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).


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). 


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


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!!


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:



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.


And the back of each:


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.

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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


  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.


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


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 – 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 – 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.


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)


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


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



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


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!

Happy Birthday Cards


Hello Friends!  Is it hot enough for you?  I was so miserable last winter that I swore I would never complain no matter how hot it got this summer so I am trying to be good. 

Today it's all about birthday cards -- probably the number one reason we make cards.  Please enjoy these samples!

How cute is this little girl balancing the tall birthday cake?  Yes I cut her out which is not for the faint of heart, but not that bad either.  The dress is paper pieced and the rest of the girl and cake is colored with Copic markers.  See the next card if you're not into fussy cutting.

Tall Cake – Penny Black cling stamp Tall Cake; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice; design inspired by Judy Jung


Tall Cake 2 – Penny Black cling stamps Tall Cake and Sprinkles and Stardust; design inspired by Kay Papaioannou

I stamped the Tall Cake image in black Versafine then embosssed it in clear.  I colored it with Copic markers and embellished it with dots of White Enamel Accents and glitter glue on the candles.


Star Balloons – Lil Inkers die Balloons; Penny Black clear stamp set Enamor; design inspired by Jen Willis

All the stars come from the balloon dies -- you just have to cut, cut and cut -- but I think the results are worth it.


Happy Birthday Balloons – Lil Inker Designs dies Balloons and Balloon Strings; Lil Inker Designs stamps Balloon Builders; Impression Obsession die Edgers Everyday; Impression Obsession stamp Scrolls and Stars; design inspired by Laura Fulcher


Shaker Card Blue – Memory Box die Stitched Happy Birthday Rectangle; Paper Smooches die Stitched; design inspired by Lindsay Amrhein

Here's a shaker card made with a great die from Memory Box.  I die cut the stitches on the card front to add interest.Shaker-Blue

Shaker Card Balloons – Memory Box die Stitched Happy Birthday Rectangle; Penny Black die Balloons


Faux Metal Textured Blue – Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice; Impression Obsession die Happy Birthday

These cards were created using a fun technique called Faux Textured Metal.  I masked off a rectangle (use any shape you want), sponged the open area with Distress inks then painted the inked area with Perfect Pearls mica powders.  Next I embossed the card front with various embossing folders and added a large die cut words. Honestly, they are quick, easy and sparkling!


Faux Metal Textured Silver – Taylored Expressions embossing folder Zig Zag; Memory Box die Happy Birthday


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Zinnia Bouquet and Butterflies

Zinnia Bouquet

It's flowers again!  With so many flower dies I could blog a different one every day!  Today I am spotlighting the Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet and Zinnia Bouquet Background.  The background die makes it easy to cut matching background papers for each flower.



Zinnia Gold Mirror – Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet, Zinnia Bouquet Background and Stitched Squares; Memory Box stamp Seeds of Happiness; design inspired by Jean Okimoto.

I wish you could see this "in real life" -- the shiny gold mirror paper really catches your eye.


Zinnia Pink Orange – Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet and Zinnia Bouquet Background; Impression Obsession die Cutwork Border; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets.

This card is similar to the one above with the addition of a border die and ribbon.


Zinnia Hello – Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet and Zinnia Bouquet Background; Savvy Stamps die Hello; design inspired by Louise Charlton.

Add some rhinestones and a die cut greeting for a quick card.


Zinnia Bright Orange – Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet, Zinnia Bouquet Background and Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Squares; Memory Box stamp Happy Day; design inspired by Jean Okimoto.

For this card I embossed the flower die (tops) on white cardstock by using the tan rubber mat with my die cut machine.  Then I watercolored each flower and adhered them over the green stems.  I added Wink of Stella glitter pen to the centers.

Now for the Butterflies

Here are the Impression Obsession dies I used on the following cards:


Butterfly Block

Square Ornate Frame

Butterfly Block White – Impression Obsession dies Butterfly Block; Lifestyle Crafts die Nesting Rectangles; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.

I cut the Butterfly Block from white cardstock then cut a frame using the nesting rectangle dies.  The picture does not show it well, but I cut the butterfly again and popped it up on top of the first butterfly for added dimension.


Butterfly Block Painted – Impression Obsession dies Butterfly Block; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.

Wow -- lots of color!  I colored the Butterfly Block with Copic markers and then to add more interest, I took my Versacolor embossing ink pad and "sponged" ink all over the image and heat embossed it in clear.  This really makes the color shimy and vibrant.  Butterfly-Block-Painted

Square Ornate Frame – Impression Obsession dies Square Ornate Frame and Butterfly Block; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.

The Ornate Square Frame (which I did not use on this card) comes with an ornate corner piece.  I created a frame using the Memory Box Stitched Squares then adhered the corner pieces to the underneath side of the frame.  The butterfly is from the Butterfly Block die.

And a Few Miscellaneous Cards

Here are some more samples I made recently ... I hope they give you some inspiration:

Forest Birthday – Impression Obsession dies Forest and Greetings Edgers; IO Cover-A-Card stamp Bark; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.

Super easy card and great for a man's birthday.  I stamped the kraft card front with the Bark stamp (6" x 6") then cut the trees (all one die) and sponged them with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I adhered the trees to the card with scor tape rolls (see Tip below).  The Impression Obsession Edgers dies cut the top of the word out but leave the bottom attached.  I cut the bottom edge to about 1" and adhered the edger word to a strip of brown cardstock.  This strip was popped up with mounting tape.

Tip:  To pop up a very skinny die like the trees on this card, cut a 2" to 3" piece of Scor tape (double sided tape).  I use 1/2" wide or 1" wide Scor tape.  Adhere this tape to a non stick surface like a Craft Mat or your desk surface.  Working with the length of the tape, use your fingertips and roll the tape into a roll.  You can adhere this roll to the back of the trees cutting it to any length you need.

Mountain Birthday Wishes – Impression Obsession dies Boy with Flowers, Mountain Landscape Layers and Puppy Set; design inspired by Harriet Head and Darlene at darscraftycreations.

I wish you could see the card Harriet made using the same paper and mountain die set.  It is truly awesome!  The paper is the Believe collection from Bo Bunny and one of the papers contains all these colors (and more).  The Mountain die set has three mountain profiles so you can "build" your mountains in any number of ways.


Paint Strokes – Paper Smooches clear stamp set I Heart Art; Paper Smooches die Paint Strokes; design inspired by Michele Boyer


Rush Arrow – Poppystamps die Rush Arrow; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; design inspired by Jeanne Jachna

I love this very graphic die.  I used the same Bo Bunny Believe paper for the backgrounds behind each arrow.  Another idea for this same layout would be to stamp sentiments in some or all of the arrow openings.  Be creative and have fun!  The die also comes with a skinny arrow die.


Boddington Treescape – Memory Box dies Boddington Treescape, Puffy Clouds, Auto Parts, Tiny Village, Stitched Circles and Butterfly Delights; sentiment stamp by Amuse Artstamps; design inspired by Jeanne Jachna

My friend Molly recently moved to Virginia and this is the card I sent her to welcome her to her new home.  I embellished the Boddington Treescape scene with cars, houses, sun, clouds, butterflies and a sentiment.



Wedding Cake Card – Impression Obsession dies Wedding Cake and Love Doves; Spellbinders label die

Here are the dies:



Wedding Cake Card – Impression Obsession dies Wedding Cake and Love Doves; Spellbinders label die

 I am sorry there is a shadow on the middle and top of this card. 


Adhesive Tip:  Adhering the two trim pieces on each cake layer can be very tedious and messy if you use glue.  White shows every imperfection -- ask me why the my first card took forever to complete!  So my tip is to use Stick It Adhesive Paper.  Take a piece of cardstock, white in this case, and adhere it to one side of a Stick It double sided adhesive sheet.  Cut the cardstock away from the Stick it sheet and die cut the trim pieces from this now self adhesive paper.  Important: Be sure to cut the cardstock side so the adhesive side is the back of the die cut.

Now all your tiny trim pieces are self-adhesive and easy to apply to your cake layers.

If that's not clear, stop in and I will show you how to work with Stick It.  It is sold in a packet of 5 sheets (8" X 12¼").

Dimension Tip:  It is hard to tell in this photo, but the cake layers are curved.  To do this I put a double layer of  foam tape behind the center of each cake layer.  I also added dimension to the wedding couple by die cutting three extra couples from chipboard, gluing them all together then coloring the sides of the chipboard black. 

