Created By Gwen, CUT to YOU, Inspiration

MY SUNSHINE | CUT TO YOU

Hi Creative Friends,

I’m up on the CUT to YOU blog today with a new share featuring Miss Caitlin in beautiful Fiji from quite a few years back now.  I’ve actually had this picture for ages and was never quite sure what to do with it.  I always struggled to make it fit with a page…UNTIL I created this sweet sailing boat (Set Sail 2)for her to ‘sit’ on.  I am so in love with the end result.

I’m also on a bit of a mission to use my stencils a little more of late so this page started with some stencil work.  In my usual clean mixed media style, I’ve lightly sprayed the stencil with a soft pink glimmer mist.  I was kind of looking to emulate the rays of the sun at sunset so chose a soft pink rather than a bright yellow mist.  Once dry, I’ve added lines of machine stitching for extra detail.

Next up, I’ve gone to work backing the cut file.  I’ve used Kaisercraft Paisley Days collection for this.  mixing and matching the papers in the collection to ‘colour’ my little boat cut file.  I’ve also used this collection to mount my photo, just one layer for this page as I didn’t want too much happening over my pretty background and cut file.  I’ve added some stitching here too in my usual style.

At this point I had my background locked in, the file backed and my photo ready.  It was time to do the layout dance to place all of these large elements.  I was careful to position the boat in the centre but allow room for my photo off to the right-hand side.  I wanted the mast in the picture to be on the same side as the mast in my cut file boat.

Next, it was time to have some fun with embellishments to round out the page.  First up, I found these sweet neutral clouds by Charm Creations.  I love how soft they are.  They were the perfect feature for my ‘sky’.

I then found this sweet little pink bow in my stash, it’s from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  Just HAD to add that.  #socute

Then came all of the elements from the Kaisercraft collection… I found floral stickers and die cut butterflies.  The banner sticker was the perfect fit along my mast and matched the flags on the cut file perfectly!  I really just kept adding bits and pieces here and there until I was happy.

I’m really happy with how this turned out and love the soft background colour scheme and the pops of yellow from the pattern papers.

You can see the latest designs from CUT to YOU here, there are over 200 designs and lots of design team samples to check out.

Until next time,

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,