Embossing with the New Borders Scoring Plate

Wow! I've just received my Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate and it's SO much fun to use. With almost 20 border and edge designs to play
with, the possibilities are endless. Many of the designs coordinate with
Stampin’ Up! dies as well!

The Borders Scoring
comes in two pieces – the plate and the clear overlay. The plate goes
on top of the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, making sure the arrow on the backside points
to the top.  The overlay goes over
whatever you are embossing (designer series paper, card stock) so that you know
where the underlying design is located.  Photo 1 shows the card stock on the board
with the overlay on top. Photo 2 shows the design I used (scallops with dots-so
cute!), which I sponged over so you could see it better on camera.

Embossing with the Borders Scoring Plate

Photo 1 – card stock on embossing plate with overlay

Embossing with the Borders Scoring Plate

Photo 2 – dots and scallops design!

Tips to remember:

  • Take your time! You will get the
    "feel" of the board by using it, but until then make sure you slow
    down to get the best impression possible.
  • Depending on the material you are using and
    which border design, you can determine which end of your stylus to use.
  • Place your card stock onto the board upside-down
    for embossing and right-side-up for debossing.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about using this
new tool in your crafting!

Happy (Embossed) Crafting!


Don’t try this at home…Big Shot Edition

My poor Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine… a few months ago, it became quite "squeaky" when turning the handle. WD40 didn't seem to help at all.  A few days ago, I became unable to even turn the handle.  Yikes!

There is a very generous 3 year warranty on these machines.  I was a month and 1/2 over that time!  So, instead I took the machine apart to see if I could figure out the problem.


Well, I believe that I found the problem.  It was a tiny bearing inside the handle mechanism which had corroded.  I found the part online, but since I don't need 200 (smallest quantity) of them delivered from China, I just decided to order a brand new Big Shot.

After all, it's a machine I really can't live without, and I have used it so much for my personal AND business use.  I really put this thing through the ringer in the 3 years, 1-1/2 months I had it!  And with my Stampin' Up! demonstrator discount I'm only paying about $80.  Also, to make things even better, at Christmas I got a winning lottery ticket for $100, so I'm still ahead of the game!

If you love the Big Shot like I do, let me know your favorite thing about it in the comments!  If you don't have this wonderful machine and want more info, let me know that too!

Happy Crafting!

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Big Shot Die Cutting Materials Information

I was just doing a little research for an upcoming class and I found this great information I wanted to share with you!  I am planning a class on March 11 using the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine by Sizzix, and found this extensive list of materials you can use with your machine.  This is directly from the Stampin' Up! website (http://www.stampinup.com/us/enu/11372.asp):

Big Shot Materials List for Bigz and Originals Dies

The following materials work well when creating die cuts with the Big Shot machine and Bigz and Originals dies. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials. As a rule of thumb, you can cut a material with your Big Shot machine and Bigz or Originals dies if you can cut it using your Craft & Paper Scissors.

  • Thick corkboard
  • Thick chipboard (59 mil)
  • Colored magnet
  • Ruffle board
  • Paper wood
  • Balsa wood (3/32")
  • Bass wood (1/16")
  • Metal mesh
  • Aluminum (.016)
  • Tin (.008)
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
  • Drawer liner
  • Shelf liner
  • Vinyl
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Shrink film
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Clear acetate (20 mil)
  • Vellum
  • Card stock
  • Patterned paper
  • Flocked paper
  • Contact paper
  • Textured paper
  • Metallic paper
  • Linen paper
  • Suede paper
  • Embossed metallic paper
  • Basketball embossed paper
  • Faux alligator textured paper
  • Self-adhesive glitter paper
  • Fabric
  • Canvas
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Soft plush fabric
  • Burlap
  • Velvet
  • Corduroy
  • Lace
  • Heavyweight denim
  • Terry cloth
  • Funky fur
  • Thin leather
  • Quilt batting
  • Warm & natural batting
  • Fusible fleece
  • Self-adhesive craft metal
  • Self-adhesive cork
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Self-adhesive magnet
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
  • Pop up sponge
  • Poly foam
  • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)

WOW! So, I really DID know that you can use a LOT of different materials in your Big Shot, but I had NO idea you could use this many!  Contact me if you have any questions.

If you are interested in coming to the class, visit my class page and register!  I hope to see you there!

Happy Crafting-