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!
It’s the first Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built color challenge! You have until Tuesday, July 12th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions. Also, if you use a Repeat Impressions stamps, you will receive an additional entry for a better chance to win.
Here are this weeks colors:
For my card this week I used one of the brand new release frames Plate 10400 and the sweet “Beach Time 4503-K” Repeat Impressions stamp. The technique is from a Kit & Clowder “create & learn tutorial using alcohol inks. I started by stamping on specialty stamping paper with Versafine Black Onyx Ink, then heat embossing with clear powder. I then colored with Tombow markers. I did use a craft knife to cut out the middle of the frame so I could pop it up and have my sweet image show through.
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. In addition to some fabulous stamps, there are stencils, art anthology colorations, and a variety of dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink. As is her custom, Pat is offering 15% off all July Release Stamps for one week! WooHoo!
I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs listed below for great ideas on how to use those new July Release stamps found in the Technique Junkies Store.
I wanted to start the hop off with a patriotic flare using a combination of new and existing Technique Junkies stamps. The background was built using “Patriot Fragments”, a fabulous set that can be used all together for a background like I have done, or individually as elements on your projects. The technique is the Big Bold Blending Tutorial from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD using Candy Apple Red and Faded Jeans Distress Inks. To build the focal image, I started with the Tim Holtz stars stencil using the Gelato Wipe technique (but with distress ink) from Sensational Stencils CD. I then stamped the new “Dream Big SD697” from the July release and went over that with a black gel pen to add pop.
My second card features the new “Mermaid Love #S698” which I stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored up with Copic Markers. To create the sun rays I used the basic “Grunged Stencil Technique from the Sensational Stencils CD” with the Tim Holtz Ray’s stencil and Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed inks. The sentiment is another new July stamps called, “Better At The Lake Set of 5 – SS057”. I finished off the white water with Copic White Paint applied with a stipple brush, a great way to add texture and “splash” to water.
My next card uses the “Colorwash Alcohol Tutorial from the August/September 2012 Technique Junkies Newsletter. I love the depth and variety of color in this technique and the way it sets off the boats in the new “Rowboats #712” stamp. The sentiment is from a previous release called, “Winds of Change SD621” .
My last card uses some copper Washi Tape for the background. For more ideas using Washi tape, check out “Washi Tape & Ribbons CD. My focal stamps is “Rescue Love SD689” that I stamped with Tombow Markers in several colors, then painted Art Anthology Dimensional paint in Vegas Gold, Kenyan Copper, and Desire. The background is one of my favorite TJ Stamps “Faint Scratches #S518” stamped in Antique Linen Distress Ink.
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’s Blog, your in the right place! Great project Karen, you rock!
The next stop is at Lanette’s Blog.
Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:
Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!
I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies July Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off July Stamps for the next week only!
Hello stamping friends. I’m again happy to announce that Repeat Impressions is celebrating the new release of “Frames: Oval & Round,” a NEW stamp series featuring great oval and round frames. As with our Flower Power release, we will be featuring the Repeat Impressions Rock Stars who will post new creations on The House that Stamps Built blog beginning Thursday June 2nd thru Sunday, June 5th.
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 6 stamps in this series at a huge savings.
On Monday, June 6th 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 “Dotted Oval Frame LgPower 10501-Q, Sea Horse (lg)4101-K, and Grass Border, (lg) 1507-J” to create an underwater scene. I created a mortice mask by stamping the dotted oval and cutting out the center so that I could both stamp and ink in the center without getting ink outside the oval. The center is inked with Soft Olive Hero Arts Shadow Ink. Once I completed that, I stamped the Dotted Oval again on top of the inked edges using Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Forever Green. The seahorse was colored with Tombow Markers 076 and N57 which I applied with a blender pen from a palette.
My second card features the Wavy Circle Frame 10506-J using the same mortice masking technique as above. The ink used is a combination of Antique Linen Distress and Cup 0′ Joe Hero Arts Shadow. The focal image is Party Dog 7117-G with sentiment You Rock 8711-C. My background is stenciled with Art Anthology crackle.
We hope you enjoy the new Frames; Oval & Round Series at Repeat Impressions Stamps. Don’t forget to stop by the The House that Stamps Built blog from June 2nd through Jun 5th for a chance to win free stamps!
The Crafty Nurse here sharing more inky goodness with the newly released Stylized Rose image from Technique Junkies April release. This is a fabulous stamp and perfect for so many occasions. I paired it with the “Live, Love, Laugh Frame SD662″ which as you can see fits perfectly with the stylized rose stamp.
The background was created using Copic Various inks blown around with a straw over glossy card stock. To color the roses, I directly applied Tombow markers to the stamp and spritzed with water for a watercolor look.
I hope you’ve all had a chance to visit the Technique Junkies store to check at the April release. See you in a few weeks with more inky goodness.