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July 2012

Studio Calico Wood Veneer Embellishments

Hello fellow stamping and paper crafting enthusiasts!  Today I want to share with you some samples that I made with some new wooden embellishments by Studio Calico.  These small shapes are all die-cut from wood veneers and you can color them with a variety of media including markers, mists and inks to mention just a few plus you can stamp them too!  Each package comes with lots of shapes in assorted styles and sizes.  Hearts-ArrowsButterflies







Stars Transportation






I used Copic markers to color my shapes and here’s a hint:  you may wish to “attach” them to your workspace temporarily using a small glue dot to make coloring them easier.  One more thing:  the hearts, stars and butterflies cards below were copied from ones I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. 

Happy-Place-Beach-SceneBeach Scene

In this cute beach scene, the red sailboat and blue airplane coordinate perfectly with the wonderful images cut with new dies from the Memory Box summer collection.  Plus I just love the sentiment from Paper Smooches.  Here is a list of the items I used on this card:

MB Dies:  Oceana Border, Swaying Palm Tree, Sandal Border, Fringe Circle and Puffy Clouds

Grass – The Cat’s Pajamas die

Sentiment – Paper Smooches

Airplane and sailboat from Studio Calico wood veneers “Transportation”


Country-BorderModern Landscape

Love this very summery card.  I die cut the Modern Landscape (Memory Box) from green cardstock and from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper (Memory Box).  Then I glued the distressed dots trees to the green cardstock trees.  I cut the house from a scrap and did likewise.  A background of blue distress dots paper, some puffy clouds (Memory Box) and a red bicycle (also from the transportation package) complete the scene.  The sentiment is from Savvy Stamps.


How easy is this card?  The butterfly collection has four sizes of butterflies so I colored them and glued them together with Glossy Accents (Ranger).  I created a “body” from some twine (Hero Arts) which I colored black with a Copic marker.  The butterflies are mounted on an embossed background (Lifestyle Crafts) and the sentiment (one of my current favorites) is from Paper Smooches!


Here’s another quick card.  I embossed each end of a 4” x 5¼” white cardstock panel with 2 different embossing folders (Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dots) – it’s easy to do this with the Grand Calibur’s long and wide platform.  I left a space between the embossings of about 1” so I could glue on my colored hearts and pearls.  The “hi” sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  FYI: The hearts are from the “Hearts and Arrows” collection.


Last is the “star” of the show!  I embossed a white panel with the Cuttlebug stars embossing folder and mounted this to a yellow folded card.  The frame (Studio Calico Frames Collection) and the stars from the Tiny Stars collection.  The sentiment is from Penny Black’s Petal Party clear stamp set.

I have already ordered more of these veneers in the shapes shown above as well as other collections such as birds, people and type (words). Stop in to see them all soon.

Penny Black Puzzle Parts

Puzzle-PartsSometimes a stamp set comes along that I reach for over and over and “Puzzle Parts” by Penny Black is certainly my latest.  This is a very creative set and includes a hexagon-like pattern; a chevron border; a stamp edge border; and another very pretty border (not sure how to describe this shape).  One thing that I love about this set is that the borders are super easy to line up for continuous stamping.  Adding to the versatility of this stamp set is the fact that the stamp edge border can be die cut with Spellbinders Edgeabilities One.  Here are some samples that show the borders in both leading and supporting roles!

You-RockYou rock

I stamped the chevron border in the new Memento “Teal Zeal” color and it was easy to line up.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.



Butterfly-Tri-FoldLife is Beautiful (1)

I stamped the border continuously in four rows on the 4¼” x 11” white cardstock in Memento Rosebud and Pear Tart before I scored the fold lines.  The top of the card was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch; the butterfly is two dies from Memory Box; and the sentiment is Penny Black “Petal Party.”

Life-is-BeautifulLife is Beautiful (2)

The hexagon like border stamped in Memento Dandelion supports the other stamps (from “Petal Party) in this softly colored card.  Again, you can see how easy it is to line up the border.


Happy-BirthdayHappy Birthday

Love the colors!  Everything is stamped in the new Memento Morroco.  I think I stamped the middle border first then flanked it with the stamp-edge border on the top and bottom.  The sentiment is from Penny Black and the black accents are Hero Arts metallic Décor.

Colored-CopicsFloral Thread

For this card, I stamped the stamp-edge border on dark blue cardstock and die cut it with Edgeabilities One.  The top of the card is a Penny Black stamp called “Floral Thread” colored with Copic markers and the bottom of the card is another of the “Puzzle Parts” border.  The sentiment is from Penny Black “Gratitude.”

With-ThanksWith Thanks

Here the chevron border stars albeit in the background.  I stamped it twice in the new Memento Pistachio, cut it out and mounted it behind the white cardstock panel stamped with three circle stamps from Penny Black’s “…wishes” clear stamp set.  The sentiments are from the same set.

PB-Bear-Beer PB-Bear-GolferBears

The borders play a supporting role on these cards created with Penny Black’s “A Bear for all Trades.”  The hexagon like border forms a perfect pattern on the “floor” and the chevron border makes a great sweater pattern for both little bears.  Such versatility and variety makes stamping so much fun!

I hope you learned something about wooden embellishment and using border stamps.  Please stop in soon and shop here or if you’re out of town, call me at 915-833-9500 or email me at hellopolly@aol.com to shop or ask questions.  Thanks for reading my blog!!!



Poppystamps Lorelai Leaf Die Samples

Hi friends!  Can you believe I am blogging again so soon?  I am excited about some cards I made that were inspired by ones I saw on the Memory Box blog.  I made 4 cards using the new Lorelai Leaf Solid and Lorelai Leaf Outline from Poppystamps (Memory Box’s sister company).  These 2 dies cut very easily and present endless possibilities.  I paired them with 2 other dies: Spellbinders Rectangles large #1 and Memory Box Floral Delights.

Thinking of You …

Thinking-of-youFor this card I cut a white folded A2 card (4¼” x 5½”) and a white cardstock panel (4” x 5¼”).  Next I die cut the solid Lorelai Leaf out of the middle of the white panel then I embossed the rectangle frame.  Do you know how to emboss a frame without cutting it?  Just place your die where you want it, secure with 3M removable tape and run it through your die cut machine with the embossing “sandwich” using the tan embossing mat (from Spellbinders).  HINT:  Before you die cut, make sure you arrange your leaf die with the frame in mind so everything fits on the panel.  Next, die cut the leaf from a scrap of Lime Distress Dots paper from Memory Box.

Once you have the leaf cut out of the center of the frame, flip the panel over and secure double sided tape (Scor Tape) to the back.  Now flip it back over and the sticky tape will be showing through the leaf opening so you can insert the green leaf die cut right into the opening.  Now you have a nice flat focal image.  Stamp your sentiment (Memory Box) and secure the panel to the white card with foam tape.

Happy Birthday

Happy-BirthdayDie cut the white panel with the Spellbinders rectangle die and round 2 opposite corners.  Then die cut the solid leaf from the center of this panel.  Pop this up on a piece of lime distressed dots paper and wrap twine around and tie a bow.  Finally mount this focal image to the white folded A2 card with foam tape, stamp the sentiment (Memory Box) and add a few lime pearls.

Happy Day

Happy-DayThis card is really fast.  Follow directions for the first card, but this time die cut the leaf and emboss the frame in the lime distress dots paper and insert a white die cut leaf.  Decorate this leaf with flowers cut from mango distress dots paper with the Floral Delights die. Add pearls to the flower centers, stamp the sentiment (Memory Box) on the same mango paper and pop it up with foam tape.

 Just a Note

Say-HelloAnother variation on the Birthday card above.  Cut the focal panel from mango paper with Spellbinders die; cut the solid leaf from the center of this panel; cut another solid leaf from the lime paper and an outline leaf from white.  Insert the lime leaf into the die cut opening in the mango paper and glue (I used the Sakura fine tip glue pen) the white outline leaf on top.  Glue some of the white leaf petals in the openings.  Wrap and tie a bow with lime twine, round the corners and add sentiment (Memory Box).  Mount this focal panel to a white panel cut ¼” larger with round corners also.  Mount this to lime distressed dots panel cut to 4” x 5¼” and then to the A2 white card. 

Can you see how you could go on and on making cards with these dies and papers?  Not to mention adding other colors.  Fun!

Here are 2 other samples I made recently using Memory Box dies:

Gentle Leaf

Gentle-LeafI love this card’s colors – probably because they look very autumnal and that’s my favorite time of the year.  All elements are from Memory Box and this card was on their blog.  Simply die cut or punch a circle on the right edge of the decorative paper.  Then stamp “Mail Definitions” and mount behind the circle opening.  Die cut Gentle Leaf twice from black cardstock and mount in front of the stamped background.  Finish with a sentiment and you’ve got a quick yet impressive card.


Deer in Birch Trees

Deer-Birch-TreesInspiration for this card came from Kitty Caracciolo.  I stamped the Birch Trees Cover-a-Card background stamp from IO Stamps in Memento Summer Sky ink.  Then I die cut three Tall Birch Trees (Memory Box) from watercolor paper and colored them with Ranger’s Pumice Stone distress re-inker.  The trees were mounted on the background and a “ground” of torn (darker green) cardstock was added.  Next I die cut Poppystamps Grasslands Border from lighter green cardstock and mounted this in the very front of the ground.  Greenery was added by die cutting Leafy Branch and cutting the greenery apart.  The deer is one of the deer on Deer Trio and I distressed him with Brushed Corduroy distress ink then mounted him between the grass and greenery.  Finally I thought some color would add to the scene so I die cut Flower Mound from red, blue and yellow and added the flowers to the scene.  Isn’t it fun when you can use lots of dies on one card?

Upcoming Classes

July 28 – Interactive Cards -- – Take your standard card to a whole new level by learning how to incorporate specialty folds, shadow boxes, pop-ups and other fun interactive elements into your greetings!  We will make three cards including a free-standing platform, a collapsible shadowbox, and one more!  They are all fun and impressive. For more information on this class, please click here or call me at 915-833-9500.


This is a "flip flop" or "swing" card.  The butterfly swings open when the left side of the card is pulledto reveal another sentiment on the back.

To see other class samples, click here.



 Sat, Aug 4 – Interlocking Gatefold Cards – Do your cards all have a similar look?  Do you wish you could “do something different?”  Now you can!  Let me show you how easy it is to make an interlocking die cut gate-fold card.  We will make two in class and I will show you samples with other ideas.  These cards are gorgeous and I know you will enjoy making them.

  Floral-Oval-LilacsHere's the card closed.





Floral-Oval-Lilacs-open Here's the card opening.





For more information on this class, please click here or call me at 915-833-9500.

Thanks for stopping byt today.  Please shop The Stamp Act for all your stamping needs.  Thanks!


Samples with Savvy Style Dies

Hi friends and thanks for stopping by.  Today I want to share with you some new samples I made with brand new dies from Savvy Style.  These dies are fabulous especially … well I love them all!!!  They are all in stock so hurry in for yours – or give me a call (915-833-9500) to claim yours.

Say Hello

Blue-BicycleSweet and simple, but with lots of “cute” appeal, this card features the “Hello” and the “Bicycle” dies.  For the “road” I simply used a scrap of black cardstock torn at both ends.  For the dashed line I used a new “must have – our extra fine tip white sharpie pen.  This pen actually works every time unlike most white gel pens.  Love it!!!  I use it for eyes and for highlighting details on cards.  It’s a bargain at $3.99.


For a quick hello to a friend I die cut the background using the Memory Box Piestra Die then glued a strip of red cardstock under it at top and bottom to show contrast against the yellow folded card.  I die cut the “hello” then stamped “friend” (Paper Smooches).  A few red and yellow crystals complete this very summery card.

The Awning!!

  Red-BicycleOK, if I have to choose a favorite it’s the Awning Die.  How cute is this die?  Cindy of Savvy Style didn’t know it fit the Memory Box Madison Window (small) until she started getting emails after it was released.  It does fit perfectly and the die also scores the fold lines so it’s easy to style.  Here you see it cut from red striped paper (all paper on this card from October Afternoon Sidewalks) shading the window.  The red bicycle is so cute leaning against the window box filled with greenery (Punch Bunch fern) and flowers (Memory Box Flower Mound die).  The grass is a die from The Cat’s Pajamas and the background is Tim Holtz Wood/Brick embossing folder.

Pink-Bicycle-Cupcakes Sweets for the Sweets!  How cute is this?  It’s like you’ve ridden your bike to the sweet shop and gone inside to buy a cupcake.  I had only completed the window portion of this card when my friend Jeri walked into the store.  She said it looked like a bakery and that gave me the idea to put sweets in the window.  I used a cake from a Hero Arts clear set and the mini cupcake from Deadbeat Designs stamped 6 times on the same cake base.  They fit perfectly!  The paper on this card is from Echo Park’s Hello Summer collection.  The sentiment stamp is from Amuse.

Speaking of Sweets

Chevron-CakeThe birthday cake is really cute and easy to work with.  I die cut it 4 times out of red, pink, yellow and gray.  Then I pieced the cake together by putting scor tape on the back of the cake (not on the candles!) and then inserting each color into the red cake frame.  A little yellow Stickles Glitter Glue lights up the candles.  The yellow chevron background and the “Happy Birthday” are from Paper Smooches.

Birch Trees Banner

Birch-Tree-Banner-AlligatorThis little alligator keeps popping up in a lot of my cards.  He is so cute and seems to be the perfect spokes-gator for summer!  Here he’s saying hello (very poorly written by me!!!) via a small banner (Poppystamps die) stretched between Birch Trees (Savvy).  The polka dot background is a Hero Arts stamp.  See the gator’s eyes?  I enhanced them by piecing them from white cardstock then adding Black Enamel Accents (Ranger) to the eyeballs!

Fantastic Summer

PinwheelThe Savvy Style Pinwheel Die is a really easy and quick way to send some impressive wishes friends and family this summer.  Just die cut the square and thread a mini brad through the pre-cut holes.  Here’s a good tip:  to make sure the pinwheel spins, cut a ½” square of foam tape and punch a small hole through it.  Leave the release sheet on the top of the square, thread the mini brad holding the pinwheel through it then splay the brad’s ends on the back of the tape.  To adhere the pinwheel to the card, I cut a ½” square of Scor Tape and adhered it to the foam tape then to the card.  The sentiment on this card is from Memory Box and the decorative paper is from Simple Stories Summer Fresh collection.


CityscapeWow!  Who wouldn’t love to receive congratulations with fireworks exploding all over the city?  For this card I used a Cityscape dies from Savvy Stamps and from My Favorite Things.  Using both dies I got a lot of variety in the buildings.  I die cut them from black cardstock then adhered small scraps of yellow cardstock to the back to light up the windows.  The cityscapes are mounted with foam tape to a back card embossed with the “fireworks” which is really the Hero Arts Starburst stamp inked in Versamark and embossed in white with yellow Stickles in the center.  The “congratulations” stamp is from Paper Smooches.

Last, but not Least – A Deer in the Birch Forest

Deer-Birch-TreesThis card looks “hard” but it is not – just break down the parts and it’s done!  Here are the elements I used on this card:

Cover-a-Card Birch Trees from IO Stamps stamped in Memento Summer Sky

Tall Birch trees from Memory Box cut from watercolor paper and colored with Ranger’s Distress Ink Pumice Stone reinker

Memory Box Deer Trio die

Memory Box Leafy Branch cut apart

Poppystamps Grassland Border die

Memory Box Flower Mound die for the flowers

Honestly once the parts are cut the design comes together quickly.

Just a couple more cards to share …

I taught a basic Stamping class recently and I wanted to help the new stamper stretch her budget so I made 3 cards from one set of stamps.  Fortunately using the new “Petal Party” clear stamp set from Penny Black I could easily have make 33 cards because it has so many versatile elements.  I paired “Petal Party” with another PB set called” Puzzle Parts.”  Here are the results (and let me say that they were all inspired by samples I saw on the PB Blog).

Petal-Party-set Puzzle-Parts






You Color My World

You-color-my-worldIsn’t this design dramatic?  The flowers are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black on vellum then embossed in black and cut out.  The colorful strip was created by cutting ⅜” strips of cardstock (I used Hero Arts cardstock) and taping them to a white cardstock scrap.  I made a large “rainbow” so I could cut multiple strips from it.  Once the rainbow was made, I stamped one of the borders from Puzzle parts on it and embossed it in clear – just to add some fun texture.  Next I cut a ⅝” strip and mounted it on black glossy cardstock.  The sentiment is perfect and it’s from Paper Smooches.

