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!


Graduation Cards

Hello Friends.  It's graduation time again so here's some inspiration for you!

I love the Block Party word dies from Taylored Expressions.  Here the word is "Grad" and I cut it from white cardstock embossed with the Brushed Stars background stamp then backed it with orange polka dot paper.  I added a graduation cap complete with tassel.Grad-with-StarsGrad with Stars – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit die Hats Off; TE stamp Brushed Star Background; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

I used the Grad die again on this card, cutting it from black cardstock and mounting it over some cloud paper.  The card is embellished with the darling Little Bit die Owl, the graduation cap and some graduation confetti.

Hats-Off Hats Off – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit dies Owl, Grad Confetti and Hats Off; TE stamp set Simply Said - Grad; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This graduate is jumping for joy!  The girl grad comes in a set with a boy grad jumping too!  I simply sponged a little ink in the center of the card then mounted the grad with foam tape over the ink.  I die cut some stars and the "Congrats" sentiment from gold mirror cardstock  It's very, very shiny!

Jumping-GradJumping Grad – Impression Obsession dies Jumping Grads and Congrats

I used the Grad die again for this card, this time cut from blue cardstock.  I stamped the Brushed Star Background in Memento Toffee Crunch ink on kraft cardstock, cut it into 2 pieces and glued them and the Grad die cut together and mounted them on a white card.Super-StarSuper Star – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit die Hats Off; TE stamp Brushed Star Background; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; TE stamp set Shining Star Sentiments; design inspired by Melody Rupple

My last card stars the wise old owl on a starry background.  So cute.Way-to-Go-OwlWay to Go Owl – Taylored Expressions die Shining Star Background and Little Bit dies Owl and Hats Off; TE stamp set Simply Said – Grad; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Jean Manis

I just love this card!  And what graduate doesn't want "Moo-lah" for graduation?  I stamped, colored and cut out the cow and mounted it with foam tape on a white card with an embossed background.  Then I computer-generated the sentiment.  Finally I die cut the numbers (wow I can't believe it's been 6 years since I made this card)!  Graduation-Moo-lahGraduation Moo-lah – Penny Black stamp Con-Graduate; Cuttlebug embossing folder Divine Swirls; Spellbinders die numbers; c generated sentiment

This next card is a small 3" x 3" enclosure card.
Graduation-Moo-lah Class of '15 -- Taylored Expressions dies Bracket Notecard, Class of and numbers.

The next two cards use a Taylored Expressions set that is perfect for graduation.World-PlaygroundWorld Playground – Taylored Expressions cling mount stamp set The World is Waiting; design inspired by Courtney KelleyWorld-PlaygroundWorld Waiting For You – Taylored Expressions cling mount stamp set The World is Waiting; TE die Tag Stacklets 1; Poppy die Classic Ribbons; Paper from Simple Stories Urban Traveler; design inspired by Kim Singdashlsen

For all your papercrafting needs and wants (!!), please shop The Stamp Act.

 


Ribbit ... Ribbit!

OK, today's blog is a little crazy because it's all about frogs!  It just so happens that I have a lot of frog dies and stamps in stock and they all jumped on my desk at the same time so here they are!  I hope you will enjoy them.  I even went into the archives and pulled out some frog cards from years past.  Enjoy!

It all started with the new Frog/Bear die from Paper Smooches (shown below).  All the cards shown here used just this die so you can see the set is really versatile.Happy-BirthdayThis is the third die in their trilogy of fun card dies including their Bunny Card die here and their Cat/Dog die here. I will show you the Bear cards first then it's all about frogs!  Each of these die sets is $19.99.

For this card I cut a party hat for the bear and added the sentiment below.Happy-BirthdayHappy Birthday – Paper Smooches dies Bear/Frog Card and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; design inspired Teri Anderson

Love the sentiment on this sweet bear!
Happy-BirthdayBear Hugs – Paper Smooches dies Bear/Frog Card and Word Bubbles; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Courteous Cuties

This cute bear is holding a letter that opens to reveal heartfelt wishes.  For his hands I cut the (face) oval in half and added claws made from the nostril die.

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Happy-BirthdayBeary Loved – Paper Smooches die Bear/Frog Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Courteous Cuties; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Heart Stacklets; design inspired by Savannah O’Gwynn

Thank-You-Beary-Much Thank You Beary Much – Paper Smooches dies Bear/Frog Card and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Courteous Cuties

Now for the frogs.  Our first one is bringing "hoppy" birthday wishes.  I used the cat/dog eye lash die for the "hands." As you look at these cards notice how all the ways you can make the frogs look just by varying the pieces of the set you use. Happy-BirthdayHoppy Birthday Wishes – Paper Smooches dies Bear/Frog Card and Cat/Dog Card; Avery Elle clear stamp set Ribbit Ribbit; design inspired Lisa PetrellaRibbiting-NewsRibbiting News – Paper Smooches die Bear/Frog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Jill HawkinsToadally-Ribbiting-NewsToadally Ribbiting News – Paper Smooches dies Bear/Frog Card and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Teri Anderson

Now for another set of frog dies: Poppystamps dies Tiny Frogs and Lovely Lily Pads:

Poppystamps-Tiny-FrogsPoppystamps Die Tiny Frogs, $5.99

Lily-padsPoppystamps Die Lovely Lily Pads, $5.99

And with these I used a set of stamps and dies from Avery Elle:

Ribbit-Ribbit-stampsAvery Elle clear stamp set Ribbit Ribbit, $8.99
Ribbit-Ribbit-stampsAvery Elle die set Ribbit Ribbit, $14.89

Jumping-for-Joy Jumping For Joy – Poppystamps die Tiny Frogs; Poppystamps clear stamp set Hope and Thanks; Avery Elle clear stamp set Ribbit Ribbit; design inspired by Michele Ferguson

Wart's-New Wart’s New – Poppystamps die Tiny Frogs; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Word Salad; Avery Elle clear stamp set Ribbit Ribbit

Oh-Hoppy-Day Oh Hoppy Day – Poppystamps dies Tiny Frogs and Lovely Lily Pads; Memory Box die Splashing Puddles; Poppystamps clear stamp set Into the Words; design inspired by PMT Meg’s Treasures

Terrific-Birthday Hopping a Terrific Birthday – Poppystamps dies Tiny Frogs and Lovely Lily Pads; Poppystamps clear stamp set Hope and Thanks; design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach  Hoppy-Birthday-1Hoppy Birthday Wishes 1 – Avery Elle stamp and matching dies Ribbit Ribbit; Memory Box Stitched Circles; Taylored Expressions Stitched Tags; design inspired by Amy KollingHoppy-Birthday-2Hoppy Birthday Wishes 2 – Avery Elle stamp and matching dies Ribbit Ribbit; design inspired by Caryn Davies

For this next card I cut the clouds and lily pads from felt; sponged a background on a vellum panel; and embossed the Warts Up sentiment in white on black cardstock.  The "hello" is from Penny Black's die set called Doodles.

Wart's-Up Wart’s Up – Avery Elle stamp and matching dies Ribbit Ribbit; Penny Black die Doodles; Memory Box die Clouds; design inspired by YaineaJumping-for-JoyJumping for Joy – Avery Elle stamp and matching dies Ribbit Ribbit; Taylored Expressions Stitched Tags; design inspired by Heather CampbellWarts-NewWart’s New – Art Impressions stamp Wart’s New; Cottage Cutz die Mini Frog; Taylored Expressions dies Frame in Frame, Cloud Border and Little Bits Sun and Clouds

This next card is made with an older Poppystamps die set of frogs called Pond Frogs.  The inside of the card is also shown. 
Hoppy-Inside

Hoppy-InsideHoppy Birthday – Poppy die Pond Frogs; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Impression Obsession die Plain Alphabet; Taylored Expressions stamp set And Many More; design inspired by Stephanie Serrano

The next several cards are made with a stamp set from Taylored Expressions called A Pocketful of Sunshine.

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

Purple-Hoppy-DayPurple Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine;  design inspired by Joan Ervin  Make-me-SmileYou Make Me Smile – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; Impression Obsession dies Instant Photo Frame and banners and Tails; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Taylor VanBruggen  Flowers-Hoppy-DayFlowers Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

Froggie Froggie – Taylored Expressions stamp set And Many More; My Favorite Things die Stitched Speech Bubble Edges; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach

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Stampendous-Hoppy-over Stampendous Frog Cards
– Stampendous stamps; Cuttlebug embossing folders; Spellbinders circles dies

Well I think that's enough frog cards for one day.  If you're "hopping" for some "Toadally Awesome" frogs, stop by the Stamp Act and let some hop home with you!  Have a great week.


A Potpouri of Cards

Deer-3Hello fellow papercrafters!  Imagine my surprise when I glanced out my kitchen window to see two deer munching on my elm tree's leaves.  There is desert behind my back yard and neighbors have told me they had seen deer, but this was my first time.  They looked as surprised to see me and quickly hurried off.

New Product

AmodexHas this ever happened to you?  I was wearing a brand new (somewhat expensive) blouse and refilling a Copic marker – red of course.  The bottle slipped out of my hand and a drop of bright red ink flew across my table and landed right on my new blouse.  Permanent ink ... Yikes!  Oh I was so sad and mad… ugh!  What to do?  I took the shirt home, hung it in the closet and prayed something would occur to me that would take out the stain. 

Weeks later I got an email about a stain remover called Amodex.  That reminded me that years ago my good friend and fellow stamper Kathi had told me about this product.  I ordered Amodex and when it arrived I tried it on the shirt.  Miracles do happen!  Amodex took every bit of the ink out of the shirt.  Honestly – the red ink is gone without a trace!

Amodex is a totally eco-friendly ink and stain remover that works on all inks from ballpoint and gel to permanent markers. It will remove Stazon inks which you know are permanent inks.  The nontoxic formula is designed for use on clothing (including wool), carpeting, furniture, surfaces and skin.  It also removes food stains, grease, toner, blood and more.  Amodex is soap and will not harm surfaces or the environment. 

Every stamper has ink stains on their clothes and Amodex is the answer.  Watch this video that shows Amodex in action for crafters then come to The Stamp Act for this great product!  It should be in stock in a few weeks, but you can reserve your 1 ounce bottle now for $8.49 or get a trial size towlette for only $1.49.

More Laurel Burch Cards

Speaking of my friend Kathi, she is also my sales rep and she recently sent me some beautiful samples of Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps. Her coloring is really stunning IRL so be sure to stop in and see them for yourself.

For this card Kathi embossed the image in gold so the giraffes actually sparkle.  So pretty! GiraffesGiraffes – Stampendous stamp by Laurel Burch Giraffes; gold embossing powder; Kuretake Clean Color Brush Markers; card by Kathi Anderson

Love this background!  It's a new die from Impression Obsession!  This colorful bird looks right at home! ToucanToucan – Stampendous stamp by Laurel Burch Toucan; Impression Obsession die Chevron Adapt a Background; Copic Markers; card by Kathi Anderson

This stamp is Rainbow Safari which is a perfect name for the colorful zebra! Zebra-ElephantRainbow Safari – Stampendous stamp by Laurel Burch Rainbow Safari; Copic Markers; card by Kathi Anderson

Another IO background that is perfect for the big whale!
WhaleWhale – Stampendous stamps Stylized Whale and Whale of a Time; Impression Obsession die Wave Adapt a Background; Copic Markers

Thanks Kathi for being so generous and sharing your talents with us!

Potpouri of Cards

Today's blog also brings you a variety of different cards from funny to serious.  I made this first card for my neice who is a veterinarian in a very large practice in Las Vegas.  She recently told me that she spends a lot of time trying to please customers who argue with her about the fees they charge for treating pets.  I felt so sorry for her being placed in such an uncomfortable position.  I think this card will make her laugh and remind her how hard it is to please everyone.

The Taylored Expressions Little Bit dies are so cute and Impression Obsession's sentiment is perfect!

NutellaNutella – Taylored Expressions Little Bit dies PB&J, Spare Parts, Mason Jar and Silverware; Impression Obsession stamp Nutella

Yummy!  My good friend always brings me a chocolate chip cookie from Starbucks.  I had to make her a thank you card starring Mr. Cookie himself!Milk-and-CookiesMilk and Cookies – Taylored Expressions dies Color Blocking Mini, Little Bit dies Cookie, Milk Bottle and Spare Parts; Impression Obsession die Typewriter Alphabet U/C

Yippee!  Here's a great card for a birthday, graduation, promotion or other special occasion!  Qucik and easy! Yippee Yippee – Waffle Flower die Yippee; Impression Obsession die Yeah; design inspired by Waffle Flower

Harriet recently showed me a darling card she made with the Giraffe Trio die and giraffe-patterned washi tape.  I had to steal her idea and make this cute birthday card.  The little Dancing Moneky adds a cute touch!

Giraffe-Trio-BdayGiraffe Trio Birthday – Poppystamps dies Giraffe Trio, Dancing Monkey and Birthday Background; Doodlebug washi tape

This new Sunflower die from Impression Obsession makes a stunning summer card.Sunflowers Sunflowers – Impression Obsession dies Sunflower Background, 6-in-1 Rectangle Frame, All in One Rectangle Frames and Edgers Everyday; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo

Here are two sympathy cards both starring the beautiful Dogwood Corner die from Poppystamps.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

The next two cards demonstrate ways to create easy textured backgrounds.  I created the background on the  Feathers card by embossing the Taylored Expressions Southwest background die using the rubber mat in my Vagabond die cutting machine.  Embossing dies is a great way to stretch your dies.  If you haven't embossed in a while, please "google" embossing on your particular machine so you can make sure you know the proper "sandwich" to run through.  NEVER force your sandwich through your machine -- you will regret it!  Ask me how I know!!!FeathersFeathers – Impression Obsession die Feathers; Taylored Expressions die Southwest Background; My Favorite Things die Arrows; Tim Holtz die set Adventure words

For the next card I again embossed, this time using a plastic stencil.  Be sure to double click on the photo to see the background.  When you are embossing a die or a stencil you may need to use a few quarter cards of cardstock to shim the sandwich to get a deep impression.Budding-Peony-Thanks-BuncheBudding Peony – Memory Box die Budding Peony; Impression Obsession dies Vases and Edgers Everyday; Memory Box stencil Garden Peony

Love this next card!  I used the new Sitting Pretty sets from Taylored Expressions.  I gave this card to a friend who refuses to disclose her birthday! 29-BirthdayInside the card:

29-Birthday-inside 29 Again – Taylored Expressions dies Sitting Pretty, Sitting Pretty Accessories and Mini Caps Alpha & #’s; design inspired Jean Manis

A quick birthday card using the ice cream cone die set in a little different way.Ice-Cream-Cone-BirthdayIce Cream Cone Birthday – Impression Obsession die Ice Cream Cone set; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Burlap; TE dies Open Scalloped Border and Little Bits Cupcake; Stampendous clear stamp set Birthday Assortment

I hope today's blog has inspired you to stop by The Stamp Act and try something new.  We have a lot to share with you so come on in!  Have a great weekend and a Happy Mother's Day!


Stampendous Family Home stamp set

Hello friends.  A new stamp set from Stampendous inspires today's blog.  The clear stamp set is "Family Home" and includes several houses embellished with tiny words and phrases as well as several sentiments about home. The tiny words on the stamps add a darling touch of whimsy!

Family-HomeStampendous clear stamp set Family Home, $16.59

I chose to color them in bright colors.  On this first card I die cut the background with the Fluttering Hearts die and placed pink cardstock behind the cut out hearts.  Then I cut the coloring by leaving the houses in the background in black and white, and coloring just one house for a focal image. Finally, I used two of the tiny hearts to embellish the sentiment.

Family-Home-HeartsLove of a Family – Stampendous clear stamp set Family Home; My Favorite Things die Fluttering Hearts

For this sample I created a side-step card.  You can easlity find the directions for making a side-step card on line.Love-and-Dreams Love and Dreams – Stampendous clear stamp set Family Home; Impression Obsession die Cloud and Moon; Memory Box die Marshmallow Clouds; Spellbinder die Classic Ovals

For this card I created a road with a TE die and placed the house along it.  A little grass and a cute tree complete the scene.Love-Brings-Us-Home Love Brings Us Home – Stampendous clear stamp set Family Home; Taylored Expressions dies On the Road, Grass Border and Build-a-Scene Trees; Memory Box die Stitched Clouds

One of the most versatile and useful dies I have recently discovered is the Winding Road/Stream die from Impression Obsession.  It cuts the perfect little pathway up to this house.

Where-Story-Begins Where Our Story Begins – Stampendous clear stamp set Family Home; Poppystamps die Stitched Landscapes; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Clouds; Impression Obsession die Winding Road/Stream

Taylored Expressions "There's No Place Like Home" stamp set

Houses are very popular this season so here's another set of samples using TE's new stamp set, No Place Like Home (pictured below).

TheresnoplacelikehomeTaylored Expressions stamp set There's No Place Like Home, $18.79

Along with the stamp set, I used the two new Sitting Pretty die sets from TE.  The first one pictured below is a series of frames and the Accessories set has dies to cut out a variey of typical house accessories.  And it even cuts out a shelf to set them on!  How fun is that?

