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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas


Spellbinders In’spire On The Road Card

July 31st, 2014

Spellbinders makes these cute wafer thin dies under their In’spire line and  I’ve had the On The Road die for quite some time but when my close friend shared she and her husband were taking the Motorhome on a trip I thought I’ve got to make her this Spellbinders In’spire On The Road card.  It so makes me think of the old I Love Lucy trailer that Lucy had such calamities in on tv.  I wanted to make a smart-aleck card asking her if she’d had ‘an I Love Lucy’ trip.  I know only the best of friends can be evil that way huh?

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I also thought that sometimes these little Spellbinders In’spire dies get overlooked.  Most often they are just one image, like the trailer.  I wanted to give you some ideas to spice them up, make them more noticeable.  An easy way is to cut the die multiple times gluing each layer on top of the previous one.  I think I have 8 or 9 layers on my little trailer.  Inking the edges also helps pop the image.

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Another super idea (not my own, one I’ve gleaned from all those talented crafty people out in Internet world) is to take a marker, ink or whatever form of color you want to use and before releasing the paper from the die color the sections.  You can see above I colored mine with a pale pink (you’ll see in the video I tried the turquoise first and it just didn’t work, the pale pink was much better).  I felt fortunate to find the little pick up truck in my hoard of stamps.  It was just the right size to pull the trailer across the paper highway.

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My signboard is a wooden piece and I took pieces from Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper (I used both the Wallflower and Destination paper pads) to mod podge the words.  I inked them with Gathered Twig and then sprayed one of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang brown starbursts over the top.

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This is a super simple, dimensional card, that’s sure to draw smiles from the recipient. The inside is a cut apart from the papers and the sentiment I printed on my computer.  I hunted online for a free font that resemble the I Love Lucy fonts.  I hope you’ll check out the Spellbinders In’spire dies and see if there aren’t a few you’d like to add to your crafty supply.  The video below will show you tips on how I put the card together along with a few other photos.

Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit me at A Soul’s Heartbeat on blogspot and Facebook

Supplies:

IN 003 – Spellbinders In’spire On The Road die

IN 004 – Spellbinders In’spire Destination die  (I didn’t use this on the card but I do talk about it in the video)

T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

658300: Sizzix Big Shot Machine

TH93100: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash Pad Wallflower

TIM 32823: Tim Holtz Gathered Twig Distress Ink

203: Scor-tape 1/2″

Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box!

July 30th, 2014

I know I have said many times before how much I love the Big Shot Pro Machine and my Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box is just one example of why I love this machine! I totally love making the darling boxes and bags that you can do with it! If you are not familiar with the Big Shot Pro, it is a larger version of the Sizzix Big Shot and will cut pretty much ANY manufacturer die. It’s wonderful and I love using the Bigz Pro Dies!

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This die may look intimidating, but trust me, it took only a few minutes to assemble once I had it cut and the Scor-Tape in place. All of the pieces for the suitcase are on one Pro die. The tag which I tied to the handle is from Little B, but worked well with my project.

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All of the score lines are automatically done at the same time the die is cut, so all you have to do is fold along the score lines, place your adhesive where the instructions tell you and assemble! One thing I will tell you is to make sure you insert the handle first thing! I made several of these boxes and forgot to do that on the first couple and had to peel up the one end to put it in. DUH! I have included some assembly photos for you to get an idea, but the instructions are pretty self explanatory for this die.

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Once I had assembled the box, I cut small embellishments from the 8 x 8 paper pad to adhere to the box, which were perfect size. I stamped the saying on the tag, inked around the edges and tied it to the handle with twine. Fill with candy or other treats and you’re on your way!

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Here is my list of supplies used for this project:

658488 Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Box, Suitcase

Tim Holtz Crowded Attic Paper Pad

IC0310 Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 3

4500923 Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 8 x 8 Paper Pad

202 Scor-Tape 1/4″

HF214 Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cup O’ Joe

100386 Little B Tags Dies

Twine

I thought the suitcase was perfect for this blog post, as this is my final post for Cut@Home. I am moving on to other things and will miss showing all of you the fun things that you can create with paper and dies! Oh, don’t worry, I will still be scrapbooking and making cards, but just won’t be posting them. You will still be able to get lots of inspiration from our other designers on our design team!

So, for my final post I would like to say Bon Voyage to all you wonderful crafters! Maybe our cyber travels will bring us together again someday!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

Three Cards Featuring Triple Circle Flip-its Dies by Sizzix

July 29th, 2014

 

Today I have three cards for you that feature the Triple Circle Flip-its dies by Sizzix.  This die set is so much fun — and is so very easy to use.  I love the simple style that can be dressed up or dressed down.  The finished card fits into an A-2 sized envelope.  Here is a quick look at my three samples

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The Sizzix  Triple Circle Flip-its Dies are a very complete set.  There is a die that cuts out the main piece of the card, and then dies to cut out the patterned paper inserts for the left and right sides.  There is a scalloped edge die if you choose to do a scalloped edge somewhere, and there are three different sets of small and large circles (straight circles, scalloped circles and pierced circles).  There is no measuring, no mess, and really not much thinking required.  They are thin dies, and so you can use them with almost any die cutting machine.

To begin, I cut the base card from a heavier ivory cardstock.  The base doesn’t have to be extremely heavy, but a heavier weight cardstock will hold up better to the opening and closing, standing open, etc.  Then I needed to select my patterned papers and how I would decorate the cards.  I immediately thought of the Place in Time cut-apart papers from Graphic 45.  They are a couple of years old now, and so are getting a little hard to find.  If you’re like me, you either have a good source or have a couple of favorite sheets tucked away for future use.

Before I could cut the patterned paper pieces, I needed to select the elements that I wanted to feature on the Graphic 45 sheet.  I liked the three elements grouped together at the bottom of the page, and selected those as my “inner” circles.  For the outside circle, I thought it made sense to use a matching or complementary word cut from the cardstock.  I also chose an element to place on the larger patterned paper panel in lieu of a sticker (Sizzix recommends use of a sticker in that location).  Using my ivory cardstock, I cut three of the largest scalloped circles and three of the smaller pierced circle to go with the decorative elements.  I cut the three decorative pieces using a scalloped circle that I had from another die set.  That die is the same size as the large pierced circle.  It isn’t always necessary to use another set of dies, here it was a matter of preference.

To assemble the card, I first folded the base piece along the scored lines.  Once folded, I carefully attached the patterned paper panels.  In placing these, be sure to use a sufficient amount of a strong adhesive (like Scor-Tape).  Next I added the front circles to the piece.  I attached the word to the circle using Scor-Tape, and then used Scor-Tape to center the circle in the appropriate location.  Then I added a piece of Scor-Tape to the reverse side of each of the circles.  Beginning at the top, I carefully placed the large scalloped circles so that they appear centered from the front (they will be larger than the circle opening that is created.  Once all three circles are in place, I used a piece of Scor-Tape to add the decorative elements to the circles.

To finish the card, I added a decorative element on the side with the large patterned paper.  I also added a plain paper (or a plain paper with a sentiment) that will provide an area where the card can be signed by the giver.  If desired, you can also add a bow or a small decoration to the front flap of the card (the one with the small patterned paper).   To keep the card closed in transit and other times, as desired, I made either a ribbon bow or a belly band.  I kept these a little loose so they could be easily removed and/or replaced as needed.  The belly band on the Thanksgiving card was made using a border found on the November Place in Time cut-apart sheet and the Spellbinder Belly Bands 2 die set.   Please see the short video for additional information on assembly of the cards.

I made three different cards — one using the April Place in Time paper (a Thinking of You card); one using the June Place in Time paper  (a wedding card); and one using the November Place in Time paper (a Thanksgiving card).   Pictures of each follow –

april  april inside

June  June 2

June 3

November   November 2

November 3   belly band

I know that you will have as much fun as I did with these quick and easy cards.

