Fun New Products

Hello Friends.  I hope you had a good weekend. Today I'd like to share with you several samples that I recently made with new products that have arrived at The Stamp Act.  You can see all the new products on our What's New page here and see these cards and more in our Gallery here.

The Mad Rider from Art Impressions

Mad-Rider-Green  Mad-Rider-Green-Inside
A friend of mine lives in a senior community and recently traded in her car for a golf cart.  I thought this stamp was a perfect way to commemorate the occasion!  I stamped Mad Rider, colored her with Copic markers then cut her out.  I drew the sidewalk and mounted it at the bottom of the cute house paper.  One thing I love about Art Impressions is that they always have really cute sentiments to go with their stamps.  The sidewalk sentiment is sold separately -- Mad Rider comes with the "Born to be Wild" sentiment (see below).  Design inspired by Diane Zechman.



For this version I stamped The Mad Rider and die cut it with Memory Box Pinpoint Squares.  Where the two papers met I added a Ric Rac Border die from Taylored Expressions.  The retirement sentiment is also by Art Impressions.  Design inspired by Tammie Koehnen.

To Go Please by Art Impressions



Who hasn't had a day like this?  I think I am having one today because I took my car in for maintenance and the service rep just called with the price to fix the driver's side window -- Wowza!  I think I need that special cup of coffee! 

For this card, I die cut Penny Black's Love Cup die from orange, white and kraft cardstock and glued it together.  I added the bright pink heart and the straw cut from striped yellow paper (both are part of the die set).  The background is green cardstock punched with the EK Success Binding Edge Border punch; I added the stitched line with one of the dies from the Stitched die set by Paper Smooches.  The notepaper is white cardstock stamped with an Impression Obsession Grid Stamp.  Embellishing this piece are some yellow and white twine and a little strip of bright pink, polka dotted washi tape.  The sentiment (Art Impressions To Go Please) was stamped and die cut with Memory Box die Stitched Ovals.  The final embellishment was a scattering of coffee beans die cut with Impression Obsession Coffee Set.

The inside sentiment is Bad Day by Art Impressions.  I stamped it then die cut it with Memory Box Stitched Squares.  The cute little coffee cup is Memory Box die Coffee to Go Small.

Triptych Dies from Poppystamps

Triptych Stem Triptych Dogwood Blossoms
These are the new Triptych Stem and Triptych Dogwood Bloom dies from Poppy dies. 

For this card I die cut the Triptych stem from green cardstock and the Triptych Dogwood Blooms from white cardstock and glue the white frames over the green -- they were designed to match perfectly!  Then I die cut the Stems Triptych from blue cardstock and inserted these pieces on the back to form the background.  Finally I die cut the Dogwood Blooms from yellow cardstock and inserted the flower centers.  "Spring" is die cut with Poppystamps die
Freehand Happy Spring.  A really clean and simple Spring card.


Jumbled-Alpha-insideDid you know this is Teacher Appreciation week?  I made this card for my niece Jennifer who teaches high school geography in Central Texas.  She will be honored at an awards ceremony this week because one of her students wrote an essay about how she inspired him to succeed in his studies.  That makes the blackboard quote above especially appropriate for her.  For the front of the card I used Memory Box die Jumbled Alphabet and inside I used Taylored Expressions stamp set Make the Grade and the TE die Blackboard.


I love this die.  It's very graphic and makes a very quick and easy card that is appropriate for lots of occasions including "guy" cards!  I used Poppy die Mod Hex Background and Poppy clear stamp set Hope and Thanks.  Design inspired by Irena Kowalczyk.


The last card I will share with you today is made with Penny Black's stamp set Totally Fabulous.  I have three good friends with black poodles and I know they will love this card.  I stamped the elegant lady and colored her and the dogs with Copic markers.  The sentiment stamp comes with the set.  Fun!

Please stop in soon and see all the new fun products!  Thanks!


Sweet Samples With Penny Black Stamps and Dies

Hello Friends.  I hope you had a good weekend and are looking forward to a great week.  It's spring which means lots of wind in El Paso, but since that and a little dust are about as bad as the weather gets here, I don't mind it.  It is annoying that the wind shakes a storm of little twigs out of my mature elm trees all over the back yard, but compared to the massive floods my brother has had in Houston and the upcoming tornado season in my sister's hometown of Dallas, I will take a few little twigs.  I hope the weather is pleasant where you are.

Today's blog is all about Penny Black stamps and dies.  Penny Black is known for her gorgeous floral images and her dies are just as artistic and unique.  For the cards I will share with you today I used new dies, but per usual there are even newer dies coming soon!  Be sure to check the What's New Page  to see all the dies and stamps in stock and on their way!



Sweetest Sound -- Two sweet little birds sitting on a branch take center stage on this card (Penny Black die Sweetest Sound II).  I die cut a circular frame from two Spellbinders Classic Circles dies and mounted it over a background stamped with the music score from Penny Black's clear stamp set Footnotes.  The large flowers were cut with Penny Black die Pinwheel and the smaller flower with PB Tweet Things. I also used two Memory Box dies: Create Art and Tender Leaves.  The card's design was inspired by Jill Foster. 


Playful Posies – Penny Black die Playful Posies is so sweet and it includes three more flowers that I did not use on this card.  I stamped the background with an old Notebook paper stamp from Hero Arts (it's so old they just reissued it in their latest stamp collection!)   The notepaper edge is punched with EK Success Binding Edge punch.  The cute little H.e.l.l.o. sentiment is from Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets -- if you don't have it get it -- it's been extremely popular and Penny Black just released a new set called Happy Snippets (see it here.)  Design inspired by Jill Foster.


Butterflies – This butterfly flew out of the store as soon as I made this card!  But good news:  he's already on his way back! The solid butterfly comes from a set (Penny Black Flights of Fancy) with several other smaller butterflies in different poses.  The overlay butterfly (appropriately called Swirling Wings!) is a perfect match.  I die cut the background greenery with Taylored Expressions die Bloomers Greenery and added the sentiment using Penny Black die Doodles.  Design inspired by Heather Telford.


Petal Power – Yes you've seen this flower before.  It's from Penny Black clear stamp set Petal Power, a classic set with lots of flowers, leaves and sentiments.  Speaking of sentiments, the happy sentiment on this card is from a new Penny Black clear stamp set called Sprinkles and Smiles.  Design inspired by Marion Vagg


Birdhouse – This birdhouse from the Penny Black clear stamp set Fly High makes a colorful house for all the birds of spring!  I stamped the birdhouse then colored and cut it out.  The background was stamped with Penny Black stamp Letter; to get the "splotchy" look, ink the stamp, dab off areas with a baby wipe then stamp on background.  I distressed the background with Distress Inks Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain and colored in a patch of green using Copic markers.  Next I made an oval frame using  Spellbinders die Classic Ovals and popped it up with foam tape.  To complete the card, I die cut the feathers (Taylored Expressions die Fine Feathers) and sponged them with two colors of yellow ink.  The birdhouse was popped up over the frame and the cute little sentiment was stamped on the wonky frame (both are in the Fly High stamp set), cut out and mounted over the feathers and a messy thread nest.  Design inspired by Jill Foster.

 Penny Black Medallion


Blue and White – The new Penny Black die Medallion is so stunning.  I die cut it from blue cardstock and cut the separate center medallion from yellow cardstock.  The Cricut Cuttlebug embossing folder Rebecca forms a perfect frame for this handsome die.


Love – Look how different the medallion looks as a background image.  I die cut the Impression Obsession die Boy with Flowers from dark grey cardstock and a rectangle to mount him on using Memory Box Pinpoint Rectangles die from lighter gray cardstock.  The sweet "love" die comes with the Medallion. The pretty papers are from Penny Black paper pad Beau Jardin.  Inside the card I die cut Happy Mother’s Day using an Impression Obsession die and mounted it on a background die cut with Paper Smooches die Notebook Basic.  You can see the inside of the card in out Gallery here.


Purple Medallion – For a quick and easy card for just about any occasion, die cut the Penny Black Medallion and mount it on a background embossed with Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice.  The sweet little bow was cut with Paper Smooches die Baby Bow.  Add a few gems and you're done!

 Penny Black Pillow Box


Pillow Box – The Penny Black die Pillow Box includes a die to make the pillow box and the little stitched label shown above.  In addition it includes dies to cut the Happy Birthday Ice Cream Cone shown below, plus decorative little stars, hearts, button and another smaller stitched label.  The pillow box is just large enough to hold a gift card.  To complete the pillow box above, I die cut Penny Black Leaves and sponged them with inks then mounted them behind a butterfly (Memory Box die Cascadia Butterfly 3) and the label stamped with a sentiment from Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets.


Ice Cream Cone Striped – Penny Black die Pillow Box; Taylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 2; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan


Ice Cream Cone Plaid – Penny Black die Pillow Box; Memory Box die Pinpoint Squares; design inspired by Judy Jung


Va Va Voom – Isn't this the cutest card?  I stamped the new Penny Black cling stamp Va Va Voom in black ink and colored it with colored pencils.  The sentiment is from the Penny Black clear stamp set Sentiment Collection and the clouds are from two sets (both retired) Memory Box die Puffy Clouds and Poppy die Fancy Clouds.  Design inspired by Judy Jung who has a precious bichon named Cooper!

New Make and Take

It's graduation time and our free make and take card this month is perfect for any graduate.  We will be using special die cut paper from The Paper Cut and a boy or a girl graduate die from Impression Obsession.  Please stop in any time and make a graduation card.

And speaking of graduation, we have everything you need to make or decorate graduation cards, party favors or other paper crafting projects. Stop in and see our selection.

Have a great week and I hope to se you soon! 





Fun with Art Impressions Stamps

Hello Friends!  Today I want to share with you some funny cards using stamps from Art Impressions.  Some cards are decorated with a die cut here and there, but the real stars today are stamps and coloring.  OK, I can already hear you saying "I can't color" or "I don't have time to color."  For me coloring is therapy time - just me, my markers and the TV or radio.  I lose myself in the pretty colors.  And speaking of colors -- choose what you like best: Copic markers, watercoloring with water-based markers or inks, colored pencils -- whatever you have on hand and enjoy.



I personally added a wing on to my dentist's office so I feel like I do deserve a crown!  I colored this lady in Copic markers and cut the crowns from sparkly cardstock using Poppy die Regal Crowns.  I created the background by sponging ink (Distress Spun Sugar) with a Jumbo Dauber through the My Favorite Things stencil called Cow Print. As with most of the AI sets, the sentiment is included with the main stamp.  Design inspired by Karen Day

Celeste-front Celeste-insideI used the same stencil on this card with the "Celeste" stamp.  Love the sentiment inside!  Design insired by Amy Rysaa.



I used Art Impressions stamp set "Picture Perfect" for this card, colored with Copic markers.  Other supplies include Taylored Expressions dies Film Strip Border and Skinny Mini Borders 1; Tim Holtz stamp set Hashtags; and Simple Stories paper pad Daily Grind.  Design inspired by Cheri Burry.


Same stamp set (it includes three sentiments!) and a different layout using Taylored Expressions die Picture Perfect Hello/Smile frame set.  The decorative paper is from a Doodlebug paper pad called Day to Day and the design was inspired by Karen Day.


And here's one more using the Picture Pefect set.  Design inspired by Tammie Koehner.


For this card I stamped Art Impressions stamp Rockin’ Ruby on white cardstaock, colored her and cut her out -- yes a little tedious but so cute!  For the card I created a reverse mask by cutting a piece of masking paper (slightly self adhesive) the same size as my card front(4¼” x 5½”) then die cutting a circle in the center of this mask with Spellbinders die Classic Circles large.  Once this mask was adhered to the card front, I sponged the background using Memento inks Pear Tart, Summer Sky and Bahama Blue.  Next I removed the mask, adhered Rockin' Ruby to the card and stamped the sentiment.  Design inspired by Judith Gowdy.



Art Impressions has really cute guys as well as girls!  Here's a card I made with stamp set "Old Guy's Club" and single stamp Happy Birthday Ole’ Geezer.  Design inspired by Karen Amidon.


This longhorn is from the brand new Art Impressions collection called Texas Zoo Crew!  The longhorn and the sentiment are in a set called Long Horn (I guess they don't know how to spell longhorn in Oregon!).  For a perfect masculine birthday card I stamped the longhorn and colored him with Copic markers and cut out the panel with Memory Box die Pinpoint Layers Square.  The background "wood" decorative paper is from Authentique and the rectangle on the left is from Prima -- it looks and feels like leather!  I added a few embellishments and some twine.  Inside the card I stamped the longhorn again in brown ink and the sentiment in black ink.  Design inspired by Reneé Matarese.


Same stamp set, different layout.  I love the Dymo labeler "Hey!"  Art Impressions stamp set Long Horn; design inspired by Diane Zechman.



Here's a fun birthday card with a signature Art Impressions Back and Front stamp set called Maturing.  I stamped the front and the back images on cardstock, colored them with Copic markers then cut them out with the matching dies.  For the card I adhered the decorative paper inside and outside the card then cut all three layers at once with a Spellbinders Circle die.  You may have to run it through a couple times to cut through all 3 layers.  Next adhere the front image to the front of the card; the back image will fit perfectly over the front image inside the card.  Finally stamp the sentiment in two places so only part of the image shows through the opening.

I just placed a big order with Art Impressions for more funny ladies and gentlemen -- be sure to check them out on our What's New page here.  To reserve or order any item, just email Polly at or call me at 915-833-9500.  I tidied up the Big Sale page so browse through it here.

Happy Stamping and paper crafting.  Stop in soon and shop!








Accent on the "Negative" ... Die Cuts!

Hello Friends.  Today's post is all about turning the negative space left from die cutting a shape into beautiful cards.  Using the negative space is easy if you keep a few tips in mind.  First, choose dies that look recognizable in the negative.  Second, plan the card's design and spacing keeping in mind what will be placed behind the opening.  And third, keep any small pieces cut out in case you need to reinsert those to complete the design.  Finally, make the negative space pop with colorful cardstock, decorative paper, washi tape or sponging inks.  Let's look at some samples.


For this card I used Taylored Expressions die Hey, Hello and it illustrates the importance of spacing the design before cutting.  I cut the three words out of the white cardstock panel initially cut with Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles leaving room to add the telephone on top of the panel.  To highlight the words, I mounted colored cardstock behind each opening then matted this panel on black.  For a cute embellishment I created a telephone cord using Taylored Expressions Skinny Mini Borders 2.  This card's design was inspired by Kim Singdahlsen.


For this card I cut the Taylored Expressions Silhouette Stems 4 die three times from turquoise cardstock being careful to keep the small pieces cut out so I could reinsert them to complete the flowers.  I sponged a piece of white cardstock with an ombre effect using dye inks of light and medium yellow and light and dark orange.  Other supplies used on this card are TE stamp set Free Spirit, TE embossing folder Leafy Vines and Penny Black die Polaroid Frame.  The design was inspired by Jean Manis.


Here the negative space of the pot is filled with decorative paper while the leaf and the flower are filled with colored cardstock.  Again planning the design before cutting is crucial.  I used Taylored Expressions dies Bloom Where You're Planted, Various Vases and Frame in Frame to cut the openings and orange panel.  Notice that the leaf is actually a positive and a negative!  The negative leaf shape in the orange cardstock panel is filled with a positive leaf cut from green.  To finish the card, I added a tiny butterfly (Memory Box die Mini Butterflies) and a Smile sentiment (Penny Black die Hooray Words).  This card was inspired by Joan Ervin.


Negative space is perfect for a clean and simple look.  To create the opening I cut two of the feathers from Taylored Expressions die Fine Feathers one at a time overlapping the tips.  For the background I sponged Distress Inks Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers.  I added a tiny twine bow to tie the feathers together and a sentiment from TE stamp set Free Spirit.  This card's design inspired by Courtney Kelley. 



Colorful and whimsical, this card shows off Taylored Expressions dies Bloomers Greenery, Mini Bloomers and Bloomers 1 as well as the TE stamp set Free Spirit.  IRL you can see the white panel is popped up with foam tape so the colorful negative spaces really pop.  The flowers are embellished with sequins with tiny rhinestones in the centers.  Design inspired by Charmaine Ikach. 

For the final card today I cut Taylored Expressions die Silhouette Stems 1 from an oval white cardstock panel (cut with Spellbinders die Ovals Petite).  This panel is mounted to a vellum oval just a bit larger then to a vellum panel cut with TE's Bold Lace Background.  The white card is sponged with Distress ink Squeezed Lemonade and Memento inks Rosebud, Tangelo and Morocco.  I colored the seam binding with Distress Stains Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry, tied it into a bow and mounted it to a paper flower. This card's design was inspired by Julia Stainton.

I hope you've enjoyed learning more about stretching your dies by using the negative space.  Be sure to check our updated Class Calendar here and stop in soon to shop.  Have a great weekend!


















Negative die cuts will be our class this Saturday, April 2 at 10am. For more information, just click here to go to our class page.  Let me share some samples with you.















Masculine cards and other samples

Hello friends. Today’s post is going to be a compilation of miscellaneous samples starting with a few cards suitable for the men in your life.  March means birthdays for my brother and brother-in-law so I always have to scramble for guy cards.  Here’s what I came up with:

Masculine Cards

Mustache-Bday-2Mustache Birthday 2 – My first mustache card and I must say I like it. I didn’t have one of the cute mustache joke stamps so I made my own using various stamps and dies. 


Supplies – Paper Smooches die Mustaches; Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles; Paper Smooches stamp set Sentiment Sampler; Impression Obsession stamp set Sentiments 2; Memory Box die Classic Alphabet U/C and Numbers 


Mustache-Bday-1Mustache Birthday 1 – This is a simple version that you can make lots of and keep on hand for male birthdays. Switch the sentiment for other occasions.


Supplies – Paper Smooches die Mustaches; Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles; Paper Smooches stamp set Sentiment Sampler; design inspired by Jocelyn Olson




Hoppy-BirthdayHoppy Birthday – My brother grew up loving all animals; he even had an iguana in college! So a card with a frog jumping across is perfect for him. 


Supplies – Poppy die Pond Frogs; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Impression Obsession die Plain Alphabet; Taylored Expressions stamp set And Many More; design inspired by Stephanie Serrano




Numbers-B-DayHere's an easy card perfect for any man's birthday.  I cut a strip of the numbers paper and then cut it in 2 pieces (the reverse side was a perfect match!) and rounded the ends.  I added two brads, wrapped natural twine around the brads and tied a bow.  Add a sentiment and a balloon and you're done!

Supplies – My Favorite Things die Brushstroke Birthday sentiments; Penny Black die Uplifting


 Diamond-BorderDiamond Border – I love this card! The new diamond border die from Penny Black cuts the solid and the outline diamond borders. Choose a color scheme and cut 2 of each from both colors.  Glue the outline borders on top of the solid borders.  Cut a strip of cardstock 1” x 5½” and adhere the middle border to the middle of this strip.  Then adhere one border above and one below, leaving a little space between the borders. Finish the card with a sentiment die cut from same colors and adhered slightly off set.  I plan to make this same card in a variety of different color schemes and sentiments.

Supplies – Penny Black die Diamond Border; Paper Smooches die Quote Tag; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan


Brevilla-HillsideWelcome – The die does all the work for this card. I cut the die from white cardstock and mounted it to blue cardstock.  Then I cut the same die from green and inlaid the hills.  Next I cut the houses and trees from various colors and glued them over the white version.  I added cloud above and a sentiment below. 

Supplies – Poppy die Brevilla Hillside; Taylored Expressions Stitched Clouds; TE stamp set Welcome Home



Ironwork-Window-BirdIronwork Window Bird – It’s easy to spot a Penny Black die! I stamped the background with a PB stamp then cut the window in the center of the stamped panel. Next I cut the window again from white and glued it on top of the stamped version.  The bird was mounted behind the window.  Finally I die cut the finished piece with the Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles to add some more textural interest.


Supplies – Penny Black dies Ironwork Window and Perched Bird; Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Many Minis All Occasions; Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles; Penny Black cling stamp Star Ivy; design inspired by Jean Manis 


Ironwork-WindowIronwork Window – Quick and easy. Cut the window from white and glue it over yellow cardstock. Add a few red hearts, a sweet sentiment and an embossed background and you’re done!


Supplies – Penny Black die Ironwork Window; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Leafy Vines; TE Little Bits die Love Confetti; sentiment stamp from Printworks; Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Jean Manis


I hope you've enjoyed these cards to day.  Be sure to click over to the classes page to see the samples for the Negative Die Cutting class coming up Saturday, April 2 at 10am.  And stop in soon to shop.  All Easter stamps and dies are 40% off until April 9!


Stamp and Die Combo Sets

Hot-Cross-BunsHello friends and Happy Easter! I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend with friends and family.  Easter always reminds me of hot cross buns, a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top and traditionally eaten on Good Friday, marking the end of Lent.  So last weekend I baked these buns and packaged them to give to friends.  They are really delicious and surprisingly easy to make.  Here’s a link to the very informative video I followed. 

Stamps with Matching Dies

One of my favorite papercrafting items are stamp sets with coordinating dies. You will find stamps and dies sold as combo sets, or stamps and coordinating dies sold separately. I am often asked whether to stamp first then cut out, or die cut the shape first then stamp on top of the die cut? 

Sunny-DaysThe answer is simple:  If the dies are open such as these from Taylored Expressions Sunny Days combo set, you will stamp first, line up the die on top of the stamped image (because it’s open and you can see through it) and die cut second.  Little-Lovin-2-dies

If the dies are solid, like these from Paper Smooches Little Lovin' 2, and you cannot see through them to line it up on a stamped image, so you will cut the shape first then stamp on top of the die cut. 

My personal favorite: the former.  I like to stamp first then die cut. 


Today I would like to share with you some fun cards I made recently using 3 stamp and die combo sets from Taylored Expressions.

Stamp-die-setSimply Succulents

The Simply Succulents set contains all the stamps seen on the left and 3 matching dies.  Here are samples made with these.  FYI:  Watch for an upcoming class with the succulents stamps!





Hello Frame – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Simply Succulents; TE die Picture Perfect Frames Smile/Hello; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Melody Rupple 



Color Block ­Frame – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Simply Succulents; TE die Color Block; design inspired by Pam Sparks




Get Well Circle – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Simply Succulents; Memory Box dies Scallop Border and Stitched Circles; TE embossing folder brick








Smile Frame – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Simply Succulents; TE die Picture Perfect Frames Smile/Hello; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; TE embossing folder Brick







Block Party Hello – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Simply Succulents; TE die Block Party Hello; TE embossing folder Weathered; design inspired by Gayatri Murali




Get Well Flower Box – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Simply Succulents; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Gayatri Murali









Get Well Sky – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Simply Succulents; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; TE die Cloud Border; design inspired by Kerri Michaud








 Happy Hens

Happyhenscombo-smallThe Happy Hens set includes 6 stamps and dies to cut the single chicken and the two chickens.









Smile Frame – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Happy Hens; TE dies Picture Perfect Frames Smile/Hello and Skinny Mini Party Borders; TE embossing folder Chicken Wire; design inspired by Sankari Wegman






Shaker – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Happy Hens; TE dies Frame in Frame, Skinny Mini Party Borders, Easter Confetti and Grass Border; TE embossing folder Chicken Wire; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock  





Scallop Stitched Border – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Happy Hens; TE die Stitched Scallop Border; design inspired by Shelly Mercado   




Hen House Red Check – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Happy Hens; TE embossing folder Chicken Wire; Memory Box dies Stitched Squares and Stitched Rectangles; My Favorite Things die Stitched Speech Bubble Edges; design inspired by Stephanie Kraft





Chicks on Egg – Smile Frame – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Happy Hens; TE dies Picture Perfect Frames Smile/Hello and Egg Stacklets; TE embossing folder Chicken Wire; design inspired by Kerri Michaud



Block Party Hello – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Happy Hens; TE dies Block Party Hello, Little Bits Sun and Cloud and Grass Border; TE embossing folder Chicken Wire; design inspired by Courtney Kelly







Black and White – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Happy Hens; TE stamp set Made in the Shade; My Favorite Things die Rounded Banner Stax; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen






Koffee Time




This fun set contains 5 sentiment stamps and dies to cut the coffeemaker and 2 mugs. 




Perk-Up-MugsPerk Up Mugs – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Koffee Time; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Birthday Bash (face); design inspired by Courtney Kelley









What’s Brewing Coffee Machine – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Koffee Time; Authentique paper pad Infused; Memory Box dies Stitched Rectangles and Mini Heart Collection







Thanks a Latte – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Koffee Time; Memory Box die Coffee on the Go Small; TE dies Little Bits Mug and Teacups; Paper Smooches die Stitched Flourishes







What’s Brewing Frame – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Koffee Time; Paper Smooches die Stitched Flourishes; Impression Obsession die Borders 1




I hope you enjoyed learning more about stamps with coordinating dies and seeing samples of cards made with combo sets.  Be sure to check the Gallery for new cards posted and the class page for new classes.  Stop in soon to shop and have a happy Easter!






Happy Spring

Happy Spring friends!  Welcome to The Stamp Act blog.  You are reading this blog post in your email, but to see the entire blog including previous posts with links to our Gallery, What's New and Class pages, just click on the blog title above. To subscribe or unsubscribe, please scroll down to the bottom of this post.  Thanks!

I love spring when brown yards turn green and dead looking trees sprout tiny new leaves.  It’s a time of renewal and rebirth.  Taylored Expressions has some wonderful new products that let us express the promise of spring.  Their new die In the Garden constructs a whole spring scene while the stamp and matching die Spring Tulips celebrates the colorful flowers of early spring.  Let me share some samples with you.

Tr-Color-PrimaryIn the Garden Tri-color Primary 

So easy!  Just cut three panels of cardstock -- you can easily vary the colors -- and adhere to a top folded card.  Then cut the In the Garden die from black cardstock for a silhouette look.  Add a sun and you've got a cute card that's perfect for many occasions.  Supplies: Taylored Expressions die In the Garden; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach 

In-the-Garden-ColoredIn the Garden Scene

First I created the cloudy sky (which is blue IRL not gray) using the very handy Cloud Border.  Then I cut the die from white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers which went surprisingly fast.  I could have added some shading on the tree for a more realistic look.  I added a few butterflies and a sweet sentiment.

Supplies: Taylored Expressions dies In the Garden and Cloud Border; TE stamp set Spring Tulips; Memory Box die Mini Butterflies; design inspired by Sankari Wegman

 White-SihouetteIn the Garden White

Easy!  Cut the die from white cardstock and layer it over yellow cardstock embossed with the "Walking on Sunshine" embossing folder (TE). 


Supplies: Taylored Expressions die In the Garden; TE embossing Folder Walking in Sunshine; sentiment stamp from Amuse Art Stamps (discontinued); design inspired by Jean Manis


 In-the-Garden-MonoIn the Garden Mono

A variation on the card above using green and blue.  The clear sequins remind me of raindrops.

Supplies: Taylored Expressions die In the Garden; TE embossing Folder Walking in Sunshine; sentiment stamp from Memory Box (discontinued); design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen    


FondlySpring Tulips Fondly

Stamp and emboss the tulips in clear then color with Copic markers.  Die cut the tulips and mount them on a couple strips of decorative paper against a waterclored background.

Supplies: Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die Spring Tulips; design inspired by Joan Ervin


FriendsSpring Tulips Friends

Such a pretty card combing bright red tulips against a neutral background.  The tulips were stamped and embossed in clear then colored with Copic markers.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum.FYI:  Using the heavyweight vellum hides the Scor tape I used to mount it. 

Supplies: Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die Spring Tulips; TE die Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Leafy Vines; design inspired by Shelly Mercado


 Happy-BirthdaySpring Tulips Happy Birthday  

Supplies: Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die Spring Tulips; TE die Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Leafy Vines; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock







For a look at our Class and Events Calendar including class descriptions and photos of class samples, please click here.  This Saturday we have two classes: 10am is 2 for 1 Backgrounds, and 2pm is Stencil Mania.Tangle-Hello









Make both these backgrounds at once!

Check out the other samples on the class page here. 

DelphiniumsCreate a gorgeous card using several stencils and dies!

Check out the other samples on the class page here.



Thanks for reading the blog today.  Please stop in and shop at The Stamp Act soon.  This week we are continuing to offer our FREE Easter make and take card and Chloe's birthday discount.  FYI:  Chloe is feeling much better.  I hope to see you soon!








Welcome Back to The Stamp Act Blog

Hello Members and Friends.  As many of you know, I've been having website issues which has prevented me from blogging.  To solve this problem, I have revived my old blog -- with an updated look! -- and integrated it into my current website.  So this blog is coming to you from a different platform (hence the word typepad in the address) but if you look across the top navigation bar you will see all the links to my website.  So click on Gallery or What's New links above to see tons of new samples and new products!  And be sure to check out the really cool Classes/Events page with an interactive calendar!  Whew Hoo -- and I did it!

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Here's what you will find in this post:

  • Easter samples featuring new dies and stamps
  • Make and Take Card
  • New Challenge Card drive
  • Chloe's Birthday Sale

  Easter-Peeps-brdrAs they say, Easter's on its way so today I want to share some fun Easter cards featuring all kinds of bunnies, Easter eggs and peeps!  On the left is a card that you could use all year round for friendship, thanks or thinking of you occasions.  I stamped Stamping Bella's Peeps stamp and colored it with Copic markers.  Hiding behind the stamped and matted image is a fabulous new die from Penny Black called Edger.  Remember ... you can see details of all the supplies I used on these cards be clicking on the Gallery link above and clicking on the card.



 Look at this bunny!  He is so realistic.  I simply stamped the Impression Obsession image with Versafine Sepia ink then colored it with tan and light brown chalks.  I matted the image in brown and stamped a border on a green folded card with the sepia ink.  Design inspired by Laura Fulcher.



These bunnies look like they are having a lot of fun!  I cut the egg with an egg stacklet die then stamped it with a pretty floral border.  I die cut the front of the green card with the stitched floral background from Memory Box (Floral Breeze) and inlaid the flowers and dots in yellows, pinks and oranges.  A few sequins and some playful bunnies and the card is complete.  Design inspired by Jean Okimoto.



Easy and Impressive!  I cut the Impression Obsession dies Easter Cutout Square and Bunny Set medium from white metallic cardstock and the square frame from beautiful teal cardstock using Memory Box stitched squares.  Mount them using foam tape and you're done!  Design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.


Frilly-BunnyThis little Bunny (Poppy Frilly Bunny) is sitting in Prairie Grass  atop the Curved Happy Easter (both by Memory Box).  And the darling little pink bow is part of the bunny die -- too cute!





See the three "ribbons" in the background?  They look exactly like 3 sizes of grosgrain ribbon but they are actually made with a new Memory Box die called (appropriately enough) Grosgrain Ribbons!  The die cuts the ribbons in 3 sizes and embosses the horizontal lines.  Now you can always match the color of your ribbon to your card.  The egg is the new Memory Box Happy Easter egg.




March Make it and Take it Card

IO-BunnyMs. Cute Bunny!  This cutie and the other stamps on this card are from Impression Obsession.  Stop in anytime and make one for yourself!  It takes  a few minutes to color so don't be in a big hurry!




