Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Birthday, Wendy!

Good Morning!

Today, we are celebrating a very special lady!

Wendy Wyman, owner of Repeat Impressions Stamps, has a birthday today,
and we all want to wish her a wonderful day...

When Wendy 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 running 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 so....in 1996, Wendy and Bill established Repeat Impressions Stamps.  Each stamp is designed by Wendy, and manufactured by Bill in their home workshop!

We hope that you will join us today, as we hop together for Wendy!

A note to Wendy from all of us:

Wendy, you are the sweetest, and most generous person we know.
As a 'boss', rarely do we find ourselves working for someone that is more professional,
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 each look up to you, we admire you, and we 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 card I created for Wendy (it's in the mail, Wendy, sorry!)

Almost two years ago, Wendy asked me to join the Repeat Impressions Design Team and I've enjoyed that time so much!!  Here are a few of my favorite creations using RI stamps from the last two years.












Thank you, Wendy!!

Please hop along to see what my fellow Rock Stars have to share for Wendy!



Thanks for hopping with us!  If you have a minute, please go to the RI blog, The House that Stamps Built, and leave Wendy a bit of Birthday love!!!

Supplies for Birthday card:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Happy Cling Set" a very, happy and birthday, "Daisy Outline, large", "Leaf Outline, large" and "Leaf Solid, large"
Dies: MFT "filigree corners" and "Formal Flourish"

Challenges:
Mod Squad--Plant kindness (I have used flowers and leaves)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--use more than one die or punch
Penny's #321--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #286--birthday girl
Fab n Funky #343--flowers
Creative Craft #84--for the girls
Incy Wincy--Happy Birthday
Word Art Wednesday #274--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Stick It Down--sketch

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Under the weather

My uncle had a rotator cuff injury from skiing a month or so ago.  He had to have surgery last week to repair it.  I've had this image printed out for a while and thought it would be perfect for a get well card to send to him.
I created my own background using PTI's "Guide Lines 2" set.  I love how it lets you mix and match colors and patterns and create something really eye-catching.  I sponged on some gray clouds in the background to add to the look of a rainy, gloomy day.

Supplies:
Stamps: Eureka Stamps "2006" and "2007" digis; PTI "Guide Lines 2" all background stamps
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle die (background layer) and "Labels STAX"; Paper Smooches "Cute Clouds";

Challenges:
Aud Sentiments #176--any sentiment except birthday
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #373--things with wings
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--more than one die or punch
Penny's Challenge #321--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--thinking of you
Creative Inspirations #271--anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown #385--add dimension (some of the clouds and the sentiment panel are popped up with foam tape)
Tuesday Morning Sketches #395--sketch

Simon Says Stamp Monday--Layer it up
Alphabet Challenge--A is for anything with wings
Word Art Wednesday #274--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Cutie Pie Challenge #109--dies and digis
Divas That Cut--for the love of animals/pets

Special Birthday

My oldest daughter is turning 11 on Saturday!  How is this happening???  Here is the card I created for her using the adorable "Magical Dragons" from MFT.  LOVE that set!!
And here is the inside:

Supplies:
Stamps: MFT "Magical Dragons"; PTI "Big Birthday Wishes"; and Sweet N Sassy Stamps "Anniversary Milestones"
Dies: Paper Smooches "Cute Clouds" and Spellbinders "Say, What?"

Challenges:
Pattie's Creations--image with wings
Alphabet Challenge--A is for anything with wings
Come And Get It Challenge--anything goes
Incy Wincy--Happy Birthday
Tuesday Throwdown #335--add dimension (some of my clouds are popped up with foam tape)
Creative Craft Cottage #84--for the girls
Creative Inspiration #271--anything goes
The Paper Shelter #286--birthday girl
MFT #325--sketch
MFT Sketch Challenge 325 #mftstamps
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--more than one die or punch
Kraftin Kimmie Stamps #313--things with wings
Little Miss Muffet #159--anything goes
As You Like it--favorite coloring medium (my favorite is Spectrum Noir markers as I love how they are able to blend and with a slightly lower price tag than some of the other sets out there, but as I don't have a lot of them, I also have to use regular kids, art markers)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cupcakes

