Poppy Cake Frosting Bags Die
TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015
Hello Members and Friends. We just got in some new dies from Poppystamps that are so cute for birthday or celebration cards. The Cake Frosting Bag makes the focal image look just like the top of a birthday cake! How cute is that??? To explore all these dies, just click here to see the new dies with descriptions and prices. You click here to call me or email me to reserve any of these dies for yourself.
Happy Birthday – Memory Box Stitched Rectangles; Poppy dies Cake Frosting Bags and Décor Happy Birthday; Paper Smooches Pocket and Flowers; design inspired be JJ Bolton.
Celebrate Cupcakes – Poppy dies Cake Frosting Bags, Stitched Cake Plates, Stitched Cupcakes and Décor Celebrate; Spellbinders dies Classic Circles; Memory Box stencil Scraped Paint; design inspired be Lezlye Lauterbach
TIP: I sponged pink and yellow ink through the stencil for the plaid background. To highlight the stitching on the cupcakes I traced over it with a pink marker and added glitter glue.
To make the "Celebrate" sentiment stand out, I die cut 2 and glued them together. Then I sponged the sentiment with Versamark clear embossing ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The shiny sentiment looks just like frosting!
Cake and Balloons – Poppy dies Cake Frosting Bags, Stitched Cake Plates, Party Balloons and Cake and Vintage Happy Thanksgiving; Taylored Expressions die Tag Stacklets 1; design inspired by Jean Jachna
TIP: Stretch your dies by using a background die to emboss your background. Use the base plate, the rubber mat and a top plate according to your machine's instructions.
Add interest to a tag by using a flower die as a hole reinforcement.
To keep twine in place just add a little dot of glue behind it. Glitter and sequins add just the right amount of bling!
I have had some questions lately about our website, so here are a few tips for finding what you are looking for. Remembre, anytime you see words bolded and underlined, it's a link that you can click to go to that page quickly.
What's New Page -- Click on What's New at the top of this page. The photos that pop up are those associated with the first category in the column on the left (A What's New). These are items that are new and in stock.
Brand New -- Coming Soon -- The 4th category in the left column includes Brand New Items that are on Order and coming soon. Just click on that category to what's coming. I just added all the new dies from Impression Obsession!
Explore the entire list of categories by clicking on each one to see items associated with those topics.
Gallery Page -- The Gallery Page is similar (see top of this page). Click on any of the categories in the column on the left to see sample cards associated with that topic. For instance, Halloween, Fall and Christmas.
Please let me know if you have any other questions about the website! Happy Stamping and Papercrafting and please stop by The Stamp Act soon.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2015
Hello Friends, Halloween is such a fun time of year! I love making cards for Halloween and I know my friends and family enjoy getting a card with witches and ghosts and other ghouls! New Halloween stamps and dies are arriving now so let me share some new samples with you today. You can see all the stamps and dies I am using today by visiting our What's New Page and scrolling down the left column for Halloween. Here's a direct link -- just click here to see everything.
Old Haunted House with Moon – Memory Box dies Old Haunted House and Swirling Ghosts; Moon created with punches; design inspired by Marnie Bushmole
I created the background with jumbo daubers and Memento inks. The Haunted House die comes with a background (so yellow shows through the windows) and the roof tops, porch roof and steps. For the moon, I colored cardstock with daubers and inks then punched part of a circle. I applied tiny drops of Glossy Accents to the background (which don't show up very well in the photo) to mimic stars.
Old Haunted House with Ghosts – Memory Box dies Old Haunted House, Swirling Ghosts and Twiggy Tree; Moon created with Spellbinders Classic Circle die; design inspired by Jenny Griffiths
To make the moon glow, I die cut a circle from yellow cardstock and used it as a mask on the navy blue background then sponged around the moon with white ink (love Hero Arts Unicorn White ink). I applied orange ink to the perimeter of the moon and taped it in place. I sponged white ink on the top of the tree and fence and glued them to the background. Add the ghosts and you've got a spooky card!
