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May 2008

Congratulations Grandma's!

Several of my customers have had grandbabies this month so here's a quick congratulations to them.  Dianne Goodlive's daugher, Cindy Spannhake, lives in Las Vegas and she had a daughter, Emma Story, on May 7.  Emma weighed 8 lbs, 5 oz and was 20" in length.  

Susana Herrera's daughter, Susy Franco who lives in El Paso had twins on April 21.  Ander Francisco weighed just 3 lbs, 14 oz and was 16 1/2" long.  His sister Alisa Susana weighed only 2 pounds, 10 oz and was 15 1/2" in length.  Ander is home but Alisa has to gain a little more weight in the hospital before she can go home.

Birth-announcementFelicity Straba's daughter Dulcy Matthies who lives in Encinitas, CA had a daughter on May 26.  Ainsley Belle Matthies weighed 8 lbs, 4 oz and was 19 1/2" in length.  Felicity used her new Just Rite Special Occasions stamper to make the most adorable birth announcement.  The baby face is from a Cuttlebug die and the bow from a corner punch.  The smooth and scalloped circles are cut with Nestabilities on the Wizard.  Kellie at Just Rite loved the card so much she plans to post it on their blog!  Congratulations Dianne, Susana and Felicity!

Zoophabet "ABC" Book

It's done!  Well almost.  After three weeks of work, I have finished 23 letters.  I had to order a few new stamps for the "Q, W, and Y" pages so they will have to wait for a week or so.  Because I used the "Bugs and Blooms" clear stamp set from Memory Box, I decided to email a few pages to Dave (owner of Memory Box).  He loved them and is planning on featuring the Caterpillar page (my favorite page!) on his blog.  Here's a link to his blog: www.memoryboxco.com.  Don't forget that the Zoophabet Book starts this coming Sunday, June 2 from 1 to 4pm.  Here's a link to the class description -- sign up early!  www.stampactelpaso.com/JULY2008CLASSES.html

Here are a few of the new pages:
G-Girl-lg   I-Insect-lg   L-Lion-lg   T-Tiger-lg   U-Umbrella-lg   X-Xray-lg

To complete these pages I used lots of Nestabilities for frames an dmats.  If you have a question about a certain stamp on a page, let me know. 

Happy Memorial Day

Mom-Army It's Memorial Day and I am thinking today about all the veterans in my own family.  On my mother's side, her great grandfather, Captain Lewis Reed, was a Civil War hero in the Union Army who survived many famous battles including Antietam and Gettysburg.  My Mom's father served in the US Navy as a radio officer aboard the USS Kentucky during World War 1.  In World War II, my Mom's brother, Robert, also served in the Navy in the South Pacific aboard the USS Manilla Bay.

Dad-Army My Mom and Dad were also veterans of World War II.  My Mom, a registered nurse and 2nd Lieutenant with the US Army Nurse Corps served with the 112th Evacuation Hospital.  She landed at Omaha Beach a few weeks after D-Day with her MASH unit.  My Dad, on the other hand, was a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force and an engineer with an aerial combat unit stationed at Kelly Air Force base in San Antonio, his home town.  So while Mom slogged through the fields of France and Italy a few miles behind the front, Dad lived at home with his parents.  I have much to be grateful for today because my veterans survived the horrors of war.  I pray that we will never take their service for our country and our freedom for granted.

Upcoming Class -- Monogramming Mania, Sat, May 31, 2 to 4pm

If you bought the new Just Rite C-45 Stamper, or if you are thinking about it, you need this class!  Jeri will show you lots of tricks and tips for using the stamper successfully.   Look at these wonderful cards that Jeri made (all inspired by Sharon Rainy's samples at http://rainy.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com).
  Boxer-card-1-lg    Desk-of-1-lg   Desk-of-2-lg
The two cards on the right use the optional "from the desk of" word border which comes in a set of three borders.  It also includes "from the kitchen of" and "from the library of" borders.  Give me a call at 915-833-9500 or email if you plan to attend!

Zoophabet "ABC" Book

 Hi friends.  I know it has been a few days since I posted an update to my blog.  I have busy with the usual ordering and receiving new merchandise.  This week we got in the accessories for the K & Company Blue Awning paper collelction.  Here's a few samples:


Chipboard words and swrils Self Adhesive ribbon Rub on phrases Gems

Aren't they gorgeous!  Love the colors and can't wait to make some cards using these papers and embellishments.  Stop in and grab some for yourself.

This past weekend I started the Zoophabet "ABC" Book using the Penny Black clear stamp alphabet and a host of other stamps.  I hope you will agree with me that it is turning out so cute!  Remember this will be a multi-session class starting Sunday, June 1 and continuing throughout the summer.  In each class we will do at least 6 pages (6 letters).  There's a lot of preparation work for this class so if you are interested in attending the classes or in purchasing a class kit, please let me know ASAP.  Each of the classes will be $25 each and class kits can be purchased for $35 each.  Enough about the details, let's see some of the Zoophabet pages:

A-Ape-lg   B-Bee-lg

C-Caterpillar-lg E-Elephant-lg

Yes, I am missing D for Dog -- but it's coming along with 21 other letters!  Be sure to visit www.stampactelpaso.com , click on classes and June for complete details of this progressive class.  They are scheduled for Sunday afternoons so hopefully that will make it easier for you to attend.  I hope to see you then!

Speaking of classes, this weekend I am teaching a Basic Grey album all day Saturday.  We will use a unique bracket-shaped album and the stunning Periphery paper collection from Basic Grey to create an album that will be the perfect place to capture the memories of any special occassion.  I haven't had a chance to print out the photos yet, but I plan to make my album all about my nephew Brody's first birthday.  Here are a few of the blank album pages:

Front-Cover-lg Page-3-lg

Page-4 Page-6

This album can aso be purchased as a kit for $35 which includes the album, Perpihery paper pad, a sheet of rub-on's, sheet of alpha stickers and a package of ribbons.  The first three people to attend the class or purchase kits will also get a set of coordinating clear stamps as a bonus!  Call or email me for more details or if you'd like to attend.

Happy Stamping, Scrapping and Paper crafting!!

The Crafted Communique

Everyone loves getting a handstamped card in the mail and stampers love to make them, adding special touches to just about every part of the card, inside and out.  And why stop with the card?  Make the envelope into a work of art as well!  Inkadinkado has designed two new themed assortments that do just that.  The Crafted Communique collections let you design stunning cards and envelopes, from start to finish! Fancythat1_2 Fancy That is full of doodles and whimsical birds and butterflies while Southern Belle is characterized by elegant charm and flourishes.  Southernbelle1 Both collections include images specifically designed for stamping both cards and envelopes.  Stop in soon and see both collections -- you are sure to find somehting that pleases you!

Southernbelledisplay Fancythatdisplay

Magenta Birds and Butterflies

A few weeks ago I showed photos of stamps from Magenta that were on order.  Well they are here and they are as stunning as I thought they would be.  Felicity has created two beautiful cards using the Butterfly Quad stamp and I think you will agree she did an outstanding job.  Magentabutterfly1 On the first card Felicity used the largest of the Mega Rectangle Nestabilities to create the card itself.  Then she stamped one of the four butterflies and colored it with Radiant Pearls.  Finally she mounted it on background paper from Penny Black (what a match!) then to the card.  Magentabutterfly2_2 Her second card shows all four butterflies.  It is stamped, colored with Radiant Pearls then hightlighted with Twinkling H2O's.  The background papers are the front and back of the same sheet by Fancy Pants (Simplicity collection).  Thanks Felicity for two stunning cards.

Felicity also brought one more card that is perfect for thanking a spoecial hostess.  Sparkleclearhome_2    Using the new "Home" Sparkle Clear set from Hero Arts and "Brown Swirls" paper from DCWV, she constructed a little house.  The door, butterfly and flower are all parts of the stamp set Cl186home_2 (shown below).  The sentiment stamped at the bottom of the card is from A Muse. 

Random Challenges from Last Week
I challenged Jeri and Tess last week to create cards using various supplies in the store ... and of course they exceeded my expectations.  Jeri made a beautiful anniverary or wedding card Anniversarycard_2 (inspired by Debbie Olsen's card) using the C-45 Just Rite Stamper. 

Pennyblackbdaygirl_3 Tesscirclenestabilities_3 Teethinkingofyou_2 

She also was inspired by Sharon Johnson's graduation card and created this card for a friend named Carla who is graduating from Franklin High School in a few weeks.

Tess created three cards.  The first one is a birthday card using a cute stamp from Penny Black (Cinnamon); the second using the new Clear Round Tags from Hero Arts and Nestabilities; and the third using a set of stamps from Hero Arts.

Thanks for reading the Blog -- let me know what you thin by leaving a comment!

