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Send a Smile 4 Kids Challenge #118: Easter/Spring

It’s Saturday and time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge! Today, we break through the winter blues to celebrate an Easter/Spring theme.  You have until Friday, February 19th, 2016 to enter.  As usual we have some great sponsors who have generously offered prizes to our randomly chosen winners.  They are:

1) A Day For Daisies offering a prize of: $12 Gift Certificate

2) The Cutting Cafe offering a prize of: $15 Gift Certificate

For my card today I used a sweet image by A Day For Daisies called, ““Easter Friend”.   I used a liquid mask to cover the image and create a watercolor background using pencils.  I then removed the mask and completed the image with Copic Markers.  The flowers are from My Favorite Things dies as are the circles and the sun.  The background is cut using a Simon Says Stamp Stitched die on Glitz “Hello Darling” paper.

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We hope you’ll join us over at Send A Smile 4 Kids for our challenge.  We’d also love it if you would consider donating some of your cards to hospitalized children.  Here’s how.

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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.

Beach Classy

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


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


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!




Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #41 “Kids Want To Have Fun”

It is with sadness that this is the last and final challenge post for Open-Minded Crafting Challenges as the blog is closing.  It’s been such a great pleasure to work with this team and the blog organizers Susan and Vicky.  I’d love to have this final challenge go out with a BANG so please enter a card and make this send out a good one.

For our final challenge we are focusing on kids.  The “Kids Want to Have Fun”  challenge will run through Friday, July 31st.  There are lots of prizes from our generous sponsors so I again, I hope you’ll join us for the very last challenge at Open-Minded Crafting.

Here’s our sponsors this week and the prizes they are offering:

ImagineThat_zpsfeff7c51Prize: 3 Digital Image Sets

LiaStampzBadge_zps22eea511Prize: 2 Digital Images

Stamping BoutiquePrize: 4 Digital Images

slsPrize: 3 Digital Images

For my card today, I chose an adorable image from The Stamping Boutique called “AJ The Race Car Driver.”  I began by coloring the image with Copic markers.  A tip to coloring black hair is to lay down a layer of blue before adding the gray colors which makes a great highlight.

For the background, I played with liquid masking using Miskit by Grumbacher.  I created the racing marks using Tim Holtz “treads” stencil after Miskit was dried.  I had some challenges pulling it up off the paper so it dulled my Copic colors a little, but I think it was worth the effect – what do you think?

The paper is from Carta Bella “Boy oh Boy” 6 x 6 collection and the circle dies are from My Favorite things.

Can’t wait to see what your “Kids Want to Have Fun” card looks like!  Vroom, Vroom!

Racer - wm

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of July and that means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, Patti is hosting our challenge and she has chosen “White Plus 1 Color.”

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner. Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

For my “White Plus 1 Color card” I chose to do some liquid masking. This is a fairly simple technique, it just requires a little patience, which I usually don’t possess.

To begin, you stamp your image with permanent ink.  I used Repeat Impressions “Spring Blossoms 1320-M with Archival Black Ink.  As I was going to use a watercolor medium, I stamped my image on 140lb Strathmore watercolor paper.  If you don’t get the stamp even in all areas, you can touch it up using a Copic Multiliner.

The next step is to apply liquid frisket or any other masking medium.  Did you know rubber cement would also work?  Once you “paint” the stamp with your liquid mask, allow to completely dry. I then applied a combination of red and white pearl watercolors from my gorgeous Kuretake paints all over the image without worry as it’s protected by the mask.  It created this beautiful shimmery pink.  The edges were created by taping my paper down and carefully lifting the tape off once all was dried.

I finished off by stamping Repeat Impressions “Birthday 1113-D”  and finished off with pearls and sequins.

I sure hope you break out your creativity for “White plus 1 color” this week at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

July DCC White & Pink-wm

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