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July 2017

Calendar Cards

My last post was named "Cards and Calendars" because I used a stamp set to make both.  I am calling this post "Calendar Cards" because I am decorating calendars and turning them into cards.  Fun!

For this set of cards (inspired by Karen Amidon) I used a lot (I mean a LOT!!!) of dies mostly from Impression Obsession.  The calendars come as a set from Taylored Expressions.  It was really fun to create the little scenes on the calendars.  I had one set of 2017 calendars left so I used them for these cards. I also made several individual 2018 calendar sets for gifts. 

Let's take a look a year of calendar cards.  Once the calendar was decorated, I mounted it on cardstock and decorative papers that coordinated with the colors and theme of the calendar scene.







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Calendar cards make great personalized birthday cards, and a set of these would be a fantastic gift.  If you have any questions on these cards stop by the Stamp Act to see the cards in person or leave me a comment below.  Thanks for reading the blog today and please shop at The Stamp Act soon!

Calendars and Cards

Hello friends.  I hope you are enjoying your summer.  July is the unofficial kickoff of Christmas crafting and while I am not ready to make Christmas cards just yet, I am determined to get some Christmas presents started and finished before the hectic holidays are upon us.  A popular gift that I make every year for an increasingly long list of friends and family are calendars.  This year I am making two calendar versions and today I want to share with you the stamped version.

For the stamped calendars I used Taylored Expressions' stamp set with matching dies Flowers for a Year and the TE die set Build a Calendar 2.  Here's what they look like:



Build-a-Calendar-2Each year Taylored Expressions releases their new printed calendars in two sizes, 3" x 4" and 5" x 7".  I like the smaller size because there is less to decorate -- very important when you're making multiples!  The set of 12 calendars cards in 3" x 4" size is $4.49 and, as you can see, the frame die (above) just fits around the colored rectangle on the card.

TE-3x4-CalendarsThe Flowers for a Year stamp set is so versatile -- it's not just for calendars -- it makes beautiful cards too.  First I will show you the calendars I made (inspired by Melody Rupple's samples). Be sure to click on the photos to see more detail. Jan-Feb






Nov-DecNow you're probably wondering how I display these calendars.  I have used three options.  First we have a Mini Easel that just fits the cards.  It's inexpensive ($5.99 for a package of 2) and takes up no room.

Mini-EaselA second popular option is the 7 Gypsies Shadowbox Frame (12 compartments) which have been discontinued but can still be found on line. Shadowbox-lgMy last option is new this year.  It's the Tim Holtz Flip Frame ($19.99).  It's a standing frame that measures 7" x 5" on a small round stand with a 5½” x 3½” center opening. The frame comes with two 1⅜” rings.  I made the sleeves for the calendars using page protectors and the WR Memory Keepers Fuse Tool which heat sets a seam along the edge of the cut plastic.  I punched holes at the top of each plastic sleeve, inserted the calendar then hung the 12 sleeves from the rings. The pages flip right over the top.  The Flip Frame makes a very nice presentation for both men and women. Flip-FrameNow for some card samples.  This first set of cards is inspired by some that Michele Boyer made.  These white on white cards each have an embossed panel matted on colored cardstock.  The simple white layout draws all your attention to the pretty flowers and simple greetings (also in the same stamp set).


Missing-YouHere are two more cards using the same stamp set.

SunshineSunshine – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies Flowers for a Year; TE dies Picture Perfect - Sunny Days and Stitched Circle Stacklets; design inspired by Jean Manis Junst-A-Note-NotablesNotables Card – Taylored Expressions stamp set with matching dies Flowers for a Year; TE dies Build A Calendar 2, Picket Fence and Grass Border; TE background stamp Notables; TE embossing folder Bead Board; design inspired by Melody Rupple.

Keep watching for more gift ideas and please let me know what you are making with your papercrafting supplies.  For calendars, stamps, dies and papers, head on over to the Stamp Act!  We would love to see you.

Baby Cards

Babies are a great way to start human beings!  Yes, you've heard that before and may even have a stamp with that sentiment on it.  My first two cards feature new dies from Cottage Cutz and while they take some patience, they yield beautiful results.  How cute are these little animals!  And there's even a little teddy bear on the clothesline!  Be sure to click the photos to see more detail. CC-ChlotheslineCottage Cutz Clothesline – Cottage Cutz die Baby Clothesline; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Frames; TE Little Bits die Sun and Clouds; Impression Obsession die Congrats Word Set

The Baby Animal Mobile fits perfectly in the IO Oval Frame die. CC-Baby-MobileCottage Cutz Baby Animal Mobile – Cottage Cutz die Baby Animal Mobile; Taylored Expressions die Treat Toppers (word "Baby"); Impression Obsession die All-in-One Frame Ovals

New-Baby-Onesie New Baby Onesie – Impression Obsession dies Baby set and Congrats Word set; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Tags

Elephants are very popular on baby cards.  You will see lots of different elephants on my cards starting with the Elephant Parade from Taylored Expressions.

Elephant-Parade-WelcomeElephant Parade Welcome – Taylored Expressions dies Elephant Parade, Block Party Baby, Grass Border and Welcome Baby Banner

Same elephants cut apart and mounted using the Cottage Cutz mobile die.Elephant-MobileElephant Mobile – Taylored Expressions die Elephant Parade; Impression Obsession dies All-in-One Frame Squares and Congrats Word set; Cottage Cutz die Baby Animal Mobile

Welcome-BabyWelcome Baby – Impression Obsession dies All-in-One Frame Squares and Baby set; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

Boy-Oh-Boy Boy oh Boy – Impression Obsession die Baby set; Amuse sentiment set

Another elephant -- this one from IO.  I stamped the paper with the mini dot pattern then die cut the elephant.  For the background I die cut the Tayored Expressions Shining Stars die from some pastel colored paper and mounted it on a blue card. Elephant-Stars Elephant Stars – Taylored Expressions die Shining Stars; Impression Obsession dies Patchwork Elephant and Congrats Word set; Impression Obsession stamp set Mini Patterns 2; Memory Box die Stitched Circles

Same elephant and mini dots stamp. Baby-Stars Baby Stars – Impression Obsession dies Patchwork Elephant, Congrats Word set and Patchwork Elements; Impression Obsession stamp set Mini Patterns 2; Lil Inkers die Stitched Stars; design inspired by Karen Amidon

From the Archives Welcome-GirlWelcome Little One Girl – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with Onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults 

Welcome-GirlWelcome Little One Boy – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with Onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults
Block Party Baby Feet – Taylored Expressions dies Block Party Baby, Treat Toppers Baby and Stitched Banner Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud 

Welcome-GirlBlock Party Baby Safety Pin – Taylored Expressions dies Block Party Baby, Treat Toppers Baby and Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE embossing folder Cable Knit; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen
Nursery – TE dies Build-A-Scene Nursery and Build-A-Scene window; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Sankari Wegman
Welcome-GirlWelcome Teddy Bear – TE dies Little Bits Teddy Bear, Welcome Baby and Build-A-Scene Nursery; Memory Box die Pinpoint Squares; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Courtney Kelley

If you need to make a baby card, stop by The Stamp Act for loads of products, inspiration and papers!  We would love to see you.

What's New at The Stamp Act

We've been receiving lots of fun new products including ....

Nuvo Crystal Drops --If you love adding enamel drops to your artwork then make your own with Nuvo Crystal Drops.  With this easy-to-use product you simply squeeze a drop on your page and let it harden into a faux enamel drop with a smooth domed top.  Here's a short video that shows you lots of techniques with these colorful drops.  We are also carrying the Morning Dew drops that dry crystal clear.  Quick, easy and colorful!  Nuvo Crystal Drops are $3.39 each.


Jewel Picker -- Pick up sequins, beads, die cuts and more with this double-ended tool.  What I especially like about it is that it has a large and small end and each is covered with a cap which helps maintain the stickiness of the tip.  Jewel Picker is $5.79.


Distress Oxide Inks -- These are the hottest inks and everyone wants them.  This video by Jennifer McGuire's is a very comprehensive introduction to Oxide Inks.  We have the original 12 colors in stock and the newest 12 colors on order (they are being released this week).  Buy any 12 inks and receive 10% discount.  Distress Oxide inks are $6.25 each.


Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamps -- You really have to see these to understand them because they are so unique.  Make the coolest multi-colored background papers in minutes with these stamps as you turn them and stamp them in different colored inks.  The Distress Oxides would be perfect!  Watch these videos to understand how easy they are: Jennifer McGuire, Concord & 9th, and Justine Hovey.  Turnabout stamps are $20.99 each.


Tim Holtz Stamping Platform -- The brand new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform will be released this week so reserve yours now!  It retails for $39.99 and we should have it in stock in about 10 days.  We still have two  Stamp Perfects in stock; after they are sold that's it.  And remember, the Stamp Perfect is $24.99 (small) and $29.99 (large).  Honestly, this is a tool you should not be without!  Stop in for a demo anytime.


Amodex Ink & Stain Remover -- You gotta have this!  I have used it to remove Copic marker, ink stains and ketchup stains and it works easily and completely.  The stain is gone -- not lightened where you can still see a little of it -- gone, disappeared, removed!  Amodex is $8.49 a bottle or $1.49 for a small trial size.


Stamps and Dies -- We have lots of new stamps and dies from Stampendous (more Laurel Burch!), Impression Obsession, Taylored Expressions, Newton's Nook, Waffle Flower, Concord & 9th, Memory Box and Poppystamps, and many more.  Some of my favorite new ones are from Art Impressions.  Here's a sneak peek!

Live-Laugh-LoveLive Laugh Love set is $15.49 each

Live-Laugh-LoveBetter Soon is $15.49 each

This is an oldie but a goodie and makes a great girlfirend card -- especially with the sentiment below.

Live-Laugh-LoveOut to Lunch is $9.99 each

Live-Laugh-LoveWeight Watcher Points is $5.29 each

Live-Laugh-LoveHot Java Mama is $15.49 each

Live-Laugh-LoveBeauty in Progress is $19.99 each

Live-Laugh-Love Irresistible is $15.49 each

A Few Samples ...





Fill-er-upThere's so much more in store at The Stamp Act so please stop in soon.  Thanks.