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March 2009

New Stamped Samples

Hoppin-Hello-lgHi fellow stampers!  Last week was so busy I had no chance to blog.  That's a good thing though because there are lots of new stamps, papers and goodies waiting for you at The Stamp Act.  Today I want to share with you some new samples I made.  First two cards that use the funny frogs from Stampendous.  Hoppy-birthday-lgFor the "Hoppin' over to say hello" card I used the Spots and Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background and the Tiny Bubbles folder for the circle mats.  Remember when you are embossing and die cutting, you should die cut first then emboss.  The "Hoppy Birthday" card uses the distress striped embossing folder for the background and the Tiny Bubbles for the scalloped mat and side panel.  A little colored pencil work and Stickles glitter glue complete these funny frogs. 

Memory Box Spring Cards
Silhouette-Branch-red-lgDave, owner of Memory Box rubber stamps (memoryboxco.com), on his blog recently featured several cards using some of his springtime stamps.  I decided to try his instructions and here are the results.  All the images are colored with Prismacolor pencils.  One of Dave's tips is to stamp the image in Brilliance Chocolate.  I find this softens the lines and lets the color of the leaves shine through. 
  On the "red" card, the pink border is punched with a new Fisakars border punched called "Upper Crest."


  For the bird image I used Prismacolor pencils and Odorless Mineral Sprints to blend the colors.  The bird is stamped in Brilliance Chocolate and the swirl (Memory Box "Curly Q") is stamped in Versamagic Green Tea. 

Butterfly Cards

Dave also just released three stamps -- Adele Corner, Dorian Border and Curly Q -- that are perfect with Spellbinders Butterfly dies.  I used the Nested Butterfly set and the Butterflies 2 set. Butterfly1  Butterfly2  Butterfly3  Butterfly4  Butterfly5  Butterfly6 
All the decorative paper I used for the mats and the butterflies is from Memory Box and is available in 6" x 6" paper packs or single 8 1/2" x 11" sheets.  The "Spring brings" sentiment is Memory Box;  the Happy Birthday is Inkadinkado and the "If my words had wings" is an old one and no longer available.

More Samples
Damask-Hello-Friend-lgIn case you haven't noticed, damask images are really hot right now.  Here's a card that uses a damask stamp from Inkadinkado, a brad from Making Memories and a sentiment for the new All Occasion Messages from Hero Arts.  This elegant card is simple and easy to stamp, and perfect for many occasions.
Another hot item are the Spellbinders new Pierceabilities dies.  These dies cut and emboss like other dies, but they have the added feature of a pattern of tiny holes that let you paper pierce a pattern. 

Ok, some of you are rolling your eyes and saying " that's too much trouble," but honestly it only takes a few minutes (and I mean 2 or 3!) to add a gorgeous design element to your cards.  And come on, we all need a few "Zen" minutes where we just relax and do some mindless activity like piercing!

Pierce-ric-rac-lgNow lest you think that these dies are only for borders, let me show you a card I made (inspired by Becca Freeken's sample) using the die to die cut all four sides of a panel.  The only trick to this card is to line up the "points" on each side so they match.  A tip that Felicity shares in her first Pierceabilities class is to use a metal ball stylus (large end) to add a little extra embossing to certain parts of the die, for example the teardrop on this card. 

Felicity will be teaching a second Pierceabilities class this Saturday so come and get some hands-on experience with these dies.  Let me show you her beautiful cards:

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Here are 2 more samples that Felicity made recently using the Fancy Scallop Pierceabilities die:
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Give me a call (915-833-9500) or an email hellopolly@aol.com) if you see anything you like and want me to hold or ship to you.  Have a great week and hopefully I will blog more soon.

Memento Ink Backgrounds

This weekend’s classes offer a variety of stamping techniques and styles – there’s really something for everyone.  Saturday morning is all about learning a background technique that you will use on many, many cards.  The backgrounds, created with Memento dye-based inks and jumbo daubers, can be dark and dramatic or light and airy – it’s all about layering the colors.  Here are the two cards we will make in class:
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Both cards use Memory Box stamps and 9 Memento inks. 

The two examples below are more monochromatic and use only 4 inks.
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In the first card the background stamp is Penny Black; the woman under the tree is by Stampers Anonymous and the sentiment is by Rubber Moon.  The trees in the second card are from a set by Impression Obsession and the deer by Art Impressions. Now, let me show you two more samples that use the same background technique but in a more light and airy way.  These two cards will be part of my Easter card class on April 4.
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I love this card!  It features the new "Shape-Shifting" Funny Bunny clear set from .  The background is created using the lightest blue Memento ink (Summer Sky) and a jumbo dauber.  Likewise the second card features Summer Sky ink at the top and the lightest green (New Sprout) at the bottom.  Of course I like to add depth of color by sponging a little bit of darker ink around the edges.  The bunny in the second card is from Inkadinkado.  I hope you will join us Saturday to learn this technique.  I guarantee you will love it and use it to enhance all kinds of stamped cards.

My second class Saturday offers real variety.  We will make four cards featuring new Hero Arts stamps.  Let me share the samples with you:
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Scripted-Flowers-lg  Inchie-lg 
The first card has a beautiful Asian flair; the second features a bookmark that is held to the card with hidden magnets; the third uses a very popular Scripted Flowers clear stamp set; and the fourth card is all about Inchies!  These cards are perfect for any occasion so please join us for Saturday afternoon.

New Spellbinders Pierceabilities

Both Felicity and I have have been using our new Pierceabilities dies from Spellbinders.  Paper piercing is so much fun and really it doesn't take any time to do.  Let me show you Felicity's newest samples using the Fancy Scalloped set:
Fancy-Scallopped-Bfly-lg  Fancy-Scallopped-Flower-lg   

Notice the two different cut edges -- each die in the set has a different cut edge so even if you don't pierce, you can use the die to cut a beautiful edge for your card.

Pierce-ric-rac-lgFor the card below, I used the Ric Rac die to cut all four sides then pierced the top and bottom following the pattern on the die.  The right and left side were cut and embossed while the top and bottom were just cut.  The pearls are from KaierCraft; flower from Prima and the sentiment from Hero Arts. 

Several customers have asked if the die pierces the holes automatically while cutting the paper.  It does not -- you cut and emboss just like any other die then, keeping the die in place using a little piece of removable tape, you pierce the holes.  I recommend the Bazzill Stitchz piercing pad and a good needle tool such as the one by Making Memories.


We have all these products in stock including all four Pierceabilities dies.  And Felicity will be teaching another Pierceabilities class on March 28.  Check out her samples at www.stampactelpaso.com.

Damask Sample from Inkadinkado
Damask-Hello-Friend-lg Here's a sample I made using a damask stamp from Inkadinkado and a sentiment from the new Hero Arts All Occasion Messages set.  The damask is stamped in black on sparkly Cryogen white cardstock then layered on black and adhered to a willow green card.  The sentiment is stamped on the same green and a black ribbon bow is topped with a brad from Making Memories. 

I hope you have enjoyed today's samples.  We'd love to have you join us a for a class or just stop in and shop.  we are happy to answer your questions about products and techniques.

What's New in Store

We have all the new Memory Box 6" x 6" paper pads back in stock plus new Memory Box stamps.  We also have brand new stamps from Penny Black, new papers featuring ladybugs and dragonflies (cute!) and the new "Upper Crest" border punch from Fiskars.  We have the Funny Bunny clear stamp set from Stampendous and their new clear storage boxes which are very convenient, economical and easy to store in a magazine holder.  We have a good selection of Easter paper and cute Easter chicks and bunnies brads.  This week I hope to receive the newest of the Spellbinders dies -- they are so cool! -- as well as stamps from Inkadinkado (new Inchies!!!) and Savvy Stamps.  I guarantee there's something here you will love so please stop by soon.

Graduation Cards and Invitations Samples

Hello Friends.  It’s been a busy week here at The Stamp Act.  New products have arrived, classes have been developed, and most importantly customers have found stamps, papers and many other items they were looking for.  This morning I helped a woman from Canada who is traveling the Southwest with her husband.  Her daughter had given her a shopping list and fortunately I had many items on the list.  I also helped a son and daughter find the perfect stamp for their parents upcoming 50th Anniversary.  But enough about what’s happening in the store, let me share with you some new samples.

Graduation is an important milestone and this year my youngest niece graduates from high school.  Emilee asked me to make her invitations and I was thrilled to make several samples for her to choose from.  First let me show you the ones I made with the Just Rite Stamper.  I used the 1 5/8” stamper and the tiny alphabet set to personalize the borders and centers.
Just-Rite-samples   I also used the Cuttlebug Graduation die to add the cap and gown in the school colors, and the Just Rite 1 5/8" Centers and Borders set to add the center on the bottom left.  All the circles were cut with Spellbinders circle Nestability dies.  Once the personalized border is set up -- which yes does take a bit of time and good eyesight! -- it's easy to stamp as many as you need.  Here are some finished cards:
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  I used the Congratulations Cuttlebug Embossing Folder as the background on both cards and used cardstock in school colors.  For the two cards below I used the small Congrats Cuttlebug Embossing Folders as the focal point:
Congrats-embossed-lg  Bravo-embossed-lg  
Now for some cards made with stamps.  The first card below uses a graduation cap from A Muse Art Stamps and "Hats off to You" from Copper Leaf Creations.  The second card uses the Top Hat penguin from Memory Box.
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One more card that uses a Graduation Background stamp from Inkadinkado:
Grad-Background-lg I cut out some of the phrases and popped them up on foam tape.  The papers I used are Kaiser Craft Vagabond collection.

Here are two more samples -- one uses Iris Folding:
Iris-Folding-Cap-lg  UTEP-Congrats  
I hope this gives you some ideas for fun graduation cards and invitations.  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Happy Stamping!

Get Well Set

Hi Friends and fellow stampers,

Today I would like to share with you the samples for the classes this weekend.  First, the morning class:  We will be making a darling Get Well Wishes set that I adapted from one I saw on Sharon Johnson's blog.  The set includes a card, tissues, chicken soup and chocolate -- items that are sure to speed anyone's recovery.  Here are the photos:

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The robe, slippers and sentiment stamps are from Lockhart Rubber Stamps; the Get Well Soon stamp is from Rubber Soul; and the paper for the set is from Bo Bunny.
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Isn't this the cutest?  The Chicken Soup pot stamp is from Lockhart and the Get Well Soon is one of the 10 Centers and Borders that fit the 1 5/8" stamper from Just Rite Stamping.  The scallops are all cut with the Wizard and the Mega Rectangles or the circle nestabilities.

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The Tissue stamp is from Lockhart. 

Fill a small zip lock bag with chocolate and add the sentiment stamp from Deadbeat Design.  I hope you will join us for this fun class.

Felicity's class on Saturday afternoon is all about Stamping and Coloring Bold Stamps.  She is teaching fo  ur techniques -- She is packing a lot into this class!  Here are the samples and the techniques:Rose-lg    Vintage-rose-lg 
Two roses but each done with very differently .  The first more traditional rose is created using a technique we call "Light Embossing" while the second Vintage Rose uses a technique we call Faux Batik.

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The Tulips are created with a technique called Brilliance Resist and the birds use the "Kissing Technique."

If you are interested in attending either of these classes, call me at (915) 833-9500 or email me at hellopolly@aol.com.

Some Miscellaneous Samples

Child-birthday-lgMy great nephew's birthday is coming up soon so I thought I would make him a birthday card.  I used the Announcer and Lion, Tiger, bear stamps from A Muse Art Stamps; the "Look Who's Turning" stamp from Savvy Stamps; and the number 2 from the Penny Black "Who's Counting" clear number set.  Everything was colored with Prismacolor pencils.  I think he and his Mom will love the colorful card.

Damask-Hello-Friend-lgThis card uses the Damask stamp Inkadinkado and a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts' All Occasion Messages.  The brad is from Making Memories and the ribbon from May Arts.  I love the color combination and the simplicity of this card.

Stay tuned this week as I will be sharing some Graduation samples as well as more class samples.  Happy stamping!

