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April 2010

Masculine Cards

Cake You-Say-its-your-birthday-stamp-set Hello and thanks for reading my blog today.  It’s been a very busy week here at The Stamp Act with lots of new merchandise and lots of new samples to share with you.  First the samples!  Last week I shared with you many new cards I made with the new clear stamp sets from The Cat’s Pajamas (TCP).  Well I couldn’t quit playing with them so here’s a few more.  The birthday card is made with a set called “They Say It’s Your Birthday” and just like other TCP stamp sets, this one is packed with coordinated stamps.  The paper on this card is from Basic Grey.


Cat-get-well You-sick-thing-stamp-set My next sample is a get well card that’s perfect for cat lovers!  It is created with a set called “You Sick Thing” and if you missed the four other cards I made with this set, scroll down to last week’s post.  For this card I used new “get well” papers from Karen Foster.  My other get well card uses the same paper, a band aid die from Quickutz, and a sentiment from the TCP set.  Cute and easy!


Sunshine-Cheer-1 Sunshine-Cheer-2 Another fun new stamp company that we are carrying is Our Craft Lounge (OCL).  This company has both clear and cling stamp sets and we have a good selection of both.  The first samples are made with the Sunshine Cheer set and paper from Imaginise Lucy Bird collection.  OCL has a fun product called “Sparkle “Fluff” which is flocking mixed with glitter.   You can see this on the cloud and the monkey below.  I made a birthday card using one of their dog sets (“Pat the Bad Dog) – here’s the outside and inside of the card.


Monkey Never-too-buried-outside Never-too-buried-inside

Ccm008-pat-the-bad-dog Ccm034-bookworm

The "Bookworm" set is perfect for making teacher thank you cards!

Shirt-with-tie Shirt-with-brad-tie Since male cards are always a challenge I thought I would tackle Father’s Day card early.  Here are two cards using another Quickutz die: a shirt and tie.  One card uses the tie (from the die) and the other uses a tie brad from Eyelet Outlet.  Both use a “Happy Father’s Day” stamp from A Muse Art Stamps.  Isn’t the tie paper perfect?  It’s new from Karen Foster. 


Fathers-Day-card Ccm035-you-nailed-it My next Father's Day sample is from OCL and uses a set called “You Nailed It.”  Watch for more samples with this set soon.









Cowboy-Fathers-Day Happy-Birthday-Pardner Not all Dads are shirt and tie guys so here are some cards for the more rugged guys out there.  On all these cards the decorative paper is new from Moxxie, the cowboy hat and boots are Quickutz dies, and the “Happy Birthday Pardner” stamp is from Cat’s Pajamas. 





Happy-Trails God-Bless-Texas The Happy Trails and God Bless Texas cards use stamps from Deadbeat Designs.  And here’s another card I made recently that uses a new Dreamweaver “Longhorn” stencil and their embossing and crackle pastes.  Longhorn-crackled The background on this card is stamped with a paisley stamp from Deadbeat Designs. Deadbeat-Cowgirl-stars  The "Howdy" card uses a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Stars) and stamps from Deadbeat designs.  All the hardware on these western cards is from American Tag.






Cookie-Card Finally, speaking of thank you cards for teachers, I made this one using a Quickutz die and stamps from Just Rite Stampers.  The polka dot background as well as the Chocolate Cookie Recipe are from Hero Arts.  How fun this would be with a dozen or so cookies for a hard working teacher!


Upcoming Classes


Canvas-Flowers-Dahlia Clocks This Saturday morning I will be teaching how to make Layered Backgrounds.  Check out last week’s post for the card samples or for more details on the class go to http://stampactelpaso.com/MAY2010.html and May 1.


Purse Mothers-Day-Card In the afternoon on Saturday, I am repeating the Mother’s Day Purse and Vintage Card class.  This purse is so cute and it actually opens and is roomy enough to hold a nice gift.  The purse and card are both made with paper from My Mind’s Eye and are based on a design by Debbie Olson.  Choose different paper and the purse would also make the perfect gift for a graduate or bride.  Please join us for this fun class.


Bicycle-Flourish Butterflies-Embossed-on-Ace On May 8 in the morning we will explore New Techniques with Dreamweaver Stencils.  Each of these four cards uses a different technique with stencils, embossing pastes, Metallic F/X mica powders, and the die cut machine.  Come learn new ways to use stencils!


  Wisteria-with-Glitter-1 Cherries-checkered-frame


Dangerous Journey And speaking of male cards, Saturday afternoon’s class is all about Masculine Cards.  These cards are all collaged using a variety of papers and a lot of Tim Holtz hardware.  On the “It’s Never Dangerous” card I used a cool technique on the background which you can see better in person.  And by the way, on the inside the card says “It’s Good to be the King” – cute huh???  And perfect for a Father’s Day or birthday card!  Please join us to learn and have fun!



New This Week


We have received all 5 new Spring release sets from Just Rite Stampers.  They are different from any of their other sets.  Take a look:


I hope you will stop in soon.

The Cat's Pajamas Samples

Cinco-de-Mayo-stamp-set Cinco-de-Mayo-card Hi friends.  It’s been two weeks since I blogged.  Last week was crazy so blogging just got put off.  But I will more than make up for it this week as I share with you many new sample cards.  First, we just received new stamps from The Cat’s Pajamas and they are so darling!   TCP’s owner, Alma, is a stamper and so she knows what we need to make a complete card.  She includes lots and lots of stamps in her sets.  From backgrounds to focal images to sentiments, everything you need to make many different cards is there.  For example on this card, the cactus, the musical notes and the border are all part of the set.  Margaritas-stamp-set The margaritas set includes another fun border.  Salud-1And look how I used the salt and lime wedge to stamp a background -- fun!  The P used on the Cinco card is from Magenta; DP on the first Salud card is from Daisy Bucket and the DP on the second Salud card is Cosmo Cricket.  Salud-2  

Having the hat as a seperate stamp make sit easy to cut out and angle as you please.  I don't know if the photo shows it, but after I colored the margarita, I glittered it then added glossy accennts on top for a "wet" dimensional look.  And can you see how the border stamp can be curved to fit the circle?  That make sit so versatile.  If you like these stamps hurry in as they are selling fast.  I know you will have a lot of fun making cards with them!



Bithday-1  We also have two birthday sets and these cads were made with just one of them called "Happy 29th."  This set has many more stamps in it too, so watch for more samples soon.





Chicken-Soup Another set called "You Sick Thing"  is great for get well cards.  Here are two I made; the "Say Ahhhh" card uses some new paper from Karen Foster and the "Chicken Soup" card uses DP from October Afternoon. 


Taking-Temp These two cards were also made from the same set -- do you see what I mean about packing each set with lots of stamps?  I really like the quality and quantity of The Cat's Pajamas stamps!

Purse Mothers-Day-Card Now on to what's happening this weekend in classes.  Our morning class is thanks to Debbie Olson who created this project when she introduced the new Spellbinders Jumbo Scallopped Border during the debut of new dies earlier this year.  The purse opens and is held shut with a magnet (Basic Grey).  You can see the scalloped die was used on the top piece and the handle.  The matching card also uses the same die.  I am holding this class this Saturday, April 24 from 10am to noon and again on Saturday, May 1 from2 to 4pm.  The purse makes a perfect gift holder for Mom, grads and birthdays.

Birds-Vines-Metal Copper-Lizard Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4pm I will be teaching you how to use Dreamweaver Stencils with three kinds of metal.  First we will emboss on aluminum (see birds in vines card) then we will move on to copper ("Gracias") and finally we will emboss on pewter ("Cupcakes").  Metal-cupcakesThis card is also colored with Copic markers.

Each type of metal has its onw characteristics but they each make beautiful cards.  Please join us to learn more about working with stencils and metals.

Venice The new Tim Holtz dies have arrived and I made a sample with the Vintage Alphabet die.  This die is a Sizzlet strip die containing the entire alphabet (upper case only) and a number set.  The die will cut paper only.  I used the new Venice stamp set, paper collection and paper tape from 7 Gypsies.  I cut the alphabet from vintage text paper.  If you like this card check out the samples for the Male Cards class coming up on Saturday, May 8 from 2 to 4pm at www.stampactelpaso.com under classes. 

Butterfly Canvas-Flowers-Dahlia On Saturday, May 1 from 10am to noon, I will have a class called Layered Backgrounds.  In this class you will learn how to layer stamps to make stunning backgrounds.  I will also show you how to make two kinds of flowers using Claudine Helmuth's new from Sticky Back Canvas and several of her paints.  Don't miss this technique-ful class!


Clocks All the stamps on these cards are from Hero Arts. 

I hope to see you in the store soon!

Penny Black Stickers

Daisies Thinking-of-You This weekend we have two very different classes.  Saturday morning I am teaching you how to combine Penny Black stickers with stamps to make very creative cards.  If you look closely at the stickers, you will see that the artist has incorporated stamp designs in the sticker image.  That gives you a starting point on choosing which stamps to use with that particular sticker. For instance, in the sticker above left (the very pretty “Get Well Soon” sentiment is by Wordsworth) you see the daisies are the central image.  I simply used the same stamp as a corner image, stamping and embossing it in white.  Similarly, for the card on the right (“Thinking of You” sentiment is by Printworks) I used the same “Cornerpiece” stamp that is shown on the sticker.  Here are the rest of the cards I made with the same set of stickers.  Why not join us and make this beautiful set of cards?  It will be great fun!


Create-Your-Own-Journey  Tulip White-Flowers 

Always-in-my-heart Heart-to-heart-card The afternoon class is all about creating cards with gorgeous papers (Beloved collection from My Mind’s Eye).  These colorful papers made me think of Mother’s Day so I chose a heart theme for the three cards.  I used every paper – back and front for the background sand had a ball mixing and matching the colors.  For the card on the left I used the popular “Branch Heart” stamp by Memory Box embellished with Flower Soft.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts.  For the “Heart to Heart” card, I created a flying heart complete with wings made with Spellbinders Scalloped Paisley and heart dies.  The background is cut with Spellbinders Labels 8 die and the center piece is used on the third card shown below.  A fun and colorful set and each one perfect for Mom on her special day!


Here are some sample cards that showcase some of our new products.  The samples from Our Craft Lounge were made by the company:

Dog-card Fathers-Day-card Monkey

Made with "Pat the Dawg"   Made with "You Nailed It" Made with "Jungle Love"
Sunshine-Cheer-1 Sunshine-Cheer-2 

Both these cards were made with "Sunshine Cheer"
Deadbeat-Cowgirl-stars For the card on the left, I embossed the background using the Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Stars."   The cowgirl and "Howdy" sentiment are from Deadbeat Designs.  I embellished the central image with copper corners from American Tag.








Isn't this the cutest stamp by Penny Black?  I didn't want to limit it to just Easter so I added a cute saying from My Sentiments Exactly (Sentiment Stems clear set).  It took me a while to color -- I used at least 18 Copic markers!!  If you are interested in the exact colors I used, send me an email (hellopolly@aol.com) and I will send you the color chart!








My friend Laura gave me a beautiful and fragrant pot of tulips last week and I thought these stamps by Penny Black made the perfect thank you card.  The paper is by Making memories (Flutter) and the border punch is by Fiskars.





One of the most popular stamps we've had recently is this Dogwood stamp by Hero Arts.  Here's a sample that my friend Susan Benson created.  Here coloring is always very realistic and well done.  She cut the image using Spellbinders Labels 1 then mounted it on a mat using a technique I taught her called "skinny borders."  Finally she mounted it on colorful paper.  Gorgeous Susan and thanks for sharing!



Surf on over to our website's class page and catch up on all the great classes coming up in the next few weeks.  Here's a preview:


Complete class descriptions and samples are posted at http://stampactelpaso.com/April2010.html


Front-Cover April 17 -- Elegant Mini Album –







Purse April 24 and May 1 – Mother’s Day Purse with matching card








Copper-Lizard April 24 – Stenciling on Metal







Complete class descriptions and samples are posted at ttp://stampactelpaso.com/MAY2010.html


Aged-Background-Flower May 1 – Layered Backgrounds










Wisteria-with-Glitter-2 May 8 – New Techniques with Dreamweaver Stencils



Lots of new stamps, papers and more have arrived so stop in soon and shop!  Thanks!