Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


It looks so colorful outside with all the leaves changing. I love this time of year. Mother Nature sure paints a pretty picture...and I'm inspired to create cards that represent these magnificent colors.

I've created a card for you today using NO STAMPS! Can you imagine? None. What I did use was some A Colorful Life stencils and the amazing Technique Junkies Shimmering Bliss sprays. Take a look.

The layers of leaves and colors come together so beautifully. I'll bet you'd like to know how I accomplished this. To give you a better idea...check out the three stencils I used:

This actually started from a clean-up kind of situation from a card I previously created using the Big Leaves Stencil. After I sprayed the stencil for my original card, I flipped the stencil over onto another piece of cardstock which created a reverse print of shimmer.

I then masked off different areas of the Leaf Set 1 and Leaf Set 2 Stencils and sprayed with Shimmering Bliss using these colors:  Wine Stain, Golden Olivine, Imperial Yellow and Just Squeezed.  Here is a close-up of just how stunning this background turned out.

Is that not fabulous? The "hello" is a die cut using the Spellbinders Stamp of the Month (May 2018) die.

Are you as in love with these stencils and sprays as I am? Here's a treat! Save 10% on them any time by using the code below. Simply enter it at check-out, never expires!
If you want the whole kit and kaboodle of the Shimmering Bliss sprays...there is special pricing on the bundle, too! I finished up my collection of all the colors and I'm so happy with them! There are colors for every theme imaginable!

Hope you have been inspired to go create something of your own! 

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Monday, October 1, 2018


Happy Autumn, y'all! Welcome to another fabulous hop with the Technique Junkies Design Team! I am so excited to share some projects with you using the newly released stamps!

If you have arrived from the very talented Janelle Stollfus, then you are on the right path. If not, you may just want to start at the very BEGINNING so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects shared by the Design Team. Until October 8th, there is a special 15% discount on all the new releases. (And for everything else, see my special code at the end of this post to save 10%.)

Now, let's get on with the fun!!!

There are so many wonderful stamps in this release (See all the New Stamps Here)! And I am so happy to show you what I've created. I have five cards to share. Let' get started!

This first one took a little planning. 

Stamps Used:
- Ho-Ho-Ho Doxie (SD898)
- Season of Joy (SDX137)

Also Used*:
- Nuvo Glitter Marker: Strawberry BonBon
Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen
- Nuvo Crystal Drops: Blue Lagoon
- Ranger Archival Ink: Forget-Me-Not
- Memento Ink: Lady Bug
- Wink of Stella

How I Made It:
To begin, I cut out the card base, panels and snowflakes using my Cameo and purchased svg files which I altered to suit my need. On white cardstock, I stamped the sentiment in black ink, trimmed the panel and added some faux "stitching" with the Glitter Marker. On the image panel, using red ink I stamped part of the doxie, masked and stamped a ho-ho-ho section, and repeated until the section of the panel was filled. I then masked and stamped the hind end of the doxie stamp. I added the pop-up panels, snowflakes and Crystal Drops. I also stamped snowflakes (from the set, Let It Snow) on the white panels. If you would like a more detailed post about how this card was made, leave me a comment below and I will do a dedicated post to this card style.
Just look at the shimmer on this card! The new Janine Tinklenburg stamps are amazing!

Stamps Used:
- Christmas Cactus (JT004)

Also Used*:
- Shimmering Bliss Topper: Mixed Metal
- Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock
- Spectrum Noir Watercolor Pencils, Water Brush
- Nuvo Crystal Drops: Rhubarb Crumble

How I Made It:
I stamped the image on a piece of SN cardstock and trimmed it down. I used watercolor pencils and a waterbrush to color the image, then sprayed the entire panel with Shimmering Bliss. I added a few Nuvo Crystal Drops and mounted the panel to the card base using foam adhesive.
This simple card would be very easy to mass-produce. Especially if you used a Misti

Stamps Used:
- Seasons Greetings, Set of 6 (SS097)

Also Used*:
- Shimmering Bliss: Iridescent
- Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew

How I Made It:
Using two of the branch stamps, I stamped the corners with Versamark and heat embossed with white EP. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed that with burgundy EP. I trimmed the panel down and sprayed it with Shimmering Bliss. I then adhered the panel to the card base with foam adhesive and added some random Crystal Drops across the panel.
This background was so much fun to color! And I just love this snowman!

Stamps Used:
- Christmas Whimsy (S814)
- Snowman Whimsy (SD880)

Also Used*:
- Memento Ink: Summer Sky
- Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils
- Wink of Stella (Silver)
- Ribbon

How I Made It:
I started out by stamping the Christmas Whimsy (in blue) and Snowman Whimsy (in black) onto white CS.I colored in the images and added a silver highlight to the snowman. I trimmed the pieces down then added panels of blue and red to mat. I added a strip of coordinating ribbon and adhered the background layer to the card base. I added some foam tape to the back of the snowman panel and attached that to the card.  
My final card is probably my most favorite of the bunch! I am in love with the new Janine Tinklenburg line!

Stamps Used:
- Wreath Sled (JT008)

Also Used*:
- Nuvo Crystal Drops: Ruby Slippers
- Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock
- Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

How I Made It:
The image was stamped onto the SN cardstock and colored with SN markers. I added crystal drops to the red areas of the wreath, trimmed the panel down, added a red panel, and attached it to the card base. I added some sequins and pearls for a little extra pizzazz. I love how this card turned out!!!

* Projects may include common supplies, such as: Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink, Versamark Ink, Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, Glue Tape, Foam Adhesive, Masking Paper or Post-It Notes, Cardstock, Misti, Paper Cutter, Silhouette Cameo, SVG Files, Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Glass Mat, Sequins, and Other Embellishments.
Phew! Now that you made it all the way through my post, your next stop along the way is the very fun and creative Judy Jackson. And don't forget about the great discounts! Here are the details:

Also, for those of you coveting the entire set of Technique Junkies Shimmering Bliss Sprays, You can purchase the Get-It-All Bundle at significant savings! And be sure to check out the other Spray and Stamp Bundles available!

Your next step along the way will be the fabulous Judy Jackson. She has some great cards to share with you!

Happy hopping!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Friday, September 28, 2018


Two years ago, a stamp company was looking for some help at a stamp show in Southfield, Michigan....about an hour and a half from my home. I debated for about two seconds and thought "why not? I will offer my help!"

Two years ago, this weekend, I worked at said stamp show...and absolutely fell in love with their stamps, the company, and it's owner. It was a "sister from another mister" kind of thing.  We worked, we talked, we laughed and we bonded over a common interest of stamping.

Two years ago, after looking at my samples and checking out my social media, she asked if I would be interested in being on her Design Team. WOULD I?????  I had been on DT's before, but this one was different. I felt honored and elated to be asked to join, and was ready for the challenge.

I was familiar with this company's techniques as I was a long-time subscriber to the newsletter eons ago. And I learned a lot from those newsletters as I was developing my own stamping "style" in cards and scrapbooks.

As you may have guessed, that Design Team was Technique Junkies and that fabulous new friend was owner, Pat Huntoon.

So this weekend marks our second "Stampiversary". Corny, I know. But stamping makes me happy. This company makes me happy. And my friendship with Pat makes me happy.

So in that spirit, here is a little card I made to celebrate the season:

The card was really not hard at all. I laid the stencil from A Colorful Life called Big Leaves on top of some ivory cardstock and sprayed different areas with TJ Shimmering Bliss (there are a LOT of beautiful should really check them out!) in Golden Olivine, Harvest Sunset, Just Squeezed and Wine Stain. After removing the stencil, I sprayed the entire piece with Imperial Yellow and set it all aside to dry. I trimmed and scored a piece of gold CS to create a 5"x5" card base. I trimmed a piece of of deep red CS to 4.5"x4.5" and matted that on the card base. I trimmed the stenciled piece to 4.25"x4.25" and adhered that to the matted base.

Using one of the stamps from the Autumn Set of 6 stamp set (SS078), I stamped a piece of gold vellum (Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink). Once dry, I used a die to cut a label from the stamped image. I attached the label to the card (Gina K Designs Connect Glue). I added a few sequins and glimmer dots to finish off the card. I absolutely love how this card turned out. The shimmer IRL is absolutely stunning! Here is a closer look. You can see just how rich the shine is!

I am at that same stamp show in Southfield, Michigan (Stamp Scrap Art Tour) again this year...Friday through Sunday (the 28th, 29th and 30th). If you're in the area, stop by the Technique Junkies Booth and say "hi". I would love to meet you! Plus, there will be some awesome show specials!

By the way...if you like the stamps, sprays and stencil used in this post, you can save 10% at Technique Junkies by entering the code "TJ10Ro"!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Same Stamp, Two Different Looks

I have a post up over at the Technique Junkies Blog. I would love you to visit me there. You will find all the details on these cards, plus some awesome discount codes!!

See you soon!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!