Taylored Expressions Summer Dies and Stamps
TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
Hello Members and Friends. Happy Summer. Today I want to share with you some cards I made with new dies and stamps from Taylored Expressions. They are just pure fun!
Flower Circles – Taylored Expressions dies Peek-a-Boo Stitched Circles and Label Stacklets 2; TE stamp set Berry Special; TE Embossing Folder Dotted lattice; TE paper pad Rainbow Brights; paper flowers
3 Fruit Circles – Taylored Expressions dies Peek-a-Boo Stitched Circles and Little Bits Fruit; TE stamp set Berry Special; TE paper pad Rainbow Brights
Tip -- Be creative with your dies. On the grapes die, I drew in circles for the grapes with a darker purple marker. For the cherries, I used sequins, but you can also use enamel sprinkle "dots" instead of the cherries die cut. If you do use the cherries die cut, color the tops with Glossy Accents to make them shiny! Add tiny black dots to the strawberries to add a more textured look.
Pool Party White – Taylored Expressions dies Pool Party and Rolling Clouds; Cuttlebug embossing folder Bubbles; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Pool Party Navy – Taylored Expressions dies Pool Party and Rolling Clouds;Carta Blanca die Summer Sun; Impression Obsession die Sun and Moon; design inspired by Kerri Michaud
Tip -- Don't have a wave die? Use clouds! The stitching on this set of cloud dies adds lots of texture, and embossing the clouds with an embossing folder makes a more interesting background. Cut the pool party from your main color (here white or navy) then cut the umbrella and balls from a contrasting paper. Paper piece these to add more color and definition.
Have a Cherry Day – Taylored Expressions dies Peek-a-Boo Stitched Circles, Little Bits Fruit and Rainbow Scallop Border; TE stamp set Berry Special; design inspired by Joan Ervin.
God Bless America – Impression Obsession Circle Shaker Frame; Taylored Expressions stamp Patriotic Prose; TE paper pad Summer Nights; twine and enamel stars by Doodlebug; design inspired by Karen Amidon
Tip -- To emphasize the sentiment on the Cherry card, I punched a red background circle then punched the green circle a little smaller. I added Glossy Accents to the cherries to give them some shine. I also added enamel stars to the Patriotic Prose stamped image.
Fashionably Late Pink – Taylored Expressions stamp Fashionably Late; Memory Box die Scallop Border; TE die Bloom Where You Are Planted; Doodlebug enamel sprinkles; design inspired by Laura Fredrickson
Fashionably Late Blue – Taylored Expressions stamp Fashionably Late; Memory Box die Scallop Border; TE die Label Stacklets 1; EK Success circle punch 1¼”; Doodlebug enamel sprinkles; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach
Tip -- Dress up your focal image by adding clear glitter glue to the feather in the hat; Viva Decor Pearl Pen dots to the necklace; and Glossy Accents to her lips! I stamped the arm again and cut it out to add some height and definition. Enamel sprinkles and ribbon add the just right finishing touch. And don't forget the inside of the card. This set comes with the perfect sentiment for inside!
A Few Other Fun Cards
Butterfly Fence – Impression Obsession dies Medium Butterflies, Spring Wreath (flowers), Grass Border, Tall Grass and Tall Fence; Spellbinders die Grand Squares; Penny Black paper pad Beau Jardines; design inspired by KittieKraft
Tip -- To add sparkle and shine to the butterflies and flowers I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen -- quick and easy and just enough glitz! Layer grass dies to add additional height to card. A tiny pearl is just right for the butterfly's body.
Open Scroll Flower – Impressions Obsession dies Open Scroll Flower and Thanks; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; Darice embossing folder Basketweave; design inspired by Jenny Gropp
Tip -- I die cut the flower outline from white cardstock several times then glued it to the white background. Next I paper pieced the leaves and flowers from decorative paper. Once everything was adhered, I embossed the background first with the Basketweave embossing folder then with the Swiss Dots folder. This adds lots of texture and interest to the focal image. I die cut the Thanks die several times from black and glued them together to make a thicker greeting. Last touch? Wink of Stella glitter pen on the sentiment and enamel dots on the flowers.
Fall Ghords and Apples – Poppy dies Apple a Day, Ghourds and Pumplins, Rustic Wagon and Bushel Basket; Taylored Expressions dies Frame in Frame, Wispy Grass and Cloud Border.
Tip -- Anchor the wagon with a grass border across the bottom and a cloud background on top. Grass from kraft cardstock looks "fallish." For the wagon and baskets, use woodgrain cardstock "colored" with a brown colored pencil to bring out the grain. Distress edges of pumpkins, ghourds and apples with a darker color to add depth. Frame your focal image using a frame die like the Taylored Expressions Frame in Frame. The lines on the frame die cut are embossed when the die is cut.
Organizing Your Stash
Several of you have told me how much you enjoyed the blog post on organization. One thing I forgot to mention is that I have compiled a list of all the dies I have ever sold in the store. The list is an Excel spreadsheet, ordered by manufacturer with the dies listed alphabetically. There are many ways you can use the spreadsheet: edit it for just the dies you own then print as a quick reference; edit the spreadsheet by category of dies, e.g. all floral dies, tree dies or Christmas dies listed together; or add a column to the alphabetical list for category so you can find the die faster. I am happy to share this spreadsheet with you ... just ask me about it the next time you are in the store or make a purchase.
Big Sale ... Big Sale ... Big Sale
I have added a lot of stamps and dies to the Big Sale. The first 6 categories on the left of the What's New Page are sale items. Please browse through these and if you see something you want, just give me a call or email to reserve it for pick up or mailing. There are some really good sales so don't miss out!!!
Christmas in July
Many of you know that most manufacturers start releasing their Fall, Halloween and Christmas dies and stamps in July and I am starting to see these new collections. I will be ordering these and you will see them in the store next month. I can't show you the new items until their release date so you'll have to be patient. But hint, hint: I have already seen some really cool Halloween dies!
I usually take vacation around July 4th weekend and I may again this year. However I am not sure I will because my deal little Bichon Frise dog, Chloe, is suffering from acute arthritis and cannot walk very well. Please say a little prayer for her and I will let you know when or if the store will be closed.
Organizing Your Stash
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015
Hello Members and friends and thank you for reading the blog today. Storing stamps and dies is always a challenge, and many of you have asked me how I store these items. I adopted some of the suggestions Jennifer McGuire made on her blog. To see her videos on organization, go to her blog and search organization.
For storing dies I use clear Memorex CD Keepers. These pockets will hold all but the longest borders and tallest dies. I cut a piece of white cardstock (4¾” x 4¾”) and print a label with the die name and manufacturer. I cut the original packaging (with the die’s picture) and slip it into the back of the envelope. When I have extra die cuts I store them in the pocket too. The CD Keepers are available at Office Depot in a box of 50 for $7.99.
For taller and wider dies I have been using 5” x 8” pockets from Office Depot (see left) but I just learned that they are discontinued. UGH! I have an idea on how to make these pockets so stay tuned for more details.
I store clear stamp sets in Avery Elle’s Pockets which are available here at The Stamp Act for $10.29 for a package of 25. These pockets have a flap on the top which I tuck inside. I label the pocket with the manufacturer’s name and the stamp set name. I organize the pockets by major holiday (Christmas, Halloween, etc) or by manufacturer for “everyday” sets.
It took me a while to find a storage solution for cling stamp sets. One day I just stumbled onto BuyMediaSupply.com and found these CD Cases. They are 7½” x 5¼” x ½” and even though they were originally for storing CD’s, there is no hub inside. They do have little clips inside but you can easily break them off if you need to. I love these cases because they will store dozens of stamps on both sides of the case plus they have an clear acetate sleeve on the outside so you can store the stamp set picture from any original packaging. The cost depends on how many you buy (for 50 I paid 78 cents each). The company packaged my order very nicely and shipped for free (with a minimum purchase). Check it out!
Left -- Case outside with original packaging in sleeve
Above -- Case inside. Store cling or clear mount stamps on both sides of case.
