You are my Sunshine | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends,

My turn on the blog today to share a page that I was recently challenged to complete over at Cut to You HQ. We had HQ members choose a File for us to use and I was challenged to use the Sunshine Background Cut File.

This page is really special to me, as it focusses on a photo of my beautiful Mum in her youth. I lost my Mum when I was a young girl, and I don’t have a lot of photos of her, so it was really special to document this one.

I started this page by first cutting this file from white card stock and then cut it again from a piece of Pinkfresh patterned paper, using an internal offset to space out the rays inside the Cut File.

I rotated the file so that the rays were coming from the bottom of the page, distressed the inner pieces and then adhered it to a piece of CVS patterned paper.

To embellish the page, I clustered some Die Cuts from both CVS and Pinkfresh around my photo, and created my title using some thickers and puffy stickers from Crate Paper. The final touch was to splatter some gold Heidi Colour Shine gently around the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, make sure you join in over at Cut to You HQ so that you can challenge our DT next.

Big Loves,

Tam xo

You Are Awesome | Melinda Sweetman

Hello fellow creatives and a big welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here with you sharing my latest creation as part of the design team and oh boy, I just love how this page turned out and I can’t wait to share it!

As you can see my cut file features as part of my background design and adds texture and something fun to the page! The file I used is called Squares Cubed and you can find it here in the CTY store.

I cut this as big as I could in my Silhouette software on white cardstock. I knew I wanted to use this file exactly as I have; so to help it meld into the back ground I did choose smooth.

Once that was all cut I simply used some matte medium with a spatula and adhered each of the squares in diagonal lines on the bottom right of the page. I made sure they had plenty of medium on the back of the file to stick and also applied a coat over the top as I knew I wanted to add colour and water to my page. The top left of the page was a kind of after thought but I’m so glad I decided to add in a few more squares there!

When the matte medium was completely dry I could add colour! For this page I have used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours in a blue and a purple to work with my 2 3×4 photos. I simply spritzed my page with water and kind of dripped and dropped and painted my colour over the top. I love watching things like this as the colour moves around because it really brings those cut files to life – it’s like the emerge from the back ground!! Once I was happy with the colour I used the same colours to add lots of splatters.

Now, being that I am not huge lover of purple I did kinda hit a stumbling block while trying to finish this page off but realised I could use black and white for the most part. I ended up settling on the Cocoa Vanilla “You Rock” collection as I still had those 3 big chipboard words which I thought worked perfectly for my title and fit beautifully both above and below my photos!

I added in a few more chipboard pieces and then not much else as I didn’t want to cover up too much of that oh so fun back ground! I found a few ephemera pieces and decided I really loved what that pop of wood grain added to my page so added those in. But I especially love the clear stickers on this page cause you get the fun of the stickers but also the fun of that back ground – win/win!!

And that wraps up my page for you today! You can see my process video below, just hit that play button!

I do hope you enjoy and remember to stop by the shop here to re-create a fun back ground like this or here for some fun new designs! Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel

Dreams are for chasing | Raechelle Bellus

Hello scrappy Cut to You friends! Raechelle here sharing a layout featuring the Butterfly Cluster Cut ‘n Stitch cut file

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To create this layout I first cut the file on a sheet of 12×12 white cardstock, first adjusting the image placement to work with my photo. I then cut the butterflies a second time, same size, but this time without the stitching holes.

The cut file was not removed from the base paper, I instead placed the patterned papers on the back side of the base paper and adhered them.

Next, I completed the stitching using three strands of floss, and then adhered the second cut file directly on top of the base, only adhering the bodies of the butterflies so the wings have some dimension.

To finsh it off, I then cut some “bodies” from the same pp that I backed the photo with for visual interest.

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Adding some random fussy cut paper strips to add a little more whimsy and movement.

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Thanks for stopping by today, please be sure to check out of facebook group as well as the Cut to You store for this and many other gorgeous cut files!

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Yay! This is The Best | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hi, Piroska here today with my latest layout. My daughter has just started school in September, and started to go to a Rock&Show course, as she just loves dancing. After couple of months she got the opportunity to go to a dance competition with her friends in January. This photo on my layout was taken by her teacher, who captured their happiness as they heard the good news. All the way home they were shouting: Yay! Yay! I am in! I’ll go to the competition! 😀

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I was very glad to find the Yay Yay Yay Background cut file in the CUT to YOU shop, as it matches my theme perfectly. I used a smooth white cardstock for cutting and chose a bright colourful background paper from the Unforgettable collection of Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I wanted the cut file to pop as it is part of my title and important part of my theme.

I backed my photo with some patterned papers, cut out some butterflies and arranged my photo and a journal card with some floral cut outs on the bottom right corner of the layout. In order to balance the page I added some butterflies and stickers up into the left corner.

I also played with dimensions by using 3D foam adhesive and curling up the wings of the butterflies. I finally added some clear stickers, enamel dots, the title and foam hearts.

I love how easily you can make a page by using a background cut file! Look around in the shop, you can find some goodies 😉

Bee My Valentine | Michelle Stokes

Hello Friends it’s Michelle S back today with a new layout share. We had a challenge within our CUT to YOU HQ group on facebook recently – for Group members to choose a certain file that YOU wanted to see shared by our DT on upcoming layouts. One particular file that was mentioned, and I felt was perfect to document during the month of Love was BEE MY VALENTINE.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this layout came together using the BEE MY VALENTINE file along with the FLORAL WREATH cut file that I layered underneath. I used the Lucky Us Collection from Pink Paislee to continue to the lovey dove theme I had happening, and a sweet photo of my little family from many moons ago.

To begin the creating process I enlarged both designs in silhouette studio, traced, edited and cut both designs out on plain white cardstock.

Prior to cutting the Bee and title on cardstock I separated the Bee from the letter M so that I could have 2 complete pieces – Bee and Title. I did this by copying the file twice and using the eraser tool (outline selected) to cut the Bee away from the M on one, and the M away from the Bee on the other. This ensured that both the M and the Bee cut out in whole pieces and could be used on different areas of the page.

I backed the bee with papers from the 6×8 pad in the collection I used along with some velum for the wings. I also added a cut apart strip, hearts and stickers to finish the cluster

For the title piece of the cut file I used a text pattern paper for the words and 2 darker pink patterns for the hearts. I also recut the hearts squiggle on more cardstock to give a little extra dimension to the sweet hearts in the middle of the title.

I created a photo stack on a slight angle to the left of the hearts squiggle and added a couple of other heart elements to fill the gaps

I also cut a majority of the leaves off the FLORAL WREATH as they weren’t sitting quite right under the title, but I felt the layout needed a circular element to bring it all together. I left the wreath flat on the backing paper and raised the Bee Cutfile and title up off the layout using thin foam tape for that slight lift and dimension.

Well friends thats all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my creation made with a file chosen by YOU. Hopefully it’s inspired you to let loose with cut files and to chop them up to work with your creative ideas.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out in the CUT to YOU HQ on facebook for future DT Challenges. Its also a place where you can regularly drop in to chat, offer advice and share all things CTY.

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx

Sweet Dreams | Marie Hirst

Hi Everyone! Marie here with the sweetest layout using the “Circle of Love” cutfile which is one of this month’s new releases.

And this is the cutfile I used.

First of all I cut the cutfile as large as I could on my Cricut (11.5 inches wide) from white cardstock. I then cut it so that I could have it over two of the corners and not in the centre.

Then, I backed the hearts using the ombre paper from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Midnight Collection and attached it to the background paper (also CVS Midnight) with adhesive foam to give the layout some depth.

I then matted my sweet photograph on different papers from the range and tucked it in behind the larger of the two cutfile sections.

I added lots of lovely embellishments and stickers and some splatters of white acrylic paint.

There is a process video here if you’d like to take a look how it all came together:

Remember to pop by the shop to see all the gorgeous cutfiles and the NEW KIT TO YOU sets available now!

