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Distress Rainbow with Avery Elle & A Blog Named Hero

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with another card for our Rainbow challenge here at A Blog Named Hero.


For this card I used the gorgeous stamp by Avery Elle called, “Canopy” from their newest release.  It pairs perfectly with the Hero Arts sentiment from “Enjoy Today.”

It’s been great to see all the rainbow cards shared by the designers and entered by our great followers at A blog Named Hero.  To make this rainbow background, start by white heat embossing your image then take a mini distress cube and apply it to the end of an acrylic block in a 1/4 inch line.

Then, spray the ink with a little water and apply in rainbow order of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.  I use watercolor paper for best results and try to overlap the colors a little bit for good mixing.

I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our March Rainbow Card Challenge!  Thanks again to Avery Elle for their collaboration this month and don’t forget to stop by and check out their new release.





A Blog Named Hero – Rainbow Magic

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a little Hero Arts inspiration for the Rainbow challenge at A Blog Named Hero.


Who doesn’t absolutely love the colors of the rainbow.  I know it gives me a happy feeling with all those vibrant colors.  This month we are collaborating with Avery Elle, who generously provided the Design Team with stamps to play with.

For my card today I started by stamping Avery Elle’s “Pure Magic” bunny in the hat which I then masked and stamped the balloon and stars from Hero Arts.  The image is colored with Copic Markers and finished off with glossy accents and Ranger Enamels.

March ABNH

I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our March Rainbow Card Challenge!  I’ll see you later on this month with another card showing off more Avery Elle goodness.






Sketch Saturday Challenge #394

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is offering a very generous $25.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.  You have until Friday, January 15th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I chose the Simon Says Stamp stamp and die called, “Large Hearts.”  There are a lot of different heart stamps and four (4) dies to match.  I stamped them using the Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks and attached a border die by My Favorite Things. My sentiment is Avery Elle “Oh Happy Day” and I finished off with lots of sequins.

Sketch 3941

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

Mix it Up Challenge using Ellen & Avery Elle

Happy Thursday Friends.  Today I broke out my Dylusions Ink to do some watercoloring to enter my card into the Ellen Mix It Up Challenge.  For this challenge Ellen chooses one other company for a combined product challenge.  This week it’s Avery Elle.

My card features the “Mondo Magnolia” by Ellen and the Avery Elle “Gift Tag” set. To achieve this look I followed Julie Ebersole’s tutorial from a previous “Hello Monday” called “Magic Watercolor” – Thanks Julie!

Believe it or not, Julie almost scrapped this because she didn’t like how it came out at first but I’m thrilled she persevered.  The birthday sentiment is from “Cupcake Party” by Simon Says Stamp.


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Mix it up: Ellen & Avery Elle

Inspiration Destination: ATG

Crafting By Design: Flowers

Simon Says Stamp: Color Swatch

Crafty Gals Corner: Flowers

Cards in Envy Challenge – Pretty in Pink!

Who doesn’t love pink?  I know I sure do.  For this Cards in Envy Challenge I brought out my sprays and stencils, which to me, gives lots of texture without adding bulk.  Remember, at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card, which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.

I created the card base using Lindy’s Stamp Gang Spray over a floral stencil. It’s hard to tell, but it’s really shimmery.  I then stamped the Wendy Vecchi “Perfect Peony” with black archival ink and applied the sentiment from Avery Elle called “Laurels”.  I finished the card with some gold thread.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us some Pretty in Pink cards!

Pink Flowers-wm

Papertrey Ink Color & Sketch Challenge

PTI Sketch




This was a color and sketch challenge on the Papertrey Ink for the Stamp-a-faire weekend.  The purpose is a timer challenge and to make a card in less than 20 minutes.  This card was a breeze once you get your colors set out as all it is some stamping and cutting a black strip to balance the card.  I also added some Hero Arts gems.  The stamp set is from Avery Elle “Brushed”.  Ink is from Hero Arts as I don’t have any PTI inks. In place of Berry Sorbet, I used Pale Tomato. In place of Melon Berry I used Fresh Peach.  In place of Sweet Blush, I used Soft Blossom. In place of Aqua Mist, I used Soft Pool and finally, in place of Hawaiian Shores, I used Tide Pool.  Check out the site and make a quick card so you can be put in for a gift certificate.  Enjoy!

Papertrey Ink: Timer Challenge

Send a Smile 4 Kids – Challenge 85 – Anything Goes “for kids”

It’s time for another Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge!  This time we are looking for anything goes, as long as is kid friendly.  We have another 3 wonderfully, generous sponsors:

1) Dollar Graphics Depot offering $15.00 gift certificate

2) Oak Pond Creations offering 3 digital images

3) Fred She Said offering $10.00 gift certificate.

Thank you so much to our sponsors for supporting SAS4Kids!

Now, on to the inspiration.  The first 3 cards are from Dollar Graphics Depot called “Pretty Summer Girls”.  This is an entire sheet of digital images for $1.00!  What a bargain for images that can be used over and over again.  To top it off, they are pre-colored, but you don’t have to tell anyone you didn’t color them and you will get rave reviews!  I used Simon Says Stamp Sunshine Stamp and Avery Elle Sentiment and flowers.  Small cloud dies are Memory Box, Hello Die is Savvy Stamps, Stitched Border and Bubble Dies are Lawn Fawn, Smile Die is My Favorite Things, and fence is Impression Obsessions.






My second inspiration card is from Oak Pond Creations called “Otis the Wizard”.  What kid doesn’t like wizards?  I wanted this card to be inspirational for a child so I added all the things one can “be”, the first of which, is yourself.  I colored Otis with copics. Sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp.  Square Die is My Favorite Things. I hope you will stop by SAS4Kids and enter the challenge for a chance at some great prizes.  While your at it, donate some cards to kids!  You have until August 29, 2014 to enter.



Distress Ink Finger Painting





I’m playing with the new Technique Junkies newsletter for August/September using a technique called Distress Finger Painting, then edged with distress ink in gathered twigs.  I think I like the 2nd one better, what do you think? The images are Tim Holtz Autumn Blueprints stamps on bazzill card shoppe card stock.  The  sentiment on top card is Simon Says Stamp ‘Friendship Messages” and the second card is Avery Elle “Oh Happy Day”.  Button dies, which I love using on OWH cards are from My Favorite Things and the leaf die is Impression Obsession.

Entered in Fusion Card Challenge using only Sketch

Simon Says Stamp August Kit – Card 5


This card using the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit is made from the Operation Write Home Sketch #236 with a sentiment from Avery Elle.  The ice cream is watercolored with distress inks and the “sweet” is stamped with black versafine and clear heat embossed.


French Pastry Inspiration 2


Here is the 2nd card made using the same technique as my last card, embossing and watercolor wash.   The burst stamp is Simon Says Stamp from a card kit and the sentiment is Avery Elle. I put some pearls and braided ribbon from my stash and called it a card.

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Fusion Card Challenge

A Blog Named Hero

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