Art Impressions

Doggy Get Well Cards ... and Spring Cleaning!

With Chloe's birthday just passed, I have had dogs on my mind.  This stamp set is so much fun.  It includes 4 dog images, 5 great sentiments and several other icons to use with these images.  I had a lot of fun making these cards so let me share them with you. Doggy-Kisses-set             Art Impressions clear stamp set, Doggy Kisses

For my first card I stamped the dog with cone then masked it (using masking paper) so I could create a colorful background using Distress Oxide inks. Once I got the colors the way I wanted them, I spritzed the background with water to create the spots you see.  Next I removed the mask and colored the dog using Copic markers.  I stamped the dog paws using the same colors used on the background and "Ouch" with Versafine Black ink.  I die cut the focal panel with Memory Box Cross Stitch Rectangles.  I love the sentiment!
Cone – Art Impressions stamp set Doggy Kisses; Memory Box die Cross Stitch Rectangles; Distress Oxide background; design inspired by Gayatri Murali

My sister used to call her dog "Licky Dog" because she gave so many kisses.  This pup would definitely qualify as a Licky Dog and the sentiment says it all! Sending-Doggy-KissesSending Doggy Kisses – Art Impressions stamp set Doggy Kisses; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; design inspired by Tracy McDonald and Karen Day

Love the yellow and gray color combination.  Here I am presenting the outside and inside of the card.Yellow-Grey-Outside
Yellow & Grey – Art Impressions stamp set Doggy Kisses; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Reneé Matarese

This dachshund's long body serves as the perfect foil to the sentiment. I made a simple background using the dog paw in the set. Recover-Dog-PawsRecover Dog Paws – Art Impressions stamp set Doggy Kisses; Taylored Expressions die Conversation Bubbles; design inspired by Cheri Bury Recover-PlaidRecover Plaid – Art Impressions stamp set Doggy Kisses; Taylored Expressions dies Conversation Bubbles and Wispy Grass; design inspired by Cheri Bury

Recover-PinkRecover Pink – Art Impressions stamp set Doggy Kisses; design inspired by Dana Warren

This dog is really happy napping with his teddy bear and blanket. Been-RuffBeen Ruff – Art Impressions stamp set Doggy Kisses; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Dana Warren  Dachsund-Oval-2

Dachsund-Oval-2Dachshund 1 and 2 – Art Impressions stamp set Doggy Kisses; Spellbinders dies Petite Ovals and Classic Circles; design inspired by Reneé Matarese

Cottage Cutz Get Well Dies

For even more humorous get well cards I turned to the new Cottage Cutz dies: Chicken Soup and Nurse Puppy. 

Chicken-SoupEvery image that you see in the photos above can be created with the die.  Cottage Cutz packs their dies with every little piece to make each scene realistic.  Let me share with you the cards I made.

To create this card, I cut the die from different colors of cardstock then glued everything together.  I did darken the words "chicken noodle soup" to make them stand out more.  

Chicken Soup (red) – Cottage Cutz die Chicken Soup; Penny Black die Feel Better; design inspired by Lois BakChicken-Soup-2

Chicken Soup 1 (yellow) – Cottage Cutz die Chicken Soup; Penny Black die Feel Better; design inspired by Mary Marsh

The Nurse Puppy is very detailed with each icon (bandaid, stethoscope, thermometer, nurse's hat, ice bag, syringe, etc) having multiple parts to make them look realistic


Nurse Puppy Get Well – Cottage Cutz die Nurse Puppy; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Penny Black die Feel Better; design inspired by Pam Mackay

I created the next card by cutting a center step card from a half piece of cardstock (black).
Chicken-Soup-2Nurse Puppy Get Well – Cottage Cutz die Nurse Puppy; Penny Black die Feel Better; design inspired by Janet Axtman

Spring Cleaning

I am giving the store a deep cleaning and you will be the beneficiary as I uncover product that I am selling at rock bottom prices.  I have Grab Bags for $1 to $3 as well as boxes of products for prices from 0.50 cents to a few dollars.  I have everything from stickers, stamps, punches, papers, blank cards, book kits etc. etc!  Stop in and see what you can't live without.  I will be putting more product out as I continue to clean.  Don't miss the bargains!

I am selling all my punches so if you like punches hurry in to get first choice!  Prices from $1 to $5.

Have a wonderful day! 

Funny Ladies

Everyone loves the funny ladies and men of Art Impressions so today I will share some new samples I recently made as well as some samples from the Archives.  They are hilarious!

