Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Believe Layout by Jill

Hello!  I was so excited for the gorgeous stars in the new Christmas Star cut file set in The Cut Shoppe Etsy shop!  I love designs that can be big and bold on my layouts, or can be cut smaller and used as embellishments.  For this layout I decided to go big and bold, check it out below!

My first step was enlarging the believe star and rotating it slightly in my Silhouette software, knowing I wanted the cut located on the top left of my white cardstock.  I cut the star twice, once from the white paper and again from the green plaid so I could inlay the plaid on the white.

I backed the cut file with a more solid red paper so it would really pop on my layout.

I used a smaller photo from last Christmas of our elf, Elfie.  This wasn't a major moment in our lives, but I wanted to capture some of Elfie's antics!  I used several patterned papers behind the photo, then embellished with stickers.

I've loved banners since the moment they became a hot embellishment in scrapping, so I add them to about half of my layouts, haha!  I used my sewing machine to stitch a few rows to make the banner look like it's hanging.

And here's the layout, I was so happy with my end result!

Thanks so much for stopping by TCS blog today, I hope you're getting all prepared for Christmas!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Falalalala With Enza

Hello everyone! Enza here, and today I'm sharing a layout featuring the Under the Mistletoe and Decked Out cut files.

I started by cutting the mistletoe image four times, as I wanted to make it look fuller and take up most of the page without enlarging it too much. I think the smaller leaves add more interest to the design as well. I also knew I would be using the Falalala banner from the Crate Paper Falala collection as my title, so I got rid of the sentiment that was part of the cut file.

After arranging the mistletoe on the page, I added embellishments from the same collection and star ornaments from the Decked Out cut file set. I love the swirls inside the stars! I backed them with several patterned papers before adhering them down with foam adhesive.

For the photo, I just layered a few die cuts, tags, and chipboard stickers around it. Enamel dots and gold splatters finished the layout.

I hope I have inspired you to use these cut files on your next project. Did I mention the Under the Mistletoe cut file is free? ;)

Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely day!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

New Cut Files | Merry Everything

Christmas is coming and we've got some great cut files for all of your ho ho holiday projects!  There are four new sets available today in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.  These would be perfect for layouts, Christmas cards, Traveler's Notebooks and your December Daily albums!  I used the Merry Christmas cut file, with a bit of hand-stitching, to create an eye-catching look on my layout!

I opened the cut file in Silhouette Studio and used the Trace feature to get my cut lines.  Then I used one of the Sketch Pens to draw the reindeer.  After that, I kept the mat in the machine, changed out the Sketch Pen with the blade and cut the words.  I wanted to fill in the reindeer, so I hand-stitched along the outline and then went back and added a string art look inside the design.

I backed the words with one of the darker patterned papers from the Pinkfresh Studio December Days collection.  Then I machine stitched around the circle of words, just to have more stitching on the layout.  I like to mix hand stitching and machine stitching on my layouts!

I placed my photo in the bottom corner of the layout, to keep from covering the stitched reindeer.  I used a puffy sticker from December Days under the photo, for my title.  I kept the rest of the embellishing simple, by creating a few clusters in a visual triangle around the layout.

You can visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy store and pick up this new cut file set, along with three other new designs!  And we love seeing what you create, so make sure you tag us any time you share on social media!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pawsome with Jennifer

Hello everyone,

this is Jennifer with a new project for The Cut Shoppe.

I used the Happy Kitty cutfile for my title

and Full Circle for the big element in the background.

I backed both the title and the cirle cutfile with patterned paper. Because the title didn't work as is in my chosen size I cut it apart and stacked the parts on top of each other. As a throwback to the heart between the paw and some in the original file I added in a golden chipboard star to go with the rest of my embellishments.

I cut the circle in half and backed it with foam to give it dimension.

I tried to create a bit of a colorful "scene" around my photo using chipboard stickers, die cuts and normal stickers.

I backed my photo with patterned paper and phome to raise it up like the circle element. On top I added a chipboard phrame because I really liked how that looked and how it draws the eye to my picture.

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Morning Joy | Kelly Janes

Hey friends! Kelly here with a new layout & process video using the Boughs of Holly Cut File. This is one of four freebie cut files that are available on The Cut Shoppe Blog!

I started in Cricut Design Space and sliced out the portion of the cut file I was wanting to use. If you're new to Cricut Design Space, using the "Slice" feature is how you will separate the images within the cut file set so you only have to cut the portion of the cut file you are wanting to use. I then resized the image to 11.5" because I wanted the cut file image to be a main focal point on my layout. I used the Print Then Cut feature within Cricut Design Space to size and print my photos into the star shapes.

I added a little mixed media behind the cut file, then I added hand stitching using blue embroidery floss around the cut file image, and created a visual triangle of embellishments to help your eye dance around the page.

Now you can check out my process video that has a Cricut Design Space tutorial showing you how I used the Print Then Cut feature to size and print my photos!!

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me! Remember to download these freebie cut files and to visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the available cut files and digital collections! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Picking daisies with Anna Komenda

Hello The Cut Shoppe fans. It's Anna here with my newest inspiration. We are in the beginning of the winter, here in the northern hemisphere and it's even snowing for few days. But to be honest, winter is my least favourite season. The only thing I like is Christmas and my birthday :) That's why winter / christmas projects are not my fav either. I love using bright colors and flowers and butterflies. That's why I have a spring layout for you today.

I built my composition using big and so pretty cut file with joined frames called "You've been framed". I filled some of the frames with three pictures from one photo shot. Few of them are backed with a patterned paper.

Before I glued the frames to my background, I added 3D foam squares to lift the cut out above my base. It created beautiful depth. I filled empty frames with flowers and leaves, that matches my pictures.

This kind of background can be arranged in so many fantastic ways by filling the frames with embellishments. I saw somewhere online a Halloween version and it looked gorgeous. I also think that Christmas version of the layout would look great too.
This is the cut file I used:

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in two weeks.

XO Anna

Friday, December 1, 2017

"Falala" with Kira

It's December!  Which means, Christmas crafting!  I pulled out an older photo of my son, Elliott, today to get in the winter-y mood.  (It's still about 70 degrees here in San Antonio so I am grasping at that winter feeling I will clearly not experience in Texas.)

Anyway, I used the Snow Day cut file from The Cut Shoppe today to create this winter wonderland of a layout.

I deleted all but one of the snowflakes on this cut file, and then enlarged it to 11.5".  I cut the large snowflake on textured white cardstock and then spent a grueling 2.5 hours stitching around it with white embroidery thread.

I knew I wanted a white background and loved the white snowflake against the white...but it needed more color.  So I used the same single snowflake and cut out three snowflakes measuring between 5"-5.75".  I cut them out from a few papers from the Falala 6x6 paper pad.

The red snowflake I cut apart so I could use it it three places around the page.  I also cut the gold glitter snowflake included in the Falala ephemera pack in half so I could use it in two places on the page too.

I thought it would be cute to "hang" my photo from the large snowflake.  So I found a couple more banners from the Falala collection and hung them from other snowflakes around the page.  I accomplished this by taping some bakers twine right on the back.

I finished off the page with some additional embellishments and some gold Heidi Swapp color shine.

Thanks for stopping by!