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Technique Junkies – Dahhhhling

Happy Thursday Friends!  Today I’m bringing another project from Technique Junkies April Release stamps.

My card started by white heat embossing “Life is Tough”. I then colored the background using Mermaid Markers in Coral, Pirates Gold, and Lobster. I colored this beauties skin using Koi black watercolor.  I also added the same black to the sentiment to make it pop.

To create the frame, I used the same concept Pat taught in February/March 2013 Subscriber Pages using “Block Fill” technique.  Instead of filling the block, I made lines using my T-ruler.

Hope you find some time to get crafty today.  We are all over at the Technique Junkies Facebook Page so if you haven’t stopped by, we’d love to see you!

Technique Junkies – Large Poppies

Hey Fellow Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here today with another card from Technique Junkies.  Flowers represent the best of spring and these Large Poppies are so beautiful.

My card today is simply stamped using versamark ink which I then white heat embossed. I then brought in watercolors in a wet on wet fashion.  My sentiment is a perfect set for sympathy cards called, “With Sympathy Set of 5”, which I’ve heat embossed on heavy vellum.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and as always we wish you lots of creative play today.  Stop by the Facebook Group to show us your work.

Discount Code for any Technique Junkie Stamp is: TJ10Kathy

Bye, Bye for now!!

The Crafty Nurse

Technique Junkies – Pug’s the Word

Hello Junkies

I’m here today with an ATC that is sure to put a smile on the face of your swap partner using the February Technique Junkies stamp called, “Pugs & Kiss #SD718”. This stamp is a perfect size for use on your ATC’s and very easy to fussy cut.

After making a standard ATC background which is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, I cut a slightly smaller piece of sticky back canvas and watercolored that with some beautiful Quinacridone Gold. I stamped the sentiment directly on the sticky back canvas and wish I would have used Misty Tool because I wouldn’t have had to put down so much pressure somewhat distorting the stamp. I “fixed” my error by coming back in with a Faber Castell Pitt marker.  I love that trick!

My pug was colored using Distress Markers adding depth by using the folds of his skin for where I put in the shadow.  I colored his eyes with several colors to give them life.  Isn’t he adorable?

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Sure hope you find some time to get your fingers inky today and I can’t wait to share the new March Technique Junkies stamps with you on 1st.

See you then!

The Crafty Nurse

A Blog Named Hero – Holiday Giveaway on the Blog

Sharing the Holidays with A Blog Named Hero and all our 2016 Sponsors!

The Crafty Nurse here to begin celebrating the holidays and share a special thank you to all of our extremely generous sponsors from this entire last year.  Please thank them by continuing to use their wonderful products.  I know I will!

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Design Team is “paying it forward” by offering up prizes from our sponsor companies as a thank you to our loyal Blog Hop participants.  Please make sure you leave a comment on one of our posts this month and for extra chances to win, enter a card in the challenge.

For a little inspiration, I’ve used a beautiful Hero Arts set called, Under the Mistletoe, which I watercolored with Prima and Daniel Smith paints after I white heat embossed.  I finished off with some stamped berries using Hero Arts Ombre Ink.  Hope this inspires you to grab someone you love and give them a big smooch under the mistletoe!

Cards in Envy Challenge: Frame It

Happy Monday!  We are celebrating “Frame It” for the Cards in Envy challenge this week. That means we’d love to see cards that showcase anything framed.  Please make sure your card fits into a standard A2 envelope without any large lumps or bumps.

The challenge will run through Sunday, October 16th. Our design team will also be choosing their favorite cards to feature on the The Cards in Envy blog.

My card features watercolor the “Art Impressions Way”.  This is a great tutorial method that Art Impressions offers using their rubber stamps.   My sentiment is from WPlus9’s Doodle Buds.

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I hope you’ll join us at Cards in Envy for our Frame It challenge.  Happy Crafting!

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of August which means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, it is my turn to host our challenge and I’ve chosen “Circle Cards”.

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner. Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

For my “Circle” card I stamped the Repeat Impressions “Vase of Tulips” on Watercolor Paper and colored with watercolors. I created a circle card by placing my circle die just outside the top fold using a Sizzix die. I added the sentiment from “Plate 8600″, which has some great sentiments.  I finished off with recollections gems.

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I look forward to your entries for the “Circle Card” challenge this week over at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

From The Heart Stamps – Mid-Week Inspiration

Happy Wednesday!  Today I have some mid-week design team inspiration using From The Heart Stamps!

My card today uses a beautiful bird image, “Warbler and Magnolias” which I colored using Daniel Smith watercolors.  I stamped the background in Hero Arts Vanilla shadow ink with My Favorite Things script stamp.  I finished off with Ellen Hutson ribbon and Lawn Fawn Sequins.

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I look forward to seeing you over at From The Heart Stamps Community both on the blog and on Facebook. 

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From The Heart Stamps Sketch #154 – Show Off Your Coloring

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with Sketch #154 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.  The rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is “Show Off Your Coloring”.

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For my card today I used image, “Harriet PigWit Mud Bath”,  one of the fun new PigWit digis.  I colored her up with watercolors and used a Impressions Impressions background stamp. The flag die is My Favorite Things.

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I hope you’ll join us for the sketch this week at From The Heart Stamps for sketch #154!

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Hey Junkies!

The Crafty Nurse here sharing more inky goodness with the May Release Beautiful Faces #PS016 from Palettini collection ofTechnique Junkies.  I don’t make a lot of ATC’s, but the size of this new set really works for smaller projects.

The background is call “Soused Suede” from the October 2006 Technique Junkies Newsletter.  Yes, an oldie but a goodie.  I wanted to do some no-line coloring so I began with Antique Linen Distress Ink, then colored this lovely lady with Daniel Smith watercolors in Quinacridone Violet, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, and Cadmium Red Hue. I took some liberty in putting back some lines with a Pitt Pen.

 

We are fast closing the chapter on our May release and am looking forward to seeing what the June collection brings  Until then, stop by Technique Junkies store  to pick up this gorgeous set. See you soon!

The Crafty Nurse

From The Heart Stamps Sketch #152

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m here with this weeks sketch challenge 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 – the rest is up to you. The twist for this challenge is to “enlarge and crop your image.” 

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For my card I used only the sketch this week.  I began with the April Stamp of the Month “Time To Bloom” which I colored with Daniel Smith watercolors.  I used a lighter weight watercolor paper, 90lb, and put through my inkjet printer.  I heat set with my embossing gun to make sure it was really dry then applied the watercolor with as little water as possible.  The butterfly ran a little more so I had to use darker colors, but overall I was pleased with the outcome.

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You have until Sunday, May 29th to enter Sketch #152 at From The Heart Stamps.  Hope to see you there!

Sandy Allnock

Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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