Stamping Tips

How To Make a Big Shot Sandwich!

 Several of you have indicated you'd like me to explain How To Make a Big Shot Sandwich! These are the layers you need to cut framelits, thinlets, and use embossing folders. Today is the day!

If you often have difficulty deciding what base or how many cutting pads to use when trying to use your Big Shot--today's post should add some clarity to the may want to print this out and keep it nearby your Big Shot for reference when you have a question.

If you need to "see" what the product looks like as I explain what/when to use them....check out the pictures below under the Supplies section.

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Here are the sandwich layers for you:

Note: Your Big Shot comes with the Big Shot Platform and a pair of Standard Cutting Pads, plus an adaptor for use with thinlets/framelits.


Big Shot Platform: (note: never cut directly on the surface of this platform)     

    *Embossing Folders (Textured Impressions) --these are the regular depth folders
      Run the hinge edge through first

    Big Shot Platform + Cutting Pad + folder with cardstock inside + Cutting Pad

    *Dynamic Embossing Folders (3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders) --these are the thick folders
      Run the hinge edge through first

      Big Shot Platform + folder with cardstock inside + Cutting Pad

    *Framelits (simple designs)

    Big Shot Platform + Adaptor + Cutting Pad + cardstock + framelit (cutting side down) + Cutting Pad

Magnetic Platform: (note: never cut directly on the surface of this platform)

    *Framelits (simple designs & designs with scoring) - use Precision Base plates below for stitched designs.

    Magnetic Platform + cutting pad + cardstock + framelit + cutting pad

Precision Base Plate: (note: you WILL be cutting directly on the surface of this plate)

    *Framelits/Thinlets with intricate designs or stitching (not for use with dies that have scoring)

    Magnetic Platform + Precision Base Plate + cardstock + die (cutting side down) + cutting pad

    Note: flipping the cutting pad over after each use with prolong the life of the pad and decrease the amount of curvature that will happen when using the precision base plate).

    Note: If you want to use the Precision Base Plate with the Big Shot Platform...this is the sandwich:

    Big Shot  Platform + Adaptor + Precision Base Plate + cardstock + framelit/thinlet + cutting pad

Here are the Supplies we've been on an image below or use the Shop Now button and order what you need from my store:

How to Flatten Your Curved Big Shot Cutting Pads

Today I'm going to show you How to Flatten Your Curved Big Shot Cutting Pads. You know especially when using the Precision Base plate (even when you turn it over each time you use it) that your cutting pads develop a curve. This isn't the end of the world but eventually the curvature becomes too bad and it would be great to flatten them back out. This is the "before" view of a cutting pad on the counter--see the big bubble....Pad before

A couple of years ago I worked out a formula that seemed to work fine...but lately that formula wasn't working well and I've redone the formula so that it works better with the current cutting pads.  So today I'll show you what I'm currently doing to prolong the life of those cutting pads. Yep, Sandi's cooking again!

First, get an old cookie sheet and cover it with foil Cookie sheet w foil

Next, lay 2 curved cutting pads side by side--not touching but fairly close together is fine. (Bubble up like the first picture above)2 pads

Set a big heavy casserole on top of the cutting pads. Casserole

Set on the middle rack of your oven. Now turn oven to 350 degrees and set your timer for 16 minutes. Be sure to remove the tray from the oven when the timer goes off to avoid further "melting" of the pads.

Set the tray with casserole in place on cooling racks and let cool. When all parts are cooled, remove the casserole and your cutting pads should look like this (side shot)! FullSizeRender
You'll probably be able to flatten your pads a couple of  times and then you'll need to replace them. I recommend not waiting until they are too curved before flattening them---they can get too curved and then they do not flatten to the point of being able to use them again.

If you need to replace them you can order a new set in my store by clicking on the image below or by hitting the Shop Now button.  If you shop online and use the current month Host Code (QK6UJZNJ) when you check out, you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! products for each $50 in products that you purchase.


Another Secret for a Petal Garden Quilt Card

Today I'm going to share Another Secret for a Petal Garden Quilt CardIf you stopped by Tuesday you  saw a really cute Quilt card created with the Petal Garden Designer Series paper and I gave you the secret for creating that simple card with a very simple secret step.  If you missed the first Quilt Secret you can see it here

 Today I have created another great Quilt card using the same Petal Garden Designer Series Paper: 9-30-17 quilt card

Now you say, there's no way I can make that card with all those little tiny triangles and squares, right?You are wrong--it's not a bunch of little pieces...there's another secret I'm going to share with you in the instructions that makes this a very simple construction. After the instructions I'll give you the supply list and you can order your supplies using the Shop Now button at the right side of this blog.

REMEMBER! Today the Stampin'Up! Holiday Mini Catalog goes LIVE! You can now place orders from the new mini catalog! (Note: some items are on low inventory--so order soon to avoid delays in getting some of the new items.)

Remember to use the Host Code for this month (4QHU9AGE) when you place an online order for $50 Stampin'Up! product (excludes shipping & tax). For each $50 you purchase you'll receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me!

Now let me tell you the secret:

1. Cut Pool Party cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score on the long side at 5 1/2 (cardbase)

2. Cut Calypso Coral cardstock 3 7/8 X 3 7/8; adhere to upper card base with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Always Artichoke cardstock 3 3/4 X 3 3/4; score each side at 1/8" from the edge (this is the first secret from Tuesday). Cutting triangles

4. Cut 2 1/2 X 2 1/2 Old Olive designer paper. Here's the second secret! Line up the two opposite points in the cutting trough of your paper trimmer (item #126889) and cut with cutting blade. Adhere these big triangles to the Artichoke square with liquid glue--see the pic below. Use the 1/8" score mark to align evenly. #1

5. Repeat the above step with Calypso designer paper. #2

6. Cut  2 1/2 X 2 1/2 Pool Party cardstock and adhere point to midpoint of the designer paper with liquid glue. 3

7. Cut two 1 1/4 squares of floral designer paper--adhere to Pool Party square. Adhere the completed quilt block to the card front with liquid glue.


8. Punch flower (Blossom punch) from Calypso cardstock; adhere to center of quilt block with glue dot; adhere a clear Faceted Gem to the center.

9. Stamp Happy Birthday (Feathers Together stamp set) in Archival Basic Black in under the quilt block.

See wasn't that easy and doesn't it look like it took a bit of time and cutting to do it! But now you know the secret!

 Now send this card to someone having a birthday and let them enjoy your simply wonderful card!

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Another Great New Use of Stampin'Up! Circle Tab Punch

As you may recall Tuesday we looked at using the new Stampin'Up! Circle Tab Punch--today we're going to look at Another Great New Use of Stampin'Up! Circle Tab Punch.

If you missed the first great new use of the Circle Tab Punch on Tuesday check it out here

If you're like me, you use your catalog a lot and are always looking to see if you have a punch or what colors are offered in a specialty paper....and I had put in some Post-It note tabs to help me get there fast--they look like this

Messy tabsCan't really read them well and wow--what a mess they I whipped out my trusty Circle Tab Punch and inserted some Daffodil Delight cardstock in the front 


and punched several tabs

Punched tabs

I used a pen to write on the sections of the Stampin'Up! catalog that I use quite a bit, color families, DSP, specialty paper, embellishments, ribbon, adhesive, punches, Big Shot, etc.

Write on sections

Then I used Scotch Tape on the front and back of the tab base to hold it at the top of each page--this helps give some stability to the catalog page and keeps the bottom well attached to the page

Tape on

Now look at this--all tabbed, easy to read and wow does it look much nicer!

Pretty tabbed sectionsTry it out on your catalog.. the ordering information for the Circle Tab punch is provided can use the Shop Now button at the right of the page to order through my store.

Remember to use your Stampin'Up! $5 coupon before August 31st. And if you use this month's Host Code (2SEBQ4GB) when you check out, you will receive $5 Stampin'Up! product for each $50 in product that you purchase (excludes shipping & tax)

Ordering information:

New Use for Stampin'Up! Circle Tab Punch

This weekend I found a great New Use for the Stampin'Up! Circle Tab Punch. When it was introduced in the new annual catalog I thought it was a great little punch that we could use to add some pizzazz to our cards and projects....which we can. But this weekend I held a card buffet and pack all the tools in a case for each card design. Use of sponges comes in handy but I can't always be right there to make sure the correct sponge is on the correct ink pad. So I decided I needed a way to label them. In the past I've tried permanent marker--which is great, except after I wash it--I may want to use it for another color.

That's where the Circle Tab Punch comes in....first, I usually cut my sponges in quarters

SpongeTake a piece of cardstock, slip it in the front opening of the circle tab punch and punch

Circle tab punching

 Now, using a pen, write on the name of the color that you want to sponge

Write on the color

Fold the tab along the top fold mark

Fold in halfSlip the folded tab over the wedge edge of the sponge quarter

Fold over wedge

Slip the stapler over the tab down to the tab base and staple


Now it's ready for sponging Real Red ink on your project!


If you are using multiple sponging colors this will keep those sponges readily identifiable for each color. There's nothing more upsetting than to contaminate your Daffodil Delight ink pad with Real Red ink!  Been there, Done that--no fun!

Below are the supplies we used for this great new use of the Circle Tab punch.  You can place your order in my store using the Shop Now button at the right side of the page.

Remember, you need to use those  Stampin'Up! $5 coupons you earned last month before August 31st. AND, remember to use this month's HOST code when you check out (2SEBQ4GB). You will receive $5 in Stampin'Up! product from me for each $50 in Stampin'Up! product that you purchase (excludes shipping & tax)

Here are the supplies:

How to Store Your Punches & Dry Embossing Folders

Today we're continuing our stamping tools organization ideas with How to Store Your Punches & Dry Embossing Folders in a way that is easy to use--both finding the right tool and putting it back.

If you have a variety of punches, you know that keeping them organized and knowing what punch is where can be a challenge.  You met Noella Ryan-Paul (one of Sandi's Stampers) last Tuesday as she showed us how to organize our dies (thinlets and framelits). She has also shared with us a fun and easy way to store and identify punches at a glance...check it out

Punch storage
Yes, that is a shoe holder that hooks over the top of a door or solidly bolted rod.  You simply deposit your punch into a pouch and it is stored and you can see through the clear plastic of the pouch to see if it's there or not! Also, Noella has punched a brightly colored cardstock with each punch and paper-clipped it to the pouch for very easy viewing. It is NOT permanently attached because she may want to reorganize her punches---and in that case, she just unclips the sample and relocates it to another pouch--re-clips the punched image to that pouch---Awesome, right!

Now I'm going to show you her system for identifying and organizing her dry embossing folders (the proper name is Textured Impressions Embossing Folders).  First, Noella makes a sample by dry embossing a portion of  a long piece of cardstock, folds the cardstock so that the sample is visible, writes the name of the folder at the top of the "folder" she created to identify it by name ---then slips the embossing folder in the cardstock folder...

Folder storage and id

She then places this in her folder basket. She can quickly look through her basket to locate just the design she's looking for in her current's what that looks like:

Folder storage and id2How easy and convenient is that? You can probably get this accomplished with a basket or box you already have at home!

Thanks again to Noella for sharing her wonderful organization secrets!

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How to Store Your Framelits & Thinlets for Organization and Easy Retrieval

Today I'm going to share with you How to Store Your Framelits & Thinlets for Organization and Easy Retrieval

One of Sandi's Stampers, Noella Ryan-Paul and been busily organizing her stamping supplies so they are not only neat and tidy but also, easy to grab and use. If your tools are not in a somewhat organized system--say just tossed in a basket--then often we hesitate to dive into the chaos to find what we want. We are much more inclined to pick up a tool if it is easily located.

Who wants to spend 15 minutes dumpster diving to locate that flower framelit --- we love it, it would look great, but 15 minutes is a long time to take out of our stamping schedule just to locate a die to use. By then our creative juices have dried up, we are frustrated, irritated and have decided that person who was going to receive that beautiful card you have designed in your head--no longer needs to be wished "Happy Birthday!" Am I right?  You know I am...I've been there and I'm sure you have also.

There's lots to be said about keeping your tools organized in a way they are easy to find and easy to put back into that organizational system.

Today, we're going to take a peek inside Noella's craft room (don't you just love looking into someone's craft space and checking it out)?'s so fun and often you get some great ideas for your own space...and I say space because we don't all have an entire room to devote to our craft. This makes it even more necessary to have a organized system of keeping our crafting stuff easy to locate.

Dies (thinlets and framelits) are fantastic tools--but as you know they can be slippery little devils and not stay where they are Noella has found this wonderful magnetic system (you can find them in local craft stores) that looks like this  11736030Noella takes those plates out of the case and mounts her dies on those--she does not put them back in the case because she doesn't find it easy to look through them to find what she needs.  Here's what her system looks like in her craft space

Die storage Die storage2
Isn't that clever and easy to locate your favorite die? Isn't your friend more likely to get that great birthday card from you since it only took  a few seconds instead of half your crafting time to find that framelit?

Noella reports that she is now more likely to use a die since she can locate it so easily.  Noella, thanks so much for your great tip!

Be sure to stop back by on Friday... I have 2 more tips for you then!

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Easy & Quick Sponge Dauber Storage

This week I found myself inundated with a gazillion used I thought of an Easy & Quick Sponge Dauber Storage Solution! There are actually 2 ways to do this--one is very quick and requires little effort....the other requires a bit more but not much. They are both fairly quick to do but both end up with the same storage solution. So here goes.

