Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Cards with Enza

Happy Thanksgiving week! I can't believe it's already here!

For today's post, I have decided to create a set of cards that are perfect for this time of the year. I used two new cut files included in the Thanks And Giving set, as well as some leaves from the Autumn Acres set.

The first card is very simple. I backed the beautiful Give Thanks design with several patterned papers from the Heart of Home collection. I didn't add much around it, other than the cluster in the left lower corner, as I didn't want to take away from the elegant cut file. I just made the cluster a little bit fuller with some leaves from the Autumn Acres cut file set and fussy cut roses.

The second card allowed me to incorporate lots of patterned papers from the same collection. I love cut files like this one. They are versatile and fun.

I used foam dots to adhere it down for added dimension and embellished it with some fussy cut daisies and enamel dots.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you will feel inspired to create a set of Thanksgiving cards with the new Thanks And Giving cut file set.

Friday, November 17, 2017

"Grateful" with Kira

Hey everyone!  Kira here, and I'm back with a layout in my Thankful 30 travelers notebook.  This is my first year participating in this project and it has been so great to reflect on all of the things in my life I have to be thankful for.  Today I am sharing a layout I made about my husband. 

I used the new Thanks & Giving cut file from The Cut Shoppe for my large title on this page. 

I cut it out with textured white cardstock, and then backed it with a paper from the 1 Canoe 2 Creekside collection.  I would have loved to stitch around this cut file, but working in a TN gets a little tricky sometimes when it comes to bulk.  Three days in and it was already getting difficult to close!  So I opted out of stitching (or any foam for dimension) and adhered the cut file directly on my background paper. 

I love the look of pieces sticking out from every page of my TN, so I set the cut file at an angle.  I loved the way it looked so I played off of that for the placement of the photo and then of the embellishments as well. 

I embellished with bits and pieces from my stash, sticking with mostly blues, greys and pinks.  I built a cluster to the right of my photo, just below that cluster and then one right on top of my title. 

I had almost called this layout done after that.  I put it away for the night thinking it was complete.  But when I looked at it again in the morning I felt like it was missing something.  The white on the title was drawing your eye upwards, and I felt I needed to add some more of that bright white towards the bottom of the page.  To accomplish this I cut a few leaves from the Flower Delivery cut file and tucked them in various places around my photo.  

I finished the layout off with some gold Heidi Swapp color shine around the page.  I always work outside of my TN and then adhere the pages in when I am complete.  For this layout, when I adhered the layout in, I created a "pocket" where I could stick some journaling. Once I had my journaling tucked away, I called this layout done!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Cut Files | Better Than I Imagined

One of the things I love about cut files, is that there's usually more than one way to use them.  When I designed the new Mums the Word cut file, I was envisioning a fall flower.  But when I sat down at my desk, to work with the design, I decided to use it in more of a general way.  Flowers are always a great image to use on your projects.  I changed up the Mums the Word from fall to everyday, just by the colors and embellishments I chose to use on my layout.

I had this photo in mind from our recent trip to Disney World, and wanted to pair it with the Dream On collection from Pinkfresh Studio.  I cut the flower from White card stock and then cut it again from one of the PF patterned papers to back the outline.  I also incorporated the new Thanks & Giving cut file, by cutting the leaves from the Give Thanks design.  I just trimmed away the excess from the circle and tucked the leaves under my photo.

For the rest of the design, I based all of the embellishments along where the photo met the leaves.  The Better Than I Imagined phrase from the PF ephemera was a perfect fit with my photo.  I loved the look of the finished layout and the pops of color from the PF collection contrasting with the black & white photo.

The Mums the Word cut file is now available in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store!  You can stop by and pick it up, along with our other new designs, or any of your old favorites!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"Fall Love" by Jill

Hello TCS Fans!  I'm using the Fall Foliage cut file released on November 5th for my newest layout for The Cut Shoppe.  Check out the other files released earlier this month below:

I started by cutting the fall love leaf, then removing the interior cuts and cutting it again from solid paper.  Next I cut several sizes of the heart leaf, then backed the cut out heart with more solid papers.

