This week’s Case-ing the Catty blog hop is very well timed with the theme of Big Shot projects. This week we received the news that the Big Shot die cutting machine is going to be replaced in Stampin’ Up!’s range with something new and improved for die cutting. I’m excited to find out what this will be as I absolutely love die cutting. I have absolutely no patience for fussy cutting and much prefer the speed and accuracy of die cutting. Embossing is also very much my jam.
Truth be told I really struggled to come up with a project this week. Not because of a lack of ideas, on the contrary there are so many possibilities and so many great Big Shot examples in the Occasions Catalogue that I couldn’t pick just one thing!
So I’ve decided to show a couple of cards using my two favourite individual dies in the whole catalogue.
The first card I shared a sneak peek of a few weeks ago in our Needlepoint Nook hop. But that embossed stitched die from the Needlepoint Elements Framelit Dies is so darn gorgeous I thought y’all deserved a closer look at it.
This card is a CASE of the yellow layout on p 38, but using my favourite designs from the Needlepoint Nook DSP instead. As gorgeous as this paper is I think the real star is that stitching. I just love the effect this die gives so very much – it has a lovely tactile quality that makes you want to touch the card as well.
This card also used my all time favourite colour combination, Night of Navy and Whisper White, with beautiful Balmy Blue as well. For this reason I’ve paired the card with one of the NoN striped envelopes.
My second card uses what is easily my other favourite die from this catalogue – the large gears from the Garage Gears Thinlit Dies. These look fabulous in foil, or can cut the multi-coloured cogs straight from the co-ordinating DSP (like I used on my card last week), or look super special as I’ve used them here as an embossed background.
I’ve CASEd this idea from the green card in the centre of the picture on p 42 of the Occasions Catalogue and used the Big Shot embossing mats to achieve this look. These mats let you turn any cutting die into an embossing die instead – how cool is that? It basically doubles the number of dies you have in your collection.
The car is cut straight from the DSP using the matching die from this suite. Of course the stitched rectangles make an appearance on this card as well. Maybe if I really had to pick a favourite set of dies this would be it… So many fabulous dies!!
I’m off next to see what Tina has to share with us, make sure you keep hopping along, too.
And don’t forget to pull out that Big Shot and make something then share it with us on our Facebook page between now and next Monday (April 22). We love seeing everyone’s CASEd creations every week.
Thanks for stopping by,