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Merry Christmas to All

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015

‘Twas the week before Christmas

and all through the store,

Customers were finding

Bargains galore!

Yes!  All Christmas dies, stamps and papers are marked down 40%!  Stop in and see the wonderful selection.  I will be marking down other items too so make a date to come in and see what's on sale -- don't miss the bargains!

I am happy to tell you that I finished the 2 books I was working on plus completed 6 calendars; mailed dozens and dozens of cards; sewed 6 plush felt stocking gift card holders and snowman ornaments; and wrapped dozens of Christmas presents!  Whew!  It’s been busy around here.

Let me share with you a few pages from each book:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For my niece Emilee, who will graduate Texas A&M veterinary school in May, I made a book to document her travels around the world this year completing externships. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer, her sister, is a cat lover so her book is all about her cats, Scout and Skye.

The plush felt stocking gift card holders and snowman ornaments are made with Memory Box dies.  I love to hand stitch and since the die punches the holes it’s a snap to put them together.  I added jingle bells and a tiny tag with the recipient’s name.  My friend Deb told me she made a stocking from animal print paper and I had to copy her idea for Emilee’s stocking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Hours

Remember The Stamp Act will be closed Thursday, December 24 through Monday, January 11.  We will re-open Tuesday, January 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customer Christmas Cards -- Thank You!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is always so exciting for me to see customers' cards.  Above left is a card by Carol McGahhey.  The card is even more spectacular in person as the gold foil paper is notoriously hard to photograph.  On the right is a handsome reindeer by Harriet Head from Las Cruces.  Thanks for sharing!

New At The Stamp Act

Really cute stuff from Taylored Expressions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylored Expressions stamp and die set Pizza My Heart, $14.09, and Quick Critters, $14.09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylored Expressions die Skinny Mini Valentines Borders, $19.99, and Love-Be Mine Borders, $13.29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylored Expressions die Peek-A-Boo Hearts, $21.99, and embossing folder Swiss Hearts, $6.69

Coming Soon

  • Huge Year End Sale – dies and stamps marked down 40%+
  • More new dies from all your favorite vendors
  • Lots more stamping and papercrafting fun in the new year!

Have a wonderful holiday and I will see you in 2016!

 

 

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New Southwest Themed Dies

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015

Hello Members and Friends.  If you're tired of snowmen and jingle bells, I've got some exciting new dies coming that will spark your creative spirit.  These Die-Versions dies are all iconic to our wonderful desert Southwest.  They arrive today so call (915-833-9500) or email me (hellopolly@aol.com) if you want me to hold them.  First come first served!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Die-Versions Southwest Bear, $12.39 and Die-Versions Southwest Vases, $13.49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Die-Versions Southwest Cactus, $11.29 and Die-Versions Southwest Chili Peppers, $12.39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Die-Versions Southwest Desert Scene, $17.99 and Die-Versions Southwest Dreamcatcher, $13.49

Great Stocking Stuffers for any Papercrafter

Top tools for stampers, scrappers and papercrafters include:

Presicion Tip Glue Bottle - If you don't have this you need it!  Fill this bottle Tombow Mono Multi glue and you can apply tiny dots of glue on the thinnest of die cuts.  It's the best!  $5.49

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 'n' Pierce Tool - This tool has 4 retractable tips: 2 that pierce and 2 that score (ball stylus).  When you need to poke paper out of a die, this tool’s tip will get into the tiniest holes.  $11.00

 

Tonic Comfort Paper Timmer - This paper trimmer cuts cleanly and confortably.  You can easily cut up to 8.5" vertically and 6" horizontally.   $26.49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EKS Powder Tool - Break the static barrier!  Eliminates "UFO's" from paper when you heat emboss.  $5.99

Jumbo Dauber - Create beautiful backgrounds by sponging dye inks with this handy dauber tool. These daubers last for years!  $2.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metal Shim for Die-Cutting -- If your dies don't cut every detail crisply and cleanly, you probably need this metal shim.  It boosts your machine's cutting power, quick and easy!  $13.29

 

 

Elizabeth Craft Fine-Tip Tweezers -- I call my tweezers my "third hand" because I would be lost without them.  They are a must have for handling die cuts, tiny embellishments and just about everything else.  $6.29 

 

Quickstick -- With the Quickstick you can pick up tiny embellishments, die cuts and many other little things!  One end is sticky and the other end has a removable pointed end so pick up your embellishment with the sticky end then place it and hold it down with the other end.  You will reach for this again and again for perfect placement of all your tiny touches!

 

Stamping Pad -- Our Stamp Act stamping grid pad is a fantastic tool!  The pad of 25 sheets measures 11" x 17" and is the perfect padded surface for stamping and paper crafting.  The grid lines make it easy to line up stamps or die cuts and the large size protects your work surface.  It is so handy to have the ruled lines on your work surface!

Gift Cards for any Papercrafter

Stamp Act gift cards fit everyone and let the lucky recipinet choose exactly what they want!  Gift cards come in any size and we will gift wrap all cards!  HINT:  Leave this so hubby can see it -- just call 915-833-9500 to order yours today!

 

Holiday Hours for The Stamp Act

Closed Thursday, December 24 through Monday, January 11.  Re-open Tuesday, January 12.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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More Christmas Card Samples

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2015

Hello Members and Friends.  Are you counting down to Christmas?  I am feverishly trying to finish 3 books and 6 calendars for Christmas presents – UGH!  Unfortunately Chloe doesn't like my studio at home so she cries every time I go in there.  I feel guilty until she finally slinks off to the living room and falls in her bed.

Here are a few more Christmas samples for your inspiration!

