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February 2014

A Little Book of Wise Words

Welcome!  We are packed with new goodies and lots of you came by this weekend and scooped up new dies and stamps from Impression Obsession, Paper Smooches, Taylored Expressions and Memory Box.  I will be working on new samples with the new dies this weekend so stay tuned for lots of fun inspiration!

I finished my “Wise Words” book which will be the subject of our class on Saturday, Mar 8 at 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm and Wed, Mar 12 at 1pm.  You will choose any 3 of the single pages to complete plus the front and back covers.  This will be a fun graduation or birthday gift or a “just because” gift for a friend.  Please register for all classes by Thursday, March 6 at 11am.  Here are the book pages – the sayings that inspired the book are from a clear stamp set from Paper Smooches called "Group Hugs."  Most of the other supplies are from Paper Smooches also plus some from Taylored Expressions, Impression Obsession, Penny Black, My Favorite Things, and Deadbeat Designs.  If you have questions, call me (915-833-9500) or email me at hellopolly@aol.com and I will be happy to answer any questions.

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Our class this Saturday, Mar 1 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, Mar 5 at 1pm is all about Happy Birthday Cards.  Here is another birthday card I made last week:

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Grand Happy Birthday 2 – Memory Box dies “Grand Happy Birthday, Poppystamps die “Fading Dots Border”

 

 

Please come to class and stop in soon to shop.  Thanks!!!!

 


JourneyHello friends.  This card is a sample from last week’s class “Using  Stencil 3 ways” – this is the 4th way I used the My Favorite Things “Petal and Circles” stencil.  For this card I airbrushed the stencil with a brown Copic maker after I had stamped the background with Penny Black’s Letter stamp.  The girls and the sentiment are stamps from Stamper’s Anonymous; and the clock is a stamp with coordinating die cut from Memory Box.

 

 

 

This past week we received big orders from Memory Box, Poppystamps, Taylored Expressions and Paper Smooches.  I am expecting a big order of brand new dies from Impression Obsession any day now – they are fabulous!!!  Stop in and see what’s new!

 

Valentines Sale – we still have lots of goodies on sale 35% off so don’t miss the bargains!

 

We have great classes coming up so please read through the descriptions and see what interests you.  In just a few hours you will have a great time and learn a lot more about stamping and paper crafting.  Call me at (915) 833-9500 if you have any questions.

 

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 dies in even more creative ways.  Please sign up for all classes by Friday at 11am. 

 

Shaped-cardTechnique: (1) shaped card made from die (ticket) mounted to larger card and (2) stretching a die cut (thanks banner)

 

 

 

Die-as-StencilTechnique: using a die to make a stencil

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selective-Embossing-1 Selective-Embossing-2Technique:  (1)using a die to create a diffuser that allows an unembossed window or an unembossed area surrounding the window and (2) coloring die cuts with Copic markers

 

 

 

 

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Technique:  (1) faux letterpress and (2) watercoloring with water-based marker.

 

 

 

 

Sat, Mar 1 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, Mar 5 at 1pm – Happy Birthday Cards – Using several new Memory Box dies, make creative and fun birthday cards.  Learn how to create an embossed background with a die; how to create decorative paper with stamps and use die cuts to decorate a card; and how to paper piece a large die cut background.  Please register for any of these classes by 11am on Friday, February 28.

 

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Customer Sample

 

Cow-H3Isn’t this the cutest card???  My good friend and customer Harriet Head from Las Cruces made it with the Memory Box die “Moo Moo Cow,” Reminisce Barnyard Buddies cowprint paper, and Doodlebug Fruit Stand paper.  Thanks for sharing, Harriet!  The cow is die t from one side of the "cow" paper and the "moo" is the other side of the paper!  Cute!

 

Thanks for reading the blog!

 

 


Happy Valentine's Day!

Chloe-outsideThanks for stopping by the blog today.  We had a very special birthday last week – Chloe turned 13!  In case you don’t know, Chloe is my Bichon Frise and she has grown up in the store.  I remember the days when she would crawl up on the lower shelves and make a bed among the merchandise.  And more than a few stamps were discounted because she used them as chew toys.  She has been a very happy and healthy dog for all these years and I thank all of you who treat her like family.

I have lots to share with you this week including the samples for this week’s class.  Here’s the info:

MFT-Stencil-2Sat, 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.  Samples used: My Favorite Things stencil “Petal Circles”; sentiments from clear stamp sets: Technique Tuesday “Incredible” and Penny Black "From the Heart."

 

 

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Upcoming Classes

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.

Sat, Mar 1 at 10am to noon and 2 to 4pm and Wed, Mar 5 at 1pm – Happy Birthday Cards – Using several new Memory Box dies, make creative and fun birthday cards.  Learn how to create an embossed background with a die; how to use a stamp creatively to create decorative paper to die cut; and how to paper piece a large die cut background.  Please register for any of these classes by 11am on Friday, February 28.

Sat, Mar 8 at 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm and Wed, Mar 12 at 1pm – Little Book of Wisdom – Years ago I gave my niece a little book filled with wise sayings illustrated with stamps and dies.  She often reads this book when she needs a little reflection or inspiration.  Join us for this fun class and make your own little book using a new stamp set from Paper Smooches called “Group Hugs.”  Learn how to make a cover and how to bind a book using the Bind-it-All.  Please register for these classes by Wed, March 5 at 11am and ask for a list of supplies to bring.

Great “Stuff” Just In:

If you are looking for ways to organize your dies and clear or cling-mounted stamps, look here!  The Avery Elle storage pockets are perfect for holding dies and stamps and easily stacked in any number of containers including the handy plastic boxes you can find at dollar stores.  Each pocket measures 5.63" X 7.38", holds up to four 4"X6" clear stamp sets, and includes a flap that tucks in to keep your stamps and dies secure in the pocket. The best news is that a package of 25 pockets is only $10.19.  Stop in and see how I have used them to organize my stamps and dies.

Just in – brand new stamps and dies from Paper Smooches and Taylored Expressions!  Lots of great Easter bunnies and chicks and cute sentiments as well as a darling wichker backet die.  Stop in and see what’s new!

For pet lovers, we have a great section of dog and cat stamps and dies.  Really, really cute stuff for making great cards featuring man’s (or woman’s!) best friends!

Sale --- Sale --- Sale --- Sale --- Sale --- Sale

I have loved making Valentines this year because we had so many wonderful new stamps and dies to play with.  By the looks of my Valentine section you have agreed with me!  But now that Valentine’s Day is past, I am marking down all Valentines stamps, dies, papers and embellishments 35% so hurry in and get a bargain. Sale starts Saturday, Feb 15 through the end of the month. 

New Samples

 

2-CatsPB Black stamp set “Critters in Love”; Impression Obsession die “Love” edge; sentiment from Hero Arts

 

 

 

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Penny Black clear stamp sets “Heart Swatches” and “From the Heart” and Penny Black die “Rose”

Birthday-Pieced Poppystamps dies “Happy Birthday Background”, "Tiffany Cake" and "Birthday Candles”; Memory Box “Intricate Heart” stamp

 

 

 

 

 

Grand-Happy-BirthdayMemory Box dies “Grand Happy Birthday, Delightful Peony Outline and Background”; Poppystamps die “Fading Dots Border”

 

 

Heart-BirthdayPoppystamps dies “Heart Lattice” and “Happy Birthday Background

 

 

 

 

 

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Impression Obsession dies “Double Heart Edger” and “Conversations Hearts” with coordinating stamp; sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps

 

 

 

 

Outlines-SweetpeaOutlines Rubber Stamps “Sweetpea” collage stamp; Spellbinders star die; Copic markers; Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace edge punch; Memory Box papers

 

 

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TE-Star-Border-1  TE-Star-Border-2

 

Reminisce “Graduate” collection papers; Taylored Expressions dies “Graduation Cap” and “Open Star Border”

 

 

Please stop in soon and shop at The Stamp Act!

 


Valentines Samples plus Much More!

Are you bored with stamping or papercrafting?  Are you still doing the same old layout from years ago … still using only one or 2 techniques?  Get excited about stamping again by coming to a class and learning all the tips, tricks and techniques that I will share with you.  In recent classes, experienced stampers have learned techniques for working with stencils; how to add faux stitching to their cards; and tips for coloring with Copic markers.  Plus they had a great time making beautiful cards they could share with others.  Our cozy classroom offers you lots of personal attention and hands-on learning!  Call me today at 915-833-9500 and register for one of our classes … we would love to have you!

 

Classes … Classes … Classes … Classes

 

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 hedgehogs, mice and a woman after my own heart!  Work with dies and stamps to create these funny Valentines perfect for everyone! Please register by calling Polly at 915-833-9500 by 11am on Friday, Feb 7.

