Hello friends. Today's post includes several sympathy cards using different supplies and techniques. Please click on the photos to see more detail on the cards. For my first card I sponged Memento inks in the corner of a white panel...

Sympathy Cards

Hello friends.  Today's post includes several sympathy cards using different supplies and techniques.  Please  click on the photos to see more detail on the cards.

For my first card I sponged Memento inks in the corner of a white panel die cut with the Lacy Layers die from Waffle Flower.  I finished the card with Memory Box butterfly dies which are so handy because they come in 2 sets of 3 -- the outlines and the backgrounds -- in 3 graduated sizes.  I die cut the sentiment three times and glued them on top of each other to give the sentiment more dimension. 

Avery-Elle-Pink-Outside

For the inside the card I used the piece of cardstock leftover from die cutting the Lacy Layers panel and the outlines cut with the butterflies.  Easy!Avery-Elle-Pink-Inside Avery Elle Pink – Avery Elle stamp and matching die With Sympathy; Waffle Flower die Lacy Layers; Memory Box die Cascadia and Leavenworth Butterflies; design inspired by Melania Deasy

The next card is really fast and easy.  Be sure to double click this card to see the background embossed with cherry blossoms and accented with crystals. Avery-Elle-Black-White Avery Elle Black and White – Avery Elle stamp and matching die With Sympathy; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Cherry Blossom

For this card a Penny Black flower stamp and edger die are the stars.  Avery-Elle-Blue-White Avery Elle Blue and White – Avery Elle stamp and matching die With Sympathy; Penny Black die Edger; Penny Black clear stamp set Flowers Sweet; design inspired by Penny Ward

For the pet sympathy card, I die cut a heart window in a white panel that I had die cut with the Memory Box Pierced Rectangles.  I stamped the sentiment below the heart window and suspended the sympathy die cut over the window.  Next I stamped the word "with" and the dog paw on the gray card and mounted the white panel on the gray card with foam tape to give it dimension.  The Avery Elle set is small but packed with sentiments for both people and pets. Avery-Elle-With-SympathyAvery Elle Pet Sympathy – Avery Elle stamp and matching die With Sympathy; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Hearts Stacklets; Memory Box die Pierced Rectangles; Avery Elle clear stamp set with matching dies More Furry Friends; Impression Obsession stamp From Your Heart; design inspired by Karolyn Loncon

The Poppystamps Dogwood Blossom dies have been very popular because they make beautiful cards. Dogwood-Corner-Sympathy-2Dogwood Corner 2 – Poppystamps die Dogwood Corner; Elizabeth Crafts die With Sympathy; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Dotted Lattice and Leafy Vines

Dogwood-Corner-Sympathy-3Dogwood Corner 3 – Poppystamps die Dogwood Corner; Impression Obsession die With Sympathy; Memory Box dies Cascadia and Leavenworth Butterflies; Taylored Expressions embossing folder Dotted Lattice

With-Sympathy With Sympathy – Poppystamps die Falling Dogwood Blossoms; Elizabeth Crafts die With Sympathy; design inspired by Lezlye Lauterbach Dogwood-Corner-SympathyCorner Sympathy – Poppystamps die Falling Dogwood Blossoms; Memory Box dies Butterflies Cascadia and Leavenworth; Taylored Expressions stamp set Flowers for a Year; design inspired by Pam Going Postal

From the Archives

Two very popular cards from the archives follow.  The first card features a kraft panel embossed with the Prairie embossing folder from Taylored Expressions then colored with colored pencils. Pririe-Emb-Fldr Prairie – Taylored Expressions embossing folder Prairie; Penny Black clear stamp set Heartfelt; Prismacolor pencils; design inspired by Jami Sibley

This card is so pretty with soft colors behind a neutral gray tree. Tree-Sympathy Tree-Sympathy – Taylored Expressions die Beauty Lies Within 2; TE embossing folder Dotted Lattice; Spellbinders dies Circles; sentiment by Rubbermoon; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

I hope you don't need sympathy cards any time soon, but please stop in The Stamp Act for all your papercrafting needs.  Thanks!

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The Stamp Act will be closed Saturday, July 1 for the 4th of July holiday.  Have a wonderful weekend and happy birthday to America! God-Bless-USA

     
 

Happy Hollyhocks

Hello fellow papercrafters.  What's more summery than colorful flowers? The Impression Obsession Hollyhocks die has been super popular ever since it was released several years ago.  So today I am welcoming summer with a series of cards starring the hollyhocks in vibrant colors.

For this first card, a cat sits patiently staring at the hollyhocks growing beneath the window.  I added a little fence and a birdhouse to the vignette and a sweet sentiment. (Be sure to double click on the card to see more detail).Window Window – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks, Birdhouses and Cats; Poppystamps die Madison Window small; Taylored Expressions dies Wrought Iron Fence and Designer Mini Tags; TE stamp set Many Minis Occasions; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Jenny Garlick

Another cat prowls the garden dwarfed by the tall hollyhocks.

HelloHello – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks and Cats; Penny Black die Flower Tags; Poppystamps die Grassland Border; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Jenny Garlick

The sentiment "You Color My World" says it all!You-Color-My-WorldYou Color My World – Impression Obsession die Hollyhocks; Poppystamps die Madison Window large; Amuse sentiment stamp; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Jenny Garlick

One more garden of blooms, this time with a sweet bird.Miss-You Miss You – Impression Obsession die Hollyhocks; Paper Smooches die Word Bubbles; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Salutations; Memory Box dies Perched Reedbird and Wildflower Landscape; Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots; design inspired by Jenny Garlick

Ok, I went from all that color to a very neutral gray, but the hollyhocks are still stately even when cut from white cardstock.  This would be a nice sympathy card too.Gray-CongratulationsCongratulations – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks and Scribble Circles; design inspired by Melissa Kay By Design

From the Archives ...

Here are two cards from the past, both of which show off the beauty of the hollyhocks.  Hollyhocks-FenceHollyhocks by the Picket Fence – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks, Tall Grass, Grass Border and Picket Fence; Memory Box die Dancing Butterflies and Puffy Clouds; Poppystamps die Fancy Clouds; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

I love this next card because the rusty pail looks so real.  To create this card, die cut the white cardstock with the IO die Fancy Cutout Border and adhere it to a blue card with foam tape.  Die cut the pail and handle then color them using a dry brush and Distress Ink Rusty Hinge.  Die cut the hollyhocks, chalk the centers then cup the flowers on a foam mat using a large stylus. 

Arrange and adhere flowers in this sequence (front to back):

  •  3 hollyhocks (bottom parts trimmed)
  •  2 tall grasses
  •  1 leafy branch (stem trimmed)

Glue the pail’s handle to the pail and adhere pail to card with foam tape.  Stamp greeting on flower die; tie on twine and tie in bow; glue greeting to pail.  Chalk butterflies and glue to card as shown. Hollyhocks-PailHollyhocks in a Rusty Pail – Impression Obsession dies Hollyhocks, Tall Grass, Leafy Branch, Fancy Cutout Border and Pail; Memory Box die Dancing Butterflies; Taylored Expressions stamp and die set Many Mini’s All Occasions

One more card and this one is from my customer Bea Mieckowki.  It features the rusty pail too but she placed her Hollyhock garden against a brick wall.  So pretty!  Thanks Bea for sharing.

Bea-HollyhocksEnjoy your summer and stop in the The Stamp Act for all your papercrafting needs. 

     
 

Cards for Crafters

Hello Friends!  Today's blog is all about us crafters!  How fun are these cards?!  They are perfect to send to other "addicted" crafter's and to friends who know about our obessions!  Enjoy!

These cards are made with a preciously released set of stamps from Taylored Expressions and the newly released matching dies (not shown). 

Alifeshelovedpkg_1Taylored Expressions stamps set A Life She Loved, $18.79.  Matching dies are $22.99.

My first card is very colorful and features the TE Little Bit Paint Brush die.  I die cut the paint brushes from kraft cardstock and the tips from white cardstock then adhered the tips to the brushes.  I colored them with the same color Copic marker that I colored the sentiment with.Color-My-Life-Paint-BrushesColor My World Paint Brushes – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE Little Bit die Paint Brushes; TE paper pad Rainbow Brights; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This card is similiar except it includes the Little Bit Colored Pencil die as well as the Paint Brushe sand the Paint Palette.  I colored the sentiment with colored pencils which show up well on the balck cardstock.

Color-My-Life-Colored-PenciColor My World Colored Pencils – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE Little Bit dies Colored Pencils, Paint Brushes and Paint Palette; design inspired by Jean Manis

You can make a quick background using the focal image in a neutral color and mounting a die cut piece of vellum on top.  The paint brushes are stamped in black, colored with Copic markers and glued on top of the vellum.  Then it's easy to mount the vellum by placing foam tape on the vellum under the brushes.  TIP:  I stamped the sentiment on the vellum with Memento black ink and let it dry before I colored it.  Alternatively you could stamp it in Versafine black and emboss it with clear embossing powder.

Color-My-Life-VellumColor My World Vellum – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Gayatri Murali

A few layers in different colors adds a fun touch to this card.

Make-Beautiful-ThingsMake Beautiful Things – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE dies Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Circles and Frame in Frame; design inspired by Jen Shults

I love the layer son this card.  The kraft corrugated card and the white card are both cut with the Stitched Rectangles and splattered with green and blue ink.  I added Glossy Accents on top of the ink spots on the palette to make them look more realsitic.  Paint-Brushes-Designed-a-LiPaint Brushes Designed a Life – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE Little Bit dies Paint Brushes and Paint Palette; TE die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Melody Rupple

OK, there are crafts other than papercrafting, and knitting and crocheting are very popular these days. 

KnittingKnitting – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies A Life She Loved; TE Little Bit die Needles and Yarn; TE die Frame in Frame and Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE embossing folder Swiss Hearts; design inspired by Melody Rupple

News You Can Use

Recently Jennifer McGuire released a video blog showing 5 Must Have Tools for papercrafters.  The Stamp Act has carried all these tools (or something very close to them) and interestingly enough I had several on order when her blog released so they will be coming soon.  Here is my top useful tools list:

Stamp Perfect -- If you don't have it (or another similiar stamp positioning tool) you need to run not walk to The Stamp Act and buy one.  It is extremely useful and will increase your stamping pleasure as it decreases your stamping mistakes.  We have the larger size Stamp Perfect for $29.99.

Fine Tip Glue Bottle -- I agree with Jennifer that a fine tip glue bottle is a must have.  We have the Precision Tip Applicator Bottle that lets you apply tiny drops of glue on thin little die cuts.  Does it clog up occassionally?  Yes.  So go to Hobby Lobby and buy some corsage pins and clean the tip out every once in while.  Or leave the pin in the bottle as a "lid".  Jennifer recommends the Darice Bottles which come 4 to a set and I have those on order also.

Tombow Mono Sand Eraser -- This little eraser can help erase tiny bits of stray ink from your stamping.  Very helpful.

Jewel Picker -- is very handy tool with a sticky end that picks up jewels or sequins.  We carry the Lifestyle Crafts Quicker Picker Upper and the Embellie Jellie.  The Embellie Jellie is an ingenous tool that comes with a small box of a jelly material that you mold into a ball and stick on the end of a wooden skewer.  Then just use the skewer to pick up small embellishments from tiny crystals to heavier buttons.  I also have the Uchida Jewel Picker on order.

The Scor  'n' Pierce Tool --  ranks as one of my top tools.  It 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 fits into the tiniest holes.

Milwaukee Heat Tool -- gets hotter than other heat tools so it embosses faster.  It’s the best!

Die Snips -- make snipping apart dies a breeze.  Unlike regular wire snips that are big and clunky, these have a tapered end so they easily fit into tight places to snip dies apart.  Check them out – I reach for mine almost every day!  And if you need to smooth out the burrs left from snipping, use a Dremel tool with a sanding tip.  Be sure to wear safety gogges!!

Tweezers --  I know that using tweezers is a personal preference (passion!) of mine but if you try them you too will love them!  We carry the Elizabeth Craft Tweezers which have very thin, curved tips which make picking up the smallest of embellishments or die cuts easy.

Shop for all the tools, papers, dies and stamps you need for your papercrafting at The Stamp Act!  And if you are looking for a tool or have a question about a tool, just stop in for some advicce.   Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

     
 

Happy Father's Day!

