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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Making Cards with Sizzix Precision Base Plate

January 30th, 2015

Karen N here!  I’m happy to be introducing a brand new product that Cut@Home is carrying – the Sizzix Precision Base Plate.  This plate was announced at CHA and is so super cool.  It makes cutting intricate dies with the Big Shot really easy.  It is used instead of one of the cutting plates in the Big Shot cutting ‘sandwich’.  This video showing you some of the results I achieved with it!

My first card today uses paper from Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 patterns and solids.  (Love these vibrant colors!)  The stamps and dies used are from the Sizzix Happy Birthday Cupcakes Framelits.



The next card also uses paper from Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 patterns and solids.  This time the stamps are from Taylored Expressions Max & Muffin.  This set comes with dies to cut those cats (which also cut perfectly with the Sizzix Precision Base Plate).



Aren’t those cats adorable?!  <3  On that card, I decided to also add a Spellbinders Medallion One.  I usually cut this particular die by running it through a couple times with a paper or two as a shim.  I did not need to with the FABULOUS Sizzix Precision Base Plate.  Before I show you my final card, I wanted to show you a side-by-side comparison that I cut with Spellbinders Medallion Five.



The medallion on the left was run once with regular cutting plates.  The medallion on the right was run once with the Sizzix Precision Base Plate.  Wow!  As I had mentioned in my video, I could still cut this with regular base plates by running it a few times with a paper shim.  The new plate just makes things SO much easier!

My final card features paper from Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower.  The die is Spellbinders D-Lite Flutters.  This is the most intricate die I own, and I did have to run it through the Big Shot twice….but again, not many times and no paper shim.



On this card, the background is three small 1.25″ x 5″ strips that I taped to a piece of scratch paper and ran through the Big Shot with Sizzix Textured Impressions Yuletide.  Love the extra dimension on this card and how I was able to use scraps.  (Saw it on Pinterest!!)

I’d definitely recommend the Sizzix Precision Base Plate for all your Big Shot die cutting needs!  Great product.

Supplies used from Cut@Home.

Sizzix Precision Base Plate (sku: 660320)

Big Shot  (slu: 657900)

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 patterns and solids (sku: 4500754)

Sizzix Happy Birthday Cupcakes Framelits  (sku: 657853)

Taylored Expressions Max & Muffin  (sku: TEPS114)

Spellbinders Medallion One  (sku: S2-014)

Spellbinders Medallion Five  (sku: S2-020)

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower  (sku: HCDP1-247)

Spellbinders Die D-Lite Flutters  (sku: S2-073)

Sizzix Textured Impressions Yuletide Boulevard  (sku: 659999)

Supplies used from my stash:

Kraft cardstock

Copic Markers

Timeless Twine

3 Girl JAM Ribbon and Lace


Craftily yours,


What’s NEW this week from Heartfelt Creations, Joy!Craft, Sizzix and Tim Holtz!

January 28th, 2015

Hello Cut@Homeys!

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So what’s new this week! I have several companies to feature, so let’s get started.

Rachael Bright from the Sizzix Design Team never disappoints. I have had the chance to work closely with Rachael, and let me tell you, she is a dynamo and so creative and in touch with what papercrafters want! This month she debuts her “Life Made Simple” collection which features the Sizzix Thinlits dies. We all love Thinlits as they are easy to use, and this collection gives you a little bit of everything to make your life…SIMPLE!

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Joy!Crafts just released some delicate, lacy dies that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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That first die is butterflies and hearts! What a great design!!

Heartfelt Creations Butterfly Medley is their February release and is available for pre-order. We don’t have any projects for it yet, so here is a sample of what the dies, paper and a few of the stamps look like:

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You can never have enough butterflies! I am anxiously awaiting projects from the talented designers at Heartfelt Creations and my own wonderful team!

Tim Holtz has come up with a really handy do-dad for his Sizzix ShadowPress Debossing folders. It’s called the ShadowPress Station and it aids in making sure you get crisp clean images with no smudging. Here is a first look at Tim Holtz ShadowPress Station:

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Here is Tim’s video to tell you a little more about it. This product ships in February but you can pre-order here at Cut@Home


Happy Scrappin’ everyone!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner








Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit from Heartfelt Creations

January 28th, 2015

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited to share a new product with you today.

From Heartfelt Creations comes the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit. Create easy, stunning three dimensional flowers for your next project! The stylus is magnetized so the nibs stay securely in place and change out easily.

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This new kit comes with an embossing mat, piercing mat, interchangeable multi-sized stylus balls, paper curler, and a paper piercer. This is a really neat tool that can be used to make very beautiful, dimensional flowers. I show you in a step by step tutorial (see video below) how to achieve a beautiful flower in a very short amount of time.

