamp as a focal image. I used the previously-released Wasted stamp as a textural background. I love this image; it is nice encouragement for anyone who might feel a bit stressed or overwhelmed.

The actual image includes the rope; I just thought it would be interesting to weave my own rope through the card over the stamped image.

And finally this adorable pug...

This uses the Pugs & Kisses stamp as the focal image. I have to confess; as I was looking up pugs to make the coloring somewhat realistic, I got a little lost on Google images. Now I want a Pug...Ayone think my DH might have a problem with us have THREE dogs?

I hope you were inspired by the artwork in the hop today. Thanks for coming along with us - Have fun shopping!





Monday, January 2, 2017

It's our January 2017 Blog Hop!

 Welcome and Happy New Year! Today is January 2nd, 2017 and I am thrilled to be releasing 15 new stamps to the Technique Junkies line. The TJ Design Team is celebrating today with a blog hop, so if this is your first stop, I urge you to go back to the beginning on the Design Team blog - you won't want to miss the inspiration! If you arrived here from Judy's blog, you are in the right place -- the last stop of the hop.

Remember, all of the January New Release stamps are 15% off through January 9th - make sure you take advantage of the discount! Just add your stamps to your shopping cart, the discount will be applied at checkout.

Ready for MORE inspiration?
 First off, this stamp - Be a Lucy. One of my personal favorites from the release. I don't think I have to explain why we all should want to be a funny, classy woman over, well, what THEY are, but hey, everyone has their own taste... (sorry or the commentary lol)

Then another stamp that is close to my heart:
Amsterdam Winter, combined with the Beauty of Winter Sentiment. Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the world - beautiful in ALL  seasons!

In case you missed it, this is the whole line-up:

I hope we inspired you today! Have a safe and Happy New Year...