Technique Junkies New Release Hop

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Tri Shutter Card, Nautical card Welcome stampers to Technique Junkies June 1st blog hop.  If you came from Jane Bosi’s blog you’re on the right track, but if you didn’t start from the beginning you don’t want to miss a thing so head over to the Design Junkies blog.  I so admire Jane’s style of work, and I’m sure you got inspired.

For my Tri-Fold card I used the tutorial on the Fancy Folds and Motion CD.  I used nautical paper and I used the stamp Bold Shells above and below the mermaid and cut them into inchies after colouring the image which you can see below.  From By the Sea set of 6 stamps, I stamped my Mermaid onto water-like designer paper.  My sentiment that comes from the same set says, “There are a million fish in the sea, but me, I am a mermaid.”

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, By the Sea, Nautical card

I love colouring and had fun colouring Bold Shells.  You’ll see it again in my post below.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Triple the Fun, Nautical card

Using Bold Shells I used the technique which I filmed called Triple the Fun from the February 2013 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  The blue card stock that I used is Marina Mist from Stampn’ Up!.    The sentiment comes from By the Sea, set of 6 stamps.

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Aged Tiles, Nautical card

And finally, I used the stamp call Fishing Boat with the Aged Tiles technique which comes from the April 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  This technique can also be found on the Simple & Easy Inking Techniques CD.  I found the knot on Pinterest and got Al to do it up for me. I’m going to bite the bullet and will attempt to make the next couple of them.  I like this masculine card so much that the next six men in my life will be receiving this style of card.

As you can see, I had a blast with this new release.  You will love what Pam DeChellis has in store for you which is the next stamper on the hop.

As always, new release stamps will be 15% off until June 8th.  I hope I inspired you.


Posted on : Jun 01 2016
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Face the Sunshine

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Face the Sunshine 2

Hello fellow stampers.  The minute I saw The Crafty Nurse’s Face the Sunshine card I knew I had to CASE it.  Like Kathy, I used the Inked Resist Technique from the December 2012 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

All my sponging uses Stampin’ Up! ink pads in yellows and oranges.  The French Script was stamped in Walnut Stain Distress Ink as well as around the border of the Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

Stamps by Technique Junkies: Face the Sun Shine and French Script

Have a great week!  Enjoy the sunshine.

Posted on : May 30 2016
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Artsy Inker Christmas All Year Long Challenge

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Christmas All Year Long, Deer watercolor

Hello folks.  This is my first Christmas card of the year, inspired by the stamping forum by Artsy Inkers.  This challenge is called Christmas Cards All Year.

This month’s challenge was to include a deer plus watercolouring.  I used my Inktense watercolor pencil crayons and found I was a little disappointed in the colour selection as there wasn’t a wide variety.  I mean, what am I going to do with three browns and four blacks?  However, I do love how the crayon glides on and washes when water was added.

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Stamp:  Outlines (now out of business)

Posted on : May 26 2016
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Keep Calm

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Keep Calm

Hello fellow stamp artists.  Today I have a quick and simple card for you.

My background uses the Joseph’s Coat technique.  I filmed a tutorial which you can find here.

I used Technique Junkies stamps called Pom Pom Swag and Behave Yourself.  My green cardstock is from Paper Garden.

Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy this spring weather.

Posted on : May 24 2016
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I Love You Man Challenge

Sunflowers and Dragonflies, truck card, birthday card

Hello folks.  My mojo has been back in full force after so many months away.  Over the course of three days I mass produced 30 cards to give away as gifts.  Boy, did I do a lot of stamping and colouring.

I finally joined in on Impression Obsession’s “I Love You Man!” challenge.  I’ve been wanting to do one of their challenges for months now but never had the ambition.  Do you find this happens to you too?

I used two stamps from Impression Obsession. My background stamp is called Cogs and my truck is called Classic Truck.  Image was coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits.

This card is going out to a gentleman who is turning 70 next month.  I think he’ll appreciate the old classic truck.

Posted on : May 23 2016
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With Deepest Sympathy

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Dogwood Branch

Hello folks.  Today I have a one layer clean and simple card for you, something I rarely do.

