Blogger's Challenge: Red White and Blue

Today's Blogger's challenge was to create something Red, White and Blue. Unfortunately, I am at the bottom of an inspiration hole. I have a deadline Monday for submitting to a magazine I write for and I need to make one more sample for them...and everything I made yesterday hit the trash. Today I woke up thinking I was inspired -- I thought using the sparkle flower from SU's Good Friend set would make a great firework explosion. Alas, I am rushed -- DH wants to paint the kitchen today and I need to go pick out paint colors.
I do have to say, in my defense, that the sparkle thingy does look like fireworks. And the red paper in the background, from The Paper Temptress, looks great. I originally intended to make this a Beaded Window card, too (December 2005 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). I couldn't find any white floss (again, hurried) so I strung my beads on tan -- and when I laid them down, they just looked plain ol' cruddy. Then I dropped the string of beads all over my floor... I also wanted to put a more current "Celebrate" word in there, from SU, but all I could find was this old retired one....I think that threw me off further. The "Happy 4th of July" saying is from Artistic Outpost.

So my card became a drywall-stitched card (April 2009 issue of TJNL). And don't look too close, because it is not a great one at that!

C'est la vie. It is only a card!!! Happy 4th of July to you!

A Shopping Spree for YOU!

Who doesn't love a shopping spree? I know I do! And today's giveaway is for a $20.00 gift certificate from The Paper Temptress!Our card today was made using the Twinkled Stencils Technique (from the June 2009 Technique Junkie Newsletter). The Mermaid and Flora (from Rubber Stamp Plantation) were colored with Copics, and I added little sticker and crystal details to her hair, armband, and ring. I popped this on a piece of Gold Metallic Paper (from The Paper Temptress, of course!). The Twinkled Stencil background is also layered on this luxurious paper! I took a closer picture from the side so that you can see the paper and details better.

One Lucky winner today will be awarded a $20.00 gift certificate (along with the card above) to spend at will from the Paper Temptress website. There are so many wonderful papers to choose from!
To enter this giveaway, leave me a comment and let me know which paper from The Paper Temptress site is your favorite, or which you would like to try. Comments should be left on this blog by midnight Sunday July 5th. Make sure that you leave enough information so that I can contact you to let you know you won. Just a reminder that Blogger does NOT leave me your email address. A great way to do this is to leave your email address in a spelled-out way, such as "p huntoon at optonline dot net." I will use my handy random number generator to pick the winning entry. You do NOT need to be a TJ subscriber to win. Good Luck!

congratulations to Nelda D, the winner of this gift certificate and card!

Always Bargello

You know that Rice Krispies Treat commercial where the woman serves the Rice Krispies Treats to her family, but takes a moment to douse her cheeks with flour before leaving the kitchen to signify how hard she slaved to make them?

That is what this technique is like. Bargello. The sweetest little secret anywhere. It is sinfully easy, and can be made from scraps. And it is in the June 2009 Technique Junkie Newsletter. Let me let you in on a secret -- this is one of the easiest -- yet most impactful -- techniques of the issue. You HAVE to try it!

All stamps used are from the Always stamp set �Stampin' Up.

So come on, Junkies! What are you waiting for? Let's see your BARGELLO!

Weekly Giveaway - Clear Artistic Stamps!

Give me Liberty or Give me death!
I love the 4th of July -- it always fills me with pride to be part of this great nation. Not only that, but I am a sucker for fireworks and barbeque's! Burgers, Beer and Big Booms. Yes!

As we approach the American day of pride in our Independence, it is fitting that we give away stamps to commemorate the occasion! Today's giveaway sponsor is Clear Artistic Stamps.

I combined 3 of the stamps from the sheet of 12 that we are giving away with some Faux Iris Folding stars (June 2009 edition of the Technique Junkie Newsletter). I also used the Drywall Stitching Technique from the April issue of the Newsletter on the card. Here are the stamps for the giveaway:

Remember that there is a 15% discount offered to Technique Junkie Subscribers by Clear Artistic Stamps (just email your order to and tell her that you are a TJ member) Also this week Clear Artistic Stamps is having a pre-4th of July Sale and the Holiday Celebration is included at a great price. Just $7.49 for 12 stamps, making them only 63 cents each! How�s that for a Hot Summer Deal? In addition, the Midsummer Mist Paper Collection has wonderful colors for the July 4th Celebration.

When you leave your comment to win this sheet, let me know which of the holidays on the sheet is YOUR favorite and why (I love reading your comments, can you tell?) if you are so inclined.

