Wednesday, April 26, 2017



We have a new challenge for you at The House That Stamps Built and it's the monthly favorite of "Anything Goes".  We hope you'll join us.

I've been challenging myself to make some guy cards lately.  Especially cards that aren't specific to a birthday or other event, but rather just general cards for guys. This is one of those cards.  

I used stamps from the "Bottoms Up" set, and I used masking to create the scene. The images were colored with Copic Markers and after coloring, I masked them again and sponged the background in with my new Distress Oxide Inks (which I am LOVING).  I then drew in a "table" (the extent of my drawing ability), added the sentiment and adhered the layers to the card base.  

Prepare to be amazed by the incredible inspiration these ladies have also created for you.  

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

Check out the challenge and how to enter at The House.  This is the last challenge of the month and a winner will be drawn and announced for a $25.00 GC for some fabulous RI stamps next week.  

In case you can't wait to win and would like a little enabling push, I have a 10% discount coupon for you.  Just enter my code RR10CW  at check out and enjoy.  

I'm entering this card in the weekly Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge "ANYTHING GOES".  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Hey there, Junnkies,

A quick post today to show you this fun card using Technique Junkies Stamps "Kitty Watching" and "Watcha Doin".   I created it a few days ago and sent it to my friend who is in the hospital recovering from surgery.  She has a great sense of humor and I knew this card would give her a giggle or two.  It did me!  

I created a window and frame with Stitched Arch Stax dies from My Favorite Things to place the kitty face in after coloring it with Copic Markers.  Before placing the image inside the window, I splattered the front panel with black and green watered down acrylic paints for accent.  

Such an easy and fun card to create.  

If you'd like to grab these stamps, or any other stamps from Technique Junkies for yourself and would enjoy a little discount, use my code TJ10Cheri for a full 10% off your entire order.  Just enter the code at check out.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get some crafting time for yourself today!  

Monday, April 24, 2017


Hello everyone!  I'm here with a new Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built .  I'm calling it faux silk background, but it may have another name somewhere else.  

This is what it looks like.  

Here are the supplies you'll need: 

A piece of white card stock cut a little smaller than your tissue paper piece.  Tissue paper, dye inks of your choice, glue.  You can use a glue stick, I used ATG double sided tape. 

Begin by inking your stamp(s) with your choice of ink and stamp your tissue paper in the area or areas where you'd like your image or images to appear. 

Once you have the tissue paper piece to your liking you now must do the hard part....wait for it to dry completely.  You can hit it with a heat gun if you can't wait, but it's very, very important that the ink is completely dry.  

When the tissue is dry, roll it into a ball then unroll it carefully.  Cover your white card stock with glue completely, and gently lay your tissue piece over it carefully tapping it to the card stock piece to adhere.


Here's a close look at what it should look like

Trim the edges and use it on your card base as desired.  

I hope you like this and give it a try, it makes a unique and lovely background.  
Thanks for stopping by today and have a super creative week!  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Hello there crafty peeps!  

There's a new inspiration challenge at The House That Stamps Built and here it is. 

Gorgeous isn't it?  Whatever it is that inspires you from this image, (the colors, the texture, the image itself...) go with it and enter our challenge.  You will be entered in the end of the month drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate for Repeat Impressions stamps.  

I was inspired by the colors, and I used watercoloring to try and bring them to the background of this card.  The colors are much better in person.  However, I was also inspired by the texture and used the RI Stamp #1216-O "Ruffled Heart Border" to show that.  The sentiment is RI#1211-J "So Faith".  

For more great ideas for inspiration check out my team mates....their projects are amazing.  

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

We all hope you get an opportunity to play along.  You can get all the details at The House.  

I'm so happy you stopped by.  If you love RI stamps as much as I do, grab my code rr10cw for a 10% discount and enjoy.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Hello there junkies.....

I recently purchased some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks from Technique Junkies Store and I couldn't wait to play with them.  

I first have to tell you how incredibly smooth these inks are to blend, and layering them was so much fun...once I started, it seemed like I couldn't stop.  If you haven't tried them, let me enable will love them! 

Here's a card I made building multiple layers of DOI and a stencil.  The Technique Junkies stamp I used for this card is "Shine Like Sunbeams" .  The words in the stamp are open, and I to help make them pop a little more, I used a gray Memento marker to fill in the open areas.  

The stencil I used is from Memory Box.  After doing all my ink playing, I sprinkled some water on the layer and blotted it off for some added dimension.  I also sprayed some Perfect Pearl spay over the panel for some additional pazazz!  

If you love techniques, join our FaceBook Page  and see what we're all up to.  

Also, you're invited to join the new MONTHLY CHALLENGE where we showcase a new technique each month, give you the tutorial and an opportunity to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the TJ Store.   This month (April 2017) the technique is Tie Dye.  Check out THIS post for more information.  

Can't wait to win and want you some TJ Stamps...I have a discount code for you...use TJ10Cheri at check out and you'll be given 10% off your entire order of stamps.  

Have a crafty week and I hope to see you in our new mothly challenges as well as on our FB page.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Hey there crafty junkies....there's a new challenge in town...actually, it's not in town, it's over at the Technique Junkies Blog.  

It's a monthly challenge, which means you have a month to complete and post your entry.  For this month, you have until May 13 to enter.  Winners will be announced on May 14.  The winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Technique Junkies store.

The link to hook your entry up to the challenge is on this TJ Blog post.  

Each month we will challenge you to a new technique and this week the technique is called "Tie Dye Circles" and HERE is where you can get the tutorial for this technique.  

The stamps I used for this card are "Birds on a Fence" and "Road Trip set of 6".  

There you have it...the new Technique Junkies monthly challenge...but wait, there's MORE...I have a discount code for you if you'd like to purchase some fabulous TJ stamps for 10% off it's TJ10Cheri.  Just enter that code when you check out and you'll get the discount.  (see my badge top left sidebar here).  

Have a super crafty week and I can't wait to see your entry in our new challenge.  

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Hello crafty friends,

Are you excited that spring is here and finally, after a long, cold winter we see green grass and even tiny, fuzzy green leaves appearing on early bushes?  I am!  My daffodils are coming up and it's so refreshing to see them instead of snow and ice!  

It's time for the Tic Tac Toe challenge for this month at The House That Stamps Built.  Here is your TTT challenge.

I went down the right-hand side, (Yellow, Washi Tape and Stenciling) but I included "birds" from the left-hand side.  

The stamps used here are RI#704-G "Duckling" and RI#3906-H "Easter Blessings".  I combined stencils and sponged them with Distress Inks, Tumbled Glass and Squeezed Lemon.  The washi tape is the solid yellow accent piece to the left.  My cute little duckling is colored with (what else?) Copic Markers!  

Check out my awesome team mates and see what incredible projects they've made with the new Tic Tac Toe challenge!  

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

Now grab your supplies and join the challenge.  You can get the details at The House and there is where you will find where to link your entry.  There's a $25.00 gift certificate for RI stamps up for grabs this month to one lucky entry in our challenges.  
If you just can't wait for that win.....go ahead and go shopping at Repeat Impressions and use my personal10% off code RR10CW  at check-out.  

I'm entering this card in the Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Color Challenge.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  HAPPY EASTER!  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Hello Junkies!  

Did you get to see the April Release of new stamps from Technique Junkies?  There are some pretty awesome stamps released this month and I'm using one of them here today.  It's called Flowers and Feather Collage.  

The technique is called "delft tiles" and quite easy to do.  First stamp your image with embossing ink (I used VersaFine) then emboss with white embossing powder.  At this point I dragged "Blueprints" Distress Ink over the entire surface several times, getting a good ink coverage.  Wipe the ink from the white embossing and then determine the size of the panels you'll cut your layer with.  Mine were cut at 1" X 1.25".  You then lay them out on your base layer.  Simply arrange and adhere the tiles on the base layer leaving a tiny bit of the bg layer showing.  

How you would like to get 10% off all your Technique Junkie Stamps?  Simply use this code TJ10CHERI at checkout and you'll get the discount.  

Please visit our new FaceBook page and join in on the conversations and add some of your work with our stamps.  We'd love to see what you're creating.

Visit the Technique Junkies Blog and see the beautiful creation being showcased today!

That's it for me today....thanks for stopping by and I hope you have some crafty fun today.  


Friday, April 7, 2017


Hello everyone, 

I wanted to jump in on the birthday celebration over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge "Happy Birthday" this week - Simon Says Stamps is celebrating an awesome 8 years!  Congratulations Simon Says Stamps!!!! 

and CAS Watercolor Cards (new to me) Challenge "Pink and Green".

My card uses Altenew "Dahlia Blossoms".  As most of you know, Altenew has so many florals, but this one jumped out of the shop and into my cart the second I saw it.  
I used Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Distress Inks and an aqua brush to color my flowers. After drying them, I embossed the flowers with gold embossing powder.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you grab some crafting time this weekend!  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Hello blog friends!!! 

It's time for a designer's choice challenge at The House That Stamps Built and this month, it's the fabulous Rock Star, Joy Hadden who has this challenge.  Her challenge is to use a die on your card/project.  

Great challenge, as most of us have dies and love using them.  

 My card uses a rectangle die that I used to cut into the main panel of my image and pop it up and use all the parts to make it dimensional.  

I love the stamp RI#4306-N "Pussy Willows", it's so cute....and says "spring" to me.  I colored them with Copic Markers.  The sentiment is RI#1304-J "Beauty of Springtime" and I only used the main sentiment for the outside of the card.  

This is such an easy challenge, I hope we'll see lots of participants join us.  All the details to enter the challenge can be found at The House.  

Check out these amazingly talented blogs for more inspiration for Joy's challenge.  

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

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget, if you can't wait to win some awesome RI Stamps, you can shop and get a full 10% off your order by using the code RR10CW.

Have a great week and happy stamping!!!! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Hello Junkies!  

A while back, I posted a card I created using the "Pulled Color" techqnique from August/September 2012 Technique Junkies Newsletter.  I'm combining that technique with another one called "Technique Strips" from the June/July 2012 Newsletter here.  
I loved the idea of the "Technique Strips" tutorial because it's an opportunity to use up some scraps or pieces of technique experiments that didn't come out just right. It's an opportunity to create something new from the leftovers or rejects.  (Those rejects happen to me a lot!) 

The strips in this card were those rejects from my "Pulled Color" experiments from my March 7 blog post.  I'm glad I didn't chuck them out...I do that sometimes and then I wished I hadn't.  

The stamp "Growing Wild" is one I've used before.  I love it's versatility.  You can grab this stamp and any other's you'd like from the TJ store, (excluding clearance and Distress Oxide Inks/Reinkers) and get 10% off by using the code TJ10Cheri at checkout.  

And there's more!  All of the APRIL RELEASE stamps are available at 15% off until April 8.  No code needed for that, it's automatically applied at checkout.

Technique Junkies has a new FaceBook Page too.  Please come on over and join us. We'd love to have you join the chatter and show off your creations.  

So glad you stopped by today and I hope you try these techniques and then post them on our FB page.  

Here's to an inky day!

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Hello Junkies!!!! 

It's the first of the month and an exciting time for Technique Junkies fans...there's always a new release blog hop to introduce the new stamps at the first of every month!  

Great news! From now through April 8th, you will receive 15% off the NEW April Release stamps -- PLUS you can receive 10% off anything else you order using this code:TJ10Cheri (excludes clearance and Distress Oxide Inks/Reinkers). The April stamp discount will automatically be added at checkout. We can all use a bit of savings, right?

If you arrived here from the incredibly talented Lanette Erickson's blog, you're in the right place.  If not, and you want to take the entire blog hop you can begin HERE at the TJ Blog.  Lanette's cards were awesome, weren't they?  

I've got 5 cards to show you so here we go:

For this card I used the adorable stamp "Row of Birds" and "Art of God" for a sentiment.  The background was created with a watercolor wash and then just dropping in watercolors and letting the wash move the paint.  The birds were colored with watercolor but without a wash.  

When I first saw this stamp "Flower Square" I knew I wanted to try creating a cyanotype look.  It's such a dramatic look and this stamped look like the perfect one to use it on.  I used Blueprint Distress Ink and my Misti to get the right depth of color.  The sentiment "In My Prayers"  (10% off if you use my discount code TJ10Cheri) is an older stamp and not from this release.

From the June/July 2012 Technique Junkies Newletter, I used the technique "Ombre Watercolor Resist" tutorial.  Distress Ink reinkers Candied Apple, Barn Door and Worn Lipstick were used to create the bg.  The stamp "Watercolor Flowers" is fabulous for this technique. The sentiment is from the set "Road Trip" (10% off if you use my discount code TJ10Cheri) an older set and I heat embossed it on a piece of vellumn so as not to hide the great bg.  

I stamped the new "Flowers and Feathers Collage" in a dark brown ink against a panel I had scored to look like barn board.  I liked the vintage feel of this in brown, but felt it needed some interest, so I stamped just the bird from the stamp and colored it with inks.  After fussy cutting it, I then used a double heat embossing technique to put a glaze on the bird and aligned it over the original stamping.  

Once again, using the "Watercolor Flowers" stamp I did a partial embossing on a white panel using clear embossing powder, then sponged some soft Distress Ink colors over it to achieve a resist.  I stamped the new "How Blessed I Am"  sentiment in the center where I'd removed the embossing ink.  

So glad you stopped by, and don't forget the 15% discount on all the new April Release Stamps (you'll see them all used as you hop through each blog) and a 10% discount using TJ10Cheri on all other stamps (excluding clearance and Distress Oxide inks and reinkers).  You will have to enter the TJ10Cheri code in at checkout.  

Now, on to my friend, and the super incredibly talented, Kathy Stacy's blog where you will find incredible inspiration.  

Happy Hopping!!! 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017



There's a 5th Wednesday this month, so Wendy from Repeat Impressions and The House That Stamps Built is offering a sketch challenge and a 5th chance to enter in the month's challenges and win $25 worth of RI Stamps.  

Here's the sketch....I know a lot of you crafters like them...I find them a REAL challenge.  That said, here's the challenge.

Lordy, was this a tough one for me!  It's an interesting design in layers, and after I  completed my project I thought of other things I might have used and done with this sketch.  Crazy, huh?  

To create the bg, where the squares and rectangle are on the example, I used acrylic stamping blocks smooshed in watered Distress Inks, making blocks of color one at a time.  The bunny image, RI#2605-P "Ode to Spring", was stamped on white cs and colored with Copics before being die cut with an oval die.  I fussy cut the letters from the "9800 Happy" set to use as the dots around the focal image.  I stamped only the word "springtime" from RI#1304-J "Beauty of Springtime".  I also did some ghost stamping with RI #10205-E "Flower Cluster Outline" against the left hand panels of color.    

Now check out these awesome creations using this sketch

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

For all the details on how to enter this challenge check it out at THE HOUSE.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Hey there blog's finally spring....can you feel it?  

We're having the all time popular Anything Goes Challenge at The House That Stamps Built this week.

I made this card in honor of spring....I've missed it and now it's here!!!! I couldn't be happier!!!!  This card uses RI#1603-K "Bouquet Bear" and RI#1921-G "I Miss You Beary".  

I used a water color panel, stamped the bear image with Archival Ink.  I colored it with Copic Markers then made a mask and masked it while I sponged some Distress Inks together then sprinkled some water over the ink.  I then stamped the sentiment. Before removing the mask, I sprinkled some water diluted black acrylic ink across the panel.   

I hope you'll join in on the challenge.  The details, and what you could win, can be found at The House.  

Take a look at what these awesome ladies have created for the ATG challenge.

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

Thanks for stopping by.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Hey there, Junkies,

A very quick post today.  I had some fun making this very quick card using the sponging of various colors of Distress Inks and the new Hello Cupcake stamp set. This is an awesome set!

To make this card, I sponged on the diagonal then colored the various cupcakes with Copic markers.  I also highlighted and did some doodling with my white gel pen to help make the image pop off the background.  

After I finished coloring, I splattered some black acrylic paint on the layer with my paint brush.  I like the detail that gave the bg.  I had a scrap piece of designer paper so I used it to accent the layout.  

I hope you find ways to use this technique with some of your stamps.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Hello blog friends,

This week is an inspiration challenge from the House That Stamps Built.  

Take whatever inspires you from this photo and create a card or project and join our challenge.  The details on how to enter can be found at The House.   

I was inspired by the colors in the inspiration piece and used them to make this shaker card.  The stamps I used here are RI#8120-K "Scruffy Puppy" and RI#8610 from the "Unmounted 8600 sheet set"  

I hope you'll join the challenge...for some awesome inspiration to help get your mojo going, check out these awesome ladies

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

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

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