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Using Your Paper Scraps!

August 4th, 2015

Karen N here!  Today, I’m sharing my tips and tricks to using up those paper scraps.  We all have them! Here they are:

1.  Whenever possible, keep collections together.  I use 13×15″ ziploc bags that I found on Amazon or your local dollar store.

2. Paper piecing!  It’s a great way to use those little scraps.

3.  Die cut shapes.  With the Big Shot (and your favorite dies), you can get just the shapes you want.

4. Pair scraps with a cute image that you color.  It’s a great way to tie in unrelated scraps (if you don’t keep them all together!)

5. Make borders from the scrap.  I did a card today that I punched a border for a sentiment.  I only had about a 3/4″ scrap.  I punched both sides, cut it down the middle and glued it to the back of the sentiment.

6. Repeating images or cuts, like in my circle card below.

7. Flowers.  Heartfelt creations has all kinds of beautiful flower dies.  Make flowers to use on future projects!  Using the Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit makes this SO easy.

8.  Use as testers.  I use small scraps to test out my Stickles….to make sure I don’t end up with huge glops on my projects.  I also use scraps to test a die (just to make sure it fits properly with a stamp or something).

9.  Throw it away!  If you saw my hoard of scraps, you’d seriously laugh at me….but seriously every now and then, I come across the most ugly scrap.  Why did I keep that?!

Here’s my video where I put all of these tips into play:

And here are the cards I made – all from my paper scraps!

Both of these cards use scraps exclusively from the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection.  It’s such a beautiful collection!  This first card uses repeating circle die cuts.  I stampeddie cut and shaped the sunflowers onto white paper and then inked them up with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber and Mustard Seed.  I added some Timeless Twine and some pearls.

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The next card features a stamp from Oak Tree Stamps.  I colored that adorable preggers girl up with Copic markers.  The onesie embellishment is stamped and paper pieced on top of a Sizzix Triplits Banner Die.  Again, I added some Timeless Twine and, this time, embellished with UmWow Studio chip covered in Liquid Pearls.

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I hope you enjoyed my tips for using those scraps.  It’s a fun challenge to make cards exclusively from scraps.  You should try it!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from Cut@Home:

Big Shot – SKU 660425

Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit – SKU HCST1-401

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Stamp – SKU HCPC-3626

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Die – SKU HCD1-753

Sizzix Triplits Banner Die – SKU 659606

Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mustard Seed – SKU TIM20226

Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Fossilized Amber – SKU TIM43225

Supplies from my stash:

Oak Tree Stamp, Timeless Twine, UmWow Studio Chipboard, Liquid Pearls, Copic Markers

 

 

 

NEW Penny Black dies and stamps!

August 3rd, 2015

New this week from Cut@Home are stamps and dies from Penny Black!

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Summer is the theme with these new stamps with birds, blooms and an ornate wrought iron gate! Didn’t the DT at Penny Black do a fantastic job with their cards! I hope you will stop by and give these new dies and stamps a look! You will fast become a fan like us!

Happy Scrappin!

Marcie

Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

Introducing Tattered Lace!

August 3rd, 2015

Many of you have been in love with the dies from Tattered Lace for a long time! We are so pleased to be adding the best of their collection to our store and we hope you will take advantage of the Cut@Home 20% off coupon and give these dies a try! They also have some embossing folders. Lots to choose from! To help you decide, here are a sample of some of the projects their talented Design Team has put together to inspire your mind!

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Patti from our very own Cut@Home Design Team will be showing you a sample of these dies, along with a video tutorial in August, so be looking for that.

Happy Scrappin’!

Marcie

Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

Cardmaking with Sizzix Thinlits Fold-a-Long Dies

August 3rd, 2015

Happy Monday! Today I made a couple cards using some pretty cool dies by Sizzix. The dies are called Fold-A-Long dies. They are easy to use and the results are pretty amazing! I made two different cards, the first card was a little more complicated but the second card was really easy and quick to make, but you would never know by looking at it.

The first card I made was a Birthday card, this card is for a first Birthday. I started with some pretty pink card stock in 12″ x 12″, first cut the cardstock in half for a piece 12″ x 6″, next score and fold the cardstock in half for a 6″ x 6″ folded piece. The video below demonstrates how to use the dies.

Once you cut the card base you unfold it to reveal a cool fold out card. You receive 6 dies in the set, the second largest die is a cute label die that fits into the center of the card. For this card I used a stamp/die set that I have in my stash from a company called W Plus 9. I colored the images with Spectrum Noir markers, the colors I used are: GB1, GB3, GB4, GB5 and GB10. I used pop dots to apply the first image to the label for the inside of the card. I stamped some wording on the label then applied the giraffe. I wanted this particular card to be very sturdy and I wanted it to lay flat, so I added magnents and an additional layer of card stock, I used Angel Craft double sided tape to help keep everything together. I also used the other dies in the set to create a little flap on the front of the card, I used a magnetic closure for this part as well. I added some felt trim on the front of the card, and some little enamel hearts.

I was very happy with the results, so here is a look at the finished card:

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For the second card I used the same Fold-A-Long die set, but I used some of the new Graphic 45 paper, Rare Oddities. I wanted to show how a patterned paper with more interest could make a simple, quick card, that doesn’t look simple or quick at all. First I cut and folded the paper in the same manner as for the first card.

After I had the card base cut, I cut the label for the center, I centered it on one of the papers to capture a part that was interesting, I used a moth from the Tags and Pockets to decorate the inside label, I used pop dots to adhere it. I added some washi tape to the inside and outside of the card. For the outside I cut another shape from a pattern that was less busy, cut it where the fold lines are and adhered it to the right side of the front. I used some more of the elements from the Tags and Pockets to dress up that side and I fussy cut them to fit the card shape, I also fussy cut one of the paisleys from the paper and used it on the card. Finally I added a heart from Thinlits die set Phrase Love with Hearts and attached it to the front of the card along with one of the tags.

I really like how easy this card was, but how detailed it looks with such little effort. Here is a look at the second card:

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Here is a list of the products I used that are available for purchase at www.ucutathome.com

Dies

660373 – Sizzix Thinlits Fold-A-Long die set, Card Rounded Label
660369 – Thinlits, Phrase Love w/Hearts
ACT1412 – Angel Crafts, Angel Craft Tape, 1/2 inch
4501153 – Graphic 45 Rare Oddities, 12″ x 12″ Paper Pack
4501160 – Graphic 45 Rare Oddities, Tags and Pockets

I used the Sizzix Big Shot (660425) and the Sizzix Precision Cutting Plate (660320)to cut all my shapes.

I also used the following items from my stash for this project: W Plus 9, Party Animals stamps and dies, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Positively Pink Ink Pad from Stampin Up, Pink Card Stock and Heart Pattern Card Stock, Pop Dots, Enamel Hearts and Washi tape.

I hope that you enjoyed my blog post this week, until next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!

Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Deal of the Week Tim Holtz stamps, dies and embossing/debsossing folders 30% off!

August 3rd, 2015

Happy Monday Morning Cut@Homeys!

The Deal of the Week is select Tim Holtz stamps, dies and embossing/debossing folders are at 30% off! Tim Holtz has always been inspired by the timeless nostalgia and loves to salvage treasures from the past. Take a look at some of his dies and stamps to get a feel for his style:

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Happy Scrappin!

Marcie

Cut@Home Online Retail Store. Owner

 

 

August VIP Coupons are here!

August 1st, 2015

It’s a new month! And that means MORE SAVINGS for the Cut@Home VIP’s!

The August VIP coupon codes are as follows:

40% off Spellbinders – AUG602

30% off Sizzix and Tim Holtz Sizzix – SIZ8AU

20% off Everything else – CUTAU8

Please see our FAQ page for coupon regulations.

Happy Scrappin!

Marcie

Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

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