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November 2011

Black Friday Doorbuster Specials!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.  It’s hard to believe the year has flown by so quickly and that we are in the thick of holiday shopping season.  So if you are preparing for a Black Friday Shopping Spree don’t forget to shop locally at your local stamp store.  And to entice you, I have some fantastic Black Friday Doorbuster Bargains!

 Black Friday Die and Embossing Folder Bundle

ChristmasBundleFirst, I have a “Black Friday Bundle” of 12 dies and 3 embossing folders from Lifestyle Crafts (formerly Quickutz) that is worth $203.85.  It’s yours for only $20 (!!!) with any $25 purchase.  This bundle is too good to believe!  A few of the dies are 2” x 2” but most of them are 4” x 4” or 12” borders.  They are all winter or Christmas related.  Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to get a bundle of darling dies and embossing folders at a 90% discount!!!!!!!!  Please, no phone orders or hold orders.  You must shop Friday or Saturday to get this bundle at this price. 

QuickStik Tool

Our next doorbuster is equally great.  The QuickStik tool is a real must have proof of which is that the QuikStik is Lifestyle Crafts leading seller of all time.  This versatile tool is sticky on end making it the perfect tool to pick up tiny jewels, die cuts or embellishments.  The other end of the tool has a scoop for peeling stickers away from the release paper and a pointy tool for poking out die cuts.  The QuickStik normally sells for $6.99 but our doorbuster special is only $3.99 with any $25 purchase.

Free Make and Take

Our third doorbuster special is a free make and take which at this time I do not have completed because I will be using brand new dies that just arrived from Lifestyle Crafts.  It will be a Christmas card and it will be really cute so you won’t want to miss it!  Let me share with you some sample cards from the Lifestyle Crafts Blog using these new dies:

Christmas and Winter Inspiration

I have been busy making samples with some of the new Memory Box dies and stamps.  I literally cannot keep these dies in stock so if you want any of them, please email me and either reserve the die or pre-order it.  I usually have 2 or 3 orders in with Memory Box at any time!  They are working 7 days a week to keep up with the demand!

Winterland-TreeMB Winterland Tree die

Memory Box paper (2010)

Sentiment – Savvy Stamps





Frostyville-whiteMB Frostyville Border die

Sentiment – Hero Arts

Scoring with Scor-it tool

 NOTE:  it is really hard to take photos of white cards!  Trust me "irl" it is gorgeous!





House-Background-CardHero Arts House and Home Background stamp

Sentiment – Hero Arts

Pinking border – Spellbinders Ric Rac border die






Vixen-brownVixen-greenOutlines Vixen sm. cling stamp

Paper – Kaiser Craft “Be Merry”

Sentiment – Hero Arts


Window-Winter-CollageMB Grand Madison Window Die

MB Winter Collage background stamp

Sentiment – Hero Arts

Embossing with Tim Holtz woodgrain/brick embossing folder








Window-Santa-GlobeMB Grand Madison Window Die

MB Polar Bear Globe stamp

Sentiment – The Cat’s Pajamas












MB Twig and Berries die

MB Perched Reedbird die

Sentiment – Hero Arts

Memory Box paper (2010)








Twigs-Berries-2MB Twig and Berries die

Sentiment – Savvy Stamps






Ornaments-pinkMB Snowflake Ornament Die

MB Classic Ornament Die

MB Frostyville Border die

Cuttlebug embossing folder swiss dots





New Classes Posted

Be sure to check out the November and December class pages on our website.  I have posted some great classes that I know will teach you lots of new techniques like “Stamping with Bleach” and “Faux Letterpress” plus you will have great fun!   And check out our Christmas Tag Class – I love making tags and these are really cute!

Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping – don’t forget to shop locally and support local small businesses like The Stamp Act.  Thanks!


Card Samples with Impression Obsession Stamps

A Word of Thanks

    Hello fellow stamping enthusiasts.  In this season of Thanksgiving, I would like to begin my blog by thanking several groups of people that enrich my stamping life.  First, I thank all subscribers and readers.  You flatter me greatly by “tuning” in each week to see what’s new at The Stamp Act and to view the cards I have made with all the wonderful stamps and other products we carry.  Second, I thank those of you who shop at my store.  Each week I get calls and emails from stampers across the country who do not have a local stamp store.  They always express their wish that they did have a local store offering products, classes, and advice.  Please keep shopping here so the store can stay open.  Finally, I want to thank all my readers for their patience with the too-often "blog malfinctions" when my blog server (Typepad) completely rearranges my text and photos!  I am working on the problem.  Think about having to learn a program with absolutely no instructions!  It’s all hit or miss!  Recently, however, I have found some young programmers who I am hoping will solve these problems so watch for positive enhancements to the blog and the website soon.


