Monthly Archives: August 2016

Technique Junkies – Black Cat

Hello Fellow Junkies!!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here.

It’s almost time for the September Blog Hop tomorrow and in preparation for that, I’ve created a Halloween card using last years September Release called “Black Cat #SD615”.  He’s stamped on a background of Distress Watercolor.

Please join us in the morning for the Design Teams showcase of September 2016 Technique Junkies release.

See you there!!

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes

It’s the fifth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built Anything Goes challenge.  This doesn’t come around too often, but it’s your time to do anything you wish.  You have until Tuesday, September 6th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

For my card today I had some creative play using Dylusions ink to watercolor with.  If you haven’t tried this, it’s so simple.  All you do is stamp and emboss your image, spray with water over entire piece and start dropping color.  You can use any water based color and Dylusions works very well.

For my card I started by stamping the Repeat Impressions “Flower Power Frame 10202-Q and embossed with white powder. I dropped in Cherry Pie, Funky Fushia, Pure Sunshine, Lemon Zest and Cut Grass. I created a border using a My Favorite Things frame and used the sentiment “Special 8608-D”.

August ATG

Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! If you use a Repeat Impressions Stamp in your design, you’ll get an extra entry!

Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.


A Blog Named Hero – “Pop of Color”



Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today sharing some inspiration for our “Pop of Color” challenge in collaboration with The Ton.   You have until the end of the day to enter this month over at A Blog Named Hero.  

Both cards were made using The Ton’s “Fall Foliage” set. This stunning stamp layering set is so great, I made two cards!  The first card is in line with our “pop of color” challenge and features the stamp layering technique from The Ton’s You-Tube video.  I personally used a Misti tool to make sure my layers aligned. For background leaves, I stamped only the final layer in the leaf set so my focal leaf “Popped” and added a Darice embossing folder over a diffuser for more “pop”.

August 281

My second card features negative watercoloring taught by Dawn Woleslagle of WPlus 9 in Online Card Classes Intermediate course.  I am quite the novice in watercolor, but I really enjoyed using this gorgeous stamp with this technique.

August 28

We can’t want to see what you’ve created for your “Pop of Color” over at A Blog Named Hero.  Have fun!


Sketch Saturday Challenge #427 – Bugaboo

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo offering the randomly chosen winner 7 images from their site!  How generous!  You have until Friday, September 2nd for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:427

For my card I chose Bugaboo’s “BugFFLBlocks Funky Flower Blocks”, which I colored with Copic Markers and used Simple Stories “Pumpkin Spice” paper pack, which included the sentiment.

Sketch 427

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!  Don’t forget to subscribe to the Facebook Page to get notice of the new sketches.


Technique Junkies – Embossed Crab

The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration from Technique Junkies.

Today, I used “Crabby Set of 3″  and some fun techniques using embossing powder, gelli plating, art anthology and distress inks.  My sentiment is “Beachin’ It” and a great summer sentiment.  You can find some great techniques in the Emboss and Die CD.

Stop by Technique Junkies store to pick up some great supplies for your inky pleasure!


Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Nurse

From The Heart Stamps: Midweek Design Team Inspiration

It’s Wednesday and time for the From The Heart Design Team Highlights.  Today, I used the fabulous freebie called World’s Best by From the Heart Digital Images. 

I colored the image with Copic Markers and used a frame die by My Favorite Things.  The design paper is Bazzill.

Hope we see you this week at From the Heart Stamps to participate in the Sketch challenge.

Midweek 8-24


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, August 30th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

August Sketch

For my card I’ve used a variety of stamps from Plate 2300 at Repeat Impressions  though all of the stamps can be purchased separately in the Halloween section of the store.  The background began with some play from Brusho’s powders in warm tones.  I then did a bit of distress inking and created the embossed background using a Darice Fall Folder.

August Sketch

Hope you’ll join us at The House That Stamps Built, for our Sketch Challenge. Don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Send a Smile 4 Kids: 131: Anything Goes!

It’s Saturday and time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. Today we are celebrating Anything Goes 4 Kids!  You have until Friday, September 1st to enter.

I also want to remind you that Send a Smile 4 Kids continues to grow and would love to have your donations to support hospitalized children. Come on over and Check out how.

Now, let’s see what this week’s sponsors are generously donating:

1) Crackerbox Palace – offering 3 digital images of winners choice

2)  Dies R Us – offering a $15.00 Gift Certificate

My card features the Crackerbox Palace “Scarecrow”  which I colored with Copic Markers.  Isn’t he sweet?  My design paper is My Minds Eye “All Spice” and I distressed the edges.

Scarecrow 8-20


I look forward to seeing you “Anything Goes 4 Kids” card over at Send a Smile 4 Kids.  YEAH!!

Technique Junkies – Pear Minx

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today with more Technique Junkies inspiration using “Fanciful Fruit – Set of 2#SS057” from the August release.

The background is the result of playing with both Minx and Art Anthology products.  The Minx colors used was the white called “Immaculate” and the orange called, “Radiance”.   The Art Anthology Sorbet I used was “Vegas Gold” which I ran through with a texture comb.

I heat embossed the pear from “Fanciful Fruit” with Versafine Black Onyx Ink and clear powder.  I also spayed it with Gilded Gold Colorations and placed the whole thing over some torn mulberry.

August Minx

Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I’ll see you later on this month for more junkie goodness.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #161 – You Choose

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with sketch #161 at From The Heart Stamps which is a little different.  As you may have heard, our sweet Faith, owner of From The Heart Stamps, is in the hospital.  The team wanted you to know we are still here so we’ve given you a choice of past sketches this week to choose from.

If you didn’t know, all previous sketches are on the blog gallery in the top right hand corner.  Some the the sketches have twists and some don’t.  Just use a From The Heart image and the sketch and the rest is up to you.


For my card I used Sketch #47 with image “Nerd Boy Balloon”.  This is such a fun image!  I colored him up with Copic Markers and added glossy accents for his glasses! For my dies, I used the circles by My Favorite Things.

Sketch 161

Sure hope you’ll join us this week for Sketch #161 at From The Heart Stamps.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

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