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  1. June 2016 Release Blog Hop!
  2. TJ Inkspirations -- Mini Mother's Day Canvases
  3. Face the Sunshine
  4. Beautiful Faces
  5. May Blog Hop
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June 2016 Release Blog Hop!

Welcome! If you arrived here from Tonya's blog, you are in the right place. If not, we are in the middle of a blog hop to celebrate the release of 14 new beach-themed stamps from Technique Junkies! I urge you to start at the beginning on the TJ Design Team blog: techniquejunkies.blogspot.com.

To celebrate the release, in addition to the blog hop, we are offering 15% off the June release stamps from today through June 8, 2016. The discount will show up automatically at checkout on all stamps from the June Release category.

Now for some eye candy! The first piece, below, uses the Keep Sailing stamp layered over designer paper:




For this next piece, I used the Batik Shell Swirls background stamp with two of the By the Sea (set of 6) stamps that were layered together.

In case you missed it, here is the full hop line-up:
Design Team Blog: http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com 
Lanette Erickson: http://stacksofscraps.blogspot.com

Karen McAlpine: www.dreamingncreating.blogspot.com

Kathy Stacy: https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com
Jane Bosi: http://janembosi.blogspot.com
Beth Norman: http://www.sunflowers-dragonflies.ca
Pam DeChellis: http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com/
Judy Jackson: http://judysstampart.blogspot.com
Tonya Davidson: http://stampintonya.blogspot.com
Pat Huntoon: http://patstamps.blogspot.com <YOU ARE HERE>
Robin Redd: http://robinredd.typepad.com/reddrobinstudios/
Marilyn Hughes: http://dollsetc.blogspot.com/

I hope my artwork inspired you today! Time to go see more...onward to your next stop, to Robin Redd's fabulous art:http://robinredd.typepad.com/reddrobinstudios/

Have fun on the rest of the hop!

    

TJ Inkspirations -- Mini Mother's Day Canvases





TJ Inkspirations
Techniques, Tips and Creative Ideas to Inspire your Muse
In This Issue

Quick Links

Friday Chat with Pat

March or May
What month is it?

We all make mistakes, right? I made a whopper last weekend when I sent an incorrect wmail announcing the May release.  Since the orignal email stated that the March release stamps were 15% off, and I INTENDED for the May stamps to be 15% off, I threw caution to the wind and discounted both months.  My error is your gain!

Make sure you keep checking the Design Team Blog this week to see how the May stamps are used by our designers, too.

Pre-order before a show

If you are coming to a show that is on my schedule, and you would like me to bring products for you (so you save shipping!) email me at phuntoon@optonline.net

and I will bring and hold it for you. 
No need to pay me before the show (this will allow you to shop in the booth, too). Just let me know which show and which day you are attending. I will hold your items until 2:30 pm the day you are scheduled to come in.  

All 
Holsters
are now in stock...
The Mini MISTIs are in stock...
AND
The Original MISTIs are back in stock again!
Have you ordered yours yet?


 Come see us in
Syracuse NY
and 
West Springfield MA!

Our next stop:

Syracure NY

Saturday, May 21
10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, May 22nd
11 am to 4 pm

I am teaching One class in Syracuse:
The Flourish and Floral Gift Box:

Click HERE for details on joining this class!

After that:

West Springfield MA
Heirloom 

Saturday, June 4
10am to 5pm
Sunday, June 5
11am to 4m


Come shop, play and make some art - we would love to meet you!

Dear Pat, 
Did you ever sit down to create something that evolved into something else altogether? That's what happened to me this week. I started with a flat piece of paper and ended up with 3 mini canvases.

I love these little canvases.I think they are wonderful on window sills,and in all kinds of little spaces.  I plan on giving one of each of these to 3 specials moms I know. I hope they like them!

One more thing...it's time for Spring Cleaning. As I add new images each week, I am running out of space!  I have added hundreds of stamps to the Spring Cleaning Clearance section. They are all unmounted, unpackaged stamps, and most of them have never been on the Technique Junkies site. They range from $.50 to $6.50.
Keep in mind that the May AND March release stamps are both 15% off also  (at least through 5-8-16)
so this is a good time to check out all three areas on the site and save on shipping costs when things are purchased together.



 

MIni Mother's Day Canvases

Mini Mother's Day Canvases

Each of the canvases uses a different main image, but each also uses a few common tools. Each uses StazOn, Gel Medium (for adhering the paper to the canvases), markers, and each one features Art Anthology's Velvet Dimensional Medium in Persimmon and Mayan Gold.


For the first canvas, the Fairest of them All stamp (May release) was stamped twice in StazOn; first on a shimmering white cardstock, then on a brushed silver piece. The center of the mirror was cut out of the brushed silver, and pasted over the oval in the white cardstock mirror. The image was colored with permanent markers. Then the canvas was painted with the Persimmon Velvet Dimensional medium.

 

To finish the canvas, the cardstock was cut down to size and adhered to the canvas using plain Gel Medium (painted on the back of the paper, then over the top and around the edges. When the paper was drried onto the piece, I brushed the Mayan Gold Dimensional Medium over edges of the paper piece.


For the second canvas, I stamped one of the Whimsical Crowns onto pink cardstock, and painted it with the persimmon and Mayan Gold paints. Note that I painted outside of the stamped lines so that when the piece was cut out, every area was painted (trust me, cutting out those little stars on the crown  was NOT for the faint of heart!).
To add some interest to the canvas, I inked the Vintage Music stamp with StazOn and pressed the canvas into the stamp.


One the image was stamped, the edges were painted with Persimmon and the top painted with Mayan Gold. Note that I started to paint persimmon on the canvas, then decided to add stars with the Twilight Stencil using Persimmon and a stencil brush.


After removing the stencil and allowing the paint to dry, I outlined some of the stars with a black marker. To attach the cut-out crown, I used pop-dots to add height.

I popped the image to set it off from the base; before it was popped, the crown was lost on the canvas.



 For the final canvas, the Dogwood Branch  was stamped onto whte cardstock and painted with the Persimmon and Mayan Gold paint. The canvas edges were painted with Persimmon and the center with Mayan Gold.

  
The Dogwood was then cut out, then covered on the back with Gel Medium, then adhered to the prepared canvas.

 

























Once adhered, the word Beautiful (from the Beautiful Faces Set) was adhered with Gel Medium to finish the canvas.







I hope you are a little inkspired by today's issue. See you next week!

Sincerely,


Pat Huntoon
Technique Junkies LLC 



Technique Junkies LLC, PO Box 16547, Stamford, CT 06905


Sent by phuntoon@optonline.net in collaboration with

    

Face the Sunshine




Sunflowers...everyone loves them, I think. For most of use, they represent the warmth of the sun, hope, and beauty. The Face the Sunshine stamp above features a sunflower, along with the sentiment: "Be like the sunflower: Even on the darkest days, stand tall and find the sunlight."

I colored the sunflower stamp with Copic markers, and added pumpkin glitter to the center of the flower. The background uses an embossing folder that I thought simulated beams of sunshine.

I think the stamp is a great reminder to keep positive and look for the good in everything!
Have a great day.

    

Beautiful Faces



Over the past year, Technique Junkies has released several stamps in the Palettini line that have been very popular, featuring large faces. We have taken several of these faces from the Let's Face It stamps and brought them to you in a smaller format, in a set called Beautiful Faces. Along with the faces, I added sentiments: "You Are", "Beautiful," "Strong" and "Special."

The idea is to put the words together to create a whole sentiment like I have in the example above. I think they are so much more versatile that way. If you were at the hop earlier this week, you might have noticed that I used some of these sentiments on the cards in the hop, too,

The background in this example uses the Falling Flowers Background stamp. I colored this with Copic Markers, and placed black gems over the flowers.

Have a great day!
    

May Blog Hop



Hi! Today is May 1st - Release Day at Technique Junkies, and we are celebrating the release today with a Design Team Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Tonya's Blog, you are in the right place. If this is your first stop, I urge you to go back to the Design Team Blog to start the hop (the artwork on that page was all done by me,also). 

Of course, as always, the newly released May stamps are 15% off through May 8th! I hope you have been inspired by the art you have seen from our talented team so far.

Here is a little more eye candy for you!

This first piece uses the Measure Herself stamp. I love the saying on this stamp: "She began to Measure Herself in Contentment and Laughter rather than inches and pounds."  I just think it is such an appropriate saying for all of us!

One more piece for you before I send you off to Robin's Blog:

This piece uses the Falling Flowers Stamp with the Life Full of Love Sentiment. The background flowers were colored with Art Anthology Baby Blue Eyes Sorbet and Honolulu Blue Sorbet, and then the background was colored with Grass ad Waimea Bay Colorations. 
I think the Life full of Love sentiment is perfect for weddings, engagements and every celebration of love!

Okay, now, on to the rest of the hop. You are off to Robin's Blog:

In case you missed it, here is the entire line-up:
Karen McAlpine: http://dreamingncreating.blogspot.com/2016/04/may-new-release-blog-hop-with-technique.htmlKathy Stacy: https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/technique-junkies-may-blog-hop/


    

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