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Send a Smile 4 Kids: Challenge 129 – Christmas in July

Happy Saturday my Friends.  Today at Send a Smile 4 Kids (SAS4Kids) we are celebrating “Christmas in July.”

If you aren’t familiar with SAS4Kids, their commitment is to support hospitalized children by providing home-made cards that parents, staff, or even the kids themselves can give during this time of need. It’s not a sad cause, in fact, we don’t focus on Get Well cards at all, but make the cards happy and fun.   I sure hope you will join both in our challenge and by sending in some cards for kids. To find out more about donation, look here.

This challenge will run through Friday, August 5th and give you a great head start on some holiday card making.  This challenge is sponsored by some very generous donors who are giving away some great gifts for the winning entry.  The design team also chooses their favorite so there are lots of ways to win.

The donors and prizes are:

1) The Cutting Cafe:   3 Digital/Cut Files for our Winner

2) Kitchen Sink Stamps: Prize: $25 Dollar Gift Certificate

Wow – thank you sponsors, Send a Smile 4 Kids really appreciates your support.

Now, let’s get to some inspiration!  My card is made using a PDF file from The Cutting Cafe, called “Christmas Card Fun.”  The cool thing about Cutting Cafe is their very affordable files come in both PDF and SVG files, which are used for electronic cutters.  As I don’t have an electronic cutter, I printed off the PDF on design paper and embellished with gold Sakura pen.  On the Cutting Cafe website, there are many great tutorials using this same file for both a shaker and treat cup project.  My snowflakes are cut from glitter paper using a Lawn Fawn die and the sentiment is Paper Smooches.

 

Christmas in July

I hope you’ll join us for our Christmas in July Challenge and consider donating some cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

A Blog Named Hero – Vellum

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a collaboration project with Lil’ Inkers for our Vellum challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

The Modern Mehndi set from Lil’ Inkers is stunning when white heat embossed on vellum.  I colored the back of the vellum with Copic Markers and created a frame with the Lawn Fawn Stitched dies.  The background was embossed on vellum using sparkly powder and I popped up the flowers with foam tape.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our June for our collaboration with Lil’ Inkers for the Vellum Challenge!

kathy

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From The Heart Stamps – June Stamp Of The Month Reminder

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am bringing you a reminder to come join us for the From The Heart Stamps June Progressive Stamp of The Month Challenge.  If you want to participate, simply purchase this months stamp, enter and next month you will get a free SOTM.  As long as you continue to participate, you keep getting free stamps!!!

I colored this sweet image called, “Ice Cream Line-up” with Copic Markers and cut it out with a Lawn Fawn rectangle die. The background paper is Dear Lizzy’s Neapolitan collection and I finished off with sequins and stickles.

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Hope you’ll join us for the June From The Heart Stamps Progressive Challenge.

Cards in Envy Challenge: No Girls Allowed!

Happy Monday!  We are celebrating “No Girls Allowed” for the Cards in Envy challenge this week. That means we’d love to see cards that showcase boys, men or masculine cards.  Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 size envelope without any large lumps or bumps, but doesn’t have to be an actual A2 card anymore.

The challenge will run through Sunday, June 19th. Our design team will also be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

My card features a “Mo Manning’s Bubbles Boy” digi, which I colored up using Copic Markers.  I learned a cool new way to color bubbles from the Copic Website.  Check out my Pinterest to see how.   The papers are from an older Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 pack as is the Journaling Die.   The outside frame is a Simon Says Stamp die and the tab is My Favorite Things Die.

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I’m excited to see over at Cards in Envy for your “No Girls Allowed” inspiration looks like for you!

Entered in:

MoManning: ATG

From The Heart Stamps June – Unique Designs Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps June blog hop. This month we have a really unique hop for you using customized images requested by each designer and drawn by Faith, our fearless leader and From the Heart Stamps owner.  For my image, I requested a nurse and I couldn’t be more thrilled with this adorable image. I can’t wait to see what all the other designers have chosen.

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In addition to the images offered on each blog, one very lucky hopper will be able to request their very own customized image drawn by Faith!!! When you comment here, please say what kind of image you would like if you win the chance.

If you have arrived from Kathy Curry’s website, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

I kept my card simple as I wanted to highlight this amazing new image, “Little Kathy’s Nurse”. She has the sweetest face.  After cutting out a Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle, I colored her up with copic markers using R46, R27, R05 for her dress. C5, C3, C1, C00 for her accessories and shoes, and E18, E08, YR14 for her hair.  The background was created using the My Favorite Things built a stripe background with white pigment ink and Charcoal hero arts shadow ink.  It reminded me of a candy striper.

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Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s and see what she has asked Faith to design.  Oh, I’m so excited!!

