XO Valentine | The Cut Shoppe

Hi crafty friends! I’m back with a new layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Cupid’s Arrows Cut File.

The Cut Shoppe | Cupid's Arrows | Shimelle-Little by Little, Crate Paper-Hello Love & Heart Day

The Cut Shoppe | Cupid's Arrows

I started by “slicing” the cut file image apart in Cricut Design Space. I enlarged the arrows and rotated them slightly on the design screen for this fun tilted design! Once I had the arrows positioned I used the “attach” feature to hold the placement before sending the cut file image to the cutting mat.

The Cut Shoppe | Cupid's Arrows | Shimelle-Little by Little, Crate Paper-Hello Love & Heart Day

The Cut Shoppe | Cupid's Arrows | Shimelle-Little by Little, Crate Paper-Hello Love & Heart Day

I backed the arrows with a pattern paper from the Shimelle-Little By Little Collection and added hand stitching using black embroidery floss to create a defined edge along each arrow to help them pop off the page. I positioned my photo at the same angle as the arrows and added a lot of Valentine themed embellishments, including products from the Crate Paper Hello Love & Heart Day Collections and clear American Crafts stickers.

The Cut Shoppe | Cupid's Arrows | Shimelle-Little by Little, Crate Paper-Hello Love & Heart Day

This layout was so much fun to put together and I love how the back stitching adds so much emphasis to the arrows!

The Cut Shoppe | Cupid's Arrows | Shimelle-Little by Little, Crate Paper-Hello Love & Heart Day

I’ve put together a YouTube process video that also includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial!

Thanks so much for joining me today and remember to head to The Cut Shoppe to check out all of the cut files and digital collections!

Kelly Janes

Better Together | The Cut Shoppe

Hi friends! I’m back with a new layout that was recently shared on The Cut Shoppe Blog.

The Cut Shoppe-Sweet Talker | Amy Tangerine-Better Together | Pink Paislee-Paige Evans-Fancy Free

The Cut Shoppe-Sweet Talker

For my layout I used the Sweet Talker Cut File. This particular cut file has more of a rectangular shape but I wanted it to fill my entire 12×12 background. I resized the image in Cricut Design Space to 11.5 x 11.5, which is the largest size you can cut in the DS software. I loved that the cut file still looked proportional even though I changed the shape from a rectangle to a square.

The Cut Shoppe-Sweet Talker | Amy Tangerine-Better Together | Pink Paislee-Paige Evans-Fancy Free

I cut the Sweet Talker Cut File on white cardstock and then backed the cut file image on white cardstock. I’m a huge fan of white on white. It adds so much texture and dimension but still remains subtle and doesn’t distract from the photo! I also added a straight stitch through each row of the cut file image to secure it to the background.

The Cut Shoppe-Sweet Talker | Amy Tangerine-Better Together | Pink Paislee-Paige Evans-Fancy Free

I then started adding my photo, layers, and mixed media. Using the packaging technique and No Yoking Coloringz from Shimmerz I added a splash of yellow on the background. I wanted to bring in a little pink also so I grabbed my Pink Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I love the bright pops of color!

The Cut Shoppe-Sweet Talker | Amy Tangerine-Better Together | Pink Paislee-Paige Evans-Fancy Free

My photo layers consist of a wide variety of collections by Amy Tangerine. Her collections are always so bright and beautiful. I also added in a few buttons from the Pink Paislee-Paige Evans-Fancy Free Collection.

The Cut Shoppe-Sweet Talker | Amy Tangerine-Better Together | Pink Paislee-Paige Evans-Fancy Free

My title is from a set of Thickers by Amy Tangerine and the sentiment is perfect for my photo collage. The photo is of my three sweet pups; Bohde, Cooper and Lucy. Our boys (Cooper & Bohde) have been a part of our family for just about as long as Andy and I have been married. Lucy came a year later and is from the same set of parents as the boys. These dogs complete our family in a way that we never would have imagined. These dogs are just like our kids and my husband wanted to be sure that we had family photos taken with them. My very talented sister, who is a professional photographer, took these photos of our babes. We also have a wide variety of photos of the dogs with us and I absolutely adore each photo. We are so grateful to have these photos!

I’ve also put together a process video showing how this layout came together!

Thank you so much for joining me today and remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files & digital collections!

Kelly Janes

Jeep Love | Hip Kit Club

YAY!! My January 2017 Hip Kits arrived last week and I have my first layout to share with you today!

Now before we go on, let’s just pause for a moment just to soak in the cuteness of these photos! Aidan was 4 years old and my niece was 3 years old when these photos were taken (they currently are 9 and almost 8 years old). My parents had recently purchased this jeep for them and these photos were taken during one of their first drives. Those facial expressions just make me laugh and melt my heart. When did they grow up and why is it happening so quickly?!

Hip Kit Club | January 2017 Hip Kits

I started with an American Crafts textured white cardstock base from the Cardstock Kit. I then mixed white acrylic paint, the metallic pink Heidi Swapp texture paste from the Color Kit, and water to paint all over the white cardstock background. I also added white dots using a stencil and white texture paste. Next I grabbed a couple of the exclusive Project Life cards from the Project Life Kit and one of the ephemera pieces from the Moonstruck ephemera pack that is included in the Main Kit. I wanted to add a few florals to the mix so I fussy cut multiple flowers from one of the HKC exclusive pattern papers from the Main Kit.

I positioned my three photos and then tucked the fussy cut florals, PL cards, and the PP Moonstruck ephemera piece around the photos. I typed my journaling on a scrap piece of white cardstock using my WRMK Typecast Typewriter and then cut it into strips.

Hip Kit Club | January 2017 Hip Kits

I added a few cork stickers from the American Crafts-1 Canoe 2-Hazelwood Collection that is available in the Project Life Kit. I made sure to position the cork embellishments around the layout to create a visual triangle. I also added a HKC exclusive die cut arrow from the Embellishment Kit under the large photo.

Hip Kit Club | January 2017 Hip Kits

I also used the large “love” cork sticker as a portion of my title. I spelled out the word “jeep” using the white puffy alpha stickers from Studio Calico and positioned those letters directly on the photo. These alpha stickers, from the Project Life Kit, are my absolute fave! I have a weak spot for anything puffy! HA! I also added the words “Remember This” from the 1 Canoe 2 sticker sheet included in the Project Life Kit.

Hip Kit Club | January 2017 Hip Kits

Now at this point I thought the layout was done even though I felt it was missing something. Do you ever have that happen? You just can’t quite figure out what else to add, but you just feel that it is unfinished?! So I walked away for a bit and when I came back. I decided to fussy cut a butterfly from one of the HKC exclusive die cuts from the Embellishment Kit. I also added an exclusive washi strip, from the Embellishment Kit, to the PP Moonstruck ephemera piece. I added a scattering of black enamel dots from the December 2016 Embellishment Kit and to finish the layout I added another arrow from the Pink Paislee Moonstruck puffy sticker sheet (see, I told you about the puffy obsession!) from the Embellishment Kit.

This layout is based off of sketch #10 in our Hip Kit Club Facebook Forum Sketch series. Now you can check out my process video to see how all of this came together!

Thanks for joining me today!

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Winter Memories | The Cut Shoppe

Hey friends! I’m back today to share a layout that was recently on The Cut Shoppe Blog using the Zig-Zagged Background Cut File and the Snow Day Background Cut File.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day Background Cut File & Zig-Zagged Background Cut File

Last year I purchased a warehouse box and received a few papers from the Simple Stories Snow Fun Collection, but I didn’t have any of the matching ephemera. I absolutely LOVE the papers and colors of this collection, but the colors are very specific. I was having a hard time finding products in my stash that coordinated well with these papers. So I turned to the cut files from The Cut Shoppe.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

I started the layout by using one of the pattern papers from the Simple Stories – Snow Fun Collection as my background. I felt like the background was a little too dark so I added a white wash using white acrylic paint. I also used a dot stencil and Whipped Spackle texture paste to add a little more dimension to the background. I also love how the dots represent snow and play along well with the winter theme of my layout.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

These photos were taken during a big snow storm in 2015. We had over 16″ of snow fall in just a few hours on a Sunday. It made for a perfect day to play outside. Aidan LOVES playing in the snow. Actually I think it’s more a love of a snowball fight! HA! He would stay out there for hours and it’s all about throwing the largest snowball…even if it includes using a shovel to throw it!

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

I used the Snow Day Cut File to cut various size snowflakes using silver glitter cardstock. If you are a Cricut Explore user, like me, then you can use a custom setting to ensure that you get a clean, crisp cut when using specialty papers. You can find out more info about this custom setting in my YouTube process video posted below.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

I then used multiple pieces from the Snow Fun cut apart sheet for the layers behind my photo and for my title. I wanted to add another pop of color to the layout so I used the Zig-Zagged Background Cut File to cut a couple of chevrons and tucked them next to the vertical strips of paper.

The Cut Shoppe | Snow Day and Zig-Zagged Background Cut Files | Simple Stories-Snow Fun

I’m so happy with how this layout came together! I love that because of the cut files I was able use papers that may have sat in my stash for years until I came across ephemera that matched the papers! I’ve put together a process video that includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial.

Thanks so much for joining me today!

Kelly Janes