Friday, June 1, 2018

Technique Junkies June Stamp Release - Let's Hop!

Hello, Junkies fans! Welcome to a new month, and a new hop full of fun new stamps! I am particularly excited for this month's collection. As you can tell from my blog (and especially if you know me), I am a HUGE FAN of Flamingos! If you are too, you will LOVE the new releases in the Flamingo family. Woot! Woot! There are also some great nautical, beachy and sunflower stamps too!  

All the new releases for June are on sale until June 8th! Save 15% off any new release (no code needed, it is automatically applied at checkout). And use the code "TJ10Ro" to save 10% on almost everything else in your cart! And remember, this code is good any expiration!

If you have arrived from the talented Janelle Stolfuss, you are on the right track. If not, you may want to start at the VERY BEGINNING so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects from the Design Team! So, without further ado, let's flamingle!

Happy Bird-Day Flamingos:  This card started with a white A2 card base. To that I added a black CS panel. For the feature of the card, I stamped the Flamingos Background stamp in pink ink on white CS. I then added some black definition with a fine tip marker. I then stamped the Happy Bird-Day sentiment on white CS and die cut the shape. Using a Nuvo Glitter Marker (Raspberry Tart), I highlighted the edge of the cut shape. After wrapping a pink iridescent ribbon around the stamped panel, I foam taped the die cut sentiment on top. 

Flamingo Bird-Day:  I chose another flamingo from the new releases called (not surprisingly) Flamingo 1.  I also again used the Happy Bird-Day sentiment. Who wouldn't love a flamingo birthday card!! That's why I made two!  For this card, I stamped the flamingo on white CS and colored it with markers. I then cut it out (I used my Brother Scan-N-Cut for that part...I hate fussy cutting by hand! lol).  On a piece of vellum, I stamped the sentiment and used a die to cut out the scalloped oval shape. For the background, on kraft CS, I stamped an older TJ Stamp (which I still love!) called Nature. I used Versamark ink and chalk to add a soft colored effect. I trimmed that piece down and lined the edges with Nuvo Glitter Markers in Morning Moss (one of the new colors!). Using foam tape, I adhered that panel to a kraft card base. I then attached the vellum panel and flamingo. I added some clear Nuvo Crystal Drops to add a little highlight.

Are you sick of Flamingos yet?  I sure ain't! LOL.  Can't get enough! So here is one more.

Land on Both Feet:  This sassy card again features the Flamingos Background stamp. And a new sentiment called Balance on One Leg. I used a dark pink card base and added a black CS panel. I added a black die cut shape to the background image and topped it off with a strip of black ribbon. That was then adhered to the card base. I stamped the sentiment on to dark pink CS using black ink and die cut the sentiment. That was added to the card using foam tape. I highlighted "one leg" and "both feet" with a fine glitter marker. I then added a couple of pink feathers and some faux pink water drops. Fun card!

Ok, I'm done with the least until my next post!  ;)

Sunflower Kisses: My final card for the hop features a magnificent floral stamp called Sunflower Duo along with a matching sentiment called Sunflower Sentiments (Set of 2).  This card starts with a white card base. On a brown CS panel, I stamped a background using a great TJ stamp called Sunflowers. I clear embossed the panel and adhered it to the card base. On a piece of white CS, I stamped the Sunflower Duo in brown ink and colored it using watercolor pencils and a water brush. I drew a light pencil line where I wanted the edge to be, and trimmed out the right side of the panel. After rounding the two corners and adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops to the flower centers, I attached that to the card with foam tape. On a scrap piece of white CS, I stamped the sentiment in brown ink and trimmed it down to a banner. I lined the edge of the piece with Nuvo Glitter Markers in Iced Americano (another new color!) and then attached that piece with foam tape.  I truly love how this card turned out, which renewed my love for sunflowers! Can't wait to make some more cards with these two new sets!

Well, that's the end of my projects for this hop. Hope you enjoyed what I had to share (and hopefully I got you hooked on flamingos!! lol).  Remember, the sale goes only until June 8th, so get your orders in early. And to save 10% on almost everything else, use the code below:
Your next stop along the way is to the very creative Judy Jackson. I am sure you will love her projects!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Welcoming a New Stamp Artist at Technique Junkies

I am happy to join Technique Junkies in celebrating a new Illustrator at Technique Junkies Stamps.  We have 10 new stamps from Rita Bakarat in the Technique Junkies line! You can see all of the new stamps HERE.

If you’ve come from Karen Jiles' blog, you are in the right place. If not head to the Technique Junkies Blog for the start of the hop so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects! And make sure you comment on all the stops along the hop because one lucky person who comments will receive a $25 Technique Junkies Gift Certificate! Comments will be open until Saturday May 19th and the winner will be announced May 20th on the Technique Junkies Blog.
First up, I have a really fun shaker card to share with you. Ballerina is such a whimsical design and I love the sentiment, Dance With Your Heart. A perfect pair!
Ballerina, Dance With Your Heart
Next is a fun little fairy card using the paper piecing technique featuring the Relaxed Fairy. I also used the sentiment, Unicorns and Sparkly.
Relaxed Fairy, Unicorns and Sparkly

Relaxed Fairy was stamped on several different pieces of coordinating cardstock. I then trimmed out each section and stuck them all together to make a cute patterned image.

And finally, one of my favorites from the new collection, Floral Border. I thoroughly enjoyed coloring these beautiful flowers using Spectrum Noir markers.

I sure hope you enjoyed the projects I have shared with you today, and all the other wonderful projects along the way. Your next stop is Yolie Burke. Don't forget to post your comments along the way so you can enter the drawing for the $25 certificate to Technique Junkies. Also, remember you can save 10% on your cart by using the code below (some restrictions apply)...and this code never expires!

Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Welcome to another great hop from Technique Junkies with their brand new May releases!  It seems Spring is finally here, so we will "spring ahead" with some great projects featuring some great new stamps.

All the new releases for May are on sale until May 8th! Save 15% off any new release (no code needed, it is automatically applied at checkout). And use the code "TJ10Ro" to save 10% on almost everything else in your cart! And remember, this code is good any expiration.

If you have arrived from the creative Janelle, you are in the right place. If not, you may want to start at the VERY BEGINNING so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects the Design Team has to share with you!  On to the projects!

There are 15 new stamp sets in May. I am happy to highlight FIVE of those sets here. Stamps used are indicated under the photo.  If you would like more information on how these cards were done, leave me a comment and I will give you the details.  The first set has multiple sentiments for both the outside AND the inside of your cards. No more wondering what to put on the inside! There are TEN stamps in this set!!!  This card, created with die cuts and background paper, features a friend from a few months ago.


This next card also uses the Inside Out set, along with another beautiful new background stamp. The stamp was inked with pink and green and stamped using the Misti Stamp Positioner. I simply inked a color, then stamped, inked the second color, then stamped, and then the third color and stamped.

Next up is a super cute, super fun stamp...just love this lil gal's smile! Isn't she adorable?

A fun new set features some adorable owls and great accompanying sentiments. There are four different owls and three sentiments. I chose to use one of the sentiments for the inside of the card too.


I have a feeling this next stamp is going to be super-popular! This scene can be used for so many occasions. And a great option for those difficult masculine cards too! I love this stamp!

Also used:  Wisdom of Oz

I hope my projects gave you some inspiration. Don't forget these new releases are 15% off only until May 8th. And for everything else:

Your next stop on the hop is the super-talented Judy. I'm sure you will love the projects she has to share with you today!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Sunday, April 1, 2018


Welcome to another fabulous new release hop with Technique Junkies! I am so excited to have you join us and to show you some of the great new stamps being released this month (click HERE to see all the stamps being released in April). All the new releases are on special until April 8th. You will save 15% (automatically applied at checkout) on the new releases, and if you use the code "TJ10Ro", you can save 10% on pretty much everything else! 

If you have arrived from the very creative Janelle Stolfuss, you are on the right track. If not, you may want to hop back to the BEGINNING so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects along the trail. So, let's get hopping!

First up is a really cool stamp called WILDFLOWERS.  This image was colored with colored pencils and Gamsol, and embellished using Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Next up is a super fun card featuring PARTY CHICKS (SET OF 12) and FRENCHIFIED CLOUDS. The sentiment is from the set FAIRY TALE FLOWERS (SET OF 5). I simply stamped the clouds background and then stamped the chicks where I wanted them. I then stamped the chicks again on a separate piece of cardstock, colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers, cut them out, and attached them over the stamped images.  Such a fun card!

This next card may just be my favorite in the release. "I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. Now I am changing the things I cannot accept."  Wow! Don't you just love it? This set is called CHANGING THINGS. I simply stamped and embossed the image using Nuvo Embossing Powder, and used a die to cut it out. A couple more die cuts (the red corners) and some Nuvo Crystal Drops finished off this stunning card.

The next card is also from the set FAIRY TALE FLOWERS (SET OF 5)I stamped the bird using my Misti and some Nuvo Glitter Markers. A couple of die cuts and a few sequins later, and we have a cute card ready to send.

My last card features two stamps: FAIRYTALE FLOWERS and SOUL TO DANCE. I stamped the flower background and colored it in using Zig Clean Color Markers. I then stamped the sentiment on a piece of vellum and attached that to the front of the background. I added a few sequins and some Nuvo Glimmer Drops to finish off the card.

Well, there you have it. Hope I was able to give you a little inspiration today. Remember, 15% off the new releases until April 8th. For anything else, use the code below (this is good any time, no expiration!).

Your next stop along the way is the talented Judy Jackson. I'm sure you're going to love what she has to share with you.

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Releases Deserve a Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Technique Junkies has released their new March stamps and I cannot wait to share with you the fun cards I created using them. There are some great stamps in this release, and I'm sure you will find many of them to love. 

If you have arrived from Janelle, you are on the right track. If not, you'll want to start at the beginning so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects being shared by the Design Team! Also, until March 8th, you can save 15% on all the newly released stamps. No need for a code, it will automatically be applied at checkout. And on the rest of your order, save 10% by entering the code "TJ10Ro" at checkout. No expiration on that code!  Now let's get on with the card parade!

First up is a sweet card featuring Little Bunny and Wisdom of Oz. I am absolutely in love with this little bunny. And you will see I have used a couple of the Wisdom of Oz sentiments (there are 7!) on my cards. That set includes several memorable phrases from the movie!

For the next card, I stamped Big Butterfly Collage two times. Once on a panel with green embossing powder, and again on patterned paper, with black embossing powder, which I trimmed down to use only the butterflies. I love this set. It can be used for celebrations or sympathy, or even just because. I used deckle scissors to trim out the panel which was then mounted on a white card base.

This next card features some primary colors and the stamp Birthday Cat. The sentiment is from January's release, called Donuts Happy Birthday. I also used Calligraphy Loops for the background behind the cat. I had fun coloring this cat. And, FYI, there is a set called Mouse Birthday Party that would go with this kitty perfectly!

This next card uses two new stamps: Clouds and Wisdom of Oz.  Both sets just seemed to go together. The rainbow was freeform using watercolor pencils. The cloud was stamped with Versafine ink and chalked.

Next up features Perfect Atoms and a watercolored background. the image as colored using Zig Clear Color markers. This was a super fun card to do. And I love the bright, cheery birds in this stamp!

This next card features an image from the set Free Spirit. I stamped and embossed the image on white CS and mounted that on a blue panel. I watercolored a larger panel and used a die to cut out the shapes. That was then mounted on a blue panel and attached to the card base. I added a couple of feathers, and then mounted the stamped panel using foam tape.  I love the teal and purple colors!

Don't forget these great stamps are only on sale until March 8th (15% off). You can save 10% on any other items using the code below:

Your next stop along the hop is the very creative Judy. I'm sure you will love what she has to show you! Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!