Video Tutorial: Die Cutting Tips and Tricks

I’ve got some handy die-cutting tips and tricks for you in today’s Stampin’ Sunday video, featuring the Honey Bee bundle from the Spring Mini Catalogue.

You’ll need:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5”
DSP: 4 x 5.25”
Gold foil: 2-5/8” square
White: 2.5” square
Scrap white for bees and sentiment

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What’s your favourite die cutting tip? Let me know in the comments!

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Tutorial: Bridge Fold Card

I’ve seen this “Bridge Fold” card several times, and had to try it myself. I even got to learn the partial die-cutting technique along the way! Here’s how it’s done!

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Cardstock: 5.5 x 9″ (I used Pear Pizzazz)
DSP: 3 x 4.75″ (3 pieces – I used Noble Peacock)

Score your cardstock at 3″ on either side. Fold into a Z-shape and burnish your folds.

Centre a large die over the folded piece of cardstock. Hold die in place with post-it notes or washi tape.

Line up the edge of the cutting plate so that the die won’t cut the entire shape – the sides and top, but not the bottom.

Run the sandwich through the machine three or four times until all three layers of cardstock are cut through. Be very careful when removing your washi tape! Trim the cardstock as needed.

Use the next-smallest nesting die to cut the Designer Series Paper along the top edge. As before, line up your cutting plate so that the die won’t cut the entire shape. Repeat this step for your other pieces of DSP.

Use a trimmer to finish the straight cuts to the bottom of each piece of DSP.

Score down the centre of the outside two panels of your cardstock, and two pieces of your DSP. Refold your card base so the outside panels are mountain folds.

Attach your DSP to your cardbase.

To create the bridge, cut a piece of cardstock to 6″ in length (the width will vary depending on the design of your card). Use strong adhesive to attach the bridge piece to the two outside panels of the card base. I used the edge die from Magnolia Memory – it didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned, but I still like it!

Embellish as desired. I used the Royal Peacock bundle and foil sheets.

Have you made any projects with the Bridge Fold? Share them in the comments below! I love to see your creations!

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Quick Tip Tuesday: Eclipse Technique

I’ve talked about the Eclipse technique here before, but I just learned a really helpful tip that I think makes this technique even easier to do well! I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

We’re doing Eclipse technique at my classes this month, and because Mother’s Day is coming up I thought “Mom” would be a good word to include in the design. One problem, though: how to line up the “M – O – M” when I only have one M framelit?

It turns out this is a super easy problem to solve. Just cut out “M-O-M” (or whatever other letters you need) from scrap cardstock – I used black, to make it very obvious to myself and my crafters that these letters were not actually part of the project. Then line up these letters on your project and make small pencil marks to indicate the edges. Use those marks as guides for your framelit placement. Once the shapes are cut out, erase the pencil marks and assemble your card.

As you can see, I made a couple of different designs to encourage my crafters to make their own decisions about their card. I even made a birthday card in case someone doesn’t need a mother’s day card. Do you think “H B D” is a good abbreviation for “Happy Birthday”?

You could also use “YOU”, “LOVE”, or even the card recipient’s name (providing it is short enough to fit on the card!) What other words could you spell?

Thanks for joining me for this quick tip! I hope it’s helpful to you in your stamping! If you’re not currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to work with you. Visit my online store or drop me a line to place your order! Be sure to use the current hostess code to get a free gift from me!

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Product Spotlight: Beautiful Bouquet Bundle

At this time of year, when we’re all very excited about the new Occasions products, I like to remind everyone that there are still some amazing sets available in the annual catalogue. I’m in love with this stunning and versatile bundle that offers so many possibilities for your craft projects! The extensive collection of sentiment stamps will suit everything from a birth to a wedding anniversary, and the large array of floral stamps can create a small, simple embellishment or an ornate, colourful bouquet. Partner the stamp set with the co-ordinating thinlits, and the possibilities are endless! Here are just a few projects using Beautiful Bouquet (some created by me, and others found online).

As always, you save 10% when you bundle these products! Get the stamps and the thinlits for $65.50CAD. (If you purchase during Sale-a-Bration, you’ll earn a free product!)
Comment below and show me what you’ve created with this product! I love to read your comments and see your creations!
Happy Stampin’!

Sending Lots of Love

I’ve been in love with the Lots of Love stamp set for months now, and I’m so pleased that I am finally going to get to use it at some workshops! In fact, I have two different designs for two different workshops this month, both using the beautiful Whole Lot of Lovely designer series paper, which goes with the stamp set so well.

First, for my usual monthly workshop, we’ll be making this gorgeous card that also makes use of the Layered Leaves embossing folder. I love how this sentiment could be used for so many different occasions – birthday, thinking of you, get well, even a wedding card. After all, every card we send is sent with lots of love!

Then, for a home party I’m doing, I CASE’d this fabulous design from Sandi MacIver. It involves a bit of fussy cutting, but I think it will still be a hit!

What have you made with this stamp set? I love seeing your creations and reading your comments!

Happy Stampin’!

Eclipse Technique

The eclipse technique is very hot right now in papercrafting! Don’t believe me? Check out the Google results right here.

I decided to try my hand at it last weekend and was really pleased with the results. Using my Large Letter framelits and the Seaside Shore stamp set, as well as some retired Designer Series Paper, I created this beautiful piece.

The key to eclipse technique is to include a contrasting colour of cardstock behind the one you are punching your shapes from. This will create a shadow effect. If you look closely, you’ll see that while the letters are ‘bumped up’ using a dimensional, the inner pieces – the half-circles of the B and the triangle of the A – are attached with adhesive tape, meaning they are ‘behind’ the letters.

This piece will be perfect for Island-ish, a charming local boutique where staff and customers love all things beach-related! Island-ish stocks Inkyfingers cards and papercraft products, and I bet they will love this addition!

Product Spotlight: Sunshine Wishes

At this time of year, when we’re all very excited about the new Occasions products, I like to remind everyone that there are still some amazing products available in the annual catalogue.

One of my favourites is the Sunshine Wishes thinlits. You can pair these thinlits with the Sunshine Sayings stamp set for a stunning array of sentiments that will make creating multiple cards easy and fun – but as you can see with the card below, you can create a beautiful card using only the thinlits!

I used Fresh Fig and Berry Burst for this card, with a Crumb Cake mat. The whisper white layer is embossed with a retired embossing folder that I just can’t let go of – but the current Falling Petals embossing folder would work really well with this design too. It goes to show you, Valentines cards don’t have to be only red and pink!

Comment below and show me what you’ve created with Sunshine Sayings, or show me a Valentine you’ve made! I love to read your comments and see your creations!

Happy Stampin’!

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Colourful Seasons Frame

Over my summer vacation, I finally set about creating a photo gallery wall in my staircase. I’ve been wanting to do this project since we moved to this house two years ago, but I also knew it would be a big project and I wanted to do it right, so I took my time in preparation – and I’m glad I did! It was a lot of fun choosing just the right photos and arranging everything in the available space. As I write this, the project is not quite completed yet, but so far it looks terrific!

As soon as I saw the Colourful Seasons Bundle in the new annual catalogue, I knew I wanted to add those amazing die-cut elements to some framed family photos.  I chose some photos from each season – some professionally taken, others not – and then added some die-cut shapes to embellish them. In addition to Colourful Seasons, I also used the Jar of Love bundle and the (retired) Itty Bitty Butterfly punch.

I am so pleased with the result! Just one more example of how versatile these products are!

Straightening Cutting Pads

There’s been a lot of chatter at my workshops about the best way to flatten out the Big Shot cutting pads after they inevitably start to bend. I tried out a few of the popular methods I found online, so you don’t have to.

The simplest method I found is to run very hot water over your cutting pad and use the divider bar between a double sink to bend the plate opposite to the way it is bowing. This method is easy, quick, and requires no additional equipment; however, I didn’t find it super effective.

Another option is to bake the plate in the oven. Wrap the plate in a double layer of tinfoil, place it (curved side up) on a cookie sheet, and weight it down with a lasagne pan half-full of water. (You can also use bricks in the pan to weight it down; I don’t have any bricks on hand, though!) Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for up to 60 minutes (check on the plate’s progress after 30 minutes). Once your plate is flat, remove from the oven, but leave it weighted with the lasagne pan until it cools. This method is easy and quite effective with moderately warped plates.

Finally, I tried ironing a plate after wrapping it in a tea towel. The instructions I found recommended using the hottest iron setting and spending about 15 minutes per side. If you have two warped plates, that would take an hour to straighten out – I’d much rather spend the $13.50 to get another pair, than spend an hour ironing (and my wardrobe choices demonstrate this handily!). However, I adjusted the method slightly; I ironed the pad for about 5-7 minutes until it was very hot. Then, leaving it wrapped in the tea towel, I placed a very heavy book on top to keep the plate flat as it cooled – mimicking the oven method. This was easy, fairly quick, and very effective. Plus, it gave me a lot of control over which parts of the plate were being heated and straightened. I will certainly be trying this method again.

Bonus tip: use a lint roller to pick up the paper bits that get stuck on your pad!