Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Hello blog friends!!!! 

Is it me or do the weeks fly by faster than we realize????  

Here we are at Wednesday again, and other than being "hump day" it's also time for another What If? Wednesday challenge at The House That Stamps Built and this week it's one of Wendy's awesome sketch challenges.  

Are your wheels turning?  It's a fun sketch and I know you'll love playing with it.  We hope you'll give it a try and enter it in the challenge at The House.  All the detail for the challenge can be found there.  

Here's my card....

I am always in need of guy birthday cards it seems, so I decided to use this sketch and create one.  Here are the stamps I used for this card.  RI# 911-I "Bi-Plane Silhouette" from the "Big Boys Toys" set.  RI# 5105-I "Cloud Silhouette Lg."  and for the sentiment I used RI# 2501-H "Happy Birthday from..." (I used only a portion of it). The papers are from Teresa Collins, 6x6 pad "Far and Away".  I also used the "Landscape Trio" dies from Mama Elephant for the stiched hills.  

Thanks so much for stopping by.  For lots more inspiration using this sketch, check out my awesome teamies....

                              Debbie Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Good Morning!  
And you're invited to party with us.  

Here's a little trivia about this awesome designer of incredible rubber stamps.

When Wendy Wyman was just 4 years old, she announced that she was going to be an artist when she grew up.  Many years, and many sketchbooks later, she had earned a BFA in Graphic Design.

The next 11 years found Wendy worked in advertising, freelancing, and ran a printing company.

And then it happened...Wendy's mom became a stamping addict, and the rest was history!  It was Wendy's mom's encouragement that led her to turn her illustrations into fine art rubber stamps.

Wendy's husband, Bill, was also looking for a career change, and jumped at the idea of learning a new skill. 

And 1996, Wendy Wyman, and her husband Bill Welsh established Repeat Impressions Stamps.  Each stamp is designed by Wendy, and manufactured by Bill in their home workshop!

Today, the design team for Repeat Impressions, (aka the "Rock Stars"), have joined together with a special hop for Wendy's Birthday!

Instead of cards, we thought it would be fun to create some ATC's for her. The Rock Stars mailed their ATCs to me and I placed them in a mini-mini paperbag album I created for them. The album measures 4 X 4.5 with a 2 3/4 inch binding.  There are 8 "pages" and each page holds at least 2 ATCs.  I also created some "pockets" on the inside of the flaps for extra ATCs.  The papers I used are DCWV Mariposa Mat Stack. 

Wendy, you are one of the sweetest, and most generous people we know.  As a 'boss', rarely do we find ourselves on a team that is more professionally run,or more organized!  You are so understanding of our personal issues, and it's a joy to work with you and your products!  We want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!  We look up to, admire and respect you.May your day today be filled with love and laughter!  And remember....the more candles you have, the bigger the wish you are allowed!

Here is the ATC's album I created for Wendy's ATCs:

I created this ATC flip up for the front of the book with a message to Wendy from us all.

This is the awesome collection of all the ATCs by the Rock Stars which you can see individually and up close in each blog along the hop. 

Please hop along to see what incrediblly fabulous projects my fellow Rock Stars have created
for Wendy!
Thanks for hopping with us!  If you have a minute, please go over to the The House  and leave Wendy a bit of Birthday love!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Hello blog friends!  

There's a new CAS challenge over at Outlawz Challenges....

Here is this week's challenge:  
I'm pretty sure we've all heard "the happy song" by Pharrell Williams, so while you're singing along with the song, create a CAS card showing us what makes you happy.  Is it your children, your pet, your favorite place, the person you love, your flower garden, the sunrise, sunset, a particular color....I think you get the idea.  "Because I'm happy"! 
We hope you'll play along and show us what makes you happy.

Supplies I used:  Avery Elle "Bright Days" stamps set and for the sentiment GKD "Hello Sunshine" Stamp TV Kit.  My happy die is from MFT and I got it FREE!!! (love that!)  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you'll have a chance to check out the challenge at Outlawz Challengs.  There are some awesome prizes to win.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Hello, blog friends!  

Are you getting ready for spring????  Here in Maine, we still have over 2 feet of snow to lose before we see spring and flowers.  It should discourage most people, but Maine'rs just shrug their shoulders and go on.  After all, whadda ya gonna do?  

So in anticipation of spring, here's a fabulous inspiration image for you to play with this week at The House That Stamps Built.

Isn't it beautiful?  You can check out the details for the challenge at The House and then come along and play along with us.  

Here is my card using this inspiration photo

I was immediately drawn to the combination of colors in the photo.  I used my spellbinder scalloped and classic ovals to show off the RI stamp #912-K "Tulip Bouquet" and RI# 2501-H Happy Birthday from.... (this is only a portion of that entire stamp).  The image was colored with Copic Markers.  

Check out the other Rock Stars for lots more inspiration and then head on over to The House and play along.  

                               Debbie Deonna - Joy Karen - Kathy - Melissa - Patti J 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!  

Monday, March 16, 2015


Hello everyone!  

It's my turn, once again, to offer a "Project of the Week" at The House That Stamps Built and today I thought you might like to see some water coloring with Distress Markers.  So many of us have these markers and there are many ways to use them, water coloring is only one way.

For this project here are the supplies you'll need

-  A line stamp with coloring area is the easiest.  I chose RI #1317-L "Vase of Tulips"
-  An assortment of Distress Markers ( I chose a lighter color and a darker color in a color family in order to shade some areas in the image)
-  A water brush or paint brush and water
-  Watercolor paper (I used Distress Watercolor Cardstock)
-  An acrylic block for a palette
-  Waterproof ink (Archival is good) 
-  Clear Embossing Powder
-  A static control tool to keep the stray embossing powder from sticking on your image where you don't want it.  

To begin:
1.  Prepare your watercolor paper with the anti-static tool and then stamp your image onto the watercolor paper.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the image and heat set it with a heat gun.  
2.  Take your Distress Markers and scribble your first color onto the acrylic block you're using as your palette and with your water brush pick up a little color on the tip of the brush.  Go lightly at first.  You can always add more color if you need it darker.  

 3.  Paint your image, from the inside toward the outer edge.  This gives you light shading effect.  
4.  When you're ready to shade an area, add a darker color of the same color family to the acrylic block and using the same method of adding color to the brush, add the darker color to the areas that would be darkest.  In this case, the depth of the leaves.
5.  When you're satisfied you can move on to other areas with more color.
6.  I always start with the lightest color and then add the darker where I either want shading or if I want to change the color of the image.  

If you get too much water in an area, take a paper towel and blot it up.  You can always reactivate your colors using just water.  

You can see from my finished photo that the colors dry a little lighter than they look when wet, so keep that in mind when your painting.  (The list of colors I used for this project are:  Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers {vase}, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn {leaves}, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon and Pick Raspberry {tulips})  

I hope you try coloring with Distress Markers and have some fun with this.  

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