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Elizabeth Stamp A Stacks

Merry Christmas Stamping Friends,

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.

And a snowman for a door prize:

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

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Paper Pumpkin November 2016

Hello Stamping Friends,

Thanks to Paper Pumpkin, I am eight cards closer to completing my Christmas cards!


I chose to add a Basic Black background (4 1/4″ X 3″) to the layers instead of the velum layer over the base as the kit instructed.   I needed a little star and found the one in The Newborn King retired set to be just the right size.  A medium size rhinestone gave emphasis to the star and added that little sparkle I like to have on cards.  The kit had white sequins for the sky that now go to my stash!

For the inside I used the Peaceful Pines stamp set – still available, see page 28, and a scripture verse from the Every Blessing retired stamp set.



It feels good to look at the whole set of cards and know you only have a few dozen left to make!


My next set of cards will be the Stamp A Stacks that we did in Elizabeth!



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Christmas Magic Diamond Fold Card Class

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:

imag0653I am ready to go:

imag0654The Diamond Fold card with the Christmas Magic Stamp set as designed by Stephanie Fischer:


christmasmagic2I 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:

christmasmagicdiamond-foldAbove 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).

christmasmagic4The 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.

christmasmagic5This is a diagram of the fold:

imag0663And here is a printable pdf file for your folder just click on the blue:


We broke at noon for salad and baked potato broccoli cheddar soup.


Thanks for coming Kris, Virginia and Sheri!  It was a fun day!



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Fall Warm Wishes Card with Leaves Acrostic

Hello Stamping Friends,

Thank you to all who were able to take part in the online extravaganza!  Now that December is here Stampin’ Up! has closeout specials with some, not all, products on sale for a great price!  They have a new category in the online store:


The Year-End Closeout contains the Clearance Rack Items, Holiday Retiring Items, and excess inventory items.  Here is a list in an excel file which shows which category each product falls in: clearance, excess or retiring.  However, bundles that retire do not mean the stamp and framelits retire, just the bundle with its discount.


or click on the picture above to go directly to the store where you can see pictures of the products.

While sales are fun, card examples are even more inspiring and I have been slack in posting all the fun cards and techniques we have been doing.

October Club:



I know October seems so long ago and though the card we made is for fall, imagine doing the same Watercolor Wash technique with Christmas colors and making ornaments instead of leaves.  Send me an example if you do!

The Watercolor Wash technique comes from a video by Patty Bennett on pattystamps.com


I did a few things differently than Patty.  I used the retired spider web embossing folder to emboss the leaves after cutting them out, you could get the same effect by scoring, and I used the retired “Think Happy” stamp set for the little smiles on the leaves, though it would be quite easy to draw them in.

The acrostic was one I wrote when teaching poetry to my third graders one lovely fall afternoon.  I wrote the above for the example and then had them all sit outside and write their own acrostic from something they saw, or smelled, or touched, or heard – hopefully not tasted!  What a fun memory!

Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Paper #122959 is 6″ X 9″ and makes enough leaves for two cards.  You could also use Shimmery White cardstock #101910.  Remember to leave enough room to stamp and punch out your greeting from the paper.

Watercolor Wash Technique

Step 1)  Put 4 drops of various reinkers in a paint palette (or a cool whip lid)

I used Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzaz

Step 2)  Wet one side of the paper and then the other side so it lies flat

Step 3)  Dip a paintbrush in the ink and then dab it on your paper, wash out the brush and apply a different color,

repeat until the watercolor paper is covered.  Let dry.

Step 4)  Using Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush #141898 flick gold flecks on your dried sheet by flicking the brush against the edge of its case

Step 5)  Cut out your leaves with the Leaflets Framelits #138283 and cut out one leaf with the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper #142029

-note, cut the leaf with the glimmer side of the paper facing down so the framelit cuts into the white backside to protect your framelit.

The base of the card is Cajun Craze  4 1/4 X  11  Scored at 5 1/2

The Woodland Embossing Folder is used with Very Vanilla card stock  4 X 5 1/4  for a great background to the leaves.  I typed the acrostic on Word, making four card insides from one sheet of Very Vanilla.

The greeting is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set (pg. 113) and is punched out of the watercolored paper with the Decorative Label Punch #120907. Remember, stamp first -then punch. A small dab of glue is run around the edges and then the label is dipped in Pumpkin Pie glitter.

A little piece of burlap ribbon #141487 is glued on the Very Vanilla, the leaves are added with glue dots, and a gold ribbon tied on top.

Faux Icing/Snow Technique

The Technique I taught at club came from last spring’s Stampin’ Up! convention where we learned how to make faux icing.



My glitter was not Dazzling Diamonds #133751 so it has a rose tint.  Lesson learned!  Stay with the best!  The cupcake and the tree are from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, pg. 106.  I loved how the ink from the stamped image bled through the ‘icing’ to give the shadowed effect.  Be careful that your mixture isn’t too thick or you won’t get that result.  If you store the leftover mixture in a jar be sure and add a bit of water to make up for what has evaporated.  The Tree Builder Punch #138295 was used for the birds and the cherry on top.  I wish you could see the 3D effect of the snowman built from the Owl Punch 5/16″ circle on top of the 3/8″ circle punch.

And finally,  I must put in a plug for Paper Pumpkin, the October kit was a set of 8 shaker cards and the kit was exceptional!



Go to paperpumpkin.com to sign up before December 10 and you will receive your kit around Christmas.  Last year the December kit was a calendar for each month of the new year with a gold display stand.  It was an exceptional kit.  Hmmmm…I think I am saying that about all of them!

I will be posting again soon with the details of the Magic Christmas class I held at the first of November and then the Stamp A Stacks held in Elizabeth.

Stay tuned for more….



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