Dec 282011
 

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today we’re introducing our last Sketch Challenge of 2011. Time sure flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it?! I designed the card layout shown here and then asked our Rock Stars to have a little fun with it.

Repeat Impressions Sketch D2811

Repeat Impressions Sketch D2811

Just look at all the wonderful cards they created!

"D2811" sketch card created by Karen Hasheck.

"D2811" sketch card created by Karen Hasheck.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Miriam Napier.

"D2811" sketch card created by Miriam Napier.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Joy Hadden.

"D2811" sketch card created by Joy Hadden.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Dawn Bennett.

"D2811" sketch card created by Dawn Bennett.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Darsie Bruno.

"D2811" sketch card created by Darsie Bruno.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Robin Kirkpatrick.

"D2811" sketch card created by Robin Kirkpatrick.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Kendra DeCota.

"D2811" sketch card created by Kendra DeCota.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Vicki Dutcher.

"D2811" sketch card created by Vicki Dutcher.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Makiko Jones.

"D2811" sketch card created by Makiko Jones.

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"D2811" sketch card created by Lynette Neus.

"D2811" sketch card created by Lynette Neus.

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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! πŸ˜€ 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 D2811 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on January 10th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on January 11th we will post a new challenge and when that challenge wraps up we’ll announce the winner of our January challenges. 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 D2811 in your blog or gallery posting.

Today we’re also announcing the winner of our December sketch challenges. As usual, we let random.org select the lucky recipient of our $25 Gift Certificate. Drum roll please… This time that person is… Theresa P! Congratulations, Theresa and happy shopping! Please leave a comment on this post and I will get your certificate on it’s way.

In case you missed it amongst all the holiday excitement… we also have a great Designer’s Choice Challenge going on now too! Our Rock Star hostess, Makiko, has a really fun challenge for you. Please visit my DCC1221 ~ Shaped Card Challenge post today for all the details and inspiration.

I have another important announcement to make today… Unfortunately it’s time to bid farewell to Rock Star, Robin Kirkpatrick. Robin has been a part of the Repeat Impressions team since before I even started this blog. I’d love to have her stay on indefinitely, but it seems I’ve finally worn her out with all these assignments and she could use a break. :) I can’t say that I blame her really. We are just so very grateful for her sticking with us for the long haul. This talented lady will be missed here at The House That Stamps Built, but I know we’ll be keeping up with her great creations in blogland. (And I’ll still be trying my hardest to beat her at Scrabble too! πŸ˜‰ ) Maybe she’ll even drop by and join us for a challenge some day. Thank you ever so much, Robin, for your friendship and for helping to make this blog a great place to find inspiration!

That being said, we now have some big shoes to fill on our design team. So … are you addicted to stamping? Love to make cards as often as possible? Have a blog to show off all your wonderful creations? Do you enjoy a challenge and play well with others? You could be a Rock Star in the making! Please drop me a note at wendy@repeatimpressions.com if you would like more information.

Thank you so much for visiting with us today. My apologies for being so long winded… two days in a row! We hope you’ve been inspired to play along and look forward to seeing your challenge card linked here soon.

Until then… here’s wishing us all a very happy, healthy New Year! See you in 2012! πŸ˜€

Wendy
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Dec 272011
 

For those of you who visit this blog regularly, you may recall that Repeat Impressions took a two week break earlier this month. December is usually a fairly quiet time in the rubber stamp business so we were able to sneak off for a little fun in the sun. As usual, Aruba was our destination of choice.

Druif Beach in Aruba.

Druif Beach in Aruba.

Before I give you this year’s trip report, I need to start with a little background story that began in 2010… Last December while checking email in Aruba I was astonished to see an online order come in from a stamper who was living in Aruba. What were the odds of that?! I was so excited that I just had to write to the woman to tell her that I was actually in Aruba for vacation at that very moment! She too was equally surprised and excited and invited us to come meet her. Of course we said yes, so Bill and I headed into town to meet our new friend, Lysiane.

Since that time we have kept in contact with Lysiane now and then via email. And this November when I saw an order come in destined for Aruba I wasn’t quite so surprised. Lysiane was in need of a few rubber stamps and crafting supplies that couldn’t be found on the island. And since we were planning to visit Aruba again this December anyway, we agreed to bring the order with us and deliver it to her there. How’s that for great customer service?! πŸ˜‰

When we got together with Lysiane to deliver her order, I had more questions for her about the availability of stamping and crafting supplies on the island. Despite all the many trips we’ve made there over the years we were not aware of any outlets for paper crafters. Rather than just tell us about it, Lysiane volunteered to take us on a little field trip to the crafting shops that she frequents in Aruba.

What a fun day! We made stops to several shops that sell scrapbooking and/or other crafting supplies. Rubber stamps were scarce or limited at best, but the rest of the supplies were fairly well covered. Most of the shops were a little out of the way from the usual tourist haunts so we were not aware of them. Here’s a look at a few…

Masy-Fral craft store in Aruba.

Masy-Fral craft store in Aruba.

Masy-Fral is a true craft store with quite a big variety of supplies. And it turns out that we had actually passed by a couple of these other shops in our travels before and never realized what was hidden behind their doors. The paper crafting departments were sometimes an add-on to an existing business. Like this shop that was primarily a photography store and now has a growing scrapbook section. Who knew?!

FujiFilm photo and hobby store in Aruba.

FujiFilm photo and hobby store in Aruba.

And this shop that sells basic craft supplies in addition to the school and office supplies that they advertise.

Dyon Center school and office supply store in Aruba.

Dyon Center school and office supply store in Aruba.

We also stopped by the Craft Shop. This little shop carries beads, scrapbooking supplies and a small selection of stamps. They also hold classes. A group of young girls were paper crafting holiday picture frames when we visited.

The Craft Shop in Aruba.

The Craft Shop in Aruba.

One of the larger and well stocked craft shops is called Hindu Palace. I had actually made several trips to this store in the past. At that time they were primarily a wonderful shop to find Christmas ornaments, wedding and decorating supplies, and housewares. Imagine my surprise when Lysiane showed us that they now feature a large paper crafting department where the housewares once were.

The highlight of the crafting portion of our field trip was to a little out of the way home-based stamp shop called Quality Marking Systems. Here we met a lovely lady named Alice who offers stamping classes, supplies and custom stamp services in the shop attached to her home.

Me, Alice and Lysiane

Me, Alice and Lysiane

It turns out that Alice makes a couple of trips to FL each year. When we told her that we participate in stamping conventions there she was very excited to hear more about it. Now we’re hoping to reconnect with Alice again next June at the stamp show in Orlando. We also tossed around the idea of getting together with her next year in Aruba and maybe giving a class together. How cool would that be?!

Lysiane also introduced us to a couple of staples in the Aruban diet. We enjoyed a mid-morning snack of pastechi and krokets. The pastechi is a sort of half moon fried dough pocket stuffed with either cheese or meat or both. The outside was warm and sweet and very similar in taste to the fried dough we see at the county fairs here at home. We indulged in the gouda cheese pocket. And the kroket is a snack of the Netherlands. (Aruba is a Dutch island.) They look like a fat mozzarella stick but are filled with some kind of smooth meat paste. These are eaten with a spread of spicy mustard along it’s length. Both we’re quite good!

In addition to all the crafting stops and goodies, Lysiane also shared a little of her island life with us. We visited her lovely home, got a peek at the new craft room her husband is renovating for her, met her many fur kids (both cats and dogs), and marveled at her beautiful orchids. Among other things Lysiane also has a mango tree growing in her yard. She generously picked one for us to take with us. It made a delicious addition to our breakfast a few days later! We also made a stop to meet and visit with Lysiane’s mother at her home. I think we may have discovered where Lysiane gets her green thumb! :)

Lysiane's beautiful orchids.

Lysiane's beautiful orchids.

The rest of our vacation was all about relaxing. Much of our time was spent reading by the pool, taking walks on the beach, and dodging rain showers. (It was a lot wetter there this trip than in years past.) The only real downside of my trip was the lack of regular Internet access. I learned it was much harder for me to cut the cord than I expected, but somehow I survived!

Here are a few other photos from my trip I thought you might enjoy…

Here's the view from our deck on a sunny day. We spent a lot of time here reading on all those rainy afternoons too!

Here's the view from our deck on a sunny day. We spent a lot of time here reading on all those rainy afternoons too!

Despite being on the 3rd floor, the iguanas were regular visitors to our deck!

Despite being on the 3rd floor, the iguanas were regular visitors to our deck!

This beautiful, melodious Troupial visited us often too... especially at breakfast time!

This beautiful, melodious Troupial visited us often too... especially at breakfast time!

And there you have it… a little glimpse at this stamper’s trip to paradise. Thanks for reading! πŸ˜€

Wendy
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Dec 262011
 

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Can you believe it? This is our last Stamp of the Week for this year. Mom was right… the days do go by faster the older I get! πŸ˜‰ Today we’re featuring this 3808-I Celebration Burst. This image is a fun one to use for the upcoming New Year festivities or other celebrations. Check out these great cards the Rock Stars created to inspire you!

"Celebration Burst" card created by Makiko Jones.

"Celebration Burst" card created by Makiko Jones.

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"Celebration Burst" card created by Miriam Napier.

"Celebration Burst" card created by Miriam Napier.

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"Celebration Burst" card created by Robin Kirkpatrick.

"Celebration Burst" card created by Robin Kirkpatrick.

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"Celebration Burst" card created by Kendra DeCota.

"Celebration Burst" card created by Kendra DeCota.

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"Celebration Burst" card created by Joy Hadden.

"Celebration Burst" card created by Joy Hadden.

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"Celebration Burst" card created by Karen Hasheck.

"Celebration Burst" card created by Karen Hasheck.

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"Celebration Burst" card created by Vicki Dutcher.

"Celebration Burst" card created by Vicki Dutcher.

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This stamp is available exclusively to our blog readers at 50% OFF from December 26, 2011 thru January 1, 2012 only. (Limited to 1 per person please.) If you would like to purchase this stamp please click on this Celebration Burst link and scroll down the page a bit. To receive your special discount please be sure to reference SOTW1226 in the Coupon Code section of the online order form.

Have you stamped up a card for our Sketch Challenge yet? Don’t delay… our latest challenge wraps up tomorrow. Please follow this link to my WHAT IF? Wednesday ~ Sketch Challenge D1411 post to see my sketch layout and all the wonderful cards the Rock Stars created to get you started. Then be sure to create and upload your card for a chance to win a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate!

There is still another week left to play along with our latest Designer’s Choice Challenge and a chance to win some free rubber too! This is a really fun challenge you won’t want to miss! Please visit my DCC1221 ~ Shaped Card Challenge post for all the details and fantastic inspiration from the Rock Stars.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will check in with us again on Wednesday when we kick off another great Sketch Challenge!

Have a fabulous day!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Dec 212011
 

Today’s Designer’s Choice Challenge is a fun style challenge. This time Repeat Rock Star, Makiko Jones is challenging you all to create a shaped card – any shape card but the normal rectangle. Check out this fantastic card Makiko created to get us started!

"DCC1221" card created by Makiko Jones.

"DCC1221" card created by Makiko Jones.

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So a few days ago Makiko shared this inspiration card with her fellow Rock Stars and asked them to create their own shaped cards. Check out all the cool cards they came up with!

"DCC1221" card created by Kendra DeCota.

"DCC1221" card created by Kendra DeCota.

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"DCC1221" card created by Karen Hasheck.

"DCC1221" card created by Karen Hasheck.

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"DCC1221" card created by Robin Kirkpatrick.

"DCC1221" card created by Robin Kirkpatrick.

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"DCC1221" card created by Darsie Bruno.

"DCC1221" card created by Darsie Bruno.

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"DCC1221" card created by Miriam Napier.

"DCC1221" card created by Miriam Napier.

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"DCC1221" card created by Joy Hadden.

"DCC1221" card created by Joy Hadden.

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"DCC1221" card created by Dawn Bennett.

"DCC1221" card created by Dawn Bennett.

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"DCC1221" card created by Vicki Dutcher.

"DCC1221" card created by Vicki Dutcher.

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"DCC1221" card created by Lynette Neus.

"DCC1221" card created by Lynette Neus.

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Now we’d love for you to play along with us!

Here are all the details…
1. Create a shaped card – any shape card but the normal rectangle. Remember, your card does not have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would reeeally love to see them! πŸ˜€ Plus, there’s an added bonus… you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions!
2. Post your DCC card on your blog or online gallery and be sure to reference Repeat Impressions DCC1221 Designer’s Choice Challenge. Then link it here with the inlinkz widget below. (Please provide a direct link to your post, not the entire blog.)
3. Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, January 3rd at 5PM EST.
4. On January 4th we will introduce a new Designer’s Choice Challenge (DCC) to play along with and announce the winner for December. For this challenge the winner will receive any one unmounted sheet of stamps of their choice!

This is my first blog post since getting back from vacation. (I hope to be sharing a fun story on that with you soon in another post!) Today I need to make good on my promise. It’s time announce the winner of our November DCC! So without further ado… random.org has selected Peggy R as our latest winner. Congrats, Peggy, you just earned yourself a free sheet of unmounted stamps! Please leave a comment here and I will contact you on how to place an order for your selection.

In case you missed it, we also have a great Sketch Challenge happening now too. There is still a week left to get in on this one and an opportunity to win a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate! Please follow this link to my WHAT IF? Wednesday ~ Sketch Challenge D1411 post to see my sketch layout and all the wonderful cards the Rock Stars created to get you started.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy week to visit with us. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your challenge card linked here soon!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions