May 292017

Hi everyone, it’s Laurie here and it’s my turn to provide a Project of the Week. I decided to go with the Black Magic technique this time around.


So, first gather your supplies:
White pigment ink
Heat embosser
Solid stamps
Black or dark cardstock
Colored pencils

Stamp your solid images in white pigment ink and heat set. Then color with colored pencils. The technique can call for outlining or adding lines and dots with a white gel pen or pencil, but I decided to keep it clean and simple.


I really like breaking out of my normal coloring rut and doing something different now and again, and this technique is a good way to make images really pop. Hope you give it a try.


May 222017

Wowie!! I just got back from an event for card makers where we learned new techniques and found some fabulous inspiration. Today Wendy, owner of Repeat Impressions has asked me to do the Project of the Week and I’ll show you one of the techniques we learned. Here are the supplies you will need.


1. Mineral Paper – First a little about mineral paper — it’s made from rocks – not trees! It is silky, very flexible and a dream to work with. I can’t believe how soft and creamy it is. This pad is 11×14.
2. Alcohol Inks – in your favorite colors (3-4 colors)
3. Rubbing Alcohol – needs to be the 99% – the 70% doesn’t work as well and tends to just wet the paper.

That’s it for supplies.

Take one sheet and drop your chosen colors one at a time onto the paper in random drops – you can fill the entire page or leave some white areas.

Spray the paper with the alcohol or randomly add drops of the alcohol. It is amazing the patterns the alcohol makes — WARNING — it is addictive! (and fun!)


Then have stamps and dies ready to cut out and stamp – before you know it you will have 8-10 cards made in no time! Great for making card sets to give as gifts.

Here are 6 of the 8 cards I made. The other two will be posted on different challenges.


I used the sentiments Thanks So Much, Hello and Get Well Soon.


These use the sentiments Thanks So Much, time to celebrate and Happy Birthday.

I hope you give this a try. Be sure to wear an apron – alcohol inks stain (ask me how I know). It is fun and I’d love to see what you create!

~ Joy

May 152017

It’s my turn to post a Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built. Paper piecing is not a new technique by any means, but I thought I would share a few hints and tips that I like to use.

Here’s what you need:
– your image
– card stock and patterned paper
– scissors (I like to use these scissors with little tiny blades, it helps maneuver around the image better) and I also used a craft knife for the little details
– a black marker
– ink


Stamp your image on your card stock and then again on the patterned paper. This is a great way to use up some scraps; but I do like to use a pattern that I also use on the rest of the card.


Cut out the part of the image you want to use from the patterned paper and color your image stamped on the card stock. Here’s one of the tips: use a marker similar to your patterned paper to color around the edges of the part you will be covering up. It helps just in case you didn’t cut exactly right. I also like to take the black marker and ink around the edges of the cut out piece. This helps eliminate any white edges and again helps if you haven’t cut it perfectly.


Then adhere you patterned paper piece onto your main piece.


I cut out the entire image and adhered it to my card.


I hope this encourages you to use the paper piecing technique, and hopefully my tips help a little bit. Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather

Stamps: Repeat Impressions “9302-P, Cupcakes” and “1113-D, Birthday
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13”

May 082017

Good morning! Donna here with the Project of the Week for Repeat Impressions, doing triple stamping.

First gather your supplies: Two inks of choice, white and colored cardstock of choice, stamp set of choice – I used some of Repeat Impressions Flower Power Separates Series:


Cut white cardstock to: 5 1/4 by 4″, 4 1/4 by 3″, 3 1/4 by 2″. Cut colored cardstock to A2 card size 4 1/4 by 5 1/2″,4 1/4 by 3 1/4″, 3 1/2 by 2 1/4″:


Position as above and then remove colored cardstock and tape the white cardstock in place with double sided tape, be sure it is in the position it will be in when the card is put back together as above:


Stamp images, be sure to overlap some edges especially corners and get a pleasing overall look:


Tape white pieces to colored cardstock:


Assemble and embellish as desired:


My inspiration for this card was:


Yes, it really was a Kleenex box, this was in a multipack and every time this box was on my bathroom counter I would think what a pretty card it would make, so here it is!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and my Kleenex inspired card. Have a wonderful week and I hope you find time for some stamping!