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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Graduation Card

May 21st, 2015

I’ve had several requests to do more things with the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamp set.  Since it’s so close to Graduation for many I thought a humorous graduation card might be just the thing!

Graduating Birds

I’ve got to tell you these birds just make you happy when you use them.  I had a really old stamp set from TPC Studio called Valedictorian which I don’t think I’d ever used.  This stamp set had the graduation hats and once I saw that in my stamp book I knew the birds would be just the right guys to wear them!  Using white for my card base I cut a standard 10″ x 7″ card, scored in the middle to create a finished 5″ x 7″ card, a little larger than I normally make but perfect to get in all I wanted.

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I’m not sure if you’re aware but Spellbinders has a line called Celebra’tions, you must check it out.  These collections are bright and fun, perfect to group with the birds.  I used the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Solid 12″x12″ assortment pack for the blue solid paper and the one birds beak in orange.  This paper is wonderful and I’m pretty picky about my paper.  It scored and cut without a problem.  I also used the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasions Prints for paper piecing the birds.  Both these paper packs come with 24 sheets of paper.  The sequins are also from the Celebra’tions collections called Sweet Dreams.  (There are lots and lots of sequins in that jar!)  I used my computer to print out the front sentiment to co-ordinate with the inside.

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This sentiment comes from JustRite Stampers Bokeh Time set.  Perfect sentiment for a new graduate!  I used the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies for the mats.  This is the first dies I’ve gotten that have the perforations in them and I so like this look!  I did use my Sizzix Magnetic Platform with these dies, it’s just so easy with it to keep the frames lined up one within the other.  To make the inside sentiment pop a little more I added foam pieces around the blue frame and then placed the sentiment mat through the opening directly to the card base.  All the mats were adhered with Angel Craft 1/2″ tape.  As I said on the video you should always burnish tape well before putting the papers together for this is what provides a tight closure.  I hope you’ll come join me on the video as I share the start to finish process of this card.  All supplies are directly below the video.

Thanks and Happy Crafting!

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Supplies in the Cut at Home store:
CMS212 – Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy
CR-02144 – JustRite Stampers Bokeh Time
SCD-012 – Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies

SCP-017 –  Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solids 12×12″ pack
SCP-018 – Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasion Prints 12×12″ pack
SCE-001 – Spellbinders Celebra’tions Sweet Dreams Sequins

656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
TIM43256 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mermaid Lagoon
ACT1412 – Angel Craft Tape 1/2″

Shaker Birthday Card with Penny Black!

May 20th, 2015

Hello! I’m so happy you stopped by today! I’m sharing a shaker card today using a darling stamp set by Penny Black. This shaker card is not a dimensional card, but rather a flat card, which works great for sending through the mail.

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I started my card with a white card base cutting it to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scoring it at 4 1/4″ giving me a standard A2 sized card. I then used the beautiful Spellbinders Labels Seventeen die for the front window on my card.


I choose the second from the largest die, and centered it on the front of my card, using a piece of tape to hold it in place.

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I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot Machine. I used a piece of transparency paper (from my local office store) and using Angel Craft Tape, I adhered that directly behind my decorative window on the front of my card.
On the same white cardstock, I stamped my Penny Black image, Cake and Wishes (currently on sale) using Tuxedo Black by Memento.
I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color in my image (colors listed below).

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I fussy cut my image out. Using the Black Soot distress marker, I went around the outside of the entire image, after cutting it out. This gives your image a finished look…since you won’t see any of the white from the paper. I finished up the image using a white gel pen & filled in all the polka dots on her dress, and the trim at the bottom of her dress.
I cut out three balloons (design # listed below) from my Silhouette Cameo from green, red, and blue. I used a little crochet twine for the string, adhering them to a piece of patterned paper that will sit inside of my window.
To my transparency window, I used Black Staz-On ink and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the stamp set. Here’s a hint: if you’re not happy with the stamped image, or it get’s smeared, use a little rubbing alcohol, and a paper towel to remove it and start over.
Once I was happy with the placement, I added a little bit of glitter, and colored confetti to the inside of my window, then adhered my patterned paper to the top of that.

I glued down my stamped image to the front of my card.
I decided it needed more color to the front of the card. I again used the Spellbinders Labels Seventeen dies. The largest and second largest, taping them down to my yellow patterned paper, and running it through my Big Shot. This gave me a perfect frame to fit the outside of my window.


I used some wet adhesive to adhere that down. I then cut one more die cut out for the inside of my card, giving me a place for my greeting.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Shaker cards are so much fun to make, and this is not so dimensional that you can’t send it through the mail.
If you’d like to see a full process video on this, please click on the video below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Products used:
Penny Black Stamp Cake and Wishes: SKU:30-235
Spellbinders Labels Seventeen Dies: SKU:S5-025
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″: SKU:ACT1414
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Tim Holtz Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082
Tim Holtz Waterbrush fine tip: SKU:TIP33080
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900
Cutting Pads: SKU: 660522

Products from my stash: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, white cardstock, patterned paper, confetti, glitter, Scotch quick dry adhesive, Uniball Signo White Gel pen.

Distress Markers used:
Dress: Barn Door, Mustard Seed.
Hair: Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain.
Skin: Antique Linen.
Present: Broken China, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry.

Silhouette Balloons: Design ID #55816

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Graduation Card featuring Accordion Star die

May 19th, 2015

Today I want to share a graduation card.  This card features the Accordion Star die by Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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I just love the Elizabeth Craft accordion dies — the star shape and a heart shape are new ones.  The star is perfect for graduation and also for Fathers’ Day.

The card was easy to assemble.  I cut three of the star pages from my graduation paper.  It is hard to see in the picture, but this paper does have a direction to it, so it is important to cut the pages keeping that in mind.  I also cut three black stars using a fine black glitter paper, and dimensional stars using the original gold paper that the pages were cut from.  Finally, I cut a white background star to hold my sentiment and signature for the card.  I wanted to add a graduation cap to signify that this is a graduation card, so I cut a square using the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Square dies (the smallest in the set), and a tassel using the Spellbinders Victorian Tassels die set.  I added the sentiments at the bottom of the three pages using a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp set, “Saying Stuff”.  The sentiment on the back page is from an Art Gone Wild set called “Graduation and Retirement Words to the Rescue”.

The next step is to decorate each of the pages.  I laid them out, with the extra tab for joining the pages to the right.  I attached the black star and the dimensional star to each page using the Angel Crafts 1/4″ adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of each page using VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it using Ranger Super Fine Clear embossing powder.  I attached the white star with the personal sentiment on the back of the third (or last) page.

Once all of the pages were decorated, I assembled the card.   I began with the first two pages.  The pages themselves were attached with a valley fold, and the stars on those pages were attached using a mountain fold.  I reversed this when attaching the third page, so the second and third pages were attached using a mountain fold, and the stars using a valley fold.  It’s all very easy.  To finish, I added the graduation cap at the corner of the first page using a dimensional adhesive.  Please see the short video for more information.

This card would be perfect in school colors.  You may also want to add more information on the back of the card such as the grad’s name, school, degree, etc.  You could also add additional pages for signatures if you’re planning a large party, etc.  Here are a few other pictures of the card —

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The Accordion Star die is a very versatile die, and can be used in any number of ways.  You can use as few as 2 pages, and as many pages as you ultimately want.  I hope that you’ll have fun with the die as I did.

Supplies from Cut @ Home:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Star die set (SKU 971)

Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Square die set (SKU LF837)

Spellbinders Victorian Tassels die set (SKU S5-226)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)

Supplies from my stash:  Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous sentiments “Saying Stuff”; Art Gone Wild “Graduation and Retirement Words to the Rescue”; Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder; heat gun; VersaFine Onyx Black ink; Doodlebug Graduation star epoxy stickers

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Scrapbook Layout using Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create and Angel Craft Vinyl

May 18th, 2015

Today I am sharing a scrapbook layout that I did using Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies and Angel Craft Vinyl. Recently we took our granddaughter to the zoo. She LOVES Elephants so I decided to make a layout sharing her love for them.

I started with a nice background paper, I also used a coordinating heart paper for my layout. I chose the pictures that I wanted to use and started to get an idea of how I wanted to lay things out. Probably the biggest bit of advise that I pass along to anyone new to scrapbooking is “DO NOT” adhere anything until you are sure of the placement of your layout. I just lay things down on my page and play with the arrangement until I am happy with it.

I chose to use the Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies for my layout. I LOVE these dies, they make scrapbooking a breeze. You can even use them with the newer “Project Life” style scrapbook pages. I used both sets of the dies. They way they work is you have two sets of dies that work together to make layers or “frames” for your pictures. 1A & 1B go together and 2A & 2B go together.

I cut all of my frames and my pictures and assembled them. The only picture that I did not use the dies for is the biggest picture because it was too big to use the dies. I did use cut frames for the background of the picture. I also cut a 3 inch strip of the heart paper to run down the second page.

I wanted to use Elephant foot prints but I wasn’t sure how I was going to create them. I decided to cut them in Angel Craft Vinyl. This vinyl cuts perfectly with every die cutting system that I have tried, and believe me, I have tried them all!

The video above tells how I used the vinyl to make the foot prints. I was really happy with the final results! Finally, I adhered everything to the pages and for the finishing touch I added some epoxy shapes that I made from the heart paper and a epiphany crafts shape maker.

Here is a look at the first page of the layout:


Here is the second page:


Finally, here is a look at both pages put together in a two page spread:


This was a fun project, but of course any projects with such a cute subject would have to be fun! Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut@Home website.

HCD749 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 1A
HCD750 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 1B
HCD751 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 2A
HCD752 – Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create Dies, 2B
12X88982-SEP – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Sepia Matte 12×8
6X12NEUT-01 – Angel Crafts Angel Craft Premium Vinyl Neutral #1 6X12


I also used the following from my stash:
Patterned card stock and Epiphany Crafts Shapemaker & Epoxy Shapes (Heart). Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Explore, Animal Antics Font for lettering.

I hope that you enjoyed my project this week, until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Bright Fun Cards with Spellbinders Celebra’tions

May 15th, 2015

Karen N here today sharing some fun, bright cards I made using the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line of inks, papers, dies and stamps.  These super fun products are so easy to use because they all go together.  It’s like having those wonderful wardrobe pieces that go with anything!

Here’s a video that shows you the cards I made up close:

Both of my cards are in the “Celebrate” theme.  I made these just after a fabulous Mom’s day and my older son’s birthday, so I was in a celebratin’ mood.  In this first card, I cut some corrugated paper from my stash using the Sizzix Tickets and Tags Die on my Big Shot and then layered it onto a piece of the Captivating Coral paper from the Spellbinder’s Celebra’tions Solids.  I used my circle dies to cut a wedge out of that piece and a smaller circle out of wide cardstock.  On the smaller circle, I stamped a Spellbinders Celebra’tions Brush Stroke Stamp using Spellbinder’s Celebra’tions Ink in Cool Carribean.  I LoVe these brush strokes.  So FUN.  I then stamped the words from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Many Words stamps in Captivating Coral.  I then layered that up on a piece of the coordinating Spellbinders Celebra’tions Prints and another piece of the Captivating Coral paper (and a butterfly punched from that same paper.  I splattered the corrugated paper with some Dylusions spray and added some sequins and twine.





The next card I made is perfect for using up some of those little scraps.  The patterns and solids are again from the same collection.  In this, I used the Many Words stamps again, but stamped the word using Pretty Plum.  The brush-stroke is stamped in Golden Glow.   The image here is cut out with the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangles Die Set.  I stamped and cut the flower using the Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Stamp and Dies.  I added a touch of the Capivating Coral ink to the flowers.  The center of the flower are prills.  I added some twine and sequins as a final touch.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out Cut@Home to see all the FABULOUS Spellbinders Celebra’tions products.  I’ve done a couple posts using these products.  I really just love them SO much!

