Easter Cards

Every holiday has its icons, but who doesn't love the Easter Bunny in all his many forms including this fine sir.  Unfortunately he is retired, but I just could not resist pairing him with the jelly bean sentiment!  So cute!

Smell-Jelly-BeansDo I Smell Jelly Beans – Art Impressions stamps Rabbit (retired) and Jelly Beans; Taylored Expressions Little Bit die Easter Confetti; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles

Now for some newer bunnies.  Taylored Expressions new Skinny Mini Spring Borders features four dies: bunnies, birds, flowers and a chevron pattern.  I paired two of the borders with the Easter Wishes banner set, substituting the "Happy" from the TE Happy Birthday Banner die for the "Wishes."  Along the bottom of the card is a picket fence festooned with the flowers border, a bunny and a birdhouse.
Smell-Jelly-BeansHappy Easter Birdhouse – Taylored Expressions die Easter Wishes Banner, Happy Birthday Banner, Eventful Bunny Border, Little Bit Birdhouse and Picket Fence; Memory Box die Resting Birds; design inspired by Jean Manis

For this next card I used a variety of dies -- some new, some old -- to create a pretty Easter scene.  The new Lattice Frame die from Taylored Expressions is available only through brick-and-mortar stores like The Stamp Act.  I used the Easter Wishes Banner again and cut the bunny from felt, dressing him up with a cute little bow.

Smell-Jelly-BeansEaster Wishes Basket – Taylored Expressions dies Chocolate Rabbit, Lattice Frame, Easter Wishes banner, Peek-A-Boo Easter and Wispy Grass; Impression Obsession die Basket; Memory Box die Peter Cottontail

This scene was created with the new TE Eventful Bunny die paired with a picket fence, clouds and trees.  Plus there are Easter eggs hiding in the grass!
Smell-Jelly-BeansEventful Bunny Border – Taylored Expressions dies Eventful Bunny Border, Build A Scene Trees, Wispy Grass, Cloud Border; Little Bit Easter Confetti and Picket Fence; Memory Box die Stitched Clouds; design inspired by Melody Rupple

And why not decorate your fireplace for Easter with bunnies, flowers and an Easter basket?  How cute is this?
Smell-Jelly-BeansEaster Fireplace – Taylored Expressions die By The Fireside, Little Bits Chocolate Bunny, Skinny Mini Spring Borders, Grass Border; Little Bit Easter Confetti, Frame in Frame, Little Bit Easter Basket and Door to Door Spring Décor; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

Here I used the Eventful Border again, this time cutting it apart and nestling the pieces among the "hills" which were cut with the TE Rolling Stitched Clouds dies.  The sky was embossed with the TE Cloudy Days.
Smell-Jelly-BeansEaster Wishes Bunny Border – Taylored Expressions die Easter Wishes Banner, Eventful Bunny Border and Build A Scene Rolling Clouds; TE embossing folder Cloudy Days; design inspired by Jean Manis

While you're decorating don't forget the front door!  This scene is full of spring colors and icons.  Love the polka dot rainboots sitting on the doorstep.

Smell-Jelly-BeansHello Spring Door – Taylored Expressions stamp set Spring Florals; TE dies Door to Door, Door to Door Spring Décor, Door to Door Décor, Stitched Banner Stacklets and Wispy Grass; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Corrugated; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Now for a couple of bunny cards that are colored with Copic markers.IO-Bunny-with-EggsBunny with Eggs – Impression Obsession stamp Bunny with Eggs; Copic markers; design inspired by Karen Amidon

This bunny really lives up to his name: "Cuddle Bunny."  I copied a card that Harriett Head (good friend and customer from Las Cruces) designed.  Her choice of papers was inspired (they are from Penny Black).  I feel like I could reach into the card and hug the soft, cuddly bunny.  Thanks Harriett for the inspiration!IO-Cuddle-BunnyCuddle Bunny – Impression Obsession stamp Cuddle Bunny; Copic markers; design inspired by Harriet Head

Stop in at The Stamp Act soon for all your papercrafting needs!  Thanks!

Thoughtful Cards for Easter and Other Occasions

Hello friends.  Today I am sharing with you some cards I have called "thoughtful" because they use more spiritual icons and words.  This first card is almost regal in its purple hues.  It's hard to tell by looking at this photo, but I cut TE's new Ornate Frame from silver metallic cardstock and glued it to a vellum panel.  Then I turned the vellum over and colored the frame's border with a Copic marker (V06).  I glued this frame to a top folding lavender card that I had previously cut with a rectangle die so the center was open.  To finish the card I cut another Ornate Frame and glued it on the inside.  I stamped and die cut the cross, colored it (Copics V01, V04, V05 and V06) and mounted it with foam tape in the center of the frame.  I hid the foam tape that shows on the inside of the card by gluing another cross (die cut from lavender cardstock) over the the "front" cross.  I hope that makes sense!  I finished with some flowers and a sympathy sentiment.  Change the sentiment to Happy Easter for a stunning Easter card.Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseSympathy Cross – Taylored Expressions stamp set My Redeemer Lives; TE dies My Redeemer Lives, Ornate Frame Bloomers 2, Bloomers Greenery, Stitched Banner Stacklets and Arbor Accessories; senimtnet from Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; design inspired by Jen Shults

I made two more cards using TE's My Redeemer products.  For the first card I embossed the background with the Redeemer embossing folder then stamped and embossed a cross in gold and mounted it with foam tape over the background.  It fits perfectly!  The sentiment is part of the Redeemer stamp set.
Alleluia – Taylored Expressions stamp set My Redeemer Lives; TE dies My Redeemer Lives; TE embossing folder Redeemer; design inspired by Michele Boyer

Similar to the card above, for the next card I embossed the gray background and the die cut oval with the Redeemer embossing folder.  Before mounting the gold embossed cross I punched a circle in a scratch piece of cardstock and sponged a soft blue circle in the center of the background.  To highlight the sentiment, I stamped it in black and die cut it with a stitched circle die.  I left it in the circle die and sponged the background with yellow ink. Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseHe Is Risen – Taylored Expressions stamp set My Redeemer Lives; TE dies My Redeemer Lives, Stitched Ovals Stacklets and Stitched Frame Stacklets; TE embossing folder Redeemer; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

TE's "You're in My Prayers" stamp set and matching Prayers Script die have been very popular -- I think because they send the perfect sentiment to friends and family.  This card uses the Ornate Frame set against a sponged background and decorated with pretty flowers.  The prayer sentiment is three die cuts glued together to give it dimension.Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseIn My Prayers Frame – Taylored Expressions stamp sets You’re in my Prayers and Spring Florals; TE dies Spring Florals, Prayers Script and Ornate Frame; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Remember that you can always use your dies to make a stencil.  I cut one of the smaller crosses from scratch cardstock to form what's called a "mortise mask" which masks the surrounding area while you sponge the blue cross in the center of the background.

Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseIn My Prayers – Taylored Expressions stamp set You’re in my Prayers; TE dies My Redeemer Lives,  Stitched Frame Stacklets and Stitched Banner Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Pretty flowers and a thoughtful sentiment make a lovely card.  I gave the vase some texture using TE's Kaleidoscope embossing folder.Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseThoughts and Prayers Vase – Taylored Expressions stamp sets You’re in my Prayers and Spring Florals with coordinating dies Prayers Script and Spring Florals; TE dies Various Vases and Bloomin’ Birthday combo set; TE embossing folder Kaleidoscope; design inspired by Jean Manis

Super easy and so elegant, this card is perfect for any occasion.  I cut two of the Budding Peony and glued them togther.  Then noting the placement of the flower buds and leaf, I sponged on some pink and green inks.  Add a sentiment and a few sequins and the card is done.Thoughts-and-Prayers-VaseBudding Peony – Memory Box die Bubbing Peony; Poppystamps die Eyelet Stitches; Hero Arts sentiment; design inspired by Lindsay Amrhein

Be sure to stop in soon and see these samples and many more in person!  Thanks!   

Don't Miss the Art Fair at The Plactia Santa Fe

Hello friends.  Just a reminder that this Saturday, April 1 we will have the first ever Upcycle Art Fair at the Placita Santa Fe shopping center.  We are having a tremendous response to this concept and have had to turn away many artists who wanted to exhibit.  We hope this will mean more fairs in the future!

I will be selling vintage screens decorated with lots of different themes.  This one is a favorite of mine because I designed it so you can insert your own photo into the frame.  It's perfect for a new Mom or Grandmother.

Family The frame below is another one that can be customized with your own photo.  Both these assemblages have sentiments that really speak to the heart.  Be sure to click on the photo to see a larger view.

Boy-wonderI designed this frame to encourage all dreamers.

Trust-IdeasI turned two frames into clipboards.  This one features the new Dainty Faerie die from Memory Box.  The entire collage can be removed and photos or other memorabilia clipped in its place.Faerie-ClipboardIn addition to the vintage assemblage pieces, I will be selling greeting cards, Easter bags and candy boxes and business or note card holders.  Here's a candy box I made with the Paper Smooches Bunny Card die featured in last week's blog.

Bunny-Candy-BoxIsn't this a cute bunny!  The box is made with a sheet of cardstock (8.5" x 11") and a little scoring and cutting.  If you have the die and want to make one, email me for instructions.

I hope you will join us this Saturday.  It will be great fun!  And be sure to bring one of your own greeting cards which we will donate to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation.  They would appreciate cards with generic themes such as thinking of you, hope, florals, etc.  If you donate a card you will earn a 10% discount on your purchase at The Stamp Act (excluding Vagabond and Stamp Perfect tools).

Hippity Hoppity, Easter's on Its Way!

We've got so many Easter papercrafting supplies including dies, stamps and papers.  Here are some examples.

These first two cards are very quick and easy.  I die cut the white cardstock with the bunny die and matted it on pink polka dot paper.  The Hippity Hoppity sentiment is so cute!

Hippity-HoppityHippity Hoppity – Memory Box die Hippity Hoppity; Taylored Expressions die Hippity Hoppity

This card is very similar in design.  Don't forget to add a little pom pom for the "bunny butt!"

MB-Peter-CottontailPeter Cottontail – Memory Box die Peter Cottontail; Memory Box sentiment stamp

This card is a little more elaborate.  Using Kitty's design, I created a little bunny scene in the square frame of the Massa Leaf Frame die, filling it with bunnies, Easter eggs, flowers and greenery.  Such a pretty card.

Massa-Leaf-FrameMassa Leaf Frame Bunnies – Poppy die Massa Leaf Frame; Impression Obsession dies Rabbit set, Leaves and Stems, Tiny Flowers, Grass Border and Small Grass Border; Spellbinders die Classic Squares; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

Stop in soon and shop for your Easter papercrafting needs including bunnies!

And don't forget the Upcycled Art Fair at The Placita Santa Fe shopping  center.  It's Saturday April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Plan a day out with the girls (or guys) and see unique art created by local artists.  See you there!

Bunny Cards and Candy Bags

Hello friends. Spring and Easter are such a welcome time as the weather warms and the days grow longer.  And in the papercrafting world it's a time for fun cards starring cute Easter Bunnies!  Paper Smooches has just released their new Bunny Card Die that is beyond cute!  The set includes over a dozen dies that give you endless options for creating bunnies with a variety of expressions.  I used just this die set to create the bunnies that decorate the cards, paper sacks and handle bags below.  Take a look at these samples and think how you would use this darling die.

Bunny-card-diePaper Smooches Bunny Card Die  $21.99

Paper Smooches Critter Card Puns clear stamp set offers clever sentiments for their Bunny Card, Cat Dog Card and Bear Frog Card dies.Critter-Card-PunsPaper Smooches Critter Card Puns clear stamp set  $16.59

For my first card I cut the bunny out of white and pink felt.  Isn't he the cutest?Somebunny-SpecialSomebunny Special – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Heidi Randazzo

I turned down this rabbit's ear to give him a playful look!  Be sure to notice how you can vary the eyes and mouths on each sample.Somebunny-SpecialHoppy Easter – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Paper Smooches

This little lady has long eyelashes!
Somebunny-Special White Bunny Card –
Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; design inspired by Paper Smooches

Is this bunny sleeping?  Nonetheless she's so stylish with the cute bow on her ear! Sack is approximately 5.5" square.

