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What’s NEW this week at Cut@Home!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Look what’s new at Cut@Home this week!

Penny Black released some really darling Cling and Clear Stamps and Creative Dies. Here is an idea of what’s new from them:

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I love their slapstick cling collection. They have such great flowers – daffodils, poppies – something for everyone! Their dies cut beautifully in all my machines too.

JustRite Stampers March release has five stamp sets.

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If you are looking for a really great stamp for masculine cards, take a look at the Woodgrain Upcycled stamp, the first and last card in the sampler above. Another favorite is the Romantic Wild Roses clear set, so make sure you look at Darsie’s video!

Kelly Marie from Lawn Fawn has a bunch of new dies and a few stamps that are new this week. She has more “Critters” this week and dies that coordinate with her stamps, like the “Let’s Play”, “Baked With Love” and “Best Pun Ever” to name a few:

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Marianne Design has new Craftables, Creatables and Collectible dies and clear stamps this week. She has some baby dies, along with some beautiful flowers and architecture dies. Take a looksie at some of the projects she has created with her new dies (for more ideas like these, please visit Marianne Design Inspiration Gallery)

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The talent overfloweth this week!

Happy Scrappin!

Marcie

Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

 

Spring Cards featuring Penny Black Dies

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Today I have some Spring cards to share with you.  They all feature very cool Penny Black dies — Dainty, Bashful and Soft Caress.  I just couldn’t pick a favorite!

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All of the cards were easy to complete.  I started with the tulips — the Penny Black die is called Dainty.  For these, I cut 3 of the tulips in green, and then 3 sets of the heads only in yellow (I cut them from a strip of paper approx. 1-1/2″ wide — there was no need to waste the extra paper cutting yellow stems).  An alternative to cutting the two colors is to simply cut them out of a neutral color like white, and then add color with markers or colored pencils.  I used my fussy cutting scissors to trim the tulip head from the small stem that remained.  I added a little color to the tulips and stems/leaves using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  Then I attached the tulip heads to the full flower/stem cut in green with my 1/4″ Angel Craft Tape (don’t you just love this tape!).  For the card, I cut a piece of green paper (the same green as the stems/leaves) 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I also cut a piece of lightly patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″, and added two colors of Distress Ink around the edges (the two colors should be complementary — here I used a yellow similar to the tulip color and the same orange I used previously).  Then I attached the patterned paper to the base layer.  I used Black Soot Distress Ink to add the sentiment at the top.  Then I placed the tulips — first the center bunch and then the ones on each side.  I attached them only at the bottom using the Angel Craft tape.  I used a variety of dimensional adhesives (some regular, some low dimension, some Angel Craft tape) to attach the tulip heads.  You’ll want to vary the adhesives to give the arrangement a more natural appearance.  I did not attach any other part of the tulips.  That will allow the leaves and, to a certain extent, the stems to have some natural dimension.  My last step was to add the bow at the bottom of the arrangement.  All very easy!

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Next I made the birthday card using the Soft Caress die.  I cut two pieces from the die — one in green and one in pink.  I trimmed the hearts from the pink die cut, and edged them with Distress Ink.  I also added some Distress Ink to the green die cut.  Using my Angel Craft tape, I attached the pink hearts to the green stems.  I cut a red card base 4.25″ x 5.5″, and a layer from patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″.  I attached the two layers with Angel Craft tape.   I added the three ribbons and bows to the side of the card base.  I cut a white piece of cardstock approximately 7/8″ x 2.5″ for the Happy Birthday sentiment, and stamped it in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  I edged the white cardstock with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, and attached it to the card base with a low dimensional adhesive.  I also attached the Soft Caress element, attaching the stems (or base) with glue, and the hearts with a low dimensional adhesive.   Once I added this element, I was concerned that the ribbons I chose were maybe too bright for the project and so I toned them down a little by sponging on some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  This was a very effective way of “saving” my card.   I think this die is just so sweet — don’t you think it would make a darling baby card?

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My last card used the Bashful die.  I am such a daisy fan, so this is probably one of my favorite Penny Black dies.  To build this flower, I cut one entire flower in green, and then two heads only in white.  I trimmed the extra stem from the white flower heads, and then colored the centers by sponging on a little Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  I used a little Bundled Sage Distress Ink to add some dimension to the green leaves and stem.   I attached one of the flower heads directly on top of the green die cut using my Angel Craft tape.  I attached the second one at the center using glue, and then alternated dimensional adhesive and low dimensional adhesive on the petals to add differing levels of dimension.  (Note that I placed the second flower head directly over the first one.  As an alternative, you could offset the petals to create a fuller flower.)  I cut a blue base layer for my card 4.25″ x 5.5″, and a patterned paper layer 4″ x 5.25″.  I attached the two layers using my Angel Craft tape.  I stamped the “Hello” sentiment on a small piece of white cardstock, and edged it with the same Distress Inks that I used for the flower centers.   I attached the flower to the card front using glue, and the sentiment using dimensional adhesive.  To finish, I added the ribbon and bow at the bottom.

