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Playing with Little B Dies

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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!

Tuesday, 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


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 –

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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!

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

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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’!



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