Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sketch Saturday Challenge #397 – Pick Any Sketch

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter who is offering a generous $10.00 gift certificate to our random winner.  Thanks Paper Shelter!  You have until Friday, February 5th to enter your card for a chance to win.

For our challenge this week it’s “Pick Any Sketch” from the Sketch Saturday previous sketches 215 through 396.  I’ve gone way back into the archives and chosen sketch #230 for my card.

Here’s the sketch:


My image today is  Paper Shelter’s “Casual Boy” which I colored with Copic Markers.  The design paper is “Note To Self” by Echo Park.   The card base is cut out with a Simon Says Stamp die and the tab element is a My Favorite Things label die. I finished off with a few Hero Arts gems and a sentiment also from Simon Says Stamp.

I can’t wait to see what sketch you choose this week for the “Pick Your Own” week at Sketch Saturday!

Sketch 397


A Day For Daisies: Designers Valentine Showcase; Challenge 140

Today at A Day For Daisies the design team has chosen some of their favorite love images from the ADFD Store to showcase the “Love” challenge.  The inspiration for this challenge is this great collage.


My card today uses Mr. Right, a vintage image featuring an in love couple.  I started with Copic Markers, added a bit of watercolor pencil, and finished off with Art Anthology “Splash” which is a dimensional paint that is transparent and sparkly. I then embossed the whole image with a We R Memory Keepers folder, used a few My Favorite Things Die’s, added a sentiment from the new Hero Arts kit, and cut out the card base with a Spellbinders scallop die.

We can’t wait to see what your “Love” entry looks like using your A Day For Daisies Images. Please also visit our Facebook Community Page as we’d love to see your cards there too!


A Blog Named Hero – A Day at the Beach

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse back with a collaboration project using Concord & 9th stamps and dies for the One Layer challenge at A Blog Named Hero.  A very special thank you to Concord & 9th for allowing us to play with their great product this month.  The design team  has been working it!


one layer

There is something about one layer cards that scream watercolor to me.  I was inspired by a card made by Deepti Malik from a Craftsy course she taught on watercolor.  This design paired so well with the Concord & 9th “Be Classy” stamp set, I made 3 cards!

All the cards use the gorgeous Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors  in #63, #64, #54 and a touch of #50 and #95 for the water and #42, #44 and #46 for the sand.

The cards couldn’t be easier. You simply lay down liquid friskit or masking fluid in a squiggly line to create the “foam.”  Apply watercolor with the deeper shades in near the foam and finish with a sentiment.

Beach Classy

My second card again uses the “Be Classy” stamp set which I embossed and cut out with the matching “Courageous” die.


My 3rd card is a little more vibrant and again uses the “Be Classy” sentiment.


I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our January One Layer Card Challenge!  We are thrilled to be collaborating with Concord & 9th all month and I hope you were as inspired I was!




The House That Stamps Built: Sketch Challenge

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built sketch challenge.  You have until Tuesday, February 2nd to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

Sketch 2716

For my card today I stamped Repeat Impressions “Dress Form” 9307-L with Versafine Black Onyx Ink over My Minds Eye “In Bloom” paper.  My sentiment is another great Repeat Impressions stamp called, “Find Beauty 8614-D” which I embossed. I combined a spellbinders scallop die with a My Favorite Things stitched oval die to recreate the sketch.

Sketch 2716

I hope you’ll 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.

Technique Junkies – Oak Leaves

Hello fellow Technique Junkie Friends.  Today I’m bringing you some inky goodness using a favorite stamp of mine from Technique Junkies called “Oak Leaves S624” available at the Technique Junkies Store.

For the technique, I used the Distressed Stain Dip from the Artistic Effects CD.  I used Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, and Ground Espresso.  Over that background I stamped with Sepia Archival Ink and heat embossed with clear.

My sentiment from the January release called, “Better Things” was stamped on heavy velum and embossed.  I finished off with a gold enamel dot and called her a card.


In just a few short days we here at the Technique Junkies design team will be showing you the February new release stamps and blog Hop.  You are gonna love this release so come on back by on the 1st so you can see all the great new products.  As always, stop by and check out all the new goodies at the Technique Junkies store.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #136 – Twist: Shabby/Chic

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with Sketch #136 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.  The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is Shabby/Chic.Sketch136
I used just the sketch today for this vibrant card.  My image is, “Mitten”  which I colored with Copic Markers.  As the colors were so deep, I didn’t have paper to match so I used the trick of coloring a background paper with the same copic colors to create unity.

The background paper is Studio Calico and the dies and sentiment are My Favorite Things.


I hope you’ll join us for the sketch this week at From The Heart Stamps for sketch #136!


My Favorite Things Beautiful Blooms Kit

We are here in Virginia in the middle of a blizzard but much to my excitement, I got the My Favorite Things January kit delivered yesterday – WOW, is this a beautiful kit.  It’s pricey alright, but does include a full stamp set, die set, ink, card stock, design paper, sequins, and a inspiration sheet.  I’ve made this card from a sample off that sheet.  Thanks MFT!


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Sketch Saturday Challenge #396

It’s Saturday and time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday.  This week we are sponsored by Drawn With Character who is offering the random winner 3 images of their choice!  You have until Friday, January 29th to enter.


This week I used Drawn With Character’s “Penguin” for my focal image today.  I colored him in watercolors using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I heat embossed the Hero Arts Snowflake background in white powder, then using the Zig makers created a watered colored distressed background.  I edged with Distress Inks and added a Lawn Fawn sentiment.

Sketch 396

We can’t wait to see how you interpret that Sketch Saturday layout this week.  Come of by!

A Day For Daisies: Showcase “Cozy Day”

Happy Friday friends!  I’m here this afternoon bringing you more inspiration for the ongoing “Stitching” Challenge at A Day For Daisies showcasing the Cozy Day collection at the ADFD Blog.

For my card I used the adorable “Human Doll” image.  This sweet image was a pleasure to color with Copic Markers.  I used the technique I learned in the December Create & Learn at Kit & Clowder for the sky.  The sentiment is from the new Hero Arts Kit and if you haven’t checked it out, hope over and do so.  It’s glorious.

Mermaid Night

We can’t wait to see what your “stitching entry looks like using your A Day For Daisies Images. Please also visit our Facebook Community Page as we’d love to see your cards there too!

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 January, the design team chose a chilly winter scene.  As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and please use your imagination.  For example, just pick out a color, a shape, or even use just one element that you are attracted to.  It’s all about creativity and fun.

You have until Tuesday, January 26th 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:

Jan Photo

For my card I created a stylized version of the inspiration using only kraft cardstock and white embossing powder. The stamps used are Repeat Impressions stamp, “The Pastor’s House 3308-M” and “Pine Needles Sil 5131-I”.  To finish I added a few gems and popped up the center after I die cut with a 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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