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February 2018

Sweet Tooth Birthday Cards

Need a birthday card?  Our Sweet Tooth Tower stamp and die combo set is perfect for making quick birthday cards.  The stamp set comes with the die for cutting out the cupcake tower and several cute sentiments.  Here are some samples using this set. Birthday-Calories-RedBirthday Calories Red – Taylored Expressions Stamp and die combo set Sweet Tooth Tower; TE die Stitched Scalloped Border; design inspired by Taylor VanBruggen Happy-Birthday-to-YouHappy Birthday to You – Taylored Expressions Stamp and die combo set Sweet Tooth Tower; Lawn Fawn die Happy Birthday border; TE embossing folder Sprinkles Birthday-Calories-Blue Love-You-More-Than-Cupcakes

  Happy-Birthday-SweetieLove You More Than Cupcakes, Happy Birthday Sweetie and Birthday Calories Blue – Taylored Expressions Stamp and die combo set Sweet Tooth Tower; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; WRM die Rounded Squares; Elizabeth Craft die Dotted Scallop Squares; design inspired by Melissa Roell

Flag-Hearts-BannerFlag Hearts Banners – Taylored Expressions Stamp and die combo set Sweet Tooth Tower; TE dies Valentines Borders and Stitched Scalloped Border; design inspired by Sankari Wegman

Hey-SugarHey Sugar – Taylored Expressions Stamp and die combo set Sweet Tooth Tower; TE die Picture Perfect Smile-Hello; TE embossing folder Sprinkles; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen
Hey-Sugar
Happy Happy Birthday – Taylored Expressions Stamp and die combo set Sweet Tooth Tower; TE die Block Party Happy; TE stamp Goody Goody Gumballs; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

Whether it's birthday, Easter or any other occasion, we have everything you need to complete your papercrafting project.  Stop in soon.  Remember, we are closed Sunday through Tuesday; open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.


Cards with Spanish Greetings

Hello fellow papercrafters.  I love making card sets for gifts and for Christmas I made my housekeeper a set of cards with Spanish greetings.  I want to share the cards with you, but I have since discovered that the set I used has been discontinued.  I do have a new set of Spanish sentiments in stock so let me share that set with you first.

This Stampendous set with many sentiments in a beautiful script is $16.59.

SSC1204In addition to this set of stamps, I have three dies with Spanish words:

The Sizzix single word die "gracias" is $7.59.

Sizzix-graciasThis set includes the die "feliz cumpleanos" and a corner die along with several word stamps in Spanish. ($15.99).
Sizzix-graciasThis Memory Box "gracias cursive" die is $5.99.

Gracias
My first card features the beautiful Shade Tree die from Taylored Expressions and a few tiny butterflies from Memory Box.
Shade-Tree-Muchas-GraciasMuchas Gracias – Taylored Expressions die Shade Tree; Memory Box die Dancing Butterflies;  Impression Obsession stamp set Spanish Greetings

For most of the cards that follow I used two die sets from Taylored Expressions: Beauty Lies Within and Beauty Lies Within 2.  Here two birds are nestled in the trees.

Shade-Tree-Muchas-Gracias

Para mi Amiga – Taylored Expressions dies Beauty Lies Within 2 and Bloomin’ Stacklets 2; Spallbinders die Classic Circles; Impression Obsession stamp set Spanish Greeting

For a cute get well card I die cut band aids and arranged them with hearts. Shade-Tree-Muchas-GraciasFeel Better Soon – Taylored Expressions Little Bit dies Bandage and Love Confetti; Impression Obsession stamp set Spanish Greetings

The following cards use a similar layout.  I stamped the background paper in Versamark for a tone on tone look then to make it the background standout more, I embossed the stamped images in clear embossing powder.  The focal image was cut from black cardstock and mounted on a Lacey Circle die cut.  Some black ribbon and the Spanish greeting complete the card.
Shade-Tree-Muchas-Gracias

Hola – Taylored Expressions die Beauty Lies Within 2; Spellbinders die Lacey Circles; TE stamp set Winter Florals; Impression Obsession stamp set Spanish Greetings
Shade-Tree-Muchas-GraciasFelicidades – Taylored Expressions die Beauty Lies Within 2; Spellbinders die Lacey Circles; TE stamp set Winter Florals; Impression Obsession stamp set Spanish Greetings
Shade-Tree-Muchas-GraciasSolo Para Ti – Taylored Expressions die Beauty Lies Within 2; Spellbinders die Lacey Circles; TE stamp set Winter Florals; Impression Obsession stamp set Spanish Greetings
Shade-Tree-Muchas-GraciasPensando en ti – Taylored Expressions die Beauty Lies Within 2; Spellbinders die Lacey Circles; TE stamp set Winter Florals; Impression Obsession stamp set Spanish Greetings

I didn't have the feliz cumpleanos die when I mad ehtis card hecne the English Happy Birthday! Shade-Tree-Muchas-Gracias

Happy Birthday – Taylored Expressions dies Beauty Lies Within 2 and Bloomin’ Stacklets 2; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; Elizabeth Craft die Happy Birthday

For all your papercrafting needs -- in English or Spanish! -- stop by The Stamp Act soon!

 


New Merchandise in Stock

Hello Friends and fellow papercrafters.  The weather is warming and spring and Easter cannot be far away.  But before Easter arrives with bunnies, chicks and eggs galore, let me share with you some cards I made using some of the new merchandise that's recently arrived at the Stamp Act.

We have tons of new merchandise in stock from all our favorite companies.  New dies and stamps and papers from Memory Box, Poppystamps, Impression Obsession, Taylored Expressions and many more.  We've got new stamps and dies from Deadbeat Designs featuring Texas and Bluebonnets; beautiful new pastel "springy"papers and unique and fun dies from Lawn Fawn; plus very soon we will be carrying the Misti stamp Positioner so don't order one on line -- come here and learn all about how to use it to its fullest.

The Square (Ornate or Lacey) Frame from Impression Obsession is so pretty and makes a perfect backdrop for some of the other new (or nearly new) dies from IO.

For my first card I cut the frame from purple cardstock and the interior embellishment piece (comes with the frame) from white cardstock.  I adhered these pieces to a white card using foam tape.  Next I cut the IO die Lily Trio from green and purple card gluing these together then adhering them on top of the frame.  This is such a pretty card that's very quick and easy. Purple-Lily-TrioPurple Lily Trio – Impression Obsession dies Square Ornate Frame and Lily Trio; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

For my second card I switched the color palette to white on purple and placed the beautiful new die Garden Bird inside the frame.Purple-Lily-TrioGarden Bird – Impression Obsession dies Square Ornate Frame and Garden Bird; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

Need a wedding card?  This one is perfect!  On a silver metallic folding card I placed the square frame cut from white shimmery card and filled it with the Songbird Branch die.  I cut two of the Songbird Branch and mounted a second pair of birds over the birds and added extra foliage to give the focal image a fuller look. Wedding-OutsideWedding Card 1 – Impression Obsession dies Square Ornate Frame and Songbird Branch; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

Inside the card I cut another Songbird Branch from silver and positioned it across the top of the mats cut with Spellbinders Labels 1.  The lovely sentiment is from a wedding stamp set from Taylored Expressions. 

Wedding-OutsideWedding Card 2 – Taylored Expressions stamp set In & Out Wedding; Impression Obsession die Songbird Branch; Spellbinders Labels 1; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

My last card from Impression Obsession features the Songbird Branch die too.  I guess I still had weddings on the mind when I made this an anniversary card.  I cut the Songbirds from white cardstock and watercolored them using Memento markers.  I sponged the blue sky background (Memento ink Summer Sky) and framed the birds with rectangle frame die from IO. Songbirds-AnniversaryHappy Anniversary – Impression Obsession dies 6-in-1 Rectangle Frames and Songbird Branch; Hero Arts sentiment; design inspire by Kitty Caracciolo

These pierced hearts from Taylored Expressions are so versatile.  Here I used them to make a simple card that I intend to use as a thank you for one of my neighbors. I die cut the white cardstock with the Stitched Squares then with two of the Pierced Hearts (there are 5 in the set).  I then cut one of the Stitched Hearts (coordinates with the Pierced set) from the lighter pink and placed it behind the smaller pierced heart to carry on the two-tone pink color theme.  To complete the card I stamped the "You're So" words and die cut the "Sweet Script" and mounted them inside the hearts.  Pierced-Hearts

So Sweet – Taylored Expressions dies Pierced Hearts, Stitched Hearts and Script Sweet; TE stamp set How Sweet It Is; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

Here's another card using the same wording and a yummy cupcake! You're-So-Sweet-CupcakeYou’re So Sweet – Taylored Expressions dies Sweet Script and Little Bits Cupcake; TE stamp set How Sweet It Is

Pretty, colorful and very springy, this next card uses lots of fun new dies from Taylored Expressions.  Look closely and you'll see the blue sky is embossed with the Raindrops embossing folder.  A colorful rainbow and umbrella take center stage and the sentiment is perfect sentiment for sending encouragement to a friend.  RainbowRainbow – Taylored Expressions dies Rainbow, When It Rains Umbrella, Stitched Cloud Duo and Build-A-Scene Rolling Clouds; TE stamp set Rain or Shine; TE embossing folder Raindrops; design inspired by Jean Manis

While you may not think of Saint Patrick's Day as a card sending occasion, Taylored Expressions' new "Shake Your Shamrock" set makes a wonderful friendship card.  With this set you stamp all 9 shamrocks (in 3 different patterns) at once then die cut them with one die so making lots of shamrocks is super fast.  I love the inside sentiment!Shamrock-outside
Shamrock-outside
Shamrock – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Shake Your Shamrock; TE dies Stitched Banners 1 and Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

Another set of new dies that recently arrived are the Stitching Circle and Stitching Square from Paper Smooches.  I have not had time to play with these a lot, but here are two samples I made.  The die cuts cardstock and then you stitch whatever pattern you want on the "canvas." I adore the snowman -- I cut the square from kraft cardstock then cross stitched the snowman and the white frame.  The sentiment is also from Paper Smooches.SnowmanFor the rose I was following a pattern I found on line (there are tons of free patterns), but then I started improvising to fit the space.  The rose is framed with an embroidery hoop die from Paper Smooches too.
Snowman
Snowman – Paper Smooches dies Stitched Square and Warm Wishes; and Rose – Paper Smooches dies Stitched Circle and Embroidery Hoop; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Kindness Sampler

That's just peek at the new products we have in stock.  You will be receiving several blogs this week as I have been busy playing with even more new products.  Let me know what you think!

Support your local papercrafting store ... stop in soon at The Stamp Act.  We're open 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  Thanks!


Free Valentine Make and Take

Free Valentine Make and Take

Valentine's Day is next week and I have created both funny and elegant Valentine Make and Takes just for you!  Join me Thursday through Saturday, February 8-10, 10am to 4pm and Wednesday, February 14, 10am to 4pm.  You may choose to make any one of the Valentine's Day cards shown below plus a customized envelope!  And it's free!  These cards are perfect for your honey, your friends or your co-workers. I hope to see you soon!

 My funny Valentines are created with Taylored Expressions Foodie Friends stamps and matching dies.  I stamped the image, colored it with Copic markers then cut it out with the matching die.  Each stamp has a funny greeting for the insde of the card.


