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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Paper Piecing Technique for Card Making

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Here is the project which I used a technique called paper piecing with my stamps to limit the amount of coloring that I would need to do. So for the little girl with the star behind her, I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink (my fave when I’m going to be using my Copic markers) on white paper, and then I stamped just the center section a second time on the red/blue star patterned paper. Once the ink dried (usually just a few seconds with Memento), I used my Copics to color the hair (Y21, Y23, Y26), the skin (E00, E02), the barrette (R29) and the shoes (100) on the image stamped on white; and the belt (B28) and the buckle (R29) on the patterned paper. The patterned paper I used had a little bit of a glossy finish to it, so I gave it a few minutes to dry. My next step was to fussy cut the dress from the patterned paper image, and the full girl from the white image. The last step was to attach the dress to the girl (I used “Sticky Dots”, but any good adhesive would work).

star painter



I used a similar process for the artist girl, stamping her a total of four times (a complete image on white, just the part around her shirt on pink, her pants on blue, and her apron on Kraft cardstock. Once the ink dried, I colored the hair on the white cardstock (E31, E33, E35), the skin (E00, E02), the paintbrushes (E35, C3, R29), the palette (E31, R29, R27, B28, B93) and the shoes (100). I also colored the brush (E35, C3, B28) and the pencil (Y17, E33, 100) in the apron. Then I fussy cut the entire image from the white cardstock, the shirt from the pink cardstock, the pants from the blue cardstock, and the apron from the Kraft cardstock. I carefully attached each piece to the full image — here it was important to layer correctly (first the shirt and pants, with the apron last).

For the girl in the window, I stamped the image once on white cardstock, once on red cardstock (focus on the shirt), and twice on brown cardstock. I colored the hair on the white cardstock (Y21, Y23, Y26) and the skin (E00, E02). I fussy cut the entire image from the white cardstock, the shirt from the red cardstock, the entire window with shutters from brown, and just the shutters from the brown cardstock. I assembled the image by first attaching the shirt, and then the complete window. For the shutters, I used Scor-Tape to attach them next to the window frame, and a low dimensional adhesive on the outside to give the image a little depth.

Please see this short video for a little more information on my process for paper piecing. You can also pin this on Pintrest:

Assembly of the cards was pretty simple. I wanted red, white and blue in each so I first selected suitable solid cardstock. I also had a 6×6 paper pad from Doodlebug that had most of the patterned paper that I wanted to use. I made the little flags by cutting them from a piece of 12×12 Doodlebug cardstock (American Pride), and then attaching them to a “ladybug” Pixies also by Doodlebug. See the information with the images below for additional information on specific supplies I used for each card.

star This stamp is My Favorite Things Pure Innocence “Aim High” — she normally has a kite. The star behind her is cut from a Sizzix die, the largest star in the Primitive Stars Framelits.

painter This stamp is also My Favorite Things Pure Innocence — it is called “You Color My World”. She’s a little artist that can be used for many different things. The paint drips are ladybug Sprinkles by Doodlebug.

window This stamp is My Favorite Things Pure Innocence “Can’t Wait to See You”.

The sentiment on each is from a Our Daily Bread set, “Some Gave All”. It was cut out using a Sizzix die, the smallest in the Rectangles Framelits set.

I’m always happy when I can find ways to s-t-r-e-t-c-h my stamps and other paper crafting supplies. I think that this project turned out well — both the paper piecing, and the use of the “everyday” stamps for a holiday.


Supplies used:

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Stamp sets – “Aim High”, “Can’t Wait to See You” and “You Color My World”

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Assorted red/white/blue cardstock

Doodlebug 6×6 paper pad, “Patriotic Parade”

12×12 cardstock – Doodlebug “American Pride” and Reminisce “Freedom”

Sizzix FramelitsRectangles and Primitive Stars

Sizzix Big Shot Machine

good scissors for fussy cutting

Copic markers (the colors I used are listed above)


embellishments — ladybug Sprinkles and Pixies by Doodlebug

Adhesives – Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, ED Foam Squares and Thin 3D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives

Stamp set — “Some Gave All” by Our Daily Bread

Majestic Blue Versafine ink


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’


How To Use Sizzix Dies in Big Shot Machine – Sandwich Options

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

We thought we would share these different tips and tricks on how to use ALL Sizzix Dies in the Big Shot Machine or other die-cutting machines. From the originals to Bigz to Embossing Folders and more, this will be a great guide and sandwich options. We actually suggest you print this off for your reference. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us

Using Sizzilits or Clearlits Dies – You will need paper,die,cutting pads, and extended multipurpose platform.

Sizzix Sizzlits and Clearlits

Using Originals, Bigz or other Steel-Rule Dies – You will need paper,die,cutting pads.

Sizzix Bigz Dies

Using Embosslits Dies or Textured Impressions Texture Fades, or Texture Trades Embossing Folders – You will need paper or cardstock, die, embossing folder, cutting pads, extended multipurpose platform.

Sizzix Embossing Folders

Using Framelits, Thinlits or other Wafer-Thin Dies – You will need paper or cardstock,die,cutting pads,extended multipurpose platform

sizzix framelits

Using Metal Stencils – You will need impressions pad,silicone rubber,paper,metal stencil,cutting pad,extended multipurpose platform

sizzix metal stencils

Using Magnetic Platform with Framelits, Thinlits, or other Wafer-Thin Dies – You will need die,cutting pads,paper or cardstock,magnetic platform.

sizzix magnetic platform

Use Sizzlits Decorative Strip Dies – paper,die,decorative strip cutting pads,extended multipurpose platform

sizzix decorative strips

Sizzix Ellison Dies are a great option for beginners or even advanced card makers or paper crafters. The scrapbooking options are endless using Sizzix Dies. For more information on Sizzix Dies you can visit their website here:

We also offer a 30% Off Monthly Coupon on most Sizzix products excluding machines if you sign up for VIP club:

Here below is a VIDEO put on by Stephanie Barnard that will give you a visual of what the sizes and dimensions of these different dies are. See All VIDEOS: Sizzix Big Shot and Dies Videos



Card Making: Heartfelt Creations Window Cards

Monday, March 17th, 2014

This week I made a couple of cards to show you how anyone with any level of experience can use Heartfelt Creations line of products, so I simply used paper and a stamp from the Raindrops on Roses line to make a couple of Heartfelt Creations Window Cards.

Here is a list of the products that I used that you can find right here at CutatHome.
Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses 12 x12 Paper Pack – SKU: HCDP1 240
Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses Window Rubber Stamp – SKU: HCPC 3587
Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor Nestabilities – SKU: S5-217
Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares Large – SKU: S4-127
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Dusty Concord – SKU: TIM21445
Other items I used include Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, green and purple cardstock, pop dots, ribbon, glitter tape and some bling.
What I wanted to accomplish with this tutorial was to show how easy and versatile these products are to use, whether you are an experience crafter or just getting started as well as how you can make a quick simple card or a card that requires a little more time.
I started with the Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on roses collection and decided I wanted to use their window image, the image is available as a rubber stamp as well as a image that you can find in their 12″ x 12″ paper packs. The 12″ x 12″ paper packs are filled with images and tags that you can use for your card making as well as scrapbooks.

For the first card, the faster simpler card I cut a 12″ x 12″ inch piece of green cardstock in half then scored one of the halves to make a 6″ x 6″ square card. I also cut a piece of purple card stock 5″ x 5″, I selected the window image from the paper pack, to create a little more interest I cut the window out with the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares, I used the largest die in the collection, it framed the image perfectly. I used my Big Shot to cut emboss it. I adhered the purple cardstock to the card base, used pop dots for the image to create some dimension added one of the tags from the Raindrops on Roses collection, a bow and some bling, here is the finished result.
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For the second card I cut a 10″ x 7″ inch piece of the purple card stock, I scored it in half to make a 5″ x 7″ card base. I used the Spellbinders Valiant Honor dies on this card, these dies are now available for pre-order at the CutatHome site. I used the largest die in the set to cut a border for around my stamped image and I used one of the other dies in the set for my stamped sentiment. I used the Heartfelt Creations stamp set Window to stamp the image as well as the Happy Birthday sentiment. I colored my stamped image with alcohol markers, I am just learning to use them, but I was happy with the results. I used the Tim Holtz distress ink in Dusty Concord to ink the edges of my card as well as the edges of my stamped image and the sentiment. To assemble the card I cut and adhered my stamped image to the die cut, then I adhered the die cut to my card base, I used a adhesive glitter ribbon on the side and a green ribbon on top of that. I adhered my sentiment to my other die cut piece and then adhered that to the card. I added a bow and some bling. Here is that finished card.
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I love that I can create a fast card when I need to, but can also spend a little more time when I have it, but either way get great results.
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I hope that you have enjoyed my project this week, until next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin.

Spellbinders Majestic Labels Cards

Thursday, March 6th, 2014


Today I’m sharing two versions of the same card using Spellbinders Majestic Labels 1 and Spellbinders Shapeabilites Gold Corbels & Accents.  By using my suggestions everything else can pretty much be grabbed from what you have on hand.  That’s always a nice feeling isn’t it, using up our stash and stockpile, and yes, I know you have one just as I do!

This card is 6″x6″, a little larger than I normally make, but I wanted to have room for the center aperture to take the focal point.  I cut the dies nestling one inside the other, all but the outer die which I used solely on the cardstock to cut the front opening.  By nestling the dies you get three intricate frames to play with. You can get a good idea of the design from the image below.


In the video I also cut the dies from a solid rose cardstock and show you the difference in perception when you alternate design with solid.  I’ll also share how I used some of the cut apart flower wreaths and swag I have accumulated from local stores for just pennies.  When you take them all apart you have a multitude of flowers to play with.


You can see this vibrant deep rose flower and the delicate pink ones on the front of the card above.  Actually the deep rose flower started out as a poinsettia wreath I picked up last summer, I think I paid a quarter for the wreaths (I bought one in teal as well).  By trimming the flower petals from a pointed poinsettia shape into a curved flower petal you have a flower you can use year round.  The little pink ones came off a long swag and I can’t even guess how many little flowers pieces I got when I cut that apart, oh yes I paid just over a dollar for something that was twenty-five to start with.  I guess what I’m saying is look around at what you have, or what you see on those final final final clearance sections and see if they can be altered down the road to fit your needs.


One last photo to show how I did the inside on this card.  This is the center part I cut from the front of the card, popped up on dimensionals.  Atop that is a Wilton 4″ doily I got from the food section at the grocery store.  I printed my sentiment directly on it.  By cutting the flourish I could tuck a little in the top and bottom to give the inside movement.

Very simple cards that give a very elegant statement, why don’t you make up a few today to have on hand?

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the Store:

S4-421: Spellbinders Majestic Labels 1

S4-432: Spellbinders Shapeabilities Gold Corbels & Accents

657900: Sizzix Big Shot

656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin dies

Supplies from my Stash: Solid Cardstock, Designer Pattern Paper, Vellum, Flowers, Doily, Glue,




Sizzix Susan’s Garden Paperwhites!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Today I want to show you a gift that I made using Sizzix Susan’s Garden  Narcissus/Paperwhites dies.   Paperwhites are beautiful flowers that can bloom indoors in the worst of winters.  They add such beauty and fragrance, as well as a reminder that spring is just around the corner.  This year I received a Thanksgiving gift of some paper white bulbs.  It was such fun to watch them grow – very quickly they were more than three feet tall.  The blooms were lovely and fragrant.  I’ve included pictures below of the real flowers, as well as my interpretation.

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paperwhites  paperwhites tall

Paperwhites are very easy to assemble using the Sizzix die set.  First, I cut the pieces from the appropriate colors of cardstock.  I used a nice smooth heavy-weight (80lb.) cardstock to get the best results.  Lighter weight cardstocks or cardstocks that have a linen finish (or other rough finish) do not work as well.  The die set contains twelve dies – only one piece cut from each is needed to complete the flower.  I used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut the pieces.  These are the Thinlits dies, so there should be no difficulty using them in any die cutting machine.

Once the pieces were cut, it was simple to follow the directions from the Sizzix website to assemble the flowers.  Click on this link to access the instructions.  It is important to have the proper tools and mats in order to mold the paper appropriately.  I used the Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool set which includes the needed tools and mats to make any of the Susan’s Garden flowers.  The McGill flower-making tools will also work so long as you have both sets (including mats).  Note that where the instructions tell you to add adhesive to the stamens and dip in Woodland Scenic pollen, I did not use the adhesive or the pollen.  I just added a little orange Pan Pastel to the ends of the stamens for a more subtle color.  Please see the short video for a discussion of the tools and other supplies needed to successfully complete the flowers.

The most important thing in making the flowers is to take your time and work through assembly of the first flower.  Any flowers you do after that will be so much simpler and quicker.   Sizzix and the designer, Susan Tierney Cockburn, do such a nice job of breaking down the steps for making beautiful paper interpretations of the flowers that we love so much.  They are quite simple and so much fun to make!

Once the flowers were complete, it was very easy to attach them to the chalkboard frame using a little bit of Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.   I tied a few strands of ivory burlap string to the burlap rope hanger on the chalkboard frame for added decoration.  This ended up being a very quick and easy project.

Supply List:

Sizzix Susan’s Garden paperwhite/narcissus dies set

Die cutting machine – I used my Sizzix Big Kick

Cardstock – white, cream, yellow and green

Flower tool set and mats – I used the Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool set

Small chalkboard frame

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

Pastels – I used orange (stamens) and bright yellow green (leaves) Pan Pastels

May Arts ivory burlap string



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Spellbinders Venetian Accents Mardi Gras Card!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Today is Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” so for fun I created this Mardi Gras card using Spellbinders Venetian Accents die.  In certain parts of the country, that means a day of parades and masks and beads and lots of fun.  In my part of the country, it is paczki day – a day to overindulge in a traditional Polish jelly donut like creation (paczki are actually richer and heavier than a jelly donut).  Regardless of how you celebrate, I wanted to make a card to mark the occasion.


This is a very simple card, and of course you could dress it up more if you prefer.  I started by making the components.  The masks are cut from the really fun Spellbinders die set, “Venetian Accents”.  This is a very detailed die, so you may need to run it through your die cutting machine a couple of times to get a complete cut.  Using wax paper between the die and the paper will help a lot when it comes to removing the finished piece from the die.  Be sure to do the embossing step.  This will give the mask its wonderful detail.  I cut masks from both green and purple cardstock.   Once the masks were cut, I used “goldrush” Smooch Glitz to add the glitter on the center crown area.  For the scrollwork at the sides, I used “lime twist” Smooch Glitz to add glitter.  You may need to do several coats of both in order to get good coverage.  Be sure to let each dry thoroughly before adding rhinestones to finish the mask.  At this point you can also begin to think about shaping the mask – bending it gently with your fingers in order to achieve dimension for the card.

My next task was to string the beads.  I used purple, gold and green “E” beads.  These should be readily available in the jewelry section of your favorite craft store.  “E” beads are larger than seed beads, so are quicker and easier  to string.  I made two strands of 36-beads for each color.

In New Orleans, the greeting for today is “laissez les bons temps rouler” – “let the good times roll”.  That is the inspiration for the sentiment I used.  I didn’t have an appropriate stamp, so I typed it into my computer, changed the font several times until I found one I liked, and changed the color of the letters to purple.  When I was happy with the result, I simply printed the sentiment onto white cardstock.

I cut and assembled the following layers for the card front – 1) a green layer, 5” x 7”; 2) a yellow-gold layer, 4.5” x 6.5”; and 3) a purple layer 4” x 6” (note that this is a lighter shade of purple than I used for the mask – I wanted to be sure that the purple mask showed against the background).  I used Scor-Tape to attach the layers.  I used a combination of Scor-Tape and low dimensional adhesive to attach the masks to the card front.  I placed the adhesive on the back of the mask, and when placing the mask on the cardstock, used my fingers to push it into place (adding dimension, not flattening it).  I used small drops of Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive to attach the beads to the card front.  The sentiment was attached with Scor-Tape.

Regardless of how you celebrate, I hope you have a great Mardi Gras!

Supply List:

Spellbinders Venetian Accents die set

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Purple, green and yellow-gold cardstock – two shades of purple, a dark one for the mask, and a lighter shade for the card front

Smooch Glitz in “goldrush” and “lime twist”

“E” beads in gold, purple and green

String and beading needle

Adhesives – Scotch Quick-Dry glue, Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, low dimensional adhesive

Yellow/gold rhinestones


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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