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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Helps for using Taylored Expressions!

December 19th, 2014

Hi Cut@Homeys!

This morning Karen introduced you to Taylored Expressions and showed you a range of cards you can do with their stamps, dies and embossing folders. Here is some more information on using their products I think you will find useful.

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If you have a Cuttlebug and a Big Shot, here are the recipes for using their Impression plates. Next are the recipes for using their dies in the Cuttlebug, Big Shot and Wizard:

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Here is what their dies look like out of the package.

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You can see they are thin and lightweight and have the holes for quick release from your cardstock.

Their stamps come with a handy storage panel that makes them easy to find!

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Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail store, Owner

Fun with Taylored Expressions

December 19th, 2014

Karen N here today!  I’m SUPER excited to be showing off a new-to-Cut@Home craft line – Taylored Expressions!  Such a fun craft line with stamps, dies, and embossing folders!

Check out my video that shows you some of these wonderful products up close and personal:

In this first card, I also used Taylored Expressions Snowflake Cutting Plate.  How fun is this?  I cut it with gold and placed it over some blue paper from the Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket collection.  The sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions Big Bold Christmas stamp set.  I added some pearls and ribbons from my stash.  Love this super-easy-to-make card!


This card highlights the super fun and versatile Taylored Expressions Color Block Cutting Plate.  I used it in my first card to cut out the sentiment.  In this card, I used it for the design.  So many fun possibilities with this die set!   I also cut the Holly Die (and added some pearls) and the Christmas Tree.  Such adorable little embellishments to add to all your projects!


Then, I stamped and fussy cut a Magnolia Snoowie with Star stamp, colored him, and embossed the background using Taylored Expressions Snowfall Embossing Folder.  Love the fun and quirky dimension this folder added.



Finally, I decided it was probably time to start on my Valentine’s Day cards and used the Taylored Expressions Hoot Hoot Hooray stamp and die set.  This fun set is perfect for love, birthday and congratulations cards.  I do love owls, especially when I can add googly eyes!



Supplies used from Cut@Home:

TE231 Taylored Expressions Snowflake Cutting Plate

TEMS53 Taylored Expressions Big Bold Christmas stamp set

TE232 Taylored Expressions Color Block Cutting Plate

TE434 Taylored Expressions Holly Little Bits Die

TE433 Taylored Expressions Christmas Tree Little Bits Die

Magnolia 016062-1 Snoowie with Star stamp

TEEF09 Taylored Expressions Snowfall Embossing Folder

TEPS77 Taylored Expressions Hoot Hoot Hooray stamp and die set

Supplies used from my stash

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket Paper

3 Girl JAM Lace

Timeless Twine

Snug Hug Seam-Binding Ribbon

Buttons and Pearls

Craftily yours,



What’s NEW This Week!

December 18th, 2014

Hi Scrappers!

Here is what is NEW at Cut@Home this week!

Penny Black has some new stamps and dies you will want to make sure and look at it!

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They have Slapstick, Transparent and all kinds of cling stamps. Look for another BIG Penny Black release in January!

Nellie’s Choice has a few NEW embossing folders and dies you will want to add to your collection:









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Here are some NEW Cottge Cutz dies!

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Enjoy and Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner








A Little Bird Whimsical Card with Penny Black

December 18th, 2014

Hi Everyone, have you gotten your holiday shopping done, wrapped and ready to go? NO??? Never fear there are still a few days left! Are any of you like me and have family and friends with December birthdays? Both my son and I fall in to that category but luckily ours in earlier in the month. My Brother-in-Law’s is Christmas Day! I always feel kind of bad because it’s easy to forget the individual celebration when there’s so much else going on around it. I try to find a special card for him and I think this year I’ve hit the mark.










Penny Black has the most adorable stamp set out called A Little Bird, it come with the outside and inside saying as well and those are what make it! I stamped the birdcage on white cardstock with Versamark and embossed it. After I’d fussy cut around it I popped it above the stamped image.









To make the edges pop a little I turned my image to the wrong side and scored twice around each edge, this creates the embossing on the front side. Using a marker I went over the embossed lines with red so they pop and form a natural frame work around this silly cat.









Now tell me how cute is this saying???? Adorable huh. I used the Sizzix Framelits Tags die to cut the stamped sentiment out and went around the edge with the same red marker I’d used on the embossed lines. I also have added some loose feathers here and there, after all the Cat did eat the Bird, lol.









This is a fast, simple and fun card, perfect for anyone on your birthday list, I’m sure my BIL is going to get a kick out of it. I simply framed the inside sentiment after cutting it out with the Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Die.

I’ll have a start to finish on the video to share how I did what but I went ahead and finished up the other stamped images with variances in paper and colors to give you a little more inspiration —































Here is the video I promised:

Thanks everyone, Happy Holiday and Happy Craftin’!


Supplies from the store include:

40-327 – Penny Black Slapstick Cling – A Little Bird
659650 – Sizzix Framelits Tags dies
HCD-754 – Heartfelt Creations All Geared Up Dies
657900 Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my stash include: White cardstock, bits and pieces of decorative paper, Glossy Accents, Google eyes, Feathers, Versamark and various embossing powders, Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers

Christmas Cards with Heartfelt Creations, Tim Holtz and more!

December 17th, 2014

I’m sharing two handmade cards today. The first card is a large card, that will fit into a business size envelope. It is a 9 x 3 7/8″. I have used white cardstock, and cut it to 9 x 7 3/4, scoring it in half. I then added the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Postale Tissue paper to the background of this entire card, using a gel-medium to adhere it. While adding this, I made sure to crinkle it as I went, giving it dimension. I have used the beautiful Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die set to cut several flowers out. They also offer the stamp set as well, but I did not use that in today’s project.


To the center of some of my handmade flowers, I added stamens. I love to make white flowers, to use on tone on tone projects. I have used the Die-Namites Floral Deer die, and the Die-Versions Jingle bells die, adding VersaMark ink to both & sprinkling with silver embossing powder. I love the look it gives these dies. Using the beautiful Kaisercraft Street Light die, I cut a grey piece, but then decided to add a white layer to the top of that, leaving a small shadow. I then adhered all my dies, along with my Arianna Blooms flowers, and a few other flowers, to add a touch of color. I also used the Tim Holtz Holiday Words Script die, in Wonderland, embossing that as well, in silver. I added the sentiment to the inside of the card. For all of my dies, I used the Sizzix Big Shot Machine. I have a process video, showing this card if you’d like to see it, the video is below.

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The second card I made, is a 4 3/4″ sq. card. I added two layers, 1/4″ smaller on each layer. The first layer is a scrap piece of patterned paper in soft yellow, the second layer is white card stock. On that layer, I used the Sizzix Brenda Walton embossing folder, Border Blooms & Garden Roses. Which are currently on sale!! The embossing folder makes such a beautiful & clean impression. I then added a handmade flower using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die, and a few soft yellow Cherry blossom flower. I then added the Kaisercraft Mannequin die, and a couple of leafs to finish it off.



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I hope you’ve enjoyed these two cards I had to share with you today. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

Products used:

Sizzix Brenda Walton Embossing folders
Border Blooms & Garden Roses: SKU:659625
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms dies: SKU:HCD-748
Kaiser Craft:
Street Light: SKU:DD513
Mannequin: SKU:DD102
Tim Holtz:
Holiday Words Script dies: SKU:660058
Idea-ology Postale Tissue Paper: SKU:TH93181
Die-Versions dies
Die-Namites Floral Deer: SKU:DN-1219
Silhouette Cameo: SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900

Products from my own stash: pearls, flowers, cardstock, patterned paper, big bite, stamins, wink of stella glitter pen.
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Quick and Easy Christmas Cards with Penny Black, Leane Creatief, Cottage Cutz and Tim Holtz!

December 16th, 2014

I can hardly believe that next week is Christmas!  This year has just flown by.  Of course I am, as usual, running late with my holiday preparations.  With Christmas just a week away, I must tackle my Christmas card list.   Here’s a look at some of my favorites for this year —

candles   dove

wreath bearer    cardinal

When I begin work on my holiday cards, I always go through my dies and stamps to see if any really inspire me.  I also look through any papers, etc. that I have on hand to see what might make an interesting combination.  It was through this process that I decided to make the dove card.  I started with the great patterned paper, and a nearly identical die (“The Gift” by Penny Black).  From that point there was just a little trial and error to come up with the card that you see posted above.  Note that I was not able to use the dove directly on that patterned paper — it just blended in.  The additional pop of gold (here I used one of the Spellbinders Labels One dies) was just what I needed to make the dove stand out and the card come to life.  Just like the paper beneath, I cut another branch for the dove’s beak in gold.  This is one of my favorite cards.


My next project was the candles by Leane Creatief.  I just love the dies that they produce — they are always so thoughtful and make sure that you have the dies that you need for the job.  I used two sets of dies for this card — Candles and Holly Leaves and Pine Branches.  They coordinate so well . . . and there are many different combinations that you could use successfully to make a holiday card.  Note that when I attached the pine and holly, I used just a few glue dots.  I like to leave foliage a little loose, to give it an opportunity to pop up a little and look dimensional.  It’s a balance, though – if the pine branches or holly are too loose they may get caught on something and pull off of the card.  The “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the card is a gold sticker.  Too easy peasy!


My third card features a die by Cottage Cutz, “Cardinal with Branch“.  I like the simplicity of this die — and it produces a gorgeous card.  As a typical Cottage Cutz die, you need to run the die through the die cutting machine several times in order to cut all of the detail.  Also, since all of the pieces are on one die plate, you need to run it through the die cutting machine several times in order to obtain the various colors of pieces that you need.  This die has some tiny pieces — but they are what makes the cardinal look as it does.  The only thing I needed to do was to add a little white accent at the eye.  How easy is that?  The rhinestones instead of berries gives the card a little sparkle.  I also used a metallic green paper for the holly to make it pop.  When attaching the holly branch, I used only a couple of glue dots so it could  curl up a little and gain some dimension.   I did the same with the cardinal — attaching it only at the body, and allowing the head and tail to raise up a little from the paper.  Little things like that give some life to your cards, as opposed to gluing everything down in place.


Last, but by no means least, is a stamped card featuring one of the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, Mini Holiday #5.  I love these stamps, and my favorites are the various holiday mini sets.  I love the quality and attention to detail.  There are so many of the stamps that are appropriate as a focal point for a card, and the mini sets are the perfect size for my A-2 cards.  I chose my holiday minis 5 set, and the gentleman carrying a wreath.  I needed a card that was more masculine, and more appropriate for the guys on my list.  This seems to work quite well.  I also love the plaid cardstock that seems to be popular right now, and I thought it was a good pairing with the Tim Holtz silhouette stamp.  I found a light green cardstock and a dark green ink that matched the plaid well, and I stamped the silhouette onto the green cardstock.  I then cut the oval shape, and finished by sponging ink around the edges.  This creates a soft definition for the oval, and also ties the colors together.  The ribbon that I chose is a fibrous ribbon, almost like a nubby silk.  I added the “Merry Christmas” sticker to the ribbon instead of some bling or something that might have tampered with the more masculine appearance.  I also tied a knot instead of a bow.

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So, I just wanted to share a couple of my holiday cards for this year.  I hope that you’ll join me for this short video where I give you a closer look at the cards and at the dies, etc. that I used to create them.

Supplies from Cut @ Home

Cottage Cutz CC-015  “Cardinal With Branch” die

Leane Creatief 459913 “Candles” and 459920  “Holly Leaves and Pine Branches” dies

Penny Black dies 51-070 “The Gift” and 51-060 “Exultations

Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One die set

Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous Stamp set CMS177 “Mini Holidays #5

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Supplies from my stash:  gold holiday stickers, assorted cardstock, glue dots, ribbon, bling

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers