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Posted on August 23, 2018

Big Shot Project and Plate “Sandwich” Tips

Big Shot/ Die Cut

Hey Stampers! Do you ever get frustrated when using your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine? Maybe you've got a great project to make but you're not sure how to make your “sandwich” to get all the plates and platforms to perform correctly? Well, you're in the right place today! I've got a simple die-cut project to share AND a PDF to give you some tips for making your “sandwich” easier!

Big Shot Project and Plate "Sandwich" Tips

This card uses Abstract Impressions Designer Series Paper as the focal point, and a few Basic Pearl Jewels for some “pop”. When using an intricate die like this one, you'll want to use a Precision Cutting Plate and have a Big Shot Die Brush standing by to help you remove any stubborn little pieces that didn't fall out. If you don't yet own the die brush, here's a little “secret” I use time and time again and I KNOW you have one of these in your home.

Big Shot Project and Plate "Sandwich" Tips

Yep, a plain  old dryer sheet. If you'll rub a brand new sheet on the back of your thinlit or framelit die BEFORE running your paper through the Big Shot, the pieces will just fall out beautifully…try it!

Here's the “sandwich” tip sheet. Print it out and keep with your Big Shot for easy reference.

sandwich-flyer

Here's the project sheet for my card today. Some of my customers print out the PDF instructions and put into a binder so they'll have inspiration right at their fingertips!

Abstract Impressions Springtime Aug18

If  you need any of the supplies to make this card, just click on any picture below to go right to my online store!

 

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Posted on August 21, 2018

Don’t Worry…Be Crafty!

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Holidays / Special Days

Hey Stampers! Remember the Bobby McFerrin song from nine or so years ago? It was titled “Don't Worry Be Happy”. If you're too young to remember, catch the tune here on You Tube:

It's a snappy little song that gets my fingers to snappin' and my toes to tappin'…lol.

I think if more people  had the motto of today's title, we'd all get along much better, don't you agree? So, to that end,  today I have a special gift card project to share with all you crafty friends! 🙂

Don't Worry...Be Crafty!Don't Worry...Be Crafty!

This project is done with the Blended Seasons Bundle and Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, available now from Stampin' Up! Both of these products are “limited edition” so if they are on your wish list, I'd order them now. It's Bonus Days for the rest of this month which provides a little extra incentive to shop right now! For every $50 you spend, you'll get a $5 coupon to use in September. There's no limit on how many coupons you can earn AND you can stack them when purchasing next month! Here's some FAQ's on the Bonus Days:

Bonus Days FAQ

If you'd like the instructions for today's project, here is the pdf: Blended Season Gift Card

One more thing, if you are not a subscriber to my email newsletter, please do subscribe in the box above. My new “subscriber only gift”, a paper cone ornament video tutorial with PDF instructions will give you a great holiday project! Thanks for stopping by today. If I can help you with anything “crafty” please give me a shout!

 

 

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Posted on August 14, 2018

On the Outside Looking In – Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Big Shot/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I know it's “technically” still summer but here in Texas kids are heading back to school and, for the last few days, our weather has been rainy and cool, like fall. Today's project uses fall colors and shows you a technique using framelits that gives you an “outside looking in” effect!

On the Outside Looking In - Blended Seasons Stamp Set On the Outside Looking In - Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Isn't this cool? Kind of like a “card inside a card” Here are the instructions if you'd like to try. Also, Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post to see a couple of reminders. I don't want you to miss out on a couple of things! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Blended Seasons (149019 Wood Mount, 149016 Clear Mount), Blended Seasons Bundle (149893 Wood Mount, 149894 Clear Mount)
  • Stamp Pads: Early Espresso (147114)
  • Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Early Espresso (119686)
  • Misc.: Stitched Season Framelits Dies (149013), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (149014), Blender Pen (102845), Crumb Cake 3/8” Classic Weave Ribbon (144162), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

 

Measurements:

  • Early Espresso:     5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Cherry Cobbler:    3 ¼” x 4 ½”
  • Crumb Cake:         2 ½” x 3 ½”

 

Instructions: (This card shows the inside of the card from the outside).

  1. Fold the Early Espresso card base in half. Stamp the leaf image in Early Espresso in each corner on the INSIDE of the card.
  2. Open the Early Espresso card, lay the largest frame die from the Stitched Seasons Framelits in the center of the card front (the part that does NOT have the leaves stamped on it). Cut out the frame with the Big Shot.
  3. Layer the Early Espresso frame on the inside of the card over the stamped leaf images using Dimensionals.
  4. Cut out a medium size label from Cherry Cobbler using the medium frame die from Stitched Seasons.
  5. Layer the Cherry Cobbler frame on to the Early Espresso frame using Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp the words “Thank You” in Early Espresso ink on the piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  7. In Early Espresso stamp a portion of the leaf stamp image below the word Thank You.
  8. Cut out the greeting and leaves with the smallest frame from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.
  9. Color the leaves using the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry used here). Blend the coloring with the Blender Pen.
  10. Adhere the Crumb Cake frame on to the Cherry Cobbler frame using Dimensionals.
  11. Tie a bow with the Crumb Cake ribbon.
  12. Attach the ribbon with a mini glue dot.

Reminders:

  • Blended Seasons Bundle only available through the end of August OR while supplies last. ORDER NOW and I'll send you some PDF tutorials to give you extra ideas!
  • You can still earn $5.00 bonus coupons for every $50 product purchase, no limits! Earn these in August and redeem in September. Here's a PDF with the most common Q & A's: Bonus Days FAQ

 

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Posted on August 7, 2018

Why Should I Buy Stampin’ Up!’s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Die Cut/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! Today I wanted to tackle a question I've been getting from some customers. Why should I buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?  This product is only available for one month so why do I need it? This is such a great question and I've got a couple of answers.

First, while this stamp set is only available during August, you will be able to use it for years to come. This stamp set was designed to be versatile, perfect for more than one season and occasion.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

You'll notice there are floral, fall foliage, and winter/Christmas images. There are six sentiments, covering any occasion or event.

Another reason you might want to add this to your collection is there is a coordinating set of framelits dies so you can create beautiful layers in a snap.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

The best value would be to purchase the stamp set and dies as a set or “bundle” and save 10%! The bundle is available in both clear and wood mount.

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

Now, last, but not least, here is the best reason you need this stamp set and/or bundle. You can color purple flowers! You DID know my favorite color is purple, right?! 🙂

 

Why Should I Buy Stampin' Up!'s Blended Seasons Stamp Set?

This sample was colored with the new assortment of Watercolor Pencils, which are only available while supplies last. I can see so many different sentiments for this card. As a matter of fact, I think I'll make several sets of these, with sentiment pieces, put together in one of our acetate card boxes. What a great gift!

If you'd like the PDF tutorial for this card, just click below, and save to your computer.

Blended Seasons watercolor card

That's all for today! Please do email me if I can help you at all! Need any Stampin' Up! supplies? Shop HERE.

 

 

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Posted on May 17, 2018

Tutti Frutti Purse is Perfect for Graduation Gifts

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days

Greetings Stampers and Happy Friday Eve! Around our office, everyone loves Thursdays ALMOST as much as Fridays. Today's project, Tutti Frutti Purse is perfect for graduation gifts! No matter if elementary school, junior high, high school, or college graduations are on your calendar, this little gem filled with folded up “bills” will be a big hit! You can crank them out so easily.

Change up the project to be a messenger bag or backpack to make it more gender neutral. Although, my husband has been known to carry my purse at times on vacation. He might go for one of these, especially if it is filled with money! 🙂

Tutti Frutti Purse is Perfect for Graduation Gifts

This paper is on the retiring list right now but you can still grab it, along with some other coordinating items.

Tutti Frutti Purse is Perfect for Graduation Gifts

Go ahead and click here to order. I've included the instructions, along with measurements, below. Of course, if this paper isn't your style, it will work with paper you love just as well!

Supplies:

  • Card Stock – Real Red (102482), Tutti Fruiti DSP (145606)
  • Misc. Gold Mini Trim (144128), Gold 1/8” Ribbon (134583), Rhinestones (144220), Garden Trellis Embossing Folder (143741), Glue Dots (103683), Paper Trimmer (126889) Scallop Tag Topper Punch (133324), Big Shot (143263), Tear Tape (138995)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock 1: 6 x 6 DSP
  • Card Stock 2: Real Read Scrap 2 x 2 ½”

Instructions:

  1. Punch the Red 2” scrap and score using the Paper Trimmer at ½”. Emboss using the Big Shot and the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder. Adhere a piece of Tear tape on the ½” Scored piece.
  2. Using the Paper Trimmer, score the DSP at 2” and 4” and turn DSP and repeat. Place DSP in Paper Trimmer diagonally and score the outer corner squares only from point to point. Fold on all the score lines.
  3. It should fold all INWARD. Pinch the top.
  4. Adhere the Real Red Scallop closure to the back of the purse.
  5. Adhere Sequins handle on the inside with rolled up glue dots.
  6. Adhere bow with a glue dot and adhere a Rhinestone. To close the purse, adhere with a glue dot.

 

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