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 them...here'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 month...you 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 photos....my 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.  


Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Hellooooo House friends!  

Wednesday challenge at The House That Stamps Built is a designer's choice challenge.  Patti J is hosting it this month and her challenge is to "Count Your Blessings" (bring thankful, grateful, blessed, Thanksgiving) into your project.  

Apples are one of my most favorite fruits and here in Maine it's apple season so I wanted to use this adorable stamp RI#512-H "Apple Basket" in my creation this week.  

The bg was created by sponging Oxide Ink (vintage photo) through a burlap stencil.  I reverse embossed a stitched round die into the bg and then used other circle dies to frame the image after coloring it with copic markers.  (disclaimer:  I have a new camera...I haven't gotten the hang of it yet, so my cards may look a little wonky for awhile...in this case, the apples look orange and you don't see the highlights...I'm working on it).  

The sentiment is RI#3214-G "Thanksgiving Blessings" (love that font).  

I hope you found some inspiration here and you'll join our challenge this week.  The details can be found at THE HOUSE .

For more inspiration here are the blogs for my team mates and their fabulous projects for this challenge.   

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

Thanks so much for stopping by....have a fabulous week!  

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Hi there Junkies!!!!  

Did you get a chance to hop along with us on Sunday and see all the awesome creations using the new October release stamps?  I hope you did and if so, did you grab the 15% discount offered on them?  You have until October 8 to purchase any or all of the new release stamps at 15%.  Just put them in your cart and the calculations are done for you.  No code to enter.  But hurry....

I'm using one of the new stamps in my post today.  It's called "Give Thanks" and what a lovely Thanksgiving card it makes.  

I stamped it on kraft cs with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed it with white ep.  I then sponged some Distress Oxide Inks over it and wiped the ink off the embossing.  Before the sponged inks dried, I sprinkled water over the panel which gave it that bokah look.  I colored the image with Prisma color pencils and then accented with with my Wink of Stella clear pen.  I framed it with a die frame and orange cs that I've had forevah....Such a fun card to create.  

To give you more enabling, you can purchase lots of stamps from the Technique Junkies store and get a full 10% off the whole shebang by using my personal code (the new October release is excluded).  So go shopping and have some fun.  

I hope you found some inspiration here today.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Hi Junkies!!!  

Get ready to hop with the design team of Technique Junkies Stamps we showcase the new stamps for October 2017.   If you like these stamps and would love to get them for 15% off you can until October 8!  That's the deadline for the 15% off discount, and you don't have to do anything.  The discount is automatically applied at checkout.    

If you came here from the incredibly talented Lanette Erickson's blog, you are in the right place.  You can start the hop from the beginning so you don't miss any of the talented goodness from these designers.  

Here are some cards I made using the new stamps: 

I'm a vintage junkie and wanted to show off this adorable stamp "Red Lipstick Day"  in a CAS way.  She was colored with watercolor brush pens and Inktense watercolor pencils on watercolor paper.  

I used a combination of techniques to create this card, using "Olive Branch" .  The bg is water colored after stamping and heat embossing white ep to create a resist.  I then put the image back in the MISTI and re-stamped with a darker blue ink after moving it slightly from the original position to give a shadow effect.  The sentiment is "Merry Christmas 2".

What an awesome bg stamp this "Textured Stars" is.  It's loaded with texture and design and can be used with so many mediums.  I have lots of ideas for this stamp in the future.  For this card, I laid some Distress Oxide Inks direction on the stamp and spritzed with water.  Then taking a piece of watercolor paper I layed it over the inked stamp and set aside.  I then took a second piece of watercolor paper and without re-inking or adding any more water, I layed it over what was left on the stamp, getting a second generation image.  I loved the results.  The bg on this stamp is the first inking and the second generation is die cut raised off the first.  I used "Perspective"  silhouette stamp to accent the bg.  

That's it for me today.  I hope you found some inspiration and enjoy the hop.  Now, head on over to my incredibly talented friend Kathy Stacy's blog and see her fabulous creations.  

If you'd like more enabling, I have a 10% off discount code for you on all Technique Junkies Stamps (excluding the new October 2017 Stamps), just add my discount code at check out.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Hi there, house friends!!!!  

So hard to believe we're at the end of another month of challenges for The House That Stamps Built....or, for that matter, at the end of another month!!!!   Time really does fly by, doesn't it?

I hope you've been playing along this month with us and our challenges.  You can still get in on all of them in order to get an opportunity to be the lucky one drawn to win a $25 gift certificate for some fabulous Repeat Impression stamps.

I used RI Stamps #2224-L "Cactus"  and RI#4009-G "In All Things" for this card.  The bg was created by sponging Distress Oxide Inks onto a white cs base and then sprinkling water over it to activate the inks.  I then splattered the bg with some watered down white acrylic paint.  

The "hills" were created with a die and, after stamping the cactus image twice, first on the panel where I wanted the image to appear and secondly on a separate piece of cs.  I fussy cut that one out and colored it black with Copic Markers.  I then placed it over the stamped area on the card panel with liquid glue.  You can't see it in this photo very well, but I used a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to accent the cactus. 

I hope you found some inspiration here today and I hope you'll join our challenge today and for the entire month.  The more you enter the better chance you have of winning.  Check out THE HOUSE for all the details.

Take a look at the blogs of these talented ladies for tons of inspiration for this challenge.  

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

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Hello Junkies!  

Fall is upon us here in Maine.  It's a beautiful time of the year.  Technique Junkies has some gorgeous Autumn/fall stamps and I chose Leaf Twig  as the focal image to create this card.  

I used Chameleon Colortone Pencils to color the leaves (I love those pencils) after stamping them on a separate ivory cs panel.  (I used Distress Oxide Inks to give it a background color).  The image was with a round stitched frame die from MFT.  

I wanted to have the center stand out, so applied gel matte medium to the center portion and heat set it...it bubbled and I nearly threw it away.  However, I continued to heat set it and as more bubbles appeared, I kinda liked the sugary texture it was creating, so I kept it.  

Finally, I added the sentiment from one of the new September 2017 Release stamps, "Autumn Set of 6".  The background panel was created with the "Pulled Color Technique" from the August/September 2012 Technique Junkies Newsletter.  

I hope you found some inspiration here and if you'd like a little more enabling, and would like to purchase Technique Junkies stamps (excluding those from the September release), please use my coupon code at check out and save yourself 10%.  

Save the date and don't miss our October Release coming October 1st!  Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty week!  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


 Hi there house friends,

We've got an inspiration challenge for you today at The House That Stamps Built, and it's a beauty!  Here's a card I made using the inspiration palette.  

The stamps I used are RI#504-L  "Peaches", one of my all time favorite Repeat Impression stamps.  I stamped and colored it twice, one I fussy cut and popped up for added dimension.  I colored the peaches with my MozArt water color pens and did a watercolor wash background with them as well.  The sentiment is RI#2525-G "You're The Best".  I hand drew the "branch" and added some copper toned sequins to finish off the design.  

You can see from the inspiration palette I used some of the design but mostly the colors to complete my card.

Now it's your turn.  Come and play along with us and join the challenge.  All the details on how to play and what you can win can be found at THE HOUSE.  

Check out these talented ladies for even more ideas and designs.  

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

I'm entering this card in the new "Pop It Up"  Wednesday Simon Says Stamps Challenge.   

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Hi Junkies!  

I've been blessed by so much in my life, and one more blessing is to learn that my family members in the states of Florida and Texas survived the recent hurricanes there.  Those in Texas lost much in the way of home structure and first floor furniture.  They are happily digging in, cleaning out and grateful for the many blessings of neighbors and friends who are helping them in ways they never imagined.  The human spirit shines in tragic events such as this.  

I understand there is another hurricane churnning out in the Atlantic (Maria) and I continue to pray it by-passes our already devestated friends and family in the southeast USA.  I created this card as a message of hope and celebration for the lives saved and the passing of the horrific recent hurricanes.  

I heat embossed the background "Sea Waves" with white ep and then sponged Distress Inks in blues (dark to light) then added some deeper color in the areas where the "waves" would have shadows.  The sentiment is from "Pslams of the Sea", which was part of the June 2017 release.  

I hope you found some inspiration here today....and grab yourself some stamping time this week. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Hi there House friends,

Here we go with a new Tic, Tac, Toe challenge from The House That Stamps Built...these are so much fun and I know so many of you like them too. 

You can see I went right straight across the middle of the TTT board.  Dimension, Monochromatic Colors and Thinking of You.  I used RI Stamps #5127-K "Maple Leaf Sil." stamping it in many of the same tones of golden brown along the base of the first layer on golden brown cs.  After stamping the leaves, I traced the outer edges with my clear gel pen for a little gold edge and some sparkle dimension.  The sentiment is RI #1105-E "Thinking of You".  

Please come and play along with our challenge....I'm sure there's something on this TTT board that you can work with. Want more inspiration?  Check out these fabulous crafters

I hope you found some inspiration here today and for lots more inspiration, check out my team mates blogs

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

For all the details on how to play along with this challenge, head on over to THE HOUSE.

Thanks so very much for stopping by.  

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Hello house friends,

Here we are at the beginnig of a new month at The House That Stamps Built and we're off and running with a new challenge for you.  

It's Designer's Choice and today it's Shirley's choice and her challenge is to make a sympathy card.  Not the most cheerful of cards to make, but necessary cards to have on hand. 

My card uses RI#1704-P "Great Blue Heron", which I stamped on blue cs with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white ep.  I used my Chemeleon Colortone pencils to color the image.  The sentiment is RI#4025-F "Deepest Sympathy".  Again it was stamped with VersaMark ink on black cs and embossed with white ep.  

I hope you found some inspiration here today and for lots more inspiration, check out my team mates blogs

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

For all the details on how to play along with this challenge, head on over to THE HOUSE.  And don't forget to check to see if you won in our month long challenge for August.  

Thanks so much
for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Hello Junkies!  

Did you get to join in our our new release hop for September?  It was fabulous and two people won a $100.00 gift certificate.  Congratulations to those winners!

Don't forget you have until Friday, September 8th to get 15% off any and/or all of the new  Technique Junkies September stamps so, if you haven't already done your shopping, don't miss this great discount opportunity.  

I painted this fabulous "Holly Bird" stamp with Distress Markers after being inspired by this video by Jill Foster.  It took some time, but I really love the results. 

After the stamping and painting, I fussy cut along the edge of the leaves and then backed it with some gold cs.  Then the whole layer was mounted with dimentional tape and adhered to a base layer of teal colored cs.   

The sentiment is from another new set called "Gifts of Christmas, Set of 5" which I stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white ep.  

I hope you found some inspiration here and if you'd like a little more enabling, and would like to purchase any other Technique Junkies stamps (excluding those from the September release), please use my coupon code at check out and save yourself 10%.  

Thanks for stopping by...have a crafty week.  

Friday, September 1, 2017


Helloooo Junkies, it's time for another new release from Technique Junkies Stamps and this one is really exciting on so many levels.  

If you've arrived from the super talented Lanette Erickson's blog  (didn't you LOVE her creations?) you're in the right place and you may have noticed there that the incredibly talented Lydia Fiedler is joining us in this hop as a guest designer.  To start the hop, head to the Technique Junkies Blog and see all the goodness.  

There are 21 new stamps in the Technique Junkies line for this month (September)!
We are so thrilled with the new release we decided to do something extra special!

We will be choosing TWO lucky people who comment on this month's release hop - those two people will each win a $100 Technique Junkies gift certificate!!! 
The more you comment the more chances you have to win, so don't miss a single stop along the hop! Gift Certificate winners will be announced on September 5th.
Only one comment entry per blog please.

All of the September 2017 New Release stamps are 15% off through September 8th! We can all use a little bargain, right?  No codes needed, just put them in
your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

For this card I used "Greatest Oak" and "Autumn Set of 6" (I colord the leaves with MozArt brush markers) the bg was created with VersaMark Ink sponged through A Colorful Life "Square Fade" stencil.  

Stamps used in this card were "Autumn Set of 6".  The leaves were again colored with MozArt brush pens, stamped on a single layer, trimmed on the edge and layered against a colored cs panel.  

The stamp used on this card is "We're Flexible" which was heat embossed with white ep.  The background for this card was created with alcohol inks on mineral paper. 

The stamps used on this card are "Draped Ornaments"  and "Gifts of Christmas set of 5".  .  The ornaments were stamped on light blue colored cs and colored with Copic Markers.  Outlined with a clear gel pen.  The sentiment was heat embossed with white ep.  

I hope you found some inspiration here.  Now, head on over to see what my friend and incredibly talented Kathy Stacy has created for you.  She will blow your creative mind.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget comments bring chances to win $100 worth of Technique Junkies Stamps.  You have until September 5 to get in the drawing.  

All 21 September Release Stamps are available until September 8 for a 15% discount.  Want more shopping fun....use my discount and get any stamps (excluding the September Release) for an additional 10% off.  Just use my code at check out.  

Happy hopping and good luck in the drawing!  


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