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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

NEW VIP Coupon!

October 1st, 2014

Hi Cutathomeys!

You spoke – we listened!

Our customers have been requesting a coupon they can use on more products that Spellbinders and Sizzix, so today marks the launch of a brand new VIP coupon! You now have the option of using a 20% off coupon any item in the store. So here is a breakdown of the coupons available to our VIP’s:

40% off Spellbinders

30% off Sizzix/Tim Holtz

20% off anything else

10% off everyday low price

The VIP regulations are still the same. You can use ONE of these three coupons ONCE per month, ONE per household. You just have three choices now! There are some exceptions as stated on our FAQ page.

For those of you who are not VIP’s, make sure you join today to take advantage of these GREAT savings!

Happy Scrappin!


Owner, Cut@Home

Graphic 45 Matchbook box and accordion mini album

October 1st, 2014

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing my Design team project for Cut At Home. I used a Graphic 45 Matchbook box (small). It is 3×5 & 1 1/2 tall. Cut At Home also sell’s these in 8×8 & 12×12. This is such a quick & fun project.

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I first gave it a coat of Antique white paint. These boxes take paint, or spray very well. I added my paper with Mod Podge.


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To add an accordion album to the inside, I took a 6×6 pad of paper by Prima…the Printery collection. I cut them to 4 3/4 x 4 3/4, scored them at 2 3/8 & glued them together. This little album will hold 2×2 or 2×3 photos. I used Tim Holtz Black soot Distress Ink to all the edges.


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I then added seam binding to hold the album together, and it fits perfectly inside this box. Added some flowers, pearls, and trim from my stash. This little box can be used to hold embellishments, or lace, or whatever you’d like!
This was a super easy, and fun project to make! Cut At Home has lots of beautiful papers to choose from that would also look great on this Matchbook.
Here is a process video where I share how this came together.

Products used:

Graphic 45 Matchbook Box: SKU:4500542
Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Black Soot: SKU:TIM19541

Items from my stash: Mod Podge, trim, flowers, pearls, key charm, paint, seam binding.

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Tim Holtz Alterations Dimensional Cutting Pad

October 1st, 2014

Today I want to show you another one of those products that can help you get additional use out of supplies you already have — the Tim Holtz Alterations Dimensional Cutting Pad.  When you use this cutting pad in place of one of your regular cutting pads on your Sizzix Big Shot (or other Sizzix die cutting machine), it creates a dimensional image instead of fully cutting it out.  The obvious use for the cutting plate is for objects like butterflies, where you might want to pop up the wings a little to add some dimension.  Really it can be used for so much more.  Here’s my sample card, one created using the Sizzix Framelits Scalloped Hearts 2 dies.


How fun is that to be able to add the popped heart behind the figure in the card.  You can’t see it, but the heart remains attached to the gold/white paper at the center, both top and bottom.  I just added a few foam squares on the inside to keep the dimension (so it isn’t lost in mailing, etc.).  Here are a couple of close-up images of the sides of the card —

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My foam tape is buried in there closer to the center so it is not visible in the pictures.  My goal was to give some support so that the heart stayed dimensional, but not too much. Here are some other ideas as well to check out whenever:

The dimensional cutting plate is easy to use no matter what type of die that you select — from Sizzix originals to thin dies.  The dimensional cutting pad is the same thickness as one of the regular cutting plates, and is used instead of the top plate.  So the cutting sandwiches are very similar to what you would use normally.  For the original dies and other thick dies, you’ll use just one cutting plate and the dimensional plate.  For the magnetic repositionable dies, you’ll use one cutting plate, the Movers & Shapers Base Tray, and the dimensional cutting pad.  For the thin dies (such as Sizzix Thinlits or Framelits), you’ll use the platform with all tabs closed, one cutting plate and the dimensional cutting pad.  It’s all so very easy — please see the short video where I show you the appropriate sandwiches, and also samples of the dimensional cut pieces.

When choosing a die to use with the dimensional cutting plate, you’ll need to remember a couple of things.  First, it is only 6″x6″ (approximate), and so it will not help with any of the larger dies.  Second, the area that won’t cut is in the center of the plate.  This doesn’t give you too much room to adjust and try to offset your dimensional image (it will likely always be pretty much in the center of your paper).  There is some opportunity to work with positioning with the small magnetic repositionable dies — you can move those around in the base plate and can cut the dimensional image on one of the sides of the cardstock, etc.  Finally, the dimensional cutting plate probably won’t do well with anything too detailed.  In my video, I show an example of snowflakes that are just too small and too detailed to work effectively with the cutting plate.

Be sure to flip over the dimensional cutting pad periodically to ensure more even wear.  You do cut into it, and you don’t want the cuts to always be on the same side.  Like other cutting plates, you may eventually have to replace the dimensional cutting pad to get continued good results.

To create my sample card, I began with a sheet of gold cardstock cut 4.25″ x 5.5″.   I cut the gold/white patterned paper 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, and used the second to the largest scalloped heart and the dimensional cutting plate to cut a heart just slightly above the center of the paper.  I attached the dimensional piece to the background layer using Scor-Tape, and then added some dimensional adhesive under the “wings” of the heart so that it would remain dimensional.  I stamped the image using Black Soot Distress ink, and colored it with my Copics.  Then I fussy cut the image, and attached it to the dimensional heart with dimensional adhesive.  I cut and shaped the three sunflowers, and attached them with Scor-Tape.  The “leaves” peeking out underneath were made by tying a knot in the center of some green paper raffia.  The knot is what gives the sunflowers their dimension.  I finished by adding the little “blessings” sentiment at the top.



I think that the Tim Holtz Alterations Dimensional Cutting Pad is a great addition for those who own a Sizzix die cutting machine.   It allows you to convert a standard die into a dimensional one, giving a different look and feel to things that you’ve already used.  It truly is a great way to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your supplies.


Supply List —

Tim Holtz Alterations Dimensional Cutting Pad

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

assorted cardstock

Sizzix Framelits Scalloped Hearts #2

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Sunflower Girl

Black Soot Distress Ink

Copic markers — E00, E02, E25, E31, E33, E35, Y32, Y35, Y38, B93, B95, B97, YG06

My Favorite Things Sunflower Die Set

Green paper raffia

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Dimensional Adhesive


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



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,


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