Tuesday, January 1, 2019


Happy New Year! May 2019 bring you love, happiness, health and wealth. Today, I am celebrating the wonderful new stamps being released by Technique Junkies! You can see the entire new collection H E R E! Each Design Team Member has some wonderful creations to share with you, so I highly suggest you hop on over to the TJ Blog for links to each DT's Blog. I have no doubts that you will find lots of inspiration!

And, as always, all the new releases are on special only until January 8th! So you want to shop early to save 15% on the great new stamps! No code is needed as the deduction will be automatically applied at checkout. For everything else, you can save 10% by adding my special code below:

With all that info out of the way, let's get to some cards I created with some of the new stamps! TJ has some great animal stamps. This cat is no exception! Pair it with a snarky sentiment and awesome background, and you get a fun card!

Just look at those eyes! 

New Releases:
- Cat Frame (JT011)
- Cat Greetings, Set of 6 (JT012)
- Weathered Wood (S824)

Other Supplies Used:
- Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel
- Distress Ink: Weathered Wood
- Zig Clean Color Markers
- Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils
- 3D Crystal Lacquer
- Recollections Card Stock


As a matter of fact, I loved this image so darn much, I made it my watch face! Another great use for stamps you love!

Next up is another fun animal card featuring an adorable pooch with a party favor!

I adore the whimsy of this little guy!

New Releases:
- Let's Pawty, Set of 4 (SS094)

Other Supplies Used:
- Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black, Peanut Brittle
- Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils
- The Paper Studio Designer Paper
- Recollections Card Stock
- 3D Crystal Lacquer


This subtle background goes perfectly with the sentiment set. And who doesn't love a little french!

The shimmery effect may not be super evident in the photo, but IRL, it's stunning!

New Releases:
- Collage Eiffel (S786)
- French Sentiments, Set of 4 (SS103)

Other Supplies Used:
- Shimmering Bliss: Silver
- Memento Ink: Grey Flannel
- Versamark
- Recollections Detail Embossing Powder: Snow
- Recollections Card Stock
- Foam Tape

And last, but certainly not least, this fantastic set features a large graphic stamp with several complimentary sentiments. And I love each and every one of them!

The sentiments in this set are so much fun! You are sure to be pleased!

New Release:
- Better With Coffee, Set of 6

Other Supplies Used:
- Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer Pen
- Nuvo Glitter Marker: Iced Americano
- Memento Ink: Rich Cocoa
- Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils
- Recollections Card Stock

I sure hope you enjoyed these projects and found a little inspiration for your creative side. Don't forget...the new releases are only on special until the 8th of the month, so shop early! And be sure to check out all the NEW RELEASES!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Happy Holidays, Crafty Peeps! Christmas is just around the corner (yikes!) and I'm finishing off the season with one more Christmas card.

I used two stamps from Technique JunkiesMake a Tree, Set of 12 (SS014) and Textured Newsprint (S783).  

This layered card turned out so sweet. I realize that it isn't a real partridge, nor is it a pear tree. But when you are being creative, you can overlook those things! lol

To create the card, I started with a cream CS A2 base. I added an olive green CS panel. Next I stamped the newsprint background using my MISTI and some Distress Ink in Antique Linen.

I trimmed down the panel, then began stamping the tree elements using the MISTI and Memento Inks. The tree base was stamped in Rich Cocoa. The leaves were stamped in Pistachio, and the bird in Peanut Brittle. The panel was then attached to the card base.

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut a few vinyl pears to add to the tree. I then used the Silhouette Markers in the Cameo to "write" the sentiment. Using a decorative die, I cut the sentiment out and attached it to the card using foam tape.

I have to say that I am loving this Make A Tree Set. There are 12 different stamps in the set: 5 Birds, 5 Sets of Leaves, and a Tree Base. The combinations are endless. You can use fall colors and several of the leaves to make an Autumn Tree, no leaves for a winter tree, bright green and several birds for Spring, or a pretend Pear Tree for Christmas like I did. That's what I call a value set of stamps!

And did you know, you can save 10% off your basket at checkout on the Technique Junkies web store by using the code below? Plus there are some great clearance stamps for as low as 50 cents! How can you go wrong?

Hope you found a little inspiration today and find some time to visit Technique Junkies

Til next time,
Keepin' It Inky!

Thursday, December 6, 2018


Hope everyone is having a great December. As someone with a December birthday, I never want my birthday cards to be "Christmas-y". So I always make sure I have a little stash of non-holiday birthday cards for those December birth-babies. Here is a cute card celebrating a birthday - Cat-Style!

I just love the smug pussycat grin and all the happy little mice! Such a fun card! I used two Technique Junkies stamp sets:  MOUSE BIRTHDAY PARTY (SS062) and BIRTHDAY CAT (SD860).

I started by stamping the cat on CS and creating a mask. I then stamped the most forefront mouse and masked him. I stamped the the second mouse and masked him as well. 

I stamped the birthday cake, and added a mask to that. With all four masks in place, I stamped the little mouse peeking out from the cake and the other two mice. One would never guess there are only two mice stamps used on this card. 

The images were all colored with Spectrum Noir Markers. I used a a marker with an air bulb (blows the marker ink in spatters) to add the "confetti".

For the sentiment, I stamped and embossed the "Happy Birthday" on a piece of CS and trimmed it down. I added some foam tape to the back and added it to the image panel. 

The panel was then mounted with black CS and attached to a white A2 card base.  The two stamp sets go so well together and make such a cute card!

In case you didn't know, there are some great sales going on over at Technique Junkies! And be sure to enter my special code at checkout to receive an additional 10% on your purchase!

Hope you found some inspiration and helpful ideas in this post. Happy stamping!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


I have a fun spotlight card up on the Technique Junkies Blog featuring A Little Christmas Whimsy (there is even a discount code!).  For full details, click H E R E.  Here's a little sneak peak!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


NOTE:  TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SAVE 30% ON CHRISTMAS STAMPS OVER AT TECHNIQUE JUNKIES! All Christmas stamps are 20% off, plus save an additional 10% using my special code (See bade to the right).

I just can't seem to get enough of these versatile snowflake stamps from Technique Junkies. There are two sets that I have been using over and over (and over!):  Snowflakes (Set of 9) and Snowflakes.  

I have made a LOT of cards with these sets in just the past couple of weeks. This one, though, oh! I've been trying to stay away from the traditional colors in my cards this year so I have frequently been using the color teal, and the snowflakes fit perfectly with that color! See if you agree...

I created the background using my MISTI and several of the stamps from the two sets shown above (with a little filler snowflake from the set Let It Snow), all stamped with a teal stamp pad. Then, using the Brother Scan-N-Cut, I cut out a "J" and a "Y" in the center of the panel, leaving enough space for a snowflake "O". I trimmed the panel down and attached it to a layer of teal CS, then to the A2 card base.  I then stamped one of the snowflakes on the same teal CS and trimmed it down. I added some shimmer using a Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Pen. A little acrylic embellishment for the center of the snowflake, and some foam tape to pop the snowflake out a little, and this card is done!

Here is a closer glimpse...oh that shimmer!

Now, tell me, do you love those snowflakes or what! I also created a set of eight cards as part of a fund-raiser for my granddaughter's upcoming school trip. Just like snowflakes, no two backgrounds are ever the same!

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some creative inspiration. (Don't forget, you can save 10% on any of these stamp sets by using the code "TJ10Ro" -- see the badge on the upper right corner of my blog page).

Enjoy your holidays!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!