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June 2009

Flower Soft has arrived!

Flower-Soft-rack Late last week we received many exciting deliveries including Flower Soft.  I wanted to give this new product a prominent display and, as they say, one thing led to another and I ended up moving, cleaning and marking down lots and lots of merchandise.  Sale-rack-1 That means there are hundreds of stamps now on sale at 50% off!  Look at the photos of the sale area -- as you can see there are fabulous bargains for everyone so hurry in and save -- save-- save!

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Purple-HydrangeasOur Flower Soft class is filling up so if you're interested in learning lots of tips and techniques for working with this fun media, give me a call (915-833-9500) to register.  You will make 5 cards and receive a kit with 7 pots of Flower Soft in an array of pastel colors.  Harriet will even show you how to Copic markers with Flower Soft!  If you cannot attend the class, don't let that deter you from buying Flower Soft.  it is very user friendly and I'll give you a Tip Sheet with lots of hints.  This is a really hot product so come see the samples in person!


 Other New Merchandise

Watermelon-SlicesDoesn't this watermelon look good enough to eat?  It's a new stamp from Impression-Obsession and it just screams summer to me.  I colored it with Copic markers and stamped the background (Hero Arts SUmmer stamps) in Versamark ink.  The black "Happy Summer" sentiment is from A Muse Art Stamps.  After mounting the watermelon slices, I colored them each with Glossy Accents to give them that wet, glossy appearance.


LemonadeMy friend Michelle was the inspiration for this card.  This Impression-Obsession stamp is so colorful and summery -- again I colored it with Copic Markers and added a little bling to the berries.  Fun and easy!  It is mounted on Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper.

New Hero Arts Samples


This card is created with Hero's Sweet Fleurs which I colored with a variety of Copic Markers.  I then framed it with Spellbinders Loopy Frame to give it an open and airy appearance.  A few bling and a butterfly were added for fun.

Thinking-of-youHero's "Thanks for Everything Greeting" is perfect for making fast cards.  I stamped it on pale yellow cardstock twice, cutting along the inside straight lines and along the scalloped lines around the outside.  I colored the scallops with Copic markers.  Then I stamped it again on orange cardstock and cut out just the "Thinking of You" sentiment which I adhered to the main image.  I added ribbon and mounted this image to a background created with Hero's "Wavy Leaf Pattern" stamped in memento Rosebud ink.  Quick and easy yet very attractive.



My last Hero card is a sample from an upcoming class that will be all about Window Cards.  This one uses the "Heart Flourish" stamp which I love.  It's inked in Memento Rosebud and Tangelo and stamped on pink paper.  I used a Spellbinders Classic Circle (not in the conventional way!) to "cut" the circle and lined it with stamped vellum.  Join is on July 18 from 2 to 4pm for more fun with Windows!

Quickutz Epic 6 Die Cutting System

Epic1Many of you have pre-ordered the new Epic 6 die cutting system from Quickutz.  As you know, this brand new system is a great value.  It's being offered with an instant $20 rebate making the price only $69.99 (regularly $89.99) and a rebate for a $20 die free!  Epic2For those of you who are "sitting on the fence" there's more good news.  You can buy the Epic 6 with both rebates until August 31st!  So come in a ask me to demo it for you!
But wait -- as they say in the infomercials! -- there's more!  I just learned today that Quickutz is putting many, many dies on sale!  2" x 2" dies are half-price at only $3 or $5!  WOW!  And some (small) alphabets (all together on a 4" x 8" die) are only $20!  Unbelievable.  There are also border dies and nesting dies on sale too! 
Customers who pre-order the new Epic 6 will have first choice of the dies but I have ordered enough for everyone.  I will also be able to reorder dies one more time so be sure to look through the catalogue when you are here to see what you want.  If you can't wait, go to Quickutz.com and scroll through the products.  Let me know which dies you want and I will order them for you.
Don't miss the Epic 6 Workshops planned for Sat, July 25 (10am to noon) and Sunday, July 26, 1 to 3pm.  Sign up now!
One more exciting thing -- I will soon have access to a video showing a demo of the new Epic 6!  I will post it here when it is live.



Lots of News from The Stamp Act

Hi Friends.  Yes it’s been a while since I blogged.  First I was busy with the usual chores of preparing classes, ordering and stocking merchandise, and helping customers.  Then I was out of town for my niece’s graduation (wonderful!) and when I returned I was between computers for a week.  Suffice to say it’s been an eventful summer so far.  Enough of that, I have lots of exciting news to share with you today!

Quickutz New Epic 6 die cutting system

200x120_EpicBlogButton2I am bringing in several exciting new product lines this summer starting with Quickutz.  Most of you know Quickutz is one of the first manufacturers of personal die cutting machines such as the handheld Squeeze and the tabletop Revolution.  This summer they are premiering their new tabletop die cutting system called the Epic 6.  The company says that the Epic 6 surpasses the size and scope of earlier models, and beats competing tools in both quality and performance.  It cuts and embosses Quickutz dies as well as all leading brands of dies.  It is constructed of high quality metal parts yet is lightweight and portable.  It has a 6” wide opening and comes with a cutting mat, cutting platform and embossing platform that are all 13” x 6.”  That means they will accommodate the longer 12” border dies and embossing folders that are becoming more and more popular. 

But here’s the really good news!  If you pre-order the Epic 6 by June 30th through The Stamp Act, you will receive 2 rebates.  First you will receive an instant rebate of $20 so you pay only $69.99!  The second is a mail-in product rebate for an exclusive 6” die you can redeem through QuicKutz.

I have already pre-sold 7 machines and expect more people to order before the deadline.  At this price point, it’s a great time to “take the plunge” into the die cutting world or upgrade an older machine.  Of course, the Epic 6 is brand new and I do not have one yet.  I have spoken to very reliable sources who have the Revolution system (Epic’s predecessor) and love it.  They say it is very easy to use and very reliable.  I still intend to carry the Wizard – we were one of the very first stores to sell the Wizard starting in 2003!  I see Quickutz as a good complement to the Spellbinders line of dies.  Quickutz 2” x 2” dies are cute, fun and great for adding a bit of whimsy to a card or scrapbook page.

Please call me (833-9500) or come by the store if you are interested in pre-ordering the Epic 6.  I have already planned two launch party/workshops for Saturday, July 25 from 10 to noon and Sunday, July 26 from 1 to 3pm.  I hope you can join us to learn more about this wonderful new machine!

Flower Soft

Geraniums My second new product line is Flower Soft.  Flower Soft is an amazing pot of colored sprinkles, that lets you embellish text, create designs and add miniature floral embellishments to your cards and pages.  Flower Soft is acid free and is loved by both cardmakers and scrapbookers.  It's so simple; all you need is Flower Soft PVA glue and a little imagination!

Flower Soft is sold in box sets – pastel, primary, floral bouquet and pretty pots – and individually in 30ml containers.  It comes in 20 single colors and 6 mixed colors.  Harriet will introduce us to Flower Soft in her July 18 class (10 to noon).  Be sure to visit http://stampactelpaso.com/JULY2009.html to see the class samples; during class Harriet will share dozens more samples that she has made with Flower Soft.

Just a quick note: the product should arrive very soon so be sure to watch this space for more details!

Spellbinders New Pendant & Borderabilities

June 22 through June 29 is the launch of the Blog Frenzy for Spellbinders new dies.  They are releasing 8 new Pendant Dies and 8 new coordinating Border dies.  Check out these blogs for more details and photos of projects made with these dies!  They are very exciting.  Top pre-order just call or email me at hellopoll@aol.com.  Anyone pre-ordering any of the new dies by July 4th will receive a 10% discount on their order and be entered in a drawing for a free die set!  Be sure to check the blogs for listed below for all the exciting details of these new dies!

6/22 – Becca Feeken  amazingpapergrace.com/

6/23 – Debbie Olson    debbiedesigns.typepad.com/

6/24 – M. Wooderson  michellewooderson.blogspot.com/

6/25 – Keri Sereika   pinklemonade.typepad.com/

6/26 – S.Cheever sherrycheever.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

6/27 – Heidi Blankenship     embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/

6/28 – Linda Duke           lindaduke.typepad.com/

6/29 – Jennifer Davis     preservationarts.com/

BTW – if the name Jennifer Davis sounds familiar to many of you, she taught the first Wizard Academy at The Stamp Act in 2005!

 Upcoming Classes

Front-Cover-lg There are many, many wonderful classes coming up.  This weekend we will be making a Summer Mini Book featuring 7 Gypsies products.  If you attend the morning class you will complete the book with papers and stickers.  Come back in the afternoon and complete the pages with die cuts and stamps.  The book isn’t that “mini-sized” as there are 36 pages!  If you’d like to do the book but can’t attend the class, you can purchase the class kit which comes with step-by-step instructions and color photos. Get all the details at http://stampactelpaso.com/JUNE2009.html.  Here’s a few previews!

