Monday, April 23, 2018

Beautiful - Erica Thompson

Hello Cut Shoppe Fans!  Erica here with you today using the Flutterby cut file and some Simple Stories I Am collection! 

 I just love this cut file and decided to change it up a bit by taking the butterflies off the circle.  One of the things I love about cut files is that you can change them up a bit!  Now this could be done in the software but I was not sure yet what I was going to do when I cut the file out.  I just had a pile of files cut out since my scrap time is limited!  

I started with plain white cardstock as my background and added some white gesso.  Now if anyone has a favorite gesso please let it down below in the comments because I do not like the way the one I used changed my white paper to a dirty white.  Maybe I should try clear?  Anyway if someone has suggested I would love to hear them!  So back to my layout....added gesso and them so color with a bunch of different mists and inks from my stash.  Some Shimmerz, Distress Ink, and Heidi Swapp Color Shine!
I backed the cutfile with one of the papers from the Simple Stories I Am collection that had a watercolored look to it!
Here is a look at my completed layout and you can check out my full process on my YouTube channel HERE!

Here is a look at my completed layout using the Flutterby cut file!

Make sure to check out shop for all the fabulous files and stay tuned for some new ones coming soon!  Also mark you calendars for our NSD event!
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Yay! Layout with Neftali

Welcome crafty lovers, it is Neftali Zambrano here for the first time on The Cut Shoppe Blog! I am so honored to be here along with the awesome talent that surrounds me on this team. I hope that my layouts and project this term inspire you all to get to your crafty havens and get creative with some super awesome cut files! So, let's begin! 

I'm here today to share my first layout, and because I am so happy to be here, I decided to keep on with the celebrations of getting on the team and I decided to create a layout celebrating it! 

Here it is:

I went all out using so many fun techniques for this layout, so keep reading! 

I started off by choosing the Flutterby cut file from this month's first release. I've noticed many of us using it this time, but how could you not? If there's butterflies and a wreath all in one, I'm sold! 

I cut it to fit an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet and added some fun silver texture paste from Vicki Boutins new line on top of the whole cut file, giving it a subtle silver sheen.

I then set up the base for my layout on white cardstock by using some watercolors to add some bright pops of pink, yellow, and teal in a circle shape to sit my wreath on. 

After that was done and dry, I stitched each butterfly carefully onto the page. This not only helped me stick down the cut file, but it also added a bit of texture to each of the butterflies' bodies. I just curved up each one's wings after I stitched them down to give them that awesome raised look!

I had some fun using a new stamp set I'd just picked up at a craft store to create the floral pieces you see on the image below. I kept to the same color scheme by stamping with two shades of pink, yellow, and a soft mint color.

I added the florals in two clusters: one to the top right of my photo, and one to the bottom left of the photo.

Some final embellishments that I added were some Paige Evan's wood veneers from her very first collection (remember that?), a bit of thread to add a bit more texture, and finally some bits of stamping in two spots around my photo.

The final step was to back my layout onto the prettiest Paige Evan's patterned paper from her Turn The Page collection, and some stitching. I added my title, "YAY!" In some cute Amy Tangerine puffy thickers right below my image.

And so, friends, that is how I created this awesome layout celebrating making it onto this awesome team! I am very excited to have grabbed this idea to make a layout using the DT announcement photo from so many gals in Instagram. 

I hope that you enjoyed my very first project using the Flutterby cutfile from the shoppe! I will be back in just a couple of days to share more crafty inspiration with you all. Thanks for stopping by, until next time!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hello, Lovely | Donna Espiritu

Hello, pretty peeps! Donna here with a layout using the Flutterby cut file. This is a sure hit among DT members so make sure you check it out at The Cutshoppe Etsy Store.

I cut the file and used a white cardstock then backed it with a patterned paper. I mounted it with foam tape for dimension.
Before adhering the photo in place, I splattered a mixture of pink, yellow, coral, white and black mists. Then I embellished in clusters/layers with some stickers and ephemera.

I also mounted some stickers/ephemera with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

I super love how my layout turned out.

This is the cut file I used:

Thanks for dropping! Stay inspired and happy crafting.

Friday, April 20, 2018

"Memories" with Kira

Hello again!  Kira here and I am back with a 12x12 layout today using the new Flutterby cut file.  Guys, how gorgeous is this cut file?!  I want to use it over and over again.  Butterflies on every layout, am I right?!

Anyway, I decided to use it on a layout about my youngest son's first time dying eggs.  In the photo, he's showing me the dye on his cute little fingers (but let's be honest here, the dye was EVERYWHERE).

I started out by cutting the cut file on textured white cardstock.  Then I uploaded the cut file into design space again, but this time deleted all but one butterfly and left it as a solid image.  I cut the solid butterfly out ten times at the same size of the other butterflies on plain vellum.

After I cut the vellum butterflies, I repeated the same step but with some pattern paper.  I used the exclusive paper in the April Citrus Twist PL kit, which is this gorgeous rainbow.  After all the butterflies were cut out, I layered them behind my cut file and adhered them together with just a tiny bit of glue right down the center of the butterflies.

I adhered the cut file (with vellum and pattern paper butterflies attached) to a piece of plain white textured cardstock using a small amount of glue.  Then I took my sewing machine and stitched along the center of the butterflies, all along the cut file, twice with white thread.  I folded up the wings and separated all the sections of the butterflies to give it some added dimension.

Then it was just a matter of embellishing.  And per the usual, I finished it off with a little bit of gold Heidi Swapp color shine.  And I am obsessed with how it came out!  I hope you try out this cut file too!  I can't wait to see what you come up with!



Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Floral Traveler's Notebook Layout | Elsie Robinson

Hey crafty friends, it's Elsie here! I have a Traveler's Notebook page to share with you today, using the gorgeous Flower Garden cut file.

I'm seriously in love with this cut file because of the whimsical flowers and cute title. It's got everything you need in one cut file to easily create a pretty page!

I sized the cut file so it was slightly larger than my TN, which meant it could really make a statement by spanning the entire length and width of the pages. 

I cut the file from white cardstock and used papers from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to back the leaves and flowers.

And I also wanted a couple more clusters of flowers in the bottom corners. To do this I duplicated the cut file and used the knife tool to separate some of the flowers and leaves. I didn't bother neatening up the edges with the eraser or point editing tools, because I knew I would be trimming the offcuts once the flowers were glued onto my page.

Although neatening up the edges would be a good idea if you wanted to cut the title separately on some patterned paper, for example. But for this page I kept the title white and used a woodgrain background which helped make the title stand out.

This page was so fun to put together, and even if TN's aren't your thing, you can easily follow this design on any kind of crafty project!

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Never Grow Up by Jill

Hey friends!  Have you seen the GORGEOUS Flutterby file in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store?  I think every single one of us on the design team have lost our minds for these beautiful butterflies!

I started by sizing the background file to approximately 8.4 x 8.1 inches, then I cut it two times from white cardstock.  I planned to use one of the cuts as a whole, then place the other cut file in two places on my mixed media background.

I backed the butterflies with a few patterned papers from the same collection, then adhered the full background cut with foam tape so I could slip my photo in behind the butterflies.

The second cut was backed with the same papers, then I cut the file into two pieces so I could place it in two spots on my layout.

I stitched the butterflies down with my sewing machine to show some variation and add texture.  My last step was adding in tons of die cuts and a few flair badges.

I adore these butterflies!  You can count on seeing this cut file as a regular in my scrapbook pages.  Thanks for stopping by The Cut Shoppe blog today!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Love Love Love The Best | Shannon Morgan

Happy Tuesday! Shannon here, sharing a wintry spring layout with you....because it's still very much winter here in Michigan. We are having what you would call, fake news spring. Luckily, my daughter Mackenzie loves snow, cold and winter as much as I do. As you can see from Rock's less than enthused expression, he does not share this love, but he loves his girl and is obliging her.

You'll find The Love Struck cut file set and The Word of Mouth cut file set featured on this layout:

Thank you for letting me share with you today, make sure you're checking the blog for inspiration and stop by The Cut Shoppe on Etsy to pick up these files and more!

Monday, April 16, 2018

fly high | orange gearle

Hi friends! Orange Gearle here to share a layout I made using the Flutterby cut file that is new to the shop! I absolutely love it, and I will likely use it again! Here is my project:

And here's the file:

I did a bunch of mixed media in the background using Shimmerz Paints. I knew I wanted to use Paige Evans' Pick Me Up collection, so I matched the paints to that collection. I used the 6x6 pad to back my butterflies -- and I tried use the placement of background color to match the butterfly. Here are a couple of close ups:

I actually cut this file twice. The first time I cut it too small -- so I cut it again. I used the larger piece for my main circle of butterflies. I cut three of the smaller butterflies out of the circle (with my scissors) and layered them on top. I love how that ended up working out!

I also made a process video, if that's something that suits your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Gallery Wall | Kelly Janes

Hey there friends! Kelly here today to share my first layout for the new Design Team term! I can't even begin to express how excited I am to continue on with The Cut Shoppe for another 6 months!

For my layout today, I used the Gallery Wall Cut File and I used almost every icon from this set. I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing apart the cut file and then resizing all of the images to fit around my 2.5 x 3.5" photos.

I didn't need a lot of embellishing because of the large images and the bright colors from the Paige Evans Pick Me Up Collection. The cut file did a lot of the embellishing for me...which I love!

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

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