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Fun With Christmas Cards

Christmas went by too fast this year!  I am just not ready to give up the fun.  The tree is still up and I hope to enjoy sitting in the window seat with snow falling on one side of the window and the Christmas tree on the other! Snow is predicted for tomorrow!

Maybe my sentimentality comes from one of the most incredible gifts we empty nesters can receive – a Christmas Eve grandbaby!

This is my youngest daughter, Amber, with Tyler and their new son Jaxson Christopher Buchholtz!  He was born a little after 1:00 pm Christmas Eve!

Humor me with just one more picture of Jaxson with his eyes open, then I will move on to cards!

We are so anxious to get up to Renton, WA and hold this little one!

I promised more cards with the Cable Knit Embossing folder. Let’s start with the pullover sweater with the Christmas tree embossed into the card stock:

The Christmas tree is cut out with the Peaceful Pines framelits still available in the big catalog, see page 28 for the stamp set and page 192 for the framelits.  The Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) is retired but page 172 has a lovely set of lightweight Christmas Specialty designer paper.  My favorite in that paper is the sheet music.  It is lightweight which makes it perfect for making fancy envelopes.

Checkout the previous post, Elizabeth Stamp A Stacks, for all the details to making a cardigan;  the inside of this card is also shown there to compare the new Stitched Framelits product with a regular circle.  Did I make you look?  There are lots of additional pictures from the post you would have previously seen in your email.  I updated it yesterday and now there are details.  If you view this in your email post but want to quickly go to the full blog just click on the little SAL image at the top of the post.

Next I wanted to do a much more feminine cable knit sweater.

The collar is cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits, pg. 193, #138281.  A must have set of framelits!  The inside is the same just using the Warmth and Cheer DSP for the border and bow.  If I did it again, I would put a piece of red foil for the turtleneck to make it look more like silk.

My next challenge was to make a stocking cap similar to what I had seen on Pinterest.

The candy cane is removable in all of these cards if you wanted an ornament but are ready to throw the card away – (be still my heart, it happens)!  A pompom is made for the top by wrapping the Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine around a 1″ piece of cardboard 20 times, then run a 4″ piece of twine under all the loops at the top of the cardboard and make a tight double knot.  Cut through the bottom of the loops and trim the longer ties to match the other lengths.  Mount it to the top of the card using several glue dots to secure the pompom.  I am loving our Thick Whisper White cardstock, pg. 175, #140272!  I have always liked layers on the front side of the card and needed layers on the inside when I used Whisper White because it seemed flimsy otherwise with several layers on the front.  Problem solved with Thick Whisper White cardstock!

The stocking cap started with two pieces of Thick Whisper White 4 1/4 X 5.  Do you remember MyDigitalStudio?  After failing  to make a nice cardboard template by hand that had perfect curves, I went to MyDigitalStudio (which I need to transfer to My Memories Suite before I upgrade the computer) and opened a new project, selected the ornament punch, turned it upside down and sized it for my card.  I printed it out, laid it on cardboard for a more permanent template and Voila! a perfect stocking cap!  So how do you attach the front to the back when you don’t want to lose your shaped design?  I am glad you asked!  Let’s look at this picture of the inside which uses the oval stitched framelit, the Wrapped In Warmth greeting and the tails of the bow punch with red foil paper to bring in the shiny red to match the holly berries on the outside.  The berries and leaves on the front are from the retired Stocking Accents Bigz die since I didn’t have the Holly Berry builder punch.

Do you see the score line at the top of the cap?  Okay, don’t look quite so close, it is a bit crooked, but you get the idea- you score about 3/4″ from the point on the inside and fold that down to glue the top on.   Use Tear and Tape to secure the top since it will be opened 1000s of times as people admire your card.

For the cable bottom on the front  start with a 1 1/4 X 4 1/4 piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, spritz, leave off the bottom acrylic plate, and run through the Big Shot.  Then fussy cut the extra to get just the cool cable for the bottom.  I used Tear and Tape on the sides and very bottom to attach it to the front and leave a pocket for the candy cane.

If you would like to knit a stocking cap sign up for my knitting class.  My knitters received a little gift in a bag created with our Gift Bag punch board and lovely designer series paper (DSP).  See page 184 of the big catalog, item #135862.  It is another must have!

The knitting club played bingo using the bingo sheets I made years ago with the Stampin’ Up! bingo sheet and My Digital Studio.  We did the typical white elephant pick a gift or steal a gift and they had fun.  I made a miniature octokitten this year for the little girls next door who are too young to join my knitting class:

Back to showcasing cards…..  On page 35 of the Big Catalog is the Joyful Nativity stamp set and this card is a case from Pinterest that used smaller layers on the front leaving a 5/16″ white border on the card which is very effective!  And with the Thick Whisper White cardstock I didn’t feel I needed layers on the inside.  Get a jump on your Christmas cards for next year and make a dozen of these quick and simple cards with product that is still available!

It is so pretty with the Night of Navy contrast on Whisper White.  This picture doesn’t do it justice at all.

Main Card – Thick Whisper White  8 1/2  X  5 1/2   scored at 4 1/4.

Night of Navy Layer – 4 7/8  X  3 5/8

Top Layer – Whisper White  4 3/4  X   3 1/2

Scrap of Whisper White to stamp angel – 1 1/2  X  1 1/2  Fussy cut and mount with dimensionals

Copper Metallic Thread – about 6″  ( I put glue dots on the back of the angel to help wrap the thread)

This is Whisper White paper and the Night of Navy stamping is stunning in real life.  I am going to make a photo booth this year to help my pictures look better. The greeting is from the Warmth and Cheer stamp set.

For my Messianic Jewish family I used the retired Jewish Celebration stamp set:

Like always, I couldn’t get cards done for everyone and only had a limited number of box cards so when we returned from our trip I made Happy New Year’s day cards to complete my holiday greetings to everyone. I will give you (and myself) a much needed break and post those the next time.  Hmmm…. and now I need baby cards!  Whoopee….. One more picture?  Here’s my middle daughter, Stacia, the new Auntie, with little Jaxson…..

I’m going to check plane tickets again – maybe there is some fabulous deal today- I already checked yesterday, and the day before, and …..

SAL,  (Sing A Lullaby)


Sale A Bration is going on right now.  Buy $50 and get a free item from the Sale A Bration catalog.

The hostess code is:  R7QAJV2P  with Lucille as our hostess.  We will do a Jan – Feb – Mar online club this year since we will be going to Renton, WA sometime and going over to the Western slope to see Dad as often as possible.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

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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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