Awesomely Artistic Overlapping Gate Fold Card

Today’s card is a Overlapping Gate Fold card featuring the Awesome Artistic stamp set which I recently I taught at my classes.

The card opens like a gate fold, but the overlapping part allows you to include a lovely stamped image on the front of the card.   Here is the card we made.

Artistically Awesome Overlapping Gate Fold Card

I love the rich colour created with the Rich Razzleberry card base.  The other colours I have stamped with are Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron.  The Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper also includes Sweet Sugarplum and the little extra banner poking out has a touch of Island Indigo.   The  Ruched Ribbon I used is Dapper Denim.  This adds a nice contrast to the card and the bow on the right helps keep the flap closed.

Here is the inside of the card.  I have sponged the edges and added some DSP to coordinate.

Overlapping Gate Fold Card with Awesomely Artistic

With a couple of scored lines either side, rather than down the middle, you too can make a card that will impress your family and friends.

Awesomely Artistic Overlapping Gate Fold Card Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Awesomely Artistic – wood or clear, Rose Wonder

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake

Paper: Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper

Other: Stampin’ Trimmer/Simply Scored Tool, Bone Folder, Triple Banner Punch, Sponges, Mini Glue Dots, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Come back tomorrow and I will show you variation on this card using a fun technique to create our own Designer Series Paper for the front of this card!

Thursday’s Tip: How To Fold Cards To Get That Professional Look!

Today I am going to share with you how to fold cards so you get that nice crisp fold and a professional look.  You just need two simple tools to do this. The first tool is a scoring tool such as a Simply Scored, or a trimmer that has a scorer on it, like the Stampin’ Trimmer.  This is great to use as it has measurements as well so you know exactly where you need to score.  The second tool is a Bone Folder to burnish the fold.

If you just fold you cardstock over and crease it with you hand it will probably look like this:

fold cards not scored

 

By scoring first,  you can reduce cracked and sloppy creases and it can look like this.

fold cards scored

How to fold cards:

Step One:  Score the fold line using a scoring tool.

Step Two: Fold it and burnish the fold to further seal your crease.  Burnishing is simple and adds to the finished look of your project. Use your Bone Folder to press firmly on your crease. The thicker the paper or cardstock you use, the more important it is to burnish.

 

Why do I need a Bone Folder?

A bone folder is an inexpensive paper crafting tool, and a necessity when it comes to scoring your paper.  Bone folders have a firm pointy tip used for creating score lines on cardstock.   The long flat edge of the bone folder can be used to flatten out the crease on your paper, creating the perfect folded edge.

Bone Folder

Here is some more tips and a video on cutting and scoring your cardstock.

I hope you have found today’s tip on how to fold cards useful.  Please feel free to leave any comments below and if you have anything else you would like to learn, please feel free to ask me.

Extended Circle Flip Card Video & Die Set On Sale!

The Circle Card Thinlits Dies Set makes a very cool circle flip card.  The die set is a retired product, but it is currently on the Clearance Rack. It was originally $65, but now it is on special for $39!  This is such a great deal.  But it may not last for long at this price, as it is only while stocks last.

Check out some creations using this die set.

Circle Flip Card with Circle Card Thinlits Dies

 

Circle Flip Card with Circle Card Thinlits Dies inside

Not only does this set have the die to make the circle flip card mechanism of the card, but it comes with nine other dies. Three of them are words “yay”, “thx” and “xoxo” as well as some shapes like a heart, star, arrows, scalloped circle and another couple of shapes.

Here is what the die set looks like:

Circle Card Thinlits Die for Circle Flip Card

Here is a video for the Extended Circle Flip Card:


Measurements for the Circle Flip Card:

Mint Macaron cardstock – 13.8cm x 21cm

Blooms & Bliss DSP: two pieces of 13.3cm x 5.5cm, one piece of 13.3cm x 4.8cm

Whisper White cardstock: one piece of 13.3cm x 5.5cm, plus scraps for the scalloped circles

 

More Circle Flip Cards:

Check out some other creations I made with this die in the past.  Here is some more inspiration for you.

Extended Flap Card – A lovely bight and cheery card in Real Red and Coastal Cabana.

All is Calm Christmas Card – A Christmas card with some textured embossing added to the front.

Landscape Thinlits Circle Die Card – A landscape card with the circle flip as well as a pocket for a gift card!

 

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Remember, the Circle Card Thinlits Die Set is currently for sale on the Clearance Rack, but only while stocks last. The set makes a great circle flip card that will wow your friends so make sure you purchase yours before it is gone for good!

Thursday’s Tip: Video – How To Use Stampin’ Up Stamps!

Today I will be sharing with you, how to use Stampin’ Up stamps.  Stampin’ Up! has three different types of stamps; wood mount, clear mount and photopolymer.  They are all wonderful and high quality and they each have their own features.  Sometimes, particularity if you are a new stamper, it can be difficult to know how to use the stamps, which ones to use and what the differences are.

Here are a few basics and I have also made a video to share with you, so you can see the stamps and how to use them.

how to use Stampin' Up stamps, wood, clear

 

Wood Mount

  • They are rubber stamps and when you first get the you need to mount the on the wood blocks provided and adhere the stickers on the other side.
  • Once they are mounted they are ready to use whenever you need them.
  • The cases are thicker than other Stampin’ Up! cases, about double the depth of a DVD case.  This is to accommodate the stamp and thick wood block. This means they take a bit more room on your shelf.
  • Sometimes the wood blocks may get ink staining on them.  This does’t effect the stamping in anyway.

 

Clear Mount

  • These are also rubber stamps, exactly the same as the wood mount stamps, but they come without blocks.
  • To be able to use them,  you need to purchase clear blocks separately.  There are a range of sizes of clear blocks. More information below.
  • The cases are narrower than the wood block ones.  They are about the size of a DVD case, so take up less room on your shelf.
  • I personally do not put the stickers on the back of my clear stamps, as I find they don’t stick to the blocks.
  • I keep the whole rubber sheet in the case.  If there is a space in the rubber sheet, I know that way a stamp is missing.
  • They are cheaper than wood mount stamp sets, but you do need to have clear blocks to use the.

 

Photopolymer Stamps

how to use Stampin' Up stamps, photopolymer

 

  • These are acrylic, completely clear stamps, so you can see through them to line up where you are stamping.  They are great to use for things like two-step stamping.
  • To be able to use them,  you need to purchase clear blocks separately.  There are a range of sizes of clear blocks. More information below.
  • They are thinner than the rubber stamps, so you need to be careful not to get ink on the block around it, which may transfer onto your work.
  • Make sure you don’t store them in direct sunlight, as this will effect the quality of them.
  • These stamps are flexible, unlike the rubber ones, so you can curve them etc, when stamping.  Check out my video here, on how to do this.
  • These stamps are likely to stain, particularly with dark pinks/red or black ink.  Even after cleaning them well, you can not get the ink off, but it doesn’t effect the stamping at all.  Sometimes the staining is good, as it makes them easier to see or find!
  • They are clear so sometimes, particularly the very small ones can easily get lost, so you need to look after the carefully.
  • When you first get them, it is good to wash them in warm soapy water (with the plug in) to get rid of any factory residue.
  • If you find they don’t stick to your blocks well anymore, wash them in warm soapy water.  The build up of the oils from your hands and other dirt, makes them less sticky over time.

 

Tips for Using Clear Blocks

  • In the online store and in the catalogue (next to the price) there are recommendations on block sizes to use with the stamp set.  This will help you know what sizes to use.
  • There are a huge range of clear blocks to accommodate the different sizes of stamps.
  • Once you have a set of blocks you can use reuse them for different stamp sets.  , so over time, saving money!
  • You don’t need to have all the exact sizes, but you are best to have a block size similar to the stamp size.  Too big and you are likely to get ink on the block which may transfer onto your work.   Too small and it won’t stamp well as the stamp as the edges of the stamp will not be supported against anything.
  • You can buy the clear blocks individually or as a whole set and save 10%
  • Click here to see the range of clear blocks available.

how to use Stampin' Up stamps, clear blocks

Here are the range of sizes:

* Block A: 1-3/16″ x 1-1/4″ (3 x 3.2 cm)
* Block B: 1-5/8″ x 1-15/16″ (4.1 x 4.9 cm)
* Block C: 2″ x 2-1/4″ (5.1 x 5.7 cm)
* Block D: 2-7/8″ x 2-11/16″ (7.3 x 6.8 cm)
* Block E: 3-7/16″ x 4-7/16″ (8.7 x 11.3 cm)
* Block F: 4-7/8″ x 6″ (12.4 x 15.2 cm)
* Block G: 2-1/2″ x 3/4″ (6.4 x 1.9 cm)
* Block H: 4-7/16″ x 1-5/8″ (11.3 x 4.1 cm)
* Block I: 5-7/8″ x 2-1/4″ (14.9 x 5.7 cm)

How to use Stampin’ Up Stamps!

You may also lie to check out this post about Photopolymer stamps.

If you have any questions about anytime I have shared, please feel free to email me.

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.

I hope you have found this post useful and you now understand how to use Stampin’ Up! stamps.

Daisy Punch Coordinates With Daisy Delight Stamp Set – Another Sneak Peak!

The Daisy Punch is one of the exciting new punches that will be in the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.  It coordinates with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set that I shared with you yesterday.  You can see those creations here.

With punches it is always best to stamp first, then punch out!  So with the daisy stamp set, you stamp two flowers and then cut them out with the punch.  When you adhere them, you place one on top of the other so the top one fills in the gaps of where the bottom one is, creating a lovely full flower!

Check out these two cards which feature the Daisy Punch.  Each daisy is created from two punched out flowers.

Daisy Punch and Daisy Delight OnStage Card

The Thank You sentiment in the card above, has been stamped in one of the new In Colors, Tranquil Tide.  You may have also noticed the sparkly gem in the middle of the flower.  This is another product in the Delightful Daisy Suite.  The Faceted Gems come in clear and gold and are perfect for the daisy centre.

 

Daisy Punch For Two Daisy Flowers Card

This is another fairly simple card, but with two daisy flowers.  One stamped in Calypso Coral and the other in Daffodil Delight.  Both flowers are made out of two stamped and punches out flowers.  In the background you will see I have texture embossed a piece of Pool Party cardstock with the Petals Burst Embossing Folder.

If you would like a copy of the new Annual Catalogue and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, then please fill in your details here.   I will be sending them out mid May, giving you time to look through the catalogue, create your wish list and be ready to place an order on Thursday 1st June if you wish!  When you receive your catalogue, you will be able to see for yourself the new Delightful Daisy Suite and the Daisy Delight two-step stamping technique.

Sneak Peek – Two-Step Stamping With Daisy Delight!

Two-step stamping with Daisy Delight!  The Daisy Delight Stamp Set is from the Delightful Daisy Suite and this is a great stamp set for the two-step stamping technique   This is one of the wonderful new suites that will be in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue on Thursday 1st June.  I had the honour of presenting the Delightful Daisy Suite to a large group of Demonstrators at our OnStage event in Auckland last month.  The Delightful Daisy Suite features a stamp set, Designer Series Paper, cardstock pack, a punch, gems, and ribbon. Here are some of my creations that I shared with them at the event.

Two-Step Stamping with Daisy Delight

Most of these creations are stamped with the two-step stamping technique.  The Daisy Delight Stamp Set is photopolymer so it makes lining up the stamps so easy.  The stamps are clear and you can see exactly where you are placing them.  I first stamped the outline of the flower.  The flowers above are stamped in Daffodil Delight or Calypso Coral ink.  To colour in the flower, I stamped off in the same colour onto a scrap piece of paper.   This is so the colour wouldn’t be quite so dark.  I lined it up over the flower outline and stamped it. I then stamped the stems and leaves in Old Olive ink. Because the stamp set is photopolymer you can place the stems and leaves exactly where you want it to go.

You will also notice that some of the cards and projects feature some lovely Designer Series Paper.  This is the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  The colours featured in this paper include Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pool Party, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.  Tranquil Tide is one of the new In Colors for 2017-2019!

These creations don’t even feature the amazing Daisy Punch that coordinates with their stamp set.  Come back tomorrow and see some more creations and this time feature the punch too!

If you would like a copy of the new Annual Catalogue and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, then please fill in your details here.   I will be sending them out mid May, giving you time to look through the catalogue, create your wish list and be ready to place an order on Thursday 1st June if you wish!  When you receive your catalogue, you will be able to see for yourself the new Delightful Daisy Suite and the Daisy Delight two-step stamping technique.

Thursday’s Tip: How To Make A Waterfall Card Video

The Waterfall Card is a fun card to make.  It will wow your family and friends!  Today I am sharing a video with you that I made a while ago, but haven’t shared for while, showing you how to make a Waterfall Card.

Here are some samples of the Waterfall Card:

Waterfall Card

 

Here is close up photo of a Waterfall Card featuring the Traveler Stamp Set which will be retiring at the end of this month!  it is available in both wood and clear. I have used Early Espresso and Baked Brown Sugar.  Baked Brown Sugar is a retired colour, but I am sure you can find some other great combinations to use.

Traveler Waterfall Card

 

Here is a close up of a Waterfall Card featuring the Flower Shop Stamp Set, available in both wood and clear.   The colours used in this card are Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana which both retired, but again, I am sure you can come up with your own wonderful colour combinations.

Flower shop Waterfall Card

 

This photo shows you how the waterfall action works:

Flower Shop Waterfall Card Movement

 

Here is the video on how to make a Waterfall Card.  Measurements are given below.

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In the video  I used brads.  Stampin’ Up! no longer sells these, but that is okay as you can make the card without the brads.  Just adhere the strip either side of the slide down piece with Tear & Tape or Liquid Multipurpose Glue.   Make sure you don’t put adhesive too close to the slide part, so it still works.  If you wish, you could add a Enamel Shape, Metal Rimmed Pearl, or something similar to replace the brad, so it looks similar to the cards above, but you don’t really need one so you could just leave it out all together.

 

Measurements in Inches:

Card base – 1 x A4 Early Espresso in half lengthways, 4 ⅛” x 11 ⅝”
Front of card – 1 x Baked Brown Sugar 5 ⅝” x 3 ⅞”
Inside card -1 x Very Vanilla 5 ⅝” x 3 ⅞”
For front piece to achieve the waterfall technique
1x Early Espresso 9″ x 2”, 1 x Early Espresso ¾” x 4″, 4 x Early Espresso 2” x 2”, 4 x Very Vanilla 1 ⅞” x 1 ⅞”
Score the 9” x 2” strip of Early Espresso cardstock at 2″, 2¾”, 3 ½”, and 4 ¼” along the longer side.

 

Measurements in Centimetres:

Card base – 1 x A4 Early Espresso in half lengthways x 10.5cm wide
Front of card – 1 x Baked Brown Sugar 14.3cm x 10cm
Inside card -1 x Very Vanilla 14.3cm x 10cm
For front piece to achieve the waterfall technique (Note the cm strip is slightly narrower compared to the one in inches)
1x Early Espresso 23cm x 5cm, 1 x Early Espresso 2cm x 10cm, 4 x Early Espresso 5cm x 5cm, 4 x Very Vanilla 4.7cm x 4.7cm
Score the 23cm x 5cm strip of Early Espresso cardstock at 5cm, 7cm, 9cm and 11cm along the longer side.

 

Would you like to purchase some Stampin’ Up! products that I have used today.  If you would, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.

I hope you will give this Waterfall Card a go, as it is a fun card to make.

Hexagonal Base Pop-Up Card & Window Shopping Stamp Set

This lovely Hexagonal Base Pop-Up Card was one of the cards I taught at my class on Sunday. It is a fun, unique fold card. The card can fold flat to fit into an envelope. You need a square shaped envelope for it, so I made a 6″ x  6″ sized one using Envelope Paper and the Envelope Punch Board.  You can also attach a rubber band inside it so that when it comes out the envelope it pops up and stands up, so the recipient knows how the card is meant to go.

Hexagonal Base Pop-Up Card

Hexagonal Base Pop-Up Card in Sweet Sugarplum

This card is in Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron, but my class also had the choice to use Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  One person used a mixture of the Sweet Sugarplum and Cherry Cobbler which looked great too.  You can see some of their creations here on my Facebook Business page.
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The Hexagonal Base Pop-Up Card was cased from Mitosu Crafts.

Hexagonal Base Pop-up Card Supplies:

Stamp sets: Window Shopping* (wood 142920, clear 143265)

Ink: Sweet Sugarplum (141395) and Mint Macaron (138326) Or Cherry Cobbler (121966) and Garden Green (108605)

Stampin’ Write Markers: Sweet Sugarplum (from set 141393) or Cherry Cobbler marker (from set 131262)

Cardstock : Whisper White Thick A4 Cardstock (140490) , Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock (141423) or Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (121681) , Basic Black Cardstock (121688)

Other: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (143263), Precision Plate (139684), Window Box Thinlits Dies* (142762), Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies (142719), Big Shot Die Brush (140603), Shaped Stitched Thinlits Dies (145372), Stampin’ Trimmer (129722), Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive (110755), Tear & Tape (138995), Dimensionals (104430), Sponges (141337), Spritzer (126185), Envelope Punch Board (133774)

If you would like to purchase any Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you liked this Hexagonal Base Pop-Up Card.

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Exciting New Eastern Palace Suite – Early Release!

Eastern Palace Suite

We all love a sneak peek, don’t we?   Get your hands on the colourful and exotic products from the Eastern Palace Suite one month before they are released in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue!

The suite can be purchased in either one of two bundles.  Amongst other fabulous products the bundles include three of the new In Color Inkpads – Lucky Lime Twist, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide.  The Starter Bundle also includes some new Very Vanilla Note Cards and envelopes and the Premier Bundles includes some new thick Very Vanilla Cardstock for the stronger card bases.

Check out this video to see what is included in the bundles.  If the video below is not showing, please click here.

 

Here are some sample cards made with the Eastern Palace Suite.

Eastern Palace Suite Samples

 

You can choose between these two bundles:

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – Perfect for the beginning crafter!

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle 147209G

DESCRIPTION PRICE
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $125.75 NZD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New!) FREE!

 

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – Perfect for the avid crafter!

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle 147209G

DESCRIPTION PRICE
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set $214.25 NZD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
Mini Tassels Assortment
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (New In Color!)
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
Very Vanilla C6 Envelopes FREE!
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (New!) FREE!

For more details on each bundle or if you wish to purchase one of them, please click here.  Please remember to use my latest Host Code, BP2EH6XZ.

These Eastern Palace Bundles are only available from Monday 1st May until Wednesday 31st May, so make sure you get yours today.

If you would like to know more about the Eastern Palace Suite, please feel free to email me.

Bee Thank You Note Card From Dragonfly Dreams

Here is a bee thank you note card.  The bee is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.   I love the dragonflies in this set, but it is nice to use something different and the bees makes a lovely feature on a card too.

 

dragonfly dreams bee

A close up of the bee!

First I stamped the bees in Memento Black ink and then I stamped the body part in Daffodil Delight ink.  Two step stamping makes this so easy.   I then had to fussy cut all the bees!  This is a little more time consuming, but with good Paper Snips it makes the task easier.

The squares in the background were cut with two different squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  There are so many uses for these dies.  The set comes with four squares, four ovals and four circles on all the same set.  They are great value!

I stamped the dots which are also from the same Dragonfly Dreams stamp set in Smokey Slate ink .  The Thank You sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set.

To finish the note card off, I added some Silver Metallic Thread behind one of the bees, a few Rhinestone Jewels and some depth with Dimensionals!  And of course I stamped the envelope with a bee too so it all coordinates!

This card was cased from Tanja Kolar.

Dragonfly Dreams Bee Thank You Note Card

Dragonfly Dreams Bee Thank You Note Card

 

Here are the many cards I made for my customers.  I hope they enjoyed receiving them!

Dragonfly Dreams Bee Thank You Note Cards

 

If you like this stamp set, you may also like to consider purchasing the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies with at the same time.  When buying it as a bundle you will save 10% and you will see that there so many great ways to use the stamp set and dies together!  I had a customer who loves dragonflies and decided to only buy the dies.  She later realised that she really needed the stamp set as there were so many possibilities with it and so bought this too.  So why not buy them together and save 10%.

Check out some other creations I have made with this bundle.  Here is one we made at the Auckland Extravaganza and two variations of the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set featuring a copper dragonfly.

If you place an order with me, either in person, or online, you too will receive a thank you card from me.  If you are ordering online, please make sure select the option for your contact information to be shared with me, otherwise I don’t know who the order is from and I can’t send you a thank you card.

When you ordering online, please remember to use my current host code.  This can be round in the right hand column here on my blog.  In doing so, you can earn Loyalty Points.    You can find out more about my Loyalty Programme here.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this bee thank you note card using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

Thursday’s Tip: Another Use For Your Big Shot Die Brush

The Big Shot Die Brush is a great tool for removing all the excess pieces of paper or cardstock from a die.  It makes it so much easier and quicker than poking all the little pieces out!  As it is a time saver, this means you can spend time creating instead of poking out all the little bits or cleaning your dies afterwards.

Big Shot Die Brush

Big Shot Die Brush

Not only can it be used for removing the excess piece from your dies, here is another clever way to use it to help with your Stampin’ Trimmer!

Here’s my TIP: Use the Big Shot Die Brush to clean the track of your Stampin’ Trimmer. Over time, lots of little paper fibres collect in the Cutting Mat track and the Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Blades  won’t cut so well. Gently run your Big Shot Die Brush up and down the track a few times and clean out all those unwanted bits. Cutting on your Stampin’ Trimmer will then be so much better and will give your Cutting Blades a longer life.

Stampin' Trimmer

Stampin’ Trimmer

Cutting Mat

Cutting Mat for Stampin’ Trimmer

I share a new tip each week on Thursday.  You can check out last week’s tip here.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you found this tip for using your Big Shot Die Brush to clean out your cutting mat on your Stampin’ Trimmer useful.

25th April – ANZAC Day – Lest We Forget

Today, here in New Zealand and Australia we have a public holiday for ANZAC Day.

 

‘ANZAC’ stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps”. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.

Anzac Day is also a day to remember all who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.

 

This morning my family and I got up and went to the East Coast Bays Dawn Service at 6am to commemorate ANZAC Day.  Many attended this.  For those how didn’t want to go to a Dawn service, there were also other ANZAC services later in the morning at different locations to commemorate ANZAC Day.

Thursday’s Tip: How To Best Use Your Punches

Punches make cutting out a stamped image so quick and easy.  You get a lovely clean cut each time. Thursday’s Tip for this week, even if it is a day late, shows you some tips on how to best use your punches.

Stampin’ Up! have many stamp sets with coordinating punches. Here are a couple of examples of stamp sets with coordinating punches.  The great thing  is when you purchase the stamp set and punch together, when they first come out in a new catalogue, you can get the bundle with 10% off!
Punches make cutting out a stamped image so quick and easy.  You get a lovely clean cut each time. Thursday’s Tip for this week, even if it is a day late, shows you some tips on how to best use your punches.

Stampin’ Up! have many stamp sets with coordinating punches. Here are a couple of examples of stamp sets with coordinating punches.  The great thing  is when you purchase the stamp set and punch together, when they first come out in a new catalogue, you can get the bundle with 10% off!

Badges & Banners Bundle - punches

Badges & Banners Bundle

 

Foxy Friends Bundle and punches

Foxy Friends Bundle

How to best use your punches:

1) Stamp your image first!

2) Unlock the punch.  Put the cardstock through the top and line up the stamped image. Press down a little to hold the punch in place.  Then press the punch all the way down to cut your stamped image out.

 

Check out this quick video with some tips on how to use your punches.

I hope you found this video useful.  If you find your punches are not cutting so well, check out this post on how to sharpen your punches.

Remember to come back each Thursday and check out my tip of the week!  If there is something you would like to know about, please let me know and if I can, I will share it as a tip of the week.