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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Baby Headbands: Cutting felt with Sizzix Big Shot

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Did you know you can cut felt with your Sizzix Big Shot using Spellbinders Nestabilities die set?! You can! I am making a ton of newborn headbands for gifts using these two items and beautiful flowers I have been hoarding in my craft room. Baby gifts have never been easier!




Let’s get started.

1. Using your Sizzix Big Shot ( or other manual Die Cutting Machine), cut 2 circles of felt using Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles.

2.  Cut your elastic to newborn head circumference, about 35cm-36cm (average newborn).

3. Glue both ends of elastic onto felt, place second circle over glue area.



4. Proceed to place your ribbon, feather, or boa. Start outside and work the  material in a circle towards the middle.

5. Place decorative flower.

6.  Top it off with gem or button.


You can use anything to decorate these headband, all of my supplies were in my craft room.  Here is a short, step-by-step video of how I made the purple headband in the picture above.



Items needed for this project:

Sizzix Big Shot

Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles

Want 2 Scrap Nestabilities Bling





Craft or fabric glue


I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy craft.



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’



Sizzix Fabi Machine vs Big Shot Machine!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Question- What is the difference between the Sizzix Fabi Machine vs Big Shot Machine?
Answer- Basically, the Fabi Machine was produced to go with the Sizzix Quilting line of products, does not include a multi-purpose platform, and has a different paint job. (You may purchase the Multi-Purpose Platform separately if you wish to use dies other than Bigz dies with this machine)

Yep, that’s basically it. Take a look below for an overview of both machines. If you don’t want to read through all the details, just watch the video tutorial below and I will demonstrate both machines in the video.

Sizzix Fabi Starter Kit:

You receive one machine, one pair of cutting pads and one Bigz die, Flower Layers #11.

fabi 1


fabi 2


fabi 3

The Sizzix Fabi Machine offers plenty of stylish appeal with the versatility of working with the entire Sizzix product library (with the exception of Bigz Pro dies), and that includes their smallest chemically etched dies to their big 6″ wide steel rule dies (Originals and Bigz) and embossing tools. If that wasn’t big enough, this portable roller machine cuts a wide range of materials, everything from cardstock to leather including cotton, batting, flannel, wool and much more.

The Fabi features a sturdy working platform, durable rollers and a large, easy to turn side handle. With the Fabi, charming shapes can be easily created for applique, home decor, fashion, quilting and many more crafts. (To ensure compatibility, always check accessory requirements on your dies.) The Cutting Pads precisely compensate for the proper pressure and height required to make a detailed die-cut. Simply sandwich the die and the material to be cut between the cutting pads, feed into the machine opening and turn the side handle to advance the sandwich through the machine.

The Fabi Machine measures approximately 14 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 6 5/8″ and features a three-year limited warranty.

fabi 4


fabi 5



Sizzix Big Shot:

With a swirl of powder blue-and-teal colors and the Sizzix logo bursting out brightly, this version of the Big Shot Machine offers plenty of stylish appeal with the same versatility of working with the entire Sizzix product library (with the exception of Bigz Pro dies) – and that includes our smallest dies to our big 6″ wide plastic-backed treasures and embossing tools. If that wasn’t big enough, this portable roller machine cuts and embosses many different materials. Create your own one-of-a-kind cards, invitations, scrapbook pages, home decor, fashion, altered art, quilting and much more! To ensure compatibility, always check machine and accessory requirements. Machine accessories may be sold separately.

Included with the Big Shot are a pair of Standard Cutting Pads and the adjustable Extended Multipurpose Platform, which makes all makes all Sizzix components thinner than a Bigz Die compatible with the Big Shot Machine and even works with other brands’ dies and embossing tools! The diagrams on the Extended Multipurpose Platform offer easy guidelines about how to make the perfect Sizzix sandwich.

The Big Shot Machine measures approximately 14 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 6 5/8″ and features a three-year limited warranty.

** The Big Shot Machine also comes in a Starter Kit for beginning die cutters which includes the following die designs along with the machine, platform and cutting pads:

1 Bigz die (Basic Shapes)
2 Medium Sizzlits dies (Butterfly, Delicate; Flowers #20)
1 Framelits die set (Basic Shapes)
1 A2 Large Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (Dotted Lattice)
10 Assorted Samples of Core’dinations Cardstock

big shot 1


big shot 2


big shot 3


Both machines are the same in dimension, design and pressure.

Both machines are manually operated with a turn handle crank.

Both machines are compatible to cut a variety of materials such as paper, cardstock, chipboard, fabric, felt, cork, leather, thin metal, fun foam, vinyl, burlap, craft plastic, magnetic sheets, etc.

Both machines are compatible with other manufacturer dies and embossing folders.

Both machines use the same accessories (cutting pads, platform, crease pads, etc.)

Both machines are extremely fun to use and will give you years of use if used properly!

Now, if you are in the market for a die cutting machine, the only question left is which one is for you? That all depends on personal preference!  I hope this has helped you in making your decision.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!




Baby Girl Card Ideas!

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

One of the best purchases I have made in my lifetime has been my Die Cutting Machines and some dies because I have saved so much money (well, you know what I mean) by making my own cards like these baby girl card ideas! Doing this has given me a creative outlet in my cards and scrapbook layouts and have the capability to make original cards for others.  I love that and I know that all of you do too, since we share the same passion!

I made these cards mainly with Spellbinders dies and my brand new, pretty blue Sizzix Big Shot machine! I love the new face lift on it! Both cards were easy enough for a beginner and  a lot of fun to put together! It is so fun  making cards for new mommies and their babies! They are excited about every thing-including the cards! BTW- I kept the wax paper that I used to cut the butterfly out on it to soften the color of the card stock and it gave the embossed parts a naturally frosted look.













S5-165 Spellbinders Butterfly Corner

S5-182 Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Basics One

S5-143 Spellbinders Jewel Flowers and Flourishes

S5-172 Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B

6044 Want2Scrap Baby Bling Silver Rhinestones

First Edition Spring Drop 6×6 paper

Ink, wax, paper, card stock















S5-131 Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A

S5-135 Spellbinders A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader

S5-158 Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles

First Edition Hide A Way 6×6 paper

89377 American Crafts Solid Grosgrain Ribbon

Fiskars Stamp sentiment

AF214  Hero Arts Hero Hues Mid-tone Shadow Ink Cup O Joe

Card stock


You don’t have to have a lot of fancy dies to create fun cards, just get creative with what you have!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!




Mini Petal Easter Basket!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

I love making things to give away and this mini petal Easter basket is a quick and easy little gift for co-workers, friends and family members! My kids are all grown now, and they are all “watching what they eat”, so I thought this would be a perfect size to give each of them for just a little treat this Easter.  Definitely not enough to ruin their healthy living lifestyle, but enough to satisfy their sweet tooth!




This project was easy. I actually ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot Pro machine just because I wanted to use a 12 x 12 piece of paper, so I could fit 2 baskets per sheet, but this die will work in most of the manual die cutting machines, if the opening is approximately 6″ wide, such as the Cuttlebug or Big Shot machines. All the folds lines are made when the die is cut, so it is easy to crease. All you have to do is glue the tabs.

The handle was cut from the left over paper with my paper cutter to approx. 3/4″ wide and glued on the inside. I added the flower on the side and filled it will a bit of Easter grass and candy! So simple! Of course, you could use this for parties, bridal showers or other occasions with or without a handle!

All you need is:

Heavy paper or cardstock. I used First Edition Spring Drop 12 x 12 Paper Stack, but any will do.


DC0243 Quickutz Petal Container

DR0295 Quickutz Bloom


Die Cutting Machine (click HERE to see all that we have available)

Have a very Happy Easter!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!





Tips For Using Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities!

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Many of you have asked about tips for using Spellbinders 3D M-Bossabilities in other manual Die Cutting Machines besides the Grand Calibur. We have solutions for most of you! We are still working on formulas for the Vagabond and Epic Six Tools, but for those of you who own Sizzix Big Shot, Big Shot Pro, Evolution and Cuttlebug machines, you will be thrilled to know that you CAN use these products in your machines! Yay! You can find all of the videos under by clicking on the 3D link above  or on our YouTube channel.

3D M-Bossabilities are so cool! These folders sculpt your surfaces and take your embossing to a more realistic look with its 3D affect. They offer a more dynamic embossed and letterpressed look for amazing results! Approximate size of these folders 5 X 7″

As you can see, by the following example, the impression from these folders is much more defined because of their ability to emboss and deboss at the same time. Inking your folder and giving it the Letterpress effect also helps your design pop.













Please note: these embossing folders require the use of a Raspberry Spacer Plate GC-003 or GC-008 for use in the Grand Calibur or the Junior Raspberry Spacer Plate GC-012 for the Grand Calibur and other die-cutting machines.

Personally, I found that I didn’t have to have the Jr. Raspberry Spacer Plate in the machines which I demonstrated in the videos. Like I said though, we are still working on a couple other machines, so it may be required for those. Hopefully we’ll have those videos for you soon!

I hope this will be very helpful for you! Now you can emboss away 3D style and no special glasses are required!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Die Cutting Machines On TV!

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

If you tried calling in or emailing last Thursday, you may not have been able to get through, because I was showing some of our Die Cutting Machines on TV! Talk about nerve racking! I woke up sick the morning before, and I’m sure it was due to the stress I had felt all week about my first time on television! I have never done anything like this before. Our video tutorials make me nervous enough!  I am better off BEHIND the camera! As it turned out, it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be, but what did I know? Next time, (if there is a next time) I won’t be NEAR as nervous and be able to have more fun with it!

Dustin set this all up with KSL’s Studio 5, one of our local television station programs, and Marcie and I got to go into the station.  The people on the Studio 5 set were fantastic! They were so nice and made us feel so comfortable, like it was no big deal at all. It helped my nerves a lot. Thanks to everyone at KSL!

Since I’m the Education Director, my job was to be the one on camera to talk about the different machines.  I was interviewed by Brooke who is a gem! I knew who she was from other KSL programs, and I can tell you, she is just as charming in person.

We showed the following machines along with projects made with those machines.

Provo Craft Cuttlebug

Silhouette Cameo

Sizzix Big Shot

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

Here is a picture of me backstage staging our display. Can you tell I’m just a little stressed out? Haha! Somebody tell this woman to CHILL!













I have posted the segment below, if you would like to watch.

I guess I can now put a check mark next to “Be on TV” on my bucket list and give me something to tell my grandchildren someday.  As for present day, when my daughter told my granddaughter to come see grandma on TV, Claire responded “No she’s not” and merrily went on playing! Ah, to be a two year old!

I hope you have enjoyed hearing about my first TV experience. If you are shopping for a die cutting machine, you can find more information on our different machines in past blog posts as well! Click HERE for machine reviews.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!




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