Put This Stamp in Your Corner

It's Friday already so today will be devoted to getting ready for classes.  Felicity is teaching a class using Spellbinders' new "Tag Trios Dies" in the afternoon.  These tag dies literally blew out of here a few weeks ago and those who didn't buy all four sets are clamoring for more!  I managed to snag just one of the dies -- the label tags -- and have found it invaluable for adding mats for sentiments on cards; windows on cards; and "pockets" to hold a gift card.  Check out Felicity's samples on our website here.

I will be teaching "A Kid's View of Life" in the morning.  This little book features four of the new Kid's Quote stamps from Inkadinkado.  I originally created the book with 11 pages but for class slimmed it down to four including two about birthdays.  I am giving one of these books to my friend Barbara for her birthday Friday night! Check out the book here.

CornerpieceMy topic today is inspired by an elegant new stamp from Penny Black called Corner Piece. I just love this stamp so I challenged Jeri and Tess to make some cards using it.  It was a little bit of a challenge getting the feel for the stamp, but once they did, they were on a roll!  You will see that the stamp is not limited to corners!

Cornerstamp1_2 Cornerstamp2
In "Joy" the stamp is used as a corner four times -- didn't Jeri do an incredible job overlapping the corners precisely!  For the coral card above, Tess stamped the corners facing each other to create a beautiful tapesty.  Jeri designed the mounting using the Cuttlebug Textile Texture embossing folder for the background.  The two coordinate beautifully.

Cornerstamp3_2 Cornerstamp4   
For the gold card, Tess stamped and embossed Corner Piece four times in in gold to form a circle.  Then Jeri mounted it on sage and gold decorative paper.  For the black card above, Tess stamped and embossed Corner Piece in gold in two corners of the card.  Then Jeri created the tag using an image from one of the new Magenta collage sheets.  She edged the tag in gold Krylon leafing pen and added lots of organdy ribbons.

While Jeri and Tess were playing with the Corner Piece stamp, I had my own challenge.  My customer Maumi Villareal stopped in last Friday after having lunch in our shopping center at The Magic Pan.  Maumi is a pharmacist at Doctors' Hospital on El Paso's Eastside and works very hard.  But Friday she took a mental health afternoon, and after lunch, popped into the shop carrying a "store-bought" card she wanted to duplicate.  Well, a few hours later, she left the store with the makings for several projects!  But she left me with a challenge: take the "I Feel Pretty" clear stamp set from My Sentiments Exactly and create samples. Here's what I made:

Msepurple_3    Msereddress 
I stamped the dress in Brillinace Pearlescent Lavender on white cardstock and cut it out.  I formed the sash with lavender ribbon adding a tiny flower gemstone (Hero Arts).  Then I mounted the dress and the sentiment with foam tape on a panel of decorative paper from Making Memories.  For the black and red card I used the same technique but this time added an overskirt of tulle secured on the back with tape.  Red ribbon and another flower gemstone complete the outfit!  The dress is mounted on black and white paper from Luxe Designs then to scalloped cardstcok from Bazzill.

Msepinkkiss1 Msepinkkiss2
The next two cards use the "kissing" technique.  Ink the solid dress with Versacolor Petal Pink ink and Penny Black's "Scrolling Around" stamp in Versacolor Opera Pink.  Kiss or stamp "Scrolling Around" to the solid dress and viola you've transferred the scrolling design to the solid dress!  Now stamp the solid dress on white cardstock and cut out.  For the card on the left, I stamped "Scrolling Around" twice on the diagonal of the white panel, added the dress (popped up with foam tape), and stamped the sentiment in black.  For the card on the right, I mounted the dress over a tiny hanger (Savvy Stamps) on fucshia cardstock embossed with the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder.  (FYI: Zip Dry glue works great to secure the hanger!)  I finished the card by stamping the solid flowers that come with the set in petal pink on a pink panel and stamping "Girls Night Out" from A Muse artstamps in the corner.

What's New at The Stamp Act
This week we received our first order of the very popular C-45 stamper from Just Rite Stampers.  I say our first order because this one is sold out!  Don't worry, I have another order coming next Thursday.  The C-45 is soooo popular -- it is showing up on all the blogs.  Check out Debbie Olsen's anniversay card here and Sharon Johnson's graduation card here.  Be sure an dlet me know if you want me to hold one for you.  The stamper is $37.99 and the tiny alphabet for making the borders is $5.49.  We also have other accessories so stop in and check out all the possibilities!

Here's a sneak peek at some pretty papers that should arrive this after noon.  They are from a company that's new to use called Upsy Daisy and I love the sweet designs:

Bubblegum Cherriesjubilee_3 Cotoncandy_2
Ice Cream Shoppe Collection

Lemonice_2 Mangosorbet Strawberrypassion 
Ice Cream Shoppe Collection

Calm Singsong
Tweet Collection

Stop in and see these plus their Cupcake Collection papers.  Have a great weekend and Happy Stamping!