Live Laugh Love

LaughingLive Laugh Love set

Live Laugh Love – Art Impressions clear stamp set Live Laugh Love; My Favorite Things die 4 Circles in Square; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Penny Black paper pad Painted Blooms; design inspired by Cheri Burry

Tag-cardLive Laugh Love – Art Impressions clear stamp set Live Laugh Love

Out To Lunch



Pink-Plaid-CardWeight Watcher Points – Art Impressions cling-mount stamps Out to Lunch and Weight Watcher Points

Beauty in Progress

Beauty-in-Progress-easel-caI made an easel card with this fun set.  The first photo shows the outside of the card; the second photo shows it standing open with the front of the card held up by the sentiment.  The third photo shows the card all the way open exposing the second sentiment inside the card. Beauty-in-Progress-easel-ca 


Beauty-in-Progress-easel-caMad Rider




Mad-Rider-Green-InsideHot Java Mama


Fill-er-upBirthday Wishes






Longhorn-insidePicture Perfect



Cheesecake-2New Stamps Coming

Party Girls Set


Doggy Kisses

Giant Cake SetParty-Girls-set

Cupcake BFF'sParty-Girls-set

Teacher's Rule Set

Feel Better Soon

Mini Cake Spinner Set
Chocolate Therapy

Chocolate-Therapy-stampWe are back from vacation and eager to see you.  Stop in soon and see these stamps and samples for yourself.  Make a funny card for your BFF!

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.

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!

Get Well Soon!

Hello Friends and fellow papercrafters.  We have the cutest get well stamp set that I know you are going to love.  It's perfect for sending good wishes to a friend who is under the weather -- including men.  And the price cannot be beat!  Here's the stamp set:

Get-Well-stamp-setArt Impressions Get Well clear stamp set  $14.99


Now for some samples

LaughterLaughter's the Best Medicine -- front of card


Laughter-insideLaughter's the Best Medicine -- inside of card

Laughter – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Paper Smooches dies Stitched and Borders 1; Taylored Expressions die Notepaper and Clip; Tim Holtz embossing folder Collage/Notebook; My Favorite Things die Lead the Way Arrows; design inspired by Renée Matarese


Fully-recoveredFully Re-covered

Fully Re-Covered – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Memory Box dies Stitched Ovals; Taylored Expressions Stitched Banners; design inspired by Karen Day


ICU-SquareICU Square -- front of card

ICU-Square-insideICU Square -- Inside of card

ICU Square – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Taylored Expressions dies Medium and Large Scalloped Borders; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; My Favorite Things Stitched Rounded Squares; Wink of Luna silver pen; design inspired by Cheri Bury


ICU-BlueICU Blue

ICU Blue – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; design inspired by Pamela Tetreault


Nice-NurseNice Nurse -- front of card

Nice-Nurse-insideNice Nurse -- inside of card

Nice Nurse – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set


Get-Well-NowGet Well Now

Get Well Now – – Art Impressions Get Well clear stamp set; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Dana Warren


News from The Stamp Act

There's lots of great news from The Stamp Act.  Here are the highlights:

It's Cool in Here -- We now have refrigerated air and it's cool and quiet!  Come feel the difference!

Lots of New Merchandise -- We are gearing up for the fall holidays with almost daily deliveries of new merchandise from all your favorite vendors and a few new ones too.  I will try very hard to post them to the What's New Page next week.  Meantime, stop in and see for yourself!

Make and Takes: Your Choice -- Choose from 6 or 7 make and take cards including Christmas, masculine and summery.  Make a FREE card any day from 10am to 5pm.

We Miss You -- Our store is here because of customers like you.  The more you shop here, the more products we can offer you.  We are a resource for you, ready to answer your papercrafting questions, demo new products, give you helpful tips, teach you new techniques, give you inspiration and special order items you want.  Please stop in soon and see us.

Thanks friends.  Stay cool and have a wonderful summer.

Welcome Little One

Hello Friends!  I hope you are planning an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.  Today I want to share with you a variety of welcome baby cards plus a few other samples for get well and other occasions.  

Welcome Baby Cards


This card and the one below it are pretty straightforward.  I did sponge the background behind the Welcome die with blue or purple to give the die a little more presence.  You could easily turn this into a shaker card too.

Welcome Little One Boy – Taylored Expressions die Welcome Little One; TE stamp set Onesie Twosie with onesie die; design inspired by Jen Shults


Welcome Little One Girl – 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



The star of this car is the Cable Knit embossing folder -- it looks just like a baby blanket.

