Category Archives: Big Shot

Christmas is Coming

greeting-from-santa-0816Yep.  Even though it still doesn’t feel like it here in Colorado I do believe that Christmas is on it’s way.  Since it’s coming despite what the thermometer says I guess I need to start sharing more Christmas projects!  🙂

This is a fun and easy card using Greetings from Santa stamp set and the Detailed Santa Thinlits.  Isn’t this intricate Santa gorgeous?  He’s really easy to cut out…especially if you’re using the correct “sandwich” on your Big Shot.

You definitely want to use the Precision Base Plate when using intricate dies like this one.  When you use the Precision Base Plate you exchange it for the bottom clear Standard Cutting Pad.  So your “sandwich” would be:  platform, Precision Base Plate, paper, intricate thinlit, clear Standard Cutting Pad.

I think that the hardest part of using the Big Shot is figuring out what your “sandwich” should be.  I had a class a few weeks ago and on every card we used the Big Shot at least once and I swear that each time someone came up to use the Big Shot it was a different “sandwich”.  I definitely had to supervise the Big Shot on that day.  It was a little crazy.  Of course the cards were all fabulous!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Howl-o-ween Treat Pillow Box

IMG_6842I only bought one Halloween stamp set and one Halloween stamp.   The stamp was the fun If the Broom Fits (see this post).  The stamp set was the adorable Howl-o-ween Treat.  One of the reasons I really like this stamp set besides the the adorable images is that there is a COORDINATING framelit set:  Boo to You!  Woo Hoo!  How can you go wrong with a cute stamp set and coordinating framelits?

I wanted to use some more of the cute Happy Haunting Halloween designer paper.  The ghosts pattern I used yesterday and these little spider webs pattern are probably my favorite from the pack.

Have you tried the Square Pillow Box Thinlits Die yet?  It’s SO easy to use!  You just die cut two of the pattern, adhere the sides together and fold in the tops!  Done!  Then you just decorate it in whatever way you’d like!  Easy peasy!

The hardest part of these little pillow boxes is figuring out what to put in them!  Ha!

Have a wonderful day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Brick Wall Birthday Card

IMG_6076Who needs masculine cards?  Wow!  That’s a lot of me! me! me! that I’m hearing!  🙂

We all love to make flower cards but sometimes you need cards for the guys in your life like your husband, your father, sons, nephews….well you’re getting my drift.  Masculine cards are the hardest to come up with unless you have that perfect guy stamp set but even then you can’t use the same stamp set for the same person occasion after occasion!

Brick Wall Embossing Folder to the rescue!  This embossing folder is going to be your new best friend for those guy cards.  No frilly flowers for the guys in your life!  OK…you can still use flowers it this folder but like on this card, you can use it by itself with a sentiment and have the perfect guy card.  This is actually the card I sent to my son a few weeks ago for his birthday.  Simple and masculine all in one.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

Hey….did you notice that this card was actually made without one single stamp set?  Wow!  I think this is the first time I’ve ever done that!  Amazing!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

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Gift Card Envelope With Bling!

IMG_5711Isn’t this gorgeous?!!  My friend and fellow demonstrator, Jan, made this fun little gift for our little gang at Leadership last week.  I LOVE it!

Jan used the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Die.  It’s a carryover item from the Holiday Catalog.  If you want to check it out it’s on page 49 of the new Occasions Catalog.  Don’t you love the black and gold and Crumb Cake together?   It just screams “classy”!  The flowers just pop with that touch of gold on them.  I love the squiggly ribbons behind the flowers too.  It’s definitely something that I’d have problems since I can’t do random.  Sheesh!

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!  What else can I say?  I may have to recreate this for a class sometime.  What’s your favorite part of this fun project?   Leave me a message and let me know.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Curvy Keepsake Box Pumpkin

008Pumpkins!  What else would you think of on a beautiful, cool fall morning?

Isn’t this little pumpkin adorable?  And it’s SO easy to make!  All you need is the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die and the Autumn Accents Bigz Die.  Oh….you’ll probably need your Big Shot too!  🙂

The Curvy Keepsake Box is pretty easy to make once you’ve got a couple of tips.  There’s one die for the box that you cut out twice.  To save paper start with a piece that is 6″ x 9″.  Place the die as pictured to  the left.  Run through the Big Shot and then move the die as shown and run it through the Big Shot again. 003

The next picture shows you how to adhere the two pieces together.  You want to make sure 005that like pieces are across from each other.  Once the pieces are together I used my Bone Folder to lightly curve the four parts before putting my box together.

I used one of the stamps from Work of Art to put the lines on my pumpkin.  I did this before curving the pieces.   The leaves, tendrils and ribbon are all attached to one of the “flaps”.  You want to make sure to do this so you can open the box.

That’s it!  A fun and easy fall decoration.  I’ll be making plenty of these for my Thanksgiving table.  How about you?

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!


Hamburger Box Die Hippo

055Once again I came across something in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog that I didn’t think I’d need.  Whatever would you use a die cut hamburger box for?  Sheesh!  I don’t need that!  Well, I did.  Last month I posted an adorable Stars & Stripes Hamburger Box and today’s project is even cuter!

The gal who created this adorable hippo didn’t stop there.  She created a whole zoo of hamburger box animals!  Thank you Betty Traciak!  She created the hippo, an alligator, a giraffe, a bear, a horse and more!  I’ve made of few of the others which I’ll share with you soon.

Wouldn’t these make great treat boxes for a kid’s birthday party?  What other use can you came up with?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Stars & Stripes Hamburger Box

058Wait until you see the adorable new Hamburger Box Bigz XL Die in the new catalog!  You’re going to love it!  It’s so stinkin’ cute!

I saw a little box like this online and knew it would be perfect for Memorial Day!  The box I saw wasn’t embossed but how you can you have a patriotic project without stars AND stripes!  I used the retiring Stripe Embossing Folder by running it through two different times.  It worked perfectly!

The stars were punched with the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Such a cute little pack of punches which includes the star, a heart and a cute little four-petal flower.

On this holiday I’d like to thank all those who have served, who are serving and who will serve our country.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Tags for You Thanksgiving

012Are you looking for an easy little card to include with a gift for your Thanksgiving dinner hostess?  This one is perfect.

It’s made with the Tags 4 You stamp set and the fun new Label Bracket Punch.  The designer paper is the adorable Sweater Weather designer paper.  This pattern is probably my favorite from the package.

This is a simple little 3″ x 3″ card.  Did you notice that I lined the little envelope?  How fun!  The Envelope Liner Framelits are great!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Sweater Weather Thankful

020This card was pretty easy to make.  I stamped the Magnificent Maple on a piece of designer paper from the Sweater Weather designer paper pack, added a piece of ribbon, a couple of layers and finished it off with the Thinlit “thankful”.

These Thinlit Expressions dies add so much to a card.  Be sure to check out Tuesday’s post for a tip on using these thinlits.

What are you thankful for?

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!


Tip of the Day Tuesday: Thinlits

001I know, I know….it’s not even Halloween yet and I’m showing you Thanksgiving cards.  You can never be to ahead of the game though!

I made this card using the Harvest of Thanks stamp set and the Expressions Thinlits Dies.  I just love these new Thinlits….especially since I now know the secret to them!  Do you want to know?  Of course you do!  😀

The secret to getting the die-cut image out of the Thinlit easily is using wax paper and a toothpick!  Just place a piece of wax paper between your card stock and the die.  It makes the card stock slip right out of the die.  If it doesn’t simply fall out just use a toothpick in the little holes found on the die to give the card stock a little poke.  If you use anything sharper like a paper piercing tool you make leave a little hole in the card stock.  That is your tip of the day:  wax paper and a toothpick!  Don’t you love it when you can use everyday things found in your home!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Simple Saturday!

014So, you can’t get much simpler than this!  Designer Paper, card stock and a little ribbon!  Sure is cute though!  Ha!

I made this little card for my open house last month.  I wanted to show how you can coordinate your envelope with the card when you use the new Envelope Liner Framelits.   This envelope is from the Notecards & Envelopes.

The liners are so fun and simple to use.  OK….I did have a little trouble adhering the liner in the envelope.  I had adhesive all over the back side of the liner and then tried sticking it in the envelope.  Not so easy.  Then about a week later I was talking to one of my customers about the liners and telling her of my woes and she’s like “why not just put adhesive on the top part?”  Duh!  Why do I have to make things so difficult all the time?!  That makes much more sense!  The bottom part of the liner isn’t going anywhere!

Back to the card for Simple Saturday…I just used some of the adorable Gingham Garden Designer Paper and added a few layers and some ribbon.  Simple!  😀

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

DYI: Can of Cards!

003Every year my church has an Octoberfest celebration and with it they have a basket auction.  I usually donate a bunch of cards from my stash but always have a problem trying to figure out how to display them.

As I was walking through the “M” store the other day, trying to see what they might have for me, this clear paint can caught my attention.  I stared at it awhile trying to figure out if it would work.  Then I remembered that I had one sitting on the shelf at home so I ran back home.  It worked!  The cards fit perfectly in it.  Then I got the idea to dress it up with a home made bow made from the Big Shot.  Perfect!  I may have to wrap some Christmas gifts like this.  Too fun!  You should try this too!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Secret Garden Gingham Garden

045I can’t seem to get enough of this Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper.  It just makes me happy.  Or if you’re a Duck Dynasty fan like I am….”Happy, Happy, Happy”.  Love that show!

I digress…

This designer paper works so well with the Flower Shop stamp set and the Pansy Punch but it works equally well with the Secret Garden stamp set and it’s coordinating Framelits!  I was excited to finally get to use my Really Good Greetings stamp set.  I love this little saying because you know (especially if you’ve ever been to convention with me) that it really is all about me.  Ha!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Bridal Shower Invitation

005Saturday I’m going to a shower for my future daughter-in-law.  I’m not hosting but she did ask me to make the shower invitations.  That was pretty fun.  Today’s card is the one I came up with.  Pretty darn cute, isn’t it?

