Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Hi blog friends! 

Once again here we are for the WIW sketch challenge from Wendy at Repeat Impressions and The House That Stamps Built!  

We love it when you play along with us and post your own card to our challenges and for those of you who have never joined us, all the details are at The House, so I hope you'll take on this's another fun sketch with all kinds of creative possibilities.  If you play along, and enter your card, you could win a gift certificate for some of these fabulous Repeat Impressions Stamps.  

I have been playing around with more water coloring techniques and used my TH Distress Markers on this one.  The image I used was RI #2411-K "Pelican's Piling".  I'm not sure what there is about this image that I love....I think it's his coy "smile".  Come along and play with the WIW sketch challenge.  Visit my Rock Star teamies for more awesome inspiration.  

                  Brenda - Deonna - Geri Joy - Joyce - KarenMelissa

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Hi blog friends!  

It's Wednesday and time for another DCC at  The House That Stamps Built .  Every other Wednesday, a Repeat Impressions Rock Star design team member gets to challenge the other members of the team as well as you, our followers and the followers of "The House", to her challenge.  

This week, Joyce, is challenging us to a  "blue" color challenge.  Here's a fabulous opportunity to use your card crafting skills and create cards showcasing the color blue!  If you decide to join in on the challenge, and enter your card into a drawing for a gift certificate for some of these fabulous RI stamps, you can find all the details at "The House".  


Using RI Stamp #1317-L Vase of Tulips , I heat embossed it, first stamping with VersaMark ink and then using white embossing powder creating the focal image.   I also heat embossed the sentiment RI Stamp#2512-E "Just a Note"  on vellum, again using VersaMark and white embossing powder.  The bg was created using an ef from CuttleBug I think is called "branches".  (Sorry, I'm not sure).  

I hope you'll come along and play with Joyce's challenge this week.  For some fabulous inspiration, visit the Rock Stars to see what they've created.  

                Brenda - Deonna - Geri Joy - Joyce - KarenMelissa

I'm so glad you stopped by and I hope you'll get a chance to join Joyce's challenge.  

Monday, August 11, 2014


Hi everyone!  

Today is my turn at "Project of the Week" for The House That Stamps Built and I'm excited to share with you a fun and easy ink technique I'm calling "white pigment ink resist".  

There are many "resist" techniques, most of which use a clear embossing ink such as VersaMark, but today we're going to change up and use white pigment ink.  

Here are the supplies you'll need.
    -  White or neutral colored card stock (I used Sand Beach from GKD)
    -  White pigment ink (I used Hero Arts)
    -  Clear detail embossing powder
    -  Heat tool
    -  Dye inks for coloring
    -  Sponges or finger dabbers
    -  Paper towel for removing the excess ink and last but not least 
    -  A negative-style stamp 

1.  Stamp your image on your neutral card stock using the white pigment ink.  Be sure your ink is fairly juicy so that you can get a good even covering of the stamp.

2.  Cover the stamping with the clear embossing powder and heat set it with your heat tool.  

IMPORTANT - Be sure you melted all of the embossing powder over the image. This could be a little difficult to see so look at it carefully before you begin the next step and make sure it is all embossed.

3.  Using your sponge or finger dabbers and your dye inks, begin "coloring" the areas with the colors you've chosen.

4.  Once you have all the areas colored in, begin to remove the excess ink with your clean paper towel.

5.  Your resist will appear as you clean the surface of your layer.  Your image is now ready for mounting on a base layer.  

Here is my final project using this technique.  

The stamps I used for this card are RI# 5906-M "Forest Negative" and for the sentiment I used a portion of RI#2501-H "Happy Birthday from..."  (I cut the stamp in two and can easily put the two pieces back in place when I want to use it as a whole).

Wasn't that easy?  I hope you'll give it a try and if you do, we'd love it if you would let us know.  

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Summer is flying by blog friends!  Can you believe it??? 

Once again, it's What If?  Wednesday time with Repeat Impression stamps and The House That Stamps Built blog. 

Wendy's sketches are always so much fun and often challenging so it makes for a great combination for a card maker like myself (and maybe you, too).  I have a folder on my desk top where I keep them, because often my mojo hits a low point and I need inspiration.  When that happens, I can open that file and usually find a sketch that will get me going again. 

This week's sketch is definitely going in that file. 

It might be the fact that summer is moving by so fast or that this awesome stamp #6006-M "Forest Positive" just spoke "Christmas" to me.  I'm not sure, but I was inspired by "something" to make this card for the WIW challenge. 
Jump in with the Rock Star design team and create a card using Wendy's sketch this week and enter it in the drawing for some awesome RI stamps.  All the details can be found at The House.
Please visit the other Rock Stars or even more inspiration using Wendy's fabulous sketch this week. 
                       Brenda - Deonna - Geri - Joy - Joyce - KarenMelissa
I hope you'll join the WIW sketch challenge this week! 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great week and weekend! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Hi Blog friends!! 

I hope your summer is going exceptionally well!  It's been a busy one for us, but I'm not complaining, the weather has been fabulous.   We actually got away for a week and enjoyed a great time on the ocean in downeast Maine with family.  

It's DCC once again at The House That Stamps Built and this time it's the very talented Karen's turn to challenge us.  Her challenge is to use sparkle, glitter or bling!  How fun is that????  

We are looking forward to you playing along with Karen's challenge, check out The House for all the details.

I can't stop playing around with the stamps from one of Wendy's newest stamp sets, "Contain Yourself".  The stamps are so cute and fun to use.  

For my card I used #9724 "Happy Frog" because he makes me smile each time I look at him.  I also used the coordinating sentiment #9723 "Toad You" for the same reason.  It's just a happy card.  I also used RI #1507-J "Grass" which is one of the fantastic border stamps in the RI collection.  I used my Copic Markers to flower them up and to add some ground under the frog/toad.  I added a row of rhinestones along the edge of the punched border to meet the challenge.  A little sponging, punching and matting and voila!  We have a card!  

Fun challenge Karen!  

For even more inspiration check out the other Rock Stars and see what they came up with.

             Brenda - Deonna - Geri Joy - Joyce - KarenMelissa

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

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