I have also used the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms stamp & die set. This is a beautiful flower set.


I first stamped my flowers, using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Worn Lipstick. I then used the matching die, and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot machine, making no fussy cutting necessary. I have also used the new cutting pads by Sizzix that will be coming in March. 

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I used the Spectrum Noir pencils to quickly color my flowers. Then I used my stylus tool on these flowers.


You begin with the stamp side face down. Run your stylus tool over each petal in a circular motion, which will then break up the fibers in the paper, giving it a curled, dimensional look. After completing all the petals, you then want to turn over your flower, stamp side up, and run your stylus in a circular motion in the middle of the flower. This will then form your flower. It is that simple. After doing that with all my flowers, I then began to adhere them with a little hot glue in the middle of the flower, and alternating the flowers as I go. I made three different sized flowers.


I then switched out my nib, replacing it with the piercing tool. Using the piercing mat, I was able to put a hole in the middle of the flower, and add my brad.

I then added these beautiful, handmade flowers to a Valentine box that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo (see design #’s below).

Becuase of having the right tools, I was able to put this project together very quickly, and easily. I hope you give these a try.

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You can see just how dimensional these flowers are! I really hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. If you’d like to watch the process of this…please click on the video below.

Products used:
Heartfelt Creations

Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit -SKU:HCST1-401
Arianna Blooms dies - SKU:HCD1-748
Arianna Blooms Stamps - SKU:HCPC-3608
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Worn Lipstick - SKU:TIM21513
Silhouette Cameo – SKU:SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine – SKU:657900
Sizzix Cutting pads Mint – SKU: 660522
Spectrum Noir Pencils Primary – SKU:SPECL-PRIMARY

Products from my stash: Paper, glue.

Silhouette Design cuts: Valentine: #6648 & 3D Heart Box: #53783

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Thanks for stopping by today…I hope you’ve enjoyed this project! ~Corene~

Shaker Valentine featuring dies by Taylored Expressions

January 27th, 2015

Don’t you just love the fun shaker cards?  I do, and I am always happy when I can find something new and different to use as the confetti in a shaker.  Taylored Expressions inspired me to make a fun Valentines’ Day shaker card using with their new die, “Kisses Confetti” — lips and mustaches.  Too cute!  Here’s a picture of the card —


This card was super easy to make.  I started with a fun “XO” paper from my stash.  I cut it to 4″ x 5.25″ so that it would layer nicely on an A2 card.   I cut the balloons from the patterned paper using the Taylored ExpressionsMake a Wish Balloons” die.  I used only the largest of the balloons in the set, so I needed to cut twice.  I also cut a piece of plain white cardstock 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (just slightly smaller than the patterned paper) to serve as the back for my shaker (although you only need to back the cut areas, I like to back the entire area when I’m making a card, etc. for a smoother finish).  I also needed an A-2 card (8.5″ x 5.5″ – scored at 4.25″), and a piece of plastic acetate cut 3.75″ x 2.5″.

Assembling the card is very easy.  I first taped some ribbon on the inside of the base of the balloon cutouts, and extended it to the bottom of the card. Then I tied the two ends of the ribbon into a bow that sits at the bottom of the patterned paper layer.  Next I rubbed a dryer sheet across the clear plastic piece to try to reduce its static cling (you don’t want all of your confetti simply adhering to the plastic), and then taped it in place on the back of the patterned paper, over the balloon cut-outs.  Then I added strips of low dimensional adhesive to “box in” each of the balloons, and then around the edges of the card, etc. to hold the backing layer in place.  If you’re going to use any glitter with your confetti, be sure that the boxes around the cut areas are complete and tight so that the glitter cannot escape.

Now the fun part begins.  I cut two sets of lips from red cardstock, and two sets of mustaches from black cardstock.  I added some of them (they’re pretty large, so you only need 4-5 of them in a balloon) to the balloons above.  I always like to mix my confetti, so I also added some pink hearts and gold stars (these are tiny — they are sold at a beauty supply store for decorating finger nails).  The last thing I added was a little clear super-fine glitter.  This adds a shimmer and sparkle to the project.

With the confetti, etc. in place, I removed the liners from the low dimensional tape, and then added the white backing piece.  Since the backing piece is cut just a little smaller than the patterned paper, it is easy to find an appropriate placement (it won’t show so it doesn’t need to be exact).  With that done, you can flip the card over and shake away – the materials in the shaker windows should move freely.  Once in a while, things get stuck and you have to shake the card vigorously to free them, but that usually isn’t a problem.   I added a cute bow to the “girl” balloon, and a dashing tie to the “guy” balloon.  How fun!  The last step is to add the dimensional banner.  The sentiment I used was from a set of stickers by Mambi, and the two hearts were from a set of stickers by Doodlebug.  That’s it — the card is finished.  Please take a look at the short video below for additional information on how to assemble a shaker card.

You’ll find so many fun uses for shaker cards — kids of all ages love them!  Watch for fun seasonal confetti around the holidays, and for fun dies like the ones from Taylored Expressions to cut your own confetti.  A good clear micro-fine glitter is all that you need to add the sparkle and shine.  You can fill the shaker area as full as you want, although often “less is more”.  If you put too much in, it is difficult to see what is shaking around in there, and sometimes it just clumps and won’t move at all.  Here’s a close-up of the balloons on my card —


Here’s another look at the final card —


Supplies from Cut @ Home

Taylored Expression dies:  Kisses Confetti (SKU TE492); Build a Tag 1 (SKU TE459);

1/4″ Angel Craft tape (SKU ACT1414)

Die Cutting Machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Supplies from my stash:  Tie Die by W Plus 9; assorted cardstock; clear plastic sheet; scotch tape; dryer sheet; low dimensional adhesive; microfine clear glitter; small heart and star confetti; stickers; 1/8″ white satin ribbon, Basic Bow die; Make a Wish Balloons die

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




Cutting Angel Crafts Vinyl in the Cricut Expression

January 26th, 2015

Happy Monday today I am going to show you how easy and beautifully Angel Crafts Vinyl cuts in the Cricut Expression II, but it would basically work the same way in the original Cricut Expression as well.

First lets take a look at Angel Craft Vinyl, this vinyl is a high quality vinyl that is available in a few different size sheets, 12″ x 6″, 12″ x 12″, as well as a few different size rolls. The rolls are on a larger core so it makes the vinyl easier to work with. You can do so many things with the vinyl, wall art, home decorating projects, mini albums, cards and scrapbooks to name a few.

The picture below shows some of the colors that they vinyl is available in:


This week I made a cute frame for a new baby, I used two shades of grey vinyl for the frame, the colors that I used are found in the Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Trendy Home #1 collection.

To begin I found a cute elephant that I wanted to use, it is from the Anna Griffin® Bridal & Baby Soirees Cricut Cartridge. The elephant has two layers, I cut the base layer in the light gray and the top layer in the medium gray. In the blade settings icon on the Cricut Expression I selected the Vinyl setting, I set my blade to 2, and the vinyl cuts perfectly! You can adjust the blade settings if needed. I cut both a regular version of the elephant, then I reversed the image so the elephant would face the other direction and cut one of those as well.

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I found a frame that I liked at Michaels, it came complete with a white mat, I wanted to add the elephants, the baby’s name and the birth date. I added a boarder of washi tape on the top and the bottom of the mat, next I added the two elephants that I cut from the vinyl. One advantage to using vinyl for a project like this is that you do not have to add any adhesive so there is no residue from tape or glue to worry about, also it is easy to re-lift and reposition if you need to without ruining the mat.

Finally I added the baby’s name and birth date in the medium gray. This project is a way to take a plain frame and personalize it for any occasion. Here is a look at my finished frame:


Here is the item number for the vinyl that was used for my project:
6X12TRHM-01 – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Trendy Home #1 6×12

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I hope that you liked my project this week and it inspires you to make something with Vinyl. Keep in mind that the Angel Craft vinyl cuts beautifully in many different die cutting machines with many different dies, so you do not need a Cricut. It works beautifully with the Silhouette Cameo, Sizzix machines and steel rule dies, and Spellbinders machines and dies to name a few.

Till next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin,

All Geared Up Notebook Holder

January 23rd, 2015

Karen N here today with a fun project.  I’m a list-maker.  Since I have a bit of old-lady-itis, I tend to write down my ideas about projects when I think of them.  Otherwise, they are gone.  I have a cheap pad of paper on my craft desk, but it gets lost in the creative clutter.  (Yes, it’s a MESS!)  I decided to make a decorative folder for it in hopes that I’ll be able to spot it more easily.  Here’s what it looks like.



The folder was super easy to make.  I just took a piece of paper and measured it with about an inch extra on top and bottom.  Horizontally, I made it twice as large as the pad of paper plus an additional 1.5 inches.  I then scored to fold it in the center.  I decorated it up with paper, dies and stamps from the Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up collection.  I love the cool detail on these dies so much.  Here’s a video showing you how I put it together.

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up 12 x 12 Paper (SKU: HCDP1-248)

Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Dies  (SKU: HCD-741)

Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Plates and Gears Stamps (SKU: HCPC-3632)

Supplies used from my stash:

3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon and lace

Craftily yours,


SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers