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April 2008

Monogramming Mania

    Monogramming is one of the hot new trends in stamping thanks to the all new C-45 monogram stamper from Just Rite Stampers.  Justritestamper_2 The C-45 is great for making personalized stationery kits, monogrammed tags for gifts or stamping the back of your cards with your initials!  Jeri will be teach "Monogramming Mania" class using the C-45 stamper on May 31. The C-45 kit is $37.99 and includes the stamper plus a medium and large alphabet set and four borders.  Accessory kits include a tiny alphabet for creating borders of words or phrases ($5.49); additional ink pads so you can use any color ink ($5.49); and additional border and font sets (ranging from $14.29 to $17.59).  Here are just a few examples of how to use the C-45 (the first three photos are courtesy of Kellie Fortin of Just Rite Stampers):

Eastergifts2_2    Monkeygift

   Monogrammed Tags       Personalized Birthday Tags

Justrite_closeup_of_happy_b Close up of Tag   

      

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Spell short words & create custom monograms

Here are some of the accessory kits:

Librarydeskkitchborders    Damaskborderpicslg
Desk/Kitchen/Library borders                              Damask 1 Letter Borders

Damaskkitlg  Specocclg

   DIY Damask Kit                     DIY Special Occasions Kit   

   

Curlzkitlg

   DIY Curlz Kit

The DIY kit includes a wood mount for stamping borders and letters, but they will fit on the C-45 stamper too.  The advantage of the wood mount is that you can easily use different inks on border and letters.  For pricing and to reserve your C-45 stampers, just click here to send me an email.  I recommend attending the May 31 class as Jeri has developed lots of tips and tricks for working with the C-45 stamper.

One final card to show you.  Jeri made this sample -- isn't it handsome! She punched circles from decorative paper from Crate Paper and then added her monogram.  Fun!

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Hey There Little Cupcake

     Cupcakes are everywhere so it’s not surprising to find these perky pastry perfections translated into stamps.  Cupcakes_2 The new Stampendous Cupcake clear stamp set is a great example.  This set has six interchangeable cupcake “cups” and tops plus cute words, candles, sprinkles and even a cherry on top!  My friend and customer Laura bought the set and graciously offered to let me play with it to make samples.

          4cupcakes_3 The first sample shows the variety of cupcakes in the set.  The first cupcake on the left I stamped the “cup” in Colorbox Warm Red chalk ink and the top in VersaMagic Pixie Dust.  The other cupcakes I stamped and embossed in white on colored Bazzill cardstocks.  The scalloped eyelet border (Bazzill Cardstock with an Edge) adds just the right whimsical element to this card.

Felizcumpleamos The second sample uses the new Stampendous Spanish works set to send happy birthday wishes.  This card very appropriately uses “sprinkles” paper from the Basic Grey cupcake collection. The cupcake sits atop two circles made with classic and scalloped circle Nestabilities. On both samples I added clear Stickles Glitter Glue to the cupcakes tops and Glossy Accents to the cherry.


Photoframe_2Felicity played with the new Basic Grey Archaic paper and epoxy brads recently and created several projects that are perfect for Father’s Day.  The frame, inspired by Amy Rysavy’s blog at http://prairiepaperandink.typepad.com, uses scalloped and classic square Nestabilities to make the frame.  She completed the handsome frame with ribbon and brads.  Owls_2 Accompanying this frame is a darling card featuring Hero Arts’ Sparkle Clear You Hoo Owls.  It too uses Nestabilities – this time the new Long Rectangles.  Felicity made the card using the longest rectangle – isn’t it darling?  The circle is Nestability too.


Felicity’s last project with the Archaic paper is a birthday card with a bird theme.  Littlebirdie_2 Felicity first created four circles with the Nestabilities then stamped “a little birdie told me” (Impression Obsession) on the rust circle.  She mounted the circle together then added one of the coordinating epoxy brads to the center.  To the right she stamped “bird on a branch” (Memory Box) in black.  Inside she stamped the new Penny Black “birthday dreams do come true.”  What a handsome set for a birthday or Father’s Day gift.  Thanks Felicity!


Motherdaybox For Mother’s Day idea, Felicity created a darling little box that holds a single piece of chocolate!  The front of the box is covered with colorful paper (Scenic Route Providence collection) and embellished with two butterflies (Spellbinder’s Butterflies 2 die), Motherdayboxinside_2 one in decorative paper and the other in vellum.  Three red gemstones and die cut letters “Mom” (Spellbinders Playful alphabet) complete the cover.  Inside the box, she cut out some of the flowers from the paper and stamped Happy Mother’s Day.  This box is perfect for any occasion including party favors.


What’s New at The Stamp Act?

Lots of new paper was delivered to the store last Friday including K&Company Blue Awning, Bo Bunny Teen Chic, Fancy Pants Papa and Simplicity, and Little Yellow Bicycle’s Delightful collections.  If you haven’t shopped for paper lately, you’re in for a treat when you see the papers with glitter, foil, embossing and varnish.  They are fabulous!

Blue_and_ivory_damask_2   Blue_damask   Blue_swirl_floral

Flowers_and_butterfly  Green_floral_damask  Morning_glory

Letter_stripes   Zinnia_swirl   K&Company Blue Awning Collection

Teenchicdot_2 Teenchickiwi Bo Bunny Teen Chic Collection

Teenchicsquared Teenchicstriped

                      


“Kid’s Quotes” Stamps

On April 10 I posted photos of the book I made with the new “Kid’s Quotes” stamps.  Yesterday I was delighted to receive an email from Kate Harper, the artist who created them for Inkadinkado.  She wrote:  “I accidentally ran across your blog and absolutely love the designs you made out of my rubber stamps.”  Isn’t that awesome?  I was thrilled.  She went on to say: “I like to collect the art from people who make things out of my designs.  Do you mind if I print out your images and put them in my portfolio (with your name credit) as an example of what an artisan can make with my stamps? I'd like to put a link to your website from my website too.  Thanks so much!!!”  Thank you Kate!

Don’t miss your chance to make this darling little book in our class on May 10.  Check out class details here.  Shown below are 7 more

pages I stamped for the Kid’s Quote book.  Enjoy!

Allroadslg_3 Crocodileslg_2   Mistakeslg   Pajamaslg Rainbowslg  Rollercoasterlg   Takeanaplg

Stamping on Clear Surfaces

It’s been a few days since I posted an entry.  I have been busy placing orders and getting ready for classes.  This week I taught the Clear Card Class twice and I just got a call from a customer in New Mexico who wants to bring a group for the same class in May.  Clear is definitely the “in” surface for stamping and scrapping!  And while it’s fun to have a new surface to stamp on, one thing to keep in mind before you start a clear project is that you must think all the way through the card or book’s design before starting.  You really have to know the design of each page before starting on the card front or the book’s cover. 

Wisheslg_2 What ink do we recommend for clear surfaces?  Stazon, a permanent ink designed to dry on non-porous surfaces like acetate, acrylic or plastic, works the best. On the Wishes card at left, I used the Stazon opaque cotton white, blush pink and soft lilac.  I also stamped the sentiments on cardstockusing the same inks.

Because it is so dry in the Southwest, be sure to buy the re-inker bottle whenever you buy Stazon ink pads.  These inks are meant to dry quickly and therefore the ink pads can dry out quickly.  Nothing is worse than reaching for your favorite color ink and finding it too dry! FYI, other inks that need re-inking frequently are Versa Magic Chalk and Brilliance.

A final tip for working on acetate or acrylic: watch the heat!  If you choose to heat set the Stazon ink with your heat tool, you absolutely must keep the tip of the tool 12” to 14” above your acetate.  Otherwise it will seize and melt.  The Stazon ink dries very quickly so why risk it?  Need more tips for working on acetate?  Stop in and ask us!

What’s new at The Stamp Act?

Free Stamp Program from Inkadinkado

The new stamps from Inkadinkado are here and they are gorgeous!  Remember these stamps are very reasonably priced ($5.99 to $8.99) and they are “Buy 2 get 1 Free!” We sold out of some of them the first day but I have already re-ordered.  Call or email me to reserve yours today!

Birdhouseflourish Birdwithballoons_2 Butterflyinflight Flowerflourish Happybirthday Itsabeautifulday Lovelyflowers Thankyou Wildflowers Blossom

Coming Soon to The Stamp Act

            We have so much new merchandise on order that I am wondering where it will fit!  Of course we all love new papers and here are the collections that are coming soon:  K & Company Blue Awning; Bo Bunny Teen Chic; Upsy Daisy Designs’ Cupcake and Ice Cream Shoppe; and Fancy Pants Designs Papa and Sweet Spring. 

A very interesting cardstock that just arrived is Bazzill’s Cardstock with an Edge. Bazzill_cardstock_edge_eyelet_5   We have the new mini scallop edge and the eyelet edge – both 12” x 12.”   These “edges” are gorgeous and add a real “zip” to any card.  Just cut the edge to any length and add as a border under your stamped image.  I promise to do a sample as soon as they arrive!

Stamping Products You Can Use

            I was very surprised recently when I discovered that many of you are not using stamp cleaner to clean your stamps.  JudiKins permanent ink cleaner ($4.69) Judikinsinkcleaner is our choice as the best stamp cleaner.  It removes all inks, including permanent ink like Stazon, with ease.  The dauber top makes it easy to apply.  As an added bonus, JudiKins cleaner will remove ink from acetate or acrylic if you make a mistake stamping on these surfaces.  So next time you’re in the store grab a bottle of JudiKins permanent stamp cleaner and be prepared to have cleaner stamps and surfaces.

            Cutting and scoring cardstock are often the first steps in making hand-stamped cards.  If the cardstock is folded without being scored, it may crack and fray and generally look unprofessional.  This week I treated myself to the relatively new Mini Scor-It Scoring Tool )($32.99). Mini_scor_it_2   This is smaller version of the Scor-It tool I have been using for over a year.  The Mini Scor-It is only 9 3/8” x 7” and weighs only 1.7 pounds.  It has the same zero centering ruler across the top and is perfect for scoring A2 cards (4 ¼” x 5 ½’).   If your card/paper is wider than 9” across you will need the larger Scor-It or the Scor-Pal.  If you are uncertain about which of these tools to choose, come in and ask us for a demo.

            Speaking of scoring, when we brought in the very popular Scor-Pal, we got a wonderful bonus product: Scor-Tape. Scortape  Scor Tape is a double sided tape that has the adhesion of the “industrial-strength” red liner without being so difficult to work with.  Scor-Tape is an amazing product. It is a premium double sided adhesive, acid free, heat resistant and incredibly sticky tape. It can be used with embossing powders, foils, beads, glitter, ribbon etc. It is the perfect permanent adhesive for card making, boxes and books. We carry Scor-Tape in 1/8", 1/4", 1/2" and 1 1/2" sizes.

Go To The Head of the Class

We've got two dynamite classes on Saturday, May 3 and they are filling up fast.  In the morning we will be making cards and frames with the Stampendous mini clipboards.  Cute!  In the afternoon, Jeri will teach you how to make a very colorful explosion box that's all about friendship.  Check out class details here.  I am thrilled that my good friend Agnes Wilkins from Alamogordo has rounded up a group of stamping buddies including Bunny and Kathy to come to the box class.  Please join us too!


StampAction Design Team

      Today I am announcing the first member of the StampAction my Design Team and she’s someone you all know and admire – Felicity Straba.  As you know, Felicity worked at The Stamp Act for many years and when she decided she didn’t want the “9 to 5” anymore, she transitioned seamlessly to valued instructor and avid “sample” maker.  To say that Felicity loves stamping is a huge understatement.  Her keen sense of color and layout make her a fabulous paper crafting designer.

Littlefrogbdayoutside_3 Felicity’s first contribution to the Blog is a birthday card suited to anyone young or young at heart.  The frog stamp is one of the fun new Penny Black animal stamps.  Felicity colored it with Prismacolor pencils using odorless mineral spirits and blending stumps.  Usually she would use the same technique to color the blue background around the frogs, however this time because there was a large area to cover, she decided to sue blue chalk instead.  The sentiment stamp “A little frog told me …” is from Peddlers Pack and is continued on the inside with “it’s your birthday.”  Felicity simply inked part of the stamp for the outside and part for the inside.  The green card and the DP (that’s blog speak for “decorative paper”) are from Memory Box.

Littlefrogbdayinside_2 For the inside of the card she stamped the new Hero Design Block Birthday stamp in black on white cardstock, inked the edges in green and mounted it inside the green card (Memory Box).  She then stamped “it’s your birthday” on green cardstock and ran it through the Wizard using the new Labels Tag Trio to cut it out.  She finished the card by mounting the label on the background.  FYI:  The new Tag Trios arrived today!

Thanks Felicity for joining the team and giving us such a fun first card!

Other News you can use!

            Hero Arts has another new spring release, and like the first spring catalogue, this one contains more new Sparkle Clear sets.  These cute little clear stamp sets contain 5 to 7 stamps and are very affordable.  Here’s a sneak peek at what I have ordered:

Cl186home_3   Cl187coffee_2   Cl188tea_2   Cl217sweetmoments_2

  Home           Coffee           Tea          Sweets

Have a great weekend and Happy Stamping!


A Little Birdie Told Me ...

You have probably noticed that "birds" are the new "butterflies" in all kinds of design including stamping.  Every stamp company is offering birds and bird sayings as part of their line.  Some of the most elegant birds in my opinion are designed by Alyssa Baker whose designs are distributed by Impression-Obsession rubber stamps.  Today I decided to play with some of her images for an upcoming class (click here for more samples and class information).  Here's the first card that I created:

Largebirdlg   This card features the large bird sitting on a branch made using Spellbinder's "Bugs" die and the Wizard.  The leaves are part of the same die.  I wanted the bird to look like a robin, a bird I always associate with spring.  He is stamped using Brilliance Coffee Bean and ColorBox cat's eye scarlet.  The paper is Scenic Route and the "little birdie" stamp is A Muse Art Stamps.

       The next card is similiar but I used two sizes of smaller birds.Tallbirdlg_2  I made the hanging tag with the Wizard and the classic circle nestabilities.  The copper hardware is part of the fabulous WRM hardware set that's chock full of all kinds of hardware. 

One final bird card ... this one stamped by Tess.  Littlebirdielg_2 She stamped the large bird in Brilliance Orchid and the "little birdie circle" and "cheering up" sentiment in Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate.  These two stamps are by Impression-Obsession also.  Other stamped sentiments like "it's your birthday, you have a new nest, you're having a baby" will fit inside the "birdie" cirle too.

Wizard Shazzam Letters have arrived   More large Shazzam alphabet letters arrived today.  We used these letters in class last Saturday and they are proving to be very popular. (class samples)  Here's a card I made last night using the Shazzam "b."  Shazzambirthdaylg_2 The new Hero Arts Happy Birthday background is very easy to line up so I stamped it three times for the background.  Next I cut and embossed the "Sazzam b" then ran it through the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Tiny Bubbles" -- or as Tess likes to call it the Don Ho folder!  I just love the texture that these embossing folders add.  The "b" is popped up on the background which is then mounted on Scenic Route paper.  These letters are $11 each; let me know if you want to reserve one ... maybe your initials?  Fun!

New Tag Trios will be here Friday

Spellbinder's new Tag Trios will be here Friday so if you want to reserve one or more let me know.  These tags trios are so versatile!  Just look at the variety!  Note: Each Tag Trio die is only $13.

Doubleended_tags    Labeltags_2     Ribbontags     Tags

Double-Ended       Label tags         Ribbon tags     "Just"  Tags

     Felicity already has all four dies and is teaching an upcoming class featuring the tags (class details).  We also got in the really cool Classic and Scalloped Paisley Nestabilities.  I see all kind sof possibilities with these!

Paisleyclassicnest Paisleyscallopnest

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Penny Black "Zoophabet" is hot!

    The new Penny Black "Zoophabet" clear set is the most popular stamp set I can remember!  No kidding, everyone I show it to loves it and wants it. The "Zoophabet" is a set of 26 clear alphabet stamps (each approximately 1 1/2" square).  Each stamp is adorned with a critter (or other image) that corresponds to the letter of the alphabet.  For example, "A" has an ape; "B" has a bee; etc. I am taking pre-sell orders right now as they are in short supply.  I expect another 6 sets soon so if you want it let me know.  To go along with the Zoophabet are many darling animal stamps.  I will be giving a 4-session class this summer featuring these stamps in a children's "ABC" book. For more details, click here. Oh, by the way, the best part is that the Zoophabet (for now) is priced at only $18.99 for the entire set!  Look how cute these stamps are:

Zoophabet  Zoophabet2_2  Elephantsong Goingape Lilhippo Longing Roar Toadilyyours Zebra

Here are some cards using the Zoophabet and other Penny Black alphabets:

Babycard   Loveyoucard   Rumblecard  Rumblecard2    Zoocard1     Critterparty

Besides the new Zoo stamps, there are many other wonderful Penny Black stamps.  Check these out:

Birthdaydreams Congrats Damask Footnote    Pointelle    Vanillagirl    Paisleypattern

Congratscard   Stop in soon and see these fun stamps!


New Basic Grey Collections Have Arrived

We just received four new Basic Grey collections.  In looking at the new collections, I decided the patterns were so large that the 6" x 6" paper pads would be better for stamping and book making versus the 12" x 12" size.  The exception is the Cupcake Collection -- we have several of the 12" x 12" papers as well as the smaller paper pad in that collection.  Oddly enough, the Cupcake Collection doesn't have a paper with cupcakes on it!  Nevertheless, there are several papers that make a perfect backdrop for your cupcake stamps (see sample below).  Here's a preview of the new papers:

Archaic6x6     Boxer6x6   Cupcake6x6    Sugared6x6

          Archaic                           Boxer                  Cupcake                   Sugared

Archaicglazedbrads   Boxerglazedbrads   Cupcakeglazedbrads   Sugaredglazedbrads

         Coordinating Epoxy Brads

Boxer20chipboard Boxer Collection Chipstickers (chipboard die cuts with stickers)

Stampendous Summer '08 Stamps

     Stampendous' new Summer '08 stamp collection includes wonderful backgrounds for both Mother's and Father's Day plus a clear set with Spanish words.  Here's a sneak peek -- I will be ordering these very soon so send me an email if you want to pre-order any.

Mombackground Dadbackground_2  Spanishwords   Cupcakes_2

Momcards      Dadcard    Felizcupleanoscard

   Mother's Day & Father's Day cards  Spanish Happy Birthday & cupcake

            Imaginewords           Funkybrackets

   Good for graduation cards           Brackets are hot!

Deadbeat Designs: New Western stamps

     Mark at Deadbeat Designs has just released new western stamps and they are in stock at The Stamp Act.  Check these out!

Cisforcowgirl Allamericancowgirl Nightride Lonerider  Texasswirl

Nightridersample  Allamericancowgirlcard_2  Texasswirlcard  Bluebonnetcard_2

Be sure to check out our new Western section including lots of western themed papers, new cowboy boots ribbon and of course stamps!


