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, 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Too Dark to read - but not too late

Today is November 8th - the final day for the Technique Junkies New Release sale. Today is the last day that you can take 15% off the new release stamps, so I thought I would show you one more piece using the stamps...

The Too Dark to Read focal image stamp is funny, and remarkable easy to use. I simply inked it with Dark Brown Chalk ink and stamped on Neenah Solar white paper. Chalk ink is really the best ink for stamping bold or silhouette stamps -- see how perfect the image is? That is due to the ink, in my opinion.

The area in the middle of this card is a piece of designer paper - I loved the look of the book pages under the stamp. The background is the ABCs background from the Technique Junkies line (previously released).

Make sure to get your discount today, and remember that all of the Christmas stamps are 20% off through November 13th, too! 
Have a great day!
Pat Huntoon

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Get a Bigger Bow

Yesterday we released 15 new stamps at Technique Junkies, and had a blog hop to celebrate. I just love this month's release, and I can't help making more and more artwork from the new stamps! Today am using the  Bigger Bow stamp over the Linen Dots background. The Bigger Bow image was colored using my Studio 71 markers. The background is simply 3 colors of distress inks that I swiped directly onto the background, then stamped onto light blue paper.

Remember that the November New Release Stamps are 15% off through November 8th, including these two stamps. 

Have a great day!
Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Blog Hop - Last Stop, last hop!

Welcome! Today is November 1st, and that means we have a blog hop to celebrate the release of 15 NEW stamps in the Technique Junkies line.If this is your first stop, I encourage you to take a moment to go the the Design Team Blog to start the hop fresh - you will be directed to all of the amazing creations from the Technique Junkies design team from there. If you have come here from Chris' blog, you are in the right place. Hopefully, you have seen all of the gorgeous artwork an are feeling inspired!

As usual, the November Release Stamps are 15% off through November 8th. So take a look at what I made, and then go on off the shop! Keep in mind that all of the Christmas category stamps are 20% off through November 13th, too -- you can take advantage of BOTH sales!

First up: I'm Fluffy. This simple stamp says it all. As a fluffy girl, I can identify with this stamp. Like the background? It is Nuvo Glimmer Paste through A Colorful Life Stencil, and it will covered in this Friday's email/You Tube video. It's pretty special, no?

Next up is my Kitty Comfort Card, with a Paint Rings Background. I got a little carried away with the gold glimmer, but I LOVE the background, and the sweet love between the kitties. 

To make this background, I simply sprayed watercolor paper with two Dylusions sprays, then sprayed Art Anthology Gold Fairy Dust Spray directly onto the Paint Rings stamp. I stamped the image and let the spray dry. Look at it close up - gorgeous, isn't it?

And finally for today, I have this happy message for you:
I thought the Grey Days stamp just SCREAMED for a rainbow behind it! I simply swiped Distress Inks in rows in the background, and hightlighted the Raindrops on the (previously released) Big Drops stamp with Glassy Glaze. Makes me happy just to look at it!

I made more from this month's release, so stay tuned to my blog later this week.  Hopefully you have been inspired -- time to shop and save some money!

Thanks for coming by today...
Pat Huntoon

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Blog Hop - Last Stop!

Welcome! Today is October 1st and we have a new release for you at Technique Junkies!  This is the last stop on the TJ New Release Blog hop, so if you started here, I encourage you to go back to the TJ Design Team blog - the beginning - to start again. You won't want to miss any of the inspiration the girls have for you!

Before we get to my art, I just wanted to remind you that the October release stamps are 15% off through October 8th.  Simply add what you like to your shopping cart and they will be discounted automatically until then.

Here are a few pieces I made from the new stamps:
The first uses the new Cocktail Joy set. This was so easy to color; I just used Grey Memento ink and colored here and there with Copics. I just pulled the perfect piece of background paper from my (extensive) stash, and viola! Instant Christmas Card. I may make some of these some of my Card recipients this Christmas, but I think I might only use the top part of the stamp on the outside (Joy is just a cocktail away) and the bottom part (Merry Christmas) on the inside.

This card uses the Grace in her Heart stamp. I simply stamped her in Rusty Hinge Distress Ink, then cut her out so I could get that polka-dotted background behind her.  Again, just a simple stamp, a little cutting, and some background paper.  This is my personal favorite stamp from the release! I love inspirational and uplifting stamps and I just had to use this saying on a stamp. It was fun to design, and even more fun to use!

And for the last one today:
This uses the Give Thanks stamp with Nuvo Glitter Markers. The background is just white paper put through and embossing folder, then highlighted with ink.  This makes a great Thanksgiving card and is perfect for table place cards for Thanksgiving!

Well, that's all I have for you today. It's time to go shop! Make sure to take advantage of the 15% discount on the new October release stamps.  Thanks for coming by today!
Pat Huntoon