Feb 202017
 

Good morning!

I’m the Monday morning hostess at The House That Stamps Built. It’s my turn to share a ‘Project of the Week’ with all of you. Today, I chose ‘Stamping on Photos’ as my topic for the day.

If you are a very patient person, there’s nothing to this technique. However, patience is not my strongest asset!

For today’s tutorial, I’m using these Repeat Impressions stamps:

8621-E Congratulations
2821-H Wish You Were Here

Let’s get started!

First, you will need an ink that works on non-porous materials. I’ve found that these three inks work best. StazOn is my favorite. It’s permanent and can be used on paper, transparencies, etc. It also dries faster than the other two do.

The key to stamping on anything slick is to NOT rock or wiggle, and to let things dry. Don’t even THINK about touching them for what will seem like an eternity! You might test on some extra photos before stamping on something important.

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Since I tend to rock and wiggle, I thought it best to use my MISTI for this project. First, you will decide where you want the stamp to be. Place it face down on your photo.

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Close the door, gently press on your stamp, and open the door. The stamp should be on the left side. Straighten it up a bit, if needed, then ink stamp. Shut the door again, and press gently on the stamp. When you open the door, your stamping should be ‘picture perfect’…hee hee. If it’s not, you can just close the door, and have another go at stamping.

Now, if you do not have a MISTI, I highly recommend using a stamp positioner of some sort – Stamp-a-ma-jigs work great, but you have to be careful not to smear if you re-stamp.

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The next step is to create you card!

I have to admit to ‘that moment’, when you’re typing up your blog, you’re on a very tight timeline, and you look at the photo, and realize that you DID smear some ink! Yep….just look at my upper left arm! Not a bruise. Nope, it’s ink! Ranger Archival Black Ink, so it’s not going away anytime soon!

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I used the same procedure for this next card. This photo has a story behind it that I’ll share at the bottom of this page. I’m thinking this will actually be going into a scrapbook, as it’s a special story!!!

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I 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.

My story is this: I’ve been morbidly obese nearly all of my adult life. In August 2015, I made a life changing decision, had weight loss surgery, and began losing weight. For 40 years, I was the mom on the sidelines, watching other moms participate. Our kids were not raised on a beach, or in a pool – that would mean I’d have to wear a swim suit… Anyway, by the time this photo was taken, I’d lost about 85-90 pounds, and was feeling very good. I’d flown to Germany to help our daughter, as she had a toddler and a new baby, and her hubby had to come to the US for 10 days or so. One day, DD told me that we were going on a hike. I got my shoes on, made a bathroom stop (thank goodness!!!), and off we went. Imagine my surprise when we pulled up at the base of this ‘hill’, and she informed me that we were going to the top! I nearly cried! “I can’t do this”, I said, repeatedly. She calmly and loving said that I COULD do this, and that she’d help me. We made it to the top and only stopped for a couple of short breaks. When I got to the top, it was the best feeling ever! She had so much faith in me, while in my own mind, I was still that mom on the sidelines! Thanks to our sweet Melissa, for helping me grow!

Dec 122016
 

Happy Monday, everyone! As I mentioned last week, 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 random.org to choose a winner and make the announcement the first Monday of next month.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on RI Rock Star, Patti J. Gilliam.

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Creations by Patti J. Gilliam.
Visit Patti J’s blog.

1. Tell us a little about your family.
I married my handsome man, Stan, nearly 44 years ago! We are still best friends, and forever soulmates. He is my #1 fan, and supports me in my every endeavor. We have two wonderful grown children, and have been blessed with a daughter-in-law, and son-in-law that we love like our own. In the past three years, we’ve been lucky enough to become grandparents to three amazing grandchildren! Our son and his family live in NM, and our daughter and her family live in VA., so we keep the highways and runways heated up with our ‘need’ to travel to the NE or SW (we live in MO., which is almost exactly the same mileage either direction). We have 20 paws that belong to our fluffy, furry grand-doggies, and 4 paws that belong to our own little hairy beast, Sophie.

2. How did you get into stamping?
I was experiencing Empty Nest, so I signed up for a card making class at a local store. A week later, I borrowed an item from the teacher, and the rest is history. I became a total stamping addict, and my teacher, Shirley, became my best friend. What fun that we are now both designing for Repeat Impressions!!!

3. What is your favorite holiday or occasion to create cards for?
Christmas! The possibilities are endless – soft and glittery snowy scenes, to red and green Santa’s and trees!

4. What is your favorite stamping style or technique?
My favorite style is clean and simple. My favorite technique is coloring – it’s so therapeutic and relaxing!

5. What is your favorite color combo and coloring method?
I love to see red, turquoise, black and white on a project – so classy and fun. Alcohol markers are my favorite coloring method – I use both Copic and Spectrum Noir markers.

6. Aside from the usual necessities, what one crafting tool could you not go a day without?
My MISTI! I waited a long time to get one. I was sure that it was just another ‘thing’ that I’d buy, and stash. However, unless I’m using a wood mounted stamp, I use my MISTI tool with every single project I create. (It’s all Shirley’s fault…she wanted one, so we ordered together to save postage!).

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I guess I’m both. I don’t sleep much, so you may find me on the computer at midnight, and again at 4 a.m.! When do you do most of your stamping? I always tell myself that I’ll do my ‘chores’ first, and craft as a reward for getting things done, but usually, I craft in the mornings, and speed through my chores in the afternoon, just in time for my Mr. to come home!

8. Tell us a little about your craft room/stamping space. And are you neat and organized or creatively messy?
I can WISH I was neat and tidy, right? Seriously, we have an undersized garage that we finished into what I call the CRoffice. I have part for my craft room, and my handsome man has part for his office. My part keeps edging him a bit further into the corner, but I try really hard to play nice and share. I am totally, 100% creatively messy!

9. What has been your biggest stamping challenge?
Shaking my head left to right…telling myself NO! I think I ‘need’ every new gadget that comes out. I’ve finally learned to tell the difference between what is needed and what is wanted.

10. What’s the best stamping related gift you ever received?
Hands down, my Copic markers. My handsome man bought me a huge bundle that a lady had purchased. She joined Stampin’ Up, and had to use their markers, so she sold the lot for $300.00. He insisted I get them, and I use them daily.

11. If money were no object, what new crafting tool or supply would you choose?
A Brother Scan and Cut, so I could have a die cut for ALL of my Repeat Impressions designs!

12. Tell us 3 of your most favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs.
1. 4221-K Deer Family Silhouette. 2. 2102-M Peace. 3. 2008-K Shepherd Boy.

13. Not including stamping, what’s your favorite pastime?
I guess I should say ‘reading a good book’, but good golly, I do SO love to kick on some great music and sing and dance while doing housework, or baking. I’m not good, but I have fun!!!

14. What’s on your perfect pizza?
I like any and all toppings, but I’m not your average pizza eater. After having weight loss surgery 15 months ago, I do a bite or two of crust, and then eat just the topping. Sophie, however, LOVES pizza night!

15. What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Butter pecan or pecan praline…please don’t make me pick!!!

16. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
In May, I visited our daughter, who was still living in Germany. She and I, and the baby, hiked straight up this incredible path to an old castle ruins. I never thought at my age, that I’d be able to do something like that again. Being 115 pounds lighter definitely has freed me to try new things! Can I tell two??? Also, in April, my hubby and I took our first cruise (our 43 years later honeymoon we’d never had) and I zip lined for the first time ever, in Montego Bay!

17. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
1. Taking the ‘grands’ to Disneyworld. 2. Skydiving 3. Riding in a horsedrawn carriage on a beautiful, cold winter night with my sweetie (like in the Hallmark movies, right?).

18. If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
This is a tough one, because I seriously dislike having to shop at all. Friends say they would love a housekeeper. Me? I’d love a personal shopper! So…….as bad as I dread going into a Wal-Mart, I guess that would be my choice. We live in a rural area, and pretty much anything we need from milk to toilet paper has to come from there, so I may as well get it for free!

19. If you could take only 3 items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?
1. My Bible. 2. My soulmate! 3. A good book.

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?
Without question, it would be a romantic-comedy. My part would be played by Cameron Diaz!

Many thanks to Patti for the wonderful 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 Laurie Unger.

Thank you for visiting with us today. Hope your week is off to a great start!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Oct 172016
 

Hello!

It’s my turn to share the Project of the Week for Repeat Impressions and I have a
quick, easy card today. I call this a Peek-a-boo card. I’m sure there is a technical name for it,
but this is what I think of when I see it!

Today, I’ll be using these Repeat Impressions stamps:
8801-O Swinging Penguin
8803-F Coolest Christmas

Let’s get started!

Create your 4.25″ x 11″ card base. Score at 5.5″.

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Cut a piece of designer paper 5.25 x 4″ and adhere to card front.

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Cut a white panel 5.5″ tall by about 3.5″ wide

Stamp focal panel, and color as desired.

Cut a strip out of the center, going just to your focal image.

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Use detail scissors or Xacto knife to trim top and bottom of image.

Adhere white focal panel to card front using dimensional foam.

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Add sentiment (for my sentiment, I stamped and cut apart the words, and popped
them up with foam strips).

Give it a try! If you do, stop by and let us know, so we can come see your beautiful creation!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hugs,
Patti J.

Aug 222016
 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another Project of the Week post for Repeat Impressions at the RI blog, The House That Stamps Built!

The holidays are quickly approaching, and I thought it would be fun to share a cute little gift box that is a favorite ‘go to’ for me. When I need something in a hurry, I reach for this. I wish I knew where I’d first seen this – more than likely it was one of those uber-talented Stampin’Up! gals, but I drew it in my little sketch book a few years back, and don’t know who gets the credit for it… sorry!!!

I used these Repeat Impression stamps:
2322-G Black Cat
2319-I Haunted Tree
2308-E Bats
2316-G Boo!
2317-D Tombstone

Let’s get started!

Cut one piece of cardstock to 11″ x 3.25″
On long side, score at 4.75″ and 6.25″

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Cut another piece of cardstock to 5″ x 3 3/8″.
Score 1″ on all four sides.

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Burnish all score lines.
On your 5″ x 3 3/8″ piece, snip in to the fold line, creating your box tabs.
(I always trim mine a bit on either side of the tab, as shown, to make a nice fit.)

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Add some good adhesive to your box flaps, and create your box.

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Here is what it will look like.

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Add some adhesive to your box bottom.

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Remove strips and adhere box to bottom of outer cover, as shown below.

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That’s it! You’re done, except for decorating! You can add designer paper, or just stamp a cute little scene like I did here.

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Here is this same box created for Christmas a year or two ago.

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I used these Repeat Impressions stamps for the Christmas box:

406-H Peace Love Joy
2008-K Shepherd Boy

Thanks for stopping by today! If you decide to give this box a try, come back and let us know! We’d love to see what you create!

Hugs and smiles,
Patti J.