Saturday, September 6, 2008

Big Shot

There's a new big shot in town--the Sizzix Big Shot for Stampin' Up and it is finally available for purchase! The Big Shot is a sturdy manual die cutting machine used to die cut materials for use on crafts, home décor projects, and even clothing--it's a big deal! You'll love what the Big Shot machine, a 6-time winner of Creating Keepsakes Reader's Choice Award for best die cutting equipment and dies, can do for you.

Design your own custom pillow appliqués using the Tulipe Bigz die or make custom fabric flowers to embellish a quilt. From sewing to quilting to home décor, the Big Shot is the perfect tool for many types of crafting. Use our Stampin' Up! exclusive dies to create die cuts and stencils with our artwork and designs for all your craft needs.

For information on the Sizzix Big Shot, contact me. To see the Big Shot in action, come to one of my events or book one of your own.

There is some exciting news comping up - if you only check my blog from time to time - you will want to mark your calender to check back on September 9th

Friday, September 5, 2008

Think outside the box..

Sometimes we get a stamp set and get stuck using it within the context of the set itself. It pays to think outside the box. This card is made with the Pick A Petal set. The set comes with a bunch of different petal designs along with some different center designs and is really cute. In this card, I used the Petals to make the wings for my lady bug. I cut them out and then used a circle punch to make the body and the head. The ends of the antenna are eyelets and I connected them to the body with the Black Stampin' Write marker.

So think outside the box - sometimes with just some cutting or with a punch you can take a piece of a stamped image and make something totally different, but great with it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Congrats Katie!!

Congratulations Katie on reply with the Winning answer to our contest. The stamp set that made me fall in love with stamping is called Simple Sketches. It is retired, but certainly not forgotten. Katie has won $5.00 off her next class...YEAH!!!

So now it is your turn, send me a picture of a card the last card that you made that made you fall in love with stamping all over again.

Monday, September 1, 2008

More Sock Monkey

Okay so I broke out the sock monkey again this weekend.

This time I did a surprise pop up technique inside the card. Basically you punch out a circuit and then cut a "spring" out of the circle. Attach one end (for example the outside end of spring) to the bottom and then other end (for example the inside end of the sprint) to the top. This is easily done by placing adhesive on the ends and then closing the card. Open the card and you now have a Spring!

This is the first time I have tried this technique and I would have used a larger circle and made more twists to the spring, but not to bad for my first time!

Thanks a Bunch for reading!!

Sunday, August 31, 2008


We all get inspiration for cards from different places. I have been inspired by book covers, bedspreads and coffee mugs. But sometimes it is not as abstract as that. Today I was inspired by a card I saw online.

I didn't have the stamp set (Always), but I loved the layout and the color combination. So I looked through my stamp sets and decided to take to make this...

Here I used Live Like You Mean it, one of our new Level 1 Hostess sets. I kept the color combination. They are two of our In Colors, Baja Breeze and Pacific Point.

So be inspired by everything you see around you. Even if it means CASEing a card...(thanks Serenity Stamper for creating the Always Bird and inspiring me).