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November 2014

Black Friday Sale

Hero-Overexposed-TreeHello Friends.  As you plan your Thanksgiving weekend, please plan to stop by The Stamp Act.  We will have a free Make it and Take it card (see left) plus “gift with purchase” prizes including dies, stamps, paper and classes.  Everyone who shops with us during Black Friday Weekend will be eligible for our grand prize drawing for a $25 gift card!  Plus all Christmas dies are on sale: buy 3 and get 20% off.

Our Black Friday promotion will last all day Friday (10am to 6pm) and Saturday (10am to 5pm).  Please stop by!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tea for Two?

Hi friends.  No matter the season we always need all occassion cards for friends and family.  Here are a few to inspire you.

Thanks-Flowers PB-ThankfulThe Thanks Script die and the Thankful die were both cut using partial die-cutting which means the top of the die was cut out while the bottom of the die was not (i.e. it is still attached to the brown or orange cardstock). Add versatility to your dies with this technique.

Thanks – Memory Box dies Fancy Blossoms, Petal Power, Wicker Panel, Fresh Foliage and Thanks Script; design inspired by Jenny Griffiths

 Thankful -- Penny Blank Words of Gratitude die

Teacup-Stack-Flowers Teacup-Stack-For-Two

Teacup Stack Flowers – Poppystamps dies Andorra Corner, Poinsettia Bloom small and Teacup Stack; Taylored Expressions Mini Tag All Occasion sentiments; design inspired by Sherry Hester

Teacup Stack for Two – Poppystamps die Teacup Stack; Impression Obsession die Plain alphabet; Paper Smooches die Stitched; designed inspired by Eckblad

Tea and coffee cards remain popular and this new Poppystamps Teastack die is perfect for any occassion.  The Andorra Corner die that I used for "steam" is quite a bit bigger and can be used by itself as a corner or as a frame (use 4).  Very versatile!

See you soon!


Christmas Cards

Whatever your taste is in Christmas cards – from cute and clever to embossed and elegant – we’ve got the dies to create them.  Here are just a few samples of how to use the many, many dies we have in stock right now:

  Luxe-Poinsettia-sm Staircase-Tree










Staircase – Poppystamps dies Elegant Staircase Frame, Pine Garland, Madison Window small, Christmas Baubles, Cat Sitting and Snow Flocked Tree; Paper Smooches die Stars; sentiment by Hero Arts; design inspired by Jean Manis

Luxe Poinsettia Small – Poppystamps dies Luxe Poinsettia small (outline and background) and Claudette Frame; Spellbinders die Grand Labels 1 and Classic Squares small; design inspired by Valerie Brincheck at Stampeddler 

Bow-Merry Bow-Silver




Bow Merry and Silver Cards – Taylored Expressions die Mix and match Bows; Poppystamps die Vintage Merry Christmas; Cuttlebug embossing folder Divine Swirl; Paper Smooches sentiment

  Gleaming-Bells-Noel Gleaming-Bells-Rejoice



Gleaming Bells Rejoice – Memory Box die Gleaming Bells; Poppystamps die Claudette Frame; Penny Black die Exultations; Cuttlebug embossing folder Argyle; design inspired by Valerie Brincheck at Stampeddler

Gleaming Bells Noel – Memory Box die Gleaming Bells; Memory Box stencil Merry Christmas Script; Penny Black die Exultations; design inspired by Shelby Thomas

  Hanging-Ornaments-Red-Dot Hanging-Ornaments-Silver





Hanging Ornaments Red Dot – Memory Box die Hanging Ornaments; Taylored Expressions paper pad Gingerbread Lane; design inspired by Marnie Bushmole

Hanging Ornaments Silver – Memory Box die Hanging Ornaments; Judikins embossing powder Iridescent Sparkle; sentiment by Hero Arts; design inspired by Sue Trembeth


Cutout Snowflakes – Impression Obsession dies Cutout Snowflakes and 6-in-1 Rectangle Frame

This snowflake die is unique in that it is a 2-in-1 die.  You get three individual snowflakes plus a frame for each one.  So you can cut the snowflakes alone (see negative images on white card) or cut the snowflakes inside their frames (see positive images on red card).  Very clever and handy for quick yet beautiful cards.

It's hard to believe that these cards just scratch the surface of what's in the store right now for Christmas wishes.  Come and see what else is available!  You will love it!


Fall Cards

Watering-Can-LeavesOne of the best things about fall are the deep, rich colors that appear in the landscape.  For this card, I took white cardstock, a variety of Distress inks and the new round ink blending tool and created the paper which I ultimately die cut for the leaves.  The watering can was die cut from white cardstock, covered with Versamark ink then heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  To darken the shiny silver I rubbed it with Distress Black Soot ink.  The background was stamped with a text stamp (with much of the ink blotted off with a baby wipe) then sprayed with Goosebumps to give it a bumpy texture.  Next I stenciled green ink through the Mesh stencil and distressed the edges with Distress Vintage Photo ink.  A very pretty card for a lovely fall day.


Watering Can Fall Leaves – Memory Box dies Flowering Winterberry, Marvelous Maple Leaves and Garden Watering Can; Memory Box stencil Mesh; Memory Box text stamp Vintage Dreams; sentiment by Savvy Stamps; Creative Impressions Goosebumps Texture Spray, Delicate Silver ink, Memento inks Morocco and Pistachio; Distress inks Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo and Black Soot; designed inspired by Donna Sledzik


Here’s a very simple yet pretty fall card using a leaf that you might associated with spring rather than fall.  

Note:  I am sorry this picture does not capture the colors well at all.

 Happy Fall – Poppystamps die Meadow Leaf; Savvy Stamps sentiment

Here are a few more Fall cards:

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These cards were made with Impression Obsession dies Circle Shaker Frame and  Wheat; Spellbinders Labels die; sentiment from Impression Obsession. 

