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All of Me Loves All of You {Cut File Stitching Tutorial} | Majken Pullin September 10, 2018 07:00 2 Comments

Happy Monday everybody!  Majken here to give you a reason to take a break out of the least favorite day of the week (ha!).  Today I'm sharing a layout with a fun and different way to use your cut files with stitching.  The first part of September we're focusing on Words & Phrases, so I'm sharing a phrase cut file as a powerful title on a layout.

I used the All of Me Loves All of You cut file.

The first thing I did after importing the cut file into Silhouette Studio was to open the Offset window and use it to make the cut file just a tiny bit thicker to accommodate hand stitching and prevent tearing.

Next, I used the Alpha tool in Silhouette Studio and typed a loooong line of Times New Roman periods in size 36 (you can experiment with different sizes and fonts to see which one you like best for your needles and thread).  Increase the character spacing as well so there's adequate room between your stitches.  Experiment with this to find your favorite.

For this phrase, I had many more periods but this shows you the basic view - that circle with the plus sign on the bottom of the text box is what you are looking for.  You want to put your cursor over that symbol, click it and hold it while you drag it to your phrase.  It will "snap" to the cut llines - you can continue to type periods until you've covered the entire phrase.

The cut lines of the phrase will turn gray, leaving your tiny holes ready to cut.

The larger the project, the longer this will take to cut.  Go grab some chocolate to snack on in the meantime.  :)

For my project, I chose each word to be a different color to match my polka dotted paper.  Have some good television to watch while you do this - I did a good chunk of mine while watching a Houston Astros game...double the fun!

Here are a couple of close ups.

Some tips:

  • Some of the smaller areas may have odd spacing between the periods.  I just added a few extra with my paper piercing tool.
  • Your mat will have lots of little hole insides - use a scraper to get them off.
  • Not all the periods will cut all the way - I lightly rubbed the back of the paper over a trash can to get rid of the inside of the holes.  Any remaining, I just pushed through with a piercing tool.
  • You could cut out the cut file and use it as a template to pierce around it manually with a piercing tool if you don't want to do it with your machine.

Cut file used:

I'm so glad you stopped by today, and I hope this inspires you to try stitching with cut files!  Have a fantastic week!

Majken


Rainbows! | Morgan Langley April 15, 2018 07:00

     Hey guys! So excited to be sharing a happy spring layout today using the title "Rainbows" and the rainbow from the "Hooray for Spring" cut file! 
      First I stitched, stitched, stitched! I cut my rainbow and title on the same paper and backed them with different pieces of the same piece of multi colored paper! The stripes in the paper were vertical, while a normal rainbow is horizontal so I thought that was a neat touch! Then I found coordinating colored thread for each color in the paper and stitched the layers of the rainbow going from pink to blue! I stitched the title in all white because I already had so much color on the page! 
     Then brads, brads, brads! I don't use brads a lot, but I picked out all the color coordinating regular circle and flower brads I had and put them on my layout going up from the blues to the pinks this time. I added some felt leaves and flowers to a couple of the brads to spin. In the title, where there would usually be a cut out in the letter I added speciality brads. 
     I wrote my journalling in one arch of the rainbow and added three little pictures of our pet bunny Clover and I! I love how this fun spring layout turned out! Make sure to go to the Just Nick store to pick up this cut file pack for yourself to create your own rainbow background! 

Party Every Day! | Morgan Langley April 07, 2018 07:00

Hey guys! Thank you for stopping by to continue celebrating Just Nick's 3rd birthday! Today I am sharing a layout I created using the "Party Hats" cut file! 
I starting by cutting the striped hat on white card stock and watercoloring the paper! I wanted do a rainbow looks so I started with pink instead of red, and then went to orange, yellow, green, blue and purple adding some dark and light shades of each. Then I stitched with shades of that same color along the stripes and added a coordinating pom pom on top! 
On my white background I used the packaging technique to make a color coordinating base for my party hat! I also added some splatters of watercolor. 
I added my title with kraft colored chip board letters and the celebrate letters from the "Turn the Page" 2x2 album. Next I took my mini heart punch and punched color coordinating hearts for each party hat section. I added some buttons, acrylic pieces, flowers, and puffy stickers and loved how this colorful layout turned out! 
Make sure to head over to the Just Nick shop to get 50% off your order to celebrate its birthday! Follow me on instagram @morewithmorganl !

Stitched Clouds | Morgan Langley March 21, 2018 07:00

Hey guys! Today I am sharing a layout I created using the "Cloudy Day" cut file! 

First I cut my file on card stock, adhered it, backed it with pattern paper from Maggie Holmes "Carousel" collection and then stitched around the clouds! Hand stitching is time consuming, but I love the look it creates! 

Then to embellish! I used stickers and pieces from the same collection and added some sequins and buttons. I liked how the kites in this collection coordinating with the airy clouds! 

Thank you for stopping by and check out the store for some new spring cut files for all your scrappy projects! 


Peace | Nathalie DeSousa December 18, 2017 07:00

Hello everyone!

 

Nathalie here with a new project filled with  Christmas spirit.   I just love this time of the year,  it seems like my home becomes cozier as we approach Christmas.  With that in mind, I created a project all about my baby and his favorite spot during the holidays.

 

 

As you can see our baby loves to nap in front or under the Christmas tree!  So what better way to document this picture than to create a background filled with Christmas trees.

 

 

 

The Christmas tree background was created using the Fold a Tree cut file and some white cardstock.   The cut was sized to about 8.5x11 in and most of the free spaces were backed with papers from the Studio Calico's Northern Light kit.

 

 

The cut out was then hand stitched to the background paper.  To add more texture and interest to the page, a few stitches were used to secure the folded piece to the mat in some of the background trees. 

 


To frame the picture of our baby, the rectangular frame image from the Infinity Hearts was cut form wood grain white cardstock.   A bit of embroidery thread was looped along some of the edges of the frame to add texture to the page.

 


 

The title of this page was created using the Script Font cut file.  The word "Peace" was welded together, and then cut twice from one of the papers from the Studio Calico's Northern Lights kit.  A bit of foam adhesive pops the title from the page.

 

 

I love the end result of this page.  The non-traditional colors combined with all the cut files and hand stitching complement the picture of our baby peacefully sleeping under the Christmas Tree.

 

Remember to stop by Just Nick Studio Store to check all the cut files used in this project, and all the new designs being added to the store.  If you have questions on how this came together, do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Have a blessed Christmas! 

 


14 Days of Giveaways - Day 13 | Morgan Langley December 13, 2017 07:00 2 Comments

Welcome to Day 13 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-14, 2017 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

Today’s design – HOLIDAY TAGS 2 - is yours for FREE today only!
Just enter code: TAGFREE at checkout to get this design for free.
This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 13, 2017. 
No purchase necessary. Design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.

This cut file was SO fun to use! I cut the tags different sizes using a mix of kraft, white, and patterned card stock. Then I backed the cut outs with another scrap of paper and was ready to add some stitching accents! 

On some of the tags I used a ruler to mark straight, different sized lines with a pencil and then stitched them, some I stitched around the image, others I stitched snowflakes, and a couple I did some french knot stitches! 

I put thread or bakers twine through the hole of each tag and put adhesive so they would stay in position on my layout! 

For my background I just sewed on some scraps of Christmas paper with my sewing machine using a mix of white and red threads. I added my photo and some wood snowflakes and Christmas trees and then the layout was complete! 

Thank you for stopping by and make sure to get this file (HOLIDAY TAGS 2) today FREE with the code TAGFREE at checkout! Come back tomorrow for the 14th Day of giveaways! 


Going in Circles | Morgan Langley October 17, 2017 07:00



I like fall most of all | Laureen Wagener October 13, 2017 07:00

Hi everyone,

it's Laureen here!
Have you enjoyed fall themed week so far? I have had a blast looking at all the gorgoeus projects!


Today it is my turn and I used the "I like fall" cut file - because it is just the most gorgeous ever!

I decided to finally stitch again - and so I did cut the words out of patterned paper, adhered them down and then stitched around them!



I really kept this page super simple except for the stitching, because it was just already such a big statement that I couldn't overpower that with more embellishments.


Instead I just used a couple of small pictures of pumpkins and created a banner on the top and then just used a few embellishments
like a flair and acetate pieces!



I hope you enjoyed todays layout!

Happy crafting -
Laureen
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Cut files used:
I like fall

 


Hello Fall! | Morgan Langley October 02, 2017 07:00

     Hello crafty friends, Morgan here! I can not believe it is already October! For my layout today I used the "Bare Tree" cut file and made the tree not so bare by using the leaves included in the file and adding them onto my tree! 

     For my background I added some light pink, yellow, and orange watercolor splatters and cut my leaves from different colored card stock. Some of the leaves have more intricate pieces so I used the "double cut" feature on my Silhouette Cameo to get clean lines. Then I backed them onto white card stock to make them thicker and more durable for stitching. I stitched around them using corresponding thread colors. I love what paper embroidery adds to the layout! 

     For my photo cluster I used various Dear Lizzy ephemera and some of the cut file leaves that I hadn't yet stitched behind my photo. I also added in some floral pieces I had and a cute flair button with a wood grain background. I love how cute that little bunny piece is and thought it went in nicely! 

    Thank you for reading! Make sure to check out Just Nick on Instagram to see more fun posts using the fall cut files and follow me on Instagram @morewithmorganl for all my crafty updates! Also make sure to go to the Just Nick store to get some of these beautiful files! 


You Are Pretty Much My Most Favorite | Jennifer McMurtrey September 14, 2017 07:00

It's words and sentiments week on the JustNick blog and the design team has created some beautiful projects.

Today I'm sharing a layout that uses the My Most Favorite and Lattice Flower Background files with a photo I pulled from my oldest daughter's Instagram account (that's where I get some of my best material). 

This project began with the wood grain background paper and yellow paper from Felicity Jane. I cut the large Lattice Flower Background and adhered it to the background paper using Tombow Mono glue. Next, I pierced the paper within the negative spaces of the flower and then hand stitched with white, pink, and turquoise embroidery floss. With the large yellow flower and stitching complete, I added the smaller pink and blue flowers to the center. These were cut using WRMK patterned papers.

 

Once the stitching was complete, I printed my photo and backed it with more patterned paper from Felicity Jane. Prior to adhering the photo to the page, I created a banner with white string, tags,  and tassel a embellishment (all from Felicity Jane) and stapled it all in place with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

I cut the sentiment next and have to admit that I did so three different times before I finally settled on the black card stock. For some reason, I just couldn't get the look I wanted and stuck with black to tie in with the black and white photo.

I followed the banner with several stickers and die cuts from Maggie Holmes that I clustered on the top and bottom right corners of the photo.

Last, I created a visual triangle with the gold stars to complete the project.

While my scrappy mojo has escaped me as of late, I am pleased with how this turned out and hope to keep the creativity flowing.

Please be sure to visit the JustNick shop for these and many other awesome cut files.


Fun Stitched Ink Splats! | Morgan Langley August 24, 2017 07:00

     Hey crafty friends! Back to school season is happening and for my layout this week I was inspired by these fun ink splats that just bring me back to elementary school art class! I used all paint chips for this layout which was a super fun challenge! 
     I cut all my ink splats on white card stock and then backed them with the paint chips. I tried to use bright fun colors! For added texture I went back and stitched with corresponding colors, even switching shades of thread on each ink splat. 
     I cut fun mixed semi circles with my left over paint chips and then put different colors together with different colored thread behind them to add to the page. 
     I cut my title on light pink card stock and added some sentiment stickers and gold chipboard glitter stars! This layout was different for me, but I love how it turned out! Thank you for reading and make sure to check out all our back to school posts and cut files! 

Happiness in Circles! | Morgan Langley August 06, 2017 07:00

Hello friends! Today I am kicking off circles week on the Just Nick blog using the "Dreamcatcher Background 1". I love the sections in this file and I knew I wanted to add some hand stitching!

I started by backing the cut file with papers from the new Maggie Holmes collection "Carousel". Then I stitched some of the sections using corresponding colors and some using plain white embroidery floss. 

I embellished using the puffy stickers from the collection as well as those gold glitter stars from the chipboard sticker sheet. I fussy cut two kites from the collection and layered them with some tangled thread. My title came from the ephemera pack and I love how it all came together!

I added some light pink splatters and added the border with my sewing machine! I used light blue thread and set my machine to do a scallop stitch! 

This layout was so fun to make and I love the look of the different sections with the Dreamcatcher Background file! Thank you for stopping by!