Cool Treats

What's better in the summer than a delicious cool treat?  Whether you prefer ice cream, watermelon or lemonade, you will love all these fun cards.  Check them out and stop in for all the supplies to make one for yourself.

Newton's Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops

Lets-ChillLet’s Chill – Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops; Copic markers; washi tape

Lets-ChillWhat’s the Scoop? – Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops; Copic markers; Taylored Expressions Label Stacklets 3
Lets-ChillHappy Birthday Sprinkles – Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops; Copic markers
Lets-ChillLet’s Chill 2 – Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops; Copic markers

Impression Obsession Good Old Summertime Sweet-SummertimeSweet Summertime – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; Copic markers; design inspired by Ilina Crouse Sweet-Summer-watermelonSweet Summer – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Taylored Expressions die Script Sweet; Copic markers

Paper Smooches products

Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CSweet Summertime – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Memory Box die Scallop Border; Impression Obsession clear stamp set Good Old Summertime; IO die Ice Cream Set; Taylored Expressions Little Bits die Ice Cream Sundae (cherry); Spellbinders die Scallop Circles; TE embossing folder Burlap; design inspired by Geraldine Andrade
Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CAnything is Popsicle – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; design inspired by Paper Smooches
Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CMelt Popsicle – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; design inspired by Seven Hills blog
Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CYou’re Cool and Relax and Chill – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Poppystamps die Delicate Stitches; Memory Box die Scallop Border; design inspired by Paper Smooches and Alice Wertz
Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CChocolate – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Impression Obsession die Drip Edger; Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Love & Chocolate

Taylored Expressions products

Color-Block-SummertimeColor Block Summertime – Taylored Expressions dies Color Block Background, Rolling Hills and Tall & Skinny Alphabet; Little Bit dies Beach Umbrella, Beach Ball, Sandcastle, Ice Cream Cone, Popsicles and Sun and Clouds; design inspired by Kay Miller

Vacation

The Stamp Act will be closed from Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 4 for vacation.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 10am.

Please come see us now!


Bright Colorful Stamped Cards

Hello friends.  Remember stamping?  Today's cards all created with new stamps and they are colorful and fun!  Enjoy!

A stamp company called Lockhart Stamps, after founder Karen Lockhart, was bought a few years ago by Peggy Jo Ackley and renamed Pink Ink Stamps.  Peggy Jo spent many years licensing her artwork to the paper, gift and home decor industries, and illustrated hundreds of books for American Girl.  She has continued Karen's legacy of beautiful artwork and generally uses colored pencils to color her whimsical designs.  This year Impression Obsession licensed some Pink Ink designs and offered them with matching dies.  For the card below I used a set called Flower Vases which comes with three vases and a variety of flowers and leaves.  It's fun to color and looks great against the new cool background called Rolling Waves by IO.  I colored the vase and flowers with Copic markers.IO-Pink-Ink-Flower-VasesIO Pink Ink Flower Vases – Impression Obsession/Pink Ink clear stamp set with matching dies Flowers Vases; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; IO Cover-A-Card background stamp Rolling Waves; design inspired by Laura Fulcher

What's more fun to color than summer treats?  The new Good Old Summertime stamp set from Impression Obsession contains every treat you can think of and they make a great background for a summery card.Sweet-SummertimeIO Sweet Summertime – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; Copic markers; design inspired by Ilina Crouse

I cannot get enough of the Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps and neither can my customers.  They regularly sell out -- but new designs quickly take their place!  This flower and word combo comes from a set called Floral Reflections; I stamped it on the diagonal, colored it then cut off the top and adhered it to a black card.LB-Floral-ReflectionsStampendous Laurel Burch Floral Reflections – Stampendous Laurel Burch clear stamp set Floral Reflections; Copic markers; design inspired by Cynthia F.

Another Impression Obsession stamp and more bright colors makes this pretty rose in a jar a perfect all occassion card.Peach-RosesPeach Roses – Impression Obsesssion stamp Roses in Jar; IO die 6 in 1 Rectangle Frames; Taylored Expressions stamp set Many Mini’s All Occasions; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

How delicate and pretty are the soft colors of this next card starring a new Stampendous stamp called Butterfly Aviary.  I mounted the focal image on some fairy paper and cut the words at the bottom of the card from the same paper.Butterfly-AviaryButterfly Aviary – Stampendous stamp Butterfly Aviary; Kaisercraft decorative paper

Speaking of gorgeous coloring, check out this next card by Harriet Head starring another Stampendous stamp.  Great work!Harriet's-Gnome-HomeGnome Home – Stampendous stamp Gnome Home

I love, love, love this next stamp -- the Double Cone Flower from Impression Obsession.  It is stamped in black on white cardstock giving it a solid black background with open areas of white cardstock to color.  The coloring I did with Copic markers and it was easy.  For the sentiment I white embossed a phrase from the IO stamp set called Smile and paired it with the Smile word cut from orange and matted in black.  So pretty!

Double-Cone-FlowerDouble Cone Flower – Impression Obsession stamp Double Cone Flower; Impression Obsession die Smile with coordinating stamp set Smile; design inspired by Chris Dayton.

Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamp

You may not be familiar with the relatively new stamp company called Concord & 9th but they have developed the coolest stamp line called Turnabout Stamps.  Pictured below is the Oh Hello There Turnabout stamp.  See the cards below the stamp?  The backgrounds were created using this stamp -- and it's easy.  First you make a template that aligns the stamp so that as your turn your cardstock clockwise four times and ink the stamp in one of four colors the words fall right into place with no overlaps.  Go here to see a video showing how to use this stamp.  What will they think of next? 

Hello-There-stamp

 Hello-ThereConcord & 9th Oh Hello There – Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp Oh Hello There; various dye inks; Poppystamps die Big Halo Hello Hello-There-2Concord & 9th Oh Hello There Friend – Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp Oh Hello There; Poppystamps die Johnny Jump Ups

What's New at The Stamp Act

TH-Stamp-PlatformWe have received the new Tim Holtz stamping platform which is priced at $40.99.  To see Tim Holtz demo this stamping tool go here.  If you do not have a stamping platform, you are really missing out on a tool that makes stamping lots easier and better.  Why?  The tool aligns your stamp so that you can stamp it over and over in the same spot to darken an image or restamp an incomplete image.  I use mine every time I stamp and find it invaluable.

We have also received the 12 new Oxide ink colors making 24 in all.  Oxide inks are a totally new ink, a fusion of dye and pigments that can be used to create gorgeous backgrounds with effortless blending and layering.  Check out this video for a comprehensive introduction to oxide inks.

We also have lots of new stamps and dies from all different companies including some great new dies from Lawn Fawn. These will be released on August 24 and will include some bery creative new dies!

 Vacation

The Stamp Act will be closed from Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 4 for vacation.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 10am.

Please come see us now!


Decorated Notepad Gifts

Hello friends.  Today I am continuing my papercrafting gift series with some decorated notepads. These notepads are made from one piece each of 12" x 12" cardstock and 12" x 12" decorative paper.  I selected double sided decorative papers which made it easy to coordinate the decorative papers on the inside and outside.  If you search "paper covered notepads" on You Tube you will see lots of samples with instructions.  However, before you start you need to decide what size notepad you are going to use inside.  I used Junior Legal Pads and they fit perfectly within the piece of 12" x 12" cardstock.  If you select a smaller notepad or even smaller Post-It notepads, you can make your structure with one piece of 8½” x 11” cardstock.

I cut all the cardstock structures from tan cardstock simply because it was available and a neutral color.  For the  outside covers I selected decorative papers that would work with the flower dies I had selected to use.  You can of course decorate the cover with any dies and stamps.

My first two notepads are covered with a bright. colorful striped paper that coordinates with a cactus paper (used on the inside).  I matted it with solid blue green cardstock.  FYI: The front and inside covers measure 8¼” x 5¼”.  You can see the pen on the left in its own slot (more about the pen later). I decorated this first notepad with a flower set from Taylored Expressions mounted on TE's stitched ovals.

Orange-Flowers-insideTaylored Expressions dies Bloom Where You Are Planted and Stitched Ovals

My next notepad is decorated with the cutest little cactus die from Paper Smooches.  I added the sun from Impression Obsession and mounted the cactus on top of a green background cut with Poppystamps stitched landscape die.

Orange-Flowers-insidePaper Smooches die Cactus; Impression Obsession die Sun and Moon.

The inside of the notepad cover has a tear-off calendar and pocket on the left side and the Junior Legal pad on the right.

Orange-Flowers-insideI covered the top of the notepad with decorative paper then taped it into the structure with very strong tape, either ATG tape or Scor tape -- both available at The Stamp Act.

Orange-Flowers-insideThe pen is a Pentel RSVP pen (available with the junior legal pads at Office Depot).  The pen's black bottom screws off so you can curl the decorative paper around the ink refill then stuff it into the pen's barrel.  This was the most challenging task!

The next few notepapds are decorated similarly using Blossom dies from Taylored Expressions and various sentiment stamps.  I love the bright colors.

Orange-Flowers-insidePenny Black clear stamp set Sentiment Collection

Orange-Flowers-insideMissing a calendar -- ran out!

Orange-Flowers-insideTaylored Expressions stamp set A Life She Loved

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Orange-Flowers-insidePenny Black stamp set Life's Messages

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Orange-Flowers-insideTaylored Expressions die Bloom Where You Are Planted

Leaves-InsideThese notepads were a lot of fun to make and I want to make several more with themes like Cats and Dogs and more masculine papers.  You can also add words like "notes, to do list, and important notes" to the covers.

If you are interested in making one or more of these notepads, call me for a class for you and a friend.  I think they will make very useful gifts for anyone on your Christmas list.  And don't forget to shop The Stamp Act for all your papercrafting needs and lots of inspiration!


Calendar Cards

My last post was named "Cards and Calendars" because I used a stamp set to make both.  I am calling this post "Calendar Cards" because I am decorating calendars and turning them into cards.  Fun!

For this set of cards (inspired by Karen Amidon) I used a lot (I mean a LOT!!!) of dies mostly from Impression Obsession.  The calendars come as a set from Taylored Expressions.  It was really fun to create the little scenes on the calendars.  I had one set of 2017 calendars left so I used them for these cards. I also made several individual 2018 calendar sets for gifts. 

Let's take a look a year of calendar cards.  Once the calendar was decorated, I mounted it on cardstock and decorative papers that coordinated with the colors and theme of the calendar scene.

June

June

June

June

June

June

June   June

June

June

June
June
Calendar cards make great personalized birthday cards, and a set of these would be a fantastic gift.  If you have any questions on these cards stop by the Stamp Act to see the cards in person or leave me a comment below.  Thanks for reading the blog today and please shop at The Stamp Act soon!


Calendars and Cards

Hello friends.  I hope you are enjoying your summer.  July is the unofficial kickoff of Christmas crafting and while I am not ready to make Christmas cards just yet, I am determined to get some Christmas presents started and finished before the hectic holidays are upon us.  A popular gift that I make every year for an increasingly long list of friends and family are calendars.  This year I am making two calendar versions and today I want to share with you the stamped version.

For the stamped calendars I used Taylored Expressions' stamp set with matching dies Flowers for a Year and the TE die set Build a Calendar 2.  Here's what they look like:

Flowers-for-a-Year-stamps

Flowers-for-a-Year-dies 

Build-a-Calendar-2Each year Taylored Expressions releases their new printed calendars in two sizes, 3" x 4" and 5" x 7".  I like the smaller size because there is less to decorate -- very important when you're making multiples!  The set of 12 calendars cards in 3" x 4" size is $4.49 and, as you can see, the frame die (above) just fits around the colored rectangle on the card.

TE-3x4-CalendarsThe Flowers for a Year stamp set is so versatile -- it's not just for calendars -- it makes beautiful cards too.  First I will show you the calendars I made (inspired by Melody Rupple's samples). Be sure to click on the photos to see more detail. Jan-Feb

Nov-Dec

 

Nov-Dec

Nov-Dec

Nov-Dec

Nov-DecNow you're probably wondering how I display these calendars.  I have used three options.  First we have a Mini Easel that just fits the cards.  It's inexpensive ($5.99 for a package of 2) and takes up no room.

Mini-EaselA second popular option is the 7 Gypsies Shadowbox Frame (12 compartments) which have been discontinued but can still be found on line. Shadowbox-lgMy last option is new this year.  It's the Tim Holtz Flip Frame ($19.99).  It's a standing frame that measures 7" x 5" on a small round stand with a 5½” x 3½” center opening. The frame comes with two 1⅜” rings.  I made the sleeves for the calendars using page protectors and the WR Memory Keepers Fuse Tool which heat sets a seam along the edge of the cut plastic.  I punched holes at the top of each plastic sleeve, inserted the calendar then hung the 12 sleeves from the rings. The pages flip right over the top.  The Flip Frame makes a very nice presentation for both men and women. Flip-FrameNow for some card samples.  This first set of cards is inspired by some that Michele Boyer made.  These white on white cards each have an embossed panel matted on colored cardstock.  The simple white layout draws all your attention to the pretty flowers and simple greetings (also in the same stamp set).

Happy-Birthday
Happy-Birthday
Happy-Birthday

Missing-You
Missing-You
Missing-YouHere are two more cards using the same stamp set.

SunshineSunshine – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies Flowers for a Year; TE dies Picture Perfect - Sunny Days and Stitched Circle Stacklets; design inspired by Jean Manis Junst-A-Note-NotablesNotables Card – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies Flowers for a Year; TE dies Build A Calendar 2, Picket Fence and Grass Border; TE background stamp Notables; TE embossing folder Bead Board; design inspired by Melody Rupple.

Keep watching for more gift ideas and please let me know what you are making with your papercrafting supplies.  For calendars, stamps, dies and papers, head on over to the Stamp Act!  We would love to see you.


Baby Cards

Babies are a great way to start human beings!  Yes, you've heard that before and may even have a stamp with that sentiment on it.  My first two cards feature new dies from Cottage Cutz and while they take some patience, they yield beautiful results.  How cute are these little animals!  And there's even a little teddy bear on the clothesline!  Be sure to click the photos to see more detail. CC-ChlotheslineCottage Cutz Clothesline – Cottage Cutz die Baby Clothesline; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Frames; TE Little Bits die Sun and Clouds; Impression Obsession die Congrats Word Set

The Baby Animal Mobile fits perfectly in the IO Oval Frame die. CC-Baby-MobileCottage Cutz Baby Animal Mobile – Cottage Cutz die Baby Animal Mobile; Taylored Expressions die Treat Toppers (word "Baby"); Impression Obsession die All-in-One Frame Ovals

New-Baby-Onesie New Baby Onesie – Impression Obsession dies Baby set and Congrats Word set; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Tags

Elephants are very popular on baby cards.  You will see lots of different elephants on my cards starting with the Elephant Parade from Taylored Expressions.

Elephant-Parade-WelcomeElephant Parade Welcome – Taylored Expressions dies Elephant Parade, Block Party Baby, Grass Border and Welcome Baby Banner

Same elephants cut apart and mounted using the Cottage Cutz mobile die.Elephant-MobileElephant Mobile – Taylored Expressions die Elephant Parade; Impression Obsession dies All-in-One Frame Squares and Congrats Word set; Cottage Cutz die Baby Animal Mobile

Welcome-BabyWelcome Baby – Impression Obsession dies All-in-One Frame Squares and Baby set; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

Boy-Oh-Boy Boy oh Boy – Impression Obsession die Baby set; Amuse sentiment set

Another elephant -- this one from IO.  I stamped the paper with the mini dot pattern then die cut the elephant.  For the background I die cut the Tayored Expressions Shining Stars die from some pastel colored paper and mounted it on a blue card. Elephant-Stars Elephant Stars – Taylored Expressions die Shining Stars; Impression Obsession dies Patchwork Elephant and Congrats Word set; Impression Obsession stamp set Mini Patterns 2; Memory Box die Stitched Circles

Same elephant and mini dots stamp. Baby-Stars Baby Stars – Impression Obsession dies Patchwork Elephant, Congrats Word set and Patchwork Elements; Impression Obsession stamp set Mini Patterns 2; Lil Inkers die Stitched Stars; design inspired by Karen Amidon

From the Archives Welcome-GirlWelcome Little One Girl – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with Onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults 

Welcome-GirlWelcome Little One Boy – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with Onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults
Welcome-Girl
Block Party Baby Feet – Taylored Expressions dies Block Party Baby, Treat Toppers Baby and Stitched Banner Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud 

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

If you need to make a baby card, stop by The Stamp Act for loads of products, inspiration and papers!  We would love to see you.

What's New at The Stamp Act

We've been receiving lots of fun new products including ....

Nuvo Crystal Drops --If you love adding enamel drops to your artwork then make your own with Nuvo Crystal Drops.  With this easy-to-use product you simply squeeze a drop on your page and let it harden into a faux enamel drop with a smooth domed top.  Here's a short video that shows you lots of techniques with these colorful drops.  We are also carrying the Morning Dew drops that dry crystal clear.  Quick, easy and colorful!  Nuvo Crystal Drops are $3.39 each.

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Jewel Picker -- Pick up sequins, beads, die cuts and more with this double-ended tool.  What I especially like about it is that it has a large and small end and each is covered with a cap which helps maintain the stickiness of the tip.  Jewel Picker is $5.79.

Jewel-Picker

Distress Oxide Inks -- These are the hottest inks and everyone wants them.  This video by Jennifer McGuire's is a very comprehensive introduction to Oxide Inks.  We have the original 12 colors in stock and the newest 12 colors on order (they are being released this week).  Buy any 12 inks and receive 10% discount.  Distress Oxide inks are $6.25 each.

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Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamps -- You really have to see these to understand them because they are so unique.  Make the coolest multi-colored background papers in minutes with these stamps as you turn them and stamp them in different colored inks.  The Distress Oxides would be perfect!  Watch these videos to understand how easy they are: Jennifer McGuire, Concord & 9th, and Justine Hovey.  Turnabout stamps are $20.99 each.

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Tim Holtz Stamping Platform -- The brand new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform will be released this week so reserve yours now!  It retails for $39.99 and we should have it in stock in about 10 days.  We still have two  Stamp Perfects in stock; after they are sold that's it.  And remember, the Stamp Perfect is $24.99 (small) and $29.99 (large).  Honestly, this is a tool you should not be without!  Stop in for a demo anytime.

