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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Use Your Paper Scraps!

September 29th, 2014

Happy Monday, today I am going to show you some fun ways to use your paper scraps. This was a fun project, but before I get started here is a list of supplies used that are available at the Cut at Home website.

Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles, Large – SKU: S4-124
Darice Dot Background Embossing Folder – SKU: 1217-67
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 12″x12″ Paper Collection – SKU: HCDP1-245


Other products used: Card Stock, Washi Tape, Ribbon, Gems and Flowers.

The first card that I am sharing is made with a simple basket weave, I cut strips of paper one inch wide by whatever length you desire. See the video below for detailed instruction on how I did the weaving.

or view it on youtube directly

After I wove the two card stocks together and secured them I embossed them and then die cut them using the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle die set. I used a 6″ x 6″ base for the card, the card stock that I selected is a Bazzill card stock that you can sand for a two tone effect, it is called “Two Scoops”. Next I used some paper from the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create collection. There are many different frames and tags in this collection that are perfect accents for cards.

I adhered the frame to my card stock base, then added the die cut scallop to the center. I added a let’s celebrate tag to the center of the scallop. next I added some ribbon and a bow to the bottom of the card with flower and a polka dotted brad for the center.

Here is a look at that finished card:


The next little trick is so simple, using your scrap papers to create borders. I used three different card stocks, I cut them at three different widths, the widest one I cut with a border punch, then I layered them together to create a boarder.

I used a 5″ x 7″ card base, next I cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ inch rectangle out of a patterned paper from the Cut Mat Create collection. I adhered that to the card base then added the border that I created, I added a decorative rickrack ribbon to complete the border. Next I cut a circle out of a frame from the Cut Mat Create collection and the thank you sentiment. I adhered the thank you sentiment to the circle and trimmed the edge of it. I used pop dots to adhere the circle to the card, finally I added pearls for embellishment.

Here is a look at that finished card:

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This next card just uses squares, one inch squares and 1/2 inch squares. I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base, next I cut some 1/2 inch squares, 5 of 4 different patterns. Using a piece of grid paper line them up alternating patterns, you may need to use more squares it will depend on the image you want to cut. Next, die cut the image, you can use a steel rule die or and electronic cutting machine, I cut the Giraffe on my Silhouette Cameo. Next cut the one inch squares for the border. You will need to cut 5 of each paper of the one inch as well. Take one of the 1 inch squares and cut it in 4 sections, these will be for the corners. Adhere the border around the card, add the die cut in the middle, trim the edges of the border with ribbon or rickrack and add gems or brads.

Here is that finished card:


For the last card I am sharing a link to split coast stampers, I originally found this pattern here, I did alter it for my purposes. I use one inch squares when I make it, that works out better for me. But to make the card you can find the directions at the link below.

After I got the quilting done I adhered it to a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card base, added some washi tape to border it, a couple of flowers, a sentiment, I used Spellbinders Petite Scallop dies for the sentiment, and of course a little bling.

Here is a look at that finished card:


This was such a fun project! I can tell you that I always look to my paper scraps before I start projects. You can use them for borders and titles on scrapbook pages, to cut parts and pieces for paper piecings, make flowers, use them for iris folding, there so many uses for you scraps, and if they still pile up you can always give them away!

I hope that you enjoyed this post, until next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Deal of the Week – Sizzix Sale!

September 29th, 2014

Hi again!

The Deal of the Week is 30% off select Sizzix! We have an assortment of dies in all sizes, embossing folders, coordinating stamps – all on sale, so you will definitely want to take a look! Check it out HERE under Sizzix Deals and Tim Holtz Deals

We are nearing the end of the month and you still have time to use your VIP coupons for September if you haven’t already! Those codes again are SEP432 for Spellbinders and SIZ9SE for Sizzix and Tim Holtz Sizzix.

Now to what is NEW this week…

He’s back…..who else could I be talking about than Tim Holtz! We have MORE new Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies, Texture Fades Embossing Folders and ShadowPress Debossing Folders in great holiday designs! You are going to want to order these right away, as I predict their may be a shortage by November. Here are a few of my favorites:

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The Sizzix collections just released are Favorite Things by Brenda Walton and Stephanie Barnard’s Summer CHA release. The Favorite Things collection is always a big seller and here is why:

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Those ornaments are so dainty! They will be gorgeous to add to a gift tag or decorate on a tree!

Stephanie has more Flip-its, Stand-Ups and introducing Step-Ups!

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Your cards are going to be the talk of town with these dies! I think your friends will like the card more the gift!

Avery Elle also has new dies with coordinating stamps:  Just go here to find the new dies:

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The first set is “Be Jolly.” I love this little snowman! he is adorable. The second set is “Noel.” I am a snowflake freak and I really love the intricate detail on these dies.

Penny Black has new Creative Dies and stamps for fall and winter holidays and every days that will look great on any card and scrapbook layout:

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From left to right are Haunted Hollow dies, Autumn Dance Stamp, Let’s Chill Stamps and Red Star stamps.

This week had so much to showcase, I had a hard time choosing my favorites! I know you will too.


Take care and have a really great week. I hope you have time to craft!

Happy Scrappin!


Owner, Cut@Home


Graphic 45 and Lawn Fawn Gift Card Holder

September 26th, 2014

Karen N here sharing with you a Happy Haunting Halloween gift card holder!  My “kids” are all too old for trick-or-treat, so I usually gift them an iTunes gift card in a fun gift-card holder.  This one uses Graphic 45 {An Eerie Tale} paper and Lawn Fawn {Happy Haunting} stamp set along with the new Spellbinders Nestabilities – Labels 39 dies.

Here’s the gift card holder.  On the left is the cover and on the right is the inside.



I cut a white card stock card base using the largest size of the Labels 39.  I folded it and brought the fold slightly inside the die (to make sure the fold wasn’t cut).  Then, I cut four patterns from Graphic 45 Eerie Tale, lined them up and scissor cut the edge.  For the inside patterns, I then cut just a smidge more off so that the card would fold nicely.

The cover image is from the Lawn Fawn {Happy Haunting} stamp set colored with Tim Holtz distress watercolor markers.  I inked the edges with distress ink in Black Soot and Weathered Wood.  Then, I stamped and fussy cut the ghosts to finish off the scene.  Inside, I cut a smaller size label for the sentiment.  On the left side of the inside, I’ll glue dot my gift cards in.  The final touch was to add some ribbon (to cover the edges inside) and tie a bow!

Here’s a video that explains the process.


Thank you for visiting today.  Hope everyone has a hauntingly happy Halloween!

Craftily yours,


Spellbinders 3D Christmas Tree Cards

September 25th, 2014

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that Christmas is soon on it’s way again and it’s certainly not too early to be thinking about making cards for those special someones on your card list.


Spellbinders has released this fantastic Shapeabilities 3D Christmas Card Tree which creates this stunning dimensional card front.  Now whom on your Christmas Card List wouldn’t love to find this in their mailbox.  Oh and speaking of mailing, the tree will fold flat to fit in your envelope.  The one I’ve made is a standard A2 size card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  The dies include the Christmas ornaments, holly and star to add that extra somethin’ special to the tree.


Include a few packages that you’ve cut from your scraps and wrapped with ribbon or cord for under the tree, there must be presents under the tree!  I also topped the Ornaments with a dab of Silver stickles to add that little Christmas sparkle.


For the inside of my cards I picked another Spellbinders die, the Die D-Lites Miracle of Lights.  I added some Martha Stewart Glitter Glue to the flames so they’d shimmer a little and stamped my sentiment from JustRight Stampers – Christmas Inner Thoughts collection.


I won’t lie to you, if you add the holly and Ornaments like I have this card is a little time consuming, but so worth it!  If you want to speed up the process use some Stickles on the Ornaments instead of cutting the individual pieces, but I’ll tell you you’ll prefer the die cuts to the Stickles!  Join me on the video and I’ll show you how I put the card together.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Store:
S6-014: Spellbinders Shapeabilities – 3D Christmas Tree
S2-122: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Miracle of Lights
CL-04625: JustRite Stampers – Christmas Inner Thoughts
658300: Sizzix Big Shot
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
404: Scor-Pal No More Shims Rubber Mat
STAMPPOS1: Apple Pie Memories Stamp Positioner Kit


Graphic 45 8×8 Easel album using G45 Botanical Tea collection

September 24th, 2014

Today I’m sharing an 8×8 easel album from Graphic 45 that makes a great keepsake! I used the stunning Botanical tea paper in both the 8×8, and 6×6. I also used the Chipboard1, Flowers, Tags & Pockets…all by Graphic 45. Having the entire collection makes embellishing this album so easy. This paper is one of my all time favorites from G45.

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I also used a Shabby Chic Door pull from G45, which I added a little Tim Holtz Distress paint in Picket fence over it. Each page has been embellished with trims, pearls, chipboard pieces, even the flowers from the collection. This is a great album to use border punches, to give the pages a unique look. One of the pages, I cut into a banner edge, and added pearl trim to the edge. I’ve added several pockets, to add flip books, tags & mats, which will hold more photos. One of the many things I like about this album, is you can keep it flat while working on it, then open up the bottom flap to stand up, when done.

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I used the intricate Spellbinder die: Fleur de Elegance, to add a pocket to the page.



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One of the great things about G45’s paper’s is they always have tags, and border strips that you can cut out.




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As you can see, having the chipboard pieces that go with the collection makes a perfect match!




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I love that this album is really a show piece, it can sit on a shelf, or a coffee table & makes a great memory keeper, that will hold lots of photos.
If you’d like to see the process of how I put this album together, please check out my video, where I show this album in it’s entirety. Thanks for stopping by.

Products Used:

Shabby Chic Door Pull: SKU:4500842
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo: SKU:TIM19527
G45 Botanical Tea 8×8: SKU:4500888
G45 Botanical Tea 6×6: SKU:4500887
G45 Botanical Tea Tags & Pockets: SKU:4500892
G45 Botanical Tea Flowers: SKU:4500891
G45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 1: SKU:4500895
Spellbinders die: Fleur De Elegance: SKU:S4-475

Items from my stash: Lace, trim, pearls, Hug snug seam binding, handmade flowers, WOC flower, small frame.

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NEW Darice Embossing Essentials Dies

September 23rd, 2014

As a die fanatic, I am so excited that Darice now has dies available.  Yay!  As usual, the quality that we’ve come to expect from Darice is absolutely there and, best of all, the dies are affordable.  Let me show you a card that I made using one of the basic die sets, scalloped circles.


Isn’t that just the cutest shape?  I love the pointy edges instead of the traditional rounded ones, and that they are larger and more spaced out than the traditional pinking circles.

In the debut, Darice released a variety of dies — both basic sets and seasonal ones.  When I say new, I mean brand new and not just new to Cut at Home.  That means there may be some delay in availability while they (Darice)  catch up with orders, etc.  You’ll notice in the Darice Embossing Essentials die area that there are a lot of the basic dies, for example, and not so much for the holiday dies.  This should all sort out as they catch up with their orders, etc.  If you want something pictured here that is not currently on the site, contact the wonderful Customer Service folks for assistance.

The dies are the thin dies, and so can be used in a number of different die cutting machines.  The package gives instructions for four machines (the Big Shot, the Cuttlebug, the eBosser, and the Evolution), but they should work in any machine that can handle thin dies.  They have a coating that is designed to prevent those little chads from sticking in the dies.  If you do find that some little pieces stay behind, whack the die against a hard surface and most of the bits should come flying out (it is a lot easier than picking them out, but you do have to chase those little pieces).

I was able to purchase a variety of dies, including some of the basic sets and some of the holiday sets.  For each I cut out a piece of scrap paper using the largest die in the set (all fit comfortably on an A-2 sized card).  Here is a look at some of them —

cuts 1  These are three circle sets — scalloped circles (top), wavy circles (left) and bumpy circles (right).  The bumpy circles look like they will be a lot of fun to use on cards, etc.

cuts 2  The curved rectangles set is at the top, and wavy squares on the bottom.

cuts 3  These are my two favorite sets — stars and the book pages dies.  I love the puffy, rounded edge stars.  They are perfect for kids’ cards or for baby items.  The book pages set is, to me, the “must have” die set in the collection so far.  You could make some very cure mini-albums using this set, or the individual pieces would be perfect layered on cards, etc. to make pockets or flaps or whatever.  It is such a fun set and has so many possibilities.

cuts 4  These are two of the holiday dies — the evergreen border and the snowflake border.  Both fit the long side of an A-2 card (so are approximately 5.5″ long).  The trees can be used all together, or you can cut them apart and just use a few, etc.  I also think they would be perfect stacked creating a forest of sorts.

cuts 5  Last, but by no means least, these are mostly holiday dies.  The top left piece is called swirl vine (it is not holiday).  Next to it is small holly.  On the bottom are poinsettia and snowman with hat.  All very cute!  With these dies, it is important that you take the extra step and emboss them after cutting.  There is so much detail that adds to/enhances the look of the piece (none of these images were embossed).

For a closer look at the dies and cutout shapes, please see the short video below.  In it I do spend some time with the dies, their packaging, and how the cut shapes (focusing on the largest sizes) fit on an A-2 sized card.

So that’s just a quick look at some of the sets that are available.  Watch for additional posts from me featuring Darice Embossing Essentials dies.

For the “hello sunshine” card above, I used the second largest die in the scalloped circles set.  I cut it using my Sizzix Big Shot.  I did not emboss it for this project.  I added some Dandelion and Tangelo Memento inks to the edges to give it some dimension (I even used a little light orange to add some “blush” to the sun face).    I used the same color cardstock to cut a card base 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A-2 sized), and I cut the yellow and white paper 4″ x 5.25″.  I added some of the Dandelion and Tangelo inks to the edges of the layer to add some dimension.  The cool shades gave my sunshine a little ‘tude (the frame is black with clear rhinestones, the lenses are cut from bottle green vellum).  The “hello sunshine” sentiment is from one of those dollar rubber stamps that you just can’t resist.  Easy peasy.    This card is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face.


Be sure to check out the selection of Darice Embossing Essentials dies.   You’ll see that even the basic dies are different from the other dies available out there.  With the reasonable price tag you might just be able to buy 2 or 3 sets for what you would have paid for just 1 set of another brand.


Supply List

Darice Embossing Dies — I used a variety of sets as described above.  The card is made using the Scalloped Circles set.

Die Cutting/Embossing machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot.

assorted cardstock

Memento inks — I used tuxedo black, dandelion and tangelo

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (to adhere the card layers and to attach the glasses to the sun, etc.)

Sunglasses – this is a Taylored Expressions die called “Spectacles”

The lenses of the sunglasses are cut from  bottle green vellum

4 small clear rhinestones to embellish the glasses

Low dimensional adhesive (used to attach the sun and the sentiment)


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



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