Sketchbook Saturday #31
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October Blog Hop - Big Shot

Hi there

Welcome to our casual monthly Blog Hop for October. This month we are showcasing  the wonderful Big Shot die cutting machine.  This is one of my favourite and most used tools now and I can't imagine creating without it.   If you don't have one yet, it is a great time to purchase as they are now $30 cheaper in the 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalogue. I have used some old favourites as well as some of the newer dies in my project this month.

You may have come from the blog of  the lovely Kathryn Ruddick,  but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here using the link to the next blog at the end of the post.  This month we have 6 Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing their inspiration and the full list of contributors is at the end of the post.

 This month I have used the Top Note die to create a 'handbag' that fits at least 6 small gift cards and matching cute square envelopes. The number it holds depends on how much embellishment you place on the gift cards. I created a simple gusseted box in Marina Mist and then attached the decorated Top Note sides to the box with sticky strip. I have used the Designer Label and the now (sadly) retired small oval punch to create the double-sided handles.  Of course, you could also use the 'handbag' to hold treats or small gifts as it is a good size. I have matched Marina Mist and Very Vanilla card stock with the lovely brocade print from the 'Beau Chateau' Designer Series Paper for an elegant monochrome look. 


The gift cards were made by placing a folded square of cardstock just underneath the top row of scallops on the  largest scallop square from the Big Scallop Squares Duo die. I had a lot of fun creating the flower embellishments with the Blossom Party and Fun Flowers dies using the same colours. I added texture on some layers with the Square Lattice embossing folder and sprayed some with shimmer spray for sparkle (made from Champagne Shimmer paint). Here are the gift cards.


This is the second set.


The great thing is that the gift cards fit into the new mini square envelopes, like so.


Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Beau Chateau DSP, Brights Patterns DSP
Ink Marina Mist
Accessories Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Blue Rhinestone brads, , Basic Pearl
Tools     Top Note die, Blossom Party die, Fun Flowers die, Big Scallop Squares Duo die, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, Designer Label punch, Small oval punch (retired), Corner rounder punch, Sponge dauber

I hope you have seen something that takes your interest. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like more informsation.

The next stop is Ros Davidson.  Below is a list of the contributors for this month's Blog Hop.

Ros Davidson

Tina Gillespie

Nikki Sadler

Sue Madex

Kathryn Ruddick

Thanks for visiting!



Kathy W

Beautiful! Love the colors and textures here.

Kathryn Ruddick

Just totally gorgeous Judy! Love the colours and textures. Beautiful job - I will be CASE'ing these!!

We missed you!


What a lovely little project - would make the most perfect gift. I love the flower die - will have to add it to my ever growing shopping list.

Chris H

Lovely...lovely..lovely. Judy, you never disappoint with your beautiful and elegant creations xxx

Tina Gillespie

Gorgeous projects, as usual Judy!

Margaret Knoops

Wow! Your project is awesome Judy - but you always do amazing work. Simple but VERY elegant. Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your crafty weekend away.

Ros Davidson

The bag and the cards and so pretty. You have snuck on so many layers and it still doesn't look crowded. An awesome creation as always Judy.

Christine Blain

Oh, how sweet! Beautiful, beautiful project Judy. I just love the embossing on the Very Vanilla pieces. Your work is always gorgeous :) Hope you're having a lovely, crafty, weekend!

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