CUT to YOU, Inspiration, Scrap The Girls

“Sweet Moment” for Scrap the Girls Aug 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

August has arrived and I’m here to share the latest challenge for Scrap the Girls.  This month we have another stunning mood board to be inspired by.  I thought I’d draw inspiration for this month purly from the colours.  The images themselves didn’t lead me to any ideas but I did love the colours, they are just so vibrant and not colours I’d normally use so I ran with that!

The colours in the mood board are just so striking don’t you think!  I began by digging through my stash to find goodies to coordinate and first up I found a Thickers word “MOMENTS”  by American Crafts.  I really liked how it featured a combination of the purple/blue and that stunning dark red.  This piece has been in my stash for a while now, so it was a great place to start my page.

Next up, I went about choosing a photo and found this one of my little miss.. isn’t she the sweetest! To go with her pretty flower I wanted to incorporate one of my new CUT to YOU cut files.   This one is called Geo Floral and I love the hand drawn feel it has to it!

I backed the cut file in papers that matched the colours in the mood board, all of these are from Illustrated Faith – Gratitude Documented collection.  Sure, it’s for Bible journalling, but also has a stack of basic designs perfect for scrapbooking and the colours fit the mood board perfectly!

As my cut file was an extra large element to my design, I locked this into position first.  I wanted the leaf design to stem out from my photo leading the eye across the page.

Next, it was time to position that large title of mine as well.  I decided to run it along the bottom edge of the page and added “Beautiful” and “Sweet” to make the title “Beautiful Sweet Moment”.  I used a chipboard piece and foam Thickers which I have coloured with Shimmerz paint.

So, at this stage, the cut file, my photo and the big title were all locked in.  Time to embellish!  I’ve added 2 of the pretty hearts by Charm Creations who is also the sponsor for this month, some pretty bows, a butterfly and a die cut piece from Cocoa Vanilla Studios and the page was complete.

I’ll leave you with one more close up of that CUT to YOU cut file, so so loving the colours teamed with the fresh white!

I love how this page turned out… yes, they are colours I wouldn’t normally use, but that’s why it’s so fun to be a part of these challenges and I do love the result so I may even do this again!!

Be sure to upload to the Facebook group for your chance to win a fab prize from our sponsors – I would love to see what you create!

This months sponsor:  Charms Creations

Until next time,

 

CUT to YOU, Guest Design, Inspiration

“Mister Wonderful” CUT to YOU is sponsoring Scrap the Boys August 2018

Hi Creative Friends,

Super excited to share that CUT to YOU is sponsoring Scrap The Boys this month!  It’s been so fun to partner with the Design Team to not only design a cut file inspired by the mood board but also create a page to share with you all.  Here is the mood board…

and here is my layout… I was super inspired by the colour combo and that Zebra print!  I had the perfect set of Thickers to use and these candid shots of Mr Wruck.

Here is the cut file I created called “Wild Geometric”.  I’ve designed it as one joined piece of 3 of the leaf shapes as well as a separate pieces of each of the designs so you can mix and match.  Available in both Custom Cut file which is cut at HQ and as a Digital Download for Silhouette owners.

I began by pulling out some pattern papers from my stash including some for the latest Cocoa Vanilla Studios collection, some from Bella Blvd Secrets of the Sea collection and a black and white spot that had been in my stash for a while, sorry I’m not sure of the manufacturer on that one.  Once I was happy with my pattern paper combo, I went about backing the CUT to YOU cut file.

I then layered up the cuts to create a base for my photo mat.  I’ve layered some of the cuts side by side and others on top of each other for interest.  I then added some fussy cut pieces in an arrow style shape cut from the Maggie Holmes Carousel ‘Dazzle‘ paper which was the perfect colour for the mood board.

Next, it was time to add my title, I’ve used Thickers in 2 styles for this and some Snip-its from Cocoa Vanilla ‘Colour Me Happy’ collection.  Lastly, I’ve added a black fabric bow and some enamel stars and enamel dots.

It was so fun to play along with Scrap The Boys this month and I’m super proud to be able to sponsor this great Aussie challenge blog so I do hope you get your entries in!

Lastly, a quick reminder that our Facebook group – CUT to YOU HQ has more inspiration from the design team and lovers of our files so be sure to join us 🙂

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,