Whether or not you leave me a holiday message, you can win these stamps and the card by leaving a comment on this post by Sunday, June 28th by midnight EST. Make sure that you leave enough information so that I can contact you to let you know you won. Just a reminder that Blogger does NOT leave me your email address. A great way to do this is to leave your email address in a spelled-out way, such as "p huntoon at optonline dot net." I will use my handy random number generator to pick the winning entry. You do NOT need to be a TJ subscriber to win. Good Luck!

Congratulations to Mary Strauser, the winner of these stamps!

A Dolphin Pyramid!

Some cards take a long time to finish. This was one of those, and not for the reasons you think!

See, I am reorganizing some of my unmounted stamps (it is VERY slow going, since I am trying to fit it in with all the other aspects of my working day and busy home life). I came across this AWESOME image of the frolicking dolphins from Lasting Impressions with Panache and knew that I wanted to color it with Copic Markers.

As I was coloring, I realized that the dolphins would make a great Pyramid card (from teh June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter), so I made three more layers (okay, I cheated a little on the coloring, since I did NOT color the two bottom layers all the way. I only colored them a 1/2" further in than what you could see, but don't tell anyone!). I then carefully cut the dolphins out of the bottom layer (a timesaving cheat!) an made that my top layer.

Believe it or not, this was NOT the time thief! Here was my problem....This image is so full of movement that I just could not find a background to suit it. I spent a HUGE amount of time (time, I might say, that I could have been reorganizing those stamps, LOL) trying to mount this on a background.
I finally settled on a piece of Cuttlebug Highlights (technique from the October 2008 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter) because I thought it looked bubbly. It was too much, so I popped on a black panel to make the dolphins the focus. This card is really great in person!
I just had it in my head that the circular part would have made a great top to a jar or altered can or circular tin...I just don't have the time to make one!
Thanks for looking, and for, of course, reading this epic!

Um...Are those roses DEAD?

Yup. Those sure look like dead roses. They started out as sweet as the Yellow Rose of Texas. Call this an experiment gone horribly wrong...
This leads me to my favorite tip of all time: "Never be afraid to experiment. It is only PAPER!" As you can probably imagine, I could paper the walls of a castle in Scotland with my experiments turned bad. Instead, I turned this one into a card. Aren't you lucky that I'm sharing it with you?
So how could this happen, anyway? It all started out pretty innocent. I embossed the flower (embossing folder and stamps by Stampin' Up!) on banana cardstock and cut it out. I wanted to add dimension to the flower, so I outlined it in...brown water-based marker. Uh-oh. Not pretty! So let's spritz it with water and see if we can transfer the color to other parts of the working. Okay, let's just sponge on some brown ink. Finally, Success -- for creating dead roses, that is.
Now some of you are probably wondering WHY in the world I finished the card. Why not just toss the brown abomination and move on? Well...because many times I can transform disasters like this into something acceptable or even better. Not this time! Even with the Torn Frame (February 2009) layered sentiment, stamping in the background, and all the lovely paper piecing, it still looks like....dead roses. You know, the only thing wrong with this whole card is the color choice. The basic layout is fine. so let's try it again, shall we?

Ah. Much better. Pretty in pink. Same layout. This time I used the Vanilla Double Technique on the background from the
October 2005 TJ Newsletter, which is on CD4 (Did you know that This CD, which has over 75 techniques on it, is only $11.56 including shipping, for US subscribers?). The same Torn Frames sentiment. I added another layer of cardstock behind the roses, but that was about the only other change. Much better in pink, don't you think?
Ah still, nothing says "I love you" like dead roses.
So, what can I use the brown card for? Should I save it for someone who makes a really bad life choice? Anyone want it?
Thanks for reading today's tome!

About the sweatshirt card..

In response to so many of you who asked, the sweatshirt stamp that I used HERE was from Toomuchfun Rubber Stamps. I picked it up at the Springfield MA stamp show. I just went to their website to pull that link for you -- they have a TON of different stamps like the one I used. It looks like they are changing their shopping cart, so buying from them might be a chore -- I think you might have to contact them directly. Sorry, they are not one of my vendors or advertisers, so I can't help with this... good luck, and I would love to see what you create if you are successful in buying them!

Yet another giraffe

When I posted the I Brake for Stamps giveaway on Thursday, many of you expressed surprise that I didn't use one of the two giraffe images on the Stampinback stamp sheet for the card. (You can still sign up for the giveaway HERE, if you have not yet).

I actually did! I was just afraid of being too predictable, so I decided to wait with the post until today. It was also such a simple card to put together -- a 10 minute card. I felt the giveaway deserved something stronger : )

This giraffe is colored lightly with Copic markers then layered over a piece of Faux Felt (February 2009 issue of the TJ Newsletter). Who doesn't love a laughing giraffe!

