May 242017
 

Happy Wednesday everyone! Yippee… we’re halfway to the long holiday weekend! With Memorial Day coming up on Monday we’ll be taking time to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. And here in the northeast we also tend to think of this weekend as the unofficial start to the summer season. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so that we can get out and enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine at some point.

But today here at “The House” it’s time to kick off a new challenge. We have one of our easy peasy Anything Goes Challenges this time. 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 ~ M2417” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417” creation by Laurie Unger.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417” creation by Shirley Hotop.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417” creation by Donna Thielker.
Visit Donna’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417” creation by Deonna Bemish.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417” creation by Joy Hadden.
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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.

We will be accepting submissions to this Anything Goes Challenge ~ M2417 until 5pm EST on May 30th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On May 31st we’ll kick off a new challenge and the following week we’ll announce our May winner. 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 ~ M2417 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, Laurie Unger will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping everyone!
And to all our followers here in the U.S… have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

May 222017
 

Wowie!! I just got back from an event for card makers where we learned new techniques and found some fabulous inspiration. Today Wendy, owner of Repeat Impressions has asked me to do theΒ Project of the Week and I’ll show you one of the techniques we learned. Here are the supplies you will need.

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1. Mineral Paper – First a little about mineral paper — it’s made from rocks – not trees! It is silky, very flexible and a dream to work with. I can’t believe how soft and creamy it is. This pad is 11×14.
2. Alcohol Inks – in your favorite colors (3-4 colors)
3. Rubbing Alcohol – needs to be the 99% – the 70% doesn’t work as well and tends to just wet the paper.

That’s it for supplies.

Take one sheet and drop your chosen colors one at a time onto the paper in random drops – you can fill the entire page or leave some white areas.

Spray the paper with the alcohol or randomly add drops of the alcohol. It is amazing the patterns the alcohol makes — WARNING — it is addictive! (and fun!)

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Then have stamps and dies ready to cut out and stamp – before you know it you will have 8-10 cards made in no time! Great for making card sets to give as gifts.

Here are 6 of the 8 cards I made. The other two will be posted on different challenges.

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I used the sentiments Thanks So Much, Hello and Get Well Soon.

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These use the sentiments Thanks So Much, time to celebrate and Happy Birthday.

I hope you give this a try. Be sure to wear an apron – alcohol inks stain (ask me how I know). It is fun and I’d love to see what you create!

~ Joy

May 172017
 

Good morning, crafty friends! I hope you are all having a good week. I am happy to say that at long last things are looking up around here… After too many days of grey skies, cool temps and rain, the sun is making an appearance and it’s warming up too. And we still won’t know if Bill’s meds are working until he has his next EKG on Friday, but he seems to be feeling better either way. I can tell because he’s back to his usual smart aleck self! Haha!! And best of all we finally got caught up on the backlog of orders from when Bill was in the hospital. Hallelujah… I think I’m ready for a little happy dance!!

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 fabulous interpretations created by our design team Rock Stars.

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717” creation by Laurie Unger.
Visit Laurie’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717” creation by Patti Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717” creation by Donna Thielker.
Visit Donna’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’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.

We will be accepting submissions to this Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ M1717 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, May 23rd. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on May 24th we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a super fun Anything Goes Challenge! We’ll announce our May 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 ~ M1717 in your blog or gallery posting.

Don’t forget… 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!

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, Joy Hadden will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

May 152017
 

It’s my turn to post a Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built. Paper piecing is not a new technique by any means, but I thought I would share a few hints and tips that I like to use.

Here’s what you need:
– your image
– card stock and patterned paper
– scissors (I like to use these scissors with little tiny blades, it helps maneuver around the image better) and I also used a craft knife for the little details
– a black marker
– ink

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Stamp your image on your card stock and then again on the patterned paper. This is a great way to use up some scraps; but I do like to use a pattern that I also use on the rest of the card.

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Cut out the part of the image you want to use from the patterned paper and color your image stamped on the card stock. Here’s one of the tips: use a marker similar to your patterned paper to color around the edges of the part you will be covering up. It helps just in case you didn’t cut exactly right. I also like to take the black marker and ink around the edges of the cut out piece. This helps eliminate any white edges and again helps if you haven’t cut it perfectly.

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Then adhere you patterned paper piece onto your main piece.

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I cut out the entire image and adhered it to my card.

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I hope this encourages you to use the paper piecing technique, and hopefully my tips help a little bit. Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions “9302-P, Cupcakes” and “1113-D, Birthday
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13”