Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Hello House Friends!!!  It's time to get inspired by another inspiration challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This is such a fun challenge and I hope you'll play along.

I used RI Stamps #1020100001-W "Flower Power Background", and "So Much " from RI # 10000 from the unmounted "Thanks" set.  The "Thanks" die I used on this card is from Simon Says Stamp, "Script Thanks"

The background was created using the stained glass technique, which I love for bold backgrounds like this.  

What inspires you?  Check out the details of the challenge at THE HOUSE and come on over and play along.  

For more incredible examples of this inspiration challenge please visit the blogs of my design team Rock Stars.

I'm also entering and playing along with the new challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge "Use Die/and or Punch"  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you at the challenge!  

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Hi there TJ fans,

Waaaayyyy back in February, when it was cold and blustery, Technique Junkies Stamps introduced these chicken stamps knowing that some of us were thinking about summer gardens and barnyard critters like CHICKENS...

...I love chickens...I don't own any, but our neighbors do (or did) and those neighborly chickens would come over and visit me.  They would help me pick bugs/grubs/worms in the garden while I weeded and would cluck and purr as we all worked together to make the garden prettier!  

There were thirteen of them and they visited every day....even coming to the front door to pay a daily visit.  They always made me happy when I saw them.

So, when Technique Junkies Stamps came out with the stamp set "Keep Chickens"  I knew I just had to have that in my collection.  You can too, if you'd like to, at a 10% discount.  Just use TJ10Cheri at check out. Done!  

Here's a card I made in tribute to my chicken neighbors.

Keep Chickens!!! They make you happy!!!!  

Don't forget to use my discount code to get this stamp set for yourself.  Grab some chicken happy for yourself.  

Monday, July 16, 2018


Hi there, Cheri here with a fun little technique you can try.  It's called painting with inks on kraft.  

You'll need some kraft cardstock and open line stamps such as the ones I've used in my projects today.  RI#1508-P "Vine Corner Border", #1001-P "Blueberry Border", #1317-L "Vase of Tulips", #2512-E "Just a Note" and 8607-D "Thanks".  

For one week only, these stamps are being offered at a 20% discount.  So, grab them while you can at this fantastic discount.

Here are the supplies you'll need to recreate this technique. Distress Ink reinkers (you could use any inks even ink pads), white pigment ink, white embossing powder, and (if you'd like shimmer) Perfect Pearls.  Not shown:  Embossing buddy, MISTI stamp positioner and heat gun.

To begin, cover kraft cs with embossing buddy or some other anti-static tool.  Then, stamp open lined stamp on kraft in white pigment ink making sure to get a good impression with the pigment ink.  (that's when the MISTI comes in handy).  Then, sprinkle on white embossing powder over stamping and heat emboss.  

On a craft mat or some waxed paper or freezer paper, drop very small drops of the color reinkers you've chosen add a small spritz of water off to the side to help dilute the inks.  With a small brush, pick up a little water and a little ink.  Have a piece of scrap of the kraft cs on hand to test the color and a paper towel to help absorb extra water or color.  "Paint" inside the white embossed areas.

When you're painting is complete, clean up your area of excess inks.  Mix a small amount of water (spritz again), and a little scoop of Perfect Pearls and paint the area again with the shimmer if you like.  I like the shimmer so I added it to my images.  

There you have it!  Easy, isn't it? You can now finish your project as you like.  I hope you found some inspiration here today and I encourage you to experiment with inks you have and see what you come up with.  

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to grab the stamps I've used before the 20% discount runs out in one week.  

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