Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WHAT IF? WEDNESDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hey there, blog friends!!!  

It's another What If? Wednesday challenge at The House That Stamps Built and this week's it's a sketch challenge!  (Wendy comes up with some great sketches).

Ready????  Here we go!!!  


Can you see all the ways to play with this sketch?  We hope you'll take a stab at this sketch and come on over and play with us at The House.  



Stamps:  RI#9302-P  "Cupcakes", #9309-C "Tiny Cupcake" and #3915-F "Got Cake".  

For more inspiration, you don't want to miss the other Rock Star's creations.

                                 Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J

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


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

INSPIRATION CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hey, blog friends, do you love inspiration challenges?????  If so...you're in luck because the May calendar has rolled around to the week where it's time for one from The House That Stamps Built.

So, here's the inspiration...get your crafty self working on this and then come on over and join us.



What inspires you about this image????  There is so much to work with....scene, sunset, wine glass, water, colors, reflection....the possibilities are endless.  

Here is my card:




I'm sure you guessed that it was the combination of the scene, sunset and the wine glass that got me inspired.  I actually stamped the wine glass, RI# 9503-L "Wine Glass" on a scrap piece of packaging acrylic with Staz-on black ink.  I then fussy cut it.  Other stamps:   RI# 629-I "Mountain Vista", RI# 9515-G "Friends and Wine", and RI# 2708-M "Pine Branch".

I hope you'll join us at The House for this inspiration challenge.  You don't want to miss my Rock Star team mates and their awesome creations either.  

                                       Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J

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



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DESIGNER'S CHOICE CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hi there, blog friends!!! 

Hump day....time for another challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  This time it's a designer's choice challenge and the designer who's turn it is to challenge us is the super talented Debbie Fisher.  Debbie is challenging us to an ABC (anything but a card) challenge.  I find these to be the most difficult challenges for me.  Mostly because I'm so void of creative ideas for them.  

That said, I've been wanting to create some glass refrigerator magnets for about a year now.  I got the idea when I picked some store bought ones as little gifts for some of my co-workers.  I thought "I could do that".   Well, once I started....I couldn't stop! Too addicting and the Repeat Impressions stamps worked out incredibly well.

Here is a photo of some of those that I made.


I bought some glass decorator stones from the floral department in Michaels and then found some round magnets that fit the backs of them.  

The stamps I used for this project are:

I hope you'll join Debbie's challenge and play along.  You can find the details over at The House.  

On a personal note, I'd like to say a fond farewell to Debbie.  This is her last post as a Rock Star.  I'll miss you, Debbie.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I encourage you to visit the other Rock Stars and see their amazing ABC projects.  

                               Debbie Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J






Monday, May 11, 2015

PROJECT OF THE WEEK AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hi there!    

Cheri here and I'm very excited to be bringing you another project of the week for The House That Stamps Built blog.  I've chosen a technique that many of you have seen before.  It's an easy technique that renders a different look no matter how many times you do it, and therefore gives endless stunning results.  It's simply called the shaving cream technique and here is how it's done.

The supplies are basic and simple; shaving cream (the cheapest works great), but avoid any with additives or the gel type.  They may affect the results with the inks or paints you might use.  An assortment of dye ink refills or acrylic paints.  Popsicle sticks for stirring, a tray to layer the shaving cream on (or paper plate), I used an old cookie sheet.  A heavier card stock works best, 110# or 120# or watercolor paper works too.  A ruler or some straight edge tensile to scrape the shaving cream off the card stock with.  



The first thing you'll do is spray your tray with shaving cream


Smooth this out with your ruler or straight edge utensil

Next add your inks or paints in drops randomly over the shaving cream and using your Popsicle stick blend the colors in a marbling effect being careful not to over blend the colors.  


Once blended to your satisfaction, take your card stock (I always pre-cut mine to A2 size) and place it carefully face down onto the shaving cream.  



Carefully lift your cardstock from the shaving cream by grabbing opposite corners and lifting off the bed of shaving cream and ink.  Then using your ruler or straight edge utensil, in one stroke, scrap the excess shaving cream from the face of the card stock.

Dry your layers completely, either by leaving it to dry naturally or by using a heat gun.  I prefer drying it naturally.  Often times the card stock will bend and will not dry straight, but that's okay, you will fix that when you glue it against your card base layer.  

I did two different shaving cream projects.  With one I used dye ink refills and one I used acrylic paints.  



The Repeat Impressions Stamps used are:


I hope you enjoyed the project.  Thanks so much for stopping by.





Wednesday, May 6, 2015

COLOR CHALLENGE - THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hi blog friends!!! 

Are you having fun with the new challenge rotation at The House That Stamps Built? There's a new challenge every week...and you can really get your craft on by participating in them.  

This week, it's a color challenge....you might not think this one is too challenging, but, for me it was a true challenge.  

Here's the challenge

I am so loving watercoloring backgrounds these days and I thought this challenge might work for a background so I created this card.

To create the silhouette look I used RI Stamp #2408-N "Large Palm Trees" #2417-I "Small Palm Trees" as well as RI#3412-C "Gulls in Flight and finally the sentiment RI#2407-G "Life's A Beach".    I used a stitched frame from MFT to frame it and layered it on a black card base.  

Thank you for stopping by.  Check out the other awesome ideas using these colors from the incredible Rock Stars then play along.  The details for entering the challenge and how to win some awesome RI stamps can be found at The House.  

                     Debbie Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J


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