Merry and Bright | Tree in a Jar |Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends well today is my last DT share as I am stepping down. I have loved my time on the CTY design team and sharing my layouts with you for the last 18 months. I have created another Christmas layout using the cut file again but this time I super sized it!

Again I created a sequin shaker vellum pocket and added a Christmas mix I put together. All you need to do is cut two vellum pieces the same size as the jar, glue 3/4 of the way around, fill with your sequins in the opening and then finish gluing the rest of the jar. Glue the complete cut file over the vellum and your done!
I added the complete cut file with foam tape so I could tuck elements under it. Here I added a Christmas present embellishment cluster.
Once I added my photo I added some embellishments on the actual cut file. I also added a gold paper piece at the bottom of my jar and some star acetate behind the lid.
I used an older Pinkfresh Studio Christmas collection and in keeping with the printed words on the background paper I added more phrases with foam tape to add dimension.
To add texture and layers to my layout I added two layers, solid against a patterned paper, ripping in a random manner.

Well that’s it from me, wishing you all a happy, safe and blessed Christmas and many 2021 pay us back for all the hardships are have all been through.

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Christmas Gift Bags | Rachel Lowe

As a paper crafter I love making Christmas cards, tags and gift boxes and bags. Here is two bags I have made using three cut files from CTY Christmas 2020 release.

And here is what I created!

I measured the front panel of this gift bag and then cut the Christmas Joy cut file in gold. I set aside the negative word joy so I could add later. I then cut Tree in a Jar using white cardstock. Using the offset function on my silhouette cameo (this simply off sets it either internal or external, to fit inside or outside by a fraction) I cut another one in vellum. I added glue to the outer edge and attached the vellum to the cardstock piece leaving an opening to fill with sequins. I then machine stitched (which you don’t have to do if you glue up once filled with sequins. I added a gold paper piece to the bottom of the jar and some gold star acetate to the lid.
I attached the Christmas Joy cut and then I added the Tree in a Jar with foam tape on my bag. I finished off adding the word joy. This obviously will be going to someone I really like lol!!! Here is my next gift bag which is a little smaller but still cute!

I cut the Christmas Bow in gold paper and paper backed it with a Christmas red paper. I added the centre with foam tape to add some height. I cut this bow at approximately four inches (width).

And there you have it, Christmas is a good time to play with cut files and use them in different ways, not just on a layout. To see all the Christmas cut files head over to the CVS shop

Thank you for stopping by and see you again in December.

Love Your Selfie | Rachel Lowe

Hi CTY friends, today I have this fun layout featuring a selfie of my cat and I (yes he always is on my craft desk getting into some mischief!). I have used the fab Love your Selfie cut file.

I have used this bright and beautiful collection by Cat Martin and Pretty Little Studio Colour Me Happy.

I decided to cut this cut file in black to make the bright colours of this collection really pop. I then created a vellum shaker pocket for the lens.

I used a pink cardstock which I embossed with a polka dot folder, this really adds texture and definition to your layout.

To add a 3D effect some of the letters I added with foam tape and others with glue.

I next started to embellish around my cut file add them with foam tape slightly over the camera so elements are tied together.

Lastly I added some light splatters of black paint to break up the white background paper.

I really love to create layouts every now and then that are modern, bright and fun! This cut file is certainly a must to have in your cut file library that’s for sure! Head to the CTY shop to see all the cut files. Thank you for stopping by today and I will see you again later in the month with some Christmas inspiration.