Autumn-Stamp Autumn-MosaicMemory Box stamp Autumn CollageMy Favorite Things die Wreath; Impression Obsession sentiment; Taylored Expression die Bows

Pumpkin-PieHow cute is this card??  All supplies are from Impresson Obsession except the die cut which is Spellbinders Labels 6 (or 7???).

Enjoy your fall and making some fall cards!

Our Holiday Open House is Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10am to 6pm.  Make it and Take it, free gift with purchase and 20% discount on all Christmas dies when you buy 3.  See you then!


Holiday Open House Thursday, Nov. 13, 10am to 6pm

     Hello Friends.  Our shopping center’s annual open house will be Thursday, November 13 from 5 to 9pm.  The Marketplace will be decked out for Christmas and full of gift ideas and the Magic Bistro will offer a huge selection of delicious goodies to snack on while you shop. 

     The Stamp Act will also have a holiday open house all day Thursday, November 13 (10am to 6pm).  Stop in and make our free Christmas Make and Take card plus get a free gift with purchase – a package of 25 sheets of 6” x 6” decorative paper.  And to entice you more, all Christmas dies will be on sale 20% off when you buy 3.

     Impression Obsession has 4 new sets of dies called Edgers which cut words out of cardstock but don’t cut the opposite edge of the cardstock.  There are 4 sets: Holiday Words (see below) and Everyday Words (Happy Birthday, Thinking of You and Thanks So Much) and top or bottom cuts.  In other words, depending on the set you purchase, the words will be on the top of the cardstock (see below) or will hang down below the cardstock. The die measures ½” x 4¼” but you can easily extend the base of the cut to any length you wish.

     These dies make very quick cards and you can embellish them with lots of you smaller dies as I did with snowflakes, Santa hat and little trees.  They are fun and super easy!!!   

  Edger-Merry-Xmas-hat Happy-Holidays






Seasons-Greetings Edger-Merry-Xmas-candy









Holiday Edgers – Impression Obsession die Top Edgers set of 3 Holiday Words; Memory Box dies Holiday Hats and Goodie Gum Drops; Poppystamps die Christmas Baubles

Thanks for stopping by today and please come to the open house!

Birthday Cards

The cards I need the most are birthday cards and fortunately there are some new dies that will help you make some quickly!  Take a look at these:

Birthday-StackBirthday Stack – Poppystamps die Birthday Stack; sentiment Hero Arts; Taylored Expressions Double the Fun paper pad; My Favorite Things die Pinking Border.

This brand new die cuts the blue outline and the colorful inside pieces.  So cut the outline first and adhere it to the background.  Choose a paper pad with coordinated papers (like the new Double Fun paper pad from Taylored Expressions ) so it's easy to choose a variety of patterns that match well.  Cut each pattern and glue into the outline.  Quick and easy birthday card!



Retro-Masculine-bdayRetro Masculine – Impression Obsession dies Rectangle 6-in-1 Frame and Retro Masculine; Spellbinders die Petite Ovals; Paper Smooches die Stars; My Favorite Things stamp set Birthday Greetings; design inspired by Karen Amidon

I needed a birthday card for my brother and I saw this one by desiner Karen Amidon.  I stamped the sentiment and added the hats and glasses and mustache.  So cute!

Stop in soon and shop!

Poppystamps Cute Cottage

The Poppystamps Cute Cottage die really lives up to its name!  How cute are these samples?  Just let me know if you have any questions about how they were constructed. The Cottage has 2 associated dies: the Halloween Roof and Porch and the Frosted Roof and Ledges.


Cute Cottage Halloween – Poppystamps dies Cute Cottage, Halloween Roof and Porch; Dianna Border and Frozen Flakes; Paper Smooches Halloween Icons (Boo); Impression Obsession Halloween set (ghost); Memory Box die Perfect Pumpkins; design inspired by Kay Miller


Cute-Cottage-Halloween-2Cute Cottage Halloween 2– Poppystamps dies Cute Cottage, Halloween Roof and Porch; Memory Box dies Tiny Bubbles and Trick or Treaters; Taylored Expressions die Gothic Accessories; Impression Obsession dies Halloween Hill and Halloween set; Spellbinders die classic circles



Fir-TreesJoy Cottage – Poppystamps dies Cute Cottage, Frosted Roof and Ledges, Andorra Corner and Sparkling Tree Lights; Impression Obsession Fir Trees; Penny Black die World of Wishes; Taylored Expressions Cloud Border; design inspired by Stampeddler

Candy-with-FawnLollipop Cottage – Poppystamps dies Cute Cottage, Frosted Roof and Ledges, Woodland Fawn and Frozen Border; Memory Box die Swirled Lollipops; Taylored Expressions Cloud Border; sentiment Amuse Art Stamps; Wink of Stella clear glitter pen; design inspired by Stampeddler



SantaSanta Cottage – Poppystamps dies Cute Cottage and Frosted Roof and Ledges; Impression Obsession die Fir Trees; Taylored Expressions die On Dasher, On Dancer; Penny Black Tree Lined background stamp




Gingerbread-MenGingerbread Cottage – Poppystamps dies Cute Cottage, Frosted Roof and Ledges and Andorra Corner; Memory Box dies Swirled Lollipops, Gingerbread Men, Tiny Candy Canes; Memory Box stamp Candy Cane Stripes; sentiment Memory Box; Wink of Stella clear glitter pen



Fall is a busy time for everyone so even though I am not posting specific classes, you can always request a class covering the cards that I post.  If you want to learn more about stamping, papercrafting, die cutting, coloring or other subjects just scroll through previous posts and select a few cards you’d like to make.  Call me (915-833-9500) and we will discuss the specifics.  Thanks!