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June 2013

Hello Crafty Friends from The Stamp Act

Hello Crafty Friends.  I hope your summer is starting off well.  Yes, it is hot here, but  it's nice the mornings and evening are cooler.  Things have been really busy here at The Stamp Act – last Friday I received 6 orders!  Whew – I had to really work fast to get them all checked in and put out before my Saturday morning class started.  As a result the store is full of Memory Box dies; new stamp sets from Paper Smooches; new stamps from Penny Black and Hero Arts; new stamps and dies from Impression Obsession.  Please stop in and see what’s new!

Upcoming Classes

Our class this Saturday, June 22 (at 10am and 2pm) will center on Rolled Flowers.  Rolled flowers can decorate everything from cards to scrapbook pages to home décor items.  Just die cut the flower and roll it up using a quilling tool.  It is quick and easy!  And the best part is that the flowers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.   Join us to learn how to work with rolled flowers as you create beautiful cards.  Please bring your quilling tool.

In this class you will learn how to roll flowers from paper and felt; how to “letterpress” a
frame using an embossing folder; and how to “dress up” a dress form die (sorry
for the pun)!  It’s going to be a fun class so please give me a call (915-833-9500) or send me an email if you would like to attend.  Here are the samples and the supplies I used to create them. 

Dress-Form-Tall

Decorative paper:  Pink Paislee; Stamps: Hero Arts; Tall Dress Form: Memory Box; Other: buttons, floss, Krylon SIlver Leafing pen, Spellbinders circle dies, Copic fine tip black pen, wool felt, Copic glitter pens, Kaisercraft pearl

 

 

 

IO-DaisiesDecorative paper: Memory Box; Embossing Folder "Clouds" and "Springtime": Darice; Dies: Poppystamps Grassland Border; Memory Box Tender Leaves; Impression Obsession Spiral Daisy; Sentiment: Impression Obsession; Viva Decor Pearl pen

 

Time-Rect-IO-Flowers

 

 

Dies: Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles; Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers; Memory Box Blooming Vine; Sentiment: Hero Arts; Viva Decor Pearl Pen

 

  

Saturday, June 29 (at 10am and 2pm) we will use a set of stickers
from Penny Black
to create a set of very beautiful cards.  Penny Black has already colored the
focal images so we can turn our attention to creating equally creative backgrounds.  Learn how to blend various Memento inks into just the right shade to match the sticker.  Make a beautiful set of cards to give or keep.  Here are the samples:

Best-Day Happy-Thoughts Just-Saying-Hello

 

 

 

Happy-Birthday Feel-Better-Soon

 

 

 

 

 

 New Stamp Sets

I-Heart-ArtI had so much fun recently playing with a new clear stamp set from Paper Smooches called “I Heart Art.”  The set includes lots of fun images and words.  I will have more
samples upcoming using this set because I just received the Paint Palette and Paintbrush die set that coordinates with the stamps.  For now, let me show you some samples (some inspired by samples on their blog).

  

  

  

  

Black-From-the-HeartThe trick to making your color stand out on the black cardstock is really easy.  Just emboss your image sin white first then color over the embossed image with Copic markers!  For this card I also used a small clear stamp set from Inkadinkado (it's called Blood Splatter because it's a Halloween stamp!).



 

Crafty-Friend Easel-Heart Paint-Tubes

 

 

 

  

First-Aid-KitAnother cute set from Paper Smooches called “First Aid Kit” caught my eye too because I have a friend who is recovering from a broken leg.  This kit too has coordinating dies and I will show you samples using those later.  For now, check out these samples -- the first one is called a Penny Slider card.  The "road" was cut with a die from The Cat's Pajamas ("Toppers" and the ambulance mounted on 2 pennies adhered together with foam tape.

Penny-Slider-ambulance 

  

  

  

Bandaids-blue Hugs-Black-Red Lean-on-me-cruches

 

 

 

 

 

 

I gave a class recently using the Hero Arts “Flower Text” design block stamp.  Here are the samples from that class:

  Yellow-DaisyBlack-and-White

 

 

 

Canvas-Colored

 

 

 

Here are a few other samples I have made recently:

Garden-CritterPenny Black "Garden Critters" clear stamp set; Hero Arts/Basic Grey "Garden Background"; Sentiment: Hero Arts; Kraft, white and red cardstock; Versamark and white embossing powder; Copic markers; Glossy Accents on the boots.  Note: original design seen on their blog).

 

 

Butterfly-StudyMemory Box Butterfly Study cling-mounted stamp; Memory Box “Create Art” wood-mounted stamp; Memento inks: Bahama Blue, Cantaloupe, Lu Lu Lavender and Grape Jelly; Memory Box Isabella and Pippi butterfly dies; Hero gemstones Spring Mix (original design seen on their blog)

 

 

H-B-day-OwlMemory Box dies: Tiny Bow, Happy, and Birthday; Penny Black “At Mimi’s Party” owl wood-mounted stamp; “Birthday” from Hero Arts; Candi Dots with Candi Fix (their die cut pop-up adhesive); Copic Markers; Stickles Stardust glitter glue; original design seen on their blog)


Upcoming Classes and New Samples

Hi Friends.  Today I am going to remind you of our
upcoming classes and share with you several new samples.  I have lots of new things coming in from
Taylored Expressions, Paper Smooches, Memory Box, Impression Obsession, Penny Black and Hero Arts.  Isn’t it wonderful how the paper crafting industry keeps reinventing itself and tempting us with more and more beautiful goodies?  It is an addiction, but a beautiful one that we all enjoy.  Actually, I consider it “mental therapy!” 

Speaking of therapy, a quick update on my health.  The last couple of weeks have really seen me “leap” forward to better health.  I have lost a few pounds (many more to go, but at least I am starting!) and exercised every day.  As a result I have been able to get off both the blood pressure medicine and pain pills. Yeah!  I feel great and look forward to shopping in my own closet for smaller size clothes soon.  Thanks for all your support and good wishes.

 Upcoming Classes 

Sat, June 8, 10am to Noon and 2 to 4pm – Drift Flowers Cards

We will make several beautiful cards using Memory Box Drift Flower stamp and dies, Copic markers, glitter, pearl pens and Distress inks.  As a bonus we will make another
card using a variety of Memory Box stamps and dies, Distress Inks and a reverse mask.  Lots of techniques!

  Where-flowers-bloom     Green-Flowers

Pink-thanks  Spring-Wreath


Saturday, June 15 at 10am and 2 pm: Bed of Roses Cards

Penny Black’s new “Bed of Roses” stamp offers an endless variety of card ideas.  We will use this stamp
and make cards using these techniques:  spotlight stamping, monochromatic stamping; making die cut frames; coloring with Copic markers; and cutting and mounting large die cut backgrounds.

  Blue-roses Lattice

Red-Roses Red-Rose-Pyramid
Black-and-white

 

 

 

Saturday, June 22 at 10am and 2 pm: Making Rolled Flowers

Rolled flowers can decorate everything from cards to
scrapbook pages to home décor items. Just die cut the flower and roll it up using a quilling tool.  It is quick and easy!  And the best part is that the flowers come in
all kinds of shapes and sizes.  Join us to learn how to work with rolled flowers as you create beautiful cards.  Please bring your quilling tool.

Leafy-Branch-Globe  Happy-Birthday Lattice-Rectangle-Pink

 

 

Saturday, June 29 at 10am and 2 pm: Colorful Card Set using Penny Black Stickers

Penny Black has already colored the focal images so we can turn our attention to creating equally creative backgrounds.  Learn how to blend various Memento inks into just the right shade to match the sticker. Make a beautiful set of cards to give or keep.

Best-Day  Just-Saying-Hello

Feel-Better-Soon  Happy-Birthday

Happy-Thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Cards

Let me share with you some new samples.  I will list the
supplies I used and if you have any questions, just send me an email or call me (915-833-9500).  Many of these samples are inspired by samples from various manufacturer's blogs.

Poppy-HeadsSavvy Stamps Poppy Head die; Distress Inks: Barn Door, Lemonade and Peacock Feathers; Black embroidery floss & Silk ribbon; Background: Hero Arts Envelope Pattern stamped and embossed in clear; Sentiment: Hero Arts "Glow Girl" clear set; Viva Décor Pearl Pens

 

Luminous-PoppiesMemory Box Luminous Poppies Stamp; Memory Box papers; Memento inks: Love Letter and Bamboo Leaves; Sentiment: Memory Box

 

 

 

 

Jasper-bird-cageMB Jasper Leaves die; MB “Hello” die; MB Fancy Blossoms die; Poppystamps Vintage
Bird Cage die; Poppystamps Nestled Bird die; Spellbinders circle die

 

 

Graceful-Sil-KylieMB Graceful Silhouette die; MB Kylie Stem die; Taylored Expressions (TE) Mini Tags die; TE All Occasions
sentiments stamp set

 

 

 

 

Whimsy-vine-ladybugsMB Whimsy Vine die (cuts out one set of leaves while leaving the other set attached but popped up!); MB Hello die; MB Lady Bugs die; MB Gloriosa Vine; Copic marker and Spica lime glitter pen; Copic fine tipped black
pen

 

Heart-Amira-EssexMB Grand Heart die; MB Amira flourish die; MB Essex die (cut twice); MB Tender Leaves die; MB Fancy Blossoms
die; Sentiment: Hero Arts

 

 

 

 

Bella-BouquetMB Bella Bouquet die; MB Fresh Foliage die; MB Tessatina border die; MB Pastry Labels die; MB papers; Sentiment: Memory Box

 

 

 

 

Pinwheels OH-Happy-Day
IO Pinwheels stamp that's paper pieced; Sentiment: Amuse

IO OH Happy Day stamp; MB Marshmallow Cloud
die; MB Fringe Circle die; MB Family Ties (bow tie); Kite was hand drawn

All stamps from Penny Black “April Showers” clear set

  3-umbrellas Umbrellas-Rain
Jump-in-Puddles

Umbrellas, rain and rain boots colored with Copic markers; sentiments and clouds from same set;  Blue Background: Penny Black “Blissful”; "Puddles" sentiment:  Savvy Stamps; “Raindrops” by Little Yellow Bicycle (I think)

 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember if you can't come in and shop please call me to reserve any item you like and we are happy to ship.  Have a great day!