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July 2010

Recipe Box Class

Thanks for all your positive comments about our new look for the website and blog.  I know you may be frustrated with the “missing links” and missing info on some of the pages (like What’s New), but please bear with us.  When the webmaster is working on the site I cannot update content and when I am updating he can’t insert the right links!!!!  I promise it will all be there soon.  And of course I would choose to update the What’s New page during the busiest time of the year for product launches!  I have tons of photos to show you so keep checking back with us.


Recipe Box Classes


Recipe-Box This Saturday (July 31 from 10am to 1pm), we are having a very fun class; it’s the first in a series of Christmas Gift Classes that will be offered now through the holiday season.  My niece Marilee is a new bride and she keeps asking me for recipes that my Mother prepared for her when she was a little girl.  I decided to construct a recipe box (from one sheet of 8½” x 11” cardstock) and decorate it with the wonderful fruit die cuts from Spellbinders.  These are Limited Edition dies so if you like them be sure to get yours now.  They quit making them in may so when the available supply sells out, they are gone.  I have them all in stock right now so just email me to reserve yours today.


Divider-Cards-All Inside the recipe box are 9 recipe divider cards made with coordinating papers and the Recipe set from Just Rite Stampers.  This set fits the 1 3/16” round stamper so it is just the right size for making the toppers for the cards.  I hope you will join us for the class.  Please email me to reserve your spot!




Fruit-Themed Cards Class


Too-Sweet If you love the box, but don’t have a need for a recipe file, join us Saturday (July 31from 2 to 4pm) afternoon and make a set of 4 fruit-themed cards that coordinate with the recipe box.  We will use stamps from Hero Arts and My Favorite Things plus Spellbinders die cuts these really cute cards.  See the basket full of strawberries?  It is made with real wood paper from Creative Imaginations.  The Happy Summer card uses distress inks to color the fruit while Copic Markers are used on the “kindness” card.  Fun, festive and informative – you always learn something new in our classes!

Happy-Summer Berry-Special-Friends



What’s New


3-14-Vintage-Christmas Lots of new stuff has already arrived in the store including the Christmas release from Just Rite Stampers and cute new stamps and dies from The Cat’s Pajamas.  I also have the new Hero Arts holiday catalog which is packed with great new stamps and embellishments.  Remember that a lot of merchandise is released now but won’t be shipped until late summer or early fall.  If you want something just let me know; remember when you order from me I pay the freight!





A-Cuppa Birthday-Bunny Forget-About-the-Cake 

That’s all for now.  Again thanks for being so patient with use during this new website launch.  I promise it will be worth it when it’s all put together soon!


We Have a New Look!

Hi stamping friends.  How do you like the look of our website and blog?  It’s all thanks to a wonderful man named Terry Littlepage, who literally just wandered into the store last week looking for business.  Yeah!!!  I am so excited to have new tools that let me communicate with you – and you with me! 

The Stamp Act is also on Facebook.  At first I didn’t really think that Facebook was a tool I wanted to use, but Terry showed me that it can be a very effective way to share information with customers.  I am still learning how to use Facebook so give me a little while to get up to speed!  By the way, we will be “tweeting” soon too!  Don't worry, I promise not to clog your mailbox with meaningless trivia -- trust me to send you information that you will want.

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What’s New

Another big change is that I am working very hard to bring you information about what’s new in the world of stamping and papercrafting.  CHA Summer is barely a week away and already I have placed a lot of orders for wonderful new goodies!  Check out our newly updated What’s New page to see pictures of merchandise that will soon be in stock.  Here’s a brief list of what’s coming:

Memory Box – If you love Halloween, you will love Dave’s new Halloween stamps.  From cats to crows to collages, he’s got it all.  Plus wonderful papers and embellishments.  Of course there are Christmas stamps and papers coming too!

Just Rite Stampers – Beautiful Christmas stamps!  Plus they are offering their Halloween set again – it’s fabulous!  And don’t miss the new clear mounts – now you can easily see where to stamp.

Our Craft Lounge– Really cute Halloween stamps plus 2 wonderful sets: Reindeer and Reindeer Puns!!!  Cute!!!  Yes I will make a mini book or set of cards using these stamps!  Read them for a really good laugh!

The Cat’s Pajamas– These stamps are soooo popular and their new release is original and very cute.  Check them out!

Tim Holtz – there’s so much – please take a look and let me know what you like.


Impression Obsession – Beautiful stamps for fall and Christmas plus some fabulous new Cover-A-Card backgrounds like halloween, Newsprint and Vintage Map!

Classes Upcoming

Labels-1-Die-Cut-Card Saturday, July 24, 10 to 1pm – Die Cutting Workshop
– You bought a die cutting machine, but the book is lost and you don’t know how to use it.  Or you know the basics but would love to venture beyond just cutting a simple circle.  In this workshop you will refresh your basic skills and learn new ones as we make cards using all kinds of dies and embossing products.  For more information and more photos, click here.


Morning-Glory Saturday, July 24, 2 to 4pm – Garden Party – Let’s have a garden party with Just Rite Stampers “My Garden” and “Seeds of Kindness” sets.  You will learn that just because the stamps are round, it doesn’t mean you are limited to that shape.  For more information and more photos, click here.




Recipe-Box Saturday, July 31, 10 to Noon – Recipe Box – This class in initiates our Christmas gift classes.  My niece is a new bride and she has asked me to send her the family recipes she remembers her grandmother making.  This box is perfect for holding cherished recipes.  The recipe divider cards are created with the Recipe set from Just Rite Stampers. For more information and more photos, click here.

Saturday, July 31, 2 to 4pm – Fruit Cards – I don’t have the samples made for this class yet, but the cards will fit in the Recipe Box.  We’ll be using stamps from Hero Arts and My Favorite Things and of course many of the same die cuts you see on the Recipe Box above.  For more information and more photos, click here.

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New Southwestrn Stamps

Well it looks like my vacation will be postponed for a few weeks (months??) because the friend I was planning on visiting came down with a bad case of the flu.  That means the store will be open today (Friday) and Saturday.  Although I have no classes planned. I hope you will stop in and see what’s new!


Twinkling H2O’s Cards

Art-Impressions-Faith-Hope Last week I showed you one sample I had made with the Twinkling H2O’s shimmery watercolor paints.  Since then I have created three more samples.  Two of the cards are made with a set of stamps from Art Impressions called “Faith and Hope.”  The third card is made with a stamp called Lotus Flower from Hero Arts.  The “Twinkling H2O’s” class is Saturday, July 10 from 10am to noon.  To see more details about the class go to

http://stampactelpaso.com/July2010.html.  Here's a look at the samples:

Faith-Tulip Hope-Hydrangea
Indian-Flower Lotus-Frame 

Cards with that Vintage Look

Penny-Black-Mixed-Media The second class on Saturday, July 10 (2 to 4pm) will be “Cards with that Vintage Look.”  I showed the samples last week and the class is already very popular.  Check out class details and see the samples at http://stampactelpaso.com/July2010.html. 








Southwestern Cards

Outlines-Southwest-Collage Outlines-Howdy-Collage We have new Southwestern stamps from one of our favorite stamp companies, Outlines Rubber Stamps.  Saturday, July 17 from 10am to noon our “Southwestern Cards” class will feature these Layering Collage stamps.  They are fabulous to work with because each stamp includes many images which can be colored with all types of media from Prismacolor pencils to Tombow markers to Copic markers.  I chose Copics and had a great time coloring each image – some are pretty small so be sure to bring your close up lenses to class!!!  After each image was colored I created the cards using a variety of other tools from embossing folders to punches to dies.  I hope you can join us for this fun class!

Adobe-Casa Howdy-Coyote
Lime-Blue-Coyote Howdy-Pepper


Penny Black Stickers

Penny-Black-Flower-Stickers Making cards with Penny Black Stickers is always a popular class, and the upcoming “Penny Black Sticker Cards” class should be even more so.  Why? First the stickers are gorgeous watercolored images.  Second I am going to mount them on cards die cut with Spellbinders dies.  And third, we will be coloring the backgrounds with shimmery, glittery Glimmer Mist.  I don’t have any samples finished quite yet, but I will post them probably tomorrow.  This will be a popular class so sign up early!


We have several new clear stamp sets from Penny Black in stock right now.  These are always a popular favorite.  Here are two of the new sets:

Betsy-Bluebell Make-a-wish 

Die Cutting Workshop

Labels-1-Die-Cut-Card Our “Die Cutting Workshop” on Saturday, July 24 from 10am to 1pm is the perfect refresher for those whose die cutting skills and knowledge may be a little rusty!  Join us to learn all about working with Spellbinders, Sizzix and Quickutz dies plus embossing media from Cuttlebug and Spellbinders.  Each card you make will showcase one or more techniques.  Whether you are a new die cutter or a veteran, you will enjoy sharpening your skills and learning a few new ones.  Here’s a preview of some of the cards we will make in the class.  Please see http://stampactelpaso.com/July2010.html for more details and samples.


CHA Show July 27-29

News about exciting new products to be released at the upcoming CHA show is starting to trickle out. 

Tim-Stamps-100th-collection Tim-Stamps-Halloween-rev Tim Holtz is starting to do sneak peeks on his blog!! Pictured are some of his new stamps sets.  I am sure there will be more to come.  Did you know we have a very large collection of his dies, stamps and hardware in stock?  The last to arrive was his tissue tape – 4 packages with two patterns each!  Check it out!!


Spellbinders will be launching 30 new dies at CHA summer and they should be in stock at The Stamp Act in August!  14 will be Nestabilites (4 will be labels), 8 designs will be Decorative Elements and the rest will be Shapeablities!  I will show images as soon as I get them,


Halloween-in-Wondrland-8x8-pad Visions-of-Sugar-Plums-rev Graphic 45 Papers is releasing its new Halloween in Wonderland collection this month!  It is sure to be very popular!!!  And after countless requests from customer they have decided to re-release their most popular collection to date — Christmas Past.  I know we could hardly keep this collection in stock last Christmas!  They are not only going to re-release the 12 papers in the original collection, but add 4 new double-sided papers to the collection.  One of the new designs in this Deluxe Edition Christmas Past collection will be Visions of Sugar Plums pictured at right.


I hope to see you soon at The Stamp Act!