Sunday, November 1, 2015

30 Days of Christmas Day 18 - Technique Junkie Stamps!!! AND November Release Blog Hop!

 Today is November 1, 2015 and on the first of each month, the Technique Junkie Design Team hosts a blog hop for the newly released stamps.  You should have come to me from  Jerri Jones at .   You can always start at the beginning of the Technique Junkie Stamps November Release  Bog Hop  And remember all November released stamps are on sale from November 1 to November 8.
However, we are also in the midst of  the 30 Days of Christmas challenge to make lots of Christmas cards using ONLY Technique Junkie stamps.  Since today is a "double day"  I decided to do both -- and I am show casing two November release stamps and showing you four Christmas cards using those two newly released stamps. Not all of the November Release stamps are suitable for Christmas cards.   Therefore, you may find that not all of the Design Team will show you Christmas cards during this Blog Hop. 

This is also Day 18 of the 30 Days of Christmas challenge both on the Technique Junkie Design team
blog  on the various  Design Team member's personal blog.  In addition to the inspiration, ALL Technique Junkies Christmas Stamps are on sale at 20% off. Simply use the word Christmas at checkout for your discount.  

And the November Release stamps are 15% off until November 8, 2015.  The November release stamps I am using are:  SD662 Live Laugh Love Frame and S646 Brick Wall

The first two cards I  am showing you feature the new November Technique Junkie Stamps release of a frame stamp - SD662 Live Laugh Love Frame.  Doesn't that sentiment fit the Christmas season beautifully?  On the first card I paired 3 obviously "Christmas" Technique Junkie Stamps - Ornament 1 , Merry Christmas 2, and Draped Christmas  I heat embossed the Draped Christmas with a blue embossing powder and then added a few tiny rhinestones. I colored in the details of the ornament with my Copic markers.


This second card features 3 Technique Junkie Christmas Stamps as well.  I used Merry Christmas 2, Father Christmas, and  I stamped Oh Holy Night in a pale gray ink on white paper. I wanted to use a TJ background stamp but I wanted it to be in the "background" and not in the forefront.  The focal image is colored in with Copic markers.

Frame stamps are fun to use because they challenge your brain to answer the questions  --what will fit in this space, what makes sense to put here, and how can I use it?   Exercise your brain and use a frame stamp!!

My next two cards for you today  feature the Technique Junkie Stamps November release of S646 Brick Wall.   And walls are a part of something, right?  usually in  a house, a garage, a barn, a fence, or some other kind of structure.    I chose to think of this Brick Wall as part of a house -- inside and outside!

Both of these cards also use Technique Junkie Stamps Merry Christmas 2  .  This first card also uses the Technique Junkie Stamps Wood -  I only used part of the stamp and created a mantle.  I also used a variety of punches and die cuts to create the fireplace scene.   To create the opening for the fireplace  I used a ruler and measured in a little more than 1 inch from the edge and up about 2 1/4 inches and drew the lines with a pencil -- and then cut  out the space. I layered the brick fireplace on black card stock.  I used my Winka Stella to create a glow in the fire place.  To get the looks of the brinks in natural variation of bricks -- I used (are you ready for this?) the Antique Glimmers technique. I did it twice on the same paper because the first try was a little too flat and the colors merged too much, so I put down different shades and liked the end result of double dipping into Antique Glimmers on my craft mat.
My second card using the Technique Junkie Stamps November release of S646 Brick Wall also uses Merry Christmas 2,   and Technique Junkie Stamps Christmas in Dots tree  I used a small white piece of card stock cut to fit behind the window. There is no hole in the brick wall, that is an illusion  as the window die cut and the tree are one piece and placed on top of the brick wall to create the illusion you are looking into the house. There is a sandwich to the window -- window die cut, acetate, and the white piece of card stock stamped with the Christmas tree.  I used markers and randomly inked up dots for the tree only on the stamp.  Then I huffed on the stamp making sure the ink was damp enough to stamp on the card stock.   After stamping and making sure the ink had dried, I used a finger dauber and daubed on some green ink  to create the tree.

And again I used several die cuts or punches  to create this card.  The wreath on the window is not a die cut or a punch.  A locally owned small craft supply store (not a big box store!) sells a variety of ready made seasonal things that look "home made" but also sells a number of seasonal things to create your own home made decorations.  When I know I will need some type of small seasonal stuff for cards, I go there first. Several years ago I bought this greenery roping with the berries already on it.  The greenery and berries were small so they were perfect for Christmas wreaths on cards.    I tied a small double bow and put it all together with glue dots.  I dabbed some liquid glue on the top of the window frame, the small bushes in the front and on the ground  next to the fence at the bottom of the card. Then I sprinkles on chunky glass glitter like stuff called Roxs made by Judikins. I shook off the excess and let it dry.  There are similar products on the market made by a variety of manufacturers.
Please enjoy the rest of the November Release Blog Hop. I know everyone will have wonderful creations for you to view as Eye Candy! I have include all of the Design Team in the Hop below.  Your next blog hop stop will be with  Marilyn Hughes  at  .

All of the Technique Junkie Design Team members hope we have inspired you today! 
Have a great inky day!


Kathy S said...

Wow Judy - you had a big day! I am in love the the last card you made featuring the TJ brick stamp with the addition of the window, treat and wreath. Wow - so spectacular. I also really love the father christmas card - perfect for mass reproduction during the holidays. Great Hop!!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

What a beautiful assortment of cards. You did such an amazing job. I like how your ornament is coloured in and uses the new frame.

Jerri Jones said...

great cards. I love the bright blue one. So pretty

Diane Swanson said...

Your cards are stunningly beautiful!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Judy, Judy, Judy! You have restored my faith in Humanity, Cary Grant and Antique Glimmers! LOLOL {winkwink} Love your cards and you! Like Vada's Gesso Resist, I think it is high time we changed this technique's name to Judy's Glimmers (I would never call you Antique!) xoxo

Hetty said...

You have been quite busy, Judy and all your cards are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.