Thursday, December 8, 2016

Here Comes The Sun

Hello everyone! It's Zinia here with another layout for The Cut Shoppe & Pretty Little Studio product swap. I actually chose my products for the swap early to make sure they will arrive to me in time (international shipping can be very unpredictable) so their beautiful Christmas collections weren't available back then.

So today I'm going to show you how you can use a holiday cut file to create a non-holiday themed layout. The cut file I used is Under the Mistletoe (which is available for free) paired with a stencil I created with Tiny Triangles.


I started with a light blue piece of cardstock and added some gesso on a small area. I wanted to create a lighter background for my embellishments and photo to go on.

I cut the Tiny Triangles background from a laminate sheet and used it as a stencil to add some modeling paste. I colored the paste with some Shimmerz paints to create and ombre from orange to yellow.

On top of that I started creating a cluster with my cut files. I cut the design twice in different sizes and layered the pieces together near the gessoed area. 

I added my photo on top of the cut files and embellished with a few other bits. I didn't want to go overboard cause I really loved how the bold title stood out without other distracting elements. I also wanted to keep the colored paste visible.

I picked a few small embellishments like the leaf stickers and some little die cut hearts. I also cut out some hearts from a printed piece of vellum.

That was it! I really hope you enjoyed this page. I had a lot of fun putting it together and hopefully I helped you get inspired to create something with your cut files. Until next time, happy scrapping :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Advent Calendar - Product Swap with Pretty Little Studio

Hello everyone! Enza here with you today with a project for the week-long product swap with Pretty Little Studio.

I love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday. Lots of crafting going on for me at this time of the year! I had been thinking about making an Advent calendar for quite some time, but never got around to it. When I saw the Tinsel Town collection designed by Ashley Horton for Pretty Little Studio I could not resist. I had purchased a wooden frame from Michaels a few weeks back and thought it would be perfect for the idea I had in mind.

I used a lot of different cut files: Decked out (which is free in the Sassy Scrappers store), Under the Mistletoe (another free cut file you can find on The Cut Shoppe blog), Tree farm, Tinsel Town, and Wreathed in love.

The first thing I did was cut all the fun little boxes. I wanted to have a variety of them, so you can find gift boxes, pillow boxes, envelopes, and gift card holders.

 I love the die-cuts that come in the collection. There are so many of them and all as cute as can be!

I cut the Under the Mistletoe cut file from two different type of cardstock and adhered one on top of the other. I love the effect the layering creates.

The Noel frames are one of my favorite products. I backed them with some of the patterned acetate sheets in the collection and decorated them with cut aparts, cut files, and die-cuts. For day 18, I also used some of the fun paper that comes in the packaging.

 A few ornaments here and there add more texture and dimension.

I really love how this Advent calendar turned out. The Tinsel Town collection is just beautiful. Don't forget to check out all the awesome cut files available in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store. For the whole month of December you can use the code MERRY31 to get 31% off your total purchase.

Last but not least, you can win a $25 Gift Certificate to The Cut Shoppe Etsy store by leaving a comment on TCS Blog each day throughout the week. A winner will be announced on Monday, December 12th.

Have fun joining in all of the Christmas inspiration this week!

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pretty Little Studio and The Cut Shoppe Product Swap - DECEMBER JOY

Welcome to the second day of the Pretty Little Studio and The Cut Shoppe product swap.

Nathalie here with a new layout using a few images from the Tinsel Town, and the Misc. Mistletoe cut files along with the new Tinsel Town collection by Ashley Horton for Pretty Little Studio.

The background of the layout was created by using the Tinsel Town cut file.  I simply welded the star shapes in rows forming a triangle shape.   Then I used the tree  outline image of the cut file and welded the pieces together.  Once the cut-out was created, i used the papers from Pretty Little Studio's  Tinsel Town collection to back all the stars.  A large vellum triangle was glued behind the entire image, and to add more interest, I simply stitched along the edge of the tree with gold embroidery floss.   The large acrylic star comes from the collection's Twinkle Accents.

The beautiful papers, and embelishments of the  Pretty Little Studio's Tinsel Town collection were perfect to frame the layout, and the picture of my little nephew trying to touch the Christmas tree star.  Here are some close ups:

For the title of this piece, I went into the Cut Shoppe's blog for one of last year's free cut files,  Misc. Mistletoe.  I cut the words from the Gift Wrap paper from the Tinsel Town collection.  An offset to the words was also created on the software, and cut on white card stock.  I simply glued the words to the offset, this brings out the title when added to the project.

Be sure to check the Pretty Little Studio to see what their DT is creating with our cut files, and to pick the beautiful collections they have in the PLS store, including Ashley Horton's Holiday collection, Tinsel Town.    

If you want to check the cut files used in this layout (and the many new cut files available), stop by the Cut Shoppe store and take advantage of the month long 31%off sale (use the code MERRY31 at checkout).

We can't have a product swap without a GIVEAWAY, so here's all of the details!

Leave a comment on TCS Blog each day.
The Winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.
Winner will be chosen from the comments left on TCS Blog throughout the week.
Winner will be announced on Monday, December 12th.

Thanks for visiting today, and don't forget to check back for  lots of Holiday inspiration, and the chance to enter the giveaway!

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Cut Shoppe & Pretty Little Studio Product Swap + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome to the first day of our week-long product swap with Pretty Little Studio!  We are so excited to bring you some holiday inspiration from both teams, so make sure you visit both Blogs each day!  

I am kicking things off on The Cut Shoppe Blog with two layouts, I created with my new Tinsel Town collection and the Tree Farm cut file and 'Tis the Season cut file.  Pretty Little Studio has three adorable Christmas collections and you can check all of them out in the PLS Shop, and TCS always has your hook up for awesome Christmas cut files!


I can't resist a quirky Christmas tree, so I cut two of the designs from the Tree Farm cut file and backed them with patterned papers from the Tinsel Town collection.  I spread the trees out across the layout, and placed my photos in between.  The Coal Alphas were perfect for adding a great contrast for my title, and I placed several embellishments from the collection near my photos.  I had the idea to add the Vellum Tape along the top and bottom edges of the layout.  I liked the result of the varying widths, and it also created a fun look for the Gift Flags Cut Aparts at the top of the layout.


For my second layout, I wanted to use one of the titles from the 'Tis the Season cut file set.  I loved that the 'Tis the Season to Sparkle title was shaped slightly in the form of a Christmas Tree.  I cut it toward the top portion of my paper and used my photo as the base of the "Christmas tree".  I wanted to create a garland look also, so I placed several of the Tinsel Town embellishments along the bottom of the title.  And since the title was all about sparkle, I finished with some splattered Gold Color Shine.

You're not going to want to miss out any this week, so check back tomorrow for more inspiration and don't forget to head over to the Pretty Little Studio Blog!

If you're shopping for any of the new cut files, here's what you'll find in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store:

And while you're shopping for any items in the shop, you can save 31% off of your purchase all month long, with the Code MERRY 31!

We can't have a product swap without a GIVEAWAY, so here's all of the details!

Leave a comment on TCS Blog each day.

The Winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.

Winner will be chosen from the comments left on TCS Blog throughout the week.

Winner will be announced on Monday, December 12th.

Have fun joining in all of the Christmas inspiration this week!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission from any purchases made from product clicks on this post.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Thankful & Blessed

Hello Cut Shoppe Friends! Michelle back today with a new layout created with the Give Thanks and I Heart String Art cut files. As we don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here in Australia, I wasn't sure If I would be able to make use of the awesome Thanksgiving inspired designs that Ashley has released. However, I did find the perfect photo to document using the Thankful & Blessed design in the Give Thanks set.

In the last few days My Pop has been busy packing up and moving out of this house. A house that has been part of our larger extended family for over 48 years. I'm very thankful for the time we've all had growing up within these walls, and outside in the yard. The 'Thankful & Blessed' title cut file was perfect to assist in documenting the story I wanted to tell about the last gathering we shared together, before saying one last goodbye.

To create the layout I made a background using the house shape from the I heart String art file. I used the outline of the shape by removing the string art design, then multiplied and lined the houses up in rows. I cut the entire 12x12 design out and backed it with a pattern paper from a past Hip Kit, then added a few cut houses back to the page with my tiny attacher and foam tape for added dimension. 


I created a multi layer photo stack with some hidden journalling, backed the title cut file with complimenting pattern paper, and layered some painted paper houses from the same kit, on either side of the photo and title, to continue the house theme.

Lastly the addition of some enamel dots, puffy stickers, wood veneer and extra tiny staples on random houses, meant the page was complete.

Here's a closer look at the journalling. I really must replace that typewriter ribbon, or just the typewriter completely lol 

That's all from me today. I hope this has inspired you in some way to think of other ways to use the cut files. So many possibilities when you get a little creative!

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x