Aug 232017
 

Hello everyone! I hope it’s been a good week for you. I’m doing a happy dance here because I’ve finally finished another major website task… I am thrilled to be able to say that I have completed adding the cling cushion mounting option to our entire art stamp line. Yippee!! Now you can easily order our stamps in any one of three different ways… traditional wood mount, cling cushion mount, or plain unmounted rubber. And as I mentioned earlier this month, the previous updates made to our shopping cart means our site now appears safe and functional for everyone no matter what browser you happen to be using. Double yippee!! πŸ˜€

Meanwhile, today here at “The House” it’s time to kick off a new challenge. We have one of our fun and super easy Anything Goes Challenges. So for this week’s challenge the sky is the limit. Feel free to submit any style of card or stamped creation that you wish.

Here are all the wonderful creations the RI Rock Stars came up with to inspire you and get us started.

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317” creation by Shirley Hotop.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317” creation by Laurie Unger.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317” creation by Donna Thielker.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317” creation by Deonna Bemish.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317” creation by Cheri Weston.
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And now it’s your turn! The rules are really simple… Remember, your creation doesn’t have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would really love to see them! πŸ˜€ Plus you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions! Simply stamp up whatever you wish, upload your card to your blog or Splitcoast gallery, then link it here to this post by clicking on the little blue button below.

Don’t forget… we’ve extended our submission dates for challenges this month so you have plenty of extra time to play along. We will be accepting submissions to this Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, September 5th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. And on August 30th we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a great Sketch Challenge! We’ll announce our August challenges winner here on the first Wednesday of next month. One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate!

So what are you waiting for?! Why not play along with us and start stamping up a card now. We can’t wait to see your creations! When you are ready to share your card, please add the direct link to your entry using the link button below. And please be sure to provide a link back here and reference Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge ~ A2317 in your blog or gallery posting.

Thanks so much for dropping by today. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your challenge creation linked here soon. And please be sure to drop by again on Monday when Rock Star, Donna Thielker will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping everyone!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Aug 212017
 

Hi everyone! Deonna here with a new Project of the Week. I want to show you how to make “Cracked Glass”. So gather your supplies and let’s get started.

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Supplies:
RI Stamps – Serengeti Collection5411-0 African Post Collage (lg)Β and 5306-J Chimp
Archival ink in Coffee
Decorative paper of choice
White Cardstock
Perfect Medium ink or Versamark
Thick embossing powder
Powder tray
Vintage Photo Distress Stain
Sponge
Heat Tool

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1. Take your Post Collage stamp, archival ink, decorative paper and stamp the image onto the decorative paper. Trim the paper down to the desired size or die cut it out. I just cut mine to 5″ x 3 1/4″.

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2. Gather your stamped image, versamark ink and thick embossing powder, heat safe mat, and powder tray. With the stamped side of your decorative paper facing up. Turn your versamark pad facing down and apply all over the stamped image. After inking, over the top of your powder tray pour your thick embossing powder onto the ink just applied to the decorative paper. Heat set the embossing powder. You’ll know that the powder is set once it all melts over the paper. Repeat the process another 1-2 times until the powder is melted and looks thick and shiny. Allow to cool.

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3. Bend the embossed paper all different directions to create cracks. Bend more for fine cracks, bend less for larger cracks.

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4. Take your Vintage Photo Distress Stain and rub all over the top of the image. This should allow the stain to seep into the cracks and give an “Antiqued” look. You can also sponge over the cracks to get more stain into them. Take a paper towel and remove the excess stain.

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5. I then decided to repeat the whole process with the chimp stamp. Now we have the final project to create a card with.

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Aug 162017
 

Good morning, everyone! I hope your week is going well so far and that you’re making time for some crafty fun. If you’re looking for some stamping inspiration then why not play along with our challenges. You don’t even have to use our stamps to be included and you may even win one of our gift certificates. :)

Today here at “The House” it’s time to introduce a new Inspiration Palette Challenge. This challenge is a fun cross between our previous Photo Inspiration Challenges and our Color Challenges. Below I have posted a photograph with a corresponding color palette so that you can choose to find your inspiration in whichever suits you best… or both!

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Check out all these spectacular interpretations created by our design team Rock Stars.

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617” creation by Donna Thielker.
Visit Donna’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617” creation by Laurie Unger.
Visit Laurie’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617” creation by Patti Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

And now it’s your turn! The rules are really simple… Remember, your creation doesn’t have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would really love to see them! πŸ˜€ Plus you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions! Simply create something using the palette above as your inspiration, upload your card to your blog or Splitcoast gallery, then link it here to this post by clicking on the little blue button below.

Don’t forget… we’ve extended our submission dates for challenges this month so you have plenty of extra time to play along. We will be accepting submissions to this Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, September 5th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on August 23rd we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a super fun Anything Goes Challenge! We’ll announce our August challenges winner here on the first Wednesday of next month. One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate!

So what are you waiting for?! Why not play along with us and start stamping up a card now. We can’t wait to see your creations! When you are ready to share your card, please add the direct link to your entry using the link button below. And please be sure to provide a link back here and reference Repeat Impressions Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ A1617 in your blog or gallery posting.

Remember… Take part in one weekly challenge or all of them. The more you play along, the more chances you have to win! Each submission enters you in the drawing for our gift certificate. And you don’t always have to use our stamps in your creations, but we will reward you if you do. Each submission using a Repeat Impressions stamp will earn you an additional entry in the drawing!

And just a friendly reminder… as I explained last week, this month the deadline for submissions for ALL our challenges will be September 5th. So for example… with today’s Inspiration Palette Challenge you’ll have the rest of month to create and upload your card. Then when we introduce our next new challenge next week you’ll have two weeks to submit for that one, and then one week for 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 and still have plenty of time for your summer activities too. But hopefully with so much extra time you won’t procrastinate… or forget to play along. πŸ˜‰

Thank you so much for visiting here with us today. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your challenge creation linked here soon. And please be sure to drop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Deonna Bemish will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Aug 142017
 

Hi there,

Cheri 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.