August 24, 2009

QuicKutz & American Crafts: It doesn't get much better than this!



American Crafts is an industry leader in all things good and glorious in the wonderful world of scrapbooking. Their whimsical, yet fresh & clean style is what sets them apart from so many others. Not to mention those people down there (and I can say that because they seriously are just down the road from me) are some of the neatest people I've ever worked with! And I've worked with them a-plenty during my QVC days with Creating Keepsakes, so I know what I'm talkin' about. :)

We have got a great week in store for you! We are teaming up with American Crafts to bring you an incredible week of ideas and visual delight combining both QK and AC products. I have seen some of these wonderful creations from some uber-talented ladies and all I can say is WOW! You are in for a treat!

So let's start with something from none other than Miss Nichol Magouirk. She never ceases to amaze me with her talent and this card is no exception.



Look closely at this card. Here's what she did to create it:

Open the image card_heart_0917.


Ungroup the image and delete the heart. Open flower_1882 and place it in the center of the card where the heart used to be. Ungroup the flower and remove the outer image, leaving all the center pieces to create the flower-looking window.

So this:

Will look like this:

Now you can cut your card with a completely different look! That's always my philosophy...think outside the box. What else can I do with an image? It totally expands your choices with your images!

Here's a complete list of what Nichol used on this card:
American Crafts Supplies: Primaries 12x12 AC Cardstock, Earthtones 12x12 AC Cardstock, Dandelion Large Brads, Zing! Clear Embossing Powder, Zing! Mustard Embossing Powder, Clear Stamp Sentiments

Silhouette Supplies: scallop_border_SM_1238, flower_1882, card_heart_0917

Now, how 'bout a page from the ever-adorable and incredibly talented, Jen Gallacher. I love all the little details of this page!

Here's a list of supplies and instructions from Jen:

  • Cardstock, patterned paper, felt heart, button, ribbon & stamp: American Crafts
  • Die cuts: QuicKutz
  • Stamping ink: Stampin' Up!
  • Twine: Craft Supply
  • Corner rounder: Fiskars
  • Fonts: Vintage Typewriter & 2Peas Tasklists


Instructions:

  1. Ungroup a scallop edge and eliminate center holes and cut from cream cardstock.
  2. Rub edges with brown stamping ink and mount at the top of a sheet of brown cardstock.
  3. Mount pink pattern paper below.
  4. Add a strip of striped pattern paper to the layout.
  5. Cut a number border die cut from white cardstock and mount on pink pattern paper.
  6. Machine stitch several times across border.
  7. Cut the squiggly circle die cut from white cardstock and mount on a circle die cut from tan cardstock.
  8. Mount on the layout.
  9. Use the text tool to cut a large brown “&” and mount on circle.
  10. Cut the “now what?” title from green cardstock and mount on circle.
  11. Mount a felt heart by the title and add a pink button tied with twine to the title circle.
  12. Use brown stamping ink to stamp the flowers over and over along the bottom of a sheet of cream cardstock.
  13. Machine stitch cardstock in place.
  14. Mount a black and white photo on the layout.
  15. Cut a scallop border from white cardstock, slightly bend and distress and add to the right side of the layout.
  16. Print journaling on dark pink cardstock and round the bottom left corner of the rectangle with a corner rounder punch.
  17. Wrap the ribbon around the journaling block and tie into a knot.
  18. Mount the journaling block on the layout.

What would a big ol' blog week like this be without some giveaways!!!
How about this little set of goodies from American Crafts?


And these little goodies from QuicKutz?
You know the drill, just leave us a comment with your name and you'll be entered in the drawing!

Also, be sure to check out the American Crafts' blog to see all their wonderful creations! I know I've been anxiously awaiting to see what they'll do!

I'll be sharing a few things on my blog this week as well, so you might want to pop by over there too. The more, the merrier, I always say. :)

[this contest is now closed.]

137 comments:

Jodi said...

Wow! Lots of great goodies! Love your ideas...

Melanie said...

I would love some goodies! I love Nichol's ideas with the Silhouette ... always astound me! Great giveaway!

{VICKI} said...

Count me in on the goodie giveaway! Looks like some great products in the pack!

barnscrapper said...

I'm lovin my Silhouette and I check everyday for new designs. I agree Nichol rocks! I follow her blog and am inspirted by her creativity. American Crafts & QuicKutz great paring and great products!

amyloliquefaqueinz said...

QuicKutz & American Crafts are the perfect match! Both have amazing products!

nbuston said...

Lots of wonderful ideas. I am looking forward to the rest of the week.

Jingle said...

I have GOT to try some of this Zing embossing powder! The colors are just amazing! Thanks for the combo feature today! Great projects!

MBstang said...

Just found this blog and I love the sil info---thanks! and the goodies look awesome too! :)

Blair Moch said...

Oooooohhhh! Lots of fun stuff! Thanks for the chance to win!

QTKMST said...

Nice! I love to combine different brands in my card and scrapbook creations. I love both quickutz and american crafts its a match made in heaven!!!!!!!!

Tracey said...

I love both QK and AC so this week is going to be fabulous!! Thanks for the chance to win some yummies!!!

Helen said...

ohh yummie

peggy w said...

I love both of these companies. It is great that they are teaming up to show us great things. Like an amazing giveaway. thank you so much for the ideas and the giveaway. You both rock. mdwelectric@comcast.net

scrappinkn said...

Thanks for rockin' the blog. Quickutz and American Crafts are two of my absolute favorites. I'm excited to see what you have in store for the rest of the week.

Jaime said...

American crafts & quickutz are 2 of the best. It's so great to see them both together.

Gail said...

Thank you for sharing these great tutorials - LOVE them!

rebecca lucille said...

Love the lo! Thanks for the info...and I love AC and Quickuts together!!!

Michelle said...

I love it...Thx for sharing

{Brooke} said...

What a great combo!! And thanks for the inspiration!!

Janet said...

I have ALL the 12x12 cardstock packs from AC so that when I need a color match I have it. Love the texture of the paper. And I don't think I could craft without my Sil. I love the ideas of changing out the designs. Didn't think of that. What a terrific collaboration.

Mary Dawn said...

i love seeing what other people do with their silhouette! thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win

stampinwithmel said...

I love learning more and more about my Silhouette. I really love those Zing powders!

connie said...

Love the LO and the tips!

Georgia said...

Love those cute ideas! I will be using the card idea on my Silhouette. Thanks!

Anne-Liesse said...

Love, love, love the ideas!
Anne-Liesse

Valerie said...

What a combo - QK and AC...Love it! I have been playing with Zing powders and the results are amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.

nsmerkt said...

Wow! Thanks for the inspiration and great ideas!

Sharon said...

Love Nicole's idea to change the card - looks great! Definitely going on my to-try list!

Sharon

PamSpradlin said...

I tried Zing yesterday and now I need every color it comes in. Thanks also for putting the supplies and hints and tips up.

Jackie said...

I love that idea for a card - I never would have thought of doing that, but I love the result. I really need to play with the Silhouette more often.

kerrycwills said...

Two of my favorite companies! Whoo hoo what a way to start the week! Love the ideas and projects, can't wait to see what else you've got in store!

Leslie said...

Love Nichol's card and Jen's layout! Great Monday morning inspiration!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

This week is going to be awesome with AC and Quickutz!!!! Thanks

Samantha T. said...

Love that 2 of my favorite companies teamed up this week. Lots of fun!

Bridget said...

I love my silhouette and never even thought about removing elements from the shapes to make them look differently- duh! Love the page!

Kaylyn said...

Love my Silhouette and the endless possiblities!!

Legojenta said...

Such a cool giveaway =)

Naptime Scrapper said...

Great ideas for cards and layouts!! Thanks!

Trista said...

OOOOOOOh lala! Two of my favorite things QK & AC! Love the ideas! My fingers are so crossed for this one!

Sue said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you....for the great give away and for the inspiration and ideas!

Sue
x

Frank said...

Great idea...and who doesn't love the chance at a giveaway!!

aswann said...

Great ideas! I hope I'm lucky today!! ;)

Katy Young said...

Would love to win! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

Anita said...

Thanks for the inspiration and the chance at those great goodies!!

Anita

Pamk said...

love that card and lo. And did I see thickers in that goody giveaway. Whooboy love those thickers matter of fact I think I am addicted to them. Must have them all lol.

