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February 2017

Spring Dogwood Blossoms Plus New Products

Hello friends.  Today's blog is all about dogwood blossoms.  Poppystamps has a variety of dogwood dies and I have put together samples using each one.  Plus, dogwoods have been a popular floral motif for many years so I am including some samples from the archives.  Enjoy!

Oh, I continued the pink and green color theme that I started last week!

This is my favorite card.  I love the bird (appropiately called Serene!) as he sits among the falling dogwood blossoms.  To add texture to the bird I embossed him in an embossing folder.
Sweet Wish – Poppystamps dies Falling Dogwood Blossoms, Dogwood Blossoms and Serene Bird; Memory Box die Woodland Branch; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Sizzix Embossing folder; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

For this next card I used the same large Falling Dogwood Blossoms die and combined it with the pretty Monterey Vine die plus some individual dogwood blossoms and a ltitle twine.
Welcome-SpringThanks 2 – Poppystamps dies Falling Dogwood Blossoms and Monterey Vine (retired (: ; Impression Obsession die Greeting Set; design inspired by Irena Kowalczyk Rudlis

Poppystamps and Memory Box have a number of triptych dies and this card combines two of them.  I die cut the Dogwood Triptych from pink cardstock and overlaid it on top of the Stem Triptych cut from green cardstock.  The right edge of the white mat is die cut with the Eyelet Stitches die and embellished with Viva Decor yellow pearl pen.

Welcome-SpringYou Make Me Smile – Poppystamps dies Dogwood Blossom Triptych, Stem Triptych and Eyelet Stitches; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Leafy Vines; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

I used the same technique for this card with different colors.Triptych-DogwoodSpring – Poppystamps dies Dogwood Blossom Triptych, Stem Triptych and Freehand Happy Spring.

Another pink and green card!Welcome-SpringFluttering By – Memory Box die Fillipa Corner; Poppystamps die Dogwood Blossoms; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

Be sure to click on this card to see it up close. I cut the Stick Frame die several times and glued them to vellum to make the background.  Then I die cut a square opening and framed it and the vellum background in white.  I added three branches and lots of dogwood blossoms and a pretty pink "happy spring" sentiment.
Happy Spring – Poppystamps dies Dogwood Blossoms, Happy Spring and Stick Frame; Memory Box die Woodland Branch; Lifetime Crafts die Rectangles; Spellbinders die Classic Squares; design inspired by Olga Direktorenko

The next two cards are examples of what I call "positive and negative" or "2 for 1" backgrounds.  First I took a piece of 4¼” x 5½” white cardstock and sponged it with several colors of Memento dye ink.  Next I die cut it with the large Falling Dogwood Blossoms saving the individual blossoms.  I mounted the die cut "negative" background to black metallic cardstock with foam mounting tape and embellished the card with the Delicate Dogwood, Thanks sentiment and pearl centers.Welcome-SpringThanks – Poppystamps dies Falling Dogwood Blossoms and Delicate Dogwood; Paper Smooches die Quote Tag; design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach

For the "positive card" I took the individual blossoms from the die cutting above and inlaid them into a white die cut background.  I added a sentiment and black centers and the card is finished.Welcome-SpringWith Sympathy – Poppystamps die Falling Dogwood Blossoms; Elizabeth Crafts die With Sympathy; design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach

The Dogwood Corner is a versatile die that easily makes a beautiful card.Dogwood-Corner-SympathyCorner Sympathy – Poppystamps die Falling Dogwood Blossoms; Memory Box dies Butterflies Cascadia and Leavenworth; Taylored Expressions stamp set Flowers for a Year; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

Here's another treatment starring the corner die.  In both cases I cut the die from green then cut it again from fucshia or purple and layered the flowers on the vine.
Corner Birthday – Poppystamps die Dogwood Corner; Elizabeth Craft die Happy Birthday; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Dotted Lattice and Leafy Vines; design inspired by Inspiration Station

For this card I simply cut the Falling Dogwood Blossoms die and layered the Heart Swoosh die on top.
Heart Swoosh – Poppystamps dies Falling Dogwood Blossoms and Heart Swoosh; Hero Arts sentiment; design inspired by Irena Kowakczyk

Samples from the Archives: Circa 2012

Before there were dies, there were stamps!  Remember those days?  Memory Box released three wonderful dogwood stamps in 2012: the Dogwood Bloom, the Dogwood Wreath and the Dogwood Branch.  I featured these stamps in a class using three coloring techniques.  The two Dogwood Wreath cards below are colored with Prisma Watercolor pencils; the Dogwood Branch (first card) is colored with Copic markers; and the Dogwood Bloom (fourth card) is colored with Twinkling H2O watercolors.


Dogwood-WreathI stamped the Dogwood Wreath on white cardstock in Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored the flowers with Prisma watercolor pencils.  Then I cut out the wreath (yes with scissors!!!) and mounted it on a Lacy Circle (Spellbinders) cut from white cardstock.  I die cut two Tessatina Borders (Memory Box) and glued them across an A2 card.  Before I layered on the wreath focal image, I used my Scor It Mini scoring tool to score a line on either side of the Tessatina Borders.  This gives the background a little more definition and presence on the card.  Finally I layered the focal image with foam tape and add a few butterflies (Martha Stewart punch) and blings.  The sentiment is from Memory Box.

Single-BloomThe Dogwood Blossom was stamped in Versafine black ink and colored with Twinkling H2O watercolors.  The branch die and sentiment are from Memory Box.


Samples from the Archives: Circa 2010

Hero Arts' large Dogwood stamp was really popular in 2010 and I used it in a variety of ways on these card.  For the first card I stamped it in red ink on kraft cardstock and added a script stamp below it.  The doily die was stamped and embossed in white for a pretty background.
Pink-Dogwood-WreathIsn't this card pretty?  I stamped the Dogwood stamp several times in pink and added a sentiment in brown ink.
Pink-Dogwood-WreathFor this card I colored the stamped image with Copic markers, fussy cut it out and mounted it with foam tape on a stamped background.
Pink-Dogwood-WreathAnd the most impressive card of the bunch is this one.  I stamped the Dogwood stamp on the back of the pewter (metal) and using metal working tools embossed or debossed the image.  Thanks to Kathi Anderson for teaching the class!
Pink-Dogwood-WreathOne more card that while it does not have Dogwood Blossoms, is very springy! I cut the Floral Stem die from  white and green cardstock and layered them on top of each other.  Then I cut the accompanying flower head die from two shades of pink cardstock and added them to the flower.  Next I mounted the flower frame to an embossed background and added a sentiment.Welcome-Spring
Just Saying Hello – Poppystamps die Floral Stem Collage; Taylored embossing folder Leafy Vines; Hero Arts sentiment; design inspired by Marybeth Lopez

New Products Coming: Oxide Inks!

Oxide-Inks-12One of the most exciting new products at CHA 2017 was the introduction of the next generation of Distress Inks.  Ranger and Tim Holtz have released the new Distress Oxide Ink Pads, a water-reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. You can use these inks with stamps, stencils, watercolor brushes and direct to surface. Blend using Ink Blending Tools and Foam. All oxide colors are available in 3” x 3” ink pads and coordinating .5oz re-inkers.

When I watched Tim Holtz’ video introduction I was impressed but not convinced I needed them.  Then I watched Jennifer McGuire’s video and completely changed my mind.  Please take a minute (well about 30 minutes) and watch these videos to see how these inks are different from all other inks.

Color-chartThe inks should be available later this month.  To reserve yours, please send me an email and let me know what you want.  They are sure to sell out quickly so don’t delay, reserve today!  Individual ink pads will be $6.25 each and you can save 10% by reserving all 12 ink pads. And while you’re buying ink pads, don’t forget to buy another set of replacement foam pads for your Ink Blending Tool because you will want to have pads just for the oxide inks.

 New Products Coming: Waffle Flower Stamps and Dies!

Die-Tribal-PatternWe will be stocking a new company soon: Waffle Flower.  This company has some very exciting and pretty dies that I hope you will love. All the new products are posted on our What's New Page (click here or on the navigation bar above) and here's a video introduction to the Lacy Layers -- two dies that I think are particularly beautiful.  Plus the Waffle Flower Tribal Die and Tribal Bear stamps and dies are perfect for the Southwest!  Check them out in this video introduction.

These dies should arrive here in about a week so please stop in and see them for yourself.  Very exciting!

I hope you have enjoyed these dogwood cards and the trip down memory lane.  Please stop in soon and see all the pretty products for spring and Easter.  Have a wonderful week.

