Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Hi there blog friends!!! 

 Here we are with another Wednesday Challenge from The House That Stamps Built. This week it's a color challenge and we hope you'll join in on the fun. 

These colors, at first glance, bored the daylights out of me then I started playing with them and before I knew it...I was on happy mountain.  

My card features Repeat Impressions Stamp #10201-W "Flower Power Background"which I stamped on kraft card stock in VersaMark embossing ink then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Using 3-4 different YR Copic Markers I colored the flowers.  For interest I used MFT Blueprint #15 die, then added some rat tail twine.  I then used dimensional tape and mounted the floral layer onto a stitched die cut kraft panel (from the same Blueprints set).  The sentiment is RI#1105-E "Thinking of You".

You can find all the details on how to enter this challenge and each challenge every Wednesday at The House.  

Here is a group of incredibly talented ladies ready to show you what they've created for this color challenge.  You'll be so inspired by them. 

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

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope to see you in our challenge.  

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Wedensday Challenge "Thinking of You".

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Hello everyone!!!   

I'm so super excited!  This is my first new release blog hop for Technique Junkies!!!! Except for the month of December, each 1st of the month there's a new group of stamps to showcase and this is the November Release.  

For your shopping pleasure, Pat is offering a 15% off all November release stamps from 11-1 to 11-08-16. 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.  

My first card uses "Survive Together".  I think this is a great stamp to make cards for a new beginning...or an anniversary card...or a reconciliation.    

Sponging and stenciling a background with Distress Inks, I stamped the image with black VersaFine ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used my white gel pen to fill in the words that seemed to disappear after embossing.  I framed it with MFT "In and Out Diagonal Stitch" die.  

I used two of the November Release stamps for this card - "Tea Time"  and "Like a Tea Cup".  To make this card I first stamped the bg "Tea Time" onto vellum with VersaMark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then colored the backside of the image with Copic markers and mounted it on a white cs layer.  I discovered if you use an ATG gun around the edges of the vellum and then run it through a stitched die, it not only hides the vellum, it also adheres the vellum to the cs.  (it was a WOW moment).  The focal image is stamps with Memento Black Tuxedo ink and colored with Copic markers and then die cut using Label One Spellbinder dies.  I used my white gel pen to highlight the tea cups.  This brought the two images together.

My third card depicts the words of one of my all time favorite songs by Louis Armstrong "Wonderful World".  I was beside myself when I saw this stamp in the collection of stamps that Pat so generously sent me for this release.  

A technique I used here is inking an embossing folder with "Tumbled Glass" Distress Ink, then inserting white cs layer inside the folder and running it through the embossing machine which transfers the ink to the cs.  I used the image to create background for a shaker card, adding a few sequins I had on hand. The embossing folder is from Darice, and I used "Puffy Clouds" die from Memory Box for a simple embellishment.  

Tucked inside my soul is my admiration for and attraction to trees.  Especially those trees that stand and weather the raw winters we have here in the northeast.  I snowshoe and XCski back in the woods and I can tell you, if you stand still and listen it sounds like they're speaking to each other. The stamp used here is "Creaking Trees"  

To create the background, I used a technique adding strips of color with baby wipes and Distress Inks.  After drying the background panel, I stamped the image in Archival black ink and once that was dry, I added VersaMark to the entire panel then covered it with clear embossing powder and heat embossed it.  I added a second layer of the VersaMark and ep and again heat embossed.  This gives it a beautiful glossy finish.  
Okay I'm onto the blog of another incredible TJ designer Karen McAlpine.

If you lose your place here's the blog line up.

Thanks so much for stopping by and one more note......mark your calendar for November 15-December 15, when you can celebrate "30 Days of Christmas" with Technique Junkies Design Team.  

Happy hopping!!!  

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