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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


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:

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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,

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’!


Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Karen N here with my design team project.  Today, I am showcasing how you can use the Tim Holtz ShadowPress debossing folders in your cardmaking projects. I used the sentiments kit.  These are SO much fun and the debossing technique is a must have for the cardmakers!

The first card I made with the “thank you” sentiment.



And here’s a close-up of that gorgeous sentiment!



I created a video showing you how I created this card.  Check it out here!

Recipe for Card 1:  Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit, Tim Holtz Motif Stash paper, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper, Tim Holtz distress ink (Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, and Rusty Hinge), Spellbinders Medallion Three, Die-namic Leaves die, 3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon, black and kraft cardstock.

My second card using these folders…



Recipe for Card 2:  Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit, Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters Collection, Penny Black Bon Vivant Stamps, Memento Ink, Copic Markers

My third card using these folders…



Recipe for card 3:  Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit, Darice Butterflies in Corner embossing folder,  lavender and white cardstock, butterfly punch, Timeless Twine

And finally, here’s card four…



Recipe for card 4: Tim Holtz ShadowPress Sentiments Kit, Spellbinders Anemone Flower Topper, green and beige cardstock, Unity Stamps – Autumn Grunge, various Stampin Up inks

You can see some more Tim Holtz project videos on our pinterest page as well:

I love how versatile these debossing folders are!  And they are so much fun.  Thanks for hanging with me during this long blog post!  I just had SO much fun with these folders that I just couldn’t stop!

Craftily yours,





Must Have Tools for Cardmakers

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Hi Everyone, today I’m sharing some of my best loved tools with you.  Tools I feel any Cardmaker should have in their stash, eventually.  That doesn’t mean you must run out and buy them all today, especially if you are new to this fun and rewarding hobby.  But I wanted to share what works for me and why.  Things I use on a daily basis in my cardmaking and crafting. This will help you with all your projects on sizzix,spellbinders, and tim holtz






Panel Canvas Technique

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Karen N here today sharing with you a fun technique that you can use to create a home decor piece called canvas panel with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Paper.  I took a class from Tim Holtz a couple years ago and have adapted what I learned into a simple way to create something cool to hang on the wall.  You can see other home decor ideas on our pinterest cardmaking page as well. Here’s the finished piece.



I started with a 6″ x 6″ canvas that I got from my mom.  I took the back off of a 6×6 paper pad and cut it to 5″x5″, then I cut it in half.  For the vertical panels, I cut a 1.5″ piece and then cut 1/4″ off and used the rest of the panel on the left side.  On the right side, I cut 2″ and then cut off 1/4″, cut 1″ and cut off 1/4″ and then used the rest for the bottom panel.

Once the panels are all cut, then comes the FUN part.  Decorating them. I used the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper to cover them in varying patterns and added the following embellishments: See more Tim Holtz videos.

1. Upper left:  Sentiment (from Unity Stamp Company) and butterfly chip from UmWow Studio.

2. Lower left:  ribbon and lace from 3 Girl JAM and Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key (attached with a Tim Holtz jump ring).

3.  Upper right:  Flower cut from Elizabeth Craft Design die – Flower Set 1 and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage leaves.

4.  Middle right:  Tim Holtz word band and Timeless Twine in Neutral

5.  Lower Right:  butterfly fussy cut from Wallflower paper.

You can embellish each panel however you want though.  Lots of fun to do….and it becomes something you’ll be proud to give as a special gift or to hang in your home!

To see a video with how I put together this canvas, please check this out or watch on youtube directly.

Craftily yours,




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