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

Jul 142014
 

I’m Joyce, and it’s my turn to present the Repeat Impressions Project Of The Week.

I really enjoy all the chevron printed paper that is currently available. It’s such a fun look. I have also seen some instructions online showing how to make your own chevron accents for your projects. I thought I’d play around with that a little bit and show you a few different looks.

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First, I’ll show you a super quick way to create the basic chevron look. Select a paper that fits the card you are planning to create. Cut the paper into small squares. I used 1 1/4″ squares for most of my version but this same design can be created using whichever size squares you like.

Once you cut your squares, cut them in half from corner to corner to create triangles.

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Like this…..

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Draw a faint pencil mark across the width of the card at whatever height you would like – I placed mine at 2″ from the bottom.

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Place the long edge of each triangle along the pencil line. Get one glued down and just build off of that.

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Now, you just add another row of triangles on the opposite side of that same pencil line. I left just the smallest gap between rows. Just line up that first triangle using that upper row as a guide – just shift it over half the length of a triangle. The end tip of the lower triangle should be straight down from the highest part of the upper triangle. Once you have that first triangle glued down, the next ones go in very easily till your row is complete.

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Cut any long ends off, using the edge of the card as a guide.

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Here is one version of a card using this chevron design. This image is Repeat Impressions’ 8204-H Kitten. I colored this adorable kitty with my Copic markers (E51, E53, E55 and just a few touches of E57).

Once I had one card made, I just had to see what other looks could be created using this same idea.

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Next I created a card using embossed paper. What I like about creating my own chevrons is that you can make them whatever color or size you want. Where preprinted paper may not have that exact color your looking for.

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My last version is a layered chevron.

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I did this the same as I did my original card, but in this case I made my pencil line on that blue background paper. Once the triangles were adhered, I just made some simple straight cuts about an 1/8″ away from the chevron paper to create a little matted background.

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I’ve been having fun creating with these chevron backgrounds. An interesting background can be a huge step towards creating a great card. Add one of the beautiful images from Repeat Impressions and you have something special.

Thanks for joining me for the RI POTW. I hope you’ll give this technique a try.

Joyce

Jul 092014
 

Happy Hump Day everyone! I love these challenge days when I get to ask “What if” I gave you this sketch… What would you create? :D So here’s the fun and simple sketch I designed for you all this week.

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Repeat Impressions Sketch J914

Now check out all the wonderful inspiration created by the Rock Stars, then play along for your chance to win a Repeat Impressions’ gift certificate!

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Cheri Weston.

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Melissa Cash.

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Joyce Morien.

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Brenda Turner.

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Geri Utterback.

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Joy Hadden.

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Karen Hasheck.

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“J914 Sketch” card created by Deonna Bemish.

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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 J914 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on July 22nd. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on July 23rd we will post a new challenge and announce our winner for July. 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 J914 in your blog or gallery posting.

Don’t forget… we also have a fun Designer’s Choice Challenge going on now too! Our Rock Star hostess, Deonna Bemish has a great theme challenge for you this time. Please visit my DCC72 ~ Fur or Winged Things Cards post for all the details and great inspiration from the Rock Stars.

So do we have any Pittsburgh area readers out there? Repeat Impressions is headed to Monroeville, PA this week for the StampScrapArtTour show. You will find us at the Monroeville Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday, July 12th & 13th. If you are in the area we hope you will come by and visit with us. We have lots and lots of new stamp designs to tempt you, as well as tons of fantastic card inspiration on display from the all the Rock Stars. I hope to see some of you there!

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 in again on Monday when Rock Star, Joyce Morien will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions