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Cards in Envy Challenge: Trick or Treat

As we quickly approach Halloween, Cards in Envy is hosting a challenge that will help you celebrate “Trick or Treat” time.  The challenge is running through Sunday, November 1st.  Also as a quick reminder, please keep your cards to a standard A2 size.

For some inspiration, I colored “Patches the Ghost” with Copic Markers.  This sweet image is by From The Heart Stamps.  I cut out the hat from “Broom Flying Birdbrain” and added a twine bow. The paper is Authentique “Enchanted” 6 x 6 pad and the sentiment is Paper Smooches “Goulfriends.”

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Now come on over to Cards in Envy and show us your Trick or Treat cards!

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Crazy For Challenges: ATG

Craft Your Passion: ATG

Crafty Sentiments: Halloween

Simon Says Stamp: Color Inspiration

Addicted To Stamps: ATG

Fusion: Photo Only

Curtain Call: Pumpkin

Art By Miran: ATG

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!

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Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #40 – Photo Inspiration

Happy 4th of July to those in America!  It’s time for a new challenge at Open-Minded Crafting.  Today we are doing a photo inspiration challenge.  What is great about this type of challenge is the artistic freedom left open to you and your interpretation of the photo.  I sure hope you’ll join us because this is the second to the last challenge at Open-Minded Crafting Challenges blog.

Here is our photo:


Again, we have some really fantastic sponsors who are offering very generous prizes.  All you need to do is enter a card, or three for a chance to win.  The last day to enter for this challenge is July 17th. Here is a list of the sponsors and their prizes:

bugbadge2_zpsf61bba10Winning Prize: 7 Digital Images

Faery InkWinning Prize: 5 Digital Images

KennyKWinning Prize: 3 Images

Oakpond Winning Prize: 3 Digital Images

My design team inspiration today features a Kenny K image called, “Da Bomb”.  She looks like she may be up to a little trouble, but was sure fun to color as so many of KennyK’s images are.  I used Copic Markers and fussy cut her out, making sure to use a black permanent marker on the edges to give that extra detail.  I pulled out the orange in the photo as well as the flowers for my inspiration.

The background is stamped with Paper Smooches “I Heart Art” splats and then stenciled with a mesh using distress ink.  I then used a brick embossing folder to give that “wall” type feeling.  She is standing on a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle and to complete the card I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches and added watercolor flowers and sequins.

I hope you stop by Open-Minded Crafting Challenge,  to check out all the other design team inspiration and enter our nearly final challenge.

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Kenny K’s Krafty Krew #198-ATG 

Lia Stamps: Homemade Floweres

Simon Says Stamp: We are going Dotty

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:


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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Send a Smile 4 Kids: Pastel Colors

Happy Saturday!  That means it’s time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge and we are celebrating Pastel Colors!  You have until Friday, April 3rd to enter your pastel card.  Again, we have great sponsors who are giving away super prizes.

1) Milk Coffee – offering 3 digital images of winners choice.

2) All Dressed Up – offering 2 digital images of winners choice.

3) The Cutting Cafe– offering 3 digital images or cut files of winners choice.

My first card uses All Dressed Up’s “I Love My Puppy” digital image which I colored with Copic Markers.  I then distressed the edges with primsacolor pencils and a paper stump.  The paper pack is Simple Stories “Vintage Bliss” which I cut out using My Favorite Things dies.  I fussy cut the butterflies and die cut Papertrey Inks’ “Hello” die from the same paper pack.  The image is cut from a Spellbinders label die and I colored the background with spun sugar distress ink.  I finished off the butterflies with gems.

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The next card features Milk Coffee’s  “Charlotte with Frilly Umbrella”.  She was colored with Copic Markers then fussy cut.  I used the same Simple Stories “Vintage Bliss” paper pack as my first card.  The flag dies are My Favorite Things as is the button die.  The sentiment is Papers Smooches.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using Pastel colors.

Don’t forget, Send a Smile 4 Kids has added more hospitals and need your donated cards. Come on over and check out the donation needs. Here’s How.

Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #31 Good Luck

Happy Saturday!  I do love the weekend!  Today at Open-Minded Crafting we begin our “Good Luck” challenge, which runs through Friday, March 13th.    There are lots of prizes from our generous sponsors so I hope you’ll join us.  Our design team will also choose their favorite so check back to see if your card was featured at Open-Minded Crafting Challenges.

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

Dilly BeansPrize: 3 Digital Images

Digistamps 4 JoyPrize: 5 Digital Images

MakeItCrafty_zpsc3772400Prize: $10 Dollar Gift Certificate

PaperAddictions_zpsda3d8822Prize: 5 Digital Images

For my card today, I chose a striking image from Dilly Beans.  In keeping with the theme of luck, I had to use a lot of green.  I colored her with Copics and used the Amy Tangerine “Plus One” collection.  The circle die is My Favorite Things and the sentiment is Paper Smooches.

Can’t wait to see what your Good Luck looks like!

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Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Digitally Sweet Challenges: ATG

Marker Pop: Bright Colors

Love to Scrap: ATG

Send a Smile 4 Kids: Punches and/or Die Cuts

Happy Saturday!  That means it’s time for a new Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge and we are having fun with punches and dies.  I can remember a few years ago when it was not common to have a die for almost every stamp made and that you needed an entire wall to store all your punches.  Thankfully, dies are thin and I’m not afraid to admit, I have a few!

As usual for we have some really great sponsors this week.  You have until Friday, March 6th to enter.

Also, a quick reminder that Send a Smile 4 Kids is growing and has added more hospitals and volunteers to take your donated cards.  We hope you’ll consider donating some cards for kids in need.  Check out how.

Now, let’s get on to those sponsors:

1) Flat Friends – offering 6 digital images of winners choice

2) Paper Shelter – offering 3 digital images of winners choice

3) Sassy Studios – offering 4 digital images of winners choice

My first card uses Flat Friends “Love Heart”.  He’s colored with Copic’s and the paper is Carta Bella “Boy oh Boy” collection.  The “bubble die” is My Favorite Things and the curved die he’s sitting on is the “curved edge” die from Simon Says Stamp.  The love sentiment is Paper Smooches.

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The next card features “Soccer Star” from Paper Shelter. He’s colored with copics and the paper is and oldie but a goodie from Deja Views called “Sports”.  The circles dies are from My Favorite Things.

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 My last card features Sassy Studios “Boom Box” who I also colored with copics and used the Amy Tangerine “Plus One” collection.  Rectangle die and Sentiment are My Favorite Things.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using your punches and dies.

Make it Monday – Papertrey Ink

As you all know I love learning new techniques.  I found this great tutorial on Nicole Heady’s blog for Make it Monday’s project this week and I definitely wanted to share it.   It calls for using cover plate dies in a different way.  Her recommendation was to offset the same die to create a shadow.  Instead of doing that, I took the Center State Die cover plate and turned it upside down.  I used Basic Grey’s “What’s Up” 6 x 6 pack and selected one solid and one with a design.  The sentiment is “lots of love” from Paper Smooches cut on a Simon Says Stamp flag die.  I colored it with copic markers in R05, R24 and R27, then covered it with wink of stella and ended it with diamond glaze from Judikins.

I like the way it came out – what do you think?

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PaperTrey Ink: MIM

Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Crafty Gals; Try Something New (Dies used new way)

CAS-ual: Friday: C&S

House of Cards: Love

Paper Smooches: ATG

Online Card Classes – Velveteen Stamping

For those of you who aren’t in the Online Card Classes new Clean & Simple 4, you are really missing out.   Today’s class was really cool and here is my card using the technique taught by Karolyn Loncon called Velveteen Stamping – it’s really cool.  The stamp set is from Paper Smooches with accents and sentiments from Simon Says Stamp.  Background is “friends” from Hero Arts. Here’s my card:

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Addicted to Stamps: C&S

Loves Rubber Stamps: Girly

Sentimental Sunday


Simon Says Stamp January Kit; Card 4

For this card I used Retro Sketches design 146.  I created a frame using My Favorite Things square Dies and stamped the sentiment using “Birthday Buddies” from Paper Smooches.  I embossed the background using “Tiny Triangles” from Hero Arts and stamped the sentiment with Navy Hero Arts Shadow Ink.  The button is also MFT die tied with Close To My Heart Waxy Thread.

Happy Birthday


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Retro Sketches: 146

Crazy 4 Challenges: Winter Birthday

Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Seize the Birthday

Crafty Sentiments Designs: ATG

Crafting By Design: Embossing


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