Monthly Archives: June 2015

Technique Junkies – More June Release Fun

Hello fellow Junkies!  Today I’m taking another journey to the beach with the June Technique Junkies release.  Today I focused on the image called, “Seahorse”  which has great detail.

I used the “Pasted Resist” technique from the Sensational Stencils CD. I began by stamping the image with Archival Ink then topped with translucent embossing paste.  Once dry, I inked over the image and paste with distress inks and framed it with gold foil tape.

I think the next time I do this I will mask off the seahorse so that image stands out more.  But inky play is all about having fun and learning, right?  You could either use liquid frisket, rubber cement, or a paper mask though I’d lean toward the liquid frisket.

For the background, I sprayed Lindy’s Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mists and embossed with Tim Holtz “Bubble” Stencil.  I finished off with brown ribbon and called it done.

June Paste & InkIf you haven’t yet checked out the June release stamps, come on over to the new Technique Junkies store.  In addition to stamps, Pat has added lots of other mediums, stencils, and other inky goodness.  See you there!

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Simon Says Stamp: Favorite Product (Distress Inks)

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 June, the design team chose a gorgeous floral image with a featured butterfly. As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and by all means, use creative license in your card.  For my card, I chose not to focus on the flower but rather on the butterfly.

You have until Tuesday, June 23rd 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 my card I’ve used Repeat Impressions stamp, “Large Butterfly 9001-L” and the sentiment, “Happy Hello 2717-C”.  I again broke out my Kuretake Gamsi watercolors and created a watercolor background after stamping my butterflies and protecting them with liquid frisket.  I finished the painting and used the WPlus9 stitched rectangle die.

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.

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Ellen Hutson Mix it up Challenge

For this Ellen Hutson’s Challenge, cards are to include a combination of Alte New & Ellen Hutson products.  My card uses the “Mondo Magnolia” sentiment from Ellen and “Sketchy Cities America” from Alte New.  The skyline is Boston and is a design case from Jen Rzasa that she taught in the Online Card Classes Watercolor.   In class she used Inktense pencils, however, I played with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I also tested them on Bristol Smooth 100lb paper and they work FABULOUSLY.  I had tried them on Neenah Solar White and they didn’t blend so I was pleased to find another surface besides watercolor paper for my new markers.

The background stamp is from Club Scrap.  I created the background on another card base then stamped the city, colored it and then fussy cut it out, popping it up on the background sheet.  I also used a brush and side water rather than a water brush.  I’m finding this works better for me.

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Ellen Hutson: Pin-Site Challenge; Alte New


Cards in Envy Challenge: Red, White & Blue

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating the good old “Red, White & Blue”!  Your card does not have to be patriotic, just needs to use those colors.

Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, June 28th and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

I cut out and popped up the Celebrate die from My Favorite Things.  The stars are dies from Papertrey Ink.  This gorgeous star paper is from Our Daily Bread’s Patriotic Collection.  To finish off, I used Bazzill’s Blueberry Cardshoppe Cardstock for the card base.

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I’m looking forward to seeing what you enter for your Red, White & Blue cards this week!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang June Color Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends!  I love the monthly Lindy’s Color Challenges and today I finished my card for the June entry.  Here are the gorgeous colors this month:



I’m also entering the card in the Mixed Medial Challenge using Inks and Sprays from Challenge 1.Mixed Media Challenge

For Lindy’s challenge, I didn’t have all the colors so I used some substitute Lindy’s products.  I did have Shabby Turbine Teal, which I made into a spray by using my magical mica in that color. I did the same thing with Steel Shimmer, which is a stunning dark gray.  The other colors I used were Lindy’s Sprays in Gossamer Gold in Moon shadow Mist, Peony Scarlet Red in starburst Spray, and Scintillating Silver a glitz spritz.

I started with 140lb watercolor paper and lightly sprayed it with the above colors making sure to dry in between layers.  After spraying, I also took the cap off and flicked the color over in splats (see my recent post on splats). I then made the embellishments with white flowers and a Lindy’s Fabulous Filagree, which it looks like there are only a few left. I cut out the panel, tag, and flag shape using Simon Says Stamp dies then finished card with a Wplus9 sentiment, metal flower, twine, and recollections gems.


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Mixed Media Challenge

Mo Challenge #252 – Eli

This card features a Mo Manning digital image called, “Eli”, which I colored with Copic markers and cut out with My Favorite Things stitched square dies.  The paper pack is an older one but still a favorite by My Mind’s Eye named “Be Amazing.”  I used “Be You”, a Simon Says Stamp set with word die.  I finished off with Distress ink in Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs around the paper edges.  This sweet image reminds me of my son Matt, who adored sitting in anything that he could construct be it a box or a laundry basket.

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Simon Says Stamp: Friends or Superhero (boy and dog)

Shopping Our Stash: Critter: (dog)



Sketch Saturday Challenge #365

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is offering a very generous $25.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.  You have until Friday, June 19th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I chose to use a WPlus9 new stamp and die set paired with the Simon Says Stamp May Card Kit.”  I loved the beautiful golds and pale pink of this set and it came with a full sized ink pad! Grab it soon before it’s gone.  I also used the gorgeous Our Daily Bread Vintage Die to highlight my sentiment, colored the flowers using the pale pink ink pad provided and finished off with some lovely pearls.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

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Design Team Challenge

Superhero Boy “Tiddly Inks”

Happy Friday – The Crafty Nurse here with a card using Sugar Sketch #27 with a Tiddly Ink digital image called, “My Super Boy.”  The paper is Simple Stories “DIY Boutique” with dies from Lawn Fawn (journaling card), My Favorite Things (circles), and Paper Trey Ink (Stars). I finished off with stickers from Lily B.





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Lisa Somersville: For the Boys

From The Heart Stamps “Hedgie”

Happy Friday!  If you aren’t aware, “From The Heart Stamps” gives away a digital stamp if you use it in a design and enter the challenge that same month.  This month’s freebie was this adorable Hedgie.  I adore FTHS digi’s as they have such character.  FTHS also does sketch challenges and provides some really different and fun sketches.

For my entry I used Simple Stories “DIY Boutique” paper to highlight this Hedgie.  The polaroid die is My Favorite Things as are the stitched tags coming from the sides.  The sentiment from a Pure Innocence set, is also from MFT.  Finally, the stitched card base die is Simon Says Stamp.


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OWH/Our Daily Bread Challenge: Miss You Card

Art By Miran: ATG

Shopping Our Stash: Cute Critter Alert

Crafting By Design: ATG

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

Can you believe it’s already the second Wednesday in June?  That means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built!  Today, Melissa is hosting our challenge and she has chosen the theme, “Fresh & Fruity.”  Okay – who’s old enough to remember the commercials by I-Hop “Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Pancakes”.  Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner. You have until June 16th to enter and don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

For my “Fresh and Fruity” inspiration I thought about strawberry ice cream on a beautiful summer day. I stamped Repeat Impressions, “Cool Treats 9008-N” and “Chill Out 9013-D” in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copic Markers. I distressed the sentiment with Spun Sugar Distressed Ink while still in the die – I love that look.  I then used rectangle stitched dies from Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite things and set the ice cream upon a My Favorite Things oval die.

I took some liberties with my stamped image by cutting out a larger bite from the third ice cream as I wanted it to look like a progression of yummy bites.  No stamps were harmed in the process.

I sure hope you come enjoy a “Fresh & Fruity” day with us this week at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

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