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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!

From The Heart Stamps: Mid-week Design Team Inspiration 2-22-17

It’s Wednesday and time for the From The Heart Stamps  Mid-week Design Team Highlights.  Today, I made a spring inspired love card using Love You Mouse by From the Heart Digital Images.   As a reminder we have the Stamp of the Month challenge as well as the current sketch challenge for you to join.

I colored this sweetie with cool grey Copic Markers then cut him out with an oldie but goodie Spellbinders circle die. My papers are by Lawn Fawn.


We hope we see you this week over at From the Heart Stamps.  We are glad to back and seeing your beautiful cards. In addition to posting your card in the challenge, We’d love to see you on the FTHS Facebook group.

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:


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?


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.


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.



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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!!

The Crafty Nurse

Starburst Mermaid – Technique Junkies

The Crafty Nurse here with more inspiration using the June Technique Junkies release.

I used “By The Sea #SS060 Set of 6″  and fussy cut the sweet mermaid image.  The background is a My Favorite Things Die as is the design paper.  My sentiment, is also from the “By the Sea” set and embossed after cutting out with a Spellbinders die.  The technique used is from the Emboss and Die CD.

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


Happy Crafting!

The Crafty Nurse

A Blog Named Hero – Tone on Tone with Gina K Designs

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with another card for our Tone on Tone Challenge here at A Blog Named Hero.


For this card I used the gorgeous stamp by Gina K Designs called, “Birthday Blessings” using a technique called Tone on Tone Embossing I learned on StampTV, Gina K’s video tutorial site.


I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our May Tone on Tone Card Challenge! Thanks again to Gina K for her collaboration this month.  See you in June!






A Day For Daisies: Vellum Challenge

It’s Friday and time for a new challenge at A Day For Daisies.  This week we are using “Vellum.”  The challenge will run through Thursday, May 26th at noon on the A Day For Daisies Blog!

For my card today I used the beautiful image called, “Magical Poppy Dancer.”  I began by coloring this image with Copic Markers. I then used a Spellbinders die to cut out colored vellum for a lovely frame, then placed another frame of craft card stock over the entire image.  My background is a My Favorite Things script stamp in Hero Arts Vanilla,  my sentiment comes from Tim Holtz rub-ons, and I finished off with some hemp twine. 


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.

A Day For Daisies: Designers Vintage Showcase 4-29-16

Today at A Day For Daisies the design team has chosen some of their favorite Vintage images from the ADFD Store.  The “Anything But A Card” challenge is still going strong so be sure to stop by and enter your special project.

My card today uses Lady Hat Feathers, a vintage image featuring this lovely portrait.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and used My Minds Eye “Fancy That” paper pack.  To me, nothing says vintage more than some sewing and I love the effect used with my machine.

Please come by and enter using your A Day For Daisies Images. Please also visit our Facebook Community Page as we’d love to see your cards there too!

Entered in Marker Pop; ATG

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

Sketch Saturday Challenge #398

Happy Saturday!  I’m really excited for todays new Sketch Saturday challenge because I created the sketch!  It’s a very simple sketch, but I love it because it allows the image to be the focus.  This is especially important for this week because our sponsor is A Day For Daisies an absolute favorite of mine.  Tammy, the creator of A Day For Daisies, is offering a very generous $12.00 gift certificate to her store for our random winner!  You have until Friday, February 12th for a chance to win.

Here’s my sketch:


My card features the stunning image from A Day For Daisies called, Doll Face 5.”  I colored her with Copic Markers  and used watercolor pencils for the background.  The sentiment is from the Amazing stamp set by My Favorite Things as is the oval die.   The banner die is Simon Says Stamp and the Scallop die is Spellbinders.

Sketch 398

We’d love for you to join us for Sketch #398 at Sketch Saturday!



A Day For Daisies: Designers Valentine Showcase; Challenge 140

Today at A Day For Daisies the design team has chosen some of their favorite love images from the ADFD Store to showcase the “Love” challenge.  The inspiration for this challenge is this great collage.


My card today uses Mr. Right, a vintage image featuring an in love couple.  I started with Copic Markers, added a bit of watercolor pencil, and finished off with Art Anthology “Splash” which is a dimensional paint that is transparent and sparkly. I then embossed the whole image with a We R Memory Keepers folder, used a few My Favorite Things Die’s, added a sentiment from the new Hero Arts kit, and cut out the card base with a Spellbinders scallop die.

We can’t wait to see what your “Love” entry looks like using your A Day For Daisies Images. Please also visit our Facebook Community Page as we’d love to see your cards there too!


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