Catalogues, Stampin' Up!


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. 🙂




I wanted to show you this card we made a few weeks ago at a workshop.  Thanks Deb :).  I have been having fun with this stamp set ‘Scentsational Season’.  How easy is it when you have the co-ordinating Framelits??? – No scissors involved!!!

Here is the card.  I CASED this from Fiona Whitten on our Stampin’ Connection forum for Demonstrators.  I just changed a couple of little things.

I love the little window created with the tree.

I will give you the details:

CARD: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP.

INK: Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler.

STAMPS: Scentsational Season, Petite Pairs.

OTHER: HOLIDAY Framelits, scallop oval punch, oval punch, Dotted Ribbon Punch, Rhinestones.

Just a couple of tips:

– Once you stamp and cut the trees, line them up on your card front so you roughly know where to cut the tree.

– It is easier to push the tree through the window at the front to position it rather than trying to line it up from inside.

Here is the inside of the card if you want to see.

The inside greeting is from Petite Pairs.

Thanks for looking.  My bed is calling me …….

Come and visit again soon,

Jenny x



A couple of weeks ago I was playing around with the Framelits ‘Labels’.  I wanted to create a window in the card front to have an image peeking through.  Here is what I came up with.  I used the fun Christmas set ”Scentsational Season”.

Here is the inside view.

CARD: Gumball Green, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler.  A Good Cheer DSP. I was going for very traditional colours here taking the colours from the DSP.

INK: Cherry Cobbler.

STAMPS: Sensational Season, Lots of Tags.

OTHER: Framelits (Labels), Jewellery Tag Punch.

I like the idea of having a window in your card.  You get to enjoy the main image even when it is open.

Thanks for looking.  We are leaving Hawaii tomorrow.  We have just had one last swim at Waikiki.  It has been a wonderful time but I am looking forward to getting back home and stamping again.  I hope to get some photos up soon from our time here.

Until then!!




A little while ago I got together with my stamping buddies, Andrea and Leonie N.  for the weekend.  Well it probably amounted to 24 hours that I was there for but boy did we cram a lot of creating in that time!  It’s amazing how much you can create when you don’t have those little interruptions such as family. 🙂   I want to show you some of the projects we created. I won’t give you too many details of the cards.  It will take too long.

I played around with my “Reason to Smile” set.

This is a framelit card.  This card was inspired by one I saw in my blog travels.  It used the “Field Flowers” set but I just changed this around a bit.  I stamped the flower 3 times and then again on scrap Vanilla card and cut out the flower.  I raised this up off the card with dimensionals.  I will try and put together a tutorial on creating this Framelit card.  Just give me a bit of time for that.  🙂

This card was CASED by Maureen (I think???) from MamaMo Stamps. I love the butterflies and the debossing using the ‘Elegant Lines’ Embossing Folder.

Here’s another CASE from Maureen.  I first embossed some Vanilla cardstock using the Houndstooth Embossing Folder.  I then punched out 3 flowers with the Blossom Punch.  The centres and greeting from ‘Sincere Salutations’ were stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  A very simple card but I think effective.

This is a quick one layer card I CASED from Leonie.  I stamped this one in Tangerine Tango.  This is such an easy card – maybe 5 minutes MAX!!  I stamped one flower on scrap white card and punched it out using the Blossom Punch.  This was raised up off the card using dimensionals.

‘That is enough for today.  I will post some more from our stamping day next post.

Hope you can stop by again soon,

Jenny x



It has taken a little while to get back here.  It was great having a relaxing weekend over Easter.  Since then we have had one drama after another with our computer.  Don’t you just love this modern technology???  It’s great when it is working right.   We now have a new computer and all is good again!  I wanted to show you this card.  This was one of the first cards I created with all my new goodies from the Autumn Mini Catalogue.  I was playing around with the new Framelits.

I wanted to use the Framelits to create a frame and use my favourite set that I haven’t used in a while – Elements of Style.  I had to play around a little to get the embossed edge around the frame.   I have since found a tutorial on how to do this here.  (Check out the exploding purse while you are there – Must try that sometime!).  It is a bit hard to tell in the photo but I sprayed the Soft Suede frame with Champagne Shimmer Spray.  It gives it a nice sparkle  which is a shame you can’t see that here! I stamped the flowers in Soft Suede on to Very Vanilla and spritzed the card with the Soft Suede Marker.  The sentiment is from ‘Fabulous Phrases’ and was punched out with the Modern Label Punch.   I added some new Baja Breeze Pleated Satin ribbon.  Gotta love that.  So much easier than pleating it yourself!!

I hope to get back and show you some more creations using the new goodies.  Over Easter weekend I had fun dragging out some neglected stamps that I haven’t used in ages so I will show you those soon too.  It was so nice to play with some of these sets again.

See you again soon,

Jenny x