Posts Tagged ‘Big Shot’

Cute Survival Kits – We all need them!

February 22, 2009

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Oh isn’t it fun to receive a cute gift that causes you to laugh!  And oh how useful these kits are!  Above is a kit I made for my customers for the new catalog!  It has a rubberband to stretch your creativity as well as a bandaid to repair the paper cuts you get while viewing the Stampin’ Up! Catalog in bed!

I had so much fun making these I thought all of you would too… here’s what I used* to make these wonderfully easy treats!:

  • Big Shot Top Note Stampin’ Up! Exclusive Die
  • bashful blue Designer Series Paper (2 sheets – top note bag topper, pen inside & scalloped square for chocolate)
  • chocolate chip Designer Series Paper (2 sheets – bag topper and scalloped flower)
  • bashful blue 12″x12″ cardstock
  • whisper white cardstock
  • scallop circle paper punch (for bag topper)
  • scallop square punch (for bottom of chocolate!)
  • Fiskars Paper Cutter and Scoring Blades
  • Tombow Glue
  • mini glue dots
  • stampin dimensional for the circle inside the flower
  • Paintshop Pro/Microsoft Word for the circle image inside the flower

Oh these are quick and easy to make… and in fact you can make ahead of time the bag toppers and stuff with the items of your choice when you need to use the bag topper!

If you look closely, I also made a matching pen!  You can get these at your local drug store – look for the pens where the top unscrews!

Here’s a few websites with a wonderful assortment of Survival Kit poems:

*Note:  All materials used are Stampin’ Up! Products!  You can get them here

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Sizzix Big Shot Extended Premium Crease Pad – A Solution…

February 19, 2009

Some of you have been asking me when Stampin’ Up! is going to get the Big Shot Extended Premium Crease Pad… and it is coming soon… but not quite yet… so I’ll keep you posted… in the meanwhile… here’s a solution… and this comes from Stampin’ Up! themselves:

Coming this spring, we are excited to announce the introduction of a wonderful new product into our Sizzix line – the Extended Premium Crease Pad! The extended pad is just as easy to use as our current Premium Crease Pad and will create the same great fold lines in your Sizzix Big Shot projects, but it is specially sized to work perfectly with the larger Bigz XL dies.

We realize that many of you have already purchased some of our Bigz XL dies with score lines in their design. If you have used these dies with the Extended Cutting Pads, you may have experienced the die cutting through the score lines and not leaving the fold creases that you desired. While this is not a common occurrence, this may happen due to the range of tolerances in the Big Shot machine as well as the variances in paper and other materials. If you are having this experience with your Bigz XL dies, we have come up with a way you can avoid this problem until the Extended Premium Crease Pad becomes available this spring. This is not a technique that we would recommend under normal circumstances, and we don’t recommend using it for any other purpose. However, in this case, it is the best alternative, and it is safe for both your Big Shot and your dies.

Create the following sandwich as a temporary solution for Bigz XL dies with score lines:

  • Place the Bigz XL die face up, with no cutting pad beneath it.
  • Place the material you wish to cut on top of the die.
  • Place two Premium Crease Pads, end to end, on the material. If you don’t have two Premium Crease Pads, consider borrowing one from an upline, downline, or friend if possible.
  • Place an Extended Cutting Pad on top to complete the sandwich. (This will maintain an equal amount of pressure over both crease pads to eliminate the possibility of unwanted creases.)

Remember that this is only a temporary fix and soon you will no longer have to worry about your Bigz XL score lines with the Extended Premium Crease Pad! Once you have the Extended Premium Crease Pad, you will simply follow the sandwiching technique found in the instructions.

So now you can enjoy the extended Sizzix Big Shot Dies without worrying about cutting the fold lines… drop me a line and let me know if this is working for all of you…

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February 2009 Featured Product

January 25, 2009

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newAdd dimension and depth to your pages by using Stampin’ Up!s exclusive Texturz Plates!  Whether you are making cards or simply adding a few embellishments to your scrapbook page, these texturz plates are sure to be a hit!

Here’s a neat technique:

step1 Take a sponge and ink up the sponge with the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink color of your choice.
step2 Take the inked sponge and apply the ink to the embossing plate.
step3 Place your Stampin’ Up! cardstock on top of the inked embossing plate and make a sandwich for your Big Shot Machine.
step4 Run the sandwich through the Big Shot Machine.
step5 You now have an embossed cardstock that is colored! Rinse off the embossing folder immediately so that it will not stain!

Here’s a gallery of ideas that use this technique:

Wow this is a quick and easy way to enjoy your new Texturz Plates…

Happy Scrappin’…

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Ooooh… I want one … I want one…!

January 14, 2009

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The Spring/Summer 2009 Catalog has quite a few gorgeous Bigz Dies… and my favorite… the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die!  Oh counting sheep will be no more… I can count butterflies… and check out the new Designer Series Paper… It’s called Tea Party!

The Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die works with the Big Shot machine!  The SU! exclusive Beautiful Butterflies die has two full butterflies, and 2 “1/2” butterflies – for the 1/2 butterflies, you will fold the cardstock/paper and position appropriately. The whole die is the same size as the Top Note.  Oh how easy will this be and … there will be texture plates in the new catty… so now you can texturize your cardstock (and butterflies!)…

Just a thought… wouldn’t this butterfly look great as a cropped picture of your little one trying to catch a butterfly?  You could take a picture of each “Butterfly Catching Stage” and then using the Bigz Beautiful Butterfly die crop each picture and arrange your page so that the butterflies are flying in order!  You can title the page Butterfly Garden… the subtitle could be “So many to choose from… which one will I pick… one… two… three…. gotcha!”

The new Designer Series Paper “Tea Party’s” colors are as follows:

  • certainly celery
  • pretty in pink
  • basic gray
  • almost amethyst
  • so saffron

For those of you who live in the North Shore Illinois Area, I have new cattys coming this week.  Give me a call to order one!

Happy Scrappin!

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January 2009 Featured Product

January 11, 2009

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January’s Featured Product is a Sizzlets Die!  Swirls Scribbles – imagine how beautiful your scrapbook page would look with your picture gentle framed and the swirls scribbles layered on top of the picture at one of the corners…

Here’s a few more ideas and what you can use this sizzly sizzlet for:

Oh the things you can create with Stampin’ Up!

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