Jan 222018

This week here at The House That Stamps Built it is my week to do the POTW (Pick of the Week) I usually wonder what complicated technique or fold I can show but this time I went with SIMPLE – (doesn’t get any simpler than this.) The supplies are something we all have on hand and I know a couple of our Rock Stars love to use their left over scraps so hope this will come in handy for them.


You will need your card base – I used Kraft, layering piece cut 4 inches x 5 1/4 4 scraps of DP or pattern card stock – 1″x 4″, distress ink (I used Old Paper, and a sponge dauber) Versa-Fine Vintage Sepia, scallop circle punch, 1″ circle punch, and adhesive.


I had a bunch of kitty/cat DP which I had used in scrapping several years ago so I picked out 4 that I thought would go together. Cut 4 strips of 1 inch by 4 inch DP and punch 4 – 1 inch circles from same DP. Lay out your design on your layering piece.


I then distressed the edges of the strips and circles with Old Paper distress ink. When you get them the way you think they are eye appealing glue down your inch strips on your 1″ x 4 1/4″ layer making sure you butt then right next to each other. Place the circles on the bottom and glue them in place with about 1/2 of the circle below the strip line.


After you have glued the strips and circles glue a 3/4 in. x 4 inch strip horizontally across the bottom of the strips and circles, making this look like a scallop. At this time I also stamped my sentiment 1807-F I’m so glad found here.


Stamp your focal image 2604-I Cat with Ribbon found here on a scallop circle. I colored the bow on kitty with an orange glitter pen. I then tied a ribbon around the 3/4 inch strip and then used pop dots to pop up my scallop circle.


Hope you try this – was fun and used up some of those small scraps that we all seem to collect.

~ Shirley

For this week only (Jan. 22- 28, 2018), get 20% Off the stamps used in Shirley’s project when you use the coupon code POTW12218

Nov 272017

This week it is my turn here at The House That Stamps Built to do the Project of the Week. Since I am in the swing of Christmas I decided to go with a Christmas card and a technique I choose to call “Use Your Dies”. Below you will see a picture of my supplies.


I went through my Christmas dies (the only ones I really have any organizational skills at all), and chose an ornament die from a set of 4 unbranded dies. I went with the one that would fit my image.


I place the die where I wanted my focal image to go and used some washi tape to secure it.


I kept both the negative and positive images as you will see in a bit what I did with the other image.


Using my sponge daubers I started with my darkest shade of blue ink, just going around the outer edge of the die cut, I then used the medium shade of blue and sponged in a bit farther and finally the lightest shade of blue went as far into the center as I wanted to shade.


Using the Angel 905-L and Heaven & Earth 6523-D, I stamped the focal image inside the shaded ornament in my dark blue ink as well as the sentiment Heaven & Earth partial in/partial out the shaded ornament.


I colored the trim on her dress in blue spectrum glittermarker, and her wings in a clear Wink of Stella. I added some sequin trim and a twine bow at the top.


I used the positive image of the ornament for the inside of my card – shading it again with the three shades of blue and stamping the sentiment Let Heaven 413-H inside. I really like the way this turned out – clean and simple one layer card. I am going to go through my dies and see what else I can use with this same technique. Give it a try.

~ Shirley

Oct 022017

This week here at The House That Stamps Built it is my week for a Project of the Week and I chose to do a quick and easy technique with stamping on book pages. Here are my supplies:


I bought a book from Goodwill that had some acceptable script – and paid less than a $1.00. I used the stamps Everyday Blessings 6512-E and Maple Leaf 3312-E as well as some new Oxide Distress inks.


On my Kraft mat I squished my distress oxide inks and then spritzed with water. I did one color at a time using a total of 3 colors of inks.


I put my book page in the spritzed ink and gently pressed in color. I then let it dry – (hardest part).


I stamped my leaves making sure I was on the script, then fussy cut each leaf out.


I finished my card with some autumn papers, and a bit of burlap ribbon. Hope you have fun trying this technique – just make sure the text is “appropriate”.

~ Shirley

Aug 072017

This is my week here at The House That Stamps Built so it is my turn to do the Project of the Week. I choose to do the Bandana Technique.

This is an oldie and I had not made one in several years – but I remember when they were popular and fun to make. Reminds me of the bandana handkerchief my hubby usually has in his back pocket. He uses his for a sweat band, neck cooler in hot weather, and a handkerchief in cold weather.


Your supplies will be:
Card stock – base cardstock A2 size, and one color to stamp on which needs to be a dark color, red, purple, dk. green, blue etc. and a layering colors, Versafine black Ink, ribbon, stylus, white acrylic paint and a small plate or container to pour some white paint into.
And your stamps. I used:
10301-H Patti’s Flower Solid, 10306-E Daisy Solid Small10209-C Leaf Outline Small and
3104-F Happy Everything

Stamp images in black Versafine ink using firm pressure to get good image, just stamp randomly so that it is pleasing to the eye.


Using either end of stylus – (or toothpick, empty ballpoint pen, etc.) dip tip of stylus in white paint acrylic paint and add white dots, again random so that it is pleasing to the eye. I have two different sizes of stylus so I was able to make varying sizes of dots.


You can do as much or as little as you like and if you wish, do some random dots between images.


Finish card as you wish – the solid flower images work so well with this technique, but I also found that the open small leaves worked well too. Have fun!

~ Shirley