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Hero Arts 30-50% off Deal of the Week!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Happy Monday Scrappers!

The Cut@Home Deal of the Week is 30-50% off Hero Hues Inks and Daubers and select cling and clear stamps!




We only have one left of some of the inventory, so you want to act fast. And no, I am not saying that as a sales gimmick. It’s the truth! :)

Along with our other Clearance items and Specials, you don’t want to miss out on the Silhouette America Vinyl, Heat Transfer, Fabric Ink and Rhinestones. We are clearing off our shelves to make room for all the NEW vinyl and heat transfer that will be arriving the end of the month.

So what’s new at Cut@Home this week? I thought you would never ask!

Did you see Tim Holtz has three new Ranger Distressed Mini Ink sets? He started packaging four mini inks with a compatible color palette earlier this year, and they have been a huge hit! Kits 10, 11 and 12 have just been added making twelve in all. Here are the new kits:

Tim-Holtz kits









Do you need organization and storage for all your mini inks? Here you go!











The Mini Distress Ink Storage Tin is the answer! It holds twelve 1×1″ mini inks and is the perfect solution to store and organize your mini inks!

We also have new dies from Elizabeth Craft Design, Cottage Cutz and Die-Namites. Elizabeth Crafts and Cottage Cutz have more of their great sentiment dies, as well as fun Christmas designs. Die-Namites dies has also released Christmas dies. Their dies are perfectly sized for A2 cards.

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For all of you Cut@Home VIP’s, the coupon codes for September are SEP432 for 40% off one Spellbinders items OR SIZ9SE for 30% off one Sizzix/Tim Holtz.

Have a good week and make sure you keep watching our Youtube channel and Blog for great projects and ideas!

Happy Scrappin!


Owner, Cut@Home




Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I know I have said many times before how much I love the Big Shot Pro Machine and my Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box is just one example of why I love this machine! I totally love making the darling boxes and bags that you can do with it! If you are not familiar with the Big Shot Pro, it is a larger version of the Sizzix Big Shot and will cut pretty much ANY manufacturer die. It’s wonderful and I love using the Bigz Pro Dies!


This die may look intimidating, but trust me, it took only a few minutes to assemble once I had it cut and the Scor-Tape in place. All of the pieces for the suitcase are on one Pro die. The tag which I tied to the handle is from Little B, but worked well with my project.


All of the score lines are automatically done at the same time the die is cut, so all you have to do is fold along the score lines, place your adhesive where the instructions tell you and assemble! One thing I will tell you is to make sure you insert the handle first thing! I made several of these boxes and forgot to do that on the first couple and had to peel up the one end to put it in. DUH! I have included some assembly photos for you to get an idea, but the instructions are pretty self explanatory for this die.








Once I had assembled the box, I cut small embellishments from the 8 x 8 paper pad to adhere to the box, which were perfect size. I stamped the saying on the tag, inked around the edges and tied it to the handle with twine. Fill with candy or other treats and you’re on your way!


Here is my list of supplies used for this project:

658488 Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Box, Suitcase

Tim Holtz Crowded Attic Paper Pad

IC0310 Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 3

4500923 Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 8 x 8 Paper Pad

202 Scor-Tape 1/4″

HF214 Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cup O’ Joe

100386 Little B Tags Dies


I thought the suitcase was perfect for this blog post, as this is my final post for Cut@Home. I am moving on to other things and will miss showing all of you the fun things that you can create with paper and dies! Oh, don’t worry, I will still be scrapbooking and making cards, but just won’t be posting them. You will still be able to get lots of inspiration from our other designers on our design team!

So, for my final post I would like to say Bon Voyage to all you wonderful crafters! Maybe our cyber travels will bring us together again someday!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!



Hero Arts Silver Lining Card Using Water Color Technique

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Happy Friday and thanks for joining me, today I am demonstrating a new technique using water colors and heat embossing. With Memorial day weekend upon us I am using Hero Arts Operation Write Home stamp set in “You Are A Rainbow”.  25% of the profits from the sale of the Operation Write Home stamp sets are donated to the organization Operation Write Home. OWH sends blank handmade greeting cards to our nations armed forces.

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So let’s get started.

