CASE-ing the Catty #230 – So Long, Big Shot

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Thank you for joining me on your next step in our fabulous CASE-ing the Catty Crew Big Shot blog hop this week, where we are sharing our favourite retiring Big Shot projects with you.


You may have heard that the Big Shot itself is retiring from Stampin’ Up!’s product range with the end of the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue next month, but rest assured there is still a FABULOUS range of dies and embossing folders in the new catty, and we are all eagerly awaiting the unveiling of SU!’s replacement for the Big Shot at some time in the future.

So there’s plenty of Big Shot and die cutting love in your crafting future, never fear! There are lots of the current dies carrying over into the new catty and lots of new ones as well, but we are saying farewell to some favourites as well. This made choosing a project for this week’s hop a little tricky for me again, as there are just so many great examples in the catalogue.

It was this sweet little project using the Layering Alphabet Edgelit Dies (which are not retiring) and the May Flowers dies (which are retiring, sadly) that caught my eye and I kept coming back to.


Stampin’ Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalogue p. 169

Using this as my inspiration I created this fun little hanging piece with the retiring Follow Your Dreams bundle, which I think is one of the underrated sets in the catty, and a few extras from the Hostess set Artfully Folded.


I’ve cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to about 4 inches by 7 inches. Using the emboss resist technique I stamped and embossed the dreamcatcher in my favourite but long retired Irridescent Ice embossing powder (you can use clear or white for this instead – I love the ice colour because it’s almost halfway between clear and white. Good thing embossing powder lasts forever!) and watercolour washed over it with Flirty Flamingo.


The “dream” die cut is from the Chase Your Dreams Framelits. I cut and stacked three of them on gold foil with an adhesive sheet backing to make it a bit stronger and easier to adhere. The adhesive sheets are one of those things you may not have noticed are actually retiring, and since they are so useful you probably want to stock up on them while you can (like I have!).


The feathers and flowers are all from the Chase Your Dreams framelits. The colours are Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Gray Granite, and So Saffron. I also fussy cut some of the origami birds from Artfully Folded – I am not a fan of fussy cutting, if I had my way there would be matching dies for every stamp set!!


Fabulous hand modelling provided by Heather, who has requested this hang in her room now. I thought that is where it would end up so I chose colours which will complement the decor of her room.


It was fun to make something other than a card, Doing this actually gave me an idea for another project or two but they will require new catalogue goodies, so I will have to wait to make and share those.

As always we encourage you to join in and show us your favourite retiring Big Shot project this week. Just upload a photo of your creation straight to our Facebook wall via this link on any of the crew’s blogs.

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Next up is the ever lovely Elizabeth Gross with her favourite Big Shot CASE. Keep on hopping along to see all the crew’s amazing creations this week.

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And one last thing, if you’re interested in learning to take better photos of your cards and crafts, I’m going to be sharing a series of posts with tips on how to do this, so subscribe to my blog so you know when those are published.

Thanks for stopping by,