Two Dies Three Ways

Hello friends and Merry Christmas!  Today I would like to share with you how to use your dies creatively to make cards that are essentially variations on a theme.  My first card uses the Merry Christmas Background from Memory Box.  We have a similiar die from Lil Inker Designs that would work well too.  This die cuts out the background panel and the letters that spell Merry Christmas in different fonts.  You can cut the die from any color cardstock or it's perfect for the beautiful glitter paper we have in stock right now.

Here are ways to use the background panel and the letters:

  • Layer the background over colored cardstock or glitter paper
  • Place Scor tape (double sided tape) across one or more words on the back of the background and insert letters cut from a third color cardstock or glitter paper on the front of the background.
  • Add a die cut icon such as the fir tree or the ornament.

Warning: Cutting these backgrounds can be addictive!  Once you cut the background from one color cardstock or glitter paper, you wll want to cut it from another color to contrast with the first color.  This means you will have a pile of red letters, for instance, and need another background for these.  And on and on! 

Let's look at some examples of these different treatments.

Xmas-Bkgrd-blackFor this card I first cut the background from black cardstock.  If you're thinking "black for Christmas?"  YES!  It is very dramatic and plays very well with traditional Christmas colors of red, gold and silver.  Next I cut the background from red glitter paper and placed scor tape on the back of the black background across the words I wanted to highlight.  I inserted the red letters on the front of the background and mounted the black background on gold glitter paper.  Card done!

For the next card, I took the background I cut from red glitter paper (above) and placed it over a white card.  I cut the background again from gold glitter paper and using the technique outlined above, inserted them into the background as shown on the card below.  I cut a fir tree from green glitter paper and mounted it with foam tape to the left side of the card.  Note:  Be sure to cut your additional focal image (tree, ornament, etc) first and place it on your background to determine spacing and which words you want to highlight.

Xmas-Bkgrd-redFor the final card (below) I used more of the red glitter paper letters on a white on white background.  I "hung" the ornament from the christmas word.

Xmas-Bkgrd-whiteCan you see how you can go on and on with the different colored backgrounds and letters?  There's no stopping!

For my next set of cards I used the Memory Box Poinsettia Band die.  Here's the first card:

Poinsettia-Band-GoldI used black again for the background on a white card.  I cut the Poinsettia band from gold glitter paper then from silver glitter paper.  The die cuts the outline of the petals and the petals separately so I adhered a thin strip of foam tape to the middle of each gold petal and inserted them back into the silver petal outlines which I had glued to the back mat.  To complete the card I die cut the Wishing You Manuscript die from gold glitter paper and adhered it to the bottom of the card.

Merry-ChristmasInside the card I die cut Merry Christmas from silver and mounted it on black then gold.

You can easily make a second card using the die cuts you have left over.  Your second poinsettia will be silver petals in a gold outline.

For my next card I cut the poinsettia clear of the attached band and used the Memory Box Grosgrain Ribbon die to cut gold glitter paper to place behind the poinsettia.  I cut the poinsettia from both red shiny cardstock and gold glitter paper then inserted the red petals in the gold outline and mounted the gold petals with foam tape on top and to the right of each red petal.

Poinsettia-Band-Red-GoldA sentiment from Penny Black's Holiday Snippets and an enamel dot complete the card.

For the third card in this series I used the same colors (in the reverse) and both poinsettias cut free from the band.  I cut the Grosgrain Ribbon die twice from red glitter paper and placed the ribbons to look like a package.  The tag was cut with an MFT Tag die and the sentiment is from a Poppystamps Christmas set.

Poinsettia-Band-Red-GoldI hope this little tutorial ahs given you some ideas for using your dies creatively in trios!

Holiday Hours

The Stamp Act will be closed from Monday, December 18 through Monday, January 1.  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.  Merry Christmas!

 

 


Merry Christmas Cards

There's no denying it ... Christmas will be here before we know it!  So I thought I would share with you several cards that showcase new dies and stamps as well as some exciting new glitter paper we have in stock.  We have both 12" x 12" with adhesive on the back and 8.5" x 11" without adhesive.  Colors include reds, golds, white, silver, royal blue, lighter blue and green.  The holidays are a perfect time to up your game and include glitter paper in your card layouts.

My first card is created with a cute snowman with stripes.  I added the large "merry" at the bottom of the card and cut a hill for the snowman to stand on.  I added a little glitter glue on the top of the hill.  This same die can be used as a slider card by inserting a panel behind the snowman that can be pulled up to reveal a photo of another stamped or die cut image.  Watch this video by Memory Box for lots of ideas. 

Snowman-PanelSnowman Panel – Memory Box dies Snowman Panel, Make Merry and Snowman Heart Collage; design inspired by Laura Fulcher

I love this next snowman because he's all heart!  I cut the snowman heart from white cardstock then mounted it over red glitter paper.  Adding a few holly leaves and berries adds a pop of color.

Snowman-HeartHeart Snowman – Memory Box die Snowman Heart Collage; Poppystamps clear stamp set Christmas Greetings; Impression Obsession die Twig Wreath (holly); Taylored Expressions die Double Ended Flag Stacklets; design inspired by Laura Fulcher

Here's a really gorgeous die -- Impression Obsession's Reindeer Flourish.  I cut it from gold glitter paper and mounted it over a background cut with Lawn Fawn's Snowy Background.  Behind the background I placed white glitter paper.  Finally the deer needed to be grounded so I added some hills cut with Poppysyamps stitched landscape dies. Reindeer-Flourish-GlitterReindeer Flourish Blue – Impression Obsession die Reindeer Flourish; Poppystamps die Stitched Landscapes; Lawn Fawn die Backdrop Snowy; Penny Black die World of Wishes

This card is by Harriet Head.  Please click on it so you can see all the details she added.  First she cut the reindeer from white cardstock and mounted the negative space over some beautiful Penny Black paper.  Then she die cut white ornaments and hung them from the deer's antlers.  So creative!!  And don't miss the red nose!  Thanks Harriet.

Reindeer-Flourish-H3Reindeer Flourish Green – Impression Obsession die Reindeer Flourish; design by Harriet Head

This card is so bright and shiny it will "hurt your eyes!"  I cut the large pine tree from silver glitter paper and the birds from three colors of felt.  The background was cut with the new Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Rectangles and I love the "messy stitching" this die cuts into the panel. Glitter-Tree-BirdsSilver Glitter Tree – Poppystamps die Grand Pine Tree; Memory Box dies Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Resting Birds; Poppystamps clear stamp set Christmas Greetings; design inspired by Jean Okimoto

Here's a very quick and easy card.  I cut the Horse Sleigh Landscape from white and mounted it atop an embosssed blue background.  The sentiment is from a Kaisercraft combo set of stamps and dies.  I added a star and the card was done. Santa-SleighSanta Sleigh – Memory Box dies Horse Sleigh Landscape and Star of Wonder; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Winter Flurry; Kaisercraft stamp/die combo set Christmas; design inspired by Jean Manis

You have to love this little Santa.  The Lil Inker Designs set includes all the dies for assembling Santa as well as a number of stamps including sentiments and facial features.  I used the boot dies to make the hands.Santa-Says-WhatSanta Says What? – Lil Inkers Design Stamp/die combo set Santa; Lil Inkers Design die Stitched Sentiment Flag; Impression Obsession die Ho Ho Ho; Impression Obsession die Twig Wreath (holly); Taylored Expressions embossing folder Brick

This is a fun card.  The Merry Christmas Channel die cuts the channel with the words in one pass.  (FYI: the card is 5" x 5.5").  Once I cut the channel, I colored the words with Copic markers and mounted acetate on the inside of the card.  I embellished the card with icons cut with the new Taylored Expressions die set Sitting Pretty Holiday Accessories. Merry-Xmas-ChannelMerry Christmas Channel – Memory Box die Merry Christmas Channel; Taylored Expressions die Sitting Pretty Holiday Accessories

This a very impressive card with multiple layers -- but it's really a quick one.  I stamped the Woodgrain Background on kraft cardstock in Toffee ink.  Then I die cut an oval frame from gold cardstock and an oval from kraft.  I mounted the gold frame on the kraft oval, stamped the sentiment then added a die cut nativity scene.  Finally I added some holly leaves and berries for color. True-Meaning-NativityTrue Meaning Nativity – Taylored Expressions die Nativity; TE stamps Woodgrain Background and Rejoice set; TE stamps and dies Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals

Love the candy canes especially when they are cut from glitter paper!  I used a candy cane border die and a large candy cane die to create this card.  Lots of glitter makes it so festive!

Candy-CaneCandy Canes – Poppystamps dies Candy Cane Gift and Candy Cane Stripes; design inspired by Ilona Zbieg

Poinsettias are such a holiday tradition and these dies from Imrpession Obsession not only cut the flowers but impress them with lots of detail for a very realistic look. I stamped the sentiment in Gold Delicata ink which is a very bright gold ink.

IO-PoinsettiasPoinsettias – Impression Obsession dies Poinsettias small and Berry Branches; Poppystamps die Blooming Poinsettias small; Memory Box dies Wrapped Stitched Rectangles and Pinpoint Rectangles; Taylored Expressions stamp set Rejoice; design inspired by Jean Okimoto

I hope you enjoyed the cards.  Please stop in and see all these dies and many, many more plus all the glitter paper!  We have so much in stock that will make your holiday cardmaking fun and fast!  I hope to see you soon!


Happy Thanksgiving to All

Hello Friends.  I hope you are having a very pleasant and abundant Thanksgiving.  I have much to be thankful including wonderful customers like you.

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To express my gratitude to good friends, I made these bread boxes and filled them with pumpkin bread.  I got the idea from Jennifer Svare, a design team member for Poppystamps.  You can read her blog post and see her video here.  Here's a close-up photo:

Pumpkin-Box-Close-upThe boxes themselves are actually quite easy to make, however the decorating did take a while.  I created the box structure, embossed the same cardstock with a woodgrain embossing folder (Darice) then mounted the embossed panel on to copper metallic cardstock. These panels were taped to all four sides of the box.

The pumpkins (Poppystamp dies Harvest Pumpkin and Swirl Pumpkin) were cut from orange and copper cardstock, respectively.  I distressed the orange Harvest Pumpkin die cut then glued the Swirl Pumpkin over it.  The leaf vines were cut with the Poppystamps Oak Leaf Oval Collage die and enhanced with more leaves cut with the Impression Obsession die Oak Leaves and Rake. 

Finally the "wings" on the top of the box were 2" strips of cardstock cut with the Poppystamps die Eyelet Stitches.  After I cut the border design I scored the stips at 1" and folded them on the score line then taped them inside the box.

If you are interested in making some, I am happy to answer any questions you have.  Jennifer has a PDF on her blog with all the measurements.

 

Black Friday Weekend Sale

Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, we will be open from 10am to 5pm and offering free dies with every $25 purchase as long as they last.  The dies are pre-seleted and your $25 purchase cannot include sale merchandise, special order merchandise or taxes. 

Black Friday promotions are as follows while supplies last:

  • Spend $25 and get 2 free dies.
  • Spend $50 and get 3 free dies.
  • Spend $75 and get 4 free dies.

You will receive an additional 10% off all Sale merchandise that's currently marked at 30% off for those 2 days only. 

Happy Thanksgiving and I hope to see you shopping at your local papercrafting store this Friday and Saturday.  Thanks! 


Fall and Thanksgiving Cards

Hello Friends.  Days are growing shorter and cooler signals the arrival of fall.  In fact, Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away!  Yikes!  Today I have several cards to share with you ... some fun ... some pretty.  Please stop in soon to see what's new in the store -- there are so many fun items to use for cardmaking and gift making.  Over the next few posts, I will be sharing with you some holiday gifts I have made for friends and family.   Please send me photos of what you are making.  It's fun to share and inspire each other.

This is such a fun card! And yes it did take a while to make.  I made the background by blending Distress Oxide Inks then die cut all the images and put them together.  I love the new Little Bit dies Turkey Dinner and Pumpkin Pie from Taylored Expressions -- they are perfect for Thanksgiving cards.  And the Little Bit Turkey really looks scared!

Turkey-Color-BlockTurkey Color Block – Taylored Expressions dies Color Block Mini, Sitting pretty Accessories Fall, Mini Caps Alpha & #’s and Stitched Banners; TE Little Bits dies Turkey, Silverware, Turkey Dinner, Pumpkin Pie and Talk Bubble 2; TE stamp set Thanksgiving Blessings; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

This turkey looks a little more relaxed as he stands among the swirling leaves.  I love, love, love the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop die.  It cuts a large rectangle and all the swirls that are perfect for leaves or snowflakes!  Patchwork-Turkey-Turkey-DayPatchwork Turkey Happy Turkey Day – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Turkey; Taylored Expressions stamp set If Turkeys Could Talk; TE Little Bits die Leaves; Lawn Fawn die Stitched Windy Backdrop; design inspired by Karen Amidon

The turkey (above) and the leaves/acorns below are all from the Impression Obsession Patchwork collection and I love the homespun look they have when cut from paper stamped with some of the IO Mini Patterns stamps.  The new Memory Box greeting is perfect for fall cards. 

Patchwork-LeavesPatchwork Leaves – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Leaves; IO Stamp sets Mini Patterns 1, 2 and 4; Memory Box dies Autumn Greetings and Stitched Circles; design inspired by Karen Amidon

Next I am sharing several cards I made with the IO Wheat die which is one of my favorites.  The first card is an easel card.

Wheat-Happy-BirthdayEasel Card front

Wheat-Happy-Birthday-openEasel Card Open

Wheat Happy Birthday – Impression Obsession dies Wheat and Greetings Edgers; Taylored Expressions stamp Woodgrain Background; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

For this next card I die cut the wheat then colored them with various inks (mostly Oxides).

Wheat-Mason-JarWheat Mason Jar – Impression Obsession die Wheat; Taylored Expressions die Mini Tags and TE stamp set Many Minis Holiday and TE die set Mini Tags; TE stamp set and die set Mason Jar

Same for this card: cut then colored.  Very simple but so pretty.

Wheat-Give-ThanksWheat Give Thanks – Impression Obsession die Wheat; IO stamp clear stamp set Count Your Blessings

Another Oxide ink background, wheat in a more natural color and a lovely sentiment.

Favorite-Color-FallWheat Favorite Color Fall – Impression Obsession die Wheat; IO stamp clear stamp set Fall Words; Taylored Expressions stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves

Finally, three stitched leaves cut and colored (Oxides) and mounted on the card front with a sweet sentiment.  I could have cut the front panel of this card with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop for more texture and interest.

Leaves-Are-FallingLeaves Are Falling – Lawn Fawn die Stitched Leaves; Impression Obsession stamp Leaves are Falling

 

Black Friday Promotions for Nov 24 and 25

For Black Friday we will have these promotions:

  • Spend $25 and get 2 free dies.
  • Spend $50 and get 3 free dies.
  • Spend $75 and get 4 free dies.

Fine print:  Only non-sale merchandise counts and totals are before taxes.  Your choice of dies from a preselected group.

All Sale merchandise that's 30% off will be 40% off for those 2 days only.  Plus I am adding more merchandise to the sale table.

Happy Fall to all and please shop at your local papercrafting store.  Thanks! 


More Fun Halloween Cards

Hello friends.  I just love making Halloween cards because they are so much fun!  Lil Inkers Designs has some really unique Halloween stamps and dies and today I want to share some of these with you.  One of my very favorites is the Ghost Border.  I discovered it last year too close to Halloween to order it so had to wait a year to get it.  It was worth the wait because it is honestly so clever.  It features LID's dual stitching which means the die cut ghost has stitching and so does the negative piece.

The die also features three different sets of eyes which can be used with the ghost border or independently as you will see on my card below. LID_Ghost_BorderLil Inkers Design die Ghost Border $11.00

Notice that the ghost border can be positioned in many ways both in landscape and portrait.  I cut the ghost and the eyes in one pass.  The googly eyes are really cute! 

Ghost-Border-Boo-to-YouBoo To You – Lil Inkers Design die Ghost Border; Taylored Expressions stamp set Peek A Boo Pumpkins; TE Little Bits die Talk Bubble 2; design inspired by Laura Pryor

For this card I positioned the ghost diffferently and used another of the eye/mouth sets.  Love the colorful background paper -- it's new from Doodlebug's Booville collection.

Ghost-Border-Ghostly-GreetiGhostly Greetings – Lil Inkers Design die Ghost Border; Taylored Expressions stamp set Boo To You

For this card I used one of the three eye dies to cut three eye openings in the card.  Then I added the perfect sentiment from Impression Obsession!  To enhance the eyes I added black flat discs.Eyes-in-DarkEyes in the Dark – Lil Inkers Design die Ghost Border; Impression Obsession clear stamp set If The Broom Fits; design inspired by Jen Carter

I turned the ghost on his head for this card!  Ghost-Border-BooBoo – Lil Inkers Design die Ghost Border; Taylored Expressions die Tall Skinny Alpha; design inspired by Maureen MerrittSpooky-GhostSpooky – Lil Inkers Design dies Ghost Border and Spooky; Paper Smooches die Halloween Incons; design inspired by Jen Carter

One of the hottest pop culture trends is Zombies.  So here's a card that any zombie lover would appreciate.  The sentiment says it all!  Zombie-HandsZombie Hands – Impression Obsession dies Zombie Hands and Drip Edger; design inspired by Laura Fulcher

A Haunting We Will Go

 A really cute stamp and die set from il Inkers this season is the "A Haunting We Will Go" set (pictured below). LID_Haunting_Stamps (1)
LID_Haunting_Stamps (1)
Here are some of the cards I made with it.Too-Cute-BatsToo Cute Bats – Lil Inkers stamp set and die Set A Haunting We Will Go; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Night Fright; design inspired by Lisa Henke
Too-Cute-Bats
Too Cute Moon – Lil Inkers stamp set and die Set A Haunting We Will Go; Lil Inkers die Deco Edge Border; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Clouds; Impression Obsession die Sun and Moon; design inspired by Karen Baker Too-Cute-BatsTrick or Treat – Lil Inkers stamp set and die Set A Haunting We Will Go; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Tyalored Expressions die Rolling Hills

Too-Cute-BatsTrick or Treat – Lil Inkers stamp set and die Set A Haunting We Will Go; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Cat’s Pajamas die Zig Zag Border; design inspired by Amy Kolling Too-Cute-BatsHaunting We Will Go – Lil Inkers stamp set and die Set A Haunting We Will Go; Lil Inkers Die Dual Dotted Rectangles; Cat’s Pajamas die Zig Zag Border; design inspired by Laura Pryor
Too-Cute-Bats
Happy Meow-Loween – Lil Inkers stamp set and die Set A Haunting We Will Go; Lil Inkers Die Dual Dotted Ovals; Taylored Expressions stamp set Boo To You

Ghost Shaker Cards

Two other new Lil Inkers sets are FaBooLous (love the name!!) and the Ghost Shaker die.
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LID_Ghost_Border
Here are some cards I made with these two sets.

FaBooLousFaBooLous – Lil Inkers dies Ghost Shaker and Stitched Stars; Lil Inkers stamp set FaBooLous; Memory Box dies Debutante Frame and Creepy Web Frame Small; Taylored Expressions die Scallop Border medium

FaBooLousHey Ghoul – Lil Inkers die Ghost Shaker set and stamp set FaBooLous; design inspired by Chrissy Ano-Larson
FaBooLous
Boos Hisses – Lil Inkers die Ghost Shaker; Lil Inkers stamp set FaBooLous
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Got It Haunt It – Lil Inkers dies Ghost Shaker and Silly Stitched Rectangles; Lil Inkers stamp set FaBooLous; Impression Obsession die Halloween Hill

For all your Halloween supplies stop in The Stamp Act soon!  All Halloween stamps and dies are 30% off when you spend $25.  Be sure to take advantage of this FaBooLous sale!  Ha!  Ha!

 


Fall and Thanksgiving Cards

Hello and Happy Fall to all!  As the days grow shorter, sunsets come earlier, and the air is a little cooler, we know fall is coming.  Everyone loves fall and for papercrafters it is a season rich with possibilities for card-making with pumpkins, leaves and fall foliage. Let me share with you samples of new dies and stamps.

Poppystamps' new stitched leaves dies make a beautiful wreath and the sentiment is so true to the season.Fall-Leaves-WreathLeaves Wreath – Poppystamps dies Stitched Maple Leaves, Stitched Oak Leaves and Brushed Give Thanks; design inspired by Robin Tharaldson

Taylored Expressions new Pumpkin layered stamp set is so beautiful.  These pumpkins are all lined up in front of the arbor fence and gate. Arbor-with-PumpkinsArbor with Pumpkins – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Pumpkins; TE dies Garden Arbor & Gate, Arbor Accessories, Arbor Fence, Sitting Pretty Accessories Halloween and Build A Scene Rolling Hills; Memory Box die Stitched Clouds; design inspired by Jean Manis

More pumpkins positioned on an embossed background over wood design paper. Pumpkins-on-Notable-BloomsPumpkins on Notable Blooms – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Pumpkins; TE stamp Notable Blooms Background; TE dies Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE embossing folder Burlap; Memory Box dies Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Circles; design inspired by Jean Manis

Birch trees embossed in white make an appropriate background for these pumpkins and leaves. Happy-Thanksgiving-PumpkinsHappy Thanksgiving Pumpkins on Birch Trees – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Pumpkins; TE stamp Birch Tree Background; TE die Build A Scene Rolling Hills; Impression Obsession dies Mini Leaves; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Remember the fireplace I used on the Halloween card last week?  Here I used the same die set and dressed it up for Harvest.  TE's Sitting Pretty Fall Accessories is chock full of harvest-themed accessories.Harvest-Fireside-1Harvest Fireside 1 – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside and Sitting Pretty Accessories Fall; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Gayatri Murali

Another Harvest fireplace.  I love the ghourds in the picture frame -- lools like a mama and a baby! Harvest-Fireside-2Harvest Fireside 2 – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside and Sitting Pretty and Sitting Pretty Accessories Fall; TE embossing folders Brick and Bead Board; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

Other favorite new dies for fall are the Turkey Dinner and Pumpkin Pie from Taylored Expressions.  I used them on the next three cards.Shelf-pie-pitcherShelf Pie Pitcher – Taylored Expressions dies Sitting Pretty, Sitting Pretty Accessories Fall and Pumpkin Pie; TE stamp set Thanksgiving Blessings; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen Thanksgiving-TableThanksgiving Table – Taylored Expressions dies Sitting Pretty Accessories Fall, Turkey Dinner and Pumpkin Pie; TE stamp set Thanksgiving Blessings; design inspired by Jean Manis

ThankfulThankful – Taylored Expressions dies Stitched Frames, Turkey Dinner and Pumpkin Pie; TE stamp set Thanksgiving Blessings; design inspired by Michele Boyer

The Impression Obsession Patchwork Turkey looks so home-spun when constructed with papers from the new Carta Bella Hello Fall paper pad. Patchwork-TurkeyPatchwork Turkey – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Turkey; Taylored Expressions stamp set Thanksgiving Blessings; Memory Box die Pinpoint Squares; design inspired by Leigh W.

I used the same paper pad on this card featuring a truck loaded to the brim with pumpkins. Truck-with-PumpkinsTruck with Pumpkins – Impression Obsession dies Classic Truck and Pumpkin Patch; IO stamp Pumpkin Spice; design inspired by Karen Amidon

Whether you are making Halloween, Fall or Thanksgiving cards, stop by the The Stamp Act for lots of supplies and inspiration!  We would love to see you.


Haunted Halloween Greetings!

Hello Friends and thanks for stopping by.  Today I am sharing a wide variety of halloween greetings starring all the usual suspects: Frank(enstein), mummies, ghosts, bats, haunted houses, spooky trees, black cats, spiders and their webs and many more iconic symbols of Halloween.  I am using Taylored Expressions stamps and dies and they are soooo cute and spooky!  I know you will love them -- well if you can love scary Halloween characters!  You can see all the products I used at the end of this blog.

We have Coffin Boxes (black cardstock) that coordinate perfectly with the Taylored Expressions Label Stacklets 11 and From the Crypt -- Haunted dies.  For instance, in the photo below, the ghost coffin box (left) is topped with a purple mat cut with the second largest of the Labels 11 dies. The black mat is cut with a smaller die from that set.  For the Mummy Coffin Box (center) I topped it with a light purple mat cut with the largest die then again cut the black mat with a smaller die in the set.  For the Haunted House Coffin Box (on the right) I cut the From the Crypt -- Haunted die from purple cardstock and glued it to the top of the coffin box.

The Coffin Boxes come in a package of 5 for $4.99 and includes the top and the bottom of the box.  They will hold lots of treats for your trick-or-treaters!  The assembled box measures 2" wide by 4" long by 1" high.  They are easy to assemble with tape, glue or glue dots.

Coffin-Boxes-outsideCoffin Box Ghost – Taylored Expressions die cut Coffin Box; TE dies Label Stacklets 11 and Little Bits Ghosts; TE stamp set Simply Said Halloween (inside sentiments shown below); TE Mum’s the Word stamp and die combo set

Coffin Box Zombie – Taylored Expressions die cut Coffin Box; TE dies Label Stacklets 11; TE Mum’s the Word stamp and die combo set; TE stamp set Simply Said Halloween (inside sentiments shown below); design inspired by Jen Shults

Coffin Box Haunted House – Taylored Expressions die cut Coffin Box; TE dies Label Stacklets 11, Haunted Accessories and From the Crypt -- Haunted; TE stamp set Simply Said Halloween (inside sentiments shown below); design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Coffin-Boxes-outsideHow cute is Frank? 
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Coffin Box Frankenstein – Taylored Expressions die cut Coffin Box; TE dies Label Stacklets 11; TE Mum’s the Word stamp and die combo set; TE stamp set Simply Said Halloween (inside sentiments shown above); design inspired by Jen Shults

You can use the Label Stacklets 11 die cuts on cards too.  For this card I cut layers from black and white cardstock then cut the cat layer (From the Crypt -- Haunted) from black glitter paper.  I adhered these together on top of a stitched circle cut from orange cardstock. The layers open up to reveal our friend the Mummy!  Note:  Use a photo turn to hold the layers shut. Open-if-you-dare-Cat-outside
Open-if-you-dare-Cat-outsideOpen if You Dare Cat
– Taylored Expressions dies Label Stacklets 11 and From the Crypt – Haunted; TE Mum’s the Word stamp and die combo set; design inspired by Melody RupplE

This next card features the Ghost Town Border which is an exclusive to brick and mortar stores like The Stamp Act.  I like using a variety of colors in the windows to brighten up the card. Ghostly-GreetingsGhostly Greetings – Taylored Expressions dies Ghost Town Border and Haunted Accessories; TE stamp set Boo to You; design inspired by Jean Manis

The new Skinny Mini Borders Halloween includes 4 borders: spider web, bats, trick or treat and birds on a wire.  In this card I used the bats as a background motif for the Haunted House.  It opens up too.

Open-if-you-dare-Haunted-HoOpen if You Dare Haunted House – Taylored Expressions dies Label Stacklets 11, From the Crypt – Haunted and Skinny Mini Borders Halloween; TE Mum’s the Word stamp and die combo set; design inspired by Melody Rupple

On this next card, the Ghost Town Border fills the bottom border and the spider web border spreads across the top.  I love how the spooky clouds fill the sky. Ghost-Town-Haunted-HouseGhost Town Haunted House – Taylored Expressions dies Label Stacklets 11, From the Crypt – Haunted, Haunted Accessories, Spooky Clouds and Skinny Mini Borders Halloween

This is my favorite card!  The mummies are so scary yet their greeting is so funny!  I colored it with Copic markers (green) and Zig Clean Color Brush markers on the bandages.

Mum's-the-WordMum’s the Word – Taylored Expressions Mum’s the Word stamp and die combo set; design inspired by Michele Boyer

Here's another card made with the Labels 11 and From the Crypt-Haunted dies.  Black glitter paper adds the perfect shine  to the black cat. Happy-Halloween-CatHappy Halloween Cat – Taylored Expressions die From the Crypt – Haunted and Label Stacklets 11; TE stamp set Simply Said – Halloween; TE stamp set with matching dies Peek a Boo Pumpkins

The ghosts on this card are sequins!

Eek-TagEek Tag – Taylored Expressions die From the Crypt – Haunted and Label Stacklets 11; TE stamp set Boo to You; TE Halloween sequins (ghosts)

The Sitting Pretty series of dies are just wonderful if you love making scenes.  The orginal set includes lots of tiny picture frames and the shelf shown below.  The subsequently released Halloween Accessories set includes a variety of Halloween icons like a skull, spider, spider web, witch's boots, etc.  This card stars the shelf embellished with the spider web, a black cat and a candelabra.  The Ornate Frame is another new die just released. You're-SpectacularYou’re Spectacular – TE stamp set Simply Said – Halloween; TE die Sitting Pretty and Sitting Pretty Halloween Accessories; TE Little Bits dies Cat, Ornate Frame and Candelabra; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Jean Manis

These ghosts are floating above the Ghost Town Border in a sky created with the new Twinkle Twinkle Bakground stamp.  I stamped it in Versamark on white cardstock, embossed it in gold then blended the background using Distress Oxide inks (Spiced Marmalade and Wilted Violet).  If you haven't bought the Oxide inks you are really missing out.  They blend so easily and quickly plus you can stamp with them too!  I love them. Haunt-ItHaunt It – Taylored Expressions stamp/die combo Be Somebody; TE stamp Twinkle Twinkle Background; TE dies Ghost Town Border (exclusive to brick and mortar stores like The Stamp Act) and Build A Scene – Grassy Hills; Distress Oxide inks Spiced Marmalade and Wilted Violet; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Here's a very colorful card starring several of the dies from the new Sitting Pretty Halloween set as well as the Candelabra and the Ornate Frame.  Love the colorful paper across the bottom the card.

Happy-Halloween-MantleHappy Halloween Mantle – Taylored Expressions stamp set Simply Said – Halloween; TE dies Sitting Pretty Accessories – Halloween; Little Bits dies Ornate Frame and Candlelabra

Isn't this sentiment so clever?

One-More-BooOne More Boo –Taylored Expressions stamp/die combo Be Somebody; TE stamp Twinkle Twinkle Background; TE dies Spider Web Background; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Distress Oxide inks Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

The next two cards are typical Halloween scenes using the Fireside die set. Trick-Treat-FireplaceTrick or Treat Fireside – TE dies By the Fireside, By the Fireside Holidays, Sitting Pretty Accessories – Halloween and Skinny Mini Borders – Halloween; TE Little Bits dies Broom, Cat, Ornate Frame and Spider and Web; TE stamp Woodgrain Background; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Melody Rupple  Open-Dare-FireplaceOpen if you Dare Fireside – TE dies By the Fireside and Sitting Pretty; TE Little Bits dies Cat, Candelabra and Spider and Web; TE stamp/die combo set Mum’s the Word; design inspired by Michele Boyer

Hey Ghoulfriend!  Hey-GhoulfriendHey Ghoulfriend – TE dies Picture Window, Arbor Sign, Sitting Pretty Accessories – Halloween; TE Little Bits dies Cat, Spider and Web; TE stamp set Toil and Trouble; design inspired by Kim Sindahlsen

I love how the Birch Tree Background makes a great background for the jack-o-lanterns created with the new Simply Stamped Pumpkins stamp set (with coordinating dies).  The pumpkins are stamped with three colors of ink (start with light then medium and dark) using the Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool.  Then I added the stems and leaves (also die cut) and stamped the faces in black ink.

Boo-To-You-Pumpkins-on-BircBoo To You on Birch Trees – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Pumpkins; TE stamp Birch Tree Background; TE dies Haunted Accessories and Ghost Town Border; Memory Box die Stitched Circle; design inspired by Melody Rupple

I love this scene!  I created the background for the Candelabra with Distress Oxide inks.  I added a little orange glitter glue to the tip of the candles. Happy-Halloween-CandelabraHappy Halloween Candelabra – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Pumpkins; TE stamp Simply Said Halloween; TE dies Little Bits-Candelabra, Spooky Arbor Accessories and Haunted Accessories; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

My final card features the Fireside die set along with lots of other stamps and dies from the new Halloween release. Trick-or-Treat-FiresideTrick or Treat Fireside – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Pumpkins; TE dies Skinny Mini Halloween Borders, Sitting Pretty Accessories Halloween, Spooky Arbor Accessories, By the Fireside and Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith  Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions Little Bits die Ornate Frame, $6.69

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions die Skinny Mini Halloween Borders, $19.99

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 11, $29.99

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions stamp and die combo Mum’s the Word, $19.99
Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions Simply Stamped Pumpkins dies, $26.59 

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions die Ghost Town Border, $19.99
Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions Simply Stamped Pumpkins stamps, $19.99

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions die From the Crypt-Haunted, $24.99

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions Little Bits die Candelabra, $6.69

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions stamp and die combo Be Somebody, $17.99

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions die Sitting Pretty Halloween Accessories, $19.99

Littlebits-ornateframeTaylored Expressions Little Bits die Black Cat, $6.69  TwinkletwinklebackgroundTaylored Expressions stamp Twinkle Twinkle Background, $16.59

Bythefireside_1Taylored Expressions die By The Fireside, $26.49

Simplysaid-halloweenTaylored Expressions die Simply Said Halloween, $8.99

Please stop in The Stamp Act soon to get all your scary halloween stamps, dies and papers!  I "vant" to see you!  Ha! Ha! Ha!


Laurel Burch Dog Park Samples

Hello friends and welcome to another blog post featuring the wonderful, whimsical stamps of Laurel Burch.  For these cards I colored all the dogs channeling LB by juxtaposing bright colors on all the dogs.  You have to let yourself go and just have fun coloring.

My first card is a pop-up card.  On the outside of the card I used a wonderful pice of decorative paper with a very collage feel.  I added another piece of black and white polka dot paper for the dog to stand on, stamped and embossed the greeting in white and added some whimsical motif stamps from another LB set in black.

Pop-Up-InsidePop-Up Card – Stampendous Laurel Burch stamp and die set Dog Park and clear stamp set Fish Wishes; Stampendous die Pop-Up Stages; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles

Pop-Up-InsideInside of the card is a pop-up!  I used a set of pop up dies from Stampendous and they made it super easy.

Pop-Up-InsideClose up of the three colorful dogs.  Aren't they just darling?

My next card features another dog in the set, standing in the grass created with a new die from TE called grassy Hills.  There are three dies in the set and they make it easy to cut and layer grassy hills.
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Happy Heart – Stampendous Laurel Burch stamp and die set Dog Park and clear stamp set Fish Wishes; Avery Elle die Wonky Rectangles; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Taylored Expressions die Grassy Hills

My next card is an easel card with the dogs standing in front of a sun rise background.  The butterfly is from the LB set called Indigo Cats.
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Easel Card – Stampendous Laurel Burch stamp and die sets Dog Park and Indigo Cats and clear stamp set Fish Wishes; Impression Obsession dies Sunburst Background and Sun and Moon; Taylored Expressions dies Grassy Hills and  Label Stacklets 2

Lots of color on this cute card.
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Passion – Stampendous Laurel Burch stamp and die set Dog Park and clear stamp set Floral Reflections; Memory Box die Tailored Stitches

Just sneaking in 2 more LB samples.  This first one features the ever popular Giraffes stamp on an oxide ink background.Giraffes-OxideGiraffes – Stampendous Laurel Burch stamp Giraffes; Distress Oxide ink background; paper by Graphic 45 Safari Adventure

And this next sample proves you can keep it simple and still have a cool card!  I stamped the Zig Zag Cats in black and added a little color with black, grey, red and blue.

Zig-Zag-CatsI just ordered more Laurel Burch stamps and dies so stop in soon to see our complete inventory.


Funny Ladies

Everyone loves the funny ladies and men of Art Impressions so today I will share some new samples I recently made as well as some samples from the Archives.  They are hilarious!

Live Laugh Love

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Live Laugh Love – Art Impressions clear stamp set Live Laugh Love; My Favorite Things die 4 Circles in Square; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Penny Black paper pad Painted Blooms; design inspired by Cheri Burry

Tag-cardLive Laugh Love – Art Impressions clear stamp set Live Laugh Love

Out To Lunch

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Pink-Plaid-CardWeight Watcher Points – Art Impressions cling-mount stamps Out to Lunch and Weight Watcher Points

Beauty in Progress

Beauty-in-Progress-easel-caI made an easel card with this fun set.  The first photo shows the outside of the card; the second photo shows it standing open with the front of the card held up by the sentiment.  The third photo shows the card all the way open exposing the second sentiment inside the card. Beauty-in-Progress-easel-ca 

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Beauty-in-Progress-easel-caMad Rider

Mad-Rider-Green-Inside

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Mad-Rider-Green-Inside 

Mad-Rider-Green-InsideHot Java Mama

Fill-er-up

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Fill-er-upBirthday Wishes

Man-Celebrate

Man-Celebrate
Crown
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Longhorn

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Longhorn-insidePicture Perfect

Selfie-outside

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Cheesecake-2
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Cheesecake-2New Stamps Coming

Party Girls Set
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Irresistible
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Doggy Kisses
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Giant Cake SetParty-Girls-set

Cupcake BFF'sParty-Girls-set

Teacher's Rule Set
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Feel Better Soon
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Mini Cake Spinner Set
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Chocolate Therapy

Chocolate-Therapy-stampWe are back from vacation and eager to see you.  Stop in soon and see these stamps and samples for yourself.  Make a funny card for your BFF!


Brighter Skies Ahead

Brighter-Skies-Ahead Hello Friends.  Well, my vacation to Port Aransas on the Texas Gulf Coast was interupted by Hurricane Harvey so I quickly retreated to Dallas to visit my sister.  Great timing right?  My dear friend and my niece evacuated to Fredricksburg in the Texas hill country.  My friend's house was flooded so she will have clean up when she returns.  My niece's house is OK thank goodness.  Meantime, my brother, who is a doctor at the medical center in Houston, was camping out at the hospital because all the streets to his house were flooded.

I hope if you have friends or family on the coast or in Houston that they are well and safe.  I am sure you join me in praying for all the people affected by the storms.

I am sending this card to my friends and family to let them know I am thinking of them.  I used Taylored Expressions Sunny Days stamp and die combo set.

The Stamp Act is gearing up for all the fall holidays including Halloween, Fall and Christmas.  Day of the Dead stamps and dies are really hot this year so grab yours now!  Plus we have lots of other wonderful stamps, dies and papers so there's something for everyone!

I hope to see you soon!