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August 2017

New Samples with Memory Box and Poppystamps Dies

Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps are perineal favorites and today's samples will hopefully show you why.  I used my Oxide inks to make several of the backgrounds including on this first card. Please be sure to click on the photos to see the backgrounds up close.

I used the direct-to-paper technique with several colors of ink, blending the colors with a blending tool then sprinkling a little water on the background to "oxidize" the ink.  I used the new Pinpoint Circle Frame to die cut the circle.  I created the gold background by die cutting some cardstock with the Penny Black Dots die and sponging on the Delicata ink.Dragonfly-CornerDragonfly Corner – Memory Box dies Pinpoint Circle Frame, Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Beautiful Day; Penny Black die Dots and Swirls; oxide inks and Delicata Golden Glitz ink; design inspired by Jean Okimoto

Another background created with Oxide inks.  I sponged several colors on a craft mat then spritzed them with water and dragged (Tim Holtz) watercolor paper through the inks. I dried the cardstock with a heat tool and repeated layering the inks one more time.  I love the "wishing you a " die -- the inside of the card is the next photo.

Wishing-You-A-OutsideWishing You A Beautiful Day – Memory Box dies Pinpoint Circle Frame, Wishing You Manuscript, Antilles Floral Bouquet and Beautiful Day; oxide inks


Oxide ink background 101 -- use direct-to-paper-technique to apply ink to watercolor paper.  The sprinkle with water to "oxidize" ink (see spots?).
Wishing-You-A-OutsidePinpoint Circle Frame – Memory Box dies Pinpoint Circle Frame, Antilles Floral Bouquet, Tall Cattails, Swirling Stitches and Pointed Leaf; Fired Brick Oxide ink; Memory Box Perky Thank You die and coordinating Thank You Sentiments clear mini stamp set; design inspired by Penny Ward

I die cut the mums then spoged each flower and the stem with different dye inks.
Wishing-You-A-OutsideMagnificent Mums – Memory Box die Magnificent Mum Bouquet; Memory Box Perky Thank You die and coordinating Thank You Sentiments clear mini stamp set; design inspired by Lindsay Amrhein

You can see Dave Brethauer's video where he makes this card here.  I made 6 cards fast by die cutting the 6 borders, three from each set, from 6 colors of cardstock and glueing the borders to a white top folded card.  The Taylored Expressions sentiment is perfect!

Wishing-You-A-OutsideStitched Borders – Poppystamps dies Tailored Stitches and Pretty Stitches; Taylored Expressions stamp set A Life She Loved; design inspired by Dave Brethauer

OK, I am slipping in one sample using a new Impression Obsession die called Abstract Florals.  I made a background using Oxide inks then die cut the three flowers from it. Abstract-FloralsAbstract Florals – Impression Obsession dies Abstract Florals, Rectangles Frame in Frame 2 and Typewriter Alphabet Upper Case; oxide inks; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

I hope you enjoyed these cards.  Stop by The Stamp Act after we return from vacation on Tuesday, September 5 and see all the beautiful Memory Box and Poppystamps die for yourself.

Christmas in July ... or August!

Hello Friends and Happy Christmas in July ... or rather August!  Do I hear a collective "ugh?"  Well the holidays are coming and I know that you will want a new stamps or dies to inspire you so I am sharing some exciting new things from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Lawn Fawn.  These are in stock now so stop in after Tuesday, September 5 and see them for yourself, or call/email me to reserve yours.

Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps

You can see the entire Holiday collection (complete with sizes) from Memory Box here or from Poppystamps  here.

Snowman Heart Collage $13.99 -- see a darling card by Laura Fulcher here.
Snowy-CabinSnowy Cabin $5.99 -- be sure to see the tiny fawns, snowmen and polar bears below because they will be darling with this cabin!  See a great sample here.Snowy-CabinMerry Christmas Gift Scroll $8.99 -- this die will cut out all these pieces so you can place one or more colors of cardstock behind the openings or inlay the pieces cut from another color cardstock back into the openings. 

Polar-Bears-TinySnowscape $13.29 -- can't wait to place the little snowmen into this scene!  See a great card here.
Polar-Bears-TinySloping Hillside $9.99 -- snowmen, fawns and polar bears -- oh my!
Polar-Bears-TinySimple Little Snowmen  $4.49 -- too cute and great for little scenes.
Polar-Bears-TinyTiny Fawns $5.99
Polar-Bears-TinyTiny Polar Bears $5.99 Polar-Bears-TinySmall Polar Bear  $4.49 Polar-Bears-TinyBrilliant Leaf Frame  $27.99 -- This frame is gorgeous and it will look wonderful cut from copper paper and layered over an oxide ink background just like the one Dave Brethauer (Owner of Memory Box/Poppystamps) shows you how to make in this video.  And we also have the Floral Fantasy die and all the colors of Oxide ink that Dave uses in the video.  Polar-Bears-TinyBrilliant Leaf Border  $14.39 -- Same design as frame above but in a border.

Polar-Bears-TinyStitched Maple Trio  $10.49 -- These maple and oak leaves will look great scattered across the Windy Backdrop die from Lawn Fawn (see below).Stitched-Maple-LeavesStitched Oak Trio  $9.39 Polar-Bears-Tiny

Lawn Fawn dies and papers

Lawn Fawn Windy Backdrop die  $30.99.  These stitched swirls make a wonderful windy sky, starry night, or underwater ocean scene. Size: 5½” x 4¼”.  See a video introducing this die here.

Stitched-Windy-BackdropSnowy Backdrop  $30.99 is perfect for creating a snowy scene for your cards!  Size: 5½” x 4¼”.  See a video introducing this die here. Snowy-BackdropBrand New -- Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop  $30.99 instantly create a beautiful woodgrain texture with this large background die!  Size: 5½” x 4¼”.

Stitched-Woodgrain-BackdropBrand New -- Gift Card Pop-Up Die – This pop-up surprise is sure to make anyone smile! Adhere this gift card pop-up inside a standard sized greeting card, and tuck the gift card inside the slot to create a pop-up surprise. Scalloped and stitched details make this functional die extra cute! Approximate die size:
5½ " x 2⅝”.
Magic Color Slider –  Everything is black and white… until you pull the tab to “magically” reveal a colorful scene! This fun set of dies contains everything you need (minus the color!) to create an impressive interactive slider, including multiple choices for frame style, pull tab, and some bonus goodies. See a video demonstrating the Magic Color Slider die here.


Let’s Bokeh in the Snow decorative papers The Let’s Bokeh in the Snow papers is a versatile holiday collection featuring beautiful bokeh patterns and stripes. With hues like holly berry, pine needle and ice blue your creativity will shine bright!  Papers are 12” x 12” with coordinating pattern on the reverse. See a video working with this paper here.  Ice-Blue-Twist

Memory Box and Poppystamps other new dies and stamps

In stock now are more new dies.  Check these out.

Mini Faeries $6.69 -- Faeries are still very popular and these are very small so they will fit anywhere on a card or page layout.
Mini-FaeriesLeafy Ring $15.49 -- you can see a beatuiful card using this die and the Hibiscus Flower here.  You can also stamp or die cut a sentiment to fit inside the wreath.  I think it is so delicate and pretty.

Pinpoint-Single-FrameSheer Circle Wreath  $7.99.  What a pretty circle -- use it to highlight any card.
Pinpoint-Single-FramePinpoint Circle Frame  $18.79.  The center piece comes out so you can use it as a frame or pop it up for a dramatic mat for another stamp or die cut.  Jennifer McGuire did an interesting technique with this die here using Nuvo Crystal drops which we also have in stock.

Pinpoint-Single-FramePinpoint Single Frame  $14.59.   Pinpoint-Single-FrameStitched Frame  $14.59.  Love the loops on the corners of this die.Stitched-FrameFloral Fantasy  $27.99.  Place over a sponged ink background, various colors of cardstock or inlay colored cardstock back into the openings.Pinpoint-Single-Frame


Perky Beautiful Day Die  $6.59.  What a lovely card this sentiment will make.  Use it with the Floral Fantasy frame above. Pinpoint-Single-FrameBeautiful Day Clear stamp set  $8.99.  These phrases coordinate with the die above.
Pinpoint-Single-FramePerky Thank You Die  $5.99 Pinpoint-Single-FrameThank You Sentiments Clear stamp set  $8.99 Thank-You-Sentiments

So many stamps and dies ... so little time!  The Stamp Act is closed Monday, August 21 through Labor Day so stop in on or after Tuesday, September 5 to see all the new products for yourself.  Thanks!

Cool Treats

What's better in the summer than a delicious cool treat?  Whether you prefer ice cream, watermelon or lemonade, you will love all these fun cards.  Check them out and stop in for all the supplies to make one for yourself.

Newton's Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops

Lets-ChillLet’s Chill – Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops; Copic markers; washi tape

Lets-ChillWhat’s the Scoop? – Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops; Copic markers; Taylored Expressions Label Stacklets 3
Lets-ChillHappy Birthday Sprinkles – Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops; Copic markers
Lets-ChillLet’s Chill 2 – Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Summer Scoops; Copic markers

Impression Obsession Good Old Summertime Sweet-SummertimeSweet Summertime – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; Copic markers; design inspired by Ilina Crouse Sweet-Summer-watermelonSweet Summer – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Taylored Expressions die Script Sweet; Copic markers

Paper Smooches products

Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CSweet Summertime – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Memory Box die Scallop Border; Impression Obsession clear stamp set Good Old Summertime; IO die Ice Cream Set; Taylored Expressions Little Bits die Ice Cream Sundae (cherry); Spellbinders die Scallop Circles; TE embossing folder Burlap; design inspired by Geraldine Andrade
Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CAnything is Popsicle – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; design inspired by Paper Smooches
Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CMelt Popsicle – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; design inspired by Seven Hills blog
Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CYou’re Cool and Relax and Chill – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Poppystamps die Delicate Stitches; Memory Box die Scallop Border; design inspired by Paper Smooches and Alice Wertz
Sweet-Summertime-Popsicle-CChocolate – Paper Smooches die Cool Treats; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Summer Sampler; Impression Obsession die Drip Edger; Newton’s Nook clear stamp set Love & Chocolate

Taylored Expressions products

Color-Block-SummertimeColor Block Summertime – Taylored Expressions dies Color Block Background, Rolling Hills and Tall & Skinny Alphabet; Little Bit dies Beach Umbrella, Beach Ball, Sandcastle, Ice Cream Cone, Popsicles and Sun and Clouds; design inspired by Kay Miller


The Stamp Act will be closed from Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 4 for vacation.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 10am.

Please come see us now!

Bright Colorful Stamped Cards

Hello friends.  Remember stamping?  Today's cards all created with new stamps and they are colorful and fun!  Enjoy!

A stamp company called Lockhart Stamps, after founder Karen Lockhart, was bought a few years ago by Peggy Jo Ackley and renamed Pink Ink Stamps.  Peggy Jo spent many years licensing her artwork to the paper, gift and home decor industries, and illustrated hundreds of books for American Girl.  She has continued Karen's legacy of beautiful artwork and generally uses colored pencils to color her whimsical designs.  This year Impression Obsession licensed some Pink Ink designs and offered them with matching dies.  For the card below I used a set called Flower Vases which comes with three vases and a variety of flowers and leaves.  It's fun to color and looks great against the new cool background called Rolling Waves by IO.  I colored the vase and flowers with Copic markers.IO-Pink-Ink-Flower-VasesIO Pink Ink Flower Vases – Impression Obsession/Pink Ink clear stamp set with matching dies Flowers Vases; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; IO Cover-A-Card background stamp Rolling Waves; design inspired by Laura Fulcher

What's more fun to color than summer treats?  The new Good Old Summertime stamp set from Impression Obsession contains every treat you can think of and they make a great background for a summery card.Sweet-SummertimeIO Sweet Summertime – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Sweet Summertime; Spellbinder die Classic Circles; Copic markers; design inspired by Ilina Crouse

I cannot get enough of the Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps and neither can my customers.  They regularly sell out -- but new designs quickly take their place!  This flower and word combo comes from a set called Floral Reflections; I stamped it on the diagonal, colored it then cut off the top and adhered it to a black card.LB-Floral-ReflectionsStampendous Laurel Burch Floral Reflections – Stampendous Laurel Burch clear stamp set Floral Reflections; Copic markers; design inspired by Cynthia F.

Another Impression Obsession stamp and more bright colors makes this pretty rose in a jar a perfect all occassion card.Peach-RosesPeach Roses – Impression Obsesssion stamp Roses in Jar; IO die 6 in 1 Rectangle Frames; Taylored Expressions stamp set Many Mini’s All Occasions; design inspired by Jenny Gropp

How delicate and pretty are the soft colors of this next card starring a new Stampendous stamp called Butterfly Aviary.  I mounted the focal image on some fairy paper and cut the words at the bottom of the card from the same paper.Butterfly-AviaryButterfly Aviary – Stampendous stamp Butterfly Aviary; Kaisercraft decorative paper

Speaking of gorgeous coloring, check out this next card by Harriet Head starring another Stampendous stamp.  Great work!Harriet's-Gnome-HomeGnome Home – Stampendous stamp Gnome Home

I love, love, love this next stamp -- the Double Cone Flower from Impression Obsession.  It is stamped in black on white cardstock giving it a solid black background with open areas of white cardstock to color.  The coloring I did with Copic markers and it was easy.  For the sentiment I white embossed a phrase from the IO stamp set called Smile and paired it with the Smile word cut from orange and matted in black.  So pretty!

Double-Cone-FlowerDouble Cone Flower – Impression Obsession stamp Double Cone Flower; Impression Obsession die Smile with coordinating stamp set Smile; design inspired by Chris Dayton.

Concord & 9th Turnabout Stamp

You may not be familiar with the relatively new stamp company called Concord & 9th but they have developed the coolest stamp line called Turnabout Stamps.  Pictured below is the Oh Hello There Turnabout stamp.  See the cards below the stamp?  The backgrounds were created using this stamp -- and it's easy.  First you make a template that aligns the stamp so that as your turn your cardstock clockwise four times and ink the stamp in one of four colors the words fall right into place with no overlaps.  Go here to see a video showing how to use this stamp.  What will they think of next? 


 Hello-ThereConcord & 9th Oh Hello There – Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp Oh Hello There; various dye inks; Poppystamps die Big Halo Hello Hello-There-2Concord & 9th Oh Hello There Friend – Concord & 9th Turnabout stamp Oh Hello There; Poppystamps die Johnny Jump Ups

What's New at The Stamp Act

TH-Stamp-PlatformWe have received the new Tim Holtz stamping platform which is priced at $40.99.  To see Tim Holtz demo this stamping tool go here.  If you do not have a stamping platform, you are really missing out on a tool that makes stamping lots easier and better.  Why?  The tool aligns your stamp so that you can stamp it over and over in the same spot to darken an image or restamp an incomplete image.  I use mine every time I stamp and find it invaluable.

We have also received the 12 new Oxide ink colors making 24 in all.  Oxide inks are a totally new ink, a fusion of dye and pigments that can be used to create gorgeous backgrounds with effortless blending and layering.  Check out this video for a comprehensive introduction to oxide inks.

We also have lots of new stamps and dies from all different companies including some great new dies from Lawn Fawn. These will be released on August 24 and will include some bery creative new dies!


The Stamp Act will be closed from Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 4 for vacation.  We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 10am.

Please come see us now!

Decorated Notepad Gifts

Hello friends.  Today I am continuing my papercrafting gift series with some decorated notepads. These notepads are made from one piece each of 12" x 12" cardstock and 12" x 12" decorative paper.  I selected double sided decorative papers which made it easy to coordinate the decorative papers on the inside and outside.  If you search "paper covered notepads" on You Tube you will see lots of samples with instructions.  However, before you start you need to decide what size notepad you are going to use inside.  I used Junior Legal Pads and they fit perfectly within the piece of 12" x 12" cardstock.  If you select a smaller notepad or even smaller Post-It notepads, you can make your structure with one piece of 8½” x 11” cardstock.

I cut all the cardstock structures from tan cardstock simply because it was available and a neutral color.  For the  outside covers I selected decorative papers that would work with the flower dies I had selected to use.  You can of course decorate the cover with any dies and stamps.

My first two notepads are covered with a bright. colorful striped paper that coordinates with a cactus paper (used on the inside).  I matted it with solid blue green cardstock.  FYI: The front and inside covers measure 8¼” x 5¼”.  You can see the pen on the left in its own slot (more about the pen later). I decorated this first notepad with a flower set from Taylored Expressions mounted on TE's stitched ovals.

Orange-Flowers-insideTaylored Expressions dies Bloom Where You Are Planted and Stitched Ovals

My next notepad is decorated with the cutest little cactus die from Paper Smooches.  I added the sun from Impression Obsession and mounted the cactus on top of a green background cut with Poppystamps stitched landscape die.

Orange-Flowers-insidePaper Smooches die Cactus; Impression Obsession die Sun and Moon.

The inside of the notepad cover has a tear-off calendar and pocket on the left side and the Junior Legal pad on the right.

Orange-Flowers-insideI covered the top of the notepad with decorative paper then taped it into the structure with very strong tape, either ATG tape or Scor tape -- both available at The Stamp Act.

Orange-Flowers-insideThe pen is a Pentel RSVP pen (available with the junior legal pads at Office Depot).  The pen's black bottom screws off so you can curl the decorative paper around the ink refill then stuff it into the pen's barrel.  This was the most challenging task!

The next few notepapds are decorated similarly using Blossom dies from Taylored Expressions and various sentiment stamps.  I love the bright colors.

Orange-Flowers-insidePenny Black clear stamp set Sentiment Collection

Orange-Flowers-insideMissing a calendar -- ran out!

Orange-Flowers-insideTaylored Expressions stamp set A Life She Loved


Orange-Flowers-insidePenny Black stamp set Life's Messages


Orange-Flowers-insideTaylored Expressions die Bloom Where You Are Planted

Leaves-InsideThese notepads were a lot of fun to make and I want to make several more with themes like Cats and Dogs and more masculine papers.  You can also add words like "notes, to do list, and important notes" to the covers.

If you are interested in making one or more of these notepads, call me for a class for you and a friend.  I think they will make very useful gifts for anyone on your Christmas list.  And don't forget to shop The Stamp Act for all your papercrafting needs and lots of inspiration!