Cuttlebug Die Cutting and Embossing

New Hero Arts Stamps

Hi stamping friends.  The weekend is here and I look forward to several wonderful classes.  We still have room for you if you'd like to join us!  Give me a call to 915-833-9500 if you're interested.

Felicity-Owls-lg  Here's a wonderful card that Felicity created this week.  The background is a large wood background from JudiKins and the owls are new from Hero Arts.  The branch the owls are sitting on is a Spellbinders die (S4-121 Doodle Parts) which Felicity stamped with the same wood background.  She added leaves using a medium birch leaf punch (Punch Bunch).  The owls are colored with prismacolor pencils and have "googly" eyes!  The sentiment is from Copper Leaf Creations.  Thanks Felicity for a very creative card!

Susan-Valentine-1-lgI also want to share with you some cards that my customer Susan Heyser recently created.  They are really beautiful!   The first card uses a Spellbinder die Decorative Photo Corners, DP from Crate Paper (Avenue) and Jenni Bowlin on the slide mount, and the Cuttlebug Embossing Border set With Love.  Susan-Valentine-2-lgSusan's next card is a personal favorite because I love the toile paper (Carolee's Creations) she chose for the background.  The heart is from the same Spellbinders die and the with love border from the same Cuttlebug border set.    Susan-Valentine-3-lg                                    For her last card, Susan used another Cuttlebug background, the same photo corner die and DP as the first card and a hummingbird stamp from Inkadinkado.  Thanks Susan for sharing your cards!  Have a great weekend and come see what's new at The Stamp Act!

Valentines Stamped Samples

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Penny Black “Hugs” Valentines Stamps

Mice-hugs-lgToday I have three delightful Valentines to share with you.  They are all created with the new Penny Black “Hugs” clear stamp set which includes hedgehogs, kitties, mice and more!  I will be teaching this class on Sat, January 24 (10 to noon) and I hope you can join us.  The techniques I will teach in this class include coloring with Twinkling H2O’s; die-cutting; using border punches; and making a gatefold card.  I will also show you an easy ribbon trick.  Call me to register and plan to have a great time with these playful critters! 

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PB-Bunny-with-hearts-lg Here’s another card that Felicity made using a Penny Black bunny with his arms full of hearts.  He was colored using Prismacolor pencils.


















Deadbeat Designs

If you’re not familiar with Deadbeat Designs stamps you have missed some great fun!  Mark Jetton, the owner and creator of these stamps, has the most irreverent sense of humor and his stamp designs are fresh and creative.


Mark’s a Texan through and through and he has pretty much cornered the market on Texas stamps.  He’s got everything from the Alamo to bluebonnets (our state flower) to all manner of western attire.  Here are just a few of his many samples.

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Mark’s other passion is chocolate and his chocolate stamps are equally wonderful!  Not only does Mark create unique stamps, but he sends along terrific samples for us to share with you.  Pictured below are many of his “chocolate” samples.

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Recently Mark released a new collection of Valentine stamps and included three creative samples.  Felicity has reproduced them adding her own special touches, and she will teach a class with three of his sample ideas on Sunday, February 1 from 2 to 4pm.  Here are the projects we will make that day.

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Mark just joined the blogoshpere (kicking and screaming I might add) so be sure to check out his blog at  I would subscribe to it just for Mark’s humor!


Sneak Peek

Last Sunday my friend and fellow stamper Nancy needed to make thank you cards.  I needed some too so we decided to make them together, and since it was getting late, we thought a simple design that we could reproduce quickly would be the best bet.  Well, anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do simple very often. 

Nancy chose Scenic Route paper with tree branches on it and that got me to thinking of the Spellbinders Nested Bird die that had been calling my name for some time.  I grabbed one from the showroom and off we went die-cutting birds for our cards.  Here are the samples we made – doesn’t that bird just make the card? 

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Just-a-note-lg Monday when I finished my Black and White Cards, I made this card using the Nested Bird dies (it’s a set of 3 birds).  If you look closely you will notice that the wing of the medium bird is actually the small bird with its beak cut off.  Tooooo cute!  I have lots of other ideas for these birds plus the Nested Butterflies and Nested Flowers (each a set of 3), and I will teach them in a class on Sat, Feb 14.  Several of my ideas are home décor projects so it should be a fun class!  I will post them as soon as I make them!


Thanks for stopping by and please tell your friends about our store.  The only way to keep a small retail store like The Stamp Act alive and creatively active is to come to the store and buy your stamps and products.  It won’t happen by itself – we need YOU!


I’m BACK!  I hope you haven’t given up on me.  I have spent the last three weeks cleaning the store from top to bottom.  The “back rooms” were full of 10 years of stuff, and the classroom storage area was crammed with inks, paints, adhesives and all kinds of stamping paraphernalia we use for classes.  Everything was pulled out, sorted, and either donated to several wonderful teachers and school counselors; donated to Goodwill; hauled to the dumpster; or kept.  Items that were kept were cleaned, sorted and labeled.  After that task was finished, I started on the store’s showrooms.  Those were also cleaned and merchandise was moved to new display areas.  During this process I also pulled hundreds and hundreds of items for a huge clearance sale.  This “spring cleaning” just about killed me because I have very bad knees and being on my feet for many hours a day is very painful, but now that it’s done, I am so happy with the results.  I have only one more huge task ahead – sorting hundreds of stamped samples!  Ugh! 

Sale, Sale, Sale

           As I mentioned, we are now having a huge clearance sale.  We have hundreds of stamps, papers, embellishments, and much, much more on 50% discount.  The sale will last until everything is sold, but hurry in soon for best selection.  There are plenty of really great bargains so come on in and take a look!


Thank You

I would like to say a quick thank you to all the wonderful stampers from out of town who visited the store over the holidays.  Ann from Minnesota found Dreamweaver Stencils she had never seen before; Cathy from Ohio loved the store and my technique using the Memento ink pads and jumbo foam daubers.  Judy from Phoenix discovered the Just Rite stampers which she had never seen before.  As I talked to these ladies and other from across the country, the recurrent theme was how they either had no local stamp store to teach them new techniques or their local store(s) were closed or closing.  If you value learning more about your hobby, please patronize your local stores.  In this very precarious economy, local stores need all the business they can get.  Take a class, shop for new stamps, and enjoy expressing yourself artistically!

Black and White Class

           Needless to say, I did no stamping during the cleaning spree.  And when I finally got back to it, I was very rusty!  My first efforts really disappointed me, but I persisted and thankfully things improved.  My class this weekend (Sat, Jan. 17 from 10am to noon) is “Black and White with a Splash of Red.”  I am using papers from Kaisercraft, several fun techniques and lots of embellishments from die cuts to felt flowers to stickers.  Let me show you the cards I made for the class.

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 In the class you will learn an alcohol resist technique that I learned from Tim Holtz (see first card above); how to flock stickers (second card); how to emboss and die cut craft foil (first card, second row); and how to layer Nestabilities, use Cuttlebug borders and use ink over an embossed background (last card).  I hope you will join us!


Birthday Card Class

            Sat afternoon from 2 to 4pm, Felicity will be teaching a “Birthday Cards” class featuring the new Impression Obsession “Birthday Cakes” clear stamp set colored with Twinkling H2O’s.  Felicity will also demo the Layered Watercoloring technique that Dave Brethauer has on his blog at  The small folded cards shown below are made with the largest Spellbinder Mega Scalloped Rectangle.  These small cards are great for gift enclosures, too!

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Basic Grey Bittersweet Card Kit Class

            Another popular class coming up on Saturday, January 24 (2 to 4pm) or on Wednesday, January 28 from 6 to 8pm is the new Basic Grey Bittersweet Card Kit.  This wonderful card kit makes 8 darling Valentine cards using the new Bittersweet collection papers – which I love – and plenty of chipboard embellishments and stickers.  The cards are quite creative and I know you will enjoy making them!  Here’s a preview of the cards:

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Lucky-me-lg  Mine-lg   SWAK-lg   X-O-lg

If you can't attend class you can buy the kit.  Please let me know and I will reserve one for you.


I have lots more to blog about this week so check back tomorrow.  Don't forget the sale plus I have lots more orders coming in.  The new Hero Arts release has some really great stamps and embellishments; we have new and very funny Valentines stamps from Deadbeat Design -- watch for an upcoming class using these stamps; new Outlines stamps are coming soon; plus new stamps from Stampendous and  Lockhart.  I have also reordered the Inchie stamps from Inkadinkado so if you want those let me know.  Harriet will be teaching an Inchies class on Sat, Feb 7 (I will show her samples later this week) and I will be teaching a Grid Stamping class on Sat, Feb 28.  Have a great day!