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

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

 

PAINTED BLOOMS MINI TREAT BAG!

I am sure you have seen the little treat bags around the internet made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets.  Now I will be honest, I wasn’t going to get this framelite set.  I can make up little bags myself- can’t I??? But I saw lots of cute versions and realised you get so many cute little “bits”.  How cool! So OK, I had to get it 🙂

Here is my cute little bag I made a couple of weeks ago.  I made a cute envelope using the bag die from the gorgeous Painted Blooms DSP.  This is such BEAUTIFUL paper.  Have you got it yet? I made a tag to fit inside it. The sentiment used here is from the Sale-A-Bration set ‘Simply Wonderful’.  I coloured the flower from the set using the Markers.  Wouldn’t this be lovely to give to someone special! I love that Blackberry Bliss colour.

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Now this die set is not just limited to little gift bags.  You can enlarge it and make larger bags or make gift boxes.  I have played around a little doing this so I will have to show you soon.

Here is the Thinlet set for you to see all the “bits”.

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Mini Treat Bag Thinlets (137547) $67.95.

If you want to find out more about this fun little die set you can check out the Stampin’ Up! video here.

Thanks for looking.  Stop by and visit me again soon.

Jenny

SOUTH PACIFIC STAMPIN’ UP! CONVENTION IS STARTING!!!

YAY! I am a little excited.  By the time you read this I should be in Melbourne ready for the South Pacific Stampin’ Up! Convention.  There will be so many inspiring new ideas, some sneak peeks of new products and best of all meeting up with Demonstrators from Australia and New Zealand. It’s great to finally meet face to face after chatting and sharing comments online on various groups.  There are so many inspiring Demonstrators around here.

Another fun part of Convention is swapping.  It’s a great way of getting new ideas and seeing different ways of using a stamp set or other tool.  I thought I would share the swaps I made today.

The first one is CASED from a clever Demonstrator (Michelle) on a Facebook group I am on.  I loved the idea of it.

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This is such a clever idea but so simple!!! Just cut the sheet of card length ways, score in half, then on one half cut it in half. Done!!  Decorate as you like.  I will show you photos of them individually.  Sorry about the lighting.  It was bad weather when I took the photos a couple of weeks ago and I have only just noticed, but it gives you an idea.

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CARD: Crumb Cake with Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP STAMPS: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Perfectly Penned Plus Adhesive Pearls.

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CARD: Coastal Cabana with Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP STAMPS: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Perfectly Penned Plus Adhesive Pearls.

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CARD: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley DSP STAMPS: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Perfectly Penned. (I did add Adhesive Pearls to these ones, but  I had to grab the one that I missed to take a photo of it!!)

Here is a view with it open to give you an idea.

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The next card was CASED from Dawn Olchefske. I can’t find the card on her blog.  I think I found it on Pinterest????  This is a clever way of using the Circles Thinlets Die.  A great retro card for the Birthday Boy???

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CARD: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White.  STAMPS: Music Notes Wheel, Gorgeous Grunge. PUNCHES: 1 3/4″ Circle, 1 1/4″ Circle, 2 step Owl Punch, Chevron Border Punch.

I will show you my swaps I receive back next week.  They are always great to check out.  Have a great week.  I know I will 🙂

Jenny

SCALLOP TAG TOPPER BOX!

I have had this idea in my head for a while now so I had to just do it!!  I wanted to create a little box using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

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I have used the Sale-A-Bration ‘Sweet Sorbet’ DSP.  I know Sale-A-Bration is done with BUT I HAD TO USE IT!!!  I used the new Spiral Flower Die that has just come in to my possession.  I am having fun with that little die 🙂  I have seen the twine loops around the blogosphere and wanted to have a go with making them.  It was a bit tricky at first as I didn’t know what I was doing but I think I worked it out in the end.  The leaves are from the 2-step Bird Punch.

I wanted to share the Tutorial with you to make your own little box (AND it is in Metric AND Imperial)

SCALLOP TAG TOPPER BOX

Metric

Card – 29.5cm x 21cm.

Along the long side score at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm.

Along  the short side, score at 7cm and 14cm.

DSP for wrapper – 3.5cm x 29.5cm.

 

Imperial     (Finished size for this one will be slightly taller than the Metric box. There is a photo below showing the difference in size).

Card  – 8 ½” x 11”.

Along the long side score at 2 ½”, 5”, 7 ½” and 10”.  (Trim ½” off on the small tab section so there is not so much excess to adhere down).

Along the short side, score at 2 ½” x 6”.

DSP for wrapper – 1 ¼” x 11”.

 

DIRECTIONS TO ASSEMBLE THE BOX FOR BOTH METRIC AND IMPERIAL.

1. After you have cut your card to size and scored it. Cut off the small tabs, one at the top and one at the bottom leaving the middle section.

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2. Punch out each tab on the long side using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  To do this slide the first scored section into the Punch.  You will need to wiggle it gently in under the punch.  Centre it in the punchI line up the card section between the rectangle on the top of the punch and then punch.

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3. Gently slide the card along to the next scored section.  Line it up in the same way and punch out again.  Repeat this for the next 2 sections. Trim off the excess card between each punched section.

4. Cut up each score line at the bottom until it meets the horizontal score line.

5. Fold on each of the score lines. Fold over the top Scalloped section and adhere down with Sticky Strip.

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6. Add Sticky Strip to the small tab at the side on the right side of the card.

7. Assemble by folding the scored lines in to form a box shape and adhere together onto the side tab.

8. Add Sticky Strip to the bottom tabs and adhere down.

9. Adhere the Wrapper around the box and decorate as you would like.

I made another version using DSP (Sweet Sorbet again!).  This one was using the Imperial measurements.

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This is slightly larger than the Metric version.  You can see them in the photo together below.

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Enjoy making your own.  🙂

Jenny

 

 

 

THIS DAY FORWARD WEDDING!

The last couple of weeks/months have been really busy.  My Mum was married on Saturday so there has been a lot to do in preparing for the wedding and starting to pack up her house to move.  It was a great day on Saturday though and I am very happy for them both.  Now I know there is a lot of excitement with the new products from the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration but I thought now was a good time to show you the invites and cards I made for them before it gets too much later.

Firstly, the engagement card.  I bought the set ‘This Day Forward’ especially for my Mum.  She loves birds and I knew that she would like it for the invitations as well.  Of course, I was assuming I was making them though! I will just tell you in advance in case you don’t work it out, my Mum likes blue!!! 😉

I started using the set for the Engagement card.

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Is is hard to tell but I stamped the image in versamark and Marina Mist ink and then clear embossed it.  I matted it on Silver Glimmer Paper.

See the border??? This has been created with the Chevron Border Punch.  I cut 2 strips and punched along them.  Then I flipped one over and wove one through the other.  I saw this idea on my blog travels somewhere.  I added some Rhinestones in the centre and around the image (although they seem to look a bit black in the photo). Then I tied around some striped organza ribbon which is now retired.

Here is the Wedding Invitation.  I needed to keep it simple as there was not a lot of time.  These needed to get out before Christmas so it was crazy for a week or two.

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I was going to heat emboss the image again but that was going to take too long.  After I stamped the image I embossed the bottom edge with the hearts from the Adorning Accents Embossing Folder. The “You’re Invited” is from the set ‘A Dozen Thoughts’. This piece was then matted on Marina Mist card.  I added a white Taffeta ribbon bow and a Rhinestone.  For the card base I cut an A4 piece of card vertically and then scored it half way.  I embossed the inside edge with the hearts once again.  I cut the front bottom edge with the ‘Adorning Accents’ Edgelits.   I forgot to take a photo of the inside but I had the wedding details on a separate piece of paper and attached with 2 silver brads at the top.

Now for the wedding card.  It was 3 days out from the wedding and I thought maybe I should get the card made.  So of course I used ‘This Day Forward’ again.  I didn’t have a lot of time to make one but I was pleased with the end result.

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I stamped the image with versamark and Marina Mist and added clear embossing powder and heat embossed this.  Along the bottom edge of the card I dry embossed this with the ‘Delicate Designs’ Embossing Folder.  I added some white organza ribbon.  The sentiment from the set was heat embossed as well and then I cut a banner shape from one end.  This was raised using Dimensionals.  I added 3 Rhinestones to the hearts.

The inside was just kept simple.

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OK, so just a couple of family pics.  If you are friends with me on Facebook you would have seen these so I don’t want to bore  you too much with these again.

Here is my Mum and her new husband.

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I have to add my gorgeous girl.  Carlie was Bridesmaid and she looked beautiful!

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Thanks for looking.  Hope I didn’t bore you too much.  All this was a whirlwind done in about 3 months. So I might just come up for air now – maybe!!!!  This year is turning out crazy.  Never fear though creating is what keeps me sane – or saner!  I will endeavour to share my projects with you as best I can.  I have been having fun playing with all the new products so I will show you some of them soon.

Jenny

CRAFT FAIRS PART 2 – GIFT IDEAS!

In today’s post  on Craft Fairs I thought I would show you some Gift Ideas that I made to sell.

Firstly, some little notebooks.  I found these at a local discount shop.  I was going to cover them but time was running out.  I think this was one week out to the Craft Fair! The notebooks had a plastic type plain cover so I decided just to stamp directly on them.  They are not as exciting as I could have done BUT ……

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I used Black Staz On and stamped images from ‘Timeless Talk’.  They were simple but cute!

Next I made some Whiteboard Frames.  Another idea from my Internet travels.

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For these, I just grabbed some photo frames and you can use whiteboard markers to write directly on the glass.  For the insert inside I used different pieces of DSP that I had.  I created the heading using MDS and printed this on Whisper White card.  I added a trim from card punched with the Scallop Border punch.  I cut some butterflies using the Butterfly Bigz die and and Beautiful Wings Embosslits and adhered them to the front.  They make really nice gifts in no time.

Some more projects tomorrow so come back and visit.

Jenny

PS. One more Week to Sale-A-Bration and the new Occasions Catalogue starts.  I am mailing out the catalogues now. Drop me a message if you want them mailed out to you.

‘SANTA’S LIST’

I have had this card in Draft form for weeks – and then I got a little excited with the Envelope Punch Board.  So I thought I would take a break from the Punch Board for today and show you this.  Don’t worry there will still be more projects to come soon with that.  I can’t believe how many visits from Pinterest I have had over the last week with my Punch Board projects.  It is nice to have you all stop by.  Visit anytime 🙂

This was another card I made at our last Stamping day together (a few weeks ago now. OK a couple of months ago!).  I borrowed Leonie N. stamp set of ‘Santa’s List.  This card was CASED from her.  How good am I, not only borrow her stamps but CASE her cards as well! Oh well! When you are on to a good thing ……………….

Here is the card.

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I embossed the card with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder.  The Santa is from ‘Santa’s List’  He is simply stamped in Cherry Cobbler and I used 2 way Glue pen to apply the Dazzling Diamonds around his beard, cuffs and hat.  It does sparkle so nicely in real life.  The circles were cut with the Circles Framelits.  I used a little strip of ‘Season of Style’ DSP.  There really is not much more you need to do.

 I hope you enjoyed this little distraction.  Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you can visit again soon,

Jenny