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Technique Junkies – Beautiful & Brilliant

The Crafty Nurse here with some inspiration to spark your creative flow.  Have you joined our monthly challenge?  If not, we’d love to see your entries for prizes and you just may learn a new technique at the same time. You can find the challenge over on the sidebar of the Technique Junkies Blog. 

We’d also love to see your cards and projects over at the new Technique Junkies Facebook Group.

Now let’s get on to the inspiration.  Can you tell I love this background stamp?  It’s got a vintage feel to me.  This card uses a Distress paint resist technique that’s as easy as stamping with paint, drying and applying ink over the top to colorize. I also added Art Anthology “Dazzle” which is a great to add some pizazz and seals in any water-soluble inks.

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Happy day!

The Crafty Nurse

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Technique Junkies – Seeing Stars

The Crafty Nurse here for a midweek post to spark your creative flow.  Have you joined our monthly challenge?  If not, we’d love to see your cards and your entry may just win a prize at the same time. You can find the challenge over on the sidebar of the Technique Junkies Blog. 

We’d also love to see your cards and projects over at the new Technique Junkies Facebook Group.

Now let’s get on to the inspiration.  This stamp is perfect for both cards and art journal pages. I began by stamping “star collage” using the “Distressed Stain Direct” tutorial from the Bodacious Background CD which is on sale for $4.95.  I then stamped “star collage” again on grey card stock and sprayed with Distress Mica in silver.  I then cut out the stars using the My Favorite Things stitched star die and popped that up over the first panel. My sentiment was embossed.

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Happy day!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Golden Beauty

The Crafty Nurse here with mid-week inspiration.

Today, I’ve used the “Vine Beauty” to create a golden beauty.

My background is gold glitter paste applied through a marque stencil. You can also use translucent embossing paste and apply gold embossing powder over the top.  I then sprayed with Distress Mica Spray in Tarnished Brass.  My “Vine Beauty” is stamped with Delicata Golden Glitz using my MISTI and also sprayed with Mica.  I then hand doodled a frame using the BEST gold marker called, “Extra Fine Point Paint Marker” by Pilot.

We are getting ready for the BIGGEST holiday release yet on September 1st.  Until then, please join us at the Facebook group and over on the Design Team Blog for our challenge.

Happy Inking

Technique Junkies May Release Blog Hop!

Happy May 1st!  It’s time for another Technique Junkies Blog Hop. For this hop, we are celebrating the new May Release at the Technique Junkies Store.

Pat is offering 15% off all May Release Stamps for one week!  I’ve also got a discount code: TJ10Kathy, that can be used for anything else in the store when you are shopping. WooHoo!

The Technique Junkies team is growing and we are thrilled to have added several new team members to the group.  Please stop by all the design team’s blogs for great samples of the other new May Release stamps.

My first card uses two of the new May release stamps:

  1. “Pocket Watches #S703”
  2. “Hat’s Off To Dad #SD792”

Technique:  Sparkling Resist June/July 2009 – Subscriber Pages

  • Stamp “Pocket Watches” with Hero Arts Soft Brown Shadow Ink. Let dry and dust with anti-static bag
  • Surgically alter (i.e. cut apart) “Hat’s off To Dad” so that you have isolated just the hats.  Don’t be afraid, you can always place back together if needed.
  • Stamp “Hat’s Off To Dad” in a row using Versamark Ink and clear heat emboss
  • Apply darker ink over entire card base – I used Frayed Burlap. This allows for the stamp below to shine beautifully through.
  • Using Misti position “Hat’s Off To Dad” sentiment onto card stock. I used distress markers to isolate the different parts of the stamp. Using the Misti allows for repeat coverage needed when using distress markers. Once well inked, now apply Versamark ink and clear heat emboss. That allows you to ink over entire image and not ruin the sentiment

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My second card features the same two stamps in a similar idea using translucent paste and stencils.

Stamps:

  1. “Pocket Watches #S703”
  2. “Hat’s Off #SD792”
  3. “Happy Father’s Day SDX089”

Technique:   Pasted Resist from the Sensational Stencils CD

  • Stamp “Pocket Watches” with Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink.
  • Over the top, apply translucent modeling paste through “Stonework Stencil” from a Colorful Life and let dry
  • Spray entire card with Bronze Distress Mica Spray and gently wipe off to reveal sparkle
  • Fussy Cut “Hat’s Off To Dad” and apply with foam tape
  • Stamp sentiment “Happy Father’s Day” on card stock you have lightly sprayed or inked through stencil to add texture – distress edges and mat card.

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My third card switches gears for a more feminine card using Perfect Pearls, which is hard to see in this photo but is so wonderfully shimmery.

Stamps:

  1. “Lollipop Flowers SD768”
  2. “Beautiful Ride SDX 091”

Technique: Faux Canvas from Emboss or Die CD (which is on a deep sale).

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My final card is plays with a little hand doodling and some straight forward stamping.

Stamp: “Own Kind of Beautiful SDX077”

  • Cut 4 x 5.25 inch card panel out of Club Scrap textured card stock then die cut using My Favorite Things Frame Die.
  • Use stamp positioner and stamp “Own Kind of Beautiful” in the center
  • Hand Doodle around edges
  • Die Cut WPlus9 flowers from Love Mom collection and add sparkles on top
  • Splatter ink, I used Liquitex Ink in Carbon Black.
  • Color in heart with Wink of Stella silver

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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 Weston’s, you in the right place!  Great cards Cheri!

The next stop is at Jeanne Streiff

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – Me!

Jeanne Streiff

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Vicki Garrett

Giovana Smith

Chris Dayton

Pat Huntoon 

The design team really hopes that you enjoy the Technique Junkies May Release Hop and we look forward to your creations in the new Technique Junkies Facebook Group!

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Mix It Up: ATG with Embossing Twist

Technique Junkies November Blog Hop! GIVE AWAY

Is it November already? Unbelievable!  It’s almost time for the Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas beginning on November 15th over at the Technique Junkie Design Team’s site.  That means every day from November 15th through December 15th prepare to be inspired with wonderful cards for the holidays.

For today though, the Technique Junkies Design Team is showing off the new releases for November.

I had the opportunity to once again meet with Pat at the Hampton Roads stamp show this past month and was able to pick up some fun new products including Art Anthology Products and Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I have to admit I am IN LOVE with these products and was happy to add more to my collection.

As usual, Pat has come up with some great new stamps for this release and I know you are going to love them. Pat is offering 15% off all November Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d also like to welcome two new DT members to the TJ Team.  Ro Donner and Cheri Weston.   Welcome ladies!! I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new November Release stamps.

Whew!  If you’ve made it this far I’m offering a give away for a random commenter of the Coffee with Friends SD734  stamp.  Leave me a comment and I will pick a winner on Sunday, November 6th.

Now, for some inspiration.

My first project features two of the new release stamps. The first is Glowing Branches #S717 and the focal image is Survive Together #SD752.  I used Distress & Archival inks along with Art Anthology “Lava Stone Effects” which gives fabulous texture!

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My second card again uses the “Survive Together” stamp this time using trapped resist technique.  I created a base layer with alcohol inks then stamped my image with Versamark and embossed with clear.  I then distressed over the top and coated it with Art Anthology “Dazzle Medium” .  The background is more distress inks which reminds me a little of a cloudy day.

 

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My next project uses the background stamp called “Layered Swirls S719”.  I wanted to remind everyone that you don’t have to use the entire stamp to make a beautiful project.  I began by creating a alcohol inked background on Yupo paper stamped and gold heat embossed the Layered Swirl stamp, then cut out with a leaf die.  The sentiment is another new release called “Trust Your Journey SDX081”

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I’ll leave you with one final card and the inspiration for the GIVEAWAY.  This stamp is so sweet and perfect for a friend.  Please leave me a comment below for a chance to win this stamp.  The base of the card is stenciled using “Kona” Art Anthology Paint then sprayed with Distress Inks.  The focal image, “Coffee With Friends SD734″ is stamped on another alcohol ink background. I sprayed the whole think with Distress Mica Spray and it’s really sparkly in real life.

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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  Karen McAlpine’s  Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Karen!

The next stop is over at Ro Donner’s Blog.  Ro is one of our newest DT members along with Cheri Weston. Welcome to your 1st TJ Blog hop ladies – please leave them lots of love.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Karen McAlpine

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis 

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies November Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off November Stamps for the next week only!  Also – please comment for a chance at the GIVEAWAY.

Cards in Envy Challenge -Hip To Be Square!

For this Cards in Envy Challenge I used one of the Creative Chemistry techniques, Luminous Mica, using Distress Ink and Distress Mica to create this gorgeous rainbow background.   WOW, does this give some dynamic results.

Remember, at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card though, we have loosened up our requirements and no longer require a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card as long as it fits in the A2 Envy.

The colors I used with this card are Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Ripe Persimmon, Frayed Burlap, Candy Apple Red, and Mustard Seed.  My background stamp is an older Club Scrap wood mounted and my sentiment and candles are from “Wish Big” by Ellen Hutson.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us some “Hip To Be Square” cards!  The challenge will run through Sunday, August 29th.

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