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Jack-o-Lantern November 11, 2017

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Here’s a quick and easy jack-o-lantern card to make, which can also be made as a pumpkin for Fall/Thanksgiving cards.

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For this card, I started out using Amber Mica Metallic cardstock. I used the Pumpkin Fold-It die set to create the card.  Included in the set are various shapes for the face and layering pieces for the pumpkin.  The stem is cut out of Kraft/Brown bag cardstock, and the face is my favorite Epic Black cardstock.  I inked the pumpkin with Memento Tangelo ink and then with Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink.  The card front is embossed using an embossing folder, which gives it a little extra dimension.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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Just for Ewe April 1, 2017

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Hello, I hope you are enjoying your Saturday!

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For today’s card, I’m sharing one of my favorite styles of card – a Flip-It!  I think they are just a lot of fun, and I know my nieces and nephew enjoy receiving them because they have moving parts.  I couldn’t resist the sheep image… March goes in like a lion and out like a lamb, right??  It sure did for us this year!

For the card base, I used Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock.  It is nice and heavy, and the score lines create nice, clean creases.  I also used Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock for the sheep, which is stamped with Tuxedo Black ink, die cut, and colored with Copics.  For an accent, the strip along the side of the card is cut from Epic Black cardstock.  The green paper on the sides of the card is some origami paper from my stash, and the yellow textured cardstock is from my stash as well.

The stamps and dies I used are new for me.  They are by Stephanie Barnard, one of Sizzix’s designers, called Sheep2Stamp and the matching Sheep2Stamp die set.  Inside the card, I also used the Elegant Labels framelit dies to cut out solid shapes for the other side and stamped “Just for Ewe.”  The flip-it card die set is the Elegant Flip-it Card Set and I used it in conjunction with the Elegant Labels framelits.

Simple Birthday Card August 6, 2016

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Happy Weekend!  Today, I am sharing a birthday card.

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I really like how this card turned out, and I think it would be perfect for a masculine card as well.  I chose to do the card using only Neenah Solar White Classic Linen.  This cardstock is lightly textured, and I love how it looks.  The panel on the card base is embossed using Anna Griffin’s Feather Blanket embossing folder combined with a Sizzix stamp and die set created by Jen Long called Feather Wreath.  The stamps are inked with Memento Tuxedo Black and Nautical Blue inks.

Bloom Where You are Planted April 3, 2016

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This card is for the Imagine That! digis by Kris Facebook DT call.

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For this card, I started with some Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.  I love how it embosses, and I think it’s a fantastic neutral card base that works for many different styles.

The image is Leesa’s Tulip, and I think she is perfect for Spring!  Not to say that I would know what spring is right now since we had snow today and are forecast to have more tomorrow – hoping none of it sticks!  She is printed on Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock and colored with the following Copic markers: 110, E07, E30, E31, E50, E55, E57, N0, N2, R08, R20, RV0000, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06, YG13, and YG21.  Then, I used Sizzix Decorative Frames dies to cut the image, a frame, and a mat.  The frame is cut from some scrap paper from my stash, and the bottom mat is cut from green glitter paper.  I used some foam tape to pop up the cute little sentiment.

If you’re interested in applying for Kris’s Facebook Design Team, you can find the details here.

Owl Date Book March 10, 2016

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I want to share a date book I made.  It is inspired by the creating a file folder journal, and the YouTube video I watched that was my original inspiration can be found here.  My date book really doesn’t look much like the original project, but I was looking to create a useful gift, and this is what I came up with.

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The base of the entire book are file folders, cut down and scored as in the video.  The only difference is the last page, which is created separately because after I decided to do a year-long book, I needed one more pocket for December.  The owl is a Spellbinders die cut, the eyes are a scalloped circle punch and two flower Sixxix die cuts.  The little googly eyes are from Hobby Lobby (too bad I didn’t have the larger sized eyes, but I made due with what I had on hand), and the letters are foam ones from a scrapbooking kit I had bought years ago.  All paper is from my stash of scraps, and the inks are a combination of Distress Inks, Memento inks, and VersaMagic inks.

