CUT to YOU | Bee My Valentine | Bee My Valentine Cut File

Hello Everyone, it’s Piroska here today with my latest layout for CUT to YOU. To make it more exciting for the team and more inspiring for you, from February each Design Team member has a special challenge to fulfill. This time my task was to use a black cut file – if you know me, you know that I hardly ever used a black cut file before! So it was really a challenge for me! 😛

As Valentine’s Day is getting closer I went with that theme. I cut the Bee My Valentine cut file from last year’s release from black textured cardstock.

I got some older Valentine’s Day collections from my stash, I chose the My Love paper from the Heart Day collection of Crate Paper as my background.

I backed the cut file with the Hugs & Kisses paper, and the bee with the Adore You paper from the same collection.

As the black cut file is big and impressive, I didn’t add many embellishments to the layout. I matted my photo with the same patterned papers, and added some stickers and chipboard stickers from the Crate Paper Main Squeeze collection, and some ScrapUp phrase stickers in Hungarian.

What do you think, did I manage to fulfill the requirements for the challenge? Would love to hear, what you think. Thanks for being with me today, let’s get crafty with more cut files, cut white or black 😉 Visit the shop, you can find a gorgeous new release there!

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