Upcycle Art Fair at Placita Santa Fe

Fair PostcardHello friends and thanks for stopping by to read my blog today.  I am so excited to share with you the news that the Plactia Santa Fe shopping center is having an Upcycled Art Fair on Satirday, April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Items with recycled components will be on sale including clothing, signs, dolls, jewlery, furniture, painted wood and metal arts.  See unique art pieces that give something old new life or use things ways other than intended.

Artists from throughout the Placita as well as invited artists from El Paso and New Mexico will be selling their creations.Wish

 The Stamp Act is thrilled to participate in the fair.  I will be selling Pieces of the Past art screens created from old hardware, vintage photos and found elements.  These assemblages take on a life of their own as affixed vintage trinkets breathe a new spirit into the collaged items.  Enjoy each unique art piece as it is or, in some cases, personalize the collage with your own vintage photo.  Prices range from $20 to $35.

Here are photos of two of the assemblages for sale:

LuckyLucky Assemblage

Remember-the-nowRemember the Now Assemblage

In addition to the assemblages, I will be selling buisness card or note card holders.  Here are some samples:

Teacher-FrontTeacher Note Card HolderCactusSouthwest Note Card Holder DragonflyDragonfly Note Card Holder

I will also be selling greeting cards for every occasion and Easter cards, candy bags and favor boxes.  I hope you will plan on coming to the Fair.  It has created quite a buzz so we are expecting a big crowd.  It will be lots of fun and a great way for you to support local artists.

Important News!!!!!!!!

I have just received 12 new Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tools including 6 small and 6 large.  The manufacturer of the original stamp positioning tool, the MISTI, sued Hampton Arts and American Crafts for patent infringement and won so this may be the last order of this exact tool at this favorable price that I can get.  The small Stamp Perfect tool is $24.99 (compared to the MISTI at $45) and the larger Stamp Perfect tool is $29.99 (compared to the larger MISTI at $60).  So don't wait to buy one!  Get yours today.  And those of you that have the tool, let me know if you are interested in learning tons of ways to use it.  I will be happy to repeat my Introduction to the Stamp Perfect class for 2 or more people.

Easter Fun

What's more fun than a cute rabbit?  Lots of cute bunnies, hopping all over the store!  Whether you like whimsical bunnies, Easter eggs and jelly beans or more serious-themed cards, we've got something for everyone.  Be sure to shop The Stamp Act for all your Easter papercrafting needs.  I hope to see you soon!


Introducing Laurel Burch Stamps

LB_Intro_1Artist Laurel Burch’s images remind us of the world of the spirit and are particularly appealing to those of us living in the southwest.  Now Stampendous Rubber Stamps has translated her magical, whimsical images into beautiful rubber stamps that give you the freedom to express your own spirit through vibrant colors.

Artist Laurel Burch used a brilliant palette of carefully blended colors to achieve her incredibly luminous artwork. You can enjoy the same results with our terrific Copic Marker Coloring Guide.  For coloring suggestions, download Laurel’s preferred color palette HERE.

When you go to the link above, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and watch the video of Fran Seiford (owner of Stampendous Rubber Stamps) introducing Laurel Burch stamps.

Here are the images that I have ordered.  They should be in stock in a week or so but you can reserve yours now by calling Polly at 915-833-9500 or email to hellopolly@aol.com.

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Floral Vase, $8.99

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Blossoming Feline, $7.99

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Feline Friend, $5.79

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Aquatic Horses, $8.99

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Feline Face, $5.79

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Hummingbird Blossom, $8.99

LB-FLoral-ReflectionsLaurel Burch clear stamp set Floral Reflections, $16.59

Wild-HorsesLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Wild Horses, $8.99

Wild-HorsesLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Whiskers, $8.99

These Laurel Burch stamps will coordinate beautifully with our new Southwestern stamps and dies from Waffle Flower.

Die-Tribal-PatternWaffle Flower Tribal Pattern die $29.99 (5.5" x 4.25")

Stamp-Tribal-BearWaffle Flower clear stamp set Tribal Bear, $15.99

Die-Tribal-BearWaffle Flower Die Tribal Bear, $15.99

Die-Paper-Cut-AlphaWaffle Flower Die Paper Cut Alphabet, $35.99

 Please go to our What's New Page to see more Stampendous stamps and more Waffle Flower stamps and dies.  Our store is stocked with new merchandise and we invite you to shop here soon.  Keeping a local papercrafting source with a wide variety of merchandise, advice and expertise depends on you shopping locally.  The Stamp Act cannot stay open without you.  Thanks.


New Stamps and Dies from Impression Obsession

Hello friends.  I recently ordered some very pretty stamps and dies from Impression Obsession's new Spring 2017 catalog and today I would like to share them with you.  I love coloring with Copic markers and these stamps were perfect for bright colorful treatments.

Doesn't this mischievous kitty peaking out from under the covers tug at your heartstrings?  And the cute sentiment is perfect!

Kitty-under-CoversKitty Under Covers – Impression Obsession stamps Kitty Under Covers, Tried to Behave and Cover-A-Card Confetti Dot; design inspiredby Jenny Gropp.

A perfect birthday card -- just stamp and color.  Use the Stamp Perfect for stamping your image and make multiple cards easily.  I die cut the IO Birthday Candle Border for the candles in the lower left corner.Party-without-cake Party Without Cake – Impression Obsession stamp Party Without Cake; IO die Birthday Candle Border; design inspired by Karen Amidon.

Love this Layered Roses background and stamping it is a breeze with the new Stamp Perfect.  The roses (Taylored Expressions) surround the pretty Get Well die from IO.

Get-Well-Die-Roses Get Well – Impression Obsession stamp Cover-A-Card Layered Roses; IO die Get Well Soon; Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Simply Stamped Roses; Lovely Flower and Bloom Where Planted

The new Lovely Flower from IO is aptly named as it is very lovely no matter what color you choose.  Bloom-where-plantedLovely Flower Planted – Impression Obsession stamps Lovely Flower and Bloom Where Planted; Memory Box die Primula Bloom

Lovely-Flower-HelloLovely Flower Hello – Impression Obsession stamps Lovely Flower and Hello My Friend; design inspired by Laura FucherLovely-Flower-Thank-You Lovely Flower Thank You – Impression Obsession stamps Lovely Flower and Stacked Thank You; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Frame Stacklets; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

IO's new Square Tree Window is a fun die that can be used in a variety of ways.  Here I used it as a background for the Truck (IO die).  In the foreground I placed the IO Winding Road (die) and the Birthday Edger die.TruckTruck – Impression Obsession dies Truck, Square Tree Window, Greetings Edgers and Winding Road; design inspired by Vicki Garrett

For this card I cut the Square Window Tree die from white cardstock and placed it over red mirror cardstock.  Ignore the glare (can't help it with this reflective paper).Square-Tree-Window Square Tree Window – Impression Obsession die Square Tree Window; IO stamp Expect Miracles; design inspired by Dina Kowal

And here's another card that snuck in the Impression Obsession post even though it was made with stamps from Art Impressions!  How cute and trendy is this?  I made it for a friend who is older than me for a few months each year -- and I always remind her of it!

BFF-BirthdayBFF Birthday – Art Impressions clear stamp set Hot Java Mama; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Scalloped Edger; Spellbinders die Petite Ovals; design inspired by Cheri Burry.

Impression Obsession has some wonderful new dies that just arrived so be sure to check page 4 of our What's New Section to see them.  I love the Lily of the Valley die -- we also a "Lily of the Valley" word stamp to coordinate with it.  What a lovely card that would make!

Please stop in soon to see all the new products that are arriving daily.  We have lots of Easter stamps and dies in stock whether you want cute, funny or religious. Thanks for reading the blog today -- I look forward to seeing you soon!


Spring Dogwood Blossoms Plus New Products

Hello friends.  Today's blog is all about dogwood blossoms.  Poppystamps has a variety of dogwood dies and I have put together samples using each one.  Plus, dogwoods have been a popular floral motif for many years so I am including some samples from the archives.  Enjoy!

Oh, I continued the pink and green color theme that I started last week!

This is my favorite card.  I love the bird (appropiately called Serene!) as he sits among the falling dogwood blossoms.  To add texture to the bird I embossed him in an embossing folder.
Welcome-Spring
Sweet Wish – Poppystamps dies Falling Dogwood Blossoms, Dogwood Blossoms and Serene Bird; Memory Box die Woodland Branch; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Sizzix Embossing folder; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

For this next card I used the same large Falling Dogwood Blossoms die and combined it with the pretty Monterey Vine die plus some individual dogwood blossoms and a ltitle twine.
Welcome-SpringThanks 2 – Poppystamps dies Falling Dogwood Blossoms and Monterey Vine (retired (: ; Impression Obsession die Greeting Set; design inspired by Irena Kowalczyk Rudlis

Poppystamps and Memory Box have a number of triptych dies and this card combines two of them.  I die cut the Dogwood Triptych from pink cardstock and overlaid it on top of the Stem Triptych cut from green cardstock.  The right edge of the white mat is die cut with the Eyelet Stitches die and embellished with Viva Decor yellow pearl pen.

Welcome-SpringYou Make Me Smile – Poppystamps dies Dogwood Blossom Triptych, Stem Triptych and Eyelet Stitches; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Leafy Vines; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

I used the same technique for this card with different colors.Triptych-DogwoodSpring – Poppystamps dies Dogwood Blossom Triptych, Stem Triptych and Freehand Happy Spring.

Another pink and green card!Welcome-SpringFluttering By – Memory Box die Fillipa Corner; Poppystamps die Dogwood Blossoms; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

Be sure to click on this card to see it up close. I cut the Stick Frame die several times and glued them to vellum to make the background.  Then I die cut a square opening and framed it and the vellum background in white.  I added three branches and lots of dogwood blossoms and a pretty pink "happy spring" sentiment.
Welcome-Spring
Happy Spring – Poppystamps dies Dogwood Blossoms, Happy Spring and Stick Frame; Memory Box die Woodland Branch; Lifetime Crafts die Rectangles; Spellbinders die Classic Squares; design inspired by Olga Direktorenko