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Amodex Ink & Stain Remover -- You gotta have this!  I have used it to remove Copic marker, ink stains and ketchup stains and it works easily and completely.  The stain is gone -- not lightened where you can still see a little of it -- gone, disappeared, removed!  Amodex is $8.49 a bottle or $1.49 for a small trial size.

Amodex

Stamps and Dies -- We have lots of new stamps and dies from Stampendous (more Laurel Burch!), Impression Obsession, Taylored Expressions, Newton's Nook, Waffle Flower, Concord & 9th, Memory Box and Poppystamps, and many more.  Some of my favorite new ones are from Art Impressions.  Here's a sneak peek!

Live-Laugh-LoveLive Laugh Love set is $15.49 each

Live-Laugh-LoveBetter Soon is $15.49 each

This is an oldie but a goodie and makes a great girlfirend card -- especially with the sentiment below.

Live-Laugh-LoveOut to Lunch is $9.99 each

Live-Laugh-LoveWeight Watcher Points is $5.29 each

Live-Laugh-LoveHot Java Mama is $15.49 each

Live-Laugh-LoveBeauty in Progress is $19.99 each

Live-Laugh-Love Irresistible is $15.49 each

A Few Samples ...

Laughing

 

BFF-Birthday

 

Fill-er-upThere's so much more in store at The Stamp Act so please stop in soon.  Thanks.


Sympathy Cards

Hello friends.  Today's post includes several sympathy cards using different supplies and techniques.  Please  click on the photos to see more detail on the cards.

For my first card I sponged Memento inks in the corner of a white panel die cut with the Lacy Layers die from Waffle Flower.  I finished the card with Memory Box butterfly dies which are so handy because they come in 2 sets of 3 -- the outlines and the backgrounds -- in 3 graduated sizes.  I die cut the sentiment three times and glued them on top of each other to give the sentiment more dimension. 

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For the inside the card I used the piece of cardstock leftover from die cutting the Lacy Layers panel and the outlines cut with the butterflies.  Easy!Avery-Elle-Pink-Inside Avery Elle Pink – Avery Elle stamp and matching die With Sympathy; Waffle Flower die Lacy Layers; Memory Box die Cascadia and Leavenworth Butterflies; design inspired by Melania Deasy

The next card is really fast and easy.  Be sure to double click this card to see the background embossed with cherry blossoms and accented with crystals. Avery-Elle-Black-White Avery Elle Black and White – Avery Elle stamp and matching die With Sympathy; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Cherry Blossom

For this card a Penny Black flower stamp and edger die are the stars.  Avery-Elle-Blue-White Avery Elle Blue and White – Avery Elle stamp and matching die With Sympathy; Penny Black die Edger; Penny Black clear stamp set Flowers Sweet; design inspired by Penny Ward

For the pet sympathy card, I die cut a heart window in a white panel that I had die cut with the Memory Box Pierced Rectangles.  I stamped the sentiment below the heart window and suspended the sympathy die cut over the window.  Next I stamped the word "with" and the dog paw on the gray card and mounted the white panel on the gray card with foam tape to give it dimension.  The Avery Elle set is small but packed with sentiments for both people and pets. Avery-Elle-With-SympathyAvery Elle Pet Sympathy – Avery Elle stamp and matching die With Sympathy; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Hearts Stacklets; Memory Box die Pierced Rectangles; Avery Elle clear stamp set with matching dies More Furry Friends; Impression Obsession stamp From Your Heart; design inspired by Karolyn Loncon

The Poppystamps Dogwood Blossom dies have been very popular because they make beautiful cards. Dogwood-Corner-Sympathy-2Dogwood Corner 2 – Poppystamps die Dogwood Corner; Elizabeth Crafts die With Sympathy; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Dotted Lattice and Leafy Vines

Dogwood-Corner-Sympathy-3Dogwood Corner 3 – Poppystamps die Dogwood Corner; Impression Obsession die With Sympathy; Memory Box dies Cascadia and Leavenworth Butterflies; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice

With-Sympathy With Sympathy – Poppystamps die Falling Dogwood Blossoms; Elizabeth Crafts die With Sympathy; design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach 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

From the Archives

Two very popular cards from the archives follow.  The first card features a kraft panel embossed with the Prairie embossing folder from Taylored Expressions then colored with colored pencils. Pririe-Emb-Fldr Prairie – Taylored Expressions embossing folder Prairie; Penny Black clear stamp set Heartfelt; Prismacolor pencils; design inspired by Jami Sibley

This card is so pretty with soft colors behind a neutral gray tree. Tree-Sympathy Tree-Sympathy – Taylored Expressions die Beauty Lies Within 2; TE embossing folder Dotted Lattice; Spellbinders dies Circles; sentiment by Rubbermoon; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

I hope you don't need sympathy cards any time soon, but please stop in The Stamp Act for all your papercrafting needs.  Thanks!

Store Closed

The Stamp Act will be closed Saturday, July 1 for the 4th of July holiday.  Have a wonderful weekend and happy birthday to America! God-Bless-USA


Happy Hollyhocks

Hello fellow papercrafters.  What's more summery than colorful flowers? The Impression Obsession Hollyhocks die has been super popular ever since it was released several years ago.  So today I am welcoming summer with a series of cards starring the hollyhocks in vibrant colors.

For this first card, a cat sits patiently staring at the hollyhocks growing beneath the window.  I added a little fence and a birdhouse to the vignette and a sweet sentiment. (Be sure to double click on the card to see more detail).Window Window – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks, Birdhouses and Cats; Poppystamps die Madison Window small; Taylored Expressions dies Wrought Iron Fence and Designer Mini Tags; TE stamp set Many Minis Occasions; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Jenny Garlick

Another cat prowls the garden dwarfed by the tall hollyhocks.

HelloHello – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks and Cats; Penny Black die Flower Tags; Poppystamps die Grassland Border; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Jenny Garlick

The sentiment "You Color My World" says it all!You-Color-My-WorldYou Color My World – Impression Obsession die Hollyhocks; Poppystamps die Madison Window large; Amuse sentiment stamp; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Jenny Garlick

One more garden of blooms, this time with a sweet bird.Miss-You Miss You – Impression Obsession die Hollyhocks; Paper Smooches die Word Bubbles; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; Memory Box dies Perched Reedbird and Wildflower Landscape; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Jenny Garlick

Ok, I went from all that color to a very neutral gray, but the hollyhocks are still stately even when cut from white cardstock.  This would be a nice sympathy card too.Gray-CongratulationsCongratulations – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks and Scribble Circles; design inspired by Melissa Kay By Design

From the Archives ...

Here are two cards from the past, both of which show off the beauty of the hollyhocks.  Hollyhocks-FenceHollyhocks by the Picket Fence – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks, Tall Grass, Grass Border and Picket Fence; Memory Box die Dancing Butterflies and Puffy Clouds; Poppystamps die Fancy Clouds; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

I love this next card because the rusty pail looks so real.  To create this card, die cut the white cardstock with the IO die Fancy Cutout Border and adhere it to a blue card with foam tape.  Die cut the pail and handle then color them using a dry brush and Distress Ink Rusty Hinge.  Die cut the hollyhocks, chalk the centers then cup the flowers on a foam mat using a large stylus. 

Arrange and adhere flowers in this sequence (front to back):

  •  3 hollyhocks (bottom parts trimmed)
  •  2 tall grasses
  •  1 leafy branch (stem trimmed)

Glue the pail’s handle to the pail and adhere pail to card with foam tape.  Stamp greeting on flower die; tie on twine and tie in bow; glue greeting to pail.  Chalk butterflies and glue to card as shown. Hollyhocks-PailHollyhocks in a Rusty Pail – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks, Tall Grass, Leafy Branch, Fancy Cutout Border and Pail; Memory Box die Dancing Butterflies; Taylored Expressions stamp and die set Many Mini’s All Occasions

One more card and this one is from my customer Bea Mieckowki.  It features the rusty pail too but she placed her Hollyhock garden against a brick wall.  So pretty!  Thanks Bea for sharing.

Bea-HollyhocksEnjoy your summer and stop in the The Stamp Act for all your papercrafting needs. 


Cards for Crafters

Hello Friends!  Today's blog is all about us crafters!  How fun are these cards?!  They are perfect to send to other "addicted" crafter's and to friends who know about our obessions!  Enjoy!

These cards are made with a preciously released set of stamps from Taylored Expressions and the newly released matching dies (not shown). 

Alifeshelovedpkg_1Taylored Expressions stamps set A Life She Loved, $18.79.  Matching dies are $22.99.

My first card is very colorful and features the TE Little Bit Paint Brush die.  I die cut the paint brushes from kraft cardstock and the tips from white cardstock then adhered the tips to the brushes.  I colored them with the same color Copic marker that I colored the sentiment with.Color-My-Life-Paint-BrushesColor My World Paint Brushes – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE Little Bit die Paint Brushes; TE paper pad Rainbow Brights; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This card is similiar except it includes the Little Bit Colored Pencil die as well as the Paint Brushe sand the Paint Palette.  I colored the sentiment with colored pencils which show up well on the balck cardstock.

Color-My-Life-Colored-PenciColor My World Colored Pencils – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE Little Bit dies Colored Pencils, Paint Brushes and Paint Palette; design inspired by Jean Manis

You can make a quick background using the focal image in a neutral color and mounting a die cut piece of vellum on top.  The paint brushes are stamped in black, colored with Copic markers and glued on top of the vellum.  Then it's easy to mount the vellum by placing foam tape on the vellum under the brushes.  TIP:  I stamped the sentiment on the vellum with Memento black ink and let it dry before I colored it.  Alternatively you could stamp it in Versafine black and emboss it with clear embossing powder.

Color-My-Life-VellumColor My World Vellum – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Gayatri Murali

A few layers in different colors adds a fun touch to this card.

Make-Beautiful-ThingsMake Beautiful Things – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE dies Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Circles and Frame in Frame; design inspired by Jen Shults

I love the layer son this card.  The kraft corrugated card and the white card are both cut with the Stitched Rectangles and splattered with green and blue ink.  I added Glossy Accents on top of the ink spots on the palette to make them look more realsitic.  Paint-Brushes-Designed-a-LiPaint Brushes Designed a Life – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE Little Bit dies Paint Brushes and Paint Palette; TE die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Melody Rupple

OK, there are crafts other than papercrafting, and knitting and crocheting are very popular these days. 

KnittingKnitting – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE Little Bit die Needles and Yarn; TE die Frame in Frame and Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE embossing folder Swiss Hearts; design inspired by Melody Rupple

News You Can Use

Recently Jennifer McGuire released a video blog showing 5 Must Have Tools for papercrafters.  The Stamp Act has carried all these tools (or something very close to them) and interestingly enough I had several on order when her blog released so they will be coming soon.  Here is my top useful tools list:

Stamp Perfect -- If you don't have it (or another similiar stamp positioning tool) you need to run not walk to The Stamp Act and buy one.  It is extremely useful and will increase your stamping pleasure as it decreases your stamping mistakes.  We have the larger size Stamp Perfect for $29.99.

Fine Tip Glue Bottle -- I agree with Jennifer that a fine tip glue bottle is a must have.  We have the Precision Tip Applicator Bottle that lets you apply tiny drops of glue on thin little die cuts.  Does it clog up occassionally?  Yes.  So go to Hobby Lobby and buy some corsage pins and clean the tip out every once in while.  Or leave the pin in the bottle as a "lid".  Jennifer recommends the Darice Bottles which come 4 to a set and I have those on order also.

Tombow Mono Sand Eraser -- This little eraser can help erase tiny bits of stray ink from your stamping.  Very helpful.

Jewel Picker -- is very handy tool with a sticky end that picks up jewels or sequins.  We carry the Lifestyle Crafts Quicker Picker Upper and the Embellie Jellie.  The Embellie Jellie is an ingenous tool that comes with a small box of a jelly material that you mold into a ball and stick on the end of a wooden skewer.  Then just use the skewer to pick up small embellishments from tiny crystals to heavier buttons.  I also have the Uchida Jewel Picker on order.

The Scor  'n' Pierce Tool --  ranks as one of my top tools.  It has 4 retractable tips: 2 that pierce and 2 that score (ball stylus).  When you need to poke paper out of a die this tool’s tip fits into the tiniest holes.

Milwaukee Heat Tool -- gets hotter than other heat tools so it embosses faster.  It’s the best!

Die Snips -- make snipping apart dies a breeze.  Unlike regular wire snips that are big and clunky, these have a tapered end so they easily fit into tight places to snip dies apart.  Check them out – I reach for mine almost every day!  And if you need to smooth out the burrs left from snipping, use a Dremel tool with a sanding tip.  Be sure to wear safety gogges!!

Tweezers --  I know that using tweezers is a personal preference (passion!) of mine but if you try them you too will love them!  We carry the Elizabeth Craft Tweezers which have very thin, curved tips which make picking up the smallest of embellishments or die cuts easy.

Shop for all the tools, papers, dies and stamps you need for your papercrafting at The Stamp Act!  And if you are looking for a tool or have a question about a tool, just stop in for some advicce.   Thanks for stopping by the blog today.


Happy Father's Day!

Hello firneds.  I have to say that Father's Day snuck up on me.  I have been so busy making other samples, ordering more merchandise and working in my other business.  Plus I am doing some repairs and improvements on my house and that means supervising contractors which is a full time job! 

My first Father's Day card shows a shirt with contrasting collar and a pocket that says it all!  All pieces were handcut except the letters and numbers on the pocket.  A fun card that could be adapted to a birthday or other special occasion.Number-One-DadNumber 1 Dad – Memory Box die Classic Numbers; Impression Obsession die Typewriter Alphabet; Paper Smooches dies Pocket and Stitches

From the Archives

#1-Dad#1 Dad – Taylored Expressions dies Color Block Background and Wispy Grass; TE Little Bits dies Grill, Lawnmower, Mug and Golf Ball & Tee; TE stamp set Punny Man; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Kerri Michaud Best-Dad-I-SawBest Dad I Ever Saw – Taylored Expressions Little Bits dies Kisses Confetti, Ties and Uncle Sam Hat; TE die Frame in Frame; MB Stencil Splatter Spray; TE stamp set Punny Man; Impression Obsession die Retro Masculine; TE embossing folder Diagonal Stripe; design inspired by Joan Ervin

3X3-cardsFather’s Day 3” x 3” cards – Taylored Expressions Little Bits die Lawnmower, Mug and Anchor; TE dies Skinny Borders 1 and Wispy Grass; TE stamp set Punny Man; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

The Taylored Expressions' Pegboard die and All the Fixings stamp and die combo set make really cute "guy" cards.  Here you will see 3 cards: Father’s Day, Birthday and Thank you – to show you this set can be used all year long.  Plus it can easily be used for more feminine cards – see the last card.  Some of the greetings in the stamp set are a little distressed (it’s not bad stamping!!!).

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Fathers-day3 Taylored Expressions Pegboard cards -- Taylored Expressions die Pegboard; TE stamp and die set All the Fixings; Impression Obsession die Typewriter Alphabet upper case; Krylon Silver Leafing pen; sticky-back canvas; Die Cuts with a View self-adhesive cork; Eyelet Outlet Screw brads

Pegboard-Upsy-DaisyPegboard Upsy Daisy – Taylored Expressions die Pegboard; My Favorite Things die Upsy Daisy; Sentiment from MFT Sunflower Sweetheart stamp set; Doodlebug enamel dot

Lots of Dads golf so here's a good card for them. My-Guy-golfcartMy Guy Golfcart – Paper Smooches clear stamp set My Guy; PS dies My Guy Icons and Borders 1; Memory Box Golf Landscape; Poppystamps stamps Fancy Cloud large and small; Poppystamps die set Fancy Clouds

My-Guy-tiesTies – Paper Smooches clear stamp set My Guy; PS die My Guy Icons; Studio Calico wood veneers Stars  Graphic-Greetings-DadDad – Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings stamp Dad; TE die Open Star Border

Birthday or Father's Day Card

I love this vintage car from Cottage Cutz and combining it with some dies and stamps from Taylored Expressions makes a perfect card for the men in your life. 

Vintage-Car-outsideOutside of card

Vintage-Car-outsideInside of card

Vintage Car Birthday – Cottage Cutz die Vintage Car; Taylored Expressions dies Stitched Frames and Rolling Hills; TE stamp set Keep On Truckin’

Anniversary Cards for Men

This anniverary card celebrates the "best day ever" with a clever die from Impression Obsession.You could use this same layout for a birthday or other special date.Vintage-Car-outsideBest Day Ever – Impression Obsession die Best Day Ever; My Favorite Things die Sentiment Strips; Taylored Expressions Little Bit die Love Confetti; TE die Stitched banner Stacklets; Memory Box die Classic Numbers

I love the sentiment on this card.  Vintage-Car-outsidePiece of my Heart – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Pieces of my Heart; TE dies Circles Background, Banner Stacklets 1 and Bloomin’ Stacklets 2; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

A new set that Taylored Expressions released for Valentine's Day is perfect for anniversary cards.
Vintage-Car-outsideHow Sweet It Is – Taylored Expressions stamp set How Sweet It Is; TE dies Stitched Heart Stacklets; TE stamp Brushed Hearts; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Here's another card using the same set with the Loved Script die.
Vintage-Car-outsideKnow That You Are Loved – Taylored Expressions stamp set How Sweet It Is; TE dies Script Loved, Floating Hearts and Stitched Circles; design inspired by Michele Boyer

What's more appropriate for an anniversary card than love birds?  I die cut the birds (new from Impression Obsession) from watercolor paper and wet the paper with water.  Then I scribbled some blue and green Memento markers on an acrylic block and colored the birds with the markers.
Vintage-Car-outsideLove Birds – Penny Black die Songbird Branch; Impression Obsession die 6 in 1 Frame Rectangles; Hero Arts sentiment stamp; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

The Stamp Act is happy to offer a wide variety of papercrafting supplies and invites you to please stop in soon.  Thanks!