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Cards in Envy Challenge – Red & Blue!

This Cards in Envy Challenge, which is named, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”, is a color challenging using the colors red and blue.  You don’t have to use roses or violets, just the color red and blue.  Don’t worry, the white in your card base does not matter.

Here at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 envelope.  This challenge will run through Sunday, March 5th.

My card uses the My Favorite Things stamp and die set called, “Geometric Greenery”.  I stamped and cut out the images in hot press watercolor paper which I prefer as it’s very smooth.  I then colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush.  I then used the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles to cut out two panels.  I don’t do a lot of clean and simple cards so this was really fun.

red-blue

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your Red & Blue cards!

Cards in Envy Challenge “Be Mine”

As we get closer to Valentine’s day, here at Cards in Envy we are having a “Be Mine” challenge. Cards in Envy challenge entries can be any size as long as they fit within a standardized A2 Envelope.

For my card today, I used a few different Hero Arts products.  The first is last years Hero Arts January Card Kit, which is no longer available, but new kits come out monthly.  I also used Hero Arts “Love” Stamp and Cut, which has both the stamp and the die in one package.

The background is created with a Rhonda Palazarri stencil that I applied with white Pan Pastels. Using Pan Pastel’s in stencils is a fabulous because the paint doesn’t seep through the other side and you get a really nice image.  I blurred out the background to get a little more cohesion, which I felt looked “cloudy” and lovey.

After doing my stamping and die cutting, I applied a strip of American Crafts black glitter paper over American Crafts design paper called “Valentine”.  I edged the hearts in black Tombow and popped them up with foam tape for dimension.

valentine

I do hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “Be Mine” cards.  The challenge will run through February 19th and we look forward to seeing your entries!

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.

Flower

 

 

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

Butterfly Dreams

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse back with some inky inspiration for this wonderful almost spring day!  I hope you all get a chance to play a little in your craft room while you enjoy the coming of great weather.

For my card today I went monochromatic using the new March Palettini release “Vintage Butterfly Collection #P035.”   The technique today is from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD called, “180 Degree Stamping,”  The two inks are Altenew Deep Iris and Lavender Fields.  This technique is super easy and creates fabulous depth to your card.

The sentiment is from “Simple Sentiments Set 3a  #SS03A” simply stamped and popped up on foam. I added two panels of ribbon by Ellen Hutson and finished off with sequins filled with Stickles (I prefer not to see the holes).  I also added a line of Stickles on the edge of the card stock for a little added bling.

Thanks for stopping by the Technique Junkies Blog today and we all wish you lots of creative play today and always.

Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

Cards in Envy Challenge: Beautiful Butterflies

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is “Beautiful Butterflies.”

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card I used one of the newer sets from Alte New called, Botanical Garden.  The coloring is a combination of both Copic Markers for the base and Prismacolor Pencils for detail.  To keep a “no-line” feel, I started with the lightest color of pink ink for the initial stamping. The card base is a WPlus9 die which adds rounded edges for a softer feel. To display, I played in photoshop to give a textured background.   I think I need to break out those lessons on how to use this program better!

Butterflies

Hope we’ll see your butterflies in the Cards in Envy challenge.  You have until March 20th to enter.

 

Technique Junkies March Blog Hop!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for a Technique Junkies Blog Hop showcasing the new March release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.  I know I have said this before, but WOW, this release has got to be one of the best yet.  Amazing Pat, you have completely outdone yourself.

Pat is again offering 15% off all March Release Stamps for one week! Also, if you haven’t tried the new Minx Shimmer Ink you are missing out on some fabulous inky goodness.  In addition to the Minx, Technique Junkies has other great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets to help you on your creative journey.

The background on my first card uses “180 Degree Stamping from the Bodacious Bacground CD.  I stamped the new Palettini image called, Vintage Butterfly Collection #PO35″ using AlteNew dusk and Ocean Waves crisp ink. The focal image is “Veiled Woman #SD658” stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  I also added “Black Leather Jacket” Dimensional Sorbet to her hat and coat for shine.  The sentiment is “Classy & Fabulous SDX070.”

March Butterflies-Veiled

My next card features the new stamp, “Whimsical World #S634” using a version of “Stained Resist Technique in the Artistic Effects CD.”   Instead of Distress Stains, I used the new Minx Shimmer Inks I talked about above in Bankroll, Decadent, and Panache.  You can’t really appreciate how shimmery they are in real life.  I finished the card by die cutting several Lawn Fawn stitched frames and popping them up. 

March-Minx

My next card uses the Vintage Butterfly Collection #P035″ stamp with the background called, Irresistible Rainbow from Bodacious Background CD. The colors used were Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and Candy Apple Red.  They appear muted as the paper is glossy. The sentiment is “Kindness Matters SDX026.”  In this technique, you should see a ghosting of the initial Versamark stamping, however, my pad was dry, so it isn’t as apparent, but I’m still was happy with the final outcome.

March-Rainbow Butterflies

My next card is another Palettini Collection stamp called “French Bicycle Collage #P037.”  For this card I used the “Big Bold Blending technique from “Bodacious Background CD.”  I then inked around the edges with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks and gave additional texture using the scoring board.  My sentiment is Tim Holtz letters edged with distress ink and adhered with Tombo Mono glue.

March Bicycle

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 wildly creative Jane Bosi.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Judy Jackson

Karen McAlpine 

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jane Bosi

Tonya Davidson

Robin Redd

Beth Norman 

Pat Huntoon 

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

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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