Thursday, October 18, 2018

Warm Wishes Purple Holly

I love non-traditional colors for Christmas cards.  I chose my favorite color for this card today for my blog post at the
Technique Junkies blog HERE.

NOTE:  All Christmas stamps are 20% off at Technique Junkies through November 13th for the 30 Days of Christmas.   AND, just use my code, TJ10Lynda, and you get an additional 10% off your purchase, including the already discounted Christmas stamps!  Great time to stock up now for 30% off Christmas stamps, 10% off others with my code, and 10% off Shimmering Mists and other products.

I used the holly from the Technique Junkies Season's Greetings Set of 6 for my card.  The Warm Wishes is from the same set.  

Full directions, stamps, and my techniques are on the post at Technique Junkies.

NOTE:  All Christmas stamps are 20% off at Technique Junkies through November 13th for the 30 Days of Christmas.   AND, just use my code, TJ10Lynda, and you get an additional 10% off your purchase, including the already discounted Christmas stamps!  Great time to stock up now for 30% off Christmas stamps, 10% off others with my code, and 10% off Shimmering Mists and other products. 

Allsorts Challenge - Christmas
Cards In Envy - Favorite holiday
Crafty Creations - Anything goes
Addicted To Stamps  - Clean and simple

Thanks for stopping by, and for your comments, which I appreciate so much.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fright Night!

It's October...and time for halloween cards.  I made this one for some challenges today.
I'm usually not too much into halloween, but I had so much fun making this card!  I used stamps from Technique Junkies.  These are the stamps I used:
Ephemeral Crow 
Fright Night 
French Text 
Be Scary 
Happy Halloween 
I also used the Classic Harlequin Stencil.

To make my card, I used distress oxide inks with a blending tool to create a colorful background.  When that was dry, I embossed the Ephemeral Crow over it with black embossing.  I colored it with distress inks.  I added some background interest with the Classic Harlequin Stencil and parts of the French Text French Text background here and there. 

I added the background to a black marbled cardstock panel, then onto an A2 card.  Some shimmery purple and black embroidery floss and some black bead swirls from Prima finish off the front of the card.
 For the inside, I stamped the Happy Halloween and the
Be Scary onto a scrap of white card stock, and tore the edges for effect, sponged on some color throught the stencil, and added the panel to the inside.  I had a couple of strips of the front panel left from when I trimmed it down, and added those to the inside also.   

If you haven't had a chance to check out the October new stamp release at Technique Junkies, be sure to stop by.  The October blog hop starts HERE.  Stop in and get inspired by all the amazing design team creativity.

If you find some stamps or products you really must have, use my code, TJ10Lynda at checkout, and get 10% off your purchases. 
I am adding my card to these challenges:
AAA Cards Challenge - Inspired by a TV show (Alfred Hitchcock)
Addicted To Stamps - Holiday
Cards In Envy - Something spooky
Crop Stop - Anything goes
Craft Stop Make It Take It - Imagine - anything goes
Dragonfly Journeys - Happy halloween
Thank you so much for visiting today.  I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by, and your comments.  

Enjoy these lovely fall days if you are having fall now.  We are still not in full color yet, but trees are turning surely.  It puts me in the mood for fall stamping, casseroles, and sweaters, and curling up with a good book, or stamping supplies, or knitting, or....well, you get the idea! 


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Spontaneous Joy!

Welcome!  Today I have a card on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge blog.....
Penny Black Spontaneous Joy - flower
Penny Black Thinking of You - verse 

I stamped the flower image onto Strathmore bristol vellum card stock with distress ink in Antique Linen.  I used my Misti for stamping, and chose the light color so I could visualize the flower as I added other colors.  I used the mini distress ink cubes, adding first the lightest color, then increasing in intensity as I went along.  I used a damp paint brush to move the color around just a little, to try to achieve a watercolor look, yet maintain the shapes and details in the petals and leaves.  I repeated stamping, adding colors and a little water as I went along.  
I added some colored pencil when it was dry to deepen the shadow areas.  For the verse, I embossed it in black onto vellum, and attached it.  I added some black splatters and a black shiny card stock strip along the edge to bring in more black to balance the verse.  A little sparkle from my Spectrum Noir shimmer pen adds that special something something to the petals.  That's it....easy-peasy!  

I hope you will join us at the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.   You have until November 2nd to enter, and be eligible to win a prize!  The theme is always 'anything goes'; the optional element this month is to use at least two of the colors black, orange, green, purple.  I look forward to seeing you on the Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

I am entering my card in these other challenges:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Feminine

Addicted To Stamps - Make your mark

Crop Stop  - Anything goes

The Flower Challenge - Add sparkle

Thanks for visiting.  I always appreciate you taking time to stop in, and enjoy your comments.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fir Branches With Vintage Ornaments

Hi.  I'm stopping in with a quick post to link to my post at Technique Junkies today.  I love the new stamps in the TJ October release, and used one from the Season's Greetings set today.

Hope you'll go on over and check it out at the Technique Junkies blog.   Full directions, stamps, and techniques are on that blog post.  Also, the new stamps are 15% off through October 8th.  Just use my code - TJ10Lynda - when you order, and you can get 10% off non-release stamps and products, as well.

I am adding my card to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Get ready for Christmas is the theme.
Also, the Splitcoaststampers challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visits and comments.


Monday, October 1, 2018

Technique Junkies October Release and Discount

Hello, and welcome to the October Technique Junkies new stamp release and blog hop!  We have 15 new stamps for you with this release.  

And, as usual, the new release stamps are 15% off until October 8th. can take 10% off your non-release purchases by using my code, TJ10Lynda, at the checkout!   You can take THIS LINK over to the Technique Junkies store whenever your are ready to place your order.

If you are here from Beth Norman's blog , you are in the right place.  If not, you can start at the beginning of the hop HERE.   

There are so many fabulous stamps, it's difficult to pick a favorite.  So, I decided to make two cards for this post.  Both cards use Janine Tinklenberg designs.  More cards will follow later in the month.

Merry Christmas Lighthouse
Technique Junkies Brant Point Lighthouse (new)
Technique Junkies Christmas Ornaments Trio (previous)
Click on the red links to go to the stamp on the TJ website.

I stamped the lighthouse with Ranger Archival ink watering can onto gray card stock, and colored it with Polychromos colored pencils.  To created the winter sky, I used Faber Castell pastels, applying them with a makeup pad.  The Merry Christmas is from the above ornaments trio set.


Christmas Cactus Season's Greetings
Technique Junkies Christmas Cactus (new)
Season's Greetings Set of 6 (new)
Red links go to the TJ website.

I inked just the flower part of the stamp with TH distress ink in antique linen to achieve the no-line affect, and stamped it twice along the top of a watercolor card panel.  I used TH distress inks to watercolor the images, and added some spatters.

For the verse, I stamped with VersaMark, and gold embossed it.  

I added some VersaMark along the edges of the panel, and gold embossed all around.  I added the panel to a white A2 card.  

I decided it needed something else, so I softened the white with some distress ink, which I brushed on with my Clarity stencil brushes.

I hope you are enjoying the hop.  From here, hop on over to Pat Huntoon's blog for more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I appreciate your visiting, and your comments.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Big Fall Leaf

Happy fall, y'all!  Just popping in to post a fall card.  I am having so much FUN with this leaf stamp from Technique Junkies!  Here's the first card I made with it....
I love fall, so just can't keep my hands off my fall stamps.  For my card today, I used two Technique Junkies stamps.  The leaf is #S324 Big Ornamental Leaf.  The verse is from the set S546 Things I Want To Do

I used distress ink minis on the stamp, in my Misti.  On mixed media paper, I used various colors, inking and misting as I went along.  I used a brush to move some of the color around on the image, then when dry, repeated the stamping.  The verse was stamped with Ranger Archival ink.  

I sponged some scattered straw and peeled paint distress ink around the image, then fussy-cut the right edge before mounting the panel onto a green A2 card front.  Some amber gems finish off the card.

Be sure to stop by on the Technique Junkies blog tomorrow for the October new release and blog hop.  I promise, you won't be disappointed.  The new stamps are so yummy, and I can't wait for you to see them.  My hop post will be right here tomorrow morning 8 AM EST, so come on back.  Or, hop on at Technique Junkies blog.  

As usual, you will get 15% off new release stamps, and 10% off any others tomorrow through October 8th, including the ones I used on this card today, just by using my code TJ10Lynda at checkout. 

I am adding my card to these challenges:

AAA Cards Challenge - Inspired by a tv show America's Got Talent - live out loud
Addicted To Stamps - Anything goes
Allsorts Challenge - Autumn glory
Little Red Wagon - Falling Leaves
Modsquad Challenge - Fall is in the air
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything goes
Pile It On Challenges - Think big

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope to see you back here bright and early tomorrow for the October Technique Junkies release post.  I appreciate your visits and your comments.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Snail Mail Fall Mailbox

Oh, am I in the mood for some fall stamping!  I am posting my card from last October, when I was on the Splitcoaststampers design team.  The cards we made could not be posted anywhere but in the SCS Fan Club for six months. they are free to fly.  
I used a Northwoods stamp from my stash from way back, and embossed it with black embossing powder.  For the coloring, I used Tombow markers.  

I added the letter in the mailbox by slitting the mailbox.  Then I fashioned an envelope from scrap paper, and wrote snail mail on it.  

Here's a link to my Splitcoaststamper's post with this card, with full details

I love to get mail...real mail, in my mailbox, not junk, mail!  Don't you?  It's like a very special hug.  I will make an effort to send more cards and notes the old fashioned way.  I like to make people smile!  

Thanks for visiting today.  I will be back tomorrow with more inspiration. 


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Coffee Cat

This cat!  All of us coffee-lovers can relate to this critter, I'm sure.  The eyes are what cracks me up....
I was unable to capture the shimmer and glitz in my photo.  The hat, mug, and newspaper are painted with Shimmering Bliss.  

Full directions on the Technique Junkies stamps I used, other supplies, and card details and techniques are on the
Technique Junkies blog HERE.

If you would like 10% off these stamps, and any stamps or products in the Technique Junkies store, just use my code, TJ10Lynda, and your 10% discount will be applied when you check out. 
I am adding my card to these challenges:
Crop Stop Challenge - Anything goes
Craft Stamper Make It-Take It Challenge - Imagine 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit and your comments.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Azalea Beauty

For today's card, I used Magenta's Azalea stamp.  I love, love, love this stamp.  
I stamped the Azalea onto watercolor paper, using antique linen distress ink so the lines would dissolve into the watercoloring to achieve a no-line look.
I watercolored the image, then touched it up with colored pencils.  I watercolored the soft background, then lightly stamped (stamping ink off onto scrap paper first) some images from Magenta that were in my stash.  Unfortunately, I do not have the names of these images, as I had unmounted them some years ago, and neglected to write the names.

When all was dry, I fussy-cut the image along the right side so that some of the petal was off the panel.

I used some Magenta decorative paper to cover a white A2 card, then a piece of maruyama mesh over the right side.  I added the stamped panel over this, and a metal Happy Birthday accent from some old Magenta stash, (which I colored with my copper leafing pen) for the verse .

I used some droplet embellishments for a little more texture and a touch of shine.

I am adding my card to these challenges:

House of Cards Challenge  - Birthday theme and/or colors
Simon Says Wednesday - Bling it on
Tuesday Throwdown - Add some texture
Time Out Challenges - Inspiration pic  

I am enjoying the cooler weather here.  I do love my fall/autumn everything!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate your visits, and your comments.