Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Hi blog friends!!!  

It's What if? Wednesday time at The House That Stamps Built and we're ready with a new sketch challenge for you.  

Sketches have so many fun opportunities for creating beautiful cards and projects.  I was thinking about this sketch while I was looking at some retro beach photos on Pinterest.  I love those old postcards that show off having a fun summer some place far away from home and friends.  I took the sketch and flipped it then went a tad retro.  

I hope you can "see" the sketch in this card.  I flipped it.  I used RI #1404-S "Nubble Light (lg) for the image and after stamping it with Archival "Water Can Grey", I watercolored it using my Koi watercolors.  I then coated it with VersaMark and covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I repeated the process twice more and got this high gloss look. The sentiment is RI# 1145-G "Greetings From" .   I used a Memory Box die for the seagulls and colored them with Copic Markers and placed them in the areas depicted on the sketch.  

You are going to have some fun with this one....I know you are.  Please share your creation with all of us at The House.  You can enter for the drawing for $25.00 worth of RI Stamps.....and if you can't wait and want to shop, please use the code at the right hand side of my side bar for 10% off your entire order of RI stamps.  

You really should take a look at these awesome creations for tons more inspiration on this sketch.  

                Deonna   -   Heather   -   Joy   -   Kathy   -  Laurie  -   Patti J   -   Shirley

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Hello, blog friends!!!! 

Where is the summer going????  It's already the 20th of July!!!  

Are you ready for another inspiration challenge? The House That Stamps Built has one for you and here it is 

I used these stars in a scene card.  I've been making a lot of graphic cards lately, but have always enjoyed making scene cards.  Repeat Impressions has some great stamps for scene creations and I used one of my favorites.  Remember, "inspiration" is whatever inspires you from the photo.  Go with your creativity and show us your awesome art.  

Stamps I used for this card are RI #4503-K "Beach Time" and RI# 9007-E "Sweet Things".   Paper piecing, Copic coloring, masking, ink sponging and stenciling were all techniques I used in the creation of this card.  

UPDATE:  I have been asked by Linda, in a sweet comment, if I would share how I created the blue and the stars on this card as well as how I created the "pool" on the ground, and I'm pleased to do that.  The blue was created by masking off the card panel in a tri-angular way with post-it note strips, covering all but the area where I determined I wanted the blue to be.  I then sponged that area with two different blue Distress Inks; Salty Ocean for the darker area at the top and then Tumbled Glass for the lighter blue area from the middle to the bottom.  I continued adding and blending these inks until I got a smooth look. After the sponged inks were completely dry, I added the stars with a stencil from My Favorite Things called "Star Celebration" and Glass Bead Glitter Gel by Faber-Castell (which I purchased from Michaels a year or so ago). This goes on white but dries to be completly clear with lots of glitter.  The "pool" was created using a die from MFT called "Oval Shadows".  I cut it from kraft cs and then used Copic markers to give it a shadowed look.  

Linda, I hope this answers your questions.  Please contact me if you would like more informatin and thank you all for commenting.    

Check out the other Rock Stars for some incredible creations using this this inspiration.   

                 Deonna   -   Heather   -   Joy   -   Kathy   -  Laurie  -   Patti J   -   Shirley

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you'll join the challenge.  All the details can be found at The House

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Happy Wednesday, blog friends!!! 

I hope you've all had a chance to hop and play along with last weeks new release "Holy Crap" stamp set from Wendy at Repeat Impressions.  It was so much fun....and so are the new stamps.  

Today it's a Designer's Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built (Repeat Impressions blog) and the designer/rock star challening us is Shirley!  Her challenge is "It's a Man's World".  

I don't know about you, but I rarely have a male greeting card when I need one, so I'm always making them at the last moment.  This is a great challenge to get us making some guy cards to have in our stash.  

Stamps used for this card are RI#9111-I Bi-Plane Silhouette and the sentiment is RI# 10619-I "Congrats on Your" and RI# 1620-H "Next Adventure from the new Holy Crap stamp set. 

I hope you'll play along with this week's challenge. The details on how to enter the challenge can be found at The House.

You will find some awesome inspiration for this challenge by visiting these awesome designers.

              Deonna   -   Heather   -   Joy   -   Kathy   -  Laurie  -   Patti J   -   Shirley

So happy you've stopped by.  Have a wonderful day!  

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Holy Crap... It's A Blog Hop!
Please join us at The House That Stamps Built for a blog hop celebrating Repeat Impressions' newest stamp series... Holy Crap! Yup, hehe... it's true... Wendy's designed a humorous collection of stamps around something she's confessed to saying a little too often.

This new stamp series starts with a large "holy crap!" sentiment which can be paired with any of the great variety of smaller words and sentiments to create a wide range of funny cards. A few theme appropriate images are also included. Please visit Repeat Impressions' online store to check out the entire Holy Crap! collection.

So today all the RI Rock Stars are kicking off a blog hop to showcase some of the new designs and also give you an opportunity to win the stamps!

To participate in the hop all you have to do is visit The House That Stamps Built blog and the blogs of all the Rock Stars listed there. On each blog you will find a key letter. After you collect all the letters, use the letters to create the proper word and then email it to Wendy to be eligible for the blog candy.

Here are a couple of cards I created with these new stamps


My letter for you is… "I"  Add this letter to each letter you pick up from the other Rock Stars and complete the whole word.
You must complete the hop and email Wendy the correct word no later than 5pm eastern time on Monday, July 11th. The blog candy for this hop… an unmounted sheet of the new "Holy Crap!" stamps! 
Wendy will announce the winner on Tuesday, July 12th on Repeat Impressions' Facebook page so please be sure to "Like" and follow them there if you don't already.

The order of the hop is this:  Don't forget, leave a comment and pick up a letter at each hop to win! 
Cheri (You Are Here)

Enjoy and good luck!  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Hi there, blog friends!  

It's the first What If? Wednesday challenge for the new month of July and as it is every first Wednesday of the month, it's a color challenge at The House That Stamps Built.

I screwed up with my card and got more blue than turquoise but I didn't have time for a redo, so just pretend it's more of a turquoise blue, okay?  

Stamps used for this card are from the Flower Power Separates and the sentiment is from The Hello Cling Stamp set.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't miss the incredible creations from these fabulous Rock Stars then head on over to THE HOUSE and join in on the challenge. You might just win a $25.00 gift certificate for Repeat Impression Stamps.  

              Deonna   -   Heather   -   Joy   -   Kathy   -  Laurie  -   Patti J   -   Shirley

Come back tomorrow for another awesome surprise release of more brand new Repeat Impression Stamps.  

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