Monday, June 1, 2020

June 2020 New Stamp Release Celebration

Welcome to June! After the VERY long month of May, it is refreshing to suddenly find ourselves in the sunshine, with a possible ray of hope for leaving our homes and catching some fresh air. 

Today we are celebrating the June 2020 New Stamp Release at Technique Junkies. This month we have a plethora of beach, ocean and seas stamps, along with some masculine and travel stamps, and, of course, a new, snarky, inside out stamp set. As always, the new release is 15% off through June 8th. Anything purchased from the new stamp category will be automatically discounted at checkout.

Before we get into the artwork for this month, stay tuned in June for another challenge from Technique Junkies -- the prizes are CRAZY GOOD for these challenges and it will be easy to enter. We will have two themes in June -- one will be Beach/Ocean/Sea and the other will be Summer Fun. The fun will start on JUNE 5th and you will have plenty of time to enter the challenges. Stay tuned!

Our team has a great line-up of inspirational cards for you this month, too. I had a blast this month creating mine, I can't wait to show you!

First up, I use Beach Answer as the focal image of my card. My piece was colored with brush markers. The background is the previously-released Zen Waves, which was foiled using the Heidi Swapp Ink Toner Kit with Hologram Silver Heat Transfer Foil.

Next up are two stamps from the release.  I LOVE the look of navy and white for beach and nautical stamps. I think the simplicity is elegant and captures the feel of the season.  This card uses the Beach Rules stamp with the Seashells and Coral Background Stamp.

This card was probably the most fun to make. I used the Bubble Flow background, which was stamped in navy and inked using Blending Brushes. The focal sentiment is the new Find My Soul stamp. It ink it is so elegant! I added colored the Floral Seahorse stamp with Brush Markers and Colored Pencils and fussy cut it before adding it to the piece.

The background on this card again uses the Seashells and Coral background. The focal image uses the Fish Frame stamp, which was colored with brush markers. I added the previously released Enjoy Every Moment stamp in the center of the frame.

Finally, my sweet Purrmaid card! Whether you are a cat lover or a mermaid lover, this Purrmaid duo from the Oceans of Love stamp set is irresistable!  The Oceans of Love set contains 9 full-sized stamps - these are not mini stamps.The background was made with the Flowing Drops Stencil from A Colorful Life Designs placed over shimmering blue cardstock; Distress Oxide ink was applied using Blending Brushes. The background is a cool blend of shimmer and matte.

Here is the list of the Technique Junkies Designers playing along with the celebration - I hope you enjoy their artwork! Their creations are gorgeous!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

WWDB Week 4 - Final Day!

Today is the last day of the What We Do Best Challenge, and I have a fun card to share with you today! I used the S743 Make Lemonade background with the SD778 Call the Girls stamp as a focal image.  I had to modify the stamp, just a little bit, as a sign of the times -- I am calling the girls ON ZOOM.  We're having a zoom cocktail party!

Thanks for playing along with this 4 week challenge. I loved seeing your artwork this month and look forward to having another challenge for you again in another few weeks. Stay healthy!
Best regards, 
Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

WWDB Week 4: Typewriter Encouragement

Today's encouragement card uses the Typewriter Set  as a focal image. I love this set - it contains the typewriter along with  different sentiments that fit into the paper - it works for  many occasions and cards. I thought the "It's Going to be Alright" sentiment was perfect for this week's theme. The background uses the Fat Smudged Lines stamp with different Distress Inks blended over the background using Blending Brushes. I am really happy with how this came out!
Have a great day,

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

WWDB Wk 4: How strong you are

Today's card for the What We Do Best Encouragement Cards challenge uses the How Strong You Are Stamp. The butterfly wings were colored with Nuvo Glitter Markers, making them super-shiny! To create the background, I used the Showy Blooms Stencil that has Mardi Gras Shimmering Bliss sprayed through it. It has amazing shine in person!
Have a great day!
Pat Huntoon

Monday, May 11, 2020

WWDB Week 4 Encouragement - Bird and Letter Collage

We are in week 4 of the What We Do Best Challenge, and this week's theme is Encouragement cards. Today I have a card that uses the Bird and Letter Collage Background, with a Modern Encouragement Sentiment. The Bird and Letter Collage is stamped using Toner Ink from the Heidi Swapp Ink Toner Kit and Raspberry Heat Transfer Foil was added. The Dare to Begin sentiment uses Holograhic HTF.  Ink was blended around the edges of the card to make the foil pop.

