Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Happy hump day, blog friends!  

Have you been following the new format of challenges over at The House That Stamps Built?  Each and every Wednesday there's a new and different challenge, lots of inspiration for your creative self to use.

This week we have an inspiration image challenge for you to play with

Isn't this a lovely photo?  I  just fell in love with it and here's what I created using this inspiration photo.  

I was inspired by the textures and the pops of red as well as the "feeling" of being alone in a beautiful wintery wooded area.  

Stamps used:  RI#207-G "Cardinal".  I didn't feel the card needed a sentiment on the front, I thought I could add one to the inside later.  To create the background for that fabulous cardinal, I first inked up Sizzix embossing folder (I think it's one from a Tim Holtz collection) with Iced Spruce Distress Ink and embossed it onto a white cs panel.  I waited a bit for the ink to dry and then embossed it again with a "snow" embossing folder.  This step will flatten the tree image a bit).  I die cut the tree branch using a Memory Box die called "Grove Branch" in a scrap piece of dark brown cs and then added Stickles "frosted lace" and some "red berries" using my Red, Viva Pearl Pen.  Once the branch was dry, I mounted it on the card base using dimensionals and placed the cardinal on the branch with dimensionals as well.  (the cardinal was colored with Copic Markers).  

I hope you'll come over to The House and play along with this challenge.  You could win an awesome prize if your entry is selcted.

For more creative ideas check out the Rock Star Design team.

                      Debbie Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Hello crafty people,

It's my turn to inspire you with a project of the week (POTW) here at The House That Stamps Built and I thought I might show you a super cool box creation that you could use to house a sweet treat for a Valentine, a gift card, a piece of jewelry, or even an awesome Repeat Impression stamp for a friend.  

The box is a 4x4 inch "pizza box"  measuring 1/2 inch deep.  

Here are the supplies I used to create this box

Score board 
Double sided adhesive
Decorative paper
One 6"X11" piece of card stock
Edge punch
Copic Markers
Ribbon and assorted embellishment
Embossing folder (not shown) for embossing heart die shape

Step 1 - With score board, score the 6"x11" inch CS on the short side at 1" and 5".
Step 2 - Turn CS to long side and score again at 1", 5", 6" and 10"

Step 3- At the scored lines along the 11" side, cut flaps just to the fold line
Using decorative paper cut 4, 4X4 inch pieces and adhere to inside and outside of box. 

Step 4 - Adhere double sided tape to the outside edges of the flaps you've created as shown then remove release paper from adhesive and tape the flaps to the inside of the box.

Your box should look like this.

Decorate and fill box as desired.

Stamp shown here is RI#708-K Rebecca

This is such a fun project, you can create this for any occasion even as a favor for a wedding or baby shower.  Your imagination is your only limitation.   

I hope you'll give it a try and if you do, please let me know as I'd love to see it.  

Have a crafty day!

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Greetings, blog friend!!!

I hope you've all had a fabulously creative week!!  Are you looking for a new challenge that really stretches your creative juices?  If so, check out the new challenge at Outlawz CAS challenge this week.  Linda Anderson is the hostess and here is her challenge:

Being the rebel that I am, my challenge this week is two part. First, create a holiday card, any holiday will do. Second, make it in non-traditional colors. As always, it must be CAS, but let's see a Valentine with no red or St. Patrick's without green. And now you're talking if you go with Christmas NOT in red and green! Have fun and let's get creative.

This one really got me.  I had been making Christmas cards for nearly 2 months or more and had put all my Christmas stamps away and was ready to move on to spring, when Linda's challenge came.  I forced myself not to get the Christmas stamps out again but rather try something different.  I went to my best source of inspiration, "Pinterest" (how did we ever live without Pinterest?) and in the process of sucking up time perusing, I found a link to painted eggs and this one inspired me
Here's my interpretation of this image

The "egg" was created using an Irish Folding aperture I had.  I simply traced it onto my card stock.  I used the masking technique to build the floral background with stamps and a variety of inks and Copic Markers to color the flowers.  Once the egg was colored and completely dry,  I "painted" it with a clear Wink of Stella pen.  I then inked the whole thing in VersaMark Ink and sprinkled clear embossing powder over it and heat embossed it.  I loved the results.  You may not be able to see it here, but there's a subtle sparkle behind a gorgeous gloss which the embossing powder created.  I then mounted a black die cut panel behind it and popped it up with dimensionals.  The stamps I used are Hennah Elements by Alte&New and the sentiment is from a retired GKD set by Rupa Shevde "Easter Blessings". 

I hope to see you at the CAS challenge this week, there's a chance to win a $10.00 gift certificate to a craft store of your choice. 

Have a creative week and thanks so much for stopping by.

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