Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Six Ways to Use a Stitching Die!! - New Spellbinders Infinity Punch and Pierce Plate


Hello Friends! Looking for more ideas on getting the most out of your supplies, especially with the hot new stitching plates?! Great, let's take a look at SIX different ways to use the new Spellbinders Infinity Punch and Pierce Plate! These are organized in order of stitching effort, starting with ...

1) No Stitching!

Sometimes with a stitching/piercing plate this good, you don't even need anything else. Just load it up and run it through your die cutting machine! All those holes and piercings make this look like a fine, vintage, lace tablecloth, don't you think?

In the middle we have the beautiful Fill My Heart Stamp Set which cleverly is designed to be stamped twice - on the top and bottom of the oval - to fill the space. 

Then, since there's only one floral stamp, the rest of the stamp set is filled with tons of sentiments to stamp in the middle. Nine different sentiments to pick from!!

2) One Stitch

We're starting off the stitching options easy - ONE STITCH lol!

It's a large stitch, so it doesn't get lost on the card, and I've stitched four different angles in an asterisk of sorts. 

This is one of the nine sentiments from 
Fill My Heart Stamp Set.

A little touch that's very appropriate for a sympathy card, even in gold metallic.

3) Stitch minimally - Corner to Corner

Just a step up from one stitch, is a few giant stitches that run the whole border of a card. 

I like to think of this as more of a border drawn around the card, only it's super-easy, perfectly straight, and shinny metallic. To make it a bit more interesting, I took advantage of the cluster of holes in each corner and stitched across once to keep the longer stitches in place a bit. 

Let's talk about this shining star in the middle from the Stylish Oval Thanks Hot Foil Plate, which comes with a die for the sentiment! I love how much of the foil is left on the card, making me feel like I'm really maximizing my foil rolls.  

It's the best of both worlds, lots of foil, and tiny areas to be colored, so no need to spend a lot of time coloring if you don't want to. 

4) Stitch A Little More - Running Stitch 

Here's one to save for a favorite TV show - cut out the middle oval and then do a simple running stitch around the oval. Nothing you need to think about, which is perfect while being in front of a TV.

The sentiment in the middle is the ninth, large sentiment from the Fill My Heart Stamp Set. It was kind of different not having a flower or other graphic design element as the focus of the card, but the font on this sentiment is very attractive, and it fills the space perfectly. 

5) Stitch The Details - French Knot 

Perhaps because I didn't have a graphic angle, I elected to add more stitching details in the form of French knot rosebuds. 

Repeating the stitching in each corner frames the card more, and gives more overall weight to it. 

6) Stitch Maximumly - Long Stitches

My final idea is to go for broke and stitch as much as you can!! 

Infinity Punch and Pierce Plate has three different pieces - the center (gold), the inner (light green) and the outer (white). The holes that go around the inner and outer ovals mirror each other very well so it's easy to stitch those two sections together.  

For the straight sections you can just stitch straight across. For the curved sections, it works out if you make a few "V's" and stitch from two different outer holes into one inner hole. 

Using gold foil paper for the middle adds a bit of "sexy" to the card, and then I stitched another two "asterisks" topped with gems with the remaining holes. 

I put two sentiments together in the middle, again from the Fill My Heart Stamp Set.

Whew! Were there any of the six ideas that stood out to you? Anything you'd like to try? I tried to make these ideas general enough to use with a different stitching/piercing plate if you have one. If not, the Infinity Punch and Pierce Plate is certainly a great choice!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used (I really appreciate your support!):

Infinity Punch Plate
Fill My Heart Sentiments

Thanks Glimmer Hot Foil and Die

Monday, April 24, 2023

Pinkfresh Studio April 2023 Stamp, Die, Stencil, and Hot Foil Release

Hi Friends! Oh boy, was I excited to see the April release from Pinkfresh!! As insanely beautiful as their floral sets are, most of the cards I send are for birthdays, and most of those birthdays are for men/boys. So when I saw all the new birthday sets, done in typical grand Pinkfresh fashion, I was absolutely stalking the mailman!

You may have come from Karin's beautiful blog, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Pinkfresh Studio blog.

There are lots of balloon stamp sets on the market, so what makes this a Pinkfresh balloon set? Oversized to cover the card? Yep. Coordinating stencils to easily color them? Yep! Adorable FLOWERS and streamers on the bottoms? Yep yep yep!! Ribbons Balloons is perfectly Pinkfresh!

Check out all the dimension with the die-cut streamers! To match waves of the streamers I choose the scallop panel underneath. 

Also love how closely cut the sentiment die is. Embossing the sentiment on vellum makes it appear as if it's floating and maximizes how much of the card below is visible. This comes in handy when layering it over the balloon strings that I didn't want to hide. 

The balloons are perfectly sized for a slimline card, but how do they look on an A2 card ...

Still a great size. 

Here's another die cut sentiment - love that it doesn't cover the pretty balloon colors. For the background panel I wanted to make it look a little more festive so I did a quick stitch around the edges with gold thread. 

The card base is made from the stencil of another new set, the Rosettes, which is featured on the next card:

So festive! And I love that there are so many different ways you can use them. 

This card features 3 different ways to use these:
1) As intended (like the yellow and pink rosettes) with two different colors from the stencils, and die cut so you can layer them around your card;
2) Stitched (like the green, blue and orange rosettes with gold thread); and
3) Folded (like the red rosette) where I cut out the center and then was able to fold the rosettes back and forth along the dashed lines. 

These will be such great items to add in the background of birthday and celebratory cards. Just like my next card:

Don't you think the top bits of rosettes make the card a bit more festive? OK, and this cake from the Sweet Day Stamp! With the tiny banners! That are die cut!! Eeeep!

The layered stencils make coloring this cake a breeze. For the chocolate cake portion, I flicked brown watercolor while the stencil was still in place to make the crumbs. 

And it comes with a hot foil plate, which looks amazing, especially with all the icing detail. This will be one I use for many of my male birthday cards.

It really was a joy to work on these festive cards, and I can't wait to make more with different color combinations! 

PS, I did just a few days later ...

My friend's 50th birthday was this weekend, and naturally I had to make a feminine version of this card! 

I wanted it to match the rose gold and pink decorations I made for the big dinner her husband planned.  

My friend wasn't thrilled with turning 50, so I thought saying "50 Birthday Wishes" might sound better than "Happy 50th Birthday" lol


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Winners will be picked from the comments on my blog and along the entire 

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You must check that page & claim your prize within 2 weeks. Good luck!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies Used (thanks for your support!!):

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Colorado Craft Company - Free Digi Stamp! BOGO all Digi Stamps!

Hello Friends! Wanted to let you know there's one more day to take advantage of a Buy One Get One Free sale on a new product offering at Colorado Craft Company - digital stamps! They have added existing stamp sets to their digital library (80 so far, more on the way), so if you were on the fence about a particular set, this might be a nice way to try it out!

Here's where you need to go: Digi Stamps

And if you are on the fence about digital stamps in general, there is a free download of this set today only! Might as well give it a try : )

Thanks so much for stopping by!