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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Distressed Sunflower Bag

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013



Today I want to show you a distressed sunflower bag featuring Sizzix sunflower dies that are part of the Susan’s Garden collection.   I love flowers of all kinds, and I especially enjoy being able to create my favorites using various paper crafting techniques.

The Sizzix Susan’s Garden dies are very detailed, and sometimes those little pieces can be a little intimidating.  If you’ll invest a little time and patience, you’ll be able to create a beautiful flower too.  Be sure to go to the Sizzix website to download the instructions for creating the flower you’ve selected, along with the general directions.  Sizzix also has videos available, if that is an easier way for you to learn the techniques.

 Sizzix recommends a smooth cardstock for the flowers, but I wanted a vintage or distressed look.  I selected the Tim Holtz distress Core’dinations cardstock to achieve that look.  Even though it has a canvas finish instead of a smooth finish, it worked well for me.  Perhaps I did lose a little fine detail, but I liked the overall finished look.

The first step is to cut all of the pieces you’ll need.  Check the directions – you’ll need two of some of the pieces.   When I did my first flower, I also cut some practice pieces so I could work on the techniques.

Normally the next step would be to add some color at the base of the petals to add some depth and dimension.   For my flower, instead of adding color at the base, I removed a little color at the ends of the petals by sanding.  I also lightly sanded the edges of the leaves. This gave me the distressed or vintage look that I wanted.

Now it is time to shape and form the pieces.  The Sizzix website has great instructions for this, so I won’t repeat them here.  Although it takes a few minutes to work through each of the pieces, the techniques aren’t difficult.  Also it takes less time after the first few pieces, as you become more comfortable with the process.  You can see the basic techniques in this short video.

I think assembly is the fun part.  This is where the pieces come together to make a beautiful flower.  The key is to have good glue.  I used a tacky formula so that the pieces would stay in place quicker.  Again, refer to the Sizzix instructions for the detailed steps.  Note that for my flower, I added some extra petals to fill it out.  Another change I made was to add a little Flower Soft to the center of the flower (instead of the product Sizzix recommends).  The instructions are there to guide you through the basic process, and you can modify as you see fit to make your flower.  The beauty in nature is that no two flowers are exactly the same, and you’ll find the same is true of the flowers that you create.  The pieces are so adaptable, don’t be afraid to experiment and/or use the products you have on hand.   Here is a close-up view of the finished sunflower.


I purchased a pre-made bag.  To finish the bag, I added buttons around the outside band (I glued mine, but you could also sew them on), and then attached the sunflower.   The Saggy Baggy I used is just right for a pint-sized mason jar that could be filled with any kind of gift or treat.  All in all, an easy project – and who wouldn’t want to receive this as a gift!

Supply List:

Sizzix Susan’s Garden sunflower dies

Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool kit or similar

Yellow, green and brown cardstock – I used Tim Holtz distress Core’dinations paper in wild honey, crushed olive and walnut stain.

Glue – I used Scotch Quick-Dry tacky formula

Fine sandpaper

Flower Soft – nut brown

Saggy Baggy by Canvas Corp.  I chose burlap, but they have other canvas options available.

Buttons by Dress It Up – I selected the fall assortment.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Explore Beyond-Spellbinders Sneak Peak Day 6!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Explore Beyond-Spellbinders Sneak Peak Day 6 has some especially exciting news! Today, Spellbinders is announcing one of the biggest launches in Spellbinders history! Spellbinders is pleased to bring you… Media Mixage™, a collection of products from bezels to blanks, matching die templates, metals, and more! Their new Media Mixage line makes it fun and easy to bring color, layers and dimension to products of all kinds! Explore Beyond to create jewelry, home decor, paper crafting, art journals, and fabric art!

They’re also announcing an exciting collaboration with renowned artist, jeweler, and  metalworker, Susan Lenart Kazmer! Susan brings added beauty and elegance to this new line with her own additions of bezels, blanks, and ephemera papers. Check out Susan’s amazing tutorial using the new Media Mixage line and Ice Resin.

And that’s not all! They’re also announcing the release of a brand new machine! The Artisan X-Plorer is a multi-purpose, high pressure, roller machine. Unlike the large format Grand Calibur machine, the Artisan X-Plorer is a small machine for more targeted pressure. This new machine cuts and embosses a wide range of materials. Our mixed media friends will appreciate this! In the video below, Stacey and our Education Director, Kim, share some of the amazing new features of the Artisan X-Plorer machine and our fantastic new Media Mixage line!

Artisan X-plorer


Susan has created this incredible necklace using Media Mixage, and the Artisan X-plorer. The product shown is part of that line! This is going to be a lot of fun create projects with!


MB1-005 Hearts One Hobnail Bezel:

Hearts One Hobnail Bezel

Susan Lenark

Seth Apter is a well known mixed media artist and author and a new member of Spellbinders design team. He is sharing his unique projects using three new products, which I am positive you will enjoy!

S4-386 Cogs:


Approximate sizes:

1: 1/2″

2: 1″

3: 1 1/2″

4: 2 1/8″

5: 3″

6: 4″

MT1-005 Texture Plates Grate Works Three:

Grate Works Three

Approximate size: 3 3/8 x 3 3/8″

MM1-004 Aluminum Metal:

Aluminum Metal

Seth Apter 1

Seth Apter 2

Seth Apter 3

Amazing! Don’t you think? Delving into Mixed Media is going to be a blast with these latest innovations from Spellbinders! Once again, they have surpassed my wildest imaginations as to what they could impress us with!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for our final day of Spellbinders sneak peak!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Score Fold Create Scor-Pal Project Book

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

scor-pal project bookThe Scor-Pal Project Book is a book including 80 pages spiral bounded that lays flat for easy reference while crafting or card making. Absolutely beautiful hand picked design projects will be shown in this book. The actual name of the book is called, “Score Fold Create Scor Pal Project Book” (click on link to order & read more). Crafters can now learn how to use the Scor-Pal Scoring tool and board with the ease of these tutorials that will show you how to assemble cards,boxes, and other paper crafts. Lovely hand made cards, gift boxes, and decorative ideas will also be included in the project book. These can be treasured up by family and friends for many years!!!

So what if you are new to paper crafting and don’t know what the Scor-Pal is? Or you have never HEARD of the art of scoring and folding paper? Well…. welcome aboard!!! This will be the “perfect” guide to get started.

Here is some more information though about scoring paper and folding. So it is much like origami except that you will use a board that has grooves in it where you will then use a tool to press down on your paper in those groove lines following a pattern to create creases or folds in certain positions. Once this is done you then can assemble with Scor-Tape to create your card or box!!! You can CLICK HERE to read more about the Scor-Pal OR if you are interested in the Scor-Buddy which is the mini portable version for only doing cards go HERE!

scor-pal scoring tool






Here is a video also talking about this BOOK in case you would rather watch and listen!

Thanks for reading!

Cut@Home Management

Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection And Staples!

Friday, July 13th, 2012

We are busy, busy today getting ready for CHA next week, but I just HAVE to make sure you see the new Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection and Staples just available today for Pre-Order! Click HERE to view ALL of our Pre-Order items.

You will find oriental grace and beauty in this collection with lavish color, rich traditions and the tranquility of nature greet you when you open the paper pads which include 12 beautiful double sided papers (2 of each). This collection also includes exquisite Stamp Sets, Chipboard Tags and Stickers that will have you thinking you are in an Asian garden.

Shall we begin? Follow me into an enchanting array of paper bliss!

“Bird Song”











“Joy Luck”











“Good Fortune”











“Pearls of Wisdom”






















“Endless Spring”











“Cherry Blossom”





















“Jasmine Dream”























“Shanghai Girls”






















Chipboard Tags 1 & 2











Stickers and Alphabet Stickers











Stamps 1, 2 & 3











And now it is my great pleasure to share Graphic 45 designer projects. I promise that you will be in awe of their exceptional work! Thank you Graphic 45 for sharing!




















Incredible! I am amazed at these projects. Absolutely gorgeous!

Okay, now to move on. I also mentioned the new Graphic 45 Staples and I just know you are going to LOVE these! I am thrilled about them!

Antique Metal Door Pull












Ornate Metal Keys












Matchbook Boxes  and Easel Albums











Ornate Metal Key Holes












Ornate Metal Label Holders












Whew! That is all for now.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these! There is enough here to support all of your scrapbooking, card making and paper crafting ambitions!

I would LOVE to know what you think of the new Graphic 45 products! Please leave your comments.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Easy Serving Tray And Coaster Set Using Spellbinders!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Need gift ideas? I have an easy serving tray and coaster set using Spellbinders dies that I want to show you! June ALWAYS brings wedding bells and my refrigerator is currently sporting three June wedding invitations and 4 graduation announcements! YIKES! My wallet is definitely going to need a little help!

What is the saying…When the going gets tough, the tough get going? Well, since my wallet says it could use a little help  (let’s not forget Father’s Day in there too), I had better get going on some gift ideas!

I have always liked making gifts. For one thing, it is relaxing and fun or me, and for another, they are more personal,  they can’t be returned and the receiver will never know how much (or how little) I payed for their gift! Do I sound cheap? Well, since it is only the last day of May  and June hasn’t even started yet, I guess I better be kind of cheap, ’cause I don’t know how many more invites the mail is going to deliver in the next few weeks!

Okay, now on to my project! I picked up this serving tray and coasters on clearance at Hobby Lobby. They did not match AT ALL (the coasters were a bright lime green) , but I thought with a little help from a can of spray paint and some decorative paper, I could have a matching set in no time! You can watch the video for more details about how I put this all together.


Serving Tray

Coaster Set

E8-008 Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Edges Two

E8-010 Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Decorative Inserts Two

S4-116 Spellbinders Standard Circles Small Nestabilities

S5-081 Spellbinders Damask Motifs

4500482 Graphic 45 Kraft Reflections 12×12 Paper Pad

GC-001 Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine

Rustoleum Spray Paint

Mod Podge

Foam brush

I hope this has given you some ideas for gifts! I’d love to hear about your ideas!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




QuicKutz Treat Box

Friday, June 1st, 2012

I just have to share the adorable QuicKutz Treat Box with everyone! It is so fun and easy to use that it’s hard to imagine how I lived without it. Seriously, at first glance I thought of at least 5 different ways I could use this little gem. Lesson plans, party favors, games, thank you treats, ‘Welcome to the neighborhood’ treat, etc. The list goes on. Fortunately for me, my piano recital was coming up and I now had a cute and fun way to give a little something to all of my students and their families! If you all are like me and like to use just one cutting die for a project, then look no further, you really don’t need anything else but the box! This set includes seven dies to make a treat box-with handle, different styles of flowers, a leaf, and labels to personalize for any occasion!

Is that not fun?! I had a few parents comment on how cute the little box of treats was. At first I wasn’t sure if it would be big enough for the candy I purchased, but it dared to amaze me. I got more than a handful of treats in there with ease. How cute would this be as a party favor for a baby shower!? Kind of makes me want to throw one right now!

Products used:

DC0268 QuicKutz Treat Box

DC0262 QuicKutz Nesting Clovers (bottom box only)


With a box this cute, who wouldn’t want to see what’s inside. You can really get creative with these and I love that. My next project with these beauties is a game for my two year old (maybe even a Christmas countdown during the holiday season-how cute would that be)! I would love to know what you come up with or think of for this!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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