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November 2013

Black Friday Sales and Specials



Falling-For-YouHappy Thanksgiving!  I hope your turkey and trimmings are delicious!  I know Chloe and I are looking forward to a dinner of smoked turkey, cornbread dressing and all the side dishes.  Yummy!  This card is made with Taylored Expressions "Falling For You" stamp set and coordinating die set.



Black Friday Specials -- Friday and Saturday (after Thanksgiving) 10am to 5pm -- lots of specials:

Cardinals-Make-TakeA free make and take card

Buy any 3 dies and get an additional die (of our choice) FREE!  Plus you will get a “raincheck” for a nifty plastic envelope with snap closure.  Yes, unfortunately the envelopes sold out while my order was being processed – UGH!  We will offer rainchecks though and they are worth waiting for!

Halloween sale continues!  Everything Halloween on sale 50% off; dies 25% off.

All sale stamps are $1!!!!  Yes, you read correctly.  Get any stamp on our sale display for $1.


Plus: I promise there will be "early bird specials" on selected dies: 10am to 12 noon -- 25% off; 12 to 2pm -- 15% off; and 2 to 5pm -- 10% off.

Don't miss the fun and savings this Friday and Saturday!

Classes … Classes … Classes

Wed, Dec 4, 1pm – Christmas In the City Cards – Make 3 delightful cards including a shaker card using stamps, dies and papers.


City-Globe-1Memory Box City Globe Stamp and sentiment; Memory Box dies: Mini Snowmen; Fabulous Holly Wreath; and Popystamps pine tree border








City-Globe-2Hero Arts Music background; Memory Box Grand Snowglobe die; Spellbinders circle die








City-Globe-3Impression Obsession Circle shaker and Circle Shaker die; Memory Box Mini Snowmen die set;  Doodlebug silver twine; American Crafts POW Glitter paper silver; glass glitter






Sat, Dec 7, 10am and 2pm and repeated on Wed, Dec 11 at 1pm – Christmas Cards – samples to come


Sat, Dec 14, 10am and 2pm and repeated on Wed, Dec 18 at 1pm – Christmas Cards – samples to come



New Samples


Penguin-TrioImpression Obsession dies: Penguins and Igloo; small Snowflakes; and Merry Tree; My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo-Trio die; Sizzix Christmas Words and Dots embossing folder set







Inlaid Cards


Poinsettia Lorelai-Vine-Deb Poppystamps Blooming Poinsettia lg; Elizabeth Crafts Merry Christmas die; Poppystamps Lorelai Vine Outline -- card by Deb Widger


 Bad News: Creative Imaginations has disontinued the real wood paper -- ugh!!!



Candy Treats and Gift Card Favor Box

Treat-Toppers-1 Treat-Toppers-2Taylored Expressions dies: Christmas Treat Toppers; Tag Stacklets; Spellbinders Blossom and circles dies; Memory Box scallop border medium; Authentique paper; various sentiment stamps





Gift-Card-Tin-Inside Gift-Card-Tin-Top



Gift Card Tin


Memory Box Santa and Holiday Hats dies; Taylored Expressions Gift Card die and hinged tin; TE Christmas Doodles stamp set





Holiday House


Madison-Xmas-HouseIsn't this cute?  The Poppystamps Madison House die set has been on the shelf for a while, but I ever made a sample with it.  I decided that the die set would make a perfect Christmas house and I love how it turned out.  Here's what I used:  Poppystamps Picket Fence die; Memory Box Gingerbread Men die set; Memory Box Puffy Clouds die set; Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Brick background and Holly Leaves die set; Martha Stewart Icicles border punch.  The curtains were made with the roof die!


Christmas-Doodles-2I love, love, love the Taylored Expressions "Color Block Die"!  It really is so versatile and my friend Mary Lou (hi!) challenged me to use some red striped "candy cane" paper with his die.  I love the "Christmas-y" look of the border.  And TE's "Christmas Doodles" stamp set is so precious -- it goes perfectly with the framed openings in the die. I also used Stampendous white flocking on Santa and colored with Copic markers.

Gaphic-45-XmasYou can also use this die very effectively with decorative papers.  Here is used some Graphic 45 Christmas Past papers and tags.








Graphic-Greetings-Get-WellI have several friends who are ill or recoveering from surgery so I need a bunch of get well card.  This Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Get Well stamp was perfect for creating multiple cards quickly.







Chalet-Window-Fawn-Village Chalet-Window-Viva-TreeMore new dies were used for these samples:  Poppystamps: Grand Chalet Window; Viva Tree; Woodland Fawn; Holiday Village stamp set with coordinating die






Thanks for reading the blog today and please stop in soon at The Stamp Act.  If you’re looking for a great holiday gift that always comes in the wright size and color, get a gift card from The Stamp Act.  We offer free gift wrapping on all cards over $25.  See you soon!



New Technique: "Inlaid Wood Cards"

Inlaid-DeerI recently saw Julie Ebersole demo a technique that has a huge “Wow” factor!  This technique which I call “inlaid” wood lets you use your dies in a whole new way.  Basically you are die cutting “real wood paper” which is super thin sheets of wood backed with paper.  It die cuts beautifully and we sell by the sheet.  Julie’s demo outlines the steps, but I will list them here too. 

Deer from Taylored Expressions Birch Tree Accessories die set; sentiment from Memory Box; wood design embossing folder from Darice


  • Die cut an image from the “real wood paper” background. The background plays a co-starring role with your focal image so be sure to consider the size and shape of your background at the same time you choose your focal die.
  • Once you die cut the image and remove it from the background, be sure to keep all the  little die cut pieces because, just like a puzzle, you will put those back into your background.
  • Color the die cut image – I used Copic markers but you can use water-based markers or other media.  If possible I suggest coloring the edges of the die cut so that you don’t see any pale edges when you reassemble the image. 
  • Cover the back of the die cut background with Scor Tape (double-sided tape), available at The Stamp Act in a variety of sizes.  Carefully turn the background over and insert the die cut focal image back into the background.  Insert any other die cut pieces into the background.  Burnish everything to assure good adherence.


Viola!  You have a stunning card that looks complicated but is really easy!  Here are some more samples – and I am sure I will have more to share with you because I love this technique!

Made-in-Shade-FallTaylored Expressions “Shade Tree” die and coordinating “Made in the Shade” stamp set with cardinal die from the TE Birch Tree Accessories die set; semtiment is Memory Box

 Note:  The pumpkins and grass are stamped on wood paper, colored, cut out and adhered to tapes to the background.




Holly-WreathMemory Box Fabulous Holly Wreath die; sentiment from Taylored Expressions Many Minis Holiday with Many Mini Tag die set






Grand Merry Christmas

Grand-Merry-Xmas-1Memory Box’s new “Grand Merry Christmas” die has been super popular!  It’s very graphic, crisp and clean and, as the samples below show, offers just the right little space for embellishing with other dies or stamps!


Memory Box Train die set


Grand-Merry-Xmas-2 Grand-Merry-Xmas-3 




Memory Box Mistletoe Bundle stamp; Memory Box Santa Beard and Holiday Hats die sets


This is an easel card with an extra score and fold in front.  It is more impressive "IRL" because it stands and has great dimension.  Memory Box dies: Evergreen Landscape, Mini Snowmen; Deer Trio and Star of Wonder; Taylored Expressions Rolling Hills die; Hero Arts “Magical” background stamp



Other Christmas Samples

Mittens-Snowflakes Winter-Collage-Holly 







Memory Box: Precious Mittens and Sussex Snowflake Globe dies; sentiment

Memory Box: Winter Collage Background stamp; Fabulous Holly Wreath die; Grapevine Wreath die; Crisp Bows die (cut 4 times)

Please call (915-833-9500) or email me if you have any quesitons about these samples or to reserve any of the products I used. 

Remember -- Halloween roducts are all 50% off and Halloween dies are 25% off so hurry in and get your bargains!  Happy Stamping!!!!


Specials, Classes and Samples -- Oh My!

Welcome!  We received big orders last week so I have new samples to share with you.  First here’s some news:

All Halloween stamps, papers and embellishments are on sale 50% off – lots and lots of great buys.  Halloween dies are 25% off!  Hurry in to get the best choice! 

Thanksgiving Weekend Specials – Plan to shop at The Stamp Act on Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov 29 and 30 because we’re planning a great special!  Buy any 3 dies and get a free die plus a plastic storage envelope! 

Storage and organization are problems for every papercrafter.  Some days it seems I spend more time looking for “stuff” than actually making samples!  Sizzix new Plastic Envelopes hold dies, embossing folders, stamp sets and more!  Use them to store products or keep like products together on your stamping table.  They have a secure plastic closure and measure 6 7/8” x 5” so they will hold a lot.  We also have some sturdy boxes that will hold multiple envelopes.  A package of 3 Envelopes regularly sells for $6.99, but on Thanksgiving Weekend we will cut that price to $5.99.

Sizzix-Envelopes   Sizzix-Envelopes-2  Sizzix-Envelopes-3





Cardinals-Make-TakeFree Make and Take Card – Join us Thanksgiving Weekend and make a beautiful card featuring stamps by Impression Obsession.




Classes … Classes … Classes

Snowflake-BkgdSat, Nov 16, Christmas Cards with Large Dies – Make quick work of your Christmas cards this year by using 1 die that covers the whole card front.  Class will be repeated on Wed, Nov 20, at 1pm.

 Taylored Expressions Snowflake Background Die and Color Block die; TE Big, Bold Christmas stamp set


Quatrefoil-Die Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil Die and Make a Snowflake die; TE Rejoice stamp set




Diamond-Bkgd-ClarissaPoppystamps Diamond Background die and Clarissa ornaments dies; and Holiday Sparkle stamp



Here are some other samples that feature big background dies:

Taylored Expression Holly Background die

Holly-Poinsettias Holly-Red-Green Holly-Taupe-Brown






Taylored Expressions Snowflake BackgroundDie and Nativity Border die

Snowflake-Bkgd  Nativity-quatrefoil





New Fall Samples

Autumn-Stamp     Gorgeous-Gardenia-Fall






Memory Box Autumn Stamp; Memory Box Gorgeous Gardenia dies; sentiment is Amuse Art Stamps









Poppystamps Trulani Wreath die; sentiment by Memory Box

Tree-Poem-1 Tree-Poem-2







Stampendous Tree Poem stamp; sentiment by Impression Obsession

Thanks for stopping by today aad please shop at The Stamp Act soon!









Grand Merry Christmas



Santa Beard and Holiday Hats

Easel Card

Precious Mittens and Sussex Snowflake Globe