Monday, March 29, 2010
Hi, Blog Hoppers!! Don't these flowers remind you of spring?!! Well, I want it to be inspiration to 'spring' you into action today!! I'm the second stop on the Technique Junkie April Blog Hop. If you arrived here first you may want to start at the beginning HERE! You don't want to miss what our whole Design Team has in store for you!! AND This blog hop has a Challenge ONLY for Technique Junkie subscribers with a prize! Read about it below.
BUT.......before you read about the challenge, here is a little bit about my card. I used the Corduroy technique from the April newsletter. It was very fun to do and I look so festive now with glitter on me! ;-) The tulip stamp is from one of our newsletter vendors, I Brake For Stamps. (REMEMBER.....if you are a Junkie subscriber, you get a discount on "I Brake For Stamps"! The code is on the Subscriber pages!) I colored it with copic markers and as you can see from the closeup photo, I layered the flowers to give them a little more dimension. The butterfly was also bumped up with foam tape and it was sparkled with the Stardust pen. Now.....I must confess....my card only has one technique on it which was what I thought I was supposed to do. BUT I see that the challenge has two techniques needed. (Shame on me!!) So don't forget to add one more technique on YOUR card!
NOW....back to the blog hop particulars!
This Technique by Design CHALLENGE is a new feature in the Technique Junkie Newsletter. You MUST be a subscriber to participate. In order to WIN you will have to DO the challenge!
Pat (the owner of the Technique Junkie Newsletter) will be offering a prize for this Technique By Design Challenge by drawing a name from those who PARTICIPATE in the challenge! The prize will be:
* One year added to their Technique Junkie Subscription AND
* A $25.00 gift certificate to ONE vendor of their choice from this issue's participating advertisers: I Brake for Stamps; Paper Temptress; Firecracker Designs by Pamela; Mark's Finest Papers; Croppinsville; OR Twisted Papers! YOU get to choose the place to spend your cash!
So.......Here is the Challenge:
“Technique by Design” Challenge/Contest.
1. Follow the sketch on the Technique By Design area in the new April newsletter. You can access the sketch and the dimensions/supplies list HERE. PLEASE note that the dimensions printed in the paper version of the newsletter were incorrect. The correct measurements are on the website.
This sketch is a great way to incorporate technique backgrounds into your cards. Just make sure the colors coordinate and you can mix and match different techniques on your card with a stunning effect! If you make extra backgrounds when trying out the techniques, you will love being able to use them here. I did talk to Pat and she said that you can use only one technique on your card to qualify for the challenge!
2. Post a link and comment on Pat's Blog, which is the last stop on the hop.
3. The deadline to the challenge is MAY 15th!
Below is our blog hop order. You will go to Beth's blog next!!
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
As for the crazy week........On Tuesday I pretended to be the Choir director at church. Wednesday was Praise Team practice. Thursday we left for Southern Oregon for a funeral, came back on Friday. THEN today it was the rubber stamp convention in Portland which I HAD to go to......gots lots of rubber that had my name on it!!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
It's Saturday! The sun is shining after several LONG grey days and it makes you feel soooo wonderful!! With all the rainy days we had I came up with this card for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. I saw another card somewhere that had used just yellow and white and it made me so happy. So....I decided that I had to do a yellow and white card. The ABSOLUTELY darling bear is from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. The minute I saw him I knew I had to have him!! AND it was such a perfect stamp for yellow, don't you think?! To make the card base, I had one of those long narrow cuttlebug folders that I repeated then I used my marker and drew the yellow lines between. So.....I hope that this sketch has inspired you to go play and create your own. Remember to click on the badge to the right and see what the other designers have done and upload your own! The bear was colored with copics and the hat, boots, and coat were cut out and mounted up with foam tape.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The Design Team ladies of the Sweet Stop Challenge were talking this last week about children. Some of us are caring for our grandchildren (like me), some have teenagers, some have younger children, some have none, and finally one of us is pregnant (NOT me!!). We talked about the challenges of our children and grandchildren. When it came time for me to make my card this week AND keeping in mind the conversations that we had been having. I just had to use this darling image from Mo's Digital Pencil. This little boy is throwing a tantrum and most of us have seen this happen in our lives! The splashed background behind him is the Bingo Blast Technique from the Technique Junkies Newsletter (you can read more about it by clicking the TJ banner below to the right). as well as another technique called Ancient Paper. That technique is under the ribbon. Then....the sentiment.......ya know not many sentiments go with a screaming child but I thought "This too shall pass" was quite appropriate, don't you?! Remember, you can play along with us! Click the Sweet Stop banner to the right and follow the directions!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
I was cleaning out my e-mails. THEN......I saw it........the e-mail from a friend reminding me to bring her a birthday card with cats. Dang!! Ran down to the Stamp Hole and looked through my stash. Nope....nothin'.....nada. I'd have to create it. It was 10:30pm on saturday and I needed it for Sunday morning so I just bit the bullet and created. I've had this piece of Simple Sumi background (from the 10-05 Technique Junkie newsletter) that I've been hoarding. I just didn't want to use it......I thought it was so pretty and didn't want to see it go bye bye. If you haven't tried it before, it is one of the most addicting techniques. You can click on the Technique Junkie banner down on the right to read more about being a subscriber!! I digress...........After grabbing it, I searched through my cat stamps and found one that I thought would work nice from Magenta. As I was cutting it to show the pretty background, I decided to actually separate the two cats (they originally were together on the stamp) apart. Add a little copic work on it and voila! My friend at church loved it. I decided to also enter it into the Gingersnap Birthday Challenge! You can see the challenge page HERE. Hope you have enjoyed it!