The next two cards are examples of what I call "positive and negative" or "2 for 1" backgrounds.  First I took a piece of 4¼” x 5½” white cardstock and sponged it with several colors of Memento dye ink.  Next I die cut it with the large Falling Dogwood Blossoms saving the individual blossoms.  I mounted the die cut "negative" background to black metallic cardstock with foam mounting tape and embellished the card with the Delicate Dogwood, Thanks sentiment and pearl centers.Welcome-SpringThanks – Poppystamps dies Falling Dogwood Blossoms and Delicate Dogwood; Paper Smooches die Quote Tag; design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach

For the "positive card" I took the individual blossoms from the die cutting above and inlaid them into a white die cut background.  I added a sentiment and black centers and the card is finished.Welcome-SpringWith Sympathy – Poppystamps die Falling Dogwood Blossoms; Elizabeth Crafts die With Sympathy; design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach

The Dogwood Corner is a versatile die that easily makes a beautiful card.Dogwood-Corner-SympathyCorner Sympathy – Poppystamps die Falling Dogwood Blossoms; Memory Box dies Butterflies Cascadia and Leavenworth; Taylored Expressions stamp set Flowers for a Year; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

Here's another treatment starring the corner die.  In both cases I cut the die from green then cut it again from fucshia or purple and layered the flowers on the vine.
Dogwood-Corner-Sympathy
Corner Birthday – Poppystamps die Dogwood Corner; Elizabeth Craft die Happy Birthday; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Dotted Lattice and Leafy Vines; design inspired by Inspiration Station

For this card I simply cut the Falling Dogwood Blossoms die and layered the Heart Swoosh die on top.
Dogwood-Corner-Sympathy
Heart Swoosh – Poppystamps dies Falling Dogwood Blossoms and Heart Swoosh; Hero Arts sentiment; design inspired by Irena Kowakczyk

Samples from the Archives: Circa 2012

Before there were dies, there were stamps!  Remember those days?  Memory Box released three wonderful dogwood stamps in 2012: the Dogwood Bloom, the Dogwood Wreath and the Dogwood Branch.  I featured these stamps in a class using three coloring techniques.  The two Dogwood Wreath cards below are colored with Prisma Watercolor pencils; the Dogwood Branch (first card) is colored with Copic markers; and the Dogwood Bloom (fourth card) is colored with Twinkling H2O watercolors.

Dogwood-Wreath

Dogwood-WreathI stamped the Dogwood Wreath on white cardstock in Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored the flowers with Prisma watercolor pencils.  Then I cut out the wreath (yes with scissors!!!) and mounted it on a Lacy Circle (Spellbinders) cut from white cardstock.  I die cut two Tessatina Borders (Memory Box) and glued them across an A2 card.  Before I layered on the wreath focal image, I used my Scor It Mini scoring tool to score a line on either side of the Tessatina Borders.  This gives the background a little more definition and presence on the card.  Finally I layered the focal image with foam tape and add a few butterflies (Martha Stewart punch) and blings.  The sentiment is from Memory Box.

Single-BloomThe Dogwood Blossom was stamped in Versafine black ink and colored with Twinkling H2O watercolors.  The branch die and sentiment are from Memory Box.

Single-Bloom

Samples from the Archives: Circa 2010

Hero Arts' large Dogwood stamp was really popular in 2010 and I used it in a variety of ways on these card.  For the first card I stamped it in red ink on kraft cardstock and added a script stamp below it.  The doily die was stamped and embossed in white for a pretty background.
Pink-Dogwood-WreathIsn't this card pretty?  I stamped the Dogwood stamp several times in pink and added a sentiment in brown ink.
Pink-Dogwood-WreathFor this card I colored the stamped image with Copic markers, fussy cut it out and mounted it with foam tape on a stamped background.
Pink-Dogwood-WreathAnd the most impressive card of the bunch is this one.  I stamped the Dogwood stamp on the back of the pewter (metal) and using metal working tools embossed or debossed the image.  Thanks to Kathi Anderson for teaching the class!
Pink-Dogwood-WreathOne more card that while it does not have Dogwood Blossoms, is very springy! I cut the Floral Stem die from  white and green cardstock and layered them on top of each other.  Then I cut the accompanying flower head die from two shades of pink cardstock and added them to the flower.  Next I mounted the flower frame to an embossed background and added a sentiment.Welcome-Spring
Just Saying Hello – Poppystamps die Floral Stem Collage; Taylored embossing folder Leafy Vines; Hero Arts sentiment; design inspired by Marybeth Lopez

New Products Coming: Oxide Inks!

Oxide-Inks-12One of the most exciting new products at CHA 2017 was the introduction of the next generation of Distress Inks.  Ranger and Tim Holtz have released the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads, a water-reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. You can use these inks with stamps, stencils, watercolor brushes and direct to surface. Blend using Ink Blending Tools and Foam. All oxide colors are available in 3” x 3” ink pads and coordinating .5oz re-inkers.

When I watched Tim Holtz’ video introduction I was impressed but not convinced I needed them.  Then I watched Jennifer McGuire’s video and completely changed my mind.  Please take a minute (well about 30 minutes) and watch these videos to see how these inks are different from all other inks.

Color-chartThe inks should be available later this month.  To reserve yours, please send me an email and let me know what you want.  They are sure to sell out quickly so don’t delay, reserve today!  Individual ink pads will be $6.25 each and you can save 10% by reserving all 12 ink pads. And while you’re buying ink pads, don’t forget to buy another set of replacement foam pads for your Ink Blending Tool because you will want to have pads just for the oxide inks.

 New Products Coming: Waffle Flower Stamps and Dies!

Die-Tribal-PatternWe will be stocking a new company soon: Waffle Flower.  This company has some very exciting and pretty dies that I hope you will love. All the new products are posted on our What's New Page (click here or on the navigation bar above) and here's a video introduction to the Lacy Layers -- two dies that I think are particularly beautiful.  Plus the Waffle Flower Tribal Die and Tribal Bear stamps and dies are perfect for the Southwest!  Check them out in this video introduction.

These dies should arrive here in about a week so please stop in and see them for yourself.  Very exciting!

I hope you have enjoyed these dogwood cards and the trip down memory lane.  Please stop in soon and see all the pretty products for spring and Easter.  Have a wonderful week.


Pretty Valentines

Happy Valentines Day!  I hope your week has started off well.  I thought I would celebrate Valentines Day with you by sharing a few more cards that are full of hearts and sweet sentiments.

Love this first card for its bold colors and combination of a graphic elements. The flourishes are part of the same die so it's a quick card to put together.IO-Love-BkgrdLove Flourish – Impression Obsession dies Ornate Flourish, Love Word, Rectangle Frames 6 in 1 and All-in-One Rectangle Frames; IO background stamp I Love You; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

For this next card I combined a number of stamps, dies and pretty papers in a shabby chic style.  I die cut the Paper Smooches pocket then added stitching with a Paper Smooches Stitched die.

Sending-Hugs Sending Hugs – Paper Smooches dies Pocket and Flowers, Stitched and Hugs & Kisses; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Notepaper; Hero Arts clear stamp set Everyday Greetings

The next two cards are quick and easy but cute for sending greetings any time of the year.  The black and white diagonal border is decorative paper.Smooches

Smooches – Paper Smooches dies Smooches and Hearts

Smooches-Friend Smooches Friend – Paper Smooches dies Smooches, Hugs & Kisses and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Chit Chat; design inspired by Teri Anderson

The IO Heart Flourish die is always a popular one because it is so pretty and delicate.  Better yet, it fills the whole card front so I just had to add a little sentiment and the card is done!  I die cut the flourish from red glitter cardstock then inlaid it on ivory metallic paper.  Very pretty!

Heart-Flourish-Love-YouHeart Flourish – Impression Obsession die Heart Flourish; Taylored Expressions die Pocket and Pages February

Have a wonderful week and don't forget to shop the big sale at The Stamp Act.


Pretty Spring Cards

Hello friends.  Our recent warmer weather and my desire to wish winter away has turned my thoughts to pretty flowers and lush greenery.  And no one does flower dies as well as Memory Box and Poppystamps.  I recently re-ordered the ever popular Poppystamps die Massa Leaf Frame which lets you make a very impressive card quickly.  It cuts all the leaves and the frame so all you have to do is fill the opening with whatever you like.  You can see I chose mostly butterflies! 

For this first card I chose the very preppy (am I dating myself with that term?) color combo of bright green and dark pink.  Be sure to click on the card to see it close up -- on the left you will see the new Eyelet Stitches dies from Poppystamps.  They make a really beautiful border and add just that extra little something that finishes the card beautifully.Welcome-SpringWelcome Spring – Poppystamps dies Massa Leaf Frame, Eyelet Stitches and Dream Butterfly; Savvy Stamps sentiment; design inspired by Mona Pendleton

I used the same color combo on this card, but instead of die cutting the frame I used it to emboss the background.  I filled the opening with white cardstock and mounted two butterflies (Memory Box dies Darla and Isabella) in the center.Pink-Tall-CardButterfly Kisses -- Poppystamps die Massa Leaf Frame; Memory Box dies Darla and Isabella.

For the next card I embossed the white mat with the Memory Box stencil Mini Dots and added a vellum layer to the butterfly.  Adding little touches like these really “amp” up your cards to the next level!Pink-Tall-CardBlue Butterfly -- Poppystamps die Massa Leaf Frame; Memory Box dies Darla and Vivienne; Memory Box stencil Mini Dots.

This soft pink card is oversized (4" x 8") and makes a very pretty statement.

Pink-Tall-CardPink Butterfly -- Poppystamps dies Massa Leaf Frame, Groovy Flower and Classic Ribbons; Memory Box dies Pippi and Isabella.

No matter what color youi choose this frame can handle it!  I love the red!

Pink-Tall-CardRed Butterfly -- Poppystamps die Massa Leaf Frame; Memory Box dies Pippi and Isabella; Hero Arts sentiment.  Card is 4½” x 6¼".

Finally I used something other than a butterfly!  What a cute Easter card this frame makes with bunnies and flowers and a stenciled background.

Pink-Tall-CardBunny Frame – Poppy dies Massa Leaf Frame, Chocolate Bunnies and Hydrangea Blooms small; Taylored Expressions die Hippity Hop; Memory Box stencil Texture Disperse; design inspired by Sherry Hester

One final card that shows that this frame is versatile enough to handle a shabby chic design.  I love the nuetral color palette.

Avery-Elle-ThanksI hope you enjoyed seeing the versatility of this pretty die.It's availbale along with many others at The Stamp Act now!

