Paper Smooches Cat/Dog Die Set

Hello Friends.  I love unique dies and Paper Smooches new Cat/Dog and Bear/Frog die sets not only give you all the dies you need to create a wide variety of creatures, but the price is fantastic!  Look at all the dies you get for $19.99!  And Paper Smooches new clear stamp sets provide the perfect "punny" sentiments that will delight all animal lovers!

The Cat/Dog die set comes with two different head/ear dies (tall ears and short ears) and all the eyes, noses, mouths, whiskers, ears and even "paws" that you need to make a variety of different creatures. 

Cat-Dog-card-diePaper Smooches die set Cat/Dog, $19.99  Critter-Card-PunsPaper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns, $16.59

These two clear stamp sets have all the sentiments you need to make cards using the Cat/Dog die as well as the Bunny die (check out my post on the Bunny Die here), the Frog/Bear die set and the Dinosaur die.

Huge-Hugs-2Paper Smooches clear stamp set Huge Hugs 2, $16.59

Dino-die Paper Smooches die Dinosaur, $8.29

I don't have any cards with the new Bear/Frog die but it is so cute.  Think panda bear and green frog -- and look at the sentiments on the sets above that will bring these creatures to life! 

Bear-Frog-Card-die Paper Smooches die Bear/Frog Die, $19.99

For my first card I made a white cat holding an envelope (with his "paws) that flips down to open.  This card is 5.25" wide and 4.875 tall (closed).

Cat-with-LetterCat-with-letter-open Cat with Letter – Paper Smooches dies Cat Dog Card die and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Savannah O’Gwynn

Love this white pooch!
Raise-the-Woof
Raise the Woof – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Katie Gehring

See how you can completely change Kitty's look by using different dies to create unique features?Cat-with-HeartsCat with Hearts – Paper Smooches dies Cat Dog Card die and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Teri Anderson

Can't you just hear this kitty purring!
Cat-on-Check-Paper
Cat on Check paper – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns

I found a scrap of Cheetah cardstock and created this wild guy!

CheetahCheetah – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Huge Hugs 2; design inspired by Heidi Randazzo

Turn Kitty on his head for yet another look!

Calico-CatCalico Cat – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Katie Gehring

I intended this to be a dog, but some poeple think it's a fox!

DogDog – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die

And don't stop with Cats and Dogs, I made a sheep and a pig!  Love the pig sentiment!

SheepSheep – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; design inspired by Katie Gehring

Pig-timePig – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Katie Gehring

More Puns from Deadbeat Designs

And speaking of "punny" stamps, check out the new stamps from Deadbeat Designs here.  They are hilarious!  I have ordered all the new cow stamps and sentiments plus some new bluebonnet stamps that are perfect for spring in Texas.  Scroll down the Deadbeat blog to see them. 

Whether you are papercrafting cards that are funny or punny, sweet or serious, The Stamp Act is your one stop shop for all things papercrafting.  Please stop in soon and shop!


Spring Cards with Color

Hello fellow papercrafters.  I hope your day is going well and you are enjoying the warmer spring days we are having.  The new Taylored Expressions stamp and matching die "Rainboot Bouquet" is perfect for spring.  This first card is set against a background embossed with TE's embossing folder Dotted Lattice.  I paper pieced the boots by stamping on some polka dot paper and cutting out parts of the rainboots then gluing these pieces on to the die cut rainboots.Rainboot-Hello-SpringRainboot Hello Spring – Taylored Expressions stamp set Rainboot Bouquet; TE dies Rainboot Bouquet, Script Hello and Pocket & Pages April; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice; design inspired by Jean Manis

I paper pieced again on this card (more polka dots!)  I created the background with TE's Prairie embossing folder and sponged in clouds using a template cut with TE's Cloud Border die.  The prairie grass is sponged with a light green ink.Rainboot-Hello-SpringRainboot Thank You – Taylored Expressions stamp set Rainboot Bouquet; TE dies Rainboot Bouquet and Build A Scene Rolling Clouds; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Prairie; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Love the bright aqua and fuschia on this card.  I sponged light yellow over the background; added flowers with one of the Skinny Mini Spring Borders; and grounded the card with another of the Spring Borders.

Rainboot-Hello-SpringRainboot Happy Easter – Taylored Expressions stamp set Rainboot Bouquet; TE dies Rainboot Bouquet and Skinny Mini Spring Borders; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Same stamp and die but a totally different look.  I embossed the vellum background with TE's Walking on Sunshine embossing folder then colored it on the back with Copic markers.  I mounted the vellum background over decorative paper (clouds) and added the pretty purple boots.Rainboot-Hello-SpringRainboot Sending Sunshine – Taylored Expressions stamp set Rainboot Bouquet; TE die Rainboot Bouquet; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Walking on Sunshine; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

Taylored Expressionshas some beautiful background stamps and their new Blooming Background is a great example.  It is fun to color and can be used for any occassion. I colored the first two cards with Copic markes and the third card with Zig Clean Color makers.  So pretty! Blooming-Bkgrd-HelloBlooming Background Hello – Taylored Expressions stamp Blooming Background; TE die Hello Script; Copics

Blooming-Bkgrd-HelloBlooming Background Happy Easter – Taylored Expressions stamp Blooming Background; TE die Stitched Ovals; Spellbinders die Classic Petite Ovals; Memory Box die Perky Happy Easter

Blooming-Bkgrd-Hello Blooming Background Zig Clean Color – Taylored Expressions stamp Blooming Background; Memory Box die Perky Happy Easter; design inspired by Gayatri Murali

Stop in soon and shop for all your papercrafting needs.


Easter Cards

Every holiday has its icons, but who doesn't love the Easter Bunny in all his many forms including this fine sir.  Unfortunately he is retired, but I just could not resist pairing him with the jelly bean sentiment!  So cute!

Smell-Jelly-BeansDo I Smell Jelly Beans – Art Impressions stamps Rabbit (retired) and Jelly Beans; Taylored Expressions Little Bit die Easter Confetti; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles

Now for some newer bunnies.  Taylored Expressions new Skinny Mini Spring Borders features four dies: bunnies, birds, flowers and a chevron pattern.  I paired two of the borders with the Easter Wishes banner set, substituting the "Happy" from the TE Happy Birthday Banner die for the "Wishes."  Along the bottom of the card is a picket fence festooned with the flowers border, a bunny and a birdhouse.
Smell-Jelly-BeansHappy Easter Birdhouse – Taylored Expressions die Easter Wishes Banner, Happy Birthday Banner, Eventful Bunny Border, Little Bit Birdhouse and Picket Fence; Memory Box die Resting Birds; design inspired by Jean Manis

For this next card I used a variety of dies -- some new, some old -- to create a pretty Easter scene.  The new Lattice Frame die from Taylored Expressions is available only through brick-and-mortar stores like The Stamp Act.  I used the Easter Wishes Banner again and cut the bunny from felt, dressing him up with a cute little bow.

Smell-Jelly-BeansEaster Wishes Basket – Taylored Expressions dies Chocolate Rabbit, Lattice Frame, Easter Wishes banner, Peek-A-Boo Easter and Wispy Grass; Impression Obsession die Basket; Memory Box die Peter Cottontail

This scene was created with the new TE Eventful Bunny die paired with a picket fence, clouds and trees.  Plus there are Easter eggs hiding in the grass!
Smell-Jelly-BeansEventful Bunny Border – Taylored Expressions dies Eventful Bunny Border, Build A Scene Trees, Wispy Grass, Cloud Border; Little Bit Easter Confetti and Picket Fence; Memory Box die Stitched Clouds; design inspired by Melody Rupple

And why not decorate your fireplace for Easter with bunnies, flowers and an Easter basket?  How cute is this?
Smell-Jelly-BeansEaster Fireplace – Taylored Expressions die By The Fireside, Little Bits Chocolate Bunny, Skinny Mini Spring Borders, Grass Border; Little Bit Easter Confetti, Frame in Frame, Little Bit Easter Basket and Door to Door Spring Décor; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

Here I used the Eventful Border again, this time cutting it apart and nestling the pieces among the "hills" which were cut with the TE Rolling Stitched Clouds dies.  The sky was embossed with the TE Cloudy Days.
Smell-Jelly-BeansEaster Wishes Bunny Border – Taylored Expressions die Easter Wishes Banner, Eventful Bunny Border and Build A Scene Rolling Clouds; TE embossing folder Cloudy Days; design inspired by Jean Manis

While you're decorating don't forget the front door!  This scene is full of spring colors and icons.  Love the polka dot rainboots sitting on the doorstep.

Smell-Jelly-BeansHello Spring Door – Taylored Expressions stamp set Spring Florals; TE dies Door to Door, Door to Door Spring Décor, Door to Door Décor, Stitched Banner Stacklets and Wispy Grass; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Corrugated; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Now for a couple of bunny cards that are colored with Copic markers.IO-Bunny-with-EggsBunny with Eggs – Impression Obsession stamp Bunny with Eggs; Copic markers; design inspired by Karen Amidon

This bunny really lives up to his name: "Cuddle Bunny."  I copied a card that Harriett Head (good friend and customer from Las Cruces) designed.  Her choice of papers was inspired (they are from Penny Black).  I feel like I could reach into the card and hug the soft, cuddly bunny.  Thanks Harriett for the inspiration!IO-Cuddle-BunnyCuddle Bunny – Impression Obsession stamp Cuddle Bunny; Copic markers; design inspired by Harriet Head

Stop in at The Stamp Act soon for all your papercrafting needs!  Thanks!


Thoughtful Cards for Easter and Other Occasions

Hello friends.  Today I am sharing with you some cards I have called "thoughtful" because they use more spiritual icons and words.  This first card is almost regal in its purple hues.  It's hard to tell by looking at this photo, but I cut TE's new Ornate Frame from silver metallic cardstock and glued it to a vellum panel.  Then I turned the vellum over and colored the frame's border with a Copic marker (V06).  I glued this frame to a top folding lavender card that I had previously cut with a rectangle die so the center was open.  To finish the card I cut another Ornate Frame and glued it on the inside.  I stamped and die cut the cross, colored it (Copics V01, V04, V05 and V06) and mounted it with foam tape in the center of the frame.  I hid the foam tape that shows on the inside of the card by gluing another cross (die cut from lavender cardstock) over the the "front" cross.  I hope that makes sense!  I finished with some flowers and a sympathy sentiment.  Change the sentiment to Happy Easter for a stunning Easter card.Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseSympathy Cross – Taylored Expressions stamp set My Redeemer Lives; TE dies My Redeemer Lives, Ornate Frame Bloomers 2, Bloomers Greenery, Stitched Banner Stacklets and Arbor Accessories; senimtnet from Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; design inspired by Jen Shults

I made two more cards using TE's My Redeemer products.  For the first card I embossed the background with the Redeemer embossing folder then stamped and embossed a cross in gold and mounted it with foam tape over the background.  It fits perfectly!  The sentiment is part of the Redeemer stamp set.
Thoughts-and-Prayers-Vase
Alleluia – Taylored Expressions stamp set My Redeemer Lives; TE dies My Redeemer Lives; TE embossing folder Redeemer; design inspired by Michele Boyer

Similar to the card above, for the next card I embossed the gray background and the die cut oval with the Redeemer embossing folder.  Before mounting the gold embossed cross I punched a circle in a scratch piece of cardstock and sponged a soft blue circle in the center of the background.  To highlight the sentiment, I stamped it in black and die cut it with a stitched circle die.  I left it in the circle die and sponged the background with yellow ink. Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseHe Is Risen – Taylored Expressions stamp set My Redeemer Lives; TE dies My Redeemer Lives, Stitched Ovals Stacklets and Stitched Frame Stacklets; TE embossing folder Redeemer; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

TE's "You're in My Prayers" stamp set and matching Prayers Script die have been very popular -- I think because they send the perfect sentiment to friends and family.  This card uses the Ornate Frame set against a sponged background and decorated with pretty flowers.  The prayer sentiment is three die cuts glued together to give it dimension.Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseIn My Prayers Frame – Taylored Expressions stamp sets You’re in my Prayers and Spring Florals; TE dies Spring Florals, Prayers Script and Ornate Frame; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Remember that you can always use your dies to make a stencil.  I cut one of the smaller crosses from scratch cardstock to form what's called a "mortise mask" which masks the surrounding area while you sponge the blue cross in the center of the background.

Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseIn My Prayers – Taylored Expressions stamp set You’re in my Prayers; TE dies My Redeemer Lives,  Stitched Frame Stacklets and Stitched Banner Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Pretty flowers and a thoughtful sentiment make a lovely card.  I gave the vase some texture using TE's Kaleidoscope embossing folder.Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseThoughts and Prayers Vase – Taylored Expressions stamp sets You’re in my Prayers and Spring Florals with coordinating dies Prayers Script and Spring Florals; TE dies Various Vases and Bloomin’ Birthday combo set; TE embossing folder Kaleidoscope; design inspired by Jean Manis

Super easy and so elegant, this card is perfect for any occasion.  I cut two of the Budding Peony and glued them togther.  Then noting the placement of the flower buds and leaf, I sponged on some pink and green inks.  Add a sentiment and a few sequins and the card is done.Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseBudding Peony – Memory Box die Bubbing Peony; Poppystamps die Eyelet Stitches; Hero Arts sentiment; design inspired by Lindsay Amrhein

Be sure to stop in soon and see these samples and many more in person!  Thanks!   


Don't Miss the Art Fair at The Plactia Santa Fe

Hello friends.  Just a reminder that this Saturday, April 1 we will have the first ever Upcycle Art Fair at the Placita Santa Fe shopping center.  We are having a tremendous response to this concept and have had to turn away many artists who wanted to exhibit.  We hope this will mean more fairs in the future!

I will be selling vintage screens decorated with lots of different themes.  This one is a favorite of mine because I designed it so you can insert your own photo into the frame.  It's perfect for a new Mom or Grandmother.

Family The frame below is another one that can be customized with your own photo.  Both these assemblages have sentiments that really speak to the heart.  Be sure to click on the photo to see a larger view.

Boy-wonderI designed this frame to encourage all dreamers.

Trust-IdeasI turned two frames into clipboards.  This one features the new Dainty Faerie die from Memory Box.  The entire collage can be removed and photos or other memorabilia clipped in its place.Faerie-ClipboardIn addition to the vintage assemblage pieces, I will be selling greeting cards, Easter bags and candy boxes and business or note card holders.  Here's a candy box I made with the Paper Smooches Bunny Card die featured in last week's blog.

Bunny-Candy-BoxIsn't this a cute bunny!  The box is made with a sheet of cardstock (8.5" x 11") and a little scoring and cutting.  If you have the die and want to make one, email me for instructions.

I hope you will join us this Saturday.  It will be great fun!  And be sure to bring one of your own greeting cards which we will donate to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation.  They would appreciate cards with generic themes such as thinking of you, hope, florals, etc.  If you donate a card you will earn a 10% discount on your purchase at The Stamp Act (excluding Vagabond and Stamp Perfect tools).

Hippity Hoppity, Easter's on Its Way!

We've got so many Easter papercrafting supplies including dies, stamps and papers.  Here are some examples.

These first two cards are very quick and easy.  I die cut the white cardstock with the bunny die and matted it on pink polka dot paper.  The Hippity Hoppity sentiment is so cute!

Hippity-HoppityHippity Hoppity – Memory Box die Hippity Hoppity; Taylored Expressions die Hippity Hoppity

This card is very similar in design.  Don't forget to add a little pom pom for the "bunny butt!"

MB-Peter-CottontailPeter Cottontail – Memory Box die Peter Cottontail; Memory Box sentiment stamp

This card is a little more elaborate.  Using Kitty's design, I created a little bunny scene in the square frame of the Massa Leaf Frame die, filling it with bunnies, Easter eggs, flowers and greenery.  Such a pretty card.

Massa-Leaf-FrameMassa Leaf Frame Bunnies – Poppy die Massa Leaf Frame; Impression Obsession dies Rabbit set, Leaves and Stems, Tiny Flowers, Grass Border and Small Grass Border; Spellbinders die Classic Squares; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

Stop in soon and shop for your Easter papercrafting needs including bunnies!

And don't forget the Upcycled Art Fair at The Placita Santa Fe shopping  center.  It's Saturday April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Plan a day out with the girls (or guys) and see unique art created by local artists.  See you there!


Bunny Cards and Candy Bags

Hello friends. Spring and Easter are such a welcome time as the weather warms and the days grow longer.  And in the papercrafting world it's a time for fun cards starring cute Easter Bunnies!  Paper Smooches has just released their new Bunny Card Die that is beyond cute!  The set includes over a dozen dies that give you endless options for creating bunnies with a variety of expressions.  I used just this die set to create the bunnies that decorate the cards, paper sacks and handle bags below.  Take a look at these samples and think how you would use this darling die.

Bunny-card-diePaper Smooches Bunny Card Die  $21.99

Paper Smooches Critter Card Puns clear stamp set offers clever sentiments for their Bunny Card, Cat Dog Card and Bear Frog Card dies.Critter-Card-PunsPaper Smooches Critter Card Puns clear stamp set  $16.59

For my first card I cut the bunny out of white and pink felt.  Isn't he the cutest?Somebunny-SpecialSomebunny Special – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Heidi Randazzo

I turned down this rabbit's ear to give him a playful look!  Be sure to notice how you can vary the eyes and mouths on each sample.Somebunny-SpecialHoppy Easter – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Paper Smooches

This little lady has long eyelashes!
Somebunny-Special White Bunny Card –
Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; design inspired by Paper Smooches

Is this bunny sleeping?  Nonetheless she's so stylish with the cute bow on her ear! Sack is approximately 5.5" square.

Bunny-Sack-PinkBunny Sack Pink – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card and Baby Bow; Taylored Expressions dies Wispy Grass and Ric Rac Border; design inspired by Paper Smooches

Create your bunnies from any color cardstock -- gray is perfect.  Add grass along the bottom of the card and hide some Easter eggs.  I adhered decorative paper to the back and front of the sack then cut through all layers with a ric rac die.Bunny-Sack-Pink Bunny Sack Gray – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card and Baby Bow; Taylored Expressions dies Wispy Grass and Ric Rac border

The Bunny Card die does not cut the bottom so the bunny's body can be as long as you desire.  This bunny and grass measure about 9" tall and 5.25" wide. You can fill the handle bag with Easter grass the candy or use it to gather eggs!

Bunny-Bag-EggBunny Handle Bag Egg – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card, Easter Egg with Bow and Pocket/Flowers; Memory Box die Hippity Hoppity; Poppystamps die Pasture Grass

Bunny-Bag-EggBunny Handle Bag Carrots – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; Impression Obsession dies Basket and Carrots; Poppystamps die Pasture Grass

Stop in soon and shop for your Easter papercrafting needs including bunnies!

And don't forget the Upcycled Art Fair at The Placita Santa Fe shopping  center.  It's Saturday April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Plan a day out with the girls (or guys) and see unique art created by local artists.  See you there!


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.