Welcome to the Big Shot Blog Hop!

Big Shot Blog HopWelcome to Stampin’ Addicts‘ latest blog hop — this one featuring projects using the fabulous Big Shot from Stampin’ Up!  I’ll admit right away that when I heard Stampin’ Up! was going to carry the Big Shot, I was skeptical I’d get much use out of a die cut machine.  I talked to several other papercrafters who had similar machines and wrestled with the decision before I finally placed my order.  If you’ve been following my blog for any time at all, you can see that I now use the Big Shot on nearly every project!

The timing of this blog hop is fabulous because of Stampin’ Up!’s Big Shot promotion.  If you have questions about how you can get a FREE Big Shot, please ask any one of the stampers featured on the hop.  We’ll be happy to fill you in on the details!

To keep your stop short and sweet, I am omitting recipes for the projects — check back next week for the complete stories!   Click to enlarge the photos, please.

I’m stop #12, so you may have just seen Sara’s Milk Carton Die projects on her blog, Lily’s Ink Pad.  That die is a must-have, in my opinion, and her projects show why!

Making a cone from the Petal Cone Die is a cinch.  In no time at all you can create a hanging treat holder (you’ll see several of mine in previous blog posts).  But I always try to challenge myself to look at a product differently.  So here you’ll see a project using only two panels of the cone, then three, then four, then six.  Enjoy thinking “outside of the cone”!

My Petal Cornucopia uses just half, or two panels, of the Petal Cone Die.  I wanted to create something to collect my blessings — some of them, anyway! — so I fashioned this after the Thanksgiving cornucopia basket that I’ve had on the holiday dinner table.  On the strip of card stock attached to each leaf I’ve written a blessing to be grateful for.  A magnet attached to the back keeps this on the white board behind my stamping area.

Debra Burgin Petal CornucopiaMoving swiftly ahead to another holiday, my Petal Carrot uses 1½ panels to create a three-sided cone.  I love the way the oval window shows off the candy, and I’m happy to say that my husband didn’t even notice that most of the orange M&Ms were missing from the bowl.  Three shades of green “daisies” create the carrot top.

Debra Burgin Petal CarrotThe idea for this Petal Birthday Hat came to me just before falling asleep earlier this week.  The very next day, I saw one on someone else’s blog!  It just goes to show you that there are no original ideas.  Our grandson will have his first birthday next month.  I have no illusions that he’ll actually wear this hat, but I made it for his celebration anyway!  If you’ve never made a pleated rosette like these (also called lollies), my Tuesday Tip next week will explain the technique and I’ll have a special giveaway that day!

Debra Burgin Petal Birthday HatFinally this six-sided Petal Easter Basket was only a slight geometric challenge — note the absence of the points!  It’s really pretty simple, although I did practice on card stock scraps before starting on the final version.

Debra Burgin Petal Easter BasketCan you tell I love this die?  I hope you were inspired!  But there’s more!  You’re now on to the next stop on the hop, Shelly’s blog, Miss Mad Stamper, and check out all she’s done with the Beautiful Butterflies die.  The Top Note box is just stunning!

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31 Responses to Welcome to the Big Shot Blog Hop!

  1. sue says:

    I think the carrot is my favorite and the ribbon loops on the birthday hat and the blessings and the embossing on the basket. You’re right, this is a fabulous die!

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  3. Yapha says:

    What fabulous projects!! I love all the different ways in which you used the same die! I love the carrot, and the birthday hat is just too cute!

  4. Jill says:

    You are so creative! When I saw this die, I thought – how would you use this?.Now I know! Love the carrot, love the basket – th hat is darling and the way to use it as a card is great. Thanks for the ideas!!!

  5. Sharon Field says:

    Wow!! I’ve been out all day and just now getting around to doing the tour myself! Love all your projects and creativity Debra!!
    Hugs,
    Sharon F

  6. Tanya Boser says:

    All wonderful projects! You have indeed inspired me 🙂 Love the Daisy die for the carrot top!

  7. I laughed about you coming up with a project when you were falling asleep. I have ideas like that all the time. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t for me. I do love what you did with this die. All of them are great. But I do love the party hat.

  8. Carmen says:

    I love the easter box but the grateful project is a great idea!

  9. Karin says:

    I love the basket – are you going to be posting instructions on how you made it? It would be perfect for a table favor at a holiday event or bridal shower! What did you emboss the scallops with?

    Great ideas!

    BTW…I graduated from NIU (I saw you were from Dekalb).

    • Debra says:

      Hey, Karin! It’s NIU’s homecoming this weekend; bring back memories? I’ll think about a tutorial for the basket. I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.

  10. Deb B (Debadoo) says:

    I love it all!!! I just got this die not long ago, and have only done a chinese take out box with it so far. Well, I tried to do a candy dish like your basket out of paper, and man oh man did I have a hard time with that one. Hope you’ll do an easier tutorial than the one I tried to follow. I am making the party hat tonite for my adopted daughter who’s party is tomorrow. She’s 26 but you bet I’ll make her wear the hat!! lol Fabulous timing!! Love the carrot too. Can’t tell if it would be a triangle box if you stood it up, but that would be great. And I am so making a Blessings cone for Thanksgiving! I’ll have each person contribute then we can read them all before supper.

  11. You really inspired me with all of the different ways to use this die. Each one is so creative!

  12. Susan says:

    Such cute projects ! LOVE the carrot! 🙂
    Susan B.

  13. Fun, fun, fun! Debra, that birthday hat is absolutely fabulous, and the Easter basket so sweet. . . Love ’em all!

  14. Deb, I love how you showed different ways to use the same die!! Awesome!!! I love the petal Capricorn!! Love them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  15. Kathy says:

    Wonderful projects!

  16. I love them all–count your blessings so sweet, but that that party hat is awesome!

  17. Great projects! The birthday hat and Easter basket are fabulous.

  18. Sally S says:

    I never thought much about ordering the cone die but after seeing what you did with it, I just have to have it. Thanks

  19. Heidi Baks says:

    Very cute party hat, and those Easter eggs are beautiful! Did you decorate those too?

  20. Betty says:

    What a sweet collection of projects!! Each one captures the mood of the occasion beautifully.

  21. Kim says:

    Such creative ideas. Each one perfect for it’s holiday. I love the party hat.

  22. Twila Davis says:

    WOW! I love what you did with this die. I have to say I think the carrott is my favorite. Love how you used different colors of green for the top. Super projects.

  23. adriana b says:

    Debra, these are all gorgeous projects. The ideas themselves are wonderful as are all of the great details in color, texture and the “extra” touches. WOW!

  24. Lisa says:

    Really neat ideas.

  25. Cindy E. says:

    The Cornucopia of blessings is such a lovely idea, and that carrot is so sweet! (Get it? LOL)

    I love your “outside the box” thinking on using this die! It really helped me to see that I’m not limited to just a petal cone. Now I have to get mine out and USE it!

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  27. Shelley Z says:

    Love that carrot box! The window in it is perfect! The cornucopia is such a wonderful idea. We all have so many things to be grateful for and this is a special reminder of those gifts. Your hat and basket are precious! TFS!

  28. rhondag says:

    Beautiful projects!! I love the horn of plenty of blessings and the Easter basket! Amazing!! TFS!

  29. Bev. says:

    I love the carrot and the basket. So much to make from one die. Thanks.

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