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Cards in Envy Challenge – Stripes!

Happy 4th of July to those in the states!  To celebrating, The Cards in Envy Challenge  is hosting a “Stripes” challenge and I’ve taken this opportunity to get patriotic.  As many of you know, my son is a Marine, and my father as well as my husbands father were in the Navy.

Remember, at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card though, we have loosened up our requirements and no longer require a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card as long as it fits in the A2 Envy.

The card I made uses the Taylor Expressions “Flag” die. It sure makes putting together a patriotic card easy.  My sentiment is from Papertrey Ink called “military hero”.


I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us some Stripes cards!  The challenge will run through Sunday, July 17th.

A Day For Daisies: “Add Wood” Challenge

It’s Friday and time for a new challenge at A Day For Daisies!  This week we are looking for “A Touch of Wood” on your project.  The challenge will run through Thursday, February 25th at noon on the A Day For Daisies Blog!

For my card today I used the fabulous image called, “Stick Horse Yellow.”  As the challenge was to add a touch of wood, I used “wood paper” to print my image on.  You can dye cut and print on “wood paper” so I thought this would be perfect to make my rocking horse with.

I then took my Copic R46 marker and colored it in being very careful to stay away from the black line as the wood bleeds terribly.  I also lined the image with a sharpie after I fussy cut it, which also bled a little, but I like the look a lot. I added a deeper shade of wood by distressing the bottom with gathered twigs Distress Ink. 

My paper pad is My Minds Eye Lost & Found – Union Square collection and wood designer collection.  The rectangle was cut out using Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangle die and the red borders are also wood paper colored with Copic R46.  Last, the sentiment is from the Mini Tags collection by Papertrey Ink.  

Rocking Horse

We’d love for you to visit our Facebook Community Page where you can post your creations in addition to adding them to the blog.  I can’t wait to see your “wood” creations this week.

Cards in Envy Challenge: White on White

Happy Monday!  That means it’s time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge and this week we are celebrating White on White cards! Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.

The challenge will run through Sunday, January 31st and our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I started with Our Daily Bread’s gorgeous “Vintage Flourish Pattern Dies” and stamped the Alte New “Oriental Orchid”  around the edges and finishing off with the Thank You sentiment in the same set.

White on White

White on White cards are so compelling. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for the Cards in Envy Challenge!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #395- Bunny Zoe Crafts

It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for a Sketch Saturday challenge.  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!  You have until Friday, January 22nd to enter your card for a chance to win.

The sketch this week is:


Now, for some inspiration.  Today I’ve used a Saturated Canary image called “First Snow.” You can get more images like this at Bunny Zoe Crafts.  I colored this cutie with Copic markers and used Our Daily Bread 6 x 6 design paper.  My snowflakes are from a Close To My Heart set which I heat embossed in silver.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Cards in Envy Challenge: Let It Snow

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is “Let It Snow.”

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope, which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card I used a Rhonda Designs Digital Image called, “Snow Heart.”  I colored him with Copic Markers and cut it out with a scalloped Lifestyle Crafts Die.  The background was created using the My Favorite Things background builder and the sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink.

Let it Snow - wm

Hope you join us at Cards in Envy for our Let It Snow challenge!

From The Heart Stamps – October SOTM

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today I am bringing you the From The Heart Stamps October Progressive Stamp of The Month Challenge.  If you want to participate, simply purchase this months stamp, enter and next month you will get a free SOTM.  As long as you continue to participate, you keep getting free stamps!!!

As you all know, fall is my favorite time of the year so this Cornucopia stamp really spoke to me.  I colored it with copic markers, used Carta Bella “A Perfect Autumn” paper and a papertrey ink sentiment.  The ribbon banner is a My Favorite Things die.

