Christmas samples

Two Dies Three Ways

Hello friends and Merry Christmas!  Today I would like to share with you how to use your dies creatively to make cards that are essentially variations on a theme.  My first card uses the Merry Christmas Background from Memory Box.  We have a similiar die from Lil Inker Designs that would work well too.  This die cuts out the background panel and the letters that spell Merry Christmas in different fonts.  You can cut the die from any color cardstock or it's perfect for the beautiful glitter paper we have in stock right now.

Here are ways to use the background panel and the letters:

  • Layer the background over colored cardstock or glitter paper
  • Place Scor tape (double sided tape) across one or more words on the back of the background and insert letters cut from a third color cardstock or glitter paper on the front of the background.
  • Add a die cut icon such as the fir tree or the ornament.

Warning: Cutting these backgrounds can be addictive!  Once you cut the background from one color cardstock or glitter paper, you wll want to cut it from another color to contrast with the first color.  This means you will have a pile of red letters, for instance, and need another background for these.  And on and on! 

Let's look at some examples of these different treatments.

Xmas-Bkgrd-blackFor this card I first cut the background from black cardstock.  If you're thinking "black for Christmas?"  YES!  It is very dramatic and plays very well with traditional Christmas colors of red, gold and silver.  Next I cut the background from red glitter paper and placed scor tape on the back of the black background across the words I wanted to highlight.  I inserted the red letters on the front of the background and mounted the black background on gold glitter paper.  Card done!

For the next card, I took the background I cut from red glitter paper (above) and placed it over a white card.  I cut the background again from gold glitter paper and using the technique outlined above, inserted them into the background as shown on the card below.  I cut a fir tree from green glitter paper and mounted it with foam tape to the left side of the card.  Note:  Be sure to cut your additional focal image (tree, ornament, etc) first and place it on your background to determine spacing and which words you want to highlight.

Xmas-Bkgrd-redFor the final card (below) I used more of the red glitter paper letters on a white on white background.  I "hung" the ornament from the christmas word.

Xmas-Bkgrd-whiteCan you see how you can go on and on with the different colored backgrounds and letters?  There's no stopping!

For my next set of cards I used the Memory Box Poinsettia Band die.  Here's the first card:

Poinsettia-Band-GoldI used black again for the background on a white card.  I cut the Poinsettia band from gold glitter paper then from silver glitter paper.  The die cuts the outline of the petals and the petals separately so I adhered a thin strip of foam tape to the middle of each gold petal and inserted them back into the silver petal outlines which I had glued to the back mat.  To complete the card I die cut the Wishing You Manuscript die from gold glitter paper and adhered it to the bottom of the card.

Merry-ChristmasInside the card I die cut Merry Christmas from silver and mounted it on black then gold.

You can easily make a second card using the die cuts you have left over.  Your second poinsettia will be silver petals in a gold outline.

For my next card I cut the poinsettia clear of the attached band and used the Memory Box Grosgrain Ribbon die to cut gold glitter paper to place behind the poinsettia.  I cut the poinsettia from both red shiny cardstock and gold glitter paper then inserted the red petals in the gold outline and mounted the gold petals with foam tape on top and to the right of each red petal.

Poinsettia-Band-Red-GoldA sentiment from Penny Black's Holiday Snippets and an enamel dot complete the card.

For the third card in this series I used the same colors (in the reverse) and both poinsettias cut free from the band.  I cut the Grosgrain Ribbon die twice from red glitter paper and placed the ribbons to look like a package.  The tag was cut with an MFT Tag die and the sentiment is from a Poppystamps Christmas set.

Poinsettia-Band-Red-GoldI hope this little tutorial ahs given you some ideas for using your dies creatively in trios!

Holiday Hours

The Stamp Act will be closed from Monday, December 18 through Monday, January 1.  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 2.  Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas Cards

There's no denying it ... Christmas will be here before we know it!  So I thought I would share with you several cards that showcase new dies and stamps as well as some exciting new glitter paper we have in stock.  We have both 12" x 12" with adhesive on the back and 8.5" x 11" without adhesive.  Colors include reds, golds, white, silver, royal blue, lighter blue and green.  The holidays are a perfect time to up your game and include glitter paper in your card layouts.

My first card is created with a cute snowman with stripes.  I added the large "merry" at the bottom of the card and cut a hill for the snowman to stand on.  I added a little glitter glue on the top of the hill.  This same die can be used as a slider card by inserting a panel behind the snowman that can be pulled up to reveal a photo of another stamped or die cut image.  Watch this video by Memory Box for lots of ideas. 

Snowman-PanelSnowman Panel – Memory Box dies Snowman Panel, Make Merry and Snowman Heart Collage; design inspired by Laura Fulcher

I love this next snowman because he's all heart!  I cut the snowman heart from white cardstock then mounted it over red glitter paper.  Adding a few holly leaves and berries adds a pop of color.

Snowman-HeartHeart Snowman – Memory Box die Snowman Heart Collage; Poppystamps clear stamp set Christmas Greetings; Impression Obsession die Twig Wreath (holly); Taylored Expressions die Double Ended Flag Stacklets; design inspired by Laura Fulcher

Here's a really gorgeous die -- Impression Obsession's Reindeer Flourish.  I cut it from gold glitter paper and mounted it over a background cut with Lawn Fawn's Snowy Background.  Behind the background I placed white glitter paper.  Finally the deer needed to be grounded so I added some hills cut with Poppysyamps stitched landscape dies. Reindeer-Flourish-GlitterReindeer Flourish Blue – Impression Obsession die Reindeer Flourish; Poppystamps die Stitched Landscapes; Lawn Fawn die Backdrop Snowy; Penny Black die World of Wishes

This card is by Harriet Head.  Please click on it so you can see all the details she added.  First she cut the reindeer from white cardstock and mounted the negative space over some beautiful Penny Black paper.  Then she die cut white ornaments and hung them from the deer's antlers.  So creative!!  And don't miss the red nose!  Thanks Harriet.

Reindeer-Flourish-H3Reindeer Flourish Green – Impression Obsession die Reindeer Flourish; design by Harriet Head

This card is so bright and shiny it will "hurt your eyes!"  I cut the large pine tree from silver glitter paper and the birds from three colors of felt.  The background was cut with the new Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Rectangles and I love the "messy stitching" this die cuts into the panel. Glitter-Tree-BirdsSilver Glitter Tree – Poppystamps die Grand Pine Tree; Memory Box dies Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Resting Birds; Poppystamps clear stamp set Christmas Greetings; design inspired by Jean Okimoto

Here's a very quick and easy card.  I cut the Horse Sleigh Landscape from white and mounted it atop an embosssed blue background.  The sentiment is from a Kaisercraft combo set of stamps and dies.  I added a star and the card was done. Santa-SleighSanta Sleigh – Memory Box dies Horse Sleigh Landscape and Star of Wonder; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Winter Flurry; Kaisercraft stamp/die combo set Christmas; design inspired by Jean Manis

You have to love this little Santa.  The Lil Inker Designs set includes all the dies for assembling Santa as well as a number of stamps including sentiments and facial features.  I used the boot dies to make the hands.Santa-Says-WhatSanta Says What? – Lil Inkers Design Stamp/die combo set Santa; Lil Inkers Design die Stitched Sentiment Flag; Impression Obsession die Ho Ho Ho; Impression Obsession die Twig Wreath (holly); Taylored Expressions embossing folder Brick

This is a fun card.  The Merry Christmas Channel die cuts the channel with the words in one pass.  (FYI: the card is 5" x 5.5").  Once I cut the channel, I colored the words with Copic markers and mounted acetate on the inside of the card.  I embellished the card with icons cut with the new Taylored Expressions die set Sitting Pretty Holiday Accessories. Merry-Xmas-ChannelMerry Christmas Channel – Memory Box die Merry Christmas Channel; Taylored Expressions die Sitting Pretty Holiday Accessories

This a very impressive card with multiple layers -- but it's really a quick one.  I stamped the Woodgrain Background on kraft cardstock in Toffee ink.  Then I die cut an oval frame from gold cardstock and an oval from kraft.  I mounted the gold frame on the kraft oval, stamped the sentiment then added a die cut nativity scene.  Finally I added some holly leaves and berries for color. True-Meaning-NativityTrue Meaning Nativity – Taylored Expressions die Nativity; TE stamps Woodgrain Background and Rejoice set; TE stamps and dies Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals

Love the candy canes especially when they are cut from glitter paper!  I used a candy cane border die and a large candy cane die to create this card.  Lots of glitter makes it so festive!

Candy-CaneCandy Canes – Poppystamps dies Candy Cane Gift and Candy Cane Stripes; design inspired by Ilona Zbieg

Poinsettias are such a holiday tradition and these dies from Imrpession Obsession not only cut the flowers but impress them with lots of detail for a very realistic look. I stamped the sentiment in Gold Delicata ink which is a very bright gold ink.

IO-PoinsettiasPoinsettias – Impression Obsession dies Poinsettias small and Berry Branches; Poppystamps die Blooming Poinsettias small; Memory Box dies Wrapped Stitched Rectangles and Pinpoint Rectangles; Taylored Expressions stamp set Rejoice; design inspired by Jean Okimoto

I hope you enjoyed the cards.  Please stop in and see all these dies and many, many more plus all the glitter paper!  We have so much in stock that will make your holiday cardmaking fun and fast!  I hope to see you soon!

Quick Contemporary Christmas Cards

Hello Friends and Merry Christmas!  It's crunch time for all of us so if you still have "make Christmas cards" on your list or if you want to start on next year's stash, I've got some great ideas for you.  Not only are these handsome cards quick to make, but you need only a few inexpensive supplies -- all available at The Stamp Act. Yeah!

The cards start with this 12" x 12" acetate sheet of Christmas designs from PinkFresh Studio's Oh Joy collection.  The sheet is printed in bright gold on heavy acetate.  Each sheet yields at least 10 focal images and costs only $2.00!

PinkFresh-oh-Joy-acetate PinkFresh Studio Gold Acetate Oh Joy Christmas sheet $2.00

I also used PinkFresh Studio's Oh Joy 6" x 6" paper pad.  You will love this paper pad and be pleasantly surprised by the heavy weight of the paper.  The images are unique and each pad of 32 pages has 2 each of 16 designs.  Here's a link so you can see the individual designs.  The paper pad is $7.00.

PinkFresh-oh-Joy-paperPinkFresh Studio Oh Joy paper pad 6" x 6"  $7.00

To add sparkle and shine to the cards I used gold and red glitter tape from Best Creation.  It's great as an adhesive, a border or just an accent. 

Glitter-tape-goldBest Creation Gold Glitter Tape $2.29 Glitter-tape-redBest Creation Gold Glitter Tape $2.29

Here are the cards I made with these supplies.  For this first card, I cut the packages image in half so I could make two cards with it. I adhered the acetate to a white card with the red glitter tape; stamped the sentiment (Taylored Expressions In & Out Christmas) and embossed it in white; and added gold stars (die cut from gold mirror cardstock with Taylored Expressions Starry Nights die).

Ho-Ho-HoFor this card I used a sheet of paper printed with the packages from the Oh Joy paper pad and added the Christmas lights die cut with the TE Skinny Mini Borders Christmas.  I die cut them from white cardstock, colored them with Copic markers, glued them to the card and added Glossy Accents to the top of each bulb.  The sentiment is from TE's In & Out Christmas stamp set.

Lights-PackagesThis is a quicky card.  Mount the acetate image over the decorative paper and adhere to the card with tape or glue.  Add some gold glitter tape as an accent to the top and the Joy (TE Script Joy) die cut from white glitter paper.  Done! 

Make-it-a-DecemberFor this pretty card simply adhere the decorative paper to a white card and cut aout 3/4" off the bottom of the front panel.  Adhere the acetate border (I used Tombow Mono Multi glue) to the bottom of the front panel, die cut the sentiment (Poppystamps Old Fashioned Merry Christmas) from gold mirrorcard and adhere it above the acetate border.  Add a few sequins and you're done!
The next card is just as easy.  Cut the mistletoe panel, adhere with glitter tape over decorative paper (adhered to a white card) and add a festive sentiment (Penny Black stamp set Festive Snippets).

MistletoeLove this next card -- probably because it's so colorful!  Again adhere the decorative paper to a white card and color in the trees with a green Copic marker.  Die cut the Gift Stack solid background (Impression Obsession) from red cardstock, and the gift stack outline image from red striped and green polka dot papers.  Cut the gift stack outline from white cardstock and adhere it over the red cardstock background.  Paper piece or inlay the stripe and dot papers and add a sweet sentiment (Penny Black).

No-peekingHere's where I used the other half of the packages acetate image.  Same design as the first card above.

Santa-Coming Another pretty card with decorative paper (Memory Box), gold acetate image and gold glitter tape.  I added a snowflake cut from gold mirrorcard.

ShineSame design as the cards above with a sentiment (Taylored Expressions Deck the Halls) that matches the swags of lights.

Shine-Bright Another quickie using decorative paper, a sentiment embossed in white and mounted on top of gold glitter tape with a few stars.

Tis-the-Season Similiar design on this card.


 New Products at The Stamp Act!

In addition to the products used above, we've just gotten in some really fun products. 

Delicata Inks are shiniest shimmer inks available and the brand new white and black shimmer have just arrived at The Stamp Act.  Seeing is believing so here's a link to a video by Jennifer McGuire where she uses the white ink pad.  Check it out and come and get them!  We also have Delicata inks in gold and silver.  Price is $11.00.

Delicata-shimmer-whiteDelicata Metallic and Shimmer Inks, $11.00

Need a great stocking stuffer for your crafty friends that won't break the bank?  Check out the new Pentel set of Gold and Silver gel pens.  Priced at just $4.39 for the set, it's a great buy!  And they write smooth and vivid!

Pentel-gold-silverPentel Gold and Silver Gel Pens, $4.39

Several customers have already bought the Tonic/Tim Holtz Guillotine Comfort Trimmer for themselves for Christmas!  Priced at just $26.49, this cutter is economical and efficient.  This is the cutter that I have used for more years than I can count and the blade stays sharp and the cuts stay true.  The ruler across the top goes to 6" so there's no need to get out the bigger cutter to cut a typical A2 size card.  Trust me, this will be the last cutter you buy!

Tonic-comfortTonic/Tim Holtz Guillotine Comfort Trimmer  $26.49

Lawn Fawn Dies

When Christmas is over and you are looking for something new, check out these Lawn Fawn dies for creating interactive cards that move and pop up. With the Slide on Over die you can make all kinds of slider cards and this die matches/coordinates with the stitched hillside borders below.  Check out this video that introduces you to all the possibilities of the Slide on Over die.

Slide-on-overLawn Fawn die Slide on Over, $16.99

Now make any kind of pop-up card easily with these dies that cut the pop-up mechanism for you.  Need ideas?  Check out this video.

Everyday-Pop-UpsLawn Fawn die Everyday Pop-ups, $16.59

The next three dies coordinate with each other as well as with the slider die above.  So many possibilities!  See this video for ideas.

Stitched-Hillside-BordersLawn Fawn die Stitched Hillside Borders, $16.59


Lawn Fawn die Forest Border, $7.99

Grassy-Hillside-BordersLawn Fawn die Grassy Hillside, $24.99

The Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect

Our first order of Stamp Perfect tools has sold out, but a new order will arrive in a few days.  Great tool for stamping layering stampsand much more.  Reservie this hot item now!


Stamp Perfect Positioning Tool, $24.99

Holiday Hours

Good luck with your Christmas preparations.  The Stamp Act will have some crazy holiday hours -- here's what I know now:

Closed Tuesday, December 13 for one day only

Close early at 3pm on Saturday, December 17

Closed Tuesday, Dec 20 and maybe Wednesday, Dec 21

Closed for Christmas Sat, Dec 24 through Monday, Dec 26

Closed for New Years Sat, Dec 31 through Monday, Jan 2

Merry Christmas!!!

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A Blue and Gold Christmas

Hello Friends.  A friend asked me to order the Memory Box Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve die for her and while searching for inspiration using this die I found several beautiful and creative examples by the very talented design Pam Sparks.  Be sure to check out her blog here.

FYI:  Be sure to double click the photos to see a larger version.

Here's a photo of the Scrollwork die.  As you can see, it is called a sleeve because it scores the cardstock around three sides so that it will form a sleeve to slip on a card.  Frankly I found this to be a bit cumbersome so I cut off the "sleeve" edges and adhered the die to the card front.

MBOX-99551 Besides the scrollwork die, the other thing today's Christmas cards have in common is that they are either predominately baby blue or bright gold in color.  Please keep in mind that the blue is much richer and prettier IRL and the gold mirrorcard is quite hard to photograph.  Be sure to double click on each card to see it in more detail.

The Memory Box die Snowman Collage is a real favorite of mine.  For this card I cut the main panel from white cardstock using the Stitched Rectangles dies.  Next I cut and decorated the snowman (everything is included with the die) then adhered the Scrollwork snowflakes behind the opening.  Cute and simple and fast!  The sentiment is an old one from Memory Box and one of my favorites.

Here's the die:

Snowman-die And the card:

Snowman-CollageSnowman – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Snowman Collage and Stitched Rectangles; Memory Box sentiment stamp; design inspired by Pam Sparks

I showed another sample with this die in an earlier post ... Let me share it with you again.  For this card I sponged the background with dye inks then embossed the Shimmer Stars stencil with pearlescent embossing paste.  SnowmanSnowman Collage – Memory Box die Snowman Collage; sentiment by Hero Arts; Memory Box stencil Shimmer Stars; design inspired by Jenny Griffiths

This card really shows off the scrollwork die.  I cut a blue card to 5½” square and centered the Merry Christmas die in the center front panel.  The channel die cuts the words out but does not cut above or below the words.  I cut two scrollwork dies and adhered them to the top and bottom of the front panel.  Finally I added a white cardstock panel inside the card.  Pam's original card with this design was bright red and quite stunning too!

Snowflake-Merry-Xmas-BlueMerry Christmas – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve and Fancy Merry Christmas Channel; design inspired by Pam Sparks

I love building scenes so it was a natural to use the Night Before Christmas Town as a backdrop for the big sleigh full of presents. This is a step card cut to 5½” x 11" and scored at 4¼” and 1¼” twice.  The front panel is covered with white cardstock embossed with snowflakes, and the back panel is stamped with snowflakes and embossed in white.  The rest is cutting and assembling the dies.  Once I added the town the foreground seemed very plain so I cut some snowdrifts, glued them on and outlined them with Diamond Glitter Glue (Ranger).

Dashing-TownDashing Through the Snow – Taylored Expressions dies Eventful – Night Before Christmas, Dashing Through the Snow and All Wrapped Up; Impression Obsession cover-a-card stamp Snowflake Background; Cuttlebug embossing folder Snowflakes

For my first gold card, I used several Memory Box dies and layered them on top of each other to form a scene with trees, snowdrifts and snowflakes.  The red cardinal and gold deer add just the right pop of color. Deer-in-TreesDeer in Trees – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Country Hills Oval Frame, Forest Clearing Oval Frame and Deer Trio; Impression Obsession die Birch trees (cardinal); Taylored Expressions stamp set Rejoice; design inspired by Pam Sparks

Another gold deer stars on this pretty white card.

Birch-Tree-DeerBirch Tree Deer – Taylored Expressions dies Birch Tree Accessories and Banner Stacklets 1; TE embossing folder Snowfall; TE stamp set A Winter View

I used the scrollwork snowflake die again on this card, hanging the ornament from it.  I added lots of medium and small snowflakes and a pretty gold embossed sentiment.

OrnamentOrnament – Memory Box dies Snowflake Scrollwork Sleeve, Hooks and Caps and Brittaney Ornament; Penny Black die Blizzard; Taylored Expressions die Snowflake Confetti; Memory Box sentiment stamp; design inspired by Pam Sparks

While neither blue nor gold, I had to include this colorful card.  The green cardstock was embossed with a new embossing folder from Taylored Expressions (Twinkling Holidays) then cut on the diagonal to form a tree.  A strip of colorful paper across the bottom defined the color palette for the presents.  A happy sentiment and a few sequins finished off this cute card.

TE-Tree-PresentsTree with Presents – Taylored Expressions die All Wrapped Up; TE embossing folder Twinkling Holiday; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

I hope these samples inspire you to start creating your own Christmas cards.  Thanks to Pam Sparks for her inspiration.  Please stop in soon to see these and many other samples in person.

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Holiday Florals

Hello friends and thanks for reading my blog.  Today it's all about the new Holiday Florals stamp and die sets from Taylored Expressions.  This set has a wide variety of floral images and dies to match.  What I found fun and useful was to first stamp 6 or 7 of each image then die cut them.  Once I had a pile of floral images I could start laying out each card and arranging the florals on each layout.


HolidayfloralsFor the background on this and several other cards I used the new TE Woodgrain Background stamp.  I stamped it for this card in a light beige ink and after the card was finished I realized the background kind of disappeared into the kraft cardstock.  For subsequent cards I used a darker ink and liked the results much better.

The bottom of the card is decorative paper and the florals are arranged atop a Stitched Bracket die cut from white.

JoyJoy – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Stitched Bracket Stacklets and Stitched Tag Stacklets; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

I love this card.  The new Little Bits Nativity die is just the right size to top the sentiment inside the golden oval.  And the holly leaves and berries add just the right amount of color to the neutral card.

True-MeaningTrue Meaning – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Little Bits Nativity; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE stamps Woodgrain Background and Rejoice; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen

From a very neutral card to one that's bright and lively!  The TE Little Bits Jingle Bells are the perfect touch to the ribbon.

Peace-and-JoyPeace and Joy – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; TE die Little Bits Jingle Bells; design inspired by Joan Ervin

Another Woodgrain background with lots of colorful florals.

Merry-ChristmasMerry Christmas – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Here the florals add color to the very popular Penny Black Whirled Wreath die cut from kraft and brown.

BelieveBelieve – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Penny Black die Whirled Wreath; Penny Black clear stamp set Believe

Love, love, love the new TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettias.  For this card I die cut an oval from gold cardstock then embossed it.  I added the florals and a pretty sentiment from the same set.

Gold-PoinsettiaGold Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Jean Manis

Embossing folders are very versatile!  I inked the inside of the folder for the next two cards.  For this card I inked the side with raised lines and for the next card I inked the side with indented lines.  Be sure to clean your folder well after using dye inks -- and be prepared to have red hands for a while!

Red-PoinsettiaRed Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; TE die Stitched Bracket Stacklets; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Jean Manis

Red-Background-PoinsettiaRed Background Poinsettia – Taylored Expressions stamp set and coordinating die set Holiday Florals; Memory Box die Stitched Ovals; TE embossing folder Peaceful Poinsettia; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach

Beautiful florals for Christmas and winter. Enjoy!

By The Fireside

Hello Friends and fellow papercrafters.  Today I want to share with you some fun cards featuring new dies by Taylored Expressions.  Let me show you the dies first:

Bythefireside-dieBy the Fireside

Bythefireside-holidaysBy the Fireside Holidays

Bythefireside-santaBy the Fireside Santa

Taylored Expressions is known for their Build-A-Scene dies and these follow that tradition.  Each die creates a scene and they all work together beautifully.

Now for some sample cards using these dies:

For the Santa card I used elements from all three sets plus the wonderful Woodgrain Background stamp and Brick embossing folder.


Santa – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, By the Fireside Holidays, By the Fireside Santa, Little Bits Santa Hat; TE stamp Woodgrain Background; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Jen Shults

These dies are perfect for making scenes for any occasion.  Here I embellished the fireplace with Halloween dies for a spooky Halloween scene.

