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January 2017

Stamping with Layering Stamps

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

 SimplystampedrosesTaylored Expressions Simply Stamped Roses $19.79

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stamp Perfect Stamp Positioning Tool News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps

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

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


Cardio is Hardio!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Classes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Happy New Year and Fun Valentine's Day Cards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heart-Flourish-DieImpression Obsession die Heart Flourish

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

News You Can Use!

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

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

Stamp Perfect Tool Just Got Better!

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

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

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Highlighting a Few New Products!

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

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

Thanks and Happy New Year!

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