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How to use Sizzix Drop Ins Card with Flowers

July 27th, 2015

Happy Monday! Today I have the pleasure of sharing some great new dies from Sizzix and designer Stephanie Barnard, they are called Drop Ins and you are going to LOVE them! These dies allow you to make dimensional pop up cards, they turn out great and are fun to make!

The die set that I used is called “Card with Flowers”. You receive 21 dies in the set with a variety of different flowers you can use for layering, a couple of different leaves, as well as two different pop up centers to choose from. For today’s post I did one of each drop in!

For the first card I also used a couple of embossing folders from Sizzix and designer Stephanie Barnard, the folders I used were Flower Power and Flowers and Dots. I started with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 standard card base, I made my own base by taking a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of card stock and scoring it in the middle. These dies are such fun, they include lots of different flowers and insets and offer lots of variety. Next I cut my drop in, the video below shows how to cut it and how they work.

Once the drop in is in the card you can cut and assemble the rest of your card. For the first card I used the three flower drop in. I cut a patterned paper a 1/4″ smaller than the card base, next I embossed a piece of coredinations card stock and embossed it using the Flower Power embossing folder, then I sanded it for a two toned effect, I cut that piece 1/4 inch smaller that the patterned piece and layered them on the front of the card. Next I embossed a coordinating piece of card stock using one of the Flowers and Dots folders, these folders are border folders, you get three in the set. I used the dotted one. I used this as a border on my card. Next I cut two smaller flowers out of a polka dot patterned paper and a large flower, I added some rain dots in the center of the two smaller flowers. For the larger flower I also cut a circle using Spellbinders circle dies and added it in the center of the flower as well as a decorative metal grommet that I had, I added one of the rain dots in the center of the grommet as well, I also added two leaves to the large flower. To finish off the front of the card I added some random rain dots in some of the centers of the flowers on the embossed piece. Here is a look at the front of the card:


For the inside of the card, I added some flowers to the pop up part of the card using the coordinating card stock and patterned paper. I added rain dots for the middle of the flowers. I also added two leaves. Finally I added two stamped sentiments and cut them using a Spellbinders die set. Here is a look at the inside:


For the second card I used the large flower drop in. I also started with a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card base in yellow, I used another card stock in yellow for the drop in that was just a little lighter than the card base, I rounded the two outer corners of the card base with a 1/4 paper rounder. Next I cut a patterned piece of paper fo the back ground of my card, I cut this 1/4 inch smaller than the front of the card and rounded the corners of the two outer edges and mounted it to the front of my card. Next i cut some flowers for the front, I cut the largest flower in the set, one out of each of the yellows that I used, I used a pop dot to layer the two pieces, next I cut a smaller flower out of the patterned paper and layered them the same way. I adhered them to the larger flower. Then I cut the smaller flower and two leaves. I cut these out of toner paper and ran them through the Minc (the minc is a foiling machine I purchased from HSN). I used a sentiment that was foiled in the Minc as well. To finish off the front of the card I ran ribbon across the front and bottom and added some bling in the center of the flower. Here is a look at the finished front:


For the inside of the card I layered a few of the different flower shapes over the center pop up flower. I also cut and layered some of the smaller flowers from the patterned paper, and added some foil pieces. I also added two of the foiled leaves. Next I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment inside the card, added ribbon to the inside top and bottom and added some bling on the flowers. Here is a look at the finished inside:


These dies are very fun to use and easy! I had a great time making these and people love receiving cards that have a little added surprise inside. Here is a list of the products that I used that are available to purchase on the web site.


660140 – Sizzix Drop Ins Card with Flowers
660392 – Sizzix Texture Impressions Flower Power embossing folder
660393 – Sizzix Texture Impressions Flowers and Dots embossing folder
660320 – Sizzix Percision Base Plate (use for Triplits, Thinlits, Framlits and any similar dies, Spellbinders etc.)
658300 – Sizzix Big Shot Starter Set
S4-114 – Spellbinders Standard Circles Large Dies
S5-006 – Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles Dies

Other products used:
Card stock, patterned paper, stamps and ink, ribbon, grommet, rain dots, gems and Anna Griffin Minc machine.

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

Deal of the Week Marianne Design 30% off!

July 27th, 2015

Happy Monday Morning Cut@Homeys!

The Cut@Home Deal of the Week is select Marianne Design  are 30% off. If you have always wanted to try her dies, now is the chance to minimize your investment to maximize your creativity! Marianne Design is a Dutch owned craft manufacturer that was established in 1994 by Marianne Perlot and is based in the Netherlands. Her products line includes  dies, stamps, and embossing folders. Her dies are the perfect size to do CARDS. They develop all their products with much care and quality to bring fresh ideas and beautiful products to the craft industry. The company continues to make beautiful designs and products, there are many ideas and inspiration for the future. See their beautiful designs in their Blog Inspiration Gallery. Also you can find more on searching Marianne Design Pinterest.

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


NEW Graphic 45 available for pre-order!

July 24th, 2015

The NEW Graphic 45 summer releases are available at Cut@Home!

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Enjoy unlimited fun with our new collection World’s Fair by Graphic 45! Come one, come all! Join us at the fair! Take a ride on the ferris wheel or jump in a hot air balloon and allow your imagination to soar. Get your tickets for never-ending papercrafting fun. With rich teals, warm corals, sunny yellows, dreamy reds, and inviting greens, this is a collection you will adore adding to your craft room.

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Say ‘je t’aime’ to Mon Amour from Graphic 45! This magnifique collection is filled with romance. Enjoy the picturesque couples, dreamy florals, and delicate script of this ravishing collection. You’ll fall in love with the rich pinks, creamy browns, and passionate creams of Mon Amour.

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Make Merry this season with A Christmas Carol from Graphic 45! No one can be a Scrooge looking at the rich holiday colors of this festive collection. We’ll take a journey through the seasons of our life with the beautiful reds, greens, and blues in this glorious paper collection.

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Graphic 45 is re-releasing the well-loved and popular Steampunk Debutante. There is magic and mechanical marvels on each and every page. Enjoy a look at their Deluxe Collector’s Edition that comes with two of each of these double-sided pages, chipboard, and cardstock stickers.

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Graphic 45 is re-releasing the gorgeous Botanicabella collection in a Deluxe Collector’s Edition. You receive a rich color palette and beautiful imagery of the sea, garden, and gorgeous butterflies and dragonflies. Enjoy a look at their Deluxe Collector’s Edition that comes with two each of these double-sided pages, chipboard, and cardstock stickers.

All these collections should be arriving late August 2015! Be one of the first to receive any or all of these gorgeous paper collections by pre-ordering now from Cut@Home!

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner



Card making with Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splats dies

July 24th, 2015

Karen N here today sharing some cards I made with a fabulous new die set from Sizzix, the Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splats.  Go ahead, click on that link and see these CUTE dies!  Better yet, check out my video that shows my projects using these fun dies:

All of my cards use the Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Collection Paper.  This paper is fabulous for masculine or vintage-y cards.  These first two cards are made basically the same….each uses one of the scribbles die and a sentiment de-bossed with a Tim Holtz Shadowpress Sentiments folder.  Of course, I did the debossing and the die cut with the fabulous Big Shot machine. I fished them off with some 3 Girl JAM ribbon and some Timeless Twine along with some chipboard stars or pearls.



I colored up an image from Marianne Craft design for my next card.  (Sorry, I found out after I was done that the stamp has been discontinued!).  This adorable girl with her cupcakes made me want to add a splat on the corner.  For this card, I also added a piece of flower-y MME paper that I had in my scrap-pile to add some flowers.



I hope you enjoyed seeing these projects today.  Below is my complete supply list!

Craftily yours,


Supplies from Cut@Home:

Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splats Dies – SKU 660222

Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Collection Paper – SKU HCDP1-237

Tim Holtz Shadowpress Sentiments – SKU 659859

Big Shot Machine – SKU 660425

Supplies from my stash:

Marianne Craft Design stamp, 3 Girl JAM ribbon, Timeless Twine, Chip Stars, and Pearls

Heartfelt Creations Blazing Poppy Sympathy Card

July 23rd, 2015

Often times we work with multiple manufacturers to create our projects and today I married two of them together – Heartfelt Creations and Marianne Design – to create this sympathy card.


When you join me on today’s video I’ll  introduce you to Heartfelt Creations Blazing Poppy Collection.  A set of stamps, dies and paper to create any project you can imagine.  With the rich color combinations of reds and greens I instantly felt a connection.  The paper pad is 24 12×12″ papers, two of each design and oh yes they are double sided so you get twice as much for the same price.  All the stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations now come on a pre-hole punched sheet great for sticking in a binder or keeping in their acetate protective sleeve and popping back in the cover for easy storage.


To complete my marriage of manufacturers and my card I paired the Blazing Poppy Collection with Marianne Design With Sympathy die.  Marianne Design hosts a fabulous collection of dies and stamps all coming to us from the Netherlands.  On video I’ll show you a neat trick for getting the multi-colored look to the die cut image.  This card is a standard A2 size and I used watercolor paper for the image and die cut.


To get a more dimensional look to the flowers they’ve been stamped again on the watercolor paper, colored with Tim Holtz distress inks and then fussy cut out.  The top layer of the larger poppy, as you can see, has only three of the flower petals cut and popped atop the other two layers.  Placing just a bit of foam tape under one of the layers and inking the cut edges with black (I used a Sharpie pen) really makes the flowers pop.

I hope you’ll join me on video, I’ll complete the whole process plus give you an in depth look at this stunning collection by Heartfelt Creations.

Thanks and Happy Craftin’!

I hope you’ll visit my blog and Facebook at A Soul’s Heartbeat

Supplies from the Store include:

HCDP1-255: Heartfelt Creations Blazing Poppy 12×12″ paper Pad (back ordered until mid August 2015)
HCPC-3677: Heartfelt Creations Bazing Poppy Stems stamp
CR1315: Marianne Design Craftable Die With Sympathy
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in various colors
ACT1414: Angel Craft Tape 1/4″6
58300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Package
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafter Thin Dies

How to use Spellbinders A2 Bracket Border Dies for mini album pockets!

July 22nd, 2015

Hello! I hope you’re having a great week so far! Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

I’m sharing with you how to use your Spellbinders Bracket border Dies to make a pocket in a mini album. This can be used in many other ways then just a beautiful border on your cards. I have a full process video showing this…if you’re interested, please click on the video below.

Spellbinders dies are three-in-one dies that allow you to cut, emboss and stencil perfect shapes every time. In today’s project, I’m using the Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One Dies to make pockets in my mini album. This is a A2 card creator die, which takes all the guesswork and measurement out of making a beautiful card every time. This particular die comes with seven pieces. Four of the dies cut an edge for you…the other three are decorative borders. Pairing them together gives you both a decorative, and beautiful edge.

Here is the die I’ve used in today’s mini album pocket. There are many Spellbinders dies to choose from. I will list them below.

Here are two different examples of how I have used this border die to make these beautiful pockets!

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This is very simple to do. The first step I take is to cut down the paper to match the same size of my page in my mini album. In this case, my page measured 7″ across. This is for a horizontal pocket, like the example above. I wanted to mat the pocket first with black paper, secondly with patterned paper. Therefore I cut both my black and patterned paper to 7″. I do not worry too much about the height of my pocket…I will cut that down later.  I then add a straight line across the top of my mat, to give myself a guide to align my die. I usually mark my line down about 1 1/2″ from the top, you can also eye-ball it.

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Using my Tim Holtz Centering Ruler, I find the center of my page, which allows me to line my die to the middle.

2015-07-14 21.43.20  After placing my die to match up straight across, using my lines as a guide, I use Washi Tape to hold it in place, as I run it through my Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

2015-07-14 21.43.30  I use the little notch in the end of the die to line it up to my pencil line. This ensures it is even on both ends. Do this for both sides of your pocket.

It will then cut through the middle of your mat, but not all the way to the end:

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Then move your die to each end, and tape it down, cutting all the way to the edge:

2015-07-20 21.57.34  Using the notch again on the end of your die as a guide to line up with your pencil mark.

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This will then give you a perfect edge. Do the same with your patterned paper.
2015-07-14 21.45.50  I have also adhered my patterned paper to my black mat and ran them both through at the same time to cut. It worked just as well!

Now to add your pocket to your album…simply adhere your patterned paper down using Angel Craft Tape,  leaving a small black mat to show above your patterned paper. Then decide how tall you want your pocket to be, and trim accordingly. To adhere down your pocket, use wet adhesive, add it to the bottom and sides of your pocket.

Here I have made a vertical pocket, with the same die.
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I hope this gives you more ideas of how you can use your bracket border dies. Spellbinders offers so many border dies to choose from, which will give your mini album, card, scrapbook, or journal a unique and fun look.

Please check out the video for the step by step. Thanks so much for stopping by!

If you join the Cut@Home VIP Club, you will receive coupons and great savings every month…even on Spellbinders!

A2 Bracket Borders One Dies: SKU:S5-181
A2 Bracket Borders Two Dies: SKU:S5-215
A2 Curved Borders One Dies: SKU:S5-180
A2 Scallop Borders One Dies: SKU:S5-182
A2 Scallop Borders Three Dies: SKU:S5-214
Curved Borders Two Dies: SKU:S5-201
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:660425
Angel Craft Tape: SKU:ACT1414

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