Nesting Dies from QuicKutz

April 21, 2009 by

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Q:  What are they and why would you want them? 

A:  Well QK Nesting dies are a set of dies in one shape that come in graduated sizes.  They are the perfect thing to reach for when you need just the right size circle, oval or square, they are great to use on card fronts for a window, because you can place it right where you want it to go with the sticky mat.  Nesting dies are also really handy because you can use up your scraps with them and that’s exactly what I did in this layout,  I had several scraps of a coordinating line that I just ran through my Revolution with the egg nesting dies and Voila, instant embellishments! 

QK Tip:  Add a little dimension to your nested shapes with foam squares!

Don’t forget selected Nesting Dies are on sale through Friday for 17.99!

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New Basic Grey is Here! And a winner…

April 20, 2009 by

Lime Rickey by BasicGrey

The long-awaited Lime Rickey and Wisteria are in the house. For both lines we have all the papers, the collection packs, and the 6×6 pads. We also have the chip stickers for Wisteria– so cute! 

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BasicGrey Wisteria Chip Shapes

Wisteria by BasicGrey

Wisteria by BasicGrey

And now seems like a great time to announce the winner of the blog drawing from our January post  (did you think we’d forgotten?). Her favorite is Lime Rickey, and the winner of our random drawing is… Roxane Apple! Roxane can pick up her complete line of Lime Rickey papers at the store.

Using up your product, part 2

April 16, 2009 by

This week’s assignment, use your paper scraps. Here are a few fun ways to use up small pieces of paper. Pleating strips of paper uses up more paper than using just a flat strip. It also adds some nice texture and dimension to your projects.

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A patchwork pattern can fill up the entire space, and adds a great visual element as well.  Add some stitching to divide up the blocks if you’d like.

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Crazy quilting isn’t just for fabric, use the same concept in your papercrafting, just start cutting and gluing. Don’t worry about overlapping, it just adds to the character. I added some trim for extra texture.

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Making your paper go 3D allows you to use just a bit more. This fun spring card was quick and easy, any punch could be used.

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Stamp Into Spring Special Order Event

April 14, 2009 by

Hurry– there’s still time left to place your special orders for those stamps you’ve looked everywhere for and couldn’t find (or maybe a few you didn’t even know existed but once you see them you can’t live without them!). Use the links below to browse the catalogs of six of our stamp vendors, and make note of the part number and name of each stamp you want. Then e-mail, call, or come in and place your order. You can come browse the actual catalogs in the store, too, if you’d like.

Sunday International (check out their cling mounted rubber!)

Technique Tuesday

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Technique Tuesday special edition stamp set: For a limited time, if you order (or buy in-store, or a combination) a total  of $50 worth of Technique Tuesday stamps, you’ll get a FREE set, designed by Ali Edwards, only available as a gift with purchase!

Hurry, before they’re all gone.

New Cosmo Cricket

April 9, 2009 by

Products from Cosmo Cricket’s new Snorkel and Girl Friday lines are in the store and they are so much fun! For this layout, I used the backside of one of the Girl Friday papers as my background and let the Snorkel chipboard be the focus of my design. I love those cute little fish and the way the curves of the waves follow one another!

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AMAZING 3D/Pop-Up Frenzy Projects

April 8, 2009 by

So we had to put it off a week because of the Storm That Never Came… but that just gave you another week to anticipate the greatness! You may have seen Karen’s samples; in the morning, an Easter-themed project:

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And in the afternoon, she’s cut the pop-up ball out of transparency (she’s used travel photos here, but I think this one would be ideal for a graduation present, with pictures of the graduate over the years):

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Wanna see the other amazing samples? You already know that we have the most talented staff anywhere, right? Well, let me confirm that for you.  Each designer took one of Karen’s dies and made two projects with it. First, Kelly and the cake:

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These photos don’t do it justice; you can’t even see the bling on the wedding cake. Wait until you see it in person! Next, Barbara used the spinning platform for a graduation card and a birthday card:

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Christyn had the house, which she turned into a little red schoolhouse, and made a welcome card:

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Houston went off-road with the hearts; she made a butterfly! (She also made an adorable card with a “hug,” but you’ll have to wait to see that one.)

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Tara has used the beach chair die to great effect in a Fathers’ Day card and a retirement card:

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And, finally, Rachel worked her magic on two versions of the tree:

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Did I tell you? Fabulous, right? Drop in between 10:00 and 1:00, or between 1:30 and 4:30, and make as many projects as you like. Karen’s projects will be seated in “flights”– five people make the project, then get up and five more sit down… and they’re $5 each. The other projects are $3 apiece, and will be seated in come-and-go fashion. Pay when you’re done.

See you Saturday!

Silhouette Fun

April 7, 2009 by

I finally got to spend a little time playing with my Silhouette and I have to tell you that I am in love with this machine, it can do so many things!  qk-basket1

First I made this little goody basket by downloading three shapes… the basket, the egg border, and the flowered egg.  I cut the basket out and then the border and egg using a different color.  I glued it all together and voila!  It was so quick and easy, seriously less than five minutes including the download time.

try-1I wanted to try out masking with pieces from the Silhouette.  I began by downloading the Days of The Week Border.  I cut it out with scrap paper and then used some repositionable adhesive to stick it onto my layout background, then I sprayed over it with Ranger Colorwash, blotted a few heavy spots and let it dry.  Within an hour I had a very one of a kind layout!

A few things that you should know….

With the Scrapbook Destination Silhouette code you can get unlimited downloads for a whole year at 14.99 per month!  It’s an awesome deal! 

We are having a QuicKutz Sale!!!!!

Starting tomorrow…

Select 2×2 spring shapes, $2.99 single, $5.99 double
All 4x4s singlekutz, Buy One, Get One Free
Select Border dies, Buy One, Get One Free
Nesting Dies, $17.99
 
Sale runs through April 24.

Sunday Sketch w/bonus Tim Holtz video

April 5, 2009 by

Welcome to a new week…here’s the sketch to get those scrapbooking ideas flowing.sketch-4509

for my page this week, I used the fabulous Girl Friday line from Cosmo Cricket, it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Speaking of favorites, I used my Tim Holtz ruler…one of my favorite tools… to pierce the edge of the paper.  Here’s a quick video featuring Tim himself showing off piercing and other great ways to use this ruler.

Have a great week!

Springtime QuicKutz Cards

March 31, 2009 by

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!

On this snowy day in Denver…

March 26, 2009 by

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!!