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December 2016

Christmas Cards and Tags

Hello Friends!  Are you as busy as I am with all your Christmas preparations?  Usually I visit my sister for Christmas so I haven't decorated my house for Christmas in years.  This year she, her husband and one daughter are coming here on their drive from Dallas to Las Vegas to visit their other daughter.  So for more days than I want to count I have gone into the back of the storage unit to dig out all my Christmas decorations.  I found most of my decorations in tact and working, however the Christmas tree was rather sad looking and had to be replaced.  Fortunately I ordered one, it came quickly and I love it.

Christmas-TreePlease don't look too closely at the crooked star on the top.  I am too short to put it on straight!  Fortunately my brother-in-law is very tall and will fix it when he comes.

Christmas Cards

So today I will share with you a few miscellaneous Christmas cards that may inspire you if not this year, maybe next.  This first card is so happy with its colorful snowman.

SnowmanSnowman – Penny Black stamp sets Frosty’s Wish and Holiday Snippets

The sentiment on this card comes from a Taylored Expressions stamp set called Spoiler Alert which is full of witty sentiments.

Underwear Underwear – Taylored Expressions stamp set Spoiler Alert; TE dies Summer Confetti and Banner Stacklets 2; TE embossing folders Weathered and Corrugated; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

The next two cards feature penguins all caught up in the Christmas spirit -- or at least the lights! -- from the Taylored Expressions stamp set Deck the Halls (with matching dies).

Penguin-Happy-HolidaysPenguin Happy Holidays – Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Deck the Halls; Memory Box die Grand Snow Globe; TE die Little Bits Snowflake Confetti; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

Penguin-LightsPenguin Get Caught Up – Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Deck the Halls; TE dies Little Bits Snowflake Confetti, Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 and Skinny Mini Holiday Borders; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen

This next card is made with the new Impression Obsession die called Wreath Builder.  The die features a circle frame die as well as four different types of greenery, each with a right and left.

Wreath-builder-dieI cut lots of greenery and berries and glued them to the circle.  I could have added a ribbon bow or a die cut bow but I thought it was already full enough.  The wreath is mounted on top of a pattern die cut with IO's new Geometric Cutout 2 die.

Wreath-BuilderWreath Builder – Impression Obsession dies Wreath Builder, Geometric Cutout 2 and Merry Christmas; design inspired by Vicki Garrett

Last but not least if this beautiful snowy card using Memory Box dies.

MB-Snowflake-CornerSnowflake Corner – Memory Box dies Crystal Snowflake Corner Frame and Grand Pine Tree; Memory Box stencil Scattered Flakes; Poppystamps die Stitched Landscapes; design inspired by Irena Kowalczyk Rudlis

Christmas Tags

I had so much fun this year making tags both for my own holiday gifts and to send to family members for their gifts.  I made dozens of tags using the new Taylored Expressions die set Trim the Tag.  This die set includes everything you need to first make the tag then to decorate it in Santa, Mrs. Santa and Elf motifs.  I cut lots and lots of each element then started decorating tags.  You will be surprised how quickly you can make lots of dies.

TrimthetagTaylored Expressions die Trim the Tag

Below are three photos showing several of the tags I made.  After I took the photo, I added red and white twine on the top of each tag.  For some tags I added Santa hats with felt trim; buckles cut from gold or silver glitter paper; and lots of fun stamped sentiments on the front and "To, From" on the back of each tag.



Trim-Tag-3To hold the tags I made a box using Taylored Expressions die Tagging Along decorated with the Trim the Tag elements.

Tag-HolderTrim the Tag 1 – 3 – Taylored Expressions dies Trim the Tag, Tag Stacklets 1, Tagging Along and Little Bits Santa Hat; TE stamp sets Spoiler Alert and Little Bits of Christmas; designs inspired by Kerri Michaud, Joan Ervin and Danielle Lounds

For my second batch of tags I used a variety of very creative dies from Impression Obsession.

IO-TagsIO Tags – Impression Obsession dies Gift Stack Cutout, Circle Greetings Cutout, Christmas Tags, Angel set small, Tree Landscape Layers, Christmas Icons and Pine Pair; TE die Little Bits Christmas Tree

See how cute these tags look on packages!

Boxes-with-tagsCustomer Christmas Cards

It's always a treat for me to receive handmade cards from customers.  Here are a few that arrived recently:

IO-cardImpression Obsession

IO-cardLinda Jones

IO-cardHarriet Head

Thanks friends!

Holiday Hours

Here's an update on our holiday hours:

Friday and Saturday, Dec 16 and 17 -- regular hours: 10am to 6pm

Sunday, Dec 18 through Wednesday, Dec 21 -- closed

Thursday and Friday, Dec 22 and 23 -- regular hours: 10am to 6pm

Saturday, Dec 24 through Monday, Dec 26 -- closed

Tuesday, Dec 27 through Friday, Dec 30 -- regular hours: 10am to 6pm

Re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, Jan 3


Stop in soon and don't forget that Stamp Act gift cards are the perfect gift for papercrafters!

Quick Contemporary Christmas Cards

Hello Friends and Merry Christmas!  It's crunch time for all of us so if you still have "make Christmas cards" on your list or if you want to start on next year's stash, I've got some great ideas for you.  Not only are these handsome cards quick to make, but you need only a few inexpensive supplies -- all available at The Stamp Act. Yeah!

The cards start with this 12" x 12" acetate sheet of Christmas designs from PinkFresh Studio's Oh Joy collection.  The sheet is printed in bright gold on heavy acetate.  Each sheet yields at least 10 focal images and costs only $2.00!

PinkFresh-oh-Joy-acetate PinkFresh Studio Gold Acetate Oh Joy Christmas sheet $2.00

I also used PinkFresh Studio's Oh Joy 6" x 6" paper pad.  You will love this paper pad and be pleasantly surprised by the heavy weight of the paper.  The images are unique and each pad of 32 pages has 2 each of 16 designs.  Here's a link so you can see the individual designs.  The paper pad is $7.00.

PinkFresh-oh-Joy-paperPinkFresh Studio Oh Joy paper pad 6" x 6"  $7.00

To add sparkle and shine to the cards I used gold and red glitter tape from Best Creation.  It's great as an adhesive, a border or just an accent. 

Glitter-tape-goldBest Creation Gold Glitter Tape $2.29 Glitter-tape-redBest Creation Gold Glitter Tape $2.29

Here are the cards I made with these supplies.  For this first card, I cut the packages image in half so I could make two cards with it. I adhered the acetate to a white card with the red glitter tape; stamped the sentiment (Taylored Expressions In & Out Christmas) and embossed it in white; and added gold stars (die cut from gold mirror cardstock with Taylored Expressions Starry Nights die).

Ho-Ho-HoFor this card I used a sheet of paper printed with the packages from the Oh Joy paper pad and added the Christmas lights die cut with the TE Skinny Mini Borders Christmas.  I die cut them from white cardstock, colored them with Copic markers, glued them to the card and added Glossy Accents to the top of each bulb.  The sentiment is from TE's In & Out Christmas stamp set.

Lights-PackagesThis is a quicky card.  Mount the acetate image over the decorative paper and adhere to the card with tape or glue.  Add some gold glitter tape as an accent to the top and the Joy (TE Script Joy) die cut from white glitter paper.  Done! 

Make-it-a-DecemberFor this pretty card simply adhere the decorative paper to a white card and cut aout 3/4" off the bottom of the front panel.  Adhere the acetate border (I used Tombow Mono Multi glue) to the bottom of the front panel, die cut the sentiment (Poppystamps Old Fashioned Merry Christmas) from gold mirrorcard and adhere it above the acetate border.  Add a few sequins and you're done!
The next card is just as easy.  Cut the mistletoe panel, adhere with glitter tape over decorative paper (adhered to a white card) and add a festive sentiment (Penny Black stamp set Festive Snippets).

MistletoeLove this next card -- probably because it's so colorful!  Again adhere the decorative paper to a white card and color in the trees with a green Copic marker.  Die cut the Gift Stack solid background (Impression Obsession) from red cardstock, and the gift stack outline image from red striped and green polka dot papers.  Cut the gift stack outline from white cardstock and adhere it over the red cardstock background.  Paper piece or inlay the stripe and dot papers and add a sweet sentiment (Penny Black).

No-peekingHere's where I used the other half of the packages acetate image.  Same design as the first card above.

Santa-Coming Another pretty card with decorative paper (Memory Box), gold acetate image and gold glitter tape.  I added a snowflake cut from gold mirrorcard.

ShineSame design as the cards above with a sentiment (Taylored Expressions Deck the Halls) that matches the swags of lights.

Shine-Bright Another quickie using decorative paper, a sentiment embossed in white and mounted on top of gold glitter tape with a few stars.

Tis-the-Season Similiar design on this card.


 New Products at The Stamp Act!

In addition to the products used above, we've just gotten in some really fun products. 

Delicata Inks are shiniest shimmer inks available and the brand new white and black shimmer have just arrived at The Stamp Act.  Seeing is believing so here's a link to a video by Jennifer McGuire where she uses the white ink pad.  Check it out and come and get them!  We also have Delicata inks in gold and silver.  Price is $11.00.

Delicata-shimmer-whiteDelicata Metallic and Shimmer Inks, $11.00

Need a great stocking stuffer for your crafty friends that won't break the bank?  Check out the new Pentel set of Gold and Silver gel pens.  Priced at just $4.39 for the set, it's a great buy!  And they write smooth and vivid!

Pentel-gold-silverPentel Gold and Silver Gel Pens, $4.39

Several customers have already bought the Tonic/Tim Holtz Guillotine Comfort Trimmer for themselves for Christmas!  Priced at just $26.49, this cutter is economical and efficient.  This is the cutter that I have used for more years than I can count and the blade stays sharp and the cuts stay true.  The ruler across the top goes to 6" so there's no need to get out the bigger cutter to cut a typical A2 size card.  Trust me, this will be the last cutter you buy!

Tonic-comfortTonic/Tim Holtz Guillotine Comfort Trimmer  $26.49

Lawn Fawn Dies

When Christmas is over and you are looking for something new, check out these Lawn Fawn dies for creating interactive cards that move and pop up. With the Slide on Over die you can make all kinds of slider cards and this die matches/coordinates with the stitched hillside borders below.  Check out this video that introduces you to all the possibilities of the Slide on Over die.

Slide-on-overLawn Fawn die Slide on Over, $16.99

Now make any kind of pop-up card easily with these dies that cut the pop-up mechanism for you.  Need ideas?  Check out this video.

Everyday-Pop-UpsLawn Fawn die Everyday Pop-ups, $16.59

The next three dies coordinate with each other as well as with the slider die above.  So many possibilities!  See this video for ideas.

Stitched-Hillside-BordersLawn Fawn die Stitched Hillside Borders, $16.59


Lawn Fawn die Forest Border, $7.99

Grassy-Hillside-BordersLawn Fawn die Grassy Hillside, $24.99

The Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect

Our first order of Stamp Perfect tools has sold out, but a new order will arrive in a few days.  Great tool for stamping layering stampsand much more.  Reservie this hot item now!


Stamp Perfect Positioning Tool, $24.99

Holiday Hours

Good luck with your Christmas preparations.  The Stamp Act will have some crazy holiday hours -- here's what I know now:

Closed Tuesday, December 13 for one day only

Close early at 3pm on Saturday, December 17

Closed Tuesday, Dec 20 and maybe Wednesday, Dec 21

Closed for Christmas Sat, Dec 24 through Monday, Dec 26

Closed for New Years Sat, Dec 31 through Monday, Jan 2

Merry Christmas!!!

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Papercrafting Christmas Gifts, Part 2

Hello Friends.  Winter has blown into the desert southwest making it a perfect time to stay inside and make Christmas cards and gifts. Each year I give my nieces a group of gift cards to their favorite stores, usually mounted in a book.  This year I decided to make a set of gift card tags and give these in a Tag Box. The box is constructed with Taylored Expressions Tagging Along die and decorated with TE’s Trim the Tag die set.  The tags are decorated with a variety of different die sets.

Gift Card Box

Box-FrontGift Card Tag Box -- Front

Box-SideGift Card Tag Box -- Side

 Gift Card Tags

Each tag was cut with the tag from the TE Trim the Tag die set.  For this Walmart tag I used the TE set What's Cookin'?  I made a pocket on the back of each tag for the actual gift card.

Walmart-FrontGift Card Tag Front -- Walmart

Walmart-BackGift Card Tag Back-- Walmart

For the Barnes and Noble tag, I used TE stamp set In Other Words, Read, and a tiny little girl reading a book that I cut with the Impression Obsession die Reading Tree.

Barnes-Nobl;eGift Card Tag -- Barnes and Noble

The Bed Bath & Beyond tag was fun to decorate.  I used TE stamp set and matching die set Wash Dry Repeat.  BBB Gift Card Tag -- Bed, Bath & Beyond

My nieces love Chick-Fil-A so there had to be a "cow tag"!!  I used the cow from TE's Calendar Critters along with TE's Little Bits dies Barn, Silo and Sun and clouds and dies Rolling Hills and Farm Fence.  The cute little sign came from TE's If Turkeys Could Talk with some artwork from the Chick-Fil-A website.  Fun!

Chick-Fil-AGift Card Tag -- Chick-Fil-A

For the Home Depot tag I used TE's Pegboard die (cut from cork) and the stamp combo set All The Fixings.

Home-DepotGift Card Tag -- Home Depot

Last but never least is the Pet's Mart tag.  I used dog and cat dies from Poppystamps and Impression Obsession.

Pet's-MartGift Card Tag --Pet's Mart

Check out the link below to see last year's gift card book.  Enjoy the inspiration and good luck with your paper crafting gifts.  Stop in The Stamp Act for more inspiration and supplies!