Dec 232015
 

Happy Wednesday and thank you so much for taking time out from this busy Christmas week to visit with us! Today we’re celebrating Repeat Impressions‘ awesome design team again with one final Rock Star Spotlight.

If you have been a regular visitor this month then you already know that I’ve been giving the Rock Stars a little break from some of their usual design team duties. I think this little game of 20 questions has been a really fun way to get to know more about the talented ladies behind all the creations we share here, don’t you?!

Today we’re shining the spotlight on Repeat Rock Star, Deonna Bemish.

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Deonna Bemish

1. Tell us a little about your family.
I’ve been married to Scott for the last 19 years. He is a pilot for XO jet aviation. We have a 16 year old daughter Alina and a 14 yr old son, Kole.

2. How did you get into stamping?
I started stamping after being invited to a Stampin’ Up party about 8 years ago and not stopped yet.

3. What is your favorite technique?
I don’t have a favorite technique, I love all of them.

4. What is your favorite tool?
My favorite tool would have to be my paper trimmer. I use it daily.

5. What are your favorite embellishments?
My favorite embellishments are ones that I can make myself. Bottle caps, stick pens etc…

6. What is your favorite coloring method?
I love my Copics but have experimented with water colors, colored pencil, and paints.

7. What is your favorite color combo?
I really like monochrome browns, but also like pink and brown together.

8. If you had to describe your stamping style with 3 words, what would they be?
Detailed, articulate, fun

9. Do you always send the cards you create?
I donate a lot of my cards to SAS4 kids or make them for our church as a fundraiser.

10. For which occasion or holiday do you create the most cards?
Halloween is what I make most cards for a holiday, along with Christmas. Birthdays mostly for family.

11. What is your favorite stamping magazine?
I really do not have a favorite stamping magazine. I do occasionally look at a paper craft magazine. I find most of my inspiration online.

12. What are your favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs?
The “Contain Yourself” series are some of my favorite RI Stamps along with the gorgeous flower stamps.

13. What are your other interests besides stamping?
I love all paper crafts! I really enjoy art journaling, mini albums and junk journaling also.

14. Name your favorite food and one food you can’t stand.
Mashed potatoes are my favorite foods. I really dislike cantalope and dill pickles!

15. What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate of any sort is my guilty pleasure.

16. Do you have any pet peeves?
I hate it when people smack their lips while eating! That is my biggest pet peeve.

17. Tell us one random thing people may not know about you.
My favorite dance is doing the chicken dance.

18. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
I really don’t have a bucket list. I just want to get my kids raised and have grandchildren.

19. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, 5 movies, 5 people and 5 foods would you take along?
Books: Stamping magazines, Laura Childs mysteries, Bible, survival
Movies: Home Alone, Frozen, Joe Dirt, Shrek
People: Husband, Son, Daughter, Mom and Dad
Food: Mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, steak, noodles, cereal

20. If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
My Crazy Little Life

Thank you, Deonna, for sharing your responses here with us. It was a lot of fun learning a little more about you! And I know you’ll all want to keep up with Deonna’s latest creations too so be sure to visit her blog, For the Love of Cardmaking. While you’re there, don’t forget to leave her some love in the comments!

Thank you all so much for visiting here with us today. We hope we’ve helped to start your day on a merry note! Please be sure to drop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Joy Hadden will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

So until the next time… happy stamping!
And from our ‘House’ to yours… Warmest wishes for the merriest Christmas ever!!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Dec 162015
 

Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! We’re back with another Rock Star Spotlight for you today. As I mentioned previously, I’m giving the Rock Stars a little break from some of their usual design team duties this month and this is a really fun way to get to know some of the talented ladies on our design team.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on Repeat Rock Star, Kathy Stacy.

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Kathy Stacy

1. Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I have been married for 24 years and we have two fantastic young men. Dan, our oldest is a Physical Therapy Assistant in California and Matt, served in the US Marines and is now working in St. Louis in his chosen field of Water Purification. I couldn’t be more proud of those boys. Our family has moved around quite a bit due to my work. We’ve lived in Southern California, St. Louis Missouri, Mahwah New Jersey, Middletown New York, and now in Richmond Virginia.

2. How did you get into stamping?
When I moved to St. Louis in 2004, I met a friend who introduced me to Scrapbooking. I did that for several years and then found Kristina Werner at http://www.kwernerdesign.com/blog/ and fell in love with card making. I am a committed person at heart so I went head first into card making and having come out yet.

3. What is your favorite technique?
Oh, that is too hard. I love ink. Doesn’t really matter what kind but if I collect them all. My go-to black ink is Versafine Onyx Black, unless of course I am Copic Coloring, then I use Momento Tuxedo Black. I have the entire collection of Distress Inks in both the full and mini sizes. I also have all the Hero Arts Shadow Inks and several Simon Says Stamp inks. Oh, then there’s the archival inks. I guess you get the picture…..

4. What is your favorite tool?
My heat gun, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Tonic Trimmer, stamping block, and scissors are used daily. Yes, daily. There has to be a national emergency if I am not working on card making in some fashion or another.

5. What are your favorite embellishments?
I love to add some gems, pearls, or sequins to my projects.

6. What is your favorite coloring method?
Copic Coloring is my go to method. I have been both beginner and advanced Copic Certified, taken multiple courses in person and on line to increase my coloring skills. I recommend taking the in-person Copic Certification Classes as you really get a good in person lesson. I’ve also loved the courses offered by Kit & Clowder on Facebook, Online Card Classes, and Annies Craft Store.

7. What is your favorite color combo?
If we are talking about Copic’s, I’m a red fan so I like R05, R24 and R46 for an easy but great red. If we are talking just colors in general, I lean toward the warm colors that you would find in fall.

8. If you had to describe your stamping style with 3 words, what would they be?
Vibrant, artistic, & clean.

9. Do you always send the cards you create?
Yes, either to friends or family or a chosen organization like Send A Smile 4 Kids.

10. For which occasion or holiday do you create the most cards?
Fall of Course!

11. What is your favorite stamping magazine?
It’s so sad that many of the magazines have gone away. I loved Rubber Stamper.

12. What are your favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs?
I love the silhouette stamps and the realism of the animals.

13. What are your other interests besides stamping?
My husband and I enjoy walking, especially around scenic Virginia.

14. Name your favorite food and one food you can’t stand.
Oddly enough, I love oatmeal and eat it every day but don’t feed me capers – YUCK.

15. What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate of course.

16. Do you have any pet peeves?
Rude people.

17. Tell us one random thing people may not know about you.
I love pajama’s.

18. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
Write letters to both of my boys so they have something when I’m gone. I certainly want to do more traveling, and would like to learn photoshop.

19. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, 5 movies, 5 people and 5 foods would you take along?
Books: I love the Outlander Series and would take 5 of those even though there are more in the series.
Movies: I’d take Somewhere in Time, Love Actually, Lord of the Rings, Edward Scissorhands, and Wizard of Oz.
People: would be my Husband, 2 boys and their girlfriends.
Foods: oatmeal, protein drinks, peanut butter, chocolate, and potatoes

20. If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
Keep on Moving!

Thank you, Kathy, for sharing your responses here with us. It was so much fun learning a little more about you! And I know you’ll all want to keep up with Kathy’s latest creations too so be sure to visit her blog, The Crafty Nurse. While you’re there, please don’t forget to leave her some love in the comments too!

Thank you all so much for visiting here with us today. We hope we’ve helped to start your day on a happy note! Please be sure to drop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Deonna Bemish will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Dec 092015
 

Happy Wednesday, everyone! As I mentioned previously, I’m giving the Rock Stars a little break from some of their usual design team duties this month. So today we have another Rock Star Spotlight for you. It’s a fun way to get to know the artists behind the cards we’ve been sharing.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on Repeat Rock Star, Patti J. Gilliam…. or Patti J. as she is known in blogland.

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Patti J. Gilliam

1. Tell us a little about your family.
My best friend and I have been married for over 42 years. We live in a small Missouri town, 90 minutes south of St. Louis. We have two grown children, who live far from ‘home’. Our son, his wife, and their three furry ‘pound puppies’ live in a beautiful city in New Mexico. They will be having their first baby in January 2016, and we cannot wait to meet him! Our daughter, her husband, and their soon to be 2 year old daughter, live in Hoenfels, Germany. Two ‘pound puppies’ complete their little family until April 2016, when our little Bavarian born grandchild will will make his/her arrival! 2016 promises to hold many ‘GRAND’ adventures for our family! My husband and I love traveling together to see our kids and grandkids. We have a great time checking out fun places along our route, listening to books on CD, and singing along with Christian music.

2. How did you get into stamping?
In 2001, I needed to make some items for a family event – party favors, place cards, etc. I knew nothing about this art, so I signed up for a class or two at our local craft store. The classroom teacher was a lady named Shirley Hotop, who soon became my best friend! Fifteen years later, we are still ‘besties’, and my craft (crap?) room has grown from one plastic shoe box to WAY too many boxes, drawers, desks, and shelves!

3. What is your favorite technique?
Masking has always been my favorite technique. When I teach a class, it’s always so much fun to see a new papercrafter create a ‘magical’ image with the use of a post-it mask.

4. What is your favorite tool?
I have a few things that I keep front and center. I think the one thing that I use on nearly every card would be my Stamp-a-ma-jig. It always saddens me to see a gorgeous card that someone has taken a long time to create, with a crooked image or sentiment.

5. What are your favorite embellishments?
Ribbon, bling, sequins, pearls, buttons, twines, burlap, glitter…..the list just goes on and on!

6. What is your favorite coloring method?
I learned to color with colored pencils and mineral spirits. I felt we could not afford for me to take part in the alcohol marker craze. One day, a blogger that I followed posted that she was selling ALL of her Copic collection. The price was right, and my hubby loves me. A Lot!!! He made it happen, and now I use mostly Copics. I also like to watercolor, use Gelatos, and ink direct to stamp. with finger daubers. I’m currently learning to use Spectrum Aqua, Noir, and colored pencils, as well.

7. What is your favorite color combo?
I think this is the toughest question of all! It would probably have to be a combo of black, white, red, and turqouise. These make me uber-happy!!!

8. If you had to describe your stamping style with 3 words, what would they be?
Versatile – you might find me doing something very simple one day, and an intricate fold or design the next
Clean – while I love looking with much awe, at the grunge sort of projects, I prefer nice clean lines for my own creations. I always try to remember who I create cards for…the folks at church, my chemo buddies, my senior buddies, etc. I think some of them would think I’d run out of good cardstock if my paper was wrinkled or torn!!!
Fun – I love this art of creating with paper, and I try to incorporate a bit of fun into every item I create.

9. Do you always send the cards you create?
I am a Chemo/Senior Angel, and send many of the cards that I make to these folks. I also send to our congregation at church when there is a need. I don’t send every card I make, but I send oodles of them! I sell a few now and then to help support my ‘habit’.

10. For which occasion or holiday do you create the most cards?
Christmas and Valentine’s Day! We always have a collection box at church during these holidays, allowing us to send to every church member, without incurring postage. Every single member of the congregation gets a handmade card in December and February!

11. What is your favorite stamping magazine?
I read them all, but I think CardMaker is, and always has been my favorite magazine. Nearly everything they publish is easy to recreate, and the supplies used are easily accessible. The editors, Brooke and Tanya, are amazing ladies with wonderful ideas and warm hearts, and their photographers always make my projects look better!

12. What are your favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs?
I just changed my mind – THIS is the toughest question! Goodness, I love all of the RI designs! I reach most often for my Quartet Compliments. They are darling little sentiments that work so well on my cards. I hope to own them all, someday! My favorite RI images would have to be any of their Christmas collection. To. Die. For. Cute.!!!

13. What are your other interests besides stamping?
I love to sew, read, walk, garden, bike, and draw! I doodle in the evenings, and draw flowers, critters, and snow people! I also do Zumba twice a week, and enjoy the music, and the ladies in my class. My instructor, Julie Ross Powers is a teensy little bundle of happy energy – if I’m not smiling when I leave home, I’m smiling when I leave Zumba! However, I do not enjoy the ‘sweating’.. ha ha! Some days, I twist, tug, pull, grunt, and groan, and by the time I get my leotard on, class is over!

14. Name your favorite food and one food you can’t stand.
Favorite: Really good lobster Can’t stand: Guacamole

15. What is your guilty pleasure?
A scrumptious Turtle Sundae, and/or a great day of shopping for new crafty things (with my bestie, Shirley, of course!).

16. Do you have any pet peeves?
Yes! People that walk miles and miles while in a store shopping, but get to the parking lot and cannot put their cart in a cart return. Arghhh…..!

17. Tell us one random thing people may not know about you.
I used to make and sell chocolate creations! I owned about 200 candy molds, and stayed very busy ‘painting’ scenes with colored candies, prior to filling molds with chocolate.

18. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
Being the best grandma ever!
Zip Lining
Sky Diving

19. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, 5 movies, 5 people and 5 foods would you take along?
5 Books:
So, here’s the deal with books – I totally love to read, but I also dislike reading the same book twice. So, I would say just throw 5 new release books in my island bag, and I’ll be a happy reader! Although….I read very fast, so my knight in shining armor needs to rescue me quickly!
5 Movies:
Hmmm…..this is a tough one, as while I watch TV if my handsome man turns it on, I don’t normally choose to watch it. I’d probably take 5 episodes of ‘Bones’ – all of that forensic stuff is a secret passion of mine!
5 People:
Yikes! 5 isn’t enough, now that our family is growing so quickly! Okay, since I can’t take our kids, and grandkids, here goes:
1. My wonderful hubby – can’t imagine us not being together for an adventure this huge!
2. A chef that specializes in island picked foods, as I wouldn’t know one berry or bush from another.
3. A carpenter to build my hubby and I a great boat to get us off the island (while we were off reading our books and watching our movies :)
4. Our lawyer – if I were really stuck on an island away from my crafty stash, I’m sure I’d suffer from some pretty major withdrawal issues, and need to sue whoever stranded me there!
5. Vin Diesel – if my hubby (who can build anything!) and my carpenter can’t get us off that island, I’m pretty certain that Vin would find a helicopter just sitting around someplace, and fly us out of there!
5 Foods:
This is simple, as I need LOADS of protein these days! Peanut Butter, Yogurt, Meat, Cheese, and Eggs. My personal island chef would figure out a way to make healthy meals with these items, of course!

20. If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
It’s a Wonderful Life!

Thank you, Patti J., for sharing your responses here with us. It was great fun learning a little more about you! And I know you’ll all want to keep up with Patti’s latest creations too so be sure to visit her blog, Cherish Each Precious Day. While you’re there, don’t forget to leave her some love in the comments too!

Thank you all so much for visiting here with us today. We hope we’ve helped to start your day on a cheery note! Please be sure to drop by again on Monday when RI Rock Star, Cheri Weston will be hosting and sharing her Project of the Week with us.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions

Nov 302015
 

Surprise! After a really long hiatus, it’s Rock Star Spotlight day here again at The House That Stamps Built. Over the years this little game of 20 questions has proved to be a fun way to get to know the artists behind the cards we’ve been sharing. So over the next few weeks we’ll be mixing things up a little and taking a break now and then from a few of our usual posts.

Today we’re shining the spotlight on our newest Rock Star, Heather Mills.

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Heather Mills

1. Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I have been married for 16 years (we got married on one of the hottest days on record in New Hampshire and that is what everyone remembers about the wedding!) We have three girls ages 9 and 6 (the six year-olds are twins!). We have an 8-year-old black lab and three cats (one is 16, one is 7, and one is 1) plus 2 roosters and about 20 hens. We live in Southern Rhode Island in the house that my husband’s grandfather built when he was first married. My in-laws and grandparent in-laws live less than a quarter mile from our house so family time is very important around here.

2. How did you get into stamping?
One of my friends used to be a Stamping-Up demonstrator and invited me to a party, probably 15 years ago. I stamped on-and-off until just after my first daughter was born when I started to do it a bit more and then I really got into stamping and card-making after my twins were born. Now, I never stop. : )

3. What is your favorite technique?
I’m not sure I really have one. Unless die cutting counts as a technique. I use that on almost every card I make. Other than that, I like to try all sorts of techniques.

4. What is your favorite tool?
Dies and my die cutting machine! Could not live without them!

5. What are your favorite embellishments?
Ribbon and pearls/rhinestones

6. What is your favorite coloring method?
Markers, though my first love will probably always be crayons–they just don’t really work so well for coloring smaller stamped images.

7. What is your favorite color combo?
It used to be pink and green, hands down, now, I’m not so sure. I’ll use pretty much any color mixed with white.

8. If you had to describe your stamping style with 3 words, what would they be?
Classic, classic and classic? Just kidding. Classic, simple (but not necessarily CAS) and uncluttered.

9. Do you always send the cards you create?
I usually create cards for a specific reason such as birthday, etc, but I am starting to accumulate a small collection or cards that are waiting for the right occasion. So, yes, and no.

10. For which occasion or holiday do you create the most cards?
Christmas, for sure!

11. What is your favorite stamping magazine?
I don’t read any. I’m too cheap to buy any.

12. What are your favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs?
No doubt about it: “Butterfly (lg)!! And my second favorite would probably be “Sheet Music” I could use those two on every card, ever!

13. What are your other interests besides stamping?
My second love is making jewelry; I love wire work and I always say that I’m going to learn how to solder . . . sometime. I also learned how to crochet last summer and am slightly addicted. I do a little bit of sewing, but I’m not very good at it. And I LOVE to read.

14. Name your favorite food and one food you can’t stand.
Fav food=pizza (pepperoni or greek with broccoli) and I can’t stand celery or melons.

15. What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate!! (And playing candy crush on my ipad)

16. Do you have any pet peeves?
Repetition and noise

17. Tell us one random thing people may not know about you.
I have been in all but 5 of the states in the US (only have to go to Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington), plus Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. I’ve got North America covered.

18. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
Travel to Europe, visit all the states I haven’t been to yet, and attend a Duke Unisverity Basketball game, at Duke.

19. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, 5 movies, 5 people and 5 foods would you take along?
Books: my Bible and the Game Of Thrones series (I think there might be 5 of them written right now, so can I take 6 books?)
Movies: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolee), Far And Away (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman); Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) and Princess Bride
People: My husband (obviously!) and I guess my three kids since I would miss them. I don’t have a 5th because if I took one, than how could I leave someone else out so I’ll take my 6th book instead
Foods: pizza, chocolate, turkey, stuffing and gravy

20. If you have to choose a movie title for your life story, what would that be?
How did I get here?

Thank you, Heather, for sharing your responses here with us. It was fun learning a little more about you! And I know you’ll all want to keep up with Heather’s latest creations too so be sure to visit her blog, Wire Wrapture. While you’re there, don’t forget to leave her some love in the comments!

And before I sign off… a friendly reminder. If you haven’t created a card for our latest Sketch Challenge yet, we sure hope you will soon! Submissions are still being accepted until tomorrow, Tuesday, December 1st. Please scroll down and refer to my WHAT IF? Wednesday ~ Sketch Challenge N2515 post for all the details. Play along with our sketch, upload a link to your card here on the RI blog and you’ll automatically be entered to win a $25 Repeat Impressions gift certificate! Then join us again here on Wednesday when we introduce a new Color Challenge.

Until the next time… happy stamping!

Wendy
Repeat Impressions