Feb 212018
 

Good morning, everyone and happy Wednesday! It’s turning out to be a crazy week weather wise here in Maine. It was a balmy 45 degrees one day and then we got 10″ of snow the next. And rumor has it that today it may get to almost 70 degrees here in southern Maine. Crazy! So we will enjoy it while we can, but we know that Mother Nature is just toying with us and that winter is far from over yet. I’m not dreaming of summer anyway, but a touch of spring is always welcome. Today’s challenge helps a bit with that too.

We have a great 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 ~ F2118” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F2118” creation by Esther Asbury.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F2118” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F2118” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F2118” creation by Shirley Hotop. (front)
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F2118” creation by Shirley Hotop. (inside)
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F2118” creation by Donna Thielker.
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“Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F2118” creation by Laurie Unger.
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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 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.

We will be accepting submissions to this Inspiration Palette Challenge ~ F2118 until 5pm EST on Tuesday, March 6th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. Then on February 28th we’ll be kicking off the next challenge in our monthly rotation… a super fun Anything Goes Challenge! We’ll announce our February 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 ~ F2118 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 when RI Rock Star, Joy Hadden will be sharing a creation and her Pick of the Week stamps will be available to you at 20% off.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Feb 192018
 

Today is my day to share my Pick of the Week for Repeat Impressions. One of my favorite things to do with stamps is create my own backgrounds. Don’t get me wrong, I love patterned paper, but there is something about being able to make your own. You can match your colors perfectly and all you really need is a stamp and some ink. And as stampers, we all have those. The first background I have to share with you uses one stamp (1219-C Love Letter), one ink color and a random stamping pattern:

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I finished this one off with a stitched rectangle die and some inking around the edges.
Random can be a little scary for me, so often, I will create something with a repeating pattern like this (using 1222-G Love Stencil):

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You could use it just as it is, but I went ahead and dressed it up a little bit more with the 5015-P Postcard stamp. This is where it starts to look more like patterned paper.

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I decided to use this background for the Valentine’s Day card for my husband. Since I really liked how it turned out, I decided to keep the rest of the card very simple:

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The sentiment was created by 3 different stamps from 2 different cling sets that I mixed, match, masked, and stamped together. The “you” is from the “Hello Cling Set” and I stamped it just as it is. The “me” is from the “Happy Cling Set” and actually read “you make me so” but I masked off the beginning and end to leave just the me. And now we come to the part I am most proud of! You can look through all the cling sets and NOT find the “and”. But I was very committed to this sentiment and was going to make it happen. It turns out that “handsome” (which my husband is, of course!) from the “Hello Cling Set” contains “and” if you mask off the “h” and “some”. Tricky, but perfect!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope this inspires you to look at your stamps in new ways, both for creating backgrounds, and also for creating new sentiments.

~ Heather

For this week only (Feb. 19-25, 2018), get 20% Off the stamps used in Heather’s project when you use the coupon code POTW21918

Feb 142018
 

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you have a lovely day and a wonderful rest of the week. Hopefully you’ll make some time for some rubber stamping therapy too.

We have a fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge to help jumpstart your creativity today. I have created the Tic-Tac-Toe style board below using various stamping themes, elements, and embellishments. Then, similar to the game, you will create something based on picking any row of 3… either vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Fun, right?! And with so many great variables there’s really no reason why you can’t play along!

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Check out all the incredible cards the RI Rock Stars have created to inspire you this week. What a fabulous variety!

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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418” creation by Laurie Unger.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418” creation by Shirley Hotop.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418” creation by Donna Thielker.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418” creation by Esther Asbury.
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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 create something using this week’s Tic-Tac-Toe board, 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 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418 until 5pm EST on March 6th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On February 21st we’ll start a new challenge… our Inspiration Palette Challenge, and so on with the different challenges through the end of the month. Then the first Wednesday in March we’ll announce our February 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 Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ F1418 in your blog or gallery posting.

Thank you so much for stopping 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 sharing a creation and her Pick of the Week stamps will be available to you at 20% off.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Feb 122018
 

Esther here with this week’s Pick of the Week post. Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial for something I’ve never tried before — a Pop – Up card!

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To create the scene on the outside of my card I used sponge daubers to blend several shades of distress ink into a rectangle of watercolor paper. I added the same colors to a piece of watercolor paper cut with the Labels 10 die. To create the white edge, I left the paper in the die while sponging on the ink colors. The rectangle panel is spritzed with water and heat set to create a splattered look.

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Next I stamped my fish and turtle on colored cardstock and then colored over it with Touch Five markers, adding some highlights with a white gel pen.I then added a few sea themed die cuts around the edges.
I added a bit of dimension by popping up the label and turtle with foam mounting tape.

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To create a pop up card:
1. Trim a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than your card and fold in half
2. Measure (and mark) from the top 3 inches and 5 inches on both the left side and right side of your panel
3. Draw a light line in pencil
4. Using an xacto knife, carefully cut along your lines
5. Carefully fold your panel in half again, making sure the cut part is in the inside
6. Open and attach the image you’d like to “pop-up’ inside your card

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For this week only (Feb. 12-18, 2018), get 20% Off the stamps used in Esther’s project when you use the coupon code POTW21218

Supplies and Tools:

Dies: Under the Sea (Cuttlebug), Labels One and Ten (Spellbinders)

Embossing: Under the Sea (Cuttlebug)

Inks: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Distress inks (Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs)

Stamps:

4103-K, Sea Turtle (lg)

2423-L, Under the Sea

9718-G Plant

9713-E Bubbles

9720-C Big Wish

Stencils: Burlap (Tim Holtz)