Jul 30, 2015

Floral Abandon by Technique Junkies

Happy Thursday.

Today I'm sharing a card I made using a couple of stamps from Technique Junkies.

This card was created using a stamp called Floral Abandon.

Here's how I made my card.
  1. I stamped this image on white card stock using a Versamark Ink Pad and used bright green embossing powder.  Once I had the image embossed with my heat tool, I cut it down to a strip that is approximately 1 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in.  Once I cut out the strip, I matted it on a piece of black card stock cut slightly larger than the embossed piece.  
  2. I stamped the sentiment using another Technique Junkies stamp from a set called Simple Sentiments 2b. This set includes 13 sentiments.  I chose the Thank you stamp for my card. I cut the stamp in half because I wanted to stack the words on top of each other.  I stamped this and then cut it out in a square shape and matted it with the black cardstock just as I did in step 1. 
  3. I found this piece of patterned paper with black and white chevron in my scraps. I thought it would add some POP to the card so I cut a small strip and placed it along the bottom and slightly tucked one end behind my green piece.
  4. To finish up the card, I matted my card piece on a piece of green card stock and then I matted it again on a piece of black card stock.  I added three black gems and called it done!
Well that's it for today.  Be ready to join us at Technique Junkies for a Blog Hop on Saturday August 1st when we'll unveil the new release stamps for August.

Have a fantastic rest of your day!


Jul 24, 2015

I Love You More Than Coffee

Happy Weekend!
Today I wanted to share a card I made for my husband's birthday /Anniversary.  We were married on his birthday 26 years ago!  When I saw this image from Mo's Digital Pencil I knew it would be perfect for his birthday card because I do LOVE me some coffee!

I think this is such a cute image.

I usually like to share the Copic colors I used but I cannot find them anywhere. I was at a retreat when I colored this beauty and I seem to have lost the sheet.I'm a real space cadet these days.

Well I need to get the weekend going so I will let you get to yours as well.  I hope you have a spectacular one! 


Jul 23, 2015

Treble Clef Card

Happy Thursday!
Can you believe it's Thursday already?!  I've been so buy with my new job and trying to get into a new routine that I feel like my days are flying by. I need things to slow down... you know the saying... "take time to smell the roses".  Well here's another saying.... "Life is a song, Sing It"!

Today I posted this card on the Technique Junkies Design Blog. I made this card using the Technique Junkies July release stamp,  Large Treble Clef.  This stamp is so versatile.  To make this card I just simply stamped the Large Treble Clef stamp in pink onto my card front. Using a ruler, I drew straight lines with a black Copic Multiliner, but any black pen would do.
For the sentiment, I used another July release stamp called Life is a Song. I lined it up and stamped it in black on my card. I wanted to place the stamp right on that bottom line I had drawn so I used a Stamp a-ma-jig tool to make sure the placement was correct. If you haven't used one of these tools you should check it out.  I use mine all of the time.  You can find tutorials on how to use the tool on youtube. I put three silver glitter buttons on the card for embellishment and then matted the whole thing on a pink piece of cardstock. Easy Peasy.

Well that's it for today.  I hope you enjoyed my card.  

Have a Fantastic Day!

Jul 16, 2015

Technique Junkies-Layered Feathers Card

Happy Thursday!
I hope you are having a great week.  This is my first week back to the working world.  I'm trying to find my routine.  Boy do I miss those grandbabies, but we are all adjusting to our new schedules just fine.

Today I'm sharing a card I made using a stamp from Technique Junkies.

The name of this stamp is Layered Feathers.  I think it's beautiful. I have a few other ideas on how I can use this stamp. I think I'm going to play around and see what else I can create.    
Here's how I made this card.

  1. Find a piece of patterned paper that has the color you want to be the main focus of your card.  I chose a beautiful turquoise blue with muted white diagonal stripes.  
  2. Stamp the Layered Feathers stamp onto the colored paper with a Versamark ink pad.
  3. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, Shake off excess and heat with a heat tool.
  4. Using a Spellbinders die, cut out a square shape. (make sure it is large enough to accommodate the sentiment stamp you are using.
  5. On a piece of white cardstock, stamp your sentiment.  I used another Technique Junkies stamp called Hope is the Thing.  
  6. Glue the sentiment piece behind the window you cut out with the die.
  7. In this step you could use whatever you have on hand for embellishment.  I had some stips of paper left over and fashioned an arrow out of them by just cutting it out by hand.  I used some Diamond Glaze on top of the arrow to give it a shine. I also punched out a small heart and placed it in the window with the sentiment.
  8. Matt your piece onto a white card base.
I really love the way this card turned out and I hope you do too.  If you have any questions just let me know.

Have a great day!


Jul 10, 2015

Uptown Girl- Rebecca Loves to Read

Well I'm a little sad to say that today is the last official day of watching my grandbabies.  I really have to go back to work. I have enjoyed the last three years so much. While I am really sad about not getting to see them every day, I am also grateful that I've had the opportunity to spend so much time with them. I know I am blessed in that respect.  With that said, I am kinda cleaning up some things today and noticed a couple of cards that haven't made it on my blog yet.  I'm not sure how much free time I'll have once I start working so I thought I had better get these on here.

I am in LOVE with the Uptown Girl stamps.  I only have a few.  I was playing around with this stamp called Rebecca Loves to Read.

Rebecca Loves to Read 1

Rebecca Loves to Read 2

I did some paper piecing on the pillows and then used my Copic W1 or W2 ( I can't remember) to shade on top of the patterned paper for the pillows.  I cannot wait to try this stamp out again with a different color scheme.  I think the card itself could use a few more small details or embellishments. I'll work on that later before I give it to someone.

