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 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February New Release and Blog Hop!

It is February 1st - and that means that we have added new stamps to the Technique Junkies line-up! Today we have been 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 February 2018 release stamps are 15% off through February 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 have a stamp that is a little funky, a little fun, and very tongue in cheek, called Defy Authority:
This is very simply colored using Studio 71 Alcohol Markers. Does it make you smile, just a little bit? 

Now for the cat lovers out is Vogue Kitty:
My pretty kitty was stamped onto printed paper, then colored with markers. I layered that over the Paint Rings stamp (previously released) that was inked with Lipstick Chalk Ink.  I used my MISTI to extract the "She is Fierce" section of the sentiment from the She is Fierce stamp.

I had a blast coloring the Faith Hope Love background with the Nuvo Glitter Markers, then using the matching Faith Hope Love Set for the focal images:

The shimmer is amazing!

Have you seen the Faith Hope Love Bundle? You can get both the background stamp and matching set for over10% off - PLUS the 15% discount you receive until February 8th!

And finally, I used my Nuvo Glitter Markers to color the Putting on Lipstick stamp:
This was layered over the Love Script stamp (previously released), which was oversprayed with Art Anthology Colorations sprays.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you love these stamps and were inspired by today's hop. Make sure to order the new stamps before February 8th to get the 15% discount, too!

Pat Huntoon

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year - First Blog Hop of 2018!

Welcome and Happy New Year! To kick off 2018, we have 15 new stamps to celebrate the year's beginning, along with a hop to inspire you. If you came here from Lynda's blog, you are in the right place. If this is your first stop, I encourage you to start over on the Design Team Blog to see all of the new stamps, and the inspiration from our fabulous design team.

As usual, all of the stamps in the January New Release Category are 15% off through January 8th. Simply add things to your shopping cart from that category and those stamps will automatically be 15% off at checkout. If you want things that are not in the new stamps, you can get 10% off those - simply grab a 10% discount code from one of the designers if you are interested in buying anything else and you can take 10% off that, too! 

Here are more artwork pieces to inspire you with this new release:
This first card uses the Valentine Love background stamp. I stamped the image in Dark Brown Chalk Ink, then I stamped it again on a separate piece of paper with Lipstick Red Chalk Ink. Then I cut out the lips and the "Valentine", and adhered them directly over the brown areas.  To make them really shine, I went over each of the red areas with Judikins Dimensional Glaze (some companies call this Crystal Effects, Glossy Effects, or Glass Glaze). Everything was layered onto white and I just added three glittering red brads at the bottom.

My second piece uses The Kiss, along with the You are Loved sentiment. Both were stamped in Dark Brown Chalk Ink and colored with Chameleon Duotone Colored Pencils. The background is designer paper.

This piece uses the Make a Wish stamp as a focal image. I stamped it in blue ink, then went back over some of the stamped image with markers.  The background is the Donuts Happy Birthday stamp that was stamped repeatedly in pink, turquoise and orange. If you went through the hop, you might notice that this Happy Birthday stamp coordinates perfectly with the Birthdays and Donuts stamp. I meant for it to go on the inside of the card. I think it works pretty well here, too.

Finally, this piece uses the Valentine Love stamp as a background, with the Love You words from the Love You More set. To make the background, I used the Nuvo Glitter Markers to color the words and Lips in different colors. For the Love You sentiment, I stamped it n blue on a piece of light blue paper then cut around the words before I layered them onto the pink hearts (from a punch). It really wasn't as much work as you would think to cut out the words, and I love the effect!

Okay, so this is the end of the hop. Now is a great time to shop - I hope you were inspired by everything you saw today!

Happy New Year!
Warmest Wishes,