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The House That Stamps Built: New Die Release Blog Hop

Today is a special post at The House That Stamps Built and we are “Flipping Out”! Literally!  Before you call the paddy wagon, let me explain.  Repeat Impressions is launching “Flip Dies” to go with the 35 Repeat Impressions Flip Stamps already in the store! Flip cards cards are normally made using punches, but many of us have converted to dies. Flip stamps are so popular at Repeat Impressions that Wendy has come up with a way to make the process of making a flip card much easier by making custom dies to match – how cool is that! With all this “Flipping Out”, we are going to celebrate with a Blog Hop.  The Design Team can’t wait to share what we’ve created using both the Repeat Impressions Flip Stamps and Repeat Impressions Flip Dies. You have until Sunday July 26th at 5pm EST to visit the Design Teams Blogs.  The winner will be announced on Monday, July 27th.  For each blog you visit and comment on, you get an entry to win a Flip Die Set!!  WooHoo.  Wendy is kindly giving away one set of each of the new dies.  One set will have Scallops, like the one I used, and the other set will be a stitched example, like the one at Cheri’s Blog. So stop by the Design Teams Blogs for more chances to win. Here’s the Blog Line Up:

Kathy…  Me 🙂








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Now, how about some inspiration!  For my “Flip Card”, I’ve used the Scalloped Flip Die and Repeat Impressions “Tree Flip Set 7202-W.”   After cutting out the dies, I stamped the “Tree Flip Set” on the die cut square using Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a spritz of water.  This is a great way to get multiple colors on one image.  I also used Tim’s woodgrain stencil and inked the edges of my dies in Antique Linen.   The pull tab is a label die from My Favorite Things and the beautiful beads are Club Scrap. This project is so easy with this new die set and Wendy has great instructions on how to make these cards. If you aren’t familiar with this type of card, you pull the beads at the bottom and the cards begin to “flip”.  It’s super fun and with 35 different sets in the Repeat Impressions store, you won’t have a shortage of stamps to use with your new dies! The first picture is of the full completed card. Flip #1 Full-wm First Flip: Flip #2 Full-wm Second Flip: Flip #3 Full-wm Third Flip: Flip #4 Full-wm I do hope you’ll stop by the Design Team Members’ blogs and comment because we had so much fun making these cards for you and would love for you to have lots of chances to win a new Flip Die from Repeat Impressions Stamps.

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January 2015 Tim Holtz Tag

I kept this tag pretty much as Tim designed.  I didn’t have any colored Distress Glitter so I made some with the clear glitter and alcohol ink in Latte’.  It’s super easy – just put some clear glitter in a container and add a few drops of alcohol ink, then stir.  I make sand this way too.  I also tied some fun knots with hemp for the ribbon.

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Tim Holtz January 2015 Tag


Operation Write Home Blog Hop Entry

This weekend, Operation Write Home is celebrating “Black Friday” with “Red” Friday by having a blog hop and prize give away.  Please support OWH by both going to the blog and doing the hop.  It would be extra special if you could make a card and send it in to OWH.  This time of year is the lowest donation time and the need remains for cards.  The blog focuses on love cards today, so my entry uses a Rubbernecker Stamps set called “Field of Poppies” with a sentiment from the “Love Quotes” set by Clearly Besotted.  I used distress inks and the spritzer tool.


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Simon Says Stamp: ATG

Shop your Stash: Free (I actually received the clearly besotted set free from a winning card)



Watercolor Wreath

This card was shown in the Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop last week. Dawn Woleslagle was the instructor for this class and she did a FANTASTIC job teaching so you can make this yourself.  If you don’t take Online Card Classes, I really do encourage you to do so.  You can take them anytime and they last forever.  I am constantly going back to my older classes and watching the great content again. This card is made with WPlus9’s stamp “Woodland Wreaths” colored with distress ink pads and pens. The stamp is used more as a base and the majority of the card is painted or drawn.  The bow is a My Favorite Things die with a hero arts gem in the center.  I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

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Virginia’s View Challenge: Metallic


Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Challenge: Spooky & Scary

It’s Tuesday and time for a Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Challenge.  This week is a little different over at the blog and instead of a card, we’d love for you to create a project.  It can be anything, except a card. Think out of the box and create something fun.  For example, you can make a treat bag, a costume, home decor, a canvas, a journal page, how about baking a cake or cookies?  Use the theme to really use your creativity and make us something fun.

For inspiration I’ve chosen to make a journal page for you.  I started by painting the page with gesso, then applied a combination of Dina Wakley Blackberry Violet and Magenta.  I then cut out the ghosts with a bigz Sizzix die and the bat from Paper Smooches.  The digital image is from Tiddly Inks and colored with copic markers.  I hand painted the tree with a few shades of browns and black then I spritzed the entire page with Tim Holtz Distress marker in Black Soot, WHICH WAS MY MISTAKE.  This is water based and when I went to collage the page, it smeared from heck to high water. You can see where there are black smears I couldn’t get it all off, but I don’t think it’s horrible.  I sure wish I remembered not to use collage medium over water markers. GRRR.  For future reference, I saw Tim use a sharpie to make black splats on a journal page when wet medium was going to be applied afterwards.   The only other issue I had was the moon.  I should have laid it down before I made the tree, but didn’t.  I also couldn’t find my masking fluid, so I painted over the tree and then filled the tree back in with brown, allowing for the moon to recess into the background.

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Tiddly Inks: Non-Traditional Colors

Lawn Fawn Facebook Inspiration Team

The following card is intended as an application for the Lawn Fawn Facebook Inspiration team.   I adore Lawn Fawn’s images and would love to participate in inspiring others.  Today, I used the “Our Friendship Grows” stamp set colored with distress inks & markers in scattered straw, gathered twigs, rusty hinge, frayed burlap, walnut stain, peeled paint, shabby shutters,  and worn lipstick.  The design paper is from the October Simon Says Stamp kit and the sunflowers are stamped on Strathmore’s 140lb Watercolor paper.


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Cards in Envy Challenge: Autumn Leaves

Happy Monday!  It’s time for another Cards in Envy challenge using the theme of  Autumn Leaves.  I would love your support in this challenge by entering a card.  You have a full two weeks for this challenge which runs through October 19th (a day before my birthday, shhhhh).  As I said a few days ago, the fall leaves are out in their full glory here in Upstate New York and the views are just breathtaking so it wasn’t hard for me to be inspired for a Autumn Leaves challenge.  The Cards in Envy challenge asks that your cards fit into a standard A2 envelope for ease of mailing, but that doesn’t mean they have to be one layer or clean and simple as you can see from my card.  I thought for this challenge I would offer an Autumn Leaves card with a Halloween focus.  My inspiration card uses a My Favorite Things Pure Innocent stamp called “Pretty Pumpkins” that I watercolored using distress markers.  The paper is from DCWV “Spooky Time” 6 x 6 pad and the tree with leaves die is from Paper Smooches, which I edged with gathered twigs distress inks.  The stitched circle die is from My Favorite Things and I created the “ground” in the circle with the Simon Says Stamp curved edge die.   Hope you like it and enter a card with us at Cards in Envy!


12 Tags of 2014; September; Tim Holtz

The September tag uses a alcohol inks with a resist technique.  If you look at Tim’s example below, you will see a great resist pattern, but I tried multiple times but couldn’t really get that achieved.  I also didn’t have the stamp, dies or any bright alcohol inks.  What, me, not have supplies, I know, crazy, huh?  So I improvised and used a lovely stamp from Sweet Pea with flowers from I am Roses. I stamped the image with Archival inks so when I went to use copics on the image, it smeared.  I totally forgot those two don’t mix.  I then tried the distress markers which worked, though didn’t really blend well over the alcohol ink background.  As an improvise, I covered it with Wink of Stella, which also didn’t work and puddled over the top.  Plan C, or was it Q, who knows – this tag was a lesson in NEVER GIVE UP.  I ended up putting stickles over the flowers, which looks okay.   I finished the tag with some rub-ons and a “journey” stamp from my stash.


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Watercoloring of a Digital Image

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I wanted to try watercoloring on a digital image so I grabbed this freebie from A Day For Daisies and brought it into Photoshop.  I created this cluster of 3 from the one image and printed the image out on regular typing paper.  I then took a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch piece of 108 lb watercolor paper (lighter so it goes through the printer better) and taped it right over the image using washi tape and centering it over the image.  I put that back in the printer and re-printed the image.  My error was I used my Ink Jet printer instead of a laser jet.  As you can tell, the ink bled. I don’t think it’s horrible, so I didn’t re-do it, but next time I will certainly use the laser.  The image was colored using Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick and Scattered Straw.  The background is Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage.  I then took black soot, added water, and splattered over image.  The sentiment is Hero Arts “All Occasion Messages”.

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Crafting By Design: ATG

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Virginia’s Challenge: Pattern Paper

Watercolor Penny Black

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I made this really fun watercolor flower card which was completed “cased” from Darlene DeVries using above color palette.  You can find her video here.  It ‘s so very easy and takes only a few distress markers and a brush with water.  The stamp is from Penny Black called “Blooming Garden”.  I’ve used other images from this set, but never thought to use this little flower (sorry, don’t know the name of it – can anyone tell me)?  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp “Always & Forever”. I topped it off with some tiny pearls form Close to my Heart.

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