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ICAD 2020

Hello!  It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted on my blog.  I began participating in ICAD 2020.  For each day there is a prompt and if so desired, a theme.

ICAD Cover: Watercolor

Day 1:  Prompt: Hopscotch/Theme: Mark Making

Day 2: Prompt: Marigold/Theme: Collage

Day 3: Prompt: Album/Theme: Typography

Day 4: Prompt: Sequins/Theme: Mark Making

Day 5: Prompt: 80’s/Theme; Mark Making

Day 6: Prompt: Dreamcatcher/Theme: Mark Making

Day 7: Prompt: Highway/Theme; Collage


MFT Birthday Card

Wow – it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted a card.  This is a My Favorite Things inspired card from the Make a Wish card kit.


Technique Junkies – Starry ATC

The Crafty Nurse here today with more Technique Junkies inspiration using “Star Collage #S772” and “Rustic Pine SD838” from the September release to make an Artist Trading Card (ATC).

I began by embossing Star Collage with Distress embossing powder in Frayed Burlap.  I then used my MISTI to stamp the Rustic Pine stamp over the top giving a cool background.  My sentiment is heat embossed using Simple Sentiments 3a and I broke out my old postage scissors to cut the edges.

Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies Masculine Love Card

Hey Junkies!

It’s The Crafty Nurse here with a bit of inspiration featuring one of the January Release stamps from Technique Junkies called “Messy Love #S744”. I wanted to use this stamp in a masculine way by using muted colors and a simple design.

I began by stamping “Messy Love”  with versamark ink over some MyMinds Eye design paper then clear heat embossed the heart pattern over the design paper.  Once heat set, I then took Distress Ink in Ground Espresso and went over the entire piece buffing with a baby wipe to remove any lingering ink over the clear embossing. There is a similar technique in the Artistic Effects CD using Distress Stains.  I finished off with the “Forever and A Day” stamp set from last years release.


We all need some masculine love cards this time of year so try out this cool technique with some of your favorite Technique Junkie Love stamps.

Happy Inking!!

The Crafty Nurse


Christmas Cards Part II

Thought I’d share a few more of the Christmas cards that I’ve made recently.  All use the Hero Arts Layering Tree and Impression Obsession tree dies.  I stamped them with Alte New inks, then added a layer of versamark for the final white embossed snow.  I then tipped the trees in glitter after I distressed them a bit.  Those gorgeous stars are My Favorite Things dies cut from glitter paper.




Hope you all are getting ready for the holidays as we don’t have much time left.  Stay warm – it’s darn cold out there at least here in Virginia!

Entered in:

Mixed Media Card Challenge

Christmas Cards

Thought I’d share a few of the Christmas cards that I’ve made recently.  This year completely got away from me and I while I normally make 40 or 50 cards per season, I’ve only been able to get to a handful.

For the first two I used My Favorite Things BB Santa’s Elves to create holiday scenes.  The final two cards are from the Tim Holtz’s Stampember “Holiday” set using the technique Jennifer McQuire teaches using her fingers with Distress Ink.





Winner Technique Junkies Stamp

The winner of the Technique Junkies “Coffee with Friends” stamp is……  Shelly Schmidt!

Shelly, please leave me your contact e-mail on this post for the best way to reach you as your comment didn’t have a website.



Send a Smile 4 Kids Early Holidays Wishes

Happy October!  This year has just flown by but we are coming into my absolute favorite time of the year. Today, I’m posting some early holiday inspiration for the Send a Smile 4 Kids “holiday” challenge.  Send a Smile 4 Kids is a great organization that provides cards to hospitalized children who I’m sure can use some holiday cheer this time of year.  We all know how hard it is to be away from your family, so how about entering the challenge and sending in some cards for kids?  Check out the guidelines here.

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Bugaboo who is offering a prize of: 7 images of winner choice

Dies R Us who is offering a prize of: $15.00 Gift Certificate

My card today features the sweet Bugaboo Bear called, “Ornaments Bear”.  I colored him up with Copic Markers and stenciled white pigment ink using a stencil over pattern paper.   The oval die is by My Favorite things.


I hope you’ll join us over at Send a Smile 4 Kids for the Early Holiday Challenge.  You have until Friday, October 14th to enter.


Technique Junkies Fall Birches

Hey Junkies!

It’s The Crafty Nurse here with a bit of Fall inspiration featuring my favorite stamp from the September Technique Junkies release the “Birches #S686”.  What I love about this stamp is it can be used as both a focal image and a fabulous background. I’m also entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for a “Rustic” project.


I began by stamping the “Birches #S686” stamp with Archival Jet Black Ink.  I used the Faux Paint Swatches technique from April/May 2013 newsletter with Hero Arts Butter Bar, Pumpkin Spice, Just Rust, Cup O’ Joe, and Charcoal.  I used a Simon Says Stamp “Grant Maple Die” to cut a window and embossed with a Darice Leaf folder for the center which I inked for added contrast.  The sentiment is a My Favorite Things “Thanks” die that I stacked and embossed for high contrast.

I just love this time of year and this September release has given us some fabulous tools to celebrate in style.

Happy Inking!!

The Crafty Nurse

Entered in: Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

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

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