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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Fabulous Happy Days | Tamara Buckler

Hello lovely CTY friends!!

I’m so happy to be back today to share another layout with you. I’m constantly trying to think of different ways to use our Cut Files, because I want to use them on all the things, and so today I have come up with a bit of a twist on a background file.

I have used an oldie but a goodie on this page – the Heart Lovers Unite Background Cut File – which I have used previously here.

Instead of treating this like a complete background, I resized it in my silhouette software, and trimmed around the hearts I needed to create the matt for my photo cluster.

I adhered some tissue paper behind the Cut File and used some foam tape to lift the matt up off the background.

I went around the outside of the Cut File matt in white roller pen for further definition, and roughed up the edges for some dimension. I think using black card stock against this background has really helped too.

I love how using the Cut File this way has held together all my photos and embellishments, and while it may not be the most prominent part of the layout, it plays a really important role because of this.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve inspired you to use your Cut Files in different ways! Make sure you pop over to the shop to check out the latest release and all the new Christmas goodies!

Big Loves,

Tam xo

Guest Designer – Amy Churchward

Hey Creatives!

Amy is back for her second guest designer share for the month.  **Spoiler alert, it’s amazing!  Check out all of the details:

As soon as I saw this ‘Loops of Love’ cut file, I knew that this was just the thing to be placed with the photo of the loves of my life. I predominantly tend to scrap boy layouts. After I applied texture and colour to my background, I sprayed the cut file with black ink. When placed over the background really pops big time!

After I adhered my layered photo over the cut file, I set to work on the ‘Months’ cut file.

The photo was taken in January in Western Australia. I adhered washi tape behind the cut file to be used as my title. I am rapt with how it really pops here!

Finally, for my little cluster in the corner, I trimmed and inked the ‘TN Love You’ cut file.

I then placed some embellishments over the heart cut file.

Overall, I am very happy with how this page came together.

Thank you for popping by – I have very much enjoyed sharing as a guest designer.

Amy 😊

I hope you have all enjoyed Amy as our Guest designer, I love how different her style is and how she has shown the cut files in such a cool way!  Thanks so much for joining us this month Amy!

Thanks for popping by today,

Until next time,

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!
Melinda

“Spring Garden” Kirei Baldwin Guest Designer

Happy Thursday Creatives!  Gwen back on the blog today to introduce our next Guest Designer, Kirei Baldwin.  I have admired Kirei’s work for some time now, I just love her use of colour and the wide variety of pages she creates and I know you will love her too.  We are super spoilt this month with her creating 4 projects for us, with this being the first one.

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I loved the combination of the title and flowers in the ‘Spring Garden‘ cut file and decided I wanted to back it in some lovely bright colours to go with the Spring theme so chose the fab  ‘Horizon’ collection from Pink Paislee. I raised the backing for the flowers and title on foam pads but attached the backings for the leaves directly to the cut file. I wanted to add a little more texture behind the cut file so used a butterfly stencil and some white texture paste which gives just a subtle amount of detail. I used two small photos backed with more papers from the Horizon collection that I tucked into the right of the cut file as didn’t want to cover too much of it up! To finish I then added some of the lovely floral matching embellishments and a strip of paper to the top and bottom of the layout just to pull it all together.

You can shop our ‘Spring Garden’ cut file here.

Until next time,

“For the Love of Books” Guest Designer Belinda Jane

Happy Monday Creatives!  Gwen on the blog today to introduce you to the very creative Belinda Jane!  She is guest designing for us this month and I know you will just love the projects she has made.

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be sharing the first of my two guest designer projects for the month of September.

I was immediately drawn to this ‘Book Stack‘ cut file in the Cut to You shop and knew that I wanted to use it to document my ongoing love affair with books. I chose to use a single photo of the stack of books that I currently have sitting on my bedside table.I used a simple grey patterned paper for my cut file and backed it with a selection of papers from a 6×8 paper pad in my stash. I used a text-based paper for the ‘pages’ of each book just to reinforce the book theme.For my background, I trimmed down some plain white cardstock and matted it onto a pink chevron patterned paper. I added some stitching to the frame using my sewing machine, which is one of my favourite ways of adding texture to a layout.I used the same pink chevron paper to mat my photo along with some white tissue paper. I also added a pretty little white trim to the bottom my photo layers. To bring the layout together, I layered a couple of paper doilies behind my cut file and photo. I just love trying to include as many different textures as I can into a layout.To finish it all off, I used a combination of gold foil Thickers and some die-cut letters for my title. My journaling was typed onto vellum and then cut down into strips before adhering to the layout. I used some die-cut bows cut from papers matching the backing on my cut file and used these, along with some embellishments from my stash, to finish off my layout.I love how soft and pretty this layout turned out. And of course, all those beautiful textures.

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Love Belinda’s work?  You can catch her on Instagram here, and she also has a process video on YouTube which you can watch here.

Until next time,

 

SO FUN | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen with you on the blog today with a new share!  I’ve been absolutely itching to use the new Butterfly Cluster cut file for a sweet page of Miss C and me… I just love this cut file so much!  I love how versatile it is and how you can mix and match the layers and parts of the cut file to suit your project.  Here is what I’ve made.

To start my page, I’ve cut the cut file out twice.  Firstly with a pale pink cardstock and the second time with white cardstock.  I had an idea to use the white as my background and the pink as the butterfly inserts for the page.  You could absolutely mix and match here with pattern papers or even vellum for lots of different page themes.

I’ve backed the white cardstock with a bold print, this one from Maggie Holmes Crate Paper.  The idea for choosing something bold was to help the block shape of the butterflies stand out.  I also wanted to make sure I made a contrast between the background, the backed paper design and the pink sections of the butterflies.

This cut file is super fast to back, so if you are new to using them on your projects I would definitely recommend this one!

Once my cut file was all sorted and looking good, it was time to back my photo.  For this, I’ve used the same pink cardstock.  I wanted to make pink my highlight colour and using it around the photo really helps draw your eye to it.  It’s one thing to have a pretty cut file on your page, but you don’t want it to be so detailed or distracting that you are drawn to it over your precious photos!

It was now time to stitch!  I’ve hand stitched the elements in the die cut with some embroidery thread, again, using pink.  I’ve also stitched with my sewing machine around the edge of my photo and my layout to bring it all together.  I’ve then mounted my photo onto foam for dimension and added to my page.

At this stage, the page was really coming together.  It was now time for a title and some finishing touches.  I’ve gone with a chipboard title from the same collection as my pattern paper for consistency.  I’ve also just had a big dig through my stash for anything in the blue/green tone that would match.  Another great reason to invest in cut files…. they really do help you bust the smaller elements of your stash.  Adding a cut file to a small selection of embellishments really does pull a page together.

 

Once all of my elements were added the page was done!  This really did come together quickly and I just love how it turned out.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, ohh so many options to choose from.

Until next time,

Guest Designer – Tracey Mc Kee

Hey Creatives,
Introducing our first guest designer for August – the very talented Tracy Mc Kee!
Hey Everybody! Tracey here, I’m super excited to be a guest designer for CUT to YOU this month! I’ve had heaps of fun creating these layouts to share with you all.  I hope that you love them just as much as I do.
I started this layout off knowing that I wanted to use the ‘Concentric Hearts’ Cut file, it was just perfect for the idea that I had in mind.
I started off adding a good coat of white gesso to a thick sheet of white card stock so I could add some soft colour to give a nice hint of colour to my background.  I used Distress Oxides in the colours, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick.  I simply rubbed the patches of colour onto the background in random areas and then added some water and spread the colour out with a paintbrush.  I then used my heat gun to dry it all off.
I then drew my focus to the ‘Concentric Hearts’ cut file, which I cut on plain white cardstock. I used the same oxide colours as mentioned above, plus the colour Worn Lipstick to add some colour.  When doing this, I made sure that the colours were evenly spread out.  To add them I just used an ink blending tool.
After glueing the cut file down to my background I began to work on the layers for my photo, which is of my son and his Aunty picking berries. I used pieces of scrap paper, some pink tulle and a pink doily (which was mostly hidden). I just love the way the tulle and doily add some subtle softness and texture to the layout.  I then added my title, ‘Everyday Adventures’. These foam thickers are a beautiful copper/rose gold glitter and I think that they complement the pink tones well.
For my embellishments, I went to the sticker pad from the Kaisercraft ‘Magenta’ range and added some of the beautiful watercolour flowers, butterflies and phrase stickers.  I decided to stick a few of these to white cardstock and fussy cut them so that I could add some foam tape so that they add some height to the layout.  At this point, I’m still feeling like the layout is missing something, so I added an array of pink sequins and some Nuvo drops in the colours- Copper Penny, Antique Rose, Bubblegum Blush, Party Pink, Carnation Pink, Rhubarb Crumble and Raspberry Pink.  I just love how this Nuvo drops really pack a punch when used amongst sequins.
I had such a great time using the cut file for this layout, it’s just perfect for when you want to make a soft, subtle and delicate layout effortlessly.
Back later this month with another layout share.
Tracey