SittingprettyaccessoriesTaylored Expressions die set Sitting Pretty, $19.99

SittingprettyaccessoriesTaylored Expressions die set Sitting Pretty Accessories, $19.99

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Taylored Expressions embossing folder Subway Tile, $6.69

If you watch any of the home decorating shows on TV you've seen a subway tiles used in updating kitchens and bathrooms.  So TE brings us an embossing folder that gives that same background to our decorated houses.

This first card shows the shelf decorated with some of the cute accessories.  To get the two-toned look on the word "home" I used the Stamp Perfect stamp positioner.  I covered the heart with a double thickness of post-it notes as I inked the h,m and e with green ink.  Then I removed the post-its and stamped the word on my focal image.  Leaving the stamp in place on the Stamp Perfect, I cleaned the green ink off the stamp and inked the heart in red.  I stamped the heart and because of the wonderful Stamp Perfect, it fit perfectly into its place.  Yeah!  Another option is to stamp the letters and place a die cut heart in the place for the heart.

Home-where-heart-isHome Where Heart Is – Taylored Expressions stamp set There’s No Place Like Home; TE dies Sitting Pretty and Sitting Pretty Accessories; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This next card shows the neighborhood stamp in the background and the little cottage die in the foreground.  The sky is decorated with several of the TE enamel stars.
Home-where-heart-isHere's a look at the inside of the card.Home-where-heart-isHappy New Home – Taylored Expressions stamp set There’s No Place Like Home; TE dies Little Bit Cottage and Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Subway Tiles; design inspired by Jami Sibley.    Congratulations on Your New Home – Taylored Expressions stamp set There’s No Place Like Home; TE die Stitched Hearts Stacklets

You can also substittue the TE Little Bit die House in place of the heart in Home.
Home-where-heart-isHearts Can Build – Taylored Expressions stamp set There’s No Place Like Home; TE die Little Bit House; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Jean Manis

To create this next card, I stamped the neighborhood stamp in black on white cardstock.  Then I cut a sheet of acetate the same size as the focal image (white cardstock).  Once I knew where I wanted to position the heart, I die cut the acetate with a heart die to make a mortise mask -- which will protect the area around the stamped image (in this case the neighborhood).  Then I placed the actetate mask over the cardstock and sponged on red ink. I colored the window openings with a yellow Copic marker and stamped the sentiment.  Finally I inserted the House over the heart and glued on the word "home" die cut from the new Mini Caps Alpha dies.
Home-where-heart-isHome Where Heart Is – Taylored Expressions stamp set There’s No Place Like Home; TE dies Sitting Pretty and Sitting Pretty Accessories; design inspired by Michele Boyer

The next card uses the new Sitting Pretty dies and the result is a perfect card for a new neighbor.

WelcomeWelcome – Taylored Expressions stamp set There’s No Place Like Home; TE die Sitting Pretty, Sitting Pretty Accessories and Scalloped Border; Spellbinders die Petite Ovals; design inspired by Melody Rupple

I love this card because it looks impressive and it's easy too!  I used the TE Ray of Sunshine die to cut a stencil from white cardstock.  Then I placed the stencil over the white cardstock and sponged on yellow ink to create a sunrise behind the little cottage.  I completed the card with gras and flowers and a little white fence. 

Cottage-in-sunCottage in Sun – Taylored Expressions stamp set There’s No Place Like Home; TE dies Little Bit Cottage, Farm Fence, Ray of Sunshine and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Impression Obsession die Tiny Flowers; TE embossing folder Burlap; design inspired by Jean Manis

If you haven't been in The Stamp Act for a while, you will be pleased with our large selection and inpiring samples. Stop in soon and let your creativity blossom!


Cards with Laurel Burch stamps

Hello friends.  Today I will share with you some finished samples using the new Laurel Burch stamps.  I will admit the coloring was challenging and I found that my third sample was usually much better than my first two.  My friend Jane Smith created two of the cards (as noted) and we both used Copic markers.  I love the stamps and found that once I had selected the colors to use, I enjoyed coloring the images and seeing them come alive.

Whiskers-Jane Whiskers – Stampendous stamp Laurel Burch Whiskers; card by Jane Smith

Hummingbird-Polly-2 Hummingbird – Stampendous stamps Laurel Burch Hummingbird Blossom and Laurel Burch Floral Reflections

Wild-Horses-Polly Wild Horses – Stampendous stamp Laurel Burch Wild Horses

Aquatic-Horses Aquatic Horses – Stampendous stamp Laurel Burch Aquatic Horses; Waffle Flower die Tribal Pattern

Floral-VaseFloral Vase – Stampendous stamps Laurel Burch Floral Vase and Laurel Burch Floral Reflections  Cat-with-bird-JaneBlossoming Feline – Stampendous stamp Laurel Burch Blossoming Feline

New Laurel Burch stamps and dies!

We have several new Laurel Burch stamps and dies in stock.  Let me share them with you!

Blossoms-StampsLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp set Blossoms, $13.29
Blossoms-DiesLaurel Burch die set Blossoms, $19.99Dog-Park-StampsLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp set Dog Park, $13.29

Dog-Park-DiesLaurel Burch die set Dog Park, $19.99  Kindred-SpiritsLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Kindred Souls, $7.99
Kindred-SpiritsLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Giraffes, $7.79

Toucan Laurel Burch cling-mount stamp Toucan, $6.29

Fish-Wishes-clear-setLaurel Burch clear stamp set Fish Wishes, $6.29

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  We have lots of new goodies in stock so stop in and shop soon.  Happy papercrafting!

 


Mother's Day Cards

Hello Friends. Today I want to share with you some cards that while perfect for Mother's Day, will work just as well for new baby or friendship cards.  I am using a set of stamps with matching dies from Taylored Expressions called Mama & Me.  When you are thinking of Mother's Day, please consider all the mothers in your life.  While my own Mom is gone, I like to remember my sisters, my friends and even my neices who are Moms to fur babies.  Being a Mom comes in many forms so be sure to think outside the family tree!

Here are the set of stamps and dies I am using today.

Mama_me-stampsTaylored Expressions cling-mount stamp set Mama & Me, $18.79

Mama_me_diesTaylored Expressions cling-mount stamp set Mama & Me, $23.99

My first card stars two cute fish swimming in an ocean created by die cutting the Poppystamps die Waverly Collage twice.  The blues and greens are much more vibrant IRL so be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it and see more detail and color.  To give the fish a wet look, I added Glossy Accents on top of the coloring.  A few clear round gems add bubbles to the scene!

FishFish – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies set Mama & Me; TE die Frame in Frame; Poppystamps die Waverly Collage; Impression Obsession die Hearts

For this card I die cut white cardstock with the TE Falling Hearts die to create a stencil.  I laid the stencil over white cardstock and pressed my Versamark ink pad over the heart cut outs.  I then embossed the hearts with clear embossing powder and sponged pink and yellow dye inks on top of the hearts.  The embossed hearts resist the inks and show up as white (the color of the underlying cardstock).  Once the background was completed, I stamped, cut and colored the elephants, mounted them with foam tape and added the Sweet (die cut) and Sweet Little One (stamp) sentiments.

Sweet-Elephants Sweet Elephants – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies set Mama & Me; TE dies Frame in Frame 2, Sweet Script and Falling Hearts; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

I gave the elephants a whole new look when I stamped them on plaid paper and positioned them behind some grass.  Isn't this sentiment the bomb?!!

Mini-Me-Elephants Mini Me Elephants – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies set Mama & Me; TE die Grass Border; design inspired by Kendra Weistock

These colorful birds are perched on the shore near the sea.  The friendship sentiment is one that any friend would like to receive.BirdsBirds – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies set Mama & Me; TE die Skinny Mini Borders 1 and Little Bit Unbrella; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach

And finally the kitties on the doorstep -- how cute are they?  I created the scene using several of the Taylored Expressions Door to Door series dies.  I embossed the background with the TE embossing folder Bead Board then built the scene with the door and decor.  The kitties were stamped, colored and die cut.  The tiny opening in the middle of their tails is a heart so I inlaid a pink heart into the space.  The sentiment can be used so many ways, but it's perfect on the front door.

Kitties Kitties – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies set Mama & Me; TE dies Door to Door, Door to Door Décor, Door to Door Spring and Wispy Grass; TE embossing folder Bead Board; Impression Obsession die hearts; design inspired by Pam Sparks

Be sure to remember all the Moms in your life with personalized cards you create yourself with papercrafting supplies from The Stamp Act.  I hope to see you soon.


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!
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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!
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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!