WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #30 – DID YOU SEE THE THINLITS CUTTING GUIDE??

You know you go through the catalogue so many times and still discover things in there.  It is a wealth of inspiration and ideas.  I discovered this recently and thought I would share it for our Wednesday’s WOW! today.  Perhaps I am a little late to the party here and you already know about it but if you are like me then let me tell you…

On page 215 of the 2018 Catalogue is a Die cutting and embossing guide.  Here it is here for reference.  I hadn’t read it that closely previously.

The Framelits, Edgelits and Thinlits are coloured coded in the catalogue (page 215-221) to show which sandwich to assemble on your Big Shot platform when cutting or embossing.  Sometimes it can be confusing how to get the best result when you use your dies.

  • The grey shaded box is for the Standard dies to simply cut.
  • The Pear Pizzazz coloured box are for more detailed dies and it recommends to use the Precision Plate. (That is a personal preference I find).  You may like to use an extra shim from paper or card in your own platform.  Each Big Shot is calibrated differently so just trial that in your own.  Note too: the Thin Die Adapter mentioned is the separate piece you get with the new Big Shot Platforms.  Earlier styles use a “book” type platform with “pages” to open.  In this case, you will use the “book” closed.
  • The Coastal Cabana coloured box is how to use the dies for embossing but not cutting.  It is suggested to the use the Magnetic Platform to keep your dies in place when embossing.  (How fun is it that you can emboss with some of your dies!!). 🙂

So in the catalogue showing all the dies the boxes are colour-coded to help you.  (Ok, I thought at first it was all just pretty colours happening!!)

Here is an example shown on p217.

Now when you are using the dies you can refer back to the guide to see how to set up your platform. You could always print off the chart and have it near your Big Shot to remind you. When you use them often you will remember without referring back to it.

Is that helpful??  I hope I wasn’t alone here.

Ok, back to creating now. 🙂

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #29 – EMBOSSING MATS!

Today for Wednesday’s WOW! I have an exciting new product to show you.  I don’t know if you have noticed these in the catalogue.  I know I missed them the first time (or even the fifth time!) I went through the Catalogue.  This is the Big Shot Embossing Mats.  You can see them on p221.  Have you noticed them?

They consist of 2 different Silicone mats and an impressions mat.  These mats will enable you to emboss with your cutting dies to create a totally different effect on your cards.  I will let the video below show you how to work them. If you receive this post via email and don’t see the video, head to my blog directly by clicking on the post title above and see the video there.

What a great effect it can give. What do you think?  Think of all your current dies that would work well with this???

I had a go with some of my dies.  I still have the older style Embossing Mat from a few years ago.  I used some acetate instead of the silicone mat. See how they turned out.

I used the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and the Detailed Floral Thinlits.  

      

Here are the layers for the Big Shot again to emboss with your dies –

Big Shot Platform

Cutting Plate

Die (facing up)

Cardstock

Silicone Mat

Impressions Mat

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You can find the Embossing Mats in store now -> HERE.  $26 AUS.  They are certainly a worthwhile investment and will really extend the use of your current dies.  Grab them now.  Please use the HOST CODE: PUB9TYMG

Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

 

 

OH SO ECLECTIC FRAMED WITH STITCHED LABELS!

I mentioned the Stitched Labels Framelits 2 posts back.  Ooh! I am in love with these.  I am sure you will love these.  I have used the Stitched Shapes Framelits so much and these will be a nice addition.  So I was playing with them again over the weekend.  With these cards I used the “old” set Oh So Eclectic.  And oh! another new love – Gorgeous Grape!!

Here are the cards.

I kept the layout the same on both.  This first one is in Lovely Lipstick – one of the new Incolors.

The “stitched” background was cut with one of the dies in the set on a smaller piece of card than the card base.  I did that twice. Once at the top and then at the bottom.  The white card was cut with one of the ornate frame dies and the flower and leaves stamped from the Oh So Eclectic set was raised up on this.  The sentiment is from the stamp set and stamped on Granny Apple Green card and cut with one of the label dies.  A little Silver Thread was wrapped around and adhered on the back of it.

The Gorgeous Grape card was created in a similar way.  Under the white diecut frame I added a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper that I had flagged the ends.  I stamped 2 flowers from the Oh So Eclectic set.  The outline was stamped in Gorgeous Grape and the inside was stamped in Highland Heather another new colour.

Here are the Stitched Labels Framelits.  How nice are they???

It has some great dies for the sentiments and a few little ornate ones.  The line ones I mentioned in the previous post.  I found it helpful to use the rubber mat for the top plate in the Big Shot to reduce the line from the edge of the die.  I will be using these dies a lot I think.  You need these dies. 🙂

These are available in my store -> HERE now.  $57 AUS  Please use the Host Code: FRS6ZZ6G

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

TIPS WITH THE CHARMING CAFE BUNDLE!

Have you seen the Charming Cafe Bundle in the Occasions Catalogue?  I was quite taken with this bundle as I saw great new options when making your cards like the Tri-fold card it shows. So this bundle was one of the first on my order.  I haven’t seen much done with this Bundle around so I thought I would share a few tips with using it.

This is the Bundle shown in the catalogue on page 25. It has the really sweet Charming Cafe stamp set and the Cafe Builder Framelits.

For the first card I made with this bundle I CASED this card which is in the Catalogue.

I will be honest it didn’t go as smooth as I thought, but that’s just me …  😉  Here is my card.

The front view

Inside

Open

It all came together well in the end.

I have a video below to show you some tips that I discovered using it.  I apologise in advance.  I am new at the video business but hopefully it helps.  I will outline the tips below too.

(NB: If you receive this blog update by email and the video is not showing please head to the blog post directly and view it there.

 

SOME HELPFUL TIPS

– Adhere your designer Series Paper BEFORE you cut the front window.  Much easier. 🙂

– Use the smaller rounded shape for the front window so you have something to adhere the flowery circle on.

– After you cut your front window.  Fold the card and sit the next Framelit inside to get the correct position to look through the front.  Open your card before you cut it.

– To stamp your sentiment or the inside image close up the centre fold so you can position the stamp THROUGH the window. 🙂

Since I put together this video I discovered Stampin’  Up! have a video on these but I think I can share a few “user errors”.

 

SOME ADDITIONAL CARDS

All is not lost though with my “mistakes.  Here are a few of the other cards that I salvaged.  I cut off the centre flap and made standard fold cards with them. Note: All the images were coloured with the Watercolor Pencils. It’s hard to tell but I coloured some of the flowers and the Topiary bush with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.  I have used the gorgeous Whisper White Organza ribbon too.

Close-ups.

I cut the large Circle shape from the front which wouldn’t work trying to adhere the diecut flower circle on it. So I added one flower strand to the top and stamped the chairs and sentiment inside.

You would have thought I learnt the first time not to cut the large circle shape. No! So I stamped the awning image on a piece of Whisper White and adhered that to the inside of the front flap on the card.  I stamped the window a second time and cut just the awning and raised it up.

Look! I cut the smaller circle shape in the front.  DOH! It was on the side.  It doesn’t matter too much as I cut the flower strands and raised them up off the card.  I kept it simple and stamped the Topiary for the front and I added one to the inside of the card too.

So I hope you find these tips helpful.  I do love this bundle.  We are using it at my Catalogue Launch this weekend so I will show you the card next week.

You can buy the Bundle in store now -> HERE.  It is available in Wood mount ($88AUS) or Clear Mount ($75.50AUS)

Have a great weekend,

Jenny

 

WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #10 – KEEPING THOSE LITTLE DIES SAFE!

I have a very short video to share with you today for this week’s edition of WATCH IT WEDNESDAY #10.  I don’t know about you but sometimes those tiny little dies gets buried or dropped on the floor and you spend so long looking for them.  Well! I saw an idea somewhere quite a few months ago and just recently introduced this in the classroom.  I have to say this has been fantastic!! No more lost dies! Everyone loves the idea too when they come so I thought I would share it with you.

I hope you found that useful and you might be able to adapt it to your classroom or your own craft room.

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Thanks for visiting today,

Jenny

 

RETIRED STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS FOR SALE!!!

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I have just updated my Retired Products for Sale page.  They include stamps, Big Shot dies and embossing Folders. Go and check it out and you might grab a bargain.  This is for Australian Residents only. 

Click HERE to check it out.