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November 2016

Papercrafting Christmas Presents, Part 1

Hello Friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  As we near the holiday season and begin thinking about gifts for loved ones, don't forget that we have our hobby affords us the opportunity to create gifts that are unique and personalized.  My niece is a brand new veterinarian and she was so dismayed and upset when her first pet patient died.  I thought she would feel better if she had a lovely card to send the patient's owner so I pulled out all my pet stamps and dies and started creating cards.  The primary stamp set I used is Taylored Expressions' Care & Comfort - Pets:

Care_comfort-pets And here are two TE die sets I used:


Doghouseaccessories For this card I embossed the background with the Puppy Paws (my name) embossing folder from Marianne.

Our-pets-teach-pink-bedOur Pets Teach – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Frame in Frame 1; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

Adding a little heart to the card's corner is a loving touch.

Our-pets-love-bedOur Pets Love – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Stephanie Kraft

This card has multiple layers.  The scalloped frame in the background is topped with brown and red layers and finally another kraft layer embossed with hearts. I used more embossing too on the little ball (TE embossing folder Weathered) and the doghouse (Bead Board).

DoghouseDoghouse – 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

For this card I used brighter colors, multiple layers and embossing in the background.

Our-pets-striped-paperOur Pets Striped Paper – 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; design inspired by Sankari Wegman

I love this card but it was a little difficult to create.  The paws were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white on the red heart.  Then I had to hold the heart over the front of the card face and figure out where to stamp the paws again in black, lining them up with the white paws.  It's not hard, just a little tedious.

Our-Pets-HeartOur Pets Heart – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen

My first cat sympathy card features a Paper Smooches cat die (Cat Icons). 

Pink-Sitting-CatPink Cat Sitting – Paper Smooches die Cat Icons; Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE stamp set Care and Comfort Pets

I love this card.  It has been my go-to sympathy card for friend's pets.  Here's a tip on how to create it.  I cut white cardstock to 4.25" x 5.50" and then die cut it with the paws die 4 times, essentially creating a template or stencil.  Next I cut the paws from colored cardstock, keeping each paw (5 pieces) together in a little pile.  Then I placed the cardstock template over the white card and glued the paws into the openings.  This technique allows you to have the paws perfectly mounted on top of the card.

Colored-Paw-PrintsColorful Paws – Paper Smooches die Cat Icons; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause

A paw on a red heart says it all.  The heart background paper keeps with the red, white and black color format.

Red-HeartRed Heart – Spellbinders die hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Paper Smooches die Dog; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles

Another cat card features a large walking cat with a handsome blue collar and a little bling.

Walking-CatCat Walking – Taylored Expressions die Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Poppystamps die Large Cat Walking

Gray-PawGray Paw – Paper Smooches die Dog; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection

Watercolor-PawWatercolor Paw – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause; Memory Box die Cross Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Kecia Waters

Gray-Dog-BowlGray Dog Bowl – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories, Build-A-Calendar 1 and Tag Stacklets 1; design inspired by Jami Sibley

Think about your friends and family and the type of cards they could use.  I am sure they would love to have a set of special cards made just for them.

Thanks for reading my blog and please stop in soon and shop!

Twist Pop Cards and Black Friday Promotions

Hello Friends and thanks for stopping by the Stamp Act blog today.  One of the hot trends in card making today is the Twist and Pop Card.  Recently one of my customers asked me to order the die to make the twisting mechanism which I was happy to do, however in researching the Twist card I found that they are easy to make with just cutting and scoring cardstock -- no expensive die necessary! Yeah! 

The card (A2 size = 5½” x 4¼”) is top folding covered with decorative paper.  I used a stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Falling For You and a banner die from Penny Black to decorate the front.


Inside the card (be sure to click on it for a larger view) I decorated the four panels with critters from TE's Calendar Critters set, pumpkin dies from Memory Box and a sentiment from TE's If Turkeys Could Talk stamp and die combo set.


