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February 2009

Grid Stamping

Black-Gold-Collage-lg Hello fellow stampers and paper crafters.  First things first: the class Saturday afternoon is called Grid Stamping which is really an open-ended term but generally means use inchies together rather than singly. I decided to make a bunch of inchies in a black, white and gold color theme and form a collage.  What fun!  Just raid your stamp drawers, stamp and punch!  I hope you will join me Saturday, Feb 28 at 2pm!

Poppies-lg Several of you pointed out that last week I neglected to show the cards Harriet colored with the Copic Markers, and you were right.  Copic-Markers The Copic Markers have arrived and are proving to be a big hit.  Harriet and I agree that the Basic Set of 12 markers is a great place to start and at $59.99 a real bargain.  Don’t forget Harriet’s Copic Marker class is coming up March 7 from 10am to noon.  Here are some of the cards she colored with the markers:

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Last week was a very busy week as the UPS man delivered boxes everyday.  As I opened each box I grew more and more excited about the products they held.  Here’s a quick list of what arrived with a group photo:

Savvy Stamps – really cute baby and wedding stamps and a wonderful candelabra that will be perfect at Halloween!  Here are a few photos:

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Rubber Moon – Stamps for each season in beautiful calligraphy; the Wishing Tree and the Summer Tree; and some cute sentiments and a fabulous witch teaching some important Halloween Pointers!

Memory Box – 6 new 6” x 6” paper pads and fourteen papers (8 ½” x 11”) all designed by Dave Brethauer.  His new stamps are divine – more birds, a wonderful bare tree and several other nature stamps.  Plus he has two new penguins for graduation: one with a top hat who says “hats off to you” and one in cap and gown with “Con-grad-ulations.”  Hurry in because these will sell out fast. 

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A Muse – a couple of new stamps -- both sentiments – for Easter: “Everyone needs a friend who’s all ears” and “You’re a 24-carrot friend.”  And don’t miss the new Party Chicks and the “For peep’s sake” sentiment!

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Angel Stamps and Sayings -- It seems that everyone loves angels so I when I spotted a little angel stamp from Rubber Moon I ordered it and a sentiment that says: “May angels watch and keep you.”  I also have more angel sayings and several beautiful angels from Lockhart.  Be sure to stop in and check these out for next Christmas!

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I did have a few minutes to make two samples with new products.  Thanks to Harriet who bought both these new products, I was able to make samples with the Fiskars Lacy Days Border punch and the new Ornate Background from Savvy Stamps. I really like both of them and I hope you do too.

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A Sad Note … Luminarte, the maker of the very popular Twinkling H2O watercolors is going out of business.  If you need any Twinklings hurry in as right now I have a good supply.  If there’s enough interest I will place another order, but I am sure they will be snatched up quick so don’t wait to get yours.  I case you want to see samples of images colored with these sparkling watercolors, here are some cards that Felicity and I did recently.

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The website is updated so take a look at the class samples.  I will feature them on the blog but why wait.  Just go to www.stampactelpaso.com/classes now!  Have a great week.


Monogrammed Note Cards

Bird-mobile-lg Good Morning readers.  First I want to thank all you new subscribers.  I am thrilled to know there are other avid stampers who are interested in the samples my teachers and I create.  I welcome you on line and invite you to visit The Stamp Act in El Paso, TX in person anytime.

OMG!  Last Saturday was fantastic!  I had ten students in my afternoon class which was all about using Spellbinders dies and the Wizard to create wonderful cards.  It was so much fun and ran very smoothly thanks to careful prep (all day Friday!), smart and attentive students, and the indispensable help of my friend Susana.  Everyone loved the bird, butterflies and flower cards, especially the bird mobile.  Thanks for coming!

Monogrammed Note Cards

This weekend’s afternoon class is all about making Monogrammed Note cards with Just Rite Stampers.  I will show you the cards I have created, but I have many more ideas which I hope to create and share soon.  I hope you are excited and intrigued by these note cards and you will join us Saturday to make some of your own!  If you are not familiar with the Just Rite Stamper, it is wood stamper with grooves for inserting letters so you can spell out anything you want.  The stampers come in various sizes of circles, ovals and rectangles, and there are five fonts.  Check out www.justritestamper.com for more information and photos.  A set of personalized note cards makes a wonderful gift for a friend or, as my customer Darlene plans, for her children’s teachers as a thank you gift.  Join us Saturday and I guarantee you will have fun, leave with great samples and learn a lot!

Pink-card-1-lg My first card is stunning in pink and black, and with its lace border and clear crystals it’s clear this is a note card for a girly girl!  I used a beautiful stamp named "Footnote" by Penny Black that honestly had been languishing on the shelf for months.  It is a real sleeper, but once I stamped it I had one of those WOW experiences! This stamp is no “footnote” – it’s the star!  I love its crisp, clean lines and that’s it’s so easy to line up and repeat.  I used a Fiskars border punch (Lace) and the Brayton font for the monogram.  By the way, the pink ink is Versamagic Pixie Dust.

When I set out to create the set of note cards my first reaction was to grab a stack of decorative papers for backgrounds.  Then I thought of all my beautiful background stamps and decided to create my own decorative backgrounds.  I used several of the new oversize Design Block stamps from Hero Arts (Wavy Leaf and Reverse Leaf) and another sleeper stamp from Penny Black named Paisley Pattern.  I feel like they all work well together to create backgrounds for a handmade set of cards.  I had great fun mixing and matching the stamped backgrounds and I used a variety of borders and fonts for the monograms.  Here are four of the cards I created:

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Blue-lg I couldn’t help but play a little longer with these stamps so here’s another card I made with the Footnote and Paisley Pattern stamps.  I used blue crystals and blue pearls (both from Hero Arts) to embellish the card and the corners were punched with the Tonic Ticket/Tag corner punch.

New Merchandise is Arriving!

Yesterday the UPS man left a big stack of boxes that hold very exciting merchandise.  First, the Inchie Arts products are all back in stock so hurry in and get your chipboard squares now in white or black; the magnetic display board; as well as the darling little Inchie Box for storing all your Inchies!  Don’t forget we have a class on Feb 28 called Grid Stamping that uses Inchies in a new way.

Check Out the Discounts!

We also received our first shipment of Copic Markers!  I have the Basic Set of 12 markers and many more markers open stock.  I decided after much thought that I will offer these markers at a very deep discount – almost 25% off the MSRP of $6.50.  All open stock markers will be $5.00 and the Basic Set will be $59.99.  Harriet will be teaching a class in March using the Copic Markers and here’s a sneak peek at two of her cards.  All stamps are by Rubber Moon (designed by Dave Brethauer).

New Paper … New Paper

Butterflies-and-Blossoms For those of you who bought or ordered the Butterflies dies we used in class last Saturday, check out the new paper pad I just got in called “Butterflies and Blossoms” by Die Cuts With A View.  Felicity used it on this card with the Nested Butterflies and Butterflies 2 dies.

Happy-Spring-lg And speaking of paper, I received a more patterns of the gorgeous Basic Grey Urban Prairie collection which you can see showcased on this card.  Using the tiny alphabet and the 1 5/8” Just Rite stamper, I spelled out “Happy Spring,” added a flourish from Hero Arts (Fantastic Flourishes clear set), flowers and a pearl to complete a pretty card for a beautiful spring day!

Working at the store alone is proving both rewarding and challenging.  I miss the camaraderie of having someone to stamp with and bounce ideas off of (poor English??).  It also means opening all the boxes, stocking and rearranging all the merchandise, and tidying up the entire store.  However, the rewards are that I can get in the “creative zone” with few distractions (except wonderful customers!) and I generally can find all my supplies because I put them up (or not!)!  Unfortunately being the primary class teacher also means sometimes classes just don’t get developed in time to make the deadline.  That’s what has happened to this Saturday morning’s Backgrounds class which I am canceling.  The good news is that while some February classes will not be offered, Felicity, Harriet and I already have 6 fabulous classes finished for March.  I will be posting those samples to the website’s class page and sharing them with you here later this week.  Happy Stamping and come and see all our merchandise soon.  Support your local stamp store – a place of creativity, fun and learning!


New Merchandise Coming Soon!

            Sorry I haven’t blogged in a few days.  I have been busy helping customers, preparing classes, ordering new merchandise, and making samples to share with you.  I have so much wonderful merchandise coming – you will be so excited when you see it all!  I will give you a short list of what to expect in the coming weeks:

 

            Copic Markers – Yes, I am taking the plunge into Copic Markers.  I resisted as long as I could, but when Harriet brought several wonderful cards she had colored with the markers, I melted!  Copic Markers are permanent markers so you can use them on paper and non-porous surfaces and they blend beautifully.  I have ordered the Basic set of 12 and about 30 markers open stock.

 

            Basic Grey Wisteria paper – gorgeous purples and lavenders.  There is a card kit too so watch for a fun class!

 

            Stamps, stamps, stamps from A Muse, Lockhart Stamp Company, Memory Box, Savvy Stamps, Hero Arts and Rubber Moon.

 

            Paper – Wait until you see all of Dave’s (Memory Box) 7 new 6” x 6” paper pads.  They are so beautiful!  You will want them all!

 

            Spellbinders – Their new dies are so unique and so fun!  The Pierceabilities are back in stock and should be arriving here any day.  You have expressed a lot of interest in these dies so if you want any of the 4 dies, let me know.  There are many other new dies and I will share those with you as soon as they arrive.  I have sold 4 Wizards in the last two weeks so be assured these dies will be in high demand!  Be sure to hurry in and be the first to reserve your new dies!

 

            Inks and Markers – Tsukineko just announced that will be offering re-inkers for the Versafine Black and Versafine Sepia ink pads.  Heretofore they maintained that these ink pads would never need re-inking.  I guess they don’t know any stampers because I have two black pads could use more ink!  They are also going to offer a blender solution for their Memento markers which is going to be called Ink Potion #9!  Neither of these products is shipping but I will get them as soon as I can.

 

            There are lots of other new products coming as soon as I get new catalogues.  Seven Gypsies and Chatterbox have many exciting new products like a brad maker and new flocked papers.  Penny Black and Stampendous have new releases.  Tim Holtz has new mini-masks, crackle paints, and other metal ephemera soon to be released.  You can count on The Stamp Act to keep you up to date!  If you are looking for a particular product, please shop here first!

 

 

New Samples … New Samples

Jello-lg My friend Karen has been ill so I had a reason to make a card with Rubber Soul/Wordsworth’s nurse stamp.  Isn’t she cute?  The red cross on her uniform gave me the color scheme of red, white and black.  He dotted DP is KaiserCraft.  The nurse image is stamped on white, framed in red and mounted on black and white scalloped mats all created with Spellbinders Mega Rectangle Nestabilities.

 

            Bird-set-2-lg My next card is dedicated to my customer and friend Agnes who with her friend Josette drove all the way down here from

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last Saturday to attend Harriet’s Inchie class.  Bird-set-1-lg I talked them into staying all day and attending my Hero Arts class in the afternoon.  I had pulled this stamp set to make a sample and when I saw that Agnes was buying it too, I knew it was time to make the sample.  I made two using different ribbon and sentiments.  Thanks for coming to the store Agnes and enjoy your bird!

 

            Bird-stamp-set These cards are created with DP from Scenic Route, pearls from Hero Arts and ribbon from May Arts.  The set includes all the stamps shown plus more.  My sample is inspired by one I saw on Sharon Johnson’s blog some time ago.

 

Damask-bird-lg    My last card is also copied from Sharon Johnson also.  This card uses a beautiful damask stamp from Inkadinkado; a sentiment stamp from Daisy Bucket stamped on a tag die cut with a Spellbinders ribbon tag die; and my favorite Spellbinders Bird die (smallest of the set of 3).  I stamped the damask in black Versafine on Cryogen White cardstock giving it a subtle shimmer.  The top corners are punched with a corner punch from Tonic which also has a slanted tag corner so it’s 2 for 1.  I used red crystals in the corners and center of the damask image and a black pearl for the bird’s eye.  Red dotted ribbon finishes the card.  Damask-stamp-set The damask set is pictured here -- I can't wait to play with the other images. 

 

            Valentine-Accordion-book-lg Don’t forget this weekend is Valentine’s Day.  If you haven’t made your Valentine a special card join us Saturday morning for the Valentine’s Accordion Tag Card class.  We’d love to have you and your Valentine will be impressed with this card!

 

            Happy Stamping and I hope to see you soon!

 


Spellbinders Birds, Butterflies and Flowers Dies

            My afternoon class on Sat, February 14 will be all about using three relatively new Spellbinders dies: Nested Birds, Nested Butterflies and Nested Flowers.  Each die includes a set of three dies, graduated in size.  I have had such fun playing with these dies and yet I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of their possibilities.  Let me show you the samples I have made.

Bird-on-flower-lg My first card is a copy of one I saw on Ellen Hutson’s blog so please let me give her full credit for the design.  It uses the wonderful Basic Grey paper collection called Urban Prairie.  I cut the large and medium flower from two of the papers and the small bird from the teal paper.  Isn’t the background paper (Meadow) perfect for a bird card?  The sentiment (Savvy Stamps) is stamped on a tag cut with the largest Double Ended tag from Spellbinders.

Bird-mobile-lg Staying with the bird dies, I created a mobile based on a Christmas ornament that I saw on Becca Feeken’s blog.  The bird die is cut twice, once in each direction and then the wings are cut.  You’ll have to come to the class to discover which die I used to  make the wings!

Blue-Awning-Bird-lg My next card features the medium bird sitting on a leafy branch cut using Spellbinders “Bugs” die and K & Company Blue Awning paper.  The music paper is by Creative Imaginations.  This bird’s wing is cut with the same die that I used on the bird mobile above.  Can you guess which die I used?  The three layers of DP are cut with Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles.

Just-saying-hello-lg This card was a quick and easy.  The DP is Graphic 45’s Baby 2 Bride collection and the bird was die cut then stamped with the flourish stamp from Hero’s new Artistic Windows set.  The bird is sitting on a branch (Hero’s long stem blossom) and the sentiment is from Hero’s new All Occasion Messages clear stamp set stamped on Spellbinders label tags.

Flower-card-lg Next I played with the flower die again, this time using new paper from the Doodlebug Bunny Hop collection.  The center is accented with a round Nestabilities die and an orange dew drop (Robin’s Nest).  For the flower’s stem I used one of the Spellbinders Doodle Parts.  The sentiment (Impression-Obsession Alesa Baker) is stamped and embossed in white.  How did I make the photo corners?  Come to class and find out!  You probably have the die I used!

Just-a-Note-lg Can you tell I couldn’t stop playing with these dies?  They are so much fun!  Next I combined all three dies on one card using Graphic 45’s Baby 2 Bride collection DP for the flower, butterfly and bird and Basic Grey’s Urban Prairie for the background.  Notice that the butterfly has vellum wings stamped with a new Hero Arts stamp (one of four in the Artistic Windows set) and antennae made of silver wire. The sentiment is from Rubber Soul/Wordsworth.

Butterfly-card-lg The Butterfly die was next up and although you may not be able to tell from this photo, I die cut a card that opens (hinged at the top) using the largest of the three butterflies.  Not original, but very clever and certainly will impress your friends!  The sentiment is from Memory Box and it is stamped inside a flower border stamped with the 1 5/8” round stamper from Just Rite.  The flowers are accented with Stardust Stickles glitter glue.  Background paper on the butterfly card is Urban Prairie!

Butterflies-lg Last but certainly not least, I just had to use another Urban Prairie paper that’s covered with butterflies.  This card is quite large and has a border created with the Treading Water punch and mini pinking decorative scissors (both by Fiskars).  I die cut the butterfly from another Urban Prairie DP and from vellum.  Then I stamped the vellum with the flourish stamp (Hero’s new Artistic Windows) using Versamagic Pixie Dust ink.  I added tiny pale pink crystals and antennae made from silver wire.

I hope these projects inspire you.  Please sign up early for the class Sat, Feb. 14, 2 to 4pm as I anticipate a lot of interest.  Please let me know if there’s one of these dies you can’t live without and I shall put it aside for you!  Happy Stamping!


Bugs and Kisses

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My good customer and dear friend Susana saw the “Bugs and Kisses” stamp (Daisy Bucket) and reminded me that it would be perfect with the kissing lady bugs stamp by Penny Black.  I couldn’t agree more and couldn’t wait to make a cute sample to show you these two stamps together.  Fun!  The embossed background of tiny hearts was created with the Cuttlebug Card Combo “Language of Love.”  Cuttlebug-Language-of-Love Here’s a photo of the background and the words/phrases that the “partner” die cuts.  It’s quite a good value.  The mats for the lady bugs were all cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities squares.  The black and white dotted paper is by KaiserCraft.  We have lots of wonderful Valentines stamps so stop in soon!


Valentine Accordion Card

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Valentine-Accordion-book-lg     My “I-heart-U” accordion book is perfect for that very special someone in your life.  This book is inspired by one I saw on Sharon Johnson’s blog.  I used new papers from Making Memories (Love Notes collection), the large Indulgence alphabet and die cut hearts (Spellbinders).  Silver eyelets at the top hold two coordinating ribbons.  Let me know if you’re interested in making this book and I will schedule a special class.

  

Other Valentine’s Day Cards

PB-Matters-of-the-heart Last week I spied Penny Black’s Matters of the Heart stamp on our Valentines display and decided to play with it to see what I could come up with.  I stamped the heart stamp several times on various pastel cardstocks then cut out the tiny hearts within the heart.  In-my-heart-2-lg For the first card I die cut scalloped and plain hearts (Spellbinders) from the same color cardstocks and was thrilled when I realized the stamped heart would fit just inside the pink scalloped die-cut heart!  I layered the tiny hearts over the stamped image, popping some up for a dimensional effect.  I mounted the heart over a punched lacy border (Fiskars) and stamped “always in my heart” from Hero Arts (Many Hearts) clear stamp set.

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The hearts within the heart remind me of those conversation heart candies so I stamped and cut out the hearts then glued them along the edge of a white panel.  I then cut around them again to reveal a heart border.  I adhered the white panel to the top of a pink folded card, after cutting the top shorter so the heart border would lie against the pink inside of the card.  I used the same sentiment on this card.  Enjoy your stamping and stop in soon!