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Mini Pocket Book using Sizzix Bigz XL die

July 6th, 2015

Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a cute pocket mini book with you. This book was made using a Sizzix Bigz XL Pocket & Mini Album die.

I chose a Graphic 45 paper line for this project, the line I used is called “Raining Cats and Dogs”. This is a very colorful paper line, it is one of my favorites.

I started by picking my papers and cutting the pieces that I needed using the Bigz die. I cut the base and six folders.

Once all of my pieces were cut I started assembling the folders. The die made it so easy to make! I used quite a few different elements from this collection. The Raining Cats & Dogs Journaling & Ephemera Cards fit perfectly in the folders and can be used to adhere pictures to and for journaling.

I assembled the pieces using Angel Craft double sided tape, this tape offers a super strong bond and worked perfectly for my album.

Once I had everything assembled it was time to add some embellishments. I decided to make a couple of flowers for the out side of the album. I used a couple of Spellbinder dies for the flowers. Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One die and Spiral Blossoms two die. I used Tim Holtz distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon and Abandoned Coral to ink the edges after I cut the dies. For the bigger flower I decided to combine the two dies. For the inside of the book I used stickers from the collection as well as some washi tape from my stash.

I used a magnetic closure and some ribbon to finish it off, I was very pleased with the finished result.

Here is a look at my mini book:









Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut@Home website:

659902 – Sizzix Bigz XL Pocket & Mini Album die
4500970 – Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs 12×12 Paper Pad
4500974 – Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Decorative Stickers
4500972 – Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Decorative Chipboard
4500976 – Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs Journaling and Ephemera Cards
S4-351 – Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One die
S4-352 – Spellbinders Spiral Blossom Two die
ACT1412 – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Tape 1/2″
TIM43188 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
TIM43256 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon

The only item I used from my stash for this project was some washi tape. I had a great time making this little mini. I hope you enjoyed my post, till next time Thanks and Happy Scrapping…


July Trend Report on Stars !

July 3rd, 2015

Karen N here!  Today, I’m excited to be doing this month’s trend feature – stars!  Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the U.S.  It’s definitely one of my favorite holidays – love the BBQs, the laughter and the fireworks…..and, of course, the chance to love my country (which I do every day!).

To start, here’s a video showing you the details on all three of my projects for today!

For my first project I decided to do a little home decor piece.


I used a 5″x7″ canvas that I picked up on Amazon for a couple dollars.  To start, I traced Lawn Pawn Puffy Star Dies using a pencil.  I then colored the background, bottom and top with Gelatos.  To seal in the color and to add a bit of shimmer, I added a coat of Angel Craft Podge.  I splattered on some blue glimmer mist. I painted in the white star with some Faber Castel Luxe and traced over the edges of the stars with a Pitt Marker.  The gold stars and the letters are the fabulous Angel Craft Vinyl in the convenient 6×12 size.  The gold stars are punched with one of the NEW Tim Holtz punches, and the letters are cut with an alphabet die in my Big Shot.  I used Angel Craft Transfer Paper to get those letters lined up.  The size is of the transfer paper I used is 3 in x 25 ft.  It’s very convenient for small projects like this.

BUT stars aren’t just for July 4.  It’s only a little over five months until Christmas, and stars are great for this holiday too.  No time like the present to get started.  Here’s some inspiration!


Eeek.  How cute is this Penny Black Little Elf Kit Stamp?!  I stamped him twice – once on white cardstock to color (w/ Copics) and once on a sheet of Elizabeth Craft Design Shimmer Sheets.  I had to let the ink dry overnight because this is VERY slick paper, but then I fussy cut out the star he’s holding.  In this card, I used paper from Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas.  I also punched some stars with the Tim Holtz star punch and added some lace and ribbon from 3 Girl JAM.

BUT stars aren’t just for holidays.  Here’s a fun everyday occasion card!


I just love the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Stamps!  The background paper here is from Spellbinders Celebra’tions Print.  The “print” behind the bird is a Dylusions background stamped with the Celebra’tions ink in Cool Caribbean.  I then stamped that adorable bird on white cardstock (to color with my Copics) and on the background (so I don’t have to fussy cut those feet!).  Then I fussy cut out the colored version and glued it onto the background.  The stars in this picture are also punched with the Tim Holtz Star Punch.  I added some Stickles and a pearl to them as an embellishment.  The final touch is the Timeless Twine.

All of the black ink for my stamping is done with Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black ink.  I LoVe this ink as I can “decide” whether I want to color with watercolor or alcohol markers, and it works for BOTH….and creates a nice sharp image!

You can browse all the stars Cut@Home has to offer HERE.

My full supply list of all the FuN items is below.  Before you go, I want to thank you for stopping by today and wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Craftily yours,


Supplies from Cut@Home:

Lawn Pawn Puffy Star Dies – SKU LF521

Angel Craft Podge – SKU ACP65G

Tim Holtz Star Paper Punch – SKU 660153

Angel Craft Vinyl Trendy Home #3 – SKU 6x12TRHM-03

Angel Craft Transfer Paper – SKU 3x25TRAN-TPE

Penny Black Little Elf Kit Stamp – SKU 40-263

Elizabeth Craft Design Shimmer Sheets – SKU SS0227

Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas – SKU HCDP1-246

Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Stamps – SKU CMS212

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Print – SKU SCP-016

Spellbinders Celebrations Ink

Cool Caribbean – SKU SCI-003

Berry Black – SCI-001

Supplies from my stash:

Gelatos, Faber Castell Luxe, Pitt Marker, glimmer mist, 3 Girl JAM lace and ribbon, Stickles, Pearl, Timeless Twine

Your July coupons are here!

July 2nd, 2015

The Cut@Home coupon codes for July are here!

Spellbinders 40% – JUL549

Sizzix/Tim Holtz Sizzix 30% – SIZ7JL

Everything Else 20% – CUTJL7

For more information on how to use these coupons, please visit our FAQ page.

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


Sizzix A Little Birdy Told Me card

July 2nd, 2015

I love it when a manufacturer thinks ahead for us crafters, supplying not only the tools we need to create a darling project but then posting the instructions online as well.


Sizzix has done just that with their BigZ Die Tree w/Flower, Heart & Leaves along with their Framelits and stamp set, A Little Birdy told me.   You can find the Instruction PDF online to guide you step by step through the process.  I’ve stepped up my card a little by adding the additional grass along the bottom with the Martha Stewart multi blade scissors, a few additional flowers and leaves.  I decided to use a 5″x7″ card base which allowed lots of room for all my die cut elements.    The card base is cut from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Solids and the mat atop it is from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasions Prints.  I love this Spellbinders paper it folds and scores wonderfully!  The white mat was cut with the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies, I so like the look of the pierced edge.


Aren’t these birds just the cutest?  Once you have the Framelits set in hand you’ll soon discover you have an extra bonus die to cut out another bird, just add and eye and beak and you’ll be all set.  I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean to color the birds.  Adding the beaks which I stamped and fussy cut from a solid orange cardstock adding a dab of Glossy Accents on the eyes, feet and beaks.  Don’t you love the these darling little guys?


On the Sizix BigZ die you get not only the tree but this heart, flowers and leaves.  I used my flower tools to shape the leaves a tad and colored their edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  A little clear Wink of Stella on the heart topped by Glossy Accents just makes it pop.  I also touched the Glossy Accents to the bird’s feet, eyes and beaks.


I hope you’ll join me on today’s video where I run through all the supplies used and do a start to finish on the card.

Thanks for joining me and Happy Craftin’!

Be sure and stop A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger and Facebook and say hi!

Supplies from the Store:
660404: Sizzix BigZ Die with tree, heart, leaves and flowers
660397: Sizzix – Framelits Dies Sets with a 4 piece stamp set A Little Birdy told me
SCP-017: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Colors Paper Pack
SCP-016: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasions Paper Pack
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black Ink
SCD-012: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle Dies
4501112: Graphic 45 Artisan Style 6×6″ Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
4501151: Graphic 45 Rare Oddities 6×6″ Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
ACT1412: Angel Craft 1/2″ Tape ACT1414: Angel Craft 1/4″ Tape
TIM43256: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mermaid Lagoon
TXX34902: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Salty Ocean
TIM95910: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Peacock Feathers
TIM43232: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Hickory Smoke
TIM19527: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
658300: Big Shot Starter Package

Supplies from my Stash: Glossy Accents, Art Glitter Glue, Bling, Wink of Stella in Clear, Black Marker

NEW Sizzix, Elizabeth Crafts, Lawn Fawn and Angel Crafts

July 1st, 2015

See what’s NEW at Cut@Home this week!







Sizzix just released new Quilting Dies! Lots of great designs and geometrics to check out.


EC 1-horz





Elizabeth Crafts Designs has a bunch of cute critters to choose from! Karen Burniston has new dies to add to her Pop It Up collection.


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Lawn Fawn has some new dies and stamps with more critters! They also have a coupon of new box dies, geometric nesting dies with piercing and border dies. Something for everyone!

AC 1-horz









Angel Crafts has debuted two new types of transfer paper. This is CLEAR with grid lines! How fantastic is that?? It comes in two sizes.

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


Summertime Fun with Lawn Fawn

June 30th, 2015

This week I want to show you some stamp and die sets from Lawn Fawn.  I love their fun style, attention to detail, and the fact that the various stamp and die sets can often be mixed and matched to create your own unique creations.  That’s a great plus!  Here are my projects —

lawn fawn 1  lawn fawn 2

lawn fawn 3  lawn fawn 4

My first card features the Happy Trails stamp set and coordinating die set.  This card was so easy to do — it was as simple as stamping the various pieces on an appropriate color of cardstock, and then cutting the items with the matching dies.  I did need a couple of stamp or die sets to finish my little scene — first I needed sunshine in the upper right corner.  For this I used the sun die in the Hello Sunshine coordinating die set.  The entire sun wouldn’t fit on the card, so I simply used as much as I wanted and then trimmed off the rest.  Easy solution.  Because I wanted quick and easy cards so I can go and enjoy the summer sunshine, I was looking for a few short-cuts.  All of my cards feature notecards by Lawn Fawn.  They measure 3-1/2″ x 4-7/8″ (so are smaller than A-2 cards), and they fit into an envelope size called 4-bar.

