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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Easter Shadowbox featuring Cottage Cutz dies

March 31st, 2015

Today I want to share a fun Easter decoration — a cute little shadow box that features a Cottage Cutz die, Miss Lily Garden Bunny.  Here’s a photo:


This was like most projects, it started with a die.  A number of the Cottage Cutz dies are like this one in that they contain pretty much everything you need for a project on a 3.75″ x 3.75″ surface.  Miss Lily Garden Bunny makes an adorable card, but for this project I wanted something a little more.  I found the cute shadow box on one of my frequent craft store visits (yes, I am a craft-a-holic), and I knew that it was just perfect for a little Easter display.  I thought maybe I would put some little bunnies or chicks in the boxes below the main display, but when I found the flowers I knew they would be much more appropriate.  (Much cheaper too, they’re from a dollar bin!)

I like to do little holiday displays in my home, but storage is always a problem.  I decided to make this little Easter display so that it can be removed from the shadow box and another holiday or special occasion can be substituted.  That way I’m only working with one shadow box, but an endless number of holiday displays.  It is very easy to do that.  First I cut a piece of poster board the size of the largest opening.  This will provide some stability for my Easter decorations.  I also cut a piece of the coral/ivory polka dot cardstock (Graphic 45, of course) the same size.  I used my Angel Craft tape to attach the two together.  The poster board gives a little more stability to the cardstock and makes it a little easier to decorate and move in/out of the frame (see the video for more details);.

To get the pieces that I needed to assemble the shadow box scene, I needed to cut a number of colors using the Cottage Cutz die.  With everything on one die, you have the choice of cutting all of the pieces out of each color (but then do you have a use for a purple bunny?), or you  can use scraps of cardstock and try to just cut only the pieces that you need from that particular color.  I used a mix of both methods for my display.  For example, I cut the greens twice using the entire die; the bunny, was cut from a scrap of brown paper laid just over the bunny portion of the die.  There is no right or wrong answer on this — just do what makes sense.  I cut the “Happy Easter” word from ivory cardstock using my Sizzix Big Shot.  I used two of the new Tim Holtz Distress ink pads to add a little color to the words (sponged the colors on with a small craft marshmallow).  Here’s a close-up of the words —


Assembly of the scene was super easy.  Again, to make this a removable display, I was working just on the cardstock.  I began with the main pieces (the sentiment and the bunny) and placed them appropriately on the polka dot cardstock.  I added greens and flowers, as needed and the scene came to life.  Note that I determined placement of everything before I started to attach it in place.  I also added little bits of chalk or ink to enhance the flowers and the bunny, etc.  This should also be completed before the pieces are attached.

When everything was ready, I began attaching items.  The bunny can be attached early on (use a low dimensional adhesive to pop it), but the “Happy Easter” needs to wait until the flowers/greens behind are glued in place.  It is a very easy process — just lift the pieces one at a time, add the glue (mostly just at the base of the piece to allow some dimension to occur) and set in place.   When everything else is set, add the “Happy Easter” using low dimensional adhesive.  Here’s a close-up of my little Easter scene —


This was a quick and easy project.  I love how it turned out!  I added the scene and the flowers to the   using Scotch removable double-sided tape.  Please take a look at the short video for more information on how I kept my shadow box reuseable.

Cottage Cutz dies are a lot of fun, and are easy to use.  Be sure to check out the full selection on the Cut @ Home site.  Also remember that Cottage Cutz makes a “Universal Shim Plate” that assists in cutting some of their more intricate dies (I didn’t need it for this one, but have needed it for others).

Supplies available from Cut @ Home

Cottage Cutz Miss Lily Garden Bunny (SKU CC4x4-599)

Cottage Cutz Universal Shim Plate (SKU CC-SHIM-1)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Tim Holtz Distress InksCracked Pistachio (SKU TIM43218) and Abandoned Coral (SKU TIM43188)

Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 8×8 paper pad (SKU 4501014)

Supplies from my stash — Cheery Lynn “Happy Easter” die; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive; Scotch removable double sided tape; 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow box Tray (White – 6.5″ x 6.625″ x .875″); craft marshmallow; assorted cardstock

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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March 30th, 2015

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Happy Scrappin!


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Mother’s Day Cards with Background Stamps

March 30th, 2015

Happy Monday, it’s hard to believe that April is almost here already, this week is already Easter! It got me thinking about the next big card day around the corner, Mother’s Day! Today I have two Mother’s Day cards using Background Stamps!

The first card that I made is a monochromatic card. I used the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Background stamp called Dots & Floral. You get two stamps in this set, for my card today I used the Floral stamp. I decided to do a Monochromatic card, I started with a lighter purple paper and used a purple stamp pad to stamp the image. I made a 5″x7″ card base in a lighter purple as well. I used a Spellbinders die set, Heirloom Rectangle for this project. I cut the stamped image for the center, then I used a darker purple for the die cut image. I also cut the other element that was used for the center of the card in the darker purple.

I inked the edges of all pieces before assembly. Finally I added the roses, the sentiment “You Inspire Me”, which was one of the element tags from Heartfelt Creations Roses on Raindrops paper package. I inked the edge of the tag too. Here is a look at the finished card:

You Inspire Me 2

For the second card, I used a JustRite Stampers background stamp called Elegant Damask, I absolutely love this stamp! I chose a light yellow cardstock to use for stamping the image. I used the same ink color as I did for the previous card. Note how much different the color is just by changing the base that I stamped on! I found a coordinating card stock and cut a 5″ x 7″ base for the card.

I added some washi tape, and I stamped the “Mother” on the yellow card stock as well. I used the same element from the Heirloom Rectangle set. I also used Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create set 1A for the rectangle to back the sentiment. Finally I added a little bling! Here is a look at that finished card:


Here is a list of the supplies used that are available on the Cut@Home site:

CMS220 – Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Dots and Floral Background Stamp
CL-04320 – JustRite Stampers Elegant Damask Background Stamp
HCD2-749 – Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1A die set

I also used the Spellbinders set mentioned, Raindrops on Roses tag, Hero Arts Grape Juice ink, Studio 112 Mother Stamp, Gems, roses and card stock.


Isn’t it amazing how different the same color looks stamped on a different card stock! These cards were fun and easy to make.

I hope that you enjoyed my post today, til next time…

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Using Angel Craft Vinyl to Bling Up and Old Vase

March 27th, 2015

Karen N here today sharing my FIRST-ever vinyl project using Angel Craft Vinyl!  Looking on Pinterest, I’ve seen tons of projects that I want to try using vinyl, but I’ve always been a bit scared of it.  Cut@Home sent me some samples to try, so I decided to give it a shot using my metal dies and my Big Shot.  Yes, you heard it.  My Big Shot!  I didn’t need a super fancy electronic die cutting machine. This vinyl is SO awesome that it cuts like butter with regular dies and a Big Shot!  WoW.

So I dug through my cupboards trying to decide what to do, and I came across this old vase.  (It’s not really crooked at the top; that’s just an odd picture!)


And then, I decided to just PLAY.  I pulled out my Spellbinders Layered Flowers, a swirl die and some circle dies along with brimstone yellow, sepia brown and antique white Angel Craft Vinyl in the 6×12 size, which is perfect for the Big Shot.  And I cut a bunch of each of the dies I selected.  One pass through the Big Shot cuts perfectly!  Next I made sure that vase was clean and peeled the liner from the vinyl and carefully laid it down on the vase smoothing it out well.  Here’s a video showing you the super easy process with a couple of the circles.  It’s SO easy.


Once done, I added a some bling I had in my stash, a big bow and some pretty daisies, and I LoVe my vinyl and blinged up vase!


Hope you give it a try.  I’m thinking I’ll add “Vinyl-addict” to my other list of crafty obsessions!

Supplies used from Cut@Home

Angel Craft Vinyl (Trendy Home #1) – SKU 6X12TRHM-01

Angel Craft Vinyl (Trendy Home #2) – SKU 6X12TRHM-02

Angel Craft Vinyl (Neutral #1) – SKU 6X12NEUT-01

Spellbinders Layered Flowers Dies – SKU S4-355

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Supplies used from my stash

Circle Dies

Swirl Die

3 Girl JAM Ribbon


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,


Easter Cards featuring Lawn Fawn

March 26th, 2015

Today I have some fun Easter cards that feature Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.  I love the cute designs and overall style of Lawn Fawn.  It is just so easy to find something for everyone.

garden bunny   ear bunny

The Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter stamp and die sets are just too much fun.  Both of the cards feature the Eggstra Special Easter stamps and dies.   There are so many elements that can be used to create Easter cards for all ages.  There are also a number of basic dies in the Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts collection that can be used to add some fun elements to a card.

For the “Happy Easter” card, I began with an A2 card base in green, cut 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut a blue layer and another green layer using the largest of the Small Stitched Rectangles.  I further cut the green rectangle using the Stitched Hillside Borders to create the two layers of grass shown.  These are so very easy to cut, and what a cute result!  I stamped the “happy Easter” sentiment at the bottom of the front layer of grass.  It was heat embossed using Ranger’s Super Fine Clear embossing powder for emphasis.  The sun and the clouds were cut using the Hello Sunshine die set.  I used the Hello Sunshine stamps and die to make the cute Easter chicks.  I’m pretty sure they are meant to be little birds, but I think that they also make cute chicks.  I added a little orange Copic marker to them to enhance their little beaks.  I stamped the bunny on white and on purple cardstock, and then cut both.  I fussy cut the bow from the purple bunny and glued it in place on the white bunny.  I added a few pink highlights (nose and ears) using a pink Copic marker.  Finally, I made the tulips by stamping and cutting them both out of a green patterned paper and the red polka dot paper.  I cut the red polka dot heads and glued them in place on the green tulips.  All I needed to do from that point was just to assemble the card.  I did that using my Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive.

