Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Blog Named Hero – Geometric Challenge

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse again for the “Geometric” challenge for A Blog Named Hero.  This months we are using all Hero Arts products.2d1a7-ha_logo_nor

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I learned this geometric distress technique from the fabulous card maker, Laura Bassen in a Craftsy Course she teaches.  If you haven’t taken any of the Craftsy classes they are fabulous.  I like to send my cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I made a kid friendly geometric card.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our October “Geometric” Card Challenge!  See you there!

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Technique Junkies – Record Snowfall

The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration from Technique Junkies.

Today, I used both old and new Technique Junkies Stamps.  The old stamp is the Snowflakes #S235, which is probably my most favorite TJ stamp for the holidays.  It comes with 16 different snowflakes! The new stamp is the “All is Calm SDX079″ sentiment, which I stamped and silver embossed on black card stock spritzed with Dylusions White Linen spray to mimic snow.

During the holidays, one of the most found memories is listing to old records by Bing Crosby and Andy Williams.  As I began creating this card I began to notice the embossed circles look a little like a record! Okay – you have to have imagination, but I sure see a record!  Anyway, to create the record, I embossed several circle dies together and popped them up to give dimension.  I then stamped the Snowflakes and added sequins.  My background is from Bodacious Backgrounds CD using Watered Dylusions Technique and another new release background stamp called “Baubles”.

Stop by Technique Junkies store to pick up some great supplies for your inky pleasure!  I hope you are enjoying the 30 Days of Christmas at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

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Happy Crafting!

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, November 1st to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

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For this sketch I started by some classic paper piecing of the vampire image found on Repeat Impressions Unmounted Halloween Sheet 2300.  Also on this sheet you’ll find some great images include sentiments and these cool bats.

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Hope you’ll join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh and don’t forget, if you enter our challenge using Repeat Impressions stamps, you get extra entries.  You can take advantage of the discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Technique Junkies – Mandala Mistletoe

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with another post showcasing the October Technique Junkies release.  When I was making this card I really wanted to use the Mistletoe stamp in a different way so I performed a bit of stamp surgery by removing the attached sentiment.  Worry not, if you want to use your sentiment again, just put it together on the stamp block and it’s good as new.  Cutting apart your stamps gives a lot of new ways to use them.

Once my stamp was recovered from surgery I used the leaf portion to create somewhat of a mandala pattern for a background.  Before I did this though I created those embossed circles. To achieve this, lay out your circle dies and washi tape them together.  Then run it through your die cutting machine using the embossing folder all at the same time.   Here’s what they look like so you have an idea.

 

For my focal image I stenciled the Hero Arts Reindeer with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber inks. I fussy cut him out then applied additional shading to make him pop.  My sentiment is from the gorgeous “Christmas Ornaments Trio Set of 9” which I embossed.

I hope you are enjoying the 30 Days of Christmas here at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

Happy Inking

The Crafty Nurse

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 October, the team has chosen a nighttime scene featuring pumpkins and black cats.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, October 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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I began the card by using a homemade circle stencil out of heavy plastic to create a moon with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I then covered that moon with a mask and inked the rest of my background with Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord Framed Burlap, and Peeled Paint. I then stamped all my Repeat Impressions images on Plate 2300 and Apple Basket 512-H on Canson’s Mixed Media paper so I could add Zig Clean Clear Color Brush Markers. After fussy cutting all the images I arranged them on the card front.

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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.

Cards in Envy Challenge: “Purple & Green”

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating “Purple & Green.”

Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, October 30th and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I used the My Favorite Things “Witch Way Candy” an adorable  stamp set I’ve been wanting to use for some time.  I colored all the images with Copic Markers and fussy cut them all.  The window die is also MFT and the background stamp is Hero Arts.  I finished up distressing the edges.

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I’m looking forward to seeing your “Purple & Green” entries this week!  I’ve also added this card into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #29 using this Mood Board.

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Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge #135: Celebration!

Happy Saturday Friends!  It’s time for another Send a Smile 4 Kids (SAS4Kids) challenge and the theme for this entry is CELEBRATION!  Whoo Hoo!  Your celebration cards can be anything you celebrate for kids like birthdays, graduations, a job well done or heck, just celebrate by sending a hello!

Our sponsors and prizes for this challenge are:

1) DRS Designs:  a $10.00 Gift Certificate

2) Kitchen Sink Stamps: 15.00 Gift Certificate.

My card today celebrates these beautiful butterflies by DRS Designs called, “Large Butterflies”.  I colored them using a stipple method I learned at Kit & Clowder using RV99, RV69, RV66 & RV63.  I outlined them with a clear gel pen and popped them on over Doodlebug pattern paper.  The die I used to cut the “V” shape is from My Favorite Things.

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We hope you’ll join us over at Send A Smile 4 Kids and “Celebrate” with us during our challenge.  You have until Friday, October 28th to enter. We also would love to see you donate some of your cards to our kids.  Here’s how.

 

Technique Junkies: Red or White, Hic….

Hello Junkies!!

The Crafty Nurse here today with a bright and festive card featuring one of Pat’s October release stamps called “Red or White Christmas #SD750″.

The background was created using the Pasted Resist Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD. I began with the Tim Holtz Poinsettia stencil and embossing paste.  After that was dried, I sprayed with Red Pepper Color Wash Spray.  Then over that I lightly spritzed Dylusions White Linen Spray.  This combination of colors is really vibrant and perfect for a holiday red. I also spritzed the white Dylusions over my black card stock for more texture. My card base is a very deep olive green and looks really great against that stunning red.

Stop on by the Technique Junkies Store to check out the October Release.

Until then, happy inking

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of October and that means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, Patti is hosting our challenge and she has chosen “Food or Beverage.”

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner. Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

My card features Repeat Impressions “Coffee Cling Set 9303P”  which I paper pieced using Carta Bella Fall Blessing paper pack.

I hope you break out your creativity for the “Food or Beverage” Designers Choice Challenge this week at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

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Joyeux Noel – Technique Junkies

The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration using the October Technique Junkies release.  You have only a few days left to claim your 15% off discount on this new release for the holidays.

I started my card sing the Pasted Resist Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD found at Technique Junkies.  I then sprayed with Art Anthology Colorations in Avocado, Leaf, and Sandcastle.  So I didn’t cover all that gorgeous texture, I used only a portion of the “Baubles S713″ background stamp as a strip of interest then added another new October Release sentiment called, “Joyeux SDX087”.   My red background was created by spraying Color Wash Spray in Red Pepper and a spritz of Dylusions White Linen spray for “snow”.

Stop by Technique Junkies store to pick up some great supplies for your inky pleasure!  Don’t forget, we are also celebrating 30 Days of Christmas at the TJ Design Team Blog beginning on October 15th through November 15th.  Hope you’ll join us.

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Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Nurse

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