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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.

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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!

Good Thoughts Technique Junkies

Hello Junkies!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here today with a quick card using “Shine Like Sunbeams #SD691” from the Technique Junkies July release.  The focal image is stamped over a background created by spraying Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays over a Joggles stencil. The colors are Summer Lovin’ Sun and Kissin’ Keneckie Coral.  The background is simply white heat embossed repeatedly using the same focal image.  The scallop and square dies are both My Favorite Things.  Don’t you just love this sentiment?

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Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Day!

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built; Frames: Rectangle & Marquee

Hello stamping friends.  Repeat Impressions announces yet another new release called, “Frames: Rectangle & Marquee.”   Instead of a traditional “blog hop,”  The House that Stamps Built blog in collaboration with the Repeat Impressions Rock Stars have made some beautiful samples for your enjoyment beginning Thursday June 16th thru Sunday, June 19th to showcase the new stamps on the blog each day.

All the images are available as wood mount stamps or as plain, unmounted rubber individually.  If you prefer, the complete series is available as a plain unmounted sheet of rubber so that you can get ALL 8 stamps in this series at a huge savings.

To enjoy the samples created by the Rock Stars, please visit The House That Stamps Built blog each day beginning Thursday, June 16th thru Sunday, June 19th.  Leave your comments to be entered into a drawing to win an unmounted sheet of RI’s Frames. To qualify for this free giveaway your comments must be left no later than 5pm eastern time on Sunday, June 19th  On Monday, June 20th Wendy will announce the winner on Repeat’s Facebook page so be sure to “Like” and follow them there if you don’t already.

Here’s my card using Repeat Impressions Frames 10401 as well as the Flip Fancy Die Set. I also used the handy vertical Happy Birthday stamp 6104-J  on my card.  The technique is simply spray ink over a stencil on a old book page. Nothing fancy.  I then ran some of the book paper through an embossing folder, used the RI Flip Fancy Die Set to pop up those layers.

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My other card was made using the new “Frames 10404″ stamped in a pattern using Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Pool, Tide Pool, Mint Juliep, and Lemon Yellow.  I stamped the “You” plate 10100 for my sentiment and called it a card.

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We hope you enjoy the new Frames: Rectangle & Marquee by Repeat Impressions Stamps.  Don’t forget to stop by the The House that Stamps Built blog from June 16th through June 19th for a chance to win free stamps!

Technique Junkies June Blog Hop!

Are you ready for some great summer images showcasing the new Technique Junkies June release? Pat has some great summer images which are all on sale for 15% off through June 8th, so shop while the getting is good.  Don’t forget to check out all the cool stencils, art anthology colorations, and dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new June Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card uses the technique called, Metallic Pop from the Emboss or Die CD.  I started by spraying Avocado and Siesta Key’s Art Anthology Colorations.  I then embossed with the “Bubble” embossing folder by Tim Holtz/Sizzix and applied “Platinum Metallic Rub” over the raised areas.  The featured sentiment is one of the gorgeous June releases called, “Learn to Surf #SD681” which I embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum powder to match the metallic rub.  I also used the “Wisped Frames” technique on the sentiment, which is also from “Emboss or Die” CD.

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My second card features the “Bold Shells #SD681” stamp over the “Distressed Stain Dip” technique from the “Artistic Effects” CD.  I stamped it twice using the Misti with Hero Arts Intense Black ink so it turned out very vibrant.  The sentiment is another June release called, “Beachin’ It SDX074”.

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My next card uses a version of the “Doubly Irresistible Tutorial” from the Simple & Easy Inking CD. I changed up the ink and instead of pigment inks and Copics, I used Art Anthology Colorations in Sandcastle and Timeless with black Irresistible Spray.  The focal stamp is the new “Beautiful Conch S667” which I heat embossed with Stampendous Bronze Enamels.  The sentiment is from “By The Sea #SS060 Set of 6″ and heat embossed with gold.

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For my final card I began with the Sandcastle and Siesta Keys Art Anthology Colorations using the Stencil Spray Fun in the Sensational Stencils CD. I then applied distress inks in Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, and Vintage Photo and spritzed water to get spatters.  The sentiment is from the “By The Sea Set of 6 #SS060.”

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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, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Karen!

The next stop is the wildly creative Jane Bosi.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Karen McAlpine

Kathy Stacy (That’s Me!)

Jane Bosi

Beth Norman 

Pam DeChellis 

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

Robin Redd  

Marilyn Hughes

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

Mixed Media Challenge Butterflies & Blooms

I’ve been playing today with mixed media from a lesson by Rae Missingman via Lifebook 2016. This is “layers of love”, a great way to build up lots of layers.  It’s perfect for the Mixed Media Challenge.

