What's better in the summer than a delicious cool treat? Whether you prefer ice cream, watermelon or lemonade, you will love all these fun cards. Check them out and stop in for all the supplies to make one for yourself.
Impression Obsession Good Old SummertimeSweet Summertime – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; Copic markers; design inspired by Ilina CrouseSweet Summer – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Taylored Expressions die Script Sweet; Copic markers
Paper Smooches products
Sweet Summertime – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Memory Box die Scallop Border; Impression Obsession clear stamp set Good Old Summertime; IO die Ice Cream Set; Taylored Expressions Little Bits die Ice Cream Sundae (cherry); Spellbinders die Scallop Circles; TE embossing folder Burlap; design inspired by Geraldine Andrade Anything is Popsicle – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; design inspired by Paper Smooches Melt Popsicle – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; design inspired by Seven Hills blog You’re Cool and Relax and Chill – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Poppystamps die Delicate Stitches; Memory Box die Scallop Border; design inspired by Paper Smooches and Alice Wertz Chocolate – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Impression Obsession die Drip Edger; Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Love & Chocolate
Taylored Expressions products
Color Block Summertime – Taylored Expressions dies Color Block Background, Rolling Hills and Tall & Skinny Alphabet; Little Bit dies Beach Umbrella, Beach Ball, Sandcastle, Ice Cream Cone, Popsicles and Sun and Clouds; design inspired by Kay Miller
The Stamp Act will be closed from Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 4 for vacation. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 10am.
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.This 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 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! Bear 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.
Beary 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 – 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. Hoppy Birthday Wishes – Paper Smooches dies Bear/Frog Card and Cat/Dog Card; Avery Elle clear stamp set Ribbit Ribbit; design inspired Lisa PetrellaRibbiting News – Paper Smooches die Bear/Frog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Jill HawkinsToadally 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 Die Tiny Frogs, $5.99
Poppystamps Die Lovely Lily Pads, $5.99
And with these I used a set of stamps and dies from Avery Elle:
Avery Elle clear stamp set Ribbit Ribbit, $8.99 Avery Elle die set Ribbit Ribbit, $14.89
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 – Poppystamps die Tiny Frogs; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Word Salad; Avery Elle clear stamp set Ribbit Ribbit
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
Hopping a Terrific Birthday – Poppystamps dies Tiny Frogs and Lovely Lily Pads; Poppystamps clear stamp set Hope and Thanks; design inspired by Lezlye LauterbachHoppy 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 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 – Avery Elle stamp and matching dies Ribbit Ribbit; Penny Black die Doodles; Memory Box die Clouds; design inspired by YaineaJumping for Joy – Avery Elle stamp and matching dies Ribbit Ribbit; Taylored Expressions Stitched Tags; design inspired by Heather CampbellWart’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 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 – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Purple Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan ErvinYou 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 VanBruggenFlowers Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Shelly Mercado
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
Hello Friends. I love unique dies and Paper Smooches new Cat/Dog and Bear/Frog die sets not only give you all the dies you need to create a wide variety of creatures, but the price is fantastic! Look at all the dies you get for $19.99! And Paper Smooches new clear stamp sets provide the perfect "punny" sentiments that will delight all animal lovers!
The Cat/Dog die set comes with two different head/ear dies (tall ears and short ears) and all the eyes, noses, mouths, whiskers, ears and even "paws" that you need to make a variety of different creatures.
Paper Smooches die set Cat/Dog, $19.99Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns, $16.59
These two clear stamp sets have all the sentiments you need to make cards using the Cat/Dog die as well as the Bunny die (check out my post on the Bunny Die here), the Frog/Bear die set and the Dinosaur die.
Paper Smooches clear stamp set Huge Hugs 2, $16.59
Paper Smooches die Dinosaur, $8.29
I don't have any cards with the new Bear/Frog die but it is so cute. Think panda bear and green frog -- and look at the sentiments on the sets above that will bring these creatures to life!
