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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Spring Cards featuring Penny Black Dies

March 4th, 2015

Today I have some Spring cards to share with you.  They all feature very cool Penny Black dies — Dainty, Bashful and Soft Caress.  I just couldn’t pick a favorite!




All of the cards were easy to complete.  I started with the tulips — the Penny Black die is called Dainty.  For these, I cut 3 of the tulips in green, and then 3 sets of the heads only in yellow (I cut them from a strip of paper approx. 1-1/2″ wide — there was no need to waste the extra paper cutting yellow stems).  An alternative to cutting the two colors is to simply cut them out of a neutral color like white, and then add color with markers or colored pencils.  I used my fussy cutting scissors to trim the tulip head from the small stem that remained.  I added a little color to the tulips and stems/leaves using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Then I attached the tulip heads to the full flower/stem cut in green with my 1/4″ Angel Craft Tape (don’t you just love this tape!).  For the card, I cut a piece of green paper (the same green as the stems/leaves) 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I also cut a piece of lightly patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″, and added two colors of Distress Ink around the edges (the two colors should be complementary — here I used a yellow similar to the tulip color and the same orange I used previously).  Then I attached the patterned paper to the base layer.  I used Black Soot Distress Ink to add the sentiment at the top.  Then I placed the tulips — first the center bunch and then the ones on each side.  I attached them only at the bottom using the Angel Craft tape.  I used a variety of dimensional adhesives (some regular, some low dimension, some Angel Craft tape) to attach the tulip heads.  You’ll want to vary the adhesives to give the arrangement a more natural appearance.  I did not attach any other part of the tulips.  That will allow the leaves and, to a certain extent, the stems to have some natural dimension.  My last step was to add the bow at the bottom of the arrangement.  All very easy!


Next I made the birthday card using the Soft Caress die.  I cut two pieces from the die — one in green and one in pink.  I trimmed the hearts from the pink die cut, and edged them with Distress Ink.  I also added some Distress Ink to the green die cut.  Using my Angel Craft tape, I attached the pink hearts to the green stems.  I cut a red card base 4.25″ x 5.5″, and a layer from patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″.  I attached the two layers with Angel Craft tape.   I added the three ribbons and bows to the side of the card base.  I cut a white piece of cardstock approximately 7/8″ x 2.5″ for the Happy Birthday sentiment, and stamped it in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I edged the white cardstock with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, and attached it to the card base with a low dimensional adhesive.  I also attached the Soft Caress element, attaching the stems (or base) with glue, and the hearts with a low dimensional adhesive.   Once I added this element, I was concerned that the ribbons I chose were maybe too bright for the project and so I toned them down a little by sponging on some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  This was a very effective way of “saving” my card.   I think this die is just so sweet — don’t you think it would make a darling baby card?


My last card used the Bashful die.  I am such a daisy fan, so this is probably one of my favorite Penny Black dies.  To build this flower, I cut one entire flower in green, and then two heads only in white.  I trimmed the extra stem from the white flower heads, and then colored the centers by sponging on a little Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  I used a little Bundled Sage Distress Ink to add some dimension to the green leaves and stem.   I attached one of the flower heads directly on top of the green die cut using my Angel Craft tape.  I attached the second one at the center using glue, and then alternated dimensional adhesive and low dimensional adhesive on the petals to add differing levels of dimension.  (Note that I placed the second flower head directly over the first one.  As an alternative, you could offset the petals to create a fuller flower.)  I cut a blue base layer for my card 4.25″ x 5.5″, and a patterned paper layer 4″ x 5.25″.  I attached the two layers using my Angel Craft tape.  I stamped the “Hello” sentiment on a small piece of white cardstock, and edged it with the same Distress Inks that I used for the flower centers.   I attached the flower to the card front using glue, and the sentiment using dimensional adhesive.  To finish, I added the ribbon and bow at the bottom.


Please take a look at the short video below for additional information on how I made these cards.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Penny Black dies – Dainty (SKU 51-043); Bashful (SKU 51-008); Soft Caress (SKU 51-092)

Die cutting machine — I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur (SKU GC-200)

Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Bundled Sage (SKU TIM27102); Spiced Marmalade (SKU TIM21506); Shabby Shutters (SKU TIM21490); Squeezed Lemonade (SKU TIM34940); Aged Mahogany (SKU TIM21407); Tattered Rose (SKU TIM20240); Black Soot (SKU TIM19541); and Walnut Stain (SKU TIM19534).  Note that I used my mini ink pads for this project.  Bundled Sage, Squeezed Lemonade and Tattered Rose are in Kit 10 (SKU TDPK40408), Spiced Marmalade is in Kit 1 (SKU TDPK40316), Black Soot and Walnut Stain are in Kit 3 (SKU TDPK40330), Shabby Shutters is in Kit 11 (SKU TDPK40415), and Aged Mahogany is in Kit 12 (SKU TDPK40422)

JustRite StampersThank You Daffodil (“Hello” sentiment) (SKU CL-02137); Best Wishes Stamps (“Sending Easter Blessings” and “Happy Birthday” sentiments) (SKU CR-02152)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4 (SKU ACT1414)

Supplies from my stash — assorted cardstock, assorted ribbon, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, regular and low dimensional adhesives

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




4×6 Mini Book Album using Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Journaling & Ephemera cards

March 3rd, 2015

Today’s project uses the beautiful Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Journaling & Ephemera 4×6 cards. I think the entire collection of the Time to Flourish is so beautiful! I made a pocket mini album book, which holds the 4×6 journal cards perfectly. I used a Lori Whitlock cut from the on-line Silhouette store (design # below).

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After cutting out all my pieces from my Silhouette Cameo, I simply put it all together, following the score-lines that were pre-scored. I then attached all my pockets together, there are 6 in total. After adding them to my book covers, I then matted all of them with my patterned paper. I’ve used Prima’s Tea Tyme collection, which is a beautiful collection. I would have chosen to use the Time to Flourish 12×12 instead, if I had it on hand. It is a gorgeous collection, and they coordinate with the Journaling & Ephemera cards. I did edge all my papers with Tim Holtz’s Black Soot Distress Ink.

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I then added all my cards to the pockets, adding two per pocket. This book will also hold 4×6 photos perfectly. I finished off my cover with some beautiful flowers, a little lace, and pearls. I also used a beautiful stamp from JustRite Stampers, that says “Soar”. I just love the font. I stamped it onto a piece of scrap paper I had in my stash, and attached that to a piece of light-weight chipboard. Using my Sizzix Big Shot machine, I cut out a die from Spellbinders Fleur De Elegance. This is a beautiful die & it went perfectly on this cover.

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My plan with this album, is to take a photo or two for each month of the year and using the Journaling cards, I will jot down special dates, or journal about day to day activities…occasions that are important to me, that I do not want to forget.

If you do not own a Cameo, I do have instructions on how to make a book very similar by hand. I also show this on my video as well.

Here is what you will need to cut your own book by hand:
Cardstock cut to:
(6) 8 1/4 x 7 1/8 pocket pages. Score at 4 1/8″ (on the 8 1/4 side) score at 1/2″ left and right side of the page (on the 7 1/8″ side). Cut out two of the bottom tabs, fold & glue down tabs.
(1) 8 1/2 x 4 1/4   1 of 2 book cover. Score at 6 3/16″ & 6 11/16″ (score out from the left side on the 8 1/2″)
(1) 7 1/8 x 4 1/4   2 of 2 book cover. Score at 1/2″ & 1″ on the 7 1/8″ side.
(6) 1 x 4 tab’s for all 6 pages. Score at 1/2″
(1) 1 1/2 x 4 tab for last page. Score at 3/4″
**I demonstrate how to do this step by step in my video tutorial below**

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(video pending)

Products used:
Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Journal & Ephemera cards 4×6 (SKU: 4501063)
Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 12×12 paper pad (SKU: 4501055)
Silhouette America Cameo (SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot (SKU: TIM19541)
Tim Holtz Blending Mini Ink Blending tool (SKU: IBT40965)
Sizzix Big Shot Machine (SKU: 657900)
Sizzix Cutting Pads Standard Mint (SKU: 660522)
JustRite Stamps Whisper of Wings (SKU: CR-02149)
Angel Craft
Tape 1/2″ (SKU: ACT1412)
Tape 1/4″ (SKU: ACT1414)
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit (SKU:HCST1-401)

Silhouette on-line designs:
Book design#68106

Products from my stash: flowers, glue, lace, pearls, patterned paper.

You can also find me at:

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed the project! ~Corene~

Shadow Box Card with Graphic 45 Papers

March 2nd, 2015

Happy Monday! I am so happy that we are working our way towards spring, we had snow again last night and most of today! So for my project this week I am thinking spring, I made an Easter card. The unique thing about this card is that it is a Shadow Box Card made with Graphic 45 papers. The base template for the card is by Lori Whitlock and is available at I used the 5 x 7 Mother Shadow Box Card, I eliminated the Mother layer.

I chose to use Graphic 45 papers for this project, I have always been a big fan of their papers and when I saw the two images of the boy and girl holding the bunny that cinched it! A few of their new releases are re-releases of collections. The two collections I used were Once Upon a Springtime and Precious Memories.

First I used the Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo to cut all the pieces for the card, the one thing that I did differently is I made a mirror image of the base of the card and cut it so I could reinforce it and make it sturdy since this is 3-d card.

The video above shows how to put the card together, my card had one less layer than the template but it worked perfectly! After I had the card assembled I was ready to add the finishing touches. I cut a die cut from Spellbinders Valiant Honor to use on the front of the card. I also cut an oval from Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die set, I stamped the sentiment “Have a blessed Easter” from the JustRite Stampers clear stamp set Rejoice and Be Glad. I used a Verse-A-Mark stamp pad and embossing powder for the sentiment. I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Tattered Rose and Shabby Shutters to ink the edges of the front of the card, around the sentiment and around the frame.

Next I fussy cut the little boy and the little girl from the Precious Memories paper. I attached them to the inner layers of the card with Angel Craft double sided tape.

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Finally I added the sentiment to the top of the card, then added a few flowers, the rose type flowers were assembled from separate petals and adding pearl centers. Here are a couple of pictures of the finished card:



Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the website:

4501099 – Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime 12 x 12 Deluxe Collectors Edition
4501093 – Graphic 45 Precious Memories 12 x 12 Paper Pad
S5-217 – Spellbinders Valiant Honor Die Set
S4-425 – Spellbinders Elegant Ovals Die Set
CR-02154 – JustRite Stampers Rejoice and Be Glad Clear Stamp Set
TIM20240 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tattered Rose
TIM21490 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Shabby Shutters
SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T – Silhouette Cameo
ACT1414 – Angel Craft Tape 1/4 inch
ACT1412 – Angel Craft Tape 1/2 inch

I also used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the out the die cuts.

Products used from my stash included Prima Flowers, Embossing Powder, Verse-A-Mark Ink Pad and Pearls.

I hope that you have enjoyed my project this week, it was a lot of fun!

Until next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Graphic 45 Precious Memories Mini Ablum

February 27th, 2015

There’s nothing better than to have a new baby collection be released.  I always seem to find a need for baby cards or mini albums, nature just brings these little bundles of joy at a steady rate.  Today I’m sharing my latest with you.  This mini construction is three pieces of medium weight chipboard front and back measuring 8″ x 6″ with a 2 1/2″ spine.  Inside there are eight pages which measure 7 1/2″ x  5 3/4″.  Today’s video will show you a walk through of each page, with ideas, hints and tips from me as we go through the pages.  I didn’t do a step by step video because it takes a lot of air time for me to be able to share the construction.  But, I do have a video series called Tutorial Triple Flip that will show basic construction, how to do the outside covers, the spine and hinges and how to adhere the pages to the hinges.  As I go through the video I’ll share ideas on how to add flip ups and outs to the basic construction.


I’ve used Graphic 45’s Precious Memories collection in all three paper pad sizes, 12×12″ – 8×8″ -6×6″.   I used a Little B die set to frame the focal point from the collection with a blue glitter heavy cardstock.  Since the store no longer carries Little B dies you could use any die set of your choice that has graduated sizes so that you’ll have a sizeable width to emphasize the frame.  I also cut a few glitter butterflies from the blue glitter to pop over the ones on the paper.  After I looked at it a bit I decided to go back and add a butterfly to each page to carry the theme throughout the mini.  I’ve finished the front off with some pearls, Glossy Accents and Stickles.


