TSSC: 40: Faux Handmade Paper


I just love this Santa from Rubberstamp Avenue. It is my all-time favorite. To me, this IS Santa. I couldn't resist using him for the Technostamper Sketch Challenge (#40) this week!

I stamped my Santa in black, then colored him with chalks. i edged him in gold, layered in white, then put him on a rich piece of Faux handmade paper (August 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). That is layered on a piece of blue embossed paper, over a white card. The snowflakes are felt, and I added glitter to them.

Doesn't it just leave you wishin' for December 24th?




TSSC 39 - Glitter Masking and Cuttlebug Highlights

I missed the Technostamper Sketch Challenge this week, so today's post is here to make it up...and boy did I have a good time doing this!

The front panel on this card uses the Glitter Masking Technique from the October Issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The Spiders, and Circle and the orange square are all glittered! That panel is layered over a spiderweb piece of Cuttlebug Highlights, also from the October issue.

The Boo stamp is from The Angel Company.

BC: What's the Word, Bird?


Today's Blogger Challenge was to use a color combination of Riding Hood Red, Really Rust and Old Olive. I think this is a pleasing palette and I had fun with it!

To make my card, I watercolored the owl using the dye ink pads (from the three colors above) and layered it on a panel using the Polished Wrinkles technique from the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. Believe it or not, the polished wrinkles layer was done with the colors assigned to the challenge -- it just fades a bit with the water and with heating. It has a great shimmer to it, though!
I love the quirky saying! "What's the Word, Bird?"
All Stamps by Inkadinkadoo.
Have a nice weekend -- and make sure to check out the work from the other Blogger's Challenge players. Just click on the logo on my sidebar to access their sites.

Another Clear Artistic Card: Snakeskin


I just liked the Clear Artistic Stamps from the giveaway so much yesterday that I had to make another card today. This time I used the Snakeskin Technique from the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter and made a little flap front for an extra message. I adore the way this turned out. It's funny -- I always think that I "don't do cute". I guess I DO, don't I?
In any case, these stamps are on sale right now at Clear Artistic Stamps until Tuesday October 21, 2008 for only $8.95!

Remember that I am giving the stamps for this away CLICK HERE to place your entry.

Addendum to the Clear Artistic Stamp Giveaway (a discount)

I am so sorry -- I neglected to add the discount from Clear Artistic Stamps into the blog post for the giveaway! Here are the directions to receive a generous 15% off! E-mail your their order to clearartisticstamps@belindalandtroop.com Belinda will do a discount of 15% on the order. That does include sale items. Then she will send an invoice through PayPal.

Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway: Clear Artistic Stamps


Halloween scary? No way! This card was made with terrifically fun stamps from Clear Artistic Stamps, our Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway sponsor this week.

The main panel of this card was colored with pencils and gamsol. It is layered on a purple piece made using the Cuttlebug Highlights Technique from the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The ribbon was colored using Starburst Stains and dried (it is GORGEOUS in person!). I love how bold the colors are together in person -- the purples, the bright green on the Cuttlebug portion, and the shimmer to the ribbon are just perfect with the fun feeling of the stamp.

So here are today's stamps, called Autumn Treats from Clear Artistic Stamps:
Here are the directions to receive a generous 15% off!
E-mail your their order to
clearartisticstamps@belindalandtroop.com
Belinda will do a discount of 15% on the order. That does include sale items. Then she will send an invoice through PayPal.
Clear Artistic Stamps has two new sets that were released yesterday! They are on special until Friday this week. You can check out all news and specials here: http://www.belindalandtroop.com/WhatsNew.html

Okay, so how do you enter this giveaway? ANYONE can enter this give away.One entry per person, per give away, please. To enter the give away for today, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, October 19th. No other entry methods will be included in the give away. If you email me to enter, your entry will NOT be considered a valid entry. When you leave the comment, make sure to put your NAME in the comment -- if you enter your comment as "Anonymous", I cannot give you the prize! Blogger does NOT record your email address for me, so you will need to check back to find out if you have won or include your email address in your comment so that I can notify you. A good way to do this is like so: phuntoon at optonline dot net -- it will help protect your privacy! I will have a random number generator pick one number from the comments to select one winner. Each give-away is separate, so to be eligible for a specific item you must enter that day's contest on the post where it is listed. Enter today -- good luck! I have blog give aways every Wednesday -- come play!
Congratulations to Michelle Sampson, the winner of this giveaway!

Technique Blitz: Patina

Just a quick little card I made for a friend I am inviting to Thanksgiving dinner. I thought it was appropriate today because it is the Thanksgiving Holiday in Canada today, too. Happy Thanksgiving to our friends to the North!

This card uses stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs. The background uses the Patina Technique from the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

These stamps make me chuckle. I just adore them! One lucky winner of this giveaway will adore having them in their collection, too.

These Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for today's giveaway were layered on top of a piece of Basket Weave Background (from the October 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter). I colored the turkey with Copic Markers, and cut out the images -- a fun, quick card! I really like all the sayings that these stamps come with -- they are just great!
Sweet 'N Sassy is thrilled to announce that the Rachelle Anne Miller Christmas Collection has arrived! If you have not seen all of the stamps offered by Sweet 'N Sassy now, you will be amazed by the variety of stamps now in the store. And don't forget, Technique Junkies receive 10% off -- use the code tjmember08 for YOUR discount.
Here are the stamps for today's giveaway.

Okay, so how do you enter this giveaway? ANYONE can enter this give away.One entry per person, per give away, please. To enter the give away for today, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, October 12th. No other entry methods will be included in the give away. If you email me to enter, your entry will NOT be considered a valid entry. When you leave the comment, make sure to put your NAME in the comment -- if you enter your comment as "Anonymous", I cannot give you the prize! Blogger does NOT record your email address for me, so you will need to check back to find out if you have won or include your email address in your comment so that I can notify you. A good way to do this is like so: phuntoon at optonline dot net -- it will help protect your privacy! I will have a random number generator pick one number from the comments to select one winner. Each give-away is separate, so to be eligible for a specific item you must enter that day's contest on the post where it is listed. Enter today -- good luck! I have blog give aways every Wednesday -- come play!

The winner of this giveaway is Roxi Adams! Congratulations!

Cuttlebug Highlights meet Bandanna...

I should not be buying stamps. Ever. I have billions. But I can't resist! I was in the stamp store purchasing chalk refills (ahem, junkies, that may be a December hint) when this Happy Halloween stamp just jumped out at me. I knew that this cool Cuttlebug folder had been calling me for a week or two -- so I just had to have the stamp (by Inkadinkadoo) so I could make a happy marriage between the two. My creation combines the Cuttlebug Highlights technique (October 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter) with the Bandanna Technique (August 2008 newsletter). This time, though, I used a Souffle Pen to out line the embossed areas. Did I mention that those pens jumped into my basket, too?

My highlighting on this is not perfect, but I am reveling in it's imperfection...Happy Technique Blitz.

Blogger's Challenge: Falling for You

Today's Blogger's Challenge was "Falling for You." I chose to take the suggested theme literally and make a fall-themed card. In keeping with the Technique Blitz this month, I used the Punched Through Technique from the Ribbon Extravaganza in the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. All stamps are from Firecracker Designs by Pamela.

Happy fall!



Technique Blitz: Faux Dichroic Bracelet


I have had this for a while, but I just cannot seem to take a picture of this that looks nice. Well, that is part of it -- the other part is that I just never seem to remember to do it!

In any case, this was made using the Faux Dichroic Technique, on of the CD 6 Bonus Techniques. These pieces are really pretty in real life! Sorry the pictures don't capture that...



Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway: Firecracker Designs by Pamela


Today's Wonderful Wednesday giveaway is a hoot! These fun stamps by Firecracker Designs by Pamela are a delight! The card made for today's giveaway was made using the Geometric Overlay technique from the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I changed things a bit, though, and colored the owl and front images with Copic Markers and watercolor crayons. I love how dimensional this is in real life!

The stamps for the giveaway are below...make sure you visit Firecracker Designs by Pamela -- and don't forget Technique Junkies receive a discount! Make sure to enter ILOVETJS for your 10% discount...Click on the Firecracker Designs link in my side bar to get there quick.

Okay, so how do you enter this giveaway? ANYONE can enter this give away.One entry per person, per give away, please. To enter the give away for today, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, October 5th. No other entry methods will be included in the give away. If you email me to enter, your entry will NOT be considered a valid entry. When you leave the comment, make sure to put your NAME in the comment -- if you enter your comment as "Anonymous", I cannot give you the prize! Blogger does NOT record your email address for me, so you will need to check back to find out if you have won or include your email address in your comment so that I can notify you. A good way to do this is like so: phuntoon at optonline dot net -- it will help protect your privacy! I will have a random number generator pick one number from the comments to select one winner. Each give-away is separate, so to be eligible for a specific item you must enter that day's contest on the post where it is listed. Enter today -- good luck! I have blog give aways every Wednesday -- come play!

Congratulations to Mary Davidson, the winner of this giveaway!

Technique Blitz-Camouflage

Gotta love a friendly bear! I like this one -- his grin is a bit wicked...wicked-cute. Maybe it is his eyebrows...
This card for the Technique Blitz uses a small piece of Camouflage from the October 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter as a matting piece for my wickedly-cute bear. I just love this technique -- it is so easy, and fun, and has so many uses. Thank you again to Joyce Pacer for teaching it to me and the Junkies!

Hey, you don't subscribe yet? There are 15 techniques in this 8-page (two extra pages! more than ever!) full color, glossy publication. They are delivered to your doorstep every-other month. Don't you just wanna learn how I did that paper? Email me for a PayPal invoice!

All Stamps in this sample are from Stampin' Up!'s Under the Stars set.
Thanks for stopping by!

TSSC37 -- CB Highlights/Rit Resist

I am so happy with my submission for the Technostamper Sketch Challenge from Mary Jo Price-William's Blog this week. I used several techniques from the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter for this card. The panel under the flowers uses the Rit Resist Technique and the panel beneath that uses the Cuttlebug Highlight Technique.

I love the way this card looks -- click on it for a close-up, if you would like to see detail.
Thanks for stopping by!



Technique Blitz revisited: Ribbon Spiral ATC


Back by popular demand...the Technique Blitz begins again.

What that means is that I will try to post a technique-oriented card every day...or as frequently as my life allows. I will focus on the current issue of the TJ Newsletter or the CD bonus techniques most days, with a little straying here and there to show other things.

Today's submission features an ATC that is quite different than yesterday's. The theme for this was was "Charming Children." A little sweeter than the disturbing one, no?

This ATC features the Ribbon Spiral Technique from the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. This technique is from TJ member and stamper extraordinaire Belinda Johnson. The stamps used for this ATC are from I Brake for Stamps from the Stampinback line. Aren't they sweet? The whole stamp plate is filled with wonderful images.

I colored the stamp using Copic markers, regular marker, and colored pencils, and went over the blue-tinted water with Diamond Glaze (aka: Glossy Accents or Crystal Effects).
Okay, now I am off to try to get some things done for the Blitz!

My disturbing ATC

Did you ever make something that was vaguely disturbing?

I think this ATC is disturbing. I am in an ATC group and the theme for this month was fruits and veggies. I have these cool vegetable stamps from Close To My Heart that I thought would be perfect for this. They are long retired and I haven't used them much, so when opportunity knocks, you have to answer the door : )

When I started this ATC, the idea was pretty normal. Carrot, good for your eyes, and all that. In fact, this piece is probably the most normal of all the ATCs I made for the swap --the other ones are REALLY disturbing! (sorry swapmates, don't mean to freak you out!!).The reason I think that these are so disturbing is because the eyes are too serious -- it is almost like they are too intense for the stamps. Oh well, every once in a while we have to make things that jar the senses...

The background on this is a Technique Junkie Newsletter technique called Acetate Swirl from the 6th Edition CD Bonus Techniques. The eyes were stamped on the Acetate, then colored with gel pens. Is it just me, or do they disturb you, too?

Blogger's Challenge 66: Warhol

I haven't had the opportunity to participate in the weekly Blogger's Challenge recently, so I am so happy to have a chance to play today!

Today's challenge was to create a Warhol card, a technique done by the Technique Junkie Newsletter in the February 2005 issue. Such a simple technique -- it can be done with almost any stamp, too.

I chose to use a stamp from I Brake for Stamp's Halloween stamps. I happen to be giving this stamp set away this week, too -- click here to see the stamps and enter the giveaway. If you haven't entered to win it, you should!

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Foiled- Web - Sneak preview

Today's card is a sneak preview from the newest issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter coming out tomorrow! This card uses the Foiled Webbing Technique from the October 2008 issue as a background. I love how it looks with my Expressionistic Watercolor panel!

These are new stamps from the newest catalog from Stampin' Up! These are my favorites from this catalog -- they are just so elegant.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway: I Brake for Stamps


Boo! Today's stamps for the Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway are from one of our featured vendors for October's issue, I Brake for Stamps.

I haven't stamped for several weeks -- I have had so many personal and professional issues and commitments, that it just was not in the "cards" for me. So, lucky for me, I had these fun stamps to work with for today's giveaway! I was so inspired by these stamps...these deeply etched, well-designed images are a joy to work with.

The background on this card, the spiderweb, was done using the Cuttlebug Highlight Technique. What? You haven't heard of that technique? Well, that is because it is from the soon-to-be-mailed October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter (Friday is our mailing day). Just a little sneak preview : )

Here are the stamps we are giving away this week:


The best part is that I Brake for Stamps have these stamps on special this week for 25% off -- in fact, there are a whole slew of stamps on special for 25% to 60% off. Really, these are just great deals!


Okay, so how do you enter this giveaway? ANYONE can enter this give away.One entry per person, per give away, please. To enter the give away for today, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, September 28th. No other entry methods will be included in the give away. If you email me to enter, your entry will NOT be considered a valid entry. When you leave the comment, make sure to put your NAME in the comment -- if you enter your comment as "Anonymous", I cannot give you the prize! Blogger does NOT record your email address for me, so you will need to check back to find out if you have won or include your email address in your comment so that I can notify you. A good way to do this is like so: phuntoon at optonline dot net -- it will help protect your privacy! I will have a random number generator pick one number from the comments to select one winner. Each give-away is separate, so to be eligible for a specific item you must enter that day's contest on the post where it is listed. Enter today -- good luck! I have blog give aways every Wednesday -- come play!

The Winner of this stamp set is vlromaine! Congratulations!