Archive for March, 2009

Springtime QuicKutz Cards

March 31, 2009

Here are a two fun little cards I made with the new QK Springtime release! 

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A few QuicKutz Tips:

Use foam squares to layer your die cuts for some added dimension!   Layer different colors of the same die cut to gain even more depth.

Give your die cuts some definition with colored pens or pencils.  Don’t be afraid that you’ll mess up, remember you can always cut another one.

Ink the edges of your die cuts with a deeper tone of the same color, it makes them look more “alive” and not like flat bits of paper.  To get into really hard to reach areas use an eye shadow applicator, you can buy them in packs at your local drugstore.

Choose the patterned paper you want to work with first so that you can easily match your cardstock for your die cuts, voila a coordinated look!

 

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These fun dies are now in the store and just waiting to adorn your springtime cards and layouts!

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On this snowy day in Denver…

March 26, 2009

I’m sharing a layout about my summer vacation last year. I love the technique I used on the photos and want to share it with you!

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First, find two (or more) pictures you would like to curvify. (You like that word? I just made it up. heehee) I’m using two different colored pieces of paper for illustrative purposes.

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Apply adhesive to the edge of one of the pictures.

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Layer your pictures making sure that the edges line up on both ends.

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Take a deep breath. This is where it gets a little ‘artsy.’ Cut your curve! Holding your pictures up to a light source can help you navigate around those details that you want to keep in each picture.

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When you place your pictures on your page you could put them as close together (even touching!) or as far apart as you would like and your curves will match perfectly!

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Go have some fun!!

144 Cupcakes

March 21, 2009

on Bella Blvd’s “Treats & Sweets” paper from their new “Sweet Celebration” line:

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Here’s what I did with 18 of them:

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The best part is that I still have 126 cupcakes left! 🙂

Card Instructions:

1. Cut a 5″ X 10″ strip from colored cardstock and fold it in half to form your card base.

2. Cut a 4″ X 4″ square from kraft cardstock.

3. Round all corners of the card and the kraft square.

4. Use a brown pen to write “yum” in the bottom right-hand corner of the kraft square; continue the pen line around the border of the kraft square.

5. Handcut three cupcakes from patterned paper.

6. Use pop dots to adhere the cupcakes to the kraft square.

7. Use pop dots to adhere the kraft square to the card base.

8. Enjoy! 🙂

Sunday Sketch

March 15, 2009

Welcome to a new week!  Did you pick up some great deals at the garage sale?  I sure did, I can’t wait to put them to use.

Here’s the sketch, it’s another one that leaves lots of room to show off pretty paper.sketch-31509

Speaking of pretty paper, I decided to use some of the new botanical prints from Webster’s Pages…Oh So Pretty!

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How To Use Up Your Product…

March 13, 2009

so you can buy more! 🙂 I have a problem that I think I share with a lot of scrapbookers. We buy pretty papers and products that we love. We can’t bear to use them because they are so pretty. But one day you discover you have way too many pretty papers and products–and nowhere to store them anymore. You could buy more storage and kick someone out of their room. Or you could start using all those pretty papers and products up. I have a sneaking suspicion that in the next month or two you’ll be walking around Mary Kay’s store and find yet more pretty things to buy. Can anyone relate?

I had a goal this week to use up a bunch of letters/buttons/papers/rubons that I had purchased. Most of the papers had already been cut into, so I decided to make cards. This is what I had to work with:kit

The first thing I wanted to use up (mind you, this is kind of hard to wrap your head around, the concept of using up, but I promise it’s very liberating…) was some felt letters from Creative Cafe. You could insert any manufacturer there. I have far too many packages, missing just a few letters, of the American Crafts Thickers. And I keep saving them. And American Crafts keeps making more cute fonts, more fun forms–I didn’t think I’d like anything better than the Daiquiri foam font, then they came out with the Sweater felt font, then the Chit Chat puffy font. So you really don’t need to worry about using them up, there’ll always be more.

Back to my goal…here’s what I did with the half used package of letters.

I bet you don’t often use up many of the numbers, I know I don’t. So I took almost all that I had and put them on the front of a card, used a label sticker to stamp “I LOVE YOU” on and then on the inside I stamped “FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS.” A very quick card that could be adapted a ‘number’ of ways. 🙂

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I call this my number humor card. Remember the joke about what the 0 said to the 8?  I guarentee it will make the reciever of the card laugh. And you just used up some more numbers. And then there’s the joke about why is 6 afraid of 7?

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This card is a result of dumping out all those little felt pieces. I noticed this cute little smile. I had a fun chipboard frame, it just worked perfectly.

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And this one is my favorite, I used all the final letters, ones that will never spell anything but August or Quad, and just started gluing them down to create a graphic design. Add a few strips of ribbon, some rub ons, and you have a really funky looking card. Easy.

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Next time I blog (April 2), I show you some more ways that I used up my supplies. But until then, see if you can use up one whole set of letters/numbers. It’s a little intimidating, but once you do it, I think you may be surprised at how good it feels!

Karen Burniston (and her dies) are coming to Scrapbook Destination!

March 12, 2009

We are SO fortunate to have the lovely and talented Karen Burniston right here in our own backyard. She has taught many classes for us, and they all involve interactive, spinning, pop-up elements. Well, she has brought her engineering genius to a line of dies for Sizzix that create all the fabulous interactive elements for you. They ship in May, but on April 4 , 10:00-1:00 & 1:30-4:30, we have a special preview make-n-take Frenzy. Karen will be here, creating two different projects with her collapsible ball die, and we’ll have twelve other projects– one in the morning and one in the afternoon with each of the six other dies. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to make our creative team’s brilliant projects, see & hear Karen in person (she’s hilarious), and pre-order the dies before they’re available. (You may have seen three of the dies on QVC; we’ll have all seven to try and order!) Take a peek:

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Shhhh, is Spring listening?

March 11, 2009

If you live in Colorado, you know the drill. Spring drops hints here and there. As we all know, March and April – busiest months for snow in Colorado? Enough already! I really AM ready to see the flowers, the green, outdoor markets, flip-flops, etc. OK, but I wasn’t ready for the allergy attack it brought to me this year.

Ready or not: We ARE ready in the store!
Look what is sprouting at your Scrapbook Destination:

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Bella Blvd. – a very happy new line of paper filling the store with feelings of the aforementioned *sigh*. Can you guess which paper is ‘my’ favorite? No contest there – duh!

On closer inspection:

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Does it make you feel happy? Well it should, regardless the mood you’re in. I know this from experience, trust me!

[Editor’s note: *I* love how they’re two separate lines with two different themes, but they coordinate perfectly. That Swing Into Spring stripe goes great with the Sweet Celebration cupcakes!–mks]

OH, I don’t want to leave out the very cool cardstock stickers that came with this paper. They are solid white. Why is that important you ask? You can ink them, stamp them, trace them, bling them – the possibilities are endless!

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Come see what inspires you today!

Creative cheers,
Rachel

Let the paper say it for you.

March 9, 2009

I am sure that you have seen all of the fun papers at the store with words all over the page, right? Have you ever considered using it for your journaling? This brand new paper from BoBunny (from the U Bug Me line) was perfect for this very thing! Here is the paper in its entirety…

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(the back is pretty cool too!!) I did some picking and choosing of the best words and colors and matted them with a complementary color to make the journaling block for this layout…

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So when you are feeling like you don’t have much to say about a picture…let the paper say it for you!

birthday card class!

March 9, 2009

We have a fun card class coming up on Thursday March 19.  It’s all birthday cards, and after the class you will have made 7 handmade cards for $20. What a great way to make sure you always have a birthday card ready when you need it. The class is from 6 -8 p.m. Call (303-779-0024) or stop by the store to sign up. Hope to see you there!

Here are the cards we will be making:

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Stacy’s coming to Scrapbook Destination!

March 6, 2009

Well, thanks to many of you (and to our central location in the area), Stacy Julian has decided to come to Scrapbook Destination on April 1!  She’ll be meeting you and signing books from 5:00 to 7:00, and then she’ll host a private reception for current and past students in her Glimpses class at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Mark your calendar now for your chance to come meet Stacy! And call the store now to reserve your copy of “Photo Freedom” for her to sign.