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Cards in Envy Challenge: Red, White & Blue

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating the good old “Red, White & Blue”!  Your card does not have to be patriotic, just needs to use those colors.

Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope.  The challenge will run through Sunday, July 16th and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

My card design was based off one from a favorite artist, Sandy Allnock.  She is inspirational and has some great card making tutorials, especially if you like coloring.

I look forward to seeing your Red, White & Blue cards this week! I wish all a safe and relaxing 4th of July filled with friends, family and fireworks!

Technique Junkies July Blog Hop!

Happy July 1st fellow Junkies!  With summer here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is celebrating with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for July.  Pat is offering 15% off all July Release Stamps for one week!  In addition, you can use my discount code TJ10Kathy for your other shopping needs.  WooHoo!

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs listed below for great ideas on how to use those new July Release stamps and post your creations over in the Technique Junkies Facebook group.

Let’s get on to some inspiration!

Stamps:

Supplies: Alcohol Ink, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”

Technique: Alcohol Stencil Tutorial from “Sensational Stencils CD”

Stamps:

Supplies: Tombow Markers, Distress Inks, Art Anthology “Sterling Fairy Dust“, A colorful Life “Square Fade”, MFT Die.

Technique: Grunge Stencil “Sensational Stencil CD”

Stamps:

Supplies: Distress Ink, Gesso, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”

Technique: Stained Resist (focal image) from Artistic Effects CD and Gesso Stencil (background) from Sensational Stencil CD

Stamps:

Supplies: Art Anthology “Cracked” Stencil, Stickles, Kaleidacolor Ink “Desert Heat”.

Technique: Layered Rainbow Stencil Tutorial on Sensational Stencil CD.

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 Cheri’s Blog, your in the right place!  Cheri, you rock!

The next stop on this artsy tour is Jeanne Streiff!

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me

Jeanne Streiff

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Vicky Garrett

Giovana Smith

Chris Dayton

Pat Huntoon

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies July Hop!  Don’t forget – 15% off July Stamps for the next week only!  Also use the code TJ10Kathy for 10% off your other shopping.

Technique Junkies – Masculine Birthday

Hey Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here today with another card from the June Release for Technique Junkies using the Nautical Background stamp.  I began by stamping and embossing the Nautical Background, then used a My Favorite Things stamp to die cut “Happy Birthday” four times.  I then glued all those dies together, replacing the top embossed piece back over all the stack of die cuts.  I then fit the entire stack back into place on my card.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and as always we wish you lots of creative play today.  Stop by the Facebook Group to show us your work.

Discount Code for any Technique Junkie Stamp is: TJ10Kathy

Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies Challenge – Tie Dye Circles

Hey there Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with a little inspiration for the Technique Junkies April Challenge. You have until May 13th to enter for a $25.00 prize.  You may enter as many time as you wish as long as you use a Technique Junkies stamp.

Today I used a favorite from March 2016 called, “Veiled Woman #SSD658” to create my card. I began with my card base of #140 lb. watercolor paper with Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke, and Wilted Violet for my colors.  I then sprayed it with Art Anthology “Fairy Dust”, which gives it a super shimmer hard to pick up in the picture.

To color “Veiled Women SSD658” , I used an aqua brush to paint the same three distress colors as I put in the background.  I love that she looks a little steely.

I hope you’ll join the challenge this month.  If you need some stamps to play, use Discount Code: TJ10Kathy

Bye for now!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Embossed Vellum

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with inspiration using the May Technique Junkies stamps.  Pat is still offering 15% off the May release until the 8th.  You may also use TJ10Kathy for a 10% discount on your other purchases.

Stamps:

Steps for focal image:

  • Stamp “Own Kind of Beautiful” with Versamark ink on heavy weight vellum by Bazzill
  • Heat emboss using Rangers Liquid Platinum powder
  • Cut out with large My Favorite Things flag die
  • Attach with brads

Steps for background:

  • On dark card stock stamp “Lollipop Flowers” in Versamark Ink
  • Dust perfect pearl powders in several colors over the top of Versamark ink and brush off gently using soft brush
  • Stamp “Lollipop Flowers” around the edge of matting card stock for more interest.

As always, we hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today.  Please join us at the Facebook Group and for our current challenge that runs until May 13th.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

From The Heart Stamps: Midweek Design Team Inspiration

It’s Wednesday and time for the From The Heart Design Team Highlights.  Today, I made a masculine card to inspire you using “Fishing” Birdbrain” by From the Heart Digital Images. 

I colored the image with Copic Markers and used a My Favorite Things Blueprints Sketch die. The design paper is Boy oh Boy from Carte Belle.

Hope we see you this week at From the Heart Stamps to participate in the Sketch challenge. Don’t forget, we would also love to see your work on the Facebook Page.

 

Cards in Envy Challenge: Pretty Pastels

Happy Monday!  We here at Cards in Envy hope you are enjoying Spring.  Today we begin a new challenge highlighting “Pretty Pastels”.  What a great way to give some creative license.

As a quick reminder, please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 card without any large lumps or bumps. The challenge will run through Sunday, April 30th.  The design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

Today, my card features a Technique Junkies Stamp called “Large Poppies” which I stamped in Versamark Ink and white heat embossed over My Favorite Things watercolor design paper.  The “because die” and sentiment are also My Favorite Things.  To create the dimension in the “because”, I die cut it four times and stacked it up, then applied with Matte Medium Gel.  I finished off with Hero Arts hearts.

We can’t wait to see your Pretty Pastel entries over at Cards in Envy this challenge.  If you are interested in purchasing the above stamp, you can use my discount TJ10Kathy at the Technique Junkies Store.

Nature’s Rainbow

Hey Junkies!!

The Crafty Nurse here to help you through your week with some creative inspiration using both new and old stamps.  The first is one of Pat’s April release stamps “Art of God SD799”.  I paired this with clearance stamp called “Age Spots #SD087”, which is the perfect way to add a “splash” of color to your cards or art journal pages.

One of the cool tips I learned about adding embellishments is to add a drop of Stickles or Nuvo Drops to the center of your sequence.  This adds just a little detail that can really make your project shine.

I hope this post brings some sunshine to your day! Please join us over at the new Facebook group, we’d love to see your work.

Also, using TJ10Kathy, gets you 10% off Technique Junkies stamps.

Bye for now,

The Crafty Nurse

From The Heart Stamps April Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps April blog hop. This month our theme is “I’m No Spring Chicken”!   How fun, Right?

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.

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.

For my project, I used, “Chocolate Birdbrain” which I colored up in Copic Markers in V25, V22, and V20 for the body, E29, E25 & E23 for the chocolate, YG67, YG17 and YG03 for the grass and E23, E 31 and E33 for the dirt.

My background is made using the Inky Antic’s Cloud Stencil and some good old fashioned chalk.  My paper and dies are My Favorite Things.

Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s and see what she has created.

Hope you enjoy hopping with us today.  Our hop will end on Sunday April 9th at 6 am, and the winners will be posted on Wednesday April 13th.

Happy Hopping!

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #166

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with sketch #166 at From The Heart Stamps. Our challenges are simple, just use a From The Heart image and the sketch as a reference.  There is also an added option to use the provided colors. Totally up to you.  The sketch challenge runs through Sunday, March 19th.

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I love the clean lines of this sketch and was inspired by one of our sketch participants, Dandi, who “cut off the legs” of her Birdbrain and I thought this would work perfectly with this sketch too.  Thanks Dandi!    For my card today, I used “Hamlet Pigwit “Think Spring” which I colored using Copic Markers in R01, YR61 and R02. The paper pad and dies are My Favorite Things and an embossing folder adds texture.
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Sure hope you’ll join us this week for Sketch #166 at From The Heart Stamps.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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