Live For Today | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CTY blog today! Melinda here with you with another share and for this page I have used an older cut file called Live For Today.

I cut this in black card a while ago and thought it was perfect for these photo’s of my biggest child. First up I backed the open letters of my title using some patterned paper I had picked out to work with the colours in my photos.

I worked out where the photos and title were going to be placed and added some white gesso to my back ground paper, smudging the edges with my finger for a softer finish. I also added a small amount to the top left of the page. I’ve used the packaging technique and a paint brush to add colour onto the gesso’ed back ground paper with some mists and paints from my stash. You can see how that all came together in my process video, linked below!

After adding my mixed media I added a couple of paper layers and some tissue paper behind the small photos. I stuck all the photos and title together to make it easier to maneuver around my page.

I added some more messy fun to the back ground after it was dry with some stamping in black and splatters in matching colours.

With the title and photos being one big cluster that made it easy to work out exact placement and next it was time to embellish. I grabbed a couple of spools of thread (green and blue to match my back ground) and added 3 messy clusters of tangled thread and then hunted for the longest time for something else to add.

In my bag of already cut CTY cuts I found these great little geo leaves from the Wild Geometric cut file and decided they would be perfect! I backed the leaves in matching papers and then added those in my 3 main clusters over the top of my thread. Then using some wet glue I stuck the thread, title and photos and geo leaves.

I felt like my title wasn’t popping enough so I grabbed a white paint pen and outlined the whole file and love the extra attention it brings to the title! Oh, and white splatters in the background 😉

A few sprinkles of stickers, word strips, enamel shapes and my journalling and my page is done!

I hope you have enjoyed my share today, I love these photo’s of my little goof ball and I love the finished page!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda
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Dad’s Awesome Little Helper | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the CTY blog today!! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you as I’ve done something a little different with a cut file for this page. Without further ado, here is my creation

As you can see I have created a mixed media background without a cut file in sight!! But wait!! The cross stitch heart pattern in the background is indeed a cut file! It’s the Stitch Geo Heart cut file and  I cut this on some paper that I won’t use and then using some modelling paste used it as a stencil! I did leave it over night to dry thoroughly as I knew I was going to add lots of water.

I’ve used my (brand new 😉 ) Distress Oxide sprays to add colour to the heart. I’ve simply sprayed a little colour, spritzed some water and between tipping my page and using a paint brush got the colour moving all over the heart and defining the heart shape. The colours I have used are Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Faded Jeans. I’ve used a wet paint brush with clean water around the shape of the heart to fade out the colours.

Once the colours were dry I went back in with the nozzle of each of the colours and splattered away to my hearts content. You can see in this close up how you get the different colours coming through with each of those sprays and I just love it!

I didn’t want to cover up too much of the heart so I have used a pattern paper behind the square photo and then some white tissue paper behind both photos and stuck them together.

It was always obvious to me that the title of this page HAD to be “Dad’s Little Helper” so with that in mind I picked out some lettering and in the process found that “awesome” wood veneer painted in the perfect colour to go onto this page so added to my title coming up with “Dad’s Awesome Little Helper” – all the alphas are from my stash and all except the tiny foam ones are old!

I added in a couple of cut apart pieces from Elle’s Studio and then finished off the page with some yellow puffy hearts. I love the contrast of the yellow against all of those blues and greens!

This is a pair of older photos but I really do love going back and scrapping some of these older memories. There is a big part of me that is sad that this little dude is now so big, it just goes so fast; but it always makes me smile when I reminisce!

My “stencil” is still good for another use or even 2 as I only used it to apply some modelling paste and didn’t leave too much on the paper so you very may well see this same pattern pop up soon!

I do have a process video available for you as well, including how I created my stencil in Silhouette Studio. Just hit the button below and enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll be back again soon with another share!

Melinda

Family Christmas Selfie 2018 | Melinda Sweetman

Hey everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I am so excited to be here sharing on the blog for the first time with my latest creation for CUT to YOU!

I have used an “older” cut from November called Title Bouquet. As soon as I saw this file I knew I wanted to make it BIG and fill that middle area with a kind of panoramic picture.

I cut this gorgeous cut file on a busy and bright pattern paper for something different and after trying it on white, grey and black I settled on the black cardstock back ground. I just love the way the cut file jumps off the page and it such a beautiful feature.

Before I did anything else with the cut file I sprinkled gold mist all over my background and popped that aside to dry. While that dried I adhered my big photo into the open rectangle and added some white machine stitching. I popped up the photo on some dimensional adhesive and then got to work on my title.

I have used dimensional adhesive behind my letters as well and then stuck that big cluster as one piece. I have only used adhesive where the dimensional adhesive was applied and have not stuck down the outer leaves and details.

I created a smaller cluster to the bottom right of the page including the rest of my title and some scraps of paper from the same collection I cut my cut file from. I’ve added in some stitching to the bottom cluster as well. I finished out my page scattering some enamel dots all around the page.

I have created a process video for you today and it includes the process I followed in Silhouette Studio to get my file cut and how I “designed” my page as well before I cut anything! I’d love for you to check it out! I hope you enjoy!

I really had a lot of fun putting this page together and it was actually quiet quick! Why don’t you try creating a page with a giant cut file and let that shine?! Please make sure that whatever you create with any of the CUT to YOU designs you pop on over to the CUT to YOU HQ FB group, we love seeing what you create with Gwen’s beautiful creations!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Melinda