Love-and-ChocolateArt Impressions “Love & Chocolate”; Spellbinders Heart and Scalloped Heart; Copic markers; Cuttlebug embossing folder

 

 

 

Hedgehog-HeartsPenny Black clear stamp set “Critters in Love”; Penny Black die “Love Expressions”

 

Mice-KissesPenny Black clear stamp sets “Critters in Love” and “From the Heart”

 

 

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.  Samples coming soon!

 

What’s New at The Stamp Act

 

The new Memory Box dies and stencils are selling so fast I have already placed an order for more.  You’ve seen samples of some of the new items and there’s more to come.

 

New items from Taylored Expressions will arrive this week including a really cute “Wicker Basket die” that can be decorated and filled with candies for Easter or Birthday.  Plus something unique for our New Mexico customers – a Dream Catcher die!  Oh, and a darling Paw Print border die!

 

Also arriving this week is a new order from Paper Smooches which will include new stamps and dies.  New items include a Spring die set of a shamrock, jelly bean and Easter egg; word dies; great stamp sets of word and spring images; plus a rainbow die!

Samples to inspire you

Hearts-VinesPenny Black clear stamp sets “Heart Swatches” and “From the Heart”; Poppystamps Lorelai Vine solid.  All these hearts are in one stamp set!  I stamped them with Memento Love Lady, Cantaloupe and Lady Bug then distressed the edges with Memento London Fog.  Faux stitching around the edges.  Vine was die cut from white cardstock then colored with Memento Bahama Blue and jumbo daubers.

Hugs

Penny Black die “Expressions of Love”; Spellbinders circle dies.  Quick and easy!  Die cut circle from pink; die cut "Hugs" from circle and cover the back of circle with "Scor" tape.  Die cut "Hugs" from darker cardstock and insert into pink circle for a seamless fit!

 

Damask-HeartPenny Black clear stamp sets “Heart Swatches” and “From the Heart”.  This is not paper ... it's a heart stamped one way then the other.  With a clear tamp it's easy to line up!  Pink and black are so elegant together!

 

 Flower-HeartPenny Black clear stamp sets “Heart Swatches” and “From the Heart”; Penny Black die “Expressions of Love”.  Another heart from the same set -- this time I stamped it in Versamark and embossed it in clear then colored it with Memento Tangelo ink.  Die cut vines were colored with Memento Lady Bug ink and the die cut circle was colored with Memento Tangelo ink.

 

 Heart-LatticePoppystamps die “Heart Lattice”; Penny Black clear stamp set “From the Heart”; Spellbinders Circles small.  Die cut the opening in the card with the smaller circle; use that circle and the one just larger to die cut 2 frames. Die cut the Heart Lattice and position the frame over it and cut it to fit within the frame.  Glue the heart lattice piece and frame on front of card and then glue a frame on the inside of card for a finished look. Emboss sentiment in white and add a heart -- die cut from heart lattice in red.  Make your own flat back pearl with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen in ice white.

 

 

Rise-TagMemory Box “Rise” stencil; Poppystamps die “Barnyard Rooster”; Memory Box die “Tiny Tulips”; My Favorite Things die “Grass”; Wink of Stella glitter pen; sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado.  This tag shows one of the technique I taught in last week's stenciling class -- I call it Layering Stencils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitties-outside  Kittie-insidePoppystamps dies “Heart Lattice” and “Baby Kittens”; Taylored Expressions “Sack It Sentiments” stamp set.  My younger brother and his wife are foster parents to many cats so I made this valentine to send to them!  I think they will love it!

 

 

 

 

Birthday-GlitterPoppystamps dies “Heart Lattice” and “Happy Birthday Background”; Die Cuts With a View paper pad “Glitter Bright”.  DId you know you can emboss with dies?  The background on this card is the Heart Lattice die embossed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tale of 2 Peony Dies

Memory Box has 2 peony dies: "Lovely" (older and larger) and "Delightful."  Each has a background or solid die with a matching outline die.  This layout could be used with other dies too for a quick, but impressive card.

Lovely-Peony-ThanksMemory Box dies "Lovely Peony" Outline and Background and Thanks Script

 

Delightful-Peony-HugsMemory Box dies “Delightful Peony" Outline and Background; Penny Black die “Love Expressions”

 

 

Enjoy your week and please stop in and see the samples for yourself!  I promise you will be inspired!