Dec 272017
 

Good morning, crafty friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. Can you believe it’s almost 2018 already? I know I can’t. Unfortunately, I guess it’s true… my mom always told me that the older you get, the quicker the time seems to go by. Geez!

Do you have a little down time to get creative between holidays? If so, come play along with us! We’re wrapping up the year with one of our fun and super easy Anything Goes Challenges. 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 all the magnificent creations the RI Rock Stars came up with to inspire you and get us started. I think they’ve really outdone themselves this week… just incredible!

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Esther Asbury. (inside)
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Esther Asbury. (outside)
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Laurie Unger.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Deonna Bemish.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717” creation by Donna Thielker.
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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! πŸ˜€ 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 Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, January 2nd. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. We’ll announce our December challenges winner here on the first Wednesday of next month. 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 Anything Goes Challenge ~ D2717 in your blog or gallery posting.

Also, today we are bidding a fond farewell to RI Rock Star, Deonna Bemish. We have been very fortunate to have had Deonna on our design team for several years. We will all miss her creativity and kindness. She has been a real pleasure to work with and we hope that she may have time to come back and join us again someday in the future. Wishing you all the best in the coming year and beyond, Deonna!!

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 yours truly will be hosting and sharing a creation with you. Yup, it’s true… I’m getting inky for you. πŸ˜‰ I’ve decided to mix things up a bit next year so we’ll be starting a new feature here on Mondays that I’m calling Pick of the Week. I hope you will stop by then for all the details and check it out.

Until the next time… happy stamping everyone!
And warm wishes for a very happy, healthy, crafty New Year!!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Dec 252017
 

Merry Christmas!!! Today is Project of the Week day here atΒ The House That Stamps Built blog, and it’s my week to share a project with you. Raise your hand if you have one of those Giant packs of Mulberry paper that were so popular in the mid-2000s. Raise it really high if you still have TONS of it left! My hand is raised as high as I can get it, so I’m going to show you how you can use some of it up.

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I learned this technique from Bonnie Garby and now I use it all the time. It really adds great texture and softness and uses some of that mulberry paper. Here’s what you need:
–mulberry paper
–dies and/or straight edge
–fine paint brush and water or I used my SU! blender pens (an aqua brush would also work)

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Lay your die on the mulberry paper, making sure you leave some room around the edges as it is hard to tear if you don’t have much paper to grab onto.

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Use your wet paintbrush (or blender pen/aqua brush) to trace around the edge of the die. Go over it several times to make sure it is damp.

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Then gently tear around the water line. It tears quite easily and the tear stays along the wet line for the most part. But, the softness of the torn edges hides any place where it might tear off the line a little bit. In the photo below, you can see my torn circle and the tracing around my label die. This was the first time I had tried this with such a sharp point on the die, but you will see later it still worked perfectly.

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As you can see below, this left a narrow border around the label. I ended up cutting those wild fibers a little bit before I adhered everything.

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To do a straight edge for a panel mat, use your ruler, or I use my perfect layer tool to draw a straight line with your wet paintbrush/blender pen. This part is even easier as the straight lines tear really nicely!

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And while I was creating this project, I discovered a great way to use those little torn strips left over from tearing a mat–you can adhere them to the back of another panel and no one will ever know they were scraps!

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And here is the finished card:

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I love the softness of the mulberry layers; it adds so much interest. The white label die cut was in my bits and pieces stash and the multi-colored dotted paper and the silver snowflake were cut from scraps as were all the mulberry layers. I heat embossed the ornament image, poinsettia, and the peace sentiment with silver embossing powder and colored in the ornament topper with a silver sharpie. Love how it turned out!

~ Heather

Dec 202017
 

Good morning, everyone and happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Are you all ready for the holidays? I’ve been in a mad scramble here trying to get everything done in time. I finally finished decorating our tree a few days ago, just finished my shopping yesterday and will be mailing the last of my Christmas cards today… talk about last minute! Yikes! Now on to the wrapping and then baking. So looking forward to checking everything off my list so that I can relax and enjoy some family time.

But if you’re already good to go and have time to indulge in some stamping therapy, then we have some great inspiration for you. We have a funΒ Inspiration Palette Challenge for you this week. This challenge is a fun cross between a photo challenge and a color challenge. Below I have posted a photograph with a corresponding color palette so that you can choose to find your inspiration in whichever suits you best… or both!

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Check out all these wonderful interpretations created by our design team Rock Stars.

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017” creation by Laurie Unger.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017” creation by Donna Thielker.
Visit Donna’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017” creation by Esther Asbury.
Visit Esther’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017” creation by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog

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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

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! πŸ˜€ Plus you will get an additional entry in our random.org drawing for using our stamps in your submissions! Simply create something using the palette above as your inspiration, upload your card to your blog or Splitcoast gallery, then link it here to this post by clicking on the little blue button below.

Don’t forget… we’ve extended our submission dates for all our challenges again this month so you have plenty of extra time to play along. We will be accepting submissions to this Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, January 2nd. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on December 27th we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a super fun Anything Goes Challenge! We’ll announce our December challenges winner here on the first Wednesday of next month. 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 Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ D2017 in your blog or gallery posting.

Remember… 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!

Thank you so much for visiting here 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 drop by again on Monday if you have some free time.Β RI Rock Star, Heather Mills will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping and Happy Holidays!!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Dec 182017
 

Hi, Donna here with the Monday Project of the Week! I am going to show you how to get a cool stenciled background using Distress Inks and/or Distress Oxide Inks, a stencil and water.

First ink up a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of watercolor paper with Distress Inks and/or Distress Oxide Inks:

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Spray stencil of your choice lightly with water and set on your inked paper:

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Immediately press a paper towel to the stencil to soak up all excess water:

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Trim to size desired and embellish as desired:

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I hope you get a chance to try this simple technique.
Thanks for stopping by, happy Monday!