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The House That Stamps Built: Color Challenge

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for The House That Stamps Built color challenge! You have until Tuesday, November 8th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  Also, if you use a Repeat Impressions stamps, you will receive an additional entry for a better chance to win.

Here are this weeks colors:


For my card this week, I began by stamping Repeat Impressions background “ Music Sheet 6806-U” in Hero Arts Soft Sand.  Over that, I stamped “Wheat Sheaf 915-I” with versamark ink then distressed over all of that in Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  My sentiment is “Let us 2826-H” embossed in black and popped up.  My leaves are Impression Obsession dies that I tipped with glitter and finished off with a gold enamel dot.


We hope you’ll come join us at The House That Stamps Built, because you may be our next winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

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Technique Junkies November Blog Hop! GIVE AWAY

Is it November already? Unbelievable!  It’s almost time for the Technique Junkies 30 Days of Christmas beginning on November 15th over at the Technique Junkie Design Team’s site.  That means every day from November 15th through December 15th prepare to be inspired with wonderful cards for the holidays.

For today though, the Technique Junkies Design Team is showing off the new releases for November.

I had the opportunity to once again meet with Pat at the Hampton Roads stamp show this past month and was able to pick up some fun new products including Art Anthology Products and Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I have to admit I am IN LOVE with these products and was happy to add more to my collection.

As usual, Pat has come up with some great new stamps for this release and I know you are going to love them. Pat is offering 15% off all November Release Stamps for one week!  WooHoo!

I’d also like to welcome two new DT members to the TJ Team.  Ro Donner and Cheri Weston.   Welcome ladies!! I’d love for you to stop by all the design team’s blogs for great ideas and samples of other new November Release stamps.

Whew!  If you’ve made it this far I’m offering a give away for a random commenter of the Coffee with Friends SD734  stamp.  Leave me a comment and I will pick a winner on Sunday, November 6th.

Now, for some inspiration.

My first project features two of the new release stamps. The first is Glowing Branches #S717 and the focal image is Survive Together #SD752.  I used Distress & Archival inks along with Art Anthology “Lava Stone Effects” which gives fabulous texture!

My second card again uses the “Survive Together” stamp this time using trapped resist technique.  I created a base layer with alcohol inks then stamped my image with Versamark and embossed with clear.  I then distressed over the top and coated it with Art Anthology “Dazzle Medium” .  The background is more distress inks which reminds me a little of a cloudy day.



My next project uses the background stamp called “Layered Swirls S719”.  I wanted to remind everyone that you don’t have to use the entire stamp to make a beautiful project.  I began by creating a alcohol inked background on Yupo paper stamped and gold heat embossed the Layered Swirl stamp, then cut out with a leaf die.  The sentiment is another new release called “Trust Your Journey SDX081”


I’ll leave you with one final card and the inspiration for the GIVEAWAY.  This stamp is so sweet and perfect for a friend.  Please leave me a comment below for a chance to win this stamp.  The base of the card is stenciled using “Kona” Art Anthology Paint then sprayed with Distress Inks.  The focal image, “Coffee With Friends SD734″ is stamped on another alcohol ink background. I sprayed the whole think with Distress Mica Spray and it’s really sparkly in real life.


Now, that I’ve shown you what I have to offer, I don’t want you to miss any of the other design teams creativity so I encourage you to start hopping at the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog.

If you are arriving from  Karen McAlpine’s  Blog, you in the right place!  Gorgeous project Karen!

The next stop is over at Ro Donner’s Blog.  Ro is one of our newest DT members along with Cheri Weston. Welcome to your 1st TJ Blog hop ladies – please leave them lots of love.

Here is a list of the Design Team lineup:

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Lanette Erickson

Cheri Weston

Karen McAlpine

Kathy Stacy – That’s Me!

Ro Donner

Beth Norman

Pam DeChellis 

Judy Jackson

Tonya Davidson

Pat Huntoon 

I sure hope you enjoy the Technique Junkies November Release Hop! Don’t forget – 15% off November Stamps for the next week only!  Also – please comment for a chance at the GIVEAWAY.

The House That Stamps Built: Photo Inspiration

It’s the third Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built photo inspiration challenge.  With February being the month of love, we’ve continued that theme.  You have until Tuesday, February 24th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

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For my card I’ve used the Repeat Impressions sentiment called, “Be Mine 1201-I“.  You’ll notice I inked it up separately which changes the look of the stamp.  Don’t be afraid to use your stamps however you like.  I’ve also used a heart die from Impression Obsession and papers from Club Scrap’s Fizz Collection. I finished the card off with some black splatters of India Ink.

Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

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Try Stampin’ on Tuesday: Sketch Challenge #206

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for a new sketch.  Today Barb created a hand drawn sketch, which I love.  You have until Monday, February 23rd to enter and the design team will be choosing their favorites which will be featured on the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday blog.



For my inspiration I’ve used the February Simon Says Stamp card kit.  The heart die is Impression Obsession found on Simon Says Stamp which was inlayed into the die using the paper from the kit.  The other hearts on the card are chipboard colored with pan pastels.  The background panels are My Favorite Things rectangle die.

Hope you like this sketch too and join us this week at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday.


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Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit using Sugar Sketch 19

Hello all and happy Friday!  With all the weather we have been having the mail has been delayed and I just got my February Simon Says Stamp kit in the mail yesterday.  Here is my first card using the kit and I can tell this is going to be one of my favorites.  I love the color and the extras in this months kit. I used the Sugar Sketch 19 as a basis to make the card.  The die is from Impression Obsession that I paper pieced with the kit papers.  The hearts are from the rub-ons and the bar across the card is from the paint chip paper.

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12 Tags of 2014: December – Tim Holtz

It’s tag day at the Stacy craft desk!  I’ve finished my December 12 Tags by Tim Holtz making a few substitutions from the original by using the Bigz Reindeer Flight die cut out with grunge paper and covered with distress paint, distress ink and glitter. I also didn’t have any distress spray so I took my distress ink and repurposed it by pulling off the dauber top on the distress stain bottle and putting the stain into a mini mister to make my own distress spray and it worked!  Yeah for me.  The background is faded jeans distress ink mixed with Brushed Pewter distress stain.  I then heat embossed silver Hero Arts shadow ink with clear powder and distressed the edges with walnut stain.  I didn’t have the Holiday Greens thinlits die but did have the Festive Greenery die, also Tim Holtz.  I cut that out using kraft core in green.  I also used brushed sage and brushed pewter to make the light greenery.  The birch trees are an Impression Obsession Die also cut out with Kraft Core.  I threaded tinsel through a red bell for the reindeers collar and stapled some lights.  I cut out “believe” foil paper and adhered the border sticker at the bottom of the tag with multi-medium.  Wish me luck!

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Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist

For those of you who don’t know about Ellen Hutson’s Classroom, you are missing a great blog where so much creativity is offered and taught.  Each year Ellen hosts her own version of 12 Tags and asks they have a feminine twist.  I was inspired by Kittie Caracciolo on Day 3.  There was something about the window that caught my eye.  Initially when I created my card I left the window open with no backing, but I didn’t like the look so I created some “wallpaper” from Basic Grey’s “Aspen” collection to frame my pink window which I sprayed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray.  The deer is from Ellen’s Essentials and the trees are from Impression Obsessions.  The date is a wood element from KaiserCraft I kindly received as a freebie from Simon Says Stamp in my last order that I sprayed with Tarnished Bronze Distress Spray.  The snowflakes are embossed with white using the My Favorite Things “Christmas Ornaments”.  The red ribbon is another Freebie, but from Ellen Hutson’s store.  I just love the personalized cards she sends with each order.  Thanks Ellen!  The small Poinsettia die is Memory Box and the gold ribbon under the window is from Darice called Sparkle Tape in  Yellow Amarillo.   Thanks for stopping by and checking out my feminine tag!

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Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit; Card 2

Here is my second card using the Simon Says Stamp November kit with the addition of a woodland friend from Lawn Fawn’s “Snow Day”.  I also used the Birch Die from Impression Obsessions and the cloud die from My Favorite Things.  The trees are stamped with Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Field Green and Archival Ink in Library Green.  The hills were created with the Simon Says Stamp hills die and the trunks are stamped with SSS Lipstick Red using the candy cane stamp from the kit.  Hope you enjoy!

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Open-Minded Crafting Challenge #21: Pumpkins/Jack O’ Lanterns!

Happy Saturday Friends.  It’s time for another Open-Minded Crafting Challenge and this challenge continues in a fall theme, but specifically asks that a pumpkin or jack o’ lantern be used in your design.  The difference you say….. a pumpkin is without a face and a jack o’ lantern is with a face.  As is usual for Open-Minded Crafting, we have some FANTASTIC sponsors offering really generous prizes!  There will be a random choice of winners for the sponsor prizes and the design team will select their favorite card among the entries and those cards will be highlighted on the blog.  How fun is that?

So now that you know what the challenge is, let’s get to some details about the sponsor prizes.  We have:


Sentimental SusanPrize: 5 images of winners choice


Prize: 3 images of winners choice



Prize: 7 images of winners choice


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Prize: 3 images of winners choice

Now, how would you like some inspiration?  For my card I chose an image from Oakpond Creations.  I Love, Love, Love coloring pumpkins with my copic markers.  I tend to use Yr04, Yr07, Yr09, R08 and have recently been using Y38 for some highlighting. I have lots of coloring choices for pumpkins and lots of other combinations using Copic Markers on my Pinterst page – check it out!   My card example is using one of my go to fall paper pads from My Minds Eye called “All Spice”.  I cut the Simon Says Stamp Thanks die twice and then layered it to give a cast shadow.  The leaves are from Impression Obsession and they are so popular they are always out of stock.  It was well past fall last year when I finally got them.  The ovals are cut from the My Favorite Things oval stack.  I finished the card with a wooden button distressed with gathered twigs distress ink from my new mini pads – don’t you just love those?

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OakPond – Digital Stamp Pumpkins

Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #86; Fall Trees & Leaves

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch Challenge!  Today is a favorite theme of mine, fall!  For this challenge you can choose to use the sketch only, or you can add the challenge theme, fall trees and leaves.  For my design team inspiration I’ve chosen to do both – hope you like it.

The paper is from Authentique’s “Thankful” 6 x 6 collection.  The leaves are an Impression Obsession leaves die stamped with the Hero Arts “Fall Memories” stamp.  The square and circles are My Favorite Things stitched dies and the sentiment is also My Favorite Things.

The challenge is open until September 29, 2014, so I hope you will stop by and enter a card at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday Sketch Challenge!



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