CASEing the Catty #230 | Retiring Big Shot

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There’s only one more CASEing the Catty blog hop after this one before we say GOODBYE to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue & 2019 Occasions Catalogue and HELLO to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

This week is all about retiring Big Shot projects.  Did you know that the Big Shot machine itself – and all accessories – are retiring from the Stampin’ Up! line.  Stampin’ Up! have parted ways with Sizzix and have lined up another source to manufacture dies & embossing folders from the new catalogue onwards.  I’m excited for the changes that this choice will allow!!!

Choosing one favourite project using Big Shot products is almost impossible!  I use die cuts & embossing on almost every card I make.  After much deliberation, my card is a hybrid of the photo inspiration (Needlepoint Elements) and a die set I’m sad to see on the retirement list – Detailed Dragonfly.

The card that inspired by project is at the bottom right of the photo below.

I’ve used the layout elements, but changed the colours to a purple palette – as this is a favourite of the birthday recipient.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

My purple trio: the card base & mat is Highland Heather and also Highland Heather DSP from Needlepoint Nook,  the large dragonfly is Gorgeous Grape and the label sentiment from the Needlepoint Elements is one of the new In Colors – Purple Posy.  The tones are all very similar, so it makes it perfect for layering these purples.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

I’ve added vellum dragonflies under the stitched silver foil centrepiece.  The dots are stamped in Versamark (but not heat embossed – this gives a nice tone-on-tone stamping effect).  And the card is finished with pearls.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

We’d love for you to join us for this challenge.  You can either CASE a project and use retiring Big Shot items (like I have) or you can select a photo from the catalogue feature retiring Big Shot products and change it up to include new or carryover products.  There’s so much potential!

All the action during the week for CASEing the Catty happens in our Facebook group.  Join the 1000+ members by clicking here.

Continue the hop to see more amazing projects by the CTC Crew.  Next up is the beautiful Judy May with her stunning creation…

Have a glorious week!


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** not available until 4th June 2019 when 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue goes live

^ retiring items available until 3rd June 2019 unless sold out earlier

Using Vinyl with Stampin’ Up! Dies

We all use our dies to create fabulous creative items using cardstock & DSP, but did you know our dies cut through any medium of a similar thickness?

I love using them with vinyl to create fun gifts.

This mug was made using Self Adhesive Vinyl.  This is the type of vinyl you need for hard finishes like mugs, drink bottles, car stickers.

The dies are from the Large Letters Framelits and the leaves from Eclectic Layers.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

Self Adhesive Vinyl has a plastic backing.  The die will cut through both layers.  I use clear contact (like you use to cover school books) to apply to the surface of your project.  Adhere the clear contact on to the vinyl side of your die cut.  Remove the plastic backing and then apply to your project.  When in place, gently remove the contact.  The vinyl should remain in place.

It’s suggested you prepare the surface of your project by wiping it over with Isocol (rubbing alcohol).  This removes any surface dirt or grime and give the vinyl the best chance of sticking properly.

Most Self Adhesive Vinyls will withstand handwashing, but not the dishwasher.


My second project to share with you is a bag using the Large Letters & Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits in Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV).

This is the type of vinyl you’d use for soft finishes – tshirts, bags, cushions.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

The professionals use a heat press to apply this type of vinyl.  With a little patience, you can apply at home with a good quality iron.  Put it on the hottest setting with no steam.  You need to place a lightweight cloth or piece of fabric over the vinyl when ironing.

Vinyl & Stampin' Up! | kelly kent

Heat Transfer VInyl has a plastic top sheet.  The die will cut through both layers – the plastic & the vinyl.  Place it plastic side up and iron/press.  When you’ve applied enough heat, the vinyl will be adhered to your fabric and you’ll be able to gently lift the plastic layer.


There are lots of places you can buy vinyl online, and lots of brands to choose from.  Be sure to buy the correct type of vinyl for your intended project.  They are not interchangable.

I know you’re going to love trying this out and getting more projects from all your dies!


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