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May 2016

Cute, Funny and Punny

Hello Friends.  I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  Chloe and I had a good time binge watching Downtown Abbey -- it's so good!

Today's samples are all cute, funny and sometimes punny!  I really enjoy these cards because everyone needs a good laugh from time to time.  As you look through the samples remember that to order anything you see on the blog, just contact Polly at 915-833-9500 or hellopolly@aol.com.  I am happy to help you with anything you need!

Warts-New

Our first card features a cute frog die with a punny sentiment!  IRL the colors are much more vibrant and the background is a cloudy blue sky.  I drew the lilly pad then cut it our of white cardstock and edged it in light green ink.  One die that is a must have is a frame die -- this one is Taylored Expressions Frame in Frame die which includes four different frames.

Wart’s New – Art Impressions stamp Wart’s New; Cottage Cutz die Mini Frog; Taylored Expressions dies Frame in Frame, Cloud Border and Little Bits Sun and Clouds

Patchwork Animals

New from Impression Obsession are the Patchwork Animal dies.  These are very detailed dies (meaning lots of individual pieces to cut the ears, eyes, arms, etc.) and are meant to work with the new Mini Pattern stamps.  You can see the dies and the stamps on our What's New page here.  For these cards I stamped the Mini Pattern stamps (there are 4 sets of 3 stamps each at 2.75" square each) in colored ink on colored cardstock.  I chose a rainbow of colors and stamped away so I had a wide selection of colors and patterns to choose from when I started die cutting.  Even though I used 3 of the new Patchwork Animal dies for baby cards, they can be used for lots of other occasions too.

Hippo

Hippo – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Hippo; Taylored Expressions dies Welcome Spring, Build-A-Scene Nursery, Love Confetti and Treat Toppers Baby; IO stamps Painted Stripes and Mini Patterns

Elephant

Elephant – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Elephant; Paper Smooches die Cardbooking; Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo Love You More; IO stamps Mini Patterns

Sheep

Sheep – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Sheep; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Love; IO stamps Mini Patterns; IO die Typewriter Alphabet Lower Case

Gator

This die is actually a gator but to me it looks like a dinosaur.  The sentiment is perfect for a "T-Rex" and adding the "brother" die cut word really personalizes your card.

Dinosaur – Impression Obsession die Patchwork Gator; Taylored Expressions stamp Punny Man; Spellbinders die Labels One; IO stamps Mini Patterns; IO die Plain Alphabet Lower Case; Cottage Cutz die Brother; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Frame Stacklets 1

TE Pocketful of Sunshine

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This is a very versatile stamp and die combo set from Taylored Expression.  The image stamps all fit in the pocket which is stitched to look just like a jeans pocket.  The possibilities are endless with this cute little pocket and clever sayings.

Orange-Sending-Love

Tip:  See the stitching on the circle?  How did I make the stitching continuous even though part of the circle is cut off?   Here's the tip:  First die cut a rectangle with a stitched die then die cut the stitched circle from this rectangle.  Easy yet very impressive!

Orange Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Memory Box die Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Jean Manis

Denim-Pocket

Denim Pocket – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE die Build-A-Bookmark; TE die Little Bits Love Confetti; design inspired by Shannon White

  Braided-Hoppy-Day

Braided Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE embossing folder Braided; Memory Box die Stitched Scallop Circles; TE die Tag Stacklets 1; TE border die Zig Zag; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock

  Frog-sending-love

Frog Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan Ervin

  Hot-Pink-Hello
Don't forget to use your labels or stacklet die sets for backgrounds.  Here I used the Postal Stacklets set from Taylored Expressions.

Hot Pink Hello – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; TE dies Hi Hey Hello and Postal Stacklets; design inspired by Joan Ervin

  Flowers-Hoppy-Day

Add a little polka dot paper to the top of the pocket for an interesting detail.

Flowers Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

  Pink-Sending-Love
Pink Sending Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; design inspired by Joan Ervin

Purple-Hoppy-Day

Purple Hoppy Day – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine;  design inspired by Joan Ervin

  Make-me-Smile

You Make Me Smile – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Pocketful of Sunshine; Impression Obsession dies Instant Photo Frame and banners and Tails; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Taylor VanBruggen

Tips on Storing Dies

As we consumers demand more and more detailed dies, our wonderful vendors are more than happy to oblige.  Pictured here is the new Patchwork Hippo die set with its 15 separate tiny dies!  Safely storing a set like this is critical which is why I just ordered a huge roll of magnetic "paper" so I could keep all those tiny little dies secure inside the CD Keepers that I use for storing dies.  The magnet is strong enough that once the dies were on it I could shake it vigorously and they didn't go flying.  I am selling some of the magnetic paper in packages of 10 (cut to 4" x 4.5") for $4.99 each.  Quantities are very limited so stop in soon for a free sample.

Magnet-paper

Big Summer Sale

I am out of room for new dies and the new Christmas and Fall releases will be coming out next month so I am having a huge sale starting June 1 through June 18 on selected merchandise including all Christmas, Halloween, Fall, Valentine and Easter products.  Every product in these categories is marked down 40% and when you spend $100 (excluding sales tax), you will get an additional 10% off your total expenditure.  There is too much sales merchandise to picture on the website so if you're looking for something specific, come in the store as soon as you can for best selection.  First come, first served!  Questions?  Please contact Polly at 915-833-9500 or hellopolly@aol.com.  I am happy to help you with anything you need!

I hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Welcome Little One

Hello Friends!  I hope you are planning an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  Today I want to share with you a variety of welcome baby cards plus a few other samples for get well and other occasions.  

Welcome Baby Cards

Welcome-Boy

This card and the one below it are pretty straightforward.  I did sponge the background behind the Welcome die with blue or purple to give the die a little more presence.  You could easily turn this into a shaker card too.

Welcome Little One Boy – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults

Welcome-Girl

Welcome Little One Girl – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults

Block-Party-Feet

Block Party Baby Feet – Taylored Expressions dies Block Party Baby, Treat Toppers Baby and Stitched Banner Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

 

Block-Party-Safety-Pin

The star of this car is the Cable Knit embossing folder -- it looks just like a baby blanket.

Block Party Baby Safety Pin – Taylored Expressions dies Block Party Baby, Treat Toppers Baby and Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE embossing folder Cable Knit; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

 

Welcome-Teddy-Bear

Welcome Teddy Bear – TE dies Little Bits Teddy Bear, Welcome Baby and Build-A-Scene Nursery; Memory Box die Pinpoint Squares; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Courtney Kelley

 

Nursery

Don't you love this little nursery?  Taylored Expressions has such clever Build-A-Scene dies!  See how the rug, curtain, lampshade and baby mattress match?  So cute! 

Nursery – TE dies Build-A-Scene Nursery and Build-A-Scene window; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Sankari Wegman

 

Get Well Soon

It's always a good idea to have a stash of get well cards so if you're going to pull out dies and stamps and papers to make one, go ahead and make several with the same design.  For these cards I used the Memory Box die Curved Get Well; Paper Smooches die Bandaids; and Taylored Expressions dies Mini Bloomers and Bloomers Greenery.  The papers are from Penny Black's paper pad Beau Jardins.  I chose the papers and matching cardstocks then cut flowers and greenery in every shade I needed.  I cut the bandaids from kraft cardstock then cut them again from coordinating cardstocks for the hearts.  Assembly was quick and I embellished with butterflies and sequins.   

Gray-Flowers

Pink-Bandaids

Purple-Bandaids 

Red-Flowers

Flower Portrait Frame

Penny Black's Flower Portrait Frame die is a very versatile frame with tiny openings all around.  The middle of the frame is filled with flowers.  I recently used this frame in a variety of different ways.

Flower-Portrait-Frame

For this card, I cut the frame from white cardstock three times and glued them together to give the frame more heft and dimension.  Then  I removed the inner piece, sponged a background of greens and blues, sponged the flowers with red and green and arranged them around the dog.

 

Bring-me-joy

Bring Me Joy – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Impression Obsession die Banners and Tails; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Corrugate

OMG-Mom

Here the frame is sponged with orange and yellow inks.  OMG Mom – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Taylored Expressions die Conversation Bubbles; Penny Black stamps Skyline and Dots in Space; design inspired by Therese Schaffer

Black-White-Hello

For this card I die cute frame and removed the flowers while I sponged the grass and sky background.  I colored the flowers with Copic markers and reinserted them into the frame securing them on the back with tape.  I also inlaid the flowers centers in white.    Black-White – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets

  Sponged-Flowers

Remember in the cards above I cut the frame multiple times?  Well that meant I had a lot of "middles" left over.  I decided to sponge the middle (background) using Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon.  I mounted the background on textured white cardstock then mounted this piece on a white card with foam tape.  The flowers and stems are open except for the centers which I also sponged and inserted in the center of each flower.

Sponged Flowers – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp set Sprinkles and Smiles; design inspired by Therese Schaffer

Zig-Zag-Bkgrd

One more sample:  I embossed the background with the Zig Zag embossing folder then added color to the embossing by holding my ink pad (Memento dye ink New Sprout) perfectly level and sliding it across the top of the embossing.  I die cut the frame several times then glued them together over the stamped flower image. 

Zig Zag Background – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp sets Enamor and Snippets; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Zig Zag; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan

 

Bookmarks

I know these days many people don't need bookmarks as much because they read books on their tablet or e-reader, but bookmarks are still fun to make and give.  Taylored Expressions has a new die set called Build-A Bookmark and a new stamp set called Plot Twist that coordinate with their previously released Mark Your Spot Bookmark die and stamp set to create delightful bookmarks.

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Tip:  Add a ribbon accent that's not bulky by threading ribbon through the die cut opening then tying twine or thinner ribbon around it into a bow.

Bookmarks -- Taylored Expressions dies Mark Your Spot Bookmark and Build-A-Bookmark; TE stamp set Plot Twist

 

A Few More Fun Samples

Memory Box has several Triptych dies.  Perhaps you remember I just posed this sample using the Dogwood Blooms and Stem Triptych dies. 

Triptych-Dogwood

Today I have two samples using the tree Triptych die.

Triptych-Tree-1

I die cut the tree triptych and the fence from decorative paper that is embossed with a woodgrain design (American Crafts).  To bring out the woodgrain, I colored the embossed woodgrain with a Prismacolor pencil (Dark Brown).  I glued the tree frames to green decorative paper and added pink flowers accented with tiny crystals.

Tree Triptych 1 – Memory Box die Tree Triptych; Memory Box stamp Seeds of Happiness; Poppy die Johnny Jump Ups; Taylored Expressions die Picket Fence; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

Triptych-Tree-2

For this card I die cut the Tree Triptych from the front of a top folding card then adhered blue cardstock behind the openings.  I inlaid the tree frames and added little flowers, sequins and a sweet sentiment.

Tree Triptych 2 – Memory Box die Tree Triptych; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Poppy die Hydrangea Blooms small; design inspired by Michele Henderson

  Best-Day-Ever

Switching gears a little, here's a very happy birthday card!  I cut the balloons from glitter paper (blue and white which I colored with a yelow Copic marker); cut the candle border from white cardstock then colored it with Copics; and cut the Best Day Ever from blue cardstock.  Cute card!

Best Day Ever – Impressions Obsession dies Rectangle Frame 6 in 1, Best Day Ever, Heart Balloon and Candle Border; Penny Black die Balloons; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo

   Sylvia-Jane

One more ... my friend Jane Smith made this funny gal -- isn't she hilarious!  I love the way Jane made her standing in the corner -- very cleverly drawn lines and coloring.  Thanks Jane!

Sylvia – Art Impressions stamp Sylvia; sentiment stamp unknown; card designed by Jane Smith

Have a great weekend and please stop by the Stamp Act soon!

