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August 2016

Making your first Christmas Gift

Hello Friends. Impression Obsession just released two very fun dies that you can use to make Christmas gifts for everyone.  The dies make a business card holder, but think "outside the box" as you can use these to hold little note cards, post-it notes or even little items on your desk like postage, paper clips or mints.  I am sure you can think of lots of uses for them.  The best part about the dies is that they are super easy to put together and loads of fun to decorate.  You can personalize them for everyone on your list.  These are also a wonderful gift for people like your vet, hairdresser, doctor, and many more!  Let me show you the dies first then some samples.

For the business card holder samples I made, I cut the holder from 80lb cardstock and the layers from decorative paper.  You can also cut the holder from decorative paper and fold the two together as one piece.  In the picture below, the long skinny rectangles are where you put tape and then fold the box onto itself in front and back.  Next the sides are folded in and adhered with tape or glue.  I cut layers for both the front and back and for the inside too since it shows. 

B-Card-die Impression Obsession Business Card die ($41.99)

B-Card-Layers-dieImpression Obsession Business Card Layers die ($20.99)

For this first sample, I cut the business card die from cardstock and decorative paper and then folded the two together to create the holder.  I decorated it with a butterfly (Memory Box).


My next sample is for my business cards so it's decorated with crafty grumplings from Taylored Expressions and a stamp and die set from Paper Smooches (I Heart Art and Paint Easel). 


I had to decorate the back of the card holder too!


And just on my card holder, I even decorated the bottom! Don't you love this saying!!! And don't you wish it were true!!


My next holder is for my niece Jennifer, the teacher. To decorate this holder I used Taylored Expressions Little Bits dies Schoolhouse and Globe; TE die August sayings; and Paper Smooches stamp set Smarty Pants.

Jennifer doesn't have business cards so I am going to make her some "From the desk of" card that she can use to write notes to students or parents.

Teacher-FrontAnd the back:



My next holder is for my other niece Emilee, the veterinarian.  She has both cats and dogs!  I used Impression Obsession dies Cat set, Dog set and Puppy set; Taylored Expressions dies Build A Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories; and Paper Smooches die Cat Icons.


And the back of each:


I can think of so many others I want to make: realtor, dentist, business owner, etc.!  Start now and you will have lovely handmade gifts for all the special people in your life.

Stop in soon!

Home, Home on the Farm

Hello friends. Today's cards are all about playing with some new dies from Taylored Expressions.  Here's a list of the supplies I used from Taylored Expressions:

  • Build A Scene Barn die
  • Build A Scene Farm Fence die
  • Little Bits dies: Silo, Windmill, Barn, Tractor, Sun and Clouds
  • Green Acres stamp set and matching die set
  • Embossing Folders: Chicken Wire and Corrugated
  • Build A Scene Rolling Clouds die
  • Build A Scene Rolling Hills die
  • Build A Scene Mountains Tops die
  • Picket Fence die
  • Wispy Grass die
  • Frame in Frame 1 die

Other supplies:

  • Memory Box dies: Puffy Clouds, Pinpoint Squares and Stitched Ovals
  • Impression Obsession Sunburst die


  Best-of-CluckDesign inspired by Charmain Ikach


Felt-SheepDesign inspired by Regina Mangum


Happy-Birthday-from-herdDesigns inspired by Sankari Wegman


Hay-There-Barn-SceneDesign inspired by Jean Manis


Hay-There-Hay-BaleDesign inspired by Jodi Collins


Hay-There-TractorDesign inspired by Shelley Mercado


Hogs-and-KissesDesign inspired by Jodi Collins


Oh-Crop-BarnDesign inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith


Oh-Crop-TractorDesign inspired by Jodi Collins

Party-til-cows-come-homeDesign inspired by Joan Ervin


Pasture-BirthdayDesign inspired by Kim Singdahlsen


Rule-the-roostDesign inspired by Kendra Wiestock


Stair-step-cardDesign inspired by Regina Mangum

This accordion/stair step card is a lot of fun to make and could be easily adapted to any theme.