 

Supply list

Sizzix Triple Circle Flip-its Die Set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Shot

ivory cardstock (a little heavier weight will work better)

assorted patterned papers — I used several sheets of the Place in Time cut-apart sheets by Graphic 45

Small scalloped circle dies (optional)

Assorted ribbon and embellishments

Spellbinders Belly Band 2 die set (optional)

Scor-Tape by Scor Pal

appropriate sentiment, as needed

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

MamaSaidShare.wordpress.com

 

 

12 Picture Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Layout

July 28th, 2014

Hi everyone, today I am sharing a 12 Picture Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create layout. I love these new dies, they make it easy to utilize lots of pictures in you layouts!

First here is a list of products that I used in my layout:

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 A – SKU: HCD 749
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1 B – SKU: HCD 750
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 A – SKU: HCD 751
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2 B – SKU: HCD 752
Spellbinders Celebrations Assorted Solid 12 x 12 – SKU: SCP-017
Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T
Sizzix Big Shot Machine – SKU: 657900

Supplies

I also used some patterned paper, some older Graphic 45 paper and some BoBunny Primrose bling.

To begin I decided what background paper I wanted to use and what paper I wanted to use for the mats. I also decided what pictures I wanted to use. I chose two patterned papers, one for the background and one for some of the mats. I also selected two colors of pink from the Spellbinders Celebrations card stock collection.

I knew that I wanted to get 12 pictures on the layout one picture for each month until my granddaughter was 1 years old. I picked out the dies I wanted to use and played with the layout. A helpful hint, if you aren’t sure what dies you want to use you can cut some extra mats out of old scrap paper and play with the shapes until you know how you want your page layout. The possibilities are endless with these dies!

Once I had all of the mats and pictures cut out and adhered I started to layout my title. I wanted to use a calendar theme since I was using a picture from each month. I found a cute image on the Silhouette on line store called “Calender 12 Months” which is available for purchase, www.silhouetteonlinestore.com. I cut out these and used them for the months. I ended up cutting a background for the images out of card stock.
I cut the wording out on the Silhouette and used the outline feature to make the shadow. Finally I cut two hearts and added some bling to everything.

This was such a fun layout and I love how it turned out.

Here is how it looks as a two page spread:
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Here is a closer look at the first page:
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Here is a closer look at the second page:
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I hope I gave you some ideas for using these new dies, they are welcome addition to my craft room, I love them!

Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin,
Polly
pazasproductions.blogspot.com

Celebrate the Journey Hot Air Balloon Mini

July 24th, 2014

Paul and I love going to Hot Air Balloon festivals and feel fortunate to have gone to five of them.  I have lots of photos from each event just sitting on my hard drive waiting to be scrapped.  Most of you that watch my videos and read my blog posts know I rarely make anything for my own use.  This time was a perfect exception!

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When I saw Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey Collection I knew I had to make something for my Hot Air Balloon photos.  The bonus was as I was surfing Sa Crafters Zibbet store I found the clincher!  She had just released a Hot Air Balloon chipboard mini which was going to work perfect with the papers.  I have to tell you this was so fun, doing a shaped mini this way!  I was a little stumped how I was going to open and close it, I punched the four holes across the bottom basket on each page with my Cinch and tried the coils but I pulled those out instantly, it just wasn’t the right look.  I had already used the jute cording on the basket and decided I’d lace the holes through each page and knot them below leaving them hang.  This was perfect.

I stP1130406ill needed some way to keep the mini closed when not looking at it.  and since it opens downward that meant something had to attach to the top.  The solution ended up simpler than I had thought.  I had some Tim Holtz Grungeboard, I guess you’d call them latches.  I painted them with Distress inks and then sprayed them with Mission Bells Brown and Time Travel Teal Starburst Sprays from Lindy’s Stamp Gang, perfect colors, in fact I used this duo several other places in the book to tie the colors into the papers. Adding the brads on the back was fine but hindsight is always better.  I should have done this before any papers were laid so now I had the ends showing inside but I just trimmed a saying from the paper and glued it with Beacon’s Fabri Tac and Scor-Tape, I don’t think it’s moving any time soon.  I punched a hole in the front flap, adhered a Tim Holtz hitch fastener and now I can simply slip it on and off when opening and closing the mini!

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The balloon is pretty good size measuring 7 1/4″ at the widest point and 11″ from top to bottom.  Since I had 5 events to house photos for I had to devise ways to incorporate more than one or two photos on each of the 5 pages (10 sides).  This is accomplished the easiest by making flipouts, flipups, waterfalls and tuck in booklets, each of which hold 6 to 12 photos.

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There is nothing better than working on a project that makes you happy the whole time you’re doing it and that’s how I felt as I made this mini.  I wish time had permitted me getting the photos printed and in the book for you, perhaps I’ll do a later video and share that with you as well. Each page just seemed to take on a life of its own and I moved through the pages. Of course, using Heartfelt Creations, Celebrate the Journey, certainly made my job much easier. The papers lent themselves to this type of project and the pictures, sayings and cut aparts were perfect for what I had stirring around in my brain.  I used the die that accompanies this set, the Heartfelt Creations Luggage and Tags, they cut the printed pieces out in a snap.

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As I said earlier there were five pages of chipboard giving me ten sides to work with, so to try to show you each page and everything that’s on it would take up so much blog space I’m going to content myself with just sharing a taste of the fronts above and the backs below.  I hope you’ll join me on the video which will give you a total walk through of each page and scads of photos for inspiring you to create a shaped mini of your own.

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Thanks everyone and Happy Scrappin’!

Patti

Visit my on my blog or Facebook at A Soul’s Heartbeat

Supplies:

HCDP1 242 – Heartfelt Creations Celebrate the Journey 12×12 paper pad

HCD 745 – Heartfelt Creations Luggage & Tag dies

TIM32823 – Tim Holtz Distress ink Gathered Twigs

90910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Evergreen Bough

95910 – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers

Supplies from my stash: SaCrafters Chipboard Hot Air Balloon mini, arrow words, mini hot air balloons, wood sayings; Lindy’s Mission Bells Brown and Tim Travel Teal Starburst Sprays, jute twine, extra cardstock for matting, Scotch Quick Dry, Beacon’s Fabri Tac, stickles, glitter, Aleene’s Paper Glaze

Cool Sizzix Center Step Card!

July 23rd, 2014

I received this totally cool Sizzix Center Step Card die and couldn’t wait to try it out. Technically, the name of the die is Card, Center Step so if you want to look it up by name, that is the appropriate one to use.( I will have the number for it in the product list below.)

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This die is VERY COOL! Everything you need to assemble the card is on one Bigz XL die except the embellishments to dress it up. You will need extended cutting mats. It is super easy to put together and took no time at all to complete this card once I decided what I wanted to embellish it with.

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I chose the Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Collection to use on the card base which was just out of cream card stock. I love the color pallet of the Enchanted Garden and the embellishments!  The banner was cut with Sizzix Triplits 8pk Banners die set and the sentiment from Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set, which I must not have inked good enough in one spot, but oh well. I forgot to stamp the sentiment before adhering the label, so it was a done deal.

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Really, all you do is cut the pieces and adhere in place! The score lines are already done for you when you cut the card base, so all you have to do is follow the score lines to fold. So easy and so cute! It folds up very nicely to fit into an A2 Envelope.

Product list:

659724-Sizzix Card, Center Step

659606-Sizzix Triplits 8PK Banners

16217382-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden 6×6 paper pad

16204376-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Brads

16207377-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Jewels

16233383-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Ephemera

30-229 Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

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