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Technique Junkies – Amazing Rainbow

Happy Wednesday Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here today sharing a rainbow of inspiration using the August release stamp, “Amazing Grace #SD776”.

The background is created using Distress Dragging from the February 2007 Subscriber pages. Then using my MISTI, I stamped “Amazing Grace” using Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear powder.

 

We hope to see you in the Facebook group and participating in our monthly challenge over at the Design Team Blog.

Happy Inking!!

Technique Junkies – Every Day is a Beach Day

I’m here today with a Technique Junkies July release stamp sentiment stamp called “Zen Waves”.

My card started with a traditional watercolor texturized with salt background.  Simply add any watercolor in a nice wet fashion on watercolor paper and apply large rock salt over the top.  Let that dry completely, and brush of salt.  What remains is a great texture.  It reminded me of sand.

For the focal image, I stamped Zen Waves using Delicata Gold Glitz ink.  I then cut out using a Lawn Fawn stitched die. I stamped “Beach Day” using the same gold ink and applied a few gold enamel dots.

We are all over at the Technique Junkies Facebook Page so if you haven’t stopped by, we’d love to see you!  We are getting ready for another fabulous release tomorrow and can’t wait to show off all the new stamps.  Until then, you can find the July stamps at the Technique Junkies store.  Happy Monday!

Cards in Envy: Pumpkin Challenge

Hello Friends!  It’s Monday and time for a Cards in Envy challenge.  Our theme this challenge is all about PUMPKINS!  You can use a pumpkin on your card, or just use pumpkin colors. Our rules have lightened up a little bit and now your card entries can be any size as long as it still fits into an envelope.  You can use a little more dimension too. Our challenge will run through Sunday, November 20, just in time to get those Thanksgiving cards made and in the mail.

For my card today I used a pumpkin stamp that I pulled from my stash that I got years ago in a grab bag so I don’t know the artist.  I colored up the image with Copic Markers and added some distress inks.  The paper is Carta Bella’s “Autumn” collection and the leaves are from Impression Obsession dies with a bit of Distressed Glitter on the edges.  The background is gold heat embossed and I finished off with some Nuvo drops in gold.

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Hope you stop by and enter a card this challenge over at Cards in Envy!

 

The House That Stamps Built: Photo Inspiration

It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge.  For April we have springy daffodils.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, April 26th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

April Photo Image

For my card, I began by creating a diagonal pattern with my luscious Pan Pastels using a piece of paper as a mask to create straight lines.  Once I was happy with the background pattern, I stamped Repeat Impressions “Daffodils 904-L”  for my focal image and “Thank You” for the sentiment.


April Photo Inpsiration

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.

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #141

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with this weeks sketch challenge at From The Heart Stamps.  These are great challenges because you can use just the sketch, or if you’d like, add the twist. The only requirement is that you use a From The Heart image – the rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to make an easel card!  If you’ve never made an easel, here’s a great tutorial from Split Coast Stampers. 

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I used only the sketch this week and turned it around for fun. My image is called, “Precious Gift” which I colored up with Sakura Glaze pens.  These are so luscious.  The design paper is DIY by Simple Stories.  I finished off with some faux stitching and a few enamel dots.

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You have until Sunday, March 6th to enter Sketch #141 at From The Heart Stamps.  Hope to see you there!

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, March 1st 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 today I stamped Repeat Impressions “Peaches 504-L” with Momento Tuxedo Black ink in preparation for Copic Coloring.  For my sentiment I chose to use only part of a sentiment from the “Quartet Compliment Plate 8600.”  I finished off the card with some enamel dots.

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I hope you’ll join us at The House That Stamps Built, for our sketch challenge because 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.

Sketch Saturday Challenge #399

Happy Saturday Friends!  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, February 19th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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I was really inspired by Niki’s sketch this week  and knew the Simon Says Stamp set called, “Flowers on My Mind” would be perfect to showcase her design.

To create my background I stamped and embossed white powder using the triangle pattern from Simon’s “Sparkle & Shine.”  To add the great color, I used Simon’s luscious “Stamptember Hybrid Inks” for both the background and the flowers.  I finished off with some black enamel dots.

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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!

Technique Junkies – Oak Leaves

Hello fellow Technique Junkie Friends.  Today I’m bringing you some inky goodness using a favorite stamp of mine from Technique Junkies called “Oak Leaves S624” available at the Technique Junkies Store.

For the technique, I used the Distressed Stain Dip from the Artistic Effects CD.  I used Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, and Ground Espresso.  Over that background I stamped with Sepia Archival Ink and heat embossed with clear.

My sentiment from the January release called, “Better Things” was stamped on heavy velum and embossed.  I finished off with a gold enamel dot and called her a card.

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In just a few short days we here at the Technique Junkies design team will be showing you the February new release stamps and blog Hop.  You are gonna love this release so come on back by on the 1st so you can see all the great new products.  As always, stop by and check out all the new goodies at the Technique Junkies store.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

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, November 3rd 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 today I stamped Repeat Impressions “Large Arched Window 621-K” with Versamark Ink and white head embossed. The color is created by using Zig’s Clean Clear Real Brush Markers.  The circle dies are My Favorite Things die.  The sentiment from Repeat Impressions ““Happy Hello 9717-C” is in Sepia Archival Ink.

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I hope you’ll 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.

 

Technique Junkies – Japanese Maple

Hello fellow Technique Junkie Friends.  Today I’m bringing you some inky goodness with a fall theme using a fabulous Technique Junkies stamp called “Vintage Botanical Japanese Maple S#336” available at the Technique Junkies Store.  This stamp is gorgeous for this time of the year.

I used an oldie but a goodie Technique Junkie Newsletter technique called, “Pigment Spritzed Tutorial,” from June/July 2009.  I began by applying multiple colors of pigment ink in yellow, oranges, and browns. I then continued to stamp without reinking and then sprayed Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays over the stamped image. The initial technique calls for the creation of your own spray by using reinker and perfect pearls, but I was lazy. LOL.

To create the background I cut out the image using a Simon Says Stamp stitched card die and punched holes in each corner.  I then strung dark jute to create a frame and finished off with a bit of distress ink through a screen for texture.

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I’m sending this card to my Technique Junkies 1 on 1 friend.  This is a great group of other Technique Junkies who swap 1 card per month.  It’s a great way to see all the great Technique Junkies stamps in real life. As always, stop by and check out all the new goodies at the Technique Junkies store.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

 

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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