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Deal of the Week Cottage Cutz Dies 30% off!

Monday, 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



Easter Shadowbox featuring Cottage Cutz dies

Tuesday, 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’!


Quick and Easy Christmas Cards with Penny Black, Leane Creatief, Cottage Cutz and Tim Holtz!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

I can hardly believe that next week is Christmas!  This year has just flown by.  Of course I am, as usual, running late with my holiday preparations.  With Christmas just a week away, I must tackle my Christmas card list.   Here’s a look at some of my favorites for this year —

candles   dove

wreath bearer    cardinal

When I begin work on my holiday cards, I always go through my dies and stamps to see if any really inspire me.  I also look through any papers, etc. that I have on hand to see what might make an interesting combination.  It was through this process that I decided to make the dove card.  I started with the great patterned paper, and a nearly identical die (“The Gift” by Penny Black).  From that point there was just a little trial and error to come up with the card that you see posted above.  Note that I was not able to use the dove directly on that patterned paper — it just blended in.  The additional pop of gold (here I used one of the Spellbinders Labels One dies) was just what I needed to make the dove stand out and the card come to life.  Just like the paper beneath, I cut another branch for the dove’s beak in gold.  This is one of my favorite cards.


My next project was the candles by Leane Creatief.  I just love the dies that they produce — they are always so thoughtful and make sure that you have the dies that you need for the job.  I used two sets of dies for this card — Candles and Holly Leaves and Pine Branches.  They coordinate so well . . . and there are many different combinations that you could use successfully to make a holiday card.  Note that when I attached the pine and holly, I used just a few glue dots.  I like to leave foliage a little loose, to give it an opportunity to pop up a little and look dimensional.  It’s a balance, though – if the pine branches or holly are too loose they may get caught on something and pull off of the card.  The “Merry Christmas” sentiment on the card is a gold sticker.  Too easy peasy!


My third card features a die by Cottage Cutz, “Cardinal with Branch“.  I like the simplicity of this die — and it produces a gorgeous card.  As a typical Cottage Cutz die, you need to run the die through the die cutting machine several times in order to cut all of the detail.  Also, since all of the pieces are on one die plate, you need to run it through the die cutting machine several times in order to obtain the various colors of pieces that you need.  This die has some tiny pieces — but they are what makes the cardinal look as it does.  The only thing I needed to do was to add a little white accent at the eye.  How easy is that?  The rhinestones instead of berries gives the card a little sparkle.  I also used a metallic green paper for the holly to make it pop.  When attaching the holly branch, I used only a couple of glue dots so it could  curl up a little and gain some dimension.   I did the same with the cardinal — attaching it only at the body, and allowing the head and tail to raise up a little from the paper.  Little things like that give some life to your cards, as opposed to gluing everything down in place.


Last, but by no means least, is a stamped card featuring one of the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamp sets, Mini Holiday #5.  I love these stamps, and my favorites are the various holiday mini sets.  I love the quality and attention to detail.  There are so many of the stamps that are appropriate as a focal point for a card, and the mini sets are the perfect size for my A-2 cards.  I chose my holiday minis 5 set, and the gentleman carrying a wreath.  I needed a card that was more masculine, and more appropriate for the guys on my list.  This seems to work quite well.  I also love the plaid cardstock that seems to be popular right now, and I thought it was a good pairing with the Tim Holtz silhouette stamp.  I found a light green cardstock and a dark green ink that matched the plaid well, and I stamped the silhouette onto the green cardstock.  I then cut the oval shape, and finished by sponging ink around the edges.  This creates a soft definition for the oval, and also ties the colors together.  The ribbon that I chose is a fibrous ribbon, almost like a nubby silk.  I added the “Merry Christmas” sticker to the ribbon instead of some bling or something that might have tampered with the more masculine appearance.  I also tied a knot instead of a bow.

wreath bearer


So, I just wanted to share a couple of my holiday cards for this year.  I hope that you’ll join me for this short video where I give you a closer look at the cards and at the dies, etc. that I used to create them.

Supplies from Cut @ Home

Cottage Cutz CC-015  “Cardinal With Branch” die

Leane Creatief 459913 “Candles” and 459920  “Holly Leaves and Pine Branches” dies

Penny Black dies 51-070 “The Gift” and 51-060 “Exultations

Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One die set

Tim Holtz Stampers’ Anonymous Stamp set CMS177 “Mini Holidays #5

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Supplies from my stash:  gold holiday stickers, assorted cardstock, glue dots, ribbon, bling

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights card

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Lights are so a part of the Holiday celebration, you see them on homes, parks and businesses around the World.  It’s no wonder that I absolutely adored this die from the moment I saw it.


I incorporated Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights die into my Christmas card today.  I wanted to share how you could take one focal panel from a paper collection and make your card as I’ve shown here.  So many collections including Heartfelt Creations (which today’s decorative paper comes from) have cut aparts or decorative elements on their papers that could easily be cut to fit the front of a card base.  Mine today is a standard A2 sized card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, using white for the card itself and accenting with magenta ink around the edges.


This die comes with little bulbs you can cut from different colored papers but I wanted to see how it would work to cut one strand from white cardstock and use my pens to color them to match my color scheme.  Worked great although I had a few hiccups along the way, I left them in the video so you can say ‘looks like something I’d do’ and I also showed the quick fixes to rectify the errors.  That’s so much of what paper crafting is all about, we all make mistakes but it’s often very easy to fix the boo boo and no one is the wiser.  I pulled out my Glitter Snow again, I just love this stuff for giving that snowy look to my projects.


Today’s video will also show you a slick trick for getting your glitter onto your script, and most important having it stay.  I used an older die from the Spellbinders Nestabilites line called Classic Scalloped Squares for my  sentiment to rest on and the words from Tim Holtz Holiday Words die set.  I hope you’ll join me below on the video as I walk you through the whole process of creating this card.  Directly below you’ll find the supply  list from the store.

Thanks everyone,

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Supplies from the Store:

CC-018: Cottage Cutz Holiday Lights with Birds
S4-127: Spellbinders Nestabilities
Classic Scalloped Squares Large
660058: Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words Script 
T-001: Spellbinders
 Tool ‘n One
657900: – Sizzix Big Shot

Supplies from my Stash:  White cardstock; Glossy Accents; Copic markers; Aleene’s Glitter Snow; Glitter; pearls, decorative paper focal panel


Deer of Many Colors

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Karen N here today, sharing some cards with {rein}deer of many colors.  I just love playing around with color!  Who says that reindeer need to be just in brown!?  Not me!  All of my cards today use the FABULOUS Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die.  This die is quickly becoming one of my favorite for Christmas cards!  I just love cutting it with my Big Shot!

This first card uses a reindeer in pretty gold and some paper from the Heartfelt Creations Snowy Blanket collection.


I love the elegant deer, the pretty lace and that funny sentiment!  hahaha!  My mom, who is an awesome grandma, will probably appreciate it!

Here’s a video showing me putting together this fun and quick card.


My second card also uses paper from the Heartfelt Creations Snowy Blanket collection.


My final card today uses paper from the Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas collection.  I just got this paper, and I looooooove it!  I decided one of my deer better be in brown (Kraft).  :)



Supplies used from Cut@Home

Big Shot SKU:  657900

Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die SKU: CCE-170

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket SKU: HCDP1-225

Heartfelt Creations Festive Christmas SKU: HCDP1-246

Supplies from my stash

White, Kraft, Blue cardstock

3 Girl JAM Lace

Sentiment from Unity Stamp Company

Pearls and Flowers

Craftily yours,



Cottage Cutz Dies

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Karen N here from Craftily Yours with a FUN design team project….I am playing with Cottage Cutz Dies!  There are SO many fun sizes and shapes available here at Cut at Home, and I’m showing off a few of them here!

My first card uses Cottage Cutz Teacup & FlowersHeartfelt Creations Sunflower paper, a doily, some sequins and 3 Girl JAM Distressed Lace.  This die is one of the “petite” dies and is the perfect size for card-making.  Many people ask what’s the difference between the petite and the mini.  The mini is smaller and is great for adding fun embellishments or for use in repeating images!  I LoVe this paper and it was perfect to pair with this adorable die.


The next card I’m sharing today uses one of the Cottage Cutz Elite Dies, the Stylized Owl. Cottage Cutz Grass Border die,  Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Paper, googly eyes and some sequins.  For the owl, I cut him with the tan solid from the Graphic 45 paper and colored his beak, feat, branch, wings and tail with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  I also inked the edges of the owl body and tummy cuts with Tim Holtz distress ink in Walnut Stain.


The final card today uses the Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die, Cottage Cutz Mini Holly Berry die and Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket paper along with some star sequins and twine.  I cut this fabulous deer from a small piece of gold paper in my stash.  I just love him; so much fun detail in his antlers!


To see more about these projects, check out my video!

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Cottage Cutz Teacup & Flowers SKU: CCP-031

Heartfelt Creations Sunflower paper SKU:  HCDP1-247

Cottage Cutz Stylized Owl SKU: CC4X4-231

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Paper SKU: 4500754

Cottage Cutz Grass Border die SKU:BR07-001

Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Inks

Cottage Cutz Mini Holly Berry Mini die SKU: CC-MINI-025

Cottage Cutz Flying Deer die SKU: CCE-170

Heartfelt Creations Frosty Blanket SKU: HCDP1-225

Supplies from my stash:


3 Girl JAM Distressed Lace



Craftily yours,


SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers