Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Watercolor Classes

Hey there, Blog friends!  

I love taking the OnLine Card Classes , I've learned some great techniques from outstanding instructors and have taken many of them. 

Recently, I signed up for the Intermediate Watercolor class facilitated by Dawn Woleslagle (of WPlus9) and I've learned so much.  (You can link over to the class from the badge on my right sidebar).  These classes are a great way to grow your creative side and I would encourage you to sign up for any one of them.  

I combined a couple of techniques; glazing and color mixing which Dawn covered in the preliminary class, and made this card.  It's not great, but it was fun and I liked the results.  I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper and Koi watercolor paints.  The image is Impression Obsession "Fair Madien" stamp which I stamps with Archival Ink "Watering Can".  I stamped it off before stamping it on the watercolor paper in order to get the lighter, faded lines.  The sentiment is from Gina K Designs, Hugs and Prayers set. (this set is discontinued).  

Thank you for visiting and I would love to hear what you think of this watercolor image.  


Happy Wednesday, blog friends!!!  

A fun color challenge at THE HOUSE this week....

Lots of fun with this color grouping and it can be used with almost any stamp in your collection or technique you like.  

I saw these "blocks"of color and took it literally....

On this card I used RI Stamp #7118-I "Queen" and RI#5132-D "Heart Sil (sm).  I created the "blocks" with the square "Flip Stitch Die Set".   I colored the "Queen" with Copics and added some "doodling" to frame her.  

I hope you'll grab some crafting time and play along with this fun color challenge.  I, and the other Rock Stars would love to see your creation.  

Speaking of the Rock Stars....take a peek at what they've'll be glad you did!  

                            Deonna - Heather - Joy Karen - Kathy - Patti J  

Please visit THE HOUSE for more details on how you can enter the challenge and possibly be the big winner of a $25.00 GC for some awesome Repeat Impressions stamps!  

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 1, 2016


Hi everyone, Cheri here with another easy peasy POTW for The House That Stamps Built.

This is a great way to get more from your stamps while creating something different and unique with them.  I'm sure there are other names for this technique, but for this one, I'm calling it "on the edge stamping".  

Here are the supplies you'll need:

Stamps of your choice, ink for stamping, ruler, scissors, card stock.  If you decide to color your images, you'll need your favorite coloring medium.  For my cards I used Copic Markes as well as colored ink.  

Step 1 - determine where you'd like your image to end on your card stock layer.  I choose 1/2 inch from the edge.  You will then lightly draw a line down the layer with a pencil.  Keep your pressure light so the mark is easy to erase.  

Step 2 - line up your stamp to overlap the penciled line and placed up against the cut edge of the card stock layer.  

Step 3 - Stamp your image as you'd like it to appear.   (I used a MISTI for my stamping.  It makes it easier if you have to re-stamp the image).

Step 4 - Color your image, then cut it out along the penciled line you have drawn on the card stock.  

Finally, finish your card as you'd like it.  For this card I kept my butterflies as a panel, however you'll notice on my second card, I cut the stamped edge and let it be a "border" on the card.  There are so many possibilities using this technique.  Stamps used for this card:  RI#9001-L "Butterfly (Lg)" and RI# 6103-J "Thinking Vertical" .

For this card, I stamped the heart images with colored ink before cutting them out to form the border.  RI#5118-H "Heart Sil Lg", RI#5132-D "Heart Sil sm" , RI# 3405-C "Random Hearts", RI# 1204-I "Love".

I hope you'll be give this a try and if you do, please share your link on our FaceBook Page.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hi there, blog friends!  

It's time for another What If? Wednesday challenge from The House That Stamps Built and Repeat Impressions stamps!  

This week it's sketch challenge time and here is the sketch

My card for this challenge uses one of the cute Bear stamps and sentiment RI#1918=F "Beary Special" and RI, #701-K "Belle".  I love to color this image and I've found it can be used for many cards from birthday to welcome baby.  

For a change, I colored the image with my Prismacolor pencils.  I've had them for years and they rarely get used.  I wanted to try a pencil technique I learned from Julia Altermann on YouTube.  While I don't think I achieved the look I was going for I liked the layering technique with the pencils, so I'll continue to work on it.  

This is a fun sketch and I hope you'll join the challenge and play along with me and the other Rock Stars at The House.  If you join the challenge, you have the opportunity to win $25.00 worth of RI stamps.  The details can be found at there.  

Now check on the other Rock Star blogs for some great inspiration using this sketch. 

                                  Deonna - Heather - Joy Karen - Kathy - Patti J

 Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous week!  

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Happy Wednesday, blog friends!  

It's been a cold and snowy week here in Maine...finally we have winter!  I don't mind the snow, but I do mind the cold and for the past two days we've had temps hugging zero degrees with the wind howling and blowing snow around looking like swirls of tornadoes everywhere.  

There's an inspiration challenge at The House this week....take a gander at this 

Are you inspired by something in this photo that gets your creative juice flowing?   I was inspired firstly by the colors and then the texture I saw in this photo.  It reminded me of so many winters in my lifetime.  

I grabbed two stamps from the RI Stamp Set Quilting and Stained Glass and used #9402-U "Quilted Background" and 9405-H "Good Friends".  

You will love the inspiration results from the other Rock Stars.

                              Deonna - Heather - Joy Karen - Kathy - Patti J

We hope you'll join us in the challenge.  You can find all the details at The House blog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you for your comments.  

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