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May 2017

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.