My second card is a fun thank-you card that features the Float My Boat stamp and die set.  This was so very simple too.  First I used the Stitched Journaling Card die set to cut the white layer.  I love the detail in this die!  The rounded corners and stitched detail enhance any project!  I added the “You’re a Lifesaver” sentiment in the lower center of the card using blue ink, and separately stamped two red and one blue lifesavers.  I cut the lifesavers using the coordinating dies, and then attached them to the card using a low dimensional adhesive.  A very simple, fun card!

My last card features the Summertime Charm stamp and die sets.  This set includes a mason jar and a number of things that can be put into the jar.  Of course I chose the fireflies — a summer activity that most of us have engaged in.  Again the card was quite simple.  I cut a journaling card as a base layer, and stamped the sentiment at the bottom.  On a separate sheet of white cardstock I stamped the fireflies in black ink.  When they were dry (its a little icky-sticky here right now, so my ink needed just a little bit of extra time to dry), I colored the bottom part with my Squeezed Lemonade Tim Holtz Distress Marker.  I also used my Tumbled Glass marker to add just a little blue at the base of the wing near the body (this gives the appearance of a little dimension).  Once the fireflies were colored, I cut them using the coordinating die.  Isn’t that just amazing that they created a little die for the fireflies?  I don’t think I would have fussy cut five of them!

My last project is for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday — a little decoration for my house.  I started with three picture frames from the dollar bin at my local craft store.  The frames were already conveniently painted red, white and blue.  My first step was to open one of the frames and measure the size of paper needed for a background, and then I cut a red, a white, and a blue background.  Because the frame opening had rounded corners, I needed to round the corners on my background too to make it fit properly.  I wanted something fun as a layer for my USA letters, so I chose the Lawn Fawn Puffy Stars Stackables dies.  I love these pudgy little stars!  They are perfect for kids cards, etc. and one of the smaller sizes fit perfectly into these frames.   Following my color theme, I cut one star each out of red, white and blue cardstock.  I wanted to add larger letters to spell out “U-S-A” in the frames, but did not have any Lawn Fawn alphabet sets.  I chose a My Favorite Things Die-Namics die set, Peek-a-boo Alphabet Set, to cut the letters into the stars (this die set does not cut out a letter, rather it cuts small holes in the shape of a letter).  Once all of this was ready to go, I assembled the frames making sure to mix the red, white and blue colors.  My final detail was to add an ant parade onto the bottom of the frames.  I did this by stamping and cutting the line of ants from the Happy Summer stamp and die set by Lawn Fawn.  Too fun!  I couldn’t believe that they had a die set to cut out something so small with a fair amount of detail.  Not only was there a die for the line of ants, but there was a die to cut the single ant that appears to be standing (you see him holding a flag on my “A” frame).  I wasn’t sure that my Angel Craft tape would be the best choice for attaching the ants to the frames — instead I used my Angel Craft Podge to do it, and it worked perfectly.  I also attached the flag pick using Angel Craft Podge.   Here are separate pictures of the frames, as well as a close-up of the ant parade and flag-holder ant on the “A” frame.

lawn fawn 5  lawn fawn 6

lawn fawn 7  lawn fawn 8

Oops!  I think I might have cut that “S” upside down.  Geez . . . .

I had so much fun with all of these great Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.  Please see my short video for a closer look at the stamps and dies that I used, and some additional information on how I made my projects.

There was an announcement on yesterday’s Cut@Home blog about a sale on selecLawn Fawn products (while supplies last) so this is a great time to boost your Lawn Fawn stamp and die collection.  I know that you’ll enjoy using them as much as I do.

Supplies from Cut at Home:

Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets — Float My Boat stamp set (SKU LF654) and companion Float My Boat die set (SKU LF661); Happy Trails stamp set (SKU LF601) and companion Happy Trails die set (SKU LF609); Hello Sunshine companion die set (SKU LF798); Summertime Charm stamp set (SKU LF449) and companion Summertime Charm die set (SKU LF493); Stitched Journaling Card die set (SKU LF578); and Puffy Star Stackables die set (SKU LF521).

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Tim Holtz Distress Markers — Gathered Twig, Squeezed Lemonade, Old Paper and Tumbled Glass (available in the sets TDMK39525 and TDMK39082)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT1414)

Angel Craft Podge (SKU ACP6SG)

Supplies from my stash:  Lawn Fawn Happy Summer stamp and die sets; three purchased frames; assorted cardstock, Lawn Fawn notecards, American flag pick, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene On the Road, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Peek-A-Boo Alphabet die; Versafine inks (satin red, majestic blue, onyx black); corner chomper

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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