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Deal of the Week Marianne Design 30% off!

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Happy Monday Morning Cut@Homeys!

The Cut@Home Deal of the Week is select Marianne Design  are 30% off. If you have always wanted to try her dies, now is the chance to minimize your investment to maximize your creativity! Marianne Design is a Dutch owned craft manufacturer that was established in 1994 by Marianne Perlot and is based in the Netherlands. Her products line includes  dies, stamps, and embossing folders. Her dies are the perfect size to do CARDS. They develop all their products with much care and quality to bring fresh ideas and beautiful products to the craft industry. The company continues to make beautiful designs and products, there are many ideas and inspiration for the future. See their beautiful designs in their Blog Inspiration Gallery. Also you can find more on searching Marianne Design Pinterest.

Happy Scrappin!


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What Does A Fox Say Birthday Card Idea

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Today I have a fun birthday card for you — for the young or the young at heart.  It features the cutest ever fox playing in a pile of leaves, with a wobble spring for a little action.

The fox featured on this card is made from a die set by Marianne Designs Collectables.  It includes the dies needed for the fox, and a clear stamp sentiment, “You’re special”.   Every time I look at this die set, “that song” comes to mind and lingers for a while.  Of course it inspired the sentiment that I used.   (If you have children, you no doubt know what song I’m referring to; if not, here’s a link.  But beware, the song is addictive!

fox card

It is very easy to create the fox — you just need a couple of colors of cardstock — rust, white, black and pink.  Note that the pieces cut from black (eyes and nose) and pink (ear lining) are quite small and can be difficult to attach to the finished fox.  When working with little pieces like this, I often put a small piece of Scor-Tape on the back of the cardstock.  When I cut the small pieces, I leave the die intact on the cardstock until I’m ready for the piece.  This way the adhesive is already there, and all you have to do is to place the piece where it belongs.  I leave the dies in place because often the liner for the Scor-Tape stays behind, and so rather than having sticky pieces flying around, it just makes sense to me to keep the pieces together on the cardstock until ready for use.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the rest of the fox too.

I wanted the card to be fun and to have some movement, and so I used a wobble spring with it.  When using a wobble spring, you first assemble the piece that is to go on top of the spring.  Here, the fox was not wide enough to support the wobble spring.  See the pictures below.  The first is the fox assembled, and the second shows the wobble spring sticking out behind the fox.

fox   fox w spring

Some think it is okay to trim the wobble spring so that it won’t show from behind (it also has adhesive on it, so the “sticky” part could be problematic).  I think that a better approach is to add to the figure so that the wobble spring can stay intact, but will no longer show through.  So for my fox, I cut a piece of background paper (the one that I used for the card) that was slightly larger than the fox.  I used the background paper to back it because I wanted the fox to remain the focal point — I hoped that the extra background paper would just blend in.  I used a Spellbinders die for this, one that was just a little larger than the fox.  There is no “magic” to what I chose, so anything you have in your stash will work.  Once I mounted the fox on the patterned paper, I trimmed it a little at the top so that the top shape was the fox’s head.  At the bottom and part way up the side, I added some leaves for cover.  The leaves and the label shape I used to mount the fox are from a set of dies called “Orchard Harvest  Tags and Accents“.  Again there is no magic to this set — your favorites will work just fine.

I prepared the card front by cutting a dark brown piece of cardstock 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut a rust layer (the same as used for the fox) 4″ x 5.25″, and a layer of patterned paper 3.75″ x 5″.  I attached the three layers with Scor-Tape.

I cut the leaves from three different colors of cardstock to add some dimension and interest.  I added them to the label that the fox is mounted on and to the card base beneath (you’ll have to wait to add these until the spring and fox have been mounted).  Instead of adding the leaves one at a time, I added them in groups of three — one of each color.  Once the leaves were in place on the piece with the fox, I added the wobble spring.  When using the springs, be sure to check the instructions on the inside (on the outside of some) that indicate which part of the spring is the top versus the bottom.  Using the adhesive already a part of the wobble spring, I attached the spring first to the piece with the fox and the leaves, and then to the card front. I tried to match the patterned paper still showing behind the fox to the background to make it blend in as best as I could.   The next step was to fill in with the leaves on the card front.  You don’t need a lot of leaves here, just enough to cover a little when the fox is in motion.

My final step was to add the sentiment.  I didn’t have a stamp with the sentiment I wanted, so I used word processing software on my computer and printer to make it.  I trimmed it to an appropriate size, and added a brown piece of paper as a backer.  Inside the card, the fox says “Happy Birthday”.

fox card

This fox is so cute, and so easy to assemble.  I know that you’ll find this die set to be as much fun as I did.


Supply List

Fox die set by Marianne Design Collectables

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Background label and leaf dies — I used Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents by Spellbinders

assorted cardstock including a patterned paper

wobble spring



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’





A Baker’s Dozen Cards Using Graphic 45 Botanical Tea

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Hi everyone!  I was sitting here at my crafty desk a few nights ago looking at the remains of my last mini album using Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea Collection.  I had the odd scatterings of pieces of papers and bits from the flowers, envelopes, flags, stickers, chipboard, well you get the jist.  I’m sure you’ve been in the same spot.  I was going to just bundle it into one neat and tidy little package and then thought how silly why don’t I just make a card or two.

I got out my go to white cardstock.  It’s 110# basic white 8 1/2″ x 11″ which I cut each piece in half leaving me with the standard A2 size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ after scoring in the middle.  I had some flowers I’d already made and a few fairly decent sized pieces of decorative paper but the rest really was just little snippets of leftovers.  I started with one card


I gathered up some dies I wanted to use if possible, the Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls, Tim Holtz On the Edge Distressed Doily by Sizzix and Sizzix Ornate Frame #3 to use with some of the pieces.  I fussy cut some elements from the papers and also the front cover of the paper pad, like the butterfly above, leaves, flowers, etc and Glossy Accented or Crystal Lacquered them to help them pop.  I also used some Wink of Stella here and there to give them that shimmery look.  A few pieces of ribbon, lace, flowers, bling from my stash and before you know it my one little lone card had evolved into a baker’s dozen, thirteen cards!!! I provided a few links here to see these product selections:

Bakers Dozen1

I was really surprised at how quickly they all came together, now mind you I didn’t overly layer the decorative papers on the top, I really didn’t have enough to do that, anP1130220d I didn’t finish the inside but instead left them blank to add the appropriate sentiments to when I’m ready to mail.  I did quilt-piece a lot of the papers together, this is really simple to do and can give you some interesting mats for your embellishments on your cards.  Simply cut a mat at least the size of your card front and cover it entirely with sticky tape, don’t use wet glue it dries too quickly and you want to have time to pick and choose your papers.  Take strips or pieces of papers and start arranging them onto the glued side.  When everything’s covered trim flush to the edge and then trim again to the desired size you’d like your
mat.  I did that on three of the cards and love the look!

Check out my video below, I won’t be doing a ‘how to make it’ more like a ‘show and tell’ of all thirteen cards.  Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea collection is perfect for a set of cards like this and what a perfect gift a set of five or six cards would be.  You wouldn’t even need to box them, just tie them with some lovely seem binding or ribbons and perhaps stick in a couple of your favorite teas on top for a bow.  What a lovely ‘thinking of you’ gift this would be.  Oh yes, I almost forgot, I did make envelopes for each card, they were either cut from discarded wallpaper books (I love these best because they are sturdier than paper) or from loose sheets of this and that paper I had tucked back.  I also added a strip of scor-tape along the top flap leaving the top paper on so that whomever I give the set of cards to can just peel the paper and glue the envelope shut.

I hope you’ll be tempted and inspired to make a collection of cards too.  Here’s the video on youtube as well: Graphic 45 Cards video

Thanks for watching and Happy Scrappin’!


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4500889: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 12×12 Paper Pad

4500895: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 1

4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard 21

 4500893: Graphic 45 Botanical Stickers

4500896: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Chipboard

4500892: Graphic 45 Tags and Pockets

657496: Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations On teh Edge Die – Distressed Doily

LR071: Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls dies

656578: Sizzix Ornate Frame #3

Scor Tape 203 & 202: Sizes 1/2″ and 1/4″

Supplies from my stash:  White cardstock; laces; ribbons; twine; flowers; bling; wet glue; Glossy Accents; Crystal 3D Lacquer; Wink of Stella glitter pen, Stickles, Distress inks; Kaisercraft Droplets; Martha Stewart Scalloped Square 1″ punch; Lace Ribbon Border Punch

Tim Holtz Distressed Doily Cards

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Are you a fan of Pinterest?  I sure am, it can be down right addicting at times!  But it also has a wealth of inspiration.  I ran across a card the other day where they had used a doily type die for the front of their card and I thought hmmmm I have Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Distressed Doily Die and I’ve never used it!  Time to get that puppy out and play.  This is the result –


I just love how it turned out!  I cut the doily across the bottom half of my card base front leaving the fold intact.  Then I cut another doily from the Tim Holtz Wallflower paper collection to shadow over top.  You can actually cut both together. I’m using the Sizzix Big Shot, you’ll need to try it with your machine and also take into account the weight of your cardstock that you’re making the card base from.  I found that if I placed my card base next to the die and then the lighter weight decorative paper over top I could cut them both at the same time.  It takes trial and error to see how your machine works.  But never fear, if you cut them separately as I did this first card (in the photo above) just offset the doilies if they don’t line up.  I dropped the top one down just a smidge as well.


See how there”s space between the layers?  I used foam adhesive dots to pop the decorative layer out from the card base and attached it directly to the cardstock along the bottom.  This gives great dimension.  I trimmed both layers above doily so the front is almost cut in half.  I tied the front and back together with seam binding I’d dyed using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Forest Moss.


On the inside I used a stamp from JustRite Stampers Black Eyed Susan Vintage Labels Five for my sentiment.  This was done with Black embossing powder to give it just a little lift and mounted onto a Spellbinders Labels 36.  The birds and leaves are fussy cut from the paper and positioned to the side of the sentiment.  Tucked back behind is a frayed piece of burlap and on the right hand bottom I inked and tucked in a flourish from Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls.


Here’s another card which you’ll see along with a third in the video.  This is the same principle but this time turning the die upside down and leaving the card base intact and folding it into an easel card, propped open by the robin that’s been popped up on the inside.  Check out the video as I walk you step by step in the creation of the first card above and examples of two others.  Plus ideas on how to enhance the back of the cards.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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657496: Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Distressed Doily Die

7CR-04835: JustRite Black-Eyed Susan Vintage Labels Five set of 20 clear stamps

S4-418: Spellbinders Lablels 36

LR071Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls Dies

TH93110: Tim Holtz Wallflower Collection

60020122: Joy!Crafts Elegant Card Stand

658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

207: Scor Tape 1?

Supplies from my Stash:  cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress ink, black bling for bird’s eyes, seam binding, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, heat tool, black embossing powder, foam adhesives, scrap of burlap


JustRite Stampers Coffee Cup Cards

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


JustRite Stampers designs the most versatile dies and stamps, I’ve used several of them on today’s cards.  I stamped the JustRite Coffee Cup Stamp on Stratmore Watercolor Paper.  This is a nice 90# weight (190 gsm) paper and wonderful for a card base.   I double matted the coffee accent with papers from Kaisercraft’s Storyteller 6 1/2″ paper pad and added flourishes top and bottom from  Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls to finish off the card front.  Oh yes, I used my Corner Chomper to add a decorated corner edge all around.


The stamped image was colored using my water brush and various Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I used JustRite’s Vintage Labels Five Dies to triple cut the stamped and colored coffee cup image.  By using all but the smallest die you come out with 3 layers to add a great dimensional accent to the card front.


Inside has as much going on as the outside, I love having a finished inside to my cards.  I used JustRite’s Vintage Labels Six Dies to cut the pink mat and then stamped my sentiment (from Penny Black’s Special Wishes Stamps Set) on the watercolor paper and cut it with another die from the Vintage Labels Six Dies.  Adding a lovely flourish from Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls dies just adds the right amount of ta-da to the inside.  To complete the inside I used the negative space that was left when I die cut the flourish and pounced some pink ColorBox chalk ink through the cutout (my own home made stencil!). Because the flourishes were cut with the watercolor paper they are sturdy and will provide many stencil uses for future cards.

This weeks video will walk you step by step on how to create this card and also show you how to add ink to your Gold Spellbinders dies to incorporate a unique stamped effect when you cut your die.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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JB-04830: JustRite Custom Dies Vintage Labels Six Dies

JB-04825: JustRite Custom Dies Vintage Labels Five Dies

CL-02002: JustRite Coffe Cup Cling Stamps

PP937: Kaisercraft Storyteller 6 1/2″ Paper Pad

LR071: Marianne Designs Vintage Swirls Dies

30-229: Penny Black Special Wishes Clear Stamps

S4-432: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Gold Corbels 7 Accents

658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

207: Scor Tape 1″

Supplies from my Stash: Various Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Water brush, Stratmore Watercolor Paper, ColorBox Chalk Ink, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, ATG,  Corner Chomper


Exquisite Cards Using Marianne Creatables Dies!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I received my first Marianne Design dies and couldn’t wait to make a couple of cards with them.  Beautifully etched designs give you cuts with deep impressions and wonderful details.  Marianne Perlot started her Dutch owned company in 1994 in the Netherlands.  She has created a collection of dies that will give your projects outstanding detail.  Please note these dies are imported and may take a little longer for delivery, but believe me it’s well worth the wait!!!


By using a standard A2 size card (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ when folded) you can create a double swing effect on the front by cutting the die on each end.  Here I’ve used Anja’s Vintage Decoration which gives you this beautiful, decorative edge to each side when folded inward.  I tied the two sides together with Hug Snug seam binding which I had tea dyed making it the perfect match for the decorative papers from Heartfelt Creations Daphne Papers (Gateway to the Seasons collection).  I only have a few sheets of this paper left but luckily had a scrap with the word LOVE still intact.  Since this is to be an anniversary card it was just the perfect scrap of decorative paper.


Making a card like this requires you to cut two bases one standard size 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and one just a tad smaller 8 1/2″ by 5 1/4″.  By trimming just 1/4″ you can attach the decorative topper with the tied front to the top of your card base, thus giving you two openings to your card.  I added a corner cut using the Marianne Design Anja’s Rose Corner Large (you need to snip it from the paper to use it freely this way) and then I tucked a little note card inside for a message).


Inside I used Spellbinders Luscious Labels One cutting the two largest mats.  I popped the top one up by using a scrap of chipboard cut to the size of the solid square.  By using a solid piece this way, instead of foam adhesive squares, you have a solid surface to either stamp or write your sentiment on.  To complete the inside I used another Marianne Design Die Anja’s Vintage Swirls which has two fantastic lacy flourishes.  I used one top and one bottom.

Check out my video,  I’ll walk you through step by step the process of making this card and another in black.  It’s amazing how different cards can look by changing the color scheme.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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LR0214: Marianne Design Creatable Die Anja’s Rose Corner Large

LR0271: Marianne Design Creatable  Die Anja’s Vintage Swirls

LR0269: Marianne Design Creatable  Die Anja’s Vintage Decoration

S4-426: Spellbinders Luscious Labels One

HCDP1 234: Heartfelt Creation Daphne 12×12 Paper Pack, part of the Gateway to the Seasons Collection

658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

Supplies from my Stash: Hug Snug seam binding; Cardstock – white and black; Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive; ATG tape; Kaisercraft 75 cent collection scraps

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers