Archive | December 2016

Big Shot Breakdown! and put back together….


So you may be wondering where I have been for the past week and half or so.  Okay…it is a long story and the above picture is a big part of it.  I started a project with lots of little die cut parts, 50 0f them to be exact.  It was a project that I was putting together for my coworkers.  Well, I kind of got side tracked.

Since so many of you have Big Shots I thought I would share my story and I am sorry that I didn’t take pictures along the way.  First of all my Big Shot has been lagging in its efficiency over the past few months.  It is over 8 years old, used and abused.  Lately it has been skipping and like the gears are skipping.  So I check with You Tube which really wasn’t very helpful, but one day I was so frustrated that I quit stamping for several days.  (also had three grands for those several days).  Then when I had a few minutes I looked it over, could not see anything wrong with it.  but noticed the lower roller bar I could see had little pieces of frayed paper struck to it in places.  Ah Ha!!! I had found the problem.

Tried to clean the roller from the outside, had to use fingers and paint thinner on a rag and got some of the paper off but it seemed the more I took off the more was on it.  So I turned it upside down and tons of little ragged pieces of paper fell out.  That is when I took the matter (Ahemmm The Big Shot) into my own hands.

Gathered screw drivers of all sizes and descriptions, and began to disassemble my Big Shot.  Much, much easier said than done.  First the handle had to come off with an Allen wrench-I had been smart-I had taped the wrench I needed to the bottom of the Big Shot when I put the handle on it!  Didn’t even know it until I turned it over!

No….that didn’t do a thing but remove the handle.  I needed to get into the bottom.  14 screws of varying sizes and lengths later I began to disassemble my Big Shot.  I realized that the sides were kind of attached by little projections in the plastic to hold it all together.  By gentle persuasion I removed one side and ….***OH NO**** it fell into a million pieces on my desk as you see in the picture!!!  How was I going to get this all back together?

However, I had to clean each dusty, paper filled part before I put it back together.  There were even little pieces of  card stock inside there that had come out of some project or other that I had die cut.  I found the biggest problem was a couple of years ago I added a shim of four sheets of typing paper taped well to the bottom of my magnetic platform.  It had deteriorated over time into shaggy, bits of ragged paper and had fallen down into the lower part of the Big Shot.

Yes, I did get it back together as really, it wasn’t as difficult as I had feared.  It is almost like new, it is quiet again, does not skip and as soon as I have time I will be card making and blogging again!

I will think long and hard about taking it apart in the future but it really was worth it.  Mr. Big Shot and I have been through some pretty tough times together and I was not quite ready to part with him just yet.  He has a few more years left in him I think….. Happy Card Marking!  Until I am back blogging again!

Presents and Pinecones DSP create a lovely, fun fold Christmas Card in Mint Macaron!

This fold is rather different, easy to do and creates a pretty use of the double sided coordinating DSP.

This card is easily made by cutting your card base at the usual 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″.  Scoring first at 4 1/4″ and then score on one side at 1 1/2″.  Fold the card in half and then fold the last fold back out towards the center.  The DSP is cut at 1 1/4″ and adhered to the card front folded out section with SNAIL.

It’s not necessary but I added a piece of Whisper White on the back side of the fold and then a coordinating piece of DSP adhered to the back page of the card.

The front was created by cutting a 3 1/2″ square piece of  Whisper White Card Stock and adhereing it to apiece of Emerald Envy Card Stock cut at 3 3/4″ square.



The Wreath is made by using the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set-it’s a three step stamp!  Stamping on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock:  The first layer was stamped in Mint Macaron Ink, the second layer was stamped in Emerald Envy and the berry layer was stamped in Real Red Ink.  It was then die cut using the Big Shot and the Wonderful Wreath Framelits die.  I then adhered it to the square of Whisper White using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The bow is made from 3/8″ Emerald Envy Ruched Ribbon and adhered with a Glue Dot.

The completed unit is then adhered to the front of the card.  I used SNAIL adhesive on the flap and used Stampin’ Dimensionals on the side.

The inside was finished by stamping the sentiment on Whisper White Card Stock in Mint Macaron Ink. The sentiment is from the Wonder of Christmas Stamp Set in the Holiday Catalog.


The back was finished by stamping the Holly Spray from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog)  in Emerald Envy.  The Berries were then colored in using Stampin Write Marker in Real Red (Holiday Catalog).   The Sentiment on the back page is from the Embellished Ornaments Stamp Set and stamped in Emerald Envy.



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Sneak Peek!!! Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You Stamp Set in Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake

Love, love, love this stamp set!  It will be available for purchase on January 4, 2017!  My daughter in law immediately came to mind when I saw the stamp set, her birthday was the end of November and this is her card.  She is a ballet instructor and past Ballerina with the prestigious Washington Ballet.  My favorite soft colors together are Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake and they just fit with this stamp set.  Watercolor technique was used on her hat and dress.

Here is how I did it.  Base card is Blushing Bride Card Stock layered with Crumb Cake Card Stock.  All corners were rounded using the Project Life Corner Rounder.  Another layer of Blushing Bride and then the top layer is Very Vanilla (for a softer look)!  I stamped the lovely lady using Jet Black Stazon Ink.  When dry using an aqua blender I picked up just a bit of Blushing Bride Ink and filled in the areas of her dress and hat.  I made a mask for her by stamping her twice and fussy cutting her out and holding in place while I stamped the water spatter and puddle.

The water spatter was stamped in Pool Party Ink using the Touches of Texture Stamp set. Then with the Aqua Painter and Pool Party Ink I colored in the pool at her feet.

3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon was adhered just below the picture with glue dots.  Then a short piece of the ribbon was tied in one knot to the left.


The sentiment was stamped in Jet Black Stazon Ink on Very Vanilla Card Stock and die cut using an oval die from the Stitched Framelits set.  The next size oval was die cut from Blushing Bride Card Stock from the Layering Ovals Framelits.


The inside sentiment was stamped in Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla Card Stock  using the sentiment form Better Together Stamp Set.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!  Hope you are as excited about our new Occassions Catalog as I am.  AND for each order of $50 or more you also get to choose something from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog and there are some really neat things for FREE!

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Presents and Pinecones DSP and Father Christmas Gift Card Holder for Christmas

Stampin’ Up!  colors Mint Macaron and Real Red create a lovely gift card holder with just a touch of Delightful Dijon thrown in to give it a little interest.  Yes, I know, the holly on the paper is actually in Cherry Cobbler, but when I tried the real red ribbon against it -Whallah! nice together.  So I just carried out the Real Red through out this project.


The belly band is Real Red 3/4″ stitched ribbon wrapped around and ends fast fused together.  The medallion is die cut from Real Red Card Stock using the medium Lot’s of Labels Framelits set. Next I stamped the pretty Christmas Bulbs  from the Jar of Cheer Stamp Set on Whisper White Card Stock in Jet Black Stazon Ink.  I colored in the bulbs using Real Red, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, and Emerald Envy Stampin’ Write Markers.   Next I die cut the bulbs using a plain oval die from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The frame is a the next size up scalloped Oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits die cut in Delightful Dijon.  The medallion was adhered to the ribbon band with fast fuse.  Two Gold dots were added to the ends from the Metallic Enamel Shapes Set.


The card holder itself is made of Mint Macaron Card Stock the corners rounded using the Project Life corner rounder punch.  The patterned paper is from the Presents and Pinecone DSP.


Before adhereing the lining to the card holder I Stamped the greetings and decorative border from the Father Christmas Stamp Set in Emerald Envy Ink. The sentiment is also stamped in Emerald Envy and is a stamp from the Peace This Christmas Stamp Set.    All were adhered using SNAIL Adhesive.
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