Antique-Linen-FlowerImpressive Cards with Impressability Templates – July 11, 10am -- Learn all the ways to use these versatile templates to add backgrounds, foregrounds and rich details to your cards and pages. Details at http://stampactelpaso.com/JULY2009.html.

Pink-PosieCopic Marker Tutorial – July 11, 2pm -- Thanks to Becca Feeken for designing these beautiful cards.  Come to the class learn why all the bloggers are singing the praises of Copic Markers!  Details at http://stampactelpaso.com/JULY2009.html.





Purple-HydrangeasIntroduction to Flower Soft – July 18, 10am -- Flower Soft gives stamped flowers super dimension and pizzazz, but that’s just the beginning!  Learn all about it in this fun class!  Details at http://stampactelpaso.com/JULY2009.html.




Iris-lgPenny Black Sticker Cards – July 25, 2pm -- 
Create several cards with that special “shabby chic” look that comes from combining floral stickers and stamps from Penny Black.  Details at http://stampactelpaso.com/JULY2009.html.




EPIC 6 Workshop – July 25, 10 am and Sunday, July 26m 1pm -- Learn all about the EPIC 6 while you cut and emboss with dies, embossing folders and embossing borders.  Details at http://stampactelpaso.com/JULY2009.html.


Father's Day Cards

Front-Cover-lg Hi fellow stampers.  Sorry it's been so long since I blogged but I have been so busy preparing classes and samples to share with you.  Last Saturday was our fabulous, day-long, 7 Gypsies Home Book class.  Eleven people attended and all created a beautiful book while learning how to use some of the newest 7 Gypsy products.  If you would like to create your own 7 Gypsies book, join us for the 7 Gypsies Summer Book class coming on Saturday, June 27.  It too is all day if you choose to complete both parts of the book.  This colorful book is perfect for summer photos or just as  a reminder of a fun day of papercrafting!  Read more about it and see more photos on our website at www.stampactelpaso.com

Party-Hat-lg While you are visinting the June class page on our website, check out the classes for this month.  We are starting with a perennial favorite -- Birthday Cards -- using new stamps from Stampendous.  Whos-Counting-lg From cupcakes to party hats to candles, there's something to please everyone.  And we can all use a stash of birthday cards!  What's great about Stampendous clear stamp sets is that they are packed with stamps.  I could create a dozen different cards using these sets.  Here are four more samples!

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The Polka Dot Frame card (above right) is made using the new Spellbinders Polka Dot Frame.  I will show you how to use the frame to create the card and how to ink the polka dots!  I love this frame -- it's so colorful and cute.  Just think, you can ink the dots any color or colors you choose!
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Father's Day Cards

Hero Arts has a new Father's Day clear set and a new Stars clear set and I used both of these to make samples for Father's Day.  You may have seen some similar samples on the Hero Arts Blog. 

Loads-of-Love-Dad   Coffee-cup-dad   BBQ-Fathers-Day    Stars-Fathers-Day-2 Family-Fathers-Day Stars-Fathers-Day

The bottom two cards were made with Cosmo Cricket's Lil Man paper collection that just arrived along with their Early Bird and Girl Friday collections.  For both these cards I embossed the background paper with the Cuttlebug Argyle embossing folder.  All the stamps are from the two Hero clear sets referenced above, Hero's new Clouds background, and a set called Original Definitions (Family).  The first three cards were colored with Copic Markers.

Sympathy Cards


Unfortunately, sometimes we need sympathy cards.  Recently my frined Suzi Azar's husband Dick died of cancer and I wanted to make a special card for her.  Paper-Inspirations I used Cosmo Cricket's Lil Man paper with the airplanes because Suzi and Dick were both pilots and loved to fly. The sentiment stamp is from Rubber Moon.  While I was creating sympathy cards, I decided to do another using a favorite stamp of mine from Paper Inspirations and Sublime paper from KaiserCraft.  I cut the sentiment and the mat using Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles.

That's all for now.  Be sure to stop in the store soon and check out the new products -- here's a few that have arrived recently:

Tim Holtz grungepaper
New Tim Holtz embellishments like the tiny screw top brads in the BBQ card above
New Tim Holtz cling mounted stamps -- he's downsized some larger stamps!
New Tim Holtz ATC-sized stamps
Paper, flowers, embellishments and transparencies from Prima
Memory Glass, frames and new capsules from Ranger -- check out my June 20 class!
New clear sets from Penny Black
Lots, lots more!

Thanks fro reading the blog -- stop in and shop soon.