Originally I stored these pockets, envlopes and cases in photo boxes. This worked well, but remember when you have a lot of dies together, all that steel gets heavy! So I designed a cabinet that would hold these particular sizes and shapes and had a friend build it for me.
The bottom 2 drawers are for storing dies.
The top 2 drawers are for storing stamps.
There are 2 drawers on the side for storing paper in hanging files or for storing large bulky items like tools.
I hope this system gives you some ideas. I would love to hear your storage ideas -- email them to me I will share them here in a future blog post.
Stretch Your Stamps!
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015
I love to take one stamp set and create a bunch of cards. Today I will do that with 2 stamp sets. First, I will use Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets along with a couple of Paper Smooches dies.
Quick Note: I published two posts today so be sure to read the next blog post on Organizing your Stamps and Dies. Thanks.
Thanks Black – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; Paper Smooches die Big Vases
Hoping – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; Impression Obsession die Sun and Moon; Poppy clear stamp set Hope and Thanks; Avery Elle die Dot Borders; design inspired by Michele Boyer
Vases in Frame – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; Paper Smooches dies Frame 3 and Big Vases; design inspired by Laura Schmidlin
Wet My Plants – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; design inspired by Laura Schmidlin
Negative Vases – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; Paper Smooches die Big Vases
Wavy Background – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; Paper Smooches die Big Vases; Paper Inspirations Wavy Background; design inspired by Teri Anderson
Hello – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; Paper Smooches dies Quote Tag and Big Vases; Taylored Expressions die Medium Scalloped Border
Daisies in Frame – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; Paper Smooches dies Frame 3 and Big Vases
Shaker – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Twiggy Florets; Paper Smooches die Big Vases
Next is Avery Elle’s clear stamp set Framed Fonts.
Birthday Red – Avery Elle clear stamp set Framed Fonts; design inspired by Kasia Curry
Birthday Yellow Dot – Avery Elle clear stamp set Framed Fonts
Birthday Blue – Avery Elle clear stamp set Framed Fonts; Taylored Expression die Label Stacklets 2
Amazing Brown – Avery Elle clear stamp set Framed Fonts; Memory Box die Stitched Squares
Thank You – Avery Elle clear stamp set Framed Fonts; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; Poppy die Massa Leaf Frame
Amazing Bright – Avery Elle clear stamp set Framed Fonts; Taylored Expressions die Banner Stacklets 1; Penny Black die Flower Portrait; Poppy die Massa Leaf Frame
These stamps and dies are available at The Stamp Act. Please contact me if you want me to reserve the m for you. Have a great day!
Cats and Dogs
TUESDAY, JUNE 09, 2015
Hello and thanks for reading my blog. Today it’s all about cats and dogs. Whenever my girlfriends and I get together we always talk about our fur babies and their latest antics. My friend Karen has two new Maltese mix puppies who are the cutest little fur balls ever – well since Chloe was a puppy! So enjoy these cards and be sure to check the Gallery under the Cats, Dogs and Other Animals category for lots more furry samples!
Fe-Line Cool Cat – Penny Black die Feline; Taylored Expressions stamp set If Cat’s Could Talk
Fe-Line Smile – Penny Black dies Feline and Tweet Things; Penny Black stamp set Snippets; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Leafy Vines
Color Block – Taylored Expressions die Color Block; TE stamp set If Cats Could Talk; Spellbinders Ovals; design inspired by Tracy Clemente
Purrfect Friend – Taylored Expressions stamp set If Cats Could Talk; Memory Box Scallop Border; TE embossing folder Burlap; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Smile to my Face – Taylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 2; TE stamp sets If Dogs Could Talk and If Cats Could Talk; design inspired by Jen Shult
Yappy Birthday – Taylored Expressions dies Little Bits Sun and Clouds, Birch Tree Border and Wispy Grass; Paper Smooches die Word Bubbles; Poppy die Picket Fence; TE stamp set If Dogs Could Talk; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Smile – Taylored Expressions die Frame in Frame; TE stamp set If Cats Could Talk; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach
4 Small Dog Cards – Taylored Expressions stamp set If Dogs Could Talk; TE dies Bracket Notecard, Wispy Grass, Little Bits Sun and Clouds, Little Bits Champagne Flutes and Skinny Mini Borders 2; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen
Kudos to you!
