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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Book Box Mini Album

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

I’m excited to be here with you today! Today is my first design team project for CutAtHome! I chose to use Graphic 45‘s Book box, and add a mini album inside. I also used the gorgeous paper from Graphic 45 Botanical Tea. I used both the 8×8, and the 6×6 paper pads. To go along with the paper, I used the Chipboard 1, along with the Tea tags & pockets. Having the full collection makes it so easy to embellish your project, and it all matches perfect! The Graphic 45 book box is very easy to alter. I first painted the edges with White Gesso. Then I painted it with Folk art Metallic Ice blue…it matched perfect with the collection. I adhered the paper’s on with Mod podge, in the matte finish. Then to add all my embellishments on the front, I used my hot glue gun.

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I used several flowers on the front, some of them I hand-made, with the help of my Silhouette Cameo and a couple of Tim Holtz items. I used a beautiful flourish die by Lori Whitlock & Sizzix. The adorable little box on the front is a Magnolia die called “Pixie box”, which I added a small piece of doily inside.  For the inside album, I used a clear acrylic album that I had in my stash. I dyed some Hug snug seam binding, to match the paper collection, and used it as a tie on the album, that way when the box is displayed standing up, the album will not fall out. BTW… all the graphic 45 paper is 10% Off here at and you can go here as well to see new projects and ideas:

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I kept the inside of the album very simple. After adding my photos, I may go back & add a few things. I also made a charm to go on the binding ring of the mini, and added a little more of that hand-dyed seam binding.

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I hope you enjoy this album, I do have a start to finish on how I made this, if you are interested in seeing the process, here is the video:



Graphic 45:  
Book box:
SKU: 4500844

Botanical Tea 8×8 paper:
skU: 4500888

Botanical Tea 6×6 paper:
SKU: 4500887

Botanical Tea Chipboard 1:
SKU: 4500895

Botanical Tea tags & pockets:
SKU: 4500892

Tim Holtz: Distress ink:

Broken china:
SKU: TIM21414


Sizzix: Flourish Beautiful:
SKU: 659714


Magnolia Pixie box die:
SKU: M47525

Items from my stash:

Tim Holtz Distress ink: Fired brick, Mod podge, Gesso, Folk art paint: Metallic Ice Blue, Hug snug, and flowers.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed my project, it was a lot of fun to make. If you have not tried working with the G45 Botanical tea paper collection, I highly recommend it!

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Daisy’s Special Frame

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Hi There!  Karen N here with a fun way to use Spellbinder Nestabilities dies to create a frame for photos in a scrapbook lay-out along with Tim Holtz Ideology Paper.

For this project, I used Tim Holtz Ideology Wallflower Stash paper (which is seriously GORGEOUS!) and the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight, but most any of these fabulous nesting dies would work.  Here’s a close-up of the “frame” that I’m highlighting in this project.



I cut the picture and the light tan out of the 2″ x 3″ size and the dark tan from the 3″ x 4″ size.  I then cut the light tan in half (and cut off the little tips on top and bottom) and adhered them to the back of the photo just peaking out a little bit.  Then I adhered the whole thing to the dark tan.  I love how the added layering highlights the picture.  In my video I neglected to show you the teensy flowers on the right side of the picture.  These were fussy cut from the paper line I used.

I also cut a flower from the Elizabeth Craft Design Flower Set 1.  Here’s a close-up of that cool flower.



Each layer of the flower is cut with alternating patterns.  I curled the edges up or down with my fingers and added some ribbon and burlap.

And here’s the final lay-out!


Here’s a video that demonstrates this technique.  I sure hope you try it!

or you can watch it on YouTube.


Supply list:

Tim Holtz Ideo-ology Wallflower Stash paper

Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight

Elizabeth Craft Designs Flower Set 1 dies

3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon, burlap ribbon and lace

Thickers alphas

UmWow Studio confetti heart chipboard


Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen N (


Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box!

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I know I have said many times before how much I love the Big Shot Pro Machine and my Bon Voyage Sizzix Pro Suitcase Treat Box is just one example of why I love this machine! I totally love making the darling boxes and bags that you can do with it! If you are not familiar with the Big Shot Pro, it is a larger version of the Sizzix Big Shot and will cut pretty much ANY manufacturer die. It’s wonderful and I love using the Bigz Pro Dies!


This die may look intimidating, but trust me, it took only a few minutes to assemble once I had it cut and the Scor-Tape in place. All of the pieces for the suitcase are on one Pro die. The tag which I tied to the handle is from Little B, but worked well with my project.


All of the score lines are automatically done at the same time the die is cut, so all you have to do is fold along the score lines, place your adhesive where the instructions tell you and assemble! One thing I will tell you is to make sure you insert the handle first thing! I made several of these boxes and forgot to do that on the first couple and had to peel up the one end to put it in. DUH! I have included some assembly photos for you to get an idea, but the instructions are pretty self explanatory for this die.








Once I had assembled the box, I cut small embellishments from the 8 x 8 paper pad to adhere to the box, which were perfect size. I stamped the saying on the tag, inked around the edges and tied it to the handle with twine. Fill with candy or other treats and you’re on your way!


Here is my list of supplies used for this project:

658488 Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Box, Suitcase

Tim Holtz Crowded Attic Paper Pad

IC0310 Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 3

4500923 Graphic 45 Come Away With Me 8 x 8 Paper Pad

202 Scor-Tape 1/4″

HF214 Hero Arts Shadow Ink Cup O’ Joe

100386 Little B Tags Dies


I thought the suitcase was perfect for this blog post, as this is my final post for Cut@Home. I am moving on to other things and will miss showing all of you the fun things that you can create with paper and dies! Oh, don’t worry, I will still be scrapbooking and making cards, but just won’t be posting them. You will still be able to get lots of inspiration from our other designers on our design team!

So, for my final post I would like to say Bon Voyage to all you wonderful crafters! Maybe our cyber travels will bring us together again someday!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!



Cool Sizzix Center Step Card!

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I received this totally cool Sizzix Center Step Card die and couldn’t wait to try it out. Technically, the name of the die is Card, Center Step so if you want to look it up by name, that is the appropriate one to use.( I will have the number for it in the product list below.)


This die is VERY COOL! Everything you need to assemble the card is on one Bigz XL die except the embellishments to dress it up. You will need extended cutting mats. It is super easy to put together and took no time at all to complete this card once I decided what I wanted to embellish it with.



I chose the Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Collection to use on the card base which was just out of cream card stock. I love the color pallet of the Enchanted Garden and the embellishments!  The banner was cut with Sizzix Triplits 8pk Banners die set and the sentiment from Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set, which I must not have inked good enough in one spot, but oh well. I forgot to stamp the sentiment before adhering the label, so it was a done deal.





Really, all you do is cut the pieces and adhere in place! The score lines are already done for you when you cut the card base, so all you have to do is follow the score lines to fold. So easy and so cute! It folds up very nicely to fit into an A2 Envelope.

Product list:

659724-Sizzix Card, Center Step

659606-Sizzix Triplits 8PK Banners

16217382-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden 6×6 paper pad

16204376-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Brads

16207377-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Jewels

16233383-Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Ephemera

30-229 Penny Black Special Wishes stamp set

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!


Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Introducing the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create Collection which is designed for those that have stacks of photos somewhere that need to get into a book or at least onto a page so that they can see them (like me). NEWSFLASH!! No one’s ever going to ever look at photos you have tucked away in storage!!!

These sets are designed to make it so that you can pick up a book and relive those memories of outrageous adventure, indescribable joy and delicate beauty from memorable events and everyday life with the ones that love you.

You get a die cut for every size photo you have in storage. You don’t need to measure anything at all- simply cut out your photos whichever way you prefer and the format will fit perfectly on a 12×12 layout. You get complete total peace of mind from having total creative control: you can arrange the photos upright or sideways and cut them out large or small.

With this new concept, you get to relive the amazing moments in 5 easy steps:

Step 1: Pull out your photos
Step 2: Choose which ones go together
Step 3: Choose your favorite sketch
Step 4: Cut out your photos and mats
Step 5: Glue them down

Heartfelt Creations own Emma Lou Beechy demonstrates how to use this collection with both scrapbooking layouts and cards in this tutorial. Such an easy concept!

Simple as can be! Now is your chance (and mine) to get caught up on your scrapbooks or if scrapbooking is not your thing and  card making is your passion, then check out the card examples below from the Heartfelt Creations designers. WOW! This collection is stunning!

HC Paper

The collection consists of a 12 x 12 paper pad, four die sets and 6 cling stamp sets. and are sold separately. To view the whole collection, please click on the following link:

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HC 2

HC 3

HC 4

HC 5

HC 6

HC 7

HC 8

HC 9

HC 10


Get a close-up look at the individual products of this collection in the following video.

I don’t know about you, but this collection is a definite must have on my list! There IS a light at the end of the photo boxes! To view more gorgeous examples from the Heartfelt Creations design team, please click this link:

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!




Kaisercraft Teeny Tiny Mini Album in a Designer Box

Monday, July 7th, 2014

I’m not a hoarder, really I’m not, but when I see some cute packaging, like unique envelopes that come in the mail, I just have to keep them for inspiration.  Or how about those nice thick round coasters they put under your drinks, or the nifty box that your gift came in.  All these ‘throw away’ items can make wonderful patterns for your projects.  A while back a crafty friend was going to Estate sales and ran across these old Cigarollo boxes that had metal tins inside, She sent me some thinking I’d want to alter the tins, which I do, but the box, oh how I loved the box.  It had the neatest flap that folded over the top and tucked into the inside.



For more on this post please see the page at:

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers