Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Stampin' Up: "Big Shot"

Well, since I'm poor and couldn't afford to buy the Stampin' Up/Sizzix Big Shot right now (since we are saving for the big move to Albuquerque in a couple of months) a family friend who sells Stampin' Up products offered to trade the big shot with me if I would work on some projects for her. So here is my first project she assigned me (done with the Big Shot of course!)

The only supplies I needed were the Big Shot with the die cut shapes I needed (flowers in this case), fabric, thin batting, spray adhesive, scissors, and ribbon.

The first step is to cut your fabric out into squares and glue them together, sandwiching the batting in the middle.Then cut off the excess, so that the square has one of each of the layers all over it ( you don't want to make it uneven so that when you cut your shape out the bottom layer is only half there, or whatever....see what I'm saying?)
Cut out all your pieces like this so that they are ready to go.Next comes the fun part. Choose your shape and lay it flat on the big shot (pardon the blurry pictures...something was up with my camera.)
Lay your fabric sandwich on the shape you are wanting.
Lay the plastic piece over the top (I know Christmas is over, but I love those flannel pajamas, haha.)Then add a strip of cardstock over the top of your plastic sandwich. This just gives the big shot that much more pressure so that it cuts through all the layers a little bit cleaner.
And there you go....
Now layer your flowers all cute...
(My assignment was to make 30 of them...)Then take a ribbon and tie a knot in the middle of it to be the "bud" in the center of the flower. Then thread your flowers through. (I had to cut holes in the centers of the two larger layers since they don't come pre-cut with a hole like the small flower.)
Voila. Adorable flowers that could be headbands, tied on a purse, pinned to a shirt or hat, or added to a table runner for your sister's wedding like so: and so on and so forth.

And if you want them to not fray, you could stitch around them with your sewing machine to help them stay down nice and tight.Tell me that isn't SOoooo cool?!!??! There will be MANY big shot projects featured on here in the future, so keep your eyes peeled.


Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

um, yeah, that is the coolest thing ever.

lajamison said...

OMG, I have only seen the big shot used for paper crafts. After your first post I was intrigued and now I want one!

Unknown said...

I finally gave in and got a Big Shot on Monday. I got mine the other day on Overstock for $63! I then went and used my coupon commotion coupons for a couple of dies. I'm so excited!
I'll definitely keep ckecking back. Thanks!

raveninthewolfden said...

I am a new follower! {yippie} and I am posting your button on my blog for all my readers to see! How exciting.. thanks!
I love all the ideas on here, I cant get enough!

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric colors and patterns, but love the die shape, I am a big Daisy flower lover. I have a Sizzix big shot, but have never seen this die on Sizzix website. Who makes this die and where can I get it? Thanks Patti

Wes and Dani said...

Patti, you can buy it from the company called Stampin' Up. :)