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June 2016

Pretty Summer Flowers

Hello Friends. Summer is in full swing offering lovely flowers and greenery.  Today's blog is all about flowers, both summer and spring!  Enjoy!

The first cards I will share are created using Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Oh Happy Day.  The set includes 4 flowers with matching dies and 2 sentiments -- a real bargain.


Oh Happy Day Flowers – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Oh Happy Day; TE dies Picket Fence, Grass Border, and Cloud Border; Memory Box die Scalloped Border; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Shannon White.

I created the sky using the TE Cloud Border die and Distress ink Tumbled Glass.


Red Gingham Flowers – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Oh Happy Day; TE dies Picket Fence and Label Stacklets 3; design inspired by Wanda Guess



My next set of cards uses the Taylored Expressions stamp set Spring Tulips and coordinating die along with TE's Picture Perfect Sunny Days die which really adds the perfect touch!



Spring Tulips Sunshine – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die Spring Tulips; TE die Picture Perfect Sunny Day; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Brick; design by Cindy Lawrence.

How to make stripes on your tulips?  Easy.  Color tulips with Copic markers, let dry or heat set then make stripes with the Copic blender pen.  It "erases" the color!


 Spring Tulips Fondly – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die Spring Tulips; design inspired by Joan Ervin  Fondly

 Spring Tulips Happy Birthday – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die Spring Tulips; TE die Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Leafy Vines; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock


Spring Tulips Friends – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die Spring Tulips; TE die Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Leafy Vines; design inspired by Shelly Mercado


A big bouquet of flowers is what Impression Obsession's Bouquet Flower die delivers!  Everything is included in the die -- a dozen different flowers, lots of stems and 2 different leaves!

You can arrange your flowers in either the Memory Box Garden Watering Can or the Vases die set from Impression Obsession.

MB-Watering-Can-die Vases-die

Here's the die set from Impression Obsession that I used for the sentiments:


Bouquet Watering Can – Impression Obsession dies 6-in-1-Rectangle Frame, Edgers Everyday and Bouquet; Memory Box die Garden Watering Can.

The Edgers dies cut the words out but leave them attached at the bottom so the bottom can be as deep as you desire.  For this card I die cut the frame and attached the words behind the frame.

Bouquet Vase – Impression Obsession dies Vases, Edgers Everyday and Bouquet; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Garden Party.

How appropriate to mount a beautiful vase of flowers on a background embossed with the new Garden Party embossing folder!


Oval Ornate Bouquet – Impression Obsession dies Bouquet and Oval Ornate Frame; Memory Box die Butterfly Delights; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.

I cut the flowers twice, cupped them on a soft rubber mat with a stylus then glued them together, offsetting the petals slightly.  I punched a tiny circle from yellow or orange paper and glued this in the center of each flower.  The gorgeous Oval Ornate Frame has three pieces and I taped these together on the back using Scor tape then added foam mounting tape over this to elevate the frame.  I arranged the flowers and added butterflies -- so pretty!


And one more "flower" card where butterflies are the flowers!  Thanks Jane!


Tall Bamboo – Memory Box dies Tall Bamboo and Mini Butterflies; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Sheet Music; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; card by Jane Smith


Max and Mimi

Hello Friends.  What's trending in papercrafting?  Dogs!  Taylored Expressions  has new stamp and die combo sets that feature Mimi the poodle and Max the labrador.  They are cute and clever and the sentiments that come with them are perfect!  In addition they have released Build A Doghouse die and Doghouse Accessories die as well as Care and Comfort --Pets.  Unfortunately, they are sold out at TE right now but I should have them back in stock in about a week.  Here are the new products:

Max500 Max Combo (stamps on left, die on right)  $18.79

Mimi500Mimi Combo (stamps on left, die on right)  $18.79

Buildadoghouse Build A Doghouse die  $22.00

Doghouseaccessories Doghouse Accessories  $15.49

Care_comfort-petsCare and Comfort -- Pets   $15.49

Now let me share some samples my friend Jane Smith and I made with these products.


Mimi White Diva – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Mimi; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach


Mimi Cowboy Hat – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Mimi; My Favorite Things die Country Charms; Memory Box die Mini Butterflies; card by Jane Smith.  Jane bought the Country Charms die set and the Mimi set at the same time and decided to put them together!  Love the "Real Poodle of Dallas!"


