Papercrafting Christmas Gifts, Part 2

Hello Friends.  Winter has blown into the desert southwest making it a perfect time to stay inside and make Christmas cards and gifts. Each year I give my nieces a group of gift cards to their favorite stores, usually mounted in a book.  This year I decided to make a set of gift card tags and give these in a Tag Box. The box is constructed with Taylored Expressions Tagging Along die and decorated with TE’s Trim the Tag die set.  The tags are decorated with a variety of different die sets.

Gift Card Box

Box-FrontGift Card Tag Box -- Front

Box-SideGift Card Tag Box -- Side

 Gift Card Tags

Each tag was cut with the tag from the TE Trim the Tag die set.  For this Walmart tag I used the TE set What's Cookin'?  I made a pocket on the back of each tag for the actual gift card.

Walmart-FrontGift Card Tag Front -- Walmart

Walmart-BackGift Card Tag Back-- Walmart

For the Barnes and Noble tag, I used TE stamp set In Other Words, Read, and a tiny little girl reading a book that I cut with the Impression Obsession die Reading Tree.

Barnes-Nobl;eGift Card Tag -- Barnes and Noble

The Bed Bath & Beyond tag was fun to decorate.  I used TE stamp set and matching die set Wash Dry Repeat.  BBB Gift Card Tag -- Bed, Bath & Beyond

My nieces love Chick-Fil-A so there had to be a "cow tag"!!  I used the cow from TE's Calendar Critters along with TE's Little Bits dies Barn, Silo and Sun and clouds and dies Rolling Hills and Farm Fence.  The cute little sign came from TE's If Turkeys Could Talk with some artwork from the Chick-Fil-A website.  Fun!

Chick-Fil-AGift Card Tag -- Chick-Fil-A

For the Home Depot tag I used TE's Pegboard die (cut from cork) and the stamp combo set All The Fixings.

Home-DepotGift Card Tag -- Home Depot

Last but never least is the Pet's Mart tag.  I used dog and cat dies from Poppystamps and Impression Obsession.

Pet's-MartGift Card Tag --Pet's Mart

Check out the link below to see last year's gift card book.  Enjoy the inspiration and good luck with your paper crafting gifts.  Stop in The Stamp Act for more inspiration and supplies!


Papercrafting Christmas Presents, Part 1

Hello Friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  As we near the holiday season and begin thinking about gifts for loved ones, don't forget that we have our hobby affords us the opportunity to create gifts that are unique and personalized.  My niece is a brand new veterinarian and she was so dismayed and upset when her first pet patient died.  I thought she would feel better if she had a lovely card to send the patient's owner so I pulled out all my pet stamps and dies and started creating cards.  The primary stamp set I used is Taylored Expressions' Care & Comfort - Pets:

Care_comfort-pets And here are two TE die sets I used:

Buildadoghouse

Doghouseaccessories For this card I embossed the background with the Puppy Paws (my name) embossing folder from Marianne.

Our-pets-teach-pink-bedOur Pets Teach – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Frame in Frame 1; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

Adding a little heart to the card's corner is a loving touch.

Our-pets-love-bedOur Pets Love – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Stephanie Kraft

This card has multiple layers.  The scalloped frame in the background is topped with brown and red layers and finally another kraft layer embossed with hearts. I used more embossing too on the little ball (TE embossing folder Weathered) and the doghouse (Bead Board).

DoghouseDoghouse – Taylored Expressions dies Build a Doghouse and Stitched Banner Stacklets; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Bead Board and Weathered; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Cuttlebug embossing folder Hearts; Impression Obsession die 6-in-1 Rectangle Frame; Paper Smooches die Dog Icons; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

For this card I used brighter colors, multiple layers and embossing in the background.

Our-pets-striped-paperOur Pets Striped Paper – Taylored Expressions dies Stitched Bracket Stacklets and Stitched Frame Stacklets 1; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Memory Box die Glorious Hearts; Paper Smooches dies Dog Icons and Woofers and Tweeters; design inspired by Sankari Wegman

I love this card but it was a little difficult to create.  The paws were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white on the red heart.  Then I had to hold the heart over the front of the card face and figure out where to stamp the paws again in black, lining them up with the white paws.  It's not hard, just a little tedious.

Our-Pets-HeartOur Pets Heart – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen

My first cat sympathy card features a Paper Smooches cat die (Cat Icons). 

Pink-Sitting-CatPink Cat Sitting – Paper Smooches die Cat Icons; Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE stamp set Care and Comfort Pets

I love this card.  It has been my go-to sympathy card for friend's pets.  Here's a tip on how to create it.  I cut white cardstock to 4.25" x 5.50" and then die cut it with the paws die 4 times, essentially creating a template or stencil.  Next I cut the paws from colored cardstock, keeping each paw (5 pieces) together in a little pile.  Then I placed the cardstock template over the white card and glued the paws into the openings.  This technique allows you to have the paws perfectly mounted on top of the card.

Colored-Paw-PrintsColorful Paws – Paper Smooches die Cat Icons; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause

A paw on a red heart says it all.  The heart background paper keeps with the red, white and black color format.

Red-HeartRed Heart – Spellbinders die hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Paper Smooches die Dog; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles

Another cat card features a large walking cat with a handsome blue collar and a little bling.

Walking-CatCat Walking – Taylored Expressions die Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Poppystamps die Large Cat Walking

Gray-PawGray Paw – Paper Smooches die Dog; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection

Watercolor-PawWatercolor Paw – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause; Memory Box die Cross Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Kecia Waters

Gray-Dog-BowlGray Dog Bowl – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories, Build-A-Calendar 1 and Tag Stacklets 1; design inspired by Jami Sibley

Think about your friends and family and the type of cards they could use.  I am sure they would love to have a set of special cards made just for them.

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Twist Pop Cards and Black Friday Promotions

Hello Friends and thanks for stopping by the Stamp Act blog today.  One of the hot trends in card making today is the Twist and Pop Card.  Recently one of my customers asked me to order the die to make the twisting mechanism which I was happy to do, however in researching the Twist card I found that they are easy to make with just cutting and scoring cardstock -- no expensive die necessary! Yeah! 

The card (A2 size = 5½” x 4¼”) is top folding covered with decorative paper.  I used a stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Falling For You and a banner die from Penny Black to decorate the front.

Fall-Outside

Inside the card (be sure to click on it for a larger view) I decorated the four panels with critters from TE's Calendar Critters set, pumpkin dies from Memory Box and a sentiment from TE's If Turkeys Could Talk stamp and die combo set.

Fall-Inside

The magic comes when these four panels pop out of the card!  To show you that my friend Jane served as my assistant.  Please know that my video skills are sorely lacking!  Here's the video:

Here is a list of the supplies I used on this card:

Twist Thanksgiving – Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Falling for You; TE stamps and dies Calendar Critters; TE die Little Bits Leaves, Build-A-Scene Calendar 1 and Build-A-Scene Trees; TE stamp and die combo set If Turkeys Could Talk; Penny Black die Triple Banner; Memory Box dies Pinpoint Pumpkins and Stitched Circles

My next Twist and Pop card is a Christmas card starring the new critters from the Taylored Expressions set Deck the Halls.

Xmas-outside On the inside I used more of the cute critters and more Christmas lights. Again, be sure to double click the image to view it larger.

Xmas-inside And here's the video showing Jane opening this card.

 

Here is a list of the supplies I used on this card:

Christmas – Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Deck the Halls; TE die Skinny Mini Holiday Borders; TE embossing folder Twinkling Holidays; Memory Box dies Stitched Ovals and Scalloped Border

Isn't that a fun card?  You can find lots of videos on YouTube showing you how to make these cards but beware that some methods are easier than others.  If you prefer to have one-on-one instruction, give me a call at 915-833-9500 and I will be happy to give you a class.

Black Friday and Saturday Promotions

Thanksgiving is here and that means Black Friday.  The Stamp Act is having a 30/30 promotion this year. 

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We look forward to seeing you!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 


Colorful Fall Cards

Cooler temps and colorful leaves means fall has arrived, in fact Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away.  I love creating fall cards with colorful motifs like pumpkins and falling leaves.  Let me share a few with you today.

Impression Obsession Fall Cards

This is my favorite card of the season. I stamped the hymn in Rich Cocoa Memento ink, tore the edges (tip: tear the paper toward you for the pretty edge) then distressed it with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress inks.  I stamped the background in Taylored Expressions Dijon ink, distressed the edges with the Tonic Paper Distresser and inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  Lastly I stamped the pumpkins in black Memento ink and colored them and the table with Copic markers.  I cut one of the pumpkins off and mounted the rest below the hymn which was mounted using foam tape.Come-Ye-ThankfulCome Ye Thankful – Impression Obsession stamps Come Ye Thankful People, Pumpkin Row and Distress Background; Distress inks Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain; design inspired by Impression Obsession design team

Adding cork and twine give a rustic look to this card. I also added stitching with a white pen to the dark brown cardstock mat.

SunsetsSunsets – Impression Obsession stamp Falling Leaves; design inspired by IO design team

I just love the little ghosties haunting the pumpkin patch but you could certainly leave them off for more of a classic fall card!  I stamped the pumpkin line three times and colored them with Copic markers.  Then I distressed the background with Tea Dye ink and added a cute sentiment.

Pumpkin-GhostsPumpkin Ghosts – Impression Obsession stamp Pumpkin Line; IO die Mini Ghosts; sentiment from Pink Ink Rubber Stamps; design inspired by Anna Wright

This card is copied from the incomparable Kitty Caracciolo who is a master colorist as well as designer.  The pumpkins were distressed with Distress ink Spiced Marmalade; leaves colored with Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint using small sponge applicators; and the squirrels colored with Tea Dye and Antique Linen.  She has tutorials on her website -- check them out here.

Thankful-PumpkinsThankful Pumpkins – Impression Obsession dies Pumpkin Set, Thankful, Grass Border, Squirrels and Rake & Oak Leaves; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo

I love this die.  The Tree Frame lends itself to cards for all seasons.  The leaves were colored as stated above.  I added apples in a bushel basket and pumpkins and gourds.

IO-Tree-FrameTree Frame – Impression Obsession dies Tree Frame, Grass Border, Bushel of Apples, Rectangle 6 in 1 Frame and Rake & Oak Leaves; Poppystamps die Pumpkins and Gourds; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo

Here's another version of the card using colored cardstock in lieu of painting the leaves.Tree-Frame-orange

This version of the Tree Frame card is stunning with its white on white motif and just the leaves colored brightly.

Tree-Frame-white

Taylored Expressions Door to Door Cards

One of Taylored Expressions most popular die series is Door-to-Door along with its companion dies sets such as Door-to-Door decor, Door-to-Door fall decor, Door-to-Door spring decor and now the roof and molding.  For this card I added the molding and the roof to the door along with fall decor.  I glued vellum behind the molding's windows to soften the background. Happy-Fall-RoofHappy Fall Roof – Taylored Expressions dies Door to Door, Door to Door Fall Décor, Door to Door Décor, Door to Door Roof and Door to Door Molding; design inspired by Michele Boyer

Here's a similar design minus the roof and plus more fall decor.

Red DoorRed Door – Taylored Expressions dies Door to Door, Door to Door Fall Décor, Door to Door Molding, Little Bit Leaves and Little Bit Fall Harvest; Memory Box die Pinpoint Pumpkins; sentiment stamp by Pink Ink Stamp Co; design inspired by Michele Boyer

I added acetate behind the windows on the door molding.

Blue-DoorBlue Door – Taylored Expressions dies Door to Door, Door to Door Fall Décor, Door to Door Molding and Little Bits Fall Harvest; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Pam Sparks

A turkey greets you at this door!

Door-Turkey
Turkey Door – Taylored Expressions dies Door to Door, Door to Door Décor, Little Bits Leaves and Little Bits Turkey; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by TE stamp set If Turkeys Could Talk; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach

Memory Box Fall Cards

 Memory Box and Poppystamps have some very fun and creative dies that are perfect for fall cards.  I cut the Oak Leaf Swirl die in copper and light gold then inlaid those pieces into the opening I die cut from darker gold cardstock.

Oak-Leaf-SwirlOak Leaf Swirl – Poppy die Oak Leaf Swirl; Taylored Expressions stamp set Peek-a-Boo Pumpkins (sentiment); design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach

The background for this sample was created with the falling leaves stencil from Memory Box.  I sponged it with two inks: Taylored Expressions Dijon and Memento Morocco.

Maple-Leaves-StencilMaple Leaves Stencil – Memory Box die Berry Sprig; Memory Box stencil Falling Maples Leaves; Lawn Fawn die Stitched Leaves; Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo Pumpkin Bouquet (sentiment); design inspired by Sherry Hester

For my cat loving brother and sister I thought this little kitty watching the leaves fall was perfect!

Cat-on-LadderCat on Ladder – Poppystamps dies Garden Ladder and Pots and Buckets; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; Taylored Expressions dies Spooky Clouds (dirt falling out of pot) and Little Bit Leaves; Impression Obsessions die Cat set; sentiment by Amuse Art Stamps; design inspired by Michele Henderson

I recently got a set of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers so I decided to experiment with them using the Drifting Oak Leaves background stamp from Memory Box .  I inked the script on the stamp in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and wiped off any brown ink that got on the leaves with a baby wipe.  Then I inked the leaves using markers in a variety of fall colors.  The Zig markers are water-based and have a tip that is just like a watercolor brush. 

Once I inked the leaves I spritzed the entire stamp with water using the Ranger Mini Mister and stamped it on white cardstock.  The first picture shows the stamped background.

Drifting-Leaves-BkgrdI decided to soften the card by adding vellum over it and then adhering the die cut sentiment.

Drifting-Oak-Leaves-BlessedDrifting Oak Leaves – Memory Box stamp Drifting Leaves; Penny Black die Words of Gratitude; design inspired by Shelby Thomas

My second Drifting Oak Leaves card features the same background inked in shades of green.  I inked the background in Peeled Paint Distress ink then added a little Twisted Citron (a lighter green).  Next I stamped the background off lightly before stamping it on the white cardstock.  It took me a few attempts before I was satisfied with the results.

The pumpkins are cut with the Pumpkin Harvest Oval Frame die with the frame cut away.  I distressed them with Spiced Marmalade and Morocco then mounted them along with the leaves.  The leaves (from Juicy Grapes die) were cut from white cardstock and colored with Peeled paint and Dusty Concord Distress inks.

Drifting-Oak-PumpkinsDrifting Leaves Pumpkins – Memory Box stamp Drifting Leaves; Memory Box dies Harvest Pumpkin Oval Frame, Juicy Grapes; Poppystamps die Give Thanks; design inspired by Sherry Hester

Texas Calendar -- Limited Edition

Deadbeat Designs, the creator of all the wonderful Texas stamps and dies, has created a totally Texas Calendar for 2017.  The Calendar has12 individual pages and comes housed in its own stand (it's a clear CD case) that measures 5" x 5.75".  Each page was stamped by Mark at Deadbeat and then printed on high quality glossy cardstock.    To learn more about this calendar, here's a link to Deadbeat Designs.  These calendars are a great gift for the men in your life or for any Texan!  Check it out and come get yours soon as these are very limited. The calendars are only $17.95 each.  Here is a look at each of the pages.  Be sure to double click the image for a close up, larger view.

Texas-CalendarDeadbeat Designs Texas Calendar for 2017   $17.95 each

Stamp Perfect -- Pre-Order NOW

The Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect stamp positioner is very, very popular.  I have already increased my order twice and if this tool is like other popular tools, it will most likely sell out immediately then be on back order forever! So please, if you are interested in the tool for yourself or a gift for the holidays, pre-order today by sending me an email or calling me at 915-833-9500.

Stamp-Positioning-toolMaking small mistakes in paper crafting and stamping isn't always a problem — in fact, sometimes little mistakes can create really inspiring projects!  But other times, you can't afford a mistake. Everything needs to be in the right place.

That's where stamp positioners like the Stamp Perfect save the day. Stamp positioners are used to align, center, layer, create patterns and more.  Any time you need an element stamped into an exact location, the Stamp Perfect is the tool to grab.

Any stamp, clear or cling mounted, can be used multiple times in the exact location over and over again. Whether mass producing a project or perfecting a not-so-solid impression, it is an incredibly handy tool. Use it for stamping any image but it’s especially useful for stamping solid images (hard to get them inked uniformly); oversize images like big background stamps (sometimes difficult to stamp the entire stamp); multiple colors within one stamp for an ombre or rainbow effect; and multiple colors with one sentiment stamp so one word really stands out.

Even die cuts can benefit from the Stamp Perfect.  Let’s say you have a set of stamps with matching dies, but the dies are solid meaning you cannot see through them to line them up over the stamped image.  Consequently you have to die cut the image then try to line up the coordinating stamped image on top of the die cut.  I have found it to be very difficult to get a perfectly stamped image.  However, the Stamp Perfect will line them up perfectly.

Finally, the increasingly popularity of stamp layering sets has made a stamp alignment tool a must have.  Stamp layering sets usually have at least 3 stamps that layer on top of each other to form an image with depth and detail.  With the Stamp Perfect there’s no problem layering the images perfectly on top of each other.

Here are some facts about the Stamp Perfect:

7” x 9” with lid closed; 7⅜” x 5½” stamping area; includes 2 magnets and 1 foam pad

The best news is that the pre-order price is just $24.99.  Compare this price to comparable tools at $60.00.  The Stamp Perfect should arrive at The Stamp Act the first week of December.  Pre-order yours today by sending me an email or calling me at 915-833-9500.

Stamp-Positioning-toolEnjoy the cooler days of fall and stop in soon at The Stamp Act!  Thanks!


A Blue and Gold Christmas

Hello Friends.  A friend asked me to order the Memory Box Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve die for her and while searching for inspiration using this die I found several beautiful and creative examples by the very talented design Pam Sparks.  Be sure to check out her blog here.

FYI:  Be sure to double click the photos to see a larger version.

Here's a photo of the Scrollwork die.  As you can see, it is called a sleeve because it scores the cardstock around three sides so that it will form a sleeve to slip on a card.  Frankly I found this to be a bit cumbersome so I cut off the "sleeve" edges and adhered the die to the card front.

MBOX-99551 Besides the scrollwork die, the other thing today's Christmas cards have in common is that they are either predominately baby blue or bright gold in color.  Please keep in mind that the blue is much richer and prettier IRL and the gold mirrorcard is quite hard to photograph.  Be sure to double click on each card to see it in more detail.

The Memory Box die Snowman Collage is a real favorite of mine.  For this card I cut the main panel from white cardstock using the Stitched Rectangles dies.  Next I cut and decorated the snowman (everything is included with the die) then adhered the Scrollwork snowflakes behind the opening.  Cute and simple and fast!  The sentiment is an old one from Memory Box and one of my favorites.

Here's the die:

Snowman-die And the card:

Snowman-CollageSnowman – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Snowman Collage and Stitched Rectangles; Memory Box sentiment stamp; design inspired by Pam Sparks

I showed another sample with this die in an earlier post ... Let me share it with you again.  For this card I sponged the background with dye inks then embossed the Shimmer Stars stencil with pearlescent embossing paste.  SnowmanSnowman Collage – Memory Box die Snowman Collage; sentiment by Hero Arts; Memory Box stencil Shimmer Stars; design inspired by Jenny Griffiths

This card really shows off the scrollwork die.  I cut a blue card to 5½” square and centered the Merry Christmas die in the center front panel.  The channel die cuts the words out but does not cut above or below the words.  I cut two scrollwork dies and adhered them to the top and bottom of the front panel.  Finally I added a white cardstock panel inside the card.  Pam's original card with this design was bright red and quite stunning too!

Snowflake-Merry-Xmas-BlueMerry Christmas – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve and Fancy Merry Christmas Channel; design inspired by Pam Sparks

I love building scenes so it was a natural to use the Night Before Christmas Town as a backdrop for the big sleigh full of presents. This is a step card cut to 5½” x 11" and scored at 4¼” and 1¼” twice.  The front panel is covered with white cardstock embossed with snowflakes, and the back panel is stamped with snowflakes and embossed in white.  The rest is cutting and assembling the dies.  Once I added the town the foreground seemed very plain so I cut some snowdrifts, glued them on and outlined them with Diamond Glitter Glue (Ranger).

Dashing-TownDashing Through the Snow – Taylored Expressions dies Eventful – Night Before Christmas, Dashing Through the Snow and All Wrapped Up; Impression Obsession cover-a-card stamp Snowflake Background; Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes

For my first gold card, I used several Memory Box dies and layered them on top of each other to form a scene with trees, snowdrifts and snowflakes.  The red cardinal and gold deer add just the right pop of color. Deer-in-TreesDeer in Trees – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Country Hills Oval Frame, Forest Clearing Oval Frame and Deer Trio; Impression Obsession die Birch trees (cardinal); Taylored Expressions stamp set Rejoice; design inspired by Pam Sparks

Another gold deer stars on this pretty white card.

Birch-Tree-DeerBirch Tree Deer – Taylored Expressions dies Birch Tree Accessories and Banner Stacklets 1; TE embossing folder Snowfall; TE stamp set A Winter View

I used the scrollwork snowflake die again on this card, hanging the ornament from it.  I added lots of medium and small snowflakes and a pretty gold embossed sentiment.

OrnamentOrnament – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Hooks and Caps and Brittaney Ornament; Penny Black die Blizzard; Taylored Expressions die Snowflake Confetti; Memory Box sentiment stamp; design inspired by Pam Sparks

While neither blue nor gold, I had to include this colorful card.  The green cardstock was embossed with a new embossing folder from Taylored Expressions (Twinkling Holidays) then cut on the diagonal to form a tree.  A strip of colorful paper across the bottom defined the color palette for the presents.  A happy sentiment and a few sequins finished off this cute card.

TE-Tree-PresentsTree with Presents – Taylored Expressions die All Wrapped Up; TE embossing folder Twinkling Holiday; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

I hope these samples inspire you to start creating your own Christmas cards.  Thanks to Pam Sparks for her inspiration.  Please stop in soon to see these and many other samples in person.

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Holiday Florals

Hello friends and thanks for reading my blog.  Today it's all about the new Holiday Florals stamp and die sets from Taylored Expressions.  This set has a wide variety of floral images and dies to match.  What I found fun and useful was to first stamp 6 or 7 of each image then die cut them.  Once I had a pile of floral images I could start laying out each card and arranging the florals on each layout.

Holidayflorals500

HolidayfloralsFor the background on this and several other cards I used the new TE Woodgrain Background stamp.  I stamped it for this card in a light beige ink and after the card was finished I realized the background kind of disappeared into the kraft cardstock.  For subsequent cards I used a darker ink and liked the results much better.

The bottom of the card is decorative paper and the florals are arranged atop a Stitched Bracket die cut from white.

JoyJoy – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Stitched Bracket Stacklets and Stitched Tag Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

I love this card.  The new Little Bits Nativity die is just the right size to top the sentiment inside the golden oval.  And the holly leaves and berries add just the right amount of color to the neutral card.

True-MeaningTrue Meaning – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Little Bits Nativity; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE stamps Woodgrain Background and Rejoice; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen

From a very neutral card to one that's bright and lively!  The TE Little Bits Jingle Bells are the perfect touch to the ribbon.

Peace-and-JoyPeace and Joy – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; TE die Little Bits Jingle Bells; design inspired by Joan Ervin

Another Woodgrain background with lots of colorful florals.

Merry-ChristmasMerry Christmas – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Here the florals add color to the very popular Penny Black Whirled Wreath die cut from kraft and brown.

BelieveBelieve – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Penny Black die Whirled Wreath; Penny Black clear stamp set Believe

Love, love, love the new TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettias.  For this card I die cut an oval from gold cardstock then embossed it.  I added the florals and a pretty sentiment from the same set.

Gold-PoinsettiaGold Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Jean Manis

Embossing folders are very versatile!  I inked the inside of the folder for the next two cards.  For this card I inked the side with raised lines and for the next card I inked the side with indented lines.  Be sure to clean your folder well after using dye inks -- and be prepared to have red hands for a while!

Red-PoinsettiaRed Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Stitched Bracket Stacklets; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Jean Manis

Red-Background-PoinsettiaRed Background Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach

Beautiful florals for Christmas and winter. Enjoy!


By The Fireside

Hello Friends and fellow papercrafters.  Today I want to share with you some fun cards featuring new dies by Taylored Expressions.  Let me show you the dies first:

Bythefireside-dieBy the Fireside

Bythefireside-holidaysBy the Fireside Holidays

Bythefireside-santaBy the Fireside Santa

Taylored Expressions is known for their Build-A-Scene dies and these follow that tradition.  Each die creates a scene and they all work together beautifully.

Now for some sample cards using these dies:

For the Santa card I used elements from all three sets plus the wonderful Woodgrain Background stamp and Brick embossing folder.

Santa

Santa – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, By the Fireside Holidays, By the Fireside Santa, Little Bits Santa Hat; TE stamp Woodgrain Background; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Jen Shults

These dies are perfect for making scenes for any occasion.  Here I embellished the fireplace with Halloween dies for a spooky Halloween scene.

HalloweenHalloween – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, Little Bits dies Cauldron, Broom, Spider and Web, Potion Bottles and Witch’s Hat; TE Stamp set with coordinating dies Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; TE embossing folders Bead Board and Brick; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Taylored Expressions line of Door to Door dies work wonderfully with the fireside dies.  Here I used the Door to Door decor die set to dress the fireplace for fall.  Sorry about the reflection (yes I turned off the lights and the flash!) -- it's hard to photograph mirror paper.

Fall-FireplaceFall – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, Frame in Frame 1, Little Bits Leaves and Door to Door Décor; TE embossing folders Bead Board, Weathered and Brick; design by Pam Sparks

Here's a traditional Christmas fireplace decorated with stockings, holly and a glittering reindeer in a frame!

ReindeerReindeer – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, By the Fireside Holidays, By the Fireside Santa, Little Bits Reindeer and Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

New Products

Stamp-Positioning-toolStamp Perfect Tool $24.99

In a recent post I announced that Hampton Arts was releasing the new Stamp Perfect stamping tool for positioning stamps accurately.  Because this tool is brand new and because Hampton Arts is dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Matthew, I do not have a video showing this tool at work.  So I am linking here to a Misti video that will introduce you to how this tool works and its many benefits.  Please know that Misti is the original tool in this category and has a patent pending on its tool. 

