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Cards in Envy Challenge: Pretty Pastels

Happy Monday!  We here at Cards in Envy hope you are enjoying Spring.  Today we begin a new challenge highlighting “Pretty Pastels”.  What a great way to give some creative license.

As a quick reminder, please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, April 30th.  The design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

Today, my card features a Technique Junkies Stamp called “Large Poppies” which I stamped in Versamark Ink and white heat embossed over My Favorite Things watercolor design paper.  The “because die” and sentiment are also My Favorite Things.  To create the dimension in the “because”, I die cut it four times and stacked it up, then applied with Matte Medium Gel.  I finished off with Hero Arts hearts.

We can’t wait to see your Pretty Pastel entries over at Cards in Envy this challenge.  If you are interested in purchasing the above stamp, you can use my discount TJ10Kathy at the Technique Junkies Store.

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Cards in Envy Challenge – Red & Blue!

This Cards in Envy Challenge, which is named, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”, is a color challenging using the colors red and blue.  You don’t have to use roses or violets, just the color red and blue.  Don’t worry, the white in your card base does not matter.

Here at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 envelope.  This challenge will run through Sunday, March 5th.

My card uses the My Favorite Things stamp and die set called, “Geometric Greenery”.  I stamped and cut out the images in hot press watercolor paper which I prefer as it’s very smooth.  I then colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush.  I then used the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles to cut out two panels.  I don’t do a lot of clean and simple cards so this was really fun.

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I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your Red & Blue cards!

A Blog Named Hero – Vellum

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a little Hero Arts inspiration for the Vellum challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

Vellum can be a bit challenging to use in your card making, but I love the way that it can mute down a bright design for a more subtle mood.  The other question is how do you adhere the vellum without seeing the adhesive?  The way I chose was to use brads. I’m sure you all have some of those in your stash, I know I sure do!

I began by creating a cluster of circles using multiple Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  I heat embossed the Lil’ Inker’s Modern Mehndi stamp for the sentiment and finished off with Hero Arts pearls.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our June Vellum Card Challenge!  This month we are collaborating with Lil’ Inker so I’ll be back later this month with more inspiration using their great stamps!

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A Blog Named Hero – Tone on Tone with Gina K Designs

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with another card for our Tone on Tone Challenge here at A Blog Named Hero.

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For this card I used the gorgeous stamp by Gina K Designs called, “Birthday Blessings” using a technique called Tone on Tone Embossing I learned on StampTV, Gina K’s video tutorial site.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our May Tone on Tone Card Challenge! Thanks again to Gina K for her collaboration this month.  See you in June!

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From The Heart Stamps Sketch #153

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 “fussy cut your image”.  Sketch153

I used only the sketch this week with one of the classic love digi’s called, “True Love” which I colored up with Copic Markers.  The design paper is My Favorite Things as are the circle and flag dies. I finished off with a Hero Arts gem and wink of stella on her veil.

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You have until Sunday, May 29th to enter Sketch #153 at From The Heart Stamps.  Hope to see you there!

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #137 – Hearts, Hearts & More Hearts

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  It’s sure a busy day here at The Crafty Nurse’s Blog!   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 add hearts, hearts and more hearts!

Sketch137For my card, I used both the sketch & the twist this week.  I colored the Faithful Friends “Hope Floats” digital image with Copic Markers for my focal image. The paper is My Minds Eye “Vanity Fair” and I finished off with hero arts gems and a few die cut hearts.

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Come on over and join us this week for our Sketch #137 at From The Heart Stamps Blog.

Sketch Saturday Challenge #397 – Pick Any Sketch

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by The Paper Shelter who is offering a generous $10.00 gift certificate to our random winner.  Thanks Paper Shelter!  You have until Friday, February 5th to enter your card for a chance to win.

For our challenge this week it’s “Pick Any Sketch” from the Sketch Saturday previous sketches 215 through 396.  I’ve gone way back into the archives and chosen sketch #230 for my card.

Here’s the sketch:

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My image today is  Paper Shelter’s “Casual Boy” which I colored with Copic Markers.  The design paper is “Note To Self” by Echo Park.   The card base is cut out with a Simon Says Stamp die and the tab element is a My Favorite Things label die. I finished off with a few Hero Arts gems and a sentiment also from Simon Says Stamp.

I can’t wait to see what sketch you choose this week for the “Pick Your Own” week at Sketch Saturday!

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Sketch Saturday Challenge #391

Happy Saturday!  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, December 18th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I used two previous Christmas stamps sets by Simon Says Stamp called, “Big Holiday Wishes”  and “Holiday Borders.”   I wanted to use some muted colors so I chose Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  I finished the card with some bling and popped up the fussy cut mittens.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new sketch this week at Sketch Saturday!  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang November Color Challenge w/Technique Junkies

Hello Crafty Friends!  I love the monthly Lindy’s Color Challenges and today I finished my card for the November entry.  For this month I’ve combined the Lindy’s Challenge with some Art Anthology Products I’ve purchased at Technique Junkies.  Right now, all Christmas stamps are on sale as are all November releases stamps through November the 8th.  Just a few more days so don’t miss out!

Here are the gorgeous colors this month:

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I’m also entering the card in the Mixed Medial Challenge #18 – Add Texture.

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For the Lindy’s challenge, I used a combination of Sprays and Magical Mica’s. I began by creating the background on a piece of old cardboard which I painted with heavy body gesso.  I then applied sprays in Golden Sleigh Bells and Bucket of Blood Red and mixed up magicals to create sprays in Canna Lily Orange and Poincianna Red Flame.

Once my background was dried, I mixed up some Golden Sleigh Bells with Translucent Texture Paste and stenciled through the “Retro Tiles” stencil by Art Anthology.  I used up the remaining paste to create texture around the edges.

Now it’s on the creating the flowers.  I sprayed the flowers with Canna Lily Orange, Poincianna Red Flame, and Golden Sleigh Bells. I finished the middles with “Black Leather Jacket” Dimensional Sorbet.   I also mixed some glass bead gel by Liquitex with Poincianna Red Flame to create that vibrant red texture on the My Favorite Things Feather and edged it with more of the Black Leather Jacket Art Anthology paint.  I created the buttons by spraying Canna Lily Orange and applying Golden Sleigh Bells Magicals.  Then in the middle of the buttons, I applied hero arts gems and sealed it with Art Anthology “Splashed” which is a fabulous clear coat finish with shine.

To get some of the green in my project, I mixed Greased Lightening Green Magical with water and applied it to a Basic Grey wood stick and Maya Road tickets.

I’d say we’ve achieved some texture!

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