Celebrate all Fall Holidays

Hello Friends.  Today I have a miscellany of fall holiday cards.  A little Thanksgiving, a little Halloween and a little Christmas.  Enjoy!

This card and the next one use the Taylored Expressions Mini Color Blocking die which is only "mini" (4" x 4") compared to their larger version (4" x 5¼”).  The scalloped and straight-sided squares and rectangle dies inside the 5 window opening come with the die which adds endless versatility to your layouts.

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This card measures 4½” x 4½”.  The critters on this card and the next are from TE's stamp set Calendar Critters and the sentiment is from the coordinating (Calendar) Critter Correspondence stamp set.

TE-Color-Block-1Celebrate the Season – Taylored Expressions Calendar Critters stamps and coordinating dies; TE dies Mini Color Block, Build-A-Scene Calendar and Snowflakes; Critters Correspondence stamp set; design inspired by Jean Manis

TE-Color-Block-2Happy Turkey Day – Taylored Expressions Calendar Critters stamps and coordinating dies; TE dies Mini Color Block, Build-A-Scene Trees, Build-A-Scene Calendar and Little Bits Leaves; Critters Correspondence stamp set; design inspired by Michele Boyer

For a little Halloween fun, I used the new Poppystamps Haunted Mansion set inside the Halloween Circle Frame.  I cut the mansion from black and silver cardstock then added scor tape across the window openings on the back of the house, exposing the sticky side through the front openings.  I sprinkled on silver glitter to "light" up the house!

Then to make the card seasonal and colorful, I cut a bunch of leaves using the new Poppystamps Fall Leaf Collage and very colorful cardstock.  I added the leaves to the left side of the card and colored them with the clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.  So in real life they are shiny too!

Haunted-Mansion-LeavesHaunted House Leaves – Poppystamps dies Haunted Mansion, Hip Halloween Circle Frame and Fall Leaf Collage; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; design inspired by Marybeth Lopez

Now, who says a Haunted Mansion can only be a Halloween house?  I used the Haunted Mansion in a winter scene, setting it against a background created with the Birch Tree Stencil and distress inks.  I use Viva Decor pearl Pen in White Ice for the trim and added a seasonal greeting.

Haunted-Mansion Haunted House Christmas – Poppystamps dies Haunted Mansion, Old Fashioned Lamp Post, and Old Fashioned Merry Christmas; Memory Box stencil Garden Birch Tree; design inspired by Ilona Zbeig

I love, love, love this snowman!  He is so cute and all the little parts to decorate him come with the die.  For the shiny background I first sponged a blue background using Memento dye inks then used the Shimmer Stars stencil and Pearlescent embossing paste on top.  Honestly this background took 5 minutes to make!

SnowmanSnowman Collage – Memory Box die Snowman Collage; sentiment by Hero Arts; Memory Box stencil Shimmer Stars; Dreamweavers Pearlescent embossing paste; design inspired by Jenny Griffiths

Last but not least, the new Carved Diamond Pumpkin makes a great shaker card.  I cut it twice and sandwiched a bag of sequins in between.  I added the leaves and the greeting and the card was finished.

Carved-Diamond-PumpkinCarved Diamond Pumpkin – Poppystamps dies Carved Diamond Pumpkin, Stitched Pumpkin Leaves and Give Thanks; design inspired by Marybeth Lopez

 

New Products

We've gotten lots of new fun items in stock -- here's a link to our What's New page -- take a look!

 

Must Have's for Die-Cutting --  Tools that will enhance your die cutting experience.

    Metal Shim -- shims your "sandwich" so you can cut intricate dies more easily.  Available for $13.29

    Rubber Embossing Mat -- for embossing dies and plastic stencils.  Available for $9.99

    Score 'n Pierce Tool --  pokes out dies after they are cut and scores cardstock ($11.00)

    Adhesive Eraser -- picks up all those pesky bits of stray adhesive ($2.69)

    Others: Tweezers ($6.29); Fine tip glue bottle ($5.49); Tombow glue ($4.49); Detail Scissors ($5.99); Wire Snips ($11.00)

 

Must Have's for Stamping -- Tools that will help you stamp like a pro!

    Stamp Positioning Tool --  You have probably heard about the MISTI stamp positioner.  Well fortunately other companies are now coming out with similar tools that are less expensive.  They are just now announcing them so they won't be available until later in the fall.  Here's a new one from Hampton Arts:

Stamp-Positioning-toolThe Stamp Perfect tool will retail at $24.99.  It has a hinged design with an easy to read ruler, etched grid, foam pad and 2 magnets.  It is 7" x 9'.  The Stamp Perfect positioning tool allows you precise positioning of your  image every time.  It will be available in late November.

