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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Deal of the Week – Silhouette 40% off!

October 15th, 2014

Hi Scrappers!

The Deal of the Week is select Silhouette America adhesive vinyl, heat transfer and more are at 40-50% off! We need to make room on our shelf for the NEW vinyl that just arrived!

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Silhouette has improve the quality of their vinyl, so give it a try! We ordered in a lot of orange for Halloween and Thanksgiving projects.

We also had a problem with the latest update for our newsletter software and the images of the new products did not get saved before the newsletter was sent. All the links and information are correct, it’s just the images that are wrong. Here is a look of what’s NEW this week:

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Silhouette Vinyl                 Magnolia stamps    Cottage Cutz dies                Joy!Crafts dies

Look for more information on pre-ordering the new calendar collection for Graphic 45. Here is a sneak peek of Time to Flourish:

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This is scheduled to arrive in November.

Make sure you check out our blog and youtube channel for our trend of the month – Fussy Cutting!

That’s it for this week!

Happy Scrappin!


Owner, Cut@Home

Seasonal Fun featuring Little B Dies

October 14th, 2014

Little B is a product name that we’ve known for a while in the craft world, but they are new (at least newer) in the die market.  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to try Little B dies — I really like their creativity in approaching the basics, as well as the versatility that they offer.  Today I want to show you three new sets of dies from Little BHalloween, Autumn and Holiday.  They are seasonal sets, and I just love them!  Here are some cards featuring them —

ghosts   spider

squirrel   ornaments

As you’ve probably seen before, the Little B dies are wafer thin dies.  They can be used with most die cutting/embossing machines.  I used my Sizzix Big Shot and got great results with them.  I love the convenience of the magnetic storage binder that keeps the little pieces in place so it is much more difficult to lose something, etc.  Each of these die sets can be used separately, or in conjunction with other stamp and die sets that you currently have.  My sample cards illustrate both approaches.

For the Halloween cards, I had so much trouble deciding among the little elements that are available.  I ended up featuring the ghosts and the spider, but wish I had more time to do something with the bat!  Be sure to check him out on the video.  Little B always puts emphasis on the design and on the details.  The little bat was designed with dimensional wings that make him so very cute for Halloween projects!   Anyway, each of the Halloween cards was quick and easy to complete.  Both are A-2 sized cards (4.25″ x 5.5″).  For the spider card, it was simply a matter of finding the right background paper and sentiment.  The paper is Authentique Spellbound – Spiderweb.  The sentiment is from Impression Obsession.  Too fun.  So then it was just a matter of cutting out the little web piece from ivory cardstock, and the spider from black cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped in Onyx Black Versafine ink on ivory cardstock.  I edged the sentiment with a little of the black ink to make it stand out.  I used a natural hemp twine to “hang” the spider from the web.


For the ghost card, I simply cut three of the ghosts from white cardstock.  I stamped the Magnolia Boo Background Stamp in Cloud White VersaMagic chalk ink on black cardstock, and used a decorative corner chomper to soften the corners.  I attached the background with dimensional adhesive, and the ghosts with Scor-Tape.  The eyes on one of the ghosts hit in the “wrong” place (on the white chalk ink), so I used my black Gelly Roll pen to fill them in.  With ribbon and a bow at the bottom, the card was complete — how easy peasy.  The background paper was from the Jolees Halloween paper pad.


I created the Autumn card using only the Little B die set.  I cut each of the elements from colored cardstock, and then assembled them on the acorn background paper (Authentique Harvest – Acorn).  With so many colors of leaves to cut, I thought it was a good time to test and see if I could cut multiple layers of paper with the Little B dies.  It worked!  The cardstock I was using wasn’t too heavy (probably 80 lb. max.), and the die cut easily through both layers at once.  I wasn’t sure this was possible given how thin these dies really are.  Yay!  The dark box at the top of the card says “Give Thanks”.  This is one of the dies in the set.  Rather than cutting letters, it embosses them into the paper.  It was very difficult to get a photo that really shows that detail well.  I rubbed on some gold ink to help, so hopefully that is enough that you can see it.  There are still a number of dies in this set that I didn’t use, other leaves, circles (or berries) and feathers.  I wanted this to be a very quick and simple card, so I didn’t spend a lot of time edging the leaves with color, etc.  That certainly would make them stand out more against the background.  I used my black Gelly Roll pen to add some facial features to the squirrel.


Finally, my card for the Holiday die set features only the large ornament and the holly and berries dies.  There is a lot more to offer in the set — pin branch, light swag, etc.  I cut three ornaments from gold metallic cardstock, and sets of holly leaves and berries for each.  I used a 1/8″ ribbon to suspend the ornaments, and a dimensional adhesive to raise them from the paper a little.  I decorated each with the holly leaves and berries.  The sentiment is from an Our Daily Bread stamp set, “Turtle Dove Ornament”, and is stamped in Delicata Golden Glitz ink.   I put a piece of green cardstock behind the ivory cardstock to frame it a little more.  Again, another super easy card!  Sorry that the photo didn’t turn out as well as I wanted it to — I had so much trouble with glare on the gold paper.



Please be sure to watch the short video for a closer look at each of these die sets.  They are a good value, and I know you would enjoy using them for your seasonal paper crafting needs.


Supply List —

Little B Dies — Halloween, Autumn and Holiday

Die cutting/embossing machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Patterned papers — Authentique Harvest – Acorn and Spellbound – Spiderweb; SEI Holiday Traditions Cardmaker pad; Jolees Halloween paper pad.

Assorted solid cardstock

Adhesives — regular tape; Scor-Tape (1/4″ and 1/8″); dimensional adhesive

inks — Versafine Onyx Black; VersaMagic Cloud White; Delicata Golden Glitz

Stamps — Magnolia Stamps – Boo Background; Our Daily Bread – Turtle Dove Ornament

natural hemp twine

1/8″ gold ribbon; Halloween ribbon


Thanks and Happy Scrappin!




On the Edge with Tim Holtz Distress Inks

October 13th, 2014

Happy Monday, today I am starting the first of a series of posts demonstrating techniques you can use with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Today I will demonstrate inking on the edge of your project. Before we get started here is a list of products used that are available on the Cut At Home website.

Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses 12 x 12 Paper Collection – SKU: HCDP1-240
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Victorian Velvet – SKU: TIM27195
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Peeled Paint – SKU: TIM20233
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Forest Moss – SKU: TIM27133
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU: 657900


I used a Tim Holtz/Ranger Blender and Blending Foam, the one I used is not available at the Cut at Home site but they do have the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool available – SKU: IBT40965, as well as the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Replacement Foams – SKU:IBT40972. I am actually going to be ordering these, I like the round shape, I think that will make blending easier.

I also used a Sizzix die, Classical Lace Doily and some Darice Gems and a stippling brush.

I love to ink the edges of things, it really adds a lot of interest and dimension. Take a look at my project in the video below, before I start inking, then take a look at my finished piece, inking makes a BIG difference!

I started by picking my paper, the Raindrops on Roses paper worked beautifully with my granddaughter’s dress so I decided to go with that paper. I also used some of the accent pieces they have with the paper packs, there are a lot of frames, tags and all kind of interesting accents included in the pack that can be used for card making and scrapbook pages. The Heartfelt Creations paper packs work beautifully with inking as well, the pallets are beautiful.

Once I got all of my parts and pieces cut I arranged them on the page to see how I wanted everything laid out. I fussy cut some of the elements from the paper and I die cut four of the Doilies with my Big Shot. Next it was time to ink. I used two tools for applying my ink, a stippling brush and a blender. I started with the stippling brush and applied my first color, them I used the blending tool and applied the second and third color. The inking technique is shown in the video above.

A little helpful hint that I use with the blending foams is I keep one for each color, and reuse them. The ink really never dries on the foam so to keep my colors true, I keep the foams in a little container and reuse them when I use that color the next time.

I applied ink to every element on the page, including the 12″ x 12″ background paper. For the background paper I used the Forest Moss and added some of the Victorian Velvet here and there as accents.

Once I was happy with all of my inking I assembled the layout. I applied the doilies and cut off the parts that were over the edge of the page. Once everything was adhered I added the bling! I did not add any Journaling or a title to this piece. What I have been doing is if I do not add any I will make a little notation on the back of the page including the date the picture/pictures were taken.

Here is a look at my finished page:


And a look at one of the doilies close up:


I hope that you enjoyed my post today, until next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Techniques in Fussy Cutting

October 10th, 2014

Karen N here with some fun projects using super fun and trendy fussy cutting techniques.  Last week, I did a card using fussy cutting, and I had so much fun that I thought I’d do a few more!  All of my cards today use Heartfelt Creations Paper and Magnolia Rubber Stamps.

The first card uses Heartfelt Creations {Classic Sunflower Collection} paper and Magnolia {Tilda Scarecrow} stamp.


In fussy cutting this image, I didn’t want to cut all of the super fine detail around her hat.  Instead, I just cut it into a straight line and then took my marker and colored in the outline.  I also cut the feet at the stamp line so that I could cut the “inside the legs” part out.  Finally, the stamp has one of the mittens falling off, but I wanted to attach it back on, so I cut that hand off and taped the mitten in its place.  I colored this image with Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor markers.  The lace and crinkle ribbon are from 3 Girl JAM, and I added some enamel dots.

The second card I made uses Heartfelt Creations {Frosty Blanket} paper and Magnolia {Jingle Bell Rudolph} stamp.


In this card, I didn’t want to cut that small detail in Rudolph’s antlers or the teeny piece of ribbon,  I cut the image without these elements and then stamped the image onto the pattern paper and colored those elements right onto the pattern paper.  I love that the bottom part of Rudolph’s body is hanging off that circle.  I think it adds fun movement to the card.  The snowflake is cut using my Big Shot and the NEW Spellbinders {Snowflake Bliss} dies, and I added some 3 Girl JAM lace and Timeless Twine.

The final card I made uses Heartfelt Creations {Frosty Blanket} paper and Magnolia {A Joyful Tilda} stamp.


In this card, I wanted to keep the little teeny details in her fun curly hair.  I used a very light blue alcohol marker and added a thin shadow outline around the entire image.  Then I cut the image with a small border.  I added some 3 Girl JAM lace and crinkle ribbon, some flowers and some sequins.

Be sure to watch the video to see more about my fussy cutting techniques!

And to see my project from last week, check out my blog post – here!  Thank you SO much for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,



Sizzix Notepad Cover Bigz Die

October 8th, 2014

Hello! Thanks for stopping by! Today I have a new Sizzix Die to share with you! This is the Notepad Cover Bigz die, by Brenda Walton.

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Once I started to play with this die…I could not put it down. This die includes the Notepad Cover, rosette, small scallop, and a butterfly. I made several of these and they are so simple to make. They take less then 10 minutes, and make a great gift.
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I used my Sizzix Big Shot Machine. It cuts so well…you can even cut several papers at once.
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This perfectly fits the 3×3 Post It notes.

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This is a great project, to use up some of your scrap paper. I prefer to use double sided paper, so the inside looks finished.
I have also used two of the Notepad Cover’s to make a longer journal book, notebook, or brag book!
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This book measures approximately 6 1/2 x 3. I enjoy that this die is versatile, and can be used in a few different ways. On the outside of this booklet, I used the beautiful Tim Holtz Wallflower Idea-ology paper. Went around all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Paint, in Vintage Photo.  I added a few rhinestones, from Prima…along with a flower. I added a Tim Holtz ticket, seam binding, and the butterfly that comes with this die. On the inside, I used Kraft paper, along with a couple pieces of the patterned paper. The paper inside is 6×3, and I scored each one at 1/2″. This way the paper can fold up nicely. With this Bigz die, you can cut cardstock, felt, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, craft aluminum and many other materials. This can be used in most die cut machines.
For more detail on how I made both the regular Notepad Cover, and the extended one, please check out my video.

Products used:

Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU: 657900
Sizzix Notepad Cover Bigz Die: SKU:659728
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo: SKU:TIM19527
Tim Holtz 12×12 Idea-ology paper “Wallflower”: SKU:TH93110

From my stash: Seam binding, paper, flowers, rhinestones, pearls.

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Thanks for stopping by…hope you have a great week!  ~Corene~

Sizzix Camera Box Die

October 7th, 2014

Today I have another fun Sizzix die to show you — the Camera Box die.  It is just a perfect size to hold a gift card or other small-sized gift, and perhaps a few treats too.


Like many other Sizzix projects, this one was very fun and easy to create.  I started with the Camera Box die.  This is a Bigz XL die, so it means that you need to use your Big Shot (or other supported machine) to cut it.  You’ll need extended cutting plates and the extended premium crease pad.  The crease pad is recommended for this project, and I second that.  I tried once to cut it without (I often do this because sometimes you don’t really need the crease pad).  The fold lines just weren’t strong enough without use of the crease pad.

First you need to decide on a color scheme.  They recommend two colors for the base camera, two different patterned papers to decorate the front, and a little metallic paper for the flash, etc.  I went with a classic black and white theme.  When I selected my papers, I picked a plaid with a little red in it also, and the red serves as a great accent color.  In addition, you’ll need a small piece of vellum or a piece of clear plastic for the camera opening, depending upon which look you like better.  This is a Bigz XL die, so you’ll need to use 12×12 paper at least for the main box piece.  The other pieces are really accents and, although you could cut out the entire box piece five times, I think it is more economical to just cut the parts of the box that you need.

Once you’ve selected cardstock (two solids, two patterns and one metallic), then its time to cut.  I started by cutting a full piece for the main box from my black cardstock.  I selected a heavier-weight cardstock because I wanted my box to be stable, and to stand up to a little use (several openings).  For the white contrast, I also cut out the entire box piece.  Thinking back on it, I should have just used a 6″x6″ piece and cut only the back of the camera (this is the only place where you’ll use the contrast).  When I cut the two patterned papers for the front, I cut both 6″x6″, and cut the front of the camera only.  The last piece to cut for the main camera is the flash — this is cut  from a metallic paper (I used a silver matte metallic).  There are three accent pieces that you also need to cut.  Two are from a separate die set called “You & Me” — the word “smile” is cut from a contrasting color, and the heart is cut from red paper.  The final piece to cut is the ring around the circle opening.  You’ll need a standard circle die set for this.  Select a die that is as close as possible to the size of the circle opening.  If you don’t have one that fits exactly, then select one that is just a little smaller.  I used the Sizzix Framelits circle set and found that the second and third dies (counting from the center) are perfect for this project.  Again, you are trying to cut a ring to place over the opening (the opening itself will cut when you cut the main box piece).

On the inside of the box, you’ll want to attach a piece of vellum or a piece of clear plastic over the hole in the front of the box.  I used vellum for mine, and it was cut approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″.  I used plain tape since it was attached on the inside and wouldn’t show.  I continued assembling the box by adding the white contrast piece.  I attached it to the inside of the back of the black main camera piece.  As an alternative, you could cut the back piece off and replace it with the white (you would need to retain some of the tabs, etc. to hold it in place), but I think that the box is more sound the other way.  I also attached the small metallic piece representing the flash.  I used Scor-Tape for both.  The next step is to assemble the box, so you’ll want to fold on all of the fold lines.  Add some Scor-Tape to the side flap, and attach the two ends of the box at the side.  Then you can fold in the flaps, etc. to see the completed box.  I also used Scor-Tape on the bottom flap to hold it securely in place, leaving the only entry into the box through the top.  This will keep the box square and the contents secure.

The next step is to decorate the front.  I began by trimming the two patterned papers to fit, and layer on, the box front.  I attached those layers to the box with Scor-Tape.  I used Scor-Tape to attach one end of the ribbon at the center of the edge of the circle opening, and then pulled it all of the way around the box — I attached the other end at the opposite side of the circle also using Scor-Tape.  I used “Sticky Dots” to attach the ring to the center front opening, being careful to cover up those ribbon ends.  I tied a bow and attached that to the left side of the camera front using Scor-Tape.  I added the word “smile” using “Sticky Dots”, and finally I used a little piece of dimensional adhesive to attach the heart to the vellum inside the circle on the front of the camera.  All very easy peasy.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I cut and assembled the box.

Here are some additional pictures of the completed box.  It can be so easily customized to satisfy any member of your family.

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This box will be a great gift box, particularly for those holiday gift cards.  I also think it is perfect to make and give to a child — it is much safer for their play than a “real” camera, and can be easily replaced if it is damaged.


Supplies used:

Sizzix Bigz XL Camera Box Die

Sizzix extended cutting pads

Sizzix extended premium cutting plate

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Framelits circle dies (or other circle set)

Sizzix You & Me die set

assorted cardstock including two solid colors, two coordinating patterned papers and one metallic cardstock.  You also need a small piece of vellum or clear plastic to cover the center opening — approximately 2.5″ x 2.5″

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Low Dimensional  Adhesive

Plain tape (to attach the vellum inside the box)

Sticky Dots by Therm-o-web



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


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