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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Day 18 of the Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas Event



Hi Junkies, it's Holly posting today!  Can you believe it's Day 18 of our 30 Days of Christmas event?  

All of the stamps in the Christmas Category on the Technique Junkies website are 20% off from today, October 24, 2019, through Friday November 22. To celebrate, the Technique Junkies Design Team will be posting Christmas and Holiday cards every day to ignite your creative muse.

You can start shopping now, HERE.

To save an additional 10%, use code TJ10Holly.


For my card today, I have used the gorgeous new Christmas Rose stamp as well as the Victorian Greetings sentiment set.  I stamped these onto Fabriano Artistico cold press watercolor paper with a gray archival ink.  The flower and leaves are watercolored with Daniel Smith watercolor paints, and I painted a very faint brown watercolor wash for the background around the flower.  To make the little stamens pop out, I painted over those with a yellow acrylic paint.  




Sunday, November 3, 2019

Quick Zig Zag Thanks


Have you seen the new stencil release over at A Colorful Life Designs?  This fun background on my card is the new Broken Zig Zags stencil.  I brushed some inks through the stencil (Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Kraft) and added the sentiment for a quick card.  This actually took me less than five minutes to put together!  Go check out all the great new stencils in the November release!

Remember, you can save 10% when you use this code, HollyFan10, at A Colorful Life Designs.  This will come in handy for your Christmas shopping sprees.  Have a wonderful week!


Friday, November 1, 2019

Technique Junkies November Release



Welcome to the November 2019 Technique Junkies blog hop!  This release is filled with gorgeous winter and holiday stamps, and we can't wait to show you what we created with them.  

All of the November 2019 New Release stamps are 15% off through November 8th.
We can all use a little bargain, right?
No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.
How about an additional 10% off at Technique Junkies?
That’s 25% off the New November release!
Use code TJ10Holly
For my first card today, I've used the cute new Let's Chill stamp set.  This set features several different penguins and some fun new sentiments.  I found this paper that I made when I was playing with some paint and my Gel Press, so I used that for my background.  I stamped three of the penguins on the leftover piece of paper and cut out the scarf and hats and paper pieced them onto the stamped penguins.  After I arranged the hexagon-ed penguins, I stamped the sentiment on the side.



My second card uses the gorgeous new Winter Bouquet stamp.  I stamped this bouquet onto opposite corners of my card with some Versafine Clair Pinecone ink and let it dry.  Then I brushed some warm yellow ink into the center and over the bouquets, and some green ink around the edges.  The sentiment is from the Poinsettia set and it is stamped in the center with the same Pinecone ink.  I sprayed the whole piece with some Gold Shimmering Bliss and then I tied some gold ribbon around the card.  


I hope you've enjoyed today's cards!  To see more beautiful holiday inspiration, please check out what my fellow Design Team members have posted on their blogs today:







Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Glitter Diamonds Christmas Cards

Good morning!  I am in total Christmas mode now and I have a ton of Christmas cards to share with you.  I had a blast creating the cards that you see below. 

I pulled out several different colors of glitter paint that I bought from Technique Junkies and used them with the Diamond Strands stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  The colors you see below are as follows:  Vert Fonce, Noir, Violet, Rose Peche, Bleu, Rose Pastel, and Vert Clair.



Here is a close up look at the Violet card:


Isn't that glitter paint gorgeous?  It works beautifully with all the stencils from A Colorful Life Designs.  This Diamond Strands stencil is perfect for quick cards like this.  The sentiment above is from Papertrey Ink and the sentiment on this pink (Rose Pastel glitter paint) card below is from Impression Obsession.


Go shopping at A Colorful Life Designs and pick up this Diamond Strands stencil today!  Use code HollyFan10 to save 10% off your order.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Day 4 of the Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas Event





Today is Day Four of our annual 30 Days of Christmas event over on the Technique Junkies blog!

All of the stamps in the Christmas Category on the Technique Junkies website are 20% off from today, October 24, 2019, through Friday November 22. To celebrate, the Technique Junkies Design Team will be posting Christmas and Holiday cards every day to ignite your creative muse.

You can start shopping now, HERE.

To save an additional 10%, use code TJ10Holly.

Here is the card I created for Day 4 of the 30 Days of Christmas.  I used the new Christmas Lights background stamp along with the All is Calm sentiment.  I stamped both with a blue dye ink and colored the lightbulbs with Copic markers.  For a final touch, I added a little white line to each of the bulbs with a paint pen.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Cup o' Christmas Cheer


I'm heading into full-on Christmas card-making mode, and I'm sharing this fun card with y'all today.  I used two stencils from A Colorful Life Designs on this card.  The stencil pattern on the background is called Heartflakes, and the tiny diamond pattern on the cup is the Teeny Harlequin stencil.

