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Labels Collection Framelits

I cut a window in Poppy Parade cardstock using the WONDERFUL new Labels Collection Framelits Die. Then I backed the opening with the fresh Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Papers, a FREE Sale-A-Bration item. This is a clever way to use up narrow slivers of Designer Papers - I hate to discard any scraps!

I started in the middle and pieced outward to get this look. Try it!!


Magnet Mania!

Let's make some FUN, COLORFUL magnets using the very versatile Big Shot! You will need 10"X10' aluminum flashing from the roofing department of a big box hardware store. I chose three cans of Rustoleum Ultra Cover spray paint in colors that coordinated with my Stampin' Up! brads: Key Lime, Paprika, and Lagoon. The Stampin' Up! Craft and Rubber Scissors easily cut through the flashing. After painting the aluminum, I cut lots of pieces with the FUN FLOWERS Die and my Big Shot. Some I embossed with assorted embossing folders. The Crop-A-Dile is the perfect punch for the center (or use the piercing tool and mat) to add a colorful brad. I used Stampin' Up! Self-Adhesive Magnet Sheets on the back - very simple.


I LOVE the results! Do you?? These are great little "thinking of you" gifts! Get your BIG SHOT NOW and you can choose two FREE Sale-A-Bration Promotional items!!

Elegant Bird in 3-D

Here is a 3-D hanging bird I created using the Elegant Bird Die and my very handy Big Shot! There is a wing on BOTH sides. I spray painted aluminum flashing, cut with the Big Shot and then embossed the wings with an embossing folder. This bird will find a place in my potted plants - it's all aluminum and will not rust! Try it! Come back in the near future for MORE aluminum creations - I've been "PLAYING!"

BIG SHOT Garden Decor

I've been "PLAYING" with a different medium! San Antonio Leadership had a demonstration booth with Linda Barnes making aluminum garden stakes that took my eye. From a big box hardware store I purchased 10"X10' Aluminum flashing (for roofing) and a roll end piece of copper wire ( a compromise because I needed 12 gauge hanging wire which they didn't have.) 100_1522
I cut and spray painted a couple of 6" pieces of the flashing. I used Beautiful Butterflies Die and my Big Shot to cut two butterflies.  Then I cut a Scallop Squares Duo Die with unpainted flashing. Works great and does not damage the steel rule dies!  I ran all 3 pieces through embossing folders with my Big Shot to add texture. The Crop-A-Dile easily punched holes for hanging. I put a butterfly on BOTH sides of the Scallop Square then added a Crystal Bauble for BLING!


Hubby helped me bend the copper into a stake for hanging. I'll be getting some 12 gauge hanging wire in the near future.

What do you think? I love a little BLING in my garden and plan to make other designs!! The Big Shot is SOOOO versatile! If you purchase a BIG SHOT Die Cutting Machine from me now during Sale-A-Bration Promotion, you can select two free items from the Sale-A-Bration Flyer! Click to see/purchase the Big Shot.

Rue Des Fleurs

This was one of my favorite Leadership swaps - unique and simple. It was made by Barbara D. of New Jersey. The images are in the Rue Des Fleurs Stamp Set.

This is my version in Blushing Bride. The graceful curved and embossed edge is made with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Adorning Accents Edgelits and Adorning Accents Embossing Folder. Use a black permanent marker to color the rhinestones while on the backing sheet, blot, and then attach. Chic.

What do you do with a Hat Pin?

Did you see the Hat Pins in the Occasions Mini Catalog on page 18?? Here is a creative use of the Hat Pin by my demonstrator friend Tami Waddell. She laced the pin through ribbon and lace! So pretty!

The card is the lovely Designer Cuts that comes with Blushing Bride Envelopes! Just back the die cut shape with any cardstock or Designer Series Paper to have a speedy card! The package contains 8 cards, in two designs. Give them a try!

Paper Doily Die Tutorial

Here are tips demo-ed by Shari B. to get a faster, cleaner cut with your Paper Doily Die. You will need clear wide packing tape.

Cover the entire cutting surface of the die with wide packing tape and leave it on permanently. Run your Die sandwich through your Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. NO pieces of cardstock stick in the die - saving you time picking out all the little "left behinds." Use this technique with any die that gives you "left behinds," such as small alphabets.

Now roll the die cut cardstock over a pencil to loosen and pop out the little cut outs. Turn perpendicular and do it again.

If you have cut outs that still need removing, pop them out with a stylus or piercing tool. If your die does not cut all areas thoroughly, add a "SHIM" before cutting. What is a shim? It's anything that adds thickness to your cutting sandwich. I use one sheet of cardstock or one sheet of the lightweight cardboard in the back of regular Designer Series Paper Packs (or a cereal box.) If you require a SHIM, mark your die so you will remember each time you use it - that saves cardstock! Buy your Paper Doily Die HERE.

A Heart for You...

This great Valentine uses up lots of thin scraps you just don't want to pitch! This card was sent to me by my demonstrator friend Peggy T. of Illinois. It uses the Sweet Shop Designer Series Papers and a Sale-A-Bration free greeting. The heart shape is cut with Hearts Collection Framelit and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. Love these colors of Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder!

Next Class!

Creative Card Class –

“The Sophisticated Little Dress”  

Saturday, Feb. 18th @ 9 AM at Nancy’s Home in Punta Gorda, FL

Come create five cards in the shape of a sassy little dress! You will have lots of fun embellishing with BLING! No experience is necessary. Class includes Envelopes & take-home pattern. These are great “girlfriend” cards! Please bring your own adhesive.  It’s Sale-A-Bration Promotion: select a FREE product with each $50 you purchase! Register & pay $15 by Feb 8th so I can order supplies. Sorry, no cancellation after 2/8.

Nancy Ferb, 15 year Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Winter Frame

This heart-warming frame was created by my demonstrator friend Barb F. of South Beloit, Il as a class project. Hanging in my Florida stamp room, it's a sweet reminder of winter. Images are from "Snow Much Fun" and "Jolly Bingo Bits" Stamp Sets.

For the red rhinestones on the ice skates, just use a permanent marker and color the rhinestones before removing from the backing sheet. Blot and attach.

Silver Glimmer Paper punched with the Snowflake Punch adds glitz!! A very charming creation, Barb!!


3-D Fabric Flower Tutorial

This was my Leadership swap for Inkerbelle Group. Lots of people have wanted to "know how" so today is the day!

Supplies for 3-D Fabric Flower that's about 1-7/8" in diameter:

Fabric strip 1-3/4" X about 18"

Sticky Strip Adhesive (SS)

Scissors & Hot Glue Gun

Small Button tied with Baker's Twine








Buy this darling Twitterpatted Fabric & coordinating buttons HERE.

Thanks to my stampin' friend Carol B. for sharing this idea!

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