Hello friends, The Stamp Act is all but gone. I have 12” x 12” and 8.5” x 11” paper racks left. You can have them for FREE but you must pick them up ASAP. The 8.5” x 11” racks are...
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Hello friends,

The Stamp Act is all but gone. I have 12” x 12” and 8.5” x 11” paper racks left. You can have them for FREE but you must pick them up ASAP.  The 8.5” x 11” racks are triples and the 12” x 12” are singles.  Scroll down to see photos.

Plus there's FREE cardstock available.  Please come get it.

We are closing Wednesday so you gotta call me ASAP to set up a time when I can meet you.

Please call Polly at 526-0196 ASAP to reserve yours. You must make an appointment to pick them up.

Thanks for all your years of shopping here.




Even Better Bargains!

Hello Friends!  The date has been finalized ... The Stamp Act will close Saturday, October 13.  But we still have lots of great products at rock bottom discounts.  Hurry in because everything is now 50% off!

And we still have furniture, fixtures, paper racks and office tools so please scroll down to the previous blog post to see a list with photos.

Don't miss the bargains!  Everything is 50% off and there are lots of great stamps, dies, papers, inks and tools.  I hope to see you soon!!!


Store Closing

Hello papercrafters!

Well BIG news today, in fact the BIGGEST.

As The Stamp Act nears its 18th anniversary, I have decided to retire.  So…

The Stamp Act is closing.

First let me thank you...
You have been amazing and creative friends to me, Chloe and all my wonderful employees over the years.  While I will not miss the work of running a busy store, I will miss you. I have enjoyed getting to know you and your papercrafting addictions! 

There is no way for me to thank you personally in a letter like this so my hope is that you will come in and let me say it to you face to face.

Now, I need your help. I need to sell EVERYTHING in the store.

Starting Saturday, September 8 everything will be 40% off.  First come, first served and all sales are final. 

I want to close the store as soon as possible so please tell your friends and shop, shop, shop!

We have furniture and fixtures to sell too so scroll down to see a list of those items.  If you are interested in any of the fixtures, please call me at (915) 833-9500 or email me at hellopolly@aol.com.  First come, first served.  Credit card number required to reserve anything for future pick-up.  No deliveries.

Remember our store hours are:

Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

We cannot hold merchandise, but if you want to know if we have something in stock, call me at 833-9500.  Please ask about specific items or categories because time does not permit me to give you a list of everything in the store.

I hope to see you very soon!

Thank you!

Office Furniture to Sell

Computer desk                

50”tall (desk portion is 29” tall) X 44” wide X 27” deep        $50

Desk                     Desk                                 

6’ wide X 29” tall X 29¼” deep    $50

Small-White-Cabinet-outside2 white cabinets          

51¾” tall X 12” deep X 22¾” wide    $50 each


17¼” deep X 31½” Tall x 19” wide        $100

Brown-Cabinet-RefrigeratorWooden Cabinet       

18½” wide X 17½” deep X 36” tall    $25

Brown-Rolling-CabinetWooden Rolling Cart         

15½” deep X 26½” tall X 27” wide with a 12” wide flip up shelf on one end    $25


Small folding tables        

47½” wide X 23½” deep X 29” tall    $25 each

Folding-Chair8 Folding Chairs    $10 each

Paper-Rack-90-slotsPaper Racks for 12" x 12" paper    90 slots    $75
Paper-Rack-90-slotsPaper Racks for 12" x 12" paper    6 slots    $25
Paper-Rack-90-slotsPaper Racks for 8.5" x 11" paper    90 slots     $75

White-Credenza Long White Cabinet           96½” wide X 13” deep X 36” tall    $100

Slatwall-Display-lgSlatwall Fixtures, 2 Large        $150

Slatwall-Display-smSlatwall Fixtures, 2 Small    $100



 Greeting Card Rack   75 Slots     $75  Small-White-Wood-Shelf-unitSmall White Wooden Shelf Unit    36" tall X 18" wide X 8" deep

Metal-wood-shelf-unitMetal and Wood Shelf Unit  39" tall X 15" wide X 14" deep

Microwave    $10

Coffee-MakerNew Keurig Coffee Maker    $75

  Tall-Slatwall-Fixture Tall Slatwall Display   69” tall X 11½” wide with 4 faces     $75

Gray-Chair Gray Counter Height swivel chair        $15


Slatwall, slatwall shelves, brackets, hooks and pegs -- all priced individually.  Inquire for specifics.  I have a lot!


Hurry in for great bargains!  Thanks!





Cards from the Southwest

Hello Friends!  I know it's been forever since you heard from me.  I have been busy cleaning the store (in addition to ordering, stocking, and making samples!).  Remember, I have been papercrafting here for over 18 years so I have accumulated a LOT of stuff!  So far we have cleaned out all the punches (remember those?) and virtually all of the wood-mounted stamps.  My dear friend Stephanie, who teaches art to elementary school students, has taken everything I cleaned out and she is putting it all to good use.  We are almost done cleaning out ... then we have an equal amount of stuff at my house to work on!  Ugh!  Will it ever end???

Today's blog is all about cards that depict or are inspired by the desert Southwest.  How fun it is to make cards that reflect the beautiful landscapes and stunning sunsets of the desert Southwest.  Or cards that include images of the native Americans who settled this area.  I hope you will be inspired by these cards and want to make some for yourself to share with friends near and far.

Elizabeth Craft Die Western Edges

 OK, right off the bat I may frustrate you because I believe this particular die is discontinued.  I had several in stock when I started making these cards and by the time I finished they were sold.  So sorry because it is a great set!  Maybe you can find it on line -- or maybe you have it!  Western-Edges-die

My first card is an easel card which I believe perfectly showcases the horses and mountains.  I cut the mountains from white cardstock then colored them with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide inks.  Then I cut the horses from black cardstock and mounted them on top of the mountains.  Next I created a sunset using Oxide inks Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and a little Spiced Marmalade. I adhered the mountains and horses to this sunset background and die cut the whole thing with a Memory Box Stitched Circle die.  I cut two circle mats using Memory Box Circle Basics dies. The paper I used is in stock at The Stamp Act -- isn't it great!Easel-Card-Inside

Here's a view of the easel card from the side.
Easel-Card-InsideThe sentiment stamp ("Don't Fence Me In") is an old one from Stamp a Mania.  I love how the barbed wire die echoes the barbed wire on the paper.

My second card using this die set is a similar layout with the exception that I colored the mountains with Oxide inks Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves.  The sentiment is from a new Hero Arts stamp set with matching dies called Cowboy Adventure.

Keep-AdventuringFor the inside of the card I used a second new Hero arts set, Cowboy Life, which includes these fashionable boots as well as these sentiments.

Hero Arts Cowboy Life (stamp and die combo set)Cowboy-Life-ComboHero Arts Cowboy Adventure (stamp and die combo set)Cowboy-Life-Combo

Hero Arts New Die: On The Prairie

Another new Hero Arts die is called "On The Prairie" and include the cow skull, flowers and leaves.  Did you know cow skulls are very trendy in home decor?  I had a hard time deciding on a sentiment for these cards. I thought it would be a little weird to say "thinking of you" or Happy Birthday" with a cow skull!!  So I decided not to include sentiments except on one.  I also was very happy to see how much the Southwestern Border die from La-La Crafts added to the cards. On-the-Prairie-DieFor this first card I mounted the skull (distressed with a little Copic marker C1) and the border on white decorative paper embossed with a woodgrain pattern.Cow-Skull-PastelsFor the second card I embossed the background with Taylored Expressions Ikat embossing folder then mounted the skull, flowers and border -- I used just the inside layer of the border.
My third card is a real favorite.  The paper is from a relatively new company, Stamperia, from Italy.  The sentiment on this card is from Taylored Expressions stamp set Free Spirit.  The copper border is the edge of the cardstock cut when the border is cut.Cow-Skull-PastelsWhile the third card includes no flowers, this last card makes up for it with a bevy of pretty, colorful blooms.

Hero Arts New Die: Desert Cactus and Prickly Cactus

More new Hero Arts dies are featured on this next card: the Desert Cactus and the Prickly Cactus, along with the stamp/die sets Cowboy Life and Cowboy Adventure.  I stamped the background with a stamp from Stamp A Mania then layered vellum over the background and adhered the cacti, skull and sentiment over it.Prickly-CactusPrickly Cactus die
Prickly-CactusDesert Cactus die

Hero Arts New Die: Desert Sunset

Perhaps my favorite new Hero Arts die is the Desert Sunset. On my first card I cut the sunset from white cardstock (the die cuts the circle opening and all the landscape features).  Next I sponged a background using Oxide inks and watercolored the cacti and rocks using these inks also.  I added some silver stars and a sentiment (from Cowboy Adventure set) and the card was finished.

Desert-Sunset-DieDesert Sunset Die
Desert-Sunset-ColoredMy next card features the sunset we desert dwellers are most familiar with.  Desert foliage and rock formations against a beautiful sky of yellows, oranges and pinks.  A lone cowboy on his trusty steed (sounds like an old cowboy movie script!) looks at the sunset.  The cowboy and the sentiment are from Cowboy Adventure and Cowboy Life stamp sets (Hero Arts).  One tip: when you sponge your background, leave just a little white at the bottom because that makes the entire scene even more realistic.Desert-Sunset-Colored
My next card was inspired by one that Jane Smith (friend and customer from Las Cruces, NM) made.  I recreated the scene above but this time included the Desert Cactus off to the side.  I also spritzed the Oxide inks with water to add a little texture to the scene.Large-Cactus-Desert-Sunset

Jane also inspired this card. She made one using three iconic cowboy images (boot, guitar and hat) mounted in the three square openings.  I was working on another card -- trying to create a desert landscape and it wasn't coming together as I pictured it in my mind -- so I cut a white card front with the Taylored Expressions Peel-A-Boo Squares die and made little scenes in each opening.  The top and bottom images are from the Cowboy Adventure stamp set; for the middle scene I die cut the Desert Sunset from black cardstock and used part of it against an evening sky.  Once again I included the large Desert Cactus which I think really adds a nice contrast to the scenes.
Large-Cactus-Desert-SunsetYou saw these cowgirl boots used in one of the cards above and here they are mounted on a red bandana background stamped with the new 6" x 6" Bandana Background stamp from Hero Arts.

Waffle Flower Die: Tribal Pattern

The Tribal Pattern die from Waffle Flower is very Southwest and here I featured the die, cut from white cardstock, with strips of colored paper  behind the openings.  The "THX" is cut with the Waffle Flower die Paper Cut Alphabet.

I used a similar layout for this card but included some feathers from the Waffle Flower stamp set (with matching dies) Tribal Bear.
THX-AlphaDifferent colors on this card and a greeting made with the "friend" from the Tribal Bear set and the "Hola" from the Spanish Sayings set from Impression Obsession. 

For my final card the Tribal Pattern was cut from turquoise cardstock and mounted on the diagonal.  Laurel Burch Spirit Horses are right at home on this Indian-inspired card.Tribal-Pattern-HorsesI hope you have enjoyed seeing these Southwest cards.  If you are interested in any of these products, please call me at 915-833-9500 to reserve yours.  Remember, we are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm and would love to see you!



Memories of Mother Book

Hello papercrafting friends.  My how time flies.  We are working so hard cleaning out the backroom at the store that I just have not had time to blog.  The store in going to be closed for a week so please note the dates at the end of this blog post.

While I was cleaning I came across this little mini album that I made for my Mom many years ago.  It touches my heart with warm memories of my precious Mom.  If you still have your Mom please cherish the time with her.  Enjoy the book.

The album measures 3.75" x 3.75".  For the cover I used two transparencies and a colorful heart and square brad mounted on the diagonal.  The book is bound with ribbon threaded through eyelets on the spine and pages inside.


The first page shows Mom as a baby.

MagicalI think the next page got out of order because here's Mom as a young lady (left) and as a toddler (right).  Mom grew up in Wilbraham, MA and was one of three children to my grandmother Cora, an artist, and my grandfather Bert, an insurance salesman.  They lived in a huge two-story house with a big backyard with a vegetable garden.  Behind the house were woods where we used to play as children when we visited.Magical

More photos of Mom as a pre-schooler (left) and with her brother Robert (right).

MagicalThis page shows Mom graduating from nursing school (right) and dressed in her Army uniform (left).  True story: My Mom was in a MASH unit just miles behind the front as the Army proceeded through France after D-Day.  My Dad?  He was living at home in San Antonio and working at the local Army-Air Force base!
MagicalIt's 1946, the war is over and the two sweethearts married in my grandparents back yard.  Grandmother had to save ration coupons to get enough sugar to make a wedding cake.  They honeymooned at Niagra Falls and settled in San Antonio only after my Dad promised Mom she could return home every other year.  I remember those trips on the train as a very young child.
MagicalBest wishes for a lovely Mother's Day! 


Speaking of time flying, I am headed to San Antonio for my 50th high school reunion!  I can't believe it!  The store will be closed from Friday, May 18 through Tuesday, May 29.  We will reopen Wednesday, May 30.

Our sales continue.  If you need a "B" plate for your Cuttlebug you will find one for free with a $10 purchase (more miscellaneous stuff I found!).  There's tons of other good stuff, just stop in and see.

Thanks for reading the blog and stop in soon!

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