Having a DinoROARing good time with Dinoroar stamp set and my Petite pockets die

My kids love receiving little notes in their lunch boxes.  It is something I haven’t done in a long time but this is the sort of thing I mean.

The little envelope for the little note has been created using the Petite pocket die

as well as the “Just Add Cake” Designer Series paper (available for $11.37 until the 31st of August unless stock runs out beforehand)

Using the “Dinoroar Stamp set” I also made a 10cm by 10cm card.

I was able to use the Petite Pockets Die to make a larger size envelope.  I love it when you can make your Bigshot dies even more versatile.  Here are the two cards side by side so that you can compare the sizes

To make the larger size envelope it is simply a matter of folding your paper or cardstock in half BEFORE you run your die through the bigshot.  You place the fold so that it is just inside the blade of the bigshot die so that the folded side doesn’t get cut out.  Hmm- This is one of those things that I would probably be able to show better you at a workshop or ‘party’.  I don’t have step-by-step photos but hopefully the following two images of how it looks after a folded piece has gone through the Bigshot will help to explain what I mean

You may recognise the cute little stamped dinosaurs from my youngest son’s birthday party.  If you didn’t see my blog entry then please check it out by clicking on the following link  http://www.creationsbymiriam.com/?p=1850

Scrapbooking -Version 2

Here is a second layout created using the same basic plan as yesterday’s layout.

People will often ask me how I plan albums for each of my four children.    My children enjoy my scrapbook pages almost as much as I do and I’m sure you can imagine the arguing there would be if one child featured in lots of layouts and another child didn’t…..so I do my best to keep it fair! Although it is fun to experiment when you are scrapbooking- There are other times where it isn’t necessary to ‘re-invent’ the wheel.  I find that sometimes if I want to scrap a page for each of my children I may follow the same basic plan but use different colours or different patterned papers so that each child has a page to go in their album.  Side-by- side you can obviously see the similarities in the layout however in their separate albums no-one would even notice.  You can see an example of this by comparing yesterday’s layout with today’s page.

For this particular layout I obviously have a subject other than my children.  This is our precious dog who passed away in September last year.  I wanted to be able to include some personal journalling about her passing and it was nice to be able to include it on the page but I didn’t want it to be obvious- It was perfect to be able to slip it inside the Petite Pocket

Boxes from Petite Pockets

I love the versatility of our Bigshot dies. One that has been a favourite of mine has been the “Petite Pocket” Die (It is the same one I showcased a few weeks ago where I made a little sewing kit)  Today I have a little box to share with you.

Let me start at the beginning…..

When you run your cardstock through the bigshot using the Petite Pocket die you will get a shape that looks like this.  If you were to fold it up as intended you get a nice little pocket envelope

For this particular box you will need to cut out four petite pockets (but you could also try cutting 6 for a hexagonal box)  The curved section of the petite pocket is too long so you will need to trim it down so that the flap is only 5.5cm long.  You then secure each of the petite pockets by the tabs as shown in the next image.

It is simply a matter of securing the last piece to the first piece and securing the tabs at the bottom and you get a box that looks like this.

How’s that for bright and summery!?  To be honest I’m not sure I really like the colour combination but we all have such different tastes….and that Tangerine colour really seems to feature a lot in fashion at the moment so it might just be someone’s cup of tea.

So the colour may not be my ‘thing’ but that flower certainly is and it is “oh so easy”.  Simply run some cardstock through your bigshot using the “Fun Flowers” Die.  You can always give Tangerine Tango or Calyposo Coral a miss ;-) (or find a better balance of colour) and opt for a different colour.

Here’s what you get….

Hmmm….actually it’s not quite what you get.  The Bigshot is pretty special but it won’t give you lovely Pacific point flowers if you cut from colours like Tangerine Tango or Groovy Guava….but I’m sure you get the idea.  To give your flowers a more natural look simply SPRITZ them with some water or some smooch spritz and then SCRUNCH the paper and unfold.  Layer the pieces on top of each other and then pop a brad through the centre.  Leave it to dry for a few moments before securing it to your project.

You could always try some of these ideas using different colours, different papers and different types of flowers like this example I have shared previously

Petite pockets Project

Towards the end of last year I had the great pleasure of presenting a few project ideas to several hundred fellow demonstrators at a Regional training event. I shared a few ideas using the Petite pockets die and it dawned on me recently that I didn’t get around to photographing and sharing on my blog.  Here’s just one of the little samples I took along with me.

The picture above shows the Petite Pocket assembled.  I have simply picked out some patterned paper (in this case the gorgeous paper from “Tea Time” simply scrappin kit) and run it through my Bigshot with the Petite pockets die.     The flap could be held closed in any number of ways but I have used a designer printed brad.   To assemble the little pocket you could use some sticky strip.  In this case I didn’t use any adhesive- I just kept the pocket closed using a band I had made out of a strip of paper I had punched out using my Dotted scallop ribbon border punch. I did this so it was possible to slip off the band and open the pocket to reveal this……

A cute little travel sewing kit.  There are obviously heaps of other ways you could use this cute little pocket envelope- I’ll be sure to share some more ideas!