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October 2009

Halloween and Day of the Dead stamped samples

Dancing-Witch Hello Friends.  Today I would like to share with you the samples for my classes this weekend. Saturday is Halloween so what could be more appropriate than to stamp Halloween and Day of the Dead cards!  Three of my four Halloween cards all use a new Impression Obsession clear stamp set called "Which Witch?"  The set is loaded with cute images including two witches, a spooky eyeball border, a bat, a spider, a swirly background stamp plus two sentiments: Trick or treat and Happy Halloween!  It's a great value!



How cute is this flying witch?  Witch-Shaker She is off to wreak havoc on "All Hallow's Nigh!"  The only thing cuter is the card at right which is a shaker card using the new shaker "pouches" from Impression Obsession.  To me the term pouch" implies a soft container.  These are actually hard plastic and come with a self adhesive border.  Couple them with the pre-die-cut overlays and you have got a quick, easy yet very fun and impressive card to share with friends!  Haunting-GhostMy last card for this "spooky" class is this colorful ghost.  Look at the detail in this stamp -- I love it!  I embossed the background cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Divine Swirls); stamped the ghost and colored it with Copic markers; and added the sentiment (I-O too) and a moon brad from Making Memories. 


ShrineIf you are not familiar with the Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, celebration, it is a Mexican holiday celebrated on Nov 1 and 2.  The holiday is dedicated to remembering and honoring the dead, and it is believed that the spirits of our loved ones return on these special days to be with family and friends.  Day of the Dead celebrations often include building shrines to loved ones and placing favorite objects and foods around the shrine.  Dancing friendly skeletons, most notably one known as Catarina, and bright colorful flowers are common images.  My shrine (above) is dedicated to my Mom who loved to dance.



My other Day of the Dead card is a shutter card inspired by Mark Jetton from Deadbeat Designs.  All the stamps are his.  I hope you will join me for these classes this weekend!


News from The Stamp Act
Last week it was all about deliveries!  Here's what arrived:

Impression-Obsession -- new stamps, shaker pouches and the new Rock the Block acrylic mount!

Cat's Pajamas -- new stamps

The Paper Cut-- Unique scalloped cards and layers; pop-up cards; new cardstocks; lots and lots of new cards and envelopes sets.

Heart of Texas Studio -- acrylic Christmas bulbs -- cute tags for packages; an acrylic house album perfect for Christmas memories!

Stop in soon and see what's new!


Trade Show Gems -- See what's coming!

Hello friends.  I am sorry it has been a while; being out of town means coming back to lots of work and lots of new merchandise.  The wholesale trade show in Houston was fantastic.  Harriet and I both enjoyed learning new techniques and being introduced to new merchandise.  Our classes started at 8am and ran almost non-stop until 9:30pm.  To say they were fast paced is an understatement!  On Saturday night, all the vendors had tables with “make and takes” which taught us new techniques and introduced us to new companies and merchandise.  I can’t wait to share it all with you so here’s just a little teaser of what’s coming:

Tim-Holtz-Wish -Book Tim Holtz – Both Harriet and I enjoyed our “Tim” classes the most!  Not only were his projects unique and packed with his product used in creative ways, but they were well organized and well run.  Guess who his assistant was?  The president of Ranger products!  Wow! Snowglobe-Capsule I will be teaching you how to use Ranger’s line of memory frames and capsules (see photo on right) and Harriet will be teaching you many things to do with Claudine Helmuth’s new line of sticky back canvas and paints.  My other class with Tim was a wonderful Christmas “Wish” book which will be a class if there is a demand for it.

Cover Creative Imaginations – Our classes with CI were mostly memory book classes and we both enjoyed them.  Harriet will be teaching a Christmas Memory book December 5th and it is so cute.  Space will be limited by supplies so be sure to sign up quickly for this class.  I will teach a very cute and quick and easy “12 days of Christmas Book.”

Cats-Nugget-Box The Cat’s Pajamas – This is a new company for us.  Their stamps are very cute and whimsical and Alma, the owner, had darling samples that inspired us!  We saw an Advent Calendar made from a muffin tin and a very cute get well card featuring a chicken and chicken soup (what else!).  Alma’s make and take was one of our very favorites.  We made a little Nugget Box with an acetate sleeve cover then stamped wrappers for 6 chocolate nuggets which we placed in the box.  Add a cute bear and sentiment on the box top and you’ve got the perfect little gift for co-workers, teachers and friends.

MFT-Luggage-Tag My Favorite Things – While MFT may not be a new company to many of you it is to The Stamp Act.  Kim’s (the owner) display featured great samples that showed the potential of these stamps.  They are clever and cute and girly and will be a nice addition.  Watch for upcoming classes featuring a cute tag with their “Bling Bet” alphabet set!  Update:  before I could even unpack the order, several customers raided the box – there’s still some left but they are very popular!  Hurry in and get yours!

Hero Arts – Always a perennial favorite, Hero has a whole new line of cling mounted rubber stamps that simply “cling” to an acrylic mount.  As a consequence, they are cheaper and easier to store.  Harriet and I will teach a whole day of Hero classes on November 21 and we will be featuring cards that do double duty: greeting and gift in one!

Shaker-Autumn-Flower-Soft Impression-Obsession – Wait until you see what I-O has – new background stamps that are 6” x 6” and a whole new acrylic rocker mount.  I tried it and got the hang of it immediately.  I love the backgrounds!  Plus even more exciting are I-O’s new shaker pouches that let you create shaker cards quickly and easily.  They come in different sizes and shapes and are very flat meaning they will go through the mail with regular postage!  Check them out as soon as they arrive because I predict a sellout!  A class is in the works!

Some other “Trade Show Gems” that we found were

·    G45-Stocking Graphic 45 paper – We love it!  Their Christmas Past and Renaissance Faire inspired us both.  Their paper Christmas stocking project will be featured in an upcoming class.

·    Acrylic-Birds Heart Of Texas – This company makes fabulous photos albums featuring Texas Images from hats to boots!  While I didn’t buy those, I did buy a set of three acrylic birds that were one of the biggest hits of the show.  These birds can be stamped to make a gift item; a home décor item; three gift tags; or Christmas tree decoration.  Their acrylic Christmas bulbs are just as cute and will be perfect for gift tags.  Finally they have a wonderful acrylic Christmas house album ready to be decorated with “snow” and glitter!  Wait until you see these finds!


·    Just Rite Stampers – Watch for a whole new line of square JRS in mid November.  They are really cool!




Mrs. Grossman’s Stickers – These stickers are laser cut and so cool!  I bought Halloween (they are not here yet! Ugh!) and Christmas ones.  Get them quick because they will make elegant and quick cards or tags.

I will very soon post all the classes for November and December including many Sunday classes!  We will cover card-making of all kinds; home decor items; and package decorating.  Be sure to check the website for the class schedule and sample photos!


Outside-in-Suitcase-2 BTW – the Suitcase Travel Journal and the Suitcase Christmas Memory Book classes are filling up rapidly so if you are interested you need to call me (833-9500) immediately to register!  Thanks.



Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists and Flowers of Fall

Hi Stamping Friends.  I wish I could say that fall is here in the desert southwest, but while it is a little cooler, I am still running the air condiitoner.  Hopefully cooler days are ahead.  Today I want to share with you the samples for this weekend's classes which feature beautful seasonal colors and lots of techniques. Spooky-Tree

Enjoy-the-leaves On the left is a card made with Tattered Angels Winter Trees Glimmer Screens and an embossing technique that is way cool!  For the card on the right I used one of the Just Rite Stampers Autumn Blessings stamps and made paper using glimmer mists then die cut the leaf.  Both cards use glimmer mists in a variety of colors.


 This card features bright candy apple red glimmer mist and a flower stamp from Magenta .  I also distressed the background paper with glimmer mist.  Snowflake For the snowflake card at right, I used the Ice Crystals Glimmer Screens, embossed the snowflake then spritzed with glimmer mist.  These are very versaitle and colorful products so please join me for this informative class.


Fall flowers Autumn-leaves can be anything from sunflowers to pumpkins and we will use stamps and die cuts of all these images in saturday afternoon's class.  Discover ways to use your stamps and die cuts in new ways; how to create a subtle background using Perfect Pearls; and how to color with Copic markers.  here are two more samples we will make in the class:
Maple-leaves Sunflower 

Please join us for the fun and learn more about the art of stamping!