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


Be sure to check out our updated Class Page (see navigation bar at the top of the page) and join us for a fun class!  Stay cool and stop in and shop soon.

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


Max and Mimi

Hello Friends.  What's trending in papercrafting?  Dogs!  Taylored Expressions  has new stamp and die combo sets that feature Mimi the poodle and Max the labrador.  They are cute and clever and the sentiments that come with them are perfect!  In addition they have released Build A Doghouse die and Doghouse Accessories die as well as Care and Comfort --Pets.  Unfortunately, they are sold out at TE right now but I should have them back in stock in about a week.  Here are the new products:

Max500 Max Combo (stamps on left, die on right)  $18.79

Mimi500Mimi Combo (stamps on left, die on right)  $18.79

Buildadoghouse Build A Doghouse die  $22.00

Doghouseaccessories Doghouse Accessories  $15.49

Care_comfort-petsCare and Comfort -- Pets   $15.49

Now let me share some samples my friend Jane Smith and I made with these products.


Mimi White Diva – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Mimi; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach


Mimi Cowboy Hat – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Mimi; My Favorite Things die Country Charms; Memory Box die Mini Butterflies; card by Jane Smith.  Jane bought the Country Charms die set and the Mimi set at the same time and decided to put them together!  Love the "Real Poodle of Dallas!"


Mimi Lavender – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Mimi; Taylored Expressions dies Silhouette Stems 4 and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Impression Obsession die Heart Collection and Wedding Cake (bow); design inspired by Joan Ervin


Max Thanks – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Taylored Expressions dies Little Bits Flower and Stem and Rolling Hills; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Zig Zag and Weathered; design inspired by Courtney Kelley


Max Live Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; Taylored Expressions die Pinking Border; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Zig Zag; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen


Poodle Doghouse – Taylored Expressions dies Build a Doghouse; Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Mimi (flowers and sentiment); Die-Versions die Poodle and Dress; Memory Box die Mini Butterflies; card by Jane Smith


Life is Good Poodle – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Die-Versions die Poodle and Dress; Tim Holtz stamp set Hashtags; card by Jane Smith


Retro Dress – Die-Versions die Poodle and Dress; Taylored Expressions die Ray of Sunshine; card by Deb Widger


Doghouse – 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


Our Pets – 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; desgin inspired by Sankari Wegman


Our Pets Heart – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max (paw prints); Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen


Patriotic Cat Nap – Impression Obsession stamp Cat Nap; design inspired by Karen Amidon. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these cards starring darling dogs.  Penny Black has a brand new stamp and matching die set featuring five different dogs and it will be available soon at The Stamp Act.


Holiday Hours

The Stamp Act will be open all this week including Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2.  We will be closed on Tuesday, July 5 for a little holiday break.  Please stop in and shop soon.  We have a ton of products on sale (at least 40% off) and new merchandise coming in all the time.


I will be planning some Christmas in July classes as well as classes on other topics.  Please let me know if you are interested in a class on a particular topic.  Thanks!

Happy 4th of July!


Beautiful Butterflies

I suppose it's no surprise that I like to take one product and make many samples so I can show you how to stretch your dies.  Today I want to share with you many samples using two Memory Box dies:

Cascadia Butterflies


Leavenworth Butterflies

The good news about these dies is that you get a small, medium and large butterfly on one die.  However, the dies are all one piece meaning you cannot use one butterfly separately without cutting it out.  I have rarely found this to be a problem versus the advantage of having three size butterflies at my fingertips.

Let's take a look at the samples.

Dreams-Take-FlightDreams Take Flight

For this card I cut the Cascadia Butterflies from four colors of cardstock then stenciled each butterfly with a tone on tone ink using Memory Box stencils Mesh and Disperse.  The dotted border was die cut with Penny Black die Dots and Swirls and the sentiment  added using Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets.  I embellished some of the butterflies with silver Metal Decor dots from Hero Arts.  Design inspired by Deborah Nolan.

  You-and-meYou & Me

I cut the focal panel using Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles then cut two squares each from teal and light green cardstock (1.75") and rounded two corners on each square.  I positioned these in the upper center of the panel and adhered them using foam tape.  I  mounted the largest butterfly, cut from metallic gold cardstock, on top of the squares and die cut the sentiment from the same gold cardstock.  This is a cute and easy card and amenable to any color scheme and sentiment.

Lavender Butterflies

I love the colors on this card -- the lavender butterflies floating on the teal background with green dotted accents is so spring like.  The opening on the upper left corner of the card is cut with Memory Box die Distressed Baptisia Collage.  The greenery is cut with Memory Box die Tall Bamboo and the butterflies with MB Cascadia.  I added the sentiment with Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets. Design inspired by Deborah Nolan

White-on-WhiteWhite on White

IRL this card is much more impressive -- it just doesn't photograph well.  For this card I cut several Memory Box Cascadia and Leavenworth Butterflies from white cardstock and adhered them to a white card.  I then cut the Cascadia large butterfly from pink, yellow and blue cardstock and adhered a large Leavenworth butterfly cut from white cardstock over them. You could embellish the card with the butterfly bodies or crytals if desired.  Design inspired by Lindsay Amrhein


I made three variations on this design.  I die cut the focal panel with Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles and sponged it with Distress and Memento inks.  Next I cut the Cascadia Butterflies from vellum and sponged them with ink (blue, pink or yellow) then sandwiched them between the Leavenworth Butterflies and butterfly bodies both cut from black cardstock.  The cards were finished with a sentiment from Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets stamped on black cardstock and embossed in white.  The word "Smile" was cut with the Impression Obsession die Instant Photo Frame (smile) and Penny Black die Hooray Words.  Design inspired by Jean Okimoto.


Please enlarge the photo to see the stitched border I die cut along the bottom of the green panels using Paper Smooches die Stitched.  I added one butterfly and a "Hello" sentiment die cut with Savvy Stamps die Hello.  Design inspired by Judy Tuck.


Make a quick shaker card with the Cascadia Butterflies by cutting them from white cardstock (die cut with Memory Box Stitched Rectangles) and from a piece of fun foam.  Stamp sentiment (from Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets) on the white cardstock before proceeding.  Tape a piece of acetate behind the openings on the white cardstock then tape the fun foam piece to the acetate.  Fill the openings with tiny beads, stars and glitter and cover the openings with a piece of scrap cardstock.  Center the shaker on green plaid paper and center this piece on flowered paper cut the same size as an A2 card.  A beautiful card for a lucky recipient.  

Sale ... Sale ... Sale

I pulled hundreds of items off the racks for the sale table so stop in soon and shop the bargains!  The sale goes on until everything is sold.

Just in Time for Father's Day!

Hello Friends.  Whether it's Father's Day, Birthday or just  appreciation, we all need masculine cards from time to time.  And I often hear customers say they have no ideas.  Well today I have some great ideas for you using new stamps from Impression Obsession.


June FREE Make It and Take It


The photo of this card is a little misleading.  The card is pictured on a white background with a black border so ignore those aspects.  The central image is called Roadster Grill which, along with the Gears background stamp and the You Are A Classic sentiment stamp, portrays a handsome vintage automobile.  The "Celebrate in Style" is a Hero Arts stamp from my stash.  Stop in the store anytime and make this card for Free!

Masculine Cards


Same stamps with a different look.  I stamped the Roadster Grill on kraft cardstock then watercolored it in red, finishing it with a spritz of water to make the ink run a little.  I embellished the card with gears, die cut with Memory Box Gearworks Border and Mini Gears dies, and a brad with a "screw top."  Design inspired by Dina Kowal.


Here's a third idea with these stamps.  OK I am really going to date myself now -- this roadster reminded me of the old movie (1965 -- yikes!) The Yellow Rolls Royce with Rex Harrison so I thought it would be fun to play with an unconventional color scheme.  I used a Diagonal Stripe background stamp from My Favorite Things and embellished the card with the same gears dies from Memory Box.  Design inspired by Laura Fulcher.


The other new stamp I played with is the Truck Collage from Impression Obsession.  I stamped it in black and colored the truck with Prismacolor pencils blending with Gamsol, an artist-grade odorless mineral spirit.  We sell Gamsol in a convenient, sponge-top dabber bottle that results in a pretty, almost watercolor-like look since it essentially melts the pencil's waxy lines and erases any grainy appearance. Simply color in a stamped image with colored pencils and apply Gamsol using the blending stumps. Note: this technique is for colored pencils that are waxy (like Prismacolor) not watercolor pencils. Our Gamsol Kit includes a 2 ounce bottle of solution, 2 blending stumps and a sandpaper pad for sharpening the paper stumps.  We also sell additional stumps.

