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Technique Junkies – Silhouette Swing

The Crafty Nurse here to boost your creative flow.  As we close out the month of July and get ready for our biggest release yet, here’s a little inspiration to tide you over.

Stamps:

Technique: Gelato Wipe from the Sensational Stencil CD

Supplies: A Colorful Life “Stone Work Stencil”, Art Anthology “Splashed” Gelatos in Lemon, Butter Cream, Melon, Tangerine, and Mango. CTMH Sunny Yellow embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp card front die.

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.

Happy day!

The Crafty Nurse

Entered in: Simon Says Stamp

Technique Junkies – New York, New York

Hello Fellow Junkies!!

It’s The Crafty Nurse here with two clean and simple cards for you using Technique Junkies stamp called “Watercolor New York #S633.”

For my first card uses the “Rubbed Gelato’s Technique from the Artistic Effects CD in rainbow order after I white heat emboss my image. I then used the Lawn Fawn Stitched border dies to create faux stitching to separate my colors.

RainbowNY

My second card uses the “Pearlized Gelato’s Technique” also from the Artistic Effects CD. I dripped the gelato’s mixed with perfect pears off the top of the card base then sprayed with water and allowed to dry.  I love how this one came out.

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I hope you are finding some time to get inky today even if it is a week before Christmas!!  Also, I can’t wait to show you the new January Release for Technique Junkies with the much anticipated Blog Hop on January 1st.

Bye, Bye for now!

Technique Junkies – Christmas Day 14

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here celebrating the 30 Days Of Christmas here on the Design Team Blog.  I am absolutely in love with the “Christmas Dove” stamp and couldn’t resist using it again for my Day 14 post.

To create the card I used the Rubbed Gelato’s Technique from the Artistic Effects CD.  This begins by stamping “Christmas Dove” on watercolor paper and heat embossing with white powder.  I then applied the Rubbed Gelato Technique and created a shaker card for some fun.  The silver frame is a My Favorite Things die.  To create some additional visual interest, I stamped one of the many fabulous Snowflakes stamps on the card edges then finished with the “Merry Christmas 2” sentiment.

We would love for you to keep following the Design Team Blog for more Christmas ideas using the Technique Junkies stamps.  There is only a few days left to grab the Christmas stamps at 20% off through October 31st.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Celebration Christmas

Hello fellow Technique Junkie Friends.  Here at Technique Junkies the Design Team is bringing you an entire Month of Christmas Cards using the fabulous Technique Junkies collection.   What’s even more exciting is that all the Christmas stamps are %20 percent off through October 31st!

Today I have a great technique from the Artistic Effects CD called, “Faux Metal Gelato.”  I began by heat embossing the “Christmas Dove” with silver embossing powder on black paper.  On a second sheet of black paper I embossed the snowflake background using a Sizzix folder. I then applied the gelato technique and fussy cut the dove, popping him up on the background.  The “Merry Christmas 2” sentiment is stamped in archival ink on silver card stock.  For some sparkle, I added silver glitter paper on a black card stock base.  I’m thrilled with how this came out!

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I hope you’ll join us over at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog for more Christmas ideas going on through November 15th – but don’t delay purchasing your stamps because those are only on sale through October 31st at the Technique Junkies store.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Happy June 1st fellow Junkies!  With summer almost here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is kicking off those anticipated warm sunny days with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for June.  In addition to a bunch of cool new stamps, there are stencils, art anthology colorations, and a variety of new dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.  As a special treat, Pat is offering 15% off all June Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new June Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card uses the Alcohol Stencil Tutorial on the Sensational Stencils CD.   This is a super cool technique and really easy.  I started by making a bunch of card bases using different inks and moving my Crafters Workshop Cell Therapy stencil around.   To create the card, I stamped Tide Pool Starfish #S632 image on the alcohol stencil background in Archival Sepia ink.   I pulled a few other starfish from the other sheets to pop up and cut out a Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Seahorse inking all those edges.   I also used those other sheets to stamp my sentiment “Winds of Change #SD621” using black archival ink.  I created a scalloped frame by hand and cut it out to highlight the sentiment.

June Alcohol Bases

 

June Alcohol Stencil

My second card uses the “Gel Medium Resist” technique also from the Sensational Stencil CD.  After stamping the “Tide Pool Starfish #S632” on Bristol Smooth paper I added a heavy body gel medium through the Crafters Workshop “Cell Theory Stencil.”   I then applied several colors of distress ink over the dried gel and added the twine and bubble die.

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Here’s a close up of the technique using “Gel Medium Resist”

June Close2

My final card  uses the “Gelato Wipe Tutorial,” from the Sensational Stencils CD.  Don’t these CD’s have tons of great techniques?  I used three different colors of Gelatos on each card and finished using this beautiful stamp from the June Release called “Different Flowers.”   Both are heat embossed on a heavier Bazzil Vellum and wrapped around the card base. I finished off with a few sequins and gems and called her done!

June Gelato

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 Marilyn Hughes’ Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Marilyn!

The next stop is at Pat Huntoon’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com

Beth Norman http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Jane Bosi http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com

Gini Cagle http://ginicagle.blogspot.com

Judy Jackson  http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Marilyn Hughes http://DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Kathy Stacy https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies June Release Hop!  Don’t forget – 15% off June Stamps for the next week only!

Technique Junkies Design Team Post

I’m so excited to be part of the Technique Junkies Design Team and today is my first post for the Design Team Blog.

For my card today, I’m bringing you a wonderful spring image from the Technique Junkies April release called, “Whimsical Garden #SD620”.  To achieve the background, I started by laying down Gelato’s in Mango, Lemon, Lime, and Tangerine.  I then sprayed a light mist of Dylusions Ink in Pure Sunshine through my flower stencil.

Next, I stamped the flowers with Versafine Black Onyx Ink and clear embossed them.  I almost never use black embossing powder as I don’t like the fly away remnants I always get with black embossing powder. Using a black pigment ink and a clear powder gives you the same pop of black, without any stray powder on your project.

I finished my card using the Palettini “Mae West Sentiments #PS004” collection.  I love that you get six great sentiments in this stamp set.

 

April Release - Whimsical Garden #SD620-wm

I hope you’ve gotten a little inspiration today and sure hope you’ll join me in getting inky with some Technique Junkies stamps!   For more great ideas on how to use Gelato’s and Spray Inks with stencils check out the Sensational Stencils CD.

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies New Website, Blog Hop and DT Announcement!

I am thrilled to announce that Technique Junkies is launching their new website today!  If you are not familiar with Technique Junkies Stamps, they are individually handmade, high-quality, cling, red rubber stamps.  Here’s a link to how Technique Junkies Stamps are made.

To celebrate the new website and the Technique Junkies April stamp release, I’m also excited to announce that I will be part of the new Technique Junkies Design Team, YEAH!!!!!  I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I’ve been a member of Technique Junkies for several years and have thoroughly enjoyed the techniques offered.  I’d encourage you to come on over the the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog and subscribe so you too can enjoy some inky goodness.

Now, let’s get to hopping.  So that you don’t miss any of the fun, I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from Marilyn Hughes’ Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous page Marilyn!

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Pam DeChellis

Marilyn Hughes 

Kathy Stacy – Me!

Robin Redd

Beth Norman 

Jane Bosi 

Gini Cagle 

Jerri Jones 

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Pat Huntoon 

I’ve used the April Release, “Nesting Bird – #MC001” and “Be Silly – #SDX001″ for my first card.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and used the “Head over Heels” 6 x 6 paper pack by Lily Bee Design.  The base, flag and circle dies are from My Favorite Things.

April Release - #MC001 Bird in Nest; #SDX001 Be Silly-WM

My second card features “Lovers Silhouette -#SD636”.   I heat embossed clear powder over black Versafine ink.  I then chose four different Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Mica colors and watercolored them in an ombre pattern.  I die cut Ellen Hutson’s Brushstroke Love Die and inlayed it into the embossed image.  The frame is a My Favorite Things Die and the paper pack is Fancy Pants “Love” collection.

April Release #SD636 - Lovers Silhouette-wm

My third April release card features some super cool flowers called, “Darling Blossoms – #S615.”  I used Gelatos in a direct to paper method, then added highlights with Pitt Brush Pens in corresponding colors and white.  The sentiment is from the versatile sentiment set called, “Things I Want To Do #S546.” I then finished it off with a spritz of homemade pearlized spray.

April Release - Darling Blooms #S615 & Things I want to do #S546-wm

I sure hope you enjoy the hop and get a chance to stop by the new Technique Junkies website to check out all the fun new stamps.  As a special treat all Technique Junkies stamps will be 15% off from April 1-8. Happy Hopping!

 

Exploring Art Journaling Pages 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Wow – this is a lot of pages!  I’ve had a great weekend catching up on my 30 day Art Journaling Challenge using Christine Urias’ “Exploring Art Journaling 4” class at Scraptime.ca.  

Day 17’s page uses Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint Daubers to make flowers.  I topped all of them with a TON of stickles because I have lots of them and can’t really use them on my Operation Write Home cards.  I got that idea from Joggles U-tube channel.

 

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 18 uses a lettering technique to make large statement words.  The pages starts on a base of Gelatos and I used Sharpie Paint markers for the colored letters.  I have a LONG way to go and A LOT to learn when it comes to hand lettering, but I have to say it really interests me and found a great book on Amazon called “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by JoAnne Sharpe.

4 - Day 18; Hand Lettering

Hand Lettering w/Sharpie

 

Day 19 is a fun page I really like and uses some watercolor paint and salt to make some fun background texture.

Watercolor & Salt

Watercolor & Salt

Day 20 uses die cuts collaged on the page and then using the new Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint over them.  If you haven’t tried her paints I would highly suggest it.  They are FABULOUS.  I have a ton of paints and I tell you the vibrancy and texture of this is like using butter.  It’s fabulous.  Hobby Lobby is now carrying the line so I’ll be there to pick up the other colors very soon.

This page felt chaotic to me, so I came up with the theme “lost ?”, because as humans, we all feel that way and I’m sure most everyone can relate. It’s life and that’s what Art Journaling is meant for, expression.

4 - Day 20; Die cut Texture

Die Cut Collage

Last, Day 21 is a favorite so far.  The technique is stamping into transparent molding paste for texture.  To do this you apply a fairly even, thin layer of translucent molding paste, then simply stamp into it, letting it dry and painting over it with distress paints in shaded lilac and picked raspberry.  I cut out some of the newsprint collage sheets for flowers and the butterfly and used some old stamps from my stash.  I like that the little girl in the top right corner almost looks like me when I was a little girl.  I hated that pixie, but that’s what I was given. I did some hand patterning around the edges that I learned from the Sakura website.  They have some great video’s, so I’d check them out.

4-Day 21; Translucent Gel Stamping

Stamping in Translucent Gel

Cool Ride

Cool Ride

Cool Ride

I’m home on vacation today just playing at my craft desk.  This card was made with digital image and sentiment by Doodle Pantry colored with Copics (R24, R27, R29, R59, R89, C2, C4, C6) on a background of black card stock treated with silver gelato and black paint then embossed with a Tim Holtz folder.  The “ground” is also black card stock, but treated with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain to look smooth. Silver embellishment on pole is metallic thread.

Entered in:

Simon Says Stamp “Masculine Challenge”

Catered Crop “Manly Men”

Incy Wincy Designs “Faux Techniques

Love to Scrap “Mind Your Banners”

 

 

Gelato with Perfect Pearl Background

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This card is using Gelatos colored on a pallet then adding perfect pearls and water to make a watercolor wash on Watercolor Paper from Tim Holtz. Makes for a lovely shiny background.  The stamps are from my stash and are an unknown company. Entered in Our Daily Bread Challenge for Operation Write Home

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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