Thursday, June 30, 2022

Different Perspective

 What's up? or down?   Gosh, I had a hard time deciding if my giraffe should pop in from the top, side or bottom of the card.  However, when I saw the sentiment I had to have him looking in from the top.  It was just perfect.   I plan to ink up the giraffe stamp in the sentiment set soon.  He is just begging for ink! 


Giraffe- My favorite things
Wave Background - very similar to the one I used

Giraffe Smiles- another set of wonderful sentiments

No copics today

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Endings are Beautiful


I've been experimenting again!  I used a clear block (used for stamping) to create these backgrounds.  I smooshed yellow, orange, lt pink, and dark pink onto the block.  I sprayed with water and and then pressed it into paper.  I varied the amount of water to see if that altered the end result.  I love how they are all different. Once the panels were dry I stamped the palm tree and sentiment on them.   Do you have a favorite? 

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Promise and Peace

Good Morning, 

One of my favorite times of day on the lake is sunset.  There is such calm that can be found at that time.   The chaos of the day seems to fade away.  The sky burst with colors and we are reminded how lucky we are to see such beauty. 

I wanted the sentiment to be the main focus of this card.  I kept the rest simple.  I used a sunburst embossing folder to create the sunrays. I anchored the the front panel with strips of paper in complementary warm tones. 

Sunset Sentiments-- Save 10% with TJ10Chris


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Not so Happy Birthday

 Hello all,

Do you know anyone that hates to celebrate their birthday?  Both Connor and my Dad are not the most cheerful on their special day.  I don't get it... don't they understand they get cake and ice cream? 

I paired a few different stamp sets together to create this card.  The grumpy elephant is from Katzlekraft. The balloon is from Studio Katia Kobi Bear and the Happy die is from a retired Stampin Up set. 

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Blue: B16, B14, B12, 
Green: Y17, Y13, Y11
Orange: YR04, YR02, YR00
Yellow: Y15, Y13, Y11
Pink: RV06, RV04, RV02
Grey:  W5, W3, W1

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Unpaid Therapist


We all have that person we lean on when things are rough.  I love they created a special stamp to celebrate that relationship.   Gosh they are so cute!!


Copics listed below- 

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Blue: B18, B16, B14, B12
Green: G46, G43, G40
Grey: C3, C1, C0
Fluff: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Brown: E18, E15, E13
Red:R05, R02
Yellow: E15
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Experimental Water

 Hello all, 

I wanted to play around a bit with water today.  I chose the wave stamp because I thought they would compliment each other. I inked the stamp up in Navy ink and then sprayed the stamp with water.   In my opinion, the one I strayed a lot turned out the best.  It allowed the most movement of ink.   Obviously that is the point.  I guess the major learning point is that it takes a lot of water to create that movement.   

This was a lot of fun and it was VERY easy to do.  I finished off each card with glitter and Happiness sentiment.  

 Materials: -

Happiness stamp- Save 10% with code TJ10Chris

Large Wave Stamp- Save 10% with code TJ10Chris

Lots of water...

Medium amount of water...

Very Little water...

Love this one!!

Friday, June 17, 2022

Advanced Stripping! Bargello Quilt Technique

 Welcome friends, 

On Monday I shared a fun and easy way to use up scrap paper.  I've been having a blast with this "Stripping technique".  Today we are stepping it up!  I don't want to say it is harder, because it isn't.  It is just an extra step...maybe two.    No worries... I walked you through each step in this video.  

Bargello is a quilting technique that is used to create the appearance of movement. The design almost looks like it is moving.


Happiness stamp-- Save 10% with code TJ10Chris

This is the card I posted on Monday.  This is the same technique, but such a different look.  You can see how I did that here. 

Monday, June 13, 2022

Making Waves


My scrap bins were overflowing... so it was time to revisit some scrappy techniques.  I have lots of tips that will help recreating this card really easy and fun.  Click here to watch the video


Stamps: Technique Junkies use code TJ10Chris to save 10%

Dance With the Waves Sentiment

Large Wave Stamp

White Gel Pen: Scrapbook or Amazon

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Flowers Fill Our Lives with Beauty


I have a really quick post today.   I wanted to play around with a new technique.  In this technique you spray the stencil with water and press it into your cardstock.  The results are this really cool watercolor-like background.   I had a lot of fun playing with it and I think I'll be playing with this again soon.  

No copics today

Monday, June 6, 2022

Umbrella Turn About


I've been a long time fan of turn-about-stamps.  I've made a few videos showing how to use them (Leaves or Rainbow part 1 or part 2).  They always create stunning backgrounds.   This time was no exception.  I chose to use a soft color palette on this card allowing the die cut umbrella to take center stage.  I'd love to know... what colors would you use to create this card? 


Stamps:  Concord and 9th

No copics today

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Under the Sea


I'm in love with these shimming bliss sprays that I picked up at Akron convention.  The photos don't do these justice.  They a silver sparkle to them.  I tried to take a photo at an angle to capture the sparkle.  It shows it a little better.   I used a white gel pen to add some bubbles and make a frame around the center panel. 


Stamps:  use code TJ10Chris to save 10%

Sprays: use code TJ10Chris to save 10%

Can you see the sparkle?

While I had the stamps out I thought I'd look through my stash of backgrounds.  I found this shaving cream background that I had left over.  I thought it looked like water.  I love the way the Sea Floor background looked stamped on it.  To help focus the attention on the sentiment I used a Hero Arts fish tank die on top.  I added dimensional foam to parts of the frame to give this card a 3D look.  

I'd love to know what background do you like better? 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Deep Sea Adventures

 Greetings friends!  It is release day at Technique Junkies.  Check out this Deep Sea Collage stamp!  I  really like this stamp, but it was a little bit outside my comfort zone.   

This background stamp is so unique and has so much detail that I didn't want to cover it all up.  I decided to use use distress inks to add color to my white cardstock. I tried to make splashes of color randomly all over my A2 panel.  I used the black soot to sponge the edges.  It helps pull the focus towards the octopus. 

My second card I wanted to play with Shimmering Bliss sprays. This was my first try at using them and they worked really well.  If you haven't played with them, they are pigment (color) with a touch of glitter mixed in a bottle.  You spray them on cardstock.  You can mix colors and they blend to create a shimmering background.  

After both backgrounds were created I used versafine to stamp the Deep Sea Collage onto each panel. I finished them up with the Soothe your soul sentiment. 

I hope you are able to do something that makes your soul happy today.  
Hugs until next time,

Supplies used:

If you use the code TJ10Chris you will can save 10%

Ink pads:
Salty Ocean: Scrapbook or Amazon
Peacock Feathers: Scrapbook or Amazon
Shaded Lilac: Scrapbook or Amazon
Black Soot: Scrapbook or Amazon

Shimmering Bliss:
I'm pretty sure you can use the TJ10Chris code to save 10% on these too!

There are a ton of really cool stamping in this release.  Be sure to check out what these other stampers did with the stamps.  You can see the entire release here