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Please take a look at the short video below for additional information on how I made these cards.

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Penny Black dies – Dainty (SKU 51-043); Bashful (SKU 51-008); Soft Caress (SKU 51-092)

Die cutting machine — I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur (SKU GC-200)

Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Bundled Sage (SKU TIM27102); Spiced Marmalade (SKU TIM21506); Shabby Shutters (SKU TIM21490); Squeezed Lemonade (SKU TIM34940); Aged Mahogany (SKU TIM21407); Tattered Rose (SKU TIM20240); Black Soot (SKU TIM19541); and Walnut Stain (SKU TIM19534).  Note that I used my mini ink pads for this project.  Bundled Sage, Squeezed Lemonade and Tattered Rose are in Kit 10 (SKU TDPK40408), Spiced Marmalade is in Kit 1 (SKU TDPK40316), Black Soot and Walnut Stain are in Kit 3 (SKU TDPK40330), Shabby Shutters is in Kit 11 (SKU TDPK40415), and Aged Mahogany is in Kit 12 (SKU TDPK40422)

JustRite StampersThank You Daffodil (“Hello” sentiment) (SKU CL-02137); Best Wishes Stamps (“Sending Easter Blessings” and “Happy Birthday” sentiments) (SKU CR-02152)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4 (SKU ACT1414)

Supplies from my stash — assorted cardstock, assorted ribbon, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, regular and low dimensional adhesives

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

Love is in the Air

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Oh my Christmas no more turns the corner and we begin to think of Love Songs and Hearts, yes you know what I mean, Valentines Day is just around the bend.  Have you made your special someone a Valentine’s Card?  Well today I’ve got one that does double duty, you can use my Tom and Tilly card to either send Valentine Greetings or wish a special couple Happy Anniversary, (shhh don’t tell but that’s what I’m really using my card for today).

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Tom and Tilly is the name of this cute couple from Penny Black‘s Slapstick/cling series.  Aren’t they adorable?  I made a little larger card than I normally do choosing a 5″ x 7″ size of Kraft cardstock to be able to accommodate the stamped image and the die cut heart.  I stamped and colored the card and then fussy cut around the colored image.  Using a colored marked I carefully went around the edges to get rid of any white that might be showing.

The hP1140738eart is die cut from Spellbinder’s In’Spire line and is called Love Vine.  I used some glimmer paper from DCWV’s Shimmer Stack but it still wasn’t shiny enough so I covered the top with Versamark and Lindy’s Stamp Gang Byzantine Bronze embossing powder.

These dies are terrific they cut with no problem and just hold their shape so well, even with the added embossing on them.  I did slip a piece of wax paper between the die and my paper to help ease the removal.  Of course I used Spellbinder’s Tool ‘n One to assist popping the paper from the die as well.

 

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My background behind the couple is done on Stratford Watercolor paper with Faber Castell Gelatos, mine are from the Yellow Set.  I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint across the bottom because I didn’t have a green Gelato.  This was fun, I like the look of the Gelatos on the watercolor paper.  They blend so well and if you’re not happy with the first result wet them down and play some more.  These are a definite must have in your crafty bin.  I cut a piece of chipboard in black to place behind Tom and Tilly so they’d pop up a tad.  I also restamped the bench on a piece of decorative paper, re-colored it and after fussy cutting it out put it atop the original.  It gives just that extra little bit of dimension to the card.

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I was going to stamp my sentiment with my teeny tiny stamps but opted instead to use my computer and print them out.  I trimmed around the edges and then used Tim Holtz Distress ink to help them pop a little.  Since the background was colored I used Glossy Accents to glue the words in place assuring myself that they wouldn’t pop off anytime soon.

Well that completes today’s card, a complete supply list is just below the video which will show the entire process start to finish, I hope you’ll join me there.  In the mean time

Happy Craftin’ Everyone!

Patti

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Supplies from the Store:

40-098 – Penny Black Slapstick Cling Stamp, Tom and Tilly
IN-009 – Spellbinder’s In’Spire die Love Vine
770157 – Faber Castell Gelatos Yellow set
T-001 – Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
TIM20233 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
658300 – Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit

Supplies from my Stash: Kraft cardstock, DCWV shimmer paper, Lindy’s Byzantine Bronze embossing Powder, Glossy Accents, Alcohol markers, Stratford Watercolor Paper, White card stock

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Prills by US Artquest

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Today I want to share an awesome product – Prills by US Artquest.  Prills are little round balls of fun — they are beads (no hole) very similar to the sprinkles that you put on ice cream or frosted cookies.  They come in a lot of different colors and color combinations, most with a fun name.  Here’s a look at a card that I made using Prills and a little glitter as the embellishments.

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Prills are natural and non-toxic.  They are also heat-resistant and acid free, making them appropriate for many paper crafting uses.  My favorite use for Prills is flower centers.  I love the color variety and the texture for that purpose.  Fans of the gorgeous Heartfelt Creations flowers may recognize Prills as one of their favorite embellishments too.   Here is a close-up of my flower center using “Go Mango” Prills and Lion’s Mane art glitter by Art Institute.

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Prills are simple to use — they attach with a little glue or another kind of adhesive like Scor-Tape.  They can also be used with an embossing paste or a cement, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  Please see the short video for a quick look at some Prills, and how I used them to embellish the flower center, a snow scene and an ice cream cone.

In the video, I used “Prill Spill” for the cupcakes and “Minnie Prill” for the snow scene.  The Christmas tree is the “Little Bits Christmas Tree die by Taylored Expressions, and the ice cream cones were made using the “Cupcake Stand” die by Justrite Stampers (of course Prills would be perfect to decorate cupcakes too!).

Prills are available in three different sets of 12 jars each — “Bright Ideas”, “Rock N Roll” and “Spring Bling”.  It is very difficult to choose between them!  You can find them on the Cut@Home site under US Artquest or via this link.

Let me also take a minute to describe the card above.  The poinsettia is made using the “Joyful” die by Penny Black.  You’ll want to cut the flower head twice to achieve the same fullness.   Both should be attached only at the base — you want the petals to be able to move freely.  The “joyful” word is from a die set by Paper Smooches, “Christmas Words”.

Supplies available from Cut@Home:

Prills “Go Mango”, “Prill Spill” and “Minnie Prill” (Prill sets and a color chart available here)

Penny Black die “Joyful” (SKU 51-059)

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Taylored Expressions “Little Bit Christmas Tree” (SKU TE433)

Justrite Stampers “Cupcake Stand” die set (SKU SW-04880)

Supplies from my stash:  assorted cardstock, Paper Smooches “Christmas Words” dies, ribbon, scrapbooking glue (I used Scotch Quick-Drying Adhesive).

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Sizzix Movers and Shapers Dies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Today I want to show you a product that you may not have noticed — the Sizzix Movers and Shapers dies.  The dies can be used on a stand-alone basis — some to make bags or boxes, etc. and some to create small shapes.  It is when they combine, though, that the magic begins — you can, for example, combine them to cut a heart shape in the middle of a bag.  How fun!  Here’s a look at a couple of different uses —

santa bag front   snowflake side

Many of the Movers and Shapers dies are a part of the Tim Holtz Alterations collection, but other Sizzix designers use them too.

To use the Movers and Shapers “little” dies as separate, stand-alone dies, you’ll need the Tim Holtz Alterations Base Tray.  This is a plastic tray with a metal plate in the bottom.  The magnets on the Movers and Shapers die will attach to the bottom.  If you just want the cut image, it won’t matter how you place the die in the tray.  If you want to position a die cut on a sheet of cardstock, then you’ll have to figure out where in the base tray to place the die and how to place the paper.  You may need a few practice sheets to get the placement right, but once you’ve figured it out you can use a permanent marker to mark the base tray so you can easily place it next time.  It really is much easier than it sounds.  Here are a couple of pictures — the dies as they come out of the package (front side of the tall heart, back side of the smaller one), the dies placed in the base try, and a couple of the cut shapes —

m & S dies  dies in base tray

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The more fun use for Movers and Shapers is when you combine them to create objects with fun cut-outs.  You may have noticed that some Sizzix bag or box dies have large open spaces (often there is a square of foam included in that space to eject the paper more easily).  They are usually identified as “Movers and Shapers“, perhaps with an L or an XL somewhere on the packaging.  You can easily place one of the little Movers and Shapers dies into that space (instead of the foam square) and the result will be a cut-out design in the die-cut.  Here are photos of the Tim Holtz “In the Bag” die as it is sold, and then with the addition of a heart-shaped Movers and Shapers die —

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It is all very easy, and what a wonderful way to get more use out of those basic dies that you own.  To keep the contents of the bag or box from falling out, you can place either a clear or a contrast piece  behind the cut shape.  I used a piece of clear plastic here.  These are photos of the finished bag, front and back —

santa bag front   santa bag back

The Sizzix Where Women Cook line also has several of the Movers and Shapers dies.  Milk cartons are very popular right now, and how fun is it to be able to cut a design into that carton?  I used a contrasting color behind the “4U” here —

snowflake side  snowflake box

This short video shows both methods of using the Movers and Shapers dies.

 

Supplies from Cut @ Home

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Dies — Tim Holtz Alterations “In the Bag” (SKU 657842)

Where Women Cook Milk Carton Box (SKU 659196)

Tim Holtz Alterations Mini Hearts Set (SKU 657212)

Where Women Cook Yum and 4U (SKU 659194)

Penny Black Snowflake Trio die set (SKU 51-015)

Tim Holtz Alterations Base Tray (SKU 657007)

Supplies from my stash — ribbon and adhesives

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare. wordpress.com

 

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