January 29, 2010
QuicKutz has always had a special affinity for Haiti, a country with a rich history and a population of kind, beautiful people. QuicKutz inventors and founders Mark & Natasha Hixon adopted three children from Haitian orphanages, and shared many of their experiences with us at corporate. In an effort to continue to support the orphanages after the adoptions, Natasha organized efforts to produce a cookbook that was sold through the QuicKutz sales channels, with all proceeds going to an orphanage in Haiti. We sold all but 12.
As you can imagine, children all across Haiti are suffering because of the recent devastating earthquake. Many of the orphanages, particularly those in the Port-au-Prince area, are struggling to provide the children with drinking water and food, in addition to safe, sanitary living quarters.
The Foyer de Sion Orphanage, an operation of three orphanage locations in Haiti, is in particular need of help. Two of the three locations where they operate were completely destroyed in the quake. Miraculously, none of the children were critically hurt during the earthquake, though several of their caregivers passed away. The children who lived in the two buildings that collapsed are now temporarily staying in a nearby church.
You have the chance to make a difference in the lives of these children. QuicKutz is auctioning off some of the best dies and products in our archives, including those one-of-a-kind products that QuicKutz collectors go crazy over. Proceeds will be donated to the Foyer de Sion Orphanage and to Holt International, two organizations looking out for the welfare of the Haitian youth.
Stay tuned over the next week to view the auctioned items on quickutzinc.blogspot.com, and enter in your highest bid! QuicKutz thanks you, and the people of Haiti thank you.
For more information on the Foyer de Sion Orphanage or Holt International, please visit the following links.
January 28, 2010
My son, hubby and I are all football fans and will have people over to watch the game. I thought it would be fun to make this banner in our entryway to direct our friends towards the snacks and the big game playing on t.v. At the moment, however, my son has confiscated the sign for his room....to 'keep it safe', he assures me!
-University Grand Alphabet (what other alphabet could work better for a sports themed project?!)
-Chicken Noodle skinnimini 4x4 REV-0222
-License Plate 4x8 mini alphabet
-Banana Split 4x8 skinnimini alphabet
-Sticky Note 4x8 mini alphabet
-Santa's Workshop -- Wintergreen page and folder insert
Next I chose paper and cardstock and started cutting, arranging, rearranging, and rearranging some more. I added glue, ribbon and eyelets and viola!...a banner was born! I even opted to use the Wintergreen folder insert to give myself a pocket where I could store strips of paper containing Super Bowl trivia questions. What fun we'll have trying to figure out who knows the most trivia. (Though I'm sure it will be me!)
To make the tags, I simply cut out my shapes and adhered them together. I then cut a dowel rod to size and adhered the shapes to the dowel. So easy!
I hope these ideas spark some of your own ideas, whether you’re using them for a Super Bowl party or a Super Scrap party. Pull out those dies, put your own twist on the idea, and have some fun!
January 26, 2010
January 25, 2010
Without further adieu, we'd like to announce the winner...(drum roll, please)...
Corrina of Perth, Australia!
Congratulations, Corrina! You've won $100 worth of QuicKutz products. Your use of the pirate ship (REV-0081) was just too cute to boot.
More fun contests and surprises to come!
More fun contests and surprises to come!
The QuicKutz Team
The QuicKutz Team
January 20, 2010
Patterned Paper (as many as you like, I used one 12x12 and a few scraps)
Solid Colored Cardstock (again, as many as you like, I used scraps of 5 colors)
QK Dies (I used convertible KS-0995, double star RS-0617, Blossom Classic Alphabet BLOSSOM-G, and nesting circles CC-CIRCLES-01)
Any other embellishments you want to add (I used buttons and thread)
Make your pattern. Simply lay a thin sheet of office paper over the sides and top of your box, then carefully trace the edges of the box. Cut out and retrace until you have exactly the right dimensions. This step is the hardest part of the project—it took me three tries to get it right
Cut your patterned paper. I wanted to keep my box fairly simple, so I cut the front, back and sides from the same pattern. I used a different pattern for the top.
Modge Podge the paper to each side and top. Allow a few minutes to dry (I waited about 15 minutes)
NOTE: If you want to distress the edges with ink do it before you Modge Podge your paper. If you want to outline the papers like I did, wait until step seven.
While you are waiting for the Modge Podge to dry, cut out your QK shapes. I cut the word "Wipes" from Blossom Classic (I am using this font throughout my little one's room, so I wanted everything to be the same font.) I cut the convertible to match the patterned paper. The wheels were a little bigger on the paper, so I used nesting circles to create larger wheels. I then cut stars to mimic the paper as well. For the top I used the nesting circles again to create a little monogram spot. I added the outside of the double star and another star to decorate the "J".
Now here comes the fun part! Use Modge Podge to adhere all of your QK shapes.
Wait until it dries completely. This part is crucial! If you rush to the next step you will ruin your project!
Put on the finishing touches. I outlined some of my patterned paper with a black Sharpie (you must do this after the Modge Podge dries. If you do it before the Modge Podge dries, it will smudge your marker lines). I also hot-glued some buttons onto the stars.
NOTE: I pre-threaded my buttons before gluing them onto the stars.
People thought I was crazy for doing this, but it really makes the diaper box a part of the room décor instead of an eye sore! I also decorated one for a little friend of ours who was starting kindergarten. I filled it with school supplies for her homework (crayons, pencils, erasers, etc.) She loved having a personalized box to keep her homework supplies away from her younger siblings. The best part was that she didn't know I repurposed a diaper wipe box!
Thanks to our designer Maegen Jenne. She did such a great job with a perfect idea for any woman with wipes! That means mostly all of us. Watch for more ideas from our design team to come!
January 8, 2010
Hi! I am thrilled to be with you today! What an honor it is to be part of the QuicKutz blog. My name is Amber Packer. I am an Independent Designer and have the opportunity to work with some of your favorite manufacturers behind the scenes. I also appear regularly on a local television program called Good Things Utah. One of my favorite companies to work with is QuicKutz. I have had the privilege of demonstrating their newest products on Good Things Utah numerous times.
I am blessed to have two beautiful boys and a fabulous husband, good friends and health. It is also a blessing to be able to work (mostly) from home in an industry I love. It’s almost embarrassing to admit, but I get giddy when I see new products!
I’m wondering if you are like me. When I am looking at the many beautiful designs from QuicKutz my eyes get BIG and I want them all. I get tempted (it’s true) and sometimes I purchase a die that I don’t need right away, but I’m sure I’ll use later – and then I don’t use it. Please tell me I’m not the only one!
It seems silly, because it’s such a fabulous die, but the Sparkles die is one of those dies for me. Since one of my resolutions for next year is to use my new supplies along with supplies I already have, I knew I needed to use this die for today’s post.
Here is what I came up with:
My boys just LOVE this! As you can see, I have tied it to pegs on a shelf. I also thought about tying them to a wrought iron rod I have. There are so many fun ways to hang something like this.
I have also wanted to use my Epic (or Revolution) to cut felt since it’s such a huge trend right now. Guess what? It works! All the snowflakes you see on this project are felt. I found that the stiffer felt (usually glittered or self-adhesive) works best. Remember to remove the ejection foam to cut felt. You may need to shim the die as well.
1. Print four 4” x 6 photos” (I printed mine with a white border) and set aside.
2. Cut four 8” x 10” pieces of cross stitch fabric and spray with Frosty Night Glimmer. Mist. Roll over top pin on two 12” ribbon pieces per base and sew a border or two. Fray the ends.
3. Cut four 2 ¼” x 7 ½” strips of patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye Colorful Christmas).
4. Cut snowflakes from two different colors of felt using Sparkles die (REV-0261-S).
5. Cut four swirl borders from Prism Metallic cardstock (Metal Ore) using Contemporary Border die (CC-BDR-002).
6. Cut title from Prism Metallic cardstock () using Mary Jane Grand Alphabet (CC-MARY-JANE-G).
7. Adhere as shown using your favorite liquid glue.
8. Add brads randomly (I used My Mind’s Eye Colorful Christmas brads).
9. Tie ribbon, hang and ENJOY!
QuicKutz would like to issue you a challenge! Would you like to win $100 (retail) in QuicKutz supplies of your choice?
Submit a project (layout, card, home décor, gift – your choice) using a “that” QuicKutz die–one you rarely or never use—by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 18, 2010.
QuicKutz will announce the winner on Wednesday, January 20, 2010.
Have a Happy New Year!
We want to thank Amber Packer for being a guest blogger on our blog! She is so talented and organized! For those of us lucky enough to live in Utah be sure to check her craft segments out on Good Things Utah daytime TV show. For those of you who do not live in Utah be sure to go check out her site for unbelievable ideas, out of the box thinking and great layouts & cards!