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!


https://www.etsy.com/listing/577884053/the-merry-christmas-cut-file-consists-of?ref=shop_home_feat_1


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!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCutShoppe

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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!

xoxo


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!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Merry Christmas! | FREE CUT FILES!

Tomorrow we welcome the first day of December!  We thought it would be fun to kick off the Christmas season with a GIFT for you!  The Cut Shoppe has four FREE Cut File sets that are perfect for your upcoming Christmas projects.  You can download all of them HERE or click on the graphic below.


https://app.box.com/s/g7tv0458xdpfp75sp6mcdz6zwaw9uso2

I created a layout with the Under The Tree cut file.  You can never have too many Christmas tree cut files!  I mixed all three of the tree designs on my layout.




I always love cut files that can be backed with patterned paper.  It's an easy way to add more interest to your project.  But I also love the contrast of the solid trees too.  I gave them that extra "tree look" by using brown and green papers from the FaLaLa collection by Crate Paper.

We hope you enjoy working with these FREE Cut File sets!  If you're looking for more Christmas designs, you can head over to The Cut Shoppe Etsy store and check out our Holidays section.  

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Autumn" by Jill

Hello!  I hope you all had a delicious and peaceful Thanksgiving!  I'm still in a Fall mood, even though Winter is coming sooner than I would like, so I'm using up all my Fall products and living in denial that Christmas is less than a month away.

This layout is a tribute to the gorgeous tree and all of it's beautiful leaves in our backyard.  I wanted to use the lovely Vintage Wallpaper cut file from The Cut Shoppe mixed with the perfect papers from a Fall kit I received a while back.  I started by sizing the file as large as I could on my 12x12 mat, then cut it from a goldenrod solid paper.


Next, I cut the file again from a pale pink, removing the most interior cut lines so I could back the starburst center.


The last step was to remove all interior cut lines and cut the file again with the black floral paper.


I used tissue paper and a few torn patterned papers behind the photo of my daughter's playhouse, then added cork and die cut embellishments plus a flair badge below the title.


I know the Vintage Quilt cut file will be used again and again on my scrapbook pages, and want to try and size it so I can put it in a Traveler's Notebook spread.  The possibilities are endless!


Thanks for stopping by The Cut Shoppe blog today!  Happy Creating!