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Technique Junkies August Blog Hop!

It’s August 1st and that means it’s time for the Technique Junkie Design Team’s  blog hop showcasing the new Technique Junkies stamps for August 2016.

Pat is offering 15% off all August Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!  So stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new August Release stamps  you can find in the Technique Junkies Store.

My first card uses the Metallic Magic Technique from December 2002 for the background.   I then ran it through a We R Memory Keepers Geometric folder and used the new “Grand Greetings Set of 5 for my sentiment on gold My Favorite Things card stock.  These new release sentiments are perfect for card fronts.

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My second card uses the “180 Degree Technique from Bodacious Backgrounds CD” with the “Hipster Cats #S718” stamp. The inks were Hero Arts Cup of Joe and Sand.  The sentiment isn’t a new release, but a great Technique Junkies stamp called, “Better Things SDX063” which I heat embossed with Liquid Platinum powder.
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My next card uses two techniques.  The background is “Marbling Rainbow from April/May 2004” and the focal image featuring the gorgeous “Horse #SD706” stamp uses “Polished Mulberry from June 2003 Newsletter”.  The marbling was done with reinkers and alcohol.  My sentiment is another new August release called, “Move Your Soul SDX082”.

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My final card  uses the “Marbled Smooch Technique from October/November 2010 Newsletter featuring “Just Look Up SD722”. He’s simply stamped on the background and colored with metallic gel pens.  I added stars from My Favorite Things Dies and finished off with Wink of Stella.

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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.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Kathy Stacy – That’s me!

Lanette Erickson

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon

Robin Redd  

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

 

A Blog Named Hero – Vellum

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with a collaboration project with Lil’ Inkers for our Vellum challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

The Modern Mehndi set from Lil’ Inkers is stunning when white heat embossed on vellum.  I colored the back of the vellum with Copic Markers and created a frame with the Lawn Fawn Stitched dies.  The background was embossed on vellum using sparkly powder and I popped up the flowers with foam tape.

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I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our June for our collaboration with Lil’ Inkers for the Vellum Challenge!

kathy

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Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge

Happy Wednesday!  It’s time for a sketch challenge at The House That Stamps Built. You can use the sketch as is or turn it on its head.  Either way, let’s have some fun.  As incentive, the lucky random winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store. Even better, if you use Repeat Impressions products, there is an extra entry coming your way.  WooHoo!!

Let’s get started with the sketch:

June Sketch

The stamp featured is Repeat Impression’s Hot Air Balloon 9116-N  colored with copic markers.  The background is perfect pearl powders over versamark cut out with a My Favorite Things stitched circle die.  My sentiment is Repeat Impressions, I Thank… 2523-G and I finished off with some Uniball Signo White Gel Pen dots.

June Sketch

I sure hope we see you at The House that Stamps Built this week!  You have until Tuesday, June 28th to enter!

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.

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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.

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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!

df755-kathy

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The House That Stamps Built: Photo Inspiration

It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge.  For May, the design team chose a gorgeous floral in keeping with the new release by Repeat Impressions “Flower Power”.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and please use your imagination.  For example, just pick out a color, a shape, or even use just one element that you are attracted to.  It’s all about creativity and fun. You have until Tuesday, May 24th 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:

May Photo Insp

For my card I began by stamping and white heat embossing several of the Repeat Impressions Florals including, “Fern 1708-G, Flowers 9706-U, and Unmounted Plate 10300.  I used watercolor to create the background and then put the entire image through a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder for texture.  I finished with the “Thank you… 2524-F”

May Photo

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.

Entered in:

Simon Says Stamp: Flowers

Crafty By Design: ATG

Cards in Envy Challenge – Deep Blue!

Who doesn’t love blue?  I know I sure do.  For this Cards in Envy Challenge I discovered a new technique I found on Pinterest using a base of white pigment ink followed by Distress Ink after it’s dried.  WOW, does this given some dynamic results.

Remember, at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 card though, we have loosened up our requirements and no longer require a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card as long as it fits in the A2 Envy.

The colors I used with this card is Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire  Distress Inks over white pigment ink from Simon Says Stamp.  You can find the link on how to do this technique here.  My sentiment is by Hero Arts “Happy Mother’s Day” set.

I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us some Deep Blue cards!  The challenge will run through Sunday, May 29th.

Deep Blue

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 4-18-16

Hello stampers!

The Crafty Nurse here with a Project of the Week for The House that Stamps Built.  Today I’m bringing you a super easy technique using Pan Pastel’s, which if you are not familiar are great pans of gorgeous chalky color.

For this project the supplies I used are:

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I began by cutting a piece of smooth bristol paper into 4.25 by 4.25 pieces and treated it with an antistatic bag.

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I then placed a light application of blue pan pastel chalk over the entire surface of the bristol paper.

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I inked up the “Nature’s Quartet” with Versmark…

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and stamped it onto the paper coated with the first layer of Pan Pastel’s.

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After making sure your Versamark is dry, apply a darker hue over the stamped image.  This provides excellent contrast to your image picking up only in the areas of the stamped image .  Don’t be afraid to use different colors as the Pan Pastel’s mix very well. For example, try a yellow base layer with red over your stamped image. If you have the metallic pan pastel’s, you can start with gold, then layer over with any other color for a metallic hue.

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I chose to use a diagonal pattern when applying the darker hues.  I did one corner in darker green and the opposite in darker blue.  

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To finish off I sprayed a pastel fixative but if you don’t have that you can use hair spray.

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That’s  all there is to it!  For my finished card, I added a little bit of washi tape as a frame and embossed my center wood leaf with versmark and Stampendous powder.  I love altering my wooden embellishments.

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I hope you enjoyed this super easy tutorial and break out some of those Pan Pastels you’ve been hoarding!

Hope you’ll join us on Wednesday for the Photo Inspiration Challenge.  I know you’ll love it!

The Crafty Nurse

 

Technique Junkies – Do you have a song?

Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here with another card from the Technique Junkies March release and I for one am thrilled because this has been a favorite for me.

Today, I brought out my colored pencils using a super fun technique called, “Krafty Color Guilding from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD.”  I admit the coloring craze has bitten me and I had a great time with this technique because this “Whimsical World #S634” image couldn’t be more perfect for using pencils.

I also love the sentiment “Always Find a Song #SD414” because to me it is about your own choice to either put a song in your heart or remain silent.

I hope you will choose to sing!

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In a few short days we will be sharing our April release and I for one can’t wait.  We hope you will come back and hop with the Design Team.  Until then, keep inking!

The Crafty Nurse

Distress Rainbow with Avery Elle & A Blog Named Hero

Hello!  The Crafty Nurse here with another card for our Rainbow challenge here at A Blog Named Hero.

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For this card I used the gorgeous stamp by Avery Elle called, “Canopy” from their newest release.  It pairs perfectly with the Hero Arts sentiment from “Enjoy Today.”

It’s been great to see all the rainbow cards shared by the designers and entered by our great followers at A blog Named Hero.  To make this rainbow background, start by white heat embossing your image then take a mini distress cube and apply it to the end of an acrylic block in a 1/4 inch line.

Then, spray the ink with a little water and apply in rainbow order of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.  I use watercolor paper for best results and try to overlap the colors a little bit for good mixing.

I hope you’ll join us at A Blog Named Hero for our March Rainbow Card Challenge!  Thanks again to Avery Elle for their collaboration this month and don’t forget to stop by and check out their new release.

df755-kathy

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Technique Junkies Purple Haze

Hello Junkie Friends.  I’m here today with a quick card using one of the March Technique Junkie release stamps, “Whimsical World S634.”

The technique used on this card is called Background Burst from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD.  I used Pan Pastel over black card stock then ran the it through a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder. The sentiment is from Simple Sentiments 3A #SS03A.

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Thanks for stopping by and if you haven’t checked out the March release yet, come on over to the Technique Junkies site. 

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