Monday, January 30, 2012

Tips & Tricks for the new Paper Doily Sizzlits Die

With the Paper Doily Sizzlits Die (item 125592) you can now create the intricate designs you've grown to love with our Sizzlits Dies, in a new, larger size!

A few tips and tricks:

  • Because of variations in materials, you will most likely need to use a shim (such as piece of card stock) when you send it through the Big Shot. 
  • The detailed intricacy comes with a little added work. The negative pieces will not come out automatically when you cut the die. 
    • It may take a little time to remove all the cut pieces from the die-cut paper. Remove the pieces by poking or punching them out. Carefully, push the pieces through the cut design and remove them from the back. Make sure you work from the front side of the doily (the side that was face-down when it was cut) and push the pieces through; if you try to pull them out from the front or if you push them through from the back side, the doily might tear. To make it easier, gently roll the die-cut paper to pop out some of the larger pieces.
    • Push the pieces out using the Paper-Piercing Tool or the small end of the Simply Scored Stylus. 
    • The front side will look completely cut through, however, the back side may not. This is normal with this die, and if you follow the directions of removing the small pieces you will find that the die has cut through the paper. 
  • Because of the intricate design of this die, small pieces might stick in the foam on the actual die. Clear all small pieces from the die before using it again. This will ensure you get a clean cut every time. Remove the remaining pieces by using your Paper-Piercing Tool, being careful not to tear the foam on the die.
    • One of the techiniques I've head about (and used) is to take a lint roller and roll it over the foam to help remove all the small pieces.  While it doesn't always remove all pieces, it definitely helps in cutting down the amount of work! :o)

The most important thing to remember is that with the intricate delicacy and detail comes some added work. The larger Sizzlits dies require a bit more time to use than other dies and there is a certain amount of hands-on effort involved in creating with these detailed designs. However, you will find with the gorgeous finished piece, the little bit of extra effort is totally worth it!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's time to have a workshop!

I'm coming out of hiding, folks!  I am so excited to be offering my first class since my little man was born! :o) And NOW is the perfect time to have one with the release of the AMAZING Occasions mini catalog and Sale-a-bration about to begin!

So please join me if you can - but hurry... space is limited!!!

Sunday, January 29th
1 to 5 pm
Registration:  $30

Includes: All materials needed to make the 7 Valentine’s Day projects you see here including step-by-step tutorials for each project! All projects will be using one or more products from the new Occasions mini-catalog OR the Sale-a-Bration brochure!

Deadline to register is Thursday, January 26th!

Click Here to view the class flyer and more details - including how to register!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Occasions Mini Catalog!

I am so excited!!! There are some amazing new products in the new Occasions Mini Catalog!!!

  • Framelits dies with coordinating stamp sets!
  • Edgelits Dies with matching Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (& a stamp set!)
  • A gorgeous paper doily die!
  • New Smooch & Dazzling Details colors!
  • Fabulous new product suites full of pure, coordinated bliss!
  • The new Blossom punch and coordinating stamp set!
  • Spring Fever Simply Scrappin Kit!
  • At Last!  White Waffle Paper - just waiting to be stamped, twisted or colored!
  • 3 New Bigz Dies!
  • A Very Fun Maze Game and Coordinating stamp set!
  • Scented Embossing Powders!
  • Baker's Twine in the 2011-2013 In Colors!
  • And so much more....

Click Here to view an online version of the catalog and Click Here to start shopping!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Saying goodbye...

Today is the last day to order from the Holiday Mini Catalog before the Occasions Mini goes live tomorrow!

Here's a few of my favorite products and projects from the holiday mini... and at the end of this post is a link to the products that will be carrying over!

I really had a blast making this wreath at a class my downline, Michelle Walker, held.  It was a lot of work, but well worth it in the end!  This is a wreath I will be proudly displaying for many Christmases to come!

At the class, we could choose which products we wanted to use, and I chose the Holly Berry Bouquet product suite from the Holiday Mini catalog.

The wreath featured a whole lot of fan fold flowers using the brand new Simply Scored tool as well as some Yoyo's made from the Designer Fabric!  

Here is a gorgeous wreath my upline, Alecia Connelly, made using the Spice Cake product suite:

And here's the one that started it all - made by the class instructor (and my downline AND BFF), Michelle Walker! :o)

Speaking of the Spice Cake product suite (which happened to be my favorite from the catalog) - I used it to make a Thanksgiving scrapbook page:

...and a lovely birthday card!:

Lastly, I made a witches hat with a hodge podge of products!

I featured a distressed banner using the Hand-Penned holidays stamp set from the Holiday mini:

For the loads of seam binding ribbon, I jut hand-dyed our very vanilla ribbon using the Cajun Craze and Concord Crush reinkers!  I think they turned out great! :o)

So.... if there's anything you fell in love with in the Holiday Mini catalog, get off your patootie and into my online store to get your order in before midnight MST!  And while you're there, don't forget to check out the clearance rack blitz still going on until January 5th!!!

Click here to view the holiday mini in PDF format.

Click here to see the carryover flyer for the holiday mini! (These are the products that will still be available to order after the 3rd).

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