A personal note & a card, too...

I don't like to do this normally, but I have two things to post along with today's card.

First...I have a ton of sets on eBay that I am selling -- and more being put on every day. You can find them HERE. Please take a look if you feel like shopping! I need to make some room : )

Second, some of you may remember that I had to put my dear dog down at the end of the year. I have been very lonely, and just this week we decided to adopt a dog from our local Humane Society. Well, we hit the jackpot! Ajax is a 2 year old American White Shepherd and he is a mush -- loving, sweet, spunky -- and to top it all off, SOMEONE trained this dog very well. I am in love already! Here he is in all his glory:


Okay, now for today's card:

This card uses the Duotone Resist Technique from the February 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter as a background. The stamps are from Innovative Stamp Creations. Enjoy!

Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway - Firecracker Designs by Pamela!




What is more elegant than a swan? Today's giveaway is this gorgeous swan set from Firecracker Designs by Pamela called "Bummed Out". This is features the pretty swan shown in the card above, plus 3 other swans, plus reeds and sea grass, and a poem, too. I chose to make a card from it that uses the main swan and the reeds layered over a piece of Pigment Scrunch, a technique found in the February 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. I colored my swan panel using Shimmerz -- I love the gently shimmer on the swan. There is a picture on the right so that you can see it better.
The stamps made by Firecracker Designs by Pamela are always of the highest quality -- and YOU can receive 10% off your order, too, by placing using the discount code TJSROCK with your online or phone order.

To enter the give away for the Firecracker Designs by Pamela rubber stamp sheet and the card shown above, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 22nd. 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!
The winner of this giveaway was Jeanne Johannes! Congrats, Jeanne!

Stringing you along

Today's card is just for fun!

This card uses the Stringing you Along technique from the February 209 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The images are from Two Nancy's Art Stamps. I just love this image -- can't you just see the motion in it?


In any case, if you are interested, you can use this code for 10% off on the Two Nancy's website: twonancysTJ9/6 .


Have fun shopping!


TSSC 57: Faux Leafing


I haven't had the opportunity to play along with the Technostamper Sketch Challenge for weeks now. I am pleased to be a part of it today, albeit a little late in the day!
I love this sketch. It was open to so many possibilities! I decided to work outside my comfort zone with the palette I used today, too. I am always more comfortable with muted tones, not so much on the subtle side. This apricot color is one that I rarely use. Since my focal point uses the Faux Leafing Technique from the February 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter, and the faux leafing mimics the apricot color so nicely, how could I NOT use it? I love the look of this technique -- so much like gold leafing (and cheaper and easier, too!). A close-up of the Faux Leafing is on the right. Have you tried this technique yet?
Go to Mary Jo's site to see the other players and the sketch, too, if you would like to play along.
Hope your Monday is happy!
All Stamps: Stampin' Up!

One True Love

I'll admit it.

I have One True Love. My husband. He is the most adoring, caring, loving person in the world. We still have chemistry after 21 years of marriage. He still makes my toes curl.

This is his Valentine. His real Valentine. The one that professes my love.

The card is a combination of techniques and background papers. Since he is an artist, I know he loves texture, so I made sure there was plenty of that, too.

The brown colored portion on the green textured layer uses the Background Burst Technique from the February 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The stamp used there is from Stampin' Up!.

The green layer and the layer that says "One true love" are both background papers. The heart is a cuttlebug heart/die cut that I treated with the Cuttlebug Highlights technique from the October 2008 issue of the TJ Newsletter.

Now, off to spend my day with my love!





BC-86: My Scary Valentines

Today's Blogger's Challenge was a themed challenge: Valentines. Not so hard for the day before! Since I have two teen-aged sons, I chose to make Valentine cards that "spoke" to them. Nothing says "I Love You"more than skulls with eyes for hearts and telling them that they ROCK.

The top card is for my 15 year old (who is a bit indifferent to the art of stamping - hence only glitter on the skull eyes, and Crystal effects on the teeth). My 13 year old appreciates the finer side of stamping, so his card has texture from the Cuttlebug, a full glittery skull, and Crystal Effects on the teeth.

Both cards were made using the Triple Play Technique from the February 2009 issue of the
Technique Junkie Newsletter. (yes, there is a third card -um, from the triple part), but that is for later this week -- I thought you might be sick of my Triple Play cards this week! All stamps: Stampin' Up! Just Jawing.
Hope your pre-Valentine's Day is filled with LOVE!

Fisher of Men -- My Funky Valentine

I just love this plate of stamps from Artistic Outpost. They are so vintage-chic -- and the sayings are all so much fun, too! This is one of the Valentines for my honey (yes, this is my funny one). I think I will put this in his lunch on Friday morning so that he knows I am thinking of him. That way I can give him a romantic Valentine Saturday!

If you missed it, this stamps sheet is the one I am giving away in THIS POST. Enter to win it!

My card was made using the Block Collage Technique (from the February 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). After I made the collage, I decided to cut it down quite a bit -- I wanted a frame effect. I layered that on chocolate chip cardstock, and that was layered on a piece of textured olive paper I made using the Cuttlebug Smoosh Technique (from the October 2007 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). Oh, the fish on the line are cut out and popped, too, and I painted them with Shimmerz paints. Another TJ Vendor, Clear Artistic Stamps, has them in stock right now, AND TJ members receive a 15% discount! Sorry I didn't get a better shot of them.

Did you know that the newsletter is only $16.95 per year right now? The special pricing is only good for a few more weeks, so if you have been considering subscribing, do it now!! And yes, the pricing is also good for renewals, too. Please email me for details or if you would like an invoice from PayPal.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway - Artistic Outpost!

There are alot of pictures in this post -- just a little warning...I did it so that the questions about the flap for the Triple Play Technique (February 2008 Technique Junkie Newsletter) could be answered visually. I think the pictures will help!


The giveaway today is for these really cool Artistic Outpost stamps called "Keeper" (below). This fun plate is in the vintage-chic style that AO is known for. I am always thrilled with the variety, intelligence and wit that is the trademark style of Artistic Outpost! I love the sayings on this one -- and the "You're a keeper" makes this just right for card-giving for the boys in our lives. Make sure to visit the AO site -- and tell Robyn you we sent ya!

Just a little more about the Triple Play card -- I was asked about the flap. I took a picture with the flap open:
And another with the flap closed and flat:
I think my favorite parts of this card are the fishing lure on the front panel (with my feather) and the string of fish in the corner. I hope the lucky winner of the giveaway likes it too!
To enter the give away for the Artistic Outpost rubber stamp sheet and the card shown above, simply leave a comment on this blog entry telling me that you would like to enter by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 15th. 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!

Congratulations to Sigrid Clack, the winner of this giveaway!



Valentine Triple Play and Block Collage

My Niece is in college in Virginia -- so I decided to put together a "Care Package" for her for Valentine's Day. This is her Valentine. I used the Block Collage Technique for the front panel, and Triple Play Technique for the card. Both techniques can be found in the February 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.
Stamps: Art by Moonlight

Blogger's Challenge 83: Duotone Resist


Today's Blogger's Challenge was a sketch challenge. Since yesterday was a "creative day" for me, I decided to add this to my (long) list of items to be completed.

The background on this card uses the Duotone Resist Technique from the February 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The shade variation is very subtle in the background (and kind of hard to see in the picture, sorry!).

Stamps: Stampin' Up!, Innovative Stamp Creations (Background)


Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway - Two Nancys Art Stamps!

Today's Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway features a fairly new stamp company called Two Nancy's Art Stamps. I am so excited to have Two Nancy's as both a Technique Junkie sponsor and as a giveaway sponsor! I think that the stamp lineup from this company is just amazing. Take a moment today to see what Two Nancy's has to offer -- you will truly be delighted. Not only that, but all orders using this code: twonancysTJ9/6 will receive 10% off!

Today's giveaway is for the card on the
right, along with the Designing Woman set, shown above. The card uses the Pierced spotlight technique from the new February 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter, and is set on a cuttlebugged background.

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, February 8th. 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!

The winner of these stamps is Jane Warnick! Congratulations, Jane!


Wonderful Weekly Giveaway -- Jane's Card Sampler Pack!

A new newsletter... new sponsors... new techniques... a new giveaway!



Today's giveaway is for something unique and certainly something most of us need.



The giveaway is for one of Jane's Card Sampler Packs! Jane Hignite is a long time Technique Junkie, who also happens to have created the Pierced Spotlight Technique in the new February edition of the TJ Newsletter. Jane has these wonderful Card Sampler packs that are great for protecting all of the wonderful artwork you create!