Powder Tool -- To eliminate stray embossing powder, always treat your cardstock with the EK Success Powder Tool before stamping and embossing. ($5.99)

Acrylic Blocks -- We have a new footed acrylic block that is fabulous.  It has a grid on the top so you can easily line up your stamps and foam feet that lets you position your stamp precisely then press on the block for stamping.  Check it out on our What's New Page.

Please stop in soon and shop at The Stamp Act!  Chloe and I would love to see you!


Halloween Critters in Costume

Hello Friends.  I know some of you don't "do" Halloween, but for those who do, Taylored Expressions has some darling new Halloween stamps and dies.  Let me share them with you today.

Gone Batty --How cute is this?

This combo set has a bat stamp with your choice of 6 different faces plus a die to cut the bat out.  Three cute sayings complete the set.

Gonebatty500For this card I created the background using the TE Cloud Border die as a stencil with purple and gray dye inks. Be sure to notice the different faces on each bat -- too clever. Oh, I just had to add the googly eyes!!


Happy-Haunting
Happy Haunting – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Gone Batty; TE dies Haunted Accessories and Cloud Border; Memory Box Die Grand Willow Die

 

Gone-BattyGone Batty – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Gone Batty; TE embossing folder Zig Zag; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

A simple card that shows off the new TE paper Pad "Haunted" well.  I paper pieced the bat and cut the Spooky Clouds from another of the papers.

Fangtastic-HalloweenFangtastic Halloween – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die set Critters in Costume; TE die Spooky Clouds; TE sequins; design inspired by Courtney Kelley

For Trick or Treat gifts, TE's new Tagging Along die is perfect.  Cut it out twice and assemble it together with glue or tape and you've got a very cute little box to hold all kinds of treats.  And the best news?  Use it for any holiday or party when you need favors.  TE's Tag Stacklets 1 makes perfect layers for decorating your box.  

Taggingalong-box Tagging Along Treat Box ($39.99)

Tagstacklets1_1 Tag Stacklets 1 ($29.99)

Here are two samples:

Hanging-Out-BoxesTagging Along Treat Boxes – Taylored Expressions dies Tagging Along and Tag Stacklets 1; Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die set Critters in Costume; TE Stamp and die combo set Gone Batty; TE stamp Graphic Greetings Halloween; TE embossing folder Fright Night Flight; designs inspired by Shannon White and Kerri Michaud

The other new set of Halloween stamps and dies I used is Critters in Costume:

Crittersincostumepkg_3 Critters in Costume stamp set ($24.99)

CrittersincostumediesCritters in Costume die set ($18.79)

The new Fright Night Flight embossing folder doesn't show up well in this photo so be sure to click on the picture to see a larger version.  It's full of flying bats.

Smell-My-FeetSmell My Feet – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die set Critters in Costume; TE die Tag Stacklets 1; TE Big Bold Halloween; TE paper pad Haunted; design inspired by Tracy Clemente

 Trick-or-Treat-Witch-HatTrick or Treat Witch Hat – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die set Critters in Costume; TE Little Bits die Witch Hat; Impression Obsession die Spider and Spider Web; Memory Box die Scary Spiders; design inspired by Taylor VanBruggen

For this card I die cut the Starry Night die from white cardstock then inked it with Memento inks Teal Zeal and Paris Dusk using a jumbo dauber.  I cut a piece of white cardstock just slightly smaller than this piece and inked the center with Memento Dandelion and Cantaloupe leaving the outside uninked so some stars would be white while others were yellow and others gold.  I stamped the jack-o-lantern, colored it with Copic markers and cut it out.  It is sitting atop the Spooky Fence.  After the card was assembled, I painted the pumpkin's teeth with Ranger's white Enamel Accents!

Starry-Night Starry Night – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die set Critters in Costume; TE dies Starry Night and Spooky Fence; design inspired by Courtney Kelley

This is one cute kitty!

Trick-or-Treat
Trick or Treat – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die set Critters in Costume; TE paper pad Haunted; design inspired by Taylor VanBruggen

Here's the whole crew in their colorful costumes all ready for a night out trick or treating!   Love the dog in costume and the pirate kitty!Too-cute-to-spook Too Cute to Spook – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die set Critters in Costume; TE dies Spooky Clouds; Spooky Fence; and TE die Stitched Banners; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Keri Michaud

If you're longing for something new and different in your papercrafting, stop by The Stamp Act.  We have tons of samples and lots of advice just for you.  No matter what kind of card or paper project you're working on, we can help.  Shop here first and see what you can find!


Happy Fall Y'All!

Temperatures are cooling, days are getting shorter -- can fall be far away? Buckle your seat belts today because if you like fall the way I do, I have many samples for you to savor.  Have fun with this fall-colored eye candy and stop in the store and see the samples and products IRL.  NOTE:  Be sure to click on the photos to see a larger view with more detail.

My first card is the one that started the avalanche of fall cards.  Harriet Head made it and I copied her sample.  The "Autumn" die cut is one of the new Elizabeth Craft Designs 4 Seasons dies based on Suzanne Cannon's beautiful calligraphy.  The other die is a new one from Poppystamps (Oak Leaf Swirl) and the paper is a favorite from several years ago: Bo Bunny's Autumn Song.  We still have some in stock so if you love it come and get it!  Thanks Harriet.

4-Seasons4 Seasons – Elizabeth Craft Designs die 4 Seasons; Poppystamps die Oak Leaf Swirl; Bo Bunny Song of Autumn paper; design inspired by Harriet Head

Here's a look at the 4 Seasons die set:

4-seasons-die4 Seasons die set ($21.99)

Poppystamps-die-oak-leaf-swOak Leaf Swirl die ($13.79)

I used some more of that sheet of Bo Bunny paper for this card -- again inspired by Harriet's card above.– Elizabeth Craft Designs die 4 Seasons; Poppystamps die Oak Leaf Swirl; Bo Bunny Song of Autumn paper; design inspired by Harriet Head

4-Seasons-Big-Leaf 4 Seasons Big Leaf – Elizabeth Craft Designs die 4 Seasons; Poppystamps die Oak Leaf Swirl; Bo Bunny Song of Autumn paper; design inspired by Harriet Head

I love Poppystamps new Stitched Fall Leaf Collage die; it cuts the leaves and stitches the veins at the same time! 

Fall-Leaf-CollageFall Leaf Collage die ($19.99)

Here I cut the die from the middle of the white cardstock then cut it from many colors of cardstock.  I inlaid some of the leaves into the die cut negative space then adhered others to the top of the card to extend the design to the entire card front.  The same 4 Seasons Autumn die was cut from gold and deep orange cardstock and slightly offset to show both colors.  4-Seasons-Fall-Leaf-Collage4 Seasons Fall Leaf Collage – Elizabeth Craft Designs die 4 Seasons; Poppystamps die Fall leaves Collage; Spellbinders die Mega Rectangles; design inspired by Joanne Jachna

I used the same die for this card to create a wreath. Here's a helpful hint: cut a circle frame using two circle dies and adhere the leaves to the frame.  It really makes it easier to arrange the leaves.  The wonderful sentiment is from a new Taylored Expressions stamp set that you'll see more of later in this post.

Leaf-WreathLeaf Wreath – Poppystamps die Fall leaf Collage; Taylored Expressions Simply Stamped Leaves; TE paper Pad Harvest; TE sequins Harvest

In the first two cards above you can see the new Poppystamps Oak Leaf Swirl die and I showcase it here.  I cut two from white cardstock and colored them using small sponge applicators and Distress inks. The colorful little sequin flowers are from Taylored Expressions' new sequins Harvest.

Oak-Leaf-ThankfulOak Leaf Thankful – Penny Black die Words of Gratitude; Poppystamps die Oak Leaf Swirl; Taylored Expressions sequins Harvest 

Another new set from Taylored Expressions is the Pumpkin Bouquet stamp with coordinating die.  

PumpkinbouquetPumpkin Bouquet stamp ($9.99)

Pumpkinbouquet-diePumpkin Bouquet die ($17.69)

I made three cards using these two items.  The first card is stamped in black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.  The background panel is embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder and to add color to the circle, I left the cut cardstock in the circle die and sponged on some light tan dye ink. 

Pumpkin-Bouquet-helloPumpkin Bouquet Hello Autumn – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die Pumpkin Bouquet; TE paper Pad Harvest; TE sequins Harvest; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Darice embossing folder Woodgrain; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

The next two cards were stamped and embossed in gold then colored.  To add a little texture and more gold to the card I wound some gold cord into a circle and adhered it behind the focal image.

Pumpkin-Bouquet-BlessingsPumpkin Bouquet Many Blessings – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die Pumpkin Bouquet; TE paper Pad Harvest; TE sequins Harvest; TE dies Quatrefoil and Stitched Tags; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock

For this card I added the sentiment by stamping it in black on vellum then embossing it in clear embossing powder.

Pumpkin-Bouquet-ThankfulPumpkin Bouquet Thankful – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die Pumpkin Bouquet; TE paper Pad Harvest; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

For this next card I used a new Little Bits die called Fall Harvest and the handy Stitched Frame Stacklets 1.  You may have a set of stitched rectangles; these are not panels, rather they are frames.

Littlebits-fallharvestFall Harvest Little Bits die ($6.69)

Stitchedframestacklets1500Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 ($29.99)

 I cut two frames and layered the pumpkins and gourds on top.

Happy-FallHappy Fall – Taylored Expressions dies Fall Harvest and Stitched Frame Stacklets 1; Stampendous sentiment stamp; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

Here's another card using the Fall Harvest die.  The background was sponged with dye inks and jumbo daubers.

Give-ThanksGive Thanks – Taylored Expressions dies Fall Harvest, Door to Door Décor Fall and Picket Fence; TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; design inspired by Courtney Kelley

One of my favorite fall dies is the Wheat Stalks die from Impression Obsession.

Wheat-StalksWheat Stalks – Impression Obsession die Wheat Stalks; Taylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 2; TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves

There's a lot happening on our next card.  I took inspiration from the very talented Kitty Caracciolo and used a new die from Cottage Cutz: Pumpkins and Gourd plus lots of others from Impression Obsession.  Here's a tip to make the white washed worn fence.  Cut it from kraft cardstock then press it on a Versamark embossing pad (not full pressure).  Sprinkle on white embossing power, rubbing off some with your finger before heat embossing the fence.  Finish the fence by distressing it with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The squirrels and leaves were colored with small sponge applicators and Distress inks.

Pumpkin-PatchPumpkin Patch – Cottage Cutz die Pumpkins and Gourd; Impression Obsession dies Tall Fence, Tall Grass, Grass Border, Squirrels, Rectangle Frame in Frame 2 and Rake and Leaves; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

One of the biggest trends in stamping is layered stamping and the new Simply Stamped Leaves set is perfect for this technique.  Here's a view of the set and the coordinating dies.  Please notice the fabulous fall sentiments!

Simplystamped-leaves-stampsSimply Stamped Leaves stamp set ($26.59)

Simplystamped-leaves-diesSimply Stamped Leaves die set ($19.79)

As you can see from the stamp set above, each leaf is made of 3 layers: solid base leaf; partially solid middle layer; and thin veins on top. Here are some tips for playing with layering stamp sets:

  • Pull out all your dye inks and play -- you may find some unexpected color combinations that you love.
  • Stamp layering sets suggest you use a stamp positioner to align the layers perfectly on top of each other.  I was too lazy to get mine out and honestly I didn't need it.  The leaves may not be perfect, but by the time you die cut them, you will not notice any misalignment.
  • Add a touch of bling by embossing the top layer (veins) with gold or copper embossing powder.
  • For some of the cards I stamped and die cut the solid layer and used it as a mat below the fully stamped leaf.

For the first two cards below I created the background by using supplies that were already on my desktop: ink and stamps.  I swiped my Delicata gold ink pad (a very glitzy gold pigment ink pad) across my kraft sheet then picked up the ink with a waterbrush and scribbled the ink on the background.  Next I used the vein stamps to stamp the background.

SS-Leaves-Calling-2Simply Stamped Leaves Thanks 2 – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Thanks; TE embossing folder Bead Board; design inspired by Shannon White

3-Maple-Leaves3 Maples Leaves – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 2; design inspired by Shelly Mercado– TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; design inspired by Shelly MercadoSS-Leaves-Calling Simply Stamped Leaves Calling – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions dies Frame in Frame 1 and Label Stacklets 2; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock

  SS-Thanks-2Simply Stamped Leaves Thanks 2Have fun with color -- who says purple can't be a color of fall? – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Thanks; TE embossing folder Bead Board; design inspired by Shannon White

Add a little bling to your card by die cutting letters from gold mirrorcard -- it's bright and shiny and beautiful!

SS-Thanks-1Simply Stamped Leaves Thanks 1 – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Thanks; TE embossing folder Weathered; TE paper pad Harvest; TE sequins Harvest; Memory Box Stitched Circles; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach


Pass the Cupcakes Please

Hello Friends.  Sometimes when I come to work I walk past a single stamp or die day after day, month after month.  Customers pick it up, comment on how cute it is, but always put it back.  These poor little orphan dies or stamps get really lonely just hanging there by themselves.  I finally decided to put one of these orphans through its paces and let me tell you that it emerged a top notch winner!

DIE321Impression Obsession Cupcake Stand ($20.99)

The die set contains the stand and six cupcakes that each have three parts: cupcake liner, cake and frosting.  Good news: six of each makes cutting multiple cupcakes fast.  Bad news?  Keeping up with all 18 tiny dies is challenging!  Ask me how I know!!!

As if all those little pieces weren't enough to handle, I added a tiny leaf and red berry.  The leaves are from Impression Obsession die Leaves and Stems and the red berries (⅛”) were punched with my Japanese Screw Punch.

