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The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, it is Heather’s turn to host our challenge and she has chosen “Happy Birthday Cards”.

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 “Happy Birthday” card I stamped the Repeat Impressions “Mini Cupcake” and colored it with Tombow Markers. I then made a new sentiment using the “Holy Crap” plate 10600″.  The sentiment was framed using a black micron and the papers are My Favorite Things.

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I look forward to your entries for the “Happy Birthday Card” challenge this week over at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

Mermaid Beach Day by Technique Junkies

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse back with some inky inspiration for this wonderful early summer day!  I hope you all get a chance to play a little in your craft room while you enjoy the gorgeous weather.

For my card today I used the new June release “By The Sea #SS060 Set of 6″   The technique today is from the Emboss or Die CD called, “Masked Spellbinders.”   I also used July 2015 Palettini Collection “Shells #PS009″ which really works well with this new collection.

The sentiment is from “Beach Day #SDX071” simply stamped. After stamping the Mermaid I colored her in with Art Anthology “Black Leather Jacket” for extra sparkle and shine.  I also added some free flow doodling around the edge of the masked area.

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Thanks for stopping by the Technique Junkies Blog today and we all wish you lots of creative play today and always.

Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

Lindy’s Stamp Gang March Color Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends!  I love the monthly Lindy’s Color Challenges and today I finished my page for the March entry.  Here are the gorgeous colors this month:

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I’m also entering the card in the Mixed Media Photo Challenge Number 22.

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For Lindy’s challenge, I used Lindy’s Starburst Spray in “Baby Blue Eyes Aqua” and Lindy’s Flat Fabio in Plumeria Pink and Luscious Lime.   After spraying and using a straw to move the colors, I stamped the Dina Wakely clear stamp (I got half price at Michael’s last week) in Archival Ink.  I then went a letter crazy and doodled.  I am certainly not a natural doodler but I’m taking a class with JoAnne Sharpe that has really inspired me called “Artfully Inspired Life 2016.”

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Lindy’s Stamp Gang June Color Challenge

Mixed Media Challenge

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #139

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with this weeks sketch challenge 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 – the rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to “use a number.” 

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For my card I used only the sketch this week.  I began with the February Stamp of the Month “Snowman and Cocoa” which I colored with Copic Markers in the combination of E35, YR15, Y15 and Y11 for the yellow and R59, R46 and R27 for the reds.  I just got my sewing machine back and and had some fun with the settings making a great pattern on the lawn fawn paper.  I also added some faux stitching and doodling with my pigma micron pen. For a few final touches I added a glitter jelly pen to the snowflakes and used the sentiment from “Hello Sentiments.”

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You have until Sunday, February 21st to enter Sketch #139 at From The Heart Stamps.  Hope to see you there!

Repeat Impressions: Color Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for a color challenge at The House that Stamps Built.  With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’ve chosen some traditional colors for the season.

The Challenge is open through Tuesday, February 9th and there is a $25.00 prize for our random winner.  You don’t have to use Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you do, an extra entry is waiting for you.

Now let’s get started with the colors we choose this week:

Feb Color

I began by stamping Repeat Impressions “Tumbling Hearts 1210-K” for the background of my card with versamark, then white heat embossed.  I die cut a label from My Favorite Things and then stamped “LOVE 1204-I” in black.  To jazz it up a bit I then added a pit pen in red around the edges and dotted with the white Uniball Signal White pen.  I guess I was in a doodling mood as I added faux stitching and more dots.

Feb Color

I can’t wait to see what you come up with in your color challenge for What If Wednesday at The House that Stamps Built

Sketch Saturday Challenge #366

Happy Saturday!  It’s a busy Saturday at the Crafty Nurse’s Blog. Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Little Miss Muffett, who is generously offering a $6.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.   You have until Friday, June 26th to enter for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I used a sweet Little Miss Muffet digital stamp called, “Kiki Ice cream”, which I colored with Copic Markers.  I created a freehand frame with my Micron Pigma Pen in .5 and gave her some grass to stand on.  I added stamped elements from Paper Smooches “Sugar Rush” collection and a label by My Favorite Things.  The paper is American Craft’s Dear Lizzy “Neapolitan” cut out with a Simon Says Stamp die. I finished off with some lemon bakers twine.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!

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Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

Happy June 1st fellow Junkies!  With summer almost here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is kicking off those anticipated warm sunny days with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for June.  In addition to a bunch of cool new stamps, there are stencils, art anthology colorations, and a variety of new dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.  As a special treat, Pat is offering 15% off all June Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new June Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card uses the Alcohol Stencil Tutorial on the Sensational Stencils CD.   This is a super cool technique and really easy.  I started by making a bunch of card bases using different inks and moving my Crafters Workshop Cell Therapy stencil around.   To create the card, I stamped Tide Pool Starfish #S632 image on the alcohol stencil background in Archival Sepia ink.   I pulled a few other starfish from the other sheets to pop up and cut out a Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers Seahorse inking all those edges.   I also used those other sheets to stamp my sentiment “Winds of Change #SD621” using black archival ink.  I created a scalloped frame by hand and cut it out to highlight the sentiment.

June Alcohol Bases

 

June Alcohol Stencil

My second card uses the “Gel Medium Resist” technique also from the Sensational Stencil CD.  After stamping the “Tide Pool Starfish #S632” on Bristol Smooth paper I added a heavy body gel medium through the Crafters Workshop “Cell Theory Stencil.”   I then applied several colors of distress ink over the dried gel and added the twine and bubble die.

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Here’s a close up of the technique using “Gel Medium Resist”

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My final card  uses the “Gelato Wipe Tutorial,” from the Sensational Stencils CD.  Don’t these CD’s have tons of great techniques?  I used three different colors of Gelatos on each card and finished using this beautiful stamp from the June Release called “Different Flowers.”   Both are heat embossed on a heavier Bazzil Vellum and wrapped around the card base. I finished off with a few sequins and gems and called her done!

June Gelato

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

The next stop is at Pat Huntoon’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com

Beth Norman http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Jane Bosi http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com

Gini Cagle http://ginicagle.blogspot.com

Judy Jackson  http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Marilyn Hughes http://DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Kathy Stacy https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com

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

Exploring Art Journaling Pages 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Wow – this is a lot of pages!  I’ve had a great weekend catching up on my 30 day Art Journaling Challenge using Christine Urias’ “Exploring Art Journaling 4” class at Scraptime.ca.  

Day 17’s page uses Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint Daubers to make flowers.  I topped all of them with a TON of stickles because I have lots of them and can’t really use them on my Operation Write Home cards.  I got that idea from Joggles U-tube channel.

 

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 17 Dauber Flowers with Stickles over watercolor base

Day 18 uses a lettering technique to make large statement words.  The pages starts on a base of Gelatos and I used Sharpie Paint markers for the colored letters.  I have a LONG way to go and A LOT to learn when it comes to hand lettering, but I have to say it really interests me and found a great book on Amazon called “The Art of Whimsical Lettering” by JoAnne Sharpe.

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Hand Lettering w/Sharpie

 

Day 19 is a fun page I really like and uses some watercolor paint and salt to make some fun background texture.

Watercolor & Salt

Watercolor & Salt

Day 20 uses die cuts collaged on the page and then using the new Dina Wakely Acrylic Paint over them.  If you haven’t tried her paints I would highly suggest it.  They are FABULOUS.  I have a ton of paints and I tell you the vibrancy and texture of this is like using butter.  It’s fabulous.  Hobby Lobby is now carrying the line so I’ll be there to pick up the other colors very soon.

This page felt chaotic to me, so I came up with the theme “lost ?”, because as humans, we all feel that way and I’m sure most everyone can relate. It’s life and that’s what Art Journaling is meant for, expression.

4 - Day 20; Die cut Texture

Die Cut Collage

Last, Day 21 is a favorite so far.  The technique is stamping into transparent molding paste for texture.  To do this you apply a fairly even, thin layer of translucent molding paste, then simply stamp into it, letting it dry and painting over it with distress paints in shaded lilac and picked raspberry.  I cut out some of the newsprint collage sheets for flowers and the butterfly and used some old stamps from my stash.  I like that the little girl in the top right corner almost looks like me when I was a little girl.  I hated that pixie, but that’s what I was given. I did some hand patterning around the edges that I learned from the Sakura website.  They have some great video’s, so I’d check them out.

4-Day 21; Translucent Gel Stamping

Stamping in Translucent Gel

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