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May 2010

Graphic 45 Proper Gentlemen Cards

Hi friends and bloggers.  Today I am sharing with you some handsome cards I made using the relatively new Proper Gentlemen paper, tags and borders from Graphic 45 papers.  This paper is addictive -- like the old commercial for Lays Potato Chips said -- you can't make just one card!  The papers and tags are so inspirational that I kept thinking of ideas.  I finally called a halt to it simply because I had other things to play with.  But believe me I can see many more cards using this paper in the future.  FYI:  Watch for a cool project coming using Graphic 45's Botanicabella paper.

Pocket-Watch Classic-1 I will start with my favorite card which I call the Pocket Watch.  To make the chain I used some new ring dangle chin I had just received from 7 Gypsies.  The letters are also from Graphic 45 and are FREE when you purchase any of their papers.  For the next card (You are a classic) I used the pin stripe suiting paper and one of the tags.  The sentiment is spelled out using Tiny Type stickers (Cosmo Cricket) and the buttons were die cut using Spellbinders Timeless Heritage die.

Golf Splendid-Adventure Many men love to play golf so this card is perfect for that set.  It uses a tag, bright green argyle paper, Spellbinders Labels 11 (with the sides cut off!) and a sentiment stamp from  A Muse Art Stamps.  I love the Splendid Adventure card.  The Explore and Discover stamp is by Hero Arts (the date part of the stamp is cut off) and the Splendid Adventure is by Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous).  I love the rich red color!

Classic-2 Door-Ways The paper pad includes a whole page of vintage cards so I had to make a card using them.  The sentiment stamp is from Art Gone Wild.  And the architectural paper is perfect for this sentiment stamp from Stampers Anonymous.

I-Like-Your-Style Timeless-Cool Finally I have two cards for the man who loves to dress fashionably.  The Style sentiment stamp is from Printworks and the "Timeless Cool" sentiment is a hybrid: "Timeless" from Just Right Stampers (retired self-inking set) and "Cool" from a new Hero Arts cling set that actually has a "Timeless Cool" stamp but the Timeless was too big for the space I had. 

I hope you enjoy these cards and hope that they inspire you to make some of your own.  I will teach the first four cards in a class Saturday, June 5 at 10 to Noon,  I hope you can join us!  Thanks for stopping by!

Filmstrip Ribbon Cards

Jumbo-Scallop-Border Special-Teacher  I am blaming Cindy Lyles for my new addiction to what I call Filmstrip Ribbon cards.  I saw these cards on her blog and immediately started pulling out every tiny stamp and punch I could find so I could make some myself.   They are such fun, fun, fun!  And very addictive, too!  Just start stamping, punching and fitting the results under the filmstrip ribbon (by Tim Holtz).  I love using the new Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (a really cool stapler that shoots tiny staples) to attach the ribbon to the card.  I will be teaching a class this Saturday morning (10am to Noon) and here are a few more samples. Check out more samples on the May class page on my website at www.stampactelpaso.com.


Amuse Art Stamps Samples

Happy-Birthday Happy-Graduation The new stamps by Amuse are so cool I had to make samples with some of the new ones we just got in.  The Happy Everything clear stamp set is really fun – I made two birthday cards and a graduation card using it.  And I love the Pencil and the Hellofor a quick notecard to friends.  The Milkshake and Cherry on Top make a very cute and quick card.  And don’t forget Dad – make a very quick Father’s Day card with the Ties and You’re One of a Kind.  For a beautiful card use the new Flutterby Flock of butterflies with the Dreams Take Flight sentiment stamp.  This card is stamped in light green pigment ink then embossed in sticky stuff embossing powder which turns sticky when heated.  Just pour on the glitter and your butterflies have lots of glimmer!  The new Wild Rose Head and Branch make a beautiful card too!  Last, but not least, is the Bare Branch with Leaves (mounted on the side) – this will be perfect for fall cards – think of all the beautiful colors!

Butterflies-Take-Flight Hello-with-pencil Milkshake-Cherry-on-top

Rose-Vine-Head-Beautiful-Da Ties-one-of-a-kind Tree-with-Leaves

Just Rite Favorite Occasions Set
April, May and June bring lots of special occasions such as Easter, Mother's Day, Graduation and Father's Day.  The Just Rite Favorite Occasions set is up to the challenge with borders and centers for these occasions and many more!  Here are three samples to show you how comprehensive this set is!  we have the set in stock so come in and get yours soon!

Mothers-Day Graduation Fathers-Day 

What’s New At The Stamp Act

Graphic 45 decorative paper: Botanicabella and The Proper Gentleman

7 Gypsies Avignon decorative paper

Lots and lots of new Tim Holtz dies – very cool!

Hero Arts cling and clear stamps

Impression Obsession cling stamps – beautiful flourishes!


There’s lots more coming in this week so please stop in and see what’s new!  Thanks for stopping by today.



Teacher Appreciation Cards

I read somewhere that this is Teacher Appreciation Week so my blog today is themed around making cards to say thank you to teachers.  I used a variety of papers and stamps as well as dies and embellishments.  I find that once I start making cards with a certain theme, I can go on and on making more and more.  I had to stop though because Mother’s day and Graduation are fast upon us and I want to show you some ideas for those occasions too. 


Thanks-Teacher Number-1-teacher My first two cards were made with a stamp set Called “Bookworm” from Our Craft Lounge.  This is a relatively new company for The Stamp Act and I am really enjoying this company’s creative designs and the quality of their stamps.  Images on both cards were colored with Copic markers and Spica glitter pens; the “ABC” blackboard background on the “Thanks Teacher” card was stamped with a stamp from Stampotique.  Just ink your stamp with white Memories ink and stamp on black cardstock for an authentic blackboard look!  By the way, I used Glossy Accents on the apples to give them a shiny look.



Thank-you-for-being-my-teac For the "pencil card" I used stamps from the "Bookworm" set, Hero Arts "Just a Note" set, and from the "Chalkboard"set by Stampendous.  The darling pencil paper is from the Boyfriend mini deck (6" x 6") paper pad.  The "Thank you for being my Teacher" card uses stamps from the "School for Changito" set byStampendous.  The natural colored twill is stamped with the ruler from the Hero "Just a Note" set; the little push pin is from the same set; and the paper is punched with the binding edge punch by EK Success.  The black and cream dot card is created with paper from A Muse Art Stamps.



 Thanks-for-everythingThe apple card uses stamps from the "Chalkboard"set by Stampendous from a set by Hero Arts.  The apple die is from Quickutz and the square dies are from Spellbinders.  The red mat is Spellbinders Labels One.  The apple paper is from October Afternoon. The "Thanks for Everything" card uses stamps from the "Chalkboard" set; the thank you stamp is from A Muse; and the lined paper is stamped with the "Ledger" background stamp from Hero Arts.  The apple brad is from Creative Imaginations. 


For-a-special-teacher For the "Special Teacher" card I used a ruler stamp from the Paper Girl clear stamp set from Girls Paperie/Advantus; a very old alphabet stamp from Limited Edition; "special teacher" stamp from A Muse; and an apple die from Spellbinders.  The card and ribbon are also from A Muse. 






Special-TeacherThis card is a sample of a whole new kind of card that I recently discovered.  My next blog post will show you many more samples.  The cards are made with Tim Holtz' filmstrip ribbon and tiny stamps or punchies.  In this case I used an apple stamp from Lockhart Rubber Stamps and the special teacher sentiment from A Muse Art Stamps.  The little strip of apples is mounted on an apple card (it opens) die cut with Spellbinders largest apple die. 






Classes This Saturday

Dangerous Journey Our afternoon class this Saturday features Masculine card (perfect for the upcoming Father's Day!).  You will use a variety of stamps and art media to create these cards.  Come and learn a variety of techniques and new ways to use your stamps!





Time VeniceThe "Venice" card uses the new Marketplace Alphabet die from Tim Holtz and the Venice papers and clear stamps from 7 Gypsies. I hope you can come to this fun class!








Bicycle-Flourish Butterflies-Embossed-on-Ace Saturday's morning class is New Techniques with Dreamweaver Stencils.   We will emboss stencils using a die cut machine and emboss butterflies on acetate with  embossing paste we tinted with Metallic F/X mica powders.  We will also emboss with paste that's benn glittered.  There's always lots to learn about working with stencils so please join us for this fun class.


The Cat's Pajamas stamps sets that I used to make the cards in last week's blog post were a big hit and we are out of some of the sets.  If you are interested in any of those sets, please email me at hellopolly@aol.com and let me know which ones so I can hold them for you.  By popular demand I will be having classes with two of the sets on Saturday, May 29: Get Well Cards in the morning and All Occasion Cards in the afternoon.  Be sure to check the website for more details.


This week promises to have much better weather so be sure to plan to stop in and see what's new.  This week we will be receiving new paper from Cosmo Cricket (Material Girls and Garden Variety); lots of new Tim Holtz dies; new stamps from Hero Arts, Impression Obsession, A Muse Art Stamps and Our Craft Lounge.  Be sure to email me at hellopolly@aol.com if you are looking for something and I will try to order it for you.   Thanks for reading my blog!