1. Make your card base from card stock. 5.50 x 4.25 inches.

2. Trim water color paper to 5.25 x 4.00 inches.

3. Round corners of water color paper.

4. Using a wet brush, moisten the water color sheet prior to coloring.

5. Dab colors in a circle motion.

6. Once water coloring is complete, proceed to dry with heat embossing gun.

7. Stamp Hero Arts image with Versa Mark watermark stamp pad.

8. Place embossing powder over the stamped image and shake off excess.

9. Emboss with heat gun.

10. Once embossing is dry and cool, place embellishment of gems for the “silver lining”.

11. Glue to the card base.

12. Enjoy.


Pretty easy, and the effect is gorgeous. Here is a set by step video:



Products used:

Hero Arts Operation Write Home clear stamp set in “You’re a rainbow”

Versa Mark Watermark stamp pad

Water color paper and solid color card stock

Silver embossing powder

Embossing heat gun


paper trimmer

corner rounder



Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial day weekend. Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Spellbinders In’Spire Bird Stand Card

Friday, May 9th, 2014


Hello! Today I am working with In’spire “Bird Stand” die by Spellbinders. This is a fun die of a deer head with antlers , and birds and leaves on the antlers.  The inspire line are Shapeabilities dies made of steel with a focus on jewelry and mixed media.


I wanted to create a card that focused on this beautiful die. Along sides it  I am using Kaisercraft’s Blubelle Clear Stamp. So let’s get started

1. Select your background paper, I am using a kraft card, dimensions 4.25 in. X 5.25 in.

2.Using your Sizzix Big Shot, cut the “Bird Stand” from white card stock.


3.  Using the stencil left from the cutting the die, place on the center of the card and sponge Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen to create a shadow.


4. With foam adhesives, glue die over the shadow of the “bird stand”.

5.  Kaisercraft’s Blubelle stamps have several non holiday sentiments, select one and stamp on your card using Hero Arts Pigment Ink in Unicorn.

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6. Enjoy!

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Here is a short step-by-step video on this greeting card.


Products used for this card can all be found at Cut@Home store


In’spire by SpellBinders “Bird Stand Die”

Kaisercraft Blubelle Clear Acrylic Stamps

Hero Arts Pigment Ink in Unicorn

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen

Sizzix Big Shot

White and Kraft card stock.

Foam Adhesive


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


Card Making: Kaisercraft Spring Bloom Card

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Spring is here and so lovely, best part of spring is a paper pack by Kaisercraft. The name is Spring Bloom and the colors are absolutely stunning featuring rich corals, pink and teal.


I could not pass up this stack to make a very happy Spring card.


Let’s get started! For this project you will be using 4 sheets from your stack. Next proceed to trim them to the following sizes:

Large background 5 in. x 4 in.,

Square 3 in. x 3 in.

Long rectangle 2.5 in. x 3.75 in.

Paper ribbon 5.25 in. x 1.5 in.

Once trimmed, proceed by using a dark brown ink to edge around each piece of paper. Here I used Hero Arts Cubes in “Cup O’ Joe”.

Now to glue them in the same order as above.

To give the card a 3D effect, use foam adhesives when placing the paper ribbon.

Next place your sentiment, which can be found in the paper stack and a flower from theKaisercraft Spring Bloom Collectables die cuts.

A step-by-step video is at the end of this post.


Items needed for this project:

Kaisercraft Spring Bloom 6×6 Paper Pack and Spring Bloom Collectables die cuts

Hero ArtsQuiet Morning ink cubes in Cup O’ Joe

Paper trimmer


Foam Adhesive




Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


Valentine’s Day Love Card!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

My card today is a Love Card.  I absolutely LOVE the die I used for the card.  It’s a Hero Arts Fancy Die, “Love and Heart”.  This die is perfect for use with glitter.  Valentines’ Day is just a month away, and I always think of glitter when I think of Valentines.

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The first step for this card was paper selection.  I needed to figure out the layers and colors involved in order to pick glitter, etc.  I found a patterned paper I liked (the pink with red hearts), and added the coordinating white and dark red Bazzill cardstock.  I trimmed my dark red layer to 4.25” x 5.5”, and for the other layers, I used dies from the Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Distressed Edges die set.   Layering is just so easy when I use the Spellbinders Card Creator dies!  I used the largest die for the pink/red heart layer, and the next smallest die for the white layer.  I embossed both layers to get the full edging detail.

The glittering technique I used for this card is the shipping tape (or packing tape) glittering method.  If you haven’t used this technique before, I recommend that you start with something small like the heart from the Hero Arts die set (as illustrated in my video below).  It’s an easy technique, but can take a few minutes to get it right.   You’ll want just a regular shipping tape for this project.  For some reason, the heavy duty tapes don’t work very well for this.

The first step is to create (or cut out) the area to be glittered.  I used the Hero Arts Love and Heart die to cut both images from the white card layer.  Before I cut, I centered the die carefully, and then I was careful to keep all of the cut pieces.  You can see from the attached photo that it would be possible to just glitter the opening created by cutting the die – the word is readable, etc.

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Instead I wanted to add back some of the detail from the letters and the center of the heart, etc. to end up with a more delicate glittered result.  So I placed the cut word and the heart outline (those parts you would normally cut and use on the card) in my scrap box to be used on another project.  I kept in the project area those parts that would normally be recycled and not used.

Now it’s time to add the tape.  Cut a piece of shipping tape approximately the size of your cut piece, and carefully apply it to the back of the cardstock.  It is important to keep the tape flat – no wrinkles or bubbles, etc. – and to keep your fingers off of any area that is to be glittered (the glitter won’t stick if your fingers touch it).  One piece of shipping tape may not cover the entire cut area, so you may need to carefully apply another piece of shipping tape.  I needed two pieces of tape to cover this image.  It is okay to overlap these pieces of tape – it won’t show in your finished project.   The tape is really the hardest part, and the one that can take a few tries to get it right.  You just need to find a comfortable position, etc.

Once the tape is in place, carefully trim any excess from the edges – again the hard part will be keeping your fingers off of the area to be glittered.   Place the piece to be glittered, sticky side up, on a piece of scrap paper.  You’ll need to use something nonstick (a liner from Scor-Tape, a shipping label liner, etc.) to press around the cut edges and make sure they are firmly in place.  Any gaps here will allow glitter to get under and raise that part of the cardstock.  My favorite thing to use for this is a real low tech option – just cut a longer (5-6”) piece of the shipping tape and fold it in half.  Be sure to press around all cut edges and do a good job of making sure the tape is stuck.  If you’re going to add back some of the cut-out shapes from the letters, etc. this is the point where you want to do that.  You can either do it with your fingers, or with a pair of tweezers.  Either way, keep your fingers or tweezers off of the sticky surface.  You’ll just kind of drop the inset piece, and it stays where it lands – you can’t really easily reposition it.  Once all of the inset pieces are in place, you’ll take your nonstick tape, etc. and press the inset pieces into the tape.  Again the goal is to avoid gaps.

Now you’re ready for the glitter.  I used a micro fine glitter for my project.  It’s very different from the chunkier glitters we used as kids.  I prefer to just use my fingers to pinch a little out of the bottle and sprinkle it over the tape.  Some people prefer to use a small spoon for this (you can purchase a glittering spoon, or just use one of the cute little appetizer spoons that you’ll find in the grocery store).  You don’t need to bring a lot of glitter out of the bottle – just try to give a good even coverage over your image.  Then use your finger to pat down the glitter into place, focusing on pushing it toward edges and corners, etc. so you have good coverage.  Once the area is covered, shake off any excess glitter on to a piece of scrap paper (use copier weight paper, etc. so you can bend it and easily transfer the excess glitter back into the bottle).  I find it helpful to use a soft brush to brush off the excess glitter from the project and the scrap paper, but you can also use a soft cloth or cotton ball, etc.  When I shot the video, I forgot my brush.  This is a picture of the kind of brush that I use.


The last step is to rub over the image with your finger – called burnishing.  This step is very important, and brings back the sparkle of the glitter.  After burnishing, you’ll want to do one more pass with the brush to get off any additional excess glitter that was loosened.    That’s all there is to it.  Keep in mind that sometimes the micro fine glitters can be a little transparent, so it may not look like you have much glitter in place.  When you lay the glittered paper on a white surface, etc. you’ll see that the glitter is there and looks perfect.  It’s just a more subtle effect than the chunky glitters.  Please see the short video for a demonstration of the technique.

Once the glittering was done, I assembled card.  Before attaching the layers with Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, I sponged a little color on the edges of the white cardstock.  I used Angel Pink and Love Letter Memento inks to do this.  I added a narrow (1/8”) sheer white ribbon and bow.  I wanted the embellishment to be subtle, because I wanted the emphasis to remain on the word and the heart.

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You can also use the shipping tape method to create an inset of the heart and the word “love” (instead of glittering), as shown in the photos below.

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You’ll start the same as you did for the glittering technique, except that when you are cutting, you’ll also need to cut the word “love” and the heart in a contrast color.  The pieces that you’ll use are the outline heart and the word “love” from the contrast paper, and the “scraps” from the matching cardstock.  After you’ve applied the shipping tape, you’ll carefully lay in the heart outline and the pieces for the word “love”.  The last thing you’ll do is to add back the scraps, or cut out shapes giving definition to the letters.  Use the nonstick tool (folded over piece of tape or liner, etc.) to push the pieces into place and to make sure that they stick to the tape.

Supply List:

Hero Arts Fancy Die Love and Heart

Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Distressed Edges Card Creator dies

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calbur

Cardstock – assorted solids and patterns

Ribbon/trim – I used 1/8” sheer white ribbon for the glittered card, and cranberry burlap string twine by May Arts on the inset card

Shipping tape – use regular weight, heavy duty won’t work well

Micro fine glitter – I used Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Glitter – cranberry

Paint brush (soft, fine bristle)

Scrap paper

Memento Angel Pink and Love Letter ink pads


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



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