Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You're Some Kind of Wonderful

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with another card using lots of The Stamp Doctor dies and stamps:

Center Step Card Die
Center Step Card Die Layers
Bottle Cap and Flower Die Set
Simple Sentiments 2 Clear Stamps

Using the Center Step Card Die, I die cut the card from pink cardstock, then used the Center Step Card Die Layers to create the top layers using brown cardstock.  on the center panels, I stamped the smallest flower from Simple Sentiments 2 stamp set repeatedly to cover. 

Using the Bottle Cap and Flowers Die Set, I die cut approximately 8 layers of tissue paper in one pass and then formed flowers by adding a brad in the center and then fluffing up the tissue layers.  To add color, I lightly spritzed the flowers with water and dabbed some Clearsnap ink  on the flowers.

I mixed the flowers around some ribbon I tied around the card, then added the sentiment above which was also stamped with Clearsnap ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  A little metal butterfly was the perfect finishing touch.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Flowers for You

Good morning everyone,  Steph here with a quick and easy card using  G023 Dahlia Bouquet stamps.

The card is approximately 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".  I added a light pink panel approximately 4" x 4" on top and wrapped it with sheer ribbon.  Along the bottom of the card, I added 3 scored lines for a little more dimension.

The Dahlias were colored with Copic Markers and die cut with Spellbinders oval dies and added to the pink panel with foam adhesives for dimension.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

You make me Smile Center Step Card

Hi everyone, Steph here with a card that was a huge hit at the Syracuse and West Springfield stamp shows. 

I used the Stamp Doctor Center Step Card Die to create the card in one pass.  It cuts and scores so all you do is fold on the score lines and the card is ready to decorate.

I used the Stamp Doctor Fleur de Lis die set, which is a set of 6 dies.  Cutting the central panel and side panels from cardstock, placed them on sticky back paper and added glitter to achieve the fun shimmery look.  You could also do this by placing glitter paper behind the cardstock.

The bottom border is also from the Fleur de Lis set, a delicate element that fits the card perfectly.
The sentiment is from Simple Sentiments and is a perfect fit in the center of my card.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Orlando Stamp Show

Hey Stamp Doctor fans - we are going to be in Orlando, FL this weekend!!!!

Stampfest is being held at the
International Palms Resort
6515 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Saturday, June 28 from 9a - 5p
Sunday, June 29 from 10a - 3p
Hope you can come see us.  We have so much to share with you.

Friday, June 20, 2014

West Springfield, MA Stamp Show - Part 2

Hi everyone, Steph here with part 2 of the "behinds the scene" look at setting up for a stamp show.  It's Saturday and we are all set up and ready for the West Springfield, MA show.  Look at all the fun products in the booth.

Customers love the products and love seeing how to use them, so the demo table was busy all weekend.

The Stamp Doctor is demoing water color techniques with Spellbinders dies, The Stamp Doctor stamps, Memento Ink, water color pencils and a Dove blender.

Check out the samples sitting on the demo table.  Customers love them and The Stamp Doctor has a variety to display with her products.  The samples really show you how versatile and fun her products are.

Got a question or an issues?  Ask The Stamp Doctor.
Again, the show has ended and it's time to pack up.  Packing is a little easier and faster this time.  We are getting better!  While Mechelle and Mom head back to Boise, ID, I headed back to Long Island.
Their trip takes about 5 days, but mine only takes 3 hours.  It's nice to be "local"!
Next stop is the Orlando show at the International Palms Resort on International Drive the last weekend of June.  I am so excited!  Hope you can make plans to see us there.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

West Springfield, MA Stamp Show - Part 1

Hi everyone, Steph here again with a "behinds the scene" look at setting up for a stamp show.  Check out some prior posts on setting up for the Syracuse, NY show.

The Stamp Doctor was setting up this show at the West Springfield, MA the first weekend of June, 2014.  While no deer was injured getting to this show, The Stamp Doctor's vehicle decided it needed some repair work before it could begin it's journey back to Boise, ID.  Never a dull moment!!!

So, after getting the racks and backdrop in place, The Stamp Doctor went to repair her vehicle while Mom and I got the booth in order.

I took some photos to give you an idea of all that goes on to get ready for a show. 

Mom is busy putting out product.

Signs and display boards are hung so customers can see how to use the products.

The demo table is ready with samples.

Set up is done and we are now ready for the weekend.  Time for dinner and a good night's sleep.

Stop back later this week for a look at the weekend's fun.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

More Father's Day Cards

Good morning everyone,  Steph here today wishing a Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.

I've created some more Father's Day cards using the same stamps as I used here, but these cads are horizontal rather than vertical. 

As you can see these stamps are quite versatile.   And when using cardstock, it isn't necessary to color in the images.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Syracuse, New York Stamp Show - Part 2

Hi everyone, Steph here again with Part 2 of the "behind the scenes" look at setting up for a show in Syracuse, New York.

It takes most of Friday to get the booth set up and the product organized.  I was lucky enough to teach a class Friday morning and then we had 83 people that evening for a make and take party.  It was a long day, but the make and take party was fun.

A demo table is set up in front of the booth so The Stamp Doctor can demo a variety of products and techniques and it was one of the show's highlights.

While customers shopped the booth, they could also see the new Stamp Doctor dies in action and learn some tips and tricks for using assorted products from glue pads to embossing powders to sticky paper, and more.

Saturday and Sunday were busy with customers, demos and our make and take table.  The Stamp Doctor dies (Pop-a-Top 17, Pop-a-Top 18 and the Center Step Dies and coordinating dies) were a hit as we showed customers how to use them in lots of different ways.
Unfortunately the show does end and promptly at 4pm on Sunday, we began the arduous task of packing up.  At this point, it has been a long weekend and we are exhausted, but we still have lots to do.  So, as we put everything together Friday morning, it now has to be taken apart, the product has to be secured for the next show and it has to be loaded back onto the trailer and secured so it arrives safely at it's next location.
Now, it's onto the next show at the Better Living Center in West Springfield, MA. 
We hope you'll stop back next week for more photos and highlights of that show.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cards for Father's Day

Good morning everyone,  Steph here today and with Father's Day coming soon, it's time to get those Father's Day cards done.

I've used the Father's Day stamps to create these 2 cards.  The backgrounds were created by stamping the old fashioned tvs randomly on the cardstock in black ink. 

The phrase was stamped on white cardstock, die cut into an oval and added to the card front on top of twine that was wrapped around the card.

Kinda cute don't you think??
Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Syracuse, New York Stamp Show - Part 1

Hi everyone, Steph here today with "behind the scenes" photos of setting up for a stamp show.

The Stamp Doctor was heading to a Syracuse, New York and asked me to help out.  I can't tell you how excited I was, but I had no idea of the work involved!!!  We set up for this show at the SRC Arena and Events Center at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse the last weekend of May, 2014.  I thought I'd take some photos to give you an idea of all that goes on to get ready for a show. 

The product and display grids are transported in The Stamp Doctor's vehicle and attached trailer.  This trip was a long one as The Stamp Doctor journeyed from Boise, ID to Syracuse, NY.  While they did have one deer mishap along the journey, they did arrive in one piece.  My husband and I drove up from Long Island, a five hour journey, so we were a lot closer than The Stamp Doctor.

The main backdrop for the products consists of white metal grids that have been assembled with hinges to gain additional height.  Approximately 16 grids are physically carried from the trailer and assembled together on site.  And, yes, they are heavy.


Once the grids have been assembled, it's time to get the product in order.   Here's The Stamp Doctor herself, Mechele Rudd, working on the booth.

While product was being hung and rearranged, the white backdrop was placed behind the racks and the sign was placed above the products.

We even enlisted my husband, Gary, to help out.

The Stamp Doctor's Mom was involved this weekend, too, helping set up everything and taking care of customers.  Way to go, Mom.

Sample boards are displayed above the products giving customers tons of ideas and inspiration to use The Stamp Doctor products as well as the numerous other products sold in the booth.  A row of flowers is added below the display boards to add some color to the booth and to fill in some non-product areas.

There are racks of Spellbinders products, Lost Coast Stamps, Earth Art International Stamps, Stamplistic Stamps and so much more.  There is a lot to do and the booth is still a mess. 

Check back later this week for Part 2 of the Syracuse Show to see what happens next.  
Have a wonderful day.