July 28, 2010

Use Those Scraps

Hi! It's Leah Killian again, here to show you how to create this cute card using our nesting label die. This card is special because not only does it end up looking finished and cute, but it can be created using ONLY SCRAPS!

Step 1:

Grab your Epic or Revolution, and a nesting die of your choice. I used the nesting label die. Diec cut the label using any old piece of cardstock or scrap. You won't see this piece on the final project, so this is a great place to use up scraps.

Step 2:

Now, grab the leftover bits from your last project. Trim the pieces into strips long enough to cover your die cut. These strips don't need to be the same size; variation actually looks better. You're done once you have enough to completely cover your die.

Step 3:
Ink up the edges of the strips.

Step 4:
Now cover your label with adhesive.

Step 5:

Arrange your strips to completely cover your shape. If you get them all glued down, and wish you had done something a little differently, you can always layer on an extra piece to create the balance you're trying to achieve. No one will notice this, because no one is going to look as closely at this as you are!

Step 6:
Flip over your strips and shape and trim them down.

I opted to leave a little extra to widen the shape a bit, but you can trim and close to the shape as you like. It's your card, so do what makes you happy.

When you flip over your shape, you should end up with something like this.

Step 7:

Now it's time to cute it up!

To embellish my shape I added a piece of trim and sewed it on for a little extra texture.

I punched out two flowers, inked the edges and layered them (this is a brand new flower die--one of my favorites). I adhered the flowers with a pop dot, and stuck two decorative pins through the center for added zing. If you have different scraps or shapes, feel free to mix it up and do your own thing!

After that, you just grab your favorite small alphabet (I used Miss Muffet) and add your sentiment! I made sure to ink the edges of mine so it stands out a little more.

I folded a piece of cardstock in half to create the card base, and adhered my shape using pop dots. If you look very closely, you will notice that I added faux stitching with a pen to the outside of my shape, as well as to one of my flowers. It's the little details that make these projects extra special :-)

Ta Da! Now you just have to figure out who will be the lucky recipient....

July 1, 2010

Shapes as Embellishments

Hi! It's Leah Killian from the QuicKutz Design Team, here to show off the newest release! Aren't the new shapes just to die for? I was so inspired when these dies landed on my doorstep. I scrambled to meet a tight deadline on design projects and send off as many good ideas as I could, but even after that day had come and gone, I still had the itch to play with them!

Thankfully, I had a nice long crop last weekend, and got to pull out my dies and leisurely create! I decided to do some die organizing, so I brought every. die. I. owned. (You can imagine how long that took.) As I went through them, I found a few old favorites that I haven't used in awhile, so this is a great blend of old and new!

The great thing about using QuicKutz dies is that it puts the ability to make your own embellishments right at your fingertips. I know many of us spend hours scouring our local scrap shops (and our own stashes!) trying to find that just right element to make our projects pop. It has to coordinate and match, and be the right size and it has to speak to us in some way or another.

I love that when I'm in that pickle, I can turn to my dies and make whatever it is I want! I can dress up any die to match any project, and it feels great to know that what I made is totally unique and perfect. I never have to settle for "almost" when I'm the embellishment designer!

In the spirit of that thought, I decided to keep these cards as paper-centric as possible. With the exception of two buttons, every element of these cards is paper, dressed up with ink and glue. I'm sure you have all found that paper-only projects are economically savvy -it's great to create for less and to be able to share cards like these with more friends!

Here's what I used:

Bee die NEW! KS-1009
Flourish REV-0028
Flower NEW! REV-0314-S
Banana Split ("smile") 4X8-BANANA-S
Storybook Alphabet ("many blessings") 4X8-STORYBK-M
borders- REV-0011

I bet you have a few of these dies in your own stash! You can never go wrong with classics. This new flower and bee are my top choices from our newest release. I hope you can snag yourself a few of these MUST HAVE dies for your own collection! I know I'll be using these for years to come!