Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Hello house friends!  

There's a new challenge at The House That Stamps Built and this week it's an inspiration challenge.  

For this card, I used RI Stamp #9205-O "Hydrangea" from the "Beautiful Days" collection.  I stamped the image with Versamark embossing ink on a piece of Ranger watercolor paper and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  Using Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils I colored layers of color on the petals and leaves.  I fussy cut (with my art knife) the little bee and then used an oval die to cut the image with a technique called "Out of the Box" die cutting.  When the coloring and cutting was done, I layered it against another oval die cut in dark purple.  

I mounted the ovals against an embossed background layer I created using a We R Memory Keepers "next level" basket weave embossing folder.  The sentiment is a portion of the RI Stamp#2501-H "Happy Birthday From..." which I also stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white ep.  

Here is the inspiration palette and I hope you'll join the challenge this week at The House.  All the details can be found there for entering and what you could win.  

To see more wonderful creations using this palette challenge, visit these blogs of my team mates.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine's Day, house friends

So glad you're here for the Tic, Tac, Toe challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  I think you're going to love this board, it has a lot of creative options.  My card is not a Valentine's card, but it has flowers and recently I've been in a "floral" kind of mind set.  

My card uses RI Stamps #912-K "Tulip Bouquet" and the sentiment is RI#9206-H "Beautiful Days" (one of my favorite all time sets).  I stamped the flowers in various positions along the outside of the card panel and colored them with Copic Markers.  I used a scalloped frame die from MFT blueprints.  

As I've said, I've been in such a "flower" mood lately and am really enjoying creating my own virtual card garden during these cold, snowy Maine days.   

I hope you found some inspiration here and will play along.  Here's the challenge board:  My card uses all the elements from the vertical right-hand side - pastel colors, Stitching (faux), flowers.  

So what will you create with our TTT challenge?  

Need more inspiration?  Well just take a look at these blogs of my team mates.  

Visit THE HOUSE and get all the details for entering this challenge and strut your stuff in our TTT challenge this week.  

Don't forget...our challenges are open all month, so you can enter every challenge for multiple times to win the $25.00 GC for Repeat Impressions Stamps.  In other words....the more you enter, the more chances you have of winning.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Hello all you Technique Junkies fans and blog friends!

It's so refreshing to be working with pastels in my craft room and on my projects these days.  Winter is long here in Maine....we create our own pick-me-up moments.  

I've got a pick-me-up for you....with a 10% discount on your entire order of Technique Junkies Stamps.  Just use my discount code (TJ10CHERI) at check out and "bam"...10% off all your stamps.

To create this card I did a color wash for the background (it's not watercolor paper, so I had to be careful to not use much water).  The stamp is one of my all time favorite TJ stamps, "Afternoon Tea" and the sentiment is "You Are Amazing".  I colored the image with my Chameleon Colortone Pencils then added some light splatters with some of the same watercolors I'd used in the bg wash.  

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to use my discount code if you'd like a 10% off your entire stamp order at Technique Junkies Stamps.  

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?  

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