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Cards in Envy Challenge “Be Mine”

As we get closer to Valentine’s day, here at Cards in Envy we are having a “Be Mine” challenge. Cards in Envy challenge entries can be any size as long as they fit within a standardized A2 Envelope.

For my card today, I used a few different Hero Arts products.  The first is last years Hero Arts January Card Kit, which is no longer available, but new kits come out monthly.  I also used Hero Arts “Love” Stamp and Cut, which has both the stamp and the die in one package.

The background is created with a Rhonda Palazarri stencil that I applied with white Pan Pastels. Using Pan Pastel’s in stencils is a fabulous because the paint doesn’t seep through the other side and you get a really nice image.  I blurred out the background to get a little more cohesion, which I felt looked “cloudy” and lovey.

After doing my stamping and die cutting, I applied a strip of American Crafts black glitter paper over American Crafts design paper called “Valentine”.  I edged the hearts in black Tombow and popped them up with foam tape for dimension.


I do hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “Be Mine” cards.  The challenge will run through February 19th and we look forward to seeing your entries!

The House That Stamps Built: Color Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built color challenge!   You have until Tuesday, October 11th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  Also, if you use a Repeat Impressions stamps, you will receive an additional entry for a better chance to win.

Here are this weeks colors:


For my card this week I used Repeat Impressions “Plate 2300” which is a collection of Halloween images. I started by creating the background by stenciling black pan pastel through the Tim Holtz web stencil.  I then stamped the Repeat Impression bats and spider webs on a blue panel.  My sentiment is also from the Halloween Plate 2300.


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.

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 April we have springy daffodils.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, April 26th 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:

April Photo Image

For my card, I began by creating a diagonal pattern with my luscious Pan Pastels using a piece of paper as a mask to create straight lines.  Once I was happy with the background pattern, I stamped Repeat Impressions “Daffodils 904-L”  for my focal image and “Thank You” for the sentiment.

April Photo Inpsiration

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.

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 4-18-16

Hello stampers!

The Crafty Nurse here with a Project of the Week for The House that Stamps Built.  Today I’m bringing you a super easy technique using Pan Pastel’s, which if you are not familiar are great pans of gorgeous chalky color.

For this project the supplies I used are:


I began by cutting a piece of smooth bristol paper into 4.25 by 4.25 pieces and treated it with an antistatic bag.


I then placed a light application of blue pan pastel chalk over the entire surface of the bristol paper.


I inked up the “Nature’s Quartet” with Versmark…


and stamped it onto the paper coated with the first layer of Pan Pastel’s.


After making sure your Versamark is dry, apply a darker hue over the stamped image.  This provides excellent contrast to your image picking up only in the areas of the stamped image .  Don’t be afraid to use different colors as the Pan Pastel’s mix very well. For example, try a yellow base layer with red over your stamped image. If you have the metallic pan pastel’s, you can start with gold, then layer over with any other color for a metallic hue.


I chose to use a diagonal pattern when applying the darker hues.  I did one corner in darker green and the opposite in darker blue.  


To finish off I sprayed a pastel fixative but if you don’t have that you can use hair spray.


That’s  all there is to it!  For my finished card, I added a little bit of washi tape as a frame and embossed my center wood leaf with versmark and Stampendous powder.  I love altering my wooden embellishments.


I hope you enjoyed this super easy tutorial and break out some of those Pan Pastels you’ve been hoarding!

Hope you’ll join us on Wednesday for the Photo Inspiration Challenge.  I know you’ll love it!

The Crafty Nurse


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.

March-Whimsical Chalk

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

The Crafty Nurse

A Day For Daisies: Add Flowers Challenge Showcasing “It’s a Child’s World 2-26-16

It’s Friday!  Yeah!  We are starting a new challenge at A Day For Daisies and adding some flowers to our projects this week.  For our images, the design team is showcasing images from “It’s a Child’s World.”  The challenge will run through Thursday, March 10th at noon on the A Day For Daisies Blog!

For my card today I used the sweet image called, “Dolls Margaret Evans Price Style.”  I colored the images with Copic Markers and added Prisma pencils to add some detail.  The sky was created with Pan Pastels using a cloud stencil from my stash. 

For my tree, I kept a background made with Ken Oliver Color Bursts and used a My Favorite Things tree die for the branch.  I then took white flowers and colored them in the same Copic’s used for my image, then added gems.

Children Reading

We’d love for you to visit our Facebook Community Page where you can post your creations in addition to adding them on the blog.  Adding flowers is a fun way to embellish your projects and I look forward to seeing your creations this week.

The Alley Way – Guest Designer

Hello Crafty Friends!  I am here as a guest designer for The Alley Way Stamps Blog for the month of September.  I was excited to participate with The Alley Way as they have such whimsical stamps that are super fun to color.

I will be posting twice this month and for my first post I am featuring the adorable stamp set called, “Kid N’ Caboodle.”  This versatile set comes in both rubber and SVG. For my first card I colored this adorable froggy with Copic Markers and stamped the sentiment multiple times across the grass.  The cloud die is new from Lawn Fawn called “Puffy Cloud Borders” and colored with Pan Pastels.  The balloon and grass dies are from My Favorite Things.


My second card features both “Kid N’ Caboodle” and “Good Point” both in clear stamps and SVG files.  This time I chose the Lady Bug image to make a slider card.  If you haven’t made a slider before, here is a tutorial from Sandy Allnock.  I colored the this sweet ladybug with Copic Markers then used Ranger Black Enamel to give shine to her dots.  The pull sentiment is from “Good Point,” which has lots of other great sentiments for interactive cards.


Here is the card with the tab pulled out showing the fun love bug sentiment from “Kid N. Caboodle”.


I hope you enjoyed the cards made for The Alley Way Stamps.  I’ll be back on September 20th with two more cards to share.

The Crafty Nurse

Sketch Saturday Challenge #370 – Bunny Zoe Crafts

Happy Saturday Sketchers!  It’s time for a Sketch Saturday challenge and this week we are sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts who is offering a 10 pound gift certificate to their online store for our random winner!

The sketch this week is:


Today I’ve used a Make it Crafty digital image sold at Bunny Zoe Crafts.  I colored her with Copic markers and created a street so she can do some exercising!  I’ve been doing some walking of my own and thought this would be a great image for inspiration.  After printing the image I used my Micron .03 pen and ruler to draw the sidewalk.  I created the sky using Pan Pastels and a cloud stencil from my stash.  It’s all cut out using a Simon Says Stamp stitched die and stamped with a Paper Smooches sentiment from “Sentiment Sampler.” Finally, the stars are a die from Papertrey ink.

I can’t wait to see what you create and Sketch Saturday Challenge!

Sketch 370-wm


Brown Sugar Challenge #155

I’m thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as a new Design Team member for Brown Sugar Challenges!  Brown Sugar Challenges is a very busy weekly challenge blog supported by great sponsors and fabulous prizes.

For my first challenge, the theme is “Girly,” sponsored by Sassy Studios Design.  Today I’m using a “Snow Queen Sassy” to showcase my “Girly” card.  The sheerness of her clothing reminded me of an etherial angel so I put her in the clouds.  She is colored with Copic Markers and the background is created with Pan Pastel chalks and a cloud stencil.  The edges are a band of Washi Tape by Little B and the sentiment is Simon Says Stamp “Forever & Always” embossed with clear powder over Versafine ink.


I can’t wait to see what your Girly Card looks like this week and hope you’ll join us at Brown Sugar Challenges for a chance to win some great prizes!

Technique Junkies Memorial Poppy

Happy Memorial Day friends.  Having a father who served in the Navy for 20 years and a son who just completed his service to the Marines, this day always brings me to thoughts of those who gave their lives for our freedom.

The Memorial Day Poppy was originated by Moina Michael in 1915, as inspired by the poem, “Flanders Fields”.  She developed her own poem that went as such:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

For my contribution today I made a card featuring Poppy “SD293” by Technique Junkies.  I began using the Scene Silhouette technique on the Simple & Easy Inking Technique CD found at the Technique Junkies store. The background is created using Pan Pastels and washi tape.  After stamping the poppy on the Scene Silhouette background in archival ink, I colored in with Liquitex Ink in Naphthol Crimson. The sentiment is from my favorite of Technique Junkies called, “Things I want to do”.

Memorial Day Poppy-Scene Sillouette-wm

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