Hello firneds.  I have to say that Father's Day snuck up on me.  I have been so busy making other samples, ordering more merchandise and working in my other business.  Plus I am doing some repairs and improvements on my house and that means supervising contractors which is a full time job! 

My first Father's Day card shows a shirt with contrasting collar and a pocket that says it all!  All pieces were handcut except the letters and numbers on the pocket.  A fun card that could be adapted to a birthday or other special occasion.Number-One-DadNumber 1 Dad – Memory Box die Classic Numbers; Impression Obsession die Typewriter Alphabet; Paper Smooches dies Pocket and Stitches

From the Archives

#1-Dad#1 Dad – Taylored Expressions dies Color Block Background and Wispy Grass; TE Little Bits dies Grill, Lawnmower, Mug and Golf Ball & Tee; TE stamp set Punny Man; TE embossing folder Brick; design inspired by Kerri Michaud Best-Dad-I-SawBest Dad I Ever Saw – Taylored Expressions Little Bits dies Kisses Confetti, Ties and Uncle Sam Hat; TE die Frame in Frame; MB Stencil Splatter Spray; TE stamp set Punny Man; Impression Obsession die Retro Masculine; TE embossing folder Diagonal Stripe; design inspired by Joan Ervin

3X3-cardsFather’s Day 3” x 3” cards – Taylored Expressions Little Bits die Lawnmower, Mug and Anchor; TE dies Skinny Borders 1 and Wispy Grass; TE stamp set Punny Man; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

The Taylored Expressions' Pegboard die and All the Fixings stamp and die combo set make really cute "guy" cards.  Here you will see 3 cards: Father’s Day, Birthday and Thank you – to show you this set can be used all year long.  Plus it can easily be used for more feminine cards – see the last card.  Some of the greetings in the stamp set are a little distressed (it’s not bad stamping!!!).

Came-Saw-Fixed

Ron-B-Day

Fathers-day3 Taylored Expressions Pegboard cards -- Taylored Expressions die Pegboard; TE stamp and die set All the Fixings; Impression Obsession die Typewriter Alphabet upper case; Krylon Silver Leafing pen; sticky-back canvas; Die Cuts with a View self-adhesive cork; Eyelet Outlet Screw brads

Pegboard-Upsy-DaisyPegboard Upsy Daisy – Taylored Expressions die Pegboard; My Favorite Things die Upsy Daisy; Sentiment from MFT Sunflower Sweetheart stamp set; Doodlebug enamel dot

Lots of Dads golf so here's a good card for them. My-Guy-golfcartMy Guy Golfcart – Paper Smooches clear stamp set My Guy; PS dies My Guy Icons and Borders 1; Memory Box Golf Landscape; Poppystamps stamps Fancy Cloud large and small; Poppystamps die set Fancy Clouds

My-Guy-tiesTies – Paper Smooches clear stamp set My Guy; PS die My Guy Icons; Studio Calico wood veneers Stars  Graphic-Greetings-DadDad – Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings stamp Dad; TE die Open Star Border

Birthday or Father's Day Card

I love this vintage car from Cottage Cutz and combining it with some dies and stamps from Taylored Expressions makes a perfect card for the men in your life. 

Vintage-Car-outsideOutside of card

Vintage-Car-outsideInside of card

Vintage Car Birthday – Cottage Cutz die Vintage Car; Taylored Expressions dies Stitched Frames and Rolling Hills; TE stamp set Keep On Truckin’

Anniversary Cards for Men

This anniverary card celebrates the "best day ever" with a clever die from Impression Obsession.You could use this same layout for a birthday or other special date.Vintage-Car-outsideBest Day Ever – Impression Obsession die Best Day Ever; My Favorite Things die Sentiment Strips; Taylored Expressions Little Bit die Love Confetti; TE die Stitched banner Stacklets; Memory Box die Classic Numbers

I love the sentiment on this card.  Vintage-Car-outsidePiece of my Heart – Taylored Expressions stamp set with coordinating dies Pieces of my Heart; TE dies Circles Background, Banner Stacklets 1 and Bloomin’ Stacklets 2; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

A new set that Taylored Expressions released for Valentine's Day is perfect for anniversary cards.
Vintage-Car-outsideHow Sweet It Is – Taylored Expressions stamp set How Sweet It Is; TE dies Stitched Heart Stacklets; TE stamp Brushed Hearts; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

Here's another card using the same set with the Loved Script die.
Vintage-Car-outsideKnow That You Are Loved – Taylored Expressions stamp set How Sweet It Is; TE dies Script Loved, Floating Hearts and Stitched Circles; design inspired by Michele Boyer

What's more appropriate for an anniversary card than love birds?  I die cut the birds (new from Impression Obsession) from watercolor paper and wet the paper with water.  Then I scribbled some blue and green Memento markers on an acrylic block and colored the birds with the markers.
Vintage-Car-outsideLove Birds – Penny Black die Songbird Branch; Impression Obsession die 6 in 1 Frame Rectangles; Hero Arts sentiment stamp; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

The Stamp Act is happy to offer a wide variety of papercrafting supplies and invites you to please stop in soon.  Thanks!

     
 

Graduation Cards

Hello Friends.  It's graduation time again so here's some inspiration for you!

I love the Block Party word dies from Taylored Expressions.  Here the word is "Grad" and I cut it from white cardstock embossed with the Brushed Stars background stamp then backed it with orange polka dot paper.  I added a graduation cap complete with tassel.Grad-with-StarsGrad with Stars – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit die Hats Off; TE stamp Brushed Star Background; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

I used the Grad die again on this card, cutting it from black cardstock and mounting it over some cloud paper.  The card is embellished with the darling Little Bit die Owl, the graduation cap and some graduation confetti.

Hats-Off Hats Off – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit dies Owl, Grad Confetti and Hats Off; TE stamp set Simply Said - Grad; design inspired by Michele Boyer

This graduate is jumping for joy!  The girl grad comes in a set with a boy grad jumping too!  I simply sponged a little ink in the center of the card then mounted the grad with foam tape over the ink.  I die cut some stars and the "Congrats" sentiment from gold mirror cardstock  It's very, very shiny!

Jumping-GradJumping Grad – Impression Obsession dies Jumping Grads and Congrats

I used the Grad die again for this card, this time cut from blue cardstock.  I stamped the Brushed Star Background in Memento Toffee Crunch ink on kraft cardstock, cut it into 2 pieces and glued them and the Grad die cut together and mounted them on a white card.Super-StarSuper Star – Taylored Expressions die Block Party Grad and Little Bit die Hats Off; TE stamp Brushed Star Background; Memory Box die Stitched Squares; TE stamp set Shining Star Sentiments; design inspired by Melody Rupple

My last card stars the wise old owl on a starry background.  So cute.Way-to-Go-OwlWay to Go Owl – Taylored Expressions die Shining Star Background and Little Bit dies Owl and Hats Off; TE stamp set Simply Said – Grad; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; design inspired by Jean Manis

I just love this card!  And what graduate doesn't want "Moo-lah" for graduation?  I stamped, colored and cut out the cow and mounted it with foam tape on a white card with an embossed background.  Then I computer-generated the sentiment.  Finally I die cut the numbers (wow I can't believe it's been 6 years since I made this card)!  Graduation-Moo-lahGraduation Moo-lah – Penny Black stamp Con-Graduate; Cuttlebug embossing folder Divine Swirls; Spellbinders die numbers; c generated sentiment

This next card is a small 3" x 3" enclosure card.
Graduation-Moo-lah Class of '15 -- Taylored Expressions dies Bracket Notecard, Class of and numbers.

The next two cards use a Taylored Expressions set that is perfect for graduation.World-PlaygroundWorld Playground – Taylored Expressions cling mount stamp set The World is Waiting; design inspired by Courtney KelleyWorld-PlaygroundWorld Waiting For You – Taylored Expressions cling mount stamp set The World is Waiting; TE die Tag Stacklets 1; Poppy die Classic Ribbons; Paper from Simple Stories Urban Traveler; design inspired by Kim Singdashlsen

For all your papercrafting needs and wants (!!), please shop The Stamp Act.

 

     
 
 
   
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