So Much Fun | Melinda Sweetman

Hello everyone and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! Melinda here and I am really excited to share this fun, bright mixed media scrapbook layout with you!

As you can see I have used the Burst Circles cut file – an older file but oh so fun!! This has been cut in textured white cardstock.

I have backed all of the open bursts with some papers by Elle’s Studio’s “Noteworthy” collection and then for the bursts with only the centre open I have created shaker pockets! If you haven’t ever created a shaker pocket they really are easy and look so so good! You can the process in my YT process video linked below otherwise read on for a bit of a step-by-step!

Since I was creating with a geometric shape (circles) this was really easy to piece together. First up I grabbed some acetate and punched some circles with a couple of punches. For this make sure the circles are a bit bigger than the circles in the cut file so you can apply adhesive to the back of the cut file and then stick the acetate to the cut file. Add some foam tape all the way around the back of circle (where you can’t see it), on top of the acetate. Fill your little circular well with sequins of choice. And finally using your punches again create circles a bit bigger than the cut file and adhere (I always use wet adhesive for this) to the back of the foam tape!

With all of the work done on my cut file I was ready to get my page together! I have used some Prima water colours in co-ordinating colours behind each of the bursts and then splatters too.

Since I had come this far with matching colours I figured I may as well continue on with that and pulled ephemera and stickers from the same (and other) Elle’s Studio collection! I layered some pieces behind the cut file and some on top and really, really love how this came together!

My final touches (which I didn’t get on camera, sorry!) were to use the pen I journalled in to sketch around the shaker bursts and add in a doodled border around the edge and then finally using my black india ink I added black splatters to each of my embellishment clusters to pull everything together.

I really hope you have enjoyed my share today with this older file (so fun and available here in store) but remember you can always find the brand new releases over on the website simply by clicking on the “What’s New” button! Stay scrappy my crafty friends and I shall see again next month with my next share!
Melinda

Family is Forever | Melinda Sweetman

Hello to all of you lovely scrappy CUT to YOU friends and thanks for joining me on the blog for my first post for 2020!! I’m really excited to share my page with you today!

I have used the “Family is Forever” cut file for this page and used it as the main feature and oh boy, do I love how this came together!

I wanted to jazz up my cutfile and since plan a didn’t work (epic fail thanks to user error lol) I got messy!

I’ve cut the title on smooth white cardstock and then added a quick, not perfectly applied coat of gold water colour paint. (I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi #91). Once the water colour was completely dry I added some of the super fun and sparkly Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Golden Crystal with a paint brush and then my finger right on top of the gold water colour. The paste adds so much sparkle and texture and I just love how it looks IRL!

When that was completely dry I backed all of the letters with some pattern papers from the Kringle & Co collection by Photoplay Paper and then popped the whole title up on some foam.

The 2 photos on this layout are from Christmas morning and are our annual Christmas Family photos. It’s funny, after forgetting to get someone else to take a family photo on Christmas Day a couple of years running it’s now become tradition to take a family selfie after presents and everyone is dressed so that way I get at least one photo!! And I love this years ones!

With my main elements decided and ready to go I quickly added a couple of fun layers to my grey cardstock background. Next I added some gold stitching to the card stock and also my photos and then mounted that all onto another of the papers from this collection.

The only additional embellishments I added were the Candy Cane by Annabellish and the little row of hearts I had in a bowl on my desk. I added in a couple of quick sentences for my journalling and my page was done!

If you’d like to see my whole process just hit play on the video below and I do hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing you are safe and that you can squeeze in a little crafty time for you! Until next time, happy scrapping!

Melinda

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Merry Everything Day 10

 

Hello my creative friends and a big welcome to day 10 of our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway!  We have Melinda back on the blog today with some more Christmas inspiriaton for you all.

Today’s freebie is this fun Merry Everything cut file!

Last year for Christmas I decided our Christmas Card would include a photo of my little family so we donned some Christmas hats and headed up to my parents-in-law’s block. My father-in-law is quiet a good photographer so he picked the location on their block and got to snapping! This was the photo we ended up using and I realised that I hadn’t yet scrapped it so I figured “Merry Everything” was the perfect title to pair with it!

I haven’t done anything fancy to my title this time, I simply cut it on my Cameo in textured white cardstock. I did get my Cameo to do all the “hard” work of cutting the internal letters and you can see how that came happened in my video near the end of my post!

If you don’t do videos or are unsure of how to make this happen here’s a quick run down for you:
1. After you have cut the file right click and select “remove compound path” This will separate ALL of the pieces of the letters so you can move/delete/edit etc
2. Remove the complete outline of the cut file by clicking on it and then hitting delete on your keyboard (or right click, delete)
3. Using your mouse click on the pieces between the letters and again delete. You should be left with just the internal pieces of each letter
4. Use your mouse to select the all the letters and then go to the “offset” function in your silhouette software – it’s shaped like a star
5. While your cut file is selected use the arrows to change the offset around each letter until you think you have enough to allow you to back your letters without over hang. This amount will vary and it’s really down to personal preference
6. When you are happy with the offset amount, hit apply then you can delete your original internal pieces and cut your filling pieces!
I work on a PC so this is the keys I use and have never worked on a Mac so I can’t help with the exact instructions for that but I do hope this helps someone!

I dove into my Christmas Stash for this page and chose the Pink Fresh Studio “Holiday Wishes” collection from last year. I don’t have much of it but LOVE it! To back my cut file I used the “Season’s Greetings” pattern paper and then used the same paper again as a border for my whole page.

As you can see I have used a tonne of pink on my background which is not a “traditional” choice for Christmas but one of my all time favourite colour combos in navy and light pink. The pattern paper I used combines those 2 colours so I immediately jumped at the chance to use those. And I really feel that softer pink really makes my photo and title pop!

I have included my whole process for the background in my video but the layers from bottom to top are pink mist painted on, splatters in pink, red and gold, white tissue paper with red “ho ho ho” all over it and finally more splatters in the same 3 colours.

I’ve kept the embellishing pretty simple here, I didn’t want to cover up much of anything lol I did 2 lines of straight machine stitching in gold around both the white card stock and the photo. I’ve added a very fine border of the “Very Merry” pattern paper behind my photo and also included a little vellum envelope behind my photo. The envelope is for me to add in the rest of the photos that were taken that day.

I have another process video for you today, just click below to play! I hope you enjoy and it inspires you to get your Christmas on!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my page, to get your freebie from the store check out the following details:

Simply enter the code:  MERRYFREE at checkout to get this design for free. No additional purchase necessary. This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 10th, 2019.  **No exceptions – Please check your time zone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.  

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given. The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out in the Christmas Shop section.  

Make sure you come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Candy Circles Day 3

Hello my creative friends and a big welcome to day 3 of our 12 Days Of Christmas Giveaway!

Today’s freebie is this fun Candy Circles cut file!

Melinda is sharing inspiration for us today.

After trying a couple of ideas that I didn’t love (hello recycling bin!) I decided to cut this file on textured white cardstock big enough so I could have it as the base layer behind a slightly smaller than 4″x 6″ photo.

For some reason, I have been on a “add a pattern paper border” kick with my pages of late so I trimmed down my marshmallow cardstock and chose a pattern paper to mount behind. I did also add a machine stitched black border all the way around the cardstock and also the photo. I think hanging around Gwen at retreat last month rubbed off lol

I was in a “get messy in Christmas colours” mood so I grabbed some paints and my trimmed cardstock. Straight away I knew I wanted my main colour to be red (I seriously LOVE a real Christmas red in all my Christmas projects!) so used that as my base layer and added lots of splatters in red, green, black and gold.

While that dried I added a paper layer behind my photo using the PhotoPlay “Kringle & co” collection, some tissue paper and also popped my photo up on some foam.

Time to see how it all looks together! I was loving the direction the page was going but felt the cut file was getting a little lost. My solution was some shimmery white water colour paints from my stash which I just painted straight over the file and then added some splatters while it was still wet. Then I added the same splatters to my messy background.

It’s really tricky to pick up the shimmer on camera but it was exactly what this page needed to make that cut file pop! When I adhered the cut file I added wet glue to only the centre of each of the circles which gave the cut file lift and created shadows.

From here on out I added 2 clusters to the page – one to the top left of the photo which includes the title; and one to the bottom right. I’ve added in a couple of charms from Charms Creations and finished off the page with some gold and green stars. And tiny black splatters!

I do have a process video for you today, just click below to play! I hope you enjoy and it inspires you to get your Christmas on!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my page, to get your freebie from the store check out the following details:

Simply enter the code: YESCANDY at checkout to get this design for free.

No additional purchase necessary. This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 3rd, 2019.  **No exceptions – Please check your time zone against ours here in Australia as we are a day ahead.  

Coupon code must be entered to receive this item for free. No refunds will be given. The design will still be available in the CUT to YOU Cut file store for purchase after the discount code expires if you miss out in the Christmas Shop section.  

Make sure you come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file!

Happy Together | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow creative people and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you!

As you can see I have used the “Stitch I {heart} U” cut file. To start with I thought it was going to be my title but as you can see that changed!

My inspiration for this page started with seeing this page by Rachel D at the retreat we were on together not all that long ago! I love how she used and wanted to create something similar but different! I’ve cut this on textured white cardstock, roughly 1/3 of the way down the page and sized it to fit almost the full 12 inches.

I knew I was going to use a whole sheet of patterned paper to go behind my cut file and also work as a border around the white cardstock so trimmed down the cardstock. I used a heap of foam tape on the back side of the cardstock to give the page some lift and dimension and just to do something a little different. And I really love the subtle, yet effective, detail this adds!

I went a little mixed media crazy in the background starting with some gesso and then some blue Shimmerz mists between the heart and the U and a little ways down the page also.

When that was all dried I felt that the stitches were getting a little lost so I grabbed a black pen and sketched a border around each of the stitches. Then using the same pen I sketched a messy double line all the way around my cardstock. I love the way that those black lines make the cut file really pop!

With my background all done and dry I used more of the Truly Grateful collection to embellish around my photo which was placed right over the top of the mixed media between the heart and the U.

This was super fun page to create!! I really, really love the end design and I hope I inspire you to get your messy on! If you’d like to see this page come together click below and you can watch my process!

There is a tonne of beautiful cut files available in the store now! This is one of the “older” (I use that term very loosely 😉 ) cut files available but to shop new releases (yes, every month!!) head over here! And remember Gwen will cut and ship to you if you don’t have your own cutting machine!I hope you have enjoyed this share today! I cannot wait to come back and share my next page with you in December. So much fun coming your way!! Here’s a sneak 😉

Until then, happy scrapping my friends!
Mel

Happy Memories | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow CTY fans!!! Melinda here with you sharing my latest DT creation with you.

As you can see I’ve used the gorgeous Butterfly Cut n Stitch file (I’ve been busting to use this beauty!!) with a photo of myself, The Boss Lady, Gwen, Tamara, Bernii and Rachel D from the DT! We recently attended a retreat together and I just couldn’t wait to scrap these photos!!

A girly cut file means a pretty, girly collection and I couldn’t help but bust out the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Unforgettable collection. I’ve used the 6×8 paper pad to back the butterflies that I had cut on some textured white card stock.

If you haven’t seen or used the Cut n Stitch files yet they come with both the cut file (butterflies in this case) and the stitch lines already in place. I “designed” my page in Silhouette Studio knowing that the card stock that had the stitch holes would ultimately be my back ground paper. This was a super easy and quick file to stitch with a straight back stitch. You could also use the chain stitch for extra texture! Then I added splatters using 2 different pinks and an aqua-y/teal-y colour.

With the cut file backed and the butterfly trails stitched onto my background that didn’t leave me much room for where to put things which made this page come together super quickly! I knew pretty quickly I wanted to mount the white card stock onto a pattern paper so chose the gorgeous pink pattern called “Unscripted”, cutting out the centre.

My photo is printed just under 6×4 with a white border. I’ve added some of the same paper and a doily behind my photo and tucked that between the butterflies on the bottom right.

As so much of my pages real estate already taken up it was a matter of adding a few small embellishments and my title. I’ve used the diagonal line from the top left to the bottom right and added a few bits and pieces. Because I used gold letters I also added in some gold splatters on that same line. Finally finishing the page with some enamel dots.

And my title using a clear sticker stuck onto some white card stock paired with those gold thickers.

I have a process video for you today and I do hope you enjoy! This cut file is so, so pretty and I just love it with this collection!

Remember, you can always shop in the store. All digital orders will send them straight away and Custom Cut orders (YES! Gwen will cut and ship to YOU!) are cut to order and sent ASAP! I hope you have enjoyed my share today and I can’t wait to be back again with my next one!

Until then, happy scrapping!
Mel x

Love This | Melinda Sweetman

Hello my scrappy friends and happy Monday!! Melinda here on the blog today and I have some fun Christmas inspiration to share with you!!

I was totally inspired by Gwen’s share using the same cut file , Christmas Tree Row and couldn’t wait to use that inspiration to make something of my own! If you’d like to see Gwen’s page click here, it’s very Gwen!

I was firstly inspired by the very soft and pretty water colour in the background of Gwen’s page so started thinking of colour ideas. I quickly remembered a very pretty sequin mix I have had in my stash for a few years that I just LOVE and that is where I came up with the idea of soft pink & blue, gold and a little splash of red.

With my colour scheme chosen it was time to build my page! With that sequin mix in mind I immediately thought SHAKER pocket!!! So I cut the Christmas Tree Row in textured white card stock and then backed that with some acetate. Next up, very thin strips of foam to have room for the sequins to move around. I filled up all the trees with my very pretty sequin mix and then backed that with a sheet of water colour looking pattern paper. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this shaker pocket and am so excited I finally got those sequins on a page! I also added in a few red sequins.

Working with my colours in mind I added some white gesso to my background paper (a rather simple black and white pattern), worked out placement of my shaker pocket and photo and added in my beautiful soft pink background colour. Swoon! I just love it! And of course, lots of splatters in pink, blue, gold and tiny pops of red as well!

I just love the trees on this page and how they and my photo really stand out off that background. I chose to go pretty simple with the embellishing, a few older rubber charms from a Pink Fresh Christmas collection.

A couple of pattern papers behind my photo including that gorgeous red, pink and white candy cane stripe. One of my most favourite pattern papers of all time, ever!

To finish off my page I added in some wood veneer words – “love this” – for my title and also some sprinkly veneer pieces in circles, hearts and stars. I was going to leave them plain but decided I didn’t love the wood grain on the page so I used my gold paint to paint them with a little paint brush!

I added in my journalling under the trees which just says how nice it was to have all of the cousins together to celebrate Christmas. Seeing this photo though really made me realise just how much all of the kids are growing. How quickly time goes and makes me truly grateful for this memory keeping hobby I stumbled upon. And it makes me look forward to the new memories we will make and I can record this year! Especially with some of the gorgeous new cut files in the Christmas Shop on the website!

I do have a process video for you today, just click below! I hope you enjoy!

Remember, if you don’t have your own cutting machine Gwen can cut and post to you (anywhere in the world!!) any of the designs in the store that have the custom cut option! So awesome!!

I had so much fun creating this page and I really hope that you have enjoyed my process. I hope that you are inspired to maybe get a start on last years Christmas memories or heck, get a kick start for this years, in whichever way you choose to record your memories! It was interesting seeing Gwens pole the other week in the HQ group around Christmas. If you’re not already a part of the group click here and join in the fun!

Anyways, thanks so much for stopping by, until next time!
Melinda

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

Meet our New Design Team

Hey there Creatives!!

Today is the day, it’s time to announce our newest design team!!

I was so overwhelmed by not only the number of applicants we had but by just how creative you bunch all are!  It was so so hard to choose and in fact, I’ve expanded the team to fit more of you in, I just couldn’t say no!!  We now have 9 team members, as well as myself, creating for you so lots and lots of inspiration coming your way!

I’ll tag the ladies on Facebook in the CUT to YOU HQ group so you can all check out their creative talents… be prepared to be blown away!

Thanks again to all those that applied, I really did appreciate the efforts you all went to with your applications and had a blast checking you all out on social.

Until next time,