Sep 042017
 

Happy Labor Day! It’s my turn to share a project of the week on the House That Stamps Built blog. I originally got this idea from Wendy, the owner of Repeat Impressions and thought it might prove useful to some of you. So, I’m showing you how I store my unmounted rubber stamps from Repeat Impressions (but obviously, it would work for any company). Here’s what you will need:

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• a three ring binder (mine is for 8×11 inch paper and it is 1 1/2 inches deep from Staples)
• card stock or paper to fit your binder (I used white card stock from Staples just for a little sturdier weight)
• page protectors to fit your binder (mine are heavyweight sheet protectors from Staples, I think the package has enough to hold 70 sheets)
 Aleene’s Tack-it Over & Over adhesive ( I got mine from Amazon, but Repeat Impressions sells it)
a clear block
• ink

Because the adhesive needs time to dry, the first thing I did was scribble a fine layer over the backs of all my stamps. If you are not familiar with Tack-it Over & Over, it is a removable adhesive that will allow you to mount your stamps to a clear block over and over without having to reapply. After you have applied it, allow it to dry for several hours or overnight.

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Then, the real process (and fun) begins! I categorized my stamps according to the Repeat Impressions online catalog which makes it easier for me to find them when I need to add a link for a blog post. It also makes it easier to find a stamp rather than having to look through the entire binder. You can see in the photo below that I labeled the top of this page “Nature” to correspond with the “Nature” category on the website. Under that, to the left, I wrote the category “Flowers“. Then I stamped each image that fits in that category and labeled them with their item number and names. I also included the dates I got the stamps. Since I have a lot of the flower stamps, I filled the entire page, but you will see later on that some of my pages are nearly empty–leaving room for when I get more stamps in that category. On this page, I have “Vase of Tulips“, “Tulip Bouquet“, “Sunflower” and all the stamps from the “Flower Power Separates” set.

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After stamping the page, slide it in the page protector and place your rubber stamps right on top of the corresponding image. The Tack-it adhesive will stick to the plastic and you will always be able to find your stamp AND see what it looks like when it is stamped. This is a bonus for those sentiments that are hard to read backwards!

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Now, you can easily slide the card stock sheet out of the page protector to see the images and sentiments you have.

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I stamp both sides of my card stock so I can use both sides of the page protector, then I place them in the three ring binder and all my unmounted rubber stamps can now sit on a shelf. The pages below hold the “Holy Crap” set, “Music Background” and “Bass Harbor Light (lg)

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The photo below shows one of my pages that only has two stamps on it, leaving room for me to grow my collection.  : )

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And, this last one shows my entire collection, it just about fills up my 1 1/2″ binder.

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I hope this gives you an idea for a way to store all the fabulous unmounted rubber stamps from Repeat Impressions. It is so much better than how I was storing them: in the mailing envelope I got them in.

~ Heather

Jul 102017
 

I’m going to give you a quick little tutorial on how to do the out of the box die cutting technique; something that I find myself using quite a bit. Here’s what you need for this technique:
• an image (I used “Feline Friendly“)
• ink
• a die
• scissors
• pencil
• washi tape or similar low tack tape (I forgot to put it in the picture)

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This technique works really well for large images (ones that are too big to fit in your die) and needs to have a part or parts of the image that hangs outside the width of the die.

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Line up the die around your image where you want it and lightly trace along both sides of the die around the part of the image that falls outside of the die. For my card, it is along the sides of the die just around the cat’s tail. In the next photo you can see where I drew the lines:

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Take your scissors, and carefully cut along the IMAGE lines just until you have cut in far enough to be able to pop the piece up over your die (you’ll see what I mean in the next photo). I drew light arrow lines to show how far in I cut.

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Slide your die under the cut out part of the image until it lines up between the two lines you traced before and tape it in place so it doesn’t move. You can see how the cat’s tail is up on top of the die.

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Run it through your die cutting machine like normal. You can see that my die cut is smaller than the die; I ran it through a second time after adjusting it because I didn’t want all that white space at the bottom.

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Carefully and thoroughly erase any pencil lines and smooth the cut out portion down so you can’t see the cuts.

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And here is my finished card:

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I just love how his little tail is hanging out over the edge; I really think it adds to the cuteness. For my sentiment I used “Friends Make . . .“.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Heather

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

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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.

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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.

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Then adhere you patterned paper piece onto your main piece.

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

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

~ Heather

Supplies:
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?

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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.

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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).

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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.

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And here’s what it looks like:

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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.

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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.

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Here are the card panel and the two tags.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Supplies:
Card:
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