Weekly Update from Stampin' Up!: cutting pads

Stampin' Up! provides an update weekly ~ every Tuesday morning.  One of the updates this morning is about our Big Shot Cutting Pads so I knew you would be interested.  We have all been so frustrated about the length of time the pads are lasting now compared to how long they used to last.  They are looking into the problem ~

Big Shot Cutting Pads

Many of you have reached out to us with concerns about the Big Shot Cutting Pads not having the longevity that they used to have. We wanted you to know that we are actively working with our supplier to determine the issue.

In the meantime, there are steps you can take to improve the longevity of your Cutting Pads:

  • Regularly rotate which Cutting Pad is on top, and flip the pads over to help alleviate even more cutting wear.
  • Only use the Precision Base Plate on detailed dies from the Detailed Dies section of the annual catalog (p. 215). The Precision Base Plate is especially rough on Cutting Pads because it is made of metal and has no give, so the pads absorb the pressure.
  • Avoid adding additional shims to your sandwich whenever possible, as this places additional pressure on the pads when you run them through the Big Shot.

We know that some of you, even when following these best practices, still encounter wear issues with your Cutting Pads; we have made our supplier aware of that, as well. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to find the source of the problem and resolve it with our Cutting Pads supplier.

Tomorrow I will post another update from the website today.  You will love the information about a top Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who is the 17th person to achieve $1,000,000 in sales!

3D Textured Impressions Embossing Folders


Layered Leaves 1
 This embossing folder is LAYERED LEAVES and you can find it on page 211 in Stampin' Up!'s new catalog.  Because it is extra thick and creates a deep impression you make your 'sandwich' differently than with the other embossing folders.  You spritz the cardstock on both sides and use only one of the cutting pads.  Here is Donna to tell you a little more about it.... 

I did not create the center focal point of the card.  I used a preprinted card from our MEMORIES & MORE Card Pack.  The information about these super little packs (inexpensive too) starts on page 190.  The card I used is from the COLOR THEORY MEMORIES & MORE CARD PACK.  The pack contains 72 double sided cards, sticker sheets and 4 printed acetate cards.  What a deal!!!  Call me if you'd like more information.  Susan Elise


Wood Textures Suite

You can find the WOOD TEXTURES SUITE on page 158 & 159 in the new catalog ~ don't miss it if you are looking for a unique gift idea or a clever way to decorate your table.  We made this little crate at our recent demonstrator meeting in Richmond.  It contains three cute little cards using the images in the stamp set, Wood Words.

Crate w cards from regional mt

View the video below to learn all about this suite!


We will also be using the stamp set in our June Stamp Club meetings ~ to make the crate and a really pretty card with the multi-flower stamp ~ so pretty.  Let me know if you'd like to join us ~ we would love to have you! 


Customer Q & A

Last week in STAMP CLUB Patty asked me about the EMBOSSING FOLDERS on page 211 in Stampin' Up!'s new catalog, CREATIVITY YOUR WAY.  She was particularly interested in the 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (quite a title, don't you think ~ so glad my name isn't that long!) on page 211.  Because they are so thick and sturdy you cannot use them the same as our traditional embossing folders (page 210 and the top of 211).  The key to success is on the left side under the diagram of the 'sandwich' ~ a reminder we can refer to over and over.  In the meantime here is a Stampin' Up! video that provides lots of information...........


Stylish Stems ~ unique dies

In this video, Holly talks about some pretty special dies in the Occasions catalog.  These Stylish Stems Framelits have a few different ways to use them and that's what I love about them.  They also coordinate well with the Special Reasons stamp set.  Take a look at how you can use them and see my sample below.....  

If you are in one of my monthly Stamp Clubs you will use the dies, along with the fabulous Sweet Sugarplum GLIMMER PAPER (the new Sale-a-bration product) in your club get-together.  In this sample we used our Note Cards & Envelopes (#131527).  I am sorry the picture doesn't pick up the sparkle ~ I need a sparkle app or something...........

Notecard w glimmer paper

 I will post another sample that I made tomorrow ~ this one uses the coordinating stamp set, Special Reason (#142902).  You can find both of these on page 42 in the Occasions Catalog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a loverly weekend!  Susan Elise 

Contact me for more information or to get your own Occasions catalog.



Getting romantic?

With Valentines Day coming up, I thought I would share this great So in Love stamp set and coordinating So Detailed thinlits from the Occasions catalog.  You can find them on page 52 and, yes, there is a SO IN LOVE BUNDLE.  They are such elegant products that they can be used for many romantic occasions ~ weddings, anniversaries, engagement parties or just to say I Love You.  Stampin' Up! always has great ideas to pass on for new products and Carrie will show you ways to use the stamp set & thinlits in this video. 

Contact me for more information or to get your own Occasions catalog.



Window Shopping and Window Box Thinlits Video

Here is a video that you will be particularly interested in if you are in a Cat/Art Studio Stamp Club as we will be exploring ways to use it for our February club meeting.  This video features the Window Shopping stamp set and Window Box Thinlits.  

 You can find all of the information about the Framelits  and the stamp set on page 43 in the  Occasions catalog ~ there are so many possibilities with the WINDOW SHOPPING BUNDLE.  It will be fun to explore at our February get-together!  I look forward to seeing you!

Contact me for more information or to get your own Occasions catalog.




Shoebox swap card debossing

The 'celebrate' on this card is debossed, the opposite of embossed.  The process uses the BIG SHOT and you run the paper through using a folder.  However, instead of pushing the paper up, this folder pushes the paper down to create a word that is indented in the paper.  When you add color the debossed word, 'celebrate' jumps out of the color surrounding it.  It is an easy technique with the folder ~ join me in the STUDIO to give it a try!

There are two of these folders in Stampin' Up!'s catalog.  Look on page 40  at the top right hand box.  The other folder is for the word HAPPY.  I haven't used that one yet, the card above was for a team SHOE BOX SWAP this afternoon.  The products I used on this card are below ~

CABLE KNIT...............

Yesterday I mentioned that I had used a new EMBOSSING FOLDER from Stampin' Up!'s HOLIDAY CATALOG so today I thought I would show you the folder ~ CABLE KNIT DYNAMIC TEXTURED IMPRESSIONS EMBOSSING FOLDER.  This is a video from the home office explaining a little bit about the folder and how to use it.  I do have to tell you that I didn't watch the video before I used mine for the first time ~ so I learned about the SPRAY after I created my card yesterday.  Next time..................thanks for stopping by!



Flourish Thinlits Video

I want to share a new video with you showcasing the new Flourish Thinlits in the 2016-2017 catalog.  Stampin' Up! has put this together to give us some tips on using the Precision Base Plate to get perfect cuts with the Thinlit Dies.  The dies coordinate with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set on page 49 in the catalog and are sold in a BUNDLE to save 10%.

I love having new products for my Big Shot every time we have a new catalog.  Feel free to contact me with questions about any of our new products in the catalog.  Happy Thursday!  Susan Elise