Remember that we are giving a $50.00 gift certificate away this week again to a randomly selected participant! Join us - we would all love to see what you make!
Pat Huntoon

Thursday, May 7, 2020

WWDB Week 3: Thinking of you Gnomies

Gnomes! They are so adorable. I made this card for the Week 3 Thinking of you theme for the WWDB Challenge. I used colored pencils on the gnomes from the Hanging with my Gnomies Card.  Keep in mind that this stamp, plus all of the stamps released in May on, are 15% off through Friday May 8th at midnight Don't miss out on the discount!

A $50 gift certificate will be awarded to one randomly selected customer who played along this week!  You still have until midnight tonight to show your Thinking of Cards; next week for WWDB Week 4 we will be sending Encouragement cards, with an additional $50 Gift Certificate. Play along for both!

Pat Huntoon

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

WWDB Week 3: Sunflowers Thinking of you

Ready for some sunshine? Sunflowers always remind me of sunshine, so they are perfect for today's WWDB Thinking of You card. I used the Sunflowers Duo for the front of my card, and the Single Sunflower for my envelope.  They are cheerful, bright and sunny! To make them even more cheerful, I sprayed them with Dazzle Shimmering Bliss Topper - they look like they were stamped on expensive iridescent paper in person. I think you can see the shimmer a little better in this picture:

I hope your day is filled with Sunshine!
Pat Huntoon

Monday, May 4, 2020

WWDB Week 3 - Thinking of you

It's week 3 of the What We Do Best Challenge, Thinking of You cards. Today I am using the Neptune's Mond stamp as a focal image. The Messy Diamond Grid Stencil from A Colorful Life Designs was used to create an ink blended background. The Thinking of you Sentiment comes from the Difficult Time Set of Two.

Play along! We are giving away $50.00 gift certificates to the Technique Junkies store EACH week. Can't wait to see what you make!
Pat Huntoon

Friday, May 1, 2020

May 2020 New Stamp Release Celebration

It's release day! This is always my favorite day of the month because I can show off all our "goodies!"  Today we have 15 very special stamps for you. All of the new stamps may be found in the May 2020 New Stamp Release category, and are 15% off through May 8th.

The design team is joining me in celebrating the release, and links to their blogs, with their artwork, are below. Please take a few minutes to see what they have made from the new release - their artwork is very inspiring.
I had a blast creating with these stamps! Let me show you some of the things I made:
Patti Gilliam
Judy Jackson
Lynda Pleckan

My first card, above, uses the Tulip with Text background stamp. I colored my tulip with Copic markers and highlighted certain parts with Pearlescent watercolors. It is very shimmery in person - here is a close-up:

Next I had some fun combining the Old Man stamp with the Inside out: Old Fart set. The Old Fart set is so much fun because it offers a little snarky surprise on the inside of the card (as do all the Inside Out sets). If you love this old man, you might want to also take a look at the Life is Short stamp - he pairs perfectly with that, too. Here is the outside, and the inside, of the card:

Next., my cat card. I used the A Little Black Cat stamp and cut it out.  This stamp amazed me. I stamped it ONCE with Versafine black ink to get this coverage. That is the effect of no added chemicals in our stamp making process - nothing comes between you and the stamp.

The background of this stamp is grey, black, white and silver washi tapes.  It couldn't have been simpler!

Next, I used the Rose Circles stamp as a background with the words Simply and Enjoy from the Five Fab Phrases set:

And finally today, I used the No-one Will Notice stamp as a focal image over the previously-released Itoh Peonies stamp...just for fun!

So that is all for ME today.I hope you enjoy the work from the TJ Team:

Here is a list of the participating Designers:

Thursday, April 30, 2020

WWDB Friends Looking Out

Today is the last day of the second week of the WWDB challenge with this week's theme of Get Well Soon. I used the S677 Friends Looking Out stamp for the outside of the card, and the S821 Old Wall stamp for the envelope.  Inside I used the Sending Caring Thoughts stamp from the SDX156 Difficult Time Set on the inside of the card:
I really love that set -- it can be used with Get Well cards, thinking of you cards, and so much more. 
Thanks for playing along! Tomorrow we start week 3 with the theme of Thinking of You Cards. It is also our May Release Celebration!!
See you then,
Pat Huntoon

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

WWDB Get Well Rose Border

We are in the midst of the second week of the What We Do Best challenge, with the theme this week being Get Well Soon. Today I have this Rose Border Card combined with the Get Well Soon Sentiment from the Floral Framed Sentiments SetThe Roses were colored with Studio 71 Alcohol Markers. 
Play along! We are giving away $50.00 in Technique Junkies Gift Certificates per week for the next few weeks.  Details may be found HERE (

Have a great day!
Pat Huntoon

Sunday, April 26, 2020

WWDB Get Well Soon Rowboats

We are in Week 2 of the What We Do Best Challenge, and this week our theme is Get Well cards. Today I have combined the Rowboats on the outside of my card with the Get Well Soon Sentiment from the Greetings Set. The sentiment is on the envelope, AND on the inside of the card. 

