Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

Stacks of Cards

One of the most popular classes of the year is the Christmas stamp-a-stack. Everyone loves giving and receiving Christmas cards and it is really gratifying to make a stack of them all at once to get a jump-start on the season. I love having a big stack of cards all ready to be mailed out on December 1. It is really nice to make some over-the-top special cards too, but quick and easy stamp-a-stack cards are always fun to do.

 

Inspiration

I was inspired by two things when I was creating these cards. The first inspiration was our October paper sale which goes to the end of October. If you buy three packs of featured paper you get one pack FREE! So I bought some paper for myself of course including the Be Merry paper. The second inspiration was my swap card from Selina Merali. I love the layout of this card and the nice big sentiment and I thought it would work really well with the Be Merry paper.

 

Two versions of the same card using the Be Merry dsp.

 

The designer series paper is layered on a garden green mat measuring 4″ x 5 1/4″. The bottom strip of patterned paper is 2″ x 3 7/8″. The top part is whisper white 3 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ and it was stamped with real red using the snowflakes from Night in Bethlehem. The words are from Carols of Christmas. I used shimmer black ribbon and red satin ribbon to finish it off. The snowflake on the left is from Colorful Season and the star is from Night in Bethlehem.

Here are some more versions of this same card:

 

Mix and match paper and stamps for a simple Christmas card.

 

Here is the original card from Selina. She used Merry Little Christmas designer series paper from the holiday catalog. Isn’t it just amazing how the little details can make all the difference? I love how the linen thread and the rhinestone add just the right touch to the little tree accent. The stitched thinlets are also fabulous for accenting the sentiment.

 

Selina Merali's card using Merry LIttle Christmas suite.

 

Sometimes Simple is Best

 

The next card I made expressly with simplicity in mind. I love this snowflake border thinlet and I really wanted it to shine without any distractions. So I combined it with a bold sentiment and a few rhinestones.  Which colour combination do you like best?

 

Snowflake Sentiments and That's the Tag combine for a clean and simple card.

 

Although I love both colour combinations, the card on the left is quicker to make as there is no embossing. If you really think about it, this card doesn’t even have to be a Christmas card, it could just be a cheerful winter card or even a birthday card. I used pool party on the first card and heavy white cardstock and night of navy on the second card with the sentiment embossed in white as well.

 

The last set of cards were cased from another swap card, this one I received from Genevieve Ko. The cards are the same, I just used a different sentiment on each one. They use the Night in Bethlehem suite.

 

Night in Bethlehem combines with Star of Light for a simple but stunning card.

 

This card is a little more intricate for a stamp-a-stack card but it is not too difficult to prevent you from making a bunch of them in good time. The hardest part will be deciding who to give them to!

 

Class Date and Details

 

The date for this Christmas stamp-a-stack is Wednesday October 25 at 9:30am and 7pm. If the response is overwhelming I will also open up a spot at 1pm. The cost is $35 for 12 cards and envelopes.  You will get four cards of each design. There will be variations of each card that you can choose from. I will set up three stations so that you can make your cards at your own pace. Please bring your own adhesive which includes a tape runner of your choice, glue dots, dimensionals and fine-tip glue if you need it. A pair of sharp ribbon scissors can also be good to have on hand. There will also be a door prize at this event, it will be the Merry Patterns stamp set that is a host exclusive.

 

Contest Winner

 

I almost forgot to tell you about the winner of my Spooky Cat contest. Thanks to everyone who commented on my posts, I really appreciate it. The winner was Juleen Henderson. Comments are always appreciated, it helps to alleviate the feeling that your blog posts are just disappearing into cyberspace. Have a super day and keep on stamping!

That’s The Tag Bundle

Hello stampers! The last time I used  That’s The Tag bundle was at OnStage in November in Ottawa. I fell in love with the Occasions catalog there and ordered a LOT of stuff with the intention of using it all at least once in a class. I have fulfilled that resolution. Finally I am using this set and I am especially loving the versatility of the framelits. While they are all nice, my favourite is the one with the flower that you can paper piece. Check it out (thanks to Jan Brown for the inspiration for this striking card)

 

This framelit from That's the Tag make paper piecing easy for a stunning effect.

 

One of the other framelits is also suited to paper piecing and I used copper foil sheets, basic black and crumb cake with a bit of very vanilla.

 

An elegant combination of copper, black and crumb cake. Paper is from the Affectionately Yours specialty designer series paper. Framelit and stamp from That's the Tag bundle.

 

I like the way the ovals repeat with the framelit and the embossing folder. It is called Pretty Paisleys but unfortunately it is no longer available. The last card I made uses framelits that focus on the cut-out pieces. You can either paper-piece them or put the solid oval behind so that the colour pops through.

 

The framelit from That's the tag has a pretty row of butterflies that coordinate beautifully with the Fluttering embossing folder.

 

The pretty copper embossed paper is from the Affectionately Yours specialty designer series paper. You can find it on page 45. Check it out here. The embossing folder is one of those bigger square ones, great for adding scrapbook accents as well. It is called Fluttering.

 

If you want to order any of these products, be sure to use the host code on the side, I try very hard to keep it updated, but you know me, not always the most organized person on the planet!! The interesting thing about this bundle is that it is all about tags, and I haven’t made one tag with it, just cards! Oh the possibilities. I am sure you will agree with me that this is a very versatile set, good for many occasions and for both men and women.

 

Tomorrow morning I will be on the 6:18 train to Toronto where I will be attending OnStage, a local Stampin’Up! “Convention”. Our first grandchild is also due tomorrow, so lots of excitement in store. My next post will feature the suite I am going to be presenting at OnStage. I can’t wait, I know you will love it as much as I do and I am planning a big event to showcase it. That’s all for now, have a super day.

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