Method 1: Super Quick and EasyFirst grab a dauber and ink it up in the color you need to use. Dauber the ink on a piece of copy paper (approximately 7/8" X 1/2) sure to get enough ink coverage that you will be able to see it well. Tape this sample to the side of the dauber with regular scotch tape. Easy right? Daubered copy paper

Method 2: Still Quick and Easy: Cut a piece of cardstock (7/8" X 1/2") of the color ink you want to use with your dauber. Tape this to the side of your  dauber using regular scotch if you want to get really fancy, you can take a pen or a fine tip marker and write the color name (see the picture) on the cardstock prior to taping it on.  Still easy, right? Cardstock

Compact Storage Solution: Now pop these little puppies into the Wide Stamp Cases---you can use either the Full cases or the Half cases depending on how organized you want to be. If you use the Half cases you can sort your daubers into the color families (Subtles, Neutrals, Regals, Brights, In Colors). If you are not quite that concerned about organization--you can just pop them into a Full case and sort through when you need one. Dauber case

So what do you think? Pretty simple and quick to do and it sure will make it easy when you need a dauber now--just pluck out the color and go!

The supplies are listed below. Remember if you place an online order, use the current month Hostess code (VAWE765SW) and you'll receive $5 in Stampin' Up! products (for each $50 in product purchased--excludes shipping/tax) as a thank you from me! (Note: if you place an online order for $150 0r over, don't use this code you will receive host rewards for your use.

Here are the supplies we used (not including your inks and cardstock:

How to store those framelits & thinlets.

One of my stampers, Nancy Cunningham, shared with me how to store those framelits and thinlits in a very organized way. First, she likes to store the stamp set and the framelits/thinlits together. In this way she only have to pull one box from  her stash and she's ready to create--instead of having to pull a stamp set and then hunt down the corresponding framelits/thinlets.  Keeping them in one container is convenient--since she only has to keep track of one item. Plus, it minimizes her storage space needed for the 2 coordinating products.

Now for the second part, she uses Business Card magnets which already have an adhesive backing:

  Business card magnets (2)

and adheres these to the inside of the stamp case. These she adheres the thinlets/framelits to the magnets.

Succulent framelits (2)

Now when she closes the case, she has her stamp set with the corresponding thinlets/framelis altogether, handy and ready for her project.

So this wonderful tip keeps everything together and handy as well as minimizes the storage space required for the 2 products.

One caveat, be sure that the cutting edge of the thinlit/framelit is not pressing on your stamp image--you don't want to  damage your image. If you find with larger sets that the case is too small to accommodate the stamps and the thinlit/framelit without pressing the die cutting edge into the stamp image--you may want to use the Wide Stamp Cases (item #127551) which allows more room without the die and the stamps pressing in to one another.

Fun tip, right? Do you have a great tip to share with other stampers?  Send me a short email and attach pictures of what you are describing. If it is something we haven't discussed in awhile, you may get your new idea published right here!

Totally Gold Card with a Unique Background

I need to create a wedding card and found I didn't have a background that I liked so I created a Totally Gold Card with a Unique's the card. Note: I know the photography is was the best I could do with all that shine and sparkle!Butterfly in gold1

Do you recognize the background? Bet not! The fun part of this background is that I did it about 4 times and each time it had it's own character!  So by now you know it's not a Stampin'Up! embossing folder and it's not a Designer Series Paper, right?

Take a closer look:  Partial

OK, I'll tell you...I used the biggest clear block, Versamark ink, and gold embossing powder. It's probably the easiest technique I've shared with you. I'm going to give you the directions below---you'll want to try this out yourself because you will have such a great time creating unique backgrounds you won't want to stop! Then I'll give you the supply'll want to use this month's Hostess Code (Z9DFJV4T) when you order online so you'll get your name in the drawing for a $50 Stampin'Up! product gift certificate!

Here's how to create this card

1. Cut Very Vanilla cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, score the long side at 4 1/4 (card base).

2, Cut Gold Foil paper 3 3/8 X 5 1/8; adhere to card base front with multipurpose liquid glue.

3. Cut Very Vanilla carstock 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 lay your cardstock on the piercing mat (item #126199) Note: you may want to cover the mat with a paper towel to keep the ink from staining the mat.  Ink up the entire surface of Block F with Versamark and "stamp" this on the cardstock surface---pressing well over the entire block. Lift the block and sprinkle gold embossing powder over the surface of the cardstock and heat with the Heat Tool until shiny gold. (What a WOW look, right?). Cut this piece to 3 3/4 X 5"--select the portion that you like best. Adhere this piece to the card front with liquid glue.

4. Cut a large butterfly (Butterflies thinlets) from Gold Glimmer paper; adhere to the card front with glue dots (item #103683).

5. Rub embossing buddy on Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp "For the Newlyweds" in Versmark ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, sprinkle with gold embossing powder, heat with heat tool until shiny gold. Punch with the Classic Label punch (item #141491) and adhere to card front with dimensionals.

Gorgeous, right?

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