Mar 082017
 

Oh happy day! We’re back from our show travels and busy playing catch up here this morning. A big shout out to all the stampers who came by to support us at the SSAT Show this past weekend in Rockford, IL. Thank you so much!! It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces and we made a few new friends as well. Hopefully we may see you all again next year.

But today it’s time to kick off a new Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. 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 you can’t help but play along!

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Check out all this wonderful inspiration the RI Rock Stars have created for you! Such a fun variety of styles and images!!

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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ M817” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ M817” creation by Cheri Weston.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~M817” creation by Donna Thielker.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ M817” creation by Shirley Hotop.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ M817” creation by Heather Mills.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ M817” creation by Laurie Unger.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ M817” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
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“Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ M817” creation by Deonna Bemish.
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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 your it here to this post by clicking on the little blue button below.

We will be accepting submissions to this Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge ~ M817 until 5pm EST on March 14th. All participants will be automatically entered into our random drawing. On March 15th 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 April we’ll announce our March 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 ~ M817 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, Donna Thielker will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Mar 062017
 

Hi everyone, Deonna here. It’s my turn to share a Project of the Week using Repeat Impressions rubber stamps and I’ve chosen to show you how to make a Stamped Watercolor Background card.

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Supplies that I used:
Watercolor paper – I used 140 pound Canon paper cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″
Ink pads – Water based dye ink – I used Stampin’up in Rose Romance, Lavender Lace and Mellow Moss
Repeat Impressions stamps – 10301-H Patti’s Flower Solid, 10314-H Daisy Solid Large, 10311-C Leaf Solid Small, 10318-D Leaf Solid Large
Spray bottle with water
Acrylic Block to mount stamps
Base cardstock to finish the card- 8 1/2″x 5 1/2″ white cardstock folded in half. Cardstock in purple cut to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, pink cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″
White cardstock cut to 8 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and folded in half for card base
A.T.G or glue
Ribbon, if desired and embellishments

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1. Take your watercolor paper, Rose Romance ink and your R.I. stamp (Patti’s Flower Solid) stamp the image onto your watercolor paper 3 times randomly.

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2. Using your Mellow Moss ink pad and R.I. Stamps (Small and Large Solid Leaf), stamp in various places around the stamped flowers.

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3. Using your Lavender Lace ink and R.I Stamp (Daisy Solid Large), ink the stamp and stamp on the watercolor paper 3 times randomly. You may want to go back and add more flowers or leaves to fill in the space. This is optional.

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4. After stamping all of the above, take your spray bottle and randomly spritz over the ink. This caused the ink to spread causing it to look water colored. The more water that you add the better the effect. Set the wet paper aside and allow to dry.

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5. Create your card base and layer the purple cardstock on the card base. I used my A.T.G to glue each layer down. Then layer the pink cardstock on top of the purple.

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6. Once your card face is dry, run a strip of glue across the center of the card face and glue down the ribbon. Glue your card face on top of the pink cardstock.

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7. Decorate your card as desired. I added a handmade crepe paper rosette, some white tulle and a bow made with a Martha Stewart Punch.

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Thank you for stopping by today and I hope that this tutorial was inspiring.

Mar 012017
 

Wow… it’s March already! Before we know it Spring will be here. :-)  And after several major snowstorms, we’ve already been blessed with some wonderful spring-like weather here in Maine over the past week. But in keeping with tradition, things are looking a little sketchy in the weather department as we hit the road again today for another stamp show. 😉  This morning we’re on Day 1 of our journey to IL for the StampScrapArtTour Show in Rockford this weekend. We hope to meet some of you there!

But here at “The House” we’re kicking off the new month with one of our great Designer’s Choice Challenges. This time around RI Rock Star, Laurie Unger is hosting and challenging you all to create a “Long Tall Sally” card. Which is a fun name for a card that fits in a regular #10 envelope. A little different and a lot of fun!

Here is the wonderful card that Laurie created to get everyone started. So pretty and I love the ribbon loops peeking out from under the sentiment panel!

