Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

BEYOUTIFUL | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

Thanks for popping by.  I have a new share for today, this one using another one of my CUT to YOU digital cut files.  For today’s page, I really wanted to use another one of the Floral Filled Hearts, these come in 4 different designs and I can’t pick a favourite!  I love these as they are very large and really help a page come together quickly.

I began by backing the cut file, for this layout I’ve used the divine Carta Bella Spring Market collection.  I was only able to grab the 8×8 paper pad and some chipboard embellishments in this one, but the paper pad was the perfect size for this kind of layout, I love how the prints on the papers are smaller than the 12 x 12 versions, perfect for backing cut files!

I started with backing a couple of the flowers in the white floral pattern, and another three in the black floral pattern on the cut file, to keep things from getting too busy, I then chose a bright green plain sheet for the remaining flowers.  Now, because I only had the 8×8 paper pad, I’ve used a Cocoa Vanilla Studios pattern paper for the background of the heart, this one is from the Bohemian Dream collection, it’s a great neutral.

Once that was all locked in, I added a pretty stitched border with my sewing machine.  These cut files have been designed with the outside edge quite thick for this very purpose.  I love sewing on them and I hope you do too!  I then mounted this entire cut file with 3D foam and added to the centre of my page.  This pattern paper for my background is actually from the Echo Park collection ‘Have Faith’ – it was the perfect shade of green to match the Carta Bella collection.

To finish the page, I backed my photo with some of the coordinating pattern papers and positioned on the right side of the heart.  To balance this out, I then went about building a cluster of embellishments in the top left-hand corner of the heart.  I pulled some wooden elements from my stash and love the softness in colour they add.  This lead me to pull out the wooden title ‘beyoutiful’ which I think is the perfect finishing touch and gets the title of my page sorted in one step.  I really love the addition of the wood to the colour combo and am really happy with the end result.  The crisp white of the cut file against a darker background and the softness of the wood elements make my heart happy.

If you don’t already know, all of my designs are available as downloadable digital cut files as well as Custom cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette or alternative die cutting machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship.  I have over 100 designs now so lots to see in the store, visit www.createdbygwen.com.au for more info.

Join our Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

YOU & ME | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

Thanks for popping by.  I have a new share for today, this one using another one of my CUT to YOU Cut files.  I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, this one has to be one of my all time favourites so far!  I love how big it is (yes, this is how large it comes if you are a CUSTOM CUT purchaser) and how open and soft and pretty the flowers are.  Perfect to team with some soft mixed media, in the form of Distress Oxide inks.

I started the page by colouring the cut file with the Oxide Inks. I’ve used a combination of Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and a touch of Spiced Marmalade.  It’s a lovely soft and warm colour combination.  I used the packaging technique on the cut file and a generous amount of water.  I didn’t gesso or prime the cut file before applying the inks, but I think I would next time, simply because I did add a lot of water.

I then planned out the design of my page, just roughly to get an idea of where I wanted to place the mixed media on my background.  I’ve used Bazzil Marshmallow cardstock for this.  Once that was decided, I added a small amount of the ink on to some packaging and applied to the background.  I then pulled out a palette and made up some ‘watercolours’ of each of the colours and splattered them all over!  I just love the tone on tone achieved here, super pretty!

A friend had gifted me some Felicity Jane goodies a while back and to date, I had only created one project with them.  There were quite a lot of smaller pieces of paper to use up so I thought it would be a neat idea to add some as paper strips. I’ve created a cluster at the top of my page and a larger one at the bottom.

I’ve placed my photo on to a piece of Cocoa Vanilla pattern paper and some more of the Felicity Jane papers to create a stack and then added my cut file.  I’ve then placed this on my page.  I’ve added my title with Felicity Jane letters.  Embellishments used and some old Maggie Holmes Crate Paper buttons – these are from 2014 so I know I bought them as soon as they came out, so it was good to get them on a page, some wood veneer, paper bows made with a die and some American Crafts chipboard brackets – these brackets are older than the buttons!!! #stashbustingatitsbest

I just love love love how this turned out, I love that you can use a fresh new cut file that is really quite inexpensive and create a beautiful page with it.  I love that this new product in my stash can easily be mixed with much older supplies to get them used up!

If you don’t already know, all of my designs are available as Downloadable files as well as Custom Cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship anywhere in AUS/NZ.  Visit the website www.createdbygwen.com.au for more info.

Also, be sure to pop by the Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.  In fact, I have a surprise announcement coming very soon!

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU

COLLECT BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today with a quick share… my latest creation using my new CUT to YOU Cut files!  This project came together really quickly and easily with the help of one of the Background designs and a super sweet little pic of my little miss from a few years back.

 

For this project, I began with the ‘Flower Bed Background‘ Custom cut file, yes, this is the exact file you will receive if you are one of my Custom cut ladies who doesn’t own a Silhouette machine.  This is one of our many background designs, created to fully fill the background of your 12 x 12 page. This design has a nice blend of white areas which can be coloured and cut out space for you to add your paper backing.

I began by backing the file with three colours.  I’ve used green for the leaves, dark pink for the larger flowers and a pretty grey and white spot for the smaller flowers.  These shapes are pretty easy to back so if you’re new to it, this would be an ideal cut file to work with.

I positioned on my page on an angle, with the largest flower running from the bottom right-hand side up to the top corner.  I trimmed off the bottom ‘ground’ section as I knew this would be where my photo would end up and then went about the trickier task of adding some stitching details.  I’ve stitched along the flower stems and through the centre of the two main leaves.  I just love the added detail stitching adds to a cut file.

At this point the page was really coming together, all I had left to do was mount my photo in coordinating colours, and add some simple embellishments.  I’ve gone with a sweet bow at the top of my photo and a paper flower.  I’ve also added some chipboard pieces and a few pretty little butterflies to live in my paper flower bed.  This is what I love so much about the background cut files I have designed…. once you get them locked into place, your page is almost done!

I just love love love how this turned out, its a really clean and simple look that anyone can achieve but it is really effective too.

All of my designs are available as Downloadable files as well as Custom Cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship anywhere in AUS/NZ.  Visit the website www.createdbygwen.com.au for more info.

Also, be sure to pop by the Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ for more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files.

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

LOVELY | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m back today to share my latest creation using my new CUT to YOU Cut files and this one has all of the colours!!  I am loving all of the rainbow projects I’m seeing of late and am not sure if it’s #trending but I just love them and was so keen to jump on board!  This one is of Miss C quite a few years ago now when she did Ballet.  She not a fan of it now, but I still love looking at these pics of her in her sweet tiara and tutu.

 

I’ve used the background cut file “Rows of Bows” as my starting point and kept it white because I had a very bright plan!   I then went about digging through my smallest paper scraps to find some in lots of fun colours.

Initially, I was going to do this as all the colours of the rainbow… but I ran into a couple of problems, one, there were two extra rows after I had one row of the each of the seven colours and two, I couldn’t find 4 different pieces of purple pattern paper (and I knew embellishments would be an issue too).  So… long story short, I decided to do just some of the colours of the rainbow instead.  Starting with light and dark pink, orange and yellow, and then moving to the greens and blues.  It still gives the look of a rainbow without technically being one.

Once I had backed each row of the file with my paper scraps I positioned it onto my background.  I went with the Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock for this one as I knew I wanted to add in my paint stripes.  I simply added a stripe using a wide brush of the Colour Blast Shimmer sprays to coordinate with the colours in the bows.  It was a simple touch but really made a difference to how the cut file looked against the background.  It really helped it pop off the page.

Next, it was time to add my photo and title which I positioned towards the bottom of the page.  I then went about finding a stack of bits and pieces from my stash to layer colour on colour to embellish.  I highly recommend this for all those bits and pieces you only have one of.  I can sometimes struggle to use these up as I prefer to duplicate elements on my page.   This technique works because even though the elements are different, the colour helps them to fit together.

Here you can see the beautiful painted background poking through the file… definitely going to do this technique again, that’s for sure.

 

I just love love love how this turned out, and anyone with some paper scraps and a few bottles of mist can do it!

Remember too, all of my designs are available as Downloadable files as well as, Custom Cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship anywhere in AUS/NZ.  Visit the website www.createdbygwen.com.au for more info or pop me a message.

Until next time,

Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

LIVE COLOURFULLY | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest creation using my new CUT to YOU Cut files! This photo was taken on Mothers day this year and I have been itching to scrap it, I just love it so much.  It features my mum, of course, my sister and my little Miss.  My mum rarely smiles in photos because she is really not a fan of having her picture taken but we were all just mucking around and it was so nice to get this more natural shot of her.

For this project, I began with one of my favourites, the ‘Bouquet’ Custom cut file, yes, this is the exact file you will receive if you are one of my Custom cut ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I’ve purposely designed and cut this one to be a large feature on the page.

This cut file also has a lot of white space designed in it with the idea that you can add lots of beautiful mixed media to it.  I began by pulling out all of my Distress Oxides, I have a few of these now and love love love them!  Of course, I have all the pretty colours like Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Shaded Lilac and I get them all at The Stampers Hut, my local scrapbook store.  I simply pressed the ink pads onto my messy mat and then spritzed with water.  I then lightly spritzed the cut file and then pressed it into the inks.  I did not use gesso at all as I knew I wasn’t going to do layers and layers of mixed media, but would definitely recommend that if you really want to get messy 🙂

Next, I worked on my background.  I used the packaging technique here and also added a stack of splatters.  I’ve used Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock for this to help prevent that nasty warping.  It was now time to back the cut file.  I’ve used lots of papers from my stash for this.  I just love how cut files allow you to use up paper scraps and turn them into something really beautiful!  Next, I positioned my cut file onto my background and glued down with some Scotch Quick Dry adhesive. I purposely left some of the edges for added dimension and interest.  I love how they slightly lift off the page.

At this point the page was really coming together, all I had left to do was mount my photo in more paper scraps, and add some simple embellishments.  I’ve gone with florals that mimic the floral shapes in the cut file to bring everything together, a title and a few other little bits and pieces and that was the page done!

I just love love love how this turned out, those oxides combined with the cut file for me was the perfect fit for this fun photo and it’s so fun to be able to work with a product I’ve designed and see it come to life on a page.

Remember too, all of my designs are available as Downloadable files as well as, Custom Cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship anywhere in AUS/NZ.  Visit the website www.createdbygwen.com.au for more info – Release night is this Friday (tomorrow) 6th July at 7pm.

Until next time,