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Springy Cards April 19, 2017 09:37

Hey friends!

Melissa here with you today and I am so happy to have the opportunity to share with you a couple of cards. They ooze Spring with some fun, bright colors and, as I sit here typing this, I really need to stare at them longer because it is a dark, drizzly day in the pacific northwest. 

Alright, let's not waste any time! Here is card number one

Gah, I just love Nicole's background cut files! I really do find joy in figuring out how to adapt those files to the smaller scale of cards. Sometimes it's super easy and other times, like this one, it gets a little tricky. 

I used the Protozoa Background for this card. It already had a thin and lacy feel to it and when I shrunk it down for my card, it was soooooo fragile! But, taking my time to take it off the cut mat was so worth it because I love the fun and playful rhythm it bring to this happy card. Here is a little close up...

Just a little tip... this cut file did not cut out clean. If you look reeeeeally closely, you'll see some little tears and pieces. Sometimes you just have to let it go and embrace the imperfections. :) 

Alright, here is the second card..

For this fun card, I used lots of washi tape and another fun background cut file. It was really simple... almost too simple... to put this card together. I grabbed some washi and just laid it on, row and after row. Once the card base was filled, I topped it with this cut file. I did resize the cut file a bit. It originally is circles and I warped it a bit to make ovals. 

This card only needed a few embellishments so as not to overwhelm the washi background.

Here is a little close-up

Thank you for joining me today!

Here is a list of the cut files used:

Protozoa Background

Simple Circle Background


12 Days of Giveaways - Day 7 December 07, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

Hello everyone!

It's always a fun time when I get to join everyone on the blog. I get to play along with our 12 Days of Giveaways and today we are giving the Holiday Sentiments 2 away for FREE. 

 

We all need some good sentiments in our cut file stash, don't we? I see these being used on pages documenting all your wonderful holiday memories. I'm sharing how you can also use them on cards. For my first card, I went really simple. No frills. No special techniques. Just straight up cut file with a couple of embellishments. I'm all about playing it simple during the holidays and... bonus... this would be so easy to replicate!

 

For my next card I tried out stitching the word. I had a plan, in my mind, for what I wanted to do and it just didn't turn out. I wanted red twine and such but... I really like the white looks. There are so many tutorials out there on how to turn a cut file into stitching. Some will tell you to use sketch pens and then use a paper piercer. I just don't have the patience for that. So, I used the perforated cut option on my Silhouette. It doesn't do holes... just little dashes of cuts. And it worked so well. 

I kind of like that the word doesn't jump out at you. You can still see it, though. I think it exudes the peacefulness of Christmas time. With the exception of the stitching and time that took, I kept it pretty clean and simple for this card too. Just a few ephemera and I was done!

Thanks for joining me on day seven of our 12 Days of Giveaways!

You can get the Holiday Sentiments 2 cut file for FREE by using this code: SENT2FREE

You may use this code until midnight CST, December 7, 2016. No purchase necessary!

Come back tomorrow for another beautiful free cut file!

 


Card Creating | Pretty Little Studio October 15, 2016 07:00

Hi everyone!

I'm so happy to be joining you on the blog and bringing to a close our fabulous team up with Pretty Little Studio! Don't you think our cut files and their gorgeous product go so well together? Both design teams have done such a great job and I've highly enjoyed sharing them with you on Instagram. I'm excited to also be able to share a couple of cards I created using a few cut files and the beautiful Here Comes the Sun collection.

Yay for hot air balloons! I kept this card pretty simple. The clouds paper worked perfectly to create a scene with the hot air balloons. Each balloon is simply backed with some patterned paper. No fancy embellishing or techniques. I wanted it to be easy, simple and reproducible.

The flair and star stickers help ground the design and give it just a little bit extra to help complete the card. 

 

Here is my second card that uses a background cut file and a phrase from one of the card sentiments cut file collections. 

Again, I kept it pretty simple. The sentiment I used black watercolor to not only make the word pop but to also keep with the continuity of the style of this collection. It's all handdrawn and has a watercolor element to it. So soft and pretty! Washy tape helped to add that final touch it seemed to be missing. 

Thanks for swinging by today and I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the beautiful Pretty Little Studio product!

Here is a list of the cut files I used:

Up In the Air

Card Sentiments 1

Shattered Circle Background

 


Love You Bunches and Hello Cards August 15, 2016 07:00

Hello there!

I'm so happy to be sharing a couple of cards with you all today! Most cut files seem to be scaled for layouts... and I say, "Not so!" Shrink those cut files! And as Tim Gunn from Project Runway always says, "Make it work!" 

First, I have this lovely to share...

I used two cut files for this card. First, I sliced and shrunk the Quilted Circle background and used it as a layer for the base. I saw the flowers in the Floral and Fauna cut file collection and knew I wanted to use a couple to layer.

I think it worked perfectly! Also, sequins are not my go to but, how easy and fun they were to cluster at the center of that flower!

Here is the next card...

Before I forget, I'm using the Happy Place collection from Fancy Pants Designs. So fun!

Okay, for this next card I utilized another background cut file. I went white on white and layered a piece of patterned paper between. I like how the paper peeks just a little bit behind the cut file. It creates a fun movement for this card and doesn't take away from the overall design.

And that's a wrap!

Thanks for swinging by today! Now, go shrink those cut files and make some cards!

Cut files used: Quilted Circle Background, Floral and Fauna 1 and Ride the Wave Background


Gum Wall - with Creative Scrappers July 22, 2016 07:00

Hello there!

Melissa here and I'm happy to be sharing with you my page created using the FREE cut file, and sketch, as part of the team up with Creative Scrappers. I have to say, this page has fast become a favorite of mine and I truly think the credit has to be given to an awesome sketch and a super fun cut file!

Here is the page I created:
This was relatively a simple page to put together. Time consuming - a little bit with taping the papers behind the cut out background but, adding the clustered embellishments and washi tape, took no time at all. 
I've said it before and, I'll keep saying it - background cut files are my favorite because they give the illusion of lots of detailed work when, in reality, they take no time at all!
I followed the sketch pretty closely. Sketches are great because they can give that spring board of inspiration when in a rut. I love how, sometimes, my pages morph into something else but, this one, I stayed pretty close. It was just that good! And it worked perfect for my photos! (Ewwww... that gum wall was disgusting!)
Here are a few close ups:
Thanks for swinging by today! Don't forget, you can get the Chopsticks Background cut file for FREE this month! Just use the code CSFREE at checkout! After you create something, make sure to share it on the Creative Scrappers blog so you have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Just Nick shop. Wow!!!

Cool Kid June 28, 2016 07:00

Hey there,

Melissa here with you today and I'm sharing a faaaabulous background cut file. These kinds of cut files are my favorite to use when creating pages. I think it's because it's a simple way to add some va-va-voom to a page! You like that word? It's the best I could come up with.

For this page, I'm using on of my friends' lovely photos. Ya see that picker in the photo? I think it's pretty awesome.

Now for some design notes... when using a background file, especially this particular one, I find using a calm pattern paper is perfect. I found this ombre and polka dotted one in my stash and then did some layering on top. I think the way the rays flair out, they bring your eye to that awesome photo. Seriously... no shame for those kiddos. 

One other note... you may notice on the full page that my background is off-center. The original file is not. I simply used my slice tool, in the Silhouette software, to cut off the two edges and then, moved it to the corner. Super easy and it just shows how versatile these cut files can be. Especially within your digital cutting software!

 

I love layering! I love the dimension and texture it brings. 

Is it bulky? Yep. But, it still fits into a page protector with a little finesse. :)

These background cut files make life so easy when I want to add a giant splash of something special on my pages! I hope you get a chance to grab some of your own background cut files. There are so many awesome ones to choose from - Nicole basically rocks with these and I know you will find the perfect one for whatever your project is!

Cut file used: Starburst Flower Background


Beachcombing with Friends June 06, 2016 07:00



Enjoy the Moment for Fancy Pants Week! May 26, 2016 07:00 1 Comment

 

Hey everyone, 

What a fun week so far, right? I absolutely love the Attwell collection we received from Fancy Pants for our team up. I thought the colors would work really with a kraft cardstock base and I also decided to use some relatively new cut files, that are in the shop.

Here is the page I created:

I absolutely love any cut file I can use as a background and incorporate lots of different colors and patterns. The radiate file was so fun to use! I chose to cut it with kraft and layer on top of kraft. It creates a really neat dimensional look. To add the pattern papers, I just held the negative of the cut file and cut around it. Super easy and it fits perfectly behind the cut file. 

The fun was figuring out how I wanted to spread out the patterns and give some good balance. 

How fun are those tags? By layering them under the photo, it helped to create my visual triangle with the color scheme. I'm all about visual triangles. Perhaps a bit obsessed. 

Here are a couple more close ups...

I love how most of the pattern papers have a solid color on the other side. One of them worked perfect to create my title as the color went with the design.

I added some faux stitching around the cut file to help ground the overall design. 

Thanks for swinging by today! I hope you are enjoying the focus and fun on the blog, this week, as we party with Fancy Pants Designs!

Cut files used: Radiate, Enjoy the Moment 


Meet Me in Tahoe and Sketch Pens! May 11, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone!

Melissa here with you today and I've got a page that utilizes sketch pens and a cut file from Just Nick! I've had my Cameo for over 5 years now and have always wanted to try out the sketch pens but, just never got around to getting some. Now that I have them, it's one of those moments that has me constantly saying, "why didn't I get these sooner???"

Nicole has created several cut files that I think work so perfect for the sketch pens! One of those is the Delicate Florals file. Let me tell you, it was fascinating watching the sketch pens go to work. Because I hadn't used them before, nor had I viewed any tutorials (I like to fly by the seat of my pants and try things out on my own!) I wasn't sure how the pens would interpret the lines and overall design of the cut file. 

It created a beautiful outline of the flowers for me to color in. Fun!

Before I go much further, I want to let you know that I created a process video for the page I'm sharing with you today. It's less than 10 minutes and you get to see my entire process of coloring and building the page around the florals. If that's something you like to view, you can check it out here:

If watching a video isn't the way for you, no worries! I'll still show you a few details of my page. Here it is in its full glory:

 

You can see how I utilized the florals to help balance out the page. I also pulled some florals from the Simple Stories Summer Vibes collection used, to help bring the floral element together. 

When I'm creating, I do a lot of pushing around with papers and figuring out how different patterns and colors look when layering. It's a fun, and sometimes exhausting, process. If you choose to watch the video, you'll see that in its full glory. 

To color in the florals, I used my Pitt Artist Pens from Faber Castell. I love these pens. They are india ink so, they give a really cool stained look and are easy to blend.

Here are some close up shots of my page:

I used one other cut file - the geotag and right here phrase are from the Around the World cut file group. So cute and fun for those vacation and travel pages. 

Do you have sketch pens? Get them out and have some fun! They really do help stretch the use of your cut files!

Cut files used: Delicate Florals, Around the World


Just Plain Awesome April 01, 2016 07:00

Hey Everyone!

Today I am sharing a page utilizing a super fun background cut file. Typically, I like to utilize the negative cut and back it with some patterned paper. But, I've been on a rainbow kick and I've also been loving texture and things not perfectly adhered down to other things. So, I busted out my watercolors and had a little fun.

Here is the page I created using a recent cut file for March:

Rainbow! ROYGBV! This cut file was perfect to execute the design I had in my head. And it was super easy to put it all together. After cutting, I simply painted each strip. After drying, I applied adhesive to only the flowery parts. The ends stick up and I kind of dig it. 

Then, I dug out my bling and enamel dots to help seal the deal with the rainbow vibe. Of course, I threw in some other elements to help ground the design and balance the colors. Neutrals are always a necessity for that kind of thing. 

In the end, I really wanted the cut file and colors to shine. 

Here are a few more close-ups:

 

Thanks for swinging by today!

Cut files used: Tiny Floral Background (Coming Soon!!!)


A Day at The Public Market March 25, 2016 07:00

Hello there!

Melissa here with you today and I'm sharing a layout that I've grown quite fond with. I just love Nicole's cut files push me creatively. I'm finding I try new techniques and different ways to layer and it's just so much fun. For this page, I cut out a bunch of the Doodle Flowers and layered and layered and layered and layered. 

I used papers from the Finders Keepers collection by Amy Tangerine and I think the colors worked so well with, not only the photo but, also the layering I wanted to do with the flowers. 

Have you ever been to the public market in Seattle? It is quite possibly one of my favorite places. I love the vibe! The smells and colors are a photographers dream. I'm not a photographer but it seems easy to get a really cool photo. Check out all those yummy veggies??? I love living relatively close to a place like this!

But, let's get to the cut files I used. These flowers are absolutely fantastic and are so perfect for layering! Here are a few close ups. You may also notice I snuck in a piece of another background cut file. I saved it from another project and I'm glad I did. After spraying it with some orange mist, it added the perfect touch to ground the overall design.

 

 

 

You might wonder how in the world to adhere down some of those narrow parts. Well, I didn't. I just focused on getting the larger parts down and then by tucking them under the photo, I know they are going to stay down. Personally, I love that some of the ends stick up. So much fun dimension!

Now, go grab your cut files and have fun creating!

Cut files used: Doodle Flowers, Simple Circle Background


Chase Your Dreams March 08, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone,

Melissa here with you today and I'm sharing my page created as part of the team up with Page Maps. I was sent a sketch that had me using three photos. Two were stacked on the left and one was to the right. I chose to use two photos and title card for the other photo spot. 

I love using sketches as road maps, especially Page Maps! I've always loved how my projects turn out with Becky's sketches.

Anyway, here is the page I created:

 

I used two cut files for this page. The first one is a background circle file. I cropped it to make it more narrow. I like the look of the half circles around the edge. I also used the circle with the words 'Just Shine'. I love that sentiment with this page. (Links for cut files are found at bottom of post.)

Here are a few close ups to give more detail of what I did with this clean and simple page...

 

Cut files used: Simple Circle Background and Good Vibes

I hope you have had a chance to see what the team did with the sketches. If not, head over now and view them on the March Page Maps page.

Thanks for swinging by!

 


Live Simply. Dream Big. February 16, 2016 08:54 2 Comments

Hi everyone,

I hope you were able to make it to our joint blog hop, this past weekend, with Clique Kits. I had a lot of fun using their February Hot Mess kit and, of course, using the awesome cut files from Nicole. Today I'm sharing the page I created for the blog hop. It's a fave!

I love layering and layering cut files is just as fun as layering pattern paper! For this page, I duplicated that awesome art in various sizes. Then, cut them out and layered a couple of the smaller ones on the top right. 

I cut out the word Shine and used some of the mist, from the kit, to color it up. LOVE that color, don't you???

This layout is documenting a milestone in my life after working really hard on my health in 2015. It's just the beginning! And what a fabulous kit to work with, too!

Thanks for swinging by today! 

Cut files used: Exclusive cut files for January 2016 Clique Kits kit.

 

 


True Love February 01, 2016 07:00

Hello everyone,

Melissa here with you today and I'm sharing a page using my new favorite background cut file by Nicole. I am such a huge fan of background cut files and I'll tell you why. For most of my scrapbooking life, I have dubbed myself as a clean and simple scrapper. I love simple design and embellishments for my pages. Background cut files bring a whole new depth and texture to my pages that I'm just loving. Plus, they are just plain fun to cut! 

Here is the page I'm sharing with you today. It uses the Heart Burst cut file. 

Isn't that fun??? It's amazing how a simple background cut file can take my page to whole other level. Typically, I would have created some layers with the patterned paper and finished it off with the title and a few embellies. Instead, by backing the cut file shape and then using those areas as places to add other elements, it looks like a page I might have spent a lot of time on. Truth be told, this page came together very quickly.

Here are a couple of close ups:

Isn't that 'love' beautiful? That's in the shop too!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and there are some great cut files, including the ones I've used today, for all your lovey focused projects! From Valentine's cards to pages, like mine, focusing on the people you love, you will definitely find an awesome cut file to compliment your design! 

Cut files used on this project: Heart Explosion, Lots of Love


Let the adventure begin and My word for the year January 20, 2016 07:00

Hi everybody,

Do you make resolutions or choose a word for the year? What kind of goals do you make as a new year begins? Ever since I heard about choosing a word, as opposed to a full on list of resolutions, I've gone gung-ho on the idea. And, each year I create either a scrapbook page or some other type of decor piece that focuses on my word. 

This year, my word is REJOICE. I'm even using the "nickname" of this word - joy. One of the ways I am remembering and exercising this word is by continuing to do what I love - and that includes scrapbooking!

Here is the page I created (and then we'll chat about the cut files used):

I love these kinds of pages because I literally just pull out all my favorite things. No worry about manufacturer and what is what. I also decided to go pretty simple with the cut files. How cool does that white on kraft look??? It really does pop and helps to complete my overall design. 

I just love the font of the title - Let the Adventure Begin. Which is so fitting for a page like this! 

I purposefully left the title partially coming off the page. This was part laziness and part purposeful. I'm not sure the technical artsy term for doing something like this but, I do like the look for whatever reason. :)

Here is another close up of the circle year. You'll notice I trimmed part of it off to fit up against the paper.

Do you love these cut files as much as I do? Head over to the Just Nick shop and grab your own! Here are the ones that I used:

2016 and New Year Words


Welcome Back Melissa Elsner! January 07, 2016 07:00

Let's welcome back another familiar face to the blog:

Hi everyone! I'm Melissa and I am from the beautiful pacific northwest. My day job is as a preK teacher, which provides many wonderful quotes and stories to share. I've been paper crafting, in some shape or form, since 2001. I've always loved art and creating so, it was easy to fall in love with this art form and hobby. Over the years I've had the privilege of working with some awesome companies and people in the industry, as well as, be published in both online and print publications. It's my joy to create and share what I make with others! When I'm not creating or teaching, I'm usually drinking coffee, hanging out with friends and family, watching Seattle Seahawks football games and exploring this beautiful area I call home. 

Check out this about me page that Melissa did with our cut files!

Cut file used:
Welcome back Melissa to the team! Stay tuned for two more intros this week!

14 Days of Holidays - Day 12 December 16, 2015 00:00 1 Comment

Welcome to Day 12 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-18, 2015 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

 

Todays free cut file is: Holiday Lights

Such a fun cut file to use! The possibilities are truly endless but, the immediate idea I had for these was to color them up and make them sparkle like the real lights. I shrunk the file down and cut out the set. Then, I used one string and colored it with watercolors and finished it off with some Stickles.

Easy peasy!

I also really love the look of gold and silver together. At my work, the foyer is decorated as such with lots of stars, snow and gold garlands. SO pretty! I thought to myself, these holiday lights would look so pretty with some gold! So, I sprayed a few layers of gold mist and layered the lights on top of a star trim.

I really, really, really like this card!

Todays design - Holiday Lights - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: LIGHTSFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 16.

No purchase necessary.

Design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.


14 Days of Holidays - Giveaway Day 5 December 07, 2015 07:00 3 Comments

Welcome to Day 5 of our 14 Days of Holidays cut file giveaways! Each weekday from December 1-18, 2015 we will be giving away a FREE cut file for that day only!

Todays free cut file is Holiday Sentiments.

I absolutely love the free cut file that is available for you today and, I think you will love it too! It's a doozy packed with some lovely sentiments. These are so perfect for cards but, I can picture them being used on just about any holiday project.

 

Fun, right??? The fonts are just so perfect. I created two cards and a gift tag using several of these sentiments. They are so easy to size and cut out to fit perfect on each project.

This first card is a standard A2 card. 

How cheery is that? I did a watercolor wash on the base and added some paint drips. Then, using some fun sparkly red cardstock, I cut out the merry&bright sentiment rather large. With some snowflake sticker embellishing, this card will hopefully brighten up someone's holiday!

The second card I made is a 6x6 size. Every once in awhile I like to create one of these. I use the larger size for cards that will be signed by more than one person or to have room to add photos or a letter. This time, I wanted to use more than one word. I chose three that seem to go nicely together - joy, peace, noel.

To create a fun and interesting backdrop, I splattered some red watercolor and used the scribbles 1 cut file. 

Finally, because I was just having too much fun AND I was figuring out what to do with the last of my 12x12 piece of cardstock, I created this gift tag.

I cut out the 'joy' to fit large. I like the look of words and images going off the canvas of the page. The background is a watercolor wash.

Todays design - Holiday Sentiments - is yours for FREE today only!

Just enter code: SENTIMENTFREE at checkout to get this design for free.

This code is only valid until midnight CST on December 7.

No purchase necessary.

Design will be available in the JustNick store for purchase after the discount code expires.


Forever Canvas November 27, 2015 07:00

Hi everybody,

I don't know about you but, I always feel like there are several weddings to attend during the holiday season. There truly is something magical about utilizing all the beautiful decorations and snowy backdrops for a ceremony. I need to be prepared and I've done just that by creating a canvas art project using two cut files from the shop. 

I'm going to walk you through my process a little bit and show you have I utilized these awesome cut files... on a canvas!

First, I love the heart background file. It's so pretty and I thought, how cool to use it as a stencil or mask! So, after prepping my canvas with a red watercolor wash, I laid out the cut out and spritzed some gold spray everywhere:

The gold spray is very watery and bled through a little bit. I could still make out the heart shape in the background but, had the idea to use a few of the cut out hearts as embellishments. So, I mixed some of the watercolor with modeling paste and went to town:

They needed something a little more so, I used some of my glimmer mist and added some sparkle. I don't know about you but, I really love getting messy with inks and the like. It can be so much fun!

After the canvas had dried, I arranged everything and then glued it down. I used Glossy Accents and the fine tipped nozzle worked like a charm. To complete the canvas, I used the word cut file Today/Always/Forever. Such a beautiful sentiment! I only utilized the outline of the words. There are so many possibilities with this particular cut file but, I really liked how it looks without all the middle shapes and such. Here is the final product:

I failed to mention this canvas is a 6x6. It really turned out so cute! Can you see the stencil showing through???

Thanks for swinging by today! Make sure you go check out the shop. There are so many awesome new designs popping up each week! 

Cut files used: Heart Background 2, Today Forever Always


Summer Memories November 09, 2015 07:00

Alas, Autumn is upon us here in the northern hemisphere and it has definitely made it's welcome here in the pacific northwest. However, that doesn't stop me from taking time to remember all my fond memories from the Summer. Especially one in particular. 

I had the opportunity to go visit my moms younger brother and family. They have always been special to me but, we had all not seen each other since their wedding and I was 8 years old. Unacceptable! Such is life, though. So, the week was so surreal and wonderful. It's now an annual event and I can't wait to see them again.

For this page, I used the word 'remember' from the Word 3 cut file. So perfect! I also enlarged the ink splats cut file to layer behind the photos and add some fun interest and balance to the page.

I just love the Summer Vibes collection from Simple Stories. I love how the colors just flow and the pink ink splats are so happy to me on that wood grain! 

Hey... just because it's crock pot weather here in these parts, make sure you still take time to remember those moments of basking in the sun, too! And get you some awesome cut files to use on those pages!

Cut files used: Word 3, Ink Splats


One Year Later October 20, 2015 07:00

Hi everyone, 

This week we are sharing projects using FOUR cut files! I loved this challenge. I loved going through all the beautiful designs when choosing what would work best for my layout. I also kept in mind that a cut file doesn't have to remain in it's original state. :) You'll see what I mean in a minute. But, first, let me share with you my page:

If you have followed me at all here, it should be no surprise that background cut files are my favorite. I absolutely love using them to showcase lots of color and pattern. It really does help with adding other embellishments because there isn't much else that needs to be done!

I also used a scallop border cut file but, I trimmed it down to fit over and ground the clipboard for my journaling.

I used two different texts. Well, one is text and the other is an alpha set cut file. LOVE the alpha! So fun and unique.

Design wise, I tried something with layering my title over the text 'captured'. It worked! I really like how it turned out and you can still read the words but, not be overwhelmed.

I say, the more cut files the better! Layer them on! Trim and re-purpose! Have fun! Now, go grab some cut files and challenge yourself to using 4! Or 5... or 6... 

Cut files used: Starburst Background 1, Borders 1, Capture This, Handcut Letters


Love me some Fall! October 05, 2015 07:00

Hi everyone!

Did you participate in World Cardmaking Day this past Saturday? I love that we have these "holidays" for our papercrafting hobbies and art. SO fun and I definitely participated. The challenges were inspiring and it kept me going as I made some cards to share with you today. In fact, this whole week the team is sharing cards using the cut files and how they adapt so easily from project to project. 

I'm so in the mood for Fall here in the U.S. The weather is definitely shifting and I adore sweater weather! In fact, the two cards I'm sharing with you, today, are using a newly released cut file called Sweater Weather. There are several images within the collection and I chose to play around with the leaves. I used the cut file two different ways on these cards. 

Here is the first one:

I chose to back the shape negatives with pattern paper. Such a fun technique to do with backgrounds and I also love doing it with other shapes. I duplicated the leaf shape and mirrored one of them in Silhouette Studio. 

I also thought I would show you what the inside flap looked like...

Yeah, that's not so pretty is it? In case you were wondering, I used scotch tape to get the paper down. It's the easiest and fastest. Don't worry, though. I made it look prettier by adhering a piece of pattern paper over the top. 

Much nicer! 

Here is the other card I created using the same leaves and I also used the word 'fall' from the Sweater Weather cut file:

This time, I cut everything out of the pattern paper and layered. How cozy is that card??? For these cards, I would include them with a cute little gift like hot cocoa or tea kit. Maybe a pumpkin pie, etc. Or maybe I'll just cut the flap off, frame and hang up. :) 

Are you ready for FALL??? Are you ready to make some cards??? By the end of the week you will be. ;)

Cut files used: Sweater Weather


Cards A Plenty September 24, 2015 07:00 1 Comment

Hello everyone,

Melissa here with two cards that showcase some background cut files. These are so fun to use with cards! I've also included a card sentiment and a fun arrow with a word, that can also be found in the shop.

For these cards, I utilized white cardstock and then inked to make them my own and match with the color scheme of the design.

 

For this Congrats card, I relied on my comfort zone style, clean and simple. By utilizing the colors and patterns of this paper collection and the business of the background design, there wasn't much I had to do. That's one of the beauties of using background cut files for cards. If you need to whip up something the night before... hmm... I've never had to do that before... cough cough... it is awesome to let the cut file do the work!

That congrats sentiment is a beauty too! I love being able to resize the files however I need them. 

The next card, I still used white cardstock but did some inking! I attempted an ombre look for the background. It shows up nicely, in person, and I hope it shows up enough in this photo.

I think I've said it before with a past project, I just love how a background cut file can add nice texture to the background of a card. What could have been left as white space, looks so much more filled out and pretty with that background.  And how fun to use that word arrow, right??? By adding the letter stickers, it was easy to turn that into a complete sentiment.

I hope you get a chance to grab some of these awesome background cut files and get to creating this week! There is such a great selection in the shop!

Cut files used: Clover Lace Background, Pretty Pattern Background, Arrow Set 1, Card Sentiments 1


Taking Some Notes September 07, 2015 07:00

Hi everyone,

Well, it's that time of year again! Back to school! I am a teacher and I absolutely love my job. I feel like the new school year comes at the perfect time - no matter how much I loved a prior class. My classroom is all sparkly clean, all the labels look new and everything is fresh and ready. I thought, since this week is all about back to school projects, I would share something for a teacher or a student - an altered composition book. And, I used the perfect cut files!

Fun, right? And it's super easy to create one of these. This is a standard, hard cover composition book. You can find them at just about every retailer that sells school or office supplies. They usually have a marbled design. I use Mod Podge to adhere the paper on the front and pack. Then, I use a strong adhesive (like my ATG or Glossy Accents) to attach everything else. 

For this book, I did the usual patterned paper cover and then, I used one of the background cut files and the marquee alpha to complete the design. It can be a little time consuming putting on the paper, trimming it down to size, etc. but, just look at the final product!

These are such perfect gifts and can be personalized so easily. 

I love how the alpha pops on top of the burlap!

Now you have the perfect idea to give to your childs teacher this school year OR maybe surprise your little student with something just for them! And use some fabulous cut files while you're at it. 

Cut files used: Rosette background, Marquee Alpha


Thanks! Now, Make a Wish! August 24, 2015 07:01

Hi everyone,

Melissa here with a couple of cards, showcasing some of the latest cut files released this month. I was so excited when Nicole created some card sentiments! Yay! So, the two I have here today are combining a couple of background shapes with the sentiments.

Background cut files are my new go to for card bases. I love how one simple thing can add so much texture, rhythm, interest, etc., etc., etc. There isn't much else needed except for some embellishments and, in the cards case, some color. The background is a soft gray and I knew I wanted to throw in some color.

The next card is my faaaaaaaaaaaavorite! I love, love, LOVE how this one turned out and... it's all because of the fabulous background cut file! Whoa baby!

How fun is that??? I absolute love that background file. Probably my favorite at the moment. Thanks to a pattern paper that had multiple colors, it really took on a life of it's own. I love the movement it creates and brings your eye to the sentiment in the middle. SO fun!

Have you used the cut files for your card projects yet??? You should! And make sure you go check out all the fabulous new designs that are constantly loaded into the shop. I'll link you up with the files I used below. 

Thanks for swinging by today!

Cut Files Used: Loop Background, Card Sentiments, Twilight Zone 1 


Life is a Beach August 05, 2015 07:00

Ah summer... It's been super hot here in the pacific northwest so, to channel my inner summer card making was quite easy. I love the sun and summer themed cut files in the shop! I used a couple of faves on the following two cards. This first one uses the waves from the Lake Life cut file

I love the doodle look of the waves and decided to cut them out with white cardstock and use a watercolor effect with my inks.

A close up...

 

The second card, I grabbed the adorable sun from the Sunny Days cut file.

Once again, I used white cardstock and then used some yellow mist. Since it's summer and I like to make things sparkle, I added some glimmer mist on top, too. The cloud is from the cut file, as well.

 

SO perfect for cards! 

Thanks for swinging by today! Are you in the process of documenting your Summer memories? Make sure to grab some awesome cut files from the shop!

Cut files used: Lake Life and Sunny Days


Summer Cards and Circles July 16, 2015 07:00

Hello everybody,

Melissa here with a couple of cards that put the focus on circles! There are plenty of fun circular cut files in the shop and I had some fun playing with a couple. They work so great on cards!

Here is the first card I created using the Scribbles1 cut file. 

