This week sees the return of fabulous craft brand Die Cuts with a View to QVC! Nancy Hill, the founder of DCWV, will be joining Stephanie on her weekly craft show. We caught up with Nancy to find out more about the range; her inspiration behind it, her favourite pieces and some expert hints and tips!
Here she tells us more:
Q. What is different about this Die Cuts with a View range?
I am so looking forward to being back in the UK with our products! We will be showing some time-honored classics as well as fun, new, and innovative items. Two products that I am especially looking forward to sharing are the adhesive fabric stacks and the chalkboard stacks.
Each adhesive fabric stack (there are two) comes in a different colour pallet and includes lovely designs. Each sheet of fabric is backed with adhesive, so they make crafting very easy. The chalkboard stack (available in either brights or neutrals – and trust me, you’ll want both!) is paper with a chalkboard surface. These stacks have proven to be a favorite with crafters (as well as myself) because of the versatility of using a new crafting surface. They are so fun to work with and make the best cards and projects.
Q. What are the inspirations behind the designs?
Our design ideas come from everywhere. I begin by tracking the trends in fashion and home décor. I add to that by watching people in everyday settings, especially observing what children, young people, parents, and grandparents are comfortable around. Both of these types of research help me as I try to figure out what type of patterns and prints will help you with your paper crafting projects. We want to keep up with the changes in your crafting needs, so we will keep adding to, changing up, or improving our designs.
Q. What are your favourite pieces from the range?
My favourite products have to be our quote stacks. I use them all the time in so many projects. They are so easy to grab for just the right occasion when words are needed to make or complete a page or a card. When I first designed these I knew they were a must because I was looking for just the right thing to give my projects a completed look. I knew that with just the right words I could add the perfect sentiment that was beautifully scripted to match the thoughts I wanted to share.
My newest favourite, however, is definitely the fabric stacks. Have you tried covering a box or attaching cloth to a project? It is very difficult to do it without a product that doesn’t already have adhesive. I got so frustrated when doing my own projects that I decided that there must be a better way. Our adhesive fabric will give your projects a nice and smooth look. The uses for this product are so diverse.
Q. Can you give us your top five hints and tips for die-cut craft projects?
- Remember that there is no right or wrong way to make a craft project — just let your creativity go to work.
- Rounding corners on matte stacks or photos is a great way to change the style or feel of a card or page.
- If you are like me most of your paper projects are gifts. If I am making a scrapbook page or a card, I want it to have a long life. To do this I think more about the person who will receive the gift and less about my own style as I try to incorporate their look and personality into the finished project. They are more likely to treasure something personalised and keep it around for the months and years to come.
- I’ve found that when I am crafting, I generally choose the photos and corresponding quote first, then try to match them to the colour of the paper that I want to use.
- Allow yourself to be clever, sentimental, funny, kind, quirky and even kitsch in your projects. It makes paper crafting much more enjoyable and fun.
Make sure you tune in on Wednesday at 2pm to catch Stephanie and Nancy as they welcome Die Cuts With a View back to QVC!
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