When I use cut files, I tend to go lighter on the embellishments because I don't want to take away from the gorgeous shapes I cut on my Silhouette.

Leaves are one of my favorite icons, right after feathers.  I felt like the leaves added enough to this layout so I didn't want to clutter it up with a ton of other stuff.  I love it when a cut file works as my title, then I don't have to try and think up something clever, haha!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, I hope you enjoyed checking out my newest TCS creation.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Happy Heart with Jennifer


this is Jennifer with a new layout for The Cut Shoppe!

For this layout I used one of the new cutfiles for November: Space Cadet. I just live the galaxy feel it gives and I just had to cut it from a night sky paper from my stash.

For my title I used one of the sentiments from the Give Thanks cutfile set. I cute it from white cardstock and later on backed it with a light blue paper which I cut a bit bigger to give it a bit of a background. I find that it makes the title stand out more from the background.

For my background I used white cardstock and added a bit of mixed media. I used pearlescent watercolors from Finetex to add a shiny circle in rose gold behind the cutfile and later added a few splatters of gold and dark blue watercolors. It made my paper warp a bit because I didn't use gesso but I can live with that.

I backed the open stars from the Space Cadet cutfile with golden glitter paper and later used one of the negatives as an embellishment.

I tried capturing the shiny background with my camera to give you a bit of an impression on how it looks in the right light. It's a very subtle color.

Thanks for stopping by on The Cut Shoppe blog today. I hope you have a great day and I'll see you soon.


Friday, November 10, 2017

Traveler's Notebook Cuppa Joe | Kelly Janes

Hey friends! Kelly back with you again today to share a new project using the Cuppa Joe Cut File in my Traveler's Notebook.

This is a first for me as I've never worked with a Traveler's Notebook. I'm participating in the My Thankful 30 project this year and thought a TN would be a great size to use for this project. I started my project in Cricut Design Space by slicing out a coffee cup image from the Cuppa Joe Cut File. I then used the Contour feature to hide all of the words within the coffee cup and mirrored the image so the handle would be on the opposite side.

I cut the coffee mug image on watercolor paper and used multiple products from Shimmerz Paints to paint the mug. I then used multiple Maggie Holmes products along with a few embellishments from my stash to complete this project.

I love that cut files can serve so many different purposes. They can be a focal image on your project, used as a die cut or as a layer like I've done here!

Now you can take a look at my process video that includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me and remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files and digital collections!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tone-On-Tone Technique | Elsie Robinson

Hey friends, it's Elsie here! One of the things I was most excited about creating when I got my cameo was backing cut files... I know that really doesn't sound all that exciting, but I love to take my time and do some mindless and repetitive tasks when I'm crafting! I find that so relaxing.

And so that's what I focused on for today's project! Here's my layout:

I needed some downtime the other evening, and was in the mood to be creative without having to think too much about what I was doing. And so backing a cut file was the perfect creative task for me to do! 

I created this cluster of hearts using the gorgeous Pie Hearts cut file set. In my Silhouette software I arranged the hearts into a design that I liked, welded them all together and cut the design from white cardstock.  

Then I put a movie on and had a really great evening backing all of the sections of the hearts!

I love this technique because it means I can use lots of patterns and colours in a controlled and neat way. But to really simplify the whole process I separated the hearts into three clusters and assigned them a colour and only used papers of that colour in each heart.

This worked out perfectly because I had ten hearts in my design, so there were three hearts for each of the three colours and one for my photo.

I primarily used the Maggie Holmes 'Carousel' collection on this page and to embellish I only used the pink, yellow and blue embellishments. I clustered all of the embellishments around and on top of their matching coloured hearts.

This tone-on-tone technique keeps the embellishing process super simple, as well as adding loads of detail and dimension to a page with very little effort. It also makes the cut file stand out and be the "star" of the page and is also a really great way to stash-bust!

I also used the outline of one of the clouds from the April Showers set and cut that several times in different sizes from white cardstock. Although the cut file and embellishments made this page plenty busy, I couldn't resist adding a few clouds to make this page even more whimsical... what can I say?!

Thanks for stopping by today everyone!