Interesting Links

Hi folks.  I’ve been surfing the net and came across some things I’d like to share with you.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Posted on : Jan 28 2015
Posted under Freebies and Links |

How to Make a Tea Bag Holder

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Hi Friends!  I hope you’re having a nice weekend.  I’m working but I had Friday off and played in my stamp room all day long.  Whew, did I ever get a lot accomplished!

This week’s tutorial was inspired by the For A Girl challenge at High Hopes Stamps.  I am giving this tea bag holder (which I turned into a birthday card) for one of my best friends for her birthday.  I used Inktense watercolour pencil crayons to colour my image and painted shading with Twinkling H2O’s.

My teapot is called Laurie’s teapot.  I used to have a huge collection of teapots that grew over the years, and sadly I had to donate them to Good Will when I was downsizing.  I did keep one teapot.

So, I guess you are saying, get on with the tutorial already.  Okay, here we go.  I’m warning you it’s a long tutorial but it is a very easy project to throw together.

Supplies:  One 3 1/2″ x 7 3/4″ cardstock

One 6 1/2″ x 7″ designer paper

Score tool

Scor Tape or other heavy bondable adhesive

Ribbon

Small circle punch

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Place your cardstock horizontally and score at 3 1/2″ and 4 1/4″

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Place your designer paper so the short end is along the top.  Score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″

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Press down and burnish the 1/2″ strip

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Add Scor tape along the top of the 1/2″ scored line as shown

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Grab the bottom of your designer paper and fold it along the score line and stick the top to the Scor tape and burnish as shown.

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With the long side placed horizontally score at 3 5/8″

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Turn the designer paper over and score, once again, at 3 5/8″

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Fold your two score lines as shown

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Take your circle punch and punch our a U-shape.  Repeat for the other side

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This is what your designer paper should look like.

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Place Scor tape in between the two score lines

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Adhere designer paper onto cardstock in between the two score lines.

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If desired, stamp a sentiment inside your tea bag holder.

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Close teabag holder and tie a ribbon to keep the teabag holder closed.


Posted on : Jan 24 2015
Posted under Tutorials |

How to Make Designer Paper

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There’s no better feeling than getting down and dirty with stamping supplies, and it has been a while since I have done that.  I love the look of handmade papers which is why I enjoyed being on the Technique Junkie Newsletter as a tutorial writer and designer, where there are hundreds of techniques.  Unfortunately, the Newsletter isn’t being produced any more, but Pat moved on to bigger things and now owns Technique Junkies Stamps.  A new website will be launched in March with the announcement of the new Design Team.

I love how deeply etched the red rubber is from the Technique Junkies Stamps, thus the stamp I used for this technique came from them.  I used #SD393
Whimsy Branch
which can be found under “nature.”  I won’t share a direct link as the link will not work after March 1st.  You can google Technique Junkies Stamps or Stamp Camp if you are interested in doing so.

You may wonder what papers I used, so I’ll tell you.  They are retired Stampin’ Up! designer papers that I bought at a garage sale.  Why someone would part with such beautiful papers is beyond my imagination, so I feel like I got a big score.

Now on to the tutorial.

Supply List

Supplies:  Three or more designer papers, one or two embossing powders, glue stick, VersaMark, Heat Gun (not in photo), embossing buddy, stamp, and if you are going to create inchies you will require an exacto knife and ruler.

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Tear your designer paper into small pieces.

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With your glue stick, glue the paper onto a card base.  Allow sufficient time for the glue to dry.  I waited one hour.

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Rub your embossing buddy over the whole surface of your designer paper.

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Cover your stamp with VersaMark and stamp onto designer papers.

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Sprinkle with embossing powder.  Continue to emboss image until your designer paper is nicely covered.

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Heat emboss.  Use one or two colours of embossing powder. I used gold and white.

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Optional step:  sponge ink onto designer paper.  I used yellow and just inked up the yellow paper, but you can add more colours if you desire.

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Finished designer paper.  Now you are ready to use it as desired.

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I cut 1″ x 1″ inchie squares.

I hope this has inspired you to try making your own designer paper.  Thanks for stopping by.


