Happy Monday! It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge. This week our theme is “Easy as 1, 2, 3.” These are clean and simple cards.
As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer.
For today’s card, I used Paper Smooches “Falling For You” set to stamp my apple onto patterned paper. To add some dimension, I stamped again on a coordinating paper and fussy cut the apple center. I popped up a few hearts and inked the edges to add more depth to my simple design. To create the circle, I die cut a circle with masking paper and inked inside. The sentiment is also from the set and I thought matched perfectly with the apple theme. I do love this time of year!
Hope we’ll see your “Easy as 1, 2, 3” cards over at the Cards in Envy challenge. You have until October 1st to enter.
For this Cards in Envy Challenge, we are bugging out with a “Bug Me” theme. Choose any insect or bug on your card to enter. Our challenge runs through Sunday, August 20th and the design team will be picking their favorites. As a quick reminder, Cards in Envy asks that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card, which is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.
My card today features an old Close to My Heart stamp set called “Beetle Bug”. I stamped him using tombow (443 & 173) markers on watercolor paper. Once the image was stamped, I went back with an aqua brush and dropped it additional color. I then highlighted the bug with a Fabercastell pen and added back ground with Daniel Smith watercolors in Hematite. Last, I stamped a club scrap foliage stamp and cut out the design using a My Favorite Things stitched flag die. My paper pad is “We Are Family” by Echo Park and the sentiment Lawn Fawn “On the Mend”.
I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “Bug Me” cards.
Happy July 1st fellow Junkies! With summer here, the Technique Junkie Design Team is celebrating with a blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for July. Pat is offering 15% off all July Release Stamps for one week! In addition, you can use my discount code TJ10Kathy for your other shopping needs. WooHoo!
Let’s get on to some inspiration!
Supplies: Alcohol Ink, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”
Technique: Alcohol Stencil Tutorial from “Sensational Stencils CD”
Technique: Grunge Stencil “Sensational Stencil CD”
Supplies: Distress Ink, Gesso, A Colorful Life “City Windows Stencil”
Supplies: Art Anthology “Cracked” Stencil, Stickles, Kaleidacolor Ink “Desert Heat”.
Technique: Layered Rainbow Stencil Tutorial on Sensational Stencil CD.
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, your in the right place! Cheri, you rock!
The next stop on this artsy tour is Jeanne Streiff!
The Crafty Nurse here today as we go into Memorial Day 2017 to honor those service men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country and the freedoms we enjoy. Thankfully, my youngest son, Matt, a United States Marine, came home safely so my heart goes out to all those mothers and fathers who provided the ultimate sacrifice.
I used my MISTI tool to do repeated stamping with Tombow Markers in #856, #565, #055. Place stamp in MISTI and stamp each section using Tombow Markers. The background is stamped simply with Versamark Ink in a staggered pattern.
I hope you and your family enjoy this extended weekend and take a few minutes to appreciate the sacrifice made by so many of our countries military persons.
Use Discount Code: TJ10Kathy – for you stamp purchases at Technique Junkies.
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.
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!
Share the Holidays with A Blog Named Hero and all our 2016 Sponsors!
The Crafty Nurse here to celebrate the holidays and share a special thank you to all of our extremely generous 2016 sponsors.
This is a special celebration with lots of prizes and opportunities to thank both our sponsors and you our loyal Blog Hop participants. Please leave a comment on one of our posts this month for a chance to win. For even more opportunity to win, enter a card in the challenge.
Today I’ve used Ellen Hutson’s “Cozy Christmas” by Julie Ebersole. This is such a timeless set and so great for a quick holiday card. I always like to find different ways to use the stamps so the light string became a frame. I also only used part of the “smoke” to create different puffs out of each house.
It’s the fourth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built sketch challenge. You have until Tuesday, November 29th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.
Here’s the Sketch:
For my card I’ve used Repeat Impressions Chickadee At Rest #211-P , which I colored with Tombow Markers and stamped in sections using my MISTI tool. I then clear heat embossed the entire image so I could distress the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The gorgeous sentiment is “PEACE 3215-F” stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink.
It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge. For October, the team has chosen a nighttime scene featuring pumpkins and black cats.
As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you. You have until Tuesday, October 26th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions. If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!
Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:
I began the card by using a homemade circle stencil out of heavy plastic to create a moon with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I then covered that moon with a mask and inked the rest of my background with Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord Framed Burlap, and Peeled Paint. I then stamped all my Repeat Impressions images on Plate 2300 and Apple Basket 512-H on Canson’s Mixed Media paper so I could add Zig Clean Clear Color Brush Markers. After fussy cutting all the images I arranged them on the card front.
It’s the second Wednesday of October and that means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, Patti is hosting our challenge and she has chosen “Food or Beverage.”
My card features Repeat Impressions “Coffee Cling Set 9303P” which I paper pieced using Carta Bella Fall Blessing paper pack.
I hope you break out your creativity for the “Food or Beverage” Designers Choice Challenge this week at The House that Stamps Built. Happy Wednesday!
It’s the second Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, it is Heather’s turn to host our challenge and she has chosen “Happy Birthday Cards”.
For my “Happy Birthday” card I stamped the Repeat Impressions “Mini Cupcake” and colored it with Tombow Markers. I then made a new sentiment using the “Holy Crap” plate 10600″. The sentiment was framed using a black micron and the papers are My Favorite Things.
I look forward to your entries for the “Happy Birthday Card” challenge this week over at The House that Stamps Built. Happy Wednesday!