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July 2011

Christmas in July

Snowman-and-Tree

Keep your resolution to start stamping Christmas cards early this year by coming to one of our "Christmas in July" classes on Saturday, July 30.  These classes will provide lots of motivation and creative ideas!  In our 10am class, we will use one set of stamps from Our Craft Lounge to create 2 cards and a tag using Copic markers, glitter and snow plus colorful papers. Here are the other samples in that class:

Be-Jolly-Birdhouse   Snowman-Tag

Beary-merry-Xmas 3-wise-penguins For our 2pm class, we will use several clear stamp sets from The Cat’s Pajamas to make jolly, whimsical Christmas cards! Here are the other samples we will make in the afternoon class:

 

3-wise-penguins

 Penguins-with-tree 

I hope you can join us for these classes.  For more informaiton on these and other classes, please visit our website at www.stampactelpaso.com and go to the July class page, or give me a call at 915-833-9500.

More Christmas in July ....

I have been making lots of Christmas samples so let me share some of them with you. 

Our Craft Lounge -- Penguin Fun

Label-8-bundled-up Let-it-snow-penguin

 Penguin-Mufflers Let-it-snow-cap-mittens 

The Cat's Pajamas -- making multiple cards
Believe-Elves-Kitty Candyland-Santa
Happy-Howlidays Merry-Everything
I find that with one or two sets of stamps and some Christmas papers, I can come up with one design then make multiple cards easily.  It's quick and because they are different images, you don't get as bored stamping the same thing over and over.  Plus this would make a lovely gift set for someone.

The Cat's Pajamas -- "Wish List"

Wish-List

Is this the cutest?  I was inspired by one I saw on the TCP blog.  It uses just a few stamps, but has a huge impact because of color and design.  This would be great to give to family members in the fall (or now!) so you can get a head start on christmas shopping.

 

 

 

 

Inky Antics "Honey Pop" Card

Christmas-Tree-outside

Christmas-Tree-insideFor a card with lots of "wow!" I die cut cardstock with the Spellbinders Christmas Tree die then cut the die in half (vertically) to make a template.  I traced the template on the honeycomb paper (ivory and brown), cut it out and glued it into the inside fold of the card.  Really easy!  Try this one -- you will love how it looks!

Impression-Obsession

Lime-Teal-Trees 3-trees All these samples are made from one clear stamp set!  Here are some more samples made from this set:

 

 

2-trees Holiday-Cheer Skates
Impression-Obsession -- More Cards

Golden-Swirly-Tree Winter-Fun From the elegance of the gold swirly tree embellished with a beautiful poinsettia to the whimsical fun of penguins playing in the snow, whatever your taste we can help you design a Christmas card.  And don't forget to add those fun extra touches like snow, glitter and self-adhesive metal decor.  Of course die cuts really add the perfect touch to your cards too!

Memory Box

Peace-Snowflake Snowflakes-1
Two very differnt cards with the same theme: peace.  Shades of silver and blue are the perfect color choices for these cards.

 

Rosette And speaking of dies.  This card was created using the new Memory Box rosette die.  The paper is from Pink Paislee and the snowflakes are from Spellbinders' Snowflake Wonder and Create-a-Flake-2.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  This is a really beautiful card that is easily "mass produced."

 

I have even more Christmas cards to share with you but that's enough for now!  As many of you know, CHA Summer just took place and lots of new products were annouced.  Here are some items that will be coming to The Stamp Act soon:

Memory Box -- Gorgeous dies, stamps and papers for all the fall holidays (early August)

Impression Obsession -- lots of cool stamps including many more Cover-a-Card background stamps (early August)

Penny Black -- new stamps both beautiful and whimsical (early September)

Hero Arts -- new stamps and this year they added dies!  Watch for these to arrive in early August and September

Just Rite -- One of their new Halloween sets is already here and another should be arriving very soon.

Please stop in soon and see all these samples and many more in person.  Join us for the holiday classes!  Thanks!


Shabby Chic Cards and Vintage Floral Artist Trading Cards

This Saturday our classes will focus on cards featuring what I like to call a shabby chic look.  At 10am we will create four cars using the new Valise paper collection and a variety of stamps and dies from Memory Box.  These cards are striking in their colors and construction and I know you will learn a lot about combining papers, dies and stamps if you join us.  You can get all the class details here and the sample cards are shown below:

 Butterfly-Change
  Miss-You

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orchid-Branch-Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 2pm we will create small pieces of art called Artists Trading Cards (ATC’s) with a vintage floral theme.  We will use rich warm browns and soft mauves for our color palette while accenting punched flowers with tiny beads in brighter mauve tones. You will also create an accordion-style ATC booklet with pockets to hold your ATCs.  Here are the samples:

 ATC-holder

 

 

 

ATC-holder-outside 

ATC-1

ATC-2

 

 

 

 

I hope you will join us for one or both of these classes!