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

Dec 072016

Happy Hump Day, everyone! As I mentioned on Monday, 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, Shirley Hotop.




Creations by Shirley Hotop.
Visit Shirley’s blog.

1. Tell us a little about your family.
Married to my high school sweet heart – 3 adult children – 3 “big” furbaby dogs and 1 diabetic calico cat that tries to boss everyone.

2. How did you get into stamping?
Went to a “home catalog” party – and before I went I told the hostess “wellI will come BUT I am not buying anything”. That was 16 years ago and many $$$$ as well.

3. What is your favorite holiday or occasion to create cards for?
I love all the holidays but being a Chemo Angel for 11 years I create a lot of Thinking of You, God Bless, Prayers, type cards of encouragement for those who just need to know that someone has them in their thoughts.

4. What is your favorite stamping style or technique?
I really like whimsy/fun images but I think I am now leaning more towards flowers, and images that I can color. I love embossing – whether it be dry embossing or wet embossing.

5. What is your favorite color combo and coloring method?
I love copics – (wish I was better in my coloring skills), and I like to experiment with watercolors although I want to make my water coloring look perfect and it is not.

6. Aside from the usual necessities, what one crafting tool could you not go a day without?
I really think it would have to be my stamp positioner as I like to stamp the image on my clear pad and then see where I want it on my card. I use this tool when doing two stamp stamping as well as I want it to be “almost perfect”.

7. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
When do you do most of your stamping? Early bird. My dogs get ME up at “o dark thirty ” so I stay up make a cup of coffee and head for the craft room.

8. Tell us a little about your craft room/stamping space. And are you neat and organized or creatively messy?
When we were looking for a new home – I saw my large craft room and my husband saw a third garage. We signed on the dotted line immediately. I “try” to be neat and organized – and I really prefer to put away my tools and supplies when I am done with a project – doesn’t always happen, so then I just close the door.

9. What has been your biggest stamping challenge?
I have a dear friend that I call the “box queen”. She can look at a box and go home and make it. Even with measurements and instructions mine always turn out lopsided.

10. What’s the best stamping related gift you ever received?
Well I would like to say friendship – I have met so many wonderful creative people through stamping and friendship is truly a gift.

11. If money were no object, what new crafting tool or supply would you choose?
An electronic cutting machine with easy to understand instructions.

12. Tell us 3 of your most favorite Repeat Impressions’ designs.
This is not a fair question – but will try and narrow it down to just three. The large and small detail butterflys under the summer collection – 9001-L and 9009-F, so versatile. #2 the teddy bear Belle – 701-K, and The Penguin Trio 8806-N – these little guys are my whimsy fix.

13. Not including stamping, what’s your favorite pastime?
Reading – just about anything except science fiction. I also like to walk – as our dogs insist on a daily walk or some kind of exercise every day.

14. What’s on your perfect pizza?
Supreme thin crust.

15. What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Vanilla – then top it with any flavor topping you can imagine.

16. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
White rafting in Colorado.

17. Name 3 things on your “bucket list”.
Going up in a hot air balloon, sky diving, and scuba diving. I do like adventure.

18. If you could shop for free at one store, which one would you choose?
I’m pretty economical – so I think it would have to be Kohls.

19. If you could take only 3 items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?
My husband, my Kindle, and my pillow.

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?
Oh it would definitely be a drama, and Jennifer Aniston as she has so much talent.

Many thanks to Shirley for all the wonderful Christmas creations and for sharing her responses here with us. What fun to get to know her a little better! 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 Patti J. Gilliam.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great rest of the week!

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