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.
I love Christmas stuff! Recently, I purchased a bunch of Christmas-themed items from yourscrapbooksupplies.com. They have a wonderful selection of products – many of which are completely new collections – at fabulous prices. I picked up almost every piece in Pink Paislee’s Merry and Bright collection 50% off.
I have many plans for this collection. Originally, I had planned to buy Ali Edward’s December Daily (DD) kit — I loved 2013’s Studio Calico DD. This year’s color scheme of aquas and pinks, just don’t work for me. I love the classic Christmas red, green, taupe, and black, color scheme of the Merry and Bright collection though and have decided to use bits and pieces from the collection to create my own kit and also create two mini December Daily kits for my best friends as gifts.
The two cards in this post use a Freckled Fawn’s “Joy” metal die that came in my haul. I can’t imagine creating multiples of the same Christmas cards for myself since I’m already helping my friend make about 40 of her own. I can, however, think of many ways to be creative with all the Christmas supplies I already have and plan to get. Since I started so early this year I think that by the time late November rolls around, I think I will have at least 20 unique cards, if not more. Have I mentioned that I love Christmas craft stuff?
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. Look at that detail. So awesome!I 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.
The first card I made with the sets combine the sentiments from Splendid and the Creative Cuts.
I’ve resisted buying die cuts for a very long time because most of the materials I used can be easily cut using my Silhouette. As I started using thicker weight materials — especially when letterpressing — the Silhouette wasn’t able to consistently deliver a clean polished cut. My first set of steel dies from My Favorite Things – the Circle Stax set – was so awesome, I decided to double-down and purchased the Mama Elephant Creative Cuts set. I also got the Cozy Christmas set (which I’d been eyeing since last Christmas) and the Splendid and Make A Wish stamps.
This is the first card I made using the sentiments and cuts.
I adore this 3D bow. I sprayed it with some Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold. Next time, I’m thinking teal with white polka dots!
A close up at how well the stamp works with the resist technique. Gah – so pretty!
A picture of my haul. Love Mama Elephant!