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May 2011

Birthdays and Cupcakes!

Banner-Card This Saturday, May 28, our classes will focus on fun cards for birthdays and sweet cards featuring cupcakes!  Most of the birthday cards are created using various stamps from Hero Arts while the cupcake cards are all made with one et from Stampendous.  Everyone needs lots of birthday cards so this is a perfect time to come and increase your stash while learning a few fun techniques.  For the card on the left I used Hero Arts Graph Background (which I love); Friendly Flags; and Sending Smiles Messages.


For more information on these classes please go here.  Let me show you the samples from the Birthday Card class:


This card uses the Hero Flower Pattern Lg Background and the cling set Friends are Treasures.  The flower is created with a Just Rite Cling set called "Friendship Blooms."  I will show you how to stamp and fold this flower.







Hooray-Ticket-inside For this card I stamped the ticket from the Hero Life of the Party clear set on pink and green papers and cut them out.  The decorative paper is Pink Paislee "Soiree" and the borders (the reverse side) are cut with the Martha Stewart edge punch Double Scallop.  I stamped the inside of the card with sentiments from Hero's "Hip Hip Hooray" clear stamp set. 



This card is perfect for the guy on your birthday card list.  I used Hero's "Just My Type" clear stamp set, paper from MME Home Sweet Home Collage (both sides).






Hey-there-cupcake As I mentioned above, for the Cupcake Card class we will use one clear stamp set from Stampendous.  This innovative set lets you mix and match the bottom, the top and the decorations on your cupcakes for infinite possibilities!  Here’s a peek at the cupcake cards – so cute!!!










For-You-3-Cupcakes Embossed-Happy-Birthday









I decided to make two Easel Cards which are alwasy fun:

Easel-Card-1 Easel-Card-2

Give me a call to 833-9500 or email me at hellopolly@aol.com if you’re interested in spending a few fun hours learning more about stamping!

What’s New at The Stamp Act

Orchid-Branch-Birthday Memory Box stamps and Dies and the new Valise paper collection – more about this in an upcoming blog – suffice to say I am totally addicted to all the new goodies!  The card on the left shows the Orchide Branch stamped then die cut with the matching die.  It's mounted on the new Valise papers!  Love them!

The Cat’s Pajamas stamps and dies – cute and very creative.  I haven’t had time to play with them yet but will soon!

Tim Holtz – Kraft-colored glassine envelopes ATC size; New dies: mini bird and cage, mini leaf and branch, and his old jalopy

Family-Garden-2 Just Rite Stampers – Many of the popular cling sets are back in stock plus new cling sets Family Garden and Vintage Ovals.  Also we have these new interlocking sets in stock: Sending You Sunshine (2” round), Birthday Centers (1 5/8” round) and Butterfly Garden (3¼“ round).  More about these sets in a future blog post.  The card on the left uses the new Family garden set.

If you are new to stamping this weekend’s classes are perfect for you so please join us!


Hottest Products at The Stamp Act

Jennifer's-Invitation-2 May is the month for graduations and since this year my niece graduated from college and my nephew graduated from high school, May meant I was busy making graduation announcements.   Jennifer wanted something whimsical and fun so I designed the card around the Spellbinder Owl die.  Fortunately the Quickutz grad cap and scroll die cuts were just the right size for the owl!  For the background I used a woodgrain background stamp (JudiKins) and the branch and leaves are also Quickutz dies.  The sentiment is from Stampendous.


Jonathan-Announcment For Jonathan’s announcements I used a Penny Black stamp which I stamped twice in Memento Potter’s Clay.  Then I stamped the one figure in Versafine Majestic Blue, cut it out and popped it up.  The “medallion” was stamped with the Just Rite tiny alphabet and cut with Spellbinders circle dies.






To congratulate the new graduates I made this card in their school colors.  I saw this idea on Sue Nelson’s blog and couldn’t resist the darling stamp (Penny Black) and the play on words.  I carried the theme inside with the sentiment “Have an Udderly Wonderful Day!” from Copper Leaf Creations.

Hear-to-Heart-set Heart-to-Heart-Thank-You I had another challenge this week.   The sales manager at Just Rite stamps sent me some new stamp sets to try out and I wanted to thank him using one of the sets.  Because the names of the sets he sent me are “Heart to Heart” and “Hugs to You” I thought I might have a hard time!  I started by choosing some appropriately masculine papers then stamped the frame and cut it out with Spellbinders Labels 18.  The “Thank You” sentiment was popped up inside the frame and this whole piece was mounted on a coordinating paper die cut with Labels 17 then embossed with a Quickutz embossing folder.  I was happy with the result which I feel shows off the stamps in an appropriately masculine way.

Check This Out!

        “Dies” are hot!  The hottest trend in stamping is die cutting.  Of course you all know I am pretty much obsessed with Spellbinders dies, but now it’s the smaller stamp companies that are creating dies to either match or coordinate with their stamps.  In the next few weeks we will be receiving stamps and dies from two of our favorite companies: Memory Box and Cat’s Pajamas.  The dies are reasonably priced and very creative.  Let me show you some examples from Laura Fulcher’s blog for Memory Box – you can check it out at http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/colorwhimsy.


Bubba Elephant Stamp and Die Bubba-Elephant


Butterfly Chain BorderButterfly-Chain-sample    







Catalina Border Catalina-Border-Sample  







Orchid Branch Stamp and Die









Woven Circle Die







Alma, owner of The Cat’s Pajamas (also known as “TCP”), has been just as busy creating whimsical dies to coordinate with her stamps.  The sample on the left shows the fun Pennant and Pinwheel dies.  They are so cute!!  Plus Alma has created a fool-proof rosette die which I am eager to get my hand son!  Check out her videos on making a rosette and using the pinwheel dies http://www.thecatspajamasrs.com/Cutting.htm


What’s Hot at The Stamp Act

Best sellers lately have been …

Labels-20-Black-Red Just Rite Stamps with coordinating Spellbinders dies – I can’t keep them in stock!  I need to make samples with a few new sets that came in last week but they are already sold out!  More will be coming soon!  This black and red card is inspired by one Heidi Blankenship made.




 Resist-Green-Card Hero Arts Circle Doily stamp – What a great stamps. The detail is incredible and it makes a great background as well as focal image. The card on the left shows the circle doily stamp embossed in  white and then sritzed with Aquamarine Glimmer Mist.  The stamp is on order right now so if you're interested, reserve yours today!




Butterfly-A Glimmer Mist – My recent class has everyone getting on the glimmer bandwagon!  Everyone wants to know how to use glimmer mist especially how to make the vintage-looking shabby chic ribbon.  I am happy to give you a quick tutorial when you stop in to buy some or watch for a repeat of the Glimmer Mist class in June.


Paper, Paper, Paper – We have new small paper pads from Basic Grey including Hello Luscious and Life of the Party which have matching Hero Arts stamps!  We also have small paper pads in 7 Gypsies Lille, Kaisercraft Bubblegum Hills, BoBunny Timepieces, and many more!

Upcoming Classes

Lots of ways to learn more about stamping are coming your way in the next few months.  Check out our classes on the class page here.  We will have classes featuring Masculine Cards, Tags of Texas and the sure to be very popular Honey Pop Cards.

Thanks for reading the blog.  Stop in and see the new "cozy" store -- it's packed with stmaping goodies!