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August 2010

Halloween Stamping

NOTE:  The Stamp Act will be closed Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6.


All-Hallows-Eve Labor Day is upon us, school's back in session, the days are getting shorter and the mornings cooler.  All this gives us desert dwellers hope for cooler weather ahead!  After Labor Day (in the stamping world) it’s all about the upcoming holidays.  Today let’s talk about Halloween – one of my very favorite stamping occasions!


For this card I first stamped the Distressed Crows in the lower right corner (Memory Box) in Paprika (Versacolor) on some new paper from Memory Box.  Then I added "Bird in Flight" using the same ink and "Old Fence" (both Memory Box) in black ink.  The graveyard at the bottom of the card is a Martha Stewart border punch and the "All Hallow's Eve" stamp is from Impression Obasession.  It is stamped on Memory Box paper then die cut and matted on black (both with Spellbinder's pinking circles).


Jack-O-Lanterns I love it when a little serendipity happens.  Most likely the designer at Impression Obsession meant for her stamp to just fit the largest Spellbinders pumpkin die, but it's fun to think that I discovered that it did!!  Anyway I stamped the Jack-O-Lanterns stamp in black on orange cardstock and die cut it with the pumpkin die.  Next  I created my signature "Skinny Borders" from black cardstock for a mat.  The border is the Spellbinders Harvest Border die which I used to die cut orange cardstock then popped out the pumpkins and stamped them with a Tiny Checked Background stamp (Memory Box).   The fabulous background is a new Cover-a-Card background from Impression Obsession.





Witch-in-Cauldron-2 Isn’t this paper pretty?  It’s the new “Evening Roost” from Memory Box.  I stamped the Happy Halloween collage on this decorative paper then added stitching with a zig zag stamp from Hero Arts.  The flowers are die cut with a flower die from The Cat's Pajamas.  I added some black gingham ribbon and painted the spiders bodies with black Stickles glitter glue.


The delightful "Witch in the Cauldron" stamp is from Impression Obsession and I love it.  Inside the card I stamped "Embrace your Inner Witch" -- part of the same clear stamp set.   I copied this design from a card I saw on the I-O blog.  The witch is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black then colored with Copic markers.  The with is die cut with Spellbinders Labels 3 then matted on purple and green.  The background is a new Cover-a-Card background also from Impression Obsession.  I punched holes for the ribbon (May Arts) using the Making Memories handheld ribbon punch.


Upcoming Classes

Be sure to check our website for upcoming classes.  Here's a sneak peek:


September 11

Pop-up-inside 10am -- Pop-Up Snowflake Card -- a one card class but worth it!






2 pm -- Summer Flowers with Memory Box stamps


Say farewell to summer's flowers with this technique driven class












September 18


10am -- "Hallowe'en in Wonderland"


We will use the new paper collection from Graphic 45 to create wonderful collage cards with all the characters from Alice in Wonderland!








October 2, 10am to 5pm -- Decorate a 7 Gypsies Printers tray


Pure fun is all I can say about this project.  I was wishing there were more "boxes" because I kept coming up with ideas to decorate them with!  The class is already very popular so please sign up early so supplies will be on hand for you.






More samples can be found on the September and October class pages on the website at www.stampactelpaso.com.


Happy Labor Day weekend!

Just Rite Stampers Week at The Stamp Act

Hello friends.  It’s been a while since I blogged which means lots has been happening here.  We have received a lot of new merchandise so be sure to click over to the “What’s New” page to see all the new goodies.  I have been having a ball making samples and teaching classes with the new stamps and embellishments.  If you haven’t been in the store lately be sure to stop in soon so you can see all the new things!


Just Rite Stampers – Free make and takes and big discounts!

Applique This week I am offering you a chance to learn all about Just Rite Stampers.  This company makes rubber stamps sets with centers and borders that fit into wood mounts.  They come in lots of different sizes and shapes, have beautiful designs and are interchangeable within the size category.  The cardon the left uses 4 centers and 1 border from the Applique set which is a favorite of quilters.


Learn how versatile and creative Just Rite Stampers products can be by participating in our free introduction “make and takes.”  Stop in anytime and make the card of your choice (pictured left and below).  Learn how to personalize cards from graduation to birthday to Christmas; make monogrammed stationery for a really personalized gift; or make tags for gifts or homemade treats.  The possibilities are truly endless!  We will have the brand new Just Rite Stampers catalog available for you to buy or browse.  PLUS during our introductory week save 10% on your first Just Rite purchase and save 15% on all subsequent purchases.  Stock up now!!!  Fine print: Discounts do not apply on new Just Rite products; discounts will be applied according to price beginning with the highest price.


Here are some of the other "make and take" samples.  The butterfly card is die cut with the Spellbinders Nested Butterfly set and uses words from the new Birthday Sentiments set.  The Daisy card uses the daisy from the My Garden Set and a sentiment from the Seeds of Kindness set.  The pretty yellow cards uses a border and center from the Applique set, and the monogrammed card uses a border from the 2" border set and the Brayton Font in 95 pt.


Butterfly   Garden-Daisy 
 Kaleidoscope   Pink-Monogram 


Christmas Kickoff

Gingerbread-Boy Ho-Ho-Ho On Saturday (August 28) we are kicking off Christmas stamping with two classes featuring new sets from Just Rite Stampers.  In each class we will make 2 cards and one treat container.   Get a head start on your Christmas stamping by taking one or both of these classes!  Let me share with you the other samples for these classes:



Snowman-with-tree-card.lg Merry Candy-Pocket Gable-Box


You can read all about the classes at www.stampactelpaso.com/classes