Sunday, February 17, 2019


I always use sketches whenever I am feeling stuck or in a rut with my card designs. And sometimes, I see a sketch that just looks different and interesting, and makes me want to play along. Such is the case today.

I came across this sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #309 and decided it would be a fun one to follow. And, of course, I am using my favorite stamps: Technique Junkies! The set I used today is one of the February releases called Duty of Love (#SD903).  Here is the sketch and the card I created for the challenge.

I added a few gold border strips and some heart stickers, along with the adorable stamp set, and some fun papers and washi tape. 


And, did you know? You can save 10% on this adorable stamp set by using the code TJ10Ro at checkout! There are tons of fun stamps there. This code works on all the TJ Stamps and there is no expiration! (See the blog badge to the right!)

Hope you enjoyed!

Til next time,
Keepin' it inky!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Fun February Stamp Release from Technique Junkies

Technique Junkies is releasing 16 great new stamps for the month of February and I can't wait to share what I've created with a few of them!

If you have arrived from the fabulous blog of Pat Huntoon, 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 the Design Team is sharing today! Here is the complete list:

  • Technique Junkies
  • Beth Norman
  • Ceal Pritchett
  • Giovana Smith
  • Janelle Stollfus
  • Janine Tinklenberg
  • Jeanne Streiff
  • Judy Jackson
  • Lynda Pleckham
  • Ro Donner [ M E ]
  • Stephanie Severin
  • Vicki Garrett

  • AND...only until February 8th, all the new stamps are 15% off their regular price! No need for a special code, the discount will be taken automatically at checkout. If you would like to receive 10% on all other products, simply enter TJ10Ro at checkout. 

    Now, without further ado, let's get to the hop!

    So many great stamps, it was hard to decide which one to play with first! And as I worked my way through the stash, it was clear...I couldn't pick a favorite! So in no particular order, here are my projects. I hope you enjoy them!

    This first card features Paw Prints (S826) for the background and Duty of Love (SD903). These pooches are just too darn cute! Along with the normal supplies (listed below), I used Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black, Angel Pink) and a little bling from Little Things from Lucy's Cards (Ice Cube Mix).

    Next up, a different card using the same background stamp, Paw Prints, but with a totally different look! I also used the sentiment stamp, Dog Hair. And, believe me...In a house with four dogs, the "glitter" is everywhere!

    The adorable Scotty was cut using the Silhouette Cameo. And I added a little action via an Action Wobble. See the clip to watch him dance!

    And not to play favorites to the dog-lovers, I also have a great cat card using the stamp, Advice From A Cat (SD933) and some fun background paper I had in my scrap stash!

    With the amazing help of my MISTI, I was able to add a different color to each line of the stamp, creating a fun, colorful image. I simply colored a line with Tombow Markers and stamped, colored the next line in a different color and stamped, and so on until each line had been stamped in a different color. How fun is that!

    Now, what's Valentine's Day without a little heart? Here is a card that could be used for Valentines or just a friendly card for someone who needs to know you care.

    This card features Just A Hug (SD907), and some embossing powder mixing, plus a few brads and a sanded card panel. Lots of texture on this one!

    If you are more of a flowers kind of person, the next two are sure to please. I used Floral Framed Sentiments (SS101). This fun stamp set comes with different sentiments to be stamped between the flower borders. This simple, yet elegant card has a wonderful shimmer which was achieved with Shimmering Bliss Spray (Dazzle)

    And last, but certainly not least, this card uses the same border stamp, Floral Framed Sentiments, in a totally different way, giving the card a whole new look. At first glance, you would never suspect that the same floral stamp was used on both cards.  The sentiment used is Sparkle All Day (SS909). What a great pairing it makes with the floral border! I used Memento Ink in Potters Clay for the flowers and Elderberry for the sentiment. Just a touch of bling was added using Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

    Other supplies: Each card uses a variety of basic supplies which may include Cardstock; 2-sided tape and/or foam tape; Glue; Vellum; Memento Ink; Versamark Ink; MISTI; Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; Tombow Markers.

    Here is a little snippet of some close-ups:

    Don't forget, these awesome stamps are on sale only until February 8th! So get your order in and save that 15%! And 10% off all other products with the code "TJ10Ro".

    Hope you enjoyed my projects. The next stop on your hop is the creative Stephanie Severin.

    Til next time,
    Keepin' it inky!


    Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Life Is A Journey

    I've been playing again with the wreath template I cut out from cardboard. I decided to give a manly card a go this time using some Technique Junkies Stamps. Wreath's aren't just for girls, you know! I used a fun set of stamps called Tokens #1 (11 in the set!). These are great for masculine cards and pair so nicely with the Enjoy the Ride set. I was able to create an awesome background and perfect "dude" card.

    I began by stamping various tokens using Memento Ink (Olive Grove, Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, and Nautical Blue). I stamped and embossed the motorocycle and sentiment using silver EP. After assembling the card, I added some glitz (more manly than bling, lol) with Shimmering Bliss Spray (Golden Olivine) to tone down the bright white cardstock. 

    I love the token set for creating backgrounds. They are all individual stamps, so you can mix and match as desired. Here are the two sets I used:

    If you would like to save 10% on these sets (or any others that catch your fancy), you can simply enter my special code (below) at checkout on the Technique Junkies site.

    And be sure to stay tuned! Tomorrow will be the February Blog Hop with Technique Junkies featuring 16 brand new sets!!!! You won't want to miss it!

    Til next time,
    Keepin' it inky!

    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!