Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Christmas in July

Thanks for stopping by.

Everyone's favorite challenge this week at The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes. And yes, you guessed right, I went with Christmas in July, it is time to get moving on those Christmas cards, time is flying by and Christmas will be here before we know it.
I made a watercolor background in cheery reds to go with the fun 8806-N, Penguin Trio. I colored with Copics, added a bit of  Stickles to the hats and earmuffs, liquid snow to the ground and that was it, quick and easy and I must say cute!
As always time you join the challenge at The House That Stamps Built you get a chance to win the monthly drawing for a $25 Repeat Impression gift certificate, use a Repeat Impressions stamp and you get an extra chance!
Check out the great designs by my talented teammates, they always awe me with their talent!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

From me to you

Just a simple card I enjoyed making for a few challenges I enjoy:
Butterfly Challenge: M for Matching Pair and/or the colour Orange
Sketch Saturday

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


It's a relaxing, peaceful Inspiration Photo this week  over at The House That Stamps Built:
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My take was to do a soft oceany watercolor wash.  Then I stamped Repeat Impressions 4111-F, Starfish (sm) with Distress Inks 3 times on kraft cardstock, distressed with another shade of Distress Ink, fussy cut, distressed the edges with a distressing tool, used a darker Distress Ink on the edges and added to the card below:

Closer view:

For inspiration from my talented teammates:
We enjoy when you join in the fun, check it out at The House That Stamps Built, each weekly entry puts you in the drawing for  the monthly $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions, use a Repeat Impressions, stamp and you get an extra chance.  Discount code on the top right of my blog.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Winter Wishes Card Drive

I've been having fun making several of each of the above cards for :
Christina does this twice a year for children in the Heart Hospital, it runs from  July 1st - August 25th with Winter Wishes or Holiday Wishes cards collection.  You can check it out if interested on Christina's blog under the Card Drive tab.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sweet Treat

Tic-Tac-Toe time this week at The House That Stamps Built:
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 I went with the middle row: Sweet Treats-Paper Piecing-Lime Green.  My mom had just shared some polka dotted paper with me which was perfect for this.  I used Repeat Impressions: 9302-P, Cupcakes and will add my sentiment when I know what occasion I am sending the card for.

For inspiration from my talented teammates:
And to join in the fun check it out at The House That Stamps Built, you might be the lucky winner of the montly $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Floor polish technique

 I sorted through a couple technique photo albums, and repurposed some of the cards and put some in a pile to repurpose onto cards, and some in the recycle bin.  This was one of my all time favorites so I cut the top layer off and made a new card out of it.  It was the very old Future floor polish technique, I can't even find it on the Internet but found a similar technique called Caught in Crystal.  You drizzle clear crystal lacquer on acetate (in my case Future floor polish), Randomly drop about 3 colors of alcohol ink on the crystal lacquer or floor polish.  Sprinkle with Mica Powder and use a brush to spread you crystal lacquer or floor polish to cover the acetate.  Next crumple a piece of tissue paper, uncrumple and place over the liquid, lightly smooth.  Let dry overnight.  Trim to size, flip over and stamp your image with Staz-on ink on the front of the acetate and finish as desired.
A few fun challenges:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lazy Days

 It's Designers Choice Challenge week over at The House That Stamps Built and Deonna choose Create a Scene, a very popular theme in blogland, so hopefully we will have a lot of people joining the fun this week!
I went with a peaceful summer scene using:
I colored the trees with Copics and then sponged my scene with Distress Inky, using a cloud stencil, a piece of punched cardstock for the sun, and torn cardstock for the grassy hills.
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Check out the great designs by the rest of the Design Team:

A few fun challenges:
Crazy4Challenges-C4C392-Use Stamp, Dies or Both Create a Scene Or something you see in a Park
One Crazy Stamper-July
Sketch Saturday  Week 470

Monday, July 3, 2017

Oxide Ink Cling Wrap Background Tutorial

Donna here with the presentation of the week for The House That Stamps Built.  I choose Distress Oxide Cling Wrap Background and had a lot of fun with this.  I hope you will enjoy my tutorial and give this technique a try.  I will be posting more cards at a later date that I make with more of the fun backgrounds I created!

The supplies you will need are: cling wrap, Oxide Distress Inks,  (you can substitute watercolor powders or watercolors), a spray bottle of water, watercolor paper (you can substitute a good quality glossy card stock).

I am going to explain two versions, both are fun and striking, the second version requires more time patience.

Version one:
1) Spread Cling wrap on your work surface.  Smoosh Distress Oxide inks on the cling wrap,  on my second go round I did not overlap them as much and liked those results better:
2)  Spritz liberally with water: 
3) Set card stock (4 /1/4 by 5 1/2 ") on the ink.  Press down and scrunch the cling wrap a bit: 

4) Flip over and scrunch cling wrap up and add any more colors to achieve desired look and more of a scrunched look.:

Second version:  After laying the cardstock down on the Distress Oxide Inks flip over and let dry completely, no heat tool,  be patient.

Complete cards as desired:


I hope you enjoyed this technique and will give it a try, I would enjoy seeing your creations!

Saturday, July 1, 2017


Donna here and I'm back for another term with House of Cards, such a fun design team and great monthly challenges! Our theme this month is:
Stripes and/or Colors
I used stripes and colors(with a few extra's).  I used Stampin Up's Birthday Blooms set, colored with Copic markers, accenting with a yellow Gelly roll pen and Wink of Stella:


A closer view:

Check out what the talented Design Team has created and then hop on over to House of Cards and join in the July challenge with us!

Chanya13 | Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
Michele | Mynn | Paula | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 

A few fun challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenge #247
Crafting from the Heart
Making Memories Crafting Challenge #6: Bingo Board: Die cut/Image/Bling