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Sunday June 12th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday June 15th.”

Tip Toe Through The Tulips Technique Junkies

Hello Junkies!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today with a quick card using “Tulips #S662” from the Technique Junkies March release.  The background was created using the “Background Whimsy – Copic Method” from the Bodacious Background CD.  Instead of outlining the image completely with the white gel pen, I did a more freehand approach giving it more of an artistic feel, which I think works with this gorgeous stamp.  My sentiment is Kindness Matters SDX026″.

As we are coming to the end of April, I can’t wait for you to see the May release stamps.  Be sure to stop by the May Blog Hop on Sunday, May 1st.  This month I am offering a Technique Junkies stamp for a random commenter!

See you then!

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 March we have a colorful kitty.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, March 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 Repeat Impressions stamp “Spring Chick 1311-J” which I stamped with Archival Jet Black Ink to avoid smearing when watercoloring. My colors are Tombow Markers, my newest toy.  The sweet sentiment is, “Happy Easter/Spring 3909-F”.  For texture, I used a basket We R Memory Keepers folder and finished off with a few gems.


March Inspiration

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.

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #143 – Twist: Use Your Stash

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with sketch #143 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 and the sketch.  The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to use an item from your stash.

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I used both the sketch and the twist this week by covering a piece of white paper in Washi tape.   My image is the new, “Love You Mouse” which I colored with Copic Markers and cut out with a stitched My Favorite Things flag die.  The background is textured with an embossing folder and the scallop die is Lawn Fawn.

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Sure hope you’ll join us for Sketch #143 at From The Heart Stamps this week. Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

 

Technique Junkies – Pan Pastel

Hello Fellow Junkies!!

It’s The Crafty Nurse here with some inspiration using one of the new March Technique Junkies release stamps called, “Whimsical World #S634.”

The technique used is called, “Background Burst from the Bodacious Background CD.”  Instead of using traditional chalks, I used my Pan Pastels. They are so vibrant and easy to apply.

To add dimension, I took a Spellbinders “Glass Effects Die” and alternated popping pieces up and gluing directly to card.  To finish off I added stickles around the edge for sparkle and shine.

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I hope you are finding some time to get inky today, even if just for a few minutes.

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies March Blog Hop!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for a Technique Junkies Blog Hop showcasing the new March release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.  I know I have said this before, but WOW, this release has got to be one of the best yet.  Amazing Pat, you have completely outdone yourself.

Pat is again offering 15% off all March Release Stamps for one week! Also, if you haven’t tried the new Minx Shimmer Ink you are missing out on some fabulous inky goodness.  In addition to the Minx, Technique Junkies has other great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets to help you on your creative journey.

The background on my first card uses “180 Degree Stamping from the Bodacious Bacground CD.  I stamped the new Palettini image called, Vintage Butterfly Collection #PO35″ using AlteNew dusk and Ocean Waves crisp ink. The focal image is “Veiled Woman #SD658” stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  I also added “Black Leather Jacket” Dimensional Sorbet to her hat and coat for shine.  The sentiment is “Classy & Fabulous SDX070.”

March Butterflies-Veiled

My next card features the new stamp, “Whimsical World #S634” using a version of “Stained Resist Technique in the Artistic Effects CD.”   Instead of Distress Stains, I used the new Minx Shimmer Inks I talked about above in Bankroll, Decadent, and Panache.  You can’t really appreciate how shimmery they are in real life.  I finished the card by die cutting several Lawn Fawn stitched frames and popping them up. 

March-Minx

My next card uses the Vintage Butterfly Collection #P035″ stamp with the background called, Irresistible Rainbow from Bodacious Background CD. The colors used were Blueprint Sketch, Lucky Clover, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and Candy Apple Red.  They appear muted as the paper is glossy. The sentiment is “Kindness Matters SDX026.”  In this technique, you should see a ghosting of the initial Versamark stamping, however, my pad was dry, so it isn’t as apparent, but I’m still was happy with the final outcome.

March-Rainbow Butterflies

My next card is another Palettini Collection stamp called “French Bicycle Collage #P037.”  For this card I used the “Big Bold Blending technique from “Bodacious Background CD.”  I then inked around the edges with Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso Distress Inks and gave additional texture using the scoring board.  My sentiment is Tim Holtz letters edged with distress ink and adhered with Tombo Mono glue.

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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 Marilyn’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Marilyn!

The next stop is the wildly creative Jane Bosi.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

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Lanette Erickson

Judy Jackson

Karen McAlpine 

Sally Lynn MacDonald

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jane Bosi

Tonya Davidson

Robin Redd

Beth Norman 

Pat Huntoon 

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

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