Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Hello house friends!!! 

Here we are with a new challenge for you from The House That Stamps Built - the second one this month - and today it's the popular TTT challenge.  Did you have a chance to play in our Designer's Choice Challenge from last week?  If not, you still have time - in fact you can get in all the challenges we offer each week until the month closes.  

Disclaimer:  We have been having some horrible weather these past few weeks and it's been very cloudy.  This photo of my card doesn't compliment it well, it looks better in real life.  That said, I chose the first vertical row for my card, (gems, water colors, off the edge)  However, as you can see, I also got the horizontal middle row (water colors, blue, embossing).  The stamps I used are RI#2714-D "Sm. Pine Forest" and RI#5131-I "Pine Needles Sil".  The sentiment is RI#8607-D "Thanks".  

The background was created using Distress Inks as water colors on 140# watercolor paper.  I was playing around with them one day and created a whole bunch of panels using different colors.  (You may see more in the future).  What was amazing, and made the panel interesting on this one was the paper pilled.  That horizon line is the paper’s pilled line when I added too much water.  The bottom was Faded Jeans and the top “sky” was Tumbled Glass.  This was unintended, I’m not good at water coloring at all, so I love it when a “gift” like this happens.   

Oh, just look at the inspiration you'll find on these blogs....

 Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Esther Shirley  

The challenge is open, come on over and play along.  All the details can be found at THE HOUSE.  

Thanks for stopping by and thank you all for your comments.  They mean so much to me.  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Hello Junkies, 

I've got a fun technique for you to try.  Have you ever heard of Parchment Crafting (Pergamano)?  It's a parchment paper art which came from the Netherlands.  You can find lots of interesting examples on Pinterest, so I won't link any here.

The proper way to do this is with parchment paper, but not having it, I decided to try it on heatable vellum paper because it's heavier than regular vellum and not easily torn.  I really like the results and will be doing more of it, but thought I'd share this attempt using "Happy Winter Wishes" stamp set from the new January 2018 release with you.  

After stamping the bunny with VersaMark ink and heat embossing it with white ep, on the vellum, I turned the piece over, face down, on a foam board I use for piercing.  Taking a stylus I used for dry embossing, I rolled it around the interior of the bunny's body.  Once that was done I decided I would color the scarf and coat with Copic markers (again on the reverse side).  When I was satisfied with the look, I fussy cut the bunny out of the vellum and mounted it on a pale blue cs panel I had already prepared with inked "hills" and the sentiment.  A touch of Copic markers for shadow/grounding, a few sequins and this card was done.  

Don't you love Technique Junkies Stamps?  There are so many creative ways to use them.  Go grab a bunch and use my discount code TJ10Cheri for 10% off your ENTIRE order!!!! 

When you get your new stamps, (using my discount code) come on over to our Design Junkies blog and join in on our monthly challenge for a chance to win even more Technique Junkies Stamps.   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration here and if you did please join us on our FaceBook page and share your creations with us.  We love seeing them.  

Have a happy day!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Hello House Friends!!! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It's the start of a new year, a new month and a new series of challenges at The House That Stamps Built.  

The incredibly talented Laurie is hosting our challenge this week and her challenge is "Things with Wings".  

I so love the garden fairy stamps that are in the store at Repeat Impressions.  I have used them before and find myself smiling when I'm creating with them.  I recently got this RI#4301-K "Fairy's Lantern" to add to my collection and I love it.  I wanted to create a scene for her, so I used RI#629-I "Mountain Vista".  I first stamped the mountains and then decided where I wanted the fairy situated.  I stamped it there and colored just the body portion with a black Copic Marker, creating a shadow.  The latern was left open to color. I stamped the fairy again on a separate scrap of white cs and colored it again with Copic markers and fussy cut the body out.  After sponging the panel with Distress Inks and sprinkling it with water, I adhered the fussy cut piece to the shadow.  The sentiment is RI#2512-E "Just a Note". 

Head on over to these incredibly talented Rock Stars for lots more "things with wings" inspiration.  Then visit THE HOUSE for information on how to enter the challenge and get your creation into a drawing for $25.00 worth of fabulous Repeat Impressions Stamps.   

 Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Esther Shirley   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Hello Junkies!  

Did you catch the new Technique Junkies Stamps release blog hop yesterday?  It was amazing and loaded with creative inspiration with the new stamp release.  

Don't forget to take advantage of the 15% discount for the new stamps - it's only available until January 8th, so don't miss the opportunity to grab some or all of this awesome release.  

One of the stamp sets included in this January 2018 Release  is the adorable "Birthdays and Donuts".  What a fun stamp set this is.  I did surgery on mine so I could get more stamps out of it, I can always piece it back together if I'd like to, but I had this cascading donut design in my head and I just had to try it.  

Usually, I would do a masking technique to make the "pile" of donuts, but in this case, I wanted them to appear in a vague memory (as the sentiment states).  I did some Copic no line coloring to give the image a softer look.  

Visit the Technique Junkies Stamps store and discover lots of incredible stamps.  If find others you like too (other than the January 2018 release), please use my discount code TJ10Cheri for a 10% off your entire order of any other stamps and enjoy them.  

Monday, January 1, 2018


Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR Junkie fans!!! 

We're back and excited!  We have a brand new release blog hop from Technique Junkies Stamps for you to start 2018 with and we hope you enjoy it.  

If you came here from the super talented  Lee Ann's Blog, you're in the right place.  Didn't you adore her creations?  

As you hop along and gather inspiration (and you will) from this amazing design team, don't forget to grab the new stamps you like at the awesome 15% off discount.  The discount will only last until the 8th of January, so don't miss this opportunity.  No code needed, just put them in your shopping cart and you'll be discounted. 

I've got three cards for you...

 This card uses "Truly, Madly, Deeply".  The bg is die cuts in white cs adhered to a white cs panel.  I wanted the sentiment to really stand out on this and I think I accomplishsed that.  

"Cute" doesn't begin to describe this adorable stamp set called "Happy Winter Wishes".  I used "Love Harlequin" stamped in VersaMark ink and clear embossed, then sponged with Distress Inks to create the bg for this adorable bunny.  

My final card again uses "Love Harlequin"  for a background for this adorable stamp "The Kiss".  I colored the image with Copic Markers, then made a mask and masked it before sponging around the image with Distress Oxide Antique Linen ink.  The sentiment comes from "Love you More Set of 5".  

Now, head on over to Stephanie's blog so she can show you her incredible creations.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy the hop and don't forget to take advantage of the 15% off discount for the new stamps you see in this hop.  

If you'd like any other stamps from the Technique Junkies Stamps store, and would like a discount for them, please go ahead and use my discount code TJ10Cheri for 10% off any of those other stamps (you will have to add that to the discount code area at checkout).  

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