Paper Smooches has a new die set called "Kudos Words" which has fiveword dies: "you, are, Beautiful, Wonderful and Handsome. Here are three cards featuring these three dies.
Handsome: Paper Smooches dies Kudos Words, Hello Words and Frame 2; Impression Obsession Retro Masculine
Wonderful: Paper Smooches die Kudos Words
Beautiful: Paper Smooches dies Kudos Words and Roses
Big Sale ... Big Sale ... Big Sale
Our Christmas, Halloween and Fall stamps and dies are on sale 33% off also. The photos are not posted yet ... I will try to do that this week.
Just give me a call or email to reserve any items on sale for pick up or shipping.
Have a great week and keep on stamping and die cutting!
Memory Box Fairyland Butterflies Die and HUGE SALE!!!
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 03, 2015
Hello Members and friends. Can you believe it’s June? It’s such a cliché but so true – time really does fly! Here’s what’s happening at the Stamp Act.
Fairyland Butterflies Die
Love this die! All those butterflies lead to endless possibilities – here’s just a few sample to inspire you.
Collage – Memory Box dies Fairyland Butterflies and Distressed Baptisia Collage; Tim Holtz stamp set Hashtags; Memory Box stamp Articles Ledger; Penny Black stamp Letter
Multi-Color Dots – Memory Box die Fairyland Butterflies; design inspired by Jenny Griffiths
Notecard Set – Memory Box die Fairyland Butterflies; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Starlit Studio
Shaker – Memory Box dies Fairyland Butterflies, Honeyblossom Sprig, Butterfly Delights and Circle Burst lg; Spellbinders die Classic Circles lg; My Favorite Things die Tags Traditional; Penny Black clear stamp set Snippets; design inspired by Lois @Lorraine’s Loft
Postal Dots – Tim Holtz die Postal Dots; Memory Box die Fairyland Butterflies; design inspired by Jean Okimoto
Framed Flutters – Memory Box dies Fairyland Butterflies, Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Squares; Poppy die Hello Word; design inspired by Sherry Hester
The hottest items in stock are the Fineline Bottle and Precision Applicator Bottle for glue. People love these bottles! Use it for any wet medium including Tombow glue, Glossy Accents or Multi-Medium glue. I have had mine for about a month and it’s performed flawlessly! I store it on its side and have no problems with clogging! I have taken the top off the Precision Bottle and screwed it directly onto the small Glossy Accents and small Multi-Medium and both worked great. I just ordered Enamel Accents (same size small bottle) which come in balck and white and will be using the Precision Bottle top on these too. For the Tombow glue I filled the Precision Bottle with the glue and it works great. Want me to save you one? Just contact me!
New Memory Box Look Book
Memory Box has published another digital “Look Book” full of gorgeous samples by design team member Kay Miller. Using dies from the Spring 2015 collection and watercolor, Kay has created dozens of stunning cards. Please take a look here.
FREE Make It and Take It – June 2 through June 30
Stop by The Stamp Act during June and make this lovely card for free. All the stamps are from Impression Obsession and it’s really quick and easy. We supply everything so take a break and have fun stamping this card.
What's New at The Stamp Act?
That's easy ... just click over the our What's New page and check the "A What's New" category. I have posted lots of new products so be sure to check it out. We have ....
New summer-themed dies from Taylored Expressions
New dies from Memory Box, Paper Smooches and Penny Black
2 unique Happy Birthday dies from Little B and Lawn Fawn
New vintage looking papers from Authentique
New embossing folders
The new Distress ink color for May -- Twisted Citron -- and really cool stickers from Tim Holtz
Check it out and stop in very soon! Thanks! Remember, if you have questions or need a special order, please contact me here.
Check out the HUGE SALE on stamps, dies and misc other products. Go to the What's New page here and look for these 3 categories -- right at the top of the category list.
Quantities are limited so call Polly at 915-833-9500 to reserve anything you want for pick up or shipping.
PLUS -- all Halloween, Fall and Christmas products are reduced 33% for the month of June -- hurry in to see what you "need!"