Posted on : Jan 22 2015
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

Just a Note and Design Team Call

Technique Junkies Stamps, Brayered Resist, Faux Domino

Hello friends, I’m sharing one of my favourite cards with you.  In fact, I like this card so much, I’m going to make ten more of them to give to someone special for their birthday.   This card almost has an Asian flare, don’t you think?

Two techniques were used:  Brayered Resist which was cut up and turned into the Faux Dominos technique that I developed back in 2010 for the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

You can find Brayered Resist on our Bodacious Background Stamps CD (which you can purchase from my blog–it’s on the upper right corner), and the Faux Dominos technique can be found in the June 2010 issue.

I created my background by sponging on ink with a sponge and then embossed one of my favourite stamps, #SD393 Whimsy Branch, onto the background with white embossing powder.

The background stamp that I used is #5449 Asian Mums and the sentiment is from #SS2a Simple Sentiments.

All stamps are from the Technique Junkies Stamps.  I didn’t link up to the stamp site because a new web site is being developed, but if you google Stamp Camp or Technique Junkies Stamps, you will find the site.

Don’t forget that there is a design team call which you can read about here.

 

 


Posted on : Jan 20 2015
Posted under cards, Technique Junkie Newsletter, Technique Junkies Stamps |

Sparkle and Shine Challenge

Impression Obsession, Sparkle and Shine challenge, butterfly stamp

Good day friends.  Are you having a nice day?

I created my card for the Impression Obsession Sparkle and Shine challenge and used G1753 Butterfly Scene.  My sentiment is A13068 Beautiful You.  My sparkle and shine shows up on the butterflies by way of adding Stickles.  I also painted over top of my Tombow markers with Twinkling H2o’s, something I haven’t used in a while.  The yellow sun was coloured with Inktense watercolour pencils.

Have a good week. Thanks for stopping by!


Posted on : Jan 18 2015
Posted under cards |

High Hopes Furry Friends Challenge

HIgh Hopes, Panda Stamps, Furry Friends Challenge

Hi friends.  TGIF.  I’m so happy I have the weekend off work.

I’m spending the evening in my stamp room listening to my favourite CD’s and working on cards, and started with the High Hopes Furry Friends Challenge.  I made this out to be a Valentine card and will surprise the recipient with some candy goodies to go along with it.

I coloured my scene with Copic markers and sponged in the clouds with a cloud template I made, using Tempting Turquoise from SU.

High Hopes has three panda stamps to choose from and this is one of two I bought just because my son is so in love with Pandas.

I’ve been in a particularly good mood this week and spent the whole week in my stamp room so I think it’s safe to say my mojo is back–after more than a year.

Okay, I’m off to do some more work for my blog.  I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend.

Stamps:  High Hopes

Designer Paper:  Su

Cardstock:  Gumball Green and Pretty in Pink


Posted on : Jan 16 2015
Posted under cards |

Are You Ink Challenged?

I came across a very interesting article that explains all the different types of ink and what they are used for.  To read up on your inks you can click here.


Posted on : Jan 16 2015
Posted under Freebies and Links |

How to Make a Decorative Picture Frame

High Hopes, Panda Stamps, Sunflowers and Dragonflies 9

Hello friends.  Today I’m going to show you how to decorate a picture frame.  I bought my picture frame from the Dollar store and is an inexpensive way to present someone with something special.  As my son is absolutely crazy for pandas, I am giving this to him for Valentine’s Day.

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Stamp your image out on cardstock.  Because I used Copic markers I used Crafter’s Companion Copic paper.

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To create a mask I stamped my image on a Post It Note.  I stamped it close to the top so it would be sticky enough to hold over the image.

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Stamp the grass image over top of the masked area.

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Colour all your images

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Add embellishments such as clouds.  Distress edges.

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Adhere clouds, or other embellishments to your main image.

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Measure and cut cardstock to cover the frame.  I ran my cardstock through the cuttlebug using a wood grain embossing folder.

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Finish decorating the outside of your frame.  This adds nice dimension.

Stamps:  High Hopes Panda

High Hopes Butterfly

High Hopes Grass Patch


Posted on : Jan 11 2015
Posted under Projects |

Design Team Call

We are looking for a few Dynamic Designers who are passionate about Stamping and Stampbooking to join our Creative Team.

