make do instead of new

Recycle, upcycle, diy, repurpose, use what you have, etc……..  These days it is all about taking what you have and using it instead of buying something new.  This is true – especially for paper crafters.  Each month we see  blog posts, pinterest boards, Facebook and twitter feeds from companies with their latest and greatest products.  Everything looks fresh and new but you don’t need an unlimited craft budget to get a similar look – just reach into your stash of craft materials!  I saw this wonderful patriotic card from Debbie Olson:

Debbie O star card

Love the look and the design, but I had none of the materials she used – most importantly was that star die plate.   BUT…..since I have the Silhouette Cameo I knew I could recreate this look – here is my version of Debbie’s card:

 Patriotic Star cardd

The star die cut background took a little bit of time for me – but only because I am still in the learning phase on how to use the Silhouette.  I started with a simple star shape, copied it a bunch of times to make seven rows of 5 stars each and cut it on kraft cardstock – perfect cut the first time!  I don’t know what I am going to do with all the cut out stars but I’ve saved them and will think of something!

star background

The patterned paper is from a digital patriotic paper pack I purchased awhile ago.  I just made a background of the different designs.  The stars on the front are the same shape as the die cut background – I just resized them and cut them out on some of the same digital papers.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday and the ribbon behind the sentiment is from Michael’s – I picked that up during their Memorial Day sale.

die cut stars

I am very happy so far with the Silhouette – but I know I have so much more to learn.   I think I am just about done with purchasing those steel dies – with a little work I figure I can cut just about any shape.

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