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A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Giveaway & Celebration of our Sponsors

Share the Holidays with A Blog Named Hero and all our 2016 Sponsors!

The Crafty Nurse here to celebrate the holidays and share a special thank you to all of our extremely generous 2016 sponsors.  

This is a special celebration with lots of prizes and opportunities to thank both our sponsors and you our loyal Blog Hop participants.  Please leave a comment on one of our posts this month for a chance to win.  For even more opportunity to win, enter a card in the challenge.

Today I’ve used Ellen Hutson’s “Cozy Christmas” by Julie Ebersole.  This is such a timeless set and so great for a quick holiday card. I always like to find different ways to use the stamps so the light string became a frame. I also only used part of the “smoke” to create different puffs out of each house.



A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Giveaway on the Blog

Sharing the Holidays with A Blog Named Hero and all our 2016 Sponsors!

The Crafty Nurse here to begin celebrating the holidays and share a special thank you to all of our extremely generous sponsors from this entire last year.  Please thank them by continuing to use their wonderful products.  I know I will!

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Design Team is “paying it forward” by offering up prizes from our sponsor companies as a thank you to our loyal Blog Hop participants.  Please make sure you leave a comment on one of our posts this month and for extra chances to win, enter a card in the challenge.

For a little inspiration, I’ve used a beautiful Hero Arts set called, Under the Mistletoe, which I watercolored with Prima and Daniel Smith paints after I white heat embossed.  I finished off with some stamped berries using Hero Arts Ombre Ink.  Hope this inspires you to grab someone you love and give them a big smooch under the mistletoe!

Technique Junkies – Mandala Mistletoe

Hello Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with another post showcasing the October Technique Junkies release.  When I was making this card I really wanted to use the Mistletoe stamp in a different way so I performed a bit of stamp surgery by removing the attached sentiment.  Worry not, if you want to use your sentiment again, just put it together on the stamp block and it’s good as new.  Cutting apart your stamps gives a lot of new ways to use them.

Once my stamp was recovered from surgery I used the leaf portion to create somewhat of a mandala pattern for a background.  Before I did this though I created those embossed circles. To achieve this, lay out your circle dies and washi tape them together.  Then run it through your die cutting machine using the embossing folder all at the same time.   Here’s what they look like so you have an idea.


For my focal image I stenciled the Hero Arts Reindeer with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber inks. I fussy cut him out then applied additional shading to make him pop.  My sentiment is from the gorgeous “Christmas Ornaments Trio Set of 9” which I embossed.

I hope you are enjoying the 30 Days of Christmas here at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

Happy Inking

The Crafty Nurse

Cards in Envy Challenge: Hello Fall!

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge using the theme of Hello Fall!  You all know that I love, love, love the fall and can’t wait to see the full glory of the beautiful fall trees.

The rules at Cards in Envy  are simple.  We ask that your cards fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing. That doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple as you can see from my card.

I took a different route with my card today and didn’t do any stamping.  The leaves are a Lawn Fawn Stitched Die with a Hero Arts font die.  The “you” is a Simon Says Stamp die that I layered and glossy accented.


I really look forward to seeing what your Hello Fall cards look like at Cards in Envy!  We are having record number of entries on the blog lately and I’m thrilled to see all your gorgeous work.

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 9-28-15

Hello stampers!  The Crafty Nurse here with some creative play for The House that Stamps Built project of the week.  I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to see the new Sentiment Stamps, by Repeat Impressions because they are FANTASTIC!  There are two sets out now with two more to be offered soon.  They have one big sentiment word with a great choice of smaller sentiments that can be combined in a ton of different ways.

For my project of the week, I’d like to show you a couple of different ways to use sentiments stamps.  Let’s get started!

For this project the supplies I used are:

  • Water Bottle
  • Black Waterproof Ink (I used Hero Arts)
  • Distress Ink or any other dye based ink.
  • A large stamping tool, either the Fiskars or the Misti
  • Brusho’s
  • An acrylic block
  • Versamark
  • Embossing Powder
  • Micron .01 Pen – waterproof
  • Paper – I used 140 lb Watercolor but you can use your favorite.
  • Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: Happy Cling and Hello Cling

Sept POTW1

Both projects today are great for making multiple cards for gift sets or donation.  To allow my cling stamps to stick, I apply a bit of Alene’s Spritz-on Tacky Glue and let dry overnight.  I then grabbed my Fiskars Stamp Press as I don’t own a Misti (sure wish I did), and centered it over the press.

Sept POTW2

To ensure that you get a good inking when using the press, I added my acrylic block underneath the press before I inked which allows the flexible stamp press to become firm and not buckle or bow causing uneven inking.

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I then inked up the entire stamp and stamped it on a white card base.

Sept POTW5

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To finish off the card I added doodling…..

Sept POTW7

Then inked up with some color and sprayed with a bit of shimmer. How easy is that???

Sept POTW8

My next card uses the Hello Sentiment Stamps after they had been cut apart.  I used the super fun Brusho’s watercolors now in the Repeat Impressions store so I could show you a different, softer way to use them as actual watercolors.

Sept POTW9

I like to use the Tim Holtz Tonic scissors to kit out my cling stamps.  I also cut them close so you don’t have any over stamping issues.

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To get placement, I layout the stamps the way I want them on my card.

Sept POTW11

I then turn the stamps over in the same placement so they can be picked up all at once with the stamp press.

Sept POTW12

I ALWAYS give a test stamp first when I’m stamping text blocks so that I know the words are facing the right way and even.  Take this time to reposition any words you don’t like or became uneven.

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Once tested and all is looking good, I stamped the front of a card base with Versamark ink and white heat embossed.

Sept POTW15

Now, let’s have some fun with Brusho’s.  If you want to “tone down” the colors, you can use the Brusho’s like a watercolor.  I shook out a small amount of pigment onto my craft mat and sprayed with water making two areas of pigment for coloring.  You can also apply pigment directly to the stamps or put your stamp in the pigment (like a stamp pad) for a more watercolor feel. If you have watered it down enough, using text blocks make a great background for another focal image.

Sept POTW16

I thoroughly wet a 140# watercolor paper around the words only with a flat brush.  I then picked up the color from my mat and applied to the card.  Don’t you love this soft look?

Sept POTW17

I finished off the card with a My Favorite Things border die and a Simon Says Stamp card base die and called it done.

Sept POTW18

I hope you enjoyed how to get more out of your sentiment stamps. The holidays are a great time to use this technique as once your stamps are on the press, you can duplicate easily.

Please join us in the weekly challenges here at The House That Stamps Built for your chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

Beginning Wednesday, September 30th, we are having an “Anything Goes” Challenge!

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

The Crafty Nurse

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

Hello Crafty Friends!  I love the monthly Lindy’s Color Challenges and today I finished my card for the July entry.  For this month I’ve combined the Lindy’s Challenge with Technique Junkies stamps because Pat is offering 15% off all July Release Stamps.

Here are the gorgeous colors this month:


I’m also entering the card in the Mixed Medial Challenge #14 – Summer Days.

Mixed Media

For Lindy’s challenge, I used a combination of Sprays, Magical Mica, and Hot Shot’s. I began by mixing Bonjour Butter Flat Hot Shot with water to create a spray. I did the same with Peony Scarlet Red Magical Mica.  I then sprayed the background with the Bonjour Butter, Blue Hawaiian Blue Starburst, and Aloha Avocado Flat Spray.  I then splattered the Peony Scarlet Red and Dark Chocolate Truffle Starburst Spray and stamped Technique Junkies “Faint Scratches” in both white and gray.

I then sprayed more Peony Scarlet Red on my craft mat and then “stamped” the Technique Junkies “Here We Go Round in Circles” into the spray and applied to card base.  Over that I stamped more circles with Hero Arts Black ink and embellished with Signo Uniball White pen (my favorite).  I created the clouds using an My Favorite Things die spraying with Aloha Avocado, Bonjour Butter, and Dark Chocolate Truffle then embossed with a Paper Studio folder and inked with Distress ink in Gathered Twigs.

I then stamped the new July Release stamp from Technique Junkies called, “Life is a Song” and cut out leaves from canvas using WPlus9 die.   The entire project was sealed with Collage Pauge in Matte then I took a Faber Castell Pitt pen in brown and edged the dies helping them sink into the card.  I finished off by cutting the whole thing out using a Simon Says Stamp stitched die.

Hope you are enjoying the 4th of July and spend quality time with your friends and family!


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Lindy’s Stamp Gang July Color Challenge

Mixed Media Challenge

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Watercolor Stencil Technique

Watercolor Stencil

Watercolor Stencil

Tim Holtz taught a technique in Online Card Classes for Watercoloring today using his stencils.  Simply place distress ink on the stencil itself in multiple colors, spritz with water and mono-print on card base.  Easy peasy.  You can also use perfect pearls spray too which would give a nice sparkle.  Sentiment is stamped with Versafine Black and embossed.  Sentiment stamp is from Simon Says Stamp with the same name “You Can Do Anything”.  The distress colors are tumbled glass, squeezed lemonade and ripe persimmon. Gems and pearls from Hero Arts and sequins from Darice.

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