Technique Junkies – Greatest Oak

The Crafty Nurse here for some inspiration!

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Happy day!

The Crafty Nurse


Cards in Envy Challenge: Easy as 1, 2, 3

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge.  This week our theme is “Easy as 1, 2, 3.” These are clean and simple cards.

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer.

For today’s card, I used Paper Smooches “Falling For You” set to stamp my apple onto patterned paper.  To add some dimension, I stamped again on a coordinating paper and fussy cut the apple center.  I popped up a few hearts and inked the edges to add more depth to my simple design.  To create the circle, I die cut a circle with masking paper and inked inside. The sentiment is also from the set and I thought matched perfectly with the apple theme.  I do love this time of year!

Hope we’ll see your “Easy as 1, 2, 3” cards over at the Cards in Envy challenge.  You have until October 1st to enter.

Technique Junkies Distressed Collage

Hello, Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here some mid-week inspiration using a few of the September release stamps.

Stamps: Star Collage #S772Good Night SDX105, and Rustic Pine #SD838

Supplies: Distress Embossing Powder, Tim Holtz Star Stencil, Lawn Fawn Die, MISTI

We hope to see you in the Facebook group and participating in our monthly challenge over at the Design Team Blog.

Happy Inking!!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Seeing Stars

The Crafty Nurse here for a midweek post to spark your creative flow.  Have you joined our monthly challenge?  If not, we’d love to see your cards and your entry may just win a prize at the same time. You can find the challenge over on the sidebar of the Technique Junkies Blog. 

We’d also love to see your cards and projects over at the new Technique Junkies Facebook Group.

Now let’s get on to the inspiration.  This stamp is perfect for both cards and art journal pages. I began by stamping “star collage” using the “Distressed Stain Direct” tutorial from the Bodacious Background CD which is on sale for $4.95.  I then stamped “star collage” again on grey card stock and sprayed with Distress Mica in silver.  I then cut out the stars using the My Favorite Things stitched star die and popped that up over the first panel. My sentiment was embossed.



Happy day!

The Crafty Nurse

Cards in Envy Challenge – Cheers to You!

For this Cards in Envy Challenge, we are raising our glass and having a “Cheers to You” theme.  Create a congratulations or celebration card for your entry.  Our challenge runs through Sunday, September 17th and the design team will be picking their favorites. As a quick reminder, Cards in Envy asks that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card, which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

My card today features a technique I saw by Kelly Laveotla comparing Distress Inks vs. Distress Oxide Inks.  I used Distress inks in Milled Lavender and Broken China.  My stamp is from an older Hero Arts kit long sold out but I liked the ease of cutting out the mask for this technique.  My sentiment is Alte New, “Magnolia’s For Her” which I white heat embossed.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “Cheers to You” cards.

Technique Junkies – Foiled Branches

Hey, Junkies!!

The Crafty Nurse here with some foiled inspiration for you today.  You still have time to enter your comments for a chance to win $100.00 gift certificate over on the Technique Junkies Blog Hop. Also, you have until September 8th to get 15% off your September release stamps.

For today, I’m using: Pine Branch #S774 and Autumn Set of 6 #SS078


I’d love for you to share the cards over at the Facebook group using some of your supplies combined with Technique Junkies stamps. You still have time to enter the “Beach Blocking” challenge for a chance to win prizes.  Need more inspiration?  Check out the Pinterest board for Technique Junkies.

Finally, enjoy 10% off in the store using TJ10Kathy.

Happy Inking,

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies September Blog Hop! BIG PRIZES!!!!

Hello, Junkies!  It’s time for the Technique Junkies blog hop showcasing 21 new September release stamps!  This is an extra special release because Pat is offering two, yes two different $100 gift certificates when you leave your comments on the hop!  Visit the entire team for even more chances to win.  We’ve also got a design team guest this month, Lydia Fiedler, so check out her post too. Winners will be announced on September 5th over on the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

In addition, Pat is once again offering 15% off all September Release Stamps for one week! You can also use discount code TJKathy10 for 10% off your other purchases!

Now, how about some inspiration!

Stamps: Pine Branch #S774  and Autumn Set of 6 #SS078

Stamps: Greatest Oak #SD836 and Autumn Set of 6#SS078,

Stamps: Pinecone #SD821 and Autumn Set of 6 #SS078

Stamps: Star Collage #S772, and Simple Sentiments Style 3A

Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.  The more blogs you visit and comment, the more entries for the $100 gift certificate drawing.

If you are arriving from  Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous cards Cheri!

The next stop is at Jeanne Streiff’s Blog.

We sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies September Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off September Stamps for the next week only and comment on all the team’s blogs for more chances to win a $100.00 gift certificate. We’d love to see you over at the Facebook group too.

Technique Junkies – Golden Beauty

The Crafty Nurse here with mid-week inspiration.

Today, I’ve used the “Vine Beauty” to create a golden beauty.

My background is gold glitter paste applied through a marque stencil. You can also use translucent embossing paste and apply gold embossing powder over the top.  I then sprayed with Distress Mica Spray in Tarnished Brass.  My “Vine Beauty” is stamped with Delicata Golden Glitz using my MISTI and also sprayed with Mica.  I then hand doodled a frame using the BEST gold marker called, “Extra Fine Point Paint Marker” by Pilot.

We are getting ready for the BIGGEST holiday release yet on September 1st.  Until then, please join us at the Facebook group and over on the Design Team Blog for our challenge.

Happy Inking

Technique Junkies – Amazing Grace in Fall

Hello Junkies!  I’m here today with a Technique Junkies August release stamp called “Amazing Grace”.  As we head into the fall, I pulled out an older stamp to pair this with called, “Vintage Botanical Japanese Maple” and used some Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays in reds, oranges and yellow after stamping in Sepia archival.

I hope you find some time to get crafty today.  We are all over at the Technique Junkies Facebook Page so if you haven’t stopped by, we’d love to see you!  You can find all the August release stamps here at August Release.

Cards in Envy Challenge: “Penny For Your Thoughts”

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week our theme is “Penny For Your Thoughts”.   These are cards feature a thought or speech bubble.

Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.  The challenge will run through Sunday, September 3rd and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the Cards in Envy blog.

For my card today I used a Taylored Expressions stamp set called “Party Grumplings”.  I also used the “surprise” stamp from My Favorite Things “Beary Special Birthday”, which I stamped in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Pool.  My design paper is also from My Favorite Things and my grumpling is colored in Copics use YG09, YG07, and YG03. The speech bubble is a stamp and die set also from My Favorite Things.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for your “Penny For Your Thoughts” cards for the Cards in Envy Challenge!

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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