Frugal Friday Joins Tightwad Tuesday: A Wish for Peace and a few frugal wanna be’s: Christ is Born, Leaf Lines

Hi Everybody and welcome to another Frugal Friday – Holiday edition.   Say what…..!   Okay yes I know it’s Tuesday and time for Tightwad Tuesday.   Well today we’re mixing the two.  This is the post (with additions) that I’ve been trying to get up since last Friday!    Since cats as well as WordPress were involved I suppose I should stay mum to protect the innocent (lets just say a little tail was involved and more than a few tears both feline and human among other things!) – LoL!

Anyhoo……  We’re almost done with the Holiday stamps and wheels – Whew!  I’ll be so happy when I can go back to featuring just one or two stamp sets at a time and add more in the way of tips and techniques too!! 

Today like last week I want to feature a couple more holiday themed frugal wanna be’s as well as one bona fide frugal set and a frugal single stamp too.  Frugal as I usually define it is any stamp, set or wheel Under $20 and the full lists of those (one list for the mini and one for the IBC) can be found in my Sidebar SCRIBD documents.   That is the basic definition but I feel I should point out however that if a set doesn’t get used much then it’s not particularly frugal at any price.  Therefore some over $20 sets may indeed be frugal if you reach for them on a regular basis or they meet a particular need – Lovely as a Tree being one such set that comes to mind.  Todays featured stamps meet the need basis for this time of year and come pretty darn close to meeting the price line as well.  As everyone is gearing up for Christmas Card production I wanted to showcase a few traditional sets that will stand you in good stead for years to come.  And yes I know those of you that participate in 365 days groups are laughing your butts off right about now as the rest of us hurry and scurry to get our cards done and ready to mail.  I’m vowing right now to join all you think ahead types! 😀

Here’s a few samples of the featured sets from catalogs past and present.  Click on the images for a larger view.



A Wish for Peace – #111614, $16.95, pg.38 IBC

 One of our most frugally priced Christmas sets and a beautiful traditional set with a bonus.  The dove works for weddings, baptisms, First Communion, Passover, Praying for you and other various occasions too!   And of course World Peace Day or anytime you need a Peace related focus.  Kind of reminds me too of that old TV show Touched by an Angel. 

And if you don’t dust the trees with snow but color them in with green instead the lovely church in the trees might look like a rustic setting for a wedding as well or card for your Pastor or other Church related use.   Of course the text stamps first line if selectively inked  will work year round as well. 


 SCS Gallery:

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: gallery for this set appears to be missing at the moment – Wish for Peace exterior view Gatefold card – Interior view – Who says this set is only for Christmas! – this one shows how well the dove works with other stamp sets you might already have. – several designs with this set here

Christ is Born – #111612, $20.95, pg. 37 IBC – Also available in French # 112863

A very versatile set.  The images and the texts work in conjunction with many other sets and the Poinsettia image will also work if you need a non-religious Christmas or Winter themed card. 

I love the type style of the Christ is Born.  Perfect for embossing for an elegant look and it also reminds me of the Sister Corita drawings I grew up with in the 60’s and 70’s – always a plus in my design book.  Whether you emboss in gold on Very Vanilla or use craft inks on Kraft this set has it all.  Add a bit of ribbon a brad or two and you’re good to go.  The flower also looks wonderful dusted with Dazzling diamonds or our newest Shimmer Paints.  I’ve also thought about using the texts with the Season of Simple Grace and Holy Triptych sets.


SCS Gallery:

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: & a matching card – – Text only used on this one – quick and easy

Simple Snowflake – #115554, $7.95 pg. 208

Set Quantity: 1

As an add in or used alone this frugally priced single stamp has lots of uses. Also coordinates with the new SU Snowflake Punch introduced in this latest catalog.

Here’s what SU has to say about this stamp.

Trim all your Christmas and winter crafting projects with the simple image in the Simple Snowflake stamp. Ideal for the new or veteran stamper for just the right image on cards, scrapbook pages, or ornaments.

Tip: I’ve come up with a new inking strategy for this stamp:

Using a marker ink only the outer branches – omitting the inner connecting bars then huff and stamp.  Then play with the placement (turn it a bit in different directions) and you have a set of frames for text or smaller punch creations.  Teeny Tiny Wishes words and phrases will easily fit in this new blank space.  (I’ll try to get some pics up for this when I get new batteries for my camera).

Coordinating Product:

Snowflake Punch #116628, $15.95, pg.187 IBC

Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest, dimension, and color to your cards, tags, and scrapbook pages. You can glue punched shapes directly onto your projects or layer a sheet of card stock that has been punched over a coordinating card stock for a reverse effect.
■ Adds interest to scrapbook pages and cards ■ Perfect for adding a seasonal touch

One note about this punch…because of its intricate design it does require a bit more hand strength than the majority of punches and needs to be kept sharp by punching through foil or soda cans as well as lubricated with wax paper or WD for best results.

Tip:  Many punch creations are using the outer branches of this punch to create feet for various creatures.  Also cutting off the outer branches and using the pieces in layers to create wreaths.  It’s also possible to score the snowflake down one axis fold then glue several back to back to create ornaments.  And of course layering them adds a bit of texture and interest and can be stepped up with a rhinestone brad at the center point.


SCS Gallery:

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: – featured on Stampers Showcase (SU demo site)

Leaf Lines – 114393, $20.95, pg. 111  Also available in Spanish.

Found in my favorite category All Natural in the catalog.  This sketched set is one of the most versatile sets for this time of year.  The oak leaf and the holly images in particular are making their presence known all across the web.  The only set outshining this one to some degree is the Autumn Splendor from the mini (previously featured).  I have to say the holly stamp is probably my fav image from this set right now.  I love what Sandi Maciver and others are doing with it to create backgrounds and ornament embellishments.  The text stamp also speaks volumes!  Perfect set for many seasons.  Four leaf clover for March, Holly for December, Gingko leaf and flowering branch for Spring/Summer and of course oak leaves and acorn for Fall.


SCS Gallery:

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none

Not only is Sandi the Queen of Whack…. who practically singlehandedly put the Finial Press Folder on the Backorder list….You may notice that Sandi has become the unofficial ambassador of Leaf Lines.  I found more entries on her site for this set than anywhere else short of the SCS Gallery! – and the how to on the whack –

Bold Snowflakes Jumbo Wheel – #105957, $8.50, pg. 204 – found only on the Jumbo Wheel Index page in the back of the catalog this wheel is a companion to a now retired stamp set from a couple of years ago.  It does however work quite well on its own.   Wonderful for creating stamped gift bags, bag a lopes, background papers, gift wrap and many other types of project.  The bold images stand out particularly well on Window Sheet acetate cards and boxes.  Perfect for Winter themes.


SCS Gallery:

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery:


Amazing wheel/Punch Tutorial – – if you want to create cool cards in snap here’s the way.   Technique was used to create this card –

Word Flurries rub ons  – #111417, $4.99 (reg. 10.95).  Retired item.  Clearance Rack only in the Online Store  so in limited supply.

Stampin’ Up’s Rub-Ons are exclusive designs that look wonderful on handmade cards and tags. But they’re also perfect for adding images to difficult-to-stamp surfaces, such as glass jars, plastic notebooks, photo frames, buttons, and ribbon. 5-7/8” x 12” intricately designed Rub-On sheet.

■ 2 sheets per package: 1 sheet with Whisper White images and 1 sheet with Chocolate Chip images
■ Can be used on unique, textured surfaces that are difficult to stamp on, such as glass, tin, and plastic

As a retired item I had a bit of trouble finding links but at the price this would be hard to pass up.   A number of these images would be very cool on frames, glass ornaments, candle holders or even just added to your windows or a mirror just for the holidays.  Some images are even small enough to add to your polished nails (natural or acrylic)  for a fun holiday look.


SCS Gallery:

Stampin’ Addicts Gallery: none flurries rub ons

A bit of a hodge podge today of stamps, wheels and add in product but definitely something for everyone and in every price range.  Well okay maybe not in the millionaire range – though perhaps you could offer to gold plate it for them?  Hmm…would gold plate work as a stamp?  Oh well you get what I mean my fellow (sister?) frugalistas.

Hope your week is going well and I’ll be back again with another edition of hopefully separate Frugal Friday in a couple of days. 

Oh and if you are in the neighborhood this Saturday I have another Open Studio day scheduled.  Feel free to drop in and stamp!

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Here’s the perfect expression of this last post process!  And the relief I feel now that it finally worked! 


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