January 9, 2012

Cool Tools Week: The Die Cutting Challenge

Look no further! Your ultimate resource for how to use paper crafting tools creatively is here!


That's right, my moxie fab friends, Cool Tools for Paper Crafters has 164 glorious pages that show you how to use your die cutting, embossing and debossing, scoring, cutting and trimming, punches, distressing, adhesive, specialty, and stamping tools in innovative ways. What's more, we even show you how to use tools from around the house that you might never have thought of using on a paper crafted project before this out-of-the-tool-box issue came along.

And as if all that weren't Paper Crafts plenty, we've also got some moxie fab ways to use your computer as a tool, and we even help you understand how to use color as a tool.

Phew! That's a whole lotta tools! Add our step-by-step instructions, photo step-outs on select projects that help take the mystery out of how to create special effects with your tools, the low-down on what your "essential" tool kit should contain, as well as some amazing storage ideas, and I tell you what--this is one special issue you simply can't afford to miss!

Which is also why we've got such a fun celebration planned for you here in the Moxie Fab World as well as on Paper Crafts Connection, and I can't WAIT to get this party started!

We begin with a challenge--the Die Cutting Challenge. As it says in the introduction to this section in the magazine, From bold images to fun sentiments and alphabets, die cutting has never been more popular--especially when most die cut machines can cut through mediums like felt, fabric, vinyl, and much more. Whether you own a manual or electric die cut machine, [we've] got projects you'll be "die-ing" to try.

I couldn't have said it better myself (so I didn't even try.) ;)

Let me show you what I mean:

Elegant Thank You Card by Kimberly Crawford, p. 19

Moxie Fab Alert: I love the way Kimberly has treated the die-cut butterfly in this card. She used color as the creative design treatment to give it some serious pizazz!

Apple for the Teacher Card by Betsy Veldman, p. 17

Moxie Fab Alert: Not only is this a supah fun card, but I love the effect Betsy achieves in layering the core of the apple. By decreasing the size of the apple cores on her digital die cut machine and stitching them together, the three-dimensional effect is, well, simply moxie fab!

Floral Congrats Card by Julia Stainton, p. 23

Moxie Fab Alert: One of my favorite uses of die-cut machines is the simplest--die-cut a solid and put it on a solid. Kapow! Wham! Bring on the bold and the beautiful!

Whaddayatink? Can you create a paper crafted project that uses die-cuts in an innovative way? If so, here are the details you'll need to play along:
  • Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a die-cut element in an innovative way.
  • Upload it to your blog, click on the title of that post, copy the URL, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Die Cutting Challenge in the Moxie Fab World and link it back to this post to encourage your readers to play along as well.
  • If you don't have a blog, upload your project to this flickr gallery, copy the URL specific to your project, and add it to Mr. Linky below.
  • Upload your projects by midnight EDT on Monday, February 13.
  • The winning entries will be shown on this blog on Wednesday, February 15 and will receive an "I'm Moxie Fab" challenge winner button as well as a copy of Cool Tools.
Party on!

~Cath

61 comments:

Lisa Barrie said...

I received a Silhouette Cameo as a gift from my DH last month and I've gone diecutting crazy. I love that you can take a bunch of scraps and create something beautiful.

Tona said...

I really love that apple card.

Ulina /Apricot Bubbles said...

Thanks for this fabulous challenge and the chance to get this super cool issue!

Cherri said...

Love the butterfly thank you card!

Atticelf said...

So jealous of Lisa's Silhouette! I've had one on my wish list for ages. No doubt some serious eye candy is headed this way.

Nina said...

I am obsessed with dies! Only wish I had more time to play!

Carol L said...

Thanks for this fun challenge and for the great sample cards! I don't know how I ever made cards without die cuts before, but I love using them now!

sentsue said...

I love using die cuts in unexpected ways. Thanks for the challenge.

sentsue said...

Another enty. I do love to die cut!!

Marlena M. said...

I love diecuts~thanks for the inspiration and challenge Cath. ;)

MelissaS said...

so fun! I love my dies :)

Jean said...

Used my baby bug to create the cut out swirls in the embellie cluster,

Jeanette Marchand said...

I just love using my dies. I own a Cuttlebug - best money ever spent!

Sarah said...

LOVE your challenges! And I LOVE die cutting! Thanks for the fun.

Annette said...

I love die cuts...I made a tag on some homemade wrapping paper.

Steph Lee (Arty Carty) said...

love your challenges and your card inspiration is stunning!

Chriss Blagrave said...

I love my dies and cannot imagine creating without them...here's another that I made. Thanks for this fun challenge Cath!

MandyKay said...

i love that apple card! thank you for so much inspiration!

Katie Gehring said...

Fun challenges this week Cath- I love using die cuts on my projects! Thanks for all the inspiration this week- hoping to have time to enter a few more before time is up!

Katy said...

Thanks for this great challenge! Love die-cuts!!

Dotukas said...

Fabulous cards! Thanks for great inspirations and great challenge!

Jen W. said...

Can't wait to get ahold of this issue!

Cornelia Wenokor said...

I love both cards - inspired me to play along in the challenge. I wish I had a Silhouette....

Aimes said...

Thank you once again for a fabulous challenge, Cath! So happy that I got the chance to play along - yay!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Regina Mangum said...

Thanks for inspiring me again, Cath! XOXO

Venus said...

Super challenge! Great cards from the DT ladies!

naturecoastcrafter said...

Geez, Cath. I actually did a blog post, just for you. How's that dream coming along, by the way?

Clare D. said...

Thanks for another great challenge!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Cath, thank you for a challenge using my Big Shot! Love, love, love to use it. :)

Heidi said...

What a great challenge! I joined! Thanks.

Maureen Morton said...

Love this idea, Cath - always inspiration here!

Miriam Prantner said...

Always happy to have an excuse to break out the Expression!

Venus said...

Hillo!

I still love my big shot machine (the non-electrical one) because we always have blackouts here. I am a big fan of sizzix and spelbonders dies

Scrappin Dhilly said...

Thanks for the fun challenge. Love your butterfly card!

Mei Ann Guerrero said...

Thanks for the challenge! I am enjoying the Cool Tools Magazine from cover to cover!

Diane said...

Fun~fun challenge...what would "us girls" do without our tools!!

Cynthia Rose said...

Thanks for challenging us to look at our supplies in a creative way.

Chris D. said...

Love these challenges Cath! Hope your not in too much pain today! I'm stalking FB for all the CHA goodies being posted! What a great way to spend a lazy Sunday!

Charmaine Stack said...

My first time to enter a Moxie Fab World Challenge, but I'll be back for more!

Michelle said...

Wow..... so much beautiful inspiration! Thanks for a fabulous challenge!

Lora said...

Cath, can you tell me what blue cardstock you used with those beautiful blue butterflies?

Also the link to the butterflies is not working.

Thanks

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Yeah! My first Moxie Fab challenge post is up! Thanks Cath for making me try something out of my box!

zehra said...

i love die cutting, especially MFT die cuts

Jackie Rockwell said...

Great challenge! I received the Silhouette Cameo for a Christmas gift and this has really motivated me to use more!

Michelle said...

Linked up-there is so much fab inspiration in this post!

Nina Yang said...

Inspired by so many creative ideas linked here! Awesome!

Ruby said...

Lovely line up of cards, thank you for the fun challenge!

Julie said...

Thank you for all your inspiration. This is my first ever challenge entry with Moxie Fab World. So glad I found you!

Charlene said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Cath..you keep me creating.

Debstamps said...

Can't wait to see how everyone puts their own stamp on this challenge! Thanks for the fun Cath!

Jackie Rockwell said...

I LOVE using die cutting of any kind in my cardmaking! So this challenge is really a lot of FUN for me! Terrific challenge!

Karmeleiro said...

thanks for such a nice challenge!

fun stamping said...

great challenge. I wish I had a die cutting machine, but for now I am using my nestabilities..

Cindy Coutts said...

Hi Cath. Made another fun card for this challenge with a few more on your way! Thank you!

photochic said...

I linked my card up! I never knew diecuts could be so fun! :)

Helen Liu said...

I just entered my card! I wish I had more time to play!:D

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13974027@N07/6869771681/in/photostream

Jocelyn Olson said...

Fun challenge! My die cuts aren't obvious (which was kind of the point of the card). :) I hope your shoulder is better, and I'm glad you're taking a break from the commenting (yikes--that's a lot of commenting!).

Larissa Heskett said...

THANKS for the fun challenge and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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Rebecca Wagner said...

Lots and lots of cool die cutting! Thanks for the inspiration, everyone!

Olga Brilenkova said...

Very fun challenge)) I love die cutting!