Happy Father's Day!

Rockin' Sweatshirt

I was at a stamp show a couple of weekends ago and picked up this really cool sweatshirt stamp. I thought it would be a neat stamp to have on hand for my two boys, since they are teens and live in sweats!

What I liked about this stamp was that it is a full card. You just stamp it, cut it out, and viola! I decided to stamp mine on a piece of Basic Grey Designer Paper.

I decided to add the words "You Rock" from the Stampin' Up! Just Jawing set. In addition, I stamped the skull from Stampendous on the back and added some detailing with my Copic Markers.

Although this one turned out rather boring, I am looking forward to playing with these more -- the possibilities of what I can make intrigue me!

No More Slump for this Chump!

Some days you just have a creative slump. That happened to me while I was creating this card. Although it started painfully, I am pleased with the final result! I just kept plugging away until I had what I pictured in my mind's eye as "done."

This Father's Day card is my submission for this week's Blogger's Challenge, which was to make a masculine card. Since I haven't made my Father's Day cards for my Dad or Father-in-Law, I took the opportunity and ran with it.

I don't know about you, but when I am reelin about in that creative void, I need a "jumping off" point. I knew that I wanted to use these Close To My Heart Father's Day stamps. I had gotten them LAST June and never used them (I bet that never happens to any of YOU). Still without a plan, I decided to fish around in my stash of pre-made backgrounds. In went my hand...and out came this very cool piece of orange, gold and green background made using the Metallic Alcohol Roll Technique (from the October 2007 issue of the TJ Newsletter).

So I built my card from that point, by stamping, coloring and cutting out the main image and stamping the car again, and layering that and the greeting over the main image. Then I created a mini-collage with the watch parts and stamped watches over the Metallic Alcohol Roll piece. that whole mess is layered on top of a Double Bugged piece (June 2009 issue of the TJ Newsletter). I am actually satisfied with this one!

What is that? You just recently subscribed and don't have access to the older techniques? You want to know how Metallic Alcohol Roll is done? Well, listen closely, because I have a deal for you! If you are a subscriber, all of the 6 current CDs are only $10.00 plus shipping each until June 30th. Yup. This technique can be found on the 6th Edition CD. Want to see a listing of what is on each CD? Click HERE. So yes, for only $11.56* you can learn the Metallic Roll Technique -- plus 75 other techniques. Not a bad deal! and that is just ONE CD! (*Canadian and overseas, shipping is slightly higher).

Not a subscriber? You can be an online-only subscriber for only $9.99. Not a bad deal, right? Email me for details.

Weekly Giveaway: I Brake for Stamps

Let's get wild, shall we? Today's Giveaway is from one of our featured Vendors, I Brake for Stamps. The stamp sheet we are giving away is from the Stampinback Line. It features all kinds of cool and unique animals, including the Frog used on the top panel along with XRay of the frog used in the background of my Depth of Field Card (Technique from the June 2009 issue of the TJ Newsletter), above. The frog is pretty cool looking, too -- he was colored with Copic Markers and has been finished with Diamond Glaze -- so he looks like he just jumped out of the pond!

Here is the whole stamp sheet:

The Stamp sheet above is a whopping 8-1/2' x 11" sheet, chock full of fun images for one lucky winner. I Brake for Stamps has just added a bunch of new images on their site today, too! New images include darling kids called "Little Rascals" from a new artist, a new sports sheet, a new southwest and horses sheet, and some frogs. And don't forget, Technique Junkies -- you get an extra 10% off your order by using the code TJ10.
Now here is the thing...I keep looking at my card and wishing that I had a stamp that said "What a fine specimen you are!" When you leave your comment to win this sheet, let me know what funky phrase you would put inside this card (okay, you don't have to...but wouldn't it be more fun if you did?).

Whether or not you leave me a cheeky phrase, you can win these stamps and the card by leaving a comment on this post by Sunday, June 22th by midnight EST. Make sure that you leave enough information so that I can contact you to let you know you won. Just a reminder that Blogger does NOT leave me your email address. A great way to do this is to leave your email address in a spelled-out way, such as "p huntoon at optonline dot net." I will use my handy random number generator to pick the winning entry. You do NOT need to be a TJ subscriber to win. Good Luck!

Congratulations to Jeri Dentel -- the winner of this giveaway!

And the winners are....(drumroll, please!)

Announcing...the winners of the Technique Junkies/Starving Artistamps Van Gogh Contest!

