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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Cascading Hearts and Owls for cards and scrapbooks

August 29th, 2014

Karen N here with a couple fun projects I did using a NEW die – the Spellbinders Cascade Hearts die!  These dies not only cut the size of a regular card, but they add fun cut-outs to the card.

First up, I made a card….


Eeek!  Don’t you LOVE those hearts?!?  The full recipe for the card is below.   This die is super fun for card-makers, but I also decided I needed to use it on a scrapbook page.  I have a small 6×6 scrapbook frame on my mantel that I switch out little lay-outs, and I needed one for my son (who is serving in the U.S. Army).  Here’s what I did.


Here’s a video that shows how I put the card together and some more views of the lay-out. Also you can go here to see more card ideas for cardmaking:

Recipe for Card

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Paper

Spellbinders Cascade Hearts die

Spellbinders Winter Owl d-Lite

Walnut Stain distress ink

Brown AC cardstock

Copic Markers, flowers, twine and a button

Recipe for lay-out

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Paper

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Motif Paper

Spellbinders Cascade Hearts die

Chipped Sapphire distress ink

Red AC cardstock, Linnie Bloom Star, AC flower embellishment

Thanks for checking out my projects today!
Craftily yours,



Playing with Little B Dies

August 28th, 2014

If you’re not familiar with Little B dies I hope you’ll want to be by the time I’ve shared this post with you.  Little B dies are chemically etched cutting dies which have a special coating adhered to them to ensure that they release quickly and easily each time you use them.  What I really liked was how they come to you, complete with their own little storage folder!  Super slick and so easy to stick on a shelf and find just the one you want at a glance.


Each Little B die set come with a photo on the left side of the folder and a magnetic panel on the right to store the dies when not in use.  There are two large round magnets which hold the folder closed when you’re storing the dies.  On the spine is the name of the die set which is a fantastic when you’re searching for a particular set.  Easy Peasy!


You can see how beautifully the scallops cut and emboss in my card below.
Here I’ve used the Scallops to form not only the card base itself but the journaling spot on the inside as well.


 I also used die cuts from the Bouquet sets including flowers and leaves.
You can see how the die looks without the accompanying decorative embossed scallop in the white journaling spot above.


So many possibilities with these dies.  Be sure and check them out in the store today.  The papers I’ve used for the decorative card elements are from Graphic 45‘s new Time to Celebrate collection.  I’ll share a more in depth look at the dies and packaging, close ups of the cards and some more photos in the video below.

Thanks and Happy Scrapin’!


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100380: Little B Cutting Dies – Scallops
100394: Little B Cutting Dies – Bouquet
100396: Little B Cutting Dies – Handwritten
4501015: Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 12×12 Paper Collection
658300: Sizzix Big Shot
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

Papercrafting – Graphic 45 Tag Album

August 27th, 2014

I’m here today with another Design team project for Cut At Home! I’m so excited to share this super easy tag mini album! I’ve used the Graphic 45 Regular tag album, and the beautiful Graphic 45 Botanical tea 8×8 & 6×6 patterned paper. This album is great for little photos, it will hold up to 4×4 photos…great for those instagram pictures!

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I simply traced and cut the paper, and used wet glue to adhere to the tag. I then inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage photo. On the front of the album, I used some handmade flowers, pearl spray, and a tag from the G45 Botanical tea Chipboard 1.

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I’ve used several pockets, and tags from the Botanical tea Tags & Pockets set, along with the Chipboard 1. I’ve also used the brand new Spellbinders dies that are available for pre-order…they are gorgeous! This was super easy & fun to do, I hope you’ll give it a try!

Here’s a video, showing how I made this album, from start to finish…enjoy! Check out some other great projects of graphic 45 on pinterest as well:

Supplies used:

G45 Regular tag album: SKU: 4500625
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Vintage photo: SKU: TIM19527
G45 Botanical tea 8×8: SKU: 4500888
G45 Botanical tea 6×6: SKU: 4500887
G45 Botanical tea Chipboard 1: SKU: 4500895
G45 Botanical tea Tags & pockets: SKU: 4500892
Spellbinder dies: SKU: S4-466

Additional items from my stash:  Pearl spray, flowers, brads, ribbon, doily, seam binding, charms, crochet twine, hot glue, and Scotch quick dry glue.

Hope you’ve enjoyed, thanks for stopping by! Please find me on YouTube at: Corene

How to Make a Covered Box

August 26th, 2014

Today I want to share a covered box that I made for my sister.  The main supplies are simple – some beautiful Graphic 45 paper, a Copic marker, a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configurations box, and some Scor-Tape.  The result is gorgeous — I don’t think the pictures do it justice.

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Several weeks ago I purchased one of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Configurations” boxes.  These boxes are designed with a lot of interior smaller boxes that you can move around into different configurations.  I thought maybe I would do a shadow box or something.  When going through my stash, I found some of my favorite cardstock from Graphic 45, both from A Ladies’ Diary Collection, that I wanted to use to make a covered box.  I’ve always hesitated on that because I didn’t have the right box for it.  With the interior pieces out, the Tim Holtz box was perfect — a project is born!

The two papers I wanted to use for the project were cream and black, so it made sense to me that the box edges should change from the normal Kraft color to black.  There are a couple of ways of doing this, but I wanted simple — so I grabbed my black Copic marker (100), and started coloring the edges.  Because I’m not going to coat the finished box with anything (any fixative sprays, etc.), I don’t want the paper to extend fully from edge to edge — it is too easy for it to catch and pull loose.  Very quickly the box would begin to look unattractive.  Because of this I needed to color all of the edges of the box about one-quarter inch in.  This is very easy to do (especially with a Copic marker), but it does take a little time.  Since I was using a fresh marker, it only took one coat (other markers may take several coats to give good coverage).  The Configurations box has a view window in it, so it is important to color all of the interior edges as well as the exterior edges.  Some people prefer to paint the box instead — that will work too, although you have to factor in paint drying times, etc.

Once the box was colored, it was time to begin measuring so that I could cut my paper.  The box itself measures approximately 6.75″ x 8.75″ and is approximately 2″ deep.  When deciding on paper, you’ll need one 12″x12″ sheet for each side of the box (2 exterior, 2 interior).  For my box, I used three 12″x12″ sheets of paper, and two 8″x8″ sheets of paper.  The interior is slightly smaller than the measurements listed above, so the 8″x8″ paper can work there.  Before cutting any of the paper, it is important to carefully measure each of the sides of the box.  You need a good ruler for this — you’ll be working in 1/8″ increments.  While measuring, keep in mind that the interior of the box is slightly smaller than the exterior of the box (approx. 1/4″), the base of the box is smaller than the lid of the box.  Everything has to be measured carefully, and the cut pieces have to be kept separate so that they are used for the proper part of the box.  Note that you may find some curved or rolled edges that will not cover easily with the cardstock.  Your measurements should not include these kinds of edges.

Once I measured all parts of the box, I began to cut the papers.  I made my cut size approximately 1/8″ smaller than the measured size so that the paper would not extend fully edge-to-edge on the box.  This will cut down signs of wear-and-tear on the box, and prevent the paper from catching as the lid is placed on, etc.  When in doubt, cut a little bigger and be prepared to trim — if you cut a piece too small, it probably cannot be used.  Needless to say, the cutting is best done without interruptions so you don’t lose track of what you’re doing.

Once all of the pieces are cut, it is time to cover the box.  I used Scor-Tape for this — specifically 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Some may consider it a little bit of over-kill, but I wanted a very strong bond.  I was careful to place the Scor-Tape at the very edge of my piece of paper, and to cover it fully from edge-to-edge on each side.  This way there is a good strong bond, and no easy way for something to get under the paper and rip it away.  Over time the paper will distress a little, but it should just add to the charm of the box — kind of like a vintage box.  It doesn’t really matter which side you cover first, etc.

Once all of the paper is attached to the box, it is important to run your marker along the edges of the paper.  This will blend the edges into the box, and if any white from the core of the paper, etc. is showing it will cover that up.  All of the careful work with the marker leaves a really nice finished edge that becomes part of the design and charm of the box.

The box includes a piece of acetate that also must be attached to the inside of the box lid — that should be one of the last things that you do.  It is clear, so it made sense to me to put it on after the paper was in place (my concern with taping it underneath the paper is that if it starts to come loose, it would take the paper with it.  Please see the short video for additional instructions on how to make a covered box.

The final step is decorating the box.  I used the pewter foil from the Spellbinders A Gilded Life foil pack to create a base for my flowers.  Before attaching it to the box, I trimmed just a little from the side, and then used my Copic marker to put a black edge around each side of the foil (alcohol ink markers will work on almost any surface).  I ran it through my Grand Calibur using the Vintage Damask Texture Plate to add some dimension to the foil.   I attached the foil at the sides and at the bottom with Scor-Tape.   The flowers that I used to decorate the box are purchased flowers.  Of course there are a number of beautiful flower dies that could also be used to make flowers to embellish the box.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the tall branch at its base, and glue dots to hold the rest of the flowers and to stabilize the branch, etc.  I added a matching bow to finish the project.

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Covered boxes make wonderful gifts, and they really are not very expensive to make (depending on materials used, probably only around $20).  It is a gift they’ll talk about for years to come!


Supplies used

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configurations Box — I used the 6.75″ x 8.75″ size

Coordinating Papers — I used “Fashion Plates” and “Moment in Time” from the Graphic 45 A Ladies’ Diary Collection (you’ll need approximately 4 12″x12″ sheets)

Spellbinders A Gilded Life foil pack (only 1 sheet is needed)

Spellbinders A Gilded Life Vintage Damask Texture Plate

Die Cutting/Embossing machine — I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Black marker — I used a Copic marker (100)

Detailed ruler

Paper trimmer

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used 1/2″ Scor-Tape throughout the box

Ribbon — I used 1″ bridal white wired ribbon

Flowers — I used the Prima Blossom Branches Almond and Petaloo Faux Dried Blooms (cranberry/amber/green)

Glue dots (to hold the flowers, etc. in place)


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




Graphic 45 pre-orders now shipping and NEW Deal of the week!

August 26th, 2014

Hi Scrappers!

You are going to LOVE this weeks Deal of the Week! We have select JustRite stamps and dies at 30% off!! And while you are shopping that sale, make sure you check out their NEW dies and stamps. They have quite a selection from sunflowers to Christmas ornaments with a huge variety of sentiments. There is something for everyone! Here is a peek of my favorite stamp “Just Typed” used in a card by the talented Angela Barkhouse, from the JustRite DT.

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Other great news is the five new collections from Graphic 45 arrived and the pre-orders began shipping today! Yay! I don’t know about you, but my favorite time of year is the new G45 releases!

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The Spellbinders holiday dies should be arriving early this week, so look for those to start shipping very soon!

Make sure you check out the preview videos of all the new Sizzix releases on our Youtube channel. Four new collections were just released this weekend: Triplits by Stephanie Barnard, 25th & Pine by Basic Grey, Winter by Rachael Bright and Halloween collection by Tim Holtz. Homemade & Homegrown by Stephanie Ackerman is due to arrive this week as well.

For those of you who were trying to shop  Thursday and Friday, you may have noticed our store looked pretty empty :( We had an “update gone wrong” and it wiped out about 1500 products from our store! YIKES!! The joys of online retail! My web guru extraordinaire was able to get all the products back on the site within 24 hours (shout out to Steve! Thanks buddy!!). That created inventory issues, so the whole gang here at Cut@Home worked all day Friday getting the inventory straightened around. My crew is the BEST, and we were totally functioning again by Friday night! Awesome! Anyway, my sincerest apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced in any way.

Now I am gearing up for a BIG Labor Day sale! So be looking for a newsletter later this week and get ready to SHOP!

Take care, have a good week and happy scrappin’ to you all!


Owner of Cut@Home Online Retail Store


Spellbinders New Glass Effects Die

August 25th, 2014

Today I did a couple of cards with Spellbinders New Glass Effects Die. It is designed to make an A-2 Card Front and is a very versatile die. I was so excited to be able to play with this die and had lots of ideas! I used this set of Spellbinders dies as well as the Elegant Ovals set, both are available on the Cut at Home Website. Here is my supply list:
Spellbinders Glass Effects Die – SKU: S4-451
Spellbinders Elegant Ovals – SKU: S4-425
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One – SKU: SKU:T-001
Sizzix Big Shot – SKU:657900

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Items used from my stash:
Spectrum Noir Markers, Clear Acetate, Card Stock, Patterned Paper, Washi Tape, Ribbon, Flowers, Martha Stewart Punches and Gems.

The first card I made was a little more time consuming than the second card. I actually wanted to create a stained glass effect, first I tried coloring directly on the acetate, but I didn’t like the streaks that I was getting, I also tried using alcohol inks but the colors weren’t intense enough. So I decided to color directly onto card stock and layer the acetate over it. I demonstrated this in the video below.

Once I had my paper masked off and did the coloring I put the acetate over the colored image, then cut another frame using both dies, to do this place the smaller die that has the pattern inside of the rectangular die, make sure it is center in the die, I use tape to hold the dies in place, then run it through your machine, I use the Sizzix Big Shot, I really like the results using it. Next I adhered this to a card base and added some ribbon, a punched border, flowers and some bling, then I cut two ovals from the elegant ovals die set and stamped a sentiment in the middle of the smaller oval.

I am very happy with the finished results:

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The second card I made was a Halloween card, I thought this die would be perfect for a spider web! This card was a quick card, I cut a base using the rectangular die, then I cut a frame using both dies out of black. I adhered the pieces together and then adhered them onto a card base. I cut a spider border using a Martha Stewart border punch, I used washi tape and orange pearls for the spiders eyes to dress it up. Then I cut the same two ovals as I used for my first card and stamped a sentiment in the center of the smaller oval. I also added some black pearls to the smaller oval.

Here is my finished Halloween card:

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I had so much fun with this die, there are just so many possibilities. I hope you enjoyed my post this week until next time Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


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