Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ok, I've been a lame-o blogger lately. Work and Holidays and Design Team obligations have filled my time of late. But I'm back with a new year's resolution to be a better blogger! Oh, ya, posting two times a week is my goal, but once a week at a minimum. The 12 Steps are on a bit of hold. The first step is related to organization and I've got to get my stuff in order before we plan. But the 12 steps will be coming - so stay tuned!

In the mean time, here are a few projects I've been working on lately. The first one was a result of a Scrap-Mart design team challenge to use the QK recipe card die. Also used 4x8 Chemistry and Moonlight alphas, along with the 2x2 paperclip. I love how this LO turned out. It was one of those pictures I was lucky enough to capture - we were in a hotel in Dayton when the boys came running in the room, shut the door and did this little stunt to see out the peep-hole. My camera happened to be right there so I was able to capture the moment (click page to enlarge):



Here's just a little page element or card front using the QK Winter CC shapes. The baby's head was cut from the Saturn die.



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Caramel Apples LO

My son James loves to cook and pretend he is on a cooking show. My Mom bought him his own apron last year and he wears it for all of his kitchen creations! This layout uses the new QK Jolly font, QK Wave border, tab, Doll and Chef Costumes, along with Bosskut Candy Apple and Scalloped Ovals. Patterned paper is Sassafras Lass. TFL!



Monday, November 3, 2008

The 12 Steps are Coming!!!!

Stay tuned! The Official 12 Step Program is Coming Soon! My goal is to have 12 Steps that you can repeat over and over whenever you feel stuck in that rut (you know the one - where you feel guilty for spending so much $ on your collection and not even using some of your dies). Don't worry - we'll get your collection up and running, and then expanding!! Prizes and fun as well! Check back for Step 1: Organization (will be posted some time next week) and get ready to participate!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Perspective....I need it today.....

I had this in mind when I ordered the new QK Checkmark die from the election release. The drink is from the new Revolution Milk & Cookies die.
How we look at something is all the difference, isn't it?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

QK Magnetic Binder Idea

Well I finally had it with pulling every binder off my shelf when trying to find the one I needed - invariably it would always be the last one I found! So here is the solution I came up with (click to enlarge to see detail):

I simply used my Crop-O-Dile tool to punch a small hole near the top of each spine, and affixed a small black eyelet. I took the photo before I finished labeling so you could see the eyelet on the last three. I cut tags out of white plastic using a sizzix die (gasp!) and labeled each with a sharpie marker. Then I attached the tags to the binders with pink chiffon ribbon since they were going to be sitting next to my pink and black binders on my shelf. Don't they look pretty??

Thursday, October 16, 2008

In the Mood for Snow

Finally we have a crisp fall day today in St. Louis! Last weekend we wore shorts and t-Shirts to the pumpkin patch - something just didn't seem right!
Here's a card to put you in the mood for snow......

I made my own snow globe from the Blender die base and nesting circles. The cottage is the front of the 2x2 haunted house. I added stickles for snow but they didn't scan well. Font is dragonfly! Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Back from Kansas City CK Convention!!

I spent last weekend hanging out in the Scrap-Mart booth at the CK Convention in Kansas City! Had a blast - got to meet all the SM folks, enjoyed some good old KC BBQ, took a few classes and stocked up on some great supplies! Woo-hoo - what a fabulous weekend! I'll put my new stuff to use and post more projects soon, but here are a couple I've finished recently to hold you over. These are photos, not scans so the quality isn't the best, but you should be able to click to enlarge:

Font here is QK Rollerskate:



Fonts here are QK Aquarius (my new favorite) and QK Khaki Skinni Mini. The Flamingo is an exclusive Rev die and the Scissors are Sizzix (retired).

Thursday, October 2, 2008

James' New Smile!

James lost his first tooth this summer. He noticed it was loose after biting into an ear of corn on the 4th of July - the next day it fell out. I used Spicy Chicken and Diesel Grand (with the tooth die to dot the "i") fonts, the large 2x2 photo corner (which I have 2 of because it is one of my favorite dies ever), cookie cutter circles, flower, bead and scallop borders. Paper is Basic Grey from the Oh Baby Boy line. Thanks for looking!
Click to enlarge.

Just A Quick Train Track Tip!

If you are looking for a track for the new Quickutz Train die, try the post to the new North Pole die! Here I cut 2 posts in black and connected them together. Voila....

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It's Official!!

Woo-Hoo! I am one of four designers selected for the first inagural Design Team of Scrap-Mart.com!! I am so honored and excited to work with the new DT Members, as well as Susan, Laura and Mr. Doss of course!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Projects Galore!

I've been busy working on some new projects so thought I would share them here! The first is a scrapbook page for my nephew Reece - this picture says all you need to know about his personality!!
Patterned robot paper is Sassafras Lass - love the funky print but I don't yet have my hands on the kit so I needed to make my own embellishment. Tons of Quickutz dies were used here - fonts: Blossom Mini, University and Khaki SM; Also used the large photo corner and bead border dies. The robot was made as follows:  Head (tag die, apron pocket, gears, bottlecap label, TV); Body (gears, nameplate, piece from cruiseship, angel head for elbows and bead border for legs). Pop dots were added for dimension.
Here is a closeup of the robot:


The following project is a gift for my Mom. I love the colors in this Scenic Route Lynden collection paper - reminds me of retro kitchen colors. I'm going to add the sub-title "Come Hungry, Leave Happy" on a small recipe card cookie cutter shape as soon as I buy those. You can't tell too well from the photos, but there is a great 3D effect here. I used layers of pop-dots to add dimension (hello...those suckers are sticky!). Tons of Quickutz dies too: Fonts are Nutmeg and Rockstar; Dies are Doll, Chef Outfits (with hair trimmed to look like my Mom's), scallop border, rolling pin, retired pie, timer, toaster, eggs, saturn ring (for the plate). Just a tad of cats eye chalk on the outfit.
Click photos to enlarge.

Nina's Kitchen 3-D Shadowbox!!



This card was made using the following Quickutz dies: Bowl; Popcorn; Scallop Borders; Aquarius and Moxie SM fonts. The patterned paper is Scenic Route. The bowl was cut on the fold to create an interactive element. This is a wonderful technique that adds interest to a card or scrapbook page. Simply score and fold your paper, set it on the die just inside the edge you are wanting to connect (use removable tape if needed) and roll through the Revolution and Voila! You may need a shim for thicker paper, but it works great for most papers. Not only will this technique allow you to create interactive elements for your projects, if the shape is big enough you can make mini cards - the Rev Tag die works great, or make dolls holding hands! Also, you can use this technique to create entirely new shapes all together. Take a look at the open bowl - it is a perfect hourglass shape! That bowl is seriously one of my favorite dies. Think of the things you could fill it with: cherries, holiday candy, fruit, veggies, etc.
Click photos to enlarge to see detail.

Pop On Over!!







Monday, July 21, 2008

Welcome

YOU WANT IT ALL...
YOU HAVE MOST OF IT...
YOU HUNT DOWN RETIRED ITEMS...
YOU CAN'T STOP BUYING MORE...
YOU ARE ADDICTED TO DIE CUTTING!!

Welcome to Die Cutters Anonymous blogspot! I set up this site to keep myself accountable to actually put all of those lovely dies to USE! I will be sharing my scrapbook page creations and posting periodic challenges to get myself using the extensive collection I have amassed!

Coming soon will be our very own 12 STEP PROGRAM!! Don't get the wrong idea - this is not the place to visit to keep you from buying dies - we will be using the 12 steps to get more use out of the dies we have, thereby rationalizing why we need MORE of them!! Coming soon will be ideas to get those dies smokin' - out of the box uses, challenges and applications for you dies.

Feel free to join me in my quest!!! ;-)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Nook

*under construction*
Here is a slideshow of my Nook from about a year ago.  Updated photos will be added soon!


Jenn

Videos

Visit my YouTube Channel here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/JennsScrapbookNook

Direct Links to my videos (Note: Not all are on my YouTube Channel):

(22) Birds Eye View Double Page Layout
(21) Sizzix Eclips Video #10 Halloween Project & Borders
(20) Sizzix Eclips Video #9 Back To School Layout (shows cartridge booklets, storage, & Mirror function)
(19) Sizzix Eclips Video #8 Easter Layout
(18) Cricut Lite Cartridge Video
(17) Sizzix Eclips Video #7 Holiday Cartridge Pinwheel Fun
(16) Sizzix Eclips Video #6 Saving to Favorites
(15) Sizzix Eclips Video #5 Using the Fill Function
(14) Sizzix Eclips Video #4 Fit Function & Setting Paper Size
(13) Sizzix Eclips Video #3 Navigation with the Remote
(12) Sizzix Eclips Video #2 Layout & Laser Cut Preview
(11) Sizzix Eclips Video #1 - It Cuts Chipboard!
(10) Simple Card with Zing Embossed Unity Stamp
(9)  Spellbinders Impressabilities in the Sizzix Big Kick / Big Shot
(8)  Big Shot Express Bigz XL Die Cutting
(7)  Cutting Quickutz Dies in the Sizzix Big Shot Express Machine
(6)  Sizzix Big Shot Express Texture Plate Demo
(5)  Sizzix Big Shot Express Machine Demo (compared to Big Kick / Big Shot)
(4)  Quickutz Sunburst Border Tips
(3)  Cuttlebug Dies & Embossing in Sizzix Big Kick
(2)  Cutting Quickutz Dies in the Sizzix Big Kick / Big Shot Machine
(1)  Die Cutting On the Fold with Quickutz Dies


Jenn

Gallery

This page contains slideshows of some of my favorite projects, seperated by category.  These slideshows will be updated periodically so check back often!  If you want to know the products/supplies used for a particular project, just email me.  Thanks for looking!!

Some of my favorite single page scrapbook layouts:



Some of my favorite double-page scrapbook layouts:


Some of my favorite Cards and other projects:



Jenn

About Me

Hi everyone – I am Jenn, just your everyday paper crafting, die-cutting junkie.  I live in St. Louis with my hubby, John, and our two boys, Jack (11) and James (8), but I am originally from Pittsburgh (Go Steelers!).  I am a scrapbooker by heart (I scrapbook everything), but I love other paper crafting too.  My primary obsession is with cutting paper (both die cutting and digitally cutting) – and my family knows that if they ever can’t find me, I am probably off cutting paper in my scrapbook nook.  It's a small space, but it is mine and I'm happy to have a special place in our house dedicated to my crafting (since I often refer to our home as 'the locker room').  In addition to being a full-time Mom and wife, I work by day as a lawyer so paper crafting provides a much needed creative outlet for me after I’ve been sitting behind a desk all day.  My favorite style is 'clean and clever', but I like to experiment with other styles as well.  I've been on the design team for Scrap-Mart (http://www.scrap-mart.com/) for the past two years and just love working with everyone there.   You can find me working in the Scrap-Mart booth at some of the Creating Keepsakes coventions, so if you ever go please stop by and say hello!  I also design for Club Ruby (http://www.clubrubydesigners.com/) with their fantastic kits, so check those out!

Here's a family photo where we are all cleaned up (a rare occasion in this house of boys):
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Jenn

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