Technique Junkies – Witchy Moon

Hello Junkies!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today with a quick card using “Halloween House #SD#S669”“Witchy Moon S#SD761”, and “Happy Halloween #SDX080” all from the Technique Junkies September release.

I played a little with Distress Crayons over white heat embossing, then collaged the images after stamping them in Archival Ink onto distress tissue paper. To brighten the images I went over them all with a black Fude pen, which writes over almost anything, even Distress Crayons.

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Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Day!

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built: Photo Inspiration

It’s the third Wednesday of the month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge.  For September we have a back to school theme.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, September 27th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

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For the photo challenge I started with Repeat Impressions “Tiny Cupcake 9309-C” which I colored with Copic Markers.  I then cut out elements from the Doodlebug “Back to School” paper pack to reflect the school themed items. The frame is a My Favorite Things framed die that I embossed with Repeat Impressions “Star Cluster 2106-G”.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Cards in Envy Challenge: Hello Fall!

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge using the theme of Hello Fall!  You all know that I love, love, love the fall and can’t wait to see the full glory of the beautiful fall trees.

The rules at Cards in Envy  are simple.  We ask that your cards fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing. That doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple as you can see from my card.

I took a different route with my card today and didn’t do any stamping.  The leaves are a Lawn Fawn Stitched Die with a Hero Arts font die.  The “you” is a Simon Says Stamp die that I layered and glossy accented.

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I really look forward to seeing what your Hello Fall cards look like at Cards in Envy!  We are having record number of entries on the blog lately and I’m thrilled to see all your gorgeous work.

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Challenge #133 Fall Colors

Happy Saturday everyone!  It’s time for another Send a Smile 4 Kids Card Challenge! This challenge features kid friendly Fall Color cards.  You have until Friday, September 30th to enter for a chance to win some great prizes by our sponsors:

)  Sami Stamps – Prize – $12.00 Gift Certificate

2) Kitchen Sink Stamps – Prize – $25.00 Gift Certificate

For my card today I used an adorable Sami Stamps image called, “Back to School Apple” which I colored with Copic Markers and cut it out with a My Favorite Things stitched die.  The paper is from Doodlebug also called “Back to School.”

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Hope you’ll join us over at Send a Smile 4 Kids for our Fall Colors cards for Kids.  Don’t forget, we’d also love to have your donated cards for hospitalized children all over.

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, it is Heather’s turn to host our challenge and she has chosen “Happy Birthday Cards”.

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner. Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

For my “Happy Birthday” card I stamped the Repeat Impressions “Mini Cupcake” and colored it with Tombow Markers. I then made a new sentiment using the “Holy Crap” plate 10600″.  The sentiment was framed using a black micron and the papers are My Favorite Things.

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I look forward to your entries for the “Happy Birthday Card” challenge this week over at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

Technique Junkies Fall Birches

Hey Junkies!

It’s The Crafty Nurse here with a bit of Fall inspiration featuring my favorite stamp from the September Technique Junkies release the “Birches #S686”.  What I love about this stamp is it can be used as both a focal image and a fabulous background. I’m also entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for a “Rustic” project.

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I began by stamping the “Birches #S686” stamp with Archival Jet Black Ink.  I used the Faux Paint Swatches technique from April/May 2013 newsletter with Hero Arts Butter Bar, Pumpkin Spice, Just Rust, Cup O’ Joe, and Charcoal.  I used a Simon Says Stamp “Grant Maple Die” to cut a window and embossed with a Darice Leaf folder for the center which I inked for added contrast.  The sentiment is a My Favorite Things “Thanks” die that I stacked and embossed for high contrast.

I just love this time of year and this September release has given us some fabulous tools to celebrate in style.

Happy Inking!!

The Crafty Nurse

Entered in: Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Technique Junkies – Shimmering Birch

The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration using the September Technique Junkies release.

I simply stamped “Birches #S686″ and splattered Art Anthology Shimmering Minx Inks in Radiance and Decadent. It’s hard to tell in the picture but these are wonderfully sparkly and really make your project shine. My leaf is the Grand Maple Die from Simon Says Stamp that was the negative piece from another card I’ll be showcasing on the Technique Junkies blog later this month.

Stop by Technique Junkies store to pick up some great supplies for your inky pleasure!

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Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built: Color Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built color challenge!   You have until Tuesday, September 13th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  Also, if you use a Repeat Impressions stamps, you will receive an additional entry for a better chance to win.

Here are this weeks colors:

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For my card this week I used Repeat Impressions stamp called, “Dress Form 9307-L” which I paper pieced with Theresa Collins “Sweet Afternoon” paper. My oval die is My Favorite things that I distressed with spun sugar.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

A Blog Named Hero – Rays of Hope

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a project using Ellen Hutson’s Essential’s By Ellen’s stamps and dies for the “Texture” challenge at A Blog Named Hero.  A very special thank you to Ellen for allowing us to play with their great product this month. Her generous spirit is known to many who frequent her store.

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I was so excited to use the “Stay Salty” Essentials By Ellen stamp and die set to play with this month. I started by applying table salt to a wet watercolor wash to create texture and play off the “stay salty” theme.  I cut up that panel and stacked it for even more interest.  The sky was created with watercolors, distress inks, and a layering stencil.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our September “Texture” Card Challenge!  See you there!

kathy

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From The Heart Stamps September Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps  September blog hop. This month our theme is “A Random Image”. The design team was asked to pick a number and from that number, a From The Heart Stamps image was provided.  I received “Birthday Pick-up”.  YEAH!!

If you have arrived from Kathy Curry’s website, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

For my card, I colored up “Birthday Pick-up” with Copic Markers in Y04, B23, RV23, G12, W1, W3, W5, W7, C1, C3, C5, & C7.  My design paper is “Rise & Shine” from Amy Tangerine paper.  My sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

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Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s and see what she has created.

Thanks for hopping with us today!

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