The Big Shot takes the Big Stage

Carrie Cudney is so much fun to watch on the Stampin' Up! stage. Her giggles are infectious – and her projects are over-the-top fun. Next Carrie wanted to give us a peek of the different kinds of materials you can use on the Big Shot.

From the demonstrator side of the Stampin Up! web site, here are 50 approved materials you can use on the steel rule dies and your Big Shot machine. Note some of the materials have a maximum thickness.

  • Brass (.055)
  • Light weight steel
  • Aluminum (.016)
  • Tin (.008)
  • Aircraft plywood (1/64")
  • Basswood (1/16")
  • Balsa (3/32")
  • Paperwood
  • Mat board (adhesive or none)
  • Chipboard
  • Fabric
  • Silicone
  • Foam with chipboard (.1)
  • Corrugated pad
  • Adhesive-backed cork
  • Fine sandpaper (.00)
  • Styrene
  • Extra thick template plastic
  • Template plastic
  • Plastic canvas (7 mesh)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Sheet foam
  • Friendly (jewelry) plastic
  • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax)
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
  • Ruffleboard
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Warm & natural batting
  • Fusible fleece
  • Quilt batting
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive flexible magnet
  • Heat n' shrink plastic
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive felt
  • Pop-up sponge
  • Shiny self-adhesive and non-adhesive paper
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Poly foam adhesive and non adhesive
  • 3-D illusionary plastic
  • Glow in the dark adhesive and non adhesive
  • Suede paper
  • Funky fur
  • Personal Embossing Plastic (PEP)
  • Shaggy plush felt
  • Canvas
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Shelf lining
  • Placemats
  • Embossing rubber
  • Thin leather
  • Gasket material

Cool, huh?! Although, what the heck is ruffleboard and funky fur? Sounds fun anyway. 

Carrie said, when she thought of fun foam, she thought about how it would stand up to snow. Okay, that's not the first thing I would think of, but who knows how her creative mind works. Well, check out what she made for her nieces and nephews – a snowman kit.


She painted the tips of clothes pins black and inserted them through flowers she made with the Flowers Layers with Leave die. She used clothes pins with each of her fun foam shapes so her nieces and nephews could push them into the snow balls. At this point I was wishing Carrie would adopt me, but there's more.

Carrie said she doesn't sew, much to the chagrin of her Mom, but check out what she made for her nieces and nephew's Christmas.


She said her mother used to tell her elves would visit on Christmas if she was good, so she even made a poem to put into her little elf hats.


There's more:


Isn't that just stinkin' cute?!

Before we leave Carrie's topic about using different materials with the Big Shot, check out this card from one of the display boards. Unfortunately, I have no idea who made this card, but she used cork board as her card base with the Top Note Bigz die. I love the results.


Next, Carrie wanted to show off how the Big Shot can help with event planning. Because you can cut so many identical images, it's great for making invitations and party favors. For a princess-theme party she made these invitations, crowns and scepter:


Carrie said she just had to model the crown for us . . . such a girly girl!


For a boy's party she made these glow-in-the-dark stars, running balsa wood through the Big Shot and applying glow-in-the-dark paint.


Lori Olaveson's talk about watercoloring and Carrie's talk about the Big Shot took us to just mid-morning, and I haven't even shown you all their projects. It's a lot of fun to take in one sitting. But, yes, there's more. Stay tuned for even more fun Big Shot projects, this time by Workshop Wow presenter, Christie Daugherty from Tyler, Texas.


Sweet Comments

  1. LOVING the reports, keep them coming!!! Thank you for taking the time to share what you saw/heard/learned – I for one am very very appreciative :) Deepa

  2. Kim Innis says:

    Thank you so much for posting these fun pictures and notes about the San Antonio Regional. I have been to 5 regionals over the years–Cincinnati twice, Louisville twice, Columbus, OH and Toledo OH–but none are in my area this year (bummer for me, great for other areas of the country). I can hardly wait until tomorrow to see the girl from Tyler. I lived in Tyler for 10 yrs when I was a kid!

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