Erica Hettwer said...

Ooooh, I love these!

Jenn in MO said...

Wow! What a great give-away! Who wouldn't love to win that lot?!?!?! Thanks for the chance!

Kendahl, Stepmom Extraordinaire said...

I never think to do something completely backwards [e.g. laying down the insides of a cut that usually get thrown away] but it always makes such amazing designs! Need to try this.

gwenyth said...

I'm so excited for this week! QK and AC work so well together... and what an awesome giveaway!

Shelley said...

Wow, my two favourites - AC and QK working together. Love, love the giveaways!!

Shelley P.

Corey said...

I love that the two of you teamed up! great inspiration - and prizes - that file folder is on my must have list and I can't believe I don't have it yet!

Adoncia said...

Wooo~! I love the giveaways!

Novalen said...

Thanks for sharing your ideas! It's so inspiring!!

Cassi said...

great projects -- AC is one of my fave paper companies and QK is my absolute fave die cut co! what a perfect match :)

Sue said...

Such great ideas so far! Love the combo of QK & AC- great tools and gorgeous papers, what could be better!
Thanks for the chance to win goodies too!

nina said...

Oh, sounds like this is going to be a fun week! I bought my first set of American Crafts papaer last year (a great Christmas set) & that purchase has gotten me 'into' patterned paper! Wonderful stuff. Looking forward to more great projects!

jackiestamps4fun said...

Wow! Great projects, as usual! I love Nichol's style so much! Love both American Crafts & QuicKuts! woohoo - great giveaway!

Heather said...

I love Nichol's card! I'm so excited about all the give-aways this week :)

ginika said...
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ginika said...

quickutz + american crafts = great giveaways

Emily said...

Great stuff! I love AC and Quickutz!!

(Good Luck everyone on the giveaway)

Jennifer B. said...

Great giveaways, love them all!

Renee said...

wow...great giveaway....thanks for the inspiration and the how to.

interactthis said...

Great ideas and giveaway - thanks for the chance!

mollybnvb said...

great projects. I love QK and American Crafts!!!Thanks for the great giveaways.

Teri said...

Love the different uses of the designs!

alison said...

Quickutz and American Crafts...what a great combination!!

Maureen said...

vERY COOL - THANKS

Jennie said...

OOOH! Love it!

Lara said...

My Sil is supposed to be delivered today (yay!) and I can't wait to try out that cute card idea.

Lou said...

Great ideas!!!

A Bumble World said...

Fun new stuff!

Maeghan said...

Oh please pick me! Thank you!

Joli said...

WOWZERS!!! The Silhouette can do some amazing stuff!!!

Clara_Croft said...

Very nice !

Claire Coren

Summer, Andy and Audrey said...

What a fun week!! Hope I win some goodies! Love both companies :)
Summer Braxton

becky p said...

My favorite companies put together----so excited to see what comes from this week!!!

Becky

Lisa Mala6 said...

What great products from 2 of the best company.

Mollie said...

Fun stuff and adorable inspiration! What could be better:o)

JPScraps said...

Love the ideas. Keep 'em coming!

patty w said...

Wow...loving all this fun stuff! Silhouetter looks very cool!

knpplbrg said...

Great giveaway! Good luck all :)

Therese said...

Wow! great giveaway! I´ll cross my fingers and hope for luck!

Lynn Brown said...

Love this stuff! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anne said...

Wow, amazing! This week is going to be so much fun!

laurieschwartz said...

I don't know why it never occurs to me to replace a cut out shape in a Silhouette design. Brilliant!

Oh, and please pick me this week...I would love some goodies!!!

apron girls said...

cute page - and the card is really neat too, but it didn't explain how the image ended up on the card with the embossing powder. anyway, awesome giveaway. thank you.

Tracey McNeely said...

I have taken elements out of a shape with my Silhouette before, but never considered replacing them. Off to try that now.

Dani said...

Very cool cards!!! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Cathy said...

Love the cards!!! My favorite use of paper, brads, glue and tape. Would love getting the goodies and a chance to try the embossing powders and embossing cards.
Cat

Sherry said...

This is going to be a fun week!

Amanda said...

Everything looks great!

jamieinflag said...

Great product!

Taly said...

Nichole's card is gorgeous (when aren't them...?). Thanks for this fantastic opportunity to win great products.

Katie said...

Wow! Both projects are awesome! I love AC product...and QK too! Thanks for the great giveaway! Katie

~kelly marie~ said...

Wow! Love that card! I wouldn't have thought to change out the cutout in the silhouette software! So cool!

Stephanie Baxter said...

What a winning combo!

AnnaMarie Ferrell said...

That polka dot embossing die is SO cute! And I love AC!

Fay said...

Thanks for sharing the card and showing how it was created step-by-step!

Sarah said...

woohoo! love that card!

merideth said...

so great! pick me!

Rhadonda said...

Such talent, wow. I am always inspired by the designers. Now just need to sit down and do something. Thanks for being so generous too!

susy said...

What a great week this is going to be, can't wait to see what you fab people come up with.
Cheers.

DeniseB said...

Thanks to Nichol and Jen for sharing the fabulous projects.... Can't wait to see what's next!
DeniseB

Aihara Ramintessah Sanchez said...

What an inspiration and eye candies you have here!!!TFS.

Brooke said...

The 'out of the box' thinking on that card really does prove the possibilities are endless.

chene said...

Cool card! I love American Crafts and QK,so I am looking forward to more awesome ideas.

stephanne2 said...

These are great! Plus it's always good to see a new Silhouette tip/trick on the blog! Thanks for the chance to win!

Laura Stewart said...

laura stewart

Susan McRae said...

I love Nichol's simple and beautiful card!

Tamara and Marc said...

AC and QC are two of my favorite companies. I love the great ideas. I can't wait to try them out myself. Thanks for the great ideas and keep them coming.

Amy :) said...

love it. thanks for the giveaway.

Cynthia B. said...

Awesome! I love both AC and QK. Thanks for the chance to win these cool prizes!

Jan said...

A great giveaway! Thanks for the chance.

Kristy said...

Great ideas and great giveaways! Thanks for the chance to win!

Linda w said...

The perfect duo. Thanks for the ideas and the chance to win.

thanks much

Sandra said...

love the card! thanks for the tips and fun!
Sandra

Candice said...

I love Nicole's card! I can't wait to try this myself!

stacey said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what Nicole can make with such great products. Thanks for the chance to win.

Melissa said...

What great work! Love that you guys are pairing up with American Crafts this week! What a great idea!

Yaritza said...

Great combination of products. I love American crafts and I love Quickutz. Great job on the project ladies. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Laura :) said...

oohh, I love Quickutz and American Crafts!! Endless fun possibilities:)Great projects!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

priya said...

thanks for the great ideas!! i seriously heart AC and quickutz!! i'm so excited for this week!

marilyn said...

Love learning more and more about my silhouette!! American Crafts always has great products.

CRAFTS BY LINDA said...

Two of my favorite companies! Looking forward to seeing more inspiring creations!

Marilyn said...

I am so glad AC is doing this with QuicKutz, I didn't even know you had a blog! I am so excited. I have a Silhouette, and I am loving all the ideas!

Therese said...

Great idea!!
Hugz

lorraine said...

Wow, I am very excited by the collaboration and cant wait to see what you come up with using American Crafts and QK together - I sooooo enjoyed the last collaboration and know this one will be FANTASTIC also.

Kristin said...

Two great companies! Can't wait to see what the week has in store. :)

Jen said...

Well, you are quite a team! Great projects, thanks

Valerie_AM said...

Love this combo - 2 of my faves!

carriescraftroom said...

Wow can't wait to see what is in store for us this week. Great goodies.

Sandy said...

What a fabulous duo! I'm soo looking forward to the rest of the week to see what you have planned. Great projects today! TY for the opportunity.

Kim said...

This is exciting! I LOVE both QK and AC. Looking forward to seeing what's in store for this week. Would LOVE to win the prize pack!

Amy said...

Love it when you team up for these weeks...so much to learn and so much inspiration. Can't wait to see what brilliant things you have this week!

Cindy said...

Love the goodies. Both American Crafts and Quickutz have great products. Love the new stamp sets from American Crafts and so glad Quickutz has embossing folders.

T'Neal Cooper said...

I'm so impressed with the creativity that comes out with every entry. I live for the next one! Thank you!!