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Cardmaking with Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallions, Penny Black and Graphic 45

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Karen N here.  It’s cold and VERY windy outside here in No California.  A perfect day to stay inside and craft.  Today’s post uses a few of the Spellbinder Die D-Lite Medallions, Penny Black Birthday Party stamps and Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 6×6 Patterns and Solids.

These medallions are so much fun to use and have all sorts of options.  They are so detailed but cut beautifully with the Big Shot and the Sizzix Precision Base Plate.  Here’s a video that shows you my cards today:

The first card uses the Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Five.  In this card, I used the medallion in the background to add an embellishment.  Love the extra detail.


The next card uses the Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Two.   In this card, I used the medallion to frame that adorable little hedgehog.


The final card uses Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Four.  In this case, I used only the detail in the two-piece die set to have the “relief” part show.  I then cut a flower using Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower die and put it in the middle.


I want to pause in my post to give a shout-out to Angel Craft Tape.  This super sticky tape is my absolute favorite.  I used it to adhere the cardstock THROUGH the lace.  Worked perfectly.  LoVe it.

Anyway, hope you check out the AdOrAbLe Penny Black images and the medallions.  They can be used in SO many fun ways.

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Penny Black Birthday Party stamps (sku:30-232)

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish 6×6 Patterns and Solids (sku: 4501053)

Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Five (sku: S2-020)

Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Two (sku: S2-2013)

Spellbinders Die D-Lite Medallion Four (sku: S2-021)

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower die (sku: HCD1-753)

Big Shot (sku: 657900)

Sizzix Precision Base Plate (sku: 660320)

Angel Craft Tape (sku: ACT1412 and ACT 1414)

Supplies from my stash:

Copic Markers

Timeless Twine

3 Girl JAM ribbon and lace

Pearl Girl pearls

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,


Fun with Windows and Spellbinders dies!

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Karen N here.  As I was staring out the window at the fabulous rain falling in Northern California, thinking about what to do with my post today, I had an inspiration – windows!  So fun and trendy.  And with some fabulous dies from Cut@Home, super easy!

My first two projects use Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One.  In this first one, I used Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning paper and JustRite Morning Glory Stamps.  I cut the window in the paper and then fussy cut several flowers (and a butterfly).  The flowers are layered up to add dimension.


The next project is a little lay-out (using Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower paper) for a frame that I made last week for my featured post as the Paper Crafter’s Library Featured Designer.  (To see the post, you can go “here“)


I used two of the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One here to cut that blue frame, and I cut the whole in the white paper with the smaller size.  I then popped the whole thing up onto the burgundy paper and popped the picture of my hubs and me in the middle of the window.  I cut out the button embellishments and added some sequins and a title.

The final project for today uses a window in a super fun way – a shaker card.  I just love these!  Again, the paper here is Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning.


In this case, I used the super fun Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangles to cut the window.  I colored a Taylored Expressions Hoot Hoot Hooray owl and cut it with the pierced rectangles.  I taped it to the background paper, added some googly eyes to the owl, and I placed a small pile of sequins on top of the image.  I used Angel Craft Tape to stick the transparency window down and then double-pop taped the window to the background paper.  As a final touch, I added the sentiment and lace.

To see more on these projects, check out my video!

Supplies used from Cut@Home

Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One (sku: S4-161)

Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning paper (sku: HCDP1-239)

JustRite Morning Glory Stamps (sku: CL-02136)

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower paper (sku: HCDP1-247)

Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangles (sku: SCD-012)

Taylored Expressions Hoot Hoot Hooray (sku: TEPS077)

Angel Craft Tape

Supplies from my stash

3 Girl JAM lace

Pearls and Sequins

Transparency from Stampin’ Up

Product Review on Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

One of my favorite die cutting and embossing machines is the Spellbinders Grand Calibur.  It works so beautifully with Spellbinders dies and other wafer thin dies on the market today.  I love the detail that can be achieved both in cutting and embossing.  Here are pictures of the machine and a couple of samples that were cut and embossed with my Grand Calibur

grand c   bow

snowflake   ovals


You can see the Grand Calibur and each of these projects in  closer detail in the video below.

The machine I have (and demonstrated on the video) is the original (red) Grand CaliburSpellbinders recently released a new and improved Grand Calibur.  It is very similar in style and functionality — they’ve changed the color to blue, changed the logo, and added a few things to the internal workings to ensure better performance, etc.  The basic process for die cutting seems to be the same.  Here is a pic of the new machine —

new blue

One of the great things about Grand Calibur is its ability to cut larger dies and projects, etc.  The plates that come standard with the machine are 8-1/2 x 12″, so you can cut a full-sized sheet of 8-1/2 x 11″ paper!  That’s great for so many things — from larger dies to larger projects (you can place a number of dies on the paper, and cut them all at the same time).  I like that it also works so easily — it’s almost like working with a toy at times.  If you use it on a countertop or desk or other smooth surface, there is a lever at the bottom of the machine that can be used to “attach” the machine using a suction device.  That machine isn’t moving anywhere when it is engaged, so there is less need to hold the machine in place while cutting or embossing, etc.  The crank at the side is larger and easier to turn than most comparable models, making the Grand Calibur a little more useable for people like me that have arthritis in their hands.

The Grand Calibur comes with a set of 4 plates/mats in an approximate 8-1/2 x 12″ size (a base plate, a cutting plate, an embossing pad, and an embossing plate).  Most of the time I use a set of junior plates with my Grand Calibur.  These are available as an accessory, and provide a smaller working surface — 8-1/2″ x 6″.  They are perfect for most needs, and save you from having to use the full-size plates all of the time.  Whether using the standard (grand) or the junior plates, I love that even the most intricate dies usually are fully cut the first time through the machine.  Once in a while I need to run a die through twice, but I very rarely have had to do more than that — even with the most intricate of dies.  Of course Spellbinders has some accessories available to assist with the process if needed — a metal shim and a magnetic placement mat.  Both are great alternatives when dealing with those very detailed dies.

The Grand Calibur is also designed to work with the Spellbinders embossing plates – M-Bossabilities, and similar, and you get a great result with them.  You will need to purchase an additional plate for this — the Raspberry spacer plate, but they are not too expensive (available in the grand and junior sizes).  Here are a couple of examples with the M-Bossabilities folders —

rosette   doily

Of course it also works with other embossing folders.  This is a Sizzix embossing folder —


If you have a lot of detailed, intricate dies like I do, the Grand Calibur is a great machine to consider.  It is such a power-house.  Please see the short video for a look at the Grand Calibur in action.


Supplies available at Cut @ Home

Spellbinders Grand Calibur (SKU GC-200)

Junior Replacement Plates (SKU GC-011)

Junior Raspberry Plate (SKU GC-012)

Spellbinders Dies —

Feathers Shapeabilities die (SKU S4-428)

Bow Elegance Shapeabilities dies (SKU S6-017)

Oval Bliss dies (SKU S4-474)

Card Creator Snowflakes View dies (SKU S6-015)

Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folders —

Celebra’tions Rosette Wall (SKU SCF-004)

Celebra’tions Doily Art (SKU SCF-003)

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


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


NEW Spellbinders dies are here!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The NEW Spellbinders winter 2015 CHA dies have arrived! This will be the first in several smaller releases that will happen the first half of 2015. In the past, Spellbinders new releases have consisted of close to 200 products. Sometimes with numbers with that great, you can miss a jewel here and there. Smaller releases allow you to absorb all the new dies and not be overwhelmed. We love it and know you will too!

So here is a sample of what arrived:







Spellbinders Die D-Lites in lots of great shapes for spring and Easter along with for decorative frames and sentiments.

SB shape





Spellbinders Shapeabilities give you great die cuts without wasted paper and multiple dies in each set.







The In’Spire dies are fun and trendy and add a great look to any project!

So make sure you take a look at what is NEW at Spellbinders this month. Look for more new dies mid February.

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


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.


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.


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.


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.


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’!


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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

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers