Jul 192017
 

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are all having a great week so far. I know it can be tough to find as much time for stamping when outdoor summer activities beckon, but if you need a break from the heat and feel like getting crafty then why not play along with our challenges. You’re not even required to use our stamps in your submission and you could still 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 fabulous interpretations created by our design team Rock Stars.

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ J1917” creation by Patti Gilliam.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ J1917” creation by Shirley Hotop.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ J1917” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ J1917” creation by Deonna Bemish.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ J1917” creation by Donna Thielker.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ J1917” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ J1917” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ J1917” creation by Laurie Unger.
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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! 😀 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 ~ J1917 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, July 25th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on July 26th we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a super fun Anything Goes Challenge! We’ll announce our July 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 ~ J1917 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, Laurie Unger will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Jul 172017
 

Hello friends! Today, Wendy, owner of Repeat Impressions asked me to post a Project of the Week. I was just getting ready to do my monthly planner entries for the week and thought I’d show you how I organize and use Repeat Impressions stamps for mine.

After trying out SEVERAL planners, one with 2 page monthly entries seems to work best for me. Here are the supplies:

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Repeat Impressions tiny stamps
tape runner
washi tape
pen
small ink spot
any small dies that would fit
small calendar stickers

I went thru all my Repeat Impressions stamps and picked out all the small ones that would fit in the days of the week boxes. Then I stamped them on a guide and put them all in a plastic sleeve. This I keep in a container marked “Daily Planner Stamps & Dies” with the tape runner, washi, small ink spot and any other small things I might use.

And this is how I store them.

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I keep all these supplies in this small plastic container so that once a week (usually on a Sunday afternoon) it is easy to pull this out and work out the week’s schedule. This only takes about 15-20 minutes.

Here is what the beginning calendar looks like. As the month goes on – the schedule changes and gets more stickers, stamps and tape runner on it.

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I think setting out a specific schedule to do this and keeping all the supplies in one container helps makes this go quickly. If I have time I’ll do a little coloring with pencils. On the 28th do you see the rabbit in the hat? — that’s my evening to cook dinner — and believe me that’s like pulling a rabbit out of the hat!!

Keeping a written schedule is quite easy if all the supplies are together and a small amount of time each week is set aside. Using the stamps and coloring them helps me to remember what the week holds for me to do.

Thanks for looking at my project – hope you give it a try.

~ Joy

Jul 122017
 

Happy Wednesday, crafty peeps! I hope you’re having a great week is so far. Today here at “The House” it’s time to kick off a fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. I have created the Tic-Tac-Toe style board below using various stamping themes, elements, and embellishments. Then, similar to the game, you will create something based on picking any row of 3… either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Fun, right?! And with so many great variables there’s really no reason why you can’t play along!

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Check out all this fantastic inspiration the RI Rock Stars have created for you! What a fun variety of styles and images!!

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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” creation by Shirley Hotop.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” creation by Laurie Unger.
Visit Laurie’s blog

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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” creation by Donna Thielker.
Visit Donna’s blog

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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217” 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! 😀 Plus you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions! Simply create something using this week’s Tic-Tac-Toe board, 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 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ J1217 until 5pm EST on July 18th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On July 19th we’ll start a new challenge… our Inspiration Palette Challenge, and so on with the different challenges through the end of the month. Then the first Wednesday in August we’ll announce our July 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 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~J1217 in your blog or gallery posting.

Thank you so much for stopping 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, Joy Hadden will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Jul 102017
 

I’m going to give you a quick little tutorial on how to do the out of the box die cutting technique; something that I find myself using quite a bit. Here’s what you need for this technique:
• an image (I used “Feline Friendly“)
• ink
• a die
• scissors
• pencil
• washi tape or similar low tack tape (I forgot to put it in the picture)

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This technique works really well for large images (ones that are too big to fit in your die) and needs to have a part or parts of the image that hangs outside the width of the die.

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Line up the die around your image where you want it and lightly trace along both sides of the die around the part of the image that falls outside of the die. For my card, it is along the sides of the die just around the cat’s tail. In the next photo you can see where I drew the lines:

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Take your scissors, and carefully cut along the IMAGE lines just until you have cut in far enough to be able to pop the piece up over your die (you’ll see what I mean in the next photo). I drew light arrow lines to show how far in I cut.

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Slide your die under the cut out part of the image until it lines up between the two lines you traced before and tape it in place so it doesn’t move. You can see how the cat’s tail is up on top of the die.

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Run it through your die cutting machine like normal. You can see that my die cut is smaller than the die; I ran it through a second time after adjusting it because I didn’t want all that white space at the bottom.

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Carefully and thoroughly erase any pencil lines and smooth the cut out portion down so you can’t see the cuts.

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And here is my finished card:

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I just love how his little tail is hanging out over the edge; I really think it adds to the cuteness. For my sentiment I used “Friends Make . . .“.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather