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September 2012

Halloween and Harvest Samples

Hi friends.  First I want to welcome all the wonderful new stamping and papercrafting enthusiasts who have subscribed to my blog.  I hope you will find my samples inspiring and offer your feedback anytime.  Please know that even though my store is not up and running (yet!) if you are out of town I welcome your orders.  Just give me a call (915-833-9500) or email me with your wish list.  This week I have been delighted to speak with customers from Tampa to Georgia to New Mexico.  If you do order from The Stamp Act you will find that I offer stamping advice, customized service and special orders.  Plus there’s always a little extra tucked into each order.

Now that we’re in the Halloween, Harvest and almost Christmas stamping time, you will be happy to know that I have lots and lots of wonderful seasonal stamps and dies in stock.  You can see all the new products that are either in stock or coming within the next few days by hopping over to my website’s What’s New page.  The samples below will be arranged by company just like the What’s New page.  To reserve any product just call or email me!

What's New ... What's CDoming ... What's Hot!

Poppystamps (Memory Box's little sister company) has a new exciting release and you can see the dies I ordered on our What’s New page.  See the 2 darling kitties and the large and small windows, some that fit together and some that stand alone.  And the new Frnech Doors are fabulous!  Check it out and reserve your wish list soon!

Class this Saturday (click here for more details)

1-and-2-boxesMake these cute little candy tubes in class this Saturday at either 10am or 2pm.  We will use the new Fright Night Favors stamp set and coordinating Favor Frame die to make the labels for these scary gifts!  In class we will make 1 and 2 tube set plus another little Halloween project.  Call me at 915-833-9500 to register.

Taylored Expressions

Spooky-wreathIn my last blog post I showed you a sample with the Autumn Wreath stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Wreath die. These samples use the same die to cut the Spooky Wreath.  For this first card I embossed the background using the Tim Holtz Woodgrain/Brick embossing folder (FYI:  want to know how I applied colored the background gray?  Come to the October 13 class and learn this easy technique!)  The black cat is from a Spellbinder die; the little ghost is a Lifestyle Crafts die; the “knock if you dare” is part of the Spooky Wreath stamp set as are the spider and the spider web.

Spooky-wreath-roundThis round card is created using Spellbinder circle dies Lifestyle Crafts Nested Ghosts dies; and stamps from the Spooky Wreath set.  I stamped, colored and cut out the candy corns and popped them up on the wreath.  The black half pearls are one continuous strand from Kaisercraft.



Quoth-the-RavenIf a Halloween stamp can be shabby chic, this “Quoth the Raven” stamp from Stampendous certainly is.  I saw this card on their blog and had to try my hand at duplicating it.  I stamped the raven in Versafine Black Onyx ink on off-white cardstock.  Then I spritzed it with Goosebumps spray (Tsukineko) which when dry acts like a resist.  Next I distressed the image using Ranger Distress inks Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Wild Honey and a little Walnut.  I stamped the raven again; cut it out; colored the hat lightly with Memento Grape Jelly ink; and colored the raven’s body with Memento London Fog ink.  Next I popped the cut out bird up with a wobbler so the bird would move!

The final step on the focal image was to distress the edges using the Tim Holtz paper distresser (by Tonic) and add a little Walnut ink around the edges.  The corner were curled forward – if you do this, be sure to color the back of the corners because they will show.  Now, take a little cheesecloth and dye it in a bath of tea or coffee.  Let it dry or use your heat tool to dry it and curl it around the card as shown.  I also colored part of the cheesecloth with Grape Jelly ink (see bottom of card).  FYI:  I found mini glue dots held the cheesecloth really well.  I completed the background by mixing clear embossing powder with purple glitter (1 to1) and sponging a little Versamark ink around the edges of the background (kraft cardstock cut to 4⅜” x 6⅛”).  Sprinkle on the embossing powder and glitter and heat carefully from underneath the card so the glitter doesn’t fly everywhere!!  Distress this layer to then add your focal image and adhere both to a kraft card cut to 4½” x 6¼”. 

Penny Black

Halloween-NightIf you have been reading my blog you know I love to make backgrounds using Memento inks and jumbo daubers (Tsukineko).  Here’s another example.  I created the background using Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo and Grape jelly inks.  Then stamped the branch from the new Penny Black “Hoot of a Time” cling stamp set.  Here’s a hint:  make your background light (Dandelion and Cantaloupe) then punch a circle for the sun/moon from a 2” x 2” square of masking paper.  This will act as a reverse mask.  Place it wherever you want the sun/moon to be and sponge (heavily) Tangelo ink through the mask.  The sentiment is new from Memory Box.  Mount as shown.

Pumpkins-1Who doesn’t love pumpkins this time of year?  These new “Pumpkins” from Penny Black were colored with Copic markers and will be taught in my October 20 class (click here for more details).  Once the pumpkins were colored, I sponged the grass and sky in using Memento inks.  The russet card was stamped with Cover-a-Card Tapestry (IO Stamps) using Potters Clay Memento ink.  I added a little ribbon and a Candi Dot in orange.  You could add a sentiment at the bottom if you wanted to.

Pumpkins-2 This card uses the same stamp set and coloring technique. The sentiment is from Art Gone Wild. 





Autumn-TreeThe “Autumn Tree” stamp is also new from Penny Black this season.  I stamped it in Memento Rick Cocoa and colored it with Copic markers.  The background is Cover-a-Card Tapestry (IO Stamps) using Potters Clay Memento ink.  I stamped the sentiment (Savvy Stamps) and die cut it with a ribbon tag from Spellbinders. 



Ghost Pop-up card (see class October 6 here)

Ghost-Pop-up-card-outsidePop-up cards are always fun for both the maker and the receiver!  The ghosts are from a 12” Ghost Border die from Lifestyle Crafts.  Here’s a tip:  I die cut the ghosts from white and then from black cardstock.  Now you will discover how detailed oriented I am!  To make the eyes and mouth black on the white ghosts, I placed a little piece of ¼” Scor tape over the back of the eyes and mouth which meant the front openings were sticky.  I picked up each (black) eye and mouth and placed them into the openings on the white ghosts.  Next I adhered the white ghosts to the black ghosts slightly offsetting them to give the white ghosts a shadow.

Ghost-Pop-up-card-insideThe orange and black dotted background is die cut with a Nested Pinking Rectangle die set from Lifestyle Crafts.  The new Graveyard Border from Memory Box was die cut from gray cardstock and mounted with foam tape across the bottom of the card.  For the inside of the card, I created a pop-up template that would give me 2 levels.  I die cut another Pinking Rectangle (smaller and cut the bottom off a little) from black cardstock so I could adhere the front row of 4 ghosts to it.  The 2 ghosts in the back are mounted to the second level which is a well in the center of the first level.  The “Boo” speech bubble is an old Memory Box stamp and the Hallow’s Night sentiment is from Amuse Artstamps.

Memory Box

Jack-o-lantern-trio-longNow for a few cards using Memory Box dies and stamps.  I love the new “Pumpkin Trio” and coordinating “Jack-o-Lantern Faces” stamps.  The faces fit easily into the openings on the pumpkins.  I colored these pumpkins with Copic markersand distressed the off white cardstock with Ranger’s Antique Linen Distress ink.  The decorative paper is from Reminisce Autumn Harvest collection.  Quick and easy but of oh so cute!

Jack-o-lantern-trio-roundThis round card is also quick once you decide how to put the papers together!  I die cut everything 2 or 3 times from various papers trying to decide which way the papers looked best.  I finally decide don this arrangement.  The papers are from the new (very hot!!) Graphic 45 Happy Haunting collection, and the very cute Nested Pumpkin Circles die from Spellbinders.

Gentle-LeafLove the colors of this card!!!  Everything is from Memory Box: paper, sentiment and background (mail definitions) stamps, and the Gentle Leaf die.  I just die cut a circle and mounted the background stamp behind it.  The leaves were mounted in between these 2 layers. 



Serene-Bird-Graveyard-BordeOne more Halloween card.  The Poppystamps Serene Bird has such a presence that is draws all your attention.  But if you looked behind the bird, 2 layers of Pinking Circles (Spellbinders) are layered with a black circle.  The new Graveyard Border is mounted on top of the circles then the bird.  For the sentiment tag I first die cut the tag (Memory Box Ticket die) and stamped it with the spider web stamp from the Taylored Expressions “Spooky Wreath” stamp set.  The sentiment is from the Penny Black “Hoot of a Time” stamp set.  I then added a little Memory Box jeweled spider sticker.

Be sure to check our September 29th and our October classes on our website.  And don't miss the What's New page -- there's so many wonderful things to tempt you!  Please shop here first so your local stamp store will always be here to serve your stamping and paper crafting needs.  You really cannot assume that we will always be here if you don't shop here.  Thanks!

New Products and Big Sale!!!

Hello stampers and paper crafters.  Today is all about NEW:  New classes, new products, new big markdowns and new samples to inspire you.  First I want to welcome all the new subscribers to the Stamp Action Blog.  I appreciate you following my blog and would love for you to comment if you see something you like. 

Classes … Classes … Classes

September classes are posted on our website so check them out and come learn some new techniques in a fun setting!  FYI:  October classes will be posted later this week.

PB-Winter-LedgeSeptember 15, 10am and 2pm – Making Backgrounds with Memento Inks -- Learn how to make gorgeous backgrounds using Memento inks and jumbo daubers.  You will also learn about masking; embossing; accenting focal images with score lines; coloring with markers; misting; embellishing with pearl pens; and stenciling die cuts.  Whew!  That’s a lot for one class!  Please register early as I want to make sure I have enough supplies on hand for everyone.  This card is created with the Winter Ledge stamp (Penny Black) and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.  The black mat is die cut with the brand new Scallopped Label 1 die from Spellbinders -- it perfectly fits the Label 1 die that I used to cut my focal image.

I love creating colorful backgrounds with Memento inks and Jumbo Daubers.  It’s easy once you know a few simple steps.  Be sure to follow the link above to the class page on the website to see more samples.  All the (focal image) stamps on these cards are from Penny Black or Memory Box.

Maple-Leaves-ThanksSeptember 22, 10am and 2pm – Fall Foliage Greetings – Take one set of stamps and viola! Four beautiful fall cards and a colorful wreath!  The new Penny Black Foliage Fancy clear stamp set has three solid leaves with matching outline stamps.  As you make these cards you will learn how to blend ink colors on solid stamps; how to color backgrounds and with dye inks and daubers; how to stitch on paper; and how to make a border with stamps, inks and daubers.  Join us for a lot of learning and fun!

What’s New … What’s New … What’s New

We have so many wonderful stamps and dies coming in that I have posted all the images on our What’s New page on our website.  Hurry over there and see the items that are coming soon or already here!  The first huge order from Memory Box is here as are exciting new stamps and dies from brand new companies like Taylored Expressions and C C Designs.  If you see something you want email me or call me (915-833-9500) and reserve it until you can come in.  Mail orders are welcome, too.

Spotlight Company: Taylored Expressions

Yellow-Black-closedTaylored Expressions is a fun company that’s brand new to The Stamp Act.  Their numerous stamps sets (all rubber cling mounted) are packed with creativity and many are designed with a matching die.  The “Mark Your Spot” Bookmark stamp with matching bookmark die is one example.  All the images on these cards/bookmarks came from this set and there are several more stamps that I didn’t use. The bookmark on this card slips out from behind the black polka dot paper.

Library-Pocket-Card-ClosedThe library pocket and matching library card were created from templates found on line.  Both these samples were inspired by cards in the Taylored Expressions gallery.






