Monthly Archives: November 2014

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #87

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with this weeks sketch challenge at From The Heart Stamps.  These are great challenges because you can use just the sketch, or if you’d like, add the twist.  The only requirement is that you use a From The Heart image and the sketch – the rest is up to you.  The twist for this challenge is to finish the inside of the card.  Faith provides an inspiration board that you can follow.  As a guest designer, I’ve also created some inspiration.  Hope I’ll see some of your creations using Sketch #87.

Sketch087-Inspiration-Board Nov 17

I used only the sketch for my inspiration today with For the Birds digital image colored with Copic markers.  The paper is Lawn Fawn “Snow Day”.  Circle dies are My Favorite Things and snowflakes are from Simon Says Stamp.

FTH Sketch 87

Cards in Envy Challenge: Thankful

It’s Monday Folks and time for another Cards in Envy Challenge Post.  This is one of my personal favorites because it’s about being Thankful.  Thanksgiving is a so special to me.  A time when family got together and enjoyed some really great times.  Now that I’ve moved 3,000 miles away from all my family I sure miss that, but still hold this time very sacred.  The “Thankful” challenge will run through Sunday, November 30th.  Your card can include anything related to being thankful as long as it fits into a standard A2 card.  Winners will be chosen by the Design Team and featured on the Cards in Envy blog.

How about some inspiration?  I am using an adorable image by Mo Manning called, “Fall Fairy Jesen”.  I colored him with Copic Markers and decided to make a different shape card that would still fit into an A2 envelope.  I used several dies on the card including: Large Flower Circle die is: Spellbinders, Flag and circle dies are My Favorite Things, leaves are from Paper Smooches.  I rounded the edges using my crop-a-dile and the card base was stamped with a leaf image from my stash.  The design paper is Authentique’s from last year that I edged the circle with antique Linen distress ink.  I finished the card with both ribbon and hemp and cut a Simon Says Stamp banner to place the sentiment.  Hope you like it!

Mo Manning Digital Image

Mo Manning Digital Image


Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit – Happy Holidays

If you aren’t convinced that the Simon Says Stamp kit is a great value, this is the 13th card and I still have enough supplies to make 3 or 4 more!  This card is based on the Wednesday Stamp Club sketch #202 from My Favorite Things.  I embossed the tree using Verdigris powder from ranger. The scallop border is a Lawn Fawn die.


Happy Holidays


Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit – Warm Your Heart

Here is another card using the Simon Says Stamp November card kit.  I did substitute the card base with a Bazzill Peanut Fudge card stock as I didn’t like any of the colors I had left.  The design is based on Sketch Saturday #336 by Cathy.  This is a very versatile sketch.  I added some Lawn Fawn bling and the focal image is simply from the design paper.


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Sketch Saturday

Artbymiran: ATG

Catered Crop: Say Yes


Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit

Still working on finishing my November kit.  This card was inspired by the Fusion Card Challenge “Embossed Ombre”.  The card uses the Tim Holtz Blue Print Mini Wreath colored w/copic markers.  I added the icicle border from My Favorite Things and used the Simon Says Stamp “Peppermint” stencil to add Modeling Cream in pearl. The back panel is embossed with white using the snow stamp from the November kit. Sentiment is from SSS “Merry Everything”.

November 6


SSS Wreath

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Through the Craftroom Door: ATG

Incy Wincy: Stripes

The Crazy Challenge:  Your Favorite Technique (Stencil w/paste)

LizStamps: ATG

Top Tip Tuesday: 3 or more Papers


Deconstructed Sketch 177

I saw this sketch and immediately thought about using the Bigz Poinsettia die and matching embossing folder as a focal piece.  I cut it out using grunge paper, then applied rock candy crackle paint.  Once that dried I applied Fired Brick and Vintage photo Distress Stains.  After heat setting that I then applied the same colors but in the mini ink pads.  Then, I applied a small amount of Fired Brick distress paint.   The center is some Hero Arts gems applied with glossy accents and glittered. The paper is Lily Bee “Jingle” 6 x 6 pad.  I cut out the circles with My Favorite Things and the string is Close To My Heart wax thread in Cranberry.  I love how this came out.  What do you think?


