Hello Stamping Friends,
I missed posting our September club cards and one is a Christmas card! Now that it is getting down to the wire for Christmas cards you might be looking for the details to this card you made “way back when”!
I cased Bronwyn Eastley with a gingerbread house box card.
Things I recommend doing differently:
- add strips of window sheets to the back of each pop up
- Make two of each pop up to put front and back so the back is prettier
- cut that little point on the bottom middle front and back just a tiny bit – not cutting in to the black line – so the box sits squarely
- Use the Bronze Stampin’ Blend for the gingerbread man and the deer for a darker brown
- Use puff paint for the snow
Cuckoo For You
With the ‘Yummy For Christmas’ and ‘Cuckoo For You’, we have two stamp sets that use the same set of dies!
Isn’t that so cool! The deer becomes a holly branch, the clock door becomes a gumdrop, the clock weight becomes a peppermint and the tree becomes a Christmas tree!
Christine Rohr posted a picture on Pinterest which used the Cuckoo For You and the Bird Ballad DSP. I cased and selectively edited it to come up with this card for club:
Push up on the little arrow and you see the little cuckoo bird!
Note: DSP means Designer Series Paper
- Base: Petal Pink 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Scored at 4 1/4
- Layer 1: Bird Ballad DSP 5 1/4 X 4 Watch the direction on your DSP
- Strip of DSP for inside: 3/4 X 5 1/4
- Front Stitched Nested Label: Whisper White, 2nd largest label is 2 5/8 X 4 5/8 so start with 3 x 5 piece; emboss with the Subtle 3D embossing folder; then cut with the Stitched Nested Label. Use handheld hole punch to punch a hole on each side of the label for the ribbon. Mount the label 1″ down from top of base and 5/8″ from the sides of the base to the point of the Stitched Nested Label
- Ribbon: 1/4″ Copper Trim, 6″ , make two
- Clock and Parts: Whisper White 3 5/8 X 8 1/2; Stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black ink: clock, 2 pulls, 1 squirrel, 1 door; color with Stampin’ Blends: Old Olive on the vines, Bronze on the dots, roof-Dk Soft Suede, Clock Outline-Dk Balmy Blue, Pulls-Bronze & Dk Soft Suede, Squirrel – Bronze body, nut in Lt Suede, with a Dk Suede top, Door – Lt Suede, blue trim and be sure to cut off the white border of the door created when cutting with the framelit. Tip: When coloring with the alcohol markers in tiny areas just barely dot the area to color it. The ink spreads and you won’t be getting ink outside the lines.
- Mask the 2 flowers, the clock middle, the inside of door and sponge with Blushing Bride Ink.
- Clock Weight and clock hands: Copper Foil, 1 1/4 X 1 1/4. Stamp the clock weight in Versa Mark ink, emboss with copper powder and cut with the circle die. Cut the clock hands out of the foil and save the little pieces to use for the squirrel’s nose, the handle on the door, and the little dot right above the 12.
- Clock pull: left over from the Whisper White used for the clock and parts: cut one with the die. I used my Stamparatus to line up the lines with the arrows and the one word “cuckoo” so my stampers could easily stamp the images:
You stamp the arrow and lines image with the right side up and then stamp “cuckoo” on the back of the same piece. With the Stamparatus we could line up the one word “cuckoo” from the greeting “I’m Cuckoo About You” and didn’t even need to mask the edges. By using the grid sheet we can save it with the stamp set for the next time.
The odd looking die with a little heart on the top and the bottom is a piece that matches up with the hearts on the clock face to cut slots for the sliding mechanism in exactly the right places. There are YouTube videos using the two sliding mechanisms to make butterflies that “fly” and other fun tricks so the pieces are good for other applications.
Be careful to fold the score lines of the mechanism very straight so it slides nicely in the slots created by the second die. The slot is a little larger than the door -necessarily so- so that you can slide it in, but once it was in place, I cut two little strips of Whisper White and glued them to either side of the slot so the mechanism stayed straight.
Inside Layer: Whisper White 4 X 5 1/4 stamped in Soft Suede ink with the greetings in the “Special Celebrations” stamp set.
Front Greeting: Scrap of Whisper White run through the Big Shot part way with the Rectangle Stitched Framelit and then turned around and run through the other sider with the same Framelit to shorten it to just the right size for “Time To Celebrate”. I didn’t stop and made the whole Stitched Rectangle so I just ran it again to shorten it and then had a little piece left that was perfectly stitched that I used on this card:
My youngest granddaughter, Emma, was born on 9/24 at 7:12 AM. I moved the house over a bit, found some left over pink twine from a Paper Pumpkin, and stamped the date with one of the first photopolymer stamp sets made by Stampin’ Up!
The inside uses the “New Wonders” stamp set and a template of the ‘1’ cut out of cardstock and then sponged with Blushing Bride Ink. The fairies are colored to match the DSP with white and blue like the flowers and green like the vines. This card will be hard to top when birthday #2 comes around. My grandsons are turning 2 and 3 in the next few weeks and I will be working to make them something memorable. Do you think parents save hand made cards?
The next Christmas Stamp A Stacks are December 4th and 7th at my house at 9:30. RSVP by November 25- next Monday. Wow, where has the month gone?
SAL, Stamp A Lot
Hostess Code: FPDMJ4X9
Hello Stamping Friends,
It’s an Elfie day in the neighborhood, an Elfie day in the neighborhood, won’t you be my neighbor!
Yup! Elfie from my head to my toes! Ruger was the cutest elf of all!
‘#Elfie’ is a super cute stamp set (page 22 of the 2019 Holiday catalog). I am casing Michelle Andrews and the diorama card she posted on her blog: www.stamppraylove.blogspot.com. I changed the coloring and positioning and added puff paint to the bobbles on their shoes and hat. I used the ‘Birch’ background stamp set to add a faux wood frame look. The little elf in the stocking would be great on the back of the card but I can only expect my club to do so much fussy cutting.
The greetings on the front and back come from the ‘Perfectly Plaid’ stamp set on page 14 of the 2019 Holiday catalog.
- Base: Crumb Cake 4 1/4 X 11; Score at 5/8, 5 3/8, 6, 10 3/4, Use 3rd largest rectangle framelit to cut the front. Mask each section of the base and stamp with Soft Suede ink using the ‘Birch’ background stamp. Stamp the front and back greetings using Shaded Spruce ink. The Stamparatus helps you stamp the greetings and restamp them to get nice dark green images. Burnish all the score lines really well to assure the card moves well and lays flat.
- Back of the Diorama: Pool Party, 4 3/4 minus 1/16 (4 11/16) to allow for score lines X 4 1/4, stamp snowflakes in Pool Party Ink and adhere snowflake sequins.
- Elves: Whisper White, 4 1/4 X 5 1/2, Stamp in Memento Ink and color with Stampin’ Blends. Fussy Cut. Use a blender pen to dip in Pool Party ink and color the area between the elf and the Christmas ornament. Glue a strip of whisper white on the back of the two tall pieces for stability.
- Snow Mounds: Thick Whisper White, Make 2: 5 1/4 X 2 1/4; creatively cut a large right hand mound and a smaller left hand mound. Score each side of the mounds 1/4″ . Make a template and you can quickly cut out the snow mounds for each card kit.
The rectangle cutout uses the 3rd largest die in the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. It is 1/2″ down from the top leaving about 3/4″ on the bottom for your greeting. I was able to stamp the three elves and the package on one 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 ( 1/4 of a sheet) whisper white. I cut two little strips 1/4 X 4 to adhere to the back of the long elf images for a bit more stability. The snow mound on the left is 1 3/4″ at the peak and goes in front of the right hand snow mound which measures 2″ at the peak.
The snow mounds are glued together to make a box of sorts.
The snow mound “box” is decorated with elves and snow. Glue the elves to the snow mounds before adding snow. Make sure nothing is adhered to the pool party background or the card will not lie flat to go in an envelope. Burnish each fold really well to help the card move. Cut around the elbows of the ‘No Peeking’ elf and don’t cut off the words. The elbows go over the front frame and the words give you a tab to glue to the back of the frame. Likewise with the package – cut a little tab at the bottom to use for gluing to the front of the frame.
The Holiday catalog has ‘Shimmery Crystal Effects’ on page 41 which you will use to adhere the ‘Ice Stampin’ Glitter’ (same page). It is most remarkable how the Crystal Effects holds the glitter and so cool how sparkly the ice glitter looks! The puff paint (page 19) is so fun to add to the hats and shoes of the elves! We learned to hold the bottle almost horizontally and let gravity do as much of the work as possible instead of squeezing the bottle. The background is pool party stamped in pool party ink with the snowflake stamp set in ‘#Elfie’. The little teensy tiny snowflakes are from the ‘Snowflake Sequins’ on page 43 of the 2019 Holiday Catalog. (Or you may have some left from the October Paper Pumpkin).
Place ‘Tear and Tape’ on the outside edges of your snow mound box and adhere to the base in the middle on the right side. This leaves about 1/8″ on each side of the base. When you adhere the other side which has the seam, place tear and tape on the seam and then fold the right hand side over the tape to insure the box will lie flat. This is a view from the bottom:
That was a lot of directions. This is when I wish I made Youtube videos. Maybe next year……
Now that we know how to make diorama cards just imagine what other stamp sets we can use. My inspiration came from Lucille who had the absolute cutest little diorama card with doggies. Hmmm…….snowmen next – or deer??
The new hostess code is FPDMJ4X9 and Stampin’ Up! is going to have a three day Extravaganza sale November 20-22.
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It’s an Elfie day in the neighborhood – won’t you be my customer? Contact me if you have questions or need a catalog. You can also go to the catalog tab at the top of the blog to see all the catalogs.
SAL, Silly And Loving it
Hello Stamping Friends,
It is Friday! Hopefully you had a great week and are looking forward to a restful or fun filled weekend.
There are only two days left to sign up for the November Paper Pumpkin which matches the October Paper Pumpkin and makes 24 Christmas tags but could also be used for the front of a card. This is the October kit. It made 10 full sized cards and the envelope had the wood tone on the inside of the envelope and silver edging on the outside. A beautiful card and envelope!
I did change the greeting. It comes from the very versatile Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set in the Holiday catalog. Click on the image below to go to the Paper Pumpkin site:
Thank you to all those who purchased products from the Clearance Rack after our first Stamp A Stack. I apologize for not posting the recipes sooner.
NOEL Double Time Stamping:
Casing Mary Detharage at stampsnlingers.com:
- Stamp Sets: ‘Joy & Noel’, ‘Timeless Tidings’
- Ink: Memento Black
- Tools: Oval Stitched Shape Framelit and Oval die (retired) 3rd smallest in set or oval 1/8″ smaller than Stitched Shape Oval
- Stampin’ Blends: Real Red, Shaded Spruce
- Base: Real Red, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Scored at 4 1/4
- Layer: Basic Black, 4 X 5 1/8 -make 2
- Top: Whisper White, 3 7/8 X 5 – make 2
- Embellishment: 3 gold metallic pearls
Using the largest Stitched Shape Oval, cut out a piece from the middle of the black layer. Set aside.
Center the small oval framelit on the white top layer and cut the oval then return the oval to the layer and stamp the Noel. I used the Stamparatus so I could stamp until I got a really dark black image on the letters.
Color. I used the light Shaded Spruce for the stems and small leaves around the berries, both dark and light Shaded Spruce on the large leaves and Real Red dark and light for the berries.
Adhere the colored oval to the black stitched shape oval with snail and then pop up the ovals on the white layer.
Add gold metallic pearls.
The inside greeting, Merry Christmas and holly branch are from Timeless Tidings.
This card is a case of the catalog using the other stamp in the set:
This card is a case of www.sandjunecrafts.com who cased June Keingstaer:
- Ink: Pacific Point and Versa Mark with silver embossing powder
- Stamps: Beautiful Baubles, Timeless Tidings
- Tools: Detailed Bands Dies, Aqua Painter, Gray Marker, Wink of Stella
- Base: Silver Foil Edged Cards & Envelopes (#147900)
- Layer: Pacific Point 5 1/4 X 4
- Top: Shimmery Whisper White 5 X 3 3/4
- Inside: Silver Foil Strip 4 1/4 X 1/4 and Pacific Point Strip 4 1/4 X 1/4
- Greeting: Shimmery White 2 X 3 and 2 ovals cut from Silver Foil using the Detailed Bands Dies. Deck the Halls is in Beautiful Baubles, the inside greetings are in Timeless Tidings
Start by creating two masks of the bauble on sticky notes. Stamp the left bauble in Versa Mark, mask it and then stamp the bow and string. Remove the mask and emboss with silver embossing powder. Mask that bauble and stamp the middle baubles and the right side bauble, bows and string. Emboss with silver. Use the Aqua Painter and dip in the Pacific Point and water color the baubles. Color the inside of the top little holder thingy gray and apply wink of stella. Add rhinestones.
Stamp the greeting, cut with the Detailed Bands Oval Die and attach to two silver ovals cut with the same die. Sponge the edge with Pacific Point. Use glue dots to attach to the foil and then dimensionals to attach to the top of the card.
Apply strips to the inside left and stamp the greeting. The card stock in the set is thick so you don’t really need another layer. The catalog also has gold foil cards and envelopes. Check out page168 of the Annual Catalog 2019-2020.
Note: I will add the catalog year in the future posts since I have gone back to reference posts from years ago and the page number is not the same. In the catalog section of my blog I have kept all the pdfs of catalogs since I started blogging so you can go to that section and find the catalog I reference. You can look at the date of the post to figure out which catalog but I will be more helpful in the future. Do you have other suggestions that would make my blog more user friendly?
Christmas Tree Special Fold:
Cased from Rachel Tessman at StampYourArtOut.com:
This is a Step Panel Card and folds to fit in a standard envelope.
- Ink: Shaded Spruce, Versa Mark and white embossing powder
- Stamp Set: Snow Is Glistening
- Tools: Snowfall Thinlits, 1 3/8″ circle punch and 1 1/4″ circle punch
- Base: Shaded Spruce 4 1/4 X 8 1/2; Score at 1/2, 1 1/2, 3, 4
- Step: Shaded Spruce 2 1/2 X 4 1/4; Score at 1/2 and 1 1/2
- Tree: Shaded Spruce 4 X 2 1/2
- Greeting and the snowflake background at the top of tree: Whisper White 1 3/4 X 4
- Back of the greeting and snowflake on top of the tree: Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper: 1 3/4 X 2 3/4
- Designer Series Paper: 4 X 2 7/8
- Embellishments: Three rhinestones for the snowflakes and 14″ Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon
Fold each score line and use your bone folder to make nice folds on the base and the step. It is critical at this point to get a feel for where the base and the step are attached so you identify the bottom of each. Don’t attach until after you have stamped but you need to know the bottom.
Adhere the Designer Series Paper.
Stamp the tree and the bottom of the step and the base and white emboss. Use the trimmer to cut the tree leaving a tiny edge of green. This will be mounted last and the ribbon will be tied through the step and over the bottom of the tree which hides the seam.
Apply Tear and Tape to the 1/2″ fold on the base, it seems to be the front since stamping but it will be folded back to attach. Critical – don’t guess where it is attached- remove the top of the tear and tape, fold the 1/2″ flap over and then fold the card base flat to correctly attach the 1/2″. Do the same with the step- don’t guess where it is attached. Adhere it to the bottom of the base and then remove the back of the Tear and Tape on the 1/2″ fold and fold the step and base flat to get perfect placement of the step.
Stamp your greeting. Joy is in the Snow Is Glistening stamp set. Punch with the 1 1/4 punch. (Attach to the Dazzling Diamonds with glue dots), then pop up on the base with dimensionals. Die cut two snowflakes from the Snowfall Thinlits (one for the front of the tree and one for the back).
Punch a circle of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with the 1 3/8 punch and die cut a dazzling diamond snowflake for the top of the tree. Add a rhinestone!
The back Whisper White piece is a rectangle with the 4 1/4 going vertical and the 4 on the horizontal. It seems square so you have to look carefully for a nice border placement. Die cut a large snowflake and a smaller snowflake in the corners, poke out all the little pieces and set aside for a minute. After cutting your snowflakes it is easy to see where the greeting will fit. Stamp the greeting, adhere the layer to the base and then place the snowflakes back in their cutout. Add rhinestones to the snowflake.
Tie the ribbon through the base right at the top so it covers where your tree is attached.
You just made a step card!
December 4th and 7th at 9:30 are the next Stamp A Stacks and the cards will be fun! RSVP by going to the calendar below – or just give me a shout out-text, phone, email, stop by………
SAL, Stamp A Lot of Christmas cards
Hello Stamping Friends,
Welcome to November! With November we have exciting news – the new paper trimmer is available and we have an exclusive Christmas Stamp Suite – not just a little stamp set or a nice bundle but an entire suite of matching products! Of course you can order them separately but who would want just a little – not us! The more the merrier!
Yes, indeed- take a look see:
I looked at a dozen or so reviews on Youtube and found a short one with Mary Deatheridge:
Click on the image to see the Youtube video.
Okay, SAL, can I move on to the Christmastime Is Here Suite?
Yes, here is a video from Frenchie Stamps that details the products:
Did you note in the video that the die will cut out one of the rose bouquets on the designer series paper? Nice!!
This is available while supplies last so don’t tarry if you like it!
Every year Stampin’ Up! has demonstrators apply to be on the Artisan Design Team. It is an honor to be selected and these demonstrators are amazing and will show you these new products used in a project. Join me for their fun blog hop; just click on the link above which will take you to the first blog and then, usually toward the bottom of the post, you will see the banner to visit the other blogs. Have fun!
If you are new to my blog, I would love to earn your business by supporting you in this fun hobby of stamping.
Club Wednesday, November 13th, Hostess code G3F9AGKF
Club Saturday, November 16th, Hostess code KK2W344T
Stamp A Stack of Christmas cards, December 4th and 7th at 9:30am. RSVP at the calendar below.
SAL, Snow A Little, Snow A Bunch, Stay warm and Stamp A Lot