Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Cut Shoppe and Citrus Twist Kits Blog Hop

Hello and thank you for following our fun blog hop today! I hope you are getting a lot of great inspiration!  Thank you so much to Trina at Citrus Twist Kits for allowing me to play with this month's kit! There are so many beautiful pieces!  Also, Ashley designed a fun cut file set from 
The Cut Shoppe as well!  

Remember to comment on each participant's blog for a chance to win a $20 Gift Card...both The Cut Shoppe and Citrus Twist Kits are doing a giveaway!  

Here is the blog list if you are following along:

And here is my layout! I based my page on a sketch by Citrus Twist can click here to see the blog post.  

And here is the FREE cut file available during the hop! I absolutely love the geometric butterfly!  

I started by cutting the geometric shapes into my white card stock background. I then cut the entire butterfly with the Pink Paislee Fancy Free #08 print. I also back my card stock with the multicolored Fancy Free #06 page.  

I love the little pieces of embellishments included in the kit!  You receive a full pack of ephemera from Fancy Free as well as Citrus Twist exclusives such as cork pieces and clear stamps! 

I used some of the sequins and cork hearts to embellish the butterfly to add more color! 

For my title, I used one of the Fancy Free Glitter Word Thickers!  I then added my journaling underneath.  

Thanks again for stopping by!  Now onto Brenda's blog!  Have a great day!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Cut Shoppe: Love Is Everything

I'm so sorry its been so long since I've posted!  Honestly, I've been in a bit of a funk and have had a lot of issues going on here at home.  I am going to try to update more often.  

Today I'm sharing a layout I created for The Cut Shoppe's NSD celebration! There is a a free cut file available for download on their Facebook page!

I used the concentric circles with white card stock and backed with a multi colored print from Simple Stories' You Are Here.  

I also cut my title with white card stock and lightly misted with blue spray ink. This is one of my favorite techniques to use with my cut files!

Thanks for looking! Hope you are having a good day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Cut Shoppe: Boys Rule

Today on The Cut Shoppe blog, I have a layout using the new Boys Rule cut file set! This is one of my favorites so far! I love the fun shapes and cute are the arrows?   I always appreciate a fun boy collection and the stars pair well with Shimelle's new Starshine collection.

Using white cardstock for my outline, I used the "Boys Rule" title from the set.  I filled in the letters with an orange/white chevron print from Starshine.   

I used the star/circle shapes as well as the nested stars in different sizes and prints to layer under my title and photo.  I accented with chipboard accents from Starshine as well as epoxy shapes from Evalicious.  

Here, I used die cuts and stickers from Starshine as well as a cute Metal Clip.  

Thank you for stopping by! Check out the Etsy shop for this cut file set plus much more!
Have a great day!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Clear Scraps: Explore

Last week, I had a layout and tutorial up on the Clear Scraps blog using the new
Helm and Anchor Chipboard Embellishments.  I thought this set would go great with this cute photo of my nephew and October Afternoon's Treasure Map! 

I'm going to show you how I altered my chipboard pieces!  First, I applied a couple layers of white acrylic paint to each piece. 

I've had this ombre ink from Hero Arts since October and have been wanting to use it!  I thought the teal color would go well with my paper line. 

After allowing the acrylic paint to dry, I turned the pieces over and lightly applied directly to the ink pad.  

Once dry, I used Ranger Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy. 

To give texture to my anchor, I used one of my roller stamps from American Crafts and did some "messy" stamping....I love how it turned out! 

For my title, I used wood grain Chipboard letters from October Afternoon, as well as added flair and stickers from Treasure Map. I also added wooden veneer stars from Studio Calico (love these!). 

I adhered some of the Sew Fun Banners on top of a Border and Label Stickers then stitched through. 

Thanks for can visit the Clear Scraps shop to see these and the many new products!
Have a great day!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Simple Stories: Carpe Diem Layouts

Today, I am sharing layout I created for the Simple Stories Design Team using the new Carpe Diem Scrapbooking collection! Since its February, I used love as my theme for both pages! 

One my first page, titled "You Are So Loved" I used a cute photo of my niece.  Starting with white cardstock, I layered a 6x12 piece of Make It Happen.  I then layered a strip of the B side of Make It Happen as well as Brand New Day. I always using my sewing machine so I stitched through one of the strips.  

For my title, I used the pink letter stickers from the Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet. I then used the "LOVED" Simple Stories cut file (#92340) from the Silhouette shop and the Pink Dot/Black Dot sheet.  

I layered  stickers from the Fundamentals and Expressions Cardstock Sticker sheet along with Chipboard accents and a cute floral Bradz.  I love to layer my little embellishments into clusters at the corner of my photo. 

How cute are these clips?  I added the pink heart clip to the top of my photo and secured with a staple. 

I wanted to use a heart background cut file but couldn't quite find what I was looking for, so I created my own using a repeating pattern of hearts.  I added random prints of the B side of Don't Mind Me into a few hearts. 


For my second layout, "LOVE",  I used an old photo of my grandparent when they were dating.  One of the many things I love about Simple Stories is that the papers can be used for just about any theme! 

Using the "LOVE"  cut file (#80540), I cut directly into my white cardstock background.  I then backed it with the B Side of Fist Bump and Pink/White prints.  

One of my favorite embellishments are the Chipboard Frames! You receive a variety of prints and sizes in each pack! I adhered one of the frames to a 3x4 Journaling Card to jot down a few sentences about my photo.  

Showing more of the great embellishments of Carpe Diem!  I used another cute photo Clip, Bradz, and Stickers. You can also spy some coordinating Enamel Dots as well! 

Thank you for stopping by!  Check out all of the great Simple Stories products by clicking HERE!
Have a great night! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Cut Shoppe Blog Hop Winner!

Amy Little 
is the winner of the Love Letters cut file!  

Amy please email The Cut Shoppe for your FREE download at !  

Congrats!!  And thanks to everyone who hopped with us! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Cut Shoppe: Feel The Love Blog Hop

Welcome to The Cut Shoppe's Feel The Love Blog Hop!  If you are following the blog roll, you've come from Allie's blog!  Be sure to comment on each DT member's blog to be entered to win 14 FREE cut files from the shop!  I will be giving away a cut file as will be announced February 16th!  

I cut the "love is always a good idea" sentiment from my wood grain pattern and backed with a lighter pattern. I love the way it turned out! 

Showing some of the stickers from the Bloom collection that I layered at the top of my page. 

More of the ephemera from the collection!  

Thank you for hopping with us! I hope this inspires you to do some creating with a cut file or two from The Cut Shoppe!  Now through the end of the hop use code LOVEYOU30 for a 30% discount on your purchase!

Leave me a comment and I'll be giving away the "Love Letters" cut file to a lucky participant!  

Thanks and good luck!!  Next, on the list is is the very talented Missy!