Well, you might think the star of the San Antonio regionals would be our CEO, Shelli, but I think even Shelli might have gotten up-staged by the Big Shot. That diva was everywhere.
Carrie Cudney from the home office put the spot light on the Big Shot first. I love Carrie. She's such a self-professed girly-girl. Carrie started by showing us a mini album about – Candy! Don't you just love her?!
Funny how some candies bring back very specific memories – but that's a whole other post. Carrie first ran the Lovely Lilac cardstock through the Big Shot with the circle scallop die. Then that girl ran eight sheets of Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot at the same time! She said if the die doesn't have any embossing or creases, you can run eight sheets through at once. Wow, that's a big time saver! She did something really smart, too: she ran two sheet protectors through the Big Shot to cover the album. She just attached the sheet protectors to the cover with brads, so no adhesive was necessary.
Let's see what Carrie says about candy.
These are pictures I took of the big screens on the left and right sides of the stage. The quality isn't that great so just imagine you have a front-row seat with me in that dark auditorium. If you click on these pictures you can make them a little larger and easier to see. If I have a better picture of the products from the display table, I'll show you that instead of the screen shot. Onto another page of Carries album . . .
Next, Carrie showed us how she gave dimension to the die cuts.
This card uses the Blooms & Blossoms Die 4-Pack. Carrie sponged the white blossoms with the Stampin' Pastels using More Mustard. Then she used the 1" circle punch to make the centers of the flowers in So Saffron card stock, also sponging those with More Mustard.
Another way to use the die cuts – how about as a ribbon slide, this one using the Hearts Set.
Or, using the negative image from the die cut, you can use it to create a window on one of our On Board Journals.
Carrie said it's easy to disassemble the On Board Journals to run through the Big Shot, but . . . she said to buy two journals so you can see how to re-assemble your journal. To get that leather look Carrie painted her book with ModgePodge – one of my favorite final touches – you can find at any hobby store.
And, finally, for today's post, Carrie showed us an adorable accordian-fold card for Halloween.
Carrie used the Eat, Drink & Be Scary stamp set, and scallop circle and Serif Essentials dies. She folded her paper back and forth (accordian) before putting it on the Big Shot, keeping the crease within the circle to get this . . .
Shew – that's a lot, and that's not even all of Carrie's presentation . . . and she wasn't the only one who gave a presentation on the Big Shot. Stay turned . . . tomorrow, part two of Carrie's Big Shot presentation.
So . . . is this helpful? If you were at the convention, are these reports helping you remember everything so you can use it in your business? If you didn't get to go, are my notes giving you some good ideas? Please let me know because there's a lot more to come and I don't want to bore my dear peeps.