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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #87 – EXTENDING YOUR DIES!

Wednesday’s WOW! #87.  I can’t believe I hadn’t shared this tip with you before.  I share it often in my classes.  I went searching back through my blog but can’t seem to find anything.

SO, today’s WOW!  How can you extend your Dies to fit behind a larger sentiment piece. It works with punch shapes too.

It’s very simple.  Die-cut (or punch), cut it and adhere it behind the stamped piece. It’s a great way to dress up your sentiments when you don’t have the right size.

I have done that with a different sentiment on this card here that I shared some posts back.

Hope you find this tip useful?

Happy Stamping,

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #81 – TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR PROJECTS!

Wednesday’s WOW! #81.  I have an interesting post for you today.  Well I hope it is interesting. I have some helpful tips when photographing your projects.  

Maybe you just want to take a quick snap of your project for your own record but perhaps you want to have a little more quality in the photos you take of your projects.  In the Stamping Around the World Tutorial Group I am on, Stefanie (one of the group members) has compiled some helpful tips.  Each of us contributed in providing a tip that we use when we take our own photos to share on our blogs and other social media platforms.

This is my tip that I shared.

When I take photos of my projects I don’t have a fancy lightbox.  I use 2 pieces of the large White Core Board.  One on the bottom and one on the back.  I do use a timber look placemat on the bottom as well.  The white board on the back is good for reflecting the light.  Sometimes I do have 2 small lights that project on to the boards to lighten them more.

After I take the photo I upload it to my computer and then edit them on a program although this one above was done on my phone to get it done for this particular post.

I crop, resize the photo and adjust the lighting.  This is all done in a few minutes.  Most times too I will edit a batch of photos in one sitting to be ready for upcoming blog posts.

This photo below was the photo of this card after editing which I posted to my blog a few weeks ago.  So you can see what the final look is.  I have very little of the core board showing afterwards but it does help with the light.

The watermark is different on the card above as I had to retake the card for the post this week and edit it on my phone.

There were lots of other great tips shared too. I will give you a brief summary here but then you can head to Stefanie’s blog post to get the full details rather than me relay everything.

Tips like:

  • Use contact or wallpaper as a fun background.  (Like I have used the timber look placemat).
  • Scatter multiple pieces of the project or a number of projects around to get a different effect.
  • Use props to create interest.
  • Stand the card up to show more details.
  • Get in close to take the photo.

Do you want to see more?  Head to Stefanie’s Blog -> HERE to read her detailed tips on lighting and see more tips shared.

I hope these are helpful when taking your own photos.

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #80 – KEEP YOUR DIES SAFE WITH THIS MAGNETIC DIE BOARD!

Wednesday’s WOW! #80.  I have a very useful tip for you today with this Magnetic Die Board.  I thought I had shown you this tip already but apparently not.

In my classes I found that the dies we were using kept going missing.  They would get buried under papers or bits.  They would drop on the floor and disappear.  We spent a lot of time in class looking for them.  Some months ago I came up with this idea.  Since then – no more missing dies.  Everyone knows when they use them they go straight back on the board.  It is such a time-saver and has reduced the stress. 🙂

You might find it useful yourself.  I have it standing near the Big Shot machine and have all the dies on it that we will use in the projects for that class.

How to make one yourself

It’s very easy to make yourself.  I picked up a cheap photo frame from a discount shop.  Opened it up and took out the glass. I cut Magnetic sheets to size and adhered them to a piece of card.  Then inserted them back in the frame without adding the glass though.

Place it near your diecut machine and put the dies on it that you are working on.  For a single project you may not need it but if you are making a large project or a couple at a time then you can store all your dies on it while you are working.

I hope you find this tip useful.

Thanks for visiting me today wherever you are in the world.  I love having you visit and I love sharing my little crafting world with you. ❤

Have a great day,

Jenny

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #78 – TAKE YOUR PICK DIE BRUSH ADDITION!

Some months ago for a Wednesday’s WOW! I told you about the new Take Your Pick tool.  You can see that post -> HERE if you missed it.  It was way back at Wednesday’s WOW! #39.

Today for Wednesday’s WOW! #78 I thought I will tell you about a new addition for this handy, dandy tool.  The Take Your Pick Die Brush Tip.

This Die Brush Tip attaches to the Take Your Pick tool and can roll over your intricate dies to remove those tiny pieces that get stuck in your diecut.  It comes with 2 foam mats to use to roll your brush over, making it easier. 

You can see it working in the video below if you haven’t already seen it.

It’s pretty handy right??

You can grab the Take Your Pick Die Brush Tip in my store now -> HERE.  It is $15.75 AUS

If you haven’t already got the Take Your Pick Tool then be sure to grab that too.  You can find it in my store -> HERE.

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Jenny

 

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INCOLOR ROSES WITH TO A WILD ROSE!

I shared a few cards with you last week using the To A Wild Rose bundle. (Head back a few posts if you missed them). I can now share these cards with you. These are using the new 2019-2021 Incolors. 

2019 Stampin' Up! Incolors

On each incolor card mat I embossed that with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder.  For the roses I stamped the outline in the Incolor and the partly detailed flower stamp inside to fill the rose.  If you are having trouble lining up the stamps be sure the check the helpful tip further below.

The leaves are stamped with Granny Apple Green for the outline and Pear Pizzazz for the inside of the leaf.  I used the leaf that has the stem on it.  There are 3 leaf stamps so you have a number of options.

Here is a closer look at each one.  You are probably familiar with the new Incolors by now.

Pretty Peacock

To A Wild Rose

Seaside Spray

Purple Posy

Rococo Rose

Terracotta Tile

What’s your favourite?

The Wild Rose Bundle includes the To A Wild Rose stamp set and the Wild Rose dies.  I love the stitched shape for sentiments.

TIP: Check the image below to show how to line up the stamps.  I did share this in a post last week but if you missed it I thought I would share it again.  Just mark the back of the stamp in the same position.  When you stamp each one place this mark in the same position each time. This will make it much easier to line up.

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #74 – THE NEW 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER PLATE!

For Wednesday’s WOW! #74 I have a new product to tell you about. It’s only just been released and not even in the Annual Catalogue.  It is the 3D Embossing Folder Plate.  You might just want to know about it.

As you know the Big Shot machine has been retired and we are waiting with baited breath what the new machine will be.  We now also have new style 3D Embossing Folders.  They are slightly thinner so when you run them through your machine the impression won’t come out as well as you might like.

This Embossing Folder plate will help you get that better impression.  Now you could use some shims of card – well you are going to require quite a few pieces of card, but this plate makes it so much easier.

I have the details below how to create your sandwich for the machine when you run it through.

You can PIN this image too so you can come back to it for reference often.

I think you will find this plate very useful.  It measures 22.2cm x 15.6cm (8-3/4″ x 6-1/8″). It is not very expensive either and will save a lot of aggravation.

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I hope you found that helpful and now know what this plate is used for.

Thanks for visiting my corner of the world.  I love sharing with you.  Have a great day,

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #69 – REATTACHING THE LOCK BUTTON ON YOUR STAMPIN’ UP! PUNCHES

Do you have this problem?  The lock mechanism on your punches pop out and you can’t get them back in.  I found this video on Youtube to help you get them back in and to stop it happening in the first place.

So for Wednesday’s WOW! #69 – how to reattach the lock on your punches. I tried it and it works.

Thanks Kat for this video.  It was very helpful.

Now you can go off and fix those little locks on your punches.

Have a great day,

Jenny

 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #67 – USE THE LINE!

Wednesday’s come around quickly.  I have another Wednesday’s WOW! for you.  It was a recent revelation to me.  (OK, I am slow!).  This little tip might be a revelation to you too.  Although you are probably more cleverer than me. 😉

Wednesday’s WOW! #67 – Use the line on your Embossing Folder to keep your card straight.

Let me show you.

That black line on the Embossing Folder is not just a detail on the folder to go with the Logo. 🙂 It serves a purpose.  Use that line as a guide to see that your card is straight in the Embossing Folder.  The card might be longer than the line but you can still use that to see that the edge of the card is parallel with it.  These lines are on the more recent folders.

TIP: If you have some older folders that don’t have the line.  Draw one in with a ruler and black permanent marker.

On another note – when using folders you don’t want to position your card right up in to the top of the folder on the fold line.  You will get an edge on your card when you emboss it as the pattern doesn’t quite go right up to the top.

Hope that is helpful, or just confirming what you already knew.

Have a great day,

Jenny

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #65 – EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR TRIMMER BLADES!

I often have people telling me about problems when cutting with the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer.  The blades don’t seem to last long and they get furry edges when trimming. I have that problem too. Add to that now the Trimmer is being retired and there won’t be any more Trimmer blades available.

So I have a solution today for you for Wednesday’s WOW! #65 I think you will find very useful if you experience some of these problems.  How to extend the life of your blades to avoid those furry edges.  And also so you don’t have to replace your blade so quickly. 🙂

When you cut your card place a piece of scrap paper or copy paper in between the Trimmer and the card you are cutting.  You will get a crisper cut edge when you cut.  This will help you make those blades last longer before you have to replace them.

Of course you end up with shreds of paper but that’s ok.  Just recycle them.  I will say it can be tedious if you have to cut a lot of card but for a few quick cuts it is great. I have used this for some time now and I don’t have to replace my blades too frequently.

Hope this is helpful.  Share it around as it might help some of your cardmaking friends. 🙂

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WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #51 – TIPS USING THE CLING STAMPS!

Wednesday’s WOW! are back for 2019.  Today we have episode #51.  You might know by now that Cling Stamps have arrived to Stampin’ Up!.  Cling Stamps are super sticky so they don’t fall off. YAY! Because they are super sticky though there are a few tips you might want to know about using them.  I put together a video for you to let you know about them.  Check it below.

I hope the video helps you with them.  Just be sure to ‘gently’ peel them off the block, but isn’t it nice that you can have confidence that they will stay on.

Thanks for visiting.

Jenny