Nov 302015

Surprise! After a really long hiatus, it’s Rock Star Spotlight day here again at The House That Stamps Built. Over the years this little game of 20 questions has proved to be a fun way to get to know the artists behind the cards we’ve been sharing. So over the next few weeks we’ll be mixing things up a little and taking a break now and then from a few of our usual posts.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on our newest Rock Star, Heather Mills.

Heather Mills

1. Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I have been married for 16 years (we got married on one of the hottest days on record in New Hampshire and that is what everyone remembers about the wedding!) We have three girls ages 9 and 6 (the six year-olds are twins!). We have an 8-year-old black lab and three cats (one is 16, one is 7, and one is 1) plus 2 roosters and about 20 hens. We live in Southern Rhode Island in the house that my husband’s grandfather built when he was first married. My in-laws and grandparent in-laws live less than a quarter mile from our house so family time is very important around here.

2. How did you get into stamping?
One of my friends used to be a Stamping-Up demonstrator and invited me to a party, probably 15 years ago. I stamped on-and-off until just after my first daughter was born when I started to do it a bit more and then I really got into stamping and card-making after my twins were born. Now, I never stop. : )

3. What is your favorite technique?
I’m not sure I really have one. Unless die cutting counts as a technique. I use that on almost every card I make. Other than that, I like to try all sorts of techniques.

4. What is your favorite tool?
Dies and my die cutting machine! Could not live without them!

5. What are your favorite embellishments?
Ribbon and pearls/rhinestones

6. What is your favorite coloring method?
Markers, though my first love will probably always be crayons–they just don’t really work so well for coloring smaller stamped images.

7. What is your favorite color combo?
It used to be pink and green, hands down, now, I’m not so sure. I’ll use pretty much any color mixed with white.

8. If you had to describe your stamping style with 3 words, what would they be?
Classic, classic and classic? Just kidding. Classic, simple (but not necessarily CAS) and uncluttered.

9. Do you always send the cards you create?
I usually create cards for a specific reason such as birthday, etc, but I am starting to accumulate a small collection or cards that are waiting for the right occasion. So, yes, and no.

10. For which occasion or holiday do you create the most cards?
Christmas, for sure!

11. What is your favorite stamping magazine?
I don’t read any. I’m too cheap to buy any.

12. What are your favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs?
No doubt about it: “Butterfly (lg)!! And my second favorite would probably be “Sheet Music” I could use those two on every card, ever!

13. What are your other interests besides stamping?
My second love is making jewelry; I love wire work and I always say that I’m going to learn how to solder . . . sometime. I also learned how to crochet last summer and am slightly addicted. I do a little bit of sewing, but I’m not very good at it. And I LOVE to read.

14. Name your favorite food and one food you can’t stand.
Fav food=pizza (pepperoni or greek with broccoli) and I can’t stand celery or melons.

15. What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate!! (And playing candy crush on my ipad)

16. Do you have any pet peeves?
Repetition and noise

17. Tell us one random thing people may not know about you.
I have been in all but 5 of the states in the US (only have to go to Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington), plus Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. I’ve got North America covered.

18. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
Travel to Europe, visit all the states I haven’t been to yet, and attend a Duke Unisverity Basketball game, at Duke.

19. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, 5 movies, 5 people and 5 foods would you take along?
Books: my Bible and the Game Of Thrones series (I think there might be 5 of them written right now, so can I take 6 books?)
Movies: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolee), Far And Away (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman); Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) and Princess Bride
People: My husband (obviously!) and I guess my three kids since I would miss them. I don’t have a 5th because if I took one, than how could I leave someone else out so I’ll take my 6th book instead
Foods: pizza, chocolate, turkey, stuffing and gravy

20. If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
How did I get here?

Thank you, Heather, for sharing your responses here with us. It was fun learning a little more about you! And I know you’ll all want to keep up with Heather’s latest creations too so be sure to visit her blog, Wire Wrapture. While you’re there, don’t forget to leave her some love in the comments!

And before I sign off… a friendly reminder. If you haven’t created a card for our latest Sketch Challenge yet, we sure hope you will soon! Submissions are still being accepted until tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1st. Please scroll down and refer to my WHAT IF? Wednesday ~ Sketch Challenge N2515 post for all the details. Play along with our sketch, upload a link to your card here on the RI blog and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate! Then join us again here on Wednesday when we introduce a new Color Challenge.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Repeat Impressions

Nov 252015

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, crafty friends! It’s challenge day here again at The House and I’ve got a new sketch to share with you. So if you are planning to get inky at some point this long holiday weekend, then we’ve got just the thing to get you started. Check out my sketch 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!

n2515 Repeat Impressions Sketch N2515

“N2515 Sketch” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
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“N2515 Sketch” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“N2515 Sketch” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“N2515 Sketch” creation by Deonna Bemish.
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“N2515 Sketch” creation by Heather Mills.
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“N2515 Sketch” creation by Karen Hasheck.
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“N2515 Sketch” creation by Kathy Stacy.
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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 N2515 Sketch Challenge until 5pm EST on Tuesday December 1st. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on Wednesday, December 2nd we’ll be kicking off a new challenge and announcing our winner for November. 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 N2515 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 we”ll be swapping out our usual Project of the Week for something equally as special and entertaining!

Until the next time… happy stamping! And to all our U.S. readers, we wish you a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov 232015

Please Note: If you are looking for today’s Project of the Week post please scroll down a bit.


Hello again, everyone! This is our second post of the morning because I have a little “special” news to share with you today.  As you know, the holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving will be here in just a few days. So now is a great time for reflection and we at Repeat Impressions are reminded of how thankful we are for all our stamping friends, followers and customers.

In appreciation, we are offering 20% OFF all our rubber stamps and other goodies on our website for the next 4 days only. Place an order on our website now through Thursday, Nov. 26th. Then simply enter code THANKS20 at checkout to take advantage of your special pricing.

This will be our last sale promotion of the year so don’t miss this great opportunity to shop for the holidays or pick up a little something for yourself at reduced prices.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and all the best for the upcoming holiday season!

Wendy & Bill
Repeat Impressions

PLEASE NOTE: This offer is only applicable to purchases made through our website Nov. 21-26, 2015. May not be combined with any other discounts or special offers. Does not apply to gift certificates, custom stamps or wholesale orders.



The festive autumn card shown here was created by Repeat Rock Star, Heather Mills and uses stamps from our NEW P10000 “Thanks” series and 3306-I, Falling Leaves.

And for lots more card inspiration using all four of our newest Big On Sentiments sets, please check out this previous blog post.

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Nov 232015

It’s my turn to show a Project of the Week here at The House That Stamps Built blog and I’m going to show you how to decorate a plain gift bag. We held my twins’ birthday party this weekend and their uncle gave them gifts in these cute little plain kraft bags. I snagged one as it was perfect for my project. Here are the supplies you’ll need to create your own:


-Gift bag (whatever size you want)
-card stock and coordinating papers
-dies and white card stock for your focal panel
-stamps (I used Repeat Impressions’ “Noel“, “Pointsettia” “Hello” and “Thanks” I am also showing “Christmas” but didn’t end up using it.”

I started by creating my paper layers. I NEVER measure, so I thought I show you how I make my cuts. I lay my piece of card stock on top of my gift bag and make sure I have the border I wanted showing around the outside.


Then I use a pencil to make a mark on the two sides that need to be cut. You can see my pencil line just above the bottom of the gift bag. Then I use my paper trimmer to cut along those two lines. It leaves you with the perfect size paper and no measuring needed!


I did the same thing with my patterned paper: lay it on the already cut piece of card stock and mark where I want to cut with a pencil.


After all my layers were cut and adhered together, I moved on to stamping. I die cut my label, stamped “Noel” and colored in the poinsettia.


I also cut a small label to use for my tag, stamped “Poinsettia” and colored it in. I added gold paint pen to the center to make it pop.


On the back, I stamped the ‘for’ from “Thanks” and ‘you’ from “Hello“.


And here is my gift bag all assembled. I used pop dots to pop up my sentiment panel and tied on my tag with a scrap piece of ribbon and some twine.


I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own gift bags. Thanks for checking out my Project of the Week.