I hope you have a fantastic day.


Jul 9, 2015

Believe in Yourself!

I created this card for the Technique Junkies Design Blog today.

This card was created using TWO of the new July Release Stamps. 
Barbed Wire #S611 is the featured stamp on this card.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to emboss it with silver on a black background.  I think it turned out both beautiful and masculine. The sentiment stamp is called Believe in Yourself #SD645.

Here's how I made my card:
  1. I used my Static Puff Pillow on a black piece of cardstock, Make sure to cover it well with the puff, as you don't want stray pieces of silver showing up on the black background.
  2. Using a Versamark Ink Pad, stamp the Barbed Wire onto the black cardstock.
  3. Sprinkle Silver embossing powder over the stamped image and then shake off excess.
  4. Heat image with your heat tool until all embossing powder has melted. Set paper aside to cool
  5. Stamp Believe in Yourself #SD645 onto a piece of white cardstock in black ink.
  6. Sprinkle sentiment with clear embossing powder, shake off excess.
  7. Heat the sentiment until powder has melted.
  8. Trim both of the stamped images with your paper trimmer.
  9. Matt the Barbed Wire image with white paper and then again with a piece of black cardstock as shown above.
  10. Adhere the trimmed sentiment to the front of the card using pop dots or foam tape.
This card is super easy, super fast and I think would work well for a man or woman. Easy and Versatile!!

Thank you for letting me share my card with you today. 

I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!


Jul 2, 2015

Technique Junkies-Life is a Song

Happy Thursday Junkies

Today I have another card using TWO New Release stamps from Technique Junkies. These stamps were just released yesterday.  They are HOT off the press and currently on sale.  All New Release stamps are on sale- 15% off until July 8th.

The stamps used in creating this card are Treble Clef and a sentiment stamp called Life is a Song.

I used my Tim Holtz Distress Stains to create the color in the bottom left corner of the card.  First I wet the watercolor paper down and then used a paint brush to dab the color on and let it pool. I moved it around until I had the color in the areas I wanted it and then I left it alone and let it dry before applying the next color.  I tried making this card a couple of times before I got the look I wanted.  It seemed that I had more luck letting the ink dry on its own and not using my heat tool.

Once the card was dry I stamped TREBLE Clef on the card at an angle using a Versamark Ink Pad and gold embossing powder. I heated it with my heat tool just until the powder melted.

I stamped my sentiment called LIFE IS A SONG on a piece of white card stock (embossing it in gold also).  and applied it to the card.

I matted the card with white cardstock and then put it on a piece of coordinating patterned paper.

I think this card turned out so pretty and feminine. I hope it inspires you to create!

Have a wonderful day!


Jul 1, 2015

July Blog Hop at Technique Junkies

Happy Wednesday Junkies and Happy July-

There are lots of new stamps being released today at Technique Junkies.  To celebrate we are having a blog hop and a SALE!!!  

Regarding the Sale--All new release stamps are 15% off through July 8th.  

For the HOP---The Design Team has been working hard to provide some inspiration using these new stamps. If you've already been following along on the hop then you've just come from Jane Bosi's Blog.  She is so talented and creative!!
If you are just now hearing about the hop and would like to follow along, you'll need to start at the Design Team Blog HERE and work your way through each of the Team Members Blogs. You'll be directed at each site where to go next but I'll list all of the blogs in order below in case you get lost.

I've created two cards today using the same stamp.  I chose to use a Palettini stamp called Botanical Bee, in two different ways.  This is a set of 5 stamps.  You get the bee and 4 different sentiments.

This card is pretty straight forward. I found the papers in my stash ( I love it when that happens). The label was cut and embossed using my Cuttlebug and a Spellbinders die.  
  1. Stamp the bee in black and emboss in clear embossing powder
  2. Color the body of the bee in yellow and the wings in a blue green color (I used Copic BG10).
  3. Temporarily lay the bee on the card. Using a pencil, lightly draw a long loop from the top right hand corner of the card and going left.  The end of the loop should end under where the bee will be placed. 
  4. Sew around the edge of your card base in black, starting in the upper right hand corner.  When you have sewn around the entire card and have met up with the starting point, turn your card and sew along the line you drew in pencil earlier, ending where your bee will be placed.  
  5. If any pencil line can be seen, erase it.
  6. Using chalks (or distress inks) that match your papers, rub color on the area that will surround the bee once it's placed.
  7. Tie bakers twine around the patterned paper and adhere it to your card. 
  8. Attach the label and the bee... TAH DAH!

This card was made using the same stamp set and a little mixed media.  I started with a patterned paper and then used a combination of Distress Inks, Glimmer Mists, and Gesso.  Great examples of how to use these inks can be found on the Artistic Effects CD in the TJ Store. I should also mention that I used a background stamp making this card.  I  only used a small section of the stamp in the upper left and bottom right hand corner of the card.  The stamp I used is called Wasted.

Once I had the background looking the way I liked it, I stamped the bee and sentiment on the card.  I used a white pen to outline the bee and I used a black pen to draw lines around the edge in a free form manner. To finish off, I used a stiff brush and flicked a few white specks on the card using white craft paint.

I don't have a lot of experience with mixed media but this card was SO MUCH FUN. I'm pretty sure you're going to see more of this from me in the future.

Don't forget to check out ALL of the new stamps at Technique Junkies and to also take advantage of the sale.

Next on the Hop is Marilyn Hughes.  You're in for a treat because she is amazingly talented.  

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