Mimi Lavender – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Mimi; Taylored Expressions dies Silhouette Stems 4 and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Impression Obsession die Heart Collection and Wedding Cake (bow); design inspired by Joan Ervin


Max Thanks – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Taylored Expressions dies Little Bits Flower and Stem and Rolling Hills; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Zig Zag and Weathered; design inspired by Courtney Kelley


Max Live Love – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; Taylored Expressions die Pinking Border; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Zig Zag; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen


Poodle Doghouse – Taylored Expressions dies Build a Doghouse; Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Mimi (flowers and sentiment); Die-Versions die Poodle and Dress; Memory Box die Mini Butterflies; card by Jane Smith


Life is Good Poodle – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Die-Versions die Poodle and Dress; Tim Holtz stamp set Hashtags; card by Jane Smith


Retro Dress – Die-Versions die Poodle and Dress; Taylored Expressions die Ray of Sunshine; card by Deb Widger


Doghouse – Taylored Expressions dies Build a Doghouse and Stitched Banner Stacklets; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Bead Board and Weathered; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Cuttlebug embossing folder Hearts; Impression Obsession die 6-in-1 Rectangle Frame; Paper Smooches die Dog Icons design inspired by Kendra Wietstock


Our Pets – Taylored Expressions dies Stitched Bracket Stacklets and Stitched Frame Stacklets 1; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Memory Box die Glorious Hearts; Paper Smooches dies Dog Icons and Woofers and Tweeters; desgin inspired by Sankari Wegman


Our Pets Heart – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max (paw prints); Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen


Patriotic Cat Nap – Impression Obsession stamp Cat Nap; design inspired by Karen Amidon. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these cards starring darling dogs.  Penny Black has a brand new stamp and matching die set featuring five different dogs and it will be available soon at The Stamp Act.


Holiday Hours

The Stamp Act will be open all this week including Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2.  We will be closed on Tuesday, July 5 for a little holiday break.  Please stop in and shop soon.  We have a ton of products on sale (at least 40% off) and new merchandise coming in all the time.


I will be planning some Christmas in July classes as well as classes on other topics.  Please let me know if you are interested in a class on a particular topic.  Thanks!

Happy 4th of July!


Beautiful Butterflies

I suppose it's no surprise that I like to take one product and make many samples so I can show you how to stretch your dies.  Today I want to share with you many samples using two Memory Box dies:

Cascadia Butterflies


Leavenworth Butterflies

The good news about these dies is that you get a small, medium and large butterfly on one die.  However, the dies are all one piece meaning you cannot use one butterfly separately without cutting it out.  I have rarely found this to be a problem versus the advantage of having three size butterflies at my fingertips.

Let's take a look at the samples.

Dreams-Take-FlightDreams Take Flight

For this card I cut the Cascadia Butterflies from four colors of cardstock then stenciled each butterfly with a tone on tone ink using Memory Box stencils Mesh and Disperse.  The dotted border was die cut with Penny Black die Dots and Swirls and the sentiment  added using Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets.  I embellished some of the butterflies with silver Metal Decor dots from Hero Arts.  Design inspired by Deborah Nolan.

  You-and-meYou & Me

I cut the focal panel using Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles then cut two squares each from teal and light green cardstock (1.75") and rounded two corners on each square.  I positioned these in the upper center of the panel and adhered them using foam tape.  I  mounted the largest butterfly, cut from metallic gold cardstock, on top of the squares and die cut the sentiment from the same gold cardstock.  This is a cute and easy card and amenable to any color scheme and sentiment.

Lavender Butterflies

I love the colors on this card -- the lavender butterflies floating on the teal background with green dotted accents is so spring like.  The opening on the upper left corner of the card is cut with Memory Box die Distressed Baptisia Collage.  The greenery is cut with Memory Box die Tall Bamboo and the butterflies with MB Cascadia.  I added the sentiment with Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets. Design inspired by Deborah Nolan

White-on-WhiteWhite on White

IRL this card is much more impressive -- it just doesn't photograph well.  For this card I cut several Memory Box Cascadia and Leavenworth Butterflies from white cardstock and adhered them to a white card.  I then cut the Cascadia large butterfly from pink, yellow and blue cardstock and adhered a large Leavenworth butterfly cut from white cardstock over them. You could embellish the card with the butterfly bodies or crytals if desired.  Design inspired by Lindsay Amrhein


I made three variations on this design.  I die cut the focal panel with Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles and sponged it with Distress and Memento inks.  Next I cut the Cascadia Butterflies from vellum and sponged them with ink (blue, pink or yellow) then sandwiched them between the Leavenworth Butterflies and butterfly bodies both cut from black cardstock.  The cards were finished with a sentiment from Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets stamped on black cardstock and embossed in white.  The word "Smile" was cut with the Impression Obsession die Instant Photo Frame (smile) and Penny Black die Hooray Words.  Design inspired by Jean Okimoto.


Please enlarge the photo to see the stitched border I die cut along the bottom of the green panels using Paper Smooches die Stitched.  I added one butterfly and a "Hello" sentiment die cut with Savvy Stamps die Hello.  Design inspired by Judy Tuck.


Make a quick shaker card with the Cascadia Butterflies by cutting them from white cardstock (die cut with Memory Box Stitched Rectangles) and from a piece of fun foam.  Stamp sentiment (from Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets) on the white cardstock before proceeding.  Tape a piece of acetate behind the openings on the white cardstock then tape the fun foam piece to the acetate.  Fill the openings with tiny beads, stars and glitter and cover the openings with a piece of scrap cardstock.  Center the shaker on green plaid paper and center this piece on flowered paper cut the same size as an A2 card.  A beautiful card for a lucky recipient.  

Sale ... Sale ... Sale

I pulled hundreds of items off the racks for the sale table so stop in soon and shop the bargains!  The sale goes on until everything is sold.

Just in Time for Father's Day!

Hello Friends.  Whether it's Father's Day, Birthday or just  appreciation, we all need masculine cards from time to time.  And I often hear customers say they have no ideas.  Well today I have some great ideas for you using new stamps from Impression Obsession.


June FREE Make It and Take It


The photo of this card is a little misleading.  The card is pictured on a white background with a black border so ignore those aspects.  The central image is called Roadster Grill which, along with the Gears background stamp and the You Are A Classic sentiment stamp, portrays a handsome vintage automobile.  The "Celebrate in Style" is a Hero Arts stamp from my stash.  Stop in the store anytime and make this card for Free!

Masculine Cards


Same stamps with a different look.  I stamped the Roadster Grill on kraft cardstock then watercolored it in red, finishing it with a spritz of water to make the ink run a little.  I embellished the card with gears, die cut with Memory Box Gearworks Border and Mini Gears dies, and a brad with a "screw top."  Design inspired by Dina Kowal.


Here's a third idea with these stamps.  OK I am really going to date myself now -- this roadster reminded me of the old movie (1965 -- yikes!) The Yellow Rolls Royce with Rex Harrison so I thought it would be fun to play with an unconventional color scheme.  I used a Diagonal Stripe background stamp from My Favorite Things and embellished the card with the same gears dies from Memory Box.  Design inspired by Laura Fulcher.


The other new stamp I played with is the Truck Collage from Impression Obsession.  I stamped it in black and colored the truck with Prismacolor pencils blending with Gamsol, an artist-grade odorless mineral spirit.  We sell Gamsol in a convenient, sponge-top dabber bottle that results in a pretty, almost watercolor-like look since it essentially melts the pencil's waxy lines and erases any grainy appearance. Simply color in a stamped image with colored pencils and apply Gamsol using the blending stumps. Note: this technique is for colored pencils that are waxy (like Prismacolor) not watercolor pencils. Our Gamsol Kit includes a 2 ounce bottle of solution, 2 blending stumps and a sandpaper pad for sharpening the paper stumps.  We also sell additional stumps.

If you haven't ever tried blending with Gansol, here's a link to a video that demonstrates the technique.  The houndstooth square is stamped with one of the new Mini Pattern stamps from Impression Obsession.  This card is based on one that Kathi Anderson designed.


Another sample with a tip:  I stamped the Gears background in dark brown ink on the corrugated paper then stamped it several times in tan ink in the corner.  This gives the sentiment stamp more depth and the card more interest.


The last card in our series features the Collage Truck stamp with a Gears border.  The sentiment stamp is from Tim Holtz Hashtags stamp set.

Here's another card I made using the Gears dies:


I used the same Memory Box gears dies and the Impression Obsession die set Greetings.

Retro Masculine Die

A must have die set for making masculine cards is the Retro Masculine set from Impression Obsession.  Look at all the pieces: mustaches, glasses, hats, pipe and ties!

Here are a couple cards made with this set:


For this card I embellished the stamped sentiment (My Favorite Things) with the Retro set.  The frames are from a frame in frame die from Impression Obsession.


Same Retro and Frame in Frame sets along with a thanks die from Paper Smooches.


This card was created by my friend and customer, Bea Mieckowki.  I love the mix of papers and square brad embellishments.  I am not sure if Bea inspired me or vice versa, but here's a somewhat similar card I made:


For this card I used dies from Paper Smooches (Frame 2 and Kudos Words) with the Retro Masculine set.

Just a few more samples that are classic masculine cards.  For these Bea and I used the Taylored Expressions set All the Fixings stamp and die combo set and the Pegboard die.





To see other masculine card designs, please visit The Stamp Act Gallery here.

Huge Sale Continues


Don't forget that our huge sale continues until June 18.  All Christmas, Halloween, Fall, Easter, Valentine and Graduation products are on sale 40% off.  Stop in and shop and make a free card -- Chloe and I would love to see you!  FYI:  Chloe is feeling great these days and although this isn't the best picture, I wanted you to see her fresh from being groomed.  Come say hello in person!  Have a great day!