Life is Lovely | Diamonds Cut File | Rachel Lowe

Hey crafty friends, Rachel here and today I have a layout featuring the Diamonds cut file available in the Cut to You shop now!43262BAD-9435-40E7-AD55-1161052DB94DIMG_6206

I have used Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) Magical Forest collection to create this layout of my baby boy being lifted in the air by his sister. Using a wood grain paper I cut the Diamonds at 9×9 inches. Once adhered to the centre of my green background paper I then used the release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) and dragged out some of the diamonds and cut in a gorgeous mustard colour to add a stark contrast. I added them with foam tape to create a 3D effect.0A694BD0-839D-4115-A07D-3DA968151D0BI splattered my page with gold and white paint. Once dry I added two paper strips (mustard and blue), having added machine stitching to them prior. I next added my photo with foam tape. I added a phrase sentiment on my photo (which is my title), a puffy bird sticker finished of with wash tape added on the bottom of my photo (sentiment wash tape from the CP Heritage collection) which I also added some machine stitching to.FAB49051-A361-4F6A-9832-C6EA3B662605

24FA346E-1B5B-4931-8C0A-E971BB83B3D9I next added an embellishment cluster using chipboard stickers from the collection, creating a cute scene to tie in with my layout theme.4B7FD013-9E0D-494E-8F50-7C9225BC7081I created another embellishment cluster on the opposite upper side, how gorgeous is the macrame rainbow!BADA648F-029B-4B25-B167-45063EACCC21I finished off adding a cute camera sticker, word sentiment and more machine stitching. To create a contrast between the wood grain and green papers I added some gold photo corner stickers.D4569E35-61CD-4298-BDC4-E8C419FB6B59I love how the Diamond cut file created a stunning background and added to the layers of this layout! Check out the ‘background‘ section on the website for more fun options! Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful and creative week!

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It’s the Little Things | Rachel Lowe

 

Hello everyone today I have a simple but classic layout to share with you using the beautiful Rose Bud Wreath cut file.

XRoseBudI have used Kaiser Craft Amethyst collection (and I apologise if my white base cardstock looks like it has a blue tinge, purple is such a difficult colour to photograph if you are using a white base paper).UntitledI cut the Rose Bud wreath at 10×10 inches. I used wet glue to attach and once dry I added a row of machine stitching on the circle part of the wreath. Put your machine stitching speed to it’s lowest and sewing on thin paper pieces like this are easier. So my rose bud did not look flat, (once I have used the release compound function to pull out the rose petals) I attached with foam tape to raise them, I also did the same with the leaves. It really is worth the time for the effect!CECE32CD-5CDB-4C2E-A157-2D6C17BFEF3A

498E4D34-6D5D-49B6-ABF8-EE5E42BB08A5I added a border strip to the top and bottom of my page to create a stark contrast to the white and finished off by adding a row of tiny adhesive pearls. I fussy cut some butterflies and attached with foam tape following the flow of the wreath.0F7E3518-4C38-4571-922C-C2BE1651DD1CI added my photo using an insta frame die cut, but these are so easy to create yourself. I again added with foam tape so I could add a floral bunch behind the frame and finished off with a sub title ‘happiness’ die cut.48640132-9B22-4CCD-B6DE-C26E08DEAE1ELastly I added another phrase sentiment and pretty butterfly. I went back and added some lilac NUVO pearl drop to the wings of the butterflies which tie in with the small pearls on the border strips.68565EA8-14F9-43B5-827A-3775D766CB34I love this Rose Bud Wreath, it is so classic! We have lots of florals in the shop if you love this look as much as I do.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you are all safe and well.

 

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Love This Story | Rachel Lowe

How absolutely gorgeous is the floral title/page builder This Story cut file which is a new release.

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I have used an older collection by Dear Lizzy New Day collection.

 

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I went back to my white card stock and also cut Love This Story in white as I wanted use a dark contrast paper to back the cut file. I used the Release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) so I could cut the letters separately and add with foam tape. You will note some I added without foam tape, in doing this you add visual interest and height.

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I chose two different colours/patterns for the roses and added a gem stone to the centres.

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I added my embellishments with foam tape also to create a 3D effect.

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I added a phrase sentiment which went perfect…….Love This Story…….Love This Moment!

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I added my photo (which is courtesy of IG, but I promise I have been to Paris and the colours were perfect for my layout!) and added embellishments around it which assisted to ‘frame’ it and draw your eye to it a I chose not to mat it).

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I finished of by adding some light splatters of black paint. And there you have it one pretty layout of me remembering my days in Paris.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting.

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Live Life in Full Bloom | Rachel Lowe

Hello cut file crafty friends, today is all about florals and leaves in bloom! I have used the gorgeous new cut file Lots of Leaves Frames.

And here is what I created.

IMG_4849 I have used the new collection Bloom street by Paige Evans and hand made flowers (yes get your hand punches out and layer away!).fullsizeoutput_4ec6Instead of my go to white base paper I have used this gorgeous multi coloured striped paper as I joined in the great challenge over at CSI Challenge Blog.

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I cut the file at approximately 10×10 inches and then backed the lower frame and leaves in the same paper. I then added my photo to the top frame.

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fullsizeoutput_5060This type of cut file makes it so easy to embellish in such an eye catching way.  I set about embellishing the bottom frame by adding my title, a die cut phrase, adding a layered flower and die cut butterfly. I went off centre for visual interest.D36B9D50-D77E-4B42-8E14-ECCF0A0F9EB9I added my layered flowers in amongst the leaves coming off the frames, this way they look like they are a part of the frame.74C39253-72E8-4587-A245-77D7E63B669DTo finish off I added some phrase sentiments and more flying beauties such as this lovely bird as well as the butterflies.Untitled-2This is a very ‘busy’ layout for me but I like it for a change of pace so to speak (back to white card stock tomorrow lol!).

Thank you as always for stopping by and more than ever in these challenging times how lucky are we to have such a hobby to fill our time at home.

Take care and stay safe.

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Dream |Sew Loved | Rachel Lowe

Hey Cut to You friends today I have a super girly layout to share with you!  I  have used the gorgeous Sew Loved cut file.

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I have used Simple Stories Dream Big collection. And here is my layout.

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I cut the Sew Loved heart at 9 inches. I used an ombre pink thread to create visual interest.

Once I had layered my pattern papers  (pink patterned paper adhered with foam tape to create a 3D effect) on the white cardstock base, I used wet glue to adhere the Sew Loved cut file. I used a scallop punch on the patterned papers. I curved my title to follow the curve of the heart.

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Once I had stitched the heart (using a simple cross stitch) I added my photo (with foam tape) which I matted and added embellishments under the foam taped photo, this draws your eye to the photo.

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I created an embellishment cluster under my photo, adding a word embellishment and using foam tape to again create a 3D effect.

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I added another embellishment cluster on the opposite side, as my title is so big, it creates your visual triangle.

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And there you have it one very simple layout but with lots of layers, added height to elements and sewing, it certainly is enough!

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Thanks for stopping by today, take care, stay well and craft often.

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Scrap Happy | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends Rachel here! Well today it’s all about scrapping, and I’m using the most perfect cut file to document being a part of the CTY design team in 2020.

It’s called the Scrap Happy Cut File.

I love this cut file and those scissors,  just too cute! I have used Kaisercraft Crafternoon collection.

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I resized the Scrap Happy title to fit with my intended design and cut in white. I then used the release compound function to pull out the letters (Silhouette Cameo) and cut them in a pretty floral and would provide a nice contrast against the white. Several of the letters I added with foam tape to create depth and so it didn’t look ‘flat’ on my page.

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I added my 4×4 inch photo in the centre, under my Scrap Happy title and again used foam tape to add height.

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I used gold glitter paper to cut the handles of the scissors because I love a little bling. I next added some floral die cuts slightly under my photo on both sides.

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I created my sub journalling by using die cut phrase and aligned it in the  centre, under my photo finished off with two cute die cut hearts layered over each other.

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The key to this layouts design is keeping all your elements centred and adding dimension by using foam tape on some elements such as letter in your cut file title. Well that’s it from me today, have a fab crafty week and see you again soon.

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Better Together | Rainbow Love | Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY friends Rachel here again with another LOVE themed layout! This has to be one of my fav photos of my youngest and I, hence my title. I have used this beautiful new release cut file Rainbow Love   I have used Lucky Us collection by Pink Paislee.98FDE92E-293D-40EF-843B-E48346231F63

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Firstly I cut the rainbow in white cardstock at 10×10 inches.  I started at the hearts and worked my way in. I added the hearts with foam tape to create a 3D effect. I also added several die cuts heart on top of these hearts. Layering is a great way to create a 3D effect.DB172452-6A6C-4D01-BB43-E93E6F52689FI then used three different patterned papers for my rainbow creating visual interest.A0BC1D8B-62F2-4ACB-A792-566A6E51DAFAI matted my photo and added with foam tape, tucking under a flower sticker and adding a heart sticker slightly over the photo finished off with a floral sticker on the other side of my photo.84D4517F-35CC-40EF-99FF-9B888E9835BEI added my title keeping it in line with the bottom of the rainbow, and then added my sub titles directly under and keeping it centred.fullsizeoutput_4a72You could do so much with this Rainbow Love cut file, lots of creative possibilities! Head over to the Cut to You shop to see this and all the other gorgeous cut files to add to your collection.DAF1E67B-FEFE-48D5-A69E-FD5CCE4516AFThanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful creative week.

Rachel X

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LALA Love |Circle of Love | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY crafty friends today I have a love themed layout using the gorgeous new cut file Circle of Love

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I have used Crate Paper Lala Love collection.Untitled-30I cut the Circle of Love cut file measuring 10.5×10.5 inches in white cardstock, I then added it to another piece of white cardstock measuring 11×11 inches.34F7DEBC-FD3E-40FB-885C-5F906CCBB853I then used the release compound function (Silhouette Cameo) and pulled out the hearts, I then divided them into two and cut using two different papers/patterns. I added each heart with foam tape to create a 3D effect. I  hand stitched the inner circle to add definition and texture. I added my photo off centre with foam tape.1B08B8AD-076D-4A84-890C-43F59D75823BI added rubber embellishments on my photo to draw your eye to it.83A37D4F-32C8-4A3A-8298-52B4DB7EA405I tucked under my photo a floral die cut to break up the white of the circle. I used a brighter coloured paper  to add my final page border, again to provide contrast against the white. I couldn’t resist adding this gorgeous tasselled heart to finish off!34EE8D5A-365A-4810-B3F2-E796EFA273F2This cut file is perfect for any Valentine layout or card!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope my layout has inspired you to get crafty this week! Head over to the Cut to You Shop and grab your own Circle of Love cut file.

Rachel X

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Be You | Rachel Lowe

Hello Cut to You crafty friends! Today I have a layout featuring the gorgeous new floral cut file Floral Banner 2.

I have used Amy Tangerine Slice of Life collection.

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For the banner part of this cut file I used vellum to paper back it (I created two layers as I wanted to fill with sequins) I added machine stitching around the border of the banner leaving a small section open, then filled with sequins and finished sewing up the last part so my sequins would not escape!

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I then set about paper piecing the flowers choosing to colour ways for the florals, pink and yellow (again I used the Release Compound function (Silhouette Cameo) to cut out the petals) and a darker green for the leaves.

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Once I had finished creating the floral banner I attached it to a 10×10 inch white cardstock piece roughly in the centre. I chose a floral paper for my border paper loving the contrast effect.

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Then for the fun part, embellishing! I added die cuts of fav things in my life, layering for visual interest and flowing them in the same manner of the banner.

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I added die cut words for my title and sub title.

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Lots of florals and lots of embellishments finished off with a little sequin bling! This really is such a gorgeous cut file.

Thank you for stopping by today, wishing you all a wonderful creative week!

Rachel X

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Life is Short…… Rachel Lowe

Hello CTY crafty friends, Happy 2020 to you all!

I have created this layout which was inspired by CSI Challenge Case File 306. I was inspired by the image and birthday cake. CSI Challenge Blog here if you would like enter and simply see all the lovely DT inspiration they have on show.

This is the fab cut file I have used, Life is short, eat the cake !IMG_2745

I used the gorgeous Crate Paper Hooray collection. Firstly I cut the phrase is a silver glitter flocked paper, subtle but stops the blocked words from getting lost on my white background page.

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I then chose a patterned paper to add my letter, some I added with foam tape and others I left, this adds dimension and visual interest.

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I added my square photo, which I added a narrow blue border around and foam tape centre of the sentiment cut file above. Then it was just a matter of embellishing (which is always the fun part right!)

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Don’t be afraid to put embellishments over large title words, as I have done here by adding the cute cat, it adds to the visual interest and draws your eye.

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I chose embellishments in keeping with the birthday theme and using them as my sub titles.

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Page builder cut files such as this one, really make it easy to create a gorgeous layout.

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Thanks for stopping by and make sure you grab this cut file from the shop.

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