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.  

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