Holly Jolly Christmas...

Just a simple wish for a Holly Jolly Christmas! Today's Blogstravaganza Card uses the Cuttlebug Highlights Technique from the October 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter. I actually used the debossed side to highlight the green leaves! The red dots are stickles -- it is sparkly in person. I just couldn't get this to photograph well...but I think it is really pretty in person.

The Holly Jolly Christmas stamp is by Firecracker Designs by Pamela. I really like this stamp -- the words are in outline form, so you can color them in to custom-match your design.

Happy Saturday!

Today's Blogstravaganza Players are:

Thanks for playing ladies!



Blogger's Challenge - Chocolate Peace


Today's Blogger's Challenge was a color challenge to use Baja Blue and Chocolate Chip, along with a little vanilla or white, on our creation. I think this is a wonderful, classic combination of colors, and they work perfectly for elegant holiday cards. That is a good thing for those of us in the midst of the TJ Holiday Blogstravaganza!


I chose to stamp the saying stamp (Penny Black) in brown over the blue sled stamp (River City Rubber). I took that mounted panel and placed it on a piece of designer paper used with the Pleated Paper Technique (Technique Junkie CD 6 Bonus Technique). Those were layered over a piece of designer paper...that I brayered ink onto. The blue designer paper started it's life as cream and brown; I wanted it blue, so I brayered it that way. I think I learned to do that from Lisa Somerville last year.

Speaking of CD 6 - Nancy Judd is giving one away on her blog!! Go Enter!
If you have time, click on the Blogger's Challenge logo on my sidebar to see what the other Challenge players are doing this week.
Make sure to take a look at the Holiday Blogstravaganza submissions from the Technique Junkie Design Team:
Lisa Somerville of Splendiferous Creations





Abstract Embossing meets Glimmering Waves


Call me a goober, but one of the things I love about having a group of stamps on a sheet is mixing and matching them -- and ALSO seeing how different I can make them look from each other. Today I am doing just that. You see, this card was made from the same sheet of rubber as the card in the Giveaway Post, below, from I Brake for Stamps. Where that one is cute, this one is elegant. Same stamp sheet, different look and feel. Cool, huh? Okay, I know... I'm a goober.

For this card I used two techniques. First I stamped "NOEL" in VersaMark, then used the Abstract Embossing Technique from the April 2005 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter to add the blaze of color. I colored the inside of the letters with a black marker, then cut and mounted them, then placed them on a background of Glimmering Waves (April 2008 TJNL), where I also used the Abstract Embossing Technique. The background was so pretty, I really had a hard time covering it up! Click on the image if you want to see it up-close. And if you have not done so already enter the giveaway (but not on THIS post, enter it on yesterday's post, here!

Make sure to take a look at the Holiday Blogstravaganza submissions from the Technique Junkie Design Team:

Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway - I Brake For Stamps!

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

Today is Wednesday, and for our giveaway today, I have a fun stamp sheet from I Brake for Stamps. This is a great sheet -- with everything from snowmen to trees. You can use these to make a wide variety of Holiday Cards! And guess what? In the true generous spirit that defines Della from I Brake for Stamps, these stamps are on sale this week, too! Read on!

The card that you will receive with the giveaway uses the Cuttlebug Rainbow Technique for the background (the tutorial for that can be found HERE). In addition, the snowman has added dimension -- his hat, gloves, scarf, cheeks, nose and the candy cane have all been popped to raise them above the Liquid Applique I used for snow. Isn't it perfect for our continuing Holiday Blogstravaganza?

Here are the stamps we are giving away:

This sheet is on the I Brake for Stamps website for 20% off! In addition, TJ members can take an extra 10% with TJ discount code that the Yahoo group members have. There are also more Christmas sets on sale -- you really should go take a look!

I Brake for Stamps also has 6 new Humorous Seniors and a mermaid. View the all new stamps, here.

Before I tell you how to enter the giveaway, Here are the list of Technique Junkie Designers who are participating in today's Holiday Blogstravaganza:


Lisa Somerville of Splendiferous Creations

Jane Bosi on Jane's Addiction

Connie Piotter on SoDak Stamper

Vada Schutz on the Technique Junkie Design Team Blog

Gerrie Johnnic on the Queen of Grunge Blog

Beth Norman on Sunflowers and Dragonflies

Take a peek if you get a chance!

Okay, this is how you enter the giveaway:

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, November 16th. 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 Charlene LeBel -- congratulations!

Clear Ornament Tutorial


The TJ Holiday Blogstravaganza continues! Today, I have a tutorial for the ornament above -- and a challenge for you, too! Although this idea for ornaments is not new, it is always nice to remember old favorites! All stamps: Artistic Outpost
Supplies
*Acetate or Transparency
*Clear Glass Ornament
*Circle Cutter or Circle Punch Larger than Image
*Stamp with Image smaller than ornament
*Sharpies, Copic Markers, Gel Glaze Pen or Watercolor Crayons
*StazOn Ink
*Glitter

Step One:
Stamp the image with StazOn ink over the acetate or transparency. I use Inkjet transparencies, and I stamp the image on the smooth size.






Step Two:
Turn the image to the back and color with copic markers, sharpies, watercolor crayons, acrylic paints or Gel Glaze Pens.











Step Three:
Use the Circle cutter or punch to cut the image out.












Step Four:
Roll the image into a tube, with the colored area on the inside of the image. Make the roll slightly smaller than the whole in the tops of the ornament. Slide the acetate into the ornament. NOTE: If the image does not drop into the ornament straight, use an eraser from the end of a pencil to move the acetate into place.






Step Five:
Place a teaspoon of glitter into the ornament.













Step Six:
Replace the top and tie a ribbon around it.

Easy, right? Okay then, here is the challenge:
Create an ornament by Monday, November 17th. You can create any style ornament using any technique or idea of your choice (just use rubber stamps and/or paper crafting supplies). Then send it to me via email, post it to the TJ group OR place it on your blog or gallery elsewhere and leave the link in a message on this post.

I will collect all of the images and I will place them in a post next week -- and will pick a winner from them randomly. The winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate from Technique Junkies, to be used on any TJ product of your choice. Come play!

Today, I also have several of the TJ Designers who have posted for the Blogstravaganza:
Lisa Somerville at Splendiferous Creations
Deb Lovett on the TJ Design Team Blog
Jane at Jane's Addiction

Check back every day for the TJ Blogstravaganza - right through Christmas!

Holiday Blogstravaganza & TSSC #43

The Technique Junkie Blogstravaganza continues! Today's card uses the sketch from the Technostamper Sketch Challenge (TSSC#43). this was an easy sketch, and I really enjoyed making this card! I dug deep into my magic drawer of unused backgrounds until I found this gorgeous piece of Cling and Scrunch (from the June 2007 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). The image was colored with the Gamsol Pearls Technique (June 2006 issue).
Stamps: Stampin' Up!

Stop by the blogs of the other design team members participating in the Blogstravaganza today:

Remember to join us everyday through Christmas for Holiday Inspiration!

We Three Kings...



Sometimes you see a beautiful stamps and wonder how in the world you can do justice to it. that is how I feel about these stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs -- almost reverent.



I decided to color the kings using the Marker Watercoloring Technique from the June 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I layered it several pieces of cardstock, and then used a piece of Veined Marble background (August 2007 TJNL) to set it off. That is layered on cardstock stamped with the star.


I hope I did justice to the stamps and to the subject matter.





Waiting at Winter's Door


Dear Santa:

Won't you come in? My holiday door is all decked out and waiting for you... I am ready to give and to receive. My heart is full of joy and love for the holidays...

PS: My stamps are from Artistic Outpost, and I used Gamsol Pearls Technique from the June 2006 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter to color my door. The background pine cones were colored using the Pastel Pigments Technique from the June 2005 issue of the TJ Newsletter.
P.S.S. Santa, more creations for the blogstravaganza can be found on these blogs, too!

Blogger's Challenge and Holiday Blogstravaganza

Today's Blogger's challenge is called "The same but different." We could use the same stamps or the same layout, or the same technique etc, to create two cards. One of the reason I love doing BCs is because there is so much creativity and free reign -- the topic is meant to inspire, not a hard-and-fast guideline...

So, because I have to do my own thing, I decided to use the same stamps (all from Stampin' Up!)AND the same layout to create two cards. Oh heck, I even used the same COLORS! But my cards are not the same...not even remotely. Because both cards use different techniques. It is quite amazing to see how VERY different these same cards are!



The first card uses the triple dimension Technique for the background snowflakes (February 2006 TJ Newsletter), with the trees and saying done with the Burnished Embossing Technique from the December 2007 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.
The background on the second card uses the Watered Tintz Technique (December 2006 TJNL), with a Poppin' Rub-on's (February 2004 TJNL) Tree on the front panel.
so the same...but different! Check out the other Blogger's Challenge players in my sidebar.
For today's Holiday Blogstravaganza, the following designers are playing along - check out their blogs, too, for a dose of holiday inspiration!

TJ Holiday Blogstravaganza -- Designers, too!

The following Technique Junkie Designers are participating today in the TJ Blogstravaganza - pop on over to their blogs to take a look!

Rainbow Cuttlebug Variation & the Challenge winners

On Tuesday I posted a tutorial for the Rainbow Cuttlebug Technique and posed a challenge to you to create a card using the technique. There are 9 fabulous entries in the slideshow below -- and one of you has won 3 issues of the Technique Junkie Newsletter! In addition, I had a chance to create one more card (on the right) and came up with a slight variation to the technique. Since we are in the midst of the TJ Holiday Blogstravaganza, it is a Holiday-themed card, of course!

I used the same technique, but I "changed it up" it a little bit. First, I started with WHITE cardstock, ran the embossing folder and cardstock through the CB, and then flipped it over, to work on the "wrong" side of the embossed piece -- the holly is debossed, instead of being raised. That was brayered with a "fruitcake" Kaleidacolor pad.Then the leaves were colored with marker, then painted with crystal effects so that they are shiny (like the real thing). The berries are colored with Stickles. It is the same technique, but I think the effect is VERY different. (Stamp: Artistic Outpost)

Here is the slideshow for the cards entered in the contest -- all were fabulous!



And the winner of the contest is....Celina Loyer! Celina's name was randomly chosen to win three additional issues of the TJ Newsletter. Congratulations!

Wonderful Wednesday Give Away - Artistic Outpost

Hmmmm Can't you just smell pine and feel the snowflakes when you see this card? St. Nick is coming, my dear friends -- and maybe he is coming to your mailbox! Today's TJ Holiday Blogstravaganza continues with the giveaway this week.


today's Wonderful Wednesday giveaway is for the card above, made with the snowy woods stamps from Artistic Outpost. My version of St. Nick was colored using the Color Dusting Tutorial from the August 2003 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter (HEY! Techniques NEVER go out of style!). He is layered over a panel using the Faux Flocking Technique from the June 2007 issue of the newsletter.

Here is the full stamp sheet I am giving away this week:

If you haven't ever been to the Artistic Outpost site, what are you waiting for? These stamps are deeply etched, and beautifully rendered. Look what is new at Artistic Outpost!

Artistic Outpost is excited to share with you a new Referral Program!
When you create artwork with Artistic Outpost images and upload to an online gallery/album/or blog - you could win a FREE plate of Artistic Outpost images (Value $12.00).

To be eligible for the Artistic Outpost Referral Program, each time you upload a creation using Artistic Outpost images, include stamp credits with an active link to
www.artisticoutpost.com, then leave a direct link to your creation on the months Referral Program post on the Artistic Outpost Blog, to be entered into our monthly drawing for one FREE plate of Artistic Outpost images ($12.00 value)

Links left on the
Artistic Outpost Blog need to include a direct link to the project you have uploaded. Links with general links to galleries/albums/blogs will not qualify as our time is limited and we cannot search through pages of entries to see which upload uses Artistic Outpost images.

Please use this post to leave your links for November, all links must be posted by 11/30. The winner will be chosen through a random drawing and will be posted on the
Artistic Outpost Blog, be sure to check back in December to see if you've won. Remember entries must be for the current month in which you are posting.

After you enter the giveaway, take a moment to check out the TJ Holiday Blogstravaganza Designs from the Technique Junkie Newsletter Designers who are playing today:

Lisa Somerville at Splendirferous Creations

Gerrie Johnnic, the Queen of Grunge

Jane Bosi at Jane's Addiction

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, November 9th. 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 Julie Lohr, the winner of this stamp sheet!

Rainbow Cuttlebug Tutorial -- Today's Blogstravaganza!

As part of the TJ Holiday Blogstravaganza, I have a tutorial for you today to make the card on the right. This is a really easy technique for adding a rainbow of color to Raised Cuttlebug images. It works especially well on embossing folders with a large raised surface area, such as the snowman one I used for this tutorial.





Rainbow Cuttlebug Tutorial


Supplies:
*White or Cream Cardstock
*Kaleidacolor or Rainbow Pad
*Rubber Brayer
*Embossing Folder
*Cuttlebug

To start, run the embossing folder through the Cuttlebug. The folders that work best with this are those that have a large area of embossing, such as the one I am using in this tutorial.

Using the Rubber Brayer, pick up the rainbow ink and brayer it onto one side of the cardstock. I used a little brayer for this tutorial because I found that I could apply more consistent pressure with the ink. I have used my large brayer with great results, though, so don't worry if you don't have a little one!

To add ink to the other side, just flip the paper 180 degrees and brayer again, overlapping the center areas. This method of brayering rainbow pads gives very nice, consistently blended color.






If there are areas on the cardstock that did not "take" the ink, and repeated attempts at rolling the ink are are not working, don't fret! There is a very easy fix for that...

Simply re-ink an inch or two of the brayer and run it back over the white spot. Even though you might be adding a different color to the spot (which I did here), I assure you, it will not be noticeable.




To finish the card, I ran a second piece of white paper through my Cuttlebug, cut out the snowman, colored him with markers and added glitter. I then double mounted him and the trimmed rainbow layer on cardstock. The snowflakes are chipboard that I painted white, and glittered.

Easy, right?

Let me see your Rainbow Cuttlebug Creations! Email me pictures if you try this technique, OR send them to the TJ yahoo group OR post a link in the comments below with your creations. I will pick one randomly this Thursday at noon. The randomly chosen winner will receive THREE issues of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. All of the entries will be displayed in a slide show on this blog on Thursday.

Won't you play along?

Remember, Every day from now through Christmas there will be artwork, tutorials, giveaways, contests and challenges! Join us every day!

If you have a minute, take a look at the design team members who are participating in the TJ Blogstravaganza today:

Lisa Somerville at Splendiferous Creations

Artful Sentiments by Kimm Bennington Thompson

Sunflowers and Dragonflies by Beth Norman

Have fun!

TSSC 42: Winter Wonder (Holiday Blogstravaganza)


Our Holiday Blogstravaganza Continues!

Today's card was made for Technostamper Challenge 42. My entry uses the Vanilla Double Technique from way back to the October 2005 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I cheated just a teensy-tiny bit -- instead of a ribbon-style banner, I added the "snow" with torn paper, liquid applique, and glitter -- I hope it is close enough : )

The penguin and the star are stamps from The Angel Company; the snowflakes are from VAP stamps, and the Wheel in the way-background is from Stampin' Up!. I know this is a very simple card -- but it was a simple layout, and that penguin is just sooooo cute!! They kind of reminded me of a "short" film I saw a bit ago -- The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper. Enjoy!

A Wish for Peace - Holiday Blogstravaganza

Today's Blogstravaganza card celebrates PEACE.

This simple card uses the Pencil over Ink Technique from the February 2005 issue of the TJ Newsletter. I think this technique makes this image glow.

What is more beautiful during this season of love than wishing others peace and happiness?

All stamps: Stampin' Up!

The TJ Designers posting in today's Blogstravaganza - take a minute to visit their blogs, too!:
Kimm Bennington Thompson
Lisa Somerville