Stamped-Barn-SceneDesign inspired by Wanda Guess


Sunshine-and-SmilesDesign inspired by Courtney Kelley

I hope you've enjoyed being down on the farm.  Please stop in the store soon and see them for yourself.  We are receiving orders every week with new Fall, Halloween and Christmas stamps and dies.  I have FREE make and take cards of your choice and lots of tips and tricks to share.  I hope to see you soon.  Happy Papercrafting!

Penny Black Flower Stamps and Dies

Hello Friends.  Today I will share with you several cards that use recent flower dies from Penny Black.

Penny Black Playful Stamp and Die

For the first two cards, one in red and one in yellow, I stamped the Playful stamp in black and colored it with Copic markers.  Then I die cut the Playful die from white cardstock and glued it on top of the stamp.  This adds dimension and frames the flower image.  Add a sentiment and a few enamel sprinkles and your card is done.  Be sure to click on the image to enlarge it and see more detail.


Playful Red – Penny Black stamp Playful; Penny Black die Playful II; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Memory Box die Cross Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Judy Jung


Playful Yellow – Penny Black stamp Playful; Penny Black die Playful II; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Memory Box die Cross Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Judy Jung

For this handsome navy blue card, I stamped the Playful stamp in white pigment ink and colored it (partially) with a white Prismacolor pencil. 


Playful Blue – Penny Black stamp Playful; Penny Black clear stamp set Sentiment Collection; design inspired by Marion Vagg

Love this card!  Lots of interesting and textural layers from vellum to burlap to twine.  The Playful die was die cut from white cardstock then colored with Memento Morocco ink.


Playful Orange – Penny Black dies Playful II and Flights of Fancy; Penny Black clear stamp sets Textures and  Sentiment Collection; design inspired by Jill Foster

Penny Black Flower Pop Out Cards

The Flower Pop Out die partially cuts the flowers so that you can pop out the petals for a dimensional look which is hard to capture in a photograph.  Be sure to click on the photos below to see more detail.  For the first card I added enamel sprinkles to the flower centers.   Sunshine

Sunshine –  Black die Flower Pop Outs; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Spellbinders die Squares Lg; design inspired by Patti Kiehl

Here I framed the Flower Pop Out die cut with the new Taylored Expressions embossing folder Garden Party and matted it on some fun striped paper.  Teal-Stripes

Garden Party – Penny Black die Flower Pop Outs; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Garden Party; design inspired by Judy Jung

This die is versatile because it does not cut out around the die so like the card below, the die can be centered on the front of the card or a top mat.  I used light green pearls for the flower centers and light green ink for the sentiment.


Many Thanks – Penny Black die Flower Pop Outs; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan

Summer's is drawing to an end and fall holidays are ahead.  Stop in soon to see products perfect for fall stamping.  Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

National Spoil Your Dog Day

Hello Friends.  I hope everyone is having a good week.  I must tell you that it's a delight to come to work these days as my new refrigerated air conditioner is keeping the store so cool.  Chloe is enjoying it too and sleeping much more comfortably.

As we gear up for fall and winter papercrafting, new dies and stamps are arriving!  It's like Christmas opening the packages and seeing the new goodies.  From Penny Black we have new dies including one that I personally think is a hoot!  It's called Silly Birds -- birds dressed up as ghosties!

Silly-BirdsPenny Black die Silly Birds ($17.49)

In our recent order we also got the die and stamp to make this very popular card.  Here's the outside of the card.

Glorious-ScenePenny Black die Glorious Poinsettia ($19.69) and stamp Snowy Hamlet ($13.09)


Inside of card (design inspired by Marika).


Another popular die is Penny Black's Into the Woods (birch trees). 

Into-the-WoodsPenny Black die Into the Woods ($25.19)

Here are a couple samples:

Into-the-Woods-cardPenny Black dies Into The Woods and Love and Joy; Penny Black stamp Letter;Impression Obsession die Snowflakes small; design inspired by Judy Jung


Tall-Timbers-1Penny Black cling stamp Tall Timbers; Penny Black die Into the Woods; Impression Obsession die Snowflakes, large and small, and Small Deer set; Taylored Expressions die Frame in Frame; design inspired by Jill Foster

I love these two deer as they lend themselves to lots of different uses.  Here are some samples:

Together-diePenny Black die Together (20.79)


Together-BluePenny Black dies Together and Very Merry Christmas; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder


Together-SilverPenny Black dies Together and Crystal Trio; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder; Spellbinders die Circles; Taylored Expressions die Build A Scene Rolling Hills


Together-TealPenny Black dies Together and Exultations; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder

Back to August 10 ... did you know today is National Spoil Your Dog Day?

Of course at my house it's spoil your dog day every day!  Any way, it's a good day to share some cards that feature new stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions.  But first let me show you the new dog set from Penny Black:

Love-Me-Dogs Penny Black stamp set Love Me ($8.99)


Dog-Day-diesPenny Black matching die set Dog Days ($15.29)


Here are the samples with Taylored Expressions' newest dog stamps and dies:

 Max-Doghouse-1Max and Doghouse 1 – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; TE dies Build A Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories; Impression Obsession die Frame in Frame Rectangles 2; design inspired by Shelby Mercado

 Max-Doghouse-2Max and Doghouse 2 – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; TE dies Build A Doghouse and Doghouse Accessories; Marianne Designs embossing folder Paws; design inspired by Jean Manis


Care-comfort-1Care and Comfort 1 – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Frame in Frame 1; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen


Care-comfort-2Care and Comfort 2 – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Stephanie Kraft


Madison-Window-lgHappily Homed – Memory Box die Large Madison Window set; Poppystamp dies Cozy Kitties and Friendly Kitties; Paper Smooches stamp set Lucky Dog; design inspired by Yoonsun Hur


If you'd like to see more dog cards, go to this earlier post.

Thanks for reading the blog and stop in soon and shop at The Stamp Act.

Get Well Soon!

Hello Friends and fellow papercrafters.  We have the cutest get well stamp set that I know you are going to love.  It's perfect for sending good wishes to a friend who is under the weather -- including men.  And the price cannot be beat!  Here's the stamp set:

Get-Well-stamp-setArt Impressions Get Well clear stamp set  $14.99


Now for some samples

LaughterLaughter's the Best Medicine -- front of card


Laughter-insideLaughter's the Best Medicine -- inside of card

Laughter – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Paper Smooches dies Stitched and Borders 1; Taylored Expressions die Notepaper and Clip; Tim Holtz embossing folder Collage/Notebook; My Favorite Things die Lead the Way Arrows; design inspired by Renée Matarese


Fully-recoveredFully Re-covered

Fully Re-Covered – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Memory Box dies Stitched Ovals; Taylored Expressions Stitched Banners; design inspired by Karen Day


ICU-SquareICU Square -- front of card

ICU-Square-insideICU Square -- Inside of card

ICU Square – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Taylored Expressions dies Medium and Large Scalloped Borders; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; My Favorite Things Stitched Rounded Squares; Wink of Luna silver pen; design inspired by Cheri Bury


ICU-BlueICU Blue

ICU Blue – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; design inspired by Pamela Tetreault


Nice-NurseNice Nurse -- front of card

Nice-Nurse-insideNice Nurse -- inside of card

Nice Nurse – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set


Get-Well-NowGet Well Now

Get Well Now – – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Dana Warren


News from The Stamp Act

There's lots of great news from The Stamp Act.  Here are the highlights:

It's Cool in Here -- We now have refrigerated air and it's cool and quiet!  Come feel the difference!

Lots of New Merchandise -- We are gearing up for the fall holidays with almost daily deliveries of new merchandise from all your favorite vendors and a few new ones too.  I will try very hard to post them to the What's New Page next week.  Meantime, stop in and see for yourself!

Make and Takes: Your Choice -- Choose from 6 or 7 make and take cards including Christmas, masculine and summery.  Make a FREE card any day from 10am to 5pm.

We Miss You -- Our store is here because of customers like you.  The more you shop here, the more products we can offer you.  We are a resource for you, ready to answer your papercrafting questions, demo new products, give you helpful tips, teach you new techniques, give you inspiration and special order items you want.  Please stop in soon and see us.

Thanks friends.  Stay cool and have a wonderful summer.