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!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Technique Junkies September Hop

Hello, Junkies Fans. Where has this summer gone?!!  I cannot believe it is already September.  But with a new month brings new stamps! And Technique Junkies are celebrating the Fall and Halloween with these NEW RELEASES, with a few other fun stamps thrown in (like Coffee {wink-wink} !!!!)  Look what I have for you today!

If you have arrived from the very talented Stephanie Severin, 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. And until September 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!!!

First up, I have some really fun Halloween cards to scare, I mean share...they are definitely of the macabre genre. What can I say, I was feeling a little dark (in a playful way) when I did these cards.  I posted a list of all the supplies used under each card.  Let's get spooky!

New Release:  Wolf By Moonlight
Shimmering Bliss Spray: Mardi Gras
Other Products:  Misti

Additional Supplies: Cardstock, Watercolor Pencil, Label Maker (sentiment), Versamark Ink, Adhesive, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Washi Tape, Paper Trimmer

The image was stamped onto a piece of cardstock using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with black embossing powder. The moon was colored in with a Watercolor Pencil and blended with water.  The Shimmering Bliss was sprayed over the panel. Washi tape was added to the black card base, then the stamped panel was attached.  The sentiment was added using a label maker.

New Release:  Pile of Skulls
Other Stamps:  Skull Frame, Be Scary
Other Products:  Misti

Additional Supplies:  Cardstock, Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black), Stickles, Adhesive, Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Foam Adhesive, Adhesive, Paper Trimmer

The background image was stamped using Versamark ink and heat set with black embossing powder and attached to the card base. On a separate piece of cardstock, the large skull was stamped, embossed and trimmed, as was the sentiment which was mounted with black cardstock. Using red stickles, I added eyes and a border around the large skull, and highlighted the word "scary". Once dry, both pieces were added to the card using foam adhesive.

New Release:  Textured Newsprint
Other Stamps: Raven Nevermore

Additional Supplies:  Raven SVG, Silhouette Cameo, cardstock, Acrylic Block, Distress Ink (Barn Door), sponge dauber, Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black), Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Adhesive, Paper Trimmer

On a cream piece of cardstock, the background image was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. On a white scrap of cardstock, the sentiment was stamped and embossed. Using a sponge dauber and Distress Ink, I added color to the corners of the background and around the sentiment. The raven was cut from an svg using a Silhouette Cameo. (The newly released Raven Collage would also look awesome using this technique!!)  All the pieces were then adhered to a black card base.

And now a couple of beautiful cards that are neither scary nor macabre!  This next one is from a new stamp designer for Technique Junkies, Jan Tink. You are going to absolutely LOVE her style!

New Release:  Autumn Blessings
Shimmering Bliss:  Chestnut Mare, Dragon's Blood, Golden Olivine, Harvest Sunset, Imperial Yellow, Just Squeezed, Worn Saddle
Other Products:  Misti

Additional Supplies: Cardstock, Glass Mat, Paintbrush, Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Watercolor, Adhesive, Paper Trimmer

The image was stamped with Versamark and heat set with black embossing powder. Each color of Shimmering Bliss was sprayed onto a glass mat (or you could use an acrylic block). Using a paint brush, I added color to all the leaves and tree base. The background was filled in with watercolor and then flicked with a darker blue watercolor.  The panel was matted with black and adhered to a white card base. It's hard to capture just how shimmery and beautiful this card is IRL. You truly have to see it in person to appreciate it's magnificent shine.

I just LOVE coffee themed cards, and this one was so much fun to create! I added some "bloodshot" to the eyes to mirror how I must look every morning before coffee. lol

New Release:  First Coffee, Bunch of Beans
Shimmering Bliss:  Chestnut Mare
Other Products:  Misti

Additional Supplies:  Memento Ink (London Fog and Tuxedo Black), Versamark Ink, Nuvo Embossing Powder (Hot Chocolate), Colored Pencils, Cardstock, Twine, Adhesive, Foam Adhesive, Paper Trimmer, Crystal Adhesive

I stamped the background image on white cardstock using Versamark and heat embossed it. I added Shimmering Bliss spray across the panel and set it aside to dry. I inked up the cat portion of the image using the London Fog and stamped my image utilizing the Misti. I then inked up the other half of the stamp with the Tuxedo Black ink and restamped with the Misti. Using colored pencils, I added some bloodshot lines and colored in the hat, pillow, cup, cat and slippers. I added a little crystal adhesive to the cup for a little shine. Once dry, I trimmed the piece down and matted it with red cardstock. I then trimmed the background piece and also matted it with red cardstock. I then wrapped that piece with twine and adhered the panel to the card base. Using foam adhesive, I added the stamped image panel, finishing off the card.

Well that's all I have for you today. I hope you are enjoying the hop and getting lots of ideas and inspiration.  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:

Happy hopping!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!