Thursday, June 1, 2017

JUNE 2017 TECHNIQUE JUNKIES NEW RELEASE BLOG HOP


Hey there, Junkies....It's the first of the month and once again time for an exciting new stamp release blog hop from Technique Junkies!!!!  

If you came here from the the incredibly talented Lanette Erickson's blog you're in the right place.  Didn't you love her work?  If you didn't get here through Lanette's blog, you may want to go to the beginning of the hop so you don't miss all the goodness.  

And...if you like the stamps you see in this release, head on over to the Technique Junkies store and pick them all up.  Pat is offering a generous 15% off all the June Release Stamps -  but only until June 8.   Here's the entire June Release.  


So, here we go....

Here are three cards I created with some of the new stamps.



If you have a golfer in your life, and so many of us do...."Let's Play A Round" stamp set is a must have for your collection.  There are 5 stamps in the whole collection. (Don't you love that title and the play on words...it made me laugh).  To create this card, I first started on the background by sponging Distress Inks on one of the fabulous "A Colorful Life Stencils" called "Square Perspective".   I then trimmed down the layer and matted it onto black cs.  Using my MISITI, I stamped the golfer with VersaFine Black Ink several times.  I wanted to get a great coverage.  I then fussy cut him out.  The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark and white heat embossed on a black panel of cs.  I used dimensional tape on the back of the sentiment to place it on the card panel and for additional fun, I added a wobble to the back of the golfer.  He really swings! 



Two fabulous new stamps are used on this shaker card.  The backgrounds were done using "Sudsy Stuff".  The front layer was first stamped with VersaMark and then heat embossed with clear ep.  It gives such a lovely texture and beautiful sudsy look.  It was used again behind the seahorses stamped with white pigment ink.  The seahorses and sentiment come from "Seahorses Set of 4".  They were stamped with Memento "Potter's Clay" ink.  I heat embossed the sentiment onto acrylic with white ep.  The acrylic is created for heat embossing.  



My final card uses "Mermaid on Rock" and "Wild Sea Air".  This card was created by first stamping the image on a white cs panel.  I then cut her out as a mask and masked her.  I also made some masks with post it notes and masked off a horizon and some rocks.  I used Distress Inks to sponge in the scene. The mermaid was colored with Copic Markers and the sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white ep.  


IF you'd like some more shopping discount fun...you can purchase all other TJ stamps and receive a 10% discount on your entire order (other than the new June stamps) by entering my code TJ10Cheri in the "discount code" area at check out.  




We also have a new monthly technique challenge which begins the 15th of each month.  You have until June 14th to join in on the "Shaped Stencil Challenge" you could win a $25.00 gift certificate for some TJ Stamps.  Check it out.  

Also....come over and join us on our FaceBook page .  Now, you're off to the super talented Kathy Stacy's blog...prepare to be blown away by what she's created using these new stamps.  

Thanks for stopping by....Happy Hopping!!!! 

I'm also entering these cards in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes 



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MAY 2017 SKETCH CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hey there House guests!  

We're ending the month of May with a sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  I'm not going to lie....sketch challenges really challenge me.  I think it has something to do with having to conform....LOL.  I'm a wild child!!!!   SEE....


 My card uses RI Stamps #9611-H "Lemon/Lime, #9604-F "When Life" and 9612-F "Citrus Life" all from the "Bottoms Up Set".  I hand wrote the "color them" addition. 

As you can see, I did a lot of masking and coloring (with Copic Markers).  I also used RI Flip Stitch dies, to cut the window for the whole lemon as well as the banner for the sentiment.  I love to color and saw this on Pinterest and just had to give it a try with those Repeat Impressions stamps.



There's an additional fun spot on the card, as I added a "wobble" to the full sized lemon.  


Here's the sketch and I hope you have some fun with it.  I did!   


For even more incredible sketch challenge inspiration take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

Deonna - Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Patti J - Shirley

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll grab yourself some crafting time this week and join the challenge at The House.   The details on how to enter will be found there.  

Also, if you'd like a little shopping discount for some Repeat Impression stamps, please feel free to use my coupon code rr10cw for a 10% discount on your entire order.  

I'm also entering this card in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes".








    

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

REMEMBERING WITH GRATITUDE

Greetings Junkies!!!  

This date is the official Memorial Day here in the USA.  Once called "Decoration Day", it's day set aside to remember those who died in the service or our country.  It started after the Civil War and continues today.  Back in the 1971, an act of congress changed the date to be the last Monday in May.  

Growing up, I remember Memorial Day was a day when members of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) passed out red poppies and took donations to help maintain a fund to buy flags to place at the graves of deceased veterans.  

The story of the red poppies being a symbol of Memorial Day has two parts, it was inspired from a poem "In Flanders Field" written by a Canadian, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrea in 1915.  Inspired by this poem, an American Moina Michael wrote her own poem and conceived the idea to wear the red poppy as a symbol to remember those who gave their lives in war.    

The card I made today is honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for world freedoms.  



When I saw the poppy stamp in the Technique Junkies store, I knew I wanted to have it in my collection.  It's simplicity is stunning and can be easily colored with whatever medium you choose.  I used Copic Markers here.  

I first stamped the poppy on a card layer, colored it and masked it.  I then inked the poppy again with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and stamped some more images around the mask.  For additional texture, I used Herringbone Tweed background stamp inked with the same DI ink in Pumice Stone.  That gave it a "linen" look.  

I couldn't stop there, so keeping the mask in place, I mixed up some black acrylic paint and water and splattered it across the layer for even more texture.  The sentiment was made with my old label maker.  (That puppy comes in handy so often.) 

If you'd like a little discount for some awesome Technique Junkies Stamps, here's a discount code to help with that.  



I hope you didn't mind the history lesson and I pray we never forget those who sacrificed everything defending freedom.  It's a precious gift.  

Woohooo!!! Only two more days and it will be the first of the month and time for a new release from Technique Junkies!!!!  We'll be hopping with all the new stamps on Thursday, June 1.  You don't want to miss it!  

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you Thursday!  


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