New Tim Holtz Stamps Have Arrived

Tim's been hard at work with Stampers Anonymous to produce a new batch of collage stamps.  These stamps are sized to fit on ATC's (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") and include both backgrounds and collages.  I will be using these stamps in the "Introduction to the 7 Gypsies Revolving ATC Holder" class in May.  Here are some samples:

Th_car_collage_3   Th_flourish_2 Th_ledger_2 Th_paris_2 Th_time_3 

Remember you can click on the image to see a larger view. The best part?  The stamps are cling mounted (meaning you can mount them on acrylic blocks) so they are easy to store and less expensive -- only $6.59 each!  Stop in and see the whole collection!

New Bind-it-All Products

Our supply of products for the very popular Bind-it-All is growing.  In fact our Chief Merchandising Officer, Tess, is wondering where she's going to put it all!  Thank goodness she always figures out a place and makes everything look great!  We have all kinds of products for book covers including chipboard in the usual gray color, but also in white on one side and black on both sides.  We also have the brand new acrylic covers and the new clipboard wooden covers.  I can't wait to play with those!  Coming soon, probably next week, will be "O" wires in the new antique brass, baby blue and baby pink colors.  Finally we have tabbed pages in 5" x 7" and soon will have covers of the same size. 

For a very fun idea, take our 12" x 12" acrylic sheets and cut your own covers to any size.  Our new Marvy Trimmer Buddy will cut the acrylic sheets with straight edges or with scallop, pinking or wavy edges!  You can also emboss the acrylic sheets with the Cuttlebug embossing folders and the Wizard.  Here are some samples:

Acryliccuttlebug                          Acrylicscalloped_3

The first sample shows a piece of acrylic sheet cut with straight edges and embossed with the Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder.  The second sample shows the paper and the acrylic sheet cut with the scalloped blade.  The possibilities for making books are endless!  Enjoy!


What's New at The Stamp Act?

New from Magenta Rubber Stamps

Recently a customer asked me whether I was buying from Magenta Rubber Stamp Company of Canada anymore.  I answered that I had not seen anything in several years that I liked well enough to buy.  Well, that all changed this morning when I received their newest release.  Oh my goodness, it will be hard to decide what not to buy!  Here are just a few of the many images that I absolutely love.  Magenta has long been known for artistry and the beauty of these images proves it.4birdslg_24butterflieslg 

The birds come in a large stamp of 4 or as single stamps. The butterflies only as 1 stamp.

The collection is quite eclectic in that it has some Oriental images like the JapaneseladylgJapanese lady on the left, as well as many collage images like Timelgthe Time image on the right.  And of course it wouldn't be a Magenta collection unless it had some of their lovely flower images.  The ones below are so gorgeous! Can't you just see these stamped on acetate then layered over decorative papers?          

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Inkadinako has a new line of stamps called Kid's Quotes and they will make you laugh out loud!  This weekend I made a book using these stamps for an upcoming class (in May).  Let me show you a few pages from the book to whet your appetite.  This would be a darling book to share with anyone -- including yourself -- who needs a good laugh! Be sure to click on the images below to see more detail.  By the way the DP I used is from the new Bo Bunny Ella collection.  Enjoy!

Icecreamlg   Pajamaslg  Chocolatelg_3 Doglg_5


Welcome to The Stamp Act's Blog

Welcome to my blog which I hope will inspire, energize and motivate you to express yourself through the art of rubber stamping.  Through my postings you will learn all about my rubber stamp store, The Stamp Act in El Paso, Texas, as well as see new merchandise and sample cards that I and my talented staff create.

If you believe that creating a blog is easy, think again!  It's taken me hours and hours to get this far and I am far from finished.  The banner says it all -- time: there's never enough!  Please bear with me for a while as I learn more and become more competent in blog design.

Here Comes the Bride

This week my good friend Anna married Michael in a ceremony at a historic church in Old Mesilla, New Mexico.  I wanted to create a special card to send best wishes and congratulations on their special day.  I decided to use Hero Arts new clear Two Hearts Wedding stamp set and a formal color palette of black, white, gold and a dash of red.  Here's the first card I created:

Mrandmrslg_2     For this card I used the Cuttlebug embossing folder Divine Swirls with my Wizard on a piece of white Bazzill cardstock cut longer than the final size (3 3/4" x 5") I wanted.  I embossed the cardstock then used the Scor-it to score two lines 1/8" apart above and below a blank 5/8" spot reserved for embossing the "Mr. & Mrs." stamp.  The card was finished with bright gold paper and a black side folded card.

Here's a variation on the "Mr. & Mrs." sentiment. Mrandmrs2lg_4  I inked each element of the sentiment separately in order to stamp them in the format desired.  Then I cut the sentiment out using the Wizard and a square Nestabilities die.  Similarly I cut the gold and the black mats.  I embossed the background using the Cuttlebug embossing folder Textile Textures, wrapped white ribbon adhering it behind the background and mounted the sentiment on top.

My next card continued the black, white and gold color theme.Wishingyoulg I again used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, this time Textile Textures, on black Bazzill cardstock for the background.  I wrapped the white ribbon around the background peice then adhered it to a white side folded card.  Next I used My Wizard and Nestabilities squares to cut a gold mat and a white square.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold and adhered the white mat to the gold then to the black background.

One more card in the black and white color theme, but this time I threw in a dash of red to liven things up!  Wordcollagelg This word collage was created using most of the stamps in the Hero Arts set.  I stamped the small outline heart in red on the collage panel then on red cardstock.  I cut it out and adhered it over the outline image so it would be a more prominent solid heart.  A Cuttlebug Divine Swirls background and some red ribbon finishes the card.

By now I am ready for a change so I grabbed two tones of teal cardstock.  Loveheartlg I created another Cuttlebug background using the Stylized Flower embossing folder.  I then cut a heart opening in the backgound using the Wizard and a heart die.  I then stamped the flowered heart on black cardstock, embossed it in gold and painted it using the US Art Quest Pearl Ex Interference palette.  The Duo Blue Green matched the teal cardstock perfectly.  I stamped and embossed the Love stamp in the middle of the heart then fit the black cardstock behind the heart opening and cut it to size.  I adhered everything together and the result was so pretty I decided to stick with this color scheme for one final card.  Thankyoulg Unfortunately the color on this card looks very washed out so believe me when I say it is a very pretty soft teal.  I decided every bride needs thank you notes so I made a couple dozen thank you's for Anna.  I used the Stylized Flowers embossing folder for the background and circle Nestabilities for the white circle and teal scallopped mat.  I stamped the A Muse Art Stamps Thank You stamp (discontinuted) in black and embossed it in clear and colored it with Pearl Ex Interference Duo Green Yellow for the leaves and Twinkling H2O's Pink Chiffon for the flowers.  I added a dark teal ribbon and mounted the circle on top.  I think Anna will like the soft colors of these lovely notes.

Since we are on the subject of weddings, I thought I would show you a really cute card that is the perfect invitation to a bridal or baby shower.  I made the sample recently using inspiration from the Scor-Pal website.  When my friend Candy called me seeking inspiration for a baby shower invitation, I knew she would love it.  Showerlg This card also uses the Tiny Bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background.  Simply fold an A2 card at the top and use the Scor-Pal to score a line 1/2" down from the top.  Emboss the card front below this line.  Punch holes and set two eyelets in the top of the card and on the inside adhere red liner tape.  For the "shower curtain" use the Scor-Pal to score a piece of vellum every 1/2" and accordion fold.  Punch a 1/6" hole using a screw punch and thread onto iridescent white cording.  Adhere cording on the back on red liner tape and close the card (red liner will adhere it together.  Stamp "shower gifts large" stamp (A Muse) in black and color with Prismacolor pencils.  Cut out and mount with foam tape on colorful DP (American Crafts) and stamp "A Shower" (A Muse).  Candy and I made 36 of these invitation in a little less than 5 hours!

Thanks for reading my first posting on my new blog.  Please let me know what you think!