Tuesday, November 21, 2017


Hi Junkies,

Here in Maine, we're in the midst of the grey days of November.  If I have to pick the two months of the year that I dislike most they would be November and March - because of the amount of grey, colorless days.  

My card today has a great pick-me-up message for people like me....

To make this card, using my MISTI, I stamped the image "Grey Days"  from the Technique Junkies November release,  in Momento black ink, and used Copic Markers to "paint" the background in a gradient fashion of blending greys and blues.  It took a little while to get the blending the way I wanted it.  I made a mask from the cloud image and masked it before blending the markers.  I then removed the mask and having left the stamp in the MISTI, I placed it in the same position and inked it again with VersaFine black in for a crisper image.  To finish the design, I used a glitter pen to draw some sparkle and "silver lining" around the cloud.  

Have a great week...and I wish you no grey days only fun crafty ones!  Thanks for stopping by!  

Are you like me, in love with Technique Junkie Stamps?  How about a full10% discount on your purchase order (all stamps except the November Release stamps are included in the discount)?  Just use my discount code TJCheri10 with my compliments.  

Wishing all my USA friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Hello house guests!!!! 

We have another challenge for you at The House That Stamps Built blog and it's an inspiration challenge.  

Have you been playing along with our challenges?  There's one every week and you have the month to join in on each one.  

The card I created for this challenge uses RI Stamps #3814-K "Ornament Frame", #5103- "Ornament Sil", #307-D "Holly Sprig", 2708-M "Pine Branch" and  #423-G "May All Your Dreams".  

And here is the inspiration board - I took my inspiration from the bulbs and the more neutral side of the color spectrum here.  

You can select anything from this board that inspires you.  Head on over to THE HOUSE and get the details.  We can't wait to see what you create.  

Check out the awesome projects from my talented team mates.  

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

Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving your comments.  It means so much to me.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Helloooo Junkies!!!! 

Did you enjoy the 30 days of Christmas celebration?  Did you grab yourself some great deals and stock your Christmas stamp collection with the awesome Technique Junkie Stamps?  It was so much fun to see all the fabulous creations with these stamps.  We all want to see your creations on the Technique Junkies FaceBook page, so please join us there and show off your creations.  

I have a quick and fun card for you today using "Linen Dots" from the October 2017 Release.  .  I like to try and create Christmas cards using non-Christmas type stamps, sometimes and love how this came out.  

After stamping this stamp on a white cs panel in Versamark Ink, I heat embossed it with gold ep and colored various circles with Copic Markers.  I embossed the sentiment from the "Gifts of Christmas Set of 5"  in gold ep on a piece of vellumn and adhered it to the front of the panel.  They were both then layered on a gold cs panel.  Quick and easy but I so love the results.  

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

Don't forget, you can purchase any TJ Stamps (except those from the November Release) for a full 10% discount just by using my code.  TJ10CHERI.  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Hey there, house friends!  

Welcome to the November Tic, Tac, Toe challenge at The House That Stamps Built blog.  These challenges are always fun to play around with because of the choices and the creative opportunities they offer.  At least that's what I think about them.  

I had some fun creating this card, using Distress Ink Oxide inks, water and some smooshing on a watercolor paper panel.  After it was dry, I used stamps from the RI#10000 "Thanks" Series and stamped over the colored panel.  Once that was complete, I used a wonky stitch die and cut the panel.  To accent the sentiment, I thought it would be fun to use the long die from RI Flip Stitch Die Set and partially cut the "Thanks" portion of the sentiment out of the panel.  I then sprayed the colored cs panel with some glitter spray I had, mounted the cut Thanks panel on dimension tape and remounted it back in place on the panel.  

Here's the TTT Challenge board.  Just select 3 items in an up/down or diagonal direction and create a card or project from what you've selected.  I went horizontally across the center.  "Water Colors, Stitching, Thanks".  

All the detail can be found at THE HOUSE.  I hope you'll join in on the fun.  

For so much more inspiration, please visit the blogs of my awesome team mates.  

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

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you found some inspiration and will join our challenges this month.  We have some fun ones.  

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Hi there Junkie friends!  

I am catching up on some posts.  I missed participating in last week's new release (November Stamps) blog hop for Technique Junkies Stamps.  In case you haven't heard about the horrific wind storm that hit this area of Maine last weekend, the coast of Maine and much of Central Maine have been without power for several days.  As I write this, there are still areas without power.  

One of the cards I created for the hop uses the stamp set "Paint Rings"  from the November release and "Merry Christmas 2" .

Using a white cs panel, I stamped the image twice using my MISTI stamp positioner, moving the image about 1/8 inch each time.  First stamping was done with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with white ep, Moving the stamp I stamped it again with Archival Black Ink.  The inner areas of each circle were watercolored with watercolor paints, as was the outside area around the circles.  After it dried, mounted it against a gold cs panel and then ran them through an embossing folder and created a "florish" design.  The sentiment was heat embossed with white ep as well.  For a final detail, I added some tiny dots of glitter with my Viva glitter glue pen.  

