Wednesday, March 1, 2017

HI THERE JUNKIES,  (Note:  I have two posts today.  If you're looking for the House That Stamps Built Designer's Choice Chalenge, please go to the next post)
Welcome to the March 2017 New Stamp Release blog hop for Technique Junkies!!!! 

For your shopping pleasure, Pat is offering a 15% off all of these new stamps from now until March 8, 2017 and the discount will show up in your shopping cart.  

If you didn't start this hop at the Technique Junkies Blog you can link back and see the beginning - If you did and you came here from the incredibly talented TJ Designer Lanette Erickson you're in the correct order and on your way.... Didn't you love Lanette's creation?  Don't miss any blogs...we all have different stamps to show off and you'll have a blast seeing all these creations.  

Here are a few cards I made with some of the new stamps.  First up, I made this one using "Queen".  I think this is such a fabulous stamp with the combined sentiment. She looks so regal, doesn't she?  I used an older Cheery Lynn "Cathedral Lace" die for the background.  The card base is kraft and I stamped the image on kraft as well.  To help her pop and give her some depth, I used a grey Copic Marker and outlined the image after stamping it with Archival Black Ink.  I highlighted her lips with a red glitter gave her some sass!!!! LOL.  

My next card uses this fabulous silhouette stamp "Baby Makes Three".  I had to stamp it several times, using my MISTI (what did I ever do before I had such a fabulous tool?) because I used watercolor paper to build a watercolor background on both the card layer and the image layer.  I wanted to the image to appear as though it is emerging from the bg piece.  I hope it does.  

My final card shows off another fabulous image and sentiment combination stamp called "Love and Laughter Floral" .  For the bg on this one, I did some baby wipe blending with various dye ink colors in the lavendar/purple color family.  I decided to stamp the image with "Potting Soil" Archival Ink and I loved how that worked for this image.  I used my polychromo pencils to color the foral and used my white gel pen to highlight the berries and the words, love, laughter and joy.  

I hope you've had some fun here today, thanks so much for stopping by.  Now head on over to my friend and TJ teamie, Kathy Stacy.  I know she's going to rock your creative world.  

Here's the entire blog hop list for your convenience.  

I hope you have some crafty fun today,


Hey there blog friends!!!  

It's a Designer's Choice Challenge over at The House That Stamps Built and this month it's Laurie's turn and her challenge is to create a "Long Tall Sally" card.  

I had never heard of this type of card, but found out it's a card that would fit into a business sized envelop.  What a fun idea!!!!  I often get caught up in A2 size cards and rarely, if ever, make any others.  This was such a great change and cool idea.  

My card uses RI#k9601-I Beer Foam, RI#9602-O "Beer Mug" and 9607-E "Happy Beerday To You".  All are from the "Bottoms Up" Series.    

I stamped the mugs on a sandy colored card stock and colored the mugs with (what else?) my Copic Markers.  I painted the foam with white acrylic paint and then went back in with a Memento gray marker to redraw the definition.  I layed that panel against a black panel to accent it and white heat embossed the sentiment on a separate strip of black card stock.  The star is a tiny punch.  

You really will have some fun playing along with this challenge and I hope you do.  The information on how to enter and what you can win, can be found at THE HOUSE.  
 If you'd like some incredible inspiration check out my team mates...they will blow you away with their creations.  

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you for your comments.  

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


 Hello Junkies!!!! 

This is a quick post for Technique Junkies....I just had to combine this shoe stamp "The Right Shoes"  and this sentiment from "Road Trip" collection of sentiments.   

I hope this gives you a chuckle.  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're finding some craft time!  

Monday, February 27, 2017


Hi there everyone!  Cheri here with a new project of the week to share.  It's called "Masking with Rubber Cement".  

You can purchase masking fluid in many art departments and online in many locations.  However, you can also get the same results by using plain old rubber cement and it's a whole lot cheaper.   

Here is one of the projects I made using the technique I'm going to show you.  

For this card I used RI Stamps #9114-I "Heart Air Balloon" and the sentiment is RI#2505-H "The Very Best...".  

Here are the supplies you'll need for this project.  

Watercolor Paper, Rubber Cement, Small Paint Brush (for applying the rubber cement), Assortment of Distress Inks or watercolor medium of your choice, VersaMark Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Waterproof ink and your choice of stamps. Paper Mask for balloon image.  (Note:  I used my MISTI stamp positioning tool for stamping my images)

  • Stamp the Heart Balloon stamp onto the watercolor paper panel, in the area where you'd like the "front" balloon to be.  Stamp with VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat emboss.  Note:  When stamping, be sure you get a good stamped image with the ink.  Sometimes it takes two or three times to get a good impression on watercolor paper.

  • When cool, use the paper mask to cover this stamped and embossed image.   Again, place the balloon where you'd like it to appear behind the front one. Repeat the inking process, apply the embossing powder and heat emboss. 
  • I taped my card panel down with painter's tape on a piece of board I use to keep watercolor paper flat while adding water.  It reduces warping. 

  • Using your small paint brush, apply the rubber cement to the center of your images or to any area you'd like to mask (preventing watercoloring to color the area).  Be sure to get good coverage in the areas you want masked.  Now, wait for it to takes about 10 minutes.  
  • When your rubber cement is dry, you can now apply your watercolor (with a clean brush, NOT the one you used for the cement).  You can give the background a wet wash and apply color that way or you can apply your wet watercolor straight to the paper.  Both effects are quite nice.  I'll have an example of the wet watercolor to paper application at the end of this post.  
  • For the wet wash, just "paint" your watercolor panel with clean water.  I smooshed the Distress Inks on an acrylic block and picked up some color with the brush I used to apply the water to the watercolor paper and dropped each color in the area where I wanted it. 
  • After your background is as you like it you can remove the rubber cement by simply rubbing it off with your finger.  

  • In this photo you can see where some of the watercolor got in areas where I didn't have enough rubber cement coverage.  I fixed that by taking a very small brush and just wetting those areas and dabbing it off with a paper towel.  
  • Now just decorate your card as you'd like it.  
  • Here's a second card I did using the wet paint to dry paper.  The same process was followed except for that.  

I hope you enjoyed this and give it a try.  

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