Life is Beautiful

Life-is-BeautifulFor this pretty card I stamped another of the borders from Puzzle Parts in Memento Dandelion ink on white cardstock.  I cut a piece 2⅝” x 5½” and pierced a row of holes along the right border using the Tim Holtz Design ruler, the Bazill Stitchz Piercing Mat (small) and a paper piercer. The flowers is stamped 3 times with Versamark ink on blue cardstock, embossed in white and cut out.  The leaves were stamped on white cardstock in Memento Cottage Ivy.  Finally the sentiment is stamped on a strip of white cardstock in Versafine Onyx Black and distressed with Memento Dandelion ink along the edges.

Pretty In Pink

Happy-EverythingFor this lovely “pretty in pink” card I first stamped the sentiment (Paper Smooches) in the center of the white cardstock.  Then I stamped the solid flower in Memento Rosebud ink around the borders.  How quick and easy!  I finished it with a little pink pearl made with the Viva Décor Pearl pen and a tiny pink heart jewel above the “I” in the sentiment.  The beauty of using the Pearl Pen is that you can make the “pearls” as large or small as you like.

That’s all for today.  Please come in soon and see all these products and much, much more!  Thanks and I hope you are enjoying your summer.



Summer Stamping Samples


Hi friends and thanks for stopping by today to see what’s happening at The Stamp Act.  We are still working on completely revamping the entire website but it is a HUGE undertaking and I am afraid it will be a while before it is finished.  I would rather stamp than work on the web, so let me share some wonderful samples that I hope will inspire you.  But first a few “headlines!

What’s New …

          HoneyblossomBrand new Memory Box and Poppystamps (sister companies) dies for summer including the beautiful "Honeyblossom Sprig" shown on the left.  There's also a cute flip flop sandals border, palm tree and ocean waves – beach card anyone?  Of course there are many, many more so to see the new collections click here and here.

          As many of you know, CHA summer is next week.  There will be tons of new products released at the show and many will find their way to our shelves – can’t wait!  I have learned that the new Winter release by Memory Box will be available for viewing and more importantly ordering on August 10th!

          New-diesSpeaking of dies, Savvy Stamps has new dies too.  I especially love their new 3D awning and 3D beach umbrella!  To see these new dies click here and to see an awesome sample (by the very talented Kittie Caracciolo) featuring the new awning click here.  FYI: The awning fits the smaller Madison Window by Poppystamps and we have it in stock!!!  The new Savvy dies should arrive tomorrow!

          Quote-the-RavenStampendous has already released their Winter holiday stamps and many are in stock now.  I must show you 2 new Halloween stamps that are soooo cool!  They are in stock now but I expect they will sell out quickly!!  You can see "Quote the Raven" on the left and "Skeleton Poem" below.  And that reminds me, we already have the new Graphic 45 "Happy Haunting" Halloween paper in stock!









What else is new?

        Studio Calico Wood Veneer Die Cut Pieces. Each package contains an assortment of die-cut wood veneer pieces that are approximately 1/16 inch thick and can be colored with a variety of media such as Copic markers, spray mists, distress inks and stains, etc.  Styles include: transportation, birds, butterflies, arrows and hearts, houses, tiny stars and frames.  Click here to see photos.  FYI:  This product is “red hot” so I am back-ordered on some of the shapes and the ones in stock are going super fast!!!  Email me to reserve yours today!

    We just got in 3 new fall dies from Spellbinders.  Take a look:







Fall Foliage                  Pumpkin Accents      







Pumpkin Circles


Upcoming Classes

Hey-Sugar-ConeSat, July 14 at 2 to 4pmPaper Smooches -- This is one of our newest vendors and their stamps are fun, fun, fun!  In this class we will make a variety of cards that will review some basic stamping techniques plus teach you a few new ones!  Please call me quick (915-833-9500) and come to class -- I guarantee you will have a great time!  Be sure to check out lots of Paper Smooches samples below.


Flip-Flop-frontSat, July 21 at 10 to noon -- Partial Die Cutting – Get more out of your dies by learning how to cut just part of a die to achieve new looks, openings and interactive “moving” parts!  I will show you how to use the unique Memory Box “pop-up” dies to create impressive die cut words that pop off the top of a card; how to make a flip-flop or “swing” card using a die cut; and how to make a hidden message card using a butterfly die and matching stamp.  You will love maxing out your dies with these fun and easy techniques!

Let me show you how this "swing" card looks opened up:

Flip-Flop-insideIn this photo you can see that I have partially cut the die cut (Spellbinders Labels 4) so that it swings open.  Everyone is really loving the trendy color combo of gray and mustard.  The decorative paper I used is from October Afternoon Farmhouse collection. The dogwood stamp on the cover is from Hero Arts as is the sentiment stamp inside.

The Memory Box "Joy" pop-up die and "Thanks" pop-up die are partially die cut in this samples:

Joy  Daisy-Thanks




One more card using the partial die cut technique:

Cocoa-Bean-ButterflyI made this sample with the Memory Box Cocoa Bean Butterfly stamp and die.  I am dissappointed that the photo makes the top 2 butterflies look so much alike -- one is actually orange and the other pink.  Anyway, you can see the butterflies are flying off the top of the card which is the partial die cut effect.  BTW, the sentiment is from Inky Antics.


Vintage-CarSat, July 21, 2 to 4pm – Take the Scenic Route – Lots of you keep asking for more “guy” cards and these three cards are perfect for guys for any occasion.  Whether you go by vintage car, locomotive or derigible, you’ll have fun taking the scenic route while you make these cards!  Here are the other 2 cards we will make:

Red-train  Blue-machines

The 2 cards above are made with Stampendous stamps:  Clear Set "Railway" and Cling "Flying Machines."


I-Love-RooSat, July 28, 10 to noon and 2 to 4pm – Interactive Cards – Take your standard card to a whole new level by learning how to incorporate specialty folds, shadow boxes, pop-ups and other fun interactive elements into your greetings!  We will make three cards including a free-standing platform, a collapsible shadowbox, and one more!  They are all fun and impressive.  Here are 2 more samples:

Platform-Card-closed       Platform-Card-open
Platform card closed (for mailing) and open for display.


Floral-Oval-LilacsSat, Aug 4, 10 to noon and 2 to 4pm – Interlocking Gatefold Cards – Do your cards all have a similar look?  Do you wish you could “do something different?”  Now you can!  Let me show you how easy it is to make an interlocking die cut gate-fold card.  These cards are gorgeous and I know you will enjoy making them.

Floral-Oval-Lilacs-open   Butterflies

The lilacs on the blue card and the butterflies on the pink card are from IO Stamps.  For the blue card I used Spellbinders Floral Ovals and Petite Ovals; for the pink card I used Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles and Labels 10. The sentiment on the lilacs card is from Amuse; the sentiment on the pink card is from Inky Antics.

Samples -- Let me share with you some fun samples.

Paper Smooches -- Alfresco Clear Set



Dream Big is from IO Stamps.

Join-us-shish-kabob      Watermelon-wedges

Watermelons  Hamburger-Hot-Dog-Sup

Paper Smooches -- Sugar Rush

Sugar-Rush  Candy-Wreath


Celebrate-Cones   Ice-Cream-Soda

Hey-Sugar-Cone   Lets-Chill

One thing I love about this set is that it contains 3 different sized face stamps!!!


Paper Smooches -- Metropolis

Matropolis   Car-Buildings
Paper Smooches -- Qwick Qwips

Qwick-Qwips  You-re-fab


Trendy Tape from Queen & Co.

Paper Smooches -- Geo-Graphic

Geo-Graphic  Chevron-Background

Hexagon-Background "Thanks" from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler.  Rose is from Deadbeat Designs.



Before I leave you today, let me show you a few samples I made using Memory Box dies:

Bubble-daisy-border  Cherry-Blossom

Bubble Daisy Border    Cherry Blossom on Basic grey Konnichiwa paper with Memory Box sentiment stamp (both cards)

Madera-corner Madera Corner die cut 4 times and the Fringe Circle layered on the center.  "Birthday Wishes" is from Hero Arts.



That's enough for today.  Happy Stamping and please come see me or call me soon!