Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Hey there!!!  

I hope you've all had an opportunity to join in on the new Repeat Impressions Release Party at The House That Stamps Built!  These new floral stamps are so fabulous!!! 

There are more releases coming up, so hang on to your'll need a seat belt!!!  

Today, we're joining my friend and awesome Rock Star sister, Joy Hadden as she challenges us...and you... to a "use your scraps" challenge.  If you're like me, the hard part about a challenge like this is deciding which scraps to use.

I went with monochromatic color scheme because I had so much "green" in my scrap bin and that way I wouldn't have to think too much!  

I had so many pieces of green scraps, I just went with it.  I used RI# 10314-H "Daisy Solid Lg", (an image from the new set) and from the RI#9900 "Hello Series", I grabbed this sentiment.  

Come on over to THE HOUSE and play've got scraps...we know you do...AND, you could possibly win $25.00 worth of RI stamps, just for entering.  

Some awesome inspiration can be found at these blogs.

                            Deonna   Heather  -  Joy  -  Kathy  - Laurie -  Patti J  -  Shirley

Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, May 9, 2016


Hi everyone,  

I'm here with an older technique, but it’s so cool and different each time you do it.   It’s a technique that brings great texture and interest to your focal image.  It's call "Cracked Glass".  

Here are the supplies you'll need:  


Ultra Think Embossing Enamel (UTEE), your prepared image, VersaMark ink (or some other watermark ink) and a tray or box top to catch the embossing flakes, a heat gun (not shown).  

You can use clear embossing powder for this, however the UTEE works better because it's a thicker and heavier product.  But if you don't have UTEE clear embossing powder works okay.

Step 1:  Coat your prepared image completely with VersaMark Ink.

Step 2:  Sprinkle the UTEE all over the coated image then using your heat gun, melt the UTEE.  Working quickly, while the image is still hot from the melting, dip it back into the UTEE and heat it again.  Do this several times (3 or 4), building up to a smooth surface.  

I used a scrap piece of card stock and taped my image to it and used it as a "handle" so I could hold my image during the melting process.  You're looking for a super smooth coating. 

Step 3:  When your image is done to your satisfaction, place it in the freezer for 5 minutes or so.  It may be curled when you remove it, but that's okay.  Carefully, twist the image and snap the cold, hardened image.  The cracks will show up randomly.  It's so cool!!!! 

Step 4:  Use your image on your card as you like.  

My image is RI #2914-I "Duck's Take-Off" and for the sentiment I used RI# 2501-H "Happy Birthday From...".  (I cut this sentiment stamp, creating two separate sentiments - I put them back together when I want the entire sentiment).  

I hope you enjoyed the project and I hope you'll give it a try with some of your own Repeat Impressions images. 

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