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Holiday Baskets featuring Sizzix Basket #2 Die

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Today I have another fun Sizzix die that I want to show you.  This is the Basket #2 die by designer Lori Whitlock.  I made two versions — one for St. Patrick’s Day and the other for Easter.

st. patty decor  easter basket

The best part is that these baskets  are so very easy to make.  They’re a perfect family project!

The Basket #2 die is one of the Bigz L dies.  That means it is one of the thicker Sizzix dies, so it will run best on your Big Shot (or Big Kick or Vagabond).  Cutting is very easy.  You need two of the main basket piece and one of the handle.  Double-sided cardstock works best — that way you get a great decorative finish inside the basket and outside.   One 12×12 sheet of cardstock is needed for each basket (there will be left-over pieces that you can use for card making or other projects).  In the cutting process, the die also scores the paper for perfect folding.  A premium crease pad is recommended for this die, although it is not absolutely essential.  My experience was that without the crease pad, the score lines were pretty faint and somewhat difficult to find — of course that was not an issue once I did use the crease pad.

Assembly of the basket is very easy.  You’ll fold each of the main pieces along the score lines.  Place 1/4″ Angel Craft tape on the base of one side of the basket, and then adhere it to the other basket piece.  Essentially the bottom and the ends of the basket are then a double layer of card stock.  This will provide support for even the heavier treats or gifts that you might want to place in the basket.  To finish the basket, place a brad through the basket handle, and then through the middle section of one of the sides.  Place the brad through the other two side panels of the basket.  Once you open the ends of the brad, that side of the basket is secure.  You’ll follow the same process for the other side of the basket.  It’s that easy!  Then you just have to decorate the basket . . .  Please see the short video for a look at how to assemble the baskets.

Decoration is very easy.  For my St. Patrick’s Day basket, I wanted to use a decorative handle.  I put one together easily using some of the components from the Spellbinders Celtic Motifs die set.  This die set is beautiful, and made a great handle here.  I cut two matching pieces for the ends of the handle, and one center piece.  I attached each of these using tiny brads (these are the same color as the brads that I used to assemble the basket).  I also added a motif (this time from the Spellbinders Celtic Accents die set) to the side of each basket just below the brad.  Here’s what the basket looks like (without the leprechaun and the gold pieces) —

IMG_5855  st. patty top

Here’s the finished basket —

st. patty decor

The Easter Basket was even easier.  I used the handle that is a part of the die set, so there was no extra cutting needed.  I simply assembled the basket as described above, and added a ribbon.  Here are some pics of the basket without the flowers and jelly bean eggs (how cute are they???) —

easter bow  easter plain

easter inside

Here is the decorated basket. complete with jelly bean eggs —

easter basket

This basket is so easy and so versatile that it can be used for any holiday or other occasion.  It is even a perfect size to hold small gifts, etc.  I know that you’ll use it again and again!

Supplies from Cut@Home

Sizzix Bigz L Basket #2 Die (SKU 659897)

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

Sizzix Premium Crease Pad (SKU 655092)

Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT1414)

Supplies from my stash — Spellbinders Celtic Motifs (S5-163, discontinued) and Celtic Accents (S5-162, discontinued), brads, assorted cardstock, ribbon

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine Product Review

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Today I want to show you an awesome little machine, the Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  It does one thing, and it does it really well — that is embossing.  Those who only have electronic die cutting machines often miss the opportunity to add texture through the use of embossing folders.  Similarly some of the die cutting and embossing machines do a great job of cutting, but take a few extra steps to emboss, or just aren’t that good at it.  The Texture Boutique is the answer to both situations.  Here is a look at the machine  —

texture boutique

It’s actually kind of cute, and looks a lot like a toy.  Its operation is simple enough that it could be used by a child, but keep it for yourself.  Although it has some limitations (most importantly that it will not work with embossing folders larger than A2 sized), this little powerhouse is a must have for your craft room.  It embosses so easily and so well, that I turn to it for embossing more often than I use my standard die cutting and embossing machines.  It is also very compact and light-weight, so it is great to take with you for a class or on a crop, etc.  It is a sturdy machine, so I haven’t really had any concerns about it being damaged in transit, etc.

The Texture Boutique comes with two plates and a shim — that’s all there is to keep track of.   Instructions for use are even included on one of the plates.  How easy is that!  Here’s a pic of the plates and shim —

emb. plates

To use the Texture Boutique just insert your cardstock into a standard embossing folder, put it between the two plates (include the shim if it is only 1 layer of cardstock, otherwise no), and crank it through the machine.  It is just that easy!  Please see the short video for a look at the Texture Boutique in action, and a little additional information.

Here’s a picture of the sample that I embossed in the video —


(Sorry — it is so hard to get a good pic of the embossed detail.)  Here’s a pic of a card that features the same embossing folder —

spring final

As mentioned previously, the Texture Boutique will meet most of your needs.  The only downside to the machine is that A2 embossing folders are the largest that will fit through the machine.  In addition, it can’t accommodate the thicker folders such as the Spellbinders folders.  That said, it will work for so many things.  You can use it to emboss A2 cards (card fronts or the entire card), envelopes, etc.  You can use the smaller embossing folders with it (the little 2×2 folders and the borders, etc.).  If you have a longer border you will have to stop and reposition the plates periodically, but otherwise it will work just fine.  I use it all the time!


Supplies Available from Cut@Home:

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (SKU 656225)

Textured Impressions Butterflies & Flowers (SKU 657597)

Supplies from my stash:  cardstock

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Taylored Expressions Birthday Card

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Have you bought any of the stamps and die sets that fussy cut the pieces out for you?  It makes life much more simple doesn’t it.  I do a lot of fussy cutting because I love the look of it.  The idea of a die doing the fussy cutting for me is very appealing!


I ran across this die and stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Notable Blooms. Taylored Expressions was a new company to me and I wanted to see just what they were about.  Wow I’m going to have to put them on my list of companies I really like and would like to expand my collection of!  Today’s video is going to walk you through the complete process of making the card while I talk you through the steps I go through.  This card base is created using Spelbinders Labels 36, the largest die.  You must place the edge of the die over the fold to cut it. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the result is a lovely shaped card base.


I used numerous Tim Holtz Distress inks in the coloring of the stamps, a complete list with the stores item numbers will directly follow this post.  Using a water brush to paint I filled in the flowers and leaves, added a little clear Wink of Stella and a pearl to the middle of the flowers to complete them.  Don’t you love the script Taylored Expressions used on parts of the sentiment?


When the card was complete, well let’s say when I thought the card was complete, it still felt like it needed a little something more so I pulled out some Liquitex Modeling Paste, the Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and my Bo Bunny stencils (the store no longer carries these, they are what I had handy, so grab any stencil that appeals to you they all produce the same effect).  I colored the paste with the ink and then added the stenciled bit to the top and bottom of the card front and a touch to the inside. Now it felt finished.  Amazing what a touch here or there can do to change the look.



To complete today’s card I used my Martha Stewart score board and made a matching envelope.  Using one of the stamps I stamped the flowers on the front and back and outlined the edges with faux stitching with a white gel pen. It’s always a struggle for me to keep my cards to one layer, which  I almost succeeded in doing this time, I did pop the one set of flowers up.  I’m happy with less layers letting the flowers and greeting shine by themselves.  I hope you’ll join me on the video so I can share my ideas with you.

Thanks everyone and Happy Crafting!


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Supplies from the Store:
TEMD21: Taylored Expressions - Noteable Blooms Stamp set
TE390: Taylored Expressions – Noteable Blooms Die set
S4-418: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 36 dies
TIM32847: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Seedless Preserves
TIM21445: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Dusty Concord
TIM27164: Tim Holtz Distress Ink  Spun Sugar
TIM20233: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint
TIM27102: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Bundled Sage
ACT1412: Angel Craft 1/2″ Tape
658300: Sizzix – Big Shot Starter Kit
656499: Sizzix – Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
STAMPPOS1: Apple Pie Memories – Stamp Positioner

Supplies from my Stash: White cardstock. Purple cardstock, pearls, Wink of Stella in clear, Liquitex Modeling Paste, Stencil, water brush


Valentine’s Day Card with Sizzix

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share a Valentine card with you. I used lots of new and fun products from Cut At Home.

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For the front of my card, I used the new JustRite Reversed Crackle background stamp. I’m in love with this stamp. I love that it comes packaged on a sturdy plastic sheet, with binder holes…which makes it easy to store in a binder.

DSCF7012 I made a standard A2 size card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) using heavy-weight white cardstock. I then inked up my Reversed Crackle stamp with Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Ink. I cut it to a mat size of 4 x 5 1/4, and inking the edges in the same color. To the front of that, I cut out a tag using my Silhouette Cameo. The tag says “Be My Valentine” (design # listed below).

DSCF7011 To the front of my tag, I wanted to add some ‘heart balloons’. Using the same white cardstock I used for my card base, I inked it with the Festive Berries, just by running my ink pad direct to the paper, then drying it with my heat gun. I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot machine, with the Sizzix thinlits Card front Hearts w/layering shapes die. This die also comes with 7 layering heart dies…which work great on their own. I ran these through using the new Sizzix Colored Cutting pads (coming in march).

I added foam tape to the back of the hearts, and some American Crafts Bakers Twine for the ‘balloon string’, tying a bow to hold all the strings together.
After adding foam tape to the entire back of the mat, I adhered it to my card base.
I wanted to complete the inside of my card, therefore I added a small mat. I printed out a design using my Silhouette Cameo, and added a sentiment to the center using the Silhouette Sketch Pens, in my machine.

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These Sketch Pens are really great to work with. I used the Metallic ones, choosing the gold. I then choose to add gold around the edges of my mat. Using VersaMark Watermark Ink, and some gold embossing powder, I lined the edges of my paper, and heat set.


You can achieve the same effect using Angel Craft Tape. The 1/4″ tape would make a great border (even the 1/2″ tape for a wider border). The tape is heat resistant, therefore you just place the tape down, rub on your embossing powder, removing the excess back into the jar then heat setting it. That is a very fun & easy technique to try if you haven’t already. I used that same strong adhesive to adhere down the mat to the inside of my card, which completed it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays project. If you’d like to see a step-by-step video of this, please check out the video below.

Products used:
Sizzix Big Shot machine: SKU:657900
Sizzix Mint Colored Cutting pads: SKU: 660522
Sizzix Thinlits Card Front Hearts w/layering shapes: SKU: 660107
Silhouette Cameo: SKU:SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T
Silhouette Sketch pens (metallic): SKU:SILH-PEN-MTL-3T
Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress ink: SKU:TIM32861
Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool: SKU:IBT40965
JustRite Stampers Reversed Crackle background stamp: SKU:CL-02156
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″: SKU:ACT1414
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Stamping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401

Products from my stash: bakers twine, cardstock, friskars stamp press, versamark ink, gold embossing powder, heat gun.

Silhouette Be My Valentine Tag Design #55118 Silhouette on-line store.

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Thanks for stopping by! Corene

February Trend Report on Crafting with Burlap

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Today I have several projects that I want to share with you — they all have one thing in common, which is burlap.  Burlap has been a trend for a while now, and continues to be featured in many different forms.  Don’t you just love the warm and comfortable feel that it gives to your projects?

My first project features a beautiful burlap ribbon with a little lace running along each side.  With Valentines Day quickly approaching, it asks the age-old question, “Be Mine?” —

be  mine

Sorry — the wall-hanging ended up fairly long (approx. 50″) and so I couldn’t get it into one picture.  This was very easy to assemble.  I purchased the burlap ribbon with the lace already attached.   I started at one end by tying it about 5″ in to create the gathered look (the spot where the heart is attached).  I did the same at the other end after laying out the letters and determining how much space they would take.  The letters “be mine” were pre-made — they are a wonderful distressed metal that has been embossed and then lightly distressed.  They were so popular that by the time I purchased mine, there was not an “I” available — so I had to be resourceful and cut the end off of an “L”.  I attached the letters using the Scotch foam tape to give them more dimension.  The hearts (at either end and between the words) were cut using a set of dies by Nellie’s Choice called “Hearts”.  I’ve had this set for a while now and I just love the lacy look that it produces.  The flowers on the two outer hearts are pre-made — there is a small doily underneath and a bow at the edge.  The center heart features the words “love you”.  I cut the words using two die sets by Elizabeth Craft Designs — “Love” and “Thinking of You” (I saved the “thinking of” for use on a future project).  Too easy!  Here’s a pic of the middle section so you can see how it all comes together —


My next project is a repeat of one that I posted in October of 2013 — a Distressed Sunflower Bag.  This project was easily created using a product by Canvas Corp. called a “Saggy Baggy”.  This is a perfect decoration for a mason jar (about a pint size, perhaps a little larger).  The distressed sunflower was made with one of the Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower die sets –the sunflower.  I added a few buttons to decorate it.


Here’s a pic of the plain Saggy Baggy.  You can see that it is very versatile and has many possible uses.

plain bag

There are many, many other burlap and burlap-inspired items available for use that are just too numerous to mention.  I’ve noticed that many ribbons are available that have a burlap look to them.  There are several jute or burlap strings that are quite popular and can be used instead of ribbon.  Some of my faves are the May Arts burlap string (quite a few beautiful colors), and the Prima Marketing Jute Trim.  There are embossing folders that will create a burlap texture on your paper (for example the Taylored Expressions folder on the Cut @ Home site – here’s a link).   There are papers and cardstock (both plain and patterned) that create the image of burlap.  There are also background stamps available that let you create the image of burlap on anything you choose.  Too cool!  One of my faves is by JustRite Stampers, and is called “Burlap Background Stamp”.  Another is the Heartfelt Creations Burlap Background (SKU HCPC-3515) stamp.  Of course you can purchase burlap that is pre-cut and ready to use for your scrapbooking needs — usually 12″ x 12″, but sometimes there are smaller pieces.  Sometimes it is just burlap, and other times it has an adhesive coating on the back, or some sort of a plastic coating to give it stability.  Usually you’ll find it in natural or in a bleached (ivory) color, but it is often available in many other colors.  Sometimes the easiest option is to purchase a roll of ribbon that is the right width and use that for your cards or other projects.  There are just so many choices!

In my last project, I’ve attempted to show you how I used a number of the burlap products to create a Valentine.  Here’s the pic —


This is a standard A2 card, so the red layer in back is cut 4.25″ x 5.5″.  Before trimming my patterned paper (it started out as a 6×6 sheet from the current Bo Bunny Valentine collection), I first stamped it with the JustRite Stampers Burlap Background Stamp.  I wanted to add the burlap background to tone down the paper a little, and make it more consistent with the burlap ribbon that I wanted to use.  I used a Tim Holtz Distress ink that I thought matched the paper and the color I was looking for quite well — Old Paper.  Once the patterned paper (now with a burlap overlay) dried, I cut it to the layer size of 4″ x 5.25″.  The little medallion was cut using the Spellbinders Wonderful Locket die set, and the oval shape in the center was cut using the Oval Nesting Dies set by Couture Creations.  The little mail man stamp is from an older Crafty Secrets stamp set, “French Mail”.  I heat embossed him to make sure that the image was crisp.  My favorite embossing powder for this is the Super Fine Detail Clear embossing powder by Ranger.  You can use it with any color of ink, and I love that it maintains the detail of your stamp.   The words “love” and “you” were cut from the Elizabeth Craft Designs dies as described above.  The burlap and lace ribbon was purchased.  I hoped to use my burlap embossing folder to add some more detail on the card, but unfortunately it went missing just when I needed it (you know, just like those socks that go missing in the dryer — they eventually turn up, but it is usually long after you needed them).  I’m pretty sure that it was one of the Tim Holtz embossing folders — Texture Fades Burlap & Swirls (here’s a link).  Of course, the Swirls embossing folder is also very cool!

I hope that you liked my burlap projects today.  Please see the short video for a more complete look at the projects, and additional information on burlap and burlap-related materials that are available.

Supplies Available from Cut @ Home

Spellbinders Die D-Lites Wonderful Locket (SKU S2-076)

Nellie’s Choice Heart die set (SKU MFD022)

Elizabeth Crafts Design Thinking of You die set (SKU 719)

JustRite Stampers Burlap Background Stamp (SKU CL-02027)

Angel Craft tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT1412)

Sizzix Susan’s Garden Sunflower die set (SKU 658417)

Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Old Paper (SKU TIM19503)

Supplies from my stash:  Elizabeth Craft Designs “Love” die set; Couture Creations oval nesting dies; Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder; heat gun; Canvas Corp. Saggy Baggy (burlap); assorted burlap ribbons; metal letters; rhinestone hearts; Scotch foam tape; assorted cardstock; burlap; Crimson Red Versafine ink.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


Making Cards with Sizzix Precision Base Plate

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Karen N here!  I’m happy to be introducing a brand new product that Cut@Home is carrying – the Sizzix Precision Base Plate.  This plate was announced at CHA and is so super cool.  It makes cutting intricate dies with the Big Shot really easy.  It is used instead of one of the cutting plates in the Big Shot cutting ‘sandwich’.  This video showing you some of the results I achieved with it!

My first card today uses paper from Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 patterns and solids.  (Love these vibrant colors!)  The stamps and dies used are from the Sizzix Happy Birthday Cupcakes Framelits.



The next card also uses paper from Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 patterns and solids.  This time the stamps are from Taylored Expressions Max & Muffin.  This set comes with dies to cut those cats (which also cut perfectly with the Sizzix Precision Base Plate).



Aren’t those cats adorable?!  <3  On that card, I decided to also add a Spellbinders Medallion One.  I usually cut this particular die by running it through a couple times with a paper or two as a shim.  I did not need to with the FABULOUS Sizzix Precision Base Plate.  Before I show you my final card, I wanted to show you a side-by-side comparison that I cut with Spellbinders Medallion Five.



The medallion on the left was run once with regular cutting plates.  The medallion on the right was run once with the Sizzix Precision Base Plate.  Wow!  As I had mentioned in my video, I could still cut this with regular base plates by running it a few times with a paper shim.  The new plate just makes things SO much easier!

My final card features paper from Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower.  The die is Spellbinders D-Lite Flutters.  This is the most intricate die I own, and I did have to run it through the Big Shot twice….but again, not many times and no paper shim.



On this card, the background is three small 1.25″ x 5″ strips that I taped to a piece of scratch paper and ran through the Big Shot with Sizzix Textured Impressions Yuletide.  Love the extra dimension on this card and how I was able to use scraps.  (Saw it on Pinterest!!)

I’d definitely recommend the Sizzix Precision Base Plate for all your Big Shot die cutting needs!  Great product.

Supplies used from Cut@Home.

Sizzix Precision Base Plate (sku: 660320)

Big Shot  (slu: 657900)

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 patterns and solids (sku: 4500754)

Sizzix Happy Birthday Cupcakes Framelits  (sku: 657853)

Taylored Expressions Max & Muffin  (sku: TEPS114)

Spellbinders Medallion One  (sku: S2-014)

Spellbinders Medallion Five  (sku: S2-020)

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower  (sku: HCDP1-247)

Spellbinders Die D-Lite Flutters  (sku: S2-073)

Sizzix Textured Impressions Yuletide Boulevard  (sku: 659999)

Supplies used from my stash:

Kraft cardstock

Copic Markers

Timeless Twine

3 Girl JAM Ribbon and Lace


Craftily yours,


SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers