Nov 202017

Good morning!

I’m the Monday morning hostess at The House That Stamps Built. It’s my turn to share a ‘Project of the Week‘ with all of you. Today, I chose to share a tutorial for the easiest EVER treat box.

For this tutorial, I’m using this Repeat Impressions stamp:

2107 H Noel

Cut a piece of card stock to 6.5″ x 6.5″.
Score at 2″ on each side.


This is what your ‘box’ will look like:


Cut off the 4 corners and burnish your score lines nice and crisp.


Take a small hole punch and punch each side of each flap.
Now it looks like this.


Burnish your fold lines one more time for grins…


Take some Baker’s Twine or gold cording, and tie up your corners.


Decorate as desired.


Fill boxes with something delightful!
That’s it – you’re done!


Truly the easiest box ever, right?

On the dotted box, there were no added panels, green card stock was used for matting, and Baker’s Twine was used for the ties.

On the striped box, I cut and adhered four panels that were 2.25″ x 1.75″, gold metallic card stock was used for matting, and Gold cording for the ties.

We hope that you will give this a try!
Come back and let us know if you do – we’d love to see your finished projects!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Nov 132017

Hello, Laurie here and it’s my turn to host the Project of the Week. This time around we are going to be revisiting an old favorite. The Criss Cross Card.

You will need the following supplies:
(2) 4 ¼ x 11 pieces of cardstock in your choice of color
Patterned paper or your stamped design to decorate the outside with
(1) 3 ¾ x 5 ¼ cardstock for the insert – and any decorations
One 1 ½ x 12 for the belly band


Cut your two pieces of cardstock at a diagonal, then adhere them together.



Stamp your outside layers.


I randomly stamped a piece of 8 ½ x 11 sheet with leaf stamps in different fall colors and then cut it apart as follows.


From these, I took the best of the lot and cut it down to work with the brown diagonals and the card insert.



Here is the belly band, which will need to be scored at approximately 5 5/8 and 11 1/4 .


I used one of the spare diagonals to cut out the sentiment for the outside of the belly band and to create the pull mechanism for the insert.


Here is what it looks like apart and then put together.



Thanks for stopping by today. I hope this inspires you to create this oldy but goody card design.

Nov 062017

Hey — Wendy, owner of Repeat Impressions let me do the Project of the Week for this week and I’m crazy about it.  I’ll be doing some experimenting with it and here are my first attempts.

Ok – I love, love the new stitching dies – but Holy Toledo! they are expensive.  I want a leaf stitching die and just the dies alone were $24.00.  So I came up with this idea.

Here are the supplies you will need:
Tracing wheel (the kind you use for pattern marking)
Favorite image (stamped already)
A little black ink
An old mouse pad


4904-F, Get Well Postoid stamp and 5127-K, Maple Leaf Silhouette stamp.

First gently ink up the wheel (just like you would do a brayer) – I used a little ink dew drop – because I didn’t know if it would cut the ink pad.

Here I used a ruler on top of the mouse pad to make sure I did it straight.


Here I did it slowly using curves.


1216-O, Ruffled Heart Border stamp.

Here I did it using the leaves – this was my goal!


Here are the leaves and small rectangle finished.


Here is the card I did using the technique.


This also used the word “Happy” from the 3104-F, Happy Everything sentiment and some alphabet letters.  I attached a Starbucks card.

Thanks for looking at my project – hope you give it a try.

~ Joy

Oct 302017

Hi, everyone! It’s my turn to share a Project of the Week here at The House That Stamps Built and I’m going to show you how to create a bokeh background with stamped images. It creates such a soft look and it’s pretty fun, especially if you don’t mind doing a lot of sponging. Here are the things you will need:


• several coordinated ink colors: I used SU! Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac and Green Galore dye inks plus MFT Gray Grout for image stamping
• white ink: I used SU! white craft ink
• ink daubers or sponges
• white card stock panel
• stamps: I used Repeat Impressions’ 8912-I “Snowflake Solid (lg)”, 8914-E “Snowflake Solid (small)” and 1141-F “Christmas”

Start out with one of your ink colors; sponging it in several places on your panel. I chose Tempting Turquoise as it was my darkest color.


Sponge on your next color, overlapping in some areas.


Sponge on your next color filling up the rest of the white space. It looks a little splotchy right now, due to the rough edges of my sponge daubers, but don’t worry, it will be fixed!


I switched to sponge pieces and continued to sponge on the ink colors, darkening them, smoothing the color and blending all the colors together better.


Once you get your inks blended how you want them, start adding the white. I used the sponge dauber to create different sized circles. For the smaller circles, I simply pressed the inked dauber directly down onto the paper, like a stamp. For the larger circles, I used the dauber in a circular motion to create various sized circles. Overlap them here and there and make some darker by adding more ink over top of the ink already there. The edges will soften as the ink dries. Now, be patient and let your panel dry (I know from experience that it will make the next step easier!)


I used my light gray ink to stamp the large and small snowflakes onto the panel. I used my mini MISTI because I knew I would have to stamp each image several times since the ink is so light. I wanted them to be subtle which is why I chose the light ink, but I also wanted them to be seen.


After the panel dried completely, I turned it into my finished card. As you can see, as the inks dried (specially that white craft ink) everything softened and blended together perfectly! I am loving these non-traditional colors for Christmas!!


I finished it off with a bit of ribbon I’ve had forever, a vellum die cut snowflake topped with a recycled button, and some nuvo crystal drops. Thanks for checking out my Project of the Week!

~ Heather