Technique Junkies

Saturday, June 29, 2013

NEW Crew Member!!!

Hi, friends!  It's Mynn here to let you know we have a brand new friend joining us at TTT!!!  Her name is Shana and I'm sure you've seen her around blog land.  If not, check out her blog HERE!  Now I'm going to turn the post over to her to introduce herself!  WELCOME, SHANA! 

Hello everyone!  My name is Shana Gaff and I am THRILLED to be asked to be a part of the Technique Time Tuesday Crew.  I have one of those names that nobody knows how to spell or pronounce and it drives me absolutely bonkers!  It is pronounced Shay Nuh in case you were wondering!

My husband, Brett, and I have been married for 11 years on June 29th and have been together for 17 years. Wow, I just realized that is HALF of my life!  He was my high school sweetheart (obviously!) and is the absolute love of my life.  I have my master's degree in mathematics and taught middle school math for 7 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. We have three kids; Easton is 4, Talan is 7 and Janae is 9.  When I was growing up I always said I was going to have ten kids but after three I decided that was plenty!

I have been stamping/scrapbooking/cardmaking for about 15 years. I love looking back at the scrapbooks I made in the beginning. They are HILARIOUS!  Lots of stickers and pictures cut into shapes!  Things have definitely changed a lot since then.  I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in 2006 and I hold monthly card classes and scrapbook classes in my home. I occasionally do home workshops but mostly just hold events at my house. It is a LOT easier than packing everything up!  I seem to forget something EVERY time!  I am what some people may call a Stampin' Up! snob. :) You won't see me use any items that aren't Stampin' Up! It's cheaper for me to buy it from myself so I don't see the need to go elsewhere. :)

I don't really have too many hobbies other than stamping.  I sing at church and our family likes to spend time at the pool at the Y. Oh, and I am addicted to Words with Friends on Facebook! :) Other than that, you will pretty much only ever find me in my stamping studio!  My mom (who lives across the street from us) is always on my case to get outside and get some sun...No thanks, I'd rather be stamping! :) It is my TRUE addiction!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Faux Chalkboard Reminder

Just  a reminder to let you know that you have just 6 days left to play along with this month's challenge: 

Faux Chalkboard

Click HERE for the challenge post.

You could win a fabulous prize from our hostess if you're our top winner 
OR a fabulous digi sentiment if your creation is showcased!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CASEing Faux Chalkboard Technique

Good morning!
It's my turn to CASE one of your lovely creations!  I chose Heather's fantastic card below!
I loved her stars & flags which are very trendy right now!  She has a great layout here as well.  I kept the layout the same but changed up the colors to Melon Mambo, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White, & Basic Black.  I added some flourishes, Candy Dots, & Rhinestones as well.
There's still several days to play this month!  Won't you join us & WOW us with your wonderful creation like Heather did?  Here's the challenge link!
Thanks for inspiring me Heather! :)
Have a fab day!
Julz :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Dahlia Fold Flowers Winners!

The entire crew would like to say a HUGE thank you for entering our challenge! We love visiting your blogs and are always inspired by your creations!  Drum Roll please............

Our Top Winner is #6 Craftygirl! 

Congratulations!!!  You win the amazing prize package offered by last month's hostess, Tracy!  Please email Mynnette at to claim your prize!  AND, don't forget to grab your badge from the tab up top!

Our Showcased cards in numerical order:

Congratulations to you all!  You win a digital sentiment made by Mynnette!  Please email her at to claim your prize!  AND, don't forget to grab your badge from the tab up top!

Don't forget to join us this month for our FAUX CHALKBOARD challenge!  Watch the video tutorial and link up your projects HERE in the original challenge post!

HUGS and happy crafting, friends! :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tips & Variations: Faux Chalkboard Technique

Hello, friends!  Hope you're playing along this month with our FAUX CHALKBOARD challenge!  We've got some tips and variations for you that might help you complete this technique in a more efficient manner and give you a better result!

Mynn says:
  1. Use an embossing buddy or other static remover before embossing your sentiments/images.
  2. Create interest by die cutting your panel instead of using a square or rectangle.
  3. After you stamp with white ink and it's dry, color some in with a colored pencil for a bit of color.
  4. Use a different color dark cardstock--a nice deep green is reminiscent of the old fashioned chalkboards from oh so long ago. ;)
  5. Instead of a whole board, do just a small portion of your card in this technique.  It really POPS!
Here's a card I've made to show you 
some of these tips/variations in action~

And here are some more fabulous tips from the rest of the DT! :)

Julz suggests:
  1. Don't forget to "dust" your edges with some white ink for that chalky look.
  2. Add small touches of color & sparkle.
  3. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN - I cannot stress this enough!  You must plan your layout ahead of time.  Trust me - it will save you the headache later when things don't work out. :)

Rocky adds:
  1. It's much easier to align the shadow with acrylic stamps because you can see what you're doing!
  2. Distress Marker Picket Fence is perfect for drawing in the shadow freehand, just in case you missed a bit.
  3. If your acrylic block is big enough you can plan the whole layout before you stamp.

Adrienne tells about an easier way out:
  1.  I took the "cheaters" version...DCWV makes a stack of Chalkboard papers, comes in a           variety of colors including black and green.
  2.  I used white chalk ink and on a few of my images I stamped it twice, offset a bit to get the messy shadow effect.
  3. You can use colored pencils on the DCWV paper to add extra embellishment, I used a blue pencil that left an opaque rather than a sheer finish.

Karen P. recommends: 
  1. Smother the piece of card/paper with your embossing buddy.  If you haven't got an embossing buddy you can use talcum powder or corn flour - I think the Americans call that corn starch. 
  2. A white Coloursoft pencil works beautifully on black paper or card. 
  3. Practise on an old piece or scrap first with just one image/sentiment.  Once you are confident that you can do the technique and want to make a multiple sentiment/image topper make a sketch first.  Then practise with dye ink on scrap before going to black or dark card.
I hope you take some time to check out the original challenge post and watch the tutorial video then create something for us!  We LOVE seeing all the wonderful and creative projects that you make for us!  HUGS and happy crafting! :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Faux Chalkboard Challenge

 May's challenge winners will be announced on the 15th of June, 
so stay tuned to see who won Tracey's amazing prize! 

June's Top Winner will receive 
offered by our hostess, Julz!!! 

Here's what you could win~

Stampin' Up! "Packed for Dad" stamp set 
plus assorted ribbon!

Each stamper who's card is showcased 
will receive 1 digital sentiment made by Mynnette! ;) 

Here's the digi sentiment you could win~

With all that taken care of, let's get to it! We've got another fabulous challenge for you this month at Technique Time Tuesday--it's called FAUX CHALKBOARD!!!  We cannot wait to see what amazing creations you create with this month's VIDEO tutorial!

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CREATION USES OUR TUTORIAL OR YOUR ENTRY WILL BE DELETED.  If you need to review the rules, please consult the tab up top!  Now let's get started!  I've used my webcam this month and the sound and video quality is much better!  Now to learn how to stamp upside down... ;)


Faux Chalkboard Technique

Materials Needed
*White embossing powder
*Versamark ink
*Heat gun
*White ink
*Dark colored cardstock (I used black--any dark color will work.)
*Stamps and other embellishments to finish your project

"How To"


We've got an amazing guest designer with us this month--
Ginger from Andora's Stamping Studio!

Here's what Ginger created with this  technique~

And some DT inspiration~