I hope you found some inspiration here and enjoyed the blog hop.  

Don't forget, we're still within the 30 Days Of Christmas Celebration and that means all of Technique Junkies Christmas Stamps are 20% off (expires November 13) and all November Release stamps  (including the Paint Rings stamp I used above) are still 15% off (expires tomorrow-November 8).  There's no need for a code, just shop and upon check out, your discounts will be applied.  BUT WAIT....THERE'S MORE....add MY coupon code TJ10CHERI to your shopping for the Christmas stamps AND all other stamps from the store (excluding the November stamps) and receive an additional 10% off.  (You will have to enter that code in the box available upon check out).  

 That's it from me today....have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!  

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Hello house people....I'm finally able to publish my post for this fabulous DCC Challenge that Laurie is hosting from The House That Stamps Built.  It's all about "falling for you" using leaves and a fall theme.  

I was unable to hook up with the original post that Wendy published because our area was hit by a big wind storm and it knocked out all the power and Internet services.  We were down for 3 days, but I'm happy to be here now catching up and  glad to be posting my card.  

To create this card using RI Stamps #5127-K "Maple Leaf Sil" and #3214-G "Thanksgiving Blessings", I first stamped the leaves on a white cs panel with various fall colors of Distress Oxide Inks, layering each color.  I then fussy cut each leaf out leaving a tiny white border around the shape.  Taking a dark brown cs panel, I partially sponged white pegment ink through a stencil (Memory Box) and cut the panel with the a stitched die.  I then positioned the leaves against the sponged stenciling and glued them in place.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white ep.  Finally, I took a fall color assortment of Nuvo drops and Viva Pearl Pens that I had and made tiny droplets around the leaves.  

I hope you'll join Laurie and the other Rock Stars and play along with this fabulous challenge.  For details on how to play head on over to THE HOUSE.  

Need more inspiration....grab a gaze at these awesome creations from my team mates.  

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

Thanks for stopping by and if you'd like to leaave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you.  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


Hello and welcome, house friends!!!! 

Here we are at the end of another month of challenges from The House That Stamps Built and it's time for the Anything Goes Challenge!!! (I can hear the roar of happy crafters out there)

You still have a full week to create and join all of this months challenges from start to finish, if you'd like to get in on the big win of a $25.00 gift certificate from Repeat Impressions Stamps.  (I hear another roar of happiness out there).  

I made this card for our ATG October challenge

 I used masks to create the large white circles (bubbles) after first stamping that adorable witch face (RI#2330-G "Witch Face") and coloring it with Copic Markers inside the bubble.  Once the masks were in place, I used some spray's from Lindy's Gang to create the bg.  Once I was happy with that look, I stamped the sentiment (RI#2301-I "Best Witches...) at the base of the panel.  I had a pen cap and a couple of different sized bottle caps on my craft table, so I stamped them into black ink and used them to creat additional "bubbles" of different sizes on the panel.  I wanted additional drops of the sprays, so I just opened the spray bottles and held the sprayer above the panel and let the ink drop off in various places.  I added some clear dew drops for some dimension and more interest on the card.  

There's a lot going on here, and I don't particularly like Halloween, but this card was fun to create and looking at those faces, makes me smile.  

For details on how to play along head on over to THE HOUSE.  And you don't want to miss these talented ladies, they have some creations that will rock your creative world for the ATG challenge.  

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

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a crafty week.  

I'm entering this card in the Lindy's Stamp Gang October Color Challenge 

Visit Lindy's Gang for more information and great shopping.
You can join the monthly challenge on their FB Page
I used "Freaky Franken Lime", "Hag's Wart Orange" and "Blazing Black" sprays from the October color set.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Hi there Junkies!!!  

Are you checking out the daily creations over at Design Junkies blog?  We're celebrating 30 days of Christmas.  

Each day, one of the TJ designers posts a creation using the Technique Junkies Christmas stamps.  It's been spectacular and this is day 10 so head on over and check out the new post.  

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)

In keeping with the 30 Days of Christmas celebration, here's a card I created using "Hillside Pines" and "All Is Calm All Is Bright".

On a navy blue card stock layer, I stamped the "Hillside Pines" stamp in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed clear ep over it.  I then took Brilliance In (Blue Ice) and dragged it across the image giving it the "snowy" bg.  White paint was flicked across the panel for a snow fall effect.  The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with silver ep.  I used a Nuvo silver glitter marker to outline the sentiment piece. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and here is my discount code if you'd like to grab yourself some of those fabulous Technique Junkie Christmas Stamps for 30% off.  

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 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.  

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