Supply list from Cut@Home:

Sizzix Tickets and Tags Die – SKU 659996

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Spellbinder’s Celebra’tions Solids – SKU SCP-017

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Brush Stroke Stamp – SKU SCS-013

Spellbinder’s True Color Fusion Inks:

Cool Carribean – SKU SCI-003

Captivating Coral – SKU SCI-012

Pretty Plum – SKU SCI-008

Golden Glow – SKU SCI-006

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangles Die Set – SKU SCD-012

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Dies – SKU HCD1-760

Heartfelt Creations Delightful Daisies Stamps – SKU HCPC-3656

Supply list from my stash:

Sequins, twine, ribbon, prills, small butterfly punch


Craftily yours,



Foil is trending for Craftmaking!

May 14th, 2015

I watch a lot of crafty YouTube videos, I mean I watch a LOT of crafty YouTube videos!  I love watching and seeing what others are doing and how they are doing it.  I also have noticed that things tend to trend, like clothes used to be a fad (wow I’m dating myself, I better watch that!).   Now things are no longer a ‘fad’ but a ‘trend’.  I’ve seen a lot of crafters using foil on their projects and I, like them, love the look and of course that’s where it all starts isn’t it?  When you see something you like you want to do it too!  I searched through my papers but just couldn’t find any foil that reached out and grabbed me.  I was discouraged, then I got to thinking and quickly solved the problem foil, no not decorative paper with foil, kitchen foil, I have that, I’ve used it before for flowers, but would it work to create a card?  No way to know until you try.

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You can judge for yourself do you think household aluminum foil (I used the heavy duty) worked?  I cut the foil with Spellbinders Tudor Rose Card front above.  It’s one of their Card Creator series dies and one I love, it’s also very intricate. I didn’t back the foil, which I suggest you do before you proceed to cutting with your Big Shot and dies.   I colored the foil, prior to die cutting, with three Tim Holtz Alcohol inks and the Alcohol Blending Solution.  There are lots of color choices of Alcohol inks in the store and I’ll leave a link to that category in the supplies below.  Lots of us have Alcohol inks in our crafty drawers and like most older things they tend to get pushed to the side when all the latest and greatest arrives on the shelves.  So if you have some you haven’t used in a while get them out or if you’re brand new to Alcohol inks put them in your shopping cart and see what fun they are combined with foil.

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I must have been nostalgic for my tried and true supplies today, I pulled out Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Flowers to make my foil flower.  This time I backed the foil (which had already been colored) with cardstock. I used a pattern I wasn’t fond of and put the pattern side down leaving a white backing using Angel Craft Semi Gloss Podge to adhere the foil to the cardstock.   If you don’t have this die in your supplies I’d really suggest getting it.  It’s a  heavy duty steel dies which cuts most anything like butter and it makes gorgeous flowers.  It’s one of my favorites.  I added some bling and lace bhind the flower to give it a little more pizzazz.

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This is a great shot to show you how well the foil cuts even with the most fussy of dies and how the Alcohol inks really change up the metallic foil look to this gorgeous shimmery finish.   The sentiment is from the new Spellbinders Celebra’tions stamps set My Friend and I used a burgundy embossing powder that was a perfect match to the foil colors.

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Here’s one last shot of the other pieces of foil I colored and still have sitting on my desk ready for their transformation into other cards, tags or whatever my mind thinks up at the time.  I have several other mediums I used to color the foil, all of which I cut into tags using the Sizzix Framelits tag set.  I’ll share those examples on the video along with other tips and tricks I used.

Thanks for joining me, have a fabulous crafty day!  I’d love for you to stop by and visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger or Facebook.


Supplies from Store:

TIM19800: Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution
TIM20745: Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator
TIM20844: Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator Replacement Felt
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
656640: Tim Holtz BigZ Tattered Florals Die
659650:  Sizzix Framelits Die Set 9PK w/ Stamps Tags
S4-502: Spellbinders Tudor Rose Card Front dies
ES-008:  Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Garden Delight Embossing Folders
SCS-002: Spellbinders Celebra’tions My Friend
HCDP1-252: Peacock Paisley Paper Collection
ACP6SG: Angel Craft Podge Semi-Gloss
TIM43256: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon

Supplies from my stash: heavy duty household aluminum foil; Silkes Acrylic Glaze, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Sprays, bling, lace, cardstock

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers