Strut Your Stuff

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hello there! I'm on The Cut Shoppe blog today! This Pretty as a Peacock might be one of my favorite cut files ever. But when I saw it, all I could think of was stitching it.  So I did!

I didn't have a photo in mind when I started, but I like bright colors, so I started there with bright blues, greens and pinks. I also had the Strut Yourself flair from A Flair for Buttons.  By the time I finished sewing, I had the photo, and the rest of the product. Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope arrived  just in time! I used the Chasing Rainbow paper behind the body of the peacock. I tried something new, using the WaterColor Markers  and also the Amy Tangerine watercolor set to fill in the feathers. The colors are beyond perfect. I definitely need some practice with the markers, but for a first try I'm really pleased with the results.

You can see more of the stitching in these detail  photos. Like I said, I like bright colors!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. You can find this and so many incredible cut files in The Cut Shoppe. See you again soon!


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hey there and good morning! I'm on the Paper Issues blog today sharing this project for the Get Messy challenge. Yep. I got messy. It's not something I do in a big way. Nope. Paint scares me just enough that I will splatter it, but not take out a brush!  I do have to say, this was fun and different for me. 

I will say, this page was made way too easily because of this photo of my son with shaving cream all over his face.  The first thing I thought of was bubbles! White bubbles! We even have this awesome Bubbles cut file! Guess what I did to it?!? I painted it with some blues and grays using the new Amy Tangerine Watercolor set.  I bet you'd never guess the papers and ephemera are the new PhotoPlay Snuggle Up Baby Boy collection. Oh Yes I did. It's not just for babies! I love the masculine colors. All I did was flip the papers over to the 'B' sides and voila, they were exactly what I wanted for this page.  

Now for the rest of the messiness....I dipped the lid of my paint bottle into the white paint, then 'stamped' it onto the page, with some splatters too of course. I added bit of A Flair for Buttons flair for some color. It was looking a little to flat and too grey. We can't have that can we? 

My son can't shave himself so this has become a weekly Father/Son 'bonding' experience. Or adventure. Whichever word you prefer. He's a pretty good sport about it most of the time. Other times he has a severe case of Mis-Beshaving....

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Head over to our Facebook Group where you can find this and all of our March challenges. There is so much good new stuff in the Paper Issues shop. Get some of this PhotoPlay or something else that catches your eye. It's always 20% off when you use DEVRA at checkout. 

Love Ya'

Friday, March 15, 2019

Hey there! Im on the A Flair for Buttons blog today showing off the ever so versatile Linen Polka Dots flair. When I add flair to my projects, I usually grab pieces from different sets that fit whatever mood or theme I'm trying to convey. Today however, is not the case.

This floral wreath cut file from The Cut Shoppe is backed by so many patterns, I needed to find a way to make it feel cohesive, without making it any more busy! Using the coordinating colors and  simple polka dot pattern does just that. It adds dimension too!

So that's my tip for today. Don't be afraid to use flair from the same set on your page!




Linen Polka Dots
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Stay Cool Bro

Friday, March 8, 2019

Hey there! I'm sharing this layout on The Cut Shoppe blog today. It features the new Stay Cool Bro cut file.

Come on. I kinda feel like this was made just for me. There are so many ways I want to use it. Because there's always more than one way to use a cut file right?  Today though, is simple. Two boys, brothers, bright colors, inspiring sentiments. Boom. 

There are many layers to this cut file. I used the innermost lines, backing it with the entire outline of the file. Using this Simple Stories L'il Dude brightly colored stripe highlights the cut file and gives my page so much fun energy. It really was very easy to put together! It's such a statement it only needs a few embellishments. Small clusters of mixed ephemera, chipboard, stickers and A Flair for Buttons flair finish this off perfectly.

I'm so happy you stopped by my creative view today.  I have so much more to share and hope you come back again soon.  We love to see how you create with our cut files. Share with us in our Facebook Group, The Cut Shoppe Scrap Spot. See you next time!

And then my heart burst

Hey there! It's my turn on the Paper Issues blog today showing off one of our FREE cut files. Did you know Paper Issues has hundreds of FREE cut files available to download?  Did I mention they are FREE?

Well anyway,  I love our cut files and use them every chance I get. What makes them fun for me, is using them in unexpected ways. If you've been following me, you know I like to do that with all kinds of product. Like this one, "and then my heart burst".

You do realize this was created to go along with baby collections right? Well, when I saw it, I thought immediately about my son coming home from school for a weekend to visit. My heart quite literally burst with excitement. So why not use it here!

Also, what a great opportunity for me to use Valentines paper! Im showing you all the love here. I mixed Pebbles Loves Me with Crate Paper La La Love for this. I love the way this cut file left just he right space for my photo. It's such a statement that it doesn't ned much else to shine.  Then I layered several ephemera pieces behind the photo and a few hearts are scattered, because well, my heart was all over the place too. :-)

I used a sticker over the center heart just to add some more color and context.

I like tucking things over and under cut files. It's just fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. I've got a lot to share the next few weeks so come back again soon. Head over to the Paper Issues store today to get yourself some new goodies! You'll be happy you did! Use DEVRA at checkout for 20% off your purchase!