Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Day For Daisies: Designers Vintage Showcase 4-29-16

Today at A Day For Daisies the design team has chosen some of their favorite Vintage images from the ADFD Store.  The “Anything But A Card” challenge is still going strong so be sure to stop by and enter your special project.

My card today uses Lady Hat Feathers, a vintage image featuring this lovely portrait.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and used My Minds Eye “Fancy That” paper pack.  To me, nothing says vintage more than some sewing and I love the effect used with my machine.

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Please come by and enter using your A Day For Daisies Images. Please also visit our Facebook Community Page as we’d love to see your cards there too!

Entered in Marker Pop; ATG

A Blog Named Hero – Clean & Simple

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Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here with you today for my second take on a this month’s “Clean & Simple” challenge going on all month at A Blog Named Hero.  This month we are collaborating with Newton’s Nook so you’ll definitely want to join.

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For my card I began by stamping the adorable “Newton’s Naptime” in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink so that I could do some copic coloring. If you want to learn more about how to color animals, check out Kit & Clowder’s Animal course – it’s fabulous.

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Head on over to A Blog Named Hero to enter your “Clean & Simple” cards.  Have fun!

Tip Toe Through The Tulips Technique Junkies

Hello Junkies!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today with a quick card using “Tulips #S662” from the Technique Junkies March release.  The background was created using the “Background Whimsy – Copic Method” from the Bodacious Background CD.  Instead of outlining the image completely with the white gel pen, I did a more freehand approach giving it more of an artistic feel, which I think works with this gorgeous stamp.  My sentiment is Kindness Matters SDX026″.

As we are coming to the end of April, I can’t wait for you to see the May release stamps.  Be sure to stop by the May Blog Hop on Sunday, May 1st.  This month I am offering a Technique Junkies stamp for a random commenter!

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

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, May 3rd to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

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For my card today I stamped Repeat Impressions “Dream Calligraphy 5613-G”  with Simon Says Stamp “Surf Blue” ink. The paper pack is from Our Daily Bread “Shabby Rose Collection”.  The circle dies are My Favorite things and I finished off with Hero Arts gems.

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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.

 

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #149 – Twist: Use a Die Cut

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with sketch #149 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 “Use A Die Cut”.

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For my card I used the April Stamp of the Month called “Time to Bloom”.  This is such a gorgeous new image and I love the brush sentiments!  I colored the images with Copic Markers with the addition of white gel pen for highlights.  The paper pack is Lily Bee ‘Head Over Heels” collection and the background text is a My Favorite Things stamp.  For my dies, I used the stitched squares, also by My Favorite Things.

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Sure hope you’ll join us this week for Sketch #149 at From The Heart Stamps.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #409

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, April 29th to enter.

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This week I used Drawn With Character’s “Birthday Elephant Holding Cupcake.”  I colored him with Copic Markers in warm greys and used the Lawn Fawn “Sunshine” paper pack. My dies are from My Favorite Things.

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We look forward to your entry at Sketch Saturday this week.  Have Fun!

A Day For Daisies: Anything But A Card Challenge

It’s Friday friends and time for another post featuring the Vintage Hats Collection by A Day For Daisies.  We are also starting a new challenge using “Anything But A Card”.  The challenge will run through Thursday, May 5th so we hope you’ll come on over to enter.

For today’s card, I used “Vintage School Girl Four” which I colored with Dylusions Inks.  This is a really fun technique though it does use water and can cause bleeding of your printer ink. Simply begin by adding small amounts of water where you want color, then drop Dylusions Ink into the water for a vibrant watercolor look.

For my tag I used the My Favorite Things Blueprint Tag stamped with Technique Junkies French Text background. I died the ribbon with Dylusions inks and used the Simple Stories “DIY Boutique” paper pack.  My sentiment and the swirls stamp are by My Craft Spot called, Tiny Tags.

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We can’t wait to see what your “Anything But A Card” 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 April we have springy daffodils.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, April 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:

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For my card, I began by creating a diagonal pattern with my luscious Pan Pastels using a piece of paper as a mask to create straight lines.  Once I was happy with the background pattern, I stamped Repeat Impressions “Daffodils 904-L”  for my focal image and “Thank You” for the sentiment.


April Photo Inpsiration

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.

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #148 – Twist: Add Washi

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  It’s a busy day here at the Crafty Nurse’s Blog and I’m here with Sketch #148 by 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 “Add Washi”.  

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I have a lot of washi so I was in for both the sketch and the twist this week. My image is, “Birdbath Chick”  which I colored with Copic Markers.  I wanted to play around with a technique I saw on the Copic website for bubbles and I’m happy with the outcome. You can find it here on my Pinterest page.  My dies are by My Favorite Things and the paper is Echo Park “Sunshine”.

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I hope you’ll join us for the sketch this week at From The Heart Stamps for sketch #148!  You have until Sunday, April 24th to enter.

 

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 4-18-16

Hello stampers!

The Crafty Nurse here with a Project of the Week for The House that Stamps Built.  Today I’m bringing you a super easy technique using Pan Pastel’s, which if you are not familiar are great pans of gorgeous chalky color.

For this project the supplies I used are:

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I began by cutting a piece of smooth bristol paper into 4.25 by 4.25 pieces and treated it with an antistatic bag.

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I then placed a light application of blue pan pastel chalk over the entire surface of the bristol paper.

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I inked up the “Nature’s Quartet” with Versmark…

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and stamped it onto the paper coated with the first layer of Pan Pastel’s.

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After making sure your Versamark is dry, apply a darker hue over the stamped image.  This provides excellent contrast to your image picking up only in the areas of the stamped image .  Don’t be afraid to use different colors as the Pan Pastel’s mix very well. For example, try a yellow base layer with red over your stamped image. If you have the metallic pan pastel’s, you can start with gold, then layer over with any other color for a metallic hue.

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I chose to use a diagonal pattern when applying the darker hues.  I did one corner in darker green and the opposite in darker blue.  

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To finish off I sprayed a pastel fixative but if you don’t have that you can use hair spray.

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That’s  all there is to it!  For my finished card, I added a little bit of washi tape as a frame and embossed my center wood leaf with versmark and Stampendous powder.  I love altering my wooden embellishments.

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I hope you enjoyed this super easy tutorial and break out some of those Pan Pastels you’ve been hoarding!

Hope you’ll join us on Wednesday for the Photo Inspiration Challenge.  I know you’ll love it!

The Crafty Nurse

 

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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