Welcome to the second installment of the VC_Rocks Blog Hop for 2011. I am excited to be bringing you some Big Shot Beauty today!
If you aren't one of my regular readers, I'm betting you arrived from Kim Abbott's blog - Stamping Fun with Kim !
I have several samples here to show you today:
Of course, I love me some pretty cards, but I was a scrapbooker long before I discovered SU or started making cards! This layout uses a Big Shot alpha AND flower - Little leaves, Alpha Simple (I believe it is) and the flower from an older Sizzix die - which works easily with Mr. Big Shot!
Did you know that under the new upcoming hostess plan, if you have a workshop of $400 or more you get to select any one item in the catalog for 50% off (even Mr. Big!).
The matchbox makes a great little gift - in this case - a teacher appreciation item - holding chocolate, what else? The matchbox die makes it SO easy!
My last share was also CASEd from or inspired by (which isn't far from being CASEd) someone - and again - my filing system failed me - I cannot find where I saved the inspiration card for this. I did this one a little differently, if I recall correctly - which is up for debate as well... I believe the original card called for a brayer... and I - although I have one, use one, and sometimes like it - could NOT get this to brayer correctly. Therefore I used my DD stamp pad and smacked it on the embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot - very carefully. My biggest piece of advice about this one - lay the cardstock very carefully on the inked surface - and close it as carefully as you can, taking care not to slide it on the surface. I used a blender pen and picked up Old Olive ink that I had smooshed into the lid of the OO ink pad to color the raised flower centers that I did not put bling on. Ribbon and bling and a little sentiment stamp finished off the outside of the card. Colors used were Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Early Espresso (I could use one of those!).
My favorite tip on using the rhinestones and pearl bling that SU now sells is this: Use the Paper Piercer to take the bling off the waxy backing paper and place on your creation - that way, the oils on your hands or fingers do not remove any of the stickiness. Go ahead, try it - I'll wait :)
Back yet? (whistling)
For my last share - here is my scrapbook page for today's Stamp Club. There are a couple of special Big Shot things here - first, though - this is based on the sketch I created (the left page of the original sketch was based on someone's progressive layout, but I have changed it up a bit).
To do the title, you need a couple of fonts, some lightweight chipboard from our DSP packs - these are leftovers from another project. I punched out JNEY from (retiring) GoGo Boots upper case and OUR from Alphabet Simple. I did two cuts of each, and used my (latex!) Tombow Multi-adhesive. (Do not use this product if you have a latex allergy, please - unless yo
u are wearing non-latex protective gear:).
After creating this template, I went back to the Big Shot and ran a three-inch by 12 inch strip of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock through the Big Shot layered as shown: clear plate, cutting platform, 2 DSP chipboard shims, the chipboard word that I created, the Tempting Turquoise cardstock, the silicone embossing pad and the other clear plate.
Really hard to see here - but you get the idea... maybe a little better below - anyway - I also used the retiring Sense of Time (I LOVE this set!). On the original sketch the Top Note die was inside a pocket made by the 6x6 square - you could do that - I'm just using it to set off a photo.
Here is the full layout - the CASE on the left and my extension of it into a two page 12x12 layout above. Hope you love it!
Here is the next blog on the stop, followed by the full line-up. Thanks so much for stopping by - comments *always* appreciated!