The lucky winner of the giveaway will receive a card sampler pack, along with the card on the left. This card uses the Mono Masking Technique from the NEW issue of the TJNL (February 2009). The stamps used here are from I Brake for Stamps -- one of the TJ vendors, with a link for a discount on the right of my blog. You know that I LOVE the IB4S line -- and and this collection is very elegant.

In addition, the paper I used on this card is from Paper Temptress, another TJ vendor. Let me tell you, this paper is exquisite. The paper is from the Paper Temptress' Valentine Pack - I used a bit of the Blanc Sparkle, the Vermilion Sparkle, and the Cotton Candy pop tone to create my card. It is a shame that I was unable to get a good shot of this card -- the paper is just to-die-for! Use the discount code on the right sidebar of my blog to treat yourself to some of this luscious paper today -- you will be so happy you did!



But, I digress. Jane sent me some information about her card packs that I would like to share with you:


"Looking for an easy way to organize your card samples or stamping ideas? My Card Sample Protector Packs are just the product you're looking for!

With this system, card samples are easy to arrange, rearrange, and store.
They protect your samples from wear and tear, stains, and sticky fingers. The sturdy packs are easy to flip through without wrecking the samples themselves. I've used this system for over 8 years and still use my original packs! I have hundreds of happy customers - demonstrators and non demonstrators!

You can use these packs to group samples from one stamp set, one technique, or one theme...or group them in any other way. This is a fabulous way to take what you need to workshops, conventions, or group meetings! No bulky binders needed!

When changing over to a new catalog, deleting and adding samples are a breeze too! What is included in the packs....

Each packs comes with 25 sleeves for 50 viewable samples. There is a hole punch at the top of each with a binder ring grouping the pack. The sleeves are 5" x 7" - with the hole, the usable space is about 5" by 6.5". Extra binder rings are available (2 for $1.00) if you would like more "packs" with the same amount of sleeves.

Cost of the packs...

Each pack is $5.00, and shipping costs vary depending on the number of packs you order. I can ship up to 30 packs in a Priority Mail Flat Rate box ($10.35 - new USPS pricing 1/18/2009).

For the TJ Giveaway, I am offering a huge special - PURCHASE 3 PACKS FOR $15.00 AND RECEIVE 1 PACK FOR FREE! With shipping, the total for this special is $20.00. 1 special order per customer.

For more information, visit my website -
http://www.stampwithjane.com/ - the direct link to this special is www.stampwithjane.com/ztjcardsamplersleeve.html

Jane Hignite
The Card Sleeve Lady"


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, February 1st. 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!

Congratulations to Cindy Key, the winner of this giveaway!



BC-83: Torn Firecracker Frame

I haven't had an opportunity to play in a Blogger's Challenge for a long time, so I was thrilled to be able to jump in this week.

The challenge was to use Black, Red, Kiwi and White in our creations. The poppy and saying stamps are from Firecracker Designs by Pamela. That panel is on a Torn Frame, a technique from the December 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter.



The black Stampin' Up! paisley background was stamped with VersaMark then brushed with Pearl Ex to give it some shimmer.
It feels good to be back!


Wonderful Wednesday Giveaway: Rare Image Rubber Stamps

I love these stamps from Rare Image Rubber Stamps. The stamp sheet is jam-packed with cats and dogs, and of course, there are a couple of mice in there, too! These high-quality rubber stamps will be sent to the winner of the giveaway, along with the card shown above.

The card highlights one of the cats from the stamp sheet in a Torn Frame (from the December 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). The background is a piece of Camouflage (from the October issue of the Newsletter). I added some thick yarn to the side -- after all, don't all cats love yarn?

As a special from Rare Images, If you order the Pets sheet, the garden sheet, or both, the shipping is only $1.00 this week. Only a dollar! What a great deal.

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, January 25th. 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!

The winner of this giveaway is Holly Hughes! Congratulations, Holly!

I've held it in long enough...

It's official. It's published.

I am the new Tips and Techniques Column writer for RubberStampMadness Magazine! My debut issue is in mailboxes now and will be on newstands next week. Make sure you pick your issue up to see my debut!

The card on the right uses my first technique in the magazine, a quick and easy collage. This is a piece that was not in the magazine. I wish you all could see the sparkle on this piece -- it's gorgeous!

ENJOY!

All stamps: Stampin' Up!