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The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes

It’s the fifth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built Anything Goes challenge.  This doesn’t come around too often, but it’s your time to do anything you wish.  You have until Tuesday, December 6th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

For my card today I stamped “Repeat Impressions “Penguin Tree 8802-N with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and Copic Colored using YR15, Y15, R24, R27, C2 and C0.  I finished these adorable fella’s using Wink of Stella in Clear and gave them a tinsel frame.

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Come join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner! If you use a Repeat Impressions Stamp in your design, you’ll get an extra entry!

Oh, and don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

The House That Stamps Built: Sketch Challenge

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built sketch challenge.  You have until Tuesday, November 29th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

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For my card I’ve used Repeat Impressions Chickadee At Rest #211-P , which I colored with Tombow Markers and stamped in sections using my MISTI tool.  I then clear heat embossed the entire image so I could distress the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  The gorgeous sentiment is “PEACE 3215-F” stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink.

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Hope you’ll join us at The House That Stamps Built, for our Sketch Challenge. Don’t forget to get your discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

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.  For November we have an adorable scarecrow!

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, November 22nd to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

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For my card I used the Repeat Impressions “Autumn Frame 3408-K”  gold heat embossed for my focal point.  The background is “Falling Leaves 3600-I”, which I heat embossed in brass and watercolored.  I also sprayed the entire card with Distress Mica Spray.  The sentiment is “Let Us 2826-H”.


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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.

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of November which means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built!  Today, Cheri is hosting our challenge and she has chosen “Being Thankful”  a perfect sentiment as we fast approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US!

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner.  Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!  You have until Tuesday, November 15th to enter.

For my “Being Thankful” card I began by stamping “Falling Leaves #3306-I”  as a background.  I then stamped the “Vertical Positive Foliage #6002-M”  and gold heat embossed then stamped it again popping up selected images for added dimension. My sentiment is the classic “Thanksgiving Blessings #3214-G” which I also gold embossed.  I scattered Stampendous Embossed Enamel in Ochre & Gold all over the edge and finished off with the new Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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Thanks Cheri for this weeks “Being Thankful” theme. This is my favorite time of the year and I really enjoyed reflecting on the memories of family and thankfulness as we move through this holiday season.

Please show us your cards at The House that Stamps Built. Happy Wednesday!

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:

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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.

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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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The House That Stamps Built: Sketch Challenge

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the Month and time for The House That Stamps Built sketch challenge.  You have until Tuesday, November 1st to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.

Here’s the Sketch:

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For this sketch I started by some classic paper piecing of the vampire image found on Repeat Impressions Unmounted Halloween Sheet 2300.  Also on this sheet you’ll find some great images include sentiments and these cool bats.

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Hope you’ll join us at The House That Stamps Built, you may be our next winner!  Oh and don’t forget, if you enter our challenge using Repeat Impressions stamps, you get extra entries.  You can take advantage of the discount code from my blogs sidebar when you shop at Repeat Impressions Stamps.

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.  For October, the team has chosen a nighttime scene featuring pumpkins and black cats.

As with all our challenges, let the photo be your guide and use your creativity to inspire you.  You have until Tuesday, October 26th to enter for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate at Repeat Impressions.  If you use a Repeat Impressions stamp, you’ll get an extra entry!

Here’s the inspiration chosen by our Rock Stars:

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I began the card by using a homemade circle stencil out of heavy plastic to create a moon with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Inks. I then covered that moon with a mask and inked the rest of my background with Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord Framed Burlap, and Peeled Paint. I then stamped all my Repeat Impressions images on Plate 2300 and Apple Basket 512-H on Canson’s Mixed Media paper so I could add Zig Clean Clear Color Brush Markers. After fussy cutting all the images I arranged them on the card front.

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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.

The House That Stamps Built; Designer Choice Challenge

It’s the second Wednesday of October and that means it’s time for a Designers Choice Challenge at The House That Stamp Built! Today, Patti is hosting our challenge and she has chosen “Food or Beverage.”

As with our other challenges, we are offering a $25.00 gift certificate to the Repeat Impressions store for our random winner. Don’t forget, if you use a RI stamp, you get an extra entry!

My card features Repeat Impressions “Coffee Cling Set 9303P”  which I paper pieced using Carta Bella Fall Blessing paper pack.

I hope you break out your creativity for the “Food or Beverage” Designers Choice Challenge this week at The House that Stamps Built.  Happy Wednesday!

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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, October 11th 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:

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For my card this week I used Repeat Impressions “Plate 2300” which is a collection of Halloween images. I started by creating the background by stenciling black pan pastel through the Tim Holtz web stencil.  I then stamped the Repeat Impression bats and spider webs on a blue panel.  My sentiment is also from the Halloween Plate 2300.

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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.

The House That Stamps Built; Project of the week: 10-3-16

Hello stampers!  It’s my week for The House that Stamps Built project of the week!  Today I’d like to bring you a Distress Crayon and Collage technique great to use for some of your fall projects.

For this project the supplies I used are:

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Let’s start with the card base.  Grab some watercolor paper and apply several Distress stains (or sprays) to your nonstick surface.  Then add a few spritzes of water to get the ink moving and dip your paper into the ink to soak up some lovely color.  Did you know that Distress Sprays are exactly the same formula as the Distress Stains, just in a spray bottle?

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Dip your watercolor paper into the ink.  Alter the way you dip by tapping or dragging. You can go back in a few times until you get the patterning you like. Then heat set.

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Next, I did a little stamping with Repeat Impressions Falling Leaves using Sepia archival ink as we are going to apply more wet medium and need a waterproof ink.

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Now, lets stamp the Large Oak, Maple, and Pinecone stamps on the Tim Holtz Tissue Paper.  I used black soot, which I made from the Distress Reinker and a DIY ink pad as they don’t sell a regular Black Soot pad.  The Black Soot is a truer back while the Jet Black archival has a bit of a blue tint.

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Once stamped, it’s very important you let dry or heat set.

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Loosely cut out the images.  There is no need to be very fussy.

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Compose your images the way you would like and begin adhering them to your background using the Distress Collage Medium.  You can use either the standard collage medium, crazing, or vintage medium as it really doesn’t matter.  You can also use regular matt medium of you don’t have the Distress line.

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Once all is adhered I heat set again.  It you used crazing and applied it thick enough, you’ll have little cracks which look really great with the Distress Crayons.

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Now it’s time to add the Distress Crayons.  I used Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade.  To camouflage the edges, apply the distress crayon around the adhered stamped leaves and rub in with your finger. I added a little bit of Mustard Seed in the background as well as white as highlight.

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Here is the finished piece after the Distress Crayons. I think you can’t hardly see the edges of the collage pieces.

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I stamped and embossed my sentiment.  So that your sentiment lines up perfectly with your die cut card base, simply cut your sentiment with the same die you used on your card based and viola, a perfect fit.

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I hope you’ll try some Distress Collage on your cards this week and we’d love to see you enter them in our weekly challenge here at The House That Stamps Built.  Each time you do, you are entered in for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate.

I’ll leave you with my final project using the Distress Collage technique.  Happy Crafting!!
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