Feb 252015
 

Wholly moley… Can you believe it’s the last week of the month already? Thank goodness February is almost over. What an unbelievably cold and snowy month it has been. I sure hope that Mother Nature has better things in store for us in March. Fingers crossed!!

Since it’s the fourth Wednesday of the month, that means we have a new Sketch Challenge to tempt you with. Check out my sketch here and all the fun inspiration the RI Rock Stars have created for you. Then play along for your chance to win a Repeat Impressions‘ gift certificate!

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Repeat Impressions Sketch F2515

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“F2515 Sketch” creation by Kathy Stacy.

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“F2515 Sketch” creation by Deonna Bemish.

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“F2515 Sketch” creation by Cheri Weston.

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“F2515 Sketch” creation by Debbie Fisher.

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“F2515 Sketch” creation by Karen Hasheck.

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“F2515 Sketch” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.

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“F2515 Sketch” creation by Melissa Cash.

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“F2515 Sketch” creation by Joy Hadden.

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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 F2515 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on March 3rd. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on March 4th we’ll be kicking off a new round of challenges in our monthly rotation and announcing our winner for February. 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 F2515 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, Melissa Cash will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Feb 232015
 

The Repeat Impressions design team take turns creating a Project of the Week and today is my day. I am showcasing stamping on book paper as well as a few other tips along the way using RI’s 9012-M, Dandelion Breeze. Now to show you how I created this card:

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To begin, I wasn’t wanting the whole image, so I masked off part of the dandelion blowing away with a piece of sticky note paper. Just place the paper on the stamp that you don’t want to show and ink your stamp, then remove the paper and stamp. In this case I stamped on a page from an old book.

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As you can see in the photo below, I stamped the image twice.

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Here is what the stamp looks like so you can see what I masked off. Masking is a great way to get even more out of your stamps.

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To make the image “pop”, I colored with long strokes using a light blue marker around the image.

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Then started coloring in the leaves and flowers…

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To finish it off, I added some glitter to the center of the flowers and the pieces blowing away, and some vintage soft lacey ribbon to emulate the softness of a dandelion.

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Debbie

Feb 182015
 

Good morning, crafty peeps! It’s time for another inspirational WHAT IF? Wednesday! Today we have a fun Photo Inspiration Challenge for you. I think this just might be my new favorite challenge style. Since a photo can be interpreted so many different ways the creative possibilities are endless!

So “what if” we showed you this photo… What does it inspire you to create? What do you see?… Is your focus on the subject matter? The colors? The shapes? A feeling the photo brings out in you? A little of each maybe?

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Now check out all the wonderful interpretations created by our Rock Stars.

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815″ creation by Karen Hasheck.

Visit Karen’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815″ creation by Kathy Stacy.

Visit Kathy’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815″ creation by Cheri Weston.

Visit Cheri’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815″ creation by Deonna Bemish.

Visit Deonna’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815″ creation by Joy Hadden.

Visit Joy’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815″ creation by Debbie Fisher.

Visit Debbie’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815″ creation by Melissa Cash.

Visit Melissa’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815″ creation by Patti J. Gilliam.

Visit Patti J’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! :D Plus you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions! Simply create something using this photo as your inspiration, upload your card to your blog or Splitcoast gallery, then link your it here to this post by clicking on the little blue button below.

We will be accepting submissions to this WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815 until 5pm EST on February 24th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on February 25th we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a fun Sketch Challenge! We’ll announce our February 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 WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ F1815 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, Debbie Fisher will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Feb 162015
 

Hello stampers! This is my first Project of the Week for The House that Stamps Built. I am so excited to share with you a few little tidbits that I’ve picked up along my travels. I just love working with distress inks and how they interact so well with water. Today I’m bringing you a very clean and simple project featuring a Distress watercolor background made with a tool most of you have – an acrylic block. So lets get started!

For this project the supplies you’ll need are:

Distress inks of your choice 1 to 3 colors
Non-Stick Craft Mat
An Acrylic Block
Water, either plain or pearlized
Card Stock – I used Smooth Bristol, but you can use Neenah, watercolor paper or your favorite.
Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: 5806-H, Happiness, and 9116-N, Hot Air Balloon Cluster
Sequins
Glue Dots and/or Multi-Medium Matte
Stamp-a-ma-jig – optional

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The first step is to make sure you clean your acrylic block. If yours are anything like mine, I have to use alcohol wipes, which takes off all the permanent ink that doesn’t come off with a normal cloth or baby wipe. If you don’t have an acrylic block, you can use a solid stamp, like the ones Repeat Impressions has on sale called “Plate 5200″. With this months sale and the discount offered on my blog, you’ll really be scoring!

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Next, choose the colors of distress ink you’d like to use. I made two different card panels using different colors so you may see different colors in the examples. Once you’ve chosen your colors, apply a line of color on your craft mat or any other smooth surface such as glass. Then apply a good amount of water or if you prefer, pearlized water (I make mine with perfect pearls and water).

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Now, place your acrylic block down into the ink. If you need to you can “smoosh” it around a little.

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Next, pick up the acrylic block and place in onto your chosen card stock. When you pick it up, work quickly, and pull straight up. It looks like you don’t have much ink, but you do. You can press down firmly and that helps soak the ink in the paper. Keep it there a few moments to allow absorption.

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After you remove the block, you may have some puddling. You can either heat dry it if you like the watercolor look, or you can wick it up with a paper towel as shown.

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Once dry, it’s time to stamp. I like to use a stamp-a-ma-jig when I use cling stamps so I make sure to get my image straight.

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Here we have our panels. Now it’s time to trim the panels to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 and apply to a colored card base.

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Now, let’s add some sequins. I have two different ways I like to add sequins. For larger sequins I use glue dots. For smaller sequins, I use the Multi-Medium in Matte.

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For the glue dots, just apply the sequins to the dots while still on the backing paper then apply to your card using tool.

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For smaller sequins, dab a little Multi-Medium on your craft sheet, grab the sequins with your tool, and swipe the sequins through the medium then on to your card.

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Here are the finished clean and simple cards. I hope you will give this technique a try!

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Kathy Stacy