Friday, February 9, 2018


Hello there blog friends!  

I'm here again as guest designer with another project for CropStop.  A place for some one stop papercraft shopping.  

Today I'd like to share with you a page from my art journal using the Dyan Reaveley Creative Journey Journal .  

I used a lot of Tim Holtz and Ranger products creating this page.  It took awhile, but the process was so much fun.  

To begin, I prepared the double page with Gel Matte Medium and laid Tim Holtz Tissue paper over it, smoothing it but leaving some wrinkles for texture as I went along. Once the tissue paper was dry I then added some Candied Apple Distress Ink to color the background.  Making sure the ink was dry, I again covered both pages with the gel matte medium and glued dollar store paper napkins, that I had trimmed, in the upper corners.  

While that layer was drying, I stamped the Stampers Anonymous stamp "Ice Skate" (It's a blueprint stamp), onto cardstock and colored them.  I then fussy cut them and set them aside.  From pieces of scrap paper, die cut the packages with a Sizzix Alterations die then distressed their edges. 

Going back to the journal which was now dry, I splattered some white acrylic paint to appear as snow and took a damp baby wipe and wiped it in areas to soften the image.  I placed the skates and packages where I wanted them and glued them in place.  I added dimensionals to the front skate to make it appear forward from the other.  I added pieces of embroidery thread to hang and secured those to the back of the page.  After adding some ribbon on the packages it was time for the sentiment.  

In my stash I had some tiny alphabet stamps I've had for ions using them, I took a scrap piece of black card stock and stamped out the words in white pigment ink, cutting and separating them from the original piece.  The word "wonderful" was created using some old Thickers I had hanging around.  I used my white gel pen to highlight them.  

There you have it!  Thank you so much for stopping by and once again I thank Ester Asbury for inviting me to guest design for CropStop.  

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Hello blog friends,

Did you know this is 'send a friend a card day'?  I didn't, until I visited the Simon Says Blog and saw this challenge.  As it turns out, the entire month of February is set aside as 'international correspondence writing month'.  

The whole point is to send a card/note/letter to a friend each day of the month.  Who doesn't love to get real mail?  

I make lots of cards and have many to send, so I'm taking the challenge and will do my best to send a card to a friend each day left of this month.  

This is the card I'd like to enter into the SS challenge - it's going to my 3 year old granddaughter.  

My stamp is from Penny Black and is called "Love Sign".  She's colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment came from "Simply You" by Ali Edwards from Technique Tuesday.  

I'd also like to enter this card is the weekly Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says and this challenge is "Must Be Love".  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll join me in sending a card or note or letter to someone special each day this month.  What a nice idea this is, don't you think?  

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Hello House friends!!!! 

So glad you're here today for the new designer's choice challenge at The House That Stamps Built.    This month it's Shirley's turn to challenge us and her challenge is "A Way With Words".  

I used RI Stamp #10202 "Flower Power Frame", which I stamped with VersaMark on black cs and heat embossed with gold ep to accent my "word".   The flowers were colored with my Derwent Inktense pencils.  The sentiment/word is a partial stamp from RI# 3924-G "Friends Together" and also heat embossed with white ep.  After framing the panel with a die cut frame, I added some white enamel dots along the vine area to bring the white accent together with my sentiment.  When the card was finished I thought it looked like a rich tapestry - not what I had in mind when I started, but a pleasant surprise.  

Great challenge from Shirley and I hope you'll join us at The House and play along.  All the details can be found there.  

For more fabulous ideas on Shirley's challenge, check out what fabulous projects my team mates have done.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  


Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Hello, Junkies!  

So glad to have you visiting us today.  Did you see the new February 2018 stamps?  They were released on the first and there was an awesome blog hop to show them off.  

All the stamps from this release can be yours for a discount of 15% off but only until February 8th.  So, if you saw some you like, get them with the discount. No need to enter a code, just put them in your cart and the discount is applied. 

If you see any other TJ Stamps you like, I can help you purchase them with a 10% discount by using my discount code TJ10Cheri.  Just add that in the discount code area at check out.  

I think of all the stamps released this month "Keep Chickens" is my favorite.  Every chicken in this stamp set makes me smile and I have had such a fun time creating with them.  

The chickens were colored with Copic Markers.  I stamped them, colored them and then made some masks of them so I could stiple the background with "scattered straw" Distress Ink through a burlap stencil.  I removed the masks, added some speech bubble dies with the sentiments (also from the set) and cut the panel using a slash frame die.  For a final touch, I added some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the chickens and the eggs for a little sparkle.    

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Don't forget to check out the new stamps, complete with a 15% discount until Feburary 8th, and for all other stamps you might like to purchase, use my discount code for a 10% discount.  

Visit us on the Technique Junkies FaceBook page for losts of fun and a good place to post your creations using Technique Junkies Stamps.    Also, check out the new challenge on the Design Blog for a chance to win some fabulous Technique Junkies Stamps.


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