March 31, 2010

Spring into Crafting Reminder

You readers are a creative bunch!

We’ve had a lot of fun viewing your submissions to the Spring into Crafting contest. If you haven’t submitted your project yet, there is still time! The deadline is tomorrow, April 1st, for an entry to win $100 in QuicKutz cash. For more details, click here.

Best of luck, crafters!


March 29, 2010

QuicKutz Warehouse Sale

Calling all QuicKutz fans!

The warehouse sale that brings scrapbookers from near and far will be underway April 1st and 2nd at our Utah QuicKutz headquarters. Your favorite QK products, including new and old dies, will be on sale up to 80% off the original retail price. We’re even selling some of our original Squeeze tools, just for kicks!

Bring this coupon for $5 off your purchase of $20 or more for additional savings.

Warehouse Sale Coupon

Doors will open at 11 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday.

See you soon!

The QuicKutz Team

QK Warehouse Sale
7 S. 1550 W.
Lindon, UT 84042

Thursday, April 1st
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, April 2nd
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Directions to QuicKutz:

I-15 Southbound:
Take exit #273 toward Lindon
Turn right at 1600 N.
Take the 1st right onto Geneva Rd.
Take the 2nd left onto 200 S.
Take the 3rd right onto 1550 W.
Follow to the end of the road- the back of the QK building will be on your right.

I-15 Northbound:
Take exit 273 toward Pleasant Grove/Lindon
Turn left at 1600 N.
Take the 1st right onto Geneva Rd.
Take the 2nd left onto 200 S.
Take the 3rd right onto 1550 W.
Follow to the end of the road- the back of the QK building will be on your right.

March 26, 2010

Coloring Eggs

Hi everyone! This is Julie from the QuicKutz design team. I’m back with my version of a decorative tabletop tree for Easter. And, of course, what would an Easter tree be like without coloring eggs?

I must say, I love Amber Packer’s Spring Tree featured on the QuicKutz blog earlier this month! I love the twigs—how cool is that with her embellished eggs?! Her post inspired me to get out my own tree and decorate it. The tree I’m using is called The Tree of Life. I bought it from my local scrapbook store with the intentions of decorating it for each holiday. Well, that was back in November and now I’m finally getting around to it!

First, I gathered my supplies. I knew I wanted to use fabric on my tree and I also had some thin wood veneer I thought would look cool.

My supply list:

QuicKutz Nesting Eggs
Flowers Rev-0016
Birds Rev-0143
Butterfly Rev-0166
Beads Border 014
Scallops Border 009
Patterned paper
Flocked paper
Wood veneer
Ribbon and twine
Stick pins
Maya Mist
Ink pads and stamps
Now for the fun part—coloring eggs! I cut my eggs from various materials. The fabric cut like a charm through my Epic tool, as did the wood veneer. I also cut cardstock eggs to back the fabric eggs, giving them more stability and a nice finished look.

For my first egg, I used adhesive-backed fabric and pulled out my sewing machine. Yikes! I am not a seamstress by any means! My husband does the mending in our house. I can’t sew a straight line for the life of me! But, I said to myself, “That’s okay, Julie. Just have fun!” Sew (haha), I pinned ruffles out of my ribbon and sewed it onto the fabric egg.

I embellished with a button and punched a hole at the top of the egg for the ribbon.

When I cut the wood veneer egg, I knew I wanted to use twine and stamps with it. First, I stamped a pennant banner across the egg and then stamped a birdie sitting on the banner. (Banners are all the rage right now! I’m seeing them in all kinds of craft projects and they are so cute!)

I then finished it off with the twine wrapped around the egg. And again, punched a whole for ribbon at the top to hang my egg on the tree.

I decorated more fabric eggs with flowers using the Rev0016 flower die. I cut the flowers from cardstock and patterned paper, crumpled them for more dimension and then layered them.

Once again, I used my sewing machine to sew a circle pattern in the middle of the flower. (Remember how I said I wasn’t good with the sewing machine? Well, it’s not a great circle pattern—it’s just kind of a random circle.)

I then adhered my flower to the fabric egg and embellished it with a button.

The next egg is a birdie egg, which I feel like is so cute, and so easy!

I cut the birdie from white-flocked paper and then cut the wing from fabric. I sewed the wing on with a zigzag stitch—now I was getting fancy with that sewing machine!

I adhered the bird to my fabric egg and used a bead for the eye. On all the fabric eggs, I frayed the edges just a little to give them more texture.

The last egg I made has more traditional coloring. I spritzed the eggs with three different colors of Maya Mist. (I’ve also seen use of the Maya Mist a lot lately—I felt it was perfect for egg-decorating.) I used Cornflower, Cotton Candy and Cream mists and they gave a blue, pink and yellow color to my ivory cardstock egg. I always mist in a shallow box to keep the mist from getting all over the place. As you can tell, I’ve used that box for a lot of misting projects!

To decorate the misted eggs, I layered a bead border over a scalloped border (using QuicKutz Cookie Cutter Border Dies) and then embellished with beads.

I felt the eggs I created were great for my tree, but it needed something else, so I cut some butterflies from cardstock and layered them with patterned paper. I then sewed a zigzag stitch down the center of each butterfly.

I then embellished the butterflies with stickpins. The pins stick right in between the stitches on the butterfly and add a little bling to them.

Decorating the tree was fun and I had a little help from my 3-year old neighbor. She hung the eggs, and I rearranged them! I placed the butterflies on the tree and I still felt it needed a little something, so I tore strips of fabric and randomly tied them on the tree.

The tree now sits on my foyer table and adds a nice festive feel to the room. Now just to decorate it for the next holiday!
A special thanks to Design Team member Julie for this darling project!

March 24, 2010

Spring into Crafting

Have you created a Spring project that you’ve displayed in your home or craft space? Do you have the perfect favor idea for your Easter dinner? Have you made an innovative Spring card? If so, we want to see them!

Simply send us a photo of your work, and our panel of judges will choose the project with the most creativity and best use of QuicKutz dies. The winner will receive $100 in QuicKutz cash, along with a blog entry showcasing their winning project. Who knows, we may like so many, we’ll feature several of your projects!

Email your photo with the subject line “Spring Contest” to, along with your name and mailing address by March 31, 2010. We will announce the winner on April 5th.

Good luck, crafters! And happy Spring!

March 22, 2010

Three Little Birdies

If you’ve stepped into a craft or home décor shop recently, you’ve probably noticed that birds and bird cages have become very popular. Our designers took this trend to the next level by showcasing our bird shape in a great new way inside of the bird cage! This bird die looks great on layouts and cards, but it can also be used as a fun décor piece.

The best part is that it’s so easy to create this look for your own home.

1. Find a bird cage you love.

2. For each bird, die cut the same shape four times. (We used shape REV-0144-S.)
Hint: In order for the shapes to line up, you will need to face the paper down toward the die on two die cuts, and facing up on the other two die cuts.

3. Glue two of your die cuts together, with the patterned side facing out. Do this again for the other set of die cuts. You will then have two birds.

4. Chalk the edges of each bird for definition.

5. Glue both birds together, with a ribbon or string affixed in the middle. Make sure not to glue the entire sides of the birds together. To make the bird three dimensional, you will only need to glue the bodies and head, leaving the wings separate.

6. Tie the other end of the ribbon to the top of the bird cage, which will allow the bird to hang inside the cage.

7. Duplicate this process for each additional bird.

Use the completed bird cage as an inexpensive house-warming gift, or just keep it for your own home to display during the spring!

March 15, 2010

Spring Tree

Designer Amber Packer is full of good scrapbooking, stamping, and die-cutting ideas. So many ideas, in fact, she regularly shares them with viewers on Good Things Utah, a local tv show targeted towards women. She has taken QuicKutz products onto the show many times, always receiving a warm and welcome response from both the hosts and the viewers.

Below are a few of the projects she made for Good Things Utah this past week. Behold! The Spring Tree.

This is a great way to change out pieces on the tree for the different holidays this spring!
Check out Amber's blog for more great crafting ideas!

March 10, 2010

Birthdays for the Young and Young at Heart

Hi everyone! I’m Julie from the QuicKutz design team and I am excited to share some birthday cards with you. I don’t know about you, but I love giving a handmade card. It's something about the heartfelt gesture that means so much more to me. With that being said, I feel my most "go-to" cards are birthday cards (I know I should be better about giving thank you cards than I am, but that's another story!) So for today, birthday cards it is! Sometimes I create a card with a specific person in mind and other times I create cards to add to my "go-to" stash, which ends up getting used a lot when I'm in a hurry.

The cards below are what I like to call "quick and easy." You can create these cards when you only have a few minutes right before a party, or when you just want to quickly and easily create cards to bulk up your stash. Now, mind you, I may have said "quick and easy,” but they are still beautiful and the person will think you spent so much time on their card—sneaky, I know!

I will list the supplies I used as I demonstrate how to make each card below, but here’s a picture of the stash of fun stuff I used.

My first card, entitled “Turning 2”, is great to use for a young child's birthday. It could also be adapted for any other age. For this card, I used the following supplies:

Pink Ink
Glitter Domes
QuicKutz Polka Dots GooseBumpz
Polka Dots Embossing Folder 038
Birthday Candles REV 156
Rollerskate 4x8 Alphabet
Numbers NO 73 4x8 Die

The background of the card is embossed with ink. The trick? Ink the embossing folder before you send it through your Epic or Revolution! I used light pink ink on my card. Below is a picture of the dark ink on the embossing folder so you can see the effect. When you place this on the card, it is the inked side showing (the debossed side.) Normally, the puffy embossing is what you see. Now, I am not taking credit for this technique, I did see it a while back and can’t remember where. But it is so cool—not your typical inking.

The rest of the card is assembly. I used the round glitter domes to add a little more dimension to the project. They perfectly accompany the polka dot candle and background.

I made a cute little treat holder to go with the card using a small dart container (the kind you get salad dressing in when you order it “on the side”), cardstock, QuicKutz Nesting Flowers, Nesting Circles and the Cupcake Liner dies. Simply wrap the cupcake liner around the container and decorate with the flower and circle on top. You’ll notice I used the embossed paper I made with my ink to cut my circle. A little child or big child would enjoy getting that little treat with their card. It holds a regular-sized package of M&M’s. Yum!

For my Sweet 16 card, I used the following supplies:

Glitter Domes
QuicKutz Metal Adhesive Sheets
Flowers Embossing Folder 007
Fashion Doll Set 050
Rollerskate 4x8 Alphabet
Nesting Circles Dies

The great thing about this card is that you actually run two pieces of cardstock and one piece of scrap of metal adhesive sheet through your die-cutting tool and then mix and match the colors to build your purses. On one of the purses, I embossed it and then inked it to give it a pattern that stands out. To do this yourself, simply place the embossed die cut on an inkpad with the raised image facing the ink and press firmly. What a cute Vera Bradley it makes!

My last card is for the Young at Heart. My Mom will just oogle over this one! And it was so easy.
Gather the following supplies:
QuicKutz Sunflower Rev0250
Letterpress Holiday Printing Plate 3
Letterpress A2 flat card
Letterpress Light Pink Ink

Believe it or not, this was the first time I used my L Letterpress and I could not believe how easy it was. I am in love with this tool now. When I showed my husband my project, he thought I bought the embossed paper that way and I quickly corrected him. I made that paper! This card is really my first run through the Letterpress and boy am I impressed!
I set the Placement Guides where I wanted them using my card as measurement. I then adhered the printing plate to the lid of the Letterpress and then gently rolled the ink onto the printing plate. After running it through the Epic tool, I let it dry. Then, I trimmed and inked the edges and assembled my card. To give the pink flower a little more dimension, I crumpled the paper. I stamped my greeting, and it was finished!

I thought the treat container went well with this card too, so I cut a circle out of a second card I ran through the Letterpress (I was having so much fun with that tool) and used it to decorate the top of my treat container. My mom will love the M&M’s too!

I used pink in my cards because I had a lot of female birthdays coming up, but the first and last card can easily be adapted to male birthdays by using more masculine colors. I’m going to get crackin’ on more quick and easy cards for my stash!
Thanks to Design Team member Julie for these darling ideas and new ways to use products!