January’s Valentine Stamp a Stack reprised

Hi All,

As promised earlier here are the projects from January’s Valentine Stamp-a-Stack (SAS) event.   As you’ll probably notice quite a few of these are easily converted to Birthday or other occasion type cards.   Some designs are CASE cards from designs seen across the web and some are originals.  Where possible (i.e. when the memory was working or the info shared) I’ve tried to identify the source of a CASE so as to give proper credit.

As seems to be the case more and more the Big Shot was the featured guest/workhorse at the event.   The only project not using our big bad boys made use of my other favorite tool….Stencils!


Linda’s Red Bird Heart Punch Card

This card was an altered CASE from Barb Mann (another fellow demonstrator and online friend) and a card she posted on Stampin’ Up’s new Stampin’ Connection – the online community site recently formed by SU for demonstrators.  To check out more of Barb’s wonderful projects check out her SCS Gallery here and feel free to leave her a comment.

To add to the design and put her own touch on it Linda added the polka dot ribbon and a white heart that to me made me think of a valentine moon – the perfect outline for this sweet red bird.  Some of the supplies listed were used on the inside of the card or the envelopes in case you were wondering where they were used.


STAMP SETS: Teeny Tiny Wishes(115370), You & Moi(111716), I {Heart} Heart(117010), I {Love} Love wheel(117084), Holiday Best(115364 hostess set), A Happy Heart(111758), Whimsical Words(118386)

Card Stock: Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White

Ink: Real Red and Real Red jumbo Ink Cartridge

Accessories:          Punches: Heart to Heart (113694), Small Heart (117193), Extra Large Two-Step Bird (117191), Word Window(105090), Modern Label (116630), Full Heart (113693), 3/16” Corner Rounder (109047),

 Sizzlits 4-pack Hearts Set (113448), Real Red ¾” Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115608), Gold Brads (104337), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  1. Fold Real Red Cardstock in half.
  2. Round corners of Kraft paper with 3/16” corner rounder.
  3. Punch out four Whisper White Hearts with the Full Heart punch and two small hearts.
  4. Punch out four Bird/branches from Real Red Cardstock strip and two small hearts and four Modern Labels.
  5. Using the Teeny Tiny Wishes or the You & Moi set, stamp words on Whisper White Cardstock in Real Red ink and punch out with Word Window punch.
  6. Punch twice on the lower part of the Kraft Cardstock using the Heart to Heart punch.
  7. Cut the ribbon in four equal pieces.
  8. Layer ribbon on Kraft CS above the cut out hearts.
  9. Layer Bird onto White heart and onto card front.

10. Layer word window onto the Modern Label. You can attach gold brads or leave plain and then attach to ribbon.

11.  When finished decorating Kraft card front, attach Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back and then layer onto Real Red Card front.

12. Using the Big Shot, platform and cutting pads, cut a larger heart from the Hearts Set Sizzlits for the inside of the card.

13. Stamp the appropriate sentiment inside.


Linda’s  Scalloped Heart Valentine or birthday card

CASE’d from Connie B’s creation found here

Since not everyone wanted to make Valentines exclusively this design was easily altered to make a birthday or other occasion card.   One of the things we try to keep in mind when designing projects – lol!


Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Card Stock: Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla

Ink: Melon Mambo and Melon Mambo marker, Soft Suede

Accessories: Big Shot, Scalloped Heart Embosslit (117332), Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (115964), ½” Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon in Melon Mambo (115611), Stampin’ Dimensionals


  1. Fold Melon Mambo CS in half
  2. Using the Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Big Shot,

Insert the quarter sheet of Very Vanilla into the folder and run it through the Big Shot.

  1. Color the centers of the flowers with the Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker.
  2. Cut the polka dot ribbon into four equal pieces.
  3. Tie a knot in the ribbon and attach it to the face of the Embossed Scalloped Heart.
  4. Stamp the words “happy valentine’s day” onto the card front .
  5. Attach the heart to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp the sentiments inside using Soft Suede ink.
  7. Decorate the envelope with the wheel and the Melon Mambo custom ink cartridge.

Alternate Card:

  1. If you do not want this to be a Valentine, you may punch out a flower from the Melon Mambo, a Circle from the Very Vanilla and attach a piece of the ribbon to the flower.
  2. Birthday, Thinking of you or Thank you sentiments can then be added.
  3. Decorate the envelope with the alternative wheels provided.


Cheryl’s Fancy Favor box

This was a fun project that let everyone express their own individual style.  Though everyone started out with a Textured Chocolate Chip Cardstock Fancy Favor Box what they chose to do with it was very different in every case.  Another time I wish I had taken pictures of everyone’s finished project!   The box pictured here was one of the very simple samples provided though I have to admit that very simplicity added to the Sweet Pea felt pieces used to embellish it won my heart.

Textured Chocolate Chip Fancy Favor Box

Stamps:  Oval All

Card Stock (CS):  Chocolate Chip (CC) Textured 6”x 12”, scraps of Whisper White (WW), Pretty in Pink (PIP), Rose Red (RR)

Ink:  Rose Red Classic Ink pad, Pretty in Pink Marker

Punches:  1” Circle, Small Oval, Large oval, Scalloped Oval

Other:  Big Shot, Fancy Favor Die, brayer, sponge daubers, Pretties Kit, Sticky Strip, dimensionals, Pop-Up glue dots, Paper Piercer & mat

  1. Run CC through the Big Shot.  Fold creases.  Apply Sticky Strip to side flap and bottom flap- see sample.  Assemble box.
  2. Brayer flower with RR ink.   Set aside.
  3. Punch 1” circle from RR CS.  Make faux suede with the circle- ask me how.
  4. Use glue (Tombow) to attach half pearl to faux suede layers and flower. Set aside to dry.
  5. Stamp greeting, punch and layer.
  6. Attach flower with Pop-Up glue dot.  Attach greeting with Dimensionals.


Cheryl’s 3×3 Valentine Stencil Project

This very fun project made use primarily of the brand new Love U set of stencils found in the Definitely Decorative catalog insert (you can download a copy from my sidebar) on page 11.  Easy to use and lots of decorative possibilities made this a fun set of stencils to play with.   I might add that they appealed to the Frugalista in me since you get 7 different stencil designs (just under 3″ x 3″) for $14.95.  That’s just over $2 apiece.  Not bad and they are as reusable as rubber stamps with even less storage space requirements! 

I have to admit I cheated with the last one.  While Cheryl and I were prepping for the event I got a crazy notion in my head to use the Big Shot, one of the dies on the table and a textured impressions folder for a quickie, quick almost no ink Valentine.  No ink for me anyway since the inked punch pieces left from Cheryl’s earlier design time were just sitting there on the table crying out to be used!    Of course I had to bring it along to show other possibilities just in case there were a few people with Stencil phobia’s.   Uh huh there are a few out there with that mystifying condition.  Luckily we saved a few who were starting to exhibit symptoms…

Here’s a few samples and finished customer projects:

3” x 3” Stencil Cards

Stamps:  Assorted 

Card Stock:  Kraft 3”x 6”, Cameo Coral 3”x 6”, scraps of Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White 

Ink: Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip ink pads

Punches:  Small Oval, Word Window, Scallop Border

Other: Love U Stencils, Sponge Daubers, Stamp a ma jig

Choose stencil and wipe clean.

Use removable tape and Dotto to position card and stencil.  Apply Dotto to back of card and line up on grid paper.  Using the painter’s tape position the stencil over the card – Use sponge daubers to stencil, the stencil can be carefully lifted from one end to check color saturation in daubing.  Start with light strokes and add layers of color as needed.  Like microwaving less is more.   And a little more can always be added but never subtracted!

Adhesive remover can be used to remove excess Dotto if needed.

Lightly stencil envelopes.

Embellish cards as desired using stamps and punches.  Refer to samples for inspiration if needed.


Jean’s Movers and Shapers alternatives – Asian Artistry, Very Vintage Wheel, Love Bandit, Happy Moments, I {Heart} Hearts

This project came under the heading of….WAY, WAY too Many CHOICES!    On the other hand we had a lot of fun with it and the ladies at the event came up with even more interesting combinations and color versions.  One I wish we had gotten a picture of is essentially the Asian Artistry card but in Pretty in Pink Cardstock and Soft Suede Ink.  Turned out to be a pretty combo.

As you can see, the idea was to use a Mover and Shaper die to cut a window and then move on from there (yeah, yeah the pun was intended – lol!).    I love that this die also scores the card for easy folding as well.    Everyone was given two pink and two green card bases though a bit of trading around was also done.  By the end of the project everyone had a pretty good handle on using the Big Shot (yep that was a seriously bad pun).    Turned out that for the Green projects the Asian Artistry and Love Bandit were the most popular and for the Pink the Heart card using the Very Vintage Wheel was a big winner.  At least that one was easy peasy!   I had a lot of fun though keeping track of the multiple stamp sets, ink colors and tools as they spread around the table!   Especially since half the stamps were our new clear mount sets that can easily get lost on the table if you don’t have an established spot for them.  Luckily we all brought our clear mount block sets so quite a few stamps just stayed on the blocks.


tip: If you have an acrylic recipe book holder or an acrylic freestanding photo frame they work wonderfully as a place to park your clear mount stamps while you are still working with them.


A number of people ended up ordering the I {Heart} Hearts set after this event to support SU’s Haiti donations as well as making cool cards.   Did you know that SU donated over $27,000 dollars as a result of sales like these.  They sent 5,000 personal hygiene kits as well.

 Asian Artistry and Pendent Park used above.

Love Bandit & Woodgrain used above.

Tree’s and leaves from Good Neighbor SAB set used above.

Happy Moments SAB set used above.

Click for a close up on the above image and you’ll see the delicate tracery of the Fine Flourish single stamp from Occasions centered on the heart shaped window.

If you click on the image above you can see that one enterprising stamper grabbed the flowering branch image from Vintage Vogue to use instead of the wheel.  A bit more delicate and toile like.

