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The House That Stamps Built: Photo Inspiration

It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge.  For November we have an adorable scarecrow!

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, November 22nd to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

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For my card I used the Repeat Impressions “Autumn Frame 3408-K”  gold heat embossed for my focal point.  The background is “Falling Leaves 3600-I”, which I heat embossed in brass and watercolored.  I also sprayed the entire card with Distress Mica Spray.  The sentiment is “Let Us 2826-H”.


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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Cloudy By The Sea – Technique Junkies

Hello fellow Junkies!!

Today is the last day to stop by the Technique Junkies store to get the June Stamp release for 15% off, so don’t forget to pop on by and get some of the great summer stamps.

Today, I’m bringing you some inspiration using the gorgeous background stamp called, “Bold Shells #S687”.  For my background I created a watercolor background using an oldie but a goodie from the December 02’/January 03′ TJ Newsletter called “Watercolor Background”.  I then used the Misti, to stamp Versafine Black Onyx ink and because I used watercolor paper, the Misti allows me to stamp twice and get it perfectly lined up and with great vibrancy.  Did you know you can also get extra magnets and replacement grid papers for your Misti at the Technique Junkies Store?

My sentiment is from the “By The Sea #SS060” Set of Six.  This is a gorgeous script sentiment which I stamped over a My Favorite Things stitched cloud die and embossed with Versafine Black Onyx Ink.

Thanks for checking out the inspiration I’ve created for you today and I’ll be back shortly with some more inky goodness from the June release.

Happy Stamping!!

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built: Photo Inspiration

It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge.  For May, the design team chose a gorgeous floral in keeping with the new release by Repeat Impressions “Flower Power”.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and please use your imagination.  For example, just pick out a color, a shape, or even use just one element that you are attracted to.  It’s all about creativity and fun. You have until Tuesday, May 24th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

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For my card I began by stamping and white heat embossing several of the Repeat Impressions Florals including, “Fern 1708-G, Flowers 9706-U, and Unmounted Plate 10300.  I used watercolor to create the background and then put the entire image through a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder for texture.  I finished with the “Thank you… 2524-F”

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

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The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes

It’s the fifth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built Anything Goes challenge.  This doesn’t come around too often, so it’s your time to do anything you wish.  You have until Tuesday, April 5th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

For my card today I broke out my Kuretake Gamsi Watercolors.  I started by stamping the Repeat Impressions “Daffodil 904-L” with Archival Black Ink so it wouldn’t bleed.  I then used masking fluid to ensure a crisp background.  The background die is from Simon Says Stamp and  I finished off with clear sequins.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, for this “anything goes challenge.”  You may be our next winner! If you use a Repeat Impressions Stamp in your design, you’ll get an extra entry!

Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

A Day For Daisies: February Kit Club Release

It’s Friday and time for A Day For Daisies Kit Club Release!  In addition, we are still running the “All My Love” challenge so I sure hope you’ll pop by the ADFD Blog by February 11th at noon to enter your card for a chance to win some free images!

For my card today I chose “Stick Horse Ride” to color for you today. I used a combination of Kuretake Gamsi Watercolors and Copic Markers for this adorable image.  I started by printing out the image, masking it with liquid masking fluid, then once that dried, watercolored deep pigment in several places to create whimsy. Once that dried, I removed the mask and colored in with Copics. Don’t be alarmed, sometimes the liquid masking fluid makes the printer ink run a little.  I don’t think it’s noticeable so give it a try.

I die cut the large flag with a My Favorite Thing Die, used a Tim Holtz embossing folder, die cut my die-versions “happy” sentiment, splattered with more watercolor paint and finished up with stickles. Whew!

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We look forward to seeing your creations not only at A Day For Daisies Blog but also on the ADFD Facebook Community Page!

A Blog Named Hero – A Day at the Beach

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse back with a collaboration project using Concord & 9th stamps and dies for the One Layer challenge at A Blog Named Hero.  A very special thank you to Concord & 9th for allowing us to play with their great product this month.  The design team  has been working it!

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There is something about one layer cards that scream watercolor to me.  I was inspired by a card made by Deepti Malik from a Craftsy course she taught on watercolor.  This design paired so well with the Concord & 9th “Be Classy” stamp set, I made 3 cards!

All the cards use the gorgeous Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors  in #63, #64, #54 and a touch of #50 and #95 for the water and #42, #44 and #46 for the sand.

The cards couldn’t be easier. You simply lay down liquid friskit or masking fluid in a squiggly line to create the “foam.”  Apply watercolor with the deeper shades in near the foam and finish with a sentiment.

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My second card again uses the “Be Classy” stamp set which I embossed and cut out with the matching “Courageous” die.

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My 3rd card is a little more vibrant and again uses the “Be Classy” sentiment.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our January One Layer Card Challenge!  We are thrilled to be collaborating with Concord & 9th all month and I hope you were as inspired I was!

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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

A Blog Named Hero – One Layer Succulents

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

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I had a blast coloring these Hero Arts succulents with my most favorite Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  If you haven’t tried these glorious watercolors, you are missing something fabulous!

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our January One Layer Card Challenge!  This month we are collaborating with Concord & 9th so I’ll be back later this month with more inspiration using their great stamps!

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The House That Stamps Built: Photo Inspiration

It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge.  For November we have a beautiful dusk scene.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, November 24th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

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For my card, I used Repeat Impressions stamp “Cattails 2722-I which I repeatedly stamped with Archival Jet Black Ink.  For color I used my Kuretake Watercolors.


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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Technique Junkies: Watercolor Christmas

Hello Junkies!

I hope you are enjoying the holiday release as much as I am.  Today I took a stab and creating a watercolor scene with the gorgeous “Christmas Trees” set of 6 stamps just released.  I started by masking off the bottom of the watercolor card stock by tearing painters tape and adhering it on an angle.  I then applied water and dropped blues, greens, yellows, and grays then allowed that to dry. I like to start light, then build up the colors.

Once the background was created I stamped two of the Christmas Tree stamps using Staz-on Midnight Blue.  Using a waterproof ink allows you to go back and add deeper colors.  I then removed the tape, applied gray to create snow and stamped the “Joy” sentiment, also in this holiday release. To finish, I added some gems and splattered the top portion of the card with green watercolor.

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out the holiday stamps, please stop by the Technique Junkies website so you don’t miss the new goodies.

Until the next time,

The Crafty Nurse

 

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