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Technique Junkies Christmas

Hey Junkies,

It’s the Crafty Nurse here back with a little holiday spirit!  Okay, okay, it’s a little early, but would you believe there are only 12 more weeks until Christmas?  It’s okay though, Pat has released some gorgeous Holiday stamps that you can use to make multiple cards or gift sets so I thought I’d share a few quick ideas to accomplish that.

All my cards began with the Peppermint Swirl stamp from the September release.  I stamped the first layer with white pigment ink and then a second layer of dye ink.  Easy peasy!

The first card’s focal point is another great September release called, “Ornament 1.”  I embossed 4 layers of Liquid Platinum from Ranger and then stamped right into the wet powder after it was melted.  This works great for very detailed stamps.

Close up of “Ornament 1”

 For this card I only used the white pigment ink and no dye overlay ink.  I did some inlayed die cutting with the snow die making for a very quick and easy card that is great to send through the mail because it’s completely flat.

My third card uses the same technique as card #1 with the focal stamp being “Joy”, also from the September release.

Close-up of the “Joy” stamp dipped in multiple layers of embossing powder after it was heat set.

I hope you’ve gotten a little holiday spirit and look forward to seeing you at our Blog Hop that starts tomorrow on October 1st!

Goodbye for now,

The Crafty Nurse


Cards in Envy Challenge: Colors of Fall

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge using the theme of Colors of Fall!  You all know that I love, love, love the fall and now that I’ve moved to Virginia, I can’t wait to see how all the trees here are going to show their true majesty.

The rules at Cards in Envy  are simple.  We ask that your cards fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing.  That doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple as you can see from my card.

I took a different route with my card today using a project featured on the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday post focusing on creative card borders using dies. This is a super way to get some dimension in your card without changing the general A2 shape.  All the stamps and dies are from Papertrey Ink and the ink is Hero Arts Shadow.

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I look forward to seeing what your Color of Fall cards look like at Cards in Envy!

The Alley Way – Guest Designer

Hello Crafty Friends!  I’m back today as a guest designer for The Alley Way Stamps Blog.  I hope you’ve had a chance to stop by The Alley Way store to see the fun new stamps from the September Release.

Today’s cards feature The Alley Way stamp sets called, “Star of the Show,” “Kid N’ Caboodle,” and “Good Point.”

For my first card I took all the chevron arrows from “Good Point” and began stamping them with Simon Says Stamp white pigment ink.  Making sure that was completely dry, I then stamped over that and to the left with Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  I heat embossed the sentiment from “Star of the Show,” added sequins, and then applied stickles to the center for a little shine.


My second card features “Kid N’ Caboodle” and “Star of the Show”  This time I chose the Lightening Bug image to highlight.  I love that you can make so many fun cards from one set.   I made the background by white heat embossing the large stars image then inked with Distress Ink in blues and purples.  The moon is also inked with distress ink and faux stitched using a Copic Multi-liner. The “Thanks” sentiment is a die from Papertrey Ink and the hill border is a die from Lawn Fawn.  Using the sentiment from the set I made this into a great thank you card.


I hope you enjoyed the cards made for The Alley Way Stamps.  It was great fun to work with these super whimsical stamps and look forward to seeing some of your projects out there on social media.

The Crafty Nurse

A Day For Daisies: Veggie Lover Showcase 8-21-15

It’s Friday and today at A Day For Daisies we are showcasing the Veggie Lover collection!  Summer is a great time for fresh veggies and I know I sure have been enjoying them.  I’d also like to remind you we are still running the Sequins Challenge that ends on August 27th at Noon so come on by and enter while you can.

To highlight this collection, I made a card using “Carrots.”  The carrots were colored with Copics in YR15, YR18, YR68 and Y09.  The stems were Y17 and Y67.

The paper pad is from Lily Bee Design’s “Handmade” collection. The tag stamp and die is Lawn Fawn, the sentiment is Paper Trey Ink and the label die is My Favorite Things.

We look forward to seeing you at both A Day For Daisies Blog and Facebook Community Page!

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