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For January, I wasn’t sure exactly how I would decorate the book.  I chose a floral pattern, which is from a Recollections paper pad, and some Washi tape.  The owl stamps are all foam stamps from Oriental Trading Company, and the branch that most of the owls sit on is from the Hero Arts Owl Christmas clear stamp set.  The months and many of the mini decorating stamps are from a calendar clear stamp set.

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For February, I used a Spellbinders Card Creator die in conjunction with a Pink Paislee clear stamp set and a variety of inks.   The heart paper used to decorate this particular set of pages comes from the K&Company Sleep Tree designer paper pad.  You can see one of the cards (also created from file folders) to write the dates on.  The book is meant to hold dates that don’t change throughout the year, so things like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. so the front and back of the cards is stamped with an area to write (MFT Journal It – Head of the Class stamp set).

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As an educator, March is Reading Month, so I used the reading owl stamp, and although I’m not Irish by blood, I’m Irish by family so I chose to use some St. Patrick’s Day paper from the Sleepy Tree paper pad combined with some plaid from DCWV’s The Countdown Stack.  The mixed media type more grungy stamps you will see throughout the journal are from Stampendous’s Mish Mesh set, as is the stencil used to create the small green dots on the page.

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April’s page consists of some “showers of love.”  The gingham checked paper is another scrap from DCWV’s Baby Boy Stack.  The adorable stamp is one that I got in the January 2016 Unity grab bag.  It is colored with some Crayola colored pencils.

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Since April showers bring May flowers, I chose to use a flowered background paper here.  These papers were both cut using some Sizzix Framelits dies, and the embellishment is a small flourish die (My Favorite Things) that I cut using fun foam backed with Sookwang tape.  I had to cut it using my Big Shot and the Precision Base Plate since it was such a thin, intricate die cut.  I also curled part of the flourish a different way so that it would fit on the smaller paper in its entirety.  The stamps on May’s journaling card are from SEI’s Moravia set, which as some beautiful flowers and leaves in it.

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For June, I used some scrapbook paper I had picked up at Dollar Tree many years ago. It reminds me of Father’s Day barbeques, and I cut it out using the Spellbinders set Diagonal Chevron.

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For July, I used some scraps of patriotic papers.  The stars and polka dots on the white cardstock are Washi tape, and the three chevrons are leftovers from the previous month’s page.

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I had a hard time figuring out what to do with August.  In Michigan, school doesn’t start in August, it starts in September.  There are no major (or minor) holidays in August, and it’s just plain hot and humid most of the time.  I wound up going with some under the sea type scrapbooking paper, which I left just by itself until the last minute.  It was too plain and needed something else.  I wound up using the circle stamp from the Stampendous set as well as tearing some scrapbook paper from my stash to look like water along the bottom, and adding some Washi tape along the top.

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For September, I used the owl holding the apple, and I made a conscious decision to use green ink (I think it was bundled sage) for this particular owl so that the apple was green instead of some other color.  I thought red was a little too bright for this page.  The glasses are Washi tape, and the script is a stamp from the same MFT stamp set that the journaling cards is from.

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The colored papers for this page are from my stash (I think they came from a solid Recollections cardstock pack), and the spider paper is some that I had purchased at Big Lots years ago.  I want to say it is from the Heidi Grace line, but I’m not sure.

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For this page, the paper is again from the Sleepy Tree pack.  The colored papers, I think, are from a solid Recollections cardstock pack.

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For December, I again used scraps from the Sleepy Tree pack, but since they were Christmas trees and the orientation was different, I made them go horizontally.  The background wonky stripe patterned paper is from the same paper pack.

Peacock Birthday Card January 9, 2016

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Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone has had a wonderful start to 2016.  Here is a bright, cheery birthday card I created for a friend of mine whose favorite animals are peacocks.

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For this card, I started with a base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I used an ATC sized stamp from Art Neko from this sheet that I got as a birthday gift from my parents.  I love the images on these stamps and the fact that they are deeply etched red rubber.  I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the image using the following Spectrum Noir markers: BT1, BT2, CT4, EB6, EB8, GB3, LG1, LG3, and LG5.  I then colored in the background using a Tombow marker (452) and a paintbrush to fill in the background color with water before going over the entire image with clear and black Wink of Stella pens.  The sentiment is from a Sizzix set called Birthday and Frames, and it is stamped using Memento Nautical Blue.  I embossed some beautiful Treasures 80# Pool cardstock with an Anna Griffin embossing folder that I felt set off the feathers.

Hello, Pumpkin! September 29, 2015

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Life’s been crazy around here lately, so my mojo has been on hiatus.  I hope it comes back soon – and in full force!  This little girl was too cute, and I am happy with how this flip it card turned out for From the Heart’s progressive challenge.

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For this card, I used Stephanie Barnard’s Ornate Flip It’s #2 Card die, and I cut it out of 130 pound Richeson watercolor paper, which I love because it is super heavy.  It makes the card flip with ease. I cut out the adorable image of the Pumpkin Patch Girl using my circle Spellbinders die after coloring her with the following Copic markers:  B000, B32, B41, B45, E00, E04, E08, E11, E19, E29, E49, E50, G20, YG61, YG63, YR02, YR04, and YR09.

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The designer paper, which I cut using the same dies as previously mentioned, are from the K&Company Sleepy Tree paper pack.  I think they are perfect for a Fall card.

Upcycled Mini Album August 25, 2015

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For anyone who regularly reads my posts, they are usually relatively short.  Just giving fair warning that this particular post will be a long one.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone and starting to make some new types of projects, and this upcycled mini album is one of them.  I am sharing the photos of the album since I am really happy with how it came out.  It was a lot of work, but I can see myself making more in the future.  The inspiration for the album came from Jen of Eve’s You Tube video.  You can see it here.

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This is the cover of the album.  I don’t really want to put anything too dimensional on the cover because it may be stored on a bookshelf, and I don’t want it to be caught on anything.  The cover started out as a cracker box that was about the size of the envelopes I chose to use.  The envelopes were the non-sealing envelopes that were left over from my wedding invitations.  The cracker box is covered using what some cheap wrapping paper was wrapped around – it wasn’t a solid core of cardboard, it was this textured brown bag-type stuff.  I crumpled it up and distressed it using Vintage Photo distress ink, Weathered Wood distress stain, and some homemade shimmer spritz made from brown watercolor and some Dollar Tree eye shadow.

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This is the inside cover and first page.  The cover has a kraft envelope, leftover from a set of note cards.  I decorated it with some chevrons left over from the die cut arrow piece that you will see later on.  Virtually all the patterned papers used in this album are from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pad.  I cut a strip from one of the scraps and I put some Viva Decor pearl pen on the ends.  I glued the ends down so that the envelope flap can be tucked inside.  The first page has a scalloped circle cut from Neenah textured cardstock and sprayed with my homemade glimmer mist.  The scalloped circles are actually left over from a project we did for my sister’s wedding last year.

All the envelopes were given more of an aged look by using watered down Vintage Photo distress ink.  Then, I ran all the edges of the envelopes through the ink and let them dry.

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This is the first page with the insert pulled out.  I created a tag using a manila folder and a Spellbinders tag die.  It can be used to house some journaling or a small photo.  The tag is in a pocket that is attached using some eyelets.  The tabs are from Kaiser Krafts Decorative Rectangles die set.

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Here is the next set of pages.  I know the beautiful flourish and edge dies got hidden, but you will see them in later photos.  The envelope is another addition that can be used for journaling or a photo.  I stamped it using some flower stamps from a Unity stamp set, mounted it on some scrap cardstock, and sprayed it with the brown shimmer spray.  Oops, I forgot to include the reverse side of the insert… it is embossed and then the embossing is colored using Scattered Straw distress stain.

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Here is the flip side of the kraft envelope.  I decorated it using one of my favorite Hero Arts stamps called Many Petals.  I stamped it with white pigment ink and colored it using watercolor pencils.  The bees are from a MSE Bee Happy stamp set.  They are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, and I can’t recall which stamp set the sentiment came from.  On the opposite side, the bird stamp is from the MSE Love set, and the beautiful corner die is by Anna Griffin.

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This insert is, like the others, manila folder, and the arrows are more “trash” from t he arrow die cut that will be coming up.  As you can see, it was also sprayed with the brown shimmer mist.

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For this page, I used another Anna Griffin die cut out of light green cardstock from my stash.  It is a little difficult to see in the photo, but it is pretty in real life, and it matches the light green outline of the geometric pattern on the patterned paper.  Once again, you see another version of the Hero Arts Many Petals flower.  I’m not sure if you can see it in the photo, but the flower is black heat embossed, painted with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and then covered with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  I added some quarter inch double sided tape and covered it with some pink shimmery Dollar Tree mica eye shadow.

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For this page, I used one of the Spellbinders Card Creator dies to cut some fun foam using the Fancy Ribbon Threader die set.  I threaded some translucent silver ribbon through the die cut, and I added some lavender satin ribbon from my stash along the bottom.  The insert for this page is similar to the first insert as far as the creation of the tag and pocket.  This tag is stamped using a musical background stamp from Oriental Trading Company.  The scalloped circle is colored using Vintage Photo Distress ink and stain.

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This insert is plain, just sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and I used the Anna Griffin die to cut some blue cardstock from my stash to decorate the page.

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Here is the Sizzix arrow die cut where I got the arrows and chevrons used on prior pages.  This is such an intricate die!  I used the Precision Base Plate to cut it with adhesive on the back of it, and it cut perfectly.  The insert is stamped using some flourish stamps from a Sizzix stamp and die set (For the Record #2).

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The scalloped circle makes another appearance… I thought they would be good places to either put photos or journaling.  And here’s the last appearance that the Many Petals stamp shows up.  This is created the same as the last one, only using white embossing powder.

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This page is also showing the ribbon marker on the very left-hand edge of the photo.  It can be used to mark any page.  Here is another beautiful Anna Griffin die cut on this page, as well as the insert for an orange-red envelope from my stash.  These elements are from a stamp set I’ve had in my stash for a really long time.  I’m not sure who made them; they are a clear stamp set.

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This is the decorated part of the envelope, using stamps from that same stamp set.  The sentiment is one I printed out ages ago as well, although I’d hazard a guess that it was a free sentiment from Create for TLC.  The insert on this page is embossed using a notebook embossing folder, then sprayed with the brown shimmer mist and inked using Vintage Photo distress ink.

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Here is a page showing the gorgeous Kaiser Kraft large flourish die.  It is really hard to pick up the sparkle on it, but I did brush the black cardstock with the clear Wink of Stella pen.  The insert has another scalloped circle as well as an Anna Griffin die cut.  I’m not really sure what the die cut is supposed to be, but I tend to think of it as a butterfly.

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This page I decided to leave blank, other than the designer paper.  However, the insert for this page, rather than being from a manila folder, is a piece of cardstock that I used with my Gelli Plate.  I love the metallic sheen that some of the paints have on this particular piece.

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For this page, I used a really old background stamp that I have – no clue who it’s by.  It is a bunch of small circles.  The floral stamps are from the Sweet Girl Sizzix stamp and die set.  The rectangle is one of the pieces of manila folder, sprayed and inked like the other pieces.  I added a doily cut from a Die-Versions die.  The shimmery strip is another piece of quarter inch double-sided tape covered with brown shimmer eye shadow.

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Here is the next page, using the corner Anna Griffin die again.  The rest of the page is blank, other than the black washi tape at the bottom.  The insert in the envelope is stamped using a Heidi Grace clear stamp set, inked using Vintage Photo.  The envelope is from an old stationery set that I had used all the note paper from.

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This is the reverse of the envelope, stamped with another flower stamp from the Heidi Grace stamp set.  For more details on the insert, you can see my post Mini Album Insert.

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Here is the reverse side of the insert.  I used another Anna Griffin die, cut from the geometric patterned paper and inked with Vintage Photo.  The flourish is also an Anna Griffin die, and I thought it really fit perfectly below the little duck.  This stamp is another Unity stamp called Chick in the Rain.  I love this stamp!  I colored it using some really inexpensive Rose Art water-based markers and spritzed it with the Tim Holtz marker spritzer.  The edges are inked in – guess what? Distress Ink Vintage Photo!

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Almost done…. This page has another Die-Versions die, Big Butterfly.  I love so many of the Whispers dies, as you can probably tell, since this is the third one used in this project.  The insert is lined using paper from the Fashionably Chic paper pad and the bow on top is made using Hug Snug seam binding, dyed with just Vintage Photo ink.

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Last insert!  This is pretty simple, stamped with some butterflies (not sure which stamp set) and sprayed with the brown shimmer mist… and the black file folder is from my stash.  I think I got it in a mystery box from MSE, but I could be wrong.  I fussy cut the two blue flowers from the paper pad, and I also added a yellow flower on the inside of the file folder.

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Whew!  Well, I congratulate you if you made it this far!  This is the end of the album, and I have just one final photo to share.

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After completing the album, I decided that it needed a little something else.  The binding is strong.  I used really heavy watercolor paper for the stack the deck binding because I did not want to worry about it not holding up.  I inked the paper, but I wasn’t crazy about how it looked.  You may have noticed the seam binding in between all the pages as you looked at the photos; I took some more seam binding and cut a piece long enough to wrap in between each page.  I colored it using Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone, and Old Paper distress stains.

I gifted this album to my sister and brother-in-law, and they loved it. Yay! 🙂

Sunflower Card June 27, 2015

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Hope you are having a wonderful start to the weekend!  Here’s a bright, sunshine-y card for today.

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For this card, I started out with some Light Yellow Basis 80# cardstock, and I embossed it with a Sizzix embossing folder.  The image is from the Unity Stamp Company’s Best Wishes & Blooms set, stamped on Richeson watercolor paper.  I colored it using the Spectrum Aqua markers.  The circles are cut using Framelits, and I mounted the watercolor paper onto some Emerald Green Classic Linen 80# cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Die-namics Happy Hellos set, and I cut it out of a toner sheet and foiled it with gold foil.

Sizzix Has a Winner with the Precision Base Plate… June 13, 2015

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I just got the Precision Base Plate that I had pre-ordered.  It is a metal plate that is used in conjunction with your Sizzix die cutting machine – in my case, that would be the Big Shot, but it is also compatible with the Big Kick and Vagabond.  I tried it out with one of my most intricate dies, the Die-Versions High Tea doily die, which I have never been able to cut cleanly using my Cuttlebug, Big Shot, or eBosser.  As a matter of fact, the last time I tried cutting it, I had to run it through the eBosser 5 times before it cut cleanly!

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This is a photo of the High Tea die, cut with one pass through the Big Shot, using the Precision Base Plate!  I popped out all the little bits using the Tool n One.  I couldn’t believe it — the entire die cut cleanly through some marbled, fibrous paper in a single pass through the machine!  Another great feature of the PBP is that it will not warp.

I was concerned about whether or not using the plate would eventually dull my dies, so I contacted Sizzix customer service and I got a response the same day, hours after I sent them the inquiry. (Way to go! I love great customer service!)  They advised me that the Precision Base Plate is not going to harm or dull any wafer thin dies that are cut into it.  Love it!!