Mar 302015

Good morning! Today Wendy, owner of Repeat Impressions asked me to do a Project of the Week and I call this Stretching Your Stamps. There have been times I wanted to stamp on a banner, tag or die cut and the sentiment I had was too large. So….. I know this technique will take courage – but it’s ok – you can do it. I cut my stamps — YIKES!! I promise you, I heard no screaming from the stamps as I cut.

A couple of guidelines:
1. Use small sharp scissors – save Tim Holtz scissors for other things
2. The stamp cuts better if it does not have EZ Mount or other Mounting Backing
3. Cut slowly, sometimes bending the stamp to see where best to cut
4. Afterwards, I store them carefully together

Here is my first example. I wanted to use the line in the first stamp, “It’s Your Birthday” and the second “Let’s get together” on two separate banners. On each example I put the stamp back together on my acrylic block and stamped them just to see if they looked ok. Can you tell any difference?


Here is another example. This was for a Valentine card, but my die cut only had room for a small sentiment and I chose “I Love You bunches”.


Here is another one. I wanted to use only the first line of this “Live Laugh Love” background stamp for a center piece on a card.


This is my last example. I have a lot of tiny die cut tags and love attaching them to cards. Here I used the word “friend” on the sentiment stamp called “Thank you for being a friend.”


Now when I buy stamps I often look for words within the stamp that might be used. I hope you give this a try. Thanks for looking at my project! Have a happy stamping day!


Mar 252015

Happy Wednesday crafty peeps! I hope you are all having a good week so far. Did you happen to catch my special Tuesday post yesterday? If not, please be sure to keep scrolling down after this post. The RI Rock Stars surprised me with a beautiful album of ATC cards and a birthday blog hop in my honor. How sweet is that?!

Today is 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 Starsthen play along for your chance to win a Repeat Impressions‘ gift certificate!

Repeat Impressions Sketch M2515

“M2515 Sketch” creation by Kathy Stacy.

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“M2515 Sketch” creation by Karen Hasheck.

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“M2515 Sketch” creation by Joy Hadden.

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“M2515 Sketch” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.

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“M2515 Sketch” creation by Debbie Fisher.

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“M2515 Sketch” creation by Cheri Weston.

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“M2515 Sketch” creation by Deonna Bemish.

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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 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 M2515 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on March 31st. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on April 1st we’ll be kicking off a new round of challenges in our monthly rotation and announcing 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 M2515 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!

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, Joy Hadden will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

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Mar 242015

I don’t usually post on Tuesdays but we have something special for you today… It’s my birthday. Yup, that’s right… 29… again! πŸ˜‰ I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but I received a surprise birthday gift from the RI Rock Stars that is just too good not to share.

The other day I got a package in the mail from RI Rock Star, Cheri Weston. Naturally I just assumed she was sending me a wonderful bunch of her card creations for our show display boards. But I was wrong. It’s wonderful for sure, but it wasn’t a regular bundle of cards. Nope… inside was this gorgeous album!


Check it out… it even has my name on the spine!


The album is made up of numerous pages with foldout panels and pockets. And all the pockets are filled with fabulous ATC cards all created by my current design team as well as Rock Star alumnae Geri Utterback and Brenda Turner.



And is if that weren’t all wonderful enough, the package also included the sweetest letter ever wishing me a happy birthday and alerting me that the Rock Stars had secretly planned a blog hop today to celebrate my birthday. How awesome is that?!

Woohoo!! So let the celebration begin! To see all the ATC goodness tucked inside my birthday album please hop along with me.

Patti J.

And as you make the rounds please be sure to leave all the Rock Stars some love in the comments. They’ve really made my birthday extra special so let’s pay it forward. Thank you so much for joining me today and happy hopping!

Also, a big heartfelt thanks to you all, Rock Stars! I am still astounded by your amazing thoughtfulness. You have truly outdone yourselves and made this the most memorable birthday ever! πŸ˜€

Big hugs to all!

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Mar 232015

Hi, Deonna here!

For my Project of the Week, I’ve chosen to show you how to make a Stained Glass Window Card using this awesome Repeat Impressions rubber stamp called Stained Glass Window.


Repeat Impressions Rubber Stamps – 9401-N Stained Glass Window, 9717-C Happy Hello, and 8106-I Wagging Pup

Glaze Pens – Sakura of America

Acetate – (2) 4 1/4″ x 5 I/2″ sized

Staz-On ink in Black

Acrylic Block


Paper trimmer


Corner punch

Cardstock for frame cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 7/8″ size


Foam mounting tape

White A5 Card base



1. Using Window Rubber stamp (mounted on your acrylic block) Stamp the image onto a piece of Acetate using Staz-on black ink twice. Remember to stamp straight down with even pressure because acetate is slick. Use your scissors and Cut out one of your windows. Then, set aside to use as a mask later.



2. Taking your second window stamped image, Turn this piece of acetate over to the backside once the Staz-on ink is dry. Using your Glaze Pens, Color in all the shapes on the backside of your acetate and then allow to dry completely.





3. While waiting for this to dry, take your piece of 4 1/8 x 5 7/8 sized cardstock and lay in front of you. Using the window mask that you previously cut out in step one, center it onto the cardstock and trace with your Pencil.



4. Cut from the inside of the frame out. Corner punch all four Corners of the cardstock. Apply scor-tape around the outside of the just cut out window shape.



5. Once your ink is dry on the backside of your window flip over the acetate and line up with the Cardstock window that you just cut out. Remove the paper from the score-tape and line up the colored acetate window onto your piece of cardstock. Trim your acetate so that it is not seen behind your cardstock.

6. Apply Foam Mounting tape Randomly to the backside of the cardstock around the outside of your colored window and mount to your White card base.



7. Mount your window onto your white Cardstock Card after removing the adhesive from the foam Tape. I chose to Use a Corner punch on all four of the corners before mounting and then after mounting I rounded the Card base Corners.



8. Decorate as desired. My finished card.