Your Craft & Soul Events

A Giveaway! Sponsored By The Cut Shoppe! {NOW CLOSED}

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

It’s time for the first sponsored giveaway of the event! {NOW CLOSED} This one is sponsored by the super-cool The Cut Shoppe, an etsy shop selling digital cut files & printables with lots of personality!

The Cut Shoppe Digital Cut Files & Printables

Ashley, the owner & designer at The Cut Shoppe, is giving away a fantastic prize, so keep reading to find out how to enter!

I have been wanting some files from The Cut Shoppe since it opened last year, and I’m glad this event has given me the push to buy some and start using them! They are really easy to cut and make a great impact on your projects.

Here’s some of the items in the shop, which I think are cool, and they go really well with the ‘Focus’ theme…

1. The Stay Focused Cut File – I love the lens shutter with ‘smile’ in the center – it’s great when you see a simple shape like a circle used in a different way, and the ‘focus on today’ tag is just perfect:

The Stay Focused Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

2. The You’ve Been Framed Cut File – Well this would be a great way to focus your crafting – by thinking how to fill all these frames… some for photos, some for journaling, some for embellishments, some for white space… oh the possibilities:

The You've Been Framed Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

3. The Target Practice Cut File – These arrows are so useable, I really like the one at the bottom right, which I can imagine me colouring in with nice bright colours:

The Target Practice Cut File at The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store

Lots of fun stuff isn’t there?! There are a couple of other files I love for the Focus event, and which I’ll be sharing projects with this weekend – you’ve already seen me use the ‘Doodle Dandy’ and ‘Say Cheese’ files (on the card HERE), and I’ll be using the ‘Get Your Grid On’ background later this weekend too!

One lucky commenter will win:

The Cut Shoppe Prize for the Focus Your Craft & Soul Event!

$20 USD to spend at The Cut Shoppe! How amazing is that? There’s currently 266 items in the store, so you’ve got plenty to choose from!

To enter the giveaway {NOW CLOSED}: Just pop over to The Cut Shop Etsy Store, take a look around, and come back here to leave a comment telling me about an item or two that caught your eye (it doesn’t need to be ‘focus’ related, just anything you like).

You could also pop by The Cut Shoppe’s other online links:

The Blog: www.thecutshoppe.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecutshoppedigitalcuts

Twitter: twitter.com/thecutshoppe

Instagram: instagram.com/thecutshoppe

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/thecutshoppe

It’s not compulsory to visit any of these, but obviously Ashley would love it if you stopped by one or two. Make sure you tell her ‘thanks’ for sponsoring a giveaway prize!

The giveaway closes at 10pm BST on Sunday the 24th of May 2015 {NOW CLOSED}. It is open internationally. The winner will be announced here on Thursday the 28th of May, so make sure you check back to see if you won.

Good luck! I’ll see you again at 10pm for the last post of the night.

Jennifer x

Cardmaking, Your Craft & Soul Events

Framing A Sentiment – A Cut Shoppe Card

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Earlier tonight I showed you a layout using chipboard frames to journal a story. Now I’m sharing a card with a die-cut frame for a sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Fun huh? By using a polaroid-style frame to structure my card design I was able to put this together really quickly. Here’s how to do it…

Step 1: Load up some frames and arrows into your die-cutting software (or use a manual die-cutter & dies, cut by hand, or use shop bought ones, if that’s what you have!). I used some files from The Cut Shoppe, they are called Doodle Dandy and Say Cheese, and I loaded them up into the Cricut Design Space to use with my Explore machine:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 2: Hide the images you don’t want (I left a couple of frame choices as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use yet), and resize & recolour as you wish. I sized the frames to be 4″ tall, and the tallest arrow is 4.28″ high:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 3: Cut them out – I used the Cardstock+1 setting – cutting the frames from turquoise cardstock, and the arrows from an orange-woodgrain thick patterned paper:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 4: Cut a piece of white paper for your background (watercolour or art paper works best if you have it – there won’t be as much buckling on the paper then). Mark tiny lines with a pencil to show where your frame will sit – though you’ll end up moving it slightly to cover up these lines as the pencil can’t be erased if you’ve painted over it:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 5: Splodge some clean water at the two bottom corners and the top right corner of where your frame will sit. I hope you can just about see this:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 6: While the water is still wet, randomly dab on some turquoise blue watercolour paint. Remember it will lighten as it dries, so make it darker than you want it to be:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 7: While the blue is still wet add some yellow watercolour paint around it. Where the colours meet it will turn slightly green, but try not to overlap them too much or you’ll lose the different colours and just end up with green entirely:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 8: Leave the blue and yellow to dry completely, then flick some orange watercolour paint across it. Make sure you protect your surrounding workspace – I may have flicked some orange paint onto another project nearby (oops!):

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 9: Check how your card is looking. At this point I decided my card was looking way too blue:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

So I cut the frame again from some gold mirror card which looked much better (I’ll keep the blue frame to use on something else one day).

Step 10: Stick the layers down (making sure you move the frame slightly to cover up the pencil marks) and stamp your sentiment:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

Step 11: Finish the card off with another arrow, plus a few wood veneers and gems:

Frame A Sentiment - A Cut Shoppe Card

In case you are wondering, I adhered all the die-cuts to the card using my Herma repositionable dots tape runner. I was able to rub off any dots that stuck out from the edges of the die-cut designs that way!

Be Inspired:

Use a frame for a sentiment on a card

Base a project design around one large embellishment

Add some paint – both ‘splodged’ and flicked

I love the way the watercolour paint kind of ‘frames’ the frame too!

You may have spotted that The Cut Shoppe is a giveaway sponsor for this event… keep a lookout for a great prize from them coming up next!

I’ll see you again at 9pm!

Jennifer x

P.S. I am linking this up to The Cut Shoppe monthly challenge in their blog sidebar HERE!