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Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Book Box Mini Album

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

I’m excited to be here with you today! Today is my first design team project for CutAtHome! I chose to use Graphic 45‘s Book box, and add a mini album inside. I also used the gorgeous paper from Graphic 45 Botanical Tea. I used both the 8×8, and the 6×6 paper pads. To go along with the paper, I used the Chipboard 1, along with the Tea tags & pockets. Having the full collection makes it so easy to embellish your project, and it all matches perfect! The Graphic 45 book box is very easy to alter. I first painted the edges with White Gesso. Then I painted it with Folk art Metallic Ice blue…it matched perfect with the collection. I adhered the paper’s on with Mod podge, in the matte finish. Then to add all my embellishments on the front, I used my hot glue gun.

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I used several flowers on the front, some of them I hand-made, with the help of my Silhouette Cameo and a couple of Tim Holtz items. I used a beautiful flourish die by Lori Whitlock & Sizzix. The adorable little box on the front is a Magnolia die called “Pixie box”, which I added a small piece of doily inside.  For the inside album, I used a clear acrylic album that I had in my stash. I dyed some Hug snug seam binding, to match the paper collection, and used it as a tie on the album, that way when the box is displayed standing up, the album will not fall out. BTW… all the graphic 45 paper is 10% Off here at and you can go here as well to see new projects and ideas:

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I kept the inside of the album very simple. After adding my photos, I may go back & add a few things. I also made a charm to go on the binding ring of the mini, and added a little more of that hand-dyed seam binding.

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I hope you enjoy this album, I do have a start to finish on how I made this, if you are interested in seeing the process, here is the video:



Graphic 45:  
Book box:
SKU: 4500844

Botanical Tea 8×8 paper:
skU: 4500888

Botanical Tea 6×6 paper:
SKU: 4500887

Botanical Tea Chipboard 1:
SKU: 4500895

Botanical Tea tags & pockets:
SKU: 4500892

Tim Holtz: Distress ink:

Broken china:
SKU: TIM21414


Sizzix: Flourish Beautiful:
SKU: 659714


Magnolia Pixie box die:
SKU: M47525

Items from my stash:

Tim Holtz Distress ink: Fired brick, Mod podge, Gesso, Folk art paint: Metallic Ice Blue, Hug snug, and flowers.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed my project, it was a lot of fun to make. If you have not tried working with the G45 Botanical tea paper collection, I highly recommend it!

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Back to School Card featuring Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Today I have a fun “back to school” card featuring the new pierced dies from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line.  These new dies come in circles, ovals, squares and rectangles.  My card features the oval pierced dies –

first day

My first step in making the back to school card was to select an image.  I like this stamp by My Favorite Things.  Since I wanted to color the image with my Copic markers, I stamped it with Memento ink – an ink that dries quickly and doesn’t react with the alcohol ink markers.  I colored the image with my Copics, and then fussy cut it.  When I color this image I sometimes use Glossy Accents to highlight the apple, although I didn’t use it on this card.

To make the notebook paper background, I used a sheet of 4.25” x 5.5” white cardstock and placed it in the Darice embossing folder.  I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  I often use this stand-alone machine for my embossing.  That is what it is made for, and embossing is what it does really well.  I always get a good crisp image from it.  Once my image was embossed, I trimmed it to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used colored pencils to add the red vertical line on the left side, and the blue horizontal lines.  I also used my 1/8” hole punch to cut the holes in the side of the paper.  It just took these few very easy steps to make pretty realistic notebook paper sized for a card.

I chose a solid red paper for the background, and cut it 4.25” x 5.5”.  I wanted something very subtle for the image to rest on, so I chose the light blue cardstock.  I cut and embossed the light blue cardstock using the middle-sized pierced oval dies (both the straight cutting die and the piercing die).

The Celebra’tions pierced oval die set includes six dies – three of them straight oval cutting dies, and three of them piercing dies.  To achieve the effect on my card, I used the middle cutting die and the middle piercing die.  You could also use the dies separately – so you could cut a straight oval only, or you could create the pierced effect in the middle of the cardstock only (to highlight a section, for example – but it won’t cut in an oval shape).  Of course you can also use these dies to add several layers to your card.  These are very versatile dies.  Please see the short video for additional information on how the dies can be used.

