Category Archives: die cutting

Happy Mother’s Day 

Designing the cut out was simple enough but it’s been so long since I cut out something with such small delicate pieces that it took me forever to make five cards.

After a lot of manual effort, I think they turned out okay, if a little less polished than my other recent cards. I added the embossed paw prints to the yellow card because I was born in the Chinese zodiac year of the dog and my godmother calls me puppy.


Papertrey Ink – Tinsel and Tags Ornament Giftboxes

I’ve had so much fun putting these lovely ornaments together with such an eminently customizable kit. We are huge dog lovers in my family and instead of the deer, I used some cute puffy puppy stickers.



I struggled to find the perfect gift box and ended up resizing a cut file I found years ago in the silhouette online store . I sprayed the white lids with red and misted it slightly with some gold Heidi Swapp mist. I love how they turned out!



Scrapping My Stash – The Inlaid, Metal Die Cut, Amazingly Happy Edition

My mom asked me a few months ago if I would make her some birthday cards. Looking through my scrap box recently, I found so many lovely papers — unfortunately, they were mostly scraps smaller than 3×4. I started grouping matching pieces and started getting an idea. Using the Mama Elephant metal dies, I created a new background paper by adhering all the pieces on a scrap piece of printer paper and running them through the Evolution Advanced. After that, I ran the new piece through the die cut machine again using the Happy die from Studio Calico. It was so easy and fast. I made all three cards below in one quick session.


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I really like the slight deboss left by the Happy die. I used the Avery Elle Sending You stamp set for the birthday sentiment. IMG_0061

Papertrey Ink Tags and Tinsel – Christmas Card Prototype

I definitely plan on making customized ornaments but thought I’d start out by playing with the metal dies from the Papertrey Ink Make It Market Tags and Tinsel Kit. I LOVE how it turned out. The Merry Christmas stamp, light blue background, silver trees, and bow all came from the kit. I used an old snow emboss folder to create the background on Neenah Solar White paper. IMG_0040Look at that detail. So awesome!IMG_0042I realized that with my last three online scrapbook orders, I went from having no metal dies to almost 40! The tiny little ones in the set definitely added to my burgeoning collection. As a huge Silhouette Cameo lover new to metal dies, I find that there’s something very professional and polished about the edges of metal dies that my dear Cameo cannot replicate. Of course, there are also a million things the metal dies can’t do. Overall, I find that I like metal dies best for really delicate lettering on thinner materials and basically use the Cameo for everything else.