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The First Sin – Technique Junkies

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse back with some inky inspiration for this wonderful August summer day! I created the background using “Acrylic Gesso Technique from Artistic Effects CD”.  My focal image is one of the new August release stamps called, “Fancy Fruits SS057” that is currently 15% off until August 8th!

For my sentiment I pulled out “That’s What She Said SS012″ specifically using the “I feel a sin coming on” as a quip to Eve and the apple”.  The gold spatters finish off the card.

 Thanks for stopping by the Design Team Blog today.  I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy the Design Team Blog Hop showcasing the August Release.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies July Blog Hop!

Happy July 1st fellow Junkies!  With summer here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is celebrating with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for July.  In addition to some fabulous stamps, there are stencils, art anthology colorations, and a variety of dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.  As is her custom, Pat is offering 15% off all July Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs listed below for great ideas on how to use those new July Release stamps found in the Technique Junkies Store.

I wanted to start the hop off with a patriotic flare using a combination of new and existing Technique Junkies stamps.  The background was built using “Patriot Fragments”, a fabulous set that can be used all together for a background like I have done, or individually as elements on your projects.  The technique is the Big Bold Blending Tutorial from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD using Candy Apple Red and Faded Jeans Distress Inks.  To build the focal image, I started with the Tim Holtz stars stencil using the Gelato Wipe technique (but with distress ink) from Sensational Stencils CD.   I then stamped the new “Dream Big SD697” from the July release and went over that with a black gel pen to add pop.


My second card features the new “Mermaid Love #S698” which I stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored up with Copic Markers.  To create the sun rays I used the basic “Grunged Stencil Technique from the Sensational Stencils CD” with the Tim Holtz Ray’s stencil and Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed inks. The sentiment is another new July stamps called, “Better At The Lake Set of 5 – SS057”.  I finished off the white water with Copic White Paint applied with a stipple brush, a great way to add texture and “splash” to water.


My next card  uses the “Colorwash Alcohol Tutorial from the August/September 2012 Technique Junkies Newsletter.  I love the depth and variety of color in this technique and the way it sets off the boats in the new “Rowboats #712” stamp.  The sentiment is from a previous release called,  “Winds of Change SD621” .


My last card uses some copper Washi Tape for the background.  For more ideas using Washi tape, check out “Washi Tape & Ribbons CD.  My focal stamps is “Rescue Love SD689” that I stamped with Tombow Markers in several colors, then painted Art Anthology Dimensional paint in Vegas Gold, Kenyan Copper, and Desire.  The background is one of my favorite TJ Stamps “Faint Scratches #S518” stamped in Antique Linen Distress Ink.


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 Blog, your in the right place! Great project Karen, you rock!

The next stop is at Lanette’s  Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Karen McAlpine

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Lanette Erickson

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis

Judy Jackson

Robin Redd

Marilyn Hughes

Pat Huntoon

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

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Technique Junkies Vintage Travel Page

Hello Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a mixed media journal page using some of the new February Technique Junkie Stamps.  I hope you’ve had a chance to check out this fabulous release on the Technique Junkie Design Team page, if not, I encourage you to do so.  Pat is also offering all February Release stamps at 15% off until February 8th.

I began my page with Tim Holtz tissue paper then applied distress paint in Vintage Photo, Broken China, and Walnut Stain.  I then added a watery layer of gesso and wiped that around with a baby wipe.  I then took “Houndstooth Check S665” and stamped over the page in Versamark mark ink.  So that you don’t get hard edges, just curl your stamp and roll instead of stamping the entire thing.  I then added gold perfect pearls for some shimmer.  Over that, I stenciled gold ferro paste over a Tim Holtz’s “traveler” stencil.

The numbers, Paris Tower, and tag are all My Favorite Things dies cut from travel themed paper.  On the tag, I stamped the couple from “Vintage Travel Cases PS012″ in Sepia archival ink and the sentiment in black archival ink.  I like the way the fade off on the bottom.

The suitcases are also from “Vintage Travel Cases PS012.”  I began by stamping different suitcases with a variety of inks.  I stenciled over them with Art Anthology “Cracked” stencil and then layered that with rock candy distress stickles and let them dry.  I then adhered all the elements with matte gel medium and created shading with a Faber Castell Pit pen in brown. To finish I colored up some wooden planes also with the pitt pen  and called it a Technique Junkies Vintage Travel Page.

Well, that’s my page for today, I hope you’ve enjoyed a a little inspiration.  I’ll see you in a couple weeks for more fun with the February release at Technique Junkies.

As always, Happy Inking

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge; Time Flies & Class Work

Hello friends.  Between the fabulous Creative Jump Start and the amazing Wanderlust 2016 courses I’m taking I’ve been having a great time playing with paint and ink.  Today I made an several projects.

My first is an entry for the Mixed Media Challenge for Time Flies.  


My page began with Dylusion’s Paints in Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime, and Vibrant Turquoise applied with the blending tool.  I added some Tim Holtz Stencils, a few Close to My Heart Stamps, and marks with a cap and a credit card. It’s a really basic page but just trying out some of the techniques I’m learning.


My next project was inspired by Andrea Gomoll from the Creative Jumpstart Course on Frida Kahlo.  It was done with watercolors. Frida painted a lot of vibrant colors and self portraits and the flowers are supposed to mimic a hat.


My next project is a cover page for the beginning of a journal as taught in Wanderlust 2016.  This is an entire year of classes taught by multiple teachers and I’m already have a blast.  I didn’t have the tools that were used in class so I’m not as happy with it as I thought, but again, I’m learning so hopefully will get better.  I was excited to learn more about collage, balance, and placement.

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Addicted to Stamps: ATG

Creative Jumpstart Day 5; Joanne Sharpe

For those of you interested in lettering, Joanne Sharpe is the queen.  For the Day 5 Creative Jumpstart Project Joanne, in collaboration with Matisse, taught some fun lettering.

Today, I used the word I’ve chosen for myself in 2016: TRANSFORM. Joanne used Matisse’s cutout inspiration to create the lettering and I have done the same.



If you haven’t checked out Creative Jumpstart with Nathalie Kalbach, I would encourage you to do so.  This is a great way to get your creativity flowing.

Technique Junkies – Celebration Christmas

Hello fellow Technique Junkie Friends.  This is my second post for the Technique Junkies Design Team in celebration of 30 Days of Christmas using the fabulous Technique Junkies collection. 

Today I have a great technique from the Artistic Effects CD called, “Watercolor Gesso Tutorial.”  I began by creating the background using Neo II Watercolor Crayons and Gesso, then masked and stamped the beautiful “Snowflakes” in silver hero arts ink and Wilted Violet Distress Ink.

The “Magic of Christmas” sentiment is stamped and embossed for a focal point by adding foil card stock to each side.  To finish I added gems and called it Christmas!

Magic of Christmas

I hope you’ll join us over at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog for more Christmas ideas going on through November 15th.  You can purchase your Christmas stamps at the Technique Junkies store.

The Crafty Nurse

Online Card Classes – Gesso Resist

Another fun card from my time at Online Card Classes called Gesso Resist as taught by Julie Ebersole.  I love how this came out and it’s so easy.  Clean & Simple isn’t really my general style, which is why I’m taking this class.  If you aren’t taking it, I sure encourage you to do so.  You can start anytime.  This card uses gesso, distress inks in Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, and Picked Raspberry.  The die is Papertrey Ink cut 4 times – 3 in white and one pink.  Background stamp is from this months Simon Says Stamp kit. 

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Simon Says Stamp: ATG

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Sentimental Sunday: ATG


Creative Jumpstart 2015

We are on week 2 at Creative Jump Start 2015, and I just finished an art journaling page using many of the the techniques from class.  This page uses a magazine picture that is applied with matt medium, gesso’d and then colored with paint, paint pens, and markers.  It’s a very simple page, but I like it.

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Mixed Media Mojo: Something New


Exploring Art Journaling 4; Day 11 & 12

Day 11’s page uses a fun technique with a fan brush and 3 colors of paint.  The example uses an angle brush, but I went with a fan to get more shape.  I really like the ombre effect that the flower gets with this technique.   The sentiment is from Alte New.

4 - Day 11; Acrylic Flowers using fan brush


Day 12 uses alcohol inks.  First you have to gesso your page for it to spread and then you can use some blender solution to soften it up. I added some pearl to the clouds and heat embossed the rain.

4 - Day 12; Alcohol Inks

Exploring Art Journaling 4; Days 6, 7, & 8

I’ve been traveling so I’m behind in my Exploring Art Journaling 4 course.  I had a few pages already done, but haven’t yet posted so today I’m posting day 6, 7, & 8.

Day 6 uses Gesso and Liquitex Fluid Acrylic paints.  The fluid ink is applied first, followed by gesso through a stencil.  I also used some wood veneer covered with white enamel.

4 - Day 6; Gesso & Liquitex

Day 7 uses colored modeling paste.  I used some older stash of pigment powders from Lindy’s Stamp Gang called “Moon Glows”.

4-Day 7-Colored molding paste

Day 8 uses Pan Pastels and versamark over stencils.  This medium puts on great color, but I found that the acrylic markers don’t glide well.  I changed to using gel markers to see if that would glide better and they did.  Perhaps next time I use pan pastels I’ll put down some gel medium.   Thanks for checking out my pages, on to Day 9!

4-DAy 8 Pan Pastel & Versamark

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