Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Hello house friends!!!  

Welcome to our October inspiration challenge from The House That Stamps Built.

I am so inspired by wildlife in more ways than just card creation.  I have such a respect for all those creatures and critters that live in the wild - including the nuisence ones like squirrels.  I love to watch them play and chase each other around in the leaves.  This inspiration gave me a perfect opportunity to play with this fabulous stamp from Repeat Impressions - RI#4210-J "Grey Squirrels".  I also used RI#3313-"Oak Leaf" and 3306-I "Falling Leaves".  Everything was colored with Copic Markers.  The sentiment is a partial stamp from RI#9717-C "Happy Hello".

For additional texture and interest, I added a dry embossed piece of cs in dark brown behind the open oval die cut window and the little dots are from my Viva Pearl pen in gold.  

Inspired by this! 

What will you create using this inspiration image?  Check out THE HOUSE for all the details.  

Please visit my team mates' blogs....they have some fabulous inspiration creations to show you.  

Deonna - Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Patti J - Shirley   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration here today and will come back again soon.  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Hi there, Junkies!  Welcome and thanks for joining us on Day 3 of our 30 Days of Christmas creations!!!! 

From October 15 through November 13 on the Technique Junkies blog we will be showcasing Technique Junkies Christmas stamps and during this time, Pat is offering ALL TECHNIQUE JUNKIES CHRISTMAS STAMPS AT 20% OFF.  You don't have to do anything....just put them in your cart and the price will be adjusted.  

BUT WAIT....THERE'S MORE:  For an additional 10% off your Technique Junkies Christmas stamps, use my personal discount code of TJ10CHERI (you'll have to enter that upon check out) you can receive a total of 30% off all TJ Christmas stamps.  

Fun and easy card to create here using "Cocktail Joy" from the recent October Release collection.   (I'm all about fun and easy when making Christmas cards).

Stamped in VersaMark ink on kraft card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Colored in with Copic markers and a ghostly effect was produced using my white Prismacolor pencil.  A Wink of Stella clear glitter pen was used to add some glitter to the leaves and holly berries. Tiny scrap strips of gold glitter paper were added to frame the Merry Christmas sentiment.  Die cut with scalloped die panel and mounted on a deep red cs panel then mounted on a white card base.  

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my card for day 3.  Join us each day for a new Christmas card inspiration.  

Don't forget to take advantage of Pat's generous 20% off discount on all TJ Christmas stamps (ends on November 13) and use my personal code for an additional 10% for a total of 30% off.  (NOTE:  My discount works as at 10% off any and all TJ Stamps you'd like to purchase, excluding the October release)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Hi there, House guest, 

It's time for the October TIC, TAC, TOE challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  

I had so much fun creating my card for this challenge.  Once I decided on the stamps I would use and began stamping them and adding the elements...I started seeing this emerge from my mind as a 1950's singing group.  It didn't start out that way and that's where the "fun" began.  (I could easily imagine it as a 1940's or 60's girl group too.)  That said...for now....I'm settling on the 50's.  Love the music from that era, especially the McGuire Sisters.  So....if you remember's to "Sugar Time".  

My card was created using the middle horizontal row, Patterned Paper (the dresses), Washi Tape (accenting the sentiment) and Black and White.  

We hope you'll come and play along with our TTT challenge this have the rest of the month to get your entry in, and you can play along all month with ALL of our challenges.  The drawing for a winner in our challenge this month will be after the last challenge of the month.  So, you have time to play in all the challenge and get an entry in every single one.  The details can be found at THE HOUSE.  

Please visit my team mates' blogs....they have some fabulous TTT creations to show you.  

Deonna - Donna - Heather - Joy - Laurie - Patti J - Shirley   

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration here today and will come back again soon.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Hi there, Junkies.....

I have a quick post for you today using one of the stamps from the recent Technique Junkies October release.    It's called "Turn on the Light".  

This is such a simple stamp with so many creative ways to use it.  I decided to make it a "scene" and cut some embossed card stock into drapery panels making the light image appears as thought it were being viewed through a window.  I'm not sure if the true color shows here, but it's deep purple and yellow.  

I sponged the stamped panel portion with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade) after stamping it with Archival Imperial Purple (which was heat emobossed with clear ep).  


I hope you found some inspiratation here today....thanks for stoppping by.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Hi house guests, Cheri here with a new project of the week for you.  This is more like a two-fer....two projects showing ways to use those individual solid stamps that often times sit in our stamp collection waiting for some love.  

The first is a technique using Distress Oxide Inks and direct to stamp layering and the second is an older technique called "faux artisan tile" showcasing those inked stamps.   

Disclaimer:  I don't have a lot of process photos somehow got deleted in the transfer from camera to computer.  It's a new camera and I'm still getting used to it. I think I hit the wrong button.  

Here at the supplies you'll need:  Distress Oxide Inks (colors of your choice), solid stamp, VersaMark Ink, clear embossing powder, embossing buddy and a MISTI or other stamp positioner tool, card stock.

Layer Inking process:  Swipe the card stock panel with the anti-static tool.  Adjust your card stock panel and stamp on your MISTI.  Arrange your stamp in the center of the cs panel.  

I used 3 different colors for each stamp in my example.  Take your lightest ink and begin stamping, either selective areas or over the whole stamp.  I did both in my projects.  Stamp the inked stamp to the cs panel.  Take the next lightest color and do the same, repeat with the darkest color. 

Faux Artisan Tile process:  Leave your stamp in the MISTI and clean the ink off.

  1. Once you're happy with your image, remove it from the MISTI.  Before proceeding to the next step, your image must be completely dry.  This is very important.  You can use your heat too (not in photo) to speed this up.  
  2. Use the anti-static pad and swipe it over the dry image.  Place the cs panel back in the MISTI and Ink the stamp again, this time with VersaMark Ink.  
  3. Stamp the image again with the VersaMark, then taking the image out of the MISTI cover it with clear embossing powder and heat emboss. 
  4. Repeat step 2-3 multiple times - at lease 3 or 4 times.  
  5. Cover the entire card stock panel well with VersaMark ink, cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.  
Here are my completed projects.

RI#2719-K "Large Pine Sil" and RI#2203-H "May Your Heart" (I used only a portion of the stamp).  

There you have it...two ways to those those solid stamps some love.  I hope you found some inspiration and fun here today and give these projects a try.  


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