Sep 302015
 

Happy Wednesday to you! Since we have a bonus 5th Wednesday in this month it’s time for another Anything Goes Challenge! So for this week’s challenge the sky is the limit. Feel free to submit any style of card or stamped creation that you wish.

Here are the wonderful creations the RI Rock Stars came up with to inspire you and get us started.

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“WIW September Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“WIW September Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
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“WIW September Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Kathy Stacy.
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“WIW September Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Heather Mills.
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“WIW September Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“WIW September Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Karen Hasheck.
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“WIW September Anything Goes Challenge” creation by Deonna Bemish.
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And now it’s your turn! The rules are really simple… Remember, your creation doesn’t 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 stamp up whatever you wish, upload your card to your blog or Splitcoast gallery, then link it here to this post by clicking on the little blue button below.

We will be accepting submissions to this WIW September Anything Goes Challenge until 5pm EST on October 6th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On October 7th we’ll kick off a new challenge… our WIW Color Challenge and announce our September challenges winner. 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 WIW September Anything Goes Challenge in your blog or gallery posting.

Thanks so much for dropping by 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 drop by again on Monday when Rock Star, Heather Mills will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Sep 282015
 

Hello stampers! Kathy, The Crafty Nurse here. I’m here with some creative play at The House That Stamps Built for my project of the week! I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to see the new Sentiment Stamps, by Repeat Impressions because they are FANTASTIC! There are two sets out now with two more to be offered soon. They have one big sentiment word with a great choice of smaller sentiments that can be combined in a ton of different ways.

For my project of the week, I’d like to show you a couple of different ways to use sentiments stamps. Let’s get started!

For this project the supplies I used are:

• Water Bottle
• Black Waterproof Ink (I used Hero Arts)
• Distress Ink or any other dye based ink.
• A large stamping tool, either the Fiskars or the Misti
• Brusho’s
• An acrylic block
• Versamark
• Embossing Powder
• Micron .01 Pen – waterproof
• Paper – I used 140 lb Watercolor but you can use your favorite.
• Repeat Impressions Stamps of your choice, I used: Happy Cling and Hello Cling

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Both projects today are great for making multiple cards for gift sets or donation. To allow my cling stamps to stick, I apply a bit of Alene’s Spritz-on Tacky Glue and let dry overnight. I then grabbed my Fiskars Stamp Press as I don’t own a Misti (sure wish I did), and centered it over the press.

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To ensure that you get a good inking when using the press, I added my acrylic block underneath the press before I inked which allows the flexible stamp press to become firm and not buckle or bow causing uneven inking.

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I then inked up the entire stamp and stamped it on a white card base.

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To finish off the card I added doodling…..

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Then inked up with some color and sprayed with a bit of shimmer. How easy is that???

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My next card uses the Hello Sentiment Stamps after they had been cut apart. I used the super fun Brusho’s watercolors now in the Repeat Impressions store so I could show you a different, softer way to use them as actual watercolors.

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I like to use the Tim Holtz Tonic scissors to kit out my cling stamps. I also cut them close so you don’t have any over stamping issues.

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To get placement, I layout the stamps the way I want them on my card.

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I then turn the stamps over in the same placement so they can be picked up all at once with the stamp press.

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I ALWAYS give a test stamp first when I’m stamping text blocks so that I know the words are facing the right way and even. Take this time to reposition any words you don’t like or became uneven.

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Once tested and all is looking good, I stamped the front of a card base with Versamark ink and white heat embossed.

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Now, let’s have some fun with Brusho’s. If you want to “tone down” the colors, you can use the Brusho’s like a watercolor. I shook out a small amount of pigment onto my craft mat and sprayed with water making two areas of pigment for coloring. You can also apply pigment directly to the stamps or put your stamp in the pigment (like a stamp pad) for a more watercolor feel. If you have watered it down enough, using text blocks make a great background for another focal image.

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I thoroughly wet a 140# watercolor paper around the words only with a flat brush. I then picked up the color from my mat and applied to the card. Don’t you love this soft look?

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I finished off the card with a My Favorite Things border die and a Simon Says Stamp card base die and called it done.

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I hope you enjoyed how to get more out of your sentiment stamps. The holidays are a great time to use this technique as once your stamps are on the press, you can duplicate easily.

Please join us in the weekly challenges here at The House That Stamps Built for your chance at a $25.00 gift certificate.

Beginning Wednesday, September 30th, we are having an “Anything Goes” Challenge!

I wish you a wonderful rest of the week!

The Crafty Nurse

Sep 232015
 

Happy first day of fall crafty friends! The leaves here in Maine are still green, but the chilly nights remind me that the beautiful colors of autumn will be appearing before too long. I’m a little sad to see summer go, but always look forward to this cozy season of colorful leaves, crisp apples, and spiced pumpkin everything. Mmmm!!

It’s challenge day here again at The House and I’ve got a new sketch to share with you. Check it out and all the wonderful inspiration cards created by the RI Rock Stars… then play along for your chance to win a Repeat Impressions‘ gift certificate!

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Repeat Impressions Sketch S2315

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“S2315 Sketch” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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“S2315 Sketch” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“S2315 Sketch” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“S2315 Sketch” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

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“S2315 Sketch” creation by Kathy Stacy.
Visit Kathy’s blog

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“S2315 Sketch” creation by Karen Hasheck.
Visit Karen’s blog

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“S2315 Sketch” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

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 S2315 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on Tuesday September 29th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on Wednesday, September 30th we’ll be kicking off our final challenge of the month before we select our winner for September. 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 S2315 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, Kathy Stacy will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

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Sep 212015
 

It’s Monday, and you know what that means at the Repeat Impressions blog, The House That Stamps Built – it’s time for a Project of the Week.  Each week, one of our designers brings you a fun project, and today it’s my turn! We are going to do some Dry Embossing ‘with a twist’!

For this project, I have used these Repeat Impressions stamps:

4405-K Dragonfly Deco
102-F Dragonfly
8611-E Thinking

Let’s get started…

Once you choose an image, stamp it, color it, and fussy cut.  I stamped the two dragonflies repeatedly, not knowing how many I might use.

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Next, gather your layers. You will need a card base, a white panel, and a colored mat.

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Now, take you white panel and lay your images on the panel, where you think you’re going to want them.  Once you have them in place, adhere them to your white panel using a few drops of glue on each image.

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Once your glue is dry, place your white panel into an embossing folder, and run it through your embossing machine.

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When you take your panel out, here is what it looks like. Sort of resembles a piece of fine, printed linen, right?

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Now all you have to do is assemble your layers, and voila! A beautiful card!

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So….what else can you emboss?

I’ve embossed a ribbon….

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a paper napkin…

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a piece of transparency (had to lay the marker on it to get it to lay flat!)

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and, a piece of vellum (you can see my removable tape underneath :)

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I’ve also been told you can emboss other things, like fabric (spritz with water first), fun foam, etc….

Give it a try! You will soon be embossing whatever isn’t glued down!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to check out the challenges that are up and running at The House That Stamps Built!

We’d love to see your creations, and you could win some Repeat Impressions stamps!

Have a good day,
Patti J.