Jul 282010

Yay, it’s WHAT IF? Wednesday again! This week I’m introducing a new sketch challenge AND announcing the winner from our July challenges! I’m really enjoying designing these sketch layouts and watching you all bring them to life. :-) A big round of applause to all those who took the time to play along with us. We loved seeing your creations! We hope you had fun and will continue to join in.

And now… drum roll please… random.org has selected Rosemary D as the lucky winner of the $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate! Congrats to you, Rosemary! Please leave a comment here or email me (wendy@repeatimpressions.com) so that I can get your certificate to you.

Here is our latest Sketch Challenge and all the great samples created by our Rock Stars to inspire you. Great job ladies… you really do rock!

Sketch Challenge J2810

"J2810 Sketch" card created by Michele Greenwood.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Harriet Skelly.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Ayana Posadas.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Robin Kirkpatrick.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Lynette Neus.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Makiko Jones.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Joy Hadden.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Julie Smith.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Darsie Bruno.

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"J2810 Sketch" card created by Dana Joy.

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Ready to play along? Create your own card based on my layout and link it here to this blog post. Your card does not have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would love to see them! :-) We will be accepting submissions to this J2810 Sketch Challenge until 5pm (eastern time) on August 10th. All participants will be automatically entered into a random drawing.

And remember, for each challenge you play along with in the coming month you will increase your chances of winning. On August 11th we will post a new challenge. And when that challenge wraps up at the end of the month we’ll be announcing the winner of our August challenges. So you may participate in one challenge or the other OR you may participate in BOTH challenges each month and double your chances of winning! One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve been inspired to stamp up something fantastic today!


Jul 272010

Ok, so today’s post is a little off topic… well, maybe a lot! Bill and I will be celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow, but tomorrow also happens to be WHAT IF? Wednesday so I thought I’d post this a day early. This has nothing to do with stamping of course, but I think it may make for some fun reading anyway.

If you have been following me since my first blog post, you may recall my story about The House That Stamps Built and how we came to be. You may also recall that much of this we “blame” on my mother. 😉 In addition to her love of stamping, my Mom also had a passion for writing. She had a real way with words… she could write some wonderful poetry, weave great stories and also tell you jokes that could make you wet your pants! My mom wrote this poem/story shown below as a wedding gift to Bill and I twenty years ago. I like to dig it out every few years and revisit it on my anniversary. Today I thought I’d share it with all of you. It’s rather long, but I hope you’ll bear with me.

Wendy’s Wedding

In my mind I have stories I’d like to relate;
Of events all pertaining to July twenty-eight,
In the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and ninety.
If recorded on paper it will help to remind me,
Of the doubts and the mishaps, the fun and the thrill,
In preparing the wedding of Wendy to Bill.

On a Sunday in April I was told of the plan.
That’s when my troubles, my joys all began.
By the end of that week many things had been done.
Time and place were decided, preparations begun.
The minister, church, and musician agreed.
The caterer’s hired. We’re picking up speed.
I’ve purchased the napkins, the cups and each plate;
Always reminding myself of the date.
Invitations are printed. We’ve ordered the flowers.
It seems that the days just don’t have enough hours.

Bride to-be lives in Portland, so the next time in town;
We’re off on a search for that “just perfect” gown.
A miracle’s happened, everybody agrees;
When the bride comes back home with the first gown she sees.
Fit and color are perfect, it’s the gown of her dreams.
Everything’s right on target, or at least so it seems.

Well, we’ve hit our first snag; Our first problems arise,
When a dress for the bridesmaid can’t be found in her size.
Many stores have been called, they all answer the same;
“We’ve no two gowns alike,” Now I hate to complain,
But why can’t they carry gowns alike – different sizes?
They sales they could make could hold many surprises.

Hallelujah! Amen! Praise the Lord for He blesses!
I’ve just found a new store, we can order the dresses.
Oh, and that isn’t all, there is more I must tell,
We can order men’s tuxes at this new store as well.

Now we’ve just made the plans for her first bridal shower.
On the thirtieth of June, three o’clock is the hour.
She’s a dentist appointment, meets the pastor as well;
The girl’s getting nervous that’s easy to tell.
But the shower turns out as a total surprise.
All the people and gifts sure put joy in her eyes.

We have a new roof. We have a new deck.
The fireplace mended; everyone is a wreck.
Our porch has been painted. Wicker furniture’s sprayed.
We’ve new cushions and covers, have we got it made!?
Oh boy – we’ve got problems! It seems havoc wreaks.
It’s raining like crazy! Guess what – the roof leaks!

Out comes the tar bucket, some shingles and nails.
All over the floor we have odd pots and pails.
Dear God, we’re all praying, don’t make it our fate,
That it still will be pouring on July twenty-eight.
The reception, you see, will be held at the lake.
So a nice sunny day all the difference will make.

