Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hi there blog friends!!! 

Here we are with another Wednesday Challenge from The House That Stamps Built. 

This week it's a sketch challenge and we hope you'll join in on the fun. 

 This was a true challenge for me....I couldn't seem to create anything I was satisfied inspiration finally came after watching an old black and white just never know where inspiration will find you.  

 The stamps I used for this card were RI#3306-I "Falling Leaves", #3212-H "To Everything" (I used only a portion of it) and my focal image is RI#1609-J "Winter Tree".  

For details on how you can join the challenge this week, head on over to The House. You'll be able to enter your card or project there and you'll be placed into a drawing for a $25.00 Repeat Impressions shopping spree.  

Here is a group of incredibly talented ladies ready to show you what they've created using this sketch.  

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

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you find some craft time today.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Hi blog friends!!!!  

I'm here with a new post for Technique Junkies.  At first sight, I couldn't resist this TNJ Peonies #S626 stamp.  I absolutely love peonies and each year, I eagerly await their full blooms.  We have 5 peony plants in our yard in multiple colors - 1 each of white, wine, and light pink and 2 dark pink.  They are one of my favorite flowering bushes.

I colored it using a faux watercoloring technique I found on YouTube.  There are many of these techniques out there, you can easily find one you might like better.  

I stamped the entire image using My Favorite Things, Chalk Box, "Ripe Raspberry" and using my aqua brush, I "painted" it.  In the places where the color was too intense, I added more water to those spots and "lifed" it off with a dry paper towel.  

The sentiment is TNJ #SDX057 "Seeds of Today", was stamped with VersaFine Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.   

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a creative week!!! 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Hello everyone!  

I have a Project of the Week for you from The House That Stamps Built.  

I don't know about you, but I love making Christmas cards.  The problem is, it can take a long time to make Christmas cards for those special people on your list. Finding an easy technique that looks like it took hours is priceless.  

Here's a resist technique called "soft shadows".

The supplies you'll need and you probably already have them in your stash.

Neutral card stock
Embossing ink (I used Versamark)
Anti-static tool
White embossing powder
Soft colored dye ink
Stencil brush (it works better than sponging for this technique) 
Soft cloth/paper towel
and a heat gun (not shown).

Note:  You may have seen resist sponging techniques that resembles this technique using a sponge.  However the small stencil brush allows you to add color in smaller amounts and you have more control. 

Step 1 - Prepare your card stock with the anti-static tool.

Step 2 - Stamp your image using the embossing in, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat set.

Step 3 - Load the stencil brush with the soft colored dye ink you've chosen and using a small circular motion begin applying the ink to your embossed image.  You don't want to press too hard, it's easier to apply more ink where you need it later.  Continue applying the color until you are satisfied with the amount of ink.

Step 4 - Using your soft cloth or paper towel to wipe the white areas of your image, removing the excess ink.

Step 5- Prepare your card as you like.  My sentiment for this card is RI#3907-G "Rejoice".

I hope you liked this technique for making easy cards that pack some "pow".  

Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Hello blog friends!!!! 

Are you ready for another inspiration challenge from The House That Stamps Built????  These are so much fun and we hope you agree.  

I was so inspired by the black cats and the moon....that I really focused on those images in my card.  

In order to get the bg layers, I first masked a "moon"...I then sponged Distress Inks in layers around it.  When I was satisfied with the sponging, I removed the mask and sponged the moon.  Then the stamping began.  Stamps used on this card are RI#1507-J "Grass Borders", #1609-J "Winter Tree", #5113-H "Cat Sil Lg" and #5116-I "Cat Sitting Sil", #2320-G Wide Pumpkin and the sentiment is #4003-F "Feline Better".   The little cat was popped up with pop dots for dimension.  

I hope you'll join the challenge.  You can find all the detail at The House.  

Would you like to see some more incredible cards made using this inspiration?  Here you go....check these ladies out.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a very crafty week and part of that is playing along with the Rock Stars of Repeat Impression Stamps.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Hello everyone!!!! 

 I'm very excited to be posting my very first blog post as a Technique Junkie Design Team Member.  Yay!!!!  I feel so fortunate to be part of such an amazingly talented group....I'm still pinching myself.

For my first blog post, I made an easy card to reproduce.  If you like to color (and I do), the focal image called "Mrs. Santa's List" is right up your alley.  I colored her with Copic Markers and used a little Viva Glitter Pen to give her collar and earring some bling, then framed her using Spellbinder Classic Oval dies. For the background I used a new background stamp called "Baubles" was so easy to do by heat embossing in Silver embossing powder.  Both stamps are from the October 2016 Release.  To finish it off, I "framed" the background layer using "Wonky Stitch" Die by Avery Elle and popped Mrs. Santa up off the bg layer using dimensional tape.  

I hope you like my card.  Be sure to check out the TJ Blog and see all the posts for loads of inspiration.
Thank you so much for stopping by.  

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