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August 2011

Summer Flowers and Christmas Cards

Blue-scallop-flowers Hello fellow stampers.  We’re celebrating summer and winter at The Stamp Act the next few weeks.  Sounds like a case of split personality?  Well, as summer comes to an end, I am inspired to use some pretty flower stamps to make unique cards.  At the same time, I want to get a jump on making holiday cards.  The result?  Our classes will cover both flowers and holidays!

Orange-Daisies This Saturday, August 27 we will start the day with our “Pretty Flowers 2” class at 10am.  I will show you how to use two sets of stamps (Hero Arts “Wildflower Garden” and “Blooming Meadow”) to make three cards using different techniques including a Versamark Resist and Layered Backgrounds.  For more information and to see all the samples of the class, click here.

Snowy-Forest-Trees-1 In the afternoon (Saturday, August 27 at 2pm), its holiday stamping time.  We will use three sets of stamps (Hero Arts “Happy Holiday Trees,” “Season’s Greetings Trees” and “Snowy Night” to create four colorful cards.  You will learn how to use Memento inks and jumbo daubers to create backgrounds.  Check out all the samples here.

Rosette From now through the upcoming holidays, every Thursday afternoon (1 to 3pm) you can join us for our holiday workshop in which we will make holiday cards or other holiday related items from home décor to gifts to tags.  Each week the projects will be different so take a few hours and check these tasks off your holiday “to do” list!  Check out all the samples here then call us to register!

From my stamping desk … it’s birthday card time!

Forest-cardThis past week I had two male birthday cards to make.  One friend has a lovely second home in Cloudcroft and I decided I wanted to use the forests around his home as inspiration.  The trees were stamped in memento Cottage Ivy and the background was created using various Memento inks and jumbo daubers.  The sentiment (and the tree) are from Art Inspirations.

Lighthouse-outside Lighthouse-insideThe second card went to a friend who had just returned from a trip to the California coast so I thought a lighthouse motif would remind him of that trip.  I stamped the lighthouse and after masking it, the clouds and the tiny sailboat with Eclipse Masking Paper, I colored the scene using Memento inks and jumbo daubers.  I then die cut the scene using Spellbinders petite ovals.  For the outside of the card I embossed the cardstock with a Cuttlebug embossing folder then die cut an oval opening and framed it.

Elephant-wrinkled-outside Elephant-wrinkled-inside Speaking of birthdays, my sister’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks.  I love the Honey Pop stamps sets and paper from Inky Antics so I made her card using the Elephant Birthday set.  Making cards with the honeycomb paper is really not hard at all.  You stamp the appropriate stamp (in this case a balloon) on the paper, cut it out and use a glue stick to glue it to the fold of the card.  The rest is stamping and coloring.  I am happy to give you a quick tutorial when you buy the materials.

Red-Lime-Poppy Finally, two of my nieces had birthdays recently.  For Jennifer’s card I used the lovely Poppy Collage stamp from Memory Box along with colorful poppy paper from Autumn Leaves.  To tie in the lime green I simply colored the middle of the poppies on the background paper with Copic marker YG01.  The sentiment is from Just Rite stampers.


Bye-Girl-sample For my niece Emilee’s birthday card I used a stamp from Stamping Bella that is perfect for her.  When Emilee was a couple months into first grade, she told the teacher that she was leaving school that day because she had learned all there was to learn in first grade and she was ready for second grade.  I never forgot that story and I think this stamp depicts that day perfectly.  By the way, Emilee is now at Texas A & M University and had been asked to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship.  I guess she really is going places!



What’s New at The Stamp Act

OMG!  What’s not new?  There’s lots of new goodies coming – unfortunately some are taking their time … but they will be here this week and next.

Tree-Flowers-Die Tree-Leaf-Canopy-Die These two cards depict just a few of the new dies that Memory Box has recently released for Halloween, fall and Christmas.  Lots of cool stuff will be arriving probably early next week.  The card on the left shows the tree (a die) amidst the Leaf Canopy which is also a die.  I die cut the Leaf Canopy and used the negative, putting decorative paper behind it to depict the color of the leaves.  For the card on the right, I again used the tree die, but I used the positive die cuts from the Flower Mound die and glued each one in place using the Sakura fine tip glue pen.

To see ALL the new stamps, dies and papers coming, please check out the newly update “What’s New” pages on the website.