I added dimension to the doves, the cake layers and cake stand by die cutting these pieces from fun foam and gluing the cardstock die cuts to the top of the foam.

Here's another card made with the same Wedding Cake die.  This one also features the Impression Obsession dies Ornate Frame Rectangle and tiny flowers.


Sunshine Birdhouse – Taylored Expressions die Little Bits Birdhouse, Picket Fence and Picture Perfect – Sunny Days; TE embossing folder Walking on Sunshine; Memory Box die Marshmallow Clouds, Resting Birds and Mini Heart Collection; design inspired by Jean Manis.

Just a happy and colorful card that anyone would love to get.


I know it's hot and you are probably burrowing into your air-conditioned home, but should you decide to pop out and shop at The Stamp Act, you will be rewarded with a FREE make and take card that's perfect for summer.  I would love to be relaxing in a hammock with a cool glass of lemonade, a good book and a powerful fan! 


Stop in soon!



Happy 4th of July

Wishing you a very happy 4th of July and peace to our nation.  My friend Jane Smith made a couple of patriotic cards that are perfect for today:


Kids Parade – Taylored Expressions die Marching On; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Fireworks; card by Jane Smith


Kids Parade Foil – Taylored Expressions die Marching On; card by Jane Smith


Thanks Jane. And Happy Independence Day to all of you!  The Stamp Act will be open this weekend on Friday and Saturday then closed Sunday through Tuesday.

Pretty Summer Flowers

Hello Friends. Summer is in full swing offering lovely flowers and greenery.  Today's blog is all about flowers, both summer and spring!  Enjoy!

The first cards I will share are created using Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Oh Happy Day.  The set includes 4 flowers with matching dies and 2 sentiments -- a real bargain.


Oh Happy Day Flowers – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Oh Happy Day; TE dies Picket Fence, Grass Border, and Cloud Border; Memory Box die Scalloped Border; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Shannon White.

I created the sky using the TE Cloud Border die and Distress ink Tumbled Glass.


Red Gingham Flowers – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Oh Happy Day; TE dies Picket Fence and Label Stacklets 3; design inspired by Wanda Guess



My next set of cards uses the Taylored Expressions stamp set Spring Tulips and coordinating die along with TE's Picture Perfect Sunny Days die which really adds the perfect touch!



Spring Tulips Sunshine – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die Spring Tulips; TE die Picture Perfect Sunny Day; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Brick; design by Cindy Lawrence.

How to make stripes on your tulips?  Easy.  Color tulips with Copic markers, let dry or heat set then make stripes with the Copic blender pen.  It "erases" the color!


 Spring Tulips Fondly – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die Spring Tulips; design inspired by Joan Ervin  Fondly

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


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


A big bouquet of flowers is what Impression Obsession's Bouquet Flower die delivers!  Everything is included in the die -- a dozen different flowers, lots of stems and 2 different leaves!

You can arrange your flowers in either the Memory Box Garden Watering Can or the Vases die set from Impression Obsession.

MB-Watering-Can-die Vases-die

Here's the die set from Impression Obsession that I used for the sentiments:


Bouquet Watering Can – Impression Obsession dies 6-in-1-Rectangle Frame, Edgers Everyday and Bouquet; Memory Box die Garden Watering Can.

The Edgers dies cut the words out but leave them attached at the bottom so the bottom can be as deep as you desire.  For this card I die cut the frame and attached the words behind the frame.

Bouquet Vase – Impression Obsession dies Vases, Edgers Everyday and Bouquet; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Garden Party.

How appropriate to mount a beautiful vase of flowers on a background embossed with the new Garden Party embossing folder!


Oval Ornate Bouquet – Impression Obsession dies Bouquet and Oval Ornate Frame; Memory Box die Butterfly Delights; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.

I cut the flowers twice, cupped them on a soft rubber mat with a stylus then glued them together, offsetting the petals slightly.  I punched a tiny circle from yellow or orange paper and glued this in the center of each flower.  The gorgeous Oval Ornate Frame has three pieces and I taped these together on the back using Scor tape then added foam mounting tape over this to elevate the frame.  I arranged the flowers and added butterflies -- so pretty!


And one more "flower" card where butterflies are the flowers!  Thanks Jane!


Tall Bamboo – Memory Box dies Tall Bamboo and Mini Butterflies; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Sheet Music; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; card by Jane Smith