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”

Mar 202017

Today is my day to share a Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built. Do any of you have a pile of scraps that look like this?


Well, I do, so my project focuses on using up some of those scraps. I start by cutting pairs of 1/2 inch strips, making sure I have at least two of each pattern. I cut a base of scrap cardstock a little bit bigger than an A2 size panel. As you can see, it doesn’t even have to be a full square. Then I butt two strips together and adhere them on the backside with a strip of tape, so they stay together.


I use spray adhesive on my base panel, but you could probably use your favorite adhesive. The hardest part is lining up the center piece, but once you’ve got that the rest is really easy. I just lay the next two coordinating pieces right in the “v” (or around the “v” when doing the lower portion).


After I have filled up the base card with strips, I use a stitched rectangle die to trim it down to fit on an A2 card.


And here’s what it looks like:


I like to make tags using the small strips. I just line them up horizontally instead of in the “v” pattern. I use the same process as the card; I cut my tag shape first, apply spray adhesive and layer the paper strips. Then I trim the ends off with my scissors to match the shape of the tag.


And this is what my scrap pile looks like afterwards. The pile in the lower right are scraps even I will consider too small to save. The upper right will probably be made into another tag eventually, and then I have some larger scraps to keep working on.


Here are the card panel and the two tags.


And here they are all finished up. Gorgeous, huh?


I raided my bits and pieces stash for almost all of the additional pieces. The floral oval and two of the blue flowers where in the stash; I did have to stamp a third to finish it off.


The ribbon, vellum oval, die cut sentiment, flower and leaf sprig were all in the stash.


The ribbon, circle, flower and leaf were all in the stash. So not only did I use up some paper scraps, I also used up a bunch of items that had been made for previous projects and just didn’t get used.


Stamps: Repeat Impressions: “Daisy Solid, sm” and “Happy Birthday
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13” stitched rectangle; Spellbinders “Floral Ovals”
Tag 1:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions: “Daisy Solid, sm
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13” tag; Spellbinders “Classic Ovals, large”; Verve “Sprightly Sprigs”; MFT “Smartphone” hello
Tag 2:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions: “Daisy Solid, sm“, “Leaf Outline, lg” and “Happy Birthday
Dies: MFT “Blueprints 13” tag; Spellbinders “Classic Circles, large”

~ Heather

Jan 232017

Today is my day to post a Project of the Week here at The House That Stamps Built blog. Pierced dies are really popular right now and I’d love to have them ALL!! But, if you’re like me and can’t spend all that money, I’m going to show you how you can get the look with dies you already own.

What you will need:
Dies (they need to be open on the inside like the ones I used from Spellbinders)
A piercing tool (I used my multi tool from Spellbinders, but I also have a regular piercing tool. You could probably also use a straight pin.)
Some kind of mat to protect your work surface
Stamps (I used Repeat Impressions515-L, Strawberries” and “8602-E, Smile“)


Cut out your card stock with the die and leave it IN the die. Using the piercing tool, pierce the card stock right along the edge of the die.


Continue piercing right along the inside edge of the die. I space mine out about 1/8 inch, but you could do it a little farther apart if you’d like. I don’t measure, just eyeball it; no one will be able to tell if it’s not exactly even.


Here’s what it looks like once I pierced all the way around and removed the die:


A perfectly pierced die cut circle! You can do this with any shaped die as long as it is open in the middle. I hope you will give it a try. Here’s my finished card:



Dec 052016

Good morning, crafty friends! We’re taking a break from our usual projects and challenges this month to bring back our Rock Star Spotlight series. This little game of questions has proved to be a fun way to get to know the artists behind the cards we’ve been sharing. So each Monday and Wednesday throughout December we’ll be featuring a different Rock Star and showing off some of their latest creations too.

We hope you will visit often and leave each of these talented ladies a little love in the comments. And to make it even more fun for you, we’ll be awarding a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate to one lucky commenter. Every comment earns you another chance to win. So visit and comment often. We’ll use to choose a winner and make the announcement the first Monday of next month.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on RI Rock Star, Heather Mills. And here’s the fabulous Christmas card she made especially for her Spotlight feature.

Christmas card by Heather Mills.
Card creation by Heather Mills.
Visit Heather’s blog.

1. Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I have been married for 17 1/2 years and have three awesome children ages 10 and just turned 8! (I know, those are only TWO ages, but we have twins!!)

2. How did you get into stamping?
Stampin’ Up! One of my friends was a demonstrator and invited me to a party about 16 years ago, and the rest is history.

3. What is your favorite holiday or occasion to create cards for?
Christmas!! It also happens that I need the most cards for Christmas, but I do really love making them.

4. What is your favorite stamping style or technique?
I really don’t have one. I love everything from super layered to CAS, though I guess I’m really just a classic girl and usually create something in between.

5. What is your favorite color combo and coloring method?
Favorite card color combo is pink and green and my favorite coloring tools are markers. I’m slowly building up my supply of Spectrum Noir markers, but for the colors I don’t have I use a 100 piece kids set I got from the craft store ages ago.

6. Aside from the usual necessities, what one crafting tool could you not go a day without?
Well, for me it IS a necessity; I could not live without my dies and die cutting machine.

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl? When do you do most of your stamping?
Neither and both. I guess I am more of a night owl, but I can function early in the morning, too. Most of my stamping gets done in the afternoon. I’m a stay at home mom (homeschooling as well) and I instituted a quiet time hour (or hours now) when my oldest wasn’t taking naps anymore. The twins would nap and the oldest would look at books or play quietly in the bedroom while I went down stairs and made cards. It was my quiet time and I’ve still kept that up.

8. Tell us a little about your craft room/stamping space. And are you neat and organized or creatively messy?
My crafting area is along one wall of our family room. My husband built me a beautiful wooden desk and I have shelves above it for holding both my card making and jewelry making supplies. It’s right next to our woodstove so in the winter it is nice and toasty. And I am totally creatively messy! In all other aspects of life, I am a complete neat freak! But when I craft, everything just gets piled up all over the place! Half the time I can’t find an item I just put down.

9. What has been your biggest stamping challenge?
Hmmm . . . Not buying EVERYTHING I want (which is pretty much everything I see). : )

10. What’s the best stamping related gift you ever received?
I got MFT’s “Magical Dragons” set for my birthday this year. Cutest set ever!!

11. If money were no object, what new crafting tool or supply would you choose?
Well, since money is no object, I will buy them all. Seriously, I “need” everything. But, the MISTI is definitely at the top of my wishlist.

12. Tell us 3 of your most favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs.
The new Flower Power Separate Series, Butterfly (large) and the sheet music background.

13. Not including stamping, what’s your favorite pastime?
My other hobbies are: making jewelry, crocheting and reading. oh, and pinterest.

14. What’s on your perfect pizza?

15. What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Peanut Butter cup (but it has to have a vanilla base)

16. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I have completed 9 Tough Mudders, 2 Spartan Sprints, and 2 Rugged Maniacs–all different brands of mud obstacle racing. So fun.

17. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
Go to a DUKE university basketball game at Cameron Indoor stadium in NC, Complete my 10th Tough Mudder and get the new headband (this will happen next year), and travel to/through all 50 US states–I’ve been in all but Alaska, Hawaii, Oregan, Washington, and California.

18. If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
I love to shop, so I don’t think I could choose just one store. Maybe JoAnn’s; all sorts of crafty goodness there.

19. If you could take only 3 items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?
My “Game of Thrones” book series (I could read them over and over a lot of times), a hammock and sunglasses.

20. If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? And who would play you in the movie of your life?
I’m sure my life would be a comedy, even though it feels like drama sometimes. And Sandra Bullock would definitely play me; she’s funny and we sort of look alike.

Many thanks to Heather for the great card creation and for sharing her responses here with us. What fun! Now be sure to leave her some love here below in the comments for your chance at our $25 gift certificate! Then join us again on Wednesday for our next Rock Star Spotlight featuring Shirley Hotop.

Until the next time…

Repeat Impressions