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Anniversary Card featuring Tim Holtz Dies

July 7th, 2015

It’s summertime, and definitely wedding and anniversary season.  I often find myself reaching for a card, usually anniversary, and so I’m always looking for something fresh and different to add to my card line-up.  Today I pulled out a couple of Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix dies, and I love the fun and contemporary result.  The card can be used either as a wedding or an anniversary card, although I think it is best suited as an anniversary card.

t holtz anniversary

I began this card with the idea to use some beautiful handmade Japanese paper that I’ve been hoarding.  So the ivory base layer, the words and the green top layer are all the beautiful, textured Japanese paper.  The base layer measures 4.25″ x 5.5″; the gold layer measures 4″ x 5.25″; and the green top layer measures 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  I attached these layers together using 1/4″ Angel Crafts Adhesive.

I love the words in the Tim Holtz Handwritten Love die set, and I decided on several to use for my card — cherish, love and forever.  I initially thought I wanted to place them on the card (in order from upper left to lower right) — love, cherish and forever.   Fortunately I tried to lay out the words on my card front (as opposed to just grabbing the glue and sticking them down), and I quickly realized that the words were not going to work in that order.  The word “forever” did not fit well into the lower right corner because of the rather long tail on the “f”.  After a little consideration, I decided to rearrange the words as you see them now on the card — forever, love, and cherish.  That looked much better, and I could see where the flowers would fit in the upper right and lower left corners.

I also love the Tiny Tattered Florals set of dies.  There are so many choices of little flowers — you can easily mix and match them.  I chose the set of “rose” dies — small, medium and large.  For this card I cut several sets of roses from a bright rose-colored cardstock, and also several sets of leaves.  I also grabbed some scraps from the scrap pile and cut some practice flowers so that I could get comfortable with the techniques for making really nice flowers before I worked with the “good” paper.  Often when I’m making flowers, I also make some extras so that I have some flowers ready to go.

The flowers are very easy to form.  Tim Holtz just thinks of everything!  It is easiest to roll small flowers like these if you have a slotted quilling tool.  The tool holds the end of the flower in place and makes it easier to get a consistent results.  The tool is included in the packet when you purchase the dies.  You can’t get more convenient than that!  Please see the short video for additional information on how to roll the flowers and finish the card.

Once the flowers have been rolled and glued, and the glue has dried, there are just a couple of final steps that I used to distress the roses.  First I sprayed them with a little of the Tim Holtz Distress Stain Spray in Antique Linen.  This dampens the flower and also adds a little color to make the rose appear somewhat vintage (you could also use plain water if you didn’t want to change the color).  I then used an acrylic block to smash the flower slightly and make it look more worn or distressed.   Once dry, the flowers are ready to add to the card.

I reached for my Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower tool set to get the leaf mat and the veining tool so I could add some dimension to the leaves.  First I used the veining tool to add a center vein and some little shoots off to each side.  Then I grabbed the base of the leaf with tweezers and pinched the leaf.  While holding it in shape (i.e. pinched), I used the tweezers to bend back the tip of the leaf slightly to make it more life-like.  Finally, I sprayed the leaves with a little of the Antique Linen Distress Stain to distress them.  The Distress Stain tends to collect in the areas you’ve marked as veins etc. and so adds a subtle dimension — that’s why you want to spray the Distress Stain after shaping the leaf vs. before.  Once dried, the leaves are ready to add to the card.

To finish the card, I carefully placed the words on the card front.  I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to hold them in place.  I also used the Quick Dry Adhesive to attach the flowers and leaves to the card front.  I just love how it turned out!

t holtz anniversary


Supplies available at Cut @ Home:

Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Dies:  Handwritten Love (SKU 660218); Tiny Tattered Florals (SKU 660227)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Angel Crafts Adhesive Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT1414)

Supplies from my stash:  Assorted cardstock (including some beautiful handmade textured papers from Japan), Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive; flower tools (I used my Sizzix Susan’s Garden set)

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Deal of the Week Cottage Cutz Dies 30% off!

July 6th, 2015

Happy Monday Cut@Homeys! I hope everyone in the states had a nice 4th of July weekend.

Our Deal of the Week is select Cottage Cutz dies are 30% off! If you haven’t tried Cottage Cutz dies, now is the time to pick up a die or two and give them a spin through your die-cutting machine. They are universal, thin metal dies that very very popular. We sell a lot of them and our customers give them good reviews. Here is a sample of what you can expect with a Cottage Cutz die:

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Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner



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’!

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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

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers