Tuesday, 19 June 2018

New Big Shot Embossing Mats and Foliage Frame Framelits

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:-



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.

Thanks for looking.

Bye for now,

Linda xx

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Monday, 18 June 2018

Half Wide Stamp Cases as Storage for Your Re-Inkers


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".

Linda xx
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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Apron of Love Pop Up Card

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 5 minutes long), you will see how I 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. 😀

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.

Linda xx

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Pretty Dandelion Wishes on a Sponged and Marbled Background

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.

Simple, but I think quite pretty.

Anyway, that's it for today.  Thanks for looking.

Bye for now,

Linda xx


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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Partial Die Cutting - Happy Birthday Pretty Kitty !

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 that's it from me today - hope you likey.

Thanks for looking. I hope to see you again.

Bye for now.

Linda xx


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