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Graduation Time

Hello Stamping Friends,

Calendar-EMilee Graduation season is in full swing here at The Stamp Act.  I have been very busy the last two weeks finishing the graduation invitations for my niece Emilee and creating a very fun graduation “advent calendar” for her to countdown to the big day.  The calendar itself was easy and can be completed in a matter of about 30 minutes top if you take the easy way out like I did.  Calendar-Jennifer I covered the 25 drawers (left) with paper (Basic Grey Wisteria collection) and didn’t paint the box itself.  Unfortunately it is covered with a very slick glossy paper so it’s hard to paint unless you sand, etc. etc. and that was way to much work!  I added a checkerboard book knob to the top (7 Gypsies) and added the number stickers which come with the calendar.  Then I filled each drawer with a miniature chocolate bar with a date sticker.  The hard part of this project was finding and wrapping 25 presents!  I covered the box on the right above with Making Memories 5th Avenue flocked paper.  You will notice that I did the stickers two ways -- one counting down and one counting up -- suit yourself on how you think it should go!

Cover My other gift to Emilee is a book I made called “Words for Wise Women.”  Inside there are 27 pages of stamped wisdom.  I loved finding sentiment stamps with cool phrases then illustrating them.  I created the pages using Spellbinders Labels One (largest die) and Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper.  Originally I planned to adhere the pages to die cut chipboard then bind them with the Bind it All.  However, I changed my mind and decided I would rather use page protectors and slip the pages inside the protectors then bind the page protectors.  Do you know how hard it is to find 4 1/4" page protectors??  Fortunately I did find them (Bazzill) and everything worked out great!  There's a trick to punching page protectors so if you ever plan to do it, be sure to call or email me for instructions!  Here are a few examples of the pages.  By the way, Emilee wants to be a veterinarian and will attend Texas A & M University. 

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Penny-Black-gradsMy friend Susan came over yesterday and needed a card for a friend graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso so we got busy and made a card using UTEP colors of blue and orange and two new stamps from Penny Black (Graduates and Congratulations).  Shown are the outside and the inside of the card:

I have a great response to the Martha Stewart fall holiday punches (see my last post), but remember if you like them, you need to reserve them now because they will fly out of her when they arrive.  I have had a quite a few out of towners call and pre-order punches so you in town people need to act now and get your name on the list.  Some of these punches sold out last season and people were so disappointed they couldn’t find them anywhere!  If you want to pre-order, just call me at 915-833-9500 with your contact info.  Then when they arrive I will ship them right off to you or call you to pick them up.

Timy-words-card-outside The other big seller recently has been the Just Rite Stamper Timy-words-card-inside new release.  Everything came in and sold out ASAP!  I have more on order and will let you know when it arrives – hopefully next week.  Just to when your appetite, here’s a card Felicity made using Spellbinders Pinking dies and the new 1 3/16” Tiny Words borders and centers.  You see the border on the outside of the card and the center on the inside of the card.  Cute!  That set is a really good one as it has a wide variety of borders and centers, perfect for many occasions.  This weekend Felicity is teaching a class with Just Rite Stampers and several of the sets.  Look at her beautiful cards then call and sign up to learn all about this wonderful product!  The first 3 cards are the class.

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I accomplished one more thing this week and I will show you just a brief preview!  I finished the 7 Gypsies "Gypsy House Book" I am teaching on Saturday, May 30.  Here are photos of just a few of the pages -- there are 9 pages covered back and front!  Remember, sign up before May 15 for the best price -- it's an all day class and it's going to be fun!
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For more photos go to my website at www.stampactelpaso.comand click on classes then May then scroll down to May 30.

That's enough inspiration for one day.  Thank you readers and subscribers!  Remember, you can subscribe to this blog and it will come right to your e mailbox complete with photos and all!  Just click on the little box at the top left to subscribe!  Email me anytime at hellopolly@aol.com.  Happy Stamping!


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You are the most clever person I know and your samples make me drool! We keep thinking we are coming but somehow the trip hasn't happened. If I don't see you by next weekend, I'll just have you ship my stuff :(. Love that house book. If you have any books left to sell after you class, I'm very interested. My name is down for the spider web punches - right? or did I blow that too...

love the projects.. you are the best!

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