For the “Earresistable” card, the process was similar.  I cut the teal A2 card base 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut the plaid layer 4″ x 5.25″.  I used the Say Cheese die set to cut the cute photo frame in white, and a blue center as a background for the picture.  I cut a teal layer just slightly larger than the photo frame (1/4″ added to each side’s dimension, so that only 1/8″ of the teal will show when assembled).  The bunny was stamped on brown and on teal.  I fussy cut the bow from the teal bunny, and glued it in place on the brown version.  I used my pink Glaze pen to add the nose and ear accents.  I cut a teal banner using a die from the large Stitched Journaling Card die set.  The sentiment “You’re Earresistable” is designed as a long sentiment, stretching almost the entire width of an A2 card.  To make it easier to use on the banner, I simply cut the stamp between the words.  I used my Ranger Super Fine embossing powder to make this sentiment pop also.  I assembled this card using my Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive.  I added the cute teal/white polka dot to embellish.

For additional information on how I made the cards, please see the short video.

These cards were so fun and so easy to make.  I love the look that you can achieve by doing the simple fussy cutting and paper piecing techniques.  Be sure to check out the many cute Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets that are available on the Cut@Home site.  I’m sure that you’ll find a “must have” for your collection.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home

Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter stamp (SKU LF840) and die (SKU LF841) sets, arriving April 2015

Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine stamp (SKU LF651) and die (SKU LF798) sets

Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border dies (SKU LF 772)

Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle dies (SKU LF768)

Lawn Fawn Say  Cheese die (SKU LF491)

Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Journaling Card die set (SKU LF611)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Angel Crafts 1/4″ adhesive (SKU ACT1414)

Supplies from my stash:  Queen and Company Dotties – teal; assorted cardstock; Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive; Ranger Super Fine Clear embossing powder; pink and orange Copic markers; pink Glaze pen

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




Floating frame using Angel Craft Premium Vinyl!

March 25th, 2015

Today I’m using the wonderful Premium Angel Craft Premium Vinyl. I love to play with vinyl. There’s so many great home decor projects that you can get so creative with, and wonderful gifts that you can make.

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Cut At Home has some beautiful vinyl to choose from that come in several sizes and colors to choose from.


I love to re-purpose items when I get the chance. Today I’m using a very old, and not so pretty frame. This was just a plain used frame I had in my stash.

Snapshot 3 (3-23-2015 11-34 PM) Snapshot 2 (3-23-2015 11-34 PM)
I first removed the backing and discarded it, as I no longer need it. I gave the frame two coats of white Gesso paint, using my heat gun to help speed up the drying time.

Snapshot 4 (3-23-2015 11-37 PM)

I then took the frame outside to spray paint it. I used Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze.

Snapshot 1 (3-24-2015 2-53 PM)

While that was drying, I cut out a beautiful quote using the White Matte Angel Craft Vinyl from my Silhouette Cameo (see design # below).
If you have never cut out vinyl on your Cameo, it’s very easy! You simply place it on your mat like you would a piece of cardstock. Under the cut settings, change your cut type to “vinyl”. Then cut it out the same way, following the blade depth the Silhouette recommends. This will give it a “kiss” cut, which will not cut  all the way through the backing. You then want to “weed” your vinyl. Simply use a piercing tool, or something else with a point, you need to take out all of the negative pieces of vinyl that you do not need. The center of any of the letters, leaving only the design you desire.
Then using the Angel Craft Transfer Paper…which is a must have for me, I place that over my vinyl that is left on the backing sheet. After burnishing that down, you want to pull back the transfer paper, and only the vinyl will stick to it. If any vinyl does not stick, you want to place the transfer paper back down & burnish it again. Then you are able to use this to adhere to your glass piece in your frame. I used my grid mat and a printed version of the quote as a guide to help to get it straight on the frame.

Snapshot 1 (3-24-2015 3-00 PM)
Replacing the glass in my frame, I choose to remove the metal closure pieces, being that they can be seen from the front. To remove them, I used a pair of needle nosed pliers. To adhere my glass down to the frame, I used E6000 very lightly trying to avoid any gushing out on the sides. This will hold it securely in place. I then added a beautiful cluster of flower’s, and pearl trim to finish this frame off. This project looks beautiful hanging from a wall, or on a plate stand. You can see just a small shadow peeking through the frame from the lettering, which looks great!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. If you’d like to see a full process of  this, please see the video below.

Thanks for stopping by!
Products used:
Angel Craft Premium Vinyl White Matte 12×6: SKU:12X6010-WHT
Angel Craft Transfer Paper 6×50: SKU:6X50TRAN-TPE
Silhouette Cameo: SKU:SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T

Products from my stash: frame, paper piercer, flowers, pearl trim, leaves, heat gun, gesso, spray paint.
Silhouette Design #42872

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