 

Big "Half Dollar" Sale

Spring has given me the "itch" to clean house and move things around the store.  As I did, I pulled lots of stuff for the sale table.  Before I could even announce it, customers were already scopping up the values.  I have a large number of stamps and miscelaneous merchandise on sale for $.50.  Plus a large selection of Christmas, Halloween and Fall dies and stamps on sale at 30% off.  I do not have room to keep this sale table going indefinitely so please come in before the end of the month -- assuming there's anything left!

Brand New Merchandise

OMG!  There's a lot of new merchandise coming your way soon -- like this week! Check it out on our What's New Page (click here or on the navigation bar above) to see all the new goodies.  If you see something you want please email me or call me at 915-833-9500 so I can hold it for you for a few days.

One item we just got in is the new larger 10" x 10" Stamp Perfect.  I got in 6 yesterday and 4 were sold within hours!  The smaller version is out of stock at the manufacturer until mid-March :( so grab this one if you don't have one.  This tool is truly revolutionary and trust me once you start using it you will be so happy you have it!

And FYI: I do have a limited number of the bar magnets for the Stamp Perfect if you are interested.

And speaking of the Stamp Perfect, my class this Saturday will show you more than 10 ways to use this great tool.  Check it out and sign up.  And if you'd rather come at another time, just give me a call to arrange a time.

Well that's all for now.  I hope to see you soon at The Stamp Act!

 

 

 

 


Bold Balloons Using the Stamp Perfect

Hello friends. Today's blog is all about birthdays and balloons.  What's impressive about these cards is not so much the final results -- although I hope you like the cards -- it's the technique for achieving them.  If you recently bought the Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool or if you have another brand tool, you can learn these techniques in my Birthday class on Saturday, February 4th at 10am.  You will learn how to mass produce stamped die cuts; how to perfectly align two images (in this case the string on the balloon); and how to repeatedly stamp an image in a perfect row.  I hope you can join us -- I promise you will have fun and learn a lot!

For more information on classes, please click on the Classes link on the Navigation Bar above. 

Enjoy these samples created with Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Bold Balloons. 3-Balloons-Pink-Dot3 Balloons Pink Dot – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; design inspired by Michele BoyerWhoop-dee-doooWhoop-dee-doo – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Stampendous clear stamp set Birthday Assortment; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Whoop-dee-dooo4 Balloons Happy Birthday – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Shelly Mercado
Whoop-dee-doooHappy Birthday Banner – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Happy Birthday Banner; Stampendous clear stamp set Birthday Assortment
Whoop-dee-doooHappy Birthday Balloons – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Frame in Frame 2; design inspired by Gayatri Murali
Whoop-dee-doooWish Big – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Frame in Frame 2; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This next card is an example of creating a border by repeatedly stamping a word, in this case "happy."  You will learn a couple ways to do this technique.Happy-BirthdayHappy Birthday – Paper Smooches stamp set Fun & Flirty; Paper Smooches die Happy Birthday; design inspired by Penny Ward

Mirror image stamping is trending these days because using the Mirror Image Blocks from Paper Smooches and the Stamp Perfect makes it easy.  Aren't these the cutest little dogs?!!  I will be teaching this technique in the Introduction to the Stamp Perfect class on Saturday, February 4 at 2pm.Dog-WonderfulDogs Wonderful – Paper Smooches stamp sets Woofers & Tweeters and Mirror Blocks; Paper Smooches dies Woofers and Linked Hearts; Taylored Expressions die Falling Hearts; design inspired by Jennifer McGuire

More cute dogs achieved with mirror image stamping.  And another tip:  I die cut the "Smooches" sentiment from red cardstock and did not remove the word.  Then I inked the entire piece with Versamark ink and embossed it with Iridescent embossing powder.  Easy way to achieve a sparkling sentiment for your card!Dog-SmoochesDogs Smooches – Paper Smooches stamp sets Woofers & Tweeters and Mirror Blocks; Paper Smooches die Smooches; Taylored Expressions die Falling Hearts; Memory Box die Glorious Hearts; design inspired by Jennifer McGuire

Thanks for stopping by today.  I look forward to seeing you soon!


Stamping with Layering Stamps

Hello friends.  I hope your new year is starting off well.  I have been working with the Stamp Perfect and Layering Stamps from Taylored Expressions and I am really enjoying both.  Because TE's layering stamps are red rubber, having a stamp positioner is a must in order to align the stamps accurately.  There are two different techniques for aligning the stamps and I will be showing both of them in the upcoming Stamp Perfect class (see classes link on the navigation bar above or click here).  Please enjoy these samples -- the stamp sets are perfect for making cards for all occassions.

 SimplystampedrosesTaylored Expressions Simply Stamped Roses $19.79

Simply-Stamped-Tulips-stamp Taylored Expressions Simply Stamped Tulips $19.79

For stamping the tulips, roses and leaves/stems, I used 2 or 3 shades of ink. The most solid image is stamped in the lightest shade of ink; the semi-solid image is stamped in the medium shade; and the most detailed image is stamped in the darkest shade of ink.   For this card I made a template (stencil) using TE's Floral Lattice die and sponged various shades of Distress ink through it for a soft colorful background.

