GoDaddy SecuredAuthorize.net Merchant
Cut At Home On PinterestFollow Cut At Home on TwitterFollow Cut At Home on FacebookFollow Cut At Home on Google PlusFollow Cut At Home on InstagramCut At Home YouTube Channel
We Ship World-Wide! Cut At Home Ships World-Wide
Local: 801-553-2256  
Toll Free: 800-716-5778  

Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas


Archive for the ‘Sizzix’ Category

Organize Your Craft Room with Angel Crafts and Sizzix

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Today I want to share an awesome product with you — sheets of Angel Crafts Vinyl.  One of my New Year’s resolutions was to better organize my craft space (imagine how nice it would be to be able to find everything!).  Angel Crafts Vinyl, with an assist from the Sizzix “Homemade” Alphabet die and my Sizzix Big Shot, is a great help in doing that.  Here are just a few of the items I was able to add labels to fairly quickly.

color box  034

lawn f  black

I definitely have “too much stuff” in my craft room — but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  It is just that sometimes it can be difficult to find what I am looking for.  Sometimes I also think I’m grabbing the right box or bin only to find out that I got the wrong one.  To make things easier, I decided that labeling everything would help a lot.  I love the Sizzix Homemade alphabet because the letters are large and easily recognizable, but not so large that they won’t fit in tight spaces.  I was also very excited to find the new Angel Crafts vinyl available in flat sheets — how cool is that!  In the past when I’ve tried to use vinyl in my Sizzix Big Shot, I’ve had the problem with the vinyl curling and not staying where I placed it on the die.  That is not at all a problem with the flat sheets.  Angel Crafts colors come in 6″x12″ sheets and in 12″x12″ sheets — both very convenient for use in die cutting.  It is very easy to cut with your paper trimmer down to a size appropriate for your die cutting machine, and then die cutting is just a breeze!

With the Homemade alphabet, all of the letters are on the same die.  That gives you two choices:  1) to always cut the entire alphabet or sections of the alphabet regardless of what letters you need; or 2) to cut the vinyl into small pieces (1″ x 1″ or 1″ x 1.5″) so that you can select the individual letters.  I did the second version.  Most of the letters can be cut from a piece of vinyl 1″ x 1″.  The taller letters generally need a piece of vinyl 1″ x 1.5″, although, for example, the letter “y” probably needs a 1″ x 2″ piece of vinyl.  Some of the wider letters, like “m’ and “w” also need a little adjustment in the cut size.  Once you figure all of this out, though it really is very easy.

I began by cutting a pile of the various sizes of vinyl, and then grabbed my first item to label.  It was the wooden box that holds my spool of black May Arts burlap twine.  I’m always confusing the black with navy or dark green, particularly when I’m in a hurry.  With the bold vinyl letters that will no longer be a problem.  So I placed the Homemade die on a cutting plate which was stacked on the magnetic platform (not sure the magnetic platform was necessary, but it did keep the die from shifting).  Then I added an appropriate piece of vinyl over the letters b-l-a-c-k, and I placed the second cutting plate over the top.  It was very easy to run through the Sizzix Big Shot.  I found that the vinyl cuts a little like lightweight cardstock, so if you need to add a shim or two when cutting lightweight cardstock you’ll probably need it with the vinyl too (I added a shim, and my cuts were cleaner, etc.).  I tried cutting two of the same letter at the same time, but that didn’t work as well — often the second letter didn’t fully cut.  Cutting the letters one at a time seemed to work best (so for the word “color”, I needed two passes to cut both o’s that were needed).

The vinyl separates from the liner so easily, and this makes the process just so quick and easy.  Normally you would want to use the point of your scissors or a craft tool to keep your fingers off the sticky part of the vinyl so it adheres better.  When you watch the video below, you’ll see my fingers all over the sticky side of the vinyl — in spite of my handling of the vinyl, it still adhered very well.  That tells me that the vinyl will stand up very well to some of the normal “oops” moments that we all have.  I also found that it could be easily repositioned if needed.  For a lot of projects you’ll want to use transfer paper to get a more precise placement, but I just didn’t feel it necessary for labeling craft supplies.

I tried to label a variety of things to show you that the vinyl works well a lot of different surfaces.  The burlap twine is in a wood holder (painted and varnished); the 6×6 paper pads are in an acrylic tray; the Color Box ink is in a plastic box; and the dividers for my dies are artists’ canvas panels.  I’ve tried a number of other surfaces too, and I haven’t found anything that the vinyl didn’t work well with.

Please see the short video where I show you how I cut the vinyl, and how I labeled the dividers for my dies.

Here are a couple of other photos of my labeling projects —

dies  I store my dies in canvas totes, separated by die company.  It helps so much to add the dividers (6×8 canvas artist panels), and to have them labeled.

034  I always find the 6×6 paper pads a little difficult to wrangle.  This is a tray designed to organize a refrigerator or pantry, and is approximately 7″ x 13″.  It holds quite a few of the paper pads, so now my task will be to organize them in a way that I can find what I’m looking for.  At least here’s a start with the holiday paper pads.

color box  I have several different kinds of inks, and keep them sorted by the brand. The boxes I use for storage are similar, so the labeling helps me to get the right box the first time.  Of course the ones that I use most never quite get put away.

black  I really like to use the May Arts burlap twine for so many projects.  I recently purchased some washi tape dispensers to hold the twine and keep it ready for use.  The color labels will help me to get the right twine the first time.  Yay!

The letters that I cut for these projects are kind of bold, and I want to just show you that you can cut more intricate projects with the vinyl.  This is the “smile” die from the Sizzix You & Me die set.  It was easy to cut (1 pass), easy to place, and it retained its shape.

smile

I hope that my project today inspires you to check out the Angel Crafts vinyl for your next vinyl project.  It is a great product and is very easy to work with!

Supplies Available from Cut @ Home:

Angel Crafts Premium 6″x12″ vinyl Neutral #1 (SKU6X12NEUT-01)

Sizzix Homemade Alphabet die (SKU 659866)

Sizzix You & Me die (SKU 659780)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Magnetic platform for wafer-thin dies for Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 656499)

From my stash:  A variety of craft supplies that needed to be organized and labeled.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

Spellbinders Royal Love Greeting Card

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Today I’m back with another Valentine’s Card for you, but again, it could also be used for an Anniversary or with a change of sentiment a Wedding card.  Let me ask you how carefully you look at the packaging your dies come in?  If you’re like me I kind of glance at them and then really don’t see them again after that.  It’s amazing how you can look at something and really never actually see it.

P1140742

I was taking the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Royal Love die out of the packaging when I happened to notice the card on the front.  I thought wow that’s a pretty neat card I think I’ll make that. Like most of us I took my inspiration from the card they showed but usually what I make and what I’ve seen change themselves up quite a bit.  Which is fine, it’s the inspiration part that’s important.  This is a gorgeous die, I tried it using quite light weight paper and the glittered decorative paper, both cut well, I did use wax paper between my die and paper which along with my Spellbinder’s Tool ‘n One helped it release very easily.

P1140745

The top portion of the card is decorated with the Sizzix Textured Impression Embossing Folder Lattice.  These are great buys because you not only get the Lattice folder but also the Butterfly in this two pack combo.  Using three colors of cardstock the triple mats help the different elements pop on the card.

P1140743

I added two rows of lace to the front below the mats using a string of decorative crystal bling along the top and finishing it off with the bow and charms.  The charm is a Tim Holtz fragment.  I stamped the word LOVE from the Avery Elle Photopolymer clear stamp set Handwritten Notes and glued it to the back of the Fragment.  Then I took Tim Holtz Ranger Adirondack Mixative Silver and coated the sides and back of the Fragment.  I joined it along with a danglely pearl and a silver heart.  I finished them off with a white satin bow and placed them directly below the die cut heart.

P1140747

The inside is finished with the same colors. The heart was cut from a lighter pink and trimmed down a bit tucking a small flourish I’d snipped from the side to below the mats.  The sentiments are a combination of the Avery Elle stamp I used in the Fragment along with a JustRite Stampers Celebrations Sentiments clear stamp collection.  I’m very happy with my card and hope that the inspiration I derived from the Spellbinder’s packaging will in turn inspire you to create your own Royal Love card.  A list of supplies for the store products follow directly below the video.  Speaking of which the video will give you the Start to Finish process of how I created the card, I hope you’ll join me there.

Have fun and Happy Craftin’!

Patti

Join me on A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger or Facebook

Supplies from the Store:
SKU S4-438: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Royal Love dies
SKU CR-02099: JustRite Stampers Celebrations Sentiments
SKU 1316: Avery Elle Handwritten Notes stamp set
SKU T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

SKU TIM22176: Adirondack Inks Metallic Mixatives Silver

Supplies from my Stash: American Crafts cardstock, Lindy’s Queen Sheba Silver embossing Powder, Stampin’ Up Heat and Stick glue and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Versamark, Lace, Bling, charms

Stitched Snowflakes by Lawn Fawn

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Today I have a fun card featuring some very cute Lawn Fawn dies, the Stitched Snowflakes.  Lawn Fawn has several die sets available with the cutest stitching detail.  I love how the stitching adds a fun element to your cards and layouts.

stitched snowflake

This card was very easy to do.   I started with a great patterned paper, “Large Chevron” by Carta Bella (part of their All Bundled Up collection).  I attached an A-2 base (4.25″ x 5.5″) to a layer (4″ x 5.25″) of the chevron paper using Scor-Tape.  Then I embossed the two layers using an all-over embossing folder (Plus from the Smile & Plus set by Sizzix).   The idea was to use a small all-over pattern to simulate a quilt.  I used a little ink to add some color to the edges of the quilt to make it look a little worn.

The snowflakes were so very easy.  I just needed to cut them the same as I would cut a shape with any other die — the stitched detail is added automatically.  No separate embossing step is needed.  Yay!  I attached my snowflakes using a little Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive.  The sentiment is just a generic “Thinking of You” from a stamp set that I had, and I added the little white epoxy heart to add more warmth to the card.  The edging on the sentiment matches the edging on the quilt.  I attached the sentiment with a low dimensional adhesive to make it pop a little.  To finish the card I added some May Arts burlap string.  It was just that easy!  Please see the short video for a few additional tips on how I made the card.

Be sure to try out one of the stitched die sets.  I think you’ll really like the added detail, it really enhances the appearance of your cards.  Here’s a close-up of one of the stitched snowflakes —

stitched detail

Supplies available from Cut @ Home:

Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes (SKU LF775)

Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Smile & Plus (SKU 659785)

1/4″ Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (SKU 202)

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

Supplies from my stash:  white cardstock, Carta Bella “All Bundled Up” large chevron cardstock, Memento Danube Blue ink, Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk ink, Navy May Arts burlap string, Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive, “Thinking of You” sentiment, small epoxy heart

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).

P1140736

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.

 

P1140737

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.

P1140739

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

You can always visit me on A Soul’s Heartbeat on Blogger or Facebook

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

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

This week is a busy holiday week.  Hanukkah ends tomorrow evening (12/24), and the Christmas celebration begins.  The celebration of Kwanzaa begins on Friday (12/26) and ends on January 1.   I hope that it will be a joyous time for you and your family and friends!

hanukkah    Happy Hanukkah

st nick    Merry Christmas

kwanzaa    Happy Kwanzaa

 

Supplies used  —

Hanukkah card:  Star of David die by Cheery Lynn Designs, blue metallic cardstock, brushed silver cardstock

St. Nick:  St. Nick die by Tim Holtz Alterations (660051 Sizzix), 8×8 paper by Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas (4500995), white flocking, Doodlebug heart sticker, Tim Holtz Label Letters.  (See the separate “St. Nick” post for additional information)

Kwanzaa card:  Spellbinders Regal Frames die set (S4-446), Memory Box Italic letters, black metallic cardstock, hammered gold cardstock (Hot Off the Press), assorted rhinestones

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

St. Nick card with Tim Holtz

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Today I want to share a Tim Holtz Alterations (Sizzix) die called St. Nick.  It is just perfect for holiday cards for “kids” of all ages.

st nick

St. Nick is a bigz die (one of the thick dies), so it will work best on a Sizzix Big Shot or Big Kick.  As is typical of Tim Holtz products, it is well-designed and easy to use.

The easiest way to begin is to cut all of the pieces on the die from white cardstock.  Save the “negative” of the cut also, and that will help you to determine sizes and placement for the pieces that need to be re-cut in color.  Those include the face, nose, eyes, hat and holly.   Once all of the pieces were cut, I edged each of them using two Distress inks: Antique Linen and Tea Dye.  The edging helps to add some definition to the pieces and enhances the overall appearance of your project.

Once the pieces are edged, it is very easy to assemble St. Nick.  The base piece gives a lot of cues on placement of the other pieces — for example the holly and the mustache (both are easy to line up on the base).   I used a little craft glue to hold each of the pieces in place.  With all of the pieces in place, I added the flocking.  This is a pretty large area to flock, so it works best to do one area at a time.  I started at the forehead and worked my way around — adding glue ot a small area and then adding the flocking, etc.  I did try to flock it all at once but found that some areas of glue just went dry and I ended up having to flock it all over again.  I like how the edging shows through the  flocking and gives definition to the white-on-white areas (the mustache on the beard, etc.)  Please see my short video for additional instructions on the process for creating St. Nick.

The background paper I used is from the Graphic 45 Christmas paper collection, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.  The words were perfect on this page, and I loved that I could isolate “St. Nick” and have it appear above the image.  Note that I used the 8×8 paper for this.   I used a small heart instead of berries on the holly to add a personal touch.  The words “See you soon” use another Tim Holtz product, “Label Letters” — a very easy way to add any words or sentiment that you want to a project.

st nick

Merry Christmas to all . . . and to all a good night!

Supplies from Cut @ Home:

Tim Holtz Alterations (Sizzix) die – St. Nick  (SKU 660051 )

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

Graphic 45 Twas the Night Before Christmas 8×8 paper pad (SKU 4500995)

Supplies from my stash:  Assorted cardstock, Tim Holtz Ideaology Label Letters, white flocking powder (I used Stampendous), heart sticker, and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhcvesive.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers