12 Days of Christmas Giveaway – Quilt Grid Three Day 11

Hey crafty friends, so we are nearly at the end of the Cut to You 12 days of Christmas GIVEAWAY! So many gorgeous free cut files.

Today I have some gorgeous Christmas cards to share using the fun Quilt Grid Tree cut file. Being a quilter I had to incorporate this into my card!IMG_1930I have used the 2018 PinkFresh Studio Christmas collection to create my cards. Firstly I cut two of the grid measuring 5×5 inches which I adhered to white card stock (I used wet glue and a cotton bud to do this). 27F1A6F9-EC45-47A8-9B2A-431C12E7809BI chose two colour/patterns to achieve my quilt pattern look. As I always do I used the ‘Release Compound’ function which also means you never waste paper and it always looks super precise and neat. You could create any pattern you wished and could use more colour/pattern combos.Untitled-4Once I was happy with the two patterns it was then time to embellish. I under embellished rather than over do it because of the ‘busy’ background I had created.Untitled-3I used foam tape to add some of the embellishments to create dimension which again is important if you have a ‘busy’ background.Untitled-5I chose contrasting colours for my embellishments so they did not get lost in the red and blue.Untitled-6And there you have it two super easy but visually eye catching cards that I am sure someone would love to receive.Untitled-2And you can have this cut file free yay! This cut file would be fantastic to use for any theme certainly not just Christmas!

Simply enter the code:  QUILT3FREE  to get this design for free.
No additional purchase necessary.
 
This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 11th 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.
 
Come back tomorrow for  the last FREE cut file!
 
I would like to take this opportunity as it is my last post in December, to wish you all a wonderful, blessed and safe Christmas.
 
Rachel X
 

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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 – Holly Baubles Day 2

Hey Everyone! Welcome to Day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Our file for today is Holly Baubles.

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Rachel  has combined it with the fun Happy Times title cut file available in store now.  Her stunning page is below.

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I have used the new Christmas collection by Pebbles Inc Merry Little Christmas.

Untitled-8I have used white card stock as my base cutting it at 10×10 inches as I wanted a solid border to show off the gold dots.

I cut three of this cut file but only used five carefully cutting off the extra one. I then paper pieced them (using the Release Compound function on my Silhouette Cameo). I added a row of machine stitching to add definition to the hanging string. I then added word sentiment banners to the top of three of them (rule of thirds) with a brad.9EADEBC1-F3EC-458F-A635-93E24C5B8DEC

I then cut my title in white and added with touches of wet glue, in the centre of slightly over the baubles. I cut the letters in a patterned paper and used foam tape to attach creating a 3D effect and ensuring my title really stood out!2BB81A57-9ED8-43A4-B92B-D07F5348138A

I added my photo directly under my title and again attached with foam tape.

6027DD1E-B1A7-4658-8BCE-2D1E3E4777ABThen for the fun part, embellishing! I added embellishments to each side of the title which helps draw your eye to it.

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No additional purchase necessary.
 
This code is only valid until midnight AEST on December 2nd, 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.
 
One gorgeous Christmas layout where the cut files are the stars! (and the dog!!!)
 
Come back tomorrow for another FREE cut file and another DT Christmas inspired creation.
 
See you again later in the month and thank you for stopping by!
 
Rachel X
 
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One of a Kind | Tamara Buckler

Hello CTY friends,

It feels like it’s been a while since I shared a layout with you all, so I’m please to be back with this pretty little number!

I’ve used the Wedding Cake Cut File to document this photo of my daughters 10th Birthday Cake.

I loved the whimsical look of this Cut File, so I went with soft and dreamy papers from Pink Fresh Studio to back the file.

I backed each portion of the cake and flowers separately and then popped the whole thing up on foam tape.

It was a little tricky to embellish this page, as I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful Cut File. So I worked to keep my clustering tight around my photo and tucked a few other bits under the edges of the Cut File.

This is a pretty simple page overall, but I think the gorgeous and whimsical Cut File does all the work for me!

Make sure you pop over and check out the CUT to YOU Shop to see all the new release Cut Files, or jump over to CUT to YOU HQ for stacks of inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Loves

Tam xo

Precious Moments | Michelle Stokes

Hello Friends, Its Michelle back here today with a new layout share. I’ve jumped back to last months release and chosen a fun cut file called Burst Circles that was just singing out to be used.

I chose to document a photo of Leila from a recent trip to the Zoo. We had so much fun that day, and this little lady just LOVED posing for pictures time and time again. I can say that her 2 front teeth are FINALLY making a breakthrough after almost 8 months of non existence.

To start the layout I worked in Silhouette Studio to resize the entire file so that only 3 of the larger circular designs (lets call them sunburst circles) were the main focus. I played around with different ways to present them on the layout before cutting all the pieces out on white cardstock then cutting each individual circular piece so that I could layer them in different ways across the page.

I’ve used the newer ‘Just a little Lovely’ collection from PinkFresh Studio to compliment the burst circles design. I’ve backed the ‘sunbursts’ with a blue and white floral pattern paper and adhered them to the layout using foam tape, then layered the full circular bursts under each piece at random. I also adhered the negative circular pieces around the page and sewed through a couple using machine and thread.

I added the photo to the larger of the 3 sunbursts which is also backed with a pattern paper from the collection, layered with a couple of ephemera pieces and adhered to the page using more foam tape.

To the left of the layout on the middle size sunburst I have added an ephemera piece, fussy cut florals and a title. I’ve created smaller clusters diagonally across the page from each other using embellishments to compliment the cut file design.

Once the layout was complete I’ve splattered gold colour shine, added a few enamel dots and a date stamp.

Well folks thats all from me today. Before I go heres a few friendly reminders….
Be sure to check in with us in the CUT to YOU facebook group where we welcome all crafters to share their love of CTY. Plus theres just been a new release in the CUT to YOU STORE.

Also If you’re not already subscribed to our newsletter you really should be. Its released twice per month and always contains a FREE cut file for you to use. Heres a sneak peek of what you may have missed in the current edition.

The link for you to follow is HERE so that you can sign up and never miss another freebie again!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping

Michelle xx

You AND Me | Marie Hirst

Hi CUT to YOU creatives! It’s my turn on the blog today and I’ve decided to use the BEAUTIFUL Ampersand cutfile for my layout. You can find it here in the CUT to YOU shop.

There’s a video on my YouTube channel if you’d like to see how it all came together. You can find it here: You and Me

I started by making the cutfile approximately 10 inches tall as I wanted it to be a big focal point of the layout. I decided to pair it with the ‘Just a Little Lovely’ collection from Pinkfresh Studio. I wanted to keep the layout quite light and delicate so I backed the cutfile with vellum.

I wanted to scrap some photos of myself and my husband as I very rarely do! I printed them on my Selphy Printer so that they looked like photo booth photos. I used two strips and overlapped them. I put the photos on cheesecloth to give a softer look and propped them up on dimensional foam.

I embellished with the acetate flowers from the same collection placed around different parts of the cutfile. I also wound up some white thread to add some more softer details. I also added some light-green sequins from Spiegelmom Scraps to add some shimmery details.

I also added a few pieces of die cut ephemera to add some variety.

I added the words ‘You’ and ‘Me’ to complete the title using the Ampersand Cutfile as part of the title. I hope that I have inspired you to try using a cutfile in a new way!

Until next time,

Marie x

Happy Day | Rachel Lowe

Hello scrappy friends Rachel here! Today I have a layout using two cut files, the beautiful Butterfly Garden Background cut file and the title from the Candles Page Builder  cut file.

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I often mix and match cut files, here I took the title to use on my layout!

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And here is my layout, created using Pinkfresh Studio Just A Little Lovely collection. I cut two of this cut file, exactly the same in sizing knowing I wanted some of  the butterflies and flowers to bend up naturally.

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I used a mixed media background paper with a floral theme so my Butterfly Garden cut file would work especially since I decided to cut it in white. I paper backed the flowers and butterflies using an ombre paper from the collection, so different colours would be peeking through but not be overwhelming.

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I added brads to some of the flower centres and tiny die cut flowers to the others. I added a woodie to the large butterfly. Once I had placed my photo which I added with foam tape I set about creating my title. I sized the words to fit around my photo. I cut in white and then used the release compound function and pulled out the individual letters and cut from a water colour effect paper from the collection. I added some of the letters with foam tape to add height and variation.

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The two larger butterflies I focused on, adding a puffy sticker under one of the wings, a floral die cut and adding the woodie feature to the other butterfly.

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To finish off I added a tab under the top of my photo, some sentiment stickers and puffy heart sticker.

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If you would like to shop for these cut files head to the Cut to You shop

Thank you for stopping by and see you again soon!

Rachel X