There are four different designs with this cut file. I chose two and resized so they would fit on a card. I shrunk one of them just a tad smaller for layering. Here is a side view of the card so you can see the cut file detail.

By using some pop dots, I created some fun dimension with the two layers of scribble circles. And that sun looks pretty cute on top, don't you think?

For the next card, I had some fun with one of the pie chart shapes from the Funky Piecharts cut file. Again, there are four different ones to use and I chose one of the larger and less wonky ones. I do love how the center is offset. Adds a fun look to the overall design!

To make sure the pattern paper fit right under the pie chart, I simple ungrouped the shapes and left the outer circle. Then, I cut out the pattern paper and wah-lah! Fits like a charm.

I love the rhythm and movement the cut file brings to the card. Sure, I could have just gone with the pattern paper but, how boring would that be!

Circles are such a fun element to bring to your paper crafting projects! Especially cards!

Thanks for swinging by today! And check out the links below so you can get yourself the cut files I used on my cards. 

Cut files used: Funky Pie Charts, Scribbles1


True Love {Heart Background} July 08, 2015 07:00 1 Comment

Hi everyone!

Melissa here with a layout showcasing one of the awesome background cut files in the shop.

I love using background cut files because it adds interest and rhythm to a page. They are especially fun for a clean and simple scrapper - which is what I use to label myself. Now, I just love to experiment and one of those ways of experimentation, is utilizing these cut files to their full potential. 

Here is the page I created:

 

I really love this heart background! I chose to use the .png version and traced it. After releasing the compound path, I left some of the hearts filled. Then, with the negative part cut out, I used gelatos to create a watercolor effect and layered them. On top of the color, I added some stencil work using modeling paste and other embellishments. I felt so artsy! And, the best part, it was super easy.

 

Thanks for swinging by today! 

Cut File Used: Heart Background

 


Way To Go June 25, 2015 06:00

Hi everyone!

Melissa here and I'm a wee bit excited about my first blog post with you all.

One of my favorite things to do with cut files and showcase how to use something meant for a layout, and use it for a card. It's lots of fun and shows the versatility of cut files.

Nicole has created some super fun background cut files and there was one in particular I was jonesing to use. It's called Funky Rectangles.

I'm loving the trend shown on layouts where a background cut file is used on solid cardstock - usually white - and then, backed with different pattern papers. SO cool! Of course I had to try it on a card!

I use the .png version of the cut files in my Silhouette Software. Using the trace feature, I create the cut lines for the shape.


After that, I release the compound path so I can crop out what I don't want to use. In this case, I cropped out the multiple columns of rectangles to just use one chunk.


Then, I resized to make it work for my card size and shape.


It's so fun to mess around with all the capabilities of my software and awesome cut files like this. Here is the finished card with some close ups:

 

 

Thanks for swinging by today! 

Cut Files Used: Funky Rectangles


Meet Melissa Elsner! June 11, 2015 07:00

Help me welcome Melissa Elsner to the team!

 

Hi, my name is Melissa and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. By day I'm a full time pre-kindergarten teacher. In my free time I love to create, sing, travel, drink wine and hang out with the people I love. I have been scrapbooking for years and have been part of the design team world since 2010. Most of my scrapbook pages are about me and my inner world. I also love to make cards.

I'm so excited to be part of the JustNick team and look forward to showcasing all the fun ways you can use her cut files. 

 

Cut file used:

Ink Splats

You can see more of Melissa's work here:

 Instagram: @melissaelsner

Pinterest: @melissaelsner

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheProfoundBrunette

Blog: http://theprofoundbrunette.com


Welcome the JustNick 2015 Design Team! June 01, 2015 07:00 21 Comments

I am so excited to announce our first ever Design Team - we have a talented and diverse group of ladies that I am excited to have on board.

 

Over the next week or so, we will be sharing a little bit about each designer and sharing an example of their work.

I hope you will stop by the blog daily for tons of inspiration using our cut files and maybe even a  few freebies along the way!

We have teamed up with Audrey Yeager and her talented Design Team of My Scraps and More - all week long they will be sharing projects on their blog using our cut files - make sure you stop by their blog HERE to see the wonderful things they have created!

Want to win a Gift Certificate to the My Scraps and More store??

There are a few ways to enter. 

1) Leave a comment on this blog post,

2) Follow and leave a comment on our Facebook page where you see the above image,

3) Follow and leave a comment on my Instagram account (@nicolenowosad), where you see the same above image.

That's a lot of chances to win! Spread the word and good luck! We will draw a winner at the end of the inspiration week :)

GOOD LUCK!