I hope you had a nice weekend.  I had a belated Mother’s Day with my son, as I worked last weekend.  He treated me to lunch and a movie.  We saw The Jungle Book.  Sadly, I fell asleep in it and apparently missed the best scenes.  I’m famous for falling asleep in movies–LOL.

Stamps:  Technique Junkies:  Dogwood Branch and With Sympathy, set of 5

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a terrific week.

Posted on : May 17 2016
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There is Always Hope

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Diagonal Images Background

Good morning folks!  Are you enjoying this spring weather?  Finally we have warmer temperatures in southern Ontario so I can now go outside and walk on my breaks at work.

I have always been intimidated by this technique called Diagonal Images Background from the February 2014 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.  When I was going through my binder of my issues this technique popped out at me, and wanting to use a new release stamp for today’s post, I decided to tackle this technique which turned out to be fun and easy.

I used Stylized Roses and Always Hope from Technique Junkies.

Well, I’m off today and playing all day in my studio in preparation for our June 1st blog hop.  Dare I say you will be delighted? Aren’t I a tease?

Posted on : May 10 2016
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Mixed Media Canvas Art

Sunflowers and Dragonflies canvas 2

Hi folks.  One thing you don’t know about me is that I am a hermit.  My anxiety keeps me from socializing and getting out, but that’s a changing.  I’m trying to push myself to new levels by reading self help books and getting out there.

I signed up for a mixed media class where I only knew the instructor, and nearly backed out, but I’m so glad I didn’t.  I reconnected with a lady who I knew through a scrapbook store by taking card making classes and hope we can get together to make cards.  It turned out I had the time of my life.

My top canvas was inspired by something I saw in Cloth, Paper, Scissors.  It’s a work in progress as I want to paint my hot glue, etc.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies canvas 1

Here, I used wall spackle to give me texture and painted it with paint once it was dry.  I then took sponge stamps and bubble wrap and stamped onto my canvas.

Do you do mixed media?

Posted on : May 07 2016
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How to Color on Kraft Paper

 Hello folks,  looks like I left this in Draft so it didn’t post.  Opps.

Today I’m here with a long tutorial on how to color a flower onto Kraft paper.  I used one of my favourite stamps, by Technique Junkies called Flourished Floral.  In this tutorial you will see that I use Prismacolor pencil crayons and odorless mineral spirits (OMS).  If you don’t have Prismacolor pencil crayons OMS will not work, but don’t worry, just color away.

Supplies:  Prismacolor pencil crayons, white Prismacolor pencil crayon, odorless mineral spirits, paper stumps, Kraft paper, stamp, black ink (not in photo)

Stamp out your image onto Kraft card stock and let dry for about 15 minutes

Color your entire image with white pencil crayon

Color your flower with your first color

Using your blending stump with OMS (dip your paper stump into the OMS) spread around your color until a smooth finish is achieved.


Take your darkest, of three colors and add color on the top edge of every petal


As previously done, take your paper stump and OMS and blend out the darkest color, drawing it downwards towards the tip of your petal

With your third color (I chose a bright pink) do the same as in previous steps but this time color close to the petals so you have just a fine line when you pull out your color.  Next, color the rest of your stamped image

Take a darker green to color along the flower petals and using your blending stump and OMS, pull out your color

I like to leave white space in all of my colored work because it adds a feel of dimension.  On Flourished Floral, I chose to do this on the smallest pieces of flower.  When an area is as tiny as this simply draw a line along the bottom of the area you are coloring, or else you will not have any white space

Take your blending stump dipped in OMS and simply draw along the colored pencil line without drawing it upwards

Finish your card as desired

Posted on : May 05 2016
Posted under cards, Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

Sweet and Fragrant

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Sweet and Fragrant

Hello folks.  As you can see I’m on a colouring roll and couldn’t wait to sit down and take the time to colour up Elegant Mums from Technique Junkies.  Also from their line is the sentiment Sentimental Sayings.

Did you catch the blog hop for the newly released stamp sets?  You can start at the Design Junkie blog.  Newly released stamps are 15% off until May 8th.

Take care and happy stamping!

Posted on : May 03 2016
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