New Big Shot Mats

Here is a video from Stampin' Up! that shows how our Big Shot Embossing Mats work with the Big Shot.  You can turn your Framelits, Thilits and Edgelits into embossing designs. They work great and it's such a fabulous technique.  Take a look:


These mats are a great new addition to the Big Shot line.  I love how they can completely change how we use the Framelits, Thinlits and Edgelits.  They are great to play with and I hope you have fun using them as well.  Let me know if you have any questions about them.




Bouquet Blooms Bundle

I love using my Big Shot every chance I get.  So it makes sense that I am drawn to all the bundles that include Framelits and Thinlits Dies.  

Today I have a video from Stampin' Up! to show us more about the Bouquet Blooms bundle.  This bundle comes with the Bouquet Blooms stamp set and the Gatefold Blossoms Framelits Dies.  You can find it on page 167 in your catalog.  I love the flower dies for creating and adding dimension to your projects.  Here is Natalie to show you a little more on how it all works. 


This bundle is sure to make your life easier for creating adorable little gift card holder cards.  If you rather, you can just use the stamp set and flower Framelits.  You can check out all the options in my online store.   Happy Stampining, Susan Elise

PS:  Janie ~ this adds to your creative collection of notecards, right?


Graceful Glass Suite

The Graceful Glass Suite is such a wonderful addition to our catalog.  It gives you the tools to create some beautiful stained glass projects.  The vellum is probably one of my favorite new papers this year.  There are so many options on how to use it.

Color plays a key role in this suite.  You can use any of our coloring tools,  just choose the look you want to achieve for the final project.

This video is inspirational ~ Brian does such a good job of explaining all the products in the suite.  You'll want to start using it right away ~ I know I did!  If you have it already play around with it and experiment with the different ways you can create with these products.  I would love to see what you create ~ send me a picture!  If you don't have it yet, all the items can be purchased separately (or in the Painted Glass bundle on page 165) in my online store.   
Happy Stampining, Susan Elise


Make a Sandwich header

Having trouble remembering how to make that BIG SHOT SANDWICH?  Have you asked yourself which platform to use, the Magnetic or the original Big Shot Platform?  And, as if Standard Dies and Detailed Dies weren't enough now Stampin' Up! has included Embossing Dies in the new catalog!   (You can see an example of an embossing die on page 143 included in the Nature's Roots Framelits Dies.)  Stampin' Up! has a quick and easy flyer for all of us to love.  Print it out and keep it handy.  Let me know if you have questions.

Download Sandwich-flyer

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.