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A New Favourite Thing!

Welcome! Today I am excited about a product in my stash which I want to share my success in using it with you – including the resulting cards. Plus, right at the end is my giveaway for you to enter – GIVEAWAY CLOSED – Winner: Grace W, NZ

We all have those dies in our collection – we saw something pretty and bought the intricate die thinking of all the amazing cards to be made. Only to discover yes they’re pretty, but also pretty labour intensive to get a complete and nice cut! I like to stack my die cuts too, making some of the card making processes verrrrry frustrating! I have constant battles with those little ‘ripped out’ corners or having to carefully run through again and again, and simply untidy edges after all the effort. Maybe it’s my cardstock? Do my plates need replacing?? Perhaps I need a whole new machine??? Or maybe it’s just me………?

I have to admit, I purchased the electronic BigShot Express earlier this year and I’m definitely loving it – it has handled intricate dies quite nicely, but now I have found something to really make intricate die cutting a BREEZE.

The Sizzix Chrome Precision Base Plate

It’s like a bright shiny mirror straight out of the package and I was hesitant to scratch up that pretty surface. However, I needed a pretty die cut for a card idea and I knew from past experience that there were a couple of tricky spots so I thought I’d try it out on the Chrome Plate. Well. One pass and all the little pieces just FELL OUT when I ran my fingers over them – didn’t even need my pokey tool. WOW.

So this morning, I got out the worst culprits when it came to die cutting – very intricate background dies from Avery Elle (waves), Crafter’s Companion (clamshell) and Simon Says Stamp (Heart Mandala). DISCLAIMER: There is nothing wrong with these dies, they just needed an extra shim, or a few extra passes through my machine to get allllll the pieces out.

I ran them through on the chrome plate – out of habit I did two passes on my manual big shot – but I got the amazing result of the pieces simply falling out when I ran my fingers over them.

I haven’t even told you the best part – the chrome plate is just as shiny and perfect as when it came out of the packet – there are no scratches or indentations from the die cutting. WOW again!

PLEASE NOTE: The Chrome Precision plate cannot be used with the Big Shot Foldaway or Big Shot Plus. Also, it should only be used with intricate dies rather than those with large openings.


OK, I then had the fun of creating cards, so here’s what I did.

I cut the Waves from a piece in my stash – I had a previous failed attempt with watercoloring using Nuvo Shimmer Powder Atlantis Burst, but it did result in a pretty coloured and shimmery piece, perfect for cutting up!

I used the Hero Arts Colour Layering Turtle along with the Thanks stamp and die sets. The turtles were stamped with a selection of mini ink cubes in my stash – I don’t own a complete collection of any particular line of inks and I have happily collected all sorts to experiment with. (I will link here to Jennifer McGuire’s ink swatching system to make it so much easier to select inks for colour layering from your own stash).

The blue turtle and seaweed are stamped with Catherine Pooler ‘It’s a Boy’, Gina K Designs Blue Raspberry and Ranger Cobalt Archival inks. The green turtle and seaweed are stamped with Altenew Bamboo, Gina K Designs Grass Green and Ranger Library Green Archival inks.

I fitted the turtles and seaweed on the card, stacked the Thanks with white and silver glitter cardstock and finished the sentiment with white heat embossing on a black strip.

The card is finished off with Studio Katia silver gems.


The Mermaid is from left over from my weekend of learning to colour darker skin tones in my goal to be more diverse in my card making (you can check out that blog post here). I thought she would look super cute sitting on the clamshell card front and I finished this card off with a sentiment from MFT Sweet Sentiments and Pretty Pink Posh Party Mix jewels in the openings – to match the colour of the alcohol inking behind.

PLEASE NOTE: I purchased my clamshell die from Simon Says Stamp fairly recently, but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore anywhere – my apologies if I got you excited about this die!

Copics Used:
Skin: E27, E25, E23, E21; Hair 100, E49, E57;
Clothing: RV66, RV09, RV06, RV04;
Rock: W9, W7, W5, W3;
Shell: R85, R56, RV34;
Fish: YR18, YR16, Y15;
Turtle: G09, G05, YG06, YG03, YG67 YG63, YG61


The Heart Mandala is quite a statement piece, and I kept the rest of this card nice and simple, by adding a silver and black birthday greeting and placed Studio Katia silver gems to finish.


That completes my cards today. Scroll down a little more for the GIVEAWAY portion of today’s blog! Below are links to the products I have used – some are affiliate links (not all) which simply means I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you when shopping. Thank you for your support – it means I can keep creating and sharing with you.

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GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for visiting my fledgling blog! I have this prize of the Avery Elle Waves Background die featured above, a slab of Whittaker’s Milk Chocolate (made right here in my own home town of Porirua, New Zealand!) plus a bunch of my Christmas Gift Tags so you will be all set for the upcoming festive season.

To enter, please leave a comment and follow my blog by entering your email address below (email address required to contact the winner!)

Giveaway is open worldwide to anyone who is 13 years or over. This giveaway is not sponsored, administered or endorsed by Instagram, Facebook or WordPress. Your information will not be shared with any other party. Please be aware that shipping delays are inevitable due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The prize draw will take place midday (NZT) on Saturday 20 June and the winner will be announced both here and on Facebook and Instagram.

I will do my best to contact the winner directly. If the prize is not claimed within 7 days, it will be redrawn on June 27, 2020 NZT.

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Extra Gift Tag Ideas

After having a very full on class with 12 participants making Gift Tags using products from MFT, Lawn Fawn and Memory Box, I had a few minutes to show a few extra projects using the same dies they had used in the class. There wasn’t time to go into detail on the day, but I thought I’d post them here for anyone to refer to.


Products we used:

  • Spellbinders/Sizzix Rubber Embossing Mat
  • Nuvo Shimmer Powders
  • Watercolour cardstock
  • Nuvo Glitter cardstock (gold)
  • Memory Box Snowflake Ornament die
  • Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath die set
  • Lawn Fawn Tiny Tag Sayings
  • My Favorite Things Deer Love die set
  • My Favorite Things Joy die
  • BoBunny Nesting Gift Tags die set

All products used can be purchased at Scrapbook Central

PLEASE NOTE: The Deer Love die set has been retired at My Favorite Things (I’m just as shocked as you are!) – there is another reindeer die set available which can be used in the same way as described here

Any extra products used, I have provided links directly to the company for your information. Please support your local businesses where possible and ask your favourite retailer if they can order them in for you.


Nesting die sets are more than just the shapes themselves. You can use them together to create windows and frames too. The tags we used are obviously a smaller scale than say, a rectangle or circle nesting set which are commonly used in card making for similar results.

In this case a window was cut from the tag using a smaller tag die, and the reindeer placed within. The coloured tag peeks out from behind. For extra dimension, the top frame could have been adhered with some foam tape (something I would do if this was a card).


Intricate dies can be used in so many ways! Here, I have included a vellum layer between the two tags with the ornament cut out. The intricate die cut itself is then placed in the opening on both sides, creating a pretty window.

There are many different fun types of vellum on the market today, plain, pearlescent, platinum, gold, printed, foiled – all of which could be used for a beautiful finish.


In the class itself, we embossed our ornament die. Here, I’ve done exactly the same process, but offset the imprint so it is partly off the tag. Just a different look. This can be quite an effective and eye-catching layout on a card design too!


Again, this is the same technique we used in class – embossing the intricate cut side of the die. But with a Step Up. Before sending the die through the BigShot, I lightly stamped the die onto a Versamark ink pad, carefully placed it on the tag and embossing mat and rolled it through. I then sprinkled gold embossing powder on it, flicked off the excess and heated with my heat gun. The end result is incredibly delicate lines of gold embossing right where it would have cut. So pretty!


Die cut inlay is a fun technique! You get all the beauty of die cut images with no added bulk to the card. I cut the wreath from both the tag and the green watercolored panel (we used the Nuvo Falling Leaves Shimmer Powder). I glued the tag to another on the bottom, and carefully glued the green wreath and white middle piece back in, just like a puzzle. This would look amazing with the ornament die too!


A shaker tag! This tag is extra special. I cut out the ornament once from the green panel, and also from white card stock four times.

The white ornaments had their middle pieces carefully trimmed out, leaving just the frame. These were glued together.

The green ornament had a piece of acetate glued to its back, trimmed down to fit. (Actually Memory Box has a solid die cut of this ornament shape which would make that part a whole lot simpler!).

The stacked white frames are glued in place on the tag, and this is when you can add pretty confetti, sequins or seed beads. I added Nuvo gold confetti shapes to this one. The acetate backed green ornament is glued to the top of the stacked white ornaments.


Bonus Card Ideas

Of course, all of the products used above are not just for gift tags! Possibilities are endless with fun stamps and dies. Here are a few card examples for inspiration.

These reindeer are a firm favourite in my stash. Here, I used Nuvo Shimmer Powder in Blue Blitz to create a textured background panel. I used some rectangle nesting dies I have in my stash to create the wee frame (I will link below to the set I have).

The reindeer are cut 3 times, and their antlers twice and stacked together. This gives them nice smooth dimension and they stand out from the background nicely. The snowdrifts are a stitched curved border die (link below).

I added little gems to their antlers for a bit of sparkle and glitz.

My Favorite Things Inside Out Stitched Rectangles

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders


Using your dies for embossing can be used with just about any die you have in your stash – especially backgrounds, frames, intricate borders, nesting sets and even word dies.

Here, I have used the Memory Box Small Circle Burst to emboss the background. The wreath sits perfectly within. I didn’t have a nice large Peace word die, so I made my own using an alphabet set. I cut the letters twice from white cardstock, once from red glitter cardstock and stacked them together.

Here, you can see a close up of the embossing and how it adds a beautiful background and frame for the wreath element.

Memory Box Small Circle Burst

Altenew Fine Alphabet


This final card design is a tri-fold card. It is made with two side opening cards (one opening to the left and the other to the right) and the middle panels adhered together. The front of the card is die cut with the Memory Box Large Circle Burst and I used some invisible thread to dangle the Memory Box Ornament within the circle window.

I die cut the Joy twice from white cardstock and again from Nuvo gold glitter cardstock and placed it on the front with a little black sentiment strip, heat embossed in white.

Memory Box Large Circle Burst


There you have it. A number of ideas using the same dies used in the Christmas Gift Tag class held at Scrapbook Central in Petone. Please don’t hesitate to ask if there’s anything you’d like broken down further or if my explanation is not clear. Appreciate your visit!