Movers and Shapers Card- Die with Heart and Medallion shapes

Stamps:   Asian Artistry, Pendant Park, Happy Moments, Love Bandit, Whimsical Words, Woodgrain, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, Good Neighbors, I {Heart} Hearts

Ink:  Always Artichoke (AA), Certainly Celery(CC), Pretty in Pink(PIP), Rich Razzleberry(RR), Soft Suede(SS) ink pads

Cardstock:  Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White(WW), Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry

Punches:  Full Heart, Eyelet Border, Wide Oval, Large Oval, Modern Label, ¾” circle, long bladed scissor, Round Tab, Scallop border, Scallop Trim Border

 Other: Clear Blocks, glue dots, Black Gingham ribbon,  Big Shot, Movers & Shapers Holiday Collection (medallion die) and Magnetic Movers and Shapers (Heart Shape)              

 *Note- Check pattern on Jumbo Wheel- there is a top and bottom to the pattern- see sample. 

 Select preferred pattern before die cutting card base.   For Heart Cards use heart die.   For Asian or Love Bandit Medallion die works best.

Asian Version:

1.  Using the Big Shot die cut the Medallion in the upper right quadrant (see sample) of the card base.  Fold on score for tent card orientation.

2.  Stamp grass/flower stamp from Asian Artistry starting off the paper to the left hand side and stamping across.  Second and third stamps in row should be at slightly lower levels and slightly overlapping.

3.  Border Punch the insert card (WW 4 x 5 ¼) along bottom.  Dotto corners to inside of card.

4.  Open card flat.  Using the window as a guide, line the ‘bird on bamboo’ stamp with edge of wood block aligned with card fold and stamp using Always Artichoke ink. 

5.  Stamp the border stamp from Pendant Park with Artichoke ink on 1” strip and cut out using long blade scissors leaving a small border or white visible all around.  Adhere to top of card.

6. Using Always Artichoke ink and scrap strip of Whisper White, stamp the dragonfly using the stamp off technique (ink stamp and stamp off once or twice on scrap or grid paper then stamp on Whisper White piece).  Ink the Text stamp with Always Artichoke and stamp over top of the dragonfly.   Punch out with Wide Oval Punch.   Punch a Round Tab piece from AA cardstock and layer behind the wide oval adhering with glue stick or snail.  Attach layered pieces to front of card as seen in sample.

7.  Stamp dragonfly on back of card.   Embellish Envelope as desired.

Vintage Heart Card

1. Die cut the Heart in the center of card base.  Fold at crease.

2.  Using Very Vintage Wheel – wheel sideways across the Pretty in Pink Card Base (checking direction of text and butterfly).  Wheel across front and back of card.  ***Note: open card out flat so wheel doesn’t mark inside of card.

3. Use Eyelet border punch along 1” strip and adhere to top of card.  Stamp on Whisper White your choice of Heart or text using Rich Razzleberry ink and punch out with Full Heart Punch.  Adhere to inside of card so visible through window.  Stamp desired small text on WW and punch with Modern Label Punch.  Punch a Modern Label with Rich Razzleberry scrap and cut in half and adhere as background to WW text stamped piece.

4.  Tie Gingham ribbon across card.

Variations see Samples.   Other variations use Whimsical Words and Good Neighbors but are constructed similarly.

Love Bandit Version

1.  Die cut Certainly Celery Card Base with Medallion die set to one side of card (see sample). 

2. Ink Woodgrain background stamp with Always Artichoke and stamp across front of card.  Daub edges of card with AA to create a frame. 

3. Adhere insert inside card with Dotto.   Add border Punch along bottom if desired.  Using Raccoon stamp from Love Bandit set with Soft Suede ink line up and punch through the window using clear mount stamp and block for easy alignment.

4. Stamp the Tree image in Artichoke on Whisper White scrap and cut out and attach to front of card. 

5. Stamp Owl on scrap using Soft Suede and punch out with ¾” circle punch and adhere on tree with a dimensional.

6. Stamp back of card with tree stump and animal of choice.

7. Embellish Envelope.


Looks simple as you read through the directions and basically all the cards really are though I can tell you that after 20 + attendees each making 4 of every design, lots of time on our feet and only the three of us to answer questions, etc. not to mention the clean up and packing up afterwards Linda, Cheryl and I were more than ready to put up our feet and kick back with some serious chocolate consumption after the event!    Lots of fun, wonderful ladies to hang out with, great food and of course ink and paper to play with made for a wonderful day….at least we thought so and from the level of chatter and showing off of projects I think I can safely say that the others enjoyed it too.    Hope you enjoyed this peek into a fun time.   I’ll be back another day with our February Birthday Stamp a Stack review.

In the meantime if you are looking for some creative fun plan to join us at our March 27th Stamp Camp  details of which can be found on my SU website (click on the order online icon at the top of the righthand sidebar to get there).   You can also use my online store site to order your own materials to make any of the cards shown above after all I included the directions too just so you could.   If you make your own versions link me or email me a picture and I’ll post it here on my blog for all to enjoy.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean


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