Do you love to Stamp?  Do you love elegant, classical and whimsical images?  Are you active on Social Media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest?  Then we invite you to become part of the Technique Junkies Creative Design Team!

Technique Junkies purchased Stamp Camp in 2014, and has been working on a new website launch. We need a creative team to help us show off our new look and all of our new stamps to the world through your blog, websites, and other social media. The new site will be ready March 1st, and we want a team that is ready to launch with us!

This special group will develop projects and tutorials for our website and blog, have the chance to have their designs showcased on packaging, and have their artwork displayed at tradeshows throughout the country. In addition, Designers will have the opportunity to create artwork for future tutorial CDs in addition to creating work for the stamp line.

The team will officially start March1st, and will have a term of service through December 31 2015 (9 months).

Who Should Apply?
We are looking for stampers, stampbookers and stamping papercrafters who have the following skills:
1.  Strong Social Media presence (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Blog)

2.  Clear, Crisp, and Engaging Project Photography

3.  Fantastic project tutorials, tips, and how-to’s; both video and picture format.

4.  The desire to help Technique Junkies develop a stronger presence in the online stamping community. 4 projects per month are required, 2 on the Technique Junkies blog and 2 on your own personal blog.  There may be need for additional projects for blog hops and CD releases on a volunteer basis. Compensation for additional projects will be separate from what is listed below.

5. We love techniques, and if you do, too, this is a great opportunity for you. BUT – if you prefer clean and simple, or have another style, that is great too – variety is what we are looking for.

6. A commitment to the full 9 month term of March 1st through December 31, 2015.

What do I need to do to apply?
Send an email to designteam@techniquejunkies.com with the following information:
1.  Your full name, email address, phone number, and address. List your current design team affiliations (if any) and past affiliations. Note: It’s okay if you have not been on a team before. I am interested in the quality of your work!

2.  Links to all of your social media outlets:   Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and any other on-line sites/galleries.

3.  Please share links to three (3) of your favorite stamping projects. Make sure that the projects represent your best photography and your personal style. I want to see what you love! Note that these do not need to be new projects, nor do they need to use our stamps or techniques for the application.

4. Tell us a little about yourself…how you started, what you love, the type of stamps (cute, elegant, weird, classic, vintage, photo-style, etc.) you like, What kind of stamps you are drawn to (birds, butterflies, geometrics, etc.). Just a paragraph or two – whatever you are comfortable telling us.

5. What are your favorite mediums and coloring tools? Do you like to color or are you a master of ink? Or both?

What’s in it for you?
1. We will promote your name/work on the Technique Junkies blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Newsletters, and website.

2. You will receive a box of stamps/cds immediately when selected. It’ll be like Christmas!

3. You will have a $75.00 stipend per quarter to spend on stamps. I always pay for postage.

4. You will receive a 30% discount on stamps beyond your stipend quarterly.

5. You may choose one tutorial CD per month.

6. You will receive a box of goodies from time-to-time to supplement the stamps above, and to keep things fresh.

The call is open immediately and will end on February 10th 2015, at midnight EST. Confirmation emails will be sent out when we receive your application (but we do travel, so give us a day or two before following up). A final decision will be made by February 16th, 2015.


Posted on : Jan 09 2015
Posted under Technique Junkies Stamps |

Paper Baby Shoes

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Baby Shoe 1

Hello friends.  Are you having a nice week so far?

I was inspired by this You Tube video to make paper baby shoes because I have a baby shower to attend, and because I like to make things in multiples, I made six cards in a variety of colours.  If you want to make these shoes, you can watch the video and you can purchase your pattern here.

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It’s so fun to experiment with different colours and different embossing folders.

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Here is a little girls shoe.

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The round stamp is a retired stamp from Stampn’ Up!

There are so many You Tube videos that are full of inspiration, and I hope to spend more time playing in my stamp room.  I haven’t had a lot of mojo in the past year.  I started to knit again and that takes up some of my time.

Do you have any awesome You Tube video links you want to share with me?


Posted on : Jan 06 2015
Posted under cards |

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