Wednesday, July 19, 2017

JULY 2017 INSPIRATION CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Helloooo House friends!!!!  

It's inspiration challenge time at The House That Stamps Built, let's get playing....

My card uses RI#4111-F "Starfish (sm)", 2410-I "Conch Shell", 2418-E "Scallop Shell".  The sentiment is RI#2512-E "Just a Note" and I also used RI#2711-I "Cattails" for a bg element.  After sponging and masking with Distress Inks, I used a crackle stencil to add the depth of texture to the sky and the sand.  My white gel pen was used to add the "waves" on the beach and some highlights to the shells.  




Here's the inspiration.  Head on over to THE HOUSE for all the details on how to enter and what you could win.  



For even more incredible creations for the Inspiration Challenge take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get some craft time this week.  




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

JOY SHARED

Hey there, Junkies!!! 

Just a quick post with a new card I made using one of the new stamps from the Technique Junkies July 2017 release.  



The face on this lady just explodes with happiness and I just had to give her some love.  The stamp is called "Joy and Laughter" and I colored it with my Chameleon Colortone pencils.  After coloring the image, I drew a border around the frame with the purple color of my Nuvo Northern Lights Glitter Markers.  The background was created with a stencil from my stash and sponging white pigment ink through it.  I paired the image with one of the sentiments from "Sentimental Sayings" that I heat embossed with white ep.  

I hope I've offered you some inspiration.  

If you love the TJ Stamps and would like a little discount on purchasing them, please feel free to use my code for a 10% deal on all stamps except those from the July release.  


 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

JULY TIC, TAC, TOE CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hello house friends....it's Wednesday and that means it's another challenge for you at The House That Stamps Built.  

It's Tic, Tac, Toe time and here's a card I made with the new challenge using RI Stamps #1602-P "Feline Friendly" and From the Plate 9900  two words, "hi" and "friend".  I chose the last vertical line of friends, lime green and stitching.  My stitching is a stitched rectangle die.  





This was an easy card to create so I hope you're inspired to play along with our challenge this week and join the tic, tac, toe fun.  All the details on how to enter and what you can win are at THE HOUSE.  


For even more incredible creations for the Designer's Choice Challenge take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you get some craft time this week.  




Wednesday, July 5, 2017

DESIGNER'S CHOICE CHALLEGE FOR JULY 2017

Hello and welcome to another Designer's Choice Challenge at The House That Stamps Built.  This month it's Deonna's turn to challenge us and she has choosen "Make a Scene".  


For my scene I used RI#4211-K "Beaver", RI#3412-C "Gulls in Flight", RI#2708-M "Pine Branch", RI#2714-D "Small Pine Forest" and the sentiment is RI2501-H "Happy Birthday From".  The coloring was done with Copic Markers.  

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you found some inspiration and will play along in the challenge this week.  

For even more incredible creations for the Designer's Choice Challenge take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

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



Saturday, July 1, 2017

JULY 2017 NEW STAMP RELEASE FOR TECHNIQUE JUNKIES


Extra, extra.....it's blog hop time for a new July stamp release from Technique Junkies stamps!!!  All the new released stamps will be available at a 15% off discount until JULY 8.  

If you came from the uber talented Lanette's blog, you're in the right place.  That lady is loaded with talent, isn't she?  If you stopped by and didn't see the beginning of the hop, you can start it HERE.  



It's nearly time for the great American celebration of Independence Day on July 4th, and the official opening of summer!  This set  "Watermelon Summer" is fabulous...loaded with space for coloring or embellishing any way you want.  The technique I used to achieve the look here was watercoloring Distress Inks on kraft cs and enhancing the color with Copic Markers.


I had a watercolor paper scrap that I had used to play with my Color Burst powerders.  It had been sitting around for a few weeks and when I saw this new "Palm Collage", I thought I'd use the scrap as a background for it. Stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white ep.  I combined it with the new sentiment "When the Sky Touches the Sea"  which was heat embossed on vellum in black ep.   


What a fabulous stamp "Part of the Dance" is.  I think the sentiment is so uplifting and sends a positive message...and easy stamp to use in so many instances.  The bg was created by blowing the watercolor drops through a straw.  



Another fabulous stamp being released this month is "Perspective".  I can relate so well to this sentiment and I love the image that accompanies it.  I hand drew an "awing" over the top of the swing to ground it.  I added some Washi tape to "top" the awing.  The background was made with a paper napkin.   

I have a coupon for you if you'd like to get a 10% discount on all TJ stamps (excluding the July release stamps).  Just use it at check out and enjoy your purchase.  


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That's it from me.  Now head on over to the incredible blog of Kathy Stacy and see her incredible creations.  Enjoy the hop. 





















Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT JUNE 2017

Hello there House guests.....we've got a bonus Wednesday challenge this month (since there are 5 in this month) and it's an the ever popular Anything Goes challenge at The House That Stamps Built

Cut your artistic, crafty spirit loose and join us.  It's always fun to see what ends up in the links.  

As we soon will be celebrating our American birthday on July 4th, the card I created was inspired from watching the videos of the magnificent American bald eagle, "Challenger" soar through stadiums and across fields for American celebrations and remembrances as the National Anthem is played.  You can find his videos on YouTube.  Here's one clip.

Challenger was blown out of his nest when he was an eaglet. Some well meaning humans kept him and took care of him.  However, he was human imprinted and was never able to be reintroduced into the wild.  He's the only eagle in the U.S ever trained to fly at such events.  Quite a story and I always get all choked up when I see him do this with the music of our National Anthem in the background.  He's named after the space shuttle "Challenger"  which disasterously exploded after take off in 1986.



Keeping this very CAS.  The eagle is RI#1701-P "Bald Eagle" and the sentiment is RI#3711-G "God Bless America".  I colored the eagle with my Chameleon Colortone pencils (have I mentioned how much I love these pencils?  *smile*) 


For even more incredible creations for the inspiration challenge take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

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

I hope you'll come over to The House and play along with our Anything Goes Challenge - details of how to enter and what you could win are found there.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you'll find some crafting time....it's fun there.  

Happy Independence Day America!  





  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

JUNE 2017 - INSPIRATION CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hello House Guests!!!  

Where is June going????  It just got here and now we're nearly out of days for the month....only two more weeks left to enter our challenges at The House That Stamps Built for a chance to win some fabulous Repeat Impressions Stamps.  

Here's this week's beautiful inspiration challenge to help you get your juices running.  




I LOVED the colors in this inspiration and decided it would be a great way to use my Distress Oxide Inks and create a background.  I used Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick and Tumbled Glass and simply pressed them to my craft mat, sprayed with water and put the card stock on them.  They blended together so beautifully.  I had another card stock piece and placed it in the mix to get a second background piece to use when I need it.  



The stamps I used are RI # 8205-O "Cat Beauty", which I colored with Copic Markers and RI#1105-E "Thinking of You".  Isn't that cat the cutest?  Love it.  


For even more incredible creations for the inspiration challenge take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

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

I hope you'll come over to The House and play along with our Inspiration Challenge - details of how to enter and what you could win are found there.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you'll find some crafting time....it's fun there.  



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BY THE SEA

Hi there Junkies!  

I had fun last week revisiting an older technique I hadn't done in a while.  It looks so rich on the dark teal card stock.  


Using my MISTI, I stamped the "Beautiful Conch" stamp on the teal cs with white pigment ink.  I stamped it several times, however, I let it dry between each stamping in order to get a good white coverage of the stamp.  After I stamped it the final time, while it was still wet, I sprinked it with pearl white ep and heat embossed it.  I cut around the image and set it aside.  I also stamped the shell again on a thicker piece of cs and cut that out so I could give the embossed image some dimension.

Using gold pigment ink, I inked up the background stamp "Crosshatch" in gold pigment ink and stamped it on a white cs panel.  After it dried, I  put the two shell pieces together and placed the shell against the panel.  

To finish it off, I stamped a sentiment from "By The Sea Set of 6" set with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white ep.

This is such a cool and different way of playing with your stamps.  


So, that's it for me today.  I hope you find some inspiration and get your craft on....it's fun there!  

REMINDER:  I have a coupon for you if you'd like to get a 10% discount on all TJ stamps (excluding the June release stamps).  Just use it at check out and enjoy your purchase.  


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Monday, June 19, 2017

MAKING CARDS FROM NAPKINS - PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Hi everyone,

Cheri here with a fun Project of the Week for you.  I love doing all sorts of craft things with pretty napkins and one of the things I like to do is make cards with them. Let me show you how I do it.  

The supplies I use are napkins (of course), gel matte medium, two paint brushs (one for the gel medium and one for water - only one brush is shown in the photo) and card stock of your choice.  I used 80# white for this.  



The first thing you'll need to do is separate your napkins.  Some are 2 ply and some are 3 ply.  It's important to only have the image layer of the napkin.  The easiest way I've found to separate the panels is take a piece of tape, and stick it to the back side of the napkin and pull off the layers.  They  come apart easily this way.  Once separated, you can cut the napkin is sections.



The next step is to find the area of the napkin you want to have on your card layer and you can easily tear that away by taking one of your paint brushes get it lightly wet and barely touch the outside area of the image, being careful to keep the water from wetting more area than you wish.



The next step is to apply gel medium to the brush you've set aside for that and use the gel to attach the torn napkin to your card stock panel by adding it to the cs piece as well as brushing it across the napkin once it's in place on the cs.  Be sure to brush gently from the center to the outside in order to avoid wrinkles and tearing.  


Once dry, you can trim your piece and create your card.  This is a great technique for a quick card using just a sentiment stamp.  

I have made these in sets and given them as gifts many times.  They really are quite fun to make and I'm sure you can think of many other ways to use those pretty napkins.  




 I used RI Stamps # 8114-F Chicken Soup/Puppies
                           RI# 1112-E "Just a Note"
   



 RI#1145-F "Greetings From"
RI Plate# 9800

I hope you'll give this project a try...it's really a fun one.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

JUNE 2017 TIC, TAC, TOE CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Helllllooooo House Peeps!!!  

It's Wednesday and there's a new challenge at The House That Stamps Built!  It's time for another Tic, Tac, Toe challenge and here it is


Just look at all these fun options!!!!!  I decided to do one of the diagonals; Jewel Tones, Clean and Simple and Dogs.  


Hands down, one of the cutest ever stamps is RI#8104-I "Happy Puppy" .  I did a little masking and got a group of them together, LOL.  I added RI# 5118-H "Heart Sil Lg" making balloons from the stamp with the jewel tone colors, and the sentiment is RI# 8610-D "Party".  

For even more incredible DCC challenge inspiration take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

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

I hope you'll come over to The House and play along with our TTT Challenge - details of how to enter and what you could win are found there.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you'll find some crafting time....it's fun there.  


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

HATS OFF TO DAD

Hellooooo Junkies!!!!! 

This Sunday we'll be celebrating Father's Day here in the States.  There are some really great male stamps in the store at Technique Junkies and today I'm playing with one of the most recent ones called "Hats Off to Dad" from the May release.  

Truth be told...this set doesn't just cover Father's Day, it could be a birthday, or any occasion where you might want to honor a father.  Let your imagination go wild.  It's really a fun set. I did some surgery on the set I have and cut all the hats off into individual pieces.  I can always reassemble them if I want to, but I like the idea that I can use these hats in many other ways individually.   


In addition to the Hat's Off set on this card, I used a cool stencil from A Colorful Life Stencils called "City Windows".  I placed the stencil on a white cs layer and sponged Distress Inks.  First, Fresh Squeezed Lemon and then on just the base of the "windows",  Mustard Seed for some shadow and contrast.  I then stamped each hat in one of the windows with Archival black ink.  For additional detail I added little "stitch" marks around each one with my ultra-fine Sharpie black pen.  Finally, I added some sparkle with my Wink of Stella pen to each hat.  The sentiment, stamped with Archival black and heat embossed with clear ep, was die cut with a rectangle die and frame set.   


For this card, I also used "Here We Go Round in Circles" to build my bg.  I used a variety of colored dye inks I have for the colored dots.  After stamping the hats "floating" with Archival black in, I sprinkled clear ep over them and heat embossed.  Giving them a little added dimension.  The sentiment was also stamped and heat embossed the same way.  I cut a piece of dp, to accent the die fin cut over the sentiment piece, and, I added faux stitching in both white and black along the edges. 

So, that's it for me today.  I hope you find some inspiration and get your craft on....it's fun there!  

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

JUNE 2017 DESIGNER'S CHOICE CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Greetings House guests,

It's June (already)...we're half-way though the year 2017 and over at The House That Stamps Built, there's a new challenge.  

It's Designer's Choice and this month, Donna is the designer who makes the choice and she is challenging us to use Washi tape on our projects.  


I used RI stamps #919-I "Irish Window" and the sentiment is #9717-C "Happy Hello".  

The iris in my garden are in full bloom and they are so beauitful.  We've had nothing but rain for weeks...rarely a day of sunshine, yet somehow the iris are luminous and blooming.  What a sight to see in the early morning light.  

I colored the iris with my Chameleon Colortone Pencils.  I absolutely LOVE using them.  My washi tape is simply placed as a focal image bg.  I added some gold thread behind the image for texture and accent as well as a few sequins.  

Come on over to The House and join in on Donna's challenge.  All the details can be found there.  

For even more incredible DCC challenge inspiration take a look at what these awesome ladies have created.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you'll find some crafting time....it's fun there.  





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

MY HOPE FLIES ON WINGS OF POSSIBILITES

Hello Junkies!!! 

I've got a quick post for you today combining two (I think) gorgeous and compatiable TJ stamps.  




Watercolor Hummingbird is brand new!  It's from our recent June New Stamp Release and if you'd like to have it in your collection, you can get it, and all the new June Stamps, for a great discount of 15% off until June 8.  (There are only TWO days left to get the discount). You don't even need a coupon code...just put the new stamps in your cart and the discount is automatically applied.  Easy peasy.  

The sentiment stamp I combined with "Watercolor Hummingbird" is "Wings of Possibility".   I'm in love with that script writing and the sentiment.  

Here's how I created the card:  Using my MISTI, I stamped each stamp on a watercolor paper panel in Archival black ink.  I then taped off the outside borders with painter's tape in a diagonal.  In the exposed area around the images I used my Koi watercolor to paint the background.  After drying the panel, I flicked a little black acrylic paint mixed with water across the panel before taking the tape off.  For a little added dimension I added some black Ranger Enamel Accents.  

Now, here's a good deal too....if you'd like any TJ Stamps from the store, (excluding the new June Release Stamps) and would like a discount on those....just use my personal discount code TJ10CHERI and shop away.  



Okay...that's it for me today.  Have you stopped by the TJ FaceBook page?  You can find some creativness there as well as learn what's going on with the Junkies and get the latest information on the new challenge.  It's all there, so come on over and check it out.  


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




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