Monday, December 14, 2015


Hi there!  

Cheri here with a new Project of the Week for The House.  It's a really quick one and so, so easy but packs enough drama so that people will be wowed by the results.  I call it "Ink Dragging".  

For this example I'm using Brilliance Inks.  I've had them for a long time and thought they needed some attention, they also add a fantastic shimmery effect with this technique which is great for Christmas cards.  

Here are the supplies you'll need:

Dark card stock (that's the drama)
clear embossing powder
Versa Mark or some other clear ink for heat embossing
Ink (dye or pigment)

Stamp your image on your dark card stock with VersaMark or any clear embossing ink, sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.

Take your dye or pigment ink pad and begin dragging it from the top of the embossed image to the bottom of the card stock.  Try and do this in one swipe without putting heavy pressure on the ink pad.  You can go over it again if it's too light, but you can't remove it if you have too much.  

Take a paper towel or a soft cloth and wipe the ink off the embossed area.  It pops right out from the background.

Finally, trim your layer and mount it against another layer and place it on your card base.  For this card I also added some Brilliance "Galaxy Gold" in the sky area as well as on the light of the lighthouse.  For this card I used RI Stamps #8908-G Magical Christmas, RI# 2101-Q- Santa Over Portland Head Light.  

That's it!  Super easy and fast.  I hope you give it a try.

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Hey, blog friends!!!

Are you getting ready for Christmas????  I'm feeling a little slow this year.  It could be there's NO SNOW in Maine!!!!!  Unbelievable!!! I look out my window and see green grass and I can't get into the feeling of Christmas.  Then I look at the calendar and think, "I better get in gear, with or without snow!". 

There's a new CAS challenge at Outlawz Challenges and it's the all time favorite challenge....ANYTHING GOES! 

I've been making Christmas cards (with the helpful sound effects of Christmas music played on my iPod.) and so I've added this card to the lineup for the challenge. 

I love this stamp (Christmas Joy) from Sweet'n Sassy Stamps.  My grandmother loved cardinals and always said when we saw one after she was gone, it meant she was there with us.  A year ago, my mother passed away and while I was mourning her, I looked out my window and there appeared three cardinals flying together and they stopped and perched on a tree right in front of my window.  I knew it was my mother, and her parents telling me they were all together now and could be at peace.   They appeared together and they flew off together.  Cardinals hold special meaning for me. 

I colored this using Copic Markers.  The dies I used for the frame are MFT In&Out Diag Stitched Rectangles and Pinked Die from Avery Elle

Come on over to the CAS challenge and bring your "anything goes" entry.  There's some great prizes to win too. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week. 

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