Pretty Valentines

Happy Valentines Day!  I hope your week has started off well.  I thought I would celebrate Valentines Day with you by sharing a few more cards that are full of hearts and sweet sentiments.

Love this first card for its bold colors and combination of a graphic elements. The flourishes are part of the same die so it's a quick card to put together.IO-Love-BkgrdLove Flourish – Impression Obsession dies Ornate Flourish, Love Word, Rectangle Frames 6 in 1 and All-in-One Rectangle Frames; IO background stamp I Love You; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

For this next card I combined a number of stamps, dies and pretty papers in a shabby chic style.  I die cut the Paper Smooches pocket then added stitching with a Paper Smooches Stitched die.

Sending-Hugs Sending Hugs – Paper Smooches dies Pocket and Flowers, Stitched and Hugs & Kisses; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Notepaper; Hero Arts clear stamp set Everyday Greetings

The next two cards are quick and easy but cute for sending greetings any time of the year.  The black and white diagonal border is decorative paper.Smooches

Smooches – Paper Smooches dies Smooches and Hearts

Smooches-Friend Smooches Friend – Paper Smooches dies Smooches, Hugs & Kisses and Hearts; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Chit Chat; design inspired by Teri Anderson

The IO Heart Flourish die is always a popular one because it is so pretty and delicate.  Better yet, it fills the whole card front so I just had to add a little sentiment and the card is done!  I die cut the flourish from red glitter cardstock then inlaid it on ivory metallic paper.  Very pretty!

Heart-Flourish-Love-YouHeart Flourish – Impression Obsession die Heart Flourish; Taylored Expressions die Pocket and Pages February

Have a wonderful week and don't forget to shop the big sale at The Stamp Act.

Pretty Spring Cards

Hello friends.  Our recent warmer weather and my desire to wish winter away has turned my thoughts to pretty flowers and lush greenery.  And no one does flower dies as well as Memory Box and Poppystamps.  I recently re-ordered the ever popular Poppystamps die Massa Leaf Frame which lets you make a very impressive card quickly.  It cuts all the leaves and the frame so all you have to do is fill the opening with whatever you like.  You can see I chose mostly butterflies! 

For this first card I chose the very preppy (am I dating myself with that term?) color combo of bright green and dark pink.  Be sure to click on the card to see it close up -- on the left you will see the new Eyelet Stitches dies from Poppystamps.  They make a really beautiful border and add just that extra little something that finishes the card beautifully.Welcome-SpringWelcome Spring – Poppystamps dies Massa Leaf Frame, Eyelet Stitches and Dream Butterfly; Savvy Stamps sentiment; design inspired by Mona Pendleton

I used the same color combo on this card, but instead of die cutting the frame I used it to emboss the background.  I filled the opening with white cardstock and mounted two butterflies (Memory Box dies Darla and Isabella) in the center.Pink-Tall-CardButterfly Kisses -- Poppystamps die Massa Leaf Frame; Memory Box dies Darla and Isabella.

For the next card I embossed the white mat with the Memory Box stencil Mini Dots and added a vellum layer to the butterfly.  Adding little touches like these really “amp” up your cards to the next level!Pink-Tall-CardBlue Butterfly -- Poppystamps die Massa Leaf Frame; Memory Box dies Darla and Vivienne; Memory Box stencil Mini Dots.

This soft pink card is oversized (4" x 8") and makes a very pretty statement.

Pink-Tall-CardPink Butterfly -- Poppystamps dies Massa Leaf Frame, Groovy Flower and Classic Ribbons; Memory Box dies Pippi and Isabella.

No matter what color youi choose this frame can handle it!  I love the red!

Pink-Tall-CardRed Butterfly -- Poppystamps die Massa Leaf Frame; Memory Box dies Pippi and Isabella; Hero Arts sentiment.  Card is 4½” x 6¼".

Finally I used something other than a butterfly!  What a cute Easter card this frame makes with bunnies and flowers and a stenciled background.

Pink-Tall-CardBunny Frame – Poppy dies Massa Leaf Frame, Chocolate Bunnies and Hydrangea Blooms small; Taylored Expressions die Hippity Hop; Memory Box stencil Texture Disperse; design inspired by Sherry Hester

One final card that shows that this frame is versatile enough to handle a shabby chic design.  I love the nuetral color palette.

Avery-Elle-ThanksI hope you enjoyed seeing the versatility of this pretty die.It's availbale along with many others at The Stamp Act now!


Big "Half Dollar" Sale

Spring has given me the "itch" to clean house and move things around the store.  As I did, I pulled lots of stuff for the sale table.  Before I could even announce it, customers were already scopping up the values.  I have a large number of stamps and miscelaneous merchandise on sale for $.50.  Plus a large selection of Christmas, Halloween and Fall dies and stamps on sale at 30% off.  I do not have room to keep this sale table going indefinitely so please come in before the end of the month -- assuming there's anything left!

Brand New Merchandise

OMG!  There's a lot of new merchandise coming your way soon -- like this week! Check it out on our What's New Page (click here or on the navigation bar above) to see all the new goodies.  If you see something you want please email me or call me at 915-833-9500 so I can hold it for you for a few days.

One item we just got in is the new larger 10" x 10" Stamp Perfect.  I got in 6 yesterday and 4 were sold within hours!  The smaller version is out of stock at the manufacturer until mid-March :( so grab this one if you don't have one.  This tool is truly revolutionary and trust me once you start using it you will be so happy you have it!

And FYI: I do have a limited number of the bar magnets for the Stamp Perfect if you are interested.

And speaking of the Stamp Perfect, my class this Saturday will show you more than 10 ways to use this great tool.  Check it out and sign up.  And if you'd rather come at another time, just give me a call to arrange a time.

Well that's all for now.  I hope to see you soon at The Stamp Act!





Bold Balloons Using the Stamp Perfect

Hello friends. Today's blog is all about birthdays and balloons.  What's impressive about these cards is not so much the final results -- although I hope you like the cards -- it's the technique for achieving them.  If you recently bought the Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool or if you have another brand tool, you can learn these techniques in my Birthday class on Saturday, February 4th at 10am.  You will learn how to mass produce stamped die cuts; how to perfectly align two images (in this case the string on the balloon); and how to repeatedly stamp an image in a perfect row.  I hope you can join us -- I promise you will have fun and learn a lot!

For more information on classes, please click on the Classes link on the Navigation Bar above. 

Enjoy these samples created with Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Bold Balloons. 3-Balloons-Pink-Dot3 Balloons Pink Dot – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; design inspired by Michele BoyerWhoop-dee-doooWhoop-dee-doo – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Stampendous clear stamp set Birthday Assortment; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Whoop-dee-dooo4 Balloons Happy Birthday – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Shelly Mercado
Whoop-dee-doooHappy Birthday Banner – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Happy Birthday Banner; Stampendous clear stamp set Birthday Assortment
Whoop-dee-doooHappy Birthday Balloons – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Frame in Frame 2; design inspired by Gayatri Murali
Whoop-dee-doooWish Big – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Bold Balloons; TE die Frame in Frame 2; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This next card is an example of creating a border by repeatedly stamping a word, in this case "happy."  You will learn a couple ways to do this technique.Happy-BirthdayHappy Birthday – Paper Smooches stamp set Fun & Flirty; Paper Smooches die Happy Birthday; design inspired by Penny Ward

Mirror image stamping is trending these days because using the Mirror Image Blocks from Paper Smooches and the Stamp Perfect makes it easy.  Aren't these the cutest little dogs?!!  I will be teaching this technique in the Introduction to the Stamp Perfect class on Saturday, February 4 at 2pm.Dog-WonderfulDogs Wonderful – Paper Smooches stamp sets Woofers & Tweeters and Mirror Blocks; Paper Smooches dies Woofers and Linked Hearts; Taylored Expressions die Falling Hearts; design inspired by Jennifer McGuire

More cute dogs achieved with mirror image stamping.  And another tip:  I die cut the "Smooches" sentiment from red cardstock and did not remove the word.  Then I inked the entire piece with Versamark ink and embossed it with Iridescent embossing powder.  Easy way to achieve a sparkling sentiment for your card!Dog-SmoochesDogs Smooches – Paper Smooches stamp sets Woofers & Tweeters and Mirror Blocks; Paper Smooches die Smooches; Taylored Expressions die Falling Hearts; Memory Box die Glorious Hearts; design inspired by Jennifer McGuire

Thanks for stopping by today.  I look forward to seeing you soon!