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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Scrapbook Layout with Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs

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!


Fun Distress Inking with Tim Holtz

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

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.

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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.

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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

Strawberry Card and Tag Set featuring Magnolia Doohickeys

August 6th, 2014

Today I have a strawberry-themed birthday card and tag set featuring dies by Magnolia Doohickeys.  I love the Magnolia dies — the little details add so much to whatever project you’re creating.  My project features two different sets, “Strawberry Flowers and Leaf” and “Strawberry Tag“.  They work very well together, or separately.

card and tag

I began by cutting and assembling the strawberries.  I chose some metallic cardstock for this — both for the berry and the green top.  For the tag, I also cut a piece for the back (out of cardstock that you can write on) and a second top for the reverse side to give a more completed look.  I assembled the strawberries using Scor-Tape.  I used some “watermelon” Baker’s Twine by Maya Road as a hanger for the tag.   With the “cute” detail already in place on the Doohickeys dies, you really don’t need to do anything else to embellish the tag.  Here is a picture of the front and back of the finished tag.

tag front   tag back

For the card, I began by cutting the base layer 4.25″ x 5.5″.  For this I used the same red metallic cardstock as I used for the strawberry.  I also cut a piece of patterned paper 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  The one I used is a small strawberry print by Doodlebug Designs.  I cut the strawberry leaves out of a dark green cardstock, and the flowers from white and golden-yellow cardstock.  I wanted to add a little dimension to these pieces, but didn’t want to do too much to detract from the fun design of the dies.  For the leaves, I enhanced the center “vein” in each leaf by defining it a little more with one of the tools from the Sizzix flower tool set  It is such a little thing, but adds so much “life” to the leaf set.  This picture shows a leaf set as cut on the right, and with the enhanced vein on the left.

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For the flowers, I added some easy dimension by using a stylus to push the petals (flower right side down) into a flower molding mat, and then turned the flower over and pushed down in the center of the flower with the stylus.  For the flower center, I just used the stylus to push into the center.  I used a little glue (I prefer the Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive) to attach the center to the flower base, and added a yellow rhinestone in the center.  Please see the short video for additional information on how to add simple dimension to the flowers and leaves.

To assemble the card, I attached the two layers using Scor-Tape.  I added a doily on the left side of the card.  I arranged two leaf sets and three flowers on the doily, and placed the strawberry.  I attached each with Scor-Tape, being careful to not lose the dimension that I just put into the flowers and leaves (so attach primarily in the center, allowing the dimension to remain).  I added a bow from sheer white ribbon to the top of the strawberry, and a sentiment in the corner.  The “Have a Sweet Day” sentiment can be appropriate for any occasion.  On the inside of the card I placed a “Happy Birthday” sentiment.


This was a very quick and easy project — a fun summer birthday card and tag.


Supply List

Magnolia Doohickeys Strawberry Tag and Strawberry Flower and Leaf dies

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

assorted cardstock


yellow rhinestones

adhesives — I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal and Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive


sheer white ribbon

Baker’s Twine — I used Maya Road “watermelon”

Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool kit


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



What Does A Fox Say Birthday Card Idea

August 5th, 2014

Today I have a fun birthday card for you — for the young or the young at heart.  It features the cutest ever fox playing in a pile of leaves, with a wobble spring for a little action.

The fox featured on this card is made from a die set by Marianne Designs Collectables.  It includes the dies needed for the fox, and a clear stamp sentiment, “You’re special”.   Every time I look at this die set, “that song” comes to mind and lingers for a while.  Of course it inspired the sentiment that I used.   (If you have children, you no doubt know what song I’m referring to; if not, here’s a link.  But beware, the song is addictive!

fox card

It is very easy to create the fox — you just need a couple of colors of cardstock — rust, white, black and pink.  Note that the pieces cut from black (eyes and nose) and pink (ear lining) are quite small and can be difficult to attach to the finished fox.  When working with little pieces like this, I often put a small piece of Scor-Tape on the back of the cardstock.  When I cut the small pieces, I leave the die intact on the cardstock until I’m ready for the piece.  This way the adhesive is already there, and all you have to do is to place the piece where it belongs.  I leave the dies in place because often the liner for the Scor-Tape stays behind, and so rather than having sticky pieces flying around, it just makes sense to me to keep the pieces together on the cardstock until ready for use.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the rest of the fox too.

I wanted the card to be fun and to have some movement, and so I used a wobble spring with it.  When using a wobble spring, you first assemble the piece that is to go on top of the spring.  Here, the fox was not wide enough to support the wobble spring.  See the pictures below.  The first is the fox assembled, and the second shows the wobble spring sticking out behind the fox.

fox   fox w spring

Some think it is okay to trim the wobble spring so that it won’t show from behind (it also has adhesive on it, so the “sticky” part could be problematic).  I think that a better approach is to add to the figure so that the wobble spring can stay intact, but will no longer show through.  So for my fox, I cut a piece of background paper (the one that I used for the card) that was slightly larger than the fox.  I used the background paper to back it because I wanted the fox to remain the focal point — I hoped that the extra background paper would just blend in.  I used a Spellbinders die for this, one that was just a little larger than the fox.  There is no “magic” to what I chose, so anything you have in your stash will work.  Once I mounted the fox on the patterned paper, I trimmed it a little at the top so that the top shape was the fox’s head.  At the bottom and part way up the side, I added some leaves for cover.  The leaves and the label shape I used to mount the fox are from a set of dies called “Orchard Harvest  Tags and Accents“.  Again there is no magic to this set — your favorites will work just fine.