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“DCC31” creation by Laurie Unger.
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So a few days ago Laurie shared her creation with her fellow Rock Stars and asked them all to create a “Long Tall Sally” sized card. Check out all the fabulous creations they came up with to inspire you this week! Such a great variety. And are these super fun or what?!

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“DCC31” creation by Joy Hadden.
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“DCC31” creation by Deonna Bemish.
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“DCC31” creation by Donna Thielker.
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“DCC31” creation by Shirley Hotop.
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“DCC31” creation by Patti J. Gilliam.
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“DCC31” creation by Heather Mills.
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“DCC31” creation by Cheri Weston.
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And now it’s your turn. Here are all the details…
1. Create a “Long Tall Sally” sized card (a card that fits in a regular #10 envelope). 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! 😀 Plus, there’s an added bonus… you will get an additional entry in our random.org 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 DCC31 ~ Long Tall Sally Card. 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, March 7th at 5PM EST.
4. On March 8th we will introduce a new challenge to play along with and after all our March challenges wrap up we’ll announce our winner for the month. One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate!

Today we’re also announcing the winner of our February 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 random.org select the lucky recipient of our $25 Gift Certificate. So without further ado… this time that person is… Ionabunny! Congratulations and happy shopping! Please leave a comment on this post and I will get your certificate info on it’s way.

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, Deonna Bemish will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with you.

Until then… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Feb 272017
 

Hi there everyone! Cheri here with a new Project of the Week to share. It’s called “Masking with Rubber Cement”.

You can purchase masking fluid in many art departments and online in many locations. However, you can also get the same results by using plain old rubber cement and it’s a whole lot cheaper.

Here is one of the projects I made using the technique I’m going to show you.

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For this card I used RI Stamps #9114-I “Heart Air Balloon” and the sentiment is #2505-H “The Very Best…”.

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project.

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Watercolor Paper, Rubber Cement, Small Paint Brush (for applying the rubber cement), Assortment of Distress Inks or watercolor medium of your choice, VersaMark Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Waterproof ink and your choice of stamps. Paper Mask for balloon image. (Note: I used my MISTI stamp positioning tool for stamping my images)

Stamp the Heart Balloon stamp onto the watercolor paper panel, in the area where you’d like the “front” balloon to be. Stamp with VersaMark Ink, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat emboss. Note: When stamping, be sure you get a good stamped image with the ink. Sometimes it takes two or three times to get a good impression on watercolor paper.

When cool, use the paper mask to cover this stamped and embossed image. Again, place the balloon where you’d like it to appear behind the front one. Repeat the inking process, apply the embossing powder and heat emboss.

I taped my card panel down with painter’s tape on a piece of board I use to keep the watercolor paper flat while adding water. It reduces warping.

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Using your small paint brush, apply the rubber cement to the center of your images or to any area you’d like to mask (preventing watercoloring to color the area). Be sure to get good coverage in the areas you want masked. Now, wait for it to dry… it takes about 10 minutes.

When your rubber cement is dry, you can now apply your watercolor (with a clean brush, NOT the one you used for the cement). You can give the background a wet wash and apply color that way or you can apply your wet watercolor straight to the paper. Both effects are quite nice. I’ll have an example of the wet watercolor to paper application at the end of this post.

For the wet wash, just “paint” your watercolor panel with clean water. I smooshed the Distress Inks on an acrylic block and picked up some color with the brush I used to apply the water to the watercolor paper and dropped each color in the area where I wanted it.

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After your background is as you like it you can remove the rubber cement by simply rubbing it off with your finger.

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In this photo you can see where some of the watercolor got in areas where I didn’t have enough rubber cement coverage. I fixed that by taking a very small brush and just wetting those areas and dabbing it off with a paper towel.

Now just decorate your card as you’d like it.

Here’s a second card I did using the wet paint to dry paper. The same process was followed except for that.

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Stamps used for this card are #10303-H “Daisy Outline Large”, #10302-E “Daisy Outline Small”, #10319-F “Leaf Outline Slender” and #10321-H “Stem Outline”. The sentiment is #1112-E “Just a Note”.

I hope you enjoyed this and you give it a try.