Monday, February 28, 2011

Big Shot Die Storage

For those of you that know me know I love my Big Shot machine and use it all the time in monthly classes, workshops and at school for projects with the students. This is a storage system I dreamed up to help organize the dies (they seem to multiply so quickly LOL!)I used some scrap wood and completed this in one afternoon. I have a 6 foot counter in my stamp room so made this storage rack to fit that space. The columns allow me to stack different sizes of dies in rows going up and by original or bigz sizes....2 rows fit in each area. I found some old drawers out in the garage so incorporated those in this to hold embosslits and sizzlits. The far right side holds the extra long sizzlits, adapters etc. I have a shelf in the paper rack above that hold all my XL Bigz dies. This has really helps me keep my dies more organized....but I'll be honest the rest of my stamp room needs my attention! Here's a picture with it full of dies.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Audrey's Valentines Box

Last year my niece Audrey asked for help making a Valentine Box for her school party. So we made a stand up mailbox complete with an opening door to let the valentines fall to the bottom of the mail box just like the mail boxes outside the post offices. This year she wanted help again and we decided to do a grand piano as she started taking piano lessons this year and loves it. We started out with a Stampin' Up! box and ended up with a cool looking piano. The lid is hindged so that you can put it down flat on the piano or place it up with the small wooden stick. The valentines go in the opening in the body of the piano so you just slip them in under the piano lid when it is propped up. I hope Audrey had a great time at her school Valentine's party today!
Happy Valentine's Day!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Patchwork pieces of DSP

Squares of designer papers help you easily create a quilt inspired layout. Once again fabulous ribbon from the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up! (see that on my website). You will need 3 different pieces of Stampin' Up! designer paper, which is double sided, so you can cut 2 pieces from each paper and then flip and flop those until you get 6 different coordinating designs.

Makes for a cozy little greeting card,

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Heart Embosslit

Embosslits cut and emboss the design at the same time, so you run it through your Big Shot once and get this fun little heart cut out complete with a fun scalloped edge and dotted swiss raised dots.
I used a 2 x 3" piece of designer paper on this design and you can easily change this card to a masculine card just by changing the designer paper and the color scheme! Some Glassy Glitter adds that extra special flair to your card (use the Sticky Strip to adhere this with ease!) Ribbon was a fabulous bargain from the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Simple Textured Hearts Card

I love the look of the background on this card and for those of you that know me know that I love my "BIG SHOT". I used the Square Lattice Textured Embossing folder on this project. Just punch the hearts out and adhere to the white cardstock. Run this piece through the Big Shot machine and it will texture the hearts and the white paper....reminds me of the fun textured on a high end paper towel! :) I also like the way the hearts look distressed due to the embossing pattern. Of course you can use any of the wonderful Stampin' Up! embossing folders for cards like this. Have fun trying some designs of your own!
Happy stamping,

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Two at a time Snowman Cards

I love snowmen and winter for that fact....I'm always praying for a snow day at school, tee hee! These snowmen cards are super easy to make and I like the fact that you can just as easily make 2 of them as you are running dies through your Big Shot machine. Use the TOP NOTE die and layer both the designer paper and a piece of white paper on the die at the same time. Run those through the Big Shot and then cut both in half the long way. Now you have a white piece for the snowman's face and a patterned piece for the top of the hat. Stampin' Up!'s designer paper is 2 sided so you can flip & flop those pieces so you have a different design for each card.
This card is also a fun way to use up those odds and ends of designer papers & old buttons because nothing has to really match for a snowman...they will be loveable with any color combination and any expression.
Happy stamping,

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Back to Stamping! Finally :-)

After recovering from surgery back in November I am finally back in my stamping room and back to teaching. Here is a fun greeting my students had hanging in my Art room when I returned from 2 month of sick leave. So that was really nice...I have the nicest students in the world...and a great sub too! I'm happy to say I have prepped and completed 2 stamping events in the last week so finally feel like I might be getting back to normal in that aspect.

Here is a cute and easy snowman card from class this month. What a great way to use our circle punches! I used dimensionals in 2 places in the layers between the snowman circles.
Another fun snowman project will be in tomorrow's post. Yes, it's really cold here in Nebraska and we have had snow on the ground off and on this past month.
Happy Stamping,