Paper Smooches die Bear/Frog Die, $19.99
For my first card I made a white cat holding an envelope (with his "paws) that flips down to open. This card is 5.25" wide and 4.875 tall (closed).
Cat with Letter – Paper Smooches dies Cat Dog Card die and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Savannah O’Gwynn
Love this white pooch! Raise the Woof – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Katie Gehring
See how you can completely change Kitty's look by using different dies to create unique features?Cat with Hearts – Paper Smooches dies Cat Dog Card die and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Teri Anderson
Can't you just hear this kitty purring! Cat on Check paper – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns
I found a scrap of Cheetah cardstock and created this wild guy!
Cheetah – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Huge Hugs 2; design inspired by Heidi Randazzo
Turn Kitty on his head for yet another look!
Calico Cat – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Katie Gehring
I intended this to be a dog, but some poeple think it's a fox!
Dog – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die
And don't stop with Cats and Dogs, I made a sheep and a pig! Love the pig sentiment!
Sheep – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; design inspired by Katie Gehring
Pig – Paper Smooches die Cat Dog Card die; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Katie Gehring
More Puns from Deadbeat Designs
And speaking of "punny" stamps, check out the new stamps from Deadbeat Designs here. They are hilarious! I have ordered all the new cow stamps and sentiments plus some new bluebonnet stamps that are perfect for spring in Texas. Scroll down the Deadbeat blog to see them.
Whether you are papercrafting cards that are funny or punny, sweet or serious, The Stamp Act is your one stop shop for all things papercrafting. Please stop in soon and shop!
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.
Paper 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.Paper 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 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.Hoppy 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! 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 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 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 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 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 Fairat 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!
It's flowers again! With so many flower dies I could blog a different one every day! Today I am spotlighting the Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet and Zinnia Bouquet Background. The background die makes it easy to cut matching background papers for each flower.
Zinnia Gold Mirror – Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet, Zinnia Bouquet Background and Stitched Squares; Memory Box stamp Seeds of Happiness; design inspired by Jean Okimoto.
I wish you could see this "in real life" -- the shiny gold mirror paper really catches your eye.
Zinnia Pink Orange – Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet and Zinnia Bouquet Background; Impression Obsession die Cutwork Border; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets.
This card is similar to the one above with the addition of a border die and ribbon.
Zinnia Hello – Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet and Zinnia Bouquet Background; Savvy Stamps die Hello; design inspired by Louise Charlton.
Add some rhinestones and a die cut greeting for a quick card.
Zinnia Bright Orange – Memory Box dies Zinnia Bouquet, Zinnia Bouquet Background and Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Squares; Memory Box stamp Happy Day; design inspired by Jean Okimoto.
For this card I embossed the flower die (tops) on white cardstock by using the tan rubber mat with my die cut machine. Then I watercolored each flower and adhered them over the green stems. I added Wink of Stella glitter pen to the centers.
Now for the Butterflies
Here are the Impression Obsession dies I used on the following cards:
Square Ornate Frame
Butterfly Block White – Impression Obsession dies Butterfly Block; Lifestyle Crafts die Nesting Rectangles; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.
I cut the Butterfly Block from white cardstock then cut a frame using the nesting rectangle dies. The picture does not show it well, but I cut the butterfly again and popped it up on top of the first butterfly for added dimension.
Butterfly Block Painted – Impression Obsession dies Butterfly Block; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.
Wow -- lots of color! I colored the Butterfly Block with Copic markers and then to add more interest, I took my Versacolor embossing ink pad and "sponged" ink all over the image and heat embossed it in clear. This really makes the color shimy and vibrant.
Square Ornate Frame – Impression Obsession dies Square Ornate Frame and Butterfly Block; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.
The Ornate Square Frame (which I did not use on this card) comes with an ornate corner piece. I created a frame using the Memory Box Stitched Squares then adhered the corner pieces to the underneath side of the frame. The butterfly is from the Butterfly Block die.
And a Few Miscellaneous Cards
Here are some more samples I made recently ... I hope they give you some inspiration:
Forest Birthday – Impression Obsession dies Forest and Greetings Edgers; IO Cover-A-Card stamp Bark; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.
Super easy card and great for a man's birthday. I stamped the kraft card front with the Bark stamp (6" x 6") then cut the trees (all one die) and sponged them with Vintage Photo Distress ink. I adhered the trees to the card with scor tape rolls (see Tip below). The Impression Obsession Edgers dies cut the top of the word out but leave the bottom attached. I cut the bottom edge to about 1" and adhered the edger word to a strip of brown cardstock. This strip was popped up with mounting tape.
Tip: To pop up a very skinny die like the trees on this card, cut a 2" to 3" piece of Scor tape (double sided tape). I use 1/2" wide or 1" wide Scor tape. Adhere this tape to a non stick surface like a Craft Mat or your desk surface. Working with the length of the tape, use your fingertips and roll the tape into a roll. You can adhere this roll to the back of the trees cutting it to any length you need.
Mountain Birthday Wishes – Impression Obsession dies Boy with Flowers, Mountain Landscape Layers and Puppy Set; design inspired by Harriet Head and Darlene at darscraftycreations.
I wish you could see the card Harriet made using the same paper and mountain die set. It is truly awesome! The paper is the Believe collection from Bo Bunny and one of the papers contains all these colors (and more). The Mountain die set has three mountain profiles so you can "build" your mountains in any number of ways.
Paint Strokes – Paper Smooches clear stamp set I Heart Art; Paper Smooches die Paint Strokes; design inspired by Michele Boyer
Rush Arrow – Poppystamps die Rush Arrow; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; design inspired by Jeanne Jachna
I love this very graphic die. I used the same Bo Bunny Believe paper for the backgrounds behind each arrow. Another idea for this same layout would be to stamp sentiments in some or all of the arrow openings. Be creative and have fun! The die also comes with a skinny arrow die.
Boddington Treescape – Memory Box dies Boddington Treescape, Puffy Clouds, Auto Parts, Tiny Village, Stitched Circles and Butterfly Delights; sentiment stamp by Amuse Artstamps; design inspired by Jeanne Jachna
My friend Molly recently moved to Virginia and this is the card I sent her to welcome her to her new home. I embellished the Boddington Treescape scene with cars, houses, sun, clouds, butterflies and a sentiment.
Wedding Cake Card – Impression Obsession dies Wedding Cake and Love Doves; Spellbinders label die
Here are the dies:
Wedding Cake Card – Impression Obsession dies Wedding Cake and Love Doves; Spellbinders label die
I am sorry there is a shadow on the middle and top of this card.
Adhesive Tip: Adhering the two trim pieces on each cake layer can be very tedious and messy if you use glue. White shows every imperfection -- ask me why the my first card took forever to complete! So my tip is to use Stick It Adhesive Paper. Take a piece of cardstock, white in this case, and adhere it to one side of a Stick It double sided adhesive sheet. Cut the cardstock away from the Stick it sheet and die cut the trim pieces from this now self adhesive paper. Important: Be sure to cut the cardstock side so the adhesive side is the back of the die cut.
Now all your tiny trim pieces are self-adhesive and easy to apply to your cake layers.
If that's not clear, stop in and I will show you how to work with Stick It. It is sold in a packet of 5 sheets (8" X 12¼").
Dimension Tip: It is hard to tell in this photo, but the cake layers are curved. To do this I put a double layer of foam tape behind the center of each cake layer. I also added dimension to the wedding couple by die cutting three extra couples from chipboard, gluing them all together then coloring the sides of the chipboard black.
I added dimension to the doves, the cake layers and cake stand by die cutting these pieces from fun foam and gluing the cardstock die cuts to the top of the foam.
Here's another card made with the same Wedding Cake die. This one also features the Impression Obsession dies Ornate Frame Rectangle and tiny flowers.
