National Coffee Day -- a Few Days Late!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
Happy National Coffee Day and first day of fall! Fall is my favorite time of the year even though in El Paso we are still running the air conditioner as temperatures hover around 90 degrees! I got in the fall spirit this past weekend by decorating my house with pumpkins, fall leaves and twinkling lights. It looks so festive.
For this card I used Memory Box die Coffee on the Go small; Taylored Expressions Postage Stacklets; and Riley stamp Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Enjoy your coffee and fall! And come see all the wonderful papercrafting dies, stamps and papers we have in stock!
I Love You Book
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
Hello Friends and Members. I took a little time last week to make little books for my oldest friend, Judith (we’ve been friends since we were 10 years old!), and my sister Ann. In each book I laid out the reasons I love and admire them. My little book is copied from one that Sharon Harnist created here except her pages were 4” x 4” page protectors and mine were decorative paper (Authentique Legacy). For both books I used the Legacy Crafting Cards as inserts on some of the pages.
I won’t list all the supplies I used in the book but please contact me if you have any questions. For the binding I used 7 Gypsies elastics which make the binding super easy and flexible. I will be making one more book, this time for Chloe! Here are photos of each page.
One comment on this page -- plan ahead! After the cover was done, I decided to use a brad to close the book so that's why you can see the "legs" of the brad on the inside cover. If I had inserted the brad before I glued down the inside cover paper, it would have been hidden.
On the back of each little insert I list a reason I love my friend or my sister.
Love this pape -- so many patterns and colors but they coordinate beautifully.
On this page I used one of the Legacy Crafting Cards inserts. The little house and "home sweet home" sentiment are from a new die by Echo Park.
This rose die from Paper Smooches is one of my favorites.
What's fun about a book like this is you can use any dies or stamps to illustrate the pages.
My favorite page! My sister is an incredible Mom to her two lovely daughters. The crafting card was perfect for awarding her the "best mom" achievement certificate! And since she loves cats, the Taylored Expressions stamp set "Mama and Me" provided the perfect image to illustrate the page.
Here's the middle of the page. You can see the metal tips on the elastic binding cord.
Love this blue patterned paper!
Ann and her husband Tom love to travel and I admire their sense of adventure. The Studebaker image on the paper was perfect so I completed the image with a road and added airplanes, clouds and a sign post (Taylored Expressions Little Bits dies).
10 reasons weren't enough so I had to list more under the "&."
The crafting cards says "No matter how tall I grow I will always look up to you." That's so true as my friend and sister are constant sources of inspiration.
Finally a page to wish them happy birthday.
I hope this gives you some ideas for creating a little book for someone special in your life.
Happy stamping and paper crafting!
Let's Celebrate Birthdays!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
Hello Friends and Members. I hope you are having a good weekend. Who doesn't need more birthday cards especially if they are unisex! Today's cards were inspired by Vicki Garrett who is part of the Impression Obsession design team. I love the bright colors and the clean, crisp designs. Just as I finished these cards I received the new Taylored Expressions birthday banner and party border dies which added the perfect finishing touch to two of the cards. And a little orange glitter glue made them sparkle. Enjoy!
Supplies used on all cards: Impression Obsession clear stamp set Let Us Celebrate; Spellbinders dies Classic Circles and Pinking Circles; Paper Smooches die Stars; Taylored Expressions dies Happy Birthday Banner and Skinny Mini Party Borders; orange Stickles glitter glue; designs inspired by Vicki Garrett
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Adding Finishing Touches to Cards
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2015
Hello everyone. I hope your Labor Day weekend was enjoyable. Now that it's September, we can "officially" start thinking about fall's cooler temperatures and special holidays like Halloween. Today I'd like to show you how adding finishing touches to your cards can up the "Wow" factor! My samples today all have a Halloween theme. To see these cards again and many others, please click here for the Halloween Gallery.