February is a Special Month

Survivor-lgHello Readers.  Even though it is already March, I thought I would share with you a few thoughts about February and two cards that explain why this month is meaningful in my life.  Eighteen years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and was fortunate to be treated successfully and be cancer free now.  During my chemo treatments, my friend Susie Azar contacted me and told me that she wanted to start an affiliate chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in El Paso and hold a "Race for the Cure" here.   

In the Spring of 1992 a small group of us gathered and began planning  this event.  We knew little about running a race, but were very committed to the cause.  I was named race logistics and fund-raising chair, a big task to say the least.  At the time my advertising business was just a few years old and I was working out of my second bedroom at home.  Now remember that 1992 was pre-email and pre-cell phones and my computer only had a whopping 20 megabyte hard drive!  I knew nothing about spreadsheets or data base programs, but somehow managed to find a "free-ware" database program that I could use to manage the race registrations.  My friend Sandi Smith and I created "Partners for the Cure" which recruited women to give or raise $1,000 each for the cause. 

I am proud to say that the Race for the Cure was a success from the very beginning and has been held annually in February for 17 years with the most recent race two weeks ago having over 13,500 participants.  This event has raised millions of dollars for breast cancer research over the years.  Although I am not affiliated with the race now, it is in very capable hands and I am so proud to have been a part of the organizing group.

The card I made to commemorate February uses a stamp set from Paper Inspirations.  This beautiful set of stamps includes many other stamps such as the "pink ribbon," flowers and other words.

Caregiver-lgFebruary also marks the third anniversary of my Mother's death.  Near the end, we had a wonderful caregiver that made my Mom's life so much happier and easier.  Paper Inspirations also has a beautiful set of stamps that is perfect for thanking someone who makes such a special contribution to your loved one and to you.  For this card and the one above I used DP by Bo-Bunny (Teen Chic collection) and Bazzill Tink Pink cardstock.  Let me also show you the inside of the card.                              Caregiver-inside-lg  I know these stamp sets may have a limited use, but they are truly beautiful and impart a very meaningful thank you to such a special person.  I thought sending our caregiver this card would would be a meaningful way for me to mark this sad anniversary.

Chloe close up in the snow On a much lighter note, February is also Chloe's birthday.  She is now a very grown up 8 years old!  This picture was taken many years ago when it actually snowed in February instead of being 80 degrees as it has been this year! 

I hope your day goes well and you will experience the joy of creating art with stamps and paper!  Come and see us at The Stamp Act!

Great Classes Coming Up

 Wishing-Tree-Green-lgThis Saturday we have two outstanding classes.  In the morning Harriet will be teaching all about the exciting Copic Markers.  These markers are solvent-based markers meaning they are permanent on paper as well as any non-porous surface such as plastic, metal or glass.  They blend beautifully together and are extremely popular on the stamping "blogs" these days.  This class will be more workshop than finished project, offering you hands-on experience blending the colors and working with the markers.  Harriet has made many beautiful samples and has lots of tips and tricks to share with you.  Here are a few of her samples:

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Pieceabilities Class
Felicity will teach another special class Saturday afternoon -- Introduction to Pierceabilities.  The new Pierceabilities dies by Spellbinders are hot, hot hot!  I have had many of you say you want these dies when they arrive.  I am still waiting for a large order which should arrive soon.  If you like these dies, I urge you to attend the class.  Felicity can really cut your learning curve with her helpful tips and tricks.  If you have the dies bring them and if not we will have some for you to use in class.  Call me at 833-9500 or email me at hellopolly@aol.comto register for these great classes today!  Here are the Felicity's samples:
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You Never Know What You Will Find!

Butterfly-2     Recently Harriet (a member of my teaching staff and design team) was helping a customer find some paper when she spotted a DP she hadn't seen before.  It's by Tinkering Ink (sadly another company going out of business) and features lush tropical plants in bright colors.The right side of the paper is bright fuchsia and the back is orange offerng plenty of solid colors to coordinate with the tropical foliage.  Harriet took this sheet of DP, Spellbinders Butterflies 2 and Labels dies, a light teal polka dotted note card by A Muse and the "Butterfly Wishes" sentiment by Rubber Moon and created four stunning cards.  Now that's creative!  Look at these wonderful cards and come on in if you want to create your own!


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