I sprayed the Heartflakes stencil with Pixie spray and placed it over some white cardstock.  I then brushed some fun and bright dye inks over the stencil (Sweet Leaf, Just Green, Teal Cave from Altenew). 

For the cup, I brushed some of the green ink (Just Green) onto some white cardstock and then placed the Teeny Harlequin stencil over that.  I sponged some white pigment ink over the stencil to get that subtle diamond pattern.  Once the white ink was dry, I cut it out with a cup-shaped die and added the little sentiment and the dollop of whipped cream.  I don't drink coffee so in my mind, this is hot chocolate with some yummy whipped cream on top.

Head on over to A Colorful Life Designs and check out all the fabulous new stencils.  Use this code, HollyFan10, to save money when you check out.  Have fun making your Christmas cards!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Deckled Window with Leaves


I created this card a while back and just found it hiding under a pile of UFO's in the studio.  You know what UFO's are, right?  Un-Finished Objects.  I have a ton of UFO's scattered all over the studio.  I tend to work in spurts and some days I might make a bunch of backgrounds, some days I might play with my gel press, and some days I might have 37 different things in various stages of drying.

This card was my first time playing with the Marvelous Masks Deckled Rectangle stencils from A Colorful Life Designs.  I taped the 4" stencil down over some white cardstock and very lightly brushed some Altenew inks into the opening (Lagoon, Teal Cave, Deep Iris).  I built up the colors very gradually to achieve that seamless blending.  While the stencil was still in place, I stamped the silhouette leaves (Floral Shadow from Altenew) across the top and the sentiment at the bottom with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.

Please feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  You'll save money and get some awesome new stencils.  Come on back in a couple of days to see a fun Christmas card that I created with a new holiday stencil.  Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Gel Press Deer



I have a fun Christmas card to share with you today.  I was playing with some acrylic inks and my gel press plate and I created this fun background.  There was a lot of white area on this piece which reminded me of snow and I just had to use the Reindeer Names background stamp from Technique Junkies on this.  Doesn't that look like reindeer standing around in the snow?  

The sentiment is called Season's Greetings and it goes beautifully with this Reindeer Names background.  I need another weekend of "gel pressing" and then I can whip out a bunch of Christmas cards with these two stamps from Technique Junkies.  Have you started on your holiday cards yet?  You can save 10% by using this code, TJ10Holly, when you shop at Technique Junkies.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Glittery Snowflake Noel


Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!  It got COLD today!!!!  I feel like we went straight from summer right into winter.  It was almost 100 degrees yesterday and now the temperature is plummeting down into the 40's.  It won't last long though, as we will be back in the upper 80's by Sunday or Monday.  I better enjoy this while I can, right?

I created this card using some glitter paints and a new stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  This beautiful new stencil is called Snowflake Net and I sprayed it with Pixie Spray and placed it on top of some white cardstock.  With a palette knife, I spread three different colors of glitter paint across the stencil.  I used Bleu, Vert Pastel, and Blue Ciel glitter paints available from Technique Junkies.  I love how they blend together so seamlessly.

After my stenciled piece dried, I added the Joyeux Noel sentiment (also from Technique Junkies).  There is no need to add anything else because, really, those glittery snowflakes take center stage.  I'm going to go make some hot chocolate and run my fingers over this glittery card. 

Be sure to use this code, HollyFan10, to save when you shop for stencils at A Colorful Life Designs.  There are a bunch of brand new holiday stencils with your name on them, including this Snowflake Net

The glitter paints, the Pixie Spray, and the Joyeux Noel stamp are all from Technique Junkies, so feel free to use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% off your order.  If you love glitter, you need these paints. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Grateful for Friends and Pumpkins


Hi friends!  Did you do any crafty stuff over the weekend?  Saturday was World Cardmaking Day, and I spent the day buying digis from Power Poppy, printing them out, and coloring.  I am just now sitting down to blog this card that I made and enter into Power Poppy's fun challenge.  You can see the details of the challenge here.

I used a brand new digi from Power Poppy called Pumpkins and Pears.  I printed it out with my laser printer and colored this with Copic markers.  Then I cut it down to card size and sponged some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around the edges.  To further distress the edges, I used a distress tool to rough them up.  The sentiment is from Power Poppy's Nice Things to Say clear stamp set and I stamped it with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.

