Apr 272015
 

Hello! It is my turn to bring you the Repeat Impressions Project of the Week and I chose to do the Distress Bokeh technique for you.

Bokeh is a photography term and is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

I wanted to try this technique using Distress Inks and a White Pigment ink. I gathered some supplies:

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I gathered some of my favorite Repeat Impression Stamps, a variety of Distress Inks/Daubers, White Pigment Ink, a stencil with holes (you could make your own using dies) and some white cardstock.

First, I added the ink to the cardstock. I wasn’t too worried about getting a perfect blend as I will be covering most of it in the next step.

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Next, I used the White Pigment ink and stencil to add random dots all over the backgrounds. You can use a sponge or a dauber, but I preferred to just use my finger for this part. I covered most of the purple background but went a bit less with the dots on my yellow background. After all of the larger dots were added, I used a finger dauber to add the smaller white dots which represent the brighter bits of light showing through the blurred backgrounds.

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I stamped the Repeat Impressions Snowflake Outline (lg) #8917-I and the cluster of Snowflakes #8805-K in various shades of purple. I know, you are thinking snowflakes, isn’t it Spring? These snowflake stamps are some of my favorites and this background just called out for them :) Plus, it actually snowed a bit a little higher up today and that is a good thing for us here in California right now.

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Here are my finished cards:

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I stamped the Repeat Impressions Dragonfly (lg) #4401-O and Happy Everything #3104-F in black ink and finished it off the card with some Diamond Stickles and enamel dots.

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I stamped the snowflakes in a variety of purple inks from my stash and added the Snowmen Fall #4601-H sentiment, stamped in black. For a finishing touch on this one, I added a punched snowflake and some enamel dots.

I hope you will give this technique a try, it is quite fun and very easy to make several at one time.

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Apr 222015
 

Happy Wednesday crafty peeps! I hope you are all having a good week so far. It’s challenge day here again and I’ve got a new sketch to share with you. Check it out and all the great 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 A2215

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“A2215 Sketch” creation by Joy Hadden.

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“A2215 Sketch” creation by Melissa Cash.

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“A2215 Sketch” creation by Cheri Weston.

Visit Cheri’s blog

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“A2215 Sketch” creation by Deonna Bemish.

Visit Deonna’s blog

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“A2215 Sketch” creation by Debbie Fisher.

Visit Debbie’s blog

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“A2215 Sketch” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.

Visit Patti J’s blog

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“A2215 Sketch” creation by Karen Hasheck.

Visit Karen’s blog

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“A2215 Sketch” creation by Kathy Stacy.

Visit Kathy’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! :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 A2215 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on April 28th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on April 29th we’ll be kicking off a new round of challenges in our monthly rotation. And after that challenge wraps up we’ll announce our winner for April. 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 A2215 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!

So do we have any Ohio area readers out there? Repeat Impressions is headed to Akron, OH this week for the Adventures in Stamping show. This Saturday and Sunday, April 25th & 26th, you will find us at booth #14 at the John S. Knight Center. If you are in the area we hope you will come by and see us. We have added lots and lots of new stamp designs since our last visit, as well as tons of fantastic card inspiration on display from all the Rock Stars. We’re looking forward to seeing some of you there!

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

Apr 202015
 

Hello! Debbie here for this week’s Project of the Week on Repeat Impressions‘ blog. Today I have a project to share with you that I designed a few years ago. It’s a fun little tag box that you can create for any occasion and fill with goodies. Let’s get started…

Supplies:

9307-L Dress Form (or as Cling Set here)

2 shipping tags (mine measure 2 5/8” x 5 1/4”)

Cardstock 6.5” x 3”

Patterned paper

Hole punch

Ribbon

Instructions:

Score 6.5” x 3.5” cardstock ½” on each long side
Score at 2” from each short end
*note: the pencil lines are just for you to see the score marks

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Cut notches as shown

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Adhere sticky strip to tabs

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Add patterned paper to sides if desired; two pieces cut 2.5″x 2″

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Decorate tags as desired
Punch holes in top of tags (if you covered them with paper)
Center tags with center tabs and adhere

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Fold sides up and adhere to inside of tags to form box

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Tie tags together with ribbon.

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Now just fill with fun sewing supplies and goodies.

Apr 152015
 

Good morning, crafty friends! It’s time for another WHAT IF? Wednesday challenge. Today we have a fun Photo Inspiration Challenge for you. 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 ~ A1515″ creation by Karen Hasheck.

Visit Karen’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ A1515″ creation by Kathy Stacy.

Visit Kathy’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ A1515″ creation by Cheri Weston.

Visit Cheri’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ A1515″ creation by Deonna Bemish.

Visit Deonna’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ A1515″ creation by Patti J. Gilliam.

Visit Patti’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ A1515″ creation by Joy Hadden.

Visit Joy’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ A1515″ creation by Debbie Fisher.

Visit Debbie’s blog

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“WIW Photo Inspiration Challenge ~ A1515″ creation by Melissa Cash.

Visit Melissa’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 ~ A1515″ until 5pm EST on April 21st. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on April 22nd we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a fun Sketch Challenge! We’ll announce our April 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 ~ A1515 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!

So do we have any Maryland area readers out there? Repeat Impressions is headed to Cambridge, MD this week for the 15th annual Stamping by the Sea show. This Saturday, April 18th, you will find us at the Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park. And I will also be teaching a card project at the Make It Take It Project Party on Friday night as well. Always a fun time! So if you are in the area we hope you will come by and see us. We have added lots and lots of new stamp designs since our last visit, as well as tons of fantastic card inspiration on display from the all the Rock Stars. We hope to see some of you there!

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