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Sizzix Scallop Star Ornaments

September 9th, 2014

Today I have a fun and easy ornament idea, the new Sizzix Scallop Star Ornament DIE SET.  I love how cute and versatile this design is.  It would make great Christmas ornaments (a little larger than most) or great party or wedding decorations.  Here’s a picture of the large ornament done in holiday colors —

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The Scallop Star ornament die set is brand new, and can be used to make two different sizes of stars — small and large.  The small size is a little plainer than the one pictured (it does not have the scalloped edge or the pierced edge).  The samples on this post are of the large ornament (approximately 8″ in diameter — the small one is approx. 5″).  It is just so easy peasy to assemble that I think it would make a great family project — with the only downside being that you have to  use hot glue to assemble it, and I’m not a fan of using hot glue around children.

There are not many of dies in this set — only 6.  Four of the dies give you options for centers for the small or large ornament.  That means that this beautiful star is created essentially using just one die — you just need to cut seven of them.  Of course I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the needed pieces.  These are thin dies so you should be able to use them in any die cutting machine that can accommodate thin dies. If you haven’t seen or been introduced to SIZZIX take a look at this “Intro to Sizzix Ellison Video“.

The shaping process is easy too.  You begin by finding the two flaps in the center of the die cut and coaxing them toward the center.  Place a drop of hot glue on one of the flaps, and fold the other over to glue them together.  Watch those fingers!  The glue is hot!  You really need to use the high temp hot glue — lower temp glues just don’t have the holding power for this.  I also tried Scor-Tape, but you just can’t use a large enough piece especially in the two center folds for it to be effective.  There’s a lot of tension in the first two folds and very little space to put the glue, so there is a tendency for it to let go — but the high temp glue will hold.   Once that part has dried, you flip the piece over.  The next set of flaps (moving from the inside out) is a little larger, and you can curl those around a pencil or pen to get a curve in the paper (the paper will want to lay flat — curling it around the pencil will coax it into a curved shape).  Then you place a drop of glue on the point of one of the flaps and bend the other toward it to glue them together (how easy is that?).  Be careful to not develop creases or folds in the paper that will take away from the finished appearance.  Once those flaps are secure, you flip the piece over again, and follow the same process with the third set of flaps.  When those are secure, you flip again and attach the final set (the outer edges with the scallop).  It really is a very quick and simple process!  Once you’ve finished, the piece should look like this. You can see some more ideas here: Christmas Cards on Pinterest!


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You’ll continue to form each of the “arms” for the stars in this same manner.  If you’re using a patterned paper like I did, you want to be consistent in how you assemble them (which side is up when you begin, etc.) — the arms should be identical (unless doing otherwise is part of your design).  Once the arms are all completed, you begin the assembly.  First attach four of the arms together making sure that they are all facing the same direction.  Then attach the remaining three arms together, again making sure that they all face the same direction.  Finally, you join the two groups together in the center.  Before gluing, make sure that the individual arms all face in the same direction around the star.  You’re using the hot glue throughout, being careful to keep things matched as carefully as you can.  Please see the video below for additional tips on assembling the stars.

As the video points out, sometimes you’ll want to do an additional step in assembling the stars.  Once you’ve put all of the arms together, if you find your star looking a little scraggly, you may want to add some glue in between the arms (at the sides where they touch).  This will hold the star together and give you the desired look.  You will see a big difference between the basic assembled star as shown in the video, and the look below.  The difference is that additional glue to hold the sides together

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It really only takes a few more minutes to add the glue to the sides.  This step was needed because the cardstock that I used was thinner than the cardstock that I used for the star pictured above which looks just fine with only the center points glued together.  That doesn’t mean that I recommend heavy cardstock for this project.  Heavy cardstock is more difficult to coax into shape, and can give you problems trying to glue it into place.  I used two different sheets of standard-weight patterned cardstock here — one was just heavier and more textured, the other lighter and smoother.

The final step is to decorate the center of the star and hide all of those joins.  I used the hexagon piece for both (you have a choice of a scalloped hexagon or a circle) and glued it in the center of the ornament.  I added a button to one ornament, and a ribbon flower to the other.  I didn’t have any large bling, but that would have been perfect for the centers too.  Here are close up pictures of the centers

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You can see that I forgot to clear all of the glue strings and glubers from the second finished project.  Oops!  Definitely a necessary step with hot glue!

One of the pretty ornament hangers that are available at Christmas would be perfect to hang this ornament.  As an alternative, you could make your own hanger with wire and standard jewelry making supplies.


Supplies used

Sizzix Scallop Star Ornament die set

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Cardstock — the large star will take 1 sheet of 12×12 cardstock or 2 sheets of 8-1/2×11 cardstock

High temp hot glue gun

Decoration for the center — could be buttons, ribbon flowers, bling, etc.

Ornament hanger


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



Two Techniques using Pebbles Chalks

September 8th, 2014

Today I am demonstrating two techniques using Pebbles Chalks. The two techniques are similar in application but provide two completely different results. Before we get started here is a list of the products I used, most of which are available at the Cut at Home website.

Pebbles Chalk Set, Jewel Tone – SKU: 742005
Pebbles Chalk Set – Pastels – SKU: 742002
(Also available, but not used in my project is the Precious Metals Set, SKU: 742007, these are a creamy chalk and very rich colors, and a Deluxe Kit – SKU: 42006)

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To see the full list and instructions on how I did these techniques PLUS a great Video to follow along, just go here where the post is located:

Check them out and let me know what you think!


Silhouette Vinyl and Heat Transfer paper – Deal of the Week!

September 8th, 2014

Hello scrappers!

We are clearing the decks for all the NEW Silhouette America product! I know last week I told you the new vinyl and heat transfer paper was in stock. Well…I got my order and it wasn’t in the box. I was passed incorrect (albeit hopeful) information which wasn’t true, so I apologize for that! The good news is it is on its way and that means I have to clear out the discontinued stock. So the Deal of the Week is select vinyl and heat transfer from Silhouette at 30% off!

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The VIP codes for September are SEP432 for Spellbinders and SIZ9SE for Sizzix and Tim Holtz Sizzix.

When I got into work this morning, I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me from Spellbinders. Their new Create-A-Flower and Pretty Petal Die D-Lites are shipping this week! You see the video of the new Cherry Blossoms on our Youtube channel. Here is what the project looks like:

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They look so real!!

Other new items I am introducing this week is the Pink Lemonade collection from Magnolia. Tilda is dressed in her best summer finery and you will love this stamp collection.

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Isn’t she adorable!

Another item I am really excited about is the Darice Embossing Essentials dies! We all LOVE their embossing folders and these dies will compliment the EF’s great! These chemically etched dies come in a variety of geometric shapes as well as other popular shapes like hearts, labels, etc. They can be used in most die-cutting machines and at $13.49 per set, the price point is really a bargain. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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We will be featuring a separate blog post and video on these later this month.

Emma Lou from Heartfelt Creations has done it again with another gorgeous collection of dies, stamps and paper! You are going to really go for the Classic Sunflower Collection! Here is an example of a card from this collection. I love the pairing of sunflowers with denim.  Here is an example of two of the papers.


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Makes me want to redecorate my entire house in sunflowers and denim!

For those of you who happen to be shopping this weekend, and noticed our store was empty of all products for a few hours, we had a corrupt file in our product table. It was probably me, as I was loading the new Silhouette vinyl fast and furiously! I take credit for it and offer my apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced. If you happen to be caught by a “Marcie Bug” as I like to call them, let Tristan or Tauna know, and mention free gift in your next order and for your inconvenience, we will add one to your order. The store was still totally safe and secure, it was NOT a breach, just me going too fast! Sorry!

Have a great week! I will see you next Monday with our NEW Deal of the Week and other fabulous new products. Until then, keep watching our blog and youtube channel as my incredibly talented Design Team give you ideas and tips on how to make the most of your papercrafting hobby.

Happy Scrappin!


Cut@Home Owner

Panel Canvas Technique

September 5th, 2014

Karen N here today sharing with you a fun technique that you can use to create a home decor piece called canvas panel with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Paper.  I took a class from Tim Holtz a couple years ago and have adapted what I learned into a simple way to create something cool to hang on the wall.  You can see other home decor ideas on our pinterest cardmaking page as well. Here’s the finished piece.



I started with a 6″ x 6″ canvas that I got from my mom.  I took the back off of a 6×6 paper pad and cut it to 5″x5″, then I cut it in half.  For the vertical panels, I cut a 1.5″ piece and then cut 1/4″ off and used the rest of the panel on the left side.  On the right side, I cut 2″ and then cut off 1/4″, cut 1″ and cut off 1/4″ and then used the rest for the bottom panel.

Once the panels are all cut, then comes the FUN part.  Decorating them. I used the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper to cover them in varying patterns and added the following embellishments: See more Tim Holtz videos.

1. Upper left:  Sentiment (from Unity Stamp Company) and butterfly chip from UmWow Studio.

2. Lower left:  ribbon and lace from 3 Girl JAM and Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Key (attached with a Tim Holtz jump ring).

3.  Upper right:  Flower cut from Elizabeth Craft Design die – Flower Set 1 and Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage leaves.

4.  Middle right:  Tim Holtz word band and Timeless Twine in Neutral

5.  Lower Right:  butterfly fussy cut from Wallflower paper.

You can embellish each panel however you want though.  Lots of fun to do….and it becomes something you’ll be proud to give as a special gift or to hang in your home!

To see a video with how I put together this canvas, please check this out or watch on youtube directly.

Craftily yours,




Changing it Up With Card Fronts

September 4th, 2014

First off, I forgot to mention in the video these dies are ‘Pre-Order’ which means they haven’t hit the store yet, but if you like them order them now and they’ll be shipped as soon as they hit the shelf.  OK on with the show folks!  Spellbinders, bless their hearts, have done it again.  They are just so darn creative.  They have some new dies in their Shapeabilities Collection called Card Fronts.  I’m going to introduce you to two of them today.  They are super!  The 3 F kind – – – Fast, Fun and Fantastic! SEE VIDEO!

Card Fronts

I made one using each of the dies I have the Spellbinders Contemporary Strip and the Leaves A Fallin’ Card Front Dies.  I used Graphic 45’s Time to Celebrate  and  Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed paper collections along with some solid cardstock for my card bases.  Both cards are standard A2 size 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.

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These dies cut a decorative panel (which you can emboss for more detail) that fit directly on your A2 card front.  Or, if you don’t use the outer die to cut it out you can use a paper trimmer to trim to a custom size.  That’s what I’ve done on the Get Well Card because I was using a scrap of paper that didn’t quite fit the width of the die.  So I just used the inner panel for the decorative elements, embossed it and then cut it with my paper trimmer leaving the top edge wider than what you’d get if you used the die mat frame included.  I also snipped off the lower portion below the last row of circles.  So don’t be stuck in the ‘do it as it shows it’ puddle, change it up to fit what you have or the look you’d like to achieve.

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Using the Spellbinders Die D-Lites Sentiments 4 I added the script ‘thinking of you’ and ‘get well’ to each card.  These are fantastic word sentiment dies that cut easily and pop out with no problem at all.  You can always add some glitter and/or Glossy Accents to give the words more zip and pizzazz.  The last die I used was the  die-namites ‘Lovely Grass for the inside.  This is a darling die and I cut it down quite a bit to fit the card base.  I haven’t tried it yet but they say among other things you can cut even thin chipboard and cork sheets.  So I hope you’ll check out the card fronts and watch the video too, I’ll walk you through the dies and the construction of the cards to inspire you to change up your card fronts with the new Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front Dies.

Go ahead and check out my video as well if that helps!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the store:

S4- 454: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front Die – Contemporary Strip
S4- 461: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Card Front Die – Leaves A Fallin’
S2- 140: Spellbinders Die D-Lites Sentiments 4
DN-1024: die-namites Lovely Grass Die
4501006: Graphic 45 Time to Celebrate 12×12 Paper Collection
HCDP1 233: Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Paper Collection
657900: Sizzix Big Shot Machine
656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies
T-001: Spellbinders Tool ‘n One

New Spellbinder dies!!

September 4th, 2014

New Spellbinder dies are here! They have come out with some beautiful new dies! I’ve had the pleasure to be able to work with some of these new dies. They are available through Cut At Home for pre-order! They are so intricate and unique! I used a couple of the new dies to make some simple cards. Here is a “Happy birthday” card:

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I used the beautiful script “Happy birthday” word die. This die also comes with the sentiment “With love”. They are both beautiful! They also now have card front dies. It comes with two separate dies. The decorative front, and the outside edge die. If you use both of them together, it will cut out a piece that is a perfect size for an A2 size card, which is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. If you choose to use only the decorative front, then it will give you a window into your card base. Here is a card I made, using “Contemporary Circles”, and the “Happy birthday”.

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Having the card front die really makes it simple & quick to put together a card. I used both the decorative die, along with the outside edge, which gave me the perfect size for the front of my Kraft card base.

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This is the Floral card front die.

Here are a few photos of some of the new Spellbinder releases:

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As you can see they have such great detail to them & they can be used all together, or separate! You can also check them out here on Facebook or Google Plus.

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I have a video where I go through several of the new dies, if you’d like to see them in greater detail, please click on the video below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dies shown in video:

Holiday Angel: SKU S3-209
Floral card front: SKU S4-450
Contemporary Circles card front:  SKU S4-450
Labels 40: SKU S4-465
Decorative Accents: SKU S4-466
Fleur De Elegance: SKU S4-475
Sparkle die: SKU S4-476
Conversation Bubble 4: SKU S2-138
Holiday Sentiments: SKU S2-118
Sentiments 3: SKU S2-139

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