8 Tagger SetsThe Layering Framelits from Stampin’ Up! have lots of pieces that allow you to make layers of just about any size you want. But they are so close in size that the Framelits need to be stored every-other-size to nest together. It can get very confusing to figure out figure out which one is which.

Taggers will help you name the Framelits. Each piece gives a name for each piece, shows the name and item number for the set, and also shows the size of the finished piece. They will help you pick a Framelit when creating.

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Floral Phrases Note Card

This quick card looks great on its own. You can slip it into the gift bag I posted last week. Or you can create a custom envelope. I absolutely fell in love with this whole suite of products! Here are the full instructions including the custom envelope.

Floral Phrases Card This is the same basic card, adjusted a bit to work with a standard 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card. Here are the directions for this version.

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0620161521_resizedI absolutely fell in love with this Detailed Floral Thinlits as soon as I saw it. In fact, I fell in love with the whole suite on pages 76 and 77 of the 2016-2017 catalog. Use 1/2 sheet of any of the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, a few punches and scoring down the track with the Gift Bag Punch Board, add a bit of card stock cut with the Detailed Floral Thinlit, and present a gift with pride.

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secret-stamps-updateShhhh!!!  Very few people know about these stamp sets. They were first introduced when Stampin’ Up! was experimenting with photopolymer stamp sets. A new set came out each month and were available while supplies last. Demonstrators were asked to share them, but not everyone got the message. Those that did loved the photopolymer sets and now photopolymer stamps are all over our current catalog! But since many didn’t get the memo some of those first sets are still available. You just need to know the name and number to order them online or through your demonstrator. They used to come in just a cellophane bag, so I made case inserts for them. I think they all come in standard stamp cases now.

August 2, 2016 update: New “Secret Stamp Sets” were announced. See them here.
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10/15/16 update: Some of the secret stamp sets are sold out and the remaining stamp sets are on sale, half price! I also missed one of the secret sets, so I’ve added it in.

Here they are. Shall we keep them secret? They’re only available while supplies last!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one more that’s a wood-mount set that’s fairly new. It’s also not in the catalog. Shannon West, one of the trainers as the Stampin’ Up! corporate office, got frustrated with the quick and easy birthday greetings with Facebook. Any birthday acknowledgement is great, but how much better is a hand-stamped card? So she started a campaign #imbringingbirthdaysback. Stampin’ Up! loved it and made it into a stamp… which sold out within hours! They quickly made more and you can get one if you know the secret. Here’s the secret name and number. It can be on it’s way to your crafting space so you can participate in Shannon’s campaign and send handmade birthday cards.

 

 

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Do you know the difference between Framelits and Thinlits? It will help you to know the difference to keep from warping or even bending those new beautiful dies!

Check out these gorgeous dies!

 


In the past there have been some detailed dies that looked gorgeous if you could get them to cut every single little hole and then there were bits and pieces to poke out of both the cut paper and the die. Stampin’ Up! has the solutions. No more swearing and picking!

But go back to Holly’s video at 6:15-6:30. She said to use only the Thinlits with the Precision Base Plate because the Framelits can warp or bend.  Now look at page 194 in your catalog. At the bottom it shows 5 Thinlits sets and says the Precision Base Plate is “required for detailed images in these 5 sets.” Take out a pen right now and underline “detailed.” Some of those sets have Framelits included.

In this video Holly is said not to use 3 of the small pieces in the Flourish Thinlits set with the Precision Base Pate. I have not yet ordered this set, but I can’t see one of those small pieces in the catalog images. But I guess we should be careful with small Thinlits too.

I called Stampin’ Up! asking for a list of what specific pieces should and should not be used with the Precision Base Plate. My question was sent up the chain to the Product Specialist. Here’s what I take to be the key part of his answer.

“He also explained that the sandwich used to cut out thinlits can also be a bit of personal preference with the demonstrators. Some demonstrators may find that the regular sandwich works and they can run it through once, while others may want to use the Precision Base Plate, which requires being run through a few times. If a demonstrator or customer is ever in doubt they will want to start with the magnetic platform sandwich because that requires less pressure. If that does not cut out the detailed image, they can then use the Precision Base Plate. In addition, the Precision Base Plate should only be used with the detailed image thinlits, as noted in the catalog.”

So here’s my plan, and this is only my personal opinion. I will use the Precision Base Plate only for the detailed Thinlits marked below in blue. I will use use either the new platform platform or the Magnetic Platform for the Framelits and other the pieces circled in red.

Precision Base Plate Recommendations screen shotDownload this flyer.

Bold Butterfly Bold Butterfly

Butterflies ThinlitsButterflies

Botanical Builder Botanical Builder

Butterflies

Delicate Ornaments Delicate Ornaments 

May Flowers May Flowers

Party Pop-Up Party Pop-Up Thinlits

Rose Garden Rose Garden

Sunshine Wishes  Sunshine Wishes

Detailed Images

The catalog states that the Precision Base Plate is required for the detailed images in these 5 sets at the bottom of the page. Again, I would use either the standard platform or the Magnetic Platform for the open pieces, especially the 2 open dies in Birds & Blooms.

Birds & Blooms Birds & Blooms

Bloomin' Heart Bloomin’ Heart

Detailed Floral Thinlits  Detailed Floral (I did not mark the edge piece. I think I’d only use the Precision Base Plate if the edge piece was next to the larger pieces.)

Flourish Thinlits  Flourish  *The catalog does not show the 4-petal flower on the top right, but it is included in the set. I just received this set of Thinlits and it was there. I also checked for catalog corrections and this error was listed.

Swirly Scribbles  Swirly Scribbles

Help your cutting plates last longer.

  • Use different spots on the plate.
  • Flip and rotate the plates.
  • Use one “messy” plate on the cutting side and one “clean” plate away from the cutting blades. When the messy plate gets bad, the clean one becomes the messy one and I bring in a new Replacement Standard Cutting Plate.
  • Try to bake the “bad” plates to extend their lift a bit.

 

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Sitting Here front open I can hear the birds singing and feel the breeze as we sit on the front porch. I wish I had a real swing like this, though I do have a glider that’s almost as good. Come on over! Perhaps after or chat on the swing we can go in and craft together.

Before I share the specifics, let me share some news.

Stampin’ Up! just announce that the replacement blades for the Stampin’ Trimmer will be available tomorrow, June 8th starting at 8:00 am Mountain Time. There is a limit of 3 and they expect to be sold out quickly since they have not be available for such a long time. I’m sure Stampin’ Up! is as frustrated about this shortage as we are and they continue to work with the supplier to resolve this issue.  “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.”

If you are snapping up those blades, you may be adding other items to your order. Don’t forget about my Frequent Shopper Rewards. And you can download the catalog by clicking on the image on the right. Email me to find out how you can get “the real thing” in your hands.

Back to the Sitting Here card details.

Sitting Here insideThe “Fussy Cutting” isn’t too bad on this card. I make 26 of these in about a day for a swap with a group of local demonstrators.

If you hate fussy cutting, you could make this card a lot easier by stamping on a layer of Crumb Cake. You wouldn’t need the Framelits. I think I’d still add the pillows. The rectangles are very easy to cut out and you can use the 3/4″ punch for the round pillow.

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