12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Candy Circles Day 3

Hello my creative friends and a big welcome to day 3 of our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway!

Today’s freebie is this fun Candy Circles cut file!

Melinda is sharing inspiration for us today.

After trying a couple of ideas that I didn’t love (hello recycling bin!) I decided to cut this file on textured white cardstock big enough so I could have it as the base layer behind a slightly smaller than 4″x 6″ photo.

For some reason, I have been on a “add a pattern paper border” kick with my pages of late so I trimmed down my marshmallow cardstock and chose a pattern paper to mount behind. I did also add a machine stitched black border all the way around the cardstock and also the photo. I think hanging around Gwen at retreat last month rubbed off lol

I was in a “get messy in Christmas colours” mood so I grabbed some paints and my trimmed cardstock. Straight away I knew I wanted my main colour to be red (I seriously LOVE a real Christmas red in all my Christmas projects!) so used that as my base layer and added lots of splatters in red, green, black and gold.

While that dried I added a paper layer behind my photo using the PhotoPlay “Kringle & co” collection, some tissue paper and also popped my photo up on some foam.

Time to see how it all looks together! I was loving the direction the page was going but felt the cut file was getting a little lost. My solution was some shimmery white water colour paints from my stash which I just painted straight over the file and then added some splatters while it was still wet. Then I added the same splatters to my messy background.

It’s really tricky to pick up the shimmer on camera but it was exactly what this page needed to make that cut file pop! When I adhered the cut file I added wet glue to only the centre of each of the circles which gave the cut file lift and created shadows.

From here on out I added 2 clusters to the page – one to the top left of the photo which includes the title; and one to the bottom right. I’ve added in a couple of charms from Charms Creations and finished off the page with some gold and green stars. And tiny black splatters!

I do have a process video for you today, just click below to play! I hope you enjoy and it inspires you to get your Christmas on!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my page, to get your freebie from the store check out the following details:

Simply enter the code: YESCANDY at checkout to get this design for free.

No additional purchase necessary. This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 3rd, 2019.  **No exceptions – Please check your time zone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.  

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given. The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out in the Christmas Shop section.  

Make sure you come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!

Happy Together | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow creative people and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you!

As you can see I have used the “Stitch I {heart} U” cut file. To start with I thought it was going to be my title but as you can see that changed!

My inspiration for this page started with seeing this page by Rachel D at the retreat we were on together not all that long ago! I love how she used and wanted to create something similar but different! I’ve cut this on textured white cardstock, roughly 1/3 of the way down the page and sized it to fit almost the full 12 inches.

I knew I was going to use a whole sheet of patterned paper to go behind my cut file and also work as a border around the white cardstock so trimmed down the cardstock. I used a heap of foam tape on the back side of the cardstock to give the page some lift and dimension and just to do something a little different. And I really love the subtle, yet effective, detail this adds!

I went a little mixed media crazy in the background starting with some gesso and then some blue Shimmerz mists between the heart and the U and a little ways down the page also.

When that was all dried I felt that the stitches were getting a little lost so I grabbed a black pen and sketched a border around each of the stitches. Then using the same pen I sketched a messy double line all the way around my cardstock. I love the way that those black lines make the cut file really pop!

With my background all done and dry I used more of the Truly Grateful collection to embellish around my photo which was placed right over the top of the mixed media between the heart and the U.

This was super fun page to create!! I really, really love the end design and I hope I inspire you to get your messy on! If you’d like to see this page come together click below and you can watch my process!

There is a tonne of beautiful cut files available in the store now! This is one of the “older” (I use that term very loosely πŸ˜‰ ) cut files available but to shop new releases (yes, every month!!) head over here! And remember Gwen will cut and ship to you if you don’t have your own cutting machine!I hope you have enjoyed this share today! I cannot wait to come back and share my next page with you in December. So much fun coming your way!! Here’s a sneak πŸ˜‰

Until then, happy scrapping my friends!

Happy Memories | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow CTY fans!!! Melinda here with you sharing my latest DT creation with you.

As you can see I’ve used the gorgeous Butterfly Cut n Stitch file (I’ve been busting to use this beauty!!) with a photo of myself, The Boss Lady, Gwen, Tamara, Bernii and Rachel D from the DT! We recently attended a retreat together and I just couldn’t wait to scrap these photos!!

A girly cut file means a pretty, girly collection and I couldn’t help but bust out the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Unforgettable collection. I’ve used the 6×8 paper pad to back the butterflies that I had cut on some textured white card stock.

