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Genuine Gems

Here is the second card we made at my last Cookies & Cards class.  I was inspired by a card by Denise Buetler.  I really liked the way she cut apart the sentiment but that wasn’t going to work as well for me in a class so I came up with this instead.

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Genuine Gems

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Genuine Gems

Supplies:

149395 Genuine Gems Cling Stamp Set
146341 Nature’s Roots Dies
145372 Stitched Shapes Dies
152320 Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder
149658 3D Embossing Folder Plate
120953 Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
119686 Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
133676 Mossy Meadow 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
147116 Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad
147111 Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad
146342 Nature’s Twine
146282 Metallic Pearls
103683 Mini Glue Dots
104332 Snail Adhesive
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals

Measurements:

Early Espresso 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼, 4” x 5 ¼”
Whisper White Cardstock 4” x 5 ¼”
Crumb Cake Cardstock 3 ¼”  3 ¼”
Mossy Meadow Cardstock 2” x 6”

Instructions:

  1. Using Pinewood Planks with the boards going vertically, emboss the Early Espresso cardstock. Adhere to cardbase.
  2. Using Mossy Meadow ink, stamp sentiment on Crumb Cake and die cut using the largest square.
  3. Using Pinewood Planks with the boards going horizontally, emboss the stamped and die cut piece of Crumb Cake. Use Crumb Cake and a sponge to ink the edges.
  4. Punch a 1/8” hole through the top two corners of the Crumb Cake square. Cut a 5” piece of Crumb Cake twine, put through the holes, and knot on the front.  Adhere to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  5. Using Mossy Meadow cardstock, die cut and emboss three leaves. Adhere behind Crumb Cake square.

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Free as a Bird Buckle Card

This is the first card we made at my last Cookies & Cards class.  I’ve been wanting to make a buckle card like this since I got one in a swap last year.

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Free as a Bird, Bird Ballad

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Free as a Bird, Bird Ballad

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Free as a Bird, Bird Ballad

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Free as a Bird, Bird Ballad

Here is the swap card by Pat Frank that inspired me:

Supplies:

151123 Free As A Bird Bundle Cling
149468 Free As A Bird Cling Stamp Set
149638 Stitched Nested Labels Dies
141491 Classic Label Punch
149592 Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper
122924 Pool Party 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
100730 Whisper White 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
140272 Whisper White 8 1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock
132708 Tuxedo Black Memento Stamp Pad
146866 Petal Pink  Light Stampin’ Blends
144595 Pool Party Light Stampin’ Blends
146874 Soft Suede Light Stampin’ Blends
148561 Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue
104332 Snail Adhesive

Measurements:

Pool Party Cardstock 5 ½” x 7, scored at 4 ¼”; 1 ½” x 5 ½”, scored at 4”
Whisper White Thick Cardstock 2 ½” x 3 ¾”
Whisper White Cardstock 4” x 5 ¼”
Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP) 2 ½” X 5 ¼”, 1 ½” X 5 ¼”

Instructions:

  1. Adhere the 2 ½” x 5 ¼” piece of DSP to the short side of the card base. Slide the Classic Label punch in about ¼” to ½” above the bottom and punch.
  2. Adhere the small side of the small piece of Pool Party to the inside of the card base making sure the 4” side fits through the punched hole on the front of the card.
  3. Adhere the small piece of DSP to the edge of the Whisper White cardstock and add to the inside of the card so the DSP shows.
  4. Stamp the bird and hello on the piece of Thick Whisper White using Memento ink and color with the blends. Die cut with the labels.
  5. Tuck the 4” piece of Pool Party through the punched hole. Adhere the die cut bird piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals so that it is centered between the punched hole and the edge of the card.
  6. Add sequins.

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My Scrap Bin Runneth over

I was trying to straighten up my crafting table and I was looking through my scrap giant pile bin.  I found three card-front sized pieces of embossed whisper white.  I also found some Mint Macaron die cuts.  I thought they would be great on the latest sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.  I meant to use more of the die cuts but I glued everything down before I remembered to use them.

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Well Said, Well Written Dies, Lace 3D Embossing Folder, Layered Leaves 3D Embsosing Folder, Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder.

Here is the sketch I was following:

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Supplies:

148796 Well Said Cling Stamp Set
148534 Well Written Dies
149658 3D Embossing Folder Plate
151823 Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder
151815 Lace 3D Embossing Folder
152321 Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder
138337 Mint Macaron 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
140272 Whisper White 8 1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock
147106 Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Pad
147021 Mint Macaron Dark Stampin’ Blends
147283 Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
144219 Pearl Basic Jewels
146276 Stamparatus

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Rustic Retreat

I got my Holiday Catalog preorder and I threw some Annual Catalog stamp sets in because I like to pace myself when ordering so my husband doesn’t take my credit card away.  🙂

I really liked the Rustic Retreat stamp set when I first saw it because it is perfect for masculine cards, and what better for a background than plaid!  I make the plaid background using the Buffalo Check stamp with Early Espresso ink, Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker, Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker, White Chalk Marker, and a t-square.