If you haven't ever tried blending with Gansol, here's a link to a video that demonstrates the technique.  The houndstooth square is stamped with one of the new Mini Pattern stamps from Impression Obsession.  This card is based on one that Kathi Anderson designed.


Another sample with a tip:  I stamped the Gears background in dark brown ink on the corrugated paper then stamped it several times in tan ink in the corner.  This gives the sentiment stamp more depth and the card more interest.


The last card in our series features the Collage Truck stamp with a Gears border.  The sentiment stamp is from Tim Holtz Hashtags stamp set.

Here's another card I made using the Gears dies:


I used the same Memory Box gears dies and the Impression Obsession die set Greetings.

Retro Masculine Die

A must have die set for making masculine cards is the Retro Masculine set from Impression Obsession.  Look at all the pieces: mustaches, glasses, hats, pipe and ties!

Here are a couple cards made with this set:


For this card I embellished the stamped sentiment (My Favorite Things) with the Retro set.  The frames are from a frame in frame die from Impression Obsession.


Same Retro and Frame in Frame sets along with a thanks die from Paper Smooches.


This card was created by my friend and customer, Bea Mieckowki.  I love the mix of papers and square brad embellishments.  I am not sure if Bea inspired me or vice versa, but here's a somewhat similar card I made:


For this card I used dies from Paper Smooches (Frame 2 and Kudos Words) with the Retro Masculine set.

Just a few more samples that are classic masculine cards.  For these Bea and I used the Taylored Expressions set All the Fixings stamp and die combo set and the Pegboard die.





To see other masculine card designs, please visit The Stamp Act Gallery here.

Huge Sale Continues


Don't forget that our huge sale continues until June 18.  All Christmas, Halloween, Fall, Easter, Valentine and Graduation products are on sale 40% off.  Stop in and shop and make a free card -- Chloe and I would love to see you!  FYI:  Chloe is feeling great these days and although this isn't the best picture, I wanted you to see her fresh from being groomed.  Come say hello in person!  Have a great day!  

Cute, Funny and Punny

Hello Friends.  I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  Chloe and I had a good time binge watching Downtown Abbey -- it's so good!

Today's samples are all cute, funny and sometimes punny!  I really enjoy these cards because everyone needs a good laugh from time to time.  As you look through the samples remember that to order anything you see on the blog, just contact Polly at 915-833-9500 or hellopolly@aol.com.  I am happy to help you with anything you need!


Our first card features a cute frog die with a punny sentiment!  IRL the colors are much more vibrant and the background is a cloudy blue sky.  I drew the lilly pad then cut it our of white cardstock and edged it in light green ink.  One die that is a must have is a frame die -- this one is Taylored Expressions Frame in Frame die which includes four different frames.

Wart’s New – Art Impressions stamp Wart’s New; Cottage Cutz die Mini Frog; Taylored Expressions dies Frame in Frame, Cloud Border and Little Bits Sun and Clouds

Patchwork Animals

New from Impression Obsession are the Patchwork Animal dies.  These are very detailed dies (meaning lots of individual pieces to cut the ears, eyes, arms, etc.) and are meant to work with the new Mini Pattern stamps.  You can see the dies and the stamps on our What's New page here.  For these cards I stamped the Mini Pattern stamps (there are 4 sets of 3 stamps each at 2.75" square each) in colored ink on colored cardstock.  I chose a rainbow of colors and stamped away so I had a wide selection of colors and patterns to choose from when I started die cutting.  Even though I used 3 of the new Patchwork Animal dies for baby cards, they can be used for lots of other occasions too.


Hippo – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Hippo; Taylored Expressions dies Welcome Spring, Build-A-Scene Nursery, Love Confetti and Treat Toppers Baby; IO stamps Painted Stripes and Mini Patterns


Elephant – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Elephant; Paper Smooches die Cardbooking; Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo Love You More; IO stamps Mini Patterns


Sheep – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Sheep; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Love; IO stamps Mini Patterns; IO die Typewriter Alphabet Lower Case


This die is actually a gator but to me it looks like a dinosaur.  The sentiment is perfect for a "T-Rex" and adding the "brother" die cut word really personalizes your card.

Dinosaur – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Gator; Taylored Expressions stamp Punny Man; Spellbinders die Labels One; IO stamps Mini Patterns; IO die Plain Alphabet Lower Case; Cottage Cutz die Brother; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Frame Stacklets 1

TE Pocketful of Sunshine


This is a very versatile stamp and die combo set from Taylored Expression.  The image stamps all fit in the pocket which is stitched to look just like a jeans pocket.  The possibilities are endless with this cute little pocket and clever sayings.


Tip:  See the stitching on the circle?  How did I make the stitching continuous even though part of the circle is cut off?   Here's the tip:  First die cut a rectangle with a stitched die then die cut the stitched circle from this rectangle.  Easy yet very impressive!

Orange Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Memory Box die Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Jean Manis


Denim Pocket – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE die Build-A-Bookmark; TE die Little Bits Love Confetti; design inspired by Shannon White


Braided Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE embossing folder Braided; Memory Box die Stitched Scallop Circles; TE die Tag Stacklets 1; TE border die Zig Zag; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock


Frog Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan Ervin

Don't forget to use your labels or stacklet die sets for backgrounds.  Here I used the Postal Stacklets set from Taylored Expressions.

Hot Pink Hello – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE dies Hi Hey Hello and Postal Stacklets; design inspired by Joan Ervin


Add a little polka dot paper to the top of the pocket for an interesting detail.

Flowers Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

Pink Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan Ervin


Purple Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine;  design inspired by Joan Ervin


You Make Me Smile – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; Impression Obsession dies Instant Photo Frame and banners and Tails; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Taylor VanBruggen

Tips on Storing Dies

As we consumers demand more and more detailed dies, our wonderful vendors are more than happy to oblige.  Pictured here is the new Patchwork Hippo die set with its 15 separate tiny dies!  Safely storing a set like this is critical which is why I just ordered a huge roll of magnetic "paper" so I could keep all those tiny little dies secure inside the CD Keepers that I use for storing dies.  The magnet is strong enough that once the dies were on it I could shake it vigorously and they didn't go flying.  I am selling some of the magnetic paper in packages of 10 (cut to 4" x 4.5") for $4.99 each.  Quantities are very limited so stop in soon for a free sample.


Big Summer Sale

I am out of room for new dies and the new Christmas and Fall releases will be coming out next month so I am having a huge sale starting June 1 through June 18 on selected merchandise including all Christmas, Halloween, Fall, Valentine and Easter products.  Every product in these categories is marked down 40% and when you spend $100 (excluding sales tax), you will get an additional 10% off your total expenditure.  There is too much sales merchandise to picture on the website so if you're looking for something specific, come in the store as soon as you can for best selection.  First come, first served!  Questions?  Please contact Polly at 915-833-9500 or hellopolly@aol.com.  I am happy to help you with anything you need!

I hope to see you soon!









Welcome Little One

Hello Friends!  I hope you are planning an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  Today I want to share with you a variety of welcome baby cards plus a few other samples for get well and other occasions.  

Welcome Baby Cards


This card and the one below it are pretty straightforward.  I did sponge the background behind the Welcome die with blue or purple to give the die a little more presence.  You could easily turn this into a shaker card too.

Welcome Little One Boy – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults


Welcome Little One Girl – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults


Block Party Baby Feet – Taylored Expressions dies Block Party Baby, Treat Toppers Baby and Stitched Banner Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud



The star of this car is the Cable Knit embossing folder -- it looks just like a baby blanket.

Block Party Baby Safety Pin – Taylored Expressions dies Block Party Baby, Treat Toppers Baby and Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE embossing folder Cable Knit; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen



Welcome Teddy Bear – TE dies Little Bits Teddy Bear, Welcome Baby and Build-A-Scene Nursery; Memory Box die Pinpoint Squares; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Courtney Kelley



Don't you love this little nursery?  Taylored Expressions has such clever Build-A-Scene dies!  See how the rug, curtain, lampshade and baby mattress match?  So cute! 

Nursery – TE dies Build-A-Scene Nursery and Build-A-Scene window; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Sankari Wegman


Get Well Soon

It's always a good idea to have a stash of get well cards so if you're going to pull out dies and stamps and papers to make one, go ahead and make several with the same design.  For these cards I used the Memory Box die Curved Get Well; Paper Smooches die Bandaids; and Taylored Expressions dies Mini Bloomers and Bloomers Greenery.  The papers are from Penny Black's paper pad Beau Jardins.  I chose the papers and matching cardstocks then cut flowers and greenery in every shade I needed.  I cut the bandaids from kraft cardstock then cut them again from coordinating cardstocks for the hearts.  Assembly was quick and I embellished with butterflies and sequins.   





Flower Portrait Frame

Penny Black's Flower Portrait Frame die is a very versatile frame with tiny openings all around.  The middle of the frame is filled with flowers.  I recently used this frame in a variety of different ways.


For this card, I cut the frame from white cardstock three times and glued them together to give the frame more heft and dimension.  Then  I removed the inner piece, sponged a background of greens and blues, sponged the flowers with red and green and arranged them around the dog.



Bring Me Joy – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Impression Obsession die Banners and Tails; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Corrugate


Here the frame is sponged with orange and yellow inks.  OMG Mom – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Taylored Expressions die Conversation Bubbles; Penny Black stamps Skyline and Dots in Space; design inspired by Therese Schaffer


For this card I die cute frame and removed the flowers while I sponged the grass and sky background.  I colored the flowers with Copic markers and reinserted them into the frame securing them on the back with tape.  I also inlaid the flowers centers in white.    Black-White – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets


Remember in the cards above I cut the frame multiple times?  Well that meant I had a lot of "middles" left over.  I decided to sponge the middle (background) using Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon.  I mounted the background on textured white cardstock then mounted this piece on a white card with foam tape.  The flowers and stems are open except for the centers which I also sponged and inserted in the center of each flower.

Sponged Flowers – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp set Sprinkles and Smiles; design inspired by Therese Schaffer


One more sample:  I embossed the background with the Zig Zag embossing folder then added color to the embossing by holding my ink pad (Memento dye ink New Sprout) perfectly level and sliding it across the top of the embossing.  I die cut the frame several times then glued them together over the stamped flower image. 

Zig Zag Background – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp sets Enamor and Snippets; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Zig Zag; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan



I know these days many people don't need bookmarks as much because they read books on their tablet or e-reader, but bookmarks are still fun to make and give.  Taylored Expressions has a new die set called Build-A Bookmark and a new stamp set called Plot Twist that coordinate with their previously released Mark Your Spot Bookmark die and stamp set to create delightful bookmarks.



Tip:  Add a ribbon accent that's not bulky by threading ribbon through the die cut opening then tying twine or thinner ribbon around it into a bow.

Bookmarks -- Taylored Expressions dies Mark Your Spot Bookmark and Build-A-Bookmark; TE stamp set Plot Twist


A Few More Fun Samples

Memory Box has several Triptych dies.  Perhaps you remember I just posed this sample using the Dogwood Blooms and Stem Triptych dies. 


Today I have two samples using the tree Triptych die.


I die cut the tree triptych and the fence from decorative paper that is embossed with a woodgrain design (American Crafts).  To bring out the woodgrain, I colored the embossed woodgrain with a Prismacolor pencil (Dark Brown).  I glued the tree frames to green decorative paper and added pink flowers accented with tiny crystals.

Tree Triptych 1 – Memory Box die Tree Triptych; Memory Box stamp Seeds of Happiness; Poppy die Johnny Jump Ups; Taylored Expressions die Picket Fence; design inspired by Pam Going Postal


For this card I die cut the Tree Triptych from the front of a top folding card then adhered blue cardstock behind the openings.  I inlaid the tree frames and added little flowers, sequins and a sweet sentiment.

Tree Triptych 2 – Memory Box die Tree Triptych; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Poppy die Hydrangea Blooms small; design inspired by Michele Henderson


Switching gears a little, here's a very happy birthday card!  I cut the balloons from glitter paper (blue and white which I colored with a yelow Copic marker); cut the candle border from white cardstock then colored it with Copics; and cut the Best Day Ever from blue cardstock.  Cute card!

Best Day Ever – Impressions Obsession dies Rectangle Frame 6 in 1, Best Day Ever, Heart Balloon and Candle Border; Penny Black die Balloons; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo


One more ... my friend Jane Smith made this funny gal -- isn't she hilarious!  I love the way Jane made her standing in the corner -- very cleverly drawn lines and coloring.  Thanks Jane!

Sylvia – Art Impressions stamp Sylvia; sentiment stamp unknown; card designed by Jane Smith

Have a great weekend and please stop by the Stamp Act soon!