Congratulations to Tera Fujan and Deb Corder, who were the lucky winners of the Starving Artistamps and Technique Junkie Newsletter Van Gogh contest. BOTH ladies will receive one year of the Newsletter PLUS the super-sized stamp sheet from Starving Artistamps. Congratulations!

Here is a peek at all of the submissions. Scroll over the slideshow to see the artist names:

Thank you to everyone who entered, and to Tracey for co-sponsoring the contest!

One Martini, Two Martini, Three Martini, Floor

I have had one long week. Seriously. Really long. Lots of hours. It was a great week, mind you, but long nonetheless. So it is Friday. And my DH makes one-heck-of-a-martini. So tonight, I am going to leave one of these two cards next to his spot on the couch. Think he'll get the idea?

This first card was actually made from the Blogger's Challenge sketch 103 (from the sketch on the right). I used the Altered Designer Paper Technique (April 2009 issue of the TJ Newsletter) for the background paper because the original paper was too bold (actually, I altered the altered designer paper technique -- does that make it an altered altered designer paper technique? or altered squared? but I digress...). I didn't put a stripe up the center of the left panel, either, since I used striped paper. The stamps here are from Stampin' Up! and were colored with Copic markers. And you can't really tell by my picture, but I have the numbers in cuttlebug texture on the left side of the card. Get it? One Martini, Two Martini....
This second card uses the Van Gogh Technique from the June 2009 issue of the Technique Junkie Newsletter. The martini stamp from Rubber Romance was also colored with Copics before I "Van-Goghed" it. (The "Cheers to you" stamp is from Stampin' Up!). Do you think that if Mr. Van Gogh had tried a martini to chill out that he might not have lopped off that ear?
In any case, make sure to enter your try at the Van Gogh contest -- you only have until the 15th to enter!. Either post your entry to the Technique Junkie List or by directing me to your artwork by leaving me a comment on this BLOG POST (<---click that link). You can double your chances by leaving Tracey at Starving Artistamps a comment on her BLOG POST (<---click that link) telling her that you entered via the TJ e-group, or directing her to an online resource. Enter in both places for your chance at the free one year of the newsletter and the stamps -- two winners will win both!
And make sure that you take a minute to visit the other Blogger's Challenge Players -- they are fabulous!

Riddle: When dies a giraffe become a zebra?

Answer: When one finds out that they don't actually HAVE a giraffe background, but one has a Zebra background! and the Zebra turned out WAY cooler than the giraffe would have!

You see, I love giraffes. Just love them. I pulled my African stamps from I Brake For Stamps out of my stash to use one of the very cool giraffe stamps to make a Scrappy Spots card (Technique Junkie Newsletter technique from the current June 2009 Issue) for another giraffe lover I know (and you know who you are, and I know you read my blog every day, too!). I then went searching for the giraffe background stamp that I *knew* I had. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I do not own a giraffe background stamp! What? Could this be true?

So in it's place, I made this Scrappy Spots card using the Zebra stamps the African plate from I Brake for Stamps. The Zebra background is from Stamp Camp, and I love how I used a black spot with the white embossed inside -- it turned out very zebra-esque, don't you think? The word Escape" is from Close To My Heart. And the ribbon was in the Dollar bin at Michaels.

Enjoy my "giraffe":

Does anyone know where I can find a large giraffe-print background? Oh and don't forget that TJ members get 10% off IB4S using the code TJ10.

Weekly Giveaway: My Paper Moon!

I am thrilled to have a new giveaway sponsor this week -- My Paper Moon! Becky Partan, the owner of My Paper Moon, generously supplied this sweet unmounted stamp set for us this week. Not only that, but she is offering a 10% discount through the end of June for TJ subscribers -- just enter the code TJ10 at checkout.I colored my little guy with Copics, then layered him on a bed of Oval Nestabilities. {I LOVE that there is a variety of sayings that fit right into that heart -- so wonderful!} I popped that up on a Double Bugged Background from the June 2009 Technique Junkie Newsletter. The red ribbon adds a perfect feminine touch, doesn't it?

Anyone can win these stamps; you do not need to be a TJ member to enter giveaways.Let me know what YOU have in mind for this little guy, when you leave your entry comment.

You can win these stamps and the card by leaving a comment on this post by Saturday, June 13th by noon EST. Make sure that you leave me enough information so that I can contact you to let you know you won. Just a reminder that Blogger does NOT leave me your email address. A great way to do this is to leave your email address in a spelled-out way, such as "p huntoon at optonline dot net." I will use my handy random number generator to pick the winning entry. Good Luck!

Congratulations to Cindi Hoppes, the winner of this giveaway!