Jan 222018

This week here at The House That Stamps Built it is my week to do the POTW (Pick of the Week) I usually wonder what complicated technique or fold I can show but this time I went with SIMPLE – (doesn’t get any simpler than this.) The supplies are something we all have on hand and I know a couple of our Rock Stars love to use their left over scraps so hope this will come in handy for them.


You will need your card base – I used Kraft, layering piece cut 4 inches x 5 1/4 4 scraps of DP or pattern card stock – 1″x 4″, distress ink (I used Old Paper, and a sponge dauber) Versa-Fine Vintage Sepia, scallop circle punch, 1″ circle punch, and adhesive.


I had a bunch of kitty/cat DP which I had used in scrapping several years ago so I picked out 4 that I thought would go together. Cut 4 strips of 1 inch by 4 inch DP and punch 4 – 1 inch circles from same DP. Lay out your design on your layering piece.


I then distressed the edges of the strips and circles with Old Paper distress ink. When you get them the way you think they are eye appealing glue down your inch strips on your 1″ x 4 1/4″ layer making sure you butt then right next to each other. Place the circles on the bottom and glue them in place with about 1/2 of the circle below the strip line.


After you have glued the strips and circles glue a 3/4 in. x 4 inch strip horizontally across the bottom of the strips and circles, making this look like a scallop. At this time I also stamped my sentiment 1807-F I’m so glad found here.


Stamp your focal image 2604-I Cat with Ribbon found here on a scallop circle. I colored the bow on kitty with an orange glitter pen. I then tied a ribbon around the 3/4 inch strip and then used pop dots to pop up my scallop circle.


Hope you try this – was fun and used up some of those small scraps that we all seem to collect.

~ Shirley

For this week only (Jan. 22- 28, 2018), get 20% Off the stamps used in Shirley’s project when you use the coupon code POTW12218

Jan 152018

Hello. It’s my turn for Pick of the Week here at The House That Stamps Built. This week, I want to focus on Stenciling.

First of all I stamped the sentiment and the bee in Versafine ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.

Then, I stenciled the honeycomb back ground onto a white card panel using Distress squeezed lemonade ink and a blending tool. I went a little bit brighter or darker on the inside and then fading out toward the edge of the card.


Stamps used are 9308-C Bee and 9312-D Just “Bee” cause. I kept this very clean and simple so that the focal point of the stenciling doesn’t get lost. I also stamped a bee in the inside right hand corner to continue with the cuteness!


Hope your inspired to get out your stencils and play around a bit.
Thanks for stopping by!

~ Laurie


For this week only (Jan. 15-21, 2018), get 20% Off the stamps used in Laurie’s card when you use the coupon code POTW11518

Jan 082018

Good Morning friends! There’s not a better way to begin the New Year than endeavoring to accomplish some New Year’s resolutions! One of mine is to send out thank you cards. With the help of a few Repeat Impressions stamps and this technique I’ll be able to get that done pretty quick.

Here are the supplies you will need:

1. Background stamp – I’ve used Flower Power Background
2. Sentiment stamps – I’ve used Thanks A Bunch and Hello
3. Stamp positioner – I used a Misti
4. Ink
5. Coloring Medium – here I used Copics



The stamped background was quickly colored – took me about 20 minutes to do both these.
The images were sliced about 1/3 of the way and placed on 4.25 x 5.5 cards


Small borders in black and designer paper were added.


Sentiments were stamped using my Misti and some enamel dots and clear drops were added so in less than 30 minutes I had 4 cards ready to go.



Thanks for looking at my project.
~ Joy

For this week only (Jan. 8-14, 2018), get 20% Off the stamps used in Joy’s project when you use the coupon code POTW1818.
Flower Power Background
Thanks A Bunch
Hello set

Jan 012018

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s wishing us all a happy, healthy and creative 2018! I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for a fresh start. I love beginning a new year and the chance for new opportunities and possibilities. Let’s hope it’s a great one!

In keeping with that line of thought, I decided it was time for a little change here at The House. So we’re mixing things up a bit and putting a new spin on our Mondays. Instead of our usual Project of the Week posts, we’ll now be sharing a Pick of the Week with you each Monday. It may still be a project post, or it could be a technique, a tip, or whatever our Rock Star host feels like sharing with you that week. The new twist is that some of the featured stamps in the post will also be available at a discount to our blog followers for that week. Yay!!

And try not to faint from surprise, but we’re kicking off this new Pick of the Week feature with one of my creations. Yes, it’s true… once in a great while I break out a few stamps and get inky myself. So today I am going to share a birthday card I made for one of my wine loving friends. This style of card is called a Joy Fold Card. I like it because it’s a little bit different, but really quick and easy. Even more so since we offer pre-cut, pre-scored Joy Fold Card Kits over at our Repeat Impressions online store.

Joy Fold Cards can be made as a traditional card or easily be modified to be a gift card holder. Today I am showing you just the straight card version as this card will be paired with a bottle of wine as a gift… but of course!

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I used pieces from the Joy Fold Card Kit in Brown Kraft
These 3 stamps from my Wine Time Series:
9503-L, Wine Glass
9514-F, Grapes
9502-F, It’s your birthday
Black ink pad
Double-sided tape
Dimensional foam dot

I started by stamping the wine glass on the outside front of the white pre-scored panel. I then stamped the sentiment and grapes inside.

On the shorter flap of the brown kraft panel I randomly stamped the grapes repeatedly to create a background. I like the look of stamping off the edges so I placed a piece of scrap paper along the score mark to make sure I kept the larger end of the kraft panel clean and unstamped.

I also stamped the grape image on a scrap of brown kraft card stock and punched it out with a 1″ circle punch. (I would normally use the white card stock that’s included in the kit for that, but in this case I thought the kraft color lent itself a little better to my overall design.)

Then I went back and colored the wine glass and the grapes inside the card and on the circle.

I used a little piece of double-sided tape to layer my grape circle onto the center of one of the black pre-punched circles that’s included in the kit.

To assemble the card I affixed the pre-cut black panel in the center of the larger end of the unstamped side of the brown kraft panel. Then I affixed the back of the white panel to the center of the black panel. The shorter, stamped end of the brown panel should then be folded in so that it is tucked inside the white card front. Then I used a dimensional foam dot to attached my layered circles to the stamped portion of the brown panel. Be sure to position it so that the corner of the white card can be tucked under it, thereby creating the closure for the card. And voila! A super cool, but easy card!


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For more info and other examples of what I’ve created with my Joy Fold Card Kits please visit the Paper and Special Products page of the Repeat Impressions online store. And for this week only (Jan. 1-7, 2018), get 20% Off the three wine stamps I’ve used above and any of the Joy Fold Kits too when you use the coupon code WINE1118 at checkout.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your holiday to stop by for a visit. I hope your new year is off to a great start! Please be sure to come by again on Wednesday to check out our first Challenge of 2018.

Until the next time… happy stamping and Happy New Year too!!

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