Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DCC - Paper Piecing

Today we have a DCC challenge at Repeat Impressions - Paper piecing.  What's great about these challenges is that it takes us out of our comfort zones.  Paper piecing certainly does that for me.   I use certain aspects of paper piecing on my projects and I admire paper pieced items.  My Pinterest boards are full of paper pieced projects but to sit down and actually do paper piecing is a little scary for me.  But again, that's what makes these challenges great.  Gets us to tackle things that we normally wouldn't.

Here is my take on this weeks challenge.  I pieced the upper half of the back ground then embossed it.  The folder I used was pretty intricate so it gave my project a tattered look.  Not what I was going for but I love how it turned out. 

I actually ended up with a 2nd versions of paper piecing on this card.  I really wanted to emphasize this courage ribbon called Heart Ribbon - 8404-F in the Repeat Impressions catalog, so I double layered it and 'popped' it with foam tape. 

After doing this challenge, I have a paper piecing project that I was putting off.  Now I'm determined to try it - watch for it to be posted soon.   

Now lets see your version of this challenge - does this take you out of your comfort zone like it did to me?  Give it a try.  Since this is a challenge that means you can post your version here on the linky and you have a chance to win a great prize -  a $25 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions.  See the rules here.   

More soon

Stamps - Repeat Impressions - 8404-F Heart Ribbon
Paper - DCWV card base, many misc scraps
Tools & Accessories - Copic markers, mini pearls, nesties, embossing folders, gel pen

Monday, September 24, 2012

SOTW - Bull Dog

It was an exciting weekend for us.  My husband and I drove to see our son at college.   Our son took us on a short drive to Galena, Illinois.  What an amazing town.  It's loaded with historic value, amazing food, wineries and tons of awesome shops.  We had a wonderful time - our son always takes us to see the most amazing things when we go to visit and this weekend was no exception. 

Now, its time to get back to the present.  Its Stamp of the Week (SOTW) time at Repeat Impressions and as always, RI is featuring an amazing stamp.   This week its the bull dog - 8101-L.  What an perfect stamp for the dog lover in your life. 

I have to tell you, I'm not a pet owner so I was a little concerned about coloring a pet stamp and doing it justice.  However, this stamp is so well designed that it was super easy to make it look realistic. 

This week is your opportunity to get this stamp at a great price.  Since it is the SOTW, you can pick up this cute stamp here for 50% off.   Just be sure to use code SOTW924 at the check out.  You can get the full details here at the Repeat Impressions Blog - The House that Stamps Built.  

You can also get the full details on 2 challenges RI has going on right now.  Just play along and you have a chance of winning a gift certificate to the RI store.   Don't miss out on your chance to play along and a chance to win an amazing price.

Time to finish unpacking from the weekend.  

Lots more soon and updates on my reorganizing project in my craft area.  

Stamps:  Repeat Impressions - Bull Dog 8101-L,
Paper:  DCWV
Tools & Accessories - Copic markers, buckle, ribbon,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What if? Wednesday Sketch Challenge

Wow! This week is just flying by.  Its already Wednesday so that means it What if? Wednesday at Repeat Impressions.  As always, we have a great sketch to insprire us. 


Here is my interpretation of this sketch.  I used the Repeat Impressions Vase of Tulips stamp (1317-L) and for the sentiment I used Repeat Impressions Celebrating you - 3916-F. 

One of my favorite things to do on a sentiment/verse is to really "pop" it.  As you can see in the photo below, I put a wave in the sentiment banner.  I glued both ends directly to the card front, but the center is stacked with a double layer of foam tape. That added dimension really makes a statement. 

Gotta get back to organizing my craft area.

More soon

Stamps - Repeat Impressions - Vase of Tulips - 1317-L, Repeat Impressions Celebrating You.....3916-F
Paper - DCWV - The Linen Closet Stack. Standard card stock, white, tan
Ink - Momento - Tuxedo black
Tools & Accessories - copic markers, gems

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Project Organization - Day 1

This fall, I have a 'to do' list that is at least a mile long.  The item that is always on the top of my list of things to do is to organize my craft area.  This time I'm going to get it done.  I'm not sure how, but I need to get this done. 

This is how it looks right now.  Pretty organized, right?   Except for one thing - the 2 bedrooms full of scrapping/stamping supplies that need to be worked back into this area.  Yeah, not sure how I'm going to manage that when this area is already very full. 

My craft area is a very narrow space - its a 5 foot wide dormer space with a lot of natural light from the window at the end.  Under the window you can see I have a beautiful window seat that my husband built.  This the first time in a very long time I have even been able to see that cushion.  Its general stacked with extra stuff. 

This is a view of all the cubbies I have on the left side of my craft dormer space.
 Please note:  that closet door is super short - only 5 feet tall.  It leads to an attic storage space. As you may be able to see through the window, we live in a very, very rural area. Yes, those are all trees.  We live in the middle of 100 acres of forest.  I love it!  No neighbors in sight.   
Here are more cubbies on the right side of my space. Each of these cubes is very strategically organized in an effort to maximize storage.  I will show that more in detail as this project progresses.  

At some point, I will also show you the closet I have on the left side of the room.  It is also very full of scrap supplies. 

I suspect I am going to be having a lot of scrap supplies for sale very soon.

Anyway, I have to get going and get some organizing done.   Otherwise, I'm not sure where we our going to sleep since our bed is buried in stuff.   cringe!

More soon!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DCC - Not a Standard Size Card

Fellow Repeat Impression's Rock Star Joy Hadden has challenged us to create a card that is not a standard size card.  I love this challenge because it becomes soooooooo easy to always create A2 (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) size cards.  This challenge takes us out of that rut a bit. 

Here is what I came up with.

I had stamped and colored 3 of these adorable little penguins found here 8812-J - scroll down - and just started playing around.  I came up with this 3 1/4 by 4 1/4 card.  Then it struck me that this would make an awesome gift card holder so that's what I did with the 2nd and 3rd images that I had colored - I created pop up gift card holders that look like this on the inside.   

So super cute and perfect with Christmas coming.   

Now its your turn!  Create a non-standard size card and post it here on the Repeat Impressions blog - The House That Stamps Built for your chance to win an awesome prize - a gift certificate to Repeat Impressions. 

More soon

Stamps:   Repeat Impressions - 8812-J - Knit Cap Penguin (lg)
Ink:  Clearly Better - black
Paper:  Hobby Lobby Christmas paper pack from last year.
Tools & Accessories:  Copic markers, glitter gems, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Monday, September 10, 2012

Stamp of the Week - Inch by Inch

Today the Repeat Impressions Rock Stars are showing you some great ideas for using the Stamp of the Week (SOTW).   This week's SOTW is Inch by Inch 8410-F.  If you are a follow the Repeat Impressions Blog - the House that Stamps Built found here you can get this oh so cute stamp at a discounted price this week.

Here is my take on this cute and inspiring stamp.

and a little closer view......

This is a very tall, narrow card at 4" X 8 1/2"

Remember, you can get this cute stamp this week at a discount if you are a "House That Stamps Built" follower. 

Thanks much

Stamp:  Repeat Impressions - Inch by Inch - 8410-F. 
Ink:  Momento - tuxedo black
Tools & Accessories:  Marvy Scalloped square punch, button, organdy ribbon, corner rounder punch, foam tape, twine, copic markers, SU! scallope border punch


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Repeat Impression's - What if? Wednesday Sketch Challenge S512

Today I am posting my first card as a Rock Star on the Repeat Impressions design team.  Yeah!!  Today we have a sketch - S512 ~~

Here is what I created using this sketch. 

I used Repeat Impressions stamp 9205 - Hydrangia.  I gave it more of a look of a geranium with the reds. 

For the corner accents I colored a single image from that large cluster of flowers and cut it out and then  popped it.  I used a heart punch to create leaves. 

Now is your chance to play along.  Create your version of this sketch and post it using the link over here at the Repeat Impressions blog - The House That Stamps Built.  A random winner will be chosen to for a great prize - a gift certificate to be used at Repeat Impressions.  See the complete rules here.

I hope you'll play along with us.  I'd love to see what you create.

More soon!!