Wednesday, September 20, 2017

INSPIRATION CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE SEPTEMBER 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

HE CAUSED THE STORM TO BE STILL

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

TIC, TAC, TOE CHALLENGE FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 AT THE HOUSE

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

SEPTEMBER 2017 DESIGNER'S CHOICE CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE

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

HOLLY BIRD IN WATERCOLOR

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

SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE FROM TECHNIQUE JUNKIES

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!  



  




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

AUGUST 2017 SKETCH CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE

Hello House Fans!  

Whenever there is a 5th Wednesday in the month, Wendy adds a sketch challenge to our monthly list of challenges.  These are not my favorites, as I struggle so much with sketches...but once I get into the challenge of it, I find out I enjoy the process.  So, being that this is the 5th Wednesday (and last) for August 2017 there's a sketch challenge for you over at The House That Stamps Built


The Repeat Impression Stamps I used for this card are a collection of stamps from RI#Flower Power Separates.  I colored them all with Copic Markers and used embossing folders and dies to build the sketch and frame the focal flowers. (there are two...one is stacked on top of the other).  

Here's the sketch challenge.



This is also the last challenge for you to play in this whole month of challenge.  You've had the whole month to add cards in each week of challenges for a big opportunity to win a whole bunch of RI Stamps.  If you haven't been playing in each challenge and have wanted to, you have a whole week to get entered into any or all from the first challenge of the month until now.  

Check out THE HOUSE for all the details.

And please visit these talented ladies and see what fabulous creations they have to show you using the sketch challenge.  

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!  




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CALENDULA THANKS

Hi there Junkies!!! 

So much "purty" going on with this awesome stamp, "Calendula", it's fun to color in any color medium you choose.  



My choice of medium was my MozArt Brush Pens.  These pens are much like the Zig brush markers but a whole lot cheaper.  I've had them and been using them for a while now and I really enjoy coloring with them and the colors are very vibrant.  

After coloring the Calendula, I added some detail with both white and black pens. The background color was created using Copic Markers.  

I hope you found some inspiration here today.

If you'd like to purchase this stamp or any other Technique Junkies Stamps (excluding stamps from the August Release) and would like a 10% discount on your entire stamp purchase, please use my discount code at check out and have fun creating!  


Thanks so much for stopping by!  






Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AUGUST 2017 ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE AT THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Hi there, House peeps!!!! 

Have you been playing along with our challenges this month at The House That Stamps Built?  Did you hear that you have the whole month to play along with each week's challenge?  

From the first challenge of this month until the last you can enter a card in each challenge.  It gives you so many opportunities to win some awesome Repeat Impressions Stamps as well as gives you time to get in the challenges and have some crafty fun. 

This week's challenge is "Anything Goes", so jump in and play along with us.


Clean and simple all the way for my ATG card.  I used a stacked die to cut the arched windows in a piece of designer's paper and again in a piece of white card stock.  The watermelon image is RI #9010-H "Watermelon" that I colored with Copic Markers and popped up on a wobble.  The watermelon sticks out of the arch and wiggles back and forth for a fun effect.  

The sentiment RI#9015-D "One in a Melon" was stamped on white card stock and cut out with a postage stamp die I've had hanging around a long time.  For some detail, I cut a scrap of dark green cs with the same die and staggered it behind the white one.  
Lots of dimension on this card and I like that.  

There is even more incredible inspiration at the blogs of these talented ladies.

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

So come on over and play along with our AUGUST CHALLENGES and get additional opportunities to win some fabulous Repeat Impressions Stamps.  For additional detail on this and all this month's challenges, check out THE HOUSE 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BE COOL LLAMA

Hi there Junkies!  

The cutest (and most fun) Llama on the stamping block is the "Be Cool Llama" from the August 2017 release.  


I had so much fun playing around with this stamp and I'll be using it more in future cards, but for this one, I gave them a party....lots of rainbow colored waterfall dots using "Here We Go Round In Circles" (this set has become one of my favorites).  I did a little masking in order to get the multiple layers from the stamp rather than cut the stamp apart.  

Using my MISTI, I first masked the open line llama with a post-it note while I inked up the solid images with VersaFine Black Ink.  Removing the mask, I stamped the inked images onto a white cs layer.  I continued to repeat this process until I was happy with the depth of the black ink on the solid images.  

On a separate cardstock layer I reversed the process and masked the two solid images then stamped the open line llama image.  I created an image mask for this one with masking paper and cut it out and layed it over the llama while I stamped the rainbow dots with Distress Inks.  Additionally, for more detail I chose some gel pens close to the DI colors and added those.  

I used a border die to cut the solid image and then added a piece of black scrap to accent it.  I then taped that assembled piece to the rainbow piece and used a frame die to cut the entire piece before mounting in on a black cs base layer.  Sharpie pens were used to color the "Be Cool" message.  

It was not a quick and easy card to make, but I so enjoyed the process.  What a fun stamp this is.  

I hope you found some inspiration.  

Technique Junkies has a ton of fabulous stamps to play with....go shopping and use my discount for any stamps you like (Sorry...those from August 2017 Release are not included) for a 10% discount on your entire order of stamps.  


Happy stamping!  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

INSPIRATION CHALLENGE AUGUST 2017 FOR THE HOUSE THAT STAMPS BUILT

Helllooo House people....New challenge at The House That Stamps Built going on and it's an inspiration challenge...a photo and/or a color palette...you choose.   



I love to create different backgrounds for images and sometimes I go a little on the simple side....I think this is one of those.  I used RI #3415-I "Adirondack Chair"   and the sentiment isng Yo RI#1214-G "Knowing You".  

Here's the inspiration.  Have some fun and join us!  


If you like our challenges then you might be interested in learning this exciting news that this month, we've extended our play time.....Here's the notice from the first week's DCC challenge"Stamp Your Favorite Movie"  

we’ve decided to cut you all a little slack and are extending our challenge deadlines a bit. This month the deadline for submissions for ALL our challenges will be September 5th. So for example… starting with today’s Designer’s Choice Challenge you’ll have the entire month to create and upload your card. Then when we introduce our next new challenge next week you’ll have three weeks to submit for that one, two weeks for the following challenge, and the usual one week to submit the last challenge of the month. So with a little less of a time crunch we hope you’ll find that you have more opportunity to play along with more of our challenges.

Pretty exciting for all of you who are busy during the summer months.  

Come on over and play along with our AUGUST CHALLENGES and get additional opportunities to win some fabulous Repeat Impressions Stamps.  For additional detail on this challenge, check out THE HOUSE and for incredible inspiration check out these awesome designers


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

Thanks for stopping by today....I hope you'll check out our challenges and join us this month.  



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FLUFFING YOUR (RED) TUTU

Hi there Junkies....

Unless you were napping, you must have seen the fabulous and fun stamp "Fluff Your Tutu" just released (August 2017) from Technique Junies.

I haven't used my supply of Stickles in a long time, but I loved how they worked on this stamp image after embossing it on black cs with white ep.  I stamped the background layer with "Here We Go Round In Circles" set, using black an red ink.  For additional detail I added Nuvo Glitter Markers to the centers of the circles.  




What a fun stamp this is.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and check out all the awesome stamps from Technique Junkies....I'll help you shop....you can use my personal 10% discount if you'd like.  Just add it to the coupon code area at check out.  

Have a crafty day... 



Monday, August 14, 2017

POTW - STAMPING TIP - REPURPOSE CLEAR PACKAGING FOR STAMPING

Hi there, 

I'm here with a helpful stamping tip for you instead of a project.  

Often times, especially with rubber stamps, it's difficult to decide just where you'd like an image on your project.  The stamp positioners, or MISTI  are wonderful tools, but in the case of being undecided as to where you'd like the image or sentiment, this is a great tip and comes in handy for me often.  



Shown in this photo are two pieces of packaging materials.  The one on the left is a sturdier piece of acrylic that came in something, while the one the right is a celophane package.  Both work equally well.  

I cut the pieces a little larger than an A2 card because that's the card size I usually make.  


You don't need the MISTI or stamp positioner for this step, but in the photo I used the MISTI because my cardstock was already in it.  

I placed the acrylic piece right on top of my CS and began placing my stamp around it while I decided where I might like the image to be.  



At this point, you can move the acrylic piece around and around the area of your CS and get a good idea of where it pleases you.  If you're using a MISTI, you can wipe the image off the acrylic piece, move the stamp and repeat the step.  



The same process applies to the sentiment.  It's a great way to get the right sentiment in the right place.  

When you're ready, just slide your acrylic off the CS and ink and stamp.  Finish as you'd like.  



The stamps I used here are RI# 3602-P "First Light" and RI# 3212-H "To Everything".  

I hope you like this little tip, it’s been helpful to me for many years and I hope it is for you.   

Have a happy day and I hope you get some craft time.  


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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

Hi there House friends....

It's Tic, Tac, Toe challenge time at The House That Stamps Built .  



I chose to go with the middle row right straight across from left to right; background wash, pastel colors and Stenciling.  The stamps I used were RI #2423-L "Under The Sea" and RI #8623-D "Brighten"



If you like our challenges then you might be interested in learning this exciting news that this month, we've extended our play time.....Here's the notice from last week's DCC challenge "Stamp Your Favorite Movie"  

we’ve decided to cut you all a little slack and are extending our challenge deadlines a bit. This month the deadline for submissions for ALL our challenges will be September 5th. So for example… starting with today’s Designer’s Choice Challenge you’ll have the entire month to create and upload your card. Then when we introduce our next new challenge next week you’ll have three weeks to submit for that one, two weeks for the following challenge, and the usual one week to submit the last challenge of the month. So with a little less of a time crunch we hope you’ll find that you have more opportunity to play along with more of our challenges.

Pretty exciting for all of you who are busy during the summer months.  

Come on over and play along with our AUGUST CHALLENGES and get additional opportunities to win some fabulous Repeat Impressions Stamps.  For additional detail on this challenge, check out THE HOUSE and for incredible inspiration check out these awesome designers


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

Thanks for stopping by today....I hope you'll check out our challenges and join us this month.  


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