Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Hi blog friends!  

It's designer's choice challenge once again at The House That Stamps Built and this week it's Deonna's turn to bring on the challenge and it's "Anything But a Card".  

My answer to Deonna's challenge was to create a mini star book album that could be an ornament or a little display for tiny Christmas photos.  

I love these little books and have a ton of fun making them.  

The RI Stamps I used for the album are:

#2708-M - Pine Branch 
#2719-K Lg Pine Tree
#2709-I Lg Pine Forest
#2714-D Sm Pine Forest 
#307-D-Holly Sprig 
#423-G May All Your Dreams 
#2112-D "Sleigh Ride Silhouette"
#424-G "Wishing You a Season"
#6006-M "Forest Positive
#8805-K "Snowflakes"

Come on over to The House and play along with the Rock Stars in Deonna's Challenge. 

For other great ideas and inspiration for the challenge  - check out the Rock Stars

                            Deonna Geri - Joy Karen - Melissa - Patti J

So glad you stopped by and I hope you have a fabulous week.

Monday, December 1, 2014


Hi, everyone!  

Cheri here with a new Project of the Week for Repeat Impressions and The House That Stamps Built blog.  

While my project may look like it's a lot of work, it's not.  It does take some detail time but it's so worth it when you're done with this project.  

The background image was created using a technique emulating an aged vintage painting and that's easy by using Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and Walnut Stain.  I also pulled out Gathered Twigs, but I decided not to use it)

Here is a list of supplies you'll need to create a card like the one above.

Take one 8.5x11 sheet of white card stock.  Cut it to 4.25x5.5" on the 8.5" side and then cut the other 4.25x.5.5" in half at 5.5".   You should have one 4.25x11" piece and two 4.25x5.5" pieces.  Score the 4.5X11" piece at 5.5" but don't fold it yet.  Also needed and not shown is a 4.25x5.5" piece of heatable vellum paper. The dies I used are Spellbinder Label Eight dies the 4th and 5th size. 

1.  Place one of the 4.25x5.5" pieces of cs on your work surface with one of the shorter edges closest to you.  With a sponge begin lightly sponging the DI Scattered Straw to half of the cs diagonally.  
2.  Turn the cs, ink up a second sponge with Wild Honey and lightly sponge that ink diagonally to the Scattered Straw inked edge.  
3.  Ink up the Scattered Straw sponge once again and apply the ink across the center area where the inks intersect to smooth the lines and blend the inks.  
4.  Using Walnut Stain DI, ink up RI Stamp #3308-M "The Pastor's House" and stamp it in the center of your prepared inked cs.  

5.  Using the smaller of the two dies, center and cut out your image.

6.  With Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp your second image RI Stamp #2002-J "Holiday Lamp Post"  to about 3/4" from the edge of the right side of your piece of heatable vellum.  Once the ink is dry (it doesn't take long) begin coloring it on the wrong side, with your choice of coloring tools.  I used Copic Markers.  Once you've colored it on the wrong side to your satisfaction, you can turn it over and touch up the color from the right side of the image.  For my image I also used a white Wink of Stella glitter pen, but you can use any white pen of your choice to enhance the "snow" on the lamp. 
7.  Using the larger of the dies, cut the vellum piece making sure the edge of the die is where you want the lamp image to appear on your background image.
8.  Using the same two dies, cut a "frame" out of a scrap piece of cs.  
9.  Centering the smaller of the dies on your card base layer, about 1/4" from the fold, cut a "window".  
10.  Taking the second piece of 4.25x5.5" piece of cs, cover one side with double sided adhesive. I used my ATG gun.

11.  Adhere this piece to the back side of your base layer.
12.  Adhere your focal image inside the window and onto the double tape.  
13.  Adhere your vellum piece to the frame using a wet glue.  Then adhere the entire piece to the front of your vintage image.  Add a sentiment, if you'd like to, then fold your card and you're done.  

There are many ideas you can use adapting this card technique.  I hope you try this and if you do, I'd love to hear about it.  

Thanks for stopping by.  If you have questions, please remember to leave me an email address so I can get back to you.  

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