Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Repeat Impressions is Red, White, and Blue!

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!

Time for a new color challenge at The House that Stamps Built.

Here is the color palette we have to work with this month:

And here is my card:

Hope you like it!!!

Now, let's hop along and see what my DT sisters have created!

Cheri     Deonna     Joy     Karen     Kathy     Melissa

Have fun!
Hope you link up your red, white, and blue card this week at The House that Stamps Built!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Repeat Impressions Project of the Week - Masking Techniques

Happy last Monday of June!

I'm here today with a few masking techniques for the Repeat Impressions blog, The House that Stamps Built.  Grab your coffee, and let's get started!  WARNING! This post is photo heavy.

For my cards today, I used all Repeat Impressions Stamps:

When you mask images, you always want the 'front-most' image to be stamped first.
In this case, the black cat is the 'front' image.  It was stamped once on the card front, and once again on a piece of thin paper, to be used as a mask.

Here's what you will have so far.

Fussy cut your 'mask'.

Use a bit of double sided removable adhesive on the back of your mask,
and adhere the mask directly over your stamped image.

Choose the images that you will want to appear to be 'behind' your cat.
In this card, I wanted a couple of tombstones.  I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to
place the first tombstone over the cat image. If you have questions
about the stamp-a-ma-jig, let me know! Perhaps that will be my next
Project of the Week!

Repeat that process, adding another tombstone on the right side.

Begin peeling your mask away.

Here is a closer view.

Your final image will look like this.

I added some sky colors, grass colors, bats, boo's, and a sentiment.
Voila!  You've aced the masking technique!  Easy, right?
Read on, for two more masking techniques.

For this card, I used a Reverse Masking technique.  You will
begin with your card base, and another piece of card stock cut to the same size.

Set your card base aside for now. Apply a die (or you can use a punch) of choice, to your
panel that you just cut.

Here's what you have now.

Next, use some post it notes, or other removable material to firmly hold 
the panel to your card front.

Grab some inks, and sponge the opening you just created. I wanted
mine to look like an outdoors scene.

Remove your panel, and look at the pretty background you just
created for your favorite Repeat Impressions stamp!!!

To finish this card, I simply stamped an image and sentiment in brown ink.
Another easy project!

Last but not least, is another form of masking.
For this card, I stamped the ornament frame, and completely masked
off the ornament around the outside edge, leaving a bit of the black ink showing.

Some blue ink was sponged onto the circle, and I randomly began stamping
snowflakes into the center of the ornament with white ink.

Remove the masking pieces.

I used a silver glitter pen to color the ornament hanger, and a black micro pen
to draw some 'wire'.

To finish this card, a silver bow and some bling was added to the card front.
The card front was matted onto some black card stock, and then onto the blue card base.

You could take this one step further, by stamping your center ornament,
masking it, and stamping again on either side.

When the mask is removed, you will see that they are dimensional looking, as if one is
in front of the other two.

Draw in your wires, and you're ready to get creative!

I hope that you enjoyed today's project, and that you will give it a try!

If you do, be sure to drop by and let me know, so I can come to see your beautiful 

Don't forget to stop by on Wednesday, to check out the newest challenge!

Thanks for stopping by,
Patti J.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

ShowCASE a Great Impressions Tutorial

Hi there!

Have you been following the Great Impressions blog this week?
All week long, our DT has been ShowCASEing (copy and steal everything) past tutorials that are on the GI blog. Each day has had new inspiration!

My project today, is showcasing a favorite technique - "Split Negative". Mynn has a tutorial on the Great Impressions Blog HERE showing you how to get a beautiful card using this techqnique. The fun thing to me, is that you end up making two cards in a jiffy!!!

Here's what I created, using Great Impressions Stamp H-257 Someone Like You.
Who wouldn't love to receive one of these for their birthday???

Thanks for stopping by today!

Don't forget about the GI challenge!
The theme for May is 'Celebrate Spring'.
You don't have to use GI stamps, but we'd love it if you did!
If you use GI stamps be sure to link up to the customer gallery HERE. 

Be sure to stop by the Great Impressions store HERE and treat yourself to a few new stamps!

Did you know shipping is free over $25?! 

Have a great weekend,
Patti J.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

More fun with Die-Versions!


I'm here today to share a fun card made with a Die-Versions new

I had to Google these flowers, to see what colors were prevelant,
and what I found were mostly pinks and yellows, with a few whites.
I decided to have some fun, and go with the yellow (which had pink
centers, on Google) and a very bright pink.

Here's what I created:

I think it will cheer up my Chemo buddy, don't you?
What gal doesn't like a bit of pink bling, now and then!

Hope you will become a follower of the Die-Versions blog,
and do a bit of shopping at the Die-Versions store - they have some wonderful new releases!

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Patti J.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Repeat Impressions Sketch Challenge

Hello, and Happy Wednesday!

Time for a new sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built.

When I saw this sketch, I immediately thought of aquarium windows. I have no idea why,
but that's what kept coming back over and over again, so, I relented!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my little aquarium:

Feel free to click and enlarge for a better peek :)

Hope you like it!!!

Now, let's hop along and see what my DT sisters have created!

Cheri     Deonna     Joy     Karen     Kathy     Melissa

Have fun!
Hope you link up your card this week at The House that Stamps Built!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MIA and Loving It!

Good Morning!

No cards to share today....

If you've been wondering why I haven't gotten around to your blogs to comment, it's
because we've been to Vermont for 10 days!

We are so proud of our son-in-law - he graduated last weekend from grad school, and we
were invited to attend his commencement at Norwich University in Vermont.

Of course, we got to spend oodles of quality time with our sweet granddaughter,
who is 16 months old today....

Son-in-law, me, and my DH, with our little sweetie in beautiful downtown Barre, Vermont.

And with our beautiful daughter, who is seen here, enjoying some wonderful

Look at this display...can you blame her for smiling???

Last but not least, look at this sweet smile!

I promise you all 
(with fingers very tightly crossed behind me)
that we did NOT do any spoiling of small children, while in Vermont!

Hopefully, things will be back to normal for us tomorrow. Our last day, we
drove in with a 14.5 hour trip, and it's harder to do that, the older we get!
Seems like I have some jet lag, and we didn't even fly!

See you all soon,

Patti J.

Monday, June 22, 2015

CardMaker hops with Avery Elle!

Good Morning!

Today, the CardMaker Blog Team is hopping with the Avery Elle team,
and we will all be sharing some fun new release products!  

I love happy mail, and the Avery Elle stamps and dies that I
received to work with were happy mail, indeed -thank you Avery Elle!

I have used Avery Elle ST-15-22 Bring on the Cake for my projects.

Here's what I created:

The first two cards, use the bundt cake image and sentiment...
pretty cute sentiment, right? 
The images were colored with markers, and popped up on the pennant
using dimensional foam. The pennant was also popped up on the
card base with foam.

One of my favorite stamps in this set is the darling TEENSY sprinkles.
Hope I never drop this one!

Next up, the cake slice was used, along with the 'Happy Birthday" sentiment. This time, the image was paper pieced. If you enlarge the photo, you can see what fun I had glossing the image up with some Glossy Accents.
The sweet sprinkles were stamped on the cake top and sentiment - 
love that wee stamp!

Last, but certainly not least, I just had to use this sweet little cupcake!
Don't you just love the 'wish' font?
I tried to color the cupcake to look like the real thing. 
What do you think?
I wanted to use the sprinkles, but since there were none on the
real cuppie, I decided to stamp it just once on the sentiment.
Made me uber-happy!

All righty....on we go!

Next up, hop on over to Karolyn's blog. Prepare to be wow'd,
as she is pretty amazing!

Be sure to leave lots of love along the way, and wait!
There's more!

Avery Elle will be giving away a $30 Avery Elle Gift Certificate on
the Avery Elle Blog, so be sure to go check out the details!

Thanks for hopping with us today - it's been fun!

Hugs and smiles, 
Patti J.

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Other supplies used:
A Muse Card Stock
Hammermille White 100# Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Kraft Card Stock
Patterned Paper
Baker's Twine
Sizzix Big Shot
Doodlebug Designs Doily
Tombo Permanent Adhesive Runner
Recollections Dimensional Foam
Glossy Accents
Perfect PaperCrafting Perfect Layers Mini Rulers and Cutting Mat
Copic Markers: BG34, BG10, YG0000, RV25, RV23, E13, E11, 0