This was actually my first time playing with the dress form die.  I used Shimmer Paper for the dress and embossed it with the retired Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder.  I got pretty excited when I had my prototype done because the dress looks very similar to the dress she’ll be wearing at her wedding.  Her dress is short and lacy just like this one although her’s has a straight skirt on it.  Too fun!  Since Margot lives in California and most of her family and friends is here she’s only having the one shower so I actually made about 40 invitations.  I did have them all done before convention.  Now I just finished making thank you notes for her.  Lot’s of fun.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Elegant Chalk Talk Card

011Here we go again with one of my favorite stamp sets!  I can’t seem to get enough of Chalk Talk!

I made this card for a swap I participated in last June.  While I was organizing my new colors of card stock I happened to have a sheet of Pear Pizzazz with a sheet of Island Indigo and fell in love with the color combination.  So, naturally, I had to make a card with it!  😀

Did you notice the little flower I made with the Simply Pressed Clay?  I left the clay white when I made the flower but then when it was dry I brushed a little of the Island Indigo ink on it with a sponge dauber.  This technique highlights it just a bit.  Have you played with the Simply Pressed Clay yet?  You should definitely give it a try!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Holiday Catalog Happiness!

005I’m finally home!  Boy, those last two days in the car were LONG!  It’s good to be back!  😀

It’s August 1st and the Holiday Catalog is here!  Woo Hoo!  Have you checked it out yet?

If you follow me on Facebook (and you should!) you saw this card at the beginning of July.  I had just received my order with my new toys from the Holiday Catalog and this is one of the cards I made.  So many fun new products!  Be sure to check it out!

I used the fun new Festive Flurry stamp set as well as the WONDERFUL new Expressions Thinlits Dies for the Big Shot! I can’t wait to start playing with my new toys again.  We got home late Tuesday afternoon and I spent Tuesday evening and yesterday catching up on e-mail and laundry.  Of course I had to go to the grocery store too seeing as we didn’t have any food in the house!

Be sure to check out the Holiday Catalog and let me know if you have any questions on it.  You’re going to love it!  😀

Chalk Talk Swap

017Opening session tonight for Stampin’ Up!’s convention!  Woo Hoo!  We’ll be heading over to the convention center sometime today to pick up our bags, stamp sets and t-shirts!  😀

Here’s my other convention swap.  I told you I’m into black these days!  I tried this card in other colors but it just wasn’t as striking as it is in black.  Once again I used one of my favorite new sets.  This time it’s Chalk Talk.  Love the coordinating Framelits!  Oh, FYI….this is a Cindy original too.  No Pinterest on this card!

I just love the chevrons on this card going this way and that.  Too fun.  Sshhh….my son’s getting this card for his birthday next week!

Be sure to check out my Facebook Page for updates while I’m here at convention!  😀

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Card

Mr. & Mrs.0513Another wedding card!  This one is a bit more involved but was still fun to make.  This one again was for the gal at church.  She requested purple because that was the color of the wrapping paper for the gift.  You gotta match, right?

I used Elegant Eggplant but I sure wish the old in-color Concord Crush had made the color change.  That purple was so beautiful.  It really wold have been nice to have had the Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot when I made this card!  It would have made cutting the decorative edge a lot easier!  😀  I guess I’ll just have to make another!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Hearts A Flutter in Bermuda Bay

Hearts a Flutter.0513Hello!  For some reason when you think of the month of June you think weddings.  So in honor of those weddings I have a fun and bright wedding card.  Actually, one of the gals from church asked me to come up with some wedding cards she could chose from and this is one of the samples I came up with.

The Bermuda Bay looks a little bright for a wedding but it’s pretty close to the color of the invitations.  I did use my favorite Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder on it which unfortunately isn’t available anymore (boo hoo!)  I brushed the new Illuminate Pigment Ink over the embossed card stock to give it a little shimmer (I know….you can’t tell from the picture.)

A fun and easy wedding card that would work in any color!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Stampin’ Up! CASE Card

Remembering Your Birthday.0613Here’s a card that I CASEd right from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  We also made this at the regional event I went to in April.

This was the second make-n-take project at my open house last week.  It’s a fun card using more than one new product.  Of course the stamp set, Remembering Your Birthday, is new.  Can you spot any other new products?

There’s a die-cut and embossed piece of Whisper White card stock on the card that uses two new products!  The Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder as well as the new Deco Labels Framelits.  Cute, huh?  Oh, I forget to tell you… Magnetic Platform for the Big Shot came the day of my open house so we were able to play with it after all.  Everyone LOVED it!  😀  The other new product is the Raspberry Ripple Designer Paper.  Stampin’ Up! has redone all of the paper packs with new, fun designs.  Very nice!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!