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December isn’t quite normal for us this year as our father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and we have been driving over the mountains as often as possible to be with him and with mom and the family. We are headed back again today but have the joy of spending a Christmas Eve with family! I posted the three cards we made at the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack for the post that went out before Christmas but have now added all the details of construction. If you love one of the cards and would like to make it next year be sure and go to the store and order the supplies before they are discontinued. The bundles that are discontinued may not necessarily mean the stamps themselves are discontinued but it would be good to get them now for next year if it is something you love! You can check out the retiring list on the website. Click the computer image at the end of the post.
Santa hitched up Rudolph, loaded the sleigh with ornaments and started decorating the trees at the North Pole! It is a Z fold card and the trees, sleigh, sleigh top detailed layer and Rudolph are all in the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits bundle – page 24 of the Holiday catalog. The North Pole sign and the greeting come from the Christmas Magic Stamp Set – page 22 of the Holiday Catalog. The houses are the Candy Cane Lane DSP (Designer Series Paper)! The greeting uses the new red glitter embossing powder. The santa is from the retired Jolliest Time Of The Year set.
It was so popular I am going to make my first attempt at selling cards on Etsy with this one!
The base is Cherry Cobbler cut at 11 X 4 1/4 and scored at 2 3/4 X 5 1/2.
Left and middle DSP (designer series paper) top mats= (2) 3 X 2 1/2
Top right DSP mat 5 1/4 X 2 3/16; the houses made it a bit tricky so there wasn’t much wiggle room on the cuts.
The following Whisper White pieces are run through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling embossing folder and then fussy cut along the top to look like snow piling up:
Bottom right below the houses: 2 X 5 1/4 in Whisper White, embossed and fussy cut along the top
Middle: 2 1/2 X 1 7/8 then cut the left 1 7/8 side down to 1 3/8 to create the hill going from the right hand side to the left hand side.
Z Fold Strip: 10 3/4 X 1 1/2 in Whisper White, embossed and fussy cut along the top and scored at 5 3/8 and 8 1/8.
Santa and the North Pole sign were stamped on a piece of 3 X 4 Whisper White using Black Memento ink and then colored with Real Red, Garden Green and Crumb Cake markers. Clear and red colored rhinestones were put on the wreath of the North Pole sign.
The Base of the sleigh is cut using the sleigh framelit from a Basic Black piece 2 3/4 X 4 1/4
The Gold Sleigh overlay is cut with the detailed sleigh framelit from Gold Foil paper 3 1/4 X 2
Trees – I stamped in Memento black and then cut with a framelit- two full and one partial using Always Artichoke 4 1/4 X 5 1/2
The deer is stamped in Memento black and then cut with a framelit using Soft Suede 3 X 2 1/4
Bow: Red Foil Scrap cut with a framelit from the same Santa’s Sleigh set
Red Glimmer Bakers Twine 12″. Use glue dots to position the twine around the tree and into Santa’s hand.
Gold Thread 8″ again I used glue dots starting the thread under where the deer’s bow will be, then through a hole punched in the sleigh, and back behind the neck of the deer and into Santa’s hand. I tap the glue dots with the embossing buddy to prevent sticking to the card when closed.
The ornaments are not Stampin’ Up! but could have been stamped from the Wrapped in Warmth stamp set, Be Jolly By Golly or any of the many stamps we have that have little ornaments. For the sake of time at the Stamp A Stack I purchased a set of sticker ornaments. There are six ornaments in the sleigh. And don’t forget to add a colored pearl for Rudolph’s nose!
The next card was a case from Juanacreates using the Star of Light bundle on page 9 of the catalog.
This star was centered on a #5 Banner Framelit but the saying just barely fit. The #6 Framelit was so big the stamped saying at the bottom wouldn’t have fit so we made a template from cardboard that was 2 3/8″ wide and used it to cut the top white banner.
The star was moved over so that the beautiful tail was completely visible.
The star is a layer of silver foil paper and dazzling diamonds glitter paper, two more silver foil stars and a rhinestone on top! The star could be removed from the card and hung on the tree for an ornament.
These are the layers using the fabulous framelits. The good news is that this set and framelits carrys over!
And what a set it is with awesome greetings and various sizes of stars! I love it and will use it again.
The base is Night of Navy 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2
The Banner is Whisper White 2 3/8 X 5 1/4 cut using a handmade template. Hmmm… I wonder if the triple layer banner punch would have been just the right size.
The little silver banner is Silver Foil paper 1 3/4 X 1 1/4 cut using Framelit #2 of the Banners Framelits.
Emboss the greeting at the top of the Whisper White Banner with white embossing powder and then sponge with Marina Mist going down about 1 3/4 inches on the banner and then sponge the top with Night of Navy. Wipe the greeting with a paper towel when through sponging.
The tails to the top of the star are embossed with white and the tails on the banner are stamped in Night of Navy. The greeting at the bottom is embossed with the white.
The little stars are cut with a smaller framelit using Silver Foil paper. A 3 X 3 piece will be enough to cut out the large background star. Turn your star framelit diagonally to cut the silver outline star and one of the smaller detail stars. The silver foil star on top needs a piece 1 3/4 X 1 3/4. The Dazzling Diamond detailed layer needs a piece 3 X 3.
The inside is a standard 4 X 5 1/4 Whisper White layer. The instructions will be clear as you look at the stamp set and important to follow so that you leave room for the greeting in the middle.
- Stamp the star in the upper left corner first – tail of 4 diamonds down, 3 diamonds to side. Don’t use the longest tail of the star stamp.
- Right Corner next – Stamp top star tail using the 3 larger stars that are in amongst the small stars to guide you in positioning the tail
- Turn the stamp upside down and stamp lining up the thin tails to match
- Now you can place the Peaceful and Bright greeting close to the bottom of the tails leaving room for Merry Christmas
- Finally, stamp the Merry Christmas
It is worth the extra effort to create this stunning card.
The third card was to highlight the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, page 13 of the Holiday catalog, #143537, $10. I am a knitter and loved using this embossing folder. I made pullover sweaters with Christmas tree fronts and a white stocking cap and this cardigan for the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack. (I will post the other creations on the next post).
The new product: Stitched Framelits came in while I was doing my personal cards so I am able to show you the difference a little stitching makes. Here is the one we did in Elizabeth without stitching….. and one with stitching…..
The set has four circle, four square and four oval stitched framelits. It will be available to order again on January 16th. Item #145372. Thank you Dawn for this great set of measurements!
The Cable Knit folder is a new 3D type folder and requires a different set up before running through the Big Shot. You spritz your paper with a bit of water before running it through the Big Shot and you don’t use the bottom acrylic plate.
The main card base is Cherry Cobbler 11 X 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2
Once again we got out a piece of cardboard and made a template for the sweater front. Starting with a piece that was 5 1/2 X 4 1/4, we marked over 1″ from the right and from the left for the shoulders. We marked the middle of the V down 1 1/4 inches and over 2 1/8 from the side and then fussy cut from the 1″ marks to the middle V mark. The template will be stored with the Cable Embossing Folder for making more!
Garden Green of 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 was cut and then the V neck cut with the template. Spritz and emboss.
The pocket was cut on Garden Green with another cardboard template that was 1 3/8″ X 1 5/8″ with a 1/4″ diagonal on each side of the bottom creating a 5/8″ bottom edge.
Using the Work of Art stamp set and the Stamp A Ma Jig I stamped a Cherry Cobbler turtle neck right in the middle of the card base.
I cut 1/2″ strips of Garden Green and used the retired Crimper to create the ribbed pieces. Just score your strips on every groove of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to get the same effect. Strips needed:
Ribbing: Bottom Front and Inside: 4 1/4″ V neck pieces 2 1/4″ Front Button strip 4 1/8″ Pocket 1 1/2″
Use the Bow Punch and our lovely Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper to make the front and inside bows. Use a piece that is 4 3/4″ X 2″ and punch twice. Use the tails for the inside bow with a regular 3D bow on the sweater.
The Merry Christmas wish is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped on a piece 3/8″ X 2 1/2″ and then the top of the strip only is slid in the retired Jewelry Tag Punch.
Use a piece of black twine 8 1/2″ and a needle threader to thread the twine through two little bells and tie it on the candy cane.
The candy cane is stamped on a piece of Whisper White 1 1/2 X 2 1/2 using the retired Scentsational Season Stamp Set with matching framelits. The Candy Cane could be taken out and used for an ornament.
The deer is from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set with matching framelits and is being carried over! Yay! Soft Suede 3 X 2 1/4
The greeting is from the Wrapped in Warmth stamp set and stamped on Whisper White 3 X 3 then cut with the # 6 circle framelit or the largest of the new stitched framelits and popped up in the middle with dimensionals. I stamped to the bottom of the cardstock so I had room for the bow.
Rudolph’s nose needs a colored pearl and with three buttons held on with several glue dots, you are done!
We had two great Stamp A Stacks with these cards. I made each guest at the first event a candy cane sleigh for a thank you gift. It has a Kit Kat base, then a pack of gum, a tin of mints, two chocolates and then another chocolate on the top.
At the next event I made little mugs out of Designer Series Paper for thank you gifts:
Aren’t they cute? Thank you Traci Cornelius for this pattern on Pinterest!
Base: 4 1/2 X 8 3/8 Scored 1 1/2″ on bottom long side of your Designer Series Paper. It is directional so be careful here.
Turn your paper lengthwise on the Simply Scored and score at each inch: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 leaving a 3/8 inch tab at one side. Remove the section of tab at the bottom of the mug. Cut each score line to the 1 1/2″ horizontal score line. Put Tear and Tape on 3/8 inch side tab and lay flat to join sides. Put more Tear and Tape on front and back of half (4) of the bottom tabs and join with the opposite tabs that have no sticky tape being careful not to push the mug out of shape. Cut a #5 circle framelit to glue on the bottom and then attach to a doily!
Handle: 1 X 4 1/2 attached with Tear and Tape
For a fee of $20 you had six cards, two of each of the above, and a fun take home gift, possibly a door prize, and a wonderful afternoon stamping with friends! Don’t you wish you had come?
Shall I do another?
Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and remember the most important gift you can give is the gift of your time – time spent worshiping Jesus and time spent being with your family!
SAL, Soak in A Lot of Love
Hello Stamping Friends,
Today I will spotlight the Christmas Magic Diamond Fold Card Class I held in November. The class fee included your choice of the wood or clear Christmas Magic Stamp set, card instructions, two kits and a luncheon. I loved this stamp set. It reminded me of the Polar Express train and the Polar Express production my third grade class put on years ago.
The tables are set:
I changed a few things on the front and used a Garden Green background. The banner is mounted so the card stands nicely like an easel card. I added two sizes of rhinestones for the front train lights and I used a silver Sharpie to add dimension to the bell. I stamped just a little of the train smoke on the North Pole side to make it look like a scene. Our Acrylic Block size D was exactly the size of the middle square making it easy to position the train. The three little red dots on the greeting use the retired cupcake punch and red glimmer paper and the leaf is from the Square Pillow Box Thinlits as is the snowflake shown here:
Not having to design the front gave me opportunity to design something special for the back to truly make it a “Carin’ Card” as my husband so fondly states:
Above is the card which I used at the class and had drawn in the red and white striped ribbon between the bells. When I made more to send I used the other greeting from the set and drew in a solid red ribbon since I ran out of the little white striped ribbon (retired product).
The bells are stamped just like a Triple Time Technique. Use just a bit of snail to hold the white in place and stamp on the white and green. After stamping the bell, remove the white and mount to the black border then reattach to the green for a great image! If you measure carefully on the second bell on each side, when you close the card you will get two ribbons that match, (I am asking Santa for a camera so I don’t struggle focusing my phone camera). I love the bells in the Christmas Magic stamp set. I used them on the envelopes as well.
We broke at noon for salad and baked potato broccoli cheddar soup.
Thanks for coming Kris, Virginia and Sheri! It was a fun day!
Hello Stamping Friends,
I was going to post my October Class card and technique but that can wait; Stampin’ Up! is having a sale and has introduced a new product that you will LOVE – stitched framelits. Do you remember the Top Note die and the cool stitching around the edge? Well, now we can create that look with squares or ovals or circles. 12 framelits with stitching for only $30! Take a few minutes to watch this video and look at the samples and then check out the list of stamp sets on sale this month for 25% off. The hostess code this month is: F626YQ7P if your order is under $150; over that amount be sure and get the free hostess products yourself.
Ovals, and circles and squares – Oh My! Just in time for our Christmas cards! And,if that wasn’t awesome enough, we have a sale:
November is here!! Email or call me to sign up for any or all of my November events:
November 12: A class with luncheon using the Christmas Magic Stamp Set, page 22 of the Holiday catalog, or the Joyful Nativity Stamp set- page 35 of the big catalog. Learn how to make the fancy diamond fold card, take home your own stamp set and two cards, enjoy a Christmas luncheon, take a chance at a door prize, and have fun! 10-2 here at my home: 4143 Eagle Ridge Way, Castle Rock.
$38 for Christmas Magic in wood
$30 for Christmas Magic in clear
$30 for the Joyful Nativity in photopolymer.
$3 for each additional card kit
Prepayment required by November 7. Use Paypal (email@example.com) or mail a check to Karen Decker, 4143 Eagle Ridge Way, Castle Rock, CO 80104. We will be casing Stephanie Fischer’s card shown here. I will be designing the Joyful Nativity card.
Here is a flyer you can print for a reminder: diamond-fold-card
November 14th and 19th my Stamp A Stacks will be at the Elizabeth Library:
We will be casing Juana with a card so beautiful I couldn’t top it with any other design; the star on front is three layers- silver foil, dazzling diamond glimmer paper and then another silver foil star and rhinestone to top it off. It is stunning:
Here are examples of the other two sets I am working with, not sure what mine will actually look like just yet:
The above is casing the catalog but I think those new stitched framelits would make it just that little bit better. Sign up now and come see what I decided to make for you! There will be snacks and of course a door prize at each event!
Paper Pumpkin in November is usually 8 Christmas cards with everything included in the kit. This month Stampin’ Up! is teasing us with the announcement that the Paper Pumpkin box will be out of the ordinary. Hmmmm……. I am anxious to see it!
The October Paper Pumpkin was fall shaker cards and everyone at my Paper Pumpkin event (the last Tuesday of each month) finished their kits and the cards were exceptional!
Subscribe before November 10 to get your kit in a very special box! Mypaperpumpkin.com
Go to the store and subscribe for 3 months or more and I will mail you a Paper Pumpkin travel bag, pen, and a storage box for your stamps.
So let’s calculate – if you made eight simple cards through Paper Pumpkin and attended each of my three November events, you would have 22 Christmas cards made, a stamp set of your own, maybe a door prize and food and fun with friends! Call or email soon!
SAL, Stamp A Lot of Christmas cards