Cheesy-Corny-insideCheesy and Corny (outside) 3" x 3" bracket notecard

Cheesy-Corny-inside

Cheesy and Corny (inside) 3" x 3" bracket notecard Pizza-Fries-insidePizza and Fries (outside) 3" x 3" bracket notecard Pizza-Fries-inside

Pizza and Fries (inside) 3" x 3" bracket notecard 

For each of the cards above I diecut the bracket notecard, stamped a background (TE Brushed Hearts or Luv-a-Doodle) then stamped, colored and cut out the focal image.

For my elegant Valentine, I stamped the large heart from the Memory Box Wirework Heart set in Versafine Black ink on white shimmer cardstock then embossed it in clear.  I die cut the center of the heart with one of the hearts from the Memory Box Have a Heart die set.  Next I colored the die using the Clarity Stencil Brushes and dye inks.  Love these brushes!!!  See more samples using the Clarity Brushes below.  

I matted the colored heart on one of the hearts from the Memory Box Wrapped Stitch Hearts set. To finish the card I stamped one of the sentiments included in the Wirework Heart set on cardstock cut with the one of the Taylored Expressions Double Ended Flags.  This greeting was also embossed in clear.  Simple yet elegant. 

Valentine-MITIPlease join me for our Free Make and Take all this week and next week on Wednesday.

More Samples with Wirework Heart Set from Memory Box

Here's a photo of the Wireworks Heart stamp set.  It includes several hearts, flowers and sentiments. For a video tutorial on coloring and shrinking the heart, you can see Dave Brethauer, owner of Memory Box, here.

Stamp-setFor my first sample I stamped the largest heart and colored it with Copic markers.

Hello FriendFor this sample I stamped the large heart in black permanent ink on sanded shrink plastic then colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils.  Then I cut it out (with scissors, not a die) and shrank the heart.  I mounted it on a mat cut with one of the Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Hearts.  The border is cut with Poppystamps die Petit Four Border and the "loved" sentiment is die cut with Taylored Expressions Loved Script die.
Hello Friend
These next two cards are done exactly the same way.  The first card with Copics on white cardstock and the second card with colored pencils on shrink plastic. The Happy Valentines sentiment is from Poppystamps and the dot border die is from Paper Smooches.
Hello Friend
Hello Friend
More Samples with Clarity Brushes and Mandala Die from Taylored Expressions

Mandalas are very trendy and this full card size Mandala die is beautiful and versatile.  The die cuts the Mandala and the frame. MandalacuttingplateFor this first card I die cut the Mandala from turquoise cardstock and left most of the pieces in the die cut.  I think it makes a dramatic focal image.  I embellished the image with clear Nuvo enamel drops and a sentiment (TE Spring Florals). Design inspired by Regina Mangum.

Hello-SpringNext I cut the Mandala from white cardstock and colored it with dye inks and an ink blending tool.  The Hello (TE Script Hello) is cut twice and glued together for extra dimension, and the "friend" word is from TE's Friendly Phrases.  It is cut with TE's Double Ended Flags die. Design inspired by Melody Rupple.
Hello-Spring Now to show you how I colored with the Clarity Stencil brushes. For this card I die cut both the Mandala and a background from white shimmer cardstock.  Then I used the brushes to apply the ink in a rainbow effect, overlapping the colors. The brushes give the background a soft and shimmery look that is really beautiful. (Design inspired by Jen Schults) The sentiment is from TE's In & out Get Well stamp set.

Love-and-HugsFor my last card, I cut the Mandala from black cardstock and the background from white cardstock.  I applied the colors (dye inks) with the Clarity Brushes. The Thanks script die (TE) is cut twice from gold mirror cardstock. (Design inspired by Jean Manis) ThanksCome to the free make and take this week and learn more about these wonderful Clarity Stencil brushes!  They are a fun and easy way to apply color.  See you soon!

Just a Reminder ...

Just a friendly reminder ... The Stamp Act is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm.  We are closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  Stop in soon!