2020 Christmas Sampler

2020 Christmas Sampler

For the first time this year, I held workshops where we made Samplers. The 2020 Christmas Sampler this week was the most difficult one I did this year. Here’s the picture of the Christmas Sampler, using many of the Christmas stamp sets in this year’s catalogs.

Picture of 2020 Christmas Sampler

The various panels used embossing folders, gold heat embossing, dies, designer series paper, markers, water color pencils, and even a shaker snow globe. I planned two hours for the class, but the class did take longer than expected. It’s hard to get a handle on how long it will take to complete a sampler when you’re designing piecemeal, without sitting down and making another one after everything has been cut and prepared. And as most of us know, we never seem to have enough time to do such things. Although I must confess that finding organizing tips for a workshop such as this from my upline did a lot to help keep things running smoothly.

There were two gals in the workshop who preferred to make tags instead of a framed piece. This required me to alter half of the panels to make them more like tags than card fronts. Here are some of those that they made. Since these were just individual tags, it allowed me to go beyond the red, gold, and green color scheme we stuck to for the sampler. So while this gave me a little more freedom, it also created more work for me for the workshop. I particularly liked the tag with the jar full of snowflakes.

Here are the other samplers I designed for workshops this fall.

Faith Sampler
Craft Sampler
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2019 Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack

2019 Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack
Christmas card designs from 2019 Stamp a Stack workshop
Stamp-a-Stack Christmas cards

This year I planned my 2019 Christmas Card  Stamp-a-Stack in October, because November felt too late last year. Participants made twelve A2 cards, two each of six designs. Most designs were CASEd from cards I found on Pinterest, that were then tweaked to make them my own. While coming up with six unique designs can be challenging, the more challenging element is creating a mix of styles that provide a good variety in the finished cards. That is to say, a mix of Christmas cards that includes traditional, whimsy, glimmer, magical, peaceful, and the family aspects of the Christmas season. Let me know how I did in the comments below, and I hope you enjoy the cards we made.

Woodland Christmas card

This first card uses the Woodlands embossing folder that was inked with Pool Party ink and stamped in Old Olive with the Lovely as a Tree stamp.


Feels Like Frost Christmas Card

The next card was made using the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, new in the 2019 Holiday Catalog. The silver foiling on this paper is beautiful and makes really nice glimmery, foil cards.



Brightly Gleaming Ornament Card

This copper foil accent card uses the Brightly Gleaming bundle, stamp set, punches and more Specialty Designer Series Paper to create this pretty Ornament Card. All of these items can be found in the 2019 Holiday Catalog.


Dashing Reindeer cardThis Dashing Deer card uses a stamp set and die bundle that can be found in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog. A circle die was cut out of the embossed panel and a silver foil dashing reindeer was die cut and added as the focus of this card.


Swirly bird wreath Christmas cardMost importantly, a “from our house to yours” card is an important one in any Christmas card mix, and this is the card I designed. It uses retired Stampin’Up! products but I think they never go out of style. The wreath was made using the Swirly Scribbles die and adding punches from the Sprig punch and retired bird punch. The front and inside sentiments are from a many years retired sets The only current products in this card are the card stock, inks, sprig punch and Merry Christmas ribbon.

Let it Snow card

This final card is not a card I would typically make or purchase, but it adds a lot to the variety and provides a whimsical option to the mix. I actually won this stamp set and punch bundle, Snowman Season bundle, at a September Stampin Bingo and decided I had to use it. So glad to have it.

So there you have my 2019 Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I truly appreciate your comments.

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Snowflake Showcase

Oh my gosh! Here I was just stamping away and designing this year’s Christmas cards, and then Snowflake Showcase happened. Oh my gosh!

I have not been so excited about a set since joining Stampin’Up! three years ago. I have not been able to put the set away. It stays on my desk for when the next brainchild hits me. I’ve seen so many creative designs that have jump-started my month long love fest with this set of stamps and dies.

So I thought I would share a few of my cards with you. And seriously, I’ve only focused on cards so far. At some point soon, I’ll be moving on to 3D projects, because, well, that’s just how I roll.

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Dashing Deer Luminary Tent Card

This month I participated in a card swap and this post will provide the measurements and details for this month’s swap card. All swaps were to be full cards with layers, using only current Stampin’Up! products, and highlighting items from the new Holiday Catalog. So I chose the Dashing Deer Bundle. Here are some photos taken in the dark to show how it looks with the tealight.

This card uses a 4 1/4″ x 11″ card base, scored at 3 1/2″ from one end, and 3 3/4″ from the other. I used thick Very Vanilla card stock. The Designer Series Paper I used is the Festive Farmhouse DSP which was cut to 4 1/8″ x 3 5/8″. Lining up the DSP and centering it on the center panel of the card base, and using the 2 3/4″ square die from the Stitched Shaped Framelits, the DSP and card base were run through the Big Shot together with a single back and forth pass. Vellum was cut to 4″ x 3 1/2″. Using snail (liquid Tombo will warp the vellum, so make sure to use a tape adhesive), layer the vellum piece between the card base and the DSP. Before stamping or adhering any die cut to the center panel vellum, you’ll want to orient the card, so the the smaller panel (the one scored at 3 1/2″) is your bottom panel. If you use a patterned paper that has a particular orientation, you will want to make sure to cut it and adhere it in the right orientation. Since I was using a plaid pattern paper, it wasn’t important to know top or bottom of the card until I was ready to stamp.

Since this is a tent card, you will need to stamp the top panel of the card so that it is in the correct orientation to be read when it is tented. See photo.

I used the Stamparatus to speed things along since I was making 16 cards. This also made it easy to stamp the garland at the top and the bottom of this panel by simply adjusting the stamping plate.

The other sentiment was placed on the other Stamparatus plate and stamped on the bottom inside of the card base.

The reindeer was die cut using a different pattern from the same DSP and the bundle die. This was glued to the center front panel with the Fine Tip Glue. Other options for adhering this would be to sponge tombo very lightly to the back of the die cut, or to use the Sizzix adhesive sheets.

The little flowers were die cut from the framelits and added with glue dots and finished off with gold pearls. These act as a stopper for the top panel when the card is tented.

I also stamped a circle from the Eastern Beauty stamp set to show where to place the tealight. See photo.

Since I was making so many cards, I found this was the best order for constructing this card: Cut bases and score (but don’t fold on the score lines until the end, after you add embellishments). Cut the DSP and vellum. Die cut the center panel and DSP. Stamp the top panel; I used makers for inking up the garland. Stamp the bottom panel. Then adhere the vellum sandwich and the reindeer. Stamp the circle, add enbellishments, and finally fold on the score lines.

I must say that I was quite happy with how this turned out. I love make luminary cards for Christmas or special occasions.

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Carols of Christmas – Bendi card

In an attempt to improve my card making skills and try new techniques, I participate in a small card swap between other local Stamping’Up! demonstrators. For last month’s swap, we were to use a stamp set from the new Holiday Catalog 2017. For this, I opted to use the Carols of Christmas and try my hand at my first Bendi card. When working with a new design, particularly something more 3D, I work with cheap materials while I work through a prototype for the new design. So here is my first attempt with a Bendi card using the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder framelits bundle.

Simply using white card stock for the Bendi parts was too plain and flat for my taste. It needed some pizzazz. So I opted to make the Bendi arms using Dazzling Diamonds card stock to simulate sparkling snow, and using silver glimmer card stock to die cut the trees. Next, I found without a card base that opened, you are left with this look on the back of the card, which I also didn’t like.

That’s when I decided that it would be best to put the entire Bendi card onto a full card base, so that the card would open to view the message, and the Bendi tabs adhered to the back of the Bendi card could be hidden.

Using the Merry Little Christmas DSP gives the card a nice back drop for the scene and sentiment.

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