 




Who Let the Dogs Out?

Hello Friends.  I sat down recently in my stamping studio with two Penny Black clear stamp sets featuring a lot of cute dogs and one fabulous duck!  Once I started I couldn't stop making cards so please enjoy them all.  My precious Chloe is struggling with old age right now so it was fun to play with these stamps and remember her younger days.  I am grateful for every day I have with her. 

Because most of the cards are self-explanatory, I will just list the supplies I used.  If you want more information or to order any of the supplies, please contact me through email or telephone (915-833-9500).

Here are the two Penny Black clear stamp sets I used for these cards.

Buddy-Duck   Man's-Best-friend-set
Buddy and Duck Cards


Buddy-Balloon

Buddy Balloon – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Spellbinders die Petite Ovals; design inspired by Birgit Edblom

Buddy-Cupcake

Buddy Cupcake – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Spellbinders die Classic Ovals Buddy-Umbrella

Buddy Umbrella – Penny Black clear stamp sets Buddy and Duck and Sentiment Collection

Buddy-Balloon-Clouds

Buddy Balloon Clouds – Penny Black clear stamp sets Buddy and Duck and Snippets; My Favorite Things die Round Banners; Poppy die Fancy Clouds; Taylored Expressions die Love Confetti; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection; design inspired by Christine Drogt

Duck-Hearts

Duck Hearts – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Penny Black paper pad Painted Blooms; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Taylored Expressions die Love Confetti; design inspired by Cathy Andronicou

Duck-Balloon
Duck Balloon – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; Impression Obsession die Greetings Edgers; design inspired by Judy Jung

Doggone-Birthday

Buddy Present – Penny Black clear stamp sets Buddy and Duck and Man’s Best Friend; Taylored Expressions die Frame in Frame

Umbrella-Ducks

Duck Umbrellas – Penny Black clear stamp set Buddy and Duck; Penny Black die Feel Better; Memory Box die Puffy Clouds; design inspired by Judy Jung

Man's Best Friend Cards

Birthday-Stars

Birthday Stars – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Snippets; My Favorite Things die Brushstroke Greetings; Paper Smooches die Stars; design inspired by La Von Hall

Bring-me-joy

Bring Me Joy – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Impression Obsession die Banners and Tails; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Corrugate

  Circle-Clouds

Circle Clouds – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; Poppy die Fancy Clouds; design inspired by Debby 4000

  Hello

Hello – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Memory Box die Hello Balloon; My Favorite Things die Mini Scallop Border; design inspired by Debby 4000

  Hi-Hey-Hello

Hi Hey Hello – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Taylored Expressions die Peek-A-Boo Circles and Hey, Hi Hello; design inspired by Helen the Heffalump

  Jumping-dogs
Jumping Dogs
– Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend

Love

Love – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Penny Black dies Polaroid and Love and Joy; design inspired by Judy Jung

OMG-Mom
OMG Mom
–This card may need an explanation.  My niece Emilee just graduated from veterinary college at Texas A & M University.  Yeah!  She and her 2 dogs will soon be moving to start work at a veterinary practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I thought this would be a cute congratulatory card to send her from her dogs!  Inside the sentiment "we did it!" would be appropriate!

Supplies -- Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Taylored Expressions die Conversation Bubbles; Penny Black stamps Skyline and Dots in Space; design inspired by Therese Schaffer

  Paw-Prints

Paw Prints – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Memory Box die Pinpoint Squares; Paper Smooches die Dog Icons; design inspired by A J Bodine  Smile

Smile – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Penny Black die Doodles; design inspired by Therese Schaffer

  Thinking-of-you

Thinking of You – Penny Black clear stamp set Man’s Best Friend; Spellbinders dies Classic Circles, Scalloped Circles and Petite Scalloped Circles; design inspired by Helen the Heffalump

 Thanks for reading the blog today.  Please stop by the store soon to see these and many more samples in person!

 


Fun New Products

Hello Friends.  I hope you had a good weekend. Today I'd like to share with you several samples that I recently made with new products that have arrived at The Stamp Act.  You can see all the new products on our What's New page here and see these cards and more in our Gallery here.

The Mad Rider from Art Impressions

Mad-Rider-Green  Mad-Rider-Green-Inside
A friend of mine lives in a senior community and recently traded in her car for a golf cart.  I thought this stamp was a perfect way to commemorate the occasion!  I stamped Mad Rider, colored her with Copic markers then cut her out.  I drew the sidewalk and mounted it at the bottom of the cute house paper.  One thing I love about Art Impressions is that they always have really cute sentiments to go with their stamps.  The sidewalk sentiment is sold separately -- Mad Rider comes with the "Born to be Wild" sentiment (see below).  Design inspired by Diane Zechman.

Mad-Rider-Pink

  Mad-Rider-Pink-Inside

For this version I stamped The Mad Rider and die cut it with Memory Box Pinpoint Squares.  Where the two papers met I added a Ric Rac Border die from Taylored Expressions.  The retirement sentiment is also by Art Impressions.  Design inspired by Tammie Koehnen.

To Go Please by Art Impressions

To-Go-Please

Bad-Day

Who hasn't had a day like this?  I think I am having one today because I took my car in for maintenance and the service rep just called with the price to fix the driver's side window -- Wowza!  I think I need that special cup of coffee! 

For this card, I die cut Penny Black's Love Cup die from orange, white and kraft cardstock and glued it together.  I added the bright pink heart and the straw cut from striped yellow paper (both are part of the die set).  The background is green cardstock punched with the EK Success Binding Edge Border punch; I added the stitched line with one of the dies from the Stitched die set by Paper Smooches.  The notepaper is white cardstock stamped with an Impression Obsession Grid Stamp.  Embellishing this piece are some yellow and white twine and a little strip of bright pink, polka dotted washi tape.  The sentiment (Art Impressions To Go Please) was stamped and die cut with Memory Box die Stitched Ovals.  The final embellishment was a scattering of coffee beans die cut with Impression Obsession Coffee Set.

The inside sentiment is Bad Day by Art Impressions.  I stamped it then die cut it with Memory Box Stitched Squares.  The cute little coffee cup is Memory Box die Coffee to Go Small.

Triptych Dies from Poppystamps

Triptych Stem Triptych Dogwood Blossoms
These are the new Triptych Stem and Triptych Dogwood Bloom dies from Poppy dies. 

Triptych-Dogwood
For this card I die cut the Triptych stem from green cardstock and the Triptych Dogwood Blooms from white cardstock and glue the white frames over the green -- they were designed to match perfectly!  Then I die cut the Stems Triptych from blue cardstock and inserted these pieces on the back to form the background.  Finally I die cut the Dogwood Blooms from yellow cardstock and inserted the flower centers.  "Spring" is die cut with Poppystamps die
Freehand Happy Spring.  A really clean and simple Spring card.

Jumbled-Alphabet

Jumbled-Alpha-insideDid you know this is Teacher Appreciation week?  I made this card for my niece Jennifer who teaches high school geography in Central Texas.  She will be honored at an awards ceremony this week because one of her students wrote an essay about how she inspired him to succeed in his studies.  That makes the blackboard quote above especially appropriate for her.  For the front of the card I used Memory Box die Jumbled Alphabet and inside I used Taylored Expressions stamp set Make the Grade and the TE die Blackboard.

Hex-Background

I love this die.  It's very graphic and makes a very quick and easy card that is appropriate for lots of occasions including "guy" cards!  I used Poppy die Mod Hex Background and Poppy clear stamp set Hope and Thanks.  Design inspired by Irena Kowalczyk.

Totally-Fab

The last card I will share with you today is made with Penny Black's stamp set Totally Fabulous.  I have three good friends with black poodles and I know they will love this card.  I stamped the elegant lady and colored her and the dogs with Copic markers.  The sentiment stamp comes with the set.  Fun!

Please stop in soon and see all the new fun products!  Thanks!