Big Shot & fabric Q&A

Have you seen the cute projects that everyone is making using their Big Shot machinefab_bigshot_013How about the quilting??fab_bigshot_003 Or cute little hair clippies? :)   clippies

This is long, but it’s a good resource provided by Stampin’ Up for FAQ about the Big Shot and fabric.  Some great info!

Crafting with fabric is one of the biggest industry trends right now, and we aren’t just talking quilts! You can create beautiful fabric accessories and home décor with your Big Shot–even if you don’t sew. The Sizzix Big Shot makes it easy to cut intricate fabric shapes to use in all your crafting projects.

What type of fabric will the Big Shot cut? The Big Shot will cut all types of fabric. For a complete list of Big Shot-approved materials, click here.

How many pieces of fabric can I cut at a time? That depends on the fabric. Different fabrics vary in thickness. For example, your Big Shot can cut through eight layers of cotton, which is a relatively thin fabric, but it will only cut through one layer of faux fur, which is a very thick fabric.

Do you shim fabric in a Big Shot differently than paper? No. Your Big Shot works the same with fabric as it does with paper. Different fabrics vary in thickness, much the same as different paper materials vary in thickness. If you are only cutting one layer of a very thin fabric, you might need to use a piece of card stock as a shim just as you would if you were only cutting one layer of thin paper.

Will all Big Shot dies cut fabric? You can cut fabric with any of the Sizzix steel-rule dies (Originals, Bigz, Bigz L, and Bigz XL). You cannot cut fabric with Sizzlits, Embosslits, Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, or Texturz Plates.

Will dies with score lines ruin my fabric? You can still use dies with score lines to cut fabric. The score lines will slightly distress your fabric, but shouldn’t damage it permanently. However, we recommend that if you are using dies with score lines to only cut one or two layers at a time (depending on the thickness of your fabric). If you try to cut too many layers at a time, it is possible that the score lines could tear your fabric.

Will cutting fabric with the Big Shot dull my dies? The Big Shot steel-rule dies (Originals, Bigz, Bigz L, and Bigz XL) were designed to work on several different types of materials. For a complete list of Big Shot approved materials, click here. Cutting fabric with your Big Shot dies will not result in any damage to your dies, and will not dull them any faster than cutting paper will.

Should I wash my fabric before working with it? It really depends on the fabric. Some lower-quality fabrics will shrink after they’re washed, which could result in your project coming apart. However, many quilters don’t wash their fabric first because the fabric is stiffer and easier to work with before it’s washed. And if you use higher-quality fabrics, they will likely not shrink.

I just recently purchased my Big Shot. How does it work? You can find general information about the Big Shot on the Big Shot product page.

Does Stampin’ Up! plan to sell fabric?
Stampin’ Up! works hard to stay on trend, but it just isn’t possible to offer every crafting product on the market. We will continue to explore new products and possibilities, but will keep stamps, ink, and paper as our core products.

Is there a pattern available for the quilt square given out at Leadership? (shown above) Yes. Written instructions for making the quilt square are available here.

I don’t have a sewing machine. Can I still create fabric projects? Yes! The world of fabric crafting is as varied as the world of paper crafting. There are several alternatives to using a sewing machine. You can create many simple designs sewing by hand using a needle and thread or even a hot glue gun. In addition, fusible web is a great option for creating one-of-a-kind fabric crafts.

What is fusible web, and how does it work? Fusible web is a manmade fiber that will melt when heated with an iron and become sticky. When it is placed between two pieces of fabric, the melting of the web causes the fabrics to fuse together making it possible for you to adhere the fabric without the use of a sewing machine. Fusible web is available in rolls (similar to tape), in pre-packaged pieces, or is sold by the yard in your local fabric store.

My quilting friends mention things called charm packs, layer cakes, and fat quarters. What are they? Charm packs, layer cakes, and fat quarters are terms for precut cotton that is generally used for quilting. Charm packs include a variety of coordinating fabrics cut into 5″ x 5″ squares. The packs have an assortment of patterned and solid fabrics, and their small size makes them ideal for using on quilt blocks. Layer cakes are just like charm packs, but they are larger in size, with the cotton cut into 10″ x 10″ squares. Fat quarters are pieces of cotton cut into quarter yard segments. However, instead of being cut vertically, like you would cut a piece of fabric off a bolt, fat quarters are cut horizontally first, giving you a piece of cotton that measures 18″ X 22″. All of these options are a great way to get a good selection of fabrics at a relatively inexpensive price.

Thanks for peeking in!  Email me with any additional questions, and visit my online store anytime here.

Laura :)

Holiday Mini carryover products

The products in the Holiday Mini** retired along with the mini catalog on January 4th, but GOOD NEWS!  These products from the Holiday Mini are still available!

Item # Description Price
116794 Ornament punch $15.95
116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint $5.95
116854 Frost White Shimmer Paint $5.95
116807 Platinum Shimmer Paint $5.95
116829 Décor Elements Blocks $9.95
116824 Stampin’ Up! Textured Impressions Folder Petals-A-Plenty $7.95
116821 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Windows Magnetic Movers & Shapers $29.95
116819 Stampin’ Up! Table Setting Bigz XL die $42.95
116820 Stampin’ Up! Embosslits Merry die $11.95
116823 Stampin’ Up! Sizzlits Merry Details die $5.50
116822 Stampin’ Up! O Christmas Tree Pop-Up Bigz XL die $42.95
118140 Stampin’ Up! Tree Decorations Sizzlits die $5.50
118108 My Digital Studio $79.95
116519 Charming stamp set $19.95

Visit my online store (click “shop now”) to order any of these products, or email me.

Laura :)

**The current mini catalog is the Occasions Mini, available Jan. 5th – April 30th … don’t be confused. :)

Skirts & clippies

Okay, here is a cute story. :) On Christmas morning my husband handed me a small gift to open.  Inside was a small pile of scrap fabric. ??  Random bits of scrap fabric?  For me?  I was so confused.  It was really cute fabric, mind you … but I still didn’t get it.  He told me to hang on for a second, and then he had our 2 little girls open their next gift.  This is what they opened.

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He MADE those for the girls!!  Little bitty darling skirts!  With the help of cute Paula and lunch breaks, he made them!  I’m still so impressed. :)

And the scrap fabric?  He said it was for me to make the girls matching things for their hair.  Uh oh … fabric hair things?  Me??

I finally pulled out my cute sewing machine (yes I do have one, but it hasn’t made more than comfy pajama pants years ago), dusted it off, and played around.

Keep in mind, these are my 1st attempt at sewing in a very long time.  Be nice. :) Not to mention that I had a 4-year-old “helping.”  That was interesting.  Okay, here goes.  No laughing!!

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I love my Big Shot machine!!  I have more plans that involve cutting my fabric with this machine for little sewing projects.  I cut these flowers and batting with my Flower Folds die.

Okay, I realize the black thread was not my best choice.  Should I not admit I just used it because it was already in the machine and I didn’t want to change it? :) Oh, and a huge note here … I saw this cute video on Angie’s blog (here) explaining how she made similar flowers.  I didn’t have any adhesive spray, so I just pinned and sewed.  This is why my edges are the way they are and hers are clean.  I think I’ll get some of that spray. :)

I added a clear rhinestone brad, some retired ribbon, and glued (with crystal effects — seriously, that stuff is strong once dry) it onto an old headband.  Not a very clean look, but I was experimenting.  With a 4-year-old.  Let’s not forget that part.

Then I made these.

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Much better with white thread, right?  I pulled out my user’s manual to remember how to change the bobbin.  I’m not kidding. :)

I punched a hole with my crop-a-dile and added these cute corduroy brads (in a retired color, kiwi kiss) and added hair clips to the back. clippies-2

I’m having fun experimenting and playing with these cute scraps! I’ll post more as I play more. :)

Laura

Shop online with me here.

Mmmm, SOUP!

I am hosting a fun opportunity event — a lunch party, if you will. :)

soup lunch

I get a lot of questions about what I do.  What does it mean to be a “demo” for Stampin’ Up?  What do you need to do?  What do you get?  How does it work?  Is it fun?? And I know there are a lot of unasked questions out there, too.

I love questions!  I’ve decided I may as well make a fun, no pressure event of answering them, right??  Right!! :)

Join me for my S.O.U.P. party!

(Sweet Opportunities, Unique Possibilities)


Saturday, February 20th

Open House – 11 AM  to 2:00 PM

At my home


*a free lunch and make & take
* door prizes and giveaways
* honest, real answers to your questions — what does it mean to “be a demo,” anyway?  How?  Why?
* a no-pressure, comfortable environment to visit with friends.
* find out why now is a great time to join my team
* learn how to earn free and discount product
* come find out that you don’t have to be a “certain person” to do this (not creative? working full-time? no problem!)
* take an in-person, hands-on look at what comes in the starter kit(s)
* discover how you can work from home, build a business, and LOVE what you do!
* bring a friend not on my guest list & get a bonus gift

(Click here to print your own invitation, made with My Digital Studio.)

I’m excited about this!  It’ll be a lot of fun … and yummy. :)   Come on over, bring a friend or 2,  have some lunch, make a card, & maybe win some prizes.  Yay!

Email me to RSVP and I’ll send you the address.

See you there!

Laura :)

Class Valentines

Okay, this was fun. :)

My oldest girl will be 4 this week. (Side note: We brought her home from the hospital as a newborn on Valentine’s Day. She is my little Valentine. Awwww!)

She wanted to make little cards for her preschool class valentines, so I peeked online and saw this cute image from Stampin’ Up.

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My girl loved it, so we just pretty much copied it.  I was glad I had 2 sets of the heart treat cups on hand.

For the white scalloped border we used (okay, I used … that was one part I did myself) the border punch from the sale-a-bration goodies.  At the time I didn’t have the coordinating corner punch, so I just did 4 strips for the sides.  Man, that took a long time.  I highly recommend the corner punch! :)

How cute is she writing out the names of her classmates?  creating-girl

I found the stamp from Sweet Season for her to/froms.  She stamped the image on the back of her cards and then I helped her spell out her friends’ names.

There is something so fun and adorable about seeing little words that your child’s hand has written.

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These little crooked ones are my favorite. :)

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The perfectionist demo in me had to hold back quite a bit to let her do these on her own.  Didn’t they turn out great?  Of course I helped with some things, like putting on the white pieces and some adhering and we did the heart punching together, but overall, this was her project.

And hey, what preschooler won’t love m&ms? :)   She sure nibbled a lot while we assembled!  It’s a fun bonus that she gets to give these out on her birthday.

Thanks for peeking in!  Visit my store if you’d like to purchase any of these items.

Laura

February Card Club

Ahhhh I have no idea how to use my husband’s camera!  Someday I may have to learn … but in the meantime, you’ll just have to excuse the out-of-focus crazies.

On to to projects. :)

The projects from this month are all very inspired by others.  Hooray for a sharing community!

This 1st card was fun because each girl gets to choose her own animal and sentiment.  (Thank you Angie for the inspiration on this one!  I loved the simplicity of her card, so I basically just changed the colors for a boy/neutral card.)

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We used the stamp set Fox & Friends for the animals.  I love these animals! fox-friends

The words came from another favorite, Well Scripted. well-scriptedThe girls in my club this week came up with some darling combinations!

Our 2nd card is inspired by Shelli herself.  I saw several places online an example of a card she showed at the recent Leadership Convention.  I changed several details, but I loved her card with these 3 hearts in a row.

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That large heart stamp is probably my favorite from this set, I {Heart} Hearts.

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You may recognize this as the stamp set that I mentioned here with the Haiti relief effort.  Be sure to check that out.  And the way that small heart punch coordinates with the teeny “love” heart stamp from this set?  Cute!

Also on that card, though it’s faint in the picture, you may see that I used a texture plate for the background.  These are a fantastic way to add a quick, fun texture to your projects with the Big Shot machine.

For our 3rd project, thank you Andrea for the idea on this one!  I love these!  And my kids really love them.

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Imagine how cute this last picture would be if that flower was in focus?  Awwwwww. :)   I love little chubby fingers. (I may be especially biased when they belong to my babies.  Possibly.)

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And here’s a thought … do you see my daughter’s shirt there?  Those birds and those colors?  I just may have to use that shirt as inspiration for a card soon!  Cute!  If you do, let me know!  I’d love to see your creation.

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to shop through my store (click “shop now”) to receive your preferred pricing. :)

Laura

New punches – borders & corners

Stampin’ Up provides some great videos on YouTube.  Click here to see all of those videos.

The latest was just posted today, and since I’ve had a lot of questions about these punches, here you go! :)

Take a peek at Bonnie sharing some ideas and how-to’s.

Click here to visit my website and store, and email me with any questions.   Don’t forget the the cute border punch used there is only available (to be earned FREE) during Sale-a-Bration – check out my Sale-a-Bration page.

Laura :)

Digital Downloads – corduroy buttons & cute brads

Cute new digital downloads!

Keep in mind, these are fantastic with My Digital Studio (plus the colors are guaranteed to match, etc.), but they can easily be used with other programs, too.

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epoxy-brads_1Check these out in my online store – click here!

(Click “shop now” and click “digital crafting” on the left)