Halloween Mantle – Taylored Expressions stamps and matching dies Toil and Trouble, Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins and Apothecary Shelf; TE Little Bits dies Halloween Confetti, Black Cat and Poison Bottles; Memory Box dies Delicate Web and Scary Spiders; TE 6” x 6” paper pad Halloween; TE embossing folder Weathered; design inspired by Joan Ervin
Look at all these cute Halloween images! Love them! I used three Taylored Expressions stamp sets that have matching dies so building the card was easy! Everything on the card is die cut except the sentiment which I stamped before I embossed the background. TIP: Stamping the spider web on vellum and heat embossing it in gold lets the large stamp have presence without overwhelming the design. Seeing the Apothecary Shelf through the vellum keeps the image light.
Eat-Drink and Be Scary – TE dies Little Bits Poison Bottles and Black Cat; TE stamp set Toil and Trouble; TE 6” x 6” paper pad Halloween; TE sequins Halloween; inspired by TE
One trend I am seeing this year is that poison bottles are really popular. Look closely at this card -- the fireplace and spider webs are printed on the Taylored Expresions paper. They sized the fireplace perfectly for an A2 card. I added die cuts using the new Poison Bottles and Black Cat dies and a few stars and ghosts from TE's new Halloween Sequins.
The sentiment (TE's Toil and Trouble stamp set) was stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.
Poison Bottles on Mantle – TE stamp Apothecary Shelf and Toil and Trouble; TE 6” x 6” paper pad Halloween; design inspired by Karen Giron
Another set of Poison Bottles on the Apothecary Shelf! Everything on this card is stamped and colored. Even the little Poison sign, the tag hanging around the bottle, the spider and the pumpkin are stamps in the Toil and Trouble set.
Jack-O-Lanterns – Memory Box dies Windham Collage, Jolly Jack-O-Lanterns and Magical Pumpkin Collage; design inspired by Laura Fulcher.
Trending in Memory Box dies are the collage dies that cut unique shapes out of the front of a card. Here I used the Windham Collage die and cut the opposing corners from the black cardstock. This left the middle part of the cardstock blank so I could cut out the Magical Pumpkin Collage then inlay the Jolly Jack-O-Lanterns that match this collage die.
Be sure to check out the new Christmas Collage die HERE.
Boo To You – TE stamps and matching dies Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins; moon created with circle punches; TE 6” x 6” paper pad Halloween; design inspired by Shannon White
For this card I stamped and die cut the pumpkins; stamped their faces then positioned them inside and outside of a die cut circle in the black bacground cardstock. I punched the moon as described above and hung it above the pumpkins. All the paper is from Taylored Ecapressions new Halloween paper pad.
Witch in Trees – TE dies Spooky Trees, Little Bits Witch and Little Bits Halloween Confetti; moon created with circle punches; Memory Box dies Iron Fence and Iron Gate; design inspired by Shelly Mercado
You may have the Spooky Trees die and not recognize it here. I gave it a new look by trimming the trees to leave an open space for the witch to fly over the fence. Stretch your dies by using them in a diffferent way!
Witch in Circles – TE dies Peek-A-Boo Circles, Little Bits Witch, Little Bits Sign Post and TE stamps and matching dies Peek-A-Boo Pumpkins; Martha Stewart border punch Drippy Goo; design inspired by Shelly Mercado
I die cut the green decorative paper with the circles die then added the Drippy Goo border with a punch. Adding a long narrow pice of coordinating decorative paper defines the two spaces. I "grounded" the pumpkins by die cutting the same size pumpkin from orange cardstock and slipping it behind the stamped pumpkin. TE's Halloween Sequins add a colorful little embellishment.
Stop in soon and see all these stamps, dies and more at The Stamp Act! Thanks!
Front and Back Cards
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015
Front and Back Cards
Art Impressions’ Front and Back stamps are unique, creative and funny. I recently brought in 2 sets that are perfect for birthdays.
The card on the left shows the funny lady peeking into the card. The name of this set is Eat Itself -- the name is taken from the sentiment that comes with the set. I used other sentiments on my sample cards.
Here's the inside of the card which shows the front of the funny lady peeking out.
Another fun thing about these stamps is that they lend themselves to lots of funny sentiments which you probably already have on hand.
Same stamp, same paper but this time she is peeking out on the front of the card.
