May 222017

Wowie!! I just got back from an event for card makers where we learned new techniques and found some fabulous inspiration. Today Wendy, owner of Repeat Impressions has asked me to do the Project of the Week and I’ll show you one of the techniques we learned. Here are the supplies you will need.


1. Mineral Paper – First a little about mineral paper — it’s made from rocks – not trees! It is silky, very flexible and a dream to work with. I can’t believe how soft and creamy it is. This pad is 11×14.
2. Alcohol Inks – in your favorite colors (3-4 colors)
3. Rubbing Alcohol – needs to be the 99% – the 70% doesn’t work as well and tends to just wet the paper.

That’s it for supplies.

Take one sheet and drop your chosen colors one at a time onto the paper in random drops – you can fill the entire page or leave some white areas.

Spray the paper with the alcohol or randomly add drops of the alcohol. It is amazing the patterns the alcohol makes — WARNING — it is addictive! (and fun!)


Then have stamps and dies ready to cut out and stamp – before you know it you will have 8-10 cards made in no time! Great for making card sets to give as gifts.

Here are 6 of the 8 cards I made. The other two will be posted on different challenges.


I used the sentiments Thanks So Much, Hello and Get Well Soon.


These use the sentiments Thanks So Much, time to celebrate and Happy Birthday.

I hope you give this a try. Be sure to wear an apron – alcohol inks stain (ask me how I know). It is fun and I’d love to see what you create!

~ Joy

Mar 272017

Good Morning stamping friends!  Today for the Project of the Week I’ll show you how to make a really super fast card with only your paper trimmer or exacto knife, ruler and your favorite Repeat Impressions sentiment stamp.

List of supplies:
paper trimmer (or exacto knife)


Cut two parallel lines the width of the decorative paper you want to use on the front of your folded card, using the exacto knife or paper trimmer.



Center your and stamp the sentiment on the slit.


Insert the decorative paper into the slit.


Here are a few cards made in less than 5 minutes.  Soooo quick and easy!  The first one uses a piece of decorative paper and the Happy Spring sentiment.  The second used a piece of printed acetate and Celebrating you sentiment.  The last one I used a piece of dry embossed vellum and the Thank you sentiment with the sentiment heat embossed with white embossing powder.




This is a really fast way to make a card – hope you enjoy trying your hand at this technique. Have a happy stamping day!

~ Joy

Feb 062017

Hi, Joy here – today it’s my turn to do Project of the Week for Repeat Impressions – a few weeks ago I made a phone cover for the weekly challenge and I’ve had several people ask how I did it. Today I’ll show you the easy-peazy way.

I bought a clear blank phone case. They are called called a “jelly” or clear case. This one came from the Dollar Store and cost $1.19. Amazon also has them for $5.00 to $6.00.


I stamped the images of the flower and leaf from the Flower Power Separates on a piece of card stock with a little masking I filled the piece of card stock with the images. They were colored with Copics and covered with Wink of Stella (unfortunately you can’t see the pretty sparkle).


The next case I made used the Hummingbird image and Dreams Take Flight


The clear phone case is packed with a styrofoam piece and I used this to traced on the back side of my colored card stock (or you could use your phone to trace), cut it out and used a corner rounder on each corner.



I traced around the camera hole and carefully cut out.


The piece of card stock was inserted into the plastic cover and then put on my phone. Thanks for looking at my project. I hope you have as much fun as I did making these cases.

Dec 212016

Happy Hump Day, everyone! It’s time for another fun installment in our Rock Star Spotlight series. In case you missed my earlier posts, we’re taking a break from our usual projects and challenges this month to bring back our Rock Star Spotlight series. So each Monday and Wednesday throughout December we’re featuring a different Rock Star and showing off some of their latest creations too.

We hope you’ve been visiting often and leaving each of these talented ladies a little love in the comments. And remember… 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, Joy Hadden.


Creations by Joy Hadden.
Visit Joy’s blog.

1. Tell us a little about your family.
I have 3 daughters, 3 wonderful sons-in-law, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild due December 1, and 1 crazy, neurotic cat named Purdy.

2. How did you get into stamping?
my sister invited me to a Stampin Up Party at her house.

3. What is your favorite holiday or occasion to create cards for?
Thank you cards

4. What is your favorite stamping style or technique?
lately it has been watercoloring backgrounds

5. What is your favorite color combo and coloring method?
anything with pink and copics

6. Aside from the usual necessities, what one crafting tool could you not go a day without?
the little spatula thingy in a Cricut tool set – helps me take off mistakes (which happen all the time) LOL

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl? When do you do most of your stamping?
I’m a night owl and that’s when I do most of my stamping

8. Tell us a little about your craft room/stamping space. And are you neat and organized or creatively messy?
I’m fortunate to have an extremely large craft room (24 ft. x 24 ft) and I’m usually an OCD organized stamper

9. What has been your biggest stamping challenge?
biggest challenge is getting things on straight!

10. What’s the best stamping related gift you ever received?
a silent heat gun – given to me years ago by Melissa Cash – a former Rock Star

11. If money were no object, what new crafting tool or supply would you choose?
a lazer light board to help me put elements on card bases straight

12. Tell us 3 of your most favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs.
The new Flower Power Series, “You Make Me Smile” sentiment from the Quartet Compliments Series and
“Wine for Two” from the Wine Time Series

13. Not including stamping, what’s your favorite pastime?
love, love to read – mostly non-fiction

14. What’s on your perfect pizza?
the works with anchovies

15. What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Ben & Jerry’s – Jamocha Almond Fudge – hummmmm…..

16. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
Kayaking in the ocean – so much fun – but did not see any whales or sharks

17. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
to do the New York Paper Show held in May every year, see the New York Christmas Parade in person from a balcony, a family portrait with ALL my family – so hard to get everyone together

18. If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
Tiffany’s – I’m a diamond and pearls girl!

19. If you could take only 3 items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?
e-reader, chips & salsa and coffee

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?
science fiction – because no one would believe it! Loretta Young would play me – I just love her.

Many thanks to Joy for her gorgeous creations 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 Monday for our next Rock Star Spotlight featuring Deonna Bemish.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have the merriest Christmas ever!

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