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June 2014

Class for new papercrafters

Hi friends!  Just a few quick samples to share with you today.  I am teaching a class for new papercrafters on Wednesday, July 2 at 1pm and here are the cards we will be making in that class:

Display-Window-1Window Display Pink – Taylored Expressions die Display Window; TE stamp set A Lovely View; Penny Black clear stamp set Sweet Home; Memory Box scallop border





Here's another sample with the same die and stamp set:

Display-Window-2Window Display Purple – Taylored Expressions dies Display Window, Awning and Shade Tree; TE stamp set A Lovely View; Penny Black clear stamp set Sweet Home; Impression Obsession cover-a-card stamp Wooden Planks



Friends-were-flowersFor this card I used Penny Black clear stamp sets Friendship Flowers and petal Power






Star-Ivy-NeonThis quick and easy card uses Penny Black stamp Star Ivy; Penny Black die Pinwheel; and Technique Tuesday clear stamp set Incredible; Hero Arts Neon ink; yellow brad; Viva Decor pearl pen yellow





If you want to learn more about stamping and die cutting and papercrafting, just give me a call (915-8336-9500) or send me an email (hellopolly@aol.com) and we will arrange a class for you!

Have a good week!  Don't forget our Christmas sale is still in effect so stop in and shop!

Texas Cards

I had a chance this week to play with some of the Deadbeat Designs Texas dies.  Let me share some samples with you along with a few “how-to’s”.

Texas-Flag-HomeTexas Flag Home – All supplies from Deadbeat Designs: Texas Flag die; stamps:, Home, Home Sweet Texas (inside); Tonic distressing tool and Ranger distress ink brushed corduroy; mini brads




Texas-Flag-Weathered-WoodTexas Flag Weathered Wood – All supplies from Deadbeat Designs: Texas Flag die and Texas Word die; stamps: Weathered Wood, Bandana Background, The Eyes of Texas, Ornate Swirl and Texas Post; Tonic distressing tool and Memento ink London Fog; mini brads



Texas-Word-GlitterTexas Word Glitter – Deadbeat Designs dies Texas Word and Texas Trio; and Trail Ride stamp; Impression Obsession Wooden Plank Cover-a-Card background stamp; Ranger Stickles glitter glue Cinnamon




Happy-TrailsHappy Trails -- Deadbeat Designs die Texas Trio; Deadbeat Designs stamps Weathered Wood, Bandana Background, The Eyes of Texas, Ornate Swirl and Trail Ride stamps; Impression Obsession Wooden Plank Cover-a-Card background stamp; IO dies Alphabet Plain upper and lower case; Paper Smooches die Stars; corner punch


A Few Tips and Tricks

The wooden plan background was stamped in walnut ink Distress ink then watercolored with the same ink.  Just swipe your pad on a craft sheet or acrylic block and pick up the color with a watercolor brush.  Try not to make the color uniform – lighter in the center and darker on the edges looks great.  When finished, use heat tool to dry, flipping the paper over to heat the back will help prevent curling.

Use Tonic distress tool to rough up edges then distress edges with ink.

Mini brads are a masculine embellishment.

The Texas Word die is cut out of silver mirror cardstock.

For the glitter Texas card, I die cut the largest of the Texas Trio dies, stamped a scrap of off white cardstock with The Eyes of Texas script and taped it behind the Texas opening.  I outlines the opening with glitter glue then gently set the Texas Word die cut down on the glue.  Hold it in place a few minutes then set aside to dry.  Use a few drops of wet glue (Tombow Multi is my choice) behind the word die for added adherence.

Deadbeat’s Texas Flag die comes with the large Texas shape and the dies for the red and blue portions of the flag. To make a smaller Texas Flag I simply  die cut the largest of the Texas Trio (lg, med and sm Texas shapes) out of red, white and blue paper then followed the lines of the (larger) Texas Flag die and handcut the shapes.  Super easy!

Thelma’s Earring

Thelma-earringA good friend recently took a trip to China and she brought me a beautiful pair of jade earings.  Here’s the thank you card I made for her.

Deadbeat Designs stamp Thelma; Penny Black clear stamp set Kind Words.

 “Thelma” could be saying anything – and Deadbeat Designs has some hilarious sentiments like “You’re never as young as you are today” and “you’re old … get over it!”  These stamps make a very funny and unexpected birthday card!

Sweet as Pie

LawnFawn-Happy-FeastOne of my neighbors presented me with a pie last week as an apology for her son’s mischief – no harm done but it was a teachable moment when she trotted him down to my house to say he was sorry.  The poor little boy was shaking so hard he could barely get the words out!  It really was touching and the pie was delicious!  Here’s the thank you card I made for her.

Lawn Fawn clear stamp set Happy Feast, Spellbinders die circles; Taylored Expressions Tag Stacklets; My Favorite Things Gingham background stamp; Bo Bunny doily; Doodlebug enamel sprinkles

A Few Random Samples

Say-HelloSay Hello – My Favorite Things die Say Hello





Happy-B-Day-GarlandHappy Birthday Garland – Memory Box dies Happy Birthday Garland and Fancy Potted Flower; Poppystamps die Fresh Cut Grass; Memory Box papers





Books-with-catCat with Books – Impression Obsession Bookshelves Cover-a-Card Background stamp; Stampendous stamp Cattus Librum; sentiment stamp from Stampers Anonymous



BookmarksBookmarks – Impression Obsession Bookshelves Cover-a-Card Background stamp; Taylored Expressions die Bookmark and stamp set Mark Your Spot

I hope to have another post soon which will include samples for Saturday’s (June 28) class.  Or you can ask for a class on demand on Tuesday through Thursday or next week (July 1, 2 or 3).


Don’t forget our Christmas Sale on dies and stamps:

Spend $25 and get 25% off; spend $50 and get 35% off!


Enjoy your papercrafting and have a good week!

Highlighting Paper Smooches Stamps and Dies

Today I am highlighting stamps and dies – both new ones and some that have “been here a while”!!  First let me show you some clear stamp sets from Paper Smooches that will be in stock today or tomorrow.  These sets contain the words and phrases I used on the Southwest cards (see last blog post) – and many, many of you bought those stamps/dies.  FYI:  The Southwest stamps/dies will be in stock again today or tomorrow.  OK, here are the stamps sets and some samples for each one:

  Alfresco-stamps Dream-Big-Hamburger











Hamburger-Hot-Dog-Sup  Join-us-shish-kabob


















03-31-11-vegtastic-ps    Fruitastic

Berry-special Hey-hi-hello Miss-You Peach





















Peas-Love-Happiness Pucker-up Thanks-Bunches Thanks-Bunches-Peppers Thrilled Totally-sweet You-are-sweet Tomatos-basket


































Here's a glance at the popular Southwest stamps and die sets:

Stamps Desert-icons-dies Southwest-icons




Southwest Charm clear stamp set; Southwest Icons dies (Kokopelli, cactus and lizard) and Desert Icons dies (chile and cactus). Here are 2 new samples featuring the Kokopelli stamp and dies:

3-Kokopelli3 Kokopellis – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Southwest Charm and coordinating dies set Southwest Icons


Colorful-KokopelliColorful Kokopelli – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Southwest Charm and coordinating dies set Southwest Icons






Taylored Expressions Stamps and Dies

Taylored Expressions has some great stamps and dies.  Today I am highlighting several starting with their Silhouette Stems dies #4 and #5.

Silhouette-Stem-5Pink Flower – Taylored Expressions dies Silhouette Stems 5, Blossom Stacklets and Chevron borders; Spellbinders die Circles; Impression Obsession sentiment; Hero Arts smooth gems





Silhouette-Stem-4Polka Dot Background – My Favorite Things die Polka Dot Background; Impression Obsession die Vases; TE dies Silhouette Stems 4; Spellbinders die Labels 4; sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps; Hero Arts metallic décor orange

Silhouette-Stem-4-bWhite Flowers – Taylored Expressions dies Silhouette Stems 4; Paper Smooches Scripty Sayings; Hero Arts metallic décor orange






Silhouette-Stem-4-aSouthwestern Vase – Taylored Expressions dies Silhouette Stems 4; Taylored Expressions die Quatrefoil Background; sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps; decorative paper is Basic Grey Persimmon

 NOTE:  This Basic Grey Persimmon paper pad is perfect for your Southwest samples -- lots of the papers have that Southwest look.



Red Daisy (SS5a) – Taylored Expressions dies Silhouette Stems 5; Taylored Expressions dies Scallopped Border medium and Mini Tags and stamp set All Occasion Many Mini’s; Martha Stewart 3 Butterflies punch



Pegboard-Upsy-DaisyLast week I showed you the TE die “Peg Board” in some masculine samples – this week I show you a more feminine use of this die.  Pegboard Upsy Daisy – Taylored Expressions die Pegboard; My Favorite Things die Upsy Daisy; Sentiment from MFT Sunflower Sweetheart stamp set; Doodlebug enamel dot


Here’s a really cute card made with TE’s new City Skyline die and “Light up the Night” stamp set.  The key to this card is the Lots of Pops pop-up platform die from Elizabeth Crafts Designs.  Once you die cut the platform, just mount your balloons on strips of acetate (use old packaging) and tape these between the skyline and the platform.  Use this same concept with cupcakes, fruit or veggies (!!) or butterflies! 

  Skyline-pop-up-outside Skyline-pop-up-inside

Pop-Up City Skyline – Taylored Expressions die City Skyline; TE stamp set Light up the Night; Elizabeth Craft Lots of Pops die; Penny Black dies Balloons and Hooray; sentiment from Hero Arts.

Finally today, a die that’s been calling me for months is the Galloping Stallion die from Poppystamps.  I finally used it this week to make a birthday card for my niece and a couple of other samples.  I have more ideas that I will share with you soon.

Gallop-Stal-1Galloping Stallion 1 – Poppystamps dies Galloping Stallion and Happy Birthday Background; Spellbinders Petite Oval lg; My Favorite Things Gingham stamp; MFT dies Country Charms and Mini Gingham Border; Paper Smooches die Stars

NOTE:  I love the little MFT Country Charms dies: star, cowboy hat, horseshoe and boot.

Gallop-Stal-3Galloping Stallion 2 – Poppystamps die Galloping Stallion; Spellbinders Labels 3;MFT die Country Charms; Gourmet Rubber Stamps Genuine and Dependable and Old Cowboy Hat; Deadbeat Designs Life is Good stamp




GGallop-Stal-2alloping Stallion 3 – Poppystamps die Galloping Stallion; Paper Smooches Borders 1; MFT die Country Charms; Memory Box die Puffy Clouds; Sentiment from Amuse Art Stamps


Thanks for stopping in today.  The Stamp Act will be closed July 4 through July 14.


Christmas in June Sale

This week I have a variety of cards to share with you.  We have just gotten in new stamps and dies from many companies so I had a lot of new goodies to play with.


Came-Saw-FixedFirst, Father’s Day is this weekend and whether you are sending cards to Dad, husband, brother or even guy friends, we’ve got something for everyone.  New from Taylored expressions is the Pegboard die and All the Fixings stamp and die combo set.  I have made 3 different cards: Father’s Day, Birthday and Thank you – to show you this set can be used all year long.  Plus it can easily be used for more feminine cards – more on that later. Some of the greetings in the stamp set are a little distressed (it’s not bad stamping!!!).  Notice how you can personalize a card using alphabet dies!

  Fathers-day Ron-B-Day 








Taylored Expressions die Pegboard; TE stamp and die set All the Fixings; Impression Obsession die Typewriter Alphabet upper case; Krylon Silver Leafing pen; sticky-back canvas; Die Cuts with a View self-adhesive cork; Eyelet Outlet Screw brads


Glitter-BalloonsJune is my month for birthdays – I have about a dozen friends and family celebrating this month.  Here’s a fun card using an idea from Jennifer McGuire.  It’s really pretty simple once you lay it out so it’s a good one for multiples.


Balloons – Penny Black die Uplifting (balloons) and Hooray; Die Cuts with a View glitter paper pad




Bicycle-on-WoodI love this bicycle stamp and coordinating die set from Impression Obsession.I plan to make more cards using it because it lends itself to so many interpretations.


Bicycle on Wood Background – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Riding Pretty with coordinating die set; Hero Arts Woodgrain Background stamp; twine, button, decorative paper and Copic markers


The Poppystamps Bailiwick background die is fabulous.  It’s big so it instantly becomes the focal point on the card and can be used by itself or in combination with other dies like the Impression Obsession Large Fence die.  Adhering it with glue (I use Tombow Multi) is pretty fast and easy; popping it up takes more time bit I love the dimension.


  Bailiwick-BlueBailiwick with Fence – Poppystamps die Bailiwick Background; Memory Box die Butterfly Delights; Impression Obsession Large Fence








Bailiwick-PurpleBailiwick with Purple – Poppystamps die Bailiwick Background; Memory Box die Butterfly Delights; My Favorite Things die Upsy Daisy








Christmas in June Sale … Spend $25/$50 & get 25%/35% off


Madison-Xmas-HouseDo I hear a collective sigh … yes, it’s time to start thinking about the fall holidays ahead.  Memory Box and Poppystamps has a huge collection coming out in 2 weeks and other companies will follow quickly.  To get you started early, I am putting all Christmas dies and stamps on sale for the month of June.  Spend $25 (on Christmas items after the discount) and get 25% off all sale items.  Spend $50 (on Christmas items after the discount) and get 35% off all sale items. 


Christmas in July classes will start Saturday, July 19. 




The store will be closed July 4 through 14 for vacation. 


Classes … Classes … Classes


Thursday, June 12 at 3pm – Southwestern Charms – see samples here.  Call me at 915-833-9500 ASAP if you want to come.





Chilis, Cactus and Kokopelli -- Ole!

Hello Friends.  Thanks for stopping by today. 

I have had fun this week playing with a new stamp and die set from Paper Smooches called Southwest Charms.  The stamp set is full of fun stamps and there are 5 separate dies (in 2 sets) that match many of these images.  Let me share some samples with you.

KokopelliKokopelli – Die Cuts with a View glitter paper; Hero Arts Wood background stamp




Hot-StuffHot Stuff – Paper Smooches clear stamp sets Vegtastic and He Said, She Said; Paper Smooches die Word Bubbles; Spellbinders Pinking Circles die; Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka paper





Hola-amiga-cactusHola amiga cactus – Basic Grey paper pad Persimmon; Hero Arts background stamp Envelope Pattern; Taylored Expressions Chevron Border die





Fiesta-ChilisChile Fiesta – Hero Arts background stamp Tiny Flag; DCWV glitter paper


Chili Grid – Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder Linear




Chile-RistraChili Ristra – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Alfresco; Distress inks: Mustard Seed; Peeled Paint; Festive Berries; Spiced Marmalade and/or Ripe Persimmon





SunsetSunset – Distress inks: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and/or Ripe Persimmon; Festive Berries; Picked Raspberry; Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire






2-cactusFiesta Cactus -- Spellbinders Nestabilities rectangles and squares; Memory Box decorative paper; washi tape







Chile-gridHola Chica -- Lifestyle Cratfs embossing folder linear; twine









Father’s Day

My-Guy-golfcartMy Guy Golfcart – Paper Smooches clear stamp set My Guy; PS dies My Guy Icons and Borders 1; Memory Box Golf Landscape; Poppystamps stamps Fancy Cloud large and small; Poppystamps die set Fancy Clouds




My-Guy-tiesTies – Paper Smooches clear stamp set My Guy; PS die My Guy Icons; Studio Calico wood veneers Stars



Graphic-Greetings-DadDad – Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings stamp Dad; TE die Open Star Border







New -- Classes on Demand

Many of my classes lately have been "on demand" meaning I give the class at a time that's convenient for you.  Listed below are some class ideas that you can choose from -- just give me a call (915-833-9500) and we will make it happen when it's good for you.  I prefer to give classes on Saturday or during the day, but if early evening suits you better, that's good too.  Setting up for classes takes many. many hours so please call at least 2 to 3 days ahead.  If you have a specific technique you would like to learn just ask!

Garden-Fronds-Cottage-LeafClass: Die Cutting 101 and Much More!

Are you getting the most out of your dies?  Would you like a review of the basics as well as instructions on how to emboss a die; emboss a stencil; make a shaped card from any die; create a window in a card then frame the opening; and much more?  Beginners and experienced papercrafters will learn a lot from this class.  If you are interested in this class just give me a call and we will schedule a time that’s good for you.  You will bring your own die cutting machine and plates.  The card on the left is one I designed to show lots of techniques including: cutting, coloring, embossing a stencil and coloring a stenciled image.

This card was created with: Memory Box stencil Garden Fronds; Memory Box die Cottage Leaf; Poppystamps Classic Ribbons; Little B Butterfly stickers; Penny Black clear stamp set Friendship.

Texas-Flag-die-cardClass: New Mexico versus Texas – Let’s make cards honoring both states.  New Texas dies and images from Deadbeat Designs versus the cute Southwest stamps/dies from Paper Smooches (see samples above).  All these cards are great “guy” cards!  If you prefer to make just the Southwest cards or just the Texas cards – no problem.


Bare-Oak-Tree-smClass: Father’s Day/Masucline Cards – Learn how to create a background using jumbo daubers and the new round ink blending tool.  It’s fun and easy plus you can use this technique on any card.  See the Chili Ristra above?  Same technique!  Bring a round ink blending tool and at least 5 foam pads.


Honeycomb-GenevaA Dozen Techniques with Stencils – Stencils are hot right now so learn how to use them to their fullest.  From simple and easy to more elaborate and stunning, these inexpensive plastic templates hold a world of possibilities.  Add depth and texture to your cards with stencils!



Give me a call (915-833-9500) or email (hellopolly@aol.com) for classes and please stop in and see what's new in the store. Have a great week!