Spring Challenge: Cards for Cancer

Thanks to all of you who participated in our last Challenge we were able to donate almost $200 and many cards to the Animal Rescue League of El Paso to care for homeless dogs and cats.  Our new challenge is to create cards for people who have been touched by cancer.  I know many of you have experienced cancer personally or through a loved one.  I have been a  breast cancer survivor for over 26 years and was fortunate to be a founding board member of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation in El Paso.  The RGCF is a non profit foundation that cares for the cancer community with grants but just as importantly keeps cancer survivors and their caregivers connected and informed.  This organization was created when the non profit El Paso Cancer Treatment Center was sold in 1996.  RGCF will use the cards we donate to comfort and encourage cancer patients.

To encourage you in our challenge, for every card you donate will earn you a 5% discount on any one item.  Discounts limited to 5 cards or a 25% discount.

Some of the cards that I created are displayed below, but you can see others in our Encouragement Gallery.  While most of these cards have a cancer ribbon theme, please feel free to donate any kind of card with an encouragement theme.  If you want to make cards similar to mine, here are the stamp and die sets that I used:



Paper Smooches stamps and dies, Hope






Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo Choose Hope

The Stamp Act also has several pink ribbon papers (12" x 12").


Sample Cards

Please click over to the Encouragement Gallery for more inspiration and to see all products used in creating these cards.   On these cards used several decorative papers which are also available.

Believing Courage-Green 

Design inspired by Kim Singdahlesen

 Faith-Hope-Love Inspiration









 Happy Birthday Chloe

 MChloe-2003y precious baby turned 15 years old last week!  This picture is from 2003 and shows her in bed with her toys.  Unfortunately, Chloe celebrated her birthday at the vet's office being treated for an eye infection complicated by a return of the vertigo she had last summer.  But Chloe is a very resilient little pup and continues to improve.  She welcomes visitors and has asked me to give each of you a birthday present from her -- a 15% discount off any one item. Just mention Chloe's birthday when you stop in!



My Last Blog Post

Today will be my last blog post … on this sad looking blog.  It’s been so disheartening to work hard on beautiful samples and to spend so much time posting the photos and text to see only pitiful end results.  I cannot believe you all have stuck with me through this mess. You deserve more and I thank you for your patience.

So what to do?  Well a very talented man has worked with me to create a brand new website!  A real website!  Yeah!!!

Let’s not spend another minute here … click here to go to the brand new  Please note this is a new web address so be sure to add it to your Favorites.  Now go and enjoy the new website!

PS:  If you are a subscriber to this blog, please go to and join our new mailing list.  There will be no further blog posts on this site.  Thank you for your subscription and please follow us to our new site and new blog.  I greatly appreciate your loyalty and look forward to serving you in a much more professional way on the new site.

End of the Year Sale, Sale, Sale

Hello friends.  I hope your life is returning to normal now that the holidays are officially over.  I will miss the time off but not the hectic pace.  After I returned from visiting a friend in Tucson, I settled into my lovely living room and binge watched all 4 seasons of Downton Abbey.  It’s such a great series, but all the drama and intrigue, both upstairs and downstairs, left me a bit overwhelmed!

I finished marking down all the sale merchandise and as usual, my “red pen” got the best of me and there are deep discounts on many, many dies, stamps, tools and papers.  Plus we have lots of new things to tempt you – samples coming soon!


Shadowbox-lgI finished my 2015 calendar using the new 12 months calendar set and dies from Taylored Expressions (there are a few from Impression Obsession and Poppystamps, too).  Now let me show you three ways to display this clever calendar set.  My favorite is the 12” x 12” shadowbox that can be propped up on a desk or hung on the wall. 



Shadowbox-smOr you may choose the smaller 4” x 6” shadowbox.  For this one I made the background from black cardstock then added a shelf made from 4 thicknesses of cardstock.  This way you can stack the calendar months on the shelf. The three little openings along the right side of the box can be filled with photos or die cuts or whatever pleases you.  The good thing about the shadowboxes is that you can add the calendar with just a bit of tape so that next year you can update it or fill it with other items. 

Mini-EaselFinally, an easy way to display this calendar set is on a Mini Easel.  All these displays are available at The Stamp Act.















More Christmas Cards by You

I have a few more Christmas and New Year’s cards to share with you.

Karen-Colley Linda-JonesKaren Colley and Linda Jones

Harriet Susan-Benson





Harriet Head  and Susan Benson

Thanks for the lovely cards.  Be sure to stop in soon and shop the sale!