Inside of card 2.
The technique is simple – here are some step by step photos:
Stamp front and back images; color them; cut out with matching dies.
Cut frame for opening. I cut Spellbinders Lacey Circles then cut the middle with a circle die.
Create card with an opening – it can be large or medium and any shape you wish. Position image peeking in or peeking out and glue in place. Your card becomes a treat both outside and in! Here's another sample using the Maturing stamp and die set.
The sentiment shown comes with the stamp set. Isn't this the funniest bunch of people?
World Elephant Day
Today is World Elephant Day. My niece Emilee Larkin is completing her 4th year of veterinary school at Texas A&M and her curriculum includes serving externships all over the world. Right now she is spending 2 months at the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust in Malawi in southeastern Africa.
The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust was set up in 2007 to help protect the wildlife and habitats of Malawi but its work has evolved beyond wildlife rescue and rehabilitation to include wider issues threatening wildlife and habitats.
Last September one of their vets, Amanda (kneeling in the foreground of this photo), removed a snare from an elephant’s right front leg in Liwonde National Park. Recently however the elephant was seen throwing dust on the injured leg and bathing it, indicating the injury from the snare was still causing him pain. Last week Dr. Amanda and my niece Emilee (shown at the elephant's rear) recaptured the elephant and found that he had a large tumor resulting from chronic irritation from the snare. Even though the snare had been removed, the tumor continued to grow causing the animal much irritation and discomfort. After the initial assessment and treatment, the vet attached a tracking collar to help locate the elephant for future monitoring and treatment if necessary.
In this picture you can see Emilee at the rear of the elephant with Amanda in the foreground. Emilee is monitoring the anesthesia (basically she’s the anesthesiologist) while Amanda treats the wound and secures a GPS collar on the big guy.
I can't imagine being in Africa much less treating a huge elephant. Congratulations to my very smart, ambitious and dedicated niece, Emilee!
A Peek at What's Coming!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 06, 2015
Hello Members and friends. “Baby it’s hot outside” has never been truer in the desert Southwest so to ignore the heat, I’ve been turning my thoughts to the fall months ahead as I order new items for the fall holiday. Be sure to check out the new products coming because they are really fun (especially the Halloween stamps and dies)! Here are links to the pages in our What’s New section that I have recently updated:
Brand New and Coming Soon – Tons of dies and stamps that are on order but expected soon
Fall – Check out the cute Starbucks stamp!
Halloween – The new Halloween papers are really awesome!
Dies – Who doesn’t need more dies???
I have also updated the Gallery with new sample cards – here are the links:
One card I am featuring today is designed by Harriet Head, a dear friend and customer for many years. When Harriet showed me this card I knew I wanted to make one and share it with you. Thanks, Harriet!
Shopping Cart Birthday – Paper Smooches die Grocery Cart; Memory Box die Abundant Gifts; Lawn Fawn die Happy Birthday to you; Taylored Expressions die Up, Up and Away (balloons); Penny Black Balloons; Doodlebug paper pad Hello Sunshine; design inspired by Harriet Head.
I posted this same card recently, but I thought these papers really popped the numbres die that I wanted to share it again. Quick easy birthday card for all ages!
TIP: Use a white gel pen to give the numbers some personality!
By The Numbers – Penny Black die By the Numbers; Penny Black clear stamp set friendship; Spellbinders die Circles; Memory Box Stitched Rectangles; Uniball white gel pen; design inspired by Judy Jung
Stretch your dies by using the same ones with different treatments and embellishments.
Claudette Oval Frame 1 – Poppy dies Claudette Oval Frame and Meadow Clover; Avery Elle die Dotted Borders (corners); Poppy clear stamp set Hope and Thanks
For the next 2 cards I used this die set called the Memory Box Distressed Windham Collage. Each of these dies cuts a unique opening the front of the card.
Distressed Windham Collage 1 – Memory Box dies Distressed Windham Collage and Sunrise Poppy; Poppy clear stamp set Hope and Thanks; Memory Box Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Jean Okimoto
TIP: For the opening in the card I cut the die twice; first in the upper right corner then rotating it 180 degrees and positioning it in the lower left corner. I actually used the same technique in the card below but with another of the dies on a smaller scale.
Distressed Windham Collage 2 – Memory Box dies Distressed Windham Collage, Row of Poppies and Mini Heart Collection; Penny Black die Love and Joy
This similiar die is coming for Christmas. It's called Distressed Holiday Collage. Check out the trees, ornaments and snowflakes -- it will make stunning cards.
While there are a lot of new things coming, there's also a lot in store right now so please stop in soon and shop. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Get Well Cards
TUESDAY, AUGUST 04, 2015
Hello Members and Friends. Get well cards are something we all need to keep in our card stash. A friend of mine recently fell and is rehabbing in the hospital for a few weeks and that inspired me to use some stamps and dies from My Favorite Things and make a few cards for her and my stash.
Under the Weather – My Favorite Things clear stamp set Blue Skies Ahead; Memory Box die Marshmallow Clouds; Taylored Expressions die Banner Stacklets 1; Memory Box cling-mount stamp Articles Ledger; design inspired by Tammy Hershberger
Tip: Don't overlook background stamps -- you'd be surprised how many times you can stamp your own background instead of reaching for decorative paper.
TIP: Enamel accents (I like the Doodlebug enamel spirnkles) are a perfect little embellishments for almost any card.
Nothing But Blue Skies – My Favorite Things clear stamp set Blue Skies Ahead; MFT die Cloud Background; design inspired by Michele Boyer
TIP: I cut the Cloud Background die from blue and white and popped up a few of the white clouds. (More enamel sprinkles!)
When Skies Are Gray – My Favorite Things clear stamp set Blue Skies Ahead; MFT die Cloud Background; Taylored Expressions stamp and die set Sunny Days; design inspired by Amy Rohl
TIP: For this card, I used the same Cloud Background die but embosssed the die into the gray paper. Embossing really stretches your dies. Just use the tan rubber mat with your base and cover plates -- it won't cut the paper, it will embosss it.
Bored with all your cards looking the same? Try cutting your background asymetrically. (More enamel sprinkles!)
Breast Cancer Cards
I hope you will not need these cards for friends or family members, but if you do they send an encouraging message.
Believe in Yourself – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Fight Like a Girl; IO dies Rectangle Frame #2, Ornate Rectangle Frame; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; Penny Black paper pad Painted Blooms; design inspired by Jenny Gropp
Strength & Courage – Impression Obsession clear stamp set Fight Like a Girl; IO die Bow small; Memory Box die Tiny Hearts; My Favorite Things die Scallop Border small; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Swiss Dots. (The image on the right is the inside of the card).
Art Impressions Funny People Cards
On a much funnier note, I recently got in some really funny stamps from Art Impressions. Take a look and come in and shop for these funny people!
Celeste – Art Impressions cling-mount stamps Celeste and Better with Wine; My Favorite Things stencil Cow Print; Taylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 1; design insired by Amy Rysa
TIP: I took my clue for the background for this card from Celeste's animal print shirt. I used the "cowprint" stencil and sponged on Memento Potters Clay ink. Perfect background!
TIP: Continue your background inside by die cutting a stenciled background.
Old Guys Club – Art Impressions cling-mount stamps Old Guys Club and Ole’ Geezer; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; design inspired by Karen Amidon
Who doesn't need more "guy" cards? Here's an easy one that's sure to make the lucky recipient chuckle! Stamp and color and be sure to get the addiitonal stamp for the inside -- it's a hoot!
Light Candles – Art Impressions cling-mount stamps Fire Out; My Favorite Things clear stamp set Piece of Cake; Spellbinders die Classic Circles; design inspired by Brenda Turner
TIP: Be sure to look at your stamps sets for sentiments and images that will complement each other. The "fire extinguisher" sentiment is perfect with this "firey" lady! The candle background paper works well with the theme of this card too.
Look at What's Brand New and Coming Soon
I have been very busy ordering lots and lots of new items for Halloween, Fall and Christmas. To see all the items with prices, check out the What's New page. Don't wait for them to arrive -- reserve yours now for store pick-up or mailing! Just go to our Contact Us page and let me know what your heart desires!!!