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March 2017

Don't Miss the Art Fair at The Plactia Santa Fe

Hello friends.  Just a reminder that this Saturday, April 1 we will have the first ever Upcycle Art Fair at the Placita Santa Fe shopping center.  We are having a tremendous response to this concept and have had to turn away many artists who wanted to exhibit.  We hope this will mean more fairs in the future!

I will be selling vintage screens decorated with lots of different themes.  This one is a favorite of mine because I designed it so you can insert your own photo into the frame.  It's perfect for a new Mom or Grandmother.

Family The frame below is another one that can be customized with your own photo.  Both these assemblages have sentiments that really speak to the heart.  Be sure to click on the photo to see a larger view.

Boy-wonderI designed this frame to encourage all dreamers.

Trust-IdeasI turned two frames into clipboards.  This one features the new Dainty Faerie die from Memory Box.  The entire collage can be removed and photos or other memorabilia clipped in its place.Faerie-ClipboardIn addition to the vintage assemblage pieces, I will be selling greeting cards, Easter bags and candy boxes and business or note card holders.  Here's a candy box I made with the Paper Smooches Bunny Card die featured in last week's blog.

Bunny-Candy-BoxIsn't this a cute bunny!  The box is made with a sheet of cardstock (8.5" x 11") and a little scoring and cutting.  If you have the die and want to make one, email me for instructions.

I hope you will join us this Saturday.  It will be great fun!  And be sure to bring one of your own greeting cards which we will donate to the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation.  They would appreciate cards with generic themes such as thinking of you, hope, florals, etc.  If you donate a card you will earn a 10% discount on your purchase at The Stamp Act (excluding Vagabond and Stamp Perfect tools).

Hippity Hoppity, Easter's on Its Way!

We've got so many Easter papercrafting supplies including dies, stamps and papers.  Here are some examples.

These first two cards are very quick and easy.  I die cut the white cardstock with the bunny die and matted it on pink polka dot paper.  The Hippity Hoppity sentiment is so cute!

Hippity-HoppityHippity Hoppity – Memory Box die Hippity Hoppity; Taylored Expressions die Hippity Hoppity

This card is very similar in design.  Don't forget to add a little pom pom for the "bunny butt!"

MB-Peter-CottontailPeter Cottontail – Memory Box die Peter Cottontail; Memory Box sentiment stamp

This card is a little more elaborate.  Using Kitty's design, I created a little bunny scene in the square frame of the Massa Leaf Frame die, filling it with bunnies, Easter eggs, flowers and greenery.  Such a pretty card.

Massa-Leaf-FrameMassa Leaf Frame Bunnies – Poppy die Massa Leaf Frame; Impression Obsession dies Rabbit set, Leaves and Stems, Tiny Flowers, Grass Border and Small Grass Border; Spellbinders die Classic Squares; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

Stop in soon and shop for your Easter papercrafting needs including bunnies!

And don't forget the Upcycled Art Fair at The Placita Santa Fe shopping  center.  It's Saturday April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Plan a day out with the girls (or guys) and see unique art created by local artists.  See you there!

Bunny Cards and Candy Bags

Hello friends. Spring and Easter are such a welcome time as the weather warms and the days grow longer.  And in the papercrafting world it's a time for fun cards starring cute Easter Bunnies!  Paper Smooches has just released their new Bunny Card Die that is beyond cute!  The set includes over a dozen dies that give you endless options for creating bunnies with a variety of expressions.  I used just this die set to create the bunnies that decorate the cards, paper sacks and handle bags below.  Take a look at these samples and think how you would use this darling die.

Bunny-card-diePaper Smooches Bunny Card Die  $21.99

Paper Smooches Critter Card Puns clear stamp set offers clever sentiments for their Bunny Card, Cat Dog Card and Bear Frog Card dies.Critter-Card-PunsPaper Smooches Critter Card Puns clear stamp set  $16.59

For my first card I cut the bunny out of white and pink felt.  Isn't he the cutest?Somebunny-SpecialSomebunny Special – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Heidi Randazzo

I turned down this rabbit's ear to give him a playful look!  Be sure to notice how you can vary the eyes and mouths on each sample.Somebunny-SpecialHoppy Easter – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; design inspired by Paper Smooches

This little lady has long eyelashes!
Somebunny-Special White Bunny Card –
Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; design inspired by Paper Smooches

Is this bunny sleeping?  Nonetheless she's so stylish with the cute bow on her ear! Sack is approximately 5.5" square.

Bunny-Sack-PinkBunny Sack Pink – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card and Baby Bow; Taylored Expressions dies Wispy Grass and Ric Rac Border; design inspired by Paper Smooches

Create your bunnies from any color cardstock -- gray is perfect.  Add grass along the bottom of the card and hide some Easter eggs.  I adhered decorative paper to the back and front of the sack then cut through all layers with a ric rac die.Bunny-Sack-Pink Bunny Sack Gray – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card and Baby Bow; Taylored Expressions dies Wispy Grass and Ric Rac border

The Bunny Card die does not cut the bottom so the bunny's body can be as long as you desire.  This bunny and grass measure about 9" tall and 5.25" wide. You can fill the handle bag with Easter grass the candy or use it to gather eggs!

Bunny-Bag-EggBunny Handle Bag Egg – Paper Smooches dies Bunny Card, Easter Egg with Bow and Pocket/Flowers; Memory Box die Hippity Hoppity; Poppystamps die Pasture Grass

Bunny-Bag-EggBunny Handle Bag Carrots – Paper Smooches die Bunny Card; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Critter Card Puns; Impression Obsession dies Basket and Carrots; Poppystamps die Pasture Grass

Stop in soon and shop for your Easter papercrafting needs including bunnies!

And don't forget the Upcycled Art Fair at The Placita Santa Fe shopping  center.  It's Saturday April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Plan a day out with the girls (or guys) and see unique art created by local artists.  See you there!

Upcycle Art Fair at Placita Santa Fe

Fair PostcardHello friends and thanks for stopping by to read my blog today.  I am so excited to share with you the news that the Plactia Santa Fe shopping center is having an Upcycled Art Fair on Satirday, April 1 from 10am to 5pm.  Items with recycled components will be on sale including clothing, signs, dolls, jewlery, furniture, painted wood and metal arts.  See unique art pieces that give something old new life or use things ways other than intended.

Artists from throughout the Placita as well as invited artists from El Paso and New Mexico will be selling their creations.Wish

 The Stamp Act is thrilled to participate in the fair.  I will be selling Pieces of the Past art screens created from old hardware, vintage photos and found elements.  These assemblages take on a life of their own as affixed vintage trinkets breathe a new spirit into the collaged items.  Enjoy each unique art piece as it is or, in some cases, personalize the collage with your own vintage photo.  Prices range from $20 to $35.

Here are photos of two of the assemblages for sale:

LuckyLucky Assemblage

Remember-the-nowRemember the Now Assemblage

In addition to the assemblages, I will be selling buisness card or note card holders.  Here are some samples:

Teacher-FrontTeacher Note Card HolderCactusSouthwest Note Card Holder DragonflyDragonfly Note Card Holder

I will also be selling greeting cards for every occasion and Easter cards, candy bags and favor boxes.  I hope you will plan on coming to the Fair.  It has created quite a buzz so we are expecting a big crowd.  It will be lots of fun and a great way for you to support local artists.

Important News!!!!!!!!

I have just received 12 new Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tools including 6 small and 6 large.  The manufacturer of the original stamp positioning tool, the MISTI, sued Hampton Arts and American Crafts for patent infringement and won so this may be the last order of this exact tool at this favorable price that I can get.  The small Stamp Perfect tool is $24.99 (compared to the MISTI at $45) and the larger Stamp Perfect tool is $29.99 (compared to the larger MISTI at $60).  So don't wait to buy one!  Get yours today.  And those of you that have the tool, let me know if you are interested in learning tons of ways to use it.  I will be happy to repeat my Introduction to the Stamp Perfect class for 2 or more people.

Easter Fun

What's more fun than a cute rabbit?  Lots of cute bunnies, hopping all over the store!  Whether you like whimsical bunnies, Easter eggs and jelly beans or more serious-themed cards, we've got something for everyone.  Be sure to shop The Stamp Act for all your Easter papercrafting needs.  I hope to see you soon!

Introducing Laurel Burch Stamps

LB_Intro_1Artist Laurel Burch’s images remind us of the world of the spirit and are particularly appealing to those of us living in the southwest.  Now Stampendous Rubber Stamps has translated her magical, whimsical images into beautiful rubber stamps that give you the freedom to express your own spirit through vibrant colors.

Artist Laurel Burch used a brilliant palette of carefully blended colors to achieve her incredibly luminous artwork. You can enjoy the same results with our terrific Copic Marker Coloring Guide.  For coloring suggestions, download Laurel’s preferred color palette HERE.

When you go to the link above, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and watch the video of Fran Seiford (owner of Stampendous Rubber Stamps) introducing Laurel Burch stamps.

Here are the images that I have ordered.  They should be in stock in a week or so but you can reserve yours now by calling Polly at 915-833-9500 or email to hellopolly@aol.com.

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Floral Vase, $8.99

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Blossoming Feline, $7.99

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Feline Friend, $5.79

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Aquatic Horses, $8.99

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Feline Face, $5.79

Floral-VaseLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Hummingbird Blossom, $8.99

LB-FLoral-ReflectionsLaurel Burch clear stamp set Floral Reflections, $16.59

Wild-HorsesLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Wild Horses, $8.99

Wild-HorsesLaurel Burch cling-mount stamp Whiskers, $8.99

These Laurel Burch stamps will coordinate beautifully with our new Southwestern stamps and dies from Waffle Flower.

Die-Tribal-PatternWaffle Flower Tribal Pattern die $29.99 (5.5" x 4.25")

Stamp-Tribal-BearWaffle Flower clear stamp set Tribal Bear, $15.99

Die-Tribal-BearWaffle Flower Die Tribal Bear, $15.99

Die-Paper-Cut-AlphaWaffle Flower Die Paper Cut Alphabet, $35.99

 Please go to our What's New Page to see more Stampendous stamps and more Waffle Flower stamps and dies.  Our store is stocked with new merchandise and we invite you to shop here soon.  Keeping a local papercrafting source with a wide variety of merchandise, advice and expertise depends on you shopping locally.  The Stamp Act cannot stay open without you.  Thanks.

New Stamps and Dies from Impression Obsession

Hello friends.  I recently ordered some very pretty stamps and dies from Impression Obsession's new Spring 2017 catalog and today I would like to share them with you.  I love coloring with Copic markers and these stamps were perfect for bright colorful treatments.

Doesn't this mischievous kitty peaking out from under the covers tug at your heartstrings?  And the cute sentiment is perfect!

Kitty-under-CoversKitty Under Covers – Impression Obsession stamps Kitty Under Covers, Tried to Behave and Cover-A-Card Confetti Dot; design inspiredby Jenny Gropp.

A perfect birthday card -- just stamp and color.  Use the Stamp Perfect for stamping your image and make multiple cards easily.  I die cut the IO Birthday Candle Border for the candles in the lower left corner.Party-without-cake Party Without Cake – Impression Obsession stamp Party Without Cake; IO die Birthday Candle Border; design inspired by Karen Amidon.

Love this Layered Roses background and stamping it is a breeze with the new Stamp Perfect.  The roses (Taylored Expressions) surround the pretty Get Well die from IO.

Get-Well-Die-Roses Get Well – Impression Obsession stamp Cover-A-Card Layered Roses; IO die Get Well Soon; Taylored Expressions stamps and dies Simply Stamped Roses; Lovely Flower and Bloom Where Planted

The new Lovely Flower from IO is aptly named as it is very lovely no matter what color you choose.  Bloom-where-plantedLovely Flower Planted – Impression Obsession stamps Lovely Flower and Bloom Where Planted; Memory Box die Primula Bloom

Lovely-Flower-HelloLovely Flower Hello – Impression Obsession stamps Lovely Flower and Hello My Friend; design inspired by Laura FucherLovely-Flower-Thank-You Lovely Flower Thank You – Impression Obsession stamps Lovely Flower and Stacked Thank You; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Frame Stacklets; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

IO's new Square Tree Window is a fun die that can be used in a variety of ways.  Here I used it as a background for the Truck (IO die).  In the foreground I placed the IO Winding Road (die) and the Birthday Edger die.TruckTruck – Impression Obsession dies Truck, Square Tree Window, Greetings Edgers and Winding Road; design inspired by Vicki Garrett

For this card I cut the Square Window Tree die from white cardstock and placed it over red mirror cardstock.  Ignore the glare (can't help it with this reflective paper).Square-Tree-Window Square Tree Window – Impression Obsession die Square Tree Window; IO stamp Expect Miracles; design inspired by Dina Kowal

And here's another card that snuck in the Impression Obsession post even though it was made with stamps from Art Impressions!  How cute and trendy is this?  I made it for a friend who is older than me for a few months each year -- and I always remind her of it!

BFF-BirthdayBFF Birthday – Art Impressions clear stamp set Hot Java Mama; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Scalloped Edger; Spellbinders die Petite Ovals; design inspired by Cheri Burry.

Impression Obsession has some wonderful new dies that just arrived so be sure to check page 4 of our What's New Section to see them.  I love the Lily of the Valley die -- we also a "Lily of the Valley" word stamp to coordinate with it.  What a lovely card that would make!

Please stop in soon to see all the new products that are arriving daily.  We have lots of Easter stamps and dies in stock whether you want cute, funny or religious. Thanks for reading the blog today -- I look forward to seeing you soon!