Friday, April 17, 2009


This week I have chosen to work with the QUICKUTZ 4x4 DOLLS DIE REV-0193-D. I had so many ideas for this die, but time was limited so I decided to work on a double page layout and a card. Can you imagine what gorgeous stick puppets these cute little dolls would make if you attach them to the top of an ice-cream stick Or attached them to serviette rings, menus or place cards for an Oriental dinner setting. If you have a recipe box or book, why not add a little Oriental theme to your favorite Asian recipes using these gorgeous dolls to decorate your recipes. I could keep on going but will get to the two projects that I worked on this week.

The first project I worked on this week is a double page layout I did of my daughter on Christmas Day. She was given this little outfit by our dinner hosts and she wears it permanently so I thought this would be a great layout to document her love for this outfit and the perfect opportunity to use the QUICKUTZ DOLLS REV-0193-D.

In this layout, I have also used the following dies & products:-
KAISER CRAFT PEARLS for the centers of the flowers, KAISERCRAFT RHINESTONES for the buttons on the dolls dress & hair ties, TIM HOLTZ DISTRESS INKS, SIZZIX DECORATIVE ACCENT, QUICKUTZ 12” TREE CC-BDR-021, QUICKUTZ LIMITED EDITION CIRCLES REV-0072, QUICKUTZ NESTING FLOWERS CC-SHAPE-6-017, and finally for my title I used the classic 2x2 QUICKUTZ ZELDA ALPHABET die set.
Make sure that you check out the ZELDA COMPLETE GRAND ALPHABET SET (COLLECTORS EDITION) that is on Pre-order at THE SCRAPPING COTTAGE. It is a once off limited Edition Die set, so once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. The best part is that its is affordable (my credit card Thanks you :-) For only $99.95 you get the GRAND SIZE Upper Case, Lowercase, Numbers & punctuation all together in 1 set – Now that is what I call a fabulous deal. Don’t forget to Pre-order yours to make sure you don’t miss out. I’m sure my name must be somewhere up near the top of that list :-)

The 2nd project I want to share is this Card I made also using the QUICKUTZ DOLLS REV-0193-D. I used the dolls die for the doll and also used the dolls body to make the tulips.
I have used this example as I have been asked how I make my die cuts if the back sides of them are visible. You will see in my pictures that the Tulips go off the edge of the card and will be visible from the back, so I have cut the die cuts out twice, stuck them back to back and decorated them before I attached them to the card. How you decorate the back will depend on what die cut you are using. For example if you want to use the Doll so that it shows the front & back you will cut the face twice- one in beige and one in black so that the black side looks like hair on the back of the head.
The bottom picture is a view of the card lying flat and also a close up view showing the back of the die cuts.

To make this card I also used the CUTTLEBUG EMBOSSING FOLDER – FLORAL SCREEN to emboss my cardstock before I started.
I then cut out the QUICKUTZ FLOWER REV-0034 die and embossed it with the same CuttleBug embossing folder and attached it to the bottom of my card, making sure that just over half of the flower can be seen. The top section of the flower is glued to the inside front cover of the card. I have cut this flower out twice, the second one in black to stick back to back with the white flower so that when you open the card all you see is a large black flower. All the glue, tape etc that you used to attach the flower to the card is hidden between the 2 layers of the flower.
The bowl is cut from the SIZZIX Fish & Fishbowl die, Stems are cut with the wavy blade from my paper trimmer, and the words on the front of the bowl which read ‘Harmony’ are cut from the QUICKUTZ HARMONY die. I inked my die cuts with TIM HOLTZ DISTRESSED INK and used KAISERCRAFT RHINESTONES for the front of the dolls dress and her hair bow.
Once everything is attached, fold the flowery flap at the bottom upwards and it turns that section of your card into a doily / stand.


Northern Star said...

Great work Natasha! The Dolls were my favorite from the March release. I am a card maker as well as a scrapbooker and I just think your Doll Tulip Card is Hot! Now I need that Sizzix Fish bowl! Ca-ching!!! Bravo!

Rochelle said...

These are wonderful, Natasha! I love the layout you is very elegant and lovely. I also really like the little card with the doll and tulips! Oh are such an amazing artist! :O)

Ruth Ellen said...

OMGoodness those doll-tulips are just the cutest thing!! Such a creative use of those doll dies! Your layout is gorgeous, too! I love the Cherry Blossom trees that you made and of course the little China dolls look so cute!

CreatedbyKay said...

You are so creative! I'll be honest, those dolls didn't do anything for me and I didn't get the die, but now I want it! I love how you did them and used them and your tulips are so cute and clever! Great work!

Beverly S. said...

You do the prettiest things with your dies. LOVE the Oriental
themed things you did this time.
Beautiful work as always. :)

annb said...

I Love your cards...They are adorable.