Block 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



Welcome 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



Don't you love this little nursery?  Taylored Expressions has such clever Build-A-Scene dies!  See how the rug, curtain, lampshade and baby mattress match?  So cute! 

Nursery – TE dies Build-A-Scene Nursery and Build-A-Scene window; TE stamp set Little Bits of Baby; design inspired by Sankari Wegman


Get Well Soon

It's always a good idea to have a stash of get well cards so if you're going to pull out dies and stamps and papers to make one, go ahead and make several with the same design.  For these cards I used the Memory Box die Curved Get Well; Paper Smooches die Bandaids; and Taylored Expressions dies Mini Bloomers and Bloomers Greenery.  The papers are from Penny Black's paper pad Beau Jardins.  I chose the papers and matching cardstocks then cut flowers and greenery in every shade I needed.  I cut the bandaids from kraft cardstock then cut them again from coordinating cardstocks for the hearts.  Assembly was quick and I embellished with butterflies and sequins.   





Flower Portrait Frame

Penny Black's Flower Portrait Frame die is a very versatile frame with tiny openings all around.  The middle of the frame is filled with flowers.  I recently used this frame in a variety of different ways.


For this card, I cut the frame from white cardstock three times and glued them together to give the frame more heft and dimension.  Then  I removed the inner piece, sponged a background of greens and blues, sponged the flowers with red and green and arranged them around the dog.



Bring Me Joy – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Impression Obsession die Banners and Tails; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Corrugate


Here the frame is sponged with orange and yellow inks.  OMG Mom – Penny Black clear stamp sets Man’s Best Friend and Happy Snippets; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Taylored Expressions die Conversation Bubbles; Penny Black stamps Skyline and Dots in Space; design inspired by Therese Schaffer


For this card I die cute frame and removed the flowers while I sponged the grass and sky background.  I colored the flowers with Copic markers and reinserted them into the frame securing them on the back with tape.  I also inlaid the flowers centers in white.    Black-White – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets


Remember in the cards above I cut the frame multiple times?  Well that meant I had a lot of "middles" left over.  I decided to sponge the middle (background) using Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon.  I mounted the background on textured white cardstock then mounted this piece on a white card with foam tape.  The flowers and stems are open except for the centers which I also sponged and inserted in the center of each flower.

Sponged Flowers – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp set Sprinkles and Smiles; design inspired by Therese Schaffer


One more sample:  I embossed the background with the Zig Zag embossing folder then added color to the embossing by holding my ink pad (Memento dye ink New Sprout) perfectly level and sliding it across the top of the embossing.  I die cut the frame several times then glued them together over the stamped flower image. 

Zig Zag Background – Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Penny Black clear stamp sets Enamor and Snippets; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Zig Zag; design inspired by Elizabeth Allan



I know these days many people don't need bookmarks as much because they read books on their tablet or e-reader, but bookmarks are still fun to make and give.  Taylored Expressions has a new die set called Build-A Bookmark and a new stamp set called Plot Twist that coordinate with their previously released Mark Your Spot Bookmark die and stamp set to create delightful bookmarks.



Tip:  Add a ribbon accent that's not bulky by threading ribbon through the die cut opening then tying twine or thinner ribbon around it into a bow.

Bookmarks -- Taylored Expressions dies Mark Your Spot Bookmark and Build-A-Bookmark; TE stamp set Plot Twist


A Few More Fun Samples

Memory Box has several Triptych dies.  Perhaps you remember I just posed this sample using the Dogwood Blooms and Stem Triptych dies. 


Today I have two samples using the tree Triptych die.


I die cut the tree triptych and the fence from decorative paper that is embossed with a woodgrain design (American Crafts).  To bring out the woodgrain, I colored the embossed woodgrain with a Prismacolor pencil (Dark Brown).  I glued the tree frames to green decorative paper and added pink flowers accented with tiny crystals.

Tree Triptych 1 – Memory Box die Tree Triptych; Memory Box stamp Seeds of Happiness; Poppy die Johnny Jump Ups; Taylored Expressions die Picket Fence; design inspired by Pam Going Postal


For this card I die cut the Tree Triptych from the front of a top folding card then adhered blue cardstock behind the openings.  I inlaid the tree frames and added little flowers, sequins and a sweet sentiment.

Tree Triptych 2 – Memory Box die Tree Triptych; Penny Black clear stamp set Happy Snippets; Poppy die Hydrangea Blooms small; design inspired by Michele Henderson


Switching gears a little, here's a very happy birthday card!  I cut the balloons from glitter paper (blue and white which I colored with a yelow Copic marker); cut the candle border from white cardstock then colored it with Copics; and cut the Best Day Ever from blue cardstock.  Cute card!

Best Day Ever – Impressions Obsession dies Rectangle Frame 6 in 1, Best Day Ever, Heart Balloon and Candle Border; Penny Black die Balloons; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo


One more ... my friend Jane Smith made this funny gal -- isn't she hilarious!  I love the way Jane made her standing in the corner -- very cleverly drawn lines and coloring.  Thanks Jane!

Sylvia – Art Impressions stamp Sylvia; sentiment stamp unknown; card designed by Jane Smith

Have a great weekend and please stop by the Stamp Act soon!


Fun New Products

Hello Friends.  I hope you had a good weekend. Today I'd like to share with you several samples that I recently made with new products that have arrived at The Stamp Act.  You can see all the new products on our What's New page here and see these cards and more in our Gallery here.

The Mad Rider from Art Impressions

Mad-Rider-Green  Mad-Rider-Green-Inside
A friend of mine lives in a senior community and recently traded in her car for a golf cart.  I thought this stamp was a perfect way to commemorate the occasion!  I stamped Mad Rider, colored her with Copic markers then cut her out.  I drew the sidewalk and mounted it at the bottom of the cute house paper.  One thing I love about Art Impressions is that they always have really cute sentiments to go with their stamps.  The sidewalk sentiment is sold separately -- Mad Rider comes with the "Born to be Wild" sentiment (see below).  Design inspired by Diane Zechman.



For this version I stamped The Mad Rider and die cut it with Memory Box Pinpoint Squares.  Where the two papers met I added a Ric Rac Border die from Taylored Expressions.  The retirement sentiment is also by Art Impressions.  Design inspired by Tammie Koehnen.

To Go Please by Art Impressions



Who hasn't had a day like this?  I think I am having one today because I took my car in for maintenance and the service rep just called with the price to fix the driver's side window -- Wowza!  I think I need that special cup of coffee! 

For this card, I die cut Penny Black's Love Cup die from orange, white and kraft cardstock and glued it together.  I added the bright pink heart and the straw cut from striped yellow paper (both are part of the die set).  The background is green cardstock punched with the EK Success Binding Edge Border punch; I added the stitched line with one of the dies from the Stitched die set by Paper Smooches.  The notepaper is white cardstock stamped with an Impression Obsession Grid Stamp.  Embellishing this piece are some yellow and white twine and a little strip of bright pink, polka dotted washi tape.  The sentiment (Art Impressions To Go Please) was stamped and die cut with Memory Box die Stitched Ovals.  The final embellishment was a scattering of coffee beans die cut with Impression Obsession Coffee Set.

The inside sentiment is Bad Day by Art Impressions.  I stamped it then die cut it with Memory Box Stitched Squares.  The cute little coffee cup is Memory Box die Coffee to Go Small.

Triptych Dies from Poppystamps

Triptych Stem Triptych Dogwood Blossoms
These are the new Triptych Stem and Triptych Dogwood Bloom dies from Poppy dies. 

For this card I die cut the Triptych stem from green cardstock and the Triptych Dogwood Blooms from white cardstock and glue the white frames over the green -- they were designed to match perfectly!  Then I die cut the Stems Triptych from blue cardstock and inserted these pieces on the back to form the background.  Finally I die cut the Dogwood Blooms from yellow cardstock and inserted the flower centers.  "Spring" is die cut with Poppystamps die
Freehand Happy Spring.  A really clean and simple Spring card.


Jumbled-Alpha-insideDid you know this is Teacher Appreciation week?  I made this card for my niece Jennifer who teaches high school geography in Central Texas.  She will be honored at an awards ceremony this week because one of her students wrote an essay about how she inspired him to succeed in his studies.  That makes the blackboard quote above especially appropriate for her.  For the front of the card I used Memory Box die Jumbled Alphabet and inside I used Taylored Expressions stamp set Make the Grade and the TE die Blackboard.


I love this die.  It's very graphic and makes a very quick and easy card that is appropriate for lots of occasions including "guy" cards!  I used Poppy die Mod Hex Background and Poppy clear stamp set Hope and Thanks.  Design inspired by Irena Kowalczyk.


The last card I will share with you today is made with Penny Black's stamp set Totally Fabulous.  I have three good friends with black poodles and I know they will love this card.  I stamped the elegant lady and colored her and the dogs with Copic markers.  The sentiment stamp comes with the set.  Fun!

Please stop in soon and see all the new fun products!  Thanks!


Fun with Art Impressions Stamps

Hello Friends!  Today I want to share with you some funny cards using stamps from Art Impressions.  Some cards are decorated with a die cut here and there, but the real stars today are stamps and coloring.  OK, I can already hear you saying "I can't color" or "I don't have time to color."  For me coloring is therapy time - just me, my markers and the TV or radio.  I lose myself in the pretty colors.  And speaking of colors -- choose what you like best: Copic markers, watercoloring with water-based markers or inks, colored pencils -- whatever you have on hand and enjoy.



I personally added a wing on to my dentist's office so I feel like I do deserve a crown!  I colored this lady in Copic markers and cut the crowns from sparkly cardstock using Poppy die Regal Crowns.  I created the background by sponging ink (Distress Spun Sugar) with a Jumbo Dauber through the My Favorite Things stencil called Cow Print. As with most of the AI sets, the sentiment is included with the main stamp.  Design inspired by Karen Day

Celeste-front Celeste-insideI used the same stencil on this card with the "Celeste" stamp.  Love the sentiment inside!  Design insired by Amy Rysaa.



I used Art Impressions stamp set "Picture Perfect" for this card, colored with Copic markers.  Other supplies include Taylored Expressions dies Film Strip Border and Skinny Mini Borders 1; Tim Holtz stamp set Hashtags; and Simple Stories paper pad Daily Grind.  Design inspired by Cheri Burry.


Same stamp set (it includes three sentiments!) and a different layout using Taylored Expressions die Picture Perfect Hello/Smile frame set.  The decorative paper is from a Doodlebug paper pad called Day to Day and the design was inspired by Karen Day.


And here's one more using the Picture Pefect set.  Design inspired by Tammie Koehner.


For this card I stamped Art Impressions stamp Rockin’ Ruby on white cardstaock, colored her and cut her out -- yes a little tedious but so cute!  For the card I created a reverse mask by cutting a piece of masking paper (slightly self adhesive) the same size as my card front(4¼” x 5½”) then die cutting a circle in the center of this mask with Spellbinders die Classic Circles large.  Once this mask was adhered to the card front, I sponged the background using Memento inks Pear Tart, Summer Sky and Bahama Blue.  Next I removed the mask, adhered Rockin' Ruby to the card and stamped the sentiment.  Design inspired by Judith Gowdy.



Art Impressions has really cute guys as well as girls!  Here's a card I made with stamp set "Old Guy's Club" and single stamp Happy Birthday Ole’ Geezer.  Design inspired by Karen Amidon.


This longhorn is from the brand new Art Impressions collection called Texas Zoo Crew!  The longhorn and the sentiment are in a set called Long Horn (I guess they don't know how to spell longhorn in Oregon!).  For a perfect masculine birthday card I stamped the longhorn and colored him with Copic markers and cut out the panel with Memory Box die Pinpoint Layers Square.  The background "wood" decorative paper is from Authentique and the rectangle on the left is from Prima -- it looks and feels like leather!  I added a few embellishments and some twine.  Inside the card I stamped the longhorn again in brown ink and the sentiment in black ink.  Design inspired by Reneé Matarese.


Same stamp set, different layout.  I love the Dymo labeler "Hey!"  Art Impressions stamp set Long Horn; design inspired by Diane Zechman.



Here's a fun birthday card with a signature Art Impressions Back and Front stamp set called Maturing.  I stamped the front and the back images on cardstock, colored them with Copic markers then cut them out with the matching dies.  For the card I adhered the decorative paper inside and outside the card then cut all three layers at once with a Spellbinders Circle die.  You may have to run it through a couple times to cut through all 3 layers.  Next adhere the front image to the front of the card; the back image will fit perfectly over the front image inside the card.  Finally stamp the sentiment in two places so only part of the image shows through the opening.

I just placed a big order with Art Impressions for more funny ladies and gentlemen -- be sure to check them out on our What's New page here.  To reserve or order any item, just email Polly at or call me at 915-833-9500.  I tidied up the Big Sale page so browse through it here.

Happy Stamping and paper crafting.  Stop in soon and shop!