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15 posts from January 2010



One of the most obvious ways to use fabric in a scrapbook is when you are designing a baby page.  As you look through a baby photo album, it is such a nice surprise to come across a page trimmed in flannel.  It is soft, just like a baby.  I love pretty flannel baby blankets.  Always have.  Always will.  This cushy flannel is better in person.  You'd want to touch it...






Finishing the page with the Go Go Boots Alphabet Sizzlit Die, the Scallop Punch, the Buttons Sizzlit Die and a few Gingham Bows was just right!

My next TEXTILE PROJECT with the BIG SHOT will be making a quilt.  Here is my inspiration... 


In the meantime, however, I'm getting back to some paper projects - like making a VINTAGE CARD for Monday's post.  See you then.
Stampin' Up! Supplies & Accessories: Big Shot #113439 Die-Cut Machine, Bigz Die #114521 Oval Scallop Frame, Medium Sizzlit Dies #113450 Go Go Boots Alphabet, Sizzlit Die #113440 Buttons-5; Textured Card Stock #108695 Pretty in Pink; Ribbon #109032 Grosgrain Pretty in Pink; Punch #112091 Scallop Edge; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals, 110755 Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive.
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The highlight of this week is definitely THE BIG SHOT.  And today, I used the Flower Folds Bigz XL Die...  Here, I ran sheets of craft foam through the Big Shot...

From This 

...and made a lollipop bouquet.


My creativity went wild... Next I made the RED FLOWER by ironing fabric onto both sides of fusible interfacing and cutting the shapes with the Big Shot.  It is secured in the middle with a Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon knot.  The FUNNY FACE FLOWER is made from craft foam with the eyes and smile punched from card stock.  It could be easily made for a child's birthday party favor or a craft at VBS in the summer!

Four flowers

But this is my very favorite, made with cotton fabric and quilt batting.  The edges of the pink fabric were easy to fray for a ragged look, but the green fabric was stiff, so I left it alone.  The Clear Button in the center is tied with a little piece of Hemp Twine to give it even more of a country look.


I can think of about 100 things to do with these darling flowers.  Can you? 

Day 5 of 5 (tomorrow) will feature SCRAPBOOKING WITH TEXTILES! 

Die and bs 

Stampin' Up! Supplies & Accessories:  Big Shot Die-Cut Machine #113439; Bigz XL Die #115970 Flower Folds; Tool #108362 Crop-A-Dile; Ribbon #109025 Whisper White Grosgrain, #100982 Hemp Twine; Punches #104390 1/2" Circle, #109046 1" Circle, Handheld Punches, 1/4" and #101227 1/16" Circle; Button #105447 1" Circle Clear; Adhesive #110755 Tombow Multi Purpose.

You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store by clicking on either button, top right.  Join my BIG SHOT CLUB...  Read more by clicking on Classes & Clubs at the top of this page and scrolling down to BIG SHOT CLUB!  Don't hesitate to email me (above left button) or call/txt me at 360-936-2030.



I wore my black suit with a handmade scarf and matching lapel flower to church on Sunday.  The flower was cut with BIG SHOT DIES and fashioned with the HEAT TOOL...


Here's a closer view of the flower... This was my first attempt at making a flower with the Big Shot, and you can see that it got a little over-heated and melted in the center.  But practice makes perfect - so I'll keep practicing...


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HERE'S HOW:  1) You must use a fabric with nylon or a synthetic that is sensitive to heat.  2) Cut two each from the circle dies above with the Big Shot.  (Scallop Circle Bigz Die and the Scallop Circle-2 Bigz Die.)  Place a piece of card stock on top of your top Cutting Pad.  The extra piece of paper acts as a shim, adds a little pressure and makes for a precision cut.  3) Stack all six cut-out pieces together, with smallest circles on the top.  4) Punch a hole in the center of all with the Crop-A-Dile, and secure with a brad or a fancy pin if you want it to show.  5) Use the Heat Tool to sear the edges, from the inside out.  It takes a little time to warm up, but when it does, the edges curl up, literally in the blink of an eye!  So pay close attention.  6) Move from top circle to second circle and down, holding the flower in place on your countertop with something other than your fingers because it gets very hot.

Supplies & Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine #113439; Bigz Dies #113468 Scallop Circle, #113469 Scallop Circle-2; Tools, #108362 Crop-A-Dile, #100005 Heat Tool; Embellishment #109109 Antique Brass Brad.

I'm truly enjoying the responses from stampers, both locally and via the World Wide Web who have expressed their excitement over TEXTILE ART FORMS.  Tomorrow (on day 4 of 5), you'll see a candy bouquet, a child's funny face, a beautiful soft flower and more...  In the meantime, if you like fabrics and quilting, go take a look at some of the mini quilts I've made.  Click on my This & That button (left sidebar), and scroll down past the Christmas and Autumn posts.
You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the round buttons top right.  I am very happy to help with any questions you may have.  Simply contact me at my email (above left) or call/txt me at 360-936-2030. 



Give your cards a softer side by adding textiles as trims.  Using fabric on your cards adds a whole different dimension.  Anyone who loves textiles will fall in love with cloth creations - whether you are the giver or the receiver of the card!

Tuesday card

I used the Flower Fold Bigz XL Die in the Big Shot to cut these flowers from fabric.  You may cut eight layers of cotton with many of the Big Shot Dies.  This particular Die has a score line, so I was only able to cut four flowers at a time to avoid cutting fabric where the score line is positioned.  I'm still experimenting and learning as I go with this new art form.


I wanted a Shabby Chic look, so after adhering the center of each flower to the card with a small dab of Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive, I used the point of the Piercing Tool to rough up the edges by pulling threads out.

Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #111634 Fresh Cuts; Stamp Pad #101179; Textured Card Stock #108696 Elegant Eggplant; Card Stock #101658 Pale Plum; Embossing Folder #117335 Perfect Polka Dots Impression Folder; Punches #107305 Large Oval, #107304 Small Oval, #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder, #110711 Boho Blossoms; Sizzix Big Shot #113439 Die-Cut Machine; Bigz XL Die #115970 Flower Folds; Adhesive #110755 Tombow Multi Purpose; Tool #116631 Paper-Piercing Tool; Embellishment #109114 Pretties Kit White Pearls.


The highlighted products of this card are not stamps, ink or paper, but THE BIG SHOT!   As Stampin' Up! diversifies, we are able to expand our creative vignettes.  If you'd like to JOIN MY TEAM in this great, growing company, I'll welcome you with open arms, whether you live on my street or in another city.

You may order 24/7 by clicking on my Stampin' Up! Store button or my Polka Dots Store button, top right.  Check out the benefit you can receive by purchasing a BIG SHOT DIE CUT MACHINE from me.  Click on Classes & Clubs at the top of this page, and scroll down to Big Shot Club.



This week (Monday through Friday) you will see a variety of TEXTILE creations here on Polka Dots... This florette is cut from FABRICS with BIG SHOT DIES!


The bird is from one of the ON BOARD BOOKS in the new Occasions Mini Catalog. The fabric is from my sewing room stash...
Bird on cb 

The beautiful quilts below, displayed at a recent Stampin' Up! event, started with shapes and blocks cut with DIES and the BIG SHOT!  (Thank you Jill Olsen for inspiring us with your many BRIGHT IDEAS using textiles!)


Below, is a sneak peek of tomorrow's shabby chic card, using beautiful Stampin' Up! papers along with color coordinated textiles - and the BIG SHOT!


Come back tomorrow to be inspired and to read How.  TEXTILE WEEK (on Polka Dots and Paper) will be a week you will enjoy! 
Bird Supplies & Accessories:  On Board Book #117238 Bird; Textured Card Stock #108696 Brocade Blue; Embellishment #112571 Designer Brad Circle; Big Shot Bigz Dies #114520 Flower Daisies-2, #113469 Scallop Circle-2.



Last evening at a stamping workshop in my home, two of my dear customers, Jo and Peg, started talking to the other ladies about the hat from Garden from the Heart Stamp Set, and how it reminded them of the RED HAT SOCIETY... It got me all excited and after they left, I made this card...


If you'd like to read more about the huge network of women in the Red Hat Society, and the significance of red, purple or even pink hats, you can log onto their website.  www.redhatsociety.com.  The daughters, mothers and grandmothers of the RHS consider their group one like no other... Hummmm... I think I'd better make sure they all know about this stamp set!!  I'm sure they could use another hat!

Red hat Red hat Red hat 

Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Sets #118568 Garden from the Heart, #113500 Fun & Fast Notes; Stamp Pad #101406 StazOn Jet Black; Stampin' Write Marker #100052 Real Red; Textured Card Stock #108696 Elegant Eggplant, #108698 Real Red; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White; Punches #112091 Scallop Edge, #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder; Color Coordination #101879 Watercolor Pencils; Applicator #102845 Blender Pen; Ribbon #115608 3/4" Polka-Dot Real Red Grosgrain; Embellishments #117270 Sending Love Epoxy Brads Real Red; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.

The RHS reminds me of Stampin' Up! since all of us spread joy.  Like RHS, we too, are a group like no other!  Today, January 20th, Caren (from North Carolina), signed up to be a new demonstrator with me and the Sunshine Girls.  We can't wait to get to know Caren better - via the World Wide Web - and of course by sending love and greetings to her with handmade cards, perhaps with trims of red, purple and pink. Welcome, Caren!  And welcome any Red Hat Society ladies who pop in to see what all the scuttle is about.
If you know a member of the Red Hat Society, be sure to tell her to check out Polka Dots and Paper and say hello.
You may order 24/7 from my Stampin' Up! Store or from my Polka Dots Store.  Simply click on either of the round buttons, top right.  I will gladly assist you.



Making CARD KITS with products from our Stampin' Up! line is such a delight considering all the choices we have that match...  This little kit is made from the Note Card set along with other coordinated pretties...

Animal Kit 

The Note Cards come with envelopes, and all you add to them is Designer Series Paper as a liner to complete your kit...


Opening a little envelope and receiving one of these cheerful note cards would brighten anyone's day...

4 Up 

Last year, when I made the Petal Party Card Kits with the Simply Scrappin' kit pictured below, I had plenty of the (green with white leaves) Designer Series Paper leftover, and thought it was a perfect fit with this new Fox & Friends Card Kit.

Ss kit 
My 2009 Petal Party Card Kit


If you purchase a Petal Party Card Kit available at my Polka Dots Store, I will include a full color flyer of the Fox & Friends Card Kit - with each card perfectly pictured for easy CASEing. <wink>  Also included will be an extra sheet of the Designer Series Paper (green with white leaves) that may be used when you assemble your own Fox & Friends Card Kit. 

FOX & FRIENDS CARD KIT:  Supplies & Accessores:  Stamp Set #118565 Fox & Friends; Stamp Pad #100908 Chocolate Chip; Cards & Envelopes #107311 Whisper White Note Cards; Card Stock #100702 Old Olive; Designer Series Paper Stack #117161 Sweet Pea; Punches #112082 Wide Oval, #110711 Boho Blossoms; Embellishments #109109 Antique Brass Brads; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals. 

PETAL PARTY CARD KIT:  Supplies & Accessories:  Simply Scrappin' Kit #113059 Petal Party; Envelopes #107286 Small Open-End Whisper White Envelopes; Ribbon #111368 Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon.

Watch for my brand new monthly VIRTUAL CARD KITS coming soon. 

You may order 24/7 from my Stampin' Up! Store or from my Polka Dots Store by simply clicking on the round buttons top right.  If you have questions, or desire my personal assistance with your shopping, please email.  For immediate service, call or txt me anytime at 360-936-2030.



The Night of Navy and Certainly Celery color combination catches your eye when you look at this card... And right away you want to remove the pull-out tag to read the entire message.


And there's room to write a more personal love note on the back of the tiny little square...


Supplies & Accessories:  Stamp Set #118601 Well Scripted; Stamp Pad #102977 Night of Navy; Textured Card Stock #108695 Certainly Celery; Card Stock #100867 Night of Navy, #100730 Whisper White; Designer Series Paper Patterns Pack III #116234 Night of Navy; Big Shot Bigz Die #113462 Scallop Envelope;  Punches #112091 Scallop Edge, #108340 Round Tab, #104403 1-1/4" Circle, #109046 1" Circle, #110711 Boho Blossoms, #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder, #101227 1/16" Handheld Circle; Embellishments #113144 Clear Rhinestone Brads; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.

You may order 24/7 from my Stampin' Up! Store or from my Polka Dots Store by clicking on either of the round buttons, top right.  If you'd like me to assist you with your shopping, contact me by calling or txting my cell phone at 360-936-2030.  



Don't you love making a quick and easy card that turns out looking especially nice... (The matching envelope took it up a notch too.)  When I stamped the THINKING OF YOU greeting, I really did think of you... because...


.....It's Sale-A-Bration time!  And there's lots to Celebrate!  If you'd like to see pictures of over 60 Stamp Sets that you can receive ABSOLUTELY FREE just for placing a nominal order, simply email me and I'll send a PDF copy right over!  (Demonstrators, your copy is on Stampin' Connection!)

Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #115324 Kind & Caring Thoughts; Stamp Pad #103139 Close to Cocoa; Textured Card Stock #115719 Soft Suede; Card Stock #101650 Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper Stack #117161 Sweet Pea; Punches #112091 Scallop Edge, #113694 Heart to Heart; Tool #108362 Crop-A-Dile; Embellishments #105319 Antique Brass Eyelets; Envelope #107300 Medium Very Vanilla.

Having just returned from the Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference - armed with more fresh ideas than I know what to do with - I'm working and creating and planning wonderful things for you!  I truly am THINKING OF YOU TODAY!

You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the round buttons, top right.  If you'd like your very own PERSONAL SHOPPER, contact me and I'll walk you through any questions you may have.



Using nine (that's 9) punches on one card is past my limit... But, oh well... Once in a while, I get punch-happy! 


Did you count the Crop-A-Dile as one of the punches?  That makes nine!

Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #111564 Flight of the Butterfly; Stamp Pad #101179 Basic Black; Textured Card Stock #115719 Crushed Curry, Soft Suede; Card Stock #100730 Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper Stack #117161 Sweet Pea; Punches #112081 Scallop Square, #109043 Scallop Circle, #104401 1-3/8" Circle, #104403 1-1/4" Circle, #109046 1" Circle, #112091 Scallop Edge, #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder, 1/8" Handheld Punch (retired); Tool #108362 Crop-A-Dile; Embellishment #108431 Jumbo Eyelets Antique Brass; Ribbon #115614 Polka Dot Grosgrain Crushed Curry; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thank you so very much for continuing to drop in.  I'll have a Sale-A-Bration PDF file for you on Monday - along with new things from Leadership!

You may order 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store or at my Polka Dots Store.  Click on either of the round buttons, top right. 

  • Linda Aarhus

    Vancouver, WA • USA



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