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Shoeshoppin
Images, patterned paper, note card, Simple Stick embossing powder, and Twinkle Stickers all by A Muse Art Stamps; Palette Hybrid Ink in Noir; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Charcoal; Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink Craft Ink; Dotted Organdy Ribbon by May Arts; Grosgrain Ribbon by SU!; Buckle by Sizzix Originals; Prisma Glitter; Mini pinking shears, source unknown; Small Scallop Oval Punch* by Family Treasures.

I’m sick!  Sick, I tell ya’!!!  I’m havin’ a love affair with a die cutting machine. (insert rolling eyeballs)  I could crank out these little buckles with my Big Shot for days and days.  So dang CUTE!!!!  This one was cut out of lightweight coaster material, and makes for a sturdy little buckle!  I had to glitterfy it so, I coated it DTP (Direct to Paper) with pink pigment ink and embossed it with Simple Stick.  Simple Stick is a special effects embossing powder that you heat carefully, just until it melts and turns wet looking, and then back off with the heat.  It remains tacky, so you toss it into a tub of glitter and coat it.  Brush off the excess glitter with a soft brush, and then, heat it again, gently, to lock in the glitter.  I wanted an *ultra* glittery effect on the buckle, so I used this method instead of clear embossing powder that was premixed with glitter.

The striped paper was folded and trimmed with deco scissors to resemble a shopping bag, and I just glued some black ribbon for handles.  Some tissue glued to the back side completes the look.

After stamping the shoe on a scrap of Fabriano, I punched it out with the scallop oval punch, blinged it with a Twinkle Sticker and inked the edges of the scallop so it would define it more  and then mounted it to the little striped bag.

I wish I had this sentiment in a stamp–I just love it.  But, since I don’t, I had to write it out myself.  My pen is running out of ink, so I better get a new one . . . Hmmmmm.   I’ve found Pigma Micron to be an excellent journaling/writing pen, but I haven’t had a new one in quite some time.  A-hunting I shall go, a-hunting I shall go, hi-ho the dairy oh . . . (wink!)

Someone asked about Friday’s design, and why the outline of the brass stencil did not appear on the the embossed card.  While I’m not completely sure, I believe it may have to do with the pressure involved for dry embossing, vs. cutting through the card stock?

Someone has suggested that I try removing one of the shims, and perhaps insert one not quite as thick, when working with the window dies to see if that alleviates any of the issue, before I butcher the foam on ‘em.  At some point, I just may give that a try.

Oh, and, Gail?  I’m a total moron.  I do remember you telling me about this, but I didn’t put two and two together that you were talking about these very same dies when I ordered the darn things!!! Argh!  (grimace!)

*When I visited Family Treasures’ website to get a link, I noted that they featured very few punches at all.  I seem to remember them being a rather dominant punch manufacturer, but perhaps they have turned their focus to other products and no longer make punches?  A google search, with key words "scallop oval punch" will probably turn up various e-tailers (online stores) that carry the line, or a similar product?

7 Comments
  1. Ooooo – love this! I was playin around with a shopping bag idea a couple weeks ago, but didn’t end up finishing it. Maybe I’ll revisit and see where it leads…

  2. Thanks for the info on the buckle Julie, I’m off to try it and then pass the idea to my daughter…you rock! D

  3. Now if this isn’t just darling I don’t know what is. You are so inspiring my friend!

  4. Totally cute, Julie! I love how you made it look like a little shopping bag!!

    I love that die cut! Gonna have to look for that one!

  5. This is just so cute, and clever! I just LOVE the way you design! I can’t tell you how it just makes me smile, you have such a gift. Thanks for this MAH-VA-LOUS card, it’s so dang cute!

  6. Julie, O Queen of die cutting….have you come across any dies for various scalloped shapes? I love punches, but I am having such issues with my circle punches not cutting well (even after aluminum foil & wax paper), that I am wondering if perhaps die cutting is the way to go.

    (and, yes, I understand if I die cut the shapes I will have to stamp AFTER the shape is cut, as opposed to centering the image in the punch window)

    Just LOVE all of your work!

    Kathy

    koopdedoo on SCS

  7. Hi Jules,your faithful fan here,Love your little card it looks so “bonita”.and also I guess since you post where did you get your sizzix.. they’re all gone,thank you! :O) taza

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