Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Blog Named Hero – Clean & Simple


Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here with you today for my 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.


I am not typically a Clean & Simple designer so my interpretation may be a little less Clean and Simple.  That’s okay because what is important is your expression of the challenge.

For my card I began by creating a background with Candied Apple Distress Ink then lifted the design with a Dylusions Stencil and water.  I stamped the Hero Arts Leafy Vine over the panel and included the Newton’s Nook sentiment.  The butterflies are colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and glittered with Wink of Stella Clear.

April Hero
For your connivence, we’ve added the current challenge to the side-bar on the right over at A Blog Named Hero so you can find it quickly to enter. We can’t wait to see your “Clean & Simple” cards this month.  Have fun!

Cards in Envy Challenge: Flowers or Fantasy

Happy Monday!  Spring has sprung here at Cards in Envy and we are beginning a new challenge highlighting “flowers or fantasy.”  That leaves a pretty wide area of interpretation so enjoy!

As a quick reminder, please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps.  The challenge will run through Sunday, April 17th.  The design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I used the gorgeous new AlteNew set called Peony Bouquet stamped on the My Favorite Things Tranquil Textures paper.  For the ink I used the AlteNew mini cubes in blue.  I love these cubes with these multistep stamps as the colors are perfectly gradient.  I finished off with the sentiment also by AlteNew and some sequins.




Can’t wait to see your flowers or fantasty entries!

From The Heart Stamps April Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps April blog hop. This month our theme is “Sweet Treats”.  YUM!  The optional twist is sequins so enjoy the sweet sparkly goodness the design team has to offer this month.

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.

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 project, my “sweet treat” features the yummy looking  “Cupcake Lineup” digi that comes in a straight and a curved formation.  I played with this a little and flipped the image to create an oval shape.  That’s one of the really fun things about digi’s is ways to make them your own.

I colored these sweet cupcakes with my Copic Markers in R89, R85, R83, R81, W4, W2, & Wo, Y19, Y15, Y11, YR18, YR14 , E15, and the liners in E29, E25, E23, and E21.  My design paper is Amy Tangerine’s “Rise & Shine collection and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from “Flurry” .  The oval die is from My Favorite Things and I stamped Paper Smooches “Sugar Rush” sentiment on more of the Amy Tangerine paper.

April Hop

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

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Sunday, April 10th at 6 am EST so you have a good while to get all your comments in for a chance to win free digi’s. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday April 13th.


Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge #122; For Mom or A Special Female

Happy Weekend!  It’s time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge celebrating Mom, or that special female in your life!!!   You have until Friday, April 15th to enter.

I wanted to remind you that Send a Smile 4 Kids is growing by adding more hospitals and more volunteers to take your donated cards.  We hope that after you enter the challenge you consider sending your cards to SAS4Kids for children in need.  Check out how.

Now, let’s get on to those sponsors:

1) Sami Stamps– offering a $12.00 Gift Certificate to Store

3) “Dies R Us”– offering a $15.00 Gift Certificate to Store

Now how about some inspiration?   My first card uses Sami’s Stamp image called, “Floral Girl.”   I used Inktense Pencils to color her up and then edged with Wilted Lilac Distress Ink.  I then put through the We R Memory Keepers die and added pearl pen for additional texture.  My sentiment die is WPlus9.


We hope you will come be and participate at the Special Female or Mom Challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids!

A Day For Daisies: New Release Vintage Brides

It’s Friday and time for a new release at A Day For Daisies!  In addition, we are are also continuing with our “Add  Glitter” Challenge.  We’d love to have you pop by the ADFD Blog by Thursday, April 3rd to enter your card for a chance to win some free images!

This new release is amazing!  For my card today I am using, “Vintage Brides Headpiece” which I’ve colored up with Copics in Neutral Grey and BG tones. The oval dies are My Favorite Things, the “love” die is WPlus9, and the paper is Our Daily Bread.


We look forward to seeing your creations not only at A Day For Daisies Blog but also on the ADFD Facebook Community Page!

Technique Junkies April Blog Hop!!

Spring is here and in artistic fashion, Technique Junkies  is presenting the new April release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing selection of inspiration for your perusal.

Pat is again offering 15% off all April Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like Gelli Plates, stencils, dimensional paints, sprays, and so much more.

My first card uses two techniques from the “Artistic Effects CD. The background is the “Distress Stain Dip” technique and the focal image featuring “Stylized Roses SD666” uses the “Gelato’s Direct” technique.  I also did some additional stamping on the focal image using “French Text #S246”.  I absolutely love the spring feel of this gorgeous stamp.


My second card features the April release “Elegant Mums S658” using the “Embossed Gelatos Technique from the Artistic Effects CD”.  For the sentiment, I used “With Sympathy #SS049”


My next card features the cuddly new stamp called, “Bear With Flowers MC005” which I colored with Zig Clean Clear Brush Markers.  I created the texture using the “Ghostly Spatters Technique from the Artistic Effects CD.”  I love the playfulness of this new stamp.


For my final project I used the “I Love Rainbows” stamp.  To create the rainbow I applied my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in ROYGBV order.  The Background is the “Houndstooth Check #S665″ stamp using the Blended Stain Technique from Artistic Effects CD.


Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from Marilyn’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Marilyn!

The next stop is the Mixed Media Wizard Lanette Erickson.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Judy Jackson

Karen McAlpine 

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Lanette Erickson

Robin Redd

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies April Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off for the next week only!

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