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Cards in Envy Challenge – Tuxedo!

For this Cards in Envy Challenge, we are all about the black and white cards for our “Tuxedo” challenge. Create any black and white themed card for your entry.  Our challenge runs through Sunday, January, 28th 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 older Stampin’ Up image used with a square scalloped punch. The black and white papers are from My Minds Eye and cut with a Lawn Fawn scalloped die. My script stamp is from Impression Obsessions, which I stamped in Hero Arts Shadow ink in soft granite. I edged in white pen, wrapped the focal in black and white twine, and finished with 3 black pearls.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your “Tuxedo” cards.

Technique Junkies – Coffee Gauge

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with some quick inspiration using the November Technique Junkies stamp release called, “Coffee Gauge #SD703” which I stamped using the Misti tool.  I love using this tool because with large surface stamps like this one you often don’t get a good first impression.

The background is the result of some play with Alcohol Inks on Yupo.  The great thing about this technique is if you don’t like it, simply wipe it off and start over.  So forgiving.  For added flare my background was sent through a texture folder from We R memor Keepers.

The Coffee Gauge is stamped with a dye based ink, then over that I applied Art Anthology Dazzled, which gave it both texture and shine.  I finished off with dyed twine and called her done!


Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I’ll see you later on this month for more junkie goodness.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

The House That Stamps Built: Color Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built color challenge!   You have until Tuesday, October 11th 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 Repeat Impressions “Plate 2300” which is a collection of Halloween images. I started by creating the background by stenciling black pan pastel through the Tim Holtz web stencil.  I then stamped the Repeat Impression bats and spider webs on a blue panel.  My sentiment is also from the Halloween Plate 2300.


Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

A Blog Named Hero – Masculine Challenge

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with some inspiration for the A Blog Named Hero July challenge. This month Hero Arts has stepped up to be our collaborative sponsor for our “Masculine” themed challenge.


For those who follow my blog, you’ll know that fall is my favorite season of the year.  Now that Hero Arts has put together color layering packages with accompanying ink cube colors, I couldn’t resist Jayne Nelson’s Fall set which includes Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine, Lemon Yellow, and Strawberry.   

We look forward to seeing your “Masculine” cards this month and I’ll be back later on in the month for another collaborative project with Hero Arts.

12 Tags of 2016: June – Tim Holtz

I’ve finished my June 12 Tags by Tim Holtz making several substitutions from the original but keeping with the offered techniques. I made a gold flag with Tarnished Brass Distress Crackle Paint, die cut the “dream” die by Tim Holtz and used Distress Crayons for shading.  I finished off with some Chit Chat words and twine.   I’m also entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly challenge for “Get Texty’. 


June Tim HOltz Tag 2016

Entered in:

Tim Holtz 12 Tags

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Get Texty

Brown Sugar Challenges: Use a New Technique

From The Heart Stamps February Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps February blog hop. This month we are showcasing Faith’s “Project 100 Snowmen.”  If you are not familiar with this project, Faith, the creator of From The Heart Digital Images committed to completing 100 snowmen as an artistic goal.  There are some images that contain more than one snowmen and there is no deadline, but she sure has come up with some adorable images. Best of all, she is offering many of them for only a dollar!


As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.

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

For my project, I wanted to feature “Snow Girl” using a Valentine theme.  This past week I received the Splitcoast Stampers newsletter and saw a cool four (4) Way card by Dina Kowal so I immediately thought what a great way to feature this adorable image.  I colored this sweet snow girl with my Copic Markers in R85, R83, R81, W5, W3, & W1.  My design paper is American Crafts “Valentine” collection I found at AC more for dirt cheap.  The heart die is from Nellie’s Dies and has several sizes to choose from.  I used a few embellishments from the My Favorite Things Tag Blueprints 5 die.   The image is floating in the heart by a bit of bakers twine in pink.

Feb Blog Full Card

Feb Blog Pink Side

Feb Blog Top View

Feb Blog CloseUP

Now head over to Kelly Schelske’s and see what she has created.

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Monday February 8th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday February 10th.

Entered in:

Love to Scrap: Heart

Simon Says Stamp: Heart

Lawn Fawn; Sending Love

Mixed Media Card: Red/Heart

Technique Junkies

The Crafty Nurse here with a post using some of the great new release stamps from January.  When I saw the book themed stamps, the first thing I thought about was creating some fabulous bookmarks.

I used alcohol inks a few different ways.  First I dropped them directly onto the tag then added 91% alcohol on top with a dropper to create great movement.  Then I used the more traditional polished stone technique using the applicator and blending solution then pouncing on the tag.

After applying the ink, I stamped “Books #S644” on a few tags and heat embossed with clear.  I then chose several of the sentiments from “Bookworms #SS054″ and stamped those as well.  To finish off I created tassels with bakers twine and metallic thread.  I found a great tutorial on Pinterest on how to make these very quickly.

I hope everyone is enjoying their new year and making time to get your fingers inky.  Also, don’t forget, Pat has offered $15% off the January Release stamps until the 8th so stop by the Technique Junkies store and grab up some goodies.

Take care,

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #127 – Twist: Lots of White-use embellishments for color

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with sketch #127 at From The Heart Stamps.  These are great challenges because you can use just the sketch, or if you’d like, add the twist. The only requirement is that you use a From The Heart image and the sketch.  The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to use a mostly white card and add embellishments for color.


I used only the sketch this week.  My image is a happy snowman called, “Catching Flakes” which I colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers.  I created the background using the My Favorite Things “Candy Stripe” builder background.  I finished off with the button embellishments and some diamond stickles for sparkle.

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Sure hope you’ll join us for Sketch #127 at From The Heart Stamps this week.  Also, don’t forget to stop by and join the FTHS Facebook group.  Happy Monday!!


Brown Sugar Challenge #171: Tag Your It!

Happy Friday!  It’s time for a new Brown Sugar Challenge and this week “Tag Your It” is our theme.  You can use a tag on your card, make a tag, or find an image with a tag.  As always, be creative!

Our sponsor for this challenge is Crafty Sentiments offering 3 digital images from their store.  Thanks Crafty Sentiments!!

For my card today, I colored Christmas Penquin” with Copic Markers after die cutting him out of a My Favorite Things tag.  For the snow, I stamped Hero Arts Silver Pigment Ink using a Simon Says Stamp called, “Be Joyful”, then clear embossed it for shine.  My design paper is from Carta Bella called “Bundled Up.” 


We look forward to seeing what your “Tag Your It” cards look like. You have until November 12th to enter at Brown Sugar Challenges. See you there!

Sketch Saturday Challenge #384

Happy Saturday friends!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by A Random Fan who is generously offering 3 digis of winners choice.  I hope you pop over to their Etsy page as these images are so cute!  Get your card in by Friday, October 30th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:


For my card I used A Random Fan’s “Party Animal” image which I colored with copics. I flipped the layout sideways, which I always encourage you to try for a bit of fun.   The paper is from Doodlebug called “take note”.  The flag die is My Favorite Things and the Tag Die is Lawn Fawn.

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

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