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January 2014

Stencils Classes!!

I’ve been playing with the brand new Memory Box stencils and having a ball.  Stencils let you add a dramatic background behind your focal image whether stamps or dies – and they are easy, easy, easy!  Really!  Plus you can use so many media with stencils that there are many creative possiblities.  If you’re not familiar with stencils or if you haven’t played with them for a while, join us and learn all about them in one of our upcoming classes:

Sat, Feb 1 at 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm and Wed, Feb 5 at 1pm – Stencil Technique Tag Book -- Learn just some of the ways you can use stencils with your stamps and dies to create gorgeous cards and papercrafts.  You will create a number of tags showing different techniques for coloring with stencils and then you will label each with the instructions.  I have allowed extra time so there will be plenty of time for questions and “do-overs” if necessary!  Please ask for a list of supplies you will need to bring.  NOTE:  I don’t have the tags finished but look at the backgrounds on the card samples below for ideas of what we will be doing.

Sat, Feb 8 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, Feb 12 at 1pm – My Funny Valentine – Put some humor in your Valentines with funny critters including dogs, kitties, farm animals and even hedgehogs!  Work with dies and stamps to create these funny Valentines perfect for everyone!

Sat, Feb 15 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, Feb 19 at 1pm – Maximize Your Stencils – Buy one stencil and use it 3 different ways to create unique and stunning backgrounds.  Please ask for a list of supplies you will need to bring.

Sat, Feb 22 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, Feb 26 at 1pm – Using Dies Creatively – Anyone can run a die through a machine with cardstock or decorative paper and glue it to a card.  Let’s go beyond the obvious and use our die cuts in more creative ways.  Watch for samples then sign up for this very fun and informative class.

Stencil Samples

These samples were inspired by ones on the Memory Box and Poppystamps blogs.








Shine-Caterpillar-Vine   Vines-Zinnia






Flourish-Fairy-Flowers   Honeycomb-Geneva






Other Samples with new Memory Box and Poppystamps Dies

Birthday-Tiffany-Cake   Birthday-Bkgd






Farm-Animals   Rooster-Fence












Sale … Sale… Sale

Our sale continues – come and get the bargains!!!!

Thanks for reading the blog -- call me with any questions (915-833-9500) or better yet stop in and see the samples in person!

Valentine's Day Cards

Hi friends and Happy New Year!  I am sorry it’s taken me a while to post a blog but with year-end paperwork including taxes (ugh!!); computer issues; and ordering the newest products from the recent CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) winter show I have been really busy.  In today’s blog I will tell you about our first class of the year; show you some exciting Valentine’s Day card samples; and give you information about some of the newest products released at CHA winter.


But first I’d like to share some thoughts with you.  Recently I had several customers come to the store for the first time.  There’s nothing more satisfying to me than introducing stamping and papercrafting to a new customer – they’re so eager to learn and excited to be able to express themselves through this art form.  At the same time, it’s also rewarding to share ideas with existing customers who are also excited to learn a different technique or see how to use a new die or stamp.  Personal interaction is what this craft is all about – sharing, teaching, laughing and loving our hobby.


Contrast this experience with walking into a big box store like I did yesterday.  I went to buy a computer part and when I finally found someone to help me (which took at least 5 minutes of searching), the clerk barely knew more than I did.  We had to walk around the entire store to find the part, and my questions about installation were answered with a blank stare.  I spent a good amount of money on parts I hoped would work! 


I know some may feel it is self-serving for me to ask you to shop at my store and it is.  However, it is in your best interest, too.  When you want to know which ink to use to emboss, how to work with a certain product, or how to blend Copic markers, think about asking a big box store.  I think you might get the same blank stare I got at the computer store.  I hope you will help me keep “our” store alive another year.  I thank the new customers and the old … one is silver and the other gold!

Huge Sale

Our huge sale is still going on and will be until everything is either sold or given away to some desering people.  Hundreds of stamps and stamp sets are priced at $1 and $2; dies marked down 30% to 50%; and lots more inks; embellishments and papers at bargain basement prices. 


New Products at The Stamp Act


The brand new Spring 2014 dies and stamps from Memory Box and Poppystamps have arrived!!!!  Yeah!!!  I ordered a lot so be sure to come now for best selection.  There are tons of very unique dies including a cute cow, rooster and pig; tons of gorgeous trees and flowers; and everything from borders to backgrounds and birds to words!  The new Impression Obsession dies will arrive early next month and new stamps along with new products from Taylored Expressions, Paper Smooches and Penny Black.


The product that’s hot, hot, hot is stencils!  Yes, stencils are really big and we have the stencils (new from Memory Box and Penny Black) and all the media you need to work with them.  I have classes planned so come learn for the first time or refresh your skills!  You will love adding stenciled backgrounds to your cards or pages using inks, embossing paste, mists and daubers!


Valentines from the Heart Class


Saturday, January 25 at 10am and 2pm


Make three Valentines using a variety of techniques; stamps and dies.  Perfect for both experienced and beginning stampers.  Bring class kit plus wet glue such as Tombow Multi Medium and ⅛” or ¼” Scor Tape (you can get all your supplies at The Stamp Act).  Please register by Friday at 11am.   Class Samples presented below:


Love-dieLove Die


All items from Penny Black: “From the Heart” clear stamp set; “Love and Joy” die; “Decadence” stamp; candi dots; ribbon; Taylored Expressions “Label Stacklets 3”








Rose-dieAll items from Penny Black: clear stamp set “From the Heart;” “Rose” die; “Decadence” stamp









Impression Obsession “Conversation Hearts” stamp and coordinating die; “Heart Set” die









Other Valentines Samples

Floral-Heart-StripImpression Obsession “Valentine Hearts” clear stamp set and coordinating “Heart Set” die; IO “Floral Heart Strip” die; Penny Black “From the Heart” clear stamp set; Taylored Expressions “Large Scallop Border” die





Double-Heart-EdgerImpression Obsession “Valentine Hearts” clear stamp set and coordinating “Heart Set” die; IO “Double Heart Edger” die








Love-EdgerImpression Obsession “Love Border Word” edger die; Impression Obsession “Valentine Hearts” clear stamp set and coordinating “Heart Set” die; Penny Black “Fancy Flourish” die







Heart-EnsembleMemory Box “Heart Ensemble” die; IO “Heart Set” die; Penny Black “From the Heart” clear stamp set  and “Decadence” stamp






CHA Winter – New Products


Here are some links to new products introduced at CHA.


Overview of new Ranger products with Tim Holtz


http://youtu.be/f79Ps4dEqk0andhttp://youtu.be/AmWqsLdil8cand http://youtu.be/A4IdtY5WiB0


New Tim Holtz Ideology embellishments





Mini Distress inks and Mini Blending Tool


http://youtu.be/LDXJeRNa0Tgand http://youtu.be/psB_E992vLs


Sizzix Alterations including new Shadow Press debossing folders





New spritzer tool (hand held air brush) that works with any type of felt tip marker (brush tip or chisel tip) including Distress, Tombow, Copic, Krylon leafing pens, even food safe markers for cakes, etc. http://youtu.be/dNR6gwk5PBU


Newest Punch Board is the “Flower Punch Board” from We R Memory Keepers (April)




Spellbinders Tool n’ One


http://youtu.be/xveggyGe_kgand http://youtu.be/fvQ2PRJ-yo4



Spellbinders Layer Creator Basic




Thanks for reading this blog and please let me know if you have any questions about stamping.  I am only a phone call (915-833-9500) or email (hellopolly@aol.com) away.  Thanks for your business and friendship.