I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend! I spent part of mine working on some Christmas cards. I had a new die I wanted to play with and true to my nature, I started out with 2 really boring cards. It is so easy to get into a rut & not try new things. Especially when they take a little longer to do or we are not familiar with them. So for card number three, I decided to make a side step card. It was ok, but still nothing exciting. At that point, I got really brave & decided to try for a multiple step card. The inspiration for my bravery is my friend Pam Sparks. Her cards are all amazing works of art, and a lot of them are step cards. While my final card didn't quite live up to her masterpieces, I was happy with myself for at least trying to get out of my rut & try new things!
Here are the first two (acceptable, but boring) cards I made using the Grand Merry Christmas die from Memory Box that I wanted to try out.
I made both of these cards with the Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas die, the corner bow and the Poinsettia die. I cut the flower from that flocked ribbon you can get everywhere this time of year. It's perfect for flowers and even retains the veins in the leaves. I got this tip from my friend Tonda!
Now I moved on to my first brave step with a side step card. Again I used the same dies and added the Frosty Border from Memory Box to the side panels and the wreath is from Impression Obsession.
On to my last (and my favorite attempt)
The frontal shot was a bit hard to see the "steps" so I also included a side view as well. I added the birch tree die, the frosted tree and the Winter Cabin dies along with the small deer. What do you think? Am I out of my rut? Who says you can't teach an "old dog" new tricks!!
Have a wonderful week!