Happy Birthday | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello CUT to YOU friends and family!! I’m really excited to be here with you to share this somewhat (ok, ok, VERY!!) busy page that I created using 2 cut files and a quick and easy mixed media technique on my background!

And here is the first file I used – “Happy Birthday Title“. This was cut in white textured cardstock and backed with the 6×8 Paper Stack from Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s Legendary collection.

And the second one I used is “Rock Star“. Now, if you follow me you probably know that I love stars so when I saw this cut file when it was released I was so bummed when I didn’t come up with an idea straight away! But, it’s on a page now and I love it! This was cut on a pattern paper – Cocoa Vanilla Studio – Legendary – “Brave Heart”.

I’m also playing along with this fun CSI Challenge which is all about using older products!! I’ve pulled some acrylic paint from my stash as my “older stash” and then pulled on the fun, bright colours and also included lots of layers on my back ground and distressing.

Of course, I have a process video for you which is below! For me to include all the things it’s a bit longer than “normal” so make sure you grab a cuppa and I hope you enjoy!

I seriously had so much fun creating this page! It’s messy, bright, layered and features my boy on his 10th birthday with a few loving words from Mum to Son. I’ll leave with you a few close ups and make sure you head on over to CSI: Color Stories, Inspiration to join in one, some or maybe even ALL of the challenges that are current! Remember, CTY is a major sponsor!

I hope that you have enjoyed my share today and that it has inspired you to maybe play along with one of these challenges for some great prizes! Or perhaps, to try a new (maybe messy?!?) technique?!? I’d love to hear!

Oh, one last thing before I leave, have you seen the gorgeous new Christmas cut files in the store?!?? SO many beautiful designs! I can’t wait to share my next page with you, wink wink 😉 Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!

And So The Adventure Begins | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone,

It’s Tarrah back with you on the CUT to YOU blog! Today I have a new layout to share inspired by the CSI Challenges case file no. #327. If you know me, you will know that I absolutely LOVE to travel. I have been very fortunate to have traveled a fair bit already so I have lots of memories to document.

Each month CUT to YOU sponsors the challenges over at CSI, there are always awesome prizes up for grabs so make sure you check all the case files out, I am sure you will find something to inspire you and get creating!

Case File No. 327

I was inspired by the travel theme and the colours of this case file. I chose to cut out the awesome ‘ADVENTURE BEGINS’ cut file from white cardstock first. I then backed the openings of the block letters in red cardstock. I then added craft foam underneath the entire cut file and adhered it down to the plain white cardstock background. As I was constructing my layout, you can see in my close up photo below that I decided to make the word ‘Begin’ stand out more so I inked the word in black ink. As this word has the washi tape underneath it, I am glad I chose to ink the word.

Adventure Begins cut file

Title cut files like this one are great as they pretty much decide the design of your page for. As there was the space on the right of the title, this was the perfect place to add my photo and the layers under my photo. I used some red and black striped pockets for my layers and also a small Kraft envelope.

I added some travel wood veneer pieces including the globe one over the top of the ‘O’ in ‘So’. I also added a super cute red peg, a black arrow paper clip, a red resin star and a black and white fabric bow. On the right of my photo, I added a Charm’s handmade fabric star and layered a travel flair over the top of the star.

Lastly I added a few travel phrase stickers and a date tab at the top of the red and white stripe pocket at the top. I also trimmed down the white cardstock and framed the entire layout with a Kraft cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today. Make sure you check out all the AMAZING cut files in the CUT to YOU store!

Happy creating!

Summer Days | Tarrah McLean

Hi everyone, it’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am sharing a new layout featuring the awesome Summer Days cut file title and some of the cute elements from the Summer Page Builder cut file. My layout share today is inspired by CSI challenge Case No. 322. CUT to YOU is one of the sponsors for the CSI challenges, so why not join in to be in the running to win free cut files?!

CSI Case No. 322

CUT to YOU Summer Days title

I started out by cutting the Summer Days title and the Summer page builder cut file all from white cardstock, I then backed them all with some of the pretty papers from the Sunny Days collection by Crate Paper. Once they were all backed, I added foam adhesive to the bottom of them all. I chose a super cute photo of my nieces in the pink Summer gear, it was perfect for this page as the CSI inspiration photo has lots of pink. I adhered my photo in the centre of the white cardstock background with some paper layers underneath. This then allowed me to work out where my title and cloud and sun elements were going to go.

Summer Page Builder cut file

One of the other inspirations I took from the CSI inspiration image were the pieces of fruit, I just had to include the pieces of chipboard fruit to the right of my photo. I think they look really cute there! I love to layer elements over the top of the cut files, as you can see in the detail photo below, I have added some stickers to the Summer Days title. In the detail photo above I added a phrase sticker to one of the clouds and a cute flair button to the centre of the sun.

On the left side of my photo, I added a phrase die-cut with a tag tucked in and some cherry chipboard pieces, I like how these balance with the citrus fruit on the right hand side. Below the title I added a title sticker, a smaller sticker and a heart sticker too. As you can see in the detail photo below, you can see how the title popped up on foam adhesive creates some shadows and gives dimension. I love how this looks on my page. Lastly I stamped the date stamp, I trimmed down the white cardstock background and adhered the cardstock to one of the blue and white stripe patterned papers from the Sunny Days collection.

Thank you so much for stopping by the CUT to YOU blog today, make sure to check out the CUT to YOU store for all the gorgeous cut file designs that you keep forever once you purchase them once! I hope you get the chance to join in one of the CSI challenges too!

Happy creating!

Good Vibes, Good Times | Piroska Czako-Radvanyi

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Today I brought you a layout I made for the CSI challenge Nr. 323. I was inspired by the carousel theme, and used the Carousel collection of Maggie Holmes.

Last summer we visited the amusement park in Budapest. Unfortunately the old park has been closed, but a few of the older machines are still there as a part of the zoo. The Schäftner carousel is also very old, it has been built in 1908. It is gorgeous, with all those old figures and gold accents. I had to sit on it and make a photo ;-P

For this layout I used the Good Vibes Good Times cut file.

I cut it from smooth white cardstock and backed only one part of them with patterned paper, because the background paper (Prize / Carousel, Maggie Holmes) I chose, had a great pattern: the yellow triangle is like an arrow pointing at my photo, so I didn’t want to cover that effect.

I fussy cut some B&W flowers of the Belle paper of the same collection as we are also wearing black (dark blue) and white clothes on the photo. I matted the photo with patterned papers, one of them has gold foil to reflect on the carousel.

I added some die cuts and chipboard pieces to the layout to reflect on the theme more. Finally I added some gold stars from the ephemera pack of the collection.

I hope you are also going to play along at CSI. YOu can find all the details on their blog or Facebook group. And don’t forget to grab some new cut files at the CUT to YOU shop! 😉

Oh Snap | Tamara Buckler

Hello scrappy friends,

I’m popping in quickly today to share with you my layout inspired by this month’s CSI Challenge. I have used the Oh Snap Title Cut File, which I have treated quite simply, but I think it’s turned out super sweet.

The CSI Case File Challenge (no. 318) was filled with little icons, lots of orange and a cute little fox. I paired this back a little and used more peachy tones, inspired by the sweetest Die Cut fox from my stash.

I cut the ‘Oh Snap’ file from white card stock and then coloured it with a Posca pen. I then backed both elements with white paper and popped them up on foam squares. Such an easy title option, and ready to go in just a few minutes!

To keep with the feel of the inspiration, image, I tucked lots of cute little elements around my title and my photo.

Thanks for stopping by today. Make sure you pop over to the CSI blog and have a go at their challenges. And if you looking for easy title options, jump over to the shop and have a look in the titles section.

Stay safe and well!

Big loves, Tam xo

HomeBodies Unite/Sara Scraps

Hello Everyone! Sara here with you today! I’m featuring one of the Home Bodies Collection cut files.

My layout was inspired by CSI Challenge Case File #318. Cut to You is one of the challenge blog’s sponsors and we have been having fun playing along with their inspiration pieces over the last few months.

Here is the case file that inspired my layout today-

With all those orange tones, I knew I wanted to use a nice, muted color palette but I also wanted to make my cut file POP! To accomplish that I added some mixed media behind the cut file. The mixed media allows the backed cut file to really be visible and set it off.

I paired my cut file with a photo of my youngest son cuddling his dog on the couch..perfect homebodies uniting for sure!

I love the fun clusters of embellishments I used to define the line between the mixed media and the photo. It gives the whole layout balence and allows the photo to stand against the orange mixed media. Overall, I think that this layout came together so well and I love the cozy feel I was able to create!

If you haven’t seen these fun cut files yet, be sure to take a peek at them in the Cut To You shop HERE!

I also have a process video to share – in case you want to add a bit of mixed media to the background of your next cut file!

Have A Lovely Day!

Sara

Lovely Day @ The Lake | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey scrappy friends,

I’m back on the blog today to share a page with you that I created for the latest CSI Scrapbook Challenge – Case File 316.

I was inspired by the soft pastel colours and the contrast with the B&W on the inspiration piece as well as the shapes and title. 

