Friday, January 25, 2013

.Big Shot Info

I guess we made the right decision last night to cancel the MDS training in Kernersville because Wow - did we have some COLD weather today!!   Our high was about 27 degrees!  I got dressed this morning to go play Hand & Foot and was just fixing my lunch to take with me when I got the phone call that it had been canceled.  I truthfully think they panicked and "jumped the gun" a bit.  It didn't even start doing any precipitation until around 1 pm and even then, it wasn't much.  The craziest thing to me was the school dismissal.  The schools in our county was dismissed at 8:45!!  What a waste of money in my opinion.  Why did they even go to school?   Charlotte schools did it smart - they dismissed 2 hours early.  That makes sense.   We didn't get anything to speak of where I live.  The worst of the sleet and freezing rain moved through Charlotte around 3:30 p.m. and cleared the area two hours later. Precipitation from the storm system was relatively light, as meteorologists had expected.  But with temperatures in the mid-20s throughout the day – about 25 degrees below the average high for the date – the light sleet and freezing rain quickly coated roads with a sheet of ice and causing numerous traffic accidents.
The high temperature of 27 degrees Friday was the coldest in Charlotte since 2004, according to the National Weather Service.

I know sometimes it get confusing using the Big Shot and trying to decide on the "sandwiches" to use.  So, hopefully this will solve all your problems!  Print it out and put it handy so the next time you use your Big Shot, you will know what to do.

Also, I have a good tip for you.  I bought a pack of square Post-It notes at Staples that have the sticky on the whole square.  They are about 3" square.  They work great in holding the framelits and edgelits in place on your paper and you can reuse them several times.
  Embossing Folders  paper only, one piece at a time (although I have done multiple pieces before)
platform, both tabs open
cutting pad
folder w/paper in it, open end goes in machine first
cutting pad
Tips: Some folders make very deep impressions and might "crack" your paper; over time they thin down with use so you might not notice cracking after many uses; in the meantime, try adding a piece of vellum or extra piece of thin card stock (whisper white or DSP) on top of the other piece of paper INSIDE the folder; this additional piece will take some of the brunt of the pressure. Also, experiment with different weights of paper; designer paper, whisper white and very vanilla are the thinnest ones we have; confetti, naturals, etc., are heavier and should crack less. I get best results by lightly spritzing water on my card stock before embossing it--the water softens the paper to help prevent cracking and it dries quickly.
Edgelits  (long thin metal borders) paper only, one piece at a time
platform, both tabs closed
cutting pad
paper
edgelit, bump side down, placed horizontally across the width of the cutting pad (cutting with it lengthwise can cause it to bend out of shape); use tape or Post-Its to hold in place
cutting pad
Framelits  (thin metal shapes)  paper only, one piece at a time
platform, both tabs closed
cutting pad
paper
framelit, bump side down; use tape of Post-Its to hold in place
cutting pad
Sizzlits and Clearlits  (thin dies)  paper only, one piece at a time
platform, one tab open
cutting pad
sizzlit, face up
paper
cutting pad
Embosslits  (thin hinged dies)  paper only, one piece at a time; these cut and emboss your images
platform, one tab open
cutting pad
embosslit (pay attention to the side that says "this side down"); open end goes in machine first
paper
cutting pad
Bigz Dies w/o score lines  (inch thick dies)  cuts a variety of materials (metal, chipboard, fabric, paper, etc.); cut multiple pieces at a time
cutting pad
die, face up
paper
cutting pad
Bigz Dies w/score lines  (inch thick dies)  cut one piece at a time
cutting pad
die, face up
paper
crease pad
add a shim of card stock if needed (if your cut lines don't go all the way through, add a shim; if your score lines are cut through, remove the shim)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for all the great information. I had a couple problems and after reading your tips I will try them to see the results. I am sure they will work! It was great to see all the information in one place. I am going to print it out and place it in a notebook I have started with tips and ideas. Having your blog site on the information will help remind me to check your site for further information.

    Chris R. from Iowa

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