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Technique Junkies – Masculine Themed Nautical Card

The Crafty Nurse here for a midweek post to spark your creative flow.  Have you joined our monthly challenge?  If not, we’d love to see your cards and your entry may just win a prize at the same time. You can find the challenge over on the sidebar of the Technique Junkies Blog. 

We’d also love to see your cards and projects over at the new Technique Junkies Facebook Group.

Now let’s get on to the inspiration.  I’ve combined both new older Technique Junkies Stamps for a masculine themed card.  I used die cuts to create interest and added depth with distress inks.

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Happy day!

The Crafty Nurse

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.

The challenge will run through Sunday, July 2nd.  Our design team will be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

For my card I started with a Spellbinders Die and created a shaker card with white sequence.  My sentiment is from WPlus9 called, “Doodle Buds”, stamped in Hero Arts Silver.

White on White cards are so fun to create, but hard to photograph.  I ended up using a filter to get that tonal white on white feel.  I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this week for the Cards in Envy Challenge!

Cards in Envy Challenge: You’re The Man

Happy Monday!  We are celebrating “You’re The Man” for the Cards in Envy challenge this week. That means we’d love to see cards that showcase boys, men or masculine cards of any occasion.  Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 size envelope.

My card features Artistic Impressions “Gordon Golf”.  After stamping him on Copic X-Press it paper with Momento Tuxedo Black ink, I colored him with Copic Markers.  The design on the pants was inspired by the stamps packaging. For my background, I took a stamp from Club Scrap’s 2008 Mirror, Mirror collection and stamped a plaid pattern with using Navy, Cornflower, & Web Cement shadow inks.

You have until Sunday, June 18th to enter the “You’re The Man” challenge over at Cards in Envy.   Can’t wait to see what you do.

Entered in: Stamp Ink Paper: Masculine

Send a Smile For Kids: ATG

Technique Junkies March Blog Hop!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for a Technique Junkies Blog Hop showcasing the new March release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

Pat is again offering 15% off all March Release Stamps for one week! If you haven’t been over to the Technique Junkies store recently, there are a lot of great new stencils as well as other great art supplies for your creative journey.

My first card today showcases my favorite stamp of the bunch simply called,  “Queen SD787”.  Using my Misti, I stamped her several times with Versafine Black Onyx ink and clear heat embossed her.  I then brought out some watercolors, specifically, the new Daniel Smith color called ” Purpurite Genuite – STUNNING.  I also used some Hematite for shading.  The background started with the new Jane Davenport papers that you can purchase from Michael’s put together using the “Tie it Together” technique from TJ December 2014 subscriber pages.

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My next card features the new stamp, “We Pour #SD755” using a version of “Distressed Stained Dip Technique in the Artistic Effects CD.”   Instead of Distress Stains, I used traditional Distress Inks from the standard size pads and applied them to my craft mat.  This was actually the second generation, hence the lighter application.  The colors are Faded Jeans and Gathered Twigs.  

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My next card uses the “Sweet Baby Set of 4 #SS072” stamped with the background called, Gessstencil Crayons, also from the December 2014 TJ Subscriber pages.  My watercolor crayons are Neocolor II’s in a Yellow Green and Turquoise and stencil is a Tim Holtz design.  For the focal image, I did a some stitching around the sweet baby shoes because something about stitching and baby goes together for me.  I chose one of the three sentiments in this new set and added rub-on stitching to the edge of the card as well.  Perhaps this will bring my boys some inspiration to make me a grandmother!!

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My final card showcases “Big Bunny #S685”  using “Antique Glimmers” technique from December 2009 Subscriber Pages.  It’s hard to pick up but he’s so shimmery.  My sentiment “Kindness Matters #SDx026” is perfect for this sweet bunny and so important to remember as we go through our day.

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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, you in the right place!  Gorgeous cards my friend!

The next stop is the wildly creative Ro Donner.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman 

Pam DeChellis

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

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

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #161

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  The sketch challenges are back on here at From The Heart Stamps.  Today, we have Sketch 161, which has two twists.  The first is the color option and the second is to use a birthday cake.

The only rule is to use a From The Heart image and the sketch and the rest is up to you.  Here’s our sketch:
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For my card I am still in a “Valentine” mood.  To show case this I used February’s Free “Stamp of the Month” called, “Hogs & Kisses Pigwit”.   If you participated in our last SOTM challenge in June, you’ll have gotten this image for free in your e-mail.  If not, there’s still a way to get the image.  Check it out here.

I colored up Pigwit with Copic Markers in my favorite piggy color combination of R01, YR61, & Ro2.  I also used the warm grey’s in W5, W3, W1, W0 & W00.  The candies are colored using RV29, RV25, RV23, & RV21 and finally, the ground is E43, E41 and E40.

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Sure hope you’ll join us this week for Sketch #161 at From The Heart Stamps.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!

From The Heart Stamps February Blog Hop!

Were back!  We’ve missed all of you during our hiatus but the design team has come back together for the From the Heart Stamps February blog hop.  This month our theme is “Love and Friendship.” With Valentine’s around the corner, what a great way to get some inspiration from all the FTHS designers so please make sure you stop by all of their blogs to see their hop projects.

If you have arrived from Kathy Curry’s blog, 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.

Here is my project, using “In My Heart Birdbrain.”  As many of you know I’ve pulled back from a lot of the design team work I’d been doing and it felt really nice to get back into some Copic coloring using FTHS images.

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Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s blog and see what she has created. As you hop along, leave a comment on each blog. We will select a random winner from the comments on each blog and on the FTHS blog to win one image of your choice.

Our hop will end on Sunday February 5th 2017 at 6 am, and the winners will be posted on Wednesday February 8th.

Thanks for hopping with us today.

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Simon Says Stamp – Color of Love

Technique Junkies – Thankful Swirls

The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration from Technique Junkies.

Today, I used “Layered Swirls”  as a background for my die cut leaves which I heat embossed in gold.  The sentiment is from “Typewriter Set” and find it a perfect saying for someone weathering a storm, which to me this card represents. The background is Alcohol Ink on Yupo which I spritzed again with 91% Alcohol for that spread out splottchy effect.  I cut out the cardbase using a Simon Says Stamp die. I distressed and added twine to finish.

Stop by Technique Junkies store to pick up some great supplies for your inky pleasure!

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Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies November Blog Hop! GIVE AWAY

Is it November already? Unbelievable!  It’s almost time for the Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas beginning on November 15th over at the Technique Junkie Design Team’s site.  That means every day from November 15th through December 15th prepare to be inspired with wonderful cards for the holidays.

For today though, the Technique Junkies Design Team is showing off the new releases for November.

I had the opportunity to once again meet with Pat at the Hampton Roads stamp show this past month and was able to pick up some fun new products including Art Anthology Products and Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I have to admit I am IN LOVE with these products and was happy to add more to my collection.

As usual, Pat has come up with some great new stamps for this release and I know you are going to love them. Pat is offering 15% off all November Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d also like to welcome two new DT members to the TJ Team.  Ro Donner and Cheri Weston.   Welcome ladies!! I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new November Release stamps.

Whew!  If you’ve made it this far I’m offering a give away for a random commenter of the Coffee with Friends SD734  stamp.  Leave me a comment and I will pick a winner on Sunday, November 6th.

Now, for some inspiration.

My first project features two of the new release stamps. The first is Glowing Branches #S717 and the focal image is Survive Together #SD752.  I used Distress & Archival inks along with Art Anthology “Lava Stone Effects” which gives fabulous texture!

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My second card again uses the “Survive Together” stamp this time using trapped resist technique.  I created a base layer with alcohol inks then stamped my image with Versamark and embossed with clear.  I then distressed over the top and coated it with Art Anthology “Dazzle Medium” .  The background is more distress inks which reminds me a little of a cloudy day.

 

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My next project uses the background stamp called “Layered Swirls S719”.  I wanted to remind everyone that you don’t have to use the entire stamp to make a beautiful project.  I began by creating a alcohol inked background on Yupo paper stamped and gold heat embossed the Layered Swirl stamp, then cut out with a leaf die.  The sentiment is another new release called “Trust Your Journey SDX081”

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I’ll leave you with one final card and the inspiration for the GIVEAWAY.  This stamp is so sweet and perfect for a friend.  Please leave me a comment below for a chance to win this stamp.  The base of the card is stenciled using “Kona” Art Anthology Paint then sprayed with Distress Inks.  The focal image, “Coffee With Friends SD734″ is stamped on another alcohol ink background. I sprayed the whole think with Distress Mica Spray and it’s really sparkly in real life.

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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  Karen McAlpine’s  Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Karen!

The next stop is over at Ro Donner’s Blog.  Ro is one of our newest DT members along with Cheri Weston. Welcome to your 1st TJ Blog hop ladies – please leave them lots of love.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Karen McAlpine

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis 

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies November Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off November Stamps for the next week only!  Also – please comment for a chance at the GIVEAWAY.

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 10-3-16

Hello stampers!  It’s my week for The House that Stamps Built project of the week!  Today I’d like to bring you a Distress Crayon and Collage technique great to use for some of your fall projects.

For this project the supplies I used are:

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Let’s start with the card base.  Grab some watercolor paper and apply several Distress stains (or sprays) to your nonstick surface.  Then add a few spritzes of water to get the ink moving and dip your paper into the ink to soak up some lovely color.  Did you know that Distress Sprays are exactly the same formula as the Distress Stains, just in a spray bottle?

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Dip your watercolor paper into the ink.  Alter the way you dip by tapping or dragging. You can go back in a few times until you get the patterning you like. Then heat set.

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Next, I did a little stamping with Repeat Impressions Falling Leaves using Sepia archival ink as we are going to apply more wet medium and need a waterproof ink.

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Now, lets stamp the Large Oak, Maple, and Pinecone stamps on the Tim Holtz Tissue Paper.  I used black soot, which I made from the Distress Reinker and a DIY ink pad as they don’t sell a regular Black Soot pad.  The Black Soot is a truer back while the Jet Black archival has a bit of a blue tint.

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Once stamped, it’s very important you let dry or heat set.

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Loosely cut out the images.  There is no need to be very fussy.

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Compose your images the way you would like and begin adhering them to your background using the Distress Collage Medium.  You can use either the standard collage medium, crazing, or vintage medium as it really doesn’t matter.  You can also use regular matt medium of you don’t have the Distress line.

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Once all is adhered I heat set again.  It you used crazing and applied it thick enough, you’ll have little cracks which look really great with the Distress Crayons.

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Now it’s time to add the Distress Crayons.  I used Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade.  To camouflage the edges, apply the distress crayon around the adhered stamped leaves and rub in with your finger. I added a little bit of Mustard Seed in the background as well as white as highlight.

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Here is the finished piece after the Distress Crayons. I think you can’t hardly see the edges of the collage pieces.

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I stamped and embossed my sentiment.  So that your sentiment lines up perfectly with your die cut card base, simply cut your sentiment with the same die you used on your card based and viola, a perfect fit.

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I hope you’ll try some Distress Collage on your cards this week and we’d love to see you enter them in our weekly challenge here at The House That Stamps Built.  Each time you do, you are entered in for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate.

I’ll leave you with my final project using the Distress Collage technique.  Happy Crafting!!
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The Crafty Nurse

Cards in Envy Challenge: Hello Fall!

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge using the theme of Hello Fall!  You all know that I love, love, love the fall and can’t wait to see the full glory of the beautiful fall trees.

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 and didn’t do any stamping.  The leaves are a Lawn Fawn Stitched Die with a Hero Arts font die.  The “you” is a Simon Says Stamp die that I layered and glossy accented.

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I really look forward to seeing what your Hello Fall cards look like at Cards in Envy!  We are having record number of entries on the blog lately and I’m thrilled to see all your gorgeous work.

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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