If you haven’t seen or used the Cut n Stitch files yet they come with both the cut file (butterflies in this case) and the stitch lines already in place. I “designed” my page in Silhouette Studio knowing that the card stock that had the stitch holes would ultimately be my back ground paper. This was a super easy and quick file to stitch with a straight back stitch. You could also use the chain stitch for extra texture! Then I added splatters using 2 different pinks and an aqua-y/teal-y colour.

With the cut file backed and the butterfly trails stitched onto my background that didn’t leave me much room for where to put things which made this page come together super quickly! I knew pretty quickly I wanted to mount the white card stock onto a pattern paper so chose the gorgeous pink pattern called “Unscripted”, cutting out the centre.

My photo is printed just under 6×4 with a white border. I’ve added some of the same paper and a doily behind my photo and tucked that between the butterflies on the bottom right.

As so much of my pages real estate already taken up it was a matter of adding a few small embellishments and my title. I’ve used the diagonal line from the top left to the bottom right and added a few bits and pieces. Because I used gold letters I also added in some gold splatters on that same line. Finally finishing the page with some enamel dots.

And my title using a clear sticker stuck onto some white card stock paired with those gold thickers.

I have a process video for you today and I do hope you enjoy! This cut file is so, so pretty and I just love it with this collection!

Remember, you can always shop in the store. All digital orders will send them straight away and Custom Cut orders (YES! Gwen will cut and ship to YOU!) are cut to order and sent ASAP! I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I can’t wait to be back again with my next one!

Until then, happy scrapping!
Mel x

Love This | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and happy Monday!! Melinda here on the blog today and I have some fun Christmas inspiration to share with you!!

I was totally inspired by Gwen’s share using the same cut file , Christmas Tree Row and couldn’t wait to use that inspiration to make something of my own! If you’d like to see Gwen’s page click here, it’s very Gwen!

I was firstly inspired by the very soft and pretty water colour in the background of Gwen’s page so started thinking of colour ideas. I quickly remembered a very pretty sequin mix I have had in my stash for a few years that I just LOVE and that is where I came up with the idea of soft pink & blue, gold and a little splash of red.

With my colour scheme chosen it was time to build my page! With that sequin mix in mind I immediately thought SHAKER pocket!!! So I cut the Christmas Tree Row in textured white card stock and then backed that with some acetate. Next up, very thin strips of foam to have room for the sequins to move around. I filled up all the trees with my very pretty sequin mix and then backed that with a sheet of water colour looking pattern paper. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shaker pocket and am so excited I finally got those sequins on a page! I also added in a few red sequins.

Working with my colours in mind I added some white gesso to my background paper (a rather simple black and white pattern), worked out placement of my shaker pocket and photo and added in my beautiful soft pink background colour. Swoon! I just love it! And of course, lots of splatters in pink, blue, gold and tiny pops of red as well!

I just love the trees on this page and how they and my photo really stand out off that background. I chose to go pretty simple with the embellishing, a few older rubber charms from a Pink Fresh Christmas collection.

A couple of pattern papers behind my photo including that gorgeous red, pink and white candy cane stripe. One of my most favourite pattern papers of all time, ever!

To finish off my page I added in some wood veneer words – “love this” – for my title and also some sprinkly veneer pieces in circles, hearts and stars. I was going to leave them plain but decided I didn’t love the wood grain on the page so I used my gold paint to paint them with a little paint brush!

I added in my journalling under the trees which just says how nice it was to have all of the cousins together to celebrate Christmas. Seeing this photo though really made me realise just how much all of the kids are growing. How quickly time goes and makes me truly grateful for this memory keeping hobby I stumbled upon. And it makes me look forward to the new memories we will make and I can record this year! Especially with some of the gorgeous new cut files in the Christmas Shop on the website!

I do have a process video for you today, just click below! I hope you enjoy!

Remember, if you don’t have your own cutting machine Gwen can cut and post to you (anywhere in the world!!) any of the designs in the store that have the custom cut option! So awesome!!

I had so much fun creating this page and I really hope that you have enjoyed my process. I hope that you are inspired to maybe get a start on last years Christmas memories or heck, get a kick start for this years, in whichever way you choose to record your memories! It was interesting seeing Gwens pole the other week in the HQ group around Christmas. If you’re not already a part of the group click here and join in the fun!

Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by, until next time!

Life Is Short Eat The Cake | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU fans, Melinda here with you today sharing my latest creation!

Now, if you’ve been following along a little while you will probably recognise that title piece from this blog post – which also has a process video linked. So, I won’t go over the steps I took to create that but instead talk to you about how this page came together! You can find that cut file here in the store though!

I started with that title piece and then decided to use the new Leaf Sprigs cut file (gorgeous!!) which I have cut 4 times – 3 in vellum and once in smooth white card stock. I wasn’t sure how many I would use so I figured more is better!

As I had designed my title piece using the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Happiness collection it was simply a matter of laying the photo and both cut files onto my background in a design I was happy with!! I started with gold machine stitching in a big circle (hindsight says it should have been a wee bit smaller but oh well!!) and then adding sprinkles of gold mist.

I have overlaid the vellum on top of the white card stock and used a few tiny spots of wet glue to stick them together to add some shadows where they didn’t lay directly on top of each other. When my gold sprinkles were dry I added 3 more vellum halves onto the background paper over the stitching. I didn’t stick those completely to the background as I wanted some more lift and movement.

I layered the photo, the double layered sprigs and the title together with a photo mat and stuck those all down when I was happy with the placement. Again, for more movement and shadows I have not stuck the sprigs completely flat and have let some bits overlap onto the photo.

With my main elements stuck to the page all that was left was some embellishing. I had my Cameo cut all of the butterflies from the 6×8 sheet of pattern from the CVS Happiness collection and decided to use those as my embellishments. I started by layering them all around the wreath and felt that that was too much so ended up with 2 clusters of 3.

With my butterflies stuck down it was time for my final touches. I have added in some of the darker blue clear heart stickers from the same collection in both clusters and also a painted stripe sticker to 2 sides of the photo. And then added in some dark blue ink splatters to the 2 clusters.

Finally I added in my journalling with a grey pen to the right side of the page. Oh, and the gold had faded a little into the background so I covered my photo and title and sprinkled some more gold on top!

My tech seems to be back on board co-operating with me so I have a process video for you which I do hope you will enjoy!

For all of the newest releases make sure you head over here in the store and remember, Gwen also does custom cuts which means if you don’t have your own cutting machine Gwen will cut them and send to you anywhere in the world!! Awesome service!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Not Every Superhero Wears a Cape | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you sharing not 1 but 2 scrapbook pages! I have created a 12×12 scrapbook layout and an accompanying 6×12 page to add my journalling to.

I’m so excited today to be using the Superhero Page Builder Cut File for this project!! I just love, love, love this file and have had it cut for a little while until I found the “right” page to use it on! When I cut this I just enlarged the whole lot to fill a piece of 12×12 white card stock and a stuck all the pieces together in a zip lock bag!

This cut file has so many fun pieces and as much as I wanted to use every single piece on the page I restrained myself! I was going for a definite vibe which was not the traditional “Superhero” vibe. My boys are superheroes in my eyes. And I want them to know that they are seen and loved.

After adding lots of splatters to my background I used the same mists and paints (which were picked to match some sequins) to add colour to the action words that are also a part of this file! And add splatters to the bottom right hand corner of the 6×12 paper I was intending to use.

Next I started with building my title using the big “Superhero” piece from the cut file. I’ve backed this with one piece of pattern paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I also pulled in some glittery silver alphas from my stash as I knew there were silver elements in the other collection I chose for this page.

From the get go I wanted to create 2 shaker pockets for these pages. One is here in the word hero. I love this cute and fun little addition to the title!

And the other ended up on the other page. Though to start with the plan was for it be on the 12×12. I love how this adds some continuity from one page to the other! Oh, especially with the addition of the same alphas!

I added in some paper layers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Boys Rule 6×8 paper pad. This added in some extra pops of colour and matched the title. With such a dark background paper it also helps to pop the photo from the page.

To finish off this page I added in a few stickers to either side of the photo. I loved the “Go Forth” sentiment on the tree so embraced adding trees! A couple of little extras to the top of my photo cluster – one says love this and the other says be true to you. Finally I sprinkled some tiny silver star stickers, some puffy heart stickers and some of the sequins all around.

Which brings me to the final steps of finishing off my journalling page. You can see I’ve stitched down the words (again, repeating an element from the other page) and stuck my star shaker down the bottom in that cluster also.

I really love how this cluster came together! I have plenty of room to write still and I have enough on this page that (to me at least lol) it is obviously a companion to the other. If I do run out of room on this 6×12 sheet I do still have the other half of this paper that I can write on too. My journalling is not yet done. I have a vague idea floating in my head of what I want to say. But I’m pretty sure the journalling will be a letter from a Mumma to her babies and personal. A message I don’t want them to miss because it’s hidden away so into a 6×12 page protector and straight into an album.

As always I have a process video for you today. You can watch most of my process and if you have any questions please leave them on the video and I can get back to you ASAP! I do hope you enjoy!

That is me done for September, I’m off to cut some October cut files!! Oh la la! Gwen has done another spectacular job of designing fun and beautiful cut files for us to play with! Make sure, if you are not already a subscriber to the newsletter (FYI, you get FREEBIES!!) click here and pop in your email addy! And head over to this section in the store for all the NEWEST files! Until next time, happy scrapping!!

We Still Do | Melinda Sweetman

Hello fellow CTY lovers, Melinda here with you today with my first share for September!

I have used the gorgeous new “We Still Do” cut file for this page as I actually had this photo of hubby and I from our anniversary in April on my desk!

I’ve gone fairly clean with this one but still used my beloved paints and got messy in the process! Which you can watch below on my process video!

I have cut the file on some textured white card stock. Then I had my Cameo cut the inside pieces to fit by removing the outline from the design and then doing an offset on each of the letters. This did require a little slicing and playing with the lines but I made sure to include that in my process video for you! These were backed with a pattern paper from the Love Always collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Here is where I used my mixed media! I have grabbed some off cuts of vellum and some Shimmerz paints. If you have never used paint on vellum here is a valuable tip! Tape it down! The vellum will curl up on itself almost as soon as you apply the liquid/paint!

With my vellum taped down and my colours chosen I started painting blocks of colours onto the vellum. I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous CVS Love Always collection so chose colours I thought would work well with that.

I did try to leave my paint to dry naturally but also sped up the process a little with my heat tool! If you choose to use a heat tool make sure to keep it moving while you heat otherwise your vellum will melt!! When that was thoroughly dry I flipped the vellum and my cut file and traced around the flowers and the hearts with a lead pencil. Then got to cutting and backing the pieces the same way I would use pattern paper! I love how soft and pretty this is. And I love, love, love the texture I created doing this!

I added a little extra to my back ground paper with a stencil and modelling paste and also some splatters in the same colours I used to paint the vellum.

2 layers behind my photo and a doily and then that tucked beautifully into cut file. I kept my whole design around the title and the photo and added minimal embellishing.

I’ve added in some butterflies from the CVS More Than Words collection ephemera pack. And couldn’t resist some simple yet effective butterfly trails hand stitched. A few word strip stickers from the Love Always collection and some Elle’s Studio puffy alphas for a tiny bit more detail.

My final touches are some grey splatters and stamping my date in grey. There is no journalling on this page but there is more I want to say that is a little personal. I think I will pop that into an envelope or something – I’m yet to decide. But that finishes off this page and I just love the softness and pretty details.

If you love mixed media but are a bit unsure this is one way you can play but it is still clean! It may even be Gwen approved?! LOL I hope you have enjoyed my share today and make sure you head over to the store to see what else is new!

Oh Snap! | Melinda Sweetman

Hello scrappy friends, it’s lovely to have you here on the CUT to YOU blog with me today! I am sharing another 12×12 page with you this was super fun to make!

I’ve used 2 cut files on this page ( so fun!!) and started with one for a back ground! As soon as I saw the Quilt Grid 2 Background cut file I knew I wanted to create a stencil and had seen someone recently share that they had used some repositionable sticky vinyl and thought that was genius!

For my stencil I have actually copied and welded 2 of the cut files together to give me a bigger stencil and you can see that in the beginning of my process video, below!

I have used my stencil with some texture paste onto some Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock as I knew I wanted to add lots of colour and water. Tip! The stickyness made using this stencil so so easy! I picked up a cheap roll at Spotlight a few weeks ago. This cut file is quiet delicate so it did break in a couple of places when I cleaned it because I was too rough, so remember, when you clean something like this, be gentle lol

When my paste was completely dried I added my messy factor and just had fun! For this page I have basically used mists that I have splattered and then added water to move the colour around. Pretty easy really and it’s almost magical watching the colours move and blend.

Once I was happy with the way the background was looking I dried it off with my heat tool and then splattered all the colours I had used.

At this stage I was actually not sure at all which photos I was going to use so went through my stash and found these 2 of my crazy child! I felt the colours worked well and there wasn’t really a theme to either the photos or the background so time to build my layout.

I searched through my CTY files for a suitable title and found the “Oh Snap!” title which I though would work really well! I made it big and then also cut a few more smaller, removing the heart from each of the speech bubbles. These were all cut on textured white cardstock.

