Over the next few weeks we'll be running a series of blog posts looking at the unique tools and dies and other products offered by Quickutz. We'll be featuring in-depth how-to's as well as our usual inspirational layout and project ideas.
The QuicKutz Squeeze can be used as a hand tool or set up as a tabletop die cut press machine as shown above. When set up as a tabletop press, place the hand tool close to your body and use your body weight (lock your elbows) to push down on the top handle of the tool while you are standing.
Squeeze is by far the sassiest, most stylish personal die-cutting tool on the market. Its brushed metal finish and slender, sleek design give it a unique look you can be proud to carry with you to scrapbooking events! But don't let its fashionable look deceive you! Squeeze is also built-to-last! With no cheap, plastic parts and a lifetime service commitment, you have a friend for life!
There are many innovations to come from QuicKutz that increase the versatility of your die cutting tool, such as embossing with GooseBumpz, QuickStampz (which makes it possible to create foam stamps from your dies) and Icing RubOns embellishments.
Caz has used the Quickutz Roller Coaster DoubleKutz to create this sweet embellishment for her page about the ups and downs of their past year. The journaling on the back reads:-
"It was a bit of a roller-coaster year, 2007. Unfortunately there were probably a few more downs than ups but I hope 2008 is going to be a better one. 2007 started well with our trip to the USA. Our first overseas family holiday with all 5 of us, actually our first REAL holiday which hasn’t involved going to the family holiday house in Nelson Bay. It was fab, and the kids all still talk about the things we saw and did over there. So worth it and such a good start. Jesse started Kindergarten, Jord went into Year 4 and Darcy into her final primary year, Year 6. Woo Hoo, all 3 kids in school and I have some free time to myself during the day.
Next month Jesse is hospitalized with pneumonia. Not fun in the least and scary for us, no matter how cool he thought the hospital school and Starlight computer games machine was. But obviously he needed to see inside a few more hospitals. Within 3 weeks he managed to get hit by a car. 2 ambulance rides, 2 more hospitals and a fractured skull. Seriously, who would have boys?..."
The Been There Done That - Theme Park Heaven paper makes the perfect backdrop against the black paper pieced scaffolding.
The Quickutz handtool is a very versatile little addition to any scrap tote, as this layout by Donna clearly demonstrates.
Donna used a simple circle die (from the Icing Rub-ons Starter Kit) to cut a couple of circles from 1.5" Strano ribbon and patterned paper. She further embellished those circles with a few bits and pieces to create a unique focal point for her page. A lace die was also used to add a little 'interest' to the top of the photo of her adorable youngest daughter.
These very cute little guys are aliens, and Suz thought they were really the perfect embellishment for this layout she has created about her son's obsession with Star Wars Galactic Heroes. Two dies give you four different types of aliens and Suz has lined them up randomly like a border across her page.
Mel has used the Quickutz gingerbread man die (combined with a little hand stitching, title and photos) to convey a simple story about how her and her two children filled in an afternoon reading and baking gingerbread men. This little die would also be perfect to add on general cooking layouts and ever so sweet for birthday cards.
Cutting out and sticking down 82 little coloured pieces of card is probably not for everyone but you have to admit that this Quickutz Nativity Die Set scene is really sweet. You get a set of 6 dies that makes all the characters and the little sheep. The pieces are able to be embossed with the Quickutz Goosebumps after you have cut them out for added effect.
Caz has used the scene to decorate a page on her children's weird re-enactment of the Christmas Story between courses at their Christmas Dinner.
Wendy Morris from Alabama has created this beautiful layout, punching out letters using the Studio Lowercase alphabet by Quickutz. It looks fabulous as a large title over the photograph, especially teamed with all those gorgeous circles and buttons across the bottom of the page (which include Wendy's journalling).