Tightwad Tuesday explores many holiday traditions

Happy Tightwad Tuesday to you all!

Oh my goodness I’m writing this Monday night and Tightwad Tuesday was almost blown right into Wednesday.  The winds are roaring through the valley like a freight train (sound effects and all) and I’m betting that what few leaves remain will all be gone by morning.  Hopefully the pine trees can hold onto at least a few of their needles and cones!  Amazing!  And just a tad scary.  The cats are hunkered down and waiting for it to all go away.  Myself I’m just praying the power stays on (when you have a well no power also equals no water and boy do I need a shower! – LoL!)

Today’s Tightwad Tuesday post is going to explore (exploit?) several different upcoming holiday traditions.   Some you may be familiar with and others you may have wondered what they are all about.   As always though the stamps featured are all from my Under $20 list and for the full listings you can see, print or download the documents from my righthand sidebar.  We’re on schedule to have completed the holiday portions of the list by the end of November thus hopefully giving you time to order materials and execute any project ideas these recent holiday themed posts have inspired.

For the holidays you may be less familiar with, I’ve provided some links I found through Google or through friends to information, recipes and general overview.  Please understand that I am not responsible for the information you will find there.  As with any tradition particularly religious and cultural ones different groups will have different perspectives.  The links are provided solely to provide you with some basic information that you might find helpful as you choose or not to celebrate or provide others celebrations with joy and creativity with your stamping craft.

General Information link for all three holidays represented in this post: http://edsitement.neh.gov/monthly_feature.asp?id=83

And a few more from Google searches:


Celebrated on December 25th.

Here’s a few links about traditions and celebrations around the world. 



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn10FF-FQfs – excerpt from Charlie Brown Christmas video

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Holiday—Celebration-Recipes/Christmas-Recipes – recipes

http://www.marthastewart.com/christmas – Martha Stewart recipes and crafts etc.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/search/christmas/results.do?fnSearchType=recipe – recipes from the FoodNetwork



This year Hanukkah begins at Sunset on Dec. 11th and continues until nightfall of Dec. 19th 2009. 

Here’s a few links with general information:



http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday7.htm – Judaism 101 site

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/Hanukkah/Main.aspx – recipes

http://www.chabad.org/theJewishWoman/article_cdo/aid/454611/jewish/Chanukah-Recipes-Tips.htm – recipes

http://www.foodnetwork.com/search/delegate.do?fnSearchString=hanukkah&fnSearchType=site  – food network recipes

http://www.bhg.com/holidays/hanukkah/recipes  – recipes



Dates when celebrated: Dec. 26 through Jan. 1

Here’s a few links with information about the traditions and history of the holiday as well as suggestions for celebrating it:



http://www.bhg.com/holidays/kwanzaa/traditions/kwanzaa-history-traditions – some wonderful recipes in this one

http://www.theholidayspot.com/kwanzaa/kwanzaa_recipes.htm – recipes

http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/kwanza-traditions/1797.html – video


Now on to the stamps!


Gifts of Christmas –

#115372, $18.95, pg. 37 IBC

3 stamps in set.


By far the easiest of these stamp sets to find links for.   Dress it up or dress it down, glittered, shimmered or simple this stamp set can provide a wide range of cards for every stamper.  And omit the Christmas greeting it will be perfect for any number of other holidays, weddings, anniversaries etc.  Even Peace rallies for the activist stamper!  Perfect for a Noah’s Ark themed event at Church or for many Jewish Holidays that also have doves in their images.

While most of the cards you will see in the links use the main image with the dove there are other possibilities in this set.  The single branch with vine and flowers works in a number of ways and even the text image while relating to Christmas wishes could have just the capitalized Peace, hope and love portion inked and used.  And don’t forget that each of these three words are also of a perfect size to be used alone on a mini tag (see the small insert).

Peace, hope, and love–couldn’t we all use a little more? Spread these three gifts to all your loved ones this holiday season.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17463

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3159









http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1535395?&cat=17463  – CAS





http://mirrorimage.typepad.com/caroleannes-1st-blog/a-gift-of-christmas  – non dove gifts of Christmas



http://stampwithtami.com/blog/2009/11/christmas-cards-stampin-up/ – this link has another link showing how to create the unembossed ovals so popular with the users of this stamp set.

http://www.stmprdee.com/2009/08/christmas-card-greeting.html – 3D mini tag album


http://ustamp4fun.com/classic-christmas-card – Text stamp only

http://www.createwithpaper.com/createwithpaper/2009/10/canadian-crafters.html – another non dove


http://stampercamper.com/home/cardpost/october_-_tour_de_freaks – Dove and non dove samples



Shalom Sayings – #111686, $15.95, pg. 39 IBC

One in a series of stamp sets geared to Jewish holidays this set has many practical uses in celebrating the traditions and holidays in the Jewish life.  For those of us who appreciate those holidays but who are not of this faith I would still recommend this set for use with craft fairs, friends of this faith and even more importantly these days to provide cards for soldiers serving overseas who’s traditions may easily be overlooked.

What SU has to say about the set:

Express the sincerest Bar Mitzvah congratulations or the warmest holiday wishes with the timeless Jewish symbols of the menorah and the Star of David. The exclusive Jewish-themed stamp set Shalom Sayings helps you say it all.

Set Quantity: 4

More than just Hanukkah can be celebrated with this set.  And many stampers combine these images with the Menorah and Star from the Holiday Blitz stamp set found on pg. 44    All the images are especially gorgeous when silver or gold embossed (silver being the more traditional).  And for a twist markers can be used to create candles or other features in multiple colors.     I have to say that I’m a sucker for any stamp set with a menorah or Star of David.   I’ve long appreciated and celebrated many Jewish holidays as an addition to my Catholic faith.  Growing up with many Orthodox friends probably also had an influence.   When I think of candles I think of Sabbath prayers and Menorahs as well as the light of Christ’s love.  And it all seems good to me.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14657

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=935 

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1053649?&cat=14657 – This one made the Stampin Up demo showcase last year and has been a favorite of mine for some time now.

http://shaunacards.blogspot.com/2009/10/303-hanukkah-card.html – CAS












Let There Be Light – #116533, $7.95, pg. 31 in the Holiday Mini.

This fun and frugally priced stamp is one of the single stamps introduced in this years 2009 Holiday Mini.  While basically a Menorah the candles designs remind me of African designs I’ve come across in my weaving so initially I also thought of Kwanzaa until I learned there was a difference in the number of Candles used (7 as opposed to the 9 of the menorah).  Also flavors of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting and other modern artists from the 1960’s like Sister Corita Kent. 

So since the mini ends January 4th if it appeals you’d best grab it before it disappears!  

Note: the phrase can be inked alone and used in various projects and can also be omitted from the stamp with clever inking.  A perfect stamp image to get out your watercolor pencils or markers.  And also lends itself to embossing and other fun techniques.


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17836

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.phpcat=3254 







Happy Kwanza – #111640, $15.95, pg. 39 IBC

SU says:

Joyous Kwanzaa! Celebrate the proud and storied contribution of African-American culture to the vibrant holiday season with the exclusive images and greeting from the Happy Kwanzaa stamp set. 

The cup, the corn and the candles (with text omitted) can all be used in many settings so that makes this not only a frugally priced set but a practical one as well with more than a single occasion use.  The stylized images have a natural weight and feel about them.   Try embossing them in white, black, brown or gold and then filling in the spaces with color!   Whether you go bold or neutral this set will add a new dimension to your cards and projects.  I only wish I could have found more links to inspire you to see beyond the single holiday emphasis of this set.  Hmm…going to have to see if I can get my hands on it and experiment!   If any of you have this set how about posting your work to the online galleries so we can all be inspired….pretty please??


SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=14647

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none








Note about another thrifty set that will work as an adjunct to many of todays sets:  Holiday Blitz though priced at $38.95 has a cost per stamp ratio (28 stamps at a cost of approx. $1.39 each) that does make it a thrifty choice for frugalistas and with the wide range of symbols and images pretty much every holiday or event is covered including the three holidays featured in todays post.  And with the smaller size of images its perfect for creating those inchie projects you know I’m crazy about.  Coordinates well with punches too!   Here’s a shot of all the images and another day I’ll provide you some links and a larger discussion about why price is not always the determining factor in what’s a tightwad/frugal deal.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the dive into the holiday info and the stamps and I’ll see you back here for another Frugal edition on Friday as well as Thursdays Blog Picks and Posts.

Hugs and blessings – Jean


One Response

  1. What a fabulous list of links! Thanks so much for including me on your list!

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