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Technique Junkies July Blog Hop!

Happy July 1st fellow Junkies!  With summer here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is celebrating with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for July.  Pat is offering 15% off all July Release Stamps for one week!  In addition, you can use my discount code TJ10Kathy for your other shopping needs.  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs listed below for great ideas on how to use those new July Release stamps and post your creations over in the Technique Junkies Facebook group.

Let’s get on to some inspiration!

Stamps:

Supplies: Alcohol Ink, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”

Technique: Alcohol Stencil Tutorial from “Sensational Stencils CD”

Stamps:

Supplies: Tombow Markers, Distress Inks, Art Anthology “Sterling Fairy Dust“, A colorful Life “Square Fade”, MFT Die.

Technique: Grunge Stencil “Sensational Stencil CD”

Stamps:

Supplies: Distress Ink, Gesso, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”

Technique: Stained Resist (focal image) from Artistic Effects CD and Gesso Stencil (background) from Sensational Stencil CD

Stamps:

Supplies: Art Anthology “Cracked” Stencil, Stickles, Kaleidacolor Ink “Desert Heat”.

Technique: Layered Rainbow Stencil Tutorial on Sensational Stencil 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 Cheri’s Blog, your in the right place!  Cheri, you rock!

The next stop on this artsy tour is Jeanne Streiff!

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me

Jeanne Streiff

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Vicky Garrett

Giovana Smith

Chris Dayton

Pat Huntoon

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies July Hop!  Don’t forget – 15% off July Stamps for the next week only!  Also use the code TJ10Kathy for 10% off your other shopping.

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Technique Junkies – Let your Light Shine!

Hey Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here today with another card from our June 2017 release using “Let Your Life Shine” stamp.   To create the sun rays, I used the Tim Holtz “Ray’s” Stencil with Squeezed Sunshine, Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed Distress inks.  I added a layer of Art Anthology “splash” which is a sparkle medium over the entire piece.  I then added some birds with Art Anthology Stencil “Take Flight”. I finished off the card with a frame of Art Anthology “Lava” for a black frame.

Thanks for stopping by the today and as always we wish you lots of creative play today and always.

Please use Discount Code:  TJ10Kathy

Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

Fly Free – Technique Junkies Art Journal Page

The Crafty Nurse here today with an Art Journal page I made using some of the great April Release stamps from Technique Junkies.  The inspiration for this page was from Susanne Rose, mixed media artist.

Steps:

  1. Gesso Page
  2. Create a background using Inktense blocks or pencils
  3. Mellow out color with white gesso over whole page
  4. Choose stamps as background base. I used Star Power #S147, Here We Go Round In Circles #SS030 and Age Spots Spots #SD087
  5. Add depth with texture paste through stencil.  I used: Bubble Stencil and Square Fade.
  6. Color with thinned acrylic paint.  I used: Liquitex Fluorescent Pink, Blue & Green.
  7. Apply Black paint over texture, remove with baby wipe.
  8. Add additional stencil markings using paint
  9. Stamp desired image on Tim Holtz tissue tape.  I used: Row of Birds #SD788
  10. Collage image onto page using Matte Medium
  11. Color image/birds. I started with a base of Pitt Pens, which are an India Ink and permanent when dry. I then used the perfectly transparent Art Anthology Sorbet’s in Baby Blue Eyes, Vegas Gold, and Sunshine.  Sorbet’s add such glorious shimmer.  Outline image in black pitt pen and smudge to incorporate into the page.
  12. Stamp Sentiment “Art of God #SD799”.  I added some “oomph” by going over sentiment in Sakura Black Glaze.
  13. Add additional stamping with paint using background stamps, corrugated paper, credit cards, and other mark making tools.
  14. Finish the page with black and white spatters.  I use Liquitex ink.

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Thank you so much for joining me today here at The Crafty Nurse’s Blog.  We hope you’ll join us on our new Facebook Page so we can share out love of techniques and stamps.  To get you on your way, shop the Technique Junkies store using

Discount code: TJ10Kathy.

Happy Arting!!

Technique Junkies – Strike a Pose

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse back with some inky inspiration for this wonderful almost spring day!  This is such a beautiful time of year filled with new hope and promise of beautiful things to come.

Along that thought, I wanted to share my favorite stamp of the new March 2017 release called, “Queen SD787”.  Such a striking figure, right?  To create her I used my MISTI.  Stampers, if you don’t have one of these tools, run, don’t walk.  I resisted for a long time but once I got one I wish I’d done so a lot earlier.  They really making getting good impressions so easy to achieve and the techniques that you can do with these are just amazing.

For the focal image, I began by selecting the areas I wanted brown and I used Distress Markers in Gathered Twigs to color just those areas.  I had to do this multiple times, but that’s okay because the MISTI allows for perfect alignment.  Once I did that, I repeated the areas I wanted black, coloring those with Black Soot and then the lips in Fired Brick.  Now, here comes the really cool part. Apply clear embossing powder to your entire image and heat set.  Now your entire image is resistant allowing for any application of technique over it.

The final step for my focal image is application of Faced Jeans Distress Ink through the Art Anthology Cracked Stencil cool, right? For the background I used a version of Distressed Stain Dip from the Artistic Effects CD also using Faded Jeans and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Finally, I added another TJ stamp to the edge of my background called, “Bubble Icicle #S573”, which I also stamped using my MISTI with Archival Ink.

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

One Cat Short of Crazy

Hey Junkies,

The Crafty Nurse here today with one cat crazy card!

I used the Misti stamping tool to create my card today.  The great thing about this tool is when you have a solid stamp, you can still get a really crisp image.  It also helps when you are doing more complex masking like I did here with the January release stamp “Cat Crazy SD701.”

I started by stamping each of the “Crazy Cat’s” onto my card front.  They were done in Archival Inks in Sepia, Black Soot, & Hickory Smoke.  I then masked all three of the cats and placed the Art Anthology Stencil called “Cracked” over top and stenciled in using Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I stamped off 3 more of the black cats and then cut out the word “crazy” which I used as my sentiment.

To finish off I created a ground for my kitties to sit on with watercolored distress inks and finished off with more distressing on the edges.

I’ve also entered this card in the Mixed Media Stencil challenge using the Art Anthology Cracked Stencil.

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For those crazy cat lovers and stampers alike, I hope you’ve found a little inspiration today and look forward to seeing what you do with your new Technique Junkies stamps.

Happy Inking,

The Crafty Nurse

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Technique Junkies January Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the New Year with a Blog Hop for the January Technique Junkies  new release.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

Pat is again offering 15% off all January Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets – which are fabulous dimensional mediums that can be used in such fun ways.

My first card uses some of those Art Anthology mediums in Red Velvet, Mi Bella and Cotton Candy for the background.  The featured stamp called “Love You #SD725” is perfect for ATC backgrounds, but I’ve used it as a focal image.  After white heat embossing “Love You, I applied the three mediums blending each to create a gradient. Behind the focal image is another new release called “Love Script #S697”, which I stamped in a pale shade of blue.  The frame is a My Favorite Things Die that I covered with “Art Anthology Black Leather” paint, which has a glorious shimmer adding that extra pizazz to your card.  I finished off the card with the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ivory Seashell.  These are super quick drying and self-leveling creating perfect pearl shapes.

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My second card uses the “Kraft Resist Technique from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD” with Vintage Photo Distress Inks to make the “Messy Love #S744” stamp stand out.  I cut the Messy Love  panel using a heart die to expose another January stamp called, “Love Script S697”.  In the process of making this card I was really inspired by the theme of love and community so using the people die from My Favorite Things I created two stacks of people holding hands in solidarity. I don’t think this die is being sold anymore, but I really loved how it paired with the TJ January release stamps.

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My next card features the gorgeously delicate new stamp called, “Being Yours #SD727.”  For the background I began with a Stencil Girl stencil using “Gessoed Stencil Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD” .  The color is Picked Raspberry Distress Ink applied in an ombre fashion.  The focal image “Being Yours” was embossed using silver sparkle powder.  I cut think strips of silver glitter paper to frame the vellum and finished with sequins and stickles.

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Being Yours Close Up

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My final project uses the “By Us #SD700” with the technique “Whitewash Chic from the Artistic Effects CD“. I colored the image with distress markers and a fine tipped water brush.  The frame was created by another My Favorite Things half circle die that was popped up for extra dimension. I cut away the sentiment so I could use it as a sentiment.

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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 Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous Projects Cheri !

The next stop is the wildly creative Ro Donner!

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy  That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChills

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

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

The House That Stamps Built; Frames: Oval & Round Celebration & Chance to Win Free Stamps

Hello stamping friends.  I’m again happy to announce that Repeat Impressions is celebrating the new release of “Frames: Oval & Round,” a NEW stamp series featuring great oval and round frames.  As with our Flower Power release, we will be featuring the Repeat Impressions Rock Stars who will post new creations on The House that Stamps Built blog beginning Thursday June 2nd thru Sunday, June 5th.

All the images are available as wood mount stamps or as plain, unmounted rubber individually. If you prefer, the complete series is available as a plain unmounted sheet of rubber so that you can get ALL 6 stamps in this series at a huge savings.

On Monday, June 6th Wendy will announce the winner on Repeat’s Facebook page so be sure to “Like” and follow them there if you don’t already.

Here’s my card using Repeat Impressions “Dotted Oval Frame LgPower 10501-Q, Sea Horse (lg)4101-K, and Grass Border, (lg) 1507-J” to create an underwater scene.  I created a mortice mask by stamping the dotted oval and cutting out the center so that I could both stamp and ink in the center without getting ink outside the oval.  The center is inked with Soft Olive Hero Arts Shadow Ink. Once I completed that, I stamped the Dotted Oval again on top of the inked edges using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Forever Green.   The seahorse was colored with Tombow Markers 076 and N57 which I applied with a blender pen from a palette.


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My second card features the Wavy Circle Frame 10506-J using the same mortice masking technique as above. The ink used is a combination of Antique Linen Distress and Cup 0′ Joe Hero Arts Shadow.  The focal image is Party Dog 7117-G with sentiment You Rock 8711-C.  My background is stenciled with Art Anthology crackle.

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We hope you enjoy the new Frames; Oval & Round Series at Repeat Impressions Stamps.  Don’t forget to stop by the The House that Stamps Built blog from June 2nd through Jun 5th for a chance to win free stamps!

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Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the New Year with a Blog Hop for the January Technique Junkies  new release.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your perusal.

Pat is again offering 15% off all January Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets – which are great dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

My first card uses the “Distressed Stain Dip” from the Simple & Easy Inking CD for the background.  The stains used were Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, and Mustard Seed. The focal image is “Happy Valentines Day #SD651” which I embossed in white and fussy cut.  I created a small shaker and used a Simon Says Stamp stitched die for the background panel.

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My second card uses the ““Stained Embossing Technique from the Simple & Easy Inking Techniques CD” using Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled Glass and put through the We R Memory Keepers embossing folder. For my focal image I used “Marilyn SD #655” which I colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers and added “Vegas Gold Sorbet” for her hair.  My sentiment is “Better Things SDX063” white heat embossed.

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My next card features the hip new stamp called, “Blue Jeans #S643.”  I created the texture using “Frosted Distress Stencil from the Sensational Stencil CD” with the “Cracked Stencil by Art Anthology” and Hero Arts Stone Wash and Wet Cement inks.  The “frosted” element was silver perfect pearls mixed with water and stamped through the stencil.  I used the “Better Things SDX063” sentiment which was white heat embossed.

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My final project uses the “Bookworms #SS054” stamp to create a corner bookmark perfect for a handmade gift.  I also used “Faint Scratches #S518” and “Here We Go In Circles #SS030.”

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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

Judy Jackson

Karen McAlpine 

Pam DeChellis

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jane Bosi

Tonya Davidson

Beth Norman 

Pat Huntoon 

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

Lindy’s Stamp Gang November Color Challenge w/Technique Junkies

Hello Crafty Friends!  I love the monthly Lindy’s Color Challenges and today I finished my card for the November entry.  For this month I’ve combined the Lindy’s Challenge with some Art Anthology Products I’ve purchased at Technique Junkies.  Right now, all Christmas stamps are on sale as are all November releases stamps through November the 8th.  Just a few more days so don’t miss out!

Here are the gorgeous colors this month:

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I’m also entering the card in the Mixed Medial Challenge #18 – Add Texture.

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For the Lindy’s challenge, I used a combination of Sprays and Magical Mica’s. I began by creating the background on a piece of old cardboard which I painted with heavy body gesso.  I then applied sprays in Golden Sleigh Bells and Bucket of Blood Red and mixed up magicals to create sprays in Canna Lily Orange and Poincianna Red Flame.

Once my background was dried, I mixed up some Golden Sleigh Bells with Translucent Texture Paste and stenciled through the “Retro Tiles” stencil by Art Anthology.  I used up the remaining paste to create texture around the edges.

Now it’s on the creating the flowers.  I sprayed the flowers with Canna Lily Orange, Poincianna Red Flame, and Golden Sleigh Bells. I finished the middles with “Black Leather Jacket” Dimensional Sorbet.   I also mixed some glass bead gel by Liquitex with Poincianna Red Flame to create that vibrant red texture on the My Favorite Things Feather and edged it with more of the Black Leather Jacket Art Anthology paint.  I created the buttons by spraying Canna Lily Orange and applying Golden Sleigh Bells Magicals.  Then in the middle of the buttons, I applied hero arts gems and sealed it with Art Anthology “Splashed” which is a fabulous clear coat finish with shine.

To get some of the green in my project, I mixed Greased Lightening Green Magical with water and applied it to a Basic Grey wood stick and Maya Road tickets.

I’d say we’ve achieved some texture!

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