When I started this, I had planned on stamping the Rowboats on Kraft cardstock in brown, and not coloring anything.  Then...I colored one rowboat with colored pencils as a kind of spotlight, and ended up NOT liking I colored the entire piece.  I LOVE the way it turned out!

I hope you like this creation today and play along with us this week for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate to the Technique Junkies store!
Pat Huntoon

Thursday, April 23, 2020

WWDB Challenge: Hydrangeas

For today's Thank You card for the WWDB Challenge (What We Do Best), I used the JT016 Hydrangeas stamp.  I colored it using blending brushes and ink. The jury is still out on this one, I really can't decide if I should rip it apart and start again, throw it out, or just send it out! What do you think? I was trying to make a quick card with minimal supplies. It WAS Quick, It didn't use many supplies, but I think it shows lol!  Have a great day.

Tomorrow we start with a new theme -- Get Well Soon. Play along! You never know, you could be the winner of a $50.00 gift certificate! 
Pat Huntoon

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

WWDB Challenge - Rainbow of thanks!

Today's card for the WWDB challenge...a rainbow of thanks!

This card was made using the Therm O Web Transfer Gel Duo through the A Colorful Life Designs Flower Mist Stencil. When the substance dried, I applied Rainbow Foil - and ran it through my Big Shot!  No heat required (although I could have used my laminator for the same results). I was thrilled to fin a red card in my stash, too. It is a colorful way to say thank you!

Join the WWDB (What We Do Best) Challenge today -- we are giving away a $50.00 gift certificate every week!!

Stay home, stay safe --
Pat Huntoon

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

WWDB Challenge: Thankful for you

Today's WWDB challenge card blends a couple of stamp sets. I used the Floral Framed Sentiments for the flower borders and the decorations on the envelope.  The flowers were simply colored with colored pencils. The Thankful for you sentiment comes from the Autumn Framed Sentiments.  I can't wait to get this into the mail for someone who has been working so hard during this current pandemic.

Please join us for the What We Do Best Challenge!
Pat Huntoon

Monday, April 20, 2020

WWDB Challenge Card - You are Amazing!

Today's WWDB card was made using Ice Crystals Foil and the Colorful Life Design Zinnia Set, using Transfer Gel Duo. The Sentiment is SDX045 you are Amazing. It is a little hard to see in the picture, but the background (and the envelope) was sprayed with Silver Shimmering Bliss. I made sure to use Pixie Spray to hold my stencil down firmly. Read on for details of the WWDB challenge!

This has been posted to the Technique Junkies Blog and The Technique Junkies Facebook Group, but in case you missed it, we have a challenge for you - and we are giving away $50.00 per week in TJ Gift Certificates! The details are below.

Hey -- we are giving away $50.00 gift certificates per week for the next 4 weeks! Read on!
Announcing the What We Do Best Challenge. Let's use our papercrafting skills to spread some love in this world!
Our challenge will run for four weeks starting today, with each of the four weeks featuring a different theme. Each week, you can make one or more cards with envelopes using Technique Junkies stamps within a weekly theme. Simply post them to the Technique Junkies FaceBook group OR email them directly to me.
Each week, one of the challenge cards will be selected RANDOMLY and will win a $50.00 gift certificate to the Technique Junkies online store!
That is $50.00 PER WEEK that we will be giving away with this challenge!
Here are the "rules" and the themes:
1. Create a card using Technique Junkies Stamps or Foils. Please, no other companies' stamps on your creations. Dies, stencils and other embellishments are welcomed, but kindly remember that it is a company-sponsored challenge.
2. You must include a decorated envelope with your card entry.
3. Email your card to OR post to the Technique Junkies Facebook Group with the following hashtag: #WWDB.
4. You may post a different card every day. Cards that have been posted to the Technique Junkies FaceBook group prior to the start of the challenge may not be used in this challenge. Each card posted must be made by the poster and only be posted once during the contest.
5. One submitted entry (card) will be selected randomly at the end of the week, and a $50.00 gift certificate winner will be announced on this email and to the FaceBook group on the following Friday.
Here are the themes:
Week One: 4/17 - 4/23: Thank you card:
Thank a nurse, doctor, police officer, first responder, mailman, store clerk or other essential worker. The card does NOT need to use the words "Thank You" on the card, but the "spirit" of the challenge should be there. Entries MUST include a decorated envelope. We don't just want to make cards, we want to send them out!
Week Two: 4/24 - 4/30 Get Well Card:
Must also include a decorated envelope.
Week Three: 5/1 - 5/7: Thinking of you card:
Think shut-ins and other people struggling with the situation. Again, you need to include a decorated envelope.
Week Four 5/8 - 5/14 Encouragement card:
Pretty broad spectrum here - but inspiration, thinking of you, thank you, all encompassed here, too. Again, an envelope is necessary.
Play along! I can't wait to see what you make!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April 2020 New Stamp Release

