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July 2013

Penny Black "Every Happiness" Stamp Set

The CHA trade show for the crafting industry is this week and there are many, many new products. Last week I told you about the new We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  I have had more time to play with this tool and I love it.  Why?  Because it gives me freedom to make a card any size I want and not have to be “ruled” by the size envelope I have on hand.  Yeah!  Here are examples of 2 cards I made last week where the card’s design would have been completely lost if I had had to translate it into a conventional size.  The envelopes are easy and quick to make with the instructions are right on the board.


Penny Black die “Bashful”; Penny Black “Dots in Space” background stamp; Sentiment Inky Antics



Take-Time-to-EnjoyPenny Black “Every Happiness” and “Diamond Pattern” stamps; watercolored with Memento inks; Sentiment Hero Arts



Class Saturday August 3

This Saturday’s class (August 3 at 10am and 2pm) will be an exploration of Penny Black’s “Every Happiness” stamp set.  All these cards were made with that one stamp set using a variety of different techniques.  Please give me a call (915-833-9500) if you are interested in attending or want more information.

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Colorful-Flowers Wishing-you-every-happiness









4-Autumn-colors Grey-with-Pink 





Letter-Stamp-1 Letter-Stamp-2





Please stop in soon and shop for all the new stamps and dies you "need!"  Thanks!  Polly and Chloe








Summer Stamping

We have new dies from Savvy stamps and they are perfect for summer stamping. 


Die-photo Summer-Set-Dies









Here are some samples I made with these dies.

Red-sailboatSentiment from Paper Smooches “Get Outta Town”; Sailboat and large fish die cuts from Savvy Stamps “Summer Set” die set; Small fish die cuts from Memory Box “School” of Fish” die





3-summer-iconsAnchor, Sailboat and starfish die cuts from Savvy Stamps “Summer Set” die set; Sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps







Red polka dot on beach

Clouds and sun (fringe circle) from Memory Box; Sunglasses from Impression Obsession glasses die; Sentiment from Amuse; cork "paper" from Die Cuts with a View.

Here's how to make "sunglasses" -- die  cut glasses from colored cardstock; glue to black cardstock and cut out; press glasses onto Versamark Ink pad; cover with clear embossing powder and heat.  The result is shiny, dark sunglasses!



Sentiment from Deadbeat Designs; Embossing Folder from Lifestyle Crafts; Chevron striped decorative paper from Carta Bella “Cool Summer”; Sentiment from Savvy Stamps




Sentiment from Memory Box; Small scalloped border from Memory Box die; Medium scalloped border from Taylored Expressions die; Wave border stamp from Savvy Stamps






Embossing folder from Sizzix; Shopping Bag from Taylored Expressions die; Sunglasses from Impression Obsession glasses die; Roll of blue wool felt; Sentiment from Paper Smooches “Get Outta Town”; “Fun in the sun” sentiment from Rubbermoon; Blue label from Taylored Expressions shopping bag die.




Just one more sample today.  In the Southwest, July and August are called the "monsoon season" and we are likely to have rain any afternoon and evening.  Here's a card that is perfect for this season:

Rain-or-ShineI used the new Impression Obsesssion "Rain" cover-a-card stamp; a cute little critter from Penny Black's "Garden Critters clear stamp set; 2 clouds from Memory Box's "Puffy Clouds" and "Marshmallow Clouds" die sets; and a sentiment from Impression Obsesssion.




Enjoy your summer stamping and please stop in and shop soon.  Thanks for reading the blog!

Christmas in July

Library-Pocket-favor-1Merry Christmas in July!  Yes, it is hard to believe but the holidays are only a few short months away.  As most of you know this is the month for the big trade show for papercrafters which means that all our favorite companies are releasing new merchandise this month.  I have already received new stamps and dies from Memory Box and soon will receive new goodies from Impression Obsession and many others so be sure to stop in soon and see all the new things for Halloween and Christmas. 

Envelope-Punch-photoSpeaking of new "goodies,"  I just received the new We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board which is too cool!  This board lets you easily and quickly make envelopes of any size.  Stop in and make an envelope for yourself.  The Punch Board is only $19.99!  I used the envelope punch to make a box (3 3/4" x 3 3/4") which I filled with 3" x 3" cards and envelopes.  The images are from a sticker set by Penny Black; sentiments from Hero Arts and Penny Black; and pennant die from PoppyStamps.








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Christmas in July Class

Stamp-setThis weekend's class (Sat, July 27 at 10am and 2pm) is Christmas in July and I will be featuring a stamp set with coordinating die sets from Taylored Expressions called Very Merry stamps with Outline and Scallops dies.  The stamp set comes with the bonus "Merry" die that you will see on the cards below. Please call Polly by Friday morning at 10am at 915-833-9500 to register.


Very-merry-outlines  Very-merry-scallops





Taylored Expressions Very Merry stamp set, Outline and Scallops die sets

Here are photos of the Christmas cards I made with these stamps and dies.  We will make 3 in the upcoming class.


Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies; Viva Décor Pearl Pen “Ice White”









Paper Smooches “Geo-Graphic Borders”; Taylored Expressions Library Pocket die; Taylored Expressions “Label Stacklets 1”; White wool felt; Hero Arts “Dots” Sea




Red-Mittens Green-Mittens

Sentiment from Taylored Expressions “Many Minis Holidays”; Background die from Taylored Expressions “Quatrefoil” die


Scallop backgrounds die cut from vellum; Mini clothespins from Hero Arts; Medium scalloped border die from Taylored Expressions





Background from Penny Black “Christmas Story”
















This card is copied from Kittie on the KittieKraft blog and yes, while it is beautiful, it is a little tedious.  I probably won't make another, but I just love the way it turned out.

Impression Obsession “Twig Wreath”  and “Pine Bough” dies; Savvy Stamps “Woodland Meadow” die (reindeer, snowman, tree); star punches; screw punch (tiny red circles; Stickles glitter glue yellow; Ranger Glossy Accents; Various ribbons and gold cord; Martha Stewart branch punch (mini pine bough on reindeer); Copic multiliner black pen



Taylored Expressions Birch Tree Background; TE Birch Tree Accessories; Spellbinders Labels 17 (smallest die); Sentiment from TE stamp set “The Cool Crowd”








TE “Made in the Shade” stamp set; TE “Shade Tree” die; TE “Make a Snowflake” die; Background Hero Arts “Falling Snowflakes” stamp




I hope you will stop in and make an envelope soon!

All Dressed Up!

Hello friends.  This Saturday, July 13 at 10am and 2pm, our class will be “All Dressed Up!”  and Memory Box fashion dies take center stage in this class.  Learn clever tricks for embellishing the dresses and coloring the dress forms.  We will create three cards that celebrate
girlfriends! I posted most of the samples I made last week so if you missed them just scroll down to the next post. 
Today I have a few more to share with you.  If you would like to come to class, please call Polly at 915-833-9500.

Best-FishesMemory Box Dies: Ava Party Dress, Big Splash Border, School of Fish, Floral Delights

Impression Obsession “Best Fishes” cling-mounted stamp

Cuttlebug Divine Swirl embossing folder




Yellow-purseMemory Box Terrific Tote die

Hero Arts sentiment

Hero Arts Metallic Décor black

Yellow twine






Dresses-and-PursesMemory Box Dies: Ava Party Dress, Camila Evening Dress, Terrific Tote, Chic Bag, Avenue Shopper,
Tiny Bow, Flower Mound

Sentiment from Make an Impression; Offray Ribbon Roses; Various crystals; Memory Box decorative paper

Library-Pocket-favor-2On Saturday, July 20 we will celebrate Christmas in July.  We will make an adorable holiday party favor,
gift card holder or thank you gift using dies and stamps from Taylored Expressions.  We will also make 2 cards
using another set and dies from Taylored Expressions.  Please join us!  To register for class just give me a call at 915-833-9500. 



Penny Black Clear Stamp set “Sweet Home”

Stamp-setI made three samples last week using a new clear stamp set from Penny Black.  It’s called “Sweet Home” and I love the quirky houses.  All the stamps in these cards are from the “Sweet Home” set.


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Taylored Expressions “It’s in the Bag” stamp set and Shopping Bag die

Stamp-setHow fun this set and die are -- the possibilities are endless!  All the stamps used on these cards are included in the stamp set and there are many more stamps I didn’t use.

Gift  Love Showering-You Someting-Special Happy-Birthday














What's New at The Stamp Act

Stamps and dies from Impression Obsession, Penny Black, Paper Smooches, Taylored Expressions and more!

Memory Box Halloween Dies (new!) -- coming very soon!

Many new 6" x 6" paper pads

Thanks for stopping by today and please stop in the store and shop soon.  Thanks!




All Dressed Up!

Hi and Happy Independence Day!  July always means “Christmas in July” for stampers and paper crafters and we will be offering a fun Christmas class on July 20.  Before I share our July class schedule, let me announce that I will be closed for the upcoming
holiday weekend (Thursday, July 4 through Monday, July 8).

July Class Schedule 


Sat, July 13, 10am to Noon and 2 to 4pm – All Dressed Up! – Memory Box fashion dies take center stage in this class.  Learn clever tricks for embellishing the
dresses and coloring the dress forms.  We will create three cards that celebrate girlfriends! (see samples below).

Sat, July 20, 10am to Noon and 2 to 4pm – Christmas in July – Start your card making now and enjoy the holidays later!  Learn how to make several cards and an
adorable holiday party favor, gift card holder or thank you gift using dies and
stamps from Taylored Expressions. 

Sat, July 27, 10am to Noon and 2 to 4pm – Getting the Most out of Bold Stamps
– Many stampers are stumped when it come sot using bold or solid stamps.  We will explore the many possibilities of bold stamps using a beautiful new clear set from Penny Black called “Every Happiness.”  Learn clever and easy techniques to take your stamping to the next level! (Samples coming soon!) 


New Samples – Memory Box Dress Dies

The dress, purse and dress form dies from Memory Box are soooo cute!   I just couldn’t quit playing with them because they inspire so many fun ideas! Let me show the cards I made with these dies – we will make some of these cards in our class July 13.



Armoire Camila-Evening-Dress Chest-of-Drawers










Dresses-and-Purses Heart-dress Ooh-la-la Taylor-Mirror Whats-cooking Window-dress








New Samples – Taylored Expressions “Green Acres” Stamps 

This is absolutely the cutest set of stamps!  I couldn’t get the theme song from the old TV show Green Acres out of my head while I played with these stamps!  Yes, it was a lot of coloring and cutting, but who can deny the darling results!Oh-crop

  Hay-there-bale Hogs-and-kisses


Herd-the-news Party-til-cows From-the-herd Hay-there-farmer

  Rule-the-roost Sorry-its-pasture




New Samples – Paper Smooches “Digits” Stamps and Dies

Need a great birthday card for any age?  The new Digits stamps and dies are perfect!  The dies match the stamps and I had about equal luck either stamping then die cutting or vice versa.  Either way was easy!

Digita-Border  Happy-Birthday-GrayHappy-Bday-Color

 New Samples – Furry and Ocean Friends

Sometimes it is just fun to play with new dies and stamps and see where they lead you.  I was happy to see a few samples on line that inspired me to make these cards:







Owen-Octopus Whale-fish 




If you want specific information on any of these cards, please call (915-833-9500) or email me (hellopolly@aol.com).  Thanks and have a great week!