Saturday’s Holiday Stamp a Stack

Hi All,

Have you ever had one of those days……!!!   Of course you have….unfortunately lately they seem to be coming closer and closer together.   Case in point.  I was good and got most of the projects scanned the same night as the  SAS event only to discover I had left a couple of the projects in Cheryl’s mini van!  ARGHH!   Okay so no big deal Cheryl kindly dropped them off….ah no problem right??   Well first the power kept going off, then the cats kept going crazy……Finally….a bit of piece and quiet and a chance to concentrate ….only to discover the printer/copier/scanner is now imitating a very expensive, big and heavy paperweight.   And before you say what about those power outages….let me hasten to assure you that I never once turned the printer on today!  And…it was working perfectly last night!    Hm… on to plan B  take out the 10 year old digital camera and collect every lamp in the house (are you impressed yet with how hard I work to bring you promised posts?  :D) only to get truly sad pictures!    Ah the trials of a blogger!    And now the keys on the keyboard when pressed are only giving me half the letters….ARGHHHH!   However I will persevere…….so…..

As promised here’s the projects from last Saturday’s Stamp a Stack.   I’m afraid you’ll have to imagine how pretty the colors and sparkle are on the digital camera pictures (trust me you’ll know which those are) and the layers on the cardinal card are a bit hard to see because yours truly went nuts on the monochromatic theme that’s been rolling around in my head for the last few weeks.  

So on with the show:

Saturdays SAS event provided participants with 4 copies of 5 designs plus a single bonus project card.   So 21 cards and envelopes plus the Dasher single stamp to use and then take home as part of the SAS kit….all for $30.  Bet you wish you had come now don’t you. 😀

First up is Linda’s Delightful Decorations card.  Disregard the seeming difference in size of the inside and outside images – computers…ha…can’t live with them…can’t blog without them – lol!  Both the inside and outside used the new ornament punch to good effect.  The red looking rose on the inside is the result of a different kind of knot from the ribbon on the front – Horizontal punch was used to create a series of holes to thread the ribbon through for a knot that isn’t going anywhere no matter what the post office tries to do to the poor card (not picking on the postal service so much as their machines)!   I love how Linda turned this ball of ribbon on the inside into a postive by hanging an ornament from it.   When I first saw her sample card my first thought was that this was a vase with a ribbon rose in it!   The note side of the interior was created by adding a Top Note die cut stamped with the corner flourish from the Holiday Mini Hostess set Patterned Pines.

Linda's Delightful Decorations Card   Delightful Decorations - interior - Linda's SAS card 001

Supplies list:


Stamp Sets: Delightful Decorations, Tree Trimming (Bow), Holiday Best (Cardinal Merry Christmas), Patterned Pines, (corner decoration) and various sentiments, Sparkle and Shine Jumbo Wheel and handle

Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments DSP

Ink: Real Red Classic, Old Olive Classic, and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker, Real Red jumbo Ink cartridge.

Accessories: Ornament Punch (116794), Rectangle Punch, ¼” Real Red Grosgrain, Eyelet Border Punch, Sizzix Top Note Die, Sizzix, BIG SHOT




Linda’s second card used the single stamp Dasher that was included in everyone’s SAS kit (and yes sister demo’s that’s legal if everyone prepays for their kit).   The card itself is on a white base (the vanilla looking background is from the scanner background sheet) and uses paper from the Christmas Cocoa DSP collection as well as Real Red cardstock.  The Christmas Punch element is popped up on dimensionals.  The Dasher image was stamped in Versamark and then gold embossed  and once again there are card elements that used the Big Shot.  Cheryl, Linda and I realized that we had all managed to include Big Shot elements in every card!  Not sure that was intentional – we are all just so addicted to our Big Shots that we don’t seem to know how to design without them anymore – lol!


Dasher - Linda's October SAS card - Microsoft 001

  Supplies List:


Stamp Sets: Dasher, Christmas Punch, Winter Post, assorted sentiments from a variety of stamp sets.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Christmas Cocoa Designer Series Paper

Ink: Versa Mark, Real Red, Soft Suede or Chocolate Chip.

Accessories: Gold Glory Embossing powder, Heat Tool, Powder Pal, Embossing Buddy, SNAIL adhesive

Big Shot, Sizzix Circle Scallop #2 Die, Wide Oval Punch, Sizzix Circle Die, Red Polka Dot 3/4” Grosgrain Ribbon, Merry Details Sizzlit


The next set of two cards were designed by my Upline Cheryl and I only wish I had managed to scan all the interiors of her 5 Berry Christmas samples.  Each one was more interesting than the last.   The one that Linda snagged made use of the holly branch’s holly end to create a frame much like the berries in the one I did scan.   Funny thing about the wreath image is to me it looks like a bubble wreath.  Cracked a few people up when I kept calling it that!  After all how do you get bubbles to stick together long enough to call it a wreath before they all go pop!   Cheryl had us stamp the little red bird and then used the die cut from the Merry Details Sizzlit popped up on a dimensional to give the card some interest.  Lots of texture on this card.  The Petals a Plenty impressions stand out much better in real life and the layered piece with the bird is also raised a bit from the surface.  So many layers but a simple and quick card to put together.   Did take a bit of time though to cut all the paper for the packets!   Since joining SU my math skills have been getting a workout!  Especially with all the fractions from all the layering pieces and my obsession with getting as many pieces as possible from each sheet of paper.

Berry Christmas - Cheryl's SAS 001  Berry Christmas interior and back - Cheryl's SAS card 001Berry Christmas alternate interior - Cheryl's SAS card 001

Berry Christmas Card

Stamps– Berry Christmas, Many Merry Messages

Card stock– Soft Suede 8 ½” x 5 ½”, 4”x 1 ¼”, Christmas Cocoa DSP 4”x 1”, Whisper White 5 ¼” x 4”, 3 ½”x 2”, 4 ¾”x 3 ½” piece for inside, Real Red 3 ¾”x 2 ¼”, 2 ½”x 2 ¼”

Ink– Soft Suede & Real Red ink pads

Other– Soft Suede grosgrain polka-dot ribbon, Punch- Ticket corner, Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Folder, Sizzlit Merry Details, Dazzling Diamonds, dimensionals, mini glue dots, envelope.


Cheryl’s next card makes use of the Holiday Mini set Serene Snowflakes and once again the Big Shot plays a big role.   This card is an aperture card created with the Holiday Collection of Movers and Shapers with the aperture filled with a small square of vellum paper.  White Stazon was used to stamp the flakes on cardstock and vellum and then the crowning bit of bling was a spray made with alcohol and the new Shimmer Paint (hard to see the shimmer in the scanned card but trust me its there!).  Other bling was added by using the Brushed Silver and Shimmer White cardstock for the tag element and a clear SU rhinestone brad removed from its setting and adhered with a glue dot or Crystal Effects (I can’t remember which).

Serene Snowflakes - Cheryl's SAS card 001

Serene Snowflakes Movers and Shapers Shimmer Card

Stamps– Serene Snowflakes, Warm Words, Many Merry Messages(interior sentiment).

Card stock– Brocade Blue 12”x 6”, 3”x 3”, Vellum 2 ½”x 2 ½”, scraps of Shimmery White and Brushed Silver.

Ink– White Stazon, Night of Navy.

Other– Movers and Shapers Curly Label, Holiday Windows, Shimmer Paint, rubbing alcohol & spray bottle, Clear Rhinestone Brads, Punches- Designer Label & Modern Label, Organza ribbon, envelope.



If you’ve been following my blog for a bit you can probably guess that this next card is mine.  Last week I was teasing you with other Cardinal Christmas projects and hinted that you might recognize my SAS card once you saw it.  What I didn’t get was pictures of the various versions our talented stampers came up with.  The group was split pretty evenly with half the stampers choosing to follow my monochromatic scheme (is it really monochromatic when there are two colors?) declaring it elegant and the other half who insisted that cardinals are red!   The second group chose to stamp the bird in Ruby Red with half stamping the greeting in Ruby Red and the other half going with More Mustard.   Fun seeing what everyone chose to do.   Some even did some pretty cool things with the scallop edges – adding ink in various colors with the sponge daubers.   I also had quite a few wanting to make the Close to Cocoa version I showed everyone last week on this post.    Stampers had a choice of the Petals a Plenty or Finial Press Impressions Embossing Folders for the first layer.  The second layer is a partial Scallop Square cut by laying a straight edge of paper across the top of the 7th scallop of the Scallop Square Clear Bigz die (one of my current fav’s).  The Bird piece and mat are popped up on dimensionals though that doesn’t show up well in the picture.   Cheryl came up with a version that had lightly colored berries in Ruby Red that added a lot of pop to the card but my hands weren’t steady enough for that detail so I stuck with my monochromatic color scheme.   And given the stellar jays I have hanging around the yard I may have to try producing this bird in blue.

Cardinal SAS 001

Cardinal Christmas Scallop Card


Stamps-A Cardinal Christmas


Card Stock– More Mustard 8 ½”x 5 ½”, 3 ¾”x 2 ¾”, Very Vanilla 5”x 3 ¾”, 4 ½”x 3 ½”,     3 ½”x 2 ½”


Ink– More Mustard, Ruby Red, VersaMark

Other– Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die, Finial Press or Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Sponge daubers, dimensionals, envelope



Joela another sister demo joined us for the SAS and brought a very fun bonus project for all to enjoy that featured the new Sweet Treat cups and Sweet Centers Stamp set filled with red hots and using traditional Christmas colors.   I’m afraid this project  is one that I only got pictures of with the old digital camera so the quality isn’t up to the beauty of the actual card.  The card is started with the new Sparkle and Shine Jumbo wheel being run over the Real Red card Base in Real Red ink (thus making it hard to see in this picture) both side and out.  Then one edge of the small three flake grouping was inked and stamped around the edges of the card.  The rest is layering of cardstock and cording for a fun project sure to gladden any holiday starved heart.


Sweet Treat Bonus Project

Stamps: Sweet Centers, Serene Snowflakes, Four the Holidays

Ink: Classic: Glorious Green, Green Galore, Real Red, White Craft

Paper: Real Red, Glorious Green and Whisper White Cardstock

Other: Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Gold Brad, Sparkle and Shine Jumbo Wheel (holiday mini), Elastic Gold Cord, Sweet Treat cups & padded envelopes (for mailing).


Lastly, here are a few extra demonstration projects I put together (bonus gifts for hostessing a workshop) and a set of tags for Cheryl’s birthday cupcakes that were enjoyed by all.


These pictures show Cheryl’s and my first attempt at one of Jan Tink’s votive candle surrounds CASE’d from this post.  I cut, Cheryl stamped (she was no dummy on that decision so still has a few fingernails left – ha!).   Luckily Cheryl had some electric tea lights so we did’t have to worry about the dreadful mix that paper and fire can make.   Jan has posted a video on her blog here that will show you the process.  Take her seriously when she says that adjustments for different movers and shaper dies used will be necessary.  I lucked into this one turning out perfect –  using the medallion die from the new Holiday Collection of Movers and Shapers and had a heck of a time repeating it until I finally decided to use paper hinges for the rest.  For your first try I recommend you use the Curly Label M & S like Jan did in her video.  Also notice when you do that the Curly Label shape isn’t square and you will want to use it with the long side going side to side.  I also skoshed the die over a bit to allow for the scalloping along the top as you will see eventually when I get my own Holy Family version colored and finished.  Hopefully I haven’t scared you off from trying these.  They really are fun and quite addicting as well as having a big WoW factor.

Next is my basic Cardinal Christmas version.  Dawned on me later that I should have used a wheel on the base before adding the vellum (but then this was put together in 5 minutes before the event when I thought that a matching votive surround would be nice and discovered that SU really should sell red Stazon as the classic Ruby Red I was using kept smearing everytime I looked cross eyed at it.  Some sponging around the openings – again before adding the vellum would also have added some dimension.  Hmm…time to hit the studio again for a remake!


And we finished the day with cupcakes to celebrate Cheryl’s recent birthday.  Topped with these little quickies that used Great Friend, Teeny Tiny Wishes and a dot stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds.


Notice no pics of the cupcakes??  They were all gone by the time I thought to get the camera out but trust me the tags looked pretty cool sticking in the frosting and the cupcakes themselves were pretty yummy (thanks Linda!).  

If any of these projects look fun Cheryl and I will be offering some Open Studio Days between now and Christmas when you can give them a try (see the page at the top of the blog).  The next open studio day will be featuring the votive candle surrounds as well as other SAS and stamp camp projects.  We’ll also be scheduling more SAS and other Holiday events so check the schedule and sign up while spaces are still available.  If you aren’t local but would like to purchase precut kits or order the materials needed you can contact me by email or phone to make arrangements or place an order.  And of course the Stampin’ Up online store at  is open 24-7 just remember to choose me as your demo!

I hope you enjoyed this look at a fun day.  Thanks everyone who came, saw and stamped (and for those who worked so hard to put it all together – Linda, Cheryl and Joela and of course Linda’s mom – the other Jean who works tirelessly in the background to keep us fed and fueled for these events).  See you soon and don’t forget to stamp a little every day. 

Hugs and Blessings – Jean



6 Responses

  1. Great cards and projects, Jean! It sounds like veryone had a great time.

  2. It looked like a great class. I want to come next time!!

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