Hi Everyone ~
Thank God for such gorgeous weather. There is so much to worry about these days. So many here in the North East have been effected by the terrible rain this past weekend. Luckily we were okay. Then we have a day like today ~ simply gorgeous with the sun shinning and my first thoughts are thank you God. He is such a faithful God.
Today I was reading one of my daily devotionals and (it always amazes me how they really pertain to what I am feeling or going through) thought I would share part of it with you.
"God never promised us days without pain, laughter
without sorrow, or sun without rain…but He did promise strength to get
through each day, comfort for the tears, and a lighthouse to guide the
As we go through hard times (no matter what they are – finances, care, comfort or support of an aging parent, health issues, etc.) we need to turn to God for strength and hope.
While at times we might not
understand why we or our family are facing these challenging times,
if we seek God, we will find Him. He promises to hear our prayers and
meet our needs. He is our source. He is the one who will make the
We must remember that through God all
things are possible. We may not get out prayer answered the way we want
it but God has a reason for that. And we must trust in Him and His
May you all find strength in God.
Now I must show you my progress I made on my Rag Purse. I have a ton of pictures to show you~
First I have to say ~ what fun it was to use fabric with my Big Shot!
Getting started you will need a self healing cutting matt, an acrylic ruler (fairly large one), and a rotary cutter. I have used a lot of rotary cutters in the past and have not liked their locking systems. The blades in rotary cutters are extremely sharp. If that lock is not good or you forget to put it on when the cutter is not in use – you will cut yourself – enough said!
This cutter is one by Martha Stewart my husband gave me one Christmas. It is awesome. The blade is always covered/protected. Then you go to use it and the protection automatically lifts enough for you to cut. I did not get one cut!
Here you can see that I folded my fabric in half and cut off a 5-1/4" strips. I cut two of these strips from each of the 3 patterns.
Now I was ready to take that 5" folded pile to my Big Shot. I did one strip/pile at a time. Using the Scallop Clear Die I made my sandwich and then added an 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" piece of cardstock as an extra shim.
After running it though the machine you will get this. Make sure that when you put the sandwich together your material (all layers) are covering the scallop edges of the die. If they are not you will not get a full scallop piece. I hope that makes sense. If not leave me a comment.
Come back to see how I am progressing!
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If you would like to get started on a
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Stampin' Up! supplies you will need:
Big Shot #113439 $99.95
(the Big Shot comes complete with the Multipurpose platform and the
standard cutting pads)
Bigz Clear Die – Scallop Square
Think of all the homemade gifts you
will be able to make with you own Big Shot: Scrapbooks, cards, quilts,
purses, pin cushions, the list goes on and on. I will be posting many
gift ideas using your Big Shot in the coming weeks.
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