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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Quick Background Techniques with Pan Pastels

January 22nd, 2015

Happy Thursday, today I will show you a couple of fast quick background effects that can be created using Colorfin Pan Pastels. First of all these pastels are wonderful to work with, the colors are very vibrant, and they go on very smooth. You can do many things with them including coloring images, backgrounds, painting, drawing and mixed media art.

I did a couple of quick demonstrations to show you how easy it is to create beautiful backgrounds for your projects.



The first background that I created was using an embossing folder and the Pan Pastels. I cut a piece of white smooth cardstock and embossed it using my Sizzix Big Shot. Next I took my two colors of Pan Pastels, Pearlescent Violet and Turquoise Extra Dark. I started with the lighter color and randomly added color to the embossed paper, then I added the darker color. I kept adding the colors until I was happy with the finished result, finally I sprayed it with a fixative to set the pastels. You can find spray fixative at any craft/hobby or art store. To finish the card a adhered the embossed piece onto a card base, added a piece of lace and ribbon, die cut the small scroll from KaiserCraft doilies die set. I stamped a hexagon from a ClosetomyHeart stamp set, fussy cut it and adhered it to the center of the doily, for a finishing touch I added some bling around the doily. Here is a look at the finished card, it was a quick and easy card to make.

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For the second card I did a stamping technique with the Pan Pastels. I used a JustRite Stampers cling stamp for this, it is a background stamp called Script Background. It has a very elegant romantic look. I stamped the image using a VersaMark stamp pad. Next I colored over the stamped area using the Pan Pastels, the technique is demonstrated in the video above. I also used the fixative spray on the stamped image once it was completed.

To finish this card I used a couple of beautiful die sets from Spellbinders. I used Heirloom Rectangle and Victorian Accents 2. I love both of these die sets! They are very intricate and Spellbinders gives you a couple of helpful hints for cutting these. The first is to use a piece of wax paper in between the paper and the die. This really does make it much easier to release the paper once the die is cut, also they recommend using a paper shim and to run it through your machine more than once.

I cut the stamped image I created using the center die, next I used Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses paper collection and cut the remaining pieces. I did end up using the Turquoise Pan Pastel on the edges of my die cuts for an extra pop. Then I used some small roses that I had from my stash and one of the tags from the Raindrops on Roses paper pack to finish my card. I used a 5″ x 7″ card base for this card. Here is a look at the finished card. I really like how this turned out and it can be used for many different occasions.

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Here is a list of the products that I used that are available on the Cut@home website,

S6-016 – Spellbinders Shapeabilities Heirloom Rectangle Dies
CL-02157 – JustRite Stampers Cling Script Background Stamp
S3-212 – Spellbinders Die D-Lites Victorian Accents 2
30062 – PanPastels Pearlescent Violet
30075 – PanPastels Turquoise Extra Dark
HCDP1-240 – Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses 12″ x 12″ Paper Pack
DD504 – KaiserCraft Decorative Dies Doilies

I also used the following from my stash – lace, ribbon, ClosetomyHeart stamp set, purple ink, VersaMark ink pad, white smooth card stock, gems, flowers and spray fixative.

I hope you enjoyed my cards this week, till next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Introducing Angel Crafts Transfer Paper!

January 21st, 2015

Hi Cut@Homeys!

I would like to take a minute and introduce you to our  brand new line of Transfer Paper from Angel Crafts! We are very excited about being able to offer you two sizes – 12 in x 8 ft roll and a 6 in x 50 ft roll. What’s that you say? 50 feet of transfer paper?? YES!!! This new size gives you so much value, and is perfect for your smaller projects.







Like the Angel Craft adhesive vinyl, the Transfer Paper comes on a 2 1/2″ core, which means it has less memory so it stays flatter than those with a smaller core. The grid lines make it so easy to make sure your image is on straight.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a video must be worth ten thousand words, so I am going to let Cut@Home Designer Corene tell you more about it and demonstrates its use. Watch the video below:

Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner


Mini Album using Angel Crafts Vinyl!

January 21st, 2015

Hello! Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I’d like to share a little mini album I made using Angel Crafts Vinyl. This is a 4×6 chipboard album, using an acrylic piece with a scallop edge for the cover.


First I cut out 4 pieces of medium-weight chipboard, and inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Paint. I then cut all my papers, using My Minds Eye to 4×6. I used the new Angel Craft tape in the 1/2″ to adhere my papers to my chipboard.

ACT group  This tape also comes in 1/4″ and works well with all mediums.

I bound this album using 1″ binder rings. I decorated the front of my mini album using Angel Craft Vinyl.

DSCF7007 DSCF7008 This vinyl comes in several sizes and shapes. There are 12×12 and 6×12 sheets (which fit perfectly in your Big shot machine). There are also rolls of white and black…9×10 and 6×12. This vinyl works beautifully in either your manual die-cutting machine, or digital. Today I used both my Silhouette Cameo and my Sizzix Big Shot machine. I have used a mannequin die (sorry no longer available) to put on the front of this album. There is a beautiful die available from Kaisercraft, that I love to use as well, you can find it here. Along with a Spellbinders Labels Forty die. To transfer my vinyl onto my acrylic cover, I have used the Angel Craft Transfer paper. This is a must have when using vinyl.

DSCF7010 This comes in two sizes. 12×8 feet, and 6×50 FEET!! This is an amazing amount of transfer paper you get in a never before seen size.

DSCF7017 DSCF7016 DSCF7014 DSCF7013DSCF7019 The word’s “Blessed”, and “Grateful” were cut using my Cameo, and the Angel Craft white vinyl. I then added a few flowers, and a little seam-binding, and my album was finished. I really love the look of this beautiful vinyl on the front of the album. I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project. If you’d like to see a full start to finish on this, please click on the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Products used:
Angel Craft Vinyl:
Trendy Home#2: SKU:6X12TRHM-02
Neutral #1: SKU:6X12NEUT-01
Angel Craft Tape 1/2″: SKU:ACT1412
Angel Craft Transfer paper 6×50: SKU:6X50TRAN-TPE
Kaisercraft Mannequin die: SKU:DD102
Spellbinders Labels Forty die: SKU:S4-465
Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress ink: SKU:TIM19541
Silhouette Cameo: SKU:SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-2-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU:657900

Products used from my stash: chipboard, seam-binding, flowers, paper, binder rings.

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Organize Your Craft Room with Angel Crafts and Sizzix

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.

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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.


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’!


Introduction to Angel Craft Tape

January 16th, 2015

Karen N here.  I am SO excited to be introducing Angel Craft Tape to Cut@Home.  This is GOOD stuff.  It comes in both 1/4″ and 1/2″ sizes, is double-sided, heat resistant and acid free. It is such a good value too! Most craft tape comes in 27 yards. With Angel Craft Tape you get 42 yards for about a dollar more!! I love how strong it is. It holds my heavier lace and ribbon better than any tape I have used before. I also love how it is super sticky, but it doesn’t come off on my hands! It’s perfect for all your crafting projects.

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Embossing, glitter, ribbon, heavier embellishments, scrapbooking, card making, and MORE from this tape.  The options are limitless.  And here is a picture of my projects, a cute card using Penny Black and a mini box.



Cute!  Love this paper from Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning and the image from Penny Black!  Such a fun way to give a little gift and made SO much easier with Angel Craft Tape.  This is definitely my go-to tape now! Check out my video here to show some of the ways I used it.

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

Angel Craft Tape – used in both 1/4″ and 1/2″ sizes ( SKU: ACT1414 and ACT 1412)

Heartfelt Creations Majestic Morning Paper  (SKU: HCDP1-239)

Penny Black Bubble Heart Stamp (SKU: 40-272)

Tim Holtz Watercolor Distress Markers (SKU: TDMK39082)

Supplies used from my stash:

Wink of Stella Pen in GL Pink

Timeless Twine

Pearls, Lace and Ribbon

Craftily yours,


Introducing the NEW Winter 2015 CHA release from Graphic 45!

January 15th, 2015

Drum roll please!!! Introducing the NEW Winter 2015 CHA release from Graphic 45!

It is always so fun to visit the Graphic 45 booth at CHA. If you are a fan like me (and seriously – who isn’t!), you look forward to see what Diane Schulz’s creative mind has come up with. She never disappoints! This release is no exception. Take a look at what is shipping next month.

Graphic 45 has three new collections – Home Sweet Home, Precious Memories and Artisan Style. With each collection, you receive three different sizes of paper pads, cardstock die-cuts, stickers, ephemera and stamps. Here is a sample:

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Graphic 45 also re-released two older collections, ABC Primer and Once Upon a Springtime, with an updated look for the 12×12 papers, chipboard tags and cover-weight stickers. Here is a look at ABC Primer:

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This is a project created by G45 designer Ginny Nemchak to give you inspiration on how cute this paper is:

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Here is what you receive with the Once Upon A Springtime Deluxe Edition:

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And a project by another talented G45 designer Lori Williams:

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Graphic 45 also has some new additions to their fabulous Staples line: Mixed Media Albums in three colors, two Window Shadow Boxes and Antique Brass Claw Feet and Lion Head Door Knockers. Here is a quick peek of these:

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Can you just imagine the possibilities! I am buying up a ton of these Window Boxes to give us gifts this year! They would be great looking shelves!

While I was at CHA I did my best to get video of the new collections and all the beautiful projects the Graphic 45 Design Team did. I know the camera work is not the best, but hopefully it will give you just a small glance into the work and creativity it takes to put this booth together and showcase their new products. If you can put up with my bad camera work, please visit our


Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Online Retail Store, Owner

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