Friday, June 10, 2011

VC Rocks Blog Hop featuring the Big Shot

Welcome to my blog and to the first blog hop I have ever participated in! (Does that make me a toadstool?... you know, as the landing spot for a hopper?) Smiley from millan.net You should have come here from Eileen LeFevre's blog HERE but if you ever get lost you can go back to the starting point at VC ROCKS and go from there!

Our theme for this blog hop is anything to do with the Big Shot. I think I have had my Big Shot for about two years now, and I wonder how I ever made anything without it! I just LOVE my Big Shot!

I decided to focus on one of my favorite Big Shot accessories - the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. I'm going to show you how to make a bookmark and then show you a couple of cards made with this folder. First I took a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock cut to 9" x 2-1/4" and folded it in half. I then placed it on the Two Tags Bigz Die and placed the fold just inside the edge of the tag (hopefully you can see in the picture what I'm talking about).
After running it through the Big Shot, you should end up with something that looks like this:
I then cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 1-1/2" by 3-1/2" and ran it through the Square Lattice folder. I attached it to the tag as shown below. The round image is from the Just Believe stamp set, stamped with Basic Black Craft Ink and embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I then colored in the flowers and leaves with Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery markers. It was punched out with the 1-1/4" Circle Large Punch, layered onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock punched with the 1-3/8" Circle Large Punch, and then layered onto a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock punched with the 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch.
Also shown in the above picture are a couple of pieces cut from our Magnet Sheets (pg. 205 IB&C) to attach inside to the front and back. When everything is assembled, your bookmark should look something like this:
It easily slides over your page in your book and the magnet holds it firmly in place. This is such a quick little project and makes such a thoughtful little gift! Here are a few more bookmarks that I made in other colors. Next is a card I made using the Embedded Embossing Technique. If you're not familiar with that technique, basically you punch out whatever shapes you want and attach them to another color of cardstock. You then run the whole thing through the Square Lattice folder and it makes the images look like they're actually a part of the background. Very cool! The saying is from the Word Play stamp set and is colored in with markers before stamping. I also added some Basic Rhinestones for some bling effect. I made this card for the graduation of a daughter of some dear friends of ours. I guess I did a good job because when she opened it and exclaimed over it, she then said, "This is edgy!" (That's a good thing, I suppose?)
My last sample is a card for Father's Day. I bought this Faux Metal Peel & Stick a few months ago from a local home improvement store. It comes in a large roll and looks like this when cut into pieces to fit on my card:
After I ran one of the pieces through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice folder, you can see the contrast:
I then peeled off the backing and stuck it to a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock cut to 5-1/2" by 8-1/2" and folded in half. The saying is from the All Holidays stamp set, which is one of the sets that is retiring the end of June. It's stamped on some Naturals White cardstock with Not Quite Navy and then the "Father's" is stamped with Baja Breeze and cut to fit. I layered Baja Breeze onto some Night of Navy to make the strip of cardstock across the card. I thought it looked a little plain, so before I attached it, I ran it through the Big Shot with that emboss folder! Gave it just the right amount of "extra" that I wanted. I used some punched shapes from the Cogs Extra-Large Double Punch (which is also retiring this year) to fill up some of the space.


So there you have it! Three projects using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. I hope you enjoyed what you've seen here and will come back and visit me again!

Your next stop on the blog hop is Elaine Wright's blog I Reckon I'll Stamp. You can get to it HERE. I've seen some of her creations on her blog already and I know you'll be excited to see what she has to share with you.

Until next time...

Jayne Stenstrom
jayne@jaynestamps.com

23 comments:

  1. Lovely projects Jayne. Love the metal embossed and added to your card. Really makes it pop. Your bookmarks are adorable!

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  2. Wow, what a great collection of projects! Love the bookmarks especially.

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  3. Fantastic. Thanks for showing us all this fun.


    Carey Rogers
    aka Roscoe's mommy

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  4. Love the Faux metal sheets. Never knew you could get this before. Beautiful bookmark also!!!

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  5. Love it! The faux metal is sweet, the bookmarks are great and edgy is good :)

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  6. Love the projects! Thanks for the instructions for the Embedded Embossing Technique. TFS

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  7. Lots of fun projects. I too think those faux metal sheets are cool. Have to look for them.

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  8. Awesome! I have most of the products you used! I don't have the arrow punch but I know where I can borrow it. I am looking for that "metal paper"

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  9. I love magnet bookmarks and yours was beautiful. I really liked all those arrows on the card so perfect for that image.

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  10. WOW! The bookmarks are beautiful. I never would have thought that stamping with black craft ink, embossing, then coloring would make such an impressive impact! I already liked this particular folder, but now I have other great ways to use it.
    Thank you!

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  11. Fab, fab, fab! It's all just terrific, Jayne, especially the embossed faux metal idea. . . .

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  12. Love your projects. Thanks for the heads up on the faux metal sheets, I'll have to try these out.
    www.cleverandcute.blogspot.com

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  13. Love the ideas you have!!! Can't wait to try a few:)

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  14. all great projects, great job on the blog

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  15. Love your projects! I have the embedded embossing on my to do list, but still haven't tried it yet. And the embossed metal sheet is cool! Looks great on your card, too!
    I can't live without my Big Shot and I'm sooo excited to see all these creations on the HOP! TFS!

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  16. Wow, I love the projects. I have a roll of the metal flashing but I haven't tackled it yet.
    Marsha

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  17. Wow, love your projects!! Thanx for the directions and thanx for sharing!

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  18. Great projects. Definitely going to check on getting some of that faux metal sheeting. TFS!

    Cindy Ferenz
    Proud Parent of 2 Soldiers

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  19. Very cool projects - great timing as I need to make a graduation card soon!

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  20. Love your projects!! Love that book mark just too cute!

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  21. Diane Clark-SuttonJune 14, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Wow. Lov the faux metal technique.

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