In keeping with our class theme this month of sponging with dye inks, I used sponging to create the backgrounds on my first three cards. For the card above I started with white cardstock (I always use Neena Solar White 80 lb) and because I wanted a very iridescent glow so I chose to ink the background with Hero Arts Green Neon ink! Love the color! The two dies in black are new from Memory Box and are designed to fit on top of each other: Sleepy Hollow and Country Fence Oval Frames. I also used Memory Box dies Bat Cave and Swirling Ghosts. Card design inspired by Marnie Bushmole.
Why create your background with sponging when plain orange or purple cardstock would be so much quicker? Because sponging inks, even if it's only one color (like the purple background) adds depth and color variation as you apply inks and naturally create darker and lighter spots.
You are probably wondering how I apply these inks. I like to use the Tsukineko Jumbo Dauber. I find it is easy to use and much less likely to leave an undesirable "round" mark or edge mark when you follow the helpful tips I give you in class -- gotta plug my classes! Tsukineko also makes a smaller finger dauber which has many uses but is not as effective with larger coloring. These jumbo daubers will last for years and I suggest you get one for each color family (reds, blues, greens, etc.).
The other option for ink blending is the Distress Ink Blending tool by Ranger. The advantage to this tool is that it comes two to a package with multiple ink applicator pads. I use this tool also (click here to see my Faux Textured Metal cards) and find it works best with a little practice and patience. It's a little easier to catch the edge of the aplicator and leave a distinct mark on the background.
Back to finishing touches. To "bump these cards up a notch" I added texture by embossing the orange background with the Taylored Expressions embossing folder "Weathered". I enhanced the purple sky with tiny little raindrops made with Glossy Accents. For these cards I used Memento inks and Memory Box dies: Stitched Halloween Circle Frame, Skeleton Hand and Forest Crows. Designs inspired by Marnie Bushmole and Anne for Memory Box, respectively.
These two cards show how adding little touches can make your cards really stand out. For the "Boo to You" card I added interest to the orange background by stamping it with the Memory Box Articles Ledger stamp in gray ink. I also cut the bottom border with the Zig Zag die in the Memory Box Stitched Country Borders die set. The little ghosts (MB Swirling Ghosts) and bats (MB Bat Cave) peek out from behind the MB Woodland Oval Frame die. Add a few sequins and your spooky card is complete! Design inspired by Jean Okimoto.
The Jack O' Lanterns on the next card would be fine just cut from orange cardstock, but inking their edges with a darker orange ink (Memento Morocco) really sets them apart from the background. For the eyes I simply punched black circles with my Japanese Screw Punch and glued them behind the eye openings offset just a little. Design inspired by Deborah Nolan.
The finishing touches on this card are subtle. To add interest and texture, I used ledger paper for the background rather than plain cardstock. And to keep the shelf visible, I stamped the spider web on vellum. Fortunately the Taylored Expressions stamp and die set Toil and Trouble includes several little stamps like the "Poison" label and the "eyeballs" that really add that special Halloween touch!
Taylored Expressions die and stamp sets Apothecary Shelf and Toil and Trouble; Memory Box die Spider web corner and Scary Spiders (retired); Memory Box stamp Articles Ledger; design inspired by Taylored Expressions; design inspired by Melody Rupple.
It's ghosts vs. bats in my "Tic Tac Boo" card. For the game board, I stamped orange cardstock with Memory Box stamp Articles Ledger then cut it and a piece of black cardstock with Memory Box die Perfect Patches. A few sequins add just the right finishing touch.
Tic Tac Boo – Memory Box dies Perfect Patches, Bat Cave and Swirling Ghosts; Memory Box stamp Articles Ledger; Taylored Expressions sequins Halloween; design inspired by Jean Okimoto
The finishing touch on this card is the format. It's a gatefold card which means it opens in the middle. To make the card, cut cardstock to 5½" x 8¼” and score it on either end at 2⅛”. Fold the ends into the middle. I cut the background paper with the Memory Box die Woodland Oval Frame trimmed to the same size as the front of the card (5½’ x 4¼”), adhered it to the card front and snipped the top and bottom along the edges of the opening.
Crows in Trees – Memory Box dies Woodland Oval Frame and Forest Crows; design inspired by Anne for Memory Box
Keep the same die (MB Woodland Oval Frame) but swap cardinals for crows and you've got a completely different look! The red cardinals really pop against the medium blue cardstock.
Merry – Memory Box dies Woodland Oval Frame and Classic Alphabet U/C; Poppy die Cheery Cardinals; design inspired by Jean Okimoto.
Welcome to all our new members! We are glad you have joined our community! Rememberall the supllies I used on these cards are available at The Stamp Act (in person or by mail order). If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. Thanks and have a good week.
Classes at The Stamp Act
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2015
Hello Members and Friends. First I want to welcome all the new Members who have recently joined our website. Our website represents what’s happening at The Stamp Act, a brick and mortar store in EL Paso, TX. While we do not have a shopping cart on our website, we are happy to sell you the materials we use in constructing our samples. Just give me a call (915-833-9500) or an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can discuss the items you are interested in.
Trees and Lake – Impression Obsession cling-mount stamp Trees and Lake; IO die All-in-One Rectangle Frames; Taylored Expressions stamp and die set Tiny Tags and Tag Sentiments; design inspired by IO
I updated the class page (click here) with all new classes through the end of the month. Check them out and remember, if you cannot come on the scheduled date, just give me a call and we will try to schedule the class for another date that’s more convenient for you. Grab a friend and come to class – I guarantee success and lots of tip and tricks that will help your stamping and papercrafting.
Many of you have asked me about one of my favorite techniques, sponging and blending dye inks. I use this technique in different forms all the times as it is great for backgrounds (see card on the left); coloring stamped images; creating a cloudy sky; and adding highlights to cards. The Halloween card class offered Sat, Sept 5 and Sat, Sept 12 will teach you all about sponging. Click over to the class page (click here) to see all the class samples.
Old Haunted House with Moon (see above) – Memory Box dies Old Haunted House and Swirling Ghosts; Moon created with punches; design inspired by Marnie Bushmole
The card on the left shows off the new Taylored Expressions dies Southwest Background and Fine Feathers. This class is also being offered Sat, Sept 5 and Sat, Sept 12. The class includes three cards that show off several techniques including other sponging techniques.
Dream – TE dies Southwest Background and Fine Feathers; Penny Black die Envision; design inspired by Pam Sparks
Another upcoming class that also uses sponging is the Faux Textured Metal Paper Class on Saturday, Sept 19 from 2 to 4pm. This is such a fun technique. I used almost all of the new Distress inks (the colors are luscious! Call me to reserve yours!); Perfect Pearls mica powders; and embossing folders and dis cuts to create these cards. Honestly, they are quick, easy and sparkling! You gotta see the samples in person to appreciate the shine! Please join us!
Thank You – Impression Obsession die Ornate Thank You; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection
It’s already September!!! Fall is coming and that means Halloween which is one of the most fun holidays for stampers and papercrafters. The icons range from fun to scary, the colors are bright and vibrant, and the possibilities are endless! Today I am sharing new Halloween samples created with new stamps from Impression Obsession. There are a few dies mixed in, but it’s mostly stamps.
Some of these cards will be taught in the Halloween Cards class on Saturday, Sept 26. Click here to see all the class samples. And be sure to visit the Halloween category (see list of topics on left on each page) on the Gallery (click here) and What’s New (click here) pages to see all the Halloween cards and stamps and dies.
Cocktails – Impression Obsession die Mixed Drinks Set; IO clear stamp sets Moon Out and Have Broom Will Travel; design inspired by Karen Amidon. I embellished the cocktails with googly eyeballs and Liquid Applique in white.
Pop-Up Box – Impression Obsession cling-mount stamps Three Stooges, Crazy Eyes, Old Mister Whatshisname and Potions; IO die Tall Grass; IO clear stamp set If the Broom Fits; design inspired by IO
Pop-Up boxes are really fun. They fold flat for mailing but have tons of dimension. Come to class and learn how to make one.
Thanks for reading the blog today. Please let me know if you have any questions about these cards. And please know you can find the items used on these cards at The Stamp Act! Give me a call (915-833-9500) or stop in soon! Happy September 1st!