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December 2010

Stamp Act Gift Cards on Sale!

Girtcard-holder Merry Christmas friends!  I know all the last minute details for Christmas must be keeping you busy.  From shopping to wrapping to cooking, we’re all exhausted!  I hope you have time to relax and enjoy the holiday festivities.  If you have a stamper or paper crafter on your gift list or if your family is asking you what you want, consider giving a Stamp Act gift card.  They come in any size and always fit!  And right now when you buy any gift card, we’ll give you a bonus 10%!  So when you buy a $25 gift card, you’ll receive one for $27.50 for only $25!  Just call 915-833-9500 or email hellopolly@aol.com and we will issue your card.  We can mail the card to the lucky recipient or email it to them.  One quick call and your shopping is done!


The gift card holder shown above is easy to make.  You can see a tutorial at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/slitlatchgiftcardholder/ .  I used paper from Girls Paperie and stamps from A Stamp in the Hand (Santa); Impress (Merry Christmas) and Hero Arts (a gift for you).  To cut the slits holding the gift card I used the ribbon slot punch by Making Memories.  If you’re giving any gift cards this season, stop in and I will be happy to show you how to make one!


I usually don’t decorate the house for Christmas, but this year I was in the mood for some holiday cheer.  I know this is not the best photo, however I hope you can see that I made all the ornaments using Graphic 45 Christmas paper and Tim Holtz and Spellbinder dies.  I decided to go very vintage this year.  Here are some close ups of some of the “ornaments.”


Santa-1 Santa-2 Snowman


I die cut the snowman ornaments using the Tim Holtz Sizzix snowman and his Movers and Shapers “Wish” and “Joy” dies.  First I die cut the snowman out of chipboard to which I adhered white cardstock.  The Sizzix dies cut easily in the Wizard, Cuttlebug and EPIC 6.  For the Wizard you will need the Sizzix plate (which comes with your Wizard).  Just place the chipboard/cardstock (white side down) on top of the foam side of the die and place the Sizzix mat on top.  Run it through the Wizard.


To cut the “Mover and Shaper” die in the snowman, I placed a piece of chipboard on top of the Sizzix plate to make my “sandwich” a wee bit thicker.  Then I put the “wish” die on the Sizzix plate cut side up and laid the snowman die cut on top of it.  I placed a second Sizzix cut plate on top and ran it through the Wizard.  I used the same “Wish” and “Joy” dies with the Spellbinders ornaments (sorry no photos) and they turned out great.


For the last minute card makers among you, here’s some more inspiration:


Flourish 2 – Impression Obsession

Ornament and Sentiment – Hero Arts

Paper – metallic white, silver and gold

Embossing powders – Judikins

Ink – Versamark





Penny Black Christmas Star

 Hero Arts Old Writing background and sentiment

Spellbinders Labels Sixteen with Labels Fifteen to create frame

Then emboss frame with Floral and Stone Impressabilities

Flower colored with Copic markers

Other colors added with Vintage Photo Distress ink

Poinsettia sprayed with Tsukineko Shimmer Gold and Sparkle sprays

Silk ribbon by May Arts


Penny-Black-Poinsettia-Gold This card is much more impressive in person – it’s very hard to capture the shimmer of the metallic papers and the “wow” factor of the gold embossing!

Black Christmas Star


Hero Arts sentiment

Embossing powder – Judikins

Ink – Versamark

Metallic Décor in gold by Hero Arts


Huge End of the Year Clearance Sale

Our annual end of the year clearance sale will be Tuesday, January 4 through Friday, January 14.  This year will be our biggest sale ever so stayed tuned for more details. 


Hi fellow stampers!  There’s so much happening this week.  Our 12 Days of Christmas Bargains continues so check the list on the previous blog entry (below) or check the website home page here

Vintage Santa Wall Hanging-- Sat, December 11, 10am

Full-viewIf you love vintage Christmas and Santas, check out this totally vintage wall hanging made with Graphic 45 Christmas Past Collection.   Each panel features a different Santa mounted on their gorgeous papers.  It’s really a wonderful holiday décor item or gift.  Join us and make one for yourself!  All papers are from the Graphic 45 Christmas Past collection.

Here are views of each panel:

Panel-1  Panel-2
Panel-3  Panel-4

Christmas Cards Galore-- Sat, December 11, 2-4pm

Mittens It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and if you have “stamp Christmas cards” on your “To Do” list, you can check it off by attending our class this Saturday afternoon.  We will use a variety of stamps, techniques, embellishments and dies to create cards from cute to colorful to charming! 

For this card I die cut two mittens using the new Spellbinders Mittens die then made the cuffs with one of the scallopped squares dies.  The snowflakes are punched.  The mittens are mounted on dies cut squares and the sentiment (isn't it perfect!) is from the Hero Arts Everyday Sayings set.  The background paper is from Graphic 45 Christmas Past collection.


Here are the other samples from the class:



 This card combines two Hero Arts cling stamps: the music background and the ornament.  I stamped the ornament in Versafine Crimson Red and Versafine Olympia Green and embossed them in detail clear powder (Judikins).  I then stamped the ornament again with gold Encore ink and embossed it in gold detail powder (Judikins).  I cut them out and mounted them on the music background (also stamped in Crimson Red) and added gold cording and bows.  The Rejoice sentiment is from Impression Obsession.







 This card is copied from Becca Feeken's card when the new Spellbinders Snowflake Pendant was debuted in the summer.  I die cut the snowflake pendant from a piece of white stardream cardstock cut 4" square.  I also die cut the smaller center snowflake and the corner pieces (which are actually from a circle piece then cut into four triangular corners.  I mounted this snowflake over a piece of text weight blue stardream papr then mounted the image on a white stardream folded card.  Simple yet very striking.

Let me show you some other Christmas card samples I have made recently.

Crafty Secrets Journal Notes Christmas

Crafty-Secrets-1 Crafty-Secrets-2

Spellbinders Snowflake Pendant





Snowflake-Pendant-3 For both these cards I added a stamped centerpiece using the Just Rite Stampers set "Merry Little Christmas." 







Hero Arts Cling Ornament Stamp

Ornament-Joy Ornament-Pink


For the "Joy" card I used the Penny Black Robust Alphabet and cut out the "J" and the "Y."  I used the Hero Arts music background and the ornament stamp is embossed in silver.  The background on the pink card above is from Hero Arts, also.  The gold and silver card on the left is a real beauty -- my friend Susan Benson brought the ornament stamp and this gorgeous flourish stamp from Impression Obsession to the cash register and as soon as I saw them I saw this card!  It turned out so well!  And of course it would look equally pretty in a dozen different colors schemes!  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Hero Arts.



Hero Arts Catalog Debut – Saturday, December 18

Typewriter New 2011 Hero Arts stamps have arrived and we will host a Catalog Debut Party on Saturday, December 18 from 10am to 5pm.  Stop in anytime that day to see the new stamps and participate in a free make and take.  While you are waiting for the big day, you can get sneak peeks of the stamps in this Hero Arts Debut-Behind the Scenes video and on the Hero Arts blog HERE.  Mark your calendar and stop in Saturday, December 18!  They are really cool!




The Stamp Act is celebrating 12 Days of Christmas Bargains Starting December 4, we are offering a new bargain everyday!  Plus with every purchase you make in December you will receive a Gift with Purchase and a chance to win a fantastic gift basket of outstanding merchandise worth $100.  And the savings will continue into January with our “Bounce Back Coupons” good for discounts in the new year!  The more you shop, the more you save and the more exciting bargains you receive!  Be sure to come in each day for these tremendous specials!

 Here's a list of the discounts!

Sat, December 4                  Cling stamps (some Christmas) -- 30% off

Sun, December 5                Clear Stamps (some Christmas) – 25% off

Tue, December 7                 Wood Mount Stamps (some Christmas) – 25% off

Wed, December 8                All Hero Arts stamps are 35% this day only!

Thur, December 9                All Just Rite Stampers products -- 25% off

Fri, December 10                 Punches – 25% off

Sat, December 11                All crystals, pearls, and sparkling embellishments – 25% off

Sun, December 12              Spritz’s, Sprays, Mists, Paints and Pearls – 35% off

Tue, December 14               All Tim Holtz products 20% off

Wed, December 15              Spellbinders Pendant and Labels Dies – reg $25 now $20

Thur, December 16             Decorative Christmas paper (12” x 12”) 25% off

Fri, December 17                 All Christmas stamps 25% off


Unannounced Door Buster Specials every day – limited quantities at great discounts!   

Gift with every Purchase

 For every $25 you spend you will receive a “Bounce Back Discount Coupon” for January

Save your cash register receipts for every purchase made in December and redeem them in January for chances to win a $100 gift basket in a special drawing on January 15.