Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Release from Technique Junkies

Oh m'gosh! Technique Junkies has brought the wow yet again! I can't wait for you to check out all the new stamps for August, PLUS brand new product! And the cool part is that you can save up to 25% on your purchases. (Read on for details!)

I have several projects to share today. Here is a sneak peek!



There are FIFTEEN brand new stamps! You can see the whole collection HERE. I had the pleasure of playing with several of them, and I'm excited to share these projects with you.  Here we go....



I instantly fell in love with Desert Landscape Border (SD925). I could picture a beautiful sunset highlighting the cactus shadows. I used watercolor paper and created a pink, yellow and orange sky with Gansai Tambi Watercolors. I stamped and embossed the image, trimmed it down, and attached it to a black card base.  The sentiment is an OBG (oldie but goodie - you'll be seeing several of these in this post) that goes perfectly with this scene. It's called Life is Beautiful (SDX099). I simply stamped and embossed in white. Perfect finish for this card!




This card was so fun and easy! I stamped and embossed I'll Be Watching You (SD957) on the center of my panel. Using Shimmering Bliss Sprays, I added a mesmerizing background in Festive Flamingo, Vivid Volt and Mindaro. Don't you just love that shimmer?! I added a little black flecking (is that really a word?) with my black blow pen (I know these are for kids, but I use them all the time...a lot less messy than flicking paint!). I attached the panel to a white card base that I had edged with an Urban Graphite Nuvo Glitter Marker. A few embellishments and this card is done!



This stamp is another special design from the Jan Tink (Janine Tinklenburg) Collection. Her nature drawing skills are crazy awesome! This particular one is called Echinacea (JT015). For this card, I stamped and embossed in gold on 110# cardstock. Using Tombow Markers, I colored in the image and the background. I trimmed down the piece and edged it with a Golden Ochre glitter marker from the Nuvo Ember Glow Set. I added a beautiful sheen to the piece using Gold Shimmering Bliss Topper Spray. I matted the piece with gold cardstock and attached it to a black card base. I added a simple charm I made eons ago using Shrinky Dinks. It was the perfect finishing touch to this beautiful shimmering card.



This sentiment just got me! I am a huge animal lover and was so happy to add Fur Baby (SDK149) to my collection. It paired beautifully with another OBG called Buddies (S675). This card was super simple. I just stamped the image with Gray Flannel Memento Ink and added it to a red cardstock covered card base. The sentiment was stamped on the same red cardstock, trimmed down and attached to the card. I added a tiny paw print button to finish off the card. So stinkin' cute!



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This card was created using the newest Inside Out set. There are several pairs of sentiments included for both outside and inside your cards. The set contains 10 stamps. Inside Out: For The Girls (SS110) gives a lot of fun and snarky bang for yer buck! Since anyone who knows me knows I am a Flamingo girl, it is no surprise that I chose this sentiment and these particular stamps to accompany it! For the background, I stamped an OBG, Flamingos Background (S789) using Angel Pink Memento Ink. I then added (another OBG) Flamingo 1 (SD890) in black ink and colored it in with Raspberry Tart Glitter Marker from the Nuvo Northern Lights set. For the legs, I used Crushed Papaya from the Nuvo Ember Glow SetI basically repeated the background for the inside of the card, and stamped the sentiment inside and outside in black ink. I added a few jewels and a washi tape border to finish off the card. 

Hope you aren't sick of me yet, cuz I have a couple more cards to show you!



This sentiment, Internet Browser (SD924)! It is SO ME!!!! And paired with The Happy Housewife (SD947), released a couple of months ago, it makes a fantastic, funny card. I stared with a gray card base. I stamped the sentiment in Love Bug Memento Ink then created a rough mask over the left part of the stamped image. I then stamped the housewife in black in  over the top. I used a fine marker to add a squiggly border. I love the simplicity of the card. That sentiment and her look just says it all!




This stamp just cracked me up. Prickly (SD917) is the perfect apology card sentiment! I stamped the image with Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink and colored it in using Tombow markers. I had just purchased a small pad that had this cactus paper in it and couldn't believe how well they went together! The paper was trimmed down and attached to my card base. Once my image was trimmed, I matted it with green cardstock and attached it to the card with foam tape. No  embellishments needed on this one! (I'm linking this one up on the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.)


And last, but not least...a NON-CARD!



I absolutely love this sentiment. It is very calming. I paired Grain of Sand with some beach background paper I had. This was from a 6x6 paper pack. I just trimmed it down and stamped the image in black. It was too pretty to put on a card and give away! So, I framed it instead in a Dollar Tree frame I had laying around. It now sits on my desk. When things get stressful, I can just gaze on this beautiful scene and sentiment. It was fast, easy, and inexpensive!



I know I shared a LOT of cards with you today. I hope I didn't overwhelm you. But when I get a new batch of stamps that inspire me, I can't help but create. And I'm so happy to have you all to share them with!

Now, if you love these stamps (and I know you do!), you can save up to 25% on the new releases. Until August 8th, the new stamps are on sale for 15% off! Add my special discount code at checkout (see below), and you will save an additional 10%. This code is good for anything purchased through Technique Junkies, all month long!



And to tease you even more, Technique Junkies has some brand new product available on their site. Be sure to check out the IZINK product line of Diamond Glitter Paint, Pigment Inks, and Ink Pads from Aladine! I've gotten my hands on a couple of these products and can't wait to get more! You'll be seeing them featured in future posts.

If you have popped over here from Pat Huntoon's blog, you are on the right track. If not, you may want to start with the Technique Junkies Blog so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects being shared by the Design Team. Here are all their links for your convenience.


Ro Donner(This is me!)

Happy stamping!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!






Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Giraffe Funny

Oh my golly! I found a stamp and stencil combination from Technique Junkies that is PERFECT together! The recently released Zen Doodle Giraffe (SD930) and the Wavy Weave Stencil from A Colorful Life are awesome companions! I paired them with a sentiment from Mae West Sentiments (PS004) and am in love with how it turned out.

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Isn't that a fun card? To make it, I began with a kraft cardstock A2 card base. Then I grabbed some goldenrod colored CS and cut it into 4 panels. I used two and saved two for other projects. On one panel, I inked through the stencil with a dauber using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink. I did the same to the inside of the card. I attached the stenciled panel to my card base and moved on to the next step.

I set up my stamp and cardstock in the MISTI so that I would be able to cleanly stamp multiple times without messing up my image. On the goldenrod CS, using Tombow markers to color my image, I stamped the giraffe. I colored the leaves with a green, then stamped; colored the giraffe with brown, then stamped; then colored a little brown on the stems of the leaves, then stamped. With a black fineline marker, I added some detail to the giraffe on the nose, eyes, and horns. I also stamped the sentiment on the CS, then trimmed the pieces down (the sentiment is one stamp, which I simply stamped then cut in half). I attached all three pieces to the card to complete the project.

I love this whimsical giraffe. And this stencil! I've seen it used so many ways (recently I saw it used as a water background). 

I encourage you to think outside the box when you look at your stamps and stencils. You never know what great combinations you can think up!

Oh, and if you like these stamps and stencils, or any of the other great selections at Technique Junkies, you can save 10% by entering this code at checkout:

Hope you found a little inspiration today. You can see my latest post and project for Technique Junkies HERE!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!




Monday, July 1, 2019

Technique Junkies Stamps - New Release!!!

Can you believe it's July already?! Where has the time flown? In Michigan, we have definitely had our share of rain this season, but it finally looks like we may have some good weather for a change! 

So, with that inspiration in mind, let's move into summer with the new Technique Junkies stamp release for July. The stamps in this collection scream summer and tropical and warm. I think you're going to love them. 



I had so much fun with these new stamps! I am a flamingoholic, so that one was totally my cup of tea. And the sailboat is so striking...great for a masculine card. All the stamps I played with were so fun to color using different mediums. I'm sure you will agree once you try them for yourself.

Let's get the business details out of the way:




Release Notes:  All new releases are on sale until the 8th of the month. You will automatically receive 15% off those stamps. As an added bonus, receive an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF by adding the code "TJ10Ro" at checkout. That 10% code is good all month long on all products through Technique Junkies!  If you'd like to see all the stamps in the release, just click H E R E !

If you have arrived from Pat Huntoon, you are in the right place. If not, you may want to start at the beginning so you don't miss any good stuff! Here is the full line-up for your convenience:


RO DONNER  ⇐ You are here!

Now onto the fun stuff!

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Stamps Used: 
- Sailing Panel
- Smooth Sailing

Other Products Used: Nautical Background Paper, Colored Pencils, Embossing Powder 

This card has a lot of layers which really highlights the focal image. I had some great nautical paper which I trimmed to various sizes. I matted the focal image and sentiment with a blue background and attached them to the card with foam tape. The image was colored with colored pencils. Even though there is a lot going on with this card, it was very simple to create. I will definitely be using this image again. I think it will make a great bookmark!

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Stamps Used: 
- Foot Down
TJ Products Used:
- Kaisercraft Gel Pens
Other Products Used:  Bubble Wrap (for background), Distress Oxide Inks, Enamel Dots

I had created this fun background a while ago and had it just waiting for the perfect stamp. Well, this Flamingo was IT! If you've never created a bubble wrap background, it is super easy. Take a piece of bubble wrap and ink it up with your favorite color. Stamp on your cardstock in a random pattern, reink, and repeat. I love the effect it creates. The image was colored with Kaisercraft Gel Pens. You can see a little better in the close-up how shimmery these pens are. I was even to make the crown a twinkly gold! And check out the shine on that beak!

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Stamps Used: 
- Just Keep Swimming
- Texture Waves
TJ Products Used:
- Shimmering Bliss (Ocean Depth)
- Nuvo Glitter Markers
Other Products Used:  Memento Ink (Summer Sky and Bahama Blue), sequins, Nuvo Crystal Glaze

How can you not fall in love with the expressions on these fish?! So stinkin' cute! I used the Bahama Blue to stamp the waves background, then gave it a coat of Shimmering Bliss. For the focal point, I stamped the fish and sentiment (all one stamp) and then colored each fish in with Nuvo Glitter Markers. Oh my goodness! The shine on these fish! I added some Crystal Glaze to the eyes and let that dry. I stamped the background on top of the image, wiped off the eyes, then gave it a coat of Shimmering Bliss and quickly wiped off the eyes again. I edged that panel with a Nuvo Marker, added some sequins, and more Crystal Glaze for "bubbles". The focal panel was attached with foam tape. What a fun shimmery, shiny, whimsical card!

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Stamps Used: 
- Drink In One Hand
TJ Products Used:
Kaisercraft Gel Pens
Other Products Used:  Washi Tape, Lucy's Jewels, Colored Pencils


I would love to hang out on the beach with this llama drinking umbrella drinks! I created a very subtle background with colored pencils and colored in the image. I added highlights with Gel Pens, and even went over the lettering with different colors. I added a few jewels and attached the panel to my card base which was edged with Washi Tape. 


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Well, there you have it. Hope you found some inspiration today. The next blog linked up is Stephanie's. She has some great projects to share with you!

Remember, all the new releases are on sale (15% off) only until the 8th, so shop early. And save an additional 10% by using the code below (that code is good any time all month long on all products!).
Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!








*Basics may include: MistiCutAlign Tools; various inks, cardstock, vellum and adhesives; paper trimmer, scissors and/or Xacto knife; heat tool; embossing powder

Friday, June 28, 2019

Eat, Play, Love

Anyone who knows me knows I am a HUGE animal lover! Especially my doggies! (and my cat and flamingos, and llamas, and...and...and...).  So when I saw this Technique Junkies stamp, I knew it was made for me! It's simple and it's adorable and I love it!

The name of the stamp is, appropriately, Eat, Play, Love.  I paired it with the Paw Prints Background Stamp and one of my favorite color combinations (Black, White & Red).



The background image was stamped on white card stock using Memento Ink (Love Letter). The piece was trimmed down and mounted with a red mat, then attached to a black A2 card base.  The focal image was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and trimmed down. I used the MISTI when stamping both stamps so I could repeat the stamping to get a crisp solid image. The piece was then mounted with a red mat and attached to the card with foam tape.

I used some red Stickles to fill in the heart for a little bit of WOW! And I absolutely love how it all turned out.


Like these Technique Junkies Stamps as much as I do? Want to save 10%? I can help with that! Simply enter TJ10Ro at checkout. They have so many fun stamps, you're sure to find something to tickle your fancy.

Be sure and come back on July 1st for TJ's new releases! I can't wait to show you!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wonderful Washi

You see it everywhere. You hear about it all the time in the crafting industry. You own rolls and rolls (and rolls) of this stuff. I know I do. And since I have been in a background making mood lately, I grabbed several rolls and went to town on this card. 

It's a busy pink background so it needed a fairly clean and simple focal point. And, naturally, I grabbed my favorite pink bird.


The background, while it looks a little daunting, is so simple to create. I started with a diagonal strip of washi, and continued for about 6-7 rows. Then I switched the angle and added strips in a different direction. I folded over all the ends to the back so it had a clean edge and attached it to my card base. 

The image from Technique Junkies (Flamingo - SD659) was stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with a copper embossing powder onto a pink piece of cardstock. I used a darker pink mat, then added foam tape to the back. Before attaching to the card, I added a few white feathers for interest, then placed the focal piece on top, securing the feathers to the base. A few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops finished off the card.


Are your creative wheels turning now? Are you digging through your vast collection of washi? I'm already selecting some coordinating washi for another background. 

By the way...did you know you can save 10% any time you order from Technique Junkies simply by entering the code TJ10Ro at checkout? And "stay tuned"! July 1st brings a new batch of stamps being released with some great inspiration from the design team. Hope to see you soon!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!



Saturday, June 1, 2019

TJ New Release for June

Happy June, everybody! It's a new month, and you know what that means...NEW STAMPS FROM TECHNIQUE JUNKIES!!  Woohoo!!! I've got several cards to share with you today featuring 8 of the 15 stamps released.



If you like beach/nautical, you are in for a treat. And there is even a couple of stamps that work perfectly for the guys in your life! Let's get started!


Release Notes:  All new releases are on sale until the 8th of the month. You will automatically receive 15% off those stamps. As an added bonus, receive an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF by adding the code "TJ10Ro" at checkout. That 10% code is good all month long on all products through Technique Junkies!  If you'd like to see all the stamps in the release, just click H E R E !

If you have arrived from Pat Huntoon, you are in the right place. If not, you may want to start at the beginning so you don't miss any good stuff! Here is the full line-up for your convenience:


RO DONNER  ⇐ You are here!

Ok, here we go! Let's jump in!

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Stamps Used: 
- Beach More
- Sudsy Stuff - not a new release
TJ Products Used:
- Kaisercraft Gel Pens
Other Products Used:  Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue); Distress Oxide Ink (Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio); Colored Pencils; Steel Die; Basics*

After stamping the sudsy background, I used a die to cut an oval which was the perfect size for the image stamp. I stamped Beach More on the card base and colored in the image with colored pencils and Glitter Gel Pen accents. The die cut panel was attached using foam tape to give the card a little dimension and make the image a focal point.

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TJ Products Used:
Other Products Used: Memento Ink (Rich Cocoa); Colored Pencils; Lucy's Cards Jewels; Basics*

After stamping the two images, I lightly drew a pencil rectangle around them, leaving it slightly smaller than the extended pieces. I then trimmed out the piece leaving a few pieces outside of the cut rectangle. It was colored with colored pencils and accented with Gel Pens and Glitter Gloss. A few jewels were added, then it was attached to a pink panel and adhered to the kraft card base.

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Other Products Used: Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Watercolor Paints

This was a fun card to do...and a great guy card! There are four different sentiments that come with the image, so there is a lot of versatility. I began by stamping the image and sentiment with Versamark and then heat embossed with black embossing powder. I created the remainder of the scene using watercolor paints. Once dry, I trimmed the panel down and mounted it on a black card base. I love how striking that sunset is with the black elements!

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I absolutely LOVE navy blue and gold for nautical cards! This would be another great guy card. And it was easy to do...what more could you want! I began by stamping the mosaic on navy cardstock with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. The panel was then trimmed down. On a strip of gold vellum, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink and clear embossed it. Using a Gel Pen, I overlined the sentiment. The vellum panel was then folded around the panel and attached on the back so no glue spots would show. I added a few glitter jewels, adding glue under the larger ones for added tacking down of the vellum panel. The panel was then attached to a kraft card base.

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I love the image in this card. The fish are plain so you can create any type of fish your mind imagines! How fun is that? I stamped the image with Versamark and heat embossed in a dark green. Using Tombow markers, I colored in the image, then added a little sparkle with glitter gel pens. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Ink (Nautical Blue). I gave the entire panel a shimmer using Shimmering Bliss Topper spray, and added some clear bubbles and splashes with Jewel Drops (Clear). I added a dark blue panel and attached it to a pink card base. I like how the card base complements the pink in the coral and the blue makes the fish even more striking.

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Well, there you have it. Hope you found some inspiration today. The next blog to see will be Stephanie's. I'm sure you'll find more great projects there!

Remember, all the new releases are on sale (15% off) only until the 8th, so shop early. And save an additional 10% by using the code below (that code is good any time all month long on all products!).
Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!



*Basics may include: Misti; CutAlign Tools; various cardstock, vellum and adhesives; paper trimmer, scissors and/or Xacto knife; heat tool.