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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Hearts, Hearts Everywhere

October 24th, 2014

Karen N here from Craftily Yours, sharing a couple projects using Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper and Spellbinders Cascading Hearts Card Front Die!

For my first project, I made my hubby a birthday card.  He’s four years older than me, and I’m constantly telling him that he’s “Much, Much Older” – so the vintage-feel to this card is perfect for him.  For the small piece on the right side of the card, I ran it through my Big Shot with the cascading hearts die.  I love the way that it turned out!


For my second project, I decided to scrap a picture of me, my family and my brother and his family with our grandfather at Thanksgiving.  Gramps loved his pie!  In this card, again, I used the cascading hearts die to create the element in the lower left corner.  The shape is cut with Spellbinders Labels 16.  This die is great for creating fun card fronts, but it has so many other uses as well.  It’s super fun!  The flowers are fussy cut from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Stash paper.  The title is cut with Sizzix Triplits tag dies.


To see more of my project, check out my video:

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Heartfelt Creations Antiquity Paper SKU: HCDP1-237

Spellbinders Cascading Hearts Card Front die SKU: S4-457

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Stash paper SKU: TH93110

Sizzix Triplits tag dies SKU: 659930

Supplies from my stash:

Timeless Twine

Spellbinders Labels 16

Unity Stamp {Consider Yourself Vintage}

Stampin’ Up Early Espresso Ink

UmWow Studio Confetti Hearts


Craftily yours,


Sizzix Step-Ups Cards

October 24th, 2014

It’s always fun to create and give cards that have different folds or flaps to them, something other than just a straight cut and fold.  Sizzix has created a whole line of dies called Framelits that allow you to create cards with these additional folds and today I’d like to share the Step-Ups Card.

Step Ups

I followed the Instruction sheet staying as close to the suggested design as possible.  If you’d like to follow along you can find the PDF here.  You can see from the photo that the card gives you 3 steps to put sentiments or embellishments on.  In this case I used the flowers cut from the Sizzix Framelits Die Set: Basic Step Ups.

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You can achieve this darling little tag and sentiment by using the complimentary Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps: Tags and the Sizzix Clear Stamps: Birthday.  All of these Framelit and Stamps sets were designed by the super talented Stephanie Barnard.

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Look at the difference you achieve by just changing up the paper and embellishments.  Here I’ve made the perfect birthday card using Graphic 45‘s Time to Celebrate papers. All of these cards fold flat for easy mailing and fit a standard A2 size envelope.  You can reverse the folds on the card base to have your steps on the left instead of the right (I’ll show you this in the video).  You can also use the inside as the pretty side if you want something a little different.

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Christmas is just around the corner and wouldn’t those on your Christmas card list love opening their envelope to find a card like this on the inside?  If you come join me on the video I’ll show you the whole process step – by – step and also give you a few more examples to inspire you to create your own Step-Ups cards.

Supplies from the Store

660023 – Sizzix Framelits Die Set: Card, Basic Step-Ups by Stephanie Barnard
659650 – Sizzix Framelits Die Set w/Stamps: Tags by Stephanie Barnard
659798 – Sizzix Clear Stamps: Birthday by Stephanie Barnard
4501015 – Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 12×12 Paper Pad
657900 – Sizzix Big Shot Machine
656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Platform

Supplies from my stash included white and Kraft cardstock for card bases; scraps of decorative papers; pearls; stickles; brads; seam binding; glossy accents

Thanks everyone,


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Graphic 45 8×8 Matchbook box “The Witch”!

October 24th, 2014

Hello! I love this time of year. I love to make fall themed, or Halloween projects! Today I am sharing just that…a Halloween decoration. I have used the Graphic 45 Matchbook box 8×8.

Screenshot_6 They also come in 12×12 and 3×5. They take ink, stain, or paint so well. I first gave mine 2 coats of black acrylic paint. Mostly painting the edges, knowing I will be covering them with paper. I then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out my paper, first inking everything with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Black Soot. I used prints that I had  in my stash. I adhered the papers down with Mod Podge, in Matte finish.

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Most all my cuts were using the Cameo (design #’s will be below). I cut the witches legs out in black, then added the top piece in orange. I made the witch a skirt, using Crate paper (party streamer). I love using Crate paper in projects. It was very simple. I used a piece of scrap paper in black, added double sided tape, and pleated the paper across, making 3 rows, and fluffing them up. I then used black feathers, and added them in between the layers. I love how it turned out, and was so easy. I made a broom, which is suppose to be a broom covering a sucker. Instead, I used an orange-wood stick as the handle. You could also use a skewer, or even a popsicle stick.

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I cut the witches hat from black cardstock as well, and patterned paper & adhered it to the top of my box, with several flowers.






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I used a couple of handmade flowers, and the rest were Wild Orchid Craft Violet roses.
I added a spider, using two layers to give it more stability. Added a spider web in the back. The pearls on her shoes were white, by Recollections. I used a permanent marker, to color them black. I also used a “Haunted house” ticket stub and added that within the flowers. I adhered a Tim Holtz Plaquette in the number 31…as it was fitting for this project.

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I added a keyhole that I had in my stash, and a creepy looking owl. The owl was Gold. I used the same black acrylic paint to add a coat of black, followed up with silver paint. Added 2 yellow rhinestone eyes, and it was complete. This was fun to make. I think it will look great sitting on a shelf, or my coffee table. I hope you give the Graphic 45 Staples line a chance…they offer lots of different items to alter.

Here’s a video showing the process of how I put this box together:

Products used:

Graphic 45 8×8 Matchbook box: SKU:4500543
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot: SKU:TIM19541
Tim Holtz Ink Blending tool: SKU:IBT40965

Silhouette America Design cuts used:

3d Broom sucker cover: 50745
Witch boots: 12941
4pc Spider Halloween set: 32458
3d Witch Hat box: 33780
Witches Brew Halloween label: 49835
Spider Web: 48736

Products from my stash:

Mod Podge, handmade flowers, Wild Orchid Craft flowers, key hole, crate paper, feathers, owl charm, patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by!

You can find me at:


Avery Elle Twisted Treat Halloween Tags

October 22nd, 2014

Today I have a quick and easy Halloween project for you featuring the Twisted Treat stamp and companion die by Avery Elle.  I love the Avery Elle stamps and dies — they are just really fun and trendy.  Here’s a look at my treat tags —

black tag front   white tag

The tags are super easy to make.  All you really need is some scraps of black and white cardstock, and the Avery Elle Twisted Treats stamp set and companion die.  The tags will attach to any treat with just a little of your favorite washi tape (why use plain tape when you have washi?).

To create the tag on the black background, I first cut the background tag 2″ x 3″.  I rounded the corners using a small corner rounder.  Then I stamped the bat frame from the Twisted Treats stamp set on white cardstock using Black Soot Distress ink.  I immediately covered the ink with Ranger super-fine detail clear embossing powder.  If you haven’t used this product, you’re missing out — to me it is a must-have item.  Because it is super-fine detail, it doesn’t distort images or clump – it provides just a uniform, even embossing.  Because it is clear, it will work with any ink color, and will preserve the original color.  I also stamped the sentiment, “Devilish Delghts” with the Black  Soot and covered it with the embossing powder.  I heat embossed both.  I love to see the transformation — this is kind of embossing “light”, though, since it is super-fine detail powder.  It is absolutely embossed, but not as much dimension as you get with some other types of embossing powders.  It just leaves the great dimensional detail that you can see in the tag.  Once the bat frame was embossed, I cut it out using the companion Twisted Treats die.  Assembly is easy — I just put a few small pieces of Scor-Tape on the back of the bat frame.  I adhered the bat frame to the background cardstock only at the top.  This will allow me to slip in the sentiment and center oval at the right place.  I attached the sentiment to a black oval (left over from cutting  the bat frame in black cardstock) using Scor-Tape, and then slid it underneath the bat frame.  Once I was confident about placement, I removed the tape liner and attached it.  I lifted the bat frame one last time and removed the Scor-Tape liner pieces at the bottom of the frame and stuck the frame to the tag.  The final steps were to punch a hole in the top (I used my 1/8″ hole punch), and add some solid black baker’s twine to hang the tag.  Super easy!


The tag on the white background was also very easy.  I stamped the sentiment “Frightfully Good” with Black Soot ink, applied the Super Fine Detail Clear embossing powder and heat embossed as described above.  I cut the bat frame from plain back cardstock (no stamping on this one).  I also cut two dimensional bats from the Little B Halloween die set.  To assemble the tag, I attached the frame and sentiment as described above.  I used my white Gelly Roll pen (any opaque white pen will work) to add a face to the little bats, and then folded their wings and used Scor-Tape to attach the bats to the black bat frame.  Then I punched a hole in the top, and added some solid white baker’s twine to hang the tag.


Please see the short video for additional information on how I assembled the tags,

Of course you can add your Halloween greetings to the back of the tags, and you’re ready to attach them to your favorite treats.  I used my white Gelly Roll pen to add the greeting to the black tag.

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Please be sure to check out the full selection of Avery Elle stamps and dies on the Cut @ Home site.  You’ll fund a lot of cute and trendy ideas there!


Items available from Cut @ Home

Avery Elle Twisted Treats stamps — SKU 1327

Avery Elle Twisted Treats companion die — SKU D1327

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.  I used 1/4″.  — SKU 202

Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Black Soot — SKU TIM19541 (full-size pad); TDPK40330 (in the mini kit #3 – shown on video)

Little B Halloween die set — SKU 100465

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot — SKU 657900


Items from my stash — Ranger Super-Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder; White and black Gelly Roll pens; candy corn washi tape (Queen & Co.); heat embossing gun; solid black and white baker’s twine; 1/8″ hole punch; scraps of black and white cardstock.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Deal of the Week – 40% off Magnolia stamps and dies!

October 20th, 2014

Hello Scrappers! Another week another deal!

The Cut@Home Deal of the Week is 40% off select Magnolia stamps and dies! The Magnolia stamps are from Sweden and feature Tilda, Edwin and the many furry friends. The best way I can describe the Magnolia style is they are reminiscent of Precious Moments and Holly Hobby figurines from my youth – only much cuter! You can find Tilda doing all kinds of fun things, and celebrating different seasons, holidays and special occasions. There is a Tilda stamp for EVERYTHING! Take a look:










Keeping Tilda in good company, is the dashing Edwin!











And where would Tilda and Edwin be without their friends!








Magnolia stamps also have scenery and sentiments that coordinate beautifully with their stamps. One of my favorite looks is putting a sitting Tilda on a fence. Sooo adorable!

Magnolia also has a collection of dies called DooHickeys. These dies are compatible in most your leading die-cutting machines. Here is a sample of those:










There are so many possibilities with Magnolia stamps to customize just the right project. So take advantage of our Deal of Week, and stock up! And if you find a Magnolia stamp or die that is not on special that you just gotta have, then use your 20% VIP coupon!

Happy Scrappin!


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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Techniques

October 20th, 2014

Happy Monday, I cannot believe it is already the middle of October. That means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Today I am going to show you a couple of techniques with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and show how to make some lovely Thanksgiving Napkin holders. This was such a fun project, a little messy, but I think we have all had inky fingers at one time or another!


I made four different napkin holders/rings using a couple of techniques demonstrated in the video above. The first thing I did was use my Silhouette America Cameo to cut out my circles and images that are available for download at, I also cut the circle pattern I used for the base of the napkin holder on the Silhouette. I used three different colors of card stock, a off white – cream color, yellow and brown. The yellow has a raised dotted pattern and is a Bazzill card stock.

When I had all of my images cut I started to play with my techniques, that is when I created the first napkin ring. I used the Darice Dot Background for the pumpkin image, I also cut a circle a little larger than the inked circle to adhere the inked circle on, it makes the napkin ring a little sturdier and it also covers up any ink that you get on the back of the inked circle piece. Once I had everything adhered to my circle I glued the bases by matching up the ring pattern, then I used the same glue to adhered the circle to the base. I also used glossy accents to dress it up a bit.

The second one I used the same techniques, just a different embossing folder and image. I used the glossy accents again as well as a little pearl for the Turkey’s eye.

Here is a look at the first two Napkin Rings:



The third one was really fun, the first part of the technique is the same as in the two above, but next you use a mask to cover part of the image once it is dry, for my mask I used some old stickers that have just been laying around. I love how this technique turned out! To finish this one I inked around the edge, mounted it on the brown circle, added a sentiment sticker and the napkin ring base.

Finally, for the forth one I used a different embossing folder and image, I love how this one turned out. To finish it off I added a little bling!



Here is a list of everything that I used that is available at the

Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the following colors:
TIM19527 – Vintage Photo
TIM27157 – Rusty Hinge
TIM19534 – Walnut Stain
TIM27201 – Wild Honey
TIM20226 – Mustard Seed
TIM21407 – Aged Mahogany
1217-67 – Darice Dot Background Embossing Folder
1215-63 – Darice Fleur De Lis Background Embossing Folder
SILHOUETTE CAMEO – 3 T – Silhouette America Cameo Machine, Cut@Home also has the brand new Cameo available for pre-order, and the price is great so if you have been on the fence about the Cameo now is the time to order :).

Other items that I used from my stash are card stock, Ranger Mini Mister, Heat Gun, Craft Mat, Glossy Accents and some embellishments. I also used a blending tool. Cut at Home has the IBT40965 -Mini Blender as well as the IBT40972 – Mini Replacement Foams available.

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


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