HalloweenHalloween – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, Little Bits dies Cauldron, Broom, Spider and Web, Potion Bottles and Witch’s Hat; TE Stamp set with coordinating dies Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; TE embossing folders Bead Board and Brick; design inspired by Melody Rupple

Taylored Expressions line of Door to Door dies work wonderfully with the fireside dies.  Here I used the Door to Door decor die set to dress the fireplace for fall.  Sorry about the reflection (yes I turned off the lights and the flash!) -- it's hard to photograph mirror paper.

Fall-FireplaceFall – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, Frame in Frame 1, Little Bits Leaves and Door to Door Décor; TE embossing folders Bead Board, Weathered and Brick; design by Pam Sparks

Here's a traditional Christmas fireplace decorated with stockings, holly and a glittering reindeer in a frame!

ReindeerReindeer – Taylored Expressions dies By the Fireside, By the Fireside Holidays, By the Fireside Santa, Little Bits Reindeer and Frame in Frame; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Keia Shipp-Smith

New Products

Stamp-Positioning-toolStamp Perfect Tool $24.99

In a recent post I announced that Hampton Arts was releasing the new Stamp Perfect stamping tool for positioning stamps accurately.  Because this tool is brand new and because Hampton Arts is dealing with the aftereffects of Hurricane Matthew, I do not have a video showing this tool at work.  So I am linking here to a Misti video that will introduce you to how this tool works and its many benefits.  Please know that Misti is the original tool in this category and has a patent pending on its tool. 

Stamping is now easier than ever with the Stamp Perfect stamp positioning tool! It allows you to precisely position your image and create perfect impressions every time you stamp. No more wasting time or money throwing away failed attempts. Simply re-stamp images that didn't transfer perfectly. Quickly and easily create identical cards and projects. Use with cling mounted rubber stamps or with clear stamps with the foam mat provided.

Quick Overview

• Stamp Perfect measures 7" x 9"
• Hinged design with grid and ruler guides
• Features magnetic backing allows you to align, center, layer and more.
• An inexpensive solution to your everyday stamping problems!

The Stamp Perfect tool will be released in late November (just in time for mass producing Christmas cards!) and I am selling it now for an introductory price of just $24.99 -- half the price of the Misti tool.  I have ordered quite a few, however, these will sell out and I will not be able to get more this year.  So I urge you to reserve yours today at this introductory price.  Just send me a email and tell me how many you need and I will hold them for you. 

We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board


WRM has a new release in their long line of very popular punch boards.  This new board make frames so rather than having to have dies of every size, you can customize frames to practically any size!  With the Frame Punch Board you can make customized frames in multiple sizes. Quickly create 2 to 12 inch frames with this cut and punch system.  This tool works with any scrapbook paper, cardstock and more. Make frames in various styles, including Insta- and Polaroid-style frames.

The board lets you choose the width of the frame's borders from ¼" to 1" in ¼" increments.  Here's a link to a video showing you how it works.  We have this new punch board in stock at $29.99.


Please stop in soon and see all the new items in stock!  And if you are looking for anything please give me a call at 915-833-9500!  Thanks!









Celebrate all Fall Holidays

Hello Friends.  Today I have a miscellany of fall holiday cards.  A little Thanksgiving, a little Halloween and a little Christmas.  Enjoy!

This card and the next one use the Taylored Expressions Mini Color Blocking die which is only "mini" (4" x 4") compared to their larger version (4" x 5¼”).  The scalloped and straight-sided squares and rectangle dies inside the 5 window opening come with the die which adds endless versatility to your layouts.

This card measures 4½” x 4½”.  The critters on this card and the next are from TE's stamp set Calendar Critters and the sentiment is from the coordinating (Calendar) Critter Correspondence stamp set.

TE-Color-Block-1Celebrate the Season – Taylored Expressions Calendar Critters stamps and coordinating dies; TE dies Mini Color Block, Build-A-Scene Calendar and Snowflakes; Critters Correspondence stamp set; design inspired by Jean Manis

TE-Color-Block-2Happy Turkey Day – Taylored Expressions Calendar Critters stamps and coordinating dies; TE dies Mini Color Block, Build-A-Scene Trees, Build-A-Scene Calendar and Little Bits Leaves; Critters Correspondence stamp set; design inspired by Michele Boyer

For a little Halloween fun, I used the new Poppystamps Haunted Mansion set inside the Halloween Circle Frame.  I cut the mansion from black and silver cardstock then added scor tape across the window openings on the back of the house, exposing the sticky side through the front openings.  I sprinkled on silver glitter to "light" up the house!

Then to make the card seasonal and colorful, I cut a bunch of leaves using the new Poppystamps Fall Leaf Collage and very colorful cardstock.  I added the leaves to the left side of the card and colored them with the clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.  So in real life they are shiny too!

Haunted-Mansion-LeavesHaunted House Leaves – Poppystamps dies Haunted Mansion, Hip Halloween Circle Frame and Fall Leaf Collage; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; design inspired by Marybeth Lopez

Now, who says a Haunted Mansion can only be a Halloween house?  I used the Haunted Mansion in a winter scene, setting it against a background created with the Birch Tree Stencil and distress inks.  I use Viva Decor pearl Pen in White Ice for the trim and added a seasonal greeting.

Haunted-Mansion Haunted House Christmas – Poppystamps dies Haunted Mansion, Old Fashioned Lamp Post, and Old Fashioned Merry Christmas; Memory Box stencil Garden Birch Tree; design inspired by Ilona Zbeig

I love, love, love this snowman!  He is so cute and all the little parts to decorate him come with the die.  For the shiny background I first sponged a blue background using Memento dye inks then used the Shimmer Stars stencil and Pearlescent embossing paste on top.  Honestly this background took 5 minutes to make!

SnowmanSnowman Collage – Memory Box die Snowman Collage; sentiment by Hero Arts; Memory Box stencil Shimmer Stars; Dreamweavers Pearlescent embossing paste; design inspired by Jenny Griffiths

Last but not least, the new Carved Diamond Pumpkin makes a great shaker card.  I cut it twice and sandwiched a bag of sequins in between.  I added the leaves and the greeting and the card was finished.

Carved-Diamond-PumpkinCarved Diamond Pumpkin – Poppystamps dies Carved Diamond Pumpkin, Stitched Pumpkin Leaves and Give Thanks; design inspired by Marybeth Lopez


New Products

We've gotten lots of new fun items in stock -- here's a link to our What's New page -- take a look!


Must Have's for Die-Cutting --  Tools that will enhance your die cutting experience.

    Metal Shim -- shims your "sandwich" so you can cut intricate dies more easily.  Available for $13.29

    Rubber Embossing Mat -- for embossing dies and plastic stencils.  Available for $9.99

    Score 'n Pierce Tool --  pokes out dies after they are cut and scores cardstock ($11.00)

    Adhesive Eraser -- picks up all those pesky bits of stray adhesive ($2.69)

    Others: Tweezers ($6.29); Fine tip glue bottle ($5.49); Tombow glue ($4.49); Detail Scissors ($5.99); Wire Snips ($11.00)


Must Have's for Stamping -- Tools that will help you stamp like a pro!

    Stamp Positioning Tool --  You have probably heard about the MISTI stamp positioner.  Well fortunately other companies are now coming out with similar tools that are less expensive.  They are just now announcing them so they won't be available until later in the fall.  Here's a new one from Hampton Arts:

Stamp-Positioning-toolThe Stamp Perfect tool will retail at $24.99.  It has a hinged design with an easy to read ruler, etched grid, foam pad and 2 magnets.  It is 7" x 9'.  The Stamp Perfect positioning tool allows you precise positioning of your  image every time.  It will be available in late November.

Powder Tool -- To eliminate stray embossing powder, always treat your cardstock with the EK Success Powder Tool before stamping and embossing. ($5.99)

Acrylic Blocks -- We have a new footed acrylic block that is fabulous.  It has a grid on the top so you can easily line up your stamps and foam feet that lets you position your stamp precisely then press on the block for stamping.  Check it out on our What's New Page.

Please stop in soon and shop at The Stamp Act!  Chloe and I would love to see you!