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I used a variety of Golden, Liquitex, FW Pearlescent’s, craft paint, Posca Pens, Gel Pens, book paper, stickles, china markers, dylusions, and stamps.  If you haven’t heard of Lifebook 2016, I encourage you to join up – if you like mixed media, it’s a wonderful course that lasts the entire year.

Taught by Rae MissingmanLayers of Love

Here are a few other projects I’ve done in this course and apply to the challenge theme.

Taught by: Paula AgnewAcrylic Floral

Taught By Angela Kennedy Black & White Girl

Taught by Wyanne Thompson Not Normal

Taught by Martha Leverwatercolor

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Mixed Media Challenge: Butterflies & Blooms

 

Technique Junkies – Gelli Printing Fun

Hello fellow Technique Junkie Friends.

Today I’m bringing you the results of some of my Gelli Plate experiments.  This is such a fun process and fabulous as backgrounds for your stamping projects.

Today, I’m featuring the May Technique Junkies release called “Life Full of Love #SD682”  available at the Technique Junkies Store for %15 percent off until May 8th.

 

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I hope you’ve had a chance to see all the fabulous cards that the Technique Junkies design team put together for the May Hop.

As always, stop by and check out all the new goodies at the Technique Junkies store.

By for now,

The Crafty Nurse

Creative Jump Start 2016 – Day 1

This post is for those who have the artistic bug.  A few years ago I found Creative Jump Start by Nathalie Kalbach and each January she does a 30 day lesson on jumpstarting your creativity.  This year the inspiration is master artists and the first week is focused on Henri Matisse. Now I am no nothing about art history, but I do like to play around with paint.  Especially as a form of relaxation and creative play.

Here is my Day 1 Art Journal Page inspired by Rae Missingman who taught this lesson on adding multiple layers of paint using Matisse’s color inspirations.  The paints are by Dina Wakley.  I also used Molotow Acrylic Paint Markers and Liquitex Fluid Inks.

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Sketch Saturday Challenge #376

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Little Claire, who is offering 9 digital images as a prize to our random winner.  WOW, thanks Little Claire.  You have until Friday, September 4th to enter for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I chose Little Claire digital image, “Meadow Girl Silhouette.” I went a little mixed media for my card today by using a print I made from another project which I painted, stenciled, inked, and otherwise just played on.  I then die cut this with My Favorite Things frame die.  For the image, I created stripes of Distress ink in Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, and Mermaid Lagoon. The sentiments are an older Stampin’ Up set applied to flags labels I cut out.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!

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Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Sketch Saturday Challenge #363

Happy Saturday!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Digi Stamp Boutique who is offering the randomly chosen winner a 10 pound gift certificate to their store!

It’s also the 5th Saturday of the month and that means you get to pick your own sketch!  Here is a link to find all the sketches you can choose from and boy are there a lot.  You have until Friday, June 5th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch I chose:

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For my card I chose Digi Stamp Boutique’s “Edwin & Hetty”, which I colored with Copic Markers and used the My Minds Eye “Fancy That” 6 x 6 paper pack.  The circle and square dies are both My Favorite Things.  The paper behind the circle is made using a Jenny Bowlin stencil and Simon Says Stamp “Pale Blush Pink” ink.  The sentiment is WPlus9 “Hand Lettered Thanks”.

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I can’t wait to see which sketch you choose for the new Sketch Saturday Challenge!

 

Technique Junkies Journal Page

Hey Junkies!  Today I’m sharing a page I made in my art journal using a few gorgeous Technique Junkies Stamps called, Let’s Face It 1 – #P006Classy Swirls #S505, and Mae West Sentiments #PS004.

I started by stamping the Let’s Face It on book paper with archival ink and colored her in with Silks. To make the background I used a brayer to add Dina Wakely acrylic paint and stamped the Classy Swirls also with archival ink, but this time in Cobalt Blue. I didn’t use the entire stamp, but portions of it while just holding it in my hand. I then added some molding paste through stencils and applied the face on with gel medium.  I splattered both black and gold ink as well as edged the page with gold Krylon.  To highlight the molding paste I took Viva’s Inka Gold Metallic Rub and applied it direct to paper with my fingers. I love that gold shimmer.  To ground my picture I added some Faber Castell Pitt Pen around the image and smoothed it out with my fingers.  Because there was gel medium on the page if you work quickly, it moves well and allows that shadow to be developed without harsh lines.

Journal Page - Let's Face it I; PO006 & Mae est Sentiments PS004 - wm

I sure hope you’ve had a chance to visit the new Technique Junkies site as well as the Design Team blog, where there are some great tutorials.

Signing off for now,

The Crafty Nurse!

 

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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