Faux Laser Cards
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015
Whether you need an attention-grabbing invitation, an elegant greeting card, or just want to add an eye-catching design to a card, the Faux Laser Card technique is the answer. To me a Faux Laser card includes an intricate design that looks like it was cut from one piece of paper. I hope you will join us for the Faux Laser Cards Class on Saturday, February 28 at 10am.
These samples are my take on Faux Laser Cards -- and I have listed the supplies I used on each card.
Heart – Memory Box dies Kensington Branch and Grand Heart
Happy Birthday – Memory Box die Happy Birthday Extravaganza; Poppystamps die Classic Ribbons; Impression Obsession die Alphabet Plain lower case; Spellbinders die Matting Basics
Woodland Oval -- Poppy die Woodland Oval; Memory Box die Blushing Flower Branch and Forest Hummingbirds; Spellbinders die Petite Ovals; sentiment Penny Black
Blushing Branch -- Memory Box die Blushing Flower Branch; Penny Black die Doodles; Spellbinders die Labels 1
Butterfly Arch -- Memory Box die Delicate Butterfly Arch; Penny Black die Doodles
I hope you will join us for this fun class. We are still working on the Classes page so please call me at 915-833-9500 to register.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
I am still enjoying the new Impression Obsession spring stamp collection. You can see all their new stamps in the Stamps category on the What’s New page. Here are some new samples that I made recently.
Faithful Friend – Impression Obsession stamps Splatter 1 and 2 and Failfthful Friend; Taylored Expressions die Banner Stacklets 2; design inspired by Vicky Garrett
Love the splat stamps! They make such a quick, and in this case colorful, background.
Daisy Basket – Impression Obsession stamp Daisy Basket; Impression Obsession dies Rectangle 6-in-1-frame; Spellbinders dies Petite Ovals Scalloped and Classic; design inspired by Jenny Gropp
Years ago, before flowers were readily available in the grocery store, I would frequently go to neighborhood flower shop and buy a bunch of daisies to brighten my apartment. These daisies are colored with Copic markers.
Rest and Relaxation – Impression Obsession stamps Tree 3, Hammock and Rest and Relaxation; design inspired by Impression Obsession
This stair step card is made with specialty cardstock.
Tip: To add depth to your scene, stamp the tree once then stamp a second time without reinking. In this case it's best to wipe ink off the trunk or your tree may look a little strange with 2 trunks!
Children playing on a seesaw can really take you back to your childhood. I stamped and embossed the Seesaw (Impression Obsession) in black then added the "ground" by sponging Memento Pear Tart ink and grass cut with My Favorite Things Fresh Grass die. The sky was sponged with Memento Summer Sky ink using Taylored Expressions Cloud Border die as a stencil. The sentiment is also from Impression Obsession.
I hope you will stop in soon and see all the new stamps from Impression Obsession and many other companies.
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My Own Little World
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
I am afraid I have been in my own little world this week. I finally decided to tackle cleaning out my workspace. I don't know about you, but if I have a drawer, I fill it with "stuff" and it quickly becomes a "black hole" where things go in and nothing ever comes out yielding the drawer useless! So I am opening those drawers and throwing out all the stuff that seemed so important months or years ago!
In return for all this work, I asked my cabinet maker to build me a new custom cabinet to hold papers, dies and clear stamp sets. It will be a few weeks before it comes but I am already excited to see it and to fill it up!
I made this card based on a design I saw on the Impression Obsession blog. I used IO stamps In My Own World, Splatter 1 and 2 (blue layer) and the new Ink Splatter Background (yellow layer). The butterfly was made with Memory Box dies Darla and Vivienne. A little stitch and a few sequins complete the design.
Valentine's Day is past and Easter is our next big holiday. And Easter is early this year -- April 5th. We have already received most of our Easter items so stop in soon and see what's new! Or check out the Easter pages in the Gallery and What's New for inspiration. You can always email me (see contact page) and ask me to hold something for you. We are happy to mail order!
Have a good day and enjoy your own little world!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2015
Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought I would share with you two vintage Valentines. When I created these Valentines I thought of a scene from Season 4 of Downton Abbey when all the servants received Valentines from their sweeties. Although they didn’t show any of them, I fantasized that they might be collaged in sepia tones with lace and frilly hearts. I hope your sweetest day is filled with love.
Love Edger – Impression Obsession die Love Edger and stamp/die sets Hearts; Poppystamps die Andorra Corner
Clementine Heart – Memory Box dies Clementine Heart and Glorious Hearts; Penny Black die Love Expressions; Impression Obsession die Border Duo 2; Tim Holtz Heart Charms
And here's another Valentine that while it's not vintage, the sentiment is timeless. Happy Valentine's Day and I hope to see you in the store soon.
Impression Obsession clear stamp set Heart Beats.
Creating Cards for a Rainy Day
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015
I stepped out on my patio this morning and saw green grass sprouting up among the brown stubble – a sure sign that spring will be returning soon, bringing rain to the desert. My friend (and excellent papercrafter) Harriet Head recently called my attention to a very fun die from Memory Box called Splashing Puddles. This die cuts two very detailed splashing puddles and many raindrops with embossed “trails.”
I grabbed the die as soon as it arrived and made these samples. I have so many other ideas for fun cards, too. In fact I went on a hunt with Harriet and found other stamps, dies and papers that will go perfectly with the puddles die. You can see all the new items that are in stock or coming in the new Rainy Day category on the What’s New Page. And while you’re looking through that page, check out the cute Memory Box frogs die – perfect for any puddle! – and the Memory Box duck dies which my friend Bea Mieckowki suggested pairing with the puddles. Have fun with your papercrafting and celebrate spring!
Jump in the Puddles – Memory Box die Splashing Puddles; Penny Black clear stamp set April Showers (rain boots); Spellbinders die Labels 4; Sentiment from Savvy Stamps
Dance in the Rain – Memory Box die Splashing Puddles; Impression Obsession stamp Puddle Jump (girl with umbrella); sentiment is Tim Holtz stamp.
How fun to combine a darling little girl with the die and sentiment. They look like they were made for each other!
April Showers – (Outside of gatefold card) Memory Box die Splashing Puddles; Memory Box die Marshmallow Clouds; sentiment is Memory Box stamp; designed inspired by Hellen Pearce. Note: The silver mirror card is very hard to photograph so be assured that this card looks lots better in real life!!!
May Flowers – (Inside of gatefold card) Paper Smooches die Roses; Memory Box die Marshmallow Clouds; sentiment is Memory Box stamp
I love this new Roses die! The die set comes with both size flowers and leaves.
Rainy or Sunny, shop at The Stamp Act soon and see all the wonderful and exciting products in stock!
Don't forget with every purchase of $25 or more, your choice of two free dies!
Exciting New Tool!
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2015
Hi Members. As most of you know our industry's biggest trade show, CHA Winter, just introduced thousands of new products to the papercrafting world. Today I want to share with you a new product that makes picking up and placing tiny jewels, sequins, buttons and even paper die cuts a breeze. The new product is called Embellie Gellie. The little pink box contains a waxy gellie that's not sticky. Simply mold a pearl-sized ball between your fingers and place it on the end of the skewer that comes in the kit. Now you can use your stick to pick up small embellishments and transfer them to your project.
Here's a tip that will make it even easier. If your jewel or embellishment is not self-adhesive, apply a tiny amount of glue (we recommend Tombow Mono Multi glue) to your project then wait 10 to 15 seconds for the glue to dry a little. That will make the glue tackier (less wet) so when you place the gem on the glue, it will hold the gem as you easily pull the Embellie Gellie tool away.
And speaking of embellishments, we just got in the brand new Tiny Twinkles from Taylored Expressions. Each kit includes over 400 rhinestones in various sizes (mostly tiny!) and 12 colors. The packaging is very clever and user-friendly -- the clear cover rotates around the bottom exposing one wedge compartment at a time.
Here's sample card I made using the new Embellie Gellie tool and the Tiny Twinkles. Both stamps are from Impression Obsession.
