Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Hello house friends,

Are you ready for another weekly challenge from The House That Stamps Built?  

It's a beautiful inspiration challenge this's my card.

Using RI Stamp #5127-K "Maple Leaf Sil (lg") and Ranger Alcohol Lift Ink, I stamped the color lift on a white card stock and got this gorgeous result.  I absolutely love this ink and the many ways you can use it.  The sentiment is RI#1105-E "Thinking of You", which I stamped in a kraft color dye ink.  

This is the inspiration we were given to play with.  What inspires you from this image and color chart?  

Come on over to THE HOUSE, check out the challenge details, join the challenge and play along.  

If you'd like to see incredible takes on this inspiration challenge, check out the blogs of my team mates....they will truly inspire you.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


It's DAY TWO of 30 Days of Christmas and all stamps from the Christmas catagory in the Technique Junkies Stamps store are discounted 20% from October 13th-November 13th.  

Add my discount code TJ10CHERI to your purchase and you'll receive an additional 10% off, not only the Christmas stamps (already discounted 20%), but all other stamps and some supplies you purchase, (including the Shimmering Bliss Sprays).

My card uses the fabulous new stamp Wreath Sled, from the October 2018 Release.  Using my MISTI stamp positioner, I stamped the image on a white card stock panel with Memento Espresso Truffle and then colored with Copic Markers.  I left the stamp in place on the MISTI and once colored, I placed it back in the stamp positioner and restamped it with VersaFine Clair ink, Fallen Leaves.  I then sprayed the entire panel with Shimmering Bliss Silver Topper.  Wow!  It's gorgeous! 

So, don't forget...purchase TJ Christmas Stamps at 20% off, then add my discount code to your purchase (in the discount coupon area at checkout), you'll receive an additional 10% off those stamps for a whopping 30% discount!   THIS IS A ONCE A YEAR OFFER you don't want to miss out on.  Happy shopping!!! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Hey there House's the second challenge of the month at The House That Stamps Built and that's a Tic, Tac, Toe challenge.

I used RI Stamps #701-K "Belle" and RI# 2509-H "Love, Hugs..." .  Colored with Copic Markers on light pink card stock.  I created my card using the grids diagonally from left to right....Black and one color....Stitching (real or faux) and kid stuff.  

We hope you'll join the challenge this week and the entire month of challenges and get entered to win $25.00 worth of Repeat Impressions Stamps.  The details can be found at THE HOUSE.  

Thank you for visiting by blog today. To see incredible inspiration for this challenge please visit my team mates blogs.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Hey there, peeps!  

I've got a really cute card to show you using one of the fabulous stamps from the Technique Junkies Stamps September 2018 release called "Raven Collage" which I paired with the fantastic Halloween sentiment "Be Scary".  

Enabler alert:  Both images I've used here, as well all stamps and supplies you might like to purchase from the Technique Junkies Stamps Store are discounted at 10% with my personal discount coupon code TJ10CHERI.   

The background was created by blending distress inks over a watercolor paper panel with baby wipes.  (one of my most favorite techniques).  The fabulous Raven Collage  image was then stamped over the completely dry panel with the awesome Clair Versafine Ink in "Nocturne" (I'm in totally in love with these inks).   Trim the panel, layer and adhere to a card base....done!  The sentiment was stamped on a separate black cs scrap in Versamark and heat embossed with white ep.  The crow's beak and eye were highlighted with a yellow gel pen.  Love it!  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Don't forget the coupon for your happy mail shopping...we all love happy mail!  

Saturday, October 6, 2018


You won't want to miss this big sale in recognition of WORD CARD MAKING DAY!  

Have fun shopping at Technique Junkies Stamps.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Hello house friends!!!! 

Another month has begun and that means at The House That Stamps Built we get a designer's choice challenge to take on.  This month, Shirley has challenged us to create with the theme "It's Up In The Air".   Use that as your starting point and join us all in Shirley's challenge.  

During the last few weeks of September, we watch the monarch butterflies begin their long journey back to Mexico.  Some days the air is full of them, other days, not so much.  They look like flying flowers and while I love to see them, their departure means cold weather will be arriving.  

You may see some familiarity about my card...This is a second card I made for another designer's choice challenge at the beginning of August when Joy challenged us to circles.  I put this one aside thinking it might be a good fall card.  However, I think it fits right in to Shirley's challenge this week.  

I used RI Stamps #5106-H "Butterfly Sil (lg), #5123-C "Butterfly Sil (sm), #5125-C "Dragonfly Sil (sm).  , #5812-I "Compass", #5016-N "Genealogy" and the sentiment is #2536-G "Let Your Light...".  The additional stamped circles were created with found items around my desk.  

I hope you'll check out the challenge at The House and come on over and play along with us and please visit my team mates blogs for tons of incredible inspiration for this challenge.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Hello my Technique Junkies Stamps friends!  

Did you get a chance to take the October new release hop yesterday?  The creativity from this design team using these new stamps was over the top inspiring.  Wow!  

All the stamps in this release are now available at a 15% off retail price but only until October 8.  No coupon code needed.  Also, to let you know, all other TJ Stamps (excluding the new ones and ones on clearance) can be purchased at a 10% off discount using my personal coupon code of TJ10CHERI at check out.  Treat yourself to some fun shopping. 

I might be jumping the gun a bit, creating this happy new year card, but I absolutely am in love with the new "Season's Greetings Set of 6" stamp set and I couldn't help myself. 

I love the vintage look of this card and it was so easy to achieve.  Simply mask off an area on a white card stock panel and lightly sponge Antique Linen Distress Ink inside the mask.  Stamp the image in a green dye ink and color in.  (I used  Memento Forever Green and Copic Markers).  The sentiment was stamped with the fabulous new Clair Ink from VersaFine "Fallen Leaves".  The mask was removed and for a gold edge (adding to the vintage look) I used Nuvo Glitter Marker in gold.  A white gel pen was used to add the highlights to the berries.  Easy peasy card, for sure.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you'll catch the hop from yesterday if you haven't already.  Don't forget to grab those new stamps while you can at 15% off and any others you might like using my discount coupon of TJ10CHERI.  

Monday, October 1, 2018


Hello everyone!  

It's the first of a new month (October already!) and Technique Junkies Stamps has a new group of stamps to release for October and you are going to love them!  

What's more all these new stamps are being offered at 15% off from now until October 8.  If you love these stamps (and I know you will), grab them at this great savings before the deadline.  No coupon code required.  

All other stamps and supplies can be purchased for a 10% discount when you add TJ10CHERI in the coupon code area upon check out.  

If you've hopped here from the incredibly talented Jeanne Streiff's blog, you're in the right order for the hop.  If not, I know you'll want to start at the beginning and not miss one fabulous blog and creation using these new stamps.  

This card uses the adorable "Snowman Whimsy" and is framed using the wispy pine boughs from "Seasons Greetings Set of 6".   

The gorgeous new stamp "Pine Spray" was used on this card.  I also followed an older inking technique "Vintage Art" from the June/July 2011 Technique Junkies Newsletter.  The background was created by dragging brown dye inks over a light cream colored card stock panel.  I created a frame using an older Spellbinder label die set and sprayed the frame with Shimmering Bliss Spray "Chestnut Mare", which is a lovely warm brown spray.  The sentiment is from "Gifts of Christmas" Stamp set.  (FYI, you can pick this set up for 10% off by using my coupon code 10TJCHERI.)

For my final card I stamped this amazingly gorgeous "Poinsettia Frame"  in VersaMark embossing ink and heat embossed it with copper ep on a light pink card stock panel.  I then colored it with Copic Markers in the Red group.  The highlights on the petals were created with a white PrismaColor pencil.  The tiny dots in the center were created using a white gel pen.  The sentiment is "Merry Christmas 2".  A very light spray of Shimmering Bliss Spray Topper "Iridescent" was sprayed over the entire panel giving it a beautiful shimmer.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you found some inspiration while you were here.  To continue the hop in order, please go on over and check out another incredibly talented crafter on the team, Stephanie Severin.  

Here's my coupon code one more time if you'd like to take advantage of a 10% discount on all stamps (excluding the October stamps and clearance items), Shimmering Bliss Sprays and other supplies, in the Technique Junkies Stamps Store.   

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Hello, house friends!!!! 

It's Wednesday and time for another challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  This week it's the ever popular anything goes challenge and you're invited to join us.  


I'm so in love with all of Wendy's Animals collection of stamps she does such a great job illustrating all of them....but just look at her "Woodland Animals" collection!   I love this Grey Wolf image and thought he would look spectacular against a northern lights sky.  To create the background, I used RI# 2709-I "Large Pine Forest".  The sentiment is also from the "Woodland Animals" collection.  

You say you need more inspiration....look no further than the blogs of my team mates!  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you will join our Wednesday can play all month long...check out the details at THE HOUSE. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Hello everyone!!! 

Here's a little boost of encouragement card I made this week using the Technique Junkies Stamps background stamp "Textured Newsprint"  from the new September 2018 Release  and "Life is Tough".  I love how this came together. 

All the stamps and supplies, which I link in this post can be purchased through the Technique Junkies Store and by using my coupon code TJ10Cheri, you can purchase them for a full 10% off.  Simply type in the code in the "coupon code" area at check out.  How's that for a little enabling?  

The background newsprint was stamped using a light brown dye ink on kraft card stock.  I used Copic Markers to color in the corner roses.  The lady was stamped using the new fabulous  VersaFine Clair "Nocturne" pigment ink.  If you haven't tried this ink yet, you must.  The images it produces are so clear and precise. It's my new favorite pigment ink. 

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you found some creative inspiration.  

If you like challenges, there's a new Technique Junkies Stamps challenge on Design Junkies Blog called "Hot Colors".  Check it out and join in the fun.  You might just win some awesome Technique Junkies Stamps.  

That's it from me today.  I hope you have a great week.  Don't forget to enjoy some creative shopping at the Technique Junkies Store with my coupon code for a discount on your order.  Have fun!!! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Hello House friends!!!!

There's a new challenge at The House That Stamps Built and it's an Inspiration Challenge.  

Come on over and play along!  

My card uses RI# 4313-K "Sunflower" and RI#1807-F "I'm So Glad...".  I stamped the sunflower on watercolor paper and painted it with Distress Inks.  After die cutting the image, I adhered it to a layer of burlap and then onto another die cut layer.  
I was inspired by the sunflower and the soft colors of the palette.

  I hope you found some inspiration and will come over and play along with our challenge.  The details can be found at THE HOUSE.  

Please visit my talented team mates' blogs...they have incredible creations to show you.  

Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Esther Shirley  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Hello there House fans!  

It's Wednesday/challenge day from The House That Stamps Built and this week it's a Tic, Tac, Toe Challenge.  

My card uses RI Stamps #207-G "Cardinal" , #2708-M "Pine Branch" and the sentiment is #4025-F "Deepest Sympathy".  

On a separate white cs scrap, I stamped the pine branch in a dark green dye ink. Using my MISTI, I positioned the cardinal stamp over the branch where I wanted him to sit and stamped him in a dark red dye ink.  On the reverse side of the vellum, I colored the cardinal with Copic Markers.  I then ran the vellum through a Swiss dot embossing folder for a snowy texture.  

Both the vellum piece and the white cs were die cut with an oval frame die and adhered together.  I created the background panel by dragging white pigment ink and then a blue ink over a neutral colored card stock layer which gave it a distressed "wood" like appearance.  Using the same oval die set, I used the die one size bigger to create the frame for the image. 

For dimension, I mounted the cardinal oval on a foam layer before layering it against the frame.  

The items I chose from the Tic, Tac, Toe board to create my card are the diagonal from the top to bottom:  Use Dimension, Vellum, and Sympathy.  

I hope you found some inspiration here today.  You'll find tons more on my team mates blogs.  Here are their links:

Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Esther Shirley  

Come on over and join our challenge.  You can jump in on last week's, this week's and each week for the rest of the month and each time you do, you'll get a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for Repeat Impressions Stamps at the end of the month.  What's more....if you use an RI stamp, you'll get 2x the chance to win.  Check out all the details at THE HOUSE.  

Thanks for stopping by!  

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Hello Technique Junkies Stamps peeps!!!!  

I've got a super cool card for you today using the incredible background "Old Wall" from the September 2018 release and a stamp set from last year called "Autumn Set of 6" from last September's release .  

All these stamps and every stamp in the TJ store  (as well as any Shimmering Bliss sprays and Bundles) can be yours with a 10% discount on your entire stamp order.  Just use my discount code TJ10Cheri.  

I absolutely love the Shimmering Bliss sprays and I used them to create the blended colors on these leaves.  Oh my, my....these sprays blend like buttah...and the results are gorgeous!  I sprayed watercolor paper with a blend of Shimmering Bliss Sprays.  I let them dry and then stamped the leaves on those sprayed panels with Archival Potting Soil brown ink.  I fussy cut them and set them aside.  

The background was created on another watercolor paper panel.  I stamped the fabulous "Old Wall" stamp in "Watering Can" Archival Ink and then over stamped it with "Fired Brick" Distress Oxide Ink in various areas (not the entire surface of the stamp).  I used a aqua brush to blend the DOI over the panel to color the bricks.  

Copper colored embossing powder was used to added the sentiment to a vellumn die cut and placed on the "wall".  The same copper ep was used to frame the "Old Wall" image by adding VersaMark Ink and the ep to the edge of a brown card panel and heat embossing.  There's a lot of texture and dimension to this card.  

FYI....there's a new monthly Technique Junkies Challenge could win some TJ Stamps if you join in....check it out.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you've been inspired to create.  

Don't forget....if you want to purchase any Technique Junkies can use my personal discount code for a full 10% off your purchase.  

Monday, September 10, 2018


Hi House friends, 

I'm here with new stamp Picks of the Week for you.   

I've been having a lot of fun lately creating Artist Trading Coins.  These are similar to Artist Trading Cards, in that the process is the same, it's the size and shape that makes these different.  Where ATCards size must be 2.5x3.5 inches, ATCoins must be 2.5 inches in diameter.  

My stamp picks for my project are RI #9009-F "Butterfly Sm.", #108-F "Butterfly", #4404-F "Dragonfly at Rest", #4405-K "Dragonfly Deco", #1709-G "Fern" and #3103-F "Live For...".  You can purchase all of these stamps for the next week at 20% off the list prices.  BIG savings!!! 

Here are my ATCoins  

Here are the supplies and the process I used.

Watercolor paper, Distress Oxide Inks, craft mat, Black Archival Ink, a punch, die or template that measures 2.5 inches in diameter.  Not shown, watercolor pens (or color medium of your choice), Stencil, white and black acrylic paint for splattering.  

Smoosh Distress Oxide Ink, one at a time and drying each color before applying the next, on your craft mat and spray with a little water.   

With a panel of watercolor paper, slap, dip, drag it through the watered ink on the craft mat.  Dry the ink on the paper.  Apply second and third colors the same way.

Note:  I used two watercolor panels in order to get 4 coins from them. Once you've achieved the color look you want and the panel (s) are completely dry, use your punch, die or template and cut out your coins.  

At this point, I added some background stenciling and acrylic splattering for additional interest and texture.  I dried each coin and then using Archival black Ink, I stamped the images I was going to use, including the fern, in order to get an idea of where the fussy cut images (below) would be on the coins.

On a separate watercolor panel, using Archival Ink (use any waterproof ink), I stamped the images I would be using. I then colored them with watercolor markers and fussy cut them from the panel.

Once each image was cut I then adhered them over the stamped image for it on the coin.  For a final touch, I stamped the sentiment "Live" from the sentiment stamp in VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with copper embossing powder.  

I hope you found some inspiration here and this wasn't too lengthy. This process isn't as intimidating as you might think.  It does take some time using my process, but there are many other ways to create ATCoins out there.  Check them out and have some fun making ATCoins!  AND be sure to get your Repeat Impressions Stamps that I've used here at the 20% off discount before it's expired on Monday, September 17th.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Hello House Fans!!! 

It's the first Wednesday of the month and it's Designer's Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  Laurie is the challenge hostess and her challenge is "Anniversary".  

To create the focal image of the swans, I stamped them on a white scrap card stock piece, colored them with Copic Markers.  I then made a mask for them and stamped the Heart silhouette in Victorian Velvet color Distress Inks so it would appear behind the swan.  I then die cut the image and using the same dies created a frame for them.  

The background panel was created by swiping a baby wipe across the Victorian Velvet Distress Ink then swiping it from top to bottom along the panel.  I did the same using the color Black Soot, avoiding heavy swiping in the center of the panel.  

I added the Random Heart stamp to the layer after deciding where it would be on the panel.  

I hope you'll join in on Laurie's challenge and join us.  The details on how to enter and what you could win can be found at THE HOUSE.  

For more Anniversary inspiration, check out the blogs of my super talented team mates.  

Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Esther Shirley  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration.  

Also, let me point out I have a discount for Repeat Impressions Stamps for you, just use RR10CW at check out and enjoy a full 10% off your entire stamp order. 

Have a great week!  

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Hello Technique Junkies Stamps peeps!  

Did you have a chance to take the hop for the new September Stamp Release on Saturday?  These new autumn/fall stamps are stunning and among them are a new line from Technique Junkies new illustrator Jan Tinklenburg of "Mitten State Stamps".  The card I'm showcasing today uses one of her new stamps Autumn Leaves.  

The new stamps are all still available for a 15% discount but only until September 8th.  So, if you like them and would love to add them to your autumn stamp collection, nab them now at this great discount.  

All other stamps in the Technique Junkies Stamps store can be purchased with a 10% discount by using my personal discount code at check out TJ10CHERI.  

I've discovered that a quick way to achieve an illumination for a background is to use a light colored card stock panel in the color family you're hoping to work with.  

In this case, I wanted to color these leaves with Copic Markers blending layers of colors, so I started with a light coral colored cs panel and stamped the image with Rhubarb Stalk color ink from Memento.  It worked out beautifully.  

As a final touch of elegance, I sprayed the panel with Shimmering Bliss Gold Topper which created spectacular results.  

The sentiment is from "Mae West Sentiments" and a fabulous set to have on hand.  I love the sentiments in this collection.  I stamped it in VersaMark on a dark brown scrap of cs and heat embossed it in gold ep.  

For a touch of added dimension and glitz I added little dots of gold shimmer from a Nuvo Glitter Marker in Gold around the finished panel.  I also used the gold glitter marker to outline the entire card panel for definition and mounted it on a dark brown card base.  

Thanks for stopping by and found some inspiration.  Don't forget the discounts for all the stamps:  15% off the new September 2018 Release stamps (deadline September 8th) and 10% off all other stamps as well as Shimmering Bliss Sprays, by using my discount at check out.  

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