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Craft Storage Systems

Do you find that you need storage for your craft room?  Do you have a small area to craft in and space is extremely limited?  Then check out Stamp N Storage.  They provide crafters with a variety of storage solutions such as cardstock holders, stamp pad storage, punches and much more.  Browse their store to see what they offer and make sure to get your order in as they are running a 15% promotion on selected products from now through June 18th.  Click HERE to start browsing.Disclosure: I am an affliate with this company and will receive a small commission from any purchases made through the above link.

Superbowl Gift

Superbowl LII

Today is the BIG day so I want to do something for YOU!

Place an order anytime during the Superbowl through my On-Line Store and then "Email ME dawn@shallwestamp.com during Superbowl with your order number.  If the Patriots win you will receive 10 yards of Night of Navy 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. If the Eagles win, you'll receive 10 yards of the same ribbon in Emerald Envy."
Make sure you enter the Host Code XH32BH9Y in the bottom left corner of the checkout page!  

Enjoy the game and may your favorite team win!!!

Thought I would share a sneak peak of a new item we saw at our OnStage event in Savannah.  Wood Words stamp set, W00d Crate Framelits and Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack.

Here's another one of our OnStage Make & Takes.  We created this darling little crate and stamped 3 (3" x 3") note cards to tuck inside; then, wrapped in a cello bag with NEW 1/4" Copper Trim!  The note cards are created using the NEW Wood Words Stamp Set and the crate is made from the NEW coordinating Wood Crate Framelits Dies.   Yes, the two products can be bundled with 10% savings.  Be sure to notice the designer paper used to create the note cards and crate...It's a 6" x 6" Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack.

Gift bag
These items will be available June 1st!!  However if you are live near me you can attend my Open House May 30th.  RSVP's required. EMAIL ME dawn@shallwestamp.com


Christmas Pines Bundle

SW_ChristmasPines_create_Oct2516        Pines bundle

Enjoy the sights and smells of the season with the Christmas Pines Photopolymer Bundle. These pieces invite images of warmth and comfort in every creation—from tags to packaging to cards. Plus, when you buy the stamp set and dies as a bundle you’ll save 10%! 

Start Your Savings NOW

Don't forget to use Hostess Code SR7TUMG7 with all orders less than $150.00.  Your name will be entered for a chance to win a $25.00 Surprise Gift Bag!!



Cut that paper

Do you have stacks and stacks of 12x12 papers? Pretty pattern papers that you are saving for a "special" occasion?   Let me show you how to turn those papers into beautiful greeting cards.


Spring OSW 1b

 It's Easy!  I promise.  When you have a template to follow you can CONFIDENTLY cut your pattern paper because you know that you won't waste a single piece.  Check out my NEW Online Class at www.22s.com/shallwestamp/oswmay2016





Did You Know

Today is the birthday of Billie Holliday. For those who are too young or are not familiar with the Blues of the 1930's she was one of the great of her time:  Below is a snipit of her bio

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, creativity and vivacity, as many of Holiday’s songs are as well known today as they were decades ago. Holiday’s poignant voice is still considered to be one of the greatest jazz voices of all time.

Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan) grew up in jazz talent-rich Baltimore in the 1920s. As a young teenager, Holiday served the beginning part of her so-called “apprenticeship” by singing along with records by Bessie Smith or Louis Armstrong in after-hours jazz clubs. When Holiday’s mother, Sadie Fagan, moved to New York in search of a better job, Billie eventually went with her. She made her true singing debut in obscure Harlem nightclubs and borrowed her professional name – Billie Holiday – from screen star Billie Dove. Although she never underwent any technical training and never even so much as learned how to read music, Holiday quickly became an active participant in what was then one of the most vibrant jazz scenes in the country. She would move from one club to another, working for tips. She would sometimes sing with the accompaniment of a house piano player while other times she would work as part of a group of performers.

At the age of 18 and after gaining more experience than most adult musicians can claim, Holiday was spotted by John Hammond and cut her first record as part of a studio group led by Benny Goodman, who was then just on the verge of public prominence. In 1935 Holiday’s career got a big push when she recorded four sides that went on to become hits, including “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” and “Miss Brown to You.” This landed her a recording contract of her own, and then, until 1942, she recorded a number of master tracks that would ultimately become an important building block of early American jazz music.

Holiday began working with Lester Young in 1936, who pegged her with her now-famous nickname of “Lady Day.” When Holiday joined Count Basie in 1937 and then Artie Shaw in 1938, she became one of the very first black women to work with a white orchestra, an impressive accomplishment of her time.

In the 1930s, when Holiday was working with Columbia Records, she was first introduced to the poem “Strange Fruit,” an emotional piece about the lynching of a black man. Though Columbia would not allow her to record the piece due to subject matter, Holiday went on to record the song with an alternate label, Commodore, and the song eventually became one of Holiday’s classics. It was “Strange Fruit” that eventually prompted Lady Day to continue more of her signature, moving ballads.

Holiday recorded about 100 new recordings on another label, Verve, from 1952 to 1959. Her voice became more rugged and vulnerable on these tracks than earlier in her career. During this period, she toured Europe, and made her final studio recordings for the MGM label in March of 1959.

Despite her lack of technical training, Holiday’s unique diction, inimitable phrasing and acute dramatic intensity made her the outstanding jazz singer of her day. White gardenias, worn in her hair, became her trademark. “Singing songs like the ‘The Man I Love’ or ‘Porgy’ is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck,” she wrote in her autobiography. “I’ve lived songs like that.”

Billie Holiday, a musical legend still popular today, died an untimely death at the age of 44. Her emotive voice, innovative techniques and touching songs will forever be remembered and enjoyed.  For more info or to hear some of her music click HERE


Birth name: Eleanora Fagan Gough

Name change: Changed her name to “Billie Holiday” because of her admiration for film star “Billie Dove.” She was also known as “Lady Day.”

Occupation: Legendary jazz singer

Born April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Died July 17, 1959 in New York City, New York

Buried at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in Bronx County, NY

Famous Tagline: “Lady Sings the Blues”

Height: 5’5″

Hair color: Black

Eye color: Brown

The U2 song Angel of Harlem paid tribute to Holiday.

On September 18, 1994, the United States Postal Service honored Holiday by introducing a USPS-sponsored stamp.

She was discovered by John Hammond

A statue of Holiday still stands today at the corner of Lafayette and Pennsylvania Avenues in Baltimore.

Perfect Pairings


Get Yours FREE with a $50.00 Order

This stamp set is more than meets the eye-it's nine pieces, but you can mix and match the greetings for endless possibilities!

Here is what one of Stampin' Up's concept artists said about it:

“This is the perfect set for a beginning stamper because it has a variety of greetings all in one. The greetings can stand alone or be combined in countless ways. Yes, this is a greeting set but the fonts are bold enough to stand alone so you don't necessarily need an image set to go with it.”  

So start playing and see how many greetings you come up with!  Place your minimum order of $50.00 through my online store by clicking the shopping bag to the right.  Make sure to use Host Code VBYNJB73 at checkout to be entered into a drawing for a FREE Paper Pumpkin kit.  (value $20.00)


Shop & Play Catalog Party

I had a good turn out on Saturday for my Catalog Shop & Play.  Below are a few pictures of the cards everyone made and some of the displays of new stamps.

If you are interested in hosting a get together to play with some of the new products please send me an email.

These are the cute gifts everyone went home with.  I used the Scalloped Tag punch to make these.

Gifts for customers

These are the card designs and everyone got to make two of their choice.  These were made using the Work of Art Stamp which I just love for it's versatility!!  What do you think?  Leave me a comment.

Make and takes

And those of you who know me know I could not pass up these stamps.  Aren't they adorable?

Cats and dogs

Come back tomorrow where I will post additional photos.

It's Almost Here!!

I am so excited about this I can't stand it!!!

Stay tuned for Monday, September 30th where I will be announcing a special gift for members of my mailing list.  Share my blog with anyone you know who may be interested in papercrafting or would like to learn.   Who wouldn't like a FREE gift?



My First Craft Fair in Florida

Here is a picture of me and my table at Saint Mark's Greek Orthodox Church in Belleview.

Craft fair 2013 3

Craft Fair 2013 1

I really had a nice time and met some great people.  Linda Shaw of The Villages won the My Paper Pumpkin Raffle.  Congratulations!!

If you are interested in learning more about creative stamping please email me.  I would love to get together with you and some friends and show you how easy it is to make simple but beautiful greeting cards.  Let me help  you Unleash Your Creativity!

Father's Day Cards....What to say

With Father's Day fast approaching and let's say you are designing a card. Do you ever stop and and grunt because you don't know what to write on the inside of a card or what stamped greeting to use?  Well I have done some research for you and have listed five greetings that you can use for your Father's Day Card.

1. Someday I will find my prince but my Daddy will always be my King 

2. Everyone can be a father, but it takes a lot to be a daddy

3  A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be

4. Treat your parents with loving care, you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.

5.  F= forever with his family
     A= always there for you no matter what
     T= the only one who's there
     H= he's my hero till the end
     E= encouraging in everything i do
     R= really the only one...no one can beat him he's the best!!!

I hope you find these sayings helpful.  Leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

National Pet Owners Day

April 18th is National Pet Owners Day.  Pet owners reap countless benefits:  emotionally, mentally and physically.

A pet is overjoyed to see us walk through the door.  And going for a walk or playing fetch in the yard with her owner gets a dog’s tail wagging.  When we cuddle and play interactively with our cats, they may start kneading with their front paws out of pure delight.  Watching a pet frolic in his cage, exercise ball or aquarium gives an owner a good feeling inside.  The way our pets look at us with unconditional love tugs at the heart strings and positively affects the emotional part of the brain.

Most of you would think I would post a picture of my dog but I decided to design a different card with a pet theme and that is of a horse.  Since I live near the horse capital of Florida and one of my co-workers has a horse I thought this card would be appropriate. 

I hope you enjoy.  Please leave a comment with your thoughts around National Pet Owner's Day.         

Horse april

It's Clear....Stamps that is!

We're excited to let you know that we're introducing a new photopolymer stamp. What is this, you wonder? Well, it's a type of stamp where the actual stamp image is clear in addition to the block.


Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and give a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price! 

Use this exclusive photopolymer alphabet set (with extras!) for titles or embellishments on scrapbook pages, cards, or any type of project. We recommend clear block sizes A, B, G, F, and I (not included in the set).  To order your CLEAR stamp set click here to shop my on-line store!