Or you can view directly on youtube: spellbinders celebrations back to school card

To assemble the card, I attached the notebook paper to the red background using Scor-Tape.  I attached the stamped image to the oval using a low dimensional adhesive, and then attached the oval to the background layers using Scor-Tape.  I added a ¼” sheer ribbon at the side of the card, and centered it over the red line on the notebook paper.  I attached a bow near the top of the image.  The chunky pencil sticker adds a little more fun dimension.  Super easy card!

first day

As a two-for-Tuesday bonus, I have a golf martini card that features the Celebra’tions pierced rectangle dies –

golf martini

This is made using most of the same steps as the back to school card.  See the supply list below for the additional items needed to complete this card.

I love the new pierced dies – they are so easy to use and add just a pop of dimension to an otherwise plain layer.  They work equally well for guy cards and girl cards.  How much fun is that?


Supply List:

Spellbinders Celebra’tions pierced dies – I used the pierced oval and pierced rectangle sets

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Assorted cardstock

Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, the ¼” size; Darice low-dimensional adhesive


Darice embossing folder – Notebook paper

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Blue and red colored pencils

1/8” hole punch

Copic markers –  E00, E02, Y21, Y23, Y26, COO, C0, C1, C2, C6, R27, R29, YG03, YG06

My Favorite Things stamp – al a modes stamp – “An Apple for Teacher”

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Pencil sticker by Jolees

Additional supplies needed for golf martini card —  golf ball brad; solid green bakers twine; Impression Obsession stamp 02184 “Golf Martini”; Copic markers B0000, R27, R29, YG03, YG06, E31, E33, C00, C1, C6; plaid paper from Graphic 45 Good Ole Sport collection


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Glittered Rose Card featuring Elizabeth Craft Design Dies

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Today I have a beautiful glittered rose card featuring dies by Elizabeth Craft Design.  With all of the components available in this die set, there really are a lot of options for its use.  I chose to do a single long-stemmed rose using the shipping tape glitter method.

rose card

The Elizabeth Craft rose die set is very versatile.  For this project I needed only the long stem, the rose shape and the rose cut-out shape.  I wanted a special paper for this, perhaps something a little brighter this time.  I remembered the beautiful pinks and greens and browns in the Botanical Tea collection by Graphic 45.   I chose a paper called “Just Because” that has a lot of fun words like “hello friend” and “thinking of you”.    The pink in the paper is a salmon pink, so my next challenge was to select glitter.   (Have you noticed how hard it can be to match pinks?)   Since I wanted to use a ombre technique, I really wanted at least 3 complementary glitters.  I was unable to find 3 colors in my stash, but ended up with two coral (almost neon) glitters.

I previously did a post and video demonstrating the shipping tape glitter method.  That post is linked here (Valentines’ Day Love Card).   What I did differently with this card is to use a second, complementary color of glitter to add some additional dimension to the project — a ombre technique.  This requires a bit more planning, and some more controlled application of glitter.  Generally in an ombre technique you want at least three shades of a color to give the proper variation.  In ombre, I generally begin with the darkest shade of glitter, and apply a little, then move to the medium and finally the lightest shade.  I don’t want to use each in equal proportions — I will use just a little of the darkest, more of the medium tone, and the most of the lightest shade.  You want to blur the lines a little – so a little dark creeps into the medium shade, etc.  Although not the same, you can achieve a more dimensional look using a similar technique with only two colors.

For my project, I began by cutting a piece of ivory cardstock 3″ x 4.5″.  I laid the stem and rose dies on the ivory cardstock to determine placement, and then I placed the stem and cut that piece.  My next step was to cut the rose — this needs to be placed carefully so that it is as close to the stem as possible without making additional cuts to the stem area (place the cut out piece aside for now – it will be needed later in the card assembly).   I also needed to cut the stem piece from green cardstock, and the cut-out rose piece from pink cardstock.

I carefully applied the shipping tape to the back of the ivory cardstock, making sure that it covered the entire opening.  If necessary you can place a second piece of shipping tape — the joins won’t show in the finished project.  Use something non-stick to press the tape firmly around the edges of the cardstock.   Then I placed the stem in the cut-out area, again using the non-stick “tool” to press it into place.  It is very important to keep your fingers off of the tape — the glitter, etc. won’t stick properly.  The next step is to place the detailed rose cut-out, and press it into place with the non-stick tool.  Now its time to glitter.  Begin with the darkest color.  You need to use a method to control the glitter as opposed to just shaking it on.  You either want to use a small glitter spoon to control the amount used, or use a pinch method with your fingers to do it.  I used most of the darker color in the center of the rose (the bud), and just a little sprinkled around the outside.  If you keep the amount of glitter minimal, there is no worry about removing the excess.  Then I added the lighter color.  It doesn’t matter so much how this glitter is applied since it will cover the rest of the image.  Be sure to pat down the glitter and make sure it covers the entire taped area.  The final step is to burnish the glittered area with your finger to restore the shine, and to use a soft brush to brush off any excess glitter.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I completed the glittered rose.

You may also see the video here on youtube.

With the glittering done, it is easy to finish the card.  I cut the background layer from brown cardstock  4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut the patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″, and attached the two layers with Scor-Tape.     I added the ivory ribbon strip and bow, also using Scor-Tape.  Before adding the glittered panel, I placed the cut rose shape (the piece from the ivory cardstock) behind the glittered rose and taped it in place.  You’ll notice that the glittered area is very sheer, and if you don’t put the solid paper behind this, the patterned paper shows through and will give a very odd result.  I used Scor-Tape to place the ivory panel on the card.  The last thing I did was to add a couple of light ivory Dew Drops to the ribbon.

rose card


Supply list

Elizabeth Craft Design Rose die

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

assorted cardstock



Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue – I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

shipping tape


black ink


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Scrapbook Layout with Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Today i did a scrapbook layout with Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs. This is a fabulous new collection available now for pre-order at the Cut at Home web site. I was so excited to receive this collection, I had the perfect picture in mind for my first creation!

Before I get started her is a list of the products that I used that are available for pre-order:
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs 12 x 12 Paper Pad – SKU: 4500970
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Decorative Chipboard – SKU: 4500972
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Journaling and Ephemera Tags – SKU: 4500976
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Journaling Chipboard – SKU: 4500973
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs 6″ x 6″ Patterns and Solids – SKU: 4500968
Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs 12″ x 12″ Stickers – SKU: 4500974

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I also used a few items from my stash, Dog Washi Tape, twine, and an Epiphany Crafts Shape Maker to make the small acrylic rounds from the paper.

The first thing I always do is play around with all the elements that I am thinking about using, I never glue or tape anything down until I am sure that I am happy with the basic layout of all the elements that I want to use.

You can also view the video here at our youtube channel if you wish.

I used the black checkered paper from the 12″ x 12″ paper for the background and the black and white polka dot paper for the frame of the picture. I wanted to add other elements around the picture, which is a 5″ x 7″, so I cut the frame larger, 8″ x 7″, I also used a border from the back of the polka dot paper for the layout. The paper in this collection is very versatile like that and includes lots of borders and tags that you can cut. I decided to add a couple of pieces of the white and black polka dot paper from the 6″ x 6″ pad for some added interest. I also off set a piece of the white and black polka dot paper behind one of the tags that says All you Need is Love and a Dog.

Once I was happy with the layout I used a tape roller and adhered all my elements, I also added two strips of Washi tape, I had some washi tape that I have been wanting to use and this layout was perfect for it.

I also used a shape maker from Epiphany Crafts to add a couple of acrylic shapes along with adding some of the chipboard accents, including some buttons that I added twine to before I adhered them.

Here is a look at the finished layout:

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This was such a fun layout and I love this collection! I hope that you have enjoyed my post today, until next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box!

Wednesday, 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!


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.


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.








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!


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


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’!



Three Cards Featuring Triple Circle Flip-its Dies by Sizzix

Tuesday, 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 –

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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’




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