Bloobel Stamps February Progressive Challenge Project

I had some ideas for this one that were  not too “PC” so I  played it safe and added a simple stamped sentiment by Unity stamps.  What I really wanted to do was make a joke about the President pardoning turkeys….or  some crack about  accidentally mixing up the caterer and entertainment orders for a bachelor party and the caterer providing a “Bird with big breasts”   I will leave that with you.. and your imagination can fill in the blanks lol.  I’m just keeping in Simple … for this one  LOL

Here she is, this is  Bake Me A Cake  with Quirky Christmas Robin and the sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Co.  “A Joyous Season” stamp kit. The image is printed on Canson Mix Media and colored with Zig Kurecolor pens and a touch of Ranger Distress Pen & Crayola Color Escapes Pencils.

The image was  cut with a Lil’Inkers Stitched die from the rectangular dual stitch set on my Sizzix Big Shot and mounted on a Recollections card from Michaels using a Zig Photo Tape runner


She is the February Progressive Image over at the Bloobel.com Blog.  Be sure to sign up and join in, the new March Progressive is coming up.

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Gina Marie Designs – In and Out die sets * BONUS CUT !

Now this is something  not everyone has figured out yet about these great dual stitch dies, so I figured I would share… there is actually a THIRD cut. That’s right.. you don’t just get TWO cuts  per die,  if you are sneaky…. you can pull out a 3rd  really cool and useful cut. Just by combing  two of the dies from the set, VOILA.. you now have 3 cuts.



Now let me just say this is not as effective on some of the dies.. specifically the rounded corner ones. as the corner angles are not set up to form a uniform curve on the sizes. Individually you have the perfect corner cuts.. but combined.. it’s not a cut that nests well… saying that if you wanted to do it.. you just get a 3rd funky frame cut.. which you may actually like…. not everyone wants that uniform look.


Ok so what dies am I referring to? not the regular stitched dies.. but the new ones.  Just pop “In and Out” into the search function and you will get to see all of the new  double stitched dies I am referring to.  Now I don’t have ALL of these..and I can’t guarantee that all of the designs will  work for this technique…but if you are buying them anyway for the double cut.. you might as well at least know that a 3rd cut is possible. 🙂


I  can’t show you the full image as it is for an upcoming DT project… but you can get a sneaky peek at part of it, which shows the  traditional inner cut.


Now here is the fun part…. if you nest two of the dies on your cutting plate .. you can see on the left the traditional use, which is the inner and outer cuts… BUT you now have a THIRD cut.  Nesting your dies  gives you this double stitched frame cut too.  I discovered this last year  with my first Dual Stitched dies and  use this 3rd cut a lotWhat a great way to get even more value from dies that are already fantastic value…

Here you can see what I meant about the rounded corner dies… still a cool cut specially if you wanted to decorate the corners, or just wanted something a bit different.  You still get your regular in and out cut.. but the frame.. that’s just a cool unexpected bonus.

These are the 3 sets I just got… now be warned ladies these pierced dies have TINY holes and they are a bit more pernickety than your average die.. but totally worth it for the look you get.  I am really hoping  that Gina Marie Designs release this dual stitch design in more stitches soon.. the larger stud dot  and  all of the various stitches they already have on singles… I am ALL OVER THAT.  I love these dual stitch dies ..  or In & Out as they are called on the GMD descriptions. They need a new name… In & out just doesn’t cover how cool these dies really are lol.

Now I personally found that these cut much better for me on my machine using my Magnetic Platform.  I have read a lot of people complaining about their sizzix Platforms, but I actually picked up a We R Memory Keepers Platform last year on clearance at my local Michaels and it’s fab.  I just run these fiddily dies through back and forth, turn it round and run it through again to make sure I have even pressure. Not all machines cut the same pressure all over.. could be anything from worn bearings, to worn plates..or as in my case last year .. a broken chassis inside that you have no idea is even broken till you strip it down. It worked, but had uneven pressure issues… anyhwo there is a whole post somewhere on here about my little fun and games with my Big shot last year and the Fabulous Customer Service by Sizzix.

As I was saying I just use that WRMK’s magnetic base on these.. I added a card layer below the die and it doesn’t effect the hold of the magnets at all..and then used the thicker top plate from the set.  If you are still having any probs with a clean cut.. be sure to run it through back and forth, rotate  the plates and run it through again..and then  if you have to.. and your project permits.. just rotate  it so the dies go through at an angle.. or 90’s if it fits…. and you shouldn’t have any issues.  The biggest problem is cleaning up the hundreds of tiny cut outs haha.. that stuff gets everywhere.

If you are interested this is the Magnetic Platform I use. QuicKutz® We R Memory Keepers™ Genius Ultimate Magnetic Platform set

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I would say this is the last craft haul for the year….

BUT.. Grandma just sent me a Joann Gift card lol.

I had a quick run through Michaels on Wednesday night and Hobby Lobby yesterday… I guess today it’s Joann day haha

anywho.. here’s a quick look at what I picked up, got some great deals.mini-spree

I finally got my 12×12 frame for my Brianna Blaster project…. I inked it up in black and brown last night  for an old distressed look using a Craftsmart Black Dye Ink pad and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pads in Burlap and Walnut. Michaels don’t appear to be carrying  the larger ink pads anymore. Little man picked out a small wood frame for one of his projects.

I also picked up 4 packs of 6×6 canvas panels board for the lil guy to use with the Gelli Plate we just got.  In the Christmas  Sale  section we found a 3 pack of fondant rollers which will be fun to play with. they have 3 Christmas designs on them.

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I grabbed a few reels of ribbon,  some Celebrate It Tempo sheer black…  and a skinny lace in green that I use for lacing up cards like this.




And then I also grabbed 3 sets of clear stamps.. all on clearance andstampendous_skaters 2 of  them have matching dies.  I have been wanting this Stampendous Poinsettia one and when I saw it down to less than $5..I had to grab it.  Then we grabbed this one for the little guy, it is another Stampendous  called Skaters also under $5





and lastly this little set by Inkadinkado Warm Wishes.





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I also snatched up a couple of wood mounted stamps, the Patient Puppy was also on sale for under $5 and the fFern….I got 50% off with my coupon.



Of course I had to stock up on Recollections card too since it is on the buy 5 for $10 deal again.

And to make matters even better the young lady also  tacked on a 30% off everything code for me too.  So that little haul from Michaels cost me just $66 instead of over $130 at regular price.

Then we have  Hobby Lobby… I got the two oversized sentiment dies by Momenta Believe & Dream on clearance for $5.99 each and  hubby and I each grabbed a set of the Chameleon pens  with the 40 % off coupons.  SCORE !  I have now completed my Chameleon set…   minus the fabulous case..which I would have loved.

..   but such is life.  $74  haul for only $46 .. can't complain at that.

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One Crafty Kid and a Gelli Plate = Craft Hour Fun

We started our craft hour with some bubble blowing paint project to make background papers.. but that was short lived after his second time of sucking, instead of blowing lol. He gets so excited sometimes he forgets not to swallow.. so after two mouthfuls of paint,water and dish soap mix.. we decided we had enough of that idea for the night..and moved on to the Gelli Plate.

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I bought a Gelli Plate at the Blitsy Sleepover last month and we just got a chance to play with it. I say we, since I bought this because A: I was enamored with some gorgeous Gelli Projects I had seen and B: It looked like a fab craft product for my son who is 4 and a half and loves to craft too. And what a hit this one was…. before we even got the paint on it he was enamored by the feel of it, but add in some paint and a roller and he was in LOVE ! There is nothing my kid loves more than making a mess with Acrylic paint lol.

He was painting on canvas when he was one and I have a wooden floor so I’ve always been totally cool with letting him do things like this. As the grandparent were told when they said I was “BRAVE” ….aint nothing that can’t clean up in the washer, or the shower.

Anywho….I wanted to show these off… we tried a few different ideas for adding texture and designs. Stamps work really well on these plates and he has quite a cool little collection growing of wood mounted stamps. BUT …. this is the one I loved the most… his hand prints !! I picked out my three favorites and I am going to mat and frame these…

If you have kids, or grandkids who like to craft with you and you haven’t tried these… I totally recommend grabbing one, even if it’s just one of the small ones.  This time of year is perfect because all of the leaves are dropping here, so tomorrow we are going to go for a walk and collect some to try out on the Gelli Plate.

I’m off to see how big I can get.. because we definitely want a bigger one..and maybe a round one too. These are way too much fun for him and me.  I love doing my own backgrounds and  have been wanting to try my hand at some Mixed Media with him. After trying these.. I know they will be a big hit in this house, with us and his crafty pals on play dates.  I can’t wait to see what he wants to experiment with for textures.

Tools used were just Acrylic paint, a brayer, a gelli  plate and a kid ..if you don’t have a small kid.. someone will probably let you borrow one lol.

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One happy mommy ….  with some new wall art for his gallery 🙂  We might even make some for the great grandparents.

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Note to self… crafting hauls….

Should really wait till you actually have time to craft!!! LOL  Sadly this little lot doesn’t even include the pens and such I ordered last month and still haven’t had time to play with properly .. but dang me and the lil man are gonna have fun next year  LOL.. I hope!

This little lot includes 3 Blitsy orders
Chameleon Pens from Hobby Lobby and refills and nibs order from Chameleon Pens
CraftingAbility order
Stazsh Up order
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and an order of Cricut Blades that a special lady gifted to me 🙂

It also doesn’t include CraftsUPrint cutfiles and various artists digital stamps I might have grabbed this  month *grin

And I already put away 1 Scrapbook Outlet order of Gina Marie Designs Dies, Crafting Ability Order and a Blitsy order that I showed you sneak peeks at the end of last month..mostly pens.  I am making up for almost 8 months of virtually no craft shopping  🙂  MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME !!!

I’ll be showing some of these a bit more closely in upcoming posts and projects..  but if you have any questions, leave a comment 🙂

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Blitsy Cyber Sale extended!

If you didn’t manage to grab all the deals you wanted yesterday, the Blitsy Cyber Sale has been extended…  woo hoo.  Free Shipping on orders over $29.99 and faster shipping times
Lots of big name brands still on sale up to 80% off !!!

….and of course…. still a chance to get some scissors  on orders placed before  the end of the month.
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Last call for the Sizzix Cyber Monday Deals

Grab them while you can…. lots of great deals you won’t want to miss out on.. everything from dies to embossing folders, accessories and machines.

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My Blitsy sleepover Black Friday Haul

Just in case hubby peeks at this…. THANK YOU honey ..it’s perfect.. just what I hoped you would get me for Christmas LOL

I was naughty.. not THAT naughty.. but naughty….  but if I get me some Golden Scissors and  won the $1000 prize..oh hell yeah..I could spend that in under 15 minutes lol.

I picked up the We R Memory Keepers Laser Square I have been covetingblitsylasera new extended platform for my Big Shot.. badly needed
A gelli print plate which will be fun to use with the little guy and something I have  been dying to try
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A Hampton Art Stamp Perfect Tool

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..and a couple of little dies including this oneblitsyleaves

I have a packet coming tomorrow with my first order too…

You still have time to go grab some great deals.. Free Shipping on orders over $29.99 AND

new faster shipping/processing times too…. 🙂

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Gelli Arts® Printing on Sheer Fabrics! … and a Giveaway!!

This is something I have been dying to try…. Gelli printing in general, not just on sheer fabrics….  It looks so cool.  I ran across this post on my twitter feed, doesn’t it look fab. Check out the Gelli Arts blog post and facebook page  and don’t  forget to enter the giveaway before  the 29th to  be in with a chance to win this fab package:

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• 1 – 12˝ X 14˝ Gelli Arts® Gel Printing Plate
• 1 – Speedball 4˝ Soft Rubber Pop-in Brayer
• 1 – Jacquard Textile Traditionals Exciter Pack – 9 – 1/2 oz bottles
• 2 – Miracle Sponges® Compressed Sponges Packs -3˝x4˝ – 4 pcs. per pack
• 10 – Assorted Sheer Fabric pieces – stabilized on 9˝x12˝ Palette Paper
• 1 – Blick 9˝x12˝ Palette – pad of 50 sheets -disposable paper palette

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Vellum Window Sympathy Card & Giveaway Reminder

A simple sympathy card in white and silver.

  • Card Base Recollections 5×5 square card set flipped inside out for inside color
  • Window Die cut and embossed 29lb Vellum Paper with a Darice floral folder
  • Sentiment Die cut Gina Marie “Sympathy”sentiment on 110lb card stock
  • Silver pearl cabuchon  from Michaels
  • Frame die cut on silver glitter card, unknown dies…. came free with magnetic cutting plates
  • Corners Fiskars corner punch
  • Glue Tombow Aqua
  • Die cutsSizzix Big Shot
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