Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Hello House Guests!!!  

Where is June going????  It just got here and now we're nearly out of days for the month....only two more weeks left to enter our challenges at The House That Stamps Built for a chance to win some fabulous Repeat Impressions Stamps.  

Here's this week's beautiful inspiration challenge to help you get your juices running.  

I LOVED the colors in this inspiration and decided it would be a great way to use my Distress Oxide Inks and create a background.  I used Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick and Tumbled Glass and simply pressed them to my craft mat, sprayed with water and put the card stock on them.  They blended together so beautifully.  I had another card stock piece and placed it in the mix to get a second background piece to use when I need it.  

The stamps I used are RI # 8205-O "Cat Beauty", which I colored with Copic Markers and RI#1105-E "Thinking of You".  Isn't that cat the cutest?  Love it.  

For even more incredible creations for the inspiration challenge take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

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

I hope you'll come over to The House and play along with our Inspiration Challenge - details of how to enter and what you could win are found there.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you'll find some crafting's fun there.  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Hi there Junkies!  

I had fun last week revisiting an older technique I hadn't done in a while.  It looks so rich on the dark teal card stock.  

Using my MISTI, I stamped the "Beautiful Conch" stamp on the teal cs with white pigment ink.  I stamped it several times, however, I let it dry between each stamping in order to get a good white coverage of the stamp.  After I stamped it the final time, while it was still wet, I sprinked it with pearl white ep and heat embossed it.  I cut around the image and set it aside.  I also stamped the shell again on a thicker piece of cs and cut that out so I could give the embossed image some dimension.

Using gold pigment ink, I inked up the background stamp "Crosshatch" in gold pigment ink and stamped it on a white cs panel.  After it dried, I  put the two shell pieces together and placed the shell against the panel.  

To finish it off, I stamped a sentiment from "By The Sea Set of 6" set with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white ep.

This is such a cool and different way of playing with your stamps.  

So, that's it for me today.  I hope you find some inspiration and get your craft's fun there!  

REMINDER:  I have a coupon for you if you'd like to get a 10% discount on all TJ stamps (excluding the June release stamps).  Just use it at check out and enjoy your purchase.  

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Monday, June 19, 2017


Hi everyone,

Cheri here with a fun Project of the Week for you.  I love doing all sorts of craft things with pretty napkins and one of the things I like to do is make cards with them. Let me show you how I do it.  

The supplies I use are napkins (of course), gel matte medium, two paint brushs (one for the gel medium and one for water - only one brush is shown in the photo) and card stock of your choice.  I used 80# white for this.  

The first thing you'll need to do is separate your napkins.  Some are 2 ply and some are 3 ply.  It's important to only have the image layer of the napkin.  The easiest way I've found to separate the panels is take a piece of tape, and stick it to the back side of the napkin and pull off the layers.  They  come apart easily this way.  Once separated, you can cut the napkin is sections.

The next step is to find the area of the napkin you want to have on your card layer and you can easily tear that away by taking one of your paint brushes get it lightly wet and barely touch the outside area of the image, being careful to keep the water from wetting more area than you wish.

The next step is to apply gel medium to the brush you've set aside for that and use the gel to attach the torn napkin to your card stock panel by adding it to the cs piece as well as brushing it across the napkin once it's in place on the cs.  Be sure to brush gently from the center to the outside in order to avoid wrinkles and tearing.  

Once dry, you can trim your piece and create your card.  This is a great technique for a quick card using just a sentiment stamp.  

I have made these in sets and given them as gifts many times.  They really are quite fun to make and I'm sure you can think of many other ways to use those pretty napkins.  

 I used RI Stamps # 8114-F Chicken Soup/Puppies
                           RI# 1112-E "Just a Note"

 RI#1145-F "Greetings From"
RI Plate# 9800

I hope you'll give this project a's really a fun one.  

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