Stamping is now easier than ever with the Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool! It allows you to precisely position your image and create perfect impressions every time you stamp. No more wasting time or money throwing away failed attempts. Simply re-stamp images that didn't transfer perfectly. Quickly and easily create identical cards and projects. Use with cling mounted rubber stamps or with clear stamps with the foam mat provided.

Quick Overview

• Stamp Perfect measures 7" x 9"
• Hinged design with grid and ruler guides
• Features magnetic backing allows you to align, center, layer and more.
• An inexpensive solution to your everyday stamping problems!

The Stamp Perfect tool will be released in late November (just in time for mass producing Christmas cards!) and I am selling it now for an introductory price of just $24.99 -- half the price of the Misti tool.  I have ordered quite a few, however, these will sell out and I will not be able to get more this year.  So I urge you to reserve yours today at this introductory price.  Just send me a email and tell me how many you need and I will hold them for you. 

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

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WRM has a new release in their long line of very popular punch boards.  This new board make frames so rather than having to have dies of every size, you can customize frames to practically any size!  With the Frame Punch Board you can make customized frames in multiple sizes. Quickly create 2 to 12 inch frames with this cut and punch system.  This tool works with any scrapbook paper, cardstock and more. Make frames in various styles, including Insta- and Polaroid-style frames.

The board lets you choose the width of the frame's borders from ¼" to 1" in ¼" increments.  Here's a link to a video showing you how it works.  We have this new punch board in stock at $29.99.

 

Please stop in soon and see all the new items in stock!  And if you are looking for anything please give me a call at 915-833-9500!  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Small Talk

Hello friends.  Check out our new line of Tiny Craft Dies from Memory Box.  Though small in size they make a big statement!  There are fun designs for Halloween, Fall and Christmas!  Add these to a tag or card for the perfect embellishment!  Or slip one in a card for a fellow papercrafting friend.  They are just $2.99 each.

Here's a board showing each die on a tag -- be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it.

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Now here are the same dies used on tags with little scenes of the season!  Such fun!

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A Word About Storage

Stamp and die storage is always of interest to papercrafters and Avery Elle has recently expanded their line of storage pockets.  They discontinued their original storage pockets which we have sold for years in favor of offering small, large and extra large pockets.  The large pockets are the same size as the original pockets.  Now all pockets will be sold in packages of 50 instead of 25.

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Pockets-extra-largeAs many of you know, for my die storage I use 5” x 5” CD keeper plastic pockets.  I find this size fits the majority of dies.  I am pleased that Avery Elle is offering the smaller pockets because the CD Keepers I have been using are now discontinued.

The large pockets are perfect for storing clear and cling stamp sets as well as larger dies such as nested dies.  The extra large pockets will be good for storing wider and taller stamp sets such as the Taylored Expressions sets.

The advantage to using pockets like these is that when your dies and stamps are stored in the same size pockets, it is much easier to organize them into categories and flip through them easily.

 

Make and Takes -- Make a free card

I have two delightful cards for you to choose from the next time you stop by The Stamp Act.  It only takes a few minutes and you will probably learn something while you're stamping!

Say Happy Halloween with this cute card of Frank and friend taking a selfie!

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Or send season's greetings to friends and family with this stunning winter scene.

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Stop by the Stamp Act soon -- we'd love to see you.

If you see anything on the blog or website (links above) and want to reserve products or have me mail them to you, just give me a call at 915-833-9500 or send me an email to hellopolly@aol.com.  Gave a wonderful weekend.


Celebrate all Fall Holidays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Products

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Halloween Critters in Costume

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

Gone Batty --How cute is this?

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

Taggingalong-box Tagging Along Treat Box ($39.99)

Tagstacklets1_1 Tag Stacklets 1 ($29.99)

Here are two samples:

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

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

Crittersincostumepkg_3 Critters in Costume stamp set ($24.99)

CrittersincostumediesCritters in Costume die set ($18.79)

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

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

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

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

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

This is one cute kitty!

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

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

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