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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Scrapbook Layout featuring a Stenciled Background Technique

April 27th, 2015

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a nice weekend! This week I wanted to share a scrapbook page with you. I used a slenciled background technique that was fun and I loved the results. I used a few different items to create the background for my layout. You can use any stencil that you would like, I used a BoBunny Stencil that I had in my stash, I wanted to use that because I like the doilies and I wanted to incorporate some doily die cuts in the layout.

I used some Tim Holtz products in the creation of the background including Alcohol inks and Alcohol ink mixatives. I used Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solid 12×12 card stock, these colors are nice and bright. I used the yellow and the purple to match some of the colors in my picture.

First I decided where I wanted to place my stencils, the stencils that I used stick to your project, if you make your own stencil or use one that doesn’t stick you can use a temporary or low tack bonding agent to keep it in place while you create your background. I took a craft spray, the one I used was a Mr. Hewy spray called Piglet, I sprayed the background as shown in the video, I gave it a few minutes to dry a little then I blotted it with a paper towel. I also sprayed some Tattered Angels glimmer mist in pearl over the pink to give it a little shimmer.

Next I added the Tim Holtz alcohol inks, there are many colors to chose from and Cut@Home carries a good variety. I used Raspberry for my background. First I just splattered some on my page, then i took a applicator and added some of the ink directly on the felt pad, I used sweeping motions to create the ink images on my paper. Then I added the pearl mixative, I did the same thing, i blotted some directly on my paper then I added some to the raspberry that I already had on my felt pad and used the same sweeping motion. When I was happy with the finished results I let my paper dry. I left it air dry naturally, it didn’t take too long.

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Once the paper dried I was ready to pull off my stencils, I loved the result. I used a Cottage Cutz die for this project, the die I used was called Tea Time Doily, I also used another doily die that I have. I arranged them on the layout and adhered them. I used a 5″ x 7″ photo for my layout, I framed the photo with the purple and yellow cardstock then I adhered it to my page. I used a sentiment stamp from a new Tim Holtz stamp set called “Life Quotes”. I stamped it on white card stock in Tim Holtz Dusty Concord distress ink, then i used a distress marker in Mustard Seed to color in the lettering. I used a circle from Spellbinders Standard Circles dies to cut out the sentiment then I used the Marker Spritzer tool to add some of the Dusty Concord color to the edges and background of the sentiment being careful not to go to heavy and leave the center light. I also inked the edges. I adhered the sentiment to my layout in the center of one of the stenciled doilies.

Finally I added the flowers that I made using Sizzix Thinlits Simple Flowers dies. I added centers to the flowers and I also added bling to the stenciled doilies. For a finishing touch I added glossy accents to the sentiment to make it pop a little more.

I really love how it came together!


Final layout

Here is a list of the products that I used that are available at Cut@Home:

CMS227 – Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Life Quotes
S4-116 – Spellbinders Standard Circles Small
CC4X4-484 – Cottage Cutz Tea Time Doily Die
659895 – Sizzix Thinlits Simple Flowers Die Set
TIM21445 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord
SCP-017 – Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solid 12×12
TIM20745 – Tim Holtz/Ranger Alcohol Ink Applicator
TIM20844 – Tim Holtz/Ranger Alcohol Ink Replacement Felt
TDA39730 – Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer Tool
TIM22114 – Tim Holtz Metallic Mixative Pearl
TAK25979 – Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks Valley Trail



I also used the following items from my stash:
Kaiserkraft Doily Die, BoBunny Doily Stencils, Glossy Accents, white card stock and gems.

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

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Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

Crazy for Tim Holtz Bird Crazy!

April 24th, 2015

Karen N here.  Today, I’m SO excited to be sharing with you several cards that I made with Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous Bird Crazy stamps.  LoVe, super LoVe these fun stamps!  Have you seen ’em?  Here’s a video that shows the cards I made.

The first two cards I made use paper from Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning.  On this card, I watercolored that quirky bird with Prima watercolor pencils, fussy cut him and then glued him onto a Spellbinders Label Four.  I added a scallop border, some twine, a few pearls, and a doily (sorry, don’t know the brand name).  All of these fabulous shapes were cut with my Big Shot.  The inside of this funny card just says, “Sorry.”  Love it!


In the next card, I stamped the bird onto the Majestic Morning paper.  I also stamped him onto the green background paper and then fussy cut him out (cutting off his feet because they are on the background paper).  I didn’t want his eyes to be yellow, so I added some googly eyes.  The card is embellished with a doily and some flowers I stamped and die cut from the Birds and Blooms stamps and dies.  I painted some Angel Craft Podge onto those fab flowers to add a little shine.  The sentiment is a die from Lawn Fawn.


For the next two cards (yes, I went a little bird crazy here), I used Spellbinders Celebra’tions Prints and Solids.  On this first one, I colored him up with Copic Markers and added some twine and sequins.  I splashed a little glimmer mist onto the background.  To make sure I didn’t splash the bird, I quickly fussy cut his image and masked him.  I love the look on this bird’s face.



The final card I made for today post was also colored with Copics, but this time I colored his teeny little wing and tail feathers in a slightly different color.  The sentiment is from a NEW-to-me set by JustRite called Handwritten Sentiments.  How fabulous is that huge sentiment?  That bird looks so sad, I thought it matched the sentiment perfectly.


Before I go, I wanted to mention that all of my images were stamped with the fabulous Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black ink.  This super great ink is good for both watercolor and alcohol ink coloring.  I love the simplicity!

Supplies purchased from Cut@Home:

Tim Holtz Stamper Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamps – SKU CMS212

Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning – SKU HCDP1-239

Spellbinders Label Four – SKU S4-190

Big Shot – SKU 657900

Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms – SKU HCPC-3644

Heartfelt Creations Leafy Branch die set – SKU HCD1-757

Angel Craft Podge Semi-Gloss – SKU ACP6SG

Celebra’tions Solids – SKU SCP-017

Celebra’tions Prints – SKU SCP-016

JustRite Handwritten Sentiments – SKU CR-02172

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black Ink – SKU SCI-001

Supplies from my stash:

Unity sentiments, Timeless Twine, 3 Girl JAM Ribbon and Lace, Doilies, Pearls, Lawn Fawn Die, Glimmer Mist

Thank you so much for stopping by today and for allowing me to go a little bird crazy!

Craftily yours,



Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Art Journal Page

April 23rd, 2015

For months now I’ve been procrastinating about playing in my new Dylusions Creative Journal.  I keep picking up a little of this and a little of that all with that thought in the back of my mind that I really am going to do Art Journal pages.  This is so out of my element that each time I say I’m going to start it’s easy to get side tracked and not get it done.


When Tim Holtz came out with the new Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy I knew my time had come.  These guys just spoke to my wacky side and I knew in my mind exactly what I wanted to do with them.  We all balance our lives on a thread sometimes, because well lets face it life is full of ups and downs and you have to keep looking for the bright side to come out on top.  These birds were my answer to how to transfer my life thought to my first Art Journal Page.


I share the process on the video below so be kind as I said it’s my first attempt and with all things new I realized as I went along, oops I should have reversed those steps and done that one first. But all new things have a learning curve so if you’ve been contemplating jumping outside your box do it, jump with both feet and delve into something new that calls to you.  We never know how much enjoyment can lay in the next crafty adventure until we pick up the ink, or paper or paint and try it.


I focused on three birds for my page from the six that come in the collection.  I used a multitude of  Tim Holtz Distress inks and Angel Craft Semi-Gloss Podge.  I also used some of the Distress Paints for my background and added a mix of stencils and modeling paste.  Lots of new mediums for me to experiment with.


For my background design I stamped with Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge stamps and used two of the new Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon.  I love that there’s a new color monthly to choose from.  I hope you’ll join me so I can share my process with you.  The page took me about one hour and fifteen minutes to make (of course you won’t be watching but less than a fifth of that time).  It’s long enough to have fun, experiment and try something new without being totally overwhelmed.  I wished afterwards I had remembered to use crinkled tissue paper for my background before the inks, oh well next time.  Supplies from the store will be listed below the video.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:
CMS212: Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp set
CMS089: Stampers Anonymous Bitty Grunge stamp set
ACP65G: Angel Craft Semi-Gloss Podge
Tim Holtz Distress Inks in the following colors:
Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Black Soot, Frayed Burlap, Mowed Lawn, Milled Lavendar, Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Abandoned Coral, Spiced Marmalade
TDMK39082: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers 

Supplies from my Stash:
Dylusions Creative Journal and Dotted Flower stencil, Tim Holtz Rays stencil, Crafter’s Workshop Mini Bricks stencil, Distress Paints in various colors, Glossy Accents, Liquidtex – Modeling Paste, Gel Medium and Gesso, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Perfect Pearls in Perfect Copper, Wink of Stella clear

NEW Spellbinders!

April 22nd, 2015

NEW Spellbinders are starting to arrive! Their release for April includes more warm and cozy home themes and Richard Garay has a bunch more items to add to his Celebra’tions line.

We have new Card Creator dies, Die D-Lites, Shapeabilities and Decorative Elements. Here is a sample:







Here is a video from JustRite Stampers talented Darsie Bruno demonstrating one of the new Spellbinders dies, Scalloped Pop up Box dies:

Richard has added new dies, stamp sets, paper and sequins. These latest additions center around wedding and birthday celebrations. Here is some of what you can find that is new this month:






Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Handmade Card

April 22nd, 2015

Hello! Today I’m using the new stamp from Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Collage. This is a beautiful collage stamp, which is part of an entire collection from Heartfelt Creations. The cling stamp is approximately 4 1/4 x 5 1/4, therefore it is a perfect size for your card front.


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I used Versa Fine Black ink, and used my Fiskars Stamp press to stamp it on Ranger Water-color paper. If you do not have a large acrylic block, you can actually just stamp it by hand. The image will turn out beautifully. I embossed my image with clear embossing powder, and heat set it.

I wanted to give my image a light background of a pale blue. I choose to use Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Ink, and added a little to an acrylic block. I ran water over my entire image. Using a fairly large paint brush, I added some of the ink to then entire surface, giving it a very soft blue as a background.

I colored my image using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. These have quickly become a favorite of mine. I have listed the colors below.

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I cut a card base (sizes listed below) from white cardstock, adding a purple piece of cardstock to the entire front of my card. After trimming my image and distressing the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink, I used Angel Craft Tape to adhere my beautiful image to the front of my card.

Finished off the inside of my card with a purple & white mat which gives me a place for my sentiment. Added a little lace and flowers and this makes for a beautiful all-occasion card to give.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. Please check out the entire line that Heartfelt Creations has to offer, they are simply stunning!

Please check out the video below for a step by step process.

Tim Holtz Distress Markers used:
Spun Sugar
Milled Lavender
Victorian Velvet
Shaded Lilac
Scattered Straw
Tumbled Glass
Shabby Shutters
Forest Moss

Card measurements:
Card Base: 11×5 1/4. Scored at 5 1/2
Purple Mat: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Inside purple mat: 4 3/4 x 4 3/4
Inside white mat: 4 5/8 x 4

Products used:
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Collage: SKU:HCPC-3649
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Broken China: SKU:TIM21414
Dusty Concord: TIM21445
Tim Holtz Distress Markers: SKU:TDMK39082

Products from my stash: Wink of stella glitter pen, VersaFine Black ink, clear embossing powder, heat tool, white cardstock, flowers, lace.

You can also find me at:

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers