Jul 282014
 

Hi there, Melissa here and it is my turn to share a Project of the Week with you here on The House That Stamps Built blog.

This week, I want to share some Embossing Folder Backgrounds with you. Have you ever made EF Backgrounds? If not, they are a tiny bit messy, but a ton of fun. I like to make several at one time so that they are ready whenever I need them.

Gather a variety of embossing folders, inks, sprays, and some cardstock. I like to pre-cut 1/4 sheets of cardstock so that I can make several backgrounds at a time.

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Apply the ink to either of the interior sides of the embossing folder, if you would like the inks to “move” around a bit, spritz with a light mist of water. Lay cardstock in folder and emboss.

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Look at all of these awesome backgrounds!

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Grab some of your favorite Repeat Impressions rubber stamps and have some fun creating beautiful cards and projects.

Here are two cards I made:

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I used the Repeat Impressions Tulip Bouquet #912-K and stamped it in black ink and colored with markers. I cut the image with oval and scalloped oval dies and added some pearls and seam binding ribbon as a finishing touch.

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I used the Repeat Impressions Nature Quartet #8506-U to create this card. I stamped the image in Rich Cocoa ink and then cut the panels apart to use them separately.

I would love for you to give this technique a try. If you do, please come back and share a link to your project in the comments, I would love to see them.

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Jul 232014
 

Happy Wednesday to you! It’s challenge day here again and I’ve got a new sketch to share. Check it out and all the great inspiration created by the Rock Stars, then play along for your chance to win a Repeat Impressions‘ gift certificate!

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Repeat Impressions Sketch J2314

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“J2314 Sketch” card created by Melissa Cash.

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“J2314 Sketch” card created by Brenda Turner.

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“J2314 Sketch” card created by Joyce Morien.

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Cheri Weston.

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“J2314 Sketch” card created by Karen Hasheck.

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“J2314 Sketch” card created by Joy Hadden.

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“J2314 Sketch” card created by Deonna Bemish.

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“J2314 Sketch” card created by Geri Utterback.

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

We will be accepting submissions to this J2314 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on August 5th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On August 6th we will post a new challenge and then have one more challenge before we announce our winner for August. 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 Sketch J2314 in your blog or gallery posting.

Today we’re also announcing the winner of our July sketch challenges. As usual, we let random.org select the lucky recipient of our $25 Gift Certificate. So without further ado… drum roll please… this time that person is… Nana Donna! Congratulations, Donna and happy shopping! Please leave a comment on this post and I will get your certificate on it’s way.

Don’t forget… we also have a fun Designer’s Choice Challenge going on now too! Our Rock Star hostess, Brenda Turner has a wonderful theme challenge for you this time. Please visit my DCC716 ~ Summer Fun post for all the details and fabulous inspiration from the Rock Stars.

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

And one final heads up… If you haven’t signed up for our Repeat Impressions newsletter yet, you may want to do that right now. I think I feel a subscribers only stamp sale coming on. ;-)

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Jul 212014
 

Good Monday morning everyone! Karen here and I am sharing an easier way to get the Northern Lights look as a background on your card for my Project of the Week. I have tried all different ways of getting the Northern Lights look on my cards, but wasn’t happy with the random look when sponging. Then I found an example showing simple up and down sponging and was able to do it with this lovely result.

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I created the card base with the largest Spellbinders Labels 4 die after I folded a piece of white card stock in half, not cutting the folded part. Then I cut a smaller white piece of the same shape die for my focal point.

I chose 4 die inks – a yellow, light blue, light raspberry and navy blue for my sponging. I had a different sponge piece for each color. I started with the yellow ink, scrunched up the sponge, applied some ink and sponged up and down in a straight column, moved over and did that twice more. Then I added the blue and raspberry columns, sponging up and down over and over until I liked the look. It is fine if the colors overlap as that adds different colors to the Northern Lights sky look.

Then I stamped Repeat Impressions’ #4221-K Deer Family Silhouette, #2719-K Lg Pine Tree, and #1105-E Thinking of You sentiment in an archival black ink. I created “ground” below the deer’s feet with the navy ink and sponged over the whole piece with a little navy to tone it down a bit. Using a white gel pen, I added some stars in the sky.

If you want an easy way to sponge “Northern Lights” on your card, give this method a try sometime.

Karen

Jul 162014
 

Happy Wednesday crafty peeps! It’s time for a new Designer’s Choice Challenge. This week Brenda Turner is hosting a great theme challenge… Summer Fun! Is there any better time of year to get outside and have a good time?!

I’m enjoying a little summer fun this week myself. Since wrapping up the StampScrapArtTour show in PA last weekend we are spending a little R&R time with some dear old friends in NJ before we head home and back to work. I hope you are having some fun this summer too!

Here’s the awesome card that Brenda created to get us all started. I have fond memories of the fun of capturing lightning bugs (or fireflies) on a warm summer evening when I was a kid. :)

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“DCC716″ card created by Brenda Turner.

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So a few days ago Brenda shared this card with her fellow Rock Stars and asked them to create their own cards with a summer fun theme. Check out all the wonderful creations they came up with to inspire you this week!

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“DCC716″ card created by Cheri Weston.

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“DCC716″ card created by Karen Hasheck.

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“DCC716″ card created by Geri Utterback.

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“DCC716″ card created by Joyce Morien.

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“DCC716″ card created by Melissa Cash.

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“DCC716″ card created by Joy Hadden.

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“DCC716″ card created by Deonna Bemish.

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And now it’s your turn. Here are all the details…
1. Create a card with a summer fun theme. And remember, your creation does not have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would reeeally love to see them! :D Plus, there’s an added bonus… you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions!
2. Post your DCC creation on your blog or online gallery and be sure to reference Repeat Impressions DCC716 ~ Summer Fun. Then link it here with the inlinkz widget below. (Please provide a direct link to your post, not the entire blog.)
3. Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, July 29th at 5PM EST.
4. On July 30th we will introduce a new Designer’s Choice Challenge (DCC) to play along with and announce our winner for July. For this challenge the winner will receive any one unmounted sheet of stamps of their choice!

Don’t forget that we also have a great Sketch Challenge happening now too. There are still a few days left to get in on this one and an opportunity to win a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate! Please follow this link to my WHAT IF? Wednesday ~ Sketch Challenge J914 post to see my sketch layout and all the wonderful cards the Rock Stars created to get you started.

Thanks so much for dropping by today. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your “Summer Fun” card linked here soon. And be sure to drop by again on Monday when Rock Star, Karen Hasheck will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until then… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions