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Cards in Envy Challenge: Favorite Color Combination

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge .  This week our theme is use your “Favorite Color Combination.”

As a reminder, Cards in Envy asks that your card fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple.

For today’s card, I chose the colors pink, yellow and black.  For the focal image, I used a Technique Junkies April Release stamp called “Life is Tough“, which I heat embossed with white, then applied Distress inks in a favorite technique called Distress Stain Dip, which can be found on the “Artistic Effects” CD at Technique Junkies. To add depth, I ran the entire card through the We “R” Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder and applied additional Distress inks over the top.

Hope we’ll see your “Favorite Color Combo” cards over at the Cards in Envy challenge.  You have until May 28th to enter.  If you love this stamp, I have a coupon code for a 10% discount at Technique Junkies: TJ10Kathy

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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!

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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

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!

 

Bursting into Fall with A Blog Named Hero

Hello! Hero Arts friends!  

The Crafty Nurse here with another project using the Fall Color Layering set by Hero Arts for the A Blog Named Hero July “Masculine” challenge. 

For this card I broke out the Color Bursts using the oranges, reds yellows, and browns scattering them from dark to light.  I used the sepia as a watercolor to create a ground then stamped the tree using the Hero Arts fall ink cubes.  I stamped the sentiment and then ran the panel through an embossing folder for extra texture. 

There is only a few days left to enter.  We really want to thank Hero Arts for sponsoring this months challenge!  Happy inking! 

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.

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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.

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 March we have a colorful kitty.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, March 22nd 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:

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For my card, I used Repeat Impressions stamp “Spring Chick 1311-J” which I stamped with Archival Jet Black Ink to avoid smearing when watercoloring. My colors are Tombow Markers, my newest toy.  The sweet sentiment is, “Happy Easter/Spring 3909-F”.  For texture, I used a basket We R Memory Keepers folder and finished off with a few gems.


March Inspiration

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.

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!

Repeat Impressions: Color Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for a color challenge at The House that Stamps Built.

The Challenge is open through Tuesday, March 8th and there is a $25.00 prize for our random winner.  You don’t have to use Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you do, an extra entry is waiting for you.

Now let’s get started with the colors we choose this week:

March Color

I began by stamping my card base with Versamark Ink using the “You Cling Set”  to create a subtle background. For my focal image, I used “Cool Treats 9008-N” which I stamped on colored card stock for the ice cream and kraft card stock for the base.  To add the “sprinkles” I used “Random Dots 3404-C”, which is a great stamp that can be used so many different ways like dirt, snow, sprinkles, etc. The frame was created using a My Favorite Things die that was embossed with a We R Memory Keepers folder.  For my sentiment “Chill Out 9103-D” was a perfect choice.

March Color

I can’t wait to see what you come up with in your color challenge for What If Wednesday at The House that Stamps Built

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!

Ellen Hutson’s Pin-Sight Challenge December

Today I got off work a little early and wanted to play so I created my December Pin-Sight Challenge for Ellen Hutson’s Classroom.  Here is the inspiration:

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I used the inspiration from Julie’s past Make it Monday using the Brushstroke Christmas. I also used Mistletoe & Holly stamp and dies stamping them with gold embossing powder and watercoloring with Distress Markers.  The background is We R Memory Keepers Basketweave folder cut from My Favorite Things Brushed Gold Metallic paper.

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Fearfully, wonderfully made! —Ps 139:14

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