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September 2010

Halloween Banner Class

Thursday, Sept 23 Class – Halloween Banner


Pennant-Banner-lg Ok bloggers … it’s time to get serious about Halloween.  Thursday, September 23 (5 to 7pm) and Saturday, September 25 (10am to Noon), join us to make this darling banner using new Spellbinders Halloween dies, scary stamps and papers, and colorful ribbons!  You can use it to decorate your home, your office or your classroom.  It is really a fun project and not to scary!!  Please register as soon as you can so I can be sure to have everything ready for you!


Saturday, Sept 25 Classes


Pennant-Banner-lg Saturday morning (10am to Noon) I will repeat the Halloween Banner class.  Go here for more information.




Enjoy-the-Colors Saturday afternoon I will teach you how to make a MasterBoard.  A MasterBoard is a sheet of paper that you stamp then cut up and use to create cards.  Our MasterBoard will have a fall theme – using leaf stamps and colorful inks.  And the cards will also incorporate beautiful fall sentiments.  Go

here for more information.  This is a really a fun project so I hope you join us!



Here are the other cards I made with the MasterBoard:


Beautiful-Autumn  Falling-leaf
Harmony Mosaic
Second-spring Windy-Autumn-Leaves

Saturday, October 2 Class

Full-size Decorate your home, office or classroom in style this Halloween with this very creative and spooky shadow box.  You will decorate a printer’s tray from 7 Gypsies with Halloween papers, stamps and punches.  You will learn a lot of tips, tricks and techniques that you can apply to card making and scrapbooking.  The class is scheduled to last all day, but you may finish early.  Please register as soon as possible.  Click

here for more details.  Thanks!



New Product


3M-Pink-Tape-Gun If you’ve looked with envy as many of us use our big yellow tape guns in class, but found the price way too steep, you are in for a wonderful surprise!  3M has a new pink tape gun that applies ¼” double sided adhesive and at $34.99 it is half the price of the yellow gun!  Plus it comes with 2 rolls of tape that are ¼” wide x 36 yards long.  On a per yard price, I think you will find this to be a very good value.   Plus you will rarely if ever have a problem with the tape breaking which is all too common among other less expensive tape applicators.  Stop in soon for a demonstration and put this tape gun on your Christmas wish list!!!


Have a great week and please stop in soon and see what's new!


Halloween Stamping

I had a wonderful Labor Day weekend relaxing in the cool pines of Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  Cloudcroft is such a picturesque little village and even though this past weekend was their busiest weekend ever, the people were warm and welcoming.  My friends and I played games, chatted and ate very well!  It was really fun and I look forward to going back soon.


Halloween Printers Tray


Full-size Halloween is such a fun occasion!  Whether its jack-o-lanterns, ghosts or flying witches, I enjoy stamping, die-cutting and coloring all these images.  So putting together the Halloween Printers Tray for my October 2 class was a very creative experience.  The only problem I had was narrowing down the images I wanted to use!  I started out virtually copying one that was on the Memory Box blog then ventured out on my own so I could incorporate stamps from other companies and some of the new Spellbinders Halloween die cuts.  This class will last all day October 2 (10am to 5pm with a break for lunch) to assure that we have plenty of time to finish the box.  It’s not hard, there’s just a lot of it!  Please join us for this very fun and spooky class! Check out close up views of the printers tray and get more details on this class at http://www.stampactelpaso.com/classes/OCTOBER2010.html.



Hallowe’en in Wonderland


Mad-Hatter-stacked Nice-cup-of-tea




Trust Graphic 45 to have the coolest paper for any occasion!  Their new Hallowe’en in Wonderland paper collection is so original that it will inspire you to make a whole collection of cards starring Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat!   The Mad Hatter image (above left) is die cut multiple times then stacked together with foam tape.  The "Nice Cup of Tea" card (above right) combines a wonderful new stamp from Crafty Individuals (distributed by Magenta) with Graphic 45 paper and a Spellbinders Halloween die.  Isn't it too much fun?!!


Too-Late Greetings-from-Wonderland-clear-stamps

























For even more possibilities, use the Greetings from Wonderland stamps (above left) from Crafty Secrets with the paper collection.  For the "Too Late" card (above right), I stamped and cut out the Big Clock (Hero Arts) then distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz paper distresser.  The centerpiece (Mad Hatter) is one of the tags from the paper collection.  The wording ("for a very important date") was stamped using the tiny alphabet from Just Rite Stampers.  I typeset the words using a 2" circle mount and they fit perfectly in the available space.  Yeah!  I used a new Memo Pin from Tim Holtz to hold the "Too Late" sign.  The playing cards are from the paper collection.  Finally the numbers along the left border is a stamp called "Fuzzy Numbers" from Post Modern Design.  Once I stamped them and cut them out, I adhered Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon over them using his Tiny Attacher.  I really wanted one more element and was thrilled to find that one of the rolls of the Tim Holtz Traveler Tissue Tape is all calendars.  I cut out an October calendar, mounted it on cardstock and highlighted the 31st.  The perfect final touch to a very fun card!

Queen-and-Alice Pop-up-inside



 This card is way over the top and we will not be making the pop-up (above right) in class because it takes way too much detail cutting.  I more or less copied one that was on the Graphic 45 blog although it took me some real squinting and guessing to figure out where each piece came from!  This is a one of a kind and I doubt you will want to part with it!  We will make the card (above left) which uses the paper, a Spellbinders Halloween die, a Tim Holtz key and a Spellbinders die cut "h."  The ticket was stamped (Stampers Anonymous) then the words in red were added using the Just Rite Stampers tiny alphabet.  Can't you just hear the Queen saying  "Off with her Head!"??

In my Hallowe’en in Wonderland class on Sat, September 18 (10am) we will make three of these cards.  For more information please go to http://www.stampactelpaso.com/classes/September2010.html.


Halloween Pennant Banner


Pennant-Banner The new Spellbinders Halloween dies are really, really cool and I loved the banner that Kazan Clark made with them so I decided to create one of my own.  I followed her basic instructions (see http://nunutoolies.blogspot.com/2010/07/spellbinders-big-event-blog-frenzy-july.html) but used different papers and dies.  I used Spellbinders Big Scalloped Border die for the border on each pennant.  What a fun way to use your dies to make a Halloween decoration!


Halloween Treats


Treat-Tubes-1 Treat-Tubes-2Another recent Halloween project was to make Halloween treats using 1” x 8” cellophane tubes.  I filled the tubes with M&M’s and stamped and die cut images to adhere to the top of the tube.  These are addictive and would make great gifts for a child’s classroom or party favors.  We sell the cellophane tubes and of course we have all sorts of dies and stamps to decorate them with.  Stop in and see them in person!  Here's one more:

Upcoming Classes


Card-outside Pop-up-inside This Saturday (September 11 at 10am) I will be teaching a one-card Pop-up Snowflake Card class featuring a Sizzix die. You will learn how to die cut the snowflake and platform, make the card and adhere the die so that it pops up perfectly!  We will decorate the card in soft shades of pink and blue with new Just Rite Stamper Christmas stamps (“Hearts Come Home”).  The snowflake on the card's cover (above left) is die cut using Spellbinders Create-a-Flake 2 then glitter with chunnky glass glitter (Art Institute).  This is a surprisingly simple card even if you wanted to make several!  For more views of this card and details about the class, please click over to http://www.stampactelpaso.com/classes/September2010.html.



Poppy-Collage Black-and-Gold-Dill Saturday afternoon we will bid adieu to summer flowers in a class that teaches many techniques.  We will use stamps from Memory Box, new Clearsnap Design Adhesives, distress inks, perfect pearls, and Memento ink pads.  You will make 4 cards and each one is different. Join us for a relaxing yet informative class.  To see these cards again and read about the class, please go to

http://www.stampactelpaso.com/classes/September2010.html.  Here are two more samples:

Label-8-Dill Poppy-Row 

Shopping for Fall Holidays


Now’s a great time to buy stamps from your favorite companies for fall stamping.  We have a good supply of new stamps from Hero Arts, Penny Black, Stampendous, Our Craft Lounge, A Muse and many more.   The Spellbinders dies for Christmas and Halloween are in stock and they are truly irresistible!  Plus we have great embellishments from unique trims and ribbons to bling and haunted house albums!  Please stop in and see all the goodies – I know you will find something you must have!  Have a good week!  Check out all things new in the store at http://www.stampactelpaso.com/whatsnew.html.