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Technique Junkies – Wings N’ Roses

Hey there Junkies!  The Crafty Nurse here today.

Have you seen those great cards and projects featured on the design team hop yesterday? Wow, what a talented bunch!

Today, I’m here to add another taster from the August release called “Never Stop Flying”.  I anticipate this will be a crowd favorite.

My background started using a Tim Holtz rose stencil and embossing paste.  Once that dried, I sprayed Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst in Azure Sea Aster, Open Arms Amythest, and French Lilac Violet. I then applied a layer of foil tape around the edges to frame out the background.

For my focal image, I began with glossy cardstock using the Alcohol Stencil Technique from the Sensational Stencil CD.  I stamped “Never Stop Flying” with Versafine Black Onyx ink and embossed with clear. I then added additional color to her wings using Zig Clean Clear Brush Markers in Lilac and Cobalt Blue, fussy cut her out and used dimensional tape. Those wispy silver pieces coming from behind her are actually the pieces I cut off the edges of foil tape and I liked they way they curled so added them to her wings.  Let your creativity Fly!!!!

We hope to see you in the Facebook group and shopping using the TJ10Kathy discount code over at the Technique Junkies store!  As part of the August Blog Hop, Pat is offering a 15% discount on all the new August Release stamps.

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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!

Ellen Hutson 12 Tags With A Feminine Twist 2016 & Mixed Media Monthly

It’s that time again over at the Ellen Hutson Classroom for the 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist.  If you want to double down, you can combine this with the “Mix-it-up” challenge also featured in the classroom.  The Mix-it-up” challenge features Art Impressions so I have used a holiday set I picked up at Michael’s last year but doesn’t appear to have a specific name on the package.

I’m also entering this tag into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge “Merry & Bright”.

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For the Ellen Hutson portion of the “Mix-it-up” Challenge I used the “Merry & Bright” die but only used the “&” and a …  which is part of the letter “i” to imply Madge may have something else in mind!  The other component of the Mix-It-Up up challenges is to use Red, Teal and Green.

For my mediums, I colored her with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and instead of a waterbrush to move the paint, I used a Wink of Stella pen.  Perfect for the holidays.   The background tag is covered with Distress Paint in Evergreen Bought & Peacock Feathers then stamped with Hero Arts Silver using the Hero Arts Snowflake background.  I then foiled around the edges, a technique on Day 3 over at the Ellen Hutson Blog.

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I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’m not posting much these days.  I’ve removed myself from all but two of the many design teams that I was working on but do plan on sharing intermittently as I find time to create.
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Ellen Hutson: Pin-Site Challenge; Art Impressions

Ellen Hutson: 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 – Used Foil

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge “Merry & Bright”

Simon Says Stamps: ATG

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 October, the team has chosen a nighttime scene featuring pumpkins and black cats.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, October 26th 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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I began the card by using a homemade circle stencil out of heavy plastic to create a moon with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I then covered that moon with a mask and inked the rest of my background with Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord Framed Burlap, and Peeled Paint. I then stamped all my Repeat Impressions images on Plate 2300 and Apple Basket 512-H on Canson’s Mixed Media paper so I could add Zig Clean Clear Color Brush Markers. After fussy cutting all the images I arranged them on the card front.

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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 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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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, April 12th 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:

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For my card this week I used by Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers for some watercoloring on the Repeat Impressions stamp called, “Birds and Blossoms 1321-M.”  The sentiment is “Love, Hugs 2509-H” and the card is completed with a doodled frame.

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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 – Clean & Simple

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Hello fellow Hero Art’s Friends!

Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here with you today for my take on a this month’s “Clean & Simple” challenge going on all month at A Blog Named Hero.  This month we are collaborating with Newton’s Nook so you’ll definitely want to join.

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I am not typically a Clean & Simple designer so my interpretation may be a little less Clean and Simple.  That’s okay because what is important is your expression of the challenge.

For my card I began by creating a background with Candied Apple Distress Ink then lifted the design with a Dylusions Stencil and water.  I stamped the Hero Arts Leafy Vine over the panel and included the Newton’s Nook sentiment.  The butterflies are colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and glittered with Wink of Stella Clear.

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For your connivence, we’ve added the current challenge to the side-bar on the right over at A Blog Named Hero so you can find it quickly to enter. We can’t wait to see your “Clean & Simple” cards this month.  Have fun!

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!

Technique Junkies Blog Hop!

It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for a Technique Junkies  Blog Hop showcasing the new February release!  The fabulous Technique Junkie Design Team  will provide an amazing  selection of inspiration for your enjoyment.

Pat is again offering 15% off all February Release Stamps for one week!  In addition to new stamps, Technique Junkies has added a fun new product called Minx, a shimmer ink.  This of course is along side some already great art supplies like stencils, art anthology colorations, velvets, and sorbets.

The background on my first card uses “Faux Metal Gelatos from the Artistic Effects CD.  I used a Darice brick embossing folder and colored that with a mix of silver, blue, and purple Gelatos to get a stone look.  I watercolored my inmate “Mug Shot #SD638” with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Makers after embossing her.  The “wonky die” is from My Favorite Things and makes for a great window.  I added faux white stitching for more of that black and white contrast and finished off with the fabulous sentiment from “Partners in Crime #SS053.”

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My next card features the new stamp, “Drinkin’ and Thinkin’ #SD656.”  For those of you who know me know I LOVE COFFEE so I love this stamp.  I started by creating a background using the “Distress Stain Dip Technique in the Artistic Effects CD.”  I then grabbed the Tim Holtz Coffee Stencil and applied that in Vintage Photo.  I stamped “Drinkin’ and Thinkin” then colored her up with Art Anthology Dimensional Paints in “Sunshine and Just Peach by Art Anthology. I finished off with the sentiment from “Simple Sentiments 2, Style B #SS02B.”Feb-Coffee2

My next card uses several of the new stamps.  The background is a classic Houndstooth background called, “Houndstooth Check #S665,”   The technique is the Distress Stain Dip technique from the Artistic Effects CD.   The focal image is from a great travel set called, “Vintage Travel Cases #PS012” which comes with several suit cases, this focal image, and a sentiment which I’ve also used. I added some extra pizazz but dropping on fran’tage embossing powder in copper and heating it from underneath.  I distressed the edges with several distress inks in brown and finished off with Black Soot.  I colored up some waxy thread with Timeless Colorations by Art Anthology  for the final element.

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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 

Marilyn Hughes

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Jane Bosi

Tonya Davidson

Beth Norman 

Pat Huntoon 

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

Sketch Saturday Challenge #396

It’s Saturday and time for a new sketch at Sketch Saturday.  This week we are sponsored by Drawn With Character who is offering the random winner 3 images of their choice!  You have until Friday, January 29th to enter.

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This week I used Drawn With Character’s “Penguin” for my focal image today.  I colored him in watercolors using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I heat embossed the Hero Arts Snowflake background in white powder, then using the Zig makers created a watered colored distressed background.  I edged with Distress Inks and added a Lawn Fawn sentiment.

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We can’t wait to see how you interpret that Sketch Saturday layout this week.  Come of by!

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