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From The Heart Stamps March Blog Hop!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. This month the theme is “Spring”.

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.

My Spring card today features “Hamlet Pigwit in the Planter”, which I colored using a few new colors of Daniel Smith watercolors.  When I watercolor digital images, I used lightweight watercolor paper at 90 lbs and let your ink dry completely before you start.  You may get some bleeding, but that is okay to use for shading.

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

Thanks for hopping with us today and may your spring days be thoroughly enjoyed.  Our hop will end on Sunday March 12th 2017 at 6 am, and the winners will be posted on Wednesday March 15th at the From the Heart Stamps Blog.  Please also visit us at the From the Heart Stamps Facebook group to share you cards and projects.

Cards in Envy Challenge – Red & Blue!

This Cards in Envy Challenge, which is named, “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”, is a color challenging using the colors red and blue.  You don’t have to use roses or violets, just the color red and blue.  Don’t worry, the white in your card base does not matter.

Here at Cards in Envy we ask that you make your card fit into a standard A2 envelope.  This challenge will run through Sunday, March 5th.

My card uses the My Favorite Things stamp and die set called, “Geometric Greenery”.  I stamped and cut out the images in hot press watercolor paper which I prefer as it’s very smooth.  I then colored with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush.  I then used the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles to cut out two panels.  I don’t do a lot of clean and simple cards so this was really fun.

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I hope you will join us at Cards in Envy this week and show us your Red & Blue cards!

Technique Junkies January Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the New Year with a Blog Hop for the January Technique Junkies  new release.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

Pat is again offering 15% off all January Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets – which are fabulous dimensional mediums that can be used in such fun ways.

My first card uses some of those Art Anthology mediums in Red Velvet, Mi Bella and Cotton Candy for the background.  The featured stamp called “Love You #SD725” is perfect for ATC backgrounds, but I’ve used it as a focal image.  After white heat embossing “Love You, I applied the three mediums blending each to create a gradient. Behind the focal image is another new release called “Love Script #S697”, which I stamped in a pale shade of blue.  The frame is a My Favorite Things Die that I covered with “Art Anthology Black Leather” paint, which has a glorious shimmer adding that extra pizazz to your card.  I finished off the card with the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ivory Seashell.  These are super quick drying and self-leveling creating perfect pearl shapes.

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My second card uses the “Kraft Resist Technique from the Bodacious Backgrounds CD” with Vintage Photo Distress Inks to make the “Messy Love #S744” stamp stand out.  I cut the Messy Love  panel using a heart die to expose another January stamp called, “Love Script S697”.  In the process of making this card I was really inspired by the theme of love and community so using the people die from My Favorite Things I created two stacks of people holding hands in solidarity. I don’t think this die is being sold anymore, but I really loved how it paired with the TJ January release stamps.

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My next card features the gorgeously delicate new stamp called, “Being Yours #SD727.”  For the background I began with a Stencil Girl stencil using “Gessoed Stencil Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD” .  The color is Picked Raspberry Distress Ink applied in an ombre fashion.  The focal image “Being Yours” was embossed using silver sparkle powder.  I cut think strips of silver glitter paper to frame the vellum and finished with sequins and stickles.

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Being Yours Close Up

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My final project uses the “By Us #SD700” with the technique “Whitewash Chic from the Artistic Effects CD“. I colored the image with distress markers and a fine tipped water brush.  The frame was created by another My Favorite Things half circle die that was popped up for extra dimension. I cut away the sentiment so I could use it as a sentiment.

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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 Cheri’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous Projects Cheri !

The next stop is the wildly creative Ro Donner!

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Kathy Stacy  That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChills

Judy Jackson

Pat Huntoon 

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

Technique Junkies May Blog Hop!!

It’s the first of the month and you know what that means, right? It’s time for a Technique Junkies  Blog Hop featuring the new May release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing selection of inspiration for your enjoyment so make sure you stop by and check them out.

Pat is again offering 15% off all May Release Stamps for one week! In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like Gelli Plates, stencils, dimensional paints, sprays, and so much more.

This month, I am offering a Technique Junkies Stamp to a random commenter on this post.  Please make sure you tell me which is your favorite card this month. 

For the background of my first card I used the “Metallic Bands” technique from the Technique Junkies October 2006 newsletter with Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink and Silver Hero Arts ink. The focal image is “London ATC #SD721” which I stamped in archival ink and used the “Dipped Stain” Technique from “Artistic Effects CD”.  The Mustache and sentiment are also new for May called, “London Calling Set of 9 SS056”.

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When I received this next stamp set for this May release I was thrilled.  This set is a smaller version of several of the Palettini ladies as well as some great new sentiments called, “Beautiful Faces PS016”.  My favorite has always been this African girl – I just love her head piece. I knew I wanted some bright colors so I brought out bright washi tape using the “Washi Paper Piecing Technique” from the August 2006 Newsletter.

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My next card features the sentiment “Behave Yourself SDX072”. The background is a super fun technique called “Textured Pearls” from the December 2007 Technique Junkies Newsletter.  I then ran it through using a We R Memory Keepers folder and cut it out using a Simon Says Stamp stitched frame die.

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My final project uses the gorgeous sentiment “Life Full of Love SD682”.  The background Blueprint Sketch and Hickory Smoke Distress ink using the Dip Stain technique from Artistic Effects CD.  I sprayed the flowers with Art Anthology Colorations in “Raiders”.

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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’s Blog, you in the right place!  You Go Karen!

The next stop is the wildly creative and most entertainingly funny, Jane Bosi.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Karen McAlpine 

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jane Bosi

Beth Norman

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

Robin Redd

Marilyn Hughes

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

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A Day For Daisies: Vintage Hat’s 4-15-16

It’s Friday and today at A Day For Daisies we are showcasing the Vintage Hat Collection!  I’d also like to remind you we are still playing the “Add Lace” Challenge that ends on April 21st at Noon so come on by and enter while you can.

To highlight this collection, I made a card using “Vintage Dried Rose.”  This gorgeous image stands on its own.  I used Zig Clean Clear Brush Markers on watercolor paper with no water, only blending the markers with lighter markers.  This helps reduce the bleeding from the printed image.  Also, always let it dry well.  The sentiment is WPlus 9 and the circle die is My Favorite Things.

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We look forward to seeing you at both A Day For Daisies Blog and Facebook Community Page!

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Technique Junkies April Blog Hop!!

Spring is here and in artistic fashion, Technique Junkies  is presenting the new April release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing selection of inspiration for your perusal.

Pat is again offering 15% off all April Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like Gelli Plates, stencils, dimensional paints, sprays, and so much more.

My first card uses two techniques from the “Artistic Effects CD. The background is the “Distress Stain Dip” technique and the focal image featuring “Stylized Roses SD666” uses the “Gelato’s Direct” technique.  I also did some additional stamping on the focal image using “French Text #S246”.  I absolutely love the spring feel of this gorgeous stamp.

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My second card features the April release “Elegant Mums S658” using the “Embossed Gelatos Technique from the Artistic Effects CD”.  For the sentiment, I used “With Sympathy #SS049”

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My next card features the cuddly new stamp called, “Bear With Flowers MC005” which I colored with Zig Clean Clear Brush Markers.  I created the texture using the “Ghostly Spatters Technique from the Artistic Effects CD.”  I love the playfulness of this new stamp.

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For my final project I used the “I Love Rainbows” stamp.  To create the rainbow I applied my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in ROYGBV order.  The Background is the “Houndstooth Check #S665″ stamp using the Blended Stain Technique from Artistic Effects CD.

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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 Marilyn’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Marilyn!

The next stop is the Mixed Media Wizard Lanette Erickson.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Judy Jackson

Karen McAlpine 

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Lanette Erickson

Robin Redd

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

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

The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes

It’s the fifth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built Anything Goes challenge.  This doesn’t come around too often, so it’s your time to do anything you wish.  You have until Tuesday, April 5th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

For my card today I broke out my Kuretake Gamsi Watercolors.  I started by stamping the Repeat Impressions “Daffodil 904-L” with Archival Black Ink so it wouldn’t bleed.  I then used masking fluid to ensure a crisp background.  The background die is from Simon Says Stamp and  I finished off with clear sequins.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, for this “anything goes challenge.”  You may be our next winner! If you use a Repeat Impressions Stamp in your design, you’ll get an extra entry!

Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

Sketch Saturday Challenge #403

Happy Saturday Friends!  Today’s new Sketch Saturday challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp who is offering a very generous $25.00 gift certificate to their store for our random winner.  You have until Friday, March 18th for a chance to win.

Here’s the sketch:

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For my card I chose the new Art Impressions Watercolor image called “Wooden Gate”  to create the arch element in the sketch I designed.

I began with 140lb watercolor paper by Canson and stamped the gate with Tombow Markers using the Art Impressions Watercolor Technique that you can find here.   The sentiment is from the Hero Arts “Your So Lovely.”  For the background I embossed the We R Memory Keepers “woven” folder to mimic a basket.

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I can’t wait to see what you come up with using the new Sketch Saturday Sketch!  Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Sketch Saturday Facebook Page and give is a like!

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the New Year with a Blog Hop for the January Technique Junkies  new release.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your perusal.

Pat is again offering 15% off all January Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets – which are great dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

My first card uses the “Distressed Stain Dip” from the Simple & Easy Inking CD for the background.  The stains used were Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, and Mustard Seed. The focal image is “Happy Valentines Day #SD651” which I embossed in white and fussy cut.  I created a small shaker and used a Simon Says Stamp stitched die for the background panel.

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My second card uses the ““Stained Embossing Technique from the Simple & Easy Inking Techniques CD” using Squeezed Lemonade and Tumbled Glass and put through the We R Memory Keepers embossing folder. For my focal image I used “Marilyn SD #655” which I colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Watercolor Markers and added “Vegas Gold Sorbet” for her hair.  My sentiment is “Better Things SDX063” white heat embossed.

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My next card features the hip new stamp called, “Blue Jeans #S643.”  I created the texture using “Frosted Distress Stencil from the Sensational Stencil CD” with the “Cracked Stencil by Art Anthology” and Hero Arts Stone Wash and Wet Cement inks.  The “frosted” element was silver perfect pearls mixed with water and stamped through the stencil.  I used the “Better Things SDX063” sentiment which was white heat embossed.

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My final project uses the “Bookworms #SS054” stamp to create a corner bookmark perfect for a handmade gift.  I also used “Faint Scratches #S518” and “Here We Go In Circles #SS030.”

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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 Marilyn’s Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Marilyn!

The next stop is the wildly creative Jane Bosi.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog

Judy Jackson

Karen McAlpine 

Pam DeChellis

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jane Bosi

Tonya Davidson

Beth Norman 

Pat Huntoon 

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

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

We are ringing in the Holidays for the September Technique Junkies Blog Hop.  This release features Halloween and Christmas for your upcoming holiday crafting.  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will be hosing a blog hop to showcase the new holiday stamps and spark creative ideas for your festive inking.

Pat is again offering 15% off all September Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has added more new products to the store including stencils, art anthology colorations, Prills, and a variety of fun dimensional mediums perfect for those who like to play with ink.

My first card uses the Color Sandwich Technique from the Simple & Easy Inking CD for the background.  The inks used were Twisted Citron, Black Soot, and Ripe Persimmon.  Once all my colors were laid down I inked Versamark through the Spider Web Tim Holtz Stencil and applied clear powder.  This added some texture without taking away from the technique.  The focal image is “Black Cat SD615,” which I embossed then watercolored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  The sentiment “Fright Night SDX054” was again stamped over a Spider Web stenciled background of Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

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My second card uses the “Depth of Field Technique also from the Simple & Easy Inking Techniques CD”.  This worked so well with the Set of 6 stamps in “Christmas Trees #SS045.”  I love the variety of trees in this set and can’t wait to make more cards using it.  After creating the depth of field background, I did some inlayed die cutting using the Papertrey Ink “Peace” die.  To make it pop-up I cut out four “peace” words and stacked them up.  The colors used are from Hero Arts Shadow inks in Vanilla, Royal Red, Charcoal and Field Green.

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My next two cards feature the stunning sentiment called, “Merry Christmas #SD654.” This sentiment is so beautiful on it’s own I wanted to keep my cards very clean and simple.  I heat embossed the image on both cards and added sequins for some embellishment. The first cards background die is from Our Daily Bread and the second is Memory Box.

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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  Robin Redd’s  Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Robin!

The next stop is at Pat Huntoon’s Blog.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

Design Team Blog http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com

Pam DeChellis http://journeyawakensthesoul.blogspot.com

Sally Lynn MacDonald  http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com

Beth Norman http://sunflowers-dragonflies.ca/blog

Jane Bosi http://janembosi.blogspot.com

Jerri Jones http://www.abushelandahug.blogspot.com

Gini Cagle http://ginicagle.blogspot.com

Judy Jackson  http://judysstampart.blogspot.com

Marilyn Hughes http://DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Robin Redd  http://robinredd.typepad.com/reddrobinstudios/

Kathy Stacy https://craftynurse4u.wordpress.com – That’s Me!

Pat Huntoon http://patstamps.blogspot.com

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

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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