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Daisy’s Special Frame

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Hi There!  Karen N here with a fun way to use Spellbinder Nestabilities dies to create a frame for photos in a scrapbook lay-out along with Tim Holtz Ideology Paper.

For this project, I used Tim Holtz Ideology Wallflower Stash paper (which is seriously GORGEOUS!) and the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight, but most any of these fabulous nesting dies would work.  Here’s a close-up of the “frame” that I’m highlighting in this project.



I cut the picture and the light tan out of the 2″ x 3″ size and the dark tan from the 3″ x 4″ size.  I then cut the light tan in half (and cut off the little tips on top and bottom) and adhered them to the back of the photo just peaking out a little bit.  Then I adhered the whole thing to the dark tan.  I love how the added layering highlights the picture.  In my video I neglected to show you the teensy flowers on the right side of the picture.  These were fussy cut from the paper line I used.

I also cut a flower from the Elizabeth Craft Design Flower Set 1.  Here’s a close-up of that cool flower.



Each layer of the flower is cut with alternating patterns.  I curled the edges up or down with my fingers and added some ribbon and burlap.

And here’s the final lay-out!


Here’s a video that demonstrates this technique.  I sure hope you try it!

or you can watch it on YouTube.


Supply list:

Tim Holtz Ideo-ology Wallflower Stash paper

Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight

Elizabeth Craft Designs Flower Set 1 dies

3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon, burlap ribbon and lace

Thickers alphas

UmWow Studio confetti heart chipboard


Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen N (


How to do Recipe Journals

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This week I decided it was time to do something about the pile of recipes that I’ve collected over the years.  You know the ones I mean — the odd recipe cards, scraps of paper, newspaper clippings, etc.   I found a cute Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collection Folio that I thought was perfect for the job.  It is the small size (measures approximately 9″x7″), and has a little room to expand.  I also found a small journal in a dollar bin that can be used when there is time to consolidate those little scraps of paper into something more permanent.

recipe folder  book front

Of course the key to a project like this is having the right paper and embellishments.  My kitchen is kind of retro — a little farmhouse mixed in with 50′s kitsch.  I found a wonderful collection of paper, stickers and assorted embellishments by Cosmo Cricket.  The name sold it — “TV Dinner”.  It had an assortment of 12″x12″ papers, a tablet of 8″ paper, lots of stickers, brads and other cute stuff.

The book was very simple to complete.  I selected one of the 12″x12″ patterned papers, and cut a panel for the front and back covers.  I also cut a very small strip to run along the spine of the book.  The book itself was kraft colored and matched okay, but I thought it would be better if it was a little more yellow-gold.  I grabbed one of my Copic markers (Y26) and colored the spine of the book, and each of the outer edges (front and back).  I only needed one coat to get to the color that I wanted.  Note that you don’t need to color the entire book — just about 1/4″ from the outside edge.  I was also careful to keep the marker from the inside of the book — the inside edges remain the original kraft color.   I added a small-sized recipe card to the inside cover, along with a “From the kitchen of” label   These are some additional pictures of the book and inside cover.

book front  book back

inside cover

For the folio, I wanted to keep the outside pretty plain as it is the side that will have the most wear and tear.  I simply added a few of the stickers to the front panel and flap (I will seal those later on so that they stay intact as long as possible).  On the inside I selected one of the 8″x8″ papers to do the lining.  It really doesn’t take much – four 8″x8″ sheets and a border were enough to cover all of the exposed panels.  Because of the way the folio is structured, it wouldn’t be appropriate to cover the accordion parts, etc. so it made sense to me to just center the patterned paper on each panel and make that a part of the design.  (That is why I could use 8″x8″ paper on a 9″x7″ folio.)   This is a photo of the interior –

recipe folder in

This short video gives a better description of both projects, and a more complete view of them.

or view directly on

For both projects, the key to keeping everything in place is a good strong adhesive.  My “go-to” adhesive for these types of projects is always Scor-Tape.  I lined each edge with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  For those pieces of cardstock that were a little larger (book covers, full pieces on the inside of the folio), I also added a piece of Scor-Tape in the center.  The Scor-Tape gives a good strong bond — I’m not worried about anything coming loose, even in the “icky, sticky” summer weather.

I also completed a few recipe tags and recipe cards.  The recipe cards are from the TV Dinner paper collection, so I only needed to cut them apart.  The tags are made by The American Tag Company, and I just added a little ribbon.  Each of these can be easily tucked inside the folio.  Here’s a picture.

recipe card

This project was quick and fun.  This is for my personal use, but it would make a great gift.   Two of the Penny Black stamp sets, “Homemade” and “Spice of Life” are perfect for further decorating the folio, recipe cards, and recipe book, etc.  Both sets are available at Cut at Home – you can use this link to shop Penny Black.


Supply list

Tim Holtz Idea-ology small Collection Folio

Small (approximately 6″ x 8″) journal

Scrapbooking paper/embellishment collection — I used “TV Dinner” by Cosmo Cricket

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (I used mostly 1/2″ for extra holding power)

Copic marker to match paper – I used Y26

recipe tags



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Fun Distress Inking with Tim Holtz

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Karen N here with my very first design team post for Cut at Home!  I’m excited to show you a fun way to use your distress inks to create a fun background / frame for your stamped images with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Spellbinders Nestabilities.  Here’s a card that I made a while back……but I’m showing it to you here, so you’ll have an idea of what the finished card would look like if you use this technique.


I love the way it looks like she’s blowing that dandelion into the sun.  This image is from There She Goes Stamps.  They closed a while back *sadface*, but there are some great images from Penny Black and Magnolia in the Cut at Home store that would work really well with this technique.

You can see Tim Holtz Distress Inks here:

Supply list:

Papers, button and jute are my my stash pile.  Since I made the card a while ago, sorry – but don’t know the brand.

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and Mowed Lawn

Tim Holtz water pen

Tim Holtz mini-ink blending tool

Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 4

That’s it for me today!  Hope you enjoyed my first design team post for Cut at Home!

Craftily yours,

Karen N (


Spellbinders Tranquil Moments Cards

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

I think Tranquil Moments is the perfect name for this die from Spellbinders.  It cuts such delicate and beautifully intricate patterns whether you’re using the frame, mats or one of the decorative elements.  This die is from the Card Creator collection Spellbinders has available.  Dies that are sure to make your cardmaking a success and the joy of all who are lucky enough to be a recipient.


You’ve got two cards to inspire you this week because I couldn’t decide on which one I wanted to make and ended up making both, and I’m so glad I did.  I wanted to share the flower I’d made from the Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Paper Collection and the altered metal flower I changed up to match the blue paper scheme.

P1130483   P1130479

I used one large flower cut from the paper for the bottom layer and then also used it as pattern to cut several more large flower petals.  The smaller petals were all fussy cut from the papers and shaped to nestle one atop the other.  The center is a Kaisercraft Sparklet.  The blue is a metal flower that I added white Gesso, Tattered Angels Patina spray and Tim Holtz distress ink to get the color close to the same blue in the paper.

P1130480 P1130485

The insides carry the same flow from the front using the paper collection once again.  I hope you’ll give Spellbinders Tranquil Moments die a try.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.  If you care to follow along on the video I’ll show you exactly how to make each card. You can also get a few more ideas here:

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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S5-216: Spellbinders  Nestabilities A2 Tranquil Moments Card Creator die

HCDP1 233: Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed 12×12 Paper Collection

TIM21414: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China

TIM32823: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs

Supplies from my stash: White Gesso, Tattered Angels mist in Patina, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst in Mission Bells Brown, card stock, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, ATG, metal embellishments, Beacon Fabri Tac

Spellbinders In’spire On The Road Card

Thursday, 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?


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.


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.


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.


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’!


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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!

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’!



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