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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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 :

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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.

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Measurements for cardstock and pattern paper.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Finished Card:

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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