Until next time,

Marie x

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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Bloom | Michelle Gallant

Hey everyone, Michelle here today with a new layout to share using a KIT TO YOU file! I fell in love with these mason jar flower vases when I saw them. They were so much fun to work with!

I cut the file 3 times, one large one, then I flipped the file and cut out 2 smaller ones. I wanted the jars to be teal green, the Unforgettable collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio had the perfect colors!

I love creating soft and feminine layouts. These florals are absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by!

Chihuly | Kirei Baldwin

Hi everyone! Kirei here with a layout featuring one of the older CUT to YOU cut files called Circle Star Combo. I love that it has a mix of stars and circles and wanted to highlight both of them….

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I used a fun rainbow striped patterned paper for the cut file and then backed all the non-star circles with vellum. I picked three of these to make shaker pockets and to do this I added thin strips of foam tape around the back edge of each circle behind the vellum. Then I filled each one with some sparkly sequins that coordinated with the stripes on the cut file, and finally added another circle of vellum to seal them in!

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Then I attached the cut file to a 11.5″ square piece of white textured card using foam pads. I had already stuck the white card to a frame made with the same rainbow striped paper that I had used for the cut file.

I added back the stars from the cut file using more foam pads, and placed them slightly off centre.

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I mounted two small photos with patterned paper and attached them to the bottom right of the layout, raising the top edges with foam pads. Then the fun bit…. adding the embellishments! I used tone on tone word stickers on the cut file, and lots of other matching ephemera, stickers and enamel stickers to the top and bottom of the photos.

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Finally I added a one word title for the fab exhibition that we saw in Kew Gardens in London last year….

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You can find this cut file and loads more over in the CUT to YOU shop! Don’t forget to pop on over to the CUT to YOU Facebook group to share any layouts you make using one of the cut files… thanks for looking today, see you later in the month!

Happy Scrapping!dt-new-kirei-baldwin

 

 

SUNKISSED SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hey Creatives, Gwen with you here on the blog, Happy Wednesday! I’m sharing a fun Summer themed layout with you today. I’ve been digging through some older pictures of Miss C and found this super sweet one and just had to create with it.

I was actually on a family vacation when making this page. I had limited supplies with me and wanted to pull this layout together pretty quickly. I decided on just the one cut file, this one is called ‘Open Leaf‘ and just the one scrapbook collection. This is from Simple Stories called ‘Hello Summer‘. I do this when I really want to take the guesswork out of mixing and matching my supplies. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of time backing the design so I came up with the idea to cut it out really large and make it a background layer, I’ve worked it as a base element into my flower clusters and just love the white-on-white look.

So, I’ve actually built this page by positioning my photo and the cut file first. I did back my photo with just the one photo mat and added some foam and stitching as I normally do. Then, I positioned it on top of the cut file. From there, I’ve then worked on my element clusters working outwards from the photo.

For many of the elements, I have fussy cut them from the collections pattern paper. I do this a lot, that is, cut out a stack of elements from a collection and then simply mix and match to build my clusters. Some parts of the clusters sit flat to the page, others are raised with foam tape for dimension.

I’ve worked on the idea of having 3 main cluster elements, one on the left of the photo, one on the right and then one at the top of the page. I feel this helps draw the eye around the page and they all help bring the eyes to rest on the photo.

Once my main clusters were locked into position, I’ve pulled elements from the Chipboard and Die Cut pack to add more details and fill in the clusters. Again, I just ‘audition’ every piece until I’m happy. ***Side note, this IS why my pages take me forever, I have to try all the things*** I just keep going and adding until I’m happy with how everything looks.

And, that was the page done! I am really happy with all the little details in this one and at how fast it came together. I wanted to show you that you don’t always have to back the files on your pages, there really are lots of ways to incorporate them. As always, if this has inspired you to make a page, I’d love you to share it in our Facebook group so we can all see, we have such a fun and supportive community, come say Hi!

Until next time,