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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Tim Holtz Halftone Christmas Stamp Set

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:

Snowman card 2

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,

Deal of the Week – select Spellbinders dies 30% off and NEW product from Lawn Fawn, Tim Holtz and more!

September 22nd, 2014

It’s another Monday Scrappers!

What’s trending for fall? OWLS! Whoooo knew??? Karen, from the Cut@Home DT, jumped on the chance to do our “What’s Trending” spotlight for September. She loves owls and made some adorable cards for her Blog post. Here is just one of the cards she made:












To see the rest of the cards she made, please visit her Blog post. She also did this GREAT Youtube video Fun Owl Dies & Stamps for cardmaking.

Time to stock up on Spellbinders dies! The Cut@Home deal of the week is 30% off select Spellbinders dies! Here are just a few of the dies we have on special this week:





We have new product arriving this week for Lawn Fawn and Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps:

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I also brought on three new companies this week that I think you will really enjoy creating with: Apple Pie Memories, EZMount and Prills. Let me take a minute to talk a little about each one.

Let’s start with Apple Pie Memories. I have carried acrylic blocks from time to time and they just haven’t taken off in my store. I don’t know why because if you stamp, you need blocks! Could be that they are found in all the brick and mortar stores, so I told myself if I were ever to carry acrylic blocks they would have to be something special. Well…take a look at something special!!

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What I love about these blocks in the finger grips and alignment grids! They also have acrylic blocks without the grips and grids, for those who like your blocks plain and simple. They are priced great, so make sure you check them out as well as the Stamp Positioner kit. That’s a great little tool too!

For those of you who have been customers of Cut@Home for the last ten years, you may remember EZMount sheets. You may have been one of those who cried when we stopped carrying it. Cry no more! EZMount is back!











These handy adhesive backed sheets will turn any stamp into a cling stamp. I am offering two sets with two different thicknesses.

Have you seen Prills? If not, you want to take a look at these!









Prills are mini pearl-like bead accents. They come in sets of twelve. A little goes a long way due to the vibrant color of each little gem. The investment is well worth it and you will be using your Prills for many years to come.

We are starting our last full week of September. Where does the time go? The end of the month means time will soon be up on the September VIP code. If you haven’t used it already, here are the codes again:

SEP432 for Spellbinders

SIZ9SE for Sizzix and Tim Holtz Sizzix

Make you sure you stop on by our Youtube Channel and our Blog to see what else Cut@Home is up to.

Have a wonderful week.

Happy Scrappin!


Owner, Cut@Home

Trending – Fun Owls for Scrapbooking

September 18th, 2014

Karen N here today sharing with you some cards with an “on-trend” animal that I just adore – the owl!  Cut at Home has all sorts of fantastic owls available, and I’ve included a link to them at the end of this post.  Be sure to check them out.  Today happens to be my 50th Birthday.  I’m super stoked about turning 50 as this is the decade that I’ll retire from work and have MORE time to CRAFT!  The only “bit” of a downer today is that my son is so far away (in the U.S. Army).   BUT it makes me happy that he is chasing his dreams, and I am so proud of him!  Still, I miss him…..I didn’t realize it until I put the post together, but you may see that theme in today’s cards!

Now, onto the fun!  My first two cards today use the Magnolia Tilda Owl stamp.  This owl is SO adorable.


Other ingredients for this card includes the BEAUTIFUL Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters paper, Spellbinders Labels Four, Spellbinder Nested Lacy Pennants, a button, some twine, Candi dots, and some markers.  Here’s a fun video that shows how I put together this card.

Here’s card number two!



For this card, I also used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Motif paper, Spellbinders Big Scallop Circles, Circle Dies, Shadowpress Debossing FoldersTim Holtz Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick and Mowed Lawn, Timeless Twine, markers and a piece of scrap paper from my hoard.  Note the repeating images that was featured as a trend last month!  Love that!

My final card today uses the Cottage Cutz Sylized Owl.  This owl is so stinkin’ adorable!


Recipe for this card includes Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper, Tim Holtz Distress Markers, Circle Dies, Unity Stamp Company sentiment, and a doily.

Hope you enjoyed these fun owls.  If you love owls as much as I do, check out the other Ca-Ute owls at Cut at Home by following this LINK!  Eek, so many FUN choices!

Craftily yours,





Spellbinders Labels Forty-One and Forty-Two Card Ideas

September 18th, 2014

Spellbinders has a large assortment of dies, as you probably already know and their label collection is one of my favorite and I feel the most versatile especially for the Cardmaker.  The dies are always sorted per category and these new Labels Dies are part of the Nestabilities collection.  This means they will nest well within one another to add dimension and pop to your card fronts, layouts, mini albums or whatever you decide to use them for.  I’m going to share three cards and three ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  At the bottom of this post will be the complete list of all the dies and supplies I’ve used from the store.

Labels 41-42

I’ve used the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-Two, Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One and Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One.   At the time of this post these dies are pre-order only, so you’ll want to get your orders in now so that once they hit the store shelves they’ll be shipped out right away to you.

Labels 41-044

This first card measures 5″ square.  I’ve used a combination of pink and white cardstock along with Spellbinders Labels Forty-Two, Decorative Accents dies.  This cuts the large white base and the pink solid in the forefront.  Along with my Sizzix Big Shot I also used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate for Wafer Thin Dies and the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One.  These two items just make your die cutting so much easier.  Oh yes I used Scor-Pal’s No More Shims rubber mat to help even the pressure as I emboss the cut outs.

Labels 41-047

This beautifully intricate accent is cut from the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One.  You may have to use paper shims as you cut and rotate your plate after each pass until you get all the details cut completely.  But oh my isn’t it worth it? Check out more spellbinders card ideas on!

Labels 41-051

This card base was cut with Spellbinders Labels Forty-Two, as you watch the video I’ll show you exactly how to create this fantastic card base from your die.   The beautiful center is cut using Spellbinders Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One.  See how all these dies compliment one another adding another layer to your card.  This card starts with the standard A2 size card base, 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ but once you cut the decorative shape to the edges your card goes down to about 4 1/4″ square.

Labels 41-056

The last card uses all the dies in the Spellbinders Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One.  I’ll show you how to cut them all at the same time on the video.  You also can see the difference of using one color, like this card, as opposed to the pink and white combination in the first card.  It just depends on the look you want to achieve.  This is the largest card and measures 6″ square.  Any decorative paper on the cards was cut from Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms 12×12 paper collection.  I hope you’ll come follow along on the video, I’ll share lots of ideas and more photos.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

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Supplies from the Store:

S4-469: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Accents Labels Forty-One
S4-470: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Elements Labels Forty-One
S4-471: Spellbinders Nestabilities Decorative Accents Labels Forty-Two
658300: Sizzix Big Shot
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One
404: Scor-Pal No More Shims Rubber Mat
HCDP1-244: Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms 12×12 Paper Collection
202: Scor-Tape 1/4″
203: Scor-Tape 1/2″

Lawn Fawn’s new Our friendship grows stamp die set plus card.

September 17th, 2014

Here is a new stamp & die set by Lawn Fawn called “Our friendship grows” which displays an adorable stamp set including a large, and small sunflower, flower pot & vase, and some great sentiments which are in a beautiful font. These stamps are clear stamps, used with an acrylic block, therefore they are easy to see where you are stamping. With the coordinating die set, it makes it fun to cut them out from patterned paper as well.

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I like to store the dies in the same packaging that the stamps are in, this makes it easy to grab when using.

The images in this set are very crisp, and I love the whimsical nature to it. It has everything you need to build a bouquet of sunflowers!


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Here is a super simple & fun “thank you” card I made, using the stamps & dies. I have also used the Heartfelt Creations “Classic Sunflower” paper. I love the versatility that this stamp set offers…you can make a more fall themed card, or a very bright & sunny card…just have fun!


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I hope you give Lawn Fawn stamps a try, they really do stamp nicely & the coordinating dies makes it easy to cut out! I have a video with lots more detail on how I made this card, and the stamp set up close. If you’re interested, please check it out:

Products used:
Lawn Fawn “Our friendship grows” stamp set: SKU:LF556
Lawn Fawn “Our friendship grows” coordinating die set: SKU:LF572
Heartfelt Creations 12×12 “Classic Sunflower collection” paper: SKU: HCDP1-247
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage photo: SKU:TIM19527

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Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Diffusers

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’!


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