Bunny-Sack-PinkBunny Sack Pink – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card and Baby Bow; Taylored Expressions dies Wispy Grass and Ric Rac Border; design inspired by Paper Smooches

Create your bunnies from any color cardstock -- gray is perfect.  Add grass along the bottom of the card and hide some Easter eggs.  I adhered decorative paper to the back and front of the sack then cut through all layers with a ric rac die.Bunny-Sack-Pink Bunny Sack Gray – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card and Baby Bow; Taylored Expressions dies Wispy Grass and Ric Rac border

The Bunny Card die does not cut the bottom so the bunny's body can be as long as you desire.  This bunny and grass measure about 9" tall and 5.25" wide. You can fill the handle bag with Easter grass the candy or use it to gather eggs!

Bunny-Bag-EggBunny Handle Bag Egg – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card, Easter Egg with Bow and Pocket/Flowers; Memory Box die Hippity Hoppity; Poppystamps die Pasture Grass

Bunny-Bag-EggBunny Handle Bag Carrots – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; Impression Obsession dies Basket and Carrots; Poppystamps die Pasture Grass

Stop in soon and shop for your Easter papercrafting needs including bunnies!

And don't forget the Upcycled Art Fair at The Placita Santa Fe shopping  center.  It's Saturday April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Plan a day out with the girls (or guys) and see unique art created by local artists.  See you there!

Upcycle Art Fair at Placita Santa Fe

Fair PostcardHello friends and thanks for stopping by to read my blog today.  I am so excited to share with you the news that the Plactia Santa Fe shopping center is having an Upcycled Art Fair on Satirday, April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Items with recycled components will be on sale including clothing, signs, dolls, jewlery, furniture, painted wood and metal arts.  See unique art pieces that give something old new life or use things ways other than intended.

Artists from throughout the Placita as well as invited artists from El Paso and New Mexico will be selling their creations.Wish

 The Stamp Act is thrilled to participate in the fair.  I will be selling Pieces of the Past art screens created from old hardware, vintage photos and found elements.  These assemblages take on a life of their own as affixed vintage trinkets breathe a new spirit into the collaged items.  Enjoy each unique art piece as it is or, in some cases, personalize the collage with your own vintage photo.  Prices range from $20 to $35.

Here are photos of two of the assemblages for sale:

LuckyLucky Assemblage

Remember-the-nowRemember the Now Assemblage

In addition to the assemblages, I will be selling buisness card or note card holders.  Here are some samples:

Teacher-FrontTeacher Note Card HolderCactusSouthwest Note Card Holder DragonflyDragonfly Note Card Holder

I will also be selling greeting cards for every occasion and Easter cards, candy bags and favor boxes.  I hope you will plan on coming to the Fair.  It has created quite a buzz so we are expecting a big crowd.  It will be lots of fun and a great way for you to support local artists.

Important News!!!!!!!!

I have just received 12 new Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tools including 6 small and 6 large.  The manufacturer of the original stamp positioning tool, the MISTI, sued Hampton Arts and American Crafts for patent infringement and won so this may be the last order of this exact tool at this favorable price that I can get.  The small Stamp Perfect tool is $24.99 (compared to the MISTI at $45) and the larger Stamp Perfect tool is $29.99 (compared to the larger MISTI at $60).  So don't wait to buy one!  Get yours today.  And those of you that have the tool, let me know if you are interested in learning tons of ways to use it.  I will be happy to repeat my Introduction to the Stamp Perfect class for 2 or more people.

Easter Fun

What's more fun than a cute rabbit?  Lots of cute bunnies, hopping all over the store!  Whether you like whimsical bunnies, Easter eggs and jelly beans or more serious-themed cards, we've got something for everyone.  Be sure to shop The Stamp Act for all your Easter papercrafting needs.  I hope to see you soon!