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April 2012

Limited Edition Distress Inks for Spring 2012

Breaking News!!! 

Distress-Ink-Pad-Spring-2012Ranger has created a new seasonal palette of Distress Inks for Spring 2012.  This is the third time a group of three colors has been released in a limited edition set, and if the first two were any indication, these will sell out quickly.  New for Spring 2012 are Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, and Shaded Lilac, colors that simply shout "spring."  They're soft and pretty and reminiscent of the first blooms in your garden. The Spring set of inks is $17.99.

Distress-Spring-2012-reinkeAnd more good news:  the requests for re-inkers for the Seasonal palettes have been deafening so Ranger has finally relented and created re-inkers for all the Seasonal colors.  So if you purchased the Fall or Winter Limited Edition Distress ink palettes, be sure to ask me to reserve the re-inkers for you.  They should arrive in about a week!  Re-inkers are $5.59 each.  If you want to see how the new Spring Ink colors fit into the overall Distress Ink color palette, click here to see a video of Tim Holtz introducing the new colors!

Upcoming Classes

Saturday, May 5 – One Set of Stamps, Four Cards

Birds10am – Take one set of stamps and a few pieces of decorative paper and cardstock and make four cards.  Learn how to maximize possibilities of your stamps!  To see all the samples in this class, click here 

Cake-and-ice-cream2pm – Make four really cute birthday cards using one set of stamps and two pieces of decorative paper!  We will embellish them with my new favorite “bling” Candi Dots and add a bows to our birthday presents with the Crisp Bows die from Memory Box.  To see all the samples in this class, click here.


Saturday, May 12, 10am and 2pm – Penny Black Sticker Cards

Enjoy-todayPenny Black stickers are known for expert coloring and the new set “Petals and Wings” is a perfect example.  Full of vibrant colors and beautiful images of flowers, birds and butterflies, the stickers make lovely cards.  We will pair the stickers with decorative papers and make two backgrounds with distress inks.  Embossed papers and punches will also add a very artistic flair to these cards. To see all the samples in this class, click here.

Spellbinders New Edgeabilities Dies

With-Loving-ThoughtsThis week I had a chance to play with three sets of the relatively new Spellbinders’ Edgeabilities dies.  To be honest with you, I thought they merely cut a decorative border as so many border dies (and border punches for that matter) do.  Well, I was in for a big surprise.  Each Edgeabilities set contains 2 distinct types of dies: Cutting Edges and Decorative Inserts that do not cut, but do emboss beautiful patterns into your design.  These edges can be combined within one set or among all the sets to create custom, beautifully detailed edges.  For the card I made on the left (BTW – it’s perfect for Mother’s Day!) I used 7 dies from 3 Edgeabilities sets.  It was great fun to mix and match the dies to see what different combinations produced!  Check out the sets we have in stock soon!

Speaking of Dies

Pink-on-PinkHave you ever die cut something and couldn’t get the @#$%^&!! Paper out of the die?  The other day I had a great idea for a card and reached for the gorgeous new Spellbinders Floral Oval die to die cut a background mat.  It took me forever to get the paper out of the die and even thought I was slow and careful, the poor piece looked battle scarred when I finally got it out.  The customer who was going to buy the Floral Oval die set quickly returned it to the shelf because they didn’t want to go through the hassle.  I couldn’t blame them but I was n determined to find the secret to getting stubborn, stick die cuts out of the dies.

            Thank goodness for the Internet.  I “googled” my inquiry and quickly discovered a tip that sounded like it would work.  It was late in the day and Chloe was ready to go home, but she was patient with me as I grabbed the die, cardstock and the secret weapon – wax paper.  I layered the die (always cut side up when using the Grand Calibur machine), the wax paper first then the cardstock.  I nearly held my breath as I ran it through the machine – and viola!  The cardstock almost fell out of the die!  Oh, was I happy!!!

So if you have a stubborn die (such as the beautiful Tessatina Border from Memory Box) try this tip.  You will be die cutting to your heart’s content with no !@#$%!!

Baby Liam’s Shadowbox

Baby-Liam-ShadowboxI have a new grandnephew name Liam and I wanted to make something to welcome him so I decided to make a shadowbox full of all things baby.  This picture really does not do justice to this wall art piece.  The stamped images are from two (baby) Layering Collage stamps from Outlines; the polar bear and elephant are stamps and dies cuts from Memory Box; Liam’s name is spelled out in chipboard letters; and the photo mats are die cut with Spellbinder dies.  The border around the outside is die cut with the scallop die from Memory Box and the background paper is from Pebbles.  The shadowbox is from 7 Gypsies.  This was a fun project that could be reproduced for any number of special occasions such as graduation vacation or Mother or Father’s Day.  Let your creative juices flow and you will come up with an idea.  BTW:  We have the shadowboxes in stock in white ($19.99) and I can order them in black and in a number of different configurations.

Miscellaneous Samples

Umbrella-Goosebumps“Goosebumps Texture Spray” -- This fun card showcases the delightful Petite Umbrella and Puffy Clouds dies from Memory Box but with a new twist.  The acetate layer on top of the card is sprayed with a new product from Tsukineko called “Goosebumps Texture Spray.”  I know you can’t really see it in this photo, but IRL the acetate feels textured  and looks just like a rainy window!  Goosebumps comes in both a shimmer and a matte finish and is simple to spray on any surface.  It dries relatively quickly and can be sprayed on any number of surfaces.


Piestra-TileNew Die Cards – I love the Piestra Tile die from Memory Box because it makes a very easy and tailored card.  I die cut the top half of the border then stamped the greeting “hello” and finished by die cutting the bottom half of the border.  I adhered a thin strip of yellow cardstock behind the die and added a few teal pearls for a pop of color.

LaRue-Heart-Roses-Embossed-And speaking of the quickly upcoming Mother’s Day, this card will perfect convey your love.  I die cut the La Rue Heart in red and the Savannah Border in green, and mounted them over the beautiful roses embossed background (Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz).  This stunning card is quick and easy but really elegant.

What’s Coming Up at The Stamp Act

As summer quickly approaches, we are thinking of creative ways to entice you to pass the hot summer days stamping.  Look for ….

A new line of fun jewelry products that are quick and easy but can be funky or elegant

Children’s Classes – make jewelry, scrapbooks, banners and other fun and decorative items using stamps, dies and loads of fun embellishments.

We’re Hitting the Road – Do you have a rubber stamping group that needs a little inspiration?  Ask me teach a class or demo techniques or products for your group.  Meet in your location or at the store – call 915-833-9500 for details.  Out of town group?  Call me and we’ll see what we can work out.

Private Classes – If you cannot attend our regular classes, call me to arrange a private class. 

Thursday Holiday Workshops – Don’t wait until the last minute to make your holiday cards this year, join us for our Holiday Workshops on Thursday afternoons and have them all made by Halloween!  Workshops will start in July.

Please give me feedback on what you would like to see us do.  We want to be responsive to your requests.  Call me (915-833-9500) or email me (hellopolly@aol.com) with your ideas.  Thanks!

New Cards with Memory Box Dies

Poppy-Tulip-OvalHi friends.  There’s a big wall covered with Memory Box dies and stamps today at The Stamp Act.  A few lucky people braved the bad weather Saturday to snatch up some of them, but there’s plenty for everyone.  Let me share with you some new cards I made since the new shipment landed and let me acknowledge generous inspiration from the MB blogs.  FYI, the card on the left is one of the cards we will make in the "White on White" class on Saturday, April 21 at 10am.  More information below.

LaRue-Heart-Roses-Embossed-This stunner is perfect for a wedding card or Mother’s Day wishes.  I used a new embossing folder (roses) from Quickutz for the embossed background; the MB La Rue Heart; and the MB Savannah Border.  I added a pearl in the center of the heart.  Sweet, simple and very impressive.

Modern-LandscapeFor this card I die cut the MB Modern Landscape out of kraft cardstock and mounted it on MB blue distressed dots paper and then on a white card.  I added a few white clouds to the sky (MB Puffy Clouds die) and a punched heart over the house.  The sentiment is MB too and the tiny envelope is a stamp mounted on the side of the sentiment stamp.  The green globes are Candi Dot embellishments (my new obsession) mounted over the die cut trees.  So cute!!!!

Thanks-pop-upNeed a quick thank you card?  This one’s so quick and easy you won’t believe it – and when you make one card you will have enough pieces left over to make several at once.  Simply die cut the MB Pop-up Thanks die out of yellow cardstock and then out of several colors (scraps).  Push the letters on the yellow cardstock to the back of the card and tape them down with Scor Tape (double-sided tape).  Add twine (we have it by the yard in many!)  and mount this piece to the green folded card.  Then cut the pop-up thanks letters on the scrap cardstock free so you can pick up each letter in different colors and fit them into the letters on the yellow card front.  You will have extra letters to make more cards!

Window-shutters-grasslandHere’s a really fresh card that is copied from one that Kitty Caracciolo posted recently.  I die cut the Poppystamps small Madison Window and Shutters from white cardstock and mounted them together and onto the blue card.  Next I cut the Poppystamps Picket Fence and mounted two Poppystamps Grassland Borders behind it and one in front of it.  This piece was then mounted to the bottom of the card adhering it only at the bottom.  Next I die cut the MB Arboscello Tree from white cardstock and painted it using a watercolor brush and Distress Stains Tea Dye and Peeled Paint.  Once it was dry I mounted it using foam tape on the leaves and ⅛” scor tape on the tree trunk behind the picket fence.  As the final touch to this scene, I die cut the MB Spring Border out of three colors of cardstocks; cut off the flowers; and mounted them using Glossy Accents on the tall grasses.  So pretty and so reminiscent of spring!


“White on White” Class, Saturday, April 21 at 10am

Chloe-StemsI showed you one of the cards for my “White on White” class above, and now I’d like to share the other two cards. First let me say that’s it is very hard to photograph white cards and second, glitter looks awful on camera.  So trust me that this card is very impressive in person!  This is a multi-layered card starting with the background (Hero Arts Antique Flower Background); embossed background (Tim Holtz Damask embossing folder); frame created with Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles and labels 10; and finally MB Chloe flower die cut from white glitter paper.  There are several other added touches but you will have to come to the class to discover all those! 

Fucshia-Stem-Clear-CardThis card is a clear card and the background is die cut with the MB Debutante die then embossed (Damask folder).  The star of the card is the MB Fuschia Sprig flower.  Helping create a very warm scene are a few butterflies cut with the MB Butterfly Delights die.  There’s more to learn in this card too so please join us!  For more details on this class, please click here.

Upcoming Classes: April 28 -- Punch Flowers

Brick-window-wreathOn April 28 we will have two classes that are all about Punch Flowers – well kind of.  Some of the flowers and greenery are indeed punched, but others are die cut so it’s a good mix of the old way of creating tiny flowers and the new way.  In the morning class, we will decorate the Poppystamps Grand Madison window with a wreath made from punched flowers and greens.  To complete the scene we will add die cut ivy (Poppystamps Ivy Tendrils) and flowers to the window box (Poppystamps Grand Madison Flower Box).  The background is so cool – I used the Tim Holtz brick embossing folder and … well you gotta come to class to find out more!

Pink-on-PinkThe second card in this class is equally impressive.  I used the Quickutz Roses embossing folder and cool technique color to background light pink.  The elements of the focal image include spellbinders Floral Ovals (gorgeous!!) and Ribbon Banners; sentiment stamp from Penny Black (Gratitude clear set); punched flowers and greenery.  The pink on pink is a soft color combination which would make a lovely wedding or Mother’s Day card.

Fancy-BlossomsTree-with-flowersIn the afternoon we have two different cards each using dies for the flowers.  For the first card I used the MB Arboscello Tree and the MB Flower Mound dies as well as MB Viola paper.  For the second card I used the new MB Grove Branch and Fancy Blossoms dies as well as another Quickutz embossing folder (Damask) colored this time in blue. 

For more information on the Punch Flower classes please click here.

Upcoming Classes: May 5 -- One Set of Stamps, Four Cards

Take one set of clear or cling stamps and create four different cards for birthdays or other festive occasions!  It’s easy and I will show you how in these two classes on Saturday, May 5.

Here are the sets I used and the cards I made (small versions) click on the card to see a bigger version or click here to get class details.


Birds Its-a-special-time Wait-a-minute Make-Moment-Count

Hero-Birthday-set Cake-and-ice-cream Happy-Everything HB-to-you Its-your-birthday

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please stop in and support your locally owned stamp store.  For those of you from out of town give me a call (915-833-9500) or email (hellopolly@aol.com) if you see something you want.  We are happy to fulfill your order!!!



Easter Tuckaway Cards

Karen-Foster-frontKaren-Foster-openHi friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  I had a few minutes to play recently and decided to make a few Easter cards.  The first cards I made were the popular tuckaway cards which can be very addictive because they are so quick to make and all the wonderful dies we have offer endless possibilities! The card above (sorry about the lighting -- it is the same card and paper!) is really fast because I simply cut the paper (Karen Foster) in the 3 sections and adhered it to the base card.  I used the largest die from the Spellbinders Nested Egg set to cut the opening and adhered the cute chick to the egg.  Because of the sentiment across the top of the paper there's no need to add anything else.


Filagree-egg-frontFilagree-egg-openThis one is my personal favorite.  The soft papers (The Paper Company), cute bunny (Penny Black) and darling egg (Poppystamps) really make a cute whimsical card.  Inside you see little eggs (Spellbinders' egg die set) hiding in the grass across the bottom of the second panel (cut with grass die from The Cat's Pajamas).  The two sentiments are from A Muse and they are stamped and then die cut (Spellbinders).

Polka-dot-egg-frontFor these two cards I used very colorful papers and a border of hopping bunnies (Inkadinkado).  Here they are open:


Polka-dot-egg-openThe papers really make these cards!





One more!  The Easter eggs on the yellow paper were perfect for covering the egg die cut!Yellow-egg-frontYellow-egg-open






I also had time to make two more cards for Easter:

I-O-Egg-TopiaryThis stamp is the Egg Topiary stamp from Impression Obsession.  I colored it with colored pencils and maounted it on some very soft papers.  The pink and white twine (May Arts) is new to the store and we have it in many  colors.




Have you heard about the new Viva Decor pearl Pens?  They are fantastic -- just a little squeeze and you've got a luscious pearlized flow.  Here I used a variety of colors for coloring the Easter Egg Tree from Outlines Rubber Stamps (remember they are cloisng so if you see something from them you like nab it fast! -- we have several in stock right now)!  Plus, see the pearls in the corners of the card?  Notice how the colors match?  Well it's no accident.  Just use you pearl pens to create your own flat back pearls by applying the pearlized liquid to acetate or wax paper.  Let them dry, pop them off and glue them down with Glossy Accents or your Sakura fine tip glue pen.  I coclored the tree first with Copic markers then applied the pearls to the eggs.  The green "dots" are also created with one of the pearl pens (Kiwi).  The lighter colors are very pearlized and the darker colors are more like enamel.  Very fun and very quick!

Classes this Saturday

Hello-GirlfriendSaturday morning we will be using two layered collage stamps from outlines Rubber Stamps to make "Girlfriend Cards."  Here are the other two cards:







I hope you can join us.  Just call me (915-833-9500) or send me an email (hellopoll@aol.com) for more information.


Blue-rosesSaturday afternoon we will explore the possibilities of a wonderful new collection of shabby chic stamps from Alesa Baker and Impression Obsession.  You will learn creative mounting techniques and how to make an “open book” with stamps and Spellbinders Labels 7 die.  You will also learn how to stretch the creative possibilities of one stamp!  I hope you can come!

What's New At The Stamp Act

Several cling-mounted stamps from Donna Salazar that match Spellbinder dies

Spellbinder's new Dies: Nested Tea Cups, Sewing Elements, Classic Edges 1 and 2, Decorative Inserts 6, Floral Ovals, Romantic Rectangles, Lattice Motifs and Girly Grunge Label words from Donna Salazar

Tulip-VaseInky Antics Elegant Floral stamps and beautiful sentiments



New stamps from Penny Black, Hero Arts and many more! 

Lots of new papers: Graduation, Americana, Woof (dog bones!!!), birthday and lots more!

Thanks for stopping by today and please shop at The Stamp Act soon.









This shaped card is made with Spellbinders Grand Labels 4.