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How to use Spellbinders A2 Bracket Border Dies for mini album pockets!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Hello! I hope you’re having a great week so far! Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

I’m sharing with you how to use your Spellbinders Bracket border Dies to make a pocket in a mini album. This can be used in many other ways then just a beautiful border on your cards. I have a full process video showing this…if you’re interested, please click on the video below.

Spellbinders dies are three-in-one dies that allow you to cut, emboss and stencil perfect shapes every time. In today’s project, I’m using the Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One Dies to make pockets in my mini album. This is a A2 card creator die, which takes all the guesswork and measurement out of making a beautiful card every time. This particular die comes with seven pieces. Four of the dies cut an edge for you…the other three are decorative borders. Pairing them together gives you both a decorative, and beautiful edge.

Here is the die I’ve used in today’s mini album pocket. There are many Spellbinders dies to choose from. I will list them below.

Here are two different examples of how I have used this border die to make these beautiful pockets!

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This is very simple to do. The first step I take is to cut down the paper to match the same size of my page in my mini album. In this case, my page measured 7″ across. This is for a horizontal pocket, like the example above. I wanted to mat the pocket first with black paper, secondly with patterned paper. Therefore I cut both my black and patterned paper to 7″. I do not worry too much about the height of my pocket…I will cut that down later.  I then add a straight line across the top of my mat, to give myself a guide to align my die. I usually mark my line down about 1 1/2″ from the top, you can also eye-ball it.

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Using my Tim Holtz Centering Ruler, I find the center of my page, which allows me to line my die to the middle.

2015-07-14 21.43.20  After placing my die to match up straight across, using my lines as a guide, I use Washi Tape to hold it in place, as I run it through my Sizzix Big Shot Machine.

2015-07-14 21.43.30  I use the little notch in the end of the die to line it up to my pencil line. This ensures it is even on both ends. Do this for both sides of your pocket.

It will then cut through the middle of your mat, but not all the way to the end:

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Then move your die to each end, and tape it down, cutting all the way to the edge:

2015-07-20 21.57.34  Using the notch again on the end of your die as a guide to line up with your pencil mark.

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This will then give you a perfect edge. Do the same with your patterned paper.
2015-07-14 21.45.50  I have also adhered my patterned paper to my black mat and ran them both through at the same time to cut. It worked just as well!

Now to add your pocket to your album…simply adhere your patterned paper down using Angel Craft Tape,  leaving a small black mat to show above your patterned paper. Then decide how tall you want your pocket to be, and trim accordingly. To adhere down your pocket, use wet adhesive, add it to the bottom and sides of your pocket.

Here I have made a vertical pocket, with the same die.
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I hope this gives you more ideas of how you can use your bracket border dies. Spellbinders offers so many border dies to choose from, which will give your mini album, card, scrapbook, or journal a unique and fun look.

Please check out the video for the step by step. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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A2 Bracket Borders One Dies: SKU:S5-181
A2 Bracket Borders Two Dies: SKU:S5-215
A2 Curved Borders One Dies: SKU:S5-180
A2 Scallop Borders One Dies: SKU:S5-182
A2 Scallop Borders Three Dies: SKU:S5-214
Curved Borders Two Dies: SKU:S5-201
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:660425
Angel Craft Tape: SKU:ACT1414

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Deal of the Week Spellbinders dies 30% off!

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The Cut@Home Deal of the Week is select Spellbinders dies are 30% off! Stock up now!

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Hone Online Retail Store, Owner


Spellbinders Floral Gazebo Card

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Gazebos and Victorian Houses are some of my favorite things to play with, well crafty play that is.  I love the looks of the gazebos and envision gardens full of flowers with hummingbirds and butterflies flying about.


Today’s post features the gazebo and flowers thanks to Spellbinders Floral Gazebo from their Everyday Shapes dies Victorian Garden collection.  It cut so beautiful using Sizzix‘s Magnetic Platform for Wafter Thin Dies in my Sizzix Big Shot.  I used that tip with the folded dryer sheets to help release the die chards and they popped out like butter.  This set of seven dies includes the gazebo, vines, heart and flowers along with a sweet little bird.  If you’ve not used the Spellbinders Shapeabilities three-in-one dies they cut, emboss and stencil with the same die.  Because they are a free formed die you can in any direction and anywhere on on your machine with no problem!


This is a standard A2 card measuring 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ on white cardstock.  I used Graphic 45‘s Gilded Lily Collection all but the two sentiments front and inside which I snipped from the Heartfelt Creations new Blazing Poppy Paper Pad.  I have to share that I cut the Gazebo itself from an envelope that I’d received from my friend Paula.  She’d sprayed the envelope to match the card with several of the new Tim Holtz Distress stains.  I loved it so much I stuck it back thinking I’d find a nice way to incorporate it into something, sure enough it made the perfect colors for my Gazebo!  Moral to the story, hoard, hoard, hoard, I’m laughing here!


I used a decorative edge ruler to tear all my mats, because this Graphic 45 paper collection has a white core you get this great contrast along the edge.  The lace tucked behind came from my friend Bunny Bow in some Happy Mail and the heart was tucked back in my bling drawer, it’s the perfect topper for my Gazebo.


Inside I used a cut apart from the Gilded Lilly collection along with the leftover scraps from the front mats.  The sentiment was taken from the Blazing Poppy Collection.  I tore the edges around it with my fingers to match the rest and then inked it with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage Floral.


One thing I often forget to mention and wanted to do so before you join me on today’s video is I always sign and date my cards.  For my purpose I use my first name and the year.  The point is when you create a work of art be sure and sign it.  I  was recently home visiting family and sitting in my sister-in-laws home were all my cards, placed here and there throughout.  Boy was that sweet and each is dated with the year so we know when it was sent.  So come join me now, I’ll do the start to finish with you and hopefully give you a few more tips along the way.

Thanks and happy craftin’!

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Supplies from the Store:
SKU: S4-535 – Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dies, Everyday Shapes Dies, Floral Gazebo Collection
SKU: 4501136 – Graphic 45 Gilded Lily 12×12 Paper Pad
SKU:HCCK1-361 – Heartfelt Creations Blazing Poppy Collection
SKU:TIM19527: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Floral
SKU:ACT1414: Angel Craft Tape 1/4″
SKU:658300 – Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
SKU:656499 – Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

Supplies from my Stash: Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella in Clear, bling, Seam Binding ribbon bow, white cardstock, Marvy marker in Pine Green, Art Glitter Glue,

NEW Spellbinders!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Are you ready to party with Spellbinders! Join the celebration with the Let’s Party collection. Here is a sample of some of the new dies:








Get ready for Christmas with the new Spellbinders Holiday dies! Here is a sample of what you will find with this new release:









Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner




Greeting cards using Spellbinders Celebra’tions!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Today I’m sharing some fun greeting cards using the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line!

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I made five cards in less than one hour! These cards were so much fun to make.

I’ve used several products from the Celebra’tions line. When you have all the products that coordinate, it makes it so easy to match everything & takes all the guess-work out.

I love the True Color Fusion Inks that Spellbinders has to offer, there are thirteen different inks (all listed below), but today I show you the nine that I own…I have ordered the rest!

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These ink colors are so much fun to work with, and they all coordinate so well together.

They also have an Assorted Solids Cardstock pack that comes with twenty-four pieces of matching, high quality cardstock in both 12×12 & 8 1/2 x 11. I have used several matching colors as a mat on all my cards.

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The stamp set I used today was also from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line, called Brush Strokes. This is a great stamp to have in your stash to use on cards, mixed-media, smash books, planners, or scrapbook pages.

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I did not have a sentiment stamp on hand that I wanted to use on these cards, therefore all the sentiments you see are printed from my computer. This is something I like to do often, because it gives me such a variety of fonts to use.

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2015-07-14 18.42.11 I finished this note card off with a little Bakers Twine and a few enamel dots. I also popped up my mat’s off the page, to give it a slight dimension.

All five of these cards were so easy to make, and quick! I made all of them in less than one hour. They are great to have on hand for when you need a quick card to hand to a friend, or send in the mail.

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I really hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project, and I’m very glad you’ve stopped by! If you’d like to watch a process video showing one of the cards from start to finish…please click on the video below.

Card Measurements:
White Card Base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4″ A2 standard sized card of: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Colored Cardstock Mat: 5 1/4 x 4
White Cardstock Mat: 5 x 3 3/4

Products used:
Heartfelt Creations Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU:HCST1-401
Angel Craft 1/4″ Tape: SKU:ACT1414
Spellbinders Celebra’tions: Entire Collection.
Brush Strokes Stamp: SKU:SCS-013
Assorted Solids 12×12 Cardstock: SKU:SCP-017
True Color Fusion Inks:
Berry Black, Captivating CoralCool CaribbeanCotton CandyDelightful DaisyGolden GlowLovely Lavender,  Luscious Lime,  Odacious OrangePixie Play,  Pretty Plum,  Sea SprayTotally Tangerine.

Products from my stash: Fiskars Stamp press, paper trimmer, stamping mat, enamel dots, bakers twine, white cardstock, bone folder, heart punch.

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Spellbinders Platinum Die-cutting Machine arriving August 2015!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The Spellbinders Platinum Die-cutting Machine will be arriving August 2015! Powerful pressure for unlimited possibilities!

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This new machine has solid steel construction, 8.5″ cutting surface that accommodates 8.5 x 11″ paper, with sides that fold up for easy storage. Here is a video introducing you to the Platinum!

Happy Scrappin!





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