Aug 022017

Well hello, August! Is it just me or is summer zipping by? I shouldn’t complain too much though as this is the first time in 20 years that I’ve had the pleasure of being home in Maine for the summer months. Normally we’d be running the highways non-stop doing stamp shows, but Bill is still not quite up to speed yet so we’re enjoying life in the slow lane at home this summer. And truth be told, I couldn’t be happier about it! :)

For the past month, besides spending a lot of time on gardening, I’ve been pounding away on the computer getting our shopping cart back on track. I’ve worked myself into a major carpal tunnel flare up but it was totally worth it. I am happy to report that our site should now appear safe and functional for everyone no matter what browser you happen to be using. Yay!! And I’ve been updating tons of pages adding the cling cushion mounting option as well. That part is still a work in progress, but I’m really hoping to complete all the mounting option updates by next week or sooner. Wish me and my wrist luck!

Summer is traditionally a slower season for crafty endeavors, what with so many folks vacationing and enjoying more outdoor adventures than inside ones. Totally understandable! So we’ve decided to cut you all a little slack and are extending our challenge deadlines a bit. This month the deadline for submissions for ALL our challenges will be September 5th. So for example… starting with today’s Designer’s Choice Challenge you’ll have the entire month to create and upload your card. Then when we introduce our next new challenge next week you’ll have three weeks to submit for that one, two weeks for the following challenge, and the usual one week to submit the last challenge of the month. So with a little less of a time crunch we hope you’ll find that you have more opportunity to play along with more of our challenges. But hopefully with so much extra time you won’t procrastinate or forget to play along. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today here at “The House” we’re kicking off a new month of challenges with one of our wonderful Designer’s Choice Challenges. This time around RI Rock Star, Cheri Weston is hosting and has come up with a super fun idea… she’s challenging you all to “Stamp Your Favorite Movie”. So many great possibilities… check it out and then put on your thinking cap and play along!

Here is the fabulous card that Cheri created to get everyone started.

“DCC82” creation by Cheri Weston.
Inspired by the movie “Sweet Home Alabama”.
Visit Cheri’s blog

So a few days ago Cheri shared her creation with her fellow Rock Stars and asked them all to stamp a card to illustrate their favorite move. Check out all the wonderful creations they came up with to inspire you this week!

“DCC82” creation by Donna Thielker.
Inspired by the movie “Wizard of Oz”.
Visit Donna’s blog

“DCC82” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Inspired by the movie “Bambi”.
Visit Deonna’s blog

“DCC82” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Inspired by the movie “Sound of Music”.
Visit Shirley’s blog

“DCC82” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
Inspired by the movie “Love Story”.
Visit Patti J.’s blog

“DCC82” creation by Laurie Unger.
Inspired by the movie “Hope Floats”.
Visit Laurie’s blog

“DCC82” creation by Heather Mills.
Inspired by the movie “Far and Away”.
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“DCC82” creation by Joy Hadden.
Inspired by the movie “The Light Keepers”.
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And now it’s your turn. Here are all the details…
1. Stamp a card that best illustrates your favorite movie. And remember, your creation does not have to be made with Repeat Impressions stamps, but if you would like to include our designs we would reeeally love to see them! ๐Ÿ˜€ Plus, there’s an added bonus… you will get an additional entry in our drawing for using our stamps in your submissions!
2. Post your DCC creation on your blog or online gallery and be sure to reference Repeat Impressions DCC82 ~ Stamp Your Favorite Movie. Then link it here with the inlinkz widget below. (Please provide a direct link to your post, not the entire blog.)
3. Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, September 5th at 5PM EST.
4. On August 9th we will introduce a new challenge to play along with and after all our August challenges wrap up we’ll announce our winner for the month the first week in September. One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate!

Today we’re also announcing the winner of our July challenges. A big thank you to all of you who participated. We loved checking out all your creations and really appreciated all your kind comments too! As usual, we let select the lucky recipient of our $25 Gift Certificate. So without further ado… this time that person is… Esther. Congratulations, Esther and happy shopping! Please leave a comment on this post and I will contact you with your certificate info.

Thanks so much for dropping by today. We hope you’ve found lots to inspire you and look forward to seeing your challenge card linked here very soon. And please be sure to stop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Shirley Hotop will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with you.

Until then… happy stamping!

Repeat Impressions

Jul 312017

Good morning!

I’m the Monday morning hostess at The House That Stamps Built. It’s my turn to share a Project of the Weekย with all of you. Today, I chose Inking with Finger Daubersย for my tutorial.

For this tutorial, I’m using these Repeat Impressions stamps:
6201-L Triple Cats
8210-F No Ordinary Cats

First, gather your supplies. You will need a few inks, a few finger daubers, and a fun stamp.


Using a finger dauber, ink up the first cat, being sure not to ink up any of the other parts of the stamp.


Stamp the first image, and repeat the process on the second cat, using a different ink and dauber.


Here is what it looks like. As you can see, I got a bit of ink on the ‘framework’ of the stamp.
No worries!


Repeat the process using a third dauber and ink color.


At this point, the cats were ‘masked’ using some scraps of post it notes. Once allย of the masks were in place, I daubed black ink on the frame.


Before stamping, careful and quickly remove the scaps of post it notes.
You can see in the image below, that only the frame has ink on it.


Here’s what it looks like with all Post-It’s removed.


Stamp the image.


Here is your finished image – pretty cool, right?


Now, all you have to do is finish your card! Voila!


Last, here is a close-up of the stamped image….


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.

Jul 262017

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today here at “The House” it’s time to kick off a new challenge. We have one of our fun and easy Anything Goes Challenges to wrap up the month. 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 wonderful creations the RI Rock Stars came up with to inspire you and get us started.

“Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617” creation by Laurie Unger.
Visit Laurie’s blog

“Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617” creation by Donna Thielker.
Visit Donna’s blog

“Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617” creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog

“Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog

“Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617” creation by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog

“Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617” creation by Cheri Weston.
Visit Cheri’s blog

“Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617” creation by Deonna Bemish.
Visit Deonna’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! ๐Ÿ˜€ Plus you will get an additional entry in our 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 ~ J2617 until 5pm EST on August 1st. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On August 2nd we’ll kick off a new challenge and announce our July 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 Anything Goes Challenge ~ J2617 in your blog or gallery posting.

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 Rock Star, Patti J. will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping everyone!

Repeat Impressions

Jul 242017

Hello everyone! It’s my turn to host the Project of the Week this time and after starting and stopping so many different projects (my mojo was sorely missing). I stumbled upon some shrinky dink film that had been hidden in my cupboard (isn’t it amazing what you find when your looking for something else?) and got the idea to use it to make a card embellishment.


I stamped the large butterfly onto the white piece of polyshrink material with Archival ink. Stazon would be the ink to use here, but I threw mine out years ago. Once dry, I cut around it being careful not to smudge the ink.


Using my heat gun (first warm it up, so it’s good and hot) I shrunk the butterfly down. Once it cooled off I glued it down onto the card.


I stamped a bunch of flowers in different colors of purple dye ink and randomly added some leaves to fill the space up. I then popped this up using fun foam onto a purple card base. I used several purple colors of Fabrika Decoru to add some dimension to the flower centers.


Here is a close up of the butterfly.

Stamps used:
5125-C, Dragonfly
10204-D, Leaf Cluster Solid
10207-E, Flower Cluster Solid
9001-L, Butterfly
10306-E, Daisy Solid Small
8611-E – Thinking

Thanks for stopping in!

~ Laurie