Friday, May 1, 2015

Hopping into May with Technique Junkies

Good Morning and Happy May, Junkies!!  Today, is a BIG day for the Technique Junkie team as we are hosting a blog hop to share the exciting May Releases with you.  Now that it's warming up, we can begin thinking of sand, sun, and summer fun!  As always, Technique Junkies Stamps is right there with you celebrating the important things in life with wonderful new images and just the right kind of sentiments.  So join us today as we user in May and showcase all the new goodies.  Don't forget to to visit each team members blog in order not to miss any of the fun.  If you  haven’t started at the beginning, please visit the Technique Junkie Designer Blog ( so you are sure to catch it all!

You've just seen Pam DeChellis's project and as always, her work is amazing!  I love her use of color and contrast and just her all-around great way of working with stamps and paper.

Here is the hop participants in order:

Marilyn Hughes YOU ARE HERE!!!

My projects feature several of the new releases for May.  

First up is this one of two envelopes I created for a postal swap I'm participating in.  I used Starfish S629 for the front and back and Keep Calm SDX053 on the flap to make my envelope look fresh from the ocean.  I colored the Starfish stamp using Art Anthology Colorations as if they were watercolors.  I just dotted a little on my craft sheet using the sprayer and then applied the color with a small brush.  I stamped the sentiment, Keep Calm, using Versifine black ink (my favorite black ink).


I went in a little different direction with my second envelope (the swap was for two).   On the front, I stamped Dragonfly SD626 and Wings of Possibility SD307 using Memento black ink.  I then colored the dragonfly with Art Anthology Dimensional Gems.  Next I swirled on dots of Rhodolite Dimensional Gems using a paintbrush.


On the back, I painted with a wash of Art Anthology Grass Colorations (& ran the brush down the front sides of the envelope) and then flicked on Raider Colorations mixed with water using a paintbrush.  I stamped Deco Winged Cerub SD305 using Memento black ink and then colored in cupid's wings using Dimensional Gems.  Lastly I stamped Sentimental Sayings PS005 using Versifine black ink.

Love the new May releases?  Well they are currently on sale for 15% off through next week!   Go to on New Stamps, then on May 2015 Releases.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts in my comments section.  I truly love hearing what you have to say!  You are now ready for the next stop on our May Releases Hop ---Kathy Stacy!  Why don't you drop by her blog and see what she has in store for you!

Until later,


  1. What a creative idea....envelope art never occurred to me before, but you bet I'll be trying it now. Great inspiration!

  2. I agree - I don't ever make envelopes -- Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Wow those are beautiful. So clever to decorate the envelope! Great techniques!!

  4. I haven't seen an art envelope in ages. What a fun and unique idea. Love the way you coloured it.

  5. Great way to liven up those envelopes. Awesome ideas for cards to hand out in person.....but might try someing on a mailed out one also - esp the back side. Thanks

  6. Lovelay lovely! The Starfish just pop!

  7. Beautiful projects. Love the stamps used and your designs. Great work. Judy

  8. Oh my...would love to be on the receiving end of your envelopes! These are all so beautiful! Well done...thanks for the inspiration!

  9. LOVE decorated envelopes and totally adore what you did here!!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  10. Your envelopes are fab! I love your coloring so much!

  11. Super cool idea to make envelopes! Love it!

  12. I love everything however that envelope is great who wouldn't love to get a fun envelope in the mail