I prepared the card front by cutting a dark brown piece of cardstock 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut a rust layer (the same as used for the fox) 4″ x 5.25″, and a layer of patterned paper 3.75″ x 5″.  I attached the three layers with Scor-Tape.

I cut the leaves from three different colors of cardstock to add some dimension and interest.  I added them to the label that the fox is mounted on and to the card base beneath (you’ll have to wait to add these until the spring and fox have been mounted).  Instead of adding the leaves one at a time, I added them in groups of three — one of each color.  Once the leaves were in place on the piece with the fox, I added the wobble spring.  When using the springs, be sure to check the instructions on the inside (on the outside of some) that indicate which part of the spring is the top versus the bottom.  Using the adhesive already a part of the wobble spring, I attached the spring first to the piece with the fox and the leaves, and then to the card front. I tried to match the patterned paper still showing behind the fox to the background to make it blend in as best as I could.   The next step was to fill in with the leaves on the card front.  You don’t need a lot of leaves here, just enough to cover a little when the fox is in motion.

My final step was to add the sentiment.  I didn’t have a stamp with the sentiment I wanted, so I used word processing software on my computer and printer to make it.  I trimmed it to an appropriate size, and added a brown piece of paper as a backer.  Inside the card, the fox says “Happy Birthday”.

fox card

This fox is so cute, and so easy to assemble.  I know that you’ll find this die set to be as much fun as I did.


Supply List

Fox die set by Marianne Design Collectables

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Background label and leaf dies — I used Orchard Harvest Tags and Accents by Spellbinders

assorted cardstock including a patterned paper

wobble spring



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’





Embossing with Darice embossing folders and Washi tape

August 4th, 2014

Washi tape is all the rage right now so this week I decided to emboss with Darice embossing folders and Washi tape. I did two cards, one thing I discovered that I never knew is that you can sand washi tape!

Before I get started here is a list of the supplies used that are available on the Cut at Home website.

First Card
Darice Embossing Folder, Flower Frenzy 5 x 7 Embossing Folder – SKU: 1217-66
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamp, Doilies – SKU: 659730
Heartfelt Creations Summer Song Precut Set – SKU: HCPC 3615
BoBunny Our Lil’ Monster Self-adhesive Jewels – SKU: 15807224


Second Card
Darice Embossing Folder, Birdcages – SKU: 1219-101
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 7PK w/Stamp, Chandeliers – SKU: 657777
Spellbinders Feathers dies – SKU: S4-428
Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor dies – SKU: S5-217
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One – SKU: T-001


Other items used: Washi Tape, Ink, Gems, Card Stock, Sanding Block and Pop Dots.

I used my Sizzix BigShot for both cards and my Silhouette America Silhouette Cameo for the sentiment on the second card.

Here is a video of the first card and instruction on using Washi Tape with Embossing folders.

For the first card I started with a 5″ x 7″ card base, I cut a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of card stock in a contrasting color. I selected my Washi tape and applied it to the 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ piece of card stock being careful to align the pattern. Once the sheet is covered select your embossing folder and emboss. I sanded the embossed image to make it pop.

Next stamp your images from the framelits set on the same contrasting color, I stamped three of them in purple and the largest one that has the sentiment was stamped in a light green so that I could stamp the sentiment over the image. Once you have your images stamped cut them out with the corresponding dies. I use a piece of tape to hold my dies in place so they do not shift before or while cutting them out. Next I stamped the edges, and stamped the sentiment, I added some green inking on the images that I stamped in the purple to bring everything together. I used a scalloped Washi tape and piece of ribbon on the left side of the card and adhered them before I attached the sentiment Doily. Adhere the doilies to the card using pop dots, then add your gems.

Here is a look at the first card:

Here is a close up of the sentiment:

For the second card I used a sheet of Washi tape, it already has a backing on it so I didn’t have to adhere it to anything I just put it in the embossing folder and embossed it, next I sanded it to make the embossed images pop. I adhered the Washi tape embossed image to a 5″ x 7″ card base. I added some foil striped washi tape to border the embossed image. T cut two feathers and a text bar from the Spellbinders dies out of a dual color core paper and sanded them, I also inked the edges of all three pieces.

Then I stamped 5 of the birds from the framelits Chandelier set and cut them out, I adhered them to the bird cages, I adhered the feathers and sentiment block to the bottom of the card. I created the text for the sentiment on my Silhouette Cameo using the print and cut feature and adhered it to the card, lastly I added a little bling!

I also wanted to add that this was the first time I got to try my new tool, the Spellbinders Tool ‘n One, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to remove all the paper that stays stuck in the dies, just use the brush and it takes care of them all! I was really happy I decided to get it, it’s a must if you have lots of Spellbinder dies.

here is a look at that card:

These cards were fun to make and I discovered another way to use some of my Washi tape stash since I am addicted to it! Hope you enjoyed my project this week, until next week Thanks and Happy Scrappin.


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