Monday, November 23, 2009

QK Black Friday release dies

I must admit, I didn't think I'd use the cupcake liner die but when I received it for my Design Team assignment with Scrapbuggy , I had so much fun with it! Think outside the box and see just how versatile it can be. Here I've used jack-o-lantern paper for my spiced pumpkin cupcake liners. I cut the bracket page of the sugarplum mini book on the fold and printed the cupcake recipe inside. On the outside I added the 3d rev pumpkin and embellished with ribbon.

I even cut one of the liners upside down and wrapped it around the base of my cake stand for a little something extra. Cute, huh.

For this card I used the cupcake liner as a border. Pretty cute! For the message I used the new release Katie Grand alphabet and embellished with the 2x2 butterfly popped with foam tape.

This page was so much fun. I love this picture of Gia and me at the QuicKutz retreat in Utah!! The pic was taken by Amy Walton as we were on our way to our room at the hotel. What a fun way to meet for the first time, huh. :) For this page I used the new calendar set to emphasize that date. I used Katie Grand for the title. I love that font and what a phenomenal value this one is. Don't pass this one up or you'll be sorry when they are gone!

I used stickles glitter glue to add sparkle to the embellishments that come with the Katie alphabet.

Once again I wanted to show the versatility of the cupcake liner. I've used it here as a sort of scalloped border along with the "real" scallop border, flowers from the Epic6 frame die, and the Katie Grand alphabet. This is my friend, Darla, whom I've known for 7 or 8 years. She inspires me in so many ways and is just the sweetest person. We have yet to meet in person, but we WILL meet someday!

I added stickles and purple bling to the flower especially for Darla. :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Birthday theme projects

When Sally was a teenager we had quite a tumultuous mother-daughter releationship. She was the stereotypical rebellious one and at the time I was a single mom...we definitely had our moments! One of my friends even dubbed her "Trouble Girl". And it sort of stuck...with affection. LOL

For this layout of Sally's 14th birthday, I've used the adorable Sweet Stack and Bazzill Swiss Dot papers. Arrows, candle numbers and stars are Quickutz, scallop border was cut on the Cricut Expression, lacy border is the Martha Stewart, Doily Lace punch.

Again using the Sweet Stack papers, I made this gift card holder/birthday card using the Wintergreen album from the Quickutz Holiday gift set, matching scallop spine and pocket page add-on pieces, Chicken Noodle alphabet and 2x2 present dies. Tie it all together with ribbon and you have a quick and easy gift.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Layout using the Scrapbuggy Quickitz, scallop border, cloud border, and Oatmeal alpha. Sorry for the funky shadow. That happens when the scan is lumpy.

Here I've used the Sugarplum minibook cover and bracket spine to make this get well card using the QuicKitz papers and "feel better soon" flair button.

I used the exclusive flourish border, MaryJane alphabet (L) and biography alphabet with the QuicKitz papers and "I love you" flair button for this card.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

For this project I've used the Wintergreen mini album with the Scrapbuggy QuicKitz. I love the papers in this kit--lucky me, I got to help choose! Pattern papers and embellishments from the American Crafts Letterbox collection, and yummy-licious Bazzill cardstock. Other QK used for this project are the pop up windows, Santa's Workshop Alphabet and label from the Santa's Workshop Holiday Gift Set, the Paperdoll alphabet and for the cover, QK adhesive backed white chipboard. I love that stuff.

There is a page for each of the grandkids...

...with their name and meaning on the window...

....and their photo behind.

This little joke book was so much fun to make. When my dd was little and barely talking, she loved telling jokes and I've used a few of her favorites in this book. I used the Sugarplum mini album and spines set for this one along with the pop up windows.

Here are a few of the jokes I've included inside:

I love goofy kid jokes and these are just a few. Using the binder rings on the book makes it easy to add more pages later once they've memorized these and want some new laughs. ;)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

More mini book projects!

I haven't stopped working with the QK Holiday Gift Set release since I got back from Utah. LOL These are the most fun ever. And so versatile!! They are selling like hotcakes and have sold out in most places so if you want it and see it someplace you better grab it. When this run is sold out, QK isn't making anymore and you could end up having to resort to that auction place (ahem, you know what I mean!). ;)
Check out this grama reminder book. ;) With 8 grandkids to shop for, I don't always remember what their sizes are or what their Christmas wishes are, so I made this little book to toss in my purse when I go Christmas shopping. I used the pocket page insert for the peppermint mini album to hold the kids' wish lists and just the front piece of the spine on this one as the book is really just the cover and one page. The Quickutz adhesive white chipboard is awesome. I adhered the pattern paper to the outside and the inside is a nice shiny finish. Bound it together with large jump rings and tied ribbon in the center holes. The Santa's Workshop alphabet is part of the gift set; the spine and pocket page are add-on pieces that can be purchased separately.

For this hot cider gift, I used the Sugarplum mini album and folder insert page. Tie the cinnamon stir stick in the spine with ribbon, add a ribbon closure and tag if you'd like and you've got the perfect mini gift for a teacher, neighbor, mailman, or manicurist. Tuck in a tea bag and sweetener packet with a spoon tied in the spine, or a packet of hot chocolate if cider isn't your thing.

This is the one we made at the retreat. Here we used fabric on the adhesive chipboard for the cover. Isn't this a cute idea!

Isn't this a cute way to give a gift card? This is the Wintergreen cover, pocket page and spine. Quick and easy, and makes a great presentation.

And this is one we made at the retreat. I just love this idea. And it could be turned horizontally as well, of course.

That's all for today. I'm still working though and will have even more goodies to share soon. I love this release.....have I mentioned that? :)

Monday, November 02, 2009

QuicKutz Holiday Gift Set release

It's here, it's here!!! Finally I can show you why I've been so excited about this release! The possibilities with this gift set are virtually limitless, and then toss in the add-ons and you're never going to want to put these away. Calling them "holiday" is rather misleading, as they can be used for so many things totally unrelated to holidays. "Workshop", however, is really a great way to describe it. I know this looks like a LOT of information – well, it IS a lot of information!—but with all the great components of this release, I want to touch on all of it so you can see just how versatile all the pieces are with the others. Don't be overwhelmed, it's easier than it looks. So, let's explore the newest QuicKutz release, Santa's Workshop Holiday Gift Set release!

Gift Set
First and foremost, the gift set itself includes three different sizes and styles of mini-books, each with all the pieces you need to make a complete book, as well as a cookie cutter alphabet, cookie cutter windows, and labels and tabs in all shapes and sizes!! Umm, yeah. ALL of this in one gift set! Sugarplum is the smallest mini album, 4x4 finished size, and includes the pre-punched cover and page insert as well as two sizes mats. Peppermint measures approximately 5 ½ x4, the cover can also be used for the inside pages and this album includes a belly band wrap. The Wintergreen album is approximately 3 ½ x 6 and includes the pre-punched cover and page insert, and two sizes of mats. Boy howdy, this is a serious gift set for the serious paper crafter and really a must have for anyone who enjoys giving handmade gifts. But this release doesn't stop with just the gift set, oh no! There are also many add-on pieces to take all your mini album projects to the next level. For each mini album you can also purchase extra page inserts, pocket page inserts and spines to customize your projects even further. But more on that in a bit.

For this calendar pocket book, I used Sugarplum plus bracket spine add-on, scallop page add-on, bracket page add-on and pocket page add-on. The page for each month is from calendar paper by Karen Foster. Tuck in cards or notes to keep yourself organized.

Also in this release is the adorable-times-two recipe set. I LOVE the set of mini foods and kitchen goodies. Perfect for making recipe books, as I did here, or really any foodie type of project. There's even a itty bitty t-bone steak that tickled my funny bone! LOL This recipe book is made from the Peppermint mini book and mini label from the gift set, plus scallop spine add-on, scallop page add-on, pocket page add-on, recipe mini set, and heritage mini set (banner).

I added a pocket page at the back for notes or other recipes to try

Well I couldn't stop there and finished another project to share with you using the Peppermint pocket page add-on, alpha and recipe set...and some 2x2s and other dies as well. I made this for my daughter who learned from her mother that every penny you can save on groceries adds up when you have a houseful of babies to feed! :)

For the coupon keeper I used pre-cut chipboard for the cover, ran it through the xyron and covered with pattern paper on front and back, then punched with the Bind it All. The inside pages are the Peppermint add-on pocket, flipping them right and left every other one and adding tabs for the categories. The cute little recipe shapes are perfect for adding a cute embellishment to each pocket. I used a brad to hold the elastic in place and covered it with a label.

For this fun coupon book I used the Wintergreen mini book and label from the gift set, plus straight spine add-on, scallop page insert add-on, recipe set and Sugarplum bracket page add-on. To make it even more fun I used the perforation blade on my trimmer so the coupons can actually be torn out and used! LOL

Epic Size Mini Album
Maybe you want a little bit bigger mini book. After all, you bought the EpicSix to accommodate larger sized dies, right!? Well guess what…. Gingerbread is calling your name. This mini album set is approximately 5x6 finished, comes with pre-punched cover and page insert as well as a 4-circle window, 4- square window, and two page mats. As with the other three albums, there are add-on pieces you can purchase separately to add even more pizzazz to your projects. Hot diggity!

This book is one of the projects we worked on at the retreat, an idea by Amy Walton. To make this book you'll need the Gingerbread album set and all the Gingerbread add-on pieces as well as the gift set alphabet.

Add-ons Galore
Ok, so in addition to the complete mini books that come in the gift set as well as the individual Epic sized Gingerbread album set, there are add-ons for each mini album, as you can see by the projects posted. These include pocket page inserts, shaped page inserts (scallops, brackets) and spine sets that make your books really pop! Each spine set includes a straight, scallop and bracket style edge, each one already punched, to fit around the spine of your book. There is a set for every size, Sugarplum, Wintergreen, Peppermint and Gingerbread.

Want to add fun interactive elements? Check out the individual pop-up flowers set and individual pop-up windows set. (I'm sorry I don't have samples yet with these dies.) These are so fun because you can place them anywhere you want on your card, scrapbook page or mini book. Or make a tiny circle or square accordion mini book to attach to your page or card, or tuck into a pocket. Here's a sample using the circle mini book and pics of Grace from her visit this summer.

The heritage cookie cutter set is another add-on purchase, again in mini size to fit the mini albums, but useful in other ways too. Here I've use it to alter an album cover with the Harvest alphabet and some mini hearts.

Well, I think that's all! Whew! Is that enough for you in one release?! LOL Remember these sets are limited so please don't wait to order!!