We are in tough times, and what do we do when times get tough? CRAFT!

We have a fun cadre of new stamps for you this month -- no foolin'! Our April 2020 release is here and we are happy to offer you 15% off those new stamps from today through April 8, 2020. We have so much fun in store for you!

Our design team has a fun celebration in store for you. Each has prepared artwork with the stamps, which you can see here:

Pat Huntoon <--You are here

I had fun with this month's release. I love the way the backgrounds pair with the focal image stamps. Here are a few examples:

 The example above uses the Precise Posy background with the Tried Running Focal image.  I used colored pencils for each of the posies and for the focal image. I really like the way these look together!

 In this example, I used the Precise Posy background again, but kept it  black and white, leaving the new Clap focal image to take center stage. The Clap stamp was colored with watercolors. Honestly, I adore this stamp in black and white.  It looks more dimensional this way, in my opinion.
 The Juggle is Real!  This punny stamp just makes me smile. The watercolored Juggle image is layered over the Op Art stamp, which was colored with blended Distress Oxide Inks.  The juggle stamp is a nice way to bring a smile to someone's face in light of the trying times we are going through right now.

Finally, I used the Stairway to the Stars stamp over the previously-released Star Collage stamp. Believe it or not, both the top focal image and the collage base were stamped in black ink on pink paper. Framboise Aladine IZINK Dye ink was blended over the background, changing the color of the paper. Glitter Gel pens were used on the stars, and although they appear silver here, they are actually red. 

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you love this month's release and will order a few for yourself! Make sure to take advantage of the 15% discount before April 8th, too!

Stay home, stay healthy and keep crafting!
Pat Huntoon

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March New Stamp Release Celebration

Today I am thrill to announce the new stamps for release March 1st. We have a varied collection for you, and I hope you enjoy them!

First, as usual, all stamps in the March 2020 New Release Category are 15% off through March 8th. simply add your selections to your shopping cart and they will be automatically discounted.
Our designers have a celebration of the new stamps in store for you, too -- you can see the full list below. We also have a guest designer this month -- Ginger Pelfrey -- you will love her art!
Here is a little preview of some of the items you will find in the release:

I hope you like this little preview. Go see what the designers have made, and remember to take advantage of the 15% off through 3/8/2020!
And Guest Designer Ginger Pelfrey!
So glad you stopped by today - I hope you love this new release!
Pat Huntoon

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 2020 New Stamp Release

We are so pleased to have a gorgeous rubber stamp release for you this month at Technique Junkies! We have 14 new stamps, a ton of inspiration - and, of course, our monthly 15% discount on all the the New Stamps in the February Release Category through February 8th.

To celebrate, the TJ designers have banded together to show you what they made with the new stamps.  Check their links out below my artwork.

First up for me today is this simple creation using the Elegant Illusion background with the Best Things in Life focal image.  Simply stamped in black ink with the fern outlined in green pencil, this inspirational sentiment is wonderfully easy, allowing the sentiment itself to be the star.

Next is an elegant birthday card that uses the Particle Flow stamp - which really gives beautiful movement - with the More Fabulous stamp as the focal image:

Next I used the Your Own Magic stamp as the focal image for this card. I simply colored the peacock with  colored pencils. The background uses the Just a Bloom Stencil by A Colorful Life Designs that has had Shimmering Bliss sprayed through it for a soft, shimmery background.

Next up I have the You've Got This (Set of 2). I colored her with Pastel Pencils and layered her over an ink blended Mosaic Sun Stencil.

And finally today, it is no secret that I LOVE giraffes.  My Advice from a Giraffe stamp was layered over the Giraffe Print background. Both were stamped with a chocolate ink, with the giraffe lightly colored with pastel pencils.

That's all the artwork I have for you today -- but the team as a ton! Here are their links:
I hope you enjoy today's release!
Pat Huntoon