Tulips-Thank-YouTulips Thank You – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE die Floral Lattice; design inspired by Jen Shults
Tulips-Thank-You
Tulips Just a Note – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE dies Stitched Banner Stacklets and Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Leafy Vine; design inspired by Jean Manis

I love TE's Picture Perfect die Sunny Days and it makes a perfect frame and background for the colorful tulips.
Tulips-Thank-YouTulips Sunshine – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE die Picture Perfect Sunny Day; TE embossing folder Dotted Lattice; design inspired by Melody Rupple
Tulips-Thank-You
Tulips Spring – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE die Pocket and Pages April; TE embossing folder Leafy Vine; design inspired by Pam Sparks

Tulips-Thank-YouTulips Full Bloom– Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE die Stitched Frame Stacklets 1; TE embossing folder Garden party; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Tulips-EasterTulips Easter – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Tulips; TE dies Label Stacklets 8 and Stitched Banner Stacklets; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swirls; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Jen Shults

Roses-Just-BecauseRoses Just Because – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses

TIP:  To add double dimension to the Hello die-cut sentiment, I also cut it from white fun foam and glued the black die cut  on top. Not only does this add depth to the sentiment, but the white fun foam forms a shadow that adds a nice dimension also.Roses-Just-BecauseRoses Hello – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE die Script Hello; design inspired by Jen Shults
Roses-Just-Because
Roses Hello Valentine – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE embossing folder Dotted Lattice; TE die Pocket and Pages February; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen
Roses-Just-Because
Roses Hello Lovely – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; TE embossing folder Dotted Lattice; design inspired by Jean Manis
Roses-Just-Because Roses Thinking of You –
Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE embossing folder Swiss Hearts; TE die Stitched Banner Stacklets; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

TIP:  Attach vellum to your cards with 1/8" scor tape.  It does not show!

Roses-Just-BecauseRoses Happy Birthday – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE embossing folder Kaleidoscope; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

Roses-BirthdayRoses Birthday – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; Mmeory Box die Stitched Circles; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; TE embossing folder Swiss Hearts; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Roses-LovelyRoses Lovely – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Simply Stamped Roses; TE die Frame in Frame and Stitched Banner Stacklets; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

Stamp Perfect Stamp Positioning Tool News

Bar-magnetIf you follow Jennifer McGuire's blog (see her video here), she recently published a post with tips for using stamp positioning tools like the Stamp Perfect.  One tip that she gave was to use a bar magnet instead of the little round magnets that come with the tool.  She cited several advantages: (1) you can use just one of the larger bar magnets (3” x ½” x ⅛”); (2) you won't have to be so worried about the little round magnets clinging to each other then breaking when you have to pull them apart, or losing the magnets; and (3) the larger/heavier bar magnet holds your paper more securely.  I thought this tip sounded good so I have ordered these bar magnets and will have them available to you in about a week.  They will retail for $5.99.

For more tips and tricks for using the Stamp Perfect, come to one of our upcoming classes.  You can see them listed here.

 Another tip she gave was to laminate a sheet of grid paper so you can easily wipe off inks.  This makes a lot of sense and in fact I had just laminated a sheet of the grid paper pad that we sell to accompany the Stamp Perfect Tool.  Now when you buy a pad of the grid paper, I will laminate one sheet for free!

As many of you know, the crafting industry is holding its big wholesale merchandise show right now.  There will be lots of new products released at the show and I will bring you interesting news about new products as I receive information.  Here are some I saw today:

Tim Holtz -- Ranger is releasing a new line of Oxide Inks which are a hybrid of dye and pigment inks.

Impression Obsession -- is also releasing a new line of Hybrid Inks.

Tim Holtz --Tonic is releasing a "Tim Holtz" stamp positioning tool.  It is 8.5" x 8.5" and will be released in late March for $39.99.

Stamp Perfect -- is releasing another size stamp positioning tool.  It will be 10" x 10" and retail for $29.99.

New Dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps

We have new dies arriving from Memory Box, Poppystamps, Taylored Expressions and Impression Obsession, and you can see all of them with prices on our What's New Page (see navigation bar above or click here.

Thanks for reading the blog today and please stop in soon to see everything in the store.  It's a new year so resolve to stamp and paper craft more!  Have fun!


Cardio is Hardio!

Hello friends and thanks for stopping by today.  The new year inevitably brings new resolutions and many of us promise to exercise more.  The new Taylored Expressions set, Exercise Grumplings (with matching dies), turns our resolutions on their heads and expresses what's really in our heads!  I laughed out loud when I saw these cuties and I am sure you will agree.

Exercise-Grumplings-stampsTaylored Expressions Exercise Grumplings stamp set, $17.99

The new Let's Talk Edger 3 die forms the perfect word bubble for this cute Grumpling, and the Little Bit dies of hamburger, french fries and donuts capture all the yummy food we don't want to give up!

Fitish-Food-BlueFitish Blue – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Exercise Grumplings; TE dies Little Bits Donut, Hamburger and French Fries; TE die Let’s Talk Edger 3; design inspired by Gayatri Murali

Make this card quickly by minimizing your coloring and adding strips of colorful paper instead.  A few sequins also adds a pop of color.
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Diddly Squats – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Exercise Grumplings and Clocked Out Grumplings combo set; design inspired by Kim Singhdahlsen

Here the Stitched Rolling Cloud die does double duty as a thought bubble filled with Little Bit food dies.
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Fitish Food – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Exercise Grumplings; TE dies Little Bits Donut, Hot Dog, French Fries and Ice Cream Cone; TE die Stitched Rolling Clouds; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Spellbinders die Labels 11; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Here the sentiment says it all! 
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Cardio – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Exercise Grumplings; TE die Let’s Talk Edger 3; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; TE embossing folder Ah-Mazing; design inspired by Jean Manis

Make your donuts look even more yummy by die cutting the top layer from white glitter paper.
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Diet Day 1 – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Exercise Grumplings; TE die Little Bits Donut; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; TE embossing Folder Burlap; design inspired by Melody Rupple

This grumpling looks exhausted after her "run"!
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– Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Exercise Grumplings; TE dies Little Bits Sun & Clouds and Grass Border; Memory Box dies Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Clouds; design inspired by Michele Boyer

Classes

Check out these classes scheudled for the next few weeks. If you wish to take one of these classes during the week, just give me a call to discuss.  You can see our Class Calendar by clicking on the Class link on the navigation bar above.

Saturday, January 28, 10am (2 hours), $25

Be My Valentine – Learn many techniques while making several pretty Valentines.  You will learn how to color and emboss cardstock with an embossing folder; how to double inlay a die; and how to create an ombre or gradient background using the new Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool.  I will also show you how to “stitch” a pocket using a die.  This will be a fast-paced, fun class so come with lots of energy!  Please call Polly at 915-833-9500 by Thursday, January 26 to register for class.

Saturday, January 28, 2pm (2 -3 hours), $25

Introduction to the Stamp Perfect Tool – The new Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool has so many applications in stamping from stamping clearly and accurately to stamping on die cuts to creating gradient backgrounds.  This class will introduce you to 10 ways to use the Stamp Perfect including mirror stamping, stamping with layering stamps and multiple stamping.  This is a workshop which means you will not make finished cards.  You must bring your own Stamp Perfect tool and other supplies to class.  Please call Polly by at 915-833-9500 by Thursday, January 26 to register for class.

Saturday, February 4, 10am (2 hours), $25

Happy Birthday – Make several birthday cards using the new Stamp Perfect tool.  We will explore several techniques including multiple stamping, gradient stamping and mirror stamping.  Please call Polly at 915-833-9500 by Thursday, February 2 to register for class.

Saturday, February 4, 2pm (2 - 3 hours), $25

Introduction to the Stamp Perfect Tool – The new Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool has so many applications in stamping from stamping clearly and accurately to stamping on die cuts to creating gradient backgrounds.  This class will introduce you to 10 ways to use the Stamp Perfect including mirror stamping, stamping with layering stamps and multiple stamping.  This is a workshop which means you will not make finished cards.  You must bring your own Stamp Perfect tool and other supplies to class.  Please call Polly at 915-833-9500 by Thursday, February 2 to register for class.

Saturday, February 11, 2pm (2 hours), $25

Be My Valentine – Learn many techniques while making several pretty Valentines.  You will learn how to color and emboss cardstock with an embossing folder; how to double inlay a die; and how to create an ombre or gradient background using the new Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool.  I will also show you how to “stitch” a pocket using a die.  This will be a fast-paced, fun class so come with lots of energy!  Please call Polly at 915-833-9500 by Thursday, February 9 to register for class.

Saturday, February 11, 2pm (2 - 3 hours), $25

Stamp Layering with the Stamp Perfect Tool – The Stamp Perfect tool makes it possible to layer stamps on top of each other.  I will show you two techniques for layering rose and tulip stamps in this class and although we will not complete finished cards, you will have flowers to take home.  Please call Polly at 915-833-9500 by Thursday, February 9 to register for class.

 


Happy New Year and Fun Valentine's Day Cards

Hello dear friends and happy new year.  I hope your new year is starting off well.  Here at the Stamp Act I have ordered lots of new merchandise for Valentines and spring and have been consolidating the fall holiday merchandise to accomodate the new arrivals.  Please check out all the new merchandise on the What's New page on our website.  More merchandise is coming so check back in a few day.

Taylored Expressions was the first to arrive so I have many Valentine samples using their new products to share with you today.  Enjoy!

For this first card I used a new set from TE called Filled with Love.  You won't see it on the What's New page because it's sold out, but you can use the Impression Obsession Conversation Hearts stamp and matching die to make these cards.  The star of the new TE collection are the Loved and Sweet Script dies.  You will see I used them a lot!

Sweet-heartsSweet Hearts – Taylored Expressions stamp/die combo set Filled With Love; TE die Sweet Script; design inspired by Jean Manis

The Paper Smooches Grocery Cart die is one I use quite often and here it is perfect for holding a cart full of hearts!
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Grocery Cart – Paper Smooches die Grocery Cart; Paper Smooches stamp set Chit Chat; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection; Paper Smooches die Hearts; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Braided

Here's a card that's perfect for Valentines, but also for thank you's, birthdays and thinking of you occassions.
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Sweet Things – Taylored Expressions Little Bits dies Donut, Cupcake and Ice Cream Cone; TE die Sweet Script; TE stamp set How Sweet It Is; design inspired by Jean Manis

The TE Brushed Hearts Background stamp is another favorite that can be used throughout the year.  I stamped it easily using the new Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool.
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You’re So Sweet – Taylored Expressions stamp Brushed Hearts Background; TE dies Stitched Banner Stacklets and Sweet Script; TE stamp set How Sweet It Is; design inspired by Jean Manis

This next card is so colorful and happy!  To make it I used the new Floating Hearts die from Taylored Expressions which is exclusive to paper crafting stores like The Stamp Act.

Floatingheartscuttingplate_ I took a piece of white cardstock and sponged it with all the colors of ink you see here.  Then I cut it with the new Floating Hearts die.  Next I cut the die from white cardstock in order to have a template (stencil) to fit on the front of my white folded card front.  I adhered the corners of the template with a little tape and started inserting the colorful hearts.  The larger hearts I popped up with foam tape and the smaller hearts I glued in place.  I finished the card with a vellum circle stamping and embossing "You're So" in white and die cutting Sweet from black cardstock.
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Floating Hearts Ombre Background – Taylored Expressions dies Floating Hearts and Sweet Script; TE stamp set How Sweet It Is; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Jen Shults

For this next card I inked the inside of the new Conversation Hearts embossing folder with pink ink then embossed a piece of white cardstock.Sweet-heartsYou’re So Loved– Taylored Expressions embossing folder Conversation Hearts; TE stamp set How Sweet It Is; TE dies Stitched Banner Stacklets and Loved Script; design inspired by Jean Manis

The Mason Jar is awesome!  Stamp it first then die cut it with the matching die.  I actually layered the jar with an acetate die cut layer to hold the hearts in place.  Fun!
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Filled With Love – Taylored Expressions stamp/die combo set Filled With Love; TE stamp sets Mason Jar; TE dies Mason Jar and Frame in Frame 2; Spellbinders die Hearts; design inspired by Jen Shults
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Happy Valentine’s Day – Taylored Expressions stamp/die combo set Filled With Love; design inspired by Jean Manis
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Candy Jar – Taylored Expressions stamp sets How Sweet It Is and Mason Jar; TE stamp/die combo set Filled With Love; TE dies Mason Jar and Tag Stacklets 3; Spellbinders die Hearts; design inspired by Kerri Michaud
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– Taylored Expressions stamp Brushed Hearts Background; TE die Sweet Script; TE stamp set How Sweet It Is; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

The Impression Obsession order just arrived so here are a few Valentines using their products.

IO-Mason-Jar-HeartsIO-Mason Jar Hearts – Impression Obsession die Mason Jar; Spellbinders die Mega Circles; Taylored Expressions dies Designer Mini Tags and Little Bits Love Confetti; TE stamp set Many Minis All Occasions; Paper Smooches die Tiny Hearts; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection; TE paper pad Formula for Love

Heart-Flourish-DieImpression Obsession die Heart Flourish

IO-Flourish-HeartIO-Heart Flourish – Impression Obsession dies Heart Flourish and Mini flowers; sentiment by Penny Black

News You Can Use!

Perhaps you already know this, but Copic has changed the names of some of their markers.  I was searching for a refill for E00 Skin White and kept finding Cotton Pearl.  It appears that Copic decided to use names with less racial overtones.  Good job Copic!

E00 - From Skin White to Cotton Pearl
E21 - From Baby Skin Pink to Soft Sun
E27 - From Africano to Milk Chocolate
E34 - From Orientale to Toast
E95 - From Flesh Pink to Tea Orange
R02 - From Flesh to Rose Salmon
V05 - From Marigold to Azalea
YR61 - From Yellowish Skin Pink to Spring Orange

Stamp Perfect Tool Just Got Better!

The Stamp Perfect tool is now even better with our new and exclusive Grid Paper Pad ($3.99).

Grid-paper-padThe Grid paper pad fits right inside the Stamp Perfect tool for storage and can be used to protect the inside of the tool when stamping as well as many other uses.  Be sure to watch for our upcoming class/workshop on this valuable tool.

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Highlighting a Few New Products!

A few of our new products are particularly useful with the new Stamp Perfect tool.  First layering stamps are quick and easy with this stamp positioning tool.  We just got in three new sets from Taylored Expressions: Roses, Tulips and Cupcakes.  All have several multi-layer images per set and matching dies should you choose to cut them out. You can see all the sets and their matching dies here.Simplystampedroses
Another stamp set that works wonders with the Stamp Perfect is the Mirror Block set from Paper Smooches.  Using these blocks you can stamp a mirror image of any stamp.  I will be demonstraitng this in the upcoming workshop.Mirro-BlocksAnd finally, Impression Obsession just released a new stamp set that will particularly useful in the El Paso Southwest.

Spanish-Greetings-clear-set The Spanish greetings translate to: Happy New Year; Thank You; For my Friend (make and female); Hello; Get Better Soon; Happy Mother's Day; Happy Father's Day; Thinking of You; Congratulations; Just for You; and Merry Christmas.

Thanks and Happy New Year!

As 2017 starts, I am reminded that The Stamp Act starts its 17th year in business.  Thank you for making The Stamp Act a part of your creative journey.  I am very grateful when you choose to shop at The Stamp Act, and thank you for being part of my journey and for enriching my life with your creativity and friendship.  I look forward to serving you throughout the coming year as there is much more creativity, inspiration, and joy to be shared in 2017!  Happy New Year!