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Deal of the Week – Sizzix Sale!

Monday, 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


Spellbinders 3D Christmas Tree Cards

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact that Christmas is soon on it’s way again and it’s certainly not too early to be thinking about making cards for those special someones on your card list.


Spellbinders has released this fantastic Shapeabilities 3D Christmas Card Tree which creates this stunning dimensional card front.  Now whom on your Christmas Card List wouldn’t love to find this in their mailbox.  Oh and speaking of mailing, the tree will fold flat to fit in your envelope.  The one I’ve made is a standard A2 size card 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  The dies include the Christmas ornaments, holly and star to add that extra somethin’ special to the tree.


Include a few packages that you’ve cut from your scraps and wrapped with ribbon or cord for under the tree, there must be presents under the tree!  I also topped the Ornaments with a dab of Silver stickles to add that little Christmas sparkle.


For the inside of my cards I picked another Spellbinders die, the Die D-Lites Miracle of Lights.  I added some Martha Stewart Glitter Glue to the flames so they’d shimmer a little and stamped my sentiment from JustRight Stampers – Christmas Inner Thoughts collection.


I won’t lie to you, if you add the holly and Ornaments like I have this card is a little time consuming, but so worth it!  If you want to speed up the process use some Stickles on the Ornaments instead of cutting the individual pieces, but I’ll tell you you’ll prefer the die cuts to the Stickles!  Join me on the video and I’ll show you how I put the card together.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Store:
S6-014: Spellbinders Shapeabilities – 3D Christmas Tree
S2-122: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Miracle of Lights
CL-04625: JustRite Stampers – Christmas Inner Thoughts
658300: Sizzix Big Shot
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
404: Scor-Pal No More Shims Rubber Mat
STAMPPOS1: Apple Pie Memories Stamp Positioner Kit


NEW Darice Embossing Essentials Dies

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

As a die fanatic, I am so excited that Darice now has dies available.  Yay!  As usual, the quality that we’ve come to expect from Darice is absolutely there and, best of all, the dies are affordable.  Let me show you a card that I made using one of the basic die sets, scalloped circles.


Isn’t that just the cutest shape?  I love the pointy edges instead of the traditional rounded ones, and that they are larger and more spaced out than the traditional pinking circles.

In the debut, Darice released a variety of dies — both basic sets and seasonal ones.  When I say new, I mean brand new and not just new to Cut at Home.  That means there may be some delay in availability while they (Darice)  catch up with orders, etc.  You’ll notice in the Darice Embossing Essentials die area that there are a lot of the basic dies, for example, and not so much for the holiday dies.  This should all sort out as they catch up with their orders, etc.  If you want something pictured here that is not currently on the site, contact the wonderful Customer Service folks for assistance.

The dies are the thin dies, and so can be used in a number of different die cutting machines.  The package gives instructions for four machines (the Big Shot, the Cuttlebug, the eBosser, and the Evolution), but they should work in any machine that can handle thin dies.  They have a coating that is designed to prevent those little chads from sticking in the dies.  If you do find that some little pieces stay behind, whack the die against a hard surface and most of the bits should come flying out (it is a lot easier than picking them out, but you do have to chase those little pieces).

I was able to purchase a variety of dies, including some of the basic sets and some of the holiday sets.  For each I cut out a piece of scrap paper using the largest die in the set (all fit comfortably on an A-2 sized card).  Here is a look at some of them —

cuts 1  These are three circle sets — scalloped circles (top), wavy circles (left) and bumpy circles (right).  The bumpy circles look like they will be a lot of fun to use on cards, etc.

cuts 2  The curved rectangles set is at the top, and wavy squares on the bottom.

cuts 3  These are my two favorite sets — stars and the book pages dies.  I love the puffy, rounded edge stars.  They are perfect for kids’ cards or for baby items.  The book pages set is, to me, the “must have” die set in the collection so far.  You could make some very cure mini-albums using this set, or the individual pieces would be perfect layered on cards, etc. to make pockets or flaps or whatever.  It is such a fun set and has so many possibilities.

cuts 4  These are two of the holiday dies — the evergreen border and the snowflake border.  Both fit the long side of an A-2 card (so are approximately 5.5″ long).  The trees can be used all together, or you can cut them apart and just use a few, etc.  I also think they would be perfect stacked creating a forest of sorts.

cuts 5  Last, but by no means least, these are mostly holiday dies.  The top left piece is called swirl vine (it is not holiday).  Next to it is small holly.  On the bottom are poinsettia and snowman with hat.  All very cute!  With these dies, it is important that you take the extra step and emboss them after cutting.  There is so much detail that adds to/enhances the look of the piece (none of these images were embossed).

For a closer look at the dies and cutout shapes, please see the short video below.  In it I do spend some time with the dies, their packaging, and how the cut shapes (focusing on the largest sizes) fit on an A-2 sized card.

So that’s just a quick look at some of the sets that are available.  Watch for additional posts from me featuring Darice Embossing Essentials dies.

For the “hello sunshine” card above, I used the second largest die in the scalloped circles set.  I cut it using my Sizzix Big Shot.  I did not emboss it for this project.  I added some Dandelion and Tangelo Memento inks to the edges to give it some dimension (I even used a little light orange to add some “blush” to the sun face).    I used the same color cardstock to cut a card base 4.25″ x 5.5″ (A-2 sized), and I cut the yellow and white paper 4″ x 5.25″.  I added some of the Dandelion and Tangelo inks to the edges of the layer to add some dimension.  The cool shades gave my sunshine a little ‘tude (the frame is black with clear rhinestones, the lenses are cut from bottle green vellum).  The “hello sunshine” sentiment is from one of those dollar rubber stamps that you just can’t resist.  Easy peasy.    This card is sure to bring a smile to someone’s face.


Be sure to check out the selection of Darice Embossing Essentials dies.   You’ll see that even the basic dies are different from the other dies available out there.  With the reasonable price tag you might just be able to buy 2 or 3 sets for what you would have paid for just 1 set of another brand.


Supply List

Darice Embossing Dies — I used a variety of sets as described above.  The card is made using the Scalloped Circles set.

Die Cutting/Embossing machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot.

assorted cardstock

Memento inks — I used tuxedo black, dandelion and tangelo

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (to adhere the card layers and to attach the glasses to the sun, etc.)

Sunglasses – this is a Taylored Expressions die called “Spectacles”

The lenses of the sunglasses are cut from  bottle green vellum

4 small clear rhinestones to embellish the glasses

Low dimensional adhesive (used to attach the sun and the sentiment)


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



Tim Holtz Halftone Christmas Stamp Set

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Hi, happy Monday, if you are like me you are starting to think about the Holidays, s if you would like to get a start on your Holiday cards I have the perfect stamp set to share with you, Tim Holtz Halftone Christmas Stamp set is so awesome, I couldn’t wait to try it out! Before we get started here is a list of the products that I used that available on the Cut at Home website:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Halftone Christmas Stamp Set, SKU: CMS204

Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers #2, SKU: 658728

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/ Stamp Merry Christmas Tree, SKU: 658276

I also used my Sizzix Big Shot for the embossing and the die cutting.


I also used some items from my stash, Card Stock, Ink, Washi Tape and Gems and an Anna Griffin Christmas embossing folder.

or watch directly on youtube

First I started by making a 5″ x 7″ card base, next I cut a piece of card stock in a light/medium blue, I used a smooth finish stock since I was going to be stamping in the center. I cut it the exact size of the embossing diffuser, 6 1/8″ x 4 1/4″.

I put the piece of card stock in the embossing folder, next I placed the diffuser on top of the folder being carful to line it up with the card stock. Once I had it lined up perfectly I taped it in place so it wouldn’t shift. The diffuser acts like the top plate that you normally would use, so your sandwich would be the platform, one plate, the embossing folder and the diffuser, now it is ready to run through the Big Shot.

Once the embossing is done the area that is open will not be embossed, I stamped the snowman stamp in this area.

Starting with the halftone stamp I inked the hat area with black ink and I inked the snowman image white, next I stamped it in the center of the embossed paper. Next I inked up the snowman stamp that is the outline of the snowman, I used black for this. The trick to these stamps is to get the stamps lined up, it took me a couple of tries but the finished image is worth it.

Once I had the stamping done I inked the top of the embossed paper with white and inked the edges with white to make the embossed areas pop. Next I added some white and light blue gems and some washi tape. I also used the stamp set “Merry Christmas Tree” for the sentiment and the die cut for the sentiment.

Here is a look at the finished card: (To see other cards you can go to our facebook page if you wish)

Snowman card

And a look at the snow man:

Snowman card 2

This was such a fun card, I love this stamp set, next I will be making the Santa from this set, I absolutely love this stamp set!

Until next week,
Thanks and Happy Scrappin,

Spellbinders Labels Forty-One and Forty-Two Card Ideas

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Spellbinders has a large assortment of dies, as you probably already know and their label collection is one of my favorite and I feel the most versatile especially for the Cardmaker.  The dies are always sorted per category and these new Labels Dies are part of the Nestabilities collection.  This means they will nest well within one another to add dimension and pop to your card fronts, layouts, mini albums or whatever you decide to use them for.  I’m going to share three cards and three ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  At the bottom of this post will be the complete list of all the dies and supplies I’ve used from the store.

Labels 41-42

I’ve used the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-Two, Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One and Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One.   At the time of this post these dies are pre-order only, so you’ll want to get your orders in now so that once they hit the store shelves they’ll be shipped out right away to you.

Labels 41-044

This first card measures 5″ square.  I’ve used a combination of pink and white cardstock along with Spellbinders Labels Forty-Two, Decorative Accents dies.  This cuts the large white base and the pink solid in the forefront.  Along with my Sizzix Big Shot I also used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate for Wafer Thin Dies and the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One.  These two items just make your die cutting so much easier.  Oh yes I used Scor-Pal’s No More Shims rubber mat to help even the pressure as I emboss the cut outs.

Labels 41-047

This beautifully intricate accent is cut from the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One.  You may have to use paper shims as you cut and rotate your plate after each pass until you get all the details cut completely.  But oh my isn’t it worth it? Check out more spellbinders card ideas on!

Labels 41-051

This card base was cut with Spellbinders Labels Forty-Two, as you watch the video I’ll show you exactly how to create this fantastic card base from your die.   The beautiful center is cut using Spellbinders Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One.  See how all these dies compliment one another adding another layer to your card.  This card starts with the standard A2 size card base, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ but once you cut the decorative shape to the edges your card goes down to about 4 1/4″ square.

Labels 41-056

The last card uses all the dies in the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One.  I’ll show you how to cut them all at the same time on the video.  You also can see the difference of using one color, like this card, as opposed to the pink and white combination in the first card.  It just depends on the look you want to achieve.  This is the largest card and measures 6″ square.  Any decorative paper on the cards was cut from Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms 12×12 paper collection.  I hope you’ll come follow along on the video, I’ll share lots of ideas and more photos.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Store:

S4-469: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One
S4-470: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One
S4-471: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Accents Labels Forty-Two
658300: Sizzix Big Shot
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
404: Scor-Pal No More Shims Rubber Mat
HCDP1-244: Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms 12×12 Paper Collection
202: Scor-Tape 1/4″
203: Scor-Tape 1/2″

Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Today I want to show you a fun Tim Holtz product — Embossing Diffusers by Sizzix.  You can use a diffuser along with an embossing folder to create an open spot (an area that does not emboss) on your card or other project.  It is a great way to gain additional use of your all-over embossing folders.  Here are a couple of examples (I used Pan Pastels to enhance the embossed areas so that you can see them better) —

card 3  card 4

Two sets of Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers Dies are available — set 1 and set 2.  Each set has three different sizes/shapes for openings.   Each diffuser consists of two parts — the full plate and the cut-out.  Each serves a different function.  You may already think that this sounds a little complicated, but it really isn’t.  This is a very simple process.

You begin by selecting an embossing folder to use, one with an all-over design.  Place the sheet of cardstock that you want to emboss inside the embossing folder as you normally would.  Next you’ll want to select your embossing diffuser.  There are circles, ovals, rectangles and squares — even a cathedral window (that I used upside down like a banner).  Once you’ve selected the diffuser you want to use, remove the cut-out and set it aside.  Place the full plate over the embossing folder, adjusting it as necessary so that the opening occurs where you want it to on the design.  Use a low-tack tape (painter’s tape or other tape with light hold) to tape it onto the embossing folder.  Now it is time to run it through your die cutting/embossing machine.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot for this, and the instructions here apply to the Big Shot.  If you have another die cutting/embossing machine, you’ll have to adjust them accordingly, keeping in mind that the diffuser is the thickness of a plate and takes the place of one plate for your machine (the one closest to the base plate — you always need a plate on top).  For the Big Shot, open tab 2, and place the sandwich you just made (embossing folder and diffuser taped together) on plate 1.  Run through the machine and do the initial embossing.  You’ll see that the only areas that are embossed are the ones covered by the plate, the open areas do not emboss.  You can stop here, and the effect is a soft opening in the center (it is not particularly well-defined).

To add further definition to the open area, remove the embossed cardstock from the embossing folder.  (Again these instructions are for the Big Shot, you’ll have to adjust them accordingly for other machines.)  Place your silicone mat on top of tab 1 (tab 2 is still open).  Place the embossed cardstock, face up, on the silicone mat.  Place the appropriate cut-out shape (if you used the circle diffuser, then the circle cut-out, etc.) on top of the non-embossed area.  Top the sandwich with your impressions plate, and run it through the Big Shot.  This will add definition to that non-embossed area and, in most cases, will create a more finished appearance.

That’s it!  That is all there is to it!  It is so very simple.  Instead of embossing normally, you’re going to add a diffuser plate, tape it in place, and run through the machine without one of the cutting plates that you normally use.  As I said, the second step is optional, but I think adds a little polish.  Note that you can separately use the diffuser plate — it just ends up with a softer, less defined center.  You can also use the cut-outs separately to add a dimensional shape in the center of otherwise plain cardstock.  You could also use the cut-out shape or the diffuser shape to trace an outline of the shape on cardstock (embossed or not), or to dry emboss.   This really is a very versatile tool.  Please see the short video for additional information on how to use the embossing diffuser — I even show you how to use it to create an embossed envelope for that special card.

I made six quick cards using each of the available diffusers (both sets 1 and 2).  Because they are designed to showcase the diffusers and available sizes/shapes, I didn’t add ribbon or other embellishments that would take away from the view.  I used the extra step for each of the cards to add the extra definition in the unembossed area.  All of the embossing folders that I used are by Sizzix, although you can use the diffuser with any similar embossing folder.  I use various shades of Pan Pastel to make the embossed areas more visible for the photos (I normally do not do this).  Information on the supplies used for the cards is below in my “Supply List”.

card 2  card 5  rectangle, small oval

card 1  card 6  square, cathedral window (or banner)

card 3  card 4  large oval, circle

I’m sure that you’ll enjoy using the embossing diffusers.  They are a great idea to help you find new uses for your existing embossing folders.


Supply List

Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers by Sizzix — I used both sets 1 and 2

Die Cutting/Embossing Machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot (you’ll need the silicone pad and the impressions pad in addition to the multipurpose platform)

assorted cardstock

adhesive (to assemble the cards)

low tack tape such as painter’s tape, etc.

The sunflower is by My Favorite Things (sunflower die)

The poinsettia is from Poppy Stamps (small blooming poinsettia die)

The die cut words are all Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets

The stickers are from various sets of Halloween Mambi stickers by Me & My Big Ideas

I used clear Wink of Stella to highlight the trees and words “Let it Snow”, also the tips of the poinsettia petals.

I enhanced the embossed areas with various colors of Pan Pastel


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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