Well my new Big Shot Embossing Mats arrived this week and after spending time re-jigging my craft room storage, I finally got to play with them and my new gorgeous Foliage Frame Framelits - and ......just Wow !
Look at the beautiful embossed detail I was able to achieve using my new Big Shot Embossing Mats with these special new Framelits dies, which have decorative ejection holes, meaning that not only do they die cut, but they can also emboss in intricate detail leaving pretty decorative impressions on your die cut card. So, it's a two stage thing; you die cut your frame using your usual sandwich of cutting mats. Once done, you create a different sandwich to emboss your pretty die-cut card using the Big Shot Embossing Mats. All is explained and demonstrated in the video below:-
Big Shot Embossing Mats from Stampin' Up! - YouTube
As I missed the Embossing Mats off the order I placed for my Foliage Frame Framelits, I have had a very impatient wait for the mats. But all is good now ......... I can die cut and intricately emboss with my Foliage Framelits Dies to my heart's content.
I do hope you found this post helpful for showing you how to get the most from dies with intricate ejection holes.
I am having a big sort out in my craft room, getting rid of retired products and a having a general re-shuffle. I purchased some brilliant paper and ink pad storage from Lasersmith (great prices and a great range of products to choose from too).
Whilst moving stuff around, I discovered by pure chance that Stampin' Up!s Half Wide Stamp Cases each hold 5 Re-Inkers and what's more, they are stackable too!! This also makes them very portable too, so great for taking along to classes, workshops, etc.
At £4.75 (plus shipping) for a pack of four, I think they are brilliant value.
I just thought I would share, because they do say "Sharing is Caring".
I saw this style of card posted on Pinterest in lots of different themes.
Well I bought myself this bundle just before our last catalogue retired - and sadly, although it is no longer available as a bundle, you can still purchase the stamp set and the Apron Builder Framelits independently of each other. I actually think its the cutest coordinating stamp set and dies in the current catalogue and have no idea what took me so long to get around to buying them !!
Anyway, let me give you the dimensions of my card......... The base is a 4 x 4 inch card (8 x 4 inches, scored at 4 on the long side). The inner pop up element measures 5 1/2 inches square, scored at 2 3/4 inches across the middle, turn and score at 2 3/4 inches again, and then once only diagonally. If you watch this short video (roughly minutes long), you will see how to made the folds for the pop up mechanism:-
I think the card showcases the products beautifully. The set is really versatile, as the little images and dies also lend themselves to a BBQ theme (great for masculine cards !) and also crafters ...... just look at the dinky scissors (my idea of perfection .... I adore dinky!).
Anyway .... this card has given me a great idea which I hope to share with you next week. Recipe below. 😀
Dandelion Wishes is proving to be very popular with my customers and I think I can see why.
The images are very simplistic but pretty. I needed a Get Well card and I love the sentiment in this set (as well as the font).
So I set about creating a blended background using a blending tool and some Bermuda Bay ink. Once I was happy with the blending, I took a Baby Wipe, scrunched it up, dabbed it on my Bermuda Bay ink pad and then dabbed it gently all over my blended piece. This gave a very subtle marbled effect that I find very pretty.
I applied the finished layer to 4 x 4 card base, cut at 8 x 4 inches and scored at 4 inches on the long side.
I felt my dandelions were in need of little "twinkle" so added a few little rhinestones.
I took inspiration from yet another brilliant Jennifer McGuire tutorial and dug out my Happy Birthday Thinlits Die for this unusual take on a Greetings Card.
I worked today, as I did for yesterday's project, with the beautiful new Subtles colour, Highland Heather.
I partially die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment, applied the DSP, then die cut the sentiment three more times, layering each one to give the sentiment rigidity which means the card stands up nice and straight without the words warping.
There is a detail which you may not pick up from the photo. Along the edge of the DSP I used my new Stitched Labels Framelits Dies to add a discreet but decorative line of faux stitching.
I am so pleased to be able to share that some Stampin' Blends are now available to order, although we have yet to wait for the new colours, which are still unavailable. I used a selection of them for today's project to colour in my pretty little kitty cat.
I rather like the way the card stands on the Happy Birthday die cut sentiment. I am going to have another little play with a different layout later and share how that goes too.
Well making gift tags just got an awful lot easier - just look at these beauties.
Around the middle of each month I have to package up gifts to send out to my customers who used my Hostess Code the previous month. I always like to make a little something to attach to those gifts and my new Stampin' Up! toys were just perfect. The Botanical Bliss Bundle really is quite lovely if you like delicate and feminine things, and I must admit that I do.
I chose to work with one of the new colours, Highland Heather, and again .... it's gorgeous and perfect teamed with White.
I used my Scalloped Tag Topper Punch for the base tag and the Big Shot did all the work for the top one. I just had to add a little of bling too.
I love the way these turned out. This bundle is going to be very versatile in terms of both box making, card making and tag making. These were a doddle but I think they look really quite special.
I am a big fan of dinky little things - and when I espied the fabulous Varied Vases photopolymer stamp set in the new Annual Catalogue, I knew I would be adding it to my stamp collection.
I decided to use a technique for this that I haven't used in a long time - smooshing ....... and it was great fun !
My little card is only 3 x 3 one (told you I like dinky). I loaded up some Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Calypso Coral ink onto an acrylic block, then spritzed the block with my spritzer. I then applied the block to a piece of watercolour card and the colours all blended beautifully.
Once it had dried, I stamped on my flowers and little vase and die cut the image with a square Stitched Shape die. You will note that my little black vase is slightly blurry where the paper was ever so slightly damp. But I kind of like it and chose to run with it. I layered my little square image onto some Basic Black and So Saffron card stock.
It's only a little card - but I did get ever so messy. I am just not a neat and tidy crafter. Never have been ...... never will be !
Hope you likey. Thanks for looking and I hope to see you pop back again.
It was a surprise and a relief to find out that Stampin' Up! had chosen to retain/return Flirty Flamingo, adding it to their Brights colour family. I honestly thought it would be gone once the old catalogue retired, and it just happens to be one of my favourite Stampin' Up! colours, so I was one happy bunny.
I chose to showcase the fantastic new stylised Serene Garden stamp set using Flirty Flamingo and some black shiny heat embossing.
I just love the stunning colour combination. I highlighted the stems and the buds of my flowers with a little helping of clear Wink of Stella to give a subtle sparkly sheen.
The lovely sentiment is from another new stamp set - Detailed with Love.
Serene Garden is already one of my favourite picks from the new Annual Catalogue. I think it is going to prove to be very versatile for both card making and 3D projects.
You can purchase any of the items I have used by clicking on the table below, which will take you directly to my online shop.
Yes folks - I have been busily putting together Catalogue Launch Packs for my customers who have placed orders with me since January. They are such a lovely and valued bunch, that I decided to spoil them !
Preparing these packs was very time consuming, I'm not going to lie, but I felt the effort was worth it. I have ensured that my little customer base will not only be receiving a complimentary catalogue from me, but also as there has been a complete colour revamp - I thought it only sensible to provide them with colour swatches of the complete range of Stampin' Up! coloured card stock. Its one thing to view them in a glossy book, but quite another to be able to touch and scruitinise the real thing. I have included a Wish List and a little Belgian Chocolate treat to be enjoyed whilst browsing all the wonderful new stock.
It's such an exciting time for fans of Stampin' Up! I have received many enquiries and I am 100% confident that nobody will be disappointed with this new Annual Catalogue.
Right ..... I am off for a cuppa coffee, a Belgian Choccy and another read of my catty !