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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Bigz XL Gift Card Box

April 17th, 2015

Karen N here today sharing a couple projects I made using the Bigz XL Gift Card Box Die.  As Winter moves towards Spring, all sorts of gift giving events come along – Mom’s Day, Dad’s Day, graduations, etc.  It’s easy to give a gift card, and it’s super easy to dress up your gift cards with this cool tool!  I purchased the extended cutting plates that are available at Cut@Home, but you could use this die with your regular plates if you did three cuts.

I show you how to create the boxes on this video:

My first box uses Spellbinders Celebra’tions Prints and the uber-cute Penny Black Birthday Party Stamps.


I water colored the image and cut it and a border with Spellbinders Labels Eight on my Big Shot.  I used the FABULOUS Angel Craft Tape in 1/4″ size to hold the box together and added a couple flowers.

I did a second box using Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning Paper Collection.  The label is fussy-cut from that collection as well.  On this box, I fussy cut out the sentiment and attached it with some twine.  Because the paper is double-sided, I cut some plain green paper to fit on the inside of the box.  So easy, so cute!



Thanks for stopping by today!  Here’s my supply list.

Supplies from Cut@Home:

Bigz XL Gift Card Box Die – SKU 659722

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Prints – SKU SCP-016

Penny Black Birthday Party Stamps – SKU 30-232

Spellbinders Labels Eight – SKU S5-019

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Angel Craft Tape – SKU ACT 1414

Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning Paper Collection – SKU HCDP1-239

Supply from my stash:

Timeless Twine

Craftily yours,


Joy!Crafts Pop Up Butterfly Card

April 16th, 2015

I really have a thing for apertures and pop ups.  They lend so much interest to your cards.  Today I want to share a new one I just discovered.


This is a die produced by Joy!Crafts which is in the Netherlands.  This Butterfly Pop Up is designed by Gerti Hofman and it’s just gorgeous.  What threw me was when I opened the package the die is mounted on a piece of heavy acrylic.  When you run the die through your Sizzix Big Shot (or whichever die cutting machine you use) you leave the die attached to the acrylic and you not only get your butterfly aperture cut but you also get the score lines where you’ll fold the piece to fit in your card base.  (I cut the white piece the same size as the acrylic which was 5 1/2″ x 11″ and then cut a card back 6″ square.)  I used the new Sizzix Precision Base Plate and had to do a little fiddling to adjust for the thickness of the acrylic.  It cut beautifully though.


I used corner pieces from the new Spellbinders Arched Elegance Pocket dies to form my butterfly (well it was supposed to be a butterfly) on the front of the card.  This die set also comes with the prettiest pocket piece.  I can’t wait to use it on a mini to tuck little bits and pieces into.  The little flourishes (with imagination you might consider them the butterflies antenna, lol) come from a Marianne Designs Creatables die called Vintage Swirls, it’s one of my favorites.


The die cut butterfly is just gorgeous when you back it with a pretty decorative paper.  I used Graphic 45’s Once Upon a Springtime Classic collection for the card base.  The die cut leaving little prongs that extend it from the card base about 1/4″ out,  the result being this great 3 dimensional look when the card it opened.


To finish the inside I used another Joy!Crafts collection called Roses, Have a Beautiful Day.  I used one of the corners to frame my sentiment.  That’s what drew me to this stamp set, these gorgeous border frames, so many opportunities to use them.  I actually cut the one I used apart because it had a strip across the top as well.  You can always cut your stamps to better fit your needs, just use good scissors and a careful hand.

I hope you’ll join me on the video as we walk start-to-finish during the process of this card.  Be sure and check out Joy!Crafts as well as the other vendors I’ve used in the Cut at Home store, links will be provided directly below the video.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:
60032013: Joy!Crafts Open Up Butterfly Die
64100310: Joy!Crafts Clear Stamps Roses, Have a Beautiful Day
4501099: Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Classic Collection
LR-0271: Marianne Designs Creatables Vintage Swirls
S4-503: Spellbinders Arched Elegance Pocket Dies
657900: Sizzix Big Shot
660320: Sizzix Precision Base Plate
ACT1412: Angel Craft Tape 1/2″
ACT1414: Angel Craft Tape 1/4″

Tag using Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz!

April 15th, 2015

Hello! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I’d like to share a tag with you today.

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For my base I’ve used Graphic 45’s Large Tag Album. This is a sturdy piece of Kraft cardstock (comes in black as well) with a grommet already attached.

G45 tag                                                        TH paper

I’m using Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper Wallflower. This is my favorite paper from Tim Holtz (it comes in vellum also).

Using my tag as a guide, I traced around the image on the paper I want on my tag. I traced it twice, once for the front & once for the back. I then traced in the center of the grommet and using a 1/2″ EK Success circle punch, I centered that over my traced circle & punch it out. This will allow it to perfectly fit over the hole on the tag, allowing the grommet to show through.

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Using Angel Craft Podge, I use the attached brush applicator & covered the entire piece of paper, then adhered it to my tag. This is a very easy to use adhesive, and very strong! After adhering both the front and back side of the tag, I edged the entire tag in Distress Ink Vintage Photo. I’m ready to decorate it.

Using a Julie Nutting stamp from Prima, I inked her up with black Staz-on ink on Ranger Water-color paper.

I’ve colored the image with my new Tim Holtz Distress markers (colors listed below).

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I stamped out her dress on some coordinating paper from the same collection, then adding a little bit of shading with the markers. After fussy-cutting out her dress and headband, I added her onto the stamped image. I then cut the entire thing out. After cutting out my image, I used a Black Soot distress marker to go around all the edges of my image, giving it a finished look.

Using Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit I made a handmade flower from the same paper collection.

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I love to make my own flowers, this way you can match anything you’re working on. For my die I used Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Die. I cut out all the petals with my Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut out a beautiful Floral Flourish (design #37429) and added that to my tag. I also added my colored image, adhering it to chipboard beforehand. I added my beautiful handmade flower, along with several Wild Orchid Craft flowers. I also added a few leaves all using hot glue.

Using a beautiful stamp from JustRite Stampers Whisper of Wings, I stamped my sentiment then cut it from a Spellbinders Label Fortys die, using my Big Shot. I also backed it with chipboard then adhered it with Angel Craft Tape.

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To finish off my tag, I added some beautiful satin ribbon to the top. Please click on the video below to see the process of how this came together.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed my project share with you!!

Distress Markers used:
Skin: Antique Linen
Cheeks: Worn Lipstick
Hair: Wild Honey & Vintage Photo
Shoes: Pumice Stone
Dress & Headband: Old Paper

Products used:
Angel Craft Podge: SKU:ACP6SG
Angel Craft Tape: SKU:ACT1414
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Sizzix Cutting Pads Mint: SKU:660522
Graphic 45 Large Tag Album: SKU:4500626
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper stash Wallflower: SKU:TH93110
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo: SKU:TIM19527
Tim Holtz Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082
Spellbinders Labels Forty die: SKU:S4-465
JustRite Stampers Whisper of Wings stamp set: SKU:CR-02149

Products from my stash: Prima Julie Nutting Stamp, Staz-on Black Ink, Wild Orchid Craft Flowers, ribbon, Ranger Water-color paper, heat gun, hot glue, Versafine black ink.

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Baby Album featuring Graphic 45, Angel Craft Podge and Marianne Dies

April 14th, 2015

Today I have a fun baby album to share with you.  It is a cute “binder book” by Maya Road featuring papers by Graphic 45, the Precious Memories collection, dies by Marianne Designs and held together by Angel Craft Podge.  A very quick and very simple project!


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So I started with a plain chipboard album from Maya Road.  I love the idea of a binder with chipboard pages.  It is the perfect thing to hold up to lots of use as a Grandma’s brag book.  To get ready for the paper, I painted around the edges of the album and each of the pages with some Tim Holtz Distress paint in Antique Linen.  Antique Linen was the best match with the paper I intended to use and I just so convenient to use.  I like the dabber top distress paints for use on chipboard, etc. because they release plenty of paint to cover the surface, but not so much that you have to wait a long time for it to dry.

My next step was to measure the album and the pages, and cut the Graphic 45 paper.  The Graphic 45 paper that I used was from the Precious Memories collection.  The floral pattern that I featured is called “Baby’s Breath”.  You’ll need at least six sheets for an album like this.  It was very easy to measure and cut all of the pieces needed to cover the album and pages — everything is pretty much square or rectangle.   Two of the corners on each page need to be rounded in order to match the album.

Attaching the paper to the chipboard was super easy.  I used the Angel Craft Podge for this.  What a terrific product!  It has a nice thin consistency which makes it easy to use; the built-in brush works well to add the podge to the paper; and best of all it is low odor so the product doesn’t drive you out of the house.  It was so easy, and the podge dried quickly so I could continue my project with hardly any down-time.

I wanted to use some cardstock frames and some little chipboard shapes to decorate the inside pages, but didn’t want to permanently attach the at this time.  Little Scarlett Claire isn’t born yet so there aren’t any photos.  My personal preference is to create an album around the pictures rather than to create an album and force the pictures to fit.  I prepared four “temporary” pages so that you can see what I have in mind.  (Temporary just means that I attached the elements using removable double-stick tape.)   Here are pictures of the sample pages —

page 1  page 2

page 3  page 4

My last task was to decorate the binder.  First I added the lace at each side of the spine to hide the paper joins.  I cut the lace long enough that it would wrap around to the inside and fix a similar problem there.  The lace was attached using the Angel Craft Podge (outside first, then when it was dry I stretched the lace to the inside).  I added the ribbon first, and then the doily.  The ribbon is just tied in place, although the heart-shaped trinket pin also helps to keep it in shape; the doily was attached with Angel Craft Podge.  I cut the word “baby” using a Marianne Designs die and a sheet of paper from the Precious Memories 6×6 paper pack.   I attached the word to the doily using the podge.  The smaller flowers were attached with Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive, and the larger stem was attached using Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive.  Here is another view of the finished binder —


Be sure to watch the short video for additional information on how I assembled the mini-album.  I also have a tip for creating custom colors of ribbon using your ink pads (how cool is that??).

Next time you do a project with chipboard, etc. I highly recommend that you try the Angel Craft Podge.  It worked really well for me, and I’m sure you would have a great experience with it too.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Graphic 45 Precious Memories cardstock (12 x 12 and 6×6) (SKU 4501093 and 4501091)

Graphic 45 Precious Memories Tags and Pockets (SKU 4501096)

Angel Craft Podge Semi-Gloss (SKU ACP6SG)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Marianne Designs Dies:  Lacey Oval and Flower (SKU CR1204); Lace Square and Flower (SKU CR 1203); Lace Circle and Flower (SKU CR 1201)

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen (SKU TIM19497)

Supplies from my stash:  Marianne Designs dies Lace Rectangle and Flower (SKU CF 1202); Scotch quick-dry adhesive; assorted cardstock; May Arts 1-1/2″ sheer white ribbon; Maya Road heart trinket pin; Maya Road chipboard binder; assorted embellishments

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



What’s NEW this week at Cut@Home!

April 14th, 2015

What’s new this week at Cut@Home?

You have probably already heard the buzz about Heartfelt Creations Everyday Heroes collection. Cheryl featured it last week on her blog. This is a GREAT collection with many uses, especially for the men in our lives!










We have a new selection of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Stamps in full size and mini’s. His last collection has been so popular, we can’t keep them in stock and the manufacturers are constantly back ordered. So if you see one you want — GRAB IT!!









Everyone is talking about Angel Craft Podge! This amazing formula glues, seals, protects and finishes with a nice semi-gloss finish! It even has a brush cap for no mess podging!

ACP semi gloss









Marianne Design has some new dies for you to look at.








Happy Scrappin’ Everyone!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

Deal of the Week! Spellbinders dies 40% off!

April 13th, 2015

Hi Cut@Homeys!

Are you ready for the Deal of the Week? I know you are!!

The Deal of the Week is 40% off select Spellbinders dies! Time to stock up on papercrafters favorite dies!

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Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


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