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October 2012

Poppystamps WIndows and Poinsettia Samples

Chirstmas-PostcardHello and thanks for stopping by the StampAction blog.  Today I have a few samples to share with you, but first let me encourage you to come to class this weekend.  I am teaching a very popular technique called Embossed Die Cuts.  Everyone comments on the samples of this technique in the store and now’s your chance to learn how to achieve this very impressive look.  It works for any die cut and any season.

Here are the details:    October 27, 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm – Embossed Die Cuts – Make a Christmas card (see above) and a fall card using dies from Memory Box. We will color the dies cuts with Distress Stains or Copic markers then add the embossed shine!  It’s a very easy and fun technique that’s easily transferable to a variety of other surfaces including other die cuts.  Come and join us!  Bring class kit and ask for a list of other supplies.  Get more information here.

Here are some other samples using this technique:    Catalina-Border-Fall   Catalina-Wreath-Fall


Grapevine-Wreath-with-bird Turquoise-card



New Poppystamps Dies in Stock

Exciting news!  The new Poppystamps dies are here and they are wonderful.  Be sure to check out the Poppystamps dies on my What’s New page here.  I got a chance to play with a few of these dies this weekend and here are the results:

Poinsettia-whiteI love poinsettias – I have a whole drawer of poinsettia stamps and dies!  The new Poppystamps Blooming Poinsettia die is awesome – it has 5 separate dies including the little middle part and the leaf.  Simply stack them up or spend some time shaping the petals with a stylus and you’ve got a festive Christmas season greeting.


Poinsettia-redFor these two cards I die used metallic cardstock in white and red.  First I embossed the backgrounds (Lifestyle Crafts and Cuttlebug embossing folders) then heat embossed the greetings (Penny Black Christmas Cheer clear stamp set) in gold.  The poinsettia layers are adhered together with glue dots.  I added a little gold pearl to the center.

Arch-Stained-Glass-Window-2Poppystamps has a variety of new window dies including the Grand Arched Window and the Stained Glass Window that fits inside the arched window.   For the first card, I die cut the stained glass window from black glossy cardstock and the arched window from gray cardstock.  You can’t hardly see it but I stamped the gray window with an old background stamp from Magenta to add a “faux stone” effect.  Next I cut vellum to 2½” x 5” and covered it with Scor tape (I used the 2½” wide tape but you could also use the sheets).  Remove the release sheet to expose the sticky surface and flood it with clear glitter.  Using your fingertips or a bone folder, burnish the glitter vigorously to make the glitter adhere to the scor tape and remove any loose glitter.  Eventually you will have a very smooth layer of glitter that will not “shed!” 

Next I adhered the stained glass window to the arched window and this piece to the glitter layer using scor tape.  Now color the glitter using Copic markers.  Choose fairly dark makers because the colors will not be as dark on the glitter.  Mount the finished window to an embossed background (Cuttlebug) and to a gray card.  Round the corners.

Arched-Stained-Glass-WindowFor the second card I mounted the die cut window to an embossed background (Tim Holtz brick) and colored it with Copic makers.  For some reason the Copic markers reacted to the glossy cardstock and black streaks came off in my coloring.  I would advise either trying water-based markers instead or die cutting the window from non-glossy cardstock.

A Few More Ideas …

Numbers-Birthday-cardMy brother’s birthday was this week so I needed a “guy” birthday card.  I used the Memory Box Parker number set which also comes with several punctuation symbols including the cute little question mark.  First I cut the cardstock to 5¼” x 4” and stamped the greeting (Stampendous).  I laid out the number dies randomly on the cardstock, taped them down with removable tape and die cut them.  If you want to make multiple cards, I discovered that rather than moving the dies with their tape from card front to card front, simply leave the die cut card in your machine and place another piece of cardstock cut to size on top and run it through again.  You can make many card fronts quite easily this way.  The tedious part of this card is retrieving the little punched out parts of the 6, 9, 8, 4 and 0 and popping them up inside the die cut numbers.  If the card is for a young person, you can always die cut their age in place of the question mark.  Be sure to place a piece of contrasting cardstock behind the question mark or age to highlight it.

Fall-ThanksI am always in need of thank you cards and it’s nice to make one that reflects the season.  I die cut the green cardstock with the Modern Landscape die and the Pop-up Thanks die which remember does not cut the bottom of the letters giving the letters a pop-up effect.  I wanted a multicolor effect so I used a craft knife to cut away the (green) letters, put double stick tape on the back of the green piece including right across the back of the letter openings and mounted it to orange cardstock.  Then I cut the thanks die from several colors of cardstock and fit the letters into the openings backed with the double sided tape.  For a final embellishment I added Candi Dots on top of the trees to give them some color too.  The result is a multicolor fall thank you card!

 I hope these samples inspire you.  Please stop by the store soon to pick up any of these dies and supplies.  Thanks!

Halloween Hill Free Make and Take

Hi stamping friends.  Yeah! It’s October, my favorite month of the year.  Fall is trying to come to the desert with temperatures dropping and a few leaves starting to turn.  This is the best time of the year to stamp – the images for Halloween and fall and the colors – it’s all too much fun.

Upcoming Classes on Sat, October 20 – Copic Marker Tutorial

Pumpkins-1This Saturday I will be teaching a Copic marker tutorial using two pumpkinPumpkins-2 stamps.  The first two cards were made with the new Penny Black “Pumpkins.” The "Autumn Greetings"

sentiment is from Inky Antics.

Jack-o-lantern-trio-longThe next two cards were created using the new Memory Box “Pumpkin Trio” and “Jack-o-Lantern Faces.”  Jack-o-lantern-trio-roundPlease join us for this imnformative and fun class at 10am or 2pm.  Get more information here.





