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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Repeating Images for Scrapbooking

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

For the repeating images technique I used the Spellbinders Celebra’tions die and stamp set Just Because on the card above. The best part to is only having to ink my stamps one time to get the three flowers in varying shades of pink! Place all 3 stamps on your block (I use a Fiskars stamp press), ink the stamps heavily, here I’m using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Picked Raspberry. Stamp your first impression and then do not reink but instead stamp two more times giving you three impressions each one lighter than the last


Your next step is to place the dies over the first set of stamped images, die cut and repeat for the remaining two sets of stamped flowers. These Spellbinders Celebra’tions stamps and dies line up so easily and once cut with your die cutting machine leave just a hint of white around the edge. I used my flower tools to shape the petals into a fuller dimensional flower. Cut at Home has a fabulous set – Susan’s Garden Tool Kit - that you might want to check out. If you like the look of the flowers in the forefront on the photo above try pinching the ends of the petal tips with damp fingertips, I love this look.


Complete your card with one of the four sentiment stamps (also included!) in this set. I hope you’ll join me on the video where I’ll share my tips, walk you through the process and provide more photos to inspire you to create your own Repeat Image cards.

Or view on youtube here!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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Supplies from the Store:

SCSD-008: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Just Because stamps and dies

658483: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Butterfly & Lattice Set embossing folders

658300: Sizzix Big Shot

656499: Sizzix Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies

Tim34995: Tim Holtz Distress ink in Picked Raspberry

Supplies from my stash include but not limited to – Cardstock; Kaisercraft pink Sparklets, Glitter, Glossy Accents, Ribbon, Bling, Copic Marker in pink, Bakers Twine,


Back to School Card featuring Spellbinders Celebra’tions Dies

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Today I have a fun “back to school” card featuring the new pierced dies from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions line.  These new dies come in circles, ovals, squares and rectangles.  My card features the oval pierced dies –

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My first step in making the back to school card was to select an image.  I like this stamp by My Favorite Things.  Since I wanted to color the image with my Copic markers, I stamped it with Memento ink – an ink that dries quickly and doesn’t react with the alcohol ink markers.  I colored the image with my Copics, and then fussy cut it.  When I color this image I sometimes use Glossy Accents to highlight the apple, although I didn’t use it on this card.

To make the notebook paper background, I used a sheet of 4.25” x 5.5” white cardstock and placed it in the Darice embossing folder.  I ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  I often use this stand-alone machine for my embossing.  That is what it is made for, and embossing is what it does really well.  I always get a good crisp image from it.  Once my image was embossed, I trimmed it to 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”.  I used colored pencils to add the red vertical line on the left side, and the blue horizontal lines.  I also used my 1/8” hole punch to cut the holes in the side of the paper.  It just took these few very easy steps to make pretty realistic notebook paper sized for a card.

I chose a solid red paper for the background, and cut it 4.25” x 5.5”.  I wanted something very subtle for the image to rest on, so I chose the light blue cardstock.  I cut and embossed the light blue cardstock using the middle-sized pierced oval dies (both the straight cutting die and the piercing die).

The Celebra’tions pierced oval die set includes six dies – three of them straight oval cutting dies, and three of them piercing dies.  To achieve the effect on my card, I used the middle cutting die and the middle piercing die.  You could also use the dies separately – so you could cut a straight oval only, or you could create the pierced effect in the middle of the cardstock only (to highlight a section, for example – but it won’t cut in an oval shape).  Of course you can also use these dies to add several layers to your card.  These are very versatile dies.  Please see the short video for additional information on how the dies can be used.

Or you can view directly on youtube: spellbinders celebrations back to school card

To assemble the card, I attached the notebook paper to the red background using Scor-Tape.  I attached the stamped image to the oval using a low dimensional adhesive, and then attached the oval to the background layers using Scor-Tape.  I added a ¼” sheer ribbon at the side of the card, and centered it over the red line on the notebook paper.  I attached a bow near the top of the image.  The chunky pencil sticker adds a little more fun dimension.  Super easy card!

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As a two-for-Tuesday bonus, I have a golf martini card that features the Celebra’tions pierced rectangle dies –

golf martini

This is made using most of the same steps as the back to school card.  See the supply list below for the additional items needed to complete this card.

I love the new pierced dies – they are so easy to use and add just a pop of dimension to an otherwise plain layer.  They work equally well for guy cards and girl cards.  How much fun is that?


Supply List:

Spellbinders Celebra’tions pierced dies – I used the pierced oval and pierced rectangle sets

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Assorted cardstock

Adhesive – I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal, the ¼” size; Darice low-dimensional adhesive


Darice embossing folder – Notebook paper

Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Blue and red colored pencils

1/8” hole punch

Copic markers –  E00, E02, Y21, Y23, Y26, COO, C0, C1, C2, C6, R27, R29, YG03, YG06

My Favorite Things stamp – al a modes stamp – “An Apple for Teacher”

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Pencil sticker by Jolees

Additional supplies needed for golf martini card —  golf ball brad; solid green bakers twine; Impression Obsession stamp 02184 “Golf Martini”; Copic markers B0000, R27, R29, YG03, YG06, E31, E33, C00, C1, C6; plaid paper from Graphic 45 Good Ole Sport collection


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Card Making with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

This week I wanted to feature card making with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create dies and stamps and using my Spellbinders Tool N One and some Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I hope you enjoy! These heartfelt dies are great for card making as well as scrapbooking, they are just so versatile! I also wanted to show some of the beautiful stamps that are part of this collection. Before we get started here is a list of products used that are available on the Cut At Home website.

Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 12 x 12 Paper Collection – SKU: HCDP1 245
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create dies, 1A – SKU: HCD 749
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create dies, 1B – SKU: HCD 750
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create dies, 2A – SKU: HCD 751
Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create dies, 2B – SKU: HCD 752
Heartfelt Creations Everyday Blooms Pre-cut Set – HCPC 3618
Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Pre-cut Set – HCPC 3617
Spellbinders Tool ‘n One – SKU: 001
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Forest Moss – SKU: TIM27133

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Items from my stash that I used:
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder – Midnight Emerald, Bazzill Card Stock – Sugar Cookie, VersaMark ink for embossing, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Stippling Brush, BoBunny gems – Baby Bump, Queen & Co. Pearls – Grass Green and adhesive.

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I started by cutting my card base, I cut a 10″ x 7″ piece from the card stock and scored it to make a 5″ x 7″ card base. I cut my rectangles from the patterned paper, I also cut one of the scrolls from the set for the corner of my card.

I decided to emboss and color my stamped image using embossing powder and alcohol markers, the video shows how I did the embossing and coloring.

Or you can watch this directly on youtube.

Once I had the stamped images embossed I cut them out with the corresponding die that I used for the patterned paper, first I embossed the sentiment, I cut it out then I stippled the edges with the distress ink. Next I embossed the flower image, cut it out and colored it with the alcohol ink markers. The video explains how I applied the color.

Once I was happy with the coloring I adhered the elements to the front of the card, then I added the embellishments, I always have to have some bling to finish it off! This is a very clean classic looking card.

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I hope that you like my project for the week, I think this collection is really a must have, there is so much you can create with it! Till next time, Thanks and Happy Scrappin!


Glittered Rose Card featuring Elizabeth Craft Design Dies

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Today I have a beautiful glittered rose card featuring dies by Elizabeth Craft Design.  With all of the components available in this die set, there really are a lot of options for its use.  I chose to do a single long-stemmed rose using the shipping tape glitter method.

rose card

The Elizabeth Craft rose die set is very versatile.  For this project I needed only the long stem, the rose shape and the rose cut-out shape.  I wanted a special paper for this, perhaps something a little brighter this time.  I remembered the beautiful pinks and greens and browns in the Botanical Tea collection by Graphic 45.   I chose a paper called “Just Because” that has a lot of fun words like “hello friend” and “thinking of you”.    The pink in the paper is a salmon pink, so my next challenge was to select glitter.   (Have you noticed how hard it can be to match pinks?)   Since I wanted to use a ombre technique, I really wanted at least 3 complementary glitters.  I was unable to find 3 colors in my stash, but ended up with two coral (almost neon) glitters.

I previously did a post and video demonstrating the shipping tape glitter method.  That post is linked here (Valentines’ Day Love Card).   What I did differently with this card is to use a second, complementary color of glitter to add some additional dimension to the project — a ombre technique.  This requires a bit more planning, and some more controlled application of glitter.  Generally in an ombre technique you want at least three shades of a color to give the proper variation.  In ombre, I generally begin with the darkest shade of glitter, and apply a little, then move to the medium and finally the lightest shade.  I don’t want to use each in equal proportions — I will use just a little of the darkest, more of the medium tone, and the most of the lightest shade.  You want to blur the lines a little – so a little dark creeps into the medium shade, etc.  Although not the same, you can achieve a more dimensional look using a similar technique with only two colors.

For my project, I began by cutting a piece of ivory cardstock 3″ x 4.5″.  I laid the stem and rose dies on the ivory cardstock to determine placement, and then I placed the stem and cut that piece.  My next step was to cut the rose — this needs to be placed carefully so that it is as close to the stem as possible without making additional cuts to the stem area (place the cut out piece aside for now – it will be needed later in the card assembly).   I also needed to cut the stem piece from green cardstock, and the cut-out rose piece from pink cardstock.

I carefully applied the shipping tape to the back of the ivory cardstock, making sure that it covered the entire opening.  If necessary you can place a second piece of shipping tape — the joins won’t show in the finished project.  Use something non-stick to press the tape firmly around the edges of the cardstock.   Then I placed the stem in the cut-out area, again using the non-stick “tool” to press it into place.  It is very important to keep your fingers off of the tape — the glitter, etc. won’t stick properly.  The next step is to place the detailed rose cut-out, and press it into place with the non-stick tool.  Now its time to glitter.  Begin with the darkest color.  You need to use a method to control the glitter as opposed to just shaking it on.  You either want to use a small glitter spoon to control the amount used, or use a pinch method with your fingers to do it.  I used most of the darker color in the center of the rose (the bud), and just a little sprinkled around the outside.  If you keep the amount of glitter minimal, there is no worry about removing the excess.  Then I added the lighter color.  It doesn’t matter so much how this glitter is applied since it will cover the rest of the image.  Be sure to pat down the glitter and make sure it covers the entire taped area.  The final step is to burnish the glittered area with your finger to restore the shine, and to use a soft brush to brush off any excess glitter.  Please see the short video for additional information on how I completed the glittered rose.

You may also see the video here on youtube.

With the glittering done, it is easy to finish the card.  I cut the background layer from brown cardstock  4.25″ x 5.5″.  I cut the patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″, and attached the two layers with Scor-Tape.     I added the ivory ribbon strip and bow, also using Scor-Tape.  Before adding the glittered panel, I placed the cut rose shape (the piece from the ivory cardstock) behind the glittered rose and taped it in place.  You’ll notice that the glittered area is very sheer, and if you don’t put the solid paper behind this, the patterned paper shows through and will give a very odd result.  I used Scor-Tape to place the ivory panel on the card.  The last thing I did was to add a couple of light ivory Dew Drops to the ribbon.

rose card


Supply list

Elizabeth Craft Design Rose die

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

assorted cardstock



Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Glue – I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive

shipping tape


black ink


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Spellbinders Tranquil Moments Cards

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

focus on leaf

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’



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