 

Menorah – Impression Obsession die Menorah; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice

 

The combination of metallic silver and navy blue cardstock lends an elegant look to this card.  Don't forget to add a little glitter glue to the candles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Border – Impression Obsession die Gift Border; Martha Stewart punch Branch; Penny Black die No Peeking; design inspired by Kitty Carracciolo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let It Snow Shaker – Impression Obsession stamps

Isn't this the cutest card?  The Impression Obsession shaker pouches make it so easy.  The pouches have an adhesive ring around the lip so I just place the chunky glitter in the middle of the blue stamped cardstock and adhere the pouch.  Here's a good tip:  Wipe the pouch lightly with a dryer sheet before placing over the glitter to cut the static electricity.

The snowman is stamped, colored and covered with glitter glue -- I think he would look better without glittery eyes!!!

 

Sled – Impression Obsession dies Sled and Icicle Border; Poppy die Let it Snow Channel; Penny Black die Crystal Trio; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Winter Flurry; Liquid Applique, glitter and Copic markers

 

Holiday Schedule

Closed Thursday, December 24 through Monday, January 11.

Gift Cards

If you are looking for Christmas dies and stamps, we've still have a good selection.  And remember we have gift cards that will make any papercrafter happy!  For gift cards $35 and over,  just call me before you pick it up and I will gift wrap it!

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Cards with Penny Black stamps and dies

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2015

Hello Members and Friends.  I have been having fun making Christmas cards with the beautiful and creative stamps and dies from Penny Black. Let me share some with you.  At the end of this post, I added a few new cards made with Impression Obsession dies and stamps. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around Town Scene (left) – Penny Black die Around Town; Penny Black clear stamp set Joy Filled; Poppy die Stitched Landscapes; Memory Box dies Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles; design inspired Vicky Papaioannou.  Around Town Shaker (right) – Penny Black die Around Town; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; clear stamp set Joy Filled; Memory Box border die (retired); design inspired by Torico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same tree, 2 different looks.  Fantasy – Penny Black die Very Merry Christmas and In The Garden; Penny Black stamps Fantasy and Footnotes; design inspired by Jill Foster.  Fantasy Tree – Penny Black stamps Fantasy, Snow Border and Merriest.

The card on the left was copied from one designed by my friend Harriet Head.  Isn't it beautiful?  The Memory Box Distressed Collage dies are so popular now and for good reason.  You get 4 different dies in one set and they can be used in so many ways.  Whirl Wreath Poinsettia – Penny Black die Whirl Wreath; Poppy die Poinsettia small; Memory Box die Distressed Holiday Collage; Penny Black paper pad; design inspired by Harriet Head.  Whirl Wreath – Penny Black die Whirl Wreath; Penny Black clear stamp set Season’s Gifts; design inspired by Birgit Edblom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Together Teal – Penny Black dies Together and Very Merry Christmas; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder; Together Silver – Penny Black dies Together and Crystal Trio; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder; Spellbinders die Circles; Taylored Expressions die Build A Scene Rolling Hills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 3 of these cards I used the same background stamp and deer die and just varied the embossing powder.   Together Blue – Penny Black dies Together and Exultations; Penny Black stamp Woodland Wonder.  Together Red – Penny Black die Together; Impression Obsession dies Rectangle Frame 6 in 1 and Manger small; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny Black is known for her cute children and Mimi is one of the most charming!  Mimi Sledding – Penny Black clear stamp set Mimi’s Christmas; Penny Black die Crystal trio; Poppy die Let It Snow Channel.  Mimi and Tree – Penny Black clear stamp set Mimi’s Christmas; Penny Black dies Warmest Wishes and Crystal trio; Spellbinders die Labels 13; Penny Black paper pad. 

 

These cute little penguins are also part of the Mimi stamp set.  I embossed them in copper and colored them with Copic markers except the snowman who was colored with a Prismacolor white pencil.  A big red bow is the perfect finishing touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are two totally different looks using the same die.  I die cut the Glorious Poinsettia out of the white top folding card front then stamped the Snowy Hamlet scene behind it on the inside of the card.  For the collage card on the left I took the white die cut from above and sponged it with inks to color it.  To complete the card I used several stamps for words and texture and the Believe die.

Glorious Collage – Penny Black dies Glorious and Exultations; Penny Black clear stamp sets Footnotes and Textures; Penny Black stamp Corner Piece; design inspired by Jill Foster.  Glorious Window – Penny Black dies Glorious and World of Wishes; Penny Black stamp Snowy Hamlet; design inspired by Markika

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jingle All The Way – Penny Black dies Jingle All The Way and Crystal Trio; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice; design inspired Judy Jung.  Peace on Earth – Penny Black die Crystal Trio; Penny Black clear stamp set Joy Filled; Inkadinkado stamp Flourish; design inspired Jill Foster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick, Easy and So Impressive!  Joyful Poinsettia – Penny Black die Joyful; Penny Black clear stamp set Joy Filled; design inspired Heather Hoffman.  Peace on Earth – Penny Black die Crystal Trio; Penny Black clear stamp set Joy Filled; Inkadinkado stamp Flourish; design inspired Jill Foster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowflake – Penny Black die Crystal Trio; Penny Black clear stamp set Joy Filled; design inspired by Heather Hoffman.  Peace – Penny Black clear stamp set Joy Filled; Taylored Expressions die Peek-a-Boo Circles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Border – Impression Obsession die Gift Border; Martha Stewart punch Branch; Penny Black die No Peeking.  Let It Snow Shaker – Impression Obsession stamps.

Menorah – Impression Obsession die Menorah; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice

 

 

Well that's a lot for you to think about.  Please let me know if you have any questions -- just call me at 915-833-9500 or email me at hellopolly@aol.com.  If you would like to have a class with any of these cards, just check our class schedule or give me a call (915-833-9500) and we can schedule a custom class for you and/or friends.  Thanks for reading the blog and happy creating with stamp and dies!

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