Upcoming Classes on Sat, October 27 – Embossed Die Cuts

Grapevine-Wreath-with-birdNext Saturday’s class will teach you how to make “embossed die cuts.”  This is a very impressive technique that can be used with any die.  In the class we will color the dies with several media including Copic markers and distress stains then add the “embossing” that makes the dies really come to life.  This a cool technique that will impress everyone so be sure to sign up early!  Get more information here.

Upcoming Class on Sat, November 3 – Embossing Folder Techniques

You missed a great class last weekend (if I do say so myself)!!  I showed students how to use embossing folders in very creative ways.  Everyone was so impressed with the techniques and learned so much that I am going to offer it again Sat, November 3 at 10am and 2pm.  Let me share with you the class samples and as you look at them bear in mind that all the embossed  focal images started with white cardstock.

Roses "Tea Party" folder from Lifestyle Crafts

Sentiment from Penny Black "Gratitude" clear stamp set

Ribbon Tag die from Spellbinders



Bird-cage"Birds and Swirls" folder from Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)

Birdcage die from Poppystamps

Sentiment from Studio 490 (Stampers Anonymous)


Stars"Number Collage" folder from Cuttlebug (Provo Craft)

Stars die cut with "Stars 5" die from Spellbinders

Sentiment from Hero Arts


Purple-roses"Flowers and Flourishes" folder from Sizzix; Reflections "Script" die from Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous; Roses die cut with mini roses die from My Favorite Things; sentiment from Penny Black "...Wishes" clear stamp set.


Skull-reflectionsHere's my favorite!  Embossing folder is "Halloween" Texture Trades from Tim Holtz/Sizzix; Reflections "Halloween" stamp from Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous); sentiment is from Just Rite Stampers Mini Halloween stamp set.


Here are some samples I have made with new dies and stamps in the store.

IO Stamps

MITI-Halloween-Hill-2Good News and Bad News:  First the bad news:  The very popular Halloween Hill die from IO Stamps has already sold out so if you want it I can order it but it won’t be here for Halloween this year.  Now the good news:  I am offering a free make and take card using the new die when you stop by the store anytime before Halloween.  The text background stamp is Cover-a-Card Halloween Text stamped in Memento Grape Jelly and it and the sentiment (all from IO Stamps) are both in stock.  Here's another variation on the same theme:

Halloween-Hill-cardThis is an easel card with the new "Halloween Bat" stamp from Memory Box holding open the Halloween Hill die cut focal image.



Savvy Stamps and Dies

Owl-Birch-Tree-Graveyard-BoHere are two Halloween cards made with Savvy Stamps dies and stamps.   The birch tree die cuts out 6 separate birch trees which can be used to make a birch tree forest or an individual branch.  Owl-Birch-TreesThe little owl is a stamp that you can easily cut out and insert in a slit behind a tree or perch on a branch.  The “have a hoot of a time” is from a Penny Black cling-mounted set and the graveyard border is from Memory Box.

FYI – the new Savvy dies are here and selling fast.  Here’s a link to our “What’s New” page so you can check them out.  Just call me (915-833-9500) or send me an email to reserve yours!


Lifestyle Crafts

Candles-stairstep-cardHere’s a really cute birthday card that uses a shaped card called a “Front Stair Step card.”   I cut it out by hand which was a little tricky so I decided I would order some pre-cut (they should be here in a few weeks).  The side panels are layered with black and white Memory Box polka dot paper then I added a lace effect using the Memory Box Charlotte border.  The center panel is layered with yellow Memory Box Distressed Dots paper and three candles from the 4”x4” Candles die from Lifestyle Crafts.  The Curly-Q border is from CC Designs and the totally appropriate sentiment is from Art Impressions.  Fun!

Santa-Paper-DollLooking ahead to the Christmas season, this Santa is perfect for Cards, scrapbook pages and for decorating packages or gift bags.  He’s actually a paper doll costume die, but you don’t really need the paper doll die; just assemble the parts and adhere them to scrap cardstock, cutting away any excess cardstock around the body.  I added a little bit of pink cardstock for his face and dotted in his eyes with Ranger’s Enamel Accents in black.  Quick and Easy and sooo cute!  FYI:  He stands about 3" tall.

Bookmark Cards

I absolutely love the new stamps and dies we have been receiving from Taylored Expressions.  Let me share with you several bookmarks and bookmark cards that I made recently.  The set of stamps I used is “Mark Your Spot” and the coordinating bookmark die.  I also used the library pocket die, the clipboard die, the notepaper stamp and the library pocket stamp.  Images were colored with Copic markers.






Learn-to-read   Library-Pocket-Card-Closed

Yellow-Black-closed Yellow-Black-open






Studio Calico Wood Veneer Shapes

Many-ThanksI have had a lot of fun playing with these wood veneer shapes.  It is surprising what you can do with them!  These shapes are easily colored with Copic markers, water-based markers, inks and mists.  I know I have shared some of these samples in the past, but I made a few new ones and thought I would share all of the again.  Enjoy!

Congratulations   Happiness





Hello  Miss-You






A Little Note of Thanks

Fall-Foliage-1Here’s a quick card that uses a technique that is quick and easy yet very impressive.  I used the large maple leaf die from the Spellbinders’ new “Fall Foliage” die set and embossed it on white cardstock.  Just use the appropriate “embossing sandwich recipe” for your die cut machine.  Then I die cut the leaf from Reminisce Autumn Harvest decorative paper and adhered this leaf into the embossed leaf shape.  I added a border and mat from the same decorative paper and a sentiment from Deadbeat Designs.  Quick and easy thank you card that‘s perfect for the season.


Be sure to stop in and shop and make the Halloween make it and take it card for free!  Thanks for reading my little blog!