Thursday, January 18, 2018


Hello Technique Junkie Peeps.....

I have a little vintage looking card for you today using some more fabulous Technique Junkie Stamps.    Well, actually ALL TJ stamps are fabulous!  That said, if you love them as much as I do, you'd also love to have a discount to help you in your purchases.  I can do that because I have a coupon code for you...just use TJ10Cheri at checkout and you'll get 10% off your entire order. 

If you're like me, you need some flowers in your life right about now....I feel cabin fever closing in and it's only January.  Have you shopped in the Flowers section of the Technique Junkies store?  There are so many gorgeous images to chose from.  For this card I chose  "Rose"  and I let her stand alone and be the elegant focal image she was meant to be.  

I stamped "Rose" in Memento Gray Flannel ink in my MISTI, leaving the stamp there.  I then colored it with Copic Markers.  When that was done, I put it back in the MISTI and inked the stamp again with Memento Olive Grove Ink.  This outlined the image beautifully.  For additional accent I used my gold gel pen to outline the petals.  The sentiment is "One Must Live".  I loved this font and thought it went well with the vintage look I was trying to achieve.  After die cutting the panel and adhering it to a light pink base, I added some Nuvo clear drops for a little interest.  

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Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Hello, House friends!  

The newest challenge at The House That Stamps Built is an inspiration challenge.  I really enjoy doing these challenges because they make me think outside the box and create freely.  

The image on this card is one of the fabulous Repeat Impressions Lighthouse stamps.  If you love lighthouses (and I do) these are really fun stamps to work with.  In this case I used RI#1407-P "Winter Harbor Light, Lg".  I chose a neutral color card stock and colored the image with my PrismaColor Pencils in white and light greys and blues.  To create the sun/moon, I used a round punch and created a hole in a Post It note.  After adhering it to the area I wanted the sun/moon to be,  I lightly sponged some white pigment ink into the negative area.  After the pigment ink was dry, I die cut the panel, used Pumice Stone Distress Ink to distress the edges, and finally, with my white gel pen, I added "snow".  The sentiment is RI#1145-F "Greetings from..." and was stamped in a dark grey ink.  

Here's the inspiration piece.  I was inspired by the neutral colors and the texture from the trees which I transfered to the rocks on my image.  

For more fabulous ideas on using this inspiration, check out what fabulous pieces my team mates have done.  

Now it's your turn to get creative and have some fun with this inspiration.  Come on over and play along with this week's challenge at The House.  All the details on how to play can be found there.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you in the challenge.  

I'm adding my card to the new Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Add a Sentiment". 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Hello house friends!!! 

Here we are with a new challenge for you from The House That Stamps Built - the second one this month - and today it's the popular TTT challenge.  Did you have a chance to play in our Designer's Choice Challenge from last week?  If not, you still have time - in fact you can get in all the challenges we offer each week until the month closes.  

Disclaimer:  We have been having some horrible weather these past few weeks and it's been very cloudy.  This photo of my card doesn't compliment it well, it looks better in real life.  That said, I chose the first vertical row for my card, (gems, water colors, off the edge)  However, as you can see, I also got the horizontal middle row (water colors, blue, embossing).  The stamps I used are RI#2714-D "Sm. Pine Forest" and RI#5131-I "Pine Needles Sil".  The sentiment is RI#8607-D "Thanks".  

The background was created using Distress Inks as water colors on 140# watercolor paper.  I was playing around with them one day and created a whole bunch of panels using different colors.  (You may see more in the future).  What was amazing, and made the panel interesting on this one was the paper pilled.  That horizon line is the paper’s pilled line when I added too much water.  The bottom was Faded Jeans and the top “sky” was Tumbled Glass.  This was unintended, I’m not good at water coloring at all, so I love it when a “gift” like this happens.   

Oh, just look at the inspiration you'll find on these blogs....

 Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Esther Shirley  

The challenge is open, come on over and play along.  All the details can be found at THE HOUSE.  

Thanks for stopping by and thank you all for your comments.  They mean so much to me.  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Hello Junkies, 

I've got a fun technique for you to try.  Have you ever heard of Parchment Crafting (Pergamano)?  It's a parchment paper art which came from the Netherlands.  You can find lots of interesting examples on Pinterest, so I won't link any here.

The proper way to do this is with parchment paper, but not having it, I decided to try it on heatable vellum paper because it's heavier than regular vellum and not easily torn.  I really like the results and will be doing more of it, but thought I'd share this attempt using "Happy Winter Wishes" stamp set from the new January 2018 release with you.  

After stamping the bunny with VersaMark ink and heat embossing it with white ep, on the vellum, I turned the piece over, face down, on a foam board I use for piercing.  Taking a stylus I used for dry embossing, I rolled it around the interior of the bunny's body.  Once that was done I decided I would color the scarf and coat with Copic markers (again on the reverse side).  When I was satisfied with the look, I fussy cut the bunny out of the vellum and mounted it on a pale blue cs panel I had already prepared with inked "hills" and the sentiment.  A touch of Copic markers for shadow/grounding, a few sequins and this card was done.  

Don't you love Technique Junkies Stamps?  There are so many creative ways to use them.  Go grab a bunch and use my discount code TJ10Cheri for 10% off your ENTIRE order!!!! 

When you get your new stamps, (using my discount code) come on over to our Design Junkies blog and join in on our monthly challenge for a chance to win even more Technique Junkies Stamps.   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration here and if you did please join us on our FaceBook page and share your creations with us.  We love seeing them.  

Have a happy day!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Hello House Friends!!! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It's the start of a new year, a new month and a new series of challenges at The House That Stamps Built.  

The incredibly talented Laurie is hosting our challenge this week and her challenge is "Things with Wings".  

I so love the garden fairy stamps that are in the store at Repeat Impressions.  I have used them before and find myself smiling when I'm creating with them.  I recently got this RI#4301-K "Fairy's Lantern" to add to my collection and I love it.  I wanted to create a scene for her, so I used RI#629-I "Mountain Vista".  I first stamped the mountains and then decided where I wanted the fairy situated.  I stamped it there and colored just the body portion with a black Copic Marker, creating a shadow.  The latern was left open to color. I stamped the fairy again on a separate scrap of white cs and colored it again with Copic markers and fussy cut the body out.  After sponging the panel with Distress Inks and sprinkling it with water, I adhered the fussy cut piece to the shadow.  The sentiment is RI#2512-E "Just a Note". 

Head on over to these incredibly talented Rock Stars for lots more "things with wings" inspiration.  Then visit THE HOUSE for information on how to enter the challenge and get your creation into a drawing for $25.00 worth of fabulous Repeat Impressions Stamps.   

 Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Esther Shirley   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

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