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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Spellbinders Celebra’tions in Orange

February 20th, 2015

Karen N here sharing some cards made using the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Line!  I was introduced to this fun and colorful line of products when I took a class at CHA from THE designer himself, Richard Garay.  It was SUCH a fun class.  They gave me some of the products, and I came right home and bought a bunch more.  SO many possible fun projects using these cards.  Today, I picked ORANGE!  Lots of ORANGE!  :)

For this first card, I cut a card front and the smallest rectangle using the Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangles from Odacious Orange (yes, that’s the name of it!!) cardstock that can be found in the Celebra’tions Assorted Solids 8.5×11.  The cool pierced holes are made using the rectangles die.   I cut a piece of the Celebra’tions Print and a smaller piece of white cardstock.  I then stamped (using Celebra’tions Odacious Orange ink pad) a few flowers from the Celebra’tions Just Because set.  The sentiment is also from that set.  I curled up the flowers with a foam pad and embossing stylus and layered them up.  I added some sequins, a button and some Timeless Twine.


I used all of the same products on my second card.  In this case, I used the flower dies to cut out a couple flowers from the Odacious Orange cardstock.  I splattered this slightly with some Mr Hueys ink in Sherbet.


These are just two VERY orange cards from this HUGE set of matching papers and inks.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing more posts using these super fun papers, inks, stamps and dies!

Here’s a video that shows a little more about these cards:

Supplies used from Cut@Home:

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

Celebra’tions Assorted Solids 8.5×11 Cardstock (sku: SCP-015)

Celebra’tions Print 12×12 Cardstock (sku: SCP-016)

Celebra’tions Odacious Orange ink pad (sku: SCI-010)

Celebra’tions Just Because Stamps/Dies (sku: SCSD-008)

Supplies used from my stash:

Sequins, Timeless Twine, Buttons, White Cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Craftily yours,


JustRite Stampers Celtic Lattice Cards

February 19th, 2015

There’s something about the Celtic pattern that really draws me and when Cut at Home shared JustRite Stampers Celtic Lattice background stamp with me I couldn’t wait to play.  I had gotten a stamp pad of StazOn Metallic Silver that I hadn’t played with yet so the two seemed a perfect match.  This is a solvent ink and I must warn you it takes a bit of fussing with to remove it from your stamp pad (I used StazOn ink remover), but it’s so worth the extra effort.  This is a standard 5″ x 7″ card.


I envision this as the perfect Silver Anniversary card, or perhaps atop a wedding present.  Once I had the Celtic Lattice stamped on the white cardstock I hunted for some grey to co-ordinate for my mats.  DCWV have a great pad called the Metallic Stack, I’ve had mine for eons so not sure it’s still around but I’m sure there’s something similar out there.  I took the largest mat and embossed it with Sizzix Textured Impressions folder Lattice, this is a two pack the other folder being Butterfly, what a buy two for one!  Since my mat was larger than the folder I had to emboss it several times to get the edges.  You’ll notice in the video the inside looks sort of frumpy in places but it’s okay so don’t fret about it if you decided to do this technique, I covered up the inside of the embossing with my next mat and the edged area is fine and gives just enough punch to the card.  The Congratulations sentiment (embossed in white) on the front is from JustRite Stampers Celebrations Sentiments Clear stamps.


As I was laying out all the pieces to the card I hunted my stash for some pretty silver flowers and had none.  I wondered if I could stamp and die cut aluminum foil, yes just the plain heavy duty kitchen kind.  I was afraid the petals would just fall apart if I ran the foil alone through my Big Shot.  I took some card stock that had a pretty grey pattern on the back and glued it to the foil leaving the shiny side out.  Next I stamped with STazOn Jet Black (it won’t rub or smear on the foil) using Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms stamp set and die cut them with the accompanying dies.  Perfection!  The added layer of cardstock was just enough to stabilize the foil and they cut beautifully (I did add a paper shim just to ensure a perfect die cut).  I formed my petals and glued them together with Glossy Accents adding a rhinestone center.


The pretty corner flourishes on the front and again on the inside sentiment are from Spellbinders Die D-Lites Outrageous Butterfly, I love this die set which also includes a lovely butterfly. This little piece just added such a nice touch of elegance to the front and inside.  The inside sentiment embossed in white, is JustRite Stampers Loving Sentiments and die cut with JustRite Vintage Labels Eight.  I’ll show you in the video but share here as well.  I often have trouble lining my inside sentiment up squarely so this time I marked crosshairs with a pencil in the middle of my card base and lined the points of the sides 0f the die cut with the lines and centered the top and bottom.  Perfect, no ripping up and re-positioning and I only had to erase a couple of pencil marks that still showed.

When you watch the video I’ll also share a second card for St Patrick’s Day, not the whole creation but the start of coloring in the Celtic Lattice stamped image and the finished completed card.  A completely different look from the one shown here.  I hope you’ll join me on the video and get inspired to use this marvelous background stamp.  Directly below are the links to all the products I used in my cards.

Thanks and Happy Craftin’!


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Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:
CL-02123 - JustRite Stampers 
Celtic Lattice Background Stamp
HCPC 3608 - Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Stamp Set
HCD 748 - Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Collection Dies
658483 - Sizzix Textured Impressions 2 Pack Butterfly & Lattice Embossing Folders
S2-069 – Spellbinders Die D-Lites Outrageous Butterfly dies
JB-02087 – JustRite Stampers Vintage Labels Eight dies
CR-02151 - JustRite Stampers Loving Sentiments stamps
CR-02099 – Just Rite Stampers Celebrations Sentiments stamps
ACT1414 - Angel Craft Tape 1/4″
ACT1412 - Angel Craft Tape
658300 - Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
TIM21490 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters
TIM95940 - Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mowed Lawn
TIM27126 - Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Crushed Olive

Supplies from my stash: Kitchen foil, 110# Georgia Pacific ardstock for card base and mats, Silver Cardstock, StazOn ink in Metallic Silver and Jet Black, Glossy Accents, Angel Craft Podge (coming soon to the store!), bling, ribbon, Wink of Stella in Clear, scraps from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time collection, charms, twine

Handmade Card “Dream the impossible” with Graphic 45

February 18th, 2015

Hi there!
Todays project is a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 handmade card. The card base is 110lb white smooth cardstock. I used the beautiful Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8×8, along with the 6×6 Home Sweet Home collection.

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For the background of my card I choose a solid-colored paper from the 6×6 Home sweet home, cutting that to 5 1/2″ square. On top of that, I choose a beautiful pattern from Sweet sentiments, cutting that to 5 1/4″, distressing the edges. I first used Tim Holtz Broken china distress ink, then using my scissors, I roughed up all the edges. I cut three separate slits into my paper, and rolling back the paper. When you spray the paper with a little water it makes the paper more flexible, easier to roll back. In the places I rolled the paper back, I added a little lace ribbon behind it. I then adhered my layers of cardstock with the Angel Craft Tape. I used that same lace to go across the front of my card, pleating it as I went. To the center of my lace I added flat-back pearls.

DSCF7002 DSCF7005 DSCF7004    I added a beautiful bird cage from KaiserCraft dies, which has been discontinued. To cut all my dies, I used the Sizzix Big Shot machine, along with the Sizzix Cutting Pads. Using the gorgeous Arianna Blooms dies from Heartfelt Creations, I made a couple of flowers to add to my card. I love that die set so much, you will see me using it in lots of projects. It also comes with matching Stamps. I love to make my own flowers, and if you have the right tools, it makes it so easy. I used the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit from Heartfelt Creations, to form my flowers. I then added a couple more flowers I had in my stash.


For the sentiment on the front of my card I used the Spellbinders Labels Forty dies. Choosing the smallest one, I first cut it from light-weight chipboard, then using a scrap piece from the collection. I added stamping to the front of that. I choose the beautiful stamp from JustRite Stampers. The saying says “Dream the impossible”. Using the same stamp set, and another larger Labels Forty dies, I again used light-weight chipboard, then patterned paper and added this to the inside of my card. This sentiment says “Imagine the possibilities”. Finishing it off with a two tiny pearls to either end, using my Silhouette Pick Me Up Pen. This helps to work with tiny hard to handle pieces of paper, pearls, rhinestones, etc.

DSCF7008 I sometimes get asked how I mail these dimensional cards. I will hand deliver them, put them in a bubble envelope, or if I’m giving a card with a gift card, I will make a box for it as part of the present.

If you’d like to watch a process video of the making of these, please click on the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project.

Products used:
Angel CraftS
Tape 1/2″: SKU: ACT1412
Tape 1/4″: SKU: ACT1414
Sizzix Big Shot Machine: SKU: 657900
Cutting Pads Standard Mint: SKU: 660522
Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Broken China: SKU: TIM21414
Vintage Photo: SKU: TIM19527
Graphic 45 papers:
Home Sweet Home 6×6: SKU: 4501075
Sweet Sentiments 8×8: SKU: 4500808
Spellbinders Labels Forty dies: SKU: S4-465
Heartfelt Creations:
Arianna Blooms die: SKU: HCD1-748
Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit: SKU: HCST1-401
JustRite Whisper of Wings clear stamps: CR-02149
Silhouette Pick Me Up Pen: SKU: TOOL-04-IND-3T

Products from my stash:
flowers, cardstock, glue, lace, pearls, stamens, dies.

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Have a great day! Corene

Spring Nosegay Card featuring Joy!Crafts Dies

February 17th, 2015

It is very cold where I live — think wind chills below zero (again! sigh!).  I felt the need to convince myself that spring is coming, and so I reached for my Joy!Crafts spring flower dies.  With a little help from some other awesome products, here’s the card that I made —

spring final

Although it looks a bit fussy, this card was super simple to make.  I started with a green A2 card base (4.25″ x 5.5″).  I found a piece of very lightly patterned paper and trimmed it to make an appropriate layer (4″ x 5.25″).  I used my Sizzix Textured Impressions butterflies embossing folder to add some additional dimension to that layer.  I needed a doily to wrap my spring flowers, and I turned to a favorite, standard die — Spellbinders Lacey Circles.  The doily that I used is actually the second die (counting the largest first).  I wanted the doily to be a little softer and workable, so I cut it from a Japanese washi paper scrap that I’ve been keeping for just such an occasion.  I cut my sentiment, “thinking of you”, from the green base layer (yes you can do that — really, it doesn’t show if you place it right) using an Elizabeth Crafts Design die set.  That gave me the basics for my card.

The flowers were also very easy to cut and assemble.  I wanted to have the appropriate green stems (even though they don’t show that much) and a bright spring flower head.  To do that, I cut the entire flower (stem and head) from the green cardstocks (I used a different green for each flower — in nature it is unlikely that the stems for unrelated flowers would match).  I cut a 1.5″ strip of the color that I wanted to use for the flower, and I cut only the head and the very top of the stem from that.  I used colored pencils to add some more dimension to the flowers, and then trimmed the extra stem piece.  I used small (micro) glue dots to attach the flower head to the appropriate greenery.  Too easy!

To assemble the card, I used my 1/4″ Angel Craft Tape to attach the card layer to the card base.  I folded my doily piece to begin the formation of the nosegay.  To do this you’ll want to mark the center of the doily (top and bottom), and then score it approx. 3/4″ on each side of the top mark to the mark at the base (so a diagonal line).  You can then fold lightly along those lines.  The doily should now be in a cone shape.  I kept my nosegay a little puffy or dimensional to better accommodate the flowers.

Add the flowers to the doily cone one at a time.  First place a piece of the Angel Craft Tape inside the doily cone to hold the flowers in place.  Add one flower of each type, keeping them rather high in this first layer.  After adding one layer of flowers, I added some small strips of crimped 1/8″ quilling paper to keep the flowers from laying flat on top of one another (I used pink, yellow, purple and off-white).  At this point you’ll probably have to add another small strip of the Angel Craft Tape, and then add your second layer followed by a few more strips of the crimped 1/8″ quilling paper.  Finish with the final layer of flowers (add more Angel Craft Tape if needed to secure them).  You’ll want to top the final layer of flowers with a glue dot or with the Angel Craft Tape to bring the top of the doily cone closer to the flowers.  Add a bow to the nosegay, and attach it to the card front with Angel Craft Tape.  Attach your sentiment to the card front using a little glue, and you’re finished.  Here are some closer views of the nosegay —

closeup  side view

You’ll note that I kept the nosegay fairly dimensional.  The nosegay will flatten out a bit when the card is mailed (or put into an envelope), but even so some dimension should remain.  Please take a look at this short video for more information on how I made this card —

Supplies available from Cut@Home

Joy!Crafts dies — 3 Flowers #2 (SKU 60020355)

Elizabeth Crafts Design — “Thinking of You” dies (SKU 719)

Spellbinders Lacey Circles dies (SKU S4-293)

Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders — Butterflies and Flowers (SKU 657597)

1/4″ Angel Craft Tape (SKU ACT1414)

Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting and Embossing Machine (SKU 657900 )

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (SKU 656225)

Supplies from my stash:  assorted cardstock, ribbon, colored pencils, score board, glue dots, 1/8″ quilling strips, quilling crimper, Scotch Quick-Dry glue.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine Product Review

February 17th, 2015

Today I want to show you an awesome little machine, the Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  It does one thing, and it does it really well — that is embossing.  Those who only have electronic die cutting machines often miss the opportunity to add texture through the use of embossing folders.  Similarly some of the die cutting and embossing machines do a great job of cutting, but take a few extra steps to emboss, or just aren’t that good at it.  The Texture Boutique is the answer to both situations.  Here is a look at the machine  —

texture boutique

It’s actually kind of cute, and looks a lot like a toy.  Its operation is simple enough that it could be used by a child, but keep it for yourself.  Although it has some limitations (most importantly that it will not work with embossing folders larger than A2 sized), this little powerhouse is a must have for your craft room.  It embosses so easily and so well, that I turn to it for embossing more often than I use my standard die cutting and embossing machines.  It is also very compact and light-weight, so it is great to take with you for a class or on a crop, etc.  It is a sturdy machine, so I haven’t really had any concerns about it being damaged in transit, etc.

The Texture Boutique comes with two plates and a shim — that’s all there is to keep track of.   Instructions for use are even included on one of the plates.  How easy is that!  Here’s a pic of the plates and shim —

emb. plates

To use the Texture Boutique just insert your cardstock into a standard embossing folder, put it between the two plates (include the shim if it is only 1 layer of cardstock, otherwise no), and crank it through the machine.  It is just that easy!  Please see the short video for a look at the Texture Boutique in action, and a little additional information.

Here’s a picture of the sample that I embossed in the video —


(Sorry — it is so hard to get a good pic of the embossed detail.)  Here’s a pic of a card that features the same embossing folder —

spring final

As mentioned previously, the Texture Boutique will meet most of your needs.  The only downside to the machine is that A2 embossing folders are the largest that will fit through the machine.  In addition, it can’t accommodate the thicker folders such as the Spellbinders folders.  That said, it will work for so many things.  You can use it to emboss A2 cards (card fronts or the entire card), envelopes, etc.  You can use the smaller embossing folders with it (the little 2×2 folders and the borders, etc.).  If you have a longer border you will have to stop and reposition the plates periodically, but otherwise it will work just fine.  I use it all the time!


Supplies Available from Cut@Home:

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (SKU 656225)

Textured Impressions Butterflies & Flowers (SKU 657597)

Supplies from my stash:  cardstock

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Presidents Day Sale!

February 16th, 2015

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Today and tomorrow save 30-60% off your favorite brands with the Cut@Home Presidents Day Sale!








Happy Scrappin!


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