Here’s another great example.  The Autumn Wreath stamp set and matching Seasonal Wreath Die are perfectly sized to coordinate with the Grand Madison Door (Poppystamps).  The “Happy Fall” sentiment is from IO Stamps and the pumpkins were created with a very old Spellbinder die.  The background is a Tim Holtz embossing folder (Woodgrain/Brick).

FYI:  The Seasonal Wreath Die also matches the Spooky Wreath stamp set and other wreath sets for spring and summer!  I will show you a sample with the Spooky Wreath soon!

 Sale … Sale … Sale

To accommodate all the new merchandise that’s flooding into the store, I had to do some rearranging this past weekend.  Despite the moving and consolidating, I still need more room!  So you are the beneficiary!  All the stamps that were 50% off are now 75% off!  Hurry in for best selection and grab some real bargains!!!  Plus I have marked dozens and dozens of styles of 12” x 12” decorative paper down to 10 cents each!!!! 

 More sample cards

Last Saturday’s class was all about the Hero Arts clear stamp set “This is Big.”  Let me show you these samples – they are so cute!

JJust-a-Hugust a Hug

Hero Arts Chevron Background

Buttons stamped and embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Powder



Pop-up-Outside Pop-up-InsidePop-up card

Echo Park Hello Summer papers, Simple Stories Summer Fresh papers, Spellbinders Border die, Memory Box Pearl Lace Border die, Sentiments from Paper Smooches

Woo-HooWoo Hoo

Basic Grey PB&J paper pad





This is Big







This-is-Big-3Memory Box paper, Spellbinders star die, Echo Park Dots and Stripes paper pad, 



Memory Box Dies and Stamps

I would to share with you several other sample cards all of which use Memory Box dies. Many of these cards were inspired by ones I saw on the Memory Box blog or the MB Flikr group.

Leafy-Branch-TreeLeafy Branch Tree

This card is an example of a technique that I call “Embossed Die Cuts.”  The die cut is colored then embossed for a very shiny and impressive focal images.  I will be teaching a class on Sat, Oct. 27 in this technique.

Wild-Blooms-Echo-Park Perched-ReedbirdWild Blooms die, Perched Reedbird die, Echo Park paper, May Arts twine, Sentiments: Hero Arts



Piestra-Tile-2 Fuschia-SprigPiestra Tile die, Darla Butterfly die, Fucshia Sprig die, papers from Memory Box, sentiments from Paper Smooches


Leafy-Branch-Globe BirdLeafy Branch Globe stamp (Memory Box), sentiments from Penny Black, felt bird die cut with Nestled Bird from Poppystamps


Round-Hospitality AEIO-Missing-UCountry Landscape die; Puffy Clouds die; Spellbinders nestable circle dies; sentiment (left) AMuse Art stamps, sentiment (right) Hero Arts;

Marshmallow-CloudsMarshmallow Clouds die; sentiment from Hero Arts




This card was inspired by one I saw on the KittieKraft blog.  I stamped the IO Stamps Birch Trees (6" x 6") background in Memento Summer Sky ink on white cardstock.  Next I die cut three birch trees with the Memory Box Tall Birch tree die.  I colored the trees using Ranger Pumice Stone re-inker.  I freehand cut some hills from green cardstock then die cut the Grassland Border (Poppystamps) and decorated it with flowers die cut with the Flower Mound die from Memory Box.  The greenery is die cut MB's Leafy Branch die.  Finally I added the largest deer from the MB Deer Trio die.

Halloween Candy Tubes

1-and-2-boxesAren’t these fun??  Make some yourself in our Sat, October 6 class.  I just love the little presentation box and I will give you templates for boxes that hold 1, 2 and 3 tubes.  I used another fun stamp set from Taylored Expressions (Fright Night Favors) with the matching Favor Label die to make the spooky labels!  The candy tubes are from SRM Stickers and we sell them in a pack of 6 for $6.59 or 12 for $12.99.  We’ve got lots of fun Halloween stuff in stock so pop in and check it out soon!

Have a great week and please shop at The Stamp Act so we can continue to bring all things fun in the stamping and papercrafting worlds!