I have used the Circle of Love Cut File to create this page, cutting the file 3 times in 3 different sizes. I actually laid them one inside each other on my Silhouette software, and cut them from one piece of patterned paper from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I have laid the Cut Files around the page and cut them in half-ish to mimic the ‘hill’ shapes of the inspiration image. I backed each of the circles with different colours of patterned paper, again using the colours from the inspiration piece.

I created my title to reflect the font in the inspiration piece, and personalised it to reflect where we are in my picture.

I have colour blocked my clusters around each of the circles, repeating elements around the page like butterflies and hearts.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my layout. Make sure you have a go at the CSI challenges this month, as always CUT to YOU are a sponsor, and you could win a selection of our amazing files!!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Adore | Melinda Sweetman

Hello friends, Melinda here with you today sharing my first layout for February!

For this page today I have used an older cut file named “Blossom” which can be found here in the store.

As one of the main sponsors for 2020 for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration I drew inspiration from Case File 309. The colours firstly jumped out at me as I flipped through my photos and found one that went perfectly with this colour scheme. On closer inspection the word “Heart” in the quote popped out – I mean how many people get the opportunity to be with their Great-Grandparents?! So, seeing my boys with my Nan sure makes my heart happy!

As I often do, I started playing with the design of my page in my Silhouette Software. I quickly decided that I was going to use 2 of the same cut file cut as one piece. I simply copied and pasted the file, rotated it until happy with placement and then, making sure both files were touching, hit the weld button and voila, one giant Blossom cut file. This was then cut on Kraft coloured cardstock.

While my cut file was still on my sticky mat I pulled out a texture script stamp and some black Archival ink and stamped all over the cut file to add a little extra interest. At this stage all I was certain of was my photo, cut file and that I wanted to use the Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey collection (the colours worked perfectly!!) so figured it was “safest” to go with an ink I knew wouldn’t run or bleed!

I backed my cut file with the 6×8 papers from the Vicki Boutin collection but had my Cameo do most of the fussy cutting for me. I have included that process in my process video, linked below, if you’d like to see how to!

Here is a quick run down of what I did to create the backing pieces, I hope it all makes sense!
First up, I zoomed in! That way I can see the detail in the sections.
Then I right clicked and selected “Release Compound Path.”
With all the pieces now individual I worked one section (eg. flower or leaf) at a time. I will continue these steps using the flower pieces for explanation.
Holding down the Shift key and using my mouse to select each petal (this lets you select more than one piece at a time) I then copied those pieces onto a new Studio document.
In the new document (all the pieces should still be selected) I right clicked and selected “Make Compound Path.”
From the right menu I selected the “Offset” menu and set an offset at 0.075.
Delete your original lines and you are left with the piece that is slightly bigger than your actual cut file!
To save time, I ran multiple pieces of pattern paper through at the same time making sure to follow the grid lines on my screen to the grid lines on my mat.

With my cut file all backed I was ready to start putting this page together. As my cut file is so big and I had already come up with a page idea the rest of this came together pretty quickly! I added a little bit of mixed media to my background paper (also from the same Vicki Boutin collection) in the form of gold splatters and popped that aside to dry.

I hate to “waste” any pretty paper so I used the left over rectangles I had cut the inside pieces from as layers behind my photo. I have popped up my photo and parts of the cut file using foam and then adhered my photo and cut file as one giant element on my page.

With my cut file doing so much of the “work” for me I only added in very little embellishing. I’ve used a couple of stickers and my last 2 gorgeous layered butterfly stickers. A word sticker for my title and some gold thread for a little bit of a different texture. Finally adding in my journalling and the date.

That wraps up my first share for Feb and I hope you have enjoyed! You can find the cut file I used over here in the store and remember, all the new releases are available here!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda

Sing the song that’s in your heart | Tamara Buckler

Hey hey Scrappy Friends,

I’m up on the blog today to share my latest layout featuring an oldy but a goody Cut File, the Scalloped Heart.

My inspiration came from Case File No.309 over at the CSI Challenge Blog.

I cut the Scalloped Heart Cut File from black cardstock, drawing on the love heart in the centre of the cage in the inspo piece.

I cut the file quite large, and this then became the central element on the page. I was able to tuck my photo stack inside the heart, and then centre my my mixed media, title and embellishments around it.

I randomly found on my desk a piece of an older Cut File, cut out of green patterned paper, that matched the page perfectly! I’ve tucked this up at the top of my page. Totally pays to keep your scraps!!

Thanks for stopping by today!! Make sure you pop over to the shop and check out all the new February releases! And don’t forget to play along over at CSI 😀

Big Loves,

Tam xo

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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