Aug 072017

This is my week here at The House That Stamps Built so it is my turn to do the Project of the Week. I choose to do the Bandana Technique.

This is an oldie and I had not made one in several years – but I remember when they were popular and fun to make. Reminds me of the bandana handkerchief my hubby usually has in his back pocket. He uses his for a sweat band, neck cooler in hot weather, and a handkerchief in cold weather.


Your supplies will be:
Card stock – base cardstock A2 size, and one color to stamp on which needs to be a dark color, red, purple, dk. green, blue etc. and a layering colors, Versafine black Ink, ribbon, stylus, white acrylic paint and a small plate or container to pour some white paint into.
And your stamps. I used:
10301-H Patti’s Flower Solid, 10306-E Daisy Solid Small10209-C Leaf Outline Small and
3104-F Happy Everything

Stamp images in black Versafine ink using firm pressure to get good image, just stamp randomly so that it is pleasing to the eye.


Using either end of stylus – (or toothpick, empty ballpoint pen, etc.) dip tip of stylus in white paint acrylic paint and add white dots, again random so that it is pleasing to the eye. I have two different sizes of stylus so I was able to make varying sizes of dots.


You can do as much or as little as you like and if you wish, do some random dots between images.


Finish card as you wish – the solid flower images work so well with this technique, but I also found that the open small leaves worked well too. Have fun!

~ Shirley

Jun 122017

Today here at The House that Stamps Built it is my Monday to do the Project of the Week. For my project I choose to do the curtain fold, which is a fun easy fold with a few cuts and a few score lines.
Supplies used :


White cardstock 4 1/4 x 11, pattern paper, coordinating cardstock to make curtain top, tape runner, cutting/scoring tool and stamps of your choice. I choose to use Soaring by to Say Hi 9104-G and Hot Air Balloon Cluster 9116-N. I decided to cut apart my balloons in the Hot Air Balloon Cluster to get a little more versatility.


Measurements for cardstock and pattern paper.


This really is the only “tricky” part and it really isn’t – on the short 3″ side make a mark with your pencil at 1 1/2″ and on the long 6″ side made a mark at 2 1/4″.
Angle this in your cutter or make a line with your pencil and ruler from the 1 1/2″ to the 2 1/4″ and cut with scissors. On the 6″ side score at 2, 2 1/4, 3 3 1/4, 4 1/4, and 5 1/4. You will have 6 scored lines. Start on the 2″ score line make a valley fold, continue valley fold on the 3, 4, and 5 inch score lines. On the 2 1/4, 3 1/4, 4 1/4 and 5 1/4 inch make mountain folds.


I used 1/8 inch score tape to hold the pleats in place taping all the way down the entire fold but you could also use a runner or glue. It should fit perfectly on your 4 inch wide pattern paper. I chose two coordinating design papers but it is your choice. I thought the cloud paper went with the hot air balloon.

Finished Card


I kept this card simple with stamping the balloon and sentiment in blue with no coloring. Hope you will give this a try.

~ Shirley

Apr 172017

WOW… Easter was yesterday and I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful day with family, friends, church services or however you celebrate Easter.

For my POTW (Project of the Week) I choose to do a very simple, easy, and FUN project that I call embedded faux chip board. I used Repeat Impressions stamps listed below:

10203-D Leaf Cluster Outline
10205-E Flower Cluster Outline
10206-E Flower Cluster Detail
10207-E Flower Cluster Solid

For my Supplies I used a word die, white cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2, the above listed stamps, Tombow multipurpose liquid glue, a piece of Kraft cardstock, sequins, and inks of your choice.


Die Cut your word out of the upper center of the white cardstock as well as 5 individual die cuts out of the Kraft cardstock.




Next step is to glue all 5 DREAM die cuts together making sure they line up, using liquid glue of your choice.


I then began stamping my images of the flower clusters and leaves randomly on the white cardstock. I used three different colors of purples.


Then add liquid glue to the back of your stack of 5 dreams glued together and with the card front facing up place the stack of die cuts through the negative space on the white cardstock. It may be just a bit snug but it will slip right into the negative space. Looks like chipboard without the weight.


I thought it needed some bling so I choose to add some random sequins.

Finished Card:


Enjoy and find different dies and Repeat Impressions images that will work beautifully together.

~ Shirley

Feb 132017

Good Morning – this week it is my turn here at The House That Stamps Built to show you how to do a fun and easy technique for a WOW card.  I call it ombre monochromatic frame.  Ombre – fading shades of the same color family, “frame”

We all have pieces of 1-2 inch cardstock laying around on our desk or scrap basket – well dig through those and find four pieces of the same color family.

Here is a picture tutorial for this technique.


You will need your strips of cardstock, a piece of white cardstock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, a paper trimmer, glue runner, die cutter, and dies.


Cut at least 4 strips of cardstock in 1 inch strips at least 5 1/2 inches long.


Glue or use tape runner to apply your color strips onto white cardstock – making sure that the edges are butted up against each other with no gap.  I started with the darkest color and worked my way down to the lightest.


Select two dies – one large and one smaller – make sure the smaller one is large enough to accommodate the stamp you want to use.  I taped mine in place just to make sure they didn’t move around.


You will end up with two pieces – Use the largest piece and mount on either white or contrasting color – your focal image will go in the oval space.  Stamp your image in the oval piece, color with your choice – I used colored pencils.

I then cut the sentiment out of the small oval piece I had left and then made my card.


I used Ship, 9508-J from Repeat Impressions found here and sentiment Wind in my sails, 3918-F found here. I had a nautical die which I used for the anchor out of the darkest blue on my card. Talk about easy – and WOW.

But wait… if you will look on your desk/work space you will see you have aother piece left – don’t let it go to waste.


Again mount this on white and stamp your focal image in the open space.


For this card I used Cape Hatteras Light, 3003-K found here, the darling little birds in flight Gulls in Flight, 3412-C found here and and sentiment A Happy Hello found here.  Tied on the perfect ribbon – (I won this is a blog candy give away) and it works well to tie this all together.

Try this fun technique – it works with so many stamps from Repeat Impressions.

~ Shirley