There is still time to play along in this challenge (til Thursday at 8pm) so pull out your fall themed stamps and have fun.  See you soon with a glittery stenciled card!



Saturday, October 5, 2019

Glittery Season's Greetings


It is still in the high 90's here in Texas and we are more than ready for the "cold" front that is supposed to hit on Monday.  Until then, I am staying cool by playing with my stencils from A Colorful Life Designs and making Christmas cards.  Did you see this month's release?  There are a ton of gorgeous new Christmas and winter themed stencils available now.  I used one of these new stencils called Christmas Flowers on my card today.

I started by pulling out some pink cardstock and I placed the Christmas Flowers stencil on top.  Then I opened my Rose Poudre glitter paint and spread it all over the stencil with a palette knife.  After it dried completely, I added the sentiment strip (Victorian Greetings from Technique Junkies).  That glitter is so gorgeous, I can't stop staring at it.  Moving this card around in the light really makes that glitter shine.

What colors would you use with this Christmas Flowers stencil?  As soon as I clean up a 6x6 inch spot on my table, I'm going to make some more cards.  :-)  Don't forget, use code HollyFan10 to save money on stencils at A Colorful Life Designs.  If you go shopping at Technique Junkies for the glitter paint and stamps, use code TJ10Holly.  Enjoy your weekend!



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October 2019 stamp release for Technique Junkies


Welcome to the October 2019 Technique Junkies blog hop!  This release is filled with gorgeous winter and holiday stamps, and we can't wait to show you what we created with them.  

All of the October 2019 New Release stamps are 15% off through October 8th.
We can all use a little bargain, right?
No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.
How about an additional 10% off at Technique Junkies?
That’s 25% off the New October release!
Use code TJ10Holly

For my first card today, I used the beautiful new Christmas Rose stamp.  I stamped this with Nocturne Versafine Clair ink onto watercolor paper and then watercolored this with some soft pastel colors of Daniel Smith paints.  After it was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from the wonderful new Victorian Greetings set.  



For my second card, I broke out the silver embossing powder and used it on everything.  First, I stamped the Drizzle Dots background with Versamark onto some dark blue cardstock and covered it with silver embossing powder.  I hit that with the heat gun to melt the powder and set it aside.  Next, I stamped the beautiful new Happy in my Holidays with Versamark and repeated the embossing process with the same silver embossing powder.

I wanted some snowflakes in the background to echo the snowflakes that you see in the sentiment, so I pulled out some old Martha Stewart snowflake punches.  I punched three of them out of cardstock, pressed them into the Versamark ink pad, covered them with silver embossing powder, and melted them with the heat gun.   Embossing everything with the same silver powder really brings this whole card together.




Have fun checking out what the rest of the team has created with the new October release.  





Sunday, September 29, 2019

Hearts Like Dogs



Did you see this adorable puppy in this month's Technique Junkies release?  I love puppies so I just HAD to have this stamp, which is called Hearts Like Dogs.  I stamped it with a gray ink, and then I stamped it again onto a sticky note.  After I cut out the dog on the sticky note, I used it as a mask by sticking it down over my original stamped image.  Then I placed the Circle Mosaic stencil over the masked image and very lightly brushed some gray ink around the sides and the top of the dog.  When I was satisfied with the stenciling, I removed the stencil and the mask and adhered the stamped/stenciled piece to a gray card base.

Did you see the new ink blending brushes in the Technique Junkies store?  They are super soft and they work beautifully to apply ink over stencils.  You can see how my stenciled mosaic fades out on my card.  Those brushes are magical!!


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Glittery and Fabulous


Look at all that gorgeous glitter!   I'm swooning over how colorful and glittery this card is.  I used the fun new Psychedelic Swirls stencil from A Colorful Life Designs along with some glitter paints from Technique Junkies to create this sparkly background.  

You may think I used a multicolored paint on this, but no.  I actually used three different colors of paint, and when I scraped each layer of excess paint off the top of the stencil, it mixed with the paint that was already on the card.  I think it adds a fabulous touch to these funky swirls.  You can see the individual colors of Rose, Violet, and Blue Caraibe glitter paints when you look at the swirls.

If you're a glitteraholic like me, you want to get your hands on that paint.  Check out all the glitter paints at Technique Junkies and fill up your cart.  I couldn't pick just one, so I got em all!  LOL  Use this code, TJ10Holly, to save when you shop at Technique Junkies.

Check out A Colorful Life Designs to get this Psychedelic Swirls stencil and fill up your cart with all their awesome stencils.  Feel free to use this code, HollyFan10, to save money at A Colorful Life Designs.  Stay tuned to see some gorgeous new holiday stencils next month!!




