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Technique Junkies ATC with Attitude

Hey There Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a little ATC attitude for you this month using one of the February new release stamps called, “Downtown Boy Kitty #SD705”.  Wow!  Does this stamp really epitomize the glorious detail you can get in a high quality red rubber stamp.  You can see every line of fur and every cross hatch in his tweet jacket.  This is a real stunner!

For my ATC, I began by dry embossing a standard 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 size piece of card stock with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I applied a few layers of Daniel Smith watercolors in Quinacridone Gold, Aureolin, and Burnt Umber.  Boy Kitty was stamped using Black Soot Archival Ink, then colored with Distress Markers.

My sentiment is a Tim Holtz sticker, but Pat has also created a fabulous sentiment that goes perfectly with this stamp called “Sarcasm.” 

Hope you all find time to this week to get your hands inky with a few of these new stamps from the February 2017 release.

Until next time,

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – 30 Days of Christmas, Day 23

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here celebrating Day 23 of the 30 Days Of Christmas.   Pat is generously offering 25% off all holiday stamps over at the Technique Junkies store.

I’ve featured a favorite TJ stamp, “Father Christmas” which I colored with Distress Markers.  The background has another great holiday stamp, called Snowflakes, which I heat embossed in white and used the Stained Resist Tutorial from the Artistic Effects CD.  I finished off with some Distress Mica Spray for some glitz.

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We would love for you to follow the Design Team Blog for more Christmas ideas using the Technique Junkies stamps. There are only a few days left so we hope you’ve enjoyed the cards and found inspiration for your holiday card making.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

Cards in Envy – Another Year Older Challenge

Hello Friends!  It’s Monday morning and time for a new Cards in Envy challenge. Today we are having a PARTY!!!  A “birthday party” to be more specific. You have until Sunday, May 1st to submit your entry and as our name states, your card must fit nicely in a standard sized A2 envelope.  That means no big lumps, bumps, or large embellishments.

I have been wanting to break out my Crazy Bird set for some time and thought this is a perfect challenge to do some low level layering so that my card still fits well into a standard envelope.  I began by creating a watercolor background using Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin. I then ran that through a Cuttlebug folder and cut it out with a Simon Says Stamp stitched die.  My balloon and tie are colored with more of the Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin adding in a little Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey and Fossilized Amber.  The hat is Black Soot and Hickory Smoke.  Finally, I used the Tim Holtz sentiment stamped with archival and watercolored again with distress inks as above.

Crazy Bird

We sure hope you’ll join the party over at Cards in Envy!  We can’t wait to see your cards. Have fun!

Rainbow Resist – Technique Junkies

Hey there Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a little inspiration using the new March release stamps at Technique Junkies.

Today I used “Tulips #S662”“Veiled Woman #SSD658” and “Classy & Fabulous #SDX070” to create my card.  I started by making two panels with different techniques then combining both.  The techniques I used can be found on the “Bodacious Backgrounds CD.” The rainbow panels use the “Irresistible Rainbow Technique and the middle panel uses the “Brayer Resist” technique with Kaleidacolor Ink in Desert Heat.

To color “Veiled Women SSD658” I stamped her with Archival Ink on watercolor paper, then colored with the same Distress Inks used in my background which were Blue Print Sketch, Lucky Clover, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and Candied Apple.  You likely noticed while the colors are vibrant, they are lighter than their normal colors because I used a glossy card stock to achieve a smoother application of ink.

March Tulip & Veil

I hope you are enjoying the cards the Design Team has made for the March Blog Hop. Don’t forget to take advantage of Pat’s 15% off sale on all March stamps for the next week.

Bye for now!

The Crafty Nurse

Ellen Hutson’s Pin-Sight Challenge December

Today I got off work a little early and wanted to play so I created my December Pin-Sight Challenge for Ellen Hutson’s Classroom.  Here is the inspiration:

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I used the inspiration from Julie’s past Make it Monday using the Brushstroke Christmas. I also used Mistletoe & Holly stamp and dies stamping them with gold embossing powder and watercoloring with Distress Markers.  The background is We R Memory Keepers Basketweave folder cut from My Favorite Things Brushed Gold Metallic paper.

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Ellen’s Pin-Sight Challenge: December

Crafty Girls Corner: ATG

Simon Says Stamp: Make it Sparkle

Fusion: Season Greetings

Marker Pop: ATG

Sketch Saturday Challenge #378

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp!  That means a $25.00 gift certificate to our random winner!  You have until Friday, September 18th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I chose an Art Impressions Watercolor set called, “WC Series 6 Set 1 – 3497.”  These sets really allow for easy scene building and more can be found at the Simon Says Stamp Store.

To color the images I used Distressed Markers on good quality Strathmore #140 watercolor paper.  You can find some videos on the stamping/watercoloring techniques on YouTube.   My project was cut out using the My Favorite Things stitched square die and the pattern paper is Echo Parks “Getaway.”  I finished by stamping Simon Says Stamp “Circle Sayings” for the sentiment.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!

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The House That Stamps Built: New Die Release Blog Hop

Today is a special post at The House That Stamps Built and we are “Flipping Out”! Literally!  Before you call the paddy wagon, let me explain.  Repeat Impressions is launching “Flip Dies” to go with the 35 Repeat Impressions Flip Stamps already in the store! Flip cards cards are normally made using punches, but many of us have converted to dies. Flip stamps are so popular at Repeat Impressions that Wendy has come up with a way to make the process of making a flip card much easier by making custom dies to match – how cool is that! With all this “Flipping Out”, we are going to celebrate with a Blog Hop.  The Design Team can’t wait to share what we’ve created using both the Repeat Impressions Flip Stamps and Repeat Impressions Flip Dies. You have until Sunday July 26th at 5pm EST to visit the Design Teams Blogs.  The winner will be announced on Monday, July 27th.  For each blog you visit and comment on, you get an entry to win a Flip Die Set!!  WooHoo.  Wendy is kindly giving away one set of each of the new dies.  One set will have Scallops, like the one I used, and the other set will be a stitched example, like the one at Cheri’s Blog. So stop by the Design Teams Blogs for more chances to win. Here’s the Blog Line Up:

Kathy…  Me 🙂

Cheri… 

Patti…

Deonna… 

Heather… 

Melissa… 

Karen… 

Joy… 

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Now, how about some inspiration!  For my “Flip Card”, I’ve used the Scalloped Flip Die and Repeat Impressions “Tree Flip Set 7202-W.”   After cutting out the dies, I stamped the “Tree Flip Set” on the die cut square using Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a spritz of water.  This is a great way to get multiple colors on one image.  I also used Tim’s woodgrain stencil and inked the edges of my dies in Antique Linen.   The pull tab is a label die from My Favorite Things and the beautiful beads are Club Scrap. This project is so easy with this new die set and Wendy has great instructions on how to make these cards. If you aren’t familiar with this type of card, you pull the beads at the bottom and the cards begin to “flip”.  It’s super fun and with 35 different sets in the Repeat Impressions store, you won’t have a shortage of stamps to use with your new dies! The first picture is of the full completed card. Flip #1 Full-wm First Flip: Flip #2 Full-wm Second Flip: Flip #3 Full-wm Third Flip: Flip #4 Full-wm I do hope you’ll stop by the Design Team Members’ blogs and comment because we had so much fun making these cards for you and would love for you to have lots of chances to win a new Flip Die from Repeat Impressions Stamps.

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Crafty Gals: To Die For

Love to Scrap: ATG

January 2015 Tim Holtz Tag

I kept this tag pretty much as Tim designed.  I didn’t have any colored Distress Glitter so I made some with the clear glitter and alcohol ink in Latte’.  It’s super easy – just put some clear glitter in a container and add a few drops of alcohol ink, then stir.  I make sand this way too.  I also tied some fun knots with hemp for the ribbon.

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Tim Holtz January 2015 Tag

 

Operation Write Home Blog Hop Entry

This weekend, Operation Write Home is celebrating “Black Friday” with “Red” Friday by having a blog hop and prize give away.  Please support OWH by both going to the blog and doing the hop.  It would be extra special if you could make a card and send it in to OWH.  This time of year is the lowest donation time and the need remains for cards.  The blog focuses on love cards today, so my entry uses a Rubbernecker Stamps set called “Field of Poppies” with a sentiment from the “Love Quotes” set by Clearly Besotted.  I used distress inks and the spritzer tool.

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Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Shop your Stash: Free (I actually received the clearly besotted set free from a winning card)

 

 

Watercolor Wreath

This card was shown in the Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop last week. Dawn Woleslagle was the instructor for this class and she did a FANTASTIC job teaching so you can make this yourself.  If you don’t take Online Card Classes, I really do encourage you to do so.  You can take them anytime and they last forever.  I am constantly going back to my older classes and watching the great content again. This card is made with WPlus9’s stamp “Woodland Wreaths” colored with distress ink pads and pens. The stamp is used more as a base and the majority of the card is painted or drawn.  The bow is a My Favorite Things die with a hero arts gem in the center.  I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

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Virginia’s View Challenge: Metallic

 

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Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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