Phew, here it is Wednesday again!  That means it's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week we have an Anything Goes challenge for you.  And boy, am I glad.  I was tied up all weekend with a family emergency and had to throw this together Monday afternoon in time to get it to post.
Luckily, I already had the image all set to go from a creation that just didn't work several weeks ago.  Plus, I already had the patterned papers picked out to go with the image (once again, some of the scraps I'm trying to use up).   So, pretty much all I had to do was make the card base, adhere everything and stamp the sentiment!
Now, hop on over to The House blog, to see what the rest of the team has created.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Happy Birthday" and "Cupcakes"

Challenges:
Creative Craft Cottage #84--for the girls
Incy Wincy Designs--Happy Birthday
Come And Get It--anything goes
Creative Fingers #126--anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #90--anything goes
Crafty Catz #162--a touch of pink
Brown Sugar #242--anything goes
Cute Card #469--celebrations (birthday)
Inspiration Destination #124--anything goes
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes



Monday, March 20, 2017

Use Those Scraps

Today is my day to share a Project of the Week for The House That Stamps Built.  Do any of you have a pile of scraps that look like this?
 Well, I do,  so my project focuses on using up some of those scraps.  I start by cutting pairs of 1/2 inch strips, making sure I have at least two of each pattern.  I cut a base of scrap cardstock a little bit bigger than an A2 size panel.  As you can see, it doesn't even have to be a full square.  Then I butt two strips together and adhere them on the backside with a strip of tape, so they stay together.
 I use spray adhesive on my base panel, but you could probably use your favorite adhesive.  The hardest part is lining up the center piece, but once you've got that the rest is really easy.  I just lay the next two coordinating pieces right in the "v" (or around the "v" when doing the lower portion).
 After I have filled up the base card with strips, I use a stitched rectangle die to trim it down to fit on an A2 card.
 And here's what it looks like:
 I like to make tags using the small strips.  I just line them up horizontally instead of in the "v" pattern.  I use the same process as the card; I cut my tag shape first, apply spray adhesive and layer the paper strips.  Then I trim the ends off with my scissors to match the shape of the tag.
 And this is what my scrap pile looks like afterwards.  The pile in the lower right are scraps even I will consider too small to save.  The upper right will probably be made into another tag eventually, and then I have some larger scraps to keep working on.
 Here are the card panel and the two tags.
 And here they are all finished up.  Gorgeous, huh?
 I raided my bits and pieces stash for almost all of the additional pieces.  The floral oval and two of the blue flowers where in the stash; I did have to stamp a third to finish it off.
 The ribbon, vellum oval, die cut sentiment, flower and leaf sprig were all in the stash.
 The ribbon, circle, flower and leaf were all in the stash.  So not only did I use up some paper scraps, I also used up a bunch of items that had been made for previous projects and just didn't get used.
Supplies:
Card: 
Stamps: Repeat Impressions: "Daisy Solid, sm" and "Happy Birthday"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Floral Ovals"
Tag 1: 
Stamps: Repeat Impressions: "Daisy Solid, sm"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" tag; Spellbinders "Classic Ovals, large"; Verve "Sprightly Sprigs"; MFT "Smartphone" hello
Tag 2: 
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" tag; Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large"

As I was getting ready to create these projects, I had some help.  This is my big, stripey boy, and he is helping die cut.
 And this one is my baby, she's trying to blend in with my supplies.  My third cat was sleeping upstairs; he's too old to "help" any more.

Challenges:
Pixie's #273 & 274--anything goes with snippets
Come And Get It--anything goes
Hiding In My Craft Room #293-- 3x designer paper
CardzTV #5--anything goes
Creative Fingers #126--anything goes
Just Add Ink #351--Just add "L" (I used leftovers)
A Bit More Time To Craft #40--anything goes
Crafty Catz #162--a touch of pink
Brown Sugar Challenge #242--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #469--celebrations (birthday)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #124--anything goes
Crafty Creations #337--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #274--anything goes with uplifting sentiment
Penny's Challenges #320--anything goes
Tag You're It #67--inspiration tag

CAS-ual Fridays #169--off the edge (my flowers are hanging off the edge)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Crop Stop Blog #26--anything goes (I've used products from Spellbinders, MFT and Spectrum Noir)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Just because

Happy Friday!!  It's time for another challenge from Jo's Scrap Shack.  As always, we are now an Anything Goes challenge and our sponsor this week is Digital Delights.  

A couple months ago, I won some images from Digital Delights and chose this adorable image, mostly because of the sweet little wolf!!  As soon as I saw they were the sponsor of this challenge I knew I was going to use this cute little pair.  But that's where the easy part stopped!  I tell you, this is the card that just DID NOT want to be made.  It looks simple enough, but it must have taken me at least two hours and I already had the images colored.  I tried so many things and nothing worked!  My daughter was trying to help, and my husband was even trying to make suggestions and it was just not doing it for me!  But, I persevered and finally came up with something that I was happy with!

What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your blog post that includes your challenge entry project, using the linky tool on Jo's blog. 

2. Be sure to include a link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering your project into

3. THREE entries per person are allowed for each challenge and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. For all entries -NO BACK LINKS ACCEPTED- 
The date on your blog post should be dated between the start date & the end date for the challenge you are entering, in order to be eligible for the challenge & prizes

5. You may link up to other challenges but be sure to link back to Jo's Scrap Shack and to the challenge post you are entering 

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
WILL NOT be eligible for the top 3, any sponsor wins or any random wins by Jo
All random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.

You have until March 23rd by 6:00PM (eastern, USA) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of  March 27th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!



Supplies:
Stamps: Digital Delights by Louby Lou "Red Riding Hood Set" digi: Verve "Take Note" sentiments
Dies: PTI "Filigree Delights" border die

Challenges:
Creative Knockouts #185--border time
Mod Squad--Pop It Out (I popped up the little wolf and the sentiment banner)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Wonderful Wednesday--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #274--anything goes with uplifted sentiment
Fab n' Funky Challenge #342--children
Penny's Challenge #320--anything goes
Crafty Creations #337--anything goes
Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog #124--anything goes

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Warm memories

Happy Wednesday!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built and this week we have a fun color/photo inspiration challenge for you:
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I made this card for my grandmother who's cat had to be put to sleep last week.  She's had the cat for almost 18 years and it had been her faithful companion since my grandfather died almost 9 years ago.  I'm sure she's taking this loss pretty hard as she now lives completely alone (don't worry, there is a lot of family living around her, so she's not all alone!)
I started out by measuring my "Dimond Deco, Sil (lg)" stamp and marking out a grid on my cardstock, so I could stamp the image in a nice, lined-up pattern.  I stamped it in a dark gray, stamping off on scrap paper first to get a muted color.  Then I stamp over it with "Sheet Music" in black.  Then I die cut it using a stitched rectangle die and inked the edges with dark gray to soften them.  I also used the dark gray (stamped off once) to stamp the strip of flowers and leaves and sponged the edges as well.    I used some silver Texture Gems (similar to liquid pearls) to dot the center of the large flower.  I really love how this card turned out!  I hope you will get a chance to play along with us this week.  Head on over to The House blog to see how this photo inspired the rest of the DT, you will NOT be disappointed!!

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions: "Dimond Deco, Sil (lg)", "Sheet Music", "Daisy Outline, sm.", "Leaf Outline, sm.", "Daisy Outline, lg", "Leaf Outline, lg", "Cat Sitting Sil." and "Warm Memories"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" stitched rectangle; Spellbinders "Classic Standard Ovals, large" and "Standard Cirles, large"

Challenges:
Retro Rubber #58--anything goes (the music stamp, the cat stamp and the sentiment are all nearly two years old--in June)
{Pin}spirational #186--photo inspiration (I was inspired by the black and white colors and I added some flowers)

Sweet Stampin'--anything but birthday
Cuttlebug Mania--sketch

Dare2B Artzy--lots of layers
Divas That Cut--For the love of animals/pets
Scrapper's Delights #64--anything goes

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sledding Birds

Well, here it is the middle of March, and boy did it come in like a lion!!  I thought spring was here for sure, but this past Friday, we got about 4 inches of snow and we've had chilly low temps to go along with it and then we got all geared up for the "big" winter storm that is hitting much of the Northeastern U.S.  We did get about another 4 inches or so, but now it's turned to rain and it's just creating a bit bunch of slush.  It might turn back to rain again later, so we'll see how it turns out.  But it's a great reminder to keep making those Christmas cards!  So, here I am with my mid-month inspiration for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, it is a month-long, anything (Christmas-related) goes challenge.  And here is my card:
With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I decided to get in the spirit and use a green theme.  Plus, I had these fabulous patterned papers laying around on my desk as part of the "scrap pile" I'm trying to use up.  I even found a clear button and adhered some of the patterned paper to it to continue the theme.  I used my white gel pen to create the dots on the largest bird's hat and use my marker to create the "plaid" or checks on the smallest bird's hat.  I made these cute little guys into robins since I was already for spring.  I haven't seen any yet, but if they are here, this is definitely what they would be doing today!

Supplies:
Stamps: High Hopes freebie digi (to use in their challenge)
PIT "Fab Flakes"
Dies: PTI "Fancy Flakes"

Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash #294--Luck o' the irish (use green)
Brown Sugar #241--buttons or brads
Come And Get It--things with wings
Di's Digis--Lots of green
Sweet Stampin'--anything but birthday
Hiding in my Craft Room #292--super scraps
Cut it Up #117--think green
CAS-ual Fridays #169--off the edge (my snowflake is hanging off the edge)
Crafty Catz #169--mainly green
Crimbo Crackers #128--die cuts
Little Miss Muffet #158--anything goes
Power Poppy--go green
High Hopes--anything goes with High Hopes Stamps
Pattie's Creations --image with wings
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'--anything goes
Unicorn Challenge #19--go green
ABC Christmas--E is for Edge, F is for Family (snowflake off the edge and a family of birds)
YNS #59--sketch

Cutie Pie Challenge #109--dies & digis

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Cheerful Friend

Years and years ago, I received a big batch of card bases from someone who had gotten out of card making.  A lot of them were just plain, basic A2 or square bases, but some of them were pre-cut like these heart ones.  I've been at a loss as to what to do with them.  But I found them again a while ago (unfortunately, not before Valentine's Day!) and since I am trying really hard to use up some scraps I have lying around, I thought now was the perfect time to use them.  I also had this batch of decorative brads which include some with banners already attached.  As they had the same shades as the paper scraps, I put them to work, too.  And I really like how it all turned out.  For this first one, I also had a bit of turquoise mesh that was lying around, but was really too small to do much with.  I adhered it behind the heart cut outs and then layered squares of the patterned paper behind.  It's very subtle, but it gives a great textural element.  I added the banner to the top and stamped the sentiment at the bottom.  It needed something else, so I stamped the flourish with a pale pink.
 The colors on this one are a little brighter.   I had used up all the mesh on the first, but other than that, this card is pretty similar.  For this card, I made my own banner to go with one of the brads from the collection.  It looks just as good to me!
 And here is the third card.  I created the ombre on "grace" by sponging ink on a piece of scrap white card, then I die cut it.  I also die cut it out of plain white paper 3 (possibly 4) times and layered them all together to add some awesome dimension!
I'm sending this one to a couple in our church that seem to have all sorts of difficulties in their life.  I hope it will be an encouragement to them.  Since it is a square card, I had to make my own envelope and decided to decorate the outside to go along with the card.
I used an extra special PTI stamp on the envelope: my address stamp is one I won during their anniversary celebration a couple years ago.

CARD 1:
Supplies:
Stamps: Verve "Text Objects" sentiment; Clear Dollar Stamps Flourish

Challenges:
Sweet Stampin--anything but birthday
CAS-ual Fridays #169--off the edge (I stamped the flourish stamp off the edge of the card)
Crafty Creations #336--anything goes
Crafty Gals #115--polka dots and/or stripes (there are dots in the brown paper and stripes in the second paper)
The Paper Shelter #284--circles/dots and/or stripes
Tuesday Throwdown #333--thinking of you


CARD 2:
Stamps: PTI "Inspired: Grace"; Clear Dollar Stamps Flourish

Challenges:
Hiding in My Craft Room #292--super scraps
Penny's Challenges #319--anything goes
Cardz TV #4--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday #272--anything goes with uplifting sentiment

CARD 3:
Stamps: PTI "Inspired: Grace" sentiment; Verve "Better Together" distressed dots
Dies: PTI "Inspired: Grace"

Challenges:
Brown Sugar #240--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--3 patterned papers
PaperTrey Ink--create a card & matching envelope and SEND it (mine went in the mail this morning)
A Bit More Time To Craft #39--anything goes
Time Out Challenge--love and/or friendship with the option of spotlight stamping (I spotlighted the "grace" by using a different color for it to make it stand out more)


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Feline Fine

Happy Wednesday!!  It's time for another challenge from The House That Stamps Built.  This week, Wendy challenged us with a tic tac toe board:
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And, let me tell you, the cards I made for this might just be my favorite cards I've made with Repeat Impressions stamps.  Yes, you heard me right, cardS, I couldn't stop with just one!  Two people at our church had/are having small surgical procedures, so I wanted to make some get well cards.  The first one is for a man, so I used more manly colors and little embellishments.  I used the top row: pets, used dimension (I popped up my sentiment with foam tape) and twine.  And I LOVE how cute this is!!
 I have an orange stripey tomcat, so I wanted to color up this sweet kitty to look like him.  And don't you just love the texture on the teddy bear?!
The second card is for a female, and I really wanted to have a his and hers version of almost the same card, so I used a slightly different sketch and used more "girly" colors:
I thought this time, the little kitty would look fabulous in white.  I also didn't think I could do my two gray kitties justice if I tried to color it like them.  On this card, I used the diagonal: Pets, bright colors, and sponging (I sponged around the edge of the circles before taking them out of the dies.  I also used charms, dimension and off the edge with the border dies.  So, what do you think?  Which one do you like better?
If you need to have this stamp (and I think you DO now that I've showed how cute it is!) or any others, check out my 10% off your entire order coupon in my left sidebar.

Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Feline Friendly" and "Feline Better"
Dies: Spellbinders "Classic Circles, large" and "Teardrop Circles"; PTI "Loopy Border" die on CARD 2
Papers: DCWV "Textiles"

Challenges:
Card 1:
Tuesday Throwdown #333--thinking of you
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps #371--for the boys/men
Cardz TV #4--anything goes
Brown Sugar #240--anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #467--anything goes
Dies R US #68--something new (this is the first time I've inked up this image!)
Dare 2B Artzy--lots of layers
Love To Craft #8--anything goes
Creative Sketchy #9--used die cuts
Divas That Cut--for the love of animals/pets
Crafting with an Attitude--anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Cards Galore--anything goes
A Bit More Time To Craft #39--anything goes
Inspiration Destination #123--anything goes
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2--sketch

Crafty Creations #336--anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #272--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--anything goes


Card 2:
A Gem of a Challenge #189--use three B's (I used bows, bear and border dies)
Sketch Saturday #453--sketch

Hiding in My Craft Room #291--spring colors
In The Pink #114--for a special lady
Creative Knockouts #183--dies/punch frenzy
Crafty Calendar--mum's day or special female
Craft-Dee BowZ--anything goes with handmade bow