By the way, an older tool that we still stock works great for this task too. It's the QuickStik from Lifestyle Crafts.
The QuickStik has a tip filled with a green tacky substance that picks up small embellishments easily.
Another tool that's coming soon is the Fineline Bottle. The kit includes two empty bottles ready to be filled with a variety of media. I plan to fill one with Tombow Mono Multi and one with Glossy Accents. These empty applicator bottles feature a stainless steel dispensing tip for precise application of liquid media and the unique Cap/Wire system that is non-clogging and air-tight.
I am always trying to bring you tools and products that make our papercrafting hobby easier and more fun. Please stop in and see all these new products soon!
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Cards Starring Stamps
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2015
Remember the days before die cuts? Seems like ancient history doesn’t it? The new Impression Obsession stamp collection inspired me to make cards where stamps are the star and die cuts play a minor supporting role. Along the way I discovered something … it takes a lot less time to create cards with stamps than it does with die cuts. And it’s more relaxing because you don’t have to glue, glue, glue! Don’t get me wrong, I love die cuts and will continue to give them star status, but it’s nice to pull out the inks and stamps from time to time!
If you want or need a stamping refresher, these cards will be featured in two classes on Saturday, February 7. Check out our class schedule on the Classes page.
Bird on a Chair – Impression Obsession stamps Ups and Downs, Bird on a Chair and Splatter 1 and 2; Penny Black stamp Decadence background; design inspired by Impression Obsession
Girl on a Swing – Impression Obsession stamps Girl on a Swing; Impression Obsession die Leafy Branch; Spellbinders dies Petite Ovals Classic; design inspired by Kittie Caracciolo
Reaching – Impression Obsession stamp Reaching; Spellbinders dies Petite Ovals Classic; Memory Box die Butterfly Delights; Hero Arts stamp Circle Doily (retired); design inspired by Impression Obsession
Valentines Wishes in a MIni Envelope
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2015
The new Mini Envelope die from Taylored Expressions is perfect for holding lots of Valentines wishes. I used the TE Postage Stamp Stacklets die to cut the mats which I mounted on a piece of TE’s new paper “Formula for Love.” The envelope is cut from heavyweight vellum and although the die cuts and scores the paper, I scored it again on my Scor-it Mini as an added precaution against the vellum cracking when I folded it. I added a few hearts inside the envelope then glued others along with sequins and a twine bow on the outside. The “XO’s” were cut with TE’s Little Bits die “Love Confetti” and the sentiment is from Memory Box. Design inspired by Shelley Mercado.
My second card is similar to the one above except I used TE’s Little Bits die “Kisses Confetti” to die cut the tiny mustaches and lips – how cute are those?? Design inspired by Courtney Kelley.
Need some other ideas for filling the envelope? Here are a few I thought of:
• Birthday balloons breaking free of the envelope
I am sure you can come up with lots of other creative ideas for using this mini envelope all year long!
Remember that you can see these samples along with the products used to create them in the Gallery under Valentines. You can see the new products on the What's New page.
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Cute Love Cottage
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2015
Poppy’s Cute Cottage die is just that … cute! In the Gallery you can see samples I made using the Cute Cottage with the matching roof and décor dies for Halloween and Christmas. Now we have a Love Cottage roof and décor die set that includes everything you see in these samples. For this sample (inspired by a sample on the Poppy blog) and made a little box to fit between the houses. For the box, simply cut some cardstock to 5¼” x 6¼” and score on all sides at 2” (or however tall you want the box to be). Cut along the two score lines on the long side of the cardstock and fold the loose ends in and adhere to make the box. Attach some ribbon at the top for a darling little candy box for your Valentine.
For the Cute Cottage card, I used the fabulous new Brick Window die to emboss the background and a My Favorite Things die to cut the grass. I didn’t add a sentiment because I wanted to keep the focus on the little cottage. Card design inspired by Irena Kowalczyk Rudlis.
FYI: The Brick Window die can also be used with the new Madison Window die set large.
You can see both these samples with the products used to create them in the Gallery under Valentines. And be sure to check out the Halloween and Christmas Cottages under those categories in the Gallery.
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