Saturday, September 21, 2019

Alien Hello


This little peeper is just adorable, isn't he?  He is part of a great new stencil from A Colorful Life Designs called Little Peepers.  There are several adorable characters on this stencil so you can create all kinds of fun scenes.  I stenciled this guy with some black ink and then I cut a little mask to put over his eyes.  Then I stenciled the Stretchy Lines with a purple berry ink for the background.  These two were just made to go together.  I added the little die cut sentiment and now it's ready to mail.

Check out all the great stencils over at A Colorful Life Designs.  Be sure to use my code, HollyFan10, to save 10% off your order.  Enjoy your weekend!


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Watercolored TJ Pumpkin





 Even though it's still hot and humid here in Texas, I've been making all kinds of fall-themed cards.  Today I'm sharing my watercolored pumpkin with a handmade plaid background.    I stamped the Pumpkin from Technique Junkies with a dark green permanent ink onto watercolor paper.  After it was completely dry, I watercolored the image with Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  While that was drying, I started thinking about making my own plaid background with the same green color that I used on the pumpkin leaves.

So I used another piece of watercolor paper and three different sizes of brushes to draw the plaid lines.  The green paint is called Green Apatite Genuine from Daniel Smith, and it's perfect for a rustic handmade background.  I cut the piece down to fit onto a card and then wrapped some brown ribbon around it.  The pumpkin was cut with an oval die and affixed to the card.  

This month's Technique Junkies release is full of wonderful fall-themed stamps.  You can check them out here.  Feel free to use my code, TJ10Holly, when you shop at Technique Junkies.  




Friday, September 13, 2019

Stenciled Autumn Pumpkins





Happy Friday!  I'm back with another stenciled card to share with you today.  I'm also sharing the step-by-step instructions on how I created these pumpkins so you can try it as well. All the stencils are from A Colorful Life Designs and I used kraft cardstock and kraft ink for a soft autumnal monochromatic look.



Supplies needed are: 
Marvelous Masks Pumpkin stencils (set of 4 different sizes)
kraft ink pad
kraft cardstock
sponge
low tack tape - optional


Step 1: Place the Teeny Harlequin stencil over the kraft cardstock.  Tape the 
stencil in place if desired.


Step 2: Place the smallest pumpkin stencil over the Teeny Harlequin stencil.  Tape
 the stencil in place if desired.


Step 3: Ink up the sponge and press it over the stencils.  Repeat until entire pumpkin is covered with ink.  Note: I simply pressed the ink down, reinked and pressed, over and over.  I did not rub the sponge over the stencils.  You get a much sharper edge by just inking straight down over the stencils.


Step 4: Remove the stencils and cut the pumpkin out with scissors.  Use as desired.




 For my card, I sponged some additional kraft ink onto the edges of the pumpkins as well as the bottom of my card.  Some linen thread was tied around the pumpkin stems and the sentiment was stamped with the same kraft ink.

I hope you try this quick and easy technique this weekend.  Feel free to use my code, HollyFan10, when you go shopping at A Colorful Life Designs.  Go stock up on some great new stencils and have fun!  

Monday, September 9, 2019

Pan Pastel Skeleton Leaf


I know today is Monday, but I couldn't resist sharing this card with y'all today.  See that skeleton leaf stencil?  That's one of the new stencils from this month's release over at A Colorful Life Designs.  It's such a great stencil, full of detail and fine lines.  

My card is actually an "oops" kind of card.  I had some pan pastels that I bought over a year ago, so I thought I'd give them a try with this stencil.  I spread them directly over the Skeleton Leaf stencil onto some smooth white cardstock.  After I took the stencil off, I brushed off the excess pastels, and that was when I learned that I shouldn't use smooth white paper with pan pastels.  Most of the color brushed away and I lost some of the definition and fine lines of the stencil.  

Now I know I should cover the card with Versamark first and then put the stencil on and apply the pastels.  My friend Dina suggested using a cardstock with more tooth, such as watercolor paper or drawing paper.  That would help trap the pastels so they don't brush away.  I will definitely try this next time I play with the pan pastels.

Even though this is not the look I was going for, I still like this faded, bokeh-ish, muted background.  I stamped the sentiment from Technique Junkies' Autumn set with some Acorn Versafine Clair ink and tied some copper organdy ribbon around the top.  This just goes to show you that even though something doesn't turn out the way you expect, you can still make something beautiful.

Head on over to A Colorful Life Designs and pick up this Skeleton Leaf stencil and show me what you create with it.  Use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% when you go shopping.  

While you're in a shopping mood, pick up some stamps from Technique Junkies to go with your stencils.  The code, TJ10Holly, will save you an extra 10% off your order there.  






Friday, September 6, 2019

Harvest Flowers Thanks


Happy Friday!  I'm back with another stenciled card to share with y'all today.  Have you seen the new September release from A Colorful Life Designs?  There are some awesome new stencils in the store, and this is one of them.  I used the new Harvest Flowers stencil and sponged some warm fall colors over it.  I love the little glow around the flower and leaves. 

The inks are all Distress Oxide inks, and I used Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain.  I used some little finger daubers with the little rounded dome of foam/sponge on the tip to apply the inks.  That gives me more control over where the colors go on a detailed stencil like this.  I added the sentiment die cut (from Altenew) in a darker shade of green. 

Go check out the great new stencils over in the A Colorful Life Designs store.  You will find lots of fun Halloween-themed stencils from this month's release along with this beautiful Harvest Flowers stencil.  Be sure to use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% when you shop at A Colorful Life Designs.  Happy shopping!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September Release - Technique Junkies



All of the September 2019 New Release stamps are 15% off through September 8th.
We can all use a little bargain, right?
No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.
How about an additional 10% off at Technique Junkies?
That’s 25% off the New September release!
Use code TJ10Holly
This release has a lot of wonderful fall themed stamps to get you in the mood for those cooler days where the leaves change color and the apples come into their perfect ripeness for picking.  I love the fall season and I'm so ready for the cooler temperatures to arrive here in Texas.  These 100+ degree days are making me melt!

For my first card today, I used the beautiful new Autumn Framed Sentiments set.  I stamped everything with Rich Cocoa Memento ink and colored the leaves with yellow, rust, and earthy brown Copic markers.  I added some copper washi tape to frame the sentiment without adding extra layers to the card.



This second card was a true joy to create.  I stamped this Modern Foliage background with Nocturne Versafine Clair ink onto some watercolor paper.  Then I pulled out my Daniel Smith watercolor paints and let my mind wander as I painted this background.  I love all the different colors of yellow, orange, green, brown, and red on these leaves.  It's perfect with this new sentiment called Leaves Turn.


Have fun checking out what the rest of the team has created with the new September release.  


Monday, August 26, 2019

Prickly


Have you been a little prickly lately?  LOL  Isn't this a fun stamp for those times you want to send a "So Sorry" card to someone?  I stamped this Prickly stamp from Technique Junkies with some green ink (Shady Lane Versafine Clair) and let it dry.  There were some watercolor paints left over on my palette from a previous coloring session which were mostly blues and yellows and a little bit of brown.  I mixed them all together and got this wonderful unique shade of green, so I used that to color my cactus.  I found some old papers in my stash that complemented this stamp so I used those for the background.

Wanna go shopping at Technique Junkies?  Use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% off your order.  Have a great week!





Monday, August 12, 2019

Sunflower Dreams



Hi everyone!  I fell in love with this sunflower as soon as I saw it, and I had so much fun coloring this.  I stamped this Framed Sunflower  from Technique Junkies with Pinecone Versafine Clair ink onto some watercolor paper and let it dry.  Then I let loose and had fun watercoloring this with Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  It actually took me a couple of days to finish because I had to stop and let some layers dry before I could add more color.  I added the little sentiment from the Dream, Hope, Wish, Wonder set (Technique Junkies) and popped it up with some dimensional tape.

I know you need this Framed Sunflower stamp, so use this code, TJ10Holly, to save 10% when you shop at Technique Junkies.  Enjoy your week!


Friday, August 9, 2019

Mandala Dreams - stencilbop Day 10


I'm back with another card for today's stencilbop challenge.  The prompt for today is Paste, but I decided to take it a little bit further and use glitter paste.  :-)  I do love my glitter!

I pulled out some shimmery Glitter Kiss paste in this yummy Ice Blue Kiss color and spread it over the Layered Mandala Top stencil from A Colorful Life Designs.  Instead of applying the paste to white paper, I used black paper.  The glitter paste really pops when it is applied to a darker paper.  I set this aside to dry and spread some more of the Glitter Kiss paste onto some scrap paper and let that dry.  Then I die cut the "dream" from the glittered scrap paper and adhered it below the gorgeous Mandala.  The "dare to" was printed from my computer, so I cut it out with scissors and adhered it above the glittery "dream."

Do you want to play in the stencilbop challenges?  Check out the prompts here.

You can use this code, HollyFan10, to save 10% off your order at A Colorful Life Designs.  Now is a good time to stock up on your stencils!


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