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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Fourth of July Cards Using Paper Piecing Technique

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

I can’t believe that it is July already!  One of my favorite holidays, the Fourth of July, is coming up very quickly and I wanted to make a few Fourth of July cards to send to friends and family.  When I looked at my stash, I found that I’ve previously used everything that I have for the Fourth, so I wanted something new and different.  I decided to use some of the “everyday” My Favorite Things Pure Innocence girls to make my cards.   Here they are –

star   painter


Check out the Paper Piecing Technique in full detail I used here:


Happy Scrappin’


Graphic 45 Good ‘Ol Sport Birthday Card & Treat Wrap

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I seem to struggle with ideas for men, so I hope this Graphic 45 Good ‘Ol Sport Birthday Card and Treat Wrap idea will help you in your “What do I do for him?” moments.


When I first laid eyes on the Graphic 45 Good ‘Ol Sport Collection, it reminded me of my grandpa who loved sports! Oh boy, did he love sports! The vintage football and baseball uniforms shown in the designs were just like he wore in high school and collage and I thought it would be perfect to scrapbook some of those old photos of him in those days, but when I needed a birthday card for my boss (who also played sports in high school), I automatically went for this collection, because it works for men of any age! Even my 2 year old grandson has an infatuation with balls of any size, shape or color! It is highly likely that he too will love sports. He already knows how to take a ball and run with it (especially if its NOT his ball!)

On the card I created a base card with some cream card stock, took two sheets from the 6 x 6 paper pad and cut them to fit the front. Then I adhered a strip of 1/8″ Scor-Tape over the flap and ran a strip of brown ric rack over it to hide the edge. For the top banner I used the cardstock banners and smudged brown ink around the entire outer edge of the card.

For the inside I used the Good ‘Ol Sport 1 stamp set and Alphabet Stickers for the sentiment. Look for this collection under Graphic 45 on the Cut@Home website for great prices.


For the Treat Wrap I cut a strip of 12 x 12″ pattern paper to fit the width of the Twizzlers package, then used one of the 12 x 12 stickers and twine to embellish it. EASY!!! You can doll up just about any candy bar or other sweet treat with a simple wrap like this and it coordinates with your card, so it looks really nice. Make a simple gift look like a million bucks! Well okay, maybe not a million, but you get the picture.


Even though Father’s Day is now past and your special guy may not have a birthday coming up, I’m sure he would be pleased if you surprised him with fun treat all wrapped up with a nice card to show him that you love an appreciate him “just cuz”.

Supplies Used:

Card stock
1/8″ Scor-Tape
4500866-Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport 12×12 paper pad
4500864-Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Patterns & Solids 6×6
4500869-Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sport Stickers 12×12
4500870-Graphic 45 is Good Ol’ Sport Alphabet Stickers
IC0299- Graphic 45 Good Ol’ Sports 1

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’

Using Faber-Castell Gelatos with Background Stamps

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Today I want to share a technique for using Faber Castell Gelatos with background stamps.  Of course when you begin a project with an awesome Penny Black background stamp paired with Faber Castell Gelatos, you just can’t miss! Check this out!

ivy  rose


Using Gelatos with a background stamp is really very easy.  First step is to select the background stamp.  For my samples I used Penny Black background stamps — “Star Ivy” and “Bed of Roses“.  Both are beautiful stamps and will easily cover a layer for an A2 card (4.25″ x 5.5″).  The next step is to select the Gelato colors that you want to use.  There are quite a few colors, including some metallic colors, so sometimes you have to experiment a little to get that perfect color combination.  For example, for the ivy/violets card, I selected Green Tea as my “all over” color, and  Margarita Mix and Spearmint as my accent colors.   I like using the accent colors to add some depth and sometimes to add some highlights.  When I’m selecting accent colors, I generally choose a lighter and a darker shade of the same color if my all over color is a mid-tone (like Green Tea), or I select a mid-shade and a darker shade if my all over color is light.  Sometimes one accent color is all that you need.   I chose an off-white paper to stamp on, and cut it 4.25″ x 5.5″.  I always cut my paper a little larger than what I will need in the finished project.  This way I can trim away any edges that aren’t as nice.

Stamping is the easy part.  I just mounted my Penny Black Star Ivy cling stamp on a clear acrylic block.  I used my Ranger mini-mister to lightly mist the rubber stamp, and then I took my Faber Castell Green Tea Gelato and colored over the entire stamp, being sure to cover all of the edges, etc. When coloring, use a light touch — if you press too hard, some of the Gelato will flake off.  (You’ll see these little “goobers” in the finished work — but if you let them dry, you can usually scrape them off with no problem.)  The water helps to spread the Gelato a little so that coloring is very easy (it also takes less than if you spread the Gelato on a dry stamp).  Be sure that your stamp isn’t so wet that puddles are forming, etc.  The end result will be fine, but it will be a little more fuzzy.  Once the stamp was covered with Green Tea, I added just a little Margarita Mix Gelato (this is a lighter/brighter shade) to add some highlights.  Then I used the Spearmint Gelato to work around the edges, and to add some deeper tones to the stamp.   There’s really no right or wrong way to do the accents — just do what makes sense to you, adding as little or as much as you want.  When I finished the accents, I misted the stamp again.  It is important to be careful to moisten the entire stamp, but not to soak it with water.  If you see “puddles” forming, it may be a good idea to try to sponge a little off with a piece of a paper towel.  Then I turned the moistened stamp over and placed it on the paper.  I added a little pressure for a couple of seconds, and then let the stamp “rest” on the paper for a few seconds while the Gelato transferred to the paper.  Finally, I carefully lifted the stamp.  Usually the paper comes up with the stamp and that is okay, you just need to carefully peel the paper from the stamp.   Set the paper aside to dry (it won’t take long).  Typically there is enough Gelato on your stamp to do another background or two, although they will be a little lighter.  You can also “refresh” by adding more Gelato before stamping.  When you’re done, the stamp cleans up easily with a little soap and water.  Because the Gelato will stick in the detail of the stamp, you may find it easier to use an old toothbrush to remove it (use the brush with soap/water — not dry).  Please see the short video for additional information on how to use background stamps and Gelatos.

Once the Gelato background has dried, finishing the card is simple.  I just selected some background layers for my cards, and added sentiments and embellishments in coordinating colors My sentiments are all cut from the background layer using the Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets (love those dies!).  For the silver and pink cards, I also cut the words from ivory cardstock.  I placed the ivory words beneath the silver or pink to add some dimension, and to make the words more readable.  Since my Gelato background was a little larger than I needed, I trimmed the edges to fit.

My Gelato combinations are as follows –

ivy  Overall color – Green Tea; accents – Spearmint and Margarita Mix

rose  Overall color – Watermelon; accents – Cherry and Guava

silver  Overall color – Metallic Silver; accent – Squid Ink

The background stamps are Penny Black — Star Ivy and Bed of Roses.

These are some cards that I made last year using a rose background stamp by Stacy’s Stamps.  You can see that even stamps with fine lines work nicely with Gelatos.

stacy rose  overall color – Watermelon; accent – Cherry

stacy gold  overall color – Metallic Gold; accents – Butterscotch and Chocolate

This is such a fun and simple technique.  I hope that you have a chance to try it.


Supply List

Faber Castell Gelatos

Penny Black background stamps — Bed of Roses and Star Ivy

large acrylic stamp block

Ranger mini-mister

assorted cardstock

assorted ribbon

assorted embellishments — most of the ones I used are purchased; the violets on the ivy card were made using the Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets die set

adhesive — I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sentiments – I used the Sweet Wordlets by Die Versions — “happy”, “birthday”, “anniversary”, “thanks”

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

paper trimmer


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’




“It’s A Boy!” Card Using Bo Bunny Our Lil’ Monster Collection

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014


our lil monster


You might think that my “It’s A Boy!” card using Bo Bunny Our Lil’ Monster Collection is not the most traditional for a baby card, and it’s not, but it’s super cute! I am loving this collection so much for little boys! It’s bright, colorful, and it’s got the cutest little monsters! What else do you need?

Well, I have had a lot of people I know getting baby girls lately, so when I finally got the chance to make a baby boy card, I was thrilled to be able to do something boyish and bright. I just couldn’t bring myself to make a traditional baby blue card-nope, not happinin’! I also pulled out my Scor-Pal and Scor-Envi to make a matching envelope. So fun!












Product List:

15816306 Bo Bunny Our Lil’ Monster Collection Pack

15817230 Bo Bunny Our Lil’ Monster 6×6 Paper Pad

15813227 Bo Bunny Our Lil’ Monster Noteworthy

15833232 Bo Bunny Our Lil’ Monster Ephemera

101 Scor-Pal V3

406 Scor-Envi

AF214 Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink Cup O Joe

8 1/2 x 11″ card stock cut in half and scored for card base


This was a really fun card to put together. I highly recommend this collection if you have a “little monster” in your life! My boys are now grown, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t use this for my grandson, nephews or other little guys (or big guys) that I know.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!



Heartfelt Creations Sweet Lullaby Collection!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Everybody loves a baby, that’s why we’re inviting you to fall in love with the Heartfelt Creations Sweet Lullaby Collection.  Preserve special moments spent with your little angel in this endearing baby and toddler themed assortment of papers, stamps and dies.   Shades of sunshine yellow, rose- petal pink and baby blue are the perfect complement for delightful hand drawn images of napping infants and frolicking toddlers enjoying their favorite toys and activities.

Six detailed stamp sets are ideal for creating cards, shower invitations, mini albums, scrapbook embellishments and more.  Delicate dies allow you to create lacy baby booties, flowers and a stylish baby carriage. Everything about Sweet Lullaby is precious and adorable…just like your cherished little darlings!

The 12 x 12 Paper Pad includes 24 double sided pattern papers. One side is excellent for scrapbook layouts and the other for card faces. Just add your sentiment and/or embellishments if you like for a fast and easy card!

HC paper  HC paper 2



The Sweet Lullaby Die is quite intricate, with lovely results! You can see below just how beautiful this set is when you coordinate the die, stamps and paper together!


All of the items in this collection are sold separately on our website under Heartfelt Creations Category.

To see more examples of the Sweet Lullaby Collection, you can click on the link to see what Heartfelt Creations design team has done.

HC 1 HC 2


HC 3 HC 4


HC 5 HC 6



I have included a video giving you a closer look at this adorable collection. I hope you take a look!

This collection is perfect for both Scrapbooking and Card Making, shower favors, and other projects, but would also make a wonderful gift for someone expecting a little one!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!


Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Resist Technique

Monday, April 28th, 2014

This week I wanted to try something new. I used the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer and a resist technique. I also needed to make a sympathy card, which I have always thought was a challenge. So I tackled both of them!

Here is a list of products that I used that can be found on the Cut at Home website.
Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer tool – SKU: TDA39730
Spellbinders Feather Dies – SKU: S4-428
Spellbinders In’Spire Bird Banner – SKU: IN-002
Tim Holtz Distrss Ink Pad, Vintage Photo – SKU: TIM19527
Silhouette America, Silhouette Cameo – SKU: SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3T

I also used the following supplies from my stash. Heidi Swapp spray stencil, Tim Holtz distress markers in vintage photo and crushed olive, Whimsy Stamps Sympathy Noteables stamps and die, Recollections ribbon, American Crafts twine, BoBunny double dot card stock, green and white card stock and decoupage medium.

I cut a 10 x 7 piece of card stock, I scored it at 5 inches to make a 5 x 7 card base. Using the stencil andd the decoupage I prepared the surface for the spritzer.

The video explains how I got the results that I did, after I applied the technique to the masked section I cut it 4″ x 6″, then I cut a piece of brown cardstock 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. I also cut two feathers and the bird banner, which I used the distress marker tool on as well, I also inked the edges off those pieces. I stamped and cut out my sentiment out. I cut a piece of ribbon and adhered it to the bottom of the masked piece, then i adhered my other images and added the twine. I gathered the twne where the feathers were adhered.

Here is my finished card:

Finally I added some text to the inside of my card using my Silhouette Cameo and my ink jet printer. Anyone that has the Silhouette can use it to print and cut. This is one of my favorite features on the Silhouette, I did a previous video showing this technique. Here is the link to the video if you missed it.

Even though I struggle with making sympathy cards, I was very happy with the results and how the card turned out! I hope that you enjoyed my project and hope that you give this technique a try!

Till next week, Thanks and Happy Scrappin.


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