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Cards in Envy Challenge: Favorite Color Combination

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is use your “Favorite Color Combination.”

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 chose the colors pink, yellow and black.  For the focal image, I used a Technique Junkies April Release stamp called “Life is Tough“, which I heat embossed with white, then applied Distress inks in a favorite technique called Distress Stain Dip, which can be found on the “Artistic Effects” CD at Technique Junkies. To add depth, I ran the entire card through the We “R” Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder and applied additional Distress inks over the top.

Hope we’ll see your “Favorite Color Combo” cards over at the Cards in Envy challenge.  You have until May 28th to enter.  If you love this stamp, I have a coupon code for a 10% discount at Technique Junkies: TJ10Kathy

From The Heart Stamps – Midweek Design Team Inspiration

I’m here today with a little Mid-Week DT Inspiration for From The Heart Stamps!  My card today is colored with Copic Markers and Distress Inks using the “Friendship” image in the Faithful Friends collection.  I also used a Tim Holtz Embossing Folder and Coffee Stencil.

I hope you’ll stop by this week to check out both the Sketch Challenge and the Stamp of the Month Challenge at the From The Heart Stamps Blog. 


I look forward to seeing you over at the From The Heart Stamps Blog  and in the Facebook Community.  We really love to see your work.

From The Heart Stamps – Midweek Design Team Inspiration

I’m here today with a little Mid-Week DT Inspiration for From The Heart Stamps!  My card today is colored with Copic Markers using the “Feel Better Birdbrain.”   I hope you’ll stop by this week to check out both the Sketch Challenge and the Stamp of the Month Challenge at the From The Heart Stamps Blog. 


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I look forward to seeing you over at the From The Heart Stamps Blog  and in the Facebook Community.  We really love to see your work.

Technique Junkies – Coffee Gauge

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with some quick inspiration using the November Technique Junkies stamp release called, “Coffee Gauge #SD703” which I stamped using the Misti tool.  I love using this tool because with large surface stamps like this one you often don’t get a good first impression.

The background is the result of some play with Alcohol Inks on Yupo.  The great thing about this technique is if you don’t like it, simply wipe it off and start over.  So forgiving.  For added flare my background was sent through a texture folder from We R memor Keepers.

The Coffee Gauge is stamped with a dye based ink, then over that I applied Art Anthology Dazzled, which gave it both texture and shine.  I finished off with dyed twine and called her done!

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Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I’ll see you later on this month for more junkie goodness.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Is it October already?  For me, that means another year older!  It also means it’s time for the Technique Junkie Design Team’s  blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies new releases for October.

It’s holiday time here at Technique Junkies and I know you are going to love what the design team has come up with.  Don’t forget that Pat always provides a 15% discount and this month it’s extending through October 10th so stop by the Techniques Junkies Store to score your goodies.  In addition to the stamps, the store is carrying stencils, art anthology colorations, and a variety of new dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

My first card features the gorgeous new stamp “Christmas Ornaments Trio Set of 9 #SS055”. Using a circle template I created multiple “bauble shapes” with Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber, Mustard Seed, and Twisted Citron. Then, using my Misti tool, I stamped the star ornament in this set making sure to mask the tip so it didn’t overlap.  I doodled an edge to frame it and used the Distressed Stain Embossing Technique from the Artistic Effects CD for my background.  The sentiment is also from this set and goes perfectly with this ornament set.

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My next card features a clean and simple card (which I hardly EVER do) using “Mistletoe #SD745” stamped repeatedly on the top of a card front.  I colored the leaves with G94, YG03, and R59 Copic Markers, then Distressed the edge with Antique Linen. My sentiment is from “Christmas Ornaments Trio Set of 9 #SS055”

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My next card features “Christmas Mug Shot #SD732” that I embossed in white over black card stock spritzed with Dylusions white spray.  For the background, I white embossed “Baubles #S713” then sprayed the background with Art Anthology Colorations in Avocado, Siesta Key’s, and Fern Leaf.

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

The next stop is at Beth Norman’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

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Lanette Erickson

Karen McAlpine

Kathy Stacy – Thanks Me!!

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis 

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies October Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off October Stamps through October 10th only!

The House That Stamps Built: Sketch Challenge

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built sketch challenge.  You have until Tuesday, October 4th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

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For my card I’ve stamped Repeat Impressions Round Pumpkin 2318-G and Boo 2316-G for a sweet Halloween scene.  My spiderwebs are flocked using a rub on from my stash.  I applied glossy accents to my round pumpkin and embossed a circle for him to sit on. The flag die is from My Favorite Things.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Bursting into Fall with A Blog Named Hero

Hello! Hero Arts friends!  

The Crafty Nurse here with another project using the Fall Color Layering set by Hero Arts for the A Blog Named Hero July “Masculine” challenge. 

For this card I broke out the Color Bursts using the oranges, reds yellows, and browns scattering them from dark to light.  I used the sepia as a watercolor to create a ground then stamped the tree using the Hero Arts fall ink cubes.  I stamped the sentiment and then ran the panel through an embossing folder for extra texture. 

There is only a few days left to enter.  We really want to thank Hero Arts for sponsoring this months challenge!  Happy inking! 

From The Heart Stamps: Midweek Design Team Inspiration

It’s Wednesday and time for the From The Heart Stamps  Mid-Week Design Team Inspiration. Today, I made a Father’s Day card using the Hamlet PigWit “Tee It Up by From the Heart Digital Images.   I began making the background as shown by Tim Holtz in the June Tag of the Month using his “stripes” stencil.  Also, if you weren’t aware, Chemistry 101, 102, and 103 are now available through Online Card Classes.  This is one of the best classes to learn more about Distress Inks.

For this image I used Copics and added some Hickory Smoke distress ink to the edges. The circle die is by My Favorite Things.  One of the ways to make sure your colors match, is to make you own paper using Distress Ink, which I did with Barn Door behind my image. I created my own bricks by applying distress ink inside the embossing folder, running in through, then adding more ink when it’s out. Cool, Huh?

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Hope we see you this week at From the Heart Stamps to participate in the Sketch challenge or the Stamp of the Month Challenge.  Happy Summer!

The House That Stamps Built; Frames: Rectangle & Marquee

Hello stamping friends.  Repeat Impressions announces yet another new release called, “Frames: Rectangle & Marquee.”   Instead of a traditional “blog hop,”  The House that Stamps Built blog in collaboration with the Repeat Impressions Rock Stars have made some beautiful samples for your enjoyment beginning Thursday June 16th thru Sunday, June 19th to showcase the new stamps on the blog each day.

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 8 stamps in this series at a huge savings.

To enjoy the samples created by the Rock Stars, please visit The House That Stamps Built blog each day beginning Thursday, June 16th thru Sunday, June 19th.  Leave your comments to be entered into a drawing to win an unmounted sheet of RI’s Frames. To qualify for this free giveaway your comments must be left no later than 5pm eastern time on Sunday, June 19th  On Monday, June 20th 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 Frames 10401 as well as the Flip Fancy Die Set. I also used the handy vertical Happy Birthday stamp 6104-J  on my card.  The technique is simply spray ink over a stencil on a old book page. Nothing fancy.  I then ran some of the book paper through an embossing folder, used the RI Flip Fancy Die Set to pop up those layers.

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My other card was made using the new “Frames 10404″ stamped in a pattern using Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Pool, Tide Pool, Mint Juliep, and Lemon Yellow.  I stamped the “You” plate 10100 for my sentiment and called it a card.

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We hope you enjoy the new Frames: Rectangle & Marquee by Repeat Impressions Stamps.  Don’t forget to stop by the The House that Stamps Built blog from June 16th through June 19th for a chance to win free stamps!

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.

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

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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