Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The House That Stamps Built: Black and White Challenge

 

     Our challenge this week at The House That Stamps Built is to just use black
and white on your card.


 I went with some patterned papers that have been in my stash for quite 
awhile, added a Deepest Sympathy sentiment and Dragonfly Deco,
stamped on vellum and embossed with a shimmer black embossing
powder. Unfortunately we need to have a few of these in our stash.
 
Black and white cards are quick and easy and usually very elegant.
 
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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The House That Stamps Built: Create a Card with a Fun Fold

  One of my absolute favorites this week at The House That Stamps Built: Fun Fold Cards!

So lets get right to it!

Folded flat for mailing:

                             

Open with area for sentiment or note:

 This was so fun and actually simple to make.  I made a Diamond Easel Card for the first

 time, I got my inspiration and directions from Teri.

 Repeat Impression Supplies: Bird Song, Bird's Nest Branch, and, Monarch Butterfly

 

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The House That Stamps Built: All About the Boys

  We are starting June off at The House That Stamps Built with an All About
The Boys Challenge - Fathers Day or Masculine -your choice.  I went
with Father day:



While I was making my card, I decided to do a twofer and make two slightly
different cards using Bass Harbor Light on both, on horizontal and one
vertical.  The images are colored in Copics, then masked and the 
backgrounds blended as sunsets.  I added a sentiment to the top one,

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Monday, May 31, 2021

The House That Stamps Built-Previous Card

 Wendy gave us the option this month for our POTW - to post a previous
card that we had made. I decided it would be fun to go back to my
first post with Repeat Impressions.

It was January 4 of 2017, my how the time flies when you are having fun!

 
I inked up 2719-K Large Pine Tree numerous times with Tim Holtz pine needles Distress Ink and did some 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation stamping.  I added embossing ink with my Versamark pen and added white embossing powder to the trees and a die cut deer.  After stamping 8606-E Happy Birthday with the same ink, I did some die cutting and dry embossing and this is the card I came up with. It seems I made the same card making resolution that year as I do every year - to make more masculine cards!

Thanks for looking at my repeat card!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Repeat Impressions: Wet or Dry Embossing

 It's Wednesday, challenge day at  The House That Stamps Built!
This week Wendy challenges us to use Wet and/or Dry embossing on
our card.

I went with both.  I dry embossed a white layer.  I wet  embossed Repeat
Impressions Crocuses in gold embossing powder and colored with
Copics.  After creating a window I added Happy Birthday to the
inside of the card. A few Pearlies and my dear daughter in laws
birthday card is ready to go!

Card slightly open:


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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Repeat Impressions: Anything with Birds or Bees

  It's Wednesday, so challenge day at The House That Stamps Built, Wendy is
challenging us to create with a theme of birds or bees this week.


I immediately thought of Happy Bees, using just the bee part of the darling
scene and the "Bee"cause sentiment.  I've used this fun design before, I find 
it attractive and it is very simple.  My just because stamped fuzzy so I embellished
by restamping and die cutting my sentiment out to cover it up, no mistakes in
in card making, just chances to embellish.  The little bee was in my stash.

If you would like to join our weekly challenge, you might just 
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by the bees and went with a simple style card

 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Twofer

 




  It's time for Darnell's Twofer challenge and a few other fun challenges! I decided to take
this Unity cupcake stamp and make a feminine and masculine card using the same
basic idea with a handmade background and a vellum layer.

On the first card I used a Designer Stencil-Butterfly Flutter for my background. 
On the second I smooshed Distress Oxide inks before die cutting. I also 
used a Sakura Jelly Roll pen for gold accents on both, and sponged Distress
Oxides on the background of the second card.

A few fun challenges:
Card 1
Card 2
Both

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The House That Stamps Built: Sew Special

  The theme this week at The House That Stamps Built is Sew Special, a sewing 
theme, faux stitching ...

I immediately thought of this darling quilt stamp and sentiment that I 
had yet to ink up:

I went through my box of of backgrounds and picked one that I 
thought would look good on a quilt.  I then stamped it with 
my go to Versa Clair black ink and embossed it in clear.  I then
stamped the sentiment.  I die cut with a stitched die and 
added some ribbon to finish off the card.
 
We would be happy if you join our weekly challenge, you might just 
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Repeat Impression stamps but an extra chance if you do.  
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Repeat Impressions: All About Moms

 You guessed it, today's challenge at The House That Stamps Built is All 
About Mom's:  Mothers Day, New Moms, any interpretation you would
like.   

I went with Mother's Day:
 

I started with my papers and then stamped Vase of Tulips and colored with
Copics in colors to match.  My card stock is scored in half and then the front
is folded back (see picture below).   I cut two matching scalloped ovals, on
the front I did some stenciling to add interest and on the inside I added a 
sentiment Happy moments. I added a little butterfly gem and some pearls
from my stash. 

 This view shows the Wink of Stella on the flowers:


 
Wishing you a Happy Mothers Day, you still have a few days to make 
a card or share one you have already made in our
 weekly challenge, you might just 
be the lucky winner of the monthly drawing for the
 $25 Repeat Impression's  gift certificate. 
 
You don't have to use
Repeat Impression stamps but an extra chance if you do.  
Drawing is the first Wednesday every month.
 
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For inspiration check out what my teammates have created:
 
A few fun challenges:

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The House That Stamps Built: ATG

 Yes, you guessed it, Anything Goes Week at The House That 
Stamps Built.

My card:

Open:




My card is made with two sided patterned paper 5 1/4" by 11 3/4" scored  at
1 3/4", 4 3/3" and 7 3/4", accordion fold as above, mount 
on a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 piece of card stock and then 
embellished as desired.  I simply stamped a couple sentiments from
 Repeat Impressions Hello Series.    Very quick and easy.

We would be happy if you join our weekly challenge, you might just 
be the lucky winner of the monthly drawing for the
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Repeat Impression stamps but an extra chance if you do.  
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Monday, April 26, 2021

Repeat Impressions: Pick of the Week

 It is my week to share a POTW - Pick of the Week at The House That 

I got a set of Polychromo pencils two Christmas's ago and I decided 
it was time to watch some video's and put in some practice with them.
So today I am sharing my practice card step by step and the tips
I learned from the video's and along the way.  I have to say they
are much easier to work with than the first few times I played
with them.  I will be reaching for them more often.  They
do take more time than Copics but are worth it and it is very
relaxing.

You will need an image stamp of your choice, preferably one with
a lot of lines in it to guide you for shading.  I used Repeat Impressions
Nap Time Fairy and Happy Hello. It is best to use paper with a bit of
roughness to it.
 
Stamp your main image in a light color, not black. You will want to use
a stamping tool as we will be stamping over it again and want exact
placement:
 
Gather the colors for your first area to color, you will want 3 shades for
each color, along with a white and a gray.  Start by laying down the white where
you want the lightest areas, then go from lightest to darkest of your colors.
You want to use circular motions and very light pressure with a well
sharpened pencil.  You use light pressure as you will keep adding
layers.  This blends the layers together and gets a nice smooth effect:

 
After you have added the white and your 3 colors you can add more white
for highlight and then use the gray, sparingly to add shadows:

When complete, use embossing body generously as you have gotten oils 
from your hands on the card:
 
Stamp image with Versamark ink and emboss in gold, this makes such a
difference:



I added a mask and some stenciling to add some interest to my card.


Finish as desired:


If you have been debating Polychromo pencils  or already use them,I hope this
 tutorial gave you some helpful tips.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Leaf twofer

 This is my second post today, please scroll down to see the Minions.


 I barely made it in time for Darnell's twofer challenge this month.  I am
glad I came up with ideas today and had some time to craft!

I started with white card stock and using purple tape masked off strips
and with blender brushes blended stripes of color, overlapping some
of the rows.  I splattered some green ink and die cut and attached 
a leaf die that has been in my stash and only used once before.



For my second card I die cut the leaf out of foam and used it as a stamp. I
finished the card with a hello die with a vellum layer underneath.


A few fun challenges:

Happy Birthday Minions


  My oldest son's birthday was this past week and he shares our love of
Minions so I made the above card for him.  The minions started with the
Stampin Up owl punch.  The ballons were cut form a snippet I had
left from a background with Color Bursts.

We will be celebrating this weekend!

A few fun challenges:
Di's Digi Challenge: Animals acting like humans 5/1
 


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The House That Stamps Built: Theme as a Highlight

 This week at The House That Stamps Built Wendy wants us to highlight a sentiment as
 the focal point of our card.  This was a difficult choice as she has so many
fabulous sentiments.  I finally decided on one of my favorites:


I layered some patterned paper on white card stock and then embossed them
together for interest.  I stamped Just Because in navy ink and then in
VersaMark ink and embossed in clear embossing powder, and did the same 
with Dragonfly Sil. (sm). Added some navy layers and ribbon and left it
at that.

If you would like to join our weekly challenge, you might just 
be the lucky winner of the monthly drawing for the
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Repeat Impression stamps but an extra chance if you do.  
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For inspiration check out what my teammates have created:
 
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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Springtime flowers

 Do you subscribe to my blog by e-mail?   If you do please sign up as a regular follow 
as I have read that this is going away, more details on my friend, Donna's blog.
 
Some anemone's from IO that I stamped and made cards with recently:
 
 
\My mom and I finally had a day out shopping at a local craft store and
she bought this stamp set and some other goodies as a belated  b-day
present for me, so this first card, colored with Copics was sent to her:

 
The second card I colored on the stamp with watercolor markers, misted the
stamp and stamped the image.  I like this card but the one above is my favorite.
Mom was very happy to receive it!


 Wishing you a crafty weekend and thanks for visiting!

A few fun challenges:
 
First card:
 
 

Second card:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The House That Stamps Built: Signs of Spring

 Signs of spring are everywhere so that is our theme this week at The House!

 My card: 


To me the first signs of spring are tulips and daffodils, I wanted a nice
sunny looking card so I went with Repeat Impressions  Daffodils today! I stamped 
my image with my go to black VersaClaire  ink and embossed with clear embossing
powder, colored with Copics, cut a few layers using a Daily Bread die set.  The yellow 
needed somethingso I used white pigment ink and stenciled a lacey stencil on it,
 it is very faint but in real life it adds to the card. 

 

Join our weekly challenge, you might just 
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For inspiration check out what my teammates have created:
 
A few fun challenges:
Addicted to CAS #195 Flowers  4/23
Use Your Stuff#420 Spring : Everything was in my stash  4/24

 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Lantern card

 


 
It has been a long time since I made a lantern card so when I saw this
as the challenge at Mrs. A's Butterfly challenge I had to play along. Her
directions are so easy to follow!  This will be one of my granddaughters
birthday cards.  I have a birthday sentiment on the lattice at the bottom, and 
birthday and other sendtiments stamped on other squares.  I also included 
flowers and of course butterflies.
 
A few fun challenges:
Butterfly Challenge 155:  Fold and all elements  4/14
 
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Simon Says Stamp-Wednesday Challenge Happy Birthday  4/15 
Scor-Pal #80  5/10