The magic comes when these four panels pop out of the card!  To show you that my friend Jane served as my assistant.  Please know that my video skills are sorely lacking!  Here's the video:

Here is a list of the supplies I used on this card:

Twist Thanksgiving – Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Falling for You; TE stamps and dies Calendar Critters; TE die Little Bits Leaves, Build-A-Scene Calendar 1 and Build-A-Scene Trees; TE stamp and die combo set If Turkeys Could Talk; Penny Black die Triple Banner; Memory Box dies Pinpoint Pumpkins and Stitched Circles

My next Twist and Pop card is a Christmas card starring the new critters from the Taylored Expressions set Deck the Halls.

Xmas-outside On the inside I used more of the cute critters and more Christmas lights. Again, be sure to double click the image to view it larger.

Xmas-inside And here's the video showing Jane opening this card.


Here is a list of the supplies I used on this card:

Christmas – Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Deck the Halls; TE die Skinny Mini Holiday Borders; TE embossing folder Twinkling Holidays; Memory Box dies Stitched Ovals and Scalloped Border

Isn't that a fun card?  You can find lots of videos on YouTube showing you how to make these cards but beware that some methods are easier than others.  If you prefer to have one-on-one instruction, give me a call at 915-833-9500 and I will be happy to give you a class.

Black Friday and Saturday Promotions

Thanksgiving is here and that means Black Friday.  The Stamp Act is having a 30/30 promotion this year. 

  • Buy $30 of non-sale merchandise and get 30% off one non-sale, non-Christmas item.
  • Buy $60 of non-sale merchandise and get 30% off two non-sale, non-Christmas items and a free "Thank You" die.
  • Buy $90 or more of non-sale merchandise and get 30% off three non-sale, non-Christmas items and a free "Thank You" die.
  • All paper will be 50% off.
  • Free Christmas Make and Take card -- you do not need to bring any supplies.
  • Promotions are for Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26 only.  Friday we will be opened 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.  Please stop in for all the fun!
  • All merchandise pre-ordered or being held for you is not eligible for discounts. Gift Card excluded also.

We look forward to seeing you!  Happy Thanksgiving!


Colorful Fall Cards

Cooler temps and colorful leaves means fall has arrived, in fact Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away.  I love creating fall cards with colorful motifs like pumpkins and falling leaves.  Let me share a few with you today.

Impression Obsession Fall Cards

This is my favorite card of the season. I stamped the hymn in Rich Cocoa Memento ink, tore the edges (tip: tear the paper toward you for the pretty edge) then distressed it with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress inks.  I stamped the background in Taylored Expressions Dijon ink, distressed the edges with the Tonic Paper Distresser and inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  Lastly I stamped the pumpkins in black Memento ink and colored them and the table with Copic markers.  I cut one of the pumpkins off and mounted the rest below the hymn which was mounted using foam tape.Come-Ye-ThankfulCome Ye Thankful – Impression Obsession stamps Come Ye Thankful People, Pumpkin Row and Distress Background; Distress inks Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain; design inspired by Impression Obsession design team

Adding cork and twine give a rustic look to this card. I also added stitching with a white pen to the dark brown cardstock mat.

SunsetsSunsets – Impression Obsession stamp Falling Leaves; design inspired by IO design team

I just love the little ghosties haunting the pumpkin patch but you could certainly leave them off for more of a classic fall card!  I stamped the pumpkin line three times and colored them with Copic markers.  Then I distressed the background with Tea Dye ink and added a cute sentiment.

Pumpkin-GhostsPumpkin Ghosts – Impression Obsession stamp Pumpkin Line; IO die Mini Ghosts; sentiment from Pink Ink Rubber Stamps; design inspired by Anna Wright

This card is copied from the incomparable Kitty Caracciolo who is a master colorist as well as designer.  The pumpkins were distressed with Distress ink Spiced Marmalade; leaves colored with Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint using small sponge applicators; and the squirrels colored with Tea Dye and Antique Linen.  She has tutorials on her website -- check them out here.

Thankful-PumpkinsThankful Pumpkins – Impression Obsession dies Pumpkin Set, Thankful, Grass Border, Squirrels and Rake & Oak Leaves; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo

I love this die.  The Tree Frame lends itself to cards for all seasons.  The leaves were colored as stated above.  I added apples in a bushel basket and pumpkins and gourds.

IO-Tree-FrameTree Frame – Impression Obsession dies Tree Frame, Grass Border, Bushel of Apples, Rectangle 6 in 1 Frame and Rake & Oak Leaves; Poppystamps die Pumpkins and Gourds; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo

Here's another version of the card using colored cardstock in lieu of painting the leaves.Tree-Frame-orange

This version of the Tree Frame card is stunning with its white on white motif and just the leaves colored brightly.


Taylored Expressions Door to Door Cards

One of Taylored Expressions most popular die series is Door-to-Door along with its companion dies sets such as Door-to-Door decor, Door-to-Door fall decor, Door-to-Door spring decor and now the roof and molding.  For this card I added the molding and the roof to the door along with fall decor.  I glued vellum behind the molding's windows to soften the background. Happy-Fall-RoofHappy Fall Roof – Taylored Expressions dies Door to Door, Door to Door Fall Décor, Door to Door Décor, Door to Door Roof and Door to Door Molding; design inspired by Michele Boyer

Here's a similar design minus the roof and plus more fall decor.

Red DoorRed Door – Taylored Expressions dies Door to Door, Door to Door Fall Décor, Door to Door Molding, Little Bit Leaves and Little Bit Fall Harvest; Memory Box die Pinpoint Pumpkins; sentiment stamp by Pink Ink Stamp Co; design inspired by Michele Boyer

I added acetate behind the windows on the door molding.

Blue-DoorBlue Door – Taylored Expressions dies Door to Door, Door to Door Fall Décor, Door to Door Molding and Little Bits Fall Harvest; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Pam Sparks

A turkey greets you at this door!

Turkey Door – Taylored Expressions dies Door to Door, Door to Door Décor, Little Bits Leaves and Little Bits Turkey; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by TE stamp set If Turkeys Could Talk; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach

Memory Box Fall Cards

 Memory Box and Poppystamps have some very fun and creative dies that are perfect for fall cards.  I cut the Oak Leaf Swirl die in copper and light gold then inlaid those pieces into the opening I die cut from darker gold cardstock.

Oak-Leaf-SwirlOak Leaf Swirl – Poppy die Oak Leaf Swirl; Taylored Expressions stamp set Peek-a-Boo Pumpkins (sentiment); design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach

The background for this sample was created with the falling leaves stencil from Memory Box.  I sponged it with two inks: Taylored Expressions Dijon and Memento Morocco.

Maple-Leaves-StencilMaple Leaves Stencil – Memory Box die Berry Sprig; Memory Box stencil Falling Maples Leaves; Lawn Fawn die Stitched Leaves; Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo Pumpkin Bouquet (sentiment); design inspired by Sherry Hester

For my cat loving brother and sister I thought this little kitty watching the leaves fall was perfect!

Cat-on-LadderCat on Ladder – Poppystamps dies Garden Ladder and Pots and Buckets; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; Taylored Expressions dies Spooky Clouds (dirt falling out of pot) and Little Bit Leaves; Impression Obsessions die Cat set; sentiment by Amuse Art Stamps; design inspired by Michele Henderson

I recently got a set of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers so I decided to experiment with them using the Drifting Oak Leaves background stamp from Memory Box .  I inked the script on the stamp in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and wiped off any brown ink that got on the leaves with a baby wipe.  Then I inked the leaves using markers in a variety of fall colors.  The Zig markers are water-based and have a tip that is just like a watercolor brush. 

Once I inked the leaves I spritzed the entire stamp with water using the Ranger Mini Mister and stamped it on white cardstock.  The first picture shows the stamped background.

Drifting-Leaves-BkgrdI decided to soften the card by adding vellum over it and then adhering the die cut sentiment.

Drifting-Oak-Leaves-BlessedDrifting Oak Leaves – Memory Box stamp Drifting Leaves; Penny Black die Words of Gratitude; design inspired by Shelby Thomas

My second Drifting Oak Leaves card features the same background inked in shades of green.  I inked the background in Peeled Paint Distress ink then added a little Twisted Citron (a lighter green).  Next I stamped the background off lightly before stamping it on the white cardstock.  It took me a few attempts before I was satisfied with the results.

The pumpkins are cut with the Pumpkin Harvest Oval Frame die with the frame cut away.  I distressed them with Spiced Marmalade and Morocco then mounted them along with the leaves.  The leaves (from Juicy Grapes die) were cut from white cardstock and colored with Peeled paint and Dusty Concord Distress inks.

Drifting-Oak-PumpkinsDrifting Leaves Pumpkins – Memory Box stamp Drifting Leaves; Memory Box dies Harvest Pumpkin Oval Frame, Juicy Grapes; Poppystamps die Give Thanks; design inspired by Sherry Hester

Texas Calendar -- Limited Edition

Deadbeat Designs, the creator of all the wonderful Texas stamps and dies, has created a totally Texas Calendar for 2017.  The Calendar has12 individual pages and comes housed in its own stand (it's a clear CD case) that measures 5" x 5.75".  Each page was stamped by Mark at Deadbeat and then printed on high quality glossy cardstock.    To learn more about this calendar, here's a link to Deadbeat Designs.  These calendars are a great gift for the men in your life or for any Texan!  Check it out and come get yours soon as these are very limited. The calendars are only $17.95 each.  Here is a look at each of the pages.  Be sure to double click the image for a close up, larger view.

Texas-CalendarDeadbeat Designs Texas Calendar for 2017   $17.95 each

Stamp Perfect -- Pre-Order NOW

The Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect stamp positioner is very, very popular.  I have already increased my order twice and if this tool is like other popular tools, it will most likely sell out immediately then be on back order forever! So please, if you are interested in the tool for yourself or a gift for the holidays, pre-order today by sending me an email or calling me at 915-833-9500.

Stamp-Positioning-toolMaking small mistakes in paper crafting and stamping isn't always a problem — in fact, sometimes little mistakes can create really inspiring projects!  But other times, you can't afford a mistake. Everything needs to be in the right place.

That's where stamp positioners like the Stamp Perfect save the day. Stamp positioners are used to align, center, layer, create patterns and more.  Any time you need an element stamped into an exact location, the Stamp Perfect is the tool to grab.

Any stamp, clear or cling mounted, can be used multiple times in the exact location over and over again. Whether mass producing a project or perfecting a not-so-solid impression, it is an incredibly handy tool. Use it for stamping any image but it’s especially useful for stamping solid images (hard to get them inked uniformly); oversize images like big background stamps (sometimes difficult to stamp the entire stamp); multiple colors within one stamp for an ombre or rainbow effect; and multiple colors with one sentiment stamp so one word really stands out.

Even die cuts can benefit from the Stamp Perfect.  Let’s say you have a set of stamps with matching dies, but the dies are solid meaning you cannot see through them to line them up over the stamped image.  Consequently you have to die cut the image then try to line up the coordinating stamped image on top of the die cut.  I have found it to be very difficult to get a perfectly stamped image.  However, the Stamp Perfect will line them up perfectly.

Finally, the increasingly popularity of stamp layering sets has made a stamp alignment tool a must have.  Stamp layering sets usually have at least 3 stamps that layer on top of each other to form an image with depth and detail.  With the Stamp Perfect there’s no problem layering the images perfectly on top of each other.

Here are some facts about the Stamp Perfect:

7” x 9” with lid closed; 7⅜” x 5½” stamping area; includes 2 magnets and 1 foam pad

The best news is that the pre-order price is just $24.99.  Compare this price to comparable tools at $60.00.  The Stamp Perfect should arrive at The Stamp Act the first week of December.  Pre-order yours today by sending me an email or calling me at 915-833-9500.

Stamp-Positioning-toolEnjoy the cooler days of fall and stop in soon at The Stamp Act!  Thanks!