Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Hello there!  

Today is a new challenge for us at The House That Stamps Built and it's one of our followers favorites, Anything Goes.  

I'm always in need (or so it seems) for male birthday cards, so that's what I decided to create for the challenge this week.  

I created this card by first stamping the Mason jar RI#9701-S "Jar With Lid", on a separate panel of white card stock.  I then colored it with Copic Markers.  I then stamped the ship RI#9508-J "Ship (in a bottle)" and colored that with Copics as well.  After fussy cutting the image I then ran it through a bubble embossing folder for "texture".  I wasn't pleased with the raised bubbles so ran the image back through the die cutting machine just between the embossing plates.  This flattened the raised bubbles and I liked it much better.  

I stamped the jar image a second time on some fun foam and cut the shape out and placed it behind the colored image so I could lift the image off the background layer, giving it demension.  I stamped RI#2501-H "Happy Birthday From..." (using only a portion of the stamp) in VersaMark ink and heat embossed white ep to make it pop. For some fun detail I added clear Nova Chrylstal drops. 

Come on over and play along with our ATG challenge.  The details on how to enter the challenge, and what you can win, are at THE HOUSE.    

You won't want to miss the cards from these awesome team mates of mine...

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and I truly appreciate your comments.  

Have a fabulous day!  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Hey there Junkies,

I've been inking up my fingers (literally) lately with my Brusho pigment ink powders....they are such fun to play with and create awesome backgrounds.  If you have them, you know what I'm talking about.  

This card was so much fun to make....

I used Strathmore Watercolor paper (cold press, 140#) for the first time.  I bought a 9x12 pad from ACMoore recently when they had a sale and this pad was only $5.00. I thought I couldn't lose at that price.  I've never used it before and was really pleased with the performance and the amount of water it could take without warping.  I'm not an expert in watercoloring, but for the price, this was great paper to use with the Brushos.  

I first gave the watercolor panel a good wash with clean water before sprinkling on the pigment powders, it allowed the crystals to "move".  If more water was needed, I spritzed it with water.  I added each color separately, and they blended very well.  

The stamp I'm using for this is #SD716 "Something Will Grow".  I love the sentiment that is attached to this floral image, and the bg certainly shows off that stamp well, I think.  I splattered some watered down black acrylic paint once the panel was dry and that finished off the design.  So easy, but I love it.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you can get your own hands inky soon!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Hello challenge lovers,

A new challenge has been posted at The House That Stamps Built and this week and it's an inspiration challenge. 

It's way too premature to feel like spring here in Maine, (we're just digging out from a snowstorm that dumped upwards of two feet of snow on us) but that's what this photo made me feel like, so I went with it.  

I did a watercolor wash for the background on this card with Distress Inks then off stamped the image using Archival "watering can" gray in order to get a very light stamped image.  I used Inktense watercolor pencils to color the florals and the dragon flies.  The sentiment was also stamped with the same gray ink.  Stamps used are both from the "Beautiful Days" Series.  

I hope you'll take a few moments and visit my team mates for more inspiration....they will WOW your senses with what they've done with this inspiration.  

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

After seeing these fabulous blogs and the creations, come on over and join the challenge.  We'd love to see what inspires your creativity using this image.  All the details for entering our challenge and how to win a $25.00 gift certificate for some awesome Repeat Impression Stamps, visit THE HOUSE.

If you'd like some shopping incentive....use this code RR10CW and get 10% off your entire order of Repeat Impressions Stamps.  

I'm entering this in the new challenge over at Simon Says Stamps - Florals

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a super creative week.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Hello Junkies!!!!  

It's Valentine's Day - a day for love!  *sigh*

I'm one of those "animal lovers" and as a stamper and card creater, I can't begin to tell you how many cards I've created with animals on them.  Animals bring such joy into our lives and without them, life just doesn't seem quite right.

I fell in love with this new stamp from Technique Junkies and the February 2017 Release.  It makes such a perfect CAS Valentine's card that I had to show it off on my blog today.  

The stamp is "Pugs and Kisses" and is so adorable.  I stamped it on kraft cardstock with VersaFine black ink, highlighted his toes, tail and nose with my white gel pen, added a heart die border (also cut from kraft cs).  I used the same die to cut it out in white and red card stock and used those heart pieces as inlays for the kraft border. 

I'm entering this in the Cupcake Inspiration challenge which is sponsored by Stamplourations.  Check it out.  

I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine's Day!!! 
Pugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Hello blog friends!  

Are you loving these new challenges at The House That Stamps Built?  I know I am, especially the new Tic, Tac, Toe challenge.  That's what we're doing this week and we hope you'll play along.  

The way you play this challenge is to pick one item from three grids going either vertically, horizontally or diagonally and create a project or a card.  

So, as you can see, I chose an item from each grid in the top horizontal line.  (Valentine's or Love, watercolors and die cut).  The stamp is RI #1204-I "Love".  I stamped it in two soft green dye inks attempting to get a "drop shadow" look.  It didn't work as well as I wanted so I added some white gel pen to try and highlight it a bit.  The water color background was created using Distress Inks and my dies are "Tessatina Border" by My Favorite Things and "Twine and Bows" from Pretty Pink Posh.  

Come on over and play along with us this week. You can get all the details on how to join at THE HOUSE.  

And check out what the other Rock Stars have done for tons more inspiration.  

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

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty week!  

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