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Hey Junkies!!

The Crafty Nurse here to help you through your week with some creative inspiration using both new and old stamps.  The first is one of Pat’s April release stamps “Art of God SD799”.  I paired this with clearance stamp called “Age Spots #SD087”, which is the perfect way to add a “splash” of color to your cards or art journal pages.

One of the cool tips I learned about adding embellishments is to add a drop of Stickles or Nuvo Drops to the center of your sequence.  This adds just a little detail that can really make your project shine.

I hope this post brings some sunshine to your day! Please join us over at the new Facebook group, we’d love to see your work.

Also, using TJ10Kathy, gets you 10% off Technique Junkies stamps.

Bye for now,

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies April Blog Hop!!

In the Spring we begin to see growth and blooming. That is exactly what we are doing over at Technique Junkies! Growing and Blooming.  We are excited to welcome Jeanne Streiff of the InkyPaws blog as our new Design Team and Social Media Manager here at Technique Junkies.  Welcome Jeanne!!

We’ve also opened up a new Facebook group, which you can immediately join for inspiration and community around our love of technique and stamping.

Now onto the Technique Junkies  April Blog Hop!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing selection of inspiration for your crafty pleasure.

Pat is again offering 15% off all April Release Stamps for one week!  In addition, you can use a a special design team discount code of TJ10Kathy, to get 10% off anything else (with the exception of the April Release Stamps, the Oxide Inks, or the Clearance Items).

In the spirit of spring, I went to the Subscriber Pages for Technique Junkies and chose techniques from the April/May 2013 section. My first card features “Life is Tough #SD711”.  Isn’t she gorgeous?  I began by making the background which uses the “Snippets Technique” combined with the new Jane Davenport Washi Tape.  A match made in heaven. I stamped her on white card stock using my MISTI tool and versafine black onyx ink, then embossed and fussy cut her out then placing her on a die cut panel.  I finished off with bling and called it fabulous DAHHHHling.

My second card features the April release stamp, “Butterfly Dreams #SD775”.  This card began with the “Design Paper Starburst” tutorial using Basic Grey’s Fresh Cut paper.  I stamped Butterfly Dreams with versamark and clear heat embossed.  Once that set, I distressed over the image to create a soft spring card.

My final card features “Honor and Love #SD797”, which I stamped over “Faux Paint Swatch” technique using Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Soft Granite and Mint Julip and Hero Arts Hybrid in Apple Green. My background is embossed with We R’ Memory Keepers geometric folder.

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 Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Great Cards Cheri!

The next stop is the talented Jeanne Steriff.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

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Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jeanne Streiff

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies April Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off the April Release stamps for the next week only and Discount Code: TJ10Kathy for 10% off the rest (not combined with April Release, Oxide Inks, or Clearance!

Technique Junkies – Love Script

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with some inspiration using the January Technique Junkies stamp release called, “Love You #SD725”.  This stamp is a perfect ATC background stamp, but can also be used as a focal image such as I’ve done here when you frame it.

I painted a piece of card stock with Art Anthology Dimensional Paint and embossed Silver Sparkle Powder over the top.  The background is another new January stamp called “Love Script #S697” which I stamped using Hero Arts silver ink.  Inking your edges will always nicely frame you card bringing the eye in toward the center.

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Here’s a close up of the silver sparkle embossing over the Art Anthology Dimensional Paints.

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Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I can’t wait to share the new February Technique Junkies stamps with you on 1st.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies January Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the New Year with a Blog Hop for the January Technique Junkies  new release.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

Pat is again offering 15% off all January Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets – which are fabulous dimensional mediums that can be used in such fun ways.

My first card uses some of those Art Anthology mediums in Red Velvet, Mi Bella and Cotton Candy for the background.  The featured stamp called “Love You #SD725” is perfect for ATC backgrounds, but I’ve used it as a focal image.  After white heat embossing “Love You, I applied the three mediums blending each to create a gradient. Behind the focal image is another new release called “Love Script #S697”, which I stamped in a pale shade of blue.  The frame is a My Favorite Things Die that I covered with “Art Anthology Black Leather” paint, which has a glorious shimmer adding that extra pizazz to your card.  I finished off the card with the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ivory Seashell.  These are super quick drying and self-leveling creating perfect pearl shapes.

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My second card uses the “Kraft Resist Technique from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD” with Vintage Photo Distress Inks to make the “Messy Love #S744” stamp stand out.  I cut the Messy Love  panel using a heart die to expose another January stamp called, “Love Script S697”.  In the process of making this card I was really inspired by the theme of love and community so using the people die from My Favorite Things I created two stacks of people holding hands in solidarity. I don’t think this die is being sold anymore, but I really loved how it paired with the TJ January release stamps.

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My next card features the gorgeously delicate new stamp called, “Being Yours #SD727.”  For the background I began with a Stencil Girl stencil using “Gessoed Stencil Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD” .  The color is Picked Raspberry Distress Ink applied in an ombre fashion.  The focal image “Being Yours” was embossed using silver sparkle powder.  I cut think strips of silver glitter paper to frame the vellum and finished with sequins and stickles.

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Being Yours Close Up

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My final project uses the “By Us #SD700” with the technique “Whitewash Chic from the Artistic Effects CD“. I colored the image with distress markers and a fine tipped water brush.  The frame was created by another My Favorite Things half circle die that was popped up for extra dimension. I cut away the sentiment so I could use it as a sentiment.

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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 Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous Projects Cheri !

The next stop is the wildly creative Ro Donner!

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy  That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChills

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

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

Cards in Envy Challenge: Celebrate the Season

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge.  This week our theme is “Celebrate The Season.”

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope, which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.  You have until January 1st to enter.

For today’s card I used Tim Holtz “Stamptember” Holiday Poinsettia stencil.  This came in combination with a beautiful stamp set called “Holiday”, which can’t be found in the set, but can be purchased separately at Simon Says Stamp.  I began by applying Picket Fence Distress Ink through the stencil, then shifted the stencil down and applied Festive Berries Distress Ink.  I was inspired by Jana Millen who featured this stamp in September when it was released.  I also added a few sequins and placed Stickles in the middle of each for extra bling.

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I wish each and every one of you a special holiday season in whatever way your family celebrates.  We hope you’ll join us at Cards in Envy for our “Celebrate the Season” Challenge!

Ellen Hutson 12 Tags With A Feminine Twist 2016 & Mixed Media Monthly

It’s that time again over at the Ellen Hutson Classroom for the 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist.  If you want to double down, you can combine this with the “Mix-it-up” challenge also featured in the classroom.  The Mix-it-up” challenge features Art Impressions so I have used a holiday set I picked up at Michael’s last year but doesn’t appear to have a specific name on the package.

I’m also entering this tag into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge “Merry & Bright”.

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For the Ellen Hutson portion of the “Mix-it-up” Challenge I used the “Merry & Bright” die but only used the “&” and a …  which is part of the letter “i” to imply Madge may have something else in mind!  The other component of the Mix-It-Up up challenges is to use Red, Teal and Green.

For my mediums, I colored her with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and instead of a waterbrush to move the paint, I used a Wink of Stella pen.  Perfect for the holidays.   The background tag is covered with Distress Paint in Evergreen Bought & Peacock Feathers then stamped with Hero Arts Silver using the Hero Arts Snowflake background.  I then foiled around the edges, a technique on Day 3 over at the Ellen Hutson Blog.

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I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’m not posting much these days.  I’ve removed myself from all but two of the many design teams that I was working on but do plan on sharing intermittently as I find time to create.
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Ellen Hutson: Pin-Site Challenge; Art Impressions

Ellen Hutson: 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 – Used Foil

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge “Merry & Bright”

Simon Says Stamps: ATG

Cards in Envy Challenge: Thank You

It’s Monday Folks and time for another Cards in Envy Challenge Post.  This week we are honoring Thank You Cards. This is timely with Thanksgiving right around the corner.  The “Thank You” challenge will run through Sunday, December 4th.  Your card can include anything related to being thankful as long as it fits into an envelope.  Winners will be chosen by the Design Team and featured on the Cards in Envy blog.

My card today uses the November 2015 Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp.  I watercolored the leaves after I heat embossed with gold and bronze.

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We hope you’ll join us this challenge but are also taking time to be with your family and friends with whom you are thankful.

 

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 – Shimmering Birch

The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration using the September Technique Junkies release.

I simply stamped “Birches #S686″ and splattered Art Anthology Shimmering Minx Inks in Radiance and Decadent. It’s hard to tell in the picture but these are wonderfully sparkly and really make your project shine. My leaf is the Grand Maple Die from Simon Says Stamp that was the negative piece from another card I’ll be showcasing on the Technique Junkies blog later this month.

Stop by Technique Junkies store to pick up some great supplies for your inky pleasure!

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Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Nurse

A Blog Named Hero – “Pop of Color”

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Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today sharing some inspiration for our “Pop of Color” challenge in collaboration with The Ton.   You have until the end of the day to enter this month over at A Blog Named Hero.  

Both cards were made using The Ton’s “Fall Foliage” set. This stunning stamp layering set is so great, I made two cards!  The first card is in line with our “pop of color” challenge and features the stamp layering technique from The Ton’s You-Tube video.  I personally used a Misti tool to make sure my layers aligned. For background leaves, I stamped only the final layer in the leaf set so my focal leaf “Popped” and added a Darice embossing folder over a diffuser for more “pop”.

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My second card features negative watercoloring taught by Dawn Woleslagle of WPlus 9 in Online Card Classes Intermediate course.  I am quite the novice in watercolor, but I really enjoyed using this gorgeous stamp with this technique.

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We can’t want to see what you’ve created for your “Pop of Color” over at A Blog Named Hero.  Have fun!

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Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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