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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:

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Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy  That’s Me!

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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.
Entered in:

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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Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge #130; For The Girls

Happy Weekend!  It’s time for the new challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids and this time it’s, “For The Girls!”   We have some great sponsors offering prizes to our winners.  You have until Friday, August 19th to enter.

I also wanted to remind you that Send a Smile 4 Kids needs your cards for hospitalized kids.  Here’s how to donate.

Here’s our sponsors:

1) All Dressed Up – offering 2 Digital Images of Winners Choice

2) Repeat Impressions – A $15 Gift Certificate

My card today features All Dressed Up’s, Summer Fayre” image which I colored with Copic Markers.  The background is stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink using a My Favorite Things script background.  The paper is Glitz’s “Felicity” collection cut out with My Favorite Things square and rectangle dies.  Finally, the sentiments are a Wplu9 “That is All” set.

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Thanks for stopping by and we sure hope you’ll come on over to Send a Smile 4 Kids an play along!

 

A Blog Named Hero – “Pop of Color”

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Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here with you today for my take on a this month’s “Pop of Color” challenge going on all month at A Blog Named Hero.  This month we are collaborating with The Ton so you’ll definitely want to join.

For my “Pop of Color” card today I created a window using rectangle dies allowing for the beautiful Hero Arts florals to peek through.

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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!

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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