Well, we’re down to the wire; Things are pretty well set.
Can we say we’re all ready? Oh Good Lord, not yet!
It’s July twenty-seventh and what do you know?!
It’s not only raining, there’s a terrible blow.
There are windows blown in! The roof is still leaking!
Decorations are soaked. Everybody is shrieking!
We’re mopping – we’re sopping, we’re all feeling blue.
If it’s like this tomorrow GOD! what will we do?

Tonight’s the rehearsal. After that there’s a dinner.
If this just can run smoothly it will sure be a winner.
The Reverend O’Brien who’s so hopeful he’ll please;
With his charm and good humor, soon had all well at ease.
Having him do the service filled us all with delight.
He’s our friend, well as Pastor; he made everything right.

Now the big day is here, everyone’s in a sweat.
What should I remember? What did I forget?
It’s a beautiful day with bright sunny skies.
We all thanked the Lord for this lovely surprise.

Where are we getting dressed? Where are we taking showers?
Will the church doors be open for the placing of flowers?
The men stay at camp while the girls go in town;
To get their hair braided; to put on each gown.
Everyone seems quite calm for some reason or other;
But guess who fouls up? You’re right – the bride’s mother!

The wedding’s at two; she’s got less than an hour.
To steam out a few wrinkles, hangs her dress o’er the shower.
She’s combing her hair; gives her face a quick scrub.
Turns around and “Oh Damn It” her skirt’s in the tub.
Yes, the shower is running, the skirt’s more than damp.
It’s just soaking wet and the iron’s at camp.
Now what will you do?, everybody is crying,
As she plugged in the gadget that’s used for hair drying.
She ran to the neighbors, got an iron and board.
Her niece pressed the dress. All is well, Praise the Lord.

We arrived at the church just a few minutes late;
From then on we’re dealt such a glorious fate.
At the front of the church stood the groom and best man.
After seating of mother the procession began.

This heart tugging sight was a joy to behold.
First came little Katie, her hair like spun gold.
She looked oh so sweet, like an angel from heaven,
Seeming oh so grown up, though she’s only eleven.

The bride’s sister came next, being her maid of honor;
In a beautiful dress that looked wonderful on her.
She’s a real pretty girl, with a dazzling smile;
Which just lit up the church as she came down the aisle.

Now comes the hard part, not too easy to mention;
As the music grows louder to get our attention.
At the back of the church, an emotional sight;
Of a very proud dad with the bride on his right.
There is such joy and sadness on this wedding day;
When a dad who so loves her, gives his daughter away!
But he has to remember when all’s said and done.
He’s not losing a daughter, he’s gaining a son!

After giving the hand of the bride to the groom;
When dad took his seat, a hush filled the room.
There wasn’t a doubt that the couple was nervous;
They practically whispered the words of the service.
Yet the vows were repeated. Ring exchanges were made.
The groom kissed the bride. The recessional played.
Of the wedding itself there’s not much to tell.
But I think you should know Brent rang the church bell.

A receiving line followed. In the heat it was strife.
While everyone greeted the new husband and wife.
The wedding was lovely; There was no mistake.
After taking of pictures, all returned to the lake.

The reception went perfect, lots of food – lots of beer.
Everyone seemed to be full of fun and good cheer.
Best man gave a toast to the new bride and groom.
After cutting the cake all guests left the room.
Twas time for the traditional tossing bouquet.
Taking, tossing of garter that traditional way.
Becca Welsh caught the flowers; then we all had to beg
To get Scott with the garter even near Becca’s leg.

Well, traditions are over. You’ve been given the facts.
Time for drinking and eating, it was time to relax,
There was plenty to eat. There was plenty of booze.
Some people sat talking. Some went for a snooze.

But they all will remember July twenty-eight,
Nineteen hundred and ninety for it really went great!!
With our families and friends it was truly a thrill;
To be part of the wedding of Wendy and Bill.

Love, Mom

Is that great or what? Thanks again, Mom! I hope they have internet in heaven so you know you’ve been published! :-) Love you and still miss you everyday!

And thank you all for stopping by today. I hope you’ll be back tomorrow for WHAT IF? Wednesday when we reveal our latest Sketch Challenge and announce the winner of our July challenges!


Jul 262010

This week’s Stamp of the Week is our #4402-O Damselfly image. And no, although it sounds like it ought to be, a damselfly is not a girl dragonfly. 😉 A damselfly is an insect very similar to the dragonfly but there are a few key differences…

A dragonfly has a more stout body, and the rear wings have a broader base and are a little larger than the front pair. Its wings also extend to each side while it is perched.

A damselfly, by contrast, has a more slender body. The front and hind wings are similar in shape, and as a result they fly slower than dragonflies do. But the key difference… damselflies have hinges enabling them to fold their wings together when resting which dragonflies cannot do. Bet you weren’t expecting a nature lesson today, huh?!

Damselflies or dragonflies… I love them both for their beautiful colors and their skill at keeping the mosquito population in check in my backyard. And now I can also admire them for how wonderful they look stamped on a card. Just check out these beautiful cards the Rock Stars created to inspire you this week!

"Damselfly" card created by Makiko Jones.

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"Damselfly" card created by Robin Kirkpatrick.

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"Damselfly" card created by Lynette Neus.

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"Damselfly" card created by Dana Joy.

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"Damselfly" card created by Harriet Skelly

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"Damselfly" card created by Julie Smith.

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Need a damselfly stamp of your own? This stamp is available exclusively to our blog readers at 50% OFF from July 26 – August 1, 2010 only. (Limited to 1 per person please.) If you would like to purchase this stamp please click on this Damselfly link and scroll down the page a bit. To receive your special discount please be sure to reference SOTW726 in the Special Instructions section of the online order form. PLEASE NOTE: The discount WILL NOT appear when you place your order. Once your order is ready to be shipped WE WILL apply the discount and process your credit card at that time. I will also send you a follow-up email to let you know your final adjusted total.

And a final reminder… it’s almost time to wrap up our Sketch Challenges for July. If you haven’t uploaded your card yet it’s still not too late to join us. Why not play along for your chance to win a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate! Please refer to my WHAT IF? Wednesday post from July 14th for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope your week is off to a great start!


Jul 212010

Meet the artist behind the creations! Today we’re shining the spotlight on Lynette Neus.

Lynette Neus

1. Tell us a little about your family. I have been married to my wonderful husband for going on 36 years. We have a daughter, son-in-law, grandson (born October 2008) and granddaughter (born March 2010) in Chicago. We have a son and daughter-in-law that live about twelve minutes from us. They are expecting their first child in December – so exciting!! And we have a cat named Lexi. We live in a suburb of Minneapolis.

2. How did you get into stamping? We went on a cruise for our 25th anniversary, and I wanted to scrapbook it, so I bought just a few things and got the scrapbook done. That was the end of it for a while. I have a friend that was really into stamping, but I had no interest in it, and she wasn’t “pushy” at all. However, I asked to be invited to the Stampin’ Up! Party that she held every summer. That was in July of 2002. And the rest, as they say, is history – I become totally addicted! (My friend no longer stamps!)

3. What is your favorite technique? Hmmm … tough question, as I love lots of techniques and keep moving from thing to thing. I guess I’d have to say embossing. I love embossing folders, stencils, texture plates, my Scor-pal – all sorts of embossing.

4. What is your favorite tool? Along those same lines, I guess my favorite tool would have to be my BIGkick. How could I emboss without it!

5. What are your favorite embellishments? I’m not much of an embellisher, but I guess maybe my favorite embellishment today would be pearls. Unless of course embossing counts as an embellishment!

6. What is your favorite coloring method? Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.

7. What is your favorite color combo? Depends on the season and my mood! Probably purple and green. Or most anything with green!

8. If you had to describe your stamping style with 3 words, what would they be? “Clean and Simple.” But maybe “and” doesn’t count! How about clean, simple, and flowery.

"Morning Glories Sympathy" card created by Lynette Neus.

9. Do you always send the cards you create? No. I make way more cards than I send, although I do send out a lot of them. I have some friends that buy them from me, and have started a blog to try to sell the rest. I also donate some to our church to sell.

10. For which occasion or holiday do you create the most cards? Well, that would have to be Christmas. We send out about 80 cards.

11. What is your favorite stamping magazine? The only one I read is PaperCraft – a gift from a great friend!

12. What are your favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs? Now, THAT’S a tough question! There are way too many to name! I love flowers, so most any of them. I love the Clover Bunny. The sentiments are great, too.

13. What are your other interests besides stamping? That is about all I do anymore! Well, I like bowling, walking, camping, computer and a few TV shows.

14. Name your favorite food and one food you can’t stand. Kung Pao chicken with rice might be my favorite, if I HAD to choose just one! I’m a very picky eater, so there are lots of foods I can’t stand! Maybe I’ll choose tomato – which includes anything made from or containing tomatoes. Or maybe onion would be worse!

15. What is your guilty pleasure? Sneaking time for more stamping!

16. Do you have any pet peeves? Oh, I’m sure I do! Grammar mistakes – like writing “your” instead of “you’re,” using “myself” instead of “me.” Wastefulness is another. I’m sure I must have more!

17. Tell us one random thing people may not know about you. I am a blood donor. Actually, I donate platelets every other week, if I’m free. I’m working on my 16-gallon pin.

18. Name 3 things on your “bucket list.” I don’t really have a “bucket list,” but I’d love to take an extended train trip though the southwest and up the California coast to Washington. I’d like to take an Alaskan cruise. Maybe hike the Grand Canyon again. OK, so maybe I DO have a bucket list!

Thank you, Lynette, for sharing your responses here with us! It’s been great fun getting to know you a little better. I know you’ll all want to keep up with Lynette’s latest creations too so be sure to visit her blog, My Stamping Addiction, and don’t forget to leave her some love!

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!! :-)


P.S. If you haven’t created a card for our J1410 Sketch Challenge yet, we hope you will soon. Submissions are being accepted until next Tuesday, 7/27.