Teacher’s Gifts!

I promise myself every single year that I will not be making gifts at the last minute….and then BAM – life happens!

So here we are the last week of Primary School and I’m crafting like a mad person yet again!

I was inspired by a project by Brandi Cox, she packaged a small collection of cards with a window sheet and kept the focus on the cards themselves – I modified her ideas to come up with this one of my own.

My stack of cards was bigger and so I’ve scored my cover differently.  You can use our Stampin’ Up! window sheets.  Otherwise if you have some acetate that will do the job too.  Any thick clear plastic packaging is suitable.

I’ve cut mine at 6 1/2 inches by 11 5/8 inches (16.5cm x 29.5cm).

I’ve scored it to wrap around my pile of envelopes and cards at 11.5cm, 13.5cm, 25cm and 27cm.  You can score your cover differently depending on the height of your pile of cards and envelopes, for my pile a 2cm width works well.

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As a photo of score lines on clear plastic is as helpful as shovelling snow in a blizzard here is a second photo illustrating the score lines on cardstock to help you get your orientation correct.

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Once you wrap your acetate cover around your cards you will tend to find that if it fits snugly it will tend to stay put nicely.  A little bit of washi tape on the back can help to secure it and in my project will coordinate nicely with my cards.

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That cute little stamp that I put on all my envelopes is from “Better than E-Mail”.

I then made a basic belly band (I didn’t score the belly band, I just wrapped it around. My bow was made with a Big Shot Bigz Die that I have had in my collection for a long time.  The tag was made with the “Merry Tag Framelit” dies, I’ve stamped the sentiment from “Tin of Tags” with versamark and Emerald Envy Glitter Embossing Powder.

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The trick with using this Glitter Embossing Powder is to heat set it from the underside of your paper, don’t direct the heat on the glitter from the top.  Watch it really carefully as you heat, you should see it get more glossy as the actual embossing powder melts.  Make sure that you shake your container before use to keep a good distribution of the powder through the glitter mixture.  Don’t over heat it as you may lose some of the glittery shimmer.

I’ve threaded some thick white bakers twine under the belly band and around the cards to prevent the cards from slipping out the side and to attach the tag to.

I think this gift is perfect all year round for anyone.  I think it would make a great gift for work colleagues as even if you don’t craft yourself I would think that most people like to give cards.  I will also be making these packs for my hairdresser, postal delivery lady and beauty therapist.  My packs for these important people will be all occasion cards that can be used all year round.

Oh and the cards that are inside? Very simple cards featuring washi tape, inexpensive and quick!

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If you have any questions please let me know!

Happy Birthday Mumsy….only stitched framelits will do!

Have you been seeing all the beautiful designs with the new Stitched Framelits?  They are excellent value, 12 framelits (4 of each circles, ovals and squares) for only $50.

I needed to make a card for my Mum for her birthday (I try to give her one she hasn’t already seen me make) so I used my new framelits for the first time.

This card uses the Speciality Designer Series Paper (Affectionately Yours), Copper Foil, Copper Metallic Thread, Copper Embossing Powder and cardstock in Whisper White, Mint Macaron and Flirty Flamingo.  The Hello You thinlits have also been used, along with a stamp from “Tin of Cards”.

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Memory lane…with the boy!

As I continue sorting through photos I came across this one of my son in 2010, I felt I should share it also (gotta be fair with all the kiddies right?)

He was such a cute little companion throughout my days, his toys were often mixed with my supplies, he loved to try to feed his cars through the Big Shot and a big packet of buttons were always popular.  I really missed him once he started school.

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Memory lane

As I try to complete a big gift for my eldest daughter I’ve needed to go back through my photos (more details on the gift to come).  Tonight I came across this beauty from January 2009 when I joined Stampin’ Up!  Here my daughters are stamping the paper that I would print my business details on.  Photos are so precious to me, I find scrapbooking takes so long as I tend to get caught up in all the memories!

The joy of giving!

I’ve loved Scrapbooking for a long time but the main thing that hooked me into Stampin’ Up! was the ideas for gift packaging.  With four kids in school I’m always keen for inexpensive thoughtful gifts for teachers and support staff.  My fudge recipe is my typical gift but I love to have a new way to package it.  (Find my fudge recipe here)  I had a pile of Stampin’ Up! chevron bags and I found an idea for the tag that I modified to suit the supplies that I have.

This particular group was given to our Tuckshop staff at each of our schools.  If they wanted to they would be able to regift the bags and the tags.

 

Happy Stampin’!

Big Shot Basics!

How much do you love your Big Shot?  I adore mine, well actually I have two 🙂  I would have thought that I was quite competent at using them but it seems I wasn’t!

So let’s go back to basics….the Bigz dies are simply a die between two cutting plates.  I can do that!

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Embossing folders are usually done between two cutting pads and the platform (if you have this new one pictured you don’t add the thin extra layer, if you have the older style you emboss on tab 1).  When running your embossing folders through the Big Shot send the folder through spine first, it will help your folders last longer.

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New Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (like Cable Knit in the 2016 Holiday Catalogue) need a different sandwich, you use the platform (no additional layer) and only one cutting mat.   You also can spritz your paper with water prior to embossing to enable more give in your paper.  This youtube video explains it the best…


Still with me?  Now it starts getting a little more specific.  Do you know the difference between a Thinlit and a Framelit?  I did, but what I really didn’t understand is their different needs when being cut.

This is a Framelit, note the “frame” like structure, it is just cutting out the outside edge and can be easily pushed out the centre.  We often use this style when stamping and then cutting out our images.

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Because we are often positioning these dies quite specifically around stamping it is useful to have a magnetic platform so that the die stays put while going through the Big Shot, therefore it would be appropriate to use a Magnetic Platform, a cutting mat, your paper, your die (cutting edge down) and another cutting mat.

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If you don’t have a Magnetic Platform you would use your Multi-purpose platform (with the extra layer, or Tab 2 if you have the older style), a cutting mat, your paper, your framelit (you may find a post-it note helpful to keep your die in place and then another cutting mat.

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Hang in there, we are nearly done….

So a Thinlit, what’s that? Think about your gorgeous highly intricate dies.  If they have been a pain to get a perfect cut in the past then they are more than likely a thinlit.  We now have the Precision Cutting Mat, your answer to getting the pressure right through your Big Shot with these dies.  However do not use the Precision Mat with the Magnetic Platform and do not use framelits with Precision Cutting Mat (they are not strong enough for the pressure and they will warp).

Here is an example of a thinlit….

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Note the highly detailed cutting surface of these dies, remember that after you cut them there are small holes on the back that you can lightly press into with a blunt paper piercer to encourage your paper out once cut.  I highly encourage the use of the die cut brush and foam mat with these dies as they will help get all the paper out quickly and easily.

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So remember to cut a thinlit you will need the platform, the extra layer that comes with the platform (or tab2 if you have the older style), the precision base plate (black side up), your paper, your thinlit (cutting side down towards the paper) and ONE cutting mat on the top.

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This video is awesome and will make it all clearer…

So in summary….

  • don’t use the Magnetic Platform with the Precision Base Plate
  • don’t use framelits or really small dies with with the Precision Base Plate
  • Only use one cutting mat when using the precision base plate and flip your cutting mat after every cut, change the position of the thinlit on the cutting mat each time you cut (don’t keep cutting from the centre position.
  • If the die is not a square or circle feed it into the Big Shot lengthwise for the best distribution of pressure.

Thanks for staying all the way to the end.  My class participants will know of my frustration (and trashing of my cutting mats) prior to getting all the facts.  Here’s another video highlighting the difference you can make to your cutting mats based on your thinlit positioning.  Hope this all helps you as much as it has helped me!

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