Thursday, January 17, 2013

cuts! feathers and stars and more!

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today, and I'm excited to share with you my first-ever pages using JBS cut files!

Having recently received my first die cutting machine for Christmas from my mom -- a Silhouette Cameo -- I was super excited to finally get to use those awesome JBS digital cut files that come out each month! Awesome! I was so excited, in fact, that I just couldn't stop cutting and made three layouts for this months' blog theme. 

For my first page, Any Ducks? No Ducks. I used two different JBS cut files. I used the stars from Backdrops 1 (JBS Mercantile November 2012 kit), and a feather from the January 2013 JBS Mercantile papercrafting kit
For the layout base, I layered the stencil die cut paper over a JBS text paper from my stash. If you don't have this same text paper (I stocked up because they are amongst my FAVES!), you could use a text paper like the b-side of Peeling Paper from Haven.

I cut one of the January JBS kit feathers from bright yellow cardstock, and then covered it with confetti collected from my JBS paper scraps. This was a fun and easy way to dress up a plain cut!

I layered an overlapping row of stars from the Backdrops star file across the top of the layout. 

Supplies: stencil die cut paper; feather cut file; backdrops1 star cut file; General Store postage stickers; shadow alpha stickers vintage/black; Fiskars/Jenni Bowlin Blue Ribbon Large Squeeze Punch; true vintage buttons; chevron mask.
 For my next page below, happy little lunch eater, I layered two pieces of cut cardstock over a patterned paper background. The top aqua cardstock has many sizes of different feather styles cut from the files included in the JBS Mercantile January 2013 Papercrafting kit. This cardstock was actually the first thing I attempted to cut with my brand new Cameo, and I loved the way it looked even though I had originally intended on using the feathers I cut out, I used this piece instead. Under the cut-feather cardstock is a sheet of white cardstock cut with the triangle pattern included in Backdrops1
I layered the two cut cardstocks over the backside of Typing Lessons paper from the Wren collection.

This combination of layered cut paper happened quite by accident. I was cleaning up a mess of papers, trying to make room on my desk so I could actually DO something, and I stacked the cut-feather cardstock over the triangle-cut cardstock and placed on the huge stack of JBS papers I keep on my desk at the ready. It was LOVE IT at first sight. The rest of the page just fell into place once I saw those papers layered up.

In keeping with the blue/green base I had built with the cardstock and patterned paper background, I gathered together a bunch of favourite JBS products in blue. I used a chipboard file tab covered with a blue cardstock file tab Hodge Podge sticker; a blue Hear Ye Hear Ye banner, a blue star from an apothecary label sheet, and a chipboar star covered with chevron patterned paper. The rhinestone star added a nice little shiny touch to this embellishment cluster. I sanded, scratched, and scuffed up the round number stickers for the date.

My third page, Lines First, again uses cut files in two different ways. I again used the feather cuts from the JBS Mercantile January 2013 Papercrafting kit (seriously, I love feathers), but this time covered the feather in chunky silver glitter. I also made my own mask by using a left over portion of the Backdrops1 triangle cut used in the page above, but I layered it over the centre of the patterned paper and covered over the rest of the page and misted away in a light teal colour ink. And now I have teal coloured triangles to use on another page another time. :)

I started building the page on a piece of die cut label paper from the JBS Family Tree line. I love being able to use older papers from my stash! While I always scramble to buy the latest and greatest JBS products, I do also love how truly timeless they are! And I am really regretting that this is the last piece of this paper I owned! I added in a die cut label from the polka dot journalling card pad. I also added in a little strip of die cut and perforated stamp paper to host the title. 

This is a fun and easy way to make your own glittered cuts! Just cut out the desired shape, then coat liberally with Mod Podge, and dunk into your favourite glitter. I paired the glittered feather cut with a JBS cardstock feather embellishment, and topped both off with little bows. The star on the house was an extra that didn't make it onto the Any Ducks? No Ducks. page above, cut from the Backdrops1 star pattern.

Here is a closer look at the masked and misted triangles. Love the possibilities of being able to cut my own masks now! 

-- Ashley.
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  1. Lovin' the wonderful inspiration!

  2. Ashley, I love love love these layouts!! So much inspiration here! I think you should officially be the Queen of Feathers or the Feather Queen, lol!!!! xo Evie

  3. Hi Ashley - great job. Now I want a silhouette. Love the feather theme

  4. Yes! to the feather queen and her LOs!
    BTW, Just a few days ago I got a small silver, diamond-studded feather necklace, and thought "Ashley would like this" :)

  5. Gorgeous pages Ashely!..LOVE the misted triangles and of course cool! :)

  6. Ashley! These pages are beyond inspiring. I love the cuts so so much.