Stars ... Stars ... Stars

     Since Mother's Day and graduation are fast approaching, I thought I would show you some ideas for these occasions using Spellbinder's star dies.  This nested set of dies cuts and embosses 5 sizes of stars.  Starcard1_2 For the first card I used all the sizes and embossed some using the Cuttlebug "Spots and Dots" and "Tiny Bubbles" embossing folders to add texture to the stars.  The background paper is by Scenic Route.  My next card also took its color cue from the background paper (this time by American Crafts). The wide strip of blue across the middle is perfect for stamping congratulations Congratscardto your "star!"

Here's another variation.     Redstarcard


My star bouquet could be a centerpeice at a graduation party or you could stick one in a bouquet of flowers for Mom.  They are made by die cutting two stars of the same size.  Apply Scor Tape (we love this tape!) to the back of one star and adhere the skewer to the back of the other star using Zip Dry glue.  Once the Zip is dry, adhere the two stars together.  On some stars I sandwiched a die cut piece of acetate between them.  You could stamp a sentiment on the acetate using Stazon ink if desired.  Insert the skewers in a glass or vase of candy and you've got a fun and colorful bouquet of stars for your grad, Mom or Dad!  BTW, the decorative paper I used is the gorgeous new Sugar Plum collection from Collage Press.

Starwands1_3    Starwands2

Here's another idea for Mom that Jeri made using the new C-45 Monogram Stamper. Mothersdaylg_3 Isn't this a beautiful card?  Jeri used papers from  Collage Press' Citrus collection and the tiny alphabet to create the "Happy Mother's Day" border.  The C-45 stamper has so many possibilities!  Look at this example Jeri made -- the perfect birthday card for a lucky little girl named Dory.  Doryhippobday_2 She used the tiny alphabet to create the "hip hip hooray" border.  Dory's name and the number 8 are die cut using the Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet set.  The decorative paper is Bo Bunny and the hippo is one of Penny Black's new animal stamps.  The squares and scalloped circle are Nestabilities.  Here's a great tip:  The long scalloped rectangular border behind the name is not one of the Nestabilities rectangles -- it is actually four scalloped squares overlapped.  You can't tell it's not one continuous piece even in person!

We should receive a large order of C-45 stampers this week.  Many are reserved already so if you're interested in adding your name to the list, email me.  And don't forget Jeri is teaching a class using the C-45 on May 31 -- she's already mastered the learning curve so come and benefit from her knowledge.

Giftcardholder Gift cards are always a welcome gift so here's another idea for a gift card holder.  You can find the template here.  I used a new Hero Arts clear stamp set (Paisley and Flower Patterns) and Basic Grey rub-ons.  I will be the first to admit that I am not very good with rub-ons!  The card was fast to put together and makes a really nice presentation.

I hope you are enjoying the blog.  Many of you that are new to blogging may not be aware that blogging is a "2-way street."  I encourage you to leave comments, ask questions, seek additional information, or send me your stamped samples.  We all grow by sharing and inspiring each other.  Thanks for reading and let me hear from you!


WOW! Look at these gorgeous papers!

Friday afternoons are often a time for multiple deliveries and last Friday was one of those happy days.  We received a stack of boxes taller than the UPS man!  What fun.  First and foremost, we received three new paper collections from Collage Press and they are absolutely beautiful.  Sugar Plum is bright and merry, full of reds, pinks and lime greens in polka dots, plaids, starbursts and stripes.  Margot is sublty elgant in muted soft greens, pinks, yellows and oranges.  Finally Scrooge and Marley is a fabulous collection in deep tones of red, green, blue, black and cream.  Although the collection bears a name associated with Christmas, its themes are universal -- very collage-oriented in my opinion.  Judge for yourself from the photos below.  By the way if you love these papers, rush in to get them now -- I think they may fly out of here!

Sugarpluma  Sugarplumb
                 Sugar Plum                                    Sugar Plum

Here's the Margot Collection

Margota    Margotb
Scrooge and Marley -- isn't it gorgoeus!
Businesspartnersa_2 Businesspartnersb Countinghousea Countinghouseb 
Business Partners sides A and B        Counting House sides A and B

Keepingchristmasa Keepingchristmasb Mankinda Mankindb
Keeping Christmas sides A and B           Mankind sides A and B

1224a 1224b 1225a 1225b
December 24 sides A and B                December 25 sides A and B

Mother's Day Gift Card Holder

A week ago my customer Jody Morrow was debating about buying the Spellbinders Scalloped Paisley die set and when I asked her what she had in mind for them, she told me about a gift card holder that Debbie Olson had recently posted on her blog.  Later that day I looked up the design and loved it, so with full credit to Debbie and thanks to Jody I want to share my interpretation of Debbie's design.  You can get full instructions for making this holder on Debbie's blog.

Giftcardholderoutside_2 The gift card holder is made with a piece of cardstock and a piece of DP cut to 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 3 1/2" on one end and 3 1/4" on the other end.  Then the top of each is cut using the largest paisley die which is how it gets the wavy line (see close up).  Giftcardholdertopedge I found it was easy to cut both pieces of paper at the same time in the Wizard.  I decorated the outside of the holder with two Nestabilities circle dies and two Prima flowers.  Next I added a butterfly die cut from cardstock and vellum using the Spellbinders' Butterflies 2 die. The holder is held closed by slipping the top edge under the circles.  I used Scor Tape to adhere the circles securely.  Giftcardholderinside On the inside I die cut a slot to hold the gift card using one of Spellbinders' new Tag Trio Label dies.  It worked perfectly!  This is a very fun and easy project so please try it and let me see your results.

Hot Products Coming -- Reserve Yours Now

If you've read other stamping and scrapbooking blogs, you've probably heard the laments about not being able to find the new Fiskars Treading Water border punch.Fisktreadwaterpunch_4   Apparently, Fiskars greatly underestimated the demand for this punch.  The punch makes a continuous scalloped, eyelet border -- how cool is that!  Fiskars border punches are easy to line up so punching a continuous border is a snap.  My supplier assures me I will have this punch in a few weeks so if you want one, please email me to reserve yours!

Cupcake_4EK Success will release several cool new punches in the next few weeks.  There is no more ubiquitous design these days than the cupcake and I see lots of possibities for this cupcake punch.  The other new punches I like are the swirl and wave flourishes shown below.  Let me know if you want to reserve any of these.

Swirlflourish_2       Waveflourish_2    

Swirl Flourish                       Wave Flourish

I love Cuttlebug Embossing Folders but unfortunately they too are very difficult to obtain.  I have had the newest ones on back order for months and hate to even whet your appetite for what's coming (eventually!) for fear of jinxing my order!  Or even worse. making you as frustrated as me!  But misery loves company so here goes -- my supplier thinks they will be here in the next few weeks so cross your fingers.  If you want any of these, please email me ASAP because they will fly out of here!
Birdsswirls   Floralfantasy   Numbercollage
Bird/Swirl       Floral Fantasy   Numbers         

Perfectpaisley   Swissdots
Paisley          Swiss Dots

Seven Gypsies Nottinghill Collection

We just received the brand new 7 Gypsies Nottinghill Collection and it is gorgeous!  The hurry and bustle of one of


's most cosmopolitan neighborhoods, combined with its Victorian terraces and the charming order of Her Majesty's gardens, were the inspiration for their newest line of papers.  Thsi colleciton is full of patterns and textures, and not only are they versatile and easy to coordinate with other papers and products, they're sure to add a subtle flourish no matter how you use them.  Here';s a peek at the papers:

Abbey_2  Elgin Harrow  Westway

Kensal Kensington Ladbroke Portobello

Victoria Vale Westbourne  Carlton

Plus there are coordinating accessories:

Rubons Clearstamps Velvetbrads Gaffertape
    Rub-ons           Clear Stamps   Velvet Brads       Gaffer Tape

Paperclips   Stackedaccordion

Paper Clips            Accordion Book

New or Back in Stock from Inkadinkado:

Inkadinkado is fast becoming one of my favorite rubber stamp companies.  We just got received "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" stamps (see earlier post for photos) plus we received new stamps that will coordinate perfectly wiht the new 7 Gypsies Nottinghill papers:

Aviarytrail_2      Butterflyflock      Flourishedbirdbranch

Hummingbirdswirl    Flywithsprit 

Their round clear stamps are very popular especially on acetate!

Dreambig Thankyou Happybirthday

Stamps these on the coordinating cards for a quick greeting:

Bombaybutterflycards    Sweettooth

Want to send a funny greeting? Try these!

Gettinold   Happyhoursomewhere_2 Housework    Rainyday Selfcleaningcat   

Coffee and tea stamps are perennial favorites:

Coffeecomrades Coffeefriendsperfectblend