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Rustic Retreat, Buffalo Check

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Rustic Retreat, Buffalo Check

Supplies:

151372 Buffalo Check Cling Stamp Set
150285 Rustic Retreat Cling Stamp Set
148551 Stitched Rectangles Dies
119686 Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
146983 Gray Granite 8-1/2″ X 11″Cardstock
133676 Mossy Meadow 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
147114 Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad
102283 Versamark Stamp Pad
147158 Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers
132133 White Stampin’ Chalk Marker
144179 1/4″ Copper Trim
103083 Embossing Buddy
141636 Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder
129053 Heat Tool
146276 Stamparatus
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue

And for an added bonus, this is what I ordered from the Holiday Catalog!  I can’t wait to play with it especially the Still Scenes and Snow Globes!

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Blending on Layered Leaves

When I was testing out the blending brush from Tuesday’s post, I used it on a piece of embossed cardstock I had sitting out.  I really love the ombre look you can get with the brush.

J. Pollock Designs - Stampin' Up! - Meant to Be, Layered Leaves, Flourish Dies

Supplies:

148626 Meant To Be Cling Stamp Set
133782 2″ Circle Punch
143720 2-1/4″ Circle Punch
141478 Flourish Dies
133675 Blackberry Bliss 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
138337 Mint Macaron 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
140272 Whisper White 8 1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock
147092 Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Pad
152321 Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder
146912 Whisper White 5/8″ Polka-Dot Tulle Ribbon
124262 Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine
103683 Mini Glue Dots
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue

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Masking tests

I follow probably hundreds of crafting blogs and quite a few YouTube channels and the latest item I’ve seen for coloring using masks is these new brushes.  I picked up a makeup brush from my local Walmart to see what it could do.

This is the brush I picked up:

Makeup brush

I used Blackberry Bliss ink, the brick mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, and some pieces of Thick Whisper White Cardstock I had laying around.

First I tried the Stamping Sponges, they are good but you can see somewhat splotchy.  I would need to spend more time using them to get a more even coverage.

J. Pollock - Stampin' Up! - Pattern Party Decorative Masks

Next I used the Sponge Daubers, very deep color and a lot of pouncing to get even coverage.  I got tired of pouncing.

J. Pollock - Stampin' Up! - Pattern Party Decorative Masks

Last is the makeup brush.  I purposely did an ombre because I could.  I like how crisp this turned out.  I think I need to recommend to Stampin’ Up! to start carrying something like this for color blending.

J. Pollock - Stampin' Up! - Pattern Party Decorative Masks

I even made a card with the makeup brush piece.

J. Pollock - Stampin' Up! - Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Artfully Aware, Well Written, Well Said, Flourish dies

Supplies:

149447 Artfully Aware Cling Stamp Set
148796 Well Said Cling Stamp Set
141478 Flourish Dies
149638 Stitched Nested Labels Dies
148534 Well Written Dies
149658 3D Embossing Folder Plate
149634 Scripty 3D Embossing Folder
133675 Blackberry Bliss 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
138337 Mint Macaron 8 1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
140272 Whisper White 8 1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock
147092 Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Pad
132708 Tuxedo Black Memento Stamp Pad
147940 Basic Black Light Stampin’ Blends
147910 Blackberry Bliss Dark Stampin’ Blends
147909 Blackberry Bliss Light Stampin’ Blends
147932 Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
144607 Bronze Stampin’ Blends
144606 Ivory Stampin’ Blends
147021 Mint Macaron Dark Stampin’ Blends
147020 Mint Macaron Light Stampin’ Blends
147283 Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
147029 Pineapple Punch Light Stampin’ Blends
144219 Pearl Basic Jewels
133773 Sponge Daubers
141337 Stamping Sponges
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
144103 Pattern Party Decorative Masks

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How to fix a Big Shot

July was such a busy month, I haven’t had a chance to make anything to post so I’m going to let you know how I fixed my Big Shot.


Last Fall when I was making all of those cards to showcase the Beautiful Blizzard bundle, my Big Shot broke.  It felt like my heart was being crushed.  Now, since I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I hold classes I have two Big Shots.  *sigh*  It was still so sad that my original 10 year old Big Shot was now a glorified paperweight.  I didn’t want to get a new one but I often need at least two for classes.  So, I decided to see if I could fix it.  I mean, why not how could it get worse.

I found these two sites to walk me through it.

http://crafterscornerindia.blogspot.com/2014/12/big-shot-use-and-repair.html

https://www.instructables.com/id/Sizzix-Big-Shot-Bearing-Replacement/

The links will tell you that the markings on the bearings inside your Big Shot are wrong and you need to get a 12 x 30 x 9 metal shielded bearing.  So I found a place on Ebay that had the specific bearings I needed.  I ordered 4 since they were cheap and waited a month for them to arrive.  It took me another month before I attempted the fix, and they didn’t fit.  😦  So it took another month for me to explain to the seller that these were not what I ordered including sending pictures before getting new parts shipped.  Then it took another month for those bearings to arrive.  In the meantime, I found this one on Amazon and ordered it. Yes!  I had my part in a week!  It was the wrong part!  *sigh*  They were great though and sent the replacement correct part immediately.

On a side note, I now have a pile of bearings if anyone needs an correct or incorrect one.  🙂

I will tell you that taking apart a Big Shot is not easy.  Those bottom screws are really tight and the plastic sides are hard to pop off when you are trying not to break them.

I was fortunate to have a spot where this could sit for a while as I waited for the correct bearing.

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This is what a new bearing looks like put in place.  Notice the code 6200Z-12, the original Big Shot bearings are missing the -12.

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This is what my old bearing looked like, I really crushed it!

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The moral of the story is don’t use too many shims in your Big Shot, it could be that the die isn’t working properly.

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