Mar 312014


Karen here today. It’s my turn to share a Project of the Week here at Repeat Impression’s blog. I decided to share two new ideas with you – a fun fold and a great product for stamping, sponging and distressing. The fold is the Reverse Gate Fold and here is a picture of how the fold looks from the top:


Start with a base card that is 9 1/2″ by 4 1/4″. Score at 2 3/4″ and 3 3/4″ from both sides. Valley fold the first score lines on both sides and mountain fold the two inside score lines on both sides. Cut a piece of cardstock 3 1/4′ by 4 1/4″ for the front of your card and then decorate the card and front as you wish.

For the front of the cards I am sharing today, I chose to use a Specialty Stamping Paper by Ranger which is a matte coated surface for distressing and other techniques. I sponged on blue and green distress inks (also by Ranger) and then spritzed with water to create the spotted background. Then I stamped the 8304-U Over the Hill swing stamp (part one) in black archival ink. The sides were embossed with a Tim Holtz Sizzix pine trees embossing folder and then sanded for a distressed look.


This is what the back of the reverse gate fold card looks like and it does fold flat to mail in an A2 envelope. I stamped the punch line of the Over the Hill swing stamp set on patterned paper and left the right pieces blank to write a happy birthday greeting to the over the hill recipient.



This fold and the specialty paper were way too fun to play with so I had to make a second card to share with you today. I created the reverse gate fold the same way described above out of a shiny pink card stock. I embossed the whole card with a flowery embossing folder by Cuttlebug. I sponged pink, green and blue distress inks onto a 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Ranger’s Specialty matte paper and then spritzed with water. Then I stamped Repeat Impression’s 2605-P Ode to Spring with archival black ink and attached it to the front of the card. On the back I attached some pink patterned paper and stamped 1304-J The Beauty of Springtime greeting.

I hope you will try this fun fold and specialty paper. Have a great day – Spring is on the way!

Wendy here. I just wanted to add a special note to today’s post… Today is Rock Star, Karen Hasheck’s birthday! So let’s be sure to show her a little extra love in the comments section below. Karen has been on the Repeat Impressions design team for quite some time now. She has always been a pleasure to work with and I have enjoyed watching her talent grow and expand over the years. We really are blessed to have her. Karen is not only generous with her time and talent, she is also the most published designer we have ever had. You rock, Karen! Here’s wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many more wonderful years of creativity!!

Mar 262014

Happy Wednesday, crafty peeps! It’s time for a new Designer’s Choice Challenge here at The House That Stamps Built! And what a welcome challenge it is… This is another one that gives me hope that spring and summer can’t possibly be too far away. RI Rock Star, Brenda Turner is hosting and would like us to create cards with her chosen theme of “Things With Wings.”

Here’s the beautiful card that Brenda created to get us all started.

“DCC326” card created by Brenda Turner.

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So a few days ago Brenda shared this card with her fellow Rock Stars and asked them to create their own cards showcasing things with wings. Check out all the fabulous creations they came up with to inspire you this week!

“DCC326” card created by Joy Hadden.

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“DCC326” card created by Joyce Morien.

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“DCC326” card created by Melissa Cash.

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“DCC326” card created by Deonna Bemish.

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“DCC326” card created by Karen Hasheck.

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“DCC326” card created by Geri Utterback.

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“DCC326” card created by Cheri Weston.

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And now it’s your turn. Here are all the details…
1. Create a card with a things with wings theme. 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 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 DCC326 ~ Things With Wings. 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, April 8th at 5PM EST.
4. On April 9th we will introduce a new Designer’s Choice Challenge (DCC) to play along with and when that challenge wraps up we’ll announce our winner for April. 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 March DCCs. So now without further ado… our friends at have selected… Shirley W as our March winner. Congratulations, Shirley! 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 M1914 post to see my sketch layout and all the wonderful cards the Rock Stars created to get you started.

So do we have any Maryland area readers out there? We’re headed to Cambridge tomorrow for the Stamping by the Sea show. In all the years past this show was held in Ocean City so moving it to Cambridge will be a new experience for us all. We’ll be at Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds Park. Please also note that this is now just a one day show so do be sure to come out and see us this Saturday, March 29th. I will also be participating in the Make & Take event on Friday night. I believe there are still tickets available if you want to come out and join the fun!

Thanks so much for dropping by today. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your “Things With Wings” card linked here soon.

Until then… happy stamping!

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Mar 242014

Hello Everyone! I’m Joyce and I’m thrilled to bring you this week’s Project of the Week for Repeat Impressions.

I love the look of all the polaroid style dies and accents that I’ve been seeing on the paper craft blogs and Pinterest. I saw that someone had created a polaroid style focal point by masking and inking and I just had to run with it.


This is a super simple technique that really makes a card look special. To create a template, all you need to do is cut a square in the middle of a piece of card stock. I made my opening 3″ x 3″ but you can make yours whatever size you prefer. I cut mine with my Cricut but this is something that could be done with a large square punch, a nestabilities or any number of tools we have in our craft areas. I cut my template into the shape of a polaroid for visual purposes, but you could easily leave it larger – it probably would be easier to work with.


Apply repositionable tape to the back of a piece of white card stock. Place that on a piece of scratch paper. Place your template over the white card stock. Use painters tape (or some other, easily removable tape) to hold your template in place.


While this is all taped in place, you will need to stamp your image. I used Repeat Impressions 1601-K Bear Hug. Such an adorable image and perfect for this project.


I then colored my image with my favorite Copic markers. For the large bear, I used E31, E33 & E35. For the little bear, I used E51, E53, & E55. For the bow in her hair, I used, R22 & R24. Color your image whatever way your most comfortable – I know Copic markers are not for everyone yet I struggle with colored pencils. Always use what works best for you!


Now to create that polaroid look, carefully ink the background of your image. I used a blue for the upper half and a green for the lower half but any distress ink or chalk ink would work just fine. The point is to create that square shape to your focal point. Please be careful that your image doesn’t slip as you are inking. It is easy enough to slide it right back in place and finish your inking.


You will be impressed how cute your image looks when taken out of the template. Mine doesn’t look like I’ve inked it much at all but it shows up just fine. If yours does need additional ink, you can slide it right back under the template, line it up and add the desired effect your looking for. I trimmed the image down to a 1/4″ border around the 3 narrow edges and 3/4″ along the bottom edge.


It’s as simple as that!!! Now all you have to do is decorate your card any way you choose. I love working with Kraft paper – that seems to be my ‘go to’ paper lately. I added just a couple of layers of bright color, tied some twine around the larger bottom edge and added a button. I popped the whole ‘polaroid’ and set it at a cute angle.



I hoped you enjoyed my project. I had a blast sharing it with you. Join us every Monday here for a new Project of the Week.


Mar 192014

Happy Spring Eve everyone! I’m not sure that there really is such a thing, but after the bitter winter we’ve all had there surely ought to be! I know I’ll be celebrating the first day of Spring tomorrow… even if it is only just a date on the calendar!

But we have a reason to be excited today too… It’s challenge day again here in the House! So I have created a new sketch for you to play along with and the Rock Stars have done their part and stamped up some great cards to inspire you. Now we’re looking forward to seeing what you all will come up with too.

Repeat Impressions Sketch M1914

“M1914 Sketch” card created by Melissa Cash.

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“M1914 Sketch” card created by Joyce Morien.

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“M1914 Sketch” card created by Deonna Bemish.

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“M1914 Sketch” card created by Karen Hasheck.

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“M1914 Sketch” card created by Cheri Weston.

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“M1914 Sketch” card created by Joy Hadden.

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“M1914 Sketch” card created by Geri Utterback.

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“M1914 Sketch” card created by Joy Hadden.

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“M1914 Sketch” card created by Brenda Turner.

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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 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 M1914 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on April 1st. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on April 2nd we will post a new challenge and announce our winner for March. 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 M1914 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, Cheri Weston has a fun theme challenge for you this time. Please visit my DCC312 ~ Flower Show post for all the details and beautiful 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, Joyce Morien will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until then… Happy stamping!

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