Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Hello house friends!!! 

Here we are with a new challenge for you from The House That Stamps Built - the second one this month - and today it's the popular TTT challenge.  Did you have a chance to play in our Designer's Choice Challenge from last week?  If not, you still have time - in fact you can get in all the challenges we offer each week until the month closes.  

Disclaimer:  We have been having some horrible weather these past few weeks and it's been very cloudy.  This photo of my card doesn't compliment it well, it looks better in real life.  That said, I chose the first vertical row for my card, (gems, water colors, off the edge)  However, as you can see, I also got the horizontal middle row (water colors, blue, embossing).  The stamps I used are RI#2714-D "Sm. Pine Forest" and RI#5131-I "Pine Needles Sil".  The sentiment is RI#8607-D "Thanks".  

The background was created using Distress Inks as water colors on 140# watercolor paper.  I was playing around with them one day and created a whole bunch of panels using different colors.  (You may see more in the future).  What was amazing, and made the panel interesting on this one was the paper pilled.  That horizon line is the paper’s pilled line when I added too much water.  The bottom was Faded Jeans and the top “sky” was Tumbled Glass.  This was unintended, I’m not good at water coloring at all, so I love it when a “gift” like this happens.   

Oh, just look at the inspiration you'll find on these blogs....

 Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Esther Shirley  

The challenge is open, come on over and play along.  All the details can be found at THE HOUSE.  

Thanks for stopping by and thank you all for your comments.  They mean so much to me.  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Hello Junkies, 

I've got a fun technique for you to try.  Have you ever heard of Parchment Crafting (Pergamano)?  It's a parchment paper art which came from the Netherlands.  You can find lots of interesting examples on Pinterest, so I won't link any here.

The proper way to do this is with parchment paper, but not having it, I decided to try it on heatable vellum paper because it's heavier than regular vellum and not easily torn.  I really like the results and will be doing more of it, but thought I'd share this attempt using "Happy Winter Wishes" stamp set from the new January 2018 release with you.  

After stamping the bunny with VersaMark ink and heat embossing it with white ep, on the vellum, I turned the piece over, face down, on a foam board I use for piercing.  Taking a stylus I used for dry embossing, I rolled it around the interior of the bunny's body.  Once that was done I decided I would color the scarf and coat with Copic markers (again on the reverse side).  When I was satisfied with the look, I fussy cut the bunny out of the vellum and mounted it on a pale blue cs panel I had already prepared with inked "hills" and the sentiment.  A touch of Copic markers for shadow/grounding, a few sequins and this card was done.  

Don't you love Technique Junkies Stamps?  There are so many creative ways to use them.  Go grab a bunch and use my discount code TJ10Cheri for 10% off your ENTIRE order!!!! 

When you get your new stamps, (using my discount code) come on over to our Design Junkies blog and join in on our monthly challenge for a chance to win even more Technique Junkies Stamps.   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration here and if you did please join us on our FaceBook page and share your creations with us.  We love seeing them.  

Have a happy day!

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