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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Christmas Gift Box using Graphic 45 “Twas the Night Before Christmas” collection!

November 25th, 2014

Some of my favorite projects are ones I make using paper. I love turning something from “nothing”, and making a beautiful keepsake out of it. Today I was lucky to work with the beautiful Graphic 45 “Twas the Night Before Christmas” paper collection. This paper is great to make a box with. When you score it, and fold it, the paper does not crack. I have made a Christmas gift box.

With the use of some beautiful papers, a couple of die cuts, and a few embellishments, you have a one of a kind gift box to give a loved one.

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In order to make a box identical to this, I used two 12×12 pieces of Graphic 45 paper, one for the box bottom, the other for the lid. For the bottom of the box, I left it at 12×12, and scored in 4″ on all 4 sides. Once you’ve scored them, you will cut each corner. You want to cut the first score mark, from the bottom of the paper up to the next score line, but not going over it. Turn your paper 90°, skipping a score mark, then do the same, continuing around the paper. Once all your cuts are made, fold on all your score marks, giving it a good crease with your bone folder. When you fold up your tabs, you will start to see the shape of your box. You want to fold in all your tabs, making sure all your corners line up nicely. I like to use a wet glue to do so, but you can use whatever you’re comfortable with. This will give you a 4x4x4 box.

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To make the lid, you want the lid to be a little bit larger, giving it room to fit on top of the box easily. I allow another 1/8″ to the top. I also want each side to have 1″ to fit nicely over the box. I took the size of the bottom of my box, which is 4, added 1″ on both sides, plus the 1/8″…that makes it 6 1/8″ that I need to cut my paper to. Once I have that cut to size, I then want to score my lid on all 4 sides at 1″. Once I am done with the scoring, I then need to cut the tabs of my box. To do so, I will cut on the score marks on two of the sides (same side) up to the score line, but not over, cutting at a slight angle which will help cut down on the bulk, once it’s adhered. I then want to turn my paper to the opposite side, and do the same thing to the opposite side. I do have a video, showing in detail how I have done that, if you’d like to see, the video is below. This then gives you a perfect fitting lid to your box.

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I then cut two strips of coordinating paper 12×1, adhering them together, by overlapping them about 1/2 inch. Then fold them around your box, cutting off the extra paper, and adhering the strips together, this will give you a belly band to go around your box.

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I cut a tag from the paper collection, inked the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage photo. I added that to the belly band.
I used the new Die-Namites “Floral Deer” die, and cut that from some light weight chipboard, using my Sizzix Big Shot. I then added some Versamark Ink to the entire die, and dipped it in Ultra thick embossing enamel in gold. This gives it such a beautiful look. I did one application, but you can add several coats to give it a thicker look. Just dip it back into the embossing powder while still hot, or if you’ve let it cool, you just need to re-apply the Versamark Ink. I also did the same technique, using the new Tim Holtz Holidays Words Script, and added both to the tag.

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Products used:
Die-Namites Die “Floral Deer”: SKU: DN-1219
Tim Holtz Holiday words Script dies: SKU: 660058
Graphic 45 12×12 paper “Twas the Night Before Christmas”: SKU:4500996
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Vintage Photo: SKU:TIM19527
Blending tool: SKU:IBT40965
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900

Products from my stash: crochet twine, Ultra thick embossing enamel (gold), flowers & spray, bone folder, wet glue.

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Thanks for watching! Hope you’ve enjoyed! ~Corene

Inking Technique with Tim Holtz Texture Fades Folders

November 24th, 2014

Hi, Happy Monday! Wow, how time flies, it’s hard to believe that the Holidays are upon us. Today I will show you an inking technique with Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folders. I have been making Christmas cards so I decided to try creating my own background using stamps, ink and texture fades embossing folders.

I cut two pieces of ivory card stock 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″, next I chose a stamp that I thought would make a good background. I stamped the card stock using an archival brown ink. One of the pieces I stamped completely the other piece I stamped an alternating pattern. Once I was happy with my stamped pieces I embossed them using my Sizzix Big Shot.

The video above shows how I inked the paper before and after I did the embossing.

After I did the embossing I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Aged Mahogany to go over the embossed area, next I used Walnut Stain to accent the edges and add a little dimension. I also used Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter to accent the pieces, the pewter softened the look of the inked pieces as well as adds a metallic look to them.

I used a Die Cut With a View card base that was already embossed, it was a kraft paper card base. I inked the edges of the card base, for the first card I inked the edges with the walnut stain then just accented the very edge with the brushed pewter stain. I used the Regal Florishes embossing folder for this card. Next I added the washi tape, cut the arrow banners from the Heartfelt Creations die set, Cut, Mat, Create 1B, and cut the words from the Tim Holtz Holiday Words dies. I found a deer in my purchased images from the Silhouette Design Store,, I picked on that resembled the deer in my washi tape. I inked the edges of the deer, then I adhered everything to the card, I used pop dots for the deer, finally I added a few gems as finishing touches.

Here is a look at my first card:

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For the second card I repeated the same inking techniques as in the first card. I used the Damask embossing folder for the second card. When I inked the edges of the card base I used the aged mahogany and the walnut stain. Next I cut the panel from the Cut, Mat, Create B1 set, then I cut the words from the Holiday Words set. I adhered the elements to the card, but before I adhered it to the card base I added a border of the washi tape on the top and the bottom of the piece. Finally I added some felt Poinsettia’s and holly leaves, and finally some gems to finish it off.

Here is a look at my second card:

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This was a fun project! A couple things about the Tim Holtz embossing folders, they do emboss deeper that some of the other folders and you can use a wide variety of materials, you can even emboss cloth and grunge board with them! So have fun and experiment to see what you can come up with!

Here is a list of the supplies that I used that are available to purchase at the Cut@Home website:

656648 – Tim Holtz Texture Fades 2 Pk, Damask & Regal Florishes
TIM21407Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Aged Mahogany
TIM19534Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Walnut Stain
660058Tim Holtz Alterations Dies, Holiday Words in Script
HCD750 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create, 1B
I also used the Sizzix Big Shot and the Silhouette America Cameo for my project, both are available for purchase at Cut@Home.


Products I used from my stash include, brown ink, ivory card stock, kraft card bases, washi tape, stamps, pop dots and gems.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my project, until next time, Thanks and Happy Scrapin,

Sizzix Movers and Shapers Dies

November 21st, 2014

Today I want to show you a product that you may not have noticed — the Sizzix Movers and Shapers dies.  The dies can be used on a stand-alone basis — some to make bags or boxes, etc. and some to create small shapes.  It is when they combine, though, that the magic begins — you can, for example, combine them to cut a heart shape in the middle of a bag.  How fun!  Here’s a look at a couple of different uses —

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Many of the Movers and Shapers dies are a part of the Tim Holtz Alterations collection, but other Sizzix designers use them too.

To use the Movers and Shapers “little” dies as separate, stand-alone dies, you’ll need the Tim Holtz Alterations Base Tray.  This is a plastic tray with a metal plate in the bottom.  The magnets on the Movers and Shapers die will attach to the bottom.  If you just want the cut image, it won’t matter how you place the die in the tray.  If you want to position a die cut on a sheet of cardstock, then you’ll have to figure out where in the base tray to place the die and how to place the paper.  You may need a few practice sheets to get the placement right, but once you’ve figured it out you can use a permanent marker to mark the base tray so you can easily place it next time.  It really is much easier than it sounds.  Here are a couple of pictures — the dies as they come out of the package (front side of the tall heart, back side of the smaller one), the dies placed in the base try, and a couple of the cut shapes —

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The more fun use for Movers and Shapers is when you combine them to create objects with fun cut-outs.  You may have noticed that some Sizzix bag or box dies have large open spaces (often there is a square of foam included in that space to eject the paper more easily).  They are usually identified as “Movers and Shapers“, perhaps with an L or an XL somewhere on the packaging.  You can easily place one of the little Movers and Shapers dies into that space (instead of the foam square) and the result will be a cut-out design in the die-cut.  Here are photos of the Tim Holtz “In the Bag” die as it is sold, and then with the addition of a heart-shaped Movers and Shapers die —

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It is all very easy, and what a wonderful way to get more use out of those basic dies that you own.  To keep the contents of the bag or box from falling out, you can place either a clear or a contrast piece  behind the cut shape.  I used a piece of clear plastic here.  These are photos of the finished bag, front and back —

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The Sizzix Where Women Cook line also has several of the Movers and Shapers dies.  Milk cartons are very popular right now, and how fun is it to be able to cut a design into that carton?  I used a contrasting color behind the “4U” here —

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This short video shows both methods of using the Movers and Shapers dies.


Supplies from Cut @ Home

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Dies — Tim Holtz Alterations “In the Bag” (SKU 657842)

Where Women Cook Milk Carton Box (SKU 659196)

Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Hearts Set (SKU 657212)

Where Women Cook Yum and 4U (SKU 659194)

Penny Black Snowflake Trio die set (SKU 51-015)

Tim Holtz Alterations Base Tray (SKU 657007)

Supplies from my stash — ribbon and adhesives

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




EZ Mount Stamp Sheets

November 21st, 2014

Today I want to show you a product called EZ Mount Sheets (or EZ Thin Mount Sheets).  These sheets are a wonderful solution to the problem that many of us have — what to do with the pile of unmounted stamps!

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Unmounted rubber stamps always seem like such a good deal — that is until you remember that they are not very useable as is.  Fortunately with the EZ Mount sheets, you can quickly turn the pile of rubber into useable stamps.  The picture below is a set of Celtic Snowflakes that I recently purchased.  I deliberately purchased unmounted rubber because I was pretty sure that I would have to mortgage something in order to be able to purchase the mounted stamps.  With a little trimming and a little EZ Mount (less than 1/2 sheet), I was able to turn them into cling mounted stamps — ready to be used on my next holiday card project.  Here are before and after photos —


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EZ Mount comes in two “flavors” — traditional and thin.  The traditional is similar to the mounting that you find in stamps that come already mounted, and the thin is about half of the thickness.  Both come in sheets that are about 8-1/2 x 11″.

I used the traditional EZ Mount sheets with my stamps.  I began by cutting the stamps apart.  As an alternative, you could simply place the entire sheet of stamps on an EZ Mount sheet, but there would be a lot of waste.  By cutting them out in advance, you can carefully place the stamps so you will use less of the product to mount them.  Cut the stamps close to the design — too much extra rubber around the edges is a place where ink can gather and then you end up with stray marks on your project.  Once the stamps are trimmed, you need to clean them.  I use hand sanitizer — it will take off any sticky “goo” that is left on them, etc. and gives a nice clean surface for the EZ Mount adhesive.  Once thoroughly dry, you can begin to lay out the stamps on the EZ Mount foam —  you want to pull back the liner that has print on it (the plain white liner designates the “cling” side of the material).  I always lay the liner sheet back over the top of the stamps and press them firmly into the mounting foam.  You want to keep your fingers off of the adhesive so that the remaining product can be used at a later time.  I find it easiest to cut the stamps from the foam using a craft knife (be sure that you have a cutting mat underneath) — the alternative is to use scissors.  Please see the video for additional information about the process.

I am so excited to finally be able to use those unmounted stamps!  One important thing to note — you cannot store your new cling stamps on acetate.  The material in the cling reacts with the acetate, and the cling will no longer work.  I keep my stamps in a plastic bag (organized by collection) and so far no problems with that.

There’s another reason that most people purchase the EZ Mount sheets, and that is so they can implement a stamp storage solution that is consistent for all types of stamps in their collection.   So, for example, they un-mount all of their mounted stamps and convert them to cling stamps.  Then, for example, they can be stored in CD or DVD cases like the rest of their clear and cling stamps.  This is also very easy to do.  Sometimes a mounted stamp will simply pull apart — so you’ll separate the foam from the wood base and then from the rubber.  If that doesn’t work, you can try putting the stamp in a microwave oven for 10-15 seconds (times will vary based on your microwave).  This allows the material to more easily separate.  Once you’ve separated everything, the foam can be discarded.  The stamp blocks can be cleaned off (often a little adhesive remains), and then they’re fun to use as craft room decorations, etc.  Be sure to clean the rubber carefully to remove any excess adhesive and any remaining foam (you can use a little sandpaper or an emery board if needed to remove any remaining foam).  From there, the process is the same as described above.  Easy peasy.  I also have a “pile” of stamps that I unmounted, and I can’t wait to get them taken care of too!  They are mostly dollar stamps.  Sometimes I just can’t resist them, but they do take a lot of storage space.   I personally don’t like the idea of un-mounting more expensive stamps, although that is possible too.

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Supplies available at Cut @ Home

EZ Mount Sheets (SKU EZ Mount 02-10)

Supplies from my stash — craft knife, cutting mat, unmounted rubber stamps (the snowflake set is Celtic Snowflakes from Highlander Celtic Stamps

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


Bokeh Time Gift Set

November 20th, 2014

Are you in need of a gift for a Mother, Sister, Aunt, Friend, another Crafter??? The list is endless isn’t it?  Sometimes though it’s nice to give a gift that keeps on giving that’s why I enjoy making card sets to gift to someone.  I leave the insides blank so that they can personalize them for whatever occasion arises.

Just Rite Stampers always releases the best collection of sentiment stamps which is what I’m drawing from today, Bokeh Time Stamps a set of eight sentiments and additional stamps of hearts, circles, stars etc.  This makes the perfect base to draw from when making a collection of cards.



Now a gift is better if it’s in a pretty package right?  I used my MartP1140560ha Stewart Scoreboard to make a simple six inch square box.  I lined it with tissue and it’s the home for the eight cards I made.  You can see how I layered tissue paper in the bottom and closed it with this gorgeous snippet of fabric that was gifted to me by my friend Eva.  Adding a tulle tie with one of the Heartfelt Creations flowers I created a few weeks back just finishes off the outside



I wanted to try and keep my cards flat ready to fit in a standard envelope with one-stamp postage.  I have difficulty doing this most times.  I like ribbons and bling and bumpy flowers and that in turn bumps the price up when you go to mail to parcel prices. Most of these, with the exception of perhaps one, I think will slip into the mail with no problem at all.


I pulled out white cardstock, some Lindy’s sprays in teal and pink (yes I know I’m really stuck on these colors lately), my Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils, my texture paste and a couple of Tim Holtz distress inks in Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry. I sprayed, painted, spritzed with water, textured, well———————- you get the picture I just sat down, had fun, and played. When I had enough papers altered I made enough white and blue card bases (standard A2 size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to complete the set.


By pre-doing all my card bits and pieces I could just sit down and start assembling, a little of this, a little of that, just having fun seeing what I could come up with using each one of the eight sentiments on cards.  You know we so often buy stamp sets because there’s a stamp in the collection that calls to us.  How often do we use that one stamp and then stick the rest of the package back, sometimes we pull them back out and sometimes we just move on to another new set.  My challenge to all of you is to get a set of stamps with assorted sentiments and use every stamp in the collection making cards.


If we’ve already got all our stuff in front of us why not make a whole set of cards while we’re there instead of just making the one we need right now.  I’ll tell you a secret, once you see those cards begin to pile up and each one different from the other it gets pretty contagious and you want to just keep on going like the Energizer Bunny.


I hope you’ll come join me on this weeks video, I’ve only shown you half the cards here but I’ll share them all on the video plus ideas to inspire you to pull out your stamps and make someone a lovely gift box of love.

Thanks everyone for joining me,

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Supplies from the Store:

CR-02144: JustRite Stampers Bokeh Time Stamp set
10736510: Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils – Brocade
10736512: Bo Bunny Stickable Stencils – Lace
TIM34933: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers
TIM34995: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Picked Raspberry

Supplies from my Stash:

Lindy’s Stamp Gang mists, Glossy Accents, ribbon, bling, foam dimensionals, ATG gun, white and blue cardstock

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings using Heartfelt Creations!

November 20th, 2014

I’m here today with a Thanksgiving inspired project. I’ve made some beautiful and simple napkin rings to help decorate your Thanksgiving day table. I’ve using the stunning Heartfelt Creations stamp & die set, Classic Sunflower. I have also used the matching 12×12 paper pad.

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This was a very simple project, that you can quickly make, that will really liven up your table.
I first started making the flowers. I used the Classic Sunflower stamp inked it with Chestnut Roan and stamped that onto white smooth cardstock. I then used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage photo, Wild Honey, and Spiced Marmalade.

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Using an acrylic block, I stamped my inks on it, and used a small paint brush with a little water to color each flower. I started with Wild Honey, then added Spiced Marmalade, finishing with Vintage photo in the center of the flower. I then used my heat gun to dry it. Using a blending tool, I added Vintage photo to the entire flower. I then used my Sizzix Big Shot machine, along with the Classic Sunflower die to easily cut all my flowers at once. After cutting them, I edged each flower again in the Vintage photo to define each edge. Using a stylus tool, and a foam mat, I broke the fibers of each flower, by making a circling motion in the center of each flower. That gives the flower lots of dimension. Then using a paint brush (or anything small you have on hand) I wrapped each petal around the paint brush to give the petals a rounded look. I adhered two of the medium flowers together, and two of the smaller flowers on top of that, making sure to alternate each flower as I glued it down. I added a beautiful center piece that I had in my stash. Cut At Home sells Prills by US Artquest which would look great in the center of this flower!
I had some burlap that I cut approximately 2×4. I wrapped them around my napkin. We use disposable napkins in our house, but this would look beautiful around a cloth napkin as well! I used hot glue to adhere the burlap, inserting a piece of non-stick paper in between the napkin and burlap, to insure it would not stick to the napkin.

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I then cut a piece of patterned paper from the Classic Sunflower collection to 1 1/4 x 12. After wrapping the paper around, I just eye-ball it and cut it to where I needed it. Using a fall colored leaf, I added that to the paper, along with a tiny pine-cone, and a spray of fall colors, which was the perfect embellishment to go along with it.
I made sure to not glue anything to the napkin itself, this way the ring can simply be pulled off, and even re-used next year.

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This was a fun project to do, that I think my family will enjoy. The Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection is a perfect collection to use for anything fall. Having the stamps, die & paper really does all the work for you.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project this week. I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving, and are able to spend time with your family.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. If you’d like to watch a process video on this project, click the video below:

Products I’ve used:

Heartfelt Creations
Classic Sunflower 12×12 paper: SKU:HCDP1-247
Classic Sunflower Die: SKU:HCD-753
Classic Sunflower Stamp: SKU:HCPC-3626
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Vintage Photo: SKU:TIM19527
Wild Honey: TIM27201
Spiced Marmalade: TIM21506
Blending tool: SKU:IBT40965
Silhouette Cameo: Silhouette Cameo: SKU:SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900

Products from my stash: napkin, burlap, scotch quick dry, hot glue, leaves, spray, pine-cone.

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