Technique Junkies August Blog Hop and Blog Candy

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Zebra Welcome to the Technique Junkies August blog hop.  Can you believe it’s already August?  Here in southern Ontario, Canada, we are just beginning to feel like it’s summer; it was a long time coming.

The August release is full of goodness and fun designs.  You will want to start at the beginning of the hop at the Design Junkies blog.  If you came from Sally Lynn MacDonald’s blog, you’re on the right track.  Wasn’t Sally Lynn’s work fabulous?  She is such a true artist who works with products and I always fall in love with the textures she creates.

NOTE:  All August release stamps are on sale for 15% off until August 8th.

My first card uses #SD622 Zebra ATC and #SS047 Zebra Quotes Set of 7.  I think zebras are so majestic and I love these stamps.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Pont Alexandre III

For my second card I used the Waxy Cuttlebug technique found on the Emboss or Die CD.  There are many techniques that use your embossing and die cutting machines.  This wonderful stamp is called #S620 Pont Alexandre III.

Finally, my last card uses#PP030 Let’s Face It 5 and from the July release#SD645 Believe in Yourself.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Let's Face It 5

This Let’s Face It 5 stamp is from the Palettini line made exclusively for Technique Junkies by Sally Lynn MacDonald.  After colouring my image, I stamped it out again on designer paper and cut out the head wrap.

Your next stop is at Jane Bosi’s blog where you’ll find goodness.  Jane’s artwork is always unique and she has really developed a signature style all into her own.  Her mixed media is to die for.  Jane thinks outside the box, wouldn’t you agree?

For your chance to win an Emboss or Die CD simply leave me a comment.  Closing date for the draw will be August 9th–my birthday.  The winner will be announced that week as I’m on vacation visiting my daughter until August 10th–so stay tuned.

Posted on : Aug 01 2015
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Old Rusted Truck

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Old Rusted Truck

Hello friends.  Today I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and made a masculine card.  Believe it or not, this is a birthday card, for a friend that attends our regular Thursday night beer and wing night.  I have been going for eight years now.  Where does the time go?  It’s tradition to give cards to the birthday celebrant and either Vera, or I, bake a cake for the occasion.  Well, I’ll fess up, I buy a cake–LOL.  It’s “Chuck’s” birthday so I thought he’d like this old antique car from Impression Obsession.  I didn’t thnk he cared about my handmade cards but after Christmas he was excited to tell me he showed off my Christmas card to friends and family.  He even asked me to make him his Christmas cards this year.

I coloured my image with Prismacolor pencil crayons and used odorless mineral spirits to blend the colour.  If you look closely you’ll see the background is full of cogs and wheels from my Cuttlebug folder and used Tim Holtz’s cogs and wheels die cuts.  I also added shiny brads to help masculine the card up.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!

Posted on : Jul 30 2015
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Kiss with a Twist

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Kiss with a Twist

Good evening folks.  The humidity is awful outside so I decided to sit beside my air conditioner and stamp.  I kept it clean and simple.

I used the Kiss With a Twist technique found on the Simple and Easy Inking Techniques CD. You can see the index here.

Stamps Used from Technique Junkies:

S500 Birdie Tree

S448 Big Flourish

PS005 Sentimental Sayings

Have a good evening.  Enjoy that sunshine!

Posted on : Jul 28 2015
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Bandana Technique, two versions

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies,dragonfly


Hello friends.  Summer has finally arrived to southern Ontario.  The air conditioning is on and got to go to the beach for the first time this year; the weather has been too cold and rainy.  I know my Texas and Idaho pen friends have been enjoying the heat for quite some time.

I found some inspiration on Pinterest for creating my Dragonfly card when I couldn’t sleep and was up at 3:30 surfing the internet and stamping.  My cards also remind me of two previous cards I made using the Bandana Technique which can be found on the Simple and Easy Inking Techniques.

Technique Junkie Stamps Used:

Big Flourish

Dragonfly, Set of 2

Find Our Way

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies,find our way

Thank you for stopping by!

Posted on : Jul 21 2015
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My New Stamp Room

As promised here are some photos of my stamp room.  I promise to keep it clean!

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamp Room 1

An overview of the room

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamp Room 2

Storage cubicles on top of my desk for all those little things I need to have on hand.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamp Room 3

See my clean work space?

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamp Room 4

I labelled my Stampn’ Up! sets.  These are all that are out because I lack storage space.  I have many more SU sets in a Rubbermaid tote in the closet.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamp Room 5

I store my unmounted stamps in clear plastic containers and keep them separated by company.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Stamp Room 6

My wood stamps are stored in clear plastic containers that are made especially for storing rubberstamps.

That’s it in a nutshell.  Now I challenge you to posting your stamp room and linking them up for me to see.

Posted on : Jul 16 2015
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Comfort of God

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, With Sympathy

Hello stampers.  How is your week going?

Well, I’m all settled into my new apartment and my stamproom is as organized as it can be.  It is a small, but cozy room.  I made a promise to myself that I will clean up after myself after each project and keep this room clean.  That’s quite a feat for me because I tend to work in clutter.   I like this new change of keeping things clean and in order.  I promise to post photos of my stamp room soon.

I found time to create my first card in my new digs and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.  My sentiment is from a set of five stamps and is called With Sympathy.  It is a July release so it’s hot off the press.  Do you recognize my flower?  It is actually fussy cut from Flourished Floral as seen below.  You may recall my Serenity Prayer card I made using this stamp.

S627 Flourished Floral

I coloured my flower with Copics, fussy cut, and adhered the flower to the card front with pop dots.  It really is a gorgeous stamp.

Behind the sentiment and flower I used a large flourish die and adhered that to designer paper (retired SU).

Have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Posted on : Jul 14 2015
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Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Inchies

Hello folks.  Well, I’m all moved into my new apartment and am trying to organize my new stamp room.  I’m looking at IKEA storage units because I really want a nice (and less junky looking) stamp room.  Having open shelving really is painful to look at.

I made this card before I got all packed up and preposted for your enjoyment as I get settled in.

It’s no secret that this is a favourite stamp of mine, and I’m trying to think of different ways to use it, rather than the typical background.  I used Technique Junkies Abstract and Checks and cut them up into inchies.  Next, I took a gold Krylon pen and edged gold around each inchie and then adhered the inchies to my black background.

An example of what the background looks like coloured whole is seen below.


Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, background image

I love this stamp because it reminds me of a Zentangle.  Below is a Zentangle I did.  I free-handed the image and then filled it in with tangles.  Do you recognize it as the queen from Alice in Wonderland?

Queen of Hearts

Posted on : Jul 07 2015
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Technique Junkies Blog Hop

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Criss Cross Washi Tape

Can you believe it’s July 1st already?  Only three more months until I’m back wearing sweaters, here in Southern, Ontario, Canada.  Ugh!  But let’s not dwell on that quite yet.  Let’s celebrate the July release for the Technique Junkies.  Monochromatic cards are hard to do, but with this Washi tape and stamps, I found it came together with a breeze.

I’m sure you don’t want to miss a thing so you should start at the Design Junkies blog to see what we have in store for you.  If you came from Pam DeChellis’ blog, you’re on the right track.  Pam does such creative work and I always enjoy seeing what she’s up to.

You’ll be thrilled to learn that the July stamp release is on sale for 15% off until July 8th, so go and get your stamps now.  The stamps I used are Treble Clef, Small and Life is a song.  If you want to search for anything, you can look in the right upper corner of the Technique Junkies site and look on the green tab bar for the search engine.

You might be curious about the technique I used.  It is called Criss-Crossed Washi and the tutorial can be purchased here.

CD WT - Washi Tape + Ribbons CD

I’m sorry for only have one card for you today, but I’m in the throws of packing up my studio for a move to another apartment.  I’m living in a three bedroom apartment with a water view and came home to find a note in the door that the owners decided to sell.  What the heck?  No one told us we were subletting! So now I’m moving to a two bedroom in the inner city.  No spare bedroom for me as the second bedroom is becoming my studio.  I’m looking at IKEA furniture to make my room asthetically pleasing.

Okay, now it’s time for you to go and visit Robin Redd who has something totally awesome for you.  Robin is always so creative and I’m sure you’ll love her project.

Posted on : Jul 01 2015
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Be Silly

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Collage

Hello folks.  I have inked up some new stamps from Technique Junkies.  I’m crazy for owls and am currently wearing an owl bracelet that a good friend and coworker gave me just because I like owls.

I recently did a tutorial on how to make this style of card which can be seen here. For this card I used Distress inks sponged onto glossy cardstock.


Stamps are directly linked for your convenience

Be Silly

Owl on Branch

Library Stamp

Big Flourish

Abstract and Checks

Vintage Music

Posted on : Jun 30 2015
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Serenity Prayer

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Serenity Prayer

I love the Serenity Prayer and was thrilled to see that Pat had the verse inside a butterfly.  The stamp is SD100 Serenity Butterfly.  This stamp was paired with S627 Flourished Floral which is a very large stamp that filled my 4″ x 5 1/4″ cardstock.

I sponged ink onto regular white cardstock and stamped my butterfly over top and fussy cut it out.  My flowers were coloured with Copic markers.  Truly, the camera didn’t capture the three different reds I used in my flower.  It’s so much prettier in real life.  Next, I pop dotted the butterfly onto the flower and cut out Cuttlebug corner decorations.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look.  Have a good week.

Posted on : Jun 23 2015
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