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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Cottage Cutz Dies

October 17th, 2014

Karen N here from Craftily Yours with a FUN design team project….I am playing with Cottage Cutz Dies!  There are SO many fun sizes and shapes available here at Cut at Home, and I’m showing off a few of them here!

My first card uses Cottage Cutz Teacup & FlowersHeartfelt Creations Sunflower paper, a doily, some sequins and 3 Girl JAM Distressed Lace.  This die is one of the “petite” dies and is the perfect size for card-making.  Many people ask what’s the difference between the petite and the mini.  The mini is smaller and is great for adding fun embellishments or for use in repeating images!  I LoVe this paper and it was perfect to pair with this adorable die.


The next card I’m sharing today uses one of the Cottage Cutz Elite Dies, the Stylized Owl. Cottage Cutz Grass Border die,  Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Paper, googly eyes and some sequins.  For the owl, I cut him with the tan solid from the Graphic 45 paper and colored his beak, feat, branch, wings and tail with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I also inked the edges of the owl body and tummy cuts with Tim Holtz distress ink in Walnut Stain.


The final card today uses the Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die, Cottage Cutz Mini Holly Berry die and Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket paper along with some star sequins and twine.  I cut this fabulous deer from a small piece of gold paper in my stash.  I just love him; so much fun detail in his antlers!


To see more about these projects, check out my video!

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Cottage Cutz Teacup & Flowers SKU: CCP-031

Heartfelt Creations Sunflower paper SKU:  HCDP1-247

Cottage Cutz Stylized Owl SKU: CC4X4-231

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Paper SKU: 4500754

Cottage Cutz Grass Border die SKU:BR07-001

Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Inks

Cottage Cutz Mini Holly Berry Mini die SKU: CC-MINI-025

Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die SKU: CCE-170

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket SKU: HCDP1-225

Supplies from my stash:


3 Girl JAM Distressed Lace



Craftily yours,


NEW Silhouette Cameo available for pre-order!

October 15th, 2014

Here it is! The NEW Silhouette Cameo! WOW!!!




Click HERE for the Youtube video!

It is available for pre-order at Cut@Home for only $269.99! Estimate shipping date is the end of October.

Happy Digital Scrappin’!


Owner, Cut@Home

Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box, using Tim Holtz Wallflower

October 15th, 2014

Hello! I’m so excited to share my project with you today! I am using a Graphic 45 Mixed Media Box in Ivory. These also come in black, and kraft. This box is 5×5, and has a window in the front. It has a magnetic closure on the side. I’ve already decided I need lots more of these boxes in my stash…there are so many things that can be done with this box!! A mini album would look great in this, an accordion album, or simply a trinket box.

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I used a black acrylic paint, and gave it two coats. I love how easily these take paint, no priming necessary.

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The paper I choose is Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower.  I love this paper!! In this 12×12 paper stack, it includes 4×3, 3×3, 6×6 & 12×12. I was able to use the 6×6 patterns, which looked great on this box. I simply traced the inside window, and cut it 1/8″ larger, to frame the window. I inked all the edges, using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Black Soot. I’ve also added a G45 Shabby Chic Door Pull.

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I wanted this to be a shadow box, therefore I kept the window open. It would be a great place to add transparency, or lace.

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I added lots of pretty flowers from my stash, and a beautiful saying that I printed out. The recipient can add a 2×2 photo, next to the quote, if they’d like.

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This really makes a great decorative element to a shelf, or a coffee table. This would also make a great box to hold an album, or a great wedding gift, with the couples picture in it.

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Hope this inspires you to give one of these boxes a try! Thanks for stopping by! If you’d like to see a video showing how I put this together, please see below:

Products used:

Graphic 45 Mixed Media box Ivory: SKU:4500985
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic door pull: SKU:4500842
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 12×12 paper: Wallflower: SKU:TH93110
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot: SKU:TIM19541
Tim Holtz Ink Blending tool: SKU:IBT40965

Products used from my stash: Black acrylic paint, flowers, rhinestone buckle, pearls, heart locket, leafs, wood title, wood clock hands.

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Deal of the Week – Silhouette 40% off!

October 15th, 2014

Hi Scrappers!

The Deal of the Week is select Silhouette America adhesive vinyl, heat transfer and more are at 40-50% off! We need to make room on our shelf for the NEW vinyl that just arrived!

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Silhouette has improve the quality of their vinyl, so give it a try! We ordered in a lot of orange for Halloween and Thanksgiving projects.

We also had a problem with the latest update for our newsletter software and the images of the new products did not get saved before the newsletter was sent. All the links and information are correct, it’s just the images that are wrong. Here is a look of what’s NEW this week:

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Silhouette Vinyl                 Magnolia stamps    Cottage Cutz dies                Joy!Crafts dies

Look for more information on pre-ordering the new calendar collection for Graphic 45. Here is a sneak peek of Time to Flourish:

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This is scheduled to arrive in November.

Make sure you check out our blog and youtube channel for our trend of the month – Fussy Cutting!

That’s it for this week!

Happy Scrappin!


Owner, Cut@Home

Seasonal Fun featuring Little B Dies

October 14th, 2014

Little B is a product name that we’ve known for a while in the craft world, but they are new (at least newer) in the die market.  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to try Little B dies — I really like their creativity in approaching the basics, as well as the versatility that they offer.  Today I want to show you three new sets of dies from Little BHalloween, Autumn and Holiday.  They are seasonal sets, and I just love them!  Here are some cards featuring them —

ghosts   spider

squirrel   ornaments

As you’ve probably seen before, the Little B dies are wafer thin dies.  They can be used with most die cutting/embossing machines.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot and got great results with them.  I love the convenience of the magnetic storage binder that keeps the little pieces in place so it is much more difficult to lose something, etc.  Each of these die sets can be used separately, or in conjunction with other stamp and die sets that you currently have.  My sample cards illustrate both approaches.

For the Halloween cards, I had so much trouble deciding among the little elements that are available.  I ended up featuring the ghosts and the spider, but wish I had more time to do something with the bat!  Be sure to check him out on the video.  Little B always puts emphasis on the design and on the details.  The little bat was designed with dimensional wings that make him so very cute for Halloween projects!   Anyway, each of the Halloween cards was quick and easy to complete.  Both are A-2 sized cards (4.25″ x 5.5″).  For the spider card, it was simply a matter of finding the right background paper and sentiment.  The paper is Authentique Spellbound – Spiderweb.  The sentiment is from Impression Obsession.  Too fun.  So then it was just a matter of cutting out the little web piece from ivory cardstock, and the spider from black cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped in Onyx Black Versafine ink on ivory cardstock.  I edged the sentiment with a little of the black ink to make it stand out.  I used a natural hemp twine to “hang” the spider from the web.


For the ghost card, I simply cut three of the ghosts from white cardstock.  I stamped the Magnolia Boo Background Stamp in Cloud White VersaMagic chalk ink on black cardstock, and used a decorative corner chomper to soften the corners.  I attached the background with dimensional adhesive, and the ghosts with Scor-Tape.  The eyes on one of the ghosts hit in the “wrong” place (on the white chalk ink), so I used my black Gelly Roll pen to fill them in.  With ribbon and a bow at the bottom, the card was complete — how easy peasy.  The background paper was from the Jolees Halloween paper pad.


I created the Autumn card using only the Little B die set.  I cut each of the elements from colored cardstock, and then assembled them on the acorn background paper (Authentique Harvest – Acorn).  With so many colors of leaves to cut, I thought it was a good time to test and see if I could cut multiple layers of paper with the Little B dies.  It worked!  The cardstock I was using wasn’t too heavy (probably 80 lb. max.), and the die cut easily through both layers at once.  I wasn’t sure this was possible given how thin these dies really are.  Yay!  The dark box at the top of the card says “Give Thanks”.  This is one of the dies in the set.  Rather than cutting letters, it embosses them into the paper.  It was very difficult to get a photo that really shows that detail well.  I rubbed on some gold ink to help, so hopefully that is enough that you can see it.  There are still a number of dies in this set that I didn’t use, other leaves, circles (or berries) and feathers.  I wanted this to be a very quick and simple card, so I didn’t spend a lot of time edging the leaves with color, etc.  That certainly would make them stand out more against the background.  I used my black Gelly Roll pen to add some facial features to the squirrel.


Finally, my card for the Holiday die set features only the large ornament and the holly and berries dies.  There is a lot more to offer in the set — pin branch, light swag, etc.  I cut three ornaments from gold metallic cardstock, and sets of holly leaves and berries for each.  I used a 1/8″ ribbon to suspend the ornaments, and a dimensional adhesive to raise them from the paper a little.  I decorated each with the holly leaves and berries.  The sentiment is from an Our Daily Bread stamp set, “Turtle Dove Ornament”, and is stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz ink.   I put a piece of green cardstock behind the ivory cardstock to frame it a little more.  Again, another super easy card!  Sorry that the photo didn’t turn out as well as I wanted it to — I had so much trouble with glare on the gold paper.



Please be sure to watch the short video for a closer look at each of these die sets.  They are a good value, and I know you would enjoy using them for your seasonal paper crafting needs.


Supply List —

Little B Dies — Halloween, Autumn and Holiday

Die cutting/embossing machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Patterned papers — Authentique Harvest – Acorn and Spellbound – Spiderweb; SEI Holiday Traditions Cardmaker pad; Jolees Halloween paper pad.

Assorted solid cardstock

Adhesives — regular tape; Scor-Tape (1/4″ and 1/8″); dimensional adhesive

inks — Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Cloud White; Delicata Golden Glitz

Stamps — Magnolia Stamps – Boo Background; Our Daily Bread – Turtle Dove Ornament

natural hemp twine

1/8″ gold ribbon; Halloween ribbon


Thanks and Happy Scrappin!




On the Edge with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

October 13th, 2014

Happy Monday, today I am starting the first of a series of posts demonstrating techniques you can use with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Today I will demonstrate inking on the edge of your project. Before we get started here is a list of products used that are available on the Cut At Home website.

Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses 12 x 12 Paper Collection – SKU: HCDP1-240
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet – SKU: TIM27195
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peeled Paint – SKU: TIM20233
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Forest Moss – SKU: TIM27133
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900


I used a Tim Holtz/Ranger Blender and Blending Foam, the one I used is not available at the Cut at Home site but they do have the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool available – SKU: IBT40965, as well as the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Replacement Foams – SKU:IBT40972. I am actually going to be ordering these, I like the round shape, I think that will make blending easier.

I also used a Sizzix die, Classical Lace Doily and some Darice Gems and a stippling brush.

I love to ink the edges of things, it really adds a lot of interest and dimension. Take a look at my project in the video below, before I start inking, then take a look at my finished piece, inking makes a BIG difference!

I started by picking my paper, the Raindrops on Roses paper worked beautifully with my granddaughter’s dress so I decided to go with that paper. I also used some of the accent pieces they have with the paper packs, there are a lot of frames, tags and all kind of interesting accents included in the pack that can be used for card making and scrapbook pages. The Heartfelt Creations paper packs work beautifully with inking as well, the pallets are beautiful.

Once I got all of my parts and pieces cut I arranged them on the page to see how I wanted everything laid out. I fussy cut some of the elements from the paper and I die cut four of the Doilies with my Big Shot. Next it was time to ink. I used two tools for applying my ink, a stippling brush and a blender. I started with the stippling brush and applied my first color, them I used the blending tool and applied the second and third color. The inking technique is shown in the video above.

A little helpful hint that I use with the blending foams is I keep one for each color, and reuse them. The ink really never dries on the foam so to keep my colors true, I keep the foams in a little container and reuse them when I use that color the next time.

I applied ink to every element on the page, including the 12″ x 12″ background paper. For the background paper I used the Forest Moss and added some of the Victorian Velvet here and there as accents.

Once I was happy with all of my inking I assembled the layout. I applied the doilies and cut off the parts that were over the edge of the page. Once everything was adhered I added the bling! I did not add any Journaling or a title to this piece. What I have been doing is if I do not add any I will make a little notation on the back of the page including the date the picture/pictures were taken.

Here is a look at my finished page:


And a look at one of the doilies close up:


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


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