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August 2012

Huge Die Sale Continues

Hi friends.  Thanks for reading this blog post.  Our Huge Die Sale continues through Sat, August 18 and it has been crazy!  We’ve sold tons of dies, but we still have many, many left.  Now’s your chance to get top quality dies for 25% off every die!   Remember, you must buy them by 8/18. Spend $30 on dies and buy at least 3 dies.  That’s easy to do when you see all the samples we have in the store.  So stop in soon and see all the wonderful dies!  If you’d like a list of the dies available, just email me and I will send you a list.  Or you can call me at 915-833-9500. For more information on August classes, click here.

 Upcoming Classes

Sat, Aug 18, 10 to noon and 2 to 4pm – 1 Stamp Set, 3 Cards – Learn to maximize your stamps’ potential as I show you how to make 3 cards from the Penny Black Petal Party stamp set.  We will also use the Penny Black Puzzle Parts clear stamp set for backgrounds.  This is a great class for beginners too because we will review heat embossing, bold and outline stamps, dye and pigment inks and much more.  For more information, click here.  Here are the cards we will be making:

You-color-my-world2 flowers from Petal Party stamped on vellum and embossed in black.  Puzzle Parts border stamped and embossed in clear on colorful border.  Sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.

Life-is-BeautifulPetal Party flower stamped 3 times on blue cardstock and embossed in white; cut out and mounted using foam tape.  Solid leaf (Petal Party) stamped 2 times on white cardstock in Memento Cottage Ivy then cut out.  Sentiment is also from Petal Party.  Lattice background is from Puzzle Parts border set.

Happy-EverythingPetal Party solid flower stamped in Memento Rosebud all around the white cardstock.  Paper Smooches sntiment.  Flower centers embellished with Viva Decor pearl pen.


Sat, Aug 25, 10 to noon and 2 to 4pm – 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!  For more information, click here.  Here are the cards we will be making.

ButterfliesThese butterflies are literally flying off the card.  I used the Hero Arts/Sizzix Butterfly stamp and matching die set.  The sentiment is from Inky Antics.  Butterflies are colored with Copic markers.





Flip-Flop-frontAnother buterfly card!  This one is called a Flip Flop card and it's on a "Z card" platform.  For this card I used the Hero/Sizzix set referenced above for the Dogwood stamp; sentiment from Penny Black; butterfly dies and scallop border from Memory Box; embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts; Spellbinders Labels 4 die.


Flip-Flop-insideThis is the inside of the card once it "flip flops" open!




Daisy-ThanksThis fun card is so cool and a great example of how easy partial die cutting is.  I used: memory Box pop-up thanks die; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; My Favorite Things Upsy Daisy die; MFT Fancy Flourish die; Viva Decor pearl pen ice white.

What’s New and Different?

          In a word, felt!  We have in stock three collections of felt: Summer, Fall and Winter.  Each contains 9 sheets (9” x 12”) of very high quality wool felt.  I love the look, the feel and the rich colors of wool felt.  A few notes:  (1) our wool felt is not the same as the felt you can find at the craft stores.  That felt is usually 100% acrylic and does not cut cleanly if at all.  Our wool felt cuts with super clean edges. If you cut a very detailed die you may need shims like the Memory Box Metal Shim (which I love!)  (2) to adhere felt to paper I have been using Claudine Helmuth’s Studio Gel Matte Multi-Medium which can be used as a glue, sealer and decoupage medium.   I have it in the mini size which is super convenient.  A few dabs holds the felt securely.   Let me show you a few samples:

Smooches Hearts

Smooches-HeartsLifestyle Crafts Nested Hearts die

Button from Hero Arts

Sentiment from Paper Smooches


You are too Kind

MFT-3-FlowersMy Favorite Things Flower die

Memory Box Savannah Border die

Memory Box Pearl Lace Border die

Sentiment from Paper Smooches



Clever Owl

Clever-OwlPoppystamps Clever Owl die

Memory Box Twigs and Berries die

Wood paper from Amuse Art Stamps

Word Bubble and “hi” stamp from Paper Smooches


Thrilled For You

Red-Heart-ChainMemory Box Heart Chain die

Sentiment from Paper Smooches





3 Maple Leaves

3-Autumn-LeavesSpellbinders Nested Maple Leaf Die Sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps Buttons from Hero Arts

Darice twine

Maple Leaf Frame

Maple-Leaf-FrameSpellbinders Nested Maple Leaf Die

Spellbinders Nested Square Die

Memory Box Scallop Border die

Memory Box sentiment



A Few More Samples

 Here are 2 cards I made last week with a die and stamp from Memory Box.

Flutter Vine  

Flutter-Vine-Green-WhiteThe Memory Box flutter vine die looks like a gingko leaf and it’s gorgeous.  I cut several vines from green and white cardstock then layered the white vines on a scrap of green and adhered this piece to a white card and trimmed off any vines hanging off the edges.  Similiarly, I layered the green vines on the top of the white card and trimmed.  I added the birthday sentiment (Memory Box) on a strip of white cardstock.  This card was inspired by a sample I saw on the MB blog.  Flutter vine sold out but can be ordered.

Dogwood Wreath

Pink-Dogwood-WreathI stamped the Dogwood Wreath on white cardstock in Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored the flowers with Prisma watercolor pencils.  I cut out the wreath and mounted it on a Lacy Circle (Spellbinders) cut from white cardstock.  I cut two Tessatina Borders (Memory Box) and glued them across an A2 card (see tip below).  Before I layered on the wreath focal image, I used my Scor It Mini scoring tool to score a line on either side of the Tessatina Borders.  This gives the background a little more definition and presence on the card.  Layer the focal image with foam tape and add a few butterflies (Martha Stewart punch) and blings.  The sentiment is from Memory Box.  Dogwood wreath stamp available.

Honeyblossom Sprig

Turquoise-cardLove the bright colors!  I saw this card on the MB blog and had to make it.  Watch for an upcoming class in September teaching this technique I call "Embossed Die Cuts."  I used Memory Box Tessatina Border; Honeyblossom Sprig; and Paper Smooches sentiment.

Purple-JourneySame technique here.  MB Honeyblossom Sprig die, Journey stamp and Crisp Bows die.  Memory Box background paper.




Chirstmas-PostcardFirst Christmas card of 2012.  Decorative paper from Authentique Festive Bundle; MB Honeyblossom Sprig; Stampendous "Christmas Background" stamp.



Blue-square-cardMemory Box Honeyblossom Sprig die; MB 6"x6" paper pad; MB sentiment; Spellbinders Labels 1 lg and sm dies.





Memory Box Honeyblossom Sprig die; MB 6"x6" paper pad; MB sentiment; Tim Holtz embossing folder.



Please stop in the store soon!  Thanks for reading this blog post!





Huge 25% Die Sale

Hi friends.

The new dies from Memory Box, Spellbinders, Cottage Cutz, Lifestyle Crafts, Poppystamps, Savvy Stamps, IO-Stamps are all coming and I need lots of room!  So I am having a huge die 25% off sale to make room for the dies.  Here are the details of this sale:

When:    August 8 through 18

What:    All dies in stock from all companies

How:    You must buy at least 3 dies and spend at least $30 in dies (excluding tax and shipping and after discount is applied) to qualify for the discount.  All special orders or pre-orders are not on sale.  Any die already on sale is not subject to further discount.

Who:    This sale is open to everyone including mail order.  I am sorry I cannot list all the dies I have in stock, but just give me a quick call (915-833-9500) or email me to see what's available.

To entice you I have new samples made with a variety of dies -- all of which are in stock now.

Black-White-1 Memory Box "Chloe" die

Lifestyle Crafts "Bloom" embossing folder




Black-White-2Memory Box "Chloe" die

Spellbinders Labels 2 nested dies

Memory Box "Just a Note" stamp




Orange-ChloeMemory Box "Chloe" die

Sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches





Bird-Wild-BloomsMemory Box "Wild Blooms" die

Poppystamps "Serene Bird" die

Technique: stenciling ink and embossing



Orange-Wild-BloomsMemory Box "Wild Blooms" die

Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts




Pink-Wild-BloomsMemory Box "Wild Blooms" die

Spellbinders Floral Ovals die set

Punch Bunch fern punch

Lifestyle Crafts "Bloom" embossing folder


Purple-Wild-BloomsMemory Box "Wild Blooms" die

Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts




White-on-WhiteMemory Box "Wild Blooms" die

Sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches


Flutter-Vine-Green-WhiteMemory Box "Flutter Vine" die

Memory Box sentiment stamp





Grove-Branch-LeavesMemory Box "Grove Branch" die

Memory Box "Grove Leaves" die

Memory Box "Floral Delights" die

Memory Boix sentiment stamp

Swirly-Tree-HelloMemory Box "Swirly Tree" die

Memory Box "Swirly Leaves" die

Poppystamps "Mini Picket Fence" die

Savvy Style "Hello" die



Memory Box "Tall Birch Tree" die

Memory Box "Swirly Leaves" die

Memory Box "Perched Reedbird" Die

Memory Box sentiment

Spellbinders scalloped circles die


Summer-Border-ButterflyMemory Box "Summer Border" die

Memory Box "Vivienne" and "Darla" butterfly dies

Memory Box sentiment

Summer-Border-BirthdayMemory Box "Summer Border" die

Penny Black sentiment



Beach-SceneMemory Box Dies -- Swaying Palm Tree, Sandal Border, Floral Delights

Memory Box journey stamp




Bubble-daisy-borderPoppystamps "Bubble Daisy" Border" die

Memory Box sentiment


Cherry-BlossomMemory Box "Cherry Blossom" die

Memory Box sentiment stamp

Basic Gray Konnichiwa paper pad



Shadow-Box2Shadowbox Card:

Memory Box Dies -- Country Landscape, Puffy Clouds and Fringe Circle


Poppystamps "Simple Banner" die

Spellbinders Labels 8 die set

Penny Black sentiments and balloons

Please come in or call me to reserve your dies ASAP!!!!  These dies are sure to fly out of here quickly!!!!