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Deconstructed Sketch 177

Saturday Sketch Design Team Application

Hello!  My name is Kathy Stacy, also known as The Crafty Nurse.  I am based in Upstate New York, but am originally from Southern California.  I am an empty nester and spend most of my free time at my craft table and couldn’t be more happy doing so.  I primarily make cards, but also love art journaling and paper crafting in general.  I use a variety of mediums, though my favorite is Copic Markers and Watercolor.

I am currently on the Design Teams of Open-Minded Crafting, Send A Smile 4 Kids, and Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.  I have also guest designed for From The Heart Stamps on two occasions for two months each, and am very accustomed to the design team process as well as the use of sketches and sponsor images.  I tend to work months in advance and enjoy commenting on card submissions.

Here are a few different styles of my work, but you can also see multiple cards on my Flickr page.  My e-mail is:


Mo Manning Digital Image

Mo Manning Digital Image

Sweet Friends - ADFD

Sweet Friends


Kenny K - Trouble Maker

Kenny K – Trouble Maker


Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge #91: Anything Goes!

Happy Saturday Friends!  As we come into the holiday season, Send a Smile 4 Kids is offering a challenge that will work for everyone, “Anything Goes”.  If you are not aware, Send a Smile 4 Kids is a great organization that provides cards to hospitalized children.  It is especially important to support this cause during this time of year when I’m sure it’s really hard to be away from your family.  Check out the guidelines for card submission.  We’d love to see some of your cards for this Anything Goes challenge that will run through November 30, 2014.  We also have some great sponsors who are offering very generous gifts for your randomly chosen entries.  The design team will also chose their favorites and those winners will be featured on the Send a Smile 4 Kids blog!

Our sponsors are:

1) Kenny K Downloads is offering a 3 digital images of winners choice

2) Doodle Pantry is offering a $10 gift certificate

3) Fred She Said is offering $10 gift certificate

Now for some inspiration!  My first card is from Kenny K Downloads and features Skateboard Girl who is colored with Copic Markers and designed with Simple Stories 6 x 6 paper called “DIY Boutique.”   The sentiment and label is from My Favorite things edged with my micron pen for faux stitching.

Kenny K; Skateboard Girl

Kenny K; Skateboard Girl

My second card is from Doodle Pantry called “Winter Critters“.    What I love about Doodle Pantry is you get both colored and line digital images, which is great when you need a really quick card.  They also have great sentiments that are just perfect for Send a Smile 4 Kids cards.  For this image I chose to use watercolor on Strathmore 140lb watercolor paper.  The circle die is My Favorite Things.

Furry Friends - wm



Lindy’s Stamp Gang November Color Challenge

I absolutely love, love, love, my Lindy’s Stamp gang goodies.  For this November Color Challenge, I used a combination of Sprays and Magicals.  I really appreciate the fact that you can buy the magicals and create your own sprays by just adding water.  You can also create unique combinations by mixing different colors.  For this card is used most of the required colors for the challenge with the exception of changing out Brushed Nickel with Gregarious Grey, which actually worked well because it has a violet base.  The other colors used were: A Bit of Bubbly, Tainted Love Teal, Red Hot Poker Orange, and Sweet Violet Purple Teal.  I mixed my own Violet Purple Teal so it may be lighter than the normal batch.

Here is the color Pallet:

November Color Challenge

Here is my card, which uses the Sizzix & Tim Holtz Bigz Jumping Deer die, Memory Box star Die, and sentiment from the new release from Julie Ebersole, which I purchased through Ellen Hutson.   The deer is grunge paper, painted with rock candy crackle paint then sprayed with the Red Hot Poker Orange and then darkened with distress inks in Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, and Spiced Marmalade.  I also covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set.

Hope you like it!

Lindy's November Color Challenge


Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit

I’ve finally gotten back to my November Simon Says Stamp card kit.  The stamp is Tim Holtz mini blueprints colored with copic markers.  The snowflake is from Lawn Fawn’s Mixed Sequins from last year.  The sentiment is Paper Smooches.

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