Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Hi there house peeps!  

We have a new challenge for you at The House That Stamps Built and it's a photo/color challenge.  Please join us and have some fun with the inspiration.  

I created this card with Repeat Impressions Stamps #2902-P "Bass Harbor Light (lg)" and #1904-I "A Special Person" for my husband.  Yesterday was his birthday and being a true Mainer (aka "Maniac") he really appreciated this card.  

Here is the inspiration challenge piece.  You can probably see from my card that I was inspired by the center light and the shades of blue/green.  I see the galaxy area in the sky, and I fully intended to use that, but after creating the background, my process took me in another direction, so I went with it.  

A while back, I purchased some Dina Wakley Cotton Watercolor Paper to try for watercoloring and other mixed media projects.  It's a very thin paper, with a similar "canvas" texture.  I don't think it was designed for taking lots of water unless you prime it, so don't do what I did, (if you have, or get some) and put on a lot of water for a wash....go lightly, otherwise it will pill.  

I water colored the background with my Koi watercolor paints, then stamped the lighthouse image with Archival Ink and "painted" the image using Inktense Pencils.  

Come on over to THE HOUSE and join the challenge!  We can't wait to see what you create.  If you'd like lots more inspiration to get your motor running, please visit the blogs of these awesome Repeat Impressions Rock Stars - 

I hope you all have a fabulous week!  

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Hi there Technique Junkies Stamps fans!!! 

I have a fun and easy card to show you today.  I am having such a great time playing with the new TJ Shimmer Bliss Sprays that I had to show you this card I created using them in a different way.  

Just a note:  The sprays and any Technique Junkies Stamps are available to you with a 10% discount with my coupon code TJ10Cheri.

Using Thulian Pink color of Shimmer Bliss, I sprayed it onto my craft mat and took a wet paint brush and applied it to an 80# card stock layer toward the center area.  I was careful not to use too much wet so as not to break down the paper.  

Using Mardi Gras Purple, Vivid Volt, Festive Flamingo and a tiny bit of Imperial Yellow, I stippled each color around the area of the center water colored area.  For a little extra color dimension I held the spray tubes (from inside the bottles) over the panel and let the colors drop.  

Once dry, I prepped the panel with a embossing buddy and using my MISTI I stamped "Never Stop Making Wishes" stamp from the new August 2018 Release with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I did not remove the stamp from the MISTI, so I replaced the panel and reinked the stamp with a dark purple dye ink and moved the panel just a tiny bit and stamped the image again, giving it a "shadow".  The white ep, worked as a release and I simply wiped away the purple ink from the white stamped image.

The window effect was created using an older Spellbinder square dies.  The "frame" was popped up a bit using mounting tape and the cut piece was placed inside the frame.  

These sprays are truly wonderful to use.  I'll be showing off more fun projects in future blog posts.  

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget your coupon if you're going shopping in the Technique Junkies Store.  

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