With my title and photos chosen and my background complete I reached for my Cocoa Vanilla Studio Boys Rule collection. I backed my title cut file and pulled a few pieces to embellish around the page with. And used the smaller “Oh Snap!” cut files as embellishments.

My final steps were some enamel shapes and some black splatters. This was a super fun page to put together and I’m really excited about my stencil! I can’t wait to make another! Remember, the CUT to YOU cut files aren’t only good for backing but the only limit is your imagination – or using an idea you got somewhere else lol!!

Just because I got a bit snap happy here are a few extra close ups πŸ˜‰

I hope you’ve enjoyed my share today, I can’t wait to come back next month with some of the beautiful new files that I know are coming! If you’re not already on the list make sure you subscribe for all the CTY fun stuff and freebies straight to your inbox! Stay tuned and happy scrapping!

Be Still My Heart | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to the CTY blog today! Melinda here with you and I am sharing my first make for August 2019!! Seriously, August already?!?? Anyway, onto what I’m sure you are here for, my layout!

I actually started this page last month with one of the July cut files called Spring Roses Cut and Stitch, available here in the store!

I created this very pretty and feminine page and I really love how it turned out! So different for me but who said different was bad?!

I started by separating the cut file pieces – that is making the stitching holes one compound path and the roses a separate compound path so I could cut them one at a time. I knew I wanted to work on a white background so I had the Cameo cut the stitch holes directly onto that for me and then cleared my mat and had the Cameo cut the roses on pattern paper.

I desperately wanted to do the Chain Link stitch so found a minty coloured embroidery floss and got to work. I love, love, love the texture that hand stitching adds to a page and this particular stitch takes it to a whole new level *swoon*

I added a little extra to my background with a stencil and some light modelling paste, being careful not to get any paste onto the hand stitching. And because it’s me I HAD to add splatters. I’ve used a couple of pinks – one light and one darker for contrast – and gold, of course πŸ˜‰

When that was all dry (which didn’t take long) I adhered my Spring Roses with some pop dots and added a few ephemera pieces, paper layers and stickers.

I really felt like I wanted a little something down in the bottom under my photo but didn’t want anything really in your face! I dove into my CTY folder on my computer and came across the Oh So Lovely cut file and decided to cut it at a smallish size to fit in the space.

To finish off I added my journalling (which tied in beautifully with the “Oh So Lovely”), date and used some Nuvo Crystal drops around the page for some extra texture and a pop of gold.

If you’d like to see my process you can watch my video below or head over to my YT channel.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head over to the shop to check out not only all of the beautiful-ness from last month but the absolutely gorgeous NEW August files!! Until next time, happy scrapping!

May Your Everyday Sparkle | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends! Melinda here with you today on the CUT to YOU blog sharing my next creation!

Another 12×12 page and this time I chose an older photo of my youngest at his second birthday party. Tell me, where did the time go?! For this page I chose the so so fun May Your Everyday Sparkle cut file available in the store. And over here on Etsy. I just love this title!!

Hunter had asked me to use the CVS Happiness collection with this photo so I started with selecting colours in my Distress Oxide Sprays that I knew would work well. I knew I wanted to customise my cut so I cut that in smooth white cardstock.

The colours I chose were Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Mermaid Lagoon. To customise my cut file all I did was lay it onto a messy mat and spray the 4 colours randomly all over! I also spritzed some water to make the colours blend and run together a little then used my heat tool (and another sheet of smooth white cardstock) to dry it off!

After I chose a background paper I used a little gesso behind where the cut file and photo were going so they would really pop off the page! When my gesso was dried I then applied lots of splatters, following the line of the cut file, onto my background paper using the same Distress Oxide Sprays.

While that was drying I backed the cut file using another pattern paper. I had my cameo cut that for me as well as the stars and there is a bit of a tutorial in my process video below. If you skip forward to 1:45 you will get straight to the tutorial part.

I backed my photo with some vellum from my stash and used a few pieces from the ephemera pack to finish off. With the big cut file taking up so much room on the page I really didn’t feel like I needed to add too much more!

My journalling and the date got added to a couple of a labels and tucked into the layers at the top of the page. My very final touch was some sparkly aqua-ish coloured stars and my page is done!

I really love this! The colours I have used paired with this beautiful cut file and photo of my baby just look so so good together! Thanks boss lady for your sharing your creativity with us all! Make sure you head over to the shop for all of the latest files and to sign up for the newsletter for FREEBIES!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!