CUT to YOU | The Best | Easter Nest & Bunny Silhouette cut files|Melinda Sweetman

Hi everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really egg-cited (haha!!) to share my latest creation with you featuring 2 of the newer Easter cut file designs!!

I started this page with the adorable Easter Nest cut file.

And couldn’t resist recreating my own “Lindt Gold Bunny” using the cute Bunny Silhouette cut file which I backed using some of the left over gold foil from our recent partnership with Spieglemom Scraps!!

For this page I wanted to use the beautiful new freebie digital collection by Traci Reed “Here Comes the Sun” which I have printed out on a bunch of different types of papers!!

My idea was to create 3 shaker pockets with the Easter Eggs in the Easter Nest cut file for some extra fun!

I’ve hand stitched around the eggs which has given enough dimension for the sequins to move around and shake!

I do have a process video for you if you’d like to see my page come together, just click that play button and enjoy!

Have you seen the newest release? Gwen, as always, has a stunning collection of fresh new cut files for this month and my personal fave is Party Bow!! IKR, it’s gorgeous! And such a different design for me to pick as much fave but I’m thinking up a creative way I can use it 😉

Until I’m back, happy scrapping and I hope I have inspired you to maybe use multiple cut files in a project or perhaps even create a shaker pocket of your own!!

Melinda

CUT to YOU | Just Hanging Out | Summer Days Cut File | Melinda Sweetman

Hi everyone I’m so excited you are here with me as I share my latest creation with you!

How super fun and bright and colourful is it?!? I just LOVE it! And I love how I have used the “Summer Days” cut file as part of the background!!

When I decided to use this photo of my boys I just KNEW that the brand new Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection “Sunkissed” would be the perfect match! Knowing the photo and the collection I wanted to use just left the cut file choice! I wanted something that I could easily incorporate into my background without the cut file being the main and most obvious piece on the page.

I have sized the cut file to 9 different sizes and played with the idea I had in my head in the Silhouette software. When I was happy with the cut size and placement I sent the white card stock through to be cut.

On another piece of thick, smooth white card stock I had my Cameo trace the beginning and ending S’s in each line and also a horizontal line between each of the lines of text in pencil so I knew where to place each of the cuts. I do show that part of my process in my process video which is linked below for you!

I’ve pulled out 5 Distress Oxide colours (from top to bottom – Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans) and swiped those across my page – here is where those horizontal lines came into action 😉 – and then activated with a paint brush loaded up with water to create paint strokes.

When that was all dry, I adhered all of those “Summer Days” pieces with scotch tacky only in the centre line. For texture and interest I’ve then stitched straight through the middle of each of those title pieces with matching coloured thread and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it came out! I also stitched along the horizontal lines with some gold thread.

I’ve pulled a few pieces from the floral ephemera pack, the puffy stickers, the accessory sticker sheet, the gold foam titles and one of the wooden buttons to complete my page. My title is an acrylic piece from my stash. With all of my pieces in place I was then able to go back through to the cut files and lift up either edge for some interest!

This layout was oh so fun to create! I love that I have used a “title” cut file to create my background and that, with the help of my layer choices, it does not over my layout!! Gwen has so many titles in the store to choose from and I hope that perhaps I have inspired you to play with one as part of a background design!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today!! I look forward to sharing another project with you soon but until then, happy scrapping!!
Mel


CUT to YOU | Remember | Fleur de Lily & Hashtag Remember This Cut Files | Melinda Sweetman

Hi everyone, it’s lovely to be here on the blog with you sharing this page that I created!

For this page I was challenged to use a floral cut file – 2 florals in a row, who even am I anymore?!? Now, Gwen has the most beautiful floral cut files and I love every single one but sometimes it’s tricky for me to incorporate them. But I’ve gone with this beautiful “Fleur de Lily” cut file as it really spoke to me about some journalling I wanted to record.

As I created this page I realised that I wanted to keep it really soft and pretty so wanted a fairly neutral-ish, simple title so grabbed the “Hashtag Remember This” cut file and removed the top and bottom lines in Silhouette Studio to leave me with simply “Remember”.

As you can see above, this page has no photo and that was intentional. The words on this page tell a very sad story that has stuck with me since I was 16 but it was a story that I definitely wanted to include in my album.

For something different I chose to work on a 9″ x 12″ layout so sized my cut files accordingly and cut them both on textured white cardstock.

To keep my idea of “soft and pretty” I decided to use vellum to back my floral cut file pieces. If you’ve never used vellum before heads up 😉 If you add any liquid it WILL curl up!! To colour my pieces I taped them to my craft mat and painted using a mix of Shimmerz paints. These were left to air dry, because – tip 2 – vellum can melt! I used the Silhouette software again to cut the backing pieces for the lilies and I so love how this beautiful Lily came together!

The rest of the page came together pretty quickly and easily with some stitching detail, some alpha stickers and sequins.

I hear you asking “But, the journalling Mel! Where is it?!?” Well, that is tucked away behind the white cardstock! I’ve used my stitching to create a secure hinge, printed my journalling onto vellum and stuck that onto another piece of white cardstock that is behind.

I do, of course, have a process video for you to see this page come together and, seriously, am so, so happy with how this page turned out. In fact, it’s better than I had envisioned! Though it is a sad story I am happy to have my feelings and thoughts recorded in an artistic, true to me way.

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I hope that I have inspired you to get some of your own thoughts and feelings recorded. It doesn’t always have to be front and centre of the page, especially when you have access to such beautiful floral cut files to help tell those stories!

I’m looking forward to sharing my next page with you (think fun, Summer!!) but until then, happy scrapping!
Mel

CUT to YOU | Magnolia Bouquet Kit | Forty

Hello friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today!

I was given the challenge of using a black cut file for this share and funnily enough already had a couple cut in black so was super excited to get this one used up!

The cut file on this page is actually from one of the KIT to YOU kits “Magnolia Bouquet” and, as you can see, I’ve used it TOTALLY differently to the way Gwen used it in the kit and I just love this file in black!!

For this layout I have chosen to play with the Pink Paislee “5th & Monaco” collection which I had purchased to scrap at least some of the photos from my big 40th last year.

I’ve used the 6×8 paper pad to back the cut file in pretty pinks and white with gold foiled patterns and love the way the black cut file makes it pop off the page!

My title is actually the acrylic piece that was used as my cake topper! Hubby just (carefully!) removed the spike and I have a giant shiny acrylic piece to pair with my beautiful cut file and photo!

I’ve done a little mixed media in the background – totally inspired by the amazing Sue Plumb! You can see my page come together over on my YT video, which is linked below for you!

I think I will use this page as a kind of “chaper title” page in my 2020 album so kept the journalling pretty short – to the effect of “With all of the uncertainty of 2020 I am so very grateful that I got the chance to celebrate this milestone birthday with those I love!”

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that maybe you have been inspired to create with a black cut file! Or perhaps you have a KIT to YOU kit that you are inspired to use in a different than “designed” way or maybe even as a great place to start something new if your mojo is a little meh at the moment!

Until next time, happy scrapping and make sure you check out all of the beautiful KIT to YOU kits in the store! I just love them so much!!

Melinda

CUT to YOU | A Love Like Gnome Other | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU family and welcome to the blog tody for my first February post!! I am so, so, so excited to be sharing this page with you!

So, as you can see, I have used the oh so fun and adorable brand new Gnome cut files! I seriously love these so, so much!! First up that title – “A Love Like Gnome Other“.

And the other is, of course, “Mr & Mrs Gnome“, aren’t they just adorable?!

I’m sure you noticed too all of that gorgous gold foil!! That is the stunning new “Fab Foils” from Spiegelmom Scraps. This month we are collaborating Fab Foils & Cut Files for some shiny fun!!

This foil adds so much pop to a project and, once you get the hang of applying it, it is so easy to work with! As you can see I’ve used it here to back parts of Mr & Mrs Gnome and also to add in the letters for the title.

Now, because I like to challenge myself (apparently lol) I have also decided to play along with one of this months CSI challenges!

I was inspired by the colour palette, the theme of love, the idea of writing my journalling in letter format and those little pops of black in the doodled type images.

I have a process video for you which is linked below to show just how this page came together and I do hope you enjoy!

Have you checked out all of the gorgeous new release cut files for Feb yet? Which is your fave? Or perhaps you were like me and just HAD to cut Mr & Mrs Gnome IMMEDIATELY?! Either way, I hope that this inspires you in some way!! So many options with this share lol

I have already got a start on my next share and can’t wait to share that with you but until then, happy scrapping and I’ll see you soon!
Mel
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CUT to YOU | Family | Rainbow Burst

Hello and welcome to the blog today.
Melinda here with you and I am super excited to share this project with you!!

This was a Christmas gift for a friend and as soon as I saw the “Rainbow Burst” cut file I knew it would work perfectly with this photo!!

I’ve used the stunning “Daydream” collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and created my own background to work with this amazing cut file! I love, love, love that very subtle water colour rainbow under the photo, swoon!

You can hit play on the video below to see how I created this. This process video includes a little bit of a Silhouette Studio tutorial too which shows how I very slightly altered the cut file to suit my needs! I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions please let me know!

Finally, I will leave you with a few close up images of this page. I do hope you enjoy and that I have inspired you to create a subtle rainbow of your own maybe to work with this stunning new cut file!

Make sure you head over to the store for all of the new January releases and happy scrapping!!
Mel

CUT to YOU | You Are My World | Melinda Sweetman

Hey and hello!! I am so very happy to be here with you for my very first share for CUT to YOU for 2021! Here is the fun and bright page that I created.

Now, this cut file is actually from one of the “Kit to You” kits and is the “You Are My World” kit.

I really, really love this title but as you can see I have gone in a very different direction to what is in the kit which just goes to show how versatile a cut file AND the kits are!

I’ve pulled some goodies from my stash for this page, namely Shimelle “Box of Crayons” and really love the bright and bold colours.

And, of course, I have a process video for you which is linked below.

I’ll leave you too, with a few close ups!

If you haven’t already, you should TOTALLY check out the Kits in the store! I really, really love these cut files and they are only available through the kits. I’ve also used the kit as they were specifically designed when I’ve found myself a little lacking in mojo! If you’re not sure what the kits are all about Gwen has uploaded a video over here with all the info!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today and that I have inspired you to maybe use some supplies a little differently to their original purpose! Happy scrapping and see you soon!

Melinda

Lovely | Melinda Sweetman

Hello one final time for 2020 from me!!! And boy what a year it’s been! I don’t know about you but this year sure has given me time to think about the things I’m grateful for and lots of time to scrap!! Today I have for you a scrapbook layout about ME! And some fun winter PJ’s! I hope you enjoy!

I don’t know if you have seen this most gorgeous fox in the store but I have seriously been hanging out to use her for the longest time! She is “Mrs Fox” is available here in the CUT to YOU store. I have cut her on the “Stepping Stones” pattern paper in the Daydream collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The colours in this collection were just PERFECT for this photo!

Gah, isn’t she just the cutest little fox ever?!? However, I do think she needs a “Mr Fox”, Gwen…..
Anyways, I have backed her using the 6×8 Paper Stack in the Daydream collection and then used that gorgeous blue with the feathers for my background. Mrs Fox and my photo just pop right off that background!

As usual, I have a process video for you all! Please be aware, this video was made away from home so looks a little different to my “normal” videos but I figured a video was better than no video 😉

I’ll leave you with a few close up shots of this and I do hope that I have inspired you to scrap a little something about YOU!!

If you are reading this post the day it goes live there are only 9 short days until the excitement of Christmas morning is actually here! However you celebrate, even if your Christmas Day is a not a “traditional Christmas celebration”, I wish you all a magical day, filled with lots of love and laughter and hopefully surrounded by those you love!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic remainder of December and 2020!!
Mel
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Christmas Star | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone, it’s Melinda here with you for today’s blog post! I have this super fun Christmas page to share featuring a 2019 photo.

This page features the very awesome “Star Light, Star Bright” cut file which has been embossed with gold glitter embossing powder. And I just love how it turned out!

I said it recently in another post, but in case you didn’t know, stars are totally my jam. My fave!! So as I flipped through my photos and came across this one. I knew straight away that I just HAD to cut it AND that it simply HAD to be gold!

By happy accident my boy is wearing a teal-ish coloured shirt which, for me, is part of a perfect Christmas colour combo – red/teal/white/gold and in this case, silver too ;), so I totally embraced that and created a messy mixed media background with lots of different Lindy’s products.

Oh, and with teal in my colour scheme I simply had to include these gorgeous X and O Charms Creations!!!

I, of course, have a process video for which is below! Grab a cuppa, sit back and I do hope you enjoy!

I’ll leave with you a few close up shots!!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that maybe I have inspired you to use a more non-traditional colour scheme for some Christmas pages 😉 Make sure to head over here to the shop if you are looking for all of the stunning Christmas designs and make sure you have signed up here to the newsletter. It may be very worth your while to keep up to date with the CUT to YOU happenings 😉

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
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Happy Birthday | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello CUT to YOU friends and family!! I’m really excited to be here with you to share this somewhat (ok, ok, VERY!!) busy page that I created using 2 cut files and a quick and easy mixed media technique on my background!

And here is the first file I used – “Happy Birthday Title“. This was cut in white textured cardstock and backed with the 6×8 Paper Stack from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Legendary collection.

And the second one I used is “Rock Star“. Now, if you follow me you probably know that I love stars so when I saw this cut file when it was released I was so bummed when I didn’t come up with an idea straight away! But, it’s on a page now and I love it! This was cut on a pattern paper – Cocoa Vanilla Studio – Legendary – “Brave Heart”.

I’m also playing along with this fun CSI Challenge which is all about using older products!! I’ve pulled some acrylic paint from my stash as my “older stash” and then pulled on the fun, bright colours and also included lots of layers on my back ground and distressing.

Of course, I have a process video for you which is below! For me to include all the things it’s a bit longer than “normal” so make sure you grab a cuppa and I hope you enjoy!

I seriously had so much fun creating this page! It’s messy, bright, layered and features my boy on his 10th birthday with a few loving words from Mum to Son. I’ll leave with you a few close ups and make sure you head on over to CSI: Color Stories, Inspiration to join in one, some or maybe even ALL of the challenges that are current! Remember, CTY is a major sponsor!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that it has inspired you to maybe play along with one of these challenges for some great prizes! Or perhaps, to try a new (maybe messy?!?) technique?!? I’d love to hear!

Oh, one last thing before I leave, have you seen the gorgeous new Christmas cut files in the store?!?? SO many beautiful designs! I can’t wait to share my next page with you, wink wink 😉 Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!