Let me show you the samples!

Chocolate Cupcake Stand

For this card I embossed the Birthday embossing folder on white cardstock and cut it to 2¾” x 5½”.  I cut the front of the card to the same size and adhered the embossed panel.  I cut the pink polka dot paper (Doodlebug) to 1½” x 5½” and adhered it to the inside of the card.  Finally, I cut the ovals, stamped the greeting and adhered half of the brown oval to the top outside of the card.

Chocolate-OutsideChocolate Cupcake Card -- Outside

For the cupcakes themselves, I used just the cupcake liners and frosting, omitting the cake part.  My advice on assembling the cupcakes is to run a little line of glue along the bottom of the chocolate frosting piece and lay the liner on top of the glue line.  Next I glued the cupcakes to the stand then adhered the stand to the card with foam tape.  Finally I glued on the leaf and berry embellishment.  That way you can point the leaf in the desired direction.

Chocolate--closeupChocolate Cupcakes Closeup

For inside the card I added a cute saying (Impressi0n Obsession) and another little cupcake.

Chocolate-InsideChocolate Cupcake Card -- Inside

Chocolate Cupcake Stand Supplies Used:  Impression Obsession dies Cupcake Stand and Leaves and Stems; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Birthday; Spellbinders die Petite Ovals; Impression Obsession clear stamp set Life Stuff Sentiments; IO cling stamp Keep Calm; design inspired by Dina Kowal.

Blue and Pink Cupcake Stand

For my next two samples I used IO's 6 in 1 Rectangle Frame to frame the cupcake stand.  In case you are not familiar with the 6 in 1 frame, it cuts 6 frames at once.  I used two on the outside of the card (dark and light blue) then I used two more on the inside of the card.  And FYI, the 5th frame is shown above on the inside of the Chocolate Cupcake card.

I assembled the cupcake stand the same way as I did the one above but adding the cake (dark brown) to the mix.

BlueBlue Cupcake Stand -- Outside

InsideBlue Cupcake Stand -- Inside

Cupcake Stand Pink and/or Blue – Impression Obsession dies Cupcake Stand, Foliage, Rectangle Frame 6 in 1 and Leaves and Stems; Taylored Expressions die Mini Tags with coordinating stamp set Mini Minis All Occasion; sentiment inside is Hero Arts; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

Here are the other two Impression Obsession dies I used:

Foliage-dieImpression Obsession Foliage die ($19.99)

Leaves-and-stems-dieImpression Obsession Leaves and Stems die ($6.09)

Here's the blue card above done in pink.

PinkPink Cupcake Stand -- Outside

I now have a colorful stash of cute birthday cards.  If you're interested in any of these products just email me at here.

Please stop in soon and see samples, shop and make a free make it and take it card.  Thanks!


Making your first Christmas Gift

Hello Friends. Impression Obsession just released two very fun dies that you can use to make Christmas gifts for everyone.  The dies make a business card holder, but think "outside the box" as you can use these to hold little note cards, post-it notes or even little items on your desk like postage, paper clips or mints.  I am sure you can think of lots of uses for them.  The best part about the dies is that they are super easy to put together and loads of fun to decorate.  You can personalize them for everyone on your list.  These are also a wonderful gift for people like your vet, hairdresser, doctor, and many more!  Let me show you the dies first then some samples.

For the business card holder samples I made, I cut the holder from 80lb cardstock and the layers from decorative paper.  You can also cut the holder from decorative paper and fold the two together as one piece.  In the picture below, the long skinny rectangles are where you put tape and then fold the box onto itself in front and back.  Next the sides are folded in and adhered with tape or glue.  I cut layers for both the front and back and for the inside too since it shows. 

B-Card-die Impression Obsession Business Card die ($41.99)

B-Card-Layers-dieImpression Obsession Business Card Layers die ($20.99)

For this first sample, I cut the business card die from cardstock and decorative paper and then folded the two together to create the holder.  I decorated it with a butterfly (Memory Box).

Butterfly

My next sample is for my business cards so it's decorated with crafty grumplings from Taylored Expressions and a stamp and die set from Paper Smooches (I Heart Art and Paint Easel). 

Crafty-Front

I had to decorate the back of the card holder too!

Crafty-Back

And just on my card holder, I even decorated the bottom! Don't you love this saying!!! And don't you wish it were true!!

Crafty-Bottom

My next holder is for my niece Jennifer, the teacher. To decorate this holder I used Taylored Expressions Little Bits dies Schoolhouse and Globe; TE die August sayings; and Paper Smooches stamp set Smarty Pants.

Jennifer doesn't have business cards so I am going to make her some "From the desk of" card that she can use to write notes to students or parents.

Teacher-FrontAnd the back:

Teacher-Back

 

My next holder is for my other niece Emilee, the veterinarian.  She has both cats and dogs!  I used Impression Obsession dies Cat set, Dog set and Puppy set; Taylored Expressions dies Build A Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories; and Paper Smooches die Cat Icons.

Dog-Cat-front

And the back of each:

Dog-Cat-back

I can think of so many others I want to make: realtor, dentist, business owner, etc.!  Start now and you will have lovely handmade gifts for all the special people in your life.

Stop in soon!


Home, Home on the Farm

Hello friends. Today's cards are all about playing with some new dies from Taylored Expressions.  Here's a list of the supplies I used from Taylored Expressions:

  • Build A Scene Barn die
  • Build A Scene Farm Fence die
  • Little Bits dies: Silo, Windmill, Barn, Tractor, Sun and Clouds
  • Green Acres stamp set and matching die set
  • Embossing Folders: Chicken Wire and Corrugated
  • Build A Scene Rolling Clouds die
  • Build A Scene Rolling Hills die
  • Build A Scene Mountains Tops die
  • Picket Fence die
  • Wispy Grass die
  • Frame in Frame 1 die

Other supplies:

  • Memory Box dies: Puffy Clouds, Pinpoint Squares and Stitched Ovals
  • Impression Obsession Sunburst die

Samples

  Best-of-CluckDesign inspired by Charmain Ikach

 

Felt-SheepDesign inspired by Regina Mangum

 

Happy-Birthday-from-herdDesigns inspired by Sankari Wegman

 

Hay-There-Barn-SceneDesign inspired by Jean Manis

 

Hay-There-Hay-BaleDesign inspired by Jodi Collins

 

Hay-There-TractorDesign inspired by Shelley Mercado

 

Hogs-and-KissesDesign inspired by Jodi Collins

 

Oh-Crop-BarnDesign inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

 

Oh-Crop-TractorDesign inspired by Jodi Collins

Party-til-cows-come-homeDesign inspired by Joan Ervin

 

Pasture-BirthdayDesign inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

 

Rule-the-roostDesign inspired by Kendra Wiestock

 

Stair-step-cardDesign inspired by Regina Mangum

This accordion/stair step card is a lot of fun to make and could be easily adapted to any theme.

 

Stamped-Barn-SceneDesign inspired by Wanda Guess

 

Sunshine-and-SmilesDesign inspired by Courtney Kelley

I hope you've enjoyed being down on the farm.  Please stop in the store soon and see them for yourself.  We are receiving orders every week with new Fall, Halloween and Christmas stamps and dies.  I have FREE make and take cards of your choice and lots of tips and tricks to share.  I hope to see you soon.  Happy Papercrafting!


Penny Black Flower Stamps and Dies

Hello Friends.  Today I will share with you several cards that use recent flower dies from Penny Black.

Penny Black Playful Stamp and Die

For the first two cards, one in red and one in yellow, I stamped the Playful stamp in black and colored it with Copic markers.  Then I die cut the Playful die from white cardstock and glued it on top of the stamp.  This adds dimension and frames the flower image.  Add a sentiment and a few enamel sprinkles and your card is done.  Be sure to click on the image to enlarge it and see more detail.

Red-stamp-die

Playful Red – Penny Black stamp Playful; Penny Black die Playful II; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Memory Box die Cross Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Judy Jung

Yellow-stamp-die

Playful Yellow – Penny Black stamp Playful; Penny Black die Playful II; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Memory Box die Cross Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Judy Jung

For this handsome navy blue card, I stamped the Playful stamp in white pigment ink and colored it (partially) with a white Prismacolor pencil. 

Playful-Blue

Playful Blue – Penny Black stamp Playful; Penny Black clear stamp set Sentiment Collection; design inspired by Marion Vagg

Love this card!  Lots of interesting and textural layers from vellum to burlap to twine.  The Playful die was die cut from white cardstock then colored with Memento Morocco ink.

Playful-Orange

Playful Orange – Penny Black dies Playful II and Flights of Fancy; Penny Black clear stamp sets Textures and  Sentiment Collection; design inspired by Jill Foster

Penny Black Flower Pop Out Cards

The Flower Pop Out die partially cuts the flowers so that you can pop out the petals for a dimensional look which is hard to capture in a photograph.  Be sure to click on the photos below to see more detail.  For the first card I added enamel sprinkles to the flower centers.   Sunshine

Sunshine –  Black die Flower Pop Outs; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Spellbinders die Squares Lg; design inspired by Patti Kiehl

Here I framed the Flower Pop Out die cut with the new Taylored Expressions embossing folder Garden Party and matted it on some fun striped paper.  Teal-Stripes

Garden Party – Penny Black die Flower Pop Outs; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Garden Party; design inspired by Judy Jung

This die is versatile because it does not cut out around the die so like the card below, the die can be centered on the front of the card or a top mat.  I used light green pearls for the flower centers and light green ink for the sentiment.

White-Many-Thanks

Many Thanks – Penny Black die Flower Pop Outs; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan

Summer's is drawing to an end and fall holidays are ahead.  Stop in soon to see products perfect for fall stamping.  Thanks for stopping by the blog today.


National Spoil Your Dog Day

Hello Friends.  I hope everyone is having a good week.  I must tell you that it's a delight to come to work these days as my new refrigerated air conditioner is keeping the store so cool.  Chloe is enjoying it too and sleeping much more comfortably.

As we gear up for fall and winter papercrafting, new dies and stamps are arriving!  It's like Christmas opening the packages and seeing the new goodies.  From Penny Black we have new dies including one that I personally think is a hoot!  It's called Silly Birds -- birds dressed up as ghosties!

Silly-BirdsPenny Black die Silly Birds ($17.49)

In our recent order we also got the die and stamp to make this very popular card.  Here's the outside of the card.

Glorious-ScenePenny Black die Glorious Poinsettia ($19.69) and stamp Snowy Hamlet ($13.09)

Glorious-Scene-2

Inside of card (design inspired by Marika).

 

Another popular die is Penny Black's Into the Woods (birch trees). 

Into-the-WoodsPenny Black die Into the Woods ($25.19)

Here are a couple samples:

Into-the-Woods-cardPenny Black dies Into The Woods and Love and Joy; Penny Black stamp Letter;Impression Obsession die Snowflakes small; design inspired by Judy Jung

 

Tall-Timbers-1Penny Black cling stamp Tall Timbers; Penny Black die Into the Woods; Impression Obsession die Snowflakes, large and small, and Small Deer set; Taylored Expressions die Frame in Frame; design inspired by Jill Foster

I love these two deer as they lend themselves to lots of different uses.  Here are some samples:

Together-diePenny Black die Together (20.79)

 

Together-BluePenny Black dies Together and Very Merry Christmas; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder

 

Together-SilverPenny Black dies Together and Crystal Trio; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder; Spellbinders die Circles; Taylored Expressions die Build A Scene Rolling Hills

 

Together-TealPenny Black dies Together and Exultations; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder


Back to August 10 ... did you know today is National Spoil Your Dog Day?

Of course at my house it's spoil your dog day every day!  Any way, it's a good day to share some cards that feature new stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions.  But first let me show you the new dog set from Penny Black:

Love-Me-Dogs Penny Black stamp set Love Me ($8.99)

 

Dog-Day-diesPenny Black matching die set Dog Days ($15.29)

 

Here are the samples with Taylored Expressions' newest dog stamps and dies:

 Max-Doghouse-1Max and Doghouse 1 – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; TE dies Build A Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories; Impression Obsession die Frame in Frame Rectangles 2; design inspired by Shelby Mercado

 Max-Doghouse-2Max and Doghouse 2 – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; TE dies Build A Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories; Marianne Designs embossing folder Paws; design inspired by Jean Manis

 

Care-comfort-1Care and Comfort 1 – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Frame in Frame 1; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

 

Care-comfort-2Care and Comfort 2 – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Stephanie Kraft

 

Madison-Window-lgHappily Homed – Memory Box die Large Madison Window set; Poppystamp dies Cozy Kitties and Friendly Kitties; Paper Smooches stamp set Lucky Dog; design inspired by Yoonsun Hur

 

If you'd like to see more dog cards, go to this earlier post.

Thanks for reading the blog and stop in soon and shop at The Stamp Act.


Get Well Soon!

Hello Friends and fellow papercrafters.  We have the cutest get well stamp set that I know you are going to love.  It's perfect for sending good wishes to a friend who is under the weather -- including men.  And the price cannot be beat!  Here's the stamp set:

Get-Well-stamp-setArt Impressions Get Well clear stamp set  $14.99

 

Now for some samples

LaughterLaughter's the Best Medicine -- front of card

 

Laughter-insideLaughter's the Best Medicine -- inside of card

Laughter – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Paper Smooches dies Stitched and Borders 1; Taylored Expressions die Notepaper and Clip; Tim Holtz embossing folder Collage/Notebook; My Favorite Things die Lead the Way Arrows; design inspired by Renée Matarese

 

Fully-recoveredFully Re-covered

Fully Re-Covered – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Memory Box dies Stitched Ovals; Taylored Expressions Stitched Banners; design inspired by Karen Day

 

ICU-SquareICU Square -- front of card

ICU-Square-insideICU Square -- Inside of card

ICU Square – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Taylored Expressions dies Medium and Large Scalloped Borders; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; My Favorite Things Stitched Rounded Squares; Wink of Luna silver pen; design inspired by Cheri Bury

 

ICU-BlueICU Blue

ICU Blue – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; design inspired by Pamela Tetreault

 

Nice-NurseNice Nurse -- front of card

Nice-Nurse-insideNice Nurse -- inside of card

Nice Nurse – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set

 

Get-Well-NowGet Well Now

Get Well Now – – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Dana Warren

 

News from The Stamp Act

There's lots of great news from The Stamp Act.  Here are the highlights:

It's Cool in Here -- We now have refrigerated air and it's cool and quiet!  Come feel the difference!

Lots of New Merchandise -- We are gearing up for the fall holidays with almost daily deliveries of new merchandise from all your favorite vendors and a few new ones too.  I will try very hard to post them to the What's New Page next week.  Meantime, stop in and see for yourself!

Make and Takes: Your Choice -- Choose from 6 or 7 make and take cards including Christmas, masculine and summery.  Make a FREE card any day from 10am to 5pm.

We Miss You -- Our store is here because of customers like you.  The more you shop here, the more products we can offer you.  We are a resource for you, ready to answer your papercrafting questions, demo new products, give you helpful tips, teach you new techniques, give you inspiration and special order items you want.  Please stop in soon and see us.

Thanks friends.  Stay cool and have a wonderful summer.


A Time When Dies were Young

Yes, Friends, there was a time when dies were new and we were just learning how to use them on our stamped cards.  Recently I was cleaning out my stamping desk and found a few card set-ups from February 2012.  This set included 3 cards using Memory Box stamps and papers and a few of their very first dies.  Fortunately I had instructions with photographs so I decided to find the stamps and make the cards.  It was such a delightful afternoon, stamping and distressing, that I thought I would share the cards with you.  Perhaps you have some of these stamps in your stash and can make similar cards yourself.

All stamps and dies are from Memory Box and background papers are from 7 Gypsies.  And all are long since discontinued.  

Butterfly Journey

Butterfly-Card

The focal panel was created by stamping MB's Vintage Record in Versafine Sepia ink on the left then the right side of an off-white cardstock panel.  I then stamped Birch Branch Print in pink ink on the top and right side and the Elemental Damask in green on the left side.  I distressed the edges with Antique Linen.  The pink border on the left was created by die cutting the Bitty Scallop Border from white cardstock and coloring it with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain using the "Direct to Paper" technique. 

The butterfly (MB Wonderland Butterfly) was painted with Radiant Pearls, cut out and antennae fashioned from wire adhered to the back.  I added gold pearls to the body.

The word journey was stamped in Versafine Sepia ink on off-white cardstock and distressed with Antique Linen.

I assembled the background papers as shown, tearing a square of the 7 Gypsies paper in half for a "photo corner" look.

 

Eiffel Tower Valentine

Eifel-Tower-Valentine

 

For this card the tag frame is decorative paper from Memory Box.  I stamped the off-white cardstock panel with the Journey Collage (omitting the word "Journey") in Versafine Sepia ink then stamped Birch Branch Print in Memento Angel Pink on the top third of the panel and Fern Print in Memento Bamboo Leaves on right side of panel.  I stamped the Eiffel Tower in back and cut it out then distressed it with Vintage Photo ink.  The February Tag is from Memory Box paper.  I stamped the word Love and the tiny red hearts to complete this Valentine.  Background papers were adhered over a kraft card that was stamped with the Journey Collage stamp.

 

Chrysanthemum Frame Spring

Chrysanthmum-Frame-Spring

For this sweet card, I started by stamping the Chrysanthemum Frame in Memento Black and coloring it with Copic markers.  Next I colored the frame with pink ink and die cut it with MB's Blank Ticket die. I die cut Nestled Bird and Ivy Tendrils, and distressed the edges of the bird with Memento London Fog before adhering it over the ivy to the top of the frame.  I punched a border (Martha Stewart lace punch) from dark pink paper and adhered it to a pink cardstock panel that I had stamped with Hero Arts Antique Flowers in Memento Angel Pink.  I next adhered the frame as shown over background papers and stamped MB's Spring Sings in Memento Rhubarb Stalk.  The sweet little girl's photo is from October Afternoon paper (Farmhouse Collection).  

 I hope you have enjoyed this walk down memory lane.  Get out some of your old stamps and created something beautiful!

If you're looking for something more up-to-date, stop in The Stamp Act anytime and see what's new.  Thanks!