Dec 072016
 

Happy Hump Day, everyone! As I mentioned on Monday, we’re taking a break from our usual projects and challenges this month to bring back our Rock Star Spotlight series. This little game of questions has proved to be a fun way to get to know the artists behind the cards we’ve been sharing. So each Monday and Wednesday throughout December we’ll be featuring a different Rock Star and showing off some of their latest creations too.

We hope you will visit often and leave each of these talented ladies a little love in the comments. And to make it even more fun for you, we’ll be awarding a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate to one lucky commenter. Every comment earns you another chance to win. So visit and comment often. We’ll use random.org to choose a winner and make the announcement the first Monday of next month.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on RI Rock Star, Shirley Hotop.

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Creations by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog.

1. Tell us a little about your family.
Married to my high school sweet heart – 3 adult children – 3 “big” furbaby dogs and 1 diabetic calico cat that tries to boss everyone.

2. How did you get into stamping?
Went to a “home catalog” party – and before I went I told the hostess “wellI will come BUT I am not buying anything”. That was 16 years ago and many $$$$ as well.

3. What is your favorite holiday or occasion to create cards for?
I love all the holidays but being a Chemo Angel for 11 years I create a lot of Thinking of You, God Bless, Prayers, type cards of encouragement for those who just need to know that someone has them in their thoughts.

4. What is your favorite stamping style or technique?
I really like whimsy/fun images but I think I am now leaning more towards flowers, and images that I can color. I love embossing – whether it be dry embossing or wet embossing.

5. What is your favorite color combo and coloring method?
I love copics – (wish I was better in my coloring skills), and I like to experiment with watercolors although I want to make my water coloring look perfect and it is not.

6. Aside from the usual necessities, what one crafting tool could you not go a day without?
I really think it would have to be my stamp positioner as I like to stamp the image on my clear pad and then see where I want it on my card. I use this tool when doing two stamp stamping as well as I want it to be “almost perfect”.

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
When do you do most of your stamping? Early bird. My dogs get ME up at “o dark thirty ” so I stay up make a cup of coffee and head for the craft room.

8. Tell us a little about your craft room/stamping space. And are you neat and organized or creatively messy?
When we were looking for a new home – I saw my large craft room and my husband saw a third garage. We signed on the dotted line immediately. I “try” to be neat and organized – and I really prefer to put away my tools and supplies when I am done with a project – doesn’t always happen, so then I just close the door.

9. What has been your biggest stamping challenge?
I have a dear friend that I call the “box queen”. She can look at a box and go home and make it. Even with measurements and instructions mine always turn out lopsided.

10. What’s the best stamping related gift you ever received?
Well I would like to say friendship – I have met so many wonderful creative people through stamping and friendship is truly a gift.

11. If money were no object, what new crafting tool or supply would you choose?
An electronic cutting machine with easy to understand instructions.

12. Tell us 3 of your most favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs.
This is not a fair question – but will try and narrow it down to just three. The large and small detail butterflys under the summer collection – 9001-L and 9009-F, so versatile. #2 the teddy bear Belle – 701-K, and The Penguin Trio 8806-N – these little guys are my whimsy fix.

13. Not including stamping, what’s your favorite pastime?
Reading – just about anything except science fiction. I also like to walk – as our dogs insist on a daily walk or some kind of exercise every day.

14. What’s on your perfect pizza?
Supreme thin crust.

15. What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Vanilla – then top it with any flavor topping you can imagine.

16. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
White rafting in Colorado.

17. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
Going up in a hot air balloon, sky diving, and scuba diving. I do like adventure.

18. If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
I’m pretty economical – so I think it would have to be Kohls.

19. If you could take only 3 items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?
My husband, my Kindle, and my pillow.

20. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? And who would play you in the movie of your life?
Oh it would definitely be a drama, and Jennifer Aniston as she has so much talent.

Many thanks to Shirley for all the wonderful Christmas creations and for sharing her responses here with us. What fun to get to know her a little better! Now be sure to leave her some love here below in the comments for your chance at our $25 gift certificate! Then join us again on Monday for our next Rock Star Spotlight featuring Patti J. Gilliam.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great rest of the week!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Dec 052016
 

Good morning, crafty friends! We’re taking a break from our usual projects and challenges this month to bring back our Rock Star Spotlight series. This little game of questions has proved to be a fun way to get to know the artists behind the cards we’ve been sharing. So each Monday and Wednesday throughout December we’ll be featuring a different Rock Star and showing off some of their latest creations too.

We hope you will visit often and leave each of these talented ladies a little love in the comments. And to make it even more fun for you, we’ll be awarding a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate to one lucky commenter. Every comment earns you another chance to win. So visit and comment often. We’ll use random.org to choose a winner and make the announcement the first Monday of next month.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on RI Rock Star, Heather Mills. And here’s the fabulous Christmas card she made especially for her Spotlight feature.

Christmas card by Heather Mills.
Card creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog.

1. Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I have been married for 17 1/2 years and have three awesome children ages 10 and just turned 8! (I know, those are only TWO ages, but we have twins!!)

2. How did you get into stamping?
Stampin’ Up! One of my friends was a demonstrator and invited me to a party about 16 years ago, and the rest is history.

3. What is your favorite holiday or occasion to create cards for?
Christmas!! It also happens that I need the most cards for Christmas, but I do really love making them.

4. What is your favorite stamping style or technique?
I really don’t have one. I love everything from super layered to CAS, though I guess I’m really just a classic girl and usually create something in between.

5. What is your favorite color combo and coloring method?
Favorite card color combo is pink and green and my favorite coloring tools are markers. I’m slowly building up my supply of Spectrum Noir markers, but for the colors I don’t have I use a 100 piece kids set I got from the craft store ages ago.

6. Aside from the usual necessities, what one crafting tool could you not go a day without?
Well, for me it IS a necessity; I could not live without my dies and die cutting machine.

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl? When do you do most of your stamping?
Neither and both. I guess I am more of a night owl, but I can function early in the morning, too. Most of my stamping gets done in the afternoon. I’m a stay at home mom (homeschooling as well) and I instituted a quiet time hour (or hours now) when my oldest wasn’t taking naps anymore. The twins would nap and the oldest would look at books or play quietly in the bedroom while I went down stairs and made cards. It was my quiet time and I’ve still kept that up.

8. Tell us a little about your craft room/stamping space. And are you neat and organized or creatively messy?
My crafting area is along one wall of our family room. My husband built me a beautiful wooden desk and I have shelves above it for holding both my card making and jewelry making supplies. It’s right next to our woodstove so in the winter it is nice and toasty. And I am totally creatively messy! In all other aspects of life, I am a complete neat freak! But when I craft, everything just gets piled up all over the place! Half the time I can’t find an item I just put down.

9. What has been your biggest stamping challenge?
Hmmm . . . Not buying EVERYTHING I want (which is pretty much everything I see). : )

10. What’s the best stamping related gift you ever received?
I got MFT’s “Magical Dragons” set for my birthday this year. Cutest set ever!!

11. If money were no object, what new crafting tool or supply would you choose?
Well, since money is no object, I will buy them all. Seriously, I “need” everything. But, the MISTI is definitely at the top of my wishlist.

12. Tell us 3 of your most favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs.
The new Flower Power Separate Series, Butterfly (large) and the sheet music background.

13. Not including stamping, what’s your favorite pastime?
My other hobbies are: making jewelry, crocheting and reading. oh, and pinterest.

14. What’s on your perfect pizza?
Pepperoni

15. What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Peanut Butter cup (but it has to have a vanilla base)

16. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I have completed 9 Tough Mudders, 2 Spartan Sprints, and 2 Rugged Maniacs–all different brands of mud obstacle racing. So fun.

17. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
Go to a DUKE university basketball game at Cameron Indoor stadium in NC, Complete my 10th Tough Mudder and get the new headband (this will happen next year), and travel to/through all 50 US states–I’ve been in all but Alaska, Hawaii, Oregan, Washington, and California.

18. If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
I love to shop, so I don’t think I could choose just one store. Maybe JoAnn’s; all sorts of crafty goodness there.

19. If you could take only 3 items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?
My “Game of Thrones” book series (I could read them over and over a lot of times), a hammock and sunglasses.

20. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? And who would play you in the movie of your life?
I’m sure my life would be a comedy, even though it feels like drama sometimes. And Sandra Bullock would definitely play me; she’s funny and we sort of look alike.

Many thanks to Heather for the great card creation and for sharing her responses here with us. What fun! Now be sure to leave her some love here below in the comments for your chance at our $25 gift certificate! Then join us again on Wednesday for our next Rock Star Spotlight featuring Shirley Hotop.

Until the next time…

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Nov 302016
 

Happy Wednesday everyone! Since we have a bonus 5th Wednesday in this month it’s time for another Anything Goes Challenge! 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 the wonderful creations the RI Rock Stars came up with to inspire you and get us started.

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“WIW November Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Kathy Stacy.
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“WIW November Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“WIW November Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Laurie Unger.
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“WIW November Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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“WIW November Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

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“WIW November Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“WIW November Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“WIW November Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’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 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 WIW November Anything Goes Challenge until 5pm EST on December 6th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On December 7th we’ll announce our November challenge 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 WIW November Anything Goes Challenge in your blog or gallery posting.

Today we are also bidding a fond farewell to RI Rock Star, Kathy Stacy. Kathy has been on our design team for almost 3 years. My how time flies when we’re having fun! It has been my great pleasure to get to know Kathy and even get the chance to meet up with her in person a couple of times at our stamp show in VA. Not only is Kathy super creatively talented, she has also been a great help in keeping the team organized and on schedule. Thank you so much for everything, Kathy. Wishing you all the best and we’ll sure miss you!!

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 we kick off the first fun installment in our new Rock Star Spotlight series.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Nov 232016
 

Happy Hump Day, crafty friends! I hope you are all having a great week so far. Are you all ready for Thanksgiving? I am working this morning, baking my infamous pumpkin whoopie pies this afternoon, and then off this evening for a family birthday dinner celebration. Hard to believe my sister’s oldest is 21 today. And my sweet kitty, Oliver was 14 yesterday. Where did the time go?!

But it’s challenge day here again at The House and I’ve got a new sketch to share with you. So if you are planning to get inky sometime this week, then we’ve got just the thing to help get you started. Check out my sketch and all the fabulous inspiration cards created by the RI Rock Stars… then play along for your chance to win a Repeat Impressions‘ gift certificate!

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Repeat Impressions Sketch N2316

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“N2316 Sketch” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“N2316 Sketch” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“N2316 Sketch” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

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“N2316 Sketch” creation by Kathy Stacy.
Visit Kathy’s blog

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“N2316 Sketch” creation by Laurie Unger.
Visit Laurie’s blog

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“N2316 Sketch” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“N2316 Sketch” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
Visit Patti’s blog

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“N2316 Sketch” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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! 😀 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 N2316 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on Tuesday, November 29th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on Wednesday, November 30th we’ll be kicking off our final challenge in our monthly rotation and the following week we’ll announce our winner for November. 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 N2316 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!

Thanks so much for spending time 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 stop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Kathy Stacy will be sharing another great Project of the Week with us.

Here’s wishing you all a most wonderful Thanksgiving!!
And until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

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