I tried to carry the color theme in each two page spread.  I also started out making this mini for a girl but as I progressed things changed and I opted to make it unisex so it would work for either a boy or girl.  I’ve done a lot of fussy cutting to form pockets or accents on each page.


To enhance my pages I pulled out a collection of dies like Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Scalloped Borders One shown above.  P1140864Using these dies (I used two nestled together on these pockets) just gives it such a finished look.  In the new collections of Graphic 45 they include templates on both the 12×12″ and 8×8″ on the inside front and back covers.  The file folders shown in the pockets are from one of the templates.  They hold a set of 3 photo mats but have ample room to include numerous loose photos as well.


Belly bands are just such a fun addition to any mini album page.  Here I took strips of peach and blue from the 6×6″ solids and patterns pad and added a piece of flat lace and a strip of blue tiny heart paper.  I fussy cut and matted the little girls dress and boys outfit along with one of the little sentiment blocks from the paper to finish dressing up the belly bands, tucking mats behind.


P1140850Here I’ve used JustRite Stampers Vintage Labels Eight to cut the frame (which is the negative space left by the mat) on the right hand side.  Inside I used the mat on the right and Spellbinders Nestabilities Divine Eloquence die on the left for the mat.  This is one of my all time favorites.  I’ll list all the dies I used for mats in the Supply List directly following this post.  If any of the dies aren’t available in the store anymore you can always substitute any of your favorites to create similar mats.




This mini is filled with lots of little fussy cut pieces.  Don’t let the idea of keeping a mat a mat or a sentiment a sentiment from the collections.  You can always cut them up, cut them out or put bits and pieces together to form a new piece, that’s the fun of creating your unique individual project.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge throughout this book.  Using cream colored cardstock for the page backs or the mats tied them nicely with the collection by inking the edges with the Rusty Hinge.  I also used the Store’s new double side adhesive, Angel Craft Tape in both sizes.

I hope you’ll join me on the video, there are so many additional photos that space didn’t allow me to share with you here.  As I said above too I’ll share my tips and tricks and ideas of how to do a mini like mine with you.  Supplies are directly below and be sure and stop by my blog as well to say hi.

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Store:

4501090: Graphic 45 Precious Memories 12×12″ Paper Pad
4501092: Graphic 45  Precious Memories 8×8″ Paper Pad
4501091: Graphic 45  Precious Memories 6×6″ Patterns and Solids Pad
JB-02087: JustRite Dies Vintage Labels Eight
S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence Card Creator Die
S5-182: Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One
ACT1412: Angel Craft Tape 1/2″
ACT1414: Angel Craft Tape 1/4″
TIM27157: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

Supplies from my Stash:  Spellbinders Rounded Squares and Superellipse dies; Little B Labels dies; EK Success Butterfly punches; Grahpix medium weight chipboard; cream cardstock; American Crafts Blue Glitter heavy cardstock; Glossy Accents; Bling; Roses and Pearl strip from SaCrafters; Jillibean Soup Polaroid Frames: EK Success Eyelet Border punch; Diamond Stickles




Cardmaking with Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallions, Penny Black and Graphic 45

February 26th, 2015

Karen N here.  It’s cold and VERY windy outside here in No California.  A perfect day to stay inside and craft.  Today’s post uses a few of the Spellbinder Die D-Lite Medallions, Penny Black Birthday Party stamps and Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 6×6 Patterns and Solids.

These medallions are so much fun to use and have all sorts of options.  They are so detailed but cut beautifully with the Big Shot and the Sizzix Precision Base Plate.  Here’s a video that shows you my cards today:

The first card uses the Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Five.  In this card, I used the medallion in the background to add an embellishment.  Love the extra detail.


The next card uses the Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Two.   In this card, I used the medallion to frame that adorable little hedgehog.


The final card uses Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Four.  In this case, I used only the detail in the two-piece die set to have the “relief” part show.  I then cut a flower using Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower die and put it in the middle.


I want to pause in my post to give a shout-out to Angel Craft Tape.  This super sticky tape is my absolute favorite.  I used it to adhere the cardstock THROUGH the lace.  Worked perfectly.  LoVe it.

Anyway, hope you check out the AdOrAbLe Penny Black images and the medallions.  They can be used in SO many fun ways.

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Penny Black Birthday Party stamps (sku:30-232)

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 6×6 Patterns and Solids (sku: 4501053)

Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Five (sku: S2-020)

Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Two (sku: S2-2013)

Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Four (sku: S2-021)

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower die (sku: HCD1-753)

Big Shot (sku: 657900)

Sizzix Precision Base Plate (sku: 660320)

Angel Craft Tape (sku: ACT1412 and ACT 1414)

Supplies from my stash:

Copic Markers

Timeless Twine

3 Girl JAM ribbon and lace

Pearl Girl pearls

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,


12 month Calendar using Graphic 45 Time to Flourish

February 25th, 2015

I absolutely love Graphic 45. One of my favorite collections is Time to Flourish. Today I’m sharing a calendar I made using the 8×8 collection. I made a stand up flip calendar.

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You can easily use the Graphic 45 Easel album, which does all the work for you. I have used one in the past, and loved it. I just did not have one on hand at the time I decided to make this. I made this album to serve as a 12 month calendar, but it will also hold photos, receipts, movie tickets, and even journaling. In the end, this will serve as a great memory keeper. To make the stand, I used medium-weight chipboard, and cut two pieces 8 1/4 x 8. I then used a base/bottom piece that was 8 x 2 3/4. Using some heavy cardstock, I added hinges to either side of the base piece, and adhered those to the two sides of my stand. I first edged all my chipboard with Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Walnut stain, to give my edges a finished look. Then I covered my two side pieces front and back with patterned paper, and using Angel Craft Tape. This is a very strong tape, which is great for this type of project. Because I had the Home Sweet Home collection in 12×12 I used that to cover my side pieces, cutting those to 8 1/4 x 8. I love that G45 papers all seem to coordinate so well. I adhered three sides of the patterned paper to the chipboard, leaving the bottom un-adhered…this way I could add my tab to it. I attached one tab to one side, then leaving the other side unattached, until my book was bound. I used the Cinch to bind the top of my book together, adding my Time to Flourish papers (8 1/4″ tall x 8 wide) on the inside, and also adding a front and back cover to the album. What I choose to do, was add half the year to one side of the book (Jan-Jun, then July-Dec), and the other half to the other side, this way my book will not be too heavy on one side. In the end, the stand ended up being very sturdy, and does not fall over when all the pages are turned to one side, but I like the look of the way I did it. It balances it out perfectly. I added a couple of the cut out’s from Sweet Sentiments, and distressing the edges with Tim Holtz Festive Berries, and Spun Sugar, using a Tim Holtz Blending tool.

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To the front page of my calendar, I wanted a “title page”. I used a Tim Holtz Bigz die. I used the Hanging Sign die (currently on special). I ran that through my Sizzix Big Shot machine, first cutting light-weight chipboard, then the patterned paper. I then added an Ali Edwards stamp to the front of that. That reads “Everyday Life”.

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I added flat-back pearls as my ‘chain’. I also added a cluster of Wild Orchid Craft flowers and leaves. To the back of that page, I used my Silhouette Cameo, and cut out a journal pocket, and stamped “Dream the Impossible” from JustRite Stampers. This is a beautiful stamp set. I also added a large coin-envelope to the back page, perfect for adding more photos, receipts, movie stubs…anything the recipient would like.

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To the back of every month, I added a 6×5 photo mat using the 6×6 pad from Home sweet Home. Easy for someone to add their photos to.

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If you’d like to see a full process video on this, please click on the video below.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Thanks for stopping by!

Products used:
Graphic 45 paper:
Time to Flourish 8×8 Calendar Pad: SKU:4501064
Home Sweet Home:
12×12 SKU:4501077
8×8 SKU:4501076
6×6 SKU:4501075
Sweet Sentiments 8×8: SKU:4500808
Silhouette Cameo: SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Vintage Photo: SKU:TIM19527
Festive Berries: SKU:TIM32861
Spun Sugar: SKU:TIM27164
Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool: SKU:IBT40965
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Sizzix Cutting Pads Standard Mint: SKU: 660522
Angel Craft Tape:
Tape 1/2″: SKU:ACT1412
Tape 1/4″: SKU:ACT1414

Products from my stash: Cinch, flowers, chipboard.

Silhouette on-line store designs:
Wavy pocket card design#16850
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 String tie envelope design#31273

You can also find me at:


SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers