Feb 262014

Ahh… Wednesdays… Gotta love ’em! Halfway to the weekend and also challenge day here in the House! 😀 So we have another wonderful Designer’s Choice Challenge for you today. This time, Repeat Rock Star, Karen Hasheck has a fun color challenge for us… Create a card using only black and white and one other color. So many possibilities!

Here’s the great card that Karen created to get us all started. Black, white, and red makes such an awesome color combo that really pops, doesn’t it?

“DCC226” card created by Karen Hasheck.

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So a few days ago Karen shared this card with her fellow Rock Stars and asked them to create their own cards using only black, white, and one other color. Check out all the spectacular creations they came up with to inspire you this week! What a great variety!!

“DCC226” card created by Cheri Weston.

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“DCC226” card created by Deonna Bemish.

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“DCC226” card created by Brenda Turner.

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“DCC226” card created by Joy Hadden.

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“DCC226” card created by Joyce Morien.


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“DCC226” card created by Melissa Cash.

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“DCC226” card created by Geri Utterback.

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And now it’s your turn. Here are all the details…
1. Create a card using only black, white, and one other color. And remember, your creation 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! 😀 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 creation on your blog or online gallery and be sure to reference Repeat Impressions DCC226 ~ Black, White, and One Other Color. 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, March 11 at 5PM EST.
4. On March 12th we will introduce a new Designer’s Choice Challenge (DCC) to play along with and after that challenge wraps up we’ll announce our winner for March. For this challenge the winner will receive any one unmounted sheet of stamps of their choice!

Today we’re also announcing the winner of our February DCCs. So now without further ado… our friends at random.org have selected… Janice Melton as our February winner. Congratulations Janice! You just won an unmounted sheet of rubber stamps… any sheet of your choice! Please leave a comment here and I will contact you on how to make your selection.

Don’t forget that we also have a fun Sketch Challenge happening now too. There are still a few days 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 F1914 post to see my sketch layout and all the fabulous cards the Rock Stars created to get you started.

Thanks so much for dropping by today. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your “Black, White, and One Other Color” card linked here soon.

Until then… happy stamping!

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Feb 242014

Hello everyone!

It’s my turn to share a project of the week with you from The House That Stamps Built and this week I’d like to encourage you to stretch your stamping mediums beyond inks. For my example this week, I thought I would show you how I used Gesso as my “inking” medium and the fun results I got from it.

The supplies you’ll need for this project are:


Gesso (I used Claudine Hellmeth’s Studio Gesso)
Sponge paint brush
A palette knife or some other tool (even a table knife) to scoop some Gesso out of the jar.
Rubber stamp and card stock
Non-stick craft sheet
Using your knife, scoop a tiny bit of Gesso from the jar and place it on your craft sheet. You will have to work quickly because Gesso is an acrylic paint and it often has a short drying time.

Next, you will want to “paint” your stamp with the Gesso – use it sparingly, you can always add more if you don’t think you have enough. Once you’re happy with the amount of Gesso on the stamp, begin stamping it on your card stock base. Continue “stamping” in this manner until you’re satisfied with the image (s) on your card base.


Once you have finished with your stamping, and as quickly as possible, before the paint dries on the stamp, it’s very important to clean your stamps in warm soapy water – and you may even need a toothbrush or small bristled brush to aid in the cleaning between the tiny lines. Your stamps will clean up perfectly if you do this step quickly enough.

(Hint) It’s good to have a small bowl next to your work area with warm water and soap in it so you can quickly drop your stamps in it and keep working on your project.

If you would like to add glitter to your image (as I did in my first card), you must add the glitter before the Gesso is dry.


Stamps Used RI #1609-J “Winter Tree” and RI #1113-D “Birthday”
This card was recently published for the WIW sketch challenge HERE

To add color with inks or pens you will want to set the image aside to dry (this will only take about 15 – 20 minutes) or if you’re impatient, you can use a heat gun, but make sure the image is completely dry before adding any color.

For this card, I let the Gesso dry completely and lightly sponged ink on each image before using glitter pens to highlight in areas.


Stamps Used RI #102-F “Dragonfly” and RI #4405-K “Dragonfly Deco”

I hope you’ll give this technique a try and stretch your stamps and your creativity a bit.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a super creative week!


Feb 192014

Woohoo! I am so happy to be posting this from home today. :) The last few weeks of life on the road doing shows really kicked my butt! It was a lot of fun seeing all our stamping friends in TX, FL, and SC again, but it is really wonderful to be back in Maine for a bit. Now we’ll be extra busy today trying to get caught up on orders and everything else so we thank you in advance for your patience.

It’s also challenge day here again at The House That Stamps Built. I have created a new sketch for you to play along with and the Rock Stars have done their part and stamped up some fabulous cards to inspire you. It’s always so much fun to see how they put their own spin on it and I look forward to seeing what you all will come up with too.

Repeat Impressions Sketch F1914

“F1914 Sketch” card created by Brenda Turner.

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“F1914 Sketch” card created by Geri Utterback.

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“F1914 Sketch” card created by Melissa Cash.

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“F1914 Sketch” card created by Joy Hadden.

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“F1914 Sketch” card created by Karen Hasheck.

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“F1914 Sketch” card created by Cheri Weston.

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“F1914 Sketch” card created by Deonna Bemish.

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“F1914 Sketch” card created by Joyce Morien.

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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! 😀 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 F1914 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on March 4th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on March 5th we will post a new challenge and announce 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 F1914 in your blog or gallery posting.

Don’t forget… we also have a great Designer’s Choice Challenge going on now too! Our Rock Star hostess, Joyce Morien has a fun theme challenge for you this time. Please visit my DCC212 ~ All Heart post for all the details and sweet inspiration from the Rock Stars.

Thanks so much for spending time here with us this week. We hope you’ve been inspired and look forward to seeing your challenge card linked here soon. And be sure to drop by again on Monday when Rock Star, Cheri Weston will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until then… Happy stamping!

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Feb 172014

Hello it is my turn for a Project of the Week again. I decided to make a gift card holder. These are fun little holders that are quick to make. In fact one year at Christmas my son had an urgent request for one. He gave me about 15 minutes notice. Well I was able to whip up one of these really fast. It didn’t have much coloring and I relied on patterned paper to do most of the work for me. At any rate here is the gift card holder I have for you today.


I used the large coffee cup from #9303 Thanks a latte’ which I colored with copic markers.

Here are the steps to make this gift card holder:

Start with a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 piece of heavy card stock. With a Scorpal score on the long side at 3″, 4 1/4″ and 5 1/2″. Fold the 3″ and 5 1/2″ fold in a valley fold. Fold the 4 1/4″ fold in a mountain fold. The card stock should look like this.


Now you need to cut a slot for the gift card to fit into. I used a Spellbinders die. Some people like to use punches. You need to make sure that you will have a long enough slot for the gift card. So if you don’t have a die or punch that will work you need to cut or punch twice to extend the length.


Next you will need some strong tape. I used ScorTape. I love this stuff. Tape as shown making sure not to get to close to the opening for the gift card. Not that I know anything about this or anything.



Now you need to add ribbon so that your gift card will close. I used ScorTape again. If you don’t want a ribbon you could use a small piece of Velcro or a magnet.


This is how the inside looks when it is complete. I add #1113 Happy Birthday for the inside sentiment.


The final step is to decorate the front.


I hope you give one of these a try and enjoy making them as much as I do. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: #9303 Thanks a latte’, #1113 Happy Birthday ~ Repeat Impressions

Card Stock: Pure Luxury Turquoise Sea ~ Gina K Designs

Pattern Paper: American Crafts

Ribbon: Michaels

Dies and Punches: Card Basics B ~ Spellbinders, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper ~ We R Memory Keepers



Copics: BG53, RV11, Y32