Sunshine Birdhouse – Taylored Expressions die Little Bits Birdhouse, Picket Fence and Picture Perfect – Sunny Days; TE embossing folder Walking on Sunshine; Memory Box die Marshmallow Clouds, Resting Birds and Mini Heart Collection; design inspired by Jean Manis.
Just a happy and colorful card that anyone would love to get.
I know it's hot and you are probably burrowing into your air-conditioned home, but should you decide to pop out and shop at The Stamp Act, you will be rewarded with a FREE make and take card that's perfect for summer. I would love to be relaxing in a hammock with a cool glass of lemonade, a good book and a powerful fan!
Hello friends. Today’s post is going to be a compilation of miscellaneous samples starting with a few cards suitable for the men in your life. March means birthdays for my brother and brother-in-law so I always have to scramble for guy cards. Here’s what I came up with:
Mustache Birthday 2 – My first mustache card and I must say I like it. I didn’t have one of the cute mustache joke stamps so I made my own using various stamps and dies.
Supplies – Paper Smooches die Mustaches; Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles; Paper Smooches stamp set Sentiment Sampler; Impression Obsession stamp set Sentiments 2; Memory Box die Classic Alphabet U/C and Numbers
Mustache Birthday 1 – This is a simple version that you can make lots of and keep on hand for male birthdays. Switch the sentiment for other occasions.
Supplies – Paper Smooches die Mustaches; Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles; Paper Smooches stamp set Sentiment Sampler; design inspired by Jocelyn Olson
Hoppy Birthday – My brother grew up loving all animals; he even had an iguana in college! So a card with a frog jumping across is perfect for him.
Supplies – 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
Here's an easy card perfect for any man's birthday. I cut a strip of the numbers paper and then cut it in 2 pieces (the reverse side was a perfect match!) and rounded the ends. I added two brads, wrapped natural twine around the brads and tied a bow. Add a sentiment and a balloon and you're done!
Supplies – My Favorite Things die Brushstroke Birthday sentiments; Penny Black die Uplifting
Diamond Border – I love this card! The new diamond border die from Penny Black cuts the solid and the outline diamond borders. Choose a color scheme and cut 2 of each from both colors. Glue the outline borders on top of the solid borders. Cut a strip of cardstock 1” x 5½” and adhere the middle border to the middle of this strip. Then adhere one border above and one below, leaving a little space between the borders. Finish the card with a sentiment die cut from same colors and adhered slightly off set. I plan to make this same card in a variety of different color schemes and sentiments.
Supplies – Penny Black die Diamond Border; Paper Smooches die Quote Tag; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan
Welcome – The die does all the work for this card. I cut the die from white cardstock and mounted it to blue cardstock. Then I cut the same die from green and inlaid the hills. Next I cut the houses and trees from various colors and glued them over the white version. I added cloud above and a sentiment below.
Supplies – Poppy die Brevilla Hillside; Taylored Expressions Stitched Clouds; TE stamp set Welcome Home
Ironwork Window Bird – It’s easy to spot a Penny Black die! I stamped the background with a PB stamp then cut the window in the center of the stamped panel. Next I cut the window again from white and glued it on top of the stamped version. The bird was mounted behind the window. Finally I die cut the finished piece with the Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles to add some more textural interest.
Supplies – Penny Black dies Ironwork Window and Perched Bird; Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Many Minis All Occasions; Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles; Penny Black cling stamp Star Ivy; design inspired by Jean Manis
Ironwork Window – Quick and easy. Cut the window from white and glue it over yellow cardstock. Add a few red hearts, a sweet sentiment and an embossed background and you’re done!
Supplies – Penny Black die Ironwork Window; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Leafy Vines; TE Little Bits die Love Confetti; sentiment stamp from Printworks; Memory Box die Pinpoint Rectangles; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Jean Manis
I hope you've enjoyed these cards to day. Be sure to click overto the classes page to see the samples for the Negative Die Cutting class coming up Saturday, April 2 at 10am. And stop in soon to shop. All Easter stamps and dies are 40% off until April 9!