Samples with Stamps from Impression Obsession

Kitty-in-PumpkinI have some fun samples to share with you today and they are all from Impression Obsession (IO).  Let me say up front that these samples are all inspired by ones I found on their blog.  IO has wonderful artists and a really good design team.  The card on the left is a real favorite of mine.  I am going to send it to my brother and sister-in-law who rescue and foster any number of cats in San Antonio.  This sample was so easy to make using what’s known as “spotlight” stamping.  Keeping most of the image in black and white means the part that is colored, in this case the pumpkin, really pops off the card. I colored the pumpkin with Copic markers.  The cute sentiment is from Hero Arts and the main image is mounted over a background created with one of IO’s cover-a-card 6” x 6” backgrounds called “Tapestry 2.”  Add a little ribbon and mount everything on black glossy paper and a white folded (A6) card and you’ve got a fun fall card.


Birds-on-branchesHere’s another really fast card that could be colored for any season.  In fact a customer bought this stamp recently because she thought it would make a good Halloween card.  I stamped the main image (IO cover-a-card “Birds in Branches”) in black Versafine on white cardstock (5” square) then colored in the background with jumbo daubers and Memento inks (Dandelion, Cantaloupe and Tangelo).  The sentiment is from IO’s clear set “Live in Thanksgiving.”  I did darken the birds with a fine tip black pen (Copic).




Thanksgiving-PoemDo you love this fun quote from IO?  If you read it and notice a little skip in the cadence on the next to the last line, I did delete the word “dinner” after Thanksgiving so it would fit on my Spellbinders labels 1 die cut!  The turkey and the pumpkin are taken from the “Live in Thanksgiving” clear set.  I love the turkey legs background paper (Reminisce)!!






This gorgeous stamp (left) is appropriately named “Winter Church” and it is the sister to the IO stamp “Spring Church” (right)  Again, the coloring on this image was easy.  Just choose a light and slightly darker brown and use these for all the brown elements.  The church itself is light gray and the background is B0000 Pale Celestine Blue.  To get the variation in color from one marker, simply color the foreground with a very light touch and the upper sky with a little heavier hand.  To create the snow effects, use one of my very favorite products Ranger’s Enamel Accents in white.  Apply the Accents then sprinkle with clear glitter and let dry.  Perfect snow!  The background is yet another cover-a-card stamp called “Canvas Background" stamped is Memento Desert Sand with edges distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Inks.


Another Sample with Distress Stains

Leaf-Canopy-FallFor this sample I colored the “Twiggy Tree” die cut (Memory Box) then mounted it on a green cardstock die cut with “Leaf Canopy” (Memory Box).  The paper from Reminisce has all the fall colors and is the perfect background.




What’s Coming to The Stamp Act?

In a word lots!  This week we will receive one and maybe two orders from Memory Box and their new Polar Bear Collection. 

I love the new Snow Globe Grand Die (largest of 3 sizes) and the Santa Globe and Polar Bear Globe stamps that fit inside it.  Or use the same stamps with the Madison Window Die – uber cute and easy! 










Another handsome pair are the Snowflake Ornament and Classic Ornament Dies.  The Classic is slightly smaller than the Snowflake so it fits behind it to provide a perfect background for the snowflakes! 


And speaking of pairs – the Iron Fence Die and the new Iron Gate dies form a great foreground to and small house.



And who doesn’t love polar bears?  Both Colin Bear and Fredward Bear are dies with matching stamps.  And the cute little Santa Hat Die fits them perfectly!


Fredward-Bear    Santa-Hat

For quick, easy yet very impressive Christmas cards this year try the Winterland Christmas Tree Die or the Flowering Christmas Tree Die.  Both are stunning!


Check out the matching Solid Pear and Shaded Pear stamps as well as the Winter Collage Background and the Distressed Jingle Bells stamps.




There are lots more stamps and dies coming from Memory Box so stop in soon and see the entire collection.



Exciting new products from Viva Decor

 A new product line to The Stamp Act is Viva Décor.  From what I have seen, this very innovative company has improved upon some products we have all loved for years.  We will be getting the Pearl Pens, Glitter Liners and Inka Gold products soon.  Here’s a quick summary of these products:

Sample-photoVivaDecor’s Inka Gold is a revolutionary product that produces an amazing metallic finish. With beeswax as one of the main ingredients, Inka Gold is a creamy metal gloss paint that is safe and easy to use in all crafting and home decor projects. Just rub it on and polish!  Inka Gold is easy to apply to surfaces including paper mache or wooden boxes, chipboard, paper, and any other porous surface.

Pen-samplesViva Decor Pearl Pen is an amazing product that will dazzle with its pearly essence!   Decorate your favorite garment, shoes, bags, scrapbooks, or whatever you like with Pearl Pens. It's easy! It's like magic! You can create small or large "pearls" by simply increasing or decreasing the pressure. You can create a whole page of "pearls", let dry, then transfer onto your projects! 

 Viva Decor’s Pearl Pen is a dimensional gel pen that has amazing versatility and quality.  Pearl Pen is specially formulated to create perfectly round, non-settling pearls. With its fine control applicator tip, making a wide range of different sized pearls is a snap!  Pearl Pen can be used on virtually all surfaces, excellent for fabric, paper crafting and home decor accents. Pearl pen is water-based and non-toxic.


Red-sampleViva Decor’s Glitter Liner


is known for its non-settling, high glitter content and its exceptional dimensional finish.  Glitter Liner dries to a jewel-like quality with an endless shimmer and brilliant gloss finish.  Glitter Liner can be used on virtually any surface to add sparkle and dimension to all your craft projects. Glitter Liner is water-based, non-toxic and comes in 12 brilliant colors


Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you will stop in the store soon and keep stamping alive and well in El Paso! 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!







This whimsical Santa from Impression Obsession is already here.  For these cards I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored him with Copic Markers.  For these two cards I used just a little Pumice Stone Distress Ink around the edges to give a little color.  I love the sentiment on the card on the left – it’s from Hero Arts. For the card on the right I mounted the cut out Santa on Spellbinders Lacey Squares (largest size) and added a little Martha Stewart Bakers Twine on top.  The Santa on the left I finished with Frosty Lace Stickles glitter glue.

Santa-Labels-1This colorful card shows Santa mounted on Spellbinders Labels 1 (large and small) with a sentiment from Impression Obsession.  I added some faux stitching using the Ranger Inkessentials white pigment pen.



More Samples with Distress Stains

Arboscello-TreeGrapevine-Wreath-with-birdThe technique that I taught last week is really popular – everyone who has seen it is quickly buying the supplies to make these cards.  I have huge orders in with Memory Box for their dies and Ranger for the stains so please be patient – they are coming soon!  For the card on the left I used the Arborscello Tree die (Memory Box) and for the card on the right I used the Memory Box Grapevine Wreath and Perched Reedbird.  This technique can be used on so many different die cuts including Christmas trees, Snowmen and even pumpkins!  So think outside the box and come have some fun. 


Right now I have scheduled classes in this technique for Friday, Nov 11 at 10am and Sunday, Nov 13 at 1pm.  If you are interested you can get more information here.  Or just give me a call (915-833-9500) for more information.


Easy Christmas Card


This card was copied form one I saw on the Memory Box blog.  I die cut the red cardstock with Spellbinders Labels 18; die cut the Memory Box "Deer Trio" and mounted it behind the red layer; then added the yellow "Star of Wonder" small die cut.  The only thing missing is a small sentiment "All is calm" which is coming!  This is a really quick, easy yet very impressive card.


Halloween Merchandise

It's all 50% off so hurry in for the best savings and selection!


Limited Edition Distress Ink Pads – Get Yours Now!

The Winter release of Limited Edition Distress pads should be arriving at The Stamp Act on Tuesday, Nov 8 along with a few of the Fall Limited Edition.